Saturday, April 27, 2013

Pagan Festival Shout Out! Floralia

FloraliaFloralia is a Roman Festival held from April 27th (28th according to Ovid) to May 3rd symbolizing the renewal of life. A temple was built to honor the goddess of flowers and blossoming plants, Flora. In 263 BCE it was dedicated on April 27 (April 28th according to Ovidus) to May 2nd or 3rd to the Goddess Flora and the festival of Floralia was first declared to solicit her protection, propitiousness of crops and flowers in gardens and fields and wealth. Favonius, the God of the West Wind had authority over plants and flowers and upon taking by force, the Nymph, Flora, into marriage He gifted that dominion to the Goddess as amends. Flora was honored as a fertility Goddess by the Sabines an old Italic tribe of the Apennines before the founding of Rome. The Goddess can avert the fungal disease of plants, particularly wheat, known as rust that causes iron colored growths. “Itaque iidem floralia iiii kal. easdem instituerunt urbis anno dxvi ex oraculis sibyllae, ut omnia bene deflorescerent. hunc diem Varro determinat sole tauri partem xiiii obtinente. ergo si in hoc quadriduum inciderit plenilunium, fruges et omnia, quae florebunt, laedi necesse erit.” “The same people also, in the year of the City 513, instituted the Floralia, a festival held upon the fourth before the calends of May, in accordance with the oracular injunctions of the Sibyl, to secure a favorable season for the blossoms and flowers. Varro fixes this day as the time at which the sun enters the fourteenth degree of Taurus. [April 28] If there should happen to be a full moon during the four days at this period, injury to the corn and all the plants that are in blossom will be the necessary result.” Pliny the Elder Natural History Plin. Nat. 18.103

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Trailer Released For Indie Horror “Double Booked”

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Check out the trailer for Director Neil Webb’s psychological horror film “Double Booked”. The film is currently in post-production and is slated far a later 2013 release. The film explores the lengths that people go to avoid dealing with their true problems, and the unintended repercussions of the actions taken by  a group of friends. “Double Booked” stars Neil Webb, Ali Webb, Cody Sparshu, John Webb, Jayson Therrien, Leanne Khol Young, Scott Reid, Aadila Dosani, Sophia Lauchlin and Kerry Atkins.

Bound, beaten, and sleep deprived, a group of twenty-somethings try to figure out why their cabin vacation was overtaken by a seemingly normal couple.  Soon after their arrival at the secluded property, Ryan and his closest friends realize that the cabin had been double booked. But after discovering that the newly arrived couple were friends of friends, they decide there was no harm in sharing the cabin for the week. Tensions begin to mount as it becomes clear that the couple know considerably more about Ryan and his friends than they originally let on.  Before being able to address their suspicions, the group is drugged and locked up in the garage of the cabin.  The mystery begins to unravel as the connections between the two groups becomes clear.

Teaser Trailer For “Why Don’t You Play In Hell?”

why don't you play in hellCheck out the bizarre teaser for Japanese action gore extravaganza “Why Don’t You Play In Hell?” The film is directed by Shion Sono and stars Tak Sakaguchi, Jun Kunimura and Shin'ichi Tsutsumi.

Muto (Jun Kunimura) and Ikegami (Shinichi Tsutsumi) are two gangsters who hate each other, but Ikegami is in love with Muto's actress daughter Michiko (Fumi Nikaido). Meanwhile, Muto attempts to make his wife Shizue's (Tomochika) dream come true which is to have their daughter appear in a movie.

Koji (Gen Hoshino), who is just a passerby, is mistaken for a movie director. Koji then requests to independent film director Hirata (Hiroki Hasegawa) to cast Michiko as the leading actress in his film. Their situation soon goes completely wrong.

Trailer For “In Fear”

in fearThe trailer for Jeremy Lovering’s “In Fear” has been released. The film plays on fears created by such genres as Road horror and Survival thrillers. It stars Alice Englert as Lucy and Iain De Caestecker as Tom. "In Fear" will have it's UK debut at Sundance London.

Trapped in a maze of country roads with only their vehicle for protection, Tom and Lucy are terrorized by an unseen tormentor exploiting their worst fears. Eventually they realize they’ve let the evil in – it’s sitting in their car.

Latest TV Spot For “The Purge”

purgeCheck out the latest TV spot for “The Purge”. The film was directed by James DeMonaco and stars Ethan Hawke, Lena Headey, Max Burkholder, Adelaide Kane, Edwin Hodge, Tony Oller and Rhys Wakefield. It is due out on May 31st.

If on one night every year, you could commit any crime without facing consequences, what would you do? In The Purge, a speculative thriller that follows one family over the course of a single night, four people will be tested to see how far they will go to protect themselves when the vicious outside world breaks into their home. In an America wracked by crime and overcrowded prisons, the government has sanctioned an annual 12-hour period in which any and all criminal activity—including murder—becomes legal. The police can’t be called. Hospitals suspend help. It’s 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. When an intruder breaks into James Sandin’s (Ethan Hawke) gated community during the yearly lockdown, he begins a sequence of events that threatens to tear a family apart. Now, it is up to James, his wife, Mary (Lena Headey), and their kids to make it through the night without turning into the monsters from whom they hide.

also check out the previous tv spot released....

Psychotic Saturdays! Six Sicko Flicks That Don’t Clown Around

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Today is Psychotic Saturdays! Saturday. Time for all the weirdoes to roam the streets in pleasure and merriment. It is also time to let the crazy out of the box. When all the chaos of responsibility of the daily grind are set a side for all the crazy of family and party time. This Saturday the post is about those dreaded and sinister demons from beyond the realm of sanity-the clown. These clowns are not seeking your laughter, instead they command your screams! Obviously I have went out of my way not to post the most notable horror flicks about clowns because I posted them in 2012 and I wanted to show some lesser known films.

1. Out Of The Dark 1988

Out of the Dark 1988“Out Of The Dark” was directed by Michael Schroeder and stars Cameron Dye, Karen Black, Bud Cort, Divine and Lynn Danielson-Rosenthal. This film was Divine’s last movie and is considered an erotic horror comedy.

Suite Nothings, is a sleazy L.A. phone *fantasy* other words a phone-sex service, voiced by failed models, in which callers get to divulge their fantasies over the phone. Among them is Bobo, an individual who's twisted sense of humor, is matched only by his warped mental state. Dressed in an eerily comical mask of all things a clown, he begins murderous vendetta against these hot-line workers. As a body-count in this city steadily increases, this so-called ringmaster in his own personnel circus of fear and fatal pain, who makes his victims walk a tightrope of sheer terror moments before he brutally ends their lives. Bobo is going to prove why no one should talk to strangers...especially when they are as strange and insane as he is.

2. Funny Man 1994

funny man“Funny Man” was directed by Simon Sprackling and stars Tim James, Christopher Lee, Benny Young and Pauline Black. The film is a horror comedy that likes it’s humor dark and horror even darker.

When Max Taylor wins the ancestral home of Callum Chance in a game of Poker, little does he realise that the game is far from over... One by one, Max's family are murdered by the Funny Man, a demonic jester with a varied and imaginative repertoire of homicidal techniques and an irreverent sense of humour. Meanwhile, Max's brother is on his way to the mansion with a bunch on hitchhikers who will be lucky to survive the night.

3. Slashers 2001

slashers“Slashers” is a Canadian import with Japanese flare directed by Maurice Devereaux. It stars Sarah Joslyn Crowder, Tony Curtis Blondell, Kieran Keller, Neil Napier and Jerry Sprio.

Japan's number one extreme reality show is having it's first all-American special! Six lucky contestants, chosen from thousands of applicants, will have the chance to win millions of dollars, and all they have to do is stay alive!

4. Urban Massacre 2002

urban massacre“Urban Massacre” is directed by Dale Resteghini and stars La La Anthony, Baby Sham, Capone and D-Don. The film blends crime, drama and horror in a unique urban style.

The hottest underground Hip Hop group, Tha Supanatchralz, Ivory, Krumbsnatcha, Remedy, Dia, Baby Sham have a killer in their midst. Bodies are dropping all around them and nobody knows why. When Tha Supanatchralz uncover the crazed slasher is a clown, they must hunt him down. But... will they be his next victims?

5. Secrets Of The Clown 2007

secrets of the clown“Secrets Of The Clown” was directed by Ryan Badalamenti who also stars in the film along side Tami Badalamenti, John Blick and Kelli Clevenger. The film is a low budget horror b-movie works with both the noir and slasher motif.

After the brutal murder of his best friend Jim, Bobbie is haunted by a presence. His girlfriend Val is distant and appears to have secrets of her own. Then the nightmares begin. Through the nightmares Bobbie uncovers clues regarding the murderer's identity. With the killer still on the loose, bodies piling up, and time running out, Bobbie hires a psychic to contact his deceased friend Jim. But some secrets were never meant to be revealed. The dreams will guide him, the secrets will blind him, the murders haunt him. Only together will they unlock the "Secrets of the Clown.

6. Torment 2008

torment“Torment” was directed by Steve Sessions and stars Suzi Lorraine, Tom Stedham, Ted Alderman and Lucien Eisenach. The film comes from Indie company This Is Not A Dream.

Suzi Lorraine plays Laura Wiggington, a woman recently discharged from a psychiatric hospital. Her husband Ray (Tom Stedham) takes her to an isolated river cottage to recover. There she is stalked by a psychopathic clown named Dissecto who performs macabre "tricks" for his literally captive audiences. But does the clown really lurk nearby or only in the dark recess of Laura's troubled mind?

Friday, April 26, 2013

Image To Release “The Last Will And Testament Of Rosalind Leigh”

last willImage Entertainment, Inc., a subsidiary of RLJ Entertainment, announces the release of the unconventional and haunting thriller " The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh", available on DVD and digital download July 30, 2013. The film was directed by Rodrigo Gudiño and stars Aaron Poole, Vanessa Redgrave, Julian Richings.

After the mysterious death of the reclusive Rosalind Leigh (Redgrave), her estranged son, Leon (Poole), arrives at her house to take stock of his inheritance. But there’s more to this house than dark corners and dusty antiques. Rosalind has left something behind…and it has been waiting for Leon. Now a force from beyond the grave will pursue him through a night of lurking terror and a desperate struggle to survive.

Called “dark and poetic” by MSN, the film has terrified audiences at more than 30 film festivals worldwide, including Sitges International Film Festival, Stockholm Film Festival, and Whistler Film Fest, and was awarded numerous prizes, including Best Feature at the South African Horror Fest and Audience Jury Prize at Terra Di Siena Film Festival, among others. The film also features an original score by world beat superstar Mercan Dede (Passion of the Christ, Kingdom of Heaven).

The DVD will also feature audio commentary with director Rodrigo Gudiño, a making-of featurette, Mercan Dede featurette, poster and photo gallery, and The Facts in the Case of Mister Hollow short film.

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Trailer Released For “The East” Thriller

THE-EAST-PosterCheck out the trailer for Brit Marling Zal Batmanglij written “The East”. dark thriller is directed by Batmanglij and stars Brit Marling, Alexander Skarsgård, Jason Ritter, Ellen Page, Shiloh Fernandez and Toby Kebbell. It is slated for an May 31st theatrical release.

A successful operative for an elite private intelligence firm is tasked with infiltrating an anarchist group known for executing covert attacks upon major corporations. However, finds her priorities changing as she befriends the members and begins to develop romantic feelings for its charismatic leader.

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Poster Revealed For “Krampus: The Christmas Devil”

krampus the christmas devil - CopyCheck out the official poster for “Krampus: The Christmas Devil”. The film is being directed by Jason Hull and filming is underway. It stars Bill Oberst Jr., Annette Lawless, Angelina Leigh, Richard Goteri, Michael Mili and Amy Weaver. It is slated for a release later this year. I personally hope this will be my Christmas horror delight. Next to Halloween Christmas horror releases are fucking awesome.

Special Agent Jeremy Duffin (AJ Leslie) leads a darkened life of memories stemming from an abduction as a child, where he was dropped into a frozen lake and left to die. Now, as Jeremy recognizes a pattern in the deaths and disappearance of children resembling what could have been his ill-fated end, he begins a personal quest to find the man disturbing a normally peaceful Pennsylvania town.

Unbeknownst to Jeremy, the man he is searching for is actually a creature of yule tide lore, Krampus (Brad Weaver), and has begun his final Christmastime task of finding his final victim, Jeremy's daughter, Rebecca.
With the aid of his Department captain (Rich Goteri), Jeremy is able to track and locate the location of the kidnapper, but this results in the death of two of his fellow officers.

As Krampus approaches his final task, Jeremy is branded with the capture of his wife and child by the newly released felon, Brian Hatt (Bill Oberst, Jr).

Can Jeremy protect his family from a vindictive ex-con and the Devil of Christmas, Krampus? The third action-thriller from director Jason Hull, is sure to keep children off the naughty list for years to come.

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New “Pacific Rim” Poster ‘Go Big Or Go Extinct

Pacific-Rim-Poster-610x915 - CopyGuillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim' hits theatres on July 12 2013. The sci-fi creature feature that pays homage to classic Japenese sc-fi genre flicks and anime grandeur stars  Idris Elba, Charlie Day, Charlie Hunnam,  Clifton Collins  Jr. and Rinko Kikuchi.

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


“The House Of Evil” Details

The-House-of-Evil1-610x781The House Of Evil” is a contemporary horror flick from Director Massimiliano Cerchi. It is a film combines elements of supernatural demonism and slasher horror, to be filmed in 3D. “The House of Evil” is set to star Melantha Blackthorne, Camden Toy and Brik Baker. There is a crowd funding campaign going on over at Indiegogo for the film with some pretty cool perks.

What do you do when your dream home becomes an absolute nightmare? Behind every window lies a shadow, behind every door lies a secret. Between reality and the paranormal, deep within the foundations of the most seemingly placid facade lies the intermediate gates to Hell…. Meet Brik and Melanie, a couple in love, out to build a bright future for themselves.

Their newly bought villa where their affections should bloom…. now becomes… their tomb…. From day one since they entered the house, the doomed sweethearts notice something terribly wrong; within their diabolical domicile, within each other. Seeking desperate aid from a renowned occultist, they hope to free themselves from the damnation evolving and surrounding, seeking to devour them like a ravenous, bloodlusting beast. How do you escape from something you’ve already become a part of since the day you moved in? Behind every corner lies a shattering truth, down every staircase exists an evil so shocking your blood will run cold as you witness one of the most shocking films ever to grace the screen.

Trailer Released For “The Secret Village”

The-Secret-Village-Poster“The Secret Village” is a psychological thriller directed by Swamy Kandan and stars Jonathan Bennett, Ali Faulkner, and Richard Riehle. In this chilling suspense thriller, a journalist Rachel is determined to unravel the mystery behind an outbreak of strange events in a small town. She meets with a local who is willing to share the events which are reminiscent of the Salem ergot poisonings. However, with the local’s sudden death, and her friend’s disappearance, all leads come to a dead end. Rachel is left alone to unravel the villagers’ secret. Check out the trailer below.

“Garden Of Hedon” Campaign Gets Creative

Garden Of HedonThe guys behind “Garden Of Hedon” have come up with an innovative way to sell their campaign pitch over at Kickstarter. Kevin Kangas will give the film away for free to the web wide world if they reach their goal. “Garden Of Hedon” has already been filmed and is complete, sadly waiting for distribution. This is a way around that dreaded long wait that almost kills directors spirits. The film is about a detective trapped in a supernatural house where women are being murdered. It stars Richard Cutting(“National Treasure 2”), Danielle Lozeau(“Legion”, “The Eye”), John C. Bailey(“The Men Who Built America”), Beau Peregino(“A Haunting”), Paul Sieber(“Ninjas Vs. Vampires”) and Manuel Poblete(“Game Change”). Check out the trailer below.

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New Images From “Backmask The Movie”

backmaskNew stills have been released for Marcus Nispel’s supernatural horror film “Backmask The Movie”. The movie wrapped last year and did the 2012 film circuit but much hasn’t been sad of the project since. Now these haunting and curious images tease at the nightmare to come.

 “Backmask” tells the story six small-town teenagers who find an old vintage record and decide to play it backwards, (during a sex, drugs, and rock-fueled party), in order to listen for any subliminal/satanic messages. Lo and behold, a seemingly malevolent spirit quickly infiltrates the group, wreaking havoc as it moves from one body to another. Eventually, however, it’s revealed that the spirit in question is actually trying to convey a message….and that the real source of horror isn’t particularly paranormal, but rather something (or someone) much closer to home. Brittany Curran, Gage Golightly, Stephen Lang, Kelly Blatz, Brett Dier, Nick Nicotera, Nick Nordella and Michael Ormsby.


Del Toro Adapts ‘Monster’ Manga For HBO

monsterGuillermo del Toro has signed on to adapted Naoki Urasawa’s Monster for HBO. The Japanese manga focuses on the worldwide search, by a young doctor for the most evil sociopath that has ever lived. He is a 12-year-old boy, and the doctor’s decision to save his life has unwittingly unleashed a Pandora’s Box, that leaves the doc battling to stop a plot of mass genocide. The series will be developing culled from a potential of 18 volumes and co-written with Steven Thompson of Dr. Who/Sherlock Holmes fame.

Poster Revealed For Olatunde Osunsanmi’s “Evidence”

evidenceOlatunde Osunsanmi’s “Evidence” is a horror thriller that focuses on the evidence left behind at the scene of a brutal massacre. The film stars Stephen Moyer and Radha Mitchell. There is no word on U.S release date yet. The film also stars Nolan Gerard Funk, Dale Dickey, Caitlin Stasey, Torrey DeVitto, Albert Kuo and Harry Lennix. The movie’s main focus involves solving the crime based on what is scene on two cell phones and a flip cam.

New Promo For ‘Dexter’ Takes A Dark Look Back

dexterThe new promo for season 8 of ‘Dexter’ is a dark and haunting look back at Dexter’s life. This as we all know is the final season of the series. It premieres on June 30th at 9 pm on Showtime.

New Red Band Clip For “No One Lives” Brings The Pain

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Check out the killer clip for “No One Lives”. The red band clip really brings the pain and proves Luke Evans is not fucking around in his new role. The dark horror thriller is directed by Ryûhei Kitamura. The survival nightmare also stars Lee Tergesen, Adelaide Clemens, Laura Ramsey, Lindsey Shaw, America Olivo, Beau Knapp, Derek Magyar, and Brodus Clay. It is due out on May 10th from Anchor Bay.

A ruthless criminal gang takes a young couple hostage and goes to ground in an abandoned house in the middle of nowhere. When the captive girl is killed, the tables are unexpectedly turned. The gang finds themselves outsmarted by an urbane and seasoned killer determined to ensure that no one lives.

Saul Bass Inspired Poster For “Black Rock”

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Check out the stripped down new poster for the thriller “Black Rock”. It is clearly inspired by famed graphic designer Saul Bass.  The film is directed by Kate Aselton and stars Katie Aselton, Lake Bell, and Kate Bosworth. It is due out May 17th from LD Entertainment.

Three childhood friends set aside their personal issues and reunite for a girls’ weekend on a remote island off the coast of Maine. One wrong move turns their weekend getaway into a deadly fight for survival.


Trailer Released For Season 2 Of ‘Holliston’

hollistonCheck out the trailer for season two of ‘Holliston’ starring Dee Snider, Adam Green, Joe Lynch, Laura Ortiz and Corri English.

Press Release:

“FEARnet will premiere the second season of the hit original sitcom “HOLLISTON” on Tuesday, June 4, at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT as part of its Twisted Comedy Block, it was announced by Peter Block, president and general manager of FEARnet. Season Two of the series—which was renewed for a second season after just two episodes had aired—is set for a 10-episode order, an increase of four episodes over Season One.

FEARnet is currently carried by a majority of the major U.S. cable operators and is in nearly 10 million homes and growing. To benefit those fans who are unable to experience the show on Tuesday nights, for the first time ever, each week’s episode will be streamed on starting Thursday, June 6, and will be available for a seven-day period. Fans can also catch up on episodes on FEARnet On Demand every Wednesday after a new episode premieres.

“HOLLISTON”—created by celebrated genre filmmaker, Adam Green, who wrote and produced the upcoming HATCHET III, in theaters this June—stars Green and fellow real-life genre filmmaker Joe Lynch (KNIGHTS OF BADASSDOM, WRONG TURN 2), as “Adam” and “Joe,” two aspiring horror filmmakers, dealing with the struggles of life, love, and career aspirations during the post-college period where nothing ever seems to work out like it should. With relatable storylines inspired by Green’s own life experiences that mash-up traditional situational comedy plot lines with popular horror genre-themes, “HOLLISTON” is the hip and edgy horror-fueled sitcom that FEARnet fans had been waiting for and have now embraced wholeheartedly.

The series also stars Laura Ortiz as Joe’s longtime girlfriend and adorably demented artist; Corri English as Adam’s confused and on-again/off-again childhood sweetheart; and heavy metal icons Dave Brockie as “Oderus Urungus,” Adam’s twisted closet-dwelling imaginary friend and guardian angel, and Dee Snider as “Lance Rockett,” the delusional wannabe rockstar who runs the local cable station where “Adam” and “Joe” work. Season Two is loaded with appearances from genre stars such as Bill Moseley (TEXAS CHAINSAW), Kane Hodder (HATCHET III), Sid Haig (THE LORDS OF SALEM), David Naughton (AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON), Danielle Harris (HALLOWEEN IV and V), Bailee Madison (DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK), and James Gunn (GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY).
“‘HOLLISTON’ demonstrates not only the breadth of FEARnet’s programming, but also the broad reach of the horror culture. We surprised people by opting for a sitcom. Now, we’re going to surprise them with the places ‘HOLLISTON’ goes, as Season Two really celebrates the genre with episodes that mock, embrace, and twist the types of scary movies we love,” said Block.

“We are thrilled with how quickly we’ve found an audience with this series and this cast,” added Green. “‘HOLLISTON’ was designed to fill a missing gap in situational television comedies and speak directly to genre fans who can’t typically find these types of themes or comedic sensibilities in the average sitcom.”
Following the events of the first season, Season Two ups the ante of outrageousness, taking the show to a wide range of unexpected places. Highlights include the series’ first animated episode, finding the town attacked by a giant blob; a Ring-inspired J-horror episode; a found footage episode; and a one-hour season finale that will boast two special musical performances by the talented cast and a shocking final scene that will raise the dead. The second season will also feature some surprising twists and developments for the four main friends that will have a major impact on their lives and leave viewers anxious for more.”

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Pagan Festival Shout Out! Hanuman Jayanti

sri-hanuman-birthday-jayantiHanuman Jayanti will be celebrated on 25 April in 2013. In Maharashtra and Karnataka, Hanuman Jayanti is celebrated on the full moon day (pūrnima) of the Hindu lunar month of Chaitra. A special feature of Hanuman Jayanti is that according to some religious almanacs (panchāngs) the birthday of Hanuman falls on the fourteenth day (chaturdashi) in the dark fortnight of the month of Ashvin while according to others it falls on the full moon day in the bright fortnight of Chaitra.

To mark the birth of Lord Hanuman, Hanuman Jayanti is celebrated all over India in the month of Chaitra in Hindu calendar. The great Hanuman is known for its great strength, power and his immortal devotion towards Lord Rama. He is considered to be a greatest follower of Lord Rama and played a crucial role in his life. He is also known as Sankat Mochan who people remember in both good and bad times. He is considered to be as one of the most powerful Hindu gods in India.

Celebrations on Hanuman Jayanti began early in the day with special puja being performed by devotees. Devotees perform holy Puja in temples dedicated to Sree Hanuman or at Home. People in India organize special prayers for Lord Hanuman to get rid of evil spirits. The God is known for its magical powers. Prayers and Hymns are sung all day long in various Hanuman temples dedicated to the lord. Hanuman is considered as a symbol of Power and great strength in Hindu mythology. He is believed to have carried a whole mountain in his shoulder. On auspicious day of Hanuman Jayanti, People apply red Sindur from Lord's feet on their foreheads. This is considering being a ritual for good health and good luck.

Spiritual discourses are organized in most of the Hindu temples on this day. Hanuman was the most powerful in the three people the Heaven people, the Hell people, and the Land people. All these Gods had blessed him when he was just a 1/2-year old child.

Some of the prayers, songs, mantras, shlokas, devoted to Hanuman include Hanuman Chalisa, Bajrang Baan, Maruti Strotam, Anjaneya Dandakam , Vadvanal Strotam, Hanuman Sathhika, Hanuman Bahuk,Hanuman Dwadesh, Bhimrupi Strotam, Sundara Kanda, Maruti Gayatri Mantra, Hanumansahasranam stotra (Stotra of thousand names of Hanuman), Ek-mukhi Hanuman Raksha Kavacham, Panch-mukhi Hanuman Raksha Kavacham and Sapta-mukhi Hanuman Raksha Kavacham.

"Ram Raksha Strotam", the Sanskrit Strota, a Shield of Rama has lines devoted to Hanuman, saying, whoever, reads this, will be protected by Hanuman.

Below is an English copy of Ram Raksha Strotam along with a recording of the prayer.

Author : Buddhism Kaushika

Asya OM Sree raamarakShaa stOtramaMtrasya budhakauSika RuShiH
Sree seetaaraama chaMdrOdEvataa
anuShTup ChaMdaH
seetaa SaktiH
Sreemaan hanumaan keelakaM
SreeraamacaMdra preetyarthE raamarakShaa stOtrajapE viniyOgaH
dhyaanamdhyaayEdaajaanubaahuM dhRutaSara dhanuShaM baddha padmaasanasthaM
peetaM vaasOvasaanaM navakamala daLasparthi nEtraM prasannam
vaamaaMkaarooDha seetaamukha kamala milallOchanaM neeradaabhaM
naanaalaMkaara deeptaM dadhatamuru jaTaamaMDalaM raamachaMdram
stOtramcharitaM raghunaathasya SatakOTi pravistaram
EkaikamakSharaM puMsaaM mahaapaataka naaSanam
dhyaatvaa neelOtpala SyaamaM raamaM raajeevalOchanam
jaanakee lakShmaNOpEtaM jaTaamukuTa maMDitam
saasitooNa dhanurbaaNa paaNiM naktaM charaaMtakam
svaleelayaa jagatraatu maavirbhootamajaM vibhum
raamarakShaaM paThEtpraagnyaH paapaghneeM sarvakaamadaam
Siro mE raaghavaH paatuphaalaM daSarathaatmajaH
kausalyEyO dRuSaupaatu viSvaamitra priyaH SRutee
ghraaNaM paatu makhatraataa mukhaM saumitrivatsalaH
Bharata kaMThaM vidyaanidhiH jihvaaM paatu vaMditaH
skaMdhau divyaayudhaH paatu bhujau bhagnESakaarmukaH
KARAU seetaapatiH paatu hRudayaM jaamadagnyajit
madhyaM paatu kharadhvaMsee naabhiM jaaMbavadaaSrayaH
sugreevESaH kaTeepaatu hanumat sakthinee-prabhuH
ooroo raghoottamaH paatu rakShakula vinaaSakRut
jaanunee sEtukRut paatu jaMghE daSamukhaaMtakaH
paadauvibheeShaNa SreedaHpaatu raamOkhilaM vapuH
Well rakShaaM raamabalOpEtaaM EtaaM sukRutee Pathet
sachiraayuH sukhee putree vijayee vinayee bhavEt
paataaLa bhootala chaariNaS vyOma-chadma chaariNaH
na draShTumapi SaktaastE rakShitaM raamanaamabhiH
raamEti raamabhadrEti raamachaMdrEti vaasmaran
Naro nalipyatE paapairbhuktiM muktiM cha viMdati
jagajjaitraika maMtrENa raamanaamnaabhi rakShitam
Well dhaarayEttasya kaMThE karasthaaH Sarva siddhayaH
Yo naamEdaM vajrapaMjara raamakavachaM smarEt
labhatE successful sarvatra avyaahataagnyaH maMgaLam
aadiShTavaan yathaasvapnE raama rakShaa mimaaM haraH
tathaa likhitavaan praataH prabuddhau budhakauSikaH
aaraamaH kalpavRukShaaNaaM viraamaH sakalaapadaam
abhiraama strilOkaanaaM Raamah SreemaansanaH prabhuH
taruNau roopasaMpannau sukumaarau mahaabalau
puMDareeka viSaalaakShau cheerakRuShNaa jinaaMbarau
phalamoolaasinau daaMtau taapasau brahmachaariNau
putrau daSarathasyaitau bhraatarau raamalakShmaNau
Sarva SrEShTaa sarvasatvaanaaM SaraNyau dhanuShmataaM
rakShaHkula nihaMtaarau traayEtaaM nO raghoottamau
aatta sajya dhanuShaa viShuspRuSaa vakShayaaSuga niShaMga saMginau
rakShaNaaya mama raamalakShaNaavagrataH pathisadaiva gacChataaM
sannaddhaH kavachee khaDgee chaapabaaNadharO yuvaa
gacChan manOrathaannaScha Raamah paatu sa lakShmaNaH
raamO daaSarathi SSoorO lakShmaNaanucharO balee
kaakutsaH puruShaH poorNaH kausalyEyO raghoottamaH
vEdaaMta vEdyO yagnyESaH puraaNa puruShOttamaH
jaanakeevallabhaH SreemaanapramEya paraakramaH
ityEtaani japEnnityaM madbhaktaH SraddhayaanvitaH
aSvamEthaadhikaM puNyaM saMpraapnOti nasaMSayaH
raamaM doorvaadaLa SyaamaM padmaakShaM peetaavaasasaM
stuvaMti-divyair naabhir-Nate saMsaariNO naraaH
Lakshmana raamaM poorvajaM raghuvaraM seetaapatiM suMdaraM
kaakutsaM karuNaarNavaM guNanidhiM viprapriyaM dhaarmikaM
raajEMdraM satyasaMdhaM daSarathatanayaM SyaamalaM SaaMtamoortiM
vaMdElOkaabhiraamaM raghukula tilakaM raaghavaM raavaNaarim
raamaaya raamabhadraaya raamachaMdraaya vEthasE
raghunaathaaya naathaaya seetaayaaH patayE Namah
Sreeraama raama raghunaMdana raama raama
Sreeraama raama bharataagraja raama raama
Sreeraama raama raNakarkaSa raama raama
Sreeraama raama Saranam bhava raama raama
Sreeraama chaMdra charaNau manasaa smaraami
Sreeraama chaMdra charaNau vachasaa gRuhNaami
Sreeraama chaMdra charaNau Sirasaa namaami
Sreeraama chaMdra charaNau Saranam prapadyE
pitaa maataaraamO raamachaMdraH mat-
mat-sakhaa svaamee raamO raamachaMdraH
sarvasvaM mE raamachaMdrO dayaaLuH
naanyaM naiva Jaane na Jaane
dakShiNElakShmaNO yasya janakaatmajaa vaamE cha
-yasya puratOmaarutir Tam vaMdE raghuvaMdanam
lOkaabhiraamaM raNaraMgadheeraM
raajeevanEtraM raghuvaMSanaathaM
kaaruNyaroopaM karuNaakaraM Tam
SreeraamachaMdraM SaraNyaM prapadyE
manOjavaM maaruta tulya vEgaM
jitEMdriyaM buddhimataaM variShTaM
vaataatmajaM vaanarayoodha mukhyaM
SreeraamadootaM Saranam prapadyE
koojaMtaM raamaraamEti madhuraM madhuraakSharaM
aaruhyakavitaa SaakhaaM vaMdE vaalmeeki kOkilam
aapadaamapahartaaraM daataaraM sarvasaMpadaaM
lOkaabhiraamaM SreeraamaM bhooyObhooyO namaamyahaM
bharjanaM bhavabeejaanaamarjanaM sukhasaMpadaaM
tarjanaM yamadootaanaaM raama raamEti garjanam
raamO raajamaNiH sadaa vijayatE raamaM ramESaM bhajE
raamENaabhihataa niSaacharachamoo raamaaya tasmai Namah
raamaannaasti paraayaNaM parataraM raamasya daasOsmyahaM
​​raamE chittalayaH sadaa bhavatu mE BHO raama maamuddhara
Rame raamEti raama Sreeraama raamE manOramE
sahasranaama tattulyaM raama Naama varaananE
ITI SreebudhakauSikamuni virachitaM Sreeraama rakShaastOtraM saMpoorNaM
Sreeraama jayaraama jayajayaraama

Poster Released For “V/H/S/2”

The first official poster has been released for “V/H/S/2”, the sequel to the found footage anthology that gained some serious respect from the horror community and justified the found footage genre. The sequel gives us directors Simon Barrett, Jason Eisener, Gareth Evans, Eduardo Sánchez, Timo Tjahjanto and Adam Wingard. The film hits theatres on July 12, 2013.


First Image Of Michael Madsen In “The Lost Tree”

the-lost-treeBrian A. Metcalf’s “The Lost Tree” centers around Noah (Nicholas), who is guilt-ridden for the death of his wife, Emma (Kramer). He travels to an isolated cabin in search of peace and isolation. But he soon learns of the dangerous surroundings of the area. The film stars Michael Madsen, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Lacey Chabert, Scott Grimes and Clare Kramer. Check out the first image of Madsen in the movie.
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Teaser Released For “Possessed Soul”

possessed soulCheck out the new teaser trailer released for Indie 3D flick “Possessed Soul”. The film is an upcoming independent film from Director Michael-Ryan Fletchall. The film is an effort to create a new viewing experience for the horror fan by putting the audience in the mind of the killer. The film will be viewed through the eyes of a teenage boy. (This makes me wonder if the director will forego the awkward subject matter of nudity or sex and will we ever actually see the face of this teen in the film, maybe through a mirror or reflection, or will it be left in question through the whole film as to the teens appearance. These are just my random pointless thoughts). The crowd funding is still ongoing over at Indiegogo.

Two teenage girls are terrorized and slaughtered in the dark woods by a knife-wielding murderer. Russ Anderson, a disturbed and menacing teenage boy, awakes in a rage from his dream. Through his eyes, the audience experiences the horror of Possessed Soul. As they torment and abuse other students and teachers at their school, Russ leads his group of sinister and unstable friends into the perverse underworld of the occult. The group focuses their threats and intimidation on another outcast, Jake, stalking him mercilessly after school.

In their relentless pursuit to have their desires fulfilled through Satanic worship, Russ and his friends engage in a series of increasingly maniacal rituals through a haze of drugs and alcohol. The further they delve into the occult, the more their grip on reality is distorted, revealing the true horror among them and the manipulative demonic terror they have unleashed.

Two Clips For “Slasher House” Released

Slasher-House-610x862Check out these two clips for MJ Dixon’s “Slasher House”. The arthouse horror flick will see it’s DVD release in the UK on April 29th. I had the privilege of reviewing the film. You can read my review here or on IMDb. The film stars Eleanor James, Adam Williams, Andrew M Greenwood, Wellington Grosvenor, Alex Grimshaw, Nona Nightmare, Collette Von Tora, Melissa Coyne, Tara Faruque and Jonny Raw.

When Red, a young girl, awakens in a house, she has no idea how she has come to be there. Exploring her surroundings she soon realizes that she is not alone, in fact everyone else in the house is one of the worst serial killers in the world. Now it is a race against time as one by one the cells open and each killer is unleashed to stalk her through the inescapable corridors of the SLASHER HOUSE.

Bloody UK Poster For “Carrie”

Carrie-Poster-UK - CopyCheck out the blood soaked “Carrie” poster for the UK release of the reboot film. The 2013 version of “Carrie” which is closer to the retelling of the source material written by Stephen King is directed by Kimberley Peirce. The film stars Chloë Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore, Judy Greer and Kyle Mac.

Carrie White is a lonely and awkward teen who is constantly bullied at school by her peers, and beaten at home at the hands of her religious mother. But Carrie has a secret: She's been blessed with the terrifying power of telekinesis; and when her peers decide to pull a prank on her at prom, they'll soon learn a deadly lesson: If you play with fire, you get burned.



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