Tuesday, August 6, 2013

“Dead Inside” Gets U.S. Release Date

Dead Inside“The Evil Inside” under new name “Dead Inside” will get U.S. release date this year. The film will hit American DVD and VOD outlets on August 27th. The contemporary horror flick is directed by Pearry Reginald Teo, who directed “Necromentia”, and stars Lala Hensley, James Adam Lim, Matthew Mercer, Jennifer Zhang, Tara Strand, Rayne Bidder, Sage Howard.

Sarah, a mentally-disturbed teen, has a jarring premonition of her friends' impending deaths one night at a sleepover. As her house guests begin to turn murderously against each other, Sarah must determine whether her visions represent the preventable or the inevitable... or something entirely more sinister.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Matthew Spradlin To Direct “The Social Contract”

Matthew_Spradlin“Bad Kids Go To Hell” was a pretty stellar debut feature for Matthew Spradlin. The film dragged the 80’s flavor of “The Breakfast Club” screaming straight into 21st Century Hell. Which ironically is still high school! You can read my review of “Bad Kids Go To Hell” here. Find out more about Matthew Spradlin’s next feature project below titled “The Social Contract”.

Press Release:

Los Angeles, CA (August 6th, 2013) – Dallas director Matthew Spradlin (‘Bad Kids Go To Hell’) has signed on to US-Latino action thriller ‘The Social Contract’ written by award-winning writer Carlito Rodriguez (Flavor Unit Entertainments ‘The Tony Story’) and starring Dominican Republic actress Katherine Castro (pictured), set to start production at several locations across Los Angeles this month.

Produced by Integrated Arts & Media and co-starring Patricia Rae (‘The Big Wedding’), Hector Hank (‘The Iceman’) and Lex Zellner (‘The River’) with stunt coordinator and actor David C. Hernandez (‘Last Stand of the 300’), ‘The Social Contract’, is a fast paced action thriller following A Woman’s (Katherine Castro) dark and violent past until it hastily catches up to her forcing her to choose between her own salvation and keeping her family alive. Full of twists and turns by the films intertwined complex characters, ‘The Social Contract’ has been designed, by Rodriguez, to keep the audience alert and questioning, not just The Woman’s motives, but all others involved.

“We are thrilled to welcome such talented actors and filmmakers to The Social Contract.” said actress and producer Katherine Castro. “Carlito Rodriguez has written yet another outstanding screenplay with ‘Bad Kid’ Matthew Spadlin at the helm of directing. Our expectations for the project for both foreign and domestic distribution could not be higher.”

Other confirmed cast members include; David Portorreal (‘Prisoner 614’) and child actor Alexander James (‘Mansion of Blood’), the youngest cast member at six years old.

Filming for ‘The Social Contract’ begins mid-August at various Hollywood hot spot locations including interior shots at The Pink Motel in Sun Valley, famed for Hollywood heavy-hitting movies ‘Drive’ and “The Whole Ten Yards’. ‘The Social Contract’ is expected to world premiere at FUNGLOBE in the Dominican Republic ahead of its international film festival circuit and release in 2014.

My Review Of “Hide And Creep” 2004

hide-and-creep-dvd“Hide And Creep” is a zombie comedy from a southern-fried point of view on a very low budget. The film is directed by Chuck Hartsell and Chance Shirley, “Hide And Creep” actually forgets it is low budget horror and so did I. The story was pretty tight and well thought out and the humor was spot on throughout most of the film. This indie zomedy stars Chuck Hartsell, Michael Shelton, Kyle Holman, Chris Garrison to name a few in a story of the undead apocalypse with a Dixie beltway, twistedly funny, sense of humor. Residents of small Southern town Thorsby, AL contend with bloodthirsty zombies, a mysterious flying saucer, and bad television reception.

“Hide And Creep"starts off right out with a pretty eye opening first scene that makes you realize you are about to watch a funny f*cking zombie movie. I know it was a good flick because my boyfriend hates these funny zombie films and he watched it all the way through with a smile on his face! Yeah that is a big deal because the only time he will watch a horror is if it is serious and intense. I on the other hand like the whole box of colors in my horror kit. Anyway back to my review. There was a considerable and serious amount of attention paid to the story and getting it as tight as possible. It worked great. The humor was low brow, spoofy and smart. Even the actors recruited for this projected committed completely to their characters and a few took it over-the-top enough to stand out as super f*cking funny!

The special effects where really low budget-where talking back to Romero’s original zombie film with the painted, ghoulish faces and few amp’d up zombies at all. It doesn’t affect the quality of this film at all. The director owns this story and his budget completely and with the self-confidence of a Hollywood movie maker. You can when you have a good story that you believe in and the passion to do it justice. “Hide And Seek” is a true celebration of indie/low budget zombie movie making and as embraceable to the horror fan, zombie fan in particular, as “Night Of The Living Dead” and “Shaun Of The Dead”. I completely enjoyed this film from beginning to end.

Get Ready For “The Pick-Axe Murders III: The Final Chapter”

pickaxe murder IIIThe Pick-Axe Murders III” is a love-letter to the slasher films from the 80s, when boobs and blood flew with reckless abandon. Sounds hot – right! Well as stated on the Indiegogo page. Part three is the biggest and best boobie bloodbath of the trilogy so if the  guys are only gonna get one shot to make a film of this story then Part III is the film they are gonna make.  Personally I hope it is just the beginning because everything just seems right with this project. “Pick-Axe” comes from the minds of First Week of Winter Films’ Jeremy Sumrall. The campaign still has 9 days left so head over and see the perks – one of which is a big-ole uncensored version of the opening scene filled with the punch-line of the projects homage celebration.-(blood and boobs). The cast includes Tiffany Shepis, Jayson Champion, Kelly Byrns, Keefer Barlow, Lyndsey Case, Amy Rene LaFavers, Cory Ahre, Roxy Vandiver, Gage Tijerina, A. Michael Baldwin-to name a few.

In the summer of 1982, a group of campers was horribly slaughtered at Camp Arapaho in the sleepy little town of Woodland Hills. The 10 gruesome murders were blamed on Alex Black, a mysterious man believed to have been the son of Satan himself, whom the townspeople had hunted down and lynched nearly 20 years prior. A young woman named Adrienne was able to defeat Alex and put a stop to the killing spree.

One year later, a series of mysterious killings at the Meadow Falls Sanitarium (where Adrienne had spent the last year as a patient) was once again linked to the mysterious Alex Black. Twenty patients and staff members were horribly slaughtered in increasingly graphic and brutal ways. In the end, a young man named George Miner, along with Adrienne, was able to defeat Alex Black, sending him back to the foul hell from whence he came.

For five years, Alex Black has been silent, and the town of Woodland Hills has been peaceful. However, tonight is the night of the death moon, and someone has found a way to bring Alex Black back to life...
...and Alex will not stop until he paints the town blood red.

First Official Poster For ‘Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.’

The first official poster has dropped for the very first television series by Marvel. ‘Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ . The show premieres on Sept. 24th on ABC. The saga that began in The Avengers continues on TV in Marvel’s Agents of Shield on television.

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Pagan Festival Shout Out: Festival To Salus

SalusCoinSalus (Latin: salus, "safety", "salvation", "welfare") was a Roman goddess. She was the personification of security and well-being (welfare, health and prosperity) of both the individual and the state. She is sometimes equated with the Greek goddess Hygieia, though her functions differ considerably. Salus is one of the most ancient Roman Goddesses: she is also recorded once as Salus Semonia, a fact that might hint to her belonging to the category of the Semones, such as god Semo Sancus Dius Fidius. (Wiki)

She was held in great veneration among the ancients and an offering on a hilltop shrine to Saluswas believed to insure health and safety.  In fact, She was so much honored by the Romans, that several holy days were appointed in which they worshipped Her.   There was a gate at Rome that called Porta Salutaris  because it was near to the temple of Salus. The Augurium Salutis rite was formerly celebrated in the same place. It was a kind of divination  by which they begged leave of the gods that the people might pray for peace. Our English words salute, salutation, salutatory, andsalutatorian are all words that have been derived from Her name, suggesting a greeting that includes wishes for good health. (from Reclaiming The Dark Goddess)

Trailer Released For “Field Freak”

Field FreakA curious little indie horror “Field Freak” has peaked my interest with a trailer that has just been released. The film is directed by Stephen Folker, the story presents a new legend hidden in the woods. “Field Freak” stars Dave Juehring, Trena Penson, Glenn Harston, Thomas Ely Sage, Tristan Coppola in this modern horror/comedy.

The story revolves around a family that moves into an abandoned cabin in Beaver Pelt Falls, Idaho. Charles (Dave Juehring) a former best selling writer, is desperately trying to pen his next book and needs a place free of distractions. Little does he know, his entire family is being watched. Strange bumps in the night escalate into a nerve wrecking encounter with the creature by Charles's wife Linda (Trena Penson). The story takes a wacky turn when they hire a psychotic, pest-control guy (Thomas Ely Sage) and our led to believe Rabid Beavers are to blame. It's not until they visit a road-side Root Beer Distillery and meet a man named Ned Perkins (Glenn Harston), that they learn what the bumps in the night really are. According to Ned, they're all going to die!

“Red Clover” Gets Release Date

After Dark Original’s creature horror “Red Clover” has been issued a release date. The film, originally titled “Leprechaun’s Revenge”, is directed by Drew Daywalt and stars Billy Zane, William Devane, Kelly Washington, Courtney Halverson, Azure Parsons, Matty Ferraro and Kevin Mangold. The film first aired on SyFy last year and on October 22nd it will hit DVD shelves.

Sixty-six years ago, the town of Irish Channel in Louisiana was the site of a horrible massacre on St. Patrick's Day. Some blame a terrible storm that blew through the town, but those that were there don't speak of the truth. Due to petty superstitions, St. Patrick's Day festivities were banned for the last 66 years, but now, the new Mayor wants to tempt fate and celebrate.

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Trailer Released For “Naked Zombie Girl”

Naked-Zombie-Girl-PosterCheck out the trailer for “Naked Zombie Girl”. The short film is a grindhouse zombie flick from Hectic Films that is obviously some lost awesome film reel from a later date. It just looks too fucking cool to be a modern reproduction/ homage film. I mean besides a really prominent, commanding title the trailer hints at a film that actually pulls off some killer atmosphere and stylization (is that a word? Bushism?) of 70’s grindhouse. Well yeah I know it is a modern film and Ricky Bird obviously is a talent to be recognized because I am a gay man and I cannot wait to see this film with one very self confident lead actress kicking some zombie ass.

“Naked Zombie Girl” stars Meghan Chadeayne, Joshua Kieth Mathews, and Ali Doughtery. Currently the film is still in production and nearing completion. There is a crowd funding campaign going on over at Indiegogo to see this project to that finish line. So head over and check out all the rewards then move on to the Facebook page and show the film some horror and zombie love.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

My Review Of “Filth To Ashes Flesh To Dust”

filthtoashes“Filth To Ashes Flesh To Dust” is a serial killer/slasher flick directed by Paul Morrell. It stars Anton Troy, Meredith Laine, Allison Ochmanek, Armont Casale, Teodorico Paul Sajor, Linda Bella, Nicholas Leinbach and plays on elements of urban legend, culture clash racism and social conflicts within society-all wrapped up in a nice indie slice of slasher driven horror. The killer takes on the prey unrestrained by emotion, unmasked and with vicious brutality. He is faceless and yet he is many faces lurking in our reality which makes this fictional story that more intimidating, chilling and very entertaining.

The story? Purge: To put to death, eliminate what is undesirable. The serial killer known as Purge lived and died by this code. But is he dead? Driving home from a road trip, ERIC and SHELLY take a back road to avoid a traffic jam. They encounter the serial killer Purge. Eric survives but Shelly is murdered. A year later, a group of adventure-seeking high school grads venture to purge's lair. Among them is Eric's brother JUAN. Eric sets out to save his brother, and get revenge on Purge. For the six teens, their imperfections will be the deciding factor if Purge shows them mercy.

“Filth To Ashes” is one of those modern mythos that comes along that manages to create a pretty cool, new, horror legend. The story plays on actual social issues without over thinking the power points or falling apart completely during execution of the plot. It creates an emotional and heartfelt atmosphere that allowed me to connect with the characters –save one- I really didn’t get “kick ass-cracked head girl”. I got her story and why she was f*cked up, I just didn’t get the portrayal of her that way right up till the end. I would have bought her obsession with Purge more if she would have been a bit sober and more realistic. Aside from that aspect the rest was acceptable enough to be convincing personalities in the film.

Now the real thrills. The special effects and action/kill scenes in “Filth To Ashes” hold there own to any contemporary indie horror and had enough chilling intensity to make me feel sad about the character’s dead while being thrilled to see the carnage unfold. I am a conflicted horror fan- I want to fear for my characters on screen and yet I want to be thrilled by their death at the same time. The killer in this film is one I would either run from screaming or sh*t myself and die instantly-he was brutal, intense and almost unstoppable. (Sequel news pending). This was a real good horror flick that I thoroughly enjoyed and would recommend for any horror fan who likes a slasher flick with just enough story to get us through the kill scenes without falling apart. I compare it to “Laid To Rest” but without a mask.

New Poster For Young Adult Sci-fi “(Skip) Ender’s Game”

The article associated with this post has been removed. Recently I found out that Orson Scott Card is against gay rights and marriage equality. Me being very gay and obviously sharing a different believe I can't see promoting anything that would give this out-dated, bigoted piece of shit support. 

Click on the image card below to be redirected to the Skip Ender's Game Campaign and learn more...

Check Out The Teaser Trailer For “TORN: a SHOCK YOUmentary”

tornTORN: a SHOCK YOUmentary” is a found footage/mockumentary style horror film from Justin Carter & Jonathan Purdue. The film is directed by Justin Carter and stars Simon Burbage, Kit Cox, Danny D'Anzieri, David Elliot & Lewis Saunderson. Check out the teaser trailer for “TORN: a SHOCK YOUmentary” below. Then head over to the project’s Facebook page to keep up with the deets.

If you go down to the woods today.... Has a supernatural evil come to terrorise the rural Devon village of Orchardlea? Or is the escalating body count and sense of impending doom actually the self fulfilling prophecy of two hoaxsters accused of a brutal murder?This SHOCK YOUmentary tells the story of a group of friends and siblings who join forces to protect the population of Orchardlea from a terrifying beast. TORN is a genuine, powerful and intelligent thriller from award winning filmmaker Justin Carter that is every bit as thoughtful as it is creepy.

A group of friends join forces to protect the village of Orchardlea in Devon from a terrifying beast.

New Poster For “Thor: The Dark World”

A new poster has been released for “Thor: The Dark World”. The film hits theatres on November 8th 2013 and is directed by Alan Taylor. It stars Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, Zachary Levi and Ray Stevenson.

When Jane Foster is targeted by the denizens of the dark world of Svartalfheim, Thor sets out on a quest to protect her at all costs.


Release Date Set For “Wither”

witherSonny Laguna’s “Wither” has been issued a release date. The evil dead inspired horror flick will hit DVD on August 20th 2013. The film comes from Sweden and really plays on the same occult lore that sparked the definitive evil dead horror as a subgenre- Sam Raimi’s “Evil Dead”. “Wither” stars Patrik Almkvist, Lisa Henni, Patrick Saxe and Johannes Brost. The horror film will be released thanks to Artsploitation Films and is one I am eager to check out.

This Swedish homage to Sam Raimi’s original Evil Dead (1982) is a bloody, scary tale of demonic possession. A group of naive young people find their carefree weekend in an isolated country house unhinged when one of them accidentally unleashes a mysterious and murderous creature trapped in the basement. As the demon begins to attack the couples, the blood-dredged body count mounts and with it, more creatures out for a taste of human flesh, freshly killed. The dazed young men and women soon mount their own desperate counter-attack, an attack that includes decapitations, dismemberment, spurting blood, flailing axes and the kind of gore one does associate with Swedish cinema!

My Review “Slaughtered” 2010

slaughtered“Slaughtered” is an Australian slasher directed by Kate Glover and stars ChloĆ© Boreham, Erica Baron, Marc Kay, James Kerley and Steven O'Donnell. The story follows the employees and patrons at a pub who are faced with brutal slayings at the hands of a homicidal maniac. One by one employees and alkies alike get sliced, dismembered and drained by a unstoppable masked slasher in a pretty standand ‘set-em-up-knock-em-down’ story.

As far as the story goes for “Slaughtered” I am still not sure what the true motivation for the massacre is. There are mumblings and blurbs that elude to some sketchy past with the bar but nothing ever comes forward definitively. That doesn’t really hinder the over all story arch from one aspect to the other more gruesome fright-fest moments in the film but it would have been nice to be let in on the plot a bit more. The acting was decent, melodramatic and at times created a very stoic atmosphere as far as connecting with the characters. A lot of horror fans would find that bothersome but it just allowed me to enjoy a film that was all about the death scenes and blood splatter. A true visceral slasher that is both contemporary and classic.

The effects of the film where credible, however limited. There wasn’t a major celebration of grue in the film but there was enough to entertain the slasher fan. The slasher character was commanding on screen and very creepy to watch. An emotionless form of blood-lust and rage. He had no remorse in his killing frenzy and was very reminiscent of such film slashers as "Ben Willis” as well as hints of the  “ Babyface Killer” . His kills were not all that creative preferring to just slice or gore his victims but there was a couple of creative death scenes in the film. A lot the stuff may not have been plausible but it is slasher fiction so does it really need to be?!

Over all “Slaughtered” was an entertaining slasher flick from down under with a good amount of blood flow. The story was simple and will not appeal to viewers seeking depth or stronger meaning in their horror stories. As I said I still have no real clue why the killer killed other than the fact that the killer liked to kill. The sound track and the effects are worthy aspects to the film and all though the characters lack luster or strong emotional connectivity they still emote enough to hold what little story there is together. I liked “Slaughter” and it is a cool, simple slasher film that will work great during the Halloween slasher flick rich season of horror entertainment.

Three New TV Spots For “Riddick”

riddickCheck out the three latest tv spots for “Riddick”. The film is due out on September 6th. Betrayed by his own kind and left for dead on a desolate planet, Riddick fights for survival against alien predators and becomes more powerful and dangerous than ever before. Soon bounty hunters from throughout the galaxy descend on Riddick only to find themselves pawns in his greater scheme for revenge. With his enemies right where he wants them, Riddick unleashes a vicious attack of vengeance before returning to his home planet of Furya to save it from destruction.



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