Sunday, July 31, 2011

Blood Fare Trailer Premieres at Comic Con

BLOOD FARE TRAILER ONLINE
After World-Premiere at Comic Con 2011!

SALT LAKE CITY, UT – On July 26, 2011 the trailer of the award winning female writer and director J.A. Steel’s fourth feature film “Blood Fare” hit the web after having its world premiere on the Big City Comics video wall at the San Diego Comic-Con 2011 on July 23. Steel, 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”, Savannah Ostler (“Vengeance”), Splattercontainer Scream Queen October 2010 and Jeff Kaufman, creator of the brand new graphic novel “Terminal Alice”, attended the world premiere.



“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.

Gerard 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”), 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 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 (http://www.indiegogo.com/BLOODFARE).

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Calvo/Slater Kick Off 'House of Dust' This July

CALVO/SLATER FILM SLATE KICKS INTO HIGH GEAR WITH THRILLER
“HOUSE OF DUST”
PRINCIPLE PHOTOGRAPHY BEGINS JULY 25th

FILM TO BE PRODUCED BY SLATER BROTHERS ENTERTAINMENT & GOODNIGHT FILMS IN CONJUNCTION
WITH BUDDERFLY ENTERTAINMENT

LOS ANGELES, CA - July 25, 2011 – As part of their recently announced financing and production deal, Principle Photography will begin Monday July 25th, 2011 on the feature film “House of Dust” it was announced today by Todd Slater, Slater Brothers Entertainment and A.D. Calvo, Goodnight Films. The film is produced by Slater Brothers Entertainment and Goodnight Films in conjunction with Budderfly Entertainment. Also announced today is the principle cast for “House of Dust.”

“House of Dust” will be filmed on location in Connecticut at The University of Connecticut and other locations within Connecticut. “House of Dust” is a thriller genre film which has attracted an incredible cast of some of today’s brightest young stars, including: Steven Grahyam (“The First Ride of Wyatt Earp”) Stephen Spinella (“Angels In America”) Holland Roden (star of MTV’s hit show “Teen Wolf”) Inbar Levi (MTV’s highly anticipated new series “Underemployed”) Nicole Travolta (“The Middle”) Joy Lauren (“Desperate Housewives”) Eddie Hassell (“The Kids Are All Right”) John Lee Ames (“Days Of Darkness”) and Alesandra Assante (“Looking For An Echo”.)

“House of Dust” will be produced and directed by A.D. Calvo (“The Other Side of the Tracks,” “The Melancholy Fantastic.) Argentine-born, Calvo worked with Slater and Budderfly Entertainment on “The Other Side of the Tracks.” The film received numerous awards and went on to receive international distribution with FOX Studios and is currently playing on Showtime Networks.

Slater Brothers Entertainment and Goodnight Films have partnered with Budderfly Entertainment to finance and produce a slate of thriller genre films. Todd Slater stated “We are really excited to be starting production on ‘House of Dust’ with such a great young & sexy cast. Having A.D. direct this film will be sure to thrill audiences and is the first of many in this genre we plan to produce.”

A.D. Calvo added “House of Dust is exactly the kind of psychological thriller I would’ve fallen in love with as a teenager. I’m lucky to have found partners who can help ensure we don’t just make a film, but we make a great film. ‘Dust’ is all about the characters, the actors. We have a tremendously talented cast for this.”

Calvo and Slater plan to move into their next film in early 2012 as part of their intended slate.

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Medium Raw (2010)

After slaying 14 young girls, the sadistic child killer 'The Wolf' is finally captured and thrown into a maximum security asylum for the criminally insane, but a freak power outage frees him along with several other murderous madmen, who set in on the staff and their guests! MEDIUM RAW kicks off with plenty of bloody suspense, as a killer in a steel wolf costume sinks his teeth into several young children before being caught. Once the characters enter the asylum, however, all hell breaks loose in the writing. Writer/Director Andrew Cymek takes little care in making the film believable, allowing drunken guards to aimlessly wander the halls and pester its captives, while embittered policeman Jonny Morgan (played by the director) steals a pass card with ease and attempts to kill The Wolf himself. It makes even less sense that The Wolf, a child killer, would go around murdering adults, unless one subscribes to the messy tie-up in the end. And who allows a child to roam free in an insane asylum, anyways? MEDIUM RAW is riddled with logical inconsistencies such as these, but it certainly does not make up for the errors through its uneven characters. None of the players are clearly defined, and the actors jump through emotional hoops with a complete detachment from their characters' inner beings. They simply regurgitate what is on the page without considering whether or not it is true to their characters' personalities. Perhaps Cymek thought little enough of his audience that he could get away with stealing the design of The Wolf from the French Slasher DEEP IN THE WOODS without being caught as well. While it starts off with a very dark tone, MEDIUM RAW falters ever farther with the absurdist black humor that Cymek injects towards the end that is entirely unbefitting with the rest of the film. It is truly unfortunate that there are so many elements working against him here, because MEDIUM RAW had the potential to be a much more frightening film-going experience. Instead, it falls into Slasher tedium where it will be lost amongst the crowd.

Rating: 6/10.

Movies like MEDIUM RAW:
ALONE IN THE DARK, DON'T LOOK IN THE BASEMENT, DEEP IN THE WOODS, SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, RED RIDING HOOD, THIR13EN GHOSTS. Read The Full Post HERE!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

The Virgin Spring (1960)

Taken from a classic Swedish folk ballad, THE VIRGIN SPRING follows the daughter of a wealthy family who sets off on horseback through the woods to deliver votive candles to the church. Along the path, she is stopped by three goatherds, who proceed to rape and kill her. The murderers mistakenly seek refuge from the cold within her father's house, and upon learning of their misdeeds, the broken Christian takes his revenge against the men and then throws himself before God for forgiveness. Ingmar Bergman's transcendental tale of faith and forgiveness may be a minor footnote in his brilliant career, however it is still an excellent film for cineasts to deconstruct and discuss.

THE VIRGIN SPRING is built on dualities, both in style and in theme. Bergman contrasts light and dark, good and evil, faith and disbelief, civilization and savagery. His poetic symbolism finds religious iconography in everything down to the elemental forms of fire and water. The sweet, innocent Karin is also exceedingly vain and selfish. Elegant scenes of beauty are placed beside the horrible acts of rape and murder. There is a purposefulness with which Bergman defies the camera, using uneven compositions while turning away from his most emotionally-charged scenes to demonstrate the frailty and imperfection in mankind.

Although THE VIRGIN SPRING professes an undying devotion to God, it is also, in essence, a very godless picture. This is best evidenced by Tore's soliloquy in the end:

"You see it, God. You see it. The innocent child's death, and my revenge. You allowed it. I don't understand You. I don't understand You. Yet, I still ask your forgiveness. I know no other way to live."

These words spoken by a grieving father in an open field with his back to the world. He is alone. How often is this question asked in times of war and despair? How can a loving God stand idly by in the face of death and destruction? Bergman constantly questions the proposition of faith. The themes resonate with the audience, and they leave a lasting effect. As Karin's body is removed from the ditch, a bubbling spring forms where her head once laid, and each of her family members wash themselves of their sins in its waters, forming a cross in a final moment of resolve. This is obviously meant to suggest that God has granted his forgiveness, thereby delivering a sound moralistic ending to the tragic tale.

Above all else, it is Bergman's decisive timing that sets the film apart. Having been profoundly influenced by the work of Akira Kurosawa, Bergman deliberately slows his pace, and plays out many scenes with little or no dialog. It seems like an infinity as Tore contemplates his actions, set before the three villains with blade in hand. The tension runs deeper than his knife. Max von Sydow provides enough expressiveness in his performance as to eliminate the need for an excessive outpour, and the wide-eyed awakening of the goatherds is enough to affirm their guilt.

THE VIRGIN SPRING would receive a renewed interest from the unlikeliest of sources in the 1970's, when an unknown director named Wes Craven would produce one of cinema's most shocking exploitation films of all-time based on Bergman's work. THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT pits two unexpecting teens against a group of vicious criminals, who rape and kill the girls in graphic detail and nauseating realism before they are slain by one of the girl's parents. Craven's film is far more nihilistic, throwing out any chance for redemption in a downturn ending that reflects the political unease of the time.

Along with WILD STRAWBERRIES and THE SEVENTH SEAL, Ingmar Bergman's THE VIRGIN SPRING continues to stand the test of time as a classic in art house cinema.

Rating: 10/10.

Movies like THE VIRGIN SPRING:
THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC, THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT, THE SEVENTH SEAL.

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Friday, July 29, 2011

A Nightmare on Elm Street 6 (1991)

Ten years have passed, and all of the children in Springwood have been brutally murdered in their sleep. All, that is, but one. John makes a narrow escape from town, but a fateful hit to the head clears his memories completely. After being mistaken for a junkie, he is taken to a rehab facility, where Maggie attempts to piece his life back together. When this involves returning to Springwood to uncover both of there pasts, Freddy will find his new victims in the miscreant teens that decide to tag along. The last (and decidedly worst) of the original NIGHTMARE series is a bad joke upon itself. Freddy's first appearance as a wise-crackin' Wicked Witch of the East sets the tone early on, and prepares the audience for minimal laughs and no scares. FREDDY'S DEAD takes a step back in time and reveals much of Freddy's past, but the absurd lengths that the plot takes to get there are sure to turn off even the hardcore NIGHTMARE fans. Director Rachel Talalay attempts to push the special effects even farther to close out the series, leading up to a gimmicky 3-D finale that falls completely flat. Just like in the original A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, Freddy has lost his power to scare.

Rating: 5/10. Read The Full Post HERE!

Cult Collections Releases "The Beyond" Weird Wobbler


Cult Collectibles in association with Grindhouse Releasing is proud to announce the release of THE BEYOND "Weird Wobbler" bobblehead figure. From the classic 1981 film by legendary Italian director Lucio Fulci comes the world’s first bobblehead figure to include a separate detachable face.

"The films of Lucio Fulci are incredibly important to me, THE BEYOND especially, so I wanted to make absolutely sure that this figure was like nothing ever created before,” says Cult Collectibles owner, Mark Jason Murray. Taking the character of the young girl “Jill” and putting it into figure form was no easy task. “I got the idea right away that it would be incredible if the figure could have two faces, one in her ‘possessed’ state and another destroyed by gunshot, to duplicate one of the most shocking moments in the film.”

The creative process of this figure took over 9 months as extreme attention to detail and functionality were needed. “Although it was necessary to evolve from the initial concept due to limitations of the polyresin material these figures are made of, I believe the final version turned out even better than I had originally planned,” states Murray who collaborated closely during each stage of creation with Grindhouse Releasing co-founder, Bob Murawski.

“I had a great time working with Mark on this,” comments Murawski. “He definitely shares the Grindhouse Releasing philosophy of obsessing over every detail and taking as much time as necessary to assure that every one of those details, no matter how tiny, is perfect. Mark worked tirelessly with his international team to create something that has surpassed all expectations on every level. As a rabid Fulci fan myself, I am excited to have a cool new BEYOND item on the market and I'm proud to be associated with the sickest bobblehead ever made!”

Cult Collectibles prides itself in delivering unique and high quality products. “I did some research and couldn’t find anything like this having been done before with a bobblehead. The detachable face rests nicely on the figure’s base by its feet for easy storage and display and is held onto the head by magnets embedded into both the detachable face and solid head. When attached, it fits almost seamlessly. So much so that you may not even realize that it is removable having not known it already,” boasts Murray who incorporated further references to the film by having the figure stand in a “blood flood”.

“I just kept coming up with ideas for this and thought it would be great if the packaging referenced the book of “Eibon” from the film,” comments Murray, “so the front of the box has a flap that looks like the cover of a very old and evil book.” As with previous figures released by Cult Collectibles, noted artist Stephen Romano was hired to provide the elaborate packaging artwork. “Bob got the idea to include the film’s Italian language title on the base, so “L’ALDILA’” was added to the back of the base with “THE BEYOND” on the front. I am incredibly proud of how amazingly awesome this figure is!”

Lucio Fulci’s THE BEYOND “Weird Wobbler” bobblehead figure details:

-Limited edition of 1,000 individually numbered figures
-7 inches of lightweight polyresin
-Alternate detachable “possessed” face
-FREE 33 track soundtrack CD (while supplies last)
-Deluxe “Book of Eibon” packaging designed by Stephen Romano

(Due to licensing restrictions outside of our control, this figure is only available to purchase in North America. Fans outside of North America, please understand that this is a legal matter which Cult Collectibles must abide by.)

This is the third bobblehead figure by Cult Collectibles following the successful release of the DEMON DOLL and BLACK DEVIL DOLL “Weird Wobbler” figures. Cult Collectibles is already hard at work on more limited edition “Weird Wobbler” fighttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gifures which are coming soon:

Lucio Fulci from his film CAT IN THE BRAIN (in association with GRINDHOUSE RELhttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gifEASING)http://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gif
Rudy Ray Moore is DOLEMITE (in association with Dolemiterecords.com)

For more information on Cult Collectibles visit: www.cultcollectibles.com

For more information on Grindhouse Releasing and theatrical screening availability for THE BEYOND, visit: http://www.grindhousereleasing.com

For potential event/convention appearances of cast members from THE BEYOND, contact Mike Baronas of Paura Productions. http://www.pauraprod.com

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Full Moon Comic Con Coverage 2011!



Over 150,000 people swarmed the convention center! Also, this vidcast has a spechttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gifial appearance by Robin Sydney who was signing at both the Full Moon booth and the booth for Femme Fatale.

Plus! 4 awesome new Full Moon items debuted at Comic Con this year and are now available online exclusively at http://www.fullmoondirect.com

-Suspecies Remastered on Blu Ray
-Subspecies Remastered on DVD
-GDM trilogy
-EB trilogy 

See you next year at Comic Con 2012! Read The Full Post HERE!

Laid to Rest 2 on Blu-Ray and DVD September 20th!

IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT BRINGS BACK
THE MAN IN THE CHROME MASK!

CHROMESKULL: LAID TO REST 2


Looking Sharp on Unrated Blu-ray™ and DVD September 20th


CHATSWORTH, CA - July 29, 2011 – There’s a saying among horror fans: “You can’t keep a good slasher down!” And for fans of the 2009 cult hit Laid To Rest, the wait is over! On September 20, ChromeSkull – the chrome face-plated, technologically saavy homicidal maniac – returns in ChromeSkull: Laid To Rest 2 on Blu-ray™ and DVD from Image Entertainment. Starring Brian Austin Green (“Desperate Housewives”), Johnathon Schaech (That Thing You Do, The Poker Club), LTR 1 alum Thomas Dekker (A Nightmare on Elm Street), Danielle Harris (Halloween), Owain Yeoman (“The Mentalist”) and Gail O’Grady (“NYPD Blue,” “Hellcats”), with Nick Principe returning as ChromeSkull, the sequel is once again directed by award-winning director Robert Hall (Laid To Rest, “Fear Clinic,” Lightning Bug). ChromeSkull: Laid To Rest 2 will be available in unrated DVD and Blu-ray versions, as well as a rated DVD. SRP is a razor-thin $27.97 for the unrated and rated DVDs, and a sheer $29.97 for the Blu-ray™. Pre-book is August 23rd.

Following his triumphant premiere at the world famous Comic-Con show in San Diego last week, the maniac in the metal mask returns-and this time he's not alone. After his gruesome encounter with the girl with no name, ChromeSkull has to rely on his assistant Preston, (Green) to take care of business. With a growing taste for bloodlust, Preston slashes his way from one gory mess to another. Not to be outdone, ChromeSkull resurges with a massacre of his own that is nothing short of "jaw dropping insanity!" -Dread Central.

Mimi Michaels (The Ugly Truth, Gamer), Christopher Allen Nelson (Sin City, Star Trek) and Angelina Armani (Bucky Larson: Born To Be A Star) also star in the bloodiest sequel you'll ever see. ChromeSkull: Laid to Rest 2 is directed by Robert Hall, who also co-wrote and executive produced, and produced by Chang Tseng and Kevin Bocarde. Brian Austin Green and Stephen Niver are co-producers.

Bonus features on ChromeSkull: Laid To Rest 2 Blu-ray and DVD include audio commentary with director Robert Hall, co-writer Kevin Bocarde, and star Brian Austin Green, “A Cut Above: Creating ChromeSkull” behind the scenes featurette, the “Jump To A Kill” function (available exclusively on the unrated Blu-ray™ and DVD) where viewers can jump directly to one of eight “kills,” deleted scenes, bloopers and the theatrical trailer.
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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Book Review: Shock Value (2011)

Craven. Carpenter. Polanski. Romero. De Palma. These are the men that would change the face of Horror forever, and only a few of the names that line the pages of Jason Zinoman's newest novel, Shock Value, a look back into the histories that reshaped the genre in the 1960's and 70's. Zinoman assumes the role of the biographer in detailing the early upbringings and defining moments for each of the men as he examines how their lives and the events unfolding around them influenced films like ROSEMARY'S BABY, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT, THE EXORCIST, THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE, ALIEN, HALLOWEEN, and many, many more. What is perhaps the most shocking is how a group of such grounded, friendly, and intelligent artists would go on to make some of the most notorious, provocative, and utterly terrifying films of all-time.

What could make a fundamentalist Christian create a film about the rape and torture of two young girls? What could cause a whole generation of filmmakers to rebel against the so-called Godfather of Horror? Is HALLOWEEN as ground-breaking and original as it has been made out to be? Zinoman answers these questions and more. He draws heavily from the personal experiences of friends, lovers, and the film makers themselves to give further insight into their deepest motivations. Previously untold rivalries and sensational media scandals are brought to the surface as he breaks down and examines the internal and external factors unfolding around them.

Where Shock Value begins to lose credibility is in Zinoman's fluid language, which often romanticizes the characters and their stories with a sense of subjectivity. It is often as if he is speaking in place of the characters to give the more mundane details more pizzazz. In doing so, however, Zinoman is writing the legends of the modern Horror film, and doing it well. Directors that were at one time crucified for their shocking images are praised for making daringly realistic portrayals of the human condition. A film once criticized for depicting a pack of flesh-hungry ghouls is dissected to reveal telling social and political significance.

This is not only a fascinating guide for film fans, but an important expose that clearly delineates exploitation from experimentations in fear. Zinoman has given New Horror the shock treatment it needed to validate the genre while giving the directors their rightful recognition.

Rating: 9/10.

Books like Shock Value:
Going to Pieces, Nightmare Movies, Book of the Dead.
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The Matrimony (2007)

Sansan enters into an unhappily arranged marriage with Junchu, who has not gotten over the death of his previous fiance. In a desperate attempt to please him, she invokes the spirit of his ex-lover, but the vengeful Manli attempts to take over Sansan's body so that she can have Junchu all to herself once more. MATRIMONY is a timely, old-fashioned ghost tale that builds on carefully crafted characters and a slowly drawn suspense. Because of this, the shocking moments that have been carried over from more contemporary sources like JU-ON or RINGU become that much more effective. At its heart, Hua-Tao is directing a melancholy romantic drama that happens to include horrific elements. We empathize with Junchu when Manli is killed, and then shift to a shared sadness for Sansan as she is cast aside by her uncaring husband.The irony comes as their relationship finally begins to blossom. Sansan and Junchu overcome their heartache and fall into a cute, playful, and loving marriage, which is the opportune moment for Manli to strike. Boasting beautiful cinematography, strong characters, and a well-played cast, THE MATRIMONY is a fond welcome back to the Asian ghost story!

Rating: 8/10.

Films like THE MATRIMONY:
A TALE OF TWO SISTERS, THE GHOST OF MAE NAK, THE GHOST. Read The Full Post HERE!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

A Nightmare on Elm Street 5 (1989)

Having defeated Freddy Kruger in their last showdown, Alice Johnson tries to return to a normal life with a new set of friends, but Freddy's evil cannot be contained, and soon he attempts to bring himself back to life using the soul of Alice's unborn child! Director Stephen Hopkins makes several ambitious attempts with THE DREAM CHILD's visual palette, but no amount of dark Gothic atmosphere or twisted Expressionist sets can make up for the uneven editing and confused plot in this fifth NIGHTMARE. Freddy's lame jokes are only as bad as his make-up this round, and the monotony of the role finally seems to have set in on Robert Englund. While the audience was mostly ambivalent to the teens in THE DREAM MASTER, they are downright annoyed by the one-sided characters in THE DREAM CHILD. Even Alice has lost her strength as Lisa Wilcox sleepwalks through her performance. The incredible Escherian labyrinth laid out in the finale does score Hopkins a few extra points despite the film's negative reputation.

Rating: 6/10. Read The Full Post HERE!

Monday, July 25, 2011

DEAD HOOKER IN A TRUNK RELEASED BY IFC MIDNIGHT IN LIMITED THEATERS AND VOD

The Highly Anticipated Release of the Award Winning, Critically Acclaimed, Independent Hit,
DEAD HOOKER IN A TRUNK!

WORLD PREMIERE -- AUGUST 3rd 2011 --

"You should check out DEAD HOOKER IN A TRUNK. They made it low budget and it's f*cking awesome. The violence is incredible and the stunts are fantastic." ~ Eli Roth, Director

After touring the film festival circuit and capturing the attention and adoration of critics and fans alike, the highly anticipated world release of the independent, cult classic in the making, grindhouse film DEAD HOOKER IN A TRUNK has finally arrived after making its UK and Australian release earlier in the year. DEAD HOOKER IN A TRUNK is being released through special midnight theatrical screenings in a limited release across the USA and Canada by IFC Midnight. Cities and theater information will be released soon. For those who can't wait to see it in theaters can see it early through VOD on August 3rd, 2011.

DEAD HOOKER IN A TRUNK, set in beautiful Vancouver, tells the story of four friends who set out on an everyday errand and end up in a fight for their lives when they discover the body of a dead hooker left in their trunk.

Lead by a sexy, impulsive Badass, her distant Geek twin sister, their bible thumping, Jesus loving Goody Two Shoes friend, and a chaotic, rock star Junkie pal, the group has to put aside their differences to dispose of the body before they're next. Thrown into their own personal purgatory, they face off against persistent police, a sleazy motel manager, chainsaw wielding triads, and a brutal serial killer. All the while they are followed by a mysterious Cowboy Pimp who wants to claim the corpse for his own.

Will they uncover the truth behind the body and be able to stand up to their demons? Buckle up and get ready for the ride of your life filled with gun fights, extreme violence, blood, guts, gore, and goats.

DEAD HOOKER IN A TRUNK is the debut feature film by Canadian Twin Filmmakers, Jen and Sylvia Soska, that has set the independent horror scene ablaze with excitement. The film and the filmmakers have captured the attention of Hostel director Eli Roth, Fangoria, Gorezone, Twitch Film, Rue Morgue, and many other profound voices in horror.

“Watching Dead Hooker in a Trunk is like having the best bare backing sex of your life while hopped up on junk with a fugly prostitute in a seedy motel room on the wrong side of town”
~ TWITCH Film

"Seriously, f*cking wow. I was totally hooked by the dialogue and the sheer where-the-f*ck-is-this-going-ness" of it all."
~ Gorezone

"A cult classic in the making and a hidden gem in indie film making."
~ The Jaded Viewer

"Wild, psychotic, funny, bloody, and strangely sexy opus."
~ Arrow In The Head



DEAD HOOKER IN A TRUNK has earned a substantial cult following and named onto several "Top Horror Film Of 2010" lists making it one of the most hyped and blogged about independent films of the year.

"Nearly every actor and actress who appeared on screen in DHiaT also served the film in other areas, from camera operators and stunt coordinators to editors and cinematographers. This film is a work of art, and it's a labor of love. Love from fhttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gifans of horror, and of film in general, who took that love and put it to work, creating a film of their own. And the love and respect that these men and women have for the the genre, as well as for movies as a whole, is very evident throughout the entire film. This is how a movie is supposed to look, sound and feel!" ~ D'Ment'D Cinema


For more information, please check out the following sites or contact the Twisted Twins at their Official Site (http://www.twistedtwinsproductions.net/).

Twisted Twins Productions is co-owned by film makers Jen and Sylvia Soska who bring you edgy dialogue, gore~geous effects, beautiful cinematography, and memorable characters, all for your viewing pleasure.

Their debut smash hit, DEAD HOOKER IN A TRUNK is only the beginning and the two are busy at work on their next project, AMERICAN MARY.

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Sunday, July 24, 2011

A Nightmare on Elm Street 4 (1988)

Freddy is back! After Kristen mistakenly pulls young Alice into one of her nightmares, Freddy is able to invade the dreams of a whole new set of teens. With the deaths her friends, however, Alice begins to absorb each of their strengths and skills to become the fabled Dream Master before facing off with Freddy in a final showdown! This is the NIGHTMARE for the MTV generation, one that is more concerned with product placement, flashy editing, and a hit soundtrack rather than character or plot congruences. But hell, it's just a Slasher sequel, right? Wrong. DREAM WARRIORS proved that the Slasher film could still retain some intelligence and imagination, and unfortunately, THE DREAM MASTER is devoid of both. The airheaded teens that are introduced do nothing to win over the audience's sympathies, so we sit in eager anticipation to see what sort of elaborate deaths they will receive rather than rooting for them to survive. Freddy is the real hero here, and Robert Englund shows no sign of tiring at this point. His performance is top-rate, even if his cheesy lines are not. Part 4's one major success lies in the character of Alice, who transforms from a mousy teen nobody into a powerful avenger. She is the only one worthy enough to take over for Nancy and Kristen, and Lisa Wilcox encompasses both sides of the role admirably. A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 4 is still an enjoyable entry despite the fact that it marks the first film in a rapid downward succession for the series.

Rating: 6/10.
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Friday, July 22, 2011

A Nightmare on Elm Street 3 (1987)

Going from one extreme to the other, A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 3 overcomes the disappointment of the second film to become one of the greatest Slasher sequels of all time! The last of the Elm Street children have each ended up in an institute for trouble teens, where they continue to experience haunting nightmares of the gloved killer Freddy Kruger. Nancy Thompson, now a determined grad student, returns to train the teens on how to turn their fears into strength as they team up to battle Freddy as the Dream Warriors! Part 3 features another excellent cast of likeable teens, but a different sort than those found in the original. These kids have been beaten down by life, and many have given in to fear. They bear their scars on the inside and out. It takes Nancy to give them hope so that, together, they can overcome their troubles. Subconsciously, the film addresses addiction and suicide in the same way that NIGHTMARE 2 relates to homosexuality. Alone, these teens are helpless, but by opening up and relying on one another, they are able to defeat their inner demons. These deeper themes help to create rounded characters that the audience can relate to once more. As we get back into the fantasy elements, having the teens imagine themselves as vamped up super heroes that must do battle with evil in a variety of nightmare worlds is a brilliant concept and a huge step for the series.

The teens are only the first part of the puzzle, however. Robert Englund is the next. This is the definitive Freddy Kruger, complete with quick quips and a demeaning sense of humor. Freddy's lines are sharply written and expertly handled by Englund to make for some of the most memorable moments in Slasher history. Where the sequels to follow would tire audiences with bad puns and lame one-liners, DREAM WARRIORS entertains as it scares. Likewise, Freddy is still as terrifying a villain as he was in the original film. He has not been castrated in to self-parody, and each of his various shape-shifting incarnations elicit true frights. This leads in to the detailed set work, inventive murder pieces, and incredible special effects that NIGHTMARE 3 has to offer which may even top the first film. A giant phallic Freddy-snake attempts to consume one of the girls; Freddy tongue-ties a mute boy to the bed before roasting him over an open fire; a young puppeteer has his arteries cut from his arms and legs with Freddy pulling his strings; another girl that watches mindless amounts of TV is brained against a screen that Freddy has possessed. These deaths are not only wildly imaginative, but they are each pointed directly at each teens' various personalities. Director Chuck Russell is also sure to play strictly within the rules that Wes Craven has created, another vital flaw that led to the failure of the second film.

A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 3 functions as the perfect sequel, and has yet to be topped by any other franchise. It manages to make a relevant social stance that teens can relate to without ever becoming overbearing, and it still allows audiences to forget reality and indulge in a bloody teen Slasher.

Rating: 9/10.

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

What's the Matter with Helen? (1971)

The mothers of two convicted killers are driven out of town by an anonymous caller, causing them to retreat to Hollywood to start a new life together at a small art academy. While Adelle aspires to her former greatness as a gifted dance instructor, Helen begins to slip into madness and delusion, and soon, the bodies begin piling up! Curtis Harrington directs this obvious homage to WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE, this time starring the great Debbie Reynolds and Shelley Winters in a pair of outrageously overstated performances that give way to high camp. To answer the question posed by the title, however, HELEN lacks the heart and gripping character drama that made BABY JANE such a huge success. It does feature plenty more of Henry Farrell's particular brand of twisted humor, though much of the suspense has been traded in for cheap thrills and unwanted gore. The two aged actresses still manage to charm and entertain, while the ending packs an unexpected shock!

Rating: 7/10.

Movies like WHAT'S THE MATTER WITH HELEN:
WHO SLEW AUNTIE ROO?, WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE?, HUSH HUSH SWEET CHARLOTTE, STRAIGHT-JACKET, FRIGHTMARE. Read The Full Post HERE!

The Caller Opens August 26th!

OPENING IN LIMITED RELEASE
FRIDAY, AUGUST 26, 2011

Directed by: Matthew Parkhill
Written by: Sergio Casci
Starring: Rachelle Lefevre, Stephen Moyer, Luis Guzmán
Running time: 92 Minutes
Rating: R
Distributed by: Samuel Goldwyn Films

Starring Stephen Moyer (True Blood) and Rachelle Lefevre (Twilight), this supernatural thriller tells the story of troubled divorcee Mary Kee (Leferve) who is tormented by a series of sinister phone calls from a mysterious woman. When the stranger reveals she's calling from the past, Mary tries to break off contact. But the caller doesn't like being ignored, and looks for revenge in a unique and terrifying way. Read The Full Post HERE!

Gingerdeadman Trilogy Hits DVD July 25th!

On Monday July 25th, the new Gingerdeadman 3 Disc Box Set will be available EXCLUSIVELY on http://www.fullmoondirect.com!

This is the first opportunity to get your hands on the early pre-release fan edition of Gingerdeadman 3: Saturday Night Cleaver!

Check out the trailers!

Gingerdead Man 3: Saturday Night Cleaver Trailer
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDAvnK8-Wnc

Gingerdead Man 2: Passion of the Crust
http://www.youtube.comhttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gif/watch?v=UXJkJnOT6eQ

Gingerdead Man, featuring Gary Busey!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UiWyiA77qzg

3 New FullMoonDirect Releases for Monday July 25!

Dudes! Gingerdeadman 3: Saturday Night Cleaver and Evil Bong 3: The Wrath Of Bong are both premiering at the San Diego Comic Con and will be available exclusively at www.fullmoondirect.com on July 25th! These box sets are for the fans only and will be sold for just $25.00 each!!! Both Gingerdeadman 3 and Evil Bong 3 will have their National Release in September and of course be available at your local video stores as well as PPV, VOD and beyond!

Far-out and awesome!!!

CB

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The Walking Dead Returns in New Special Edition DVD and Blu-Ray!

ANCHOR BAY ENTERTAINMENT
GIVES YOU A COLLECTION TO DIE FOR
WITH THE OCTOBER 4 RELEASE OF AMC’S
“THE WALKING DEAD:
SEASON 1- SPECIAL EDITION”


Three Versions Available Oozing with Extras Including a Limited Edition Blu-Ray ™ Collector’s Tin!


BEVERLY HILLS, CA – July 21, 2011 – “The Walking Dead, AMC’s hit original series that Entertainment Weekly hailed as the “best new show on TV”, gets a new release on Blu-ray™ and DVD this fall that’s sure to wake the dead! Anchor Bay Entertainment proudly releases the AMC® original series “THE WALKING DEAD: SEASON 1 – SPECIAL EDITION” on October 4, 2011. Available in three versions (Special Edition DVD, Special Edition Blu-ray and Limited Edition Blu-ray Collector’s Tin), each set contains all six episodes of the first season and is loaded with NEW behind-the-scenes featurettes, audio commentaries, extra footage and the fan-requested black and white version of the pilot episode. In addition to the Blu-ray special edition, a limited edition collector’s tin contains an exclusive wearable zombie mask from NECA designed by the series own make-up artist, Greg Nicotero. The first 100,000 units of the Blu-ray and Limited Edition Collector’s Tin together includes an EXCLUSIVE Cryptozoic “The Walking Dead” trading card.

In each version, all six episodes contain audio commentaries including award-winning Producer/Writer/Director Frank Darabont, Executive Producer Gale Anne Hurd, Executive Producer/Writer Robert Kirkman, Producer Denise Huth, Actor Andrew Lincoln, Special Effects Make-Up Artist/Consulting Producer Greg Nicotero and many more! A breakdown of each release follows:

All three versions include the following NEW extras:

Pilot Episode: The B&W Version
Audio Commentaries On All 6 episodes
We Are The Walking Dead
Bring Out The Dead: KNB And The Art of Making Zombies
Digital Decay: The VFX of The Walking Dead
No More Room in Hell: The Walking Dead Phenomenon
Adapting The Dead
Killer Conversations: Frank Darabont & Greg Nicotero

Each version includes bonus features from the previous release of “The Walking Dead: Season 1” on DVD that contained the following:

The Making of The Walking Dead
Inside The Walking Dead: Episodes 1 – 6
A Sneak Peek with Robert Kirkman
Behind The Scenes Zombie Make-Up Tips
Convention Panel with the Producers
The Walking Dead Trailer

Extra Footage includes:

Zombie School
Bicycle Girl
On Set with Robert Kirkman
Hanging with Steven Yeun
Inside Dale’s RV
On Set with Andrew Lincoln

AMC's hit "The Walking Dead," which broke ratings records in its first season reaching more Adults 18-49 than any other drama series in the history of basic cable television,* returns for its second season this Fall. The series is based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and tells the story of the months and years that follow after a zombie apocalypse. It follows a group of survivors, led by police officer Rick Grimes, played by Andrew Lincoln ("Teachers," Love Actually), who travel in search of a safe and secure home. Shot on location in Atlanta, the series also stars Jon Bernthal ("The Pacific," The Ghost Writer) as Shane Walsh, Sarah Wayne Callies ("Prison Break") as Lori Grimes, Laurie Holden ("The Shield," Stephen King's The Mist) as Andrea, Jeffrey DeMunn (Stephen King's The Mist, The Green Mile) as Dale, Norman Reedus (“The Conspirator”) as Daryl, Steven Yeun ("The Big Bang Theory") as Glen, Emma Bell (The Bedford Diaries) as Amy and Chandler Riggs (Get Low) as Carl Grimes. Season two of "The Walking Dead" is executive produced by three-time Academy™ Award nominee Frank Darabont, Gale Anne Hurd, Kirkman, David Alpert, and Glen Mazzara and AMC Studios. Greg Nicotero

*Source: The Nielsen Company. Live+SD. 1/1/93-12/5/10. A18-49, AA(000). M-Sa 8P-11P, Su 7P-12A. General Drama. Ad Supported Cable. Entire Series Original Premiere Series Airings Only.

Based on the popular Image Comics’ comic book written by Robert Kirkman, the series premiered on AMC Fearfest Halloween night and immediately became the most watched drama series in cable’s history with 3.5 million viewers. It has thrilled (and chilled) both critics and audiences with its groundbreaking take on the living dead lore. Season 2 of “The Walking Dead” premieres on AMC this fall.

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A Nightmare on Elm Street 2 (1985)

The phenomenal success of A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET could only mean one thing: a sequel was eminent. And who better to helm it than Jack Sholder, the man responsible for the criminally underrated Slasher ALONE IN THE DARK? Unfortunately for him, he could have no idea what he was getting himself into with this rushed and routine script that completely betrays all that Wes Craven had laid out in the original screenplay. Despite being one of the worst Slasher sequels of all time, FREDDY'S REVENGE would achieve a much deeper significance within the genre, whether the filmmakers meant it to or not.

Jesse moves into the old Thompson house with his family, but it isn't long before he begins experiencing nightmares of his own. Freddy Kruger is back, and he is using Jesse as a vessel to continue carrying out his bloody revenge. Jesse and his girlfriend Lisa struggle to stop Freddy before he can escape into reality!

Within seconds, screenwriter David Chaskin manages to make his first awful mistake. The main character in his script isn't one of the Elm Street kids! Why, then, would Freddy have any power over him, or even want to kill him to begin with? In the end, it is true love that rids Freddy of his power rather than simple disbelief. Freddy and Jesse trade places with no rhyme or reason, there are never any rules developed. Worst of all, Freddy is allowed to run amok in the real world after finally breaking free from Jesse's body. No thought has been put into the development of the plot, and it is abundantly clear that producer Bob Shaye was only looking to exploit the popularity of the first film in order to make some quick cash with no consideration given to the continuity of the story or the longevity of the series. Mark Patton and Kim Myers are weak, pathetic leads that constantly mope about while crying to everyone. They are the antithesis of the strong and self-confident characters in the original. Even the special effects are poorly planned and executed. The technical promise that Sholder lends to the picture is wasted on the flaccid script and cheap scares.

So what good could possibly have come from such a terrible sequel? FREDDY'S REVENGE is extremely daring in the sense that it is one of the first major film franchises to not only address homosexuality in a positive light, but to use a young man's budding homosexuality as the central driving force of the plot. Only NIGHT WARNING and PHANTASM had really attempted this so openly in the past. The entire film should be looked at as an extended metaphor for Jesse's "coming out." Jesse is an extremely effeminate male, playing the role of the victim that is typically reserved for females in distress. He is awkward and uncomfortable around his gal pal Lisa, and much more at home wrestling around with the high school jock, Brady. Jesse's gym teacher, Coach Schneider, is openly gay, and known for ogling the boys in his classes. Jesse finds him at a gay S and M club, and after, Coach Schneider is tied up and stripped in the boys' showers before being whipped to death in a highly-eroticized scene. The script makes no attempt to hide the film's underlying message, with conspicuous phrasing and innuendo constantly lining the dialog. Freddy personifies Jesse's inner struggle with his own sexuality, as he tries (and fails) to suppress his true feelings. Jesse is really in love with Brady, and after spending the night at his house, he is no longer able to control his urges, and the "monster" within is finally unleashed.

There is nothing Freudian about this interpretation; the signs are far too clear to ignore. It is only a shame that no one involved in the film's making is willing to step forward to accept the credit for taking such a bold stance in the way of gay rights. Outside of this surprising social significance, A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 2 is just a really terrible sequel with poorly constructed characters and an unforgivable plot that stabs fans of the original in the back.

Rating: 5/10.

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A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

In 1978, HALLOWEEN changed the face of Horror forever by introducing the formula for the modern Slasher, but by 1984, the genre had grown cold thanks the countless cheap imitations that were left in its wake. Wes Craven, who had struck previous success with the exploitative shockers LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT and THE HILLS HAVE EYES, looked to change all of that with a little film called A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET that breathed exciting new life into the dying breed.

The teens of Elm Street are having trouble sleeping... They are waking up with cuts and bruises as a murderous madman with knives for fingers stalks them in their dreams. After two of her friends are brutally killed in their sleep, Nancy must devise a plan to pull the unseen assassin out of her dreams and into reality, where she has a better chance at defeating him.

Although it is often taken for granted now, A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET was extremely shocking and terrifying at the time of its release. Robert Englund, who was no stranger to the genre, creates one of Horror's most iconic screen villains. Freddy Kruger truly is the stuff that nightmares are made of, and his persistence in pop culture over the past three decades lends evidence to the fact. Unlike so many of his Slasher brethren, Freddy's motives are clear and decisive, and he takes real pleasure in exacting his revenge upon the teens and their parents. Craven also imbues his villain with a sadistic sense of humor and a distinct look that set him apart from Horror's many monsters.

The teens in NIGHTMARE are not of the disposable variety that audiences had grown accustomed to by 1984. These are good kids that we actually care about, and leading the pack is the young Heather Langenkamp in the role of Nancy, who would prove to be one of the strongest female protagonists in the genre. Nancy is the cute girl next door; a bit modest, but never naive. She is a girl that the audience can relate to. When she and her friends are attacked, she immediately goes to her parents and goes to the police, but they do not want to believe her. Left to defend herself, she prepares a trap of her own, and is forced to face her fears by taking Freddy head on by herself.

Contrasted with the teens are the parents of Elm Street, who share none of their qualities. They fall into one of two dichotomies: they are either overprotective (as is the case with Glen's parents) or extremely neglectful (both Tina and Nancy's parents). They are cowards that live in fear for what they have done, and they allow their children to pay for their own sins while turning a blind eye to their suffering. This creates a unique dynamic and adds strength to the characterizations of both groups.

One would think that the early special effects work used in the film would have aged severely over the last twenty-five years, when in fact the practical effects now appear better than ever in light of the far less convincing digital effects used in more recent entries. The difference is that they are real. They are tangible. And they are terrifying. No one is likely to forget Freddy's unseen attack on Tina, as he drags her up the wall and onto the ceiling before gutting her. This was no cheap computer gimmick; the effect required true ingenuity, using a rotating room and static camera to create a masterful illusion and allow the audience to completely suspend disbelief. Other inventive techniques have Freddy bend reality by springing forward out of a bedroom wall, while later, Glen falls asleep and is sucked into his bed before a geyser of blood drenches the room in red.

Many sequels would follow, but none would recapture what Craven had produced in the original. This is 80's Horror at its best, and as the 2010 remake showed, it took more than just a flashy
special effects show to make it so successful. A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET is not only a great Horror film, but great storytelling overall led by strong characters that ground the fantasy world of dreams into reality.

Rating: 10/10.

Movies like A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET:
A CAT IN THE BRAIN, BAD DREAMS, THE SENDER,

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Press Release: The Last Circus US Poster Premiere!

It's Showtime.
Magnolia Pictures Releases New Poster
for Álex de la Iglesia's
THE LAST CIRCUS
LOS ANGELES, CA - July 19, 2011 - Cult director Álex de la Iglesia bursts back onto the Horror scene with this berserk trip to the circus! Be sure to check out the new Red Band trailer below to unleash the madness for yourself!

Synopsis:

1937, Spain is in the midst of the brutal Spanish Civil War. A "Happy" circus clown is interrupted mid-performance and forcibly recruited by a militia. Still in his costume, he is handed a machete and led into battle against National soldiers, where he single handedly massacres an entire platoon. This absurd and disturbing scenario raises the curtain on a twisted tale of love, revenge, and psychopathic clowns that could only spring from the mind of filmmaker Álex de la Iglesia

Fast forward to 1973, the tail end of the Franco regime. Javier, the son of the clown, dreams of following in his father's career footsteps, but has seen too much tragedy in his life - he's simply not funny and is only equipped to play the role of the Sad Clown. He finds work in a circus where he befriends an outlandish cast of characters, but as the Sad Clown he must take the abuse of the brutish Happy Clown Sergio, who humiliates Javier daily in the name of entertainment.

It is here that he meets Natalia, a gorgeous acrobat, and abused wife of Sergio. Javier falls deeply in love with Natalia and tries to rescue her from her cruel and violent husband, unleashing Sergio's jealousy. But Natalia is torn between her affection towards Javier and her lust for Sergio.

With neither man willing to back down, this twisted love triangle evolves into a ferocious battle between Sad Clown and Happy Clown, escalating to unbelievable heights in this absurd, shocking, irreverent and unforgettable film.



Official site: http://www.thelastcircusmovie.com/
Official facebook: http://www.facebook.com/thelastcircus

THE LAST CIRCUS will open in select theaters August 19 from Magnolia Pictures.

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Monday, July 18, 2011

Slither (2006)

SLiTHER is a Horror fan's wet dream, assembling a draft pick of familiar faces to head off against a slimy foe in one of 2006's goriest guilty pleasures! An alien menace threatens to destroy the small town of Wheelsy when the parasitic slugs begin to turn its citizens into mind-controlled zombies. Director James Gunn firmly denies having seen Fred Dekker's NIGHT OF THE CREEPS prior to filming, however the two films share far too many similarities to be ignored. Numerous other nods to 80s classics (including "Henenlotter's Lodge," a cameo by Lloyd Kaufman, and a modified version of the PREDATOR theme) only strengthen the case against him, but regardless of the alleged plagiarism, SLiTHER provides enough originality and entertainment to distinguish it from its predecessor. The acid-spitting, slug-infested creatures make for a refreshing change-up from the usual zombie fare, and their group consciousness gives them another unique edge. Michael Rooker's off-beat performance as the mutated Grant is as creepy as it is disgusting, while each of the other characters hold their own as they shoot and stab their way through town. SLiTHER also offers an even blend of practical and digital FX, only relying on computer imaging for shots that could not be realistically completed in-frame. Even though the humor is hit or miss at times, SLiTHER is still a ton of gross-out fun for monster movie fans!

Rating: 7/10.
Gore: 7/10.
Entertainment: 8/10.

If you liked SLiTHER, check out:
NIGHT OF THE CREEPS, INVADERS FROM MARS, THE DEADLY SPAWN, THE THING, SLUGS.



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Sunday, July 17, 2011

Press Release: Aliens and Unicorns

“Alien Beach Crashers!”
The fun is coming your way SUMMER 1964!


LOS ANGELES, CA - July 17, 2011 - Team Unicorn is back and putting a new spin on the classic beach party song and dance movies of the 60’s with their comedic homage “Alien Beach Crashers!”, a story about pesky intergalactic invaders ruining the most awesome beach party ever.

Directed by Sean Becker (The Guild), written by Zeb Wells (Robot Chicken, Marvel Comics)and starring Team Unicorn (Clare Grant, Michele Boyd, Milynn Sarley, Rileah Vanderbilt), “Alien Beach Crashers!” features Zachary Levi (Chuck), Pete Wentz (Fall Out Boy), Abraham Benrubi (ER, Robot Chicken) and Magda Apanowicz (Caprica).

http://teamunicornftw.com/alien-beach-crashers/



About Team Unicorn

Team Unicorn is a multi-media production team formed in Los Angeles, California in 2010. Its members are Michele Boyd (The Guild), Clare Grant (Walk the Line), Milynn Sarley (Attack of the Show!), and Rileah Vanderbilt (Frozen). The group released their debut parody song "G33K & G4M3R Girls" online in September 2010. The music video, spoofing Katy Perry's "California Gurls” was filled with geek cultural references and pays tribute to women who love gaming, manga, sci-fi and many other genre related topics. The video reached one million views in its first week online and stirred controversy over its sexy portrayal of geek girls. Team Unicorn has since released a 1950's industrial spoof "A Very Zombie Holiday" as well as a comedic eHarmony commercial parody entitled "superHarmony" on their YouTube channel.

Representing the idea that "like unicorns, geek girls aren't supposed to exist”, the views of Team Unicorn’s projects has increased to over five million across multiple platforms. News and blog forums on an international level have paid tribute to Team Unicorn’s projects and fans from all over the world have embraced Team Unicorn’s unique vision. Their song “G33K & G4M3R” Girls has already been made in to a dance remix and played in clubs everywhere, and was organized and used by fans for a flash mob at the Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle in March 2011. The girls are also going to be featured in an upcoming Comic-Con documentary by award-winning director Morgan Spurlock.

For more from Team Unicorn, check out their past videos.

www.youtube.com/user/TeamUnicornFTW

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Press Release: After Dark Returns to San Diego Comic Con for 5th Year

GOING ALL OUT: AFTER DARK FILMS CELEBRATES
ITS 5TH YEAR AT SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON


After Dark Films Brings in Action Packed Talent and Partners With SEGA’s
Rise of Nightmares™ at This Years SDCC

LOS ANGELES, CA — July 15, 2011 — In celebration of After Dark Films 5th year at San Diego Comic-Con, ADF is pleased to announce several promotions and signings in anticipation for the high volume turnout of its loyal fans. Visitors of the After Dark Films booth, #4035, will have the opportunity to treat themselves to:

Signings from Major Cast Members of Our Upcoming Films
James Frain (Tron: LEGACY, TV: True Blood) of Transit:
Thursday, July 21 @ 2 PM
Roger Cross (X2, The Chronicles of Riddick, TV: 24) of Re-Kill:
Friday, July 22 @ 2 PM
Cung Le (Pandorum, MME Worldwide) of Dragon Eyes:
Saturday, July 23 @ 2 PM

There are openings for interviews with talent, and to schedule we ask press to email Sara Finder at sfinder@afterdarkfilms.com

SEGA will be showcasing Rise of Nightmares™ debut gameplay trailers and distributing promotional materials in preparation for the game's September 6, 2011 release date.Rise of Nightmares on Kinect™ for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft features over-the-top horror themes, buckets of blood, and copious amounts of gore. Players will immerse themselves in a unique videogame that allows them to perform a variety of intuitive motions in order to guide their character through one night of terror. Along the way players will be able to use weapons such as: chainsaws, scythes, and brass knuckles to decimate the undead - sure to be one of the most talked about horror games to date. http://www.sega.com/riseofnightmares

After Dark Films' upcoming Action film titles will be announced and exclusive never before seen trailers will be shown at the After Dark booth #4035. After Dark Films has teamed up with Silver Pictures and Joel Silver himself, the top name in action films worldwide, to launch a new cutting edge brand of 5 action films with the next generation of Action stars (including Wes Chatham, Sean Faris, Michael Jai White, Scott Adkins, James Frain, Cung Lee) and cameos from some of the classic stars of the genre (Jim Caveizel, John Claude Van Damme, Dolph Lundgren, Neal McDonough). 4 of the 5 films are in post production now and will hit theatres next year.

After Dark Films is also pleased to announce the launch of their ‘Dragon Eyes’ Facebook page, dedicated specifically to the upcoming action packed film. Go to http://www.facebook.com/dragoneyesthemovie to follow the latest developments.

Win an iPad 2 Contest
Click ‘Like’ on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/afterdarkfilms and enter to win! After Dark Films will give one lucky winner an iPad 2.

Promotional Item Giveaways
ADF will be handing out thousands of FREE promotional items, including zombie masks, temporary tattoos, DVDs & many other prizes each day.

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Press Release: FlickLaunch Becomes First Dist. Platform on Facebook

FlickLaunch Showcases First Movie Distribution Platform
Built on Facebook® for Viewing Independent Films


THE PERFECT HOUSE to Premiere on Facebook on October 1st
for 750M+ Global Users on the film’s Fanpage/Online Movie Theater


BERKELEY, CA – July 15, 2011 – FlickLaunch, the first movie distribution platform built on Facebook for independent filmmakers, will premiere the horror thriller THE PERFECT HOUSE on October 1, 2011 as a 7-day rental on the film’s Facebook fanpage - http://www.facebook.com/ThePerfectHouseMovie. The film is directed by Kris Hulbert and Randy Kent and stars Monique Parent, Felissa Rose, Will Robertson, Andrea Vahl, Chris Raab, Jonathan Tiersten, and John Philbin.

This new platform enables independent filmmakers to market to and access a global audience through Facebook without the prohibitive costs of traditional and outdated distribution. For a $5 “ticket price,” the movie will be viewed in its entirety and in full screen. Rather than go the traditional distribution route, the filmmakers for THE PERFECT HOUSE preferred to partner with FlickLaunch to engage moviegoers with a more scalable distribution model.

“We see a great opportunity to help these filmmakers get their films seen by offering this powerful transactional VOD distribution platform,” remarked Craig Tanner, Co-Founder and CEO of FlickLaunch. “Currently, many independent films are not lucky enough to secure distribution from a major distributor and rarely have a meaningful marketing budget to reach a mass audience. FlickLaunch provides an immediate solution to filmmakers for both of these issues.”

“Partnering with FlickLaunch to be the first new released film on Facebook is something we are extremely excited and proud of,” says Kris Hulbert, writer, producer, and co-director of THE PERFECT HOUSE. “As soon as FlickLaunch announced their video platform during our post-production, I immediately saw we were in a special position and the value to release our film in this new distribution model was enormous.”

In THE PERFECT HOUSE, newlyweds Mike and Marisol (Will Robertson and Andrea Vahl), are given the tour of their dream home by a perky real estate agent (Monique Parent) and they soon find out their perfect house might just have a foreboding past. The ugly horrors of this house are revealed through three original tales of terror detailing the grim circumstances of the previous occupants. Done as an anthology, each short story in this homage to horror emulates the story and shooting styles of specific time periods in cinematic horror history.

Prior to the October 1st premiere, THE PERFECT HOUSE will take the film on a barnstorming 30-city tour. This reality-style tour will feature free screenings, a must-see tour bus, and will showcase the cast and crew on an adventure they hope to share with horror fans around the country. For specific dates and cities or to follow the daily tour blog when it starts on August 2nd, please visit: http://www.theperfecthousemovie.net or http://www.facebook.com/ThePerfectHouseMovie.

With FlickLaunch, filmmakers can offer their movies on Facebook in minutes, not days or months as is the case for other Internet platforms. The FlickLaunch player and application quickly uploads the filmmaker’s movie to the Facebook fanpage. Using the ‘LIKE’ button, the filmmaker can give away a predetermined amount of free views to “movie goers” to promote the movie or set the rental price to start making money right away. Once the predetermined number of ‘LIKES’ is exhausted, “moviegoers” will use Paypal (Facebook Credits available soon) to rent movies at a price of $1-$5 depending on the film, while engaging with their Facebook friends.

“The FlickLaunch player is the easiest interface to use by filmmakers to upload and stream their movies in a highly scalable, SaaS platform for an optimized viewing experience on Facebook,” commented Pinaki Saha, FlickLaunch tech advisor and board member. “Users can watch in full screen, stop, pause, and resume within the 7-day rental window, all while posting comments and updates to their page.”

“In order for a film to be ensured success in this competitive environment, each actor, director, and producer must use their Facebook friends and Twitter followers to drive traffic to their movie” commented Erik Moore, Co-founder of FlickLaunch. “It’s much easier when the movie theater and marketing arm reside on Facebook.”

Of the 3,812 movie submissions to the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, only 118 feature length films were selected. A limited number of those official selections will secure any meaningful distribution. The other 3,694 may never be seen by an audience. With FlickLaunch, that story is about to change.

FlickLaunch just completed their extremely robust iPad app, giving the Independent Filmmaker access to 30M iPads. The company is currently working on apps for the Android and iPhone. Soon to be released is FlickLaunch 2.0, their movie genome project based on the social graph.
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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Short: My Undeadly (2011)

Indie Horror director Dave Reda follows up his entertaining Slasher short THE HORROR OF OUR LOVE with this Zom Rom Com that packs an unexpected twist! MY UNDEADLY pits a busty brunette against a ravaging ghoul with more than just flesh on the mind. Reda steps up every aspect of his newest production, with a keen concept, excellent make-up effects, and sharp cinematography provided by Brian Barrow. He understands exactly how to strike the delicate balance between humor and horror, and succeeds at both. MY UNDEADLY brings a whole new meaning to the phrase 'undying love' in this clever genre-bender.

Rating: 7/10. Read The Full Post HERE!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The Dead and the Damned (2010)

A lone bounty hunter and his Apache captive must face off against a horde of gunslingin' ghouls after a small Western town falls victim to a cloud of deadly spores from outer space. THE DEAD AND THE DAMNED may have high ambitions, but its budget frequently cripples any chance for success. Director Rene Perez takes us through dusty old towns and across the desert plains, giving the small film a larger scope even if the same tired sets are constantly being reused. Unfortunately, neither David Lockhart of Rick Mora possess the strength or charisma needed to create a powerful screen presence as the two unwitting heroes. Their characters are stilted stereotypes, making it difficult to relate to their plight. The plot also fails to captivate, but provides just enough gore to keep the audience watching until the end. THE DEAD AND THE DAMNED does feature some great costume and make-up work for the budget, which should be enough to please most zombie fans. File this alongside other Zombie Westerns like THE QUICK AND THE UNDEAD or UNDEAD OR ALIVE that just miss the mark.

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

If you liked THE DEAD AND THE DAMNED, check out:
UNDEAD OR ALIVE, THE QUICK AND THE UNDEAD, DEVIL'S CROSSING, OBLIVION, DEAD BIRDS. Read The Full Post HERE!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Press Release: Log onto Terror with VLOG in October!

First Light Entertainment and Anchor Bay
Invite You To Log Onto
VLOG
Coming to DVD this October!


CHATSWORTH, CA - July 12, 2011 - Over ten million young adults (18 – 24) watch video blogs and viral videos per month. That’s 2/3 of the entire young adult audience in the United States . But beyond the cat videos and loud but harmless rants, there is a dark side to watching “vlogs” (blog in video form) and the video cyber revolution is about to get a wake-up call! On October 11th, watch horror in real time when Anchor Bay Entertainment releases the cyber-cautionary tale VLOG on DVD. SRP is $22.98, and pre-book is September 14th.

Millions watched in horror as popular and sexy “vlogger” Brooke Marks was murdered on camera during one of her live webcasts. Her body was never found. But what happened in the weeks before might be the most depraved crimes of all. These are the days and nights leading up to Brooke’s brutal death: Her casual hook-ups with various guys. Her cruel put-downs of other women. And the faceless cyber-stalker who forces Brooke to watch as those closest to her are systematically tortured, slaughtered and defiled. From First Light Entertainment, experience the feature film version of the online sensation that shocked the world.

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Monday, July 11, 2011

Press Release: Basket Case Comes Escapes on Blu-Ray

“The Sickest Movie I’ve Ever Seen!”
- Rex Reed

ON SEPTEMBER 27th, IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT
AND SOMETHING WEIRD PRESENT THEIR CASE
BASKET CASE Blu-ray™

The grindhouse classic remastered and on Blu-ray™ for the first time!


CHATSWORTH, CA – July 11, 2011 - In 1982, a low budget horror film raised its twisted head and created a buzz with a strange mix of comedy, gore, sleaze and heartfelt pathos. On September 27th, Image Entertainment and Something Weird proudly join forces to unleash Basket Case in a brand new HD transfer supervised by writer/director Frank Henenlotter. The Blu-ray™ has an SRP of $17.97 with a pre-book of August 30th and also contains a basket full of bonus features including an all-new video introduction by the director, commentary tracks and outtakes.

Carrying a mysterious wicker basket wherever he goes, Duane Bradley checks into a flea-bag hotel in New York ’s Times Square . What’s in the basket, you ask? Why, it’s Duane’s hideously misshapen Siamese twin brother, Belial, who seems to wield some sort of odd control over his more normal looking brother. Together, they’re in town to hunt down and wreak havoc on the sick surgeons who separated them, but this isn’t your normal revenge flick.

With memorably gruesome scenes and some seriously disturbing stop-motion animation, Basket Case is one of the most beloved, cheerfully demented cult classics of all time. Many discovered it in the days of VHS, but now Basket Case is reborn and remastered on Blu-ray™ for a new generation of twisted fans to enjoy. Open the basket if you dare!

Blu-ray™ Bonus Features:

-New Full-Frame HD Transfer Preserving the Original 16mm Camera Ratio
-New Video Introduction by Director Frank Henenlotter
-Audio Commentary by Director Frank Henenlotter, Producer Edgar Ievins, and Actress Beverly Bonner
-Rare Outtakes and Behind-the-Scenes Footage from the Director’s Personal Collection
-Two Theatrical Trailers plus TV Spot
-2001 Video Short: In Search of the Hotel Broslin
-Two Rare Basket Case Radio Spots
-Gallery of Basket Case Exploitation Art and Behind-the-Scene Photos

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Press Release: Herschell Gordon Lewis Returns to DVD!!

Image Entertainment and Something Weird Invite You
on an Outrageous Ride Through
The Blood-Soaked World of a Legendary Filmmaker!

HERSCHELL GORDON LEWIS:
THE GODFATHER OF GORE DVD AND
THE BLOOD TRILOGY BLU-RAY™


The Godfather of Gore Features Never-Before-Seen
Interviews and Rare Footage;
Blood Trilogy Blu-ray™ Special Edition Features Remastered Audio and Video;
Coming September 27th


CHATSWORTH, CA - July 11, 2011 - He’s been hailed as a visionary and as a provocateur. His films have legions of fans, and just as many detractors. In 1963, he introduced stunned audiences to a new kind of cinema with Blood Feast – and in the process single-handedly launched “splatter cinema.” He is writer/director Herschell Gordon Lewis and he is truly the “Godfather of Gore.” On September 27, Image Entertainment and Something Weird pay homage to a true cinematic legend with the DVD release of Herschell Gordon Lewis: The Godfather of Gore, and the high definition premieres of grindhouse classics Blood Feast, Two Thousand Maniacs and Color Me Blood Red with The Blood Trilogy Blu-ray™ Special Edition!

With a $14.98 SRP for the DVD, and a $17.97 SRP for the Blu-ray™, fans will have a chance to not only explore the wild world of Lewis and his exploitation films, but they will be able to experience every splat, every slice and every drop of fake blood and guts in full 1080p glory! In addition, each release contains a crypt-full of special bonus features including audio commentaries, deleted scenes, outtakes, original theatrical trailers and art galleries. Pre-book is August 30th.

Featuring interviews with cast, crew and critics such as director John Waters, drive-in movie critic Joe Bob Briggs and Herschell Gordon Lewis himself, The Godfather of Gore traces Lewis’ start in the innocent bare-naked world of “Nudie Cuties” before he shocked the world with Blood Feast, the first-ever gore film! Lewis then continued to assault audiences with such audacious shockers as She-Devils on Wheels, Blast-Off Girls, Just for the Hell of It, Two Thousand Maniacs!, The Gruesome Twosome, The Gore Gore Girls, and the incredible Wizard of Gore! Packed with tons of clips, rare outtakes, and testimony from the people who were there, Herschell Gordon Lewis: The Godfather of Gore will leave you laughing and screaming at some of the most amazing motion picture madness to ever play American movie theaters!

Bonus Features on Herschell Gordon Lewis: The Godfather of Gore:

Over an Hour of Deleted Scenes!
Herschell Gordon Lewis Trailer Reel!
Rare Lewis Short: Hot Night at the Go-Go Lounge!
Gallery of Herschell Gordon Lewis Exploitation Art!

The Blood Trilogy Blu-ray™ presents three pioneering features from Herschell Gordon Lewis with all-new 1080p high-definition transfers and remastered 5.1 DTS HD audio, along with some bloody-good supplements.

Blood Feast (1963)

Nothing so appalling in the annals of horror has ever been seen before. When Mrs. Fremont hires crackpot Egyptian cultist Fuad Ramses to cater a party for her daughter, Suzette, she commits the culinary catastrophe of the century! Fuad immediately prepares a Blood Feast made from the grisly body parts of nubile young women. The world's first (and most notorious) "gore" film, Blood Feast is both shocking and hilarious. It's also the first of the infamous "blood trilogy" from director Herschell Gordon Lewis and producer Dave Friedman.

Two Thousand Maniacs (1964)

An entire town bathed in pulsing human blood from madmen crazed for carnage! The Two Thousand Maniacs of a small Southern town celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Civil War by forcing a handful of Northerners to serve as "guests" for a variety of blood-crazed fun and games. The festivities include a screaming man placed in a rolling barrel lined with nails, a hit-the-bull's-eye carnival game with a pretty gal and a boulder, and a blonde sexpot whose arm is hacked off and barbecued! But before they can slaughter the only smart Yank (Thomas Wood), he and the lovely Terry Adams (Connie Mason, "Playboy's Favorite Playmate") try to escape.

Color Me Blood Red (1965)

The newest trend in art is type O negative! When his girlfriend, Gigi, cuts her finger on a frame, maniacal artist Adam Sorg (Don Joseph) discovers a new shade of crimson that will make his artwork so special—human blood! Squeezing all he can out of his sliced-up fingers, Adam then stabs Gigi in the head, smears her face on a canvas and—voila!—a macabre masterpiece is created. After his bloody new painting causes a sensation on the local art scene, a crazed Adam continues creating sanguine specialties by extracting art supplies from victims outside his beach house. It all goes bad, however, when he zeros in on April (Candi Conder), whose scarlet pigment he plans to remove with an axe.

Bonus features on The Blood Trilogy Blu-ray™:

-3 Audio commentaries by Herschell Gordon Lewis and David Friedman
-Outtakes
-Carving Magic with William Kerwin and Harvey Korman
-Blood Feast theatrical trailer
-Two Thousand Maniacs theatrical trailer
-Color Me Blood Red theatrical trailer
-Galleries of exploitation art

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Anguish (1987)

Johnnie has been a bad boy... When his skills as an optometrist's assistant are questioned by his patients, mommy dearest commands him to kill! Removing his scalpel, he calmly sneaks behind his victims and plucks out their eyeballs... The audience reels back in terror! THE MOMMY is playing on screen as a pair of teen girls watch from the darkened theater. The movie becomes too intense for young Patty, who grows increasingly paranoid of the other members of the audience and exists the theater to wait in the lobby. She is followed into the bathroom, where she is certain that the killer is waiting to attack her. Running back into the theater, she convinces Linda to check out the bathroom for her, but unfortunately for Linda, Patty's fears have come to life!

Spanish director Bigas Luna's thrilling tale of shock and suspense comes as a huge surprise! The "film-within-a-film" concept had previously been deployed in DEMONS two years earlier, but ANGUISH is clearly the most stylistically-advanced film of its kind. The overlays between the reel world and the real world are organically intertwined and masterfully composed. In DEMONS, the film being projected in the background is filler, weakly thrown together as an excuse to get the demons in the theater. Here, Luna spends just as much time developing THE MOMMY for his on-screen audience as he does on ANGUISH for the viewer at home. During the intense climax of both films, the events in the theater are mirrored on screen in a clever and highly-effective fashion. The entertaining performances that Michael Lerner and Zelda Rubinstein lend to THE MOMMY are playfully over-the-top and instilled with a dark sense of humor.

ANGUISH succeeds most in recreating the moviegoing experience, particularly through Patty's fear and paranoia after her friend has guilted her into seeing a Horror movie. Her reactions are heartfelt and believable, as are those of each of the other patrons who jump, laugh, and reel in disgust at the events on screen. Anyone that may be squeamish when it comes to their eyes best look away during the gore scenes, as eyeballs are ripped from their sockets, stabbed, and sliced all throughout the film. The gore never becomes the centerpiece, however, as Luna strictly uses it to accentuate the horror on top of his growing tension and suspense. ANGUISH is 80's Horror at its best, an undermentioned gem that deserves rediscovery!

Rating: 8/10.
Gore: 7/10.

If you liked ANGUISH, check out:
DEMONS, MIDNIGHT MOVIE, THE LAST HORROR MOVIE.

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Sunday, July 10, 2011

Baby Blood (1990)

A beautiful young circus performer is invaded by a parasitic creature that enters her body and commands her to kill. She is forced to consume the blood of her victims in order to provide sustenance for her surrogate child before giving birth to the wretched thing. Although it is frequently found lacking in the depth department, BABY BLOOD makes up for its shallow storytelling with plenty of outrageous gore and sadistic black humor. Alain Robak is far more concerned with the film's intense visual style and moody atmosphere than in trying to explain the origins behind the parasite and its host. The creature's internal dialog creates a number of entertaining moments as Yanka reacts with sudden outbursts of laughter and rage. Robak's kinetic camera work follows Yanka's knife as she buries in to her victims at ramming speed, producing absurd amounts of blood that drench the entire set in the process. Emmanuelle Escourrou is mysterious and hauntingly beautiful in her own exotic way, her dark features and sensual curves luring the men in the movie with ease. She embraces the motherly aspects of the character as well, protective at times, tender at others, while always putting her child first (even before human life!). Family values at their best, as told through one of the goriest films to come out of France in the 1990s. Gary Oldman supposedly voiced the creature in the English dub.

Rating: 7/10.
Gore: 8/10.

If you liked BABY BLOOD, check out:
INSIDE, BLOOD DINER, DEAD ALIVE. Read The Full Post HERE!

Press Release: The Dead and the Damned Hits DVD July 26th

Inception Media Group Proudly Presents
The Dead and the Damned

Flesh-Eating, Undead Gun Slingers …
The O.K. Corral Was Never Like This!

Galloping Onto DVD July 26th

LOS ANGELES — July 1, 2011 — For Immediate Release — It’s Dawn of the Dead meets High Noon in the bloody, action-packed film The Dead and the Damned, on DVD July 26 from Inception Media Group.

Hot on the trail of a renegade Apache warrior, gun-slinging bounty hunter Mortimer passes through an 1849 California gold rush town, where local miners direct him into the mountains to track his prey.

While he is gone, the miners unearth a meteor that has landed in their sleepy town. As they crack it open, an explosion releases toxic spores, which quickly infect the entire population, transforming them into blood-thirsty, mutant zombies.

Following a ferocious battle, Mortimer triumphantly returns to town with his Indian captive in shackles … only to find themselves surrounded by a ravenous horde of the undead. Now the two enemies must band together if they are to escape the horrors of The Dead and the Damned!

The Dead and the Damned is presented in widescreen with an aspect ratio of 16x9 (1.78:1) and 5.1 digital surround sound.
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Friday, July 8, 2011

Robot Jox (1990)

In the future, territory disputes will be decided not by war, but by giant battling robots that face off in a world arena. With the fate of the nation resting on his shoulders, the Western Market's most skilled pilot Achilles must make his last stand against the sadistic Alexander and the Russian Confederation for control over the oilfields of Alaska. More than a decade before Michael Bay brought the mighty TRANSFORMERS to the screen, RE-ANIMATOR's Stuart Gordon teamed up with Charles Band's Empire Pictures and special effects wizard Dave Allen once more to create this exciting mini-epic featuring some of the most amazing stop-motion animation in recent film. ROBOT JOX is one of Empire's biggest-budgeted features, and it shows. Gordon invests every penny on screen and into the incredible set pieces and miniatures. The characters fall further into archetypes than cliches, and given the over-the-top comic book nature of the plot, they work! Gordon and screenwriter Joe Haldeman present a fully functioning futuristic society, with few oversights in the environments and even language used in their world that could destroy the illusion. We are only given a small piece of the history and background behind the ongoing battles, which lends to a much larger scope as an entire universe clearly exists beyond what is seen. This isn't just a cheap game of Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots caught on tape, but camp extravagance and entertainment at their best. SciFi fans will find their new cult classic in ROBOT JOX!

Rating: 7/10.
Entertainment: 8/10.

If you liked ROBOT JOX, check out:
ROBOT WARS, TRANSFORMERS, CRASH AND BURN, ARENA, THE ROAD WARRIOR, ICE PIRATES. Read The Full Post HERE!

Press Release: New Hi-Def Transfer for Subspecies!


Happy Thursday all you Full Moon Dudes!!! Yes it's true!
SUBSPECIES RE-MASTERED IN 16:9 IS FINALLY HERE!!!
On both blu ray and DVD! First copies will "premiere" at
San Diego Comic Convention on July 20th and will then be available
only at Fullmoondirect.com starting Monday July 25th!
The quality of this new transfer is really amazing!!!
More exciting "premiere" announcements to come!

CB

PLUS!!! Announcing winner of Raffle #2.

One winner was chosen at random among the Evergreen Cardholders (both Evil Bong Evergreen holders and the Re-Newing Evergreen Cardholders). Raffle Prize #2: A signed, one of a kind, hand drawn and inked page from the original Puppet Master 4-part comic book. Specifically, this art features Blade creeping into the bathroom while his unsuspecting victim takes a bath. Check out these 3 great pics of the page, a detailed close up, and the inked board right next to the finished and colored comic book. You can see the details of the ink shading and white ink used for corrections! The winner is.... Jody McCullough! She will be contacted and her prize will be sent out next week.

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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Seedpeople (1992)

A crashed meteorite begins transforming the locals of a small town into mindless drones in Charles Band's reworking of INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS. Taking away from the subtlety of the original, director Peter Manoogian instead has his villains morph into the hideously deformed Seedpeople, mossy reptiles that look to take over the Earth! Although it is easy to see a hint of influence from CRITTERS here in the design and movement of the creatures, Band and company generously dip into Jack Finney's original conceptions without the due credit. For what it is, SEEDPEOPLE offers decent special effects and costuming, but moreover, it is competently acted by the entire cast, who overcome the B-movie material by taking their performances seriously and working to make the best film possible despite the stagnant storyline. Sam Hennings is particularly convincing as the paranoid geologist that discovers the alien menace, with decent backup from Bernard Kates as the crazed Doc Roller. That still doesn't bring the film up much from its overall cheese, but B-movie fans with Full Moon on the mind will find plenty to like here.

Rating: 6/10.

If you liked SEEDPEOPLE, check out:
INVASION OF THE POD PEOPLE, INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS, THE FACULTY.

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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Girls Nite Out (1984)

Everyone on campus is gearing up for the big college scavenger hunt, but someone is out to prove that the urban legend of crazed killer Barney Cavanaugh is true, and they will go to any lengths to do so! While not the most original or well-known of the first-generation Slashers, GIRLS NITE OUT is surprisingly enjoyable and really quite brutal. There are several lively characters amongst the college crowd, although it loses itself by introducing too many people all at once without ever identifying the audience with a central hero or heroine. Our killer is frightening enough. Dressed as the school mascot, the killer stalks each of the teens in a cheery honey bear costume that has been fitted with serrated knives for claws. The girls are singled out for being "sluts" (accordingly to the deranged killer), and have their throats ripped out in a series of bloody deaths. It somehow took five writers to flesh this baby out, though you'd never know it from the familiar screenplay. Director Robert Deubel does add some dark humor to the killer's character in the same vein as the demented Billy from Bob Clark's BLACK CHRISTMAS. Fans will find the most fault in the confusing and unexpected ending where the killer is finally revealed to be... the most arbitrary person ever thought possible. Although there are subtle clues dropped throughout the film alluding to the killer's identity, the person is still so far removed from the events and characters that the reveal seems pointless. It may as well have been the vengeful cop played by Hal Bolbrook, or the jealous boyfriend presented early on. The most effective scene finds one of the girls trapped in the church attic with a flashlight. As she stumbles about, we see the sinister bear slowly approaching, until she finally turns to confront it with a shout! The few moments of atmosphere and tension in GIRLS NITE OUT are outweighed by the slower pace and lack of a sense of urgency, but when compared to other trashy Slashers like THE FOREST or GRADUATION DAY, Horror fans will find that this is the better film.

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

If you liked GIRLS NITE OUT, check out:
BLOOD SISTERS, HELL NIGHT, TERROR TRAIN, ONE DARK NIGHT, THE HAZING, BLACK CHRISTMAS. Read The Full Post HERE!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Robot Monster (1953)

Action! Drama! Terror! Romance! ROBOT MONSTER has none of these. If anyone could have come close to topping Ed Wood in PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE when it comes to absurd plotting and inept filmmaking, it would have to be Phil Tucker in ROBOT MONSTER from 1953. A film fit for ridicule, it has climbed the charts to become one of the most beloved B-movies of all time.

Mankind has all but been destroyed by the mighty Ro-Man, an intergalactic ape in an diving helmet who heralds the full-scale invasion of Earth by the robotic Ro-Men from within his desert cave. The last surviving humans must negotiate their lives with the calculative automaton before "The Great Guidance" decides their fates for them.

ROBOT MONSTER raises more questions than answers. Where did all the dinosaurs suddenly come from? Why did they disappear after Ro-Man commanded them to destroy the planet? Just what is inside of Ro-Man's mysterious cave of wonders, anyways? A communications device that is more than effective than his bubble-blowing radar? A futuristic telepod that can eliminate his daily desert walks? Or perhaps a love nest for he and his hu-man heartthrob? How did the anthropology professor and his crew suddenly become involved in space platforms and electrified forcefields? Do all Ro-Men speak with flailing arm gestures? The viewer is left with nothing but intrigue and wonder while watching the mind-numbing events as they occur on screen.

It is easy to write off the film's flaws based on its limited budget and inexperienced crew, but it's not nearly as fun. There are literally no sets in the entire production, just a large cave, a dilapidated building, and a few scraggly hillsides that are only suitable for aimless wandering. Legend has it that when the budget could not account for an actual robot costume, Tucker tapped Ro-Man actor George Barrows for his ape suit and quickly threw a helmet on him for good measure. The story seems simple enough, but the hilarious performances, atrocious special effects, and corny dialog are too awesomely terrible to ignore. "To be like the hu-man! To laugh! Feel! Want! Why are these things not in the plan?" objects the robotic ape to his leader after the one called Al-Ice arouses his interests. Will Ro-Man betray his feelings to carry out his orders, or defect from the Ro-Men for a steamy night of hu-man passion?

Why continue reading when you can find out for yourself? Do as The Great Guidance commands, and pick up ROBOT MONSTER today. "Fail, and I will destroy you!"

Rating: 2/10.
Entertainment: 9/10.

If you liked ROBOT MONSTER, check out:
PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE, TROLL 2, SHARK ATTACK 3.



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