Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Check Out The New Poster For “Apocalypse Kiss”

Apcalypse KissPhiladelphia based Potent Media’s “Apocalypse Kiss” is a futuristic epic of the strange and fantastic. Set on the eve of cataclysm as a backdrop “Apocalypse Kiss” finds a city terrorized by a killer dubbed the Red Harvest Killer. As a government agent continues to track down the killer the body count rises. Only it isn’t the Red Harvest Killer responsible for the increased body count. Two nomadic lovers with homicidal tendencies have made there way into city racking up a body count of their own. The new deaths are assumed to be the work of the lone Red Harvest Killer known as Adrian who becomes infuriated by the newcomers association with his work and decides to lead the detective to Katia along with Gladys in an attempt to restore his reputation. As these lives collide no one is aware that the world is spinning into a catastrophe. The film is being directed by Christian Grillo and is set to star Tom Detrik, D.C. Douglas, Carmela Hayslett, Tammy Jean, Bonnie Love and Aimee Cassada.

Initially this film makes me think of the movie “Southland Tales”. The opus inducing suspense and drama as lives spiral into a violent frenzy all the while unaware that they are only moments away from the Apocalypse. The similarity ends at that concept as “Apocalypse Kiss” teases the thrilling collision that is bound to happen as between killers, victims and pursuers alike play a game of cat and mouse in a futuristic landscape. A very interesting premise indeed. Check out the teaser trailer for this imaginative blend of sci-fi and crime noir below and jump over the film’s Facebook Page to show some love. Filming is scheduled to begin on this project in January of next year. Provided we all survive our on prophetic doomsday of course.

Brandon Sites Would Like You To Meet The New Neighbor

the new neighbor artworkFrom writer / producer Brandon Sites (Fat Kid Massacre: The Short Film Version) and director James Cullen Bressack (Hate Crime) comes “The New Neighbor”, a film that combines elements of horror, mystery and erotic thriller to create a thrilling horror movie experience. “The New Neighbor” is set to start filming in the VA area January 14 with filming ending in late January. Heading up the cast of “The New Neighbor” is scream queen Kaylee Williams (Porkchop 3D, Slices of Life) and raising horror star Ryan Sandefur (MTV’s Teen Wolf: Season 2, Fat Kid Massacre).

“The New Neighbor” is about a college student (Kaylee Williams) & her brother who notice a puzzling epidemic sweeping their neighborhood timed to the arrival of a new neighbor. Everyone starts to turns pale, they act anemic, they avoid sunlight and they might have a strange bite mark on their neck. They become convinced that the new neighbor is slowly turning everyone into vampires. To complicate matters, sis (Williams) finds herself inexplicably drawn to the new neighbor (Ryan Sandefur). Is she a moth being drawn to the flame? Or is there a greater evil at work? 

Brandon Sites on The New Neighbor:
Instead of just focusing on vampires biting people, I wanted to focus on things such as secrecy, mystery, emotional vampirism, and sexuality - all things inherent to vampires. I think that’s what is going to make our vampire film different from other films in the genre.
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Check Out The Two New Clips From The New “Silent Night” Movie

Silent-Night-Theatrical-PosterSteven C. Miller’s “Silent Night” has released two new clips from the upcoming Holiday horror film which is a re-vision of the cult classic film “Silent Night, Deadly Night”. The film stars Malcolm McDowell, Jaime King, Donal Logue, Lisa Marie, Brendan Fehr, and Ellen Wong. The film will have a limited run in theatres on Nov. 30th before being released on DVD and Blu-ray combo Dec. 4th.

The police force of a remote Midwestern town search for a killer Santa Claus who is picking off citizens on Christmas Eve.

Ink By Damien Walters Grintalis

eBook Worth Reading:

inkInk by Damien Walters Grintalis is available on eBook for pre-order at Samhain Publishing which has become one of my favorite eReads sites. The novel is slated for Dec. 4th release date. You can read and excerpt and check pre-order here.

A tattoo can be a work of art…or a curse. The devil is in the details.

The fearsome griffin inked on Jason’s arm looks real enough to climb off and take flight. Jason thinks his new tattoo is perfect. Until he wakes up one night to find his arm temporarily ink free. Until he finds a brick wall where the tattoo shop should be.

As Jason’s world spins out of control, he comes to realize a truth as sharp as the griffin’s talons. The tattoo is alive, it’s hungry, and if Jason tries to kill it, he’ll die. The artist will remove it for a price, but he’s not interested in money or Jason’s soul. He wants something far worse…

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Copyright © 2012 Damien Walters Grintalis
All rights reserved — a Samhain Publishing, Ltd. publication

The room was bright white and antiseptic with the bite of alcohol lingering in the air. A shock compared to the tired, drab staircase. Jason blinked a few times, and all thoughts of nightmares disappeared. “Wow,” he said.
Spotless white walls picked up and magnified the overhead lighting. He could almost see his reflection in the gleam of the dark wood floor. A long table with metal legs stood in the center of the room, next to a smaller table covered with plastic bottles, rolls of paper towels, a tattoo gun and small pots of ink; a chair with a padded seat and a stool sat on the opposite side. Sailor put his briefcase on the floor and bent over the small table.
Jason looked at a series of framed prints on the far wall. “Is that your work?”
“Yes, a few of my original designs. Look closer if you want. They will not bite.”
Jason let out a low whistle when he got close to the first. Inside the old wood frame, a red-eyed dragon with scaly, pebbled skin reached up and out. Jason smiled and leaned closer. Sailor’s work was extraordinary. He was an artist in every sense of the word, despite his chosen medium of needles and flesh.
Jason walked with slow steps past the second framed image, a fairy with green wings and a long sword, then to the third, a long-legged pinup girl in a sexy pink nightgown with something hidden behind her back, both in scarred, chipped frames.
“How do you come up with your ideas?”
“My customers tell me what they want, and I use my imagination to create something that fits.”
The next frames, also old, held images of a sleek black cat with claws extended, a grizzly bear with its mouth opened in a snarl, its teeth and muzzle dripping with blood, and a serpent coiled around a bleeding cross.
“What if someone doesn’t know what they want?”
“People always know what they want,” Sailor said. “Even if they do not think they do. I have helped many make their decisions. Customers are never disappointed when they leave this room.”
The last frame, an empty one with the remnants of sticky adhesive from a price tag marring the top corner, hung on the wall next to a tall, narrow doorway covered with a dark cloth. No light peeked around the curtain, and a faint trace of dust speckled the bottom edge—the only evidence of dust in the room at all. As Jason turned away, the sound of small feet pattered across the floor. He paused, waiting for a mouse to emerge, but the curtain remained still, and the sound ceased.
Sailor finished setting up and sat on the stool with his hands on his upper thighs. “Sit here,” he said, indicating the chair beside him. “Have you given any thought to what you want?”
Jason sat down with a small smile on his face. “A griffin.”
An easy decision, once he’d thought about it. Easy and perfect. Six months ago, Shelley went away for a girl’s weekend with Nicole. Not long after she left, he went to the bookstore and bought a paperback. He couldn’t remember the title or the author or even the story, but he remembered the cover and the creature on it—a griffin with gold wings and green eyes. He read the book in one sitting, and the image of the griffin stayed with him for weeks, long after the story faded from his mind.
He’d tucked the book away on a shelf; a few weeks later, he’d found an empty spot in its place. When he asked Shelley if she’d seen it, she’d given him a cruel smile that said what he’d already known. Shelley wouldn’t be able to throw this one away, and the tattoo would serve as a promise to himself—never again would he give up control over his own self.
“Ah, a griffin. One of my favorite things. Powerful creatures,” Sailor said.
“Good thing they’re not real, right?”
“Yes, quite a good thing. I imagine they would cause considerable trouble.”
Jason laughed. “And I’d like it to have green eyes and golden wings, please.”
Sailor lifted the briefcase, balancing it on his legs, started to hum the same unfamiliar tune and pulled out a sketchpad and pencil. “Where do you want the griffin?”
“My upper arm. The left one,” Jason said.
“Good choice. Would you like the wings outstretched or back?”
“Outstretched, definitely.”
“Black and gray or color?”
The cadence of Sailor’s speech was soothing, completely at odds with its rough smoker’s growl. This close, the lines on his face resembled crevices or vast bottomless canyons that spoke of many years, but more than the lines, his very skin pushed out an innate sense of old age. For the first time, Jason realized that the odd, ashy smell did not come from a cigarette, but something darker and thicker—strange, yet not repugnant.
Sailor’s pencil made short, scraping noises on the paper. “Menacing or simply imposing?”
“Um, imposing.”
“Anything in your griffin’s talons?”
“My ex? Just kidding.”
Sailor laughed softly, but his watery eyes were serious as his hand moved across the paper. He finally lifted the pencil, nodded once and flipped the sketchpad around. “Is this the sort of griffin you had in mind?”
Jason’s voice vanished as he marveled at the intricacy of the design. The griffin appeared ready to step out of the page. Ten times—no, a hundred times better than the cover of the book. Its wings were outstretched, each individual feather drawn with precision. From the razor-sharp points of the talons and beak to the tuft of fur at the end of its tail, it was perfect. He wouldn’t have believed anyone capable of drawing that much detail in such a short time if he hadn’t seen it himself.
Jason swallowed and found his words. “Wow. It’s beautiful.”
“Well, if you are going to have something permanently etched into your skin, it should be a damn good something.” Sailor pulled the handkerchief from his pocket and wiped his eyes. “Allergies,” he said, tucking it back in.
“Will the tattoo have that much detail?”
“No, it will have far more. This is just a rough sketch, after all. My skill with the needle and ink far surpasses that with pencil and paper. I believe you will be quite surprised with the end result.”
“I’m almost afraid to ask. How much will this cost?”
“Ah, the price. Yes, there is always a price.” Sailor turned his eyes down to the sketch and hummed his tune again. “I am quite sure we will be able to do this in one sitting, so I will give you a small discount. Say, four hundred dollars.”
Jason blinked in surprise. The price was far less than he’d anticipated once he’d seen the sketch, and he'd been worried he hadn't pulled enough cash from the bank machine. He had a credit card but hadn't thought to ask Sailor if he even accepted them. “Sounds good,” he said, and fished the money from his wallet.
Sailor pocketed the cash without glancing at the bills. “I almost forgot.” He opened his briefcase again and rummaged through its contents. “I need your signed permission. The city frowns upon tattoo artists proceeding without permission.”
He pulled a sheet of paper from the briefcase and handed it over. Jason didn’t know what a standard tattoo consent form looked like, but this one had Sailor’s name and address at the top center. After that, a bunch of legalese stated he was older than eighteen, any and all risks were assumed by him, not the tattoo shop, and he granted permission for Sailor to use the image created for marketing purposes. Jason lowered the pen and stopped just before the tip touched the paper. A faint shadow of writing, spidery and ornate, appeared underneath the typeface. Odd. He looked up to find Sailor watching with an anticipatory light in his watery eyes.
Jason looked back down at the paper but saw nothing strange. It must have been a trick of the light. Or something.
After he signed the form and handed it back, Sailor smiled. “If you ever change your mind about the tattoo, come back and see me. Tattoo removal is also one of my specialties.”
“Yes. You would be surprised. Sometimes people change their minds. Sometimes they decide a tattoo was not the smartest decision to make. Especially a tattoo with this kind of detail. The devil is all in the details. You are warned—the removal is painful, and it leaves one hell of a scar.” He gave Jason a quick wink. “So,” he said as he put the paper back into his briefcase. “Shall we begin?”

The Horned Ones: Cornucopia By Christine Morgan

Book Worth Reading:

tho-cornucopiaChristine Morgan’s The Horned Ones: Cornucopia is available at Belfire Press for pre-order. You can also read and excerpt from the novel which is expected to release on Nov. 16th, 2012.

Cornucopia Caverns. A safe, fun, family-friendly show cave destination where visitors can enjoy guided tours of subterranean chambers and spectacular limestone formations in a nice cool reprieve from the California summer heat.

Until the disaster. Until the rocks fall, and the blood flows, and the lights go out. Until three groups of tourists are trapped in the darkness, hoping for rescue, trying to find a way out, hoping to survive.
But they aren’t alone down there. The caverns reach deeper and farther than anybody knew. Something else hides in Cornucopia’s depths. Something that’s been waiting for an opportunity like this.
check it out here!

Check Out The Trailer For Horror Anthology “Tales Of Fear”

tales of fearTales Of Fear” is a six part horror anthology from State Of Mind Productions. Directed by Logsdon and starring Joe Hammerstone, Matt Albers, Jackie Mankerl, Bill Finkbiner, David Mueller, Robert Lee Davis, Ron Hagloff, Keegan Darr and Aleh Neliubin the film is styled after the 1950’s EC horror comics. Check out the official trailer below. Slated for a 2013 release date. The six tales in this anthology encompass a wide range of horror subgenres that should delight all horror fans.

Check Out The Trailer For Vampire Flick “The Caretaker”

caretaker2Directed by Tom Conyers and starring Anna Kate Burgess, Clint Dowdell, Colin MacPherson, Lee Mason and Mark White “The Caretaker” is a darkly humorous twist on the vampire genre. Frightening, atmospheric, seductive and engaging. Check out the trailer below.

As a wave of vampirism sweeps the world, Annie and Guy, who have taken a road trip in a last-ditch attempt to save their relationship, find themselves part of a discordant group holed up in a decrepit country mansion. In an uneasy pact, the group agrees to protect vampire Ford Grainger during daylight hours. In return, he guarantees their safety from marauding vampires at night. Manipulation, deceit and betrayal within the group threaten the fragile agreement, leading to a terrifying and heart-rending showdown.

Promo Poster For Sci-fi/Horror “Alien Harvest”

Check out the promo art for Tomcat Films “Alien Harvest” sci-fi/horror film. “Set in a slaughterhouse in the future… Aliens have invaded and conquered Earth. Mankind is being processed… as food. The aliens are a cybernetic race called the Sklaars.

Hundreds of prime specimen humans are selected to be served at a banquet on the 10thanniversary of the Aliens Invasion. One of the humans, Dex, is an ex-soldier, who fought against the Aliens in the war. The humans come up with a desperate plan to slaughter their captors and run for freedom… to the North Pole, where the aliens can’t go due to the freezing temperatures.

But, when their plan is uncovered by one of the mechanical chefs, all hell breaks loose… And they must make a mad dash for freedom… or become the main course!”


Shivers VII Anthology

Book Worth Reading:

shiversVIICemetery Dance Publications is proud to announce the seventh entry in this award-nominated and best-selling anthology series! In addition to the affordable trade paperback edition for general readers, this volume will also be published as a signed Limited Edition hardcover and a signed and traycased Lettered Edition hardcover, both of which will signed by the editor for the collectors!

Shivers VII contains more than 100,000 words of chilling fiction from more than two dozen of today's most popular authors of horror and suspense including Stephen King, Clive Barker, Graham Masterton, Ed Gorman, Bill Pronzini, Lisa Tuttle, Kaaron Warren, Del James, Lisa Morton, Roberta Lannes, Scott Nicholson, Bev Vincent, Brian James Freeman, Norman Prentiss, and many others.

Of special note to collectors: "Weeds" by Stephen King was originally published in Cavalier magazine in May 1976 and in Nugget magazine in April 1979, but has not been reprinted since, although it was adapted as "The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill" for Creepshow in 1982. "The Departed" by Clive Barker was originally published as "Hermione and the Moon" in The New York Times on October 30, 1992.

Featuring original dark fiction with a handful of rare reprints, Shivers VII is available only from Cemetery Dance Publications.

check it out here!

Promo Poster Released For “Summer Camp”

“Summer Camp” is an English speaking Spanish horror film that will be directed by Alberto Marini. The film is currently in pre-production. Check out the blood splattered teaser poster for the flick. The film is slated to start principle photography in 2013.

When Darren, Michelle, Will and Christy signed up to work as camp counselors, they had visions of a fun-filled summer in an exciting foreign country. During their last hours of "freedom" before the camp opens its doors, the young counselors are determined to have a night they will never forget –and they won´t be disappointed...

Before the party´s even gotten underway, things get ugly, very ugly... A silent infection spreads, a friend snaps without prior notice. A savage game of cat and mouse ensues, it´s unclear who is afflicted and who is not, and the pursuer can become the pursued in the blink of an eye.
Welcome to Summer Camp.
It’s not the first time a genre film has been set in a summer camp. The setting, the isolation, putting a load of strangers together in one place… all these things are great ingredients for a horror film.
With Summer Camp, we wanted to bring new life to the concept, by playing around with the conventions of the genre, surprising and terrifying the viewer with the unexpected.
There’s a game common to the majority of kids around the world, both in and out of summer camps: “Tag you are it”, “Ce l´hai”, “Pilla pilla”, “fangermandl”, “chat”, '740;{72;{87;{71;. The fun of the game is that the roles are constantly changing. The pursuer becomes the pursued, the cat becomes the mouse.
We wanted to capture this idea in a horror-filled, adrenaline-pumped movie. Where the characters barely have time to catch their breath and are shown no mercy. A film in which you’re never sure who your friends or who your enemies are, a game you’d never wish to be part of and where, sometimes, in order to escape the only option is to attack.

Check Out The Trailer For Japanese Flick “Humanoid Monster, Bem”

bem-movie poster“Humanoid Monster, Bem - The Movie”, an upcoming feature adaptation of the popular Japanese television series will be unleashed on Japanese audiences Dec. 15th, 2012. Check out the trailer below. The film is directed by Shunsuke Kariyama and stars Kazuya Kamenashi, Anne Watanabe and Fuku Suzuki.

Bem (Kazuya Kamenashi) , Bella (Anne Watanabe) and Bello (Fuku Suzuki) are humanoid monsters. Normally they live like a family and have the appearance of humans, but when they get angry or sad they change into ugly monsters. Due to their sense of justice they also help humans, but humans are fearful of them. Bemu, Bella and Bello have been living like this for several hundred years. Their wish is to become humans as soon as possible.

The Reaper By Paul Hinton

Book Worth Reading:

the reaperPaul Hinton’s The Reaper will be released on November 16th in trade paperback. The novel follows Charles Osborne, a happily married, highly successful businessman. Normally speaking his life should be perfect but a twist of fate followed by a miscarriage of justice has forced him into a seemingly never ending fight against the Consortium of lawyers that are apparently controlling the justice system. He has adapted a secret identity in an attempt to keep his family safe, a character that is feared by both the lawyers involved and the criminals they represent… The Reaper. The book will be released by Bad Moon Books and is currently available for pre-order. Check it out here!

Monday, November 12, 2012

OF Fans And Films: My Interview With Indie Director Ryan Stacy

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Ryan Stacy is a young Indie director from Ohio with big ideas and an even bigger passion for films. His first feature film was the low budget slasher flick “Midsummer Nightmares”. The film was rich with blood, gore and story. Most fledgling directors starting out are so eager to do the whole slice and dice “kill scene” that they tend to forget to build a solid story and personality for their characters. Ryan Stacy does not have that problem/ his vision goes beyond the kills and the nightmare and creates characters that are complete. It is obvious that he takes his time building a story and bringing it to life. It is also obvious that it is a passion. Ryan Stacy has a new horror story that is completely fan driven. It is called “Halloween: The Mask Of Michael Myers” and is 100% fan driven and funded to give back to a franchise whose creator has been a huge inspiration to him. The film is a fan-film. A completely non-profit film to show love back to an icon film with one truly iconic evil character Michael Myers.  I had the pleasure of interviewing Ryan Stacy about “Halloween: The Mask Of Michael Myers” and find out how he intends to bring the ultimate killer back to life in this celebratory cinematic project.

A Southern Life: What made you decide to do a fan film about Michael Myers?

Ryan Stacy: When I first wanted to make films, one of my dreams was to remake John Carpenter's film. This was before the current remake trend; now that it has already been made, I decided I wanted to do this. The 35th anniversary of the '78 film is coming, along with the 50th anniversary of Michael killing Judith-it all just felt like fate to me.

A Southern Life: So is Halloween your favorite all time horror film?

Ryan Stacy: For different reasons, I'd have to say "Scream" is my favorite because it was the first horror film I ever watched. "Halloween" is actually one of my top 5 favorite films of all time, which puts that flick into a whole other category for me.

A Southern Life: I take that John Carpenter is your favorite director or at least one that influenced you a lot?

Ryan Stacy: Carpenter is definitely one of my favorite directors. He was ballsy, stylistic, and extremely innovative with each of his films; I feel that he really open many doors and minds when it came to making movies, and not just in the horror genre. I see a lot of movies today and pick up on John's influence.

A Southern Life: So then your film is more of a tribute John Carpenter as it is to Halloween, who are some of the characters that will be in The Mask Of Michael Myers?

Ryan Stacy: Yes this movie will be an homage piece to not only John Carpenter & his film, but to the original franchise pre remake. Some of my characters are Lindsey Wallace, Steven Lloyd (Jamie's baby from part 6) and Danny Strode, and John Tate (Laurie's son from "H20.") And sorry to disappoint, but Josh Hartnett will not be reprising his role... (laughs)

A Southern Life: Ha, but the character will be in the film and Jamie's baby so that is an interesting story indeed. Have you got the plot worked out for the film or is it still in development?

Ryan Stacy: The script has evolved in stages. Originally this project was to be a submission to the official "Halloween" Fan Film Contest, but we couldn't produce what I had written in time, so I ran with it and developed the script more. I have been working hard on threading this script so there is a story that flows within this pre-set universe. The plot is set, just filling it in and really polishing it so this film will shine!

A Southern Life: It sounds like it going to be a very interesting and fun project, have you received any feed back from the die hard fans of the franchise?

Ryan Stacy: I have seen things! Already I have received wonderful support and excitement from fans wanting to see what we do. I have also had people from the other side of the fence who keep asking "Isn't there enough of Halloween already?" My answer to that is: "Yes, but aren't there just as many Jasons, Freddys, Leatherfaces (films), etc.-if not more?"

A Southern Life: For me this new concept of fan films is totally different. The other films have an obligation to backers and driven by money. Fan films are free expressions of a saga that is able to just be fun. I think it is a great concept so ignore the haters.

Ryan Stacy: Thanks man! They do have an obligation. Fan films are free expressions, and to be able to put a fan twist on something new is a great feeling. We have seen other fan films made within this genre and the entire production seems pretty sure we're creating something different!

A Southern Life: It sounds like it, will there be a great white hunter in this film, a sort of Dr. Loomis type character?

Ryan Stacy: Ha ha! Its funny that you mention that-I'll give you an exclusive here Rickey. Yes, we'll have a character very much like that in this film; can't give you specifics, but the fans can expect a Loomis-esque character. I mean, what is Haddonfield without a crazed doctor trailing Michael?!

A Southern Life: Exactly because it was Loomis who I think gave both Laurie and Jamie the strength and support to face and survive Michael for as long as they did.

Ryan Stacy: I agree totally. Loomis, although sometimes quite cartoonish, was the Ahab to Michael's 'Moby Dick.' We needed that one driving force to coax these strong females along. I like to think, however, that we're flipping the script on this one-things will be very different, yet eerily the same in Haddonfield "next" Halloween.

A Southern Life: So is that when The Mask Of Michael Myers will be released?

Ryan Stacy: Next Halloween is our final goal. As this fan film is meant to be a tribute film, we'd love to release it for everyone to see right about the time the first was, only 35 years later. Next year is a huge anniversary for Michael & his horrific world. Can't think of a better year to do it!

A Southern Life: So how will you release it? As a digital download or open viewing site like YouTube?

Ryan Stacy: Both have been discussed. I think right the film will probably be streamed so it's not assumed by Michael's owners that we're going about this film the wrong way; this project is a fan film and no financial profit will be made in any way. This one is for the fans, by the fans, strictly speaking.

A Southern Life: This film being a fan based film for other fans, do you anticipate any backlash as to the stories plots or the characters you will present to them?

Ryan Stacy: Of course I do! But one can expect that with any film they make. I personally just ignore the haters; chances are they want to do what I do as well and they just haven't tried, even though they think they could do it better.

A Southern Life: There will always be those few people who don't like something but for me everything about this project is awesome. To bring back those characters and plus Myers is still out there so you know these people are in jeopardy!

Ryan Stacy: Thank you! I have always thought that there were stories within the original franchise that were never tied up/abandoned/forgotten. I think the fans would like to see an original twist on them. I have always wondered, since 'Resurrection', what life would be like after the death of Laurie Strode, Michael's proverbial "unicorn." He could never catch her! But he finally did...let's look at the people that are still living, but till connected to this amazing character John Carpenter created.

A Southern Life: So have you picked your final girl (or guy) and that final battle?

Ryan Stacy: I've had a couple choices with that. And I think I might just go balls out and do something really fun!

A Southern Life: In what way?

Ryan Stacy: What I meant was, for the finale, I'll go balls out. That scene has been fun writing! With the connections to Laurie and life in Haddonfield, there are several roads to travel-I'm just having a lot of fun creating this film!

A Southern Life: So will “The Mask Of Michael Myers” be as bloody as the later films or be more shadowy and suspenseful like the original movie?

Ryan Stacy: My initial vision has always been, as you say, shadowy and suspenseful. The first film relied more on the imagination of its audience and not so much with tons of blood and gore; I respect films much more for that. What one is left to picture in their mind is by far more terrifying than something splattered across your screen for you to see.

A Southern Life: So when did you realize you wanted to be a director?

Ryan Stacy: When I was about seven or eight. I used to tell everyone I knew that when I grew up I wanted to make an "X-Men" movie (at the time, the animated series was huge). I told people that I'd pick the "bald guy" from 'Star Trek' and the secretary, Miss Stone, "The Flintstones" movie. I like to think that even at that age, I knew some shit! (laughs)

A Southern Life: So what would that movie be about if you ever made it?

Ryan Stacy: I would have focused on the Mutant Registration Act, which was a major plot point in the first Singer film in 2000. I think that I knew at a young age it was wrong to discriminate against people for being different. I attribute that to being gay; even though I didn't understand it then, I knew that I myself was different and being ignorant & judgmental was wrong and should not be tolerated. I identified with the Xavier's mutants very much in that aspect very early on in life.

A Southern Life: It is a major part of the X-Men story. You seem to focus on the deeper meanings of film, the subtext attracts you to the bigger story. What will the subtext of The Mask Of Michael Myers be?

Ryan Stacy: Honestly I am finding the subtext to be paralleled to Laurie Strode's own journey. We have a character, that like her, is young and responsible, always had to have that element of control in her life. Remove that last factor of the equation, and what do you have? Fear at it's finest. And that's what I'm breaking this script down as....Fear. Michael embodies fear itself. I'm just playing into that without making it too silly or over-the-top gory.

So as Halloween, the season becomes a fond memory for yet another cold winter and we movie closer into another new year at least we can count on one thing for the coming holiday season of 2013- A new film in which Michael Myers lays carnage about the town of Haddonfield and new blood into the life of one of the most iconic symbols of man’s evils-Michael Myers or rather The Mask Of Michael Myers. Ryan Stacy’s latest project can be found at Indiegogo and also on Facebook. I suggest everyone check it out because it is going to be a cool if not epic Indie flick that pays tribute to a legendary story in Horror.

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Check Out The Teaser For Indie Flick “A Blood Story”

a blood storyA Blood Story” is an Indie project from the minds behind “Disciples”. The film just finished a very successful campaign on Indiegogo. Directed by Joe Hollow and starring Tawny Amber Young, Camden Toy, Robert Z’Dar, Joe Hollow, Linnea Quigley, Wolfgang Meyer, Deborah Lamb, Melanie Robel and Timothy J Hays. It is dark and twisted Blood drenched love story of sorts that starts with three strangers who meet on their journey to find the truth of an age old legend seeking the fountain of youth but uncovering much more. The evil that follows is delved in the deepest of bloody historical secrets. Check out the teaser below and keep up with this one.

“My Fair Zombie” Teaser

my fair zombieWell it was only a matter of time till this happened. With all the historical fusion of genre filmmaking and explosion in zomedies we only have our selves to blame! Check out the teaser for the ultimate in cheesefest genre blending. “My Fair Zombie”. It is a re-imagining of My Fair Lady but with a zombie Eliza Doolittle. Oh and it is an all out musical. I blame Buffy creator Joss Whedon for this little additive in our awesome genre of horror, supernatural, fantasy media frenzy. I am not a fan of musicals and finally broke the unnatural spell that Glee cast upon me for two seasons. I haven’t watched a single episode of season 3. Anyway check out the teaser for “My Fair Zombie”.

My Fair Zombie is a horror comedy directed by Brett Kelly. Based on George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion, the story concerns a professor of phonetics (Lawrence Evenchick) who attempts to teach a zombie woman (Sacha Gabriel) to be a proper English lady. Colonel Pickering is being portrayed by Barry Caiger, and Mrs. Pearce is played by Jennifer Vallance. The script is by Kelly and frequent collaborator Trevor Payer (She-Rex).

A Bootlegged Clip Of “Hatchet III” Goes Online

hatchet 3 2_thumb[3]Someone has posted a clip from Adam Green’s Slasher franchise. “Hatchet III” continues the search and take down of the supernatural killer in the bayou Victor Crowley. Check it out below.

Awesome Poster For American Giant “Bunyan” Movie

Check out the poster for the creature flick about a true American giant Paul Bunyan. “Bunyan” is directed by Gary Jones and starring Joe Estevez, Dan Haggerty, Tom Downey, and Tim Lovelace, Amber Connor, Jesse Kove, Kristina Kopf, Clifton Williams, Victoria Ramos, Jill Evyn, and Chris Hahn. The film will premiere at Shockfest on Nov. 17th.

BUNYAN is a dark, contemporary take on the tall tale of lumberjack Paul Bunyan. Kids at a first-offenders’ boot camp discover that the legend of Paul Bunyan is real, but is much more horrifying than they could have imagined. They incur the wrath of the 15-foot monstrous giant, who was banished from town 100 years ago and thought dead.


Sunday, November 11, 2012

Check Out The Trailer For Twisted Comedy “Miss December”

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Phase for is releasing “Miss December” on VOD this month. The black comedy about a killer dubbed the “Calendar Girl Killer” is directed by Derek Lindeman and stars Jensen Bucher, Nicholas Troy, Derek Lindeman, Jake Matthews, Brian Gallagher, Corbin Bernsen, Brian O'Halloran, Blue Meanie, Jerry Blavat, Al Snow and Gilbert Gottfried. The film is also known as “Calendar Girl”. Check out the trailer below.

Miss December is a dark romantic comedy about Ari, a young woman whose poor taste in men may be the death of her when she tries to find love with her would-be killer. The elusive Calendar Girl killer has been terrorizing the city of Philadelphia, stalking and killing a different women each month in order to complete his morose calendar full of unwilling pin-ups. The year is nearly over, when a taunting letter to the press has Ari convinced that she's destined to be Miss December and she can't help but be a little flattered. Miss December formerly known as Calendar Girl is a fun blend of mystery, horror, and comedy that's all about finding true love in a very inconvenient December.

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Satanic Sundays! Six Films That Do The Devil’s Work

images[2]Today is the inglorious day of divination. Time for black masses and dark devotions. On this Sunday celebrate the truly depraved desires of the followers of the Devil by feasting your putrid soul on these evil little stories. It is time for six more films to inspire you to invert your lives from light to darkness. As you will see that the ones in these twisted tales have done.

1. Lost Souls (2000)
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A small group of Catholics led by an ailing priest believe that Satan intends to become man, just as God did in the person of Jesus. The writings of a possessed mental patient lead them to Peter Kelson, a writer who studies serial killers. They think it's his body Satan will occupy. The youngest in the group, a teacher named Maya Larkin, goes to Peter to investigate further and to convince him to believe in the possibility of Evil incarnate. Other signs come to him as he and Maya them take a journey full of strange occurrences, self-discovery, and an ultimate showdown. Directed by Janusz Kaminski and starring Winona Ryder, Ben Chaplin and Sarah Wynter.

2. The Gathering (2003)

the gatheringWhile going to the town of Ashby Wake, the drifter Cassie is hit by a car driven by Marion Kirkman and loses her memory. Marion invites Cassie to stay in her huge old house with her family, while recovering from the trauma. Cassie becomes very close to Michael, the young son of Marion's husband Simon Kirkman. He is researching a recently discovered buried church from the First Century, with images of the crucifixion of Jesus and many anonymous persons watching it. Cassie starts having visions and premonitions with some locals, and decides to investigate the weird and nasty mechanic Frederick Michael Argyle. Her findings about who she is and the mystery relative to the locals and the town surprises her. Directed by Brian Gilbert and starring Christina Ricci, Ioan Gruffudd and Stephen Dillane.

3. Revelation (2001)
Dating back to the time of Jesus Christ, an ancient relic known as the Loculus has been fought over by the forces of light and darkness down the centuries. Created in 50 AD, the wood panels of the Loculus are emblazoned with two images: the Ankh symbol - a looped crucifix - and the Caduceus - a rod entwined with two serpents. On its perilous journey through history, the Loculus was further adorned with more arcane mystical imagery including pentagrams, hexagrams, a crucified serpent, the naked human form divine and a hermaphrodite. And many have tried to unlock the secret of the sacred artefact - a secret only a chosen few know contains profound and overwhelming ramifications for mankind. In 1299 a Jewish alchemist's attempts to unravel the enigma ended in disaster. And in 1710 Sir Isaac Newton, discoverer of the laws of gravity and a foremost member of the Masonic Order of the Knights Templar. Directed by Stuart Urban and starring Udo Kier, Natasha Wightman and Diran Meghreblian.

4. The Visitation (2006)

visitationIn Antioch, the former Father Travis Jordan lost his faith on God three years ago when his beloved wife was murdered and the criminals never found. Suddenly, miracles happen in the little town: the son of the newcomer and veterinary Morgan Elliot survives a car accident without a single scratch; Travis's dog Max revives after being buried; a paraplegic walks; a wounded woman and her father with brain tumor heal. In all the events, three men wearing black were seen, and then the unknown Brandon Nichols claims to be Jesus Christ. The local population worships Brandon, while Travis and Morgan feel that something is wrong and conduct an investigation, disclosing that evil has possessed the dwellers. Directed by Robby Henson and starring Martin Donovan, Edward Furlong and Kelly Lynch.

5. Bless The Child (2000)
Omens and concepts of good vs. evil have no place in Maggie O'Connor's well-ordered, practical universe. Her life revolves around her job as a nurse at a busy New York hospital, until one rainy night, her sister Jenna abandons her newborn, autistic daughter at her home. Maggie takes the baby in, and she becomes the daughter she never had. Six years later Jenna suddenly re-appears with a mysterious new husband, Eric, and abducts Cody. Despite the fact that Maggie has no legal rights to Cody, FBI agent John Travis, an expert in ritual homicide and occult-related crime, takes up her cause when he realizes that Cody shares the same birth date as several other recently missing children. The little girl, it soon becomes clear, is more than simply "special." She manifests extraordinary powers that the forces of evil have waited centuries to control, and her abduction sparks a clash between the soldiers of good and evil that can only be resolved. Directed by Chuck Russell and starring Kim Basinger, Jimmy Smits and Rufus Sewell.

6. The Garden (2006)

the gardenThe boy Sam is tormented by dreadful visions and nightmares and self-inflicts injures to his body. After a period in the hospital, Dr. Cairns tells Sam's father David that the boy is affected by the divorce of his parents and a period together with him would be good for Sam. David travels with Sam in his truck but Sam sees a spirit on the road and pulls the steering wheel off his father, provoking a car accident. Out of the blue, the farmer Ben Zachary rescues them and offers a job to David in his farm. He accepts the offer and enrolls Sam at the local school. Sam has Bible classes with Miss Grace Chapman and sooner he leans that Mr. Zachary is the devil and the place is the Garden of Eden. Further, Zachary has an evil plan for David. Directed by Don Michael Paul and starring Lance Henriksen, Brian Wimmer and Adam Taylor
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