This Day in Horror

30 September 2016

‘Terrortory’ Streaming on Amazon for Free Through October


Kangas Kahn Films will premiere its newest horror film Terrortory for free from October 1st – October 31st on Amazon Prime. The film will be available to stream in Germany and the United Kingdom also.

Terrortory is an anthology horror film in the vein of Creepshow and “Tales From The Crypt”. It features six horrific tales set in the mythical region of Maryland known for an abundance of strange happenstances and urban legends.

It stars a large cast including Johnny Alonso (Coffin”, “Gotham), Melissa LaMartina (Call Girl of Cthulhu), Bianca Allaine (Albino Farm), Maddie Howard (Ping Pong Summer), Nadia White (Milfs Vs. Zombies) and more.
“We’ve been amazed at the response we’ve gotten so far from putting some of our movies on Prime. We had more than a million minutes streamed in the first nineteen days, and passed two million minutes in just over a month,” said director Kevin Kangas (‘Fear of Clowns’), who adds that premiering the film on Amazon Prime is a perfect way to get the movie out to as many people as possible in the quickest manner possible. “We can let a ton of people see the flick without signing any lengthy contracts that tie up our rights for years.”
After October 31st the film will be available for streaming but most likely won’t be free, says the director. All of their movies can be added to a watchlist through this link. Once added to a watchlist, the movies can be viewed on any web-enabled device. Terrortory will be available to be pre-added to the watchlist in late September, and will show up in the viewer’s watchlist when it’s available to stream.

Jared Harris Boards AMC's Scripted Anthology 'The Terror'


NEW YORK, 30 September 2016 – AMC announced today that Jared Harris (Mad Men, The Crown) has been cast as the lead actor in the network’s anthology drama series, The Terror, an adaption of the bestselling novel by Dan Simmons. David Kajganich (True Story, A Bigger Splash) and Soo Hugh (The Whispers, The Killing) are serving as executive producers, writers and co-showrunners with Scott Free, Emjag Productions and Entertainment 360 producing the series in association with AMC Studios. Production begins this winter in Budapest with the 10 one-hour episodes set to premiere in 2017. AMC Global will premiere the series exclusively within minutes of broadcast on AMC U.S. across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America.

The Terror is set in 1847, when a Royal Naval expedition crew searching for the Northwest Passage is attacked by a mysterious predator that stalks the ships and their crew in a suspenseful and desperate game of survival.

Harris will play Francis Crozier, Captain of the HMS Terror and second in command of the expedition. He is a brilliant sailor and captain, but an Irishman who has reached his glass ceiling in the British Royal Navy and has become disillusioned with its pomp and politics.

Additional casting includes Ciaran Hinds (Game of Thrones, Rome) as Sir John Franklin; Paul Ready (Cuffs, Utopia) as Henry Goodsir; Adam Nagaitis (Houdini and Doyle, Suffragette) as Cornelius Hickey. All will play integral members of the crew aboard the ships. Tobias Menzies (Outlander, Game of Thrones), who was previously announced, rounds out the casting as James Fitzjames, a member of the Royal Navy.

“The story of man’s battle with nature and an unknown predator makes The Terror a gripping and imaginative series, and calls for a special kind of actor,” said Joel Stillerman, president of original programming and development for AMC and SundanceTV. “We are thrilled to expand our relationship with Jared Harris and look forward to watching him transform into the complex and fascinating character of Captain Crozier. We are also delighted to work with this versatile and talented cast to share with audiences the despair and horror inside this journey of survival, hope and recognition.”

About AMC Global

AMC Global, a business unit of AMC Networks International, commemorates favourite films from every genre and decade and showcases acclaimed first run original programming to bring audiences something deeper, something richer, Something More. The network has created some of the most award-winning series of the past decade that have re-defined dramatic storytelling. In addition to being widely distributed throughout North America, AMC is available in over 125 countries. AMC Global is a premier entertainment destination that is available in HD and SD and across all platforms, including on-air, online, on demand and mobile.

About AMC Studios

AMC Studios is the in-house studio and production operation for AMC Networks Inc., which owns and operates the AMC, IFC, SundanceTV, WE tv and BBC AMERICA television networks. AMC Studios’ first series was “The Walking Dead,” which is the highest-rated basic cable program in the history of television and has been the #1 show on television among adults 18-49 for the past four years. Since then, AMC Studios has produced several critically acclaimed, award-winning and culturally distinctive series, including AMC’s “Fear the Walking Dead,” which delivered the highest-rated first season in the history of cable television, “TURN: Washington’s Spies,” “Halt and Catch Fire” and “Into the Badlands,” the Peabody Award-winning “Rectify” and “Hap and Leonard,” for SundanceTV and, for BBC AMERICA, the upcoming original series “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency.”

Let the Right One In TV Series Casts Kristine Froseth

19-year-old Kristine Froseth (Rebel in the Rye) has been cast as the female lead in TNT‘s pilot for the Let the Right One In TV series, based on the best-selling novel by Swedish author John Ajvide Lindqvist. Jeff Davis (“Criminal Minds,” “Teen Wolf”) wrote the script for the pilot and serves as executive producer.

Let the Right One In is an eerie drama about a young boy named Henry, long tormented by his classmates, who finds solace in a friendship with a charismatic female vampire named Eli (Kristine Froseth) who appears to be near his age. The vampire settles into the boy’s small Vermont town with her mysterious caretaker, just as a series of bizarre murders begins attracting the attention of law enforcement.

Also executive producing are Marty Adelstein (“Aquarius,” “Prison Break,” “Teen Wolf”) and Becky Clements (“Aquarius,” “Last Man Standing”) of Tomorrow Studios and Simon Oakes (Women in Black, Let Me In) of Hammer Films. Carl Molinder, who produced the original screenplay, and Alex Brunner (Dark Places) also serve as executive producers. The pilot is being produced by Tomorrow Studios in association with Turner’s Studio T, the in-house studio that owns and produces original series for TNT and TBS.

Lindqvist’s debut novel was an instant bestseller in Sweden. He adapted his book into a screenplay for the acclaimed 2008 Swedish film of the same name, earning numerous international awards. TNT’s pilot will draw from the original source material.

Read more at comingsoon.net

New Twin Peaks Teaser from Showtime


Showtime has released a new Twin Peaks teaser featuring prolific composer Angelo Badalamenti and his Grammy Award-winning theme music from the original series – one of the most distinctive ever created for television. Badalamenti will return as composer for the new series, which will premiere on Showtime in 2017, on-air, on demand and over the internet.

On Saturday, October 1st, subscribers can catch the Twin Peaks teaser during the Dexter marathon, celebrating the ten-year anniversary of the original Showtime series.

Badalamenti has written some of the most unique film scores of our time. He is widely known for his long-standing collaboration with Twin Peaks director David Lynch, which has produced a creative and inspired body of work. In addition to receiving the Grammy Award for the theme music of the original series, the “Soundtrack Album from Twin Peaks” achieved gold status in 25 countries. Badalamenti has also received three Emmy Award nominations for the original series, as well as Golden Globe nominations for films The Straight Story and Mulholland Drive.

One of the most groundbreaking and influential television series of all time, the new Showtime series picks up twenty-five years after the inhabitants of a quaint northwestern town were stunned when their homecoming queen Laura Palmer was shockingly murdered. The new Twin Peaks is written and produced by series creators and executive producers David Lynch and Mark Frost and is directed entirely by Lynch.

Significant names, both returning and new to the series, include Monica Bellucci, Michael Cera, Richard Chamberlain, David Duchovny, Sky Ferreira, Robert Forster, Ernie Hudson, David Patrick Kelly, David Koechner, Jane Levy, Matthew Lillard, Bérénice Marlohe, Derek Mears, Sara Paxton, Max Perlich, Trent Reznor, Tim Roth, John Savage, Harry Dean Stanton, Ethan Suplee, Russ Tamblyn, Eddie Vedder and Alicia Witt.

Previously confirmed returning cast included Kyle MacLachlan as Dale Cooper, Sherilyn Fenn as Audrey Horne, Sheryl Lee as Laura Palmer, Mädchen Amick as Shelly Johnson, Michael Horse as Deputy Hawk, Dana Ashbrook as Bobby Briggs, Miguel Ferrer as Albert Rosenfeld, Peggy Lipton as Norma Jennings, Everett McGill as Ed Hurley, and Ray Wise and Grace Zabriskie as Leland and Sarah Palmer. Lynch himself will also reportedly be reprising his own role from the original series, returning as FBI Regional Bureau Chief Gordon Cole, along with a cameo from Warren Frost as Dr. Will Hayward.

Previously announced newcomers to the Twin Peaks cast have included Ashley Judd, James Belushi, Larry Clarke, Laura Dern, Balthazar Getty, Grant Goodeve, Caleb Landry Jones, Robert Knepper, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Amanda Seyfried, Tom Sizemore and Naomi Watts.


Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse 2015 - REVIEW


Zombies, zombies, zombies! Anybody with a crappy camera and some ketchup thinks they churn out an entertaining zombie flick. Of course, maybe if those people had a $15,000,000.00 budget, they might be more successful. Until then, please stop and think... the horror movie world is so oversaturated with drooling, dead things that it's almost impossible to find a good one. Enter the scouts...

Three scouts, Ben (Tye Sheridan), Carter (Logan Miller) and Augie (Joey Morgan) head off to the woods for a night of celebratory fun. Augie is getting a scout award from Scout Leader Rogers (David Koechner) and he wants his best friends to be there for his special moment. Only problem is, Ben and Carter have decided that they are too old to be scouts and want out but they don't know how to break the news to Augie on his special night. When they are unexpectedly invited to the "cool kids" party, Carter convinces Ben to ditch Augie during the night and go. Of course they're busted by a betrayed Augie who tells them to go leaving him alone since Rogers was a no show. Against his better judgement, Ben leaves. Along the way, they stop to change clothes and notice the bouncer from the strip club is suspiciously absent and decide to go in. Along the way they meet Denise (Sarah Dumont), a former classmate turned cocktail waitress, and It doesn't take long for them to realize that zombies have taken over and the town has been evacuated leaving them alone to try and save the day.

It's a refreshing change to see a movie that never takes itself too seriously. Writers Carrie Lee Wilson, Emi Mochizuki and Christopher Landon break all the rules when it comes to zombies but it definitely works in their favor. They managed to take all those "zombies can't do that" things and incorporate them into the film without overdoing it. They've crafted a funny, entertaining movie full of sex jokes, zombie tits, vulgar behavior, an odd Dolly Parton obsession and a horde of zombie cats. I mean c'mon... ZOMBIE CATS! It's a ridiculously juvenile movie that will make you laugh and cringe at the same time (all you men out there will know what I mean after you watch it).

Filmmakers these days rely so heavily on CGI that nothing is done by hand anymore and I always appreciate a movie that goes out of the norm and uses practical effects. Scouts effectively mixes the two creating some pretty spectacular gore. The film is not perfect by any stretch of the imagination but it is clever and it is fun. Another reviewer called it American Pie meets Shaun of the Dead and I can totally get behind that description. With a talented cast at the helm, I'd have a hard time imagining any genre fan not finding it entertaining in some way. Plus they have guys that scream like girls and who doesn't like that?? One thing is for sure, once the film gets going, watch out for the whiplash because it is full on balls to the wall all the way to the end and it is a fun ride! Definitely check it out and come back to let us know what you think.

Documentary 'The Trail of Dracula' Coming October 25th


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Just in time for your devilish revelry, Intervision Picture Corp is putting the bite in Halloween with the home video premiere of The Trail of Dracula. Diabolical. Seductive. Immortal. Vampires have been an icon of evil in folklore and popular culture for more than three centuries, yet only one name still personifies the ultimate aristocrat of bloodlust. Count Dracula has been a looming figure in countless books, films and television series, but his twisted path from literary protagonist to pop culture mainstay is still largely unknown to many.

Join the world’s foremost experts on Dracula – including academics, authors and horror historians – as they explore the untold story of the Transylvanian Count, from the legend of Vlad The Impaler and Bram Stoker’s celebrated novel through its landmark stage productions and classic movie adaptations. It’s a crimson trail of twisted archival materials, startling film clips and rare interviews – featuring Bela Lugosi, John Carradine and Christopher Lee – plus Bonus Materials that include additional interviews with Udo Kier and Werner Herzog, over 90 minutes of Dracula movie trailers, and more!

Full Specs:
The Trail of Dracula: All-New Feature Length Documentary
Dracula Movie Trailers: Over 90 Minutes of Trailers from 1931-1976
Blood For Udo: Interview with Udo Kier
Nosferatu Interview with Werner Herzog
Audio Interview with Christopher Lee
Audie Interview with Francis Lederer (Return of Dracula)

Terror Films Sets Release Date for Antidote


Los Angeles, CA, Thursday, September 30th, 2016 – In 2014, genre distributor Terror Films came across a film titled Viscera, at the Screamfest Horror Film Festival, in Los Angeles. The film was initially given a small release in 2014, under the rebranded title, Antidote. Terror Films recently acquired the distribution rights from directors Craig and Pete DiFolco. Now, Terror Films has set a wide re-release for the film, this October 21st, 2016.

Antidote takes place in a plague-ridden, post-apocalyptic world. Here, a man and woman face unimaginable horrors. When he suddenly becomes infected, they have to contend with the fact that the only possible cure slowly drives him mad.


The film is set to be released across major digital platforms including: Amazon Instant, YouTube, Xbox Live, VUDU, Sony PlayStation, Vimeo On Demand and Google Play. Also, the film is set to be released on Amazon Prime, the 24-Hour Movie Channel (Roku) and cable VOD, at a later date. On iTunes, it is currently available for pre-order here.

Official Trailer:


For more information on Terror Films, go to: www.terrorfilms.net


28 September 2016

Severin Films to Issue New Blu-Ray of Cult Shocker Burial Ground


Hot on the heels of their acclaimed release of DOCTOR BUTCHER MD, on October 25th, 2016 Severin Films will unleash the definitive Blu-ray of psychosexual sleaze maestro Andrea Bianchi's zombie gut n' boob-chomper BURIAL GROUND. Severin is improbably proud to present this gorehound/sex-fiend favorite, now packed with all-new exclusive Extras, reversible sleeve art, and a Limited Edition (3000) O-Sleeve with new art by Wes Benscoter and featuring a 2k scan with new restoration and color correction from a negative element recently discovered beneath the floorboards of a Trastevere church rectory.

For his only foray into the zombie genre, celluloid grime guru Andrea Bianchi (MALABIMBA: THE MALICIOUS WHORE,STRIP NUDE FOR YOUR KILLER) unleashes enough flesh-ripping, innard-munching and depraved oedipal mayhem to set insane new standards in Italian horror: Mariangela Giordano (of SATAN’S BABY DOLL and MALABIMBA fame) stars in the splatter classic about a cursed country estate besieged by horny houseguests, undead Etruscans and the unusual relationship between a mother (Giordano) and her mega-creepy young son (disturbingly portrayed by diminutive adult actor Peter Bark) that will trigger perhaps the most jaw-dropping scenes in grindhouse history.

Full Specs:
New restored 2k scan with full shot by shot color correction
English and Italian Language Audio Tracks
Villa Parisi - Legacy of Terror: Featurette on the historic house location
Peter Still Lives: Festival Q&A with actor Peter Bark
Just for the Money: Interview with actor Simone Mattioli
The Smell Of Death: Interviews with Producer Gabriele Crisanti and Actress Mariangela Giordano
Deleted/ Extended Scenes/ Shots
Theatrical Trailer

Limited Edition of 3000 with O-Sleeve feature exclusive new art by Wes Benscoter (Purchases through www.severin-films.com Store will receive free 12x18 poster or a Special Bundle Package is being offered with Poster, enamel pin, 'Smells Of Death' t-shirt and a 'Smells of Death Shot Glass'.)

Terror Films Releases Clip for Haunted House Film 'House of Purgatory'


Los Angeles, CA, Tuesday September 28th, 2016 – Terror Films will release their haunted house film, HOUSE OF PURGATORY, by first time writer/director Tyler Christensen on October 21st. And now, a new clip is available for the film, titled “Promiscuous Secrets.”

The film revolves around four mid-western teenagers who search for a fabled haunted house, on Halloween night. Once finding it, they slowly realize that the house knows each of their deepest secrets. One-by-one the house uses these secrets against them. Then, they find themselves in a battle to save their lives and their souls!

HOUSE OF PURGATORY stars Brian Krause (best known for his eight-season portrayal of “Leo Wyatt” on Charmed), Anne Leighton (CBS’ Criminal Minds) and Laura Coover (ABC’s How To Get Away With Murder). The film was an official selection at the Fear Fete Horror Film Festival, where star Anne Leighton was nominated for Best Actress. It also screened at LA's Shriekfest, recently. 

 
The film will debut in the U.S. on October 21st, 2016 on Xbox, Amazon Instant, Google Play, Vudu, PlayStation, YouTube, Vimeo On Demand and iTunes. The film is also set to be released on Amazon Prime, 24-Hour Movie Channel on Roku, DVD and Cable VOD at a later date. iTunes pre-orders are available here.

“Promiscuous Secrets” Clip:


Official Trailer: 


Visit the Terror Films site for more information. 

Charles Band's Meridian Coming to Blu-Ray in October


Director Charles Band's 1990 horror classic MERIDIAN is coming to Blu-Ray for the first time on October 24.

Band's Full Moon Entertainment is releasing the film which stars Twin Peaks’ Sherilyn Fenn as a beautiful young artist who must choose her destiny in this hauntingly sensual tale of love, passion and revenge.
Catherine Bomarzini (SHERILYN FENN; “Twin Peaks”, “Fatal Instinct”, “Gilmore Girls”) returns to the family castle in Italy after her father’s death and gets caught in the web of a mysterious love triangle: a man (MALCOM JAMIESON) who is at times repulsive, at other times enchanting; and a creature of the night whose gentle eyes and touch reveal his infinite love and devotion.

With the help of Martha (HILARY MASON), her faithful childhood nanny, and the ghost of a slain young girl, Catherine discovers the medieval curse that threatens their lives and only she can dispel.
Alex Daniels and Phil Fondacaro are also in the cast of the cult classic which is produced by Band & Debra Dion.




27 September 2016

Supernatural Bosses on How They Come Up with New Stories


Over the course of 11 seasons, Supernatural has delivered 241 episodes filled with different monsters, mysteries, and of course, motels. But the biggest mystery of the show remains: How do the writers keep coming up with new ideas?!

“We really take great pains to not retread things,” executive producer Robert Singer tells EW. “Obviously we give nods to our past mythology, but we really want to be cognizant that we’re not telling the same story over and over again. Because that wouldn’t be fun for the audience and it’s not fun for us.”

So when it comes to finding new inspiration, showrunner Andrew Dabb says, “It begins in two places: There’s the character place and the plot place. How can we evolve these characters? We’re living in a world where Sam and Dean have changed a lot over the course of 11 seasons, and where do you take them that feels natural but also feels like new ground? Specifically, this season, Mary becomes a springboard toward interesting character growth for both of them. That’s the character place, that’s leaning heavily on what’s come before, who these people are.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

Lea Michele's Hester goes Hannibal Lecter in Exclusive Scream Queens Clip



We didn’t see much of Lea Michele’s Hester in last week’s Scream Queens premiere. Well, now we know why.

EW has an exclusive sneak peek at tonight’s installment of Queenswhich finds the Chanels (Emma Roberts and Billie Lourd), Cathy Munsch (Jamie Lee Curtis), and Denise Hemphill (Niecy Nash) visiting Hester in a maximum security prison.

In a nod to The Silence of the Lambs, the women attempt to get Hester to take them inside the mind of this seasons’s killer, The Green Meanie. And she seems to know a fair amount about this new murderer and his/her motives.

‘The Strain’ to End After Season 4 on FX


Currently in the midst of its third season, “The Strain” will return with Season 4 in summer 2017, marking the final set of episodes for the thriller from Guillermo del Toro, Chuck Hogan and Carlton Cuse.

Ending the series after four seasons was a creative decision made by the producers, according to a statement released on Tuesday by Nick Grad and Eric Schrier, presidents of original programming for FX Networks and FX Productions, and another statement from Cuse, who said the original intent was for “The Strain” to last only three seasons.

“We sincerely thank Carlton Cuse, Guillermo del Toro, Chuck Hogan and their creative team as well as the fantastic cast for three exciting seasons of ‘The Strain.’ Though we’re sad to see it go, we fully support the way in which they are crafting the fourth season’s dramatic conclusion,” said Grad.

Cuse commented: “It is a true joy to work at FX where creative intentions always comes first. Our original plan was for the series to last three years. Once we began telling that story it expanded to be more. After finishing the writing on season three, Guillermo, Chuck and I looked at our remaining story and felt the best version could be told in one more season. We have a fantastic plan for an exciting and climatic season four. We are deeply grateful to FX for supporting our vision and for allowing us to end the show on our own timetable.”

“The Strain” debuted in July 2014. Based on the best-selling trilogy of the same name by Del Toro and Hogan, the series stars Corey Stoll, David Bradley, Kevin Durand, Jonathan Hyde, Richard Sammel, Natalie Brown, Miguel Gomez, Max Charles, Ruta Gedmintas, Rupert Penry-Jones, Samantha Mathis and Joaquín Cosío.

Cuse serves as showrunner, executive producer, director and writer. Del Toro and Hogan are writers and exec producers, along with other EPs Gary Ungar, J. Miles Dale, Bradley Thompson and David Weddle. FX Productions is the studio.

The third season is currently underway, airing Sunday nights at 10 p.m. Season 3 will conclude on Oct. 30.

Source: Variety

Herschel Gordon Lewis Dead at 87


By now, most of you have heard... Horror filmmaker Herschell Gordon Lewis, known as the “Godfather of Gore” for his bloody exploitation movies that launched the splatter genre in the 1960s with films such as “Blood Feast” and “Two Thousand Maniacs,” died Monday at 87.

The Something Weird Video site announced his death.

“Blood Feast,” made in 1963 in Miami, was considered to be the horror genre’s first splatter film. Variety called it a “totally inept shocker” that was “an insult even to the most puerile and salacious of audiences,” with a “senseless” screenplay and “amateurish” acting.

His films supplied grindhouse cinemas and drive-ins with titles including “A Taste of Blood,” “The Wizard of Gore,” “The Gruesome Twosome,” “Scum of the Earth!” and “She-Devils on Wheels.”

Beginning in the 1960s, his early films with the late producer David F. Friedman were skewed toward soft-core erotica. Lewis’s other films also took on subjects that were taboo at the time including the birth control pill “(The Girl, The Body, and The Pill”) and wife-swapping (“Suburban Roulette”).

He took a lengthy break from directing after 1972’s “The Gore Gore Girls” to work in direct marketing but returned in 2002 with “Blood Feast 2: All U Can Eat,” which included a cameo from a longtime fan, John Waters.

In addition to being a filmmaker, Lewis taught college literature, worked in radio and produced and directed TV commercials. He wrote several books on marketing and copywriting.

Source: Variety

Grindhouse Releasing Announces 'I Drink Your Blood' on Blu-Ray


HOLLYWOOD, Calif. - Grindhouse Releasing, the award-winning "Criterion of cult movie labels", has set a Nov. 8 street date for the new deluxe Blu-ray edition of David E. Durston's gruesome and graphically violent 1971 horror favorite I DRINK YOUR BLOOD. It's NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD meets the Manson Family in this gore-drenched tale of LSD-crazed hippies who go on a murderous rampage through a small town after consuming rabies-injected meat pies!

Grindhouse Releasing's deluxe 2-disc Blu-ray set not only presents the ultra-violent, uncensored director's cut of I DRINK YOUR BLOOD in a new hi-def transfer but also includes two more vintage exploitation films in their HD debut: Del Tenney's I EAT YOUR SKIN (1964) and Durston's long-unseen, X-rated psychedelic shocker BLUE SEXTET (1969). Packed with new bonus features not seen on Grindhouse Releasing's 2002 DVD release, the I DRINK YOUR BLOOD Blu-ray is the ultimate edition of a notorious "Blood Horror" classic.

The first film to be rated X for violence, I DRINK YOUR BLOOD was a huge-grossing hit at drive-ins and "grindhouse" theaters but was severely censored during its original release.

Trailer: 


The uncut, restored version of I DRINK YOUR BLOOD recently debuted at Landmark Theatres in New York and Los Angeles and is now playing at theaters and drive-ins across the U.S. and Canada.

"I DRINK YOUR BLOOD is one of the most infamous movies in the history of exploitation films," says Grindhouse Releasing co-founder Bob Murawski. "Rescuing this lost gem was one of our most important achievements. And being able to finally unite I DRINK YOUR BLOOD with its legendary co-feature I EAT YOUR SKIN, both fully remastered in stunning HD for the very first time, takes that accomplishment one step further. We've spent almost a decade working on this release, and I feel it's our finest yet. I'm also thrilled that so many theaters are playing I DRINK YOUR BLOOD. We've been trying to make this happen for years and have finally succeeded. Seeing this movie on the big screen with an audience is a mind-blowing experience. No self-respecting horror fan should miss this rare opportunity."

I DRINK YOUR BLOOD stars Bhaskar, John Damon, and cult superstar Lynn Lowry (George A. Romero's THE CRAZIES, David Cronenberg's THEY CAME FROM WITHIN, and Paul Schrader's THE CAT PEOPLE).

A limited run of 3,000 copies of the Blu-ray will include the official "I DRINK YOUR BLOOD Horror Hypo" - an actual syringe that fans can use to infect their friends with rabies! Supplies of the Horror Hypo are not expected to last long, so fans should pre-order from DiabolikDVD.com to get the best shot at receiving one!

The I DRINK YOUR BLOOD Blu-ray is now available for pre-order exclusively at DiabolikDVD.com - click here to reserve your copy!

Upcoming I DRINK YOUR BLOOD Screening Dates:
9/23 – Grand Illusion Cinema, Seattle, WA
9/24 – Midway Drive-In, Dixon, IL
9/30 – Filmbar, Phoenix, AZ
10/1 – Alamo Drafthouse, Omaha, NE
10/4 – Alamo Drafthouse, Yonkers, NY
10/5 – Alamo Drafthouse Vintage Park, Houston, TX
10/7 – Frida Cinema, Santa Ana, CA - with I EAT YOUR SKIN
10/7 – 13 – Plaza Theatre, Atlanta, GA
10/14 & 15 – Landmark Main Art, Detroit, MI
10/14 & 15– Landmark Inwood, Dallas, TX
10/14 – 16 – Gateway Film Center, Columbus, OH
10/19 – Alamo Drafthouse, Lubbock, TX
10/20 - Alamo Drafthouse, Littleton, CO
10/22 – Landmark Uptown, Minneapolis, MN
10/22 & 23 - Mayfair Theatre, Ottawa, ON
10/23 – PhilaMOCA, Philadelphia, PA
10/27 – Royal Cinema, Toronto, ON
10/27 – Sun Ray Cinema, Jacksonville, FL
10/28 - Film Scene, Iowa City, IA
10/28 - Alamo Drafthouse Mission, San Francisco, CA
10/28 & 29 – Cedar Lee Theatre, Cleveland, OH
10/28. 29 & 30 - Screenland Tapcade, Kansas City, MO
10/31 – Tampa Theatre, Tampa, FL
11/12 – Olympia Film Festival, Olympia, WA
11/16 – Abertoir Film Festival, Wales
12/3 - Music Box Theatre, Chicago, IL

I DRINK YOUR BLOOD Blu-ray Specs:
- Spectacular new HD restoration of the original UNCENSORED DIRECTOR'S CUT
- 4 controversial deleted scenes including the original blood-drenched ending deemed too disturbing for '70s audiences!
- Provocative audio commentary by director David Durston and star Bhaskar
- Newly recorded audio commentary by stars Jack Damon and Tyde Kierney
- Revealing on-camera interviews with stars Lynn Lowry, Tyde Kierney and Jack Damon
- New in-depth interview with director David Durston
- The original theatrical trailer and radio spots
- Extensive gallery of stills and poster art
- Rare and shocking film of Bhaskar performing THE EVIL KING COBRA DANCE
- TWO BONUS CO-FEATURES -
I EAT YOUR SKIN (1964) - presented for the very first time in HD
+ exclusive interview with 2nd unit director William Grefe
BLUE SEXTET (1969) - David Durston's long-lost X-rated psychedelic shocker - presented for the very first time on home video!
- Liner notes by David Szulkin (WES CRAVEN'S LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT: THE MAKING OF A CULT CLASSIC)
- Beautiful embossed slipcover
- BONUS - I DRINK YOUR BLOOD HORROR HYPO - Inject your friends with rabies! - limited to the first 3000 copies!
- PLUS OTHER SURPRISES!

Wild Eye Releasing Announces Release Date for Tales of Poe


New York, NY - Wild Eye Releasing has announced the October 11th DVD and Digital HD release of the acclaimed horror anthology Tales of Poe. Since the world premiere at the famous Egyptian Theater in Hollywood, Tales of Poe has been met with acclaim and awards on the festival circuit. San Francisco Weekly called the anthology "a worthy successor to the Roger Corman/ Vincent Price Poe films" while Icons of Fright hailed the result as "downright stunning to witness...wickedly adventurous".

Co-directed by Bart Mastronardi and Alan Rowe Kelly and co-written by Michael Varrati, Tales of Poe combines the classic horror prose with the star power of legendary scream queens Adrienne King (Friday the 13th, Friday the 13th Part 2), Caroline Williams (Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, Halloween 2), Amy Steel (Friday the 13th Part 2, April Fool's Day) Debbie Rochon (Model Hunger, Hell Town) and Lesleh Donaldson (Happy Birthday to Me, Funeral Home).

Based on the timeless works of Edgar Allan Poe, three of the renowned author's most popular stories (The Tell Tale Heart, The Cask of Amontillado, and Dreams) receive unique retellings by directors Bart Mastronardi & Alan Rowe Kelly. Offering a compelling and shocking journey into madness and the macabre, Tales of Poe features some of the most beloved final girls in horror movie history in new and exciting roles.

The October 11th DVD release of Tales of Poe (SRP $19.95) will exclusively include a behind the scenes featurette, deleted scenes, an interview with co-director Bart Mastronardi, trailers and more.

Terror Films Releases Sneak Peek Clip From Original Anthology Patient Seven: "I Banish Thee"


Los Angeles, CA, Tuesday, September 27th, 2016 – On October 11th, 2016, Terror Films will be releasing their highly anticipated Horror Anthology, PATIENT SEVEN. The film contains a wrap-around story, written by Barry Jay Stitch (The Chosen) and directed by genre veteran Danny Draven (Ghost Month, Reel Evil). The wraparound intertwines 7 award winning, short films by filmmakers from around the globe that include: Nicholas Peterson, Paul Davis, Ómar Örn Hauksson, Dean Hewison, Erlingur Thoroddsen, Joel Morgan, Johannes Persson and Rasmus Wassberg. The cast includes: Amy Smart (Just Friends, The Single Mom’s Club), Alfie Allen (Game of Thrones, John Wick), and Doug Jones (Legion, Crimson Peak) among others. Now, more of the cast can be seen in the “I Banish Thee” clip, which is available here!

The wrap around stars veteran actor and genre favorite, Michael Ironside (Scanners, Total Recall) as Dr. Marcus. Dr. Marcus, a renowned psychiatrist, has selected 6 severe mentally ill and dangerous patients, from the Spring Valley Mental Hospital, to interview as part of research for his new book. As Dr. Marcus interviews each patient, one by one the horrors they have committed begin to unfold. However, Dr. Marcus soon learns that there is one patient that has been kept from him, by the hospital’s administrator, Dr. Vincent, played by Jack Plotnick (Drawn Together, Reno 911!: Miami).

Check out the official trailer, poster and a sneak peek clip featuring a segment directed by Erlingur Thoroddsen. The film will be available October 11th, 2016 on YouTube, Vimeo On Demand, Amazon Instant, Google Play, XBOX Live, Vudu, PlayStation and iTunes, which is available for pre-sale now at: http://geni.us/patientseven

“I Banish Thee” Clip: 


Official Trailer: 


For more information on Terror Films go to: www.terrorfilms.net

#Horror 2015 - REVIEW

A lot of our readers ask, "Hey GW, why don't you and J.R. review movies much anymore?" Well, I can't speak for him but I'm gonna answer for myself now so listen carefully... Back when I started reviewing movies, if you wanted to see an indie film, you pretty much had to know someone who knew someone and so on just to get a copy of it and they were GOOD! You could see the time and effort put into each and every story and the production and the characters. Now, it's a struggle find the good ones. With so many self proclaimed filmmakers out there, horror has become a joke. No one takes it seriously, no one. Not the the filmmakers, not the critics and certainly not the audience. Independent film used to be where the magic was but now it's become boring and predictable and the more I watch, the less I WANT to watch. Now you guys got me rambling. Let's move on.

Case in point, here is the synopsis for #Horror from IMDb... Six preadolescent girls, Sam (Sadie Seelert), Georgie (Emma Adler), Sofia (Bridget McGarry), Francesca (Mina Sundwall) Cat (Haley Murphy) and Ava (Blue Lindeberg) face a night of terror when the compulsive addiction of an online social media game turns a moment of cyber bullying into a night of insanity.

Misleading the audience with inaccurate plots seems to be all the rage today. Getting it a bit off is one thing but flat out getting it wrong is another. Other than some emoticons flashing across the screen and some implied picture postings I saw nothing that indicated there was a "game" being played. In fact, half way through the movie, all the girls put their phones in a safe so they would actually be able to interact with each other. Why I don't know because this was the most detestable bunch of girls I have ever seen in a movie. They made Mean Girls look like a day at the park. Believe me, there was plenty of bullying, but it wasn't really cyber bullying so that is definitely misleading. There is no depth to #Horror. It's not a social experiment and it doesn't shine a light on anything other than my growing disgust for Indie horror.

The cast performances were decent despite the ridiculous dialogue and amateurish character development done. It seems to be a common thing these days to make every single character in your film so unlikable that the audience doesn't give two shits whether they live or die. Fans of horror want someone to root for; we NEED that final girl/guy who's strong willed and doesn't give up no matter what regardless if they make it in the end or not. And Timothy Hutton, oh Timothy, I am so displeased that someone so seasoned could read this script and say, "YES! I need to be a part of that!" I hope he was well paid because there is little doubt that he will get a career boost out of this one.

Ultimately, there is nothing redeeming about this movie. #Horror is just #horrible and I would not recommend it to any hardcore horror fan. If you do attempt to watch this, prepare yourself for 80 minutes of preteens busting each other down just to bring each other back up again over and over and over again mixed with some very questionable parenting tactics then 10 minutes of I don't even know what.... horror mess? I don't know... save yourself the time and do something different like take your dog to the park or have your pubes waxed. At least in the end, you'd have something to show for your time.




26 September 2016

Holidays 2016 - REVIEW



I have never been a fan of anthologies. I always feel like I spend an hour and a half watching and end up hating the majority of them. However, I put it out on Twitter and asked for suggestions for films to review and thanks to @evildeadron this is what I was given. So, I grabbed WAY too many snacks, climbed in bed and started watching. Imagine my glee (not really) when I realized there were eight short films to get through. This is what I do to myself lately, I prejudge every movie based on plot and usually end up convincing myself that it's not worth watching and reviewing instead of just getting it done. Hang on to your shorts, this will be a pretty long review... eight freaking films....


Valentine's Day (written and directed by Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer) starring Madeleine Coghlan, Savannah Kennick and Rick Peters.

A teenager with a crush on her gym coach is bullied by the rest of her classmates, but an innocent Valentine's Day gesture leads to horrific results.

This one was one of my favorites. The acting was good and the film was very well done. It touches a bit on quite a controversial subject these days, school bullies and succeeded in making me hate Kennewick's character Heidi. Which is hard to do in just the few minutes they have to tell the story.

St. Patrick's Day (written and directed by Gary Shore) starring Ruth Bradley, Peter Campion and Isolt McCaffrey.

A young teacher learns the frightening truth about the legendary snakes of St. Patrick when a student makes her deepest wish come true, with a sick twist.

I had a hard time getting through this one. Once they introduced the whole snake thing, I zoned out because it was just too over the top for my taste. The dialogue was comical and there just wasn't enough time to really tell a story so by the end I was wondering what in the hell I just watched. The only positive thing about this segment was Isolt McCaffrey; she played her little creepy part to a tee. There is something so unsettling about a kid that just sits and grins at you.

Easter (written and directed by Nicholas McCarthy) starring Ava Acres, Petra Wright and Mark Steger.

A young girl who wakes up and sees the Easter Bunny arrive is in for a shock.

This is another one that successfully told a complete story in just a short amount of time. While it wasn't one of my favorites, it was still entertaining. The makeup effects for the bunny were very well done and I'd be curious to find out if he was supposed to come off as creepy or pervy because at certain points, they drew a pretty fine line as far as intent is concerned. Regardless, interesting story and different twist on the myth of the Easter Bunny.

 Mother's Day (written and directed by Sarah Adina Smith) starring Sophie Traub, Aleksa Palladino, Sheila Vand, Jennifer Lafleur and Sonja Kinski.

A woman who can't stop getting pregnant finds herself involved with a coven of barren witches after attending a strange ritual.

I am not a fan of this one at all. It suffers from the same problem that many short films do, half a story. We're given so few details about this "coven" of witches that while watching, I never got the feeling that that's what it was. Yes, there was some weird shit going on but I never got a witchy vibe. Unless I missed something, which is quite possible. Please feel free to let me know if I did.

Father's Day (written and directed by Anthony Scott Burns) starring Jocelin Donahue, Michael Gross and Jana Karan.

A teacher receives a mysterious cassette tape from her long-estranged father that leads to a darker mystery. The answer for why he disappeared may not be what she expected.

After watching, I'm still not sure why he disappeared. Again, another incomplete story that leaves you with more questions than answers.

Halloween (written and directed by Kevin Smith) starring Ashley Greene, Olivia Roush, Harley Quinn Smith, Harley Morenstein and Shelby Kemper.

A man running an internet sex cam business finds himself in dire straits when he crosses his employees on Halloween.

I have never been a fan of Kevin Smith... I know, I know, most think he's some kind of God but I'm not one of those. BUT, give me some credit here, I watched and gave it a chance but I still didn't like it. Other than one of the characters being in costume and a mention or two of it, I didn't see how it really related to Halloween but whatev. The acting was good and it was well shot but that's about the only good things I can say about it.

Christmas (written and directed by Scott Stewart) starring Seth Green, Clare Grant, Kalos Cluff, John C. Johnson, Shawn Parsons, Michael Sun Lee, Wes Robertson, Karina Noelle, Scott Stewart and Richard DiLorenzo.

A man goes to terrible lengths to get a virtual reality device for his son for Christmas, but finds himself haunted by it.

This story, I quite enjoyed. It was kind of like an extreme horror version of Jingle all the Way. Admittedly it wasn't actually horror, it was more of a thriller but at least it was a full and complete story that was well shot and well acted.

New Year's Eve (written by Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer; directed by Adam Egypt Mortimer) starring Lorenza Izzo, Andrew Bowen and Megan Duffy

A disturbed young man discovers that his New Year's date may be just as twisted.

Another one of my favorites with a nice twist at the end. It was a refreshing change from the usual serial killer plots. Again, the film was well done and well acted.

Overall, I was pleased with this anthology and would recommend that any horror fan give it a go. If you've already seen it, feel free to let me know what your favorite segment was!



Plot source: Wikipedia.org

11 September 2016

Don't Breathe 2016 - REVIEW (By Glen Peddle)


Hello twisted ones. I have come here to Twisted Central to chew bubblegum and talk about the new Fede Alvarez feature, Don’t Breathe. And as you have probably guessed, I did indeed run out of bubblegum.

I had seen the trailer about a month before the movie’s release, and while it seemed promising, the real reason I wanted to go and watch it was because of Jane Levy. She was the highlight of the Evil Dead remake for me, and I knew I’d be following her career afterwards.

So here’s the plot in brief. Rocky (Jane Levy), her boyfriend Money (Daniel Zovatto) and friend Alex (Dylan Minnette) have been breaking into selected homes around Detroit to make some money and, in the case of Rocky and Money, leave the city behind and head to California. They learn of a Vietnam vet (Stephen Lang) who is sitting on a pile of money after a settlement involving the death of his daughter. Add to that the fact that he’s blind, and it seems like too big an opportunity to pass up. As you can imagine, things don’t go quite as planned.

Apparently, Don’t Breathe was Fede Alvarez’s response to criticism of his Evil Dead remake being an overly gory shockfest. And while I tend to find such criticisms bothersome, this time they were used constructively. Don’t Breathe is a well-acted, tension filled ride that, once the three thieves enter the house, doesn’t let up. There are some jump scares sprinkled throughout, and a couple of them are pretty cheap, but the rest are at least relevant to what’s going on in the main story.

There were some minor nitpicks that, in the grand scheme of things, didn’t ruin the movie, but kind of made me figuratively scratch my head. For one thing, the blind man not immediately hearing the noises the thieves were making sort of surprised me. Granted, he had a television playing in his bedroom, and his house is locked and barred exceptionally well. But assuming that his other senses were heightened due to blindness, and that he should be very paranoid considering the secret he’s keeping in the house, you’d think he’d be a somewhat lighter sleeper and more alert to any noises. 

Also, it was kind of hard for me to root for anyone in this. Rocky is the one you want to win the day as far as her motivations go, but in the end she is still a criminal who will even rob from the blind. So I was kind of torn there. I even felt a little sympathy for the blind man. I obviously can’t condone his actions, but the reason he became the way he is sad and it’s easy to believe that a person could turn out the way he did.

You have to suspend disbelief in some regards to things that happen, like the previously mentioned noises made that the bling man didn’t immediately catch, the fact that he just happened to have a perfectly cut board for the one unprotected window used to break into the house, a chloroform bomb that Money used not working, and the blind man’s sense of smell working and not working at times only convenient to the plot, just to name some examples.

But as I already mentioned, these nitpicks overall didn’t affect my enjoyment of this film. If you want to spend the better part of 90 minutes sitting on the edge of your seat, then Don’t Breathe is the way to do it. It gets an easy 4 out of 5 stars from me. Go see it if you haven’t already.