Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Ejecta Touches Down on Earth with this Surreal Trailer

Foresight Pictures is describing their sci-fi thriller Ejecta as a throwback to the '80s. Very surreal, the first trailer for Ejecta has been released. The clip seems to show visitors of an alien kind, but it is difficult to tell. Ejecta was filmed in Canada and this title is complete. As well, the film stars Julian Richings (Cube), Lisa Houle, Adam Seybold and Dee Wallace. The film's first trailer has landed below.

The story for Ejecta involves a recurring solar storm and two missing men. A group of extraterrestrials may be involved in their abduction and these terrifying life forms are hunting more people.

Ejecta has already been picked up by Anchor Bay Films for distribution and a release date is coming soon. More on the film is available past the break.

Release Date: TBA.

Director: Chad Archibald and Matt Wiele.

Writer: Tony Burgess.

Cast: Julian Richings, Lisa Houle, Adam Seybold and Dee Wallace.

a trailer for the film is here:


Ejecta at the UHM

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

What Lurks in the Shadows of Michael Bartlett's Treehouse (Early Trailer)?

Treehouse is a mysterious horror feature from director Michael Bartlett (The Zombie Diaries). A film poster for this title was released in mid-2013. And recently, Imagination Worldwide has released a sales trailer for the feature. The clip shows several teenagers dealing with a group of shadowy figures. The clip also reveals a lot about the film. And, Treehouse stars J. Michael Trautmann (Here Comes the Boom), Dana Melanie and Daniel Fredrick.

The story for Treehouse focuses on missing teenagers and shades in the local woods. Two high school students are kidnapped and two brothers find one of the victims. Elizabeth (Melanie) is alone and afraid in an isolated fort and several shadows lurk below. All three will have to face an unimaginable evil, if they are to survive the night.

Imagination Worldwide is both a sales agent and distributor. So, this film is likely moving towards a release date. The film is currently in post-production and a release date is sure to come later this year. For now, horror fans can enjoy a sneak peek at Treehouse here.

Director: Michael Bartlett.

Writers: Alex Child and Miles Harrington.

Cast: J. Michael Trautmann, Dana Melanie and Daniel Fredrick.

*the trailer has been removed by request from the filmmakers.

**a rough cut of the trailer is still available here:

Treehouse at Imagination Worldwide

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You Are Not Alone is Entirely Shot Through One Character's POV: A Preview

It looks like someone is wearing their Google Glasses, in this trailer for You Are Not Alone. This horror title is filmed entirely from a first person perspective. And, this film will debut at the Cannes Film Festival, later this year. You Are Not Alone stars Krista Dzialoszynski, David O'Brien and Mary Mikva. Fans of horror can preview the film's latest sales trailer here.

The story begins with Natalie (Dzialoszynski). Natalie returns to her hometown, during 4th of July events. Everything is going well until Natalie is stalked by a psychotic killer. A killing spree takes down several locals, but this killer has his eyes on someone special.

The latest trailer is shot entirely through Natalie's point-of-view. From parties to murderous confrontations, Natalie's vision is recorded for viewers. The thrilling trailer is just past the break.

Release Date: TBA.

Director: Derek Mungor.

Writers: Derek Mungor and Chris O'Brien.

Cast: Krista Dzialoszynski, David O'Brien, Mary Mikva, Keenan Camp and Nikki Pierce.

A trailer for You Are Not Alone is here:

A fan page for the film is here:

You Are Not Alone on Facebook



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Aftermath Envisions a Bleak Future in this Horrifying Trailer

It is amazing how many post-apocalyptic films that are coming out nowadays. The latest is titled Aftermath (formerly Remnants) and this title is from director Peter Engert. Aftermath was completed in 2012 and Image Entertainment will distribute this title July 18th, 2014, through video-on-demand. The film stars Monica Keena (Freddy vs. Jason), Andre Royo ("The Wire"), Christine Kelly (Samuel Bleak), and C.J. Thomason (Harper’s Island). Fans of the genre can preview the film's release with a trailer here.

The story for Aftermath is a bleak one. A nuclear strike hits America and several survivors take refuge underground. These strangers find their refuge unsuitable as radiation leaks into their cellar. Radiation sickness effects many of the characters and then, events get worse. Others, forced to reside on the surface, are looking for supplies and shelter. They attempt to take over the cellar and these strangers will have to band together, in order to survive.

Aftermath appears similar to Xavier Gens' The Divide. Both films take place after a nuclear strike and survivors must fight for food, within a small refuge. Fans of claustrophobic thrillers can view the tension in the film for themselves, with this trailer for Aftermath hosted below.

Release Date: July 18th, 2014 (VOD).

Director: Peter Engert.

Writer: Christian McDonald.

Cast: Edward Furlong, Monica Keena, William Baldwin, Andre Royo and Bo Mitchell.

A trailer for the film is here:


Aftermath at UHM

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Monday, April 21, 2014

13 Sins and 13 Bloody Challenges: A Movie Review

Director: Daniel Stamm.

Writers: David Birke and Daniel Stamm.

Cast: Mark Webber, Devon Graye, Tom Bower, Rutina Wesley and Ron Perlman.

13 Sins is an indie horror feature from The Last Exorcism (2010) director Daniel Stamm and a trio of production companies. The film takes it source material from a horror film from Thailand, titled: 13: Games of Death (2006). This viewer has not seen the earlier film, so comparisons cannot be made. On its own, 13 Sins is a solid thriller, with actor Mark Webber playing a troubled protagonist. Everything goes wrong for his character, Elliot. Fortunately, Stamm's directing style keeps events interesting as the protagonist fights against unseen forces. 13 Sins is a solid indie thriller, which offers lots of dark comedic bits.

The story is told through the eyes of Elliot. He is a man down on his luck. Recently, Elliot has lost his job and a new baby is on its way. He must also deal with a mentally disabled, younger brother and a cantakerous father. All of these elements are placing this central character in financial ruin. But, lo and behold, a mysterious caller comes around and offers Elliot thousands of dollars to perform benign tasks. He eagerly accepts the lure of easy money, but the caller demands that Elliot take greater and greater and bloodier and bloodier risks. Soon, Elliot is immersed in a bloodsport, with several other players and there can be only one winner!

13 Sins offers a few light moments of dark humour. For instance, Elliot is in a park with his fiancee, when he receives a new challenge. Elliot must make a young girl cry, within 5 minutes. This perceived door mat of a character steps up to the challenge. The result is troubling, but also comedic. Also humurous, Elliot is displayed on wanted posters for "child abuse," later in the film, for this incident. These are trumped up charges and worthy of a laugh. As well, Elliot is tasked with sawing a man's arm off, which he does with haste. He takes his victim to the hospital and drops off the man's arm with a ziplock bag and ice. The graphic display is unsettling, but also worth a chuckle. It seems Stamm and writer David Birke have found a way to make all of the horrifying bits comedic, too.

The film's tagline is: you don't play the game; it plays you and this snippet describes much of the film's plot. Elliot is so hamstrung by his financial situation that he has no choice on whether to the play the game or not. He has to play the game to pay the bills and look after his family. He is not a protagonist faced with a moral choice; he is compelled by his situation to participate. However, Elliot does manage to pull himself away from this dangerous game, near the end. Yet, like the Mafia, you cannot leave the family and this viewer wonders if Elliot can actually walk away from the game. A sequel might be needed to answer this open-ended question.

13 Sins is a well produced indie thriller, which is a little predictable. All of the shooting is well done and camera angles and ranges are diverse. All of the action is shot very well. Though, plot elements sometimes come across a little flat. Elliot must face an anonymous group of powerful manipulators. And, a confrontation between Elliot and his oppressors is coming, sooner rather than later. It would have been more appealing to see Elliot pull the curtain back, in order to reveal the antagonists. Still, the film delivers a few unusual moments, involving a Weekend at Bernie's (1989) scenario. Much of the action onscreen delivers excitement.

13 Sins was released through video-on-demand formats in March and the film is currently playing through a limited theatrical screening. Fans of indie thrillers will find something to enjoy here. Webber portrays the dilemmas of his character well. And, many of the scenarios are delivered with intensity. 13 Sins is a film in good company, with others involving treacherous games (The Game, Cheap Thrills). But, this incarnation could have used a few more surprises to set itself apart.

Overall: 7 out of 10 (good acting, well produced, some interesting scenarios, a little predictable).

A trailer for the film is here:

A 13 Sins Trailer on 28DLA

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

A Trip to Paranormal Island is a Trip to Hell

Vantage Media International will also distribute first time director Marty Murray's Paranormal Island. This film stars Briana Evigan (Burning Bright) and Lance Henriksen. Both actors play characters located on an isolated island. A haunted bar is at the center of the action and darkness promises looming terror. This title is currently in post-production and a movie poster is available here.

The graphic portrays two characters from the film: Carl and Ivy. A skull looms forefront and it becomes clear that some characters will not escape this cursed island. More details on Paranormal Island will come this way soon.

Release Date: TBA.

Director/writer: Marty Murray.

Cast: Briana Evigan, Lance Henriksen, Randy Wayne, Sarah Karges, Ashley Lobo and Ben Elliott.

*a trailer is coming soon.


Paranormal Island at VMI

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Robert Mearns' Kill Game Partners with Vantage Media International: A Preview

Tagline: "One thing is one is laughing now."

Vantage Media International has released a poster for Robert Mearns' Kill Game. This horror title is based on his earlier work titled "Prank" (2012). Both films deal with several friends, who enjoy playing pranks. But, one person is playing for keeps. The film stars Joe Adler (The Maze Runner), Pierson Fode (Indigenous), Laura Ashley and Ryan Carr. This title is completed and horror fans can preview story details here.

The film begins five years after a tragic high school prank. Now, a masked killer is stalking the pranksters and this game will be just as bloody as the first.

VMI is a distribution company, which specializes in indie titles. So, a release date is expected soon, along with a trailer. A few more details on this title are below.

Release Date: TBA.

Director/writer: Robert Mearns.

Cast: Joe Adler, Pierson Fode, Laura Ashley Samuels and Ryan Carr.

*a trailer is coming soon.


Kill Game at VMI

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Revenge Thriller Julia Takes a Bloodbath: A Preview

Julia is a co-production from: Farraj Factory, Kinetic Arts and Tycor International Film Company. The film is a revenge thriller, which was recently completed in New York City. Ashley C. Williams (The Human Centipede) centrally stars as the character Julia. And, the film's story involves therapy, trauma and a desire for violence. A preview for the film is here.

Sales agent Tombstone Distribution has picked up this title for possible distribution. Tombstone has also released a concept poster for the film, which shows the character Julia in a bloodbath. Fans of horror will want to look out for this film as it moves closer to a distribution date. A few more details on the film are below.

Release Date: TBA.

Director/writer: Matthew A. Brown.

Cast: Ashley C. Williams, Tahyna Tozzi-MacManus, Jack Noseworthy, Joel de la Fuente, Cary Woodworth and Darren Lipari.


Julia at Tombstone

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