This Day in Horror

24 August 2011

PRESS RELEASE - Jabberwock to Premiere on SyFy

New SyFy Saturday Original Movie Starring Michael Worth, Tahmoh Penikett & Kacey Barnfield Airing 9 pm (ET/PT) Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011
"JABBERWOCK"


American World Pictures, an L.A. based independent sales and production company, has once again teamed up with Syfy for the Syfy Saturday Original Movie “Jabberwock.” The film, written by Raul Inglis and Rafael Jordan, directed by Steven R. Monroe (“I Spit on Your Grave”) and stars Michael Worth (“God’s Ears”, "US SEALS 2", "Bring Me the Head of Lance Henriksen", "Batman Forever"), Tahmoh Penikett (“Dollhouse”) and the beautiful Kacey Barnfield (“Resident Evil: Afterlife”)



In this sci-fi/fantasy tale, “Jabberwock” chronicles the story of a nomadic and battle weary warrior (Michael Worth) who returns home to be with his estranged and more domesticated brother (Tahmoh Penikett). The two must put their different natures aside and both become soldiers to to save their people and the lovely maiden (Kacey Barnfield), after a horrific beast, the Jabberwock, is unleashed on the Kingdom.











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14 August 2011

One Cruise Ship, Dozens of Psychotic Killers


Prepare yourself for the vacation from hell! You heard me right... (super echoey voice thingy)... THE VACATION FROM HELL! I've chatted back and forth a few times with one of the creators of Waves of Terror and to my knowledge, they already have a great line up and it's shaping up to be one helluva horror convention... on water! Shit, does this mean I have to get in a bathing suit?? Dammit, hope my gym membership hasn't expired! So, what I know so far is that it's
the ULTIMATE horror fan experience, a week on an intimate cruise with dozens of Horror icons. Intimate screenings, panels, Q&A's, meet and greets, photo opportunities, and much, much more.
From looking over their Facebook and Twitter pages, I can also tell you that there will be live music provided by Underlined. Not to mention that a little birdie told me that EVERYONE is accepted into after parties and that there will be NO CHARGE for celebrity autographs or photographs, however they will have their own merchandise for sale. Keep your eyes and ears peeled because it's scheduled for February 2012 and you don't wanna miss this boat!! How much will all this cost you ask? Well prices have not been released yet but they're saying it's gonna be around what you would normally pay for a 7 day cruise. Too much you say?? C'mon... with the line up they're predicting (and it's an AWESOME one) plus it includes meals, snacks and all non-alcoholic beverages what more do you want?? Blood?? No doubt there will be that too! It is a horror convention you know... Bwahahahahaha!

10 August 2011

PRESS RELEASE - Matthew Cichella's Poetic

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Rockford, IL

Matthew Cichella’s Poetic is an intense, sexy, character driven psychological horror film that centers on a world full of deceit, passion, and revenge. One couple finds themselves caught in the middle of this when they are kidnapped by “Cowboy”, a mysterious and merciless enegade killer who takes karma in to his own hands. Now prisoners in their own home, the couple is turned against one another and forced to relive their dirty little secrets. Their domestic quarrel turns in to a nightmare they might never awaken from.

Poetic came to writer/director, Matthew Cichella, when discussing his frustration with mainstream films with producer Mitch Wright II, seeing nothing but watered down sequels and remakes in the theaters. The formulaic nature of Hollywood only urged Cichella to create something original, character and story heavy, unlike anything else out there. Matthew on Poetic:
“I wanted to make a film that was realistic in the sense that it could happen to me, or anyone for that matter. This world we live in is not black and white, it's all shades of gray and that's where Poetic shines because the characters in the film are based off real people, in real situations, and real emotions. I've felt what these characters feel. Most people have”

Matthew Cichella’s Poetic just recently began production, starting to film as of the first week of August. Writer/director, Matthew Cichella will be working with producer, Mitch Wright II again. The two have worked together on Cichella’s last three films, Famous, Innocent Looks, and One Night Stand. Cinematographer, Nate Stein, has also worked with Cichella on all three films. Travis Legge, director of Raymond Did It, is the Executive Producer and editor of the film. Matthew Cichella has not only brought a great crew together of trusted individuals, but a very talented cast including Sierra Holmes of VH1’s Scream Queens and Piranha 3DD. Sierra is also set to star in Scream Queen Bloodbath of the Scream Queen Campfire series, which Poetic co-star, Kelsey Zukowski, co-wrote with Jonathan Moody. Both Zukowski and Poetic star, Kaylee Williams, will be starring in this series as well.

The film also stars Ty Yaeger, Heather Dorff, Marc Edwards, Kaylee Williams, Talena Caza, Kelsey Zukowski, Gary Kozlowski, Dave Block, Melissa Revels, Rob Romero, and Marv Blauvelt among others. Yaeger and Cichella already have a strong working relationship as Yaeger has been in all of his films thus far and also starred in producer, Travis Legge’s Raymond Did It and holiday horror short, Holiday Carvings.
Legge was also a producer on What They Say, which Heather Dorff and Kelsey Zukowski created together. They both also starred in I’m Streaming Death from The Social Media Massacre web series, executive produced by Matthew Cichella. Blauvelt has worked with many people from the Poetic cast before including Kaylee Williams in III: Slices of Life and with Dorff and Zukowski in the gritty serial killer short,
Inhumane.

Kelsey Zukowski explains her draw to the film,
“Before I was even approached about being involved, I was attracted to Poetic. When done right home invasion films can be utterly terrifying. They destroy the conceived notion of your home being a safe place, free from harm. Upon reading the script I saw that Poetic was far more personal and really something outside of this sub-genre. With the world it portrays, everyone is flawed, deceptive, and it’s debatable if they are even worthy of forgiveness."

Matthew Cichella’s Poetic is Never Submit Entertainment's first feature film. It is set to wrap filming by early September and will continue on to the post production process expected to be completed by the end of the year. The film will be going the film festival route, beginning with a premiere on March 9, 2012. Location is ending, but will premiere in Chicago or Rockford, IL, where the bulk of the crew and cast are from and where the feature will be filmed.

More information can be found by LIKING the feature film on Facebook or checking out the official website.

08 August 2011

PRESS RELEASE - Love is Not Enough Teaser Released


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Racine, Wisconsin

With the end of the Social Media Massacre, Ron Purtee has just unveiled the trailer for his new short film, LOVE IS NOT ENOUGH, starring Tina Renee Grace as Amy. She loves Danny (Brandon Nichols) with all of her heart, but sometimes love is just not enough.

LOVE IS NOT ENOUGH is a dark morality tale about the consequences of infidelity.

Starring Tina Renee Grace, Brandon Nichols and Amber Rose Rodriguez.

Special FX by Brandead FX

Written and Directed by Ron Purtee

You can keep up to date with LOVE IS NOT ENOUGH on Facebook.

07 August 2011

The Cottage 2008 - REVIEW


No doubt my loyal readers can attest to the fact that I love a good British horror comedy. And let's face it, with the success of films like Shaun of the Dead and Severance, they're gonna keep on coming... YAY! The British are clearly taking over the reigns when it comes to dark comedies and be it Zombies, Eastern European Psychos or farm boy slashers, they do it and they do it well.

A criminal scheme gone wrong is just the start of a string of life-threatening bad luck in this darkly comic thriller. David (Andy Serkis) and Peter (Reece Shearsmith) are a pair of second-rate criminals who are eager to make a big score and think they've come up with the formula for a perfect crime. David works for a wealthy local businessman named Arnie who dotes on his teenaged stepdaughter Tracey (Jennifer Ellison), and so with the help of Arnie's slacker son Andrew (Steven O'Donnell), he and Peter kidnap the girl and demand a hefty ransom for her safe return. But Tracey puts up far more of a fight than David and Peter ever expected, and when Andrew picks up the ransom only to discover they've been given a decoy instead of cash, the would-be kidnappers have no clue what to do next. But this problem seems like small potatoes when the owner of the seemingly abandoned cottage where they're holed up unexpectedly returns -- he turns out to be a hideously deformed lunatic with a murderous temper and a bitter hatred of trespassers.

The acting in this is phenomenal all the way around but I give special props to Serkis. He's one of those actors that can transform himself and slip effortlessly into any role. The banter between him and Shearsmith had me rolling. Ellison was great as the tough, rich girl who ends up in a very bad situation. This people, is the perfect example of a cast loving what they do and not just showing up for a paycheck. This is the kind of acting you want to see in a horror film. It irritates me to no end when actors think horror is beneath them and just sleepwalk through the entire film.

Writer, director Paul Andrew Williams bangs out a fantastic script in this follow up to the critically acclaimed London to Brighton. He's definitely gonna be one to watch out for in the future if he keeps up this pace. Oh, and did I mention that this is only his second feature film (London to Brighton being the first). Oh what a glorious tale this man can weave. The storyline is believable and it's clear that Williams went to extra lengths to make sure that it was tightly put together. Cinematographer Christopher Ross follows Williams' direction superbly, creating a creepy yet comical setting. Yes, a lot of horror films are set in a cabin in the woods but this is definitely not your average horror film. It's much better. If you haven't had the opportunity to see this film yet, do it. You won't be sorry.

How X-Men Number 88 Saved My Life


We have a cool little guest blog by master monster mask maker Matt Patterson (say that five times fast). You totally just tried it didn't you?? Not only that but he is also a writer for Horrornews.net AND the author of Wolff's Run (Zombie Ink Comics) "Monstermatt's Bad Monster Jokes Vol.1". Show him some love and check out his fantabulous little diddy about how the X-Men saved his life!!

The Mark of the Monster!
Or
How The X-Men Saved My Life!

Ghoul Mourning Maniacs!

The "pretzel" like fiends here at Twisted Central...
See? Twisted?Pretzel? Oh,that was awful! I couldn't stop myself! But,I should have.

Anyways, they've asked me to share something with you. Of Corpse,I agreed. This is a telling of the strange time The X-Men and a Monster saved my life!

Is that possible? How? What? Yes, you'll see for yourself. But,I'll ask you to ultimately decide, at the end. First,let's look at X-Men number 88, 1974. That would put me around four or five years old. This is a reprint of X-Men number 40. It's mutant superhero teenagers vs. Frankenstein (the monster part of this tale), in "The Mark of the Monster"!

Let's start with the cover. It's a great Frankie image, with the muties in the background,in some type of doorway? The cover is by Marie Severin, George Tuska, and Sam Rosen. Interior pencils by Don Heck. Story-Roy Thomas. For me,the reprint cover works better than the first run. It's got a darker color block,and better tone.





















The breakdown:
The X-Men are called away from their infamous Danger Room, by Professor X. He stumbled onto a nearby mental image of Frankenstein's Monster, encased in ice! He tells the group, that he firmly believes the monster to be an android, made by a mutant. Therefore, he wishes to contact the monster, and find out if they can connect with the mutant monster maker! Maybe a text would've been sufficient?!

Text.
Prof X: Mnstr R U Mutnt?
Monster: Rarrgh!!

They travel to the nearby museum, where the monster is being kept. The scientist in charge, decides to thaw out old Frankie, endangering everyone, and that's when the smashing starts!!Look out,The monster is alive!

The X-Men get there, but have to knockout the guard, courtesy of Marvel Girl. They find that fink, Frankenstein, and are amazed-at how bad he smells after 150 on ice? That nobody stole his wallet? Afterall, it is N.Y.C. No, that he's the real deal!

The fight has some snappy banter and some surprises.
Frankenstein can produce energy beams from his eyes, just like Cyclops! This pretty much confirms Prof. X's theory about an android.

Well, round 1 went to Frankenstein, he mopped up the joint with the X-Men. He kept referring to "those costumed ones". This left the X-Men scratching their heads. This leads to a monster sized manhunt!

Angel takes to the skies, and the rest follow in a helicopter they borrow. Prof. X mentally urges the police to lend their chopper. Hey Prof. -Why don't you mentally urge the cast of Jersey Shore to read a book?!

They find Frankenstein's trail and one panel shows Angel's sky high viewpoint, looking at a pile of cars, tossed by Franky. He refers to it as looking like Aurora Models.

They catch up to Franky on a cargo hauling sea freighter. They have to fight the crew, in order to come aboard. That doesn't last long.

The Beast is the first lucky contestant to run into Franky, in a cargo hold. The rest of the mutant teens come running and it's here that the cover image makes sense. Franky was looking through the ship's door to the cargo hold. Aha!

Well, more dynamic fighting breaks out. Franky has more powers, like magnetism in his feet! This holds him to the ship, while they try a maneuver with the helicopter and a rope.

Finally, Prof. X joins in, assaulting Franky with mental blasts! Now, he plays his trump card-Iceman, who blasts the android/monster and blasts him with ice until he explodes!!

The X-Men ask the Prof. about Franky and find out through a mental sweeping of his synthetic brain,(a little too Rupert Murdoch,i think), that he indeed was an android!

Frankenstein was made by aliens (the costumed ones), and was meant to be an ambassador to earth. He malfunctioned(do ya think?!), and that's how the stories came out. What the group are left to wonder, is how much Mary Shelly actually knew about this android before writing her story. Ok, so how do the X-Men and the Frankenstein android monster, save my life?

In 1974, we had our own huge metal monster. A Ford Country Squire station wagon. Red, with faux wood side panels. It had fold out seats, in the very back. They opened from the floor and it was like a compartment of sorts. That was my spot! I'd lay out my comics and just soak up the four color goodness!

My mother, my father and I were at my father's business. We went out to the car, parked in the road, next to the curb. My father stayed in to take some calls
and check on his employees. Mom and I were staying in the car.

It turned into a long wait so mom went in to check on my father. I was told to stay put. I did. But,I realized, after some time, that I didn't have X-Men 88. It must've been left in the business! At that time, I couldn't bear the thought of not having that comic with me!

I got out of the car after being told to stay and started up the sidewalk to the business. I figured my mom probably had it in her purse.

I was halfway to the door when I heard the loudest, sickening crash ever! My parents came flying out of the business, as did some customers!

A drunk driver smashed into the back of the station wagon! He hit it so hard he crumpled the back seat compartment (my spot) like a tin can! My parents were aghast, I was too! But not for the same reason. I could see X-Men 88 in the wreckage! It must've been under or in between the seats!

I remember the drunk driver talking to my parents and the police. It was strange. I remember him apologizing over and over.

I couldn't get all of X-Men 88 out of the car. Even after taking it to the garage with my father. What I did get, was the cover and roughly half of the comic.

The station wagon got replaced with another one(woohoo?) but it would be years before I got another X-Men 88. But, at least I was around to get one.