Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Sci-fi Thriller Tau Turns One Character into a Lab Rat within this First Trailer

Tau is an upcoming sci-fi thriller. To show on Netflix, later this month, Tau involves a kidnapping and some deadly artificial intelligence. This title moved into development back in 2016. Casting was announced shortly after that. In the film, actress Maika Monroe (It Follows) plays the protagonist Julia, trapped within a technologically enhanced home. Renowned actor Gary Oldman (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) voices the sadistic computer A.I. Ed Skrein, Fiston Barek and Ivana Zivkovic also star. This film's first trailer was just released and it shows an assortment of super-intelligent robots and programs.

Tau is a co-production. Rhea Films came on board back in 2016, along with the Hercules Film Fund. Producers include: David S. Goyer (Blade, 1998), Kevin Turen and several others. This team has created one of the more visually stunning sci-fi features, in awhile.

Story details are expanded on within the trailer. From the synopsis, Julia has been abducted by a programming genius, Alex (Skrein). Held captive, she is tasked with escape from a computer controlled home. Like a rat in a maze, there is a way out. But, every turn is deadly.

Tau will show on Netflix, this June 29th. On this date, the film will be available on U.S. Netflix platforms. More release territories, for Tau, will be announced soon. For now, science fiction fans are encouraged to take a look at this brilliant film, below.

Showing Date: June 29th, 2018 (Netflix, U.S.).

Director: Federico D'Alessandro.

Writer: Noga Landau.

Stars: Maika Monroe, Ed Skrein, Gary Oldman, Fiston Barek and Ivana Zivkovic.

The trailer for Tau (courtesy of Netflix):

Tau on Netflix: Tau Details on Netflix

Sources: Tau at Quiet Earth

Tau at Horrorpedia

More characters trapped in technology, 2015's Circle:

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Post-apocalyptic Television Series "FraXtur" Creates a Dystopia with a Huge Cast and Characters

"FraXtur" is an upcoming post-apocalyptic television series. This series was co-created by Zack Ward (Don't Blink) and Deinstitutionalized LLC's Christopher Douglas-Olen Ray. Filming on the series began this past Spring in and around Los Angeles, with cinematographer Alexander Yellen ("Z-nation"). Casting and story details have also been announced. "FraXtur" will find an audience soon as a group of teens must survive in a new, brutal world.

From the synopsis, an experiment goes wrong at a science center. Here, a group of teenagers are pushed into another dimension. This new dimension exposes the characters to a world, 100 years after an apocalyptic war. Now, these teens must find a way to survive in this very different landscape as warring bands fight for any remaining resources.

The "FraXtur" cast consists of many familiar names. The regular cast includes: Brittany Curran of The Magicians, Denise Richards (The Toybox), Karl Yune ("Arrow") Camille Winbush ("The Bernie Mac Show"), Cody Saintgnue ("Teen Wolf") and many others. As well, guest stars will include Dallas Page (The Devil's Rejects) Alma Award winner Maria Conchita Alonso and Emmy award winner Jade Harlow. This huge cast will help create an unimaginable and horrifying world. Finally, this series was co-produced by Deinstitutionalized LLC, LANY Entertainment and End of the Rose LLC. More details, on this production, will come soon, with the "FraXtur" series currently in post-production.

Showing Date: TBA.

Creators: Zack Ward and Christopher Douglas-Olen Ray.

Executive producers: Gerald Webb, Christopher Ray, Gregori J. Martin and Scott Thomas Reynolds.

Cast: Brittany Curran, Denise Richards, Karl Yune, Leon Thomas III, Max Adler, Camille Winbush, Kristos Andrews, cody Saintgnue, Eric Nelson, Ciara Hanna, Chasy Ballesteros, Sinjin Rosa, Dallas Page, Maria Conchita Alonso and Jade Harlow.

More details on "Fraxtur" are available at the Deinstitutionalezed LLC website: "Fraxtur" Concept and Story Details at Deinstitutionalized

Production house Deinstitutionalized LLC also created the supernatural thriller A House is Not a Home (2015):

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Monday, June 18, 2018

Scott Schirmer's Latest Film Project The Bad Man Debuts this Fall: Second Trailer

Tagline: "In 2018, You Will Say His Name."

The Bad Man is the latest film from Indiana based director Scott Schirmer. Schirmer is known for his horrifying serial killer thriller Found (2012), Harvest Lake (2016) and Plank Face (2016). His latest was partially crowdfunded through Kickstarter. In The Bad Man, Ellie Church (Headless, 2015) stars as Mary, a woman kidnapped by a sadistic clown. PJ (Jason Crowe) is also confined in a remote house. This young couple must find a way out of their dire situation, before auction day arrives. A Blu-ray version of the film will be available this Fall. And, the film's second trailer is hosted below.

Only Kickstarter backers will receive the upcoming Limited Edition Blu-ray. This version includes Examination Sheets, an autographed character postcard and other goodies. Those not part of the Kickstarter campaign, can get a hold of another Blu-ray version in November. Though, this second version will also be limited in stock.

The Bad Man is slated to have its World Premiere this October. Kickstarter backers will receive their Limited Edition Blu-rays in September. The film also stars: Arthur Cullipher, Dave Parker, Alyss Winkler, Kevin Roach, Brian Papandrea and David Hancock. And, The Bad Man's latest trailer shows the film's many strange characters. The clip also shows the victims changed into something else. More release details will be announced this Fall.

Release Date: November 2018 (Blu-ray).

Director/writer: Scott Schirmer.

Cast: Ellie Church, Arthur Cullipher, Jason Crowe Arthur Cullipher, Dave Parker, Alyss Winkler and Kevin Roach.

The second trailer for The Bad Man:

Details on the successful Kickstarter run: The Bad Man at Kickstarter

The Scott Schirmer catalogue: Scott Schirmer's Films at His Official Website

One of Schirmer's wider releases, Found, via Xlrator:

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Friday, June 15, 2018

These 14 Cameras See Everything: A Film Review

Directors: Seth Fuller and Scott Hussion.

Writer: Victor Zarcoff.

Cast: Amber Midthunder, Tait Fletcher and Sharon Anne Henderson.

14 Cameras is a follow-up to 2015's 13 Cameras aka Slumlord. Writer Victor Zarcoff has written both films. But, this time, the sequel has been co-directed by Seth Fuller and Scott Hussion. A familiar villain returns. In the heart of New Mexico, a family is being stalked through hidden cameras. Every intimate moment is filmed. Very much a kidnap thriller, 14 Cameras confines some of the characters, while spying on others. All of the characters are well-defined as Zarcoff gives even the minor characters something to deal with. The finale is great, with the world's worst landlord coming out from behind the walls to show his true malevolence. 14 Cameras is a decent kidnap thriller, especially if you hate happy endings.

After seeing so many films, this film fan and critic has developed his own genres, including the kidnap thriller. These types of films put a victim or victims in a locked room or basement. Meanwhile, the captor lurks about, tormenting his prey. Silence of the Lambs (1991) and Nine Dead (2010) are two more examples of kidnap thrillers. In both of these films, there is not just confinement but psychological torture. In 14 Cameras, the villain is a voyeur, watching a family through a series of hidden cameras. This slumlord has a couple of characters locked away in a buried cargo container; he is ready to capture more. But, this villain is mostly a voyeur, only forced into kidnapping when there is no other alternative.

In the meantime, the characters play out their own dramas. Danielle (Amber Midthunder), one of the protagonists, is a guest of the family and staying at the vacation home. She is dealing with a cheating boyfriend, while also noticing that her undergarments are going missing. With the creeper nowhere to be seen, Danielle blames her friend's brother, Kyle (John-Paul Howard). Kyle is trying to convince others of his innocence. Not much farther away, other characters are dealing with more pressing issues. Two women are prisoners and held below ground. One victim wants to fight back, while the other has given up on any hopes of escape. Their different desires lead to more conflict. Still other characters are struggling to understand their role in a world with a killer and kidnapper. Zarcoff has created a number of interesting characters, within 14 Cameras. Most viewers will be able to identify with someone on the screen.

Finally, the film offers a worst-case renting scenario. If the rent is too good to be true, then there is a reason. The family gets their villa for a mere $400 a week. But, they also get a lurking creeper, who uses their toothbrush, or spies on them when they are changing. Gerald (Neville Archambault) as he is innocuously named, is the world's worst landlord. He does everything viewers' would fear. He smells the characters' clothes, when they are away. Or, he tries on their lip balm. Very strange looking, this creeper is very technologically adept. And, some of the scenes are shown through his many hidden cameras. If you ever see a balding man with bulging eyes and a rental offer, skip to the next advert'. You can thank this reviewer later.

14 Cameras is slated for a Digital release, this Summer. Very much a kidnap thriller, 14 Cameras brings a renting nightmare to the screen. Every character is dealing with some sort of trouble. Though, the confined characters are bearing the brunt of the challenges. There was no catharsis for this viewer, with one despicable character escaping to a foreign country. Still, the finale was explosive. Two villains fight over the remaining minor characters. Not really a horror film, this title is for those looking for a well written story. Just don't expect all of the plot details to be wrapped up in a nice bow as this package has more camera equipment and handcuffs inside.

Overall: 6.75 out of 10.

A trailer for this film is available on 28DLA: A 14 Cameras Trailer on 28DLA

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

The Night Eats the World Plays to Applause this Summer in the United Kingdom

The Night Eats the World is a Paris shot zombie thriller. Adapted from Pit Agarmen's novel, the film's French title is La nuit a dévoré le monde. Already released in France, The Night Eats the World is set for a United Kingdom DVD launch, in August. This dramatic horror film was developed by first time French director Dominque Rocher. And now, a trailer has debuted for this quieter take on the zombie apocalypse.

A few early reviews have already begun to roll in for this title. From Europe, Cineuropa focuses on what sets The Night Eats the World apart from other films in the zombie horror sub-genre: "[the film] choos[es] minimalism, isolation and psychological survival behind closed doors, and...focusing on a character who becomes a kind of Robinson Crusoe in the heart of Paris." This is solitary survival in a big city. Meanwhile in North America, the Hollywood Reporter mentions some of the mundane details of surviving in such a dire situation: "Rocher devotes lots of screen time to chronicle the mundane aspects of Sam’s existence. We watch how he rations dry goods to eat, collects rainwater on the rooftop and makes the rounds of the other apartments in the hopes of finding the bare necessities to stay alive." Unless prepared, most people only have a few days of food and water, in which to survive a cataclysm. As well, most of the early reviews have been positive towards the film, overall.

In the United Kingdom, the film will be available on August 27th, in a PAL DVD format. The film stars Anders Danielson Lie (Personal Shopper), Golshifteh Farahani (Peterson) and Denis Lavant. The Night Eats the World has a ninety minute runtime and has been rated 15, in the UK. Fans of more dramatic zombie-infused thrillers are encouraged to find the film later this Summer, with the UK trailer available below.

Release Date: August 27th, 2018 (UK, DVD).

Director: Dominique Rocher.

Writers: Pit Agarmen, Jérémie Guez, Guillaume Lemans, Dominique Rocher.

Cast: Anders Danielsen Lie, Golshifteh Farahani, Denis Lavant and Sigrid Bouaziz.

A trailer for The Night Eats the World (courtesy of Signature Entertainment):

*there are plans to release the film, in the U.S.A., through Blue Fox Entertainment. A release date has not been announced, yet.

A movie review, for the film, at Cineuropa: The Night Eats the World Review at Cineuropa

The Hollywood Reporter Reviews The Night Eats the World (Jordan Mintzer): The Night Eats the World Reviewed at the Hollywood Reporter

More details on The Night Eats the World at Signature Entertainment: The Night Eats the World Story Details at Signature

Can readers see influences from another infected/zombie thriller here (28 Days Later/28 Weeks Later Double Feature):

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Writer Gary Dauberman Brings Both Dark and Light to this First Trailer for The Nun

Tagline: "Witness the Darkest Chapter in The Conjuring Universe."

The Nun is the latest horror film, set in The Conjuring universe. Originally developed by director James Wan, The Conjuring universe has developed into both Annabelle storylines and now The Nun. The Nun has been directed by Corin Hardy of The Hallow (2016) fame. This title, like Annabelle: Creation, was written by Gary Dauberman. Dauberman has recently been interviewed on some of his latest films. In these interviews, he mentions the need for a Gothic setting. He also talks about The Conjuring universe and how his faith influences his writings. Meanwhile, the first trailer, for The Nun, has been released and the clip can be found below.

Dauberman has talked about the setting of the film and its influences, with Collider. Writer Dauberman mentions the need for Gothic elements, sometimes captured in Romanian architecture: "it’s gotta be in Romania because of certain story elements, but also because of the production value you get from like, a castle in Transylvania, and this big looming thing, and you get the cross and the fog over the graveyard." Dauberman mentions the influences of Hammer films, from the past: "we talked a lot about the Hammer movies and stuff like that as sort of an influence. So it’s got that kind of vibe to it that I think it’s just different and sets it apart." This film fan knows Hammer films for their use of vampires and creatures to create tension. Their name is well known in the horror film industry.

In another interview, Dauberman talks about how his faith influences his writing in the horror genre. With the Herald, Dauberman mentions how his own spirituality creates both a dark and light world, in his scriptwriting: "I'm a believer, so I believe evil and demonic entities are out there - but so is God, and so is good. Even as dark and scary as these movies can get, there's always that safety net. If evil is true, the opposite must also be true." You can see some of these influences in the trailer as one initiate is deceived by a shadow, in an underground crypt. The scene does not play out as a viewer might expect. Evil is always unpredictable.

Warner Bros. is set to show The Nun, in theatres, this September. The film stars Oscar nominated actor Damian Bichir ("A Better Life"), Taisssa Farmiga ("American Horror Story") and Jonas Bloguet (Elle). As well, Bonnie Aarons reprises her role from The Conjuring 2. All of these actors will bring something truly dark to their roles as seen in this first trailer for The Nun.

Release Date: September 7th, 2018 (Theatrical).

Director: Corin Hardy.

Writers: Gary Dauberman.

Cast: Taissa Farmiga, Bonnie Aarons, Charlotte Hope

The first trailer for The Nun:

The film's homepage, with more details: The Nun Movie Website

An interview with Gary Dauberman at Collider: A Dauberman Interview on Setting

Dauberman at the Herald: A Dauberman Interview on His Spiritual Influences

Another familiar horror title written by Dauberman (Annabelle: Creation):

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Delirium and Acknowledging Your Own Cast of Characters: A Jungian Analysis

*there are some mild spoilers here.

Director: Dennis Iliadis.

Writer: Adam Alleca.

Cast: Topher Grace, Genesis Rodriguez, Patricia Clarkson.

Carl Jung was a depth psychologist from Kesswill, Switzerland. Mentored by Sigmund Freud, Jung would develop his own psychological concepts such as the collective unconscious, individuation, shadow work and many others. In Dennis Iliadis and Adam Alleca's Delirium, there are a number of psychological elements that emerge from the very troubled protagonist, Thomas (Topher Grace). Without his medications, all sorts of characters begin to appear on-screen, from his unconscious, like: his Shadow (as Alex), his Anima (as Lynn) and still further characters, late in the film. Delirium is an interesting picture for including so many examples of Jung's research and work.

According to Jung, the integration of the shadow is "apprentice-work" and facing the Anima is "master-work" (Scott). However, the character Thomas begins in the middle (Anima) and works back to the Shadow. Just released from a mental institute, Thomas quickly meets a girl, from a local supermarket. Lynn (Genesis Rodriguez) is curious though troubled; she is also a representation of Thomas' Anima. The Anima, according to Jung, is the opposite gendered representation of ourselves, which lies within the psyche. Lynn is an external representation of Thomas' own inner feminine. She helps him with some of the things he needs (nurturing). As well, she almost knows what is in Thomas' head before he knows it. This occurs because Lynn is a part of Thomas' own psyche.

After introducing Lynn, a more devious character enters the picture. Alex (Callan Mulvey) may or may not be Thomas' brother. The protagonist is so "messed up in the head" that his narration and protagonist's point-of-view cannot be trusted. However, it does become apparent, to this viewer and likely to other researchers of Jung, that Alex is an image of Thomas' Shadow. From Jung, the Shadow is often a split-off part of ourselves, that we would prefer to disown. It houses all of the negative emotions or parts of ourselves that we would prefer not to grapple with, such as: disgust, hostility, aggression, guilt, or anything else that we find shameful. When the Shadow is not integrated, these parts of ourselves are often repressed and pushed down into the psyche, or projected onto others. The ego does its best to keep these parts of ourselves hidden from view, unless shadow work is performed (artistry, journaling). The character Thomas has no time for any of this as his shadow destroys much of his own waking life.

Jung was also know for his dream work. Through our dreams, the unconscious can be explored, through analysis. In dream work, the ocean or a pool can represent the unconscious (Currents). Within Delirium, Thomas is constantly drawn to an indoor pool. Here, monsters emerge to shock him. Or, Alex attempts to drown him - later. Meanwhile, just below the pool, at least one other character remains hidden from Thomas' view (and the viewer's). He must confront this character and a mother complex, before he can become more psychologically integrated and less encumbered by all of his repressed material. Thomas' journey to greater self-awareness begins with this pool of water and what lies within.

Delirium is an interesting psychological thriller. Yet, this viewer could not help but be reminded of all of Jung's work in psychology, while watching this recent release. All of the characters, in the film, are a part of Thomas' psyche and often dressed in black (also associated with the unconscious). He struggles to fight parts of himself (the Shadow), while reaching out to other, softer parts (his Anima). The entire home, in which the film is set, is a representation of Thomas' psyche, at large. And, the finale in the pool with a muted character is an example of Thomas pulling parts of himself out of his unconscious to grapple with, instead of hiding them from himself (repression). Finally, it is always interesting to see a film not just as an entertainment piece, but as an exploration of a writer's self and the many characters that lie within.

Scott Jeffrey's gives a great introduction on some of the Jungian concepts mentioned here: An Introduction to Jungian Concepts at Scott Jeffrey

A brief introduction of water as the unconscious at Jung Currents: Water Definitions at Jung Currents

A trailer, for Delirium, can be seen here - on 28DLA: A Delirium Trailer on 28DLA

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Monday, June 11, 2018

A Taste of Phobia Tests the Limits of Fear (Out June 26th)!

Tagline: "14 International Directors Push Fear to the Limit."

Artsploitation Films is set to bring fourteen tales of terror to horror audiences. This horror anthology includes films from Italy, North America, Nigeria and the United Kingdom. The fourteen tales cover topics like astrophobia (fear of the stars) and somniophobia (fear of sleep). Characters must face their fears, before they grow worse. A selection of the directors include: Domiziano Cristopharo, Jason Impey and Sunny King. This anthology will be available in late June. And, the film's release details are available here.

The very gory trailer shows characters in the middle of their fears. A woman has the hairs of leg removed in "Caetophobia (fear of hairs)." The results are a bit stomach churning. A porn shoot moves ahead, at a slow speed in "Partenophobia" (fear of virgins). And, the trailer for A Taste of Phobia is not for those afflicted with hemophobia (fear of blood) as it splashes everywhere on screen.

Artsploitation Films will show A Taste of Phobia on DVD this June 26th. This release will include English and Spanish subtitles. As well, this title is being released in a unrated format. With a 90 minute runtime, this anthology includes very concise short films, which should not be missed later this month.

Release Date: June 26th, 2018 (DVD).

Directors: Domiziano Cristopharo, Jason Impey, Sunny King, Sam Mason-Bell, Tony Newton....

Writers: Sophia Cacciola, Andrea Cavaletto, Michael J. Epstein, Alessandro Giordani...

The very NSFW trailer (mature audiences):

A Taste of Phobia at Artsploitation Films: A Taste of Phobia Details at Artsploitation

The film is available for pre-orders here:

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