Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Images For Eduardo Sanchez’s Bigfoot Flick “Exists”

Check out the images released for Bigfoot horror flick “Exists”. The film is directed by Eduardo Sánchez and stars Brian Steele, Dora Madison Burge, Samuel Davis, Denise Williamson. “Exists” follows five friends who take off for the deep woods of Texas for an epic party weekend. But once there, they come face to face with a vicious beast that may in fact be the legendary Bigfoot. As they fight for survival, they unlock a shocking truth behind a terrifying myth.






New Trailer Released As “Sorority Party Massacre” Gears Up For DVD Release

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Check out the new official trailer for slasher comedy “Sorority Party Massacre”. The trailer was issued to promote the coming DVD release of the film by Anchor Bay. Read the press release below on your way down to the trailer. Also to read my review of the “Sorority Party Massacre” here.
Press Release:

Beautiful sorority babes. An isolated island with nowhere to hide. A crazed killer targeting them one-by-one. Ah, the joys of higher learning… On February 11, 2014, Anchor Bay Entertainment unleashes Sorority Party Massacre, a master class in girls, gore, carnage and comedy. Guaranteed to tutor you in terror, Sorority Party Massacre will be available on DVD for an MSRP of $22.98. Pre-book is January 15, 2014.

An isolated town full of sexy college girls has a dangerous secret: one girl has gone missing each year for the last 20 years. A big-city cop, in danger of losing his badge, agrees to aid the town’s sheriff in investigating these unsolved disappearances. Quickly they realize that they are dealing with a psychotic killer whose brilliance has been twisted into a taste for terror, torture and sorority sister torment. But when this party gets started, who will graduate – and who will be held back?

Directed by Chris W. Freeman and Justin Jones, and featuring a headline cast including Tom Downey (Mirror Image), Kevin Sorbo (“Hercules: The Legendary Journeys”), Ed O’Ross (“Six Feet Under”), Leslie Easterbrook (The Devil’s Rejects), Richard Moll (“Cold Case”), adult film legend Ron Jeremy and new Scream Queens Marissa Skell, Eve Mauro and Yvette Yates, Sorority Party Massacre teaches old school terror exploitation. This party is comedy camp at its shocking, slashing, sexy best!

Special Features:
  • Audio Commentary by Producer/Writer/Director Chris W. Freeman and Producer/Director Justin Jones;
  • Deleted Scenes;
  • Outtakes;
  • Paige Fight Scene;
  • Barney Lumpkin Campaign Ad.

First Official Photo Released For “Guardians Of The Galaxy”

Disney has released the first official movie still from Marvel’s “Guardians Of The Galaxy” . The film doesn’t hits theatres until August 1st 2014. “Guardians Of The Galaxy” is directed by James Gunn and stars Lee Pace, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista and Benicio Del Toro. Along with the photo came a new update on the film’s synopsis.

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From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team – the Guardians of the Galaxy.

An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe.

To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits–Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer.

But when Peter discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand – with the galaxy’s fate in the balance.

New Stills From “Robocop” 2014

A load of new images have been released for “Robocop” 2014. The remake will be bustin’ up the bad guys on February 12th 2014 and is directed by José Padilha. “Robocop” stars Joel Kinnaman, Douglas Urbanski, Abbie Cornish, Gary Oldman.

In RoboCop, the year is 2028 and multinational conglomerate OmniCorp is at the center of robot technology. Overseas, their drones have been used by the military for years - and it's meant billions for OmniCorp's bottom line. Now OmniCorp wants to bring their controversial technology to the home front, and they see a golden opportunity to do it. When Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) - a loving husband, father and good cop doing his best to stem the tide of crime and corruption in Detroit - is critically injured in the line of duty, OmniCorp sees their chance for a part-man, part-robot police officer. OmniCorp envisions a RoboCop in every city and even more billions for their shareholders, but they never counted on one thing: there is still a man inside the machine pursuing justice.







New Clip Has Hercules Storming The Gates

HerculesCheck out the new clip for “The Legend Of Hercules” which has the mythical hero storming the gates. “The Legend Of Hercules” hits theatres January 10th 2014 and stars hottie Kellan Lutz along side Gaia Weiss, Scott Adkins, Roxanne McKee, Liam McIntyre and Johnathon Schaech.

The origin story of the the mythical Greek hero. Betrayed by his stepfather, the King, and exiled and sold into slavery because of a forbidden love, Hercules must use his formidable powers to fight his way back to his rightful kingdom.

In Ancient Greece 1200 B.C., a queen succumbs to the lust of Zeus to bear a son promised to overthrow the tyrannical rule of the king and restore peace to a land in hardship. But this prince, Hercules, knows nothing of his real identity or his destiny. He desires only one thing: the love of Hebe, Princess of Crete, who has been promised to his own brother. When Hercules learns of his greater purpose, he must choose: to flee with his true love or to fulfill his destiny and become the true hero of his time. The story behind one of the greatest myths is revealed in this action-packed epic - a tale of love, sacrifice and the strength of the human spirit.

Monday, December 30, 2013

International Distribution Struck For Australian Slasher “Charlie’s Farm”

CharliesFarmAustralian horror company Slaughter FX has struck an distribution deal with Shoreline Entertainment for “Charlie’s Farm”. The film isn’t scheduled to be release until 2015. “Charlie’s Farm” is directed by Chris Sun who also snagged an entertainer’s deal with the company to manage the award winning writer and director’s career.

 To date Chris Sun, cast and Crew have won over 35 awards, their latest film "Daddy's Little Girl" has received 25 awards from 29 nominations. “Charlie’s Farm” stars Nathan Jones, Cameron Caufield, Bill Moseley, Kane Hodder and Tara Reid.

charliesfarmartworkThe film brings the violent history of Charlie’s Farm to life with brutal grit, giving life to the story of four horror seeking youths who stumble across a legend that refuses to die. In an effort to do something different, four friends head into Australia’s outback to explore Charlie’s Farm, the site where a violent family met their end at the hands of an angry mob. Despite all warnings, they persist in their horror-seeking adventure.

Once there, the four friends meet other transients and find Charlie’s Farm to be anything but horror inspiring. They are unaware that they are being watched. While exploring the property to prove the myth, they encounter Charlie, who shows them that some legends never die.



Pagan Festival Shout Out: Hogmanay/New Year’s Celebration/Modraniht/Yule 12th Night


hogmanayAs we get ready to celebrate the new year, we think of our favorite moments from the past one as we set upon the winds our wishes for the next. It is a truly mystical time during the winter solstice period that for me unofficially begins on the Autumn Equinox which starts my love of holiday festivities from Samhain until Hogmany (New Year’s Day). Hogmanay is the Norse festival that is still to this day the Scottish celebration of New Year’s. All the elements are there as far libation, feasting, and merriment. Observed on December 31, festivities typically spill over into the first couple of days of January. In fact, there's a tradition known as "first-footing", in which the first person to enter a home brings the residents good luck for the coming year. The guest preferred being dark-haired and preferably male. Gifts are exchanged, and one of the popular food items on the Hogmanay menu is the black bun, which is a really rich fruitcake.

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Drinking and positive revelry are crucial for me on New Year’s Eve/Hogmanay because the mood and feelings that you end the old year and begin the new year provide the positive energy that will carry you through the entire year. Drinking and having wonderful company with family and friends that ring in the new year with the traditional singing of "Auld Lang Syne". But for my personal empowerment when beginning the new year is my traditional midday feast of ham, collard greens, black-eyed peas, cornbread and mashed potatoes. The roots of Hogmanay perhaps reach back to the celebration of the winter solstice among the Norse, as well as incorporating customs from the Gaelic celebration of Samhain.

modranihtMost people celebrate Modraniht, old English for Mothers-Night, on December 24th but the original time of this festival was New Year’s Night, January 1st. In my family it was celebrated midday on the 1st with a big feast held at my grandmother’s house and all the families would gather around or visit throughout the day to eat. It was a lovely time that allowed our family to “unofficially close the fall and winter holiday season with one last feast which is where I gained my tradition of my New Year’s Day lucky food feast. Modraniht for me is a New Year’s Day festival just as it was in it’s original time. Mōdraniht was, and still is to some considered a Heathen festival that marks the Anglo-Saxon New Year. Others argue that it has it is not a Heathen festival. Either way it is a day to honor mothers and those mother/matron deities depicted on votive objects and altars that bear images of goddesses, depicted almost entirely in groups of three.

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Yuletide festivities conclude on Twelfth Night. The festival day that ends Yule will sync  with New Year’s Eve. A last big festival to celebrate a new year, celebrate the passing of the darkest and to look forward to the lengthening days and warming temperatures. The Yule nights end on Twelfth night when we burn a Yule log, give gifts, and feast (especially on ham and pork) We swear our oaths for the coming year  on the sacred boar on Twelfth Night. Now, it is tradition to swear our oaths on a sun-wheel, and then toss it into the fire as a part of our yearly Yule celebration. On Twelfth Night, we take down our Yule trees and pack up our Yule decorations for the year. This is the end of Yule and the old year. If you use a real tree then save the trunk for next year’s yule log.

All these festivals share the same themes of remembrance, resolution built on the tradition of celebrations, feasts and good luck for the coming year. Whether you celebrate one or do as I and incorporate all the spirit and tradition from the many to make one colorful tradition the point is to end the year with a wonderful, positive energy filled with a reverence for the old and a great outlook for the coming of the new. Friends, Family, Food and Fun will carry you throughout the Year and throughout your life if you allow it.

Sundance Teaser For “Dead Snow: Red Vs Dead”

Check out the Sundance teaser trailer for “Dead Snow: Red Vs Dead”. The sequel to the fan fave zombie Nazi horror premieres at Sundance on January 19th 2014. “Dead Snow: Red Vs Dead” brings back Director Tommy Wirkola for the zombie flick that has the undead Nazi horde following the sole survivor of the vacation attack back to civilization to finish their mission. The film stars Vegar Hoel, Stig Frode Henriksen, Martin Starr, Ørjan Gamst, Ingrid Haas, and Jocelyn DeBoer.

The sequel picks up from the instant the first movie left off as Martin, the sole survivor of the mayhem makes his way back to civilization with the evil Nazi zombies right behind him. He will need an army of his own to battle this undead force.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

My Review Of Black Star Canyon: Episode 1 By Creep Creepersin

black star canyonBlack Star Canyon: Episode 1 by Creep Creepersin begins the foreboding events that unfold just as the body of a young Jane Doe is found brutally murdered not far from a prominent neighborhood nestled in the Black Star Canyon community. The story continues each week in episodes much like a television series. Here it is honored in a thrilling, well written, very descriptive narrative that is mature psychological horror befitting any cable show.

Black Star Canyon is a town shrouded in darkness, fulled by malice and nestled in horrors. Creep Creepersin has set out to create a written thriller drama series as wicked as any television show, and as well written too. The characters are skewed somewhere between quirky offbeat and lethal sociopaths. "Episode 1" sets up a thrilling story with a tense and ominous arch that I am sure will have me on the edge, begging for more episodes. The characters, their questionable nature and the over all shadiness of it all coddled within this town of Black Star Canyon is an American Gothic that is has me engaged in a series that is sure to be entertaining.

“Captain America:The Winter Soldier” On Cover Of Empire Mag

Empire Mag has revealed their February Cover featuring “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”. Check out the two cover variations and first image from the February issue. “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is due out April 4th 2014. The film is directed by Anthony Russo, Joe Russo and stars Chris Evans, Frank Grillo, Sebastian Stan, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson,  Emily VanCamp and Samuel L. Jackson.

As Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) struggles to embrace his role in the modern world and teams up with Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson), aka Black Widow, to battle the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), a powerful yet shadowy enemy, in present-day Washington.

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Three New Clips For “The Legend Of Hercules”


Three new clips have been released that show why Kellan Lutz as Hercules is the hottest thing ever. Check ‘em out below and get ready for some epic ass kickin’ on a mythological scale. “The Legend Of Hercules” is due out January 10 2014. The film is directed by Renny Harlin and also stars Scott Adkins, Gaia Weiss, Roxanne McKee, Liam McIntyre and Jonathan Schaech.

In Ancient Greece 1200 B.C., a queen succumbs to the lust of Zeus to bear a son promised to overthrow the tyrannical rule of the king and restore peace to a land in hardship. But this prince, Hercules, knows nothing of his real identity or his destiny. He desires only one thing: the love of Hebe, Princess of Crete, who has been promised to his own brother. When Hercules learns of his greater purpose, he must choose: to flee with his true love or to fulfill his destiny and become the true hero of his time. The story behind one of the greatest myths is revealed in this action-packed epic - a tale of love, sacrifice and the strength of the human spirit.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

“Amityville” Gets 2015 Release Date

The new installment of the Amityville horrors saga has a release date set for January 2nd 2015. “Amityville” was put on hold back when it was titled “The Lost Tapes” but later it was announced that the project was still going strong with Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Production teaming up with Dimension Films. Blum spoke to 12 Days of Killmas co-host, William Bibbiani (part of the ShockTillYouDrop Team) at CraveOnline, about the “Amityville” project and declared : "We’re going to make that movie and it’s very cool. But I don’t quite know yet when."

It will be curious to see if they stuck with the original storyline first reported way back when. Or have they evolved the story way beyond the original concept. Either way anything that has Amityville tagged to it gets me excited so I can’t wait to see this film.

Original synopsis: "Amityville" showcases the events after the time of the original "The Amityville Horror" book and movie through found footage dating back to 1976. An ambitious female television news intern, on the verge of breaking the most famous haunted house case in the world, leads a team of journalists, clergymen and paranormal researchers into an investigation of the bizarre events that will come to be known as The Amityville Horror... only to unwittingly open a door to the unreal that she may never be able to close.

Walmart DVD Cover For “House Of Bad” Revealed As The Retail Giant Orders Big

As word comes out of Amazon finally restocking those sold out copies of “House Of Bad” a new Walmart DVD cover is revealed showing much tamer artwork. Check it out below.

Amazon restocks; Walmart orders big; Walmart DVD cover revealed
After selling out at Amazon.com on its first day, the online retailer has stocked up on House of Bad, the runaway independent horror hit from Jim Towns.

Osiris Entertainment expect the title to do amazingly well over the post-Christmas shopping holiday. On December 3, the day of the film's release, the film - which has won numerous awards and snared many favorable reviews - completely sold out on Amazon. On the back of the staggering success of the horror film on Amazon, Walmart stores have ordered an amazing 10,000 units of the film.

House of Bad, released on DVD in early December, and starring Heather L.Tyler, Cheryl Sands and Sadie Katz, has been one of 2013's most acclaimed independent horror films.

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Friday, December 27, 2013

Two Wicked Clips Teases The Horror Of Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones”

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Check out the two new chilling clips for “Paranormal Activity: The Marked ones” (damn that is a lot to say!) “The Marked Ones” posses theatres on January 3rd and stars star Andrew Jacobs, Richard Cabral, Carlos Pratts and Molly Ephraim. The film brings a darker element of sinister intent to the “Paranormal Activity” tenet hoping to up the fright level.

“The Marked Ones” takes place in a Hispanic community in Southern California, where a group of teenagers must deal with a demonic spirit that is becoming increasingly violent. The paranormal nightmare tale is directed by Christopher Landon.

Gruesome Images From “Deliver Us From Evil”

“Deliver Us From Evil” is a new psychological thriller directed by Scott Derrickson which stars Eric Bana, Edgar Ramirez, Olivia Munn, Sean Harris, Joel McHale, Dorian Missick, and Chris Coy. The film is due out July, 2nd 2014 and follows New York police officer Ralph Sarchie, while struggling with his own demons, begins investigating a series of disturbing and inexplicable crimes. He joins forces with an unconventional priest (Edgar Ramirez), schooled in the rituals of exorcism, to combat the frightening and demonic possessions that are terrorizing their city. Based upon the book, which details Sarchie’s bone-chilling real-life cases. Check out the images that give us our first look into this dark thriller.

I love the whole scarification that reminds me of Clive Barker’s “Book Of Blood”. The film may be pretty tight. Bana is a strong actor that is captivating enough and the twisted mind of serial killers is always a “like” quality in any thriller for me. Can’t wait to see the trailer and find out more about “Deliver Us From Evil” in 2014!

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Thursday, December 26, 2013

“Bunny The Killer Thing” To Become Feature Film

Thanks to Horror Society for this bit of awesome indie news:

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The Finnish horror short film “Bunny The Killer Thing” has announced a feature film adaptation in the works. The film is the twisted vision of Joonas Makkonen who co-wrote the story with Miika J. Norvanto. “Bunny The Killer Thing” is set to star Enni Ojutkangas, Veera W. Vilo, Orwi Imanuel Ameh, Jari Manninen, Marcus Massey, Roope Olenius, Vincent Tsang, Olli Saarenpää, Matti Kiviniemi, Katja Jaskari, Hiski Hämäläinen, Gareth Lawrence, Raimo Hytti according to the Facebook page information. Read the announcement that Joonas Makkonen.

“Bunny The Killer Thing” a group of Finnish and British holiday makers who become stuck in a cabin, in the dark winter woods of Finland where they are terrorized by a creature which is half human, half rabbit. The creature is Bunny the Killer Thing, who is after anything that resembles the female genitals.

A group of seven Finnish young adults are heading to have a fun weekend at a cabin in the dark woods of Finland. By chance, three foreign men end up to the same cabin. The men seem to be hiding a secret. The party weekend at cabin becomes a game for life and death, when suddenly a weird creature attacks from forest to terrorize the people! The creature is a half man, half rabbit, and it is after anything that resembles the female genitals. The creature is Bunny the Killer Thing!

‘Bunny the Killer Thing’ is a hilarious full length comedy-horror, made in the genres of splatter and camp films. The film makes fun of ‘cabin in the woods’ -type films. The film’s creature design is made to honor the 80’s “Man in a monster suit” -films. The film will be made with international cast, for the international audience! The film’s main language is English.

Bunny the Killer Thing already has the Finnish cinema and DVD distribution, but our main goal is to have an international distribution. All the cents count when we are making this to happen! Look at the perks and see what we can offer for you, for your great help.

We will need 9900 USD to make this film happen. And this money is used for the filming. We are making this film as a voluntary work, so any of the cast or the crew won’t get any payment for making the film. All the money is used for the expenses of traveling, props, accommodation, catering, special effects, equipments’ rents, etc.We have great perks for you! There is actually a hilarious Bunny product family, and most of them are products which are quite hard to find outside Finland in other ways than from this IndieGoGo campaign! We offer you the chance to see the film before anyone else.

If we don’t reach our entire goal, all the money are still used for the filming. BUT, then there will be less blood and tits, and a great fear to have starving cast & crew. In all cases, you will be a GREAT help to make Bunny happen! Because, after all, it is after YOUR p*ssy, not ours.
Bunny the Killer Thing has been already promoted in Cannes 2013, where it got a good interest. Bunny is very old school horror-comedy made with spirit of splatter and camp films. This is an honest entertainment, yet a very unique crazy horror-comedy. You will love Bunny, or you will hate Bunny. But we won’t DISAPPOINT the people who love Bunny and old school horror-comedies.

Teaser Trailer Released For “I Am Alone”

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Check out the teaser trailer for indie thriller “I Am Alone”. The film comes from Abstract Forces and is the studios first feature film. “I Am Alone” is directed by Robert A. Palmer who co-wrote the screenplay with Michael A. Weiss. The film stars Gareth David-Lloyd, Gunner Wright, Rory Zacher, and John Best.

Jacob Fitts television host and survivalist, with his crew Producer Adam Levine & Cameraman Mason Riley set out to shoot another episode of their popular survival show, I Am Alone. Episode 113 takes us deep into the Colorado Rockies where Jacob will be left alone for 7 days while his team sets off into town to capture footage and shoot interviews. Within hours a viral outbreak spreads rapidly across the globe. Unaware of this outbreak, Jacob, isolated continues shooting his Television show. As day one comes to a close Jacob is attacked and bitten by an infected person.

As the virus spreads through the town Mason and Adam have to fight the infected to save their own lives. With the CDC monitoring the outbreak they pick up Mason and all his footage and bring him back to base for questioning. Reviewing Mason's footage the CDC tries to piece together why the virus has taken longer to transform Jacob. The CDC forces Mason to relive the events of the previous days through his footage to learn more about the virus and Jacobs survival.

As the global death rate rises time is running out, to find a cure.

First Trailer For Faux Pas’ “Incorporeal”

IncorporealThe first trailer for Faux Pas Films’ new horror thriller “Incorporeal” has been released. “Incorporeal” is written and directed by Michael Wade Johnson and follows the nightmare results of a movie director and his leading actresses fate during a location scouting trip. The film stars Heather Dorff, Dylan Cinti and Mardell Elmer. A release date has not been set for “Incorporeal” yet but the trailer offers up a pretty chilling story with a real attempt at low-budget, home-made horror seriousness. I can’t wait to see this one. The story and visual effects combine to tease a creepy cool horror concept here!

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

My Review Of Bedlam Stories

BedlamStoriesBefore Bedlam Stories brings it’s twisted mash-up of Fairtyale Horror to the big screen check out the whole dark nightmare in Bedlam Stories novel form. The story is the dreamscape of Pearry Teo and written by Christine Converse. The story is a enveloping mash-up horror show that brings together two iconic fantasy lands, Wonderland and Oz. Teo has taken everything we know of the two beloved characters of Alice and Dorothy and twisted their worlds into very dark, nightmarish visions.  Bedlam Stories is set in inside a decaying asylum where the staff have sinister motives that are meant to corrupt and pervert both Alice’s and Dorothy’s unique gifts and connection to their mystical wonderlands.

Without giving too  much of the story away, Bedlam Stories creates a world that challenges the classic concept of Alice. She is a dark, disturbed child of horror with no remorse or compassion. Her fairytale companions are nothing more than demonic messengers of revenge that will be pitted against the companions of Dorothy. The story is told through the point of view of a new character that Teo has introduced into this dichotomy of worlds that clash within the rusted and ruined walls of Bedlam asylum. The tale is complex, filled with chilling descriptions of macabre situations.

Bedlam stories is only the first chapter in this insane horror tale so most of the book is a story builder to more terrifying, intense drama to come. The visual descriptions of the characters situational climaxes for the most part are meant to set up the coming vision of the film that Teo plans for Bedlam Stories. Christine Converse’s writing brings to life the visions of Bedlam Stories in disturbing realistic intensity. They are deliciously dark tastes of the demented world that sees an evil Alice by forced design rail against all that she comes in contact with, facing a formidable foe in a epic clash of will and unrestrained emotional determination that will pit personal demons against personal demons. It is all very deep and thrilling, with enough complexity to keep you on edge as Bedlam Stories phantasmagoric tale unfolds.

For the most part Bedlam Stories is a creative, unique dark vision that offers a new reality for Alice and Dorothy that goes far beyond what the two characters ever endured in their respective adventures that we all grew up on. It is as if American Horror Story and Once Upon A Time melded into the abyss then spat back a malformed mutant creation that  writhes in the suffrage of nightmares. Some moments in the novel seem a bit expected and anticipated but for most of the story everything unfolds in spectacularly suspenseful originality. Bedlam Stories is a nice, dark read that fans of horror and both Wonderland and Oz should enjoy. A definite good read.

Theatrical Engagements In New York And Los Angeles Set For “Return To Nuke ‘Em High Vol. 1”

Anchor Bay Films and Troma Entertainment proudly announce that RETURN TO NUKE EM HIGH, VOL.1, the film that marks the return of Lloyd Kaufman to the directors chair and kicks off Troma Entertainments 40th Anniversary celebration, will have exclusive theatrical engagements in New York and Los Angeles starting in January 2014 at the following venues:

January 10th Village East Cinemas, 189 2nd Ave, New York.

January 17th Laemmles NoHo 7 Theaters, 5240 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood

Q&As with Lloyd Kaufman and cast & crew will be take place at both NY and LA locations, with exact dates and times TBA.

return-to-nukem-highWith its inclusion in the NY Museum of Modern Arts The Contenders 2013 film series (Lloyd shares the same roster with such directorial luminaries as David Lynch, Sofia Coppola, the Coen Brothers and Woody Allen), and recently named Peoples Choice Award for Film of the Year at the Bizarre Atlantic City festival, RETURN TO NUKE EM HIGH, VOL. 1 is Lloyd Kaufmans latest Tromasterpiece. A hilarious, thoughtful sci-fi event film with themes ripped straight from today's headlines: the contamination and degradation of the world's food supply, rampant bullying and LGBTQ love triumphing over prejudice and violence. The film -- a revisiting of Troma's 1986 Class of Nuke 'Em High -- is in the same vein as other classics such as Class of 1984, Rock 'n' Roll High School and Carrie, but it's seen through the unique vision of Lloyd Kaufman and the Troma Team.

Welcome to Tromaville High School, where, unfortunately, the glee club has mutated into a vicious gang of Cretins. Chrissy and Lauren, two innocent lesbian lovers, must fight not only the Cretins, mutants and monsters, but also the evil Tromorganic Foodstuffs conglomerate. Can they and Kevin the Wonder Duck save Tromaville High School and the world?

Celebrate Tromas 40 years of creating some of the most revered and reviled films of all time!

Teaser Trailer For “Beacon Point”

BP-banner1Beacon Point” is a horror movie that follows a group of hikers lost in the Great Smoky Mountains. Days from any kind of help, the group encounters an ancient secret that threatens their survival. “Beacon Point” is directed by Eric Blue and stars Rachel Marie Lewis, Jon Briddell, Eric Goins, Jason Burkey and RJ Shearer. The film is currently in post-production. Check out the teaser trailer just released for the film.

Zoe has quit her job to hike the Appalachian Trail as a tribute to her deceased father. She joins a small group of inexperienced hikers for an adventure of a lifetime. The group is, Dan, an aging, overweight, Dotcom millionaire, Cheese, a 17 year old kid, and Brian his half brother he has just met. They are lead by, Drake, a hot headed trail master with a questionable past. The ten day trek through the Great Smokey Mountains promises to be exciting and the group is upbeat as they set out. Drake leads them away from the main trail, and the tourists, promising a grand adventure, and sights they'd never see on the main trail. Zoe is unsure about going off the trail into the wilderness, but begins to bond with Brian, who promises that Drake knows what he's doing.

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The adventure spins out of control when the group is terrorized at their campsite by an unseen force. At first, no one remembers the event, but a dark mood hangs over the group as they trek deeper into the back lands of the Great Smokies. Things grow even stranger after the group discovers an abandoned campsite, and Brian is inflicted by a crippling illness. As tensions rise, Drake and Zoe come to blows ever mindful that they are being watched, or worse, hunted. In a desperate effort to get help for the worsening Brian, Zoe, with Drake in toe, heads back to civilization. During their journey they discover an ancient stone totem in a clearing called Beacon Point. It is here where they discover the secret of Beacon Point and must fight for their lives.

Artwork For US DVD Release Of “Thanatomorphose”

The DVD cover art has been released for “Thanatomorphose” along with word of the film’s US release. “Thanatomorphose” will hit shelves January 21st 2014. The Canadian horror film is directed by Éric Falardeau and tells the disturbing visceral tale of a young woman who wakes up to find her flesh rotting. It stars Émile Beaudry, Eryka Cantieri, Roch-Denis Gagnon, Simon Laperrière and Karine Picard.

The word Thanatomorphose is an ancient Hellenic word to describe the moment an orgasm shows visible signs of decomposition due to death.

A Cronenbergian smorgasbord of rancid flesh and sexual gratification, THANATOMORPHOSE, by Canadian director Eric Falardeau,picks up where Nekromantic left off. Discovering several bruises on her body after a night of rough sex, a young woman is shocked as, rather than heal itself, her body begins rotting from the inside out. She faces a terrifying and gory descent into a living death, as her putrifying body begins to literally ‘fall off the bone’.

A strange and claustrophobic tale of sexuality, horror and bodily fluids, THANATAMORPHOSE will not only make you wince, but is strangely uplifting in its take on mortality. The title means the physical signs of a body’s decomposition, caused by death.


Teaser Trailer Released For “The Reckoning”

the reckoningCheck out the teaser trailer for “The Reckoning”. The film is due out in 2014 and stars Luke Hemsworth, Jonathan Lapaglia, Viva Bianca, and Hanna Mangan. “The Reckoning” is directed by John V. Soto who also wrote and produces the crime thriller.

After his partner is murdered, a detective must track down two teenage runaways whose video footage contains the identity of the killer.

Pagan Festival Shout Out: Brumalia Ends, & Dies Natalis Invicti Solis

saturnalia-1Brumalia is the ancient pagan festival that is a continuation of celebration and tribute to Saturn. It is a festival of the winter solstice. The day also honors Cronus and Ceres/Demeter, and Bacchus. The festival included night-time feasting, drinking, and merriment. During this time, prophetic indications were taken as prospects for the remainder of the winter. Greet each other with words of blessing at night, "Vives annos", "Live for years". The word bruma meant simply "shortest day," and referred to the Winter Solstice. Brumalia was generally held on December 25th, even though that was not technically the actual solstice.

Sol Invictus
Sol Invictus ("Unconquered Sun") was the official sun god of the later Roman Empire and a patron of soldiers. The date of 25 December for Christmas was selected in order to correspond with the Roman festival of Dies Natalis Solis Invicti, or "Birthday of the Unconquered Sun". The Philocalian calendar of AD 354 gives a festival of "Natalis Invicti" on 25 December. There is limited evidence that this festival was celebrated before the mid-4th century.

The important thing with these holidays that correspond with today’s Christmas tradition is that the winter solstice is a time of revelry, remembrance and good will toward the coming year and the return of the sun. Today is a day to be merry, to show kindness toward one another, celebrate the winter and pay homage to the time when one season ends and to embrace with positive prospects for the beginning of a new wondrous year that will give rise to a new time of plenty, filled with spiritual growth and strength in the uncertain future.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Trailer Released For John Schneider’s “Smothered”

smotheredCheck out the trailer for John Schneider’s “Smothered”. The film stars horror icons Kane Hodder (Jason X, Hatchet), RA Milhailoff (Leatherface, Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3), Bill Moseley (Devil's Rejects, Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2), Don Shanks (Halloween5, Ride with the Devil), and Malcolm Danare (Christine, Ride with the Devil), as well as Brea Grant (Halloween 2), Amy Brassette (Ghost Shark, Ragin Cajun Redneck Gators), Shanna Forrestall (The Last Exorcism, Ragin Cajun Redneck Gators on Syfy, Southern Fried Homicide on ID) and Dane Rhodes (The Last Exorcism 2).

“Smothered” flips the classic horror set up were young sexed up girls are slaughtered by a masked madman by having some of the biggest horror slasher actors taken out by a bodacious vixen. The film will be completed and ready for release in 2014.

New Horror From SFX Master Sergio Stivaletti

Sergio Stivaletti is the mastermind behind the wicked effects in cult classics “Demons” and “Demons 2” will direct new horror film “Nightfall”.  In collaboration with Grayson Pictures, Stivaletti will begin production in 2014 and take place in Rome. The film will follow two friends as they uncover a vampire conspiracy to enslave the human race.

Commenting on the joint venture, Sergio said, “I am very excited about this project, and I hope to bring something new to the genre.”

Stivaletti is a director and special effects guru, who has spent 30 years collaborating with Italy’s finest directors. He demonstrated his vision behind the camera in his directorial debut “Wax Mask” – an innovative re-imagining of the “House Of Wax”. He is currently attached to several projects including “The Profane Exhibit” and “The Book”. Check out the promo poster for the collaborative project below.

Grayson Pictures is an independent film distribution and production company, formed in 2010 with the intention of acquiring and distributing the best in genre films from around the world, for release in the UK. “Nightfall” will broaden the scope for Grayson Pictures as it makes its move into production.


New Poster Released For Indie Horror “Fat Chance”

Check out the new poster for indie horror “Fat Chance”. The film is a campy throwback to the over-the-top, gross-out slashers of the '80's described as “The Biggest Loser” meets “Friday The 13th”. “Fat Chance” is directed by Daniel Emery Taylor, Jim O'Rear and is currently in post-production. It stars Daniel Emery Taylor, Jim O'Rear, G. Larry Butler, James Hampton, Scott Tepperman, and John Dugan. Emery and Taylor were the twisted minds behind the horror film “The Hospital”.

Ten obese men appear on a competitive reality show geared toward weight-loss. As the competition grows more intense the contestants realize they are losing more than just weight; they are losing competitors. Are the contestants dropping out voluntarily or is something more insidious going on? Will they survive? Fat chance. “Fat Chance will make have a premiere at the Movie Days celebration in Dortmund, Germany (March 21-23). U.S. screening are planned for sometime following the premiere. Stay tuned here or with the film on their Facebook Page to find out more.


New Poster For “Sorority Party Massacre” Released

A new poster has been issued promoting Anchor Bay’s DVD release of slasher-comedy “Sorority Party Massacre”.  The film is a cliché horror comedy that embraces that concept and drives it into the heart of the sisters of Sigma Phi Pi entertainingly. “Sorority Party Massacre” is directed by Justin Jones, Chris Freeman and stars Ed ORoss,Kevin Sorbo,Richard Moll, Leslie Eastbrook, Louis Mandylor, Tom Downey, Marissa Skell, Eve Mauro, Yvette Yates, Adrian Kirk, Alison Mei Lan, Rebecca Grant, Casey Fitzgerald. The film will be released on February 11th. 2014. You can read my review of the film here.

An isolated town full of sexy college girls has a dangerous secret: one girl has gone missing each year for the last 20 years. A big-city cop, in danger of losing his badge, agrees to aid the town’s sheriff in investigating these unsolved disappearances. Quickly they realize that they are dealing with a psychotic killer whose brilliance has been twisted into a taste for terror, torture and sorority sister torment. But when this party gets started, who will graduate – and who will be held back?

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Sunday, December 22, 2013

Pagan Festival Shout Out: Larentalia

laresDecember 23rd is the Larentalia. A festival to honor the home’s divinities, the Lares, a kind of domestic genii that was worshipped as protectors of one’s home, watching over the family. During this festival, offerings are made to the dead. A symbolic sacrifice is typically offered at the hearth or near the cooking stove (I place my offering on the kitchen counter next to the stove. Larentalia was part of a series of ancient Roman festivals and holidays celebrating the end of the old year and the start of the new.


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