Friday, November 29, 2019

Trailer Released For Survival Nightmare "Break"

Check out the chilling trailer for survival nightmare "Break". The film is due out digitally December 3rd. It is directed by Tigran Sahakyan and stars Irina Antonenko, Anastasiya Grachyova, and Vladimir Gusev.

The Russian horror is mostly set in a gondola, several friends become trapped on New Year's Eve. At 11,000' in the air, these five snowboarders have no way down and no way out of their coffin. 4Digital Media will release this title, in the United States.

First Trailer Released For Zombie Thriller "Alone"

The first trailer has been released for zombie thriller "Alone". The film is directed by Johnny Martin and stars Donald Sutherland, Tyler Posey, Robert Ri'chard and Summer Spiro. "Alone" won't be available until sometime 2020.

The film takes place after an outbreak, leaving Aidan trapped in his apartment. When he finds another survivor, he is determined to reach her.

Tech Horror "Countdown" Release Set For January

Justin Dec's tech horror "Countdown" is set to be released on Blu-ray/DVD January 21st. The film stars Elizabeth Lail, Jordan Calloway, and Talitha Eliana Bateman. It will also see digital release on January 7th. 

The film focuses on a killer app', that can determine when the user will die. When a young nurse is told she has three days to live, she must find a way to avoid the unavoidable.

Official Poster Released For"Wrong Turn: The Foundation"

The official poster has been released for the latest installment of "Wrong Turn" franchise. "Wrong Turn: The Foundation" is directed by Mike P. Nelson from a script by Alan B. McElroy. It stars Charlotte Vega as Jes, alongside her co-stars Matthew ModineBill SageEmma DumontValerie Jane ParkerChaney MorrowDavid HutchisonDamian MaffeiDylan McTeeAdrian FavelaAdain BradleyJeremy AmblerCory Scott AllenGary Ray StearnsRhyan Elizabeth hiHanavanVardaan AroraMark MenchJoshua Stephen CampbellJennie MaloneBrian James Fitzpatrick, and Mark Angel.

A group of unlucky friends to Harpers Ferry, West Virginia to spend a couple days hiking the Appalachian Trail. In this one, they are confronted by “The Foundation”, a community of people who have lived in the mountains since before the Civil War – oh, and they don’t take well to strangers.

My Review Of "The Dwelling"

"The Dwelling" is a supernatural horror directed by Jeff Maher. The film stars Colin PriceAlysa KingGwenlyn Cumyn, Dennis AndresGeorge KrissaHamza Fouad Loubert. It returns to the classic story telling, blending gothic fantasy with surreal horror.

Four people find themselves stuck on a haunted antique bed where leaving means suffering a gruesome death. Plagued with frightening hallucinations, they must figure out the bed's secrets before they are ultimately picked off one by one.

At first glance I expected "The Dwelling" to be a spoof, gimmick flick like "Killer Sofa" or "The Selling". What I watched was a cool return to classic horror filled with gothic supernatural themes and 80's spaghetti thriller suspense. The story is unique, filled with contrast, and manages to make an inanimate object truly terrifying. 

It starts of with a dark, occult-laden opening sequence that actually makes a story about a possessed bed seem plausible without using humor. It sets the tone. The acting is quality, some characters have more depth than others but the point-of-view, and writing allow the cast to be impressive on screen. Plus the writing is layered, almost meta level story telling.

The horror never really fades away from those captivating first scenes. The asthetics, lighting and suspense flows through the majority of the movie. There is one area in the first half that is a bit dull, offering a very generic character driven plot point- mostly meant to introduce us to the ill-fated cast. Still it is the only real moments that the story falls short, and it doesn't last long.

"The Dwelling" has an almost Clive Barker visceral feel, blended with a surrealist look. The gore is up front and allows for some quality gore moments. The dark tone never gets broken up too much. So everything stays in that traditional horror area. I found myself looking forward to what was coming next. Plus the soundtrack and cinematography is classic.

Overall I enjoyed "The Dwelling". The story is entertaining and interesting. The suspense and horror stays true to more conventional constructs. The movie is fun without needing comedy to legitimize its premise. Plus the layered storyline with the extra supernatural elements is one of the better ones I have seen in cinema. Definitely check this one out! (4/5)

Thursday, November 28, 2019

My Review Of "Ellipse"

Sci-fi drama "Ellipse" is a blend of comedy and observational melodrama. The film is directed by Joe Bland and Grant Martin. It stars Josiah Authier and Grant Martin.

A intergalactic military surveyor and his canine partner are on a solo fight near an undefined, oval-shaped planet. Because of his self-destructive coping methods, a simple fly-by soon turns into an emergency crash landing. Stranded and stripped of the chemicals to feed his addiction, he and his dog must face an unforgiving planet with impending death lurking all around.

The story has emotional depth written into the concept, with subject matter revolving around loss and sorrow. Unfortunately there is never a moment that allows the viewer to connect or get a sense of that emotion. Almost every moment is tore down by spoofy humor and "Dad joke" silliness. The story arc is more or less a series of unfortunate events leading up to one miraculous stretch of the imagination. 

The acting is a mix of one-liners, coordinated stunt drama and deep exposition that seems to get lost in fantasy fodder. The best thing going for "Ellipse" is the genuine attachment you develop for the dog in the story. There isn't much opportunity to develop a real connection with the lead human actor because comedy cuts that cord each and every time.

The special effects are the expected blend of low budget CGI like what is seen on the Syfy channel, and Game play stuff. Beyond a few noticable sci-fi elements everything about this movie looks like the here-and-now. The film does have a decent soundtrack and the cinematography is quality- minus the generic "male model fashion video-esque" moments.

Overall I was disappointed with "Ellipse". I expected a bit more sci-fi in a film that is supposed to be all sci-fi. Still I could have accepted that if the schtick hadn't stepped over the only legitimate story element- the subject of loss, mortality, and the pain associated with the human experience. Plus as heartfelt as the ending was it felt a little bit unnecessary. But I was all about the dogs storyline. (2/5)

My Review Of "Marla"

"Marla" is a body horror with a medical nightmare element. The film is directed by Lisa van Dam-Bates, who also stars. It costars Travis Johnny Ware, Jason Stange and Katie Hemming."Marla is a dark thriller with depressive themes, a hint of scifi and a heavy dose of feminism.

The film explores the terrifying account of a girl who goes to get an IUD implanted by a family friend turned doctor who then commits a deranged act. The event has deadly implications for those close to her.

The story is intriguing and weird with some intense subject matter and riddled with metaphor. It maintains a steady and hypnotic flow that keeps many elements of the story engaging enough to make you wanna see how things end. There is a suspense and almost hopelessness hanging over the film. At times it amplifies the darkness and at other moments the atmosphere feels too weighted. 

The cast giving strong performances for the most part, there are a few times the dialog gets clumsy. A couple of the actors seem a bit disconnected from the story and their character. Still"Marla" has some quality moments where you see the talent shine. Namely the lead actress and her ill-fated boyfriend (spoiler- kind of). Between the acting and the truly unique story idea it will be up to the individual to decide if it all worked for this movie.

The special effects are really cool. Practical choices were made and there is an almost delightful celebration of gore inspired deaths. The film is no where near the notion of realism. It is unapologetically expressionist fantasy and it extends to the horror elements as well. The death sequences were my favorite moments in the movie. 

Overall "Marla" will leave just as many fans disappointed and confused. There are some wholes that linger in the story. I got a vibe that was more viral nightmare than implanted mad science. Still Lisa van Dam-Bates creates n evocative and affecting horror story that will speak to a lot of horror fans. I think this is a film worth checking out. (2.5/5)

Australian Horror Sensation LOST GULLY ROAD To Get US Release In December! 

Donna McRae’s critically acclaimed Lost Gully Road to haunt US audiences this December.

Available on DVD and Digital December 3 from Wild Eye Releasing, the “gothic-tinged Aussie ghost story” (Filmink) stars Adele Perovic (The Code), Jane Clifton (Beast), and John Brumpton (The Loved Ones), with a mesmerising musical score by Clare Moore and Dave Graney.

Lost Gully Road tells the story of Lucy, a directionless young woman who travels to a secluded cottage in the forest to wait for her sister. With no television and little communication to the outside world she spends her days alone and drinking to pass the time. That is, until her unexpected host decides to keep her company…

In the tradition of The Babadook and Lake Mungo, Lost Gully Road on DVD and Digital December 3 from Wild Eye Releasing.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

"The Wave" Set To Be Released In US Theatres And VOD This January

Gille Klabin’s psychedelic sci-fi adventure-comedy THE WAVE is set to be released  nationwide in theaters and VOD January 17th, courtesy of Epic Pictures Group. The film stars Justin Long (Die Hard 4.0, Accepted, the recent Jay and Silent Bob Reboot) and Donald Faison (Scrubs, Clueless), Tommy Flanagan (Sons of Anarchy, Braveheart, Sin City), Sheila Vand (A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, the upcoming Snowpiercer series) Katia Winter (The Catch, Sleepy Hollow series) and Ronnie Gene Blevins (Joe, True Detective).

The film follows Frank (Long), an opportunistic insurance lawyer, who thinks he’s in for the time of his life when he goes out on the town to celebrate an upcoming promotion with his co-worker, Jeff (Faison). But their night takes a turn for the bizarre when Frank is dosed with a hallucinogen that completely alters his perception of the world, taking him on a psychedelic quest through board meetings, nightclubs, shootouts, and alternate dimensions. As Frank ping-pongs between reality and fantasy, he finds himself on a mission to find a missing girl, himself… and his wallet.

THEATRICAL DETAILS – More dates to come!
1/17 – Arena Cinelounge Hollywood – L.A., CA
week-long run
1/17 & 1/18 – Nitehawk Cinema Williamsburg – Brooklyn, NY
1/17 – Central Cinema – Knoxville, TN
week-long run
1/17 – Kiggins Theatre – Vancouver, WA
week-long run
1/17 & 1/18 – Coolidge Corner Theatre – Brookline, MA
1/17 & 1/18 – Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Winchester – Winchester, VA
1/17 & 1/18 – Grand Illusion Cinema – Seattle, WA
1/17 – Gateway Film Center – Columbus, OH
1/17 – Cinemapolis – Ithaca, NY
1/19 – Film Noir Cinema – Brooklyn, NY
1/19 – Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Mueller – Austin, TX
1/22 – Alamo Drafthouse Cinema LaCenterra – Katy, TX
1/22 – Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Lubbock – Lubbock, TX
1/22 – Alamo Drafthouse Cinema El Paso – El Paso, TX
1/23 – Charlotte Film Society – Charlotte, NC
1/23 – 1/26 – Guild Cinema – Albuquerque, NM
1/29 – Alamo Drafthouse Cinema – Kansas City, MO

American Horror Channel To Premiere 'Groovy TV' Series Thanksgiving


This Thanksgiving Evening, November 28th, the former Guinness World Record achieving TV show host, Groovey, brings his unique blend of “Good Time Horror” to the American Horrors channel in a brand new holiday special streaming at 8:30ish pm (central time/6:30ish pm Pacific)

The Groovey TV series can be seen every Friday night exclusively on American Horrors 24/7 linear streaming horror channel available free worldwide on Roku, Strictly Streaming and online at! Groovey TV will take a brief hiatus on December 13th for the return of hit series, Michael Pickle’s Horror Show, in the 8:30ish pm central timeslot until Christmas Day. Details to follow…

The Groovey TV Thanksgiving Special Line Up:
American Horrors Premiere of the motion comic “The Front Lines of Good Times”.

Worldwide Premiere of the cooking segment “I Will Eat You” with your hosts, the loveable lads of metal band Hail Satan.

American Horrors Premiere of “MyGals Ghouls” your latest & greatest guide to DIY make up effects wizardry!
Worldwide Premiere of The Rhythm Coffin’s video “The Headless Head Bop”.

Memorial and tribute interview segment with the legendary Sid Haig.
American Horrors Premiere of Awake For Days Video “With You”.

Comedy-horror fan favorite short film Slaughsages and interview with the director.

The streaming American Horrors channel is available on Roku & for free online at and

Trailer Release For “The Case Of Ben Ryker”

Check out the trailer for upcoming psychological thriller "The Case Of Ben Ryker". The film is written, directed and edited by David Bennett. Bennett stars alongside Russell Ketterman.

The film follows a young and disturbed individual by the name of Ben Ryker. Dr. Robert J. Philip, a highly trained psychiatrist who has evaluated some of the most disturbed individuals in the nation, comes to evaluate Ben Ryker, he learns much more than what he was ever prepared for.

International Trailer Released For "Fantasy Island"

Check out the international trailer for upcoming reimagined "Fantasy Island" movie. The film is directed by Jeff Wadlow and set to be released February 2020. It stars Lucy Hale (Truth or Dare) also stars alongside Michael Rooker, Parisa Fitz-Henley, Charlotte McKinney, and Austin Stowell

The Enigmatic Mr. Roarke (played by Michael Peña) makes the secret dreams of his lucky guests come true at a luxurious but remote tropical resort. But when the fantasies turn into nightmares, the guests have to solve the island’s mystery in order to escape with their lives.

Monday, November 25, 2019

First Teaser Released For AMC's Third 'The Walking Dead' Series

AMC announced that Emmy®-winner Julia Ormond (Gold Digger, Temple Grandin, Mad Men) has joined the cast of The Walking Dead: World Beyond, the third series in The Walking Dead Universe, currently filming in and around Richmond, VA and set to premiere in spring 2020. A series regular, Ormond will play Elizabeth, the charismatic leader of a large, sophisticated and formidable force. Co-created by Scott M. Gimple and Showrunner Matt Negrete, The Walking Dead: World Beyond also stars Aliyah Royale, Alexa Mansour, Annet Mahendru, Nicolas Cantu, Hal Cumpston and Nico Tortorella.

The network also debuted a new trailer for The Walking Dead: World Beyond tonight in The Walking Dead’s mid-season finale and revealed first-look images of Ormond as Elizabeth.

“We are thrilled to have Julia join our merry band. I’m grateful for the talent, grace, intelligence, and humor she has brought to our set, our show and to this role. We -- and the audience -- are very lucky to have Julia helping bring this new world of the Walking Dead to life,” said Gimple.

“I’m so thrilled to be working with The Walking Dead team -- I absolutely love how they write for women in particular; a lovely, talented cast and great to be back with AMC,” said Ormond.

Also joining the show’s series regulars in recurring guest roles this season are Natalie Gold (Succession, The Land of Steady Habits) as Lyla, a mysterious figure operating in the shadows on behalf of the cause she believes in; Al Calderon (Step Up: High Water) as Barca; Scott Adsit (Veep, 30 Rock) as Tony; and Ted Sutherland (Fear Street, Rise) as Percy.

The Walking Dead: World Beyond will focus on the first generation raised in the zombie apocalypse. Some will become heroes. Some will become villains. In the end, all of them will be changed forever. Grown-up and cemented in their identities, both good and bad. Produced and distributed by AMC Studios, the series is executive produced by Co-Creators Gimple and Showrunner Negrete, Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert and Brian Bockrath.

The series will be available on Amazon Prime Video across Asia-Pacific, the Middle East, Africa and Europe; AMC Networks International will air the series on AMC in Latin America, Spain and Portugal.

Poster And First Images Released For "Shriekshow"

Check out the poster (above) and first images released for upcoming horror "Shriekshow".  Brad Twigg directs from a script written by Todd Martin, Chris O’Brocki and Douglas Snauffer. It stars Chris O’Brocki, Rosaria Elsa, Brucellious Morris Jr., Yasmin Qudah, Justin P. Martin, Julio Bana Fernandez, Jason Delgado, Andy Vineberg, Shane Lowry, Rosanna Nelson, Frederick Cowie, DeRome A. Chretien, Jimmy Flame, Felissa Rose, Tuesday Knight and Beverly Randolph. 

The Fuzzy Monkey Film follows four friends on Halloween night who travel to an abandoned circus to party. They encounter a ringmaster setting up a sideshow exhibit who proceeds to tell them three terrifying tales.

Photos And Clip Released For "The Shasta Triangle"

Check out the photos and clip released for upcoming sci-fi horror "The Shasta Triangle". The film is directed by Barry W. Levy and stars Dani Lennon, Ayanna Berkshire, Helenna Santos, Deborah Lee Smith and Madeline Merritt. It is due out December 3rd.

Paula, a woman in her 30’s, returns to her hometown of Shasta, California to uncover the truth about her father’s disappearance when she was a child. When her childhood friends discover she is back, they join her and travel deep into the Shasta woods.


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