Friday, August 17, 2018

September and October are Not Light on Action with The First Purge Home Entertainment Release and Television News

Fans of The Purge franchise can learn about how it all began when the fourth chapter of this series, The First Purge, when it comes to home video on October 2, 2018. Universal Pictures is not resting on their laurels either. Those people who have yet to discover this series can pick up either this single release or The Purge 4-Movie Collection. This release will arrive on digital on September 18, 2018, and the physical product on October 2, 2018.

New and longtime fans can be welcomed to an America where all crimes are legal for one night a year with the latter release. In this set are The Purge, The Purge: Anarchy, The Purge: Election Year, and the prequel The First Purge.

This series works on a simple premise. When the New Founding Fathers of America look to push the crime rate below one percent for the rest of the year, a radical sociological theory that vents aggression is tested among an isolated community. Dr. Updale (Marisa Tomei) can be blamed or commended for this idea. She proposed this theory to let crime and murder run rampant, but it should be tested out first in a small community. Once Dmitri (Y’Lan Noel) becomes aware his hometown of Staten Island has been selected, he naturally becomes suspicious of its purpose. Alongside community activist Nya (Lex Scott Davis) and her younger brother Isaiah (Joivan Wade), the three take to the streets of the first ever purge to protect their city and seek to survive at the risk of their own lives.

For those viewers already in the know, the wait is not long to see how this ongoing story continues with the premiere of USA Network’s 10 episode television series simply titled "The Purge," on September 4 at 10/9c. From Blumhouse Television and Universal Cable Productions, this series follows several seemingly unrelated characters living in a small city. Tying them all together is a mysterious savior who’s impeccably equipped for everything the night throws at them. As the clock winds down with their fates hanging in the balance, each character is forced to reckon with their pasts as they discover how far they will go to survive the night.

This series is written and executive produced by the film franchise creator James DeMonaco and led by Jason Blum. Additionally, the entire team behind the blockbuster franchise are on board to executive produce: Michael Bay with Brad Fuller and Andrew Form under the Platinum Dunes banner and Sebastien K. Lemercier. Thomas Kelly serves as executive producer/showrunner of the series. Emmy® and Golden Globe® award-winner Anthony Hemingway will direct and executive produce the premiere episode. The premiere and finale episodes will be simulcast on SYFY.

The First Purge Bonus Materials include:

-Deleted Scenes
-A Radical Experiment - Cast & filmmakers discuss how The First Purge expands on the themes of the franchise, making them more culturally relevant than ever before.
-Bringing the Chaos - Violence is inescapable. Here, the talents behind this film explore the elements to make this latest entry the most intense installment yet. 
-The Masks of the First Purge - A good disguise is a key part of a successful Purge night. In this featurette, we take a look at how the masks in the film added to the terror.

More details on Ed Sum's cinematic journeys, at Otaku No Culture: Sum's Blog Otaku No Culture

The First Purge on Blu-ray:




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Thursday, August 16, 2018

German Horror Film Luz to Stun Audiences at the Brooklyn Horror Film Festival: Early Details

Luz is a German language film, from director Tilman Singer. Already having appeared at several international film festivals, Luz began as a student film, shot on 16mm. Well received, this title went onto premiere in Berlin, with a North American premiere at the Fantasia International Film Festival. The story of Luz begins with a cabdriver, who seeks shelter in a rundown police station. Here, there is only madness. Luz stars Luana Velis as the main character, along with Jan Bluthardt and Julia Riedler. Now, this indie horror thriller is set to show at the Brooklyn Horror Film Festival in October. A preview of the film's New York premiere is available here.

A longer synopsis mentions an assault. Luz (Velis) barely escapes the encounter. At a nearby bar, a mysterious woman is seducing Dr. Rossini. Nora (Riedler) recounts Dr. Rossini's strange escape from a taxi cab. Now, Luz and Nora realize that both of their lives are demonically intertwined.

The Brooklyn Horror Film Festival begins this October 11th. Luz will be in attendance, along with other horror films like: the classic Sleepaway Camp (1983), the mysterious Cam, Perry Blackshear's Rusalka and many others. And, Luz should not be missed as international horror films continue to stun audiences. More details on Luz and the Brooklyn Horror Film Festival are below.















Festival Date: TBA.

Director/writer: Tilman Singer.

Cast: Johannes Benecke, Jan Bluthardt, Lilli Lorenz.

An early trailer for Luz:




Luz at the Brooklyn Horror Fest: Luz Details at the Brooklyn Horror Fest

Cold Hell (2017) is another film involving a taxi driver and a strange situation:




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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

A Tale of Two Sisters in Todd Campbell's The Mourning Hills (Out August 17th)

The Mourning Hills is a dramatic thriller, from director Todd Campbell. In the film, two sisters lose part of their family and they run into an old forest. Here, they struggle to survive. As well, The Mourning Hills was inspired by Japan's Aokigahara, or the suicide forest. Also in The Mourning Hills, Chelsea Bryan and Carol Jean Wells play the two sisters. Now, a trailer and poster are available for this title as The Mourning Hills releases this week, on Digital platforms.

The trailer shows Mattie (Bryan) and Kate (Wells) heading off-the-grid. In the woods, they are thought to be runaways. However, not everyone is as they appear, in this early clip.

The Mourning Hills will show on most, major Digital retailers. Global Digital Releasing will move the film to: Amazon Prime, iTunes, VUDU and Tubi TV - this August 17th. This release will be followed by other appearances on: Roku, Vidi Space, iFlix and others. The Mourning Hills is also expected to show on DVD, at a later date. For all of the latest news, on The Mourning Hills, fans of thrillers can check below

















Release Date: August 17th, 2018 (Digital).

Director/writer: R. Todd Campbell.

Cast: Chelsea Bryan, Joe Fredo, Eric Gebhardt.

The official trailer for The Mourning Hills (courtesy of GDR):





More details, on the film, will be available at Global Digital Releasing, soon: The GDR Homepage

A fan page for the film: The Mourning Hills on FB

The film can be viewed here, on Amazon:



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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Cinemafantastique 4 Brings Quality International Films to Vancouver, B.C. this August 25th!

Cinemafantastique 4 is set to show in Vancouver this August. Presented by Vince and Nicole D'Amato, this event will show several short and feature films. As well, filmmakers will be in attendance, along with special guests. Tickets are available now, for this event. And, a preview of the upcoming schedule is hosted here.

On August 25th, Cinemafantastique 4 will begin with an international feature. Roope Olenius's Finnish film Tuftland will start out the showings. This noon event will be followed by a "Short Film Block," which includes at least seven short films. Marco Laguna's crime thriller Doubleplusungood will follow at 4:00pm, along with The Theta Girl just after 7:00pm. Several filmmakers will be available for questions and interviews throughout these screenings.

Cinemafantastique is an international genre film festival. Associated with distributor Darkside Releasing, Cinemafantastique is a non-profit organization, specializing in unique films, from across the world. This company has already programmed over seventy-five shorts and fourty-five features. And, 2018 promises to be the best year yet, with all of the details on Cinemafantastique 4 line-up below.

The full film line-up includes:

12:00 PM: Stephen King's “Popsy” and Kyrsya - Tuftland

2:15 PM: The Short Film Block:

"Fernanda in Time"
"Those Who Can Die"
"Heartless"
"Studded Nightmare"
"Paint the Town Red"
"What Metal Girls are Into"
"Time Heals No Wounds"

4:45 PM: Doubleplusungood, preceded by:

"Living with a Monster"
"Third Wheel"
"Hope in a Box"

7:30 PM: The Theta Girl, preceded by:

*this event begins Saturday, August 25th, at 11:00am - at the Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver, B.C.).

**as well, there will be an awards presentation and the trailer premiere of Amazon Hot Box!

Tickets for Cinemafantastique 4 are available here: Cinemafantastique 4 Tickets

The event's homepage is available here: A Cinemafantastique 4 Official Website

Cinemafantastique 4 will be supported by genre distributor Shivers Entertainment: The Shivers Entertainment Website


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Monday, August 13, 2018

A Killer Brings His Towel to Pool Party Massacre this Week (Out August 17th)

Tagline: "Worst Pool Party Ever!"

A Red Band trailer for Pool Party Massacre was released last month; the clip can be found here:A Red Band Trailer for Pool Party Massacre. Now, a second, softer, Green Band trailer has been released. This slasher horror feature releases this August 17th, on Digital platforms. Directed by Drew Marvick, Pool Party Massacre involves a gathering of rich socialites, with one demented killer. The film stars: Sally Burnswello (Do Not Disturb) Nick Beyer (Popcorn Killer) Dora Deceuninck and Jimmy Grosse. The latest trailer, for Pool Party Massacre, is hosted here - along with more release details.

This second clip shows the killer, at the bottom of a set of stairs. Meanwhile, the socialites show up for good times by the pool. Unknowingly, they are being stalked one by one by this shadowy killer. The blue water turns red, this week.

Pool Party Massacre will be available on most Digital platforms. Terror Films will show this indie horror feature on: Amazon Instant Video, iTunes and TUBI TV. Shortly, this title will also show on: Roku, Vudu and Vidi Space. Fans of slasher features will find the Pool Party Massacre on their favourite Digital providers this August 17th!
















Release Date: August 17th, 2018 (Digital: Amazon Instant, iTunes, TUBI TV).

Director/writer: Drew Marvick.

Cast: Alexis Adams, Sally Burnswello, Nick Byer, Paul Card and Dora Deceuninck.

The Green Band trailer, for Pool Party Massacre, is here:





More on the Pool Party Massacre, at Terror Films: Pool Party Massacre at Terror Films

A homepage for Pool Party Massacre: A Pool Party Massacre Official Website

Pool Party Massacre will be available here, in a few days:




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Saturday, August 11, 2018

Eight Elite Soldiers Against a City of the Undead in this Redcon-1 Trailer

Tagline: "The Dead Have Risen...War Has Just Evolved."

In May, an international poster was released for Redcon-1. Now, this martial-arts, zombie film is set to show in United Kingdom theatres, this September. To promote Redcon-1, a new UK poster has been released, along with the film's first trailer. Developed by Apocalypse Pictures, Redcon-1 involves the rescue of a high-level scientist, in a densely zombie populated London. Horror fans can see some of the film's action and monsters in the film's first trailer, found here.

Previously titled Zombie City or Zombie Apocalypse, Redcon-1 brings lots of choreographed action in the first trailer. The clip shows an elite Special Forces squad in cramped halls and rooms. The undead are growing in number. And, these eight squad members are running out of time to stop the infection, in this action heavy clip.

Redcon-1 will likely have a North American run. This film has teamed up with Epic Pictures, for a potential release. In the UK, this zombie thriller will be released on September 28th, in theatres. Well shot, Redcon-1 will entertain most zombie film fans as the Summer fades.

Release Date: September 28th, 2018 (UK, Theatrical).

Director: Chee Keong Cheung.

Writers: Chee Keong Cheung, Steve Horvath and Mark Strange.

Cast: Martyn Ford, Katarina Leigh Waters, Carlos Gallardo and Marc Baylis.

The official trailer for Redcon-1:



*some of the film was shot at the Peterhead, Victorian prison.

An earlier article with film stills, at 28DLA: Redcon-1 Stills at 28DLA

Source: Redcon-1 at Horror Town USA

Parts of World War Z were shot in the UK, including Glasgow:




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Friday, August 10, 2018

47 Meters Down: The Next Chapter Puts More Chum in the Water with this First Teaser Trailer

Tagline: "Sharks Never Sleep."

The popularity of shark movies is being seen this week, with the release of The Meg. Meanwhile, Sharknado is moving into its sixth iteration as The Last Sharknado: It's About Time. Sharks are big - in person and on the screen. Now, Entertainment Studios is getting into the water, with 47 Meters Down: The Next Chapter. This is a sequel to the earlier, 47 Meters Down (2017), starring Mandy Moore and Claire Holt. This time - in 47 Meters Down: The Next Chapter, events take place in Brazil. A group of backpackers are set to explore an underwater city and a series of submerged caves. Unfortunately, a frenzy of sharks is waiting for them, below. A teaser trailer is available for 47 Meters Down: The Next Chapter, right here.

The clip reveals very little of the cast. However, viewers will see a recognizable toothy grin, just below the surface. Safety can only be found on the boat. And, 47 Meters Down: The Next Chapter promises more blood-in-the-water!

This sequel will release in the Summer of 2019. Entertainment Studios will be bringing this feature to theatres, in June. Entertainment Studios exec' Byron Allen said of this shark film and others: "we’d never really seen a shark movie do poorly, so I felt good about it (the sequel)." You can never go wrong with a decent shark movie. More release details on 47 Meters Down: The Next Chapter are below.

Release Date: June 2019 (Theatrical).

Director: Johannes Roberts.

Writers: Ernest Riera, Johannes Roberts.

The official teaser trailer for 47 Meters Down: The Next Chapter, via Entertainment Studios:




The film's homepage is here (in development): A 47 Meters Down: The Next Chapter Official Website

Source: 47 Meters Down: The Next Chapter at Indie Wire

The Shallows (2016) is another popular shark film, starring Blake Lively (at Amazon):




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Thursday, August 09, 2018

A Hundred Feet Below Ground Trench 11 Draws Soldiers to their Doom - September 4th!

Tagline: "Violence is Contagious."

RLJ Entertainment will be releasing director Leo Scherman's (Never Forget) Trench 11. This World War I set feature, was produced by Carousel Pictures. Within Trench 11, the German army are experimenting with a biological weapon, on their own men. A team of Allies are moving in to prevent a greater catastrophe. And, Trench 11 will debut on home entertainment platforms this September. As well, the film stars: Rossif Sutherland (River), Robert Stadlober (Enemy at the Gates) and Charlie Carrick (The Devout). The film's official DVD artwork and other release details are hosted here.

The longer synopsis, from Carousel Pictures, develops more of the story. Events take place in Northern France. The year is 1918 and World War I is reaching its bloody climax. A top secret mission is undertaken to bring a German, special weapon to the surface. This weapon turns anyone infected into violent, mindless killers. Now, 100 feet below ground, several Allied troops must face infected German Stormtroopers, if they ever hope to see the surface, again.

Trench 11 will show on both DVD and Digital platforms. The DVD artwork promises "violence is contagious." Meanwhile, the biological weapon is emerging from the soldier's eyes. This horrifying title will show on September 4th. This title has already had a film festival run, with appearances at: the Toronto After Dark Film Festival, Screamfest and the Morbido Film Fest. Fans of indie horror can view the film for themselves, in just a few weeks.

Release Date: September 4th, 2018 (DVD, Digital).

Director: Leo Scherman.

Writers: Matt Booi and Leo Scherman.

Cast: Rob Archer, Rossif Sutherland, Karine Vanasse, Charlie Carrick and Ted Atherton.

The official trailer for Trench 11 (courtesy of Bloody Disgusting):





Source: Trench 11 at RLJ Entertainment

Pre-orders are available here:




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