Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Terror Films and Jungo TV Partner to Bring Horror Fans More Indie Titles

Indie film distributor and producer Terror Films has partnered with Jungo TV. Together, these two companies will bring several horror titles to Youtube. The full slate will be announced soon. However, Terror Films' President Joe Dain says: "I am thrilled about this new partnership and more importantly, this next phase in the continued growth of our distribution capabilities." Terror Films continues to bring the best indie, horror titles to film fans.

CEO George Chung, of Jungo TV, also spoke about the partnership. He says: "we are so proud to launch this new network with Terror Films, serving the passionate and dedicated super fans of the horror genre." Soon, more horror titles will be available on Jungo TV, with more details coming soon.

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Monday, July 12, 2021

Producers Mem Ferda and Jared Safier Set to Bring a '90s Throwback to the Screen - Titled Scream Bloody Murder

A new film poster is available for horror thriller Scream Bloody Murder. Set to show worldwide soon, Scream Bloody Murder was developed by British producer Mem Ferda (Clownado) and Jared Safier (The Wrong Path) As well, this title was written by: Will Collazo Jr., Julie Anne Prescott and Thomas Watson. This title is a tribute to slasher films of the past, with the film set in a Cheerleaders' Academy. Here, a masked killer is stalking his victims and causing mayhem at the school

Ferda has recently described Scream Bloody Murder. Compared to Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer, Ferda says: "so many throwbacks are done for slasher films of the '80s, not not so much for the '90s." An homage to films of the past, Scream Bloody Murder will bring something new to the screen, later this year. As well Ferda said of director Shawn C. Phillips: "we hope to continue bringing quality films from talents like...Phillips and other very gifted audiences to appreciative audiences." This team will bring more features to the screen in the near future.

A release date, for Scream Bloody Murder, will be revealed soon. For now, fans of indie horror can view the concept poster for Scream Bloody Murder now.

Release Date: TBA.

Director: Shawn C. Phillips.

Writers: Will Collazo Jr., Julie Anne Prescott, and Thomas Walton.

Producers: Mem Ferda, Navid Sanati, Jared Safier, Jeff Descoteaux.

Cast: Scout Taylor-Compton, Tom Sizemore, Sean Whalen, James Duval, and Robert LaSardo.

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Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Criminals Search for a Safehouse in the Upcoming Thriller Hideout

Tagline: "No One Can Hide Forever."

Kris Roselli (Common Grounds) has written the script for horror thriller Hideout. In the film, four robbers hideout on an old farm. However, the family living there is more dangerous than the criminals. As well, this indie feature, from Gibby Pictures, stars: Katie Lyons ("Eldorado"), Chris Wolfe (Airborne), Bryan Enright and Audrey Kovar. To likely show in 2021, the latest movie poster for Hideout is available here.

The latest graphic displays a demented doll. Partially looking like a scarecrow, this figurine leaks blood as its strange eyes look off into the distance. The tagline: "no one can hide forever" eludes to the robbers, searching for a safehouse and what awaits them there.

Hideout is being repped by VMI Worldwide, for a North American release. To show soon, a trailer for Hideout is sure to come this way soon as this feature promises to blend mystery with horror. More details below.

Release Date: 2021 or TBA.

Director/writer: Kris Roselli.

Cast: Audrey Kovár, Bryan Enright, Katie Lyons.

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Friday, June 18, 2021

Something Emerges from Below in John C. Lyons' Unearth

Tagline: "A Sacrifice Must Be Made."

Unearth is a film from the U.S.A. Already released in North America, this indie horror feature is slated to launch in the United Kingdom - this month. In the film, environmental damage sets two neighbours against each other as something terrifying is released from the ground. Unearth is from directors John C. Lyons and Dorota Swies. The film's UK trailer and poster are here.

Adrienne Barbeau stars as one of the neighbours. In the trailer, her character struggles with her farm - which is changing right before her eyes. Will big business win?

UK fans can find out this June 28th. On this date, Unearth will be available on both Digital and DVD formats. Having completed its film festival run, this feature is set to show in more home entertainment markets this Summer.

Release Date: June 28th, 2021 (UK: Digital, DVD).

Directors: John C. Lyons, Dorota Swies.

Writers: Kelsey Goldberg, John C. Lyons

Cast: Adrienne Barbeau, Marc Blucas, Allison McAtee.

The official UK trailer (via Signature Ent.):

More UK Release Details:Unearth at Signature Ent.

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Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Indie Horror Feature Woe has a Dark Tale to Tell

Woe is a familial horror feature. From director Matthew Goodhue, this feature focuses on a brother and sister, after the death of their father. Each sibling copes in different ways as a hunchbacked creature shadows their every move. Starring James Russo (Open Range), Adam Halferty and Jessie Rabideau, this film has just released this week. Now, the film's latest launch trailer is hosted here.

The film's story also mentions a suicide and an estranged Uncle Pete. This dysfunctional family hopes to put their lives back together, after a tragedy. But, all roads lead to dead ends and an eventual confrontation.

Woe will be released by Gravitas Ventures, in the United States. Already available on DVD and Digital, this title promises a dark time spent with a strange creature. More release details are below.

Release Date: June 15th, 2021 (DVD, Digital).

Director/writer: Matthew Goodhue.

Cast: Adam Halferty, Jessie Rabideau, Ryan Kattner and James Russo

The latest trailer for Woe (via Kamikaze Dogfight):

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Friday, June 11, 2021

Where to Give the Devil His Due in The Conjuring's latest - "The Devil Made Me Do It:" A Film Review

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Director: Michael Chaves.

Writers: David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick, James Wan, David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick, Chad Hayes and Carey W. Hayes.

As entertainment, The Conjuring franchise does a commendable job in playing upon the tropes which makes some horror films great. The latest installment, "The Devil Made Me Do It," is a reasonable continuation to which I'm waiting for all the parts to come together on. It's not the same as the prior works, as it depends on more action than exploration (i.e. the haunted house trope), but I was glad to see the Kolchak style change. 

The directors can liberally copy from other films with recognizable The Exorcist (1973)or Poltergeist (1982) moments as much as they want and include as many obligatory jump scares to the film, and I'm okay with it. As a statement on whether Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine Warren (Vera Farmiga) are paranormal investigators with their heart in the right place, the jury’s still out. Criticism exists about the real life team on whether they concocted the situations so that it becomes “profitable” for them. At least their love for each other is true, and that's the only reason people like me still continue to watch this series. 

We have the money maker shots in the introduction. Director Michael Chaves imagines the blending of the various planes of existence, and how a young boy, David Glatzel (nicely played by Julian Hilliard), would be the physical anchor to a non corporeal evil. Claw marks manifest out of nowhere, and the heart attack Ed Warren suffers is probably because that entity is pushing his tongue down this paranormal investigator’s throat! We don’t see it, but that’s my guess at what's happening. 

This franchise is less faithful to the cases the real life team dealt with. I'm sure writer-creator James Wan and David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick are showing tough love in dealing death blows by altering the facts. They did it to give meat to the cases the Warrens were in, so that they'd be interesting to watch on a big screen. They have to put in a new thread to have all the events tie together. 

David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick wrote the screenplay. Only the first 15 or so minutes feels based on documented materials recorded at the time and the rest filler material. The last half had more fictional elements to the story that could have went Perry Mason on viewers. This included finding another cleric who knew what's going on and helped Lorraine put the pieces of the puzzle together. The fact that a comic book series (The Conjuring: The Lover, Bump in the Night released on the week of the film's release) now exists shows the devil's in it for the money. At least Ed Warren is laughing from beyond since he's been accused of profiteering. 

There’s never been a common denominator in the cases The Warrens investigated. They never proved all acts of evil have the same motivations everywhere. Neither is it fully true the deeds are grabs for power as this latest work suggests. The positive theme in The Conjuring franchise is in how acts of purity (and love) can conquer all. From Arne's (Ruairi O'Connor) self-sacrifice to Lorraine reminding her own possessed husband about their bond, it's possible to dispel the devil yourself instead of relying on a holy man. It makes me wonder where the true fight coming up lays. Plus, we've learned that there's a secret group of witches who may well be causing problems around the world. I'm sure more about who they are will be revealed in later films. After all, this coven may well have plans to free Annabelle the Doll or bring the Demon Nun, an incarnation of Valak, back for that big climatic end.

More from writer Ed Sum, at his own website here: Otakunoculture  

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Tuesday, June 08, 2021

A Family on the Run in Post-apocalyptic Thriller F.E.A.R.: First Trailer

Tagline: "Hunt the Hunters."

F.E.A.R. was also titled Forget Everything and Run. Now, this post-apocalyptic thriller is headed for a home entertainment release, with help from Devilworks. In the film, a family struggles to survive in the Pacific Northwest as outlaws hound their every move. From directors Geoff Reisner and Jason Tobias, this action thriller is set to release in mid-June. Starring Marci Miller (Sinister Savior), Justin Dray (Ad Astra) and Danny Ruiz, the film's official U.S. trailer and poster are here.

The trailer, just released this week, shows the family on the run. A group of outlaws attacks them in the wild. And, this family must use their wits in order to find a way to continue surviving in this isolated locale.

New Era Entertainment will handle this title's U.S. release. On June 15th, F.E.A.R. will be available on Digital and DVD formats. Bonus features have not been announced, yet. However, post-apocalyptic fans can preview this title, with all showing details, here.

Release Date: June 15th, 2021 (Digital, DVD).

Directors/writers: Geoff Reisner, Jason Tobias.

Cast: Marci Miller, Jason Tobias, Danny Ruiz.

The film's official trailer (New Era Ent.):

More indie post-apocalyptic action - The Collapsed (2011):

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Friday, June 04, 2021

The Nest Hosts a Bug Filled Nightmare this July 20th!

Tagline: "Don't Let the Bed Bugs Bite."

The Nest is an indie thriller from director James Suttles (The Good Things Devils Do) In the film, a young girl is traumatized by the temporary loss of her mother, to substance abuse. When she returns, Meg (Maple Suttles) is  distant and instead bonds with her stuffed bear. But, this toy might have something sinister within. The Nest was written by Jennifer Trudrung and also stars: Dee Wallace (All Hallow's Eve), Sarah Navratil and Kevin Patrick Murphy. The film's official U.S. launch poster and trailer are here.

The trailer shows Meg's stuffed bear infested with a spider. The infestation intensifies as the film progresses. And, this family's struggles will worsen as they relocate to a new household.

4 Digital Media will handle the United States' release of The Nest, this July. On July 20th, The Nest will show on Digital platforms, including: Vudu, Tubitv, the Playstation netwrok, Google Play and several others. The Nest will also debut in the United Kingdom on July 20th. The latest trailer for this bug filled fear fest is below.

Release Date: July 20, 2021 (USA, UK, Digital).

Director: James Suttles.

Writer: Jennifer Trudrung.

Cast: Dee Wallace, Sarah Navrati, lMaple Suttles and Kevin Patrick Murphy.

The U.S. trailer for The Nest:

The film's homepage: The Nest Homepage

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