Friday, February 28, 2014

Terence Daw’s 2009 Creature Feature ‘Surviving Evil’ Now Available In US

Surviving EvilTerence Daw’s 2009 Creature Feature ‘Surviving Evil’ is now available on DVD in the US. The creature feature became available on February 25th 2014. Check out the clip for “Surviving Evil” below for the international horror thriller starring Billy Zane, Louise Barnes, Christina Cole, and Natalie Mendoza.

A TV documentary crew arrive on a remote island in the Philippines to film a survival special. Their back-to-the-wild adventure proves to be more terrifying than they ever could have imagined.

Check Out New “Villains Of 300” Featurette

300A new featurette bringing light to the villains of the 300 has been released for upcoming “300: Rise Of An Empire”. The film hits theatres this March and is directed by Noam Murro. The featurette is mostly focused on the two major enemies of Themistokles, Xerxes and Artemisia.

“300: Rise Of An Empire” battles at the box office on March 7th, 2014 and stars Sullivan Stapleton, Rodrigo Santoro, Eva Green, Lena Headey, Jack O’Connell, David Wenham and Scott Burn. The story follows General Themistokles as he leads the charge against the invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes and Artemisia, vengeful commander of the Persian navy.

Extreme Film Auteur Andrey Iskanov Needs Help Finishing Epic “INGRESSION”

ingression posterIf you do a Google search on something like “Most Disturbing Films Ever” or “100 Most Brutal Films” or “List of Most Extreme Films” you will inevitably find a list that has the film “Philosophy of A Knife” (2008) as the Number One film. If not number one, it will surely be in the top 20. Russian director Andrey Iskanov made a four-hour epic true story of the Japanese atrocities committed against Chinese citizens in what were the equivalent of Japanese Concentration Camps. His film captured all of the brutality of this, and for this reason “POAK” is considered the most brutal, extreme, violent, and sick film ever made.

Other works of Iskanov include "Gvozdi" ("Nails" in English) (2003), "Visions of Suffering" (2006) and "The Profane Exhibit" (2013).

For the past 6 years, Andrey has been working on his latest epic film, “INGRESSION”. Several years ago he unleashed an unfinished version of the film to the world under the title “The Tourist”. Despite the fact that Andrey felt it was incomplete, the film played at many European Film Festivals and won awards. It is a brilliant, but incomplete film. Andrey first needs to upgrade the quality by remastering the film, and then he needs to film more scenes to make the film the complete and epic masterpiece it was meant to be.

ingression imageUnfortunately, Andrey Iskanov is such an uncompromising film-maker that he has difficulty getting financial backing, and currently does not have the funds to finish shooting his masterpiece.

That is why Andrey Iskanov is asking for your help.

This epic masterpiece is going to be the film event of the year and possibly of the century. It is of extreme importance to supporters of underground art and extreme transgressive and surreal film that this film be made right, and that can only happen through your donation, or simply by spreading the word, posting this link on Facebook and twitter, even emailing it to friends. For the sake of art we must stand behind this project and make it happen.

As of last week, February 20, 2014, Andrey’s INDIEGOGO campaign has gone LIVE! You can head there right now to contribute. He is not asking for $100,000. Or $50,000. Or even half of that. Andrey simply needs $15,000 to finish the film. He needs to pay the dedicated actors in his films who are forced to undergo extreme and unpleasant experiences. He needs to pay for the film and the processing of the film. Very simple things. The film is already so close to complete.

Crowd Funding Has Kicked Off For Horror Short “CHAIN”

chainThe guys behind psychological horror short film “CHAIN” have kicked off their crowd funding for the project over on Indiegogo. The film follows a man who winds his way home through a series of corridors. With each step, his familiar surroundings begin to twist and morph; from something cold and unwelcoming into a dangerous and life threatening labyrinth of fear. As the corridors close in around him, the man desperately struggles to get to the safety of his apartment. Nothing, however, is more disturbing than what waits for him beyond the door.

Director Christopher Reith made this statement about the project, “What I want to create with CHAIN is a film set within its own hostile microcosm…The narrative is very tightly woven but allows and encourages the audience to form their own interpretations.”

My Review Of “America’s Alien Invasion: The Lost UFO Encounters” Documentary

america's alien invasion“America’s Alien Invasion: The Lost UFO Encounters” is a 2012 documentary that is a bit misleading based on the title. Yes it touches on the UFO encounters since the 1800’s in America, briefly but it never really exposes or gives us these “lost” encounters that the title taunts. It basically makes a power-point inspired presentation of someone’s added “two cents” about the UFO phenomenon in America. It really comes of more as some sort of essay or thesis based on the information already known, revealed and discussed to the level that it would only be new to someone who hasn’t hit puberty yet and still plays with toy dinos or cars, or maybe someone who has had their head in the sand for the last untold number of years. This stuff wasn’t new to me, nor I imagine would it be new to anyone with cable and a vague interest in alien or UFO information.

“America’s Alien Invasion” does offer some very nicely done illustration and art concept material instead of the more known representations of the material available that is commonly used with the events mentioned, it does offer a complete thesis of what is possibly taking place with this unexplained phenomenon, and is very specific to the situation with American alien encounters. What this documentary does not do is what the title suggests. It doesn’t focus specifically on an invasion plan directly, it doesn’t give us any “lost” files or incidents and it doesn’t seem to be a legitimate attempt to add to the cultural discussion beyond a desire to maybe cash in on the topic by taking advantage of UFO enthusiasts’ impulse to discover something new. A person would be better off tuning into the “Ancient Alien” series or purchasing the myriad other documentaries that actually do offer exploratory material in a hope to expose or shed light on the subject of aliens and UFOs. This is just a very wordy, lecture about a single belief from a vaguely informed point of view. Save your coins.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Check Out The New Poster Released For “Open Windows”

openwindowsCheck out the new poster for upcoming horror “Open Windows” which premiere’s at this year’s SXSW Festival March 10th, 2014. The film is directed by Nacho Vigalondo and stars Elijah Wood, Sasha Grey and Neil Maskell. Also check out the “Open Windows” trailer below if you haven’t already seen it.

Jill, the most exciting actress of the moment, refuses to have dinner with Nick, a fan who won a date with her in an Internet contest organized by the distributor of her latest film. In return, a guy named Chord, posing as Jill's campaign manager, help Nick to follow in the footsteps of the actress from his own computer. Nick starts a game in which he realizes that is only a puppet into the manic plans devised by Chord, to hunt down the star.


Not All Pregnancy Fears Revolve Around The AntiChrist...

...Unless of course fucking the AntiChrist may cause extreme emotional chaos that makes you think you are having spider-monster offspring... Ah but back to the real story about this cool new indie project.

UteroHow about a good pregnancy horror that doesn’t revolve around the coming AntiChrist, yeah it is possible as evident with upcoming nightmare flick “Utero”. The film is currently in production for Bryan Coyne’s Independent company Coinopflix. Coyne is writter and director of this horror film starring Jessica Cameron and Peter Stickles.

“Utero” follows an agoraphobic, unwed mother who finds her psyche unraveling as she becomes convinced that her unborn child is more monster than human. Filming began this week in Los Angeles for the film that Coyne is quoted as being the film that he has been dreaming of of making for some time.

“It is a bare, raw, disgusting but ultimately touching story that I can’t wait to tell. I'm honored and humbled to be making this film with my demonic partners in crime, producer Rich Marincic and new partners of Truth or Dare fame Jessica Cameron and Jonathan Higgins. I couldn't be more amped bringing this evil baby to term.” Says Bryan Coyne of the project.

Coyne has directed the baseball documentary Harvard Park (which is available now on Netflix), as well as the hotly anticipated horror movie Incarnate that will make its theatrical debut in the fall.

Jessica Cameron stated, “Utero is the most cerebral script I have ever read and I cannot wait to bring it to life! It is such an intense case study on these endlessly fascinating characters. Horror fans are going to love it!”

Also check out the creepy dark behind the scene shot posted to the film’s Facebook page today along with the first poster promoting the very interesting project that is a refreshing change from in utero nightmares about Man’s sin or zemon babies. This is one to definitely check out and is on my must watch list for upcoming horror.


Check Out This Teaser Clip For Creature Feature “The Expedition”

The-Expedition-Poster-Check out this teaser clip offering up a first look at creature feature “The Expedition”. The film is directed by  Adam Spinks and stars Ben Loyd Holmes, Sarah Mac, Neil Newbon, Daniel Caren, Rebecca Kiser, Ernesto Cantu, Ross O’Hennessy, Simon Burbage, Dolores Reynals. Nature has evolved bitches!!!!

The trip of a lifetime.... an adventure to die for....

Deep in the Amazon jungle a research team lead by a respected Professor embark on an expedition to protect vulnerable and endangered species. After a series of strange events their superstitious guides abandon them and the team choose to remain deep in the jungle, dedicated to the project… but as night falls in the camp they begin to realize that all is not as it seems, and that they are in the hunting ground of a predator…. one they never could have expected.

First Look At Horror Trilogy “Phantasmagoria”

PhantasmagoriaInternational horror trilogy “Phantasmagoria” has released a few images and a teaser poster offering a first look at the upcoming film. The project brings together directors Domiziano Cristopharo, Mickael Abbate, Tiziano Martella from Italy and France. “Phantasmagoria” stars Alberto Cattaneo, Maya Dolan, Sophie Pâris, Cristina Puccinelli and Venantino Venantini.

“Phantasmagoria” is a tribute to William Castle's cinema, but also introduces original visions of fear in three gripping films that encompass the breadth of the genre. Written by Mickael Abbate, Davide Chiara (Nero Infinito), Raffaele Picchio (Morituris), Lorenzo Paviano, Riccardo De Flaviis, co-produced by Extreme Video SNC (Morning Star, Zombie Massacre 2) and produced by M International Films.  Currently in post-production “Phantasmagoria” is due out this Fall.




Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Release Date Has Been Set For “Mischief Night”

The release date for “Mischief Night” on DVD/VOD has been set for May 20th. The film is directed by Travis Baker and stars Brooke Anne Smith, Marc Valera, Nikki Limo, Matt Angel and the awesome legend that is Malcolm McDowell. Check out the DVD cover art.

On the night before Halloween, young Kaylie is at work babysitting when she’s warned by a local night watchman not to answer the door because nothing good can happen on Mischief Night. Soon Kaylie realizes someone is stalking her, but on the night before Halloween, nothing is as it seems. They say, “Danger is on the other side of the door.” But they never said which side of the door you’re on.

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Check Out The Teaser Trailer For Horror Anthology “Solitude”

Solitude-PosterA teaser trailer has been released for indie horror anthology “Solitude”. Directed by Taylor Scott Olson, Livingston Oden and starring Armin Habibovich, Victoria LaChelle, Brent Latchaw, Alex Cotant, Glen Stone, Kelly Lavasseur, Amy Correll, Nicole Kruex Solitude will take place over a span of 75 years on a mysterious riverfront piece of land where an ancient evil dwells. The story will be told in six segments, each of them taking place in a different time period and each of them made to look like horror films of when they take place. Check out the teaser below.

In 2014, James Erikson finds an old storage locker filled with journals and newspapers of his family's history. As he researches it, he finds out about the evil that his family has tried to contain for several generations.

This leads into the other segments of the film starting with 1935 all the way to 1999. 1939 - Frank Erikson is a scientist doing research in North Dakota when a mysterious monster attacks his research team. This will be reminiscent of classic monster movies of the time period, such as "The Mummy" or "Frankenstein". 1961 - Frank Erikson returns to the Solitude River to try to destroy the monster once and for all. This segment is influenced by Alfred Hitchcock's films, as well as other B-movie's of the 50's and 60's. 1977-Donald Erikson, Frank's son, is a real estate broker and is planning on building river homes in Solitude, but does not realize what the land holds. It is in the style of supernatural horror films of the 70's, such as "The Omen" or "The Exorcist". 1986 - And here's the slasher! A group of college friends are planning on spending a weekend camping and partying near the Solitude River, not knowing of the evils that dwell there. This segment takes influence from classic 80's slashers such as the "Friday the 13th" or "Nightmare on Elm Street" series. 1999 - The last segment before present day is going to be found footage, similar to "The Blair Witch Project". It follows a group of film students who heard the rumors of the deaths near Solitude and are shooting a documentary about them.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

New Trailer Released For Indie Horror “The Lashman”

the lashmanA brand new trailer has been released for indie horror “The Lashman”. I am happy to promote and embrace this project considering it is a fellow Kentuckian helming the project. Cameron McCasland is in post production with “The Lashman” and gearing up for a festival run.

The film stars Todd Bush, David Chattam, Stacey Dixon, Tim Emery, Terry Gragg, Jeremy Jones, Bob King, Shawn C. Phillips, Larry Underwood, David Vaughn, Lee Vervoort, Kaylee Williams, Alea Jordan, and Joe Downing. Also the poster is pretty cool too! I love the purple with the black silhouettes.

“The Lashman” is a tale of Terror. Five friends set out for a weekend camping excursion. They soon realize that their campfire tales have turned into their worst nightmares.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Crowd Funding Started For “Sugar Skull Girls”

sugar skull girlsThe crowd funding campaign has been launched for Potent Media’s “Sugar Skull Girls”. A few weeks back the first images for the upcoming family fun, fright flick and concept for the franchise were released. Check that story here. Now jump over to Indiegogo and find out how you can be apart of the film’s creation. You can even get your own voodoo doll like the one featured in the teaser below.

The Sugar Skull Girls are a result of a resurrection gone wrong. When Demetrius (John Amplas,Martin, Day of the Dead) hires a witch (Leslie Easterbrook, The Devil's Rejects, Police Academy) to resurrect his dead grand-daughter the spell accidentally conjures three neo-gothic sisters from a supernatural world called "The Shadow". When the Queen of the Shadow, The Pale Witch (Carmela Hayslett) realizes the girls have vanished from her tyranny she sends her pumpkin soldiers and other creatures out to collect them. The film also stars Michael Berryman (Hills Have Eyes) and Addy Miller (The Walking Dead) as the Alpha sister, forever 14 year old vampire-- Luna.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

My Review Of “Psychophony: An Experiment In Evil”

psychophony“Psychophony: An Experiment In Evil” is a paranormal thriller from Spanish director Xavier Berraondo that follows a theory that aspects of schizophrenia under the label of psychophony (auditory hallucinations) has a very tangible paranormal component for some patients. The film stars Ferran Albiol, Raul Alvarez, Dafnis Balduz, Ferran Carvajal, Leyla Fernandez, Merce Montala, and Miriam Planas Claudia Pons, not that many of us here in America would recognize the actors I just like to give them props. This film was released in 2012 and has some pretty great reviews so it was relaxing to sit down to review this foreign flick myself.

The story deals with Dr. Helen Jara, who in the mid 2000’s carried out a series of psychological experiments on a group of patients with schizophrenia. Dr. Jara, attempting to prove that these patients' hallucinations were of paranormal origin, creates unsanctioned experiments that result in her death along with Parapsychologist Matias Kram, and his assistant. The authorities discover EVP’s and other evidence of paranormal activity.  The youngest patient has the most directed paranormal interaction being attacked by the entity. The movie is actually a reenactment of the experiment and events that happened with “real video” and “real EVP” clips patchworked into the story.

For me, “Psychophony” is proof the Euro horror can be boobless, assless, and goreless and still be entertaining. The film offers a mixture of “found footage” elements wrapped in a perfect chilling surreal melodrama. The acting and directing in this film is pretty tight with very few moments of “down time”, where dramatic hook is concerned. The character study combined with the almost stoic personalities of the characters creates a nerving atmosphere. There is no emotion until emotion is needed in the approach to this film so when the drama does unfold it becomes heightened and tense. The paranormal aspect to the story is as chilling as it gets plus the whole “is it for real or just media ploy” aspect to the stories foundation (the experiments themselves) adds a discomforting component that kept me on guard. Normally you would expect this to hinder the entertainment value but Berraodo weaves in portions of the “real” stuff so seamlessly and effortlessly that it just adds an extra creep factor to the film’s context.

The special effects are kind of on the cheaper side (think Syfy channel) but they are done with complete respect to effect to the overall film. There is no gore or nudity so this would easily be a full family sort of scare film. If your family doesn’t mind subtitles. All in all “Psychophony” continues a strong line of horror in the Spanish community and over all European horror community in general. The story is captivating, the acting is believable, and the frights are hitting. It ends on a kind of expected cliché moment but considering this is all genuine events being retold it all works to bring a pretty cool paranormal story to horror fans.

Get Ready To Deal With Crazy Ass Witches In “Sorority Of The Damned”

Sorority Of The Damned” is an indie horror comedy written and directed by Joe Davison. The film is currently in production and stars Mindy Robinson, Leah Cevoli, Tara Cardinal, and Cassandra Leigh. Currently the film is in production. Check out the two promo posters for the film below.

A secret room, an Immortal Witch, a hapless handy man, and four sorority sisters who are about to become the meanest witches ever! A Sorority house hides a dark secret. A room hidden away for a long time. An Immortal Witch (Leah Cevoli) wants whats inside; Her sisters. All hell is about to break loose.

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Teaser Trailer For “To The Flame”

to the flameThe first teaser for “To The Flame” offers a dark disturbing glimpse into a twisted neighborhood dynamic. “To The Flame” is directed by Alex Webb and stars Bob Balaban, Alex Webb, and Shirleyann Kaladjian. The film is currently in pre-production with a 2015 date set for release.

Kyle is going nowhere fast in his community college film class until he stumbles upon his dysfunctional but entertaining neighbors, Dick and Barb, and interviews them for a class assignment. He is quickly pulled down into their dark and twisted world.

Triple The Terror In “In Fear” Clips

in fearTriple your terror with these three “In Fear” clips. The film hits VOD, Blu-ray & DVD release on March 7th. “In Fear” is directed by Jeremy Lovering and stars Iain De Caestecke, Alice Englert, Allen Leech.

“In Fear” is an intense psychological horror about a young couple’s fight to make it through the night. Home invasion but in a car. In real-time. Tom and Lucy are trapped in a maze of country roads with only their vehicle for protection, terrorised by an unseen tormentor hell-bent on exploiting their worst fears – fear of the dark, fear of the unknown, fear of themselves.

Official Poster Released For “The Den”

An official poster has been released for Zach Donohue’s “The Den”. The film stars Melanie Papalia, Bill Oberst Jr., Adam Shapiro, David Schlactenhaufen, and Matt Riedy. “The Den” hits VOD and limited theatrical release on March  14th 2014.

After receiving a grant for her graduate thesis, Elizabeth Benton (Melanie Papalia) logs onto a video-chat site known as THE DEN, on a mission to explore the habits of its users. During one of her random video-chats, Elizabeth watches in horror as a teenage girl is gruesomely murdered in front of her webcam.

While the police dismiss it as a viral prank, Elizabeth believes what she saw is real and takes it upon herself to find the truth. Her life quickly spirals out of control as she gets pulled deeper into the darkest recesses of the internet. And eventually, Elizabeth finds herself trapped in a twisted game in which she and her loved ones are targeted for the same grisly fate as the first victim.

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Tom Holland’s “Twisted Tales” DVD Release

Twisted-Tales-DVD-350x495Image Entertainment, an RLJ Entertainment (NASDAQ: RLJE) brand, brings you Tom Holland’s “Twisted Tales”, available on DVD on March 18, 2014. Directed by and starring Master of Horror Tom Holland, Tom Holland’s Twisted Tales will be available on DVD for an SRP of $27.97.

The anthology film also stars an impressive list of actors and “who’s who” from the horror genre, including William Forsythe (The Devil’s Rejects, “Boardwalk Empire”), Danielle Harris (Rob Zombie’s Halloween), Ray Wise (X-Men: First Class), AJ Bowen (Hatchet II), Sarah Butler (I Spit on Your Grave) and more!

Horror Legend Tom Holland (Child’s Play, Fright Night, Psycho II, HBO’s “Tales from the Crypt”) dares you to join him for nine nerve-shredding, totally Twisted Tales. Serving up a mind-bending assortment of the macabre, it’s an anthology of darkness and dread fine-tuned to keep you on the edge of your seat.

A new drug offers users a glimpse of the future… with beastly consequences. A murderous husband is stalked by his own cell phone. A jilted lover wreaks satanic vengeance. The nightmarish action then leads to worlds haunted by dark magic, demonic possession, vampires, witches, and more in this seriously freaky festival of fear.

Special features include behind-the-scenes featurettes on select episodes.


New Poster Released For “Field Freak”

A new poster shedding some light on the creature in creature feauture “Field Freak” has been released. The poster shows a creature somewhat similar to Bigfoot but I think maybe this is a film about the momo monster or variant of the famous Missouri monster.  “Field Freak” released a trailer last year showing a hairy creature swooshing across the screen but mostly focused on the families expressions of being freaked the fuck out. “Field Freak” is directed by Stephen Folker and stars Dave Juehring, Trena Penson, Glenn Harston, Thomas Ely Sage, Tristan Coppola.

A family moves into a remote cabin only to be terrorized by a creature known as the Field Freak.


Red Band Trailer Released For “The Sacrament”

the-sacrament-691x1024Check out the red band trailer for Ti West directed “The Sacrament”. The film, produced by Eli Roth, stars Joe Swanberg, AJ Bowen, Kentucker Audley, Amy Seimetz and Gene Jones. “The Sacrament” hits VOD May 5th before it’s scheduled limited theatrical run June 6th 2014.

“The Sacrament” follows two Vice media correspondents as they set out to document their friend’s search to find his missing sister. They travel outside of the United States to an undisclosed location where they are welcomed into the world of “Eden Parish,” a self-sustained rural utopia comprised of nearly 200 members. At the centre of this small, religious, socialist community is a mysterious leader known only as “Father.” As their friend reunites with his sister, it becomes apparent to the newcomers that this paradise may not be as it seems. What started as just another documentary shoot soon becomes a race to escape with their lives.”

Pagan Festival Shout Out: Terminalia

_TerminusTerminalia was an ancient Roman festival in honor of the god Terminus, who presided over boundaries. His statue was merely a stone or post stuck in the ground to distinguish between properties. The god Terminus was not the original cause for the celebration of the Terminalia. He was in fact created, an example of the open-minded thinking of Roman religion and its animistic and numinal character, to serve as a god for the existing Terminalia and not vice versa. On the festival the two owners of adjacent property crowned the statue with garlands and raised a rude altar, on which they offered up some corn, honeycombs, and wine, and sacrificed a lamb or a sucking pig. They concluded with singing the praises of the god.

Ovid refers to the sacrifice of a sheep on the day of the Terminalia at the sixth milestone from Rome along the Via Laurentina; it is likely this was thought to have marked the boundary between the early Romans and their neighbors in Laurentum. Also, a stone or altar of Terminus was located in the Temple of Jupiter Optimus Maximus on Rome's Capitoline Hill. Because of a belief that this stone had to be exposed to the sky, there was a small hole in the ceiling directly above it.

The festival of the Terminalia was celebrated a. d. VII. Kal. Mart., or the 23d of February on the day before the Regifugium. The Terminalia was celebrated on the last day of the old Roman year, whence some derive its name. We know that February was the last month of the Roman year, and that when the intercalary month Mercedonius was added, the last five days of February were added to the intercalary month, making the 23d of February the last day of the year.

Crowd Funding Started For Sci-fi “Resilient 3D”

resilientThe crowd funding project has kicked off for sci-fi film “Resilient 3D” starring Star Trek: Voyager’s Robert Beltran. Beltran will play Theoretical Physicist Dermot Turner who is tasked with moving the human race to new home Europa, Jupiter’s moon. Set in 2052, amidst an endless stream of natural disasters, the Earth Union President activates the Exodus Program.

Dermot Turner, whose wife Claire (Ayelet Zurer) has just died in a tornado in California, travels to Mars to seek the help of Adele (Virginia Madsen), the leader of a human settlement. If their joint effort fails to develop the architecture for a safe journey to Europa, mankind desperate for survival will be forced to invade Mars and battle the inhabitants who do not want their new world destroyed by billions of unsustainable newcomers. With war days away, Dermot returns to Earth to continue searching for a solution — forever Resilient.

Check out the film’s Kickstarter page to see all the rewards for support in the film that marks the return of Beltran to science fiction since his days as Chekotay and right hand to Janeway. “Resilient 3D” is set to be directed by Michael Taverna and costar Virginia Madsen, Ayelet Zurer, Miguel Sandoval, John Diehl.


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