28 June 2015

"Reckless" Set To Release on DVD - PRESS RELEASE

Street date: 7/14/15

DVD UPC: 854555004903

DVD SRP: $19.99

Synopsis: Everyone’s heard of inferior American remakes of European films, but this is a real twist: a superior European (Dutch) remake of an English-language (British) film that even improves on the original! RECKLESS [Bloedlink] is a riveting retelling of a story first explored in the 2009 thriller The Disappearance of Alice Creed, but director Joram Lürsen’s new version is even more stylish, sexually charged, and tightly wound than its source of inspiration. Laura Temming wakes up to find herself bound to a bed in a sound-insulated vacant apartment. Two masked men strip the clothes from her body, place her in a track suit, and take photos that will be used to obtain ransom money from Laura’s wealthy father. As the clock ticks, Laura discovers that she may have a relationship with one of the kidnappers that she never expected…and that the two men hold a secret that one could not have expected. With more twists than one could imagine, RECKLESS is ingeniously seductive.

25 June 2015

The Lazarus Effect 2015 - REVIEW

I was really excited to see this film even though it wasn't in theaters very long and it did not really get favorable reviews.  The cast alone intrigued me to this film along with what seemed like a pretty decent story.  Hell, I would welcome anything at this point that isn't a remake or something that has already been done before.

Zoe (Olivia Wilde) and Frank (Mark Duplass) lead a team in a lab researching a way to bring back the dead.  They are successful in bringing back a dog that was deceased.  The University found out about what they were exactly working on and they were shut down and all of their equipment was confiscated.  They decide to sneak in that same night and do one more experiment.  From there all hell breaks loose and they realize what they are doing is not to be fucked with!

To say I was disappointed with this film would be close to a correct statement.  I did not hate it totally but it became very predictable and after a while it just seemed like I was watching a remake of Flatliners.  Not only was the story not really original it seemed like it was thrown together quickly and really just slapped on the screen.  The cast was great but the script is not.  Olivia Wilde was great and Evan Peters from American Horror Story fame was pretty awesome as well.  I will say there are some pretty cool death scenes but the lack of a solid script really did this movie in.  I understand why it did not receive favorable reviews now.

I really wanted to love this movie but in the end I could not.  So now is the time to rate this one.  Hmmm well since i didn't totally hate the film I will give this one 5 out of 10 stars but no more than 5.  This is worth at least one viewing but don't buy this one it just isn't worth the 15 bucks.  Stay twisted everyone!!

10 June 2015

"The Treatment" Set to Release 07/07/15


Order date: 6/16/15

Street date: 7/07/15

DVD SRP: $24.99
BLU SRP: $29.99

Synopsis: THE TREATMENT is an unsettling Belgian murder mystery that gets under your skin and stays there. A nail-biting suspense yarn based on one of a series of best-selling novels by British crime writer Mo Hayder, the film is not an old-fashioned Agatha Christie-type whodunit, but its gritty themes of sexual violence and pedophilia give it a raw, contemporary intensity that places it in the same company as the “Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” book and film series. Police inspector Nick Cafmeyer is investigating a case where a mother and father have been bound and beaten, and their young son is missing. An obsessive loner, Cafmeyer discovers that there are other similar cases – tragedies where the parents were forced by a psychopath to harm their own children, who then vanish. For the inspector, this triggers memories of his own brother’s abduction as a child, and the possibility that he may still be alive somewhere. Grim and wholly engrossing, THE TREATMENT is a thriller with an edge.

Bonus Features: Premiere Featurette, Deleted Scenes, Trailer

01 June 2015

The Horrors of AutoCorrect Streaming Free on Eli Roth's Crypt TV

What happens when an old school slasher faces off with a tech-savvy teen? Find out in The Horrors of AutoCorrect!

The 6-minute horror/comedy short is now available for free viewing online exclusively from Crypt TV, the digital genre studio co-founded by Hostel and Cabin Fever director Eli Roth. It has amassed more than 20,000 views on Facebook in less than a day.

Watch The Horrors of AutoCorrect: http://bit.ly/horrorsautocorrect

The short film stars Nick Principe (Laid to Rest, Hatchet II) and Jaquelyn Fabian. It's written and directed by newcomer Alex DiVincenzo.

"The premiere of The Horrors of AutoCorrect is a long time coming," says DiVincenzo. "I owe everything to my dedicatd cast and crew for helping to make it happen. I cannot thank Crypt TV enough for believing in the project. As an admirer of Eli Roth's work, it's an honor to be working with him." DiVincenzo is currently working on his next short, a '50s throwback titled Trouser Snake.

In The Horrors of AutoCorrect, Jenny's quiet evening at home watching a scary movie is interrupted by a stalker who can't quite master the art of text messaging. The result is a "sidesplitting, clever commentary on contemporary communication" (All Things Horror) that pays homage to such genre favorites as Scream and A Nightmare on Elm Street 2.

For more information, visit Crypt TV and Grimbridge Productions on Facebook.

Horror Veteran Bill Oberst Jr. Takes to the Stage with Ray Bradbury's Pillar of Fire

Los Angeles, CA (May 28, 2015): Once upon a time, when Americans burned their horror comics, a young man named Ray Bradbury fought back with his typewriter...and a story about a living corpse.

Actor Bill Oberst Jr.'s theatrical reading of Ray Bradbury's Pillar Of Fire opens in Los Angeles on June 5, the anniversary of the author's death. It runs through June 25 at two Hollywood area theaters. Details and ticket information on the performance are at www.hollywoodfringe.org/projects/2496.

Pillar Of Fire is set in the year 2349 on an Earth cleansed of all superstition - a place where Halloween, dark literature and burials are banned. Bodies are burned without ceremony in massive towers of cremation; the ashes of the forgotten dead blown into the wind. As Bradbury's tale opens, the last cemetery on the planet is nearly emptied when the last dead man in the world wakes up. William Lantry is a 400 year-old walking corpse filled with hate for the living and determined to teach this sterile and sensible world the meaning of fear.

Oberst, a rabid Bradbury fan, says he hopes to tour with Pillar Of Fire and other Bradbury stories. “Vincent Price used to tour the world with living renditions of Poe's works that delighted fans. I'd like to do the same with Ray Bradbury” he says. “These LA shows are a test. I want to prove that fans will respond to great horror and fantasy literature done live.” Oberst says he especially hopes to make a tour of American libraries as a way of honoring Bradbury's lifelong love affair with books.

Bradbury wrote the story in 1948 as comics like Tales From The Crypt, The Vault Of Horror and The Haunt Of Fear were being thrown into bonfires after a psychiatrist attacked them as morally corrupt in a best-selling book. “The campaign to cleanse young minds caught fire” says Oberst “and that's the atmosphere in which Bradbury created Pillar Of Fire, which makes the case that we need the dark in order to to balance the light. It's a passionate defense of Halloween and things that go bump in the night. I hope fans will support it if they are in Los Angeles in June. We who work in the darker genres still take heat from those who look down on us, but Ray Bradbury wasn't ashamed to have his name associated with horror, neither am I.”

Fright-Rags Creates New Garbage Pail Kids Characters Based on Horror Favorites

Last year, Fright-Rags teamed with famed Garbage Pail Kids artist Brent Engstrom to create their own Garbage Pail Kid: "Fright Rag Freddy." They're back with four new GPK characters inspired by such horror favorites as "The Exorcist" and "It."

Say hello to "Plungin' Penny," "Wretchin' Regan," "Howlin' Howard" and "Krampin' Kevin." Although they'd feel right at home in a pack of Topps' beloved trading cards, you can get these designs on super soft 60/40 heather shirts.

Collect them all at Fright-Rags.com. These items are limited and may sell out during the pre-order period. Order are expected to ship in late June.

Fright-Rags is also taking pre-orders on Grzegorz Domaradzki's new The Texas Chainsaw Massacre design.

A Tricky Treat to Premiere at Fantasia International Film Festival

Los Angeles (CA), June 1st, 2015 – The horror-comedy short that Fangoria Magazine calls “Deliciously Vile,” A TRICKY TREAT (directed by award-winning filmmaker Patricia Chica) will have its World Premiere at the Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal, Canada. The director and her team will be in attendance.

“Fantasia is one of my favorite film festivals, and now that I live in Los Angeles, it is a great honour for me to return to my hometown Montreal to premiere A Tricky Treat,” says director Patricia Chica.

“We’re thrilled to screen our little film amidst the giants in contemporary genre movie making,” states the writer Kamal John Iskander.

This shocking tale of the unexpected tells the story of a man (Leonard Waldner), held hostage by a very strange family whose fate rests in the hands of two kids. The family is played by Steve Brewster, Andrea Fletcher, Keira McCarthy, and newcomer Marco Reilly.

After a successful market screening at the Short Film Corner in Cannes, A Tricky Treat will go on to play at Scream Queen Film Fest in Tokyo, RIP Horror Film Festival in Hollywood, and the 21st San Giò Verona Video Festival in Italy. More festival screenings will be announced soon.

A Tricky Treat is the first collaboration of creative duo Patricia Chica (director) and Kamal John Iskander (writer) who have been called the “Gruesome Twosome” by popular online cinema blog, The Movie Guys. Shot in Los Angeles earlier this year, the film is executive produced by Tara Kurtz (Los Angeles), and produced by Patricia Chica (Montreal), Grace Santos (Los Angeles), as well as Byron A. Martin (Toronto). Co-Executive producers are Adonai Interiano of HNI Productions (Los Angeles) and Morris Umali (Australia).

Originally from Montreal, Patricia Chica (@PatriciaChica) is a multiple award-winning director-producer who has built a loyal audience and cult following internationally. Dread Central put her on the list of “Rising Female Filmmakers” to watch. She specializes in auteur driven films that have won critics over world-wide and depict strong characters with striking visuals. This is the third year in a row Patricia Chica premieres her work at the Fantasia Film Festival. (www.PatriciaChica.com)

After traveling the world with his multiple award winning dark comedy short, Jesus Comes To Town, writer/director Kamal John Iskander has gone on to win Best International Screenplay at the Oaxaca Film Festival in 2014 for his feature script, The Gospel According to Charlie. His work has been called “a delight to behold” by Film Threat. His short script, A Tricky Treat, has been reviewed in indieWIRE, Film Classics Virgins, Fangoria, and Starburst Magazine. His feature screenplay, Montréal Girls, is going into production in 2015 with award winning director, Patricia Chica at the helm. (www.JesusComesToTown.com)

Originally from the West Coast, Tara Kurtz (@Kurtz_Tara) has worked in all facets of film development including production, location management, casting, and distribution. In addition to producing, Tara has extensive experience in talent management as one of the partners of Hummel Entertainment in Los Angeles. Her feature credits include Something About Her and Blue Weekend for Cineville Productions. A Tricky Treat is Tara’s first collaboration with Patricia Chica, one of many to come.

Grace Santos (@Grace_S_Feeney) is an award winning producer and actress known for Spun (Honorable Mention - Producers Guild of America’s Weekend Shorts Challenge) and Silk (starring Oscar nominee Shohreh Aghdashloo of House of Sand and Fog). This year, she had three short films at the Short Film Corner at Cannes: Odessa (directed by Sean Michael Turrell), A Tricky Treat (directed by Patricia Chica) and Election Night (directed by Tessa Blake). The latter was screened at the American Pavilion. (www.gracefeeney.com)

Byron A. Martin (@ByronAMartin) is an award-winning Canadian producer that develops independent film, television and documentary projects. To date he has produced over 70 hours of television, filming projects in over twelve countries. He has produced projects for Disney, Sony, Universal and managed productions for some of Hollywood’s leading producers. Byron A. Martin is the producer of Wolverine Hotel, an edgy dark thriller that recently won the Gold Remi Award for Best Screenplay at the Worldfest-Houston International Film Festival. (www.ByronMartin.com)

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Guy Henry and DONE IN Enter Eli Roth's Crypt TV

Dark Art Films' award-winning and critically-acclaimed short DONE IN starring Guy Henry will be released digitally on Sunday, June 14 through Hollywood filmmaker and actor Eli Roth's (HOSTEL) network Crypt TV, and will be available for free worldwide.

Dark and touching, DONE IN tells the story of a man writing a goodbye to the world while recalling memories of life in a country manor house.

Written and directed by Adam Stephen Kelly and produced by SJ Evans (DEAD OF THE NITE), the film had its world premiere as part of the prestigious Cannes Film Festival in 2014, which kick-started a highly successful big-screen tour at festivals around the world. The dark drama most recently screened at Cardiff Independent Film Festival, where it won the inaugural Brian Hibbard Award, in addition to receiving a nomination for Best Actor.

Guy Henry is best known for his roles as Henrik Hanssen in the BBC's long-running, BAFTA-winning series HOLBY CITY, and as Pius Thicknesse in HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS.

What the press are saying:

“It's no understatement to say Done In is a chilling piece of work handled brilliantly by Kelly with an impressive turn from Henry in the lead role.” - Daily Record

“Done In is absolutely one of the best short films I have seen.” - The London Film Review

“There are rare occasions when script and actor come together in such a succinctly perfect way. Such is Done In.” - Nerdly

Launched in 2014, Crypt TV specialises in delivering free short-form, horror-based content across social media, and has already racked up 2.5 million views across its network.

An online screener is available for review purposes ahead of release, as well as assets including production notes and high-resolution posters.

Writer/director Adam Stephen Kelly is available for interviews. He most recently directed the feature crime thriller KILL KANE starring Vinnie Jones.