Saturday, May 18, 2019

Pilot Ordered For Series Adaptation Of 'The Eyes Of The Dragon'

Deadline is reporting that Hulu has ordered a pilot episode for a possible  series of Stephen King's The Eyes of the Dragon. Hulu is teaming with Fox 21 for the pilot, which is being executive produced by Bill Haber, Roy Lee, Jon Berg, David Katzenberg, and Seth Grahame-Smith. 

The Eyes of the Dragon takes place in the fantasy realm of Delain and features dark magic, a fractured royal family, the head of a slain dragon, and Randall Flagg aka Man in Black), the evil entity who also appears in King's Dark Tower books and The Stand.

Once, in a kingdom called Delain, there was a king with two sons….”

Thus begins one of the most unique tales that master storyteller Stephen King has ever written—a sprawling fantasy of dark magic and the struggle for absolute power that utterly transforms the destinies of two brothers born into royalty. Through this enthralling masterpiece of mythical adventure, intrigue, and terror, you will thrill to this unforgettable narrative filled with relentless, wicked enchantment, and the most terrible of secrets…

Pagan Festival Shout Out: Feast Of Pan

Feast of Old Greek God Pan, who represents the masculine in Nature and protects men throughout their lives. Men recognized the transitions in their lives and honored male fertility.

Pan, a God of fertility, was a follower of Dionysus who revel in mischief.  He was a lord belonging to the Satyr, a tribe of creatures inhabiting the forest and mountains. When Pan was born his mother could not bear the sight of the child.  In her arms she held to her a deformed baby.  She declared the boy appalling and in the dead of night she deserted Pan deep in the heart of the woods.

The deciding vote of the Goddess and God themselves spared his life.  While growing he roamed finding the perfect environment designed for him. In Arcadia among the Grecian hills Pan sat high in the shady cypress tree as a watchman that spent his days and nights guarding lonely shepherds and their lambs. 

Color: Brown
Element: Earth
Altar: Upon a brown cloth lay the figure of a goat, a clay cup of well water, a horn of wine, a phallus, and many green branches.
Offerings: Honor the wild male self in everyone.
Daily Meal: Sheep or goat meat.

Pan Invocation

Io Pan! Io Pan! Io Pan!
Goat god, Satyr god,
God of woods and high mountains
Lord of Testosterone
Player of the body's music!
Great Pan is dead
But liveth still!
We will not forget our bodies,
Lest you send us panic
At every touch of affection.
Help us to love our flesh, O Pan,
God of scent and musk and all that is animal!
Let us remember
That we, too, are animal,
And we, too, live in our bodies
Which are a privilege
And not a punishment.
Come, Horned One,
Come to the woodland glade
Come for the wine
Come for the dance
Come, lusty god from Arcadia
Come with pipe and drum
And make the mountains
Ring anew! 

Friday, May 17, 2019

Release Details Announced For "The Madness Within"

Check out the official trailer for "The Madness Within". The latest production from Busted Knuckle Productions, the film is expected to come out at the end of the year - December 6th. It is directed by Hunter G. Williams and stars Williams, Edin Gali, Tessa Farrel, Lily Tomlin, Kristen Carpenter and Devon Ogden. 

The film involves a tormented businessman, who turns to vice under the strain. Is there any possibility of redemption? 

First Trailer Released For This Fall's "ClownDoll"

The first trailer has been released for upcoming horror "ClownDoll", expected to be released this Fall. The film is directed by Scott Jeffrey (Unhinged), the film stars: Peter Cosgrove (Escape from Cannibal Farm), Sarah T. Cohen (End Game) and Jon-Scott Clark. It is due out October 5th on Digital. 

The film features a possessed?, life-sized doll - with a painted face and crazy hair. At night, it haunts its new owner and her friends.

Official Images And Trailer Released For"Room 37 - The Mysterious Death of Johnny Thunders"

The official trailer and several images have been released for indie biopic "Room 37- The Mysterious Death of Johnny Thunders". The film is directed by Fernando Cordero Caballero and Vicente Corderot and stars Leo Ramsey, Devin McGregor Ketko, and Timothy Lee DePriest. It is set to be released in theaters on May 17th, and on VOD release on May 21st.

"Famed rock and roll guitarist Johnny Thunders arrives in New Orleans to get his life together after a toll of hardships, but instead falls into a dark journey and trail of events that are based on his real life unexplained mysterious death."

Chilling Entries Of Demonic Possession: A Interview With "The Possession Diaries" Director Juan Frausto

Start an entry in the frightening The Possession Diaries, featuring acclaimed actor James Russo (Django Unchained, Beverly Hills Cop), arriving on DVD and Digital this June from Uncork’d Entertainment. 

Juan Frausto, director of Road Kill and Once Upon a Time in the Hood, invites you to log on for a streaming screamfest that will leave one girl possessed… and you on the edge of your seat!

ASouthernLife:How does one get into filmmaking? Or let me rephrase that, how did you?
Juan Frausto: Ever since, I watched the making of Star Wars at the age of nine – I’ve discovered that I wanted to make films like George Lucas. I was fascinated on how movies were made. Around the age of 11, I got all my friends together and shot a little horror movie called “Run, before it’s too late” on an 8-milliter camera. I went to Columbia College for film studies, dropped out in my second year to work on music videos and on independent films for free. And, by doing that, for a couple of years, I decided to make my first feature film at the age of 21. It took 2 years to make “Change” and it premiered at many film festivals where I was considered the first Latino filmmaker in Chicago to make a feature film. In 1999, I made Drive By for $50,000 and was picked up by Artisan Entertainment. It became a huge hit on DVD across the nation and even premiered on HBO. With the success of “Drive By”, I became a hired gun directing films for many production companies.

ASouthernLife: Was it easy to get local funding for THE POSSESSION DIARIES?
Juan Frausto: Nothing comes easy on making a film, especially when it’s about financing. I broke the first rule in producing that you should never use your own money to make films, but I wanted to make another film so badly that I decided to do it. I also convinced two investors to put up the other half of the budget when I informed them that I had a couple of well-known actors attached to the film.

ASouthernLife: Did having known actors, like James Russo, onboard the film helped get financing?
Juan Frausto: Having known actors always makes a great difference on getting films financed. James Russo was the biggest draw and I knew his name would draw attention; I really needed him for this film. He gives the film more credibility and importance.

ASouthernLife: Munroe is remarkable in this movie. Can you tell us how you convinced her to play this part?
Juan Frausto: Yes, Katherine was an absolute find. During auditions, I like to go out of script and improvise on the spot, she responded so well and in character. I did not do any convincing on her; she convinced me that she was the one to play the role. This woman can cry on cue, it’s incredible.

ASouthernLife: Is there anything about the independent filmmaking business you still struggle with?
Juan Frausto: One of the struggles I dealt with it before signing on with Uncork’d Entertainment was really finding a good distribution company that is transparent and really care to promote your movie out there. At this point in time, I’m very impressed and happy with the way Uncork’d is really pushing the movie out in the market. I made the right choice with them.

ASouthernLife: Where do you think your strengths lie as a filmmaker?
Juan Frausto: It’s always good to be the director of your own scripts. I do both jobs very well; they come hand in hand for me. As a Director it’s easy to translate the written word on the screen because you clearly see the whole picture in your head. I always see my characters as my children and after many rewrites you see how much they’ve grown on you.

ASouthernLife: How important is marketing? Do you think a project can make any dent without it these days?
Juan Frausto: Marketing is key. Promoting your film on social media can make a huge difference and it doesn’t cost a thing, but it takes time and hard work.

ASouthernLife: What do you hope audiences get from the movie?
Juan Frausto: I just want the audience to see the love and passion that was put into this film. I feel it’s a really well crafted film considering it was done on a low budget scale. I hope they find it interesting, entertaining, and creepy and have some kind of a psychological effect on them. I know the audience will not look at it as critics because they know it’s just a movie regardless of its budget and shortcomings. All they want is to be entertained; I know this because I am the audience.

The Possession Diaries, on DVD and Digital June 4,

Small Town Monsters Announces Release Of "Terror in the Skies"

Small Town Monsters Announces Release of Terror in the Skies
Documentary of Encounters with "The Chicago Mothman" 
Across the Prairie State
Available on DVD and Digital HD June 7th

Small Town Monsters has announced thenationwide Digital HD and DVD release of Terror in the Skies.  Director Seth Breedlove explores hundreds of years of terrifying reports of encounters with massive, winged creatures around the Land of Lincoln. From Alton's man-eating Piasa Bird legends to recent Chicago sightings of a creature said to resemble West Virginia's infamous Mothman, Terror in the Skies takes an in-depth look at a centuries-old mystery.  The latest folklore documentary from the team behind the miniseries "On the Trail of Bigfoot", Terror in the Skies will be available to rent or own on Amazon Instant Video, Vimeo OnDemand, DVD and VIDI Space starting June 7th.

Terror in the Skies promises to open viewers' minds to the possibility that such a beast could exist by way of believable witnesses and fascinating photographic, video and audio evidence. Small Town Monsters made waves in 2017 with their documentary The Mothman of Point Pleasant, which Terror in the Skies acts as a "spiritual sequel" to and one that will be concluded in 2020 by the final chapter in their Mothman trilogy, The Mothman Legacy.

Terror in the Skies is narrated by author, musician and television personality Lyle Blackburn. It is co-written by Seth Breedlove and Mark Matzke, with cinematography by Zac Palmisano, an original score by Brandon Dalo, and sound design by Jason Utes. 

SRV Films and Santino Vitale handled VFX and the film contains original illustrations by Matt Harris and Brian Serway. The film is produced by Seth and Adrienne Breedlove. Authors Loren Coleman and Troy Taylor are featured alongside numerous others

Journey to the heartland of the Midwest in this new documentary which offers an in-depth look at an ongoing phenomenon.  Director Seth Breedlove contacted numerous witnesses and investigators who claim to have seen massive beings in the sky as recently as last year. One of the most recent, and popular stories in recent years has been an ongoing wave of sightings of a red-eyed, shapeless creature dubbed "the Chicago Mothman".

Pulp-Drenched "Rondo" Out On DVD / VOD This June

Part Black Comedy, Part Slasher, Part Revenge Thriller. All Exploitation!

Paying homage to the grindhouse features of the 1960s & '70s, Drew Barnhardt's Rondo is a darkly sexual, craftily stylized and wildly entertaining crime and revenge melodrama. This film festival and critics favorite will come out on DVD and VOD June 4th.

Paul, a troubled young veteran, is told by a psychiatrist that sex is the solution to his dependency and drinking problems. But things turns out otherwise as Paul and his sister are sucked into a criminal underworld where sex and murder are daily specials and revenge is served piping hot. 

Special DVD Features:
  • Director’s Commentary
  • Delete Scenes
  • Selected music commentaries with composer Ryan Franks (27 min)
  • The artwork of Rondo (poster art and lobby cards set to music) (3 min)  

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Lionsgate Releases A Deadly Game Of "Rock Paper Scissors" This July

Lionsgate Home Entertainment releases "Rock Paper Scissors" on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital this July. The film is directed by Tom Holland and stars Luke Macfarlane, Michael Madsen, and Oscar winner Tatum O’Neal. Has a street date set for July 23rd.

Released from a mental hospital, Peter (Macfarlane) is haunted by memories of childhood abuse and murder victims while being menaced by the cop who put him away (Madsen). His only friend is pretty neighbor Monica, who says she wants to interview him for a book. But does she have a more sinister motive in mind?”

Teaser Clip Released For Indie Horror "Shed"

Check out the teaser clip for Indie horror "Shed". The film is written, directed, produced and edited by David Axe. It stars Mike Amason and Sanethia Dresch. "Shed" is described as bloody, sexy, weird and transgressive.

SHED is an independent horror movie with skin-stealing monsters. But really, it’s about love.

Cleopatra Acquires "Ladyworld" For North American Release

Cleopatra Entertainment has acquired the North American rights to the Amanda Kramer-directed thriller LADYWORLD. The film stars Ariela Barer, Annalise Basso (CAPTAIN FANTASTIC), Ryan Simpkins (BRIGSBY BEAR, THE HOUSE), Odessa Adlon, Maya Hawke (STRANGER THINGS Season 3), Tatsumi Romano, Zoe Casabere and Atheena Frizzell. Written by Amanda Kramer and Benjamin Shearn, and produced by Love & Death Productions’ Leal Naim and Thomas R. Burke alongside Amanda Kramer, the film is a modernized all-girl story inspired by LORD OF THE FLIES.

When a group of girls get stuck in a house during a slumber party due to an apocalyptic event, stress and fear cause them to degenerate into savagery.
The film enjoyed recent success on the Festival circuit, including BFI, Fantastic Fest and at TIFF New Wave this spring.

The rights deal was brokered by Cleopatra Founder and CEO Brian Perera, Tim Yasui VP/GM of Cleopatra Entertainment, and by Lucas Verga and Andrew Herwitz from The Film Sales Company on behalf of the filmmakers.

Cleopatra Entertainment will theatrically release LADYWORLD nationwide on August 2nd, followed by a VOD / Home Entertainment DVD release on August 27th.

Additionally, the film will have an East Coast Premiere on Friday, August 2nd at the Cinema Village, New York, NY and a West Coast Premiere also on Friday, August 2nd at the Arena Cinelounge in Los Angeles, CA with a Q&A with Director Amanda Kramer and cast.

New Clip From Upcoming SciFi Thriller "Perfect"

A new clip has been released for the upcoming scifi thriller "Perfect". The film, directed by Eddie Alcazar, will be released in NY on May 17th, LA on May 24th. Breaker plans a VOD launch June 21st on

The film introduces Garrett Wareing as an emotionally-troubled young man  His whose mother (Abbie Cornish) sends him to a clinic, where modernist serenity whispers soothing promises of perfection. By planting plug-and-play characteristics directly into his own body, he is relieved of his dark, twisted visions, but his body pays the price for purity of mind.

Vertical Entertainment Releases New Trailer For " Daughter Of The Wolf"

Vertical Entertainment has released a new official trailer for "Daughter Of The Wolf". The film will be released June 14th in theaters and on VOD. "DOTW" is directed by David Hackl and stars Gina Carano, Richard Dreyfuss, and Brendan Feh. 

Following the death of her father, a military specialist returns from the Middle East to claim her inheritance only to find that her son has been kidnapped. She must hunt down the mysterious leader of the gang who is holding him for ransom.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Black Fawn Distribution Releases "Bed Of The Dead" On VOD And DVD

Black Fawn Films and Breakthrough Entertainment, has released "Bed of the Dead" on VOD platforms across Canada including iTunes and Black Fawn Distribution’s own Black Fawn VOD, with a physical release slated for June 18th.

"Bed Of The Dead" is the directorial debut of Jeff Maher (Director of Photography for The Heretics, Let Her Out, Bite) and stars Colin Price (The Heretics, Murdoch Mysteries), Alyssa King (Slasher, Berkshire County), Gwenlyn Cumyn (Barbelle, Chasing Valentine), Dennis Andres (Workin’ Moms, Killjoys) and George Krissa (Blood and Fury).

The film follows two young couples who visit the city’s oldest singles club for some late night fun. They soon find themselves stuckoa on haunted antique bed where leaving leads to a bloody end. While plagued by frightening hallucinations, the group must figure out the bed’s secrets before they’re gruesomely picked off one by one.

Pre-orders for the film can be placed  through Black Fawn Distribution.

Official Trailer Released For Folk Horror "Midsommar"

The official trailer for Scandinavian folk horror, "Midsommer", has been released. The film is directed by Ari Aster, and stars Jack Reynor and Florence Pugh, Will Poulter, Vilhem Blomgren, William Jackson Harper, Ellora Torchia, and Archie Madekwe. It hits theatres July 3rd.

A couple that travels to Sweden to visit their friend’s rural hometown for its fabled mid-summer festival. What begins as an idyllic retreat quickly devolves into an increasingly violent and bizarre competition at the hands of a pagan cult.

IFC Midnight To Release Frankenstein Adaptation "Depraved" This Fall

IFC Midnight announced it has acquired the U.S. rights to Larry Fessenden‘s modern Frankenstein adaptation, "Depraved"Fessenden, who heads the celebrated indie horror production house Glass Eye Pix, wrote the Brooklyn set film. It stars David Call (The Sinner), Joshua Leonard (The Blair Witch Project), Alex Breaux (Bushwick), Ana Kayne (Another Earth), Chloë Levine (The Transfiguration, The Ranger), and Addison Timlin (The Town That Dreaded Sundown). "Depraved" is set to be released by IFC Midnight this Fall. 

Koji Shiraishi's "A RECORD OF SWEET MURDER" Available For Pre-order

Koji Shiraishi, director of GROTESQUE, NOROI THE CURSE, THE SLIT-MOUTHED WOMAN and SEDAKO VS. KAYAKO is back with A RECORD OF SWEET MURDER. It stars Je-wook Yeon, Kkobbi Kim, and Tsukasa Aoi. The film is available for pre-order at :

Sang-joon has recently escaped from a mental institution and managed to amass a kill count in the high teens, a South Korean journalist and a Japanese cameraman are invited to an abandoned apartment to interview the murderer. They believe the wanted criminal has committed 18 murders, but the criminal claims he has already killed 25. He furthermore claims that if he completes the killing of all 27 on his list, not only will his dead friend be resurrected, but also all 27 will come back to life.

'Snowpiercer' Series Set To Premiere On TBS Spring 2020

WarnerMedia has ordered a second season of its post-apocalyptic sci-fi series Snowpiercer prior to its series premiere. Based on the acclaimed film of the same name, the highly anticipated futuristic thriller will debut next year on TBS. Known for its culture-defining comedies, TBS will be adding dramas to its programming lineup starting with Snowpiercer, starring Oscar® winner Jennifer Connelly (A Beautiful Mind) and Tony Award® winner Daveed Diggs (Hamilton, Black-ish), in Spring of 2020.

“Snowpiercer is the perfect show to kick-off TBS’ entry into dramas with intricate storytelling, stunning visuals and first-class acting,” said Brett Weitz, general manager for TBS and TNT. “We believe in the longevity of this series and that audiences will be amazed by the fantastical world that brings to life such relevant social, political and environmental issues.”

Set more than seven years after the world has become a frozen wasteland, Snowpiercer centers on the remnants of humanity, who inhabit a gigantic, perpetually-moving train that circles the globe. Class warfare, social injustice and the politics of survival play out in this riveting television adaptation. Writing on season two will begin this June with Graeme Manson (Orphan Black) returning as executive producer and showrunner.

In addition to Connelly and Diggs, season one of Snowpiercer stars Emmy® nominee Alison Wright (The Americans), Mickey Sumner (Frances Ha, Battle of the Sexes), Susan Park (Ghostbusters), Iddo Goldberg (Peaky Blinders, The Zookeeper's Wife), Katie McGuinness (Dirty Filthy Love), Tony Award® winner and Grammy® nominee Lena Hall (Hedwig and the Angry Inch), Annalise Basso (Bedtime Stories), Sam Otto (Jellyfish), Roberto Urbina (Narcos), Sheila Vand (Argo) and Jaylin Fletcher (Saturday Church). Rowan Blanchard (Girl Meets World) has been elevated to series regular for season two.

Snowpiercer is produced by Tomorrow Studios (a joint venture between Marty Adelstein and ITV Studios), along with CJ Entertainment, who produced the original film. The series is executive produced by Tomorrow Studios' Marty Adelstein (Cowboy Bebop, Hanna, Prison Break) and Becky Clements (Good Behavior, Aquarius, Last Man Standing); showrunner Graeme Manson (Orphan Black), who wrote the first episode; director James Hawes (The Alienist, Black Mirror); Matthew O’Connor (Continuum, Tin Man); Scott Derrickson (Sinister, Doctor Strange), and the original film's producers Bong Joon Ho, Miky Lee, Tae-sung Jeong, Park Chan-wook, Lee Tae-hun and Dooho Choi.

The Trailer Has Been Released For Season Five 'Black Mirror'

The trailer has been released for season five of Netflix 'Black Mirror'. The anthology series returns with three new episodes June 5th. The series is created and written by Charlie Brooker, and executive produced by Brooker and Annabel Jones.

Black Mirror is an anthology series that taps into our collective unease with the modern world, with each stand-alone episode a sharp, suspenseful tale exploring themes of contemporary techno-paranoia. Without questioning it, technology has transformed all aspects of our lives; in every home; on every desk; in every palm - a plasma screen; a monitor; a Smartphone – a Black Mirror reflecting our 21st Century existence back at us. 

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

New Trailer Released For Zombie Flick "The Dead Don't Die"

A new trailer has been released for zombie flick "The Dead Don't Die". The film is written and directed by Jim Jarmusch, and produced by Joshua Astrachan and Carter Logan,It stars Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Tilda Swinton, Chloë Sevigny, Steve Buscemi, Danny Glover, Caleb Landry Jones, Rosie Perez, Iggy Pop, Sara Driver, RZA, Selena Gomez, Carol Kane, and Tom Waits.

"The Dead Don't Die" hits theatres June 14th. 

Patrick Lussier Releases First Photo And Comments On Halloween-themed Thriller "Trick"

Patrick Lussier Releases First Photo & Comments on Halloween-themed  Thriller Trick; Film Bridge Handling Worldwide Sales at Cannes

Genre veteran Patrick Lussier has released the first photo and comments from his latest film, the horror thriller Trick.  Omar Epps heads the cast in the main role of Detective Mike Denver, a man obsessed with a serial killer that has remained one step ahead of him for years.  Film Bridge International is handling worldwide sales at the Cannes Film Market.

Trick also stars Ellen Adair (Showtime's "Homeland" and "Billions," USA's "The Sinner") as Sheriff Lisa Jayne, the sheriff in the small town of Benton who has always considered Detective Denver as her mentor. Cheryl Winston, the only survivor of the latest round of killings in her small town, is played by Kristina Reyes ("Blindspot," "Shades of Blue"). Talbott is played by frequent George A. Romero collaborator Tom Atkins and Jamie Kennedy (Scream 1-3, Malibu's Most WantedRomeo + Juliet) stars as Dr. Steven.  Principal photography took place in upstate New York. 

Describing his cast, Lussier told Bloody Disgusting, "Reyes is Cheryl, the survivor of Trick's first rampage, her innocence slain along with the lives of her friends as she finds herself caught in the battle between Trick and those who hunt him. But who is hunting whom?  Jamie plays Dr. Steve, a recovering hipster medico and Tom Atkins, the silver fox himself, is back as the gruff Talbott, restaurateur and horror film aficionado with a soft spot for charity, church and shotguns."

The story centers on an elusive serial killer, who descends upon a small town annually.  He is responsible for gruesome murders year after year, each seemingly unrelated.  No one believes this could be the same killer.  Detective Denver has faced Trick once before, having -shot and killed him.  Or so everyone keeps telling him.  However, Denver knows Trick is still out there, and he's coming back for revenge.

"Trick is, for lack of a better term, 'slasher-noire' horror set in upstate New York, spanning five consecutive Halloweens where serial killer Trick Weaver taunts police up and down the Hudson River practicing murder as performance art," Lussier explained to Bloody Disgusting.  "The Benton Township, where Trick's murderous journey begins, has fallen into decay, almost like Trick's initial killings didn't just claim individual victims but killed the town itself."

Lussier's lengthy list of horror credentials began while working alongside Wes Craven in some of the genre's biggest hits including the ground-breaking Scream franchise, Red EyeNew Nightmare and Vampire in Brooklyn. Lussier directed and co-wrote My Bloody ValentineDrive Angry and was a writer and producer on Terminator Genisys.

Perhaps most importantly to horror fans, Lussier has promised, "We've gone out of our way to make the kills as grounded and practical as possible.  Gary J. Tunnicliffe, who has been my partner in murder and mayhem since 2000, has once again returned to craft a festival of ferocity, drenched in bloody steel."

Writer Todd Farmer has a long history in the horror genre including 
Jason X, and The Messengers and has worked previously alongside Lussier co-writing My Bloody Valentine and Drive Angry.

NEW CLIP Released For "CARGO"- In Theaters This June

NEW CLIP :  ARROW's Jimmy Jean-Louis, Warren Brown in CARGO - Only in theaters this June

A sensitive fisherman transforms into a prolific human smuggler to pay his debts in “a must see film*” inspired by true events.

When his income as a fisherman proves woefully insufficient to cover his son’s school fees, Kevin turns to human smuggling in order to raise desperately needed funds. Kevin finds that he’s good at this dangerous yet profitable vocation—good enough to trust himself with smuggling his own girlfriend and her son to the US. But when faced with having to abandon refugees at sea far from Miami shores, Kevin is suddenly forced to reassess his responsibilities. Inspired by true events, Cargo examines the world’s refugee crisis from a very local perspective. The largest Bahamian film project to date, this latest feature from Kareem J. Mortimer is a thrilling, vital call for empathy in troubled times.

Written and directed by Kareem Mortimer, and also starring Gessica Geneus, Persia White (“The Vampire Diaries”), Omar J. Dorsey (Halloween), and Jamie Donnelly (Black Mass),Cargo dives into theaters May 30.
*The Nassau Guardian

Monday, May 13, 2019

Latvian Thriller "Firstborn" Is Released on DVD and VOD

 Latvian Thriller Firstborn Is Released on DVD and VOD

Artsploitation Films announces the DVD and Digital release of the Lavian thriller Firstborn directed by Aik Karapetian (The Man in the Orange Jacket). The film is a subtle and quietly devastating thriller about a man whose masculinity is put in question by his wife after his feeble reaction to a mugging. He then feels compelled to exact revenge on his attacker. 

An intense yet coolly observed psychological thriller from Latvian director Aik Karapetian (The Man in the Orange Jacket). Francis is a meek middle-aged architect trapped in an unhappy with his younger wife Katrina. After a party, the childless couple are robbed by a thuggish young motorcyclist. Disappointed by her husband's feeble reaction to the attacker, their relationship further deteriorates. The bespectacled Francis, his long dormant masculinity now ignited, seeks and finally confronts the man, an encounter which ends in the accidental death of the thief.  The violent outcome seems to bring the two together and the wife soon becomes pregnant. But when a menacing blackmailer enters the picture, Francis now must fight for his very manhood. A mesmerizing and unnerving tale.

Firstborn - Trailer from artsploitation on Vimeo.

Preview Released For Stephen King/ HBO Series 'The Outsider'

HBO has released a preview of upcoming series 'The Outsider', based on the Stephen King novel of the same name. Ben Mendelsohn, Jason Bateman, Cynthia Erivo,Bill CampMare Winningham, Paddy ConsidineJ, Nicholson, Yul VázquezJeremy BobbMarc MenchacaHettienne Park, and Michael Esper all star.

An unspeakable crime. A confounding investigation. At a time when the King brand has never been stronger, he has delivered one of his most unsettling and compulsively readable stories.
 An eleven-year-old boy’s violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City’s most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.
As the investigation expands and horrifying answers begin to emerge, King’s propulsive story kicks into high gear, generating strong tension and almost unbearable suspense. Terry Maitland seems like a nice guy, but is he wearing another face?

Theatrical Date Announced For Keith Sutliff’s Thriller "The Refuge"

Keith Sutliff’s thriller "The Refuge" opens in theaters this June. The film stars Keith Sutliff, Julien Cesario, Matthew Webb, Reine Swart, Stefanie Estes, Demetrius StearMartin Copping and Cheyenne Buchanan. "The Refuge" hits theatres June 28th.

getaway driver finds himself in harm’s way when he gets caught up in a job involving casino heist money.

“House Of Sweat And Tears” Lands US Digital Release May 20th


Writer-Director Sonia Escolano’s eerie ‘HOUSE OF SWEAT AND TEARS’ lands US release date of May 20th.
The rare-female voice in the horror entertainment sphere, Sonia Escolano’s (The Vampire in the HoleMyna Has GoneCinq Minutes), HOUSE OF SWEAT AND TEARS (aka Casa de sudor y Lágrimas) is a mesmerizing exploration of religion, belief and faith. Highly-stylized and bursting with unique shocks, HOUSE OF SWEAT AND TEARS divulges the cults’ struggle to cope with the control, power and ultimate truth of their existence. Shot entirely in candlelight, Escolano’s ominous and mystifying atmospheric horror creates an aura of extreme uneasiness and ultimate fear of the cults lurking in the shadows.
“Writer and Director Sonia Escolano has created a very atmospheric and claustrophobic look into this cult and it is uncomfortable viewing especially for those of us that have subscribed to religion at various times,” wrote Haddon Field Horror.

As a trembling, elevated and atmospheric horror, HOUSE OF SWEAT AND TEARS is based on the tale of a Spanish woman, Luz Amparo Cuevas, from the outskirts of El Escorial, located about 30 miles northwest of Madrid. Luz Amparo Cuevas first saw the Virgin in June 1981, leading to the faith-based phenomenon that united thousands, even after the charismatic leader’s death in August 2012. As a longtime controversy filled with unanswered questions, Telegraph UK reported that The Association of Victims of the Appearance of the Virgin of Dolores has lobbied the Catholic Church to stop the cult, claiming that 26 people have vanished since joining the foundation.
HOUSE OF SWEAT AND TEARS follows “She” (Luz Amparo Cuevas), who assembles the world’s four corners into a violent, religious cult, including human nature’s randomly selected members – Ella (Alzira Gómez), Sophie (Coline Charvin), Emma (Padi Padilla), ​​Jérôme (Pablo Macho) and Ruth (Paula Mateu). Operating under strict sadistic leader, “She” violently tests her followers’ devotion through means of worshiping, fasting or cutting themselves. But when a dark, mysterious man plagues a member’s dream, causing her suicide, will “She” be able to maintain control of the cult? Or, will the mysterious outsider’s arrival set “She” and her followers onto a path of ultimate destruction?


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