Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Zombieland (2009)

All it takes is a few simple rules to survive Zombieland, the world that has been left behind after a deadly virus turns most of the population in to flesh-eating monsters. At least that is how Columbus has managed to stay alive up until he teams with Tallahassee on the road home to find his parents. The two are taken hostage by a pair of crafty sisters along the way, who convince them to travel together to the Pacific Playland amusement park in Los Angeles, which is supposed to be a safe haven from zombies. Needless to say, they are in for a bumpy ride! What is perhaps the most irritating thing about ZOMBIELAND besides the annoying characters and directionless plot is the fact that there are hardly any zombies in it to begin with. Why travel cross-country on the chance that some mythical amusement park might be zombie-free when the group only encounters a few zombies in the first place? The survival rules would have been much funnier if they had not already been used years before in Max Brook's infinitely superior Zombie Survival Guide. Jesse Eisenberg proves that he is the poor man's Michael Cera by offering up another wimpy performance with worse comedic timing than ever. Emma Stone is just as bad, and can't be taken seriously in her role. Thankfully, Woody Harrelson comes along to provide us with some temporary relief as the Twinkie-starved Tallahassee, who takes a great deal of pleasure in dispensing pain. The climactic battle at Pacific Playland is short-lived, and hardly worth the wait when the excitement of fighting zombies at an amusement park is squandered on a few measly rides. With the exception of the film's one notable cameo, ZOMBIELAND is a laughless comedy with hardly any horror that is not nearly as clever or witty as it is commonly made out to be.

Rating: 6/10.

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Godzilla vs Hedorah (1971)

The fate of the world hangs in the balance when Hedorah, the Smog Monster, comes crashing in to Earth, absorbing all of the planet's pollution and turning it in to deadly sulfuric gas. Only Godzilla can stop the shape-shifting beast before it destroys all of humanity! While it has commonly been overlooked by fans and was even disowned by Toho chairman Tomoyuki Tanaka at the time of its release, GODZILLA VS HEDORAH has received an unjust reputation when compared to the films of Jun Fukuda. Unfortunately, much of this can be attributed to the way that Godzilla is made to look like a bumbling idiot by Riichiro Manabe's awful score, let alone the monsters' ridiculous posturing before each battle. And who can forget the gravity-defying stunt where Godzilla propels himself into the air using his radiation beam? These things aside, Godzilla and Hedorah frequently face off in a number of thrilling confrontations, even if the continued action comes at the expense of any meaningful storyline. GODZILLA VS HEDORAH proves to be an entertaining (if not clearly misguided) entry in to the series, while adding with it a strong ecological message along the way. The silliness of some of the music numbers is outweighed by the horrific images of disintegrated bodies and burnt skeletons that are left behind in Hedorah's wake. Nothing of this sort had been attempted since the original GOJIRA, although in retrospect, GODZILLA VS HEDORAH hardly seems like the proper tool with which to fight pollution. As giant monster movies go, however, it is a worthwhile watch for any fan.

Rating: 6/10.

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Dracula Has Risen from the Grave (1968)

Two clergymen unwittingly revive the Prince of Darkness during a cleansing ritual that was meant to exorcise his evil presence from the local township. Instead, one of the priests is placed under Dracula's hypnotic spell, and the two speed off to Kleinenberg, where the Count stages his revenge against the Monsignor by seducing his young niece. Freddie Francis directs the fourth installment in Hammer's Dracula series with a distinct visual flair that makes for many memorable moments in DRACULA HAS RISEN FROM THE GRAVE. His most impressive shots are taken from the incredible rooftop sets that overlook the Kleinenberg skyline, where Dracula will eventually beset his victims in one of several climactic confrontations. Christopher Lee is as ruthless and menacing as ever, spouting his lines with signs of pure hatred while showing a smug sense of satisfaction as he closes in on his revenge. The scene in which he attacks the barmaid, Zena, is particularly frightening, but better still is the picturesque image of Lee perched upon the rooftop with his cape flowing gently in the breeze. A beautiful yet terrifying moment, to be sure. Ewan Hooper stands out above the rest of the crowd as the unfortunate priest who falls under Dracula's evil spell, but Barry Andrews and Veronica Carlson are also very good as the young lovers, Paul and Maria. James Bernard succeeds with another wonderful score, as well. DRACULA HAS RISEN FROM THE GRAVE is a notable improvement over the second sequel, and a fine film overall.

Rating: 8/10.

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The Devil's Chair (2007)

After experiencing his girlfriend's death at the hands of a demonic relic, Nick West is institutionalized for murder. Four years later, he is released into the care of Dr. Willard, who hopes to have Nick confront his fears and reveal the truth behind Sammy's disappearance with the help of his students. What they discover, instead, is the "Devil's Chair" of Nick's nightmares, which serves as a gateway to Hell to anyone who dares touch it. Director Adam Mason defies audience expectations in this chilling tale of demonic possession entitled THE DEVIL'S CHAIR, from 2007. Through Nick's narration, Mason intentionally breaks the fourth wall by addressing the audience directly, mocking their morbid desires with the lure of sex, violence, and gore. What he delivers in their stead is a frightening psychological thriller that places the mystery and suspense of Brad Anderson's SESSION 9 into the context of a traditional monster movie. Mason introduces a unique mythology for the decrepit demon, along with a terrifying new creature design. The suffocating mood of the abandoned asylum makes for the perfect setting, as well. Just as everything seems to be playing out according to the tired old cliches, Mason rips the ground out from underneath us with a shocking twist in the end. Although it certainly raises several questions in terms of logical inconsistencies, it is a welcome change of pace from the usual genre fare. THE DEVIL'S CHAIR comes highly recommended for fans of mind-bending psychological thrillers like SHROOMS or HORROR.

Rating: 7/10.

Movies like THE DEVIL'S CHAIR:
SHROOMS, REEKER, SESSION 9, THE SHINING, HORROR, CABIN IN THE WOODS.

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Experience 'My Amityville Horror' March 15th

IFC MIDNIGHT PRESENTS
MY AMITYVILLE HORROR
IN THEATERS AND ON DEMAND FRIDAY, MARCH 15TH

A film by Eric Walter

NEW YORK, NY - February 26, 2013 - For the first time in 35 years, Daniel Lutz recounts his version of the infamous Amityville haunting that terrified his family in 1975. George and Kathy Lutz's story went on to inspire a best-selling novel and the subsequent films have continued to fascinate audiences today. This documentary reveals the horror behind growing up as part of a world famous haunting and while Daniel's facts may be other's fiction, the psychological scars he carries are indisputable.

Director: Eric Walter
Executive Producers: Ronald Puleio, Michael S. Russo
Producers: Andrea Adams, John Blythe, Eric Walter
Featuring: Daniel Lutz, Laura DiDio, Lorraine Warren
Runtime: 88 minutes
Distributor: IFC Midnight (theatrical) / SundanceNOW (VOD)


IN THEATERS FRIDAY, MARCH 15TH in NYC at IFC Center
ALSO AVAILABLE ON DEMAND THROUGH YOUR LOCAL CABLE PROVIDER, ITUNES, XBOX, AMAZON, PLAYSTATION AND SUNDANCE NOW
THE FILM WILL BE RELEASED THEATRICALLY THROUGHOUT THE SPRING IN SELECT CITIES
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DVD Pre-Orders Now Available for 'Lord of Tears'

Scottish Director Brings Horror to the Highlands with Second Feature

LORD OF TEARS

LOS ANGELES, CA - February 26, 2013 -  Director/producer Lawrie Brewster has completed production on Lord of Tears, a supernatural horror, or film set in the Scottish Highlands. Lord of Tears takes its inspiration from the traditional British gothic ghost story, but adds a Celtic twist with its Highland setting and pagan themes. Scriptwriter Sarah Daly describes the film as ‘The Wicker Man meets The Woman in Black’.

Lord of Tears is a startling, psychological, supernatural thriller set against the ominous backdrop of a cursed highland estate. The film stars David Schofield (Gladiator, Pirates of the Caribbean) Lexy Hulme (500 Days of Summer) and Scottish actor Euan Douglas in his feature debut.

The film tells the chilling story of James Findlay (Douglas), a school teacher plagued by recurring nightmares of a mysterious and unsettling entity. Suspecting that his visions are linked to a dark incident in his past, James returns to his childhood home, a notorious mansion in the Scottish Highlands. There, he finds love in the form of aspiring dancer Evie Turner (Hulme) who helps him to unravel the dark history of the house. But, when James finally uncovers the disturbing truth behind his dreams, he must fight to survive the brutal consequences of his curiosity…

Director Lawrie Brewster says of the film ‘With this film I wanted to tell the type of story I enjoy watching, the creepy type of thriller that gets under your skin, with unexpected twists, and memorable and disturbing supernatural inspired imagery. We take inspiration from classic British chillers such as The Haunting and The Legend of Hell House whilst adding our own, Scottish Celtic twist to the mix.

Writer/Director team Sarah Daly and Lawrie Brewster have worked together on a number of projects including their debut feature White Out and the festival favourite Morgan M. Morgansen short films starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Channing Tatum and Lexy Hulme.

Lord of Tears takes advantage of the stunning and often brutal scenery of the Scottish Highlands, mirroring the conflict between the refined and the primal aspects of humanity – a theme explored throughout the film. The film also features a dark and broody original soundtrack by Craig Sutherland and Andy McDonald of Megalith Music.

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Universal Options 'Arclight' for Image Entertainment

ARCLIGHT

Book Debut Arriving April 23rd
With Universal Optioning the Film Rights for Image Entertainment to Produce

LOS ANGELES, CA - February 23, 2013 - The recent announcement in The Hollywood Reporter about Universal picking up ARCLIGHT by Josin L. McQuein (Greenwillow Books) for Imagine Entertainment to produce has audiences buzzing, with the book debut due on-sale April 23rd. It doesn’t happen too often in the Young Adult book world, that rights are optioned without seeing a book’s actual success, but ARCLIGHT is poised to be one of this summer's blockbuster titles, and for movie fans looking for a chilling cinematic read—this is it!

Thrilling and thought-provoking, ARCLIGHT (Greenwillow Books; On-sale: April 23, 2013), the first of two books from debut author Josin L. McQuein, is a terrifying page turner that combines the horrors of a Stephen King novel with action-packed intensity reminiscent of the Divergent series by Veronica Roth.

Marina has no idea who she is. No one has ever survived the darkness outside the Arclight’s wall of protective lights. And whatever’s out there will do anything to get her back. Soon the Arclight is under siege and the community must choose between protecting Marina, or exiling her to protect itself. Nothing is safe and there’s no one to trust—not even the boy who is always watching her or the one who lost everything as a result of her rescue. But as Marina slowly uncovers her past, she also discovers shocking secrets as old as the Arclight itself.

Offering an extraordinary look into the human psyche’s ability to survive in the face of fearing an unknown, ARCLIGHT will haunt readers as they wonder who will live, who’s next to die, and whether trusting anyone is futile. But one thing is certain amongst all this uncertainty: no one is safe when the lights go out.
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Archstone Debuts 'A Resurrection' Teaser

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A RESURRECTION

In theaters March 22, 2013 from Archstone Distribution

LOS ANGELES, CA - February 26, 2013 - A down to earth school psychologist tries to help a mentally ill student who actually believes his brother is coming back from the grave for revenge on the students who killed him. The film stars Mischa Barton, Devon Sawa, Jonathan Michael Trautman and the late Michael Clarke Duncan. This was Duncan's last film before he passed. The film was directed by Matt Orlando and produced by Jamie Kennedy Entertainment:

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Uncover the Mystery Behind 'Thale' This March

XLrator Media Invites You to Catch
Debuting On Demand March 21, 2013

LOS ANGELES, CA - February 26, 2013 - Two crime-scene cleaners discover a mythical, tailed female creature in a concealed cellar. She never utters a word, unable to tell her story, but the pieces of the puzzle soon come together: she's been held captive for decades for reasons soon to surface.

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CAST: Morten Andresen, Erlend Nervold, Jon Sigve Skard, and Silje Reinamo as Thale

DIRECTOR: Aleksander Nordaas (also writer, cinematographer & editor)

DISTRIBUTOR: XLrator Media

AVAILABLE:
VOD - March 21, 2013
In Theaters - April 5, 2013
On DVD - April 23rd, 2013
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All Monsters Attack (1969)

With his parents constantly working, young Ichiro spends his time at home fantasizing that he lives on Monster Island with Godzilla and friends. His day dreaming is interrupted when a group of burglars try to kidnap the boy after a botched bank robbery, but Ichiro uses the strength and courage that he has learned from his monster friends to escape! ALL MONSTERS ATTACK is a unique entry in the Godzilla series, considering Godzilla doesn't even appear in the film outside of Ichiro's imagination. It speaks more towards the sense of loneliness and betrayal that many latchkey children experienced in Japan at the time, when both parents were required to work in order to make ends meet. The success of the Gamera series also weighed heavily on this production, which clearly caters to a younger audience since the giant monster appeal was in steady decline by the late 1960s. ALL MONSTERS ATTACK re-uses footage from previous films as well to cut costs and pad the run time, although it does include several fun new fight scenes between Godzilla and Gabara (named for a bully that picks on Ichiro), and even features a chase scene where Ichiro must escape from the Kamacuras. Many fans who shared in Ichiro's monster dreams as children continue to show a loving admiration for the film, even if it exists outside of the normal canon.

Monsters: Godzilla, Minilla, Gabara, Kamacuras, Ebirah, Kumonga, Gorosaurus.

Rating: 7/10.

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[●Rec] 3 (2012)

Clara and Koldo will never forget their special wedding day, especially after a deadly contagion transforms their wedding guests into a pack of flesh-eating monsters! [●REC] 3 kicks things off with the same familiar format, using a variety of vantage points that are being filmed from several hand-held devices. As soon as the wedding is crashed, however, there is an immediate shift in style to a more traditional form of filmmaking that comes as quite a shock. This allows series creator Paco Plaza more freedom as he packs tons of black humor and outrageous gore into this blood-soaked sequel. Where [●REC] placed its aims on realistic shocks and terror, [●REC] 3 owes much more to the works of Sam Raimi and Peter Jackson when it comes to splatter. Instead of tossing a bouquet, Clara spends her wedding night hacking up guests and lopping off heads with her trusty chainsaw. Leticia Dolera and Diego Martín make an entertaining pair, as both are able to play up the comedy as well as the horror in equal measure. In addition to the subtle ques that are dropped throughout the opening, we also catch background glimpses of news footage that as it is being recorded from the quarantined building across town, intricately linking this to the two previous films. While the jarring difference in tone may surprise fans, [●REC] 3 is entirely enjoyable in its own right, and a welcome addition to the series.

Rating: 8/10.

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Monday, February 25, 2013

Death by VHS (2013)

Scarlet Fry returns with another ghoulish Horror anthology in DEATH BY VHS: "Insert Cassette. Press Play... DIE!" Two teens purchase a collection of VHS tapes from a shady dealer after hearing that they possess a drug-like affect on their viewers. Unfortunately for them, it's true! In the first featurette, a disfigured girl finally gets a chance at living a normal life after drinking a magic elixir, but the side effects driver her batty. The second story follows the last survivor of the zombie apocalypse, who decides if you can't beat 'em, join 'em! Third comes a classic holiday tale about a mentally-challenged boy who just wants one thing for Christmas: Revenge! Next, an abused housewife gets back at her alcoholic husband after consuming (you guessed it) a magic potion. Finally, Jesus Christ, himself, must stop a crazed Easter Bunny from committing any more murders using a little divine intervention. "Lepus" is the only one of these atrocious shorts that is even remotely watchable, and it earns a few guilty laughs in spite of (or possible because of?) its poor production quality. The rest of the segments are as awfully acted as they are scripted, and are impossible to sit through sober. Fortunately, the film is mostly inaudible as not to trouble the viewer with the inane dialog. Fry runs each film through a cheap computer program to artificially age the footage, but the filter just keeps running the same effect over and over again ad nauseam. None of the stories (save for "Lepus") contain any worthwhile frights, gore, or suspense, making it impossible to recommend the feature to anyone outside of the Troma fanbase.

Rating: 2/10.

Movies like DEATH BY VHS:
NIGHTMARE ALLEY, HANGER, CREEP VAN, MILLENNIUM BUG, V/H/S, CREEPSHOW 3.

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Total Recall (1990)

After experiencing recurring dreams of an alternate life on Mars, Douglas Quaid visits Rekall, a company that deals in virtual vacations, to receive memory implants of a trip to Mars with an added package that would transform him into an interplanetary spy. Before the procedure can begin, however, Quaid experiences a schizoid embolism that awakens hidden memories which had been erased from his mind, and suddenly finds himself in the middle of a corporate conspiracy that will take him back to Mars as he fends off evil mercenaries in an attempt to save the planet. Arnold Schwarzenegger stars in the explosive Sci-Fi thriller TOTAL RECALL, from 1990! Director Paul Verhoeven takes us along on this wild adventure through the futuristic streets of Earth in the year 2084 and beneath the red sands of Mars using mind-blowing make-up, production designs, and digital effects that earned the film the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects that year. The adrenaline-pumping action and suspense never let up from beginning to end, while the audience is left to decipher whether the events on screen are really happening, or if this is all just part of some elaborate nightmare. Arnold is better than usual as our exciting action hero, this time going up against a menacing Michael Ironside in another of his stereotypical roles as the film's baddie. With a compelling and complex storyline to match its jaw-dropping special effects, TOTAL RECALL earns its place as one of the strongest Science Fiction films from the 1990s.

Rating: 9/10.

Movies like TOTAL RECALL: OPEN YOUR EYES, MINORITY REPORT, THE FIFTH ELEMENT, THE RUNNING MAN.

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Friday, February 22, 2013

Season of the Witch (1972)

A neglected housewife decides to fill the void in her empty marriage with magic and witchcraft, which leads her down a dark and terrifying road in George A. Romero's third feature, SEASON OF THE WITCH. While Horror fans may find the suspense to be severely lacking, it is important to remember that the film was never intended to be included in the genre until its clever producers decided to bank on NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD's success. Instead, SEASON OF THE WITCH serves as a critical look at marriage and its part in the Women's Liberation Movement of the 1960s and 70s. Romero does little to progress the movement, however, and if anything, he sets it back another decade with this tawdry tale. His failed attempts at the avant-garde give SEASON OF THE WITCH the appearance of a cheap student film, and the stale performances do nothing to help. The camera hangs on dry, meaningless scenes well past their worth. It is only interesting to see just how far Joan is willing to go in order to find some satisfaction in life, but this still leaves for little payoff in the end. There is no real value in SEASON OF THE WITCH outside of the completist's collection.

Rating: 4/10.

Movies like SEASON OF THE WITCH:
THE STEPFORD WIVES, MARTIN, THE CRAFT.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

'Scream Machine' Dares You to Watch Its Newest Trailer

Insert Cassette Press Play...DIE!

Catch the New Trailer for
SCREAM MACHINE
...If you DARE!

LOS ANGELES, CA - February 20, 2013 - A battered and mysterious VCR...A bevy of lethal video- tapes... These are the building blocks of horror in "SCREAM MACHINE". A mind blowing descent into madness and death. Five shocking vignettes, designed to take your sanity and devour your soul! Mild curiosity leads to severe consequences when a couple rents a supposedly cursed video cassette recorder. An urban legend renowned for leaving a trail of agonizing and torturous death. Unbelieving, they take the plunge... And another legend is horrifyingly born...

Do you dare give fate a winning hand, and test yourself against the hellish consequences of the SCREAM MACHINE?

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New Trailer Escapes the 'Sanitarium'

Experience the Insanity in the New Trailer Release for
SANITARIUM

The Spine-Tingling Anthology Starring Malcolm McDowell

MIAMI, FL - February 20, 2013 - Sanitarium is an anthology that consists of three segments based on particular patients of a mental institution. Each episode begins with Dr. Stenson (Malcolm McDowell), the primary physician at the Sanitarium, commenting on the recent arrival of a new patient. As Dr. Stenson speaks, the individual’s story begins. With elements from "The Twilight Zone," "Alfred Hitchcock Presents," "Creep Show," and "Tales from the Crypt," episodes explore the different narratives of the insane patients – tales which led to their crazed states of minds. These accounts reflect hallucinations, imaginary voices, and altered realities, and include themes of the paranormal, the unexplainable, and the mystical. The motion picture features thrillers, dramas, horror, and mystery:



Miami International Film Festival Screenings

Friday, March 1st at 11:30pm – O Cinema – (90 NW 29th Street, Miami, FL 33127)
Saturday, March 2nd at 7:00pm – O Cinema – (90 NW 29th Street, Miami, FL 33127)

Directors: Bryan Ortiz, Bryan Ramirez, Kerry Valderrama
Starring: Malcom McDowell, Robert Englund, John Glover, Lou Diamond Phillips, Lacey Chabert, Chris Mulkey, and David Mazouz
Screenplay: M. Vratton, Bryan Ortiz, Evan Boston, James Hartz, Kerry Valderrama, Scott Marcano

Running Time: 106 mins.
Not yet rated

MIFF Page: http://miami.festivalgenius.com/2013/films/sanitarium_bryanramirez_miami2013#screenings
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Drunken Zombie IHFF 2013 Now Open for Submissions!

Drunken Zombie International 
Horror Film Festival 2013

Now Accepting Submissions!

PEORIA, IL - February 20, 2013 - The fifth annual Drunken Zombie Film Festival is now open for submissions! We are celebrating our 6th year of showing independent horror films to a horror audience that is hungry to see something outside of the studio system that can tap into the horror life line and bring them a great experience they have been craving. We show all types of horror films and not just zombie films which some take our name to imply. So whatever type of horror film you have feel free to submit.

Our submission process is easy. Head over to the website,
www.drunkenzombiefilmfestival.com, fill out the online submission form, and mail it off
with your movie. It's that easy. No entry fees. No complex rules. If you want your horror
film seen by an audience that is craving the next great horror film then this is the festival
for you. We are looking for feature films, short films, music videos, trailers, etc. Anything
you got we'll take a look at. The deadline for submissions is August 31st, 2012.
Our film festival is taking place on November 2-3, 2012 at Landmark Cinemas in
Peoria, IL. Have your film Slay In Peoria! This is our sixth year running our festival and
have had a great time showing off some films that have gone on to great success.
Some of the past films we have shown are Dead Hooker In A Trunk (DZFF2010), The
Taint (DZFF2011), True Nature (DZFF2011), Zombie Apocalypse (DZFF 2008), Trippin'
(DZFF 2010), and The Selling (DZFF2011). We present a well rounded list of films from
straight up scary to horror comedies to the full on surreal. For further info on submitting
films and keeping up with news, sponsorships, and more visit
www.drunkenzombiefilmfestival.com or email filmfestival@drunkenzombie.com.

Praise For The Drunken Zombie Film Festival:

“The Drunken Zombie Film Festival is run by a group of diehard horror fans who's only
desire is to help out indie filmmakers and that passion shines through in their treatment
of your work, their interaction with you (the filmmaker), and their enthusiasm overall. I
am very happy to support DZ as they have been more than supportive of my career
over the years and are one of the reasons I have fans across the world.”

Tony Wash – Director of It's My Party And I'll Die If I Want To (DZFF2008) and A
Chance In Hell (DZFF2011)

“We had the distinct pleasure of having our film, "The Feed", screened at the 2011
Drunken Zombie Film Festival. Though unable to attend due to a work conflict, I had a
number of people write to us saying how much they enjoyed the festival and our movie.
Not only that, but a podcast was released shortly thereafter where a whole group sat
around discussing the fest - and our film - in great detail! It was fantastic to hear. We
rely quite a bit on social networking to keep our fans up to speed on our film's
progress, and the 2011 DZFF, as well as their devoted followers, allowed us to post
many, many updates. We look forward to submitting our next work as well as attending!”

Steve Gibson – Director of The Feed (DZFF2011)

"DZFF makes a real effort to reach out to its filmmakers, in order to help them connect
with each other and with industry. That's why I'll keep sending my films to DZFF. Also,
their name is really cool."

Chris Walsh – Director Of Fitness Class Zombie (DZFF2011)
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The Creature Walks Among Us (1956)

Another band of irreverent scientists heads deep into the Amazon to capture the Gill-Man once again, this time with the intent of jump starting the creature's evolution. The experiment is a startling success, but the creature is horribly burned in the process, and sheds its damaged scales to reveal an eerily human undercoat. For a time, its training and conditioning seem to be paying off, but the observant creature also absorbs man's cruelty in the process, and sets off on a destructive rampage back to the sea in the thrilling climax. The third and final installment in THE CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON trilogy shares the same strengths and weaknesses as the two preceding films. As always, it begins with a tedious river voyage through the Amazon that is more dreadfully boring than ever as the supposed scientists spew out the usual pseudo-scientific babble. We are privileged to more terrific underwater photography in the same style as before, up until the creature is captured and burned. From here, things take an ethical and philosophical turn as the men attempt to take the beast out of the jungle, but fail to take the jungle out of the beast. The drama that unfolds between the controlling Dr. Barton and his philandering wife does little for the plot besides setting up an excuse for the creature's monstrous rampage in the end. Don Megowan does an excellent job at conveying raw emotion through the creature's thick make-up, lending the Gill-Man a much needed sense of empathy and remorse. This is especially true in the closing scene as he returns to the sea. A certain improvement over the first sequel, THE CREATURE WALKS AMONG US is a strange but interesting choice as the series closer.

Rating: 7/10.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Black Sheep (2006)

Henry returns to the family farm to overcome his fear of sheep after a traumatic childhood incident, but he and several other unlucky visitors must fight to survive when the genetically-altered flock turns on their masters! The outrageous horror comedy BLACK SHEEP scores big laughs with its absurd stance against biological engineering. No one is safe when writer/director Jonathan King makes the self-righteous environmentalists out to look just as foolish as the careless scientists. With the award-winning WETA Workshop assigned to the film, one can only expect the best out of the special effects department, and they deliver. The sheep look incredibly realistic as they just obliterate everything in their path, tearing off flesh and ripping the guts out of each of their victims in a hilarious display of comic gore that calls back to New Zealand's other famous Horror film, DEAD ALIVE. Unsurprisingly, the characters and plot quickly lose focus when faced with the ridiculous antics occurring on screen. Although the overall silliness does begin to wear by the third act, BLACK SHEEP is still a wildly entertaining film that creature fans are sure to enjoy.

Rating: 7/10.

Movies like BLACK SHEEP:
ISOLATION, DEAD ALIVE, NIGHT OF THE LEPUS, SHAUN OF THE DEAD, EVIL ALIENS, SPLICE, SPECIES.

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Cemetery Man (1994)

Francesco Dellamorte is the humble caretaker of the Buffalora Cemetery, where corpses just can't seem to stay buried. He and his assistant, Gnaghi, are left to destroy the brains of the recently deceased, who return from the grave each night. As the lines between love and death begin to blur, Francesco becomes lost in the futility of his own existence before delusion and madness drive him to kill the living before they can return as the dead. DELLAMORTE DELLAMORE, or CEMETERY MAN as it is known stateside, is a pure masterpiece of Italian cinema, and director Michele Soavi's finest work. Soavi adapts the existentialist philosophy and biting black humor from Tiziano Sclavi's writing perfectly, while infusing the film with his own surreal imagery, flamboyant action sequences, and ornate sense of style. When casting the lead, there was simply no other choice than English actor Rupert Everett, who served as the inspiration for the character of "Dylan Dog" in Sclavi's popular comic book series by the same name. Everett is inseparable from the role, and provides an uncanny performance as our introverted antihero. He may only be upstaged by François Hadji-Lazaro, who plays the lovable idiot savant, Gnaghi. CEMETERY MAN features a number of stunning sets and incredible special effects by Italy's premiere designer, Sergio Stivaletti. Needless to say, it is one of the most original and artistic films within the genre, and perhaps Italy's last great Horror movie.

Rating: 9/10.

Movies like CEMETERY MAN:
DYLAN DOG, I SELL THE DEAD, DEAD ALIVE, LET SLEEPING CORPSES LIE.

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Hungarian Slasher 'Bloody Night' Coming Soon!

“Are you ready for a bloody weekend?”

The Hungarian Slasher
BLOODY NIGHT
Wraps Principle Photography

BUDAPEST, HUN - February 19, 2013 - Bloody Night is a slasher film that has recently completed principal photography. This disturbing title has been shooting in Budapest, Hungary since January of 2013. And now, director Hakan Yildiz has released several photos from the shoot. Award nominee and writer Pau Masó is shown as one of several friends stalked by a mysterious killer. European based actor Anna Rust also appear in these stills. Rust is a relative up and comer in the film industry, with appearances in Doctor Zhivago (2002) and The Brothers Grimm (2005). All of these cast members and more can be seen in the film’s most recent terrifying photos.

With production complete, Bloody Night will begin its film festival run. This title will tour both Europe and North America. Bloody Night will show in over 20 horror film festivals. The first trailer for this horror title will release March 1st and Yildiz’s first feature film will debut in front of audiences in the second quarter of 2013.

Four University students travel to Budapest during the winter break holiday, but they find their lives endangered. Now, these four friends will have to fight for their lives, to escape a masked madman and killer (Sweet Dreams Productions).

Release Date: 2013 (TBA).

Director: Hakan Yildiz.
Producers: Burcak Ozder, Deniz Sahin and Hakan Yildiz.
Executive Producers: Hakan Yildiz and Csanad Darvas.
Cast: Hakan Yildiz, Pau Maso, Anna Rust, Zsolt Der and Christoph Fortmann.

Official Website: http://www.bloodynightmovie.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/bloodynightfilm
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/bloodynightfilm

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'Paranormal Movie' Haunts Your Home April 9th!

Who says you can’t have fun with ghosts?

IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT CRACKS UP
WITH THE HORROR PARODY

PARANORMAL MOVIE

Invading Your Home on DVD and Digital Download April 9th!

CHATSWORTH, CA - February 19, 2013 - In the spirit of great parody films like Scary Movie, Not Another Teen Movie, and Dance Flick, Image Entertainment (a subsidiary of RLJ Entertainment) brings you Paranormal Movie on DVD and Digital Download April 9th. This movie takes you inside the twisted and outrageous mind of Kevin Farley (An American Carol) as he directs the celluloid potshots aimed squarely at the world-famous Paranormal Activity franchise. The film co-stars Carly Craig (The Three Stooges), Eric Roberts (The Dark Knight), Maria Menounos (Tropic Thunder), and William Katt (The Greatest American Hero). Paranormal Movie will be available on DVD for an SRP of $27.97. Pre-book is March 12th.

Life for Larry (Farley) has always been a little weird, but things get really strange when spooky disturbances start waking him up each night. To catch the poltergeists in action, Larry sets up dozens of video cameras and quickly discovers that his house is infested with freaky clowns, weed-smoking demons and uninvited celebrities! He tries everything he can think of to ward off the evil spirits, including calling in TV's Demon Hunter, Jack Goff (John Farley), psychologist Dr. Luni (Menounos) and famous "psychic" Dr. Lipschitz (Roberts).

Paranormal Movie promises to deliver good ole-fashioned, side-splitting, paranormal fun. As outrageous as it is hilarious Paranormal Movie is the creepy new comedy that gives "found footage" movies exactly what they deserve!
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'6 Souls' Set to Release This March On Demand

Radius TWC Presents
On Demand March 1st, In Theaters April 15th

LOS ANGELES, CA - February 19, 2013 - After the death of her husband, Dr. Cara Harding's (Julianne Moore) faith in God has been shaken, but not her belief in science. In an attempt to open her up to accepting unexplainable psychiatric theories, her father introduces her to Adam, a patient with multiple personalities who takes on some of the physical characteristics of his other personalities. Cara quickly discovers that Adam’s other personalities are murder victims and the more she finds out about him and his past, the closer she and her loved ones are to becoming murder victims themselves.

Starring

Julianne Moore
Jonathan Rhys Meyers

Directed by Måns Mårlind & Björn Stein
Written by Michael Cooney

Check out the Trailer for 6 SOULS on Apple Trailers:

http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/independent/6souls/

Rated: R
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Join 'The ABCs of Death' Q&A Feb 20!

Twenty-six directors. Twenty-six ways to die. Get your questions answered.

17 directors and producers from film 
THE ABCs OF DEATH 
will be answering your questions live on Reddit.com tomorrow! 
Tune-in for a chance to get your questions answered.

When: Tomorrow, February 20, 2013 from 11:00am PST – 2:00pm PST

Who: The following Directors and Producers are participating in the Reddit AMA Live Chat:

Nacho Vigalondo - A is for Apocalypse
Adrían Garcia Bogliano - B is for Bigfoot
Ernesto Díaz Espinoza - C is for Cycle
Marcel Sarmiento - D is for Dogfight
Thomas Malling - H is for Hydro-Electric Diffusion
Jorge Michel Grau- I is for Ingrown
Simon Rumley - P is for Pressure
Adam Wingard - Q is for Quack
Srdjan Spasojevic- R is for Removed
Lee Hardcastle - T is for Toilet
Ben Wheatley - U is for Unearthed
Kaare Andrews - V is for Vagitus
Jon Schnepp – W is for WTF
Xavier Gens - X is for XXL
Jason Eisener - Y is for Youngbuck
Ant Timpson – Co Producer
Tim League – Co Producer

Where: http://www.reddit.com/

To join the chat, you’ll need to login on to Reddit.com and leave a comment. The Directors and Producers will be answering fan questions in real time!

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Twenty-six directors. Twenty-six ways to die. The ABC’s OF DEATH is perhaps the most ambitious anthology film ever conceived with productions spanning fifteen countries and featuring segments directed by over two dozen of the world's leading talents in contemporary genre film. Inspired by children’s educational books, the motion picture is comprised of twenty-six individual chapters, each helmed by a different director assigned a letter of the alphabet. The directors were then given free reign in choosing a word to create a story involving death.

Opening Theatrically March 8, 2013; available NOW via VOD, iTunes and more!

http://www.magpictures.com/ondemand

Running Time: 129 minutes
Rating: R

Official Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theabcsofdeath
Official website: http://www.magnetreleasing.com/theabcsofdeath/
Magnet Twitter: https://twitter.com/MagnetReleasing
Hashtag: #ABCsOFDEATH
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Magnolia to Unleash 'Ragnarok' on the US

US distributor Magnolia acquires Norwegian action-adventure

RAGNAROK

From the producers of Cold Prey and Escape

LOS ANGELES, CA - February 19, 2013 - Magnolia concluded the deal based on a 3-minute promo shown during the European Film Market in Berlin. The deal was negotiated between SVP of Acquisitions Dori Begley and Director of Acquisitions Peter van Steemburg from Magnolia and CEO Rikke Ennis and Head of Sales Susan Wendt from TrustNordisk.

"We are very excited about RAGNAROK, which has all the makings of a terrific action adventure. We are especially pleased to be working with our friends at TrustNordisk again to bring more great Scandinavian cinema to US audiences”, says President of Magnolia Pictures, Eamonn Bowles.

“I can’t recall having seen an action adventure film of this standard and production value coming out of Scandinavia. I am thrilled to have a partner like Magnolia aboard and can’t wait to present the film to the American audiences”, says Rikke Ennis, CEO at TrustNordisk.

Magnolia has previously released successful Norwegian films such as the thriller HEADHUNTERS (2011), based on the book by Jo Nesbø and TROLL HUNTER (2010). Lately Magnolia also acquired the rights for the upcoming Norwegian thriller PIONEER from TrustNordisk.

Norwegian Production Company Fantefilm which also produced THE COLD PREY-trilogy (2006, 2008, 2010) and ESCAPE (2012) is behind the upcoming large scale action-adventure film which stars actor Pål Sverre Hagen (KON-TIKI, 2012) as an archeologist obsessed with the Oseberg Viking ship. Convinced that the Oseberg ship contains the answer to the mystery of Ragnarok, the end of days in Norse mythology he mounts an expedition to “No Man’s Land” between Norway and Russia, which holds a secret more terrifying than he could possibly imagine.

Directed by Mikkel Sandemose (COLD PREY – THE BEGINNING, 2010) RAGNAROK is produced by Martin Sundland and Are Heidenstrøm for Fantefilm Fiksjon in co-production with Film i Väst, H. Aschehoug & Co, Ghost VFX and Tre Vänner with support from The Norwegian Film Institute, Nordic Film & TV Fund, Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation, The Swedish Film Institute, the MEDIA programme of the European Union and i2i Audiovisual.

Domestic distribution is handled by Nordisk Film with domestic release set for October 2013. TrustNordisk handles international sales.
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Monday, February 18, 2013

The Fury (1978)

Peter Sandza enlists the help of a young psychic after his son is kidnapped by a secret government organization in Brian De Palma's science fiction thriller, THE FURY, starring Kirk Douglas. De Palma attempts to marry the spy thriller into a supernatural horror film via John Farris' script, but both provide us with mixed results. The dueling plotlines pit Peter's search against Gillian's schooling, and force the story to become as uneven as the tone, which also receives constant interference from the comedic interjections that materialize in otherwise dark surroundings. Great performances by John Cassavetes and Carrie Snodgress are counter-balanced by the rather severe overacting on behalf of both Kirk Douglas and Amy Irving, whose joining together in the end seems strange given Gillian's growing distrust in those around her. Nevertheless, De Palma serves up several inspired scenes during Gillian's psychic lapses and Robin's deadly loss of control, but most will remember the film for its incredible closing scene more than anything else. Between the subject matter, the special effects, and the explosive finale, one can't help but draw similarities between this and David Cronenberg's SCANNERS, though both films succeed based on their own accord. While THE FURY misses as much as it hits, it is an enjoyable viewing experience overall.

Rating: 7/10.

Movies like THE FURY:
FRANTIC, SCANNERS, PATRICK, THE SENDER, FIRESTARTER.

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Village of the Damned (1995)

The small coastal community of Midwich falls under a frightening spell that causes the entire town to suddenly black out. When the women awaken, they find themselves impregnated by some unknown force. The resulting children all arrive in perfect health and possess an incredible intelligence, but behind their cold, unfeeling eyes lies a dreadful secret that they will kill to keep hidden. The VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED was revived in 1995 by Horror icon John Carpenter, which many consider to be the first slip towards a downward decline for the aging director. It is not that Carpenter has turned out a bad film necessarily, but even worse, he is guilty of directing a bland and boring one that lacks any form of artistic flare or originality. Despite remaining faithful to John Wyndham's classic novel, VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED plays out like a drab made-for-television drama, offering up far fewer scares than the earlier screen adaptation from 1960. The vapid cast is largely to blame, as they appear to be even more soulless than The Children. Christopher Reeve sleepwalks through another dry performance while Kirstie Alley and Mark Hamill are just plain awful. Although the story essentially calls for The Children to look and act like automatons, their bad wigs, unnatural dress, and stilted attempts at conveying this on screen take them far beyond the realm of believability. Carpenter also overindulges in the science fiction elements of the plot, and adds an unnecessary amount of bloodshed that really has no place in the film. What we are left with is a poorly-played outline of Wyndham's original concept that lacks the depth and social significance which were instilled in the 1960 film.

Rating: 6/10.

Movies like VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED:
WHO CAN KILL A CHILD?, THE CRAZIES, THE BAD SEED, CHILDREN OF THE CORN, THE CHILDREN, THE BROOD, THE TOMMYKNOCKERS.

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Sushi Girl (2012)

Fish jumps out of the frying pan and into the fire when he is released from prison into the hands of the four other men that were involved in a botched diamond heist. They welcome him home to a fine sushi dinner that has been laid out on a beautiful woman, but before he can set in, he is tied, tortured, and interrogated over the location of the diamonds. It isn't long before their past rivalries catch up with them as the thieves turn on one another with millions of dollars at stake between them. Kern Saxton's explosive new exploitation flick takes all the right cues from Quentin Tarantino by placing a firm emphasis on the characters and their finely-crafted dialog amidst the gruesome torture and gore. SUSHI GIRL plays out a lot like RESERVOIR DOGS, with frequent allusions to past events and entertaining anecdotes that draw us in and keep us glued to the screen. The cast is an exploitation fan's dream, featuring favorites from all across the genre that include Tony Todd as Duke, Noah Hathaway as Fish, Mark Hamill as Crow, and additional appearances by James Duval, Danny Trejo, Michael Beihn, Jeff Fahey, Sonny Chiba, and many more. This comes at a cost, however, since many of these character actors play to type and ham it up in the process. Still, it is the comic book super-villainy of characters like Duke and Crow that makes them so enjoyable, even in their weaker moments. Plot contrivances aside, SUSHI GIRL offers a number of fun twists that few will see coming, and holds a certain appeal for Tarantino fans.

Rating: 7/10.

Movies like SUSHI GIRL:
DEAD HOOKER IN A TRUNK, RESERVOIR DOGS, BONNIE'S KIDS, PULP FICTION, KILL BILL.

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Friday, February 15, 2013

Catch 'Grave Encounters 2' at Carlton Theater Feb 15-22!

Indiecan Entertainment is thrilled to announce the Toronto debut of
GRAVE ENCOUNTERS 2

The sequel to the incredibly successful breakout horror film Grave Encounters.
See it at the Carlton Cinema February 15th-22nd!

TORONTO, ON - February 15, 2013 - Following on the heels of VIRAL INDIE HORROR SENSATION, the original Grave Encounters, which boasted a trailer with more than 25 MILLION views prior to its release, comes the second installment from the twisted minds of dynamic horror-auteur duo The Vicious brothers. Grave Encounters 2 features a dynamic cast including Richard Harmon (Fringe, The Killing), Leanne Lapp (Continuum), Dylan Playfair (Stanley Cup Odyssey), Howard Lai (Supernatural), Stephanie Bennett (Hiccups) and Sean Rogerson (Grave Encounters).

After premiering at the Toronto After Dark Film Festival in 2012, Grave Encounters 2 garnered critical acclaim. Famous Monsters of Filmland hailed the film as “Genuinely creepy and frightening”, while Horrornews.net says “Scary as hell....Grave Encounters 2 is an improvement on the original, dark, demented and out of its mind.” Dread Central calls it “An intense, and scary white-knuckled spookshow... It’s well worth the ride!”

The feature film will be preceded by the short film "Shhh", a fantasy/horror short tale about a young boy, Guillermo, who uses his imagination to overcome his fears: a hair-eating monster. Based on the childhood nightmares of Guillermo Del Toro, the famed director himself says of the film, "Strong visuals and solid atmosphere". Trailer and Synopsis: http://www.shhh-film.com/

Showtimes for GRAVE ENCOUNTERS 2 (w/SHHH) at The Carlton Cinema - Feb 15-21, 2013
1:25
4:00
7:00
9:35

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IFC Midnight Uncovers 'The Jeffrey Dahmer Files'

What drove an ordinary man from Milwaukee to kill 17 people in the summer of 1991?

Find out in
THE JEFFREY DAHMER FILES

IFC Midnight's new chilling and experimental documentary is now playing in select theaters
and available to watch on Cable VOD, SundanceNow, iTunes and other digital outlets!

NEW YORK, NY - February 15, 2013 - What drives a seemingly mundane man to commit a series of acts so heinous that it captured the attention of a horrified nation? In the summer of 1991 Jeffrey Dahmer was arrested in Milwaukee and sentenced to 957 years in prison for killing 17 people and dismembering their bodies. THE JEFFREY DAHMER FILES explores this Midwestern city by meeting those surrounding Dahmer during and after his hidden spree. Recollections from Milwaukee Medical Examiner Jeffrey Jentzen, Police Detective Patrick Kennedy, and neighbor Pamela Bass are interwoven with archival footage and everyday scenes from Dahmer's life, working collectively to disassemble the facade of an ordinary man leading an ordinary existence.

THE JEFFREY DAHMER FILES is now playing in select theaters, cable VOD & digital outlets (SundanceNow, iTunes, Amazon Streaming, PS3 Playstation Unlimited, XBOX Zune, Google PLAY and YouTube).

Director:
Chris James Thompson

Producers:
Chris Smith
Barry Poltermann
Jack Turner

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Unlock 'Storage 24' This March!

“GRIPPING AND GRUESOMELY WITTY”
Radio Times

Magnolia Home Entertainment Presents
STORAGE 24

Directed by Johannes Roberts (F)
Starring Noel Clarke (Centurion, Doghouse), Colin O'Donoghue (The Rite) 
and Antonia Campbell-Hughes (Albert Nobbs)

Available on DVD and Blu-Ray March 12, 2013

LOS ANGELES, CA - February 15, 2013 - London is in chaos. A military cargo plane has crashed leaving its highly classified contents strewn across the city. Completely unaware London is in lockdown, Charlie (Noel Clarke) and Shelley (Antonia Campbell-Hughes), accompanied by best friends Mark (Colin O’Donoghue) and Nikki (Laura Haddock), are at Storage 24 dividing up their possessions after a recent break-up. Suddenly, the power goes off. Trapped in a dark maze of endless corridors, a mystery predator is hunting them one by one. In a place designed to keep things in, how do you get out?

Bonus Features
--Feature Commentary
--Creature Development
--Featurette
--Production Design & Costume Featurette
--Music & Sound Design Featurette
--On Set Featurette
--Video Blogs
--A Day In the Life Of: Clarke & O’Donoghue
--Scene Commentaries
--Deleted Scenes
--Photo Gallery

Blu-ray Disc
Blu-ray Price: $29.98 SRP
Street Date: March 12, 2013
Running Time: 86 minutes
Catalog #: 10529
MPAA Rating: R

DVD
DVD Price: $26.98 SRP
Street Date: March 12, 2013
Running Time: 86 minutes
Catalog #: 10528
MPAA Rating: R

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Official Site: http://www.magnetreleasing.com/storage24/
Official Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/storage24film
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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Destroy All Monsters (1968)

The world has fallen under attack by aliens once again, and this time, they have taken control of Earth's monsters in order to destroy the human race! It is up to an elite band of scientists and space explorers to put an end to the evil plan before it is too late! DESTROY ALL MONSTERS captures all of the most popular trends that were defined in the Showa Era, from the Space Age plot involving scheming aliens to the all-out monster melee that is promised by the title. Though it never fully delivers in either regard, it is still entertaining enough to appease the fans. DESTROY ALL MONSTERS was originally planned as the final film in the series, and is the last film to feature Godzilla's four founding fathers, with Ishiro Honda directing and Akira Ifukube composing another fine score. Despite an increased budget over the two preceding films, however, the recycled storyline and mediocre special effects fail to live up to INVASION OF THE ASTRO-MONSTER. All of that is forgotten as Toho unleashes its entire monster line-up to destroy each of Earth's capitols before facing off in a giant battle royale against King Ghidorah! The final battle is a bit of a let down since it is relatively short and many of the monsters are forced to sit on the sidelines, but Godzilla and friends gang up and take turns just beating the living hell out of Ghidorah. DESTROY ALL MONSTERS may not be the strongest film in the series, but it features all of the most popular elements that fans have come to adore.

Monsters: Godzilla, Minilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah, Rodan, Gorosaurus, Anguirus, Kumonga, Manda, Baragon, Varan.

Rating: 7/10.

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Rubberneck (2012)

A one-time fling turns into a terrifying ordeal for Danielle when her co-worker, Paul, becomes deeply obsessed with her in Alex Karpovsky's chilling new thriller, RUBBERNECK. RUBBERNECK takes us deep inside the mind of a man obsessed in a stunning character study that is sure to strike a nerve. All of the risks and excitement that accompany an office romance are given a frightful twist, from the initial fear of discovery to the uncomfortable aftermath of exposure. The characters are all carefully crafted and placed into a real-world setting that is utterly believable. Karpovsky brings a raw emotion and intensity to the role of Paul in one of the most naturalistic performances we have seen in years. Jaime Ray Newman is fantastic as well in her depiction of the career-minded woman who remains unrestrained by the thoughts and expectations of others. Although many of her actions are painted in a negative light, they are always true to her character, and are delivered with brutal honesty. Subtle moments like Paul's intrusion on Danielle's lunchtime chat constantly teem with tension and unease, while the stalking scenes draw out revolting feelings of disgust. Still, one can't help but share in a sense of pity and remorse for Paul, who has clearly suffered from issues of rejection and abandonment his entire life. RUBBERNECK is a devastatingly dark and depressing drama which serves as a crowning achievement for Alex Karpovsky as both actor and director.

Rating: 9/10.

Movies like RUBBERNECK:
ROMAN, MAY, FATAL ATTRACTION, THE HAND THAT ROCKS THE CRADLE, BASIC INSTINCT, PACIFIC HEIGHTS, CATFISH, THE CRUSH, FEAR, SWIMFAN, OBSESSION.

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From Within (2008)

A small town in Maryland falls under a deadly curse when a traveling spirit is summoned to possess and kill the townspeople as it jumps from host to host. Only Lindsay is left to stop the spell from spreading when she discovers the secret behind it. FROM WITHIN touches on an all-too-familiar plot that is filled with nothing beyond your average characters, yet it remains fast-paced and entertaining from beginning to end. Phedon Papamichael sets an ominous mood prefacing each attack in preparation for the shocks and thrills to come. He has enlisted a serviceable cast led by Elizabeth Rice as Lindsay, who pulls us through some of Thomas Dekker's weaker moments as the typical teen outsider, Aidan. While it is easy to predict the many twists and turns, it is still fun to sit back and watch the plot unfurl as it reaches its satisfying ending. With a winning score and a keen eye behind the camera, FROM WITHIN proves to be a worthwhile entry in to the supernatural teen horror genre.

Rating: 7/10.

Movies like FROM WITHIN:
THE FERRYMAN, LIGHTHOUSE, THE BROKEN, DRAG ME TO HELL, CURSE OF THE DEMON, TAMARA, THE HAPPENING.

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Image Entertainment Summons 'The Wicked' This April!

THE QUEEN OF EVIL IS WAITING FOR YOU IN

IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT’S
THE WICKED!

Available on DVD and Digital Download April 30th!

CHATSWORTH, CA - February 13, 2013 - Image Entertainment suggests you sleep with one eye open as your worst nightmares come to life in The Wicked. A group of curious teenagers decide to seek out their town’s local legend and go on the hunt for a child-eating witch, not realizing they could be her next meal! Directed by Peter Winther, the film stars Devon Werkheiser (Beneath the Darkness), Justin Deeley (90210), Nicole Forester (The Double), and Cassie Keller (A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas). The DVD release is set for April 30th, with an SRP of $27.97. The pre-book date is April 2nd and the title will also available via digital download.

Local stories warn that deep in the woods, a witch with a ravenous hunger feeds on the flesh of the young. In an abandoned house in the woods, she hunts her victims…and if you try to enter, you'll never see daylight again. When another child goes missing, a group of local teenagers decide to find out if the urban legend is true. What starts out as a meaningless dare turns into a blood-spattered fight for survival against a mistress of darkness in this unrelenting nightmare from which you may never wake up!

The DVD will also feature “No Soul is Safe: The Making of The Wicked.”
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Image Entertainment Declares a 'State of Emergency'

Time is running out!

IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT
DECLARES A
STATE OF EMERGENCY

Available on DVD and Digital Download April 16th!

CHATSWORTH, CA - February 13, 2013 - A bio-plant explosion will forever change the dynamic of a small country town. A man will be forced to kill those very people he once held dear. On April 16th, Image Entertainment challenges you to escape zombie-ridden Montgomery County with the release of State of Emergency. This harrowing tale of survival amongst the undead is directed by Turner Clay (Interception) and stars Jay Hayden (A Warrior’s Heart), Tori White (Silent Night) and Andy Stahl (The Blind Side). Also available via digital download, the DVD release will have an SRP of $27.97, and pre-book is March 19th.

After an explosion unleashes the contents of a military bio-weapons plant, the unsuspecting populace is transformed into a roaming army of flesh-eating zombies. Trapped in the quarantine zone, Jim finds himself cut off, confused and fighting for his own survival. Contacted by a small band of others unaffected by the toxins, Jim sets out to reach their besieged warehouse. Becoming the survival group's de-facto leader, he struggles to keep order as they hunker down, fortify their stronghold and arm themselves against the attacking mutants. Fragmentary radio reports from outside hint at a last-ditch government rescue plan.

But can the survivors hold out until help arrives… or will they succumb to the living hell of an undead apocalypse? Will anybody survive?

Special features include two behind-the-scenes featurettes on the making of the movie and its visual effects, and deleted scenes.
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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

The Aztec Box (2013)

Ghastly horrors are unleashed upon a group of film students when they uncover an ancient Aztec artifact buried behind their new home! If this film were submitted for a grade as the plot proposes, it would surely end the academic careers of each of the filmmakers involved in its creation. THE AZTEC BOX cashes in on the "found-footage" trend in the worst of all possible ways, and suffers from some of the laziest screenwriting, editing, and continuity errors imaginable. Watching the actors stumble through nearly two hours of awful dialog is unbearable enough, but the lapses in logic and complete lack of suspense make this a painful viewing experience. First, what college student moves in to a fully-furnished house with only a suitcase-worth of belongings? Why would the police release such boring and inconsequential footage to the public in order to solve a case when the killer is clearly identified on camera? Who discovers a priceless relic in their back yard and keeps it in the garage? And when the evil spirits inevitably escape from the sarcophagus, do you really think a knife is going to stop them? Serge Bronstein and his crew surely should have paid closer attention to PARANORMAL ACTIVITY in order to avoid the obvious pitfalls that plague this particular style. Despite having nearly three-times its budget, THE AZTEC BOX looks like it was shot for half, and has zero to show for it. The only entertainment comes from watching the clock skip back and forth between cuts as the characters defy the laws of time and space. Even "found-footage" fans will have trouble making it through this amateur entry in to the genre.

Rating: 1/10.

Movies like THE AZTEC BOX:
BACK FROM HELL, EYES IN THE DARK, EVIDENCE, PARANORMAL INCIDENT, PARANORMAL ENTITY.

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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012)

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal... But they never said anything about vampires... Years before he set off to become one of our nation's greatest leaders, Abraham Lincoln stalked the night in search of the bloodthirsty vampire that took his mother's life. After discovering the dark secret that connects the slave trade to the vampires' food source, Lincoln trades in his axe for a prominent position in politics, where his words serve as a far greater weapon against his undead adversaries. ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER brings Seth Grahame-Smith's historic monster mash-up to the screen in a big way, with all of the overblown action sequences and wild special effects that make for fun, over-the-top summer blockbuster. While the deadpan humor may turn off many audience members that were expecting a parody or spoof, what makes it so oddly entertaining is that it isn't a comedy. It is played perfectly straight to the point of absurdity, earning big laughs along the way as Abe twirls his axe with deadly proficiency and carries himself like the Civil War's "Rambo." A finer actor couldn't have been chosen over Benjamin Walker, who puts in an excellent performance as the President. The vicious vampires are just as dark as the humor as well, although Rufus Sewell does not present a memorable villain as their leader, Adam. The main issue with the film lies in the aforementioned action sequences, which become far too grandiose for a period piece of this kind. What worked perfectly well in Timur Bekmambetov's earlier films, NIGHT WATCH and DAY WATCH, reduces the imagery on screen to an over-stylized sense of cartoon violence, where a subtler approach would have benefited the character greatly. Still, there is plenty to enjoy in the unwritten history of old Honest Abe.

Rating: 8/10.

Movies like ABRAHAM LINCOLN - VAMPIRE HUNTER:
ABRAHAM LINCOLN VS ZOMBIES, JESUS CHRIST VAMPIRE HUNTER, UNDERWORLD, BEYOND THE GRAVE.

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Dare You Enter the 'Dark Cove'?

DARK COVE

“Sex, drugs, murder…wanna go camping?”

VICTORIA, BC - February 12, 2013 - Dark Cove is an independently shot horror feature from writer, director and actor Rob Willey. Willey is also the frontman for the high-energy rock group Jell and is an award winning music video director. His work on Jell’s “Out of Your Head” won music video of the year 2012 at the Vancouver Island Music Awards. And now, Willey has set his sights on completing one of the most brutal horror films this year. Dark Cove promises that some killers are closer than they seem!

The first concept trailer shows Willey’s dark vision for this feature. In the film, five friends: Ian (Eliot Bayne), Quinn (Rob Willey), Jen (Montanna McNalley), Joey (Rob Abbate), and Donnie (Cameron Crosby) go on a camping adventure that quickly turns into a disaster. After meeting two Australian surfers: Dean (James Anderson) and Chase (Rodney Woods) who are not who they appear to be, a night of hallucinogenic drug trips alter reality and create paranoia. Soon, friends are turning up dead and the survivors have to find a way out of their isolated and dangerous locale.

Shot on location on Vancouver Island, Dark Cove is nearing completion. This title will finish shooting in 2013 as Tall Grass Films finalizes further financing. For now fans can enjoy the film’s first trailer and look forward to seeing its impressive cinematography on a bigger screen.

Release Date: TBA 2013.
Director: Rob Willey.
Writers: Rob Willey, Dennis Willey.
Cast: Eliot Bayne, Rob Willey, Montanna McNalley, Rodney Woods, James Anderson, Camerson Crosby, Rob Abbate and Alexandra Brown.

Official Trailer:


The film’s fan page is here: https://www.facebook.com/DarkCove
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Take a Bite Out of the New 'Kiss of the Damned' Poster

Check out the official poster for
KISS OF THE DAMNED


Written and directed by Xan Cassavetes and starring Josephine de la Baume, Milo Ventimiglia, Roxane Mesquida, Anna Mouglalis, Michael Rapaport, and Riley Keough:


Available on iTunes/On Demand March 28, 2013, and in theaters May 3, 2013

The beautiful vampire Djuna (Josephine de La Baume) tries to resist the advances of the handsome, human screenwriter Paolo (Milo Ventimiglia), but eventually gives in to their passion. When her troublemaker sister Mimi (Roxane Mesquida) unexpectedly comes to visit, Djuna's love story is threatened, and the whole vampire community becomes endangered... Read The Full Post HERE!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Will You Survive the 'Sinister' Q&A This Valentine's Day?

#SurviveSinister this Valentine's Day Thursday evening with a special one-off screening and writer Q&A on Twitter!

“This year's horror sensation” (5*, Daily Mirror) has finally arrived! The “Genuinely terrifying” (5*, Daily Mail) box-office smash-hit ‘Sinister’ is out today on DVD, Blu-ray and Download through Momentum Pictures, so make sure you and your readers do not miss out on this truly “Petrifying” (Shortlist) modern horror classic by joining in on the celebrations this Thursday 14th February!

Read on for the complete schedule and featured guests!

For one-night only, fans will be taking to Twitter from 19:30 to 23:00 on Thursday 14th February, where Momentum be hosting the ultimate ‘Sinister’ celebration party by all hitting ‘Play’ on our DVD players at 8pm and watching ‘Sinister’ together, chatting about those supremely creepy moments throughout! Not only this because afterwards we have planned a special Q&A with the film's writer C. Robert Cargill where you'll be able to fire over your questions and chat to the man himself behind the first great horror of 2013! Plus, we'll be giving away some fantastic prizes so make sure you join us at @fetchpublicity using the hashtag #SurviveSinister for what will surely be a special evening for all! Having previously hosted the hugely successful #PactParty with Casper Van Dien and #InsertVHS4Fear Twitter events, #SurviveSinister is one evening you do not want to miss out on!

Here's the running order for this one-off horror bonanza:

19.30: Kick off with a countdown to Sinister!
20.00: Sinister screening starts.
21.45: Sinister screening ends.
21.50: Post event fun begins with Q&A with writer C. Robert Cargill!
23.00: Event finishes.


Please note the above times are GMT! See you there!
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Catch a Sneak Peak at Eli Roth's 'The Green Inferno'

Enter Eli Roth's
THE GREEN INFERNO
In the First Official Still!!

LOS ANGELES, CA - February 11, 2013 - Worldview Entertainment has released the first look of Eli Roth’s highly anticipated return to directing with THE GREEN INFERNO starring Lorenza Izzo (Aftershock), Ariel Levy (Aftershock), Daryl Sabara (Spy Kids) and Kirby Bliss Blanton (Project X), which recently finished shooting in Peru and Chile. THE GREEN INFERNO is directed by Eli Roth and co-written by Guillermo Amoedo and Roth. The horror thriller is produced by Roth and Worldview Entertainment’s Christopher Woodrow and Molly Conners alongside Sobras International’s Miguel Asensio Llamas and Nicolás Lopez. Worldview’s Maria Cestone, Sarah Johnson Redlich and Hoyt David Morgan will executive produce. Exclusive Media is handling international sales on the film at the upcoming Berlinale EFM, while CAA is repping North American rights:

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'Hansel and Gretel Get Baked' This February!

Hansel and Gretel Go Up in Smoke in
HANSEL AND GRETEL GET BAKED

The hilarious new horror/comedy from Tribeca Films!

NEW YORK, NY - February 11, 2013 - An intense new marijuana strain named “Black Forest” is taking Los Angeles by storm, and Gretel’s stoner boyfriend can’t get enough. But when the old woman growing the popular drug (Lara Flynn Boyle) turns out to be an evil witch, cooking and eating her wasted patrons for their youth, Gretel and her brother Hansel must save him from a gruesome death – or face the last high of their lives.

Featuring: Lara Flynn Boyle, Molly Quinn, Michael Welch, Cary Elwes
Director: Duane Journey
Writer: David Tillman
Producers: Mark Morgan, Brett Hudson, James Cotten

Official Trailer:


February 19: Available nationwide on demand

Select Theatrical Midnight screenings:

February 22, 2013
New York, NY Village East Cinema
San Diego, CA Gaslamp 15
Columbus, OH Gateway Cinema

March 1, 2013
Denver, CO Colfax 3
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'Come Out and Play' This March!

Cinedigm Presents

COME OUT AND PLAY

Written and Directed by Makinov
Starring Daniel Gimenez Cacho, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Vinessa Shaw

Opens March 22, 2013

NEW YORK, NY - February 11, 2013 - Beth (Vinessa Shaw, “3:10 To Yuma”) and Francis (Ebon Moss-Bachrach, “Damages”), a happy young couple expecting their first child, have come to Mexico for a romantic getaway. Francis insists on venturing by boat to a more serene locale, Beth hesitantly agrees. As they dock on a sun-kissed beach where children are playing and giggling, everything seems perfect at first. But as they wander the strangely empty streets, an atmosphere of unease sets in: an abandoned hotel, a distress call that repeatedly echoes from a radio set, the sense of being watched…the sound of children’s laughter drifting through the streets, but no adults in sight. When Francis witnesses the violent death of an old man (Daniel Giménez Cacho, “Bad Education”) at the hands of a smiling little girl, a day in paradise quickly turns into a struggle for survival. Francis must protect his very pregnant wife from a pack of murderous children and get the couple off the island alive.

An unsettling theme drives the starkly simple plot of COME OUT AND PLAY, Belarus-born filmmaker Makinov’s horror production based on Juan José Plan’s 1976 Spanish film, El Juego De Niños.

Who is Makinov? Watch his manifesto:
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'Would You Rather' Watch in Theaters on On Demand?

WOULD YOU RATHER
Available in Theaters and Streaming On Demand Now

NEW YORK, NY - February 11, 2013 - IFC Midnight's heart-stopping horror thriller WOULD YOU RATHER, starring Brittany Snow and Sasha Grey, is now playing in select theaters, SundanceNow, Cable VOD, and other digital outlets (iTunes, Amazon Streaming, PS3 Playstation Unlimited, XBOX Zune, Google PLAY and YouTube).

What would you do if a millionaire offered you a chance to solve all your life’s problems? After the tragic death of her parents, Iris (Brittany Snow) is desperate to make ends meet while caring for her terminally ill younger brother. Shepard Lambrick (Jeffrey Combs), a seemingly philanthropic aristocrat, expresses an interest in helping them. He invites her to an exclusive dinner party that offers the chance at untold riches. When she arrives she finds herself in a group of similarly desperate individuals from the gruff middle aged Conway (John Heard) to the dark loner Amy (Sasha Grey). They soon find themselves trapped in Lambrick's mansion and forced to play a sadistic game of Would You Rather, where only the winner will get out alive. As the game progress Iris must decide how far she will go to save her brother… and herself. WOULD YOU RATHER is an edge of your seat horror thriller with an ensemble cast that also features Lawrence Gilliard Jr., Eddie Steeples and Charlie Hofheimer.

Directed by:
David Guy Levy

Starring:
Brittany Snow
Jeffrey Combs
Sasha Grey

Official Trailer:

 

IN SELECT THEATERS:

New York: IFC Center – Now Playing!
Los Angeles: Noho 7 – Coming Friday, February 15th!
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Catch 'The Frankenstein Theory' in Theaters March 1st!

On March 1st, Image Entertainment unleashes The Frankenstein Theory on VOD and across the country in exclusive theatrical engagements. Written and directed by Andrew Weiner, and from the makers of The Last Exorcism comes a boldly original vision of horror...

What if the most chilling novel of all time was actually based on a true account of a horrific experiment gone awry? When he is suspended from his university job for his outlandish ideas, Professor John Venkenheim leads a documentary film crew to the rim of the Arctic Circle in a desperate effort to vindicate his academic reputation. His theory: Mary Shelley’s ghastly story, “Frankenstein,” is, in fact, a work of non-fiction disguised as fantasy. In the vast, frozen wilderness, Venkenheim and his team search for the legendary monster, a creature mired in mystery and drenched in blood. What they find is an unspeakable truth more terrifying than any fiction…a nightmare from which there is no waking.

Image Entertainment proudly announces the following theatrical engagements for The Frankenstein Theory starting March 1st. Read on for the list of cities and theaters in this limited engagement!

Cedar Rapids -- AMC Star Dubuque 18
Charlotte -- AMC Carolina Pavilion 22
Chicago -- AMC Loews Streets of Woodfield 20
Columbus -- AMC Easton Town Center 30
Dallas -- AMC Grapevine Mills 30
Evansville -- AMC Evansville 16
Grand Rapids -- AMC Star Grand Rapids 18
Kansas City, MO -- AMC BarryWoods 24
Madison -- AMC Star Fitchburg 18
Oklahoma City -- AMC Quail Springs Mail 24
Omaha -- AMC Oakview Plaza 24
Phoenix -- AMC Arizona Center 24
South Bend -- AMC Showplace South Bend 16
Washington DC -- AMC Potomac Mills 18
West Nyack NY – AMC Loews Palisades 21
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Sunday, February 10, 2013

The Broken (2008)

A shattered mirror unleashes the evil doppelgangers of Gina and several other family members who look to replace them in 2008's THE BROKEN. Writer/director Sean Ellis has taken many cues from the Italian Giallo when it comes to developing suspense through the slow reveal. Gina's memory becomes as fractured as the broken mirror after a terrible car accident, leaving her to pick up the pieces as she becomes increasingly more suspicious of her friends and family. She continues to replay the accident over and over again in her mind until she comes face to face with the horrifying truth. THE BROKEN finds all the subtlety that Alexandre Aja's MIRRORS was missing, using the mirror motif far more effectively in a number of frightful scenes. Even the slower moments maintain interest thanks to the thick, oppressive mood and the well-rounded cast, led by Lena Headey. Ellis never feels the need to overexplain the supernatural elements of the plot, either, which lends a growing sense of mystery that is so often overlooked in modern film. This carefully-crafted thriller is sure to please fans of more traditional psychological horror entries like JACOB'S LADDER, SESSION 9, or THE INNOCENTS.

Rating: 7/10.

Movies like THE BROKEN:
MIRRORS, THE ABANDONED, ANGEL HEART, JACOB'S LADDER, THE INNOCENTS, THE WOMAN IN BLACK, SESSION 9, BURNT OFFERINGS, THE OTHERS.

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The Butterfly Effect 3 (2009)

After receiving new information regarding his girlfriend's murder, Sam attempts to use his time-shifting powers to save her, but his meddling in the past unleashes a ruthless serial killer instead. Now, he is caught in a deadly game of cat and mouse as each victim he tries to save in the past only leads to more deaths in the future. THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT 3 is more careless than ever when it comes to continuity, and presumes that any audience that is already willing to accept time-travel will blindly buy in to its many plot contrivances. While this is to be expected in a film of its type, the main problem is that there are no real clues left anywhere in time that help to identify the killer. The entire build has only been a set up for the cheap and unforgivable twist in the end. Add to that the weak overall performances from Chris Carmack and the rest of the cast, and it becomes that much easier to avoid THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT 3.

Rating: 6/10.

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