Tuesday, November 18, 2014

New Paranormal Saga “Glitch” Begins Filming

Matchbox Pictures, in association with ABC TV, is pleased to announce that the new six-part drama series “Glitch” has begun shooting on location in Melbourne and around Victoria. A high-concept drama, “Glitch” is a paranormal saga about love, loss, and what it means to be human.

Created by Tony Ayres (Cut Snake, The Slap, Nowhere Boys, The Home Song Stories), developed by Ayres and Louise Fox (Broadchurch, Dead Europe, Love My Way), and produced by Matchbox Pictures (The Slap, The Straits, Nowhere Boys, Old School, Devil’s Playground), “Glitch” is a tale of love and redemption, of second chances gained and lost, of vengeance and forgiveness.

Tony Ayres, Series Creator said, “’Glitch’ is an elevated genre series. At its core it is a Gothic mystery with a story that is passionate and dramatic.”

PB“How do ordinary people deal with great love, longing, and the utterly unexpected? This is an exciting drama from a hugely talented creative team,” said ABC Head of Fiction Carole Sklan.

Featuring an impressive ensemble cast led by Patrick Brammall (Upper Middle Bogan, Offspring) with Rodger Corser (Party Tricks, Rush), Emma Booth (Cloud Street, Jack Irish), Emily Barclay (Suburban Mayhem, Lou), Genevieve O’Reilly (Episodes, Star War Episode III), Andrew McFarlane (Devil’s Playground), Daniela Farinacci (Redfern Now, Lantana), Sean Keenan (Puberty Blues), and Ned Dennehy (Sherlock Holmes).

Set in the fictional country town of Yoorana, the 6 x 1 hour series sees the run-down town take on a new life from the most unlikely of places – the past.

When six people inexplicably rise from the dead with no memory of their identities, disbelief soon gives way to a determination to discover who they are and what happened to them. Yoorana becomes the Gothic rural backdrop against which the “Risen” rediscover their past and why they have returned while those around them are also faced with a perplexing new reality, challenging all the beliefs and ideals they held dear.

“’Glitch’ is a whole new type of television for ABC and for Australia. It’s not just for people who know and love genre, it’s for those who love character-driven stories with big heart and bigger thrills,” said producer Louise Fox.

“Glitch” will air on ABC in 2015.

“Glitch” is produced by Matchbox Pictures with the assistance of Screen Australia, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Film Victoria, and NBCUniversal. The series is being sold internationally by NBCUniversal.

Production Credits: A Matchbox Pictures production in association with ABC Television, Screen Australia, and Film Victoria. Written by Louise Fox, Kris Mrksa, and Giula Sandler. Directed by Emma Freeman. Produced by Ewan Burnett and Louise Fox. Executive Producers Tony Ayres and Debbie Lee. ABC TV Executive Producers Carole Sklan and Christopher Gist.

Wanna Know What Eurotophobia Looks Like? Check Out New “V/H/S: Viral” Poster

If you ever wondered what it might look like to suffer from Eurotophobia (fear of the vagina) then look no further than the new “V/H/S: Viral” poster. I imagine it is what sufferers from this condition my possibly experience. Anyway the new artwork is giving me a total Dead Space meets Lovecraft vibe.

“V/H/S: Viral” is the third installment to the anthology series and brings to life nightmares through the lens of the new online video craze. The film brings together directors Todd Lincoln, Nacho Vigalondo, Justin Benson, Marcel Sarmiento, Aaron Moorhead, Gregg Bishop. “V/H/S: Viral” hits limited theatrical release on November 21st, 2014. The film is currently available on VOD.

Police chase after a deranged ice cream truck has captivated the attention of the greater Los Angeles area. Dozens of fame—obsessed teens flock to the streets with their video cameras and camera phones, hell—bent on capturing the next viral video. But there is something far more sinister occurring in the streets of L.A. than a simple police chase. A resounding effect is created onto all those obsessed with capturing salacious footage for no other purpose than to amuse or titillate. Soon the discovery becomes that they themselves are the stars of the next video, one where they face their own death.

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My Review Of “The Dark Place”

The Dark PlaceJody Wheeler’s gay thriller “The Dark Place” takes on the conventional mystery with witty, and quick story telling. The film stars Blaise Embry, Eddy Rioseco, Shannon Day, Sean Paul Lockhart, Timo Descamps, Allison Lane, and follows a young man who returns home to make amends with his mother. His visit is one filled with chilling, and stark revelation as he learns the very real danger he is faced with meeting new family members. “The Dark Place” is a straight forward suspense, thriller that builds upon common themes of deadly relations.

The story is a well written, smart mystery that doesn’t rely on over-drawn stereotypes, or caricature personas to create character or entertainment value. “The Dark Place” keeps with a more serious tone, building a tense story arc that aims to draw viewers in with drama, action, and suspense. At times the story takes itself a bit too serious missing some moments that could have shown a comfortable, authentic feeling. The dialog, and writing move quick, with some witty, dark humor. However the acting, at times, feels somewhat contrived. Two dimensional characters present us with only superficial connectivity in scenes that require a strong emotional investment from the viewer. However there are some stand out moments from the cast during some of the film’s more dramatic scenes.

“The Dark Place” starts a little choppy and confusing, forcing us to trust that things will fall into place as the story moves forward. It works to the extent of setting the tone of mystery and suspense. The downside to the choppy scene transitions at the start falls on the fact that not enough back story, or character development exists for us to give in completely to that trust. It caused a conflict in my ability to get into the story, and my knee-jerk reaction of distrust of Wheeler’s intentions and objective. Luckily the story arc stays pretty focuses and moves right into Wheeler’s intended vision effortlessly by the second act. More of the story becomes clear, characters become stronger, and a hint to the intense climax starts to unfold. By the third act I found myself glued to the drama unfolding, and the big reveal about some character’s back story, I was quietly seeking, was given to me.

The special effects and sound effects didn’t really impress me, the special effects wear minimal. Wheeler had plenty of opportunity to show a darker, grittier, and more visceral side but chose to play it safe. Letting the drama, and dialog support most of the thrills. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. I would have liked to have seen more gruesome effects during altercation and action scenes. What Jody Wheeler chose to give us came closer to Lifetime level of effects. With that said, “The Dark Place” does manage to create some real intense situations, plenty of emotion, and is quite entertaining. Even the mediocre instrumental music score and effects aid in the film’s suspenseful atmosphere.

Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by “The Dark Place”. The characters were not cartoonish stereotypes, and the story was a serious mystery, thriller. Even with the rough start, “The Dark Place” manages to become a captivating thriller. It is above most LGB&T thrillers that I have seen. There isn’t really any horror elements in the film, and the thrills are hit/miss throughout, so that was a slight disappointment. Still, Jody Wheeler does have a solid story here, with some stellar moments that create the necessary suspense and intensity. The ending was a little flat, but I was given the ending that I was hoping for, even if the final scene was a bit rudimentary and hokey. I definitely think mystery fans, and especially the LGB&T community should watch “The Dark Place”. Not that the film doesn’t have merit for the broader, hetero inclusive fan base.

New Images Released For “The Wicked One”

TWO posterCheck out these new images for slasher horror “The Wicked One”. The film is directed by Tory Jones and stars Katie Stewart, Dale Miller, Jack Norman, Ari Lehman, Jessica Bloom, Deb Perkins. Read the details for “The Wicked One” below.

Press Release:
The Wicked One is a breath of fresh air into the subgenre of Slasher movies. With his dilapidated coat, signature burlap mask, and a large knife for his intended victims, this Slasher has only one goal…. Death.

Set inside the walls of a Mental Institute, the story follows Alex Curtis (Portrayed by the talented Katie Stewart) after her incarceration. Alex claims that a figure known only as the Wicked One is after her and will soon claim her life, enough to make everyone think she’s insane. The story is really about Alex’s journey and presents the question is this young woman insane or is someone truly after her? Heading up Alex’s therapy is a doubtful and dapper young Psychiatrist Dr. Adam Lawson (Played by MMA Legend Dale Miller) As bodies begin to pile up at the Athens Institute, the staff may soon find that the Wicked One (Jack Norman) may be a real entity.

This madness, all the vision of Director Tory Jones who wanted to unleash a new slasher onto the scene. With the majority of today’s horror being dominated by cliche found footage and paranormal movies at every turn a return to the slasher formula is something I’ve always been interested in and something I’m a fan of. Now I have celebrities like Leslie Easterbrook, Renae Geerlings, Ari Lehman, Tamara Glynn, and countless others commenting on the mask and movie and that’s a huge compliment for someone who grew up a fan of those old school 70’s and 80’s slasher movies. I’m hoping this film could be the start of a franchise and a sequel script is being teased and ideas thrown around. It’s just something that will be dependent upon the success of this film.

The first official trailer is set to be released in the coming weeks with a premiere planned for Early 2015!

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2015 Release Date Set For “Gnome Alone”

A 2015 release date has been set for Timothy Woodward Jr. and John Michael Elfers’ “Gnome Alone”, putting the Verne Troyer starring vehicle in horror fan’s hands on January 20th. “Gnome Alone” also stars Kerry Knuppe, Marlon Young,Matt Cinquanta and Bill Oberst Jr. The release will span both DVD, Digital and VOD release on the January date.

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When timid college student Zoe witnesses a hit-and-run, the dying victim gives her a strange amulet. Suddenly, all those who have offended Zoe in her life begin dying horrible deaths at the hands of a malicious gnome (Troyer). When Zoe discovers the horrible history behind the amulet, will she be able to harness its magical power before the gnome begins killing those closest to her?

FX Sets Out To Bring To Life “From Hell” Killer In New Series

FX has announced the decision to explore “From Hell” serial killer, Jack The Ripper, in new series. The concept is based on the 572 page graphic novel from writer Alan Moore and artist Eddie Campbell. The novel spawned the 2001 Johnny Depp film which focuses on the brutal crime spree of one of the world’s most notorious serial killers from his point-of-view. “Children Of Men” writer David Arata has signed on to write the FX original series which explores the world of Jack The Ripper from a first person character study into the mind of the killer. The news was first reported by Deadline.com

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From Hell tells the tale of Jack the Ripper with the killer himself as the main character. Detailing the events leading up to the Whitechapel killings and the cover-up that followed, the 572-page graphic novel is a meditation on the mind of a madman whose savagery and violence gave birth to the 20th century.

Monday, November 17, 2014

First TV Spot Released For “Dementamania”

dementamaniaThe first television spot has been released for Kit Ryan directed “Dementamania”. The film hits limited theatrical release and VOD on November 17th, and stars Kal Penn, Vincent Regan, Geoff Bell, Sam Robertson, John Thomson. "They Say There is no Harm in Daydreaming” A frustrated office worker finds himself caught between the realms of his deranged imagination and the mundane reality of his everyday existence.

Frustrated with the social injustice he faces everyday and the bureaucratic culture of the office where he works, EDWARD ARKHAM (Samuel Robertson) is at boiling point. Although a successful analyst with a leading IT consultancy, years of routine have taken their toll, and the unbearable daily monotony fuels his frustration and bitterness.

When Edward is stung by a mysterious bug, it results in a painful and aggressive rash which unlocks the door to a secret world inside his head causing nightmarish fantasies to manifest themselves within vivid hallucinations. As the rash spreads and threatens to envelop his entire body, his visions become more terrifying and reality begins to drift further from his grasp.

Poster And Trailer For “Magi” Released

magiCheck out the promo poster and teaser trailer for Hasan Karacadag’s “Magi”. The film stars Lucie Pohl, Michael Madsen, Stephen Baldwin, Brianne Davis, and will be released on February 27, 2015 in Turkey. Not sure when this comes out here in the states…

Magi follows an American woman who relocates to Istanbul to take on the job as an English teacher. Soon, her journalist sister slowly comes to realize that all may not be as it seems with her sibling’s new baby.


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