Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Revelation Trail Dusts Itself Off for a Release on DVD August 26th 2014

It has been near four years since any word on John Gibson's Revelation Trail has come this way. This title has finally found distribution through Entertainment One and the release will include both Canada and the USA. This title blends the western genre with horror characters as the undead threaten to take over a small, rustic town. Release details for the film are hosted below.

Revelation Trail is set in the 19th Century. In this time period, a preacher is set to face an unspeakable evil, with help from the town's marshal. But, the town is soon overrun by demons and the roaming dead.

In 2010, a trailer for this feature was released. Since then, the DVD artwork has been completed. The graphic states "The dead rise. The West falls." It looks like the zombies are winning in this film poster. Fans of zombie horror features will be pleased to note that this release will include several extras, which are listed below.

Release Date: August 26th, 2014 (DVD).

Director/writer: John Gibson.

Cast: Daniel Van Thomas.

*the bonus features include:

-a commentary with Daniel Van Thomas, Daniel Britt and Director John Gibson
-"Life on the Trail: The Story of the Film"
-four Behind-the-Scenes and On Location Featurettes
-"My Beloved" Revelation Trail Music Video by Angry Johnny and the Killbillies
-Revelation Fail: Bloopers & Outtakes

A trailer for the film is hosted here, on 28DLA:

Revelation Trail Trailer on 28DLA

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Dual Visions Unveils a Beautiful and Bloody Image: Official Artwork

Producers Jon and James Kondelik, along with director Jose Prendes (The Haunting of Whaley House), have unveiled the official artwork for The Divine Tragedies. The graphic shows one bloodied characters, framed by rose petals. The Divine Tragedies is a crime thriller, which deals with the 1924 Leopold and Loeb murder case, of Chicago; the film has been rewritten for a modern audience. As well, the cast includes horror veterans, including: Ken Foree (Candyman), Lynn Lowry (Cat People), Sean Whalen (People Under the Stairs) and Barbara Crampton. Fans can find more on the film here.

To develop the story further, Charles and Thomas are two very intelligent brothers. They decide to test their wits and to try murder, a perfect murder. They target a young single-mom, but events do not go according to plan. An astute detective is hot on their trail and this perfect murder is unravelling quickly before the brother's eyes.

The official artwork blends horrific imagery with beautiful colours. As well, the tagline: "your death will be...beautiful," promises tragedy. Meanwhile, dark blues contrast the reds, with the inclusion of a butterfly and one brilliant eye. Fans of crime thrillers will not have to wait long to see the film; this title will release at film festivals shortly.

Release Date: TBA.

Director: Jose Prendes.

Producers: Jon and James Kondelik.

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

*a trailer for the film is coming soon.

**the movie poster was developed by artist Sasha Burrow and photographer Matt Shapira.

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

The Divine Tragedies on Facebook

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Mad Max: Fury Road Delivers a Rough Ride into the Wasteland with this First Trailer

It has been twenty-nine years since a Mad Max film has been released (Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome). Now, Australian director and franchise runner George Miller returns to the series, with a re-imagining of the first film, titled Mad Max: Fury Road. Mel Gibson has been replaced by Tom Hardy; the film also stars Charlize Theron. And, the first trailer for the film has been released.

The film focuses on two rebels in the wasteland. Max (Hardy) has lost his family and he is looking for vengeance, while a troubled woman (Theron) believes that she can find truth and peace in her homeland. Both characters collide in a desert, which is teaming with blood-thirsty warriors and warlords.

Mad Max: Fury Road will be released in theatres, May 15, 2015. Fans of post-apocalyptic action thrillers can preview the film below, with more story details to come this way soon.

Release Date: May 15, 2015 (Theatrical).

Director: George Miller.

Writers: Nick Lathouris, Brendan McCarthy and George Miller.

Cast: Tom Hardy, Max Rockatansky, Charlize Theron, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Nicholas Hoult.

The official trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road is here:

A fan page for the film:

Mad Max: Fury Road on Facebook

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Zombies and Cannibals are Promised in Seas. 5 of "The Walking Dead:" Official Trailer

A full trailer for Seas. 5 of "The Walking Dead" has been released. This clip was first shown at the San Diego Comic Con and the reel shows snippets from the entire season. Several characters will be returning, including: Rick (Andrew Lincoln), Beth (Emily Kinney), Daryl (Norman Reedus) and Bob (Lawrence Gilliard Jr.). A few other characters are shown less prominently. The zombie slashing madness begins again this October 12th, 2014.

Story details are limited for the upcoming season. However, astute television fans can see elements of cannibalism. One man is prone on a slab as another hacks him to pieces. This short scene is shown through a foggy lens. As well, Rick and his crew are gassed, earlier in the trailer. Men with gas masks and guns assault the car, in which Rick and the other survivors are held prisoner. The clip also shows an explosive finale. Zombies are set alight in numerous locations and they are large in number. Overall, Seas. 5 looks to be just as exciting as Seas. 4 and perhaps even more so.

Fans of zombie television or film are encouraged to view the extended clip below.

Premiere Date: October 12th, 2014 (Seas. 5 Premiere).

Writers: Robert Kirkman.

Cast: Andrew Lincoln, Lauren Cohan, Chad L. Coleman and Michael Cudlitz.

The official trailer for Seas. 5 of "The Walking Dead" is here:

More on the show can be found here:

The Walking Dead at the AMC

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A Black Bear Tears Through Two Terrified Campers in this Clip for Backcountry

A movie clip for Adam MacDonald's Backcountry has been released by Telefilm Canada. This film was shot in bear country in the fall of 2013. And, the film stars Missy Peregrym, Eric Balfour and Nicholas Campbell. Backcountry might be released as earlier as this year, through Telefilm Canada. Distribution in the United States is still forthcoming. A preview for the film is hosted here.

The extended clip shows characters Jenn (Peregrym) and Alex (Jeff Roop). They are trapped in a tent as a black bear roams their campsite. Then, this large beast sees the couple as a possible breakfast. A confrontation looms between man and beast, on the Blackfoot Trail.

Backcountry is loosely based on some of the experiences and research conducted by MacDonald. Macdonald encountered a bear on one of his hiking trips and this experience led to the creation of the script. Now, the film is complete and thriller film fans can see more of the film below.

Release Date: TBA.

Director/writer: Adam MacDonald.

Cast: Missy Peregrym, Eric Balfour and Nicholas Campbell.

A movie clip for the film is available here:


Backcountry at Telefilm Canada

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Chrysalis Re-births the Post-apocalyptic Film Genre: A Movie Review

Director: John Klein.

Writer: Ben Kurstin.

Cast: Sara Gorsky, Cole Simon, and Tanya Thai McBride.

The Kickstarter campaign for Chrysalis described this film as a cross between Cormack McCarthy's The Road and 28 Days Later. Though, this film is much smaller than both of these apocalyptic films. Still, cinematographer and director John Klein captures the dark tone of these two films through the use of setting and characters. Everyone is just trying to survive, after an infection has ravaged the world. Chyrsalis is a true dystopian film. But, events are not too bleak as a trio moves about a rugged urban landscape. Truly indie, Chrysalis will resonate with many sci-fi or horror film fans.

Chrysalis is a film about the central characters Penelope (Sara Gorsky) and Josh (Cole Simon). This couple wanders about a rundown city, twenty-five years after an infection has wiped out most of humanity. Penelope and Josh have to keep their wits about them as the infected and wild dogs roam the city streets. This pair meet up with two more survivors and here, things get interesting. Abira (Tanya Thai McBride) is a ticking timebomb and a human refuge is very far away. Who will survive, if anyone?

Chrysalis offers a smallish story in the apocalypse. Settings are limited to a few interior settings, which often consist of abandoned apartments and warehouses. The settings are an urban explorers dreamscape, but a film survivor's nightmare. The infected can and often do appear out of dark corners and rooms. Also, well focused and slowly paced, the story relies on a trio of characters, each of whom has a unique story to tell. There are many tales to tell of the end-of-times.

Writer Ben Kurstin has set the film in the dramatic sphere. Other genres lurk around the fringe, including: science-fiction and horror. These elements are seen most prominently in the climax; here, the infected dominate a nighttime series of action sequences. But, the reliance on dialogue and character interactions keeps the film grounded in drama. Some of the dialogue is used to frame the film. For instance, Abira tells two other characters about the spread of infection. Several bombs were triggered in several major cities. Abira uses some storytelling techniques to add interest to this narrative flashback. Other dramas develop between the characters. Penelope is struggling to read and Abira has a secret to share. All of these dramatic elements slow the film's pacing, while enhancing the believability and immersion of the film.

The story is also told through a diverse manner. The use of a voice-over narration allows the viewer into the character's minds; but, these sequences are sometimes overpowered by events onscreen. Flashbacks also add something to the story. A series of quickly shown images develops Penelope and Josh's relationship further. These images show the character's temporal relationship, which is long lasting. As well, director John Klein shows one character's health situation, by rocking the camera to and fro. Penelope is very sick and the camera's awkward movements emphasize her condition. Also, long shots show the city in ruins and possibly on fire. Smoke drifts in the background, with help from computer enhanced imagery. All of these film elements help bring the story together.

Chrysalis is one of the first films that this reviewer has seen, which was funded by a crow-sourcing campaign. Other indie film fans should seek this film out as Chrysalis offers a compelling and thought-provoking tale, which is set, believably, in a dystopian environment. Though slowly paced and sometimes lacking tension, this story is one that offers interesting characters and a well focused story, in a world where anything can and does happen.

Overall: 7 out of 10 (one of the stronger indie films to come out this year, a blend of genres: action, horror, drama and sci-fi, well acted, tension could have been introduced through sound).

A trailer for the film is available here:

A Chrysalis Trailer on 28DLA

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Indie Werewolf Feature Blood Moon Reveals a Monster: First Trailer

Jinga Films is handling the distribution of the werewolf film Blood Moon. This title will be released in the United Kingdom November 2014. Recently, a trailer for the film has been released and the clip shows an old western town assailed by a hairy beast. The film stars George Blagden (After the Dark), Ian Whyte (Prometheus) and Anna Skellern. A preview for Blood Moon is here.

In the story, a group of travellers are kidnapped by a gang of outlaws. But then, both the outlaws and the passengers are attacked by skinwalkers aka werewolves. Can anyone survive this night of terror?

The trailer for the film shows characters and settings. As well, the hairy villain is shown late in the clip. Fans of indie horror features can preview the film's release here, with the launch set to take place shortly.

Release Dat: November 2014 (United Kingdom).

Director: Jeremy Wooding.

Writer: Alan Wightman.

Cast: George Blagden, Ian Whyte, Anna Skellern, Corey Johnson, Shaun Dooley and Jack Fox.

A trailer for the film is available here:


Blood Moon at Jinga Films

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"Android Bride" is Set to Deliver Another Exciting Episode from "The Dead Hour"

"The Dead Hour" is an online horror series from Magnum Pictures. Written by Scott Coleman and directed by Daniel B. Iske, this series is into its third season. Episode 2 of Seas. 3 is titled "Android Bride" and a preview for this short film is available here.

The official trailer shows three characters. One character is a programmer and inventor, while another is made of microchips and still another is about to find a surprising and terrifying truth.

"Android Bride" will be made available at "The Dead Hour" website. The release date for this episode is August 25th, 2014. Fans of horror and short film can find the official trailer for "Android Bride" below.

Release Date: August 25th, 2014 (Online).

Director: Daniel B. Iske.

Writer: Scott Coleman.

The official trailer for the film is here:

The series can be found here:

"The Dead Hour" Homepage

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