Saturday, March 16, 2019

My Review Of "Carga"

"Carga" is psychological thriller that opens up a dialog surrounding the exploitation of women and human trafficking. The film is the directorial debut of Bruno Gascon, and stars Netflix’s “1983” Michalina Olszanska in a breakout performance, 3-time Golden Globe winner Victor Norte (“Cinco dias, Cinco Noites”), Dmitry Bogomolov, Kim Grygierzec and international model Sara Sampiao in her feature film debut.

A truck driver tormented by the load he carries. A road that should lead to a better life. Human beings treated as goods for selling... In a capitalist society where each person focuses on their own needs, it is easy to forget about those around us and only do what is best for each of us. This is the story of Viktoriya, a young woman who throws everything away in search of a better life. From the moment the doors of the truck where she travels open up, Viktoriya is confronted with the cruel reality of human trafficking. Can she escape her fate?

Gaston's story hangs precariously between respectful storytelling and sensationalized thriller. The subject matter is horrific in and of itself. Human-trafficking and exploitation of women and children is an ongoing plague within society. Gaston highlights just one of those stories. It is dark, inherently disturbing and heartbreaking. At times "Carga" expresses the horror perfectly- in a cringe worthy manner, and at other times the film seems insincere, or unnecessarily over-exaggerated.

As good as the acting is, and the cast really are committed, the choice to lean more into thriller territory,  as opposed to a more psychological drama telling, does deminish the depth of the characters a bit. Still "Carga" is a compelling story and the commitment of the cast shows throughout. The depressing scenes that contrast a perverted,  almost mimicry of compassion from the victimizers, against harsh cruelty in the victimization is a little hard to watch,  as they peirce at the heart and mind of the viewer. 

Overall Bruno Gaston's "Carga" is film worth watching. The subject and the events that transpire in this nightmare could be plucked from any country and exist as a harsh reality regardless of nationality. It could be you, as the film jabs starkly into our psyches,  more to the point - what if it was your,  or your neighbor. In the end this is an act of violation to us all, aso a society we are all complicit and victims of Human-trafficking. "Carga is worth checking out. (3/5)

My Review Of "Do It Yourself"

"Do It Yourself" is a Greek crime-thriller from writer / director Dimitris Tsilifonis and stars Konstadinos Aspiotis, Christos Loulis, Themis Panou, Mirto Alikaki, and Makis Papadimitriou. "Think of countries where guns-blazing, action-packed genre films are made and Greece probably is not on the top of the list." That is how this film was introduced to me in press, and yeah I don't think of Greece when it comes to action film- so it instantly had me intrigued.

Small-time crook and ex-con Alkis is double-crossed by an ex-cellmate and finds himself trapped in a working porn studio where his shady, trigger-happy accomplices have no intention of letting him out alive. The disheveled crook has only one option – to escape by any means possible. 

Tsilifonis manipulates various cinema tropes cleverly by both embracing timeless action elements and technology. And yet at the same time he creates an air of "risk it all" frantic storytelling,  as if to force the viewer to both tell the story and go along for the ride. It is brave, boisterous and entertaining - and I imagine - a totally Greek thing to do! The story may not be completely original, there is an obvious influence that shows some Hollywood worship. However, "Do It Yourself" is unique, and slightly more original by giving the audience an almost 1st person "gamer"/"tech thriller" point of view. 

The acting and action moves smoothly for the most part, there are moments when transition scenes, and expositional moments drag a bit, and feel clunky. That being said, Tsilifonis regains control quickly and maintains it on a level that makes you almost forgetall that. He keeps a very entertaining movie moving forward, almost to the point of making the clunkiness seem intentional. After all the film title is "Do It Yourself". 

The action and "horror" aspects come from the crime thriller nature of the story. There is a good measure of suspense, there is murder, and there is a level of anxiety in the characters, and the way that the story is told. I would have preferred a more grindhouse / giallo flare in the murder, but overall the movie is entertaining. "Do It Yourself" is right there, set perfectly in classic Hollywood crime thriller fare. It never reaches the heights of A level cinema but it gets close enough to a real good movie worth watching. (3.5/5)

Pagan Festival Shout Out: Dakas Day

During Dakas' Day, Tantric Buddhists make offerings to the Dakas (male embodiments of enlightened energy) and Father Tantra; day to unite will and power to manifest positive social change and environmental healing. [Observed primarily by Tantric initiates.] [a/k/a Daka Puja, Father Tantra Puja, Tsog, Tsok]

There is some disagreement amongst Western scholars as to the meaning of the term daka. Some see it as the same as a dakini but in its male embodiment, and thus to be the partner of a female practitioner or yogini, or to identify a daka as the consort of a dakini. However in consort yoga, the consort of a dakini is a yogi. For example, the most famous instance of consort yoga in Tibetan tantra involved its founder, the Indian Mahasiddha Padmasambhava and Yeshe Tsogyal, a Tibetan princess and yogini. Padma Sambhava was known as a yogi and Yeshe Tsogyal as a dakini. Miranda Shaw, associate professor of religion at University of Richmond, said in an interview in 1995, "In Sanskrit there is only one word, Dakini. There are only female Dakinis... there is no male Dakini. It is an impossibility and a contradiction in terms." Whereas Jan Willis in the chapter Ḑākinī; Some Comments on Its Nature and Meaning points out that ""she" is not "female". Though the ḍākinī assuredly most often appears in female form... this is but one of the myriad of ways Absolute Insight chooses to make manifest its facticity".

However, Tibetan Lamas trained in the Gelug school, such as Sermey Khensur Lobsang Tharchin and Kelsang Gyatso, and those of the Karma Kagyu school such as Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, write freely of "dakas and dakinis". Thubten Yeshe clarifies their meaning: "what are dakas and dakinis? Simply speaking they are males and females who possess advanced experiences of tantric transformation and control and are therefore able to increase the blissful wisdom of a highly qualified practioner".

Lord Shiva as Nataraja:
The depiction of Shiva as Nataraja (Tamil: நடராஜா, Kannada: ನಟರಾಜ, Telugu: నటరాజు, Sanskrit: naṭarāja, "Lord of Dance") is popular. The names Nartaka ("dancer") and Nityanarta ("eternal dancer") appear in the Shiva Sahasranama. His association with dance and also with music is prominent in the Puranic period. In addition to the specific iconographic form known as Nataraja, various other types of dancing forms (Sanskrit: nṛtyamūrti) are found in all parts of India, with many well-defined varieties in Tamil Nadu in particular. The two most common forms of the dance are the Tandava, which later came to denote the powerful and masculine dance as Kala-Mahakala associated with the destruction of the world. When it requires the world or universe to be destroyed, Lord Śiva does it by the tāṇḍavanṛtya, and Lasya, which is graceful and delicate and expresses emotions on a gentle level and is considered the feminine dance attributed to the goddess Parvati. Lasya is regarded as the female counterpart of Tandava. The Tandava-Lasya dances are associated with the destruction-creation of the world.

Pagan Festival Shout Out: Celebration Of Divine celebration of Divine Spirit Spenta Mainyu

Zoroastrian celebration of Divine Spirit Spenta Mainyu (Holy Spirit), creator and protector of humans. [a/k/a Hamaspathmaedaya, All Souls, Parsi Muktad, Irani Farvadigan] [Fasli calendar]

According to Zoroastrian belief, Spenta Mainyu protects and maintains many realms and creatures—the sky, water, earth, plants, and children yet to be born. while Nowruz is the Zoroastrian New Year, Iranians celebrate it on the vernal equinox while Indian Parsis celebrate it in August. Both groups celebrate Zoroaster’s birth on Khodad Sal six days after Nowruz. Iranians mark Zoroaster’s death on Zarathust No Diso around December 26 while Parsis celebrate it in May.

Indo-Iranian religion that Zoroastrian beliefs sprang from, was polytheistic. While details are scarce, Zoroaster probably elevated an already existing deity into the role of supreme creator. This polytheistic religion shares its origins with the ancient Vedic religion of India. Thus, the two beliefs share some similarities such as the ahura and daevas (agents of order and chaos) in Zoroastrianism compared to the asuras and devas who compete for power in Vedic religion.

Naw-Ruz, also spelled Nowruz as well as other variants, is an ancient Persian holiday celebrating the new year. It is one of only two festivals mentioned by Zoroaster in the Avesta, the only holy Zoroastrian scriptures written by Zoroaster himself. It is celebrated as a holy day by two religions: Zoroastrianism and the Baha'i Faith. In addition, other Iranians (Persians) also commonly celebrate it as a secular holiday.

Naw-Ruz occurs on the spring equinox or on March 21, the approximate date of the equinox. At its most basic, it is a celebration of renewal and the coming spring, which is common for festivals at this time of year. Some believe that their actions on Naw-Ruz will affect the rest of the coming year. Baha'is, in particular, can see it as a time of spiritual renewal, because Naw-Ruz marks the end of a 19-day fast meant to focus believers on spiritual development.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Third "Annabelle" Film Announced With Title Teaser

The third film in the "Annabelle" franchise official title announced today with teaser release. "Annabelle Comes Home" hits theatres June 28th. The film is the directorial debut of Gary Dauberman, the writer behind the spin-offs. 

The film will once again center around the titular demon doll but this time she is already under the possession of paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. Judy Warren, daughter of the paranormal investigating couple, is targeted alongside her two teen babysitters by the demonic doll after they bring it home into their artifact room. Madison Iseman and Katie Sarife are set to play Judy Warren’s babysitters.

Paranormal Horror "The Music Box" Now On Amazon Prime

Paranormal horror "The Music Box" is now available on Amazon Prime. The film is written and directed by John Real and co-written by Adriana Marzagalli. It stars Antonio Lujak, Rachel Daigh, Antonella Salvucci, Fiona Whiteclaw, Anita Tenerelli and Cearl Pepper. Available on most digital retailers courtesy of ITN Distribution.

When 6 year-old Sophie is tragically orphaned, guardianship is assigned to her estranged Aunt Annabelle who moves into an eerie, Victorian house where Sophie finds a locked wooden box with a strange symbol drawn on it. Sophie pries the lock open revealing a beautiful music box. Each time the music box is wound and replayed, its chilling melody plays slightly longer, captivating Sophie even more.
When the music box begins affecting Sophie’s behavior and health, Annabelle seeks the aid of a child psychologist and clairvoyant who soon discovers the music box is possessed by an evil spirit who seeks to haunt Sophie and destroy Annabelle. As the haunting intensifies, time begins to run out and Annabelle finds herself racing against the music box’s melody to defeat the spirit before the last note plays.

Rami Malek’s Audio Thriller ‘Blackout’ Debuts This Month

Rami Malek’s Audio Thriller ‘Blackout’ Debuts This Month 

Malek, fresh off his successful awards run, will be featured in upcoming audio thriller 'Blackout'. Audio thrillers/dramas harken back to the long ago days of radio dramas,  long before television. The series is created and written by Scott Conroy (The Daily Show), is executive produced by Rami Malek and produced by QCode and Endeavor Audio.

Release Schedule:
Episodes 1 & 2 – Tuesday, March 19th
Episode 3 – Tuesday, March 26
Episode 4 – Tuesday, April 2
Episode 5 – Tuesday, April 9
Episode 6 – Tuesday, April 16
Episode 7 – Tuesday, April 23
Season Finale – Tuesday, April 30

Bruce Campbell Signs On To Netflix Series 'The Last Kids On Earth'

Bruce Campbell has signed on to Netflix's adaptation of Max Brallier's bestselling books 'The Last Kids On Earth'. Campbell joins  Mark HamillRosario DawsonCatherine O’HaraKeith DavidGarland WhittMontse Hernadez, and Charles Demers, with Nick Wolfhard voicing the main character Jack Sullivan. The animated series is set to premiere later in the year. 

13-year-old Jack Sullivan and a band of suburban middle schoolers who live in a decked-out tree house, play video games, gorge themselves on candy, and battle zombies in the aftermath of the monster apocalypse. It’s a hilarious series filled with wisecracking kids, crazy gadgets, a lifetime supply of zombies and giant-sized monsters.

Frankenstein Inspired "Depraved" World Premiere Set For What The Fest

Inspired by Mary Shelley's Frankenstein,  horror film "Depraved" is set to make its world premiere at this year's What The Fest. The film is directed by Larry Fessenden and stars Owen Campbell, Chloë Levine, Alex Breaux, David Call, and Joshua Leonard. If you make to the Fest catch it on March 20th.

Alex leaves his girlfriend Lucy after an emotional night, walking the streets alone to get home. From out of nowhere, he is stabbed in a frenzied attack, with the life draining out of him. He awakes to find he is the brain in a body he does not recognize. This creature, Adam, has been brought into consciousness by Henry, a brilliant field surgeon suffering from PTSD after two tours in the Mideast, and his accomplice Polidori, a predator determined to cash in on the experiment that brought Adam to life. Henry is increasingly consumed with remorse over what he’s done and when Adam finally discovers a video documenting his own origin, he goes on a rampage that reverberates through the group and tragedy befalls them all. 

Trailer Released For Medieval Horror "The Head Hunter"

A new trailer has been released for medieval horror "The Head Hunter". The film is directed by Jordan Downey and stars Christopher Rygh. Vertical Entertainment is set to be released April 5th.

On the outskirts of a kingdom, a quiet but fierce medieval warrior protects the realm from monsters and the occult. His gruesome collection of heads is missing only one – the monster that killed his daughter years ago. Driven by a thirst for revenge, he travels wild expanses on horseback, using sorcery to aid in his quest. When his second chance arrives, it’s in a way far more horrifying than he ever imagined. A heartbreaking fairytale with a black soul, the film is constructed with very few elements, minimalistic and epic at the same time, where fantasy and horror find their more physical and gory incarnations.

Dave Franco's Directorial Debut Will Be Horror Thriller "The Rental"

Dave Franco will make his directorial debut with horror-thriller "The Rental". Alison Brie (Community, GLOW) and Dan Stevens (The Guest, Apostle) will join Sheila Vand (A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night) and Jeremy Allen White (Shameless). The script is co-written by Franco and writer/director Joe Swanberg.

"The Rental" is a character-driven horror thriller about two couples who rent a vacation home for what should be a celebratory weekend get-away.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Dread Picks Up 80's Inspired Carpenter-esque "Black Site"

Epic Pictures and DREAD are thrilled to represent the action horror, BLACK SITE, releasing April 9, 2019! It is best described as a mixture of “John Carpenter Meets H.P. Lovecraft Meets The Raid.” Jonathan Barkan at Dread Central could barely contain his excitement!

When I first heard about BLACK SITE, my imagination went wild at the description. Then, after seeing it, I knew that this was a film that would be perfect for horror audiences and DREAD! Tom Paton is an amazing director who has an incredibly bright future ahead of him and it’s a pleasure and an honor to be a part of that.” – Jonathan Barkan, Dread Central

Synopsis: An elite military unit encounters a supernatural entity, known as The Elder Gods, that forces them into battle against an army from another dimension. They must fight together to defend the Black Site and save the world from ultimate destruction.

BLACK SITE is directed by Tom Paton (Redwood). The film stars Sophia Del Pizzo (Into the Dark), Lauren Ashley Carter (Imitation Girl), and Jessica-Jane Stafford (Dead Ringer).

Myself and the team at Airpick & Goldfinch couldn’t be more excited that BLACK SITE has found its home as part of the DREAD label. It’s an honour to be included alongside the existing titles and we can’t wait for everyone to see the start of what we hope will be a long running franchise.” – Tom Paton, Director

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40th Anniversary Teaser For "Alien" Released

From the first heart-racing Chestburster scene to the last horrifying Xenomorph attack, ALIEN has terrified audiences around the world for decades, building a loyal fanbase with its unforgettable moments of jump-scare suspense, acid-bleeding Aliens, and strong female heroines. To celebrate the 40th anniversary of this groundbreaking sci-fi horror film, 

Twentieth Century Fox Film partnered with global creative community Tongal to offer die-hard fans an opportunity to develop and produce wholly original shorts set in the world of ALIEN.

After reviewing over 550 pitches from filmmakers, six final stories were chosen. The filmmakers were given unprecedented access to the franchise, including storytelling elements, creatures, and characters, to bring a new, terrifying experience to life for audiences. Each of the six shorts brings forth an exciting new narrative for fans while paying homage to the original film.

Rollout of the six shorts will begin this week, with exclusive fan screenings of the first four at Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle on Friday, March 15th, followed by C2E2 in Chicago on Saturday, March 23rd. The final two shorts, both helmed by female filmmakers, will screen exclusively for fans at WonderCon on Saturday, March 30th, followed by a moderated panel with the directors. The shorts will be released weekly on IGN, starting on March 29th. Then, beginning May 3rd, they will be available on the official @AlienAnthology social channels and, along with exclusive behind-the-scenes content.

ALIEN: 40th Anniversary Shorts Synopses:
ALIEN: Alone - Hope, an abandoned crew member aboard the derelict chemical hauler Otranto, has spent a year trying to keep her ship and herself alive as both slowly fall apart. After discovering hidden cargo, she risks it all to power up the broken ship in search of human life. Written and Directed by Noah Miller

ALIEN: Containment - Four survivors find themselves stranded aboard a small escape pod in deep space. Trying to piece together the details around the outbreak that led to their ship’s destruction, they find themselves unsure to trust whether or not one of them might be infected. Written and Directed by Chris Reading

ALIEN: Harvest - The surviving crew of a damaged deep-space harvester have minutes to reach the emergency evacuation shuttle. A motion sensor is their only navigation tool leading them to safety while a creature in the shadows terrorizes the crew. However, the greatest threat might have been hiding in plain sight all along. Directed by Benjamin Howdeshell

ALIEN: Night Shift - When a missing space trucker is discovered hungover and disoriented, his co-worker suggests a nightcap as a remedy. Near closing time, they are reluctantly allowed inside the colony supply depot where the trucker’s condition worsens, leaving a young supply worker alone to take matters into her own hands. Written and Directed by Aidan Breznick

ALIEN: Ore - As a hard-working miner of a planet mining colony, Lorraine longs to make a better life for her daughter and grandchildren. When her shift uncovers the death of a fellow miner under mysterious circumstances, Lorraine is forced to choose between escape or defying management orders and facing her fears to fight for the safety of her family. Written and Directed by the Spear Sisters

ALIEN: Specimen - It’s the night shift in a colony greenhouse, and Julie, a botanist, does her best to contain suspicious soil samples that have triggered her sensitive lab dog. Despite her best efforts the lab unexpectedly goes into full shutdown and she is trapped inside. Little does she know, an alien specimen has escaped the mysterious cargo, and a game of cat and mouse ensues as the creature searches for a host. Directed by Kelsey Taylor.

In addition to the shorts series, Fox has launched several other exciting initiatives around the 40th Anniversary of the premiere of the original ALIEN film. The USC School of Cinematic Arts is currently hosting a special exhibit of elements from all six films in the ALIEN franchise, including concept art by Academy Award winner H.R. Giger, plus costumes, props, memorabilia, and fan art. Everything ALIEN will culminate in a 24-hour, worldwide celebration on ALIEN DAY, Friday, April 26th. Join the conversation and follow @AlienAnthology on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube, and dive deeper into the terrifying world of ALIEN on

Poster And Trailer Released For "Queen Of Snakes"

Check out the poster and trailer for b movie horror "Queen Of Snakes". The film is written and directed by Christopher R. Mihm, produced by  Mihm, Stephanie Mihm and Julie Ann Mihm. It stars Stephanie Mihm as Mrs. Crawford, Rachel Grubb as Betty, Michael Kaiser as Deputy Hayes, Christi Jean Williams as Mrs. Davis, Daniel R. Sjerven as Henry and Billie Jo Konze as Ethyl.

Angry at her daughter/caretaker for being directly responsible for her paraplegia, the reclusive Mrs. Crawford accidentally receives a package containing a mysterious amulet. The ancient treasure grants her the horrific powers of a lesser Norse goddess known as the Queen of Snakes and, in a quest to control them, becomes a danger to herself...and potentially the ENTIRE WORLD!

Pagan Festival Shout Out: Asklepieia Festival

Old Greek festival honoring Asklepios, God of healing, and Hygieia, Goddess of health. [Elaphebolion 8]

On the eighth day of Elaphebolion, the Asklepieia (Ἀσκληπίεια) was held in honor of Asklēpiós, who was honored monthly on the eighth. The Asklepieia is linked to the Epidausia, celebrated six months later, as both were special days where those in the medical profession--as well as those seeking medical counsel--made sacrifices to Asklēpiós.

The first of the festival days was spent preparing for the actual festival. The second day, religious exercises were undertaken. All temples and shrines were richly decorated and sacrifices were made to Apollon, Asklēpiós, Artemis, and Leto. Perhaps and the children of Asklēpiós--Hygieia (health, cleanliness, and sanitation), Iaso (recuperation from illness), Aceso (the healing process), Aglaea (beauty, splendor, glory, magnificence, and adornment), and Panakea (universal remedy)--also received sacrifice. Apollon received the first offering along with Asklēpiós: a cock, the fowl associated with Asklēpiós. They also received barley meal, wheat, and wine. Asklēpiós was then gifted a bull, a second bull was sacrificed to His male associates, and a cow to His female associates.

On the eve of the third day, a statue of Asklēpiós was driven through the precinct, and followed by torch-bearers and priests, who sung hymns to Him. The priests sang and spoke the praise of the Theos. There were vigils throughout the night, and during the daylight hours of the third day, there were feasts. The succeeding days were given up to athletic contests in the stadium, races, wrestling contests, singing contests and theater performances.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Trailer Released For Psychological Thriller "Long Lost"

Long Lost, Starring Catherine Corcoran, Unveils Trailer Ahead of Theatrical Release
Mainframe Pictures has released the official trailer for their highly anticipated psychological thriller, Long Lost, starring Catherine Corcoran (ChuckTerrifier), Adam Weppler (The Cobblestone Corridor), and Nicholas Tucci (You’re NextMost Beautiful Island) ahead of its limited theatrical and Amazon Video release.
Distributed by Indie Rights, Long Lost takes sibling rivalries to terrifying extremes when half-brothers reunite after years of estrangement. With the help of his enigmatic live-in girlfriend Abby (Catherine Corcoran), Richard (Nicholas Tucci) leads Seth (Adam Weppler) down a psychosexual rabbit hole wherein luxury and temptation are intermingled with treachery and taboo.
Long Lost is writer/director Erik Bloomquist’s debut feature. Bloomquist is best known for creating the nationally syndicated television series The Cobblestone Corridor for which he won two New England Emmy®Awards (Outstanding Writer and Outstanding Director).
Long Lost is slated for a 30-city limited theatrical run beginning March 29 at Arena Cinelounge in Los Angeles, and an Amazon-exclusive digital release April 10 (National Siblings Day) with more platforms to follow.
Long Lostscreens on March 29th at 8:50pm at Arena Cinelounge-Sunset.

"Eye of the Beholder: The Art of Dungeons & Dragons" Documentary Release Announced

Eye of the Beholder: The Art of Dungeons & Dragons, the definitive documentary chronicling the history, legends, and inspirations behind, and the building of, the realms and characters behind the game, is out May 14th via The Nacelle Company on iTunes, Google, Xbox, Vimeo, Amazon, Vudu, Comcast, Cox, Spectrum, and more.
A deep-dive into the monsters, heroes, and adventures that the game brings to life, the film features more than forty interviews with D&D and fantasy illustration heavyweights including Larry Elmore, Jeff Easly, Clyde Caldwell, Brom, Tony DiTerlizzi, Todd Lockwood, Erol Otus, Margaret Weiss, and many more.

Release Date Announced For Award-Winning "The Samaritans"

Viva Pictures has announced the release date for award-winning horror "The Samaritans". The film hits Digital and On Demand on April 16th. It is directed by Doug Bollinger, based on a story by Keith Collins, and stars Keith CollinsDoug Bollinger, Timothy Laurel Harrison and Annelise Nielsen.

"The Samaritans" follows four co-workers who get together to finish a project at their manager’s home. They haven’t actually met face to face and they discover they have more in common than the new App they are perfecting. As they piece together their histories, they realize that each of them has a deadly secret that could reveal a way out or seal their fates. Their pasts have provoked a vengeful force to show them the errors in their ways. The home they have been summoned to becomes their court and their prison. Can they prove that history doesn’t repeat itself? Can they redeem themselves before time runs out? Will they figure out their fateful bond before revenge has its way with them?

ABC Adapting Bermuda Triangle Drama Series

ABC is adapting a new series inspired by the Bermuda Triangle. In the drama series, 'Triangle', a family is shipwrecked in the Devil's triangle and struggle to get back home. Edwin Hodge, Mallory Jansen and Mike Vogel have joined the cast. Triangle” comes from writers Jon Feldman (Designated Survivor) and Sonny Postiglione.

"After being shipwrecked, the family discovers that the Bermuda Triangle is not a watery grave in the middle of the ocean, but in fact a land lost in time that has trapped travelers for all of human history. The family must band together with a group of like-minded inhabitants from throughout history to survive and find a way home.”

First Poster For Upcoming Horror "Z" Released

The first poster for upcoming horror "Z" has been released. The film has writer/director Bradon Christensen teaming up once again with writer/producer Colin Minihan. "Z" that stars Keegan Connor Tracy,  Sean Rogerson and Jett Klyne. 

Film Adaptation Of "The Talisman" Finally Gaining Ground

This is one that is super exciting !!! My favorite novel of all time, "The Talisman" is finally in works on a for real film adaptation! Amblin Entertainment confirmed the news today to EW Mike Barker of 'Outlander' and 'The Handmaid’s Tale' will direct from a script being adapted by Chris Sparling (Buried).

"The Talisman" tells the story of the intrepid Jack Sawyer who travereses through another dimension to find the titular object that can heal his dying mother.

The previous two attempts to bring this novel to life fell through so fingers crossed,  this is a solid "gettin' it done' sitch. 

Pagan Festival Shout Out: Feast Of Artemis

Feast of Old Greek Goddess Artemis (Roman Diana/Slavic Diwitsa) - as protector of wild animals, vegetation, and places. [Elaphebolion 6]

Artemis was one of the most widely venerated of the gods and one of the oldest (Burkert 1985, 149). Her later association with the moon is a popular idea which may come from her association to Diana during the Roman period. She is also identified with Selene a Titaness who was a Greek moon goddess, and she was sometimes depicted with a crescent moon above her head, also the Etruscan goddess Artume.

Artemis is said to be the daughter of Zeus and Leto, twin sister to Apollo, God of Enlightemenment. However, Artemis and Apollo were both firmly established deities in the area long before the arrival of Zeus. Artemis was born on the sixth day of the month and immediately assisted her mother in bearing her brother Apollo, who was born a day later. The worship of Apollo and Artemis is believed to have come from the Hyperboreans.

Artemis, the goddess of forests and hills, was worshiped throughout ancient Greece. Her best known cults were on the island of Delos (her birthplace); in Attica at Brauron and Mounikhia (near Piraeus); in Sparta. She was often depicted in paintings and statues in a forest setting, carrying a bow and arrows, and accompanied by a deer. Artemis represents the unpredictable nature of, well, Nature, and the wilderness. Those who embark upon a hunting trip are at Her mercy.  for She is the embodiment of all that is Wild. Artemis is also the Goddess of the nymphs, all the delicate spirits of Nature.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Crowd Funding Kicks Off For Horror Anthology "Horrors And Fiends"

The crowd funding has kicked off for horror anthology "Horrors And Fiends". It is a collaboration of filmmakers from the Midwest joining forces. Monsters, demons, and true horrors from Studio 605.

A collection of short stories featuring different type of “Horrors” meaning fears and “Fiends” being monsters. The everyday scary shit that just gives horror to peoples lives, with the monsters and boogymen who dwell in the dark and shadows. With a tie-in storyline the film will be one hell of a ride!
The anthology features segments from Roman Jossart (The Campground), Jack Norman (The Wicked One), Jason Crowe (Harvest Lake), Stephanie Hensley (Dane Granger), and Brady A. Myers (Angel).


The highly anticipated sci-fi horror comedy Alien Party Crashers (fka ‘Canaries')  is available on VOD and DVD this March from High Octane Pictures.

From Welsh writer/director Peter Stray comes the frighteningly fun story of a group of friends at a New Year's Eve bash in the Welsh Valley, who must fight against an invasion force of time travelling aliens.
The film stars Robert Pugh (''Game Of Thrones'', ''Doctor Who'', Master & Commander) and Hannah Daniel (Netflix's ''Hinterland'').

Alien Party Crashers is now available on VOD and DVD from High Octane Pictures.

New Poster Released For "Tolkien" Biopic

A new poster has been released for Fox Searchlight's "Tolkien" biopic movie. The film features Nicholas Hoult as The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings author and Lily Collins as his wife Edith. "Tolkien" also includes Colm Meaney, Anthony Boyle, Patrick Gibson, Tom Glynn-Carney, Craig Roberts, Laura Donnelly, Genevieve O’Reilly, Pam Ferris and Derek Jacobi.

Due out May 3rd in the UK and May 10th in North America, the film explores the formative years of the orphaned author as he finds friendship, love and artistic inspiration among a group of fellow outcasts at school. This takes him into the outbreak of World War I, which threatens to tear the “fellowship” apart. All of these experiences would inspire Tolkien to write his famous Middle-earth novels.

First Trailer Released For "Charlie Says"

The first trailer has been released for "Charlie Says", starring Matt Smith. The film is set to be released May 10th and costars Hannah Murray, Sosie Bacon, and Marianne Rendon. It is directed by Mary Harron and based on the books The Family: The Story of Charles Manson’s Dune Buggy Attack Battalion by Ed Sanders and The Long Prison Journey of Leslie Van Houten by Karlene Faith.

Years after the shocking murders that made the name Charles Manson synonymous with pure evil, the three women who killed for him—Leslie Van Houten (Hannah Murray), Patricia Krenwinkel (Sosie Bacon), and Susan Atkins (Marianne Rendón)—remain under the spell of the infamous cult leader (Matt Smith). Confined to an isolated cellblock in a California penitentiary, the trio seem destined to live out the rest of their lives under the delusion that their crimes were part of a cosmic plan—until empathetic graduate student Karlene Faith (Merritt Wever) is enlisted to rehabilitate them. Convinced the prisoners are not the inhuman monsters the world believes them to be, Karlene begins the arduous process of breaking down the psychological barriers erected by Manson. But are the women ready to confront the horror of what they did? Boundary pushing auteur Mary Harron (American Psycho, I Shot Andy Warhol) presents a provocative new perspective on one of the most notorious crimes of the 20th century.


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