This Day in Horror

30 June 2014

Slasher Studios Upcoming Film "Dismembering Christmas" Starts a Crowdfunding Campaign July 1st - PRESS RELEASE


Dismembering Christmas is the second slasher feature from the independent
film company known as Slasher Studios. In 2013, Slasher Studios released
their first slasher feature entitled Don’t Go to the Reunion. After
playing in over a dozen film festivals and winning several awards
(including Best Actress at Crimson Screen Horror Film Festival and
Audience Choice at Killer Film Fest), Slasher Studios is back with their
latest slasher and they need YOUR help!

A tribute to the glory days of holiday horror, Dismembering Christmas can
best be described as Friday the 13th meets Black Christmas. Have you ever
wanted a Friday the 13th set in the winter? Well..so did Slasher Studios
and that’s why they created this movie just for you. Practical effects
from beginning to end, likable characters, and a kick ass final
girl...what more could you want in a slasher?

PLOT
It was supposed to be a holiday vacation they would never forget, not a
holiday vacation they would never survive.

When Mark and his friends go up to his fathers new vacation home for
Christmas vacation, they were ready for a fun time. Out in the middle of
nowhere, the house is cheerfully decorated for Christmas. But an unknown
visitor is there, and one by one they are murdered. Its Christmas and not
a creature is stirring except the killer in the house...


CAST
Johnathon Krautkramer (Justin)
The hardest casting decision Slasher Studios has ever had to make. We had
over 30 actors audition for the role of Justin, the male lead, in
Dismembering Christmas. After much consideration, we are proud to announce
Johnathon Krautkramer as Justin. We worked with Johnathon on Don’t Go to
the Reunion and we are sure he’s going to be as bloody good here as he was
in that film.

Baker Chase (Mark)
Joining the Slasher Studios family from L.A. is up-and-coming actor Baker
Chase. Baker will be playing the role of Mark, the smooth talking but
down-to-earth rich kid, in Dismembering Christmas. He also appeared in
the horror anthology flick H-8, the indie comedy-drama Opening Night, and
the upcoming webseries Dating Pains.

Austin Bosley (Travis)
Slasher Studios would like to welcome Austin Bosley to the slasher family.
Austin is a Writer/Director/Actor on the web-series Survival of the
Dumbest and will be playing the role of Travis, the typical small town
kid who cares a bit more about girls than he does about his future, in
Dismembering Christmas.

Marla Van Lanen (Miss Harris)
We worked with her on Don’t Go to the Reunion as the bitchy Mrs. Sorensen
and now she’s back for Dismembering Christmas. Marla Van Lanen will be
playing the Miss Harris, the local woman who knows about the small town’s
dirty past. We are sure she’s going to kick some ass in this flick.

Scott Seagren (Lt Fuller)
We received over two dozen auditions for the role of Lt. Fuller and it was
a very difficult decision to make. With that being said, joining the
Slasher Studios family is Scott Seagren as Lt. Fuller, the hard-nosed cop
that knows a secret behind the town's dirty past. Scott also worked on the
webseries Survival of the Dumbest with Austin as well as wrote and
directed the short film Indemnity.


CREW
Austin Bosley (Director)
Austin Bosley, who will also be playing Travis in the film, will be
directing the new Slasher Studios holiday horror. Austin has a lot of
passion, energy, and excitement for both the genre as well as the script
we wrote. We couldn't be more excited to be working with him and we know
he’s going to do a killer job on this one.

Kevin Sommerfield (Co-Writer/Executive Producer)
Kevin Sommerfield is the co-writer and Executive Producer behind the
latest Slasher Studios slasher. He’s been a writer on every project
Slasher Studios has created including the short films Teddy, Popularity
Killer, and Blood Brothers. Last year he released the first feature from
the company, the 80’s slasher homage Don’t Go to the Reunion.

Andrew Beirl (Co-Producer)
Joining the Slasher Studios team as a co-producer (who has been a huge
help in casting, location scouting, and coming up with bloody good
Christmas style deaths) is Andrew Beirl. He's a hell of a good horror
friend and we are thrilled to have him as part of this project. He's also
the new co-host of Slasher Studios Horror Podcast so make sure to listen
in to catch all the slasher chat.

Zachary Allen (Co-Producer)
We worked with this madman on Don't Go to the Reunion and he's coming back
for Dismembering Christmas. Zachary Allen is back and this time he will be
co-producing our latest slasher as well as doing wardrobe as well as some
sure to be amazing set design.

29 June 2014

New Indie Horror Film "The Nightmare Man" Being Worked on - PRESS RELEASE


The Nightmare Man is being written by Jason Harlow, and Reece G Donnell.  This will be the directorial debut for Harlow and is set to star Aaron Taylor Morrow (Goosebumps, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire), Michael Seragon (The Night Before Easter), Kathy Sue Holtorf (Piranha 3DD) and Sonia Hopkins.  

A crowd funding campaign will be launching soon so keep your eyes open and keep a look out.

Synopsis: a young man can no longer establish the difference between dreams and reality after encountering a creepy figure known as The Nightmare Man.

Follow The Nightmare Man on Facebook: Facebook.com/TheNightmareManmovie

25 June 2014

4 Nottingham Film Companies Collaberate for "The End"





May 2013, saw the efforts of 4 Nottingham film companies - Coldwater Canyon
Pictures, We Are Heroes Films, N-FX, Output Audio – come together to
collaborative on an experimental Zombie/Thriller short film “THE END”. The 8
minute film revolves around a mother and daughter taking shelter in an abandoned
farmhouse, hiding from the zombies chasing them. During this haunting thought of
enclosing danger, the mother is faced with a moral dilemma when she discovers she
has been bitten fighting off a previous creature. The film is now currently in
consideration at numerous film festivals, and recently won best horror at the
Limelight Film Awards 2014. They are also in development for a feature adaptation
of the short, currently in the final draft scripting stage.

Synopsis:

A mother and daughter take shelter in an abandoned farmhouse, hiding from the
zombies chasing them. Once the daughter drifts off to sleep, we discover the mother
has been bitten and the other zombies are closing in…

24 June 2014

New Truth or Dare Trailer - PRESS RELEASE





TRUTH OR DARE - BRAND NEW TRAILER

Jessica Cameron’s Vicious Horror Movie Debuts Bloody Trailer & Poster

Director/Scream Queen Jessica Cameron’s award-winning horror film, Truth or Dare has just released a new trailer so feast your blood-soaked eyes on it! The trailer was edited by Smagalski Video Services (http://www.smagalskivideo.com/).

Cameron’s bloody pic, which she co-wrote and produced with Jonathan Higgins, has won multiple awards as indicated in this new trailer. Truth or Dare has played all across the United States as well as overseas including Mexico, Belgium, and Argentina.

The new trailer for the film can be seen here:


The above poster is also brand new, courtesy of Fred Theil and Zulchakim Ak.

Here is what critics are saying about the film:

“It was a masterpiece painted in gore and the controversial, the beautiful and the simply cringe worthy. BLOODY FUCKING BRILLIANT.” - CW Beier, Horror Central

23 June 2014

Horror Documentary Killer Legends Coming to DVD July 1st


The chilling documentary Killer Legends will be available on DVD nationwide July 1, 2014. Killer Legends follows filmmakers Joshua Zeman and Rachel Mills as they investigate four timeless legends that continue to haunt the American public. Directed by Joshua Zeman, the documentary examines the urban legends of The Candyman, The Killer Clown, The Baby-Sitter and the Man Upstairs, and The Hookman. The DVD release (SRP $19.99) will also include seven special features on the urban legends.

Joshua and Rachel travel to Houston, Texas where they explore the tainted candy legend parents fear every Halloween. In Columbia, MO they compare The Baby-Sitter and the Man Upstairs legend to the unsolved murder of Janett Christman - a babysitter found murdered in 1950. In Texarkana, Texas, the filmmakers investigate the real life case of a killer known as The Phantom and how it inspired "The Hook" urban legend. Joshua and Rachel then head to Chicago to answer the question of how clowns became so evil and creepy to the public.

Killer Legends director Joshua Zeman previously directed the critically acclaimed horror documentary Cropsey. "I'm incredibly excited about bringing this film to fans of both urban legends and true crimes. I've always wanted to explore the two together, and Killer Legends was the perfect opportunity."

Soska Sisters Announce Cast and Stunt Crew for Vendetta


The Soska Sister have gone to prison... yes, you read that right. They've headed to prison to begin filming on their latest project titled Vendetta, an action film produced by WWE Films and Lionsgate.

Vendetta follows a detective who seeks vengeance against the man who murdered his wife by getting himself jailed in the same prison where the killer is serving a life sentence.

WWE Superstar Big Show will star in the film and joining him is an outstanding cast headed up by fan favorite Dean Cain. Joining them will be Michael Eklund (The Call, Bates Motel), Adrian Holmes (Elysium, Continuum), Matthew MacCaull (Marine 4, Bates Motel), and Ben Hollingsworth (Joy Ride 3, Cult). (Pictured at left, top row left to right: Dean Cain, Paul Wight (aka The Big Show), and Michael Eklund, bottom row left to right: Adrian Holmes, Matthew MacCaull, and Ben Hollingsworth).

They've also put together an astounding stunt team headed up by Kimani Smith (Continuum, See No Evil 2) and Dan Rizzuto (Almost Human, Arrow), pictured below (left to right: Stunt Performer Chris Ang, Kimani Smith, Dean Cain, Paul Wight "The Big Show", Dan Rizzuto, and Stunt Performer Jason Day), that are joining forces with them to bring audiences a film that will blow them away.

Ombis: Alien Invasion Coming to DVD and VOD in September


DefTone Pictures Studios Inc. and Origin Releasing are preparing for the release of Ombis: Alien Invasion for the fall of 2014! Ombis: Alien Invasion has undergone a transformation of its name to Not Human. Origin Releasing will release the film on VOD this September along with pushing it out to retail markets in October.

Not Human follows the story of peaceful, rustic Metzburgh: a quiet village which was a former industrial town whose glory days are long past after the collapse of Metzburgh Grain. A meteorite crash lands in the peaceful community. Glen, a homeless ex-employee of the grain silos, gets too close to the crash site and a chemical poison sprays out of the meteorite, enveloping him. The chemical agent known only as Ombis begins to turn his insides into a slimy substance. Glen is discovered by lovebirds Mark and Lucy as the Ombis begins to consume Glen’s body and spread the alien infection.

Shocked by their gruesome discovery, Mark and Lucy contact the local Sheriff, Thomas Brackett, who aids the traumatized couple. The collateral damage begins adding up as the virus begins to overrun the unsuspecting village. Adding to the chaos, a mysterious government special containment team shows up and attempts to keep order while trying to contain the alien plague.

Mark, Lucy and Sheriff Brackett are stuck in middle of an alien invasion where they must unite with the surviving townsfolk to take on ever growing army of mutated Metzburgh residents. With time running short before the government decides to eradicate the virus off the face of the earth, the group must figure out away to get out of the town before it’s too late.

Directed by Adam R Steigert, Not Human stars Richard Satterwhite, Jason John Beebe, Sara Manzella along with co-stars Kathy Murphy, Alexander Sloan McBryde, Brenda Rickert and Aryn Fitzgerald. 

Check out the trailers below then visit the film's IMDb page for more information.



Syfy Announces the Cast of New Zombie Series Z Nation

June 19, 2014 – Syfy today unveiled the cast of Z Nation, an all-new zombie series set to debut in the fall. From production company The Asylum (Sharknado), the 13-episode action-horror series depicts the epic struggle to save humanity after a zombie apocalypse. Harold Perrineau (Oz, Lost) Tom Everett Scott (Southland, Beauty and the Beast), DJ Qualls (Supernatural), Michael Welch (Twilight trilogy) and Kellita Smith (The Bernie Mac Show) have joined the ensemble drama, currently in production in Spokane, WA.

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.

Perrineau will play Hammond, the leader of the group headed west; Scott portrays Garnett, Hammond’s second-in-command; and Qualls plays the role of Citizen Z, a computer hacker who joins the team and helps them navigate the zombie-infested terrain. Welch and Smith are Mack and Addy, respectively, two disparate wanderers drawn to the team – and to each other – by a shared goal: survival.

Rounding out the ensemble are Anastasia Baranova (The Darkness II) as Addy, Russell Hodgkinson (Big Fish) as Doc and Keith Allan (Rise of the Zombies) as Murphy.

Z Nation is a dynamic ensemble action-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.

Karl Schaefer (Eerie Indiana, Eureka, The Dead Zone) serves as executive producer and showrunner. Acclaimed action director John Hyams (Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning) will direct the pilot. The series is produced by The Asylum and sold internationally by Dynamic Television.

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 (SyfyVentures), Syfy is a passport to limitless possibilities. Originally launched in 1992 as SCI FI Channel, and currently in more than 96 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.)

About Dynamic Television
Dynamic Television is a packaging, acquisition and distribution company with a disciplined and global strategy focused on fostering transparent and integrated partnerships between talent, producers and broadcasters. The company is headquartered in Los Angeles and Paris.

About The Asylum
The Asylum is one of the world's leading brand-oriented motion picture and television studios. With a focus on high-concept, market-driven entertainment, like Sharknado, The Asylum finances, produces and releases 25 films per year through its direct pipeline to the nation's top retailers and its network of international distribution partners. Since its founding in 1997, The Asylum has released more than 500 films and has built a library of over 200 original productions, including top-rated movie premieres for Syfy, Lifetime and Animal Planet networks.

Syfy to Air The Twilight Zone Marathon July 4th


NEW YORK – June 23, 2014 – Syfy will celebrate America’s Birthday by transporting viewers into the middle ground between science and superstition for its annual Independence Day marathon of The Twilight Zone.

The classic series from the legendary writer-producer Rod Serling will run Friday, July 4 from 8AM through 8PM, concluding on Saturday, July 5 from 12AM through 4AM (ET/PT).

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 (SyfyVentures), Syfy is a passport to limitless possibilities. Originally launched in 1992 as SCI FI Channel, and currently in 96 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 Coming to DVD July 1st


Virgil Films & Entertainment announces the upcoming DVD, VOD, and Digital HD release of the controversial film “Infliction” on Tuesday July 1st, 2014 in the U.S. and Canada. Produced and directed by award-winning filmmaker Jack Thomas Smith, whose last feature film “Disorder” was released by Universal/Vivendi and Warner Brothers, “Infliction” is a dark and disturbing assembled footage film that documents two brothers’ 2011 murder spree in NC and the horrific truth behind their actions.

“Working on ‘Infliction’ left me troubled and haunted,” says Jack Thomas Smith. “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.”

“Infliction” will be available on Netflix, Walmart.com, iTunes, Amazon, Best Buy, Barnes & Noble, CD Universe, Google Play, Vudu, Cinema Now, Vimeo OnDemand, and other online retailers.

Earlier this year, “Infliction” opened in select theaters across the country. Additional screenings have been scheduled this summer and fall due to demand in Washington, NJ; Pittsburgh, PA; NYC; Gettysburg, PA; and the Chiller Theatre Expo in Parsippany, NJ.

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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’ 2011 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.”

Principle Photography for Herschell Gordon Lewis' New Anthology Horror Film BLOODMANIA Begins Late July 2014


"BloodMania" is a new anthology film with four distinctively different horror tales, each featuring Herschell Gordon Lewis' brand of splatter. Principal photography begins late July 2014 in Calgary, Alberta Canada. Mr. Lewis has written one segment and will direct two of them. Herschell Gordon Lewis, originator of the “Splatter” film genre, both revered and reviled as “The Godfather of Gore,” has expressed strong enthusiasm for "BloodMania." “It’s time to get some fresh blood flowing into the happy universe of horror films,” Herschell said in an exclusive interview. “I’ll be there to be sure it happens, and I can promise that we’ll have enough bloody messes and enough off-the-wall humor to satisfy everyone ... even including me.”

The “Splatter Film” phenomenon - Few categories of motion pictures enjoy the perpetual popularity of the genre Herschell Gordon Lewis literally invented half a century ago. The original gore-movie, "Blood Feast" (1963), was as primitive as any movie could be. Yet, it shows in theaters to this day, and is a DVD favorite. Herschell’s personal favorite, "Two Thousand Maniacs" (1964), has a plot-line centering on a small U.S. southern town that “gets even” for that country’s Civil War. Despite what one might or would think is a plot of local interest only, the film has long been an international success, and wherever the director travels – in Canada, the U.S., Europe, or the Far East – he is called on to sing the theme of that movie, which he wrote.

"BloodMania," Herschell promises, carries the slasher advantage to a new height. “First of all,” he points out, “we've brought young directors into the slasher arena and given them tools and effects that just didn't exist when we originated the category. BloodMania has four dynamic episodes. I’m directing two of them. The other two are ... well, critics will have a difficult time choosing which of those episodes is the most effective, because we’re opening wide the gates of effects nobody has seen before.”

Top International Technicians - James Saito, the Diabolique Films executive of the "BloodMania" team, who has assumed the challenging job of recruiting major talent, has chosen some well known genre experts for the project. One example is award-winning Screenwriter/Producer Bob Schultz, whose last two horror films Mr. Saito points out, have been screened around the world, on every continent except Antarctica. Mr. Schultz is writing one of the episodes Mr. Lewis will direct. Each of the other directors will create his or her own episode, and Jim Saito promises a competitive atmosphere that will result in “scenes that blast off the screen.” The promise made by both Herschell Gordon Lewis and James Saito: "BloodMania will set a level of entertainment, shock, and wild humor that will be the benchmark for years to come."

Jim says... "I saw my first Herschell Gordon Lewis movie at a drive-in theater in 1971. It change the way I looked at horror cinema, and was instrumental in shaping me into the gore-hound that I am today. The fact Mr. Lewis has specifically chosen Diabolique Films as the vehicle for a long-awaited new venture is not only thrilling, but a particular honor. Satisfying his legion of fans and introducing his brand of cinema to a new younger audience is a responsibility that we all take very seriously indeed!"

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21 June 2014

Lords of Salem 2013 - REVIEW


Rob Zombie is at it again.  You either love his movies or you hate them.  I am a fan for the most part.  I don't think that he is the best horror director out there but he definitely is unique in his style and film making.  One thing I can say about him is he is an incredible writer but I think when he does both writing and directing something gets lost in translation.  That is kind of what I think happened here.  Such a fantastic idea for a movie but it was so fucked up and just plain out there that its fan base is pretty small.

Heidi Hawthone (Sherri Moon Zombie) is a radio personality at a Salem, MA rock station with her cohorts Whitey (Jeff Daniel Phillips) and Herman Jackson (Ken Foree).  She receives a record in the mail from a metal group called The Lords.  They play it on air but everytime it is played Heidi starts feeling ill and her behavior starts getting more and more bizarre.  She becomes detached from reality and is falling under the spell an evil that she is connected to more than she realizes.

This is one film that is really hard to write a synopsis for considering I have watched it 3 times and only vaguely know what it is about.  I don't necessarily dislike this film but it is definitely out there and at times really does not make a whole lot of sense.  Specially towards the end of the movie, it almost seems like a pile of scenes were put together and were meant to leave you wondering what the fuck did I just watch.

I'm not a huge fan of Sherri Moon Zombie but I think this is probably one of her better performances of all the movies she has been in which coincidentally are her husbands movies.  The supporting cast are alot of horror actors and actresses from the good ole days like Ken Foree, Dee Wallace, and Meg Foster.  All of which do a stand out job in this film with their roles.

To conclude I do like this movie just not that much.  If it had made sense just a little bit more then I may have been totally on board.  A lackluster finale and just weird imagery really leaves me teetering on this one.  I would give Lords 5 out of 10 stars. I could not bring myself to give anything more on this one.  Stay twisted everyone!

18 June 2014

Devil's Mile Coming to DVD and VOD August 12th


Phase 4 Films has announced an August 12 DVD/VOD bow for director Joseph O'Brien's highly-anticipated horror-thriller Devil's Mile starring David Hayter (writer of X-Men and Watchmen), Maria del Mar (24) and Casey Hudecki (Wolves).

Official Synopsis : A gang of psychotic convicts take a dangerous and ill-advised detour after brutally kidnapping two young girls. As the captors speed away, events quickly turn out to be much more dangerous and gruesome than they had planned for. While driving down a long and dark stretch of deserted highway, the car becomes surrounded by mysterious sinister spirits, forcing the captors and young girls to work together in hopes of surviving the deadly evil force.

Devil's Mile is released August 12 on DVD and VOD



City of Lust Available on DVD July 1st


On July 1st, Brain Damage Films will release the indie horror-thriller City of Lust (previously titled "Yellow"), an imaginative and intense film styled in homage to Giallo horror films from the 1970's but set in the present. DVD availability is set to include many retailers and websites including Amazon, as well as rental chains including Family Video. VOD availability will include all major and minor cable/satellite operators and internet platforms.

About the FilmCity of Lust is a modern day Giallo film produced by Soft Cage Films, a not-for-profit art organization based out of Chicago. World traveler and Writer/Director David A. Holcombe draws heavily from his serious involvement in both the Chicago film community as well as experimental theater.

The film uses many unconventional techniques and offers a claustrophobic atmosphere, sharp compositions, and radiant colors. City of Lust has been described by critics as being "smart, risk taking and edgy".

Synopsis
Arianna is a young woman who moves to the city to escape a traumatic family life in the suburbs. She works as a cosmetologist and is showing early signs of formaldehyde poisoning. New to the city and lonely, she reaches out to a female sex line operator. They agree to meet and soon begin a volatile relationship. An altercation at work results in Arianna losing her job. Then, people in her life begin to turn up dead. With Arianna's health, career, and new relationship all disintegrating before her eyes, how much longer can she, and those around her, survive?





12 June 2014

Interview with Actress Chanel Ryan


TC: Hi Chanel! How are you today?

CR: Hi Twisted Central! I'm doing rather well, thanks!


TC: Over the past few years you have climbed up the ranks of indie horror. How did your acting career get started?

CR: My very first acting job was one of the lead roles in a quirky indie comedy called WAITING FOR THE ROCKET. Not long after I auditioned for legendary director John Frankenheimer and was offered a role in GEORGE WALLACE on the spot working opposite Gary Sinise and Mare Winningham. Shortly after I booked a role as one of the "Felon Cheerleaders" in BASEketball. Around the same time I landed a costarring role opposite Bill Murray in THE SWEET SPOT. I look back at the great projects I booked when I was just starting and wish I would've been more focused on my acting career. Although acting was my first love in the early years of my career I wasn't very focused. I was often out of the country on modeling jobs. Which makes it difficult to pursue and acting career. More often that not I would audition for a project and then get an callback but I would be working out of town on a modeling job.


TC: What is the most recent project that you have worked on and what is it about?

CR: My schedule has been crazy for the past year. I have booked on back to back projects.
I just returned from New Orleans filming a small but fun part in comedy MIND PUPPETS which has a great cast including Kevin Pollak, and Vinnie Jones.

I have several films premiering as I write ALICE D. where I play Kane Hodder's evil sidekick, was just awarded "best horror" film at IFS Festival where it premiered on May 27th; SKUM ROCKS narrated by Alice Cooper is just had it's U.S. premiere at Mann's Chinese theater May 30th, the film has an all star cast including Kevin Bacon, Matthew Broderick, Fran Dresher and numerous rock & roll legends; and DEAD SEA, the "Creature Feature", will be available on VOD/DVD May 20th.

My Upcoming films include Romantic comedy LOVE ADDICT. Late July/August I am excited to reprise my role as "Ms. Gleason" in BAD KIDS GO TO HELL 2, opposite Judd Nelson and Ben Browder. In August I am joining the cast of haunted house film MARKED in one of the lead roles. A vampire project DRAKUL is premiering at the HOBOKEN FILM FESTIVAL in June and is in negotiations to film 5 new episodes for a British TV station.


TC: You have undoubtedly worked with some very talented actors and actresses. What movie have you worked on was the most memorable?

CR: Yes I have been so lucky to work with actors who are more talented, and more successful than myself and veterans in their craft. Every film is memorable for different reasons and I learn so much from every actor I work with. I pretty much just take a step back and watch their process.

I recently worked on MIND PUPPETS in New Orleans and it was a really nice change of pace to go into a project with a small role. Don't get me wrong I love doing lead roles. But normally I have so much on my mind when filming. The second I am done with a scene I am prepping for the next one and have zero down time. It was really fun watching Yvonne Zima film here scenes. She did a phenomenal job and it was very inspiring. 


TC: You recently starred in Circus of the Dead with Bill Oberst what was that experience like?

CR: Bill Oberst Jr. is an amazing talent and he can lick my face anytime! He is such a gentleman and was wonderful to work with. He plays the maniacal serial killer "Papa Corn" in CIRCUS OF THE DEAD. We have a couple pretty violent scenes together. In person he is very soft spoken and polite and would apologize before we did our scenes. Then Billy Pon (the director) would yell action and he would turn into a complete psycho. As soon as Billy yelled cut he would make sure I was ok, and apologize some more.


TC: I have seen you all over social media embracing all of your fans all over the world. Have you attended any conventions recently or have any coming up?


CR: Funny you should ask I am actually answering the interview questions from 30,000 feet in the air! On the plane en route to BIZARRE AC. I will be appearing at the show this weekend June 13-15.
http://bizarreac.com/

The East coast premiere of CIRCUS OF THE DEAD will also be at the show Saturday night at 9pm: http://bizarreac.com/screenings.aspx


TC: Is there anything you would like to say to all of your fans?

CR: Thank you for actually reading this interview! My fans are truly the best! I have been fortunate to meet many of you over the years at different events and appearances! A big thank you for supporting my career over the years, and making the journey with me from model to actress. Without you watching my films, checking out my interviews etc. I would not have a career!

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04 June 2014

Horror Documentary Killer Legends on DVD July 1st - PRESS RELEASE





The chilling documentary Killer Legends will be available on DVD nationwide July 1, 2014. Killer Legends follows filmmakers Joshua Zeman and Rachel Mills as they investigate four timeless legends that continue to haunt the American public. Directed by Joshua Zeman, the documentary examines the urban legends of The Candyman, The Killer Clown, The Baby-Sitter and the Man Upstairs, and The Hookman. The DVD release (SRP $19.99) will also include seven special features on the urban legends.

Joshua and Rachel travel to Houston, Texas where they explore the tainted candy legend parents fear every Halloween. In Columbia, MO they compare The Baby-Sitter and the Man Upstairs legend to the unsolved murder of Janett Christman - a babysitter found murdered in 1950. In Texarkana, Texas, the filmmakers investigate the real life case of a killer known as The Phantom and how it inspired "The Hook" urban legend. Joshua and Rachel then head to Chicago to answer the question of how clowns became so evil and creepy to the public.

Killer Legends director Joshua Zeman previously directed the critically acclaimed horror documentary Cropsey. "I'm excited to be working with Breaking Glass Pictures again. They helped me make Cropsey a creepy cult favorite and I'm looking forward to repeating the same success with Killer Legends."

Founded in 2009 by Rich Wolff and Richard Ross, Breaking Glass Pictures is a Philadelphia-based film distributor. With sister labels Vicious Circle Films and QC Cinema, Breaking Glass Pictures has released over 200 films to date. For more information, press opportunities, or interview requests on Killer Legends or Breaking Glass Pictures, please contact erika@bgpics.com or visit www.bgpics.com.

Peter Grendle's Blood Soaked is Coming to DVD and VOD June 17th - PRESS RELEASE


On her first day of college, a beautiful young freshman is seduced by an older co-ed and they share a sleepless night in the New Mexico desert. But the couple's bliss is violently interrupted by a pair of orphaned sisters with a taste for kidnapping, torture and the creation of flesh-eating zombies in their underground bunker! As they fight for their lives, the couple uncovers the sisters' terrifying plan for a Fourth Reich army of the dead. Only wits and survival skills will save them from this undead Nazi nightmare.

The DVD release of Blood Soaked (SRP $14.95) will exclusively include a commentary with director Peter Grendle, a commentary with the cast, a live audience track from the Pollygrind Film Festival, a short film This Side of Nightmare, a cast video introduction, trailers and an mp3 download from Eternal of Wu-Tang Killa Bees.

03 June 2014

Jeffrey Combs to Perform “Nevermore: An Evening With Edgar Allan Poe”


Boston, Massachusetts (June 2, 2014) — Boston literary enthusiasts and fans of the macabre will get a double whammy of fall fun this October—as a companion event to the Edgar Allan Poe Bronze Bust Project, which will be unveiled on October 30, 2014 at the Boston Public Library, Boston-based filmmaker Izzy Lee and the Poe bust sculptor, Bryan Moore, are bringing Dennis Paoli’s play “Nevermore: An Evening With Edgar Allan Poe” to the Somerville Theatre on October 31, 2014.

Starring beloved character actor Jeffrey Combs, the one-act play is set in 1848—one year after the death of his wife and muse Virginia, and two years before Poe’s own death—and begins and ends with the lighting and extinguishing of a candle. Combs inhabits Poe’s persona seemingly as easily as he breathes—Combs runs the gamut from congenial to hilarious to tragic—all in 90 minutes’ worth of expertly delivered monologue.

“I can't express how thrilled and honored I am to be invited to perform ‘Nevermore: An Evening With Edgar Allan Poe’ in Boston. Not only was Boston Poe's birthplace, but throughout his professional life he had, let's say, a colorfully contentious relationship with the city's literati. I simply can't wait to step onto the Somerville Theatre stage on Halloween night.”

Having toured North America in years past, Combs has widely received standing ovations. The Austin Chronicle had this to say: “Combs, normally known for his angular, vulpine looks, is immediately recognizable as the moon-faced Poe. He lets his face droop into the lethargic, booze-fueled but brilliant visage that stares out of every portrait of the author. Then there's the voice: In the opening minutes, it's a bombastic flurry, as the ever-florid and over-dramatic Poe orates to the audience. It's a breathless introduction to a powerhouse performance, as the barriers between Poe's sense of the dramatic and his own overbearing tragedy come crashing down like the House of Usher into the deep and dank tarn.”

Los Angeles Times stated: “The true test of Combs’ talents lies in his rendering of such Poe standards as ‘The Tell-Tale Heart’ and ‘The Raven;’ pieces so arguably overdone that one dreads hearing them even one more time. However, until you hear Combs do them, you have never heard them before.”

“Jeffrey Combs’ interpretation of Poe is not so much an acting job as channeling the spirits of the unquiet dead. There wasn’t one minute where I felt that I was watching the man play a role,” mused Film Threat.

Boston-based filmmaker Izzy Lee, who is producing “Nevermore” at the Somerville Theatre, said this: “When Bryan asked me to be involved, I forgot to breathe. Poe is a personal hero of mine; his work helped me get through a lot of dark times in my childhood. I'm absolutely thrilled to help bring a life-size representation of Poe to the Boston Public Library, one of my favorite places in the city. This event led to talk about bringing ‘Nevermore’ to town; I first saw the play in Montreal at Fantasia in 2010, and was blown away. It’s been a dream of mine to be able to bring Jeff and ‘Nevermore’ to Boston since then. Anyone who attends the unveiling and the show is going to get a very, very special treat this Halloween.”

Poe sculptor Bryan Moore states: “I'm honored to be working with my dear friend Izzy Lee on the Edgar Allan Poe Bronze Bust Project as well as bringing the incredible show ‘Nevermore’ to Boston. Izzy is a filmmaker of note; her cinematic niche is hard-hitting and uncompromising in its dark vision; Izzy brings that same dedication and panache to her arsenal as a great producer. When it comes to delivering the goods, Izzy Lee takes no prisoners.”

The bust unveiling is slated for the evening of October 30, 2014 in the Boston Public Library’s Abbey Room, and “Nevermore: An Evening With Edgar Allan Poe,” will be performed (one night only) at the Somerville Theatre on October 31, 2014.

The Edgar Allan Poe Bronze Bust Kickstarter fundraiser will be launched very shortly.

About Jeffrey Combs:

A true icon of horror and sci-fi film and television, Jeffrey Combs spent years honing his craft at acclaimed schools and in regional theatre; he trained at the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts and the Actor’s Training Program at the University of Washington in Seattle. Following those schools, Combs spent years performing at such notable venues as the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, the Arizona Theatre Company in Tucson, the California Shakespearean Company, the Mark Taper Forum, and the South Coast Repertory, where in 1983, he won an L.A. Drama Critics Award.

With over 50 feature films and countless television series under his belt, Combs’ career spans a broad range of genres, but he’s most widely recognized by horror and science fiction fans. His most beloved performances are: the mad scientist Herbert West in “Re-Animator;” the quirky FBI agent Milton Dammers in Peter Jackson’s “The Frighteners,” which earned him a Saturn Award nomination; his chilling performance as Dr. Richard Vannacutt in the Halloween box office champ “House on Haunted Hill;” and his widely praised portrayal of Edgar Allan Poe in Stuart Gordon’s “The Black Cat,” created for Showtime’s “Masters of Horror” series. Additionally, Combs starred with Rene Zellwegger in the indie film favorite “Love and a .45,” and acted opposite Jennifer Love-Hewitt in the successful “I Still Know What You Did Last Summer.”

Nevermore clip compilation:


Reviews: http://www.redhenprods.com/nevermore-an-evening-with-edgar-allen-poe-reviews.html

About Izzy Lee:
Izzy Lee is an up-and-coming director/producer/writer of horror films, and has been a programmer for the Boston Underground and Boston Sci-Fi festivals, as well as the former marketing director for the Viscera and Etheria film festivals. She has written for the world’s leading horror magazines Rue Morgue, Fangoria, and Diabolique. These experiences segued into directing and producing short films, notably horror and revenge stories. Her films have recently screened in Boston, Philadelphia, Rome, and Kansas City. Lee is currently in pre-production for several projects, and will serve as the producer for “Nevermore: An Evening With Edgar Allan Poe,” to be held on October 31, 2014 at the Somerville Theatre. Additionally, she is partnering with sculptor Bryan Moore to assist in the installation of the Edgar Allan Poe bronze bust in the Boston Public Library, with the unveiling set for October 30, 2014. Keep up with her at www.nihilnoctem.com.

About Bryan Moore:
Bryan Moore began his sculpting career by working in countless horror media, like the original Tales from the Darkside TV series to big budget films like the Underworld movies. He enjoyed an apprenticeship in Italy under the sculptor Fabrizzi Alatore doing restorative work on the remains of monks for the Celebrated Cemetery of the Capuchin Friars in Rome; lived in Tokyo sculpting miniatures for amusement parks; worked as a sculptor at both Mattel Toys and Upper Deck Sports Collectibles; and now sculpts private commissions. Moore seems to have created an unintentional niche for himself as one who celebrates the Devil in art; his limited editions of occult icons often sell out immediately.

In August of 2013, Moore installed a life-size bronze bust of noted horror author H.P. Lovecraft in the Providence Athenaeum, and made a donation to the Children's Literacy Program as part of the project. The extraordinary success of the H.P. Lovecraft Bronze Bust Project led to the creation of a life-size bust of Edgar Allan Poe, which will be unveiled in the city of Boston in the Boston Public Library on October 30, 2014.

Having won a Rondo Award in May 2014—given in celebration of the best in classic horror research, creativity and film preservation—for Best Fan Event for his 2013 H.P. Lovecraft Bronze Bust Project, Moore is now tackling Boston and its wayward son, Edgar Allan Poe, at the nation’s oldest public library, the Boston Public Library.

"Comic Book Men" Actors Star in Indie Horror-Comedy Burn In Hell

Blood Flood Productions is proud to announce its inaugural feature, Burn In Hell. The independent horror-comedy features AMC’s “Comic Book Men” stars Ming Chen, Michael Zapcic and Robert Bruce.

Burn In Hell Marks the debut of 17-year-old writer-director Joshua Bruce. “As my first full-fledged feature, I couldn’t be more ecstatic,” he raves. “I never expected it to grow so rapidly as it has. The actors and crew have been the best part of working on it, and I couldn’t have pulled it off without them.”

In addition to Ming Chen, Michael Zapcic and Robert Bruce, the cast is rounded out by Kenny Geiger, Joshua Bruce, Ken Brotis, Nick Petito, Johnny Dickie and Chris Guttadaro as Beelzebub.

The low-budget film pays homage to the grainy and gory genre flicks of the VHS era. In it, a high school jock enlists the help of a pot-smoking metalhead and a deranged, one-eyed priest to hunt down a flesh-eating demon and send it back to hell.

Burn In Hell is currently nearing the end of principle photography. It is expected to be released on DVD and VHS later this year. 



Synopsis:
In a small town, gruesome killings have been plaguing the townspeople. Bodies are found torn apart and eaten. The authorities have no leads. After the death of his best friend, a young high-school football player, Brad, seeks out the help of local priest Father Damian, who is slaughtered by the killer before disclosing any information of the killings. The killer, revealed as the demon Beelzebub, sets out on a vicious killing spree to consume a steady supply of human blood in order to maintain a physical form. Brad recruits metal-head/stoner kid D.O. to assist him in his hunt for Beelzebub. Guided by the deranged, one-eyed demon hunting priest Father Lewis, the trio set out to rid their town of the demon and end its hellish conquest.

To keep up to date with the production, like Burn In Hell on Facebook: http://facebook.com/BurnInHellMovie

Ghostlight Now Available on DVD


Brain Damage Films has just turned on the Ghostlight, a creepy ghost story sure to haunt viewers across North America. The DVD is available at retailers including MovieStop, online including Amazon, or for rental at most Family Video locations. Bonus features include a 75min Making-Of documentary, audio commentary, and Jeff Ferrell's acclaimed short film Morella. Ghostlight will also be available on all major VOD platforms starting early July.



About the Film
Ghostlight is director Jeff Ferrell's debut feature, wearing the hats of writer/producer/director/editor/actor, though he's no stranger to horror -- His 2012 short film Morella garnered worldwide acclaim from an extensive festival run. Ghostlight is a terrifying horror film that puts a unique twist on that most timeless and beloved form of terror tale: the ghost story.

Fans of Hitchcock will appreciate that the film leaves much to the imagination while remaining creepy enough to raise the hair on the back of your neck.

Synopsis
Andrew (Brian Sutherland) wins a radio contest to spend one night alone in a haunted theater on the 80th anniversary of the bloody murder/suicide that occurred within its walls. His prize: $50,000. His task: To spend 12 hours alone inside. The catch: The theater has been reportedly haunted ever since the tragedy 80 years ago, and has been plagued by a series of mysterious deaths in the years since. A devout disbeliever in the supernatural, Andrew has no qualms about spending the night there. But his wife Mira (Lisa Coronado), who has been haunted by psychic premonitions about the place, feels differently. As Andrew is locked inside the theater for the night, the ghosts and secrets of its past begin to reveal themselves to him. Will he make it through the night to collect his prize? And will he get out before the murderous ghosts take hold of him forever?



Official Trailer and More Information:
http://www.ghostlightfilm.com/

02 June 2014

Corey Feldman to Attend Twisted Tails Film Festival in Dallas



June 2, 2014 – Dallas, TX – Corey Feldman (The Lost Boys, Goonies, Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter) has been added to the growing line up for the fourth annual Twisted Tails Film Festival. Feldman will be available for signing Saturday, December 6th ONLY at the Holiday Inn Dallas Park Cities, Dallas, Texas. Tickets are available at www.twistedtailsfilmfestival.com



Submissions are open and can be submitted electronically to filmsubmissions@twistedtailsfilmfestival.com or via regular mail. There are no submission fees and selected films will be announced October 1, 2014.

Twisted Tails Film Festival is proud to work with Paws in the City for the second year in a row. 100% of the proceeds raised by Twisted Tails will be donated to Paws in the City, a nonprofit, all volunteer, no-kill organization dedicated to helping the abused, neglected and homeless animals of the Dallas/Ft. Worth area.

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Invasion of the Scream Queens Available for the First Time on DVD - PRESS RELEASE




Get an inside look at what it takes to be a scream queen and hear the behind-the-scenes stories about the making of some of the most classic horror films of our time, including The Hills Have Eyes, I Spit on Your Grave, Slumber Party Massacre, and many more. Invasion of the Scream Queenstakes you back to a time when the term "Scream Queen" was brand new and promised the hottest actresses in the most outrageous low budget horror movies.

Directed by cult horror icon Donald Farmer (Demon Queen, Savage Vengeance) and featuring interviews with legendary horror divas Brinke Stevens (1313: Cougar Cult, Bloody Mary 3D), Mary Woronov (House of the Devil, The Devil's Rejects), Melissa Moore (Samurai Cop, Sorority House Massacre 2), Michelle Bauer (Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers, 3 Scream Queens), Elizabeth Kaitan (Friday the 13th Part VII, Silent Night, Deadly Night, Part 2) and more. All the babes and the blood are on full display here in this classic, rare document from the history of horror.

The DVD release of Invasion of the Scream Queens (SRP $14.95) will exclusively include a new 2013 interview with Donald Farmer, deleted/ extended interviews from the original production, and an excerpt featuring Linnea Quigley from the out of print book that started it all,Invasion of the Scream Queens.

Music Store Massacre 2013 - REVIEW


There's something about a horror movie with "massacre" in the title.  Some of the greats have the work massacre in it: Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Slumber Party Massacre etc... It's one of those words in the title that just catch your attention.  Doesn't always mean it is going to be enjoyable though!

Fed up with the evils of today's Society? So is Reverend Smith (Frank Bliss), but unlike you he has a remedy for it. See how he deals with murderers, rapists, white supremacists, child pornography, crooked lawyers, drug dealers, gang bangers, prejudice and the over all ills of our society. Take a ride through Reverend Smith's vengeful mind, where no one is safe and all are judged in "Music Store Massacre". (Courtesy of IMDB.com)

I see alot of indie horror films that come across my desk, some good , some great.  I would say Music Store Massacre is about in the middle.  For me it wasn't really that great but then again I have seen alot worse too.  The quality of the film itself is really not bad.  Probably could have looked a little better but pretty decent.  The story itself is kind of a wild ride.  I really didn't enjoy this movie much but I will give credit where credit is due and if anything the story itself is pretty entertaining.  Acting wasn't that bad but not that great either.

Having said all that I guess it's time for me to rate this massacre movie.  Well even though i did not like it that much I still think there is an audience it would appeal to so I am not going to be too harsh.  I would give this film a 4.5 out of 10 stars.  A little low but the fun factor that I look for in a horror film was not there.  It's worth a watch to see for yourself.  Stay twisted everyone!