Monday, January 8, 2018

Troma Announces It's West Coast Premiere for "Return to Return to Nuke 'Em High"

Troma Entertainment recently send the horror chamber over information for the west coast premiere of "Return to Return to Nuke 'EM High". The film stars Asta Paredes and Catherine Corcoran.

The film will be making its west coast premiere at the Laemmle's Ahrya Fine Arts in Beverly Hills, CA on March 8th. The film will also have a one week run from March 9th-15th at theLaemmle Noho 7 in North Hollywood, CA.

Press Release:

Following the prestigious premiere at The Museum of the Moving Image in New York City, Troma Entertainment, the longest running truly independent film studio in America, is proud to announce the West Coast Premiere of Lloyd Kaufman's second installment of two-part event film, Return to Return to Nuke 'Em High aka Volume 2 at Laemmle's Ahrya Fine Arts in Beverly Hills, CA on March 8th. Following the West Coast premiere, Volume 2 will then hold a week long engagement at the prestigious Laemmle Noho 7 in North Hollywood, CA from March 9th-15th, it was announced today by Lloyd Kaufman, President of Troma Entertainment and creator of The Toxic Avenger.

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"Toxie, The Troma Team, and I are truly honored to have the historic, world famous Laemmle Theatres present Return to Return to Nuke 'Em High aka Volume 2! This film is by far our most ambitious, fantoxic movie yet and we are very excited to invade Hollywood with true independent art!" stated Lloyd Kaufman.

Quentin Tarantino has been a fan and friend of Troma for years, and when he suggested to Lloyd Kaufman at the Sitges Film Festival that he should create an "Event Film," Kaufman took note. "Michael Herz and I decided that to mark Troma's 40th year we, too, would produce an 'Event Film' in two volumes just like Quentin did," says Kaufman, "except slightly less lavish in the budget area." Return to Nuke 'Em High: Vol. 1 & 2, directed by Lloyd Kaufman, is a hilarious, thoughtful sci-fi "Event Film" with themes ripped straight from today's headlines: the contamination and degradation of the world's food supply, rampant bullying, and LGBTQ love triumphing over prejudice and violence.

The film, a revisiting of Troma's 1986 Class of Nuke 'Em High is in the same vein as other classics such as Class of 1984, Rock 'n' Roll High School, and Carrie, but seen through the unique vision of Lloyd Kaufman and the Troma Team. Welcome to Tromaville High School where, unfortunately, the glee club has mutated into a vicious gang of Cretins. Chrissy and Lauren, two innocent lesbian lovers, must fight not only the Cretins, mutants and monsters but also the evil Tromorganic Foodstuffs Conglomerate. Can they and Kevin the Wonder Duck save Tromaville High School and the world?

Up next in theaters from Troma is Lloyd Kaufman's second installment of his two-part event film, Return to Return to Nuke 'Em High AKA Vol.2 at Laemmle's Ahrya Fine Arts & Noho 7! 7 years in the making, Vol.2 is shaping up to be what Michael Herz has called "The best Troma Movie ever made!"

Werewolves Set to Terrorize in Los Angeles Premiere of "Bonehill Road"


Extreme Entertainment recently send the horror chamber information for their latest film "Bonehill Road". The film stars Linnea Qugley, Eli DeGeer and Ana Plumberg.

The film will be making is Los Angeles premiere at the Regency theater in North Hollywood. The screening will take place on January 26th at 9:30 pm.

To purchase tickets, you can goto: https://www.ticketor.com/bonehillroad/tickets/bonehill-road-hollywood-screening-103434#buy

Press Release:

BONEHILL ROAD is a fun, scary, old fashioned werewolf film starring scream queen Linnea Quigley. Bringing back the monster movies we loved for a new generation of Horror fans. It is both retro and original, a hybrid of styles and ideas that is sure to excite horror audiences both old and new. Created in the same style as the original HOWLING, An American Werewolf In London and Dog Soldiers.

BONE HILL ROAD’s Los Angeles premiere is set for Jan. 26th at 9:30 pm at the Regency theater in North Hollywood located at 6355 Bellingham Ave (at Victory Blvd) North Hollywood, Ca 91606. Scream queen and star Linnea Quigley will be in attendance along side Director Todd Sheets and additional cast and crew. It will be followed by the premiere of Personal Demons (presented by Terror Toons) directed by scream queen Brinke Stevens, who will also be in attendance.

Tickets can be purchased at the following link, both General admission and VIP Admission are available but selling fast (VIP admission incl. a signed DVD and autographed 8”x10” from scream queen Linnea Quigley): https://www.ticketor.com/bonehillroad/tickets/bonehill-road-hollywood-screening-103434#buy

“Werewolves are my favorite monsters of all time.” Director Todd Sheets said. “And BONEHILL ROAD is truly my dream project, something I have wanted to do for years. It’s an exciting, non-stop ride through a living, breathing nightmare that the fans of werewolf movies have been waiting for!!!”

BONEHILL ROAD features ALL practical special effects and NO CGI, like the classic horror films fans love. Uncompromising, Original and Vicious…. modern Horror meets Classic Monster movies for a thrill ride like no other!






Friday, January 5, 2018

Film Review: "Mayhem"


I love it when I come across a film where you’re drawn into it with the talent involved. This was the case with “Mayhem”. The film is directed by Joe Lynch who co-directed “Chillerama” and was one of the stars of “Holliston” which is a very funny show that ran on the defunct Fear Net and is out DVD and Blu-Ray. The film also stars Steven Yeun who was one of the original cast members of “The Walking Dead” and Samara Weaving who made waves this year in Netfilx’s “The Babysitter”. The people involved made me excited for this film.

The film is about a lawyer (Steven Yeun) whose day isn’t going that great. First, he was terminated from his job, then he finds out that he’s been infected with a virus and stuck there as the building is quarantined. To make matters worse, he gets locked in a room with a former client (Samara Weaving) who hates him and his former employer. He is team up with her as they extract their revenge at the law firm and settle things for good.

When I first heard about the film, I thought that this was going to be like “The Belko Experiment” and that would be it. Boy, was I wrong. “Mayhem” had me hooked from the first minute in as it had a more of a fun tone and was completely different from that film. One of the major reasons that I liked this so much was Joe Lynch’s direction. He makes his directing so good here as the action sequences are balls to the wall bloody. He makes sure that they are presented in a way that it keeps you entertained as everything had that fun horror feel to it. It’s something that was needed as made this film one of those fun films to watch. The other thing that I liked about Lynch’s directing was the fact he manages to make the performances fit the film’s twisted tone. Whether it was making the chemistry between the actors work to making the violent scenes feel cartoonish, it made everything onscreen work which makes this films one of the better horror films of 2017.

I also liked it that the film has two very good lead performances from Steven Yeun and Samara Weaving. Both of them had great chemistry with each other whether it was in the beginning of the film to all the chaos that goes on through the film. They made the dynamic between the two main characters work. It’s important for that to work because you’re invested in the characters. If that didn’t work, then it would’ve felt like any other horror film where the violence is center stage.

The screenplay written Matias Caruso was very good from start to finish. One of the things that I liked about his screenplay was the way that he tells the story from the main character’s point of view. This could’ve been a film where the over the top violence were the main focus but by using the narration device, it allows the main character and the story to be the focus and not the violence. It made this a much better film than “The Belko Experiment”. The other thing that makes this good was the fact that the dark humor works so well here. It’s done in a way that you’re having a good time and not sitting there being bored as it complements the film’s twisted violence. That’s how dark humor should work.

Definitely check this film out as was a very fun film from start to finish. With its twisted humor and violence and its lead performances, “Mayhem” is bloody fun.

Review Rating: Five Stars

Chilling Stills for the Upcoming Gothic Thriller "Winchester"



CBS Films recently released stills for the upcoming Gothic thriller "Winchester". The film stars Helen Mirren (The Queen, Woman in Gold), Jason Clarke (Mudbound, Zero Dark Thirty), Sarah Snook (Steve Jobs, Jessabelle), Angus Sampson (Insidious, Mad Max: Fury Road) and Finn Scicluna-O’Prey (True Story with Hamish & Andy, The Secret River).

"Winchester" hits theaters on February 2nd.

Plot Synopsis:

Inspired by true events. On an isolated stretch of land 50 miles outside of San Francisco sits the most haunted house in the world. Built by Sarah Winchester, (Academy Award®-winner Helen Mirren) heiress to the Winchester fortune, it is a house that knows no end. Constructed in an incessant twenty-four hour a day, seven day a week mania for decades, it stands seven stories tall and contains hundreds of rooms. To the outsider it looks like a monstrous monument to a disturbed woman’s madness. But Sarah is not building for herself, for her niece (Sarah Snook) or for the brilliant Doctor Eric Price (Jason Clarke) whom she has summoned to the house. She is building a prison, an asylum for hundreds of vengeful ghosts, and the most terrifying among them have a score to settle with the Winchesters…






Accept "Friend Request" on DVD & Blu-Ray


Entertainment Studios and Lionsgate recently released DVD and Blu-Ray information for their upcoming release "Friend Request". The film stars Alycia Debnam-Carey (“Fear the Walking Dead,” Into the Storm), William Moseley (The Chronicles of Narnia franchise, “The Royals”), Connor Paolo (“Revenge,” “Gossip Girl”), Brit Morgan (“Supergirl,” “Graceland”) and Liesl Ahlers (The Challenger Disaster).

Special features on the DVD & Blu-Ray includes “Friend Request: The Social Nightmare” Featurette.

Friend Request hits retail on January 9th.

Press Release:

The consequences are deadly when black magic mixes with social media in Friend Request, arriving on Digital December 19 and on Blu-ray™ (plus Digital), DVD and On Demand January 9 from Lionsgate. Alycia Debnam-Carey (“Fear the Walking Dead,” Into the Storm) leads the terrifying feature, which also stars William Moseley (The Chronicles of Narnia franchise, “The Royals”), Connor Paolo (“Revenge,” “Gossip Girl”), Brit Morgan (“Supergirl,” “Graceland”) and Liesl Ahlers (The Challenger Disaster).

Laura (Alycia Debnam-Carey) is a popular college student who lives her college life to the fullest and gladly shares it with her 800 Facebook friends. But when she accepts a friend request from her mysterious classmate Marina (Liesl Ahlers), she unwittingly sets a terrible curse in motion. The dead girl’s impenetrable profile begins to drive Laura into isolation. It takes control of Laura’s virtual world and her real life as well. One after another, her closest friends die horrendous deaths, leaving Laura with only a few days to solve the enigma of this haunting curse to save the few friends she has left, as well as her own life.

The home entertainment release of Friend Request features exclusive bonus content including the “Friend Request: The Social Nightmare” featurette. A compelling blend of horror movie traditions and modern social media elements, Friend Request will be available on Blu-ray and DVD for the suggested retail price of $21.99 and $19.98, respectively.

The Gothic Vampire Classic "The Blood Spattered Bride" Hits Blu-Ray


Mondo Macabro recently released information for their latest release "The Blood Spattered Bride". The 1972 film stars Simon Andreu, Maribel Martin, Alexandra Bastedo, Dean Selmier, Angel Lombarte, Montserrat Julio and Rosa Rodriguez.

Special features on the Blu-ray includes brand new 4k transfer from film negative English/Spanish audio choice Newly created English subtitles Audio commentary by Samm Deighan and Kat Ellinger, Interview with cinematographer Fernando Arribas, Two part interview with actor Simon Andreu Interview with Euro Gothic author Jonathan Rigby, Original trailers and radio spots, Deleted and alternate scenes and Mondo Macabro previews.

"The Blood Spattered Bride" hits Blu-Ray on February 13th.

Press Release:

Susan, a young bride, travels with her husband to his family’s ancient manor house in the far north of Spain. Susan is a virgin and is very hesitant about her husband's sexual demands. She is also disturbed by her unfamiliar surroundings and wonders if she will ever come to terms with her new married life. She is shocked to discover that all the old portraits of female members of her husband’s family have been locked away in the basement. When she finds them, she discovers that one of the portraits shows a woman holding a strange dagger. The woman’s face has been cut out of the painting. Her name is Mircala Karstein.

This atmospheric, gothic horror story is widely regarded as one of the very best vampire films ever made. Controversial in its day for sexual content and for extreme scenes of violence and gore, it was widely cut on original release. This brand new version restores the film to its intended length and includes alternate scenes that have never been made available before. This is the first Blu-ray release of an acknowledged classic, one of Quentin Tarantino’s favourite films and an influence on his own Kill Bill.

SPECIAL FEATURES Brand new 4k transfer from film negative English/Spanish audio choice Newly created English subtitles Audio commentary by Samm Deighan and Kat Ellinger Interview with cinematographer Fernando Arribas Two part interview with actor Simon Andreu Interview with Euro Gothic author Jonathan Rigby Original trailers and radio spots Deleted and alternate scenes Mondo Macabro previews

Friday, December 15, 2017

"Dangerous People" Blu-Ray Review


Sometimes at conventions, you come across films that you like enough that you want to write about when the release date comes along. I came across “Dangerous People” when I went to a screening of the film at Scare-A-Con New England after hearing about the film through one of my friends over at Dark Discussions Podcast.

The film is about two killers (Garo Nigoghossian, Vincent Stalba) who stumble into a bar. There, they meet a beautiful woman (Angelina Leigh) who decides to go with them to their apartment. The killers take her hostage, but their plan takes a vicious turn when they find out she’s not like their other victims. Who will make out alive in this twisted film?

This was one of those films where I didn’t know what to expect as I went to it the first time blind. After watching this for a second time recently, I enjoyed the film even more.

Garo Nigoghossian’s direction was very good. What I liked about his direction was the way he approaches his direction. He does a great job making sure the film move at a good pace. Whether it was the way he makes sure the action scene had a horrific tone to the way the gore effects were handled, everything is done in a way that makes horrifying elements work. The other thing that I liked about the direction was the way that he directs his cast including himself. Each of the three main people in the film had a very good chemistry with each other. It helped moved the film considering there’s a lot of dialogue in the film. It’s one of the better acted micro budgeted films current out on DVD, VOD and Blu-Ray.

The screenplay also written by Nigoghossian had a very trippy and sleazy feel to it which made it feel like a grindhouse film from the seventies. One of the things that he does well to make sure that this story has grindhouse feel to it. From the exploitative elements of the late sixties/ early seventies tone to the surrealism that he uses to make his story work, everything is written well to the point that it comes off as shocking. It helped gave the film its sleazy tone. The other thing that I liked about Nigoghossian’s screenplay was the way that he approaches the film’s dialogue. I liked how he keeps the scenes moving with the offbeat dialogue. It moved the pace of the story and made the scenes between the three main characters interesting considering most of the film takes place in either in one room or in flashbacks sequences. It made all the craziness that goes on works very well as I was into this from start to finish.

If that wasn’t enough, the film also has very good cinematography work from Wheat and a trippy soundtrack from Palm Tree Lumberjacks, J.D. Blackfoot and Bren Scott.

The first featurette on disc 1 is the behind the scenes featurette. The featurette features on set footage from the filming. It’s an interesting look at the filming process of this film. The first disc wraps up with the film’s official trailer.

Disc 2 stars with the film’s audio commentary track. The track features star/writer/director Garo Nigoghossian, actress Angelina Leigh, actor Vincent Stalba and moderator Hunter Duesing from the Midnight Movie Cowboys podcast. This was a very good track as it goes into various aspects of the film’s production while diving into some stories that took place while filming. This track moves at very good pace as moderator Hunter Duesing does a very good job making sure the conversation keeps moving throughout the film. It allows the track to be informative while being entertained.

The next featurette is “Critiquing Raw Footage”. It was an interesting look at one of the film’s shocking scenes. Nigoghossian shows some of the do’s and don’ts when filming and creating a scene while also going into his thought process. It shows the pain taking process of getting the right shots for a scene to work. Interesting featurette for people into the process of film making.

After that it’s “Angelina’s Naked Storytelling”. It’s very similar to the film’s behind the scenes featurette as it show how one of the film’s dialogue scenes being filmed from its direction to completion.

The disc wraps up with extended, alternate and deleted scenes, a thirty plus minute NSFW photo gallery, teaser and red band trailers for Dangerous People and a trailer for “Actress Apocalypse”.

This is one of those films that plays very well to fans to grindhouse inspired films. The blu-ray is one of the most loaded indie releases that I’ve ever seen as there is a lot material on this disc.  I was happy that I took the chance with “Dangerous People” as this is one of the better micro budgeted releases that I’ve seen this year.

Review Rating: Five Stars
Extras: Five Stars