Friday, July 31, 2015

Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 063



Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 063: A Horror Fan’s Plea to Jason Blum and Blumhouse Productions or: “Jay of the Dead’s 13 Principles for Making an Effective Horror Film”

This episode is dedicated to Producer Jason Blum.

In this unusual edition of HORROR MOVIE PODCAST, where we’re Dead Serious About Horror Movies, Jay of the Dead attempts to save the future of horror cinema by delivering an open letter-style address to Producer Jason Blum of Blumhouse Productions, arguably the most important Producer in horror today, in hopes that he will listen to this episode and consider implementing these good-natured suggestions to improve the overall quality of his future productions.



The Background: Last weekend, Jay saw the latest paranormal, found-footage Blumhouse flick called “The Gallows,” and its utter failure as a quality horror film inspired Jay to finally openly express his concerns with the direction of contemporary horror cinema and to publicly provide a list of foundational filmmaking tips that he calls, “Jay of the Dead’s 13 Principles for Making an Effective Horror Film.”

Jay and Josh conclude the show with Feature Reviews of two of the most recent Blumhouse Productions, “The Gallows” and “Creep.” If you’re Dead Serious About Horror Movies,” this is a must-listen! Join us!

Click here to listen to Episode 63!

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Wild Eye Scares Up New Art and a Trailer for The Horror Network



The Horror Network Scares Up a New Trailer and Key Art 
DVD Release to Treat Audiences this Halloween

"Here's hoping this Horror Network has more volumes ... a strong batch of short film work that deserves to be seen." --Ain't It Cool News

New York, NY - Wild Eye Releasing has debuted a new trailer and key art for their anthology release this Halloween, The Horror Network.  Created by Brian Dorton and Douglas Conner, this first volume of terror tales features segments directed by Dorton, Conner, Joseph Graham, Manuel Marín, Lee Matthews and Ignacio Martín Lerma, the series has been hailed as "a collection of nightmares that scream for all horror fans to see".



Serial killers, ghostly phone calls, inner demons, otherworld monsters and creepy stalkers collide in this frightening anthology. Five of horror's most promising new directing talents join forces to pay homage to classic horror like Creepshow, Tales From the Crypt, V/H/S and The ABCs of Death, and weave an unforgettable, disturbing tapestry of terror.

The October 2015 DVD release of The Horror Network will exclusively include a number of bonus features.

Dells Zombie Outbreak



Zombie Outbreak is a live action zombie experience! You and your team will use state-of-the-art weapons to clear a military base full of walking dead. This is a real-life video game that is an once-in-a-lifetime experience you don’t want to miss.


The weapons you use are real-life replicas; their size, form and function are similar to real models. Pull the trigger for bang, recoil and muzzle flash.


The zombies will be wearing cutting-edge targets to produce statistics of your zombie kills. The stats will be recorded for posterity and bragging rights, don’t forget to aim for the head!


Travel through an apocalyptic military base overrun with zombies clearing the undead and surviving the mission.Zombie Outbreak is a totally immersive form of entertainment you must experience to believe!



AIM FOR THE HEAD
Military zombie research lab gone bad
Score points and win achievements
Shoot at live zombies and interactive targets
Don’t let those zombies get close or you’ll lose your life and points!



Location and Times:

DELLS ZOMBIE OUTBREAK
1010 Wisconsin Dells Parkway, WI

Mondays - Thursdays 3pm-10pm

Fridays 3pm-11pm

Saturdays 12pm-11pm

Sundays 12pm-8pm



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Peter Herro's WTF! Wraps in LA, Gore to Come



Peter Herro's WTF! Has Wrapped Production
The Blood Will Flow in 2016

Los Angeles, CA-- Peter Herro and Cthulhu Crush Productions have finished shooting WTF! The horror film, lensed around Los Angeles last month, follows a survivor of a mass killing on a trip with six close friends, when her nightmare threatens to begin again.

Herro directed from a script he co-wrote with Christopher Centanni and Adam Buchalter.  Callie Ott (The Horror), Sarah Agor (Hatchet II, VH1's "Scream Queens"), Andrea Hunt, Ben Norris, Johnny James Fiore, Nick Reilly and Adam Foster starred as the unfortunate group of friends.

Three years ago, twenty-two year old girl-next-door Rachel (Ott) barely survived a brutal massacre that left her friends in pieces. Time has passed, and Rachel has moved on, but unfortunately history has a way of repeating itself.  Her close friends are spending spring break in a secluded house in the woods, and they have cordially invited her to join. Little does she realize that another bloodbath will be showing up as plus one. Once Rachel and her friends arrive at the cabin, the partying, sex, and terror begins. 



Director Peter Herro on crafting WTF!:
"It took me a very long time to put together the cast and crew. I spent three months in auditions making sure the actors fit the parts, were up to the challenge, and had the same passion as I did. Equally as important was interviewing crew members to get the right people for the jobs. I am so happy and thrilled for the team I have working on this project. Everyone put in 100% and gave it their all. 

It was a very intense 12 day run. Some days we managed to shoot a dozen pages! It definitely is a huge creative test to pull together so much detail in such a short amount of time. With locations all over LA and very long days days it became something that could only be done out of passion. I am thrilled to have put together an entire movie in a 12 day span. This would not be possible without the amazing cast and crew that put there blood and sweat into the project. (no pun intended). 

The most challenging obstacle for this shoot were the emotional states the actors had to be in. It goes from a very fun Mean Girls charade into a very serious Scream survival flick. This was challenging for everyone. They would go from having fun and throwing out one-liners to a more serious physiological thriller state of mind. In the end all of the actors pulled off amazing performances and really brought the movie to life!"

WTF! is expected to be released in 2016.

Kyle Zingler produced.  Executive producers are Jody Wheeler and Steve Parker. 

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Mark Taylor Devels into the Depths of the Human Psyche in New Book, 'The Human Condition'



Mark Taylor releases The Human Condition, a collection of short horror stories focused on the evil festering inside humankind.

These tales don’t use magic or the paranormal to reveal their dark side to the world, they unflinchingly show people being bastards to one another. Psychological tortures abound alongside the physical, and rip away the security you feel in being around your co-worker, your neighbor, your spouse...

Read about the lengths people will go to in order to achieve their goals and desires. Normality fades away as the true depravity of the human mind comes to light, dragging with it soul chilling deeds. Our tendencies as people are toward greed and selfishness, but we put those aside to co-exist with others. Or some of us do. Want to see a real monster? Look in the mirror...

The Human Condition was published on July 1 by Gnome on Pig Publications and is available on Amazon in paperback, hardcover, and Kindle editions. 

Chaney Family Tribute + 90th Anniversary Celebration of "The Phantom of the Opera" to a Live Score!



July 27th, 2015 --- Denver, CO -- The Chaney family name is synonymous with the history of genre film. They have been entertaining us for decades, portraying classic characters such as the Phantom of the Opera, the Hunchback of Notre Dame, the Wolf Man, the Mummy, Dracula, and many more. Today, their name is alive and well with Ron Chaney in film roles, such as "Coffin Baby," and "The House of Wolf Man."

To pay tribute to these genre film icons, the Mile High Horror Film Festival welcomes Ron Chaney to this year's festival. He will be presented with two posthumous Lifetime Achievement Awards paying tribute to his great-grandfather, Lon Chaney Sr., and his grandfather, Lon Chaney, Jr. Following the award ceremony and Q&A, the festival will screen a special 90thanniversary presentation of "The Phantom of the Opera," with live musical accompaniment from festival veteran, Paul Buscarello.   

You won't want to miss this unique opportunity to celebrate one of horror's most prestigious families in a way only the Mile High Horror Film Festival can!

This year's festival takes place Oct. 1-4 at the Alamo Drafthouse in Littleton, Colorado and includes over 90 genre films along with celebrities, filmmakers, musicians, and artists from the horror genre. 

Visit www.mhhff.com for more information.

The Alamo Drafthouse is conveniently located off the RTD light rail at 7301 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton, CO, 80120, USA.  

The Zombie Walk of Alexandria



The Zombie Walk of Alexandria, LA, is an event organized by the Cenla Zombie Association, which raises funds and awareness for local charitable organizations who are often overlooked. It is an alcohol and smoke free public family event. 


Each year, the size of the walk grows and the money raised for the chosen charitable organization increases. In 2014, we had over 4,000 in attendance and donated $2,200 to the Friendship House - http://www.friendship-house.net/Our past walks have also been for: the Muscular Dystrophy Association and the Cenla Autism Network


10.17.2015 marks the 7th Annual Zombie Walk of Alexandria and we are raising money for the Cenla area Special Olympics of Louisiana. (Cenla = Central Louisiana)


We are looking for both Title and Event sponsors to help make this event possible and any person(s) or business that would be interested in donating "loot" items, also known as prizes, for our zombie costume contest.





Even if you can’t be a sponsor, we encourage you to help out this charity event in any way you can!

For more information, please follow them on Twitter, and “Like” their Facebook page!

By Popular Demand - A 2nd Screening for A CHRISTMAS HORROR STORY - Wed, Aug 5 at 7:30PM



Joy!
Peace!
Horror!
By Popular Demand, a Second Screening of
A Christmas Horror Story
at
Fantasia International Film Festival
Wed, Aug 5 at 7:30PM

Toronto. July 23, 2015. Krampus strikes again! By popular demand and with overwhelming critical acclaim, A Christmas Horror Story, an interconnected hair-raising tale of Yuletide terror, will have a second screening at Fantasia, Montreal’s Fantasia International Film Festival on the closing night of the festival.

Second Screening will be on Wed, Aug 5 at 7:30PM at
J.A. De Seve Theatre / 1400 De Maisonneuve Ouest

“A Christmas Horror Story [has] everything a genre nut could want under the tree: teen sex, elf zombies, a demonic Krampus...and [William] Shatner.”- John DeFore- Hollywood Reporter

“Loaded with insane, bloody violence that’s also really fun in spirit. … the filmmakers pull off a twist that’s so shocking it could save Christmas.” - Brad Miska, BloodyDisgusting.com

”Badass! Loved it!” –Harry Knowles, Ain’t It Cool News

"A blackly comic tale of Christmas carnage…the ending is epic”-
Jason Gober, Twitch Film Twitch.



CHRISTMAS: a time of Joy, Peace and Goodwill.  Unless you happen to live in the town of Bailey Downs.  Here, on Christmas Eve, joy is corrupted when a malevolent spirit traps three teens in a school basement intent on recreating a twisted version of the Nativity story.  Peace is shattered when a family returns from a snowy forest with the perfect Christmas tree only to find something is terrifyingly wrong with their 7-year old son.  And goodwill is perverted when a not-so-nice family is hunted down by Krampus, the demonic anti-Santa Claus of Nordic mythology. Even Santa Claus himself is drawn into the horror when he has to fight off a horde of howling Zombie Elves before making his rounds.  This Christmas, the creatures are stirring and they’re coming for you whether you were naughty or nice.

A work-in-progress version of A Christmas Horror Story played at Harry Knowles’ Butt-Numb-A-Thon in Dec 2014.

Run time: 100m

RLJ Entertainment (Distributing in the US)
EOne Entertainment (Distributing in UK, Canada, ROW)

A Christmas Horror Story is produced by Steven Hoban (Haunter, Splice, Ginger Snaps) and Mark Smith (Subconscious Password, 388 Arletta Ave) and executive produced by David Hayter (Wolves, The Watchmen).  The interweaving stories are directed by Steven Hoban (Darknet), Grant Harvey (Ginger Snaps Back: The Beginning) and Brett Sullivan (Darknet, Orphan Black). A Christmas Horror Story is written by Doug Taylor (Splice, Darknet), Sarah Larsen (Darknet), James Kee (Darknet), and Pascal Trottier (The Colony, Hellions).

Upcoming festivals: UK Frightfest in London Aug 21-24, 2015
Release date (theatrical & VOD): October 2, 2015

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Cicada



A group of friends band together to defend Los Angeles from a swarm of giant bloodthirsty cicadas.



Starring: Jeffrey Kent, Cassandra Hein, Beau Crawford, and Aaron McLane


Written and directed by: David Willis


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What's New at TheHorrorShow.TV?



Here at TheHorrorShow.TV – the UK’s home of horror on demand – we’re adding new films to our stream-or-download service every week, and we wanted to let you know about some of the newest films!

Girl House

In an attempt to make some extra cash while away at college, Kylie moves into a house that streams content to an adult website. After a deranged fan hacks in to determine the house’s location, she finds herself in a terrifying fight for her life, in this acclaimed horror film from first-time director Trevor Matthews. Currently rated 67% at RottenTomatoes.com Girl House is a sly, subversive horror film that “takes Scream to the next level.” (Nuke the Fridge).




Conjuring the Dead

Dormant spirits have been re-awakened in the Welsh village of Cwmgwrach (translates as ‘the valley of the witch’). Can anyone stop the manifestation of ancient evil? Or is the village fated to pay for its dark history? Based on a real South Wales village called Cwmgwrach (literally, ‘valley of the witch’), and filmed there, Conjuring the Dead is the latest film from prolific Welsh writer-producer-director Andrew Jones, whose previous films include Night of the Living Dead: Resurrection, Silent Night, Bloody Night: The Homecoming, Theatre of Fear and A Haunting at the Rectory.




Sinister House

Yearning to break free from their sordid pasts, three sisters unite for a simple plan: steal enough drugs to set them up for a new life. But when the eldest sister, Teig, decides they're going to hide out in their old, abandoned family house – not their finest idea, tbh – their painful memories soon come back to haunt them.


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A Little More Dead



Six days into a global pandemic, the plan is simple: Stay alive. With their close friend Dan and limited amounts of ammunition, Paul Hessler and his wife, Sophia, quickly find themselves on their own in the snowy Midwest. The police and military have already lost the battle, and in a world where chaos rules the streets, what chance does the everyday man have against the undead nipping at their heels? Armed with only shotguns and handguns, this untrained trio is about to find out what it takes to survive the apocalypse. The only question is…will they want to?

Check out this review…

"Relentless is the best word for this book. The story moves constantly from start to finish. There are many, many books in the zombie apocalypse genre, and while this one doesn't re-invent the dead wheel, the characters and story are compelling enough to make this one worth picking up."

That’s right… click the pic and pick up your copy today!


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About the author:

Born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa, Sean Thomas Fisher graduated from The University of Iowa and is the happy husband of the most beautiful woman in the world. He is also the proud father of a sweet little girl who stole his heart and refuses to give it back, which explains his lack of compassion.

Like Sean's Facebook page for future release dates, end of the world forecasts, and safe-house locations at - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sean-Thomas-Fisher/285848344775603?ref=tn_tnmn

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Arrow Video US: Edgar Allan Poe's Black Cats Adaptations, Tenderness Of The Wolves, Immoral Tales, and The Beast



New from Arrow Video US

Edgar Allan Poe's Black Cats: Two Adaptations By Sergio Martino & Lucio Fulci, Tenderness Of The Wolves, and Borowczyk's Immoral Tales and The Beast

via MVD Entertainment Group

MVD Entertainment Group furthers the distribution of Arrow Video in the US with a strong schedule of new titles for September and October...



Tenderness of the Wolves

Fritz Haarmann, aka the Butcher of Hanover and the Vampire of Hanover, was a German serial killer responsible for the murders of two dozen boys and young men during the so-called 'years of crisis' between the wars. His case would partly inspire Fritz Lang's M, and its central character portrayed by Peter Lorre, as well as this forgotten gem from 1973. 

Tenderness of the Wolves treats the viewer to a few weeks in the company of a killer. Baby-faced and shaven-headed, in a manner that recalls both M and F.W. Murnau's Nosferatu, Haarmann is a fascinating, repulsive figure. Using his status as a police informant to procure his victims, he dismembers their bodies after death and sells the flesh to restaurants, dumping the remainder out of sight. This isn't an easy film to watch, but it certainly gets under the skin... 

Produced by Rainer Werner Fassbinder (who also supplies a shifty cameo), Tenderness of the Wolves provided two of his regular actors with a means of expanding their careers. Ulli Lommel - later responsible for the infamous video nasty The Boogeyman - made his directorial debut, while Kurt Raab wrote the screenplay as well as delivering an astonishing performance as Haarmann.

Special Features:
-New high definition digital transfer prepared by the Rainer Werner Fassbinder Foundation
-High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
-Uncompressed Mono 1.0 PCM Audio
-New translated English subtitles
-The Tender Wolf - a brand-new in-depth interview with director Ulli Lommel
-Brand-new interview with director of photography Jürgen Jürges
-Newly-filmed appreciation by film historian and expert on European horror cinema Stephen Thrower
-Theatrical trailer
-Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by the Twins of Evil
-Illustrated booklet featuring new writing on the film by Tony Rayns

RELEASE DATE: OCTOBER 20th

Pre-order at Amazon: http://amzn.to/1RMW6b7



Edgar Allan Poe's Black Cats: Two Adaptations by Sergio Martino & Lucio Fulci

Edgar Allan Poe's celebrated story The Black Cat has provided the inspiration for numerous films over the years. But few adaptations are as stylish as those offered up by the twin Italian titans of terror, Sergio Martino and Lucio Fulci.

In Martino's classic giallo Your Vice is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key, teacher Oliviero (Luigi Pistilli, A Bay of Blood) finds himself under suspicion for murder when one of his students - and mistress - is found brutally murdered. As more bodies start to pile up, the arrival of Oliviero's attractive niece (Edwige Fenech, Five Dolls for an August Moon, All the Colours of the Dark) brings with it complications of its own. 

In The Black Cat, from that "other" Godfather of Gore, Lucio Fulci (Zombie), Scotland Yard Inspector Gorley (David Warbeck, The Beyond) find himself summoned to a sleepy English village to investigate the recent murder of a young couple. With no obvious signs of entry at the murder scene, Gorley is forced to start considering the possibility that his suspect may not be human... 

Finally together on Blu-ray and in stunning new 2K restorations from the original camera negatives, fans can enjoy the double-dose of terror that is Edgar Allan Poe's Black Cats - Italian-style!

LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS:
-Brand new 2K restorations of the films from the original camera negatives
-High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
-Original Italian and English soundtracks in mono audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
-Newly translated subtitles for the Italian soundtracks
-Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtracks
-Brand new interview with director Sergio Martino
-Dolls of Flesh and Blood: The Gialli of Sergio Martino - a visual essay by Michael Mackenzie exploring -Sergio Martino's unique contributions to the giallo genre
-Stephen Thrower, author of Beyond Terror - The Films of Lucio Fulci, on The Black Cat
-Reversible sleeves featuring original and newly-commissioned artwork by Matthew Griffin
-Limited Edition 80-page perfect-bound book featuring new writing on the films, Poe's original story and more, illustrated with archive stills and posters
-Much more to be announced!

RELEASE DATE: OCTOBER 13th

Pre-order at Amazon: http://amzn.to/1RMWmH0



The Beast

Walerian Borowczyk's most notorious and controversial film wildly re-works the classic Beauty and the Beast story into a very adult fairy tale, a parody of pornographic tropes and an assault on notions of 'good taste'. 

Bestial dreams interrupt the venal plans of a French aristocrat attempting to save a crumbling mansion by marrying off his deformed son, Mathurin, to a horny American heiress, Lucy. Yet Mathurin seems more interested in his horses than in his bride-to-be, and when Lucy finds out about the story of his 18th-century ancestor Romilda (Sirpa Lane) copulating with the titular beast it sparks to life one of the most outrageous dream sequences in cinema history. 

A huge hit in France that was extensively censored and banned elsewhere, The Beast broke new ground in sexual explicitness and remains a truly startling experience even today.

Special Features:
-New high definition digital transfer of the uncut 98-minute version
-Uncompressed Mono 2.0 PCM Audio
-Optional English subtitles
-Introduction by film critic Peter Bradshaw
-The Making of The Beast: camera operator Noël Véry provides a commentary on footage shot during the film's production
-Frenzy of Ecstasy, a visual essay on the evolution of Borowczyk's beast and the sequel that never was, Motherhood
-The Profligate Door, a documentary about Borowczyk's sound sculptures featuring curator Maurice Corbet
-Boro Brunch, a reunion meal recorded in February 2014 reuniting members of Borowczyk's crew
-Commercials by Borowczyk: Holy Smoke (1963), The Museum (1964) and Tom Thumb (1966)
-Gunpoint, a documentary short by Peter Graham produced and edited by Borowczyk (11:04)
-Behind Enemy Lines - The Making of Gunpoint (5:16)
-Theatrical trailer
-Reversible sleeve featuring Borowczyk's own original poster design
-Illustrated booklet featuring new writing on the film by Daniel Bird and an archive piece by David Thompson, illustrated with original stills

RELEASE DATE: SEPTEMBER 15th

Pre-order at Amazon:  http://amzn.to/1RMWFSa



Immoral Tales

Walerian Borowczyk's first explicitly erotic feature, Immoral Tales presents a veritable cavalcade of depravity: cosmic fellatio, transcendental masturbation, blood-drenched lesbianism and papal incest.

It tells four stories, each delving back further in time, as if to suggest that the same issues recur constantly throughout human civilization, whether involving notorious historical figures like Lucrezia Borgia and Erzsébet Báthory, or present-day teenagers. 

Capitalising on the relaxation of censorship laws, Immoral Tales would transform Borowczyk's image from brilliant but obscure avant-garde artist to one of Europe's most confrontational filmmakers when it came to trampling on sexual taboos.

Special Features:
-New high definition digital transfers of two versions of the feature, the familiar four-part edition and the original five-part conception including the short film The Beast of Gévaudan (which later became the feature The Beast)
-Uncompressed Mono 2.0 PCM Audio
-Optional English subtitles
-Introduction by Borowczyk expert Daniel Bird
-Love Reveals Itself, a new interview programme featuring production manager Dominique Duvergé-Ségrétin and cinematographer Noël Véry
-Obscure Pleasures: A Portrait of Walerian Borowczyk, a newly-edited archival interview in which the filmmaker discusses painting, cinema and sex
-Blow Ups, a visual essay by Daniel Bird about Borowczyk's works on paper
-Theatrical trailer
-Reversible sleeve featuring Borowczyk's own original poster design
-Illustrated booklet containing new writing on the film by by Daniel Bird and an archive piece by Philip Strick

RELEASE DATE: SEPTEMBER 15th

Pre-order at Amazon: http://amzn.to/1LAoPe0

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Monster-Mania Con 31














And many more awesome guests will all be at…


Don’t miss your chance to meet them, take pics, and get autographs. There also will be Q & A’s, reunion panels, a costume contest, and plenty of films to watch!

All happening THIS WEEKEND at:

Crowne Plaza Hotel
Cherry Hill, NJ

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