Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The AMC and "The Walking Dead" Reveal a Little More of Epis. 4 - "Slabtown:" Three Stills

"The Walking Dead" returns to television November 2nd, 2014, with another exciting episode. This time the show shifts to Atlanta and to the character Beth (Emily Kinney). Somehow, Daryl (Norman Reedus) and Carol's (Melissa McBride) hunt for a mysterious car is related to Beth's new location. And, a new synopsis has been released for "Slabtown," along with a few pictures. All three stills show Beth and her new location, a high storey hospital, in central Atlanta.

The new synopsis reads: "a group of other survivors are encountered. Things appear safe and nice, but there is a bit of a dark side for another group of survivors." That dark side will be revealed to viewers and to Beth on the upcoming show. As well, more minor and major characters will be shown in "Slabtown." One of these characters can be seen on a gurney, injured by a zombie bite?

More on the show will be revealed soon. Fans of the show can expect a new trailer, any day now.

Showing Date: November 2nd, 2014.

Cast: Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Chandler Riggs and Danai Gurira.

A preview clip for the show is available here:

A "Slabtown" Clip for "The Walking Dead" on 28DLA

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Alexandre Aja is Set to Direct the Mystery - Wedding Gown

French director Alexandre Aja (High Tension) is set to direct a psychological thriller, titled Wedding Gown. The film is in the early phases of production. But, the film involves a mysterious woman, who unintentionally leaves a trail of bodies in her wake. French distributors and production company TF1 International will help develop the film.

An early concept poster has been release for Wedding Gown. The poster highlights two characters: Sophie and an enigmatic man. The graphic also shows some of the mystery that is housed within the film. What is compelling Sophie to kill and who is chasing her? More details will be revealed, once the film moves into production (May 2015).

Director: Alexandre Aja.

*the film is based on the book Robe de marié by Pierre Lemaitre.


Wedding Gown at TFI International

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"Dregs" Offers a Tense Time in a Horrifying Future: Full Film

Richard Rudy and Stephen Scott-Hayward's "Dregs" is now available to the public. The film, set in the United Kingdom, envisions a world turned against itself. An invisible signal has rendered the public immobile and passive, except for Ben (Jamie Blackley), Zoe (Kathryn Prescott) and a few others. Fans of science fiction or horror fare can see the full film here.

For more on the story, the signal has caused city inhabitants to become "static." Frozen in space, they look to the skies for direction. They are agitated by loud noises. But, Ben and Zoe must cross a small hamlet, in order to find their friends. A horde of these static people and a religious zealot lie in their way.

The full film is about thirty minutes long. A short film of survivalist horror, "Dregs" is a tense feature, involving a dire situation and several dangers. Horror fans are encouraged to watch the short feature below.

Directors: Richard Rudy and Stephen Scott-Hayward.

Writers: Julian Everett, Richard Rudy and Stephen Scott-Hayward.

Cast: Jamie Blackley and Kathryn Prescott.

The full short film, "Dregs," is hosted here:


Shock Till You Drop. Article. 28 October 2014.

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Monday, October 27, 2014

What Lies Ahead for Beth in "Slabtown" on "The Walking Dead?"

The upcoming episode, "Slabtown," from "The Walking Dead," looks to be a Beth (Emily Kinney) focused episode. The first clip for this showing, involves Beth waking from a hospital bed. Everything look normal, when a doctor and police officer enter her room. But, this viewer wonders what lies in the hospital's basement. Are there slabs of human meat down there? A gladiator arena? Something abnormal will definitely be revealed this November 2nd, when this episode is released.

Details on this episode are very light. Viewers can see, from the clip, that this upcoming episode is set back in Atlanta. Other story details involve Beth's kidnapping. She has been apprehended by a group of rogue cops. And, what do they want with her?

All will be revealed in just a few days. For now, fans of the show can enjoy this clip for "The Walking Dead" below.

Showing Date: November 2nd, 2014.

Cast: Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Chandler Riggs and Danai Gurira.

A clip for "Slabtown" is hosted here:


"Slabtown" at the AMC

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

"Four Walls and a Roof" and Lots of Darkness on "The Walking Dead:" A Television Review

Director: Jeffrey F. January.

Writers: Angela Kang and Corey Read.

Cast: Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Chandler Riggs and Danai Gurira.

"The Walking Dead" returned with another dark episode, titled "Four Walls and a Roof." This episode brought another split within the survivor group as Abraham (Michael Cudlitz) looked to leave for Washington, D.C. He has a world to save, after all. Daryl, Beth and Carol are still MIA. But, Gareth (Andrew J. West) is still nearby. The cannibals stormed the church, at night and events came to a head, quickly. Meanwhile, events, overall, are slowing down at this location. It is time to leave a donation in the plate and move on. "Four Walls and a Roof" was a slightly satisfying outing, set in a zombie apocalypse.

This episode began as the last one ended. Bob (Lawrence Gilliard Jr.) continued to have his leg eaten by Gareth and the other cannibals. His leg looked rather chewy. Zombies congregated nearby, but they never entered the fray. Instead, Gareth took the fight to Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and the other survivors. They were ambushed and Rick delivered on his promise, to kill Gareth via a machete. Daryl and Carol made it into the episode, just under the wire. But, where is Beth?

Abraham's goal of saving the world is ridiculous. Maybe, he should start with clearing a street or two of the undead. His desire to create a viral solution to the zombie plague is likely too big, for this cartoonish hero. What are his real intentions? In a previous episode, he stated: "that is why we are waiting for our chance." So, his goal of leaving for Washington might be a thin veneer, for something more sinister. Either way, the world is in dire straights if it is relying on Abraham's rescue.

There is a lot more night shooting in this season. Much of this episode was shot in darkness. There are no street lights left in this fictional world. Pitched battles are fought almost entirely in darkness. For instance, Rick lays an ambush, just by residing in the church's shadows, or by entering through a darkened door. It is impossible to see Rick and the other survivors, waiting for Gareth to enter, or to see anything in the background. Gareth's death is also only shown in the barest of light. These sequences are compelling as it is difficult to decipher action in so much darkness.

Still, this episode was a bit of a slow down; the survivors have found safety at the church. But, a zombie apocalypse is not meant to be about safety. It is about danger! An impetus is required to get Rick and his crew back on the road. Otherwise, events will slowdown to a standstill, at this refuge. Characters are reuniting and bonding here, but action and conflict come from the road and the threats therein. And, this viewer is curious to see if anyone or anything remains in America's capitol.

"Four Walls and a Roof" offered a few darkened action sequences, with Bob succumbing to a zombie bite. This episode was a bit of slow down as characters tried to determine their next move. The next episode, "Slabtown," will bring some of the survivors to Beth's (Emily Kinney) location. And, it sounds like she has been kidnapped by another group of villains, which is stated in this showing's synopsis. Events at this location will hopefully step up the tempo slightly, with the beats in this episode slightly flat.

Overall: 7 out of 10 (Rick is truly turning into a monster, another minor character finds a gruesome exit).

A movie clip for this episode is hosted here:

A "Four Walls and a Roof" Movie Clip

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What Lies Behind The Door (Not Much)? A Movie Review

Director/writer: Patrick McBrearty.

Cast: Winny Clarke, Liv Collins and Alys Crocker.

The Door is an indie horror feature shot in Vancouver, British Columbia. The film, from director Patrick McBrearty (Psycho Ward), brings a supernatural element to the screen as several friends struggle to stay alive. The Door is a very slowly paced film, due to the film's lack of conflict. A phantom stalks an old meat processing plant, but it never directly interacts with the characters; it is more satisfied stalking this group, rather than terrorizing them. As well, some of the actors look too stiff. And, The Door is a an underwhelming film outing.

The story begins with Owen (Sam Kantor). He is recently unemployed and searching for work. The solution to his problems comes from a man on the street. This man offers Owen $500 a night to, simply, watch a door. Owen takes him up on the offer and his first night on the job goes relatively well, until his friends arrive. Then, six characters move behind a mysterious door. There is nothing particularly interesting behind the door, outside of a misdirection, or two. More action was required to make The Door worth a watch.

The Door is too slowly paced. The use of characterizations and dialogue are both great. However, action, interaction and conflict are also great. These latter three elements are hardly offered in the film. The action elements consist of a few very short chase sequences, or a stabbing, which comes later in the picture. More action sequences were required, earlier in the film. Interaction occurs almost exclusively between the friends. A supernatural element is satisfied to stalk a character or two, in the background. It never really appears directly. More interaction between the protagonist and the film's central villain was needed. The conflict comes from a bit of deception. The spirit, in the film, is able to make characters appear as others. But, it is not capable of creating any true terror. The Door falls flat in the story department.

The film required more direct conflict between the shadow and the other characters. If this malevolent supernatural element is able to deceive other characters, then why does it not turn character against character? Owen, Matt (Matt O'Connor), Olivia (Liv Collins), Jess and Abby simply wander from room to room, in search of their drunk friend Mia. A late minor villain is influenced by the spirit. But, this influence comes too late, at the 100 minute mark. Along the way, this ghost creates a mirror image or two and that is about it. A couple more tumbles down the stairs were required in this horror outing. As it is, the supernatural and physical elements do not collide, effectively nor consistently.

The acting in this title is also hit and miss. The protagonist, played by Sam Kantor, is a believable character. He emotes concern and indecision very well. Other, minor characters are less believable. Acting is not exclusively delivered through lines, but also through the body. Several characters just recite their lines, while their bodies remain stiff, or unemotive. Several actors do not even look terrified. So, how is the viewer supposed to feel? Many viewers might feel as bored as some of the actors appear. Several scenes needed a second run through, with more terror, excitement or anything emoted.

The Door is an indie horror film that could be knocked on, but not entered. Any early mystery dissolves fairly quickly, once characters enter the film's central setting. Conflict between the supernatural and physical is limited and much of the film consists of characters walking around a set, in search of an annoying character. A few dialogue sequences are interesting. But, the film does not have enough explosive action, to create any real interest. The Door has a few good ideas, none of which are developed fully, nor frighteningly.

Overall: 6.25 (action comes in the final few scenes, early scenes are interesting but the mystery is lost too quickly, good lighting).

A movie clip for the film can be found here:

The Door Film Clip on 28DLA

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Friday, October 24, 2014

You Can Ready Your Trick or Treat Bag with the "The Last Halloween"

Just in time for Halloween, director Marc Roussel ("Remote") has just released his short film "The Last Halloween." This film recently screened at Screamfest LA. Now, fans of horror can view the entire film here. In "The Last Halloween," several trick or treaters scour the neighbourhood for candy, but they might be after something else, as well. This ten minute film stars Jake Goodman, Julian Richings and Drew Davis.

The film is set in a post-apocalyptic landscape. In the future, a deserted city and its residents struggle to survive. Strangely, several trick or treaters move about the small town, looking for sweets. The survivors are barely able to help. And then, these trick or treaters turn violent!

"The Last Halloween" has won a few awards. Recently, this title won Best Short Film and Best Editing at the Chicago Horror Film Festival. A quality short film, film fans are encouraged to take a look below and prepare to meet the Devil!

Director: Marc Roussel.

Writers: Marc Roussel, Mark Thibodeau.

Cast: Jake Goodman, Julian Richings and Drew Davis.

The full short is hosted here:

The film's official webpage is hosted here:

The Last Halloween Homepage

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Pinup Girls on Ice Rips Through Tuscon Terror Fest October 24th, 2014!

Pinup Dolls on Ice is the follow-up to Bikini Girls on Ice (2009). Both films are sexploitation features, which deal with a murderous serial killer. Geoff Klein's latest film will screen at Tuscon Terror Fest today. The sequel involves a group of dancers, who are invited to a campsite. A killer waits for them there. Fans of exploitation or indie horror can preview the film's appearance in Tuscon here.

The film's trailer reveals more of the characters and killer. The clip also shows a madman hounding several woman. Few will survive their encounter with this unstoppable maniac. The trailer awaits below.

Showing Date: October 24th, 2014 (Limited Theatrical).

Director: Geoff Klein and Melissa Mira.

Writer: Michael Penning.

Cast: Karine Kerr, Suzi Lorraine and William Jarand.

The trailer for Pinup Girls on Ice is here:


Pinup Girls on Ice at Tuscon Terror Fest

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