Thursday, March 21, 2019

Sci-fi Thriller The Man with the Magic Box Takes Place in the Past and the Future this April 4th

The Man in the Magic Box is an indie, foregin film. Shot in Warsaw, Poland, this title completed a film festival run in 2017. Now, this sci-fi drama is set to show in the U.S., via Artsploitation Films. The Man with the Magic Box takes place in the future. When the protagonist discovers an old radio from the 1950s, he begins to remember his past life. This film will release next month. And, the film is from director Bodo Kox. Olga Boladz ("Botoks"), Piotr Polak and Sebastian Stankiewicz centrally star. A preview of the film's upcoming release is hosted here.

The trailer shows some of the film's time-shifting. The main character is sometimes in 2030 Poland. Then, he is back in the 1950s. These two timelines collide as this part-time janitor, finds love in a tumultuous time.

Artsploitation Films will make this film available on April 4th. On this date, The Man with the Magic Box will be available on DVD and Digital. Through Digital, sci-fi fans can find the film on: iTunes, Amazon Instant Video VUDU, Google Play and many other platforms. With a runtime of 103 minutes, The Man with the Magic Box has been shot in Polish and English; the release will include English subtitles. And, the current MSRP is very low, on Amazon, at under $10. This is a very good deal, for a film that blends a number of genres.

Release Date: April 4th, 2019 (DVD, Digital).

Director: Bodo Kox.

Writers: Bodo Kox, Paulina Krajnik.

Cast: Olga Boladz, Piotr Polak, Sebastian Stankiewicz.

The official trailer for The Man in the Magic Box (courtesy of Artsploitation Films):

The Man with the Magic Box at Artsploitation Films: The Man with the Magic Box Release Details at Artsploitation

Available at Amazon for pre-orders:

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

South African Thriller Accident Debuts on Home Entertainment Platforms this Spring

Accident is the first feature from director Dan Tondowski. Shot in South Africa, the film involves the theft of a car and a foursome's attempt to get a way from the scene of the crime. But, this is one victim who wants his property back, no matter the costs. Accident stars: Stephanie Schildknecht (Tremors: A Cold Day in Hell), Roxane Hayward (Death Race: Inferno), Tyrone Keogh and Keenan Arrison. This title was released in 2017, within South Africa. Accident has various, other, upcoming release dates for the US and UK. A preview of the film's latest showings are available here.

The official synopsis tells more of the film's story. The friend's car is stuck at the bottom of a ravine. After the accident, the vehicle has been rolled over, leaving two people trapped inside. When the owner of the car turns up, events take a sharp turn towards attempted murder. But, there is something more stashed away in the vehicle, than just these passengers.

Well Go USA has just released a Blu-ray version of this film. The cover art for the Blu-ray can be seen above. As well, the United Kingdom will host a release this April 1st, on home entertainment platforms, via Signature Entertainment. A few early reviews have not been too kind, on Tondowski's sophomore effort. But, some film fans might find the premise for Accident interesting. More details are below.

Release Date: March 19th, 2019 (US, Blu-ray) and April 1st, 2019 (UK).

Director/writer: Dan Tondowski.

Cast: Stephanie Schildknecht, Roxane Hayward, Tyrone Keogh.

The official UK trailer for Accident (courtesy of Signature Entertainment):

*the film has a runtime of 95 minutes and is being released in an unrated version.

Accident at Signature Entertainment: Accident Details at Signature

Accident at Well Go USA: US Accident Details at Well Go USA

The US Blu-ray is here:

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

The Body at Brighton Rock Pushes One Park Ranger Too Far in this First Trailer

Body at Brighton Rock recently had its debut at the SXSW Film Festival, in Austin. The film, from director Roxanne Benjamin (Southbound, 2015), features a lost park ranger and series of strange incidents. Wendy (Karina Fontes) finds a decomposing body in the park, but she also has a number of encounters with animals, while struggling with nighttime survival. As well, Body at Brighton Rock is a Protostar Pictures and Soapbox Films' production; Magnolia Releasing will distribute the film this Spring. And, the film also stars: Casey Adams (XX, 2017), Emily Althaus ("Orange is the New Black"), Miranda Bailey, Martin Spanjers and many more. The film's first trailer and poster are hosed here.

Director Benjamin recently talked about the Body at Brighton Rock at SXSW. She says of the film's genre: "this was my first serious attempt at suspense and mystery. It’s a genre I want to explore more of. This film was sort of a test." Film fans can see some of that mystery as the film switches from day to night, in the trailer. Benjamin was also inspired by her own time in national parks and how the film's central character overcomes a difficult situation: "the challenge of how to get an audience to connect with the emotional journey of a single character with little dialogue for the majority of its runtime — it’s a film set in this vast wilderness, but ultimately its about one girl stuck in one place trying to overcome her own hangups." The wilderness will definitely make you confront your own foibles, especially if events start to go south and the film looks to capture some of those challenges as seen in the trailer.

Magnolia Releasing will show the film this April. Body at Brighton Rock will show on Digital and in a few, select theatres this April 26th. Until then, film fans can find the latest promotional material, on the film, right here.

Release Date: April 26, 2019 (Digital, Theatres).

Director/writer: Roxanne Benjamin.

Cast: Karina Fontes, Casey Adams, Emily Althaus, Miranda Bailey and Martin Spanjers.

The first, official trailer for Body at Brighton Rock (courtesy of Magnolia Pictures):

The Official Homepage for Body at Brighton Rock: A Body at Brighton Rock Website

Sources: Body at Brighton Rock on Quiet Earth

Roxanne Benjamin Interview at the SXSW Film Festival (Christopher Alender)

Benjamin was also one of the directors on the horror anthology Southbound:

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Monday, March 18, 2019

Terror Films and Popcornflix Team-up to Bring Films Fans More Titles this April

Production house and distributor Terror Films is teaming up with Popcornflix. Together, they will show several films, from the Terror Films' library. The first round of titles to show through this online streaming service include: Hell House LLC, Dead Body, and Unearthed & Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary. This round will be followed by another, which will show: the original Terror Films' release The Chosen, the comic-book styled feature The Dark Stranger, Argentinian slasher What the Water Left Behind, the campy horror feature Night of Something Strange and the apocalyptic thriller The Tribe. All of these films will show on Popcornflix, this year, on this ad-based, digital service.

As well, Terror Film's sister site, Global Digital Releasing, will deliver a few films to Popcornflix. GDR will make available the award winning feature Elizabeth Blue and the hilarious comedy Paperback from director Adam Bowers. This batch of films will turn-up on or around April 1st.

Terror Films, based in Los Angeles, continues to expand their digital library and partnerships. This company already has several of their titles on: Amazon Prime, Tubi TV and Screambox. In the indie film world, Terror Films and their many online titles should not be missed, especially Luciano and Nicolas Onetti's What the Waters Left Behind, which is a truly terrifying tale (What the Waters Left Behind Review on 28DLA).

Launch Date: April 1st, 2019 (Digital, Popcornflix).

Titles: Hell House LLC, Dead Body, Unearthed & Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary, The Chosen, The Dark Stranger, What the Waters Left Behind, Night of Something Strange, The Tribe, Elizabeth Blue (GDR) and Paperback (GDR).

*Popcornflix is a top ad-supported VOD platform, reaching over 15M active users annually in 56 countries. The service, which offers free streaming of over 4,000 hours of movies and TV shows is available online and on iOS, Android, Roku, Amazon Fire and YouTube.

More Title in the Terror Film's Library: The Terror Films' Lineup

The Films Will be Available at the Popcornflix Website, Found Here: The Popcornflix Landing Page

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Saturday, March 16, 2019

Depraved Tackles the Frankenstein Myth at this Year's WTF!? Film Festival

Larry Fessenden (Wendigo) is already moving onto his next project, after his work on Jenn Wexler's The Ranger (2018). His latest film is an adaptation of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, which was originally completed over 200 years ago. Depraved will have its World Premiere at the What the Fest!? Film Festival, in New York City. The film stars: Owen Campbell (Super Dark Times), Chloe Levine (The Ranger), Alex Breaux (Bushwick) and Joshua Leonard. Wexler and Joe Swanberg (V/H/S) are also producers on this film. Now, a teaser trailer is available for Depraved here, via Fessenden's Glass Eye Pix production house.

Most should be familiar with the Frankenstein or the Prometheus myth by now. This time, Alex is walking alone after a fight with his girlfriend. He is stabbed in a random attack. When he awakes, he has become something or someone else. His body parts are stitched together, by a PTSD suffering soldier. Now, Alex must put his life back together as he tries to adjust to his new body.

Director Fessenden has participated in the creation of dozens and dozens of films. His latest is firmly set in the horror genre and looks to reinvent an old film staple. With a fresh coat of red paint, Depraved is set to terrify audiences this March 20th, in the Big Apple. Fessenden's latest covers topics such as masculinity, loneliness, memory and trauma. Finally, you can find the first teaser on Depraved below.

World Premiere: March 20th, 2019 (Film Festival, NYC).

Director/writer: Larry Fessenden.

Cast: David Call, Joshua Leonard, Alex Breaux.

The first, official teaser trailer for Depraved (courtesy of Glass Eye Pix):

Source: Depraved at Screen Anarchy

Fessenden starred in an produced the indie horror film The Ranger:

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

The Head Hunter Tracks Down a Demon in this First Trailer

The Head Hunter aka The Head is a medieval feature from Portugal. Part fantasy and part horror, The Head Hunter had its World Premiere at the Sitges Film Festival, in Spain. Since then, Vertical Entertainment has picked up the film for distribution in the United States. In the film, a medieval warrior protects his home and country from strange monsters and the occult. In search of revenge, this warrior hopes to slay the creature that killed his daughter. This title was directed by Jordan Downey (ThanksKilling), from a script by Kevin Stewart ("Unfriended: Dark Web"). This title is slated for an early April release, with more details below.

The trailer shows some of the Head Hunter's (Christopher Rygh) anger. He has his gruesome trophy collection in his home. In search of the creature, he roams the countryside and finds what he is looking for inside a small cave, leading to a final confrontation.

Vertical Entertainment has set the date for the film's release. On April 5th, The Head Hunter will be available on Digital platforms and in theatres. Fans of either fantasy or horror will want to put this film on their radars as The Head Hunter has a number of award wins, under its belt. Horrorphiles can find the trailer, for The Head Hunter, just below.

Release Date: April 5, 2019 (VOD. Limited Theatrical).

Director: Jordan Downey.

Writers: Kevin Stewart, Jordan Downey.

Cast: Christopher Rygh, Cora Kaufman.

The official trailer for The Head Hunter (courtesy of Vertical Entertainment):

The official homepage for The Head Hunter: The Head Hunter Official Website

This film has some of the aesthetic of Frank Frazetta's work (Death Dealer):

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Hagazussa: A Heathen's Curse Brings a Witche's Brew to Foreign Film Fans this April

Tagline: "A Heathen's Curse."

Hagazussa: A Heathen's Curse is a German and Austrian film, from director Lukas Feigelfeld. This is Feigelfeld's first feature film. And, Hagazussa: A Heathen's Curse takes place in the 15th Century, when Paganism still existed and Christianity was on the rise. In a remote part of the Austrian Alps, Albrun (Aleksandra Cwen) is condemned for being a witch and she must use her powers to fight the local townsfolk. This title has been on a film festival tour since late 2017. A winner of several awards (Best Costume Design, Best Make-up, Best Art Direction), Hagazussa: A Heathen's Curse now has an international trailer, found below.

The official trailer shows some of the film's remote shooting locations. Covered in snow and out in the wilderness, Albrun struggles to stay alive. Lacking dialogue, the clip shows lots of strange imagery. But, the central story remains somewhere in the mist.

Doppelganger Releasing with show the film this April. Hagazussa: A Heathen's Curse will be available on several home entertainment formats, this April 23rd. If you missed this title on the film festival circuit, this Spring will be your chance to see this horrifying drama on your favourite home entertainment screen. As well, there are plans to bring the film to several major, U.S. cities - beginning April 19th. A full list of cities, showing the film, is available below.

Release Date: April 19th-30th (Limited Theatrical) and April 23rd, 2019 (Blu-ra, DVD, Digital).

Director/writer: Lukas Feigelfeld.

Cast: Aleksandra Cwen, Celina Peter, Claudia Martini.

The official trailer for Hagazussa (courtesy of Doppelganger Releasing):

*Hagazussa - Theater locations and dates:

-Los Angeles (Monica Film Center): April 19
-New York (Alamo Drafthouse Brooklyn): April 19
-Chicago (Music Box Theater): April 19
-San Francisco (Alamo Drafthouse New Mission) April 19
-Seattle (Grand Illusion Cinema): April 19
-Phoenix (Filmbar)
-Houston (Alamo Drafthouse La Centerra): April 24
-Washington D.C. (Alamo Drafthouse Winchester): April 26
-Portland (Hollywood Theater): April 30

Hagazussa at Doppelganger as Music Box Films: Hagazussa Details at Doppelganger

Source: Hagazussa a Quiet Earth

Sometimes compared to Robert Eggers' The Witch:

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

The 27 Club Explores a Dark Cultural Myth this April 23rd

A few details have emerged for Patrick Fogarty's The 27 Club. This title, from Cleopatra Entertainment, looks at a strange, cultural myth. Why have so many celebrities died at 27? Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morris and many more have all dropped dead (usually due to excess) at this pivotal age. The film even has a guest appearance, from the grave, of Amy Winehouse. And, The 27 Club stars: Maddisyn Carter (The Devil's Carnival), Victoria De Mare (Killjoy Goes to Hell), Todd Rundgren and John Hennigan plays Jim Morrison. All of these actors come together in one of this year's more bizarre films. A preview of the film's upcoming launch is hosted here.

The official synopsis talks of a singer-songwriter and a journalism student. Both characters are exploring the dark truth behind "The 27 Club." Their journey leads them into a world they may not be able to escape.

Cleopatra Entertainment has already set a release date for the film. On April 23rd, The 27 Club will be available through a Blu-ray/DVD/CD combo (Horrorpedia). And, indie horror fans can find more details on this release below and at the Cleopatra website (more photos).

Release Date : April 23, 2019 (Bluray/DVD/CD).

Director: Patrick Fogarty.

Writers: Joe Flanders, Patrick Fogarty.

Cast: Maddisyn Carter, John Hennigan, Victoria De Mare and Todd Rundgren.

*a trailer is coming soon.

The 27 Club at Cleopatra Entertainment: The 27 Club Story Details and Photos at Cleopatra

Source: The 27 Club at Horrorpedia w/Alternate Poster

Do rockstars every really die?

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