Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Curse of the Scarecrow Haunts the Cornfields in this Early Preview

Tagline: "Death is Watching."

A few details are emerging from the cornfields for Curse of the Scarecrow. In the vein of Dark Night of the Scarecrow (1981), Husk (2011), Sheldon Wilson's Scarecrow (2013) - Curse of the Scarecrow takes place after a tragedy. June and Carl have seen their parents killed, at an early age. Determined to find their killers, June returns to her family home, only to find the grounds haunted by a murderous scarecrow. This title, from director Louisa Warren, stars: Kate Lister (Fox Trap, 2016) and Cassandra French. Several stills and an early concept poster are hosted here.

There are two synopses for the film. The shorter one mentions that June and Carl return to a family farm, twenty years after their parent's death. Not long after, Carl mysteriously commits suicide. In the longer synopsis, the scarecrow is waging a cornstalk filled war, on an entire town. The crows fly in this film!

Curse of the Scarecrow will be released, in the United States, through High Octane Pictures. A release date will be announced soon. The film is already slated for a United Kingdom release, this October. More details will emerge soon for this dark thriller, with a trailer coming soon!

Release Date: October 22nd, 2018 (United Kingdom) and U.S. (TBA).

Director: Louisa Warren.

Writer: Shannon Holiday.

Cast: Kate Lister, Louisa Warren, Cassandra French.

*a trailer is coming soon.

Source: Curse of the Scarecrow at the Film Catalogue

Husk (2011) is another scarecrow thriller. The film was released on the SyFy Channel in 2011 (reviewed here):

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Monday, April 23, 2018

The Rake Slices Through Skin on DVD and Digital this June 5th

Tagline: "It Will Infect Us All."

The Rake is an upcoming supernatural thriller. Starring Shenae Grime-Beech (Scream 4) and Rachel Melvin ("Sleepy Hollow"), this title was directed by award-winning director Tony Wash ("The Muck"). In the film, siblings Ashley and Ben witnessed the murder of their parents. Ashley is convinced that the killer's spirit still lives. A trailer for the film was released recently; it can be found here. And, The Rake will show on home entertainment platforms this Summer.

The DVD artwork has already been released (above). It shows Ashley, through a cut in cinematic skin. Capillaries and veins are destroyed as the film promises: "it will infect us all." The blood spills this June 5th, on DVD and Digital. All of the latest details, on The Rake are hosted below.

Release Date: June 5th, 2018 (DVD, Digital).

Director: Tony Wash.

Writers: Jeremy Silva, Tony Wash.

Cast: Shenae Grimes-Beech, Izabella Miko, Rachel Melvin, Joe Nunez and Stephen Brodie.

The official trailer for The Rake (courtesy of Sony Pictures Entertainment):

Source: The Rake at Horrorpedia

Available for pre-orders here:

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New Horizons: A Novel of Survival Creates a Mysterious Landscape in this First of a Trilogy

Tagline: "You've been kicked down the food chain!"

New Horizons: A Novel of Survival is the first in a trilogy. A novel of horror and survival, this paperback is being published by StoryFix Media. It has just been released in both paperback and ebook formats. In the novel, 15 year old Marcus Riley is the latest entry into The Compound. This huge wilderness enclave demands that he use his wits to survive. But, how long will he last? This series is known as the Enrollment Trilogy. All of the available details on this latest publication are here.

New Horizons is a 302 page-turner. Very much a mystery, the story question why Marcus has been put in The Compound and how he will get out. However, everyday is a struggle for survival, against other teens. Ruled by violence, this new world is run by unseen masters, who have endless control.

Webster is no amateur to writing. He already has several writings published on various platforms. His latest ups the excitement, in this hard-hitting survival novel! The cover and other details are hosted here.

Publish Date: April 19th, 2018 (Ebook, Paperback).

Author: Chris Webster.

Publisher: StoryFix Media.

Mr. Webster also publishes on the sci-fi and horror website Quiet Earth: Christopher Webster at Quiet Earth

Webster on Twitter: Follow Christopher Webster on Twitter

New Horizons at Amazon (available now!):

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Sunday, April 22, 2018

2036 Origin Unknown Metamorphosizes into Origin Unknown for Its Canadian Release (June 12th)!

2036 Origin Unknown or Origin Unknown is an upcoming sci-fi thriller. From director and VFX Master Hasraf Dulull, Origin Unknown takes place in the near future, close to Mars. Here, a remarkable object promises to unlock a universal mystery. This title stars sci-fi veteran Katie Sackhoff (Riddick, 2013), along with Ray Fearon (1Beauty and the Beast, 2017), Steven Cree and Julie Cox. A teaser trailer, for the film, was released in 2016. Now, the film is slated for its first home entertainment showing, via Mongrel Media.

The short synopsis and teaser reveal very little. More of a sci-fi mystery, the story involves a manned mission to Mars. A deadly crash takes place. Then, something beneath Mars' dunes lays a threat to all of humanity.

Mongrel Media will show 2036 Origin Unknown (as Origin Unknown) this Summer. The release date is scheduled for June 12th, in Canada. France is also set to reveal the film's mystery, at a future, unannounced date. Other territories will have to standby as Origin Unknown looks for a higher orbit. All of the latest details, on this Parkgate Entertainment production, are hosted here.

Release Date: June 12th, 2018 (Canada) and TBA (France).

Director: Hasraf Dulull.

Writers: Hasraf Dulull, Gary Hall.

Cast: Katee Sackhoff, Steven Cree, Julie Cox and Ray Fearon.

A teaser trailer for Origin Unknown (not embeddable): Origin Unknown Teaser Trailer at Youtube (Nigel Barber)

The Official Website for Origin Unknown: An Official Webpage for Origin Unknown

Sources: Origin Unknown at Mongrel Media

Origin Unknown at Ace Entertainment (French Distro')

Another, strange, black object hovers in space, within Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey (sometimes thought to be a representation of a darkened theatre screen):

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

"Don't Go Down to Wildor" Tricks One Character into a Haunted Home: Full Short

"Don't Go Down to Wildor" is the latest short film from Bloody Cut Films. Shown at Cannes this year, the film is a micro-short, in which Chuck (Aaron Thomas Ward) searches for his trapped brother. Unfortunately, Chuck's brother is in a haunted house; a creature lurks there. The film was directed by Ben Franklin and Anthony Melton. Utilizing a small cast, "Don't Go Down to Wildor" also stars Malik Ibheius. The full short film is available here.

"Don't Go Down to Wildor" was produced as part of an anthology, titled "Bite Size Horror." At only two minutes, this film is short and sweet. And, Bloody Cut Films continues to bring great, short features to horror audiences. "Don't Go Down to Wildor" offers a power packed terror punch and horror fans can check it out below.

Directed, Produced and Edited: by Ben Franklin & Anthony Melton.

Creature FX: Cliff Wallace.

Costumes: Charlotte Barrett.

Cast: Aaron Ward, Malik Ibheis.

The entire short film, "Don't Go down to Wildor" is here:

*actor Aaron Ward also starred in BCF's "The Birch." "The Birch" can be seen here, on 28DLA (recommended): "The Birch" Full Short on 28DLA

More on "Don't Go Down to Wildor" at Bloody Cuts: "Don't Go Down to Wildor" at the Bloody Cuts Website

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The Nightmare Gallery Invites Viewers to "Follow Me" in this Preview

Tagline: "When You Search for the Truth, the Greatest Horror is Finding It."

The Nightmare Gallery is an indie horror film, from director Gene Blalock ("Horror Haiku"). The film stars "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" alumni Amber Benson, along with: Kevin Chamberlin and Mat Devine. A supernatural horror title, The Nightmare Gallery involves an anthropology professor and her search for a missing pupil. This is and AWOL Studios and Seraph Films production. Already completed, a preview of the film's first movie poster is here.

The graphic involves an upside down cross and a demonic hand. A note asks viewers to "follow me." But, the destination may be hell, or a new dimension. There are all sorts of sigils on the professor's face, while the hand is also marked. The graphic promises a true tale of terror, when the film is released.

The Nightmare Gallery does not have a release date. However, a trailer is likely coming soon. Fans of Benson, or of supernatural thrillers can find the latest on this developing project, right here.

Release Date: TBA.

Director: Gene Blalock.

Writers: Jhan Harp, Rob Stith.

Cast: Amber Benson, Kevin Chamberlin, Mat Devine and Mieko Hillman.

*a trailer is coming soon.

A Fan Page for the film: The Nightmare Gallery on Twitter

Source: The Nightmare Gallery at Horrorpedia

The Nightmare Gallery at the UHM

More missing people in Jordan Peele's Get Out (2017):

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Exceptional Sci-fi Thriller Annihilation is Touching Down on Blu-ray this May

Alex Garland's (Ex Machina, 28 Days Later) Annihilation is moving to home entertainment platforms, again. This sci-fi thriller was released in theatres in February. The film has already been reviewed, on 28DLA, here: Annihilation or Enlightment? on 28DLA. Shortly after the theatrical launch, Annihilation moved to Netflix, in March, via several countries: United Kingdom, Australia, Brazil, Germany and many more territories. In May, this exciting feature will show on Digital platforms, plus DVD and Blu-ray formats. The film stars: Natalie Portman (Black Swan, 2010), Jennifer Jason Leigh (Existenz, 1999), Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Tuva Novotny, and Oscar Isaac. A preview of the latest home entertainment launch is hosted here.

The film's story involves a meteor strike and the subsequent Shimmer. A strange wall is covering part of the United States. It is altering the animals and fauna, within its sphere. When a exploratory team goes missing, another one is sent in to find them, while analyzing the alien material. This material changes all of the characters into something super-human?

Annihilation will have several special features. Broken into three parts, the behind-the-scenes videos include: "Refractions" (Alex Garland's process to choose tones and settings), "Shimmer" (transforming set locations), "Vanished into Havoc" (stunts and special effects) and many more. There are at least six extra videos included in the Blu-ray/DVD Combo. A full list of special features are hosted below, along with the theatrical trailer.

Release Date: May 22nd (Digital) and May 29th (DVD, Blu-ray).

Director: Alex Garland.

Writers: Alex Garland, Jeff VanderMeer.

Cast: Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tessa Thompson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tess Thompson and Gina Rodriguez.

A theatrical trailer for Annihilation:

*a comprehensive list of special features:

Part 1: Southern Reach:
Refractions – See how director Alex Garland created the tone, textures and color palettes for the various film environments on set
For Those That Follow – Listen to the cast’s perspective on their roles and learn why they found the story so intriguing

Part 2: Area X:
Shimmer – See how filmmakers transformed real set locations to create the world of Annihilation
Vanished into Havoc – Check out all the action as cast and crew walk you through the mind-blowing stunts and special effects

Part 3: To the Lighthouse:
Unfathomable Mind – Learn why the visual effects are integral to achieving director Alex Garland’s overall vision for Annihilation
The Last Phase – Listen to the cast and crew share their fondest memories from filming Annihilation

A review of this stellar film is available here: Annihilation or Enlightment? on 28DLA

Source: Annihilation at Broke Horror Fan

Available for pre-orders here:

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Monday, April 16, 2018

Ghost Stories Offers Three True Tales of the Macabre this April 20th

Ghost Stories will release in the United States, this week. The film is based on a stageplay of the same name. In the film, three chilling tales are investigated by a reclusive skeptic. What he finds changes his beliefs, forever. Ghost Stories stars: Andy Nyman ("Peaky Blinders"), Paul Whitehouse (Corpse Bride) and Alex Lawther. A trailer is available below, along with the film's latest artwork here.

The three tales explore different haunts. Professor Goodman (Nyman) begins by investigating the experiences of a night watchman (Whitehouse). In this story, an abandoned asylum stills locks in an odd assortment of disturbed ghosts. Next, a car accident is discovered to hold a dark secret, in a local wood. In the final tale, a wealthy banker is visited by a hellish, unborn child. All of these investigations leave Goodman both terrified and scarred.

Ghost Stories is an IFC Midnight release. On April 20th, this title will be available in select theatres and on most Digital platforms. Fans of indie horror can view more details on this UK shot (Yorkshire) feature below, with Ghost Stories set to terrify audiences in just a few days.

Release Date: April 20th, 2018 (Digital, Limited Theatrical).

Directors/writers: Jeremy Dyson, Andy Nyman.

Cast: Andy Nyman, Martin Freeman, Paul Whitehouse

The official trailer for Ghost Stories (courtesy of IFC Films):

Ghost Stories at IFC Films: Ghost Stories' Details at IFC Films

An alternate poster is show below, from Amazon:

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