Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Stepfather Cast Line-up


Remake radar alert as the newest "Stepfather" takes elements of the previous two and introduces a little more suspense in this feature film that releases in theatres this October 16. From director Nelson McCormick the announced cast thus far is Dylan Walsh, Sela Ward, and Penn Badgley who act as the central family in the midst of a potential serial killer. Have a look at the first poster, trailer, and announced cast inside.

The synopsis for "Stepfather..."

"Michael Harding (Penn Badgley) returns home from military school to find his mother (Sela Ward) happily in love and living with her new boyfriend, David (Dylan Walsh). As the two men get to know each other, Michael becomes more and more suspicious of the man who is always there with a helpful hand. Is he really the man of her dreams or could David be hiding a dark side (Trailer)?"

Release Date: October 16, 2009

Director: Nelson McCormick.

Writer: J. S. Cardone.

Cast: Dylan Walsh, Sela Ward, and Penn Badgley.

A trailer for "Stepfather" here...



Sources:

Stepfather at Traileraddict.com





Daybreakers Full Synopsis


A new film with an original premise "Daybreakers" will hit theatres January '09. The film stars Willem Dafoe, Ethan Hawke, Isabel Lucas and Sam Neil. Not for the faint of heart the film shows humankind as nothing more than blood suppliers to a race of vampires who now rule the world. Have a look at the first trailer for the film below.

The synopsis for "Daybreakers" here...

"Edward Dalton is a researcher in the year 2019, in which an unknown plague has transformed the world's population into vampires. As the human population nears extinction, vampires must capture and farm every remaining human, or find a blood substitute before time runs out. However, a covert group of vampires makes a remarkable discovery, one which has the power to save the human race (Daybreakers)."

Release Date: January 10, 2010.

Directors: Michael Spierig, and Peter Spierig.

Writers: Michael Spierig, and Peter Spierig.

A trailer for "Daybreakers" here...



Sources:

http://www.traileraddict.com/trailer/daybreakers/trailer

Monday, June 29, 2009

Thicker Than Water: The Vampire Diaries Part I - A Movie Review


Director: Phil Messerer.

Writer: Phil Messerer.

Phil Messerer's "Thicker Than Water: The Vampire Diaries Part I" involves the death of character Helen Baxter (Devon Bailey) who comes back to life as a vampire due to a degenerative disease housed in her DNA. Shot for a budget this film is the first film in a series of three that focuses on the dark noir with the Baxter family acting as the films central characters. Light on action and exterior shots the films writing and original music make up for any disadvantages associated with independent filmmaking.

The film begins with Lara Baxter (Eilis Cahill) casting a satanic curse on her sister Helen, but when her sister quickly dies of a very bloody nosebleed the family turns to mourning, temporarily. With lightning and enhanced make-up Helen reunites with her family, from the dead, only this time with an insatiable hunger for human blood. The vampire legends of old are thus given an explanation with the discovery of an evaporating blood disease that requires constant replenishment.

The film is currently moving towards an October 16 release at the Bram Stoker Film Festival and as of right now the second film "Thicker Than Water: The Vampire Diaries Part II" is already being shot by Phil Messerer. Shot over three years throughout New York this film uses liberal amounts of blood and gore to cover sets while creating a mysterious and horrifying atmosphere. This film, about a devout family, is not family fare.

"Thicker Than Water: The Vampire Diaries Part I" has few flaws, but include a sparseness of exterior shots, possibly due to the complexity of outdoor shooting, and the action does not really pick up until the final act although consistent character interaction delivers an intense, dramatic tone. The dialogue is well-written while the delivery of lines from first timers Eilis Cahill and Devon Bailey, along with others, is surprisingly well done from a mostly amateur cast. Also, musical selections from directors Kipp, Lysinger, and Willis-Lorenz are well chosen and appropriate for each scene while a piano soundtrack hovers melodically in the background often in the first half of the film.

Currently making the rounds on the film festival circuit "Thicker Than Water: The Vampire Diaries Part I" is a worthwhile time spent for those with a fascination of the dark arts. Truly a creative piece Messerer's passion for filmmaking comes through in the frames with more to come shortly. Here is one vote for future sequels from this talented cast and crew.

Acting/consistency/ believability: 6.5.
Plot/story/unity: 7.5.
Photography/composition/emphasis: 6.

Overall: 6.75 Dismembered Heads out of 10.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Slime City Massacre Begins Shooting July 10


Actor Lee Perkins is ready for the production of "Slime City Massacre," which begins shooting in July and he has sent along an early effects shot from a location. The "Slime City Massacre" will partially take place in an old train station as seen above and this set while haunting will have a 1940s look. The film will star several horror icons including Brooke Lewis, Debbie Rochon and Lee the film could be released as early as 2010. Have a look at the first location shot in full scale below.

The synopsis for "Slime City Massacre" here...

"In the wake of a "dirty bomb" attack, a New York City neighborhood known as "Slime City" has been evacuated, except for the homeless ("displaced refugees"). Four squatters searching for food in the ruins of the Zachary Devon Soup Kitchen discover a supply of mysterious wine. When they drink the wine, they are transformed into hideous slime creatures driven to murder - an intermediate step as they are possessed by the spirits of cultists who committed suicide years earlier (IMDB)."

Director: Greg Lamberson.

Writer: Greg Lamberson.

Cast: Brooke Lewis, Lee Perkins, and Debbie Rochon.














Sources:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1401631/

Friday, June 26, 2009

Edges of Darkness: A Movie Review



Director: Jason Horton.

Writer: Jason Horton.

"Edges of Darkness" is a horror genre film, from director Jason Horton (Trap), that involves three separate character driven stories that center around an undead apocalypse with scripture from the book of revelations acting as a backdrop. Set in an overrun apartment complex the three stories are connected not only through location, but through a climactic ending. Unconventionally, a new group of actors are entered into the fray, at the films midpoint, as the unfocused premise attempts to tie up far too many plot devices late in the story.

The films central plot revolves around a religious end of the world involving several blood thirsty priests (Lee Perkins, Robert Kitchen) while several smaller plots look for attention in a quickly paced script. Fighting for survival in this murderous atmosphere are a small coven of vampires (Alonzo F. Jones) , a writer (Jay Costelo) in the midst of an alien invasion, and an unkillable child who is able to spout scripture at the drop of a hat. And this is only skimming the films second layer!

Several characters witness the zombie apocalypse from the comfort of their living rooms as the focus on interior shots means the production focuses on character driven dialogue while forgoing cinematography even in the films ending. The care spent on developing characterizations is what will draw most viewers in and this choice is an appropriate one for budgetary constraints. The writing fleshes out the wife's (Alisha Gaddis) disconnect from her frantically writing husband as the films claustrophobic feel rapidly intersplices snippets of a hungry and starving couple of vampires. Can the writing and characterizations, alone, hold the film together?

From a sheer entertainment factor the answer is yes; however, the sparseness of action sequences during the end of the world seems bizarre as the entry of even more characters and sub-plots near the middle of film adds to the absurdity of the story. Some of the only action driven scenes involve the familiar slow moving zombies who through force of numbers hope to infect those few remaining. The entry of Catholic priests who forget the phrase "do unto others as they would do to you" allow for a few further violent interactions as the world goes boom in a series of blood soaked apartments.

The director states "I kind of took the kitchen sink approach with it [Edges of Darkness]" and this can quickly be seen from an initial viewing as further showings show the films complexity. "Edges of Darkness" is being released through Shoreline Entertainment internationally and a DVD release date is forthcoming. For those interested a trailer can be found for the film below:

http://www.28dayslateranalysis.com/2009/06/edges-of-darkness-invades-japan.html

Individual characterizations/believability: 5.5
Plot/writing/premise: 6.5
Cinematography/photography: 4.5
Camera techniques/editing/continuity: 7.5

Overall: 6 Jaw Dropping Skulls out of 10.






Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Blacke Revenant: Full Cast, One Sheet, and Synopsis



Business partners Josh Miller, and Jared Tucker have completed production on "Blacke Revenant" from Conniption Studios. The film, about illegal cover-ups at a pharmaceutical plant, involves a contracted serial killer. Already premiered in Maine at the Spotlight Cinemas in Orono the film will continue with a festival run throughout the summer. Until the next showing have a look at the first "Blacke Revenant" film poster and full cast information inside.

A synopsis for "Blacke Revenant" here...

"Blacke is contracted out by the Vice President of a major pharmaceutical manufacturer to cover up illegal activities taking place within the company. Blacke does so by "taking care of" the key players in these activities as discretely as possible. But, when things don't go exactly as planned, discretion is lost in this action thriller about a contracted killer who will not stop until his job and his target are finished (Conniption)."

Director: Josh Miller.

Writer: Josh Miller.

Cast: Jared Tucker, Michael Nicholson, Janice Duy, Steve Carr, Birdie Sawyer, Melissa Bacon, Carl Boucher, Ryan Colbeth Donald Smith, and Tom O'Meara.

To watch the trailer visit the films website here...

http://www.conniptionstudios.com/index.php?vid=trailer

Sources

Josh Miller. Press Release. 24 June 2009.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

No Right Turn: A Movie Review


Director: David Noel Bourke.

Writer: David Noel Bourke.

A film from Danish filmmaker David Noel Bourke (Last Exit) "No Right Turn" is a fairytale journey, for viewers, seen through the eyes of coke junkie Johnny (Tao Hildebrand) and scheming wife Nina (Laura Bach). Shot throughout Copenhagen this brightly lit ninety-one minute psychological drama shows not only the director's talent, but those of the actors who come believably in this second film from Bourke.

The story involves Johnny suspecting infidelity in his wife Nina after discussions with his English accented drug-dealer Pedro (Sami Darr), of Nina's past behaviour. Johnny dealing with a deviated septum through out of control coke use spins in and out of reality while Nina plans to rob her husband with help from heroine and new confidant Monella (Sira Stampe). However, the cliche that thieves have no honour is taken to bizarre depths when Nina has a brief glimpse of moral responsibility near a set of train tracks.

Shot for an independent budget "No Right Turn" is not entirely in the vein of horror, but more like an inspired, strangely lit, dark children's tale for grown-ups. The sets really pop out visually as the lighting changes from stark neon blues to deep purples and yellows. Very appealing to the eye the film does not have a straight forward story and instead twists and turns until the sixty minute mark. Here the climax forces a confrontation between several characters with strange results.

Most of the cast is from Denmark and the barest of accents means that the characterizations are very watchable as the film flies by. Only the outdoor sets would make the film appear slightly European while the unique plot line shows Bourke's apparent love for North American cinema.

"No Right Turn" is still looking for North American distribution but for those fortunate enough to find themselves in Europe then definitely check out this entertaining piece of film noir that adds something new to the fairytales of the past throughout various film festivals. For now check out the trailer from a previous post, on the film, at this site.

Music/sound effects: 6
Acting/interaction/believability: 7.5
Writing/premise/dialogue: 7.5
Lighting/setting/set decoration: 7

Overall: 7 Smashed Skulls out of 10.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Live Evil: An Interview with Lee Perkins


After watching "Live Evil" I was fortunate enough to get in touch with actor Lee Perkins who plays Officer Hicks in the film. The film focuses on vampires in search of pure blood throughout the state of California with vampires fighting other mutant vampires for the last of the uncontaminated blood. Also, involved in shooting with Lee were Ken Foree and Tim Thomerson. The film is currently in negotiations for North American distribution and this campy flick, which is quickly paced, will offer a little something for almost every horror fan. Plus, there are vampire babies! Have a read of this in-depth interview with prolific actor and horror enthusiast Lee Perkins inside.

(Michael Allen) How did you get into filmmaking?

(Lee Perkins) "My mom said I started when I was very young as a carrot in a first grade play. So I guess you could say it was 'planted in me'. Sorry, that is such a bad joke. I really didn't think of it as a profession until I did the film 'Freejack.' Once I saw how cool big a film could be, I was bitten."

(MA) Is there a specific genre that you like to work in?

(LP) "Horror has been great, but I enjoy anything that challenges me. I have been doing a lot of period films over the years and my wish list is long. A war film or cowboy pic' would be great along with a sci-fi film. Last year I worked in a bunch of comedies and that has been stretching me as I always thought of myself as more of a drama guy."

(MA) Do you enjoy working in horror?

(LP) "That one is easy...a big fat yes. The people in horror are so cool, very supportive of each other - it is a world that more people should investigate."

(MA) In 2008 you starred in "Live Evil" a vampire film where vampires can no longer find drinkable blood. Can you tell fans a little more about the premise of "Live Evil" and how your character fits into the film?

(LP) "Blood is no longer fit for vampires. That is what the film is about and because of that, there are many different types. I guess you would call them mutants. I play Officer Hicks and because of my agreement, I really cannot say much about my character. Yea...I know that sucks, but what can ya do?!"

(MA) Yes, in "Live Evil" you play Officer Hicks and without giving anything away let us say your character has a surprise in store for fans. Do you like playing a character with a few tricks or surprises up their sleeve?

(LP) "Clever boy - nice play on words! Yea, I think every actor looks for surprises. I always want to see something I have never seen before. That is why I'm not a big fan of all the remakes. I only enjoy them when they expand the original story, but sadly most do not."

(MA) One of the scenes you are in involves a liberal amount of gore and intense action with dialogue. Did you have a lot of prep' time for make-up? And how much rehearsal or choreography goes into a scene like the one you are in on Route 66?

(LP) "The director, Jay Woelfel is very experienced, so he had the scene mapped out in his mind. We were shooting fast, but still had time to make sure everything was safe. And when you are working with someone like Tim Thomerson, there are no worries. He is so experienced that you know he will be safe. That being said, you still have to be on your toes, but no tears on this one."

(MA) When will fans be able to see "Live Evil" in theatres or on DVD? Can you introduce fans to other future horror genres films you are a part of i.e. "Carnies" or "Edges of Darkness"? Where are these films in production?

(LP) "Mark Terry, the producer said that they are signing a distribution deal as we speak. So, an announcement should be coming shortly for "Live Evil." As for the other horror pics', "Edges of Darkness" is now invading Japan and was on TV in the UK earlier this year. "Carnies" is still in post and I heard that they have just shot a new scene or two. The last time I saw it was a few months ago when I did some ADR. "The Living Corpse" is an animated film and I laid down a voice track for it about a year ago. They are now doing the animation of each character and I cannot wait to see what it looks like. The comic book by the same name looks outstanding. "Dahmer vs Gacy" has a very large and funny cast. It has been in post for about three months. "Psychosomatika" is also in post and I am hoping it will be seeing the light of day later this year. It is a very wild and crazy film and people are going to love this one. Not sure where "Strawberry Cliff" will end up. It might be horror, but it could also be sci-fi. It was shot in LA and in China. The director, Chris Chow wrote "Blood: The Last Vampire"."

Check out Lee Perkins when "Live Evil" is released continentally for now check up on some of the other announcements involving Lee including his work with "Slime City Massacre," and "Edges of Darkness," posted here. Plus, prepare for one of the first movie reviews on "Edges of Darkness," ever.





Thursday, June 18, 2009

Thicker Than Water: The Vampire Diaries to Show at the Bram Stoker Film Festival


Winner of the Jury Prize at the Honolulu International Festival "Thicker Than Water: The Vampire Diaries Part 1" will present at the Bram Stoker International Film Festival beginning October 16. Part of a series of three films the first film has been completed with the second in production. Very visual in the effects the film is suitable for those looking for a new approach to this ancient myth of the vampire. Have a look at the full cast line-up and prepare for a review of the film at a later date.

A synopsis for "The Vampire Diaries: Thicker Than Water" here...

Thicker Than Water is the first part in the Vampire Diaries Trilogy. It tells the story of the Baxters, an ordinary suburban family whose world is turned upside down when their youngest becomes a vampire. (Vampire...).

Director: Phil Messerer.

Writer: Phil Messerer.

Cast: Devon Bailey, Ellis Cahill, JoJo Hristova, Michael Strelow, Myles MacVane, Evan Lucas.

A trailer for "Thicker Than Water: The Vampire Diaries Part 1" here...



Sources:

Phil Messerer. Personal Interview. 17 June 2009.

http://vampirediaries.wetpaint.com/

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Shutter Island Theatrical Release Date - Canada



Leonardo DiCaprio is set to star in "Shutter Island" an action piece set in the 1950s from director Martin Scorsese. From Paramount Pictures this Dennis Lehanes novel adaption will release in theatres October 2 throughout Canada. Also starring Ben Kingsley and Mark Ruffalo the first trailer and full one sheet are available for viewing. Have a look at all promotional material, including cast and crew, for "Shutter Island" inside.

A synopsis for "Shutter Island" here...

"Shutter Island" is the story of two U.S. marshals, Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Chuck Aule (Mark Ruffalo), who are summoned to a remote and barren island off the coast of Massachusetts to investigate the mysterious disappearance of a murderess from the island's fortress-like hospital for the criminally insane.

Director: Martin Scorsese.

Writer: Laeta Kalogridis, and Dennis Lehane.

Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Ben Kingsley, Mark Ruffalo, Emily Mortimer, Michelle Williams, Max von Sydow, and Jackie Earle Haley.

A trailer for "Shutter Island" here...



Sources:

http://www.traileraddict.com/trailer/shutter-island/trailer

Live Evil One Sheet


Putting a new twist on campy "Live Evil" is in negotiations for North American distribution and after seeing the film fans will want to see this simply for the humour. Showcasing the humour of Lee Perkins, Tim Thomerson, Ken Foree and others "Live Evil" will hopefully be available for the masses. In the meantime the first trailer for this horror project along with the one sheet poster are available with a full cast and crew line up. Have a look inside at all the bloody goodness.

Synopsis:

A hunter dressed in black. This cowboy-hat-wearing samurai-sword-wielding Priest is on a quest for blood, Vampire blood. He is out for revenge on a clique of four Vampires who are traveling across country in search of pure unpolluted blood (LiveEvil).

Director: Jay Woelfel.

Writers: Lance Polland, and Jay Woelfel.

Cast: Tim Thomerson, Mark Hengst, Asa Wallander, Ken Foree, and Lee Perkins.

A trailer for "Live Evil" here...


Sources:

http://www.liveevilthemovie.com/

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Necromentia: A Movie Review



Director: Pearry Reginald Teo.

Writer: Stephanie Joyce.

A love story set in the backdrop of hell "Necromentia" is an unreleased horror feature that offers three intertwined stories in a non-linear story-telling fashion. Centering around the characters Morbius, Hagen, and Travis each character interacts with the others while searching for love despite the pain of betrayal and the hopelessness of recovery from dementia. From the puzzling script of Stephanie Joyce (April's Last) and the creative direction of Pearry Theo (The Gene Generation) "Necromentia" is a horrifying glimpse at death magic and the underworld.

Beginning with Hagen (Santiago Craig) believing his girlfriend will return to him despite the difficulties of death the picture quickly introduces the charismatic Travis (Chad Grimes) who is searching for a reconnection with his lost brother Tommy. Using black magic and trickery Hagen is sent to the underworld as a "guinea pig" to return with the soul of his beloved Elizabeth (Zelieann Rivera). Unfortunately, those in hell have other plans for those in the material world including Morbius (Layton Matthews) a male witch who is misinformed as to the identity of his loved one's child.

The central message of the film is more of a question: what would you go to hell for or would you go to hell for love? Also, several smaller themes are introduced that connect with love like betrayal, and pain with many of the characters motivations being used against them in the greater schemes of others. The complexity of writing and the many thematic layers means that "Necromentia" needs to watched several times to unravel the films puzzle.

Connecting love with restraint Tommy, who is suffering from Creutzfeldt-Jakob's Disease, is found strapped to a wheelchair as do other central characters. Travis is another who when in hell is immobilized in a chair while searching for Tommy's soul. Also, Hagen is pinned to an operating table while hoping for a reunion with Elizabeth. Each of the characters also seems to undergo behavioural changes after restraint with Hagen's personality infantilizing and Morbius' speech impairment becoming more pronounced. So the theme of dementia, which is the second part of the films title, is highlighted, but the storys message is centrally connected to the risk each character will take for love despite the restraint of dementia.

Shot for a limited independent budget "Necromentia" recently found itself at Cannes and received international distribution with North American distribution forthcoming. Very stylish and requiring multiple watches "Necromentia" is an enjoyable ride once the films central theme of love, sometimes with pain or restraint, is understood.

Acting/interaction/action: 6.5
Story/writing/premise: 8.5
Music/sound effects: 7.5
Settings/props/costumes: 7
Plot/structure: 5.5

Overall: A 7 starred pentagram out of 10.

Sources:

Pearry Theo. Interview. 13 June 2009.

Bleiberg Entertainment. 13 June 2009. DVD. Runtime 85 mins.






Friday, June 12, 2009

Melvin Movie Stills



A film by Henry Weintraub (MindSlime) "Melvin" is selling out screens in Oregon so far and now several movie stills, from the shoot, are available for fans to see before going out to watch the film. Shot independently over the course of a year "Melvin" stars several local stars "including local actor Patrick O'Driscoll [Hamlet]," and "Troma Entertainment's Lloyd Kaufman (The Toxic Avenger, Poultrygeist)." Not to be missed this limited opportunity for fans of the zombie horror sub-genre must be snapped up; plus, there is a free showing June 17 at the Pix Patisserie theatre.

"Melvin" listings...

"Melvin" in Portland - Free!!
June 17th at the Pix Patisserie 10PM - Portland, OR

"Melvin" in Salem - Premiere.
June 19th at the Northern Lights 9PM - Salem, OR

Director: Henry Weintraub.

Writer: Henry Weintraub.

Cast: Patrick O'Driscoll, Lloyd Kaufman, Leif Fuller, Lily Maher, and Yonatan Schultz.


























Sources:

Henry Weintraub. Press Release. 10 June 2009.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Me, I'm Not Dead Announces Female Lead



Director Pepper Negron has completed two in a series of seven films for his "Dark Tales of Tortured Souls" horror compilation. "In Stillness I Lie," and "Blood Drips," are currently on the film festival circuit with "Me, I'm Not Dead," and "So Quiet," in post-production. Other entries include "Broken Whisper," "Greshen," and "Buried Dreams." Based on "the relationship between a serial killer and his victim" "Me, I'm Not Dead" has announced Maria Rivera as part of the cast and Pepper will add a unique twist for fans to decipher near the end. Have a look at the first one sheet for the film and a production still of female lead Maria Rivera inside.

Director: Pepper Negron.

Writer: Pepper Negron.

Cast: Maria Rivera.











Maria Rivera seen here in between takes.













Sources:

Pepper Negron. Interview. 8 June 2009.





subHysteria Movies into Post Production



A film that was shot mostly improv' "subHysteria," is currently finishing in post production with sound editing being director Leonard Zelig's focus. Although not finished and ready for fans the "first 11 minutes" of the film has been completed and shown at the Venezuelans on Broadway, a group of artists/filmmakers, and "all the people like what they saw." Moving towards a distribution date shortly the first teaser and one sheet is available for fans. Have a look at the actor's reactions in the clip as neither they nor the audience know what will happen next.

A synopsis for "subHysteria" here...

"Sixteen people get stuck in a subway car in NYC for 36 hours, without communication, food, way to escape, and a fatal sensation that they are going to die.

A raw display of human behavior when one confronts the possibility of death (Sub...)."

Director: Leonard Zelig.

Writers: Leonard Zelig, and Roberto Alcazar.

Cast: Lavrenti Lopes, Osvaldo Benavides, Estelle Bajou, Rebeca Aleman, Quadiri Bolare, and Isabella Cascarano.

A one minute teaser for "subHysteria" here...



Sources:

subHysteria Homepage





Salvage Shows at the Edinburgh Film Festival Beginning June 19



From Hoax and Jinga Films comes "Salvage" a film shot in Liverpool, England and showing at the Edinburgh Film Festival in 2009. Involving a wild killing machine that washes up on shore this film is not to be missed. Beginning June 19th and showing through to June 21st the horror is available for fans of the most bloody. For more information on the film visit the Edinburgh Film Festival homepage or hit up Jinga, the distributors, for your own copy of the film.

A synopsis for "Salvage" here...

"When a container washes ashore holding a savage killing machine, the residents of a cul de sac are plunged into a visceral world of violence, terror and paranoia. Ring fenced by the military and ordered to stay indoors, a single mother must overcome all the odds to saver her daughter (Salvage...).

Director: Lawrence Gough.

Writers: Lawrence Gough, and Colin O'Donnell.

Cast: Shahid Ahmed, Dean Andrews, Sufian Ashraf, Ben Batt, Linzey Cocker, Shaun Dooley, Trevor Hancock, and Kevin Harvey.

A trailer for "Salvage" here...



The Edinburgh Film Festival here...

Edinburgh Film Festival

The distributors of "Salvage" here...

Jinga Films

And the films homepage...

Salvage Homepage





Tuesday, June 09, 2009

The Horrorphiles #3 - Summer Scream Presents Dark Mirror



Showing at the Anthology Film Archives Thursday July 2 "Dark Mirror," will enjoy a further screening in the heart of New York City. Showing a series of horror shorts and then "Dark Mirror," fans will get a chance to interact with the filmmakers. For $6 with a drink native New Yorkers would be insane to miss this opportunity. Have a look inside for showtimes and directos to this one night showing inside.

"Time: 18:00 - 21:30
Location: Anthology Film Archives (admission: $6 at box-office)
Street: 32 Second Avenue @ 2nd Street (Lower East Side)
Town/City: New York, NY"

Director/writer: Pablo Proenza.

Sources:

Latino Horror





Basement Jack on DVD this Fall



A throwback to "80s slasher films" "Basement Jack," will deliver thrills and chills through BrinkDVD this fall. A film with a back story and made for an independent budget of 500K "Basement Jack," is sure to entertain those in search of deranged serial killers. The first one-sheet poster and trailer look devilishly delicious and must be picked up by horror film fans as some of the early reviews have described the film as "'A New Dimension in Horror Filmmaking.'"

A synopsis for "Basement Jack," here...

"Eleven years ago Jack Riley Killed fifteen people including his own mother before he was finally brought down by a policeman’s bullet. He was just seventeen at the time. For eleven years Jack Riley, or Basement Jack as christened by the media, lived quietly in a state asylum until now. Jack Riley has been released but his madness remains. Haunted by his past he kills again but this time there is someone waiting. Karen Cook has waited eleven long years to seek revenge for what was done to her family and end her pain. If she could just find him before more victims fall to his silvery blade (Brink)."

Release Date: 3rd Quarter.

Director: Michael Shelton.

Writer: Brian Patrick O'Toole.

Cast: Eric Peter-Kaiser, Michele Morrow, Sam Skoryna, and Lynn Lowry.

A trailer for "Basement Jack," here...



Sources

David Pike (Brink DVD). Press Release. 8 June 2009.

Evilution On DVD This Fall


Coming to DVD this September 22 "Evilution," will shock the system and scar the psyche all in your own home. From writer Brian Patrick O'Toole (Cemetary Gates) and director Chris Conlee (Butterfly Effect 2, Abominable) "Evilution," will be released through BrinkDVD. Fans are sure to get a kick out of the unique premise of an alien microscopic life form that can "resurrect the dead." Have a look at a action packed trailer inside.

A partial synopsis for "Evilution," here...

A microscopic alien life form has been discovered with the ability to possess the living and resurrect the dead. The United States Army tried to communicate with it and failed. So, instead, the military tried to create a genetically altered version of the alien in order to resurrect dead soldiers on the battlefield. The alien fought back; turning soldier against soldier.

Release Date: September 22, 2009.

Director: Chris Conlee.

Writer: Brian Patrick O'Toole.

Cast: Marie Antoinette, Nathan Bexton, Jonathan Breck, and Katie Cazorla.

A movie still from the film...














To watch a trailer of the film visit the films homepage here...

Evilution Homepage

Sources:

David Pike (Brink DVD). Press Release. 8 June 2009.






Monday, June 08, 2009

Trap Moves Into Production


"Trap," a kidnapping thriller, moves into production this week and this darkly themed feature will star Allen Perada (Body Snatchers), Alonzo F. Jones, and Annemarie Pazmino. Involving "a middle aged kidnapper who falls in love with his 16 year old victim" the film will touch on some controversial themes from scriptwriter Jason Horton (Edges of Darkness, Rise of the Undead).

Have a look at the announced cast and crew until more information comes this way.

Director: Jason Horton.

Writer: Jason Horton.

Cast: Allen Perada, Alonzo F. Jones, Ashton Blanchard, and Annemarie Pazmino.

Sources:

Jason Horton. Interview. 7 June 2009.

http://deadharvey.blogspot.com/2009/04/interview-with-jason-horton-co-writerco.html

MindFlesh: A Movie Review



Director: Robert Pratten.

Writer: William Scheinman, and Robert Pratten.

Originally a Scheinman horror novel "MindFlesh," delves into themes of sexual trauma, Buddhist teachings, and an alien presence in a successful attempt to jar the viewer's thinking in relation to reality. Posing the question: what would happen if your mind could bring into reality your subconscious thoughts "MindFlesh," is a mind bender and teacher all in one. Shot independently the plot and story can really only be scratched in this review.

Put simply "MindFlesh," revolves around central character Chris (Peter Bramhill) envisioning a mysterious woman who suddenly materializes, blood-soaked, in his apartment. Acting as a vessel for Chris to resolve earlier childhood trauma the woman, a Goddess, mutely enacts every desire of his mind. The Goddess has been delivered by an alien presence in order for Chris to find wholeness by facing his past.

Shot in High Definition for an independent budget "MindFlesh," uses uncomplex camera techniques while focusing on character interaction in order to provide a thought provoking and entertaining film. Really open to many interpretations "MindFlesh," keeps many of the camera shots in nighttime while sharply moving the film from scene to scene. Keeping the camera at mid distance during exterior shots and up close for characterizations the film is told interestingly during the entire seventy-one minute runtime.

The quality of music is exceptional in mysterious tones, but the story, sometimes shown with CGI, is truly one of a kind. Adding a hazy red computer animated filter the visuals of Chris on an alien ship bring the premise to a climax both visually and mentally near the three quarter mark. Also, shown in wavy flashbacks the story of a heartless flat female character is given attention as Chris remembers deliberately forgotten or repressed memories.

Ending in a flourish of action "MindFlesh," is a film that is hard to describe and really needs to be seen by audiences to understand. Closing out the film with one of the few serene scenes "MindFlesh," is a film for horror fans and those who enjoy the surreal. Available now for your own viewing pleasure and interpretation the film can and should be seen by ordering "MindFlesh," at the films homepage listed below. Do yourself a favour and watch this film!

Acting 7.5 out of 10.
Story/premise 8 out of 10.
Dialogue: 7.5 out of 10.
Music: 8.5 out of 10.
Message: 8 out of 10

Overall: 8 mind crushing skulls out of 10.

MindFlesh and Zen Films Homepage






Edges of Darkness Invades Japan



"Edges of Darkness," from director Jason Horton is showing to Japanese crowds currently and the first Japanese one-sheet can be seen by fans. Having already "had its UK TV premiere" "Edges of Darkness," now has worldwide distribution through Shoreline Entertainment. Involving an international zombie apocalypse and a group of survivors holding up in an apartment complex the film is out to shock! Have a look at a trailer inside.

A plot summary for "Edges of Darkness," here...

"'Edges of Darkness,' tells the tales of three groups of survivors held up in an apartment complex during a zombie apocalypse. With their food supply dwindling a vampire couple kidnaps a young girl. They intend to bleed her slowly to survive. Of course things do not go exactly as planned. Dean, an obsessed horror writer is hold up with his neglected wife Dana. Dean keeps his sanity by burying himself in his writing; he installs a new processor to run his computer on their limited generator power, but soon finds out there is a high price to pay. Heather, a survival nut, rescues a young mother and her son from a horde of zombies. She takes them back to the complex. However, she soon discovers the mother and son are on the run from a group of renegade priests hell bent on destroying the boy (Edges...)."

Director: Blaine Cade, and Jason Horton."

Writer: Blaine Cade, and Jason Horton.

Cast: Alonzo F. Jones, Shamika Ann Franklin, Annemarie Pazmino, Lee Perkins, and Michelle Rose.A trailer for "Edges of Darkness," can be seen here...



Sources:

Lee Perkins. Press Release. 7 June 2009.

The Edges of Darkness Myspace





The Steam Experiment DVD Release Date



"The Steam Experiment," also known as "The Chaos Experiment," will be released on DVD August 4, 2009 through Genius Products. Starring Val Kilmer the film has already had a theatrical premiere in Grand Rapids, Michigan and could have further limited engagements until the DVD release. For now have a look at the trailer for "The Steam Experiment," that brings a nightmare in a sauna to a bloody reality.

The synopsis for "The Steam Experiment," here...

"A former professor (Kilmer) concocts a brutal experiment in order to get the word out on the effects of global warming. By trapping six people in an urban Turkish bathhouse, he vows to overheat his hostages unless his global-warming hypothesis is published on the front page of his local paper (IMDB)."

Release Date: August 4, 2009.

Director: Philippe Martinez.

Writer: Robert Malkani.

Cast: Val Kilmer, Eric Roberts, Patrick Muldoon, Armand Assante, and Megan Brown.

"The Steam Experiment," trailer...


Sources:


The Steam Experiment at UpcomingHorrorMovies.com

The Steam Experiment at IMDB






Saturday, June 06, 2009

DJ Perry Scripts Pandemonium for Albion Films

A thrilling era picture from DJ Perry known as "Pandemonium" is being looked at by Albion Films a United Kingdom based production company. Also supported by Green Bay Television this "sword and sorcery tale" will involve scripting from DJ Perry and shooting will be scheduled in "Europe possibly Romania." Have a look at the short synopsis and released crew information until swords clash on set in 2010.

The synopsis for "Pandemonium," here...

"Pandemonium," is about an arms race between two warring kingdoms using sorcery and magick.

Director: Unknown.

Writer: DJ Perry.

Sources:

Herbert M Brindl. Press Release. June 6, 2009.


United Kingdom Release of Doghouse June 12


"Doghouse," is going nationwide June 12th throughout the United Kingdom and a ten minute clip is available for fans worldwide. Involving six men on a weekend getaway in England these comrades will soon be fighting for their lives in a small town full of the undead. Comedic and thrilling with vicious amounts of blood the "Doghouse," looks to be entertaining from the initial promotional material. Have a look at all the information available on this film from director Jake West until a North American play date is announced.

A synopsis for the "Doghouse..."

Six men with mid-life anxiety set out for a weekend in the country in an attempt to reconnect with their masculinity.

What they find is a catastrophe so horrible and bizarre that a mid-life turns out to be exactly what they need to survive it...(Doghouse).

Release Date: June 12th, 2009.

Director: Jake West.

Writer: Dan Schaffer.

Cast: Danny Dyer, Stephen Graham, Noel Clarke, Terry Stone, Christina Cole, Lee Ingleby, and Keith-Lee Castle.

A trailer for "Doghouse," here...



The "Doghouse," homepage below...

Doghouse Homepage





Friday, June 05, 2009

The Dead Outside: A Movie Review


Director: Kerry Anne Mullaney.

Writers: Kris R. Bird, and Kerry Anne Mullaney.

First time director Kerry Anne Mullaney gets up close and personal in this virus plagued run through the Scottish Highlands. Made for a pittance the story focuses more on the characters Daniel, April, and Kate rather than the airborne disease. Also, light on action, until the climax, "The Dead Outside," becomes re-watchable as paranoia turns characters against each other in the battle for a cure.

The plot breaks down like this: family man Daniel (Alton Milne) leaves virus contaminated Borders, Scotland for greener pastures and instead encounters gun happy April (Sandra Louise Douglas) in the Highlands. Partnering up to fight several infected this companionship almost breaks apart with the arrival of survivor and master manipulator Kate (Sharon Osdin) challenging the relationship. The situation comes to a climax when Kate hopes to find a cure, to the virus, by using April's immunity and virus free blood for a vaccine.

Made for a small independent budget the lack of apocalyptic images in a viral outbreak are made up by the well-written dialogue and intimacy between characters. Daniel and April interact with contempt initially and then devoted interest. Later, focusing on the relationship triangle between April, Daniel, and Kate the virus seems secondary until characters and topics come together in a bloody climax.

Filmed in the farmlands of Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland the isolation of the location creates independence and self-reliance in the characters with the acting believable, co-ordinated, and entertaining to watch. Sandra Louise Douglas as a sixteen year old survivor of biological experiments and vengeful grandparents is played with understandable vehemence and mistrust. Alton Milne shows more compassion while Sharon Osdin plays her character with dramatic flourish all inside a tense environment.

To be shown at the Another Hole in the Head Film Festival beginning June 7 in San Francisco "The Dead Outside," is a pleasure for those with a sweet tooth for the dystopic, virus filled fantasy world of tomorrow. Let your imagination go wild as conflict and madness spill across the screen in this first film from director Kerry Anne Mullaney.

8 Leering Skulls out of 10.

For more information on this title visit "The Dead Outside," homepage for play dates.

The Dead Outside






Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Keyeye: Robin Webb an Interview


Local Vancouver Island resident Robin Webb is a film careerist in the stunt coordination business. Taking part in dozens of films including "From Russia with Love," and "Goldfinger," Webb has transitioned into the director's chair. Some of Webb's latest features include "Seaking Fear," "Keyeye," and his latest "House for Sale." About to screen his film "Keyeye," in Italy, Robin Webb takes a moment to talk about his history in filmmaking and the status of some of his most recent productions. Have a look at the full interview inside...

(Michael Allen) What are some of your earliest memories of filmmaking?

(Robin Webb) "The first movie I did was a movie called 'The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner,' made in 1960. In 1960 I was in England. I was fifteen years old when I went to the show."

(Michael Allen) What inspired you to get into filmmaking?

(Robin Webb) "I was a boxer and they needed somebody. They shot the film 'The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner,' in an actual prison. It was the first time they ever shot in a prison, in a youth prison. They hired a bunch of boxers who would be between the performers and the actual inmates during the show. In case things got uncomfortable, we would be a barrier, which was totally unnecessary. We had a great time and that was my first introduction to the movie business. We had a lot of fun; I could not believe how much they paid us.

For the rest of my career I worked as a stunt guy up until I started doing safety programs."

(Michael Allen) What were some of the other films you watched in your teens or were involved in?

(Robin Webb) "Believe it or not I was not much of a movie watcher. I did "From Russia with Love," and "Goldfinger." I drove a little blue mini in "The Italian Job." So, I did "Zulu," and I got killed a bunch of times."

(Michael Allen) Was that filmed in South Africa?

(Robin Webb) "Yes, it was. It was an epic movie...now I am involved in safety programs and this is a personal thing."

(Michael Allen) And your latest film is "House for Sale?"

(Robin Webb) "I shot 'House for Sale,' in the Cowichan valley. 'Keyeye,' was shot here as well at the Cowichan High School and everything else I filmed can be found on the Internet Movie Database."

Special thanks goes out to Robin Webb for bringing me up to date on the current status of Bay Film Studio productions.

For more information on "Bay Film Studios," visit the companys website below...

Bay Film Studios Homepage






Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Melvin Showing Throughout Oregon this Summer


Troma-esque horror feature "Melvin," unleashes blood and bile throughout Oregon beginning June 5th then ending June 26 with a free showing. Made for $4000 the film is being described as "darkly humourous" and "blood soaked." Already released May 22 the film will enjoy a continuous limited run through the summer in this 531 Production. Have a look at a frenetic trailer that asks a lot of questions and check out the theatre dates and showings (Horror...).

Showings for "Melvin:"


June 5th at the Clinton St. Theater 7PM - Portland, OR
June 6th at the Bijou 11:30PM - Eugene, OR
June 17th at the Pix Patisserie 10PM - Portland, OR
June 19th at the Northern Lights 9PM - Salem, OR

FREE! June 26th at the Wandering Goat 9:30PM - Eugene, OR

A synopsis for "Melvin," here...

"Melvin," is dead... Now, three years after his accidental murder, he is finally making up for lost time. After enlisting the involuntary help of nerdy college student Norton Pincus, he is ready to take on those who are responsible for his death. Melvin's thirst for vengeance will take this dynamic dork duo on a mind-blowing streak of throat-ripping, vomit-spewing, head decapitating and much, much more.

Writer, editor, and director: Henry Weintraub.

Cast: Leif Fuller, Patrick O'Driscoll, Lilly Maher, Ben Chinburg, Hudson Hongo, Yonatan Schult, Shane Cohn, Lloyd Kaufman.

A musical and visual journey through the land of "Melvin," in this full length trailer...

Melvin Trailer


Sources:

Horrorhound Melvin Movie Review