Friday, October 24, 2014

You Can Ready Your Trick or Treat Bag with the "The Last Halloween"

Just in time for Halloween, director Marc Roussel ("Remote") has just released his short film "The Last Halloween." This film recently screened at Screamfest LA. Now, fans of horror can view the entire film here. In "The Last Halloween," several trick or treaters scour the neighbourhood for candy, but they might be after something else, as well. This ten minute film stars Jake Goodman, Julian Richings and Drew Davis.

The film is set in a post-apocalyptic landscape. In the future, a deserted city and its residents struggle to survive. Strangely, several trick or treaters move about the small town, looking for sweets. The survivors are barely able to help. And then, these trick or treaters turn violent!

"The Last Halloween" has won a few awards. Recently, this title won Best Short Film and Best Editing at the Chicago Horror Film Festival. A quality short film, film fans are encouraged to take a look below and prepare to meet the Devil!

Director: Marc Roussel.

Writers: Marc Roussel, Mark Thibodeau.

Cast: Jake Goodman, Julian Richings and Drew Davis.

The full short is hosted here:

The film's official webpage is hosted here:

The Last Halloween Homepage

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Pinup Girls on Ice Rips Through Tuscon Terror Fest October 24th, 2014!

Pinup Dolls on Ice is the follow-up to Bikini Girls on Ice (2009). Both films are sexploitation features, which deal with a murderous serial killer. Geoff Klein's latest film will screen at Tuscon Terror Fest today. The sequel involves a group of dancers, who are invited to a campsite. A killer waits for them there. Fans of exploitation or indie horror can preview the film's appearance in Tuscon here.

The film's trailer reveals more of the characters and killer. The clip also shows a madman hounding several woman. Few will survive their encounter with this unstoppable maniac. The trailer awaits below.

Showing Date: October 24th, 2014 (Limited Theatrical).

Director: Geoff Klein and Melissa Mira.

Writer: Michael Penning.

Cast: Karine Kerr, Suzi Lorraine and William Jarand.

The trailer for Pinup Girls on Ice is here:


Pinup Girls on Ice at Tuscon Terror Fest

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Late Phases Brings a Pack of Werewolves to the Screen with this Trailer!

Late Phases is a werewolf film from the minds of Adrián García Bogliano (Here Comes the Devil) and Eric Stolze (Under the Bed). In the film, a war veteran chooses a quiet community in which to retire. But, a hairy beast stalks the local residents, by moonlight. This hairy title is set to release in November and a full trailer for the film is hosted here. As well, the film stars Nick Damici, Lance Guest, Erin Cummings and Tom Noonan. A preview for the film is hosted here.

The film is set in Crescent Bay. This quiet retirement community does not welcome veteran Ambrose (Damici), with open arms. Though, this aging war hero's fame rises when he battles creatures in the night. But, is Ambrose up to the challenge of fighting a whole pack of these blood-thirsty creatures?

The trailer for Late Phases shows Ambrose gathering supplies for the fight. And, silver bullets are always handy, when fighting these mythic monsters. Horror fans can enjoy the clip below.

Release Date: November 21st, 2014 (Theatrical).

Director: Adrián García Bogliano.

Writer: Eric Stolze.

Cast: Nick Damici, Ethan Embry, Lance Guest and Tina Louise.

The trailer for Late Phases is here:


Late Phases at Quiet Earth

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A Ghost Plays a Trick in this Trailer for Insidious Chapter 3

An official trailer for Insidious Chapter 3 has been released. This reel is more of a film clip as one character communicates with the dead. Insidious Chapter 3 is a prequel to the previous two films. This latest film focuses on the character Elise (Lin Shaye) and her ability to channel the dead. Fans of horror can view the two minute long video below, with the film set to release May 29th, 2014.

The film's story deals with a haunted home. Elise is brought in to protect a small family as one teenage girl is hounded by the otherworld.

The trailer for the film focuses on the young girl (Stefanie Scott). She is enamoured by a neighbour. But, she is misdirected by a spirit and a wall. Ghosts like to play games too!

Release Date: May 29th, 2014 (Theatrical).

Director/writer: Leigh Whannell.

Cast: Dermot Mulroney, Stefanie Scott, Lin Shaye, Angus Sampson, Leigh Whannell.

A trailer for the film is available here:

A fan page for the film is available here:

Insidious Chapter 3 on Facebook

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There is No Refuge in the Post-apocalyptic Film Genre: A Movie Review

*full disclosure: an online screener of this film was provided by the filmmakers.

Director: Andrew Robertson.

Writers: Lilly Kanso and Andrew Robertson.

Cast: Sebastian Beacon, Chris Kies and Carter Roy.

Tagline: "Stay Hidden, Stay Quiet, Stay Alive."

Refuge is a small post-apocalyptic film from first time director Andrew Robertson. The film is shot in a very bleak style, reminiscent of John Hillcoat's The Road (2009). The colours look very grey. As well, the story offers desperation. A small family is stuck in their home as a pandemic still lurks on the horizon. Anyone can catch a deadly, new sickness, which is resistant to antibiotics. Still, life must trudge on. Robertson's film offers a few compelling action scenes. But, Refuge also offers a few strange turns, in its short seventy minute runtime.

The story begins with Jack (Carter Roy), Kyle (Chris Kies), Nell (Amy Rutberg) and Birdie. This loose knit group forage for food in the local houses, or they protect their small two-storey home. Outside, bodies litter the roadways or lie about in the settings. Death has reduced the world to but a few. Still, Jack does his best to provide for the others. Then, a strange man, wounded in a motorcycle accident, enters the picture. He has a past and that past is following him into Jack's shelter.

The film is set firmly in the post-apocalyptic film genre. This style of film often takes place after a world wide cataclysm. In The Road, a cataclysm has reduced the populace to cannibals. That cataclysm, in The Road, is never fully explained or revealed. In Refuge, the devastation's source is more obvious and explained early in the film. Sickness is the order of the day. Post-apocalyptic film fiction also often deals with the difficulties of surviving such a catastrophe. Lives change when the local shopping centre closes down. Humankind is reduced to an earlier, more primal version. In this form, humanity turns against itself, for a few scraps of food. In Refuge, the central characters find few friends in their local neighbourhood. There are horror elements here, too. But, this title is mostly focused on the post-apocalyptic genre.

The film's visuals are overly grey. The colours have been drained from the film, likely in post-production. A few, short flashbacks show more, vibrant colours. These sequences contrast with the darker ones. Michael Bartlett used a similar style in his feature Treehouse (2014). In the flashbacks, within this film, colours come alive, but the flashbacks also served a purpose. In Robertson's flashbacks, the clips are more of a distraction or a display of contrast; they do not help the story progress, at all. The filmmakers have also used a few long shots to establish the setting's complete ruin. A few shots of roadways and distant smoke show that this cataclysm is wide ranging and ever present. These shots help establish perspective as the character's appear very small in a large disaster. The visual style of the film is a little hit and miss.

Overall, Refuge is a smallish indie film. As well, a few plot holes hamper the progress of the story. This title was filmed for a few thousand dollars. So, characters are few and settings are minimal. Though, a road trip into the apocalypse brings a couple of interesting conflicts into the film. The film does not look cheap, but this is a small story, at its heart. As well, the story offers a few bizarre interactions. The stranger Russell (Sebastian Beacon) is brought into Jack's family a little too quickly. Killers roam the woods, but Jack brings this man to his home without caution? This instance is particularly difficult to believe. Family comes first in the apocalypse. Also, one of Jack's comrades-in-arms is wounded by gunfire. They do not dress, nor tend to his wounds. Sometimes, injuries can be mended. Kyle is left to die, alone, in a barn. These two interactions are awkward and create some unbelievability in the picture. The film's budget have made it difficult to flesh out certain characters and plot points.

Refuge was recently at Screamfest LA (October 18th) and the film will continue a festival run. Fans of post-apocalyptic fiction are encouraged to take a look at the film, if they understand the scope of indie filmmaking. This title offers a few tense action sequences, along with a group of desperate characters. Refuge is a small film, set in the post-apocalyptic genre. Here, killers and disease lurk around every corner. Still, this title is lacking any solid, well developed conflict and Refuge might disappoint a few viewers. This watcher enjoyed the early sequences, while later ones came across as slightly forced.

Overall: 6.5 out of 10 (an open ending, a poorly set-up climax, the final few scenes are a little disappointing).

A trailer for the film is hosted here:

A Refuge Trailer on 28DLA

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Insidious Chapter 3 Teases a Teaser Trailer Here!

A teaser trailer for the teaser trailer of Insidious Chapter 3 is here. This short clip, which sets up another clip, shows a few haunted settings, in under a minute. Focus Pictures will release Insidious Chapter 3 May 29th, 2014, in theatres. This latest film is a prequel to the other two and this latest film looks at the character Elise (Lin Shaye) and her work in a haunted home. This latest title in the series also stars Dermot Mulroney and Hayley Kiyoko. The first clip for the film is hosted below.

In the story, Elise agrees to help a young teenage girl. This young girl has been targeted by a malicious entity. Now, both characters must work together to unravel this hellish mystery.

Horror fans can see Elise at work in the clip below. She is trapped in an old home, while events go down the rabbit hole, quickly. More on the film will be released tomorrow, with the release of the full trailer.

Release Date: May 29th, 2014 (Theatrical).

Director/writer: Leigh Whannell.

Cast: Dermot Mulroney, Hayley Kiyoko and Lin Shaye.

A preview of the film is available here:

A fan page for the film is here:

Insidious Chapter 3 on Facebook

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Starry Eyes Breaks Down One Aspiring Actress: A Preview

The psychological thriller Starry Eyes will be released by MPI. The film involves a young starlette and her struggle in the Hollywood acting market. This title will release in mid-November, through video-on-demand. And the film stars: Alex Essoe, Noah Segan and Pat Healy. Very surreal, a preview for the film is hosted here.

The film's trailer develops the story further. In the clip, Sarah (Essoe) wanders Hollywood at night. She encounters strange casting agents and other models. But, events begin to take an even more bizarre turn, when Sarah lands a role on a mysterious film. This title pushes her to extremes.

As well, Starry Eyes will have a limited release in theatres, in November. Fans of mystery can view more on the film below.

Release Date: November 14th, 2014 (VOD, Theatrical).

Director/writer: Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer.

Cast: Alex Essoe, Noah Segan, Pat Healy, Amanda Fuller, Shane Coffer and Fabianne Therese.

A trailer for the film is hosted here:

For more info on the film, visit:

A Starry Eyes Homepage

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Monday, October 20, 2014

There is Conflict Within these "Four Walls and a Roof" on "The Walking Dead" (Preview Clip)

The AMC has released a clip for the upcoming episode "Four Walls and a Roof." This episode airs Oct. 26th, 2014. And, the clip focuses on the new character Father Gabriel (Seth Gilliam). Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green) accuses him of being behind the disappearance of three characters (Daryl, Bob, Carol), while the good reverend denies it all. Is he working with Gareth and the other cannibals? This is a possibility. Fans of the show can see the one minute clip below.

Story details are sparse for this upcoming episode. The AMC has only said that Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and his companions will square off against another group. That group is likely Gareth and his horde of maneaters. Fans of the show can look for more plot details in the official clip for "Four Walls and a Roof," right here.

Showing Date: October 26th, 2014 (Television).

Director: Jeffrey F. January.

Cast: Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan and Chandler Riggs.

The clip for episode three, "Four Walls and a Roof," is here:


The AMC. Youtube. 19 Oct. 2014.

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