Friday, December 14, 2018

Cutterhead Closes All of the Exits in this Preview

Cutterhead is an upcoming horror thriller. From director Rasmus Kloster, this film is a claustrophobic film release. This title has already appeared at several film festivals, with appearances in Germany and Spain. This horror title just had its Spanish premiere in November. A trailer was released earlier this year. And, Cutterhead is expected to released in Denmark, in Q1 of next year. A North American release date has not been announced.

Actress Christine Sonderris has won a "Best Actress" award (Bratislava), for her role as Rie. Rie is a public relations coordinator, tasked with interviewing an underground drilling crew. When she becomes trapped in the front of the drill, her claustrophobia reaches new heights, with rescue a long ways off.

Director Rasmus Kloster was interviewed on this project, recently. At Cineuropa, Kloster talked of the problems shooting this indie title: "you couldn’t sit down anywhere, because everything was curved. It was really intense! We spent 10-12 hours underground at a time." The film was actually shot in a Copenhagen drilling site, over 14 to 15 days. Kloster also mentioned the appeal of the film's setting: "I knew it would be a good setting for a movie, even though I didn’t know exactly what I was going to do." This construction project has been going on for several years, in the heart of Copenhagen.

Cutterhead will continue a film festival run. This title is expected to show in Denmark, in March of 2019. A North American distributor has not been announced to date. However, horror fans can preview the film below, with the official trailer and other details.

Release Date: March 2019 (Denmark) and North America (TBA).

Director: Rasmus Kloster Bro.

Writers: Rasmus Kloster Bro, Mikkel Bak Sørensen.

Cast: Christine Sønderris, Kresimir Mikic, Samson Semere.

The film's official trailer (courtesy of Splatfilmfest):

An interview with Kloster at Cineuropa: Kloster Interview at Cineuropa

Source: Cutterhead at Wicked Thrilling Freaks

The Descent (2005) and the Descent 2 (2009) are two of the most powerful claustrophobic films out there:

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

The Quake Rattles Oslo Throughout the Month of December: Release Details

The Quake is an upcoming disaster film, from Norway. A sequel to The Wave (2015), this latest feature looks at how a 5.4 magnitude earthquake would effect Oslo. Taking a note from an actual earthquake in 1904, this film builds on the possible devastation, that would rock this Scandinavian city. The Quake will show this week in the U.S., while Canada follows suit at a later date. This film, from director John Andreas Andersen (King of Devil's Island), stars: Kristoffer Joner (The Revenant), Ane Dahl Torp (The Wave), Hang Tran and many more. Already released in Norway, more North American release details are available here.

This film focuses on the Oslo Rift. Here, a fault line runs deeply. The Quake looks at what might happen here, if a seismic shift took place, shaking the city of Oslo.

Producer Martin Sundland recently spoke of The Quake. At Nordisk Film, Sundland talks about competing in an international film market and what The Quake will bring to audiences: "we cannot compete when it comes to VFX quantity, but we can compete with everything else. In addition, this gives us time to focus more on the characters, on their relations and on the small drama, not just the spectacular scenes...on the other hand we spend more time with the characters, and in a different way than in many American disaster movies." The Quake will be a smaller release, set to show on Digital and select theatres, this month.

On December 14th, The Quake will be available on most Digital platforms. As well, this title is expected to see at least seven U.S. theatres as The Quake shakes audiences. Magnet Releasing will handle the U.S. launch, with more details on a Canadian release coming soon.

Release Date: December 14th, 2018 (U.S., Digital, Limited Theatrical) and TBA (Canada).

Director: John Andreas Andersen.

Writers: John Kåre Raake, Harald Rosenløw-Eeg.

Cast: Kristoffer Joner, Ane Dahl Torp, Hang Tran.

The official Canadian release trailer (courtesy of Mongrel Media):

A list of U.S. theatres, showing The Quake:

Date: 12/14/2018
CA, Berkeley: Shattuck Cinemas 10
CA, San Diego: Ken Cinema
CA, San Francisco: Clay Theatre
CO, Denver: Chez Artiste
DC, Washington: West End Cinema
MN, Minneapolis: Lagoon Cinema

Date: 1/2/2019
VA, Winchester: Alamo Drafthouse Cinema 8-Winchester

Tickets for the U.S. showings: The Quake Ticket Info' at Magnet

The Quake at Mongrel Media (Canadian Distro'): The Quake Details at Mongrel

A homepage for The Quake: The Quake's Official Website

Sundland interviewed at Nordisk: Producer Sundland's Full Interview at Nordisk

Director Andersen was also the cinematographer on dramatic thriller King of Devil's Island:

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Take a Chance with The Final Wish on Digital Platforms this January 24th

The Final Wish is a Gothic tale from director Timothy Woodward Jr. (Gnome Alone). Written by Jeffrey Reddick and William Halfon, the film recently had its World Premiere at LA's Screamfest Film Festival, in October. This title was also just picked up by Cinedigm Entertainment Group for a release on Digital platforms, in the United States. The Final Wish involves a struggling lawyer who returns to his home. Determined to face his demons, Aaron (Michael Welch) discovers an ancient urn and learns of its dark promises. A trailer is now available for this indie horror title.

The Final Wish has been reviewed by a few critics. Heather Wixson, of the Daily Dead, says of the story: "I liked The Final Wish as it does a good job of mixing up expectations while treading some very familiar territory story-wise." The film blends the ordinary with the extraordinary. Wixson also mentions some problems in the editing: "there just seems to be a lot of jumping around between characters and I think the core story would be better serviced if the narrative were just a little more streamlined." So, The Final Wish will appeal to some but not all as is usually the case.

This title will show on Digital platforms this January. On January 24th, The Final Wish will be available on many platforms. As well, this film will show on January 8th, in Brooklyn. This East Coast premiere will be free and hosted partially by Dread Central. More details on select screenings are below.

Release Date: January 24, 2019 (VOD).

Director: Timothy Woodward Jr.

Writers: Jeffrey Reddick, William Halfon.

Cast: Lin Shaye, Michael Welch, Melissa Bolona.

The official trailer for The Final Wish (courtesy of the UHM):

The Final Wish reviewed at the Daily Dead: The Final Wish Review by Heather Wixson

Details on the Brooklyn screening: The Final Wish Screening at Dread Central

Source: The Final Wish at the UHM

More Gothic haunting in Winchester (2018):

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Monday, December 10, 2018

Four Disturbing Shorts Emerge in Terror Tales this January 8th!

Tagline: "No Happy Endings!"

Terror Tales is an upcoming horror anthology. From director Jimmy Lee Combs (Hans Crippleton: Talk to the Hans), this anthology hosts at least four short films: "Epidemic," Radical Video," "By Proxy" and a wraparound. The film's central story involves a kidnapping, a cargo trailer and a deadly toxin. During the kidnapping, a new tale of horror is told as they reach their final stop. Terror Tales stars: Lynn Lowry (Shivers), Jonathan Tiersten (Sleepaway Camp), Yan Birch (The People Under the Stars), Felissa Rose and several others. This horror title will release in early January.

The other shorts tell very different stories. One of the films involves a demon and a journey of self-discovery. Another short takes place in the '80s, with a detective in search of a serial killer. A final tale involves an evil deity, who possesses several victims. All of the short films are set squarely in the horror genre.

Terror Tales will release this January. On January 8th, Terror Tales will be available on most Digital hosters, thanks to High Octane Pictures. Fans of anthologies can check out the film's official trailer below, with more release details coming soon.

Release Date: January 8th, 2019 (Digital).

Director/writer: Jimmy Lee Combs.

Cast: Jennifer Runyon, Helene Udy, Lynn Lowry, Jonathan Tiersten and Felissa Rose.

The official trailer for Terror Tales (courtesy of October Coast):

Source: Terror Tales at Horrorpedia

A stand out horror anthology, VHS Viral:

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Friday, December 07, 2018

A Simple Pledge Leads to Unbelievable Horror in this Trailer

Tagline: "Few Get In. None Get Out."

Pledge is an upcoming horror film. Set to be released through IFC's Midnight label, the film focuses on three friends and their unifying dream to enter an elite fraternity. They could never expect what lies in store for them. From director Daniel Robbins (Uncaged), Pledge stars: Zachery Byrd (Blindspot, 2018), Phillip Andre Botello, Aaron Dalla Villan and lots of others. This title had its World Premiere at the Fantasia Film Festival (Montreal), earlier this year. Now, a trailer and release details are available for this torture porn styled thriller.

The story involves a group of misfits. Ethan (Botello), David (Zack Weiner) and Justin (Byrd) hope they can leave their losing streak behind, by finding acceptance in college. Their desperation leads to a bad choice as they are lured into a fraternity, run by psychopaths. After they are loosened up with alcohol and parties, the real horror begins - behind closed doors.

IFC Midnight will show the Pledge, in the United States, this January 11th. On this date, Pledge will be available in theatres and on digital platforms. The official trailer shows some of the dire situations within. Described as a "cutthroat, grueling experience (Daily Grindhouse)," this title looks to push horror fans to their limits, with a gory display.

Release Date: January 11th, 2019 (Limited Theatrical, Digital).

Director: Daniel Robbins.

Writer: Zack Weiner.

Cast: Zachery Byrd, Phillip Andre Botello, Aaron Dalla Villa.

The film's official trailer (courtesy of IFC Films):

An Early Review at the Daily Grindhouse: Pledge Reviewed at the Daily Grindhouse

Source: Pledge at Upcoming Horror Movies

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Thursday, December 06, 2018

You Might be the Killer Turns the Tables on the Slasher Film Genre

Tagline: "It's Summer Camp. What Did You Expect?"

A trailer for You Might be the Killer released this week. The film focuses on character Sam (Fran Kranz, Cabin in the Woods), after he wakes up next to a pile of bodies. He wonders what happened. But, he also wonders if he might be a murderer. A meta look at the slasher film genre, this horror comedy also stars Alyson Hannigan, from "Buffy the Vampire Killer" fame. Directed by Brett Simmons (Husk, 2011), this is the first script from writer Covis Berzyone to be put to screen. Now, You Might be the Killer is available on Shudder, for fans of horror.

You Might be the Killer premiered earlier this year. This title showed at Fantastic Fest, in Austin, Texas. As well, the film was part of the After Dark Film Festival, in Toronto. You Might be the Killer may have been snubbed at the awards ceremonies. However, the film looks to offer a new angle and approach to a slightly tired horror film genre.

As well, an early review mentioned the film's charm. You Might be the Killer relies on practical effects and splatter: "keeping its blood flowing straight through the end. The practical SFX is a treat for all Horror fans dedicated to hating on fake-lookin’ CGI; for when You Might Be The Killer gets bloody, there will be no denying the charm of its gorier moments (Cryptic Rock)." Home entertainment screens will run red, this week.

You Might be the Killer is on Shudder as of today (Dec. 6th). Fans of horror can find the film, on this platform, in the U.S. and Canada. Also, this title is available for rent on several platforms, including: Youtube Movies, Google Play, VUDU, the PS4 and several other outlets. All of the release details, on You Might be the Killer, are hosted below.

Release Date: December 6th, 2018 (Shudder, US., Canada) and December 6th (Digital).

Director: Brett Simmons.

Writers: Covis Berzoyne, Brett Simmons.

Cast: Fran Kranz, Alyson Hannigan, Brittany S. Hall.

The official trailer for You Might Be the Killer (courtesy of Screen Media Films):

A Review of You Might be the Killer at Cryptic Rock: You Might Be the Killer Reviewed (Steven DeJoseph)

Source: You Might Be the Killer at Screen Media

The film is also available at Amazon:

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Wednesday, December 05, 2018

Slay Belles Brings Christmas Horror to Stuff Your Stocking this Week

Slay Belles is the latest Krampus film to release. From Epic Pictures Group, this horror comedy focuses on three friends, who face off with this ancient monster. Set during Christmas time, Slay Belles has just released on home entertainment platforms and will show in Santa Ana for a limited time, in theatres. The film, from director Dan Walker (Spooky Dan), stars Barry Bostwick (The Rocky Horror Picture Show), Kristina Klebe (Halloween, 2007), Diane Salinger, Hannah Wagner and lots of others. A trailer was released earlier this year. And, all of the release details, for Slay Belles, is hosted here.

The synopsis brings Santa Claus into the picture. He is recruited to face the worst Christmas demon of all - Krampus! On Christmas Eve, these two titans will face each other, for the hearts and souls of children everywhere.

Recently, actress Kristina Klebe was interviewed on the film, at Broke Horror Fan. She says of the film and its tone: "it’s totally different, and it’s super fun...It’s a fun Christmas horror movie that’s made in a good spirit. I think it also appeals to teenagers, so younger audiences can watch it with their parents." This is lighter horror, to fit in with the holiday season.

Slay Belles has been released in several formats. This title is now available on: Digital, DVD and Blu-ray. Horror fans in California can see the film on the big screen, at the Frida Cinema. The limited theatrical run will last one week. The hilarious trailer, for Slay Belles, is available below.

Release Date: December 4th, 2018 (Blu-ray, DVD, Digital) and December 7th-13th, 2018 (Limited Theatrical, Santa Ana, CA).

Director: Dan Walker.

Writers: Jessica Luhrssen, Dan Walker.

Cast: Barry Bostwick, Diane Salinger, Hannah Wagner, Kristina Klebe, Richard Moll, Susan Slaughter.

The official trailer for Slay Belles:

*the film has a run time of 70 minutes.

Slay Belles at Epic Pictures: Slay Belles Details at Epic Pictures

An Interview with Klebe at Broke Horror Fan: A Kristina Klebe Interview at Broke Horror Fan

More on Slay Belles at All Horror: Slay Belles at All Horror

The film is available here, on Amazon:

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Tuesday, December 04, 2018

From Homeless to Hero: Hunter Set to Show on Digital Platforms this February

A trailer has been released for the supernatural thriller Hunter. This film has won a "Best Horror Feature" at the Manhattan Film Festival, along with other awards. Developed by writer Jason Kellerman, this feature was completed earlier this year, after showing to cast and crew in February. In the film, Hunter is a homeless man, suffering from paranoia and loneliness. He has visions of shadowy figures. Now, he is compelled to fight these strange visions, after finding help in therapy. The trailer shows some of the Hunter's visions and some of the numerous conflicts, he has to face on the streets.

This indie thriller will release in February of 2019. A Skyfire production, Random Media will handle the release on Digital platforms. Initially, Hunter will show on iTunes and Amazon, before moving to more platforms, at a future date. Fans of psychological thrillers are encouraged to take a look at the trailer below and mark their calendars for the February release, with more details on Hunter below.

Release Date: February 12th, 2019 (Digital: iTunes, Amazon).

Director: David Tarleton.

Writer: Jason Kellerman.

Cast: Jason Kellerman, Rachel Cerda, Nick Searcy, Ryan Heindl, Leigh Foster

The official trailer for Hunter:

*this title was shot on Chicago, Illinois.

The film's official website: Hunter's Official Homepage

Source: Hunter at Random Media

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