Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Wind Walkers Step Out of the Shadows in this First Trailer

Tagline: "A new killer, born of war, riding the wind."

A hunting trip goes wrong in Russell Friedenberg's Wind Walkers. This film, which was shot in the Florida Everglades, brings an ancient Native American legend to the screen, in 2015. From director Russell Fridenberg and starring Glen Powell (April Apocalypse) and Zane Holtz (Vampires Suck), Wind Walkers are spirits, who can possess the living. These spirits come to life in the first trailer for the film, found here.

For more on the story, this hunting party is under attack. Their lodge is robbed and destroyed. Then, one in their group disappears into the wilderness. More and more from the group disappear, until they return hungry for flesh. Now, the survivors must escape, or face an eternity of rot in the swamps.

The first trailer for Wind Walkers is a compelling one. Full of action sequences and exterior shots, the trailer shows many of the film's characters and situations. Fans of indie horror are encouraged to take a look below.

Release Date: 2015.

Director/writer: Russell Friedenberg.

Cast: Glen Powell, Zane Holtz, Rudy Youngblood, Johnny Sequoyah and Kiowa Gordon.

The first trailer for Wind Walkers is here:


Wind Walkers at Tricoast Worldwide

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

A Harrowing Honeymoon: A Movie Review

*full disclosure: a DVD screener of this film was provided by Magnolia Home Entertainment.

**there are spoilers here.

Director: Leigh Janiak.

Writers: Phil Graziadei and Leigh Janiak.

Cast: Rose Leslie, Harry Treadaway and Ben Huber.

Honeymoon is a small indie horror film from first time director Leigh Janiak and scriptwriter Phil Graziadei. Together, these two filmmakers have created a mysterious thriller, set in a lakeside cabin. Who is Bea (Rose Leslie)? This is a question that is central to the film. The answer must be found by the viewer, initially as the film effectively delivers a tale of suspense. Minimizing the horror elements, Honeymoon is a well acted and a character focused title, that delivers believable interaction and conflicts.

Bea and Paul (Harry Treadaway) are recently married. They make silly marriage videos and they are overly affectionate with each other. Soon, they reach their honeymoon location and it is here where strange events begin to occur. Lights appear in the woods and Bea is drawn to them, like a moth to a flame. Later, Bea begins to act in a bizarre manner. She forgets how to make breakfast and speaks in a different manner. Paul begins to believe that something happened to Bea in the woods. And, this might be the first case of extraterrestrial infidelity that this critic has seen.

Honeymoon is a character focused film endeavour. There are really only two characters in the film: Bea and Paul. Two minor characters are introduced in the first act, but they only appear in one scene. The rest of the movie is spent with Bea and Paul as they view each other, newly as wedding partners. In a character focused title, dialogue is used more than action. Much of the film is spent inside the cabin, with a focus on interaction. There are few action elements here, until late in the film. The focus on interactions keeps the film small. And, actors Rose Leslie and Harry Treadaway must carry the film's story.

Both actors provide compelling characterizations. Leslie is a trained actress, with a long history of studying in the arts. Leslie's portrayal of Bea is very well done. This actress will draw many viewers into the struggles of her character. Treadaway shows incredulity, well. His character, Paul, is tasked with wondering about Bea's sexual faithfulness to him. Articles of her clothing are found in the woods, covered in fluids. Paul must question and hound Bea about her sojourn into the dark. But, he does not find his answers in time. The effectiveness of the actor's delivery creates an immersive and believeable experience.

Honeymoon delivers an effective viewing experience by focusing on one question; who is Bea? Other minor questions will come up: is Bea unfaithful? is Bea showing her true crazy colours after the wedding? Centrally though, the film zeroes in on Bea and on how she is changing. The changes become more physical and less psychological as the film progresses. So, it becomes obvious that something is transforming Bea, but what? The film maintains its mystery and suspense by not revealing too much, too quickly. Instead, an external presence is shown subtly by appearing only off-screen. Then, a strange light haunts the cabin, which Bea is drawn to. Bea's interaction with another entity begins to show watchers that, indeed, Bea is transforming into something else.

Honeymoon is a consistently effective and entertaining indie release. This title has already been shown in a few select theatres, in late 2014. As well, the film has just been released on home video formats (Jan. 13th, 2015). Fans of mystery or of psychological thrillers are encouraged to pick this film up. This viewer watched the film twice and enjoyed the film both times. Most other viewers will find the material equally engrossing and exciting. Though, the film takes some time to find its footing; the film really gets going into the climax and into the final few scenes. Honeymoon is a character rich film with a few moments of real horror.

Overall: 7.25 out of 10 (great acting, smallish film, a few exterior shots, few characters).

A scene from Act II of the film is hosted here, in which Paul questions Bea's loyalty:

Honeymoon Clip on 28DLA

A fan page for the film is hosted here:

Honeymoon on Facebook

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Cave Dwellers Emerge from this Digging Up The Marrow Trailer

Adam Green's (Frozen) horror feature Digging Up The Marrow has a new trailer. The clip shows actor Ray Wise as a man with a monstrous discovery. He has found creatures emerging from a hole, in an isolated forest and a documentarian films their existence. The director, Green, also stars in the feature. And, the film is shot found footage style, with shaky hand cameras. Offering only a few exciting shots, the Digging Up the Marrow trailer is below.

For more from the synopsis, the creatures inhabit an underground burrow. A large city is located deep down below. And here, the monsters prepare to attack those living on the surface. No one survives their encounter with these dangerous denizens of the earth.

Digging Up The Marrow will release in February. This title will run a limited theatrical screening, thanks to RLJ Entertainment. The film will also release through Video-on-demand, on this date (Feb. 20th). All available details on the film are located below.

Release Date: February 20th, 2015 (Limited Theatrical, VOD) and March 24th, 2015 (DVD).

Director/writer: Adam Green.

Cast: Ray Wise, Adam Green, Will Barratt and Rileah Vanderbilt.

The first trailer for Digging up the Marrow is here:

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Dead Island: Watchtower Puts You on Guard Duty in this Thrilling Trailer

The first trailer for Dead Island: Watchtower has released. The clip shows two meddling reporters, who help unleash a plague. Soon, a whole town is infected. Dead Island: Watchtower was developed by visual effects pro' Zach Lipovsky, for release exclusively on the Crackle online platform. The film will be released on March 27th, 2015. As well, Dead Island: Watchtower stars Meghan Ory (Dark House), Rob Riggle (21 Jump Street), Virginia Madsen (The Number 23) and Dennis Haysbert. The trailer offers thrills below.

The clip shows viewing fans elements of the source material. Based on the Dead Rising video game series, the character Frank West makes an appearance. This character was central to the original 2006 version of the game and a couple of spin-offs. As well, the trailer briefly shows some of the suped up weapons including: shotguns, flamethrowers and an electrified shovel? Of course, the zombies appear in many scenes, especially in city streets. Fans of the game or of zombie fiction are encouraged to take a look inside.

Release Date: March 27th, 2015 (Online).

Director: Zach Lipovsky.

Writer: Tim Carter.

Cast: Meghan Ory, Rob Riggle, Virginia Madsen and Dennis Haysbert.

A trailer for Dead Rising: Watchtower is hosted here:

*a "Dead Rising" television series is being developed by Contradiction Films and Legendary Digital Media, in 2015.

A fan page for the film is available here:

Dead Rising: Watchtower on Facebook

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The Scarehouse Offers Free Surgery in this "DIY Boob Job" Clip

Director Gavin Michael Booth has released a disturbing clip for horror feature The Scarehouse. The clip, titled "DIY Boob Job," is very NSFW and involves a young woman tortured and eviscerated. A tale of revenge, The Scarehouse follows two sorority sisters as they turn on their former friends. This title has just been released through video-on-demand and the film has been reviewed here: The Scarehouse Reviewed on 28DLA. Fans of horror can view the bloody clip below.

As well, The Scarehouse will release on DVD in February. The release will host plenty of scares and the film is recommended to indie horror fans. More details on the film are hosted below.

Release Date: January 13th, 2015 (VOD) and February 17th, 2015 (DVD).

Director: Gavin Michael Booth. Writer: Gavin Michael Booth and Sarah Booth.

Cast: Sarah Booth, Kimberly-Sue Murray, Katherine Barrell, Teagan Vincze, Emily Alatalo, Dani Barker, Ivana Stojanovic and Jennifer Miller.

The "DIY Boob Job" clip is here:

The film's fan page is here:

The Scarehouse on Facebook

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The AMC Releases a Gruesome Second Trailer for "The Walking Dead's" Mid-Season Return

The AMC has released another trailer for the return of Seas. 5, Epis. 9 of "The Walking Dead." The clip shows Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and the other survivors facing the undead, in darkness and in rain. The clip also shows Daryl (Norman Reedus) taking refuge in a barn, with a threat just offscreen. Another quick shot, shows several body parts littering a field. Also, zombies loom on highways, in homes and everywhere else you can image. This second trailer for the second half of the season is a lot more revealing than the first one, which can be seen here: The Walking Dead Mid-Season Return Trailer #1.

Also, Season. 5 returns on February 8th, 2015. Epis. 9 does not even have a name, yet. But, this zombie television fan expects that the show will release more clips and stills, leading up to the show's return. A synopsis should be coming any day now, as well. Fans of the shows can view the latest trailer below.

Showing Date: February 8th, 2015 (Television).

The latest trailer for "The Walking Dead" Seas. 5 is here:


"The Walking Dead" at the AMC

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Chris Staviski's Graphic Horror Feature Pain is Beautiful is Now Available on DVD!

Chris Staviski's Pain is Beautiful is now available on DVD. The film is a character focused feature. And, William (Staviski) is a man struggling with CIPA. This body disorder prevents William from feeling anything in his body. He acts out painful experiments on others, to see how people feel. As well, this title is now available as of January 20th, 2015. The film stars Ivet Corvea (Bloody Bloody Bible Camp), Tim Sullivan (2001 Maniacs) and Elissa Dowling (Black Dahlia). All of the available release details are hosted here.

The official DVD artwork for the film is hosted here. The graphic shows William with a circular saw, one of the character's favourite torture devices. Also, the tagline: "how far would you go to feel...anything?" shows how William is unable to feel anything for others. His inability to feel leads to pain for everyone around him.

Also, the film's official trailer is hosted below. The clip shows more of the film story, with William the focus of the narrative.

Release Date: January 20th, 2015 (DVD).

Director: Chris Staviski.

Writers: Chris Staviski and Lee Woodford.

Cast: Ivet Corvea, Elissa Dowling, Tim Sullivan, Jessica Sonneborn, Mike Pfaff, Lynn Ayala, Brian McCulley and DeeDee Bigelow.

A trailer for the film is hosted here:

The film’s official fan page is hosted here:

The Pain is Beautiful Fan Page

The film can be ordered here:

The Pain is Beautiful Homepage

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Your Ticket to Artificial Horizon's First Trailer Can be Checked Here

Megatopia films has completed production on the zombie horror feature Artificial Horizon. Shot in the United Kingdom, the film deals with bacteria, that is resistant to antibiotics. This bacteria infects the populace, including several passengers on a 747. Artificial Horizon stars Luke Healy, Jack Gordon and Edmund Kingsley. And now, the film's first trailer is hosted here.

The trailer shows some of the film's special effects and settings. The film takes place primarily on the plane. Here, survivors must deal with a most horrifying plague. Their skin begins to bubble as they fight the infection. Truly terrifying, Artificial Horizon plays on the viewers' fears of biological infection. The clip can be viewed below.

As well, a release date for the film will be announced shortly. Though, the film is likely to release in the United Kingdom first, before other territories. More details on the film are listed below.

Release Date: TBA.

Director: Anthony Woodley.

Writers: Anthony Woodley, Luke Healy and Stefan Mitchell.

Cast: Luke Healy, Hardeep Singh Kohli.

A trailer for Artificial Horizon is here:

A fan page for the film is here:

Artificial Horizon on Facebook

On Twitter:

Artificial Horizon on Twitter

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