Wednesday, June 13, 2018
It’s that time of the year where the convention season goes into high gear will all these conventions popping up. Scare-A-Con: New England will be convention number 3 for me this year as I was a part of the disaster known as Monster Mania 39 and also attended a non-horror related convention which I had a good time.
A brief history about Scare-A-Con: New England. This will be the third year in a row that I will be going to that convention and I have to say that this is my favorite convention that I look forward to every year. The first two years of the convention took place in Springfield, MA. This year, it’s moving to a different location. The convention will be taking place on June 16th and 17th at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center in Framingham, MA.
This year’s headliners are Elvira herself, Cassandra Peterson and Holliston star and Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snyder. Other guests include Danny Lloyd (The Shining), Doug Bradley (Hellrasier), Tom Savini (Dawn of the Dead), Amy Steel (Friday the 13th: Part 2), David Naughton (An American Werewolf in London), Kelli Maroney (Night of the Comet), Lynn Lowery (Shivers) and Scare-A-Con Ambassadors Mark Patton (A Nightmare on Elm Street 2), Jason Lively (Night of the Creeps), Ricky Dean Logan (Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare), Sean Whalen (The People Under the Stairs) and Author Mike Aloisi (The Killer and I).
The film program for Scare-A-Con: New England is headlined by the premiere of the creature feature “Exposure” starring Lynn Lowry on Saturday night at 7pm. Other films that are a part of the film program includes "4/20 Massacre" and "Circus of the Dammed" also headline. The film program will also include classic films starring some of guests at this convention as well.
The events schedule is packed with panels from most of the guests including Tom Savini, Doug Bradley, Sean Whalen, Danny Lloyd, Jason Lively, David Naughton, Amy Steel and Dee Snider depending on his availability.
There will also be various themed panels that will be happening during the course of the weekend as well. Panels include Horror Podcasting 101, Horror Writing 101, Indie Filmmaking 101 with filmmakers Mike Neel & Garo Nigoghossian , Horror Movie Makeup Roundup, Becoming a Horror Author, Scream Queens Panel with Lynn Lowry and Kelli Maroney, another Indie Film Making panel, Freddy’s Victims with Mark Patton and Ricky Dean Logan, and Horror Merchandising.
The Dorkening will also have a couple of events too. First, there will be a live podcast broadcast on Sunday at 10 am in which I will also be a part of for better or worse. LOL. Also, there will be Wolfman Trivia at 1pm. Preregistration will be required to participate .
You want parties, there will be 2 of them. First at 8pm is the VIP party at the Ashland Room. The only way that you get in is you must have a VIP Pass then at 10:30 PM the Scare-A-Con 1980’s Monster Party for all admission holders with 80’s hair band Flux Capacitor.
Finally, there will be two costume contests. A costume contest for adults on Saturday at 3:30 pm and for the children on Sunday at 1pm to wrap things up. For the complete list of times, you can visit the schedule page at: http://www.scareacon.con/schedule-ne
I will be posting pics and updates over at the horror chamber’s twitter page at www.twitter.com/HorrorChamber1 and Instagram @thehorrorchamber. Please give both those pages a like as that's where my coverage will be this weekend. Also, I'll be back next week with my thoughts on Scare-A-Con:New England.
Out of all the con I go to, Scare-A Con: New England is the most fun convention out of all of them. There is no reason for you not be there this weekend, if you’re in the New England area and love horror as it’s going to be one hell of a time. For more information on Scare-A-Con, you can goto: http://www.scareacon.com.
Monday, June 11, 2018
Uncork'd Entertainment recently released the official trailer for the upcoming supernatural thriller "The Lighthouse". The film stars Michael Jibson (Hunter Killer, Beauty and the Beast) and Mark Lewis Jones (Star Wars : The Last Jedi, “Game of Thrones").
"The Lighthouse" hits theaters in limited release on July 6th and VOD on July 10th.
BAFTA-award winning supernatural thriller THE LIGHTHOUSE, starring Michael Jibson (Hunter Killer, Beauty and the Beast) and Mark Lewis Jones (Star Wars : The Last Jedi, “Game of Thrones”), hits theaters and VOD this July.
“A dark and disquieting journey into the heart of madness” (Starburst), the film, inspired by a terrifying true story, tells of two men trapped in an isolated lighthouse, surrounded by the deadly Irish sea, with both their minds ultimately pushed to the limits.
Directed by Chris Crow, and nominated for five BAFTA awards including Best Director and Best Actor, winning Best Visual Effects, THE LIGHTHOUSE opens in select theaters July 6 and VOD July 10.
"The Lighthouse": Official Trailer
Artsploitation Films released information for the upcoming blu-rays of the anthology films "A Taste of Phobia and "German Angst". "A Taste of Phobia" features the works of fourteen different directors. The other release "German Angst" features the works of three controversial directors, Jörg Buttgereit (Nekromantik(1987); Andreas Marschall (Tears of Kali (2004); and Michal Kosakowski (Zero Killed (2014)and is a re-release which will feature bonus material.
Both "A Taste of Phobia" and German Angst" hits retail on June 26th.
Artsploitation Films will release two eye-popping horror anthologies on June 26th. Fourteen different directors peer into the twisted and often self-violent world of phobias in A Taste of Phobia. Also, on that date will be a special-featured-packed Blu-ray release of German Angst. Love and sex has never been portrayed as so depraved and disturbing as seen by three controversial underground filmmakers, the legendary Jörg Buttgereit (Nekromantik(1987); Andreas Marschall (Tears of Kali (2004); and Michal Kosakowski (Zero Killed (2014). Note: German Angst is a Blu-ray re-issue, as the film has been out on Blu-ray previously. But the original release was a barebones Blu-ray-R while this Artsploitation Films release will be of the highest HD quality and will contain many bonus features.
Friday, June 8, 2018
Universal Pictures recently released for the official teaser trailer for David Gordon Green's latest reboot of the classic horror film "Halloween". The film stars Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Will Patton, Nick Castle, Andi Matichak and Omar J. Dorsey.
"Halloween" hits theaters on October 19th.
For more information on this film, you can visit the film's official website at: HalloweenMovie.com
Universal Pictures will release Trancas International Films, Blumhouse Productions and Miramax’s Halloween on Friday, October 19, 2018.
Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her iconic role as Laurie Strode, who comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.
Master of horror John Carpenter will executive produce and serve as creative consultant on this film, joining forces with cinema’s current leading producer of horror, Jason Blum (Get Out, Split, The Purge, Paranormal Activity). Inspired by Carpenter’s classic, filmmakers David Gordon Green and Danny McBride crafted a story that carves a new path from the events in the landmark 1978 film, and Green also directs.
Halloween will also be produced by Malek Akkad, whose Trancas International Films has produced the Halloween series since its inception, and Bill Block (Elysium, District 9). Green and McBride will executive produce under their Rough House Pictures banner.
Halloween will be distributed worldwide by Universal Pictures. HalloweenMovie.com
"Halloween" : Official Trailer
Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Epic Pictures recently released the official trailer for the sci-fi thriller "5th Passenger". The film stars Doug Jones (The Shape of Water, Star Trek: Discovery, Pan's Labyrinth, Hellboy, Hellboy 2) Tim Russ (Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), Marina Sirtis (Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: First Contact, Star Trek: Generations), Armin Shimerman (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, The Hitcher and Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time) and Morgan Lariah (Colony One and Chase Me Through).
"5th Passenger" hits theaters in limited release and VOD platforms on July 10th.
Epic Pictures will release the sci-fi thriller, 5th Passenger, produced by Scott Baker, Morgan Lariah, Mike Phillips and directed by Scott Baker. The film stars Doug Jones (The Shape of Water, Star Trek: Discovery, Pan's Labyrinth, Hellboy, Hellboy 2) Tim Russ (Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), Marina Sirtis (Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: First Contact, Star Trek: Generations), Armin Shimerman (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, The Hitcher and Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time) and Morgan Lariah (Colony One and Chase Me Through).
A successful crowdfunding campaign helped bring this project to life. 5th Passenger debuted at the Artemis Women in Action Film Festival where they “celebrate powerful women taking action on the silver screen.”
“I directed 5th Passenger because it’s a film I wanted to see. It is inspired by my love of the science fiction genre, The Twilight Zone, and Alfred Hitchcock Presents. All twisted storylines with principled characters thrown into extreme situations where society breaks down and their morals and values are tested.” says Director Scott Baker.
5th Passenger is set in the aftermath of an oppressive class war, Miller, a pregnant officer aboard an escape pod must struggle to survive with her remaining crew when a mysterious and vicious life form attacks, determined to become the dominant species.
5th Passenger will be on demand everywhere (Dish, DirecTV, Charter, Spectrum, Comcast/Xfinity, Verizon Fios, Cox, SlingTV, iTunes, Amazon, Vudu, FandangoNOW, Google Play, Microsoft/Xbox).
"5th Passenger": Official Trailer
Portola Pictures recently send the horror chamber information for their upcoming release "Inheritance". The film stars Chase Joliet (It Comes at Night), Sara Montez ("Pitch"), Tim Abell (Sniper: Special Ops), Kate Norby (The Devil's Rejects), Dale Dickey (Hell or High Water, "True Blood"), Krisha Fairchild (Krisha) and Drew Powell ("Gotham").
"Inheritance" hits VOD platforms on June 15th.
Portola Pictures has announced the June 15th Digital HD release of Tyler Savage's Inheritance. Savage directed from his own script, putting a chilling twist on the universal feeling of being trapped by your family history, for better or worse. Following the world premiere at Dances with Films, Inheritance has received high marks at festivals around the country. Dread Central raved, "Savage uses the dark essences of an even more gloomy past to highlight this modern-day ghost story."
Tyler Savage makes his feature film debut alongside executive producer Nicholas Gonda (Tree of Life), cinematographer Drew Daniels (Krisha, It Comes At Night) and producers J.P. Castel (Krisha), Dash Hawkins (Party Crashers), and Chase Joliet (It Comes at Night), who also leads the cast. Inheritance will be available to rent or own on iTunes and Amazon Instant Video June 15th.
Joliet is joined onscreen by Sara Montez ("Pitch"), Tim Abell (Sniper: Special Ops), Kate Norby (The Devil's Rejects), Dale Dickey (Hell or High Water, "True Blood"), Krisha Fairchild (Krisha) and Drew Powell ("Gotham"). The film was shot on location along the California coast and LA-based indie pop band Mini Mansions provided the score.
Ryan Bowman has just inherited a $2.5 million beach house on the central California coast from his biological father, a man he's never known and thought long dead. Arriving in the charming town with his pregnant fiancée, Ryan's curiosity about his father soon leads him into an introspective investigation. As a looming family presence tightens its grip on him, Ryan pushes away his adoptive family and expectant fiancé. When he finally discovers the horrifying truth about his birth parents, he might be too late to stop himself from repeating a similar pattern...
"Inheritance": Official Trailer
Friday, June 1, 2018
First off before I begin, sorry for no Scare-A-Con post yesterday, as I’ve pretty busy with other things and I’ve been tired which has prevented me from posting this week. But enough with that as I’m here to write what has the convention meant to me as this is going to be more of a personal article than opinionated even though there is some opinions here.
We’re two weeks away from the upcoming Scare-A-Con New England convention in Framingham, MA. Personally, I cannot wait for this convention as this I want to get the bad taste of Monster Mania 39 out of my mouth as that was one of the worst experiences ever. Enough with that, I’m telling you why I hold Scare-A-Con dear to my heart and why I’m promoting here.
It’s one of those conventions where the guests have a welcoming and nice attitude. I’ve been to conventions where guests act rude, don’t look like they want to be there or leave a day early when they were supposed to there for the entire convention. The two previous Scare-A-Con’s has brought out some of the nicest guests that you’ll ever meet and hang out. Some of the nicest people that I came across at that convention include Sean Whalen, Felissa Rose, Jordan Ladd, Tony Todd, Genoveva Rossi, Russel Streiner and Linnea Quigley to name a few. That is make feel welcome like it has for me. You also don’t hear negative stories or gossip like some guest took a two hour lunch break or guests taking a lunch break in the middle of a photo op that screws up all the photo ops times. You don’t that at Scare-A Con as the guests want to be there and have a fun time with you. It makes the experience more fun and leaves you feeling happy that you want to come back next year.
Also, I’ve made a lot of friends from this convention than any other area convention that I go regularly. Usually when I’m at a Rock and Shock or RI Comic Con, it’s hard to make connections as it’s either busy with the huge convention space and has a gap between the lack of activity and the party or lack of a social gathering event. Scare-A-Con has none of those problems as they always have something going on even when the convention hall closes. Whether it’s a screening, Rocky Horror shadowcast or parties. The fun never stops on the Saturday portion. I’ve made friends over the last two cons whether it’s from the podcasts Dark Discussions and The Dorkening or meeting congoers. It’s the only convention in the New England area in my opinion where you can have a fun weekend getaway and make some new friends in the process.
It’s conventions like Scare-A-Con: New England that makes me proud in my geekdom. It’s always been fun and one of the events that I look forward to. This is one of those conventions where I recommend supporting as they take the time to put out a fan friendly lineup that you’ll a good time. I can’t wait to be in Framingham, MA in two weeks for its third year at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center.