Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Horror Anthology Nightmare Cinema to Play in Two Canadian Cities June 21st!

Tagline: "When the Lights Go Down, Your Time is Up!"

The horror anthology Nightmare Cinema is set for a Summer release. This film brings several weird tales together and on the big screen, this June. Filmmakers associated with this project include: Mick Garris (The Stand), Joe Dante (Gremlins), David Slade (30 Days of Night) Ryuhei Kitamura (Midnight Meat Train) and Alejandro Brugues (Juan of the Dead). Rated restricted, this film involves five strangers drawn to an abandoned theatre. Here, the Projectionist (Mickey Rourke) plays a new reel for each of them. Now, the film's Canadian release details are available here.

levelFilm will show this title in at least two Canadian theatres, on June 21st. To play in Edmonton and Ottawa, Nightmare Cinema will bring segments titled "Mirari," the "Dead" and of course "The Projectionist" to the big screen. As well, this title will show on Digital platforms (iTunes) on June 21st. A Good Deed Entertainment production, Nightmare Cinema brings some of the best names in horror, to the big and little screen, in just a few weeks.

Release Date: June 21st, 2019 (Limited Theatrical, Digital).

Directors: Alejandro Brugués, Joe Dante, Mick Garris, Ryûhei Kitamura and David Slade.

Writers: Sandra Becerril, Alejandro Brugués, Lawrence C. Connolly, Mick Garris, Richard Christian Matheson and David Slade.

Cast: Mickey Rourke, Richard Chamberlain, Adam Godley, Orson Chaplin and Eric Nelsen.

The official trailer for Nightmare Cinema (courtesy of Movie Trailers Source):

*Canadian theatrical Screenings:
-Edmonton, AB, Metro Edmonton - June 21
-Ottawa, ON Mayfair Cinema - June 21

**the film has a run time of 1 hour and 59 minutes.

Nightmare Cinema at iTunes: Nightmare Cinema at iTunes (pre-orders)

Director Mick Garris also took part in the horror anthology Masters of Horror (2005):

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Sci-fi Thriller Freaks Shows One Man Struggling in a Totalitarian State: First Trailer

Tagline: "They Look Just Like Us."

Freaks is the first feature from directors Zach Lipovsky and Adam B. Stein. Already having shown at several film Festivals including the Newport Beach Film Festival, Freaks is a genre-bender. The film molds part of a family movie with sci-fi and mystery elements. Set to be released by Well Go USA later this year, Freaks centrally stars: Emile Hirsch (Into the Wild), Bruce Dern (The Hateful Eight) and Grace Park. A trailer has just been released for this intriguing film, which is slated for a Summer theatrical run.

The directors have talked about the film a number of times. At MovieRamblings, they mention how the script came about: "we imagined Emile’s character as a father who never had the benefit of that support network. Before the start of the film, his character had been an outcast and a criminal, on the run for most of his life." Without that support, the character simply known as Dad, is stuck in his house as paranoia takes over his life. Director Stein also mentions the current, socio-political environment influencing the film: "the social commentary in the film is inspired by discrimination and violence in our world, where the tools of government can be used to destroy the lives of people who are considered Other." There really is no escaping the government as shown in the film's official trailer.

Well Go USA will show Freaks, in theatres, this August 23rd. Showing across the U.S., more markets are sure to announce their release dates, shortly. For now, fans of sci-fi or of thrillers can view the film's mysterious trailer below, with more details to come.

Release Date: August 23rd, 2019 (Theatrical).

Directors/writers: Zach Lipovsky, Adam B. Stein.

Cast: Emile Hirsch, Bruce Dern, Grace Park, Amanda Crew, Lexy Kolker

The official trailer for Freaks (courtesy of Well Go USA):

Freaks at Well Go USA: Freaks at Well Go USA

The film's official website: The Freaks Homepage

Sources: Freaks at Screen Anarchy

A Freaks Interview at Movie Ramblings

The film of ultimate government control - 1984:

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Sunday, May 19, 2019

Redcon-1 Blinds You with Action: A Film Review

Director: Chee Keong Cheung.

Writers: Chee Keong Cheung, Steve Horvath and Mark Strange.

Cast: Oris Erhuero, Carlos Gallardo, Mark Strange, Katarina Leigh Waters, Martyn Ford and Joshua Dickinson.

Redcon-1 is the latest zombie thriller, to emerge from the United Kingdom. Shot in Glasgow and London, this is a martial arts actioner, from director and producer Chee Keong Cheung (Underground). The film was developed by a team of writers. But, you might not notice this in the story, which is paper thin. Borrowing from a few other movies like Escape from New York (1981), 28 Days Later (2002) and a few others, Redcon-1 forgets about some of its characters and their dialogue. Still, there is a lot of dazzle on the screen as the film's crew focuses on the many action elements. In the end, Redcon-1 is a an interesting zombie action tale, which is built on a thin layer of plot.

You may have heard of some of these plot points before. However, the story involves the release of an infection, in the United Kingdom. Millions are infected or killed by a bloodborne virus. Meanwhile, a scientist hides in seclusion - from the responsibility of his misdeeds. A special forces unit is sent in to extract him and they must venture into the hordes and city streets. But, Dr. Raynes (Robert Goodale) is a difficult person to find, in all of the dead bodies about. Eventually, this crack force finds him, in an infected prisoner camp. Yet, there is still a conniving general to deal with, along with street gangs and hundreds of infected. These SAS soldiers could have used a helicopter for a better in-and-out rescue.

This film has been influenced by many others. While watching this title, this viewer was reminded of John Carpenter's Escape from New York. In this earlier movie, Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell) is sent into an island sized penitentiary. Behind the walls, everyone is an enemy. The same goes for Redcon-1, in that there are tonnes and tonnes of villains. There is more than just the infected to worry about in this recent release. Each neighbourhood is guarded by a different criminal gang. As well, these infected utilize higher brain functions. Infected meter maids are still handing out tickets and newspaper boys are still delivering the morning news. This usage of smart monsters is similar to George A. Romero's intelligent zombies in Land of the Dead (2005). In both films, these creatures are not completely mindless and can still go about some general routines. One other comparison is worth noting. There is an homage or two to Danny Boyle's work on 28 Days Later. There are similar shots of London in both films, or shots of quiet English streets. As well, on a wall it is written: "the end is fucking nigh" and most will appreciate the look back to another pivotal infected movie. All-in-all, the writers on this film borrow from some of the better horror films to grace screens in recent years.

Still, the plot is very light here. The writing is really limited to the premise of saving the world - by rescuing a scientist. Meanwhile, the characters are given little backstory. Only the protagonist Marcus (Oris Erhuero) receives any complexity. All of the other soldiers are flat characters, or just caricatures. Strangely, the film utilizes sombre music when one of these cardboard cutouts is killed in action. There is almost no one to empathize with here. To distract from the weak story, Redcon-1 relies on action sequences to carry the film. And, there are hundreds of scenes, many with lots of explosions or gunfire to keep the viewer distracted. However, it would have been more impactful if the writers had developed their characters more, through dialogue or the use of more flashbacks. Stripped down, the story is almost absent here.

The action does standout though. There is a lot of choreographed martial-arts sequences. Kicks break the faces of the infected. Or, there are tanks to barrel through body filled streets. Almost exclusively shot outside, there are interesting scenes of characters navigating a minefield. Or later, there is a grand finale as the remaining survivors square-off against a huge horde of the infected. Children carry guns, while women use chainsaws. These scenes are truly over-the-top and the filmmakers offer lots of flash and bag - to keep your eyes on the screen. But, where is the deeper meaning in all of the bloodshed and murder?

Redcon-1 had a theatrical showing earlier this month, in Santa Ana, California. The film has also recently released on Digital and a Blu-ray format. The film reviewed here is of the Blu-ray variety and the transfer looks excellent. The sound is also good. And, there are lots of extras on the disc (behind-the-scenes, deleted scenes).

In the end, Redcon-1 borrows from some of the best films in the horror genre, while still coming across as original. Built on a quicksand of muddy plot, the story is a bit lackluster. Action sequences are top-notch. But overall, this is not a very memorable infected thriller. Instead, this is more flash and sizzle - with Redcon-1 only really standing out for its long runtime of two hours. The film is a bit of a slog for the soldiers and sometimes even for the viewer.

Overall: 6.5 out of 10.

More Details on the Film are Available at Epic Pictures: Redcon-1 at Epic Pictures

The Stills Shown Here Were borrowed from a Brit Flicks review (Jane Foster): Redcon-1 Reviewed at Brit Flicks

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Friday, May 17, 2019

Dramatic Thriller The Madness Within Preps' for a Late 2019 Digital Launch: An Early Preview

The Madness Within is the latest production from Busted Knuckle Productions and director Hunter G. Williams (The Crying Dead). His latest involves a tormented businessman, who turns to vice under the strain. Is there any possibility of redemption? Williams centrally stars in this feature as well, along with: Tessa Farrel (Fairyhell), Lily Tomlin and Edin Gali. A dramatic thriller, this title has recently been picked up by Midnight Releasing for a late 2019 release. A few details are available now - ahead of the film's Digital launch.

The trailer shows more of Russ' (Williams) struggles. Released in March, the clip also shows his self-destructiveness. However, even in the darkest of times, there is hope.

Busted Knuckle Productions has a few other titles on its slate. This production house, from Los Angeles, intends to release the action thriller 60 Minutes to Kill, later this year. As well, BKP will re-release the horror feature Cornered into 2020. For now, the latest on The Madness Within can be found here.

Release Date: December 6th, 2019 (Digital, Theatrical).

Director/writer: Hunter G. Williams.

Producers: Hunter G. Williams and Justin Chien.

Cast: Hunter G. Williams, Edin Gali, Tessa Farrel, Lily Tomlin, Kristen Carpenter and Devon Ogden.

The official trailer for The Madness Within (courtesy of One Media, rated Mature: drug use, sexuality):

The Midnight Releasing Homepage: More Details on the Madness Within at Midnight Releasing Soon

The Busted Knuckle Productions' website: More Details on the Madness Within at BKP Also Shortly

BKP released The Crying Dead in 2013 and the film has been reviewed here (The Crying Dead Review as The Whispering Dead):

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

ClownDoll Offers No Refunds Only Murder in this First Trailer

This preview is for all the coulrophobes out there. ClownDoll is an upcoming, supernatural, horror film. Shot partially in London, the film features a possessed?, life-sized doll - with a painted face and crazy hair. At night, it haunts its new owner and her friends. Currently, ITN Films is set to release this title in October, on Digital formats. Directed by Scott Jeffrey (Unhinged), the film stars: Peter Cosgrove (Escape from Cannibal Farm), Sarah T. Cohen (End Game) and Jon-Scott Clark. A trailer and early movie poster is hosted here.

The trailer begins strangely enough. Lane (Cohen) talks about being pregnant with her stepbrother's baby. Events get even weirder when Lane picks up a huge doll for her unborn child. Now, everyone is in danger as this doll has been cursed and its sole desire is to murder.

ClownDoll is expected to release on October 5th, through Digital platforms. A DVD version is also sure to be released close to this date. For horror fans afraid of clowns, this might be one to finally put you over the edge. The full length trailer, for ClownDoll, is below.

Release Date: October 5th, 2019 (Digital).

Director/writer: Scott Jeffrey.

Cast: Peter Cosgrove, Sarah T. Cohen, and Jon-Scott Clark.

The first trailer for ClownDoll (courtesy of ITN Movies):

ClownDoll at ITN Films: ClownDoll at ITN

Sources: ClownDoll at the Film Catalogue

ClownDoll at Horrorpedia

Terrifier is a recent release, with another killer clown. Most critics liked it, but this film fan thought it was more middle-of-the-road:

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Bed of the Dead Brings a Bloody Spectacle to Blu-ray Formats this June

It was Shed of the Dead earlier this week. Now, it is director Jeff Maher's directorial debut Bed of the Dead. This film, according to Black Fawn Distribution, is a strong entry in the haunted furniture sub-genre. When two couples find themselves on this antique, they will see visions of death! Bed of the Dead stars: Colin Price (The Heretics), Alyssa King (Berkshire Country), Gwenlyn Cumyn, Dennis Andre and George Krissa. This title just release on Digital platforms this week, with another Bluray/DVD combo coming out this June. A preview of the film's latest releases are hosted here.

Maher has spoken about Bed of the Dead, recently. He says of his first film and its recent home entertainment release: "it took a few years but, finally this weird little flick we made is available for your viewing pleasure." From the promotional material and from Maher, he also mentions the blood spilled in the film: "horror fans should enjoy the buckets of blood as much as the cast disliked being covered in them." You can see the bloodshed in the still and trailer below.

Black Fawn Distribution has announced that the Blu-ray will be available in a couple of forms. The Collector's Edition will have several extras. A two disc version, the Collector's Edition will feature a slipcase, a documentary on making the film - titled "Death Bed: The Bed that Eats," a music box player with unreleased songs from Steph Copeland and more. This Blacklist version will also have a limited amount of signed copies. The regular Blu-ray/DVD combo will be available in 1080p, along with the "Death Bed" documentary and music player. More details, on both versions, can be found at the Black Fawn Distribution website, also below.

Release Date: May 13th, 2019 (Digital, Canada) and June 18th, 2019 (Bluray/DVD Combo).

Director: Jeff Maher.

Writers: Cody Calahan, Jeff Maher.

Cast: Colin Price, Alysa King, Gwenlyn Cumyn, Dennis Andre, George Krissa.

The official trailer for Bed of the Dead (courtesy of Black Fawn Films):

Pre-orders for the two Blu-ray versions are available here: Blu-ray Versions at Black Fawn Distribution

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Shed of the Dead Brings the Zombie Apocalypse to Theatres this May 17th

Shed of the Dead is a zombie thriller, from the United Kingdom. Shot by director Drew Cullingham (Umbrage), the film is part comedy and part horror as two slackers struggle to survive a zombie apocalypse. Trevor (Spencer Brown) and Graham (Ewen MacIntosh) will have to face real life dangers and put down their childish game playing, if they hope to become the heroes of this story. Shed of the Dead also stars horror legends: Kane Hodder (Friday the 13th), Bill Moseley (3 From Hell), Michael Berryman (The Hills Have Eyes) and many more. This title will release this week in theatres, followed by a home entertainment launch in June.

Distributor Indican Pictures has just acquired this film at the Cannes film festival. One of the biggest film markets in the world, Shed of the Dead will now come across the Atlantic to show in North Hollywood this May 17th. The theatrical launch will take place at the Laemmle Theatre, for what is likely the film's World Premiere. This showing will be followed by a secondary one, on DVD and Digital platforms, on June 6th. Finally, the official North American artwork is here, ahead of the film's impending debut.

Release Date: May 17th 2019 (Theatrical) and June 6th, 2019 (DVD, VOD).

Director/writer: Drew Cullingham.

Cast: Kane Hodder, Spencer Brown, Lauren Socha, Emily Booth, Bill Moseley, Brian Blessed.

The official trailer for Shed of the Dead:

The film’s homepage: The Official Shed of the Dead Website

Shed of the Dead at Indican: Shed of the Dead Details at Indican

Indican Pictures also released the horror comedy Hysterical Psycho in 2015:

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Monday, May 13, 2019

The Cleaning Lady Wants to Dust-off Your DVD Player this June 4th

The Cleaning Lady is the latest upcoming release from director Jon Knautz (Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer). Both Knautz and central actress Alexis Kendra have worked on the previous film Goddess of Love, from 2015. Their latest collaboration involves a brutally burned and scarred woman, who struggles with life and work. Her desire for a normal life makes her turn on her beautiful employer. The film also stars: Rachel Alig (At Granny's House) and Stelio Savante (Starship Troopers 3: Marauder). As well, this title had its World Premiere, in 2018, at London's Frightfest. Now, RLJ Entertainment is set to release the film on home entertainment formats this Summer.

Director Knautz has talked about the film a number of times. He says of horror and his use of female protagonists: "in general I tend to enjoy female protagonists in horror films more the men...this [film[ just happens to be a story that focuses on two women, one who’s obsessed with the other (EyeforFilm)." Some of that conflict, between female characters, can be seen in the film's latest trailer (below). The two main female characters are also very opposite to each other: "it was important to me that Alice and Shelly were polar opposites in every way. Alice represents everything Shelly would have dreamed of having, but Shelly is someone who’s essentially lost interest in her own life and is vicariously living through others." The Cleaning Lady is a film about jealousy and resentment, with Shelly determined to have that what she cannot - a normal life.

RLJ Entertainment will release the film on June 4th. The initial release will take place on DVD and Digital formats, in an unrated format. The film is 90 minutes long. And, the official DVD artwork is available here (above). Fans of indie horror film will want to look out for this one, with Knautz a burgeoning master of the thriller genre.

Release Date: June 4th, 2019 (DVD, Digital).

Director: Jon Knautz.

Writers: Alexis Kendra, Jon Knautz.

Cast: Alexis Kendra, Stelio Savante, Rachel Alig, Elizabeth Sandy, Mykayla Sohn, JoAnne McGrath.

The latest trailer for The Cleaning Lady is here (courtesy of Movie Trailer Source):

*the film had an MSRP of $27.97, but this has already been reduced by half on Amazon.

**initially this title had a proof-of-concept feature, which involved two scenes from the script.

Sources: The Cleaning Lady at RLJ Ent.

Knautz Interviewed at Eye for Film

The film is available for pre-orders at Amzon:

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