Saturday, September 22, 2012

My Review Of “Crowsnest” 2012

“Crowsnest” is a found footage cannibal/ survival flick. It pits an unlucky group of friends, leaving the city for a weekend trip to the wilderness, against homicidal maniacs. The group decide to take a small detour which proves fatal. The film was directed by Brenton Spencer. The movie stars Mittita Barber ,Victor Zinck Jr, Aslam Hussein, Chelsey Reist and Christie Burke. The story draws most of its induction of horror in the fact that it is viewed from the perspective of camera footage found, during a search by police for the group, and what we see is what happened to the five friends.

crowsnestThe film starts off like most found footage films do, with a simple premise to justify the style. In this case one of the friends is celebrating a birthday and his girlfriend gets him this new camera that is apparently so kick ass he can’t put it down. The trick works for the most part. At the beginning it relies on the same ridiculous banter that all found footage flicks rely on. It has a purpose, to make us connect with the characters personally and lulls us into the feeling that it is an innocent event that should have no unforeseeable horrific outcome. Until that very horrible outcome hits us full on as it does the characters onscreen. Even with the first quarter of this film seeming to fall in the redundant category the film manages to use the tricks of this style of filming quite well. Once the terror starts when city slicker meets psycho country cannibal everything changes brutally. Brenton manages to use a few new camera tricks to justify the scene being captured on film/digital-whatever. These tricks mange to keep the film flowing without seeming forced on us in order to continue with a found footage format. All in all the movie had me starring at my screen like a deer in headlights, afraid to keep looking and afraid to turn away.

“Crowsnest” may start off feeling like the same ole-same ole but don’t be misguided by that knee jerk reaction. The actors manage to turn scenes of classic terror through the camera’s eye into real tense and suspenseful moments. There are also some very dark edgy moments that show brutal survival instinct that no civilized person would ever think of resorting to, and the cannibals are never seen full on in the scenes, only shadowy poorly lit monsters that chase down, dismember, and discard their prey. The graphic gore is minimal in this film because unlike some cliché movies these monsters have no real care for the modern trinkets that city folk carry with them into the outback. So there are no scenes from killer point of view on tape getting gritty and raw and nasty with the special effects- save one scene-the birthday boy. But you will have to watch the film to see. I have to say that I will probably add this to my collection and watch it some more times. I rarely say that about found footage films.

Psychotic Saturdays!: Six Films For The Twisted Mind

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Today is Saturday and this post is late. We all have our issues, but that is why I call this day Psychotic Saturday! Crazy people, crazy day, crazy minds! Here are six films to check out on this edition of Psychotic Saturdays!

1. New Guy (2003)

new guyGregg's first day at his new job starts off strangely, as he discovers his cubicle is covered in a sea of Post-Its left behind by his predecessor, who he soon discovers did not leave on amicable terms. His co-workers don't seem quite normal either, standing aimlessly or endlessly chatting nonsense on the phone or gossiping by the coffee machine. Grown men cry in this office and as Gregg tries to stay on top of his new job, fighting a toy car that runs around the office, arguing with a janitor, and trying, repeatedly, to send out an all important fax; things gradually go from bad to worse in this corporate wasteland. As day turns into night, Gregg begins to realize this is no ordinary workplace. It can be very lethal...

2. Gothika (2003)

gothikaGhost story in which a repressed female psychiatrist wakes up as a patient in the very asylum where she worked with no memory of why she is there and what she has done.

3. Dark Corners (2006)
A troubled young woman (Birch) wakes up one day as a different person - someone who is stalked by creatures.

4. They (2002)

theyAfter witnessing a horrific and traumatic event, Julia Lund, a graduate student in psychology, gradually comes to the realization that everything which scared her as a child could be real. And what's worse, it might be coming back to get her...

5. The New Kids (1985)
A brother and sister arrive in a small town to help their relatives run an amusement park, and they find the town is terrorized by a local street gang.

6. Visiting Hours (1982)

visiting hoursA crazed, women-hating killer (Ironside) attacks journalist Deborah Ballin (Grant). When he discovers that his attack didn't kill Deborah, he comes to the hospital to finish what he started.


Fear your jobs, fear your neighbors. Fear your thoughts and fear the shadows. Celebrate the crazy on this Psychotic Saturdays Saturday!

Friday, September 21, 2012

My Review Of “Shift” Book Two In The Shade Trilogy

Jeri Smith-Ready’s “Shift” is the second novel in the young adult trilogy “Shade”. The story continues the supernatural reality that is our world after a cosmic change makes ghosts common place. It follows the life of post Shifter Aura Salvatore. This second novel manages to grab that intensity and emotion that the first novel builds and carry it further into the complexity of a world fighting to deal with ghosts and young people as crucial aspects of a functioning society. After all only persons born after the shift-16 or 17 years in the trilogy’s time space can see the departed which makes them necessary to create a realistic melding of the dead into a living world. A story that could be a perfect metaphor for many of todays social issues that are under scrutiny. What adds to the suspense of “Shift” is the expanded story of the DMP and the British counter-part MI-X. The organization responsible for handling all affairs dealing with human/paranormal coexistence.

In this second installment the events that unfold create an atmosphere of darker, more surreal fears and outcomes for the heroine and those around her. There is more answers to fascinating questions brought up in the first novel that make the story seem eternally epic. However not enough to give the impression that the story can only go so far because as the novel propels the misadventures of Aura’s life forward even more questions and fears arise giving new blood to the characters and their situation. There are a few aspects of “Shift” that seem to lull with the stereotypical world of a teenager that for me personally as an adult seemed to make the story drag but this trilogy is intended for the young adult/teen audience. Incidentally it is the same frustrations I held toward “Twilight Saga”. I have to say that this does have any real impact on the novel because just as the story seems to wane in thrills from an ordinary teenage life the suspense soon rushes back into the book even stronger. Plus the climactic end that creates the epic cliffhanger moment for the reader is beyond intense. I actually gasped and felt a bit frustrated or was it appalled at the ending. Maybe it was simply devastation because the ending was big. Thankfully though third in this supernatural trilogy is already at my nightstand and ready for me to find out how the life of Aura Salvatore ends, whether it be tragic or triumphant I can not wait. I still stand with my argument that not all young adult/teen novels are only good for that group and hold well to an even greater audience appreciation. I love this story and I am invested in these kids welfare! Not to mention finally finding out the great revelations surrounding the “Shift”.

Official Trailer For “The Aztec Box” Unearthed

sarcophagus[3]“The Aztec Box” is a film comprised of footage gathered at the scene a domestic disturbance by Riverside, CA. police officers. After reviewing the footage, the investigators concluded that it consisted of a student made reality show culminating with some sort of a satanic ritual following an unearthing of an ancient Aztec Chamber box in the backyard of the residence in question.
Exhibit 4A, Case #AD-398437 Riverside PD. The case is also known as “The Aztec Box”. Check out the official trailer below.
The house was rented out to four college students, who unearthed some sort of an Ancient Aztec Relic buried in the backyard. There are reports that the students reported a number of disturbances following this unearthing, culminating in some sort of a satanic ritual or cult.

“The Aztec Box” is expected to be released October 2012.  I suggest checking out the website for the whole story behind this bizarre story.

Check Out The Four New Vaudeville Inspired Posters For Comedy/Thriller “Gorilla”

“Gorilla” is a comed/thriller that harkens back to the hay-day of classic Hollywood cinema B-movies. It is a “salute to the monster on the loose films of the 1950’s. Written and directed by Dave Shaw and filmed in glorious black with with real monaural sound it's an experience in terror like you've never seen before! I call these “Vaudeville inspired” because the 50’s B-movie monster comedies were a complete homage to 30’s and 40’s transition for the Vaudeville stars to the silver screen. An era that even though it is years before my time I still seem addicted to.

"Late Night Classics presents Gorilla!" is an experience that is so terrifying it cannot be described. Starring Sara Duplancic and Francis Fisk it's the story of a killer gorilla and the rummy who stops him.
It's frightening! It's scary! It's horrifying! And it's frightening! A monster so terrifying you won't know what it is. Check out the four new promo posters just posted on the Facebook Page!

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In The World Of Spirits: Tropical Smash

Tonight I just couldn’t find anything I was drinking refreshing. Since I had this wonderful Ninja blender I decided to go frozen. I call it a Tropical Smash. It is cool and refreshing especially on these days were the weather doesn’t quite know if it wants to be cool or warm. For me today was a bit too warm hence the frozen cool down drink!
Ice cubes
Tropical blend fruit juice
Sour Mix
1 1/2 oz Rum (I prefer dark spice Rum/Kraken)
1 1/2 oz Gin
Add your ice cubes (enough to fill a tall glass twice) into blender. Pour in two cups of Tropical Blend fruit juice (any brand). Pour in about 2 oz. of Sour mix . Then add the measured amounts of liquor and blend until you have a slushy mix. Pour into your favorite margarita glass or daiquiri glass and enjoy!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

The Axeman Cometh: The Killing Machine That Is Scot Pollard

scot pollard - CopyScot Pollard may have made a name for himself in the NBA but he is about to be known as the face of terror. In his eleven year career he was known for two things, his defensive presence on the court and his many transformations of style which garnered him a lot of comparison to another NBA legend- Dennis Rodman. His ever changing hairstyles along with many notable designs of his facial hair made him seem as a rather madman of basketball. I am sure his opponents on the court found it distracting if not down right intimidating. I know that if I saw a 6 ft. 11 in. powerhouse coming at me with a blonde short mohawk and ponytailed beard I would be a bit fluxed. Worse even is that same frame charging toward me with mutton chops and long wavy hair, showing more appearance akin to a Viking gangster out of the 70’s than an NBA superstar but then again I think that was the point. To keep the other guy guessing and intimidated. Now that Scot is off the court he has found a new arena to parlay that creative force of intimidation. The non-stop presence of a homicidal killing machine that Scot Pollard himself is a role “tailor-made” for him. The Axeman cometh and let the terror begin.

Scot Pollard will soon be stepping into the role of Joston Theney’s ultimate evil known as the Axeman in “The Axeman At Cutter’s Creek”. It is a slasher film that plans to redefine what a psychotic killer can be. An intelligent monster driven out of sheer will to destroy life with brutality and cunning and purpose. The film is currently filming and with the awesome presence that is Scot Pollard giving rise to this legend of nightmares it should one hell of a scary show. Scot considers the character of the Axeman as “ a killing machine-big and scary-lurking in the shadows.” He told me that the character has “no joy, no pain, nothing inside him driving him except that primitive need to kill”. This is a role that is suited to Scot Pollard who considers himself to be big and scary and perfect for the part. A sentiment  echoed by Joston Theney himself having came across Scot Pollard when searching for the perfect person to play his methodical monster. A legend that in terror that is sure to bring new life into the mythos of the slasher.

“The Axeman At Cutter’s Creek” will be Scot Pollards second film as a near supernatural force of evil having recently played “El Monstuo” in the horror anthology “Barrio Tales” 2012. The Axeman will create a new playground for Scot Pollard to intimidate the hell out of as the story has been sold as a trilogy with Scot Pollard more than willing to keep the blood flowing as the maniacal force known as the Axeman. Not that scary and psychotic is what actually defines Scot Pollard but it does allow him to explore his second dream which motivated him as a child – acting. When I asked him about acting after a notable career in the NBA, he said that as a kid he always wanted to be on the big screen entertaining. He found roles in school plays and was always performing skits to show his talent as a kid, performing for family and friends. Of coarse he notes that there were no noticeable leading men of great height in the movies, oh and there is the fact that he had some serious basketball skills.

Now that Scot Pollards days on the court are professionally behind him at the moment he has time to focus on acting and also as a budding producer. Besides his role as the Axeman and having been in an anthology Scot also is a producer for another project that manages to combine both of his loves, Movies and Basketball. His project “The Jayhawkers” which tells the story of Kansas legendary coach Forrest “Phog” Allen, a man who basically gave us the NCAA. Well he created the National Association Of Basketball Coaches which then went on to create the NCAA but –same thing! Anyway Scot Pollard as well as the other members of the film are currently working to bring the “Phog” story to basketball fans everywhere. Plus Pollard is also working on a television project which proves that the guy is more than just big and scary. Although as a horror fan I have to say – big and scary is more than enough to get my praise. Although hearing that his favorite films where the classic tales of “The Toxic Avenger” and the original “Nightmare On Elm Street” is enough to make anyone relate to the guy even as he is about to scare the shit out of horror fans as a soulless, unstoppable killing force. Actually I think that is the biggest thing I connect with, I have always had a strange attraction to those horror characters who were goliaths filled with either rage or pure evil completely and utterly driven to kill and create chaos, but I am that truly twisted kinda gay. Anyway there is obviously a lot more “game” in Scot Pollard than one facet of life can contain which should transition easily in what ever he tackles in life but no this for sure and be warned “The Axeman At Cutter’s Creek” with Scot Pollard as the Axeman is about to give us all one hell of ride into terror.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Check Out The Trailer For “The Collection”

the collection posterCheck out the trailer for the follow up to the very disturbing and intense horror flick “The Collector”. This sequel directed by Marcus Dunstan picks up with Arkin’s story who barely escaped the psychotic clutches of the collector with his life. “The Collection” stars Josh Stewart, Lee Tergesen, Christopher McDonald, Johnny Yong Bosch, Emma Fitzpatrick, Shannon Kane, Tim Griffin, William Peltz, Eaddy Mays, Michael Nardelli, Justin Mortelliti, Michael H. Cole, Arloa Reston and Courtney Lauren Cumming.

“When Elena’s (Emma Fitzpatrick) friends take her to a secret party at an undisclosed location, she never imagined she would become the latest victim of The Collector, a psychopathic killer. The Collector kidnaps and transports her to an abandoned hotel he’s transformed into his own private maze of torture and death. Upon learning of his daughter’s disappearance, Elena’s wealthy father (Christopher McDonald) hires a group of mercenaries to retrieve her from the vicious grips of The Collector. These mercenaries coerce Arkin (Josh Stewart), the only man to have escaped the wrath of this heinous monster, to lead them through thegruesome labyrinth. Now, Arkin finds himself fighting for his own life in order to save Elena. “The Collection,” directed by Marcus Dunstan and written by Dunstan and Patrick Melton, is a suspense horror film with nonstop thrills at every turn, starring Josh Stewart (The Dark Knight Rises), Emma Fitzpatrick(The Social Network), and Christopher McDonald (Requiem for a Dream).”

Check Out The Teaser Poster For “Prometheus Unbound” 3D

Currently in pre-production is Issac Florentine’s “Prometheus Unbound” 3D. From Stealth Media Group the sci-fi flick is about a soldier who is modified with nanotechnology. He soon becomes the only power able to stand against a company of warmongering mercenaries determined to start  a global nuclear war. The film will be directed from a script written by Mitch Gould.

In The World Of Spirits: Bloody Punch Drink

This entry into my new found journey into the world of spirits is tropical delight inspired by blood stains. I call it the Bloody Punch Drink. It is a creative spin on a mixed drink that is a twist on the Long Island Ice Tea drink.
2 cps Frozen Strawberries
2 cps Smashin’ Strawberry Minute Maid
1 1/2 oz Vodka
1 1/2 oz Tequila
1 1/2 oz Whiskey
1 1/2 oz Pomegranate schnapps
Sour Mix
In a blinder add your strawberries and Smashin’ Strawberry Minute Maid and blend. Then add your liquors and blend until strawberries are pulverized. Pour liquid into a glass leaving about 2 full inches from rim of glass. Finish off with Sour Mix until only 1/2 space is left from rim to drink level. Stir with a straw and enjoy!

Joston Theney’s Quest To Create The Ultimate Killer.

My Interview With The Director Of "The Axeman At Cutter's Creek" & "Bleed 4 Me".

joston theneyA relatively new director on the Indie scene Joston Theney has the drive and perspective of what horror should be that rivals any seasoned director. His earlier film  “Bleed 4 Me” drew a lot of attention with it’s grindhouse styled gorefest that is reminiscent of Troma Studios early stuff and a modern gritty action feel that carries as much impact as any modern giallo film. The film just proved that Joston Theney is serious about his image of horror. Having tackled the genre from a completely individualized and modern point of view that brings an air of raw, edgy, in-your-face sophistication to his storytelling while maintaining that subtle homage to the entertainment value of a genre that has become a fundamental of the film industry. Horror has maintained the most sustained fan base and commercial success of any film genre since the earliest days of movie making. It has also produced on of the best Independent film communities of all time. A community that Joston Theney is poised to dominate with his next project “The Axeman At Cutter’s Creek”. It will be a film close to Theney’s heart as a life long horror fan. His ambitious and passionate quest to create the ultimate killer. It will be Joston’s second feature film and will create a new type of slasher that has yet to be released on the horror world. A killer grounded by a concept of reality, unbound by mystical limitations set forth by the concept of a safe zone. That time or area where the killer holds no power and the population is safe from his terror. So many films in horror abide by this rule of thumb that an evil must be invoked by some consequential action or supernatural force that drives the monster, usually around a celebratory occasion or negative desire of some demoralized person. This has always been a structure set forth by the gods of horror in order give some reason to the madness about to unfold which sadly creates a limited and mindless existence to the monster. Joston Theney is about to break those rules and give evil full reign in this new tale of terror.

“The Axeman At Cutter’s Creek” is currently filming and stars Tiffany Shepis, Scot Pollard, Erin Marie Hogan, Elissa Downing, Ray Trickett and Joston Theney among others in this new epoch of horror. The film will unleash a madman that is more evolved, calculative and brutal than most of the slasher’s who came before. A concept that is sure to set Joston Theney apart from some of todays more notable directors. Not that Joston holds any ill will or undefined animosity for the genre he holds dear having grew his love and inspiration for making horror movies from such greats as  Lionel Delplanque (Deep In The Woods), Dario Argento (Opera), Alexandre Aja (High Tension), Quentin Tarantino (Death Proof), David Mamet (Red Belt) George Romero (Dawn of the Dead) and P.T. Anderson (There Will Be Blood), with a little bit of David Lynch thrown in. All directors who have set and broke many preconceived standards of creating nightmares and dreamscapes. I recently had a chance to ask Joston Theney a few questions about his new film “The Axeman At Cutter’s Creek” as well as his passion for telling really good stories.

ASouthernLifeInScandalousTimes: When did you first realize that you wanted to make movies? 

Joston Theney: Well, storytelling came very early on.  And when I was 15, I had an English teacher take an interest in my creative writing.  Under her tutelage and one-on-one attention, I was published by 16, winning Georgia's most prestigious writing honor, the "Building a Better Georgia Award" in the process. Soon after, I received an opportunity to work for a few local producers in Atlanta and gained experience rewriting screenplays.  Add to that a local talent agency hiring me to record actors for commercial and theatrical auditions, giving me some entry level experience directing talent.  And that started my journey.

ASouthernLifeInScandalousTimes: Have you always been a Horror fan? what were your favorite horror movies growing up?

Joston Theney: Yeah, I've always been a huge fan of horror.  Growing up, my friends were horror movies and I spent every dime I had getting to see them, lol.  I grew up on Evil Dead, Fright Night, Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, Happy Birthday To Me, Night of the Living Dead, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Kindred, The Mutilator, The Dorm That Dripped Blood and I Spit on Your Grave, and soooo many others.  I just love this genre.  It's primal.  It's cathartic.  It allows us to explore depravity from a place of safety and find redemption - or not - depending on how far down you decide to sink.  And with the Axeman, we sink pretty far.

ASouthernLifeInScandalousTimes: Where did the idea of "The Axeman" come from?  

Joston Theney: The genesis of The Axeman came from my desire to create the ultimate slasher villain.  My favorite films as a kid were the original Friday the 13th series, Nightmare on Elm Street, Halloween, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Mutilator, The Dorm That Dripped Blood, Happy Birthday To Me and a slew of others.  I grew up on those.  But even as a youngster I realized where they were fundamentally flawed as villains.  They had limitations. Jason was trapped in Crystal Lake and never ventured out unless you can stomach to remember part 8 and 10. Freddy is only effective in the dream world.  Michael Myers might be stealthy and can drive, but unless it's Halloween, he's gonna stick out a little.  Do I even need to mention Leatherface?  My contribution to the genre is an unstoppable killing machine with brute strength, an unquenchable thirst for bloodshed and supreme intelligence.  And one who has no limitations on when, where or how brutally he'll eviscerate you!  He is the Axeman at Cutter's Creek!

ASouthernLifeInScandalousTimes: "The Axeman At Cutter's Creek" is a very different film from "Bleed 4 Me" which is harder to write, Demons or Slashers?

Joston Theney: Slashers, without a doubt.  With demons you have the luxury of explaining away stuff like logic, fundamental laws of physics and reality.  Slashers are grounded in the real world and when you do something ridiculous, fans call you out on it.  So everything I write, I run it through the "bullshit detector" and see if it passes, lol.

ASouthernLifeInScandalousTimes: Which of the characters do you most relate to, Darren, Paulie, or the Axeman? 

Joston Theney: Good question.  Would probably have to say there's a little of me in each of those characters.  The Axeman represents this immeasurable breadth of intestinal fortitude.  He's mentally and physically tougher than anyone you've ever seen.  You can't break his will, his determination or his spirit.  Didn't think I really had anything in common with such a monster, but I guess you proved me wrong, lol.  Darren represents that expected level of maturity that your parents and your teachers and every grown-up you've ever known has hoped you'd reach since childhood.  He's just such a really good guy through and through.  But I also have to say I'm a lot like Paulie, too.  He's a Billy Bad-ass but he also has this heart that is bigger than all outdoors. His concern is for the safety and well-being of those he loves, and he'll do literally anything to protect them.

ASouthernLifeInScandalousTimes: Just how scarily convincing was Scot Pollard as the Axeman? 

Joston Theney: Hahaha!  You have no idea!  The Axeman is a beast and so is Scot Pollard.  From the moment of his audition I was sold on this massive, broad-shouldered monster from Kansas.  No one else could've delivered the intensity, the agility and the sheer power Scot did on-set.  He killed it.  He is thoroughly convincing and a dream to work with.  Or should I say a nightmare, lol. 

ASouthernLifeInScandalousTimes: "The Axeman" is an iconic persona like a lot of the classic Slashers, do you see this story as a franchise or will this be the last we see of the Axeman? 

Joston Theney: When I turned in the rewrite for Axeman at Cutter's Creek, I sold the Executive Producer Dr. Christopher Otiko over at Blood Red Films on making it a trilogy.  Not a series of watered down sequels that become less and less effective with each entry, but an honest to God trilogy that explores the different aspects of the Axeman legend and the truth behind the mythology.  Otiko loved the gory details and greenlit the sequel right away.  So we go into development on that right after post production.  Fingers crossed on getting to shoot them back to back, as each story picks up right where the previous one leaves off.

ASouthernLifeInScandalousTimes: Which do you prefer most, acting or directing?

Joston Theney: Easy choice.  Directing.  I love taking words on a page and giving them life.  I surround myself with creative and technical people who possess undeniable talent with the intellect and the skill to apply it.  And I take those elements and shape them.  It's a wonderful feeling.

ASouthernLifeInScandalousTimes: As for The Axeman do you think there is anything good left in him or is he just evil incarnate? 

Joston Theney: To ask if there is anything good left in him implies that there was some good there to begin with.  And there never was.  He was born into evil. He has no conscience.  No remorse.  No pity.  He's the ultimate killing machine and gore hound.  He kills because that is what he was born to do.  His destruction of others doesn't come from a fit of rage but from a place of complete lucidity, calm and incredible intelligence and that's what makes him absolutely frightening.

ASouthernLifeInScandalousTimes: What nightmares do you have lined up after "The Axeman"?

Joston Theney: In between this film and finishing up the trilogy, I've gotten the green light for my horror film “Watch Them Kill”.  It follows a psychopathic director and a sociopathic writer/producer as they navigate Hollywood, creating the ultimate snuff film.  It's pretty sick and I must say that the list of actors and actresses that are being assembled will have us labeled the EXPENDABLES of horror movies, lol.

Axeman-At-Cutters-Creek_thumb[4]There are great things coming from Joston Theney. The Axeman as a trilogy is an actual promise and guarantee that the story will be a fluid and comprehensive saga of nightmares and bloodshed with clear direction. One that will actually make sense. Something that just proves that Joston Theney takes his horror seriously without loosing sight of creating entertaining movies. His field of view as a horror fan and young director is driven from such a varied catalogue of inspiration that allow for plenty of future projects to be as creative and fresh as “Bleed 4 Me” and “The Axeman At Cutter’s Creek” without seeming redundant. From demon hunting to methodical intelligent slashers to entering the taboo world of “snuff films” there is no area in the horror genre that Joston Theney is unwilling to explore in his endeavor to redefine the concept of horror.

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Sunday, September 16, 2012

Check Out The Trailer For Swiss Horror Flick “Murkwood”

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“Murkwood” is Swiss director Alex Boutellier’s feature film debut and is a genre blend of crime drama, thriller and psychological horror. Check out the promotional trailer shot in Switzerland in 2011 that shows the moody atmosphere that the film will have once production is finished. Plus jump over to the movie’s website and Facebook Page to keep up with the latest.

Career criminals Peter Buck, Eddie Coyne and Lucien Thaler kidnap the son of a prominent British politician from a Swiss boarding school.

Hiding out in the Alps, the men wait for the ransom money. But when tragedy strikes, they end up trapped in a dark wood – held hostage by unseen forces.

Hunted and desperate, the kidnappers realize that the worst evil does not lurk in the shadows of the night but in the darkness of their souls.
And it is about to be unleashed ...

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Trailer Released For “Mama”

mama posterGuillermo Del Toro’s supernatural/ thriller “Mama” directed by Andres Muschietti has released the official poster and trailer. Jessica Chastain, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Megan Charpentier and Isabelle Nellsse star in this haunting story of two found deep in the woods after they disappeared on the day their parents were killed. Years later with a new life the two girls realize that someone or something is haunting them. Check out the trailer below.


Check Out The Trailer For “Children Of Sorrow”

Check out the dark and twisted world inside a cult in Jourdan McClure directed “Children Of Sorrow”. The first trailer for this intense story that focuses on one woman’s journey to find out the truth of her sister’s disappearance inside a cult. She soon discovers a dark secret within the group and an even darker secret within herself.  “Children Of Sorrow” stars Bill Oberst Jr., Hannah Levien, and Whitney Nielsen.

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Monkey Wrench By Xara X. Xanakas Releases Sept. 19th

eBook Worth Reading:

Xara X. Xanakas about Were Menagerie story that focuses on the complexity of career and social life of Shapeshifters and Weres Monkey Wrench will be released on September 19th through Dreamspinner Press. Right now at Dreamspinner you can read an excerpt from the eBook.

Twenty-year-old virgin Aaron Thorne has a lot of irons in the fire. He’s on a career-making case investigating a new party drug that induces shifts in werecreatures, and his friend is the prime suspect. Outside of work, a literal silver fox has captured his attention. And just when life start going smoothly for Aaron, a tall, dark, scowly bobcat shifter named Iggy appears and sweeps him off his feet.
After being attacked in the course of his investigation, Aaron starts to feel like he has something to prove. It’s a good thing he’s got all the energy of his shifter animal, the spider monkey. He’s going to need it to solve the case, sort out his love life, and decide what kind of man he wants to be.

Check Out Some Storyboard Art By John Higgins For British Horror “Dementamania”

dementamania“Dementamania” is a British horror movie that battles the worst of human nightmares. Those which we create within our own imagination. However the real terror lies in not knowing that which is only imagined and is reality. In this psychological horror film an office worker fights that very terrifying situation when he can no longer decipher the reality of his mundane life and those things which spring from the depths of his mind. The film will be produced through Ronin Pictures, Opix Films, Green Screen Productions and Stealth Media Group with principle photography scheduled for October 1st 2012. Slated for a 2013 spring release “Dementamania” will be directed by Kit Ryan whose past film “Botched” won best feature at NYC Horror Film Festival 2007. Check out the released storyboard art for the film.

Synopsis: Frustrated with the social injustice he must face every day and the bureaucratic culture of the office he works in EDWARD ARKHAM is at boiling point.
Although successful in his job, working for a leading IT consultancy, years of routine have taken their toll, his work now seeming so unbearably monotonous, fuelling his frustration and bitterness.
When Edward is stung by a mysterious bug, it results in a painful and aggressive rash. It also unlocks the door to a secret world inside his head causing nightmarish fantasies to manifest themselves within vivid hallucinations. As the rash spreads and threatens to envelop his entire body, his visions become more real and reality begins to drift further and further away.
Are these apparitions solely bound to the confines of his mind or are their other unknown forces at work and is he part of something more sinister than he could possibly imagine?

“Dementamania” is slated to star  Samuel Robertson (Beaver Fills, Hot Hot Hot, Being Victor), Vincent Regan (Lockout, Unleashed, Clash of the Titans), Kal Penn (Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay, Superman Returns, Epic Movie), Geoff Bell (Scoop, RocknRolla, War House). You can keep up the film through the movie’s Facebook Page and Website. For the moment the website is not fully functioning as the film is only in the early stages of pre-production but should be warping reality in the near future. Reality Is Not An Option as definitely grabbed my curiosity for this one.



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