Thursday, September 18, 2014

Mayhem is Promised in this Preview for V/H/S: VIRAL

V/H/S: Viral is the second sequel in this horror anthology series. V/H/S: Viral will debut at Fantastic Fest, along with many other films. The World Premiere takes place September 18th. This third film involves several stories, which take place around Los Angeles, including a marauding ice cream truck. V/H/S: Viral has a large cast which includes: Patrick Lawrie, Emmy Argo, Heather Hayes, Jessica Luza, John Curran and Justin Welborn. The film festival poster for the film is hosted here.

A few more story details are emerging for V/H/S: Viral. A police chase involving an ice cream truck leaves several innocents with road burn. Will this chase lead to another viral video? It will definitely lead to a huge body count.

The film's graphic for its World Debut features a skull and blood reds. This horrifying graphic promises "mayhem goes viral." So, it is likely that this latest film will host some handheld footage. You can ingest the mayhem in Austin, Texas, today.

Release Date: October 23, 2014 (Video-on-demand) and in theaters November 21, 2014.

Directors: Justin Benson, Gregg Bishop, Todd Lincoln, Aaron Moorhead, Marcel Sarmiento and Nacho Vigalondo.

Cast: Patrick Lawrie, Emmy Argo, Heather Hayes, Jessica Luza, John Curran, Justin Welborn, Mary Ralston, Michael Aaron Milligan, Gustavo Salmerón, Marian Álvarez, Xavi Daura, Esteban Navarro, Nick Blanco, Chase Newton, Shane Bradey, Jayden Robison.

A trailer for the film is available here:


VHS Viral at Magnet Releasing

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Eli Roth Has a Tale to Tell with The Stranger: First Trailer

Eli Roth's The Stranger will have its World Premiere in Austin, Texas, at Fantastic Fest. The fun kicks off September 19th, 2014. Directed by Guillermo Amoedo, the scriptwriter of Aftershock (2012), The Stranger is a surreal tale of one man searching for his father. This mysterious tale stars Luis Gnecco ("Narcos"), Lorenza Izzo, Ariel Levy, and Aaron Burns. The film's first blood-soaked trailer is here.

The story begins with Peter. Peter (Nicolás Durán) was raised without a father. But, Peter seeks him out anyways. Now, Peter must deal with a man, who is part monster and part something else. And, this creature is hell-bent on destroying Peter's hometown and his ambitions of a reunion.

The trailer for The Stranger is all over the place. The clip shows snippets of bloodied characters and others undergoing hospital treatment. But, what is going on? Story details are few in this disturbing trailer, which horror fans can find below.

Release Date: September 19th, 2014 (Limited Theatrical).

Director/writer: Guillermo Amoedo.

Cast: Lorenza Izzo, Ariel Levy and Aaron Burns.

The first trailer for the film is available here:


The Stranger at Fantastic Fest

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Taking of Deborah Logan Leads to Bloody Murder in this Red Band Trailer

Who is in the mood for an electrocution? Or, how about some neck biting action? All of these bloody events, and many more, take place in the Red Band trailer for The Taking of Deborah Logan. This film, from director Adam Robitel is a found footage film, in which one women succumbs to Alzheimer's Disease. If that was not enough, Deborah is also tormented by snakes and an evil presence. The Taking of Deborah Logan stars Jill Larson as the protagonist and the focus of study, along with Anne Ramsay and Michelle Lang. The film's frightening Red Band trailer is here.

For more on the story, Deborah's daughter is completing her PHD on Alzheimer's. Mia is documenting her mother's decline into dementia, until something even more disturbing occurs. Something has possessed Deborah and it wants everyone else to die!

The Red Band trailer offers all sorts of thrills and chills. The clip begins normally enough as daughter Mia talks into the camera. As night descends, a malevolent force is unleashed through Deborah's body, leading to all sorts of murder. Horror fans should slow the clip in the latter third to see some of the frights that await, October 21st, 2014.

Release Date: October 21st, 2014 (DVD).

Director: Adam Robitel.

Writers: Gavin Heffernan and Adam Robitel.

Cast: Jill Larson, Anne Ramsay and Michelle Ang.

Lots of snakes appear in this official trailer:


Millenium Entertainment. Youtube Account. 16 Sept. 2014.

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From Visible to Invisible in this Trailer for Don't Blink

First time director Travis Oates has tackled the horror genre with his feature Don't Blink. This film is set for a limited theatrical release, across America. In the film, several vacationers begin to disappear in a lonely wood. Don't Blink stars Mena Suvari, Brian Austin Green and Zack Ward. As well, a trailer for the film is hosted here, with more details on the release hosted below.

Oates' story begins with ten friends and a remote resort. Their weekend getaway turns to terror when the guests begin to disappear. A supernatural element is afoot and these friends must uncover the source of the disappearances, or face oblivion.

The official trailer shows some of the film's terror. The friends find the cabin easily enough. Once inside, they find their group growing smaller and smaller. But, where did they go? Fans of horror can see more of the film's chaos, in the first clip for the film, past the break.

Release Date: September 18th, 2014 (Video-on-demand) and October 14th (DVD).

Director/writer: Travis Oates.

Cast: Mena Suvari, Brian Austin Green, Zack Ward, Joanne Kelly and Robert Picardo.

The terror begins here:

Theatrical Showings:

NY 1 Quad Cinema 34 W 13th St New York, NY 10011 Booked 9/19/2014
LA 2 Los Feliz Cinemas 1822 N Vermont Ave Los Angeles, CA 90027 Booked 9/19/2014
CHI 3 Logan Theater 2646 N Milwaukee Ave Chicago, IL 60647 Booked 9/19/2014
DAL 5 Texas Theatre 231 W. Jefferson Blvd. Dallas, TX 75208 Booked 9/19/2014
ATL 9 The Plaza Theatre 1049 Ponce De Leon Ave Ne Atlanta, GA 30306 Booked 9/19/2014
PHO 11 FilmBar 815 N. 2nd Street Phoenix, AZ 85003 Booked 9/19/2014
DET 12 Cinema Detroit 3420 Cass Detroit, MI 48201 Booked 9/19/2014
MIA 16 Palace 18 Cinemas 11865 Sw 26th St Miami, FL 33175 Booked 9/19/2014
DEN 18 Sie Film Center 2510 East Colfax Denver, CO 80206 Booked 9/19/2014
CLE 19 Tower City Cinemas 230 W Huron Rd Cleveland, OH 44113 Booked 9/19/2014

The film's fan page is here:

Don't Blink on Facebook

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Pearry Teo's The Plague is Like a Needle in the Eye

A few details are emerging for director Pearry Teo's next film, The Plague. From the director of The Gene Generation (2007) and Necromentia (2009), Teo's The Plague is currently in development and this title will likely show at this year's American Film Market, in Santa Monica, California. The film involves a virus, which is spread through a spider's hatchlings. Then, these carnivorous spiders lay waste to the local populace. This horror title will release in 2015. The film's concept poster is here.

The poster shows one spider and a terrified eye. That eye looks to be infected already. As well, the tagline states: "they will come when you are asleep." These spiders like to lay eggs in their human hosts and the egg laying takes place during the witching hour. Fans of horror will want to keep The Plague on their radar as the film moves through production.

Release Date: 2015.

Director: Pearry Teo.

Producers: Pearry Teo and Roman Kopelevich.

*a trailer is coming soon.


The Plague at Red Sea Media

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

The Laughing Mask Plays with His Toys in this Preview

Director Michael Aguiar continues to release material for his serial killer thriller The Laughing Mask. Aguiar has released two trailers previously. His latest clip shows the Laughing Mask killer, tormenting two tied victims. As an update, The Laughing Mask has been shot and completed. The film is currently in talks for distribution, with a World Premiere set to be announced shortly. As well, The Laughing Mask stars Fran Rafferty, Inge Uys, Gabriel Lee, Sheyenne Rivers, Thomas Noel Smith and Matt Ganey. The third clip for the film is hosted below.

For those unfamiliar with the film's story, the Laughing Mask killer is a man on a mission. He wants to kill as many innocent people as possible. He has already ruined Jake's (John Hardy) life, by killing his wife and daughter. But, he is determined to increase the body count as the authorities close in.

The latest clip shows a dollhouse and the killer. The killer psychologically tortures two characters, who are held to chairs, by rope and tape. The Laughing Mask delights in their fear. Fans of horror can see the latest from The Laughing Mask below.

Release Date: 2014-15.

Director/writer: Michael Aguiar.

Cast: Rohnja Morrow, Jeff Jenkins, Fran Rafferty, Isis Masoud and Inge Uys.

The latest teaser trailer for The Laughing Mask is here:

More info on the film is available here:

The Laughing Mask on Facebook

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Friday, September 12, 2014

You Need to Roll Up Your Sleeve in this Preview for Bloodworx

Bloodworx is a film of many names. It has been known as Bloodwork, Phase One and The Experiment. This time the film will be released as Bloodworx in the United States. The release date is set for this October 21st and Bloodworx will release on DVD, on this date. Bloodworx is a horrifying title, in which experiments go very wrong and very bloody. As well, the film stars Travis van Winkle (Transformers), Tricia Helfer (“Battlestar Gallactica”), John Bregar, Mircea Monroe and the prolific actor Eric Roberts. A new trailer and the DVD artwork are hosted here.

For more on the story, Greg (Van Winkle) and Rob (Brejar) are two college students, with a desperate need for cash. They decide to take part in an experiment for allergies. But, this scientific experiment is not what it appears to be. After the bait and switch is revealed, Greg and Rob must fight for their lives, while trying to find a way out of this isolated lab.

Bloodworx was developed by Lightning Entertainment. Also, the film was distributed in a few territories in 2012, before finding a release in North America. MTI Home Video will release this title, but the DVD release will host only few extras. Fans of horror can find the film's official North American trailer below.

Release Date: October 21st, 2014 (DVD).

Director: Eric Wostenberg.

Writer: David Nahmod.

Cast: Travis Van Winkle, Tricia Helfer, Stephen Bogaert and John Bregar.

A trailer for Bloodworx is here:


Bloodworx at Alien Bee

Bloodworx at MTI Home Video

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Motivational Growth Spirals Ever Downward: A Movie Review

*full disclosure: a DVD screener of this film was provided by IndieCan Entertainment.

Director/writer: Don Thacker.

Cast: Jeffrey Combs, Adrian DiGiovanni, Danielle Doetsch.

Don Thacker's sophomore feature film deals with a very depressed man. This semi-hermit lives a life of complete solitude, until his television, Kent, breaks down. Yes, the protagonist has named his television. Then, the film seems to scatter all over the place, with Thacker experimenting with story ideas. The story is not very cohesive as Ian (Adrian DiGiovanni) wanders around the same set over and over again. Minor characters are introduced throughout the film, but this is a film about Ian. This is also a film in which Ian dialogues with the camera and the viewer, while breaking the fourth wall. Motivational Growth offers a few interesting narrative ideas, but nothing feels fleshed out.

In the story, Ian is a desperate man. He is living a lonely life, in a disgusting apartment. He stares at the television blankly. It quickly becomes apparent that Ian is depressed and he shows very little drive. He talks of the world and the dangers outside. Ian is also focused on killing himself. So, where is the danger? Is it external or internal? Overall, Ian is a confused man, without direction. The next ninety minutes are littered with a couple grisly murders and a few awkward conversations as one man desperately searches for a purpose; that purpose is never found.

The story is the film's weakest element. The story takes a look at Ian's reality. Is he dialoguing from the grave? Is he delusional? Or, is Ian experiencing a hallucinogen? There are lots of possibilities here. However, Thacker never sticks with one story idea. Instead, he explores lots of possibilities and none of them are satisfying, because of the film's diffusion. The only story elements that can be discerned include Ian's struggle with loneliness and his desire to reach out. Ian never seems to overcome his self-torment and his sad state persists long into the film.

The protagonist's monologues with the camera are unusual. It is rare for a character to engage with the viewer. But, the narrative, from Ian, draws the viewer into the story. Ian introduces the watcher to his desperate situation and his impractical solution. This story-telling approach is refreshing. However, these monologues are only used in a couple sections of the film. It would have been interesting to see Ian emote a little more to the camera, through the middle sections of the film, to understand what he is experiencing and why he is in the state he is in. As it is, Ian is only able to show a few parts of himself, the darker ones.

There are a couple of film elements that need more discussion: the setting and the character arc. The setting is relegated to one apartment. This setting has been created on a stage and much of the film develops like a stageplay. This setting is drab initially and it is also confining. There are no real exterior shots here. Instead, Ian wanders from his living room to his bathroom. In his bathroom, Ian finds some solace for his loneliness by talking to an evil mold. As well, Ian is unable to discover within himself the purpose of the mold - self-destruction. The mold appears friendly at first, but it wants only tragedy for Ian. The protagonist is unable to find enough self-awareness to see that the mold is growing within him. And, Ian succumbs to his own self-pity, rather than overcoming his despair. The settings and the central character's lack of understanding keep the character and the film spiralling ever downwards.

Motivational Growth has completed a film festival run through 2013 and 2014; now, the film is expecting a release on DVD. But, is there a market for such a dark indie film? Film fans will have to decide if this title is for them as Thacker's script only offers a few action sequences and character interactions. Much of the film is a desperate affair, with Ian struggling to find some sense of himself, before it is too late. The subject matter and tone are sometimes satirical, but often very dark. Other more inspiring horror films are on the market and most viewers might want to seek out other titles. Thacker definitely has a story to tell and a message to deliver, but that message is not clear in this first outing.

Overall: 6.5 out of 10 (the protagonist has flaws - so many flaws, minor characters are two dimensional and some are unbelievable).

More on the film, including a trailer, can be found at the IndieCan Entertainment website:

Motivational Growth at IndieCan Ent.

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