Friday, August 16, 2019

Gags the Clown Returns for More Laughs and Horror this September 3rd: First Trailer

Tagline: "The Joke's On Us..."

Gags the Clown is based on a short film from 2016. Adam Krause has directed both titles. His latest, Gags the Clown, is based on a clown phenomenon in 2016, which involved several clown sightings across the United States. Krause's earlier short may have partially created this strange craze. This horror fan remembers these strange occurrences, being reported on the news. Now, Krause's short film has been turned into a feature. Taking place over one night, clowns begin to appear in a small Wisconsin town. Hysteria sweeps the city, leading to a clown hunt. Now, a trailer is available for Gags the Clown - below.

The trailer shows a news reporter investigating the clown craze. But, there is only one clown behind all of the initial madness. Vigilantes and police are searching for this masked terrorizer. Meanwhile, copycats are emerging. And, this clown army is not just about the laughs!

Production on the film began in 2017, shortly after the debut of the short film. Since then, Gags the Clown has shown at a few film festivals, including Cinepocalypse (World Premiere), in 2018. Now, this horror title is slated for a wide release this September. Doppelganger Releasing will handle the film's distribution.

Release Date: September 3rd, 2019 (Digital).

Director: Adam Krause.

Writers: Adam Krause, John Pata.

Cast: Lauren Ashley Carter, Tracy Perez, Aaron Christensen.

The official trailer for Gags the Clown (courtesy of JoBlo):

The film's homepage: A Gags the Clown Official Website

Terrifier (2018) is probably one of the best known clown styled horror films:

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

The Dark Arts Inspire Joe Begos' Bliss: Out September 27th on Digital

Indie horror director Joe Begos (Almost Human) has secured a wide release for his title Bliss. Dark Sky Films will launch the film this September, on Digital platforms and in a few theatres. Already having shown at several film festivals, Bliss tells a tale of a drug-fueled artist, who finds inspiration with the use of blood. Bliss stars: Rhys Wakefield (The Purge), Jeremy Gardner (The Batter), Dora Madison and Tru Collins. More details on the film's upcoming release are hosted here.

The official synopsis and trailer focus on Dezzy (Madison). An empassioned artist, Dezzy paints by day and hits the seediest of Los Angeles' nightspots at night. Finding inspiration in the darkest corners, Dezzy's artwork becomes more an more macabre. Now interested in her taste for blood, Dezzy finds herself acting out more and more violently.

Bliss has already had an extensive film festival run. Initially, Bliss showed in Tribeca - for its World Premiere. Since then, the film has shown at: the Overlook Film Festival (2019), Cinepocalypse (2019), Fantasia (2019) and several others. The film is also expected to show in a few more theatres this September 27th. There will be several more opportunities to see Bliss on theatrical screens, throughout 2019.

The wide Digital release will also take place on September 27th. Dark Sky Films will make the film available across the United States, on most, major Digital platforms. Already receiving positive reviews, this is one horror film not to be missed as one painter turns to the dark arts for inspiration.

Release Date: September 27th, 2019 (Digital, Limited Theatrical).

Director/writer: Joe Begos.

Cast: Dora Madison, Tru Collins, Rhys Wakefield and Jeremy Gardner.

The official home entertainment release trailer for Bliss (courtesy of Dark Sky Films):

Bliss at Dark Sky Films: Bliss Details at Dark Sky Films

Joe Begos' Almost Human uses lots of practical fx and is recommended. On DVD at Amazon:

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Hell House LLC III: Lake of Fire Shows the Abaddon Hotel's Curse in this "Touch the Clown" Movie Clip

Director Stephen Cognetti's third film in the Hell House LLC franchise continues to chug along. Again set in the Abaddon Hotel, a journalist begins to investigate this tragic place. Now an interactive tourist attraction, the Abaddon Hotel continues to hold dark secrets and Venessa Sheppard must uncover them, before it is too late. Hell House LLC III: Lake of Fire is in post-production. And, this second sequel stars: Gabriel Chytry ("The Nursery"), Elizabeth Vermilyea (Evil Lives Here), Sam Kazzi and Bridgid Abrams. Now, the film's first movie clip is here, titled "Touch the Clown."

In the clip, several partiers enter the hotel, to test a curse. At night, one women descends into the bowels of the hotel, only to find other characters waiting for her. These ghostly figures might not be of the physical kind, however.

Hell House LLC III: Lake of Fire will release exclusively through Shudder. This showing is expected to take place this September, thanks to Terror Films. Horror fans can find the latest on this supernatural thriller below, with the "Touch the Clown" clip!

Release Date: September, 2019 (Shudder).

Director/writer: Stephen Cognetti.

Cast: Gabriel Chytry, Elizabeth Vermilyea, Sam Kazzi and Bridgid Abrams.

The first movie clip, titled "Touch the Clown," for Hell House LLC III: Lake of Fire (courtesy of Terror Films):

More details on Hell House LLC III at Terror Films: The Terror Films' Homepage

The second film in the franchise was released last year and is available for rent, at Amazon, here:

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Casey Affleck's Post-apocalyptic Drama Light of My Life will Show on Home Entertainment Formats this October

Tagline: "Her World is a Deadly Place."

The post-apocalyptic drama Light of My Life will see more home entertainment formats this October. The film is already available on Digital platforms. From Casey Affleck (I'm Still Here), the film takes place after a plague, which has killed most females on the planet. Now, a father is doing his best to help his daughter survive, in this very different world. Starring Tom Bower (Out of the Furnace), Anna Pniowsky and Elizabeth Moss, this is Afflecks's second feature as director. To be released by Paramount Home Entertainment, more details on the release of Light of My Life are here.

The official synopsis focuses on the parent and child relationship. This father and daughter are living on the fringes of society, after a pandemic has reduced the world's population in half. With almost no women on the planet, one man is tested by humanity as the world devolves into chaos.

Affleck has spoken about his film recently. He mentioned that the first cut was close to three hours long. At Collider, he also mentions the slower pace of the film: "...the movie is plenty long. It really takes its time." This title is more family drama than thriller. Affleck also mentions the editing process and how difficult it was to pare down the film: "there were a few other scenes that really were hard to lose, but that’s how it goes." The final release of the film is two hours long, so several shots were removed to create a much shorter film.

Paramount Home Entertainment will handle the film's release. To show on DVD and Blu-ray, this title will be available on these formats on October 8th. Special features will be announced soon. Also, for those who missed the original release of the trailer, the clip is below.

Release Date: October 8th, 2019 (Blu-ray &DVD).

Director/writer: Casey Affleck.

Cast: Anna Pniowsky, Casey Affleck, Elizabeth Moss and Tom Bower.

The official trailer for Light of My Life (courtesy of Saban Films):

*the film has been described as part survivalist drama and part coming-of-age story.

Sources: Light of My Life at Alien Bee

An Interview with Affleck at Collider

Light of My Life is available now, at Amazon, on Digital:

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Monday, August 12, 2019

Perfect Skin Creates a Living Work of Art on DVD this September 10th

The horror thriller Perfect Skin will have a second release, on DVD, this September. The film has recently already debuted on Digital platforms, including Amazon (Aug. 6th). In the film, Bob is a tattoo artist - with a desire to work on Katia's skin. However, Katia likes her skin the way it is and a conflict ensues. Soon, Bob is turning to kidnapping in an attempt to create his best artwork yet. Perfect Skin centrally stars: Richard Brake (3 from Hell), Natalia Kostrzewa (The Looking Glass) and Jo Woodcock. More details on the film's DVD release are hosted here.

Indican Pictures will handle the film's latest launch. On September 10th, Perfect Skin will show at most DVD retailers. While special features have not been revealed, this film looks at one man's unhinged desire to create a living masterpiece. Reviewed as tense: "from the outset there’s a great level of unease to everything (Hollywood News)," other reviews have noted Brake's performance: "Brake’s performance is riveting (Dread Central)." Already having showed at several film festivals including Frightfest, Perfect Skin will be available for more home entertainment viewing in just a few weeks. The film's official trailer is hosted below.

Release Date: September 10th, 2019 2019 (DVD).

Director: Kevin Chicken.

Writers: Kevin Chicken and Dusan Tolmac.

Cast: Richard Brake, Natalia Kostrzewa and Jo Woodcock.

The official trailer for Perfect Skin:

The film's homepage: The Perfect Skin Official Website

Perfect Skin at Indican Pictures: Perfect Skin Release Details at Indican

The film is already available at Amazon Prime Video:

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Friday, August 09, 2019

Sci-fi Thriller Automation to Have its World Premiere at this Year's Hollywood Horrorfest

Automation is an indie sci-fi thriller from director Garo Setian. The film is prescient as it covers robot efficiency, in the workplace and the replacement of human staff. Set to have its World Premiere on August 10th, this film will take part in this year's Hollywood Horrorfest. This event has already started with showings of: The Funeral, several horror shorts and Dale Fabrigar's underwater horror fare D-Railed. Automation will be part of this film festival's second and final night. Starring Elissa Dowling (Rootwood), Sadie Katz (Bus Party to Hell), Parry Shen, Graham Skipper, and Sarah French, the film was written by director Setian and Rolfe Kanefsky (The Black Room). Now, several stills are available for the film, ahead of this title' premiere.

From the synopsis, Auto has been hired by Alert Insulation. Auto is tasked with uncovering inefficiencies. This automaton discovers a plan, by its boss, to replace itself and many of the workers he has been assigned to surveil. Now, Auto is taking things personally and eliminating everyone bent on disservicing him.

Automation will show with other films on Saturday, August 10th. Also showing on this date: Ascension and Final Cutz. A number of horror shorts will also show on the Saturday. And, horror fans can expect that Epic Pictures will release this title, on home video formats, later this year. More details on Automation and its World Premiere are below.

Showing Date: August 10th, 2019 (World Premiere, US).

Director: Garo Setian.

Writers: Rolfe Kanefsky, Matthew L. Schaffer.

Cast: Elissa Dowling, Sadie Katz, Parry Shen, Graham Skipper and Sarah French.

*a trailer is coming soon.

Automation at the Hollywood Horrorfest: Automation at the Hollywood Horrorfest

Writer Kanefsky and actress Katz have both worked on the over-the-top horror film Party Bus to Hell (2018):

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Wednesday, August 07, 2019

Katie Stevens Stars in this Terrifying Trailer for Haunt (Out September 13th)

Haunt is the latest film from writers Scott Beck and Bryan Woods (A Quiet Place). Produced by Eli Roth (The Green Inferno), Haunt takes place in a side road amusement park. Here, real killers torment their victims, behind closed doors. This horror title stars: Will Brittain (Kong: Skull Island), Katie Stevens (Polaroid), Andrew Caldwell ("iZombie"), Lauryn Alisa McClain and many others. Already slated to show this September, Haunt was shot in Fort Thomas, Kentucky. And, based on the trailer, this horror thriller will host lots of scares.

The synopsis does not reveal much. Several friends track down an extreme haunted house. The ride promises to feed on their darkest fears. And, this is one ride where nightmares become real.

The use of haunted house rides has been utilized a lot in the horror genre. From Tyler Christensen's House of Purgatory (2016) to the underground Amusement (2008), killers and murderers are always using these attractions to lure in their victims. One of the better films, in this style, is the 2018 Blood Fest. All of these films keep the victims on the run, until the bitter end.

Momentum Pictures is handling the film's U.S. theatrical launch. On September 13th, Haunt will be available nationwide. Other territories, outside of Norway, have not announced theatrical screenings, yet. Horror fans looking for something a bit different can find the latest on Haunt below.

Release Date: September 13th, 2019 (U.S., Theatres).

Directors/writers: Scott Beck, Bryan Woods.

Cast: Katie Stevens, Will Brittain, Lauryn Alisa McClain.

The official trailer for Haunt (courtesy of Momentum Pictures):

Source: Haunt at iHorror

Amusement is an underrated gem, at least for one horror fan:

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Tuesday, August 06, 2019

47 Meters Down: Uncaged Finds an Underwater City and Much More in this Latest Trailer

The latest trailer for 47 Meters Down: Uncaged is here. This film follows the 2017 release 47 Meters Down. Previously titled 48 Meters Down, this sequel takes place in a series of caves, where an underwater city lays hidden. Four teenage girls begin to explore and find one of the world's most deadly predators in wait. Of course, cave diving alone is dangerous enough...when you add in sharks - yikes! Directed by Johannes Roberts (The Strangers: Prey at Night), 47 Meters Down: Uncaged stars: Brec Bassinger ("Stargirl"), John Corbett, Nia Long, Sophie Nelisse, Corinne Foxx and Brianne Tju. The film's latest trailer awaits below.

47 Meters Down: Uncaged will have its theatrical release this month. On August 16th, this title will show in several U.S. cities; Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures will handle this release. VVS Films will host the Canadian release on this same date. Fans of shark based thrillers can find the latest release details on 47 Meters Down: Uncaged here.

Release Date: August 16th, 2019 (U.S., Canada, Theatres).

Director: Johannes Roberts.

Writers: Ernest Riera, Johannes Roberts.

Cast: Nia Long, Sistine Rose Stallone and John Corbett.

The latest, official trailer for 47 Meters Down: Uncaged:

The film's official homepage: The 47 Meters: Uncaged Homepage

Shark fans can see the first film here, at Amazon:

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