Friday, December 31, 2010

A Short Essay 'Parallels Of Religious Abuse of Power and Social Terrorism'


It is my belief that organized religion has used superstition as a form of mind control, in an abusive role, to keep people confined within the constraints of legalized oppression by forcefully influentual means of social governments, equal to the fanatical views of religious beliefs, leading to the evolution of social terrorism. Psychologists define superstition as this "it involves the formation of a false association between a response and a reinforcer when there is no cause-and-effect relationship between the two". This does not suggest, by the professionals definition that they believe religion is equal to superstition. However I personally feel that religion falls under this psychological phenomenon. Webster's defines religion in several ways. I am not going to transcribe all of them here for obvious reasons so here are a couple that are relevant to this topic, "belief in and reverence for a supernatural power or powers regarded as creator and governor of the universe" and "a cause, a principle, or an activity persued with zeal or conscientious devotion". Niether superstition nor religion are defined as needing grounded, scientific, or factual evidence of supernatural existence. (On a side note, constitutionally this would fall under legislative ecknowledgement as "heresay") I myself have a strong indulgence of superstitious practice. For example, I have a strong urge to place spiritual based symbols around my living enviornment. I have a crucifix and an egyptian amulet of the dead hanging over the mirrors in my bedroom that are not significant to my daily use. I also have various tribal "spirit masks" and cultural based gargoyles positioned throughout my room and overhead in the four corners of the room. In moments of eventual anxiety I make the sign of the cross. I am niether catholic nor pagan in my religious heritage. I have no logistical reason nor evidence that these personal indulgences benefit my daily affairs nor do I protest or impose these superstitions on others, that is my main problem with religious doctrine being mirrored and imposed in the world's governments inscribed and issued laws and codes, which are designed to bring structure to social communities. This very moment and for the past several decades there has been an increasing battle to define the seperation of church and state and its legal implementation into society. The hypocrisy is that even as they legislate this they habitually indulge in religious based practices, such as "In god we trust", the "swearing in" of officials and institutions, therefore influencing through suggestive and unconscious means thier inability to seperate the very concept of "seperation of church and state", symbolically imposing personal belief on social governing.
In the past the church has proved its overwhelming control over the masses by inforcing monetary payment for personal salvation. In certain instances they have inforced high taxes on legal prostitution while at the same time dictating when the prostitutes would conduct business, even controlling when and where they would live, eat, and earn thier living. Another instance shows the true terroristic nature of religious order. During the crusades the knights demanded inflated monetary payments and the relinquishment of holy relics from the moslem population. When thier demands where not met thousands of unarmed moslems were slaughtered, men, women, and children. Situations such as these have been documented even until this very decade in societies where the ruling powers were raised based on religious footing and influence. Even today governments are using religion to enforce and excuse extreme atrocities against thier own peoples and foreign peoples. Laws are made and carried out based on "religious moralities" in order to oppress and subjugate segments of society whose ideals and principles are deemed undesirable or segregant, based on religious beliefs written into laws.
Labeling religious authority over government laws as being equal to social terrorism may sound extreme, however by allowing a structural belief of supernatural presence to supercede the logical principles of governing society based solely upon unfactual and arguementative spiritual ideals is in direct violation of the ability for implementation of just and equal concept of a free society, of the people, for the people, by the people. The allowance of religious convictions to be imposed on the people through governmental reinforcement does give rise to conflict and instability, which in return creates fanatical and violent actions to gain mental control over cultural and social order. In fact the very definition of terrorism is "the unlawful use or threatened use of force or violence to intimidate or coerse societies or governments, often for ideological or political reasons".
(note: this is my opinion)

Witch Attack Clip From "Season of the Witch"

"Season of the Witch" Clip

In the supernatural thriller Season of the Witch, Nicolas Cage stars as a 14th century Crusader who returns with his comrade (Ron Perlman) to a homeland devastated by the Black Plague. A beleaguered church, deeming sorcery the culprit of the plague, commands the two knights to transport an accused witch (Claire Foy) to a remote abbey, where monks will perform a ritual in hopes of ending the pestilence. A priest (Stephen Campbell Moore), a grieving knight (Ulrich Thomsen), an itinerant swindler (Stephen Graham) and a headstrong youth who can only dream of becoming a knight (Robert Sheehan) join a mission troubled by mythically hostile wilderness and fierce contention over the fate of the girl. When the embattled party arrives at the abbey, a horrific discovery jeopardizes the knight’s pledge to ensure the girl fair treatment, and pits them against an inexplicably powerful and destructive force.

"Apollo 18" Top Secret Documents

Apollo 18 opens in theatres March 4, 2011.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

New "Vanishing on 7th Street" Images

VANISHING ON 7TH STREET hits VOD next Friday, January 7 and limited theatrical released February 18.

Here's the official synopsis:
"From director Brad Anderson (SESSION 9, THE MACHINIST, TRANSSIBERIAN) comes VANISHING ON 7TH STREET, a terrifying, apocalyptic thriller that taps into one of humankind’s most primal anxieties: fear of the dark. An unexplained blackout plunges the city of Detroit into total darkness, and by the time the sun rises, only a few people remain—surrounded by heaps of empty clothing, abandoned cars and lengthening shadows. A small handful of strangers that have survived the night (Hayden Christensen, Thandie Newton, John Leguizamo and newcomer Jacob Latimore) each find their way to a rundown bar, whose gasoline-powered generator and stockpile of food and drink make it the last refuge in a deserted city. With daylight beginning to disappear completely and whispering shadows surrounding the survivors, they soon discover that the enemy is the darkness itself, and only the few remaining light sources can keep them safe. As time begins to run out for them, darkness closes in and they must face the ultimate terror."

First Look at Tomar-Re, Green Lantern's Mentor

In a universe as vast as it is mysterious, a small but powerful force has existed for centuries. Protectors of peace and justice, they are called the Green Lantern Corps. A brotherhood of warriors sworn to keep intergalactic order, each Green Lantern wears a ring that grants him superpowers. But when a new enemy called Parallax threatens to destroy the balance of power in the Universe, their fate and the fate of Earth lie in the hands of their newest recruit, the first human ever selected: Hal Jordan. Hal is a gifted and cocky test pilot, but the Green Lanterns have little respect for humans, who have never harnessed the infinite powers of the ring before. But Hal is clearly the missing piece to the puzzle, and along with his determination and willpower, he has one thing no member of the Corps has ever had: humanity. With the encouragement of fellow pilot and childhood sweetheart Carol Ferris (Blake Lively), if Hal can quickly master his new powers and find the courage to overcome his fears, he may prove to be not only the key to defeating Parallax…he will become the greatest Green Lantern of all.

One-Sheet for First Ever Israeli Slasher Flick

Synopsis: "A brother and sister, in their twenties, run away from home after their dark secret is discovered. They find temporary refuge in a deserted nature reserve. When the sister falls into a hunting trap, set by a psychotic killer, the brother sets out in a race against time to rescue her. A forest ranger and his old dog, two apathetic cops, four tennis players and a murderer, wandering carefree amongst his traps, will all be gradually drawn into a whirlwind of misunderstandings, fears and violence."

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

"Blood Lodge" is "Zombieland meets Dazed and Confused".

MULLICA TOWNSHIP - Graffiti Playhouse Productions, a South Jersey-based film company, is hosting a benefit party 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 8 for its new zombie horror movie. The event, "Zombies Invade the Pines" will be a Six Packs Pub, 4180 White Horse Pike in Mullica Township. General admission is $20; $15 for those dressed in zombie costumes. Graffiti Playhouse Productions expects to premiere the film in 2011, in addition to its two other horror films, "Terror at Ten Acres" and "Pembrook," later this year. Directed by Joel Reed "Blood Lodge" is described as "Zombieland" meets "Dazed and Confused"
The Sopranos Vincent Pastore and former porn star Jasmin St. Claire are set to star in Blood Lodge.

"A zombie attack happens in the fictional town of Ten Acres while a group of friends travel for a ski weekend," writer-director Kevin Orosz told the paper. "The group unites with other guests staying at the Ten Acres Lodge and tries to stay alive by fighting the zombies."

'Spartacus: Gods of the Arena' Jan.21st. 2011!

The House of Batiatus is on the rise, basking in the glow of its infamous champion Gannicus, whose skill with a sword is matched only by his thirst for wine and women. These are the times a young Batiatus has been waiting for. Poised to overthrow his father and take control, he’ll freely betray anyone to ensure his gladiators are in the highest demand. And he’ll have his loyal and calculating wife Lucretia by his side for every underhanded scheme, drawing on the brazen talents of her seductive friend Gaia when it counts. Together, they will stop at nothing to deceive the masses, seize power, and bleed Capua dry in this audacious prequel to “Spartacus: Blood and Sand.”

“Spartacus: Gods of the Arena,” the highly anticipated prequel to “Spartacus: Blood and Sand,” tells the story of the original Champion of the House of Batiatus. Joining returning stars, John Hannah (The Mummy, Four Weddings and A Funeral) as Batiatus, Lucy Lawless (“Xena: Warrior Princess”) as Lucretia and Peter Mensah (300, The Incredible Hulk) as Oenomaus, will be additional cast members Dustin Clare (“Underbelly”) as Gannicus, Jaime Murray (“Hu$tle”) as Gaia and Marisa Ramirez (“General Hospital”) as Melitta.

Israeli Horror Coming Soon!

Debuting as part of a web news clip, the video showcasing bits from the film directed by Aharon Keshlers came with this desctiption:

"After reviewing hundreds of Israeli features, film critic Aharon Keshlers decided to direct his own movie but not yet another Israeli war film or drama genre, but rather a 'slasher'.

"Silent House" Teaser and World Premiere News!

The 2011 Sundance Film Festival has added another world premiere. Silent House, a thriller by Chris Kentis and Laura Lau will debut out of competition in the Midnight section. They are the creative force behind Open Water.

The plot is based on a true story that happened in the late 40's in a small village in Uruguay. The film focuses on Laura, who, second by second, intends to leave a house which hides an obscure secret, unharmed. Laura and her father Wilson settle down in a cottage they have to renew since its owner will soon put the house up for sale. They will spend the night there and repair the following morning. Everything seems to go smoothly until Laura hears a sound that comes from outside and gets louder and louder on the upper floor of the house. Wilson goes up to see what is going on while she remains downstairs on her own, waiting for her father to come down.

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"Insidious" Release Date!

"Insidious will be released on April 1, 2011.

Synopsis: "When proud parents take possession of an old house to build a nest for their family, an accident results in one of their sons falling into a coma. The tragedy doesn’t stop there when they are beset by vengeful spirits from another realm in this new chiller by the director and writer of Saw and by the producers of Paranormal Activity."

New Promos for "Battlefield: Los Angeles"

Look for it in theatres on March 11th, 2011.Synopsis
For years there have been documented cases of UFO sightings around the world – Buenos Aires, Seoul, France, Germany, China. But in 2011 what were once just sightings will become a terrifying reality when Earth is attacked by unknown forces. As people everywhere watch the world’s great cities fall, Los Angeles becomes the last stand for mankind in a battle no one expected. It’s up to a Marine staff sergeant (Aaron Eckhart) and his new platoon to draw a line in the sand as they take on an enemy unlike any they’ve ever encountered before.

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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

After Dark Originals Teaser for 2011 & One-Sheets

After Dark Originals - Teaser Trailer
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Writer/Director: Brett Simmons
Cast:Wes Chatham (Brian), C.J. Thomason (Chris), Devon Graye (Scott), Tammin Sursok (Natalie)
SYNOPSIS:When a murder of crows smash into their car windshield, a group of young friends are forced to abandon the vehicle, leaving them stranded beside a desolate cornfield. Hidden deep within the cornfield they find a crumbling farmhouse – but they soon discover that instead of a sanctuary, the house is actually the center of a terrifying supernatural ritual that they are about to become a part of…

Writer: George Richards
Director: Antonio Negret (Towards Darkness)
Cast: Orlando Jones (Det. Lampkin), Gary & Edmund Entin (Seth & Jonah Trimble)
 SYNOPSIS:Seth and Jonah are murderous twins who share an evil kinship. Damned from the moment of their births, the brothers possess a gruesome talent for telekinesis – a power they use in the most horrific ways imaginable. As their fellow students meet gory fates, the local law enforcement begin to suspect the twins’ connection to the depraved murders. What started as a jealous rage escalates into a supernatural showdown – pitting brother against brother, evil against evil.

Writer: Mike Hurst
Director: Val Milev
Cast:  Roger Cross (Sarge), Scott Adkins (Parker), Daniella Alonso (Matthews), Jesse Garcia (Hernandez), Bruce Payne (Winston)
SYNOPSIS:It’s been 5 years since the outbreak that wiped out 85% of the world’s population, but the war between Re-Animates (Re-Ans) and Humans wages on. Most of the major cities are still uninhabitable. Within the few surviving cities, the Re-Ans have been segregated into “zones” and are policed by the R-Division of the QUASI S.W.A.T. Unit who hunt to re-kill the Re-Ans in the hope of quelling a second outbreak.
“R-Division, Frontline” is America’s #1 TV show in this Post-Apocalyptic world.  Weekly, the show follows different R-Division units on the battlefield as they work to keep America Safe and Re-An free. Jimmy, the videographer for the Outbreak Network, thought this week’s episode would be like every other. He was wrong.  Through the lens of his eyes and camera, we see raw, revealed and uncut, that which could be mankind’s last day.

"Dracula 3D" Begins Shooting In February

Dario Argento's "Dracula 3D" begins shooting in February and if this was not Argento I would say enough fucking 3D shit already! I have watched 3D and just as in the 80's I don't get it. Maybe my eyes are defective but honestly I don't see any difference as far as my picture going experience. The only thing I have noticed is "thank the gods I don't have to fucking wear glasses" because I would MaGoo it through life! However this is Dario Argento and it is going to be a true period Dracula film that is going to stick to Bram's vision of the Dark Seductive Demon of History.

According to ..."The film will be a period set faithful adaption of the novel, it will begin shooting in Italy and Hungary in February. The movie will be made in English. Not much more information is known at this time but we know some of you blood suckers will be interested in this news hot of the wire."

First Image From Marc Price's "The Coffin"

"The Coffin is the story of an absent father who gatecrashes his young son's funeral, steals the coffin, and embarks on a momentous road trip with his ex-partner and two friends."
From directer of uber-micro budget zombie feature Colin.

"The Almighty Thor" Set For 2011

This is not the Marvel's Thor that hits theaters in 2011, this is a direct-to-dvd movie with a much smaller budget.
When the demon god Loki destroys the fortress of Valhalla and steals the Hammer of Invincibility, only the young hero Thor can protect Earth from Armageddon.
“Almighty Thor” out May 10, 2011. Which just happens to be about 4 days after Marvel Studios unleashes their “Thor” in theaters.

'Falling Skies' Trailer

TNT's teaser trailer for it's upcoming alien invasion series featuring Noah Wyle.
FALLING SKIES is an exciting new series from DreamWorks Television and executive producer Steven Spielberg. Noah Wyle (ER, TNT’s The Librarian movies) stars as a former college professor who becomes the leader of a group of soldiers and civilians struggling against an occupying alien force. Moon Bloodgood (Terminator Salvation) co-stars as Anne Glass, a therapist who works with the surviving children to help them cope with the traumatic situation. The series also stars Drew Roy (Lincoln Heights) as Hal and Maxim Knight (Brothers & Sisters) as Matt, Tom’s two sons; and Seychelle Gabriel (Weeds) as Lourdes, an orphaned teenager who helps run the group’s commissary. Will Patton (Armageddon, TNT’s Into the West) will play a recurring role as a fierce resistance fighter. FALLING SKIES is slated to premiere in 2011.

Stills For "The Rite"

Courtesy of the guys over at STYD new images from "The Rite" with Sir Anthony Hopkin,
Colin O’Donoghue, Alice Braga, Ciarian Hinds & Rutger Hauer.
A Bounty of Images Arrive for The Rite
Synopsis: "Inspired by true events, The Rite follows skeptical seminary student Michael Kovak (Colin O’Donoghue), who reluctantly attends exorcism school at the Vatican. While in Rome, he meets an unorthodox priest, Father Lucas (Anthony Hopkins), who introduces him to the darker side of his faith.
Directed by Mikael Håfström, The Rite is a supernatural thriller that uncovers the devil’s reach to even one of the holiest places on Earth. Contrafilms’ Beau Flynn and Tripp Vinson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose) are producing the film. The screenplay was penned by Michael Petroni (upcoming The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader), inspired by the book by Matt Baglio. Christy Fletcher and Emma Parry are co-producing. Richard Brener, Merideth Finn and Robert Bernacchi serve as executive producers.
Hopkins stars as Father Lucas. Making his feature film debut, O’Donoghue stars as Michael Kovak, the disillusioned American seminary student. Alice Braga plays the role of Angeline, a journalist in Rome doing research on exorcisms. Ciarán Hinds portrays Father Xavier. Toby Jones plays the role of Father Matthew, and veteran actor Rutger Hauer takes on the role of Michael’s father, Istvan Kovak."

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New "Scream 4" Image

Monday, December 27, 2010

Soon there will be "Christmas With The Dead"!

According to (Bloody Disgusting) the Lansdale short story will become a movie soon. Following in the footsteps of "Bubba Ho-Tep" which starred Bruce Campbell.
"It was a foolish thing to do, and Calvin had not bothered with it the past two years, not since the death of his wife and child. But this year he decided quite suddenly, that tomorrow was Christmas Eve. And zombies be damned, the lights and decorations are going up..."

"Blood Runs Cold" Trailer

Synopsis: "Is a horror/suspense feature film about an artist looking to get away from her stressful life. Her manager rents her a house in her home town where she runs in to an old boyfriend. They go back to the house, only to find out it is not as empty as they assumed."

Februrary 15th! Get Ready For "The Last Lovecraft"!

"Jeff, a down on his luck office worker, finds out he is the last living relative of horror novelist H.P. Lovecraft. What he doesn't know is that Lovecraft's monsters are real and will soon threaten the very existence of mankind. Jeff and his best friend Charlie are forced to embark on a perilous adventure and they enlist the help of high school acquaintance, Paul, a self proclaimed Lovecraft specialist. Together the three unlikely heroes must protect an alien relic and prevent the release of an ancient evil, known as Cthulhu."

Thursday, December 23, 2010

New "Smurf" Images

When the evil wizard Gargamel chases the tiny blue Smurfs out of their village, they tumble from their magical world and into ours — in fact, smack dab in the middle of Central Park. Just three apples high and stuck in the Big Apple, the Smurfs must find a way to get back to their village before Gargamel tracks them down.

Coming June 2011!

"Red State" Teaser Trailer

"A horror film in which a group of misfits encounter fundamentalism gone to the extreme in Middle America."

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Extended "I AM FOUR"

Extraordinary teen John Smith (Pettyfer) is a fugitive on the run from ruthless enemies sent to destroy him. Changing his identity, moving from town to town with his guardian Henri (Olyphant), John is always the new kid with no ties to his past. In the small Ohio town he now calls home, John encounters unexpected, life-changing events-his first love (Agron), powerful new abilities and a connection to the others who share his incredible destiny.

"Germ" Proves Cannibalism is Contagious.

When cannibalism is contagious, will even the strong survive?

Germ from Germ The Movie, LLC on Vimeo.

"All About Evil" On DVD

If you have yet to see Joshua Grannell's incredible film All About Evil, you are in luck, because it is now available on DVD!

Buy it here!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The Five Frights of Christmas: A Silent Night, Deadly Night Franchise Retrospective

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on the "Silent Night Deadly Night" Franchise by Michael Varrati.
Released a mere four years after Christmas Evil and taking a decidedly more sleazy slasher approach, Silent Night, Deadly Night whipped up the media attention that its predecessor never quite could muster.

"Holy Oak" Synopsis & Poster

Synopsis: "Over a century ago in the small Texas town of Holy Oak, a curse was born, all of the residents mysteriously disappeared and the tiny settlement was wiped of off the map. Today, the only surviving member of the cursed family, Kim Simon, finds herself drawn to an overgrown plot of land on the outskirts of where Holy Oak once stood searching for her long lost father, Phillip, a horror novelist who went missing years before. Along with her father, a handful of friends and two detectives, Kim discovers that not everything is as it seems..."   
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"The Awakened" Indie Film

Synopsis: "On the outskirts of a small mountain community, retired farmer Hank Taylor decides to pull down an old dead tree that sits on the edge of his property. Hank soon discovers something strange buried in the ground beneath. Something large, metallic and not of this earth. With the first taste of sunlight in over 200 years, the object switches on - resurrecting it’s ominous hibernating occupants from a long slumber and turning the Taylor farm into an arena of heart pounding terror. So begins a frightening tale of people pitted against fierce and vicious alien creatures. Ordinary people trapped in a secluded farm house, cut off from the outside world and desperately fighting to stay alive. All the while, mysterious covert government agents callously monitor their dangerous situation. Its a gripping and compelling account of who will survive and who will fall prey to the blood thirsty non-human visitors."   
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Monday, December 20, 2010

"Evidence" Trailer and Clip

Four young adults go camping in the canyons around LA and one of them is filming a documentary on his friend. But soon they discover they are being terrorized by a mysterious figure.

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