Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Cross the Border for this Preview of Supernatural Thriller Espectro

The Spanish language film Espectro has been picked up by sales agent Darclight Films. This film, from Mexico, might be distributed in other parts of North America later this year. The film is from director Alfonso Pineda Ulloa (Restos). And the film stars Alfonso Herrera ("El Capo"), Gala Montes and Johanna Murillo. The film has already released in Mexico and international horror fans can preview the film here.

The film's story begins with Marta (Montes). She is a gifted psychic, forced into seclusion after a traumatic incident. Marta fear hers attacker, Mario (Herrera), will find her again and she seeks shelter in an asylum. Crazy neighbours, spirits and other terrors haunt Marta upon her return to the outside world.

A trailer for Espectro was released earlier this year. The clip includes lots of jarring imagery and a few surprises along the way. Fans of obscure horror are encouraged to take a look below.

Release Date: TBA.

Director: Alfonso Pineda Ulloa.

Writers: Carlos Esteban Orozco, Juan Felipe Orozco and Alfonso Pineda Ulloa.

Cast: Alfonso Herrera, Gala Montes, Johanna Murillo and Arnulfo Reyes Sanchez.

A Spanish language trailer for the film is here (English subs'):


Espectro at Arclight films

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Delve into the Darkness of A.D. Calvo's House of Dust with this DVD Trailer

Every horror fan knows that mayhem awaits in the bowels of every abandoned asylum. Still, A.D. Calvo (Other Side of the Tracks) has set his latest film, House of Dust, in just such a haunted location. House of Dust will be released by Anchor Bay Films and an official DVD trailer is now available for the film. As well, the film stars Inbar Lavi (Underemployed), Steven Grayhm (Journey to the Center of the World), Eddie Hassell, Holland Roden, John Lee Ames, Alesandra Assante, Joy Lauren, Nicole Travolta and Stephen Spinella (“24”). The trailer looms below.

More college students are ripe for the slaughter. Several friends from Camden College set out for the Redding House Asylum (bad choice). Formerly, a place of torture, this asylum houses the ghosts of former mental patients and these wraiths possess the overly curious. One of the ghosts is a former serial killer; and soon, the killing continues through the bodies of these wayward students.

House of Dust will release on DVD May 20th, 2014. The film is eighty-eight minutes and the release will be available in an anamorphic widescreen format. More details on the release are hosted below, in including the DVD trailer.

Release Date: May 20th, 2014 (DVD).

Director: A.D. Calvo.

Writers: Alyssa Alexandria, A.D. Calvo, Nevada Grey and Scott Kittredge.

Cast: Inbar Lavi, Steven Grayhm, Eddie Hassell, Holland Roden, John Lee Ames, and Stephen Spinella.

A trailer for House of Dust is here:

A fan page for the film is here:

House of Dust on Facebook

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Get Up and Close with the Chupacabra in this Indigenous Preview

Fear the chupacabra! The chupacabra comes to theatres in Tribeca April 20th, 2014 as Indigenous. At the Tribeca Film Festival, Indigenous will have its World Premiere. For trivia buffs, the chupacabra is a strange looking, fictional creature (seen left), which eats goats and cattle. In Alastair Orr's (Expiration) film, Indigenous, the chupacabra goes after a group of noisy revellers. The film stars Zachary Soetenga, Lindsey McKeon, Sofia Pernas and Pierson Fode. And, horror fans can preview the premiere here, with the film's official trailer.

Stop me if you have heard this before, but several friends head out on vacation. In Panama, they meet some locals, who take them out to a secluded waterfall. Here, people begin to disappear into the brush. And soon, a creature emerges from the woods - the chupacabra! Who lives and who dies depends on who can run faster, or slower.

Indigenous will show at the Tribeca Film Festival over five days. Horror fans on the eastcoast will want to see the film as the trailer promises lots of blood spray. Those in all other locations can preview the launch here, with the film's trailer.

Premiere Date: April 20th, 2014.

Director: Alastair Orr.

Writer: Max Roberts.

Cast: Zachary Soetenga, Lindsey McKeon, Sofia Pernas, Pierson Fode, Jamie Anderson, Juanxo Villaverde

A trailer for Indigenous is here:


Indigenous at the Tribeca Film

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The Vicous Brothers Bring An Alien Encounter with Extraterrestrial to the Tribeca Film Festival

The Vicious Brothers, Colin Minihan and Stuart Ortiz (Grave Encounters), have completed a sci-fi horror feature titled Extraterrestrial. Expectedly, the film involves an alien crash landing and several disappearances. Five friends must battle an out-of-this-world presence to survive their camping trip. Extraterrestrial will debut at the Tribeca Film festival April 18th, 2014, in New York City. The film stars Brittany Allen (Dead Before Dawn 3D), Freddie Stroma, Melanie Papalia, Jess Moss and Anja Savcic.

For more on the story, five friends head out into the local woods for a hike. Aliens are looking for new specimens and these creatures begin to capture several locals, while searching for the friends. A crazed townie leads the characters to a crash site, which is the source of the trip's chaos.

Extraterrestrial is sure to bring a strong showing to its premiere. The film will play three times over the course of eight days. Fans of sci-fi or horror can preview the theatrical launch here.

Premiere Date: April 18th, 2014 (Festival Screening).

Director: Colin Minihan.

Writers: The Vicious Brothers.

Cast: Brittany Allen, Freddie Stroma, Melanie Papalia, Jesse Moss and Anja Savcic.

*no trailer available.

Extraterrestrial at the Tribeca Film website:

Extraterrestrial at Tribeca

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Mr. Jones Shows Some of His Grisly Works in these Two Clips

Karl Mueller's (The Divide) Mr. Jones is getting closer to its release date. This film, which focuses on the serial killer and artist Mr. Jones, will debut at the Tribeca Film Festival April 18th, 2014. Also, the film will show in Los Angeles May 2nd, before moving to home entertainment formats, including video-on-demand May 6th. Fans of horror can preview two new clips for the film, titled: "Get Inside Your Head" and "Breaking In" here!

Both clips show Mr. Jones, in an indirect way. The first clip, titled "Get Inside Your Head," is shot documentary style. Several characters talk about Mr. Jones' artwork and strange life. One character seems afraid at the mere mention of this sadistic artist. The second clip, "Breaking In," shows many of the totems created by this murderous madman. Characters Scott (Jon Foster) and Penny (Sarah Jones) tour one of Mr. Jones' galleries and they will likely find the artist himself, in later scenes. Fans of horror can view both clips here.

Release Date: April 19th, 2013 (Limited Theatrical), May 2nd (LA, Limited Theatrical), May 6th (DVD, Blu-ray).

Director/writer: Karl Mueller.

Cast: Sarah Jones, Rachel O'Meara, Jon Foster, Mark Steger and Jessica Dowdeswell.

The first clip, titled "Get Inside Your Head:"

The second clip, named "Breaking In:"


Press Release. Anchor Bay Films. 14 April 2014.

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Alien Abduction Lands on IFC Midnight's Video-on-demand Platform

Alien Abduction is an indie horror title from director Matty Becerkman and writer Robert Lewis. This title recently released through IFC Midnight and some horror fans might have missed the April 4th, 2014 release date (like this one). Alien Abduction is a found footage styled film and it stars Katherine Sigismund (Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon), Corey Eid, Riley Polanski and Jillian Clare.

The story revolves around the Brown Mountain Lights. Strange lights have been spotted near a local North Carolina mountain range since the early 1900s. A family sees the lights, during a camping trip and a strange presence makes itself known. Now, the Morris family must face more than burnt marshmallows as aliens infiltrate the local hills.

A trailer for Alien Abduction looms below. The clip shows the Morris family trapped in a tunnel by mysterious shapes. Horror fans can view the film through online platforms until July 3, 2014. More details on the launch are below.

Release Date: April 4th, 2014 (VOD).

Director: Matty Beckerman.

Writer: Robert Lewis.

Cast: Katherine Sigismund, Corey Eid, Riley Polanski and Jillian Clare.

A trailer for Alien Abduction is here:

The film's fan page is here:

Alien Abduction on Facebook


Alien Abduction at IFC Films

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

The Den is Dark and Entertaining: A Movie Review

Tagline: "He wants to watch you."

Director: Zachary Donohue.

Writers: Zachary Donohue and Lauren Thompson.

Cast: Melanie Papalia, David Schlachtenhaufen, Matt Riedy and Adam Shapiro.

The Den is a film from first time director and scriptwriter Zachary Donohue. This title was released through IFC Midnight's online platform in mid-March. And, this film fan wished he heard of the film earlier. The Den focuses on the protagonist Elizabeth (Melanie Papalia), who is exploring the internet's dark underbelly. Elizabeth loses control of a research project. And, Donohue films all of her failures through an interesting collection of mediums. Shot with an innovative style, The Den is one of the best found footage films to come by way of Los Angeles in awhile.

The story is a character study of Elizabeth. Elizabeth is a bright, young woman with a brilliant future. However, her choice of study is a poor one. You see, there are a lot strange people on the internet and Elizabeth seems to bump into all of them. From Nigerian scammers to masturbating creepers (Bill Oberst Jr.), The Den brings a lot of strangeness and humour to the screen. Events get even stranger when a group of killers look to create another snuff film. Elizabeth is their first choice of victims.

It is still unusual to see a film told through two mediums. The primary medium is the camera lens. Donohue keeps the camera steady through early exchanges. But, the film is also told through secondary mediums. These mediums range from handheld cell phone camera to GoPro devices. One man chats, while biking through New York City. Despite the use of two filters, this viewer felt like he was right in the action. Donohue keeps the story interesting by utilizing lots of devices to capture events onscreen.

The utilization of so many secondary devices keeps the filming style consistently innovative. Through much of Act I, the action is filmed through Elizabeth's computer. Elizabeth chats with users of a chat application called The Den, with her home computer. But, the camera switches to other users' webcams. Elizabeth's boyfriend, Damien (David Schlachtenhaufen), uses a handheld device to record his own murder. In Act II, another friend of Elizabeth, Jen (Lily Holleman), uses another handheld device as she enters Elizabeth's home. Elizabeth is not home, but a killer is. Jen's death utilizes one of the best filming transitions this movie watcher has seen. The camera switches from Jen's cell phone camera to a web cam and the violence is so sudden that this watcher was shocked for the first time by a film, in a very long time. Much of the filming is recorded in a very creative way.

Story elements feature Elizabeth's unravelling prominently. The story is really about Elizabeth losing her perfect life. She transitions from a normal home and work life in Los Angeles to one of torture in a short seventy-five minutes. Elizabeth journeys into hell. Her journey involves the loss of friends and the threatening of family members, to being stalked and stabbed. You can see Elizabeth unravelling through her appearance on web cams. She appears dishevelled and unhinged. Still, she soldiers on, while a group of killers come ever closer to their prey. The unravelling of this protagonist comes across as believable.

The Den is an excellent found footage film. This viewer enjoyed the climax and innovative shooting style. Horror films need more stunts as seen in The Den's Act III. Donohue has delivered a strong first film and horror fans are encouraged to seek this title out. Currently, The Den is available on several video-on-demand platforms (March 14th, 2014) and this film satisfied this viewer's lust for dark entertainment. Mysterious and thrilling, The Den records one woman's harrowing descent into hell, which is full of violent bloodletting and exciting surprises.

Overall: 8.25 out of 10 (an interesting story, lots of great humour in early scenes, action elements increase through Acts I & II, a solid production).

The Den at IFC Films:

More Details on The Den at IFC Films

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Zack Parker's Proxy to Debut on IFC Midnight April 18th, 2014

Scalene director Zack Parker will have his thriller Proxy debut through video-on-demand April 18th, 2014. IFC Midnight will debut the film on various formats, with a theatrical launch also taking place, simultaneously. The film stars: Joe Swanberg (V/H/S), Kristina Klebe (Zone of the Dead), Alexa Havins and Alexia Rasmussen. Fans of thrillers can preview the launch here.

The film begins with a very pregnant, young woman, named Esther (Rasmussen). Esther is attacked close to her due date, but she finds solace in a survivor therapy group. But, some of Esther's new friends have nefarious intentions.

Proxy has received several positive reviews, already. Mike Pereira likes the film's straight-forward narrative style: "it unapologetically aims for the audience’s throat and doesn’t waste any time in doing so." Parker's storytelling is often terse as seen in his previous thriller Scalene. As well, Scott Weinberg of FearNet notices the film's sombre tones: "[it is] a shocking tale of tragedy." Parker is also known for tackling difficult material. This film fan will be awaiting the film's debut through VOD and fans of thrillers can view a trailer for this title below.

Showing Date: April 18th, 2014 (Theatrical, VOD).

Director: Zack Parker.

Writers: Kevin Donner and Zack Parker.

Cast: Joe Swanberg, Alexa Havins, Kristina Klebe and Alexia Rasmussen.

A trailer for Proxy is here:

*the film's runtime is 120 minutes.

The film's fan page is here:

Proxy on Facebook


Proxy at IFC Films

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