Saturday, April 9, 2016

Thomas Torrey's "Fare" World Premiere at the Newport Beach Film Festival

Bad Theology Pictures is excited to announce the world premiere of Thomas Torrey's Fare.  The tense thriller will screen for the first time at the 17th Newport Beach Film Festival, at 8:30 pm on April 26th at Island Cinemas.   

Fare stars writer-director Thomas Torrey, Katherine Drew, J.R. Adduci and Pat Dortch.  Filmed entirely inside a moving car over three days, Torrey's debut feature follows a cab driver whose chance encounter with a passenger spirals into a night of darkness.  Fare explores the darkest depths of love, betrayal and the fight for a committed relationship.

Ride-share cab driver Eric begins his day like any other, responding to the many fares of the city that hail him from their smartphones. Hiding his depression due to a marriage that has long grown cold, Eric entertains small talk and discusses his "real job" of real estate. He even finds his own notions of love and marriage challenged by one fare in particular. 

As Eric's day turns to night and he takes one last fare, he finds himself face to face with the source of his troubles. When Eric recognizes this passenger as the man who is secretly sleeping with his wife, events are set in motion that threaten the lives of everyone who sets foot inside the car.

Newport Beach Film Festival World Premiere:
8:30 pm, April 26, 2016 
Island Cinemas - Screen 5
999 Newport Center Dr, Newport Beach, CA 92660

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Festival Fave "THE DIVINE TRAGEDIES" Inks US Distribution

Critically-acclaimed festival favorite THE DIVINE TRAGEDIES, from writer-director Jose Prendes, will be distributed in the US by Uncork’d Entertainment. 
The first feature from Dual Visions, the company headed up by Jon and James Kondelik, has been called “a dangerous and perfect little nightmare that needs to be seen” (Aint it Cool News) and “simply divine” (Dread Central).
The film tells of two brothers that fulfill their murderous fantasies, but doing so derails their relationship with horrifying results. Rising star Hannah Levien, from TV’s The Magicians, genre favorite Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator), Ken Foree (The Devil’s Rejects), Graham Denman and Lynn Lowry (The Crazies) star. 
Uncork’d Entertainment President Keith Leopard says he’s excited to be working with the Kondelik’s on the well-received film.
“I immediately fell in love with THE DIVINE TRAGEDIES – it’s as captivating and frightening as it is visually stunning. Prendes has crafted a masterwork of horror here. We’re excited to be teaming with Dual Visions to bring the film to the masses.”

Producer Jon Kondelik says, “We are thrilled to have Uncork'd Entertainment release Jose Prendes' psychological thriller to the masses. Divine Tragedies is our first of many films and couldn't ask for a better start for our company."
"It's one of those films that is super soaked in color, blood, and a butt load of imagery to warp your mind”, says producer James Kondelik. “Who wouldn't be excited for this release?"
Uncork'd Entertainment will release THE DIVINE TRAGEDIES later this year.

Trailer Release For "Swiss Army Man"

Check out the trailer released for "Swiss Army Man" starring Daniel Radcliffe. The film is due out June 17th and is directed by Daniel Scheinert and Dan Kwan. "Swiss Army Man" costarsPaul Dano, Mary Elizabeth Winstead,Timothy Eulich, Marika Casteel and Mar Elizabeth Winstead.

Hank, a hopeless man stranded in the wild, discovers a mysterious dead body. Together the two embark on an epic journey to get home. As Hank realizes the body is the key to his survival, this once-suicidal man is forced to convince a dead body that life is worth living.

Monday, April 4, 2016

New Clip From "The Darkness"

Check out this chilling new clip for upcoming horror "The Darkness". The film is due out May 13th, 2016 in theatres. " The Darkness " is directed by Greg McLean and stars Kevin Bacon, Radha Mitchell, David Mazouz, Lucy Fry, Matt Walsh and Jennifer Morrison. 

As a family returns home from vacation at the Grand Canyon, they innocently bring home a supernatural force that preys off their own fears and vulnerabilities, threatening to destroy them from within, while consuming their lives with terrifying consequences.

"The Unbidden" Summons New Clip For April 22nd World Premiere

Margin Films is excited to announce the world premiere of Quentin Lee's The Unbidden.  The female-centered paranormal horror film will screen Friday, April 22nd as part of the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival.  A quartet of longtime girlfriends come together in the hopes that a séance will protect them from a dark presence that won't rest until one of them is destroyed.

The Unbidden World Premiere:
Friday, April 22 at 8:30 pm
Aratani Theatre at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center
 244 S San Pedro St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Director Quentin Lee & Cast in Attendance
Quentin Lee (White Frog, The People I've Slept With) directed from a script by Narhee Ahn (Purity).  Tamlyn Tomita ("Teen Wolf", The Joy Luck Club), Julia Nickson (Rambo: First Blood Part II, Half-Life), Amy Hill (50 First Dates, "UnREAL") and Elizabeth Sung (Memoirs of a Geisha, Lethal Weapon 4) star as the group of friends desperate to save one of their own from her dark secret. Michelle Krusiec, Akemi Look, Kimberly-Rose Wolter and Karin Anna Cheung appear as the women's younger selves, joined by Hayden Szeto and Jason Yee as the men at the heart of the deadly mystery.

"If you're a fan of the horror, psychological thriller, family melodrama or Asian American film genres, you're in for a treat, not a trick," director Quentin Lee expressed of his first horror film.  "Our intention was to create a wildly original independent feature with an all Asian-American cast that aims to not only entertain with shocks and thrills, but bring on the debate about difficult emotional issues. This is a female-driven film that deals with domestic violence and the morality of retribution."

Mystery novelist Lauren Lee (Tomita) is haunted by the ghost of a tortured, bloodied man. She tries to forget the apparition's terrifying warnings and her unstable mental state by hosting dinner with her best friends (Nickson, Sung and Hill). Each of the women has her own idea and opinion to make Lauren feel better. In the midst of a séance that Rachel believes will exorcise Lauren's demons, a mysterious young man (Szeto) arrives brandishing a gun. He holds the women hostage in order to get to the truth of the whereabouts of his missing father (Yee).

New Images From "Cobragator"

Check out the new photos from Roger Corman's and Jim Wynorski's upcoming b-movie, creature feature "Cobragator". The film will be helmed by Wynorski with Corman's taking executive producer title. " Cobragator " centers around a city's population under attack from a giant hybrid Monster, part cobra part alligator.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Pagan Festival Shout Out: Megalesia

The Megalesia was the festival of the Magna Mater, or Cybele, and celebrated between April 4 - 10 by games and theatrical performances. Sumptuous feasts were held on the first day of the Megalesia and ended with chariot races at the Circus Maximus. The festival and ceremonies were opened by the sacrifice of the moretum (a dish of herbs). The Galii, the eunuch priests of Cybele, carried her image (bearing a polos crown) through the city of Rome to the sound of tambourines, horns, flutes and cymbals. As they danced through the streets of Rome, they beat themselves bloody in an ecstatic ritual.

Cybele was known as Magna Mater ("Great Mother"). In the Punic Wars, the Roman commander Scipio Africanus, on the advice from the Sibylline Books (Libri Sibyllini), introduced the goddess Cybele from Pessinos and estalished her worship to Rome. As a goddess of fertility she personified the earth and its abundant benefits, and was regarded as the Great Mother and unceasing producer of all plant life. She was also believed to exercise unbounded sway over the animal world including wild animals, especially the lion. Her exotic cult also introduced the masochistic and orgiastic rites (similar to those of Bellona, the goddess of war) performed by priests. Cybele is usually represented in art wearing a polos (a high, cylindrical hat) and seated on a throne, with lions crouching at her feet. Cybele is sometimes depicted sitting in a chariot, drawn by lions. The symbol of Cybele was the Pine Cone.

Some of the rituals performed by the priests of Cybele related to the ancient myths about the goddess, in particular the Myth of Cybele and Attis. According to ancient mythology, Cybele discovered that her handsome and youthful lover called Attis had been unfaithful to her and planned to marry a nymph called Sagaris. In an uncontrollable fit of anger, jealousy, rage and frenzy Cybele burst into the wedding feast. A panic seized the guests, and a terrified Attis, became afflicted with a wild, temporary madness and fled to the mountains. Attis fell under a pine tree and inflicted terrible mutilations by slashing himself in his madness. He bled to death under the pine tree. Cybele had made him go mad and mutilate himself and bitterly regretted her actions. Cybele mourned her loss and Jupiter promised her that the pine tree would remain sacred forever. The practise of self-mutilations was adopted by the priests of Cybele, the notorious Galli.

The Pine Cone was the symbol of Cybele and related to the myth of Attis. Pine cones were worn by her priests and worshippers as a symbol of the goddess. The priests of Cybele were famous for their strange, unfathomable behaviour, and like their goddess, and were treated with the utmost caution. People believed they had supernatural powers and practised a form of witchcraft. Followers of Cybele, called metragytes, were roaming Galli who would wander the countryside, begging for alms and telling fortunes. As a protective and cautionary measure it became customary to the symbol of Cybele, the Pine Cone, on a pole in the vineyards, to protect them from blight and witchcraft. The pine cone was also mounted as an ornament on the gateways and rails of the entrances of some houses in the countryside - a tradition that still exists in Italy modern times and a reminder of the ancient goddess Cybele.

Teaser For SGL's "The Night Shift"

Press Release:
SGL Entertainment is pleased to announce that they will be releasing THE NIGHT SHIFT on Blu-ray, DVD and VOD in early 2017. The film is directed by Massimiliano Cerchi and stars: Sadie Katz (Wrong Turn 6), Vincent Rivera (Insane, Hell Ride) and Greg Chandler Maness (Insane, Selma).
Synopsis: A security guard (Vincent Rivera) gets hired to guard an empty mansion until the owner will arrive in the morning. Little does he know, he has been set up as a human sacrifice to placate the various Demons who “live” in the house. Will he survive the shift or will he be a victim ?

Cult Filmmaker William Grefe Documentary Details

The documentary of one of cult cinema's most notorious filmmakers is set for release. "They Came From The Swamp" hits horror and cult film Fan's shelves on April 19th, 2016 exclusively on the Ballyhoo website. Read the press release below.

When it came to independent filmmaking in the sunshine state, William Grefé was the wildest of the wild! During the 1960s and ‘70s, the Miami-based producer/director transformed the darkest corners of the Florida swamps into his own personal backlot. From rampaging crocodiles possessed by an ancient Seminole witch doctor (DEATH CURSE OF TARTU) to a slithering serpent named STANLEY, William Grefé would grind out low-budget exploitation films for drive-ins and hardtops around the world. Now, without the benefit of cages or other protective devices, the untold story of Florida’s most daring moviemaker comes to the screen…IN PSYCHEDELIC COLOR!
Featuring over 20 interviews, including STEVE ALAIMO (“Wild Rebels”), DOUG HOBART (“Sting of Death”), GARY CRUTCHER (“Stanley”), RANDY GRINTER (“Whiskey Mountain”), CHRIS ROBINSON (“Stanley”), FRED OLEN RAY (”Scalps”), FRANK HENENLOTTER (“Basket Case”), JOHN DAVIS CHANDLER (“Hooked Generation” & “Mako”), DAVID F. FRIEDMAN (“She Freak”), and HERSCHELL GORDON LEWIS (“Blood Feast”), plus a special guest appearance by WILLIAM SHATNER (“Star Trek”), this explosive documentary packs enough THRILLS, CHILLS, and GILLS to make your skin CRAWL! 
THEY CAME FROM THE SWAMP is a limited edition, 2 disc set featuring three hours of bonus material, including the 1977 film, WHISKEY MOUNTAIN (presented in Widescreen for the first time on home video). Other features include a NEW documentary short on the history of Crown International Pictures, two vintage William Grefé short films (one starring William Shatner), one vintage promo film, a special Legends Award intro from actor Bruce Campbell, deleted scenes, a William Grefé trailer gallery, still gallery and more! This collectible set will be released on April 19th, just in time for the Drive-In theater season!
Only $29.99 plus shipping. That’s not all! The first 100 copies sold will receive a FREE STANLEY insert booklet signed by William Grefé and Daniel Griffith! 

Distribution Details For Stephen King's "Cell"

Distribution details have been announced for Stephen King's upcoming film, "Cell" starring John Cusack. The film has been picked up by Saban Films who take U.S. sales rights. "Cell" is based on the apocalyptic novel of the same name by Stephen King, who adapted the screenplay along with Adam Alleca. The film costars Samuel L. Jackson and Isabelle Fuhrman.

When a mysterious cell phone signal is broadcast across the network and turns the population into mindless animals, struggling graphic artist Clay Riddell (Cusack) bands together with a small group of fellow survivors to trek across a decimated New England to seek answers and reunite with his son.
Saban Films President Bill Bromiley said, “Stephen King is widely recognized as a master of the horror genre. Combining his talent along with Todd’s vision and this dynamic cast, which reteams King, John Cusak and Samuel L. Jackson for the first time since ‘1408,’ delivers a truly unique modern tale of survival.”
I enjoyed working on ‘Cell’ and love the way it turned out,” said Stephen King. “Kip Williams has made a scary and thoroughly entertaining movie. But you may want to put your cell phone in the freezer after seeing it.”

Trailer No. 2 Released For "Green Room"

Trailer number 2 has been released for upcoming thriller "Green Room". The film is directed by Jeremy Saulnier and starPatrick Stewart, Anton Yelchin, and Imogen Poots. The film is expected to have a limited theatrical release April 15th ahead of its national release on the 29th. 

Members (Anton Yelchin, Alia Shawkat) of a punk-rock band and a tough young woman (Imogen Poots)

Crowd Funding Underway For "Sherwood Horror"

A crowd funding campaign is underway for "Sherwood Horror", a flick that looks to put Robin Hood Up against vampires. The film is written and directed by John Regan and the campaign is set up on Kickstarter.  " Sherwood Horror " is set to star Alma S. GreyTerry Jernigan,Taymour GhaziJustin DrayPaul ProiosAustin Two Feathers, and Mike Powers. Looks to be a pretty interesting project so check it out! There are hints of "Van Helping" and "Underworld" influencing the concept but Regan promises a grittier flick similar to classic sci-fi action films like "The Terminator" and "Mad Max".

Sherwood Horror is about an ex-con (Rob Locksley) who joins forces with his old hunting buddies to wage war against the vampires who have taken over their town


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