Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Female Written/Directed Horror "MARLA" Gets North American Release This November


Carrie meets It Follows in Marla, a spine-chilling new horror experience from writer-director Lisa van Dam-Bates.

Starring van Dam-Bates, Travis Johnny Ware, Jason Stange and Katie Hemming, the film explores the terrifying account of a girl who goes to get an IUD implanted by a family friend turned doctor who then commits a deranged act. The event has deadly implications for those close to her.

Marla premieres on digital and DVD November 5 from High Octane Pictures.


Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Poster And Trailer Released For Upcoming Horror "Door In The Woods"


The poster and trailer has been released for upcoming horror "Door In The Woods". The film hits digital and DVD on October 29th via Wild Eye Releasing. It is directed by Billy Chase Goforth and stars John-Michael Fisher, Katherine Forbes and Lauren Harper. 

A family is haunted by a group of evil spirits that they accidentally release after finding a mysterious gateway during a hike. They turn to a shaman who must help them save their child and send the entities back to the spirit world forever.

Poster And Trailer Released For "Tennessee Gothic"


The official poster and trailer has been released for upcoming horror "Tennessee Gothic". The film is directed by Jeff Wedding and stars William Ryan Watson, Jackie Kelly, and Victor Hollingsworth. It is described as an R-rated horror comedy with a lot of sex. 

When a dim-witted widower and his teenage son offer a beautiful young woman refuge on their farm, their living situation escalates from hysterical comedy to maddening horror once they discover she’s not who she says she is.

Trailer Released For Horror Comedy "Red Letter Day"


The official trailer has been released for horror comedy "Red Letter Day", set to be released November 5th. The film is the feature directorial debut by Cameron Macgowan. It stars Dawn Van de Schoot (Tom Stone), Hailey Foss (Sarabha: Cry for Freedom), Roger LeBlanc (Painkillers), Tiffany Helm (Friday the 13th: A New Beginning) Kaeleb Zain Gartner, and Peter Strand Rumpel. "Red Letter Day" opens in select cinemas November 1st and lands on Blu-Ray/VOD November 5th from Epic Pictures and DREAD.

While adjusting to a new life in a quiet suburban community, a recently divorced mother (Dawn Van de Schoot), and her two teens receive mysterious red letters instructing them each to kill or be killed. As the bloodshed begins, they find themselves in a race against time to protect the ones they love from the people they thought they knew.




MUST-SEE ACTION-THRILLER "ROBBERY" GETS NORTH AMERICAN RELEASE THIS OCTOBER


This week marks the North American release of Corey Stanton action-thriller, Robbery.

Set in a lawless,  nameless county, Robbery is a crime drama that follows Richie, a down-on-his-luck screw up who longs to be free of the demons of his past. When his career criminal father, Frank, receives a dementia diagnosis, Richie realizes that in order to pay off a dangerous gambling debt, he must exploit Frank’s illegal expertise before the disease can claim his mind.

Art Hindle (Face-Off), Jeremy Ferdman (“Man Seeking Woman”), and Sera-Lys MacArthur (“Artic Air”) help make up the talented ensemble cast. Written and directed by Corey Stanton.

Robbery will be available On Demand October 15.


Twenty-one Film Titles From TERROR FILMS And Sister Company GLOBAL DIGITAL RELEASING Head To ROKU


In their ongoing quest to expand the reach and digital footprint of their growing libraries, TERROR FILMS and sister label GLOBAL DIGITAL RELEASING are set to begin placing films directly on ROKU for the first time! 

After reviewing over sixty films between both labels, ROKU has selected twenty-one films from the  respective libraries to be placed on their main page. TERROR FILMS and GLOBAL DIGITAL RELEASING President Joe Dain said of the partnership: “up until now we had only been placing films on various ROKU sub-channels. However, being on the main ROKU Channel itself will afford our films the opportunity to find a wider audience. We’re very excited about this new relationship.” Soon, film fans will have another Digital platform on which to watch their favourite TF and GDR films.

The films will include top performers. The first twenty-one films to show on ROKU from TERROR FILMS include: the found footage feature Hell House LLC (2015), the psychological Patient Seven (2016) and the documentary Untold and Unearthed: The Path to Pet Sematary (2017). From GLOBAL DIGITAL RELEASING, the releases include award winning films Without Name (2016) and Elizabeth Blue (2017). 


The films are expected to go live on ROKU in the coming months. A more specific release date will be announced soon.

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My Review Of "Killer Sofa"


"Killer Sofa" is a indie possession horror with a unique concept- the malevolent animation of an inanimate object. The film is directed by Bernardo Rao and stars Jed Brophy (The Hobbit), Sarah Munn, Stacy King, and Harley Neville. The New Zealand horror story with a creative mix subdued satire and diabolical forces. 

Francesca always attracted weirdos. When one of her stalkers is found dead, she looks for comfort from her best friend, Maxi. Meanwhile, Maxi’s grandfather, Jack, a disgraced Rabbi, comes across a reclining chair containing a Dybbuk inside. Jack and his voodoo sorceress partner try to find out where the recliner has been delivered while exploring Jack’s newfound gift for communicating with the other world. Meanwhile the reclining chair becomes enchanted by Francesca and starts committing crimes of passion.

Let's get the ridiculousness of the principal concept of the movie out of the way before I move on. It is a movie about a possessed recliner. Now let it digest, and settle. Still give the film a chance. This is so much more than the obvious set-up suggests and despite the clear desire to pass this film off as silly there is a real, straight forward horror story taking place. One closer to "Evil Dead" than "Evil Bong". 

First, the story standard horror affair. Elements of the occult, evil spirits, Jewish mysticism, and unfortunate victims of happenstance. My only outlying irritation is with the one of cultural differences, the film says "killer Sofa" when clearly it is a recliner. Now, for the most part "Killer Sofa" is fun, entertaining, and atmospherically rich with classic horror imagery.

The acting is quality. The cast, being very clear on the story's material and the director's intent, fully commit to these characters. The dialog and general writing is hit-and-miss. Some moments lose momentum but mostly the film offers entertaining, nostalgic horror movie moments that make you forget that, for the most part, this is a movie about a killer "couch".

The cinematography and lighting choices are cotton candy horror magic. Very riminescent of "Tales From The Crypt" and Italian giallo. The scene structure and atmosphere really elevate "Killer Sofa" to a level that steps beyond the usual material similar to this, mostly Charles Band and Full Moon Horror stuff. Plus this film at its core is a serious dybbuk possession film with only the slightest bit of satire. 

Overall I enjoyed "Killer Sofa" far more than I expected to, and on a level that went deeper than the superficial. Yes, you have to settle any reservations about taking a film about a killer sofa. Once you allow yourself to get into it, the movie becomes fun, quality horror that celebrates the classic horror fantastical notions that somehow struggle to find a home in today's "love of realism" home invasion, torture porn world. I think this film is worth checking out. (3/5)

Monday, October 14, 2019

Pagan Festival Shout Out: Divine Spirit Ameretat

Zoroastrian celebration of Divine Spirit Ameretat (Immortality), creator and protector of vegetation. [a/k/a Ayathrima, Herds-Homecoming] [Fasli calendar]

Ameretat is the Avestan language name of the Zoroastrian divinity/divine concept of immortality. Ameretat is the Amesha Spenta of long life on earth and perpetuality in the hereafter.

Ameretat is very closely allied to Haurvatat, who was the goddess of Water, Prosperity/Wholeness, and Health. Zoroaster, the prophet of Zoroastrianism, had stated “both Wholeness and Immortality are for sustenance” in the kingdom of Ahura Mazda.

Ameretat has a counterpart like most deities in Zoroastrianism, who is the Daeva, Shud. Both Ameretat and Haurvatat represent the reward of the righteous after death .

Ameretat along with 5 other Amesha Spentas, took part in creation.


Uncork’d Takes "Bloody Marie"; New North American Trailer Released


Uncork’d Entertainment has acquired Lennert Hillege and Guido van Driel‘s  acclaimed Dutch action-drama Bloody Marie for Theatrical and On Demand release beginning November 1.

Shortlisted as one of the nine films in contention to be the Dutch entry for the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film at the 92nd Academy Awards, the film is anchored by a head-turning performance by German actress Susanne Wolff (Styx).

Marie, once successful graphic novelist, lives in the Amsterdam red-light district. She drinks too much and gets into one conflict after another. A horrific incident in the house next door forces her to take action and get her life back on course.

Bloody Marie will hit select theaters November 1 and be available On Demand Nov 11.


Bill Moseley And Bill Oberst, Jr Head To "Devil’s Junction" This October


This October “It simply doesn’t get much better than the two Bills” (Pop Horror) as horror icons Bill Moseley (The Devil’s Rejects) and Bill Oberst, Jr (3 from Hell) team for director Jeff Broadstreet’s “Jolly” bloody horror epic Devil’s Junction : Handy Dandy’s Revenge.

In L.A theaters for special splattastic screenings 10/18 and 10/19, with an On Demand and DVD release set for 11/5 from Midnight Releasing, the J.S Brinkley-scripted Halloween treat sees a shuttered TV studio in Detroit haunted by a magician ventriloquist from a 1960's children's show, and he's looking for anew live, or dead, studio audience.





Jeff Broadstreet (Night of the Living Dead 3D) directs genre vets Bill Moseley (Rob Zombie’s The Devil’s Rejects, 3 From Hell) and Bill Oberst, Jr. (3 From Hell, Death House) alongside Jake Red, Cody Cameron, Arthur Marroquin, Danni Spring, Kyle Anderson and Katelynn Newberry. Don Borza produces.

Returning to the abandoned Detroit television station where they once delighted a generation of children viewers, master puppeteer Mister Jolly re-incarnates his minion puppets for a final performance to settle an old score with Richard. The rare blood moon casts an ominous glow as Mr Jolly unleashes his puppets, lead by the infamous Handy Dandy to seek his revenge. Further complicating Richard’s dilemma is the unexpected arrival to the Studio of his son Steffen and his friends. The group become entangled in the thrilling pursuit by Mr Jolly and Handy Dandy through the annuls of the old studio building. They soon realize that they are in a new version of “Mister Jolly and the Handy Dandy Show” -where pain is the game!


My Review Of "The Baylock Residence"


"The Baylock Residence" is a traditional ghost story, classic and gothic in nature. It is written and directed by Anthony M. Winson. The film stars Kelly Goudie, Sarah Wynne Kordas and Lindsay Foster.

After the death of her sister, Patricia inherits her family’s estate and soon discovers that something or someone has been haunting the home for decades and harbors a disturbing family secret that she must uncover.     

The story is the classic gothic ghost story with an almost longing reminisce of the past and lost bygones. "The Baylock Residence" stays within a refined, romantic style of storytelling where showing a past history, even one that is dark, means more than the shock value of modern paranormal horror. It is a neat, subdued thriller with more melodrama and theatric characters with tone-down horror elements. 

The acting is pretty decent, it never reaches the fully developed attributes that make you truly feel these characters, but the actors know there lines and understand the material. I did feel the film lacked the atmospheric authenticity to make me really feel like I was lost in the time period. However, structurally, everything seemed to represent the time period "The Baylock Residence" is set. 

The cinematography is done nicely. It is straightforward, unexaggerated third person point-of-view. It stays pretty traditional. Honestly I felt this movie plays well in a Masterpiece Theatre, made-for-TV market. The horror is very mild, "The Baylock Residence" features the expected gimmicks and CGI tricks one would expect from stuff like 'The Ghost Whisperer'. Overall the movie won't appeal to the "Insidious" crowd but if you like period melodrama with a spooky edge then check it out. (3/5)

Friday, October 11, 2019

New Trailer Released For Sci-fi Thriller "The Fare"


Harris, a world-weary taxi driver, and his fare, Penny, find themselves trapped in an endlessly looping ride that changes their lives forever.
 

When a charming woman named Penny (Kelly) climbs into his taxi, Harris (Pesi)  finds himself entranced. That is, right up until she disappears from the back seat without a trace. As he desperately tries to make sense of what happened, he resets his meter and is instantly brought back to the moment she first climbed into his cab. He and Penny find themselves trapped in an endlessly looping ride that changes their lives forever.




THE FARE has screened internationally and took home numerous awards including Special Mention Jury Award at Fantasporto in Portugal and the Director’s Prize at FilmQuest. Called “a beautifully crafted mystery” by Nightmarish Conjurings and "the cult romantic film of 2019" by Starburst Magazine, THE FARE has shades of The Twilight Zone and Hitchcock with a classic noir flare.

The sophomore feature from D.C. Hamilton stars Gino Anthony Pesi (Shades of Blue) and screenwriter Brinna Kelly, who reteams with Hamilton following their work on his directorial debut THE MIDNIGHT MAN (2016). Hamilton, Kelly and Pesi produced alongside Kristin Starns.

THE FARE will see a limited theatrical next month and land on Blu-Ray and VOD November 19th from Epic Pictures and DREAD.

DEVIL'S ACID - Trip With Satan This November


Gorilla Tree Film Company have skedded  Garrett Kruithof’s DEVIL’S ACID for a digital and disc release this November.

American Horror Story’s Drew Rin Varick, Ashley Dulaney (“Justified”), Jessica Lynn Parsons (“S.W.A.T”), Betty Jeune (The Florida Project), Nina Leon (“Longmire”) and Eric Gibson star in the trippiest genre film of the year, available 11/5.

Brothers Johnny and Luke hold this years "haunted hot girl challenge" in an abandoned prison facility deep in the forest on acid. It's a good trip until the devil shows up.


BLOOD MYTH Comes To DVD/Digital November 5


Sean Brown and Luke Gosling’s Brit bloodfest Blood Myth spooks digital and disc this November.

From High Octane Pictures a frightening rural spookfest in the vein of Midsommar. A journalist desperately tries to find his missing fiancée and finally uncover the truth behind a sinister folklore, leading him down a dangerous road of discovery.

Jonathan McClean, Anna Dawson, and Hannah Chalmers star in Blood Myth, available 11/5 from Galen Christy’s High Octane Pictures.


My Review Of "A Young Man With High Potential"


Linus de Paoli's "A Young Man with High Potential" is a unsettling psychological thriller. The film stars Adam Ild Rohweder, Pit Bukowski, Paulina Galazka and Amanda Plummer. It is a chilling chamber piece offering a window into character degradation and lives lost. 

Piet is a brilliant grad student but also painfully shy and socially inept. His lonely and sexually frustrated existence changes when he is forced to partner on a school project with the pretty and outgoing Klara. As they spend time together, Piet misinterprets her friendly personality and awkwardly professes his love to her. When Klara rejects his advance, Piet retreats into himself, becoming more obsessed with his “love” until one night when he drugs Klara and attempts to have sex with the unconscious woman, but when she begins to fight him off, he reacts in a violent way. What follows is a very long and horrifying aftermath that sends the man down a dark and despicable path. A disquieting tale reminiscent of the works of Lars von Trier and Michael Haneke. 

The story is a slow burn, straight forward psychological drama that, much like the title character, spirals into darkness and horror. The thriller elements are subtle at first and the build up never really climaxes beyond the initial pace. But you know something bad is going to happen, you feel it in the small, nuanced mannerisms of Rowheder's character. There is a foreboding atmosphere that lingers through nearly every scene.

The casting choices here are brilliant choices. Especially Adam Ild Rohweder as Piet. He seems a little too comfortable and at ease in this character. A chilling, somewhat antisocial, seemingly harmless guy with a dark shadow nesting in his mind. It is a great performance. The rest of the acting feels just as natural. These are developed personas that breathe organically. 

The horror comes. It takes a moment to manifest, but it hits hard. It isn't sensationalized, or glorified violence. There is no real embrace of exploitation. Everything is done carefully and almost authentically. More to the point of showing a bit more realism. That said, you can almost sense that this guy could have gone completely torture porn in his deprevity had it not been for the internal conflict taking place. 

Overall "A Young Man With High Potential" is a wonderfully done, chilling psychological drama. The horror only exists pleonastically so don't think this is exploitation cinema. It is more reserved than one expects, but it is still a fully conceptualized downward spiral into a horrific event. The film is shot nicely and the practical effects and dark atmosphere, combined with a strong, timeless story make this movie worth watching. (4/5)

Pagan Festival Shout Out: Thesmophoria

The Thesmophoria (Ancient Greek: Θεσμοφόρια) was an ancient Greek religious festival, held in honor of the goddess Demeter and her daughter Persephone. The festival was held annually at Autumn during the period when Fall seeds were sown and harvests were brought in. It is time which celebrated human and agricultural fertility.

The Thesmophoria was one of the most widespread ancient Greek festivals. The fact that it was celebrated across the Greek world suggests that it dates back to before the Greek settlement in Ionia in the eleventh century BCE. The festival was dedicated to Demeter and her daughter Persephone and was celebrated in order to promote fertility, both human and agricultural. It was celebrated only by women, and men were forbidden to see or hear about the rites. However these are modern times and antiquated gender-biased concepts should be shed. Spiritual expression and ritual practice should be open to all who wish to participate. What god or goddess wouldn't welcome more worship from the devoted?

The festival lasted three days, although in Attica it was lengthened to five. The original days were Pyanopsion (October) 12–14 and were called respectively anodos (or kathodos), nēsteia, and kalligeneia. At least a great part of the Thesmophoria was carried out by torchlight and was accompanied by ceremonial coarse abuse.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

IFC Midnight Acquires Rights To "The Other Lamb"


IFC Midnight has acquired North American rights to cult themed horror "The Other Lamb". The film is directed by Małgorzata Szumowska (BODY, MUG, ELLES) starring Raffey Cassidy (VOX LUX, THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER), Michiel Huisman (GAME OF THRONES, THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE), and Denise Gough (COLETTE, JULIET NAKED). written by award-winning Australian screenwriter Catherine S. McMullen (TWO SENTENCE HORROR STORIES). The screenplay was featured on the 2017 BLACK LIST, HIT LIST and BLOOD LIST and had its World Premiere as a Special Presentation at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival. The film most recently screened at the 2019 Fantastic Fest and is currently in competition at the 2019 BFI London Film Festival. Szumowska has previously won the Silver Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival 2015 for her film BODY and subsequently the Grand Jury Prize for her film MUG in 2018. IFC Midnight will release the film in 2020.

THE OTHER LAMB is a haunting and nightmarish tale that tells the story of Selah (Raffey Cassidy), a young girl born into an alternative religion known as the Flock. The members of the Flock – all women and female children – live in a rural compound, and are led by one man, known only as Shepherd (Michiel Huisman). Selah, a daughter who is on the cusp of teenage-hood, is an incredibly devoted follower, but begins to bond with Sarah (Denise Gough), an outcast wife who has grown skeptical of Shepherd’s teachings. Selah is given the great honor of participating in the sacred ritual of the birthing of the lambs - upon which they depend for survival - where she has a shocking and transformative experience. She begins to have strange visions that make her question her own reality, and everything the Shepherd has taught her and her sisters.

Arianna Bocco EVP of Acquisitions and Productions of IFC Films said, “THE OTHER LAMB is the perfect addition to our 2020 slate of boundary-pushing and auteur-driven titles. Malgo’s distinct, original, and commanding approach to the film is completely in line with our goal of broadening the definition of what genre film can be. We unanimously wanted to work with her.”

Director Małgorzata Szumowska added, “I couldn’t be more thrilled to partner with IFC on my English-language debut. Their history of championing auteurs from Europe in North America is incredible, and I’m very happy to join their roster of iconoclastic storytellers.”

The film was produced by Academy Award®-nominee David Lancaster and Stephanie Wilcox of Rumble Films (WHIPLASH, NIGHTCRAWLER, EYE IN THE SKY) together with Aoife O’Sullivan and Tristan Orpen Lynch of Subotica (MISS JULIE, 2014; YOUNG ONES, 2014), Danish producer Marie Gade Denessen of Zentropa (THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT, 2018; THE HUNT, 2012) and in co-production with Umedia (MY BRILLIANT FRIEND, 2019; MANDY, 2018). Executive produced by Julia Godzinskaya, Will Norton, and Sophie Vickers of Rooks Nest Entertainment and Jon Shiffman and Andrew Schwartzberg of Rumble Films. The film is made with the participation of Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland and is an official Irish-Belgian co-production.
The deal was negotiated by EVP of Acquisitions and Productions of IFC Films Arianna Bocco and Director of Acquisitions Aijah Keith with UTA Independent Film Group on behalf of the filmmakers. International sales are being handled by TrustNordisk.

Hilarious Hit Comedy/Horror Film "Garden Party Massacre" Hits Amazon Prime This Week!


Just in time for Halloween, Gregory Blair's award-winning screwball comedy meets slasher spoof GARDEN PARTY MASSACRE is now available to stream exclusively on Amazon Prime. The film has won handfuls of awards on the festival circuit: 'Best Feature Film,' 'Outstanding Horror/Comedy Feature,' ‘Best Director of the Year’ and more, including nine acting awards for the cast. Currently available only on DVD and Blu-ray, the Amazon Prime debut will be the premiere chance to see the film on VOD.

Beloved by audiences and critics alike, GARDEN PARTY MASSACRE is Blair's follow-up to his much-lauded DEADLY REVISIONS. His latest is a fast-paced, wacky spoof in the vein of Shaun of the Dead and Tucker and Dale vs. Evil. The fun begins when a friendly backyard gathering goes hilariously awry as an unexpected guest arrives. With a pickaxe. And an attitude.

Director Blair has talked about the film recently. He says of the Digital release: "we're excited to finally open the door and widen the audience through VOD." Blair also says of the changing Digital and home entertainment markets: "streaming has become the preferred home-viewing option and Amazon Prime is one of the leading platforms, so we thought that was a great place to start. But collectors will still want to get the DVD or Bluray, because we all know that physical media is the only way to guarantee you can watch the movie when you want, since streaming catalogues change all the time." GARDEN PARTY MASSACRE will be available in just a few days, on one of the largest Digital distributors currently online.

GARDEN PARTY MASSACRE is a PIX/SEE Productions film. It was released on DVD and Bluray through SGL Entertainment who will also be helming the VOD release. The film will be released on other VOD platforms closer to Christmas.  Finally, the film stars Andy Gates ("Grimm"), Nichole Bagby ("On The Rocks"), Lise Hart (Deadly Revisions), Gregory Blair ("Love That Girl"), Dawna Lee Heising (Samurai Cop2: Deadly Vengeance), Matt Weinglass ("Jimmy Kimmel Live!") and David Leeper.




The film’s official site: http://www.GardenPartyMassacreFilm.com

A Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/GardenPartyMassacre

The GARDEN PARTY MASSACRE Twitter page: https://twitter.com/GardnPrtyMasacr

Available on DVDs and Blurays now at: https://sglmoviestore.com/comedy/garden-party-massacre/

My Review Of "Incredible Violence"


"Incredible Violence" is the debut feature of filmmaker G. Patrick Condon. The indie film is a quasi-autobiographical horror exploration into art and madness. It stars With M.J. Kehler, Stephen Oates, Michael Worthman, and Kimberley Drake. 

G. Patrick Condon is a shitty filmmaker who has taken a loan from a group he shouldn't have gotten mixed up in. Now he's drank the money away and he owes them a horror movie. Grace, who has always dreamed of being a famous actress, is desperately trying to make it in the movie business. She gets her first big break in a horror flick, but there a few things unusual about this shoot. She and the rest of the cast will have to live in the house for the duration of the shoot, they aren't allowed to leave and will be recorded everywhere around the clock. Where does the movie begin and reality end? And, how far will Grace go to "make it"?

Condon has created a truly inventive story, taking common tropes from killer thrillers and exploitation cinema and putting a fresh spin on the standards. There is the classic psycho killer persona and a nice collection of young women. The story brings in elements of serial psychology and aspects of POV/CCTV that really grabs onto the whole guerilla filmmaking ideology. All blended in a storied span of comfortable and captivating cinematography.

"Incredible Violence" gets meta with all it's layered psychotica. At first I didn't think I would like the film. I expected it to fall apart and become a hot mess. Don't make that mistake when you set out to watch this movie. Condon does great at keeping the structure and continuity flowing. The acting varies from decent to great from scene to scene depending on the cast. Mostly I just became swept up in the story. That being said, there are a few moments that actions and dialog becomes clunky and muddled, but things rebound quickly. 

The horror and violence is full frontal for most of the film's edgy, thriller scenes. It is brutal, exploitative and celebratory. However the cruelty and coldness has purpose. It isn't just for the sake of showing some blood stained flesh. It is shown in contrast to the antagonist's motivation. We are watching a movie of a movie in the making. One in which budget concerns and ingenuity are always an issue. Even flaws are arguably intentional, artistic elements. And superficially the kill sequences look good and at times intense. 

Overall I enjoyed "Incredible Violence". It is creative and entertaining. The story is complex and complete. I found the characters to be fully developed, relatable characters instead of explotational fluff. The quality of the cinematography is nicely done considering the low-budget nature. The horror elements have purpose and maintain a gritty, affective quality. There are a few flaws but for the most part this is a indie horror worth checking out. (3.5/5)

My Review Of "She's Just A Shadow"


Self-described gangster fairytale "She's Just A Shadow" is written and directed by Adam Sherman. The film blends elements of pulp film, crime thriller and surrealism in a orgy-jnduced blood bath of drugs, sex and death. It stars Tao Okamoto (The Man in the High Castle, “Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice,” “The Wolverine”), alongside Haruka Abe (“47 Ronin”) and Loka pop star Kihiro in his acting debut.

A beautiful Japanese madam. A deranged, drug-addled Tokyo gangster and his crew. A sadistic serial killer on the loose. The intersection of these stories, and the interior worlds of these characters, plays out against a dreamlike backdrop of ultra-violence and orgiastic sex as everyone tries futilely to rewrite their futures and cheat death. A dreamlike yet modern take on the gangster genre, SHE’S JUST A SHADOW is the action-packed story of a matriarchal crime family engaged in a vicious gang war, while a deranged killer is leaving his victims on railroad tracks all over Tokyo. The only thing more dangerous than the killer is the vicious love triangle within the family itself. 

The story is a blend of traditional underground crime thriller exploration of sub-culture and more experimental risque imagery circling tropes such as sexploitation and torture porn. There is heavy influences that permeate the film, most notably Tarantino and Stahelski. The synopsis and my initial description make "She's Just A Shadow" seem like a very exciting film. And given the cinematography and set design for a lot of the scenes, this movie has some cool moments. But...there are several flaws here.

First off, the story moves so freely that there is a feeling of "lack of cohesion" that makes it hard for any of the major plot points to sink in. The foundation starts to feel weak. It is a gritty and interesting story, and the setting and subject matter are pulp fiction candy tropes. Unfortunately there seemed to be more focus creating moments of extreme sensationalized tableauxs, than creating solid story continuity. Again, there is some really cool stuff happening in "She's Just A Shadow", unfortunately it all seems disjointed and more fitting to music videos and short film, arthouse pieces.

The acting is tight, the cast do a good job bring life to these characters, there just isn't enough written here for them to go on. Most of the characters are two-dimensional, weakly written "shadows". So much so that inorder to give them substance you really need to grab on to the film's title, and near hallucinatory asthetics and hold on for dear life. Something that helps equally with watching this one is the celebratory over-the-top display of violence and gore. There is plenty of blood flowing in "She's Just A Shadow". I just don't know if there's enough going on here to satisfy most film fans. (2.5/5)


Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Official Trailer Released For Upcoming Horror "They Reach"


The official trailer has been released for upcoming horror "They Reach". The film is directed by Sylas Dall and stars Mary Madaline Roe, Morgan Chandler, Eden Campbell, and Kyan Zielinski. No word on the film's official release.

It’s 1979, and a 13-year-old science nerd accidentally unleashes a demon from a vintage reel-to-reel player; she recruits her two best friends to fight the beast before it devours more souls in the small town of Clarkston. Jessica Daniels is not like other girls her age. She's a science nerd who's determined to win Grand Prize at the science fair with her powerhouse potato light. Her dad wonders why she’s infatuated with experimenting on discarded electronic gadgets, instead of sewing or dolls. One day she finds an old reel-to-reel player. As she pries at it to unleash its electronic secrets, she cuts herself. Her blood releases the deadly Sangui Demon, who slaughters anyone in its path in its pursuit to possess the ultimate vessel – the body of the person who bled on its portal: Jessica. She must defeat the demon, but how? She recruits her two best friends and her Dad, and musters her science-fair winning skills, to battle the beast before it gathers more souls.

Trailer Released For Drama Thriller "The Room"


A official trailer has been released for upcoming drama thriller "The Room". The film is directed by Christian Volckman and stars Olga Kurylenko, Kevin Janssens, Marianne Bourg, and Francis Chapman. Hits theatres November.

Matt and Kate buy an isolated house. While moving, they discover a strange room that grants them an unlimited number of material wishes. But, since Kate has had two miscarriages, what they miss the most is a child.

Killer-Thriller THE DARK PLACE Gets Theatrical Release In New York And Los Angeles


Acclaimed psychological thriller THE DARK PLACE, directed by Jody Wheeler, will hit the big screen in New York (Oct. 18-24) and L.A (Nov 9). Starring Blaise Godbe Lipman, Timo Descamps, Sean Paul Lockhart, Eddy Rioseco, the strikingly-shot, edge-of-the-seat thriler film tells of a young man who returns to California's wine valley to make peace with his estranged family, and finds a mystery that endangers the lives of the people he love.

Long estranged from his widowed mother, Keegan Dark (Blaise Embry) is blessed with the uncanny ability to remember his life in videographic detail. This is both a blessing and a curse, keeping him at odds with his family and loved ones.

Returning home with his boyfriend in tow to make amends with his mother, he's shocked to discover she remarried. His family now includes a step-father and step-brother--and Keegan quickly surmises they aren't up to any good.
His investigation into their past is derailed when his mother drops into a coma, his boyfriend seemingly leaves him and the town's sheriff targets him as the most likely culprit. With allies scarce and time running out, Keegan must fight--and use his remarkable mind--to unravel the secrets that threaten to destroy him.


NEW TRAILER AND POSTER RELEASED FOR "ONE NIGHT IN OCTOBER"


The unimaginable horror stories of ONE NIGHT IN OCTOBER drop October 15! Described as The Purge meets Creepshow, Wild Eye Releasing’s One Night in October comes to DVD and Digital. The film is directed by Christopher M.Carter and stars Jessica Morgan, Casey Norman, and Rachel Netherton.

On a single night in October, three stories interweave as three different groups face unimaginable horror.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

BingeHorror 50% Off Until Halloween



BingeHorror, the go-to streaming service for indie horror lovers, has debuted its year subscription plan at a 50% OFF SALE price of only $14.99 USD/year. Just in time for this Halloween season! BingeHorror is now available worldwide on Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, Google Play, Android & Apple/iOS devices. Subscribers who sign-up to BingeHorror during October using the promo coupon SLASH will get the Year Subscription plan for only $14.99 USD (instead of the regular price of $29.99).
BingeHorror offers rare and exclusive indie horror content you won’t find anywhere else. And for Halloween 2019, BingeHorror is highlighting the following titles: Forget Me Not, A Grim Becoming, Dark, Deadly & Dreadful, Frankenstein Created Bikers, The Psychics, The Invoking 3: Paranormal Dimensions, The Laplace’s Demon, The Portal, Let’s Not Meet, Monster X, Madman and Swamp Ape.
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Filmmaker And Paranormal Investigator Seeks To Make Film Based On Infamous Willows Weep House


Filmmaker Billy Lewis and Paranormal Investigator Dave Spinks out of Wilmington, NC seek to make a movie about the infamous haunted house - Willows Weep. Spinks is the owner of the Willows Weep house. The campaign is set up on Indiegogo. The guys have made two other horror/thriller films (The Jailhouse, The Terrible Two). 

They are looking to raise $25,000 to lay the groundwork to produce this haunting movie based on real events. The house has been profiled on the History Channel’s show The UnXplained and has been called the most evil house in America. This money will go to all pre-production which includes casting for the movie, set design, organization of the film, and all the other nuances that go with producing a feature film.

Learn more at: www.willowsweepmovie.comwww.willowsweepmovie.comwww.willowsweepmovie.com


The Poster And Trailer Released For Final Season Of Vikings'


The History Channel has released a poster and the trailer for the upcoming six and final season of 'Vikings'. The series returns December 4th. 

Season six returns following the battle between brothers which has left Bjorn victorious and a hero to the people who have been under the tyrannical rule of Ivar for so long. As the new leader of Kattegat, Bjorn struggles to fill his late father’s shoes as king, while facing several dilemmas and wrestling with the idea that power overshadows morals. Meanwhile, Ivar, searching for a new path to separate him from his past, is seen traveling along The Silk Road eventually leading him to Russia. He meets his match in Prince Oleg (Danila Kozlovsky), a ruthless and unpredictable Russian ruler, who shocks even Ivar with his merciless actions. While Lagertha has her own agenda – to live a quieter and less public life on her own farm, but new dangers lurk close to home. This season, the Vikings continue to take over Scandinavia as Ubbe (Jordan Patrick Smith) and Torvi (Georgia Hirst) travel to Iceland to uncover the mystery circling around Floki’s (Gustaf Skarsgård) disappearance and Hvitserk (Marco Ilsø) pursues his personal vendetta against Ivar.

First Trailer Released For Upcoming Sci-fi "Portals"


The first trailer has been released for upcoming sci-fi anthology "Portals". The film features directors Gregg Hale, Liam O'Donnell, Eduardo Sánchez and Timo Tjahjanto. It stars Deanna Russo, Neil Hopkins, Michele Weaver, Ptolemy Slocum, Clint Jung and Paul McCarthy-Boyington. "Portals" will be released in limited theatrical release and on digital October 25th.

Each story focuses on a mysterious black out and the sudden appearance of strange objects.

New Trailer Released For Post-Apocalyptic Teen Comedy 'Daybreak'


A new trailer has been released for Netflix's post-apocalyptic teen comedy series 'Daybreak'. The series is set to premiere on October 24th. It stars stars Matthew Broderick as the High School principal, alongside Krysta Rodriguez, Sophie Simnett, Austin Crute, Alyvia Alyn Lind, Cody Kearsley, Jeanté Godlock, and Gregory Kasyan.

Living his best life in post-apocalyptic LA, a slacker strives to find the girl of his dreams while outwitting mindless ghouls and cliquish gangs.




Monday, October 7, 2019

Erotic Horror Parody LadyKillerTV Set for Star-Studded Premiere October 23 at Palms Las Vegas


LadyKillerTV, a new horror-erotica parody inspired by classic cinema’s most frightening films, is set for its world premiere in Las Vegas at the Palms Casino Resort’s Brenden Theater, October 23, 2019.
 
Former Five Finger Death Punch drummer-turned-filmmaker Jeremy Spencer, who co-directed, co-produced, wrote and provided music for the outrageously campy 80-minute film, stars Richard Grieco and Felissa Rose alongside many of adult’s top stars, including Tori Black, Nicole Aniston, Adriana Chechik, Abigail Mac, Nikki Benz, Abella Danger and Jynx Maze.
 
In addition to the feature film, the LadyKillerTV serieswhich consists of 24 vignettes in eight episodes, will premiere its Friday the 13th spoof ‘Camp Blood Sex’, starring Nikki Benz and Reya Sunshine, on the Pornhub.com site starting October 18.
 
“After hours, days and weeks of putting this series together, and now assembling this feature film, FINALLY LadyKillerTV is getting a proper movie premiere in Las Vegas,” said Spencer, who also appears in each of the vignettes. “We’re reimagining horror film in a way that’s comfortably familiar and yet new and unexpected.”
 
Adult stars such as Tori Black, Nicole Aniston, Nikki Benz, Abigail Mac, Joanna Angel, Katie Morgan, Richelle Ryan and Darcie Dolce are expected to be in attendance for the red carpet event and the private after-party.
 
To find out more about LadyKillerTV, visit Ladykillertv.com
IG: @ladykillertv 
Twitter: @ladykillerTV1 
 

Beware the beast! "ANIMAL AMONG US" Gets North American Release This November!


This November, Christian Oliver (“Sense8”, House of Good & Evil) and Larisa Oleynik (“Mad Men”, 10 Things I Hate About You) come face to face with hirsute terror in John Woodruff’s highly-anticipated horror throwback, Animal Among Us.

Fifteen years ago, two teenage girls were murdered at Merrymaker Campgrounds. The case was filed as an animal attack, the camp was condemned, and the killer never found. But something horrific still waits in those woods, ready to kill again.
Don Frye, Christine Donlon, Jonathan Murphy, Erin Daniels, Heather Tom, Jasmine Dustin, and Whitney Davis star in a film by John Woodruff. Written by Jonathan Murphy. Produced by Murphy, Woodruff and Cara Kidwell.

Friday the 13th meets Dog Soldiers in Animal Among Us, available on VOD and DVD November 19 from Uncork’d Entertainment.


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