Friday, February 8, 2013

Trailer Released For Spirit World Productions’ “Realm Of Souls”

realm of soulsCheck out the first trailer released for Chase Smith’s “Realm Of Souls”. The project comes from Atlanta based Spirit World Productions and slated for theatrical release on September 27th 2013. The found footage styled movie is about Horror Filmmakers who set out on a mission to investigate 13 of the most haunted locations in Georgia in order to gather REAL evidence of the Supernatural for use in their next horror film. They never finished the project on account of all the dying!!! This is the movie they never got to make. It stars Ella Bardine,  Lance Paul , Michael-Chase Smith,  Jon Bailey, Zoe Myers,  Amber Erwin,  Teal Haddock,  Rebecca Thomason,  Blake Ivey,   Brian Kurtis, Katie Blackburn, Kenny Bump, Jake Willams  and Jessica Schmahl.

Check Out The Second Trailer Released For Supernatural Horror “Siyaah”

siyaah imageSiyaah” is a classic dark story of nightmares of a family forced suffer for being “non-believers”. Make no mistake though because this is straight up horror story that as the film’s director states “is a skin-crawling punch of which will leave you squealing with fear and anxiety. It is quite an accomplishment for Director Azfar Jafri who will see a nationwide release of his work in Pakistan on March 15th. The country isn’t known for tolerating anything that may be perceived as weighted with Western influence. 

“Siyaah” stars Hareem Farooq, Qazi Jabbar, Mahnoor Usman, Ahmed Ali Akbar, Aslam Rana, Sofia Wanchoo Mir, Rizwana, Sarwar Salimi and Amy Saleh.

Check Out The U.S. Trailer For Dominik Moll’s “The Monk”

The MonkDominik Moll’s gothic thriller “The Monk” is finally hitting U.S shores. The film will see a limited theatrical release on March 8th. It stars Vincent Cassel, Deborah Francois, Josephine Japy and Catherine Mouchet. The fact that this film originally was released in July 2011 makes me wonder if the amount of time it took to be released here left a lot of the movie on the cutting room floor? I hope it was more to do with rights deals than content issues. The film is based on the 1796 novel by Matthew Lewis. It was not well received by the critics and the only reason this story is alive today is because it was preserved by readers eager to read the book condemned as “profane and obscene”.

17th Centry, Madrid. Abandoned at the doorstep of a monastery, Ambrosio has been brought up by the Capucin Friars. After becoming a friar himself, he becomes an unrivaled preacher whose sermons draw crowds and earn him the admiration of all. Admired for his extreme rigor and absolute virtue, Ambrosio is certain he is safe from any temptation. But Satan has not said his final word...

Trailer Released For Tyler Shields’ “Final Girl”

Final GirlThe trailer for Tyler Shields’ “Final Girl” has been released. The film stars Wes Bentley, Logan Huffman, Abigail Breslin, Alexander Ludwig, Michael Trevino, Connor Paolo and Francesca Eastwood. The poster may lack in original concept or creativity but you can not say the same for the trailer. I think it is cool little tease. Check it out below.

Loner Veronica is new to school, shy and vulnerable the perfect target for a group of teenage boys who lure girls into the woods to hunt and kill them for sport. It’s only after they get her alone that she turns the tables on them, escaping and revealing she’s armed and knows how to defend herself. Little do they know, Veronica is an assassin-in-training, and she’s chosen killing these boys as her final test. When the dust clears, Veronica will find out if she can be the final girl these boys ever have a chance to hurt.

Killer Lessons In Ass Kicking: My Interview With “Velvet Vengeance” Star Andee Martin

*NOTE* This interview was done before the Andee Martin made the decision to leave the cast of Velvet Vengeance but the interview is still a very interesting read!

Andee MartinAndee Martin has always wanted to be an actress. It is a dream that she is excited to see realized as she prepares for her first feature film. No stranger to acting having appeared in two previous short films Andee still finds this new reality very surreal. In 2011 Andee Martin was cast into the role of Penelope in Jeremy Campbell’s zombie survival short “Try To Survive”, a film that pit four teenagers on a weekend camping trip against a horde of flesh eaters with very little chance of survival. However it was Andee’s 2012 portrayal of Alice in Campbell’s horror short “Velvet Vengeance” that has really sparked the beginnings a great partnership between the two. The film was awarded “Best Short” At 2012 San Antonio Horrific Film Festival. Campbell stated that Andee Martin really is Alice which is why the director could only see the feature film adaptation happening if Andee agreed to reprise the role. It is something that the young actress was more than willing to do noting with enthusiasm her excitement toward revisiting the character in a broader, more intricate story. The feature will take a more action driven approach focusing stronger fight sequences while holding on to the classic horror based atmosphere.

In my interview with the nineteen year actress Cleburne, Texas resident she talked about her excitement about reprising the role of Alice and the preparations she is taking to bring this girl next door, who could totally kick your ass, to life in the feature film adaptation. She is currently training in the art of Mauy Tai, Boxing and Grappling, which is pretty awesome in and of itself! There is also plans for intense weapons training all of which should come in handy when forced to confront homicidal maniacs whose “mascot” comes in the form of a brutal ax wielding psychopath who finds comfort behind a baby doll mask. Oh whom is also a strong female presence that incites fear known only as Dolly. Do you see the directional intension that this film is going for? There is strong influence most notably recognized from the film “Big Trouble In Little Chine” but keeping with the darker tone and atmosphere of grindhouse and slasher genres something that Andee Martin is eager to see happen as evident in our interview.
Andee as Alice

ASouthernLife:   You are reprising the role of Alice in the feature "Velvet Vengeance" which is adapted from the short film. How do you feel about having a bigger story to expand upon with the character? Are you nervous at all?
Andee Martin: In the feature I feel like the people will have a chance to get to know Alice more. They will be able to connect with her after seeing everything she has been through. I am nervous, its a bigger part and a lot of people are looking forward to this movie. I hope I can really become Alice.

ASouthernLife: Alice becomes kind of an ass kicker in the story, how has the training been for you gearing up for production?
Andee Martin: Training has been amazing! I have been training 5 days a week at a MMA gym in Burleson, Tx. called Texas Fighting Syndicate. I've been doing MMA, Mauy Thai, and also taking a strength and conditioning class. The owner Burt McDonald has been helping me out a lot, he has been working one on one with me also. I can't thank him enough.

ASouthernLife: Where you shocked at the attention the short film has had at festival screenings?
Andee Martin: Yes and no. I was hoping it would get attention at the festivals, but it also surprised me by how much it got. I am very proud of it and I hope the feature gets a lot of attention as well.

ASouthernLife: Before filming the "Velvet Vengeance" short did you consider yourself to be an ass kicker or  a fighter?
Andee Martin: I didn't consider myself a fighter. I liked to think I was, but in reality I tried to stay away from fights or those kinds of situations as best I could.

ASouthernLife: In the feature you will show your skills Mauy Tai, boxing and Grappling. Which skills are you most enjoying learning and was it subjects you were interested before being cast in the role?
Andee Martin: I would have to say I'm enjoying the Mauy Thai the most. I am having a lot of fun learning all the punch and kick combos. The MMA class is fun also. We have been focusing on ground work, being on top of someone and different techniques on how to control them. Yes, I was very interested in learning how to fight. I wanted to be able to defend myself, and also I knew it would look great on resume.

ASouthernLife: You also are going to have gun training for the role of Alice, are you looking forward to that training as well? What is Alice's weapon of choice?
Andee Martin: I am very excited to start gun training. I have handled guns before, but it will be nice to have some more experience. I believe the gun Alice will be using is a 9mm Beretta.

ASouthernLife: What did you think when Jeremy approached you about his plan to add more martial arts and action to the story?
Andee Martin: When Jeremy told me his ideas for the movie I was very happy to hear that he was adding more action and fighting to the feature.

ASouthernLife: Jeremy told me that he feels you are the character, that girl next door who is totally bad ass. How much of Alice do you see in yourself? Are there any things about the character that you have trouble relating to?
Andee Martin:  I do see some of Alice in me. I am "the girl next door", I'm not much of a bad ass but with all this training I am starting to feel like one. The only thing that I am having a little bit of trouble relating to is the loss of my brother, since my brother is very much well and alive lol. I have to run through the scene a couple times to get the right emotions down.

ASouthernLife: What are you most looking forward to as filming begins for "Velvet Vengeance"?
Andee Martin: I am looking forward to everything. I love being on set and seeing everything that goes on behind the scenes. I love being able to hang out with all the actors and crew. I think I am mostly excited about showing off my new skills of fighting.

ASouthernLife: If you found yourself in the woods facing psycho dressed as a Doll do you think you could take them down or would you try to flee, twist an ankle and go out in tears?
Andee Martin: I would try and take them on and bring them down. It would be very scary but I would rather die trying than run away and always think I should have took them on.

ASouthernLife: What do you do when your not learning killer skills or kicking ass?
Andee Martin: I like to take my free time to hang out with my friends and family, I feel like no matter what they will always keep me grounded and true to who I really am. I am really thankful for that. I don't want to change just because some things in my life are changing.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Poster Released For James Cullen Bressack’s “To Jennifer” Along With Details

to jenniferJames Cullen Bressack has released the first teaser poster as well story details for his next horror project “To Jennifer”. The film continues in the subgenre of found footage first explored in his 2012 film “Hate Crime” . That film gained a lot of attention at festivals receiving positive reviews and winning awards. With this next project Bressack will push the bounds of his personal comforts as “To Jennifer” will be the first time ever a feature film is to be shot, edited and distributed solely on the iPhone 5. The actual details on just how this will transpire are scarce at the moment but Bressack promises the entire film will be available directly to your  smart phone. He also promised that this will be a film that you won’t want to miss a single second of and as always don’t spoil the film for others after seeing it.

"We are working in conjunction with some great companies to deliver the first film directly tailored to mobile devices." Bressack states. The film stars Chuck Pappas, Jody Barton (Hate Crime), James Cullen Bressack, among others and features a cameo from American Mary's Tristan Risk. The film is being produced by James Cullen Bressack, Chuck Pappas, and Jarret Cohen under the Psykik Junky Pictures umbrella. Bressack also released the synopsis for “To Jennifer” in the press release:  "Joey suspects his girlfriend of two years, Jennifer, is cheating on him. He is so convinced that he enlists the help of his cousin Steven to create a Video Dairy of his attempt to catch her in the act as well as to document the heartbreak she is putting him through. He intends to give this tape to her after catching her, in an attempt to make her feel guilty."

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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Trailer Released For Dark Thriller “Riddance”

RiddanceRiddance” is a dark psychological thriller that stars ‘True Blood’ actor Jim Parrack. The first trailer for the film has been released hinting at the intensely haunting atmosphere of tragedy to unfold. It also stars Alice L. Walker and is directed by Nicholas Acosta. The production wrapped in December 2012. The story focuses on two people hiding away from the world in a cabin in the woods. But one of them has a secret that will affect them tragically before night's end.

Check Out The Trailer For Brian A. Metcalf’s “The Lost Tree”

the lost treeBrian A. Metcalf’s horror/drama “The Lost Tree” is currently in post-production and isn’t scheduled to be released until 2014 but a trailer has been released for the film. The story centers around Noah, a man guilt-ridden over the death of his wife. He travels to an isolated cabin in search of peace and isolation. But he soon learns of the dangerous surroundings of the area. It stars Thomas Ian Nicholas, Michael Madsen, Lacey Chabert, Scott Grimes and Clare Kramer. Check out the trailer below.

Trailer Released For Indie Horror Flick “Hog Maul”

OLD-POSTERHog Maul: The Legend Of Abrams County” is a film that seems like it should have already been made. It is a cool Independent film that brings yet another disturbing legend to life. Produced on a bare knuckle budget the film that harkens back to the early days of slasher films like “Motel Hell” with a feel of vintage TROMA stuff, blending hardcore gore and thrills with classic fun humor. Filmed in the Pennsylvania boondocks by ILL-Conceived Films.  Check out the trailer below. My mind is already a flutter with all the possible gory kill scenes as a result of that hammer!

Directed by Nap Bishop “Hog Maul” stars Davy Lantz, Jr., Chrissy DelPrete, Cori Coulter, Jen Wanner, Jeff Miner and Grinnd Fluever . A murderous legend born in 1953 returns to a small rural Pennsylvania town. Killer? Cryptid? Myth? Can your reeling mind handle the head-hammering madness? You will cringe at the gore! You will thrill to legend-hunting hotties! You will laugh until you kill! Watch HogMaul. This little piggy takes YOU to market!

Teaser Poster Released For Bollywood’s First Ever Creature Feature

A teaser poster has been released for Vikram Bhatt’s “Creature 3D”. It will be the first ever creature feature for Bollywood. Set to star Bipasha Basu and scheduled for the May film market Bhatt is hoping to ride the moment he has gained from his previous 3D film that Indian audiences loved. It is an attempt to prove that Bollywood is ready for much more than the cookie cutter staple cinema shtick. I don’t get the whole Bollywood “thing” I have tried and I just don’t get it. I have to say though that this almost looks promising and hopefully it will get either a subtitled or overdub English release as well. I have to admit that I have not seen Bhatt’s previous horror film “Fear”, “Haunted 3D” or the “Raaz” movie he did. It is noteworthy to say that this is a positive step in India’s further acceptance of more nontraditional genre’s. 


Check Out The Trailer For Dark Thriller “The Woodshed”

wood shedThe Woodshed” is an intense, twisted darkly psychological thriller from Kd Amond. It has won several awards including Best Psychological Thriller at Fear Fete and Best Director at ITV Fest 2012. The twenty=five minute short film stars Ashton Leigh, Hunter Burke, Todd Owens, Mason Joiner, Charlynn White and Rodney Feaster. Check out the teaser trailer below.

The Woodshed is the story of Grace, a young woman who escapes from the tortuous constraints of a religious, free love, cult. Along the way she meets Bari, a shy, Southern recluse who soon becomes Grace's only hope for survival. The Woodshed borders the genres of suspense drama and horror, with a generous sprinkling of Southern Gothic.

Trailer Released For Creature Feature “Territory”

TerritoryCheck out the trailer for UK creature feature “Territory”.  The film is written and directed by Thomas Saville and Robert Vassie. It stars Sylvie England, Karen Morgan, Dave Taylor, Eifion Melnyk-Jones, William Ashbey, Victoria Eldon, Charlotte Eldon, Steve Smith, Jon Samuel, Sharon Muiruri, Robert Maloney and Karina Sugden. “Territory” is an Indie flick that blends elements of “Alien” and “The Thing” using both modern and classic technologies yet focuses mostly on the human experience and emotional flux.

Four cars lie stranded on a dark and desolate country road in the middle of the night – the aftermath of a car crash. Tensions run high as the survivors struggle to resolve the situation, but they soon realize that the worst is far from over…

Tired, cold and miles away from the nearest town, the true danger begins to dawn on the passengers as they find themselves being picked off by a group of demonic creatures, enraged by the fact that humans have strayed into their murky territory.

First Teaser For “Axeman At Cutter’s Creek” Arrives

axemanposterThe first official teaser trailer for Joston Theney’sAxeman At Cutter’s Creek” has arrived! The much anticipated slasher is catching waves in the Indie community making it’s way on many a fan’s short list for must see films of 2013, mine included. It is truly a awesome project to see come along showing a true return to real scary traditional horror of early slasher films of the 80’s. The film follows nine vacationing twenty-somethings who are hunted down by an axe-wielding local legend. “Axeman at Cuttler’s Creek” is Theney’s directoral homage to everything he loves about slasher films. Check out the teaser below. The film stars a pretty epic cast as well with Elissa Dowling, Tiffany Shepis, Brinke Stevens, Jamie Bernadette, Erin Marie Hogan, Scot Pollard and Arielle Brachfeld.

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Blood Red Films announced today that it has released it's official teaser for their upcoming horror feature. The announcement was made today by Joston Theney, Director and Writer, and Dr. Christopher Otiko, Executive Producer and Contributing Writer, for “Axeman At Cutters Creek”.

"This day has been a long time coming, I tell ya'," said Theney. "This film has picked up such incredible momentum that each day I'm asked by a great deal of people 'when's the teaser going to pop?' People have been asking and I'm just so thrilled to finally be able to share some footage. Everyone worked so hard to give fans of '80s horror what they've been clamoring for and I hope this teaser is worth the wait."

"This year, '80s style horror is coming home to slay," Dr. Christopher Otiko exclaimed, laughing maniacally. "Just remember, when you guys and gals are hiding behind your fingers and screaming at the top of your lungs, you asked for this! And we listened!"

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Check Out The Trailer For Erotic Vampire Flick “Empress Of The Evil Dead”

empress-of-the-evil-deadI haven’t seen any material other than the trailer for this film so I can’t call foul here but check out the trailer for erotic Vampire flick “Empress Of The Evil Dead”. The film has finally finished production and is waiting for release. It is directed by Phil Condit and stars Ange Maya, Tom Cochran, Beau Nelson, Laura Cotenescu and Garrett Brawith.
When the Secretary of Defense hears of a diminutive woman effortlessly killing two robbers despite sustaining multiple gunshot wounds, he dispatches an FBI Agent to track the killer down in hopes of enlisting her as a potential super agent. The agent's quest turns perilous when he discovers he is tracking a vampire, but not just any vampire -- the carnal and carnivorous Empress of the Evil Dead!

The agent comes across a vampire hunter and a psychic also intent on finding the Empress. Working together, the trio close in on their prey. But the closer they get the more they realize that they are the ones being hunted.
Empress of the Evil Dead is an erotically charged, lethal journey into darkness -- the darkness of human greed, the darkness of ancient evil and the darkness of the perversion of the Empress.

“Blood Shed” Finishes Production

blood shedThe horror/exploitation flick “Blood Shed” has finally finished production. The film comes from Cliff Vasko and stars Ben Mouton, Amin Joseph, Maria Elena Laas, Nika Williams, Adam Brooks, Diana Toshiko and Emily Ray. Check out the trailer below.  The film had originally been titled “American Weapon”. I have to say that after seeing the trailer I am glad they changed the title of the film. What do you think? 
According to the movie’s page “Thematically, the film is an anti-war statement disguised as a horror film, wherein all of the characters represent the American values being threatened by an unchecked military in pursuit of corporate domination of the planet.”

Blood Shed is the story of six beautiful travelers who head to the mountains for a getaway weekend, only to be terrorized by a homicidal war veteran, who has been programmed to kill without remorse. 

The film is a classic slasher with chilling twists and turns.

The story climaxes with the final showdown between the soldier who has lost his soul and the Native American woman who must choose between destruction and peace.  

Trailer Released For Ukrainian Horror “Unforgotten Shadows/Тіні незабутих предків”

Unforgotten ShadowsA trailer has been released for the very dark supernatural and intense thriller “Unforgotten Shadows”. The film is directed by Lyubomir Levitski who co-wrote the script with Andrex Selivanov. Currently the project is in post production. A group of friends find themselves victims of demons unwillingly released during a mishap at a prestigious University. To reverse the curse and save themselves, they travel to the forbidden mystical forest in western Ukraine. They are forced into a quest of survival and peril as they set out to locate Molfars, a mystic who can rid them of the demonic forces within them. The film will be released in the Ukraine on June 1st 2013.

Check Out The New Poster For Rob Zombie’s “The Lords Of Salem”

The-Lords-of-Salem-official-movie-posterA 2013 trailer has been released for Rob Zombie’s scary witch flick “The Lords Of Salem”. The film is written and directed by Zombie, with a cast that includes Sheri Moon Zombie, Bruce Davison, Jeff Daniel Phillips, Ken Foree, Dee Wallace, Meg Foster, Barbara Crampton, Michael Berryman, Sid Haig, Brandon Cruz, Clint Howard, Christopher Knight, Lisa Marie, and Daniel Roebuck. The film has now been pushed up to a April 19th release date. Check out the new trailer below.

Trailer Released For Horror Flick “Come Out And Play”

Check out the trailer for “Come Out And Play”. The film is a remake of “Who Can Kill A Child” and plays with the scary notion of homicidal children based on the novel by Juan Jose Plans. Directed by Makinov it stars Daniel Giménez Cacho, Ebon Moss-Bachrach and Vinessa Shaw. It also has enough creepy and evil children to make you want to run really fast when passing a play ground or lock your car doors when stopping at that one really long red light by the school yard!

Beth (Vinessa Shaw) and Francis (Ebon Moss-Bachrach), a happy young couple expecting their first child, have come to Mexico for a romantic getaway, renting a boat to visit an idyllic island off the coast. Everything seems perfect at first, as they arrive on a sun-kissed beach where children are playing and giggling on the dock. But as they make their way through the strangely empty streets, an atmosphere of unease sets in. An abandoned hotel. A distress call that repeatedly echoes from a radio set. The sense of being watched. The sound of children’s laughter drifting through the streets. No adults. When Francis witnesses a smiling little girl bludgeon an old man to death in the dusty streets, it’s clear that something is terribly wrong with these kids. As the groups of menacing, stone-faced children creep ever closer, Francis must protect his very pregnant wife and get them both off the island before they suffer the same fate as all the other adults.”

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Creepy Poster Released For “The Culling”

“The Culling” is a creepy new nightmare from  the Highland Film Group. It creates a sinister story that finds  five college friends on a fun-filled long weekend. Their plans are changed after they find a 7-year-old girl alone at an empty roadside diner. They have no choice but to drive her home. When they arrive at her house, it’s quickly apparent they will have to stay for the night.  What’s not apparent is the evil nightmare they are about to encounter.” The film stars Jeremy Sumpter, Elizabeth Di Prinzio, Brett Davern, Linsey Godfrey, Chris Coy, Harley Graham,Virginia Williams and Johnathon Schaech. It is being directed by Rustam Branaman. Check out the creepy ass kid on the poster below.


Jeremy Campbell’s Mission Of Vengeance : My Interview With The The Indie Director Of “Velvet Vengeance”

Jeremy CampbellOkay, Jeremy Campbell may not be on a personal mission of vengeance but he does have a clear intent to create a new breed of killer in his feature length adaptation of “Velvet Vengeance”. A killer of killers. In the spring of 2012 I had the pleasure of screening a short film from 13 Elm Films that melded the worlds of slasher scenario with action packed ass kicking. It was a film I considered to blend genres well and created a fresh new level of hell in horror story telling. One filled with martial arts and gore and all those things that make Indie horror such a great place to be. The short film The short followed Alice on a quest to prove once and for all that her brother’s death was the result of more than one killer. After a year of visions and dreams guided by her brother’s ghost she sets out to revisit the area where he died. Accompanied by her friends a new nightmare begins that pits her against a psycho sister act with a masked ax wielding sister as the co-antagonist. Now Jeremy Campbell is setting out to bring the story to life with even more action and horror in a the feature but with a added twist.

“Velvet Vengeance” is in the early stages of production with Campbell in the process of bringing together the cast. Something that brings an obvious joy and excitement to surface in speaking with him about this project. We talked about the feature film, his vision for Alice, the bad ass girl next door who can take down psycho killers, plus the short film which is still gaining attention in film festivals and the directors love of action, horror and movie making. Here is what Jeremy Campbell had to tell me about this adventurous new path his passion has led him on. We start off talking about the short film that set things in motion.

ASouthernLife: How has the success for the short film "Velvet Vengeance" been since it's release last spring?
Jeremy Campbell: It's been a lot of fun. People have really responded to the movie and enjoy getting to see the girl next door turn into a bad ass. It's given me the chance to meet lots of cool people. One highlight was going to The San Antonio Horrific Film Fest and spending the weekend with the original cast of Texas Chainsaw Massacre. I kind of feel like a boxer fighting my way up the ranks and just trying to prove I have what it takes to be a contender.

ASouthernLife: Where did the concept for the short come from, what was the inspiration?
velvet vengeanceJeremy Campbell: It honestly started as a Friday The 13th fan film. The original plan was to make a fan film based on the novel Jason's Curse by Eric Morse. It was a book I read when I was 12 and it was about a teen girl that goes to Camp Crystal Lake to hunt Jason. While I was writing the script I started thinking of how fun it would be if I added a few extra elements. Like what if instead of Jason it's a killer that dresses like a Doll, and what if the girl looking for revenge carried a big gun and knew martial arts. Everything came together and it really feels like I'm getting to make the type of movie that I would want to see when I was 13. A mix of action and horror with a nice 90s crust. Very nostalgic.

ASouthernLife: When did you realize that you wanted to make a feature length of "Velvet Vengeance" or was it planned when you made the short film?
Jeremy Campbell: A feature came up while we were shooting the short. I started writing it about mid way through shooting that project. I'm not sure what was the factor that pushed me over the edge. It was late 2012 when I decided that the Velvet Vengeance feature would be the next project and after that everything just started falling into place. It really feels like it was meant to be.

ASouthernLife: The feature adaptation will approach Alice's story differently, how is the new story going to differ and will it still focus on Alice's desire to prove the truth of her brother's death?
Jeremy Campbell: The movie is still very much about the journey Alice must take but now the journey is filled with new twists and turns. Everyone's roles are fleshed out more. Her brother Scott is almost an entirely different character than he was in the short. There are also new characters  that help add a new level of humor and horror. The feature is kind of Alice finding out that this is all just a small part of a big picture. Alice is meant for a higher calling. The girl next door becomes the hunter of killers.

ASouthernLife: What made you decide to tell the story different in the feature film version as opposed to just elaborating the existing story?
Jeremy Campbell: It's a little bit of both but I wanted to kind of build a bigger roller coaster. The first one was fun but now we've got more money a bigger crew and a bigger story. I Figured instead of one loop why not add two and when you expect it to zig we should zag.

ASouthernLife: Do you worry about how the fans will react to the new version of the story?
Jeremy Campbell:  Not at all. I don't chase trends or worry about what I think people want to see. That is a slippery slope that can really make you start second guessing what you knew was a good idea all along. I've got the chance to make my dream movie. A cross between late 80s early 90s action and 2nd wave slasher films. I figure if I like it then there should be someone else out there that likes the same thing. If not then at least I like it. The best thing for me to do is just focus on what feels right. Otherwise I'll just drive myself crazy.

ASouthernLife: "Velvet Vengeance" is still being accepted at festivals and has won awards, are you surprised at how well the short film has been received?
Jeremy Campbell: In hindsight I see the flaws and all of the things I wish that I could have done better so sometimes when people are telling me how much they liked it all I
I keep thinking is that they are messing with me. One funny story about that is after we screened at a film fest recently I was sitting in the hallway and we had a decent line of people buying dvd's and t-shirts. People were wanting photos and I was going to do a live radio interview right after so I thought I was king shit but then this guy comes up to my booth and tells me that him and his dad were at the film fest the year before when I showed a short film called "Try To Survive." He told me he liked that movie better. He kind of thought this new one sucked and was a real let down. That is the funny thing, as hard as you try and you feel like you've started to arrive you realize you still have a ton of work to do.

ASouthernLife: When did you first realize that you wanted to make movies? And was it always going to be horror movies?
Jeremy Campbell: I've always loved movies and the horror genre is without a doubt the one that really grabbed my attention when I was a kid. I was so in love with movies that when I was 10 I would go the video store without money just so I could read the back of the movies. It was when I was 13 that I bought a copy of the shooting script for A Nightmare On Elm Street and my eyes were opened to the idea of directing. The script was loaded with directing notes from Wes Craven but because of tough life conditions I did not get to start directing until I was 26. I got my start with a $200 camcorder from Best Buy and Windows Movie Maker. I'm totally self taught so to be where I am now 3 yrs later getting ready to make my first feature based off an award winning short is a real blessing. As far as genres I've done a little work in comedy and I plan on really bringing the action with Velvet Vengeance, so I'm down for where ever this road leads me. I do, however, prefer that feeling of making something that has roots in why I fell in love with movies to start with.

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ASouthernLife: Who were some of the directors that inspired you growing up?
Jeremy Campbell: The four big directors, I would say were John Carpenter, George Romero, Wes Craven and Clive Barker. As I've gotten older I've discovered guys like Howard Hawks and John Ford but for me as a kid those were the names that I studied. Wes Craven being the guy that made me want to make movies but John Carpenter to this day is my film idol and sensei. I honestly keep a John Carpenter collector card in my wallet at all times.

ASouthernLife: Are there any other projects in the works that you care to mention?
Jeremy Campbell: All of my focus is on this project. I've even canceled projects just so that I could focus on this one. This is by far the most important moment of my film career.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Talking Trash And Chocolate Pie With Laura Lee Black

Laura Lee BlackLaura Lee Black plays Tracy in Brian Dorton’s “Trashology”. An anthology that takes filth and fabulous into the twisted and depraved realm of Trash Cinema. It is one of the most original and entertaining films I have seen in a long time. Laura’s character is the catalyst for which this wild homage to all things John Waters begins. The character, Tracy, discovers a book in the local library one day while at Film School. As she reads the strange book we all discover the bizarre and fabulously demented lives that make up “Trashology”. However the story that unfolds around Tracy is as scandalous and filled with absurd filth to rival any of the stories within the pages of the book.

The anthology is set to be released on Slasher//Video and brings to life a world that would make John Waters proud. It is a social exploration of the absurd and mundane in which simple thoughts avalanche into psychotic celebrations of WTF?! The stories are creative, fun episodes of life, sick with humor and madness. “Trashology” is so much more than a love letter to John Waters, it is hope. Hope for a subgenre that almost never gets respect or appreciation. I talked with Laura Lee Black about her part in this Indie flick that is destined to be a cult classic. It is a disturbing chat of trash and chocolate pie.

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ASouthernLife: How did you get involved in Brian Dorton's "Trashology"?
Laura Lee Black: I met Brian Dorton through Douglas Conner. They were looking for someone to take over Tracy, I said yes right away, and then chuckled. Then I said uh-oh, what will I have to do?

ASouthernLife: What did you think when you first read the script?
Laura Lee Black: They brought over the script and left it with me. I had not seen any of the 3 interlocking stories as of yet, so I thought, I can do this! Brian gave me great direction!

ASouthernLife: In “Trashology” you have two compromising and wonderfully trashy scenes, A blow job and “making a chocolate pie”. Which scene had more takes the blow job or the pie mixing?
Laura Lee Black: The pie mixing took several takes, due to all the angles Doug wanted to cover, however the "BJ" scene..not so many...I think Tracy knew what she was doing, ...that makes me laugh!

ASouthernLife: Who did you model your character from, someone you know or all you?
Laura Lee Black: I think that I thought of Tracy as the gal that everyone secretly wants to be, so from Brian's writing Tracy was born!

ASouthernLife: Have you ever been tempted to make a 'poo' pie for anyone?
Laura Lee Black: I have never actually made a 'poo' pie for anyone. That does not mean I haven't wanted to...ha-ha!

ASouthernLife: Where you a big fan of Trash Cinema before being in "Trashology"?
Laura Lee Black: “Trashology” was definitely a great experience and I think Trash Cinema has a place on everybody's shelf!

ASouthernLife: What is your favorite John Waters film?
Laura Lee Black: John Waters is fantastic, I think Hairspray and Pink Flamingos come to mind first...I hope he liked “Trashology”! (Brian was able to give John Waters a copy of “Trashology” last year at one of the Film festivals.)

Laura Lee And SeanASouthernLife: Have you ever bribed a teacher or person in control to get something from them. Would you ever do something like Tracy did to get your way?
Laura Lee Black: Without giving all my secrets away, let's say Tracy's master manipulation is a skill....LOL!

ASouthernLife: If you made a trashy movie about your life what would we see a lot of in the movie?
Laura Lee Black: My life as a trashy movie...great question! Some broken hearted man done wrong, at least I let them survive to tell about it.

Check Out The Trailer For Pietro Tamaro’s “Dead Blood”

dead bloodDead Blood” is an Italian short film that blends fantasy and horror in a dark story of epic struggles between vampires and zombies. The short is intended to be a predecessor for a feature length film to come later. The proposed feature film is intended to be shot entirely in Italy with a local crew and an international cast. The choice of using English as the primary language in the short film is an example of international research for the project.

Directed by Pietro Tamaro and starring Romina di Lella, Carlotta Morelli, Jonathan Silvestri, Amin Nour and Amir Issaa the short film serves to tell the story of Ely, a pregnant girl about to give birth, and her boyfriend Mat, are forced to seek shelter in a mysterious dungeon, landing themselves in the middle of a battle. A battle between a family of alluring vampires and a horde of ravenous zombies. The faith of the girl and of her unborn child will be determined by the arrival of two misteriuos characters. Check out the trailer below.

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“Tales Of The Supernatural 2” News

tales of the supernaturalLondon based Greenway Entertainment are getting reading to begin production on “Tales Of The Supernatural 2: The Demon Returns”. Much as the first anthology did this second collection of short horror films  will feature the demon as he releases the souls of the damned attached to each terrifying tale. In the sequel there will be more attention to the demon’s back story.  There is a campaign currently going over at Kickstarter to help fund this project you can check out and as always go to the Facebook page to show some love.

“Tales Of The Supernatural” has just completed production and focuses Demon as he performs an unholy ritual that releases the souls of the damned from each story. The first film has six parts and intercuts with the Demon (homage to Tales From The Crypt) who is using a young Priest and torturing him through the pain of the souls in each segment. The Demon has been banished to earth to collect a thousand souls before he can return to Hell. He wonders the planet seeking out damned or lost souls and collects them through a vessel whilst performing a ritual of torture. In “Tales Of The Supernatural 2” the demon has eight more souls to add to his collection.

Daywalt Fear Factor Announces First Feature Film For The Company

daywaltDrew Daywalt announced that his production company Daywalt Fear Factor is in early production of it’s first feature length film. The film is titled “The Passengers” as will be directed by Drew Daywalt who also wrote the screenplay. Edin Gali (MAD MEN, HEMMINGWAY AND GELLHORN) stars with Courtney Halverson (DEATH VALLEY, RED CLOVER). Jeff Farley is co producing and has signed on to do the extensive physical FX.

“The Passengers” tells the story of a young trucker and his wife who are terrorized by the tortured spirits attached to a load of antiques that the couple has been commissioned to haul cross country.

daywalt fear factoryDaywalt Fear Factory has brought to life many chilling stories in award winning short films and had this to say about this exciting new project in a press release- “We've been waiting for this opportunity for a couple years now. And since we're being financed through private investors, my team and I have the creative control to tell an intelligent, terrifying story. We're finally getting to make the film we want to make, in the way we want to make it. The plan is simple; tell a good story that scares the hell out of everyone.”

New Poster Released For “Intrusive Behavior”

A new promotional poster has been released for the psychological horror film “Intrusive Behavior”. Directed by Brian Troxell the film stars Jessica Cameron, Heather Dorff, Lorrie Remington and Taylor Frase. Described as a movie about a little girl with a bad temper “Intrusive Behavior” follows 10 year old Heidi who is committed to an institution for behavioral problems. Her family moves on with their lives. After they are told Heidi has committed suicide they feel they can finally break free of the guilt of abandoning their child 15 years earlier. But all is not what it seems as the family is stalked by an intruder who has a debt to settle.

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Sunday, February 3, 2013

Jeremy Campbell’s “Velvet Vengeance” Gets Feature Adaptation

Velvet Vengeance PosterLast spring I had the privilege of reviewing a horror short titled “Velvet Vengeance”. It was an impressive short film to say the least managing to express as much story and horror in it’s twenty seven minutes that is comparable to most feature films. Well now that same film has been green lit for a feature adaptation. The short film revolved around Alice, a young woman on a quest to prove once and for all that her brother’s death was the result of more than one killer. After a year of visions and dreams guided by her brother’s ghost she sets out to revisit the area where he died. Accompanied by her friends a new nightmare begins that pits her against a psycho sister act with a masked axe wielding sister as the co-antagonist. You can read my review here. I have been told by the films director Jeremy Campbell the the feature will approach the story from a whole new angle and is currently in pre-production. I for one can not wait to see how the new story develops and look forward to talking with the director about “Velvet Vengeance” as well as the cast of the movie. So stay tuned for a new interview series with the director and cast of “Velvet Vengeance”. You can also go over to the movie’s Facebook Page to keep up-to-date with the project.

Trailer Released For Vampire Action/Drama “Byzantium”

byzantiumThe trailer for the vampire action drama “Byzantium” has been released. It packs in a visual and emotional overload of the melodrama that the star characters are plagued with. Directed by Neil Jordon the film stars Gemma Arterton, Saoirse Ronan, Jonny Lee Miller, Caleb Landry Jones, Sam Riley, Tom Hollander, Christine Marzano and Daniel Mays. It is an impressive cast with major production value. I am eager to see this film mostly because of the powerful acting ability of young Saoirse Ronan who’s “Hanna” had me glued to the screen from beginning to end.

Two mysterious women seek refuge in a run-down coastal resort. Clara meets lonely Noel, who provides shelter in his deserted guesthouse, Byzantium. Schoolgirl Eleanor befriends Frank and tells him their lethal secret. They were born 200 years ago and survive on human blood. As knowledge of their secret spreads, their past catches up on them with deathly consequence.

Satanic Sundays! Six Flicks That Show Evil Rocks!

It is Satanic Sundays! Sunday and time to highlight six films that celebrate the darker side of life and lore. These films to check out prove that evil rocks! They rock all night slay all day in an effort to spread some rock’n’roll horror into our lives.

1. Trick or Treat (1986)


Sammi Curr was a famous, devil-worshiping rock star who died under mysterious circumstances. Now he wants to come back to life. Doing so requires possessing radio wave & automobiles and making a few human sacrifices. The film is directed by Charles Martin Smith and stars Marc Price, Tony Fields, Lisa Orgolini, Gene Simmons, Doug Savant and Ozzy Osbourne.

2. Rock ‘n’ Roll Nightmare (1987)

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At an old farmhouse, a family mysteriously disappears at the hands of evil. Years later, hair metal band The Tritons comes to the farmhouse, whose barn now features a 24-track recording studio. Lead singer John Triton gets the band to perform their first night in the farmhouse after dinner, and weird little beasties suddenly appear, and strange things start to happen. Band members (and their tag along girlfriends) begin to act strangely and vanish one by one. Soon, only John Triton remains, and he holds a secret. Finally, the evil shows itself and a battle between heaven and hell ensues. The film is directed by John Fasano and stars Jon Mikl Thor, Jillian Peri, Frank Dietz and David Lane.

3. Rockin’ With Satan (2002)

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One day, after school the two boys discover an ancient text that they unwittingly use to summon up from hell, the evil demon of heavy metal music, Radical-Z! Radical-Z tempts the two boys to play his demonic, anarchy-inspiring music that is aimed at the destruction of America's social fabric. After first being wooed, the two boys eventually realize his plot, but is it too late to save the world from the terrible damage that has already been done? Will Radical-Z and his army of mad rockers take over America? Directed by Adam Starr, Justin Karoway-Waterhouse and Jared Starr. The film stars Jared Starr, Justin Karoway-Waterhouse, Johanna Collado, Kal "Skip" Dylan, Devin Ruddick and Stephen Dennis.

4. Black Roses (1988)

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A new rock-n-roll band plays at a sleepy town called Mill Basin, causing the town's kids to turn into rockers. However, what the town doesn't know is that the band is also turning kids into demonic monsters. The soundtrack features many prominent bands at the time such as King Kobra, Tempest, Hallow's Eve, Lizzy Borden, among others. Most of the music for the band "Black Roses" was performed by the members of King Kobra, with Mark Free on vocals, and Carmine Appice on drums. Directed by John Fasano and starring John Martin, Ken Swofford, Sal Viviano and Julie Adams.

5. Shock ‘Em Dead (1991)


Martin is a total loser, who nobody cares for. When he fails to get a position as guitar player in Lindsay's band and loses his job on the way, he makes a deal with a Voodoo priestess. She promises him the fulfillment of all his dreams if he swears obedience to her. He becomes a rock star and has many women - but to stay alive, he has to kill other people. Directed by Mark Freed the film stars Traci Lords, Troy Donahue, Aldo Ray and Stephen Quadros.

6. Rocktober Blood (1984)


Rock star Billy Eye (Tray Loren) loses his sanity and kills his colleagues at a recording studio. Billy is tried, found guilty and executed. The woman who testified against him at his murder trial is a successful singer with a group called Rocktober Blood. Two years have gone by, and just when she thinks the horror of the murder case is dead and buried, someone that looks a lot like Billy starts to terrorize her. Directed by Beverly Sebastian and starring Tray Loren, Donna Scoggins, Cana Cockrell and Renee Hubbard.

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