Tuesday, May 31, 2011

No Such Thing (2001)

Hidden along the coast of Iceland lives a terrifying beast that kills anyone who dares disturb it, but only in an attempt to draw attention to itself so that perhaps one day a human might find a way to end its pathetic existence. The beautiful but naive young journalist Beatrice learns that her fiance may have been one of the many that were killed by the murderous monster, and she convinces her employers to send her out into the wild to track it down. What she finds is a lonely and self-loathing wretch that is destined to live in isolation, far away from the world that scorns it. Finding that her own hate has been replaced with pity, Beatrice befriends the beast, and offers to bring it back to America, where a brilliant scientist may have a way to put it out of its misery.

NO SUCH THING opens with a brilliantly-conceived idea for a modern fairy tale with limitless potential laid out before it. Unfortunately, the social commentary that is worked into nearly every line of dialog is so heavy-handed that it renders the plot secondary to Hal Hartly's personal agenda. Hartly paints our fear-driven society and the sensationalist media as the real monsters in his tale, but in no subtle terms. He spends so much time demonizing the other characters in the film that The Monster becomes far less menacing by comparison. The exaggerated script does lend itself towards some entertainingly over-the-top performances, especially from Helen Mirren as The Boss. Robert John Burke also runs away with his portrayal of the cynical Monster, who curses life in a trendy leisure suit as he drinks himself out of his misery. If Hartly could have only dropped the cerebral front to allow the viewer access to a whimsical world of fantasy for just a moment, NO SUCH THING may have been a far greater success, but then, it would not have been the story that he was looking to tell.

Rating: 7/10.

If you liked NO SUCH THING, check out:
THE GOLDEN COMPASS, NIGHTBREED, MIRRORMASK, PAN'S LABYRINTH.

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Press Release: Time is Running Out! Become an Associate Producer for Full Moon!

Don't Miss Your Chance to Help Produce
3 NEW FEATURE FILMS
With Full Moon Entertainment!


LOS ANGELES, CA - May 31, 2011 - 2011 has already been a huge year for Full Moon: Killjoy 3, Gingerdeadman 3, Evil Bong 3... and Full Moon is now going into production on 3 new films! The beauty of shooting principal photography back to back is that FX Wizard Tom Devlin and Director of Photography Tom Calloway will be helping Full Moon make the magic happen. Plus, there's a special window of opportunity: to shoot, edit and distribute in time for Halloween 2011.

For these 3 films, fundraising began on Wednesday, May 11th, and Full Moon is already halfway to their goal! The first film to be shot is "Killer Eye 2: Halloween Haunt". Full Moon is deep into pre-production and finishing final script edits. Next will be "Unlucky Charms", followed by "The Dead Want Women"! Anyone that is interested in the unique opportunity to help fund these new feature films while being rewarding with incredible returns and incentives, please be sure to contact I Like Horror Movies so that you can be put in touch with Full Moon directly to begin your new venture as an Associate Producer!

Please Contact ilikehorrormovies@yahoo.com for more details!

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Press Release: The Unleashed

Dark House Films to Premiere
THE UNLEASHED
June 25th at The Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Toronto


TORONTO, CA - May 31, 2011 - On June 25 the newest Dark House feature film, THE UNLEASHED, will be premiering at The Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Toronto. Last week saw the release of the thrilling new trailer:



Madison Kennard, a troubled woman dealing with her dark past, must venture home after an 8 year absence following her mother’s death. Almost instantly after her return, Madison must cope with the haunting memories of a childhood best forgotten. Lindsay, a childhood friend of Madison’s with an adventurous nature, hears of Madison's arrival and has every intention of reconnecting a friendship once had. Bizarre and unexplainable events occur within the house after old friends come together and dabble with the infamous Ouija board. Lindsay, being all too curious of the board and its undeniable power, gives into the persuasion of an unknown entity and allows it to possess her. Madison must overpower her deepest fears and find a way to release Lindsay and abolish the presence that haunts her.

“The Unleashed” explores the appeal that the Ouija board
has always aroused in the masses. The exact origin of the
board has never been revealed, so the script invents its own
history through an immense amount of research and much
imagination. Diane DaSilva, (Writer/Producer) wanted to
begin the story at the point where the board was first
constructed. Instead of using your typical storebought
board, the idea was to create a story around the original
board and how it came to be in existence. As the story
unfolds, the characters soon realize by tampering with the
unknown is that dealings with the dead are never done to
the benefit the living.

“The energy of the cast the first day of shooting was so high.
Everyone was ready to dive into a great script on a subject
that has never really been properly explored”
-Manuel H. DaSilva (Director)

PreProduction

was a long and strenuous process. After the
script was edited by L.A. Lopes and the final draft was
complete, casting commenced. The first role to be cast was
“Amara Xavier” played by Suzanne Farla. The role called for
an older gypsylike woman who could be the ultimate
antagonist struggling with humanity. The other roles were not
as easy to fill. The casting directors, the director, and several
producers combined, had seen over 1200 people. But it was
worth the wait, as every actor cast became a major asset to
the production. It was not until two weeks before principal
photography that there was a fixed cast.

Principal Photography began August 1st, 2010 in Toronto,
Ontario. With 55 people on set all ready to hear the first call
of “action” that had been so long awaited, production was
off to a great start. A real sense of family was evident from
the first day. From there, 13 other locations, all over Ontario,
were taken over by The Unleashed movement. Each
destination came with its struggles and lack of sleep, but
each location was another step to completing the heart of
the film.

PostProduction had created a world of unforeseen
circumstances. With so many special effects to perfect and
blend into an action packed film, the process was tedious,
but very necessary. Using mostly Toronto talent was one of
the main objectives. To create a Canadian film that pushed
the standard of what we, as Canadians, expect was a top
priority. Canada is rich with outstanding talent in the film
industry working tirelessly to achieve cinematic perfection.
We worked through the challenge of comprising a team that
would complement each other. Once the group was
established and through many revisions, our final vision of the
film had come to fruition.

After years of research, writing, editing, casting, and an
abundance of support, The Unleashed has been a labor of
love that has transformed into a compelling piece of
Canadian Film. Our endeavor of diving into the psyche of
the human condition, and how far our curiosity will take us
into the unexplored super natural realm, has inspired us to
further question and research the subject. The Unleashed will
entice you to reevaluate what you believe lies beyond what
you know and if that truth should ever be discovered.

Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/TheUnleashedMovie
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Monday, May 30, 2011

The Dead Hate the Living! (2000)

When young group of independent filmmakers stumbles upon the secret laboratory of a mad scientist deep within the bowels of an abandoned hospital, they will mistakenly unleash a horde of undead fiends from a makeshift gateway to hell! Dave Parker, who is better known for his New Age Slasher THE HILLS RUN RED, cut his teeth on feature filmmaking with Indie Horror house Full Moon Entertainment, where he directed this and KRAA! THE SEA MONSTER. Given their penchant for micro-budget productions and the unfortunate decline that was seen towards the end of the 1990's, THE DEAD HATE THE LIVING! is actually one of Full Moon's stronger recent films, topped off with a decent cast and a number of key sets. Parker's script does nothing to hide his love for the genre, as it is filled with tons of insider humor that zombie fans are sure to drool over. At its roots, DEAD is an unmistakable homage to THE BEYOND, grossly borrowing from its story structure and surrealist visual palette to the point of plagiarism. The awesome throw-back gore, unique creature designs, and moody atmospherics make this a bloody-entertaining zombie film for B-movie fans!

Rating: 6/10.
Entertainment: 7/10.
Gore: 7/10.

If you liked THE DEAD HATE THE LIVING!, check out:
THE BEYOND, THE DEAD PIT, THE CONVENT.

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Thursday, May 26, 2011

The Killer Eye (1999)

A brilliant science experiment goes horribly wrong when a strange mix of radiation and deadly chemicals lets loose The Killer Eye from the 8th dimension! The Eye only wants one thing: to procreate with the women of Earth in order to create an army of slithery pus balls of its own! THE KILLER EYE had the potential to be a ton of fun if only it were made to be a little less serious. Full Moon's sexed-up monster romp plays out like a bad porno, with stilted performances that are thankfully overshadowed by the absurd amount of softcore nudity. The Killer Eye isn't nearly as killer as it is horny, as it spends the majority of its time molesting its entranced victims with its slimy tentacles. Things pick up in the final act, when bad science is replaced with bad jokes and a number of ridiculous gags. This one is best left to the B-movie fans with eyeball fetishes.

Rating: 3/10.


If you liked THE KILLER EYE, check out:
CREATURES FROM THE ABYSS, HEAD OF THE FAMILY, PARASITE.

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Cat O' Nine Tails (1971)

When a series of murders strike the local genetics laboratory, it will take a cunning reporter and his blind but capable companion to sort out the nine twisted leads that were left by the killer in CAT O' NINE TAILS, the second of Dario Argento's stylish thrillers. Often disregarded by fans as being one of Argento's lesser films and even disavowed by the director, himself, CAT O' NINE TAILS is none-the-less a fun and engaging Gialli with a strong cast and a sharp wit. From a technical standpoint, Argento continues to refine his craft, introducing an exhilarating car chase and a number of point-of-view shots that are used to identify the killer. Though lacking in gore, the deaths are really quite brutal, with one man being torn apart by a train, and several other victims suffering from painful strangulations. James Franciscus is charming and handsome in the lead, while Oscar winner Karl Malden wins the audience's over as the loveable 'Cookie' Arno. The sexual taboos and violence that the film displays resulted in its extreme censorship when it finally reached America in the 1990's. It is only too bad that the killer is so hard to identify even after the grand explanation in the end. With several wildly intense moments of suspense and an interesting if not troubled plot, CAT O' NINE TAILS is sure to please many fans of the genre.

Rating: 7/10.

If you liked CAT O' NINE TAILS, check out:
LIZARD IN A WOMAN'S SKIN, A BLADE IN THE DARK, TORSO.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The Last House on the Beach (1978)

A trio of bank robbers storm the sunny seaside retreat of a nun and her young students as they prepare for exams, torturing them and forcing them into unspeakable acts as they try to allude the police. Wasting no time at all, the Italians quickly capitalized on the success of Wes Craven's THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT, producing equally exploitative titles such as HOUSE ON THE EDGE OF THE PARK, NIGHT TRAIN MURDERS, and 1978's THE LAST HOUSE ON THE BEACH in the years that followed. While director Franco Prosperi does his best to push the cinematic boundaries of sex and violence, the clean cinematography and polished performances in this LAST HOUSE lack the raw, gritty feel of Craven's film. The silly gesturing from both the victims and aggressors during the grueling rape sequences do make it difficult to take some of the scenes seriously. It is Florinda Bolkan and Ray Lovelock who then end up carrying the majority of the film. Imitative as it may be, THE LAST HOUSE ON THE BEACH manages to fall somewhere between THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT and RABID DOGS in terms of style and format.

Rating: 7/10.

If you liked THE LAST HOUSE ON THE BEACH, check out:
HOUSE ON THE EDGE OF THE PARK, NIGHT TRAIN MURDERS, HITCH-HIKE.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Devil's Crossing (2011)

The dusty town of Celestial thinks they have found their savior when a rogue gunslinger takes out the local bully, but little do they know that a dark cloud follows closely behind him, bringing death and destruction to anyone that crosses his path. James Ryan Gary bursts out of the starting gate with this ambitious post-apocalyptic zombie Western! DEVIL'S CROSSING is strongly cast, offering up a number of good performances from the relatively unknown cast. The rustic locations also lend an air of authenticity to the period setting. While it occasionally struggles with pacing, DEVIL'S CROSSING is backed by several big action sequences that mix classic shootouts with explosive gore. Gary comes through with an original concept and interesting lead characters that far outweigh the film's small budget, even if the story structure eventually falls back on the typical NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD motif. Fans of the underground hit DEAD BIRDS or even Stephen King's The Dark Tower series are sure to enjoy this Indie gem!

Rating: 7/10.
Gore: 7/10.

If you liked DEVIL'S CROSSING, check out:
DEAD BIRDS, DEAD AND BREAKFAST, SURVIVAL OF THE DEAD, SIX-STRING SAMURAI.


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Press Release: Medium Raw

Anchor Bay Set to Release
MEDIUM RAW
Ripping Its Way On to DVD This August!

LOS ANGELES, CA - May 24, 2011 - Once upon a time, there was a homicidal maniac who slaughtered 15 little girls and left a question scrawled in the victim’s blood at each crime scene: “Are you The Woodcutter?” Five-year-old Johnny Morgan witnessed his sister’s murder at the hands of this monster. Years later, Johnny became a detective and finally caught the murderer, bringing him to justice. And they all lived happily ever after, right? Guess again…

Recent winner of the Northern Lights Award at the Alaska International Film Festival, Anchor Bay Entertainment presents Medium Raw: Night of the Wolf on DVD August 16th. With an all-star genre cast including John Rhys-Davies (The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade), William B. Davis (“the Cigarette Smoking Man” from “The X-Files,” The Shortcut), Mercedes McNab (Hatchet, “Buffy The Vampire Slayer”) and wrestling legends Jay “Christian” Reso and Andrew “Test” Martin (in his final screen appearance), Medium Raw takes the Little Red Riding Hood legend into a new realm of terror and psychological horror. SRP is $22.98, and pre-book is July 20th.

Even though Johnny (writer/director Andrew Cymek) is now an officer of the law, he’s still plagued by nightmares of his sister’s death and the serial killer that’s still out there. When a new murder scene features the same cryptic question, Johnny and his partner (Davies) track down leads until he finally captures Harold Grierson aka “the Wolf.” But when a power outage at Parker’s Asylum for the Criminally Insane, where Harold is interred, and Johnny’s girlfriend Jamie (Brigitte Kingsley) works as a psychiatrist, unleashes all the inmates, Johnny, Jamie along with a handful of civilians become players in a night of survival against the world’s most terrifying inmates…the Night of the Wolf.
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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Dr. Orloff's Monster (1964)

The awful Dr. Orloff has passed along the secret of life to his assistant, Dr. Conrad Fisherman, who uses it to resurrect a monster of his own making that will lash out against the lewd women around town. Fisherman's plans are nearly cut short when his curious niece arrives for holidays in hopes of finding her father's killer, but she is in for a shock when she uncovers her uncle's fiendish plan! A sequel in name only, DR. ORLOFF'S MONSTER does retain much of the moody atmosphere and Modern Gothic motifs that were found in THE AWFUL DR. ORLOF from 1962. Jess Franco owes much to the work of the German Expressionists and James Whale, with frequent images being quotes directly from films like THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI and FRANKENSTEIN. The seedy nightclubs and risque burlesque shows hint towards the exploitative Eurotrash that Franco would direct throughout the 1970's, however his sympathetic character in the automaton Andros lends a sad sense of humanity to the end of the picture.

Rating: 7/10.

If you liked DR. ORLOFF'S MONSTER, check out:
TOMBS OF THE BLIND DEAD, THE DIABOLICAL DR. Z, THE WEREWOLF AND THE YETI.

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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Press Release: Your Second Chance to Produce for Full Moon Entertainment!!

Full Moon Looks to Fans to Produce
3 BRAND NEW FEATURES FOR 2011

LOS ANGELES, CA - May 19, 2011 - The premiere of Evil Bong 3D was a big success! As reported by Rentrak, Evil Bong 3D was the #1 theatrical engagement in Chicago for the weekend of April 9th. Even though by mainstream Hollywood standards, we had a very low budget - for us it was a big step. The theatrical component added to the credibility and media presence of Full Moon's new era.

The theatrical success is driving interest in the secondary market with releases on video and VOD (which is our specialty!). Our distribution partners are helping us penetrate the market and expand our reach. We're developing existing deals with Warner Digital and New Video. And negotiating new deals with Echo Bridge and Shout Factory. Some fantastic deals! The numbers are exciting. One of the big highlights was achieving placement of the Puppet Master box set in Walmart during the Christmas season. It was huge for us. Of course, when dealing with a big box chain like Walmart or Best Buy, first there is investment, placement, and the extended wait time for accounting. That reality inspired us to move forward and create Evil Bong 3D. Now many Full Moon titles, including Evil Bong 1 & 2, are being distributed broadly at retail (we're working on getting Evil Bong 3 into the 3 pack!).

In the next few months, we will focus on what we do best: Produce Full Moon films! In January, some of you helped get Evil Bong 3D produced. The intention now is to create 3 new films with a small and experienced crew, utilize similar locations, and take advantage of the efficiency. These films will be in the classic Full Moon vein, with elements of horror, fantasy, sci fi, puppets, creatures, and dolls. The titles are Killer Eye 2: Halloween Haunt, Unlucky Charms, and.......... The Dead Want Women!

Our window of opportunity is in late May and finishing in late June. It's about 6 weeks of principle production. And this window exists for 3 reasons:

· Distribution opportunities offered to us for brand new content.

· Availability of our very talented Director of Photography Tom Callaway and FX Master Tom Devlin.

· Timing for a Halloween release on the first feature film. After production, post-production will take a few months.

In order to complete principal photography by the end of June, there is an opportunity for you to help us produce these films. Distribution of the films will begin with a September/October release in time for Halloween and staggered over the months that follow. Please contact us for information on this opportunity.

Interested in becoming a producer? Contact Carl at ilikehorrormovies@yahoo.com for the complete details!
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Press Release: Ms. Vampy Wraps Production

MS. VAMPY'S TWEEN TAWK, TEEN TAWK
& IN BETWEEN TAWK WRAPS PRODUCTION


LOS ANGELES, CA - May 19, 2011 - Ms. Vampy is America's funniest, sassiest and most high maintenance vampire! Her personality is as big as her hair and is often described as Betty Boop meets Marisa Tomei in "My Cousin Vinny". She loves pleather and fur and wouldn't be caught "dead" without high heels! But, there's much more to this loveable vampiress from Brooklyn. Following the hit web series "Ms. Vampy" in 2009 and as a prelude to the Halloween Family feature "Vamp It Out", Ms. Vampy is back with "Ms. Vampy's Tween Tawk, Teen Tawk & In Between Tawk" to inspire tween and teen girls in a "tawk" show format, which covers issues that these girls are faced with today. Discussion topics include: Stereotypes; Body image; Self-esteem; Peer pressure; Caring about what others think of you; Being popular; Facing your fears; Following your dreams; And, of course, boys and "Twilight"!

Production Company: Philly Chick Pictures
Executive Producers: Todd Tucker; Brooke Lewis
Producer: Brooke Lewis
Line Producer: Annette Slomka
Associate Producer: Alison Buck
Casting Director: Alison Buck
Director: Brooke Lewis
Director Of Photography: Ace Underhill
Editor: Annette Slomka
Photographer: Paul Mocey-Hanton
Key Hair And Make Up: Nicole Bolin
Starring: Brooke Lewis as Ms. Vampy, Jamie Leigh Belzowski, Victoria Bohush, Thema Chapple, Summer Demma, Kayla Farrish, Laci Kay, Estefania Lahera, Paula Lahera

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Press Release: Blood Fare Poster Now Online!

Female Action Filmmaker, J.A. Steel
Releases “Blood Fare” Poster


SALT LAKE CITY, UT – On May 17, 2011 - J.A. Steel, the award winning female writer and director, released the first poster of her fourth feature film “Blood Fare”.

“Blood Fare” is a Civil War ghost story with a modern twist, by J.A. Steel and Co-Producer Christian K. Koch. It is the tale of Corporal Henry Trout (S. Edward Meek - “Wild Stallion”), who in 1861 fought valiantly in a forgotten skirmish after the first battle of Bull Run. 150 years later, he will come face to face with his descendants as the battle for blood continues on a haunted battlefield. Tyler (Brandi Lynn Anderson from the upcoming Syfy original series “ZEROS”) and her brother Chad (Adrian West), Henry's fifth generation grandchildren, will challenge the very legend of Charon the Ferryman, as the lines between the living and the dead become blurred.




Gil Gerard, internationally recognized for his lead role as Captain William ‘Buck’ Rogers in the science fiction movie and television series “Buck Rogers in the 25th Century”, plays the character of Professor Meade, mentor to the protagonist Tyler, in “Blood Fare”. Gerard was recently seen in the Syfy original movie “Ghost Town”. International action star, Kim Sonderholm, most recently seen in the newly released “Little Big Boy” appears alongside Gerard as Professor Malick.

In addition to Gerard and Sonderholm, several other amazingly talented actresses and actors have joined the “Blood Fare” cast, including Michelle Wolff (“NCIS”, “Chicago Hope”, “ER”, and “Providence”), Savannah Ostler (“Vengeance”), Bridget McManus (“Wanted”), Scott Beringer (“Ocean’s Eleven” and “21”), Brenden Whitney, Alison Trouse, Thomas J. Post, Antonio Lexerot and April Knight. Marcus Intheam, Salt Lake City star radio DJ of “Marcus in the Morning” on Z-ROCK 94.9 and “The Real L Word Live Lounge” host Natalie M. Garcia add live broadcast talent.

Chris Hanson, one of the most recognized special makeup effects artists of Hollywood, joined the crew of “Blood Fare” as Special Makeup Effects Supervisor. He
demonstrated his unique creativity in “Hellboy”, “Underworld”, “Men in Black”, “Men in Black 2”, “The Green Mile”, “The X-Files”, “The Faculty”, “Spawn” and many other productions.

Steel is currently in negotiations with composer Dave Volpe, who most recently finished a year-long mentorship with film composer and personal hero Thomas Newman (“Finding Nemo,” “The Green Mile”) while being enrolled in the scoring for Motion Pictures and Television Program at USC. Steel rounds out her crew with Director of Photography Michael B. Call (“127 Hours”), Co-Producer Christian M. Koch who has worked with Steel on her first 3 films and Executive Producer Jessica M. Bair.

“Blood Fare” is a green, sustainable film production, and Eco/Sustainable Production Executive Micheline Birkhead was on set to ensure the project meets green certification requirements.

Fans can become part of the crew “Blood Fare” getting their name in the credits for a simple donation of $25 US. Interested parties can contact Steel directly at ja@warriorentertainment.com. Additional levels to become involved in the project are listed at IndieGoGo (http://www.indiegogo.com/BLOODFARE).
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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970)

Italy, at the time, was not unfamiliar with the Giallo. Il Maestro, Mario Bava, had created the thriller sub-genre in films like THE GIRL WHO KNEW TOO MUCH and the seminal BLOOD AND BLACK LACE. Others followed the trend throughout the 1960's, but it would be Bava's young protege who would step in to perfect the conventions of this purely-Italian art form. His name, of course, is Dario Argento, and he would pave the way for countless other directors with his breakthrough feature film THE BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE.

Writer Sam Dalmas (Tony Musante) witnesses an attempted homicide from outside of a small art gallery, but he isn't able to call the police in time to stop the culprit. Now, he must work to piece together the clues from his shattered memory in order to help the authorities catch their killer.

All of the basic blueprints for the modern Gialli are laid out quickly as Sam sets out on his quest, from the mysterious black-gloved killer, to the gradual revelation of forgotten events and the grandiose murders that decorate the convoluted plot in blood. Argento demonstrates the same incredible sense of style and originality in design as his mentor. His fluid camera movements and strategic framing paint a visual tapestry that is able to tell the story without the need for dialog. Having yet to dive into the extraordinary world of color and sound that would later be found in SUSPIRIA, Argento uses much more muted tones, focusing instead on the play of light and shadow against the darkened streets of Rome. If any fault could be found in the film's design, it would have to be in the questionable explanation behind the killer's motives, a common problem that would resurface in countless Gialli to follow.

THE BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE is an intelligent film, it is an important film, but most of all, it is a good film. A very good film, and one that holds a very strong historical significance in reshaping Italian cinema forever.

Rating: 9/10.

If you liked THE BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE, check out:
THE CAT O' NINE TAILS, THE HOUSE WITH LAUGHING WINDOWS, ALL THE COLORS OF THE DARK.



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Killer Rats (2003)

No matter what the budget or subject matter, THE GATE director Tibor Takács somehow always manages to bring a large scope, clean aesthetic, and creepy mood to his films. Such is the case, again, in KILLER RATS, a cheapie creature-feature that actually has bite! Investigative reporter Jennifer enters The Brookdale Institute posing as a troubled teen in order to expose the abusive staff, but what she finds instead is that a pack a genetically-altered killer rats has been released from the bowels below to rain terror upon the discarded teens trapped inside. At first glance, it is easy to dismiss the computerized rats since they are easy to spot, but for the budget, they are well designed and very frightening looking (not to mention vicious!). Takács gains access to a number of impressive locations in the dingy basements and boiler rooms below the institute, which lend a grimy aesthetic to the already chilling mood that has been set by the score and camera work. Just like in THE GATE and MOSQUITO MAN, Tibor Takács brings more skill and energy to this otherwise average killer animal tale than it really deserves.

Rating: 6/10.

If you liked KILLER RATS, check out:
RATS, MULBERRY ST., WILLARD.

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Press Release: BleedFest Returns with Summer Scares!!

Bleedfest's June 5, 2011 Event
Brings Summer Scares!



LOS ANGELES, CA - May 18, 2011 - Badass genre film festival Bleedfest's Women of Horror event is back and better than ever! Genre stars Heather Langenkamp and Lucky McKee
will be at the CAP Theatre for live appearances, as well as rapper Lil' Zane!

BleedFest is a monthly Badass Genre Film Festival in Los Angeles
spotlighting female filmmakers making cool movies we all love
watching. The goal of BleedFest is to introduce Hollywood to the
hundreds of awesome genre filmmakers missing a Y chromosome, get these
rad women's movies more of an audience, and form a networking
community of empowered filmmakers of both sexes working together on
new projects. It's run by co-founders and filmmaking duo Brenda Fies
and Elisabeth Fies. BleedFest is supported totally through sponsor
Film Radar and the genre communities' donations at IndieGoGo:

http://www.indiegogo.com/BleedFest-June-Festival-Summer-Scares

Come see the west coast premier of I AM NANCY, produced by and
starring Heather Langenkamp, and directed by Arlene Marechal. The
documentary follows Heather's journey to five horror conventions
interacting with fans who've loved A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET for
twenty-five years. Heather and Arlene discover through interviews with
fans, Wes Craven and Robert Englund that despite Freddy's iconic
popularity, the truth is we all need a little Nancy inside of us.
Heather and Arlene will be signing and selling limited edition DVDs of
I AM NANCY. A sneak peak of the documentary is online:

http://vimeo.com/21879137

Writer-actor-director and Master of Horror Lucky Mckee receives the
coveted Inanna Partnership Award for his full-bodied portrayals of
female characters we love! Lucky will answer questions about his
controversial new feature THE WOMEN, releasing in theatres this fall.

Comedian Candice Rankin returns for the second part of the exclusive
sneak peak of her one woman show UNDER THE HOOD. The full show will
world premier at the Electric Lodge in Venice August 11th at 8 p.m.

The June charity is IMPACT PERSONAL SAFETY, the world's most effective
self defense training. Director and alumna Heidi Hornbacher will give
a live, full-contact demonstration.

The shorts program will feature nine horror shorts by women.
Filmmaker, alumna, and festival programmer Lori Bowen flies in from
Florida to world premier A HAMMER FELL IN JERUSALEM: AND BE AT REST.
Alumna Cindy Baer world premiers her frightening SLASHDANCE, which was
shot on location at Sundance Film Festival. BleedFest co-founders
Elisabeth Fies and Brenda Fies give sneak peaks of HARD TO DO written
and starring Kit Williamson, and COLLEGE GIRLS ROAD TRIP introducing
newcomers Casey Whalen and Sarah Walsh. Elegaic WE'RE JUST LIKE YOU
makes its Southern California debut, and the majority of the crew will
be in attendance including director Chelsea Christer, producer Amber
Lammon, cinematographer Katherine Brennan, and writer Steve Romanko.
Husband and wife team Robyn Simms and Stephen Johnson (G4, Fewdio) pop
their BleedFest cherry with the first festival screening of their
subversive short NEIGHBORS. Robyn is confirmed for the Q&A.

BleedFest isn't just about promoting their filmmaking winners; they
want to promote you, the audience member! The audience is filled with
working genre filmmakers, and is the perfect place for actors and
filmmakers looking to network. Actress Tara Cardinal was cast in
alumna Marichelle Daywalt's short THE MANY DOORS OF ALBERT WHALE
because of networking at BleedFest. The popular Open Bar includes
Bloody Mary's and Mimosas to help get you over your shyness, and the
CAP Theatre is a warm and friendly place with an artistic vibe. Come
promote yourself and your projects on BleedFest's Red Carpet. Red
Carpet interviews will be conducted by Bzzzline.com and INdTV. Red
Carpet photos will be taken by celebrity photographer Winston Burris,
and featured on PRphotos.com and Exposay.com.

Tickets are $10 cash at the door for the whole day and the open bar.
Purchase advance tickets through BleedFest's IndieGoGo Fundraising
campaign http://www.indiegogo.com/BleedFest-June-Festival-Summer-Scares
or on Goldstar. For more information and the schedule:
http://bleedfest.com/schedule The BleedFest June trailer is here:
Linkhttp://www.vimeo.com/23891306


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JUNE PROGRAM: SUMMER SCARES
Sunday June 5th, 2011 11:00am-3:45pm
Location: CAP Theatre 13752 Ventura Blvd. (a few blocks west of
Woodman) Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
$10 cash at door for all day ticket and OPEN BAR

Schedule subject to change, personal appearances dependent on schedule.

11:00am-11:15am Red Carpet, Mixer, Open Bar

11:15am-11:30am Self Defense Demonstration
June Charity: Impact Personal Safety.com

11:30am-11:35am Screenwriting Award
-DEAR JOHN (5 minutes)
written by Sharon Davis & Cameron McCulloch

11:35am-11:55am Shorts - Exclusive Sneak Peaks
-COLLEGE GIRLS ROAD TRIP (3 minutes)
writers/directors Brenda Fies and Elisabeth Fies
Q&A with stars Casey Whalen and Sarah Walsh
-HARD TO DO (8 minutes) director Elisabeth Fies, writer Kit Williamson Q&A

11:55am-12:15pm BREAK: Open Bar, Red Carpet, Mixer

12:15pm-12:25pm Live One Woman Show
Part 2 of Candice Rankin's UNDER THE HOOD

12:25pm-1:30pm Shorts in Competition
-SLASHDANCE (8 minutes) by Cindy Baer Q&A
-TEPPAN DEAD (7 minutes) by Hilary B. Lavin
-NEIGHBORS (4 minutes)
by Robyn Simms and Stephen Johnson Q&A
-ZEKE (15 minutes) by Dana Buning
-A HAMMER FELL ON JERUSALEM: AND BE AT REST (3 minutes) by Lori Bowen Q&A
-WE’RE JUST LIKE YOU (6 minutes)
by Chelsea Christer Q&A Cast and Crew

1:30pm-1:40pm INANNA PARTNERSHIP AWARD
presented live to director Lucky McKee (MAY, THE WOMAN), Q&A

1:40pm-2:10pm BREAK: Open Bar, Red Carpet, Mixer, I AM NANCY DVD
purchasing and signing

2:10pm-2:15pm LIVE MUSIC
Jamie Coon sings theme song "I AM NANCY"

2:15pm-2:20pm Audience Award Certificate presented

2:20pm-2:25pm Film Radar Award Certificate presented

2:25-3:30pm FEATURE DOCUMENTARY
WEST COAST PREMIER
Co-presented with Lori Bowen
I AM NANCY, 2011 (71 minutes)
Directed and produced by Arlene Marechal, produced by and starring
Heather Langenkamp
In the autobiographical I AM NANCY, the focus is squarely on Heather
Langenkamp and her unique experience playing Wes Craven's legendary
teen heroine Nancy Thompson. With tongue planted firmly in cheek,
Heather asks the burning question: "Why Freddymania, and not
Nancymania?" After personally experiencing the Freddy Krueger
marketing craze, the rise of horror convention fandom and the
phenomenon of eight Nightmare On Elm Street films, Heather reflects on
the relevance of heroes in this modern age of monster lovers. Prepare
to put yourself in Nancy's shoes and think about Elm Street in a whole
new way.

3:30pm-3:50pm Inanna Award presented live to director/producer
Arlene Marechal & producer/star Heather Langenkamp, Q&A

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Evil Bong 2 (2009)

Just when Allistair, Larnell, Brett, and Bachman thought they had escaped the soul-sucking Eebbee, they discover that the evil bong has cursed them with extreme cases of narcolepsy, overeating, and decreased sexual inhibition! Now, they must travel into the jungles of the Amazon in order to find the bong's creator if they ever hope to return to their regular pot-head selves! Sure, it may not reach the grand scale of Peter Jackson's KING KONG (or even BAD TASTE for that matter), but EVIL BONG 2 is as epic as any Full Moon stoner-horror comedy sequel is ever going to get. Charles Band takes this loveable bunch of morons out of their dingy apartment and throws them into the wilds of Los Angeles (with a few palm dressings for realism) for more crazy antics. The sinister King Bong awaits them, along with his half-naked amazonian princesses from the Poontang tribe who look to destroy them. All of the same goofy humor returns from the original, with even more hilarious moments from each of the brain-dead leads. If you didn't get enough EVIL BONG action from the first film, you can't go wrong with this silly sequel!

Rating: 5/10.

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Press Release: Devil Bat Diary

DEVIL BAT DIARY
Sees Release From Acclaimed Author
Peter H. Brothers

---------------------------------------------------
“A bat is not a bird, it’s a mammal!”

ENCINO, CA - May 17, 2011 - So sayeth Dr. Paul Caruthers, a resentful madman on a mission to destroy those whom he feels have robbed him of a family fortune he deems is rightfully his.

Based on the 1940 public-domain PRC film, Devil Bat Diary is the “true” story of what really happened to the happy little citizens of Heathville , Illinois , during that terrible prewar summer as recorded in the long-suppressed journals of Chicago City Register’s principal newspaper correspondent, “Johnny” Layton.

Now regulated into the vague mists of obscurity, the Devil Bats were once furiously furry fiends created by a scientific genius wrongfully relegated to concocting perfumes and colognes which he despises for wages not worth mentioning here. So as a means to an embittered end he instead manufactures an evil ointment with a scent that infuriates his giant bats to such an extent they feel compelled to tear-out the throats of their unsuspecting victims.

Here now for the first time in published print is what really happened in ways not possible to show to Production Code audiences back then: did you know for example that Chief Wilkins was in love with Layton, or that Mary Heath was a superstitious lunatic, or that Layton and his trusted partner “One-shot” McGuire couldn’t stand the sight of each other?

Told in Layton’s uncompromisingly unsanctified text, Devil Bat Diary is an unforgettably entertaining venture into a world filled with chirping Chiropterans, malicious murders, revolting revelations and sacred sex, now available online for less than the price of a bottle of shaving lotion.

So spread the word –Devil Bat Diary ain’t about a bird!

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Press Release: All God's Creatures

Shoot to Kill: Romantic Thriller All God’s Creatures
Starring Josh Folan and Jessica Kaye Premieres at The 2011 Hoboken International Film Festival on June 4th

NEW YORK, NY - May 17, 2011 - All God’s Creatures, a dark romantic thriller starring Josh Folan (All My Children, Ay Lav Yu, Episode 50), who also wrote and produced the film, and Jessica Kaye (One Life to Live, Veronika Decides to Die) is premiering at The 2011 Hoboken International Film Festival on June 4th at 2:00 p.m.

The film is an independent feature shot and edited for less than $25k by co-directors Ryan Charles and Frank Licata of Nitty Gritty Studios, producer Matt Jared of Sid & Nancy Productions, and Folan’s NYEH Entertainment.

The film will also be a screening at the NewFilmmakers NY series, held at the Anthology Film Archives in Manhattan, on May 25th at 9 PM.

To see trailers and teasers for All God’s Creatures as well as the press kit, go to the official website at: www.allgodscreaturesfilm.com.

Synopsis for All God’s Creatures:

Creature of habit, Jon Smith, spends his days mindlessly working as a barista in New York City. When night falls, this seeming everyman savagely kills "filthy women" as his social outlet. A chance encounter with Delia, a young prostitute searching for an escape from her troubled past, forces Jon to confront the most terrifying thing he has ever faced in all his dark affairs - himself. All God's Creatures examines the true nature of what it means to be a monster and reveals that love is not only for a chosen few, but for all God's creatures.

To attend either the May 25 or June 4th screenings of All God’s Creatures starring Josh Folan and Jessica Kaye, RSVP to James Grant or Matt Flynn at JGPR at james@jamesgrantpr.com.

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Monday, May 16, 2011

Evil Bong (2006)

This group of stoned-out roommates won't know what hit them when the evil spirit possessing their new bong goes on a soul-sucking rampage in order to bring itself back to life in Full Moon's EVIL BONG! Charles Band has assembled the perfect bunch of burnouts to hatch this hare-brained scheme, with entertaining performances from David Weidoff, John Patrick Jordan, Mitch Eakins, Brian Lloyd, and of course, Tommy Chong as Jimbo. EVIL BONG is like HALF-BAKED for Horror fans, delivering all of the stupid humor one would expect from a film with its title. It is too bad that the limited budget makes this such a claustrophobic production, since the characters and plot are locked into a single shooting location. Still, Band does as much as he can to expand on the small apartment by working Full Moon favorites like Bill Moseley, Tim Thomerson, and Sonny Davis into the story for a few more laughs. Also watch out for cameos by The Gingerdead Man, Jack Attack, and Ooga Booga from the Full Moon universe! It only seems odd that an 'Evil Bong' would get you super stoned before magically transporting you to a creepy strip joint limbo filled with hot naked chicks? Evil Bong, or The Awesomest Bong Ever? What it lacks in polished professionalism, EVIL BONG more than makes up for in silly fun, making it a worthwhile watch for the average B-movie fan.

Rating: 5/10.
Entertainment: 7/10.

If you liked EVIL BONG, check out:
THE TRIPPER, SHROOMS, DONKEY PUNCH.

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All the Colors of the Dark (1972)

A beautiful but troubled young woman is haunted by nightmares of her mother's killer as well as a mysterious cult that looks to induct her into their ranks, but as her dreams slowly begin to seep into reality, she won't know who to turn to when her world is turned upside down! Sergio Martino's vibrant cult shocker ALL THE COLORS OF THE DARK blends the devilish plot from ROSEMARY'S BABY with all of the style, color, and suspense of the Italian Gialli (minus the tell-tale signs of a black-gloved killer). It includes stand out performances by Julian Ugarte, Ivan Rassimov, and Edwige Fenech in a captivating lead. Despite his later reputation for making low-budget Eurotrash, Martino displays all of the skill and finesse of the other Italian masters here, carefully crafting the story arcs and visuals with a painterly touch. Where other Gialli become unnecessarily contrived and convoluted, it is much easier to accept the surprising twists in ALL THE COLORS OF THE DARK as part of the dream logic inherent in the plot. The film must be regarded as one of Martino's finest works.

Rating: 8/10.

If you liked ALL THE COLORS OF THE DARK, check out:
ROSEMARY'S BABY, TORSO, HOUSE WITH LAUGHING WINDOWS.

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Sunday, May 15, 2011

Horror of Our Love (2010)



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Saturday, May 14, 2011

The Haunted World of Edward D. Wood, Jr. (1995)

THE HAUNTED WORLD OF EDWARD D. WOOD, JR. explores the amazing life story of notorious B-movie director Ed Wood as told by the people that knew him best. The documentary features actors, lovers, friends, and enemies like Dolores Fuller, Loretta King, Lyle Talbot, Bela Lugosi Jr., and even Vampira, herself. This collection has been put together to finally give voice to the people that committed their lives to such film travesties as GLEN OR GLENDA, JAIL BAIT, BRIDE OF THE MONSTER, and PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE, away from the rumors and hearsay that have commonly made their way around in the years since Wood's untimely death. It is both sad and uplifting at times, but always filled with colorful memories about the best and worst sides of film's most enthusiastic (yet utterly untalented) director. Brett Thompson's adoring look back paints Wood and his companions as they ought to be remembered: as dignified people with more hope, aspiration, and dedication to the love of filmmaking than they could afford.

Rating: 7/10.


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Friday, May 13, 2011

Maniac Cop 3 (1993)

Detective Lieutenant Sean McKinney thought that clearing 'Maniac Cop' Matt Cordell's name would put his soul at rest, but a voodoo ritual brings the vengeful office back to life in order to expose another wrongfully accused female officer and claim her for his own. MANIAC COP is an anomaly in the series that feels incongruent with the first two films despite the fact that it retains much of the same cast and crew. The plot plays out more like a murder mystery and cop drama than a horror film, with very few deaths to keep the pace along the way. What's worse, the already-short 80-minute runtime is padded with over fifteen minutes of footage from the earlier films, which comprises most of the bloodshed in the first half. Even Robert Davi seems bored with the role at this point, although he is given his moment of glory during a hospital shootout. MANIAC COP 3 is sure to disappoint, but the action-packed finale may be enough to quell fans of the series.

Rating: 6/10.

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The Beast (1975)

Young Lucy is scheduled to marry to the boorish Mathurin at his family's home deep within the French countryside, but a nightmarish beast beckons her to join him from the woods surrounding the estate. A more fitting title for Polish director Walerian Borowczyk's kinky exploitation film might have been 'BEAUTY BONED THE BEAST,' since that is the only thing that anyone is likely to remember from this otherwise boring Eurotrash entry. Borowczyk's sharp eye for the camera and costuming do lend an unusual amount of credibility despite the subject matter, though no amount of softcore sex or nudity can take away from the silly attempts at eroticism. Fans of Jean Rollin, Jesus Franco, horse copulation, and werewolf doggie style will be right at home here, but anyone expecting to see a traditional Gothic horror film with a sexy twist like in DAUGHTERS OF DARKNESS or THE COMPANY OF WOLVES will be gravely disappointed.

Rating: 6/10.

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Short: The Violinist (2009)

Michael is a lonely loser with a boring day job, but his luck is about to change when a handsome and successful violinist comes to town that happens to be his exact double. Michael poses as the great Nicholas Rentz to gain a few points with the ladies, but he has no idea is in store for him when he brings home a crazed fan by mistake! Clever, witty, and totally unpredictable, THE VIOLINIST is an entertaining mix of horror and comedy with a bitter note of irony that reads straight from the pages of the old EC Comics. César Gamiño is playfully akward as the dorky lead, which is perfect for the role. The sleek styling and sadistic humor make THE VIOLINIST a big win for short film director Carlo Besasie!

Rating: 8/10.


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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Press Release: Weekend of Horrors 2011 Official Line-up!

Weekend of Horrors 2011
Returns to Los Angeles May 14 & 15
with a Weekend of Monstrous Fun


LOS ANGELES, CA - May 1, 2011 - The Weekend of Horrors returns to Los Angeles for its 25th year, Saturday and Sunday, May 14 and 15, with the gory best of terror talent from both film and TV. This fright-filled weekend event will be held at the LAX Marriott Hotel, 5855 West Century Blvd., Los Angeles.

Headliners will include: Robert Englund, the beloved star of the NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET movies, will talk about his role in BEHIND THE MASK: THE RISE OF LESLIE VERNON; John Carpenter, the legendary horror/sci-fi director from HALLOWEEN, THE FOG, and ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK in a rare public appearance; Asia Argento, actress, director and writer from THE STENDHALL SYNDROME will make her Weekend of Horror’s debut; and legendary star from Alfred Hitchcock’s THE BIRDS and MARNIE Tippi Hedren will appear on stage.

Adam Malin, Creation Entertainment Co-CEO, said, "Creation Entertainment has been celebrating the bloody best in dark entertainment with our attendees for 25 years now, and we've put together a frighteningly fantastic array of horror celebrities, writers, artists and production people under one roof. It's literally to die for!"

Several star-packed presentations scheduled for the Weekend include:

* BEHIND THE MASK: THE RISE OF LESLIE VERNON panel with star Robert England and cast members

* HALLOWEEN panel with director John Carpenter (THE FOG, ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK THE THING and THEY LIVE) and cast members Nancy Loomis (ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13, THE FOG) and Charles Cyphers (THE FOG, ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK)

* 25th Anniversary of DEMONS panel with director Lamberto Bava, special effects/makeup expert Sergio Stivaletti and cast members Bobby Rhodes (known as “Tony the Pimp”) and Geretta Geretta (Rosemary in Demons)

* THE STENDHALL SYNDROME panel with the star Asia Argento and others

Also, scary favorites not to be missed include: Lance Henriksen, ALIEN, ALIEN 3, ALIEN VS. PREDATOR, and TV series MILLENIUM; Tom Savini, makeup FX legend from DAWN OF THE DEAD, FRIDAY THE 13TH, MANIAC; and appearing in a special Creature Panel will be Fred M. Andrews, award winning production designer and Daniel Bernhardt, star of BLOOD IS BLOOD, AKA LOCKJAW, and MORTAL KOMBAT CONQUEST.

Joining this year’s convention will be MTV’s DEATH VALLEY, a scripted horror-comedy that captures the exploits of the men and women of the Undead Task Force (UTF) - an elite branch of the LAPD that was formed when the San Fernando Valley became overrun by zombies, vampires and werewolves. Panel will be hosted by Ted Raimi, director/actor/writer, and will feature the series ensemble cast Caity Lotz from MAD MEN, Bryce Johnson from SLEEPING DOGS LIE, TEXAS BATTLE (Final Destination 3, Dragonball, Coach Carter,) Charlie Sanders from FUNNY OR DIE and the producing team Julie Kellman Reading (EP), Austin Reading (EP), Eric Weinberg (EP) and Spider One (Co-EP).

A steady stream of indie filmmakers will come together and speak about their experiences and give tips including: Mike Flanagan, ABSENTIA, Dustin Warburton, TASTE, STRANGE THINGS AND MORTICIAN’S FOOD; David Reda, HORROR OF OUR LOVE, and James Ryan Gary, DEVIL’S CROSSING.

Join the cast and crew of the Subspecies: The Epic Collection for a look back in an informal question and answer session. Participants will be Andres Hove, Ted Nicolaou and Denice Duff.

On Saturday, May 14 at 6:45 PM, Weekend of Horrors will host a Creepy Costume Contest on that will offer prizes to the winners.

Marc Draven’s Ink Fusion Tattoo Festival will be on site all weekend with the “When the Worlds of Tattooing and Comic Collide” tour. Professional tattoo artists will be on hand to create custom tattoo designs and performed on clients 18 years or older.

For the ghoul in all of us, you’ll want to dress in your finest zombie attire for the Weekend of Horrors Zombie Walk! On Saturday, May 14 at 10 AM, attendees will gather at the Foyer of the convention then start the official blood red route as the helpless public will watch and gasp. Gifts will be given to all participants in zombie wear.

A dealers’ room filled with vendors selling horror film merchandise and collectibles is sure to entice attendees along with photo ops. and autographs. Also, The Grindhouse Frightful Film Room will offer a marathon of horror and cult film screenings, courtesy of The Grindhouse Film Festival.

Weekend of Horrors is sponsored by Rue Morgue, Horrorhound Magazine, 100 Years of Monster Movies, Coffin Case, Screamfest Horror Film Festival and Dreadcentral.com and produced by Creation Entertainment, a leading entertainment marketing and merchandising company.

General admission tickets are $25 on Saturday, and $20 on Sunday and available in advance through www.weekendofhorrors.net or at the door. Tickets for children 7-12 are $10 at the door only, and children six and under are free with parent or guardian. Show hours are Saturday, 10 AM – 7 PM, and Sunday, 10 AM – 6 PM. For further information, call Creation Entertainment, 818/409-0960 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 818/409-0960 end_of_the_skype_highlighting or visit our website at http://www.weekendofhorrors.net.

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Maniac Cop 2 (1990)

The 'Maniac Cop' is back on the beat, and still looking for revenge against the system that betrayed him. Matt Cordell returns along with a rag-tag team of inmates that he has assembled to wage an assault on Sing Sing, the prison facility where he was sentenced to die. MANIAC COP 2 is bigger and badder than the original in every way possible. While most genre fans regard the grimy exploitation classic MANIAC as his greatest work, MANIAC COP 2 is, without question, Lustig's most technically-accomplished film to date. It is filled with high-powered car chases, explosive action sequences, and ambitious camera work that each show a true progression in form for the director. Robert Davi steps in for Tom Atkins in a commanding lead, partnering up with Claudia Christian as a ballsy police psychiatrist. All of the suspense leads up to a bloody rampage through the police headquarters before the fiery finale in the cell blocks of Sing Sing. MANIAC COP 2 is the perfect blend of action and horror for Slasher and Cop Thriller fans alike!

Rating: 8/10.

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Sunday, May 8, 2011

Shark Hunter (2001)

A research scientist whose parents were killed by a giant shark confronts the prehistoric megalodon years later using a state-of-the-art submarine with enough firepower to take out the 80ft predator in SHARK HUNTER! Antonio Sabato Jr. headlines this direct-to-video creature feature along with the rest of its Bulgarian cast, but while the acting and plot are expectantly bland, SHARK HUNTER boasts exceptionally large production values for such a small film. The set pieces for the underwater research facility and the interior of the Argus deep sea vessel give off the appearance of a film many times its size. Considering the year of its release and its respective budget, the computerized imagery used for the shark holds up very well, and the effects are actually much better than the many of the poor excuses that have come along in the years to follow. The shockingly downbeat ending will also come as a huge surprise! When pit against other DTV schlockers, SHARK HUNTER comes out on top of other weaker entries like SHARK ATTACK 3 or MEGALODON.

Rating: 5/10.
Entertainment: 6/10.

If you liked SHARK HUNTER, check out:
SHARK ATTACK 3: MEGALODON, SHARK ATTACK IN THE MEDITERRANEAN, MEGALODON.

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Saturday, May 7, 2011

31: Transmission 31 (2011)

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Press Release: Skin Folk

SKIN FOLK – ANTHOLOGY HORROR FILM SET IN NEW ORLEANS IN DEVELOPMENT
A folkloric horror film brings soucouyants, gangers, and zombies to the screen


NEW YORK, NY - May 7, 2011 - Skin Folk is a three part, feature length, anthology horror film based on the work of the award-winning, speculative fiction (SF) writer, Nalo Hopkinson, to be directed by two, emerging filmmakers, M. Asli Dukan and Miguel Jerez. The stories, which take place in modern day, New Orleans are based on Afro-Caribbean folklore and concern human morality within the supernatural realms of soucouyants (vampires), gangers (ghosts) and zombies told through the eyes of a mysterious character.

“Years after Hurricane Katrina brought death and destruction to New Orleans, a similar but angrier storm, unleashes a “revengeful spirit”, a woman abused and discarded to the bottom of the sea eons earlier. She emerges from the murky waters of the Gulf Coast, soaking in a ruined dress and veil of seaweed. Her eyes are dark and cavernous. Her mouth shaped in the form of an eternal soundless scream. She passes through the streets of New Orleans, unseen by most, to bring us three cautionary tales of those who tread the waters of the wicked. These are their stories…”



The independent feature will be producer and director, M. Asli Dukan’s fifth foray into the world of SF filmmaking. Her previous productions include several short SF films and the forthcoming, feature length documentary, Invisible Universe: a history of blackness in speculative fiction. Her approach to the Skin Folk project is to explore horror through three very emotionally complex tales of wanton pride, stifled love and obsessive greed. Her inspirations for the project are filmmakers like Val Lewton, George Romero and John Carpenter because of their unique visions and everlasting influence on the modern day horror film.

The producer plans to begin shooting on the RED ONE or similarly capable HD camera in New Orleans at the end of 2011. The production will be utilizing a mixture of traditional special effects techniques like prosthetic make up, mechanized props and pyrotechnics in addition to visual effects techniques like animation, compositing and color grading. The production will be seeking traditional and non-traditional distribution.

In addition, Skin Folk is currently conducting a crowd-sourcing, fundraising campaign to raise development funds. For more info, please go to: www.indiegogo.com/skin-folk-a-black-anthology-horror-film
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Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon (2006)

His name is Leslie Vernon, and his reign of terror is about to descend upon the unsuspecting town of Glen Echo... That is, of course, if he can catch up on his cardio and finish booby trapping the house before his teen victims show up! Taylor and her film crew have come along with Leslie to document his "comeback" as the next big Slasher icon, riding beside him as he stalks his "survival girl" and waxes philosophical about the importance of his "work."

Scott Glosserman takes the same cinéma vérité format found in MAN BITES DOG and adapts it to the Slasher film in a brilliant piece of Deconstructionist Horror that plays against each of the standard clichés and conventions of the genre. His sharp and witty script dives deep into the psychology behind these movies, from the psychosexual links inherent in much of the phallic imagery, to the fundamental need for an evil force to counterbalance the good in society. Nathan Baesel puts in a smashing performance as the title character, whose quirky behavior and slightly sarcastic tone work to bring out Glosserman's humor perfectly. Baesel truly becomes the Leslie Vernon, and embraces his darker half just as well as he does the more dramatic and comedic aspects of the role. BEHIND THE MASK also takes a unique approach by jumping in and out of the mockumentary style and entering the world of the Slasher film, where Leslie Vernon and his victims truly come to life and act out his demented vision on screen.

For anyone that may have missed it, BEHIND THE MASK: THE RISE OF LESLIE VERNON is one of the most intelligent, original, and entertaining entries in Horror in the last decade, and its underground following continues to grow as more and more fans discover it for themselves!

Rating: 9/10.

If you liked BEHIND THE MASK, check out:
LONG PIGS, MAN BITES DOG, THE LAST EXORCISM.



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Friday, May 6, 2011

Dark Ride (2006)

Spring Break means New Orleans for this group of five partying college students, but a quick detour lands them at the Dark Ride, an abandoned carnival attraction where two young girls were murdered years earlier. Little do they know that the insane killer from the past has escaped from the mental institute only to return to his favorite amusement park! Although it is drowned by genre cliches and stupid characters, DARK RIDE is familiar enough to create some appeal for most Slasher fans. The attraction that is used for the backdrop provides plenty of spooky atmosphere and jumps along the way to make up for much of the sillier acting and writing, and director Craig Singer is sure to include a number of gruesome deaths to keep the audience interested. Points do go out to Jonah, the film's masked killer, who stalks the teens in his blood-spattered straight-jacket and a creepy doll mask. While it's nothing new, fans of Tobe Hooper's THE FUNHOUSE are sure to enjoy it.

Rating: 6/10.
Gore: 5/10.

If you liked DARK RIDE, check out:
THE FUNHOUSE, HALLOW'S END, THE HILLS RUN RED.

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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Press Release: Leah Gibson Added to the Cast of American Mary!!

The Soska Sisters Announce the Addition of
LEAH GIBSON

to the cast of their upcoming feature American Mary


VANCOUVER, BC - May 5, 2011 - The Soska Sisters, directors of the breakthrough underground hit DEAD HOOKER IN A TRUNK, make another huge announcement regarding the cast of their second feature, AMERICAN MARY:

"It's time, once again, to give you another look into the world of American Mary.

Yes, we've been quite tight lipped as of late, but believe us, we have good reason to be. It's like Christmas morning, in a way. Where's the fun if you already know what you're getting? Of course, we're more than happy to let you steal glimpses at the gifts lying in wait under the tree. Today brings another big reveal...

Drink it in, boys and grrls. The incredible vision shown above is Leah Gibson, one of the leading ladies of our American Mary who will be joining Katharine Isabelle (Mary Mason) and Paula Lindberg (Ruby RealGirl).

If you can believe it, the talented miss Leah Gibson is even more breath taking in person and a rare case where the lady in question is every bit as beautiful on the outside as she is on the inside. We could not have asked for a more perfect fit for the role of Beatress Johnson. You may recall that we praised Leah as one of our inspirational Women In Horror this past February. Shame on you if you missed that entry, but we'll forgive you... just this once. Here's a taster...

"Leah Diane Gibson was born with her twin sister, Erin, in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. At the age of four, Leah was dancing and excelling. This would mark the start of her years of training and performing dance. Leah studied many forms of dance including: ballet, modern, contemporary/lyrical, jazz and broadway jazz.

Not only did she train her body, she trained her voice and would be singing from an early age. The interest in singing and dancing would bring her to musical theater - which she would also excel at. I'm not saying that the lady is a triple threat - actually, that's exactly what this talented artist is. On a personal note, she is one of the most beautiful human beings on the inside and out that I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. You know the type of person that lights up a room with their presence? Well in that example, Leah would be a super nova."

Now good read the full piece and get your ass back here. It's cool, we'll wait. You can find it right here.

You will certainly recognize Leah from WATCHMEN, CAPRICA, and the TWILIGHT SAGA just to name a few. When we hinted back then that you should keep an eye on her, I'm sure you can now see why. And what can we say about the character she will be portraying, a role we feel she was quite literally born to play, Beatress Johnson? Well, I'm afraid our wicked lips are once again sealed.

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Be excited, boys and grrls, and spread the word. Another ridiculously talented, Canadian actress officially joins the American Mary cast list!

And we couldn't be happier."

We are so excited to add Leah Gibson to our cast list. She is a sensational actress and a perfect match for this project. Thank you so much for your support of us, our work, and American Mary. We look forward to revealing more on this project soon!

Bloody Best!
Jen Soska
http://www.twistedtwinsproductions.net/

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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Maniac Cop (1988)

The streets of New York are held in the icy grips of a sadistic killer cop, and it is up to a street smart police detective to track him down and stop him before he kills his way up to the mayor's office! Tom Atkins plays Detective Frank McCrae with his usual MO as the man's man, the blue-collared hero of Horror. Larry Cohen's dark script once again challenges one of society's safest institutions, this time the New York City cop, while director William Lustig brings the same cold, grimy aesthetic as he had before in 1980's MANIAC. The result is a bloody, violent, and unrelenting film that mixes action, suspense, and supernatural horror in even measures. Although Robert Z'Dar's intimidating performance as the spiteful Matt Cordell never earned him a spot beside the other icons of the genre, he would return from the dead to continue his murder spree in two sequels despite his lack of recognition. MANIAC COP still remains as one of the better late-80's Slashers, especially when considering the film's small budget.

Rating: 7/10.

If you liked MANIAC COP, check out:
MANIAC, DEAD HEAT, PSYCHO COP.

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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Press Release: FEARNET HD Announces Major Expansions

FEARnet HD Expands to
Time Warner, Verizon FiOS, Comcast

Multiplatform Genre Entertainment Service Unleashes Programming Line-up;
Adds Tuesday “Twisted Comedy” Block


LOS ANGELES, CA - May 2, 2011 – FEARnet, the world’s premier destination for horror, thriller and suspense, announced today it has secured long-term carriage with Time Warner, Verizon FiOS, and has begun its linear carriage rollout with Comcast.

With the new carriage agreements, FEARnet is now available on:

§ Time Warner Cable and Time Warner’s VOD platform beginning in early May, with New York launching VOD on May 9 and both SD and HD linear on May 11

§ Verizon FiOS channel 197 nationwide, as well as on the pre-existing VOD offering

§ Comcast Channel 1865 HD, Channel 171 SD in Philadelphia as of April 12, along with VOD to Comcast’s entire footprint under its pre-existing agreement

The FEARnet brand recently expanded to include FEARnet HD, a linear cable channel where horror, thriller and suspense fans will find more than over 300 movies a year including regularly scheduled world, broadcast and network premieres, as well as new series, and original interstitial content. The move to linear followed four years of incubation and growth on VOD where FEARnet has become the number one free movie service.

“Genre fans are the most passionate fans in the entertainment universe, and we are committed to giving them the best programming in the form of distinctive Original Series, new Television and Broadcast Premieres, Classic Films and creative Stunts,” said Peter Block, FEARnet’s President and General Manager. “In a very short window, the FEARnet launch team has secured an outstanding first batch of linear distribution partners, designed a great schedule, and really utilized our outreach into the Hollywood horror community for movies, commentary and on-camera fun. We’re extremely grateful to the genre lovers nationwide who have taken the time to call their local television providers to request FEARnet.”

These carriage agreements mark the first wave of an expansion that is expected to take FEARnet HD above 10 million U.S. homes within the next year, in addition to the existing 26 million VOD households. FEARnet is also working with distributors on TV Everywhere initiatives which include streaming of FEARnet’s linear channel along with hundreds of hours of VOD content to authenticated customers.

“The early MSO enthusiasm for the linear channel confirms our belief that there is an unsatisfied hunger for FEARnet’s distinct and proven programming approach to genre entertainment,” said Ron Garfield, FEARnet’s Chief Revenue Officer. “As we move through 2011 expect to see FEARnet available in more markets from more providers, and grow into fans’ number one destination for everything genre.”

PROGRAMMING INITIATIVES

Building on the foundation of its deep library of movies, FEARnet has begun to establish new genre content franchises online, on VOD and on linear. Moving forward, FEARnet content will be accessible on a combination of the three platforms.

Original Series

“Twisted Comedy” is FEARnet HD’s brand-new horror-comedy block launching this summer with a distinctive pair of scripted series:

§ “Todd and the Book of Pure Evil” (Tuesdays at 10 p.m., starting August 2, 2011) – This supernatural comedy featuring Jason Mewes (“Mallrats,” “Clerks,” “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back”) tells the story of a small-town high school kid trying to save the world. In each episode, Todd and his cohorts are pitted against the dark powers of a mysterious book that grants seemingly innocuous wishes with sinister, unexpected, cataclysmic, and downright satanic side effects. Created by Craig David Wallace, Charles Picco, and Anthony Leo, the series was highly-successful in its Canadian television debut. FEARnet.com will also feature “Todd and the Book of Pure Evil” extras and related editorial content.

§ “Psychoville” (Tuesdays at 10:30 p.m., starting August 2, 2011) – This award-winning British black comedy thriller series centers on a group of characters haunted by a mysterious blackmailer. Written by and starring Reece Shearsmith (“The League of Gentlemen,” “Shaun of the Dead”) and Steve Pemberton (“The League of Gentlemen,” “Doctor Who”), “Psychoville” is the only comedy ever to feature a serial-killer obsessed man-child, a one-handed clown, a blind tycoon, and a possibly telekinetic dwarf. “Psychoville” debuted to great fan reception on BBC Two, earning the prestigious British Comedy Award for “Best New TV Comedy.” In addition to the half-hour episodes on FEARnet HD, fans will find bonus show material at FEARnet.com.

“Girl Number 9,” a six-part thriller created by Dan Turner and James Moran (“Torchwood,” “Doctor Who”), tells the terrifying story of a cop’s race against time to save his own daughter from a serial killer. The series stars Joe Absolom (“Doc Martin,” “Personal Affairs”), Gareth David-Lloyd (“Torchwood”), and Tracy-Ann Oberman (“Doctor Who,” “Eastenders”). Six intriguing five-minute episodes are slated to debut on FEARnet.com and VOD this summer.

“Post Mortem with Mick Garris” is FEARnet’s signature interview series. It features one-on-one conversations between award-winning filmmaker Garris and the biggest names in genre entertainment. Recent episodes include interviews with William Friedkin and John Carpenter, and Rob Zombie, Guillermo del Toro and Tobe Hooper are slated for later in 2011. The revealing 30-minute episodes run on FEARnet HD and VOD, and are serialized into five-part series for the FEARnet.com audience.

FEARnet Movies

FEARnet has secured movie deals with the major studios including Warner Bros., Paramount, Starz, BBC and E1 Entertainment in addition to the extensive collections from Sony and Lionsgate, to create a new FEARnet HD schedule with exciting blockbuster premieres, innovative treatments of classics and perennial fan favorite titles including “The Blair Witch Project,” which will air exclusively commercial free on FEARnet HD during a Memorial Day (May 30th) marathon.

“Movies with More Brains” is a hosted, in-depth celebration of genre classics and fan favorites. Monthly guest hosts will present a number of films through original interstitial content that deepens the viewing experience whether you are seeing the movie for the first time or the fiftieth. Guest hosts include Angie Greenup (“It’s Effin’ Science”) who will join Ryan Rotten (Shock Till You Drop) to present “Midnight Meat Train” starring Bradley Cooper on June 4th. Greenup will also present, along with Powerman 5000 lead singer Spider, “Blood Diner” on June 11th. Directors Adam Green (“Frozen”) and Joe Lynch (“Wrong Turn 2”) will team up on June 25th to bring audiences “The Gate.”

“Sinister Sundays” will bring a terrifying close to the weekend every Sunday night starting at 8 p.m. This weekly movie event on FEARnet HD will include broadcast premieres, network premieres, and world premieres. “Sinister Sundays” kicked off on Sunday, April 10, 2011 and future “Sinister Sundays” include the world premiere of “30 Days of Night: Dark Days” on May 1st, the network premiere of “Quarantine” starring Jennifer Carpenter, and world premiere of “The Horseman” with Dennis Quaid.

FEARnet Special Events

Special themed FEARnet events throughout the year will celebrate the breadth and depth of outstanding genre content and creators in the FEARnet repertoire. The linear network will program themed days at least once each month, with cross-platform support from VOD and online. Among the subjects getting the FEARnet themed event treatment in 2011 are:

- Authors Stephen King and Dean Koontz

- Foreign Language Frights

- So Real It’s Scary (Documentaries)

- Iconic franchises “Phantasm” and “Boogeyman”

- Villains and Monsters of Infamy – Godzilla, Vampires, and Zombies

FEARnet will also bring fans the Halloween Spirit all year long through its relationship with “Trick ‘r Treat” director Michael Dougherty. As the countdown to the genre’s biggest night begins, FEARnet rolled out the first video in a series of vignettes from Dougherty that feature the film’s signature character ‘Sam’ creating his iconic brand of mischief. In the video, ‘Sam’ disrupts a happy family’s perfect Easter celebration in ways only he could do. More videos are scheduled to be released throughout 2011 around several holidays.

In July, FEARnet will continue its annual coverage of the “dark-side” of Comic-Con. From fan favorites to celebrity interviews, FEARnet renews its commitment to bring audiences anything and everything horror, thriller, dark fantasy, black comedy, and sci-fi from fandom’s ground zero.

Last, but not least, no year in fear could ever be called complete without the Fiscal Fear-End. The Super Bowl of Scary. FEARtober, referred to by civilians and non-believers as “October,” is the culmination of everything that’s great about genre entertainment. Drawing on double movie marathons, outsized sweepstakes and promotions, unexpected guest stars, and more, each year the team at FEARnet strives to outdo the last year’s FEARtober festivities with its widest-ever array of on-air, online and special programming and promotions. The month will conclude with a 24-hour marathon of “Trick ‘r Treat,” that was part of FEARnet HD’s October 31, 2010 launch with the classic “The Exorcist.”

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Sunday, May 1, 2011

31: Transmission #30 (2011)

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Donkey Punch (2008)

Yes, a legitimate thriller exists that is called DONKEY PUNCH, and no, it is not just some cryptic name that has no bearing on the events in the film. "What is a donkey punch," you ask? Well, you will just have to wait and see... The film follows a group of seven throbbing young vacationers as they head out on a beautiful yacht off of the coast of Spain to indulge themselves in sex and drugs, but when things are taken too far and one of them is killed in a freak accident, the others are left to quarrel over what to do with the body. Outside of its outlandish premise and graphic content, DONKEY PUNCH offers little in terms of fun or originality. Oliver Blackburn handles the set-up with style and efficiency, building an increasingly darker mood and growing suspense as the ship sails forward, but after the titular event throws the characters into an emotional maelstrom, the final act falls into an endless circle of finger pointing and fighting. The decent acting and cramped quarters at least make this a passable high-seas thriller for fans of films like DEAD CALM or THE DEEP.

Rating: 7/10.

If you liked DONKEY PUNCH, check out:
THE DEEP, ALPHA DOG, DEAD HOOKER IN A TRUNK.

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