Thursday, July 16, 2015

Official Trailer For "Pan" Released

Check out the official poster for the newest telling of Disney classic about the magical boy from Neverland. "Pan" is directed by  Joe Wright and stars Oscar nominee Hugh Jackman ("Les Misérables") as Blackbeard; Garrett Hedlund ("Inside Llewyn Davis") as Hook; Oscar nominee Rooney Mara ("The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo") as Tiger Lily; Adeel Akhtar ("The Dictator") as Smee; and newcomer Levi Miller as Peter.

Also starring in the film is Taejoo Na ("The Kick") as Kwahu; Nonso Anozie ("Son of God," "Atonement") as Bishop; Kathy Burke ("Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy") as Mother Barnabas; Kurt Egyiawan ("Skyfall") as Murray; Lewis MacDougall (UK TV's "In the Name of the Children") as Nibs; newcomer Leni Zieglmeier as Wendy Darling; Jack Charles ("Mystery Road") as The Chief/Tiger Lily's father; and Amanda Seyfried ("Les Misérables") as Mary. "Pan,"is due out worldwide in 3D and 2D in select theatres and IMAX® on October 9, 2015.

Offering a new take on the origin of the classic characters created by J.M. Barrie, the action adventure follows the story of an orphan who is spirited away to the magical Neverland. There, he finds both fun and dangers, and ultimately discovers his destiny—to become the hero who will be forever known as Peter Pan. 

Official Quad Poster For "Trashology" Follow Up Released!

The official quad poster has been released for reel Epic entertainment's follow up to 2012's modern trash cinema classic "Trashology". The anthology celebrated all things John Waters.  Now with "Preexisting Conditions" we get to revisit two of "Trashology" iconic femme fatales, Katrina and Melissa. 

"Preexisting Conditions" is directed by Brian Dorton and stars Brian Dorton, Douglas Conner, Rodney (Geri) Horn, Ayana Moore, Jenny Coulter, Kelli Ellis, Bo Pearl and Fredrick Ferguson. Check out the poster below. It keeps with the same theme as "Trashology" and is pretty fucking cool! I am excited to see this film, if it is half as fun, and tacky as the "T" was, then it is gonna be a riot!

Katrina and Melissa embark on a new journey where they encounter an assortment of wacky characters. After an eye patch wearing diabetic woman saves their lives, she asks but one favor of them. It's a bizarre favor that will have everyone cheering in disgust!

Check Out New Character Poster For "American Backwoods: Slew Hampshire" Featuring Dayo Okeniyi, Plus New Clips!

I cannot state enough how much I loved this movie! It was jaw-dropping, entertaining, and beyond bizarre. I can however send you over to read my review! 

In honor of cast member Dayo Okeniyi's appearance in the newest installment of the Terminator franchise, the team behind American Backwoods: Slew Hampshire has released a new poster and three new exclusive teaser clips featuring their lead actor.  

In addition to his role in Terminator: Genisys, Okeniyi has typically played supporting characters in Hollywood films like The Hunger Games and Runner Runner - but his work in American Backwoods: Slew Hampshire represents his first as a leading man.  Despite being his only foray into the horror genre to date, his performance as "Bro" - the reluctant hero amidst an ensemble of creeps, cretins and creatures - has been widely lauded and even garnered him a nomination for "Best Actor" at the Shockfest Film Festival.  

Since its release in June, American Backwoods: Slew Hampshire - which was awarded "Goriest Scene of the Year" by Rue Morgue Magazine - has been recognized as a stand-out amongst this year's crop of indie slashers and has been racking up recommendations by online horror critics.  In addition to the newly released exclusive teaser clips, their official full-length trailer is linked below.  Also, three previously released teaser clips are viewable on their youtube channel.

American Backwoods: Slew Hampshire is currently available through Amazon Instant, Itunes, Vudu, Hoopla and numerous other digital video-on-demand services throughout North America.  The DVD (featuring 5.1 surround sound, gag reel and audio commentary) is also available through Amazon.

Release The Beast Within The Puss! Promo Poster For "German Angst"

From the Press Release:
North American film distribution company Artsploitation Films continues its focus on provocative international genre movies with the North American acquisition of this 3-film anthology which premiered at the 2015 Rotterdam Film Festival.
The films – all of which deal with love, sex and death in a decidedly unconventional way – were written and directed by three equally controversial underground filmmakers: the legendary Jörg Buttgereit (Nekromantik (1987), The Death King (1990)), Andreas Marschall (Tears of Kali (2004), and Michal Kosakowski (Zero Killed (2014). As can be expected from these directors, these tales are less romantic and much more mystical and disturbing.
German Angst includes:
“Final Girl” (Jörg Buttgereit)
The first episode, tells the story of a young girl who lives with her guinea pig in a dirty apartment in Berlin. Seemingly a little lonely except for that bound and gagged man tied to her bed.
“Make a Wish” (Michal Kosakowski)
This gut-wrenching tale involves a young deaf-mute couple who are attacked by a group of skinhead hooligans. However, they are in possession of a mysterious talisman that could help them.
“Alraune” (Andreas Marschall)
The finale follows a man who stumbles upon a secret sex club that promises the ultimate sexual experience by using a drug made from the roots of the legendary Mandragora plant. But the ecstatic experiences have horrific side-effects.
Artsploitation’s president Ray Murray said, “German Angst is a singularly memorable film experience. It is infused with amazingly dark, violent, and disturbing ruminations on love and sex. And if this is German romance, let’s just say I won’t be dating a German any time soon.” He commented, “Actually, in a time when so many horror films are familiarly formulaic, it is amazing that this “romantic” threesome is seismically more horrific.”
Matteo Lovadina, CEO of Paris-based sales company Reel Suspects, said, “We are very happy to work again with Artsploitation. They are the perfect fit for this film that has proved to be a double player both on the art house and horror fields. Raymond Murray and his team will surely release German Angst with all the attention required by an already cult feature.”
The triptych, which is having its North American Premiere at the Fantasia Film Festival on July 18th and will continue its festival run. A DVD/Blu-ray and VOD release is scheduled for the 1st quarter of 2016.

Gather Around Kiddies For Some Creepy-Freaky Eye Candy From "Clowntown"

Gather around you fiendish, ghoulish kiddies for some extra cool, creepy-freaky- eye candy from upcoming horror "Clowntown". The stills give us a twisted delicious look into the film's atmosphere, creature design, and delovelies! Check them out below.

Press Release:
CLOWNTOWN, a new horror feature about a group of friends stranded in a small town who are stalked by a gang of violent psychopaths dressed as clowns, recently wrapped filming in Ohio. The production has released the first official stills.
The movie is inspired by the clowns who terrorized Bakersfield, CA in 2014. The first-time feature director is Tom Nagel, who has directed several festival shorts and acted in many features, including HILLSIDE CANNIBALS, JOLLY ROGER: MASSACRE AT CUTTER’S COVE, and MAN OF STEEL.
Writer/Producer is Jeff Miller (AXE GIANT: THE WRATH OF PAUL BUNYAN). He and Nagel previously worked together on JOLLY ROGER and THE BURNING DEAD, which Miller also produced.

“I had a great experience shooting much of AXE GIANT in Ohio with the guys at Robert Kurtzman’s Creature Corps, and it was great to return and shoot this there,” said Miller. “We think these clowns are gonna scare the crap outta you.”
CLOWNTOWN stars Brian Nagel (of the Katy Perry music video “Roar”), Lauren Elise (star of Justin Lin’s new Google Spotlight Story “Help”), Katie Keene (UNION FURNACE), Andrew Staton (“Relentless”), Jeff Denton (THE BEAST OF BRAY ROAD), Greg Violand (BATMAN V. SUPERMAN), Maryanne Nagel (INTO THE STORM), Kaitlyn Sapp (“Banshee”), and more. David H. Greathouse, Chris Hahn (Paul Bunyan from AXE GIANT), Ryan Pilz, Beki Ingram, and Alan Tuskes play some of the murderous clowns.

Miller’s Millman Productions is producing, along with the two Nagels’ company, Steel House Productions. Zorya Films, with its producer Christopher Lawrence Chapman, is another production partner. Ronnie D. Lee is an executive producer. Pilz is First Assistant Director and Production Designer.
Robert Kurtzman’s Creature Corps, based in Crestline, OH, served as a local production base, with Greathouse and Ingram (both of SyFy’s “Face/Off”) handling the bulk of the FX work.
CLOWNTOWN should be finished in late 2015 for a 2016 release.

Get Ready For Visitations Of The Amityville Kind With Pearry Teo's Next Project

Press Release:
Coming off the success of Pale Horse, producer Kim Durham, and production partners, Wayne and Maria Durham have acquired the rights to bestselling author Amy Miles new book ‘Visitation: An Amityville Nightmare Novel, along with the rights to Award winning horror director, Pearry Teo’s (Curse of Sleeping Beauty, Dracula) screenplay by the same title. Teo has been attached to direct the picture which is currently in pre-production.
The novel is inspired by the Amityville Horror series and will focus on theories and real life accounts of the original DeFeo murders.
“At this point, it is an honor to have a peak at Amy’s manuscript before it is published, so getting in early into the game proves to be a huge advantage for us” says Teo. “And it’s always a pleasure to work with the Durham team as we really founded a synergy together with Pale Horse”.
Amy Miles added, “I have always been fascinated with paranormal activity, evil spirits crossing over into our realm and wondering what the reasons are for these unexplained events. After researching various tales I began to write VISITATION, an Amityville Nightmare novel, inspired by true events. This novel blends fear of reality with a very real fear of what could be. I’m thrilled to partner with Pearry Teo to bring the story to life.”
Teo talks about the pre-production period as he is working closely with producers to finalize the script and scouting for locations, “it’s tough to shoot in Amityville, NY. We would definitely like to work with people that we’ve had a great working relationship with so it’s going to be a tough decision where we eventually end up shooting. But the producers and I want to keep it intimate, because I believe that’s what horror is, an intimate relationship between the audience and their primal instinct of fear and the unknown.”
Casting for the movie is expected to begin in August.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Pagan Festival Shout Out: Festival Of Castor And Pollux

Castor and Pollux, in Roman mythology, were the twin demi-god offspring of Jupiter and Leda and equivalent to the Dioscuri of Greek mythology. They are also represented in the constellation Gemini. Pollux was considered immortal whilst his brother was mortal; both were particularly associated with cavalry. July 15th marks Castor and Pollux festival. 

Castor and Pollux were renowned for their athletic ability and are usually depicted as horsemen. They shared the same mother, Leda, but Castor was the son of Tyndareus and was therefore mortal, while Pollux was the son of Zeus and immortal. When they got into an argument with Idas and Lynceus, another set of twins, Castor was slain. Pollux was heartbroken because, as an immortal, he could not join his brother in death. Zeus finally allowed them to stay together, dividing their time between the heavens and the underworld. 

 In Roman times, a cavalry parade was held every July 15th to commemorate the victory at Lake Regillus which was attributed to the twins. The parade was led by two young men on white horses, representing Castor and Pollux, and included up to 5,000 knights who carried spears and shields and wore purple robes and olive wreaths. In one of the earliest myths about the twins, Castor and Pollux rescued their sister Helen* after she had been kidnapped by Theseus*, king of Attica. Helen would later gain fame as the person who caused the Trojan Warf. The twins also accompanied Jason* and the Argonauts on their voyage in search of the Golden Fleece. During that expedition, Pollux demonstrated his boxing skills by killing the king of the Bebryces. When a storm arose on the voyage, the Argonaut Orpheus* prayed to the gods and played his harp. The storm immediately ceased, and stars appeared on the heads of the twins. It is because of this myth that Castor and Pollux came to be recognized as the patrons of sailors.

Another story concerns the death of Castor. According to one account, the twins wanted to marry their cousins Phoebe and Hilaria. However, the women were already promised to two other cousins, Idas and Lynceus. Castor and Pollux carried the women away to Sparta, pursued by their male cousins. In the fight that followed, the twins succeeded in killing both Idas and Lynceus, but Castor was fatally wounded.

"ALIENS: ZONE-X" Sci-fi Action Finally Completed!!

Park Ranger Don Morgan is torn from his routine life, when he stumbles upon a UFO visitation in the arid, deserted Park Area where he resides. An inexplicable, bizarre power outage knocks out all electronics and communications, stranding a carload of hikers in the park, and downing a small plane. Searching for hydration in the blistering heat, Don must lead the survivors across an apparently abandoned Military Testing area (similar to "Area 51") called "ZONE-X". 

Is it the sun, dehydration, or is something else (a covert government mind control test or possibly aliens) playing tricks on their minds, confusing them with harrowing mirages? In order to end the extra-terrestrial's experiment on humanity, Don must summon newly found paranormal abilities and battle his arch rival "The Madman" (also stranded in the park) not to mention gigantic marauding creature monstrosities (cyborg spiders, flying beasts, huge reptiles) "created" by the Alien Greys.

"Aliens: Zone X" is directed by Thomas R. Dickens and stars David J. Burke, Holly Poplawski, Wallace Dorian, Chris Harper, Travon L. Collins, Jai Johnston, Teresa Giammusso, Jason P. Edwards, Jessica Walker, James J. Zito III. Check out the trailer released back in June for the film. "Aliens: Zone X" is in the process of festival submissions and presenting for potential distribution deals.

Survival Games In Zone X @ A Southern Horror Fan's Place

Red Band Trailer For "Sinister 2" Proves Horror Movies Can Be Harmful To Your Health

Red Band Trailer For "Sinister 2" Proves Horror Movies Can Be Harmful To Your Health! I mean fictionally speaking of course! Fuck, of course they can't really harm you...eeeekkkk!

Anyway! Check out the NSFW dark, sinister trailer for the sequel to "Sinister". I can't really think of too many film's in the last 6 yrs or so that made me think the sequel was better than the first. I have had films that made me think that the level of sucking was equal for each of the films in a franchise. However I think that "Sinister 2" is probably-based on the material I have seen thus far- will be better than the first!

"Sinister 2" is directed by Ciaran Foy and stars Shannyn Sossamon, James Ransone, Nicholas King, Tate Ellington. The film hits theatres on August 21st, 2015. "Sinister 2" delves deeper into the nightmare creature that is Bughuul.

In the aftermath of the shocking events in "Sinister", a protective young mother and her 9 year-old twin sons move into a rural house that Bughuul is residing in. He tries to convince one of the children to kill his whole family and film the murders.

Horror Movies Can Be Harmful To Your Health! @ A Southern Horror Fan's Place

DVD Details For "The Jokesters" Released

The DVD release details are out for indie horror "The Jokesters". The film, directed by  AJ Wedding will be available on July 21st. "The Jokesters" stars Nathan Reid, Gabriel Tigerman, Luis Jose Lopez (American Sniper), Dante Spencer and Jen Yeager. The film will also be available VOD on the date. 

From the press release:

The “Prankmasters” are an Internet pranking sensation, who decide to take it to the extreme for their series finale. When their leader, Ethan, announces that he is getting married and leaving the life of pranks behind, the team plans on a fitting going away present. They decide to pull off one final stunt that turns their friend’s honeymoon into a “Cabin in the Woods” nightmare. What happens next is a descent into terror.

The DVD release of The Jokesters (SRP $19.97) will exclusively include a making-of-featurette, behind the scenes footage, bloopers and trailers.

The Terrifying Adventures Of Prankmasters @ A Southern Horror Fan's Place

Official "Krampus" Poster Revealed!

Yes! Yes! Yes! Between the stuff that keeps coming out for October and the stuff coming out for December, man I cannot wait for the Holidays! Check out the first official poster for "Krampus". At the rate this beast is being celebrated in American horror today, we may just be getting closer to appreciating this Holiday creature on equal footing as Europe and Scandanavia! Anyway I will have this poster!

"Krampus" is directed by Michael Dougherty and stars Adam Scott, Toni Collette, David Koechner, Allison Tolman, Conchata Ferrell, Emjay Anthony, Stefania Lavie, Owen, and Krista Stadler. Expect this Christmas present to arrive in theatres on December 4th!

When his dysfunctional family clashes over the holidays, young Max (Emjay Anthony) is disillusioned and turns his back on Christmas. Little does he know, this lack of festive spirit has unleashed the wrath of Krampus: a demonic force of ancient evil intent on punishing non-believers.

All hell breaks loose as beloved holiday icons take on a monstrous life of their own, laying siege to the fractured family’s home and forcing them to fight for each other if they hope to survive.

Yes! Yes! Yes! Krampus For Christmas! @ A Southern Horror Fan's Place

Poster Teasing Release Date For "Contracted: Phase 2"

The poster for "Contracted: Phase 2" has been released teasing the release date and continuation of this viral outbreak nightmare. The film is directed by  Josh Forbes and stars Matt Mercer, Peter Cilella, Marianna Palka, Morgan Peter Brown, Laurel Vail, Alice Macdonald, Anna Lore, Suzanne Voss. 

Phase II follows the story of Samantha as she suffers from a mysterious and degenerative disease. Picking up directly where the previous film left off, Phase II follows Riley, one of the last people to come in contact with Samantha, as he scrambles to track down those responsible for the outbreak before the highly contagious disease not only consumes his body, but the world as we know it.

Phase 2 Has Begun, Infection Is Inevitable @ A Southern Horror Fan's Place

The Official Poster And Trailer For Fan Film "The Confession Of Fred Krueger" Released

Check out the official poster and the first trailer for fan film "The Confession Of Fred Krueger". The film is inspired by the original 1984 film "A Nightmare on Elm Street" written and directed by Wes Craven. "TCOFK" is Nathan Thomas Milliner and stars Thomas Dunbar, Kevin Roach, Todd Reynolds, Steve Vessell, Eric Huskisson, Kharley Redmon and Corey Ballard.

I love fan films! They don't actually have to adhere to the stringent guidelines or mythos of the franchise they are based on. We do expect that they will hold dear the main crux of the story and creation that these horror movies have given us. Almost always they do! But they do have a bit more freedom to run with their own ideas and fan fiction story based on pure artistic inspiration. These are projects based purely on love of the genre and the monster that has touched them! 

The Springwood Police Department has just arrested a man named Fred Krueger, a janitor at the local power plant whom they believe to be the notorious Springwood Slasher. A filthy child murderer who has murdered 20 children over a 5 year long reign of terror on the nice suburban Ohio town. Krueger has been brought to the station to be interrogated by the department's senior lieutenant. Sit down with one of the most charismatic and sinister man to ever walk the earth and hear him tell his story.

Meet Bruce In First Trailer For "Lake Runs Red"

"Lake Runs Red" is one of those cool indie films that celebrate the glory days of slasher cinema with a fresh new attitude. I have been following the film's production since it was first announced, and with every new bit of info or visual goodie that comes out I get more eager to see what Red Ratio Entertainment has in store. So I am excited to say that the first official trailer has been released introducing us to the film's main character Bruce. Check it out below. From what I have seen this is an instant classic indie slasher horror that is sure to make a mark on the genre.

"Lake Runs Red" is directed by Jason Riesgraf and stars CJ DeVaan, Lauren Morris, Kaci Wegleitner, Michael Hertenstein, Helene Donohue, Troy Antoine LaFaye. In "Lake Runs Red," Bruce (played by CJ DeVaan) is a mysterious and mercurial stranger who brandishes unsavory information from the past.  The film centers on two college girlfriends who go to a secluded northern Minnesota lake cabin to prepare for final exams. An unexpected visitor stops by. He isn't there to study. You can read my interviews with "Lake Runs Red" director Jason Riesgraf and producer Jeff Fuller after you meet Bruce!


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