This Day in Horror

21 May 2015

Zombeavers 2014 - REVIEW


I could not have been more excited to see this made it to netflix so quickly.  I have been wanting to see Zombeavers ever since I heard about it  a few months ago.  Seriously how could you not have fun watching killer beavers, not to mention all the plays on the work "beaver" that can be made.

Two dumbasses driving down the road with some sort of radioactive canisters on their truck hit a dear and one comes loose and goes into the water.  Meanwhile, Mary (Rachel Melvin), Zoe (Cortney Palm), and Jenn (Lexi Atkins) are on their way to a cabin for the weekend to help Jenn get over her cheating boyfriend.  Little do they know all three of their boyfriends are about to crash their weekend alone and all hell breaks loose with some really pissed off beavers.  Pun intended :)

I was not disappointed at all with Zombeavers.  This is nothing but a good fun horror movie that isn't intended to be taken seriously.  It's the perfect mix of comedy and horror.  Now the comedy in it didn't really make me laugh out loud but it is extremely entertaining. The acting isn't great by any means but it really didn't need to be.  Each actor and actress played their roles perfect in my opinion.  No big names here but you will recognize a few from some recent films.  Zombeavers is nothing special but you owe it to yourself  to watch it at least once.  Specially if you have a netflix acct.  I would watch this over Sharknado any day.  The worst actor/actress in this film is 100 times better than Tara Reid!

I give Zombeavers 8 out of 10 stars simply for the fact that it is original, corny as shit but at the same time you find yourself really enjoying watching it.  The writers didn't really try hard with this one and they didn't have to.  Besides everyone loves a good beaver. Stay twisted everyone!



14 May 2015

Jack T. Smith Returns with In The Dark



Fox Trail Productions announces the Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to raise the startup capital for writer, producer, and director Jack Thomas Smith’s action/horror film “In The Dark.” The campaign plans to raise $185,000, which will cover deposits for named stars as well as the deposit for a specific casting director, who has cast a number of major films. The start-up capital will also be used to begin Pre-Production, which includes storyboards, location scouting, legal fees, publicity, and the hiring of essential crew and effects personnel. Numerous perks are being offered based on the level of contribution, including the opportunity to be in the film as a zombie/vampire creature extra in full make-up as well as tickets to the premiere and after party.

Once the stars are attached, Fox Trail Productions plans to raise the complete budget of the film by securing additional investment, foreign pre-sales, and the monetization of state tax credits.

“In The Dark” is set on a small island in Michigan that has been overrun by zombie/vampire creatures, leaving a small group of survivors, armed with guns, to fight for their lives as they try to escape to the mainland.

“The zombie/vampire creatures in “In The Dark” are vicious and their need to feed is equivalent to an insane drug addiction,” says award- winning filmmaker Jack Thomas Smith. “There’s an underlying theme to the story that is consistent throughout with the protagonists and antagonists. There will be imagery in certain places in relation to the characters’ specific flaws.”

Smith’s previous films include the psychological thriller “Disorder”, which was released by Universal/Vivendi and Warner Brothers, and the psychodrama “Infliction”, which was released by Virgil Films.

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Trailer & Poster for THE TOXIC AVENGER Mockumentary TOXIC TUTU


Long before theaters were littered with superhero films, Troma Entertainment introduced viewers to New Jersey's first superhuman hero: The Toxic Avenger! The 1984 B-movie has gone on to become a beloved cult classic - but its star, Mark Torgl, has rarely been heard from in the 30+ years since... until now.

Toxic Tutu is a mockumentary that pays tribute to The Toxic Avenger and its legacy. The almost-true story follows Mark Torgl - who played the 98-pound weakling Melvin Junko the "Mop Boy" - on a two-year journey to monster and horror conventions. For the first time ever, the actor candidly discusses his experiences on the set of the cult-classic film, including his exposure to toxic waste, and the true purpose of his recent public appearances.

Toxic Tutu also documents Torgl's long-awaited reunion with Lloyd Kaufman, President of Troma Entertainment and creator of The Toxic Avenger. Guest appearances include Survivor reality TV icon Jonny FairPlay, pro wrestling superstars Jake "The Snake" Roberts and Jimmy Valiant, indie horror staple Shawn C. Phillips (Ghost Shark), kung-fu great Mel Novak (Bruce Lee's Game of Death) and The Toxic Avenger cast members D.J. Calvitto and Sarabel Levinson.

Check out the trailer: 
Toxic Tutu Trailer 4-15-15 from Joe Nardelli on Vimeo.


Toxic Tutu is currently in post-production. A crowdfunding campaign has been launched to raise the funds necessary to complete the process. Perks include lunch with the stars of the film, limited edition autographed posters, on-screen credits and more. Contributions can be made on Indiegogo: http://bit.ly/toxictutuigg

Director/producer Joe Nardelli aims to launch a college campus anti-bullying initiative to accompany the film. He explains, "At its core, Toxic Tutu is about celebrating the differences. This film intends to serve the generations of fans who have experienced The Toxic Avenger - self-professed nerds, geeks, counter-culture individuals; members of a community who dare to be different!"

"This is a very important historic, sociological film," adds the legendary Kaufman. "Please help Joe Nardelli." Kaufman is also reaching out to Toxic Avenger fans Quentin Tarantino and Kevin Smith on the filmmakers' behalf in an attempt to get them to appear in the movie.

For more information about Toxic Tutu, visit the official website, Facebook, Twitter and Indiegogo.

Troma at Cannes 2015


New York, N.Y., May 12, 2015 - Greetings from Tromaville! Once again, the Troma Team will be making headlines this week, May 13-24, as they arrive for the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. As always, Troma will be disrupting the otherwise beautiful and calm French Riviera with its particular brand of in-your-face DIY films. In addition to its 800+ catalog of money making titles, Troma will be pre-selling the nearly completed Return To Nuke'Em High: Volume 2 to buyers and granting interviews to International Press.

Lloyd Kaufman, President of Troma Entertainment and creator of the Toxic Avenger, proudly announced that the Troma Team recently completed a "Learn How to be French" course at New York's prestigious College du Croissant, where "we have achieved a sense of superiority."

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About Troma: Established in 1974 by Yale friends Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz, Troma Entertainment is one of the longest-running independent movie studios in United States history, and it's one of the best-known names in the industry. World famous for movie classics like Kaufman's "The Toxic Avenger", "Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead", "Class of Nuke 'em High", "Mother's Day" and "Tromeo & Juliet", Troma's seminal films are now being remade as big-budget mainstream productions by the likes of Brett Ratner, Richard Saperstein, Akiva Goldsman and Steven Pink. Among today's luminaries whose early work can be found in Troma's 800+ film library are Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Jenna Fischer, Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman, Kevin Costner, Fergie, Vincent D'Onofrio, Samuel L. Jackson, James Gunn and Eli Roth. Troma's latest productions are "Return to Nuke 'Em High: Volumes 1 & 2". Visit Troma at www.troma.com, www.lloydkaufman.com, www.twitter.com/lloydkaufman and www.tromapast.tumblr.com.

Fright-Rags Summons the Lord of Darkness for LEGEND Shirts

Of all the memorable imagery in 1985's Legend, none stand out more than Tim Curry's portrayal of the Lord of Darkness. Although the film turns 30 this year, Rob Bottin's special effects makeup still look fresh. Fright-Rags is paying tribute to Ridley Scott's cult classic with a collection of new shirts.

Three of the top names working in horror art today - Justin Osbourn, Christopher Lovell and Nathan Thomas Milliner - each offer a unique take on the iconic devil. All three designs are available on unisex tees or girls shirts.

The Legend collection is available for pre-order from Fright-Rags. The first run may sell out during the pre-order period. Orders will ship in mid-June.

In addition to Legend, The Twilight Zone collection is still up for pre-order at Fright-Rags.com. You'll also find dozens of shirts inspired by classic horror films and more.




03 May 2015

Amityville: It's About Time 1992 - REVIEW


This one is an old one but it's one that I have never seen.  I have the first 4 Amityville movies and I love those but it's hard to track down anything past part 4 because they have been out of print for so long.  When you do find them they usually bring in a pretty hefty price tag for a used DVD that is nearly 10 yrs old.  On Ebay recently I found this one for 17.00.  I thought that wasn't too high and good enough for me to own it.  Now the only question is will it be a let down or will I love it like the rest.

Jacob Sterling (Stephen Macht), just home from work walks into his living room and gathers his family for the addition to their house.  What is in the box he is carrying is an antique clock that is from the haunted Amityville house, which he is not aware of.  Starting the day it enters the house weird and terrible things begin to happen.  Will they figure it out before it's too late?

What an absolute fucking mess this movie is!!  I didn't have high expectations but I expected more than the shit they put on the screen.  The story is fucking terrible, the acting is subpar and there is nothing really interesting that happens to keep the viewer from getting bored.  I nearly fell asleep on this one but trucked through it so I could see the end.  Honestly after they should have just stopped after this installment.  I am really hesitant to see the rest of the Amityville sequels now unless they are super cheap and I literally have nothing else to watch.

From the review above you can pretty much guess that I am not giving this one a rave review.  I would rate this Amityville sequel 2 out of 10 stars.  It really does not deserve any more than that.  It is recommended that you save your money on this one and get something else.  Maybe if I would have seen this movie when it came out in 1992 it would have held some nostalgia like some 90's horror films do for me.  That's not the case unfortunately.  Stay twisted everyone!


02 May 2015

Debut Zombie Novel OUTBREAK:THE HUNGER, Released by Severed Press



Scott Shoyer, a local Austin, Texas author with a wicked mind for horror, has just had his debut zombie novel, OUTBREAK: THE HUNGER, published by Severed Press. Shoyer’s novel was released on April 14, 2015 and is now available in paperback and eBook formats.

OUTBREAK: THE HUNGER is a fast-paced, gory look at events leading up to the outbreak of a zombie virus. This virus, Shoyer promises, is one you haven’t seen before. The story unfolds from the perspective of two separate groups of people: An elite group of soldiers acting “Above Top Secret” that try to identify and stop the outbreak, and a group of families visiting the Austin Zoo, where the outbreak begins to spread. Trapped at the zoo, the small group of visitors must band together to try and survive the deadly outbreak. Survival, though, won’t be easy especially since they are at ground zero!

Shoyer promises readers his debut novel, the first in a trilogy, will offer a fresh and unique look at what he believes has become a stale sub-genre. As Shoyer says:

“Sure there’s a lot of zombie novels out there, but I set out to give horror and zombie fans something different. I didn’t want to write just another version of the same old story.”

Joe McKinney, celebrated author of the DEAD WORLD series, had the following to say about Scott Shoyer’s debut novel:

“Not only is [OUTBREAK: THE HUNGER] the kind of wild ride you expect from good old fashioned horror, but it is a zombie novel with a truly original take on the genre. I guarantee you, the story has not been told this way before. I envy you getting to read it for the first time.”

Being a lifetime fan of horror films and novels (especially zombies), Shoyer was able to avoid the clich├ęs that have become standard fare in this sub-genre and managed to pump some fresh blood and brains into the genre.

Shoyer is hard at work completing his follow up to OUTBREAK: THE HUNGER, which will be a direct sequel that takes place two years after the events of the first novel.