Thursday, July 18, 2019

Stills Released Ahead Of "Artik" World Premiere At Popcorn Frights

Award-winning filmmaker, Tom Botchii, is gearing up for the World Premiere of his horror-thriller, ARTIK. With Popcorn Frights just weeks away, we have an exclusive look at stills from the film.

A comic book obsessed serial killer teaches his son how to get away with a series of brutal murders until the boy befriends a mysterious man who threatens to expose everything. 

"It sounds funny but making ARTIK, a film about a murderer, was actually, kind of healing. Truth is, the character himself is loosely based on my dad and the character of Holton was based around an ex-girlfriend," says Botchii. "So from the moment that I started writing, it felt like the story was just pouring out of me and releasing a lot of pent up emotion. And that was the original goal, do something that gets this off my chest, but also works as a small, independent horror production. Then, small began to morph into real which then changed into holy crap - it's happening! And now, it feels like it's truly starting to take on a life of its own."

ARTIK is written & directed by Tom Botchii, starring Chase Williamson (John Dies at the End), Lauren Ashely Carter (Imitation Girl), Matt Mercer (Contracted)Gavin White (14 Cameras), & Jerry G Angelo (7 Faces of Jack the Ripper).

New Poster Released For "Seeds", Coming This September

Star of Emmy-award nominated OZARK in SEEDS, in theaters this September- New Poster & Stills

Dark Star Pictures and Uncork’d Entertainment present SEEDS, in theaters September 13 and on VOD/DVD September 24.

Starring Trevor Long, star of Netflix drama Ozark, which was this week nominated for 9 Emmy Awards, director Owen Long’s SEEDS is a gothic horror about a man haunted by his dark past while pursuing some self-care on the New England coast.

After a night of debauchery spirals out of control, Marcus retreats to his family home along the New England coast. Solitude is disturbed when his brother asks Marcus to look after his estranged nephew and niece. As days pass, solace escapes him; he feels baited by a dark force. Is he losing his mind or has something terrible burrowed deep within him? Incubating. Waiting until the climate is right. Haunted by his deepest fears, Marcus struggles not to succumb as he fights to protect Lily, his beloved niece from a monster that lies in wait.

Andrea Chen, Garr Long, and Kevin Breznahan star opposite Trevor Long in an Owen Long film Seeds, written by Steven Weisman, out this September from Dark Star Pictures and Uncork'd Entertainment.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

My Review Of "Dolls" 2019

"Dolls" 2019 is directed by Cuyle Carvin in his feature directorial debut. The film stars Dee Wallace, Tom Downey, Trinity Simpson, Bret Green and Elise Muller. "Dolls" is a slow-burn horror thriller with a sinister ending. 

The story concerns a struggling children's book author and his rebellious teenage daughter who move into a house they've inherited and find mysterious dolls in the attic.  They soon learn that the dolls have a sinister -- and deadly -- past.

"Dolls" is reminiscent of 80's prop horror films like "Puppet Master" and 1987's "Dolls", keeping with a slow paced scary story format. In this film, the story does move a bit too slow in the beginning. Too much time is spent teasing the horror to come, and clumsily creating character development. It gets a little tedious but Thomas Downey's portrayal of Robert does help break up the monotony with comic relief , and a general relatability- complete with "Dad jokes". 

The acting is decent, at times there is clear indication that the script never quite matured. Still, the cast did an excellent job bringing these characters to life. I do feel a need to complain there wasn't enough Dee Wallace. With a stronger script maybe it wouldn't have been so noticable, but given the over-exaggerated drama that eats up the first hour, and weak jump scares, I found myself wishing Wallace's onscreen presence was stronger.

The horror elements are not as strong as I was hoping for going into "Dolls". Expected jump scares are weak, mostly just soneone being creeped out by a doll. A couple of the kill sequences fall a bit short, but were still a welcomed sight. Carvin is clever in his choices as far as how to shoot the horror elements, very much the way Full Moon shoots their stuff these days. 

The last act is the real ticket. The sinister, and tragic way the story ends, and those last few deaths are what I was hoping for the first two acts. Overall "Dolls" will disappoint as much as it will entertain. This isn't a high intensity thriller, and there are holes in the story. Still it is worth checking out at least once, just don't expect to be scared. (2.5/5)

"The Black String" Set To Be Released This September

Frankie Muniz stars in "The Black String", set to be released this September. The film is directed by Brian Hanson and costars Bret Green and Chelsea Edmondson. ”The Black String" arrives on DVD, Digital, and On Demand September 24th from Lionsgate.

After Jonathan (Frankie Muniz, Agent Cody Banks) hooks up with sexy Dena through a swinger’s hotline, he becomes incredibly ill. Suffering from blackouts and hallucinations, Jonathan’s life begins to fall apart. He becomes convinced that he’s the helpless victim of an evil cult that’s cursed him with deadly mystical forces beyond his control. But is this supernatural threat real or all in Jonathan’s troubled mind? This riveting horror-thriller will leave you shaken long after it’s all done.


The VelociPastor stomps into San Diego Comic-Con! JURASSIC PRIEST EMERGES IN FIRST TRAILER!

man of the cloth turns Jurassic in Wild Eye Releasing’s THE VELOCIPASTOR – screening this Saturday at San Diego Comic-Con!

Screening Details:
Saturday July 20, 2019 10:30pm – 11:45pm
Marriott Grand Ballroom 5
The Brendan Steere directed classic-in-the-making will premiere on DVD and Digital August 13 on such platforms as iTunes, Comcast, Spectrum, Dish, Vudu, Amazon, Fandango and Sling. A Blu-ray release will follow September 17.
After a devastating family tragedy, a priest travels to China to find deeper spirituality, but instead is endowed with an ancient ability that allows him to turn into a dinosaur. At first, he is horrified by his newfound superpower, but a local prostitute convinces him to use his newfound gift to fight evil – and ninjas.
Gregory James Cohan, Alyssa Kempinski, Daniel Steere, Yang Jiechang, Jesse Turits, Fernando Pacheco de Castro star with Aurelio Voltaire in the Wild Eye Releasing title.


John Rocco and Abiel Bruhn’s highly-anticipated horror feature The Night Sitter is set to spook summer, with a digital and DVD bow set for August via Uncork’d Entertainment.

Starring The Walking Dead’s Elyse DuFour, The Night Sitter fixes on a scheming con artist that poses as innocent babysitter to steal from a wealthy occult enthusiast. Just as the thief arrives to clean out the house, the home owner’s reclusive son stumbles upon one of his father’s artifacts and unwittingly summons a trio of witches known as The Three Mothers. As the playful, sadistic witches start picking people off, the humans form an unlikely bond and try to survive the night together.

The Night Sitter will be available August 6 on DVD and VOD from Uncork’d Entertainment.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Official Trailer Released For "Don't Let Go"

The official trailer has been released for "Don't Let Go". The Blumhouse horror hits theatres August. The film is directed by Jacob Aaron Estes and stars Storm Reid, Mykelti Williamson, David Oyelowo, Byron Mann and Shinelle Azoroh.

In DON’T LET GO, detective Jack Radcliff (David Oyelowo) gets a shocking phone call from his recently murdered niece Ashley (Storm Reid). Working together across time, they race to solve her murder before it can happen. A classic thriller with a supernatural twist,


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