This Day in Horror

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.

Fright-Rags Launches Tucker & Dale vs Evil Apparel Pre-orders

Fright-Rags is paying tribute to one of the most celebrated horror-comedies of the last decade - 2010's Tucker & Dale vs. Evil - with a line of new apparel, including several limited edition pieces.

Eli Craig's Tucker & Dale vs. Evil stars Alan Tudyk ("Firefly") and Tyler Labine (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) as the titular friends whose vacation yields a body count when they're mistaken for murderous hillbillies by a group of college kids.

First up is a shirt designed by Justin Osbourn. Limited to 300 pieces, it's available on T-shirts, girl shirts and zip-up hoodies. There is an additional 200 on baseball tees as well.

Artists Abrar Ajmal and Tony Moore also contribute their takes on the lovable duo, along with an "Evil Ale" emblem shirt by Sam Kaufman. You can get each of these three designs on unisex or girls shirts.

Last but certainly not least, "GIV' ER" snap-back hats are up for grabs. These embroidered, trucker-style caps are modeled after the hat Dale wears in the film. Only 100 are being produced.

Pre-orders have launched on The limited edition items may sell out before the pre-order period ends, so act fast if you want them. The products are expected to ship in early October.

Arcana Studios Launches Kickstarter Campaign for Howard Lovecraft and the Three Kings

Arcana Studios has launched a Kickstarter campaign for Howard Lovecraft and the Three Kings. From the press release: 

We are excited to announce that Howard Lovecraft and The Three Kingdoms launched Wednesday, August 20th on Kickstarter to celebrate the 124th birthday of Howard Lovecraft. 

This beautiful all ages Lovecraft tale combines the very popular Arcana titles; Howard Lovecraft and The Frozen Kingdom, Howard Lovecraft and the Undersea Kingdom and Howard Lovecraft and the Kingdom of Madness into one wonderful Hardcover book you can share with the whole family.

Hidden away from the world is a dangerous book filled with forbidden knowledge. For ages, the mere possession of the book has driven men to madness. On Christmas Eve the unthinkable happens; the book is placed in the hands of a child. Unaware of its danger, Howard Lovecraft opens the books and speaks aloud its forbidden knowledge. Join Howard Lovecraft and his elder god companion Spot as they enter three kingdoms of terrifying creatures and monstrous villains all seeking to gain possession of Howard's book.

We have started our second day of crowd funding with 5% of our funding goal reached! We want to say thank you to those of you who have backed us so far, and to those of you who haven't yet, we need your help!

Please back, if you are able, and share our kickstarter campaign with all of your friends , family and followers. If you are sharing on Twitter, we have been using the hashtag #HowardLovecraftAndTheThreeKingdoms.

Any amount you are able will help our campaign and with perks ranging from a Cthulhu plush, a special edition T-shirt, a coloring book and the Hardcover book itself, you will want to pledge so you don't miss these awesome items.

You can find the Kickstarter campaign here, where you can read more about our book, perks and see a really cool video by Bruce Brown, the series creator and writer.


Principal Photography Begins on Night of the Living Dead: Rebirth

OH, 8/25/14 - Ohio native and former Chill comic relief Roger Conners has rolled camera and officially moved into principal photography on his directorial debut, Night of the Living Dead: Rebirth. Conners has appeared in over a dozen independent productions with half them being horror titles, and his love for the genre was first kickstarted after his initial viewing of the original George Romero zombie classic, Night of the Living Dead (1968). "The original Night is considered a groundbreaking piece of cinema not only for the impact it had on the modern day horror film, but because of its amazing depiction of the prevalent issues that the American public were faced with at that time," Roger explains. "Topics such as racism, government involvement and cover ups, the exposure of violence through television and media, these are all undertones that are touched on in the original film."

In the last decade Night of the Living Dead has been the recipient of four remakes. Two of the original sequels - Dawn of the Dead and Day of the Dead - have even received the remake treatment. In an age where horror plots are recycled and slapped together with the cheapest of glues, it's important for zombie fans to know that - yes, Night of the Living Dead: Rebirth is a "re-visionment" or remake, but Director Conners aims to take the original narrative style of the Romero franchise and give it a more socio-political twist. Taking Rebirth just a step further than other re-installments will set it away from the pack. Roger mentions his film’s distinguishing qualities, "I feel that many of the current depictions of Night have overlooked the fact that, at the time it was released, the piece was so much more than an Avant-guard horror film. Our goal is to acknowledge all of the elements that made it so pivotal, and that's what I feel will set us apart from the rest."

Roger Conners is known throughout the independent horror film industry for his frequent portrayal of homosexual characters, an archetype that is often ignored in the genre dealing with blood, boobs, and guts. His cheeky and often flamboyant characters have left the actor with the affectionately dubbed title, The Scream Queer. In this regard, the aspiring director will swap certain stereotypes for others to give the movie a more modern feel. "Our goal with Rebirth isn't so much to remake a classic zombie film, but to honor the masterpiece as a truly important portrayal of our culture at that time. The topics addressed within the original film are still acknowledged along with more relevant concerns such as homosexuality and religious irrationality and violence," Conners finishes before heading back to his production notes.

“What begins as an annual visit to their family gravesite quickly becomes a night of sheer terror as two brothers are unexpectedly forced to fight back against a sudden onslaught of violent assailants. Soon, eight complete strangers find themselves barricaded inside a rural farmhouse in an attempt to survive against the ever-growing army of murderous creatures outside.”

Night of the Living Dead: Rebirth is filming around Ohio based on the script by Conners. Noelle Bye, another former Chill crew member, will work as cinematographer and Ron George, Cassaundra Holloway and GD Effects will be handling the special effects. Confirmed cast members include Roger Conners as Adam, Aswan Harris as Ben, Alvin Hudson as Reverend Harold Cooper, Rachel Anderson as Helen Cooper, RJ Messenger as Johnny, Robbie Barnes as Sarah Chambers, Brad Arner as Tom, Dan Peters as Vince, Benny Benzino as Russo, John Chiara as Ricci, Taylor Nelms as Judy, and Rick Montgomery as George.

Night of the Living Dead: Rebirth is due to be released in late 2015.

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20 August 2014

Vincent Grashaw's Thriller Coldwater Splashes into Theaters August 15

Breaking Glass Pictures follows the success of 2013's Geography Club with the release of their latest title, Coldwater, in select theaters and on VODAugust 15, 2014.

"Affecting drama exposes a brutal real-world phenomenon" - The Hollywood Reporter

Coldwater will be playing at the following theaters:

1) LA - Arena Screen 8/22
2) Pasadena - Laemmle Playhouse 8/15
3) NY - Cinema Village 8/15
4) Chicago - Facets Cinematheque 8/15
5) New Orleans - Zeitgeist Arts Center 8/15
6) San Diego - Digital Gym Cinema 8/15
7) Portland - Living Room Theaters 8/22
8) Phoenix - Harkin's Valley Art 8/15
10) Toronto - Carlton Cinema & Kingsway Theater (Both Opening 8/22)
11) LA - Downtown Independent 8/15 (Premiere on 8/13)

Coldwater is a drama/thriller that follows P.J. Boudousque ("Pretty Little Liars" "American Horror Story") in a breakout performance as Brad Lunders, a troubled teen sent to a juvenile reform facility run by a retired war colonel played by James C. Burns (Transformers, Call of Duty). Tragic events unfold, echoing the sad state of similar facilities operating in the United States today.

Coldwater saw its World Premiere at SXSW in 2013 and has received rave reviews since. It won Best Film, Best Director (Vincent Grashaw), and Best Actor (PJ Boudousqué) at the Las Vegas Film Festival, Audience Awards for Best Feature at the Fresh Film Festival in Prague, Czech Republic, and the Cinema At The Edge Film Festival in Santa Monica, California.

Coldwater will be released on VOD Platforms: iTunes, Amazon Instant, Comcast, Time Warner, Verizon Fios, AT&T and Direct TV.

Film Festival Hit President Wolfman Takes Office on DVD August 26

New York, NY - Wild Eye Releasing has announced that Mike Davis' President Wolfman will be available to own on DVD August 26 following a wildly successful festival run. Since its premiere at the Sydney Underground Film Festival, President Wolfman has been a favorite of audiences and critics alike, with the Huffington Post applauding the filmmakers for delivering "a candidate both parties can get behind." President Wolfman has won awards around the country, taking home Best Script at the New Orleans Horror Film Festival and Best Feature at both the Aliens to Zombies Film Festival and Atlanta Horror Film Festival.

Meet John Wolfman: politician, single parent and werewolf, a man whose (hairy) hands are definitely full. Not only is he trying to stop his opponents from selling the US to China, he also has to solve a series of grizzly murders in the capitol. Add a crazed mad scientist, Smokey the Bear, a Miss Teen beauty pageant and a race against time to save his eight-year-old son Bobby from a murderous Vice President, and you have a movie that will keep you howling from start to finish.

Hailed as "perfect for fans of campy horror" by The Washington Post, President Wolfman was made entirely from recycled, stock and public domain footage with a newly scripted, scored and re-voiced soundtrack with enhanced visuals and effects.

The DVD release of President Wolfman (SRP $14.95) will exclusively includeseveral short films from director Mike Davis, outtakes, a music video and a highlight reel of the production.

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Innocence in Theaters September 5th

Based off the 2001 novel by Jane Mendelsohn, INNOCENCE tells the story of Beckett Warner, a teenager dealing with the recent death of her mother. Yet, once she moves to Manhattan to put her life back together and begin a new school, Beckett realizes that her troubles may be far worse—her school is run by a coven of beautiful and seductive women who perpetuate their youth by drinking the blood of virgins. 

Starring Kelly Reilly (Heaven Is for Real, Sherlock Holmes), Sophie Curtis, and Graham Phillips, INNOCENCE will be in theaters SEPTEMBER 5th.

SYNOPSIS: Haunted by the death and dreams of her beloved mother in a Montauk surfing accident, 16 year old Beckett and her father, novelist Miles Warner, move to Manhattan and attempt to piece together their shattered life. Now enrolled at the exclusive Hamilton preparatory school, her psychosis and hallucinations intensify with the dubious suicides of current and past students as does her first love for Tobey Crawford. The discovery that her new school may be run by a coven of beautiful and seductive women who perpetuate their youth by drinking the blood of virgins becomes the ultimate challenge of Beckett and Tobey's young lives.

INNOCENCE is a chilling allegory of the precarious state of an American teenager, explores themes of loss, the human condition and a society torn between purity and narcissism.

Director: Hilary Brougher
Producer & Author: Jane Mendelsohn
Producer: Christine Vachon
Producer: Pam Koffler

Kelly Reilly (Pamela Hamilton)
Sophie Curtis (Beckett Warner)
Graham Phillips (Tobey Crawford)
Linus Roche (Miles Warner)

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