Wednesday, May 30, 2012

The Collapsed (2011)

A lone family struggles to survive after an unknown force wipes out most of the population, but they will have more to watch out for in woods than the other crazed remnants of mankind. THE COLLAPSED is a fitting description for Justin McConnell's post-apocalyptic plot that suffers from a confusing lack of identity. It is never certain until the end whether the film is trying to be a zombie movie or a creature feature, or if it is instead just a straight survival horror film in a world turned mad. It makes all of the same missteps as the 2010 remake of THE CRAZIES, pairing an uneventful plot and unintriguing characters together without even providing any gratuitous gore to maintain a feigning interest along the way. John Fantasia does his best as the family's forceful leader, but most of the performances feel like they are just being read to us. Even the visual metaphors are entirely transparent. THE COLLAPSED is an unfortunate miss that doesn't stack up to recent "End of the World" entries like THE DIVIDE, THE CARRIERS, or RIGHT AT YOUR DOOR.

Rating: 5/10.

If you liked THE COLLAPSED, check out:
BREAK, CARRIERS, THE HAPPENING, THE CRAZIES, DOOMSDAY, RIGHT AT YOUR DOOR.

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Meet the Cast of 'The Collapsed' June 5th!

Spend the Apocalypse with the cast and crew of
THE COLLAPSED 
DVD signing at Dark Delicacies on June 5th!

WHAT: Members of THE COLLAPSED cast & crew sign DVDs at Burbank’s famed Dark Delicacies bookstore on Tuesday evening, June 5th.

WHEN: Tuesday, June 5th, 8:00pm

WHERE: Dark Delicacies Bookstore
                 3512 W. Magnolia Blvd.
                 Burbank, CA 91505
                 (818) 556-6660

WHO: Stars John Fantasia and Anna Ross; Composer Rob Kleiner

DETAILS: The Collapsed is a chilling glimpse into one family’s battle to stay alive while traversing a hellish landscape of barbarism and cannibalism. In wake of an unknown event that has catapulted civilization into a fatal downward spiral, the Weaver family – father Scott (John Fantasia), young adult son Aaron (Steve Vieira), mother Emily (Lise Moule) and teenage daughter Rebecca (Anna Ross) – desperately tries to survive. With the constant threat of violent death forcing them to stay as far away from civilization as possible, they take to the forest. However, they soon discover that the danger posed by other survivors may be the least of their worries. Someone -- or something -- seems to have followed them into the wilderness...

In addition to the Dark Delicacies signing, there will be a Toronto in-store signing at 7pm the same evening at Eyesore Cinema with director Justin McConnell, co-producer Kevin Hutchinson, and cast members Lise Moule, Steve Vieira, and Vincent Thomas. Read The Full Post HERE!

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Night of the Comet (1984)

A passing comet has turned most of the world to ash... Everyone, that is, except for two Valley Girls and a handful of freaked-out zombies that have been set loose in downtown Los Angeles! Write/Director Thom Eberhardt mixes THE OMEGA MAN and DAWN OF THE DEAD with trendy teen comedies like VALLEY GIRL from the early 80's to give us NIGHT OF THE COMET, the campy cult-classic from 1984. At the end of the world, our airheaded heroines are more concerned with doing some free shopping and fighting over the last boy on Earth than grieving over the rest of humanity. Luckily for them, Daddy taught them how to shoot a machine gun, so they can casually blast away any of the undead that happen to get in the way of their good time. Eberhardt cleverly parodies the youth culture of the time using both wit and satire, which are brought out splendidly in the performances by Catherine Mary Stewart and Kelli Maroney. These two play up the ridiculousness of their characters' speech and actions while still creating a believable pair of self-absorbed sisters. Eberhardt succeeds most in delivering his vision of a post-apocalyptic Los Angeles on a budget. The use of red filters to produce a hazy radioactive fallout over the empty city streets produces a convincing overall effect. Add to that a final note of distrust in the military machine, and you have yourself a mini-Romero for a new age.

Rating: 7/10.

Movies like NIGHT OF THE COMET:
NIGHT OF THE CREEPS, SORORITY BABES IN THE SLIMEBALL BOWL-O-RAMA, CHOPPER CHICKS IN ZOMBIETOWN, THE OMEGA MAN, CHOPPING MALL, DAWN OF THE DEAD.



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Saturday, May 26, 2012

The People Under the Stairs (1991)

Fool decides to help Leroy break into the landlord's creepy mansion in order to help his momma pay rent, but they quickly become trapped by the twisted owners and the other lost children that they keep locked in the cellar! Wes Craven returns with another traditional fairy tale turned sour in THE PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS, from 1991. Craven lends an urban edge to the classics of storytelling, tying the deep-rooted theme of racial discrimination into the plot. The character archetypes of classic literature are ever present, as described in Fool's tarot card reading at the beginning of the film. Our villains are purposefully designed to be over-the-top and outrageously evil. They are sadists, cannibals, AND incestuous lovers. We ae told that each generation from this family became greedier and greedier, and with that greed, they grew more and more insane. The division between the rich white family and the poor, oppressed minorities is evident from the very beginning, but the racial discrimintation only grow more severe as the film presses onward. Everett McGill and Wendy Robie are truly a twisted pair as the crazed landlords, as they willingly lose themselves in the wild-eyed characters. Brandon Quintin Adams quickly wins over the audiences' effections as well as the smart-mouthed but courageous young hero, Fool. Although light on scares, THE PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS provides a thrilling adventure that falls closer in line with films like THE GOONIES than any of Craven's other pictures.

Rating: 7/10.

Movies like THE PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS:
FLOWERS IN THE ATTIC, THE CRAWLSPACE, DOGTOOTH, CELLAR DWELLER, CASTLE FREAK, PARENTS, THE GOONIES.



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Poltergeist 3 (1988)

Carol Anne Freeling has been sent to live with her aunt and uncle in their upscale high-rise apartment, but the ghosts of the past refuse to release their grasp of her in the third and final installment of the POLTERGEIST series. Unlike the two previous films, which relied heavily on digital effects, POLTERGEIST 3 keeps everything in camera as Gary Sherman employs a number of effective optical illusions to shape his scares. The mirror motif that is used to create the two parallel dimensions is just as creepy as intended, and allows the evil doppelgangers the element of surprise. Tom Skerritt, Nancy Allen, and Lara Flynn Boyle join the cast as Carol Anne's adopted family, presenting a new dynamic to the family structure that is key in each of these films. There is a division and a disconnect between family members, which weakens their resolve when faced with their evil adversaries. Although no one will say it, Carol Anne is a burden, and there is almost a sense of relief when she disappears once more. It is the psychology behind the scares that strikes the hardest, a theme which reflects the dissolve of the nuclear family in America at the time. As for the plot, itself, we quickly fall back into a repetitive cycle, only many of the events seem odd or out of place since the spirits have no clearly-defined powers. Sadly, Heather O'Rourke died of a misdiagnosed disease months prior to release, which further complicated the marketing and editing of the final project. The film has been dedicated in her honor.

Rating: 7/10.



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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Rabid (1977)

A motorcycle accident leaves Rose terribly disfigured, so she is given an experimental skin graft that restores her to her former beauty. The procedure has an unexpected side effect, however, as she is overcome with an insatiable need to feed on the blood of others through a strange new appendage that has grown out of her arm pit. Soon, all of Montreal becomes infected by the disease Rose leaves behind in her victims. David Cronenberg's sophomore Horror outing falls closely in line with his first feature, SHIVERS, both in theme and in structure, although the claustrophobic confines of the small apartment building have opened up to the whole of Montreal. Man's attempt to control nature through medical advancement unleashes unspeakable horrors once again, twisting the body into the weapon of our own destruction. The larger scale allows Cronenberg to touch on the same concerns of governmental inadequacy in times of crises that we have seen before in George Romero's NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD and THE CRAZIES. Here, vampirism is linked to venereal disease, as well, another growing concern that would dominate public interest in the early 80's with the AIDS epidemic. Former Playmate Marilyn Chambers is surprisingly good as Rose, a sexy seductress who easily lures countless victims into her web. While it may not be a work for which he is most recognized, RABID shows a continued development in David Cronenberg's particular style that would later recur in works like THE BROOD, SCANNERS, and VIDEODROME.

Rating: 7/10.

Movies like RABID:
SHIVERS, IT'S ALIVE, THE STEPFORD WIVES, THIRST, DR. BLOOD'S COFFIN.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Mr. Vampire 2 (1986)

An archaeological dig in Southeast China uncovers an ancient den of entombed vampires, which the Professor and his bumbling assistants unthinkingly bring back to their workshop to study. Once the spell sheets have been removed from the corpses' foreheads, the vampires spring back to life to terrorize the town, and it is up to a Taoist priest to intervene using his magic powers! Director Ricky Lau unleashes this stand-up sequel to Hong Kong's popular MR. VAMPIRE, complete with an new set of hilarious gags and off-the-wall characters! The impeccable comic timing is carried out once more using carefully-planned fight choreography and physical humor that would make The Three Stooges proud. In its most brilliant moment, one of the two apprentices gets stuck in a pickle between two of the vampires with only one spell sheet left to protect him, so he must strategically move it back and forth against both villains to stop them in their tracks long enough for him to escape. Ricky Lau never repeats the same gag twice, making each new scene freshly entertaining. Many cast members return from the original in all-new roles, with Ching-Ying Lam playing another mystical incarnation of the One-Eyebrow Priest. MR. VAMPIRE fans cannot afford to miss this enjoyable follow-up!

Rating: 7/10.



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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Poltergeist 2 (1986)

"They're back!" The Freeling Family is far from safe after escaping from their haunted home in Cuesta Verde, California... The dark entity that controls the other spirits has come looking for Carol Anne, who he believes is their gateway back to Earth. With the aid of an Indian spirit guide, the Freelings must band together once more to defeat the forces of evil and win back their family! If POLTERGEIST painted the picture of the perfect American family, POLTERGEIST 2: THE OTHER SIDE shows us what happens when that family is torn apart. With their hopes and dreams diminished, the Freelings are forced to move in to Grandma's house, and Steve must return to selling vacuum cleaners to make ends meet. The psychological damage and financial stresses from their ghostly encounter has left the family in ruin, which is just where evil has the advantage to strike when they are at their weakest. Despite their hardships, we find that the bonds of love cannot be broken, and the Freelings are able to overcome their greatest trials yet. POLTERGEIST 2 dives into the history of the Cuesta Verde estate, revealing that the ghosts that haunt the area were the followers of a religious fanatic that drove his congregation to a horrible death. Julian Beck makes his series debut as the Reverand Kane, a terrifying personage of evil incarnate. Craig T. Nelson and JoBeth Williams return along with Zelda Rubinstein, Oliver Robins, and Heather O'Rourke as well, and while their is a bit more overacting than before, it is great to see these familiar characters continue their battle, together. Nelson's first confrontation with Reverand Kane as Steve Freeling provides one of the most powerful moments in the entire series. The sequel is also much darker and more menacing in tone than its predecessor, with far more shocks and frights abound. As sequels go, THE OTHER SIDE does a great job building upon the original, while carefully monitoring the personal struggles of each of its characters to maximize the emotional impact of the film. 

Rating: 8/10.



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Saturday, May 19, 2012

Book Review: Psychos! Sickos! Sequels! (1998)

To many, the 1980's served as the the greatest era in Modern Horror filmmaking due to the recent advances in special effects and the sudden boom in the sheer number of films that were released within the decade. Writer John Stell is a product of the 80's, a film fan who could be caught in the theaters every weekend watching (and re-watching) the latest monster movies and suspense thrillers as a teen.

Stell has gathered together a collection of key film reviews spanning throughout the 1980's in a book entitled Psychos! Sickos! Sequels! Horror Films of the 1980's, a printed tribute to this pivitol period in Horror. Ironically, for one who speaks so highly of the decade, Stell leaves no room for confusion when it comes to his feelings towards the Slasher cycle that was popularized in the 80's. His distaste for exploitative gore films like FRIDAY THE 13TH and MANIAC are clearly made evident, while their importance within the genre is still equally recognized. Stell often mixes his subjective feelings and fond remembrances of each film into the reviews, but these are matched with an educated understanding of the genre, along with an objective and thoughtful analysis. Undisputed classics like A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, ALIENS, THE THING, and FRIGHT NIGHT are covered in loving detail, however the most rewarding reviews are based on lesser known titles such as PIN, ALONE IN THE DARK, THE COMPANY OF WOLVES, MR. VAMPIRE, PAPERHOUSE, LADY IN WHITE, and the criminally-overlooked A CHINESE GHOST STORY. This is where Psychos! Sickos! Sequels! succeeds most, in bringing fresh new movies to audiences' attentions.

The author mentions that his goal would be met if one reader found one new film as a result of his writing, and this will surely be the case. Stell's style is entertaining and engaging, with enough personality to keep readers edging onward towards each new chapter. At 320 pages covering over forty films, Psychos! Sickos! Sequels! makes for a lengthy but worthwhile addition to any Horror fan's library.

Rating: 8/10.

Books like Psychos! Sickos! Sequels!:
Going to Pieces, Nightmare Movies, Fangoria's 101 Best Horror Movies You've Never Seen.

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Poltergeist (1982)

"They're here!" Steve Freeling and his family move in to a beautiful new neighborhood, only to find that their home is infested with evil spirits in the 1980's Horror classic POLTERGEIST! POLTERGEIST presents an image of the ideal American family turned upside down by the supernatural forces at work within their home, but one who manages to find strength in one another in order to overcome all obstacles. The film is perfectly cast as such, with JoBeth Williams and Craig T. Nelson playing the loving, down-to-earth parents who live in a quiet California suburb with their three kids (and Golden Retriever, of course). We instantly relate to them because they are heartfelt and real, but also because they are imperfect just like the rest of us. These small town vibes can largely be attributed to the involvement of writer/producer Steven Spielberg, who has long been rumored to have taken over the director's chair while filming with TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE creator Tobe Hooper. Using state-of-the-art technology from Industrial Light and Magic, the spirits in POLTERGEIST were brought to life on screen unlike anything audiences had ever experienced in the past. The scares are softened by the film's light-hearted mood and Jerry Goldsmith's gentle score, making it enjoyable for all ages despite a few startling moments. Although her life was tragically cut short, POLTERGEIST will forever hold the legacy of Heather O'Rourke intact thanks to her endearing performance as Carol Anne Freeling, the family's youngest daughter. Carol Anne has since become one of the most recognizable characters within the genre, while POLTERGEIST is commonly cited as being one of the greatest Horror movies of all-time.

Rating: 10/10.

Movies like POLTERGEIST:
THE ENTITY, THE GATE, E.T., GREMLINS.



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Booze, Blood, and GWAR at Zombie Prom!

New York City Zombie Prom
Featuring GWAR at Irving Plaza, NYC
Saturday, June 9, 2012 from 6:00 PM to 11:30 PM (ET)

Abracadabra NYC , Zombies Can't Love & Zombies Worldwide
Are proud to present the zombie event of the year!!

NEW YORK, NY - May 19, 2012 - This is a zombie event like no other!! Irving Plaza will be full of the undead!! Booze, Blood & GWAR!! DJ Angela Boatright and DJ Shanna will kick off this evening of the undead. There will be professional makeup artists from NYC's premiere Costume shop ABRACADABRA NYC. Take your official prom photo. Receive your official prom pin. The Zombie King and Zombie Queen of the prom will receive special prizes!

 Tickets available at http://gwarzombieprom.eventbrite.com/

Charlie Adlard who is the penciler and inker of THE WALKING DEAD comic books has donated an original drawing of a full page from THE WALKING DEAD comic books! There will be a raffle and one lucky winner will walk away with a piece of "zombie history".

Proceeds from this raffle will go to The Smoot Family Fund.

There will be a "Pageant of the Undead" - Zombies don't do beauty pageants...they do gore pageants!

There will be a crowning of the King and Queen of the prom. Yes, there are prizes!

The grand finale is when the sickest band in metal history...Hark to the hideous majesty of your MASTERS, rulers of Earth, the MIGHTY GWAR will take the stage.

There will be drink specials all night!! There will be zombies all night!

Pass this Event page along...Tickets are limited and will sell out fast...stay tuned Zombies!

Abracadabra NYC will be offering 15% off on all merchandise and makeup to ticket holders and 25% off on all zombie costume rentals or zombification process. Non- ticket holders can still stop by the store and receive 10% off just by mentioning the event.

This is a 21+ event.

THIS ISN'T JUST ANOTHER ZOMBIE PROM! THIS IS THE ZOMBIE PROM TO RULE THEM ALL!!
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Catch 'The Road' In Theaters Beginning May 21st!

Yam Laranas' Supernatural Thriller
THE ROAD
Hits Theaters Nationwide May 21st

LOS ANGELES, CA - May 19, 2012 - Yam Laranas’ ground-breaking horror film will remain in theaters thanks to a successful opening in fifty theaters across the U.S. During the weekend and throughout the week beginning May 21st, THE ROAD will continue showing in seven North American markets, including Los Angeles. The first-ever Filipino film to receive a mainstream U.S. release, THE ROAD has received critical acclaim from prominent outlets including The New York Times, USA Today, and Village Voice.
 

“Conjuring a hushed, supernatural universe spanning two decades and three increasingly nerve-jangling chapters, this enormously assured movie sucks you in like quicksand.”

-Jeannette Catsoulis, NEW YORK TIMES

“Call it a haircut of Psycho with ectoplasmic additives, The Road still has a whispering menace and visual grandeur all its own.”


-Mark Holcomb, VILLAGE VOICE

THE ROAD’s holdover cities in the U.S. include:

Los Angeles, CA

Buena Park, CA

Emeryville, CA

San Jose, CA

Aiea, HI

Kapolei, HI

Las Vegas, NV

Elizabeth, NJ

Tempe, AZ

Dallas, TX
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Friday, May 18, 2012

Super Mario Bros. (1993)

Millions of years ago, a meteor struck the Earth and created an alternate dimension where dinosaurs evolved into strange, humanoid hybrids at the same rate as the apes on Earth. When Princess Daisy from the dinosaur dimension is found living amongst the humans, the evil King Koopa sends his goons to kidnap her, and it is up to two plumbers from Brooklyn to travel through the dimensional warp in order to save her before Koopa can use her powers to reunite the two worlds! The misguided SUPER MARIO BROS. movie is considered by many to be the worst video game adaptation of all-time, and with due cause. Not only is it terribly miscast, but the story, characters, and settings bear little semblance to the original game. It is one thing to take creative liberties with a concept, but the results here are alienating to fans and do not create a unique enough world to entertain or captivate audiences on their own. Instead, it comes off as a confused, over-budgeted DEMOLITION MAN imitator.

Rating: 6/10.

Movies like SUPER MARIO BROS.:
TOTAL RECALL, DEMOLITION MAN, STREET FIGHTER.



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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Enter 'The Road' with Director Yam Laranas on ILHM!

I Like Horror Movies is proud to welcome acclaimed international film director Yam Laranas to the site this afternoon to speak with us about his chilling new supernatural thriller, THE ROAD, which is currently making its theatrical debut in theaters throughout the US!
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ILHM: Is THE ROAD based on a local legend, or is this a ghost story of your own design?

YAM LARANAS: It's basically original but parts of it were based on a real crime in the Philippines in 1997. Two sisters were raped and killed.

ILHM: THE ROAD is equal parts shock and suspense. How did you go about balancing the two?

YL: I'm so glad you pointed that out because I really was focused on the story and characters and not on blood and gore. Balancing shock and suspense was pretty easy since the events in the story motivated the horror. They felt real.

ILHM: This is the first film in which you served as writer, director, cinematographer, and editor. Did this allow you to retain more control in bringing your original vision to life on screen?

YL: I was always my cinematographer in all the films I made. I really want to control the visuals and how it affects the audience in an emotional level. Being the co-writer, editor, allowed me to marry all elements easily. It enabled me to be aware of the tempo and mold the film to how it is right now.

ILHM: How was the cast selected for each of your four distinct groups of characters?

YL: GMA Films has a great pool of actors and I worked with them closely in the casting. We were very strict with how they register on camera and how they interpret each character assigned to them. We had auditions and it was a difficult process. But, talent shined!

ILHM: How did your style change for each new chapter in THE ROAD?

YL: The Road is generally a slow-burn type of film. But each chapter were distinct in the sense that one is highly supernatural, next is very tragic and brutal, and the last was very surreal. I wanted to make them all look real - very grounded so to speak. But generally, I wanted to see beautiful photography so that it somehow makes the audience unprepared to the horrors that were about to come.

ILHM: What did you learn in filming PATIENT X and THE ECHO that you were able to apply in THE ROAD?

YL: Do not ignore acting as an element that can make or break your film.

ILHM: Are the ghosts in the film residual imprints of the horrifying events from the past, sentient spirits that are not at rest, or a combination of the two?

YL: Ghosts begets ghosts. There are skeletons in the closet, but there are ghosts in the road.

ILHM: What attracts you to the Horror genre?

YL: I like the emotional impact of horror. It affects a viewer not just psychologically but physiologically too. Fear has a lasting impact on the brain.

ILHM: What is the current climate like for genre filmmakers in the Philippines?

YL: Genre is very much alive in the Philippines. We have an audience for horror. But, blood and gore is it something that some of us don't look forward to seeing.

ILHM: How are tales of the supernatural the same or different in the Philippines as compared to Western cultures?

YL: I believe it's pretty much the same. Vampires change names from culture to culture. Ghosts are very common everywhere. There are a ton of similarities and that fascinates me.

ILHM: Take us on the journey from completing work on THE ROAD to having it premiere as one of the first all-Filipino films to be released theatrically in the US?

YL: In started writing it in 2005 and was able to finish it around late 2010 with my co-writer Aloy Adlawan. We pitched it to GMA Films and they immediately liked it. With GMAs producing expertise, they shepherd the film to where it is right now. Our collaboration resulted to a Philippine cinema history-making event.

ILHM: With the impending success of THE ROAD on the world market, do you anticipate a increased growth in the Horror output from the Philippines?

YL: There are very good filmmakers in the Philippines. I hope they all get recognized too.

ILHM: What is the next project that you currently have lined up?

YL: I have a spec script that I'm shopping around in LA, one gig that we are trying to setup also in LA and one project lined up for GMA Films.

ILHM: Where can fans find out more about catching THE ROAD in a theater near them?

YL: Please check out www.nobodyleavestheroad.com for theater listings
We are also out in iTunes, Amazon, XBox, and many other streaming and on-demand platforms.

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A special thanks goes out again to Yam Laranas for stopping in to speak with us today about his latest feature! Be sure to visit the link above for local theater listings, and catch THE ROAD on-demand!
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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Taylor Lautner Tackles Parkour in 'Tracers'

TAYLOR LAUTNER TO STAR IN THE FAST-PACED
PARKOUR THRILLER
TRACERS

FilmNation Entertainment to Handle International Sales Starting at Cannes

LOS ANGELES, CA – May 15, 2012 – FilmNation Entertainment will introduce the action thriller TRACERS to international buyers at the Cannes Film Festival. From the producers of Twilight and Dear John, TRACERS will star Taylor Lautner (The Twilight Saga, Abduction) and will be directed by Daniel Benmayor (Bruc, the Manhunt). Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey of Temple Hill Entertainment will produce. WME will handle sales in the US.

New York City bicycle messenger, Cam (Lautner) is the hottest thing on two wheels, but is in debt to an organized crime gang. When he crashes his bike into a sexy stranger, Nikki, Cam is immediately seduced by her and the thrill of the world of parkour.

At Cannes, FilmNation Entertainment is also handling international sales on THE BLING RING from director Sofia Coppola. In addition, FilmNation has two in-competition titles: LAWLESS from director John Hillcoat starring Shia LaBeouf and Tom Hardy; and Jeff Nichols’ MUD which is also produced by FilmNation’s Aaron Ryder, starring Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon.
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Ten Sundays Unveils New Horror Film!

Ten Sundays Productions is Proud to
A New Feature Horror Film
VEIL

LOS ANGELES, CA - May 15, 2012 - The film stars Joseph Durbin (Deadlands 2), Devon Marie Brookshire (Ninjas vs. Vampires), Josh Davidson (Ghosts Don’t Exist), Kendra North (Witch’s Brew), and newcomer Meghan Nelson.

The temptation to have a one night stand leads a man to a distant town and a woman with a dark agenda. When he doesn’t return, if falls upon his black sheep sister to uncover the truth about what happened.

The film is written & directed by Paul Busetti and produced by Busetti along with Chris Kiros (Zombthology) and Josh Davidson (Dead iSland). Executive Produced by Leo Curbelo and Elizabeth Katherine Gray.

Filming took place over the winter on location in Virginia & Maryland. Veil is currently in postproduction and is slated for a fall 2012 release.

http://www.tensundays.com/veil.html
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Veil/154047104689878
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Ink (2009)

The world of dreams is governed by the forces of light and dark, who face off in endless combat over the souls of the living. When a dark-robbed figure kidnaps the soul of a young girl, it is up to the Storytellers to awaken her father from his selfish stupor in order to free her from evil's grasp! INK is a mind-blowing visual masterpiece created on a micro-budget, which offers a unique fantasy world of found objects that rivals the ones found in MIRRORMASK or CITY OF LOST CHILDREN at only a fraction of the cost. Director Jamin Winans transforms the mundane into the imaginative through the use of creative camera work, practical effects, and a unique story structure as he weaves together his modern fairy tale. Winans enhances the emotional impact of the images on screen with his own original score. The combined results produce a touching character drama that will shatter all expectations and strike a deep emotional chord with the audience.

Rating: 8/10.

Movies like INK:
DARK CITY, CITY OF LOST CHILDREN, BEYOND THE GRAVE, MIRRORMASK, SPIRITED AWAY, THE NEVERENDING STORY, LABYRINTH.


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Monday, May 14, 2012

Labyrinth (1986)

Following the success of THE DARK CRYSTAL, director Jim Henson set out with collaborators Frank Oz and Brian Fround to bring another magical world of myth and wonder to life in LABYRINTH. Our story begins as young Sarah accidentally wishes away her baby brother to the kingdom of the Goblin King, whose castle lies beyond a great labyrinth. Sarah must gather her courage and join forces with a group of unusual allies if she hopes to overcome the maze and win back her brother! Jennifer Connelly stars as the headstrong Sarah, whose grand adventure serves as her own coming of age tale. Sarah must learn to put away her childish toys and accept the responsibilities of adulthood if she hopes to save Toby. David Bowie makes for an enchanting villain just opposite of her as Jareth the Goblin King. The memorable musical numbers that he has written and performed for the film capture a softer side of the artist's unique style. But it is the world of the Labyrinth, itself, that deserves the most attention. The fanciful creatures and elaborate designs make this one of the most imaginative creations in Fantasy cinema. Borrowing from Alice in Wonderland and other traditional fairy tales, it forces Sarah to match both wit and strength in order to succeed. Like THE DARK CRYSTAL and THE NEVERENDING STORY, LABYRINTH is a timeless classic for the both young and the young at heart.

Rating: 10/10.

Movies like LABYRINTH:
THE COMPANY OF WOLVES, SPIRITED AWAY, THE DARK CRYSTAL, THE NEVERENDING STORY, ALICE IN WONDERLAND, CITY OF LOST CHILDREN, RE-CYCLE, THE GATE.



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Sunday, May 13, 2012

'American Mary' Revealed!

In celebration of AMERICAN MARY making its world wide market premiere at the Cannes Film Festival next week, Jen and Sylvia Soska have released the first official look at the film. Below you will find Katharine Isabelle as the title character, Mary Mason, meeting with two potential clients:


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Saturday, May 12, 2012

Little Monsters (1989)

Brian Stevenson traps the monster under the bed after being blamed for a number of 'accidents' around the house, and the kooky creature invites Brian to join him in the monster world below. At first, scaring kids and living a life without rules seems great, but soon, Brian realizes that he has been lured into becoming a monster, himself! LITTLE MONSTERS is better left to fond remembrances, since the film does not play nearly as well to the older crowds as it does for its intended younger audiences. Howie Mandel performs his third-rate 'Beetlejuice' impersonation as the monster, Maurice, whose wackiness is way more annoying than entertaining. While the story here certainly has potential, the limited budget and shabby production quality take away from the overall enjoyment of the film, although elements of the plot can be seen in Disney's wildly successful animated feature, MONSTERS, INC. Kids are sure to enjoy the sillier scenes where Brian and Maurice play pranks on the other children, but parents be warned.. There are still enough frightening moments in LITTLE MONSTERS to terrify children under 10.

Rating: 6/10.

Movies like LITTLE MONSTERS:
MONSTER SQUAD, BEETLEJUICE, MONSTER INC.



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The Addams Family Values (1993)

The Addams' are back, and they have brought along a new addition to the family! After baby Pubert is introduced to the children, Pugsley and Wednesday Addams are sent away to camp when their sibling rivalry grows out of hand, while Uncle Fester is seduced by the nanny, a gold-digging con who plans to kill him for his fortune! THE ADDAMS FAMILY VALUES plays up all of the same great humor from the original, providing consistent laughs and more deliriously entertaining performances from the entire cast. Raul Julia and Anjelica Huston are at their best, as always. By tossing the two Addams children into a summer camp filled with white bred teen socialites, director Barry Sonnenfeld has given Christina Ricci many more opportunities to shine in her fiendish portrayal of Wednesday Addams. Joan Cusack joins the cast as Debbie, the "Black Widow," as well, adding her own over-the-top antics to the bunch. THE ADDAMS FAMILY VALUES comes as close as possible to topping the original in a worthy sequel that fans are sure to enjoy!

Rating: 9/10.



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The Addams Family (1991)

Charles Addams' kooky characters from the classic comic strip and television series return to life in their own feature film, THE ADDAMS FAMILY, from 1991. THE ADDAMS FAMILY is a macabre masterpiece of comic horror, and one of the finest of its breed. The refined humor is both witty and intelligent, but equally matched with entertaining sight gags and physical comedy. While no one could ever truly replace John Astin, Carolyn Jones, and the rest of the original stars, the casting is simply inspired. Raul Julia and Anjelica Huston are worthy successors as Gomez and Morticia Addams, losing themselves in the morbid characters. A young Christina Ricci steals the show in her wicked performance as Wednesday Addams. If any one thing succeeds over the acting and writing in THE ADDAMS FAMILY, it is the incredible production design that brings the Addams household to life and gives it a playful character of its own. THE ADDAMS FAMILY is nothing short of a modern classic that lives up to (and often succeeds over) the original series.

Rating: 10/10.

Movies like THE ADDAMS FAMILY:
BEETLEJUICE, DEATH BECOMES HER, ELVIRA: MISTRESS OF THE DARK, GHOSTBUSTERS, THE BRADY BUNCH.


 

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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Chronicle (2012)

What would you do if you had super powers? Would you use them for good, or for something else? Andrew and his friends discover an object hidden deep beneath the earth that endows each of them with extraordinary abilities, but as they soon learn, with great power comes great responsibility. CHRONICLE is their story, as told from Andrew's camcorder. The use of the first-person perspective in this is both a blessing and a curse, as always. It is often difficult to accept the footage as fact when it is so cleanly shot and scripted, which prevents the complete suspension of belief. As a work of pure fantasy, however, it pushes the concept to its veritable extremes, exploring the psychology of the super hero from an entirely new perspective. Andrew, Matt, and Steve take us through their daily lives, the challenges they face as teenagers, and show us just how thin the line is between good and evil. Little pranks have costly results, and without constant restraint, their virtually-limitless abilities quickly grow out of control. What director Josh Trank achieves in camera and through the seamless special effects is nothing short of amazing. Any of the believability that is lost in the storytelling is more than made up for in the clever camera work and the super-charged ending. Super hero fans cannot afford to miss CHRONICLE!

Rating: 9/10.

Movies like CHRONICLE:
BOY WONDER, AKIRA, KICK-ASS, SPIDER-MAN.



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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

The Aggression Scale (2012)

Bill and his family think they have received a fresh start when they move out of the city, but Bill's past is about to catch up to him when his former employer is released from prison and has a group of men sent out to look for his stolen cash. What the men don't realize is that Bill's son is fresh out of a mental care facility, himself, for his tendency towards extreme violence whenever he is pushed over the edge! While the general premise offers nothing new in the way of crime thrillers, director Steven C. Miller only uses this as a platform for the unrelenting action that is to follow. THE AGGRESSION SCALE is almost comical in its Acme-like approach to graphic violence, and although it packs a number of intense moments along the way, the characters and situations are nothing short of contrived. That never takes away from the fun, however, as Derek Mears and the other hit men take an absolute beating from their teenage target. When it comes to the exploitation of raw, gritty violence and gore in an action flick, THE AGGRESSION SCALE definitely passes the test!

Rating: 7/10.

Movies like THE AGGRESSION SCALE:
A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE, MOTHER'S DAY, TAKEN, THE HORSEMAN, THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT, THE HILLS HAVE EYES.



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Sunday, May 6, 2012

Edward Scissorhands (1990)

A misshapen boy with scissors for hands is discovered by the Avon lady high above the city in his creator's dark castle. Peg decides to bring him home and clean him up, hoping to help Edward adjust to "normal" society, but their friends and neighbors have more interest in changing Edward than accepting him for being different. EDWARD SCISSORHANDS is undoubtedly Tim Burton's personal masterpiece; A tragic, heartfelt character drama that is more telling about the director, himself, than any of his other films. The themes of isolation, acceptance, and normality run deep, forming an outright cry against proper society. Edward finds himself supplanted in a world consumed by status and appearances. The ideals of 1950's society are turned upside down to reveal their true superficiality. Edward is nothing but a passing fad to these people, just another thing to own. No one accepts him for being different, they simply try to mold and shape him in their own image. The humor in the film reflects this in its distrustful cynicism and satire. Johnny Depp teams with Tim Burton for the first time as Edward, bringing about the innocence of boyhood in a subtle yet highly-effective performance. Danny Elfman's magnificent score drives the emotional highs and lows as well, while Bo Welch does a brilliant job contrasting the cookie-cutter world of 50's consumer culture with Tim Burton's twisted imaginings as production designer. Cult status aside, EDWARD SCISSORHANDS must be considered a classic of its time, and one of Tim Burton's finest achievements.

Rating: 10/10.

Movies like EDWARD SCISSORHANDS:
BEETLEJUICE, SOCIETY, PARENTS, BUGBABY, THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS.



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Saturday, May 5, 2012

Catch 'The Road' In Theaters May 11th!

THE ROAD
In Theaters Next Friday, May 11th
From Freestyle Releasing

LOS ANGELES, CA - May 5, 2012 - International boxing sensation Manny Pacquiao hosts ‘THE ROAD’ Premiere and After-Party at the Hollywood ArcLight Theatre on Wednesday night, May 9th. THE ROAD will be one of the first all-Filipino films to be commercially released in mainstream cinemas all over the US when it debuts in 16 markets theatrically – including New York and Los Angeles – on May 11th.

Synopsis: THE ROAD tells the story of a twelve-year-old cold case that is reopened when three teenagers vanish while traversing an infamous and abandoned road. As investigators try to find leads to the whereabouts of the missing teens, they also unearth the road’s gruesome past that spans two decades – a history of abduction, crimes and murders.
 
Release Date: May 11, 2012 (In theaters/VOD)
Distributor: Freestyle Releasing and Freestyle Digital Media
Directed by: Yam Laranas
Written by: Yam Laranas, Aloy Adlawan
Starring: Carmina Villaroel, Rhian Ramos, TJ Trinidad, Barbie Forteza, Lexi Fernandez, Derrick Monasterio, Alden Richards, Louise de los Reyes, and Renz Valerio
Running Time: 110 minutes
Rating: ‘R’ For violence, terror and some disturbing images.
Release Markets: Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Honolulu, Houston, Jacksonville, Miami, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington D.C.
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The Innkeepers (2011)

The two remaining innkeepers at the Yankee Pedlar Inn get more than they bargained for when they set out to capture evidence of the hotel's legendary ghost in THE INNKEEPERS, Ti West's highly-anticipated followup to HOUSE OF THE DEVIL. Once again, the director moves to impress with his incredible talent for balancing a slow, deliberate pace with clever characters and spooky suspense, though the same can't be said for the plot, itself. Sara Paxton and Pat Healy couldn't have been more perfectly cast as the two awkward leads, bringing their own dry wit and innocent charm to the characters. For all West's skills as a writer and director, however, he is found lacking as an effective storyteller. He simply doesn't know where to go with his films, and as a result, they typically fall apart in the final act. THE INNKEEPERS is no exception. While we have fun sitting back and laughing with his two bumbling hotel clerks, the questions set up in the first several chapters are left entirely open-ended, and the mild shocks do not compensate for the lengthy build and anticipation. Still, it is impossible to deny the man's skill behind a camera. Even the most trivial scenes are made interesting through his keen visual style, which keeps the audience glued to the screen despite the overall lack of action. Fans of the slow burn will appreciate the many redeeming qualities in THE INNKEEPERS, and it is sure to receive a cult status amongst other subtle haunts like THE CHANGELING, THE SENTINEL, or BURNT OFFERINGS.

Rating: 8/10. 

Movies like THE INNKEEPERS:
HOUSE OF THE DEVIL, THE SENTINEL, THE EVIL, THE LEGEND OF HELL HOUSE, BURNT OFFERINGS, DEAD SILENCE, THE CHANGELING.



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The Thaw (2009)

Mankind has destroyed the environment through global warming, but now, nature is fighting back! The melting of a polar ice cap reveals a deadly new parasite that overtakes a small band of researchers in Northern Canada. It is up to them to prevent the bug from reaching civilization, or it may mean the end of humanity. Paranoia and suspense reign supreme in THE THAW, a winning combination that adds familiar elements from BUG, LONG WEEKEND, RIGHT AT YOUR DOOR, and THE THING together to form terrifying new thriller that is sure to get under your skin! One bite from these flesh-eating bugs can lay thousands of eggs, and once they hatch... Like in THE THING, the game is figuring out which of the students have become infected, and watching as the group falls apart out of fear and mistrust. The pace is perfectly planned around this unfolding drama, with plenty of gory gross-outs found along the way. THE THAW is rounded out by a solid cast and beautiful cinematography, making its only major weakness unfortunate timing, since it follows so many similar films in the past.

Rating: 8/10. 

Movies like THE THAW:
BUG, RIGHT AT YOUR DOOR, THE LAST WINTER, LONG WEEKEND, THE THING, SPLINTER.

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'Madison County' DVD Signing May 8th!

Witness the Rise Of Damien as
Dark Delicacies celebrates
MADISON COUNTY
with cast & crew signing on May 8th!

WHAT: Fans are most definitely welcome to meet the stars and filmmakers of MADISON COUNTY as they sign DVDs at Burbank’s legendary Dark Delicacies bookstore on Tuesday evening, May 8th.

WHEN: Tuesday, May 8th, 7:00pm

WHERE: Dark Delicacies Bookstore
                  3512 W. Magnolia Blvd.
                  Burbank, CA 91505
                  (818) 556-6660

WHO: Star / Producer Ace Marrero (Kyle); Producer Daniel Dunn; Stars Matt Mercer (Will), Natalie Scheetz (Jenna), Joanna Sotomura (Brooke), Marshall Yates (man with knife)

DETAILS: Madison County promises an excursion into rural terror that pays homage to the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Town That Dreaded Sundown. Directed, co-produced and written by Eric England, Madison County stars Ace Marrero (who also co-produced), Colley Bailey, Matt Mercer, Joanna Sotomura, Natalie Scheetz, Katie Stegeman, and Adrienne Harrell, with Laid To Rest’s Nick “ChromeSkull” Principe as the savage killer Damien Ewell. Special make-up and prosthetic effects are from the award-winning makeup effects wizards at Almost Human (Laid to Rest I & II, Quarantine, “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles”).

In the film, a group of college kids travel to a small, mountain town called Madison County to interview the author of a tell-all book on the accounts of several grisly murders that happened there. But when they get there, the author is no-where to be found and the townspeople acted like nothing happened there. However, when the kids start digging around to get their own answers, they find out that the stories may be more real than the townspeople are letting on...

http://www.madisoncountymovie.com.
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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Michael Biehn to Headline 'Treachery'

BLANCBIEHN PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS
TREACHERY
An Intense Edge-of-your-Seat Drama that is an Affair All Too Familiar

Award-winning Actor Michael Biehn Set to Star!

LOS ANGELES, CA - May 3, 2012 - BlancBiehn Productions announced today casting on their latest project entitled Treachery. Written and directed by Travis Romero (“White Collar”, The Victim), the film stars Michael Biehn (Aliens, The Divide) leading an ensemble cast of six including Jennifer Blanc Biehn (The Divide, “Party of Five”), Sarah Butler (I Spit on Your Grave, The Philly Kid) Caitlin Keats (Kiss of the Damned, Kill Bill 2), Chris Meyer (Among Friends, Hard Breakers) and Matthew Ziff (Truck Stop, Little Kings).

The film captures the controversy between Henry and his estranged son, Nathan. Reunited at a friend’s small wedding party, in a remote cabin, Henry and Nathan have their usual awkward interactions. Nathan, accompanied by his girlfriend Cecilia, seeks his father's approval. Cecilia's presence only adds to Henry's discomfort, forcing him to want to leave, but a storm hits, trapping them in the cabin and headed for the worst along with the rest of the group. None of them really realize what is truly in store.

The film is being produced by Jennifer Blanc Biehn, Paul Foley, Ryan Azevedo and Denny Kirkwood, Jason Sallee and Kate Rees Davies.

Shooting is set to take place in Los Angeles starting in June 2012.

Blanc Biehn Productions is the partnership of famed actors Michael Biehn and Jennifer Blanc-Biehn. The pair decided to put their passion for acting and filmmaking into creating their own production company. Most recently, the duo produced the grindhouse film, The Victim which co-stars Danielle Harris. It is currently slated for a late summer theatrical release through Anchor Bay Films.
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Children of the Corn: Genesis (2011)

Tim and Allie are taken in by a crazed preacher and his wife after their car breaks down in the desert, but the dark forces at work on this remote farm refuse to let them leave! The eighth film in the CHILDREN OF THE CORN series is a bit of a mystery, especially considering the complete lack of both children and corn. GENESIS could have been filmed under any other name and remained just as ineffective. Billy Drago is creepy enough in his own right as Preacher, but he can never take the place of the murderous Gatlin children that are only alluded to in the plot. The opening act sets up an intriguing rebirth for the series that only becomes increasingly more convoluted and confused as the film goes on, until things finally fall apart in the end. Like HELLRAISER: REVELATIONS, CHILDREN OF THE CORN: GENESIS is a failed attempt to revitalize the series, and it ranks amongst the worst of the many sequels.

Rating: 5/10.



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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Beyond the Grave (2010) - Dialing a Prediction For Cult Following Now!

A lone vigilante sets off across the empty highways of post-apocalyptic Brazil in search of The Dark Rider, the demon responsible for opening the seven gateways of hell and bringing about the end of the world! BEYOND THE GRAVE announces the arrival of Davi de Oliveira Pinheiro into world cinema, and this will be a name to follow in the years to come. The grand scale and surreal mysticism of Pinheiro's modern epic can best be compared to Jodorowsky's EL TOPO or Richard Stanley's DUST DEVIL, topped off with a touch of nihilistic humor. BEYOND THE GRAVE offers a striking visual palette that lends itself perfectly to the fast-paced action and comic book styling. Each shot has been meticulously planned for maximum impact that would put a predictive dialer to shame.  Pinheiro has also shrouded the film in magic, mystery, and suspense, creating his own unique rule set for the characters that is never fully revealed until the end. The brilliant performances by Rafael Tombini and Álvaro Rosa Costa give the film the final strength it needs to succeed, making BEYOND THE GRAVE an instant cult sensation!

Rating: 9/10.

Movies like BEYOND THE GRAVE:
EL TOPO, DUST DEVIL, EL MARIACHI, CEMETERY MAN, SIX-STRING SAMURAI.

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Enter 'Madison County' with Eric England and Ace Marrero!

The people of Madison County are hiding a dark secret, and on May 8th, you'll find out why! Director Eric England and actor/producer Ace Marrero join I Like Horror Movies this evening to discuss their new film, MADISON COUNTY, coming to DVD next week from Image Entertainment:

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ILHM: What was the inspiration for your new Slasher icon?

EE: The inspiration came from several different things. Mainly, I wanted a killer that was practical. He's not Jason. He's not Michael Myers. He's not Freddy. He's a guy that was raised a certain way, so the way he looks is based off his surroundings. He wears a pig's head because he was raised on a farm and he probably just went out, slaughtered a pig and decided to wear the head to cover his horrible face. Also, the pig is also a nod to my home state's mascot, the Arkansas Razorbacks.

ILHM: Who designed the frightening mask and costume used in the film?

EE: Erik Porn and Rob Hall of Almost Human designed the mask for Damien based off our conversations. I had a loose idea of his wardrobe in my head, but our production designer, Liz Bell, executed it.

AM: Rob Hall of Almost Human FX was the man behind the mask so to speak. He and his team really worked hard to capture what we were looking for and as I mentioned earlier, was a big part of helping to take our initial concept to the next level! Joe Badiali was our go to guy on set under Almost Human and he handled the upkeep of the mask and all of the fun effects while filming. DAMIEN'S costume was designed by Megan Elizabeth Bell who also was the costumer for our entire cast, in addition to serving as the head of props and production designer. She was amazing handling all of her tasks as an essential, one woman show.

ILHM: Slasher fans will recognize Nick Principe as the masked menace ChromeSkull from LAID TO REST. How did Nick first become involved in the project?

AM: Eric had been in touch with Nick since the Myspace days I believe. He reached out to Nick a few years ago when he was looking on IMDB for prop crews on one of Rob Zombie's film. Nick ended up telling Eric that he was also a stunt man and actor so Eric always had Nick in mind. I remember when Eric came to me about using DAMIEN, he showed me LAID TO REST, which was a fun introduction to Nicks work. Eric ended up asking him to come on board and Nick agreed. Then Eric pawned him off to me to handle all the fun stuff (dollars), LOL. Actually, Nick was awesome and was nothing but committed to the project from the beginning and was a huge part in us getting Rob Hall to come on board.

EE: He's pretty normal outside of the mask. We were all like a family off camera. We basically were all under one roof, so it was hard to avoid some people, but before we shot scenes -- he was definitely in character.

ILHM: Did Nick interact with the other cast members off-camera, or is he more of a method actor?

AM: Nick was a great guy on and off set. He was intimidating and no one knew what to expect once he arrived, especially considering we almost lost him due to something he did on the plane into Arkansas that did not please TSA. I'll leave that for Nick to explain if he wishes, haha! I think like anyone, he was more reserved when he first got there, and I know he wanted his space, but it wasn't before long that he was partying with everyone. We just had a very close cast & crew and you couldn't avoid the camaraderie.

ILHM: MADISON COUNTY is filmed almost entirely in broad daylight. Is this a risk that you feel paid off in the end?

EE: Absolutely. It's one of the biggest compliments we get on the film. For those that like the film, understand it, and appreciate it -- it's one of the first things they notice. Art is subjective. Scary is subjective. I never set out to make a "horror film". I set out to make a film that horrific things happen in it. So I wanted to set it during the day to help add some reality to those scenes. It's easy to make things scary and suspenseful when you can't see shit. It's more of a challenge to do it in broad daylight. I wanted that challenge.

AM: I don't know if it was so much a risk, as it was simply the creative choice of the film. This movie is what it is BECAUSE of the daylight. It is a character. Nothing is being hidden and a lot of the horror revolves around the fact that it IS during the day and in plain sight. Early on, Daniel asked if we should consider doing it at night, so that it would be, "scarier", but Eric explained the same thing I just mentioned and he quickly came around. I love that it takes place during the day, anything can be scary at night when you can't see it coming. For the most part, people really seem to appreciate that aspect to the movie.

ILHM: Was the use of a shaky camerawork purely aesthetic, budgetary, or a combination of the two?

EE: I'm not sure what you're referring to? I'm assuming either the hand held camerawork or the high shutter speed? Both are things lots of films use regularly. Peter Berg, Michael Bay, Zach Snyder, etc. use it all the time.

But either way, it was purely an aesthetic choice. Budget has nothing to do with how much frenetic camerawork is in a film. We shot on the RED, which multi million dollar films have shot on. The budget wouldn't affect that. We have plenty of slow moving, beautiful dolly shots.. but for action, I prefer to go hand-held.

ILHM: Were there any films that helped to shape the story or characters in MADISON COUNTY?

EE: No films really shaped the story or characters. I would say that the aesthetic was definitely affected by the original and remake of the Texas Chain Saw Massacre. I wanted to make a movie that felt like the original, but looked like the remake. I'm also a big fan of slow burn films.. which is definitely what Madison County is. So I'm naturally a fan of Ti West's. But Madison County was never meant to be a by the books slasher, which is why I think it polarizes audiences. Some people hate that there's not a ton of blood, sex and partying going on.. but that's what I wanted. I wanted real people that you live with for a while and then watch horrible things happen to.

AM: MADISON COUNTY at its core revolves around a couple of choice moments that occurred in Eric's childhood. That is where our, "Inspired by true events" comes from. Off topic, but our movie ROADSIDE is the exact opposite and there is an eerie story that makes it hard for us not to use, "INSPIRING true events." I'm not sure if Eric used any particular films when shaping the story or characters aside from a few movies or characters that Eric discussed with me when we were casting. It was the simplest way to get a sense of a particular archetype we were looking for.

ILHM: Eric, as a first-time director, what were the greatest lessons you learned on and off the shoot?

EE: On set: How to film under pressure. We never had enough time or money. In fact, a lot of this movie was shot on the fly. I learned that I can handle a lot of shit and still get stuff done. I also learned that I'm surrounded by some really talented and amazing people.

Off set: I've learned more than I could ever tell in one sitting, which is why I started my blog: http://ericengland.blogspot.com/

But I have learned that everyone's a critic and everyone thinks they're right. You have to do what you do and make yourself happy, while still continuing to grow and evolve. It's hard to do. Do I love Madison County? Absolutely. Do I think it's the best movie ever made? Absolutely not. I'm not delusional. This is my first feature film. It's a stepping stone. A small blip on the radar in the overall picture. I know every flaw the film has.. no one hates it, or loves it, more than me.

ILHM: Ace, what were the greatest challenges you guys faced in your first major production?


AM: I mentioned some above, the usual come to mind; budget & time. I think one thing comes to mind quite often and that is BUGS. There were a lot in Arkansas, and I don't think anyone on our cast or crew could answer that question without considering some bugs immediately, lol.

ILHM: What projects do the two of you have lined up for us next?

EE: We're in post on our next feature, ROADSIDE, which will be making its festival debut this year. I'm also directing my next feature in 2 weeks.. a Cronenberg-esque horror film called CONTRACTED. Along with that, I'm working on something at the studio level, which I hope to be able to talk about in the near future.

AM: As I mentioned, we are in the final stages of our follow up film ROADSIDE, which we're all very excited about. I've also been working with a different team on a really cool project called, FOR BLOOD OR JUSTICE. It has a vibe similar to FROM DUSK TILL DAWN. It's about an eccentric Texas lawman who is in hot pursuit of a pair of rampaging, psychotic killers. He follows them across the mexican border, illegally, and when they get there, they discover this bizarre and horrific world. Check out the short concept teaser here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fT3xJw86Pu0

I'm also going to be heading out of the country this summer to star in a great film. The official announcement hasn't been made yet, so I can't say more, but I'm REALLY excited to relax a little and put down the producer hat for a bit.

ILHM: Will many of the questions left open in the end be answered in a MADISON COUNTY sequel?


EE: That's why I left questions open. I like ambiguous movies. My favorite movies are the movies that keep me thinking well after I've turned them off or left the theater. This was always planned to be part of something bigger.

AM: A lot of questions will be answered, but I can't promise all will be. When this was being developed we were very careful to craft the movie around the whole story. MADISON COUNTY lives right around the middle mark of the timeline and while we were filming, there were many things we had to consider due to how they tied into the other movies that will follow. There are a LOT of hidden eggs within the movie that you have to pay close attention to find. It will be one of those films that you'll look back on and pick out so many things, once you've seen the other films.

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A very special thanks goes out to Eric England and Ace Marrero once again for stopping by with the inside scoop on MADISON COUNTY! And don't forget, Damien arrives home Tuesday, May 8th, available on DVD from Image Entertainment!
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