Thursday, December 12, 2019

The Shed Opens to Horror Audiences this January 7th!

Frank Sabatella's (Blood Night: The Legend of Mary Hatchet) latest horror film is The Shed. Based on the concept of putting a vampire in a tool shed, Sabatella's feature is slated to show on DVD and Blu-ray this January. To be released in an unrated format, this release stars: Frank Whaley (Pulp Fiction), Siobhan Fallon Hogan, Jay Jay Warren and Cody Kostro. Some of the film's release details have been announced this week and they are available below.

Director Sabatella has talked quite a bit about his latest film. At the Daily Geek, he mentioned how the film's concept came together: "the idea started with a friend of mine in film school. He wrote a short story about a vampire trapped inside of a tool shed." This idea has led to the creation of this ninety-seven minute thriller. Sabatella also talked about the monster in this film: "I didn’t want the vampires to be slick and cool. I wanted them to be like subtle animals." Some of these animal-like features can be seen in the film's official trailer below, which shows the creature pulling people into the toolshed.

The Shed will debut this January 7th. RLJE Films will bring the film to U.S. horror fans. The film is already moving up the ranks on Amazon's boards. Though special features have not been announced, The Shed looks to be a quality release, for those who enjoy the indie filmmaking and vampire stories.

Release Date: January 7, 2020 (Blu-ray, DVD).

Director: Frank Sabatella.

Writers: Jason Rice, Frank Sabatella.

Cast: Jay Jay Warren, Cody Kostro, Sofia Happonen, Timothy Bottoms, Frank Whaley.

The official trailer for The Shed (via RLJ Ent.):

The Shed at RLJ Entertainment: The Shed Release Details at RLJ

Sources: The Shed at the Horror Patch

The Shed Interview at the Daily Geek

The film is available for pre-orders:

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Joe Begos' VFW Brings Lots of Conflict in this First Trailer

A trailer was launched today for Joe Begos' (Almost Human) VFW. Written by Max Brallier and Matthew McArdle, VFW stands for Veterans of Foreign Wars. In the film, a bar and VFW post is attacked by a deranged gang. Several ex-soldiers step up to deal with the attack and save an innocent teen. VFW was produced by Fangoria. And, this title stars a number of veteran actors, including: Martin Kove (Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood), Stephen Lang (Don't Breathe), William Sadler (The Mist), Fred Williamson and several others. The trailer is a good one and can be found here.

The first trailer shows the bar under attack. All sorts of degenerates face this group of army veterans. Gunfire fills the screen. And, with these two equally armed groups, there can be only survivor.

VFW played at the Brooklyn Horror Film Festival earlier this year. Here, the film won a "Best Actor" Audience Award for many of the cast. Now, RLJ Entertainment is set to release the film in 2020. On February 2020, VFW will show on various screens; more release details are incoming. Finally, indie horror fans can take an early look at VFW right here, before the film's 2020 release date.

Release Date: February 14th, 2020 (TBA).

Directed by: Joe Begos.

Writers: Max Brallier, Matthew McArdle.

Cast: Stephen Lang, William Sadler, Fred Williamson, Martin Kove, Sierra McCormick, David Patrick Kelly.

The official trailer for VFW (via Voltage Pictures):

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Monday, December 09, 2019

A Ghostly Ride in Dutch Marich's Infernum (Out Dec. 10th!)

Infernum is an upcoming horror film from director Dutch Marich (The Dark Hand). This title involves strange, supernatural sounds and a series of disappearances. When a specific sound echoes, someone is sure to cross over to a ghostly world. Infernum stars: Suziey Block (Wonder Valley), Clinton Roper Elledge (The Ride), Sarah Schoofs and Michael Barbuto. To show this December, the film's trailer and movie poster is available here.

Partially set on an old railway car, characters struggle with a supernatural element. After a tragedy in Nevada, one woman explores the mystery revolving around her parents. Now, a supernatural presence has returned, forcing Camille (Block) to interact with something other-worldly.

Indican Pictues has set December 10th as the release date. To show on both DVD and Digital platforms, Infernum is an indie thriller, which focuses on an actual supernatural event. Fans of ghostly thrillers can find this one on Amazon shortly as Infernum promises a surprise or two, on a haunted train.

Release Date: December 10, 2019 (Digital, DVD).

Director/writer: Dutch Marich.

Cast: Suziey Block, Clinton Roper Elledge, Sarah Schoofs, Michael Barbuto, Abby Wathen, Sarah Zinsser.

The official trailer for Infernum (via Indican Pictures):

More details on Infernum, at Indican Pictures: Infernum Release Details at Indican

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Friday, December 06, 2019

Stephen King's The Outsider Adapted for HBO: Series' Details and Trailer

Tagline: "Fear Has Many Faces."

The Outsider is a series adaptation from Stephen King's work, of the same name. The Outsider was originally released, in book form, in 2018. Now, HBO is set to bring the material to audiences in January. The series involves a brutal murder of a young boy, with a supernatural force haunting the crime scene. The Outsider centrally stars: Jason Bateman ("Ozark") and Ben Mendelsohn (The Dark Knight Rises). The series will run ten episodes. And, a trailer for this release is below.

The clip shows the discovery of a body. Immediately there is a suspect, but this character was at another locale during the murder. Events get heated as detectives search for clues. And, a spiritual element shows itself, near the end of the clip.

The Outsider will debut on HBO in the U.S. and on Crave, in Canada. The showing date has been slotted for January 12th. And, horror fans may want to look out for this series, which promises both mystery and a strange supernatural element. All of the available details on The Outsider are below.

Release Date: January 12th, 2020 (HBO, Crave).

Directors: Andrew Bernstein, Jason Bateman and Charlotte Brändström.

Cast: John Gettier, Marc Menchaca, Ben Mendelsohn and Jason Bateman.

The official trailer for The Outsider (via HBO):

The Outsider at HBO: The Outsider Details at HBO

Source: The Outsider at Birth Movies Death

The source material for the series:

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Thursday, December 05, 2019

Sniper Corpse Won't Stay Down: A Film Review

*full disclosure: a DVD of the film was provided by the director, for this review.

Director/writer: Keith R. Robinson.

Cast: Howy Bratherton, Tony Eccles and Eleri Jones.

Sniper Corpse is a film from Keith R. Robinson (Silverhide). His latest title, shot in the United Kingdom, took three years to complete. From the initial scriptwriting to the end of production, Robinson wore many hats to finish this micro-budget feature. Shot for a mere $38K, Sniper Corpse is a great sounding film, with the score produced by Matt Chapman. As well, the story is intriguing as a soldier is brought back from the dead, to keep killing in the present. However, the director's fascination with headshots is not enough to distract from the film's flaws. Overall, Sniper Corpse is a very static film, despite this title's dark subject matter.

The first film element that stands out is Chapman's compositions. The music shifts from a very militaristic soundtrack to one of sentimentality - during softer moments. On a decent sound system, this feature continually sounds good. Even the sound effects, mostly involving gunfire, sound great on the speakers. This film element is consistently strong, even with the over-repetition of the music.

The story itself involves the resurrection of a soldier's body. This McGuffin is used to draw in a former war bride and now widow, who is looking for the body of her husband. Diane (Eleri Jones) is lured or directed to a military gun range. Here, the undead shoot each other in a simulated war game. Diane eventually finds her husband, but he is in no shape to go home. Now, the film changes as Diane tries to find a way to put her husband to rest, for the rest of eternity.

This viewer liked Robinson's use of nightshoots and space. However, much of the film is very static. There is no lack of action, mostly through gunfire. Yet, many of the scenes just sit as characters interact with each other. As well, one setting - a laboratory - is used over and over again. This setting is not well dressed, so the repetition of using this one interior setting becomes a bit monotonous - over time. Also, other scenes are held for too long or repeated too many times. There is a shot of a forest that is used at least three times, sometimes for at least ten seconds. This does not make the visual sphere very interesting. Finally, Robinson does show a flair for exploding heads and every character, who dies, has their head exploded via gunfire. Robinson is developing his directing techniques here and most of his choices are on-the-mark. But, movement is continually minimized.

Still, Sniper Corpse has a lot of flaws as might be expected on such an indie film. The film's reality dissolves slightly when green screen shooting is interspersed with live action scenes. This inconsistency can be a bit jarring. For instance, Diane visits a graveyard at some point in the film. Her live shot action scene is then fused with a green screen image, of another character. This switching back and forth between a live, exterior shot to an interior, simulated one looks very strange. Also, how does infrared work on the undead, when they likely do not give off any heat? The undead do not have a heartbeat, afterall. Yet, a helicopter searches for the undead by tracking its non-existent heat source; that would not work. Other flaws include the use of voices over walkie-talkies or cell phones, which cannot be heard. There are still other flaws. But overall, Sniper Corpse does offer a coherent story, set in a spooky locale.

Sniper Corpse has just been released this past October, in the United Kingdom and United States. Those in the U.S. can find the film on Amazon Prime. Fans of home entertainment versions (DVD, Blu-ray) can visit the Other Dimension Films' website for a Region-free version. And, this title was truly a labour-of-love for Robinson. He shot much of the film after hours and after work. Shot over seventeen days, Sniper Corpse does show passion and intellect. Yet, Sniper Corpse also shows a few flaws in the composition of scenes. This title could have used a bit more movement. Meanwhile, the sound design is consistently on point. This is a film for fans of the undead or of micro-budget features. And, it is hard not to smile at all of those exploding heads, or when the Dark Soldier stands for the third time, after being shot through its non-beating heart.

Overall: 6 out of 10.

Sniper Corpse at the Other Dimension Films' website: The Other Dimension Films' Homepage

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Tuesday, December 03, 2019

Strange Lights Descend from Above in this Trailer for Dark Encounter

Dark Encounter is an alien thriller, from director Carl Strathie. The film takes place after the death of a young child, with lights appearing in a nearby wood. These lights lead the family to the truth of the child's disappearance. Dark Encounter has already debuted at Frightfest, earlier this year. The film has also shown at Fantasy Film Fest and the Sitges Film Festival (First Showing). Now, Dark Encounter is slated to debut on Digital platforms this January. A new movie poster and trailer are available here, ahead of the film's wide release.

The trailer begins after a search for a missing girl. Then, strange lights begin to appear over the town. The townsfolk set out to investigate the phenomenon. But, no one is sure who or what is creating this latest disturbance.

Dark Encounter is the second film from Carl Strathie (Solis). Strathie's second science fiction release increases its cast from the solo character Solis. As well, this latest film brings a bit more mystery as characters struggle to understand what is happening to them. This latest release will show on January 7th. Fans of sci-fi or of thrillers can see the film then as Strathie brings a compelling tale from the night sky down to Earth.

Release Date: January 7, 2020 (Digital).

Director/writer: Carl Strathie.

Cast: Laura Fraser, Mel Raido, Alice Lowe, Sid Phoenix, Grant Masters, Vincent Regan, and Spike White.

The Dark Encounter trailer (via 4Digital Media):

Dark Encounter at 4Digital Media: Dark Encounter Release Details at 4Digital

Source: Dark Encounter at First Showing

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Monday, December 02, 2019

Unearthed Films to Release Ryan Nicholson's Slasher Feature Famine on Blu-ray this December 17th

Tagline: "20 Students, 20 Hours, 20 Horrible Ways to Die."

Ryan Nicholson's film Famine will be released by Unearthed Films. Just before Nicholson's early death this year, this make-up artist and director turned over his remaining films to this distributor. The first film to be released from Nicholson's catalog is this high school set thriller, in which a killer stalks a group of students. This feature shows some of Nicholson's talent in the gore department, with all of the effects being practical. This is a truly disturbing release for fan's of indie horror.

The film begins with a 24 hour famine. Taking place two years after a tragedy, someone unexpected has turned up to the fundraiser. Now, the participants are being stalked in the school's halls and rooms.

Unearthed Films has revealed some of the details of the Blu-ray release. For the first time on Blu-ray, the latest home entertainment release, for Famine, will take place this December 17th. The Blu-ray release will host a still gallery and various trailers; Nicholson also provides a commentary on the title. Truly a slasher film, this is a film for gorehounds. Finally, Unearthed Films plans to release more of Nicholson's catalogue, including the previously unreleased Big F*cking Monster and Gutterballs 2. More details on Famine are below.

Release Date: December 17th, 2019 (Blu-ray).

Director: Ryan Nicholson.

Writers: Ryan Nicholson, Jeff O'Brien.

Cast: Karyn Halpin, Nathan Durec, Glenn Hoffmann, Christopher Patrick Donoghue.

*the trailer is so disturbing that it cannot be shown here.

Famine at Unearthed Films: Famine Details at Unearthed Films

A review of the film, from 2012, in which director Ryan Nicholson attended: A Famine Review at 28DLA

The Blu-ray is available at Diabolik DVD: Famine at Diabolik

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Friday, November 29, 2019

Characters Break Down High Above the Slopes in this Trailer: Release Details

Tagline: "Trapped at 11,000 Feet...the Struggle For Survival Begins."

Break is a horror thriller from Russia. Mostly set in a gondola, several friends become trapped on New Year's Eve. At 11,000' in the air, these five snowboarders have no way down and no way out of their coffin. 4Digital Media will release this title, in the United States; the film's debut is slated for next month. And, this film from first time director Tigran Sahakyan, stars: former Miss Russia Irina Antonenko (The Darkest Hour), Anastasiya Grachyova and Vladimir Gusev. A trailer was release for the film recently, with all of the latest details available here.

The trailer shows the five friends preparing to hit the slopes. Once the gondola malfunctions, they have no way to signal for help. Trapped on the wires, these characters will need to climb their way out, before they freeze to death.

Similar to Adam Green's Frozen (2010), this title will debut on December 3rd. On this date, Break will be available on Digital platforms and DVD. The DVD will not be rated, but offers both a dubbed version or one with English subtitles. The film has originally been shot in the Russian language as seen in the trailer. A truly hair-raising tale, Break will be available in just a few days!

Release Date: December 3rd, 2019 (Digital, U.S.).

Director: Tigran Sahakyan.

Writers: Denis Kosyakov, Alexandr Nazarov.

Cast: Irina Antonenko, Anastasiya Grachyova, Vladimir Gusev.

The official trailer for Break (via 4Digital Media):

Break at 4Digital Media: Break Release Details at 4Digital Media

Source: Break at Horror Nerd Online

Currently at Amazon with a price of $9.99 (USD):

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