This Day in Horror

24 April 2014

Deadly Revisions 2013 - REVIEW


For a couple of years now, we here at TC have been posting press releases and updates on the debut film from writer/director Gregory Blair. The synopsis and outline of the film was always interesting to me plus it stars one of my personal favorites, Bill Oberst Jr. so I was pretty excited for this one. I've been binge watching Supernatural for the past month so I kinda needed something different.

Grafton Torn (Bill Oberst Jr.) is a successful horror writer who has just awakened from a coma with no memory of what happened. Things take an ugly turn when he decides to spend some time alone at his friend Deter's (Mikhail Blokh) secluded cabin. When his doctor suggests that he see a hypnotherapist  to try and recover his memory, Grafton begins seeing Dr. Ally Morris (Cindy Merrill). Each session brings out more and more memories that only pose more questions than answers leaving him in a life and death struggle to figure out what is real and what isn't.

Oberst gives a great performance as a man teetering on the edge of insanity (no, I'm not just saying that). This is the first time I've seen him go from one extreme to the other and he managed to play both parts AND the transition between the two with ease. And let's face it, acting ain't easy or we'd all be doing it. There are also some good performances from Blokh and Merrill. When a film lies so heavily on such a small cast, it's important to have actors that can carry their weight.

The story is a good one and it's well written. A twisted mind bender that zigs and zags until the end and just when you think you have it all figured out, ya don't. Blair throws in one plot twist after another but still manages to make it come full circle. It does start off a little slow but Blair manages to maintain the level of tension throughout. There's not much in the way of blood and gore but the film doesn't need it to convey the point. Being that this is Blair's first time writing and directing, I'd say he's got more promise than most and I look forward to seeing more of his work in the future.

Of course, it's not without it's rough spots. Some of the scenes were a little dark for my taste and the lighting in a few of them was a bit rough but neither were so distracting that it took away from the overall film. Definitely worth a watch.

23 April 2014

Son of Ghostman 2013 - REVIEW


Today this movie Son Of Ghostman comes across my desk, in my email really, and right off the bat the sender of this email explains how this is NOT a horror movie but a romantic comedy.  Are you serious?  I am a horror writer and you want me to watch a Rom Com? Fuck!! This film has been reviewed by 15+ horror websites and gotten positive reviews.  What the hell.  What is the worst that can happen?  Let's just hope a vagina does not start to grow on my head.

A recently dumped and unemployed man, Denny (Devin Ordoyne),  in his 30s decides to moonlight as the 'son' of his childhood hero, a bygone local celebrity Horror Host named Ghostman (Daniel McCann). When his videos go viral, he must settle an old score with a high school rival and figure out where his life is headed, all while keeping his identity secret from a new woman in town he's fallen for (Angela Gulner). (Courtesy of IMDB)

After my opening I have to explain that his movie has more to do with horror than it leads on to be.  I really enjoyed this film.  It was funny, smart and has a pretty solid cast of talented actors.  None of which are a name right now but I would not be surprised to see a few of them pop us someday.  I especially liked the role of the main character Denny played by Devin Ordoyne.  He really shined in this movie and brought a mixture of horror, comedy and drama to the table.  Seriously if you go into this thinking you will not like it you will be pleasantly surprised as I was.

I guess now comes the part when I give this movie a rating.  Hmmmm!  I can't hold it to the same standard as most movies that I review on here because it's not a traditional horror movie.  I would still rate this 7 out of 10 stars.  I really deserves high marks and the writing in this film I'm sure you all will agree is very clever.  I would like to offer some advice to the character of Denny though.  Watch out for the Ginger's, it is said they have no souls.  :) Really hoping my girlfriend doesn't read this review.  Stay twisted everyone!!


Official Release Date and Artwork Reveal for "POE: Project of Evil"


Italian horror masters re-imagine 7 Edgar Allan Poe tales in this dark, twisted anthology coming to DVD and VOD in May.

Brain Damage Films is set to release the English language, Italian-made disturbing horror anthology on DVD and On Demand May 6th across the US and Canada.



About the Film
Following up the successful 2011 film "P.O.E.: Poetry of Eerie", in which 15 international directors were brought together to recreate 13 different Edgar Allan Poe stories, some of the original filmmakers have regrouped for this newest experiment.

While the original film's focus was the poetic and macabre dimension of the infamous Boston author, this sequel focuses instead on the bloody, violent and disturbing.



Stories include 'The Pit and the Pendulum', 'Solo', 'Loss of Breath', 'The Murders in the Rue Morgue', 'The Tell-Tale Heart', 'The System of Dr. Tar and Prof. Feather', and 'The Premature Burial'... Like you've never seen before!

Full Synopsis
In this twisted horror anthology, seven talented Italian directors present their takes on the disturbing tales of Edgar Allan Poe, each in a very personal and modern way. Prepare to experience the terror of POE! Stories include 'The Pit and the Pendulum', 'Solo', 'Loss of Breath', 'The Murders in the Rue Morgue', 'The Tell-Tale Heart', 'The System of Dr. Tar and Prof. Feather', and 'The Premature Burial'... It’s Poe like you've never seen before!


Check out the official website and Facebook page for more information:
http://braindamagefilms.com/dvd/horror/anthology/poe-project-of-evil/
https://www.facebook.com/PoeProjectOfEvil

Scream Park Now Available on DVD and VOD

New York, NY - Wild Eye Releasing is excited to announce that Cary Hill's Scream Park is now available nationwide on DVD and VOD. Hailed by Doctor Carnage Reviews as "creepy" and "bringing to mindBlack Christmas and John Carpenter's Halloween", Scream Park was a hit at horror festivals throughout 2013, slashing to audience acclaim at Texas Frightmare Weekend, the Eerie Horror Film Festival and Horror Realm.

The Fright Land amusement park is on the verge of closing its doors forever. But the park's owner, Hyde (Doug Bradley, Hellraiser), has one last plan to sell more tickets...murder. Hiring two backwoods maniacs to break into the park and hack and slash all his employees, Hyde thinks these killings will create a media sensation, but he has just unleashed a horror that no one can survive.

The DVD release of Scream Park (SRP $14.95) exclusively includes a commentary with director Cary Hill, bloopers and trailers, available at major retailers nationwide including Best Buy and Walmart .

SCREAM PARK - Official trailer 2014 - Doug Bradley from Wild Eye Releasing on Vimeo.

11 April 2014

Top 5 Horror Films of 1984


As I look through the list of 1984, it was really not a big year for horror movies but 1984 was not boring at all.  This is the year for some big horror blockbusters.  Real classics that made the genre what it is today.  Let's see what we got, shall we?

I just saw this recently for the first time.  Not really so much scary as just cheesy 80's awesomeness.  It was good enough to make #5 on the list.

A Stephen King book turned to the big screen with a bunch of creepy fuckin kids who are out to kill all the adults in Gatlin.  Oh yea, Linda Hamilton is in this one too!!

Love or hate this movie, it is one of the better Friday sequels.  Certainly not the best but Ted White did an excellent job of playing the larger more destructive Jason and a young Corey Feldman that was pretty alright as well.  While Kimberly Beck was no Amy Steel as a final girl she was a hell of a lot better than Dana Kimmell.  As much as I like Part III I still have to admit Dana was pretty awful.

My absolute favorite movie to watch around the holiday season.  This film really is a slasher film in every way.  Unfortunately it was picketed by the PTA so bad that it only lasted a couple of weeks in the theaters and not getting a release on VHS till some time after.

Of course this was going to be #1 on the list.  The first big hit released by New Line Cinema and another masterpiece in horror for Wes Craven.  Introducing everyone to Freddy Krueger played by Roger Englund and his glove of blades.

Misfits and Fright-Rags Join Forces for Fiendish Double Feature

If you're gonna scream, scream with Fright-Rags. The horror apparel masters are once again joining forces with punk icons the Misfits. This time, they're bringing fans a double feature of limited edition shirts and posters.

Renowned artists Gary Pullin and Jason Edmiston were tasked with creating faux movie poster designs inspired by classic Misfits songs. Pullin channels "Hybrid Moments," while Edmiston asks "Mommy, Can I Go Out and Kill Tonight?" Each design brings to mind old-school grindhouse artwork while featuring the Misfits' signature fiend.



Both designs are available on apparel (t-shirts, girls shirts and zip-up hoodies), limited to 400, and as 18x24 screen printed posters, limited to 150.

You can purchase these items now on Fright-Rags.com. Pre-orders will last until Thursday, April 17 at 10am or until they sell out - whichever comes first. Orders are expected to ship in late May.

Fright-Rags.com also offers shirts from such genre classics as Halloween, Day of the Dead, Re-Animator, Escape From New York and much more.

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Linda Hamilton to Guest Star on Season 2 of Defiance

NEW YORK – April 10, 2014 – Linda Hamilton joins the season two cast of Syfy’s highly-rated and groundbreaking drama series, Defiance, in the recurring guest role of Pilar, the mysterious and long-separated wife of Rafe McCawley (Graham Greene). Premiering its second season on Thursday, June 19 at 8PM ET/PT, the ambitious series delivered an average of 1.5 million viewers 18-49 and 3.2 million total viewers in its first season, based on Live +7 data.

Hamilton will play the key recurring role of Pilar McCawley, the wife of Rafe McCawley (Graham Greene) and mother to their three children. Separated from her family for a number of years, Pilar has now returned home. Pilar suffered from serious mental illness and in the aftermath of the Votan arrival and subsequent war, did not have access to her medication. With her mental state unchecked, Pilar snapped and tried to murder her children. Fearing for the family’s safety, Rafe sent her to an institution and told their children she had died. Now Pilar is back with both a steely resolve and a warm, maternal love for her family. But the motives for her return are unclear, and soon Rafe and others in town begin to question where she’s actually been these past years.

Trained at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute, Hamilton triumphed in her breakout role as the iconic Sarah Conner in James Cameron’s action/sci-fi masterpiece The Terminator, followed by the blockbuster sequel Terminator 2: Judgment Day. She is also well-known for her popular role on the television series Beauty and the Beast opposite Ron Perlman. Her additional film credits include Mr. Destiny, Silent Fall and Dante’s Peak.

Hamilton joins the previously announced James Murray, William Atherton and Anna Hopkins as new cast additions to season two of the series. Murray will portray the integral role of Pottinger, the new mayor of Defiance. Atherton portrays high-ranking Earth Republic official Viceroy Mercado and Hopkins is Earth Republic soldier Jessica “Berlin” Rainier.

Grant Bowler will return as Nolan, along with Julie Benz as Amanda Rosewater, Stephanie Leonidas as Irisa Nolan, Tony Curran as Datak Tarr, Jaime Murray as Stahma Tarr, Graham Greene as Rafe McCawley and Jesse Rath as Alak Tarr. The cast also features Dewshane Williams as Tommy, Trenna Keating as Doc Yewll, Justin Rain as Quentin McCawley and Nicole Munoz as Christie McCawley.

As the story of Defiance resumes, the lives of the townspeople are in drastic turmoil. The Earth Republic has assumed control of the town, with far-reaching consequences including a new mayor. Nolan traverses the badlands to find a lost Irisa, Amanda has an unexpected new role in the town as she searches for Kenya and the Tarr family desperately tries to keep control of their criminal empire in the midst of dramatic changes.

Kevin Murphy (Desperate Housewives, Caprica) resumes his role as executive producer and showrunner. Smallville’s Darren Swimmer and Todd Slavkin return as executive producers for season two and Michael Taylor serves as consulting producer. Michael Nankin (co-executive producer) is set to direct the season two opener. Defiance is produced by Universal Cable Productions.

Defiance is an unprecedented partnership between Syfy and Trion Worlds and the first-ever convergence of television and online gaming, featuring an interconnected world and storylines that co-exist on both platforms.