This Day in Horror

01 March 2015

Fear Clinic 2014 - REVIEW


Fear Clinic is based off the web series that was on FearNet but I never got FearNet so I kind of went into this one blind.  The only thing I knew is it had to do with dreams and Robert Englund was in it.  Hmmmm, sounds awfully familiar.  Having not even read much about this I really didn't even know what this was about before I watched it.  If anything I thought the pretty star studded cast would round out everything.

Dr Andover (Robert Englund) runs a fear clinic where he looks to help people with their phobias.  The patients go inside the invention he has created where they face their fears and he is with them every step of the way.  Till one day something goes horribly wrong and his patient never wakes up and eventually dies.  Dr Andover puts up his machine and shuts down the Fear Clinic.  Till Sara (Fiona Douriff) goes back for his help.  Little does Dr Andover know but the Fear Clinic is about to open for business again.

I am really glad I only paid $9.99 for the blu ray of this.  I didn't totally hate this movie but I really couldn't get into it.  I think the story was written well enough but it really drags and goes way too long without anything happening.  Honestly the only thing this movie really had going for it was Robert Englund.  I thought the rest of the cast wasn't too bad either but if it wasn't for him I probably would not have even blind bought this movie.  I do have to say that Corey Taylor should stick to singing because he is a really bad actor.

I really wanted to love this movie but it just wasn't in the cards this time.  I may try giving it another shot and see if I like it more but as it stands now a big thumbs down is in order.  Fear Clinic will find a target audience and there are some people that are going to dig it but not me.  I would rate this one 4 out of 10 stars.  Stay twisted everyone!

24 February 2015

Fright-Rags Honors Iconic Horror Villain with Chucky Collection

Wanna play with Chucky? The pint-sized killer has been terrifying and entertaining audiences for more than 25 years. Fright-Rags is excited to honor one of horror's most iconic villains with the Chucky Collection.

The Chucky box set includes three Chucky shirts - one designed by Justin Osbourn, a second from Abrar Ajmal and a third tee exclusive to the set - as well as an exclusive 18x24 screeprinted poster by artist Matt Ryan Tobin, a prismatic sticker and a full-size Good Guys replica box. This killer set is limited to only 225.

Osbourn and Ajmal's designs are also available separately, as are additional Chucky shirts from Coki Greenway and Christopher Lovell. Rounding out the Chucky collection is an 18x24 screenprinted poster by Kyle Crawford. Limited to 100, the print features a glow-in-the-dark layer that reveals Charles Lee Ray's voodoo spell.

The Chucky collection can be pre-ordered from Fright-Rags. Limited edition items may sell out during the pre-order period, so act fast if you want a friend 'til the end. Orders will ship in late March.

Fright-Rags other new releases include shirts inspired by Freddy Krueger, Castle Freak, Subspecies and Sleepwalkers. Find all these and more at Fright-Rags.com.









Horror Anthology Scream Machine Announced

Just when you thought it was safe to relax and let out your breath, the evil genius of Scarlet Fry (Walter Ruether III) makes itself known once more in the shape of Scream Machine’s five bloody twisted tales: “Sledgehammer,” “Cannibal Pen Pals,” “April Fool’s Party,” “Septic Shock,” and “Deadly Indie Drive-In.” Each one featuring the three M’s of horror: madness, murder, and mayhem; guaranteed to make you faint, puke, and quite possibly soil your pants!

Scream Machine’s host segments, which introduce Scarlet Fry as Dr. Fry, take place after the Ebola plague wipes out Earth’s entire population. The two exceptions being Dr. Fry and his new assistant Dr. Graves, Dr. “Head”ley Graves (Paul C. Hemmes). Known for bringing to life such cult classics as: Horrorama, Death By VHS, Nightmare Alley, and Junk Food Horror Fest; Writer/Producer/Director Walter Ruether III teams up with filmmaker Paul C. Hemmes to make his latest and quite possibly greatest horror anthology to date. Featuring the acting talents of Lloyd Kaufman (The Toxic Avenger), Sandra E. Williams (Ted 2), and David C. Hayes (A Man Called Nereus).

Horror Anthology Voices From the Grave Seeks Distribution

‘Voices from the Grave’ is director Richard Stoudt’s first feature film and Laurence C. Holloway’s second (Nightmare Alley 2010). The movie was shot in and around the Phoenix area from 2011-2014. Richard Stoudt also executes a large home haunt called ‘Terror Nights’ every October in Tempe. Stoudt has been doing the event (formerly known as ‘The Haunt’) since the year 2000, Holloway joined the creative staff in 2010. The two directors’ continue to pursue their lifelong love of horror. ‘Voices from the Grave’ is currently seeking distribution.

Synopsis
This Anthology film deals with deadly spirits, back from the grave with vengeance in mind. Myles Brandt is a Horror fiction fan that wanders into a mysterious bookstore in search of something different. He finds a book and in the corner of this bookstore begins to read three tales of supernatural horror.

From Filmmakers Richard Stoudt and Laurence C. Holloway comes a terrifying film experience called “Voices from the Grave”. Three tales of terror, including one story adapted from the work of master horror writer Gary Brandner author of “The Howling”, to make your flesh creep and your heart race!

“Invitation” based on a short story by Gary Brandner, tells the creepy tale of Len Krager, a life loser who attends a party he’ll never forget! “All Hallows’ Eve” is an exercise in suspense and atmosphere set on an eventful Halloween night. Robert Mundy is bitter since the accidental death of his brother, who returns as a vengeful ghost, seeking retribution. In the turbo-charged yarn “Re-Possessed”, we find young Jeff purchasing a killer car for a killer deal…not knowing the car wants his body and soul!

A true exercise in style and terror, ‘Voices from the Grave’ will thrill any horror fan.

Director’s Statement
Director’s Richard Stoudt and Laurence C. Holloway have taken their love of Horror and collaborated on the anthology film ‘Voices from the Grave’. Choosing suspense and atmosphere, over gory shocks, both film makers set out to make the kind of film they would want to watch.

Well-known horror author, Gary Brandner (of ‘The Howling’ fame), wrote ‘Mark of the Loser’ which was turned into the segment ‘Invitation’. The adapted segment was added to two original stories, by Richard Stoudt, which makes up ‘Voices from the Grave’.

With ‘Voices from the Grave’, both directors feel they have made a stylized anthology movie, that is both fun and scary for all kinds of horror fans.

Cast and Crew
Actors- David Nelson
Michael Hanelin
Chris Labadie
Bobby Shook
Michelle Green
Scarlett O’Neil
Maryam Cne

Directors- Richard Stoudt
Laurence C. Holloway

Writers- Gary Brandner
Richard Stoudt
Laurence C. Holloway
Darlene Stoudt
Joe Evans

Sharknado 3 to Wreak Havoc on Universal Orlando Resort

Now Florida will know what it feels like to be hit by a Sharknado! The eagerly anticipated Syfy and The Asylum production Sharknado 3 will shoot key scenes at Universal Orlando Resort, it was announced today.

Featuring stars Ian Ziering, Tara Reid and Cassie Scerbo, Sharknado 3 will premiere on Syfy in July, causing mass destruction in the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C., before roaring down the Eastern Seaboard and into Florida. Ziering and Reid will reprise their roles as Fin and April, respectively, while Cassie Scerbo will play Nova, her character from the original 2013 Sharknado movie.

Anthony C. Ferrante will once again direct, based on an original screenplay by Thunder Levin.

Sharknado 3 is a production of The Asylum.

When it aired last July 30, Sharknado 2: The Second One became Syfy’s most-watched Original Movie ever with 3.9 million total viewers.

About The Asylum
The Asylum is one of the world's leading brand-oriented motion picture and television studios. With a focus on high-concept, market-driven entertainment, like the SHARKNADO franchise, The Asylum finances, produces and releases 25 films per year through its direct pipeline to the nation's top retailers and its network of international partners. Since its founding in 1997, The Asylum has released more than 500 films and has built a library of over 200 original productions, including top-rated movie premieres for Syfy, Lifetime, and Animal Planet networks. In 2014, The Asylum made its first foray into series television with Z NATION, a critically-acclaimed 13-episode action-horror series on Syfy. Z NATION drew high ratings and will return for a second season in 2015.

About Universal OrlandoResort
Universal Orlando Resort is home to two incredible theme parks: Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure; four magnificently themed on-site hotels: Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel, Loews Royal Pacific Resort and the newest addition, Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort; and Universal CityWalk. Universal Orlando Resort is part of NBCUniversal, a Comcast company.

About Syfy
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 (Syfy Ventures), 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.)

Proof of the Devil Now Available in Stores


Truth is scarier than fiction and this truth will scare the hell out of you.

Feature horror-thriller, Proof of the Devil, released 2.10.15, is now in stores! Filmed by a documentary television crew, Proof of the Devil explores a mother’s journey to prove the innocence of her son. The story of serial killer Jesse Winters, aka “The Butcher”, rocked coastal Louisiana to its core. Does the slaughter of 23 innocent victims ring a bell? His mother, Kate Winters, claims her beloved son could never be capable of such monstrosity without the help of the Devil himself. But how far will she go to prove her son’s innocence?

For the first time on film, Kate Winters sets out to prove her son’s claim of demonic possession. Kate hires a film crew to document her journey and bring proof to the world. What happens next will terrify audiences as Kate pushes to the edge of humanity by journeying to the depths of Hell.

Proof of The Devil is now in leading retailers like Walmart with a digital release scheduled 3.3.15. Check out the trailer now on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/proofofthedevil/videos.

ABOUT FILMS IN MOTION: Since opening in 2005, Films In Motion has grown to become a premier production services company and the largest film distribution company located in production-rich Louisiana, the “Hollywood of the South.” The company’s operations include areas of production services, post-production, production rental space, industry education and film and television distribution. Under the direction of Founder, Jason Hewitt, the Films In Motion family of companies includes the brands Films In Motion, Throne Productions, Indie Stages and Genesis Releasing. Films In Motion boasts a resume of over 50 feature film productions and a growing library of distribution titles both domestically and internationally. For more information on Films In Motion, visit the company’s website at http://www.filmsinmotion.com

Battle Apocalypse Available on DVD Today

The award-winning post-apocalyptic zombie film Chrysalis, following a successful run at film festivals across the country, will be released in North America as Battle Apocalypse by Barnholtz Entertainment via Cinedigm. It will be available for purchase on DVD starting on February 24, in addition to its already-available digital form.

Funded entirely by Kickstarter donations and serving as a prime example of the new wave of crowdfunding sweeping the indie film community, Battle Apocalypse is a showcase for Glass City Films, the award-winning Chicago-based company, and for the incredibly talented cast and crew available in the Midwest, including award-winning actors Sara Gorsky (BestActress: NYC Horror Fest, Tucson Terrorfest, Miami SciFi Fest, NOLA Horror) and Cole Simon (Best Actor: Trail Dance Film Festival). Glass City Films founder and Battle Apocalypse director John Klein says, “We’ve had an amazing groundswell of support, first through the Kickstarter campaign and now out on the festival circuit. We have always put Midwest talent onpar with what’s available on the coasts, and this film really showcases what we have to offer here.”

Cast on the surface as a zombie-centric horror film, Battle Apocalypse – produced in association with Huckpoten Entertainment and written and lensed by Ben Kurstin – soon revealsitself to be more about the drama of survival in a harsh world than the guts and gore traditionally associated with the genre. As viewers follow Josh (Simon) and Penelope (Gorsky)through a post-apocalyptic world decades removed from the outbreak of an infection, the most terrifying aspect for audiences will be the snapshot they see of the future their cities mightencounter. When the nomadic duo rescue the mysterious Abira (Tanya Thai McBride) and slowly determine what secrets she may or may not be hiding, the true terror begins.

As Chrysalis, the film is already available on VHX at www.TheRestAreDead.com and on Vimeo On Demand for streaming or purchase. The film has won several awards and screened atdozens of film festivals, including the Wasteland Film Festival, the New York City Horror Film Festival, and the NOLA Horror Film Festival. Beginning February 24, Battle Apocalypse willbe available at various retailers in-store and online, including Walmart, Best Buy, Amazon.com, K-Mart, and Movies Unlimited, and several others. Both available versions includebehind-the-scenes features.

Klein says, “We were incredibly ambitious from start to finish with this project. We believed in Ben’s great script and story, and knew we could do the film at a certain cost and make itlook amazing regardless of the bottom line. And we’re so proud and honored that Barnholtz Entertainment recognized the quality of our film and saw fit to give it a wider release through Cinedigm!”