This Day in Horror

31 July 2013

SyFy's Helix Begins Production in Canada

July 31, 2013 – Syfy’s newest original scripted series Helix from Sony Pictures Television began production this past weekend in Montreal, Canada. The 13-episode drama is executive produced by Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica, Outlander), Steven Maeda (Lost, The X-Files) who is also showrunner, and Lynda Obst (Sleepless in Seattle, Contact). Cameron Porsandeh, who wrote the pilot, will serve as a Co-Executive Producer.

Helix is an intense thriller about a team of scientists from the Centers for Disease Control who travel to a high-tech research facility in the Arctic to investigate a possible disease outbreak, only to find themselves pulled into a terrifying life-and-death struggle that may hold the key to mankind’s salvation or total annihilation. However, the lethal threat is just the tip of the iceberg, and as the virus evolves, the chilling truth begins to unravel.

Billy Campbell (The Killing, Killing Lincoln) stars as Dr. Alan Farragut, leader of the Centers for Disease Control outbreak field team called upon to investigate and control a potential “hot zone” at a remote Arctic research facility. Hiroyuki Sanada (The Wolverine, 47 Ronin) also stars as Dr. Hiroshi Hataki, director of the outpost and its mysterious viral research program.

Helix also stars Kyra Zagorsky (Soldiers of the Apocalypse) as Dr. Julia Walker, Mark Ghanimé (Emily Owens, M.D.) as Major Sergio Balleseros, Jordan Hayes (House at the End of the Street) as Dr. Sarah Jordan, Meegwun Fairbrother as Daniel Aerov, Catherine Lemieux (White House Down) as Dr. Doreen Boyle and Neil Napier (Riddick) as Dr. Peter Farragut.

Prolific director and producer Jeffrey Reiner is directing the premiere episode of Helix. Reiner directed multiple episodes of notable television series such as the critically acclaimed and award-winning Friday Night Lights, Awake and The Event. Reiner previously worked with Syfy directing the 90-minute pilot of the Battlestar Galactica prequel Caprica.

Helix is produced by Tall Ship Productions, Kaji Productions and Lynda Obst Productions in association with Sony Pictures Television.

About Sony Pictures Television
Sony Pictures Television (http://www.sonypicturestelevision.com), a Sony Pictures Entertainment company, is one of the television industry’s leading content providers. It produces and distributes programming in every genre, around the world and for a multitude of platforms. In addition to one of the industry’s largest libraries of award-winning feature films, television shows and formats, Sony Pictures Television (SPT) boasts a current program slate that includes top-rated daytime dramas and game shows, landmark off-network series, original animated series and critically acclaimed primetime dramas, comedies and telefilms. SPT has 18 wholly-owned or joint venture production companies in 15 countries outside the U.S. and also maintains offices in 32 countries. SPT’s worldwide television networks portfolio includes 124 channel feeds available in 159 countries, reaching more than 800 million households worldwide. SPT also creates original content for and manages SPE’s premium video website, Crackle. Additionally, SPT owns production company Embassy Row and is a part owner of cable channel Game Show Network (GSN), 3D channel 3net, premier horror/thriller website and VOD service FEARnet and national U.S media sales company ITN Networks, Inc. SPT advertiser sales is one of the premier national advertising sales companies and handles the commercial inventory in SPT’s syndicated series as well as in U.S. digital businesses including FEARnet, DrOz.com and PlayStation.

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 more than 98 million homes, Syfy is a network of NBCUniversal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies. (Syfy. Imagine greater.)

Two Hour Special Face Off: Vets Strike Back Airs Tuesday August 6th

July 31, 2013 – Syfy sets the stage for the anticipated Season 5 premiere of its hit competition series Face Off with the two-hour special Face Off: The Vets Strike Back, Tuesday, August 6 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. In a Face Off first, Season 5 features eight contestants from past seasons who will battle eight newcomers. The special includes exclusive interviews and a sneak peek of the new season, plus will look back on the past seasons to highlight the veteran contestants’ best and worst moments.

Eager for a chance at redemption, the eight returning contestants are: Alana Rose Schiro from New York; Tate Steinsiek from Henryetta, OK; Eric Zapata from Victoria, TX; Frank Ippolito from Cleveland; Laura Tyler from Orlando; Miranda Jory from Seattle; RJ Haddy from Charleston, WV, and Roy Wooley from Tucker, GA. Hosted by McKenzie Westmore, the special will also feature Face Off judges Ve Neill, Glenn Hetrick and Neville Page, who will share their insights on why the contestants were eliminated originally and why they deserve a second chance.

Season 5 of Face Off premieres Tuesday, August 13 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Syfy. In the first Foundation challenge, the contestants must complete the looks of costumed partygoers for an elaborate costume ball, with colorfully dressed cast members from Syfy’s new docu-series Heroes of Cosplay (premiering immediately following Face Off) in attendance for inspiration. Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke serves as guest judge for the challenge. For the first Spotlight challenge, the contestants are split into two teams – veterans vs. newcomers. They are tasked with an elaborate challenge in which they must create five original fantasy characters – an ogre, pixie, fawn, troll and a witch. The characters must be cohesive and be able to live in their own hyper-stylized fantasy world. Academy Award winning makeup artist Bill Corso (Lemony Snicket: A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Amazing Spider-Man) is on hand to advise the contestants.

Face Off is a production of Mission Control Media with Dwight D. Smith, Michael Agbabian and Derek Atherton serving as executive producers.

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 more than 98 million homes, Syfy is a network of NBCUniversal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies. (Syfy. Imagine greater.)

30 July 2013

Love Sick Love 2012 - REVIEW

Life has thrown me some curve balls lately, as it often does, so I've fallen pretty far behind on reviews and on movie watching in general. I'm doing my best to catch up so just hang in there with me and we'll get back to normal pretty soon, well as normal as we get around here at Twisted Central.

Dori (Katia Winter) wants nothing more than to be with Norman (Matthew Settle) a commitment phobic business man who's only interested in one thing. After getting some relationship tips from a book she decides to get Norman alone in an isolated country house so she can profess her undying love. When he doesn't reciprocate, she forces him to live through every holiday of the year, in one weekend, to prove they are the perfect couple. With no help in sight, Norman struggles to free himself from the chains that bind him, literally, before what started as a romantic weekend alone turns into something much darker and sadistic. 

If you take the films Fatal Attraction, Misery and The Loved Ones and mix them all together, you'll end up with something probably a lot more interesting than Love Sick Love. What started out as a seemingly character driven story, falls flat pretty quickly. The things that made the characters interesting in the beginning got lost somewhere on their drive to the country, I guess. I'm not really sure. While I can see the direction that this film was trying to take, it just never got there. I have no doubt their intentions were good but  writer Ryan Oxford and director Christian Charles simply tried to do too much. The premise is easy enough... a pissed off woman seeks revenge on the man that wronged her... but with each plot point/twist the entire story just caved in on itself and it became a muddled mess. What it lacked in tension, it made up for in predictability. 

The cast did the best they could with the script they were given but at times it seemed that even they were growing weary of ridiculous dialogue they were forced to deliver and the even more ridiculous situations their characters were thrust into. There wasn't a single moment in the entire film that I took any of the characters seriously. I didn't buy Winter as a psycho nut job who takes men out to the country to "make" them love her. I didn't find Dori menacing or scary or diabolical in any way. Settle somewhat passes for a sex crazed business man but can you really feel sorry for a man like that? I didn't. I actually had a hard time liking ANY of these people. 

Ultimately, I'm not even sure how to categorize Love Sick Love. There's very little in the way of blood and gore so it's definitely not horror. To call it a thriller would be stretching it. It takes a couple of stabs at being a dark comedy but pretty much fails to find that niche too. If you're in the mood to watch a film about a vindictive woman, I'd suggest looking up the aforementioned films. This one is likely to leave you questioning why you even bothered wasting the energy to put it in the DVD player or your time watching it. 

Jessica Cameron Joins the Cast of Pearry Teo's Bedlam Stories

Director Pearry Teo’s (Necromentia, The Gene Generation, and the upcoming The Dark Prince) newest twisted horror movie has added a seasoned indie veteran to their cast, Scream Queen Jessica Cameron.

The story of the film is as follows:
Set in the 1920s, intrepid reporter Nelly Bly fakes insanity to gain admission into the infamous Bedlam Asylum. While researching her expose, Nellie meets a young patient, Dorothy, who has delusions of a fantasy land she calls “Oz.” Digging deeper into the dark history of the asylum, Nellie uncovers evidence of human experimentation on another inmate, a young girl named Alice, who’s “Wonderland” mirrored Dorothy’s imaginary world. Nellie is determined not to let Dorothy share Alice’s fate as a human guinea pig. But the horrific experiments open a portal to these other worlds. When the dark and twisted inhabitants of Oz and Wonderland clash for control, Nellie realizes that they aren't delusions at all - they are terrifyingly real.

Cameron is known for the SyFy channel, Roger Corman film Camel Spiders, Steven C. Miller’s excellent remake Silent Night, the much talked about Mr. Hush, and will next be seen in her directorial debut, Truth or Dare. She is going to play the role of “Nurse Tilley.” While information about the film and it’s characters is limited, we do know that Nurse Tilley is “The last kind face you will see, but her eyes hint that she knows about the dark secrets and practices within the walls of Bedlam Asylum.”

Cameron joins the cast with actress Anna Harr who will be playing the titular role of Alice. Bedlam Stories is being produced under Pearry Teo’s company, Teo/Ward Productions and the film’s companion novel is to be released on September 15th of this year. You can expect an excellent art book for Bedlam to hit at some time in November.

Check out the creepy concept art!
The Red Queen
The Tin Man, Scarecrow and Cowardly Lion










The Cheshire Cat
The White Rabbit













The Entrance to Oz
For more information on Teo’s newest horror flick, as well as loads of creepy concept art from the film, please hit the link below and “like” the Facebook fanpage. Be sure to check out Jessica Cameron’s social media links below as well.

Bedlam Stories
Facebook: www.facebook.com/bedlamstories

Jessica Cameron:
Website: www.jessicacameron.com
Imdb: www.imdb.com/name/nm2781723/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ActressJessicaCameron
Twitter: twitter.com/JessicaCameron_

Sharknado Devours Viewers in Third Airing

Powered by Igniter-driven social media buzz and unprecedented press coverage, the Shark Feeding Frenzy continued on Syfy Saturday night when the global sensation Sharknado feasted on new ratings records among total viewers, Adults 18-49 and Adults 25-54 – in its third airing.

Sharknado consumed 2.1 million total viewers, 863K Adults 25-54 and 791K Adults 18-49, while averaging a 1.4 household rating from 9-11PM (ET/PT), becoming the most watched Original Movie encore in Syfy history.

The movie’s audience has continued to climb from the July 11 premiere (1.4 million total viewers) and the initial encore on July 18 (1.9 million total viewers).

Sharknado ranked as the #1 movie of the day on cable among Adults 18-49 and Adults 25-54. Fueled by Sharknado, Syfy was the #3 network in the 9-11PM (ET/PT) time period on television (broadcast and cable) among Adults 18-49 and Adults 25-54.

Syfy’s all-day July 27 Sharkathon movie festival from 9AM-5AM, which included classics such as Sharktopus, Two-Headed Shark Attack and Swamp Shark, swallowed 1.1 million total viewers (up 50 percent), 391K Adults 25-54 (up 32 percent) and 352K Adults 18-49 (up 45 percent), versus the year-to-date time period average.

Sharknado will have its final airing of Summer 2013 on Thursday, August 22 at 7PM (ET/PT), leading into the premiere of the Original Movie Ghost Shark at 9PM (ET/PT). Ghost Shark is about a great white shark, tortured and killed by a fisherman, who returns as an unfriendly ghost to exact vengeance on the human race. The movie stars Mackenzie Rosman (7th Heaven) and Richard Moll (Night Court).

There will be a special midnight screening of Sharknado in more than 200 select theaters nationwide on Friday, August 2.

Sharknado 2 will hit New York City in July 2014 on 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, 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 more than 98 million homes, Syfy is a network of NBCUniversal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies. NBCUniversal is owned by Comcast Corporation.(Syfy. Imagine greater.)

Acort International Acquires Rabid Love for Worldwide Distribution

Acort International, one of the top distributors of independent films in the global marketplace, has recently acquired Rogue Taurus Productions’ classic 80's throwback horror film “Rabid Love” for international and US distribution. Distribution plans are currently in consideration which will include a North American DVD on the indie-horror label Midnight Releasing and cable/satellite/internet VOD run as well as being showcased at this year’s 2013 American Film Market.

About The Film:
Rabid Love takes place in 1984 and is a rejuvenation of classic films like 'An American Werewolf in London', 'Friday the 13th', 'Evil Dead', and 'The Howling'. As a young child in the 80’s, the time period holds a special place for director Paul J. Porter as a mixture of dreams and memories. Rabid Love is not a gory slasher film, but a thrilling and nostalgic story about unique characters with their own motivations and desires. They just happen to catch the attention of an evil recluse living in the woods and become the subjects of his latest experiment when all they wanted was a happy weekend with their friends before they all went their separate ways to their post-college lives.



“I made it a point to bring the look and feel of the era through in the settings, props, wardrobe, and most importantly, the characters of the film.” – Director Paul J. Porter

More information on the official release date in the United States is yet to be announced. Official artwork and more news coming soon! Fans can get connected via the official Facebook and Twitter (#CatchTheVirus). There is also more information on the official website!

Synopsis:
When Heather Ross and her lifelong friends take one final trip out to a cabin in the woods before they go their separate ways after graduating from college, the weekend takes an unexpected turn when people start disappearing. Is one of their own responsible? How about the killer bear that’s rumored to be in the woods? Maybe one of the seemingly unstable hunters that have been drawn to the area and are out to get the bear? Join Heather and the gang as they find out where their loyalties truly lie and discover the secrets of the forest that might become a grave for all of them!

About Acort International:
As a full service independent distributor, Las Vegas, Nevada and Scottsdale, Arizona-based Acort International distributes feature films to the international marketplace. Acort International and their associates release 50-60 films a year into a variety of domestic and international outlets including theatrical, DVD, VOD, broadcast, internet and mobile. For more information please visit AcortInternational.com and MidnightReleasing.com.




"The Crying Dead" Set for DVD Release September 17th, 2013 See the Official Trailer Here - PRESS RELEASE




Production on The Crying Dead completed in 2012, outside of Los Angeles, California. This horror title focuses on six filmmakers, who hope to make it big in the paranormal reality show market. They find the surprise of their lives, instead! Since 2012, the film has undergone several edits and enhancements to heighten the film’s many ghostly thrills. And now, in 2013, Viva Pictures, along with Busted Knuckle Productions, have announced that The Crying Dead will release on DVD September 17th 2013.

The Crying Dead involves paranormal research in a haunted psychiatric hospital. Six filmmakers break into and search the abandoned Ettersburgh Psychiatric Hospital, for signs of hauntings. Pressure from the studios demands an exciting show and this film crew will go to any lengths and to any depths to find evidence of ghostly visits. The spirits of three young girls, who were murdered in this hospital, wait for them in the bowels of this derelict building. Now, Chris (Chris Hayes), Jeff (Jeff Stearns), Becka (Becka Adams), Angelina (Angelina Lyubomirova), Callie (Callie Cameron) and Andrew (Andrew Olson) will have to battle with these spirits and each other, if they are to escape this hellish location.

Fans of supernatural thrillers can preview the release details for The Crying Dead, here. The film’s DVD artwork focuses on the three girls, who haunt the film crew. As well, the artwork shows one of the dark halls of the Ettersburgh Hospital. The official trailer for the release is now available and the clip shows many of the practical effects from the film. Horror fans can pre-order their own copy of The Crying Dead now, through several online retailers, including Amazon. The Crying Dead will also release on Video-on-demand and at Redbox kiosks, in September.

The Crying Dead’s official synopsis:

“In 2008, a cast and crew set out to shoot a pilot for a paranormal reality show. During the first night, vague apparitions became violent hauntings. One by one they lost their lives.The Crying Dead is a diary of the final tortured moments of nine real people in an unthinkable situation” (Busted Knuckle Productions).

Release Date: September 17th, 2013 (DVD, VOD, Redbox).

Director: Hunter G. Williams. Writers: Hunter G. Williams and Scott Michael Campbell.

Cast: Chris Hayes, Jeff Stearns and Becka Adams.

The official trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6rvdxwdZ-o&feature=youtu.be

26 July 2013

The Viscera Organization Announces Winners

Los Angeles, CA July 24, 2013 -- The Viscera Organization is thrilled to announce the winners from the fourth annual Viscera Film Festival which showcased 13 incredible short horror films to a packed house at the historic Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood. The 2013 VFF was co-presented by the American Cinematheque and celebrated emerging female filmmakers from several continents spanning across the globe. During an awards ceremony on July 13th directly following the short films program, the Viscera Film Festival winners were revealed.

BEST FILM
Karen Lam, “The Meeting” 


  








BEST DIRECTOR 
Jen Moss, “My Brother’s Keeper”


BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY 
Mai Nakanishi and Christine Joy (producers)
Nicholas Humphries (director), “No Place Like Home”










FRESH BLOOD (under 18) 
Maddison Lopez, “Outbreak”










Filmmakers whose films play the annual Los Angeles event receive statues denoting their acceptance.

From left: Christine Joy with “No Place Like Home”, Lark Arrowood with “Phantom Limb”, Helen Truong with “In the Dark”, Kate Rhamey and Ashton Kennedy with “Eternal Springs”, Jenn Wexler with “Halloween Bash” and “Slumber Party”, and Maddison Lopez with “Outbreak”.

Photo by Shersy Benson
Director Jennifer Lynch was also at the Viscera Film Festival this past weekend where she accepted the Inspiration Award in honor of her pioneering filmmaking career starting with 1993's BOXING HELENA; Lynch has continued to establish her legacy of powerful storytelling through various other projects including SURVEILLANCE, CHAINED and the controversial HISSS.

Director Jennifer Lynch on the bloody carpet at the 2013 Viscera Film Festival.

Photo by Shannon Lark
This year's festival kicked off with a bloody carpet ceremony featuring many familiar faces from the independent horror world and wrapped up at the legendary landmark, the Cat & Fiddle, afterwards where festival-goers partied until late into the evening.

The Viscera Film Festival will also be kicking off an international tour shortly for the selected short films as well as a handful of tour selections that aren’t screening at the premiere event. This past year, the Viscera Tour landed at over 20 venues around the world ranging from independent movie houses to universities, screening an eclectic program of shorts that have been curated by the Viscera Organization since 2007. The tour provides an outlet for up- and-coming female filmmakers around the world to have their work shown on the big screen and to industry professionals. For more news on the upcoming Viscera Tour, please visit www.viscerafilmfestival.com.

Sponsors for the 2013 Viscera Film Festival include include American Cinematheque, Cat & Fiddle, The Redbury, ARRI, Final Draft, SoulFX Studio, FEARnet, OKC & Norman Vapes, Fast Custom Shirts, Fangoria Magazine, Western Digital, Spider Energy Drinks, Wooden Nickel Lighting, Evil Supply Company, Jungle Software, Sony Creative Suites, Scream Sirens Magazine, Too Fast Brand Alternative Apparel, Mago's Magic Shoppe, Horribly Eclectic, The House of Mirthquake, Joshua Hoffine, Irene Langholm, The Homicidal Homemaker, Undead FX, Laughing Vixen Lounge, Deep Midnight Perfumes, Fangtastic Cards, Evil Episodes, The Art of Kamille Freske, Solocosmo: Art by Jessica Grundy, NikytaGaia Photography, Dolled up or Dead, The Shoggoth Assembly Special Effects, From the Vomit, SoCal Death Militia, Epic Leather, Lycan it!, and The Poisoned Apple.

About the Viscera Film Festival and Viscera Organization:
The Viscera Film Festival was created in 2007 by Shannon Lark to encourage and promote the work of female horror filmmakers. The fest has grown each year, morphing into a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with an ever-expanding, dynamic staff of men and women who eat, sleep and breathe genre cinema. Beginning as a touring festival, Viscera has now become a highly anticipated genre event every summer in Los Angeles, complete with a carpet ceremony (what we affectionately refer to as the “Bloody Carpet”), celebrity guests, and a raucous after party. 2012 marked the third annual Bloody Carpet event in Los Angeles at the Egyptian Theatre and Viscera’s tentacles continue to encircle the globe, programming films at festivals and theaters throughout the world. http://www.viscerafilmfestival.com

About the American Cinematheque:
Established in 1981, the American Cinematheque is a 501 C 3 non-profit viewer- supported film exhibition and cultural organization dedicated to the celebration of the

Moving Picture in all of its forms. At the Egyptian Theatre, the Cinematheque presents daily film and video programming which ranges from the classics of American and international cinema to new independent films and digital work. Exhibition of rare works, special and rare prints, etc., combined with fascinating post-screening discussions with the filmmakers who created the work, are a Cinematheque tradition that keep audiences coming back for once-in-a-lifetime cinema experiences. The American Cinematheque renovated and reopened (on Dec. 4, 1998) the historic 1922 Hollywood Egyptian Theatre. This includes a state-of-the-art 616-seat theatre housed within Sid Grauman's first grand movie palace on Hollywood Boulevard. The exotic courtyard is fully restored to its 1922 grandeur. The Egyptian was the home of the very first Hollywood movie premiere in 1922. In January 2005 the American Cinematheque expanded its programming to the 1940 Aero Theatre on Montana Avenue in Santa Monica.

About Viscera’s other festivals and organizations:
Etheria Film Festival: Viscera’s sci-fi/fantasy festival premiered in Boston, MA on September 15, 2012 to a nearly sold-out crowd or ravenous sci-fi fans. This sister fest was created because of the enormous amount of high-quality fantasy and sci-fi films that are submitted to Viscera’s horror festival each year; the Organization created a festival just for these films. http://www.etheriafilmfestival.com

Full Throttle Film Festival: Viscera’s brand new film festival specializing in action and thriller films directed by women. Full Throttle will be launched in 2013 in Austin, Texas. The selected films will be screened in venues domestically and internationally via tour coordinators through Partner festivals and locally-hosted events and screenings. http:// www.fullthrottlefilmfestival.com

Women in Horror Month: Women In Horror Month is under Viscera’s bloody umbrella, as Viscera and WIHM, founded and executed by Hannah Forman, shares the same positive mission: To educate the public about women’s roles (via the horror genre) and how equality can be attained. The WIHM Board of Directors approves WIHM-created content. Wherever you see the WIHM seal, you’ll know that it’s “WIHM Approved”. http://womeninhorrormonth.com

Grindhouse Releasing's Corruption Now Available for Pre-Order

Rare Peter Cushing '60s Super-Shocker Presented Uncut for the First Time in the U.S.!

HOLLYWOOD - Grindhouse Releasing is proud to present the first-ever U.S. home video release of CORRUPTION, the gory swinging ‘60s British thriller starring the legendary Peter Cushing as a surgeon driven to murder and madness. The special edition Blu-ray/DVD combo streets October 8 and is now available for pre-order from Amazon.com and Diabolik DVD.

http://www.amazon.com/Corruption-Blu-ray-Combo-Peter-Cushing/dp/B00E3H3CO2
http://www.diabolikdvd.com/category/Preorders/Corruption-(Grindhouse-Releasing)-(DVD-[sl]-Blu~Ray-Combo).html

Grindhouse Releasing’s spectacular new hi-def presentation of CORRUPTION was created from original vault elements and restores scenes originally deemed too graphic for American audiences. Packed with a wealth of amazing bonus features, the disc is an essential purchase for horror fans on the occasion of Cushing’s centenary.

"Peter Cushing has always been my favorite actor," says Grindhouse Releasing co-founder and disc producer Bob Murawski. "Therefore I am absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to release CORRUPTION. It's an overlooked, underappreciated gem in the Cushing canon, a psychotic super-shocker that fully delivers in every way."

Specs for the CORRUPTION disc are as follows:
· 2 DISC SET - Deluxe dual layer Blu-ray Edition + DVD combo
· Spectacular new hi-definition digital restoration of the original uncensored version
· PLUS - the "International Version" of the movie with bloody violence and nudity presented for the very first time in America!
· Interviews with stars Wendy Varnals, Billy Murray, Jan Waters and Peter Cushing
· Audio commentary by acclaimed UK horror journalist Jonathan Rigby and Peter Cushing biographer David Miller
· Isolated music and effects track
· Liner notes by Allan Bryce, editor of the celebrated British horror magazine THE DARK SIDE
· Extensive still galleries, trailers, TV spots and radio spots
· The original annotated director's shooting script and production notes
· Shocking reversible cover with original art by notorious illustrator Rick Melton
· Grindhouse Releasing prevues of coming attractions
· AND OTHER SURPRISES!

CORRUPTION is among the first Grindhouse Releasing titles to hit Blu-ray, along with Amos Sefer’s cult classic AN AMERICAN HIPPIE IN ISRAEL, which is expected to sell out its limited edition run based on current pre-orders. Both films will also be playing select theaters this fall.

See the CORRUPTION trailer on YouTube.

For more Blu-ray and DVD updates, screenings, contests, trailers, and more, visit GrindhouseReleasing.com and visit Grindhouse Releasing on Facebook.

Other upcoming Grindhouse Releasing titles include AN AMERICAN HIPPIE IN ISRAEL, THE SWIMMER, starring Burt Lancaster, and THE BIG GUNDOWN, starring Lee Van Cleef and Tomas Milian.

Fatal Pictures Announces Their Final Short Film: Heir

From Richard Powell and Zach Green’s Fatal Pictures, the company that brought you the critically acclaimed, award winning horror shorts WORM and FAMILIAR, comes their new and final short film “HEIR”, a touching tale of father and son. Starring the Emmy award winning Bill Oberst Jr. (ABRAHAM LINCOLN VS. ZOMBIES, TAKE THIS LOLLIPOP, CHILDREN OF SORROW) and Robert Nolan (SICK, WORM, FAMILIAR).

Synopsis:
After connecting with a stranger of similar interests online, family man Gordon and his son Paul, embark on an ill-fated road trip in which Gordon aims to indulge in a secret passion. Before the day ends a horrible truth will be uncovered and a harsh lesson will be learned.

Combining the best and brightest of our previous film, FAMILIAR, with new and accomplished collaborators (BILL OBERST JR, MARC ROUSSEL and RON
BASCH from Red Sneakers Media), HEIR is set to be a disturbing, practical FX driven horror short which examines one of societies darkest taboos in a way only Fatal Pictures can. HEIR stands to be our darkest, sharpest and most successful film to date!

Credits:
Written and Directed by Richard Powell
Produced by Zach Green, Marc Roussel, Ron Basch and Richard Powell
Produced in association with Red Sneakers Media (REMOTE & THE SWEETEST HIPPOPOTAMUS - both Director’s Guild of Canada nominees for Best Short
Film)
Associate Producer Heather Wixson (Founder CINEMAYHEM FILM FESTIVAL, Journalist DREAD CENTRAL)
Special Effects by The Butcher Shop (FAMILIAR, DEVIL’S NIGHT)
Cinematography by Michael Davidson (SICK, FAMILIAR, BERKSHIRE COUNTY)
Editing by John Nicholls (SEX AFTER KIDS, THE SWEETEST HIPPOPOTAMUS)
Music & Sound Design by Bernie Greenspoon (CONSUMPTION, WORM, FAMILIAR)

Quotes:
Unlike many films seeking the support of filmmakers and film lovers across the various crowd-funding platforms, we felt it appropriate to seek out and obtain some feedback and insights on the HEIR screenplay first in order to reassure potential supporters that we have the goods! Below are a few of the supportive and enthusiastic comments from a cross-section of the horror community including critics, festival directors, distributors and cult horror actor Bill Oberst Jr. himself.
"HEIR promises to deliver a disgusting dose of Lovecraftian body-horror that will make you squirm in more ways than one!"
- Jason Thorson, (Editor-in-chief, RavenousMonster.com)

"Considering Familiar, its last work, I would say that Fatal Pictures will definitely bring us, with Heir, a must-see short film. Graphically shocking and original with its body modifications, i would bet it'll be a great masterpiece. The horror in its very best form: disturbing and unique."
- Nicolas Tonsho, Fantaspoa International Film Festival

"A monstrous spin on an all-too-familiar tale of bad parenting."
- Alyse Wax, FEARnet

"With HEIR, Fatal Pictures have planned a stunning and memorable swansong. Set to delve into darker and more grotesque avenues than they have even ventured before, HEIR is certainly going to be another sucker punch from one of the most exciting independent studios out there. Be afraid, because you most definitely won’t be prepared."
- Colin McCracken, Zombie Hamster

"Powell is an unflinching examiner of the perversion of humanity that is born of our deepest fears, doubts, regrets and hidden hurts. He reminds us we walk among the wounded and mutated every day."
- Dave Pace Bonello, Fangoria

"Powell and his producing partner Zach Green are breaking new and horrific ground with HEIR. This project shows that the pair's festival monster FAMILIAR was no fluke; Powell and Green are in the vanguard of horror's new cinematic masters. HEIR is an honest-toGod, bonafide new notion of terror."
- Bill Oberst Jr.

Our goal is not only to create a chillingly memorable short film but to demonstrate what can be done after a film is funded. Our supporters will see the film they helped make in festivals around the world, in print and in distribution. That is our commitment, to produce one of the most successful crowd funded film projects to date. In need of further proof? You can check out our previous short film Familiar on FEARnet athttp://www.fearnet.com/shorts/familiar.

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In addition to several new and exciting collaborations, HEIR will also mark FATAL PICTURES’ introduction to crowd funding. The campaign to fund the hard costs of the production will be launched shortly. This process will allow the film community a unique insight and stake in this disturbing horror tale. The combination of talent and passion we have brought on board so far means we have a great chance to create something special, but we can't do it without the support of film lovers, filmmakers and daydreamers just like you!

Support comes in many shapes and forms, a "like" or "share" of our page means a lot! This is your chance to help contribute to what stands to be the final short film from FATAL PICTURES before we stage our feature film debut. This is also your chance to take advantage of some of these great, fresh new perks!

• The full rights to an original, unproduced short film script from Fatal Pictures will be up for grabs. Make it, expand it into a feature, do whatever you like with it, it's
yours! The script, entitled VESSEL, embodies everything that makes a Fatal Pictures short film what it is; complex characters, disturbing social commentary
and our signature blend of horror and drama. Matchflick.com describes VESSEL as "a unique blend of WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE and
FRANKENSTEIN".

• The original HEIR poster painting, signed by key members of the cast and crew. This is a one of a kind reward that one special supporter will claim.

• For fans of our previous film Familiar, we will be creating limited edition dvd/blurays, which will feature an extra special, exclusive bonus feature, which will
remain a secret until the discs ship. These limited editions will be the first physical release of Familiar for home use from Fatal Pictures, something that’s
been a long time coming!

• Continuing with the exclusives, two major props from our previous films will be up for grabs! From WORM, Geoffrey Dodd’s suitcase of horrors (hand crafted by
writer/director Richard Powell) and from FAMILIAR, the squid monster which John Dodd digs out from his leg! This unique piece of our filmmaking history was
created by the spectacular FX team The Butcher Shop (the same team on HEIR) and comes covered in dried blood and all!

These are just a few of our unique rewards, more to be announced shortly!

25 July 2013

Ooga Booga (2013) - REVIEW


Charles Band and Full Moon the past few years have been pumping out a ton of new movies.  Some of them are pretty good, some not so much.  One of the pioneers of direct to video movies always manages to make hits.  I think Ooga Booga may be one of the better Full Moon movies in the past few years.

Devin (Wade F Wilson) comes home and is greeted by his girlfriend Donna (Ciarra Carter).  Devin has just passed his medical exam to become a doctor and it is time to celebrate.  Devin receives a call from his best friend Hambo (Chance A Rearden) who has just been fired as the host of a children's show.  Hambo gives Devin his prototype doll of Ooga Booga , an African tribal doll , that he is convinced will make him a millionaire.  Devin on his way home stops to get a slushy when it is robbed and the cashier is shot.  He calls the cops and tries to save him only to have 2 cops show up and accuse him of killing the cashier and is gunned down himself.  His blood spilled to the floor with Ooga Booga close by.  Devin's soul is now in Ooga Booga to exact revenge for his death.

I decided to give this one a chance and mainly because it reminded me of Puppet Master a little and also because of the appearance of Karen Black.  The story I thought was not bad at all.  One of the more well written Full Moon movies recently.  I have taken a chance on a few of these lately and really have been unimpressed with the all around movie but not this one.  Now I do have to say the acting is quite terrible.  In fact the best part is probably played by the puppet of Ooga Booga.  All in all though Ooga Booga is alot of fun and reminiscent of early Full Moon films.

I was rather impressed with the production quality as well as the overall sound quality.  One of my favorite things about the film is the sountrack by Full Moon veteran Richard Band.  Richard has put together some stellar soundtracks in his career which includes the score of Puppet Master.  I would have to rate Ooga Booga 6 out of 10 stars.  I overall enjoyed the film.  There were a few parts that started to drag but it picks right back up.  Stay twisted everyone!