Saturday, February 16, 2013

Trailer Released For Anthology “Scream Machine”

scream machineCheck out the trailer for horror anthology “Scream Machine”. The five story anthology is soon to be released. Directed by Walter Ruether, David Sabal and Jacob O'Neal the anthology features everything from bunny suit killers to a santa slayer and the undead. The anthology stars Jay Bennett, Brennen Benson, Kelsee Benson, Rob Edwards, Tyler Gallant and David C. Hayes.

A battered and mysterious VCR...A bevy of lethal video- tapes... These are the building blocks of horror in "SCREAM MACHINE". A mind blowing descent into madness and death. Five shocking vignettes, designed to take your sanity and devour your soul! Mild curiosity leads to severe consequences when a couple rents a supposedly cursed video cassette recorder. An urban legend renowned for leaving a trail of agonizing and torturous death. Unbelieving, they take the plunge... And another legend is horrifyingly born... Do you dare give fate a winning hand, and test yourself against the hellish consequences of the SCREAM MACHINE? Insert Cassette Press Play...DIE!

Trailer For Zombie Flick “Revolution 666” Released

revolution 666The trailer for Indie zombie flick “Revolution 666” has been released today. The film is directed by Matt Jaissle and is a creative spin on the zombie story. In this new vision of the undead it is neither virus nor damnation that causes the creature to rise from the dead. In this story the madness lies within the music. After a newly discovered track from the “Fab Four” is played a zombie is unleashed dressed in a walrus costume. Check out the trailer below.

First Clip From “Kiss Of The Damned” Released

kiss-of-the-damned_thumb[1]Check out the first clip from the upcoming vampire flick “Kiss Of The Damned”. Directed by Xan Cassavetes and stars Joséphine de La Baume, Milo Ventimiglia, Roxane Mesquida and Riley Keough. The vampire flick will be released on VOD March 28, 2013, and in theaters beginning May 3, 2013.

Beautiful vampire Djuna (Josephine de La Baume) tries to resist the advances of the handsome, human screenwriter Paolo (Milo Ventimiglia), but eventually gives in to their passion. When her troublemaker sister Mimi (Roxane Mesquida) unexpectedly comes to visit, Djuna's love story is threatened, and the whole vampire community becomes endangered…

Psychotic Saturdays! Six Flicks That Are Truly Serial

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It has been a couple of weeks since I have given my psychotic shout out to films that celebrate the kray-kray! So it is time to bring to light several of those tales of twisted and demented delights that only the truly up-in-the-minds can appreciate. These films focus on the persona’s of the depraved and homicidal. Check them and out and let this Saturday be a truly Psychotic Saturday!

1. The Last Horror Film (1982)


Vinny is obsessed with famous actress Jana Bates and is determined to have her star in his movie. He travels to the Cannes Film Festival in France to try and convince her. Unfortunately, he goes about things in a rather unprofessional manner and people involved with Jana Bates begin to disappear. “The Last Horror Film” was directed by David Winters and stars Caroline Munro, Joe Spinell, Judd Hamilton and Devin Goldenberg.

2. Mardi Gras Massacre (1978)


In New Orleans a serial killer wearing a welder's mask strikes during the Mardi Gras festival. He goes into a bar and asks for the "most evil" prostitute he can find. He then takes her to a basement where he ties her up and cuts off her limbs and genitals. He then kills more prostitutes to get their hearts to sacrifice to an ancient Aztec goddess. A policeman who uses a prostitute as a lover and source of information then hunts down the killer based on her tips. Directed by Jack Weis and stars Curt Dawson, Gwen Arment, William Metzo and Laura Misch Owens.

3. The Zodiac Killer (1971)


The San Francisco area is beset by a series of seemingly random murders without motive or pattern. The police are taunted by phone calls and letters. Could the maniac be the violent, truck driver, or the seemingly mild-mannered mailman, or even a cop? Directed by Tom Hanson and stars Hal Reed, Bob Jones, Ray Lynch, Tom Pittman and Bertha Dahl.

4. Three On A Meathook (1972)


Four girls go on a romping weekend at a lake, and have car problems on the way home. A nice local boy takes them back to his farm, where he lives with his father. Something ghastly happens, but the father helps his son as he has in the past. When the boy meets a girl and begins falling in love, the father worries about a repeat performance. Directed by William Girdler and stars Charles Kissinger, James Carroll Pickett, Sherry Steiner and Linda Thompson.

5. The Fiend / Beware My Brethren (1972)

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Led by a sinister minister, a controlling religious sect called the Brethren has taken control of widow Birdy Wemys, sending her unstable son, Kenny, into a spiraling descent into madness and murder. No woman is safe when Kenny's religious mania overpowers him and leads to a rampage of carnage and chaos! Directed by Robert Hartford-Davis and starring Ann Todd, Patrick Magee, Tony Beckley, Percy Herbert and Madeleine Hinde.

6. Welcome To Arrow Beach (1974)


A hippie girl wandering on a California beach is taken in by a Korean War veteran who lives in a nearby mansion with his sister. The girl soon begins to suspect that the mansion is home to some very strange goings-on. Directed by Laurence Harvey and starring Laurence Harvey, Joanna Pettet, Stuart Whitman, John Ireland and Meg Foster.

Prepare For The Feature Length “Rabid Love”

rabid loveThe horror short “Rabid Love” spread it’s nightmare vision last year and apparently infected enough attention from horror fans to get a feature length re-do! The new larger epidemic will spread it’s terror on March 1st 2013. The movie that takes fans back to the golden days of horror enjoyed in the late 70’s and early 80’s is totally independent with a delusional budget of practically nothing and yet manages to bring the fear on an epic scale. “Rabid Love” takes place in 1984 and is a rejuvenation of those classic films. The look and feel of the era comes through in the settings, props, wardrobe, and most importantly, the characters of the film. The film is directed by Paul J. Porter and stars Hayley Derryberry, Colin Cunningham, Brandon Stacy, Jessica Sonneborn, Josh Hammond and Hannah Landberg. Check out the trailer for the short film below.

Heather Ross, a recent college grad, and her group of friends head out for a weekend of relaxing at a cabin in the woods. She has plans for graduate school but unknown to Heather, her boyfriend wants to settle down and get married. Despite warnings from the locals of a man-killing bear loose in the woods, the group has a good time at the cabin until Heather's boyfriend, John, meets a strange hunter in the woods. People start to disappear and things get bloody- turning the weekend of fun into a fight for survival against the strange hunter, nature itself, and an unknown beast lurking in the shadows!

Friday, February 15, 2013

“A Grim Becoming” Expected In 2014

DefTone Pictures horror/comedy “A Gim Becoming” is set to release in 2014. The film is being directed by Adam R Steigert and stars Bill Oberst Jr., Britt Griffith, Devanny Pinn, Jessica Cameron and Lynn Lowry. DefTone also announced that other projects can be expected to be released in the coming 2013 year including the Sci-fi B-movie “Ombis” which I have been dying to see!

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DefTone Pictures Studios Inc continues to put Buffalo New York on the map with their film productions. Currently in preproduction is their next feature film: a horror comedy entitled A Grim Becoming. Directed by Adam R Steigert (Ombis 2013) and written by Janeen Avery, Christopher Brechtel, Mark Mendola and Adam R Steigert.

Newcomer Christopher Marriott (B.Y.O.D.) is in talks with DefTone to play lead role of Raphael. Raphael is a young, bitter executive who is on the verge of losing a multimillion dollar architectural deal with a large distribution company lead by the awkward Stanford brothers. Raphael suffers a sudden death in his family and has to immediately leave to go to the funeral in his home town of Metzburgh. Seeing this as his big chance to get ahead is Wayne, a jealous co-worker who is in competition with Raphael. Wayne is being played by Syfy's Ghost Hunters and The Black Dahlia Haunting’s (2012) Britt Griffith. As Raphael returns to Metzburgh, he experiences a life changing event: witnessing a Grim Reaper taking a soul. This sighting results in Raphael becoming a Reaper and having to explore his own conscience and the lengths he will go to get his own life back. But Death, played by Michael Sciabarrasi (Ombis, Black Guy on a Rampage: Homicidal Vengeance), has other plans for the naive young executive. In addition, A Grim Becoming also reunites scream queens Devanny Pinn (Jamie) and Jessica Cameron (Life).

DefTone Pictures Studios Inc is excited to be teaming up with Melantha Blackthorne for the first time. Melantha will play Meryl, sister to lead character Raphael. Film icons Lynn Lowry (Mother), Valerie Lynn Hanna (Charlie Stanford), and Bill Oberst Jr.(Phill) will have supporting roles in the film.

DefTone Pictures Studios Inc has once again embraced the great talent of Western New York and will seek many local actors and actresses to complete the cast of A Grim Becoming. Already, Patrick Mallette (Father), Melyssa Jade (Carrie), Mike Sarcinelli (Lance), Christopher Brechtel (Mick) and Aryn Fitzgerald (October) have all signed onto to the cast. Not to mention that there will be plenty of roles as extras to be had as well.

With a June 21, 2014 release date for A Grim Becoming set by DefTone Pictures Studios Inc and principal photography starting in June 2013, the full cast list will be released in May of 2013. Ombis special effects artists Phill Beith and Jill Jovic have once again signed on to do the effects work for the production. DefTone Pictures Studios Inc has also hired indie Cinematographer Matthew Nardone to be the Director of Photography on A Grim Becoming.

In the coming year, DefTone Pictures Studios Inc will be releasing: To Release a Soul, Ombis, Dembela: Part 2, Dembela: Part 3 and, on September 7th 2013, Let it Rain.

New Trailer Released For “The Legend Of Seven Toe Maggie”

seven toe maggieA new teaser trailer has been released for paranormal flick “The Legend Of Seven Toe Maggie”. The film is based on a local GA. urban legend from Cordele, GA. Trust me when I say coming from Georgia there are no shortages of ghost stories or urban legends in the State. This story is about an Indian slave named "Maggie" who was brutally murdered there, with 3 of her toes being severed by her attackers leaving her with only 7. The locals dubbed her "Seven Toe Maggie" and claim her spirit still haunts the land.

This low budget film is directed by Joseph Lavender and stars Chase Steven Anderson (“One Tree Hill”), Mandi Christine Kerr (“Two Naked Men Making A Sandwich”), Josh Sinyard (“It’s Supernatural”), Christina Pykles, and Gregory French as Jonathan. When a group of misfit Paranormal Investigators try to help a local girl uncover the mystery behind a small town's urban legend, they get a lot more trouble than they ever expected. Check out the teaser trailer below.

Trailer Released For Dark Thriller “Sader Ridge”

sader ridgeSader RIdge” is a very dark thriller that blends heavily into horror pretty well. The film is directed by Jeremy Berg and is the first feature film from The October People. It stars Trin Miller, Brandon Anthony, Andi Norris, Josh Truax and D'Angelo Midili. The film is gearing up for the film festival run making it’s first stop at Phoenix's International Horror and Sci-Fi Film Festival. Check out the trailer below.

For years Samantha has wondered about where she came from. After inheriting a house from the family she never knew, Sam and three friends take a road trip to inspect the remote property. Soon after Sam arrives old memories come seeping back to her subconscious while jealousy and unspoken tension between the friends is forced to the surface. As relationships unravel, so does Sam's sanity. She soon finds herself unable to tell the difference between reality and the horrible visions of brutality she can't escape. While her world crumbles, Sam discovers that the current horrors may be tied directly to her past.

“My Amityville Horror” Gets Release Date

My-Amityville-HorrorThe documentary about that infamous house and the family that survived the horrific encounters within it’s walls titled “My Amityville Horror” has been issued a release date. The focus this time is on then 10 yr old Daniel Lutz who now 35 yrs later as chosen to tell his terrifying story.  Check out the teaser below. This is the second documentary of the most famous cursed property in American history in as many years.

My Amityville Horror hits VOD and select theaters MARCH 15th, 2013, including the subscription VOD service SundanceNOW.

On November 13, 1974, the house at 112 Ocean Avenue in Amityville, New York became a place that locals feared when 23-year-old Ronald DeFeo murdered his entire family under very mysterious circumstances. In September 1977, it became a place the entire world feared when Jay Anson’s book “The Amityville Horror” was published (later adapted into the popular series of films), bringing the house international notoriety and instant entry into the occult history books. Not so much because of the DeFeo murders, but because it told the tale of what happened to the next family who lived there, one year after the massacre. The Lutz family.

In 1975, they were dwellers for all of 28 days before fleeing in mortal terror, the victims of widespread supernatural happenings that pushed them to the brink of madness and had them fearing for their lives. A media circus began that never fully ended. Straight up to their recent deaths, George and Kathy Lutz have never gone back on a single claim. Daniel Lutz was ten years old at the time that his family literally went to hell. Never before in the 35 years since living through the ordeals has he gone on record about his experiences. This is his story, in his words.”

Thursday, February 14, 2013

New Teaser For “Oblivion”

oblivion_tom_cruise_posterCheck out the new teaser trailer for “Oblivion”. The sci-fi flick is due out April 19th and stars Tom Cruise as well Morgan Freeman, Andrea Riseborough and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.
A court martial sends a veteran soldier to a distant planet, where he has to destroy the remains of an alien race. The arrival of an unexpected traveler causes him to question what he knows about the planet, his mission, and himself.

Drew Daywalt To Direct “The Hurting Man”

drewHorror staple and award winning director Drew Dawaylt has received a deal to direct “The Hurting Man” based on his own original screenplay. The story is a supernatural horror that follows the story of a police officer who tragically finds his family murdered after a failed 911 call and now must work to save their souls from a demonic boogieman haunting his childhood home. The film begins production this fall and Dawaylt promises to keep us all up to date on the film’s Facebook Page.

Daywalt told Fearnet that the script was one he held close to his heart because it was written based on his one worst fears “both as a parent of small children, and also tapping into my own childhood fears of a hideously costumed boogieman.” Check out the promo poster below! And on a side note "BRING BACK DEATH VALLEY!!!!!!!!”


“The Giant Spider” Bringing Back B-Movie Awesomeness!

The-Giant-Spider“The Giant Spider” is a low budget creature feature that is totally bringing back all the elements of B-movie awesomeness.  The film manages to utilize and accentuate all those cheesy special effects that were so common in the 50’s and early 60’s horror and sci-fi to create a truly unique revamp of the golden era. Quiet frankly I would rather see these types of effects used more as opposed to the CGI ones common today! Check out the trailer for this really cool flick below. Directed by Christopher R. Mihm and expected to release on May 22nd 2013.

When radiation left behind by atomic weapons testing creates a gigantic killer mutant arachnid, it’s up to a trio of scientists (Mike Cook, Billie Jo Konze and James Norgard), an Army general (Mark Haider), and a newspaper reporter (Daniel R. Sjerven) and his fiancée (Shannon McDonough) to figure out how to stop the hungry beast from devouring the entire county.

“The Wicked” Gets Release Date

Image Entertainment released a press release stating that “The Wicked” will be available on DVD April 30th 2013. Proving once more that wicked witches are fast becoming a trend in horror. At least it seems that way to me. I have seen a good amount of films lately that have brought back the more classical maniacal view of the evil conjurers.

The-WickedImage Entertainment suggests you sleep with one eye open as your worst nightmares come to life in The Wicked. A group of curious teenagers decide to seek out their town’s local legend and go on the hunt for a child-eating witch, not realizing they could be her next meal! Directed by Peter Winther, the film stars Devon Werkheiser (Beneath the Darkness), Justin Deeley (“90210″), Nicole Forester (The Double), and Cassie Keller (A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas). The DVD release is set for April 30th with an SRP of $27.97.
Local stories warn that deep in the woods a witch with a ravenous hunger feeds on the flesh of the young. In an abandoned house in the woods, she hunts her victims…and if you try to enter, you’ll never see daylight again. When another child goes missing, a group of local teenagers decide to find out if the urban legend is true. What starts out as a meaningless dare turns into a blood-spattered fight for survival against a mistress of darkness in this unrelenting nightmare from which you may never wake up!
The DVD will also feature “No Soul is Safe: The Making of The Wicked.”

My Review Of “The Haunting In Connecticut 2: The Ghosts Of Georgia”

The_Haunting_in_Connecticut_2_Ghosts_of_Georgia_Poster“Ghosts Of Georgia” follows a young family starting out in a new home with not a lot of money but plenty of land and love in a small town in Georgia. It is a place steeped in history as the family soon learns. As part of the Underground Railroad. Soon paranormal events begin to unfold as the family settles in with most of the activity centering around the gifts of the female members of the family. The story is sold as a sequel to the original film of the same title but is a completely stand along event with no correlation. It is one of the most famous haunting cases in the paranormal investigative world and also one my favorite creepy tales. “Ghosts Of Georgia” was the directorial debut of Tom Elkins who worked on several other movies about ghosts.The film stars Abigail Spencer, Chad Michael Murray, Katee Sackhoff and Emily Alyn Lind all of whom give a pretty standard performance except for Emily who played Heidi. Her performance was far exceeding of the standard capabilities and almost showed the young actress to possess talent like such actresses' as Chloe Moretz or Dakota Fanning.

I wasn’t expecting much going into this film mostly due to the ridiculous title of the picture but I actually enjoyed the film. There was the basic elements here to be far more scarier but where held back by standard effects tricks that now plague paranormal movies almost to the point of making them boring. Yet at moments I felt actual suspense and eerie tension as more dramatic scenes unfolded into real chilling events. The setting and story was creepy  and the film version held a far more haunting presence than what I originally imagined from the actual story. The film veered from the true paranormal case with a more morbid, dark representation of the evil spirit haunting the land as well as the family. The action sequences were produced well creating a relief from the mediocre dramatic moments that tended to case me to drift off. I found “Ghosts Of Georgia” to be a far better ghost flick it’s predecessor and think the film could have gained a better reception from audiences had they not gone with the title. This film had a great set up, acceptable acting, plus all the expected moments of creepy chilling paranormal activity. It isn’t going to be a movie that really scares the hell out of anyone over the age of ten but it is a great movie about hauntings. The only downside was the very end after the amped up climax that felt way to hallmark-y, coming off completely cheesy and made for TV. I would tell people to see it and expect a better movie than “The Haunting In Connecticut” or “The Apparition” but don’t expect the same amount of fright that you get with “The Amityville Horror” or even “Grave Encounters”.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

My Review Of Alan Rowe Kelly’s “Gallery Of Fear”

GALLERY OF FEARGallery Of Fear” is a horror anthology by Alan Rowe Kelly and Anthony Sumner that blends classic surrealism with B-movie grandiose gestures and vintage scenes of terrifying dreamscapes. Told in three distinct stories that flow eerily from different styles of the horror genre, unleashing nightmare scenarios held together by a familiar yet hypnotic wrap around tale that is as entertaining as it is classic. Each tale carries us into bizarre realities from a near vampiric melodrama in the first story to the outrageous tale of karmic justice in the form of a monster, right through to the very classic and brutal gore filled nightmare which screams 70’s blood fest. Not to mention that there is a very awesome use of retro sound effects that harken back to the glory days of Home Video Entertainment’s reign which gave us such awesome directors as Lloyd Kaufman, Tom DiSome and Ivan Reitman. “Gallery Of Fear” manages to create and maintain a harmony as it blends different styles of storytelling that have dominated the horror genre of the years in “By Her Hand, She Draws You Down”, “Down The Drain” and “A Far Cry From Home” as well as the wrap around story “Critic’s Choice”. Truly on of the best anthologies of twisted, fucked-up nightmares I have seen in a great while.

“Critic’s Choice” has one of the meanest art critics finding she is part of the exhibit and sets the anthology in motion. The story is one of those over-the-top representations  of a super bitch getting her just rewards. It allows each of the other tales to unfold into moments of true terror before ending the anthology in classic “Outer Limits” fashion. Debbie Rochon plays the lead character in this little short that instantly makes you want to see something happen to her, I kind of wanted to see a bit more happen to her because the woman was such a bitch! You could tell how much Rochon enjoyed the role letting it all go to be a loud obnoxious character. I would have liked to have seen her weaken somewhat as the story progressed before her final scene but still it was a great wrap around.

“By Her Hand, Draws You Down” opened up like a surreal vision of haunting sorrowful despair. The story focuses on a couple that have more than their share of heartbreak. It is told in a strange style of mournful dreamscape and supernatural romance. The interactions and emotional connections between the characters created a atmosphere of sorrow that was haunting. Whether or not the story revolves around some vampiric entity or demonic seed that has taken root in the couple’s life is open for interpretation but it gives us a dark drama that is both sophisticated and tragic.  This short reminds me of the classic 80’s genre stuff that seemed to romanticize the supernatural in away that was almost dreamlike.

“Down The Drain” is a wild story that roles along like vintage B-movie trash. I loved the exaggeration of personalities portrayed by the characters, mixed with near psycho-vision camera angles. It is a sort of creature feature for the new age that reminds me of a lot of the TROMA studio stuff. The effects are so cheesy and spot on that this story could almost be a complete homage to the awesome era of VHS glory! It was a moment of twisted and complete fun.

“A Far Cry From Home” is one of those straight up classic grindhouse nightmares! Fuck anyone who thinks I will ever go within on some back-wood weekend re-connect and stories like this is the reason why. It is by far my favorite short in the anthology. The monsters in this story were of the human kind that could give Leatherface’s family a run for most fucked up psycho family. Filled with some of the best representations of gore and blood sequences that delighted every twisted ounce of me. It was a total in your face horror story that I didn’t want to see end. This was one of those surrealist moments that you force yourself to disconnect from so you can enjoy the carnage knowing all too well that some part of your mind is trying to imagine how you would act in such a scene. Plus the subject and material this short dealt with is almost an exaggerate feeling a lot of us feel is out there in America now, sharpening their knives, setting their traps and preaching the coming reign of blood that will wash away all the sin. Can I get a AMEN!

Teaser Trailer Released For “Mr. Rape’s First Date”

mr. rapeThe first teaser trailer for Indie flick “Mr. Rape’s First Date” has been released. The film that blends genres with experimental/exploitation/horror combined with a revamped controversial theme is from DeadGoodFilmsLike Productions. The story of a man with the misfortune of the surname “Rape” who endures years of torment by people because of his name.  One day after taking too much abuse he snaps and becomes a rapist, with the aid of two spirits of rapists from the past he set’s out after his first victim. Check out the teaser below.

Check Out The Teaser Trailer For “Controra”

Controra“Controra” is a supernatural thriller and the first feature film for director Rossella de Venuto. The film is a blended of effort of Irish and Italian talent to create a truly twisted dark tale. It stars Fiona Glascott, Pietro Ragusa, Federico Castelluccio and follows Irish Artist Megan who lives in Dublin with her Italian husband Leo. When his uncle Monsignor Domenico, a powerful Catholic priest famed for miracles, dies and leaves Leo the ancient family house they travel to Italy.

 Leo intends to sell to his brother Nicola, the town’s priest, but rediscovers his love for the town and old friends. Megan too is enchanted by the place. They decide to stay. During the hot midday Megan stays at home where strange presences begin to disturb her, and she uncovers clues to a family mystery Leo refuses to discuss. Meeting Father Von Galen, sent to investigate Domenico’s beatification, Megan soon finds herself in a dangerous struggle against forces willing to hide the truth at all costs. “Controra” is currently in post-production. Check out the teaser below.

teaser for controra film 1,30 from maurizio antonini on Vimeo.

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First Image From “Milo” Released

Milo-Poster“Milo” is getting ready to unleash it’s horror on SXSW Festival On March 8-16. The horror flick by Jacob Vaughn has released the first image from the movie. “Milo” stars Ken Marino, Gillian Jacobs, Peter Stormare, Stephen Root, Mary Kay Place, and Patrick Warburton.

Duncan’s (Ken Marino) life is a real pain in the ass. Tormented by an unreasonable boss (Patrick Warburton), a nagging mother (Mary Kay Place), a deadbeat dad (Stephen Root), and a sweet yet pressuring wife (Gillian Jacobs), his mounting stress starts to trigger an insufferable gastrointestinal reaction. Out of ideas and at the end of his rope, Duncan seeks the help of a hypnotherapist (Peter Stormare), who helps him discover the root of his unusual stomach pain: a pintsized demon living in his intestine that, triggered by excessive anxiety, forces its way out and slaughters the people who have angered him. Out of fear that his intestinal gremlin may target its wrath on the wrong person, Duncan attempts to befriend it, naming it Milo and indulging it to keep its seemingly insatiable appetite at bay.

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UK Trailer Released For “Maniac”

Maniac-UK-Poster“Maniac” is probably one of the most exciting remakes to be coming our way this year! I have a personal fetish thing for Elijah Wood as an evil psychotic! So I have been eagerly awaiting this films release. Now in an ever growing build up to that awesome release-and seeing the film too, the UK trailer for “Maniac” has been released. Check out it out below. The film is directed by Franck Kaulfoun and also stars Nora Arnezeder. “Maniac” will hit theatres in UK on March 15th as we still wait for the official US release.

Just when the streets seemed safe, a serial killer with a fetish for scalps is back and on the hunt.

Frank is the withdrawn owner of a mannequin store, but his life changes when young artist Anna appears asking for his help with her new exhibition. As their friendship develops and Frank’s obsession escalates, it becomes clear that she has unleashed a long-repressed compulsion to stalk and kill.

A Gratuitous Moment With Sean Kasky

Sean Kasky is one of the many outlandish characters in the twisted and hilarious anthology “Trashology”. The film is a raunchy absurd celebration of Trash Cinema and it’s most holy of icon’s John Waters. It is a fun and witty romp into a world where the mundane can spiral into the extreme, filled with characters that express an exaggerated yet classic caricature of society, exploring an unconstrained and unregulated celebration of social intercourse. The characters portrayed in the anthology take the everyday relationships between people and expand them into a bizarre display of hilariously trashy moments where it is perfectly normal to masturbate in a friends bathroom or find yourself giving in to the suggestions of another which find you naked, on the floor with a hose up your bum while pudding mix is poured into you! Which brings me back to Sean Kasky.

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He is a young independent actor that has found himself in many compromising positions when working for Brian Dorton. From giving us all that gratuitous full frontal moment in the short “Doll Parts” as featured in “Theatre Of The Deranged” to dropping trou and spreading cheeks on the floor so chocolate pudding mix can be hosed into your ass canal! Just one of the many many wild and wonderfully crude moments within the anthology “Trashology” that had me bent over laughing. Sean doesn't mind it though, it is all in the name of art and acting. Something that the guy is more than willing to endure for the sake of the role. I asked the actor some tacky, trashy questions about his part in Trashology and he was kind enough to oblige.

ASouthernLife: You have found yourself naked for the camera before, what did you think when you read the script for "Trashology" and Stan's role?
Sean Kasky: My first thought was: Godammit, why is it Brian always casts me naked? No, really…I remember being impressed by this crazy script that Brian had asked me to read for. He’d hired me to work on his films in the past. He and Doug Conner, both of which have always been extremely cool to work for and with. We were shooting a scene once that was a remake of the famous murder of Janet Leigh’s character in the first Psycho but with me, a male, cast in her part. I was meeting Brian and Doug and their posse at the set and I remember Brian taking me aside and saying, “You know, if you are cool with it, there might be some nudity involved.” I said, “I’m cool with it.” And then, Brian says to me, “You know you’re not getting paid, right?” That night I walked around mostly naked or in boxers.

ASouthernLife: What did you think when you read the scene about making the chocolate pie?
Sean Kasky: There was a scene in Doll Parts where, we were at the dailies…Doug and Brian and I. And the nude scene came on. And the film ended and when it was over, I threw a complete tantrum because I thought the nude shot lasted too long. They shortened it for me. It was six seconds long. SIX SECONDS! They are very good at pushing the limits to the level of discomfort. See: Trashology. But they are so great. They totally shortened it for me. What actually made it in the film of me naked is now like 2.35582 seconds long exactly, or so I’m told. I haven’t actually had the chance to time it myself or anything like that. But in answer to your question, I thought the role of Stan was the role I was born to play.

ASouthernLife: When you filmed the pie mixing scene was it totally faked or did you get method with it?
Sean Kasky: Actually, I try to stay in character as much as possible on set. I haven’t had the call for method acting in preparation for any of the parts I've played so far in my career. The fact that Stan does what he does begrudgingly made it very easy for me to have a connection with him. It’s important for me to find some common ground with the character I’m playing, otherwise, the lack of connection is obvious.

ASouthernLife: What was your favorite scene/moment in the movie?
Sean Kasky: Any scene with Beatrice or Melissa. Jenny gave a remarkable performance in that role and I’ve been amused with Doug as Melissa for a while. I think it was the role he was born to play.

ASouthernLife: Have you ever been tempted to make a 'poo' pie for anyone?
Sean Kasky: No, but as we can see in Trashology, there’s apparently a market for that and I’m having my team look into it.

ASouthernLife: Were you a big fan of Trash Cinema before being in "Trashology"?
Sean Kasky: I wasn't as familiar with the genre as I am now. I’m more into dramatic films. Brian’s been promising me a dramatic role for years.

ASouthernLife: If you made a trashy movie about your life what would we see a lot of in the movie?
Sean Kasky: Drug Abuse. Oh! And fornication! And adultery….yeah, adultery but that was way back…what else….let me think…ah! How could I almost forget, rock and roll and drug abuse!

ASouthernLife: What is the trashiest thing you have ever done to someone?
Sean Kasky: I once kicked a girl out of bed for getting vaginal fluids on a set of Ralph Lauren sheets. 650 thread count!

ASouthernLife: What is your favorite John Waters film?
Sean Kasky: Trashology

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Vintage Styled Poster Released For “Kiss Of The Damned”

kiss-of-the-damnedA cool retro poster screaming of vintage 60’s horror has been released for “Kiss Of The Damned”. The film is directed by Xan Cassavetes and stars Joséphine de La Baume, Milo Ventimiglia, Roxane Mesquida and Riley Keough. The vampire flick will be released on VOD March 28, 2013, and in theaters beginning May 3, 2013. Although the poster would suggest an homage film that calls back to the more Euro Vampire-Erotic films of the 60’s and 70’s the movie is anything but an homage. It is as the director told a film that takes it’s own route but with influences of the classic genre.

Beautiful vampire Djuna (Josephine de La Baume) tries to resist the advances of the handsome, human screenwriter Paolo (Milo Ventimiglia), but eventually gives in to their passion. When her troublemaker sister Mimi (Roxane Mesquida) unexpectedly comes to visit, Djuna's love story is threatened, and the whole vampire community becomes endangered…

Trailer For Chinese Horror Film “Lift To Hell”

Lift To HellNing Jingwu’s “Lift To Hell” is a supernatural horror film that centers around an old elevator that travels underground to the 18th floor in an ancient Chinese hospital. The film stars Lan Ching Lung, Chrissie Chau and Cai Hongxiang, and is set to open in China on February 22nd, 2013. Checkout the trailer below as well as several images.


“The Appearing” Is In Post-Production

The AppearingThe horror film “The Appearing” starring Dean Cain is in post-production. The film is a supernatural thriller that is based on true events. It is directed by Daric Gates and also stars Don Swayze, Quinton Aaron and Will Wallace.Check out the trailer below.

City detective Michael (Will Wallace, “The Tree of Life,” “The New World”) relocates to a quaint, small town with his wife Rachel (Emily Brooks, “The Eugenist”), following her emotional breakdown after the sudden death of their young daughter. Michael takes a job in the sheriff’s office, thinking not much will happen in such a quiet town. However, on his first day of duty, Michael is asked to investigate the mysterious disappearance of a teenage girl.

Michael teams up with Sheriff Hendricks (Don Swayze, “Heathens and Thieves,” “The Visitation”) to unlock the mystery. As their investigation deepens, they discover the missing girl’s boyfriend is locked up in a mental institution. They meet with his doctor, Dr. Shaw (Dean Cain, TV’s “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman,” “Out of Time”), who explains they may be dealing with a dark supernatural entity, much to Michael’s disbelief.
Meanwhile, Michael isn’t the only one encountering an evil force-- Rachel is being terrorized with constant nightmares and visions of a bloodied girl. Even though the dreams torment her, they end up leading her to the location of the missing teenage girl.

But the case is far from being over, as the evil entity now possesses Rachel and Sheriff Hendricks has a dark secret of his own. Michael will have to summon up all his courage and faith to fight the evil forces in “The Appearing.”

Check Out The Trailer For “Devil May Call”

devilThe trailer has been released for the intense thriller “Devil May Call”. The film is directed by Jason Cuadrado (Tales From the Dead) and written by Cuadrado,  Wyatt Doyle. It stars Corri English, Tyler Mane, Traci Lords, Van Hansis, Camillia Sanes Monet, Daniel Hugh Kelly and Tracy Perez. Check out the trailer below.

After an accident leaves her sightless, crisis hotline counselor Samantha Creed (Corri English) devotes herself to helping troubled callers back from the brink of despair. But when Sam decides to step down, one of her frequent callers does not take the news well.
On her last night on the job, Sam faces a terrifying visit from John (Tyler Mane), a frequent caller who feels betrayed by her leaving. But John is no ordinary caller. He’s a sadistic serial murderer she’s unwittingly kept from killing himself for over a year.
With only a skeleton crew on the graveyard shift, there’s very little that stands between John and Sam. He’s come for her and won’t let anything or anyone stand in his way. Can Sam survive the longest, darkest night of her life?

Trailer Released For “Dark Cove”

dark cove“Dark Cove” is a horror film from Canadian based Tall Grass Films. Directed by Rob Willey the film about five friends go camping on the wild coast of Vancouver Island. Things start to go seriously wrong while partying with two Australian surfers. It stars Eliot Bayne, Rob Willey, Montanna McNalley, Brittany Rysstad, Rodney Woods, James Anderson, Cameron Crosby, Rob Abbate and Alexandra Brown. There is currently a crowd funding campaign going on over at Indiegogo for the film. Check out the trailer for “Dark Cove” below. It looks like one hell of a great horror film is happening here! There is the classic adult humor that isn't trying to be goofy shtick plus there is some real hardcore horror happening here that will wipe that smile off your face.

Teaser Trailer For Creepy Doll Nightmare “Porcelain Presence”

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Check out the teaser trailer for the very creepy horror flick “Porcelain Presence”. The UK film is the debut feature from Emily E. Bibb and Chris Jay who co-wrote the screenplay with Nicholas Mills. It tells the story of a terrified wife who is brutally beaten and tormented at the hands of her psychotic husband who is forced to accept his haunted past by bearing his infatuation for porcelain dolls. Things start to take a turn for the worst when some meddlesome neighbors discover that hidden beyond the doors of their seemingly perfect home lie some unsettling secrets that they wish had never been unearthed. The repercussions that await them after a gruesome crime, leaves all parties reeling in ways you could never imagine. It stars Anna Tarsh, Carol Bunting, Renée Molloy, Stuart Horobin, Keanu Jones, Mitch Thornton, Caroline Frewyn, Elizabeth Fossey, James Bryhan, Toni Griffiths, Mark Murphy, Andy Tate, Adam Kinman, Louise Poole, Tony Banham and Andrea O'Donnell.

“Porcelain Presence” deals with domestic violence and is a dark thriller that bring to life a very disturbing tale of abuse, murder and devastating secrets. The story’s plot outline deals with  Brian who has always been obsessed with Porcelain Dolls, now in his adult life he dominates his vulnerable wife Anna into living out his twisted fantasy. After moving to a new neighborhood it seems that their relationship that has been built upon violence and fear is not going to stay hidden forever, as in this town - nothing stays secret for long. Anna's life takes a tragic turn  when their unhealthy relationship is eventually unearthed by two of their nosy neighbors, Sharon and Penny. After a brief but violent struggle, Brian's torment is finally bought to an end . Standing over his corpse the women are thrown into turmoil as they desperately try to decide their next move.  However it soon becomes clear that they were not the only ones to witness Brian's untimely demise  and they then must battle with their emotions to discover the truth before it is too late.


The Rise Of A New Terrifying Killer: My Interview With “Velvet Vengeance” Actress Dani Bliss Gavit

Dani GavittVelvet Vengeance” is a film that I have talked about a lot recently. It was a short film that I reviewed last year and have been excited about even more in learning of the feature length adaptation currently in progress. The film is in the early stages of pre-production but the two pivotal characters that make this project so exciting have already been cast. Those two roles feature very strong female characters on opposite sides of the equation. There is the determined, innocent spirit driven by a need for justice that transforms into a sort of modern day warrior princess and then there is the dark soul that embodies true evil set out on an endless, vicious bloodlust in classic slasher fashion. This clash of forces is what sets at the core of “Velvet Vengeance” and the fact that both characters are played by two strong female actors as forces to be reckoned with is what makes the story fresh in horror cinema.

There have been very few films that have featured a female slasher in the concept most associated with Michael, Jason or Leatherface. Dolly is set to give rise to that very representation of evil as Dani Bliss Gavit is set to take on the role of the ax wielding, brutal slasher wearing a baby doll mask and racking up a sick body count. Dani Bliss Gavit is a true fan of horror with a love of Independent films as you will discover in our interview. Dani had the privilege of being a judge at the Phil Anselmo (Pantera) Housecore Horror Film Festival in San Antonio as well as being a avid competitive runner and burlesque performer. She also has a thing for duct tape as she mentions in our conversation. Now Gavit can add the gorific title of homicidal psycho killer to that ongoing list of awesome! There is a lot about this young newcomer that is both fascinating and inspiring to any generation both in and out of the horror community as I found out in our interview.

ASouthernLife: You are taking on the role of Dolly in "Velvet Vengeance", how did that come about, what was the audition like?
Dani Bliss Gavit: I did a photo shoot with Jeremy at a friend’s funeral home a few months back and it was such an awesome and fun experience. We did some pretty cool shots and I got to sit inside a casket and learned how to use the embalming gear. That was my first experience working with Jeremy and it was great, he made me feel at ease and was great at directing me on what to do next, and it really showed in the photos. A few months later he offered me the role of Dolly and I was thrilled. I did not have a formal audition.

ASouthernLife: Had you seen the short film prior to casting?
Dani Bliss Gavit: Yes, I had seen “Velvet Vengeance” at the Bloodbath Festival in Dallas prior to being cast as Dolly. I really loved the film, it’s a great fusion of action and slasher film. I also loved that it had a female killer, Dolly is truly a force to be reckoned with.

ASouthernLife: The feature adaptation is going to take a bit of a different approach to the story, how does that effect your character? How do you see Dolly?
Dani Bliss Gavit: I really like the new take on the original script. Dolly is going to be far more threatening than the original and is far more amped up. She will truly be a horrific villain.

ASouthernLife: Dolly is a pretty pivotal character in the story that Alice faces, Andee is going through some rigorous action training, how are you preparing for the role of Dolly? Learning any killer ax wielding skills?
Dani Bliss Gavit: I do a lot of strength training, I take aerial silk classes which helps build my upper and lower body strength. I run and do military style obstacle courses and mud racing which involves climbing over traverse walls, crawling under barb wire, jumping over fire and carrying heavy objects uphill and downhill. I also take kickboxing and yoga. I probably should start working on my ax wielding skills, could be fun!

ASouthernLife: If given the opportunity to choose, do you have a style of Doll mask picked out for the character?
Dani Bliss Gavit: I find porcelain dolls to be the scariest, the ones with the glass eyes that seem to watch you from every corner of the room, that would be the style that I would go for.

ASouthernLife: Has preparing for this role made you want to do more acting in the future?
Dani Bliss Gavit: Yes, absolutely! I love acting, especially anything that involves action and lots of blood. It is a fun and rewarding experience and you get to meet lots of awesome people and seeing the end product is always exciting.

ASouthernLife: What are some of your favorite horror films and who are some of your favorite directors?
Dani Bliss Gavit: My favorite director is Sam Raimi. I am a huge fan of the Friday the 13th films and the Evil Dead films. My favorite horror movies would have to be Trick r’ Treat, Henry Portrait of a Serial Killer, Nekromantik, Tod Browning’s Freaks and Cannibal Holocaust. My taste is a little eclectic, I enjoy a little bit of everything.

ASouthernLife: Is there any subgenre of horror your more into or is it just horror in general that you like?
Dani Bliss Gavit: I love all horror. My favorite subgenres are slasher films, the gorier the better, and I love backwoods hillbilly movies, I also love zombie movies and silent films and foreign films, the French have been putting out some excellent movies such as “Martyrs” and “Inside”. I also really love the exploitation films of the 70s such as “Blood Sucking Freaks” and “The Sinful Dwarf”. I really do love it all!

dani gavitt 1ASouthernLife: You are also a competitive runner and a burlesque dancer, First what attracts you to competitive running?
Dani Bliss Gavit: I love the running community, everybody is very supportive and positive. Running helps you explore places you would not usually get to go. I’ve run through cities, on overpasses, across bridges, in state parks, and out in the woods. Life slows down when you’re running and all of a sudden you notice things that you haven’t seen before and would have missed if you had just been driving by.

ASouthernLife: Now as far as the Burlesque dancing how long have you been doing Burlesque and what attracted you to the art form?
Dani Bliss Gavit: I have been performing burlesque for the last six month and have two years of dance training. I love dancing and performing and the freedom that goes with burlesque and how it has implied sexuality and is completely respected as an art form.

ASouthernLife: Do you find that even now with the more mainstream appeal that Burlesque has received that people still have misconceptions about what it is?
Dani Bliss Gavit: Yes, I do believe that there still are some misconceptions about what it is, I’ve seen protestors outside of burlesque shows with signs stating that burlesque is a sin and evil. For the most part though, burlesque is very well received and when I tell people that I am a burlesque dancer they are usually curious about it and rarely judgmental.

ASouthernLife: Name one thing about yourself that most people would not know unless they got to know you?
Dani Bliss Gavit: I have an obsession with Duct Tape and can make almost anything out of it. I make and sell Duct Tape purses, wallets and other accessories.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Lost Zombies Social Networking Site Seeks Your Undead Love Affair

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Today I received an email from the social networking site Lost Zombies stating a new Valentine’s theme from zombie fans. Josh Palmer has come up with a great idea for a Valentine's Day contest. Check out the details below...
Create a Valentine's day inspired zombie video, story or photo.
1. You must have a Valentine's Day theme of some sort.
2. Your submission can be a video, picture or story
The winner will have their contribution featured on the home page, and shared via the LZ Facebook and Twitter pages. (Or by anyone who loves LZ enough to promote it.) Winner 
will also receive a personalized bloody Valentine card, and extra LZ goodies.
Submissions must be received by Thursday February 14th 11:59PM Pacific Standard Time. You can submit your entry here!

New Horror Thriller “Blood Red” Seeks Funding

Red Blood“Blood Red” is a Indie film described as blending elements of “Saw” and “Silence Of The Lamb” to create an intense horror thriller. Directed by Steve Du Melo the film focuses on the possibility that a vicious serial killer is still alive and is playing with a young woman’s life. The project plans to begin filming in the summer and is currently seeking investors. The film will be produced by MeloMedia Films and as all ready lined up Nicola Posene tapped to play the lead character Megan Taylor. Check out the concept video shot for the film below.

The idea for the story is - What would happen if one day you really met a serial killer. The story is about a student, "Megan Taylor" who inadvertently meets a disfigured serial killer called "Devlin Drago" and is given an ultimatum.... Help him or face unspeakable retribution to her or the people she cares about. You can check out more on this project and read a in-depth synopsis on the film’s plot at the Company’s website. You can also check out the status of the movie over at Indiegogo where the film’s crowd funding is located.
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Nicola Posene starred in Disney channels' phenomenally successful “Life Bites“.  Nicola has landed roles in such television shows as CBBC’s ‘Mysti’, ITV’s ‘Echo Beach’ and BBC’s “Casualty”. As well as TV roles she has had leading roles in feature films such as ”Deadly Departed”, “Axed”, Fire Box and “Dawn of the Dragon Slayer”. The lead character of Megan Taylor is a challenging role and requires an actress with ability, focus and believability that can engage the audience throughout the movie. Ahead of our list of actresses was Nicola Posener, an intelligent actress with strong on screen charisma. Luckily, when we approached her she had already heard about the Blood Red Project. We were also pleased when she loved the script. If everything goes to plan and schedules allow, Nicola will be playing the part of Megan.

BLOOD RED TEST FOOTAGE part 03 (warning: contains graphic violence) copyright © 2012 Du Melo from Steve Du Melo on Vimeo.


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