Saturday, July 30, 2016

Minutes Past Midnight Invites You to Face Your Fears with Nine Tales of Terror!

A new horror anthology is coming your way. Titled Minutes Past Midnight, this anthology features nine horror short films, from directors like Ryan Lightbourn (Sleepwalkers) and Kevin McTurk. This film, developed by Indiecan, Unstable Ground and Rue Morgue Magazine, brings titles such as "Horrific," "Ghost Train," "Awake," Lightbourn's "Roid Rage," and many more, to the big and little screens. A trailer for "Roid Rage" is available here, on 28DLA: A "Roid Rage" Trailer on 28DLA. Uncork'd Entertainment will release this title in the US, while Raven Banner Entertainment handles distribution in Canada. A preview for the film, including a trailer, poster and still, are hosted here.

The trailer shows a brief glimpse of each of the stories. The clip shows a bloody good romance. Meanwhile, other short stories focus on strange encounters at the urinal, or a man with a creature splitting headache. Each story is very unique. But, each plot is firmly set in the horror genre.

Minutes Past Midnight will begin to show before audiences this October. The film will be available in a few select theatres in early October. Then, the film will be hosted on Video-on-demand platforms October 18th, followed by a DVD release in early February, of 2017. Horror fans will have lots of opportunities to see Minutes Past Midnight, starting this Halloween season!

Release Date: October (first week), 2016 (Limited Theatrical), October 18th, 2016 (VOD) and February 7th, 2017 (DVD).

Directors: Robert Boocheck, Lee Cronin, Francisco Sonic Kim, Ryan Lightbourn, Marc Martínez Jordán, Kevin McTurk, James Moran, Christian Rivers, Sid Zanforlin.

A trailer for the anthology:

*a total list of the shorts includes: "Horrific," "Ghost Train," "Awake," "Roid Rage," "Timothy," "The Mill at Calder's End," "Crazy for You," "Feeder," "Never Tear us Apart."

A fan page for the film is available here:

Minutes Past Midnight on Facebook

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

A Mysterious Trailer Emerges from the Dark with Tonight She Comes

Tagline: "Yesterday.. she was chosen. At midnight.. she was sacrificed. This morning.. she was buried. But tonight… Tonight She Comes. Everyone else will die."

Matt Stuertz's Tonight She Comes either pays homage to '80s slashers or spoofs them. The film is revenge horror, according to the trailer. In the clip, a woman is murdered, she returns and she is looking to kill her killers. The film stars Nathan Eswine, Larissa White, Jenna McDonald and many others. The film's first trailer is here!

The short synopsis talks of a missing girl. Friends search for her near an abandoned cabin. But, something or someone is still lurking in the nearby woods, ready to kill.

The film's first trailer offers a brief look at the film. '80s synth haunts the track, from composer Wojciech Golczewski. Meanwhile, portions of the clip have been overlayed with black and white images. A nice looking, stylish trick, this technique shows only brief portions of scenes. Revealing little, fans of indie horror will have to make their own guesses as to what actually happens in the film. More on Tonight She Comes is available below.

Release Date: TBA.

Director/writer: Matt Stuertz.

Cast: Frankie Ray, Adam Hartley and Larissa White.

The first trailer for the film:

A fan page for the film is available here: Tonight She Comes

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Split Twenty-three Ways in this Trailer from M. Night Shyamalan

M. Night Shyamalan has directed another thriller, titled Split. Last year, he completed the nightmarish The Visit. And, he will also direct an episode for the return of "Tales from the Crypt," in 2017. Actor James McAvoy (X-men: First Class) stars in this feature, which deals with Split Personality Disorder aka Dissociative Identity Disorder. This real life disorder, often caused by trauma, creates differing characters within one person. Some of those personalities can be seen in the first trailer for Split, found here.

The film focuses on Kevin (McAvoy) and his abduction of three teenage girls. He keeps them locked away as he introduces them to each of his personalities. And, one is not like the other. The most dominant personality, the Beast, is set to make an appearance as the girls struggle to escape.

Shyamalan has stated that he will continue with smaller budgeted films. After critical failures like The Happening (2008), Shyamalan has kept the budgets of his features to a few million, with The Happening budgeted at closer to 48 million. This latest also looks to be produced for just under 4-5 million. More on Split is hosted below.

Release Date: January 20th, 2017 (Theatrical).

Director/writer: M. Night Shyamalan.

Cast: James McAvoy, Haley Lu Richardson, Brad William Henke and Anya Taylor-Joy.

The first trailer for the film is here:

Source: Split at Quiet Earth

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

You Should Get Your Tickets for Train to Busan: A Film Review

*full disclosure: an online screener of this film was provided by Well Go USA.

Director/writer: Sang-ho Yeon.

Cast: Yoo Gong, Dong-seok Ma, Woo-sik Choi, Yu-mi Jeong and Sohee.

Train to Busan is a film from South Korea and director Sang-ho Yeon. The film offers a fresh look at the zombie apocalypse. This time, events take place on a train, which is heading from Seoul to Busan. Along the way, several passengers will fight for their lives. Meanwhile, bitey zombies find unique ways to harass the living. But, there is more than just a physical fight, going on here. There is a moral fight, as well. The protagonist, a busy father, is pro-social, while a cowardly businessman is everything you do not want in a friend, acquaintance, family member etc. There can be only one winner. And, Train to Busan is an exciting, insightful journey through a zombie pandemic.

There are a couple of subplots in the film. Though, this title is essentially a train ride through the apocalypse. A high school baseball team is on board the train. A young player and a cheerleader fall in love. But, zombies are also fighting for Jin-hee's (Sohee) attention. As well, Seok Woo (Yoo Gong) is trying to bond with his distant daughter. But, their relationship is on the rocks, much like the train on the rails. Amongst these subplots, a chemical leak is turning much of Korea into the world's worst tourist trap. Few will make it to their destination.

While long at two hours, there are a number of imaginative scenarios within the film. In one sidebar, zombies fall from a chopper, which is struggling to stay aloft. The zombies hit the pavement running as they continue their search for more victims. This scenario made at least one viewer smile. The zeds have a few weaknesses. If they cannot see the uninfected, they will not attack. So, a darkened tunnel offers some of the characters refuge or a way to evade or outmaneuver the zombies. In another scene, Seok uses a luggage stowage compartment to sneak by the blind infected. A number of other scenarios create excitement and tension as this train sputters to Busan.

A theme begins to emerge within Train to Busan. Writer Sang-ho Yeon promotes pro-social behaviour, through his characters. The father is confronted by his selfishness, by his daughter, Soo-an. Soo-an says to her father about his selfish actions: "that's why mommy left." She reminds her father of the need to help others. Seok's character arc involves more and more pro-social action. By the end of the film, Seok is saving pregnant women and other passengers. On the other side of the fence, an older businessman shows his true, yellow colours throughout the film. Initially, he does his best to leave others behind, at an overrun train station. Later, he lies about the status of others and whether they are infected, or not. This character is reprehensible in so many ways and his continuous survival will fray one's nerves, over time. And, the film will make viewers question: how would you act, in an emergency or similarly dire situation?

Train to Busan is set to stop at several theatrical stations, this month. Beginning on July 29th, this title will see a few theatres and zombie fans should shuffle to their local movieplex, if it is playing there. This is a Well Go USA release and it is an entertaining one. The film is full of moral dilemmas. And, the characters are separated by what is morally good (generousity) versus morally bad (deceitfulness). The zombies also act unpredictably as most of Korea burns to the ground. While a bit long, Train to Busan is an exciting trip through director Yeon's imaginative and somewhat sombre zombie apocalypse.

Overall: 7.5 out of 10.

A trailer for the film is available here: Trailer #2 for Train to Busan

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Twenty-six More Tales of Murder are Coming Your Way with ABCs of Death 2.5!

Tagline: "28 new directors...26 new ways to die."

A new ABCs of Death film is coming your way. Packed with twenty-six new shorts, ABCs of Death 2.5 will be released this Summer. And, each new tale will begin with the letter "M." Participating shorts include: "M for Moonstruck," "M is for Mother" and Todd E. Freeman's (Cell Count) "M is for Marriage." Each short is up to 3 minutes long. And, this newest film, in the ABCs of Death franchise, is over eighty-five minutes long. The trailer for this latest feature is hosted below.

The trailer has all sorts of gooey goodness. From decapitations to shootings, the clip has all forms of maggoty madness. As well, these latest twenty-six shorts have been picked from 500 entries. So, the absolute blood-splattering best will be in this latest incarnation. More on ABCs of Death 2.5 is available below (also called ABCs of Death 2 1/2: World Competition Edition).

Release Date: August 2nd, 2016 (Vimeo, VOD).

Writers: Todd E. Freeman, Clint Kelly, Cody Kennedy, Jason M. Koch, Kevin Martin, Shane McKenzie, Robert Phelps, Mia Kate Russell, Tim Rutherford, Tom Stas, Jeff Stewart, Bob Woolsey.

Cast: Mace Coronel, Natalie Victoria and Gabriela Marcinková.

The official trailer, for this anthology, is hosted here:

Source: Abcs of Death 2.5 at Quiet Earth

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

All Aboard! Theatres this July 22nd for Train to Busan

Korean language film Train to Busan will show in several American cities. The film will be played on both seaboards. And, this zombie film involves a pandemic. A remote, coastal city promises refuge as long as survivors can get there. The film's official trailer, from Well Go USA, shows characters on the run and chased by the thing of nightmares. As well, the official artwork for Train to Busan is available here.

The limited theatrical release will cover at least ten cities. To be shown in Los Angeles, New York and a handful of other American theatres, Train to Busan brings the zombie apocalypse from South-east Asia to the US. As well, Canadian film fans can see this title in Vancouver and Toronto, on July 22nd. A home entertainment release has not been announced. However, once further release details are announced, they will be posted here.

Release Date: July 22nd, 2016 (Limited Theatrical).

Director: Yeon Sang-Ho.

Cast: Gong Yoo, Jung Yu-Mi, Ma Dong-Seok, Kim Eui-Sung

The official trailer for the film is hosted here:

A full list of theatres, which will be playing Train to Busan, are listed at the Well Go USA website:

Train to Busan at Well Go USA

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

All Exit Doors Lead to More Terror in House of Purgatory: Official Trailer and Poster

Tagline: "No one escapes purgatory."

Recently, Terror Films acquired Tyler Christensen's House of Purgatory. Now, a new trailer and poster are available for this feature. Focusing on four friends and a Halloween attraction, this haunted location knows the characters' deepest secrets. The trailer shows lots of gore and bloodshed as each friend is confronted with the truth of their past. As well, the official poster shows one of the film's central villains, in a death mask. More on the film is hosted here.

The official synopsis talks of a haunted house. It is made up of several floors. For each floor that the friends can complete, they are rewarded with a cash prize. But, something terrifying lies in wait, amongst the floors. And, few will escape this destructive attraction.

House of Purgatory is slated for a Fall release. A more specific release date is coming this way. For now, indie horror fans can view more on the film, in the terrifying trailer, found below.

Release Date: Q3, 2016.

Director/writer: Tyler Christensen.

Cast: Torey Adkins, Laura Coover, Marika Engelhardt, Brad Fry and Aaron Galvin.

The film's official trailer:

More on the film will be available at the Terror Films' website:

A Terror Films' Official Website

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Monday, July 18, 2016

You Can Win a Three DVD Prize Pack from Level 33 Entertainment Right Now!

Level 33 Entertainment is giving away a horror prize pack. In celebration of the release of Queen of Spades: The Dark Rite, a three DVD prize pack will be given away, here at The three DVDs consist of: Harold's Going Stiff (2011), The Legend of the Psychotic Forest Ranger (2011) and The House Across the Street (2013). If you are really nice, Level 33 Entertainment might even send you an online screener of Queen of Spades: The Dark Rite. More details on the contest are hosted here.

Queen of Spades: The Dark Rite released last week. This Russian language title involves a spirit, which is summoned via a mirror. A special phrase brings this witch into frame and she will not leave until she steals another soul. The official video-on-demand release date was July 15th, 2016, with a DVD release set for this September. The film is available now on Amazon: Queen of Spades on VOD at Amazon. Contest entry details, for the three DVD prize pack, are available below.

Release Date: July 15th, 2016 (VOD) and September 15th, 2016 (DVD).

Director: Svyatoslav Podgaevsky.

Cast: Igor Hripunov Vladimir Seleznev, Evgenia Loza Sergey Pohodaev Alina Babak, Valery Dmitriev Valentin Sadiki.

Contest rules:

-you must live in North America (Canada, USA, Mexico)
-you must be a horror fan
-you must send your entry to this email, with "Level 33 Ent. Giveaway" in the headline:

-please also include your name and address, in the body of the email.

Good luck horror fans!

*contest ends July 25th, 2016.

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A trailer for Queen of Spades: The Dark Rite is available here:

Queen of Spades: The Dark Rite Trailer on 28DLA

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