Monday, November 19, 2018

The Field Guide to Evil Brings Horror Titles from Across the World to Audiences this Spring

The Field Guide to Evil is an upcoming horror anthology. The anthology has brought together eight films, from several very different cultures and climates. Director Can Evrenol of Baskin (2015) fame has been involved along with other directors, including: Ashim Ahluwalia (Miss Lovely) Severin Fiala (Goodnight Mommy), Agnieszka Smoczynska (The Lure) and many others. The Field Guide to Evil recently had its World Premiere in Austin, Texas. Here, the film was well received and interviews were given.

Director Yannis Veslemes (Norway) was interviewed by the Daily Dead. He said of the anthology and its horror mash-up: "everyone that was involved, I sense that they took stories from their traditions and they mixed things up in a very personal way. So, it's a documentary in some ways." This title brings horror stories, from many different countries, to the screen. As well, director Calvin Lee Reeder mentions the length of some of the short films and how he developed his: "it's just that some stories are only ten minutes, some stories are only three minutes, and it's very instinctual to me (Daily Dead)." The directors have mentioned how they have left commercialism behind in favour of traditionalism, later in the interview.

All of these great directors have been teamed-up for an excellent film. The Field Guide to Evil will debut, on home entertainment platforms, in early 2019. Fans of anthologies can see the film then, when Tombstone Distribution releases this title to horror audiences. As well, a trailer can be seen at the Tombstone website, found below.

Release Date: Q1 2019 (TBA).

Directors: Ashim Ahluwalia, Can Evrenol, Severin Fiala, Veronika Franz, Katrin Grebbe, Calvin Reeder, Agnieszka Smoczynska, Peter Strickland and Yannis Veslemes.

Writers: Robert Bolesto, Elif Domanic, Can Evrenol, Severin Fiala, Veronika Franz, Katrin Gebbe, Calvin Reeder, Peter Strickland, Yannis Veslemes, Silvian Wolkan.

Cast: Birgit Minichmayr, Jilon VanOver, Fatma Mohaed, Claude Duhamel, Vangelis Mourikis, Sarah Navratil, Niharika Singh, Kannon Hicks, Paul Ford, Thomas Schubert, Naz Sayner, Karoly Hajduk, Lili Epply, Andrzej Konopka.

*the seven shorts are titled: "Palace of Horrors," "Al Karisi," "Die Trud," "A Nocturnal Breath," "The Melon Heads," "The Kindler and the Virgin," "The Cobblers' Lot," and "What Ever Happened to Panagas the Pagan?"

A trailer for the film is available here, at Tombstone: The Field Guide to Evil Trailer at Tombstone

Source: The Field Guide to Evil Director Interviews at the Daily Dead

The ABCs of Death 2.5 is another excellent horror anthology:

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Friday, November 16, 2018

Gregory Blair's Garden Party Massacre Fires Up the Grill this Spring on DVD and Blu-ray

Gregory Blair's Garden Party Massacre will be released in early 2019. This comedy and horror title, which has received many positive reviews, will be released by SGL Entertainment - on DVD and Blu-ray formats. In the vein of Shaun of the Dead and other horror comedies, Garden Party Massacre brings several friends together. At a bar-b-q, a bit of madness gets set in motion. Then, a killer enters the fray, with an axe. And now, everyone is looking for a quick exit. This indie title stars: Andy Gates (“Grimm”), Nichole Bagby (“On The Rocks"), Lise Hart (Deadly Revisions), Gregory Blair (“Escape The Night”), Dawna Lee Heising (Revenge of the Samurai Cop), Matt Weinglass (“Jimmy Kimmel Live!”) and David Leeper. More details on the release are here.

Garden Party Massacre has won several awards, at several film festivals. At the FANtastic Horror Film Festival, this title won "Best Feature." As well, at the Zed Fest Film Festival, this title won an "Outstanding Horror Comedy" award. With several wins under its belt, Garden Party Massacre continues to wow audiences and critics.

The film's release is scheduled for early 2019. In the spring, Garden Party Massacre will be released on DVD and Blu-ray. This initial release will be followed by another on Digital platforms. Fans of zany situations can check this one out in just a few weeks, with a specific release date coming soon. A release trailer is hosted below.

Release Date: Q1, 2019 (DVD, Blu-ray) and Q3, 2019 (Digital).

Director/writer: Gregory Blair.

Cast: Andy Gates, Nichole Bagby, Gregory Blair, Lise Hart, David Leeper, Dawna Lee Heising and Matt Weinglass.

The official trailer for Garden Party Massacre (courtesy of Gregory Blair):

Garden Party Massacre at the SGL Movie Store: Garden Party Massacre Order Details at the SGL Website

The film's official website: A Garden Party Massacre Official Website

Deadly Revisions is Blair's previous release and this title is available here:

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

A Pot-o'-Gold Goes Missing in this First Trailer for Leprechaun Returns!

The SyFy Network has released the first trailer for Leprechaun Returns. This is the first film in the series, since 2014's Leprechaun: Origins. There have been a total of eight films in the franchise, with the first one starring Jennifer Anniston and Warwick Davis, way back in 1993. This latest title follows the first film, with a Leprechaun searching for his pot-o-gold. Meanwhile, a sorority house is being built over his golden stash. This latest film stars: Taylor Spreitler (The Contractor, 2013), Sai Bennett, Pepi Sonuga, Ben McGregor, and Emily Reid. Steven Kostanski (The Void) has directed this feature, with more film details below.

A creature feature, Leprechaun Returns was developed by a number of production companies. SyFy has been involved, along with Blue Ice Pictures and Out of Africa Entertainment. This team endeavour is slated for a mid-December run on Digital platforms.

This latest film follows a similar plot, compared to the original. In both films, a crazed leprechaun searches for his gold, while killing anyone who gets in his way. Though, in this film, this little green fellow is without his magical powers.

Fans of the series might remember that SyFy created the former film, Leprechaun Origins. This title did not have the quintessential Leprechaun. But, he will return this time, in December!

Release Date: December 11th, 2018 (Digital).

Director: Steven Kostanski.

Writer: Suzanne Keilly.

Stars: Taylor Spreitler, Mark Holton, Linden Porco

The official trailer for Leprechaun Returns (courtesy of the UHM):

*the MPAA rating: Rated R for "horror violence/gore and some sexual references.

Source: Leprechaun Returns at the UHM

The previous film, Leprechaun: Origins, at Amazon:

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Demonic Thriller The Harrowing Can be Unwrapped on Christmas Day!?

Canadian distributor Mongrel Media will bring the supernatural title The Harrowing to audiences, in December. Strangely, the film will debut on Christmas Day. From director Jon Keeyes ("American Nightmare"), this title involves a detective - in search of his best friend. In a forensic hospital, he finds a demonic Hell, instead. This title will also move to the United Kingdom and U.S. markets, through Film Mode Entertainment at a later date. A preview of the film's Canadian release is hosted here.

A new trailer is available for The Harrowing. The clip shows Ryan (Matthew Tompkins) dealing with a supernatural entity, which appears indestructible. Later, in a hospital, Ryan sees demons working in the morgue.

Mongrel Media will make The Harrowing available, on home entertainment formats, shortly. On Christmas Day, folks can sip egg nog, unwrap Xmas presents and then watch demons on the screen - all on the same day! What could be better? More details on The Harrowing are below.

Release Date: December 25, 2018 (Canada, TBA).

Director/writer: Jon Keeyes.

Cast: Matthew Tompkins, Arnold Vosloo, Michael Ironside, Arianne Martin.

A trailer for The Harrowing (courtesy of Mongrel Media):

The Harrowing at Mongrel Media: The Harrowing Details at Mongrel

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Monday, November 12, 2018

German Fairytale Snowflake Debuts in the United States this December 4th!

The German film Snowflake will be released by Artsploitation Films. This thriller was crowdfunded online and shot for $80,000 Euros. In the film, two outlaws find themselves in a strange fairytale, that is predicted in a mysterious screenplay. Snowflake aka Schneeflockchen was filmed in Berlin, Germany - by directors Adolfo J. Kolmerer and William James. Artsploitation Films will bring this title to audiences this December 4th. A preview of the film's home entertainment launch is hosted here.

A trailer, for the film, was released earlier this year. The clip shows two central characters chased and hounded by murderers. A screenplay, they possess, foretells what will happen next. When the read their futures, they are soon trapped in a bitter plot of revenge.

Artsploitation Films will release Snowflake on several formats. On December 4th, Snowflake will be available on: DVD, Blu-ray and Digital formats. This U.S. release will host an hour-long making of featurette and the film has a runtime of 120 minutes. More release details, on Snowflake, are hosted below.

Release Date: December 4th, 2018 (DVD, Blu-ray, Digital).

Directors: Adolfo J. Kolmerer and William James.

Writer: Arend Remmers.

Cast: Reza Brojerdi, Erkan Acar, Xenia Assenza.

The official trailer for Snowflake (courtesy of Artsploitation Films):

*the Blu-ray SRP is $19.99 and the DVD SRP is $14.99.

More details at Artsploitation Films: Snowflake at Artsploitation Films

Available for pre-orders here ($10.69):

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Friday, November 09, 2018

Alice's Identity Becomes Distorted in this Trailer for Thriller Cam

Cam is the latest indie thriller from Jason Blum and Blumhouse Entertainment. Screened earlier this year at Austin's Fantastic Fest and Montreal's Fantasia Film Festival, Cam looks at the life of a cam-girl and the ramifications of selling your soul, online. This film picked up a "Best Screenplay" award and "Best First Feature" award at Fantasia. And, Cam stars Madeline Brewer of The Handmaid's Tale fame, along with: Patch Darragh ("Everything Sucks!"), Melora Walters, Devin Druid and many others. The film's official, first trailer is here and so is the official poster.

The movie poster is an interesting one. The graphic shows Alice (Brewer) on a split screen, with distorted features. The character looks crazed as she is stretched by the screen. And, this is one show you will not want to miss.

The plot, itself, involves online pornography. Alice performs for others, to make a living. But, she loses her online space and rank to a doppelganger. Who is who and what is what in this techno' thriller?

Cam will show on Netflix, this November. The film is scheduled to show on November 16th for audiences. On this date, horror and thriller fans can find out how Alice's life becomes unhinged as she struggles with a strange form of identity theft. The film's official trailer is below.

Release Date: November 16th, 2018 (Netflix).

Director: Daniel Goldhaber.

Writers: Isa Mazzei, Daniel Goldhaber.

Cast: Madeline Brewer, Patch Darragh, Melora Walters.

The official trailer for Cam (courtesy of Netflix):

Source: Cam at Indie Wire

Unfriended is another recent horror release that deals with the tragedies of an online persona:

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Wednesday, November 07, 2018

The Hoard will Make Your Stomach Flip with this First Trailer

Tagline: "A Life and Death Intervention."

A trailer for The Hoard has debuted this week. From directors Jesse Thomas Cook (Septic Man) and Matt Wiele (Exit Humanity), this horror comedy involves a "reality tv crew" and a series of condemned houses. The crew hopes to get a hoarder back on his feet. But, this might be impossible with the amount of trash and bodies, housed inside the buildings. The Hoard is set to have its World Premiere, in Toronto, this November 25th, at the Blood in the Snow Film Festival. Details on this release are hosted here.

The trailer is a funny one. Some of the crew are unable to get past the piles of garbage. Another crew member almost falls to his death, at the end of a hall. Dead cats keep turning up. And, one woman runs from this hoarding nightmare as she loses her sanity. This trailer will surely brighten your dark, Winter day.

With the film completed, The Hoard will likely continue a film festival run, throughout the year. Horror or comedy fans, near Toronto, can see the film at The Royal Theatre (7:00PM). A wider release will also be announced soon, with The Hoard set to entertain fans of physical comedy.

Release Date: November 25th, 2018 (Film Festival).

Directors: Jesse Thomas Cook, Matt Wiele.

Writers: Tony Burgess, Jesse Thomas Cook.

Cast: Lisa Solberg, Tony Burgess, Barry More, Ry Barrett and Elma Begovic.

The official trailer for The Hoard (mature audiences):

Source: The Hoard at Screen Anarchy

Septic Man (2013) is another horror classic, from director Jesse Thomas Cook:

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Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Threshold Brings Apocalyptic Visions to Audiences Later this Year

Tagline: "The end isn't near, it's already inside."

Threshold is an upcoming horror thriller, from director Jason Eric Perlman. This title has been in development for a number of years. Shooting began in 2014. Completed in 2016, this science fiction tinged film is currently being repped by Tombstone Distribution, for a release later this year or in early 2019. Also, Threshold stars: Randy Wayne (Hellraiser: Judgement) and Leslie Stevens ("True Blood"). In the film, a couple adopts a young child. The child dies in a tragic accident, leading to a strange, worldwide phenomenon. Fans of horror or of science fiction can find the latest details, on Threshold here.

There are a number of synopses for Threshold. One mentions an otherworldly intruder, who knows more about the adopted boy. Another plotline mentions apocalyptic world events and a mother's grief. The trailer develops the story even more, showing a world gone amuck.

Threshold has already shown at a few film festivals. In 2016, this title appeared in Philadelphia - at the First Glance Film Festival. There was another showing in 2017, in Hollywood, followed by an appearance at the Mammoth Film Festival. With representation, Threshold will likely release later this year, while another source mentions March 2019. Either way, fans of indie horror or sci-fi will not have to wait long to see this compelling feature, which has only revealed part of its story, so far.

Release: Q4 2018 or 2019.

Director/writer: Jason Eric Perlman.

Cast: Trilby Glover, Randy Wayne and Leslie Stevens.

The official trailer for Threshold (mature audiences):

*runtime 98 mins.

The film's official homepage: Threshold's Official Website

Sources: Threshold at Tombstone Distribution

Threshold Shooting Details at Deadline (2014)

Take Shelter (2011) is another apocalyptic film, that deals with a small family and strange events:

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