Friday, August 26, 2016

You Should Watch this Film with the Lights Out in October!

The horror feature Lights Out is still playing in a few theatres. Meanwhile, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has already announced a home entertainment launch, for this feature. Just in time for Halloween, Lights Out will be available through Video-on-demand and on Blu-ray in October. Based on a short film, this feature involves terrifying shapes and shadows that emerge from the dark. An entire family cannot shake these strange visions. A preview of the film's home entertainment launch is hosted here.

From the synopsis, Rebecca has seen strange things, since her childhood. Now, as an adult, Rebecca's (Teresa Palmer) brother is seeing the same haunting shapes. Both characters are uncovering a mysterious attachment to their mother. And, Rebecca and Martin (Gabriel Bateman) must discover more of their very similar pasts.

The home entertainment release will host very few extra features. Bonus features include: deleted scenes. The release has been released as 14A and available in multiple languages. More details on the Lights Out release are available below.

Release Date: October 11 (VOD) and October 25th, 2016 (Blu-ray, DVD).

Director: David F. Sandberg.

Writers: Eric Heisserer and David F. Sandberg.

Cast: Teresa Palmer, Gabriel Bateman, Alexander DiPersia and Billy Burke.

The official trailer for the film:

*Lights Out will be available for purchase on the following platforms: Amazon, CinemaNow, Flixster, iTunes, PlayStation, Xbox and others.

A fan page for the film is available here: Lights Out on Facebook

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Daylight's End Rolls Out to Twenty US Theatres this August

Daylight's End is set to show in twenty American theatres. Partially shot in Dallas, Texas, the film involves a virulent plague. One man, in search of revenge, teams up with a group of fighters, in an old jailhouse. Starring Johnny Strong, Lance Henriksen, Krzysztof Soszynski, Louis Mandylor and Gary Cairns, this action thriller is set for an August 26th theatrical launch. A preview of the film's wide release is hosted here.

The film will also be available through Video-on-demand, on this date. The film is slated to debut on at least thirty VOD platforms, including: iTunes, Comcast, Time Warner and many others. Daylight's End will be on almost all major VOD film streaming services.

Fans of post-apocalyptic thrillers are encouraged to see the film. A review of this title is available here: A Daylight's End Review. Daylight's End is a satisfying action thriller, set in chaotic environment. And, From Fayetteville to Washington, D.C. and Detroit, tickets are available now!

Release Date: August 26th, 2016 (VOD, Theatrical).

Director: William Kaufman.

Writer: Chad Law.

Cast: Johnny Strong, Lance Henriksen, Louis Mandylor, Chelsea Edmundson, Gary Cairns and Hakeem Kae-Kazim.

A theatrical trailer, for the film, is available here:

The film's fan page: Daylight's End on Facebook

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

"Fight of the Living Dead" Wants Your Blood Money: A Review of Episodes #2 ("Help is Found") and #3 ("Safe No More")

*an online screener of this film was provided by EPK TV and their associates.

Directors: Kevin Abrams, Chris Hall, Tony E. Valenzuela.

Writers: Chris Hall, Tony E. Valenzuela.

Cast: Brandon Bowen, Yousef Erakat, Rahat Hossain, Shanna Malcolm, Raya Moab, Dennis Roady and more.

This zombie film fan had an opportunity to watch Episode #2 ("Help is Found") and Episode #3 ("Safe No More") of "Fight of the Living Dead." A review of these episodes is available here. This series was developed by a host of production houses, including: Alpine Labs, Ketchum Labs and Revolver Picture Company. The series is being shown exclusively on the BlackBox TV Youtube Channel. And, this is a reality show set in a fictional zombie scenario, or apocalypse. Each show puts several Youtube stars through a series of challenges, while the undead claw at them, from every corner. Episode #2 and #3 are only twenty minutes each, which might make zombie fans wonder if the episodes are worth paying for. This viewer enjoyed both episodes, but they are over pretty quickly.

This show focuses on ten people and a series of tasks. Each must work together, to survive a simulated zombie apocalypse. All of the participants have found some security in a safe room, which they found in Episode #1 ("It Begins!"). In Episode #2, they must repair a video feed. They find a planted actor, along the way. In Episode #3, they must acquire a set of coils, for the Order project. This project is more of a weapon, which will destroy all of the zombies, who lurk in the many darkened halls. Events, in all of the episodes, do not go as planned.

The objectives create much of the havoc. For instance, when Rahat Hossain, Yousef Arakat and Dennis Roady set out to repair the video feed, everything goes well - for awhile. They find a backpack and a plastic crate full of supplies. But, there is a zombie patient strapped to a nearby wheelchair. After they repair the feed and the cameras are working, a musical interlude is piped in through the sound system. This incenses the zombies. It is a quick dash back to the safe zone. But, one character does not make it back, thanks to a very aggressive attacker. Similarly, a search for a video tape causes more challenges. The first video is a decoy and the characters are forced to return to a darkened lab. Here, another character is too slow to start her escape, when zombies emerge from every nook and cranny. The objectives offer the most action and conflict in the series.

The episodes are hard to recommend payment for; each is very short. Episode #2 clocks in at a mere twenty-one minutes. Episode #3 is equally short. Meanwhile, each episode, after the premiere, is locked behind a paywall. In Canada, the fee is only 2 to 3 dollars. But, the episodes are over so quickly that you will not get much digital bang for your hard earned dollars. Other digital services or offerings, like Netflix, provide hundreds of hours of streaming videos, for just eight dollars. Or, you can rent a two hour film through many Video-on-demand platforms for a reasonable price of 3 to 4 bucks (sometimes less). This viewer would have liked to see episodes of 40 minutes, to motivate other zombie fans to reach for their wallets.

There are at least four episodes in Season #2 of "Fight of the Living Dead" and each has been entertaining, so far. Episode #3 previewed a zombie horde attack on the characters' refuge, in Episode #4. The shear panic on the stars' faces will make most laugh. As well, in these early episodes, there is a great deal of action. Scenarios have been well thought out. And, characters must work together to complete objectives; this is not as easy as it sounds. Though short at twenty plus minutes, zombie fans, with a few dollars lying around, might want to delve deeper into this reality series. Each episode is more terrifying than the last.

Overall: 7.25 out of 10.

Episode #1, at thirty-eight minutes, is available for free - here:

Episode #1 of "Fight of the Living Dead"

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Rings Gives You Seven Days to Live in this Trailer

The Ring released in 2002, followed by The Ring 2 in 2005. It has been ten years since a sequel has been released for this series. Now, director F. Javier Gutierrez and Paramount Pictures have debuted a trailer for Rings. Scheduled for an October launch, Rings brings back a curse. Anyone who watches a devilish tape - will die in seven days. The first trailer for the film is here.

The synopsis begins and ends with Julia (Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz). She investigates a dark underworld, after her boyfriend watches a mysterious tape. She sacrifices herself to save him. But, this latest tape is something more: a "movie within a movie."

The first trailer for Rings is a good one. It shows Samara (Bonnie Morgan) emerging from a flatscreen. Meanwhile, Julia is struggling with the curse as a coil of hair emerges from her mouth. There are all sorts of dark nasties in this preview clip.

Release Date: October 28th, 2016 (Theatrical).

Director: F. Javier Gutiérrez.

Writers: Jacob Aaron Estes, Akiva Goldsman, David Loucka and Kôji Suzuki.

Cast: Laura Wiggins, Aimee Teegarden, Johnny Galecki, Lizzie Brocheré and Bonnie Morgan.

The first trailer for Rings is hosted here:

The film's homepage: An Official Website for Rings

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Terror Films Lifts the Curtains for The House on Pine Street in September

Terror Films has announced a release date for the supernatural thriller The House on Pine Street. To release through Video-on-demand in September, the film involves a darkened home and terrifying visions. Jennifer (Emily Goss) believes it is haunted. But, her own stresses might be altering her senses. The film, from writers Aaron and Austin Keeling, stars: Emily Goss, Taylor Bottles and Cathy Barnett. A movie clip, for this title, is available here.

The "It’s Just a House Jennifer" shows the protagonist and a medium. They are discussing the home and its history. Does something lay hidden behind these walls? Fans can find out in a few weeks.

The House on Pine Street will be available via multiple VOD platforms. This horror feature will be available on at least six online platforms, including: iTunes, Amazon Instant, Google Play, Vudu, Xbox and Playstation. Pre-orders are available now. And, all of the release details, on The House on Pine Street, are available here.

Release Date: September 30th, 2016 (VOD: iTunes, Amazon Instant, Google Play and more).

Director/writer: Aaron Keeling and Austin Keeling.

Cast: Emily Goss, Taylor Bottles, Cathy Barnett, Jim Korinke, Natalie Pellegrini and Tisha Swart-Entwistle.

The "It's Just a House Jennifer" clip:

Pre-orders are available here: The House on Pine Street at iTunes

More details will be released at the Terror Films website, found here:

The Terror Films Homepage

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Villisca Adds to the Kill Count with these Early Stills

There are a few details available for the horror feature Villisca. Based on the Moore murders, several teenagers break into an early 20th Century crime scene. Here, they hope to solve a tragedy, that occurred over a hundred years ago. The film, from director Tony E. Valenzuela, recently had a showing at the Los Angeles Film Festival. While a North American release has not been released, there are a couple of stills from the film, available here.

The Moore murders involved a random attack. In 1912, eight people were killed by trespassers. The killers hid in the attic, until everyone returned home from church. The results of the attack were truly horrifying. Now, three outcasts will break into this farmhouse and search for clues, to the family's death. But, something unimaginable lays beneath the floorboards.

At least four stills have been released for the film. Two can be found here. One still shows the teenagers investigating the crime scene. Another shows the same setting alight, with the central characters in a fiery fight. Other stills display the film's central setting, an old farmhouse. All of the available details on Villisca are here!

Release Date: TBA.

Director: Tony E. Valenzuela.

Writer: Owen Egerton.

Cast: Robert Adamson, Jarrett Sleeper, Alex Frnka, Conchata Ferrell and Jon Gries.

*a trailer has not been released.

**Villisca is a small farming town in Ohio.

A couple more stills, for the film, are available here: Villisca at the UHM

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Three Robbers Are in Over Their Heads in this Don't Breathe - "Blind Not Saint" Clip

A new clip has been released for Fede Alvarez's Don't Breathe. Titled "Blind Not Saint," the clip shows three robbers casing a home as a blind man strolls by. There is a bit of a jump scare, in the video. Meanwhile, Don't Breathe is set for a late August release, in North America. The film will be shown in the United Kingdom, in early September. Fans of tense thrillers can see more on Don't Breathe here.

The official synopsis and publicity material talks of three burglars and a blind man. They hope to steal millions of dollars that he has stashed in the home. But, Alex (Dylan Minnette), Rocky (Jane Levy) and Money (Daniel Zovatto) are not prepared for what is inside this trap strewn home.

This film fan will be seeing this title as the Summer ends. Alvarez's Evil Dead (2013) was a blood-soaked nightmare. His latest looks to offer a few surprises, with much of the film shot in an apocalyptic Detroit, Michigan. Fans of Alvarez and his work can find the latest on Don't Breathe below.

Release Date: August 26th, 2016 (North America, Theatres).

Director: Fede Alvarez.

Writers: Fede Alvarez and Rodo Sayagues.

Cast: Daniel Zovatto, Dylan Minnette, Stephen Lang, Sergej Onopko, Jane May Graves and Jane Levy.

The "Blind Not Saint" movie clip:

A trailer for the film is available here: A Don't Breathe Trailer on 28DLA

Source: Don't Breathe at Live For Film

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Fight of the Living Dead Gnaws into Its First Contestant

Tagline: "Don't. Get. Bit."

Youtube has debuted the first episode of "Fight of the Living Dead." This online video series brings some of the most popular Youtubers to the screen. Each personality must survive a simulated zombie apocalypse, set in an abandoned hospital. The first episode introduces all of the Youtubers to the setting. As well, they must rescue one of their own, JC Caylen. The debut episode is online now and free for zombie fans to watch.

This zombie film fan watched the first episode. Episode one shows Dennis Roady as the hero and Vitaly as the villain. In one scene, Dennis stops a zombie assault with a set of shelves. Then, he goes onto break a door down, freeing the other contestants. Later, Vitaly panics and leaves one of the survivors to be ground down and bitten by a zombie horde. One personality chooses courage, while the other focuses on selfishness.

As well, Episode 2 is already available. At just over twenty minutes, the episode is hosted behind a pay wall. Produced as part of the Youtube Red Originals, this series is available only on BlackBoxTV. More details on the show, including Episode 1 are hosted below.

Release Date: August 17th, 2016 (Youtube).

Cast: Vitaly, Fousey, Rahat, Tre Melvin, JC Caylen, Brittani Louise Taylor, Dennis Roady, Shanna Malcolm, Raya and Brandon Bowen.

Episode 1 of "Fight of the Living Dead" is available here:

A trailer for the series is hosted here: Fight of the Living Dead Trailer on 28DLA

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