Friday, April 19, 2019

Shudder Picks Up "Tigers Are Not Afraid"

It’s been called “one of 2018’s best undistributed films” (SlashFilm) and “the best Guillermo del Toro movie he never made” (iO9). Now you can also call it a Shudder Exclusive. Shudder, AMC Networks’ streaming service for horror, thrillers and the supernatural, announced today that it has picked up all rights to writer/director Issa Lopez’s acclaimed feature Tigers Are Not Afraid across all its territories. The film is set to premiere on Shudder later this year.

“I’m incredibly happy to announce that Shudder will distribute Tigers Are Not Afraid for English-language audiences,” said Lopez. “Shudder is an outstanding curator of the best and the weirdest of international fantastic cinema, including many of my favorite new movies from trailblazing filmmakers. The opportunity to have Tigers Are Not Afraid among them is an absolute honor.”

“Tigers Are Not Afraid is a horror fable for the ages, as moving as it is frightening thanks to Issa’s fearless imagination,” said Shudder GM Craig Engler. “We are honored and excited to share this powerful film with our members.”
Filmmaker Issa Lopez has been showered with praise for her work from such luminaries as Guillermo del Toro and Stephen King, who tweeted: “this is one terrific film, both tough and touching. Two minutes in, I was under its spell.” Del Toro, who has called Lopez “a fantastic new voice in the genre,” is executive producing one of her forthcoming projects, a supernatural western. She is also developing a musical about Latino culture in Queens, NY for Paramount Pictures, and a supernatural revenge thriller for Legendary.

Tigers Are Not Afraid premiered at Austin’s Fantastic Fest, where it earned Best Director honors. It went on to pick up more than 50 awards around the world, including Best Feature at Screamfest, Mórbido, Boston Underground, Chattanooga, Toronto After Dark, and Amsterdam Imagine International Fantastic Film Festival. The film won both Jury and Audience awards at Paris Fantastic Film Fest, the Silver Raven and Audience Awards at Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival, and ten nominations and two wins at the Ariel Awards, Mexico’s equivalent to the Oscars.

Lopez’s film uses horror and fantasy to deliver a moving portrait of the dire circumstances of the children left behind by Mexico’s brutal drug wars. Estrella (a mesmerizing Paolo Lara) is ten-years-old and alone. Given three magical wishes, she asks first that her missing mother come back, and she does... from the dead. Fearful of the ghost she believes she’s invoked, Estrella escapes to the streets and earns her way into a gang of other children, orphaned by cartel violence. But soon Estrella discovers you can never really leave the dead behind.
Marco Polo Constandse’s Filmadora Nacional and Issa Lopez’ Peligrosa are the film’s producers.

The deal was negotiated by Emily Gotto on behalf of Shudder, and Paradigm on behalf of the filmmakers. Issa Lopez is represented by Paradigm and Hirsch Wallerstein.

With Tigers Are Not Afraid and the recently announced acquisition of Shinichiro Ueda’s One Cut of the Dead, Shudder continues to lead the way as an essential service for both genre fans and cinephiles alike. Recent Shudder Original and Shudder Exclusive films include Lizzie, Mandy, Revenge, and the documentary Horror Noire.


Chelsea Stardust directs "All That We Destroy", the Mother's Day installment of Blumhouse and Hulu's Into the Dark series. The film will premiere on the streaming service May 3rd. It stars Israel Broussard, Aurora Perrineau, Dora Madison, Frank Whaley, and Samantha Mathis.

A geneticist who fears that her son may be becoming a serial killer, creates a group of clones in an attempt to cure him of his psychopathic tendencies by allowing him to relive the murder of his first victim.

Crime Documentary "Rainy In Glenageary" Out Now

Award-winning Irish director Graham Jones, who has made several critically-acclaimed indie movies since the nineties such as NOLA AND THE CLONES and HOW TO CHEAT IN THE LEAVING CERTIFICATE, releases a new film today called RAINY IN GLENAGEARY.

This latest work from Jones is an unorthodox true crime documentary which explores the unsolved 1999 murder of 17 year old Irish schoolgirl Raonaid Murray - or 'Rainy' as some friends called her.

"I count three valid reasons to release this film, " says Jones. "The first is that it reports a credible allegation Dun Laoghaire Gardaí physically assaulted at least one of Raonaid's close friends during a regular police interview in 1999, without the slightest provocation and indeed their attitude toward her 'crew' in general was so accusatory that several teens just completely clammed up."

"The second reason is that some of this crew have recently begun re-thinking the events of late 1999 and it seems they do have further information, but after their previous alleged treatment by Gardaí in relation to such a traumatic event were naturally uncertain how to proceed and consented instead to internal audio recordings of their claims for our film's research."

"Yet the third and perhaps most compelling reason of all is that, following a number of Raonaid's crew bravely opened up about such issues, we have evidence strongly suggesting that others vilified them for speaking out - a large red flag to our filmmaking team."

Check out the documentary here:

Official Trailer Released For "Isabelle"

Check out the official trailer for upcoming horror "Isabelle", ahead of May release. The film is directed by Rob Heydon, written by Donald Martin, and stars Adam Brody, with Amanda Crew. It hits release in theatres and VOD May 24th. 

After moving into the perfect New England neighborhood, an all-American couple’s dream of starting a family shatter as they descend into the depths of paranoia and must struggle to survive an evil spirit that wants nothing more than their own lives. ISABELLE is very much in the vein of ROSEMARY’S BABY and THE EXORCIST.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Tribeca Film Festival Trailer Released For "Bliss"

Tribeca Film Festival Trailer Premiere: BLISS from Joe Begos

With his previous films, Almost Human (2013) and The Mind’s Eye (2015), filmmaker Joe Begos won the hearts of horror lovers through his stylistic nostalgia and inhibition-free penchant for brutality. Upping the ante, BLISS roars with searing visuals, kinetic energy, an endearing nastiness, and a ferociously all-in lead performance from Madison. Although it’s set in modern-day Los Angeles, BLISS harkens back to the grimy days of New York City grindhouse cinema, when films like Abel Ferrara’s The Driller Killer and Bill Lustig’sManiac were the norm.

Known for her dark and macabre artwork, painter Dezzy Donahue (Dora Madison) is in a professional rut. Unable to finish her newest commissioned work, Dezzy looks to reignite her creative juices by letting loose-as in, taking every drug in sight and tearing through raucous house parties and heavy metal bars. After a few nights spent with her debauchery-loving friends Courtney (Tru Collins) and Ronnie (Rhys Wakefield), though, Dezzy notices changes within herself. On the positive side, she’s finally painting again, but she’s also developing a strange desire for blood. As someone who has never been able to control her vices in the first place, Dezzy is quickly and violently consumed by this bloodlust.

Screening Times
World Premiere | Saturday, April 27, 9:45pm @ Village East Cinema
Public Screening #2 | Sunday, April 28, 9:45pm @ Village East Cinema
Public Screening #3 | Wednesday, May 1, 9:45pm @ Village East Cinema

Official Poster And Trailer Released For "Child's Play" Remake

Orion Pictures’ “CHILD’S PLAY” – Official Trailer and Poster
In Theaters Everywhere June 21st 

A contemporary re-imagining of the 1988 horror classic, Child’s Play follows Karen (Aubrey Plaza), a single mother who gifts her son Andy (Gabriel Bateman) a Buddi doll, unaware of its more sinister nature.
Release: June 21st, 2019
Starring: Aubrey Plaza, Gabriel Bateman, Brian Tyree Henry and Mark Hamill as the voice of Chucky
Directed by: Lars Klevberg
Produced by: Seth Grahame-Smith, David Katzenberg

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"Slaughterhouse Rulez" On Digital And In Select Theaters This May

Dark comedy SLAUGHTERHOUSE RULEZ is debuting on Digital and in select theaters May 17 and on DVD June 18 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Asa Butterfield, Finn Cole, Hermione Corfield, Michael Sheen, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost star.

Welcome to Slaughterhouse, an elite boarding school where boys and girls are groomed for power and greatness…and they’re about to meet their match. This ancient and ordered world is about to be shaken to its foundations – literally – when a controversial frack site on prized school woodland causes seismic tremors, a mysterious sinkhole and an unspeakable horror is unleashed. Soon a new pecking order will be established as pupils, teachers and the school matron become locked in a bloody battle for survival.

Black Fawn Distribution Announces The Launch Of VOD Site

Black Fawn Distribution has announced the launch of their new Canadian Video on Demand service entitled Black Fawn VOD (Black Fawn Video on Demand). The site officially launched this morning to coincide with National Canadian Film Day.

VOD launches with ten titles including fan favorites Bite, Let Her Out, In the House of Flies and The Heretics, some of which have never been available in HD, until now. Fans can simply visit the website ( and digitally rent films via their credit card for a 72 hour period. The company is promising that their price-point for digital rentals will be the lowest on the market.

"Black Fawn VOD provides an outlet where our films are now more readily available on-line and on the go,” states Black Fawn Distribution’s Operations Manager Chris Benn. “We know that piracy is still a big challenge for all filmmakers out there and we felt that the best way to combat that was to provide quick access to a quality digital format for a fair and reasonable price. We know that film fans across Canada love supporting filmmakers as directly as possible and they also want to watch great Canadian content. This avenue allows them to do both of those things at the same time.”

“After years of people asking, we’re excited to finally bring an on-demand streaming platform to Black Fawn Distribution fans,” explains General Manager Chad Archibald. 
“Some of our titles are even out of print now but, with Black Fawn VOD, they can still be streamed on your TV, computer or phone in the best quality possible. Black Fawn has always been dedicated to getting as many eyes as possible to watch the films we release and this platform provides an easy way for the growing world of online viewers to access our content.”
“National Canadian Film Day is important day for me as a Canadian filmmaker,” states Black Fawn Distribution’s Marketing Manager Christopher Giroux. “Growing up, I was introduced to a lot of Canadian films and the importance of supporting homegrown entertainment. My parents would show me Canadian classics such as Black Christmas, The Changeling and Cannibal Girls, films that inspired me to become a proud Canadian filmmaker myself. Taking Black Fawn Distribution to the next level by enhancing our digital offering allows so many others to enjoy Canadian content as much as I have over the years.”

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Mass Grave Pictures' “Theta States” Now Streaming

“Theta States” Now Streaming

Mass Grave Pictures most recent feature film, Theta States, is now available for free streaming via the cult film app Midnight Pulp. Written and Directed by Manny Serrano, starring Thomas Ryan (Theatre of Terror), Erin Brown (aka Misty Mundae), Kathryn Lill (Welcome to NY), Deana Demko (Halloween Horror Tales) and Tom Coll (Zombie Hunters) as Dr. Zovnig.

Danny (Ryan) is a long-term insomniac who comes across an ad for the Audible Lucid Perceptions sleep clinic, run by the peculiar Dr. Zovnig. He receives a small audio device which generates brain-frequency- altering audio waves. Now sleeping better than he ever has in his life, Danny starts to realize that there could be something wrong. Nightmares, hallucinations, and blackouts plague him daily. Is it all a side effect of the treatment, or is there some evil force at work, affecting his every move?

You can watch Theta States on the Midnight Pulp app, available on Roku, Amazon FireTV, and Chromecast, as well as all Android and Apple devices. The film can also be watched directly on the Midnight Pulp 
Website: No account, login, or signup is required to watch the film, which will also be rolling out on Google Play, FandangoNow, Hoopla, Kanopy, The Roku Channel, Pluto TV and YuyuTV in the coming weeks.
Mass Grave Pictures is currently touring festivals with four short films, “I Waited For You” and “Matryoshka,” both directed by Manny Serrano, as well as “Beneath” and “Miss Understood Monster,” written and directed by MGP Producer, Lindsay Serrano. You can find them screening at the upcoming festivals Tromadance, Long Island International, First Con-Tact, and Hang On To Your Shorts, with more to be announced soon.
Theta States is the perfect example that originality and imagination still exist. 8 out of 10” – Horror Society
“Theta States proves to be a compelling addition to the world of Psychological Horror that embraces the seemingly lost art of the slow burn; foregoing jump scares and instant gratification for proper storytelling.” – Cryptic Rock
“It’s a pretty cool mashup of old-school psychological thrillers like Jacobs Ladder and modern exorcism films.” – Beneath The Underground

"Toxic Tutu" Now Available Worldwide On DVD and VOD

Toxic Tutu featuring Mark Torgl, Lloyd Kaufman, Jake “The Snake” Roberts, Mel Novak and more is now available worldwide on DVD and VOD

Toxic Tutu is now available world wide on DVD at Walmart, FYE, Target, Barnes and noble, Amazon, chemical burn entertainment and more! The film is also streaming on Amazon Prime, You Tube, Google Play, VUDU, and Apple iTunes.

More than 30 years after starring in Troma Entertainment’s cult classic horror-comedy The Toxic Avenger, Mark Torgl – AKA Melvin the “Mop Boy” – resurfaces at a fan convention, only to be abducted. And for what? A contaminant-rich toxic oasis a select few know exists.

Torgl and Kaufman star alongside Survivor star Jonny Fairplay, legendary action star Mel Novak (Quentin Tarantino favorite Game of DeathSamurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance), author Frank Messina, pro wrestling legends Jake “The Snake” Roberts and Jimmy “Boogie Woogie Man” Valiant, indie horror staples Shawn C. Phillips and Genoveva Rossi, adult film actresses Nadia White and Diana Prince, and a reunion of several original The Toxic Avenger cast members for the first time in over 30 years.

Head to for additional details about the film, including Toxic Leaks, bonus content not featured in the film, cast and crew information, and more. You can also follow Toxic Tutu on Facebook and Twitter.

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Horror Comedy "My Lover, My Lazy Boy" To Hit Festival Circuit This Year

New Zealand horror comedy "My Lover, My Lazy Boy" is set to begin a limited festival run this year. The film is directed by Bernie Rao and stars Jed Brophy, Grant Kereama, Harley Neville, Piimio Mei, Natalie Morris, Jim Baltaxe, Sarah Munn and Jamie McCaskil. The films distribution is handled by High Octane Pictures in the U.S. and Devilwroks in Europe.

A Dybbuk-possessed reclining chair becomes infatuated with its new owner. The recliner will do whatever it takes, including murder, to have her. Not even a Rabbi, nor Voodoo sorceress can help.

Teaser Clip Released For DC Universe's 'Swamp Thing'

Check out the first teaser clip just released for DC Universe's 'Swamp Thing' series. Based on the iconic character from the Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson, the reboot is set to premiere on the streaming service May 31st. Derek Mears (2009's Friday the 13th) Andy Bean play the creature and Alec Holland respectively. Will Patton, Virginia Madsen, Henderson Wade, Kevin Durand, Andy Bean, Crystal Reed, Jeryl Prescott, Maria Sten, and Ian Ziering also star.

The series follows Abby Arcane as she investigates what seems to be a deadly swamp-born virus in a small town in Louisiana, only to soon discover that the swamp holds mystical and terrifying secrets.

High Octane Pictures Lights The Fuse On An "Impossible Mission" This May

High Octane Pictures lights the fuse on an explosive action-thriller for May!

An atomic blonde is gunning for a kill in Impossible Mission, available On Demand and VOD May 7 from High Octane Pictures.

Rosa, a master assassin with a knack for poisons sets out on a search and destroy mission against a spiritual leader, but conflicts within her own organization may spell disaster for her long before she ever closes in on her target.

From writer/director Gilles Gambino, and starring Jimena Gala, Ben Vinnicombe, and James Giblin, Impossible Mission gets underway May 7 on VOD and DVD.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Suspense Thriller "The Perfection" Hits Netflix This May

Netflix is set to premiere Richard Shepard's elevated horror "The Perfection" this May. The film stars Allison Williams and Logan Browning. Watch "The Perfection" May 24th. 

A troubled musical prodigy (Allison Williams) seeks out the new star pupil of her former school (Logan Browning) with shocking consequences in this elegant and terrifying suspense ride, the most buzzed-about movie at last year's Fantastic Fest.

Death Predicts Terror In STX Films Horror "Countdown"

Deadline has reported that STX Films upcoming horror "Countdown" has cast Elizabeth Lail, Talitha Bateman (Annabelle: Creation),  Peter Facinelli (Twilight franchise), P.J Byrne (Green BookRampage), Anne Winters (Night School, 13 Reasons Why), Tom Segura (Instant Family), Jordan Calloway (Black Lightning, Riverdale) and Tichina Arnold (Everyone Hates Chris). The film is being directed by Justin Dec.

Lail stars as a young nurse who downloads an app that claims to predict exactly when a person is going to die. It tells her she only has three days to live. With time ticking away and a mysterious figure haunting her, she must find a way to save her life before time runs out.

Amazon Prime Releases Paranormal Series 'Share Your Scare'

Amazon Prime has released season one of Jalbert Brothers Studio's paranormal series 'Share Your Scare'.  In the spine-tingling series hosted by internationally renowned Psychic Medium Valentina Lomborg, listen to real people's  experiences. 

"Share Your Scare” – Season 1 Episode Guide 
1. Black Cloud
A family has an experience with a black ominous cloud that none of them can explain and feel threatened by what could be poltergeist activity.
2. Bloody Fetus
Paranormal investigators encounter a Victorian-era ghost and a shocking apparition of a floating, bloody, baby fetus.
3. Haunted House
Shattering glass, lights turning off and ghosts manifesting all over the house. A family haunting that could make you think twice about moving in
4. The Passing
A cop of 25 years has numerous experiences that involve the deceased and another with two mischievous specters that manifest themselves in a pub.
5. It Follows
Have you ever been on a Haunted Tour? In this episode, a young woman has an encounter with a spirit that follows her home and gives her the scare of her life.
6. A Father’s Love
A Monopoly car and a gold coin? A deceased father makes an effort to stay in contact with his daughter in some unique and unusual ways.
7. Demonic Lust
A psychic medium has a disturbing experience with an incubus demon which causes our very own host to open up and describe how in the past she herself was sexually abused by the same type of entity.

Trailer Released For New Wave's Remake Of 1971 "I Eat Your Skin"

Check out the trailer for New Wave Pictures remake of 1971 zombie horror "I Eat Your Skin". The Australian/ Philippines co-production is directed by John Klyza and stars Bollywood queen Sunny Leone. 

 “A group of international photographers journey to photograph a rare bird in the Philippines, the Black Shama. They are told the legend of an ancient warlord whose spirit is said to still roam the land. Ignoring the warnings, they travel deep into the jungle and set up camp. When one of them finds a fresh corpse clutching a strange talisman, he becomes host to the vengeful ghost and begins to prey on his fellow travelers.

By spear, by machete, by teeth – no skin will be spared.”

A Father/Daughter Duo Screen Their $1 million Short Film At Tribeca

The Tribeca Film Festival, presented by AT&T has announced the selection of The Shipment, a $1 million dollar father/daughter science fiction short, written, executive produced and directed by VFX artist and 3D animator Bobby Bala.
 The epic intergalactic tale tells the story of a widowed cargo hauler who finds himself stranded with his daughter on a wretched spaceport after their old ship breaks down. Faced with an unscrupulous offer to escape, he faces a difficult dilemma that puts his morality to the ultimate test as he tries to provide a better life for his family.
"My goal was to create my first film with my daughter. I felt this would be a memorable experience we could both share for many years and it definitely was,says director Bobby Bala.
Besides Bobby’s daughter and newcomer Ishana Bala playing the lead female role of Zohra, the lead male role of Kaidan Katar is superbly performed by veteran Canadian actor Aleks Paunovic for which he delivered a nuanced performance tinted with heroic gravitas.
 Aleks Paunovic is no stranger to sci-fi having played key roles in War for the Planet of the Apes, Battlestar Galactica, Supernatural, and Smallville, to name a few. He currently stars in SyFy’s Van Helsing and will be seen in TNT’s anticipated new drama Snowpiercer, opposite Jennifer Connelly and Daveed Diggs.

Terror Films Teams Up With POV Horror

TERROR FILMS is hellbent on ensuring that you can find their films literally everywhere! On the heels of their recent partnership announcement with VOD streaming site Popcornflix, the digital indie genre distributor is at it again as they prepare to launch seven of their found footage films on the popular subscription streaming service - POV HORROR.
The release will include a mixture of titles. To begin the partnership the wildly successful Hell House LLC and politically charged Savageland, will debut on this platform. Next, the stalkeresque thriller The Documentary will be available. The slate will also highlight films from international filmmakers such as The Blair Witch Project spoof The Claire Wizard Thesis (from Australian filmmaker Ishak Issa), the critically acclaimed Be My Cat: A Film for Anne (from Romanian filmmaker Adrian Țofei), the paranormal thriller The Follower (from French filmmaker Kévin Mendiboure), and the never-before-seen Documenting the Witch Path (from Swedish filmmaker Carl Sundström). The official poster has been included here, for Documenting the Witch Path, with the official trailer set to release soon. This documentary follows three young filmmakers in search of a haunted lake where innocent women, accused of witchcraft, were drowned in the 17th Century.
TERROR FILMS' President Joe Dain had something to say of this partnership. Dain said of the film slate and working with POV HORROR: “we are thrilled to be working with POV Horror. In this very competitive market, we rely on platforms such as POV Horror to help us continue to grow our digital footprint and introduce our ever-growing and diverse library of horror films to new audiences." A larger audience can see the best TERROR FILMS has to offer on POV HORROR, this April!

POV HORROR will release Savageland on April 28th, followed by more TERROR FILMS horror all summer long!
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About POV HORROR: POV Horror is a film distribution and production company specializing in the found footage horror genre. Their premium video on demand streaming service offers the latest titles and sought-after classics from rising and veteran filmmakers around the world.
POV Horror is partnered with the found footage film experts at to procure only the best new titles. Our catalog includes hundreds of films spanning over forty countries, including exclusive content, with new titles added each week.
POV Horror is available on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, and the web. This fall, POV Horror is launching on Android, iOS and xBox.
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The Gordon Place By Isaac Thorne Available Now

Graham Gordon just walked into his abandoned childhood home for the first time in twenty years. Local teenagers have been spreading rumors about disembodied screams coming from inside. Now, thanks to a rickety set of cellar stairs and the hateful spirit of his dead father, he might never escape.

Meanwhile, reporter Afia Afton – whose father is the victim of a local decades-old hate crime – is developing a ghost story feature for her TV station's Halloween broadcast. When she learns about the screams at the Gordon place, the past and the present are set on a collision course... with potentially catastrophic results.
It’s a fight for the future and the past when spirit and flesh wage war at The Gordon Place.

The Gordon Place is the first full-length novel from Isaac Thorne, best known for his collection of dark comedic horror short stories Road Kills -- from which his story "Diggum" has been adapted into an award-winning screenplay, winning critical praise from Fight Club screenwriter Jim Uhls and “bizarro” genre author Danger Slater.

The Gordon Place is available now in hardcover, paperback and digital editions through,, and many other retailers. Copies can also be purchased directly from the author via

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Pagan Festival Shout Out: Ramanavami

Birthday of Hindu God Rama (avatar of Vishnu), protector of beloved wife, Goddess Sita (avatar of Lakshmi). Vaishnavas are devoted to God Vishnu and His avatars. [See Mantra to Rama.] [a/k/a Rama Navmi, Ram Navmi] [Chaitra Shukla 8 & 9]

Rama Navami is a spring Hindu festival that celebrates the birthday of lord Rama. He is particularly important to the Vaishnavism tradition of Hinduism, as the seventh avatar of Vishnu. The festival celebrates the descent of god Vishnu as Rama avatar, through his birth to King Dasharatha and Queen Kausalya in Ayodhya.

The day is marked by Rama Katha recitals, or reading of Rama stories. Ramayana and Mahabharata are considered Itihasa by Indian traditions. Some Vaishnava Hindus visit a temple, others pray within their home, and some participate in a bhajan or kirtan with music as a part of puja and aarti. Some devotees mark the event by taking miniature statues of the infant Rama, washing it and clothing it, then placing it in a cradle. Charitable events and community meals are also organized. The festival is an occasion for moral reflection for many Hindus. Some mark this day by vrata (fasting).


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