Saturday, June 20, 2020

Vertical Entertainment To Release "Ghosts Of War" On Vertual Cinema Screens This July

Vertical Entertainment will release the psychological thriller "GHOSTS OF WAR" on Virtual Cinema Screenings, On Demand and Digital on July 17th. The film is directed by Eric Bress and is currently streaming on DirectTV. It stars Brenton Thwaites (The Giver, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales), Alan Ritchson (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series), Skylar Astin (“Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist,” Pitch Perfect series), Theo Rossi (“Luke Cage,” “Sons of Anarchy”), Kyle Gallner (American Sniper, The Finest Hour), Billy Zane (Titanic, Dead Calm) and Shaun Toub (“Homeland,” Crash). 

Five battle-hardened American soldiers are assigned to hold a French Chateau near the end of World War II. Formerly occupied by the Nazi high command, this unexpected respite quickly descends into madness when they encounter a supernatural enemy far more terrifying than anything seen on the battlefield.

Trailer Released For Season Two Of 'The Twilight Zone'

The trailer has been released for much anticipated season two of 'The Twilight Zone'. The new season premiers on July 25th. The trailer teases moments from the season two stories narrated by Jordan Peele. 

My Review Of "For Jennifer"

"For Jennifer" is the follow up to James Cullen Bressack's indie horror "To Jennifer". Bressack takes on the producer role while Jody Barton directs. The film stars Tiffani Fest, Felissa Rose Dominique Swain, Lanett Tachel, Rich Finley and Nick Kekeris.

After a surprise horror themed birthday party, Jennifer gets a scare that leads to an accident. Jennifer is a horror blogger and huge horror movie fan. Her friends, to cheer her up after the accident, decide they could make a movie. They collect their gopro cameras and phones and begin to shoot. Soon, the discoveries of other low budget horror films similar to theirs begin to intersect with their own movie. This sends Jennifer on a journey to understand where these other "Jennifer" films came from. The journey leads to a discovery about the films she could never have imagined, and she realizes her participation has put her life, and the lives of her friends, in real danger. A danger they have to endure, whether by choice or not ... if they want to make a good horror movie.

"For Jennifer" technically is a sequel to the 2013 jaw-clinching intense horror "To Jennifer", but it is meta enough to stand independently- in case you haven't seen the aforementioned flick. Told in a mock documentary style the story keeps with the original concept of extreme obsession that leads to a deadly end. This time the obsession is making a horror movie based on a faux film about the original film that went horribly wrong.

No personally, even though I enjoyed this film, it didn't have that dark, nightmarish realism that "To Jennifer" had. This is a good sequel in the sense that the narrative moves the franchise forward, creates a new story line, and possibly sets things up for more sequels. There is more twisted humor in "For Jennifer" that reminds me of later 80's horror . 

The acting is pretty decent. The cast seem to know there characters and feel authentic. And like I said earlier, the story is fresh enough that it moves things in the franchise forward. That doesn't mean that the concept is totally original because a lot of the concept has been done before in found footage/mockumentary format. Still it is done well enough that it is entertaining.

The horror elements in "For Jennifer" comes later in the film but the body count rises in a bloody gory finally. The film's atmosphere is typical documentary style build up, creating an anticipation. Whether or not the playoff is worth it will depend on individual viewers. I personally thought it was worth the wait and since the practical effects were done with quality I enjoyed the last act a lot. "For Jennifer" is worth the watch, it isn't "To Jennifer" but it isn't really trying to be. (3/5)

Friday, June 19, 2020

Sci-fi Feature ''PARALLAX'' Showing Only In Theatres From July 10th

Michael W.Bachochin’s highly-anticipated Psychodrama/science-fiction feature Parallax releases in theaters this summer.
A young artist wakes up in a life that she doesn't recognize, spending her time asleep haunted by nightmares of drowning in a black abysmal void. As she begins to uncover the truths of the life that she's found herself in, the gravity of her failing reality weighs heavily on her psychological identity and the reliability of her sanity is called into question.
Naomi Prentice, Nelson Ritthaler, Hattie Smith and Ted Gianopulos star.
Parallax, written and directed by Michael W.Bachochin, is produced by Bachochin, Brooke Lorraine and Yuself Baig.
Parallax is in theaters July 10.

NSFW Trailer Released For Dark Comedy "Homewrecker"

Check out the NSFW trailer for upcoming dark comedy "Homewrecker". The film is set to be released in select theatres June 26th with digital and DVD release July 7th. It is directed by Zach Gayne and stars Alex Essoe (Doctor Sleep) and Precious Chong (L.A Confidential). 

Michelle is an interior designer and newlywed to Robert. Linda lives alone and fills her days with painting and exercise classes. Seeking a new friend, Linda coerces the reserved, deferential Michelle into visiting her home for a spontaneous interior design consultation. Once inside, it quickly becomes clear that Linda has something far more sinister on her mind than throw pillows.

My Review Of "Morbid Colors"

"Morbid Colors" is directed by Matthew Packman and stars Kara Gray, Lanae Hyneman, Cindy Maples, Angela Steele, Emily Durchholz and Sidney Shripka. The indie picture takes a new approach at vampirism.

A tale of two foster sisters forced to hunt down a wealthy socialite believed to have infected the elder sibling with vampirism.

Packman's film takes on vampirism but does so with a very strong focus on a very human story. Family relationships, sisterhood, addicted and exploitation present a greater horror in "Morbid Colors" than the one of vampirism. The story is blunt, dark and formidable. 

The film feels more guerilla, stripped down indie, creating an almost voyeuristic atmosphere. There isn't a massive amount of horror elements in the film as far as graphic gore, but there is more subtle elements of horror flowing through the film. Not to say that there isn't violence or blood, because there is. It just makes sense to the scenes instead of being bloody for the sake of blood.

Overall "Morbid Colors" is a great low budget indie film. It probably won't sustain the slasher crowd but it is definitely worth checking out. There is an almost arthouse vibe, and the human tragedy aspects of the characters are intense. (3.5/5)

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Poster And Stills Released For Supernatural Thriller "The Reckoning"

A poster and stills have been released for upcoming supernatural thriller "The Reckoning". The film is directed by Neil Marshall and stars Ian Whyte, Bill Fellows, Craig Conway, and Darren Morfitt. The UK horror hasn't announced a release date yet.

The film is set in the year 1665, when the Great Plague is still ravaging Europe. Meanwhile, witch burning is the norm. In the chaos, a widowed mother is targeted for persecution, after rejecting the advances of a landlord.

Serial Killer Thriller "Cut Off" To Release This July

Christian Alvart's serial killer thriller "Cut Off" is set to be released this July. The film stars Moritz Bleibtreu, Fritzi Bauer, Fahri Yardim, Enno Hesse, Christian Kuchenbuch, Urs Jucker, and Barbara Prakopenka. Dark Sky Films will release the film on digital and DVD July 3rd.

The film's story follows a coroner and a strange mystery. Paul finds an even stranger clue, which leads to the location of his kidnapped daughter. But, each clue leads to another character and another twist.

New Trailer Released For Zombie Sequel "Train To Busan: Peninsula"

Check out the new trailer for zombie sequel "Train To Busan: Peninsula". The film is the follow up to the runaway hit from director Yeon Sang-Ho. There is no official release date announced as of yet.

Four years after South Korea’s total decimation in TRAIN TO BUSAN, the zombie thriller that captivated audiences worldwide, acclaimed director Yeon Sang-ho brings us PENINSULA, the next nail-biting chapter in his post-apocalyptic world. Jung-seok, a soldier who previously escaped the diseased wasteland, relives the horror when assigned to a covert operation with two simple objectives: retrieve and survive. When his team unexpectedly stumbles upon survivors, their lives will depend on whether the best—or worst—of human nature prevails in the direst of circumstances.

Artsploitation Films Acquires Horror "Welcome To The Circle"

Artsploitation Films has announced the acquisition of a new horror film: Welcome to the Circle, a supernatural thriller centered around a murderous cult. The film will be released later this fall on DVD/Blu-ray and VOD/Streaming. The film is directed by David Fowler.

A camping misadventure forces a young girl and her father into the realm of a madman worshiping cult known as The Circle. As the pair become trapped in The Circle’s increasingly frightening sphere of indoctrination, a case-hardened professional cult deprogrammer and his two clients attempt to kidnap/reclaim one of group’s members. Grizzly rituals are soon revealed to be part of a terrifying, surreal, alternate reality that has been constructed by the cult’s mysterious, isolated leader. Escape is the only objective, but all of them are trapped in The Circle.

Horror Comedy "Homewrecker" Opens In Select Theaters June 26th

The critically acclaimed festival hit Homewrecker hits select theaters, digital and DVD this summer.

From Uncork’d Entertainment and Dark Star Pictures, Alex Essoe (Doctor Sleep) and Precious Chong (L.A Confidential) star in director Zach Gayne’s “hilarious, dark view of modern loneliness” that has “the energy of a Jane Fonda workout tape” (Rotten Tomatoes).

Michelle is an interior designer and newlywed to Robert. Linda lives alone and fills her days with painting and exercise classes. Seeking a new friend, Linda coerces the reserved, deferential Michelle into visiting her home for a spontaneous interior design consultation. Once inside, it quickly becomes clear that Linda has something far more sinister on her mind than throw pillows.

Scripted by Precious Chong, Alex Essoe and Zach Gayne, Homewrecker is “a delightfully twisted tale of obsession that is full of surprises” (Cinema Axis) with “a pair of great lead performances at its center” (TheCriterionCast).

Homewrecker in select theaters June 26 and on digital/DVD July 7

Monday, June 15, 2020

Psychedelic Rock Band Spindrift Performs At The U.S’s Most Haunted Locations In "Spindrift’s Haunted West"

Spindrift is a U.S. psychedelic country western band. Recently, they travelled the American West for five weeks, where they exclusively performed in Ghost Towns and haunted locations. They documented all of their travels in the film Spindrift’s Haunted West. And Spindrift consists of: Kirkpatrick Thomas (lead vocals), Becca Davidson (guitar), Joe Zabielski (drums) and Riley Bray (Bass). Now, Indican Pictures will debut this rock-and-roll documentary on DVD and Digital platforms, this July.

On their travels, Spindrift performed at some of the mostly ghostly haunts. Their trip consisted of shows at the ghost town Bodie, CA and the Valley of Fire. They also had a pitstop at the Crazyhorse Monument in Wyoming. All of this travel and musical collaboration led to more music, including: “When I Was a Cowboy” and “Blood and Saddle.” Their latest documentary is full of breathtaking views and surreal musical performances. Fans of psychedelic rock can see for themselves what Spindrift has created - this July - on DVD and most Digital platforms.

A whiskey-soaked psychedelic spaghetti western visual tour-de-force that brings viewers a unique, peyote inspired look behind the curtain of madness and into the Haunted West of yore…
Release Date: July 2020 (Digital, DVD).

Digital Release For Sci-fi "Battlefield 2025" Set For This July

From the makers of The Covenant and Eminence HillBattlefield 2025 available this summer On Demand.

Written by Joseph Mbah and Robert Conway. Jose Rosete, Anna Harr, Dustin Leighton, Caleb Thomas, Alaina Laethem, Adam Michael Gold, and Titus Covington star in a Joseph Mbah film, releasing July 7 on digital from Uncork’d Entertainment

Official Synopsis : Weekend campers, an escaped convict, young lovers and a police officer experience a night of terror when a hostile visitor from another world descends on a small Arizona town.

Action Thriller "The Runners" Set To Release This July

Micah Lyons, Tom Sizemore (Heat, Saving Private Ryan) and Glenn Morshower (“24”, “Friday Night Lights”) star in white-knuckle action-thriller The Runners, premiering this summer On Demand and DVD.
After losing their parents in a car accident, Ryan must raise his rebellious teenage sister, Zoe. One night, Zoe sneaks out to a party and is abducted by a charming older boy who intends to sell her to the cartel for human trafficking. Now, Ryan and his best friend have just hours to track them down and save her before she is sold and dragged across the Mexican border, never to be seen again.
From directors Joey Loomis and Micah Lyons, and starring Micah Lyons, Netty Leach, Joey Loomis, Tom Sizemore, Neal McCoy, Glenn Morshower, Jason Peter Kennedy, and Swayde McCoy, The Runners is available 7/14 on DVD and Digital from Uncork’d Entertainment.

Trailer Released For Mystery Thriller "The Transcendents"

The Transcendents is a mysterious thriller set in a musical world. Derek Ahonen’s debut feature follows Roger, a dark figure, who is in search of defunct indie rock band - The Transcendents. What he finds are the remnants of the disillusioned band and a mystery to uncover. The Transcendents stars: The Go-Gos Kathy Valentine, musician Rob Franco (Sicario: Day of the Soldado) and Savannah Welch (The Sinner). And, Indican Pictures will debut this film in theatres this June and on Digital platforms this July.

The Transcendents had a long film festival run in 2018 and 2019, before finding a wide U.S. release. On its film festival run, this feature won several awards, including: an “Outstanding Achievement Award” (Cult Critic Movie Awards), “Best Original Screenplay of a Feature Film” (Derek Ahonen, North Hollywood Cinefest) and a “Best Supporting Actress” (Kathy Valentine, Prison City Film Festival). Now, the award winning film will show for audiences throughout the Summer.

Indican Pictures will release The Transcendents in select theatres this June 19th. On July 21st, the film will show on most, major Digital platforms - including Amazon. To debut in an unrated format, this Texas thriller takes a look at what can-go-wrong in a crazed musical world. And, this film trip begins, throughout the U.S., this June!

The Craft Meets Suspiria In The Bewitching "Coven"

The Craft meets Suspiria in the bewitching Coven, set to spellbind audiences on DVD and Digital this summer.

Five undergrad witches come together in order to perform a ritual to invoke the ancient powers of the witch Ashura. The leader of the coven gets carried away and accidentally kills one of the witches during the ritual. She needs the strength of a complete coven to invoke Ashura’s powers and sends them out to find a final witch. As she absorbs power the surviving girls plot to take her down but the possessed witch unleashes hell on campus with only one young witch left to stop her.

Lizze Gordon, Jennifer Cipolla,, Margot Major, Adam Horner, and Terri Ivens star in a Margaret Malandruccolo film, Coven on DVD and Digital July 14 from Uncork’d Entertainment.


Phantom Pain Films is pleased to announce the release of Ouija Blood Ritual through virtual cinemas on June 5th, and Blu-Ray, DVD and VOD on June 30th.
In Ouija Blood Ritual, the footage of three filmmakers shooting a web series has been recovered. Intending to debunk famous Internet urban legends and rituals, they perform a blood ritual that summons an ancient primordial entity in the process. As the spirit's unstoppable evil seeps into their daily lives the trio are left with a single choice: Submit to its will... or die.
The newest movie from cult filmmaker Dustin Mills (Slaughterhouse Slumber Party, Puppet Monster Massacre), finds him taking on his largest role in-front of the camera, while working again with Kayla Elizabeth (Slaughterhouse Slumber Party) and newcomer Rob Grant III (The Low Lives).
Ouija Blood Ritual will see its theatrical premiere as a virtual cinema screening room offering by Cleveland Cinemas starting June 5th. Blu-Ray and DVD Special Editions, featuring director's commentary, cast interviews, and uncut footage, are available to pre-order from Phantom Pain Films now. It will be available digitally on iTunes, Amazon Video, Google Play, YouTube, and Vimeo on June 30th.

A Killer Strikes Again And Again And Again At "6:45"

Director/producer Craig Singer (Dark Ride, Perkins '14) has debuted the first look at his latest horror film 6:45.  The time loop slasher follows a young couple in love who take a romantic weekend getaway to an island where things go terribly wrong.   Singer has released new stills and a teaser as the film completes post-production.  

6:45 stars Michael Reed (The Haunting of Alice D, The Disco Exorcist), Augie Duke (Exit 0), Armen Garo (The Departed), Thomas G. Waites (The Thing, The Warriors), boxing Hall of Famer-turned-actor Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini, hip-hop DJ The 45 King, and Grammy-nominated rapper Remy Ma ("Love & Hip Hop: New York"). Singer directed and produced from a script by Robert Dean Klein.  6:45 was lensed by Lucas Pitassi and edited by Sam Sam Adelman, with a score from Kostas Christides. 

Bobby Patterson is hoping a weekend getaway will save his rocky relationship with his girlfriend Jules Rables. The couple arrives in the quiet island resort of Bog Grove. To their bewilderment, the sleepy beach town is curiously deserted and they quickly learn about the deadly history that's about to repeat itself. Bobby's struggles with Jules are cast aside in order to overcome a dementing cycle of terror they find themselves trapped in. No matter what he does to try to avoid it, he and his girlfriend wake up at 6:45 each morning to the same nightmarish chain of events that lead to them being viciously murdered.


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