The Being (1983)

Idaho. "The Gem State." Major exports: Potatoes, lumber, and TERROR! The radioactive waste that is being dumped into the town's water supply has taken form as The Being, a mutant monster with a taste for blood that is killing off the locals. Detective Mortimer Lutz is the town's last defense against the evil menace, but local politics prevent him from contacting the National Guard. Why? Potatoes. Mayor Lane won't let anything stand in the way of Pottsville's lucrative potato business... Not radiation, not untimely death... Nothing! Jackie Kong's feature film debut is a bloody mess that only gets by thanks to its absurd plot and gallons of gore. Jose Ferrer and Martin Landau are wasted on this pathetic B-movie, but the poor writing in the script allows for several unintentional moments of hilarity from each of them. Landau's role as the environmental chemist is to prove that dumping toxic waste into the town's drinking water will have no adverse effects. Really? Where do you even start dissecting that? In all of Idaho, there is no place else to dump toxic waste but in the water supply? Who does Mayor Lane think is going to pick the potatoes, the mutants? Where does Idaho even get toxic waste to begin with? Thankfully, The Being comes along and rips off a few heads, tears out people's hearts, and slimes everything in sight. As far as terrible B-movies go, THE BEING rates at the top of the charts, but it is enjoyably bad from start to finish.

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

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Win Tickets to the World Premiere of Chillerama!

Win Tickets ToWorld Premiere September 15th
at Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Fans Can Enter Contest at Selected Websites

WHAT: CHILLERAMA World Premiere at Hollywood Forever Cemetery

WHEN: Thursday, September 15, 2011

Hollywood Forever Cemetery
6000 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90038

Directors Adam Green (HATCHET, FROZEN);
Tim Sullivan (2001 MANIACS, DRIFTWOOD);
CHILLERAMA stars and guests TBA


DETAILS: Calling all fans of movies and horror films! Win the opportunity to win tickets to a genuine Hollywood premiere – complete with red carpet – for the Thursday September 15th premiere of Image Entertainment’s CHILLERAMA at the legendary Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles! Fans who win will not only have the chance to see the highly anticipated horror anthology film before its release, but will see the film projected on the wall of an actual mausoleum! In addition, attendees can win special CHILLERAMA souvenirs at the event, and will have their choice of some of LA’s most renowned food trucks for refreshments!

To enter, please check out the following sites for full information and entry details:

More sites and ways to win to be announced!

Produced by ArieScope Pictures and in the spirit of classic “omnibus” films like Dead of Night, Tales From the Crypt, Creepshow and Twilight Zone: The Movie, CHILLERAMA offers something for every bad taste. With titles like “Wadzilla,” “I Was A Teenage Werebear,” The Diary of Anne Frankenstein,” and “Zom-B-Movie,” CHILLERAMA features appearances by Joel David Moore (Avatar, Hatchet), Lin Shaye (Insidious), Ray Wise (X-Men: First Class), Kane Hodder (Hatchet and Hatchet II), Eric Roberts (The Dark Knight, Sharktopus) and more cameos than one can (body)count, CHILLERAMA is a festival of gore, guts, goofiness and good times.

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Full Moon Kicks Off Labor Day Special This Friday!!

3 Days from now, Labor Day weekend starts on Friday September 2nd.

And so does our Killer Labor Day Sale on!

To celebrate, we're opening up all the box sets. Every DVD from every box set will be available separately, ranging from the Charles Band Collection to the Stuart Gordon Box Set to the 12 disc Surrender Cinema set. and more!

Then... we're lowering the price of ALL DVDs to just $7!

PLUS Free Shipping! ............. (in US only)

That's right.

All DVD's only $7, plus FREE Shipping for the entire store!

And for the first time - even Evil Bong 3: The Wrath of Bong will be available outside of the box set!

This is the official release edition, which includes special features:

Chicago Threatical Premiere Featurette: Live at the Premiere in Chicago!
Evil Bong 3 YouTube videos: 6 Hilarious Video Contest Winners!
(The only DVD not available outside its box set is Gingerdeadman 3... which is being released very soon as a single DVD! But you can still get the Gingerdeadman 3 disc set now with free shipping during this sale.)

*Full Moon Fan Club Members even get their discount on top of this awesome deal!

**All Gift & Evergreen Cards may be used during this sale.

***The sale will be available Friday September 2nd through Tuesday September 6th.

****Keep in mind... Sales on generate TONS of orders. There will be delays in shipping time, especially when shipping is FREE for all domestic US orders. Thanks for your patience.

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Subspecies 3 (1994)

Fledgeling vampire Michele has given in to her bloodlust to join Radu in an unholy alliance, but Michele's sister Becky will not allow her to cross over without a fight! BLOODLUST continues the SUBSPECIES vampire saga at its own leisurely pace, retracing many of the same plot points from the previous films but with far less success. It isn't without its moments, however. Michele's first attempt to lure her prey using her new-found powers is highly atmospheric and brilliantly shot using only the most basic editing techniques as effectively as possible. The contrast between Denise Duff's pale beauty and Anders Hove's sinister, rat-like appearance set against their dark surroundings also makes for a number of striking images. Their sexual tension continues to grow as they push and pull away from one another in a game of cat and mouse. Although it takes a step down from the second film, fans of the series are still sure to enjoy this third entry.

Rating: 6/10.

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Vampire Hunters (2003)

The high-flying action of Hong Kong Horror cinema returns with Tsui Hark's VAMPIRE HUNTERS! Four warriors set out on an epic quest to destroy the powerful vampire lord that has taken up residence in the Jiang household, but it will take all of their strength to defeat him and the legions of the undead that he has cast under his spell. VAMPIRE HUNTERS flows from the same vein of martial arts mayhem, humor, and horror that gave us MR. VAMPIRE in 1985. Director Wellson Chin breathes plenty of spooky atmosphere into the misty 17th century setting and moonlit battles, adding a frightening group of wax-covered corpses and rotting vampires to the mix. While the fast-paced fight choreography and wire work cannot compare to Hark's other pictures, they are very ambitious and extremely effective for the budget. VAMPIRE HUNTER's greatest fault lies in its characters, who each fall into one-dimensional stereotypes that lack definition. Regardless, MR. VAMPIRE fans will find this to be a worthy homage to the 1980's that provides plenty of action, excitement, and entertainment!

Rating: 7/10.


Ted Levine Headlines 'The Banshee Chapter'


Zachary Quinto’s Before The Door Pictures Producing with
Christian Arnold-Beutel and Sunchaser Entertainment

Transmedia and Interactive Veteran
Blair Erickson to Make Feature Directorial Debut

Albuquerque, NM - August 25, 2011 — Ted Levine (SHUTTER ISLAND, AMERICAN GANGSTER, THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS), Katia Winter (ARENA, LEVEL PLAYING FIELD, BARRY BROWN), and Michael McMillian (THE HILLS HAVE EYES 2) will star in the elevated horror feature THE BANSHEE CHAPTER. Interactive and transmedia director Blair Erickson wrote the screenplay and will make his feature directorial debut on the project.

Zachary Quinto's (STAR TREK) production company, Before The Door Pictures (BTD) has partnered with Sunchaser Entertainment and German producer Christian Arnold-Beutel (THE LEDGE, FLYPAPER) to produce. Sunchaser’s Stephanie Riggs and BTD’s Corey Moosa are serving as producers while Arnold-Beutel and BTD’s Quinto, Neal Dodson and Sean Akers are executive producing. The project commences principal photography this week in New Mexico.

THE BANSHEE CHAPTER centers on a young, female journalist (Winter) who follows the mysterious trail of a missing friend (McMillian) that had been experimenting with mind-altering chemicals developed in secret government drug tests. Levine plays the role of a rogue counter-culture novelist with a penchant for substance abuse and firearms who leads the journalist into the mystery of dangerous chemical research. A fast-paced blend of fact and fiction, the film is based on real documents, actual test subject testimony, and uncovered secrets about programs run by the CIA.

Most recognized for the deep bass tone of his voice, Levine is one of the busiest actors in Hollywood. His numerous film credits include WONDERLAND with Val Kilmer and Kate Bosworth, IRONWEED with Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep, BETRAYED with Debra Winger and Tom Berenger, HEAT with Al Pacino and Robert De Niro, GEORGIA with Jennifer Jason Leigh and Mare Winningham, BULLET with Mickey Rourke, WILD, WILD WEST with Will Smith and Kevin Kline; Ivan Reitman’s EVOLUTION with David Duchovny and Julianne Moore, THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS with Vin Diesel and Michelle Rodriguez, Jonathan Demme’s thriller THE TRUTH ABOUT CHARLIE with Mark Wahlberg and Thandie Newton; Jonathan Demme’s THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE with Denzel Washington and Meryl Streep, BIRTH opposite Nicole Kidman; the critically acclaimed MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA; among many others. Levine is represented by Robbie Kass of Kass & Stokes Management.

Swedish born actress Winter studied acting and film editing in London. She found quick success working in British Television and Films including the UK drama UNMADE BEDS (2009), directed by award-winning Alexis Dos Santos and EVERYWHERE AND NOWHERE (2011) directed by Mejhad Huda. Winter moved to the US in 2010 and immediately booked the lead female role in ARENA opposite Kellan Lutz (Twilight) and Samuel L. Jackson. She just finished shooting the lead role in the independent film HAPPY & BLEEDING alongside Matthew Settle (Gossip Girl). Winter resides in New York, but continues to work in London and Sweden. She is represented by Innovative Artists and Schachter Entertainment in the states and The BWH Agency in the UK.

McMillian has been working steadily in film and television over the past few years, most notably on HBO's smash hit, "True Blood" as the vampire-hating cult leader, Reverend Steve Newlin. McMillian starred in the 2004 critically acclaimed indie film, DORIAN BLUES as a young man struggling to come out of the closet to his conservative family, before moving on to leading roles in "What I like About You" opposite Amanda Bynes and TNT's "Saved" with Tom Everett Scott. Other credits include "Veronica Mars," THE HILLS HAVE EYES 2, "Big Love," "CSI:NY," "The Mentalist," "Firefly," IMAGINE THAT and "Hot in Cleveland." McMillian will next be seen in Showtime's upcoming series, "House of Lies" opposite Don Cheadle. In 2009, McMillian co-wrote wrote and produced the award-winning short film, "Glock" and has recently filmed his directorial debut, the sci-fi short, "Charlie 13" which he also wrote. McMillian co-wrote the full length feature film, "The New Life," with Kat Coiro, which is currently in development with Coiro attached to direct and is produced by Holly Weirsma. McMillian is also creator/writer of the graphic novel, "LUCID" for Archaia Entertainment and Before the Door Pictures and co-writer of the second "True Blood" comic book series, "True Blood: Tainted Love" for HBO and IDW.

BTD's first feature, J.C. Chandor's MARGIN CALL, premiered at Sundance in 2011, competed at The Berlinale, opened New Directors / New Films at MoMa to critical acclaim, and will be released domestically by Roadside Attractions and Lionsgate on October 21. The company is currently in post-production on their second film, an untitled romantic comedy from Victor Quinaz and Anna Martemucci's PERIODS. Films, which wrapped in May. Quinto is producing an unscripted series for SyFy with RelativityREAL, starring photographer Tyler Shields.

Dodson has an hour-long scripted series in development at TNT starring Kimberly Williams-Paisley and created by Shaun Cassidy. BTD's graphic novels published with Archaia, LUCID and MR. MURDER IS DEAD, were released at San Diego Comic-Con, and will both be widely available on October 11. BTD is also prepping a larger follow-up feature film with Chandor for the late fall. There are additional projects in their television, film, comic book, and new media slate awaiting announcement later in 2011.

As the Creative Director of Omnicom's high-tech interactive agency "Millions of Us," Erickson created break-through interactive stories, transmedia experiences, and live-action stories in virtual worlds, short films, and online communities. He wrote and directed an online alternate reality live-action thriller for the TERMINATOR franchise, created several 3-D virtual world experiences for Sony's new Playstation Home, and directed the online live action with animated monsters for DreamWork's MONSTERS VS. ALIENS. His diverse array of work for entertainment companies and clients include Warner Bros, Fox, SciFi Channel, E! Entertainment Television, Facebook, Activision, Ubisoft, Discovery, and DreamWorks.

Sunchaser Entertainment is currently in post-production of THE STANDBYS, a documentary about the ultimate underdogs, Broadway understudies and standbys. The company has produced works for Disney Creative Entertainment, HBO, multiple non-profit organizations and multi-million dollar research projects. The Manhattan-based Sunchaser is focused on narratives based on true stories as well as expanding the art of documentary storytelling.

Based in Germany, Christian Arnold-Beutel executive produced the Sundance hit THE LEDGE with Liv Tyler, Charlie Hunnam, Terence Howard, Patrick Wilson; IRONCLAD with Paul Giamatti, James Purefoy, Brian Cox and Kate Mara; the upcoming FLYPAPER with Patrick Dempsey and Ashley Judd; and SUPER HYBRID with Oded Fehr.

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The Legend of Lockjaw Dissected in "Anatomy of a Creature"

CREATURE, opening in theaters on September 9 and starring Mehcad Brook, Serinda Swan, and Sid Haig, will have a companion 30-minute TV special called "Anatomy of a Creature" that will air from this Sunday August 28 up until the theatrical release date in markets around the US.

With behind-the-scenes interviews from the cast and crew of CREATURE and new eyewitness accounts of the Lockjaw monster, "Anatomy of a Creature" will delve into the mythology behind the creature. Audiences can decide for themselves after watching the TV special leading up to the theatrical release just how much is legend and how much is real. Then go see CREATURE in theaters on September 9!

Release Date: September 9, 2011 (wide, top 20 markets on 1,500 screens)
Directed by: Fred M. Andrews
Written by: Fred M. Andrews and Tracy Morse
Starring: Mehcad Brooks, Serinda Swan, Amanda Fuller, Dillon Casey, Lauren Schneider, Aaron Hill, Daniel Bernhardt, and
Sid Haig
Running Time: 95 minutes
Rating: “R” by the MPAA (for bloody violence, grisly images, some sexual content, graphic nudity, language, and brief drug use)
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An ex-Navy seal (Mehcad Brooks), his girlfriend (Serinda Swan) and their friends head out on a road trip to New Orleans. The group decides to stop at a roadside convenience store owned by Chopper (Sid Haig), who tells them the tale of Lockjaw, a fabled god-like creature who is half-man, half-alligator.

The legend has it that an inbred local man by the name of Grimley (Daniel Bernhardt) lost his family to a monstrous white alligator, which then drove him to madness and some believe he was transformed into that very creature that now haunts the depths of the swamps. Their curiosity piqued, the group decides to play along with the local tourist trap and journey deep into the backwoods to find the old dilapidated cabin which is supposed to be the birthplace of the creature.

As they set-up camp for the night, their faith is put to the test when Lockjaw turns out to be more than just a myth and they realize the locals are hiding a horrifying secret that jeopardizes them all.

Directed by Fred M. Andrews and starring Mehcad Brooks, Serinda Swan, Amanda Fuller, Dillon Casey, Lauren Schneider, Aaron Hill, Daniel Bernhardt, and Sid Haig, CREATURE introduces a new monster legend into the horror film lexicon.

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Cameron McCasland Unleashed 'The Lashman'

The Lashman is a tale of Terror. Five friends set out for a weekend camping excursion to find that their camp fire tales have turned into their worst nightmares.

The Lashman features a bevy of fresh faces. including Stacey Dixon (Monster Cruise, Old Habits Die Hard) , Shawn C. Phillips (Assault of the Sasquatch, Haunted High, TV's Look) , Jeremy Jones (Decision, TV's Dreadful Hallowgreen Special) David Vaughan (Butterfly Chasers, 10 Commandments Of Chloe), and Kaylee Williams (Slices Of Life, Zombie Babies).

The movie was filmed on location in Western Kentucky and is written, produced, and directed by Cameron McCasland marking his debut as a feature film director, after a number of music video and television directing work.

Also joining the terror stricken ensemble are Lee Vervoort (Gun Town, Last Kind Words), Todd Bush (Country Strong, TV's Tough Trade) Terry Gragg (Nickel Children, Outlaw Country) Tim Emery (Gun Town), Bob King (Daultry Calhoun, Make Out With Violence) David Chattam (21 Grams, The Last Castle) and Larry Underwood (TV's Dr. Gangrene's Creature Feature)

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H.G. Lewis Returns with 'The Uh-Oh Show!'

Herschell Gordon Lewis'

Release Date: August 30, 2011 from Media Blasters/Shriek Show Entertainment

CLEARWATER, FL - August 29th, 2011 - "Godfather of Gore" Herschell Gordon Lewis is back - with his BIGGEST and BLOODIEST film yet! Film Ranch and Cult Movie Mania are proud to announce the August 30th DVD release of "The Uh-Oh! Show", the ALL-NEW horror/comedy by acclaimed horror film legend H.G. Lewis, director of "Blood Feast" and "Two-Thousand Maniacs!".

H.G. Lewis's "The Uh-Oh! Show" is distributed by Shriek Show, the horror movie division of the popular Media Blasters label, famous for releasing Lewis's previous hit "Blood Feast 2: All U Can Eat". The all-new website, soon to be THE resource for all things cinematically weird and wild, plans on offering an EXCLUSIVE SPECIAL PACKAGE of Lewis's new film, complete with the bonus documentary DVD "Herschell Gordon Lewis and the Making of The Uh-Oh! Show."

The DVD release showcases generous bonus extras: a behind-the-scenes featurette, three audio commentaries (director, stars, producers) and the official trailer.

The first film written and directed by Lewis in nearly forty years, "The Uh-Oh! Show" tells the terrorific tale of JILL BURTON, a gore-geous reporter hot on the trail of a maniacal TV game show! Answer right - win a prize; answer wrong, contestant dies! Filled with Lewis's trademark special make-up effects, over-the-top gore, and cinematic insanity, "The Uh-Oh! Show" presents the macabre maestro at the top of his game. "The Uh-Oh! Show" stars Brooke McCarter ("The Lost Boys"), Nevada Caldwell ("Army Wives"), "King of the B-Movies" Joel D. Wynkoop and Mike Christopher ("Dawn of the Dead").

Producer Andrew Allan recalls what it was like working with cinema legend H.G. Lewis: "Having grown up with Herschell's films such as 'Blood Feast' and 'The Gruesome Twosome', never did I imagine that I would one day be producing the best and goriest film of his career!" Producer Andy Lalino adds: "Our cast and crew had the utmost respect and reverence for H.G. Lewis, who once again demonstrated ground-breaking horror directorial techniques and and unique storytelling as screenwriter - this film is likely to thrust horror films in a new direction - his 'Godfather of Gore' title blazes eternal!"

H.G. Lewis's "The Uh-Oh! Show" has been honored with two festival awards: The coveted AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD at the Texas Frightmare Weekend horror convention and BEST FEATURE HORROR FILM at the Melbourne Independent Filmmakers Festival. H.G. Lewis has been honored at the 2010 Stiges Festival in Spain and has received the Chiller Theatre Lifetime Achievement Award for his cinematic works.

Herschell Gordon Lewis's "The Uh-Oh! Show" will be screening at select engagements around the world over the coming months, most recently on Aug. 24th and 25th at the Mayfair Theater in Ottowa, Canada. The film is presented by Film Ranch and Lion's Kill Productions. Look for screenings in your town and around the globe!

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Subspecies 2 (1993)

Full Moon's Gothic vampire saga continues with BLOODSTONE: SUBSPECIES 2! Michele awakens to find herself a slave to the vampire blood that is now coursing through her veins. She quickly grabs the Bloodstone before escaping from Castle Vladislas and trying to find her way home. Meanwhile, the dark prince Radu has been restored to life by his evil minions, and he sets out to reclaim his birthright from his fleeing fledgling. SUBSPECIES 2 is an excellent follow-up that often succeeds over the original. Director Ted Nicolaou includes more of the light and shadow play that add an eerie sense of dread to the misty streets of Bucarest. The results are even more effective than before, but still use the simplest means necessary to accomplish the each of the frightening scenes. Anders Hove returns with another venomous performance as Radu, but he is unexpectedly upstaged by newcomer Denise Duff standing in for Laura Tate as Michele. Duff is a classic beauty, with an overwhelming sadness and strength that have been brought on by her new powers. It is her performance that counterbalances Radu's evil and carries their epic struggle through the second and third films. With a stronger story, superior special effects, and better overall acting, SUBSPECIES 2 is easily the highlight of the series.

Rating: 7/10.

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Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2010)

Young Sally comes to live with her father in a beautiful old estate that he and his new girlfriend have been renovating to resell. Sad and lonely, Sally takes to wandering throughout the house, when she begins to hear whispers calling her to come play. After discovering a hidden doorway that leads her down into a long-forgotten basement, Sally learns of an ancient race of faeries that live deep beneath her new home, but once she releases from their rusty tomb, the creatures terrorize Sally and her family as soon as the lights go out in the house!

DON'T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK stands as one of the best Gothic fairy tales since PAN'S LABYRINTH, which shouldn't come as a surprise considering Guillermo del Toro's involvement in the screenplay. Director Troy Nixey has modeled the look of the film after traditional haunted house pictures like THE INNOCENTS, while adding a group of mean-spirited little imps that live off of the blood of children. Their whispers in the dark that beckon Sally to join them are quite chilling, but Nixey takes great care in keeping his creatures hidden until just the right moment... Del Toro's script draws from classic storytelling elements and childhood fears that any viewer can relate to. Katie Holmes and Guy Pearce are each good in their respective roles, but it is Bailee Madison that steals the show as young Sally. Her excitement and terror are heartfelt and real, heightening the emotional impact of the film.

The only room left for improvement for newcoming director Troy Nixey lies in subtlety. DON'T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK is built on a rising terror, but Nixey also includes a few gratuitous moments of gore that the film could do without. They immediately shift the mood from creepy to shocking, which goes against the carefully-crafted suspense that he has developed. Several unnecessary shots use sweeping camera movements and conspicuous computerization to take us through long corridors and into the ventilation ducts where simple dissolves would have been much more effective.

Minor complaints aside, DON'T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK is an excellent entry into the Modern Gothic revival that may even top the 1973 original. Beautifully shot and surprisingly scary, it is a must-see for all Horror fans!

Rating: 9/10.


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The Caller (2011)

After a messy divorce, Mary is left to live alone in a new home... Or so it would seem... Mary begins receiving strange phone calls from an old woman that claims to be from the past, and the two strike up an odd friendship until Rose begins to show cracks in her fractured personality. Every time Mary upsets Rose over the phone, Rose is somehow able to manipulate the past to cause trouble for Mary in the future, with dire consequences! THE CALLER gets off to a thrilling start, but eventually digresses into the supernatural equivalent of BACK TO THE FUTURE. By the end, the film becomes so laughably absurd and far-fetched that it loses all credibility. Twisted timelines require a huge suspension of disbelief, and often result in plot holes and logical inconsistencies. THE CALLER is no exception. The dramatic events that Rose initiates in the past have only a single small impact on the future. This leaves the audience focused on their confusion, and not on the film. While these things often distract, THE CALLER is fairly played by TWILIGHT's Rachelle Lefevre, and director Matthew Parkhill does manage to bring a creepy mood to an otherwise messy script.

Rating: 7/10.

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Dead Enders (2010)

Something's not quite right with Sydney... After the death of her one true love, Sydney takes to kidnapping and torturing new prospects to make sure they can never leave her side, forcing Robert into a fight for his life! This sexed up SAW imitator provides plenty of torture, but mostly against the viewer. Christie Collins blows her performance way over the top in a role that should have been taken more seriously. Instead, director Paul Hemmes is left with an awkward blend of silliness and sleaze. Seth Gandrud is hardly introduced before he is thrown in a cage, so the audience could care less whether he lives or dies like the rest of Sydney's lovers. Only the nightmare sequences demonstrate the director's artistic talent, but they are still hampered by the cheap rubber masks that are given to the film's supernatural villains. The obvious effort being made here makes it easier to forgive many of the Indie pitfalls that plague the production, but DEAD ENDERS quickly leads Horror fans on the road to nowhere.

Rating: 5/10.

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Anchor Bay Schedule for Fan Expo Canada!

Anchor Bay Entertainment Canada
Highlights Upcoming Horror & Genre Titles at the 2011 Fan Expo Canada/Rue Morgue’s Festival of Fear in Toronto August 25-28

Featured guests include Michael Biehn of

Art Hindle & Robert Maillet of MONSTER BRAWL,

& Trish Stratus of BOUNTY HUNTERS

WHAT: Anchor Bay Entertainment at the 2011 Fan Expo Canada in Toronto

WHEN: Thursday, August 25th through to Sunday, August 28th

TIME: See Anchor Bay Entertainment Canada Event Schedule Below
Fan Expo Hours are: Thursday 4pm - 9pm, Friday 10am - 8pm,
Saturday 10am - 8pm, and Sunday 10am – 6pm

WHERE: Toronto Convention Centre
222 Bremner Blvd., South Building
Toronto, Ontario M5V 3L9
Booth #1246

DETAILS: Genre leader Anchor Bay Entertainment Canada will have a huge presence August 25th through to the 28th at the Toronto Convention Centre for the 2011 Fan Expo Canada/Rue Morgue’s Festival Of Fear, the 6th installment of Canada’s premier horror event.

Fans can meet their favorite Anchor Bay Entertainment Canada filmmakers and stars, get sneak peeks and scoops from exciting genre releases landing on screens soon:

THE DIVIDE: This award-winning post apocalyptic thriller starring MICHAEL BIEHN (The Terminator, Aliens) & JENNIFER BLANC from Xavier Gens (Frontier(s)) comes to screens in 2012

MONSTER BRAWL: It’s The Fight of the Living Dead! This horror wrestling comedy starring ART HINDLE (Black Christmas, The Brood) and ROBERT MAILLET (300) is fresh off a world premiere at the Fantasia Film Festival and comes to you from the creators of Scarce.

BEREAVEMENT: MICHAEL BIEHN stars in the sequel to STEVAN MENA’s chilling film Malevolence.

MEDIUM RAW: NIGHT OF THE WOLF: This horror film from ANDREW CYMEK and also starring BRIGITTE KINGSLEY offers up a fresh and gory take on the tale of Little Red Riding Hood.

BOUNTY HUNTERS: Exciting new action film starring seven-time WWE Women’s Champion, television personality, and fitness icon TRISH STRATUS.

THE COLLAPSED: JUSTIN MCCONNELL’s great new post-apocalyptic feature recently hit screens in Canada.

Meet and greets with photo opportunities for fans with all of Anchor Bay Entertainment Canada’s guests will take place at the booth throughout the weekend.

Sneak peeks at other upcoming Anchor Bay Entertainment Canada releases such as SPARTACUS: GODS OF THE ARENA, A HORRIBLE WAY TO DIE, THE WALKING DEAD: SEASON 2, THE HOWLING REBORN, ULTIMATE FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP and more.

The Anchor Bay Entertainment Canada booth will hold fun contests for attendees to win swag all weekend long!

FanExpo Canada/RueMorgue’s Festival of Fear

Anchor Bay Entertainment Canada Event Schedule

Thursday, August 25
5:00pm THE COLLAPSED Screening - Room 709

In the wake of the end of the world,a family of four desperately tries to survive. Their goal: escaping the city and traveling to the rural community they once called home. The constant threat of a violent death forcing them to stay as far away from civilization as possible, they take to the forest, soon to discover the danger posed by other survivors may be the least of their worries. Will they survive? A dark and unpredictable horror/thriller.


Duration: 82 minutes

7:00pm THE COLLAPSED Meet & Greet - Booth #1246.


Friday, August 26
3:00pm MONSTER BRAWL Meet & Greet - Booth #1246.


6:00pm BEREAVEMENT Screening - Room 709

In 1989, six year-old Martin Bristolwas kidnapped from his backyard. Graham Sutter, a psychotic recluse, kept Martin imprisoned in his derelict slaughterhouse, forcing him to witness and participate in unspeakable horrors. For five years, Martin’s whereabouts have remained a mystery, until a young girl is sent to live with her uncle. Her curiosity about the deserted slaughterhouse disturbs a hornet’s nest of evil and despair that once torn open, can never be closed.

Introduction and Q & A with starMICHAEL BIEHN & Director STEVAN MENA (Malevolence)

Duration: 103 minutes

Saturday, August 27
1:00pm MEDIUM RAW: NIGHT OF THE WOLF Screening - Room 711.

Capturing the sadistic serial killer "The Wolf" was just the beginning for rookie cop Johnny Morgan (writer/director Andrew Cymek). As he escorts the monster to his new home in the dark underground halls of Parker's Asylum, bedlam ensues and Johnny along with a handful of civilians, including his girlfriend Jamie (Brigitte Kingsley), become players in a night of survivalagainst the world's most terrifying inmates…the Night of the Wolf. Also stars John Rhys-Davies.

Introduction and Q & A with ANDREW CYMEK & BRIGITTE KINGSLEY

Duration: 101 minutes

4:00pm BEREAVEMENT Meet & Greet - Booth #1246

Stars MICHAEL BIEHN, DANIELLE HARRIS, JENNIFER BLANC, and Director STEVAN MENA will be signing autographs.

7:00pm MONSTER BRAWL Panel - Room 709

Join the cast and crew of Anchor Bay’s upcoming MONSTER BRAWL with stars ART HINDLE, ROBERT MAILLET, JASON BROWN, Director JESSE T. COOK, producers MATT WIELE and JOHN GEDDES, THE GORE BROTHERS (JEFF AND JASON DERUSHIE) and PAIGE REYNOLDS and JUSTIN ERICKSON from Phantom City Creative. All this and a very special surprise guest!

Moderator: Adam Lopez of Toronto After Dark Film Festival

Duration: 1 hour

Sunday, August 28
3:00pm TRISH STRATUS of BOUNTY HUNTERS Meet & Greet - Booth #1246

WWE star and TV personality TRISH STRATUS makes her feature film debut in BOUNTY HUNERS, an explosive new action film from Anchor Bay Canada and will be signing autographs.

5:30 pm ANCHOR BAY PRESENTS! Panel - Room 718

Anchor Bay presents a look at their upcoming genre releases with sneak peeks and Q&A opportunities. Panel discussion will include guests from BEREAVEMENT and THE DIVIDE featuring stars MICHAEL BIEHN and JENNIFER BLANC, BEREAVEMENT director STEVAN MENA. TRISH STRATUS of BOUNTY HUNTERS and CHANDLER RIGGS of THE WALKING DEAD

Moderator: TBC

Duration: 1 Hour

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Howling Reborn Hits DVD and Blu-Ray This October!

A legendary horror franchise that redefined a genre
returns to scare a new generation...


A New Moon Rises October 18th

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – August 24, 2011 - Get ready to run with the pack again, as Anchor Bay Entertainment unleashes The Howling Reborn October 18th on Blu-ray™ and DVD. An all-new, original chapter directed by Joe Nimziki, the much anticipated Anchor Bay Films release stars Lindsey Shaw (“Pretty Little Liars,” “10 Things I Hate About You”), Landon Liboiron (Fox’s upcoming series “Terra Nova,” “Degrassi: The Next Generation”) and Ivana Milicevic (Casino Royale, Vanilla Sky). Described within industry circles as “Twilight with bite,” The Howling Reborn deftly combines romance, action and thrills that will have audiences worldwide embracing their inner lycanthrope! SRP is $26.98 for the DVD, and $29.99 for the Blu-ray™. Pre-book is September 21st.

Anchor Bay SVP of Marketing Jennifer Roberts stated: “We couldn’t be more thrilled with the picture, and are excited to get “The Howling: Reborn” out as quickly as possible for this Halloween. We truly believe this picture will re-launch the franchise and lead to even bigger and better new chapters ahead.”

The creatures for The Howling Reborn were brought to life by 2010 Academy-Award® nominee Adrian Morot (300, Night at the Museum 2), and the score produced by award-winning composer Klaus Badelt (Gladiator, Pirates of the Caribbean).

On the eve of his high school graduation, Will Kidman (Liboiron) finally looks up from his books to catch the eye of the girl he’s longed for the last four years –the mysterious Eliana Wynter (Shaw). He’s always been the shy kid, flying under the radar, but when he discovers a dark secret from his past— that he is heir to a powerful line of werewolves -- he finds he has a choice to make between succumbing to his primal nature, or turning against his own, and maintaining his humanity. In order to fight the destiny of his legacy, and save Eliana – as well as himself – he must battle not only his growing blood lust but an army of fearsome beasts bent on killing him, Eliana...and then, us all.

Bonus features on The Howling Reborn Blu-ray™ and DVD will include filmmakers’ commentary and a behind-the-scenes featurette.

The Howling began enthralling fans more than 30 years ago, with the 1977 publication of Gary Brandner’s best-selling novel and the 1981 film adaptation written by Academy Award® nominated screenwriter John Sayles (Lone Star, The Spiderwick Chronicles) and directed by Joe Dante (Gremlins, InnerSpace). The film’s success ushered in a new era of screen werewolves, as well as the six “Howling” sequels that followed.

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All God's Creatures (2011) A Flight Into A Great New Dark Horror

Fate brings a struggling prostitute into the arms of a lonely serial killer, giving each of them the chance at love that neither of them thought they deserved. More of a dark character drama than a true Horror film, ALL GOD'S CREATURES brings together two talented young actors in a twisted love story that challenges the meaning of the word. Straying from cheap flights down bad roads they've relied on so heavily in the past, they may have found a new path together. There is no hero when both characters are attempting to hide a secret life filled with regrets, but their efforts to overcome their troubled pasts truly humanizes them. Writer Josh Folan is ideal as Jon, delivering a cold and soulless performance that often recalls Michael C. Hall's Dexter. He could only be topped by Jessica Kaye in the role of Delia, the dark-haired beauty whose wild spontaneity and crass behavior instantly draw the audience in to her performance. Folan's script explores the psychology of a serial killer in love, and his struggle to separate the psychosexual urge to kill from his growing infatuation. It also touches on darker themes of desperation, sexual violence, and suicide that place a somber mood over the couple's budding romance. ALL GOD'S CREATURES is a strong entry into this year's Indie Horror scene that will rank highly among fans of Bret Easton Ellis and Jeff Lindsay.

Rating: 7/10.


Mr. Vampire (1985)

During a reburial for one of the town's great ancestors, the Taoist-priest-turned-vampire-hunter Master Gau determines that the corpse has joined the legions of the undead, and prepares a ceremony to cleanse the body. Unfortunately, his two inept students fail to secure the coffin properly before the ritual can be completed, and the vampire hops back to life to terrorize the town! As if that weren't enough, Man Choi becomes infected by the vampire and Chou is seduced by a beautiful ghost, leaving Master Gau to defend against an undead triple threat! Thus begins the epic Kung Fu Horror Comedy saga known as MR. VAMPIRE, which would spawn several sequels, a television series, and many other spin-offs in China. MR. VAMPIRE creates a brand-new vampire mythology unlike anything in the Western world. Here, sticky rice removes a vampire's poison, holding your breath makes you invisible to vampires, strings dipped in blessed ink pack a wild punch, and the undead hop because the ground hurts their feet! Lam Ching-Ying's is an unassuming martial arts master in disguise, vanquishing evil without even breaking a sweat. Chin Siu-hou and Ricky Hui have impeccable comedic timing in another pair of enjoyable performances. Director Ricky Lau also strikes a even balance between the high-flying action, silly slapstick, and horror in each of the perfectly choreographed fight sequences. MR. VAMPIRE is non-stop entertainment from beginning to end, and an absolute classic in Hong Kong Horror cinema!

Rating: 9/10.

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ChromeSkull: Laid To Rest 2 Now on VOD!

After a triumphant premiere at San Diego Comic Con and in response to unprecedented fan feedback, Image Entertainment announces that ChromeSkull: Laid To Rest 2 is now available on video-on-demand!

ChromeSkull – the chrome face-plated, technologically savvy homicidal maniac that made his debut in the 2009 cult hit Laid To Rest – returns in ChromeSkull: Laid To Rest 2. 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).

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.

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The Hills Have Eyes Hits DVD and Blu-Ray this September!

A Terror Classic!" — The Hollywood Reporter
"Harrowing and Nasty." — Entertainment Weekly



Blu-ray™ AND DVD

Blu-ray™ Edition includes audio commentary by Craven,
featurettes, still galleries and an alternate ending!

AUGUST 22, 2011 - Chatsworth, CA – Image Entertainment proudly announces the high-definition debut of a genuine cult gem with the September 6th Blu-ray™ premiere of Wes Craven’s 1977 horror classic The Hills Have Eyes. Featuring digitally restored 1080p video, DTS-ES 6.1 Master Audio sound, and over three hours of bonus features including audio commentary by writer/director Craven, retrospective featurettes on the film and the director, an alternate ending, U.S. and international trailers & spots, photo galleries, storyboards and more! A standard DVD edition, with commentary, will also be available. SRP is a very tasty $17.97 for the Blu-ray™ and $9.98 for the DVD.

Wes Craven (A Nightmare on Elm Street, Shocker, Scream) gave 70’s filmgoers a whole new definition of disturbing with The Hills Have Eyes, starring Dee Wallace (The Howling, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial) and John Steadman (Fade to Black, Cheech & Chong’s Next Movie). The Carters are an all-American family on their way to California when their car breaks down far from civilization in the remote southwestern desert. But they are not alone. Watching from the hills is a very different kind of clan, a family of marauding inbred cannibals with an unspeakable taste for human flesh and monstrous brutality. In the nightmare that follows, what depravities must this wholesome family endure to survive? In a primal wasteland ruled by lust and rage, who will become the most shocking savages of all?

Susan Lanier (“Welcome Back Kotter”), James Whitworth (Planet of Dinosaurs, The Hills Have Eyes Part II) and genre favorite Michael Berryman (Weird Science, The Devil’s Rejects) star in the film that spawned one sequel, and as well as the 2006 remake.

Blu-ray™ Bonus Features:

Commentary with Wes Craven and Peter Locke
Looking Back At The Hills Have Eyes
The Directors: The Films of Wes Craven
Restoration Demo
U.S. and German Trailers
Alternate Ending
Still Galleries
Wes Craven Biography
DVD-Rom features

DVD Bonus Features:

Commentary with Wes Craven and Peter Locke
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Short: Scrutinize (2011)

You never know who you'll run into on the subway... When a young girl enters the rail car alone, everyone becomes suspect. SCRUTINIZE compacts the fear and paranoia of REPULSION and PI into a quick four-minute subway ride. The tension runs high as the audience is left guessing from which direction danger will strike along with the mistrusting lead. SCRUTINIZE is clean-cut and sharply edited to maximize impact in the shortest amount of time possible. There is nothing immediately alarming about the average looking characters, but their menace grows with each wry smile and leering glace. By building off of familiar fears, SCRUTINIZE strikes an immediate chord with the viewer.

Rating: 7/10.

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

When it is found that the evil Queen is no longer the fairest in the land, the beautiful princess Snow White is forced from the kingdom and left to seek refuge in the woodland home of The Seven Dwarfs. She cooks and cleans for the rambunctious bunch, but it is not long before the Queen learns of her whereabouts and attempts to seal her in an eternal slumber using a poisoned apple. SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS is a cinematic milestone, marking not only the first of Walt Disney's many feature-length animations, but also the first color feature and the first feature to use cel-animation. In animation, the difference is in the detail, and few films are more finely decorated or colorfully composed. SNOW WHITE may be filled with pleasant songs and cheery forest critters, but it also falls back on many of the darker story elements that have been taken from the Brothers Grimm. Here we have a children's story where an evil queen asks her servant to kill the princess and cut out her heart! Disney does nothing to censor the violence and terror in SNOW WHITE, though a note of German Expressionist influence can be seen through the use of light and shadow to imply many of the horrible acts. Walt Disney's initial foray into feature film is groundbreaking for establishing its many firsts, but it has become a screen classic thanks to its timeless tale and immaculate production.

Rating: 10/10.

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New Trailer Released for Comforting Skin

Comforting Skin - trailer 1 from Justin James on Vimeo.

Comforting Skin is a supernatural thriller that follows Koffie, a lonely young woman’s who's desperate need for emotional and sexual companionship draws her into a surreal and ultimately destructive relationship with a shifting and whispering tattoo she has willed to life on her skin.

Comforting Skin was shot last spring on a budget of roughly $250,000. Additionally much of our equipment, crew and locations were donated as well. The slithering, shifting tattoo character was brought to life through the use of digital animation and compositing techniques, requiring custom code developed by our VFX Supervisor Ollie Rankin. We are now in the final days of completing the film with just a few effects shots left to fine-tune and finish.

The film stars Victoria Bidewell in her first starring role, along with Tygh Runyan, Jane Sowerby and Phil Granger. Victoria not only performed the lead part of Koffie, but voiced the tattoo character as well. Derek, myself and Andrew Webster produced the film. Our cinematography was handled by Adam Sliwinski, who did an amazing job for us, as did our editor Lenka Svab and Production Designer Elena Dubova. The film`s haunting music was composed and conducted by Alain Mayrand, who despite our miniscule budget was able to assemble an impressive group of orchestral musicians to record the score.

Official website:
Filmaker bios, cast bios, photos, synopsis, and trailer are on the website.
Facebook page:!/pages/COMFORTING-SKIN-the-movie/111133568915522?sk=info
Vimeo trailer:
IMDBpro page:
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American Horrors Sponsors US Tour for "The Perfect House"

Adds American Horrors as a Sponsor for US Tour

Film shot in Buffalo to premiere on Facebook in October

LOS ANGELES, CA - August 12, 2011 – Leading up to the premiere of THE PERFECT HOUSE on Facebook on October 1st, the film will go on a 20-city tour of the US, that will start in Austin, TX and end in Buffalo, NY, and the tour its first sponsor: American Horrors.

American Horrors is a new uncut horror channel coming to’s basic cable channel line-up (joining such industry brands as BBC News & Universal Sports). As part of the network launch, American Horrors will be covering every aspect of THE PERFECT HOUSE, its tour and its VOD launch on Facebook.

“When I got my screener of THE PERFECT HOUSE I went home and watched it twice in a row,” said American Horrors mastermind Hart D. Fisher. “I loved it. It delivered the bloody goods for me on every level.”

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. 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.

The filmmakers are also actively looking to include additional local sponsors and in the indie spirit of the movie, they have created a sponsorship page - This is a unique opportunity to promote a company’s brand on a local level as the film travels from city-to-city on the tour, in addition to customizable and reality-TV style multimedia sponsorship.

"Most businesses spend big money on advertising that only offers the potential for an increase in business without any real way to measure the success in dollars earned,” said filmmaker Kris Hulbert. “We are looking to expand the earning potential and level of financial success coming from those advertising dollars by counting your sponsorship as an investment in the film itself, allowing you the opportunity to turn a profit while promoting your brand."

On August 28, THE PERFECT HOUSE will kick-off their bus tour with a special screening at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, TX hosted by lead actor in the film Jonathan Tiersten. The tour will end with an exclusive premiere in Buffalo with a select group of sponsors who will be part of the special screening with the cast and crew.

All tickets will be free and giveaway information, in addition to the list of cities on the tour, will be announced on the film’s Facebook page at
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LOS ANGELES, CA - August 21, 2011 - Fighting Owl Films is pleased to announce that the supernatural-adventure-comedy “The Night Shift” has been acquired by R-Squared Films for distribution. Set to be released in Fall 2011, the film has been met with critical acclaim and positive response from fans.

“The Night Shift” is a supernatural-adventure-comedy about Rue Morgan, the undead night watchman at Pinewood Oaks Cemetery. Rue, along with his buddy Herb, a limbless corpse, spends his nights trying to keep the cemetery’s cantankerous residents in, and his days dreaming of a date with hard-nosed day-shifter, Claire. It’s an okay afterlife until a scourge of supernatural occurrences leaves Rue not only watching the cemetery, but also watching his back!

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Hellraiser 8 (2005)

Five friends find themselves in a fight for their lives when a popular role-playing game based on the Hellraiser movie series comes to life and starts killing them one by one. HELLRAISER: HELLWORLD comes from the same breed of low-end pop Slashers that gave us films like HALLOWEEN: RESURRECTION and STAY ALIVE, trying its hardest to be hip and edgy while failing at both. Lance Henriksen stars as the mysterious millionaire that gathers game players for the annual Hellworld party, but unlike in PUMPKINHEAD 3 and 4, he actually manages to have some fun with the tired old material. Although certain artifacts and elements from the video game are taken from Barker's world, the inclusion of Pinhead and the Cenobites seems incidental to the plot, as if the characters have just been plugged into some other generic script with the HELLRAISER name slapped on it. What it lacks in depth, HELLWORLD at least makes up for in gore, but even the deaths and special effects are tame when compared against series that spawned it. The sappy ending shows just how little the writers know or care about the source material, tying a cute pink ribbon around the film that reassures us that everything is going to be OK.

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Hellraiser 7 (2005)

Rogue journalist Amy Klein heads off to Bucharest to investigate a youth cult led by the mysterious Winter, who supposedly has the ability to bring the dead back to life. Her attempt to infiltrate their ranks will bring her closer to her own death than she ever imagined! Learning nothing from the failures of the third film, HELLRAISER: DEADER follows yet another news reporter that has become wrapped up in a murderous plot involving everyone's favorite puzzle box. The original script by Full Moon frequent Benjamin Carr had nothing to do with HELLRAISER to begin with, which helps to explain why the plot seems so detached from the series. Kari Wuhrer plays the typical bad girl reporter who is filled with spunk and attitude, but lacks any real personality. Her character is a generic stereotype that fails to involve the audience in her troubles. What is worse, Amy never really uncovers anything useful about the Deaders outside of the location of their hideout, nor does she ever determine how Winter has managed to undermine death, leaving much left unexplained by the ending. While Rick Bota brings back the clean visual palette from HELLSEEKER, nothing in DEADER manages to make up for the bland and boring plot.

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The Fies Sisters To Launch Weekly Horror Shorts

LOS ANGELES, CA - August 18th, 2011 - Those fabulous Fies Sisters are at it again! The genre film festival programmers (BleedFest, Hollywood) and prolific filmmakers have opened their own YouTube channel at

Brenda and Lis Fies will premier a new effed up short every Thursday, starting today with scary SCRUTINIZED. The acclaimed suspenseful tale was filmed in June in just two hours on the L.A. Metro and will be the first of their shorts to premier online. It has already won two platinum EMPixx Awards for Best Short Film and Best Videography, and features stellar actors: Writer/lead Melanie Leanne Miller and star Amanda Bauer can currently be seen in acclaimed feature THE MYTH OF THE AMERICAN SLEEPOVER in theatres and on VOD until October 2011; Jamison Reeves is the trustworhty face from over 40 national commercials; handsome Michael Norwood starred in RAPID GUY MOVEMENT; charming celebrity photographer Winston Burris is making his dramatic film debut. The unforgetable "So Nasty" song is by by brothers Jonathan and Stephen Ruiz of TruE StatuS Ent. from Texas.

Says Brenda Fies, "We're thrilled to reach a worldwide audience with our work. We've had an amazing three years meeting incredible friends on the film festival circuit with our debut feature film THE COMMUNE and all our shorts, but to be able to reach the same amount of audience members on the web in a day makes us a different kind of happy. As filmmakers who want to find an audience and continue getting hired by Hollywood, it's important to tell your stories across all platforms and reach the maximum amount of people who want to be entertained."

The duo are also eager to build community with fans. Enthuses Lis: "We follow and comment back! We favorite terrific genre films, and we share other people's work with our YouTube friends. We're here to provide subversive entertainment and help promote other movies we love." Building a famous channel can be an arduous task, but Brenda is convinced their fans have what it takes to help their films rise above the din. "The number one thing we need is for our fans to subscribe to our channel. But we also love it when you post our films to Facebook and put us in your Youtube sub-box!

SCRUTINIZED is already scheduled for its festival world premier in Boston at Jed Hammel's Filmshift Film Festival, and Elisabeth would love to show it at more. "We've shown plenty of terrific films at BleedFest that were already available online, and most of them became audience favorites." Brenda continues "Film lovers have their niches of when and where they like to watch their movies. Just because it's online doesn't mean your festival community has found it yet. The most common response we get from our audience is a big thank you for bringing these movies to their attention."

In May 2011 Elisabeth Fies made history becoming the first no-budget female filmmaker invited to the exclusive MASTERS OF HORROR dinner. This fall The Fies Sisters are finishing their feature film PSYCHOSEXUAL, which will feature the most nude kills of men ever onscreen. But they have many more exclusive surprises in store for their YouTube friends.

So go subscribe to their YouTube channel for a rad new Free Fear Film every Thursday. And for those of you who aren't YouTubers, the Fieses are also posting their videos Thursdays on FEARnet ( and Vimeo (

Channel Schedule:
August 25th: CONSUMED
September 8th: DISTRAUGHT

4 minutes 8 seconds

Starring: Melanie Leanne Miller, Amanda Baer, Jamison Reeves, Michael Norwood and introducing Winston Burris.
Directed by Elisabeth Fies and Brenda Fies
Written by Melanie Leanne Miller
Produced by Brenda Fies, Elisabeth Fies, Charlie Schlangen
Music by TruE StatuS EnT.
Co-producer: Sam Rivas
Producer: Melanie Leanne Miller
Post Production
Supervisor: Deepika Daggubati
Cinematography by Elisabeth Fies
Sound Mixer: Brenda Fies
Edited by Elisabeth Fies and Brenda Fies

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Stacy (2001)

The world population has dropped in half since all of the teenage girls between the ages of 15-17 have begun dying off and returning as zombie schoolgirls! As the Romero Repeat Kill Troops set out to destroy the threat, a crazed scientist works to unlock the secret that is causing this deadly phenomenon. Any subtext about teen fetishism and innocence lost that STACY might present is marred by this awful mess of a production. Though billed as a Horror Comedy, STACY is mostly unfunny, and it suffers from terrible acting, ugly cinematography, and a painfully slow pace. There are only a few distanced moments of bloody mayhem that are worth watching for, along with the typical fanboy references to THE EVIL DEAD and George Romero. Naoyuki Tomomatsu is simply unable to translate the intelligence of Kenji Otsuki's original novel in a meaningful way, leaving most zombie fans either confused or uninterested. The over-the-top gore and camp ridiculousness that does make it into STACY would lead the way for better films like THE MACHINE GIRL, TOKYO GORE POLICE, and ROBOGEISHA later in the decade.

Rating: 5/10.
Gore: 8/10.

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Dawn of the Mummy (1981)

After a trio of thieves disturb the ancient resting place of Sefaraman, they unwittingly unleash the mummy's curse upon the land! ...Or at least upon a group of unlucky fashion models that stumble upon the tomb by mistake. As the title implies, DAWN OF THE MUMMY is a mish-mash of the zombie and mummy movies of the late 70's and early 80's, turning the vengeful spirits of the pharaohs into a pack of flesh-eating ghouls. Although utterly ridiculous and genuinely terrible, the film does have its creepy moments. In its most effective scene, the buried mummies reach out from beneath the desert sands and drag their victims to their doom. Most others consist of bad acting mixed with gratuitous gore, but there is plenty of gut-munching and neck-chewing to go around. Ironically, this trashy B-movie was the first mummy picture to actually be filmed in Egypt as part of an American/Arabic production, which at least creates a beautiful backdrop behind the carnage. For the most part, DAWN OF THE MUMMY is a curse upon its viewers.

Rating: 4/10.
Gore: 6/10.
Entertainment: 6/10.

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Hideous! (1997)

Two competing collectors that specializes in human oddities are at war with each other over a freakish new find that they each wish to add to their collection, but they'll have more to fear than each others' inflated egos when their misshapen mutant merchandise awakens the other creatures on the shelf to launch an attack on their eccentric owners. Charles Band returns with another goofy creature feature that takes the absurd camp comedy to a whole other dimension. HIDEOUS is filled with outrageously over the top performances from Michael Citriniti, Mel Johnson Jr., and Tracie May, who play into the silliness of the plot and bring Benjamin Carr's twisted humor to life. The creature designs and special effects are on par with most other Full Moon features of the 90's, with few scares and very little gore. Band sets the mood with a creepy castle that is filled with trap doors, booby traps, and of course, half-naked evil assistants in monkey masks. HIDEOUS is goofy entertainment from beginning to end, and a fun find for B-movie fans.

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

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Haunting at the Beacon Hits DVD this September!

“Solid piece of entertainment…look for this and request it”

“Teri Polo does a terrific job here and her performance alone is worth a view”


Starring Teri Polo and filmed at the haunted Rogers Hotel in Texas


LOS ANGELES, CA - August 15, 2011 – Teri Polo (Meet the Parents, The Hole) stars in the supernatural thriller HAUNTING AT THE BEACON, available on DVD September 13 nationwide at Walmart and other retailers for a SRP of $19.98. Winner of the Best Feature Film & Best Actress Awards at the Paranoia Film Festival (2009), the film also stars David Rees Snell (The Shield), Elaine Hendrix (the new 90210), and genre vet Michael Ironside.

Filmed at the haunted Rogers Hotel in Waxahachie, TX, the cast and crew experienced strange occurrences themselves. Writer/Director Michael Stokes (writer Bram Stokers Shadow Builder, The Marsh) told of stories he heard of bedcovers being pulled back, items being moved, sightings of strange orbs and even the sounds of children laughing and crying every night around 3 a.m. The building’s elevator, which plays a prominent role in the movie, also had a habit of trapping hotel staff, usually after a big day of shooting. “We shot one scene in what is supposed to be the hotel’s most haunted location,” Stokes recalls. “There was no problem with the equipment, and our sound man checked the playback to confirm everything had recorded properly. Still, when the DAT tape reached the lab, it was blank. None of the dialogue had been captured. The actors had to dub the scene.”


While trying to get their lives back on track after the loss of their four-year-old son, Bryn (Teri Polo) and Paul Shaw (David Rees Snell) move to the charming old Beacon Apartments.

Bryn begins seeing a ghostly little boy skulking around the building and tries to uncover the details of the boy's death. She hopes that freeing the child will allow him to carry a message to her son. Too late she realizes a second malevolent entity stalks the halls of the Beacon: one that doesn't want the boy, or her, to escape.

Filmed at the haunted Rogers Hotel in Texas, The Haunting at the Beacon will make you wonder if you’re ever really alone.


Director / Producer Audio Commentary
Upcoming Release Trailers
QR Code Link to True Story of the Haunted Rogers Hotel

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Anchor Bay Acquires 'The Wicker Tree'


BEVERLY HILLS, CA – August 15, 2011 - In 1973, the face of modern horror cinema changed forever with the release of The Wicker Man, starring screen legend Christopher Lee and veteran character actor Edward Woodward. Now, nearly 40 years later, the time has come for a new offering...

Anchor Bay Films announces the acquisition of the much-anticipated follow-up The Wicker Tree. The film reunites producer Peter Snell with the original helmer, Robin Hardy. Directed by Hardy, based on his acclaimed novel “Cowboys for Christ,” and produced by venerable UK company British Lion (who also produced the original), The Wicker Tree will be released theatrically in early 2012, Anchor Bay Entertainment President Bill Clark announced today. Anchor Bay Films has acquired all rights in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. to The Wicker Tree.

“The original Wicker Man set a standard for literate horror cinema that is still unsurpassed,” said Clark. “Now, with The Wicker Tree, we’re thrilled to present the follow up of this haunting tale to a new generation.”

The Wicker Tree tells the story of singer Beth (newcomer Brittania Nicol) and her cowboy friend Steve (Henry Garrett, “The Bill,” “Skins”), two virginal Texans who come to Scotland to spread the gospel. These two innocents don’t know what they’re getting into as they find themselves trying to spread their chastity message at the estate owned by Sir Lachlan Morrison (Graham McTavish, Rambo, the upcoming The Hobbit films), who has revived ancient local religious practices when an accident at the nuclear power plant he runs rendered the area men infertile. The Wicker Tree was produced by Peter Snell and Peter Watson-Wood and executive produced by Alistair Gourlay.

Lee, who played the mysterious Lord Summerisle in the original (in a career that includes Count Dracula and the Frankenstein monster in the classic Hammer films, Count Dooku in Star Wars Episodes II & III, and Saruman in the Lord of the Rings trilogy as well as the upcoming pair of films based on The Hobbit), returns again in a dramatic cameo as the “Old Man.” Rounding out the cast are Jacqueline Leonard (“Holby City,” “The Bill”) as Lady Delila Morrison, Clive Russell (Sherlock Holmes, The 13th Warrior) as Beame and Honeysuckle Weeks (“Foyle’s War” and numerous other UK TV projects) as Lolly.

British Lion Films has long been one of the UK’s premier independent studios, with such titles as The Entertainer, Lord of the Flies, Don’t Look Now, The Third Man and The Wicker Man among its credits. The company, in various forms, dates back to 1919. It has distributed more than 230 films, and produced upwards of 170.

The deal for The Wicker Tree was negotiated by Bill Clark, Kevin Kasha and Marc Barson for Anchor Bay Films; Peter Snell for British Lion.

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Hellraiser 6 (2002)

Trevor's headaches and memory loss are getting worse since the accident in which he lost his wife, but as he slowly discovers the truth about the events leading up to the crash, the demons of the past return to torture his soul! If INFERNO was HELLRAISER's take on ANGEL HEART, then HELLSEEKER is this series' version of JACOB'S LADDER. Notes from Lyne's film and Robbins' character can be found embedded all throughout the story, but this actually works in director Rick Bota's favor. Of the later sequels, HELLSEEKER is decidedly the best, with a clean visual style and several strong performances. Every step along Trevor's path holds meaning, and Bota has left us with enough clues so that we may anticipate the ending without completing guessing the shocking revelation in the final scenes. Dean Winters is reserved in the lead role, which allows the audience to identify with him while we share in his search for answers. Ashley Laurence also makes her triumphant return to the series as Trevor's wife Kirsty in a small role that carries a huge significance. Pinhead's highly anticipated arrival in the end brings the character closest to Barker's original intent while serving his dark justice. For anyone who may have given up on the series, HELLSEEKER will come as a welcomed surprise before heading back in to more tiresome sequels.

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Birdemic (2010)

James Nguyen, the self-proclaimed "Master of Romantic Thrillers," delivers the most shocking(ly hilarious) creature feature of all-time! The residents of Half Moon Bay are inexplicably attacked by a pack of bloodthirsty birds, and it is up to a software salesman and his fashion model girlfriend to defeat the birds and save the day! BIRDEMIC is perfectly terrible in every way. Not since the days of Ed Wood has a filmmaker shown more inadequacy or more unachievable ambition. Had James Nguyen staged the entire production as an elaborate joke, he may have been considered a complete genius, but instead, he may now be regarded as one of the single worst directors of all-time. Nguyen puts together the most talentless cast since TROLL 2, and edits their atrocious dialog together using jarring cuts and awkward pauses. He holds on the most trivial shots for absurd amounts of time. What is worse, the audience is forced to suffer through forty-five minutes of painful character development before the birds finally arrive. But then... BIRDEMIC!

The onset of the attack is so sudden and unprovoked it simply boggles the mind. Most of the attacks consist of horrendous computerized birds flapping in place and squawking incessantly, while others simply dive bomb into cars and gas stations and explode for no reason at all. And then, when all seems lost, the birds just leave and its over. Now, this may sound ridiculous enough on paper, but seeing is believing. The action sequences are so unbelievably awful that they make for non-stop entertainment. The problem is that they are so repetitive and so incredibly unskilled that an hour and a half feels like an eternity.

BIRDEMIC single-handedly sets the green movement back twenty years with its failed ecological message, but in doing so, it establishes itself as the newest cult-classic of bad film. James Nguyen's complete incompetence allows for pure, unintentional humor that could never have been written better. As far as B-movies go, BIRDEMIC is a masterpiece.

Rating: 1/10.
Entertainment: 8/10.

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Hobo with a Shotgun (2011)

Sometimes, it just takes a dirty hobo to clean up the filthy city streets... a HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN! Rutger Hauer stars as the down-on-his-luck hobo who trades in his hopes of starting a new lawn mowing service in exchange for a shotgun when the crime of the city becomes too much to bear. Jason Eisener, director of the hilarious holiday short TREEVENGE, blasts back onto the screen with more gore and absurd humor than ever before! HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN is the modern Exploitation classic that GRINDHOUSE tried to be, rolling THE TOXIC AVENGER, STREET TRASH, and THE TAXI DRIVER all into one. This will be one of Hauer's most-remembered performances by genre fans, transforming him into this decade's Charles Bronson. Despite the insanity unfolding around him, Hauer plays the role entirely straight, which only elevates the campiness of the other characters. Anyone can blow off a few cocks and burn schoolchildren alive for cheap shocks, but Eisener does so with a clever wit and playfulness that calls back to the golden age of Troma.

Rating: 8/10.
Entertainment: 9/10.
Gore: 8/10.


New Clip From Alex de la Iglesia's THE LAST CIRCUS


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.

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Bereavement (2010)

In 1989, a young boy is kidnapped by a local madman and raised to be a soulless killer. When Allison makes the mistake of trying to save him, she becomes trapped in the pair's murderous game! Director Stevan Mena returns with a bloody tale of nature versus nurture that takes us back to the slaughterhouse in BEREAVEMENT, the highly-anticipated prequel to 2004's hit MALEVOLENCE. Anyone who may have written MALEVOLENCE off as being cheap imitation will have much to consider now. Mena demonstrates all of the same skill and control as he had shown previously, but this time without the obvious references to HALLOWEEN or TEXAS CHAIN SAW that may have lessened the impact for some viewers.

BEREAVEMENT is a much different film than before, focusing far more on the personalities of the characters and the psychosis of the killer. This, again, is no FRIDAY THE 13TH. The people presented on screen are smart, realistic, and rounded individuals. We care for them, and as a result, the tension and suspense soar because we do not want to see them get hurt. Their deaths have meaning. Mena has put together a much stronger cast, with exceptional performances by Michael Biehn, John Savage, and Alexandra Daddario. The biggest praise goes to Spencer List in the role of Martin, however, whose emotionless performance and unflinching expressions capture the essence of the character perfectly. List is never assumed to be evil, he is just blank. The success of BEREAVEMENT lies solely on the believability of this performance, and List excels in the role.

With key cinematography by Marco Cappetta, another thrilling score, and a more intelligent script overall, BEREAVEMENT shows an advancement in style and form for the now-established director. The Masters of Horror will need to scoot over to make room for Stevan Mena at the dinner table.

Rating: 9/10.
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Hellraiser 5 (2000)

Corrupt cop Joseph Thorne is hot on the trail of the sadistic killer known as "The Engineer," but with each new body he uncovers, he awakens another of his own personal demons! HELLRAISER: INFERNO denotes a clear shift in the series, where Pinhead is transformed from a source of unparalleled evil into the equivalent of a supernatural cynic that is sent to deliver moral lessons. Scott Derrickson molds this traditional Film Noir after the superior thriller ANGEL HEART, but Alan Parker he is not, and Craig Sheffer is certainly no stand-in for Mickey Rourke. While Derrickson does manage to recreate the grim, moody aesthetic of the genre, the confused plot falls apart very quickly and never recovers. Detective Thorne is completely unlikeable in every way, and it does not help that Sheffer overplays the role dramatically. INFERNO does include a few unsettling moments, particularly the one where two twin Cenobites attempt to seduce Thorne by running their hands beneath his flesh, but these scenes are disjointed at best. Those that do manage to maintain interest long enough to reach the end will only be disappointed by the muddled conclusion. HELLRAISER: INFERNO was an interesting direction to take the series that just doesn't come together in the end.

Rating: 6/10.

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Ghost Hunters S6P1 Hits DVD and Blu-Ray August 16!


Syfy Channel Ratings Champ is back with Another Season of Fright and Chills

CHATSWORTH, CA - August 11, 2011 - “Ghost Hunters,” America’s favorite paranormal investigation series, brings ever more astonishing discoveries, eerie historical facts and tingling revelations to light with the release of “Ghost Hunters: Season 6: Part 1.” On September 13, Image Entertainment once again joins forces with Grant Wilson, Jason Hawes and The Atlantic Paranormal Society as they investigate and reveal shocking stories of the netherworld. The DVD set will be available for an SRP of $24.98. The series will also be available on Blu-ray™ for the first time, at an SRP of $29.98. The 3-disc set includes the series’ 100th live broadcast, deleted scenes and additional creepy content. Pre-book is August 16.

“Ghost Hunters,” currently in its seventh season on the Syfy Channel, continues to be the #1 paranormal franchise on cable television. In Season 6, the TAPS gang takes on their biggest case yet: Alcatraz, the former military prison known worldwide for the countless claims of paranormal activity witnessed within its walls. Other spine-tingling investigations this season include some of the team’s most thrilling locales, including cases at the famous Philadelphia Zoo, the historic Otesaga Resort Hotel in Cooperstown and the home of abolitionist and author Harriet Beecher Stowe. Prepare to be scared with some of the most unforgettable episodes of the series.

The spine-tingling adventures taken on “Ghost Hunters: Season 6: Part 1” will certainly keep any fan of the series awake all night:

Alcatraz Live
Fort Ticonderoga
Shamrock Spirits
Phantoms of Jersey
Touched by Evil
Haunted Reform School
Ghosts in the Attic
Inn of the Dead
Spirits of the Night
Norwich State
Haunted Hotel
America’s First Zoo

The more they uncover, the more questions arise. Somewhere lays the truth between myth, reality and folklore. The fun is in the frights as “Ghost Hunters: Season 6 Part 1” takes on a whole new world of adventure!

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The ABCs of Death Seeks 26th Director


Work along side some of today’s greatest horror directors!

Kaare Andrews (Altitude)
Angela Bettis (Roman)
Ernesto Diaz Espinoza (Mirageman; Mandrill)
Jason Eisener (Hobo With A Shotgun)
Bruno Forzani and Héléne Cattet (Amer)
Adrian Garcia Bogliano (Cold Sweat)
Xavier Gens (Frontiers; Hitman)
Noburo Iguchi (Machine Girl; Robo Geisha)
Thomas Malling (Norwegian Ninja)
Yoshihiro Nishimura (Tokyo Gore Police; Frankenstein Girl Vs. Vampire Girl)
JT Petty (Soft For Digging; The Burrowers)
Banjong Pisanthanakun (Shutter, Alone)
Simon Rumley (The Living and the Dead; Red, White and Blue)
Marcel Sarmiento (DeadGirl)
Chris Smith (Severance; Triangle)
Srdjan Spasojevic (A Serbian Film)
Timo Tjahjanto (Macabre)
Andrew Traucki (The Reef; Black Water)
Nacho Vigalondo (TimeCrimes)
Jake West (Doghouse; Evil Aliens)
Ti West (House of the Devil; The Innkeepers)
Ben Wheatley (Down Terrace; Kill List)
Adam Wingard (Pop Skull; A Horrible Way to Die)
Anders Morgenthaler and Mikael Wulff (Princess)
Yudai Yamaguchi (Yakuza Weapon; Battlefield Baseball)

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We are searching for the next great genre director and we are prepared to give away five grand in cash and a dose of fame to find a lucky winner. The ABCs of Death has already signed up 25 of the most talented genre directors on this planet and have saved the 26th spot for someone to grab with both hands and to throttle it into submission. The winner of this global search will have their work included in a feature film alongside some of the genre's most talented new blood. But even if you don't win, your searing talent may just be discovered through this competition. So if you want to take part in the greatest horror project since Dr Frankenstein first threw that switch, then just read the below and start those bloody creative juices flowing.

Please do not upload any old short your film you may have made. We won't post anything that isn't created specifically for this competition. Read all the instructions below or all your effort may go to waste. Those who don't read instructions very well should find someone who can. (or grab a translator)

And yes you can shoot in any language you wish. All we ask is that you subtitle it in English.

Remember to upload your work as quickly as possible, as the more people you can get to vote(*) for your short the more chance you'll be in the Top Ten and to go onto the final judging round, when the 25 other directors get to choose the winner.

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Subspecies (1991)

The vile vampire prince Radu usurps his father's throne in order to claim his birthright, the Bloodstone, an ancient relic that contains the blood of the saints. Radu's half-brother Stefan is the only one who can stop him, but when three American students become trapped in their struggle, Stefan will be forced to choose between saving the woman he loves and avenging his father! SUBSPECIES returns the vampire film to its classic Gothic traditions, creating an epic Horror fantasy that is draped in Harlequin Romance. Ted Nicolaou draws heavily from F.W. Murnau's NOSFERATU in both style and form, using simple light and shadow to create his most frightful effects. The misty Romanian locales and ancient castle ruins create a mystical aura that surrounds the film. Anders Hove plays Radu perfectly over the top, a Max Schreck for the Modern Age. With long talons, a menacing scowl, and jet black eyes staring out from his pale complexion, Radu is a indeed a terrifying villain. Save for a few struggles with the pace and some of the weaker side performances, SUBSPECIES proves to be one of Full Moon's greatest achievements. The series would spawn three sequels that continue to expand on the relationship between Radu and his fledgling Michelle.

Rating: 7/10.

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Malevolence (2004)

Three thieves think they have made a clean getaway when they reach their hideout unharmed, but unfortunately for them, the remote farmhouse that they have chosen as their escape is also home to a psychotic killer that doesn't take kindly to visitors. MALEVOLENCE is Stevan Mena's homage to 70's and 80's cinema, but this is no petty ripoff. Mena owns the genre, and fully comprehends the characteristics that made THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE and HALLOWEEN classics. MALEVOLENCE recreates these successes with its own terrifying take on shock and suspense. Every aspect of the film has been scaled back to the essentials, placing a pure emphasis on mood, atmosphere, and form over cheap gimmicks and gratuitous gore. John Carpenter's influence is present in every moment, especially in the killer's cold, calculated movements and in the chilling score, but as films like FRIDAY THE 13TH and MY BLOODY VALENTINE have proven, simply following the formula laid out in HALLOWEEN is not enough to create true terror. It takes skill and precision, as Mena's carefully studied shots show here.

Only three real things detract from the film. The first is that it suffers from being made twenty years too late. Horror fans are far too likely to write it off as being derivative of its predecessors. Some of the weaker performances also give away the amateur production. The fatal error comes when Mena makes the same mistake as the master, Alfred Hitchcock, by explaining away the monster in an obvious nod to PSYCHO. If that wasn't enough, the film goes on to a third ending that replicates the final shock in CARRIE. MALEVOLENCE has one highly-effective ending, and two unnecessary ones.

Regardless of these minor setbacks, MALEVOLENCE is one of the best thing to happen to the Slasher film in decades. It marks the beginning of a promising career for one of Horror's up-and-coming directors,.

Rating: 8/10.

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Hellraiser 4 (1996)

Having already raised Hell on Earth in the third film, there was only one logical direction in which to take the HELLRAISER series: outer space. As ridiculous as this sounds (and is), HELLRAISER 4 is still an improvement over the last entry, however slight. BLOODLINE tells the story of the family L'Merchant, whose ancestors were responsible for creating the Lament Configuration, a puzzle box with the ability to open the gateways of hell and unleash the sinister Cenobites! Kevin Yagher dresses the film up nicely enough with several bloody set pieces and a somber mood, but neither are able to distract from the careless scripting and weak performances. No longer kept hidden, Pinhead is thrust into the foreground once more, diluting the effect of his presence on screen as he enters into endless monologues about pain, suffering... the usual. The demonic temptress Angelique played by Valentina Vargas stands out above the rest, although her existence does not seem to fit into Clive Barker's original mythology. HELLRAISER 4 is watchable garbage with enough bloodletting to appease most fans of the series.

Rating: 6/10.
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