Friday, September 21, 2018

Terror Films Partners with VIDI Space to Deliver Thirty Titles to Horror Fans throughout October and Beyond

Terror Films has partnered with VIDI Space to bring horror fans what they want - more horror! Just in time for Halloween, Terror Films will contribute nineteen horror films to VIDI Space's "The Horror Space," in October. The new slate will being this October 4th, with Unearthed & Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary. This documentary looks at all of the behind-the-scenes dramas on the making of Mary Lambert's Pet Sematary (1989). This title also includes several interviews with the cast and crew, including: Denise Crosby, Dale Midkiff, Brad Greenquist and many others. The complete contribution to VIDI Space includes thirty titles, with more release dates to come in, soon.

VIDI Space is a new content provider. Along with live streams, they also provide an integrated social chat, for their audiences. VIDI Space will show a new Terror Films' release, between Thursday and Sunday, at 7:00PM PST. The social chat can be accessed on: desktops, laptops and handheld devices through Amazon FireTV and Roku. Following the live premiere, all thirty titles will be available in the VIDI Space catalogue, via a subscription, rental or purchase service.

A full October release schedule, on VIDI Space, is available below. Horror fans will not want to miss the premiere of Unearthed & Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary this October 4th, with Seth Breedlove's Boggy Creek Monster set to show on October 5th! A promotional trailer, to celebrate the release, is hosted below.

The full October slate includes:

October 4th, 2018 - The Path to Pet Sematary (A Movie Review on 28DLA)
October 5th, 2018 - Boggy Creek Monster
October 6th, 2018 - Patient Seven (A Movie Review on 28DLA)
October 7th, 2018 - Hell House LLC
October 11th, 2018 - The Mothman of Point Pleasant
October 12th, 2018 - Dead Body
October 13th, 2018 - Inner Demon
October 14th, 2018 - Head
October 18th, 2018 - Invasion of Chestnut Ridge
October 19th, 2018 - Interior
October 20th, 2018 - Pool Party Massacre
October 21st, 2018 - Be My Cat (A Movie Review on 28DLA)
October 25th, 2018 - Red Eye
October 26th, 2018 - Talon Falls
October 27th, 2018 - The Tribe
October 28th, 2018 - Death on Scenic Drive
October 31st, 2018 - The Barn
October 31st, 2018 - The Follower
October 31st, 2018 - The House on Pine Street

The official promotional trailer for the VIDI Space launch (courtesy of Terror Films):

More details available at Vidi Space: The Vidi Space Homepage

The Terror Films' homepage: The Terror Films Official Website

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

The Long Path to a Release Date Continues with Sci-fi Thriller Replicas: Second Trailer

Production on the sci-fi thriller Replicas began way back in 2014. In 2014, Tanya Wexler (Hysteria) was expected to director. THR reported that the film would begin shooting shortly after: "production [was] scheduled to begin in spring 2015." Likely, Replicas completed shooting that same year. And, post-production was completed in 2017, according to IMDB. However, the film was eventually shot by director Jeffrey Nachmanoff (The Tourist, 2010). In 2017, Replicas released its first trailer. During this same year, the film had an appearance at the New York Comic Con. Now, the film has a second trailer (found below), along with more release details.

Notably, Keanu Reeves (John Wick 2) plays Will Foster, a renowned scientist. Will hopes to bring his family back, after their tragic death - involving a car accident. Eventually, he transfers their consciousnesses into automatons, with horrifying results.

Since the film's completion in 2017, Replicas has sold in several foreign markets, including: the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Finland and South Korea. Recently, Entertainment Studios has picked the film up for showings in North America. Though, this film has been looking for an audience since 2014: "Lotus will introduce the film to foreign buyers beginning at the upcoming American Film Market (THR, 2014)." With a release date still a ways off, in North America, one might begin to wonder as to the quality of the film. Fans of sci-fi or thriller can see the film's quality, for themselves, with the second trailer hosted below.

Release Date: TBA.

Director: Jeffrey Nachmanoff.

Writers: Chad St. John, Stephen Hamel.

Cast: Alice Eve, Keanu Reeves, Thomas Middleditch, John Ortiz and Emily Alyn Lind.

An official trailer for Replicas (courtesy of Entertainment Studios):

Source: Replicas at QuietEarth

Replicas at Hollywood Reporter

Who could forget Reeves in another, pivotal sci-fi thriller - The Matrix!

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Two Monsters Haunt a Local Wood in this Official Trailer for The Dark

Tagline: "Your Worst Fear is Your Only Hope."

Dark Sky Films is set to release the twisted fairy tale The Dark, this October. Just before Halloween, The Dark will show in several theatres, in North America. The Dark was shot in northern Ontario. And, the film involves a tale of abuse as two children find redemption together. This indie horror film is based on a successful short film. Director Justin P. Lange says of his short film: "my thesis film was my first real foray into genre filmmaking, so it was very much a trial-and-error process for me (Screen Words)." And, The Dark stars: Nadia Alexander ("Seven Seconds"), Toby Nichols ("Iron Fist"), Karl Markovics. Now, some of that process can be seen in the official trailer and poster, for The Dark, here.

The official synopsis talks of "Devil's Den," a mysterious forest. Anyone who has entered this dark wood has perished. The spirit of a young girl still haunts the area, taunting those who enter. As well, Lange mentions some of the darker themes in the story: "it’s about dark and twisted subject matter, but underneath it all there’s this layer of hopefulness to it." Hope can be found with monsters and murder?

Finally, Lange wanted to tell a story from the monster's perspective. He says of central character Mina (Alexander) and the film: "I was interested in emotional journey with her." The film is also about Mina's anger: "the other part was seeing the world the way she sees it – this unfeeling, dangerous place, where everything is sort of a mirror for the source of her anger." Anger motivates the film to resolve the characters' pain within as seen in the trailer.

Dark Sky Films will show The Dark this October 26th. On this date, The Dark will show in several theatres and on Digital platforms. Described as a Gothic fairytale, The Dark looks to be one of the most terrifying films to release this year. More release details are below.

Release Date: October 26th, 2018 (Limited Theatrical, VOD).

Directors: Justin P. Lange, Klemens Hufnagl.

Writer: Justin P. Lange.

Cast: Nadia Alexander, Toby Nichols, Karl Markovics

The official trailer for The Dark is here:

An interview with Justin P. Lange at Screen Words: Lange Interviewed at Screen Words

Dark Sky Films also released the zombie thriller It Stains the Sands Red, last year:

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Bio-thriller Strange Nature Births a Monster: A Film Review

full disclosure: an online screener of this film was provided by distributor October Coast.

Director/writer: James Ojala.

Cast: Tiffany Shepis, Stephen Tobolowsky, Lisa Sheridan, John Hennigan and Bruce Bohne.

Strange Nature is an eco-horror or bio-thriller film. This title was developed by first time feature film director and make-up effects guru James Ojala (Silent Retreat, 2016). This title features: Tiffany Shepis (Victor Crowley), Lisa Sheridan ("CSI: Miami"), Bruce Bohne and a few others. Fans of Shepis will be disappointed as she appears in only a couple of scenes. However, Strange Nature does bring a lot of interesting characters to the screen, including former pop star and protagonist Kim Sweet (Sheridan). A micro-budget feature, much of the production value is put into the many deformed creatures on-screen. As well, Strange Nature offers a few comedic bits, before moving into more horrifying territory. This film offers both light and dark tones as one town struggles to cope with a polluted water system.

There are lots of compelling characters, within Strange Nature. A mayor is struggling to deal with growing reports of missing people and deformed babies. This is no longer just a small, quiet town. Meanwhile, Sam (Hennigan) is a soon-to-be-father. But, when his child comes out with fish lips, he wants to unsee his offspring. The protagonist, Kim, is dealing with her former fame as a pop star, while also trying to deal with her dying father. Gramps (Bohne) tells everyone to stay out of the water as his liver gives out. And, all of the characters have an angle or two; few are one-dimensional or shallow.

All of the characters have to deal with a growing biological hazard. Parasites are polluting the local lakes. These parasites are entering the food supply. Pets are hit hard, first. Then, children appear with deformities. New babies do not stand a chance. And, everything and everyone is affected by this growing threat.

Still, there are a few laughs to be had along the way; the film offers a few, decent send-ups. Gramps' solution to the whole problem is: "just stay out of the water." This line and a few others prove that Chuck is losing his mind and his battle with liver cancer. A close-up of a newborn baby, with fish lips and scaly skin, might make some laugh. Another newborn is held by the mayor, at a press conference. This monstrosity will surely create some bad optics for the town. "Drink the water and birth a monster!" might be the town's new slogan. A nearby farmer is an undercover furry. He is shy at first, but wants others to enter his sex dungeon/barn. Not all of the comedic bits hit the mark. But, there are definitely a few laughs to be had, within Strange Nature.

Director Ojala brings his skills in make-up effects to the screen. There are bleeding skunks to shock. Or, a slaughtered deer lays dying next to the road. All of the newborns are hideous. And, a dog loses a patch of fur and skin, in one horrifying scene. However, Ojala brings his best in the final few scenes. A hellhound is unleashed onto the town. And, this dog is vicious! Very monstrous, it tears through some of the characters, while chasing others. The climax and finale are a bit off-killer. Yet, Ojala's practical effects are consistently on point.

Strange Nature is currently on a film festival run. An appearance, in Los Angeles, is scheduled for later in the week (Sept. 22nd). The film will have further appearances in New York and St. Louis Park. So, there are a few upcoming opportunities to see this gory film on the big screen. And, indie horror fans should see this production, simply for the entertainment factor. Many of the characters are well drawn. There is a decent amount of conflict, here. Also, the make-up effects are excellent, with a few laughs thrown in - tongue-in-cheek. Strange Nature also brings a darker tone, later in the picture. So, Strange Nature offers a lot in its short, but bloody runtime.

Overall: 6.5 out of 10.

*the film will play at the Great Western Catskills International Film Festival (October 19-21 in Andes, NY) and the Twin Cities Film Festival (October 17-27 in St. Louis Park, MN).

A homepage for the film: The Official Website for Strange Nature

A trailer for the film, on 28DLA: A Strange Nature Trailer on 28DLA

More info' on the film at AllHorror: Strange Nature Story Details at AllHorror

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Monday, September 17, 2018

Reborn Brings an Electrical Charge to Santa Monica this Year

Tagline: "She's Not Happy."

Reborn is an upcoming horror film, from director Julian Richards (Shiver, 2012). Written by Michael Mahin, this title involves a stillborn baby, eletrokinetic power and one angry young woman. After the baby is brought back to life, the child has new electrical powers. Reborn was developed by New Normal Productions and Jinga Films. Shooting has been completed on this production. And, this title stars: Michael Pare (Gone, 2012), Barbara Campton (Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich), Kayleigh Gilbert and Chaz Bono. A trailer is coming soon. For now, a couple of stills and a concept poster are available.

Reborn will attend the American Film Market, in Santa Monica. This event, held every November, will hosts hundreds of films, agents and filmmakers. One of dozens of horror movies, Reborn will be in attendance and looking to show in several territories, across the world.

Reborn was filmed in Los Angeles, California. With a runtime of 80 minutes, this horror feature brings a bit of Stephen King's Firestarter and a bit of Carrie to the screen. More details, on Reborn, will be posted once they become available.

Director: Julian Richards.

Writer: Michael Mahin.

Stars: Michael Paré, Chaz Bono, Barbara Crampton and Kayleigh Gilbert.

*a trailer is coming soon.

The film's homepage: A Reborn Official Website

Source: Reborn at the Film Catalogue

There have been a few remakes and sequels over the years, but the original Carrie (1976) remains the best:

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Friday, September 14, 2018

A Sibling Mystery Faces a Thief-in-the-Night this September 18th!

A Sibling Mystery is one part suspense and one part comedy. From directors Dan Erickson and Rachel Wortell, this indie film title will show on Digital platforms, next week, through Global Digital Releasing. In the film, two siblings squabble over a party and their lottery winnings. When their winning lottery ticket goes missing, they put on their detective hats - to find the thief. A Sibling Mystery stars: Lily Meyer (Romance Analyst), Keith Bethea, Becky Abrams, Eamon Monaghan, Jess Magee and many others. A preview of the film's mid-September launch is hosted here.

A Sibling Mystery has had a few film festival appearances. This witty feature has shown at: the Vail Film Festival, Portland Film Festival, Soho International and the illustrious Mill Valley Film Festival. The film has completed its film festival circuit, recently.

Now, fans of indie thrillers can find A Sibling Mystery on Digital platforms, in just a few days. This title will show on: Amazon Instant, Vudu and iTunes (Canada, U.S., Ireland and the UK). This title is also expected to show on DVD, at a later date. All of the latest details, on A Sibling Mystery, are hosted here.

Release Date: September 18th, 2018 (Digital).

Directors/writers: Dan Erickson, Rachel Wortell.

Cast: Lily Meyer, Keith Bethea, Becky Abrams, Eamon Monaghan, Jess Magee, Michele Hierholzer and Phillip John Velasco Gabriel.

The official trailer for A Sibling Mystery (courtesy of GDR):

The film's homepage: A Sibling Mystery Official Website

More on Global Digital Releasing here: The Global Digital Releasing Homepge

GDR also released thriller The Mourning Hills, recently:

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Death Race 4: Beyond Anarchy Gets the Checkered Flag for an October 2nd Release (Red Band Trailer)

Death Race 4: Beyond Anarchy is revving its engines for an early October release. The film was originally slated for a January showing on home entertainment formats. Pushed back several months, Death Race 4: Beyond Anarchy follows the 2008 film, directed by Paul W. S. Anderson. This time, a specials ops' military team has infiltrated a super-maximum prison, to kill the villain Frankenstein (Velislav Pavlov) - before the ultimate Death Race. Death Race 4: Beyond Anarchy stars: Danny Trejo (Machete, 2010), Danny Glover (Saw), Zach McGowan ("Black Sails") and Fred Koehler. Now, the film's Red Band trailer is hosted here.

The Red Band trailer shows lots of the film's action sequences. Cars explode, unlicensed, semi-nude race officials start the competition and violence breaks out on the racetrack. This time, no one can stop the world's most dangerous driver - Frankenstein!

This latest film was shot in Bulgaria. This release (DVD, Blu-ray, Digital) will hosts lots of extras. The special features will include: a Digital copy, "Inside the Anarchy," "Time Served: Lists & Goldberg On the Streets of Death Race: Beyond Anarchy," Feature Commentary with Director Don Michael Paul and star Zach McGowan. This release will be in an unrated version. More release details, including the Red Band trailer, are below.

Release Date: October 2nd, 2018 (DVD, Blu-ray, Digital).

Director: Don Michael Paul.

Writers: Paul W.S. Anderson, Tony Giglio, Don Michael Paul,

Cast: Zach McGowan, Frederick Koehler, Christine Marzano, Yennis Cheung.

The Red Band trailer, for Death Race 4: Beyond Anarchy, is here:

*the film hosts a runtime of 111 minutes. To be distributed by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

Available for pre-orders:

Source: Death Race 4 at Bloody Disgusting

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Birthing Horror Comedy Cynthia Brings a Monstrosity into the Ballpit this September 18th!

Tagline: “Robin Taylor wants a baby... in the worst way”

Cynthia is an upcoming horror comedy from directors: Kenny Gage and Devon Downs. The film features actress Scout Taylor-Compton (Halloween, 2007) as Robin, a woman desperate to have a baby. After years of fertility treatments, something has changed in her womb, leading to the birth of a monster. Cynthia also stars: Sid Haig (House of a 1000 Corpses) Bill Moseley (Repo! The Genetic Opera), Robert LaSardo and many others. This film will release, through Indican Pictures this September and a preview of the film's home entertainment launch is hosted here.

More of the hilarity, in Cynthia, can be seen in the trailer. Robin seems oblivious to the scarred and malicious nature of her child. Cynthia attacks another newborn, while tormenting the entire neighbourhood. One character goes over a guardrail and into a ballpit. Actor Bill Moseley appears as Buttercup, a transvestite, while other characters do their best to avoid the six-fingered and one-legged baby Cynthia.

Indican Pictures has set the date for September 18th as the film's release date. In mid-September, Cynthia will show on DVD and Digital platforms, including Amazon. Fans of indie horror, or of comedies will want to mark their calendars for this release. More on Cynthia and her murderous hijinx are below.

Release Date: September 18, 2018 (VOD/DVD).

Directors: Kenny Gage and Devon Downs.

Cast: Scout Taylor-Compton, Sid Haig, Rebecca Marshall, Bill Moseley, Robert LaSardo, James Karen.

The official trailer for Cynthia (courtesy of Indican Pictures):

More on Cynthia at Indican Pictures: Cynthia at Indican Pictures

Indican Pictures also released the comedy, How to Get Rid of a Body and Still be Friends, recently:

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