Monday, September 17, 2018

Reborn Brings an Electrical Charge to Santa Monica this Year

Tagline: "She's Not Happy."

Reborn is an upcoming horror film, from director Julian Richards (Shiver, 2012). Written by Michael Mahin, this title involves a stillborn baby, eletrokinetic power and one angry young woman. After the baby is brought back to life, the child has new electrical powers. Reborn was developed by New Normal Productions and Jinga Films. Shooting has been completed on this production. And, this title stars: Michael Pare (Gone, 2012), Barbara Campton (Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich), Kayleigh Gilbert and Chaz Bono. A trailer is coming soon. For now, a couple of stills and a concept poster are available.

Reborn will attend the American Film Market, in Santa Monica. This event, held every November, will hosts hundreds of films, agents and filmmakers. One of dozens of horror movies, Reborn will be in attendance and looking to show in several territories, across the world.

Reborn was filmed in Los Angeles, California. With a runtime of 80 minutes, this horror feature brings a bit of Stephen King's Firestarter and a bit of Carrie to the screen. More details, on Reborn, will be posted once they become available.

Director: Julian Richards.

Writer: Michael Mahin.

Stars: Michael Paré, Chaz Bono, Barbara Crampton and Kayleigh Gilbert.

*a trailer is coming soon.

The film's homepage: A Reborn Official Website

Source: Reborn at the Film Catalogue

There have been a few remakes and sequels over the years, but the original Carrie (1976) remains the best:

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Friday, September 14, 2018

A Sibling Mystery Faces a Thief-in-the-Night this September 18th!

A Sibling Mystery is one part suspense and one part comedy. From directors Dan Erickson and Rachel Wortell, this indie film title will show on Digital platforms, next week, through Global Digital Releasing. In the film, two siblings squabble over a party and their lottery winnings. When their winning lottery ticket goes missing, they put on their detective hats - to find the thief. A Sibling Mystery stars: Lily Meyer (Romance Analyst), Keith Bethea, Becky Abrams, Eamon Monaghan, Jess Magee and many others. A preview of the film's mid-September launch is hosted here.

A Sibling Mystery has had a few film festival appearances. This witty feature has shown at: the Vail Film Festival, Portland Film Festival, Soho International and the illustrious Mill Valley Film Festival. The film has completed its film festival circuit, recently.

Now, fans of indie thrillers can find A Sibling Mystery on Digital platforms, in just a few days. This title will show on: Amazon Instant, Vudu and iTunes (Canada, U.S., Ireland and the UK). This title is also expected to show on DVD, at a later date. All of the latest details, on A Sibling Mystery, are hosted here.

Release Date: September 18th, 2018 (Digital).

Directors/writers: Dan Erickson, Rachel Wortell.

Cast: Lily Meyer, Keith Bethea, Becky Abrams, Eamon Monaghan, Jess Magee, Michele Hierholzer and Phillip John Velasco Gabriel.

The official trailer for A Sibling Mystery (courtesy of GDR):

The film's homepage: A Sibling Mystery Official Website

More on Global Digital Releasing here: The Global Digital Releasing Homepge

GDR also released thriller The Mourning Hills, recently:

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Death Race 4: Beyond Anarchy Gets the Checkered Flag for an October 2nd Release (Red Band Trailer)

Death Race 4: Beyond Anarchy is revving its engines for an early October release. The film was originally slated for a January showing on home entertainment formats. Pushed back several months, Death Race 4: Beyond Anarchy follows the 2008 film, directed by Paul W. S. Anderson. This time, a specials ops' military team has infiltrated a super-maximum prison, to kill the villain Frankenstein (Velislav Pavlov) - before the ultimate Death Race. Death Race 4: Beyond Anarchy stars: Danny Trejo (Machete, 2010), Danny Glover (Saw), Zach McGowan ("Black Sails") and Fred Koehler. Now, the film's Red Band trailer is hosted here.

The Red Band trailer shows lots of the film's action sequences. Cars explode, unlicensed, semi-nude race officials start the competition and violence breaks out on the racetrack. This time, no one can stop the world's most dangerous driver - Frankenstein!

This latest film was shot in Bulgaria. This release (DVD, Blu-ray, Digital) will hosts lots of extras. The special features will include: a Digital copy, "Inside the Anarchy," "Time Served: Lists & Goldberg On the Streets of Death Race: Beyond Anarchy," Feature Commentary with Director Don Michael Paul and star Zach McGowan. This release will be in an unrated version. More release details, including the Red Band trailer, are below.

Release Date: October 2nd, 2018 (DVD, Blu-ray, Digital).

Director: Don Michael Paul.

Writers: Paul W.S. Anderson, Tony Giglio, Don Michael Paul,

Cast: Zach McGowan, Frederick Koehler, Christine Marzano, Yennis Cheung.

The Red Band trailer, for Death Race 4: Beyond Anarchy, is here:

*the film hosts a runtime of 111 minutes. To be distributed by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

Available for pre-orders:

Source: Death Race 4 at Bloody Disgusting

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Birthing Horror Comedy Cynthia Brings a Monstrosity into the Ballpit this September 18th!

Tagline: “Robin Taylor wants a baby... in the worst way”

Cynthia is an upcoming horror comedy from directors: Kenny Gage and Devon Downs. The film features actress Scout Taylor-Compton (Halloween, 2007) as Robin, a woman desperate to have a baby. After years of fertility treatments, something has changed in her womb, leading to the birth of a monster. Cynthia also stars: Sid Haig (House of a 1000 Corpses) Bill Moseley (Repo! The Genetic Opera), Robert LaSardo and many others. This film will release, through Indican Pictures this September and a preview of the film's home entertainment launch is hosted here.

More of the hilarity, in Cynthia, can be seen in the trailer. Robin seems oblivious to the scarred and malicious nature of her child. Cynthia attacks another newborn, while tormenting the entire neighbourhood. One character goes over a guardrail and into a ballpit. Actor Bill Moseley appears as Buttercup, a transvestite, while other characters do their best to avoid the six-fingered and one-legged baby Cynthia.

Indican Pictures has set the date for September 18th as the film's release date. In mid-September, Cynthia will show on DVD and Digital platforms, including Amazon. Fans of indie horror, or of comedies will want to mark their calendars for this release. More on Cynthia and her murderous hijinx are below.

Release Date: September 18, 2018 (VOD/DVD).

Directors: Kenny Gage and Devon Downs.

Cast: Scout Taylor-Compton, Sid Haig, Rebecca Marshall, Bill Moseley, Robert LaSardo, James Karen.

The official trailer for Cynthia (courtesy of Indican Pictures):

More on Cynthia at Indican Pictures: Cynthia at Indican Pictures

Indican Pictures also released the comedy, How to Get Rid of a Body and Still be Friends, recently:

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Well Go USA Returns to Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum for More Scares on Blu-ray and DVD (September 18th)

Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum is a found footage styled horror film. Released earlier this year on Digital platforms, Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum is a Korean film, from director Beom-sik Jeong (Horror Stories, 2013). In the film, a crew shoots in one the world's most haunted locations. A place of torture, these filmmakers will never be seen again. Now, Well Go USA will release the film, on home entertainment formats, this month (DVD, Blu-ray). Release details on Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum are hosted here, before next week's release.

The home entertainment artwork and trailer show the film's central setting. A multi-level, concrete block - this asylum was rumoured to use torture on its many inmates. Illegal experiments were also performed on some of the patients, supposedly. Now, this broken down, industrial building is the center piece of new horrors.

As well, a number of early reviews have mostly been positive. Richard Gray, of Reel Bits, mentions that Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum stands out in the found footage horror genre: "[this is] just one of the reasons it stands out in a crowded marketplace of [Blair Witch] imitators." The found footage, horror film market is loaded with these films - to stand out is very difficult. Meanwhile, Ian Jane (RockShockPop) talks about the the film's many effective twists: "some of this found footage film’s twists are about as subtle as a slap in the face, just as many of them are quite effective." A horror film should never be boring. And, Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum is sure to be one of this year's strongest found footage outings.

This film's release will be in an unrated format. As well, the runtime is 95 minutes. The Blu-ray release will host two discs, one a DVD version. Special features are limited to a trailer. And, this film will be released in the original Korean language, with English subtitles. Fans of Asian horror can find more on Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum below.

Release Date: September 18th, 2018 (Blu-ray, DVD).

Director: Beom-sik Jeong.

Writers: Beom-sik Jeong, Sang-min Park.

Cast: Seung-Wook Lee, Ye-Won Mun, Ji-Hyun Park and Sung-Hoon Park.

The official trailer for Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum (courtesy of Well Go USA):

Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum at Well Go USA: Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum Release Details at Well Go USA

Richard Gray's Review of the film, at Reel Bits: Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum Reviewed at Reel Bits

Ian Jane reviews this title at Rock Shock Pop: A Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum Review at Rock Shock Pop

Pre-orders are available, for the film, here:

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Monday, September 10, 2018

The Wind Stirs Up a Chilly Breeze in this Official Trailer: Release Details

The Wind is an upcoming horror western from director Emma Tammi. To have its World Premiere tonight (Sept. 10), this title blends genres, on the western frontier, in the 1800s. The Wind's story is told through a series of flashbacks, with settlers experiencing strange visions. As well, The Wind will show at the Toronto International Film Festival, through four days. The film's cast consists of: Caitlin Gerard (Insidious: The Last Key) Julia Goldani Telles (Slender Man) and Ashley Zukerman. The Wind is sure to stir up a chilly breeze with the film's official trailer below.

The story mentions strange premonitions. But, is Lizzy (Gerard) simply paranoid? When a couple moves into a nearby cabin, they too see strange things on the prairie. And, Lizzy laments: "I don't suspect God has much business out here."

The Wind, from writer Teresa Sutherland is dedicated to American folk lore. The film's cinematography, as seen in the trailer, looks amazing. And, this title is sure to play before a packed crowd tonight and throughout the week.

Release Date: September 10th, 2018 (World Premiere) and September 11-13, 2018 (Film Festival).

Director: Emma Tammi.

Writer: Teresa Sutherland.

Cast: Miles Anderson, Caitlin Gerard, Julia Goldani Telles and Ashley Zukerman.

The official trailer for The Wind (courtesy of Deadline):

The Wind at the Toronto International Film Festival: The Wind Details at TIFF

The Burrowers (2008) is another film that blends the western film genre with horror (on DVD):

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Friday, September 07, 2018

Hell House LLC II: The Abaddon Hotel Courts Tragedy Exclusively on Shudder this September 20th!

An announcement has come in for Stephen Cognetti's Hell House LLC II: The Abaddon Hotel. This found footage title, a sequel to the 2015 film, will show on Shudder exclusively in mid-September. Distributor Terror Films will team-up with this Digital horror service, with the film showing on Shudder for ninety days. Hell House LLC II: The Abaddon Hotel will be available, through Shudder, in: the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom. As well, Shudder has provided a free 14-day trial code, for those that would like to see the film (the code is listed below). Also, Hell House LLC II: The Abaddon Hotel stars: Jillian Geurts (Abnormal Attraction), Vasile Flutur (Far From Here) and Joy Shatz. All of the latest release details, for Hell House LLC II, are hosted here.

This sequel takes place eight years after the original. After the opening night and tragedy at Hell House LLC, investigative journalist Jessica Fox believes that their is still evidence, laying undiscovered, in the Abaddon Hotel. She assembles a team of investigators, to uncover the disturbing truth, of this devastating tragedy.

After this initial release on Shudder, Terror Films will make the film available across several territories in January. On January 4th, Hell House LLC II: The Abaddon Hotel will show on: iTunes, Amazon Instant and Vudu. Other distributing platforms will be announced at a later date. Now, horror fans can use the exclusive code below, to try out Shudder and watch this mysterious thriller, in just a few days.

Release Date: September 20th, 2018 (Digital, Shudder) and January 4th, 2018 (Digital, Worldwide).

Director/writer: Stephen Cognetti.

Cast: Vasile Flutur, Jillian Geurts, Joy Shatz.

The official trailer for Hell House LLC II: The Abaddon Hotel (courtesy of Terror Films):

*the 14-day trial code is: HH2TFSH

The Shudder website can be found here: The Shudder Homepage

Hell House LLC II at Terror Films: Hell House LLC II Story Details

A few early stills, from the film, have been posted here on 28DLA: Hell House LLC II Early Stills on 28DLA

A special edition, of the first film, was released earlier this year:

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Thursday, September 06, 2018

Broken Darkness Cannot Piece Itself Back Together Again: A Film Review

*full disclosure: an online screener of this film was provided by one of the members of the cast.

Director/writer: Christopher-Lee dos Santos

Cast: Sean Cameron Michael, Suraya Santos, Brandon Auret, Jonathan Pienaar and Ryan Kruger.

Broken Darkness is a post-apocalyptic title, from South Africa. Previously titled Last Broken Darkness, this film was shot by director Christopher-Lee dos Santos. Broken Darkness stars: Sean Cameron Michael ("Black Sails"), Brandon Auret (Elysium), Suraya Santos and Jonathan Pienaar. Much of the film takes place after a devastating meteorite strike; survivors must live below ground, or face the radiation and infection above. For the first hour, everything story-wise comes across well. Then, the tone shifts from a serious dramatic thriller to an overly sombre series of scenes. This shift, in tone, is a bit disconcerting. Also, somewhat reminiscent of Jeff Renfroe's The Colony (2013) and John Hillcoat's The Road (2009), Broken Darkness brings the post-apocalyptic thrills on a much smaller budget. The film also brings too many genres, on-board. The result: Broken Darkness can itself be seen as a bit disassembled as dos Santos struggles to find his message.

The story stays with the character Sam (Cameron Michael) through most of the film. He has just lost his son as a meteoric catastrophe takes place, across the world. Safe below ground, the film fast-forwards eight years in time. Now, Sam has teamed up with Troy (Auret), to work in an underground mine. Here, survivors busy themselves with: water pipes, railcars and vegetable gardens. Peace only lasts so long as infected hordes descend into the tunnels. How did they get in? That question is not answered. But, the character Sam finds some of his own reason for living, by working with others, like the character Rose (Santos). Can Sam let go of his grief, by connecting with someone in the present? The cannibals and bandits have their own answers to this question.

The major detriment, to the film, is its tonal shift. Everything plays out as one might expect, from a post-apocalyptic film, for the first hour. Then, the characters reach the surface. At this point, the music shifts and so does the film's tone. Instead of tense drama, there is now a very sombre tone, which pauses the film for close to a half hour. Sam and and Rose wax philosophical. Meanwhile, infected characters have disappeared and so has the action. There is very little tension and conflict through this middle act. And, this shift from dramatic action to sadness is a bit disruptive to the film's overall tone and cohesion.

Still, dos Santos knows his post-apocalyptic material. Early parts of the film could be compared to an earloer title, The Colony; later parts are more like The Road. In The Colony, characters also must reside deep below ground, with their plants and supplies. Camps are connected through communication and there is even an adjoining railway line, in Broken Darkness. Dos Santos has definitely been influenced by this earlier film, starring Laurence Fishburne and Bill Paxton. This later film almost plays out like a scene by scene recreation of the former, at times. Once the characters hit the surface, the film gears down as mentioned above. Now, the two characters hit the road. Occasionally, they will loot a house. Scarred infected look for an easy meal, in Sam or Rose. There are still more threats. Bandits, soldiers and lazy cannibals lay in wait and this duo must dodge them all. Broken Darkness wears its influences on its sleeves, which is a good thing.

Unfortunately, Broken Darkness also wears too many hats. Dos Santos tries to incorporate too many genres, into this 110 minute film. Is this a sci-fi film? The early spfx laden scenes of falling meteorites would say yes. Is this a horror film? Creatures drag characters into darkened pipes, so the answer is again - yes. Is this a thriller? There is a bit of tension as characters struggle to discover what is hunting them, below ground. Is this an action film? There is a lot of gunfire, with Rangers fighting off irradiated and infectious mutants. So, the film is at least in part an action film. Is this a post-apocalyptic film? Events take place after an environmental disaster. Crazily, survivors are living below ground for no reason. The Earth has healed after eight years and the initial destruction. Still, with all of these genres, Broken Darkness tries to cover too much ground and fails to cover any one genre with a focused intensity. The result is that the film, like the title suggests, is a bit broken.

Broken Darkness has released in Japan, earlier this year. Still, this title does not have an official release date in North America. Broken Darkness has been influenced by some of the films that have come before it. But, this release has not improved on these earlier films, perhaps because of its significantly smaller budget. Other films, at this production level, have done better though (What Still Remains, 2018). As well, Broken Darkness tries to cover too many genres and in doing so, it fails to capture any one genre substantially. There is a dramatic tonal shift in the middle act and this might be your chance to grab a resupply of popcorn. However, a film should not change this much, especially through the middle portion and for so long. Finally, a villain is only tacked on, late in the picture. And, Sam is the only character with a backstory and any real complexity. Many of the other characters could be put on the cannibals' pyre without much notice or loss.

Overall: 6.25 out of 10.

A trailer for Broken Darkness (as Last Broken Darkness) is available here: A Broken Darkness Trailer on 28DLA

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