This Day in Horror

30 May 2014

Official Trailer for The Green Inferno - PRESS RELEASE




THE GREEN INFERNO WILL BE IN THEATERS NATIONWIDE SEPTEMBER 5th
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SYNOPSIS: THE GREEN INFERNO, directed, co-written, and produced by Eli Roth (HOSTEL, CABIN FEVER), follows a group of student activists who travel from New York City to the Amazon to save the rainforest. However, once they arrive in this vast green landscape, they soon discover that they are not alone…and that no good deed goes unpunished.

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Directed By: Eli Roth

Produced By: Eli Roth, Christopher Woodrow, Molly Connors, Miguel Asenio , Nicolás López

Written By: Guillermo Amoedo and Eli Roth
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25 May 2014

Don't Go To the Reunion is Available for a Limited Time with Free Shipping


For a limited time Slasher Studios is offering their first feature film Don't Go To The Reunion for a price of $15.00 with free shipping and a free 11x17 movie poster.

Synopsis : Scott Rantzen (Brady Simenson) is a horror movie loving misfit who is teased by the popular students in school. When a date with the very popular and very beautiful Erica Carpenter (Stephanie Leigh Rose) backfires, he feels as though his life is ruined. Ten years later, the gang reunite for their class reunion. Little do they know that someone is waiting for them and ready to see that they pay for what they did. Is Scott back for revenge and will the old gang survive to tell the tale? It'll be more gore for Class of 04.

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21 May 2014

Camp Dread 2014 - REVIEW

We are quickly approaching summertime which means it's time for some summer camp slashers.  The first one to rear its head is Camp Dread.  Could this be the Sleepaway Camp of 2014?  Probably not but it does boast a cast member that is no stranger to a summer camp killer.  Popping this one in and really really hoping for the best.

Washed up director Julian Barrett (Eric Roberts) is looking to revamp his career and get back to his hayday.  Julian made a trilogy of slasher films in the 80's called Summer Camp.  His ploy is to record a reality TV show at the camp where his movies were filmed.  He picks a group of troubled young adults to fill the camp with a chance to survive a killer in order to earn a million dollars.  He brings in the star from his Summer Camp movies Rachel (Felissa Rose) as a counselor, who is now an actual trained therapist and is really looking to help these kids.  The atmosphere is set for a ticking time bomb waiting to go off.  A classic case of "who done it".  Who will survive this trip to camp?

This is one movie I was really excited to see and wanted to love it but that sure didn't happen.  Camp Dread is shall we say dreadful!  The really only bright spots I can point out is Felissa Rose, the quality of the film and the use of practical effects.  I am a fan of Felissa Rose and if she gave a bad performance I would still tell it like it is but she is one of the few that did shine in this movie.  I have never been a big fan of Eric Roberts so I really don't care for him.  I haven't mentioned Danielle Harris yet and for good reason.  She again, just like in Hallows Eve, is just to attract an audience and is only in the film I would say less than 5 minutes and 2 scenes.  It's really a joke that she is on the cover with her name as if she is a main cast member.  I know this happens a lot with lower budget movies but still pisses me off whenever I see someone billed as the main cast member to only see them in the movie as fast as you can blink, Ala Intruder "starring" Bruce Campbell.

The story itself was decent to be nice but it really took too long for the movie to get going.  Too much time was spent on the story.  In a horror film, specially a film that is tagged as a slasher, the audience wants to see action they don't want to sit and continuously wait for something to happen.  I will say once it does get going the action picks up alot but for me it was too late cause I was already bored and Camp Dread lost my attention.

I wanted to be able to give this a good review and rating but it's just not going to happen.  My opinion isn't the end all be all but just don't get your hopes up too high if you decide to give this movie a whirl.  I will have to give this one 3 out of 10 stars which is probably one of the lowest I have given in a long time if not ever.  Stay twisted everyone!


15 May 2014

Silent Retreat Opens in Theaters June 13, 2014

Opens in Theatres Friday June 13, 2014

Toronto: Carlton Cinema
Address: 20 Carlton St, Toronto, ON M5B 2H5 | Phone:(416) 598-5454

Ottawa: The Mayfair Theatre
Address: 1074 Bank St, Ottawa, ON K1S | Phone: (613) 730-6552

Winner Best Canadian Feature – Toronto After Dark Film Festival
Selected for Official Competition – Nocturna Fantastic Film Festival of Madrid

Running Time: 84 minutes

For ticket information, visit http://www.silentretreatmovie.com

Fresh from its award winning premiere at The Toronto After Dark Festival, Silent Retreat directed by Tricia Lee will have a theatrical run at The Carlton Cinema in Toronto and The Mayfair Theatre in Ottawa, opening Friday, June 13th.

With Silent Retreat, director Tricia Lee is fast proving that horror is no longer just for the guys. Described by Rue Morgue as a film that “beautifully blends supernatural horror with the terrors of the real world”. 

Silent Retreat tells the story of Janey, a troubled youth sent to a silent meditation retreat in the middle of the woods in order to avoid jail time. She discovers that the intimidating Doctor, who runs the retreat, is brainwashing the girls to be subservient women. If Janey doesn’t follow his rules, she’ll discover what lurks beyond the trees, and what happens to those who don’t embrace the silence.

For ticket information, and to view the trailer, please visit www.silentretreatmovie.com, like the Facebook page www.facebook.com/SilentRetreat, and follow @SilentRMovie on Twitter.

At its heart, the movie is about women finding their voice and refusing to be silent, a theme that resonated deeply for Tricia. While horror has seen a remarkable influx of strong female voices in the last decade (including Canada’s own Soska Sisters – American Mary), it is still a male dominated world. For Tricia, it was time to add her own spin to the genre - strong female characters and emotionally resonant themes, with classic horror imagery, and a baroque melodramatic flair. It was Lee’s fierce determination to make her voice heard at any cost that allowed her to bring together an incredibly committed cast and crew.

Lead by Chelsea Jenish and Sofia Banzhaf, both talented actresses making their feature film debuts, Silent Retreat brings together some of Toronto’s best actors. Horror vet, Robert Nolan, who has appeared in many critically acclaimed films (Mourning Has Broken, Familiar) uses his extensive genre experience to give the movie its most menacing performance.

Silent Retreat plunges the audience into a terrifying world where even the faintest whisper can be deadly. Catch it in theatres, and remember that the only way to escape the silence is to…SCREAM!

Sony Collaborates with Diabolique Magazine on Exclusive Interview with The Amazing Spider-Man 2 DFX Supervisor, David Smith

Diabolique Magazine, an internationally distributed bi-monthly magazine focusing on critical perspectives of genre cinema, literature and art, is pleased to announce the release of Issue 21, which features an exclusive interview with the Digital FX Supervisor on Sony’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2, David Smith.

New York, NY, May 15, 2014—

With Issue 21 (May/June) Diabolique Magazine sets its focus on Home Invasion Cinema, including a heady throwback to Terence Young’s Wait Until Dark; side-by-side pieces on both versions of Funny Games and Straw Dogs; and a look at Drafthouse Films’ Palme d’Or-nominated Borgman. All this, plus an in-depth look at Ti West’s newest film, The Sacrament. In an on-going effort to broaden our scope, Diabolique is pleased to announce that Sony has reached out to their writers with an exclusive offer, granting them access to a comprehensive discussion with Digital FX supervisor, for their summer blockbuster The Amazing Spider-Man 2, David Smith. Diabolique Editor-in-Chief, Max Weinstein sat down with Smith to discuss how he helped bring one of America’s most beloved super-heroes to life.

Smith, spoke of the crucial role DFX plays in AMS2 and his work on superhero films throughout his storied career. During one part of the conversation, he gauged the expectations associated with the superhero genre, and audiences’ criteria for buying into the fictional worlds it presents:

“People allow themselves to suspend the disbelief of a superhero’s powers if it’s something that feels more real to them. That’s why you go to the movies — to see it not in comic book form, but something that you can grasp, and something where you enter that world, and it’s something you believe in. I think that’s what we’re always striving for, and that’s what, in the development we’ve done over the years, we’ve arrived at: something more “physically correct.”

Diabolique’s Issue 21 goes on sale in mid-May 2014, and is available on newsstands and bookstores nationwide, and across the globe in selected book stores.

Diabolique Magazine is dedicated to critical perspectives ranging across the genre landscape. The exclusive sit-down with Smith represents its ongoing commitment to broadening its scope. Sony’s choice represents Diabolique's tireless commitment to excellence in genre journalism.

First Trailer for 80's Throwback Slasher 'Lost After Dark' Released

We here at Twisted Central are all about the 80's slasher flicks. The 80's were a pivotal time for the horror genre. Villains like Jason Voorhees, Michael Myers and Freddy Krueger slashed their way onto screens leaving countless numbers of teenagers cowering in fear and future generations of film makers who strive to emulate them. 

The latest to step up to the bat is director Ian Kessner. I for one, am looking forward to getting a glimpse of Lost After Dark. Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think.

Synopsis:
Lost After Dark follows a group of teenagers who sneak out of a high school dance, and head out to party at a friend’s cabin. Along the way their ride breaks down, stranding them near an abandoned farmhouse. After the brutal murder of one of their friends, their quest for help becomes one of survival.

09 May 2014

HorrorHound 2014 Film Festival Recap - BY Chris Young

I was privileged to be able to attend this years’ HorrorHound Weekend in Cincinnati, Ohio. However instead of taking advantage of the great guests and cool merchandise, I spent most of the event in the film screening area so I could share some recommendations and pans with my horror peeps. The list is not all inclusive, but it should still give you an expansive taste of new and in many cases unreleased productions headed your way. Therefore, I present to you a brief synopsis of my experience for your edification, entertainment, or derision.


Dark Magic, Counter Magic By Eric Sterwerf

When I found out this entry was part of a 48 hour film challenge I didn't expect much. Having seen my fair share of student films and videos when I was in college, the result varied wildly. But I was very pleasantly surprised by this atmospheric short. In fact I’m fairly impressed by just how good it was. Through dream like imagery and without the aid of dialogue or narration it tells the tale of a magician performing the famous saw-a-girl-in-half trick, with disastrous results. But it doesn’t end there, and the denouement is mildly predictable (at least to this audience) yet beautifully shot and edited. I also have to mention the quality and appropriateness of the original score. Overall, a satisfyingly well rounded piece deserving of it’s multiple awards.


HI-8 Directed by Tim Ritter, Brad Sykes, Marcus Koch, Ron Bonk, Chris Seaver, Todd Sheets, Donald Farmer and Tony Masiello

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Much like it’s bigger budget sister, VHS, this horror anthology was uneven, but had its highlights, in particular, one entry (concerning an 80’s tough guy homage with zombies and the residents of a nursing home) that was so funny I would recommend searching it out, if only for that. There were also quite a few stories, which is good or bad depending on your preferences. There was something for every taste and as far as I can tell there was little or no CG throughout. I could easily have seen two of the lesser shorts excised for time along with the uninspiring connecting narrative, but that’s a minor quibble with this otherwise worthwhile attempt at invigorating the indie low-budget horror scene with fresh ideas and talent.

Hi-8 teaser from Hi-8 on Vimeo.


In Fear Of By Scott W. Perry

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This web based anthology series is a laundry list of clinical fears. Made up of short episodes titled with the medical name of the fear they explore, the list contains a nice variety of stories and styles. Some are avant garde while others can swing more towards the Twilight Zone or Tales from the Darkside. Overall the quality is high and the acting is professional. Already into it’s second season, this free web series is well worth checking out.


Wrath of the Crows By Ivan Zuccon

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It seems this italian director is beginning to make a name for himself on the global indie horror circuit, and well he should, if this ambitious entry is typical of his work.

The film begins in a fascistic rural prison where we are introduced to a small group of prisoners of varying types but undisclosed offenses. Soon a sinister and mysterious femme fatale (played by a smoldering Tiffany Shepis) is added to the mix and things get weird. Everyone in this story has something to hide and there are plenty of reveals to keep things moving in an otherwise static environment.

The direction is sure-handed and the casting/acting is solid. Stylistically a cross between Fulci and Del Toro, it’s intriguing, atmospheric, and I look forward to seeing more from Zuccon in the near future.



Play Me By Brian Williams and Ellie Church

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This gruesome little virtual snuff short is as simple as it gets. See girl wake up - see girl stalked - see girl get tortured to death. This was as literal an example of torture porn as you can get. Even Hostel at least had the trappings of a story and an arc of sorts for one of its main characters. The fact that I’m defending the almost non-existent plotline of an Eli Roth film should tell you something.

If you like this kind of thing, knock yourself out. This duo doesn’t aim for the bottom, they start there.



Time To Kill By Brian Williams

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“Free beer” was the clarion call at the beginning of the evening premiere of this neo-grindhouse sleaze fest. Which was probably appropriate for the successful lubrication of the standing room only audience, which hooped and cat-called it’s way through the next 90 minutes, propelled by various prompts from the director such as: “There’ll be more tits in a minute!”

The heroine (Ellie Church) finds out she has 24 hours to live and proceeds to “Carpe Diem” her way through her remaining hours by settling old scores and grabbing some sexy gusto wherever she can. There is plenty of skin, fake blood and sleazy action to entertain a substance-soaked viewership. However, other than a mildly surprising twist near the end, I dare anyone to effectively explain to me how this classifies as horror. Have horror festivals finally turned into the SYFY of conventions, highlighting anything that isn’t strictly mainstream in hopes of casting as wide a net of attendees as possible? I suppose if it’s good enough for ComiCon…

The acting is uneven but never outright unwatchable. It’s fairly well edited and directed. This is not a film that was slapped together haphazardly, despite it’s low-brow intentions. It unashamedly knows what audience it is aiming for and wallows in it. If you like your sleaze a cut above the rest, this movie should fit the bill.



It’s Only Death By Rutherford Belleview and Mortimer Leech

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A slim brunette wearing a wedding gown and a fresh bullet wound in her temple wanders into a “New Orleans” style shindig from beyond in this refreshingly old school music video highlighting a song by “The Widow's Bane”. Winner of Best Music Video at the Mile High Horror Film Festival, this band channels folk, Oingo Boingo and Dixieland Jazz quite effortlessly into a catchy delight they’ve coined “Zombie Death Polka”. The directors, who also happen to be leaders of the band, make good use of an old (abandoned?) location, clever editing, and the lead singer Leech’s natural creepiness. I can tell they made the most of limited time and budget. This macabre video made me want to seek out more of their music, which is the highest praise I can give to a music video. Well done!



Return To Nuke’em High Volume #1 By Lloyd Kaufman

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Take the original Class of Nuke’em High, add money, time, new writers, and the direction of Mr. Lloyd Kaufman himself, and you get a surprisingly good first sequel to the original. The same story beats are pretty much all there, but each one gets a twist or update. The instigating catalyst of the local power plant has been replaced by a monolithic “organic” food provider, the protagonist couple is now lesbian (With purposeful nods to Blue is the Warmest Color), and the school gang dresses just as wild but walks around singing barbershop quartet tunes before they wreak havoc. The dialogue is tight, the jokes are plentiful and well timed, and the acting is great across the board. I saw this as the midnight showing and even though I’m not a Troma aficionado, I was thoroughly entertained from start to finish. I was even surprised when “To be continued” came up on the screen, due to the brisk pacing. If you’re a Troma fan you’ll want to catch this ASAP. If not, give it a try.



Service By Jerry Pyle



A woman hurriedly makes her way into a lavish estate with her young daughter in tow. She sets the girl up in a bedroom with instructions not to leave while she’s working. The woman then proceeds to get into a skimpy outfit while sporting a feather duster and starts cleaning. That’s when it gets really interesting and not in the way you think.

This film was one of the most polished and all around well made shorts I’ve ever seen. The script is lean and engaging. The acting is solid, and the production values are stellar, especially the cinematography. It’s a thoroughly enjoyable few minutes and I strongly encourage people to seek it out on the festival circuit.


Pity By John Pata



A man sits alone at night inside a parked car in the pouring rain, thinking equally dark wet thoughts. So begins...and ends a new short from the director of Dead Weight. Watching and listening to someone working through their tortured emotions for six minutes might seem like abuse reserved for terrorists, but it’s a tribute to the filmmakers that I was interested the whole time. The cinematography was quite good, also the acting, and the editing was striking. However, the unresolved ending pretty much turns it into more of a film exercise than a full fledged story. Still, it’s a good, successful effort and worthy of praise. See it if you can.



Baggage By Jeremiah Kipp



Benjamin has a job. Benjamin is very quiet. Benjamin has a significant other. contrary to the tagline, Benjamin is not normal, but therein lies the relative non-surprise at the end of Baggage, a new short from the director of A Chance in Hell. This piece is filled with lingering camera shots of the protagonist as he gets up in the morning, goes to work, etc. All the while clutching a medium sized satchel. I applaud the use of black and white, and the production is very good in general. However, it’s just a tad too long and doesn’t really deliver in any significant way. If you’re going to concentrate on atmosphere over story, you’d better make sure it’s memorable. But there’s nothing new here. Competence is a good thing, just not noteworthy.

Baggage Trailer from Action Media Productions on Vimeo.



A Wish For The Dead By Nathan Thomas Milliner



A man is spending all of his time in the waiting area of a local hospital. His loved one lays in a coma with little prospect of recovery in sight. Suddenly a heavily bandaged figure approaches him and offers him his heart’s desire.

Sounds like a half hour Twilight Zone episode doesn’t it? Well it’s not. Not by half. There were multiple stories running simultaneously during this basically dull and overlong entry. I found myself wondering how long it had to go until the end at several points. It felt very padded, like a short story someone tried to stretch into a feature. When the three stories began to converge I could see the plot device coming a mile away and wasn’t too pleased to have waded through all of the self-absorbed navel gazing just for that. Nothing in this film, not the story, editing, acting, or direction justifies sitting through to the end. Go watch the “Appointment In Samarra” episode of “Supernatural” instead. You’ll be glad you did.

Doc of the Dead By Alexandre Philippe



The general public is going crazy for a genre that would normally only be of interest to horror fans. This strange turn of events is put under a microscope in this documentary by the creator of “The People Vs George Lucas.” As one might expect there were lots of interviews with actors, directors, makeup effects specialists, and many others along the way. Of particular interest to myself was the earlier part of the film where it describes the strange irregular evolution from the original use of the zombie archetype all the way up to running flesh eaters. However, since this movie is more about the cultural obsession with the monster and not with the creatures themselves, it became a little too academic and overfilled with commentary towards the latter part and through to what felt like a somewhat weak ending. It’s possible this would have made a better one hour special, than a feature. I have to say it was a particularly unexpected pleasure to be treated to several short vignettes produced by Mike Stoklasa of Red Letter Media, which were uniformly funny and got the biggest response from the audience and myself. Another great bit was an interview with a company that specializes in preparing people for the Zombie Apocalypse. Besides these short bits of hilarity, it was all a bit by the numbers and while the film was never boring, it wasn’t particularly inspiring or worthy of a second look. Surprisingly meh.



House of the Witchdoctor By Devon Mikolas



A grad student and four of her friends plan on spending a weekend house-sitting while her parents are away. But before they can get through the first evening, two unwelcome strangers show up and make their lives a living Hell.

The first 20 minutes or so it’s hard to tell exactly what kind of movie you’re watching, simply because so many stories start out this way, anymore. However, before long it becomes readily apparent that this movie is an homage to such films as The Last House on the Left and I Spit On Your Grave, with a twist, that reaches it’s nader within the last fifteen minutes or so. But this really isn’t a “twist” film. The meat and potatoes of the production centers on the psychological and physical abuse perpetrated on the attractive coeds. Acts of brutality and cruelty that are completely lacking in titillation or sensationalism.

I was quite surprised by the raw vulnerability expressed by such young actors. To a person, they were completely believable under the most awkward and demanding of circumstances. In fact, the entire cast was top notch, both the old pros (Bill Moseley for one) and the newbies. Special mention goes to David Willis, who was unrecognizable in his role as Buzz (one of the two main bad guys). He had the best lines in the film while managing to be funny and horrible at the same time.

The entire production was polished and well paced. There was real earnestness in trying to harken to the drive-in days of exploitation without creating some false sense of nostalgia. If you’re a fan, this is a higher caliber than most. Let’s hope Devon Mikolas keeps at it. He seems to be just getting started.

The Hourglass Figure By Patrick Rea



An over-worked housewife discovers an hourglass that grants her an extra hour in the day. But there are rules, and a price to be paid.

This was a very respectable little Twilight Zone style story that is innovative in the details if not in the overall concept. It moves along pretty quickly and ultimately races towards a satisfyingly grim climax. The production values are good and the practical effects are quite nice. Writer and lead actress Michelle Davidson carries the show and shows great range as she goes from harried to relaxed and ultimately panicked. Kudos to all involved.



John Schneider's Smothered to Premiere in New Orleans in May

Actor and filmmaker John Schneider (Smallville, Dukes of Hazzard) has rounded up some of horror's most famous faces for Smothered, premiering in New Orleans in May.

The highly-anticipated fright-fest, which features the likes of Kane Hodder, Don Shanks, R.A Mihailoff, Bill Moseley, and Brea Grant boasts the largest number of horror icons ever to grace the screen at the same time.

Smothered, written and directed by Schneider, sees the horror icons playing themselves in a scenario that sees them attending a small, disheartening horror-convention on Friday the 13th. Running out of patience but principally money, the group accept a cash-offer to go and scare-up the local RV park - but things take a surprising, dark turn when they arrive. The tables are turned as the monsters of the movie screen become the prey!

A recent sneak preview resulted in glowing reviews across-the-board, with critics calling the movie "a horror-comedy with some bite" (Shock Til You Drop) and " A must see cinematic event" (Examiner).

Smothered will premiere in Louisiana, where the film was shot and Schneider's Fairlight Films is now located.

The premiere, being held at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel on Friday May 16, encompass a pre-screening social hour and post-screening Q&A with Schneider.

Members of the film's cast and crew, as well as city dignitaries are expected to be in attendance.

Smothered, also featuring Michael Berryman (The Hills Have Eyes), John Kassir ('The Crypt Keeper'), Dane Rhodes (True Detective), and Shanna Forrestall (The Last Exorcism), is due for release late 2014.

Carne: The Taco Maker Coming to VOD June 1st


Brain Damage Films will be serving up Carne: The Taco Maker On Demand across North America starting June 1st, 2014. Don Taco and family will be sharing their tasty meats on all major and minor Cable/Satellite VOD operators as well as major internet platforms including iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Google Play, Vudu, Xbox Video and more.

About the Film
Forty years after Charlton Heston warned us that "Soylent Green is people", Carne: The Taco Maker has come from the dirty streets of Los Angeles to make us all question just what makes our favorite street vendor's food so delicious. Is it cat? Dog? Human? Or is it just plain old factory-farmed cow? Horror fans will have to find out for themselves when Carne hits small screens everywhere this June.


"I felt the need for a pool of filmmakers that could come together and develop low budget films and highest artistic quality," said writer/director Rene Rodriguez, founder and director of Teatro Urbano/Chango Cinema. "From my idea of developing a horror movie, together with Josh Sands, Rosemary Rodriguez and René Alejandro Rodriguez, The Taco Maker was created. This was also a family and community project."


Todd David Schwartz of the Beverly Hills Times gave the film his highest rating of four stars. Raving that Carne is "Crazily entertaining!," he went on to say "It reminds me of early John Waters, and David Lynch at his most droll. It's dark, weird, and unlike anything else that's out there right now. Invite a bunch of friends over and have a wild party while you enjoy it!"

Synopsis
Customers from all over come to taste Don Taco's secret tasty meat, unaware of what they are consuming and the dark family secret behind his success.


Official Trailer and More Information:

Celebrate The Texas Chainsaw Massacre's 40th Anniversary with Fright-Rags

This year marks the 40th anniversary of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and Fright-Rags is celebrating with five new shirts! The horror shirt company commissioned five renowned artist to pay homage to Tobe Hooper's 1974 genre-defining classic.

Godmachine, Jason Edmiston, Justin Osbourn, Abrar Ajmal and Jeff Zornow each offer a unique take on The Texas Chainsaw Massacre's iconic madman, Leatherface.




All five designs are available on both unisex and girls shirts, but each one is limited to 500 pieces. Pre-orders have launched on Fright-rags.com.

These designs will be available until 10am EST on Friday, May 16. Due to the limited nature of the products, they may sell out before the pre-order period ends. Orders are expected to ship in late-June.

07 May 2014

Death Proof 2007 - REVIEW


Back in 2007 Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino decided to do a joint venture feature in the old 70's grindhouse style.  Each director contributing a movie to it.  Death Proof is Tarantino's half of the grindhouse feature.  This film seems to be split right down the middle with fans.  You either love it or you just downright hate it.  It is a Tarantino movie so you can go into it knowing there is going to be heavy dialogue, which at times makes some of his films move a bit slow.  You can be the judge with Death Proof.

This film follows 2 separate groups of women who is being stalked by a psychopathic ex-stunt car driver name Stuntman Mike (Kurt Russell).  So basically the movie is divided into 2 parts.  The first follows the group led by radio personality Jungle Julia (Sydney Poitier) and her friends Shanna (Jordan Ladd) and Arlene (Vanessa Ferlito) on a night in a bar before they go to a lake house for a little get away.  Mike puts himself right in the middle of their night and one none of  them will soon forget.  The second group of ladies are similar to the first set but they are very different but you have to watch the movie to find out what!

I have to say first off that I am a huge Tarantino fan.  Having said that I really loved Death Proof.  It is accused of moving too slow and not enough action and for parts of the movie that is true but as all of his movies are it is still enjoyable and enough brutal action to keep you interested.  This is a film where Kurt Russell really plays a different character that what you are used to seeing from him on the big screen.  He is a good guy in most movies but in this he pulls off the creepy deranged part of Stuntman Mike to perfection.  Although there isn't really one of the actors or actresses in this film that didn't perform fantastic in my opinion.  There is not much you really can say about the visual effects because grindhouse films are made to look rough but there are a few scenes that the special effects really were fantastic.  I am not permitted to give spoilers so I am going to leave it to you to watch the movie.

If you haven't seen this movie it really is a movie that you should at least pop into your DVD player at least once.  If you hate it and feel you just wasted an hour and a half of your life you can email me and tell me "Thanks for the terrible advice".  Since this is one of my fav's I have to rate this film with an 8 out of 10 stars.  Some might think it is pretty generous but this movie is brilliant.  Stay twisted everyone!



03 May 2014

The Supernatural Thriller "Another" Is Set to Premiere at The Seattle International Film Festival



Director Jason Bognacki’s exciting supernatural thriller Another will have its world premiere at the Seattle International Film Festival. The film will debut before audiences, starting May 17th, 2014 and members of the media are invited to attend this one-of-a-kind event. Another is a terrifying tale, which stars up and coming actress Paulie Rojas (The Last Resort), horror actress Maria Olsen (Paranormal Activity 3), Nancy Wolfe (Helter Skelter) and David Landry. Another will show on two days only and horror fans can preview the World Premiere of the film right here!

“Another is a phantasmagoric chiller that follows Jordyn (Rojas), a young woman who explores the dark recesses of her soul when she learns she may be the devil’s kin, in this stylistic mix of Giallo and Hammer horror (SIFF).”

As well, Bognacki has captured the film with high quality digital, to compete in the New American Cinema contest. Another will be presented Saturday May 17th and Sunday May 18th, with the best in cinema, 4K resolution (4096x2160). This format will bring Another’s breathtaking visuals to cinema screens with true brilliance. The film will dazzle horror audiences in just a couple of weeks!

The Official Synopsis: “Compelled by the possibility that she could have a dark twin, Jordyn (Paulie Rojas) questions her own sanity, and reality itself. Jordyn’s curiousity pulls her into a dark underworld of demonic possession, desire and extreme indulgences churning a deadly witch’s brew that tears her very soul apart (Full Frame Features).”

SIFF: SIFF is one of the mostly highly attended film festivals in the world. This festival shows over 250 features each year and 150 short films. This film festival is over 40 years old. And, this year’s events take place between May 15th and June 8th.

Director/writer: Jason Bognacki.

Cast: Paulie Rojas, Maria Olsen, Nancy Wolfe, David Landry, and Lillian Pennypacker.

The film’s trailer is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfCpbzC-5KA
The film’s fan page is located here:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Another-A-Film-by-Jason-Bognacki/101104546640677

Another’s official homepage, with an early review: http://www.another-film.com/

Another at the Seattle International Film Festival:

Paranormal Bad Trip 3D - PRESS RELEASE



“No more, no less than the first 3D found footage in the world.” courte-focale
“Frédéric Grousset is a precursor.” Avoiralire
“When Paranormal Activity meets The Hangover… Fun and horror in 3D.” Filmsactu
“Hilarious.” abusdecine



Plot :

An unexpected bachelor party that leads to hell.

Summary :

Three friends celebrate a bachelor party: Desperate call girl, creepy nightclub, bum fight, drinking games... This crazy night turns into a nightmare when their car crash into a young bride in the depths of the forest. Against all odds, thisaccident will unleash the forces of evil.

Paranormal Bad Trip 3D is the world’s first stereoscopic found footage in the entertainment industry’s history. Thrills and spills for the 3D! The stereoscopy enhances the drama and has an incredible and powerful effect on the mood and tone in a found footage.

Director Frédéric Grousset says:”I imagined that 3D could be a very effective tool to enhance the immediacy and emotional intensity of the found footage’s narrative scenes, while at the same time boosts the film’s high-energy horror sequences. The added dimension of 3D allows the audience to share the same space of the characters and to experience fear in an immersive and visceral manner.”

The movie has its premiere at the Hallucinations collectives festival (Lyon, France) on April 21th 2014. There will be a screening on May 19th at 10 :00 at PALAIS I at Cannes Film Market .


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