Thursday, December 13, 2012

Slasher Studio’s First Feature Film In Works

don't go to the reunion“Don’t Go To The Reunion” will be Slasher Studio’s first feature film. Director Steve Goltz and writer Kevin Sommerfield are not new to the horror world having brought us the acclaimed short “Teddy” which has been well received by festivals and fans alike. He has also given us the short slasher celebration “Popularity Killer”. This will be the Indie company’s first feature venture and is one greatly anticipated. I was not the only one who craved for “Teddy” to last much longer than it did.

“Don’t Go To The Reunion” has kicked off it’s fundraising campaign on Kickstarter and seeks help to bring this homage to 80’s style horror to the screen. If you don’t know about Steve or Kevin’s work, and if you’re an Indie horror fan then you should, check them out over at Slasher Studios.

The story centers around a horror-loving misfit named Scott who is teased and tormented by the popular students in school. When the popular kids play a prank on him, he feels as though his life is ruined. Ten years later, the gang is back for the class reunion. Little do they know that someone is waiting for them. Is Scott back for revenge? Will they survive the night to find out?

“Rendezvous With Death” Kicks Off It’s Funding Campaign

rendezvous with deathMatt Stuertz “Rendezvous With Death” hopes to bring a dark and meditative nightmare to horror fans. He has kicked off his fundraising campaign on Kickstarter and released a teaser trailer for the smart horror film that promises to bring the brains, literally and figuratively as it shoots for a 2013 release date. Check out the teaser below.

Enjoying a scenic view, catching up with friends, relaxing in the sun, then getting brutally slaughtered one-by-one TOTALLY SUCKS.

Check Out The Trailer For Italian Fantasy Flick “I Rec U”

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Frederico Sfascia’s “I Rec U” is a fantastical exploration of human emotion and experimental cinema. The film doesn’t have a release date etched out yet but based on the trailer there should be no problem getting this film distributed. It is truly original and whimsical filled with creativity and expression.

Neve, 19 years old, suffers from a unique eye disease: he sees all women out of focus. He can see them properly only in movies or, more precisely, when they are recorded on magnetic tape or film. This is why he wears a special pair of video camera-glasses which, recording every single moment of his life, allow him to see everything correctly…

his life actually becoming one of the movies he has been watching since he was a child.

Because of his one-of-a-kind condition Neve was brought to grow up with a completely distorted idea of women and of the relationship dynamics between men and women, which he interprets through the rules he has learned from movies. The result is a succession of bitter delusions every time reality reveals being different from his fantastic expectations.

…until the day he meets the one and only woman he can see at naked eye.

More Than Midnight By Brian James Freeman

Book Worth Reading:

freeman07Brian James Freeman’s collection of short stories titled More Than Midnight will hit shelves in January 2013. It is on my list of must read books and features five dark tales that are sure to test the elements of horror. It explores locations you would never think to look in because sometimes we find our darkest demons in the most unexpected places. The collection will be published through Cemetery Dance Publications.

In "What They Left Behind," a young man discovers something lurking in the basement of the old office building his father-in-law has purchased in a last ditch effort to save the family business. This thing in the basement is evil and it's very, very hungry.

In "The Final Lesson" you'll meet Ronald, a mild-mannered high school teacher who has never lifted his hand in anger, but there is a darkness inside him, which has been building and boiling since his wife was brutally murdered... and he might not be able to control himself when he learns more about why she died.

A family man discovers there are monsters taking over the world in "Among Us," but he also learns that a chosen few can fight back if they're willing to sacrifice everything they've ever known and loved.

As "Pulled Into Darkness" opens, Edward is certain of only one thing in life: eventually his wife will find a way to kill him.  Her previous failures won't stop her from trying again and again until she succeeds... and tonight one of them won't be leaving the house alive.

In "Answering the Call." He stays in the homes of the deceased during their funerals to answer the phone, receive deliveries, and deter thieves who might have seen the obituary in the newspaper. The young man has witnessed a lot of strange things over the years in the homes of the dead, and today his job will truly become a matter of life and death...

check it out here!

Check Out The Trailer For “Ghosts Of Georgia”

ghosts of georgia“The Ghosts Of Georgia” is actually called “The Haunting In Connecticut 2: Ghosts Of Georgia” but I take issue with that title. One the film has no connection to Connecticut nor the characters in the first film. This is a completely independent story based on true events. The story was featured on A Haunting television series several years back and is actually on of the few tales that scared the hell out of me. The trailer is pretty interesting aside from the opening scene with the banjo. I am from GA and I never heard the banjo in our local music outside of Grand Ole Opry episodes and Hee-Haw.A fiddle would have been more appropriate-hello “Devil Went Down To Georgia”! Anyway this is probably one of the creepiest stories and if the film didn’t get distracted by gimmicks then the movie should be good as well. I just think they should have just went with “Ghosts Of Georgia” or “The Haunting In Georgia” and detached from the Connecticut story completely. This “sequel” will be VOD February 1st and is directed by Tom Elkins. It stars Emily Alyn Lind, Chad Michael Murray, Abigail Spencer, Katee Sackhoff and Cicely Tyson.

“When Andy Wyrick moves his wife Lisa and daughter Heidi to an historic home in Georgia, they quickly discover they are not the house’s only inhabitants. Joined by Lisa’s free-spirited sister, Joyce, the family soon comes face-to-face with a bone-chilling mystery born of a deranged desire… a haunting secret rising from underground and threatening to bring down anyone in its path.”

Check Out The Trailer For “Pacific Rim”

pacific rimThe trailer for Guillermo del Toro’s “Pacific Rim” has dropped. It pits some really big fucking monsters up against some really big fucking monsters. I comes from another dimension and one is man made. The film stars Idris Elba. Ron Perlman, Charlie Hunnam, Charlie Day, Clifton Collins Jr and Robert Maillet. It is scheduled for a July 2013 release date. Check out the epic battle to fight the apocalypse below.

When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity’s resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes – a washed up former pilot and an untested trainee – who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse.

First Stills From “Ditch” Released

ditch posterBill Oberst Jr.’s horror film “Ditch” has released the first images from the upcoming movie that is a blend of thriller and slasher. The film is in the last stages of post-production and also stars Katy Foley, Zach Silverman and a special appearance by cult icon Lynn Lowry. Oberst says the film will be "something different in horror; a brutal film with plenty of sizzle and blood but also with a surprising amount of heart and real characters you'll care about. I am proud of what we did and honored to have been a part of it."

The actor says a big moment in filming for him was working for the first time with Lynn Lowry, with whom he says his character has "a bit of a sensual post-mortem moment" with.
DITCH is directed by Joe Hendrick, who is also considering helming Oberst's 2013 demon project LORD BATEMAN, with a screenplay by horror author Daniel P. Coughlin & Ryan Coughlin. Producer is Megan Waters, with gore effects by Josh Russell. The film is aiming for a 2013 release date.

"Jenny Bilson, a high school senior, is the perfect student, a wonderful daughter to a veteran police detective and an all American Dream. But the one mistake she made, which she doesn't even know that she made is about to haunt her in a very violent way. Throwing a high school 'ditch party' will end up being one HELL of a mistake as the her past returns to exact revenge on Jenny and anyone else who might get in the way."
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My Review Of “Prometheus”

Ridley Scott’s “Prometheus” is a sci-fi saga that explores the story of the Architects teased in the original “Alien” film. The film has a mega watt cast that features the hunky as well as the bodacious both American and British alike. The story has a team of scientist exploring the origins of life on Earth by heading for a distant planet that promises to hold some answers about man’s creation. This was Scott’s epic return to sci-fi and a story that we have all been begging to see made for quite some time now. The film stars Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce, Idris Elba, Logan Marshall-Green and Charlize Theron all of whom gave pretty strong performances all things considered.

This film was left me with a mixed opinion. One the positive side the film was well acted and completely special effects spectacular. The story was exciting and thorough. The production value for this film was epic and the action was truly intense. The story did not disappoint as far as bringing us face to face with the Architects and the beginning point for this whole reality that envelopes both the “Prometheus” story and the “Alien” saga. There was no forced scenes where the cast seemed to compete with one another as a lot of films with such star power tend to have. However for me the story seemed to force way more substance than it could contain with relativity to the universe and plot set forth in this film. It felt as if a lot of material was being crammed into the movie which didn’t allow for the actual story line and sequences to relax and satisfy the over all plot. The attention to subtle suspense somehow got overpowered by the sheer amount of story that had to be told in the film. “Prometheus” is a great story that I was glad to see on screen and that final money shot that gives us our first glimpse of those terrifying alien creatures we have grown to love and fear was truly monumental. However I felt overwhelmed by fast paced race to the finish line the movie pulled me into and wished the whole thing would have had a more casual steady built to the thrills. For what it was “Prometheus” did not completely disappoint but almost felt it was a bigger story than the film could handle.

My Review Of “Total Recall” 2012

total recall“Total Recall” is directed by Len Wiseman and stars Colin Farrell, Jessica Biel, Brian Cranston, Bokeem Woodbine and Kate Beckinsale. It is a remake of the Shwarzenegger sci-fi classic about a civil war between the ruling government of earth and a outpost colony. In the original it was a Martian colony but in this new vision I honestly have no idea where the fricking colony is founded. This film has basically the same story complete with climactic action sequences and sci-fi spectacular scenery. In the new “Total Recall” the story follows a factory worker undergoing a personal crossroads of sorts. He decides to change things up in his life but gets more than he bargains for when his fantasy becomes far too real. He soon becomes the last man standing for a resistance movement against the oppressive ruling regime.

This movie has all the qualities of a great sci-fi film but the true star of the movie was missing for me-Mars! The thing that made the original story so entertaining and whimsical was the concept of a human colony on the one world we constantly dream of which is our closest planetary neighbor. In this film I never really new who was who in the great civil conflict. Both the colony and ruling society were so identical in appearance that it was hard to focus an emotional attachment to the physicality of this sci-fi world. The scenes carried the highly produced and fantastical scenes and technology that is truly a future worth dreaming of much like the original however I found myself constantly wishing for the Martian fragility that the colony faced. In this version I never could figure out what made society so dire that the government had to conspire to take hold of a founded colonies land. Although the population was critical the advancements of this reality were so great that even the desolate and toxic areas outside of the city could have been re-populated so I never felt completely sold on this story. I have to give props to the action and fighting sequences between the stars of this film because they were quite intense and entertaining. Even though the one thing was missing that could have made “Total Recall” epic and I found it’s absence irritating I did enjoy the movie’s effects and view of the future-minus the conflict of course.

My Review Of “The Dinosaur Project”

the dinosaur project“The Dinosaur Project” is a strange blend of found footage and science fiction that takes Jules Verne into the realm of nightmare. It is a more intense film than I was expecting with an slight atmosphere of hopelessness polluting the air of adventure. The film is directed by Sid Bennett and follows a group of scientist on a quest to search for the mysterious prehistoric creatures said to be terrorizing the locals deep in the jungle of central Africa. It is a tragic story that plays out through video recordings of the journey that is orchestrated by the lead scientist’s stowaway son who has his mind set to record the journey to discovery. This movie manages to be refreshing, dark and thrilling. It stars Natasha Loring, Richard Dillane, Matt Kane and Peter Brooke.

The film keeps a constant feeling of watching tragedy unfold scene by scene as camera roulettes between camcorder and digital clips thanks to the various small wireless camera’s the young boy brings with him. This film doesn’t give you a moment to be bored with the usual camera tricks that are common with found footage film due to the intense action and total fatality of the characters storylines. The movie feels like a complete misadventure that is believable. I almost forgot the this was a fictional account due to the back and forth between choppy footage and hand held camcorder style the movie uses. The dinosaurs in this film are vicious, unnatural predators that bring the nightmare home and yet there are small moments when the story shows a playful excitement of new discovery of a species thought to be extinct for millions of years. This isn’t a fun carefree film like Jurassic Park  but it isn’t suppose to be that kind of film. “The Dinosaur Project” is a pleasant surprise as far as being intense and chilling. This movie was an intense little story that was entertaining and pretty dark. A very cool dinosaur picture.

My Review Of “Citadel”

“Citadel” is a Irish film directed by Cairan Foy that follows a young father through is journey into darkness as he battles despair and tragedy. After the senseless death of the mother of his child which forces the baby into the world prematurely the father soon faces a nightmare even greater in his quest to provide a life for his child. He struggles with agoraphobia and social anxiety which he soon confronts as he comes face to face with the dangerous youths that terrorize the neighborhood. The film stars Aneurin Barnard, Wunmi Mosaku, Amy Shields, James Cosmo and Jake Wilson. It is a deep social commentary which plays out in horrendous exaggeration of society at it’s most basic breakdown.

“Citadel” delves deep into the dark and sinister realm of social collapse. As a neighborhood goes through slow rehabilitation a twisted reality unfolds. Savage and untamed youths lay siege to a tower block in the community killing anyone who crosses their path and stealing the children. The story has a sort of melancholic atmosphere which pulls at your emotions as it draws you into the story. It flows from moments of casual melodrama and intense suspensefulness that makes most of the scenes feel for intense than they really are. It creates an almost nervous anticipation for during most of the film. It is a truly dark story which expresses a lot of emotion and desperation as a movie goer watching the story unfold that is an added bonus. The revealing cause of the vicious nature of the youths terrorizing the community is truly sinister but could have been played up a little more than it is in the movie. There is a slight imbalance between the slower more emotional scenes and the intense thrill scenes. However not enough of an issue to not find this movie pleasurable. It is disturbing and kind of twisted. I really enjoyed the more vulnerable and heartfelt approach to horror this film takes.


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