Friday, July 25, 2014

A Black Bear Tears Through Two Terrified Campers in this Clip for Backcountry

A movie clip for Adam MacDonald's Backcountry has been released by Telefilm Canada. This film was shot in bear country in the fall of 2013. And, the film stars Missy Peregrym, Eric Balfour and Nicholas Campbell. Backcountry might be released as earlier as this year, through Telefilm Canada. Distribution in the United States is still forthcoming. A preview for the film is hosted here.

The extended clip shows characters Jenn (Peregrym) and Alex (Jeff Roop). They are trapped in a tent as a black bear roams their campsite. Then, this large beast sees the couple as a possible breakfast. A confrontation looms between man and beast, on the Blackfoot Trail.

Backcountry is loosely based on some of the experiences and research conducted by MacDonald. Macdonald encountered a bear on one of his hiking trips and this experience led to the creation of the script. Now, the film is complete and thriller film fans can see more of the film below.

Release Date: TBA.

Director/writer: Adam MacDonald.

Cast: Missy Peregrym, Eric Balfour and Nicholas Campbell.

A movie clip for the film is available here:


Backcountry at Telefilm Canada

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Take to the Skies in this Trailer for Horror Feature Artificial Horizon

Who is up for some zombie b-movie fun? A trailer for Anthony Woodley's (Outpost 11) Artificial Horizon has been released recently. The clip shows terror at 40,000 feet. As well, this film is a co-production from Megatopia Films, Premiere Picture, SPEIS Limited and Spice Factory, with funds for shooting raised through a Kickstarter campaign. The film is complete. Now, film fans can see an infection run rampant, high in the skies.

The story involves a world-wide pandemic. Anti-biotics are no longer strong enough to fight bacteria and an infection spreads from person to person. Eight survivors find refuge in a 747, but the plague follows them there. And now, the infected are raging across the plane and into the cockpit.

The trailer for the film shows some of the infected. They look mutated and diseased, thanks to the use of make-up effects. As well, Artificial Horizon is full of action. The infected lurk just outside of the plane and hijackers are taking over inside. Fans of zombie horror features or action titles can preview the lift-off of Artificial Horizon here.

Release Date: TBA.

Director: Anthony Woodley.

Writers: Anthony Woodley, Luke Healy and Stefan Mitchell.

Cast: Luke Healy, Hardeep Singh Kohli.

The official trailer for Artificial Horizon is here:


Artificial Horizon at Stealth Media Group

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Chrysalis Re-births the Post-apocalyptic Film Genre: A Movie Review

Director: John Klein.

Writer: Ben Kurstin.

Cast: Sara Gorsky, Cole Simon, and Tanya Thai McBride.

The Kickstarter campaign for Chrysalis described this film as a cross between Cormack McCarthy's The Road and 28 Days Later. Though, this film is much smaller than both of these apocalyptic films. Still, cinematographer and director John Klein captures the dark tone of these two films through the use of setting and characters. Everyone is just trying to survive, after an infection has ravaged the world. Chyrsalis is a true dystopian film. But, events are not too bleak as a trio moves about a rugged urban landscape. Truly indie, Chrysalis will resonate with many sci-fi or horror film fans.

Chrysalis is a film about the central characters Penelope (Sara Gorsky) and Josh (Cole Simon). This couple wanders about a rundown city, twenty-five years after an infection has wiped out most of humanity. Penelope and Josh have to keep their wits about them as the infected and wild dogs roam the city streets. This pair meet up with two more survivors and here, things get interesting. Abira (Tanya Thai McBride) is a ticking timebomb and a human refuge is very far away. Who will survive, if anyone?

Chrysalis offers a smallish story in the apocalypse. Settings are limited to a few interior settings, which often consist of abandoned apartments and warehouses. The settings are an urban explorers dreamscape, but a film survivor's nightmare. The infected can and often do appear out of dark corners and rooms. Also, well focused and slowly paced, the story relies on a trio of characters, each of whom has a unique story to tell. There are many tales to tell of the end-of-times.

Writer Ben Kurstin has set the film in the dramatic sphere. Other genres lurk around the fringe, including: science-fiction and horror. These elements are seen most prominently in the climax; here, the infected dominate a nighttime series of action sequences. But, the reliance on dialogue and character interactions keeps the film grounded in drama. Some of the dialogue is used to frame the film. For instance, Abira tells two other characters about the spread of infection. Several bombs were triggered in several major cities. Abira uses some storytelling techniques to add interest to this narrative flashback. Other dramas develop between the characters. Penelope is struggling to read and Abira has a secret to share. All of these dramatic elements slow the film's pacing, while enhancing the believability and immersion of the film.

The story is also told through a diverse manner. The use of a voice-over narration allows the viewer into the character's minds; but, these sequences are sometimes overpowered by events onscreen. Flashbacks also add something to the story. A series of quickly shown images develops Penelope and Josh's relationship further. These images show the character's temporal relationship, which is long lasting. As well, director John Klein shows one character's health situation, by rocking the camera to and fro. Penelope is very sick and the camera's awkward movements emphasize her condition. Also, long shots show the city in ruins and possibly on fire. Smoke drifts in the background, with help from computer enhanced imagery. All of these film elements help bring the story together.

Chrysalis is one of the first films that this reviewer has seen, which was funded by a crow-sourcing campaign. Other indie film fans should seek this film out as Chrysalis offers a compelling and thought-provoking tale, which is set, believably, in a dystopian environment. Though slowly paced and sometimes lacking tension, this story is one that offers interesting characters and a well focused story, in a world where anything can and does happen.

Overall: 7 out of 10 (one of the stronger indie films to come out this year, a blend of genres: action, horror, drama and sci-fi, well acted, tension could have been introduced through sound).

A trailer for the film is available here:

A Chrysalis Trailer on 28DLA

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Indie Werewolf Feature Blood Moon Reveals a Monster: First Trailer

Jinga Films is handling the distribution of the werewolf film Blood Moon. This title will be released in the United Kingdom November 2014. Recently, a trailer for the film has been released and the clip shows an old western town assailed by a hairy beast. The film stars George Blagden (After the Dark), Ian Whyte (Prometheus) and Anna Skellern. A preview for Blood Moon is here.

In the story, a group of travellers are kidnapped by a gang of outlaws. But then, both the outlaws and the passengers are attacked by skinwalkers aka werewolves. Can anyone survive this night of terror?

The trailer for the film shows characters and settings. As well, the hairy villain is shown late in the clip. Fans of indie horror features can preview the film's release here, with the launch set to take place shortly.

Release Dat: November 2014 (United Kingdom).

Director: Jeremy Wooding.

Writer: Alan Wightman.

Cast: George Blagden, Ian Whyte, Anna Skellern, Corey Johnson, Shaun Dooley and Jack Fox.

A trailer for the film is available here:


Blood Moon at Jinga Films

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"Android Bride" is Set to Deliver Another Exciting Episode from "The Dead Hour"

"The Dead Hour" is an online horror series from Magnum Pictures. Written by Scott Coleman and directed by Daniel B. Iske, this series is into its third season. Episode 2 of Seas. 3 is titled "Android Bride" and a preview for this short film is available here.

The official trailer shows three characters. One character is a programmer and inventor, while another is made of microchips and still another is about to find a surprising and terrifying truth.

"Android Bride" will be made available at "The Dead Hour" website. The release date for this episode is August 25th, 2014. Fans of horror and short film can find the official trailer for "Android Bride" below.

Release Date: August 25th, 2014 (Online).

Director: Daniel B. Iske.

Writer: Scott Coleman.

The official trailer for the film is here:

The series can be found here:

"The Dead Hour" Homepage

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Grizzly Claws through the Cast in this First Trailer

Saw V director, David Hackl, returns to horror with Grizzly. Also known as Endangered and Red Machine, this title involves a grizzly bear on a rampage and two brothers lost in the Alaskan wilderness. Grizzly stars: James Marsden, Piper Perabo, Billy Bob Thornton and Thomas Jane. A trailer for this feature has recently been released.

The story begins with several disappearances. Loggers and rangers make great bear food, but this grizzly bear has his sights on two brothers. Blood streaks and claw marks will mar many of the characters, before this 500 lb beast is overcome.

The trailer for Grizzly is full of gore. Actor Billy Bob Thornton can be seen marked by this great beast. Other minor characters are reduced to bloody pools and Grizzly looks like a film for gorehounds. The official trailer for the film is below.

Release Date: 2014.

Director: David Hackl.

Writers: Guy Moshe and J.R. Reher.

Cast: James Marsden, Piper Perabo, Billy Bob Thornton, Thomas Jane and Scott Glenn.

The official trailer for Grizzly is here:

*the film is loosely based on the fate of Timothy Treadwell, who was a researcher of grizzly bears.


Grizzly at Upcoming Horror Movies

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Honeymoon Peers into the Gloom with this Film Poster

Leigh Janiak's Honeymoon is moving closer to its release date. Magnet Releasing will distribute this title through video-on-demand September 12th, 2014. Now, the film's official poster is hosted here. The graphic shows the character Bea, trapped by vines and undergrowth.

In the film, Paul (Harry Treadaway) and Bea (Rose Leslie) take up shelter in a small cabin, on their honeymoon. Bea disappears into the local forest and she returns as a different person. Paul suspects infidelity, but Bea has encountered something far more dangerous.

The movie poster is darkly hypnotic. Though, Bea's red tresses stand out, in blood red. The tagline: "after the ceremony comes the ritual." This short line might suggest Pagain elements in this horror title. Something definitely lurks in the film's primary setting, a haunted forest. More details on the release, including a trailer, are below.

Release Date: September 12th, 2014 (Video-on-demand).

Director: Leigh Janiak.

Writers: Phil Graziadei and Leigh Janiak.

Cast: Rose Leslie, Harry Treadaway, Ben Huber and Hanna Brown.

The official trailer for Honeymoon is here:

A homepage for the film is available here:

Honeymoon's Official Website at Magnet

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

The Purge: Anarchy Involves Government Corruption and Strong Social Themes: A Movie Review

Director/writer: James DeMonaco.

Cast: Frank Grillo, Carmen Ejogo, Zach Gilford and Kiele Sanchez.

Director James DeMonaco returns to The Purge (2013) franchise with a chaotic sequel. The Purge: Anarchy is a very anti-American and anti-government film, which images what life would be like without the rule of law. The title's mention of anarchy is a misnomer as the government initiates and controls the violence, against citizens onscreen. Full of social commentaries on race, poverty and government corruption, there is a lot to unpack in this action oriented sequel.

The story's setting is never revealed. But, the film looks very much like Los Angeles, where the film was shot. Here, 12 hours of lawlessness are provided by the government for the citizens. This purging of the sick, the homeless and the poverty-stricken is an attempt to cut through to the chaff. Meanwhile, government officials and the rich elite are running the show and instigating much of the murder. Sergeant (Frank Grillo), a reluctant hero, is tasked with helping a group of innocent people, who are stuck out in the chaos. Sergeant has his own mission to undertake. And, a whole slew of competing motivations threaten to overburden the film's central story.

Is the action depicted in The Purge: Anarchy really anarchy? This viewer would say no. The definition of anarchy is: the absence of government. In the film, government soldiers act as the central villains. They move from house to house kidnapping the innocent residents, so that they can be killed, later. As well, the purge is initiated and organized by the government. The "New Founding Fathers" are the instigators of the violence. As well, high ranking government officials are exempt from the lawlessness. They do not enter the killing grounds, directly. And so, government officials are not on an equal footing with the rest of the citizens. Government is prominent in the film, while true anarchy, or the absence of government is not.

There are two film elements that stood out in this title: the protagonists and the character arc. There is no central protagonist. Though, Sergeant is the quintessential hero. Several protagonists fill the screen. From a single mother and her daughter to a on-again off-again couple, the screen is being shared by multiple personalities. Still, the character and ex-soldier Sergeant, along with Eva (Carmen Ejogo), the mother, are more prominent in the film. This division from one protagonist to many creates for a stronger group of characters. As well, Sergeant's character arc involves violence. He is seeking revenge for the death of his son, but he is also struggling with his own want for revenge. This characters is influenced by the many other characters in his group and it is interesting to watch Sergeant confront his own inner pain, while searching for a meaningful answer to the death of this son. These two film elements helped strengthen the film's central storyline, which is well focused.

The film makes a social commentary on a number of themes, including: race, economic class and government corruption. On race, many of the rich elites depicted in the film are of a caucasian background. The whiteness of the characters is amplified by some of the bright lighting, making these characters almost sparkle. Their victims are often African-American. Or, African-Americans work for the elites as proxies. For example, African-Americans kidnap people off the street for the upper class. On the other hand, African-Americans sometimes look like a new Black Panther party. Their fedoras and guns promise revolution, in an almost comedic fashion. Neither race comes out looking very good in this film. In regards to economic class, the poor and homeless are the first to be victimized. A string of bedraggled bodies will show what can happen to the most vulnerable. Those in the middle-class and living in tenaments do not fare much better. Armed government forces torment those inside. It is only the rich upper-class who seem to be doing well. They purge behind closed doors or partake in controlled deathmatches. The rich, in The Purge: Anarchy, are consistently depicted as villains. Finally, DeMonaco, in his script, highlights potential real world government corruption and totalitarianism. There is a great line near the end of the film, when a blackhat states: "citizens are purging less." Therefore, the government must instigate the purge, because citizens want peace. But, governments rarely want peace in real life nor in DeMonaco's latest film. Many conflicts, involving a range of themes, are brought to the screen in this thought provoking film.

The Purge: Anarchy is one of the better summer films to come out this year. This smaller film ($9 million budget) includes a well focused story, which is full of interesting characters and intriguing sideplots. Action elements are often over-the-top, including the use of flamethrowers and underground street chases. Social commentaries infiltrate the writing. This reviewer enjoyed all of the chaos onscreen. The Purge: Anarchy is not 12 hours long, but its ninety minute runtime is consistently exciting and entertaining.

Overall: 7.25 out of 10.

*only one question remains: what would a third film involve?

The film's official trailer is hosted here:

The Purge: Anarchy Trailer on 28DLA

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