This Day in Horror

31 March 2014

Horror Icons Adrienne Barbeau, Tobin Bell and Bill Oberst Jr. to Guest on Criminal Minds This Week

Horror stalwarts Adrienne Barbeau (The Fog, Creepshow) Tobin Bell (Saw series, Dark House) and Bill Oberst Jr. (Abraham Lincoln Vs. Zombies, “Take This Lollipop”) are guest starring in an episode of “Criminal Minds,” entitled “Blood Relations,.” This episode premieres Wednesday, April 2nd at9:00pm on the CBS Television Network. Series star Matthew Gray Gubler directed the episode, which was written by “Criminal Mind’s” producer Breen Frazier.

The official episode synopsis from CBS reads: "When two murder victims are found in a backwoods community in West Virginia, the BAU uncovers a long-simmering feud between two families and they must investigate which side could be responsible for the deaths."

Details are sparse about the roles Barbeau, Bell and Oberst Jr. will play. Director Matthew Gray Gubler tweeted this while directing the episode,"the ‘Criminal Minds’ I'm currently directing will HAUNT YOU FOREVER! Do not watch it alone."

“Blood Relations” episode info on IMDb:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3586530/fullcredits

The Disco Exorcist and Mold! Now Available on Collector's Edition VHS

New York, NY - Wild Eye Releasing, one of the first genre labels to embrace the retro format, is excited to announce that two of their best-selling titlesare now available on VHS as part of their ongoing partnership with neo-VHS pioneers Horror Boobs. Richard Griffin's The Disco Exorcist and Neil Meschino's Mold! have been released as limited collector's edition VHS tapes and VHS/DVD combo packs with exclusive new art.


From the makers of Murder University and Exhumed comes this blood, boob and bellbottom-soaked tribute to 70s exploitation sleaze that Twitch calls "Brutal, Blasphemous - a howl from start to finish." Rex Romanski is a 1970s disco swinger who loves and leaves the wrong woman - the wicked black magic priestess Rita Maria. And now it's up to Rex to undo the scorned Rita's rampage of revenge, murder and destruction before she claims more lives, and possesses the soul of the woman he loves.




Neil Meschino's Mold! is a gloriously gooey take on 1980s sic-fi horror classics like Street Trash and Night of the Creeps. A classified government project is underway to create a new weapon - a fast-growing strain of mold designed to wipe out cocoa fields - the only problem is, this mold also feeds on human flesh. And when the murderous mildew is mysteriously released in a secret lab, it wages its own war on a group of unsuspecting scientists and military officials, who are forced to fight their way to safety while trying to contain the mold before it is unleashed on the world.

Final Season for Warehouse 13 Begins Monday, April 14 at 9PM

NEW YORK – March 31, 2014 – Syfy’s long-running Emmy-nominated Warehouse 13 will open its doors on Monday, April 14 at 9PM (ET/PT) for the last time as it kicks off the series’ final six episodes. 

The new season picks up immediately after the events of the last season’s thrilling finale with new caretaker Claudia (Allison Scagliotti) in an epic battle with Paracelsus (guest star Anthony Head) for the soul of the Warehouse. However, their confrontation unleashes an unexpected horror and the Warehouse will never be the same again.

In the new season, the entire Warehouse team will confront old questions while encountering new revelations. From a painful realization that Pete (Eddie McClintock) and Myka (Joanne Kelly) must face together, to Artie (Saul Rubinek) accompanying Claudia on a soul-searching journey regarding her long-lost sister, and Steve (Aaron Ashmore) colliding with his past, the final six episodes of Warehouse 13 will take viewers on an emotionally-charged roller coaster ride.

Warehouse 13 is produced for Syfy by Universal Cable Productions. Jack Kenny (The Book of Daniel) is executive producer and showrunner.

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.)

Infliction to Screen April 10th in Chatham, NJ

CHATHAM, NJ – Fox Trail Productions announces the one-time only screening of the controversial film “Infliction” at the Roberts Chatham Cinema on Thursday April 10th, 2014 at 7pm at 641 Shunpike Road, Chatham, NJ. Produced by award-winning filmmaker Jack Thomas Smith, whose feature film “Disorder” was released by Universal/Vivendi and Warner Brothers, “Infliction” is a dark and disturbing assembled footage film that documents two brothers’ murder spree in NC and the horrific truth behind their actions.

“Working on ‘Infliction’ left me troubled and haunted,” says Jack Thomas Smith, who will be attending the screening. “It left me thinking about people’s actions or lack thereof and the inevitable domino effect. We all walk our own path in life, which shapes and defines us. What happens to us today, good or bad, will affect generations to come.”

Jack Thomas Smith will host a Q&A session after the screening. Admission is $9.00 and tickets can be purchased in advance at www.inflictiontapes.com or at the door. “Infliction” will screen in select theaters across the country in the spring and summer of 2014.



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About Jack Thomas Smith:

Jack Thomas Smith made his feature film-directing debut with the psychological thriller “Disorder.” He was also the writer and producer of that film. “Disorder” was released on DVD by Universal/Vivendi and New Light Entertainment. It was released on Pay-Per-View and Video-On-Demand by Warner Brothers. Overseas, it screened at the Cannes Film Festival and the Raindance Film Festival in London. Curb Entertainment represented “Disorder” for foreign sales and secured distribution deals around the world.

Born in 1969 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Smith lived there until he was eight when his family relocated to a quiet island community in Michigan, which would later serve as the inspiration for his upcoming film “In the Dark.” He began to write at a very young age after reading the Stephen King novels “Salem’s Lot” and “The Shining.” By the time he was eleven, he had written a 300-page novel and a number of short stories.

Smith’s family moved to Sparta, New Jersey when he was a teenager. It was there in that middle-class town that he discovered the films of George A. Romero, Stanley Kubrick, Brian DePalma, and John Carpenter. Inspired to make movies, he wrote and directed a handful of short films that were shot on Super 8mm and starred his brother and friends in all of the roles.

As a young adult, Smith produced films for noted horror directors Ted Bohus and John Russo, co-creator of “Night of the Living Dead.” From that point on, it was only a matter of time for his growth as a filmmaker to expand.

Smith’s current project he calls “Infliction” is a dark and disturbing assembled footage film that documents two brothers’ murder spree in NC and the horrific truth behind their actions.

Smith’s production company, Fox Trail Productions, Inc., is currently developing the action/horror film “In the Dark”, the drama “Illegals”, and the comedy “Ties that Bind.”

30 March 2014

Syfy Renews Helix for a Second Season

NEW YORK – March 28, 2014 – Helix, Syfy’s chilling scripted drama, has been renewed for a second season, it was announced today by Bill McGoldrick, EVP, Original Content,Syfy. The 13-episode second season will commence production later this year, with an eye towards a winter 2015 premiere.

Said McGoldrick, “Helix has built one of our most loyal and consistent audiences in its first season on Syfy. The incredibly talented writing and producing team have crafted a thriller that consistently delivered suspense, twists and high quality drama. We look forward to growing this passionate audience in what promises to be an even more memorable second season.”

Helix premiered on January 10, 2014, as the top cable scripted entertainment program in the time period, and helping Syfy rank as the #2 cable entertainment network among both Adults 25-54 (1.6 million) and Adults 18-49 (1.3 million). Since its premiere, Helix has averaged 2.1 million total viewers, 1.1 million Adults 25-54 and 1 million Adults 18-49.

Helix is executive produced by Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica, Outlander), Steven Maeda (Lost, The X-Files) who is also showrunner, and Lynda Obst (Contact, Sleepless in Seattle). The series is produced by Tall Ship Productions, Kaji Productions and Lynda Obst Productions in association with Sony Pictures Television.

Helix, which was created by co-executive producer Cameron Porsandeh and features Billy Campbell (Killing Lincoln, The Killing), Hiroyuki Sanada (The Wolverine, 47 Ronin), Kyra Zagorsky (Supernatural), and Mark Ghanimé (Emily Owens, M.D.), as well as guest stars Jordan Hayes (House at the End of the Street), Meegwun Fairbrother, and Neil Napier (Riddick), will air its season one finale on Friday, March 28 @ 10pm.

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. In addition to its US production business, SPT has 18 wholly-owned or joint venture production companies in 13 countries and also maintains offices in 32 countries. SPT’s worldwide television networks portfolio includes 124 channel feeds available in 159 countries, reaching more than 840 million households worldwide. SPT also creates original content for and manages SPE’s premium video website, Crackle. Additionally, SPT owns US 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 inSPT’s syndicated series as well as in U.S. digital businesses including FEARnet, DrOz.com and PlayStation.

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.)

28 March 2014

Call Girl 2014 (Short Film) - REVIEW


I recently attended Horrorhound Weekend in Cinncinnati, Oh where they were screening movies all day for 3 days.  Among one of them was a short called Call Girl.  I however did not get a chance to view it (had to be in line for a Bruce Campbell photo op).  The director Jill Gavargizian was gracious enough to send me the screener and let me view the short film.  Having heard nothing but good things from this film I was more than excited to finally be able to view this.

"In one man's attempt to exploit his date night via video-chat, he ends up sharing something far more disturbing". - Official IMDB Synopsis

It truly amazes me how some short films are able to fit so much of a story in such a small amount of time.  Call Girl is only just over 5 minutes long but 5 minutes is more than enough time to tell this story.  The film itself is like looking through a webcam, which I kind of liked.  We are the audience and we are seeing this mans date with a call girl as it is happening.

Probably the strongest point of this film is the 2 stars of the film: Laurence Harvey, and Tristan Risk.  Laurence Harvey is famous for Human Centipede II and Tristan Risk played the brilliant Role of Beatress in American Mary.  They are both accomplished actors and the job they do in this is nothing short of fantastic.  I would give Call Girl 7 out of 10 stars.  Definitely a short that you need to see.  Stay Twisted Everyeone!

26 March 2014

15th Annual TromaDance to be the Biggest TromaDance Yet


New York, N.Y., March 25, 2014 - Greetings from Tromaville! Good news, TromaDance expands! In honor of it's 15th Anniversary, the TromaDance Film Festival will be moving to a bigger and better location, possibly right here in New York City. The date has been changed to a tba date in June, allowing all guests, filmmakers, and attendees plenty of time to make their travel arrangements. Stay tuned to the Official TromaDance website and Troma Facebook page for a date and venue announcement coming very soon! As TromaDance continues to grow we look forward to making this year the best TromaDance yet!

More About TromaDance

TromaDance is the first film festival wholeheartedly devoted to filmmakers and fans. Unlike every other film festival, TromaDance does not charge filmmakers to submit their films. Entrance to all screenings is free and open to the public. Also, there are no VIP reservations or preferential treatment regarding films, panels, or parties of any kind given. The organizers of TromaDance believe films are meant to be seen, especially when it comes to new filmmakers. Art - in all its forms - is for the people!

TromaDance features a range of films made independently, usually without big stars, big money and far removed from the Hollywood studio system. The official selections of TromaDance have been made with nothing more than passion, courage, integrity, and raw talent.

Everyone at TromaDance is treated as an equal. The elite and the celebrated are treated no better or worse than the experimental filmmaker or the random moviegoer off the street. Admittance to all screenings, panels, parties, and events is strictly on a first come, first served basis. If there are any VIPs at TromaDance, they are the filmmakers whose blood, sweat, and hard work are on the screen.

TromaDance is an opportunity for everyone who's ever picked up a camera to have their work seen without the compromises required by elitist cartel interference. TromaDance is proud to be the first and only film festival of the people, for the people, and by the people.


For more information on the TromaDance Film Festival please visit: http://tromadance.com

Count Smokula's TromaDance Theme Song:

American Cinematheque Honors Lloyd Kaufman, Michael Herz and 40 Years of Troma Entertainment

New York, N.Y., March 24, 2014 - Greetings from Tromaville! We invite you all to join us this Saturday March 29, 2014 as the prestigious American Cinematheque will be honoring 40 years of Lloyd Kaufman, Michael Herz, and Troma Entertainment with an evening of tribute paying homage to the films of the legendary director at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica, California beginning at 7:30pm.

The four Tro-mazing films selected to be showcased are:

THE TOXIC AVENGER 

1984, Troma Entertainment, 87 min. Dirs. Michael Herz, Lloyd Kaufman.
When nerdy janitor Melvin falls into a vat of nuclear waste, he is suddenly transformed into a mutant superhero who lays waste to evildoers of all kinds and becomes a savior to his town. The first of Troma's anti-corporate satires, THE TOXIC AVENGER is still one of the best - and most popular, having spawned multiple sequels and spin-offs. Co-director Lloyd Kaufman's message, however, is firmly buried under some of the most spectacular gore and slapstick comedy ever put to celluloid. 2014 celebrates the 30th Anniversary of the "Toxic Avenger!"



CLASS OF NUKE 'EM HIGH 

1986, Troma Entertainment, 85 min. Dirs. Richard W. Haines, Lloyd Kaufman.
A high school located next to a nuclear power plant serves as the setting for one of Troma's most outrageous and hilarious features, a gory, post-apocalyptic satire about teenagers whose sex yields a gang-fighting monster after they smoke some radioactive pot. As always, co-director Lloyd Kaufman sets out to shock, entertain and enlighten in equal measures with a movie that balances an environmental message with sex, drugs and exuberantly graphic violence. Troma's 1986 cult smash-hit has been discovered by younger audiences and reached a new "atomic high" in popularity since the release of "Return to Nuke 'Em High: Vol. 1" this year.



TROMEO AND JULIET

1996, Troma Entertainment, 104 min. Dir. Lloyd Kaufman.
Shakespeare's classic gets Troma-tized, courtesy of director Lloyd Kaufman and screenwriter James Gunn. The bard's young lovers are transposed to a modern day Manhattan, where Kaufman and Gunn largely stick to the original play's structure but infuse it with liberal helpings of sex, violence and profanity. The result is one of Troma's best films, a movie that USA Today described as "sexy, sweet, and surreal." The eclectic cast includes scream queens Debbie Rochon and Tiffany Shepis, Troma star Will Keenan and even Lemmy from Motorhead as the narrator! Body Piercing. Kinky Sex. Dismemberment. All of the things that made Shakespeare great!



RETURN TO NUKE 'EM HIGH VOLUME 1 

2013, Troma Entertainment, 85 min. Dir. Lloyd Kaufman.
Volume 1 of Lloyd Kaufman's sistine chapel is also his first film shot on digital. "Return to Nuke 'Em High: Vol. 1," a hybrid sequel/reboot of the original "Class of Nuke 'Em High", returns to New Jersey's Tromaville High School, where the first film's neighboring nuclear power plant has been replaced by the Tromorganic food-processing plant. When glee club members mutate into violent Cretins after eating tainted tacos, blogger Chrissy (Asta Paredes) and her girlfriend (Catherine Corcoran) realize something rotten is going on at Tromorganic. The first installment of this KILL BILL-style two-part epic oozes with the distinctive mix of goofy gore, soft-core sleaze and low-budget special effects that has endeared Troma to their legions of fans for decades. "Return to Nuke 'Em High: Vol. 1" has been selected by the Museum of Modern Art as part of their prestigious Contenders Series, an annual collection of the year's most influential, innovative films that are believed will stand the test of time. "Return to Nuke 'Em High: Vol. 1" continues to play in front of sold-out crowds worldwide and winning over critics, a trend that started at the Cannes Film Festival.



Come out for a once-in-a-lifetime event and celebrate Troma's 40th Anniversary and the career of Lloyd Kaufman. There will be a Raffle of Tro-Mazing prizes including an Official "Toxic Crusaders" Animation Cel, the only of it's kind. Participate in a crowd-interactive Q & A session with Lloyd Kaufman and special guests. Pick up all of your favorite Tro-Merchandise at the Troma table and meet Lloyd Kaufman, himself, for FREE Photo Opportunities and Signings on all Troma items. Get your tickets today, this won't happen again!

The Aero Theatre is located at 1328 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403
Tickets are available NOW for purchase:
American Cinematheque Tribute to 40 Yrs of Lloyd Kaufman & Troma Entertainment

Established in 1974 by Yale friends Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz, Troma Entertainment is one of the longest-running independent movie studios in United States history, and it's one of the best-known names in the industry. World famous for movie classics like Kaufman's "The Toxic Avenger", "Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead", "Class of Nuke 'em High", "Mother's Day" and "Tromeo & Juliet", Troma's seminal films are now being remade as big-budget mainstream productions by the likes of Brett Ratner, Richard Saperstein, Akiva Goldsman and Steven Pink. Among today's luminaries whose early work can be found in Troma's 800+ film library are Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Jenna Fischer, Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman, Kevin Costner, Fergie, Vincent D'Onofrio, Samuel L. Jackson, James Gunn and Eli Roth. Troma's latest productions are "Return to Nuke 'Em High: Volumes 1 & 2". Visit Troma at www.troma.com,www.lloydkaufman.com, www.twitter.com/lloydkaufman and www.tromapast.tumblr.com.

Goblin Announces Spring Tour


After a phenomenal, sold out North American Tour in 2013, GOBLIN makes their triumphant return to the USA!

The legendary Italian masters of the Horror Movie Soundtrack are best known for their collaborations with directors such as George A. Romero and Dario Argento, as well as their seminal album ‘Roller’.

Goblin has scored a vast number of genre cult classics including Suspiria, Patrick, The Church, Deep Red, Tenebrae and Dawn of the Dead. Their synth-heavy prog rock regularly veers into nightmarish and atmospheric territory, making them a truly original and iconic entity.

Their unique, high energy performances have become a thing of legend, and now they’re playing an exclusive run of dates in April / May 2014 throughout Florida, Arizona, Texas and California.

Goblin is also very pleased to announce that for the upcoming tour the second keyboard player on stage will be none other than Steve Moore of the cult synth/post-rock outfit ZOMBI (Relapse Records). Moore will be temporarily replacing Aidan Zammit, who was unavailable due to prior commitments.

Zombi’s work is highly influenced by the legacy of Goblin and so this tour represents a coming together of the old school and the new. This will be a live display of electronic mastery the likes of which audiences will never have seen before, and will definitely be the closest thing to living in a movie as you can possibly experience!

Goblin is made up of the original core members; Massimo Morante (guitar), Fabio Pignatelli (bass) Maurizio Guarini (keyboards), and Agostino Marangolo (drums).

All shows are on sale now. The tour will also include a small amount of exclusive VIP ticketing, allowing fans to meet the band, get up close, see part of the sound check, and walk away with a commemorative poster.

Support on the tour will be provided by Texas two piece PINKISH BLACK (Century Media).

The Tour dates are as follows:

· April 24 St. Petersburg, FL / State Theater
· April 25 Miami, FL / Grand Central
· April 27 Dallas, TX / Texas Theater
· April 28 Houston, TX / House Of Blues
· April 29 Austin, TX / Mohawk
· May 1 Phoenix, AZ / Marquee
· May 2 San Diego, CA / House Of Blues
· May 3 Los Angeles, CA / Henry Fonda Theater
· May 4 Oakland, CA / Metro

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS;

GOBLIN:
Official Site: www.goblinofficial.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/goblinofficialpage
Twitter: @GoblinBand / Instagram: OfficialGoblin

ZOMBI:
Tumblr (Blog) http://zombitheband.tumblr.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ZombiBand
Twitter: https://twitter.com/zombiband

PINKISH BLACK:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pinkishblackband

"The Tour" Starring Jessica Cameron and Heather Dorff has Finished Filming - PRESS RELEASE



A new haunted house short film, called The Tour just finished filming. Alex Mathieson and Damon Rickard are directing from a script that they co-wrote together. Jessica Cameron (Mr. Hush, Camel Spiders) and Heather Dorff (What They Say, Dry Spell) star in the film along with Tom Gordon who is primarily known for stage productions in Europe including Julius Caesar and Dealer’s Choice. This movie marks the third collaboration of Cameron and Dorff, the first being Intrusive Behavior, and the second being Cameron’s award winning directorial debut, Truth or Dare.

The plot of The Tour is as follows: Two American tourists (Cameron & Dorff) visit the grounds of the haunted Darkmoor Manor but are unable to gain admittance. Later that day they are met by a handsome and charming local (Gordon) who tells them how he can get inside the infamous house. Upon entering the manor, they are met with untold horrors.

Filming took place in London, UK during the beginning of March of 2014 and they shot the short film at the infamous Wymering Manor which is considered to be one of the most haunted locations in all of England. The film was shot on the Arri Alexa camera.

When asked about the project, Cameron had this to say:

“Directors Damon and Alex brought such a wonderfully scary vision to life and assembled one hell of a crew! I have never been so genuinely creeped out on a film set! Horror fans will love this one!”

Dorff added: 

“It was an honor to not only visit London for the first time, but work with the talented, amazing, and professional cast and crew of The Tour. I will cherish this experience forever.”

Rickard had this to say:

“Filming The Tour was an experience that will last a lifetime. The cast and crew we had couldn't have given us more and it was more like a family having a blast than a film set. I can't wait for people to see it!”

Expect the short film to be available for viewing later this year. Until then, please check out the teaser image below along with links to The Tour’s social media profiles for active updates!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thetour2014

Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheTourMovie

White Zombie Will be Premiering July 12th, 2014 - PRESS RELEASE

RagNBone Productions proudly presents the Mid Ohio Valley White Zombie 2014 Movie Premier July 12th, 2014 at The Twin City Opera House at 15 West Main St., McConnelsville, Ohio. The doors open at 7pm and the show starts at 8pm.

There will be merchandise for sale: DVD's, T-shirts, posters and much more.
Cost of Admission is $7.00. To purchase tickets in advance please visit our website at www.ragnboneproductions.com or send your check or money order made payable to RagNBone Productions to: 6110 Hewitt Gifford Rd., Warren, OH 44481. Please include the name and address for where you want the tickets shipped. Tickets will be mailed out starting on June 16, 2014.
Seating is very limited so purchase your tickets ASAP.

Synopsis:

Beautiful socialite Madeline White (Scarlet Sheppard) travels to the Old World to be reunited with her fiancée Neil Bellamy (Isaac Eastwood) with plans to marry. However, on the voyage to the islands Madeleine meets wealthy plantation owner Gilles Beaumonde (Joey Madia) who falls in love with her. Neil and Madeline seal their plans to marry unaware that Beaumonde already has his own intentions for Madeline. Beaumonde enlists the help of an evil voodoo master Severin Devereaux (Eric Vasbinder) who commands a crew of zombies with nefarious plans of his own.

WHITE ZOMBIE 2014

Staring: Scarlet Sheppard, Isaac Eastwood, Eric Vasbinder, Joey Madia, Tom Smith, Jeff Bedgood, Heather Hepburn, and introducing Andrew Parsons 

With: Mike Walker, Amanda E. Baker, Amy Vasbinder, Sean Humburg, Butch Hoover, Rush Whitacre, Lynn Moss, Jess Clay, Valorie Dunch, Andrew Clovis, and David B. Prather, Joseph Walker, Mike Johnson, Jenny Christopher, Paige Cole

Written by Susan Sheppard, Cinematography By Mike Petrucci, Directed by Arthur Leo Collins.

Cary Hill's Retro Slasher "Scream Park" is coming to DVD and VOD April 22nd - PRESS RELEASE


Wild Eye Releasing is excited to announce that Cary Hill's Scream Park will be available nationwide on DVD and VOD April 22nd. Hailed by Doctor Carnage Reviews as "creepy" and "bringing to mind Black 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 Crime Thriller "White Pig" has moved into shooting phases - PRESS RELEASE




Writer and Director David Noel Bourke, production company Angel Films and LEP Studios have started shooting the Nordic noir crime thriller White Pig. Loosely based on the Anders Breivik Massacre, the story for White Pig involves a series of grisly murders and one officer’s pursuit of justice. White Pig stars Marie Louise Wille, Gerard Carey Bidstrup, Julie R. Ølgaard and Jannik Jensen. Now, the first trailer for this exciting thriller has been released!

The story of White Pig is shown through two pairs of eyes. Initially, the story begins with Jens (Bidstrup), seemingly a very pleasant, normal guy but hiding a sordid past. He turns to murder when his fear and paranoia of foreigners become stifling. Then, the story shifts to Mia (Wille), who is a police officer tasked with finding a mysterious killer’s identity. Mia finds herself at risk and in dangerous territory as she gets closer and closer to the truth. Fear and justice will meet in the back alleys of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Director David Noel Bourke is no stranger to thrillers. Recently, he released the dramatic thriller No Right Turn in 2009. But now, Bourke is turning to more controversial material in his latest film, White Pig. Bourke looks at what creates a mass killing, a killer’s motivations and at the victims, who are left behind. Film fans can see that killer’s grisly work in the thrilling first trailer for White Pig, hosted below

The trailer for White Pig is here: http://youtu.be/tQzv5JZWxjk

As well, the trailer is available in a downloadable version here:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/y6u3ph7e4kvpcw6/WHITE%20PIG%20FILM%20TEASER%20%231.mp4


Official synopsis: “White Pig is a story that covers a series of grisly murders that shake up a whole country. Told through the eyes of both the killer, Jens, and the police officer, Mia, this story unravels mysteriously, until Mia faces a monster masked as a very normal person. They both end up dangerously crossing each other, which ultimately determines how they alter each other’s fate, forever” (Angel Films/LEP Studios).

Keep up to date on the feature film: https://www.facebook.com/pages/WHITE-PIG-feature-film-help-us-make-a-classic-Nordic-Noir/471539052930298

White Pig on IMDB official: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3318544/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

20 March 2014

Top 5 Horror Films of 1983


I figure before Horrorhound Weekend starts and I am running all around Sharonville convention center I would share my picks for 1983.  This was not a hard year to choose from at all.  There are plenty of choices don't get me wrong the quality of horror in this year is just not great.  It is also one of the few years that Friday The 13th did not have an entry in the 80's.


There is a lot of criticism about this movie but I actually think it's pretty solid.  Not near what the first 2 installments were but really not a bad movie.  I mean really how can you go wrong with a movie with Lea Thompson in it ?

 I was never a big fan of the actual TV show of The Twilight Zone but I do enjoy the movie a lot.  It's loaded with stars of the early eighties and just a fun movie to watch.  I guess you could argue that this is not really horror but more of sci fi but it's close enough.

Yet another gem by John Carpenter and one of my favorite films of his.  I admit I actually just watched this movie last night.  It really is one of those movies that never gets old to watch.

The sequel to Alfred Hitchcock's masterpiece.  Anthony Perkins reprises his role as Norman Bates and is released from the mental hospital.  He seems better at first but things start to go back to "normal" very shortly.

I can't have a list of movies in 1983 without Sleepaway Camp.  The sleeper hit of 1983 with one of the most shocking endings in cinema history.  Also happens to be one of my favorite movies

Official Press Release: Spencer Gray’s THE BORDER




Official Press Release:

Spencer Gray’s

THE BORDER



MUFX artist turned Writer/Director Spencer Gray’s new horror film The Border will be independently financed with private investors and a unique crowd funding campaign that will go live online via Indie Go Go April Fools Day 2014.

Why is The Border’s crowd funding campaign set apart from the others?

Writer/Director Gray had this to say:

“The horror genre is almost dead and the big studios are the collective villain. Today’s genre films are missing so much heart and originality it’s almost made me stop watching horror entirely unless it’s from a foreign market or truly indie. As Alfred Hitchcock, the Master of Suspense, so eloquently put it, ‘There is no terror in the bang, only the anticipation of it.’ That’s what is missing. Not to mention people enjoy being scared. The goosebumps. The hairs on the back of your neck standing on end. The heart racing with anticipation. The gore. Those are just a few things missing in today's horror films and why fans will always embrace the classics.”

The plot of The Border is as follows: “When the granddaughter of a U.S. Senator goes missing near the border of Mexico, former Black Ops agent Jack Barrabas is forced out of retirement to find her. Every path he takes, secret he uncovers and body he drops leads to a secret, mysterious door in a small border town. What he finds behind this door will forever change the world, and who he thinks he is, for the worse. You will never recover from what lies beyond THE BORDER.”

Associate Producer Rob Bedard commented: “I like seeing people wondering what is really going on in a world this big. The secrets which are buried beneath the complete lies of every day people. This film got my attention because it'll make people dig deep into the truth and hopefully change the way they think and what they believe.”

The Border is a character-driven story that is structured to bring back the Fright Factor and throw out all the typical genre trappings. Producer and indie filmmaker Jeremy Mitchell added: “Audiences will be in for a treat as the story is original, and not a rehash of tired, dead storylines that is all too common in today’s market. Not to mention, people’s basic fascination with the unknown will be dying to know what is behind that door! You’ll never figure it out and we want to keep it that way. Only myself and the director know at this point, even cast and crew are in the dark and that’s fun!”

Why Indie Go Go?

Gray had this conclusion: “So we could tell the story we want to tell without interference from The Suits. I don’t want somebody telling me I can’t do this or that or make me cut it to pieces because it’s not commercial. I also refuse to dumb anything down because horror fans are not dumb. It doesn’t matter if it’s Rob Zombie or Wes Anderson, people love the idiosyncratic. All they (The Suits) want to do is make movies, not good movies.”

The Border already has an amazing cast and talent pool dedicated to discovering what’s behind that door:

Starring martial arts master Richard Ryan (Dead Men, Honorless), Katrina Matusek (Xtraction, Cathedral Canyon), Eileen Dietz (The Excorcist, Helter Skelter), Noel Guglielmi (Training Day, The Dark Knight Rises), Melantha Blackthorne (Captured Hearts, Order of One: Kung Fu Killing Spree), Amanda Marie (The Town That Dreaded Sundown, Dracula’s War), Troy Johnson (Vertical), hip hop sensation Wyzae and many other icons from the horror and action genres. It will also be the genre debut of alternative model Sebrina Bedard.

Beware!

April’s Fools Day is sooner than you think!

View the trailer here :
http://youtu.be/PfEgbF6xb84

16 March 2014

Jessica Cameron's New Film Utero Wraps on Principal Photography - PRESS RELEASE




Writer/Director Bryan Coyne’s (Harvard Park and Incarnate) new horror film Utero wrapped
principal photography this week in Los Angeles. The entirety of the movie was shot in Los
Angeles and was independently financed by Coinopflix. Jonathan Higgins and Jessica Cameron
(Truth or Dare) produced the film with former Platinum Studios executive Richard Marincic
(Cowboys and Aliens, Dylan Dog: Dead Of Night).

The plot of Utero is as follows: “an agoraphobic unwed mother who finds her psyche unraveling
as she becomes convinced that her unborn child is more monster than human.”

Utero is a character-driven story that is structured in a similar fashion of the horror films of
yesteryear. Audiences will be in for a treat as the story is original, and not a retread of storylines
that is all too common in today’s market.

Director/writer Coyne had this to say about the movie: 

“Shooting Utero was a dream come true for me. Like any filmmaking experience it was a
grandiose challenge. But the commitment of our crew and cast, a wonderful commune of pure
artists, helped me achieve something astoundingly effective. I can't wait for this film to be seen.”

Upon completing principal photography, Cameron commented: 

“I could not be more thrilled with the amazing production that has been Utero. The story,
camerawork, and lighting, is all so impressive and fresh. I cannot wait to share this with
audiences!”

12 March 2014

Top 5 Horror Films of 1982


Continuing with the list 1982 has 5 more great horror films to add to the equation.  Well, actually 1982 has more than 5 great horror films like any year but we are only doing 5.  In this year we have an evil house  making a return, an iconic hockey mask be donned by a deformed killer and silver shamrocks.


 We start off with another great slasher film of the early 80's.  I just saw this movie last year and completely loved it.  I mean how can you not love a movie with Julia Montgomery.  For those of you that don't know her by name she is Betty from Revenge of the Nerds.  I also have to mention the always enjoyable actress Rutanya Alda.

This is my favorite entry in the Amityville franchise.  This is actually a prequel the the original and in my opinion is a way better movie.  It has a great cast with the standout being a young Diane Franklin.  This movie has mixed reviews from horror fans but I really enjoyed how dark and downright evil this movie was.

Friday the 13th Part III is not my favorite of the Friday franchise but I will say I have probably watched this one more than the rest.  The story itself is full of holes but I really like the cast in this one and of course the look of Jason in this film.  To me Richard Brooker has been the best Jason.

This is another movie that has horror fans divided.  Some really love it and it has a pretty big following but to some this movie was terrible.  Mainly because it had the title of Halloween and there is no sign of Michael Myers, Dr Sam Loomis, or Laurie Strode.  A movie that took an entirely different direction.  I a huge fan of this film and think it would have done alot better just being entitled Season of the Witch.

My #1 of 1982 is the classic slasher film Slumber Party Massacre.  This Roger Corman classic is one of my favorite films of all time.  At a time when everyone was trying to leave their mark in the horror world this one stands out above the rest.  Maybe not as much publicity as a Halloween or Friday the 13th movie but is a solid slasher all the same.  

TheEvil Easter III 2013 (Short Film) - Review


The world of horror has many followers and many film makers alike.  Not all of the film makers are able to break into the business with a feature film right away.  Short films are a good way for any future film maker to get into the business and get their name out there.  You never know if you're short will be turned into a feature film or if it will lead to bigger things.  There are so many great short films that are produced every year.  It is virtually impossible to catch them all but I am lucky enough to catch a few that always impress me.

Alice (Adelin Jonasson) becomes the unwilling instrument in a 70-year old Nazi-plot to take over the world and usurp Christianity with obscure Germanic Gods. (Courtesy of IMDB.com)

I really did not want to give too much away from this one with a long synopsis, after all it is a short film. The Evil Easter III is a bit longer than most shorts.  It runs a little over 40 minutes from start to finish which is almost too long for a short but is not near long enough to be considered a feature film.  Really what I think is the most amazing thing about this is it was shot for what translates to $200.00 in the United States (it was shot in Sweden).  Having said that, the way they made this you would never know that it was such a small budget.  You can definitely tell that it is low budget but I have seen movies that cost 10 times that amount not be able to pull off some of the stuff these guys were able to.  

As far as the story goes I assume you all are wondering what the other 2 movies are about.  Well I would like to know that too.  You see they made this before they made the original 2 which I think is kind of a unique approach, almost something you would expect from Quentin Tarrantino.  Being pretty impressed with this film I would have to rate it 6 out of 10 stars.  I know I can be a little bit stingy on my star giving but you guys will just have to deal with that.  Stay twisted everyone!

Director Michael Aguiar Releases First Teaser Trailer for The Laughing Mask

The Laughing Mask is an indie horror co-production from America and Brazil and from director Michael Aguiar and production house Bravestarr Pictures. Recently, The Laughing Mask was shot and completed in Florida, over a rigorous twenty-eight day shooting schedule. The Director of Photography, William Schweikert, used a Red Epic camera to capture all of the horrifying imagery, while Daniel Mazikowski (The Sadist) handled all Special Effects. Also, the cast was compromised of several rising stars, including Fran Rafferty, Inge Uys, Gabriel Lee, Sheyenne Rivers and Thomas Noel Smith. Horror fans can preview one of the most exciting indie horror films of the year, with this teaser trailer for The Laughing Mask!

The film’s story involves the loss of family. The character Jake has lost his wife to a deranged killer – The Laughing Mask. Now, Jake’s daughter is missing and he will stop for nothing to get her back. Jake must team up with Det. Kate O’Malley in order to find The Laughing Mask’s lair and to find this madman himself. In darkness, a father will face one of the most murderous killers ever known: The Laughing Mask.




Director Aguiar says of the teaser and the film: “my idea for this film was to have a thriller and horror film in the vein of Angel Heart (1987) and John Carpenter’s Halloween; I wanted to keep all the effects as practical as possible. This is an old school horror film and I hope fans will be pleased with the results.” Fans are encouraged to take a sneak peek at the film, with the first official teaser trailer for The Laughing Mask, right here!



*release details will be revealed later in 2014.

Official synopsis: The Laughing Mask begins with Jake Johnson. After the brutal death of his wife, Jaycee, and the disappearance of his daughter, Barbara, Jake will do whatever is necessary to capture the man the media has dubbed: “The Laughing Mask.” As the corpses begin to pile up, Jake has to find help in the detective skills of Kate O’Malley. Together, they will play a deadly cat and mouse game with a killer, in order to find Jake’s daughter and avenge the death of his wife. But, The Laughing Mask knows of Jake’s desires for revenge and he has plans of his own” (Bravestarr Pictures).

Director: Michael Aguiar.

Cast: Ryan Rafferty, Inge Uys, Gabriel Lee, Sheyenne Rivers, Thomas Noel Smith and Matt Ganey.

More on the film is available here, on Facebook

Tristan Risk and Christopher Judge Lend Their Voice Talents to Chainsaw Sally: The Animated Series

 
CHAINSAW SALLY: THE ANIMATED SERIES is certainly keeping up with the momentum.

After revealing artwork and the intention to animate just last month, Bloody Bombshell Entertainment and Fatality Films are pleased to announce that April Burril, the original Chainsaw Sally, will be voicing the animated version of herself. Also bringing their vocal talents to the series will be Christopher Judge (Stargate SG-1) and Tristan Risk (American Mary).

Jimmy-O Burril will be working alongside director Mike Disa (Dead Space: Aftermath, The Haunted World of El Superbeasto) to bring these characters to life.

In anticipation of an upcoming network announcement, the latest poster artwork has been revealed. Featuring Chainsaw Sally herself and her supporting cast, the poster encompasses what CHAINSAW SALLY: THE ANIMATED SERIES really is- a tale of Boobs, Blood and Blades.

Bloody Bombshell Entertainment and its subsidiary, Fatality Films, are owned in part by Andrea A. Albin and Scott Spiegel. Albin will helm CHAINSAW SALLY: THE ANIMATED SERIES as Executive Producer.

Linda Hamilton Stars in Syfy Original Bermuda Tentacles

NEW YORK – March 11, 2014 – Linda Hamilton (The Terminator) will star as an Admiral of a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier battling an ancient monster in the new Syfy Original Movie Bermuda Tentacles, premiering Saturday, April 12 at 9PM (ET/PT).

When Air Force One goes down over the Bermuda Triangle, the Navy sends its best rescue team. But in saving the President, the team awakens a monster which threatens America’s entire Eastern Seaboard and, ultimately, the world.

Bermuda Tentacles, which is a production of The Asylum (Sharknado, Sharknado 2), also stars Trevor Donovan (90210), Mya Harrison (The Blues) and Jamie Kennedy (The Jamie Kennedy Experiment).

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.)

Comedia A Go-Go Announce Online Distribution of Blood Cousins

The award winning comedy troupe and band of filmmakers, Comedia A Go-Go, are proud to announce the online distribution of their first feature movie, Blood Cousins. After select theatrical and film festival screenings filled with laughs and gasps, Comedia A Go-Go is excited to expand their audience for their comedic horror/revenge film. Blood Cousins will be available for instant streaming and HD downloads at www.bloodcousinsmovie.com on March 14th, 2014.
SYNOPSIS
On the anniversary of their grandmother's death, four cousins, as close as brothers, reconnect on a road trip to the Texas Rio Grande Valley to pay respects to the woman who helped raise them. Hidden beneath their friendship, the truth of their childhood surfaces to reveal a darkness in the family that won't stop until the cousin's lives are changed forever.

Blending comedy, Mexican folklore and terror, Blood Cousins puts a new spin on revenge films and defines the word,'retribution'.



MAKING OF
Comedia A Go-Go got their start doing live and video sketch comedy, and after years of award winning short projects, they have finally ventured into feature films with Blood Cousins. Developed by key CAGG members Regan Arevalos, Jess Castro and Larry Garza and co-produced by cinematographer, Brent W. Graham, Blood Cousins serves as the team's deranged love letter to their hometown of San Antonio and South Texas - all while blending comedy, drama and horror.

WEBSITE & SOCIAL MEDIA
www.bloodcousinsmovie.com
www.comediaagogo.com
Facebook  
Twitter #BloodCousins

FILM FESTIVALS
Cine Las Americas (Austin)
San Antonio Film Festival
South Texas Underground Film Festival (Corpus Christi)

Concept Art Released for Wrath

In September of 2013, it was announced that Scott Spiegel (Intruder, Evil Dead 2, Hostel 3) would be returning to the director’s chair for the upcoming feature film WRATH.

In an exclusive announcement from the Spiegel/Andrea A. Albin owned Fatality Films, the company has released the concept art for the film.

Also, actors Vernon Wells (Commando, Mad Max 2, Weird Science) and Timothy Patrick Quill (Army of Darkness, Oz the Great and Powerful) have signed on to join the cast.




Diabolique Magazine Launches Petition for Classic Hammer Films

Diabolique Magazine has started a petition to ask Warner Bros to release their Hammer Horror titles on blu-ray, fully restored for optimal quality. WB’s Hammer titles represent the British company’s very best output, and for many reasons, including cultural and historical, we believe these films should be restored and released in the new digital medium without delay.

Unfortunately, the trend for big studios is to release the same small group of films that they deem big moneymakers, over and over again, instead of releasing their classic film library. Supporting this petition is a vote for classic films in general, because it is getting harder and harder to get these films out, properly restored to High-Def. Classic cinema needs all the help it can get!

Our goal is 10,000 signatures by April 30th, 2014! So far, we’ve gotten tremendous support from fans all over the world and from genre media. In just the first 4 days, we passed the 2,000 signature mark, and we’ve been informed that WB has already taken notice. We believe this is a very important petition and we are asking you to cover it as a feature story. We are, or course, available for interviews.

Click here to sign the petition.

10 March 2014

Scream Park Coming to DVD and VOD April 22nd

New York, NY - Wild Eye Releasing is excited to announce that Cary Hill's Scream Park will be available nationwide on DVD and VOD April 22nd. Hailed by Doctor Carnage Reviews as "creepy" and "bringing to mind Black 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) will exclusively include 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.