Thursday, January 17, 2019

The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot Reveals a Strange Trailer (Out Feb. 8th)

Tagline: "An American Myth."

The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot is based on Calvin Barr's life. In the film, Calvin gets in close to Hitler as an assassin. Not much later, he is shipped out to the woods to face another threat. This title was at last year's Fantasia Film Festival. Recently, director Robert D. Krzykowski won a "Best Director" award in Boston. Now, this film is set to show on Digital platforms and in U.S. theatres. The film stars: Aidan Turner (The Hobbit), Ron Livingston (The Conjuring), Sean Bridgers, Caitlin FitzGerald, Larry Miller and Ellar Coltrane; actor Mark Steger plays the Bigfoot. Fans of creature features or of adventure films can see the trailer for The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot below.

Kryzkowski recently sat down for an interview on this film, at HorrorCultFilms. The director said of the film's genre: "it has a beautiful romance at the core, then this family element with his brother – that love story is as important, and not many films document the love between two brothers like this. It has adventure elements, horror elements." This filmmaker has really covered all of his bases in the writing department. Kryzkowski also mentions the film's climactic fight scene: "in the eleventh hour I wanted to give the audience the catharsis they’d been looking for – and I thought it’d be a chance to have this kinetic fight scene where Bigfoot is throwing up on Sam and you’re getting all these exploitative promises of the movie." This title will host the b-movie experience that fans expect.

The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot will show in early February. On February 8th, this film will be available in a few, select theatres and on Digital platforms. This is one adventure film that fans will not want to miss, with a hero at the film's core. More details on The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot below.

Release Date: February 8th, 2019 (Digital, Limited Theatrical).

Director/writer: Robert D. Krzykowski.

Cast: Sam Elliott, Aidan Turner, Ron Livingston.

The official trailer for The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot (courtesy of RLJ Enetertainment):

An Interview with Krzykowski at Horror Cult Films: Krzykowski Interviewed at Horror Cult

On 4K and in Blu-ray at Amazon:

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Amelia's 25th Hopes for its Hollywood Moment this January 18th

There is nothing scarier than the horrors of Hollywood. As actors try to make is big and producers ply their trade, Amelia is caught up in the action. Played by Electra Avellan, Amelia is struggling in her acting career; she hopes to make it big. But, she might be over-the-hill at twenty-five. Amelia's 25th was originally released back in 2013. Now, the film is slated for its first run on Digital platforms, through Global Digital Releasing. As well, Amelia's 25th stars: Danny Trejo, Margaret Cho, Robert Rodriguez, Jennifer Tilly and many more. This star studded cast can be seen in the film's official release trailer, below.

Part comedy and part collision with reality, Amelia is determined to celebrate her 25th birthday. In a town where 25 is the new 55, Amelia's publicity agent can no longer find her parts. Other actors are just as desperate for work. And, all of the roads in Hollywood seem to lead into a potential abyss. Can Amelia navigate tinsel town's many pitfalls?

Amelia's 25th is a KMK Productions' film. Set to show on Digital this Friday, January 18th, Amelia's 25th will be available on: Amazon Prime, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play and Tubi TV. The film will be available across the United States on this date. And, Amelia's 25th promises to entertain fans of indie comedies, or those looking for a partial spoof on the dangers of Hollywood. More release details on Amelia's 25th are below.

Release Date: January 18th, 2019 (Digital).

Director: Martín Yernazian.

Writers: Mark Whittington, Nicholes Cole.

Cast: Danny Trejo, Electra Avellan, Jennifer Tilly

The official trailer for Amelia's 25th (courtesy of Global Digital Releasing):

More details on the film will be posted on Global Digital Releasing: The Global Digital Releasing Homepage

Available on Amazon shortly:

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Monday, January 14, 2019

Jewish Demonic Thriller The Golem Releases this February 5th on Blu-ray

Tagline: "An Ancient Legend Reborn."

The Golem is a horror film based on an ancient Jewish legend. In the legend, a demonic child figure can be summoned, in the face of invasion. The Golem was developed by the Paz Brothers: Doron and Yoav Paz. They were the central filmmakers behind the undead feature Jeruzalem (2015). Their latest goes back into a medieval past. As well, The Golem stars: Hani Furstenberg (Mississippi Murder), Ishai Golan, Lenny Ravish, Brynie Furstenberg and Alexey Tritenko. A trailer has been launched recently for this exciting thriller and the clip, plus release details, can be found here.

The trailer develops the story more. However, Hanna (Furstenberg) is part of a remote Jewish community. Practicing mysticism, she turns against her husband and conjures a dangerous entity, tasked with protecting her and her community. Yet, a demon this strong has a will all of its own.

This title has been partially developed by Dread Central Presents. And, Epic Pictures will handle the release - via home entertainment platforms. On February 5th, The Golem will be available on: Digital, DVD, Blu-ray and in select theatres. The Blu-ray special features (available at Epic) include an audio commentary from the filmmakers, a the Making-of featurette, Deleted Scenes, The Making-of the Golem Soundtrack featurette, a Frightfest interview and much more. Currently, The Golem is only available at the Epic Pictures' website, found below.

Release Date: February 5th, 2019 (VOD, DVD, Blu-ray).

Directors: Doron Paz, Yoav Paz.

Writer: Ariel Cohen.

Cast: Hani Furstenberg, Ishai Golan, Brynie Furstenberg and Alexey Tritenko.

The official trailer for The Golem:

The Golem at Epic Pictures: The Golem Purchase Details at Epic

Source: The Golem at the UHM

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"The Walking Dead" to Bring the Whisperers to the Screen in 2019: Season Predictions

Dropping on fans like a late holiday present, another official trailer for “The Walking Dead’s” second half of Season 9 was lauded the moment it hit the internet in early January.

Critics agree the first half of Season 9 was unexpectedly good. The show dragged itself back from the edge, turning the zombie tide after 2 ½-years of tedious storytelling. Many are actually looking forward to watching the dead walk again.

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We give you fair warning now there could be spoilers ahead so consider yourself warned.

When Season 9 ended, Jesus (Tom Payne) was dead and the hands of the series newest villains – The Whisperers. They are terrifying foes that seem to flourish in the resemble the dead by dressing like the dead.

In a particularly grotesque twist, the Whisperers wear masks made from the faces of zombies and they use the disguise to walk among the herds. Oh, and they whisper – a lot. There is something odd and mysterious about this clan and it appears to be taken directly from “The Walking Dead” comics – even if the death of Jesus was not.

When Season 9-Part 2 returns we’ll learn more about this unique yet strange group and how they plan to deal with the undead communities. What can we expect? Again, this may be more info than you want, if you're fearful of spoilers – you’ve been warned (twice).

-viewers will hit the ground running as Michonne (Danai Gurira) is surrounded by the Whisperers. Showrunner Angela Kang told The Hollywood Reporter that while our heroes are getting themselves out of trouble and mourning Jesus they will make a “startling discovery” that leads to “action and excitement."

-viewers also will learn the meaning of the scar on the back of Michonne and Daryl (B>Norman Reedus) who has a similar “X.” Still unsure if they are a sign of villainy but be patient. You’ll likely know by the end of the season in a series of flashbacks.

-as for the “startling discovery,” comic book readers deduce it could be a person among the Whisperers – Lydia (Cassady McClincy) who will be the instigator of high drama within the group.

-and what of everyone’s favorite bat carrier – Negan? In one first tease of the season, he is seen stalking the Sanctuary – another divergence from the “Dead” comic books. How all these differences will manifest in the remaining episodes is rife with speculation.

-it seems unlikely Rick (Andrew Lincoln) will ever return to the series but there still may be a way for those still on the small screen to find out about his fate – and maybe join him in the movies Lincoln will star in?

-and yes, you can expect more people to die – after all the word “dead” is in the title. And it’s likely not to be in the Snow White ate an apple and falls asleep way. Expect it to be ugly. For example, the Alexandrian fair is the scene of many abductions that leads to border marker made of heads, which sounds very “Game of Thrones”-like. Expect, Rosita and Ezekiel to not be among the living for long and prepare for an iconic death, direct from the comic book pages.

-in speaking to TV Guide, Payne hints we possibly haven’t seen the last of Jesus – most likely in flashbacks.

-some fans with better eyesight than us spotted actor Angus Sampson (“Fargo-Season 2”) in the trailer. Yep, it’s him but we don’t know anything else.

"The Walking Dead" returns on February 10 at 9 p.m. EST at the AMC: "The Walking Dead" at the AMC

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Friday, January 11, 2019

The Old West Returns in Revenge Thriller Buffalo Boys!

Samuel Goldwyn Films is releasing the Indonesian Western Buffalo Boys, today. This film, from director Mike Wiluam, involves a tale of vengeance - after two brothers lose their father. Jamar (Ario Bayu) and Suwo (Yoshi Sudarso) track down their father's killer as their hope for vengeance meets more and more resistance. Buffalo Boys was co-written by Raymond Lee. And, the film also stars: Pevita Pearce (The Sinking of Van Der Wijck), Tio Pakusadewo, Conan Stevens and Reinout Bussemaker. Now, a trailer, film poster and release details are available for fans of international thrillers, or of a new take on the Old West.

An early review has mentioned the film blends both drama and comedy. On the martial arts sequences, Panos states: "the action choreography is one the film’s best aspects through the aforementioned combination that also includes elements of absurdity and humor, thus stressing the entertainment the movie offers (MoviePulse)." The film is entertaining on a couple of levels. Panos also mentions the cinematography: "while taking full advantage of the Indonesian landscape, which seems to be a perfect fit for westerns." Some of the early shots from the film show the rugged landscape, at the Samuel Goldwyn Films' website below.

Buffalo Boys is releasing in theatres and on Digital, today. This title is currently available on: iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, Vudu and Fandango Now. This title is also playing in a few select theatres. Fans of international westerns can find all of the details on Buffalo Boys here!

Release Date: January 11th, 2019 (Digital, Limited Theatrical).

Director: Mike Wiluan.

Writers: Raymond Lee, Mike Wiluan.

Cast: Conan Stevens, Yoshi Sudarso, Zack Lee, Ario Bayu, Pevita Pearce and Tio Pakusadewo.

The official trailer for Buffalo Boys (courtesy of Samuel Goldwyn Films):

More details at Samuel Goldwyn Films: Buffalo Boys at Samuel Goldwyn Films

An early review of the film at Movie Pulse: Buffalo Boys at Asian Movie Pulse

Buffalo Boys is available at Amazon:

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Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Martial Arts Horror Thriller Redcon-1 Offers UK Audiences Something to Sink Their Teeth Into

The zombie-infused film Redcon-1 is moving to home entertainment formats, in February. This title was previously on a film festival run, this past September. A trailer was also released with the film's initial release (found below). Now, Redcon-1 will be available on several formats, in the United Kingdom, through 101 Films. Shot by Chee Keong Cheung (Underground), Redcon-1 stars: Martyn Ford, Katarina Leigh Waters and Carlos Gallardo. Offering lots of martial-arts action, a preview of the film's upcoming, wide release is hosted here.

As well, a longer synopsis has been revealed. The longer version mentions a zombie apocalypse, spreading through a London prison. The entire south-east of England is quarantined. But, a scientist may have a cure to the spread of this infection. A team of eight Special Forces soldiers are sent into the quarantined zone to rescue the scientist.

Director Cheung was recently interviewed on the film. He says of his inspiration: "the original idea was a fusion of genres with a mix of action and horror and my background of directing martial arts. I was always a fan of what Danny Boyle had done with 28 Days Later and we took inspiration from this and added the ‘men on a mission’ narrative (Bloody Flicks)." Of course, Cheung is borrowing from one of the world's best films. Cheung also mentions the huge amount of extras who worked on the film: "we had around 1500 background artists take part in the film, which created something of a community on-set." Some of the film's elaborate scenes can be seen in the trailer below.

To launch on February 25th, only in the UK, this title looks like an exciting zombie thriller. On February 25th, Redcon-1 will be available on: DVD, Blu-ray and Digital platforms. With a run of 117 minutes, there will be a lot of action in this future release.

Release Date: February 25th, 2019 (UK, DVD, Bluray, Digital).

Director: Chee Keong Cheung.

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

Cast: Martyn Ford, Katarina Leigh Waters, Carlos Gallardo and Marc Baylis.

The official trailer for Redcon-1:

Source: Redcon-1 at Bloody Flicks

Another stellar UK based zombie film - The Girl with All the Gifts:

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Tuesday, January 08, 2019

A Strange Voice is on the Line in this First Trailer for Close Calls

Director Richard Stringham's first film, Close Calls, will debut this month. Very surreal, a trailer has been revealed for this film, via Terror Films. The clip shows Morgan, played by Jordan Phipps (Amazon Hot Box, 2018), struggling with her grandmother and an assortment of strange scenarios. Very much inspired by Giallo filmmaking, Close Calls also stars: Kristof Waltermire (Perfect Machine), Greg Fallon, Carmen Patterson and Janius Duley as Granny. A preview of the film's Digital launch is hosted here.

The official synopsis talks of a psycho caller. Morgan experiences paranoia as a mysterious person keeps calling. Dealing with her own past, Morgan will have to confront those trying to kill her.

Stringham recently had an interview on this project, at Pop Horror. Stringham says of his first film and his style of filmmaking: "there’s really no other reason for the retro and Giallo feel in Close Calls other than the fact that those are the films I grew up on and loved as a kid. The spirit of Bava, Argento, and Fulci is definitely present throughout the film. I love horror flicks from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s." Some of that Giallo infused style of filmmaking can be seen in the film's first trailer. Stringham also mentions some of the films that have influenced Close Calls: "it started out as a little story that paid homage to thrillers like Black Christmas and When a Stranger Calls." This director really knows quality horror. And, horror fans can see more of Stringham's '80s influenced shocker below.

Close Calls will debut on January 11th, through many Digital hosters. This title will be available on the following platforms, on this date: Amazon Instant Video, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play and Tubi TV. Close Calls may see other Digital hosters at a future date. For now, fans of horror can see the inherent strangeness within Close Calls, here.

Release Date: January 11th, 2019 (Digital).

Director/writer: Richard Stringham.

Cast: Jordan Phipps, Greg Fallon, Carmen Patterson, Kristof Waltermire and Janis Duley.

A trailer for Close Calls (courtesy of Terror Films):

*this title won Best Cinematography and Best Director at the NYC Horror Film Festival.

Close Calls at Terror Films: Close Calls' Details at Terror Films

An interview with Richard Stringham at Pop Horror (w/Tori Danielle): A Stringham Interview on Close Calls at Pop Horror

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Monday, January 07, 2019

Over Nine Exciting Titles to See Big Screens Throughout 2019

This New Year offers over thirty horror films to salivate over and to pare it down to the essential ten is tough. There's no denying some works are a must, especially adaptations of Stephen King's works, and not all of these comic book to film adaptations are considered essential viewing. This list offers a different take than the usual, and I suggest the following as must-sees, including two from Asia.

Mojin: The Worm Valley Jan. 4th (Limited Release)

Many adaptations of the Chinese horror-fantasy novel, Ghost Blows Out the Light have been made over the years. Mojin: The Worm Valley is the continuation of a saga. It follows after the last film, Lost Legend where the team is now seeking to break the Ghost Eye curse. The tone of these works is blockbuster action adventure than pure horror. However, the supernatural elements put the execution behind the remake of The Mummy (Tom Cruise) to shame, Ancient Egyptian influences notwithstanding.

I can buy the idea of communist zombie soldiers more. This new film has the team searching for the Tomb of Emperor Xian, and the undead are everywhere! True to this film's namesake, they are going to encounter a giant-sized worm, and the question of how they are going to deal with it hopefully does not require explosives.

Weretiger Jan. 5th (Limited Release)

There's a campiness to this Burmese movie which I like. Not only is it exotic, but also, I feel its about time other shapeshifting terrors are getting explored! Here, lions are feared more than wolves. Temptresses can do more harm if the trailer is any indication.

This film is slated for a wider release this year. It is directed by Maung Myo Min and stars: Yan Aung, Min Maw Kunn, Thu Htoo San and Nyi Min Htet.

Pet Sematary April 5th

Just because It (2018) was a solid hit amongst the remake crowd, Pet Sematary is next on the list to get made to film. Technically, it has been on the planning board since 2010 and to get the right talents behind it was tough. If the trailers are any indication, the cat came back the very next day and it does not want to go away.

There's an ancient evil afoot, and we never know exactly what's causing these creatures to come back to life. Those who read the book knows where the story will head; it's a very dark path to the cemetery where the neighbourhood's pets are buried, and as the trailer indicates: "sometimes dead is better." I feel the better tagline is: Those woods ... belong to something else.

The film stars Jason Clarken (Brotherhood), Amy Seimetz (Family Tree), and John Lithgow ("3rd Rock from the Sun") and of the three, Lithgow's performance is worth noting. He's been knocking it out of the park with playing roles outside of the comedy realm, and that alone makes seeing this worth it.

The Curse of Llarona April 15th

James Wan has moved on; instead of directing, he's producing, helping up-and-coming talents get comfortable in the chair. Michael Chaves has a tale borrowing from Mexican folklore to scare audiences with. The La Llorona might be remotely related to the banshee. Their piercing cries cause misfortune to those who hear her; she's a female ghost. When alive, her deeds of accidentally drowning her children meant cursing her afterlife; Heaven does not forgive and she is doomed to wander the earth until her children's souls can be saved.

Variations of the tale include seeing this spirit steal the souls of other children, hopefully making them her own. With this film, Linda Cardellini ("Mad Men") is targeted, and whether she can save them will be the challenge. Patricia Velásquez has an uncredited role in this film, and if she's the Llarona, Hell hath no fury than this ghost scorned. She did not have much to do in The Mummy, and hopefully, this film will give her more bite.

Brightburn May 24th

This work is perhaps the only super-hero type film to make the list since it turns the tables on the genre. When a human-looking baby from another world crash-lands on Earth and is found by a kind couple, they should be able to raise him, right?

Yes, the tale takes on shades of Superman, but wherever he came from or whatever the motives were to send this lad to this planet, only seeing more of this movie will tell. It takes on shades of terror as this boy is out to do bad things and there's nobody who can stop him. This idea was conceived by Brian and Mark Gunn, and together with James (Guardians of the Galaxy), are producing.

David Yarovesky is at the helm directing and this work has my interest because it's rare to find a superhero film that totally subverts all that's bright and cheery.

M. Night Shyamalan's Glass (Jan 18) deserves special mention in this entry as it's not a based on any published works. This work is third in the trilogy of films. Although many years have passed between the making of the first and second, this work deserves honorable mention.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters May 31st

The showdown will no doubt be huge, and the stakes: who is the ultimate ruler of Earth? Will it be Rodan, Mothra, King Ghidorah or Godzilla? Most fans, including myself, will cheer for Big G, even though the money is on the three-headed behemoth from space.

The question I have here is in how will they fare when the organization Monarch is monitoring their activity and are attempting to find a means to keep them sedated. This movie is more about seeing an epic fight between the behemoths than about the organization trying to keep the world's current dominant species–humanity–from going extinct.

Annabelle 3 July 3rd

I have been a sucker for The Conjuring series since day one; to see the cases of the Warrens adapted for film is always worth a chuckle. They were not heavily involved in the Enfield Poltergeist case, but in what I always get curious about is to find out what's next in the files that are to be adapted.

James Wan is part of the creative team behind these films, and to see the studio and him go down the speculative route was the best choice and I'll be there for Annabelle 3. No plot details are revealed. Confirmed is the fact the Warrens (played by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) are back.

At the 2018 San Diego Comic Convention, Wan said the story is to take place after the doll's confinement. The idea sounds like a take on "Friday the 13th," the TV Series. With one sentient item trapped, perhaps others will awaken and cause problems for the Warrens.

Gary Dauberman returns to pen this threequel. He wrote the screenplays to the previous Annabelle films, in addition to The Nun. With his vision in how to guide the franchise very clear, this movie marks his directorial debut.

It: Chapter 2 September 6th

The remake of Stephen King's It for the big screen proves its possible to update a classic. The original is horribly dated, and the effects do not hold a candle to the scares created in Chapter One. The scares are real, and to see the Losers Club deal with an ancient shape-shifting evil is the stuff of legend.

The kids we saw from part one have grown up, and they are not the talents which we associate with from the late 70s and early 80s. This update will see Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, and Bill Hader take the lead. Stuck in my head will be seeing Professor X take on a cosmic evil. If this can not be done in the X-men movies, then this film is the next best thing.

The Turning TBA (Expected 2019)

This modern adaptation of Henry James' novella The Turn of the Screw has me excited over all other works in this list for the simple reason this tale is the definitive ghost story. This author weaves his tales with a finesse that does not depend on the reader's imagination.

This work stars Mackenzie Davis (Blade Runner 2049), Finn Wolfhard ("Stranger Things"), and Brooklynn Prince (The Florida Project). With Wolfhard no stranger to the genre, he should feel right at home. This film also marks Stephen Spielberg's return to producing horror films, and that is enough to get me interested. He was reported to be on site to oversee the film is on track after a troubled start.

In Search of Darkness TBA (Expected end of 2019)

Every couple of years, a new documentary will emerge to explore why audiences love horror. This crowdfunded project aims to be the definitive look into the films of the 80s and interview the scream queens of back then.

The tagline of this work aims to: “the 1980s exploded onto our screens in a veritable feast of blood, sweat, and chills. Madmen, killers, and evil spirits mingled with aliens, demons and cursed dolls; horrific images burnt directly onto our retinas and etched permanently into our brains.”

“For the first time in Horror history, In Search of Darkness will bring together 80s icons, modern horror greats, popular YouTubers and Social Media Influencers to create the most complete retrospective documentary of the genre ever made. Together, they will bring their unique perspectives as we take a nostalgic journey back to revisit the unforgettable heroes, monsters, and movies that thrilled and chilled us.” I'm hopeful the finished work will see release by the end of the year.

It's also not too late to help fund this project either. To keep track of current happenings, please follow them at their Official Website, Kickstarter page or via Twitter: @80sHorrorDoc.

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