'Hillbilly Horror Show' Brings Horror Back to the Trailer Park!


From the team that brought you the critically acclaimed, HOUSE OF GOOD AND EVIL, comes a hilarious horror-comedy series, where HEE HAW meets TALES FROM THE CRYPT. Join our loveable, beer-guzzling, hillbilly hosts, Bo & Cephus, and their smokin' hot kissing cousin, Lulu, for a show that's packed with award-winning horror short films and tons of laughs! The Hillbilly Horror Show is now LIVE on the link below!

WATCH NOW at www.hillbillyhorrorshow.com

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Movie Monsters: The Creeping Flesh (1973)

 
An ancient evil is unleashed in The Creeping Flesh, starring Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee! Which element is it that gives this creature life? Read The Full Post HERE!

Horror Quotes: The Ring (2002)

Becca: You start to play it and it's like somebody's nightmare. And then this woman comes on, smiling at you, right? Seeing you, through the screen. Then when it's over, your phone rings, someone knows you watched the tape, and what they say is, "You will die in seven days". Read The Full Post HERE!

House of Wax (1953)

Vincent Price delivers his first starring role within the Horror genre as Prof. Henry Jarrod, a crippled but talented wax museum sculptor who was scarred by a greedy business partner years earlier. Jarrod continues his work in a brand new exhibit, but when his recent additions begin bearing striking resemblances to bodies that have gone missing from the morgue, the police decide to settle in on the wayward wax museum! HOUSE OF WAX represents one of Price's finest performances, and while he still hams it up as only Price can, he is not as over the top or eccentric as he would become in later roles. What stands out more than anything else here is the incredible set design and props, ranging from the cold, fog strewn streets of the chase sequences to the lavishly dressed museum and its sinister boiler room. In the most startling and atmospheric sequence, the suspicious Sue Allen sneaks into the wax museum after hours, where all of the creations appear to follow her with their eyes as she sneaks around the darkened exhibits and shadowy corridors. The scene ends with the brilliant reveal of the killer as she struggles to escape, which serves as the defining moment in the film. While HOUSE OF WAX has plenty going for it, it is not without its faults. The uneven tone mixes straight horror with many goofy moments in both the acting and plot, but the most distracting elements are the unnecessary filler scenes that were added to exploit the gimmicky 3-D filming experience (most notably the paddle ball barker and can-can dancers). Outside of these minor quibbles, the film stands out as an excellent Gothic Horror classic that is staple viewing for all genre fans!

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Names in Horror: Lucio Fulci

 
One of the leaders in Italian Horror, Lucio Fulci is best known for his surrealist zombie features that make up the Gates of Hell trilogy, as well as his early Gialli. Select Filmography: A Lizard in a Woman's Skin (1971), Don't Torture a Duckling, Zombi 2, City of the Living Dead, The Beyond, The House by the Cemetery, The New York Ripper, A Cat in the Brain. What is your favorite Fulci feature? Read The Full Post HERE!

Horror Haiku: Army of Darkness (1993)

Primitive screwheads.
Drop me in the pit, will you?
“This is my BOOMSTICK!”
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Horror Posters: Dead Hooker in a Trunk (2009)

 
The Twisted Twins, Jen and Sylvia Soska, gained immediate notoriety with their first breakthrough feature, Dead Hooker in a Trunk! These two have injection more action, comedy, and suspense into this crazed Exploitation flick for only $2,500 than most have done for over a million. Read The Full Post HERE!

I Sell The Dead (2008)

A pair of grave robbers strike gold when they discover a wealth of undead corpses (including zombies, vampires, and other ghouls) buried in the local cemetery, bodies that earn them a fine reward from the seedy local doctors working under the guise of science. Their framed story is retold by Arthur Blake, the younger of the two thieves, who relays their adventures to a priest while awaiting the guillotine. Glenn McQuaid similarly strikes gold with this off-beat but highly original Horror Comedy, offering the same stunning cinematography and art design as the Hammer productions with a classic Gothic aesthetic. Fessenden and Monaghan make for a charmingly clever pair of down on their luck grave robbers, and they are joined by an equally talented and enjoyable cast of miscreants including the great Ron Perlman as the wayward priest. The production and design of the film could not have been improved, but I SELL THE DEAD falls just short of becoming a modern classic due to the uneven pacing brought on by its structure and format. As Blake begins each new tale, a great amount of time is spent setting up each new scenario and introducing new characters, which inevitably undermines the action, suspense, and horror. The fleshed out characters and plot are both appreciated, but not at the cost of a rushed payoff for each of the vignettes. McQuaid displays a tremendous amount of potential in this, his second film, and hopefully the open ending will allow for an even stronger sequel with the same sharp scripting and humor.

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Behind the Scenes: Teen Wolf Too (1987)

 
A young Jason Bateman gears up for his hairy performance in Teen Wolf Too! Unfortunately, this sequel suffers from some serious arrested development. Read The Full Post HERE!

'Don't Look in the Basement' Gets a Sequel!

RDM Productions and id: Don’t Look in the Basement 2, LLC team up with 
Anthony Brownrigg to bring a sequel to his fathers 1973 classic horror film to life in 

DON'T LOOK IN THE BASEMENT 2

DALLAS, TX - February 28, 2014 - S.F. Brownrigg, is one of the unsung heroes of drive in horror. His first film Don’t Look in the Basement was a theatrical smash hit in the early seventies. And even today many horror directors credit Brownrigg for inspiration when they began their careers. Don’t Look in the Basement was the first film to ever receive an X rating from the MPAA for violence, which also put it on the coveted “Video Nasties” list in the UK. One of the first ‘inmates take over the asylum” pictures, Basement brought an eerie and disturbing look into the mentally ill. The film ended with the patients and doctors murdered, and one survivor, Sam, left alone with the bodies.

Forty years later, Anthony Brownrigg, S.F. Brownriggs son, and director of the award winning Red Victoria, has teamed up with David Rennke “Pearl”, Daniel Redd of RDM Productions, and Andrew Sensenig “Upstream Color” to bring a sequel to the long time favorite to the screen.

While the specific plot has been kept tightly under wraps, the sequel revolves around what happened to the only surviving patient from the original film, and what happens when he is brought back to the original clinic where the grizzly murders occurred.

“The film is more of a paranormal thriller than a drive in horror” says Brownrigg. “Dad wanted to produce a sequel in the eighties that revolved around the paranormal, and we took a lot of cues from what he wanted to do. It’s bloody, for certain, but doesn't compete with the original.”

Many of the original cast, and crew are also involved in one way or another. Daniel Redds father Robert Redd, was the owner of PSI film labs that developed the film for the original. Camilla Carr, from the original cast has come back to play a different role in the sequel. And Jack Bennett II, son of effects artist Jack Bennett will join in through post production for visual effects. And even Libby Hall, mother of Anthony who was known in the sixties for “The Naked Witch” a Larry Buchannan film, has come out of retirement to round out the cast.

Andrew Sensenig “Upstream Color” will play the lead, along with Arianne Martin “Red Victoria, Other Side of Paradise”, and Frank Mosley “Wuss, Upstream Color”. Also cast are Earl Browning II, Jim O’Rear, Scott Tepperman, and Megan Emerick.

The script was written by Anthony Brownrigg, and Megan Emerick, and the film will be shot on location at the original house used in the 1973 film located in Tehuacana Texas. Principal photography begins in late March 2014 with an expected release later in the year.

Official Facebook Page : http://www.facebook.com/idbasement2

Official Website : To be Announced soon.
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Great Moments: Godzilla vs Mothra (1964)

In this iconic battle, Toho brings together two of their most famous monsters to battle for the first time! What is your favorite moment from Godzilla vs Mothra? Read The Full Post HERE!

'The Scratches' Enters Pre-Production

Currently The Projects Company Prepares Production On
THE SCRATCHES

Inspired by the story of Anna Winston.

LOS ANGELES, CA - February 28, 2014 - The Scratches" is a upcoming  American supernatural horror. The film centers on a young couple, who encounters with the presence of a trouble worthy spirit they accidentally set free. Stephanie claims to her boyfriend Nick that she hears screams coming from a rock she finds in the forest. Or maybe something under it. A mysterious woman, who happens to live around, gives them a warning to stay away from it, but their curiosity makes them turn over the big piece of stone. They don't find anyone or anything under it, but that gives the freedom for something else that had been locked there for many years and trying to get out. Unusual things start happening. Anna Winston was an eyewitness and the last person who saw the young couple before they go missing.

Anna Winston was an eyewitness of the death of her younger sister in the late 1900s because of a strange change in her behavior which led the people of the small town she was living to accuse her for being possessed and witchcraft. Her sister was burned at the stake and her body locked underneath a big rock as a part of her execution. Years after her sister’s death, she encounters with a young couple looking for help and claiming they are haunted by an evil spirit. She had never spoken to anybody about it for all these years because of fear of public affection.

The movie is in pre-production and its set to be filmed in the New York area late summer 2014 with director Georgie Lalov.

Be sure to 'LIKE' The Scratches on Facebook for updates on the progress of the film
https://www.facebook.com/scratchesmovie
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Image Entertainment Catches 'Cabin Fever'

IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT GETS
CABIN FEVER: PATIENT ZERO

The Thrilling Third Installment in the Popular Horror Franchise!

LOS ANGELES, CA - February 28, 2014 - Image Entertainment, an RLJ Entertainment (NASDAQ: RLJE) brand, acquires the U.S. distribution rights to the next installment to the cult hit CABIN FEVER. The horror/thriller CABIN FEVER: PATIENT ZERO was directed by Kaare Andrews (Altitude and The ABCs of Death) and stars Sean Astin (The Lord of the Rings Trilogy), Currie Graham (Pompeii, “NYPD Blue”), Ryan Donowho (Soldiers of Fortune), Mitch Ryan (“One Tree Hill”) and Jillian Murray (Bad Ass). Image Entertainment will release the film on video-on-demand and in theaters summer 2014. The announcement was made today by Image Entertainment’s Chief Acquisition Officer, Bill Bromiley.

“Eli Roth’s original CABIN FEVER was a smashing success, establishing a huge cult following,” said Bromiley. “We are proud to be a part of this franchise, distributing the third installment under the vision of Kaare Andrew. His commitment to stay true to this series will keep audiences wanting more.”

CABIN FEVER: PATIENT ZERO tells the story of a group of friends enjoying a bachelor weekend in a yacht in the Caribbean. As they run ashore to explore a remote island, they stumble upon an abandoned research facility, where a massacre from a deadly virus is unleashed. They must find a way to survive before the flesh eating disease consumes them all. Their answer – an uninfected survivor: “Patient Zero.”

CABIN FEVER: PATIENT ZERO was written Jake Wade Wall (The Hitcher) and produced by original CABIN FEVER producer Evan Astrowsky.

The deal was negotiated by Mark Ward for Image Entertainment and Elisabeth Costa de Beauregard with Voltage Pictures and Indomina Productions on behalf of the filmmakers.
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Heroes of Horror: Ghost Rider (2007)

 Marvel Comics' hell-spawned antihero comes to life in the 2007 film, Ghost Rider! Despite his cool new look and awesome new ride, Ghost Rider had one fatal flaw: Nicholas Cage. Thankfully, Cage can do no harm once the Rider is unleashed on screen. Why is Ghost Rider your Hero of Horror? Read The Full Post HERE!

Top Ten Killer Kids in Horror

1.Who Can Kill a Child? (1976): A couple of English tourists arrive on an island where all the children have gone crazy and are murdering the adults. Who Can Kill a Child is most chilling in the sense that each of the maniacal young children find so much joy in their murderous acts. This Spanish export has a slow and methodical build that leads up to a number of supreme shocks, including our hero's retaliation against his young aggressors.

2.Eden Lake (2008): Refusing to let anything spoil their romantic weekend break, a young couple confront a gang of loutish youths with terrifyingly brutal consequences. Director James Watkins takes a daring approach in dealing with the very real issues of underage violence in Britain. Eden Lake is bleak, bloody, and depressing, and leaves the viewer feeling as bruised and battered as the victims pictured on screen.

3.The Bad Seed (1956): A housewife suspects that her seemingly perfect 8-year-old daughter is a heartless killer. Who would ever suspect the angel-eyed Rhoda to be a demon in disguise? The Bad Seed is one of the earliest and greatest examples of killer kids in Horror cinema. There is enough ambiguity left in the build to allow for plenty of mystery and suspense as Mrs. Penmark searches desperately for an answer.

4.Spider Baby (1968): A caretaker devotes himself to three demented children after their father's death. Jack Hill's cult-classic is a strange film oddity that is as oddly alluring as it is wickedly entertaining. The Merrye children suffer from a rare disease that causes them to regress mentally into a barbaric state, resulting in the deaths of several unfortunate trespassers that mistakenly wander onto the property.

5.Home Movie (2008): Something is very wrong with Jack and Emily Poe, two ten-year old twins. To stop them, their parents must enter the nightmare of their minds. The only question is: who will survive the night? Told in the “found-footage” format through several candid family videos, Home Movie is a chilling and terror-based thriller that will have audiences on the edge of their seats. The Poe children are truly a disturbing pair, and they dare you to watch until the very end!

6.Village of the Damned (1960): In the English village of Midwich, the blond-haired, glowing-eyed children of uncertain paternity prove to have frightening powers. With the powers of telepathy and mind-control, the children of Midwich are terrifying, indeed, lashing out against any of the adults that might stand in their way. Their eerie appearance and cold, clinical speech makes them even more unnerving.

7.Children of the Corn (1984): A young couple is trapped in a remote town where a dangerous religious cult of children believe everyone over the age of 18 must be killed. Children of the Corn is perhaps the most commonly-cited movie when it comes to killer kids, spawning nine films over the course of the series. From the opening scene, Children of the Corn is a very frightening experience.

8.The Brood (1979): A man tries to uncover an unconventional psychologist's therapy techniques on his institutionalized wife, while a series of brutal attacks committed by a brood of mutant children coincides with the husband's investigation. David Cronenberg delivers another fearsome entry into his long line of body horror films with The Brood, this time materializing a pack of killer children out of his character's subconscious. The Brood are vicious and soulless killers, and strike with a frightening intensity.

9.It's Alive (1974): The Davies expect a baby, which turns out to be a monster with a nasty habit of killing when it's scared. And it's easily scared. Larry Cohen makes a strong social commentary on the questionable effects modern medicine might have on future generations, using the guise of the Horror film to make his attack. Although it is really quite dated by today's standards, It's Alive makes for some bloody good fun as the Davies baby tears through town on its murderous rampage!

10.Bloody Birthday (1981): Lacking consciences because they were born during a solar eclipse, a trio of 10-year-olds embark on an indiscriminate killing spree. Bloody Birthday is just downright fun, and far more entertaining than other similar entries like Devil Times Five or the dreadful Beware! Children at Play. These kids are absolutely relentless, and gleefully kill without a moment's hesitation.
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Terror Trivia: Jaws (1975)

During pre-production, director Steven Spielberg, accompanied by friends Martin Scorsese, George Lucas and John Milius, visited the effects shop where "Bruce" the shark was being constructed. Lucas stuck his head in the shark's mouth to see how it worked and, as a joke, Milius and Spielberg sneaked to the controls and made the jaw clamp shut on Lucas' head. Unfortunately, and rather prophetically, considering the later technical difficulties the production would suffer, the shark malfunctioned, and Lucas got stuck in the mouth of the shark. When Spielberg and Milius were finally able to free him, the three men ran out of the workshop, afraid they'd done major damage to the creature. Read The Full Post HERE!

Terrible Moments: Two-Headed Shark Attack (2012)

Does this one even require a description? Terrible. The only way to make this film any worse would be to have the two-headed shark get swept up into a sharknado. Read The Full Post HERE!

'In Fear' Opens Nationwide This March!

If you like edge-of-your-seat thrillers,
this is one ride you’re going to want to take”
- DreadCentral

IN FEAR

Exclusive theatrical engagements start Friday, March 7th

LOS ANGELES, CA - February 27, 2014 - Produced by Nira Park (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World’s End) and starring Iain De Caestecker (ABC’s hit series “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D”), Alice Englert (Beautiful Creatures) and Allen Leech (“Downton Abbey”), In Fear has taken the horror world by storm, garnering rave reviews wherever it is played. The film stunned audiences in international film festivals in nine countries, including Canada’s Toronto After Dark, Germany’s Rosebud Entertainment Fantasy Festival, Spain’s Fancine – Festival de Cine Fantastico and South Korea’s Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival. Read on for the complete list of theatrical releases!

In Fear is a tense psychological horror about a young couple's fight to make it through the night. Home invasion but in a car. In real-time. Tom (De Caestecker) and Lucy (Englert) are trapped in a maze of country roads with only their vehicle for protection, terrorized by an unseen tormentor hell-bent on exploiting their worst fears. Driving, lost and tormented in the night, primal fears of the dark and the unknown give way to fear that you have let the evil in, or that it is already there.

Anchor Bay Films proudly announces the following theaters will be showing In Fear, the critically acclaimed international sensation and feature film debut of writer/director Jeremy Lovering, starting Friday, March 7th:

Los Angeles – Los Feliz 3
1822 Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 664-2169
Website: http://www.vintagecinemas.com/losfeliz/

New York – Quad Cinema
34 West 13th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues)
New York, NY 10011
(212) 255-8800
Website: http://www.quadcinema.com/
Ticketing Link: www.movietickets.com

AMC Mesquite 30
19919 Lyndon B. Johnson Fwy
Mesquite, TX 75149
(972) 929-3992
Website: https://www.amctheatres.com/movie-theatres/amc-mesquite-30
Ticketing Link: (Fandango) https://www.amctheatres.com/movie-theatres/amc-mesquite-30

Houston – Studio 30
2949 Dunvale
Houston, TX 77063
(713) 977-4431
Website: https://www.amctheatres.com/movie-theatres/amc-studio-30
Ticketing Link: (Fandango) https://www.amctheatres.com/movie-theatres/amc-studio-30

Chicago – Buffalo Grove
120 McHenry Road
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
Movie line: (847) 604-1393
Website: http://bgtheater.com/
Ticketing Link: http://81774.formovietickets.com:2235/
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Breathtaking New Poster Art for 'The Divine Tragedies'

Your Death Will Be Beautiful

LOS ANGELES, CA - February 27, 2014 - Writer and director Jose Prendes (The Haunting of Whaley House) and producers Jon and James Kondelik are excited to announce the beginning of principal photography for their fever dream: The Divine Tragedies! As well, the official movie poster has been released for the film, to coincide with the shoot. The official poster was designed by graphic artist Devin Koehler; fans of horror can preview the poster’s mesmerizing imagery above!

The Divine Tragedies, based loosely on the famous Leopold and Loeb murder case, tells the tale of Charles Brubaker (Graham Denman, The Haunting of Whaley House) and his half-brother Thomas Lo Bianco (Jon Kondelik, Airplane Vs. Volcano), who were raised by their arthritis-twisted, alcoholic mother (Barbara Crampton). The boys concoct a deadly game to test their superior intelligence against the dimwitted masses. This game will eventually lead to murder, and when Genevieve, a beautiful single mother, enters their lives they finally find the perfect girl for their first kill. But, problems arise when they quickly discover that Detective Homer Gaul (Ken Foree), a cop with a very special gift, is hot on their trail.

Here is the first look at the exquisite poster for this mind trip of film, designed by Koehler. Producer Jon Kondelik says of the poster’s quality: “I love the poster Devin has created for us. We’ve worked with him on several projects before and he continues to amaze us with his pieces, which are lovingly created throwbacks to the days of the classic artworks from the ‘70s and ‘80s.” Editors and horror fans can see the exquisite artistic detail in the artwork here.

Filming begins today! Film fans can follow the production on its Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/divinetragediesmovie
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New 'Lashman' Trailer Draws First Blood!

Stay out of the woods, Lashman Getchya!

New Trailer Launches for Cameron McCasland's Backwoods Slasher
THE LASHMAN

World premiere Saturday April 19th 2014
At the 13th Annual Full Moon Horror Film Festival In Nashville

NASHVILLE, TN - February 27, 2014 - Red Headed Revolution Pictures has unleashed a brand new theatrical trailer for the upcoming feature length horror film The Lashman directed by Cameron McCasland. nThe Lashman is a tale of terror. When five friends set out for a weekend excursion, they soon realize their campfire tales have turned into their worst nightmares. Read on to check out the brand new trailer!

The Lashman stars Stacey Dixon, Shawn C. Phillips, David Vaughn, Jeremy Jones, Kaylee Williams, Tim Emery, Lee Vervoort, David Chattham, Terry Gragg, Todd Bush, Alea Jordan, Joe Downing and Larry Underwood. The movie was shot on location in western Kentucky. The Lashman marks the feature length film debut of Cameron McCasland who wrote, produced, and directed the movie. McCasland honed his film making skills in television directing music videos as well as the award winning made for TV movie, The Dreadful Hallowgreen Special, and Go Green With Dr. Gangrene series of short films.

Almost 4 years in the making this theatrical trailer offers the first real glimpses of McCaslands backwoods boogeyman. As well as the first listen to the newly minted score composed and performed by Thomas Berdinski. McCasland said of the movie. “We know people have waited a long time to see this film. We took our time putting it together, and I think we have made something really special. I am looking forward to unleashing The Lashman into the world. Fans of Slasher movies, and legendary fright tales are really going to dig this one.”

The Lashman is set for a world premiere Saturday April 19th 2014 at the 13th Annual Full Moon Horror Film Festival In Nashville, TN Members of the cast and crew will be on hand for a Q&A following the screening. The Lashman is currently booking dates on the festival circuit, and setting out for a touring roadshow. For more information on the premiere screening please visit http://www.fullmooninc.net

You can find the Lashman on facebook at facebook.com/lashmanmovie or on twitter @LashmanFilm

Cameron McCasland is an Emmy nominated writer and director and recipient of the Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Award. McCasland currently resides in Nashville, TN with his girlfriend and 2 daughters.
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Movie Monsters: Hardware (1990)

 
The head of a cyborg reactivates and rebuilds itself and goes on a violent rampage in a space marine's girlfriend's apartment. Richard Stanley gives us a bleak look into the post-apocalyptic future with this nightmarish piece of hardware. Read The Full Post HERE!

Horror Quotes: The Purge (2013)

Polite Stranger: Our target for this year's purge is hiding in your home. You have one hour to find him and give him to us, or we'll kill all of you. Read The Full Post HERE!

Names in Horror: Catherine Deneuve

 
Catherine Deneuve is best remembered in the Horror genre for her paranoid performance as Carol in Roman Polanski's classic thriller, Repulsion. She would later play a seducing role as the vampiric Miriam Blaylock in Tony Scott's The Hunger, from 1983. Which is your favorite performance by Catherine Deneuve? Read The Full Post HERE!

I Vampiri (1956)

A police detective attempts to solve a series of murders that are plaguing Paris, which he comes to find out are being committed by a mad doctor who has been bleeding young women in order to restore the youth and beauty of his aging wife. I VAMPIRI is a strong step forward in the emerging Italian Horror cinema, boldly reshaping the Gothic Horror film with influences from the German Expressionists and Italian crime dramas. Italian master Mario Bava served as the cinematographer and assistant director under Riccardo Freda in one of his first genre efforts before taking over the directing duties to finish the film. The stunning visuals are largely the result of Bava's superior eye, as he introduced impossible camera movements, atmospheric shots from subjective high and low angles, clever shadow play, and seamless lapse dissolve into the picture. The large, ornate castle interiors are contrasted against dark crypts, foggy graveyards, and the modern Parisian backdrop, settings that would usher in Bava's Gothic masterpiece THE MASK OF SATAN in the years to follow. I VAMPIRI is competently acted, but the film does appear to have two distinct personalities: the modern crime drama that would become the Giallo in Italy, and a Gothic retelling of the Elizabeth Bathory tale. Although it mostly proves to be a case of style over substance, it is an enjoyable vampire effort and an important historical milestone in Italian Horror.

Rating: 8/10.

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Horror Posters: Demons (1985)

 
One of the most shocking moments from this Italian splatterfest is captured perfectly in the poster for Demons! What makes this such a great Horror poster? Read The Full Post HERE!

Behind the Scenes: Son of Frankenstein (1939)

Boris Karloff and Basil Rathbone surprise Bela Lugosi with a birthday cake on the set of Son of Frankenstein. See, the Monster does have a heart! Read The Full Post HERE!

Great Moments: Lair of the White Worm (1988)

Ken Russell creates another surrealist moment of madness in 1988's The Lair of the White Worm. This odd and alluring cult-classic has gone unseen by many modern audiences, but it is certainly worth reproach. What is your favorite scene from The Lair of the White Worm? Read The Full Post HERE!

Raymond Carr Joins the 'World of Hurt' Anthology

Award-winning Director Raymond Carr Will Helm Adaptation of
“THE INFESTATION AT RALLS”
For THOMAS TESSIER’S WORLD OF HURT Anthology

NEW YORK, NY - February 27, 2014 - Director, design and creature creator Raymond Carr is preparing to adapt Thomas Tessier’s short story “Infestation at Ralls” from his Remorseless (Sinister Grin Press) collection. Carr is the first of five directors signed to the THOMAS TESSIER WORLD OF HURT project. “I love ‘The Infestation at Ralls,’” Carr said, “because it’s able to do so much in such a short amount of pages, without overloading the reader or convoluting the story. It’s part mystery, part demon possession, and part creature fright fest. The reader is left with the feeling that something is always lurking around the corner. I am excited to bring my tactics of creature design and story telling to this devilishly good story.”

The story follows Dr. Hugo Sturgis as he accompanies his friend to the Ralls School for young ladies. They are told that a woman was attacked two nights earlier, and upon examination, they are astonished to find the woman is not only pregnant but on the verge of giving birth. “There’s three of them,” she informs the stunned doctors, “and you’ll meet them soon enough!” Carr will bring this haunting tale to life with his own signature use of creature effects and stylized visuals. Filming will take place in 2014.

Raymond Carr has been apart of the independent film scene in Atlanta for the better part of a decade. His otherworldly, award-winning films feature creatures and characters that are a fun blend of sympathetic and scary. His design work has been featured in Magnolia Pictures V/H/S as well as various feature films and television programs. For more information about Carr, visit http://www.ninjapuppetproductions.com/

THOMAS TESSIER’S WORLD OF HURT is an anthology film made from stories published in his Remorseless and Ghost Music (Cemetery Dance Publications) collections. All Channel Films, Inc. will provide domestic (U.S.) and Canadian distribution and a film teaser can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7pKsMseLKI

The project is currently seeking qualified equity investors and lenders. Interested parties should contact Well Done Productions at wdp.now@gmail.com.
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Villains of Horror: High Tension (2003)

 
Alexandre Aja's crazed villain plays a sadistic game of cat and mouse with his unsuspecting victim in the electrifying thriller, High Tension! But this villain isn't quite what he seems... Why is Le Tueur your favorite Villain of Horror? Read The Full Post HERE!

'War of the Worlds Goliath' Strikes March 7th


OPENING EXCLUSIVELY IN LOS ANGELES MARCH 7TH, 2014

LOS ANGELES, CA - February 27, 2014 - In a parallel universe, World War One is imminent as we follow the gripping story of human resistance fighters who march to battle against the second invasion of the Martians. In 1899, the Earth was attacked by ruthless invaders from the planet Mars. The Martians’ 80 ft tall, heat-ray spewing, Tripod battle machines laid waste to the planet, but the invaders ultimately fell prey to Earth’s tiny bacteria. Fifteen years later, Man has rebuilt his shattered world, in large part by utilizing captured Martian technology. Equipped with giant, steam-powered Tripod battle machines, the international rapid reaction force is Mankind’s first line of defense against the return of the rapacious Martian invaders. And return the Martians do. The rematch finds the multinational battle squad tripod “Goliath” on the front lines of a vicious interplanetary offensive. This time the Martians are using even more advanced alien technology. In the crucible of combat, the young crew helming the mighty Goliath will be tested to the limits of their endurance and courage as they fight for Mankind’s very survival under the onslaught of an implacable enemy.

STARRING THE FOLLOWING VOICE-OVER TALENT

Adrian Paul, Adam Baldwin, Peter Wingfield, Mark Sheppard, Elizabeth Gracen,
Jim Byrnes, Beau Billingslea, Matt Letscher, James Arnold Taylor

DIRECTED BY

Joe Pearson

WRITTEN BY

David Abramowitz, Joe Pearson

OPENING MARCH 7, 2014
NY, LA AND TOP REGIONAL MARKETS, VOD AND ITUNES

Anderson Digital will distribute WAR OF THE WORLDS GOLIATH theatrically in New York, Los Angeles, and top regional markets, on VOD and iTunes on Friday, March 7th, 2014. Running Time is 85 Minutes. Rated PG-13 for fantasy war violence including some disturbing images.
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Fast Five: Best Blaxploitation Horror Films

1. Sugar Hill
2. Tales from the Hood
3. Blacula
4. Black Devil Doll from Hell
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Frankenstein Conquers The World (1966)

Following the successes of Toho's other giant monster movies, FRANKENSTEIN CONQUERS THE WORLD capitalizes on more World War II fears materialized in the form of a gigantic Frankenstein monster that brings with him mass destruction but also the hope of regenerating lost tissue to those afflicted by nuclear war. Japanese scientists recover the heart of the Frankenstein monster before the fall of Germany during the Second World War, with the intent of learning its secrets in order to benefit mankind. The heart and its observers are then buried in the Hiroshima blast, but 15 years later, it births a radioactive monster that begins growing at an accelerated rate. The monster takes to the hills with Japan's army hot on its tale, but when terror strikes in the form of the dinosaur Baragon, Japan's only hope lies in its would-be destroyer! Like his reptile counterpart, the monster is a condemnation of war and nuclear weaponry as told through this fantastic tale. Ishiro Honda delivers more incredible filming, superior miniatures, and high production values that stand up against many of Toho's greats. Composite shots pairing the miniature set designs, the monster, and the comparatively tiny cast are handled with flawless precision early on in the film. It is the final third that forgets all of the strength and originality of the plot and becomes just another average monster brawl. FRANKENSTEIN CONQUERS THE WORLD is a winning effort from the Golden Age of Toho, and is sure to appeal to any Kaiju Eiga fan.

Rating: 8/10.



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Terror Trivia: Paranormal Activity (2007)

Although released by Paramount, this film is unique in that the studio's logo does not appear, nor do credits, except for one establishing copyright. Read The Full Post HERE!

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TO THE FLAME
A NEW THRILLER FROM WRITER/DIRECTOR ALEX WEBB
FEATURING BOB BALABAN AND OLYMPIA DUKAKIS

BEGINS PRODUCTION SUMMER 2014

NEW YORK, NY - February 26, 2014 - WRITER/DIRECTOR ALEX WEBB’s previous film HOVE featured Oscar-winner Olympia Dukakis and went to the Montreal, Los Angeles, Palm Springs, Cleveland and Boston World Film Festivals. Webb is bringing his neo-noir thriller, TO THE FLAME, to the big screen in 2015. Read on for new details on the film, and for your chance to win one of three incredible prizes!

TO THE FLAME: Kyle is going nowhere fast in his sub-par, suburban community college film class until he stumbles upon his disturbed but entertaining neighbors, Dick and Barb. Kyle decides to try and interview them for the class assignment hoping to impress his sexy classmate, Penny. Kyle and Penny are quickly pulled down into Dick and Barb’s dark and twisted world. The cast includes Bob Balaban (MONUMENTS MEN, CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND), Olympia Dukakis (MOONSTRUCK, AWAY FROM HER, SEX AND VIOLENCE), Alex Webb (HOUSE OF CARDS, BOARDWALK EMPIRE, BOILER ROOM), Shirleyann Kaladjian (LAW AND ORDER: SVU, A DIRTY SHAME).

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Barbara Crampton Joins 'The Divine Tragedies'

Horror Legend Barbara Cramptom Cast In
THE DIVINE TRAGEDIES

A Film By Jose Prendes

LOS ANGELES, CA - February 26, 2014 - Writer and director Jose Prendes (The Haunting of Whaley House) and producers Jon and James Kondelik are excited to announce the casting of the eternally beautiful Barbara Crampton (Your’re Next, Re-animator). Crampton joins her From Beyond co-star Ken Foree, in their new film The Divine Tragedies. Barbara says of the film: “I am very excited to take part in Jose Prendes’s complex and disturbing film, The Divine Tragedies; deeply exploring the nature of relationships and the influence they provide while carving out our places in the world,” she says. “I am excited to play the mother of two brothers whose torturous tendencies exact horrific carnage to people they claim to both admire and love. Being reunited with one of my favorite co-stars, horror luminary Ken Foree, is an added delight!”

The Divine Tragedies, based loosely on the famous Leopold and Loeb murder case, tells the tale of Charles Brubaker (Graham Denman, The Haunting of Whaley House) and his half-brother Thomas Lo Bianco (Jon Kondelik, Airplane Vs. Volcano), who were raised by their arthritis-twisted, alcoholic Mother (Barbara Crampton). The boys concoct a deadly game to test their superior intelligence against the dimwitted masses. This game will eventually lead to murder, and when Genevieve, a beautiful single mother, enters their lives they finally find the perfect girl for their first kill. But problems arise when they quickly discover that Detective Homer Gaul (Ken Foree), a cop with a very special gift, is hot on their trail.

“Barbara is an actress that I have admired for years and I am beyond thrilled to have her on this film,” says Jose. “She glows with life and is really going to surprise people with her performance in this one. Not only does she love the material and respect it, which is the best compliment an actor can give, but she has raised the bar for us dramatically.”

Filming begins at the end of February.

Director: Jose Prendes.

Producers: Jon and James Kondelik.

Cast: Lynn Lowry, Ken Foree, Sean Whalen, Graham Denman and Jon Kondelik.

For more info on the film visit the film’s Facebook page:

www.facebook.com/divinetragediesmovie
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Maxim Media Celebrates 'Teachers' Day'

Maxim Media International Acquires
TEACHERS' DAY

Now Available on DVD and VHS

LOS ANGELES, CA - February 26, 2014 - The slasher nominated for Best Feature at Shockfest and Mockfest 2014; a game-changer in its field.... Teachers' Day is starting a new movement for indie horror films today. Teachers’ Day … isn’t on Bluray, but it will be On-Demand in millions of homes this summer, because Maxim Media International has reached an undisclosed agreement with Jared Masters of Frolic Pictures, the director of Slink.

The story involves a Napoleon Bonaparte obsessed high school educator, who goes on a killing spree, after not feeling appreciated on Teachers' Day.

Ain’t It Cool News says “This throwback to old school low budget slasher films has a lot of moments that made me smile … there are some great moments of gleefully gory and carnage laden scenes … had me out of my chair laughing at how outrageous it was … it does do slumber party horror with a wink, a nod, and a slash to fans who like low fi horror.”

The film is now available DVD and VHS!

Teachers’ Day is produced by Frolic Pictures and Dismal Productions. Written and directed by Jared Masters. Stars Lindsay Lamb, Nikole Howell and Danika Galindo. With Dawna Lee Heising, Andrew Phillips, Simone Wasserman, Abby Summers, Nick Sinise, Lonnie Alcide Gardner, Mindy Robinson, Art Roberts, Steve Crest, Julia Faye West, Sunny Vachher, Kristyn Archibald, Kelly De Vries and LeJon Stewart. Produced by Julia Faye West, Sunny Vachher, Mikko Tervonen, Seth Metoyer, Kamuela Kim, Michael Anthony. Executive Producer David Petovar. Scored by Sean Gibson. Photographed by Tim McCombe.

On Demand release date coming soon.
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Enter the 'Killer Cult Movie Contest' Today!

Contest runs NOW through Noon EST May 10th, 2014. 

CLEARWATER, FL - February 26, 2014 - CULT MOVIE MANIA is giving away $1,000 cash plus AT LEAST 36 cult movies on blu-ray or DVD to a single winner. And all you have to do to win it all is enter your name, email, and the name of one of your favorite cult movies between now and May 10th, 2014 in the form found in this post after the jump!

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Why do I say “at least 36 movies”? That’s because we may put more than three movies per week into the box, depending on how many people sign up. The more people who sign up, the more movies we’ll put in the box. And you could win them all.

Think of it like a lottery. But, with cult movies.

Imagine 10 crisp $100 dollar bills in your hand ready to spend on whatever you like. Think how sweet your movie collection would be if you won all of those movies. You can expect every movie we put in the box to be worth owning - some will even be rare, limited edition, out-of-print movies you can’t get anywhere else. There’s nothing to lose and plenty to win. So, don’t wait. Enter today!

When you do, you’ll instantly receive your free Best Of Weng’s Chop Sampler. Plus, you’ll also receive a free subscription to the Cult Movie Mania Newsletter. It’s filled with killer content, cult movie news, and special subscriber-only offers on the coolest cult movies. It’s worth entering just for that. But, we know you want to win the big prize. Who wouldn’t? Of course, we will never share your information and you can unsubscribe from the newsletter at anytime. But, only people who are signed up for the newsletter at the time we draw the winner’s name will be considered for the big prize.

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Movie Monsters: I Was a Teenage Frankenstein (1957)

 
Let's just say this... I'm glad I wasn't a Teenage Frankenstein! Another classic creature from the Drive-In era, where film producers finally figured out how to capitalize on the teenage dollar. Read The Full Post HERE!

Horror Quotes: The Shining (1980)

Jack Torrance: Wendy? Darling? Light, of my life. I'm not gonna hurt ya. You didn't let me finish my sentence. I said, I'm not gonna hurt ya. I'm just going to bash your brains in. Read The Full Post HERE!

Names in Horror: George C. Scott

 
While he is perhaps better known for his roles as military men throughout the years, George C. Scott has endeared himself to the Horror genre for his key performances in The Changeling and The Exorcist III, where he plays the bombastic Lt. Kinderman. Which is your favorite George C. Scott performance over the years? Read The Full Post HERE!

Horror Posters: Excision (2012)

 
This regal display speaks deeply to the unbalance felt by AnnaLynne McCord's character, Pauline, in Excision. Richard Bates, Jr.'s breakthrough feature film is a phenomenal accomplishment within the genre, and it is as twisted and perverse as this poster implies. What say you, our undead minions? Read The Full Post HERE!

Eyes of a Stranger (1981)

A nosy news reporter attempts to track down the man that she believes is responsible for murdering a string of women around town. After initiating him in a deadly game of cat and mouse, Jane must fight to save her sister's life when the killer strikes home! EYES OF A STRANGER takes the most depraved, degenerate, and misogynistic acts from notorious Grindhouse films like DON'T ANSWER THE PHONE and masks them under the guise of a 'legitimate' Thriller thanks to Ken Weiderhorn's clean directorial style and a smart script. The depictions of extreme violence against women and bloody stabbings make it an extremely brutal outing, removing the safety net of comic gore in place of more realistic deaths. It also borrows heavily from a range of Hitchcockian influences (most notably REAR WINDOW and De Palma's SISTERS), but does so successfully by creating several suspenseful moments where Jane is just seconds away from discovery once she has infiltrated the killer's home. EYES OF A STRANGER transcends the primitive plotting found in many of the other Slashers of its time, making it a welcome surprise to genre fans.

Rating: 7/10.

If you liked EYES OF A STRANGER, check out:
THE TOOLBOX MURDERS, DON'T ANSWER THE PHONE, REAR WINDOW.



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Behind the Scenes: Rosemary's Baby (1968)

 
Roman Polanski looks on as Mia Farrow gives an alarming performance as Rosemary Woodhouse in Rosemary's Baby, from 1968! Who can name the film's rather surprising producer? Read The Full Post HERE!

I, Madman (1989)

Virginia is thrust into a world of murder and mayhem where the lines of fantasy and reality begin to blur as she gets deeper and deeper into a chilling new novel: I, Madman. What she doesn't realize is that the further she reads, the closer she comes to bringing the nefarious Dr. Alan Kessler to life! Tibor Takács tells this thrilling tale of mystery and suspense with a sharp wit and a classy sense of style. Takács dresses the film in the same lavish colors and stylized characters that you would find in your average pulp fiction magazine from the 40's and 50's, but mixes in the dark, suffocating mood of a Film Noir. The subtle shift in surroundings as Virginia slips in and out of her own fantasy world are gradual enough that we, the viewers, have trouble deciphering fact from fiction. Jenny Wright is given many opportunities to shine as she drifts between a number of different personalities that occur throughout the novel. Visual effects designer Randall William Cook also takes a playful stab at acting as our eccentric villain, whose undying love for sweet Virginia drives him to slice off his mangled facial features and replace them with those of his victims. I, MADMAN is a clever entry in the Suspense/Thriller genre that will hold a certain appeal to fans of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA or IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS.

Rating: 8/10.

Movies like I, MADMAN:
IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, OPERA, TENEBRE, SUCKER PUNCH.



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Great Moments: Dog Soldiers (2002)

 
Neil Marshall burst onto the scene with this explosive action/horror hybrid! What are your favorite moments from Dog Soldiers? Read The Full Post HERE!

Heroes of Horror: Murder Party (2007)

A last-minute invite to a Halloween party lands this unsuspecting hero in hot water as he battles his way through a crowd of crazed movie fans! What makes this chainsaw-wielding Knight your Hero of Horror? Read The Full Post HERE!

The Commune (2009)

THE COMMUNE opens as a Greek tragedy set in modern times, where a young teen must head out to her father's remote commune for summer vacation. Things are not as pleasant as they seem at this religious retreat, as Jenny is thrust into an oppressive lifestyle controlled by her domineering father, who seems to have ulterior motives for his little girl. What results is a psycho-sexual thriller that draws clear influence from Robin Hardy's THE WICKER MAN. Chauntal Lewis plays well into the role of the innocent fool being led right into the devil's den. Although it is not big on scares, Elisabeth Fies sets an increasing sense of dread and unease that is deeply rooted in Oedipal psychoanalytics. This leads to a disturbing finale, one which may not be entirely unexpected, but one that the audience hopes will not come true. THE COMMUNE would have made a stronger impression if the character of Dr. Polieos had been played by a more commanding lead, but Stuart G. Bennett is sufficiently creepy and unnerving as the cult leader. Fans of THE WICKER MAN will appreciate this twisted little mystery that is finally completing its run on the Indie circuit in order to make its debut on DVD and On Demand.

Rating: 6/10.

If you liked THE COMMUNE, check out:
BELIEVERS, THE WICKER MAN, POPULATION 436. Read The Full Post HERE!

Fast Five: Best Bigfoot Movies

1. Half Human
2. The Abominable Snowman
3. Horror Express
4. Abominable
5. Night of the Demon
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Terror Trivia: Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959)

Bela Lugosi supplied his own costume. He wore one of the capes he used when portraying Dracula on stage. Read The Full Post HERE!

Movie Monsters: Creepshow 2 (1987)

 
“The Raft” has been reason enough for kids to stay out of the lakes for years! This mucky black goop has an insatiable thirst for blood, and only continues to grow after consuming each new victim. Read The Full Post HERE!

Horror Quotes: A Tale of Two Sisters (2007)

Eun-ju: Do know what's really scary? You want to forget something. Totally wipe it off your mind. But you never can. It can't go away, you see. And... and it follows you around like a ghost. Read The Full Post HERE!

Names in Horror: Julianne Moore

 
Although she may not be recognized entirely for her genre work, Julianne Moore has appeared in numerous Horror films throughout her career, most recently as the crazed, Bible-thumping Margaret White from the 2013 remake of Carrie. Select Filmography: Tales from the Darkside - 1990, Psycho - 1998, Hannibal - 2001, Children of Men - 2006, Carrie - 2013. Which is your favorite performance by Julianne Moore? Read The Full Post HERE!

The Blood Spattered Bride (1972)

One of many retellings of Le Fanu's classic vampire tale Carmilla, THE BLOOD SPATTERED BRIDE follows Susan, a repressed young newlywed who becomes intimidated by her husband's pressing sexual advances. After confiding in a beautiful stranger, Carmilla, she is seduced into a murderous plot to kill her husband as part of an ancient family curse. Unlike Hammer's Karnstein trilogy, THE BLOOD SPATTERED BRIDE drops the Gothic aesthetic and softcore imagery in place of a much more modern adult vampire tale. It still manages to maintain the same creepy mood and atmosphere without the need for misty graveyards or buxom bloodsuckers. That isn't to say that the film is without its share of sexuality either, but the scenes are much more reserved and never become the central focus of the plot. Aranda adds several brutal murders to top it off, completing the picture of blood, sex, and violence common to 70's Spanish Horror. THE BLOOD SPATTERED BRIDE is not far from average, but is certainly a worthwhile entry into the modern vampire lore.

Rating: 7/10.

Movies like THE BLOOD SPATTERED BRIDE:
THE VAMPIRE LOVERS, DAUGHTERS OF DARKNESS, BABA YAGA, VAMPYRES, LUST FOR A VAMPIRE, VAMPYR, LIVING DEAD GIRL, THE WHIP AND THE BODY. Read The Full Post HERE!

Horror Posters: Return to Horror High (1988)

Wait, when was the first Horror High?! Unfortunately, the greatest thing about Return to Horror High is the poster, although you are guaranteed a few guilty laughs along the way. Read The Full Post HERE!

Lady in White (1988)

Frankie is locked in the class coat closet on Halloween night by a pair of bullies, where he sees the apparition of a young girl reliving her murder from years before. Not moments later, her killer returns to recover a piece of evidence that had been left behind, when he discovers Frankie and knocks him unconscious. The boy escapes, but is followed home by the ghosts of Melissa and the mysterious Lady in White, who is said to haunt the rocky cliffs from which Melissa's body was thrown. Now, it will be up to him to oust the murderer and free their spirits forever! Director Frank Laloggia revisits the ghosts of his childhood in LADY IN WHITE, a stylish and atmospheric haunt with good old-fashioned sensibilities! Laloggia paints a dreamy landscape for his spirits to wander through using deep, saturated colors and wonderfully dressed sets found all throughout his native town of Rochester, where the legend was born. The process photography used to bring the ghosts to life is crude but effective, falling back on traditional techniques from early Horror. Despite its light mood, LADY IN WHITE deals with very dark subject matter, including the rape and murder of several children and extreme racial prejudice. It also produces intense moments of gripping suspense as Frankie draws closer to the truth. Frank Laloggia's mini-masterpiece is an enjoyable throwback to the classics, and a great little ghost tale.

Rating: 8/10.

Movies like LADY IN WHITE:
THE LOVELY BONES, THE CHANGELING, THE OTHER, GHOST STORY, THE DEVIL'S BACKBONE, THE ORPHANAGE, DARKNESS FALLS, THE INNOCENTS, TRICK 'R TREAT.

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Behind the Scenes: 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958)

Here we have Ray Harryhausen staging the epic dragon scene from the 7th Voyage of Sinbad! The film was a modern marvel at the time, showcasing the height of stop-motion animation from the industry's finest creator. Read The Full Post HERE!

Great Moments: Dead Heat (1988)

 
This chick just can't seem to keep it together! While it is commonly overlooked, Dead Heat provides plenty of great comic relief and gooey gross-outs to make for a fun Friday night splatterfest! What is your favorite moment from Dead Heat? Read The Full Post HERE!

Villains of Horror: Death Proof (2007)

Kurt Russell stars as Stuntman Mike in Quentin Tarantino's Death Proof! This is one crazed madman you do NOT want to play chicken with. Why is Stuntman Mike your favorite Villain of Horror? Read The Full Post HERE!

Fast Five: Attack of the Fishmen

1. Creature from the Black Lagoon
2. Humanoids from the Deep
3. Island of the Fishmen
4. The Horror of Party Beach
5. Zaat
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Terror Trivia: Fright Night (1985)

The character Peter Vincent is named for two actors well-known for their appearances in horror movies: Peter Cushing and Vincent Price. Read The Full Post HERE!

Controversial Moments: Benny's Video (1992)

 
Michael Haneke shocks audiences once more with another thought-provoking piece on youth, violence, and the media. But is Benny's Video a contradiction unto itself? Is it right to fight violence in the media by using the same sensationalistic tactics in your own social commentary? Sound off! Read The Full Post HERE!

Movie Monsters: The Creature from the Haunted Sea (1961)

 
Nothing screams terror quite like a walking pile of seaweed and crap! The only thing the Creature from the Haunted Sea will be scaring is people out of their seats. Read The Full Post HERE!

Horror Quotes: Predator (1987)

Poncho: She says the jungle... it just came alive and took him. Read The Full Post HERE!

Last Ride (2011)

James and his friends set out on a biking trip through the woods, but none of them make it back alive. All that is left is the video taken from James' helmet cam, detailing the last few hours before their grisly deaths. What is watching and waiting in the woods of Australia? You will have to wait and see! In the wake of THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT, REC, CLOVERFIELD, PARANORMAL ACTIVITY, and countless others, the "found footage" film seems to have lost its steam. Independent filmmakers like Dominic Perez and now James Phillips look to change that.

LAST RIDE is shot in one single take. The camera is unflinching as we ride right alongside the characters and experience their terror firsthand as the events occur. Phillips has strategically planned out the location in meticulous detail to have the paths of the characters and creatures constantly cross over several miles of rugged terrain. He does so without ever destroying the illusion by accidentally revealing the place markers, an impressive feat considering the amount of land that is covered. LAST RIDE keeps the audience watching: What was that noise? Did I just see something behind those bushes? James' bite sure seems to be getting worse... Outside of a few logical inconsistencies (why don't the characters ever arm themselves?), LAST RIDE suffers worst from the same ironic fate as many other films of its kind. By maintaining the integrity of the "found footage" format, it lends strength and authenticity to the events, but the pace, characterization, and plot ultimately suffer as a result. Does it look and feel genuine? Sure. But the dizzying camerawork and overall lack of action will work against its popularity with mainstream Horror fans. On the other hand, those who enjoy this particular form of filmmaking should be able to appreciate the high-concept behind its creation.

Rating: 6/10.

If you liked LAST RIDE, check out:
EVIL THINGS, INVASION, ZOMBIE DIARIES, EYES IN THE DARK. Read The Full Post HERE!

Names in Horror: Abel Ferrara

After breaking into the Exploitation era with the cult-classic, Driller Killer, Abel Ferrara has made a name for himself for his raw, gritty film making techniques and uncensored style. Select Filmography: The Driller Killer - 1979, Ms. 45 - 1981, Bad Lieutenant - 1992, Body Snatchers – 1993. What is your favorite Abel Ferrara film? Read The Full Post HERE!

13: Game of Death (2006)

Chit is at the end of his rope after losing his job while the bills continue to pile up. Opportunity arrives in the form of a mysterious phone call that offers him the chance to win $1M if he can complete 13 challenges. For each one he completes, a larger sum of money will be deposited into his bank account, but failure at any single task will end the game immediately and remove the funds. How far will Chit be willing to go to win the $1M and change his life forever? The answer is, pretty far. The tasks begin simply enough with Chit having to kill and eat a fly; two challenges down, and quick cash. His next objectives quickly turn to violence, cruelty, and worse as he progresses forward. 13: GAME OF DEATH is beautifully shot, smartly written, and wickedly funny. Terrence has such an unconventional look that makes him recognizable and relatable as an average, everyday working man. The sad and pathetic plight he finds himself in allows the audience to identify with the character even throughout his deplorable acts. There are admittedly several shocking gross out moments in the script which may turn some viewers off, but the absurdity of the scenes in the context of the film makes them easier to accept. The plot itself often feels like a cross between SAW and THE TRUMAN SHOW, though it has its own clear and distinctive voice. While it may not be the typical Horror film in the traditional sense, it is filled with equal parts suspense and dark humor, which make it enjoyable for a larger audience. I love this film. I think it is hilarious and enjoyed it just as much on the second watch through, so it comes highly recommended!

Rating: 8/10. Read The Full Post HERE!

Horror Posters: [Rec] (2007)

A television reporter and cameraman follow emergency workers into a dark apartment building and are quickly locked inside with something terrifying. An immediate international success, [Rec] has proven to be one of the most terrifying films to come out of the 2000s! Read The Full Post HERE!

'A Chinese Ghost Story' Retrospective

Although it is still relatively unknown in the West, A Chinese Ghost Story and its two incredible sequels rank among the most atmospheric, imaginative, and beautifully-constructed works of Fantasy Horror to come out of Hong Kong. Mixing high-flying martial arts with a spectacle of flowing robes and special effects, this series is an absolute must-see for any Horror fan. Take a look back at the original film series that spawned a recent remake in 'A Chinese Ghost Story' Retrospective.

A Chinese Ghost Story (1987)


An unassuming young tax collector is seduced by the ghost of a beautiful girl after spending the night in a haunted temple, but the two are torn apart by the evil tree spirit that controls her soul. Together with the help of the Taoist swordsman Yen, Ning must gather the courage to defeat the ancient demon in order to free his love forever! A CHINESE GHOST STORY is one of the finest pieces of Hong Kong horror cinema, and Tsui Hark's crowning achievement within the genre. At its heart is a beautiful tragedy between two torn lovers, but on the surface, A CHINESE GHOST STORY is an action-packed horror comedy that takes influence from both East and West, including Sam Raimi's THE EVIL DEAD, Obayashi's HOUSE, and Hong Kong's own MR. VAMPIRE series. The shadowy temples and shrouded forests already set an eerie mood, but it is the superior cinematography that brings them to life as we follow the wolves and spirits that haunt the woods. Built upon these stunning locations are a number of incredible special effects, combining the high-flying acrobatics of the Chinese sword fighting film with flowing robes, mystical powers, and an enormous demon with a wicked tongue. For all of its style and visual grace, A CHINESE GHOST STORY is met with equally impressive performance by the entire cast. Leslie Cheung is playfully naive as Ning, who becomes easily enchanted by the beautiful Joey Wong as the ghost of Hsiao Tsing. A CHINESE GHOST STORY blends all of the most terrifying, exciting, and atmospheric elements of Hong Kong fantasy film making to produce one of the greatest unknown classics of the horror genre.

Rating: 10/10.

A Chinese Ghost Story 2 (1990)

After freeing the spirit of his ghostly love Hsiao-Tsing, Ning returns home to find his village in ruin, where he is falsely imprisoned in a case of mistaken identity. It is here that he meets an elder scholar, who helps him to escape and lends him a powerful amulet to ward away evil. Back on the road, Ning encounters a wandering monk, and the two must join forces to defeat a forest demon that infiltrates their camp. Fate intervenes once again, as the two are apprehended by a roving band of rebels led by Windy, a beautiful warrior that resembles his lost love. This time, Ning is confused for the Elder Chu, owner of the amulet, and asked to lead the group against an evil priest who has sentenced Windy's father to death and put a spell over the entire empire!

Tsui Hark and Ching Siu-Tung return with the next exciting chapter of A CHINESE GHOST STORY! Hark makes every attempt to outdo the incredible special effects from the first film, and succeeds! A CHINESE GHOST STORY 2 puts on a dazzling display of monsters, magic, and martial arts once again. While the plot isn't quite as compelling as the last, it features many favorite characters and more of the same great humor that originally brought them to life. Leslie Cheung and Joey Wang easily resume their chemistry on screen, but newcomer Jacky Cheung quickly steals the spotlight as the Taoist mage Autumn with his lively performance. A CHINESE GHOST STORY 2 is another excellent entry in the fantasy horror saga.

Rating: 9/10.

A Chinese Ghost Story 3 (1991)

It has been 100 years since Ning and the Taoist priest Yin defeated the ancient tree demon, but as legend foretold, the evil spirit has returned to the Orchid Temple along with its harem of ghostly slaves to trap the souls of weary travellers. A naive young monk falls under the spell of the beautiful Lotus after spending the night in the temple, and the two team with a young swordsman to defeat the evil once more. If you enjoyed either of the previous entries in the A CHINESE GHOST STORY trilogy, you certainly will not be disappointed in the third, as the final film is a virtual remake of the original, with only slight variations played on each of the characters. That is really not a bad thing at all in this case, as the high-flying action, dreamy mysticism, and astonishing special effects are all just as good (if not better) than in the original. Joey Wang returns to the role of the mischievous seductress with all of the same captivating beauty and playfulness as before. This time, Tony Leung Chiu Wai stands in for Leslie Cheung as Fong, and does an excellent job portraying the innocent and good-natured monk. Where there may be slightly less swordplay and cinematic duels throughout the plot, the slapstick comedy never misses. This leaves fans in high spirits as Tsui Hark's stunning fantasy horror series comes to a close.

Rating: 8/10.

See Also: A Chinese Ghost Story (Animated; 1997), A Chinese Ghost Story (2011), Mr. Vampire (1985).
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Behind the Scenes: A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

 
The cast of A Nightmare on Elm Street prepare for another day of shooting! A young Johnny Depp can be seen next to star Heather Langenkamp. What is your favorite 'Freddy' moment? Read The Full Post HERE!

Great Moments in Horror: It Came from Beneath the Sea (1955)

 
A classic moment brought to life by the amazing stop-motion effects work of Ray Harryhausen! What will it take to stop this rampaging beast from destroying San Francisco in It Came from Beneath the Sea? Sound off! Read The Full Post HERE!

Heroes of Horror: I Spit On Your Grave (1978)

 
“This woman has just chopped, crippled, and mutilated four men beyond recognition... And no jury in American would ever convict her!” Why is Jennifer Hills your Hero of Horror? Read The Full Post HERE!

Fast Five: Alien Rip-Offs

1. Creature
2. Forbidden World
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Terror Trivia: Gorgo (1961)

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At Midnight I'll Take Your Soul (1963)

AT MIDNIGHT I'LL TAKE YOUR SOUL finds Coffin Joe, a black-clad phantom of a gravedigger, terrorizing the denizens of a small town before being cursed by a gypsy woman whom he disrespects. Joe continues his evil ways, undaunted, until he ends up murdering his best friend and raping the woman he lusts after in the pursuit of an heir -- the continuation of blood being the only true meaning in life that the godless Joe believes in. As the midnight hour falls quickly upon him, the spirits of the dead return to collect the soul of their twisted tormentor.

Coffin Joe is synonymous with The Boogeyman in Brazil. He is the single most egomaniacal, womanizing, and anti-religious character the screen has ever known, and Marins' performance as the character is absolutely shocking. With his thick beard, clawed fingernails, top hat and cape, he is an unmistakable Horror icon and a force to be reckoned with. The horror in this tale centers around the theme of man completely devoid of the morals and self-restraint instilled by a civilized society, and the destructive nature of that man when he is free of social consequence.

It poses the question of whether complete lawlessness, free will with no chance of punishment, and material gains are truly more fulfilling than a pious and subserviant lifestyle devoted to an intangible god that offers the prospect of eternal happiness. Although Joe clearly favors a godless existence free of restraint, the climax of the film would suggest that such a life only leads to the ruination of one's self and the destruction of those around them.

Having only limited prior experience in film, actor/director Jose Mojica Marins literally had to invent many of the special and optical effects himself, using such crude (yet effective) methods as gluing glitter to each individual frame of the negative in order to achieve many of the bizarre visuals. MIDNIGHT lacks all of the refinement of the European and Hollywood productions of the time, but this only adds to the unique charm and intimate feel of the film. It also offers excellent performances and some of the most incredible Gothic sets outside of the Hammer House of Horror. The fluid camera movements, film composites, and tracking all display the same skill and directorial control of that would have been expected in a much larger picture.

There is nothing like MIDNIGHT or Coffin Joe that I have seen anywhere else in the genre. The fact that it was made in the virtually non-existent Brazilian film market only solidifies Marin's unique talent as a filmmaker. Unfortunately, none of his later efforts would recapture the raw power and originality of his first Horror venture, but this film deserves a place in Horror's hallowed halls as one of the strongest Gothic efforts outside of the mainstream circuit.

Rating: 10/10.

Movies like AT MIDNIGHT I'LL TAKE YOUR SOUL: THIS NIGHT I'LL POSSESS YOUR CORPSE, I VAMPIRI, THE VAMPIRE, THE BRANIAC.

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Buck Wild (2013)

Four friends head out on a hunting trip to the Buck Wild ranch for a weekend trip, but instead of bagging and tagging deer, the group finds themselves taking out the locals after the town is overtaken by zombies! Director Tyler Glodt brings us BUCK WILD, a dull and dim-witted zom-com that will have you begging to be put out of your misery. There are very few things in life that could be considered less funny than BUCK WILD. Mass genocide, perhaps. Or maybe even SCARY MOVIE 5. The entire cast fails on their deliveries, as they try as desperately as the viewer to find humor in this formulaic flop. It is unlikely that a single viewer in the audience will stick around long enough for the zombie action to finally get underway, and those that do will be just as disappointed with horror as they are with the complete lack of comedy. There is more fun to be had in using the BUCK WILD disc for skeet shooting than putting it in your DVD player.

Rating: 4/10.

Movies like BUCK WILD:
SHAUN OF THE DEAD, JUAN OF THE DEAD, PLAGA ZOMBIE, DEAD SNOW.

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Lynn Lowry and Sean Whalen Join 'The Divine Tragedies'

Horror Icons Lynn Lowry and Sean Whalen Board
THE DIVINE TRAGEDIES

“A Serial Killer Fever Dream!”

LOS ANGELES, CA - February 23, 2014 - The famous Leopold and Loeb ransom and murder case is being brought to the screen with The Divine Tragedies. This twisted tale of stalking, kidnapping and violent murder has been re-envisioned by director and writer Jose Prendes (The Haunting of Whaley House). A true tale of wits, the production team, including brothers and producers James and Jon Kondelik, are pleased to announce the attachment of actors Lynn Lowry and Sean Whalen to their terrifying tale. Actor Ken Foree has already announced his participation in the film, with more famous horror personalities set to be included soon.

The Leopold and Loeb murder case has been sensationalized in film previously. Alfred Hitchcock used this famous trial in his famous thriller Rope (1948). And, Prendes has his own interpretation of the case. In the story of The Divine Tragedies, Charles (Graham Denman) and his half-brother Thomas (Jon Kondelik) concoct a deadly game to test their superior intelligence against the dimwitted masses. This game will eventually lead to murder. And when Genevieve, a beautiful single mother, enters their lives they finally find the perfect girl for their first kill. But, problems arise when they quickly discover that Detective Homer Gaul (Ken Foree) is hot on their trail.

Fans of horror will recognize both Sean Whalen and Lynn Lowry from previous horror roles. Sean Whalen has had appearances in such tales as Wes Craven’s The People Under the Stairs (1991) and more recently in Hatchet 3 (2013). Director Prendes says of Sean and his character: “I wrote this really bizarre and sleazy character, who just so happened to have some endearing qualities and I always had Sean in mind for it.” As well, actress Lynn Lowry has appeared in dozens of horror titles. Her most prominent roles include The Crazies (1973, 2010) and Cat People (1982). Lowry has had several recent appearances in the horror genre and she has collaborated with Prendes previously in The Haunting of Whaley House (2012). Prendes says of Lowry: “Lynn is simply wonderful. She is the kind of actor that draws us in and makes us care. She easily changes the dynamic of a scene. I am honoured to be working with one of my favourite actresses again.” The production crew behind The Divine Tragedies is proud to bring Sean Whalen and Lynn Lowry on board one of this year’s most thrilling murder tales – The Divine Tragedies!

Filming begins at the end of February, 2014.

Director: Jose Prendes.

Producers: Jon and James Kondelik.

Cast: Lynn Lowry, Ken Foree, Sean Whalen, Graham Denman and Jon Kondelik.

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Bring Home 'Tom Holland's Twisted Tales' This March!

IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT PRESENTS
TOM HOLLAND'S TWISTED TALES

From the Horror Legend Behind Child’s Play and Fright Night

Available on DVD on March 18, 2014

LOS ANGELES, CA - February 23, 2014 - Image Entertainment, an RLJ Entertainment (NASDAQ: RLJE) brand, brings you Tom Holland’s Twisted Tales available on DVD on March 18, 2014. Directed by and starring Master of Horror Tom Holland, Tom Holland’s Twisted Tales will be available on DVD for an SRP of $27.97. The anthology film also stars an impressive list of actors and “who’s who” from the horror genre, including William Forsythe (The Devil’s Rejects, Boardwalk Empire), Danielle Harris (Rob Zombie’s Halloween), Ray Wise (X-Men: First Class), AJ Bowen (Hatchet 2), Sarah Butler (I Spit on Your Grave) and more!

Horror Legend Tom Holland (Child’s Play, Fright Night, Psycho II, HBO’s Tales from the Crypt) dares you to join him for nine nerve-shredding, totally Twisted Tales. Serving up a mind-bending assortment of the macabre, it’s an anthology of darkness and dread fine-tuned to keep you on the edge of your seat. A new drug offers users a glimpse of the future… with beastly consequences. A murderous husband is stalked by his own cell phone. A jilted lover wreaks satanic vengeance. The nightmarish action then leads to worlds haunted by dark magic, demonic possession, vampires, witches and more in this seriously freaky festival of fear.

Special features include behind-the-scenes featurettes on select episodes.

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'Teachers' Day' Massacre Available on DVD and VHS!

Frolic Pictures Presents
Now available on DVD and VHS

LOS ANGELES, CA - February 23, 2014 - Frolic Pictures is pleased to announce that the highly anticipated instant cult phenomena Teachers' Day is now available on DVD and VHS. Amazon and eBay are the first to carry the shocking load. Already critically acclaimed, the film is a must see, especially for retro slasher fans of 80’s, 90’s and today. Ain’t It Cool News says “This throwback to old school low budget slasher films has a lot of moments that made me smile … there are some great moments of gleefully gory and carnage laden scenes … had me out of my chair laughing at how outrageous it was … it does do slumber party horror with a wink, a nod, and a slash to fans who like low fi horror.”

Jared Masters has pulled strings in the distribution realm to make sure you don’t have to wait until Teachers’ Day to see Teachers’ Day! Be one of the first to own this bold, daring and shocking motion picture, about a high school history teacher, who after being fired, goes on an outrageous killing spree, stalking his sexy former female students at their slumber party. See the film before its wide release On Demand later this year.

“Teachers’ Day,” had its World Premiere at the 2014 Shockfest and Mockfest Film Festivals at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood on January 9, 2014 (and was the opening night film for Mockfest). Jared Masters was nominated for Best Editor and “Teachers’ Day” was nominated for the Zelig Award, the highest honor from Mockfest and also nominated Best Feature for Shockfest,. Dawna Lee Heising, won the Best Actress Award for her performance as Naomi Perkins.

This not-to-missed motion picture was produced by Frolic Pictures and Dismal Productions. Written and directed by Jared Masters. Stars Lindsay Lamb and Danika Galindo. With Dawna Lee Heising, Andrew Phillips, Simone Wasserman, Abby Summers, Nick Sinise, Lonnie Alcide Gardner, Mindy Robinson, Art Roberts, Steve Crest, Julia Faye West, Kristyn Archibald, Kelly De Vries and LeJon Stewart. Produced by Julia Faye West, Sunny Vachher, Mikko Tervonen, Seth Metoyer, Kamuela Kim, Michael Anthony and David Petovar. Scored by Sean Gibson. Photographed by Tim McCombe.
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