Saturday, December 28, 2013

“Amityville” Gets 2015 Release Date

The new installment of the Amityville horrors saga has a release date set for January 2nd 2015. “Amityville” was put on hold back when it was titled “The Lost Tapes” but later it was announced that the project was still going strong with Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Production teaming up with Dimension Films. Blum spoke to 12 Days of Killmas co-host, William Bibbiani (part of the ShockTillYouDrop Team) at CraveOnline, about the “Amityville” project and declared : "We’re going to make that movie and it’s very cool. But I don’t quite know yet when."

It will be curious to see if they stuck with the original storyline first reported way back when. Or have they evolved the story way beyond the original concept. Either way anything that has Amityville tagged to it gets me excited so I can’t wait to see this film.

Original synopsis: "Amityville" showcases the events after the time of the original "The Amityville Horror" book and movie through found footage dating back to 1976. An ambitious female television news intern, on the verge of breaking the most famous haunted house case in the world, leads a team of journalists, clergymen and paranormal researchers into an investigation of the bizarre events that will come to be known as The Amityville Horror... only to unwittingly open a door to the unreal that she may never be able to close.

Walmart DVD Cover For “House Of Bad” Revealed As The Retail Giant Orders Big

As word comes out of Amazon finally restocking those sold out copies of “House Of Bad” a new Walmart DVD cover is revealed showing much tamer artwork. Check it out below.

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After selling out at on its first day, the online retailer has stocked up on House of Bad, the runaway independent horror hit from Jim Towns.

Osiris Entertainment expect the title to do amazingly well over the post-Christmas shopping holiday. On December 3, the day of the film's release, the film - which has won numerous awards and snared many favorable reviews - completely sold out on Amazon. On the back of the staggering success of the horror film on Amazon, Walmart stores have ordered an amazing 10,000 units of the film.

House of Bad, released on DVD in early December, and starring Heather L.Tyler, Cheryl Sands and Sadie Katz, has been one of 2013's most acclaimed independent horror films.

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Friday, December 27, 2013

Two Wicked Clips Teases The Horror Of Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones”

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Check out the two new chilling clips for “Paranormal Activity: The Marked ones” (damn that is a lot to say!) “The Marked Ones” posses theatres on January 3rd and stars star Andrew Jacobs, Richard Cabral, Carlos Pratts and Molly Ephraim. The film brings a darker element of sinister intent to the “Paranormal Activity” tenet hoping to up the fright level.

“The Marked Ones” takes place in a Hispanic community in Southern California, where a group of teenagers must deal with a demonic spirit that is becoming increasingly violent. The paranormal nightmare tale is directed by Christopher Landon.

Gruesome Images From “Deliver Us From Evil”

“Deliver Us From Evil” is a new psychological thriller directed by Scott Derrickson which stars Eric Bana, Edgar Ramirez, Olivia Munn, Sean Harris, Joel McHale, Dorian Missick, and Chris Coy. The film is due out July, 2nd 2014 and follows New York police officer Ralph Sarchie, while struggling with his own demons, begins investigating a series of disturbing and inexplicable crimes. He joins forces with an unconventional priest (Edgar Ramirez), schooled in the rituals of exorcism, to combat the frightening and demonic possessions that are terrorizing their city. Based upon the book, which details Sarchie’s bone-chilling real-life cases. Check out the images that give us our first look into this dark thriller.

I love the whole scarification that reminds me of Clive Barker’s “Book Of Blood”. The film may be pretty tight. Bana is a strong actor that is captivating enough and the twisted mind of serial killers is always a “like” quality in any thriller for me. Can’t wait to see the trailer and find out more about “Deliver Us From Evil” in 2014!

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Thursday, December 26, 2013

“Bunny The Killer Thing” To Become Feature Film

Thanks to Horror Society for this bit of awesome indie news:

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The Finnish horror short film “Bunny The Killer Thing” has announced a feature film adaptation in the works. The film is the twisted vision of Joonas Makkonen who co-wrote the story with Miika J. Norvanto. “Bunny The Killer Thing” is set to star Enni Ojutkangas, Veera W. Vilo, Orwi Imanuel Ameh, Jari Manninen, Marcus Massey, Roope Olenius, Vincent Tsang, Olli Saarenpää, Matti Kiviniemi, Katja Jaskari, Hiski Hämäläinen, Gareth Lawrence, Raimo Hytti according to the Facebook page information. Read the announcement that Joonas Makkonen.

“Bunny The Killer Thing” a group of Finnish and British holiday makers who become stuck in a cabin, in the dark winter woods of Finland where they are terrorized by a creature which is half human, half rabbit. The creature is Bunny the Killer Thing, who is after anything that resembles the female genitals.

A group of seven Finnish young adults are heading to have a fun weekend at a cabin in the dark woods of Finland. By chance, three foreign men end up to the same cabin. The men seem to be hiding a secret. The party weekend at cabin becomes a game for life and death, when suddenly a weird creature attacks from forest to terrorize the people! The creature is a half man, half rabbit, and it is after anything that resembles the female genitals. The creature is Bunny the Killer Thing!

‘Bunny the Killer Thing’ is a hilarious full length comedy-horror, made in the genres of splatter and camp films. The film makes fun of ‘cabin in the woods’ -type films. The film’s creature design is made to honor the 80’s “Man in a monster suit” -films. The film will be made with international cast, for the international audience! The film’s main language is English.

Bunny the Killer Thing already has the Finnish cinema and DVD distribution, but our main goal is to have an international distribution. All the cents count when we are making this to happen! Look at the perks and see what we can offer for you, for your great help.

We will need 9900 USD to make this film happen. And this money is used for the filming. We are making this film as a voluntary work, so any of the cast or the crew won’t get any payment for making the film. All the money is used for the expenses of traveling, props, accommodation, catering, special effects, equipments’ rents, etc.We have great perks for you! There is actually a hilarious Bunny product family, and most of them are products which are quite hard to find outside Finland in other ways than from this IndieGoGo campaign! We offer you the chance to see the film before anyone else.

If we don’t reach our entire goal, all the money are still used for the filming. BUT, then there will be less blood and tits, and a great fear to have starving cast & crew. In all cases, you will be a GREAT help to make Bunny happen! Because, after all, it is after YOUR p*ssy, not ours.
Bunny the Killer Thing has been already promoted in Cannes 2013, where it got a good interest. Bunny is very old school horror-comedy made with spirit of splatter and camp films. This is an honest entertainment, yet a very unique crazy horror-comedy. You will love Bunny, or you will hate Bunny. But we won’t DISAPPOINT the people who love Bunny and old school horror-comedies.

Teaser Trailer Released For “I Am Alone”

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Check out the teaser trailer for indie thriller “I Am Alone”. The film comes from Abstract Forces and is the studios first feature film. “I Am Alone” is directed by Robert A. Palmer who co-wrote the screenplay with Michael A. Weiss. The film stars Gareth David-Lloyd, Gunner Wright, Rory Zacher, and John Best.

Jacob Fitts television host and survivalist, with his crew Producer Adam Levine & Cameraman Mason Riley set out to shoot another episode of their popular survival show, I Am Alone. Episode 113 takes us deep into the Colorado Rockies where Jacob will be left alone for 7 days while his team sets off into town to capture footage and shoot interviews. Within hours a viral outbreak spreads rapidly across the globe. Unaware of this outbreak, Jacob, isolated continues shooting his Television show. As day one comes to a close Jacob is attacked and bitten by an infected person.

As the virus spreads through the town Mason and Adam have to fight the infected to save their own lives. With the CDC monitoring the outbreak they pick up Mason and all his footage and bring him back to base for questioning. Reviewing Mason's footage the CDC tries to piece together why the virus has taken longer to transform Jacob. The CDC forces Mason to relive the events of the previous days through his footage to learn more about the virus and Jacobs survival.

As the global death rate rises time is running out, to find a cure.

First Trailer For Faux Pas’ “Incorporeal”

IncorporealThe first trailer for Faux Pas Films’ new horror thriller “Incorporeal” has been released. “Incorporeal” is written and directed by Michael Wade Johnson and follows the nightmare results of a movie director and his leading actresses fate during a location scouting trip. The film stars Heather Dorff, Dylan Cinti and Mardell Elmer. A release date has not been set for “Incorporeal” yet but the trailer offers up a pretty chilling story with a real attempt at low-budget, home-made horror seriousness. I can’t wait to see this one. The story and visual effects combine to tease a creepy cool horror concept here!

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

My Review Of Bedlam Stories

BedlamStoriesBefore Bedlam Stories brings it’s twisted mash-up of Fairtyale Horror to the big screen check out the whole dark nightmare in Bedlam Stories novel form. The story is the dreamscape of Pearry Teo and written by Christine Converse. The story is a enveloping mash-up horror show that brings together two iconic fantasy lands, Wonderland and Oz. Teo has taken everything we know of the two beloved characters of Alice and Dorothy and twisted their worlds into very dark, nightmarish visions.  Bedlam Stories is set in inside a decaying asylum where the staff have sinister motives that are meant to corrupt and pervert both Alice’s and Dorothy’s unique gifts and connection to their mystical wonderlands.

Without giving too  much of the story away, Bedlam Stories creates a world that challenges the classic concept of Alice. She is a dark, disturbed child of horror with no remorse or compassion. Her fairytale companions are nothing more than demonic messengers of revenge that will be pitted against the companions of Dorothy. The story is told through the point of view of a new character that Teo has introduced into this dichotomy of worlds that clash within the rusted and ruined walls of Bedlam asylum. The tale is complex, filled with chilling descriptions of macabre situations.

Bedlam stories is only the first chapter in this insane horror tale so most of the book is a story builder to more terrifying, intense drama to come. The visual descriptions of the characters situational climaxes for the most part are meant to set up the coming vision of the film that Teo plans for Bedlam Stories. Christine Converse’s writing brings to life the visions of Bedlam Stories in disturbing realistic intensity. They are deliciously dark tastes of the demented world that sees an evil Alice by forced design rail against all that she comes in contact with, facing a formidable foe in a epic clash of will and unrestrained emotional determination that will pit personal demons against personal demons. It is all very deep and thrilling, with enough complexity to keep you on edge as Bedlam Stories phantasmagoric tale unfolds.

For the most part Bedlam Stories is a creative, unique dark vision that offers a new reality for Alice and Dorothy that goes far beyond what the two characters ever endured in their respective adventures that we all grew up on. It is as if American Horror Story and Once Upon A Time melded into the abyss then spat back a malformed mutant creation that  writhes in the suffrage of nightmares. Some moments in the novel seem a bit expected and anticipated but for most of the story everything unfolds in spectacularly suspenseful originality. Bedlam Stories is a nice, dark read that fans of horror and both Wonderland and Oz should enjoy. A definite good read.

Theatrical Engagements In New York And Los Angeles Set For “Return To Nuke ‘Em High Vol. 1”

Anchor Bay Films and Troma Entertainment proudly announce that RETURN TO NUKE EM HIGH, VOL.1, the film that marks the return of Lloyd Kaufman to the directors chair and kicks off Troma Entertainments 40th Anniversary celebration, will have exclusive theatrical engagements in New York and Los Angeles starting in January 2014 at the following venues:

January 10th Village East Cinemas, 189 2nd Ave, New York.

January 17th Laemmles NoHo 7 Theaters, 5240 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood

Q&As with Lloyd Kaufman and cast & crew will be take place at both NY and LA locations, with exact dates and times TBA.

return-to-nukem-highWith its inclusion in the NY Museum of Modern Arts The Contenders 2013 film series (Lloyd shares the same roster with such directorial luminaries as David Lynch, Sofia Coppola, the Coen Brothers and Woody Allen), and recently named Peoples Choice Award for Film of the Year at the Bizarre Atlantic City festival, RETURN TO NUKE EM HIGH, VOL. 1 is Lloyd Kaufmans latest Tromasterpiece. A hilarious, thoughtful sci-fi event film with themes ripped straight from today's headlines: the contamination and degradation of the world's food supply, rampant bullying and LGBTQ love triumphing over prejudice and violence. The film -- a revisiting of Troma's 1986 Class of Nuke 'Em High -- is in the same vein as other classics such as Class of 1984, Rock 'n' Roll High School and Carrie, but it's seen through the unique vision of Lloyd Kaufman and the Troma Team.

Welcome to Tromaville High School, where, unfortunately, the glee club has mutated into a vicious gang of Cretins. Chrissy and Lauren, two innocent lesbian lovers, must fight not only the Cretins, mutants and monsters, but also the evil Tromorganic Foodstuffs conglomerate. Can they and Kevin the Wonder Duck save Tromaville High School and the world?

Celebrate Tromas 40 years of creating some of the most revered and reviled films of all time!

Teaser Trailer For “Beacon Point”

BP-banner1Beacon Point” is a horror movie that follows a group of hikers lost in the Great Smoky Mountains. Days from any kind of help, the group encounters an ancient secret that threatens their survival. “Beacon Point” is directed by Eric Blue and stars Rachel Marie Lewis, Jon Briddell, Eric Goins, Jason Burkey and RJ Shearer. The film is currently in post-production. Check out the teaser trailer just released for the film.

Zoe has quit her job to hike the Appalachian Trail as a tribute to her deceased father. She joins a small group of inexperienced hikers for an adventure of a lifetime. The group is, Dan, an aging, overweight, Dotcom millionaire, Cheese, a 17 year old kid, and Brian his half brother he has just met. They are lead by, Drake, a hot headed trail master with a questionable past. The ten day trek through the Great Smokey Mountains promises to be exciting and the group is upbeat as they set out. Drake leads them away from the main trail, and the tourists, promising a grand adventure, and sights they'd never see on the main trail. Zoe is unsure about going off the trail into the wilderness, but begins to bond with Brian, who promises that Drake knows what he's doing.

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The adventure spins out of control when the group is terrorized at their campsite by an unseen force. At first, no one remembers the event, but a dark mood hangs over the group as they trek deeper into the back lands of the Great Smokies. Things grow even stranger after the group discovers an abandoned campsite, and Brian is inflicted by a crippling illness. As tensions rise, Drake and Zoe come to blows ever mindful that they are being watched, or worse, hunted. In a desperate effort to get help for the worsening Brian, Zoe, with Drake in toe, heads back to civilization. During their journey they discover an ancient stone totem in a clearing called Beacon Point. It is here where they discover the secret of Beacon Point and must fight for their lives.

Artwork For US DVD Release Of “Thanatomorphose”

The DVD cover art has been released for “Thanatomorphose” along with word of the film’s US release. “Thanatomorphose” will hit shelves January 21st 2014. The Canadian horror film is directed by Éric Falardeau and tells the disturbing visceral tale of a young woman who wakes up to find her flesh rotting. It stars Émile Beaudry, Eryka Cantieri, Roch-Denis Gagnon, Simon Laperrière and Karine Picard.

The word Thanatomorphose is an ancient Hellenic word to describe the moment an orgasm shows visible signs of decomposition due to death.

A Cronenbergian smorgasbord of rancid flesh and sexual gratification, THANATOMORPHOSE, by Canadian director Eric Falardeau,picks up where Nekromantic left off. Discovering several bruises on her body after a night of rough sex, a young woman is shocked as, rather than heal itself, her body begins rotting from the inside out. She faces a terrifying and gory descent into a living death, as her putrifying body begins to literally ‘fall off the bone’.

A strange and claustrophobic tale of sexuality, horror and bodily fluids, THANATAMORPHOSE will not only make you wince, but is strangely uplifting in its take on mortality. The title means the physical signs of a body’s decomposition, caused by death.


Teaser Trailer Released For “The Reckoning”

the reckoningCheck out the teaser trailer for “The Reckoning”. The film is due out in 2014 and stars Luke Hemsworth, Jonathan Lapaglia, Viva Bianca, and Hanna Mangan. “The Reckoning” is directed by John V. Soto who also wrote and produces the crime thriller.

After his partner is murdered, a detective must track down two teenage runaways whose video footage contains the identity of the killer.

Pagan Festival Shout Out: Brumalia Ends, & Dies Natalis Invicti Solis

saturnalia-1Brumalia is the ancient pagan festival that is a continuation of celebration and tribute to Saturn. It is a festival of the winter solstice. The day also honors Cronus and Ceres/Demeter, and Bacchus. The festival included night-time feasting, drinking, and merriment. During this time, prophetic indications were taken as prospects for the remainder of the winter. Greet each other with words of blessing at night, "Vives annos", "Live for years". The word bruma meant simply "shortest day," and referred to the Winter Solstice. Brumalia was generally held on December 25th, even though that was not technically the actual solstice.

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Sol Invictus ("Unconquered Sun") was the official sun god of the later Roman Empire and a patron of soldiers. The date of 25 December for Christmas was selected in order to correspond with the Roman festival of Dies Natalis Solis Invicti, or "Birthday of the Unconquered Sun". The Philocalian calendar of AD 354 gives a festival of "Natalis Invicti" on 25 December. There is limited evidence that this festival was celebrated before the mid-4th century.

The important thing with these holidays that correspond with today’s Christmas tradition is that the winter solstice is a time of revelry, remembrance and good will toward the coming year and the return of the sun. Today is a day to be merry, to show kindness toward one another, celebrate the winter and pay homage to the time when one season ends and to embrace with positive prospects for the beginning of a new wondrous year that will give rise to a new time of plenty, filled with spiritual growth and strength in the uncertain future.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Trailer Released For John Schneider’s “Smothered”

smotheredCheck out the trailer for John Schneider’s “Smothered”. The film stars horror icons Kane Hodder (Jason X, Hatchet), RA Milhailoff (Leatherface, Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3), Bill Moseley (Devil's Rejects, Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2), Don Shanks (Halloween5, Ride with the Devil), and Malcolm Danare (Christine, Ride with the Devil), as well as Brea Grant (Halloween 2), Amy Brassette (Ghost Shark, Ragin Cajun Redneck Gators), Shanna Forrestall (The Last Exorcism, Ragin Cajun Redneck Gators on Syfy, Southern Fried Homicide on ID) and Dane Rhodes (The Last Exorcism 2).

“Smothered” flips the classic horror set up were young sexed up girls are slaughtered by a masked madman by having some of the biggest horror slasher actors taken out by a bodacious vixen. The film will be completed and ready for release in 2014.

New Horror From SFX Master Sergio Stivaletti

Sergio Stivaletti is the mastermind behind the wicked effects in cult classics “Demons” and “Demons 2” will direct new horror film “Nightfall”.  In collaboration with Grayson Pictures, Stivaletti will begin production in 2014 and take place in Rome. The film will follow two friends as they uncover a vampire conspiracy to enslave the human race.

Commenting on the joint venture, Sergio said, “I am very excited about this project, and I hope to bring something new to the genre.”

Stivaletti is a director and special effects guru, who has spent 30 years collaborating with Italy’s finest directors. He demonstrated his vision behind the camera in his directorial debut “Wax Mask” – an innovative re-imagining of the “House Of Wax”. He is currently attached to several projects including “The Profane Exhibit” and “The Book”. Check out the promo poster for the collaborative project below.

Grayson Pictures is an independent film distribution and production company, formed in 2010 with the intention of acquiring and distributing the best in genre films from around the world, for release in the UK. “Nightfall” will broaden the scope for Grayson Pictures as it makes its move into production.


New Poster Released For Indie Horror “Fat Chance”

Check out the new poster for indie horror “Fat Chance”. The film is a campy throwback to the over-the-top, gross-out slashers of the '80's described as “The Biggest Loser” meets “Friday The 13th”. “Fat Chance” is directed by Daniel Emery Taylor, Jim O'Rear and is currently in post-production. It stars Daniel Emery Taylor, Jim O'Rear, G. Larry Butler, James Hampton, Scott Tepperman, and John Dugan. Emery and Taylor were the twisted minds behind the horror film “The Hospital”.

Ten obese men appear on a competitive reality show geared toward weight-loss. As the competition grows more intense the contestants realize they are losing more than just weight; they are losing competitors. Are the contestants dropping out voluntarily or is something more insidious going on? Will they survive? Fat chance. “Fat Chance will make have a premiere at the Movie Days celebration in Dortmund, Germany (March 21-23). U.S. screening are planned for sometime following the premiere. Stay tuned here or with the film on their Facebook Page to find out more.


New Poster For “Sorority Party Massacre” Released

A new poster has been issued promoting Anchor Bay’s DVD release of slasher-comedy “Sorority Party Massacre”.  The film is a cliché horror comedy that embraces that concept and drives it into the heart of the sisters of Sigma Phi Pi entertainingly. “Sorority Party Massacre” is directed by Justin Jones, Chris Freeman and stars Ed ORoss,Kevin Sorbo,Richard Moll, Leslie Eastbrook, Louis Mandylor, Tom Downey, Marissa Skell, Eve Mauro, Yvette Yates, Adrian Kirk, Alison Mei Lan, Rebecca Grant, Casey Fitzgerald. The film will be released on February 11th. 2014. You can read my review of the film here.

An isolated town full of sexy college girls has a dangerous secret: one girl has gone missing each year for the last 20 years. A big-city cop, in danger of losing his badge, agrees to aid the town’s sheriff in investigating these unsolved disappearances. Quickly they realize that they are dealing with a psychotic killer whose brilliance has been twisted into a taste for terror, torture and sorority sister torment. But when this party gets started, who will graduate – and who will be held back?

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Sunday, December 22, 2013

Pagan Festival Shout Out: Larentalia

laresDecember 23rd is the Larentalia. A festival to honor the home’s divinities, the Lares, a kind of domestic genii that was worshipped as protectors of one’s home, watching over the family. During this festival, offerings are made to the dead. A symbolic sacrifice is typically offered at the hearth or near the cooking stove (I place my offering on the kitchen counter next to the stove. Larentalia was part of a series of ancient Roman festivals and holidays celebrating the end of the old year and the start of the new.


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