24 April 2014

Deadly Revisions 2013 - REVIEW

For a couple of years now, we here at TC have been posting press releases and updates on the debut film from writer/director Gregory Blair. The synopsis and outline of the film was always interesting to me plus it stars one of my personal favorites, Bill Oberst Jr. so I was pretty excited for this one. I've been binge watching Supernatural for the past month so I kinda needed something different.

Grafton Torn (Bill Oberst Jr.) is a successful horror writer who has just awakened from a coma with no memory of what happened. Things take an ugly turn when he decides to spend some time alone at his friend Deter's (Mikhail Blokh) secluded cabin. When his doctor suggests that he see a hypnotherapist  to try and recover his memory, Grafton begins seeing Dr. Ally Morris (Cindy Merrill). Each session brings out more and more memories that only pose more questions than answers leaving him in a life and death struggle to figure out what is real and what isn't.

Oberst gives a great performance as a man teetering on the edge of insanity (no, I'm not just saying that). This is the first time I've seen him go from one extreme to the other and he managed to play both parts AND the transition between the two with ease. And let's face it, acting ain't easy or we'd all be doing it. There are also some good performances from Blokh and Merrill. When a film lies so heavily on such a small cast, it's important to have actors that can carry their weight.

The story is a good one and it's well written. A twisted mind bender that zigs and zags until the end and just when you think you have it all figured out, ya don't. Blair throws in one plot twist after another but still manages to make it come full circle. It does start off a little slow but Blair manages to maintain the level of tension throughout. There's not much in the way of blood and gore but the film doesn't need it to convey the point. Being that this is Blair's first time writing and directing, I'd say he's got more promise than most and I look forward to seeing more of his work in the future.

Of course, it's not without it's rough spots. Some of the scenes were a little dark for my taste and the lighting in a few of them was a bit rough but neither were so distracting that it took away from the overall film. Definitely worth a watch.

23 April 2014

Son of Ghostman 2013 - REVIEW

Today this movie Son Of Ghostman comes across my desk, in my email really, and right off the bat the sender of this email explains how this is NOT a horror movie but a romantic comedy.  Are you serious?  I am a horror writer and you want me to watch a Rom Com? Fuck!! This film has been reviewed by 15+ horror websites and gotten positive reviews.  What the hell.  What is the worst that can happen?  Let's just hope a vagina does not start to grow on my head.

A recently dumped and unemployed man, Denny (Devin Ordoyne),  in his 30s decides to moonlight as the 'son' of his childhood hero, a bygone local celebrity Horror Host named Ghostman (Daniel McCann). When his videos go viral, he must settle an old score with a high school rival and figure out where his life is headed, all while keeping his identity secret from a new woman in town he's fallen for (Angela Gulner). (Courtesy of IMDB)

After my opening I have to explain that his movie has more to do with horror than it leads on to be.  I really enjoyed this film.  It was funny, smart and has a pretty solid cast of talented actors.  None of which are a name right now but I would not be surprised to see a few of them pop us someday.  I especially liked the role of the main character Denny played by Devin Ordoyne.  He really shined in this movie and brought a mixture of horror, comedy and drama to the table.  Seriously if you go into this thinking you will not like it you will be pleasantly surprised as I was.

I guess now comes the part when I give this movie a rating.  Hmmmm!  I can't hold it to the same standard as most movies that I review on here because it's not a traditional horror movie.  I would still rate this 7 out of 10 stars.  I really deserves high marks and the writing in this film I'm sure you all will agree is very clever.  I would like to offer some advice to the character of Denny though.  Watch out for the Ginger's, it is said they have no souls.  :) Really hoping my girlfriend doesn't read this review.  Stay twisted everyone!!

Official Release Date and Artwork Reveal for "POE: Project of Evil"

Italian horror masters re-imagine 7 Edgar Allan Poe tales in this dark, twisted anthology coming to DVD and VOD in May.

Brain Damage Films is set to release the English language, Italian-made disturbing horror anthology on DVD and On Demand May 6th across the US and Canada.

About the Film
Following up the successful 2011 film "P.O.E.: Poetry of Eerie", in which 15 international directors were brought together to recreate 13 different Edgar Allan Poe stories, some of the original filmmakers have regrouped for this newest experiment.

While the original film's focus was the poetic and macabre dimension of the infamous Boston author, this sequel focuses instead on the bloody, violent and disturbing.

Stories include 'The Pit and the Pendulum', 'Solo', 'Loss of Breath', 'The Murders in the Rue Morgue', 'The Tell-Tale Heart', 'The System of Dr. Tar and Prof. Feather', and 'The Premature Burial'... Like you've never seen before!

Full Synopsis
In this twisted horror anthology, seven talented Italian directors present their takes on the disturbing tales of Edgar Allan Poe, each in a very personal and modern way. Prepare to experience the terror of POE! Stories include 'The Pit and the Pendulum', 'Solo', 'Loss of Breath', 'The Murders in the Rue Morgue', 'The Tell-Tale Heart', 'The System of Dr. Tar and Prof. Feather', and 'The Premature Burial'... It’s Poe like you've never seen before!

Check out the official website and Facebook page for more information:

Scream Park Now Available on DVD and VOD

New York, NY - Wild Eye Releasing is excited to announce that Cary Hill's Scream Park is now available nationwide on DVD and VOD. Hailed by Doctor Carnage Reviews as "creepy" and "bringing to mindBlack Christmas and John Carpenter's Halloween", Scream Park was a hit at horror festivals throughout 2013, slashing to audience acclaim at Texas Frightmare Weekend, the Eerie Horror Film Festival and Horror Realm.

The Fright Land amusement park is on the verge of closing its doors forever. But the park's owner, Hyde (Doug Bradley, Hellraiser), has one last plan to sell more tickets...murder. Hiring two backwoods maniacs to break into the park and hack and slash all his employees, Hyde thinks these killings will create a media sensation, but he has just unleashed a horror that no one can survive.

The DVD release of Scream Park (SRP $14.95) exclusively includes a commentary with director Cary Hill, bloopers and trailers, available at major retailers nationwide including Best Buy and Walmart .

SCREAM PARK - Official trailer 2014 - Doug Bradley from Wild Eye Releasing on Vimeo.

11 April 2014

Top 5 Horror Films of 1984

As I look through the list of 1984, it was really not a big year for horror movies but 1984 was not boring at all.  This is the year for some big horror blockbusters.  Real classics that made the genre what it is today.  Let's see what we got, shall we?

I just saw this recently for the first time.  Not really so much scary as just cheesy 80's awesomeness.  It was good enough to make #5 on the list.

A Stephen King book turned to the big screen with a bunch of creepy fuckin kids who are out to kill all the adults in Gatlin.  Oh yea, Linda Hamilton is in this one too!!

Love or hate this movie, it is one of the better Friday sequels.  Certainly not the best but Ted White did an excellent job of playing the larger more destructive Jason and a young Corey Feldman that was pretty alright as well.  While Kimberly Beck was no Amy Steel as a final girl she was a hell of a lot better than Dana Kimmell.  As much as I like Part III I still have to admit Dana was pretty awful.

My absolute favorite movie to watch around the holiday season.  This film really is a slasher film in every way.  Unfortunately it was picketed by the PTA so bad that it only lasted a couple of weeks in the theaters and not getting a release on VHS till some time after.

Of course this was going to be #1 on the list.  The first big hit released by New Line Cinema and another masterpiece in horror for Wes Craven.  Introducing everyone to Freddy Krueger played by Roger Englund and his glove of blades.

Misfits and Fright-Rags Join Forces for Fiendish Double Feature

If you're gonna scream, scream with Fright-Rags. The horror apparel masters are once again joining forces with punk icons the Misfits. This time, they're bringing fans a double feature of limited edition shirts and posters.

Renowned artists Gary Pullin and Jason Edmiston were tasked with creating faux movie poster designs inspired by classic Misfits songs. Pullin channels "Hybrid Moments," while Edmiston asks "Mommy, Can I Go Out and Kill Tonight?" Each design brings to mind old-school grindhouse artwork while featuring the Misfits' signature fiend.

Both designs are available on apparel (t-shirts, girls shirts and zip-up hoodies), limited to 400, and as 18x24 screen printed posters, limited to 150.

You can purchase these items now on Fright-Rags.com. Pre-orders will last until Thursday, April 17 at 10am or until they sell out - whichever comes first. Orders are expected to ship in late May.

Fright-Rags.com also offers shirts from such genre classics as Halloween, Day of the Dead, Re-Animator, Escape From New York and much more.

For more on the Misfits and Misfits Records, visit misfits.com, facebook.com/misfits, twitter.com/themisfits, misfitsrecords.com, facebook.com/misfitsrecords, twitter.com/misfitsrecords.

Linda Hamilton to Guest Star on Season 2 of Defiance

NEW YORK – April 10, 2014 – Linda Hamilton joins the season two cast of Syfy’s highly-rated and groundbreaking drama series, Defiance, in the recurring guest role of Pilar, the mysterious and long-separated wife of Rafe McCawley (Graham Greene). Premiering its second season on Thursday, June 19 at 8PM ET/PT, the ambitious series delivered an average of 1.5 million viewers 18-49 and 3.2 million total viewers in its first season, based on Live +7 data.

Hamilton will play the key recurring role of Pilar McCawley, the wife of Rafe McCawley (Graham Greene) and mother to their three children. Separated from her family for a number of years, Pilar has now returned home. Pilar suffered from serious mental illness and in the aftermath of the Votan arrival and subsequent war, did not have access to her medication. With her mental state unchecked, Pilar snapped and tried to murder her children. Fearing for the family’s safety, Rafe sent her to an institution and told their children she had died. Now Pilar is back with both a steely resolve and a warm, maternal love for her family. But the motives for her return are unclear, and soon Rafe and others in town begin to question where she’s actually been these past years.

Trained at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute, Hamilton triumphed in her breakout role as the iconic Sarah Conner in James Cameron’s action/sci-fi masterpiece The Terminator, followed by the blockbuster sequel Terminator 2: Judgment Day. She is also well-known for her popular role on the television series Beauty and the Beast opposite Ron Perlman. Her additional film credits include Mr. Destiny, Silent Fall and Dante’s Peak.

Hamilton joins the previously announced James Murray, William Atherton and Anna Hopkins as new cast additions to season two of the series. Murray will portray the integral role of Pottinger, the new mayor of Defiance. Atherton portrays high-ranking Earth Republic official Viceroy Mercado and Hopkins is Earth Republic soldier Jessica “Berlin” Rainier.

Grant Bowler will return as Nolan, along with Julie Benz as Amanda Rosewater, Stephanie Leonidas as Irisa Nolan, Tony Curran as Datak Tarr, Jaime Murray as Stahma Tarr, Graham Greene as Rafe McCawley and Jesse Rath as Alak Tarr. The cast also features Dewshane Williams as Tommy, Trenna Keating as Doc Yewll, Justin Rain as Quentin McCawley and Nicole Munoz as Christie McCawley.

As the story of Defiance resumes, the lives of the townspeople are in drastic turmoil. The Earth Republic has assumed control of the town, with far-reaching consequences including a new mayor. Nolan traverses the badlands to find a lost Irisa, Amanda has an unexpected new role in the town as she searches for Kenya and the Tarr family desperately tries to keep control of their criminal empire in the midst of dramatic changes.

Kevin Murphy (Desperate Housewives, Caprica) resumes his role as executive producer and showrunner. Smallville’s Darren Swimmer and Todd Slavkin return as executive producers for season two and Michael Taylor serves as consulting producer. Michael Nankin (co-executive producer) is set to direct the season two opener. Defiance is produced by Universal Cable Productions.

Defiance is an unprecedented partnership between Syfy and Trion Worlds and the first-ever convergence of television and online gaming, featuring an interconnected world and storylines that co-exist on both platforms.

Teaser Trailer Released for Deadly Revisions

Apr. 9, 2014 - LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Film fans can now get a sneak peek of writer/director Gregory Blair’s “DEADLY REVISIONS” with the teaser trailer released this week. Tight and tense, the teaser is reveals just enough to get audiences ready for Blair’s unique blend of psychological thriller and horror film.

Emmy Award winning horror movie favorite Bill Oberst, Jr. appears as Grafton Torn— an amnesiac horror film writer for whom hypnotherapy and nightmares reveal terrifying images that just can’t be real. Or can they? With an unreliable narrator, the audience has to keep reevaluating the information they get as the slow burn script piles on increasingly unexpected plot twists. In "DEADLY REVISIONS", remembering can be murder!

A valentine to the horror genre, the film provides all the spooky staples fans adore: dark passageways, creaking floorboards and things lurking in the shadows. At the same time, there are also loving winks to masters such as Brian DePalma, Sam Raimi and Alfred Hitchcock. Through the combination of these elements, as our hero examines his past, the film also examines the art of the horror film itself and its own value as a fun and safe place to confront our fears.

The film has already garnered Blair the EOTM Award for “Best Director of an Indie Horror Film” and reviewers have lauded it as “Amazing” (Chris Mackey, GuestStars Blog) and “Mind Blowing” (Char Hardin, Charred Remains Blogpost).

For more information on "DEADLY REVISIONS" visit: http://www.DeadlyRevisionsMovie.com.

09 April 2014

Original Cast Set to Return for The Goonies 2

The Goonies 2 has been a rumored sequel swimming around Hollywood for years. It's never gotten off the ground, though, and most assumed it was just a pipedream. Now, during an off-handed TMZ interview taking place in the street, original director Richard Donner confirms that the sequel is happening, and that the entire cast will return.

He makes the announcement after fielding questions about Hollywood's reliance on superhero movies. When asked if he'd return to the genre he helped create with 1978's Superman, he says, "If you call The Goonies a comic book."

Here is the video:

Read the full story from movieweb.com here

07 April 2014

Syfy Announces New Zombie Series: Z Nation

NEW YORK – April 7, 2014 – Syfy today announced Z Nation, a 13-episode zombie series set to debut in the fall. From production company The Asylum (Sharknado), the action-horror series depicts the epic struggle to save humanity after a zombie apocalypse. The series, which will air on Syfy, will be produced by The Asylum and sold internationally by Dynamic Television.

Karl Schaefer (Eerie Indiana, The Dead Zone) will serve as executive producer and showrunner. "Z Nation will take viewers where no zombie has gone before,” says Schaefer. The show, he continues, adds “a sense of hope to the horror of the apocalypse – our everyday heroes take the fight to the zombies. It’ll be an epic journey unlike anything you've seen before.”

In making the announcement, Chris Regina, Senior Vice President, Programming, Syfy, said: “Z Nation is a unique new journey into the long established zombie genre. Instead of existential despair, the series offers hope that somehow, some way, humanity will not only survive, but triumph. In producing their first ever weekly series, our long-time partners The Asylum have created a different way of telling an iconic story.”

In Z Nation, three years have passed since the zombie virus has gutted the country, and a team of everyday heroes must transport the only known survivor of the plague from New York to California, where the last functioning viral lab waits for his blood. Although the antibodies he carries are the world’s last, best hope for a vaccine, he hides a dark secret that threatens them all. With humankind’s survival at stake, the ragtag band embarks on a journey of survival across three thousand miles of rusted-out post-apocalyptic America.

Z Nation is a dynamic ensemble drama that will plunge viewers into a fully-imagined post-zombie America and take them on an adventure with a diverse group of richly-drawn characters. As the reluctant heroes learn to work as a team and battle ever-more-menacing zombies, their flaws, idiosyncrasies, and moral dilemmas will ultimately become the heart of the show.

Teaser Trailer Released for Easter Sunday

As Easter quickly approaches, Northgate Pictures is proud to present the official teaser trailer for Easter Sunday. A gory love letter to the golden era of slasher movies, the indie film is written and directed by Jeremy Todd Morehead and stars horror legends Robert Z’Dar and Ari Lehman.

Check out the teaser:

Easter Sunday's dynamic cast boasts Robert Z’Dar, the iconic actor best known as Maniac Cop, Ari Lehman, the first actor to portray Jason Voorhees in the original Friday the 13th, and indie veterans Edward X. Young (Mr. Hush) and Shawn C. Phillips (Ghost Shark). They join a number of promising up-and-comers, including Paige Taylor, Christine Galbraith, William Bozarth, Jon McKoy and Travis Marion.

In addition to the teaser trailer, Northgate Pictures has released N4red The Boogeyman's music video for Easter Sunday's theme song, "Eggsecuted." Done in the spirit of such classic film theme songs as "Are You Ready for Freddy?," "Maniac Cop Rap" and "The Monster Squad," N4red's hip-hop track captures the film's tongue-in-cheek tone. The "Eggsecuted" video also features exclusive footage from the movie.

Watch the "Eggsecuted" music video:

Easter Sunday follows a group of teens who accidentally conjure the spirit of Douglas Fisher, a deranged, bunny mask-clad serial killer. Fisher is portrayed by Jason Delgado, who also serves as the film's producer. He explains, "We are trying to bring forth a vision of '80s gore and real brutality on our limited budget. We want to bring people a film that will be fun, fast paced and filled with edge-of-your-seat tension. I'm humbled to be working with so many talented individuals."

To stay up to date with Easter Sunday, like the film on Facebook: Facebook.com/EasterSundayOfficialMovie. Release information is coming soon, and a clip from the film will be posted for Easter later this month.

Syfy Announces New Drama Series: Olympus

NEW YORK – April 7, 2014 – Syfy, Reunion Pictures and Great Point Media today announced a new mythological drama series Olympus, which will take viewers into the action-packed world of humans, Gods and monsters.

The 13-part series of one hour episodes will premiere on Syfy in 2015.

The team behind Olympus includes writer Nick Willing (Tinman, Alice, Neverland) and legendary executive producer Robert Halmi Sr. (Mr. and Mrs. Bridge, The Odyssey, Gulliver’s Travels).

Olympus will tell the story of how a few brave men and women banished the Gods to the realm of the unconscious - a place they called the Underworld or the Kingdom of Hades. The series will follow the protagonist on his journey as he gradually transforms from a fresh-faced and raw young man through the dramatic experiences of betrayal, love, disappointment, empowerment and exile, until he emerges a ruthless leader of men, and a match for the Gods themselves.

The series is being produced by Reunion Pictures and Olympus TV (London) Limited in association with Great Point Media, and will begin production this summer in Vancouver and London, with the first episode written and directed by Willing. Executive Producers are Robert Halmi Sr. for The Halmi Company, Robert Halmi Jr. and Jim Reeve for Great Point Media and Matthew O’Connor and Lisa Richardson for Reunion Pictures. The series is being marketed and distributed by Content Media Group outside the US, Germany and Canada.

“Olympus is a fantastic blend of action, intense thrills, creatures and great story telling. It will feature characters from mythology in a way never before imagined,” said Chris Regina, Senior Vice President, Programming, Syfy. “It’s an excellent complement to our roster of programming and we can’t wait to share the adventures of Hero with the Syfy audience.”

“I’m thrilled that the team of Willing, O’Connor and Halmi are together on another exciting Syfy project. With the success of Tinman, Neverland and Alice, we are confident that this will be another epic adventure for television,” stated Halmi Sr.

About Great Point Media
Great Point Media is a boutique media business specializing in production finance and alternative investments. The company was set up in 2012 by Jim Reeve and Robert Halmi Jr, together with a team formerly responsible for television production and television production financing at Ingenious Media. The team offers a unique blend of experience across both entertainment media and alternative tax-efficient investments. Our team has over 60 years’ experience in entertainment media and have recently financed over 100 prime time television shows.

About Reunion Pictures
Reunion Pictures, a Thunderbird Company, is focused on the creation, development and exploitation of high quality intellectual property for the international marketplace. From Vancouver Canada, Reunion Pictures develops and produces acclaimed television, film and digital content that is known throughout the world. The company is a collaboration between long-time industry leaders Lisa Richardson, Tom Rowe and Matthew O’Connor. Together they produced the 9-time Emmy-nominated mini-series Tin Man starring Zooey Deschanel and Alan Cumming, which was Syfy USA’s highest rated mini-series of all time. Other selected credits include Baby Sellers, a Movie of the Week starring Emmy-winners Kirstie Alley and Jennifer Finnigan which had a special premiere screening at the UN and was produced for Lifetime Channel, and Masters of Horror, a unique collaboration of the genre’s most esteemed writers and directors including John Carpenter and John Landis which premiered on Showtime in the US. Reunion is currently filming the third season of the acclaimed television series Continuum for Showcase (Canada), Syfy USA and UK, and Netflix (US) which saw the highest specialty channel rating ever when it first aired and enjoys long standing high ratings around the world.

About The Halmi Company
The Halmi Company is based in New York and was set up by Robert Halmi, Sr. to produce film and television projects. Robert Halmi Sr. is described in his Peabody Award citation as “perhaps the last of the great network television impresarios.” His many projects have been honored with 105 Emmy Awards, as well as a full complement of Golden Globe, Peabody, Christopher and Humanitas Awards. Robert Halmi, Sr. has produced over 200 films and miniseries for television, as well as features. Television projects include The Josephine Baker Story (Lynn Whitfield, Lou Gossett, Jr.), Gypsy (Bette Midler), Scarlett (Timothy Dalton), and Merlin (Sam Neill, Isabella Rossellini, Miranda Richardson). His feature films include The Long Ride (Kelly Reno, John Savage), Playing for Keeps(Christopher Plummer, Maggie Smith) and the Academy Award nominated film, Mr. and Mrs. Bridge (Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward).

About Content Media
Content Media Corporation Limited is a London and LA based private company that owns and distributes a significant library of film, television, and digital assets. The Company operates through three divisions: Content Film, Content Television and Content Digital. The Company also owns a 50% stake in Collins Avenue, a LA based entertainment TV production company, a 55% stake in Spirit digital media, a digital production company, and 50% stake in film and television production companies Jigsaw Productions and Preferred Film & TV. The Company’s library of rights includes over 4,000 hours of television programming, 200 hours of digital programming and 250 feature films. Launched in 2002 by Jamie Carmichael, Content Film is the sales arm of the Content Media Corporation Ltd.

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. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation. (Syfy. Imagine Greater.)

06 April 2014

The Independent Horror Film "Loon" is Now in Post Production - PRESS RELEASE

Filming for Loon took place in summer 2013 in Merritt Island, Florida. The film is currently in post-production but shall be 100% complete by the end of May or early June and shall hit the festival route later this year.

The film was produced by writer/director Brandon Tobatto, as well as John Nieman and Tara Moates (both of whom which the film stars), and Jason Harlow. Kelcey Coe (associate producer of Pro Wrestlers vs. Zombies).  

The official movie poster for Loon (shown above) was designed by Austin Hinderliter, which also did the artwork for the 2012 re-release of John Carpenter's Halloween and Don't Go To The Reunion.

The official trailer is being put together right now and should be ready soon but until then give them a like on facebook: http://facebook.com/Loonmovie

04 April 2014

Syfy Greenlights Time Travel Drama 12 Monkeys

NEW YORK – April 4, 2014 – Syfy is giving a series greenlight to 12 Monkeys, a drama based on the 1995 Universal Pictures film directed by Terry Gilliam, it was announced today by Syfy President, Dave Howe. Syfy is ordering 12 episodes in addition to the pilot which was filmed last year. The series is produced by Universal Cable Productions and Atlas Entertainment, producer of the original theatrical.

Said Dave Howe, “‘12 Monkeys’ is a captivating time travel adventure and high stakes race against the clock. We are thrilled to add it to our slate of engaging and thought-provoking new scripted projects including the recently announced event series ‘Ascension’ and the second season renewal of ‘Helix’ from Ron Moore.”

12 Monkeys, starring Aaron Stanford (Nikita, X-Men: The Last Stand, X2), Amanda Schull (Suits, Pretty Little Liars), Noah Bean (Nikita, Damages) and Kirk Acevedo (Fringe), follows the journey of a time traveler (Stanford) from the post-apocalyptic future who appears in present day on a mission to locate and eradicate the source of a deadly plague that will eventually decimate the human race.

Atlas Entertainment’s Charles Roven (American Hustle, Man of Steel, The Dark Knight Trilogy) and Richard Suckle (American Hustle, The International), will Executive Produce. Roven produced the original film. Jake Kurily will serve as Atlas’s executive on the series. Terry Matalas & Travis Fickett (Nikita), writers of the pilot, will serve as Co-Executive Producers with Natalie Chaidez (In Plain Sight, V, Heroes) as Executive Producer/Showrunner. Jeffrey Reiner (Friday Night Lights) directed and served as Executive Producer on the pilot.

The drama is slated to premiere in January of 2015.

01 April 2014

Helenna Santos Leads The Infected

Los Angeles - Writer/Director Barry Morgan’s (Arcana) new short horror film The Infected wrapped principal photography in Los Angeles last week and stars Filipino American actress Helenna Santos (American Reunion, Black Box TV), who also produced the film with Morgan.

The plot of The Infected is as follows:

“Four friends meet to celebrate their college graduation when a dirty bomb containing a highly contagious and lethal virus explodes in Los Angeles. Quarantined together in a tiny apartment they pass the time with drugs, sex, and alcohol. As the effects of the virus begin to set in, a sickness invades their bodies, and they all turn on one another in a battle to survive. Little do they know, the plague outside the front door is nowhere near as strong as the illness they've created inside.”

While The Infected fits squarely in the horror genre, it has one important difference. The lead character is a visible minority. As Morgan states: “We never even thought about the fact that Helenna is a visible minority. It was only after we wrapped and started discussing our plans for the project that we realized how much of an anomaly it is to have a lead actress who isn’t Caucasian in a North American made horror film."

Santos added: “The entertainment industry has a long way to go in properly representing our cultural landscape. It’s really shocking to me that in the horror genre we could only think of a handful of women who play the lead role and are visible minorities. I'm Filipino/Russian/German and often get shoved into the 'other' category when it comes to casting. I was very excited about producing and acting in this project from the beginning, but even more so now that we are able to shed light on the fact that visible minorities can be more than just a stereotype or a supporting character.”

The Infected also stars Jerod Meagher (ABCs of Death 2, Guys Reading Poems), Austin Hillebrecht (Grimm, Arcana) and Melissa Katzin (The Forgotten), and is now in development as a feature film based on the short.

Texas Frightmare Weekend 2014

With Texas Frightmare Weekend literally just weeks away, there will be no shortage of things for convention goers to do. Let's go through some of them, shall we?

This year is full of the most "reunions" I've ever seen at one time. From Repo! The Genetic Opera to the 60th anniversary reunion of The Creature From the Black Lagoon, there will be plenty of things to do and people to see.

Fans of Aliens will no doubt enjoy the reunion of some of their favorite Marines including Mark Rolston, Jenette Goldstein and Michael Biehn. Speaking of Michael Biehn, did I mention there is a Terminator reunion? No? Well there is! Familiar faces from three of the action/sci-fi films will be in attendance. But wait, there's more! Children of the Corn, Night of the Demons and even a CENOBYTE REUNION! I could keep going but I'm a little overwhelmed at the moment.

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