This Day in Horror

15 September 2014

Joshua Werner’s Rampant Tells the Origin of Werewolves

Everything you thought you knew about werewolves is about to change...

Source Point Press has announced they will be publishing the horror novella "Rampant" by Joshua Werner, scheduled to be released in early September. Werner’s werewolf tale will kick off the beginning of Source Point’s fall releases of creator-owned books and comics, and an anthology of werewolf stories, poems, and artwork will be released soon after.

Joshua Werner is the author of The Brutality of Fact and Adoration for the Dead, as well as such popular short stories as Osiris and The Invention. After taking a hiatus to focus on his illustration work, Werner returns to the writing arena with Rampant. Set in the 18th Century Swiss Confederacy, Rampant tells the tale of a young man who stumbles upon a family’s terrible secret that will change his life forever, and will reveal lycanthropy’s true origins. “It’s a very ambitious story,” says the author, “and it dives deep into the roots of the werewolf curse, offering a brand new origin to the folklore that’s deeply embedded in our real history.”

Writer and literary critic Kasey Pierce (KosmicKasey.com) spoke enthusiastically of the book in the foreword she wrote for Rampant. “Joshua Werner’s tale of tragedy, heartbreak, and bloodlust is an
outstanding homage to the Gothic era of horror,” she said. “His literary descriptions created a realm that devoured my senses and left me hungry for more.”

“While this story is most definitely a werewolf tale, fans of classic horror will be interested to learn that Rampant also ties in seamlessly with Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein,” says author Joshua
Werner. “The story takes place in a small village that lies between two of the primary locations in Frankenstein, Geneva and Ingolstadt, and takes place during the same time.” Fans of Mary Shelley’s classic can expect to find multiple nods to her tale in Rampant, “and perhaps more,” says Werner.

Accompanying the story are multiple illustrations drawn by the author, done in a style similar to woodcuts of the time period, as well as a map of the village highlighting locations pertinent to the narrative. There are also two afterwords by Werner; one discussing the story’s connection to Frankenstein and another that separates the facts and real history within the story from the fiction.

The book will be available for sale on Amazon, Storenvy, and other online retailers first, followed by select stores shortly after, and the first signing will take place at Grand-Con in Grand Rapids, MI
Sept. 19th. More information can be found at www.SourcePointPress.comwww.twitter.com/SourcePtPress, and www.facebook.com/SourcePointPress.

Watch Indie Slasher Blood Was Everywhere Free Online


Blood Was Everywhere is now available to stream for free on Vimeo and YouTube. Simply search "#bwe4free" on either site to watch the independent horror film.

Vimeo streaming link: http://vimeo.com/105313694

YouTube streaming link: http://youtu.be/hyirW8wSyzA

The online premiere represents a brand-new director's cut of the film, including an all-new opening sequence and a blood-curdling alternate ending.

"We are artists and thinkers, not really business folk," writer-director Jason Torrey elaborates. "We wanted to make a kick ass, original slasher movie, the kind we would like to watch ourselves. For us, it's just about giving people the opportunity to see it. What better way than through free services like Vimeo and YouTube?"

In Blood Was Everywhere, a killer wreaks havoc on the lives of average people in a small Massachusetts town. Inspired by the classic slashers of the late ’70s and early ’80s, the film offers a chilling concoction of horror, thriller, mystery and character study.

Blood Was Everywhere's cast includes Paul Kratka (Friday the 13th Part III), Larry Holden (Batman Begins), Vanessa Leigh (Almost Human), Sean Sullivan (Murder University) and a number of upcoming actors, including Ashley Arnold, Kimberly Simone, Phil Ristaino, John Westcott and Dita Prenn.

Creeping Crawling Coming to DVD and VOD October 7



On October 7th, Brain Damage Films will release Creeping Crawling, an entomophobia-inducing horror anthology featuring three tales sure to make viewers bug out. DVD availability is set to include many retailers and websites including Amazon, as well as rental chains including Family Video. VOD availability will include all major and minor cable/satellite operators and internet platforms.

About the Film
Creeping Crawling is the work of writer/director Jon Russell Cring's CINEMA REBELLION along with writers Joshua Owens and Tracy Nichole Cring. The film features three creepy crawly tales starring exotic insects, arachnids, parasites, and reptiles -- Oh, and scream queen RAINE BROWN (Torture Chamber, Deer Crossing), America's Next Top Model contestant LAURA LAFRATE, Anna Shields (Little Bi Peep), and more, as well as music by Super 400, Bear Campo, and Absolute Zero.

The film took home a Best Feature award at the 2013 JamFest Indie Film Festival and the RID segment took Best Screenplay at the 2012 Atlanta Horror Film Festival -- But if you don't trust awards it has reviews to back it up, like (re)Search My Trash's Mike Haberfelner, who says the movie "gives new, amusing but also fittingly macabre twists and turns to stories that might sound familiar. And add to that a very competent ensemble cast, a directorial effort that knows when to hold back, when less is more, and a light-footed note to the whole thing, and you've got a pretty entertaining piece of genre entertainment."

Synopsis
You live with them, you feed them, you fear them. Creeping Crawling is an anthology featuring three tales of terror centered around things that go slither in the night. Doug and Allison have a paper due and they're hoping an eccentric entomologist will be the lynch pin to a passing grade.

They get more than they bargained for when Dr. Tarkovsky tells them the story of GRUBBERY and the lengths supermodel Denver will go to in order to keep her figure. Denver's best friend Ginger introduces her to age old dieting wisdom as her boyfriend Rick witnesses her eaten away by her own vanity.

RID introduces Dori, a beautiful young girl who desperately needs money and poses as a nurse hired to take care of a comatose patient. While staying in the Gothic mansion, she begins to unravel as something feasts upon her while she sleeps.
Dr. Tarkovsky's final cautionary tale centers around Bailey. In BUGGER, the lonely man navigates love online. He can't seem to find a woman who shares his six legged obsessions. A co-worker has her doubts about his motives, as a serial killer is at large.

Official Trailer and More Information



Syfy's Z Nation Bites off 1.6 Million Viewers During September 12th Premiere

NEW YORK – September 15, 2014 – Syfy’s new zombie series Z Nation bit 1.6 million total viewers during its Friday, September 12 premiere at 10PM (ET/PT), becoming the channel’s highest rated acquired scripted series premiere since Dr. Who in 2006.

The dynamic action-drama from The Asylum (producers of the Sharknado franchise) also chomped on 695K Adults 18-49 and 853K Adults 25-54.

Z Nation was #1 in the 10PM time period among total viewers, Adults 25-54, Men 25-54, Women 25-54 as well as #2 among Adults 18-49.

In the past week, more L+SD total viewers fell victim to Z Nation than the most recent telecasts of The Leftovers on HBO, Teen Wolf on MTV and Doctor Who on BBCA.

Z Nation was also Syfy’s most social acquired scripted series premiere ever across all social metrics (tweets, unique authors, and tweets per unique). For the night, Z Nation ranked as the #4 entertainment program in tweets in both broadcast and cable.

In Z Nation, three years have passed since the zombie virus has gutted the country, and a team of everyday heroes must transport the only known survivor of the plague from New York to California, where the last functioning viral lab waits for his blood. Although the antibodies he carries are the world’s last, best hope for a vaccine, he hides a dark secret that threatens them all. With humankind’s survival at stake, the ragtag band embarks on a journey of survival across three thousand miles of rusted-out post-apocalyptic America. Z Nation stars Harold Perrineau (Oz, Lost) Tom Everett Scott (Southland, Beauty and the Beast), DJ Qualls (Supernatural), Michael Welch (Twilight trilogy), Kellita Smith (The Bernie Mac Show) Anastasia Baranova (The Darkness II) as Addy, Russell Hodgkinson (Big Fish) as Doc and Keith Allan (Rise of the Zombies) as Murphy.

Karl Schaefer (Eerie Indiana, Eureka, The Dead Zone) serves as executive producer and showrunner. Acclaimed action director John Hyams (Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning) directed the pilot. The series is produced by The Asylum and sold internationally by Dynamic Television.

Syfy is a media destination for imagination-based entertainment. With year round acclaimed original series, events, blockbuster movies, classic science fiction and fantasy programming, a dynamic Web site (www.Syfy.com), and a portfolio of adjacent business (SyfyVentures), Syfy is a passport to limitless possibilities. Originally launched in 1992 as SCI FI Channel, and currently in 96 million homes, Syfy is a network of NBCUniversal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation. (Syfy. Imagine Greater.)

13 September 2014

All Hallows Eve 2013 - REVIEW


I have heard some really great things about this film so I thought I would give it a watch because it was fairly inexpensive.  I knew it was anthology horror but what I did not know was it is also a found footage movie, ugh!  I'm not a huge fan of found footage.  There are a few that are ok but it is a fad in movies that is getting overused and I'm just not a fan.  On the other hand I bought it so I may ad well watch it.  I mean a creepy clown is on the cover.

Sarah (Katie Mcguire) is babysitting 2 adolescent brats and one of them gets a vhs tape in his trick or treat bag.  They put it in and it turns out to be 3 stories of horror all revolving around a psychotic murderous clown.  Sarah puts the kids to bed after the first story because of how brutal it is but she continues to watch the tape.  She does not realize what she is in for.  A night of terror like she has never seen before.

So I was pretty surprised by the movie being found footage.  Having said that I have to say I did not totally hate it.  It really wasn't as good as I had anticipated but it still was a pretty creepy little piece.  The acting was nothing special really.  The kids are mediocre at best and the main character played by Katie Mcguire in the wrap around story is pretty mediocre as well.  I am really just on the fence on how much I actually like this film.  I may have to watch this one a few times to determine that.

The 3 stories on the vhs are ok.  It actually is pretty scary and I can definitely see someone loving this movie just for the fact that it actually scares them.  I am a huge sucker for anthology horror so no matter if its found footage I am going to watch all of them.  It is a Halloween themed movie so I can definitely suggest to pick this one up and you got yourself a decent scary movie to watch on Halloween night.  I would give this one 5 out of 5 stars.  Stay twisted everyone!



04 September 2014

Shami Media Inc. Set to Release The Horror/Thriller "Gravedigger" Worldwide



Gravedigger is set to ax the horror genre worldwide! Shami Media Group, Inc. a distribution, marketing, and media leader in worldwide film distribution has recently acquired "Gravedigger" and has set a release date of November 18, 2014.

Shami Media is led by film veteran Bob Shami who has been in the film distribution business for over 15 years. Their movies are currently found in retailers such as, F.Y.E., Best Buy, Tower, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Sears, Kmart, MVD, Walmart, Target, Frys, Baker & Taylor, Red Box, iTunes and Netflix. They will now be adding Gravedigger to their catalog of outstanding films.

Gravedigger was shot in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ, a few months after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. The movie features a unique cast including TV personalities, professional sports players, reality stars and rock stars. The original soundtrack is by guitar rock lord Ron “Bumblefoot” Thalof “Guns N’ Roses”. Gravedigger, nominated for multiple awards won two for Best Thriller FIlm & Best Actor, Keith Collins.

Directed by, Doug Bollinger (“Waltzing Anna”). Produced by, Keith Collins. Executive Producers John Stoerback, Michael Levine & Jeff Quinlan (“Bare Knuckles”). Co-Executive Producer Brandon Ruckdashel. Line Producer Theresa Galeani. Written by, Joseph & Billy Pepitone. STARRING::Keith Collins (“The Jersey Devil”,”The Meat Puppet”), Brandon Ruckdashel (“Co-Ed Confidential”), Jim McKeown, Angela Sharp, John Stoerback (“The Next Vigilante”), Katelyn Pearce WITH Billy Sample (“Former NY Yankee”) AND Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (“Guns N’ Roses”).

Alongside a well-rounded cast with many special appearances Including: Jim Leyritz (Former “NY Yankee”), Brian McRae (Former “NY Met”,”KC Royals”), Annette Dziamba (“The Apprentice”,”Playboy”), Gregg Valentino (TLC’s “The Man Whose Arms Exploded”), Gervase Peterson (“Survivor, Season One”), Emilio Masella (Oxygen’s “Love Games”), Gary Garver (“formerly from the Howard Stern Show”), Mark Pinkhasovich ( NBC’s “The Biggest Loser”), April Hunter (“WCW”, ”TNA”), Anastasia Smith (“NY Majesty Lingerie Football League”),Theresa Galeani (“Cross the Line”, “I am Legend”), Joe Sernio (“All My Children”), Celebrity Photographer Steve Mack, Cindy Fox (“The Naked Cowgirl”), Adam (“Speed bag Scissorhands”) Salomon.

SYNOPSIS
Steve Borden (Collins) a brilliant, young criminal defense attorney. As junior partner in a local, high end law firm, he makes his living defending the indefensible. When a case gone horribly wrong haunts him, Borden's conscience begins to send him into a guilt-ridden spiral. Police Chief George Orkin (McKeown) is the town's top cop. With more bodies turning up buried, District Attorney Mike Ruble (Ruckdashel) suspects Orkin's ties to crime boss Charles Muzzatti (Stoerback) may be the answer to the case. Now, Orkin must deal with his own eroding sense of integrity to keep both sides of the law off his back. As paranoia rises and Borden, Orkin, Ruble & Muzzatti try to pin the murders on each other, could another, more sinister force be hunting them? Codes, morals and misguided views of justice collide when the law, the mob and the Gravedigger face off in a bloody battle that will darken the survivor's souls forever. But will burying the guilty, bury the Gravedigger's own guilt?



Gravedigger Movie Trailer - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0RxfWlYm-U

Facebook - www.Facebook.com/GravediggerTheMovie

IMDB - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2631554/?ref_=nm_knf_t2

Shami Media Group - www.ShamiMediaGroup.com/Movies

25 August 2014

Severin Films Releases Artwork for Lost Soul - The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley's Island of Dr. Moreau


Lost Soul - The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley's Island of Dr. Moreau is a documentary feature will have its world premiere this Sunday, August 24th at the London Frightfest, followed by festival engagements at The Oldenburg Film Festival in Germany and Festival De L’Etrange in Paris. More festival dates, including North America, will be announced soon via the Severin Films Facebook page.

The filming of the ill-fated 1996 version of H. G. Welles’ THE ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU is the stuff of legend. For the first time since he was unceremoniously escorted off his longtime dream project, Richard (HARDWARE) Stanley reveals in detail his spectacular original vision and how it was all ripped apart at the seams. Cast members including Fairuza Balk, Marco Hofschneider and Rob Morrow, executives and producers Robert Shaye, Edward R. Pressman and Tim Zinnemann, concept artist Graham Humphreys, members of the Stan Winston Makeup Effects team as well as a host of cast and crew members recall the stories first hand of colossal egos run amok, a production way out of control, and how the original filmmaker was banished from the set but wouldn't let go. Directed by David Gregory (PLAGUE TOWN, THEATRE BIZARRE, GODFATHERS OF MONDO, THE JOE SPINELL STORY), this is the sensational story of what could have been a science fiction masterpiece which became a huge creative and financial disaster; the story of the outsider artist versus Hollywood machine.