Friday, July 21, 2017

Cult Horror Film "Effects" Makes Its Blu-Ray Debut


American Genre Film Archive recently send us information for their upcoming release of the cult classic "Effects". The film stars Tom Savini (Dawn of the Dead), Joe Pilato (Day of the Dead), and  John Harrison (Tales fom the Darkside: The Movie).

Special features on the Blu-Ray includes New 4K scan from the only surviving 35mm theatrical print, Archival commentary track with John Harrison, Dusty Nelson, and Pasquale Buba, AFTER EFFECTS documentary with optional commentary track, UBU and BEASTIE short films,  Liner notes by Joseph A. Ziemba of AGFA and Bleeding Skull and Reversible cover art with illustration by Charles Forsman (Netflix's THE END OF THE FU**ING WORLD).

"Effects" hits retail on August 22nd.

Press Release:

Alamo Drafthouse's American Genre Film Archive, the largest non-profit genre film archive in the world, is excited to announce an August 22, 2017 release date for the EFFECTS Blu-ray.

Cobbled together with loose change by George Romero's friends, EFFECTS is a mesmerizing do-it-yourself horror movie starring Tom Savini (DAWN OF THE DEAD), Joe Pilato (DAY OF THE DEAD), and John Harrison (TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE: THE MOVIE). A group of coked-up filmmakers -- including Savini and Pilato -- gather in Pittsburgh to make a slasher called DUPED: THE SNUFF MOVIE. As filming begins and "accidents" happen, it's clear that something isn't right. And no one can be trusted. Landing somewhere between Michael and Roberta Findlay's SNUFF and a student film by John Carpenter, EFFECTS is a meta-enhanced takedown on the philosophy of horror that doubles as a sleazy and terrifying movie on its own.

"We were blown away to discover that we had the only existing 35mm theatrical print of EFFECTS at the archive," said AGFA director Joe Ziemba. "We're happy that we've been able to help the filmmakers create a new 4K transfer that will be seen by for years to come by audiences who appreciate the movie for the right reasons."

EFFECTS was produced by Harrison (director of TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE: THE MOVIE, composer of George Romero's CREEPSHOW and DAY OF THE DEAD), edited and produced by Pasquale Buba (editor of George Romero's KNIGHTRIDERS, CREEPSHOW, DAY OF THE DEAD, and MONKEY SHINES), and written and directed by Dusty Nelson (SAKURA KILLERS). Legendary horror icon Tom Savini also provided the film's visual effects.

"It was a good thing we didn't listen to those who thought we were crazy," said producer and star John Harrison. "EFFECTS was one of those magical moments in one's life when everything just seemed to come together."

To celebrate the release, AGFA teams up with the Alamo Drafthouse's Terror Tuesday series in Austin for a screening of EFFECTS on August 22 with a full cast and crew reunion. Tom Savini, Joe Pilato, John Harrison, Dusty Nelson, Pasquale Buba, and Zilla Clinton will be in attendance.

"To have the film 're-discovered' and appreciated 40 years later, is not only gratifying, but quite frankly, something I never even imagined," said director Nelson. "I can't wait to see it with the audience in Austin."

Official Trailer for the Upcoming Slasher "Puppet Killer"


I No.Films recently released the official trailer for their upcoming film "Puppet Killer". The film is executive produced by Jessica Cameron and stars Aleks Paunovic (War For the Planet of The Apes, Van Helsing, iZombie), Richard Harmon (The 100, Bates Motel), Lee Majdoub (Supernatural), Lisa Durupt (Murder She Baked), Kyle Cassie (Deadpool) and Gigi Saul Guerrero (El Gigante, Barbarous Mexico). The film also features music from composer Stephen Gallagher (The Lovely Bones, The Hobbit Trilogy) and Darren Leader of Steel Panther.

No release plans have been announced for "Puppet Killer".

For more information on this film, you can visit the film's official Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Puppet-Killer-1607153252931204

Press Release:

The much anticipated trailer for Lisa Ovies' film Puppet Killer comes on the heels of some amazing additions to the team. Joining Lisa is producer Jessica Cameron (Truth or Dare), composer Stephen Gallagher (The Lovely Bones, The Hobbit Trilogy) and Darren Leader of Steel Panther.

The film features a powerful ensemble cast including Aleks Paunovic (War For the Planet of The Apes, Van Helsing, iZombie), Richard Harmon (The 100, Bates Motel), Lee Majdoub (Supernatural), Lisa Durupt (Murder She Baked), Kyle Cassie (Deadpool) and Gigi Saul Guerrero (El Gigante, Barbarous Mexico).

The plot of the film centers around a group of high school students who are stalked by a psychotic killer obsessed with horror movie icons during Christmas vacation.

"Puppet Killer": Official Trailer

Become Haunted with the Official Stills for the Supernatural Chiller "Nocturne"


Monarch Home Video recently send the horror chamber information and stills for their upcoming release "Nocturne". The film stars Clare Niederpruem, Melanie Stone, Darien Willardson, Colton Tran and Jake Stormoen.

No special features were announced.

"Nocturne" hits retail on July 25th.

Press Release:

Monarch Home Entertainment will release Steve Shimek’s Nocturne, this Summer. The film involves a late night gathering and a seance. A spirit is invited to the party, leaving a group of friends fighting for their lives. The film stars: Clare Niederpruem (The Maze), Darien Willardson (Storm Rider) Melanie Stone, Colton Tran and Jake Stormoen. To release on DVD in late July, a preview of the film’s home entertainment launch is available here.

Jo (Niederpruem) has something to hide from her past. Her unsuspecting friends perform a late night ritual, which opens a hellish gate. Now, Jo is forced to confront her mistakes as her friends try to escape a supernatural spirit!

Monarch Home Entertainment has already set the film’s United States’ release date. On July 25th, the film will be available at most DVD retailers, including Amazon. This title will release in an unrated version. And, the DVD artwork for Nocturne is available now, for horror film fans.

The official DVD trailer for Nocturne: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lht-Ti5Kf1A

Official synopsis: A girl running from her past is forced to confront her future when her friends perform an impromptu seance. Dirty secrets are revealed and an uninvited guest joins the party.



Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Toulon's Puppets Are Back in "Puppet Master: Axis Termination"


Full Moon Features recently released the official trailer for their upcoming film "Puppet Master: Axis Termination". The film is the final film in the axis trilogy and eleventh film in the franchise.

"Puppet Master: Axis Termination" hits Blu-Ray, DVD and Full Moon Streaming later this year.

Press Release

In this final chapter of the Puppet Master "Axis Saga" — which began with Puppet Master: Axis of Evil and continued with Puppet Master: Axis Rising — everyone’s favorite pint-sized puppet anti-heroes — Blade, Pinhead, Tunneler, Jester, Six Shooter, and Leech Woman — join forces with a secret team of psychics working as Allied Operatives. Teaming up with Toulon’s bloodthirsty marionettes, these unlikely allies face off against a new pack of evil Nazis and their even more malevolent Axis Puppets in a showdown that will decide the future of the free world!

Puppet Master: Axis Termination will be released via Full Moon’s Amazon Channel, Full Moon Streaming and on Blu-ray and DVD later this year.

"Puppet Master: Axis Termination: Official Trailer

Controversial Thriller "Del Playa" Debuts on VOD


Terror Films recently released information for the upcoming thriller "Del Playa". The film stars Alan Ayala and Devon Barnes.

"Del Playa" hits VOD on July 21st.

Press Release:

Terror Films is set to release the indie thriller DEL PLAYA across multiple digital platforms in North America on Friday, July 21st.

The film’s story follows Matthew (Alan Ayala), who is routinely abused by his stepfather. He has a crush on Claire (Devon Barnes), during high school. His love for Claire rides a fine line between persistence and obsession. And when, Matthew is jumped by her boyfriend, things turn violent. Five years go by and Claire discovers that her high school stalker has returned for her.

The film has been surrounded by controversy from the moment the filmmakers released a trailer on YouTube in 2015. There were claims made by several people, who saw the trailer, that the movie was based on college student Elliot Rodger. In 2014, Rodger killed six other students and wounded 14 others, in Isla Vista. Then, he killed himself. The controversy became so heated that a petition was created on Change.org by a former UCSB student, garnering approximately 30,000 signatures. The petition was a protest of the film. Meanwhile, major publications such as Variety and The Huffington Post reported on the controversy.

Writer/Director Shaun Hart admits that, while there may be similarities to the actual events that took place in 2013, this story is not based specifically on that incident. “I was completely blindsided by the Elliot Rodger story – another devastating tragedy in a long lineage of mass shootings,” Hart says. “The only difference for me was that I lived on that street where Elliot’s rampage ultimately ended. ”

When asked about his motivations regarding making the film, Hart said: “storytelling is powerful. Being a filmmaker, I began to put the question – why does this keep happening year after year? - into a story because I believe that’s a way that we can learn. We have to come to grips with the fact that – as a society – something is changing. There is a very real darkness descending on our country that is more frightening than any imaginary monster we can manufacture in a horror film. That’s what this film is about.”

As part of his effort to be socially responsible, Hart has decided that a portion of the film’s profits will go to Arts for Humanity! Arts for Humanity! is a non-profit based in Santa Barbara, California. Founded in 1997, this group empowers low income at-risk youth, people with disabilities and the elderly through participatory performing and visual arts programs. They bring opportunities in the creative arts directly to marginalized community members through art programs that are provided to social service agencies through Santa Barbara County.

Terror Films will release the film across multiple digital platforms, in North America. The film will release in the U.S. and Canada. Digital pPlatforms hosting the release include: iTunes, Amazon Instant, Google Play/You Tube, Sony PSN, X-Box, Vudu, Steam, Vimeo On Demand, Roku (Free Flix Tonight, 24 Hour Movie Channel, Free Grindhouse Flix Tonight), I Bleed Indie, Tubi TV and many others. Automatic Entertainment, the distributor’s official foreign sales partner, will begin introducing the film to foreign buyers at the AFM this November.

"Del Playa": Official Trailer

Monday, July 10, 2017

"Long Night in a Dead City" Film Review


This is a review that has been sitting on my laptop for a bit but I wanted to talk about it. A couple of weeks ago, yours truly had the chance the world premiere of Richard Griffin’s latest film “Long Night in a Dead City” The screening took place at the Columbus Theater where a part of the film was shot. This is also Griffin’s second to last film as he recently announced the action comedy Strapped for Danger will be his final film.

The film is about a person (Aidan Laliberte) who wakes up in the middle of nowhere on New Year’s Eve. With no memory of what happened to him, he sets out to look for his brother whom he was hanging out with. Along the way, he meets a mysterious woman (Sarah Reed) who leads him down the spiraling path to drugs, sex and murder. Will he be able to find his way out the nightmare before becomes missing forever.

“Long Night in a Dead City” is maybe Richard Griffin’s most dark and surreal film to date. Yes, this is coming from a person that has seen his other surreal and entertaining films “Beyond the Dunwich Horror”, “Exhumed” and “The Disco Exorcist”.

What makes this film very good was Richard Griffin’s direction. He does a very good job pulling off all the surreal aspects that this film has. Whether it’s the way that he directs the action to how his cinematography Nate Sliva captures the images, everything had a David Lynch feel to them. It kept my interested as this is one of those films where the imagery is so surreal in a good way that it makes you interested in the story. The other thing that I liked was the way that Griffin directs his cast. There isn’t much dialogue in the film but he makes sure that the performers make the scenes very haunting. He gets very good performances from his leads Adrian and Sarah Reed. They both made their characters stand out which is needed for the film to succeed. It helped made this one a very surreal one from start to finish.

The screenplay from Lenny Schwartz was good even thought its very surreal. One of the things that I liked about it was the way that he does a good job focusing on his main character. Whether it going to into the state of mind of the main character to minimizing the main character’s dialogue, it makes the character and his journey a surreal and entertaining one. This is what made this character interesting which was definitely needed for this The other thing that makes the screenplay good was the fact that the action keeps everything moving at good pace. It allowed me to digest the basics of everything that was going in the story considering its one of those films where you have to pay attention to everything and not wonder off. If your film is going to be surreal and/or go the David Lynch route make sure it hooks the viewer in so that it allows the viewer to draw their conclusions about what happened and makes them want to rewatch the fil to pick up things that they’ve missed the first time around. This film does that as this story was entertaining and grabs your attention.

I highly suggest you find a way to check this film out as will be hitting the film festival circuit soon. With great direction, very good lead performances and a surreal screenplay, “Long Night in a Dead City” is one film that will take you on surreal trip that you won’t forget.

For more information on this film, you can visit the film’s official Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/LongNightDeadCity

Review Rating: Five Stars

"Inner Demon" Reveals its Inner Demon on Shudder



Terror Films recently send us information their film "Inner Demons" is now available on Shudder. The film stars Sarah Jeavons, Kerry Anne Reid and Andreas Sobick.

"Inner Demon" is now available on Shudder.

For more information on Shudder, you can goto: www.shudder.com

Press Release:

Terror Films is pleased to announce that Shudder is set to release the award winning, female directed horror film, Inner Demon. The launch begins Monday, July 10! Inner Demon will be available in the US, Canada, the UK and Ireland.

Ursula Dabrowsky’s Inner Demon tells the tale of teenager Sam (Sarah Jeavons). She manages to escape, with her young sister, from a deranged serial killer couple (Kerry Anne Reid and Andreas Sobick). Unfortunately, a cabin-in-the-woods, that she hoped would be a safe house, turns out to be even more harrowing and dangerous than her initial entrapment by her captors.

Shot in Australia, Dabrowsky chose the perfect setting in the city of Adelaide. Here, a real-life string of serial killers and demented murders earned it the nickname: “the murder capital of Australia.” She also proves with this disturbingly crafted indie film that dark and twisted thoughts can flow eloquently from the mind of a female filmmaker.

Distributed by Terror Films, Inner Demon played at A Night of Horror International Film Festival. Here, it won “Best Australian Feature,” “Best Australian Director” and “Best Female Performance” for Sarah Jeavons.

"Inner Demon": Official Trailer

"The Night Shift" Sets Up Shop at Family Video



SGL Entertainment recently send the horror chamber information that their latest film "The Night Shift" will be available for rental at all Family Video stores. The film stars  Sadie Katz (Wrong Turn 6), Vincent Rivera (Insane, Hell Ride) and Greg Chandler Maness (Insane, Selma).

"The Night Shift" will be available at Family Video stores on July 25th. 

Press Release:

SGL Entertainment is pleased to announce that their new horror film THE NIGHT SHIFT will be available for sale and rental at all Family Video Stores Nationwide on July 25th 2017.

Included on the DVD are special bonus music features including ONE MORE BODY by Hed PE (Pavement Music) ONE LOVE by SOiL (Pavement Music) and NO FATE by PULSE (Dark Star Records). Special thanks to Mark Nawara and Tim King from Pavement Music plus Jeffrey A. Swanson and Lloyd Freeze from Dark Star Records for providing us this killer music.

The Night Shift is directed by Massimiliano Cerchi, Written by Anthony Werley, produced by Dustin Lebleu and stars: Sadie Katz (Wrong Turn 6), Vincent Rivera (Insane, Hell Ride) and Greg Chandler Maness (Insane, Selma).

SYNOPSIS: A security guard (Vincent Rivera) gets hired to guard an empty mansion until the owner will arrive in the morning. Little does he know, he has been set up as a human sacrifice to placate the various Demons who “live” in the house. Will he survive the shift or will he be a victim ?

THE NIGHT SHIFT will be available on Blu-ray, DVD and VOD on July 25th 2017, and is already available as a special pre release on Amazon Prime Video Streaming. And, make sure to rent or buy a copy from any FAMILY VIDEO Location Nationwide on July 25th 2017. Distributed by SGL Entertainment, Indie Rights Movies and MVD.

"Lilith Dark" Returns to Cause More Trouble in Issue Three


Alterna Comic recently send the horror chamber information about the release of the third issues of "Lilith Dark. This is the third issue in the series. The comic is written and illustrated by Charles C. Dowd.

Issue #3 of "Lilith Dark" hits comic shops on September 20th.

Plot Synopsis: 

After declaring herself “Queen of the Beasties”, Lilith thinks nothing can go wrong. But when she demands a feast to celebrate – Lilith never could’ve imagined that her big sister would be the main course! LILITH DARK is an epic adventure that’s great for all ages!