Saturday, October 11, 2014

Artwork, & Stills Released For “The Butchers”

thebutchersUncork’d announces its acquisition of all-star movie monster flick “THE BUTCHERS” with the release of DVD artwork and movie stills.  History’s most renowned experts in slice and dice serve up fresh cuts in The Butchers, hitting DVD and VOD on November 11 from Uncork’d Entertainment. You’ll be hooked by The Butchers, on DVD and VOD November 11 !

A who’s who of real-life horror unite for the funny, frightening horror jaunt from director Steven Paul Judd. Stranded in the middle of nowhere during a storm, a busload of strangers have no choice but to take shelter in a museum dedicated to serial killers. But hell literally breaks loose when supernatural forces resurrect a horror hall-of-fame including John Wayne Gacy, Ed Gein, Jeffrey Dahmer, the Zodiac Killer and Jack the Ripper. Grimm’s Damien Puckler, Randall Bosley (The X-Files), Braxton Davis (Bad Ass), Mara Hall (Grey’s Anatomy), Tonya Kay (Raze), Gary Kasper (Batman Forever), and Hawk Walts (The Gambler) help make up The Butcher’s delicious platter of meat.

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Three New Clips For Horror Anthology “Creeping Crawling”

creeping crawlingOn October 7th, Brain Damage Films will release Creeping Crawling, an entomophobia-inducing horror anthology featuring three tales sure to make viewers bug out. Check out the three new clips just released ahead of the anthologies release. DVD availability is set to include many retailers and websites including Amazon, as well as rental chains including Family Video. VOD availability will include all major and minor cable/satellite operators and internet platforms. You can read my review of the film here: My Review Of “Creeping Crawling”.

You live with them, you feed them, you fear them. Creeping Crawling is an anthology featuring three tales of terror centered around things that go slither in the night. Doug and Allison have a paper due and they're hoping an eccentric entomologist will be the lynch pin to a passing grade.

They get more than they bargained for when Dr. Tarkovsky tells them the story of GRUBBERY and the lengths supermodel Denver will go to in order to keep her figure. Denver's best friend Ginger introduces her to age old dieting wisdom as her boyfriend Rick witnesses her eaten away by her own vanity.

RID introduces Dori, a beautiful young girl who desperately needs money and poses as a nurse hired to take care of a comatose patient. While staying in the Gothic mansion, she begins to unravel as something feasts upon her while she sleeps.

Dr. Tarkovsky's final cautionary tale centers around Bailey. In BUGGER, the lonely man navigates love online. He can't seem to find a woman who shares his six legged obsessions. A co-worker has her doubts about his motives, as a serial killer is at large.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

New Trailer For Supernatural Action Horror “Wolves”

wolvesCheck out the new trailer for David Hayter’s “Wolves”. The film hits VOD on October 16th with limited theatrical release to follow on November 11th. “Wolves” stars Jason Momoa (Conan, “Game of Thrones”), Stephen McHattie (Watchmen, Pontypool), Merritt Patterson (The Hole), and Lucas Till (X-Men).

Cayden Richards, 18, has it all: Captain of the high school football team; straight-A student; gorgeous girlfriend. But when he wakes one dark night to find his parents brutally murdered, he is horrified to realize that he is turning into an animal: a wild, savage wolf. Panicked, Cayden runs, determined to find out what is happening to him. His quest leads him to the strange, isolated town of Lupine Ridge, where two clans of wolves are on the brink of war.

The opposing clans are lead by Connor, the powerful, pure-blood alpha of a savage pack and John Tollerman, an old farmer, committed to protecting the human citizens of Lupine Ridge. But when Cayden falls for Angelina, the beautiful, young mate promised to Connor, a battle to the death is inevitable. And as the past begins to reveal itself, Cayden’s place in the world becomes clearer — As does his power to put an end to the savage violence building up around, and within him…

First Poster For “Hanger 10” Makes First Contact

hanger10The first poster for Daniel Simpson’s “Hanger 10” reveals first contact. The sci-fi flick stars Abbie Salt, Robert Curtis, Danny Shayler and is set to be released on November 7th.

33 years after the infamous Rendlesham Forest UFO incident, three metal detector enthusiasts hunting for Saxon gold in the same region capture incredible footage of UFOs whilst filming their expedition. As night falls – and with their navigation equipment failing – the trio finds themselves facing a terrifying encounter with an unforgiving alien presence.

Poster And Trailer For B-movie “Raiders Of The Lost Shark”

ROTLSA new poster and trailer has been released for b-movie madness “Raiders Of The Lost Shark”. The  film is directed by Scott Patrick, stars Candice Lidstone, Catherine Mary Clark, Jessica Huether, Lawrence Evenchick, and is set to be released by Wild Eye Releasing soon.

Four friends set out by boat for an idyllic vacation on a private, remote island. But unknown to them, a weaponized shark has escaped from a top secret military lab nearby, a shark that was genetically engineered with hate in its blood, and programmed to hunt any human within range. Now, these friends must band together to battle an all new brand of predator who will stop at nothing to remain at the top of the food chain.

Pagan Festival Shout Out: The Festival of Felicitas

felicitasFausta Felicitas is an ancient Roman Goddess of Good Fortune and Lucky Happenstance. Her name is essentially two words of the same meaning, likely doubled up for emphasis, for fausta in the Latin is the adjective "favorable" or "auspicious", while felicitas is the noun meaning "luck", "good fortune" or "happiness"; Her name can be translated as the nicely redundant "Lucky Luck", though "She of Auspicious Good Fortune" probably sounds better. (By the way, the Latin felix, "happy", and felis "cat" are related, through the theme of "fruitfulness", as cats have many young; I'm tempted, however, to interpret the connection as referring to purring, an obvious and defining feature of happy cats). Her name evokes the Latin saying "Quod bonum faustum felix fortunatumque sit!", which translates as "May it be good, lucky, happy, and blessed!" According to Cicero (who lived 106-43 BCE), this phrase had been used since ancient times as the proper ritual formula said at the beginning of all kinds of projects or events to assure an auspicious outcome—for example, when cities or colonies were founded, at public rites, at the opening of festivals, or at sacrifices.

One of her sacred symbols was the cornucopia. You can use a cornucopia to add joy to your life. If you have a cornucopia, place it in a prominent place in your home and fill it with fruit, gourds, and corn. If you don't have one, a basket will do. Next fill a bowl with nine pennies and set it next to the cornucopia. Pick up a penny and hold it in your hand, focusing on something that brings you joy. Visualize it completely until it brings a smile to your face. Drop it into the cornucopia. Repeat with the other coins, naming each one for a different joy in your life until they are all gone. You have just filled your cornucopia with nine joys! Leave the cornucopia out as a decoration all autumn, refilling the fruit as you eat it, and watch your joys multiply.

felicitas2In its religious sense, felix means "blessed, under the protection or favour of the gods; happy." That which is felix has achieved the pax divom, a state of harmony or peace with the divine world. The word derives from Indo-European *dhe(i)l, meaning "happy, fruitful, productive, full of nourishment." Related Latin words include femina, "woman" (a person who provides nourishment or suckles); felo, "to suckle" in regard to an infant; filius, "son" (a person suckled); and probablyfello, fellare, "to perform fellatio", with an originally non-sexual meaning of "to suck". The continued magical association of sexual potency, increase, and general good fortune in productivity is indicated by the inscription Hic habitat Felicitas ("Felicitas dwells here") on an apotropaic relief of a phallus at a bakery in Pompeii.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Trailer And Poster Released For “Refuge”

refugeAndrew Robertson’s “Refuge” will premiere at Toronto After Dark Film Festival on October 22nd. The film is a post-apocalyptic horror described as a blend of “The Road” and “The Walking Dead”. Sounds pretty cool to me! “Refuge is directed by Andrew Robertson and stars Sebastian Beacon, Chris Kies, Carter Roy, Amy Rutberg, Eva Grace Kellner and Mark Ashworth.

“Refuge” is a suspense-thriller about a family struggling to survive in the wake of a great catastrophic event. As food and supplies dwindle and the threat of marauders becomes more apparent, the family must ultimately face the decision to either stay in hiding or go in search of an elusive mansion they've heard of - that may or may not exist.

New Clip & Featurette Shed A Dark Light On “Dracula Untold”

DraculaA dark light is shed on “Dracula Untold” with this new clip and featurette. “Dracula Untold” delves deeper into the tale of Dracula “the man-the myth-the monster”. The film is directed by Gary Shore and stars Luke Evans, Sarah Gadon, William Houston, Dominic Cooper, Samantha Barks, Ferdinand Kingsley, Charlie Cox, Thor Kristjansson.

“Dracula Untold” lands in theatres on October 10th.
Facing threats to his kingdom and his family, Vlad Tepes makes a deal with dangerous supernatural forces - whilst trying to avoid succumbing to the darkness himself.

Teaser Released For Survival Horror “Sendero”

senderoA teaser trailer has been released for upcoming survival horror “Sendero”. The film is directed by Lucio A. Rojas and stars Andrea García Huidobro, Sofía García, Diego Casanueva, Javiera Hernández, Arielli Gutierrez, Felipe Contreras, Guillermo Alfaro, Francisco Schneider, Daniel Antivilo, Pamela Rojas, Hermán Heyne, Ximena del Solar, Mauricio Rojas and Tomás Vidiella.

Ana is a young woman who has just been given a scholarship to study in a foreign country. She decides to celebrate with their friends out of the city. On the road, after helping an injured woman, they are kidnapped by a weird family who are working for an organized group belonging to the highest political circles of the region. In their attempt to escape they will be forced to cross all known limits in a fight to survive, even if that means to betray a friend.

New Poster Art Revealed For “Condado Macabro”

cm1Check out the newest poster artwork for upcoming Brazilian horror film “Condado Macabro”. The film comes from writer Marcos DeBrito who codirected the film with André de Campos Mello. “Condado Macabro” stars Leonardo Miggiorin, Paulo Vespúcio, Francisco Gaspar, and Bia Gallo. The film is currently in talks for distribution in international film markets.

A suspicious clown covered in blood is being held with his hands cuffed inside a dark room in the station. The suspect is being questioned about the hideous crime that took place in a big house near the forest, where the investigator who is conducting the interrogation found him. The mansion in the woods was rented by a group of young people that were looking for some fun during the long weekend. But when one of them disappears, hell breaks loose and violent deaths are all around them. Having slasher movies from the 80's as main reference, "Condado Macabro" is a blood splatter flick with dark humor and suspense.


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Crowd Funding Started For “Scream Machine” Anthology

scA crowd funding campaign has started over on Indiegogo for horror anthology “Scream Machine”. The film is being produced by the “Death By VHS” team and will feature Lloyd Kauffman. “Scream Machine” promises to be the bloodiest film to date. The anthology will feature 5 twisted tales introduced by movie legend Lloyd Kauffman.

Scream Machine” is a 2015 horror anthology written by Walter Ruether, David Sabal & Paul C. Hemmes, with Lloyd Kaufman, David C. Hayes, Brian Carr, Josiah Spargo, Tara Carlton, Paul C. Hemmes, and Scarlet Fry set to star. 5 Twisted tales Designed to Devour your soul until you puke your Guts out!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Visual Goodies For “Starleaf” Comes With Trailer

starleafA load of visual goodies have been coming out of the production of indie Supernatural/Horror “Starleaf”. The latest to come along is the first trailer for the film directed by Richard Cranor. Check it out as well as the stellar stills. “Starleaf” stars Julian Gavilanes, Tyler Trerise, Shelby Truax, and Russell Hodgkinson.

A group of friends set off to find a secret forest of marijuana hidden deep in the Olympic Mountains. Legend has it the plants are of extra-terrestrial origin, and two ex-Marines among the group hope it will cure their PTSD born from hard combat in Afghanistan.

They soon find themselves in the fight of their lives when one of them steals the Star Leaf, accidentally opening up the trio to attack by alien entities who use demons, both interpersonal and real, to unleash hell upon them all.






Official Trailer For “Summer Of Blood”

sobCheck out the official trailer for horror comedy “Summer Of Blood”. The film is directed by Onur Tukel and slated for an October 17th release. “S.O.B” stars Jonathan Caouette, Zach Clark, Dustin Guy Defa, and Juliette Fairley.

Misanthropic and immature Eric faces a premature mid-life crisis after his girlfriend leaves him. With no career and even less charisma in bed, it seems like this loveable loser is beyond hope, until one fateful summer night when a vampire bites him in a Brooklyn alleyway. The next day, Eric finds his confidence invigorated and his stomach in excruciating pain that can only be cured by one thing…blood.

First Poster For “Parlor” Released

The first poster for  Kenny Gage and Devon Downs’ “Parlor” has been released along with details on the upcoming horror film. “Parlor” is set to premiere at Screamfest L.A. between October 14th-23rd.

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The writing/directing team of Kenny Gage and Devon Downs will host the worldwide premiere of their new horror film, Parlor, during this year’s Screamfest film festival. The well-known genre festival kicks off its 14th annual event in Los Angeles on October 14-23 at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres (6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028).

The film follows six young college hopefuls vacationing and partying in Eastern Europe who get more than they bargained for when they unwittingly get caught up in a maniacal tattoo artist’s fiendish side business.

Parlor stars Robert Lasardo (“Nip/Tuck,” Death Race, Human Centipede III) as the character known as “The Artist,” who runs an Eastern European tattoo parlor. As writer/director Kenny Gage (Raze) explains, “We were very fortunate to have had the opportunity shoot in Old Town, Vilnius, Lithuania. The sense of scale, scope, and historical architecture provided a unique backdrop for the film.”

Co-writer and director Devon Downs delves deeper, “It’s common to get tattooed while on vacation, and you are never more vulnerable than when you are being tattooed… especially in unfamiliar territory.”

The film was financed by ASL Pictures and produced by the veteran team of Todd Slater, Andrew Pagana, Bill Ceresia, Thomas Mahoney, and Brett Donowho. The film also stars Jordan James Smith, Tiffany DeMarco, Ben Whalen, Claire Garvey, Anthony Del Negro, Beth Humphreys, Joey Fisher, and real life tattoo artist Sara Fabel in the ultimate bad girl role of Uta.

Robert Lasardo commented, “It was clear to me Kenny and Devon were serious about showcasing a fully developed character arc with which I could finally show some range. I feel it is my most ambitious effort to date.”

New Images Released For “See No Evil 2”

In light of the upcoming VOD release of “See No Evil 2” new movie stills have been released. The film hits DVD and Blu-ray on Oct. 21st and stars Danielle Harris, Katharine Isabelle, Greyston Holt, Chelan Simmons, Glenn Jacobs. “See No Evil 2” is directed by The Soska Sisters.

A group of friends pays a late-night visit to the city morgue to surprise Amy (Harris) on her birthday. But the surprise is on them when the one-eyed corpse of brutal psychopath Jacob Goodnight (Jacobs) unexpectedly rises from a cold sub-basement slab. Their wild party quickly turns into a terrifying slay-fest as the sadistic mass-murderer resumes his savage rampage complete with hooks, surgical knives and power saws.

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Official Poster Released For “Cub”

cubAn official poster has been released for  Jonas Govaerts’ horror “Cub”. The film stars Ben Fransham, Liz Kirkman, Tina Cleary, Kieran Charnock and has a Belgian release set for October 29th. No US release announcement mentioned yet but the film looks amazing. If you haven’t checked out the trailer for the film released last month check it out below.

Cub is a horror adventure in which a young imaginative twelve-year-old boy named Sam heads off to camp with his Cub Scouts pack, leaders Peter and Chris and quartermaster Yasmin. Once they enter the woods, Sam quickly feels something is not quite right. He soon stumbles upon a mysterious tree house and meets a shifty, masked feral-looking child. When Sam tries to warn his leaders, they ignore him: the boy often tells tall tales and Sam’s mysterious past which he refuses to talk about makes his leader Peter mistrust him. As Sam gets more and more isolated from the other scouts, he becomes convinced a terrible fate awaits them: the Feral Child, it turns out, is the helper of the Poacher, an evil psychopath, who has riddled the forest with ingenious traps and is intent on slaughtering the scouts… one by one…

Release Details For Psychological Thriller “After Midnight”

amScreen siren Tawny Kitaen is on the hunt for a killer in the sizzling and suspenseful new film from renowned filmmaker Fred Olen Ray. Richard Grieco (21 Jump Street, A Night at the Roxbury) co-stars in After Midnight, from the fan favorite director of Hatfields and McCoys : Bad Blood and The Tomb, released on VOD October 28 from Phase 4 Films.

When an exotic dancer is murdered at a seedy strip club, her sister Constance (Catherine Annette, "Silent But Deadly"), a TV newscaster, goes undercover to find the killer. While working at the club, she quickly realizes that everyone is a suspect and that other dancers are being targeted. She must work fast to find the killer to seek her revenge before she becomes the next target.

Monday, October 6, 2014

A Spine Chilling Conversation With Cursed Kristina Anapau

KAHawaiian-born actress Kristina Anapau, known for her roles in such scare-fare as Cursed, Black Swan, and True Blood, is back in a shivers-up-the-spine effort this October. In “Altergeist”, premiering on DirecTV, Anapau plays some form of a Ghostbuster looking into events at a supposedly haunted winery.

In this exclusive interview, Anapau talks about her new film, as well as the legendary troubled production of Wes Craven’s “Cursed”, and her next role – that of a CEO.

A Southern Life: How does a dancer from Hawaii end up an in-demand movie and TV star based out of Hollywood?
Kristina Anapau:  I never planned on becoming an actress. I was very serious about classical ballet from a very young age…and then very serious about academia. I graduated from high school at 15 and began attending University of Hawaii the same year. Through a series of coincidences I was offered the lead role in a film Universal was shooting in Hawaii. After we wrapped, I was encouraged to move to LA and pursue acting as a career. I was 16 and the rest is history.

A Southern Life: Was your first taste of horror via Wes Craven’s Cursed? What are your memories of that shoot?
Kristina Anapau: Wes Craven was so wonderful to work with as was the cast and crew. It was such a fun shoot.

A Southern Life: Cursed was delayed for quite some time, due to all the reshoots and changes, did that affect you at all?
Kristina Anapau: We did do quite a few reshoots! When it was time for the fourth reshoot, before they called us to schedule the shoot days they simply sent us all t-shirts that said, “Cursed 4 - Back for More!”

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A Southern Life: Black Swan would’ve been a more streamlined and trouble-free production I imagine? And you got to dance again… a double blessing!?
Kristina Anapau: Black Swan was a very intense experience. Darren Aronofsky approaches everything he does with so much focus and attention to detail. It was inspiring on every level.

A Southern Life: We didn’t get to see Maurella again on True Blood – following the birth scene- what do you think happened to her?
Kristina Anapau: Well, with most of the other fairies killed by Russell Edgington at the close of season 5, I’m sure she’s had her hands full with single-handedly repopulating the fairy species.

A Southern Life: Have you seen your True Blood co-stars since wrapping the series?
Kristina Anapau: We had an amazing series wrap party a few months ago.

A Southern Life: When did Altergeist come along?
Kristina Anapau: Altergeist came along a few years ago— such a great shoot. We shot at Korbel up in Northern California.

A Southern Life: How will you be celebrating it’s TV premiere – planning a party?
Kristina Anapau: I think a party is definitely in order.

altA Southern Life: Have you seen the finished film? On a scale of one to ten, how many pillows will we need to cover our faces in scary bits?
Kristina Anapau: It will definitely have audience goers on the edge of their seats. What really sets Altergeist apart from other thrillers is the psychological aspect of the film— increases the scare factor tremendously. The filmmakers did such an excellent job.

A Southern Life: What a lot of people won’t realize is that you’re also the CEO of a company. What can you tell us about Color it New?
Kristina Anapau: Color it New is fashion product that has been in the works for a few years and is going to change peoples closets forever! I’m so excited to share it with the world. Check out— we launch next week! www.facebook/
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Turning Heads With Indy Flare: An Interview With Actress And Screenwriter Sadie Katz

SadieSadie Katz is a force to be reckoned with. Turning heads with her roles in indy fare like “House of Bad” and “Nipples and Palm Trees”, she’s now impressing in big studio fare. In a recent interview she talks about her latest role (well, she tells us what she can, anyway!) in “Wrong Turn 6 : Last Resort” plus her recent success with indie film “Scorn”.

A Southern Life: Had you seen the previous films in the series before signing on?
Sadie Katz: When I was cast I went on a Wrong Turn binge. I watched all five films in a row. Needless to say I had some seriously crazy dreams the next few nights. I was already familiar with the series anyway and love Eliza Dushku from her “Buffy” and “Angel” days.

A Southern Life: Which of them was your fave of the bunch and why?
Sadie Katz: It’s easy to say the first one. So, I’m not going to say that one. I think part of the fun of “Wrong Turn” is the fans or as they’ve been called “Wrongturners” love to debate the best and worst…everyone has its different merits. I like to think of them like cartoons or comics the deaths are so gnarley. I think the kills in five are just…ummm…wow. Clever. Gross. Wrong. The ending was almost too over the top for me. Doug Bradley is pretty damn good in it too. He’s doing his best I don’t know… Anthony Hopkins, he’s just really, really evil. So, yeah I’d say number five for just being so totally wrong.

A Southern Life: How does this one differ from the prior installments?
Sadie Katz : 20th Century Fox has bought the series and put on a new writer…Frank Woodworth whose script has just a different slant on the series. I got excited right away when I read Frank’s script because, I thought he was willing to just take some risks with it and have some real fun. I mean, it’s number six right…you can’t just keep saying teens take a wrong turn and then…I mean, there’s not a new story there. Woodworth truly tells something new and different and even edgier than we’ve seen. Ummm…that’s not easy to do with Wrong Turn. Also, Valeri Milev is the new director on this one he’s done some great films including “Code Red” and dozens of sexy music videos and well…this is definitely the most sexed up film in the series.

A Southern Life: Was it a physically-demanding shoot?
Sadie Katz: Yes! Definitely! One, it was cold. I’m a California girl and a lot of the scenes we filmed were at night or in very cold rooms and I was often times wearing a thin lace dress and boots or was wet or something…there were some fight scenes that were fun as hell, we had stunt doubles and I can’t say who because I don’t want to give anything away but, we ended up doing a lot of the fight ourselves. I don’t know why but, actors love bragging about that. So, there I go bragging a little…don’t hold it against me!

A Southern Life: Did you bond with your co-stars?
Sadie Katz: Bond would be an understatement. I loved every single person in the cast. Aqueela Zoll and I were the only ones from America and we sobbed like babies on the way to the airport. Anthony Ilot already came to Los Angeles to visit and is suppose to come again at the end of October…Rollo Skinner is also coming to visit. All the actors have stayed in touch via social media and I just wrote Roxanne Pallett an email a few days ago. I’m absolutely convinced this isn’t the last you’ll see of a lot of the actors in this movie not just because they’re talented and good looking they’re just filled with magic. One night in Bulgaria we’re in this piano bar all singing at the top of our lungs jumping around like fools our arms sorta looped around each other and I just thought what freaking icing on the cake…to do this crazy movie in a beautiful country all new to us and love them all so much. I actually was quite homesick for Bulgaria and the cast and crew when I got home.

wt6stillA Southern Life: How long do those poor actors playing the cannibals have to sit in the make-up chair for?!
Sadie Katz: You know, I don’t know for sure? They just were always in character. Always in make up. It made them that much creepier. They’re scary as hell. The special effects make-up is a-ma-zing.

A Southern Life: You’re also known for your screenwriting – Scorned, which you wrote, is now on DVD – are you writing anything at the moment?
Sadie Katz: I’m actually directing a documentary at the moment that is kind of top secret. It’s in post and I’m really proud of it because, it’s been my passion project. I’ve also been co-writing with another actor friend of mine Matt James who I starred alongside in “Nipples & Palmtrees” which Hulu just picked up and has officially dubbed it a “cult classic.” I’m hoping by January to have some new surprises.


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