Friday, April 5, 2013

New Poster Released For “The Aztec Box”

aztec boxA new poster has been released by the film makers of “The Aztec Box”. The film is currently doing the film festival circuit.“The Aztec Box” is expected to be released on Oct. 31st 2013.  Also check out the trailer for the film below the new poster. It is directed by Serge Bronstein and follows the events surrounding the mysterious disappearance of four college students who unearth the box while filming a home-grown reality show.

Authorities have determined that the students unearthed an ancient Aztec sarcophagus that caused a number of unexplained disturbances in the weeks leading up to students’ disappearance. The Aztec Box is a MOVIE composed from a collection of footage recovered by authorities from the Riverside, California house where students lived.

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‘Dexter’ 40 Second Tease

dexter - CopyCheck out the 40 second teaser “The Full Picture” for season 8 of ‘Dexter’. The show returns on Sunday, June 30th on Showtime. There still is no word whether or not this will definitely be the final season of the show but I have a strong feeling that it just may be season of Dexter’s final kill. There has been very strong indication that the show was forming the final story arc as season 7 came to a close.


BBC America Gives Release Dates For Supernatural Drama ‘Being Human’ And ‘In The Flesh’

bbc_americaBBC America has announced the return date for the fifth and final season of ‘Being Human’ as well as the premiere date for the new zombie drama ‘In The Flesh’. “Being Human” returns Saturday, June 8, 10:00pm ET/PT, and “In The Flesh” premieres Saturday, August 3, 10:00pm ET/PT.

From The Press Release

BBC America has announced that the channel will premiere new co-production “In the Flesh” and the final season of the hit original “Being Human” series this summer as part of its Supernatural Saturday lineup.

Season 5 of “Being Human” is the final series, but how will it all end when Alex, Tom, and Hal take on their greatest adversary yet? The new three-part drama “In the Flesh,” created and written by Dominic Mitchell, is set after a zombie uprising where treated zombies are rehabilitated back into society.

Richard De Croce, SVP Programming, BBC America, commented: “We are excited to again be working with the BBC on creating world-class supernatural series. We are building our Supernatural Saturday programming block as the premiere destination for what our audience loves – bold and original storytelling in a genre that transcends borders.”

being-human“Being Human” is produced by Touchpaper Wales, a Zodiak Media Company, for BBC Cymru Wales and BBC America. In the final season ghost Alex (Kate Bracken) is adjusting to life after death with werewolf Tom (Michael Socha), but vampire Hal (Damien Molony) is in hell. Not because he’s chained up like an animal, but because he’s desperate to clean up the messy house. When Tom and Alex decide to set him free, Hal’s wracked by uncertainty… can he control his bloodlust? Things get complicated with the return of Mr. Rook, the shady figure whose government department protects the world from supernaturals. Having been fired from the café, Hal and Tom find new employment at the Barry Grand Hotel, home to poisonous pensioner Captain Hatch (Phil Davis). Unknown to our trio, his decrepit exterior hides an ancient evil that threatens not only their friendship but also the entire world. Lead writer is Toby Whithouse (“Doctor Who,” “Torchwood”), and the fifth season is produced by Polly Buckle. Executive producers are Toby Whithouse, Rob Pursey and Philip Trethowan, Touchpaper Television, and George Ormond for BBC Cymru Wales

InFlesh“In the Flesh” is a BBC Drama Production North co-produced by BBC America. The series follows zombie teenager Kieren Walker (Luke Newberry) and his reintegration back into both the local community and the heart of his family. After his suicide four years ago, his friends and family thought they’d never see Kieren again. But then, shortly after his funeral, thousands rose from the dead; and after months of re-habilitation and medication, the zombies, now known as PDS (Partially Deceased Syndrome) sufferers, are gradually being returned to their homes. When Kieran returns, he is forced to confront his family, the community that rejected him, and haunting flashbacks of what he did in his untreated state. Jonny Campbell is director, Ann Harrison-Baxter is producer, and Hilary Martin is executive producer.

“Europa Report” Hits VOD June 27th

EuropaThe sci-fi thriller “Europa Report” is set to be released on VOD June 27th with a theatrical run following on August 2nd 2013. It will be released by Magnet Releasing. The film is directed by Sebastian Cordero and stars Sharlto Copley, Michael Nyqvist, Daniel Wu, Anamaria Marinca, Christian Camargo and Karolina Wydra. The film is a contemporary tale that blends alternative history with elements of documentary and standard sci-fi thriller. The story follows a mission to Jupiter's moon Europa, to investigate the possible existence of alien life within our solar system. Developed in close collaboration with NASA, JPL, SpaceX and other leaders in the scientific community, the film imagines the next step in manned space exploration and is based on recent scientific discoveries and theories.

After evidence suggests that there are vast oceans under the icy surface of Europa a private exploration company called Europa Ventures sends astronauts to confirm the findings. After near-catastrophic technical failures and tragedy plague the mission the surviving astronauts must overcome the tolls, both physical and psychological, of deep space travel and the astonishing discoveries on Europa more wondrous than imagined.

XLrator Grabs “Holy Ghost People”

XLrator Media has grabbed up distribution rights to the Butcher Brother’s “Holy Ghost People”.

Holy Ghost PeoplePress Release:

XLrator Media has acquired all North American rights to the Southern Gothic thriller HOLY GHOST PEOPLE following its world premiere last month at South by Southwest. The film is directed by Mitchell Altieri – one half of the Butcher Brothers (The Hamiltons, The Thompsons) – and written by Kevin Artigue & Joe Egender, Altieri, and Phil Flores (the other half of the Butcher Brothers). XLrator Media CEO Barry Gordon announced the deal today.

“Following our great experience working with the Butcher Brothers on the vampire epic The Thompsons, we’re thrilled to be releasing Mitchell’s extraordinary new film which created such a sensation at SXSW,” said Gordon.

In the film, 19-year-old Charlotte (Emma Greenwell, “Shameless”) enlists the help of alcoholic ex-Marine Wayne (Brendan McCarthy) to find her estranged sister who has gone missing deep in the Appalachian Mountains. Their search leads them to the Church of One Accord and the enigmatic snake-handling preacher Brother Billy (Joe Egender), whose devoted congregation of outcasts knowingly risk injury or death seeking salvation in the Holy Ghost. What Wayne and Charlotte uncover during their time on the mountain – about themselves and the nature of faith – will shake them to their core, as the mystery of Charlotte’s sister and her fate unravels.
HOLY GHOST PEOPLE was produced by Jeffrey Allard, Phil Flores & Mitchell Altieri, and Joe Egender & Kevin Artigue and executive produced by L.C. Nussbeck. The deal was negotiated by Gordon and the Paradigm Finance Group on behalf of the filmmakers.”

“Grabbers” Invades America In July

Grabbers-IFC Films will be releasing the U.K creature comedy “Grabbers” in the U.S on July 19th. The film is a hilariously witty movie directed by Jon Wright and stars Richard Coyle, Ruth Bradley, Russell Tovey, Lalor Roddy, David Pearse, Bronagh Gallagher, Pascal Scott, Clelia Murphy, Jonathan Ryan, Barbara Adair, Stuart Graham, Roz McCutcheon, Louis Dempsey, Killian Coyle, Billy Clarke and Ned Dennehy. It will be available on available VOD platforms in select theatres. Check out the trailer below.

An idyllic remote Irish fishing village – replete with twinkly-eyed eccentric Waking Ned characters – is invaded by enormous tentacled creatures from the sea who are picking off the villagers one at a time. The inhabitants learn that the one thing the creatures don’t like is alcohol, it makes people taste horrible, so they realize that in order to stay alive, they’re going to have to get as pissed as possible.

New Trailer Released For “Carrie” Remake

carrieCheck out the newest trailer released for the “Carrie” Remake. A reimagining of the classic horror tale about Carrie White (Chloë Grace Moretz), a shy girl outcast by her peers and sheltered by her deeply religious mother (Julianne Moore), who unleashes telekinetic terror on her small town after being pushed too far at her senior prom.

Trailer Released For Cannibal Comedy “Fresh Meat”

Fresh meatCheck out this fast and furious trailer for the cannibal comedy “Fresh Meat”. The film comes from New Zealand and has made it’s way to Tribeca. Directed by Danny Mulheron this black comedy stars Temuera Morrison, Kate Elliott, Hanna Tevita, Nicola Kawana, Jack Shadbolt and Leand Macadaan.

A dysfunctional gang of criminals invade the home of a middle class Maori family and take them hostage. But this seemingly normal family has a deep, dark secret and when the fugitives discover the home abattoir, the tables are turned and the hunters become the hunted. There’s fresh meat for dinner (washed down with a nice Chianti of course).

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

My Review Of “Kiss Of The Damned” 2013


kiss of the damned“Kiss Of The Damned” is a modern gothic vampire tale that melds elements of classic romance with dramatic thriller edginess. The film is directed by Xan Cassavetes and stars Milo Ventimiglia, Joséphine de La Baume, Roxane Mesquida . In the movie Djuna falls in love with a young man Paolo whom she tries to resist. Her desire and connection to the suitor overtakes her convictions and she begins a relationship with the man. Soon he becomes her companion in the world of night and vampirism. By no means is this a horror film. “Kiss Of The Damned” is more of an Erotic Thriller than it is anything else. Keep that in mind when watching this film if you are expecting a “True Blood” high intensity or gore level because you will be disappointed. That being said, I really enjoyed the movie. Let me explain…

“Kiss Of The Damned” carries us back to the golden age of vampire tales when we held a romantic and dark desire for the creature of the night. This film is what I would imagine reading one of those supernatural themed Harlequin-eque romance novels would be like. The director explored the more passionate side of daily life and love affair between a vulnerable but strong woman and a man desperate to love her in every way. It was down right gothic and sweet. The film didn’t bother getting too graphic or soft-core with the heightened sexuality of the relationships depicted in the movie but it was adult enough to be sheer supernatural eye candy. This movie is a great date movie for that vampire loving partner or person you want to kick it with. The story was compelling in true dramatic style that expresses the lives we expect vampires to enjoy. Just note that this is not a “horror” movie nor do I believe the director ever intended it to be one.

“Kiss Of The Vampire” is a film that flows more as an emotional heart-song with moments that rise to melodrama before sliding darkly down into melancholy. There is plenty of blood soaked sequences that express the true nature and conflict that lives within the vampire but it does not push the themes to the level of grindhouse or exploitation. The movie will not be for everyone and if you enter the tale looking for high octane exuberance,  of ravenous creatures as monsters, with bodies writhing in guts and gore- then you will not be satisfied. However if you remember the classic view of the more romantic creature of more gothic tales of the vampire then this movie gives you the heat, passion and- yes -the bloodstains as well.

First Details On Full Moon’s “Unlucky Charms”

FullMoonHorrorSquareToday Full Moon Horror has announced the company’s next project will be titled “Unlucky Charms”. It will see Charles Band in the directors chair and the cast as been announced. The movie will star Charlie O'Connell, Jeryl Prescott Sales, Anna Sophia Berglund, Seth Peterson and Masuimi Max. Pre-production has begun, with principal photography beginning next week.Tentatively set for release in late Summer 2013.

Five girls vie for a chance to model diva Deedee DeVille's fashion line, but they're soon competing for their lives against four mythical beings, led by the mischievous Farr Darrig. Deedee wants to steal the girls' souls, but the beings have other plans...

Details On “Home Sweet Home” Release

home-sweet-homeImage Entertainment has given word on the release of John K.D. Graham’s “Home Sweet Home”. The film will hit shelves and players on June 4th 2013.

From the Press Release

Home is where the horror is... Image Entertainment Inc. (a subsidiary of RLJ Entertainment) announces the June 4th release of Home Sweet Home on DVD and Digital Download. Directed by John K.D. Graham, Home Sweet Home thrilled audiences at its premiere at the 2012 Albuquerque Film Festival.

With a cast including Alexandra Boylan (Bellflower), Christopher Dempsey (The Rambler) and Raquel Cantu (The Box), Home Sweet Home is a chilling tale that adds life-saving urgency to the old saying “you can’t go home again!” SRP is $27.97 for the DVD.


Gwen Stevens (Boylan) is at a crossroads in her life and needs a safe, quiet place to get her head together. But when she arrives at the house of her deceased parents in the remote New Mexico desert, she realizes that her peaceful refuge has become home to a pair of psychotic squatters with plans of their own. Now, miles from civilization and possible rescue, Gwen finds herself trapped, tormented and waging a desperate fight to escape the brutal intruders who have moved in…and who now want her life.

Trailer Released For “The Purge”

the purgeCheck out the trailer for James DeMonaco directed “The Purge”. The film is a dark and twisted tale in which the government has sanctioned an annual 12-hour period in which any and all criminal activity - including murder - is legal.  The police can’t be called.  Hospitals suspend help.  It is one night when the citizenry regulates itself without thought of punishment.  On this night plagued by violence and an epidemic of crime, one family wrestles with the decision of who they will become when a stranger comes knocking. “The Purge” stars Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey.

“The Unbroken” Gets June Release

The-Unbroken-350x494Jason Murphy’s “The Unbroken” comes out on DVD on June 11th. The film stars Daniel Baldwin, Tracy Wiu, Warwick Davis, and Patrick Flanagan. Check out the DVD artwork and trailer below for this nightmare flick.

Sarah Campbell has to start her life over again after a messy divorce leaves her broken, lost, and alone for the first time. After moving into a neglected apartment, strange things begin to happen including visions of a little boy in the mirrors. Passing them off as her “crazy imagination”, things intensify when she starts to have nightmares of torture by a “shadowy figure”. As her dreams become more vivid, so do her encounters with the ghostly child who begins to terrorize her and cause “accidents” wherever she goes.  Through an encounter with her charming neighbor (Daniel Baldwin), Sarah realizes that he may be the “shadowy figure” that she has been dreaming about…and that the little boy may be a messenger from the other side with a horrifying secret.

Trailer Released For “Truth Or Dare”

Truth-or-Dare-350x440Check out the official trailer for “Truth Or Dare”. The film is the directorial debut of Jessica Cameron. “Truth or Dare” is a gritty and terrifying new horror film that is guaranteed to shock and make audiences gasp. Read the press release below for the film. There is currently an Indiegogo crowd fund campaign going for the project. Six college kids find internet stardom when they make “Truth or Dare” videos with violent twists. It’s all fun and games until their number one fan decides he wants to play.

Press Release:
Jessica's comment regarding the trailer:
“We chose to do a teaser to show fans the tone and type of film that we are going to create with their help. This film is inspired from all the conversations I’ve had with fans about what they want and also from my love of the horror genre. One of my favorite things about this project is that it goes to so many of the dark places that people fear. We tried to capture that with our teaser.”

Actress Devanny Pinn is known for roles in such films as the award-winning “The Black Dahlia Haunting,” “ViViD,” and the sci-fi thriller “Area 51 Confidential” (available now at Wal-Mart) which she also co-wrote.

Heather Dorff is a Chicago-based actress who got her start with the award winning “What They Say” which she starred in, narrated, produced, and wrote. She is also known for the John Wesley Norton film “Drifted” as well as Brian Troxell’s “Intrusive Behavior” which she co-starred in with fellow actress Jessica Cameron.

Heather had this to say about “Truth or Dare:”
“I am extremely excited to be a part of “Truth or Dare.” I had the pleasure of working with Jessica on a film recently and saw that she is an amazing actress. I’m sure she is going to be an amazing director as well. This film is one of the most gruesome scripts I’ve ever read and I’m excited for the new challenges it will present to me as an actress!”

Jordan Pacheco’s Quest To Provoke The Dead

provokedJordan Pacheco is the director of the upcoming paranormal film “Provoked”. No this film will not be a found-footage or documentary styled melodrama. It is a traditional yet modern ghost story immersed  in the world of paranormal investigating. The film follows a group of researchers who decide to take extreme measures to produce the results they have sought out for so long with no result. After using paranormal techniques in order to “provoke” the dead to communicate things take a dire turn that finds more sinister forces at work around them. The movie is well into filming and should  be ready for horror fans by fall. In my interview with Pacheco we talked about "Provoked", his work on "Erebus" and his passion for paranormal investigating.

ASouthernLife: This is your first feature length movie director, is directing something that you have always wanted to do?
Jordan Pacheco: Directing has always been a dream of mine but until the last few years seemed unreachable. I didn't go to film school or grow up in a community that had much to offer for a career in the arts. I learned what I could on my own and dived headfirst into working on short films and student projects, any position I could get. I was fortunate enough to meet some great filmmakers like Richard Griffin, Ric Rebelo and Eric Rodrigues that I could learn from.

ASouthernLife:Where did the concept come from for Provoked?
Jordan Pacheco: Provoked is based on a personal fear of mine as a amateur investigator. The thought of being followed home by a malicious entity always and still does make me second guess if I should be investigating the paranormal.

ASouthernLife: So you have been on paranormal investigations? Did you experience any ghost activities?
Jordan Pacheco: I have been on investigations and plan on doing many more. much like my characters in the film I have never gotten any solid evidence of the paranormal. I have had personal experiences. When I was young I would hear foot steps going up the staircase and across 2nd floor, then I would hear the bath tub run. When I went up to check it out no one was there and the tub was dry. I was the only one home every time this happened. Years later I found out a older man committed suicide in the tub.

ASouthernLife:  You filmed in the Lizzie Borden house, how awesome was that experience?
Jordan Pacheco: Filming in the Borden house was a great experience. There were a lot of pictures from the trial and even some pieces of evidence. Besides what better places to film a paranormal film?

ASouthernLife: What kind of paranormal experiences did you have filming in the house?
Jordan Pacheco: We didn't have any experiences while filming but we did an investigation with some of the cast and crew. One cast member Sean Carmichael experienced the sensation of someone gently touching the back of his neck and humming, he was alone on the third floor at the time. We also got a hit on the k2 meter when ever the murders or our presence was mentioned.

ASouthernLife:  Where you tempted to use unconventional or extreme methods to "encourage" ghosts to interact with you guys?
Jordan Pacheco: I always encourage creative ways of investigating but would never attempt to provoke or anger a entity to get evidence. Everything we "know" about the paranormal is in all realism just theory and could be very dangerous.

ASouthernLife: You also do special effects/make-up but in Provoked you handed the task to Eric Rodrigues, was it an easy choice to hand over the effects to someone else for the look and feel of the movie in that manner?
Jordan Pacheco: In the past I have directed short films and wore many "hats" for all of them, but for Provoked and any feature film I feel it's important to give 100% to Directing. The choice was easy, I learned most of what I know as an FX artist from Eric and he is a very talented graduate of the Tom Savini school. The difficult part is resisting the urge to get in there and work with him, I love doing FX make up.

“Provoked” is Jordan Pacheco’s first film as director but it is far from his first movie project, having served as assistant director on other projects, most recently on another Indie project titled “Erebus”. That project is in post-production and is a horror anthology inspired by the well-documented history of supernatural phenomenon in Rhode Island. He is at the moment completely submerged in his directorial debut "Provoked". Pacheco told me that there are plans for multiple screenings around Halloween with Tony Moran holding attendance at some of the events. A venue has already been locked for when the project is complete with only minor set backs occurring, which is common with any movie’s production. Pacheco told me that everything is still on track with the project.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Trailer Released For “Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters”

Percy Jackson 2 Sea of MonstersCheck out the trailer for the fantasy flick “Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters”. The film is the follow up movie of the adventures of Percy Jackson, a teen who finds himself thrust into a world of mythical exuberance.  Directed by Thor Freudenthal the sequel stars Logan Lerman, Brandon T. Jackson, and Alexandra Daddario. The release date of Percy Jackson Sea of Monsters is August 16, 2013.

In this retelling of Rick Riordans book, "The Sea of Monsters", Percy Jackson, accompanied by his friends Annabeth Chase, Clarisse La Rue and Tyson, his half brother, goes on a journey to the Sea of Monsters to retrieve the Golden Fleece and save Camp Half-Blood.

My Review Of “Bloody Bloody Bible Camp”

bloody-bloody-bible-camp-posterBloody Bloody Bible Camp” is a traditional slasher horror comedy directed by Vito Trabucco. The film plays upon the classic standard affair that slasher horror adheres to as axiomatic truth, with special emphasis on exaggerated caricature personalities, in campy comedic precept. The film stars Reggie Bannister, Tim Sullivan, Ron Jeremy, Ivet Corvea, Matthew Aidan and Elissa Dowling. The story follows a group of Christian campers returning to the Happy Day Bible Camp, the scene of a brutal massacre of campers years earlier by the notorious “Sister Mary Chopper”, a masked killer.

“Bloody Bloody Bible Camp” isn't actually a return to classic 80’s style slasher films but it is more of a celebration of the sub-genre in horror. The director of the movie highlighted and accentuated all that was glorious and gory of the decade that gave us the slasher not to mention the urban legends of masked killers lurking in the dark just beyond the yellow glow of the campfire. There are some moments in the film that “ham” it up a bit too much but they are very few and do not detract from the entertainment value of the complete picture. The characters are less than stellar, however they create a fun energetic vibe as rightful prey to the sinister Sister Mary Chopper. The film is a great indie fun time with plenty of set up scenes that strike instant nostalgia of the genre that thrives on body count. There are some weaknesses in the story that implies a greater desire to play on the gore rich kill scenes instead of a strong story but non of it really ever collapses the complete story line. Actually the film is so much fun to watch and is truly a great homage to the slasher genre that there is no real moment that would produce any emotion other than an instant love of the movie. Plus Sister Mary Chopper is just a great and terrible on screen monster that sparks all the happy thoughts of those other masked homicidal maniacs from decades past.

I would say that all horror fans would enjoy “Bloody Bloody Bible Camp” but don’t go into the film expecting a high production value or Indie gold acting. It is a great low budget film that is big on guts ‘n’ gore, tits and trash- not to mention the over the top campy humor. This isn't top notch scary horror but it holds it’s own when it comes to body count, blood and guts and presenting fans with a cool new psycho killer. Check it out if you like a bit of cheese with your gore! It really is a fun little flick.

Trailer Released For Creature Thriller “Venom”

venomThe trailer has been released for the creature thriller “Venom”. The film stars Jessica Morris (Role Models, “One Life to Live”), Oliviah Crawford (The Homecoming of Danny Flynn), Roberto ‘Sanz’ Sanchez (2 Fast, 2Furious, “Borderline Coyotes”), Chuck Kelley (Skid Marks, Cellular) and will be released by MTI Home Video on June 18th 2013.

Helen and her 12-year-old daughter, Lilly, are driving to the desert for some time away from Hollywood. After squashing a rattlesnake under her wheels, another Rattler manages to slither into Helen’s car and her. Distracted by the painful bite, Helen crashes her car into a ditch. Stranded in the desert with no phone and water, Helen and Lilly go on a desperate search for a doctor and safety. Yet, wherever they go, the Rattler follows quickly behind. With Helen’s body growing weaker and slower, it makes it easier for the clever snake to attack. But why is the snake following them, hunting them and ready to kill? And why is the Rattler not the only enemy who is after the two?

My Review Of “A Resurrection”

a resurrection“A Resurrection” is a dark supernatural tale from director Matt Orlando that focuses on a small town during a tragedy. The film is about a young boy named Eli who is picked on in school and who’s brother is tragically ran down by a high school rival. Days after the funeral the group of bullies are held in detention as unexplained events begin to unfold that predict dire consequences for the high school kids. The movie stars  Mischa Barton, Brenden Meers, Devon Sawa, Michael Clarke Duncan, J. Michael Trautmann, Stuart Stone and Matthew Willig.

For me personally I am split on how I feel about “A Resurrection”. The film was shot very well with a complete seriousness to the story’s subject matter. It held a continuous dark foreboding and atmosphere of unease which kept the film in a complete suspenseful state of drama. The acting came off as believable and I felt these characters come alive in this twisted story of loss and resurrection. The movie hit on a pretty prevalent subject that plagues communities and schools across this nation with underage drinking, bullying and teen violence not to mention the social inequalities. All this made for a very dramatic and intensely entertaining plotline in the film. My issue lies with the fact that the horror was mediocre. It was as if the director made a staunch attempt to avoid any elements that a story like this practically demands to be displayed. There was no real scares or moments of intense chills in scenes that needed to be and the sequences that lead to death were completely shied away from which was very disappointing.

“A Resurrection” is a safe "PG-ish" film for fans of supernatural melodramas but if you’re a straight up horror fan then your going to be very disappointed because the horror is non-existent in this film . The story is a good one and the suspenseful and dark atmosphere make the film a nice movie to watch with your grandmother or someone who doesn’t like other more gory horror films but it is also a film that could have been better in so many ways. So I am conflicted on the movie because I liked what it turned out to be even though it wasn’t what I hoped for. So for anyone setting out to view this film just keep in mind that it is a psychological thriller more than it is a horror film.

New Trailer For “The Conjuring” Released

the_conjuringCheck out the new trailer for James Wan’s “The Conjuring”. The film is a paranormal horror flick that stars Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Ron Livingston, Lili Taylor, Mackenzie Foy, Joey King, Hayley McFarland, Shanley Caswell and follows the horrifying tale of how world renowned paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren were called upon to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in a secluded farmhouse.  Forced to confront a powerful demonic entity, the Warrens find themselves caught in the most terrifying case of their lives.

“Lord Of Darkness” Gets DVD Release Date

“Lord of Darkness” on DVD and VOD on June 25th, 2013.  The movie will be released by Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Read the press release below for full deets on this horror thriller.

Lord-of-Darkness-DVD-coverFrom The Press Release

Lord of Darkness comes to DVD, Digital Download and Video on Demand June 25 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. When a curious journalist digs too deep into the past of legendary serial killer Sawney Bean, he finds himself captured with no easy way to escape. Starring David Hayman (Sid and Nancy), Sam Feeney (Wounded), Gavin Mitchell (TV’s “Still Game”) and William Houston (Sherlock Holmes), the Lord of Darkness DVD, featuring deleted scenes and outtakes, will be available for the suggested retail price of $26.98.
Lord of Darkness is based on the legendary true story of Sawney Bean and his family of cannibalistic serial killers. Intrigued by this legend, a journalist starts printing damaging articles against the family and authorities for their incompetence and gets more than he bargained for when his girlfriend suddenly goes missing. As the clues lead him to the family’s lair, he comes face to face with Sawney and his cannibalistic family. Captured and tied up, with a surgical blade rapidly approaching his body, he’ll take matters in his own hands to ensure he is not the family’s next sacrifice.

Trailer Released For “The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones”

TheMortalInstrumentsCheck out the trailer for supernatural fantasy flick “The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones” directed by  Harald Zwart. The film stars  Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, Robert Sheehan, Kevin Zegers, Lena Headey, Kevin Durand, Aidan Turner, Jemima West, Godfrey Gao, CCH Pounder, Jared Harris, and Jonathan Rhys Meyers. It tales a modern gothic saga of two world coexisting on our plane where there is a constant battle between good and evil. I have to say that even though I have walked away from purchasing the books several times (mostly because they are held in the teen fiction section and I am apprehensive about buying the really cool genre stuff from that section) I am super excited to see this film. It is due out in theatres August 23rd.

 Set in contemporary New York City, a seemingly ordinary teenager, Clary Fray (Lily Collins), discovers she is the descendant of a line of Shadowhunters, a secret cadre of young half-angel warriors locked in an ancient battle to protect our world from demons. After the disappearance of her mother (Lena Headey), Clary must join forces with a group of Shadowhunters, who introduce her to a dangerous alternate New York called Downworld, filled with demons, warlocks, vampires, werewolves and other deadly creatures.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Release Details For “Simon Killer”

simon killer promo - CopySimon Killer” will be available in limited theatrical release and on demand this April. The film is directed by Antonio Campos and stars Brady Corbet, Mati Diop, Michaël Abiteboul, Alex Desjoux, Marc Gaviard, Alexandra Neil, Nicolas Ronchi, Etienne Rotha Moeng, Constance Rousseau, Lila Salet and Solo. The theatrical release comes on April 5th with the on demand release following on April 12th.

The follow-up to Antonio Campos' critically acclaimed “Afterschool”, “Simon Killer” is an erotic and and psychological portrait of Simon, a well-educated, handsome and seemingly sympathetic college graduate with just a hint of something off-putting enough to ignite a sense of concern. Recently heartbroken, Simon travels to Paris to clear his head. After several days of wandering aimlessly, Simon finds himself drawn into a sex parlor and has a sexual encounter with an exotic prostitute, Victoria. The chemistry builds between the two until they find themselves in a serious relationship, one that leads to blackmail, betrayal and the ultimate revelation of Simon's true nature.

Pagan Festival Shout Out! Veneralia & All Fool’s Day

Today in modern times it is April Fool’s Day! In ancient times the Roman’s celebrated Veneralia. The Festival of Bold Fortune in honor of  Venus Verticordia one of the aspects of the goddess Venus. The worship of the goddess Fortuna Virilis ("Bold fortune") was also part of this festival. April 1st was also known as All Fool’s Day which also correlated with worship of the goddess Venus.

Venus_Verticordia-2Venus Verticordia was invented in 220 BC, during the last years of Rome's Punic Wars, in response to advice from a Sibylline oracle, when a series of prodigies was taken to signify divine displeasure at sexual offenses among Romans of every category and class, including several men and three Vestal Virgins. Her statue was dedicated by a young woman, chosen as the most pudica (sexually pure) in Rome by a committee of Roman matrons. At first, the statue was probably housed within the temple to Fortuna Virilis (Virile or strong Good Fortune). This cult, much older than any cult to Venus but possibly perceived as weak or gone to seed, may have benefited from the moral and religious support of Venus as a relatively new but senior deity; for Ovid, Venus's acceptance of the epithet and its responsibilities represented the goddess' own change of heart.

In 114 BC Venus Verticordia was given her own temple. She was meant to persuade Romans of both sexes and every class, whether married or unmarried, to cherish the traditional sexual proprieties and morality known to please the gods and benefit the State. During the Veneralia, her cult image was taken from her temple to the men's baths, where it was undressed and washed in warm water by her female attendants, then garlanded with myrtle. At the Veneralia, women and men asked Venus Verticordia for her help in affairs of the heart, sex, betrothal and marriage. Fortuna Virilis was given cult on the same day.

shipfoolIt's a great day for fun and trickery (at least up to midday) but did you know the festival of the April Fool (April 1st) is celebrated throughout most of Europe and the former colonial outposts of European rule. It is an ancient festival, deriving from pre-historic times, which has been traditionally dedicated to Venus. The Fool is also the pivotal point in the Tarot pack, as the journey through the major arcana can be construed as the journey from folly to wisdom. And back again, as Bilbo Baggins might have said...
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The calends of April (April 1) in ancient Rome was sacred to Venus?as was the entire month?and this day was called the Veneralia (the Kalendae, or calends, was the first day of the month in the Roman Calendar). Public games, ludi, would be held in her honour. Apollonius Sophistes tells us that some ancient authors actually derived the month's name from Aphrodite (perhaps via a conjectured Etruscan form, Aprodita); others derive it from aperire (to open), since it is the time when, according to Cincius and Varro, ?fruits and flowers and animals and seas and lands open.?

The Veneralia, on the first day of Venus?s month, honours Venus Verticordia (Changer of Hearts) and her companion Fortuna Virilis (Bold Fortune). In ancient times all the women, married and unmarried, went to the men's baths, as today they might go to swimming pools. Upon arriving they offered incense to Fortuna Virilis and prayed that the men would not see any blemishes the women might have had. They made a libation and drank the potion Venus drank on Her wedding night: pounded poppy with milk and honey. An ancient commentary (probably by Verrius) says they go to the baths to view the men's virile members. The women, crowned with myrtle wreaths, bathe and pray that Venus will bring them concord and a modest life. Ovid says, ?beauty and fortune and good fame are in Her keeping.?

In addition, the women would remove the jewellery and other ornaments from the statues of Venus and Fortuna so that they could be washed, after which they were redecorated and adorned with roses (Venus?s flower).

This day was also known as All Fools Day to the ancient Romans, and they would spend the entire day celebrating, laughing, playing tricks, doing things backwards, wearing women's clothes, dancing in the streets, and generally carrying on like fools and pranksters. It is one of the few Roman holidays that has preserved some of its original character, under the modern name April Fools' Day. The Lord of Misrule…(more here!)

New Poster Revealed For “Wrath Of The Crows”

Wrath-of-the-Crows-610x903Check out the fractured psychologically inspired poster for “Wrath Of The Crows”. The various states of mental anguish and darkness that contrasts much as the stressed and fractured reflections of the cast shows how emotionally twisted and intense the film intends to be. It is directed by Ivan Zuccon and stars Tiffany Shepis, Debbie Rochon, Tara Cardinal, and Domiziano Arcangeli. Also check out the demented and deliciously twisted trailer for the film below.

 “In a dirty and narrow jail, Larry, Deborah, Hugo, Hernest and Liza, the prisoners, are obliged to suffer injustices from the guards and from their chief, the officer. Yet above all of them there is the Judge. Nobody ever saw him, but he is the one that sets the rules and he’s feared from inmates and guards too.

#TeamAxeman To Slay At Days Of The Dead L.A.

Independent Production Company Blood Red Films and it's premiere clothing sponsor DeadInk Apparel announced that after the success of their screening of selected scenes at HorrorHound Weekend: Cincinnati last week, they will be attending Days of the Dead in Los Angeles April 5-7, 2013 with the film's star Elissa Dowling.


‘AXEMAN AT CUTTER’S CREEK’ is an ‘80’s style slasher film about nine vacationing twenty-somethings who are hunted down by an axe-wielding local legend. 

#TeamAxeman made up of the AXEMAN AT CUTTER'S CREEK writer/director and co-star Joston Theney and DeadInk Apparel owner Justin Haines announced today that they will be in attendance at Days of the Dead Los Angeles 2013 along with one of the film's stars, and fellow #TeamAxeman alum, Elissa Dowling (DRACULA'S CURSE, SHOWGIRLS 2) to further promote the project.  The three will be on-hand to sign free promotional items and share selected scenes to the public.  #TeamAxeman will also be entering fans' names into a drawing for tickets to the Los Angeles premiere of the of the film.  So join #TeamAxeman at Days of the Dead this weekend to see selected scenes, receive free promotional items and enter to win tickets to the Los Angeles premiere of the film!

"Coming off of a strong showing at the previous convention a week or so ago, we're so amped to get this film out," said Joston Theney, the film's writer/director and co-star.  When asked what he thinks his 80's slasher contributes to the horror genre, Theney enthusiastically replied, "This film breathes life back into old school 80's slashers.  It isn't just a throwback, it IS an 80's slasher flick.  The Axeman is the new face of horror."

"I usually tell people not to believe the rumors, but this one is true.  This movie rocks," exclaimed Haines, owner of the film's premiere clothing company Dead Ink Apparel.  We asked Haines how his designs were incorporated into the film and he answered, "Wardrobe is an incredibly important part of any story.  A character's appearance immediately helps the audience identify with who he or she is and we gave Joston and the rest of #TeamAxeman so many options to help them get their visions across.  I'm just so happy to see the response we're getting for the film and the wardrobe.  Last convention was a blast and we're looking to explode onto the scene at Days of the Dead Los Angeles.  See you guys there!"

"#TeamAxeman, baby," Elissa Dowling, one of the film's stars screamed when asked what she thinks of the film.  "The buzz and hype surrounding this film has been incredible.  But most importantly, it's so well deserved.  We just had a screening the other night and it was AWESOME!  Can't wait for the fans to check it out."  When we pushed regarding their plans for Days of the Dead, we only received word from Ms. Dowling, who gave us, "Be sure to seek out our table.  We will be signing promotional items completely FREE and entering people into a drawing for tickets to the premiere.  Look for #TeamAxeman at Days of the Dead Los Angeles and get free signed stuff!"

‘AXEMAN AT CUTTER’S CREEK’ stars Elissa Dowling, Tiffany Shepis, Brinke Stevens, Jamie Bernadette, Erin Marie Hogan and Arielle Brachfeld.  Rounding out the cast are Chantelle Albers, Ray Trickitt, Eliza Kiss, Dylan Hobbs, Stephen Eith, Nihilist Gelo, Carlos Javier Castillo, Joston Theney, Paula Tracey Wilson, Suzi Hale and NBA superstar Scot Pollard as the Axeman.
About Blood Red Films

Blood Red Films is an independent production company of motion pictures founded by author and executive producer Dr. Christopher Otiko and operating in Marina del Rey, CA. 


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Sunday, March 31, 2013

Trailer For “Revelation Trail”

revelation TrailCheck out the trailer for the long awaited zombie western “Revelation Trail”. The film gave fans their first look back in 2011and it has been a long road seeing this spin on the undead come to life. Revelation Trail is the collaborative effort of filmmakers, artists and web talent from around the country, each contributing their own experiences and strengths to tell the story of the undead rising in late 19th century America. The world of Revelation Trail encompasses a feature film, an award-winning web series and an in-development online video game. This passion project has been produced -- completely independently -- over the course of six years. The movie is directed by John P. Gibson and stars Daniel Van Thomas, Daniel Britt, Robert Valentine and Jordan Elizabeth Goettling.

In late nineteenth-century America, a frontier holy man's life is destroyed as a gruesome power consumes the land. Standing between ruin and salvation, the man known only as Preacher (Daniel Van Thomas) must find his purpose in the fight against the mysterious undead. Joined by the town Marshal (Daniel Britt) -- a man with his own set of demons – he faces the risen dead, a ravaged landscape and the evils of the living on a journey to nowhere. Along the way, the men discover which lines they're willing to cross in the name of survival and witness the depths people reach through the power of belief -- for good and ill alike.

Dark And Entertaining Clip From “Stitches”

stitches[3]“Stitches” is a dark humored horror from the UK that shows the twisted side of comic Ross Noble, as if he wasn’t dark enough in his normal environment.  In the film Noble plays a clown who is pretty much shit. Sadly after a group of rowdy kids send him into a darker world, battered and seriously damaged he returns to exact his vengeance. The film is directed by Conor McMahon and can be viewed on April 2nd on VOD thanks to Dark Sky Films. The film has a one day April Fool screening in select cities but most of us will view this twisted serial flick on demand or DVD. Check out the tricycle clip below in all its dark and twisted hilarity.

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‘Hemlock Grove’ Clip

hemlockCheck out the wolf transformation clip from the Netflix Eli Roth series ‘Hemlock Grove’. The sequence shows a great appreciation for both CGI and organic means of creating horrific and profound moments in cinema. It could possibly be one the coolest and most revealing moments of what lycanthropy would resemble. Personally I still consider it a sub-species of the beast with the taller monstrous creature presented in films like the Howling and Dog Soldiers as the pinnacle of what it means to be a werewolf but still this is a kick ass transformation.

First Teaser For ‘True Blood’ Season 6 Goes Online

true blood1Check out the first teaser for the sixth season of ‘True Blood’ returning June 16th. The teaser presents us with a world of lives in chaos and finality for some or maybe for all. It is a war that has sparked and after all there can be no war with death and suffering. Based on the popular Sookie Stackhouse books by Charlaine Harris, the Emmy-nominated hit drama series was created by Alan Ball.

Pagan Festival Shout Outs!

luna“Luna’s themes are  all lunar attributes – instinct, creativity, luck, femininity, water element, miracles (on a Blue Moon) – also safety in travel.  Her symbols are silver or white Items, water, moon images and the number 13. The Roman Goddess personifying the moon, Luna had the additional unique quality of being a protectress of charioteers, which in modern times could make Her a patroness of automobiles! “In Greek mythology, Selene was an archaic lunar deity and the daughter of the Titans Hyperion and Theia.  In Roman mythology, the moon Goddess is called Luna, Latin for ‘moon’.  She is generally depicted as a beautiful woman with a pale face and long, lustrous, black hair; riding a silver chariot pulled by either a yoke of oxen, a pair of horses, or a pair of serpentine dragons.  Often, She has been shown riding a horse or bull, wearing robes and a half-moon on Her head and carrying a torch.” The temple of the moon goddess Luna on Aventine Hill was the site of worship, feasting, and wild dancing orgies. The untamed character of those abandoned revelries was the source of our word 'lunatic'.

eostre5Among the most ancient symbols of rebirth or resurrection was the colored and ornately decorated egg. It goes back in time to at least 7000 BCE and reflects the Earth goddess Gaia and was the reason for numerous celebrations of spring in all nations from the Nordic world to Greece to Egypt and beyond. Only later, when the institution established by the Emperor Constantine (known as the Christian church after he had his warrior bishops agree to the unification of various sects of Christians in all reaches and regions of the empire) at his Council of Nicaea. It was the emperor who defined that the egg would be adopted as a symbol of the resurrection of Jesus of the NewTestament in an effort to get all people of the empire to worship Sol Invictus (God of the Sun or Son of God) as the supreme god and lord over other gods (monotheism was an unwelcomed novel idea that generated in Egypt, and was not a part of Judaism until after the Exodus, and even then, through the days of the Prophets, the Jews turned to worship many deities). (A fascinating blog post on the day here!)

Taweret (Tawret, Taueret, Tawaret, Taurt, Thoeris and Toeris, Ipy, Ipet, Apet, Opet, Reret) was an ancient Egyptian patron of childbirth and a protector of women and children. Like Bes, she was considered to be a ferocious demon as well as a protective and nurturing deity. She was associated with the lion, the crocodile, and the hippo; all animals which were feared by the Egyptians but also highly respected.
taweretInitially she was viewed as a dangerous and potentially malignant force. Taweret was associated with the northern sky as Nebetakhet, the "Mistress of the Horizon". She represented the circumpolar stars of Ursa Minor and Draco (the little dipper formed her back) who guarded the northern sky. The northern sky was thought to be cold, dark and potentially dangerous and was associated with both Apep and Set. According to one ancient myth, her husband Apep could only come out during the night and so she represented all that was evil during the day. However, by the Old Kingdom she was seen as a protective, rather than an aggressive force (just as female hippos came to be seen as aggressive largely in defense of their young). As a result, Taweret became a mother goddess and a patron of childbirth who was often described as the mother or wet nurse of the pharaoh. As time passed she soon became a household deity, helping rich and poor alike.
When acting as a protective force Taweret is described as a goddess. She was thought to help women in labor and to ward off evil spirits and demons who intended harm to mother or baby. She was also thought to help with matters of female sexuality and pregnancy, and so she was often associated with the goddess Hathor. (read the rest of this goddess’ story here!)

DSCF1331And Of Course Happy Easter! This is my festival tree in celebration of the holiday that rests on my front porch! In non-Christian religious symbolism, the pointed oval or vesica piscis shape can represent the female genitalia (the vagina) which led to many early Christians who only heard about Jesus to assume that this Christ was a female saviour–one they were accustomed to, as a male saviour was seen as weak and of little spiritual value in petitioning Eostre or any of her husbands. The place where the popularity of “easter eggs” was greatest was in Northern Germany, and from there it spread most rapidly to all German lands and German (High and Low) speaking people. It is for this reason that the Bishop of Rome (who later would have the audacity to style himself The Pope) would agree to allow eggs to be eaten by the clergy on Easter Sunday (the day most sacred to Eostre and her husbands and children). What separated the commoners from the clergy was that the commoners would color their eggs and continue to present them as presents–usually tied neatly to a tree.

220px-Easter_Bunny_Postcard_1907The Easter Bunny is sometimes depicted with clothes. In legend, the creature carries colored eggs in his basket, candy and sometimes also toys to the homes of children, and as such shows similarities to Santa Claus, as they both bring gifts to children on the night before their respective holiday. It was first mentioned in Georg Franck von Frankenau's De ovis paschalibus (About Easter Eggs) in 1682 referring to an Alsace tradition of an Easter Hare bringing Easter Eggs.


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