Visiting grandma is often an experience that you dread as a kid because of the boredom usually associated with such trips, so it was only a matter of time that we had a horror film based around such a topic.
At Granny’s House, from director Les Mahoney, stars Bill Oberst Jr., Rachel Alig and Nissa Von Reiter and is available now in stores and on VOD.
“At Granny’s House” is about what happens when a young lady (Rebecca) moves in to be caregiver to Granny, a little old lady in a rural USA midwest town. Rebecca turns out to have her own dark secrets and agenda, and these play out as the movie develops, especially when Ted Steiner comes to visit Granny’s house. A typical Midwest house. A sweet little old lady. When a caretaker moves in to help out, Granny’s House becomes a macabre place of death – and love.
I never thought of George A. Romero as having any involvement with the NFL, but a new episode of the documentary series “The Timeline” titled “Night of the Living Steelers” will examine how his Living Dead movies and the Pittsburgh Steelers both became cultural icons. Get more on their official website.
It premieres on October 5, and if anything, it’s great to see something related to the NFL come along that doesn’t involve people whining about Colin Kaepernick expressing his First Amendment rights granted to him as a US citizen.
From the Press Release:
“If there is a similarity between what was going on with the Steelers at that time and what was going on with us, it’s about perseverance.” – George Romero
The second season of NFL Network’s Emmy-nominated documentary series The Timeline from NFL Films continues Wednesday, October 5 at 8:00 PM ET with Night of the Living Steelers, examining the similar legacies of filmmaker George Romero’s classic zombie films and the 1970s Pittsburgh Steelers.
Romero – known as the father of the zombie film – hosts and narrates the one-hour show, reflecting on how the Steelers and his zombie films grew to become Pittsburgh icons. Along with Romero telling the story of how the success of the Steelers mirrored that of his films, Night of the Living Steelers focuses on four Steelers-based films Romero made in the mid-1970s: “Franco Harris: Good Luck on Sunday,” “The Steel Curtain,” “Terry Bradshaw: Thank God I’m a Country Boy,” and “I’m Back: The Rocky Bleier Story.”
Night of the Living Steelers features interviews with Romero, Steelers Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw, Steelers president/co-owner Art Rooney II and former Steelers player personnel chief Art Rooney Jr., as well as former Steelers Franco Harris, “Mean” Joe Greene and Rocky Bleier each watching the Romero film they starred in at the Parkway Theater.
To view a trailer for Night of the Living Steelers, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CEW5iTX7_hE
Among the topics discussed in Night of the Living Steelers are:
How George Romero created the zombie film empire starting with Night of the Living Dead
Four Steelers-focused films Romero made in the 1970s
The connection between the rise of the Pittsburgh Steelers and the rise of Romero’s movies
The copyright issue with Night of the Living Dead which prevented Romero from receiving the profits
Night of the Living Steelers includes interviews with the following people and more:
George Romero – Filmmaker
“Mean” Joe Greene – Steelers Hall of Fame defensive tackle
Terry Bradshaw – Steelers Hall of Fame quarterback
Franco Harris – Steelers Hall of Fame running back
Art Rooney II – Steelers president/co-owner
Art Rooney Jr. – Former Steelers player personnel chief
Rocky Bleier – Former Steelers running back
Provided below are some select quotes from Night of the Living Steelers:
– “I used to be the only guy in the playground. I was the only guy doing zombies. Then all of a sudden ‘The Walking Dead’ happened and it became mainstream. Now, they’re all over the place.” – George Romero
– “There were two cults – movie cult and sports cult – that captured the imagination of the people not only here [in Pittsburgh] but throughout this country.” – Rocky Bleier
– “It was the start of something that no one saw coming.” – Franco Harris
– “If there is a similarity between what was going on with the Steelers at that time and what was going on with us, it’s about perseverance. Whatever that quality is of never say die, seemingly against all odds.” – George Romero
Each episode of The Timeline – as well as all NFL Network programming – is streamed live on the NFL Mobile from Verizon app (NFL.com/mobile) and via Watch NFL Network on tablet (NFL Mobile and Watch NFL Network apps), PC (NFL.com/watch), Xbox One and Xbox 360(NFL on Xbox app) and other connected TV devices (NFL app on Apple TV and Playstation 4).
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Starring Sondra Blake, Meegan Warner, Sean Martini
Directed by Jeff Prugh
One of the more heartbreaking (and stressful) situations one can be put into is taking care of a loved one when they’re at the end stages of their life. Around-the-clock care can not only be taxing to the wallet, but to the emotional psyche as well, and if that loved one has not only gone off the rails, sanity-wise, what if that particular person held a secret so close that it threatened others’ safety? Don’t even get me started on the whole paranormal issue to boot, either!
Director Jeff Prugh brings us his latest, The Caretaker, and at the risk of sounding like a heartless bastard (which I’ve been accused of), the FIRST time I encountered the issues that occur in this movie, my dear ol’ relative would have been shipped off to a nursing home – now that’s not to say I wouldn’t be up to the challenge of providing for them, but what follows behind said relative is just a bit much more than I’m willing to negotiate with. Sondra Blake leads the pack here as the cantankerous Birdy (appropriately enough, cause this fusspot has flown the coop). Her eerily odd and irascible ways have driven off more than one caretaker, and now it’s up to her granddaughter Mallorie (Warner) to step in and take the reins…best of luck to ya, young one. So Mallorie and her fella (Martini) move into the house that Mallorie grew up in since the age of four when her Mom went missing, and was raised by a semi-sane Birdy – notice how I said “semi-Sane?” Yep, not quite sure if the Bird-lady has ever had both oars rowing at the same time, but that’s an issue that’s way down the road by now.
Troubles are not very far off for the young couple when some very juicy secrets begin to drum up, and Birdy’s already sketchy past comes into play, serving up more than a few very creepy instances – come on, I’m not gonna throw the entire game for ya now! The film does have more than a few worthwhile jump-scares, and is fairly well put together, and aside from some slow-burning that chews up a fair share of the runtime, this is overall a decent chiller to check out. Blake absolutely shines like a star in her role of the out-to-lunch Birdy, more than often creeping me the hell out with her blank stares and at times, frightening displays of dementia…or is she just fooling us all, including her granddaughter? The film doesn’t exactly cover all the bases when laying down the scares, with some missed opportunities, but still manages to convey a spooky tale that spans more than one lifetime, and I’m ultimately glad to say that Prugh has given the audience a decent flick to check out this Halloween season.
We recently spoke to director Chad Armstrong and writer/producer Andrew Thompson about Deimosimine, their new drug-related horror film which is being made via their company Legless Corpse Films. To make matters even more exiting, it’s being produced by Volumes of Blood creator PJ Starks, so they do indeed have some strong talent on-board. Check out the interview and some footage and images after the jump.
DC: How are things going with your company Legless Corpse? Is business taking off?
Chad Armstrong: Things are going good I really can’t complain. The accomplishments and goals we have superseded in the last year have been incredible. We just moved into a new location and can hire some additional people when needed, so that’s always a good thing.
DC: Can you talk about the cast of Deimosimine?
CA: The cast is fucking AMAZING. The first 5 days of shooting Ashley Coughlin (playing lead Cindy Richards) was just splattered with blood everyday and never complained, well she did in a sarcastic playful way, which is how we all communicate on set. It’s like a big family. But the entire cast we have worked with has been great and amazing, Jim O’Rear can aboard for one day and just nailed this very cool character and then sat in the makeup chair for almost 3 hours getting made up into an awesome creature by our FX guru Dennis Preston. Scott David who is playing Dr. Winter, was a replacement for another actor and was cast literally 2 days before shooting and showed up and did an incredible job. Everyone has just been awesome!!!
DC: Is the titular drug and its adverse effects intended to be some sort of metaphor for how big pharmaceutical companies in the US charge outrageous prices for lifesaving medicine?
Andrew Thompson: Not really — I wasn’t thinking in that direction with this script (although I did consider it for the follow-up, if there is one!). For Deimosimine, the drug is there as the catalyst for the horror that is to come — moreover, I thought of it as a kind of Greek tragedy-type element for the character of Dr. Winter, the inventor of the drug: He sincerely wants to help people, but he’s blinded by his pride and success. Thus, his greatest creation becomes his downfall, playing up the old parable of a good but impatient/overzealous man sowing destruction by trying to do good things.
DC: How did you find the experience of writing a character struggling with an addiction?
AT: The script actually only deals with her addiction in the first half of the first act, so I didn’t spend a lot of time on trying to get that deep into the addiction itself — there’s a scene where she receives a dose during a bad spell of DTs that shows how the heroin affects her physical and mental state, and a sequence during her detox that’s pretty harrowing, but other than that the rest of the film deals with the affects of her “cure” rather than her addiction. For insights into how she would be during that first act, and having no personal experience with drugs to work from, I drew instead from people that I’ve known who struggled with different addictions (mostly alcohol or pills) and did a lot of reading on heroin addiction and it’s tribulations. Using my own addictive impulses (I’m a collector, and a horror film junkie, obviously), I embellished and exaggerated those thoughts and feelings, and used the first hand accounts and research to create what I hope is a least a passable suffering for the character in those opening scenes.
DC: And you’re using practical creature effects?
CA: Yassss! Who doesn’t love practical FX? We have 4 creatures in the film all practical, sculpt, molded, foamed, painted, applied, etc. Very tough to accomplish on our budget, but we have done pretty well. The film has been 2 years in the making and we are finally closing in on finishing up. We have some of the major action sequences with the main creature and one another creature to shoot so we are shooting and raising funds at the same time. If anyone is interested in helping out they can grab anything on Deimosimine.com and not only do the proceeds go to the film but you will be reimbursed from the profits of the film. They will be like mini-investor, which we think is fair because they are putting faith in us, being patient why we finish the film and they deserve something for their contribution.
DC: So to round off, why is fear the best medicine?
CA: Well you have to see the film or watch the trailer to see that the tagline ties into the film, but mainly it’s just a cool tagline!!
Deimosimine is a dark multi-creature feature that is bringing true dark horror back to the fans. We are funding the film by a unique pre-order option where if you pre-order any items from the official Deimosimine store, you will get your items and we will pay you back with the films profits just like a traditional investor, but on a much smaller scale.
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Any of you guys watching “Van Helsing” on Syfy? We’ve got a sneak peek of tonight Episode 1.04, “Coming Back,” to share with those of you who can’t get enough of this new re-imagining set in a world dominated and controlled by vampires.
“Van Helsing” Episode 1.04 – “Coming Back” (airs 10/7/16 at 11/10c)
Vanessa (Kelly Overton) and Mohamad (Trezzo Mahoro) head into the vampire-controlled streets in search of Dylan, the daughter that Vanessa orphaned when she “died.” Back at the hospital, Cynthia is found dead, and Doc (Rukiya Bernard) soon discovers that what looked like a suicide is actually a deliberate murder. Is there a killer amongst the group? On their return to the hospital, Vanessa is captured by vampires while Mohamad leads a new group of refugees to the hospital.
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Today Joel Potrykus’ The Alchemist Cookbook became available via BitTorrent Now on a pay-what-you-wish basis, and to celebrate the release, we have an exclusive sneak peek to share.
Directed by American indie auteur Potrykus (Ape, Buzzard — both also on BitTorrent), The Alchemist Cookbook (review) is a portrait of a young hermit out to solve an old mystery, who loses his mind along the way. The film, which stars Ty Hickson and Amari Cheatom, premiered at SXSW and has played many other festivals earlier this year, including BAMcinemaFest and Fantasia.
Young outcast Sean has isolated himself in a trailer in the woods, setting out on alchemic pursuits, with his cat, Kaspar, as his sole companion. Filled with disdain for authority, he’s fled the daily grind and holed up in the wilderness, escaping a society that has no place for him. But when he turns from chemistry to black magic to crack nature’s secret, things go awry; and he awakens something far more sinister and dangerous.
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“Falling Water” is debuting on October 13th, and to help whet your appetites for the dreamy treasures to come, the USA Network has released the first ten minutes of Episode 1.01, “Don’t Tell Bill.”
The show is executive produced by Gale Anne Hurd (“The Walking Dead”) of Valhalla Entertainment, Blake Masters (“Brotherhood”), and the late Emmy Award-winning Henry Bromell (“Homeland”).
David Ajala (Fast & Furious 6), Lizzie Brochere (“American Horror Story: Asylum”), and Will Yun Lee (“Hawaii 5-0”) star.
Three unrelated people slowly realize that they are dreaming separate parts of a single common dream. Each of them is on a mysterious and highly personal quest — one is searching for his missing girlfriend, one is searching for a lost child, one is looking to cure his catatonic mother — and it is the clues found in their collective dream that come to guide them. The deeper they dig, though, the more they come to realize that their missions touch on stakes that are much larger than their individual agendas… that the visions found in their common dream just might hold the key to the fate of the world.
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Arguably the most memorable segment from V/H/S has gotten a feature-length expansion in the form of Siren, which Chiller Films will be bringing to theaters on December 2, 2016, and VOD, Digital HD, and DVD on December 6th. While we wait, why not check out this first one-sheet?
The film stars Chase Williamson (The Guest, John Dies at the End), Justin Welborn (The Final Destination), Michael Aaron Milligan (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), Hayes Mercure (Mascots), Randy McDowell (Elvis), and Hannah Fierman (V/H/S) and is directed by Gregg Bishop (V/H/S Viral).
SIREN is a horror-thriller about Jonah, an apprehensive groom-to-be whose bachelor party turns into a nightmare when he frees a seemingly innocent victimized girl locked up in a supernatural sex club. Her ruthless handler and proprietor of the sex club will stop at nothing to re-capture his prize. Jonah struggles to rescue the girl, only to discover it is he who needs to be rescued as he comes to the realization that she is a dangerous fabled predator who has chosen him as her prize.
“Teen Wolf” fans have a lot to look forward during the upcoming sixth season, and today we bring you some new artwork plus the first trailer for the show’s return next month.
#REMEMBER… The final season of “Teen Wolf” premieres Tuesday, November 15th, at 9/8c on MTV.
“Teen Wolf” follows the story of Scott McCall (Tyler Posey), a teenager who is bitten by a werewolf and becomes one himself. Now he must figure out how to balance the challenging curse along with all the normal struggles of high school. With the help of his friends, Scott learns how to protect the ones he loves, become a stronger werewolf, and tackle life one day at a time.
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More spooky news inbound as Deadline reports that NBC is developing a haunted house procedural drama from a team with genre credentials, Jason Pagan and Andrew Deutschman (Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension), and Vertigo Entertainment, whose credits include the A&E series “Bates Motel” and The Grudge horror movie franchise. Universal Cable Prods. is the studio
Written by Pagan and Deutschman, “The Eight” is based on the short story, The House on Ashley Avenue, by Ian Rodgers. It is set inside the High Risk Claims Department of an AIG-like insurance company – a small secret unit that specializes in insuring haunted houses. After the death of the company’s enigmatic Founder, the department is forced into a high-stakes race to find The Eight – a mysterious group of properties, hidden across North America, connected by a terrifying and powerful force.
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After a successful Kickstarter campaign earlier this year, director Nick Sanford’s The Harvesters will premiere at the Landmark Regent in the Westwood area of Los Angeles on October 18th. If you live in the area and are intrigued by that news, then read on to get the full picture.
From the Press Release:
They’ve been watching. They’ve been waiting. And now, you finally get to see them…
Broadcast Pictures and Flicks for Fans are thrilled to announce the world premiere of THE HARVESTERS (official website here). This frightening new tale of terror is written and directed by Nick Sanford. After an attention-grabbing $33,000 Kickstarter campaign earlier this year, this modern tale of terror will premiere on October 18, 2016, in Los Angeles, California, at the Landmark Regent in Westwood. Doors open at 7:00 pm, and the movie begins at 8:00 pm.
Flicks for Fans will host the premiere of the film, giving fans a “more than just a movie” experience, including a Q&A with the cast and crew, prizes for audience members, and all sorts of Halloween-related insanity for a night that movie fans will never forget. The premiere is FREE and open to the public.
The film is notable for being set and filmed completely in Oklahoma, writer-director Nick Sanford’s home state, a state not normally known for grassroots, large-scale micro-budget horror films. It was shot in Purcell, Tuttle, Newcastle, Bridge Creek, and Moore, Sanford’s home town.
The film stars Alissa Rose Ford (Army of Frankensteins), Laurie Cummings (The Scent of Rain and Lightning), Adam Hampton (Gremlin), Jason Gwynn (Going Dark: The Final Days of Film Projection), Andrew McDonald (Elusive), Lucas Ross (Rudderless), Sidney Flack (Gosnell: America’s Biggest Serial Killer, Children of the Corn: Runaway, Hellraiser X: Judgment), Arden Moad (The Lure), and Page Tudyk (Electric Nostalgia, Rough Cut).
The producers include Laurie Cummings (Blueberry Hall), Paul Lister (By Dawn), Andrew McDonald (Thai Food), and James Oster (aka JimmyO, Sick for Toys); the director of photography is Matt Bauske (Hellraiser X: Judgment, Children of the Corn: Runaway), and the composer is Jonathan Paulsen (Hunt the Truth, Tempus Fugit).
On Halloween in Baileyville, Oklahoma, Jane, a journalist who prides herself on objective reporting, discovers that she is trapped in the middle of a series of horrifying murders and disappearances. When the terror intensifies and a countdown begins, the people closest to Jane are put in danger, and her journalistic stance on “not becoming the story” is put to the ultimate test.
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With its mix of murder, mystery, and marijuana, horror comedy Halloweed looks to be just what Dr. Feelgood ordered for the Halloween season. It contains appearances by genre faves Ray Wise, Danny Trejo, Tom Sizemore, and yes, even Jason Mewes.
Here’s what else you can expect if you opt to light it up; along with release info, we have the flick’s trailer, several stills, and a trio of posters.
From the Press Release:
He who has the weed has the power…
The official release trailer and three versions of the VOD poster for Halloweed are available now, courtesy of Screen Media Films, and the DVD release date has been set for November 8, 2016, announced the filmmaking team of Roberto Rosario, Jr., and Jayson Bernard of J&R Productions. Rosario executive produced, and Bernard produced the film along with co-producers Tatiana Chekhova, Jamie Trent, and LazRael Lison, who directed.
Halloweed is a comedy/stoner/slasher/mystery genre hybrid, starring Simon Rex, Shannon Brown, Jim O’Heir, Michelle Mueller, Jayson Bernard, Ray Wise, Jason Mewes, Deje Dee, Lester Speight, Danny Trejo, and Tom Sizemore. Written by Dale Zawada based on a story by Michael Bussan, it will be released on all VOD platforms and Cable On Demand by Screen Media Films on October 18th.
“Halloweed is an homage to the slasher horror films I grew up with combined with the fun of buddy comedies and stoner films, with a bit of classic John Waters-inspired twisted humor added to the mix,” said Bernard. “Roberto and I had been looking for a comedy to produce as our first feature for J&R Productions, and when the project came our way, we knew this was the one,” he added.
“Jayson and I formed J&R Productions in Chicago and moved to California to set up shop when we started production on Halloweed,” said Rosario, Jr. “We have the best of both worlds now, with access to the immense pool of talent LA has to offer in front of and behind the camera, plus our longstanding relationships with the talented people in Chicago. We are thrilled that Screen Media Films is getting Halloweed out in such a big way.”
Trent Modine and his goofball stepbrother, Joey, try to escape the infamy that comes from having a serial killer, The Candy Corn Killer, for a father (Tom Sizemore). Seeking a new start, they find refuge in the small town of Mooseheart. It does not take long before the besmirched family name catches up to them. Joey, a free-spirited stoner, and Trent, a lovesick pessimist, look like the main suspects after a string of murders, similar to a rash of killings 20 years earlier, coincidentally begins just as they arrive in town. It is a race against time because a slash-happy killer clown on the loose, and the bodies are piling up!
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Pandorica, a horror/sci-fi hybrid (and who doesn’t love those?), is crash landing in limited theaters, On Demand, and on DVD next month; and we have all you need to know about it right here, including several stills, character posters, and the official trailer.
From the Press Release:
John Carpenter meets Predator in writer-director Tom Paton’s multi-genre mixer PANDORICA, which combines the classic elements of sci-fi, horror, suspense, and action, resulting in a cocktail of a visually-stunning and relentlessly thrilling indie surprise.
PANDORICA is set in a world that’s plunged into a new dark age where humanity devolves into a vicious, primal state. A trio of youths – Eiren, Ares, and Thade – have been selected to take part in the leadership trials of The Varosha Tribe, with the winner claiming the tribe for him/herself. They must battle dark and mysterious forces if one of them is to win, but not everyone is worthy of becoming a leader, and the trio soon learn that fighting each other may be the only path to victory.
Starring an electric ensemble including Adam Bond, Marc Zammit, Jade Hobday, Amed Hashimi, Luke D’Silva, and Bentley Kalu, PANDORICA is being released in limited theaters, On Demand, and on DVD October 11, 2016.
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The 16-bit horror game Camp Sunshine now has a listing on Steam ahead of its release later this year. We interviewed the developers earlier this year, and we’ve been incredibly excited for this retro-style blood-soaked game since, so we’re thrilled that it’s nearly here.
Camp Sunshine is a 16-bit blood-soaked Horror RPG that pits you as Jez, who is dropped off at Summer Camp. He awakes in the middle of the night to discover blood everywhere and a rampaging killer on the loose dressed in a mascot costume. It’s up to you to piece together the puzzle, and relive the past of the Summer Camp Slasher in order to put a stop to this night of terror!
Discover and explore an entire Summer Camp.
Beautiful hand-drawn 16-bit graphics.
A fantastic story-driven narrative.
Unique lighting mechanics that really set the atmosphere.
Don’t run out of batteries for your torch!
Find the diary pages to discover the history of Isaac Illerman.
Avoid the Serial Slasher, two hits and it’s game over!
Lots of scares, spooky scenes and nods to famous franchises!
Devious puzzles to tax your brain box.
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He may have now been on this planet for 72 years, but when it comes to balls-to-the-wall action, Danny Trejo certainly still has it in him. Who else would you want to lead what remains of humanity against an army of killer robots? Which is exactly what he does in the new film Cyborg X from director K. King.
It’s now available on DVD from Amazon UK, and you can also dig the pretty brutal NSFW trailer below. We’ll keep you posted if we hear anything about a US release.
The year is 2018, one year after a deadly Cyber Virus has infiltrated and seized control of X-Corp, a top secret and highly advanced weapons manufacturer. Now the world is an apocalyptic wasteland of death and destruction. What’s left of the human race is hunted down and destroyed by X-Corp’s ground units (an army of Cyborgs and Battle Drones).
In order to save themselves and all of mankind from extinction, a small group of fighters band together in their quest to fight back. Armed with a new piece of counter intelligence, big guns, and lots of bullets, they set off on a suicidal mission to penetrate X-Corp’s head facility and shut the machines down from the source. But once inside they soon discover there may be more to the Cyber Virus than initially realized.
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The horror on demand service Shudder is getting set to bring big scares to its subscribers this coming October, the likes of which you won’t find anywhere else, including some new TV series additions.
Read on for the details, and be sure to hit the link below to learn even more about the service.
From the Press Release:
The AMC-backed streaming service Shudder.com is THE entertainment destination for everything you need to watch this Halloween season. Whether you’re a hardcore horror fan or simply looking for the scariest films to celebrate this time of year, Shudder has something for everyone in its sweeping library, carefully curated by some of the top horror experts in the world.
As Halloween approaches, Shudder is expanding its database with a variety of new titles including cult favorites, blockbuster hits, and classic thrillers. Additionally, for the first time ever, Shudder will be offering horror TV series to complement its expansive film library.
Premiering October 20th is supernatural thriller “Beyond the Walls.” Shudder’s first exclusive acquisition is a three-part French miniseries that follows a woman who discovers a parallel world behind the wall of her recently inherited home. The series takes viewers on a frightening and mysterious adventure into a world where old wounds never heal.
Additionally, all 83 episodes of the classic George Romero-produced series “Tales from the Darkside” will keep you up at night with an anthology of chilling ghost stories, spooky science fiction adventures, and other creepy features.
For those new to the service or those looking to celebrate the season, the “Horror Essentials” collection includes the must-see titles on Shudder, perfect for the growing horror fan or for your all-night Halloween marathon.
Choose from Shudder’s lineup of upcoming October titles… if you dare:
“Tales from the Darkside” – The Complete Series (1983-1988) – ONLY ON SHUDDER
Dungeon of Harrow (1962)
Director: Pat Boyette
Cast: Russ Harvey, Helen Hogan, William McNulty
Director: Eric Etebari
Cast: Angela Little, Zach McGowan, Angela Gots
Director: Axelle Carolyn
Cast: Anna Walton, Tom Wisdom, Tanya Myers
Tony: London Serial Killer (2009)
Director: Gerard Johnson
Cast: Peter Ferdinando, Greg Kam, Ricky Grover
Cherry Tree (2015)
Director: David Keating
Cast: Naomi Battrick, Patrick Gibson, Sam Hazeldine
Demons of Ludlow (1983) – ONLY ON SHUDDER
Director: Bill Rebane
Cast: Paul von Hausen, Stephanie Cushna, Carol Perry
Harlequin (1980) – ONLY ON SHUDDER
Director: Simon Wincer
Cast: Robert Powell, David Hemmings, Carmen Duncan
House of the Living Dead (1974) – ONLY ON SHUDDER
Director: Ray Austin
Cast: Mark Burns, Shirley Anne Field, David Oxley
Mirror/Mirror (1990) – ONLY ON SHUDDER
Director: Marina Sargenti
Cast: Karen Black, Yvonne De Carlo, William Sanderson
Horrors of the Black Museum (1959)
Director: Arthur Crabtree
Cast: Michael Gough, June Cunningham, Graham Curnow
Invasion of the Blood Farmers (1972) – ONLY ON SHUDDER
Director: Ed Adlum
Cast: Norman Kelley, Tanna Hunter, Bruce Detrick
La Grande Bouffe (1973) – ONLY ON SHUDDER
Director: Marco Ferreri
Cast: Marcello Mastroianni, Michel Piccoli, Philippe Noiret
Legend of Boggy Creek (1972)
Director: Charles B. Pierce
Cast: Willie E. Smith, John P. Hixon, Vern Stierman
Blood Rage (1987)
Director: John Grissmer
Cast: Louise Lasser, Mark Soper, Julie Gordon
Darklands (1996) – ONLY ON SHUDDER
Director: Julian Richards
Cast: Craig Fairbrass, Jon Finch, Rowena King
Funeral Home (1980)
Director: William Fruet
Cast: Kay Hawtrey, Lesleh Donaldson, Barry Morse
The Stendhal Syndrome (1996) – ONLY ON SHUDDER
Director: Dario Argento
Cast: Asia Argento, Thomas Kretschmann, Marco Leonardi
Belladonna of Sadness (1973)
Director: Eiichi Yamamoto
Cast: Tatsuya Nakadai, Katsuyuki Itô, Aiko Nagayama
Director: Lewis Coates
Cast: Ian McCulloch, Louise Marleau, Marino Masé
The Happiness of the Katakuris (2001)
Director: Takashi Miike
Cast: Kenji Sawada, Keiko Matsuzaka, Shinji Takeda
Your Vice is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key (1972)
Director: Sergio Martino
Cast: Edwige Fenech, Anita Strindberg, Luigi Pistilli
“Beyond the Walls” (2016) – ONLY ON SHUDDER
Director: Hervé Hadmar
Cast: Veerle Baetens, Geraldine Chaplin, François Deblock, Lila-Rose Gilberti
Starring Emile Hirsch, Brian Cox, Ophelia Lovibond
Directed by Andre Ovredal
Screened at Fantastic Fest 2016
Following 2010’s riot of a found footage creature feature Trollhunter, Norwegian director Andre Ovredal returns with his English language debut, The Autopsy of Jane Doe, which recently screened at Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas. Trading in his humor-laden, fantastical approach for more traditional horror fare, Ovredal delivers a film that is mostly effective, though it is not without its problems.
The Autopsy of Jane Doe follows father-son coroner team Austin and Tony Tilden (Hirsch and Cox, respectively) as they receive the body of a beautiful young homicide victim with no clear cause of death. Attempting to uncover how she died, the Tildens begin to perform an autopsy on the deceased, slowly revealing clues that become more and more bizarre as the night goes on. As inexplicable happenings begin to unfold in their family morgue, the coroners begin to suspect that there is something very special about the circumstances that led to their Jane Doe’s death.
Though it is very much a straightforward horror film, The Autopsy of Jane Doe is also very concerned with the theme of family, with a story that is heavily focused on Cox and Hirsch’s relationship. Screenwriters Ian B. Goldberg and Richard Naing do a solid job of developing a believable and enjoyable father-son dynamic between Cox and Hirsch from the get-go as we are introduced to the ins and outs of Austin and Tony’s autopsy sessions and the quirks of their practice. Though it is occasionally the case that such seasoned actors might opt to phone in their performances in such genre projects, Cox and Hirsch both deliver above and beyond here, digging deep emotionally in some of the more intense scenes far more than would be expected in this type of film.
Boasting a plot that is rather unique, The Autopsy of Jane Doe starts off particularly strong; the introduction of the mystery of Jane Doe’s death is immediately intriguing, and as the discoveries grow stranger, it is very easy to find yourself pondering the myriad possibilities that might ultimately explain what the truth really is. Are naturally bizarre or supernaturally malevolent forces at work here? Ovredal’s careful hand initially keeps you unsure, relying on an effective ambiguity that sets a very unsettling tone. Unfortunately, once the truth begins to surface, the script itself becomes one of the film’s most problematic traits. In its second half, some of the exchanges between Cox and Hirsch grow far too expository and even silly, though both actors commit wholly to even the weaker material here. There are also some turns of plot that are much too convenient for a film like this that otherwise has a lot of original ideas going for it.
Given that the film is set almost entirely in the the Tilden family morgue, Ovredal succeeds in establishing a very claustrophobic atmosphere, especially in the more deliberately paced and slowly revelatory autopsy scenes. Though he delivers some truly chilling imagery throughout, the director’s ultimate over-reliance on run-of-the-mill scare tactics is what truly prevents The Autopsy of Jane Doe from elevating to a wholly novel horror experience. There are times when the scares here reminded me heavily of Anthony DiBlasi’s Last Shift run through a “James Wan lite” filter. One particular moment of misdirection in a very intense elevator scene left me feeling especially frustrated, mostly because we have seen it done a million times before (and to greater effect in other films). For a director that gave us such a refreshing and fun take on the genre with his previous effort, it is a shame to see his Stateside debut peppered with so many overly used devices.
Still, what The Autopsy of Jane Doe lacks in genuine jump-out-of-your-seat thrills, it makes up for in outright squirm-inducing practical effects. The autopsy scenes are just the perfect amount of icky, and the accompanying sound design will leave you cringing… in the best way. Ovredal’s marked focus on Jane Doe’s truly terrifying corpse also sets an increasingly menacing tone to the film that helps it overcome its shortcomings elsewhere. Jane Doe herself (Olwen Kelly) becomes a surprisingly commanding presence in the film for a corpse, and you will no doubt see her cloudy, glazed over eyes in your nightmares for weeks to come.
Despite its flaws and occasional moments of directorial regression for Ovredal, The Autopsy of Jane Doe provides enough of a unique spin on the story it ultimately tells to certainly be worth a watch. It is most definitely the kind of horror film that is best enjoyed if you leave your expectations at the door and just commit to taking the fun, quirky, and occasionally surprising ride.
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We really liked director Thommy Hutson’s The Id (review here), which you can soon pass your own judgement on when it hits Blu-ray next month.
From the Press Release:
Hutson Ranch Media and Panic Ventures, Inc., are pleased to announce that the independent feature film The Id will have its Blu-ray home video release on Tuesday, October 25, 2016.
The psychological thriller tells the story of Meridith Lane (Amanda Wyss, A Nightmare on Elm Street), a woman who has felt trapped in her home. Thriving on memories of youth, she watches the years slip by while caring for her abusive father… until a figure from her past makes a surprising return. In order to live the life she desires, Meridith must confront her father’s monstrous cruelty and attempt to escape his tyrannical grip. But the man who controls her every move won’t let go without a fight, leading father and daughter into a series of desperate and irreversible acts.
“So much passion and energy went into the making of this film, and I am thrilled audiences will soon be able to experience the drama, suspense, and horrors of this story,” says director and producer Thommy Hutson. “I believe it’s a film that will pull viewers in, make them think, make them uncomfortable, and hopefully, have them talking about the events and characters long after the credits have rolled. As a producer, it was a fantastic experience working with amazing talent and an incredible crew. As a first-time director, I’m ecstatic I was able to bring this kind of story to the screen.”
“Working on The Id gave me the chance to play one of the most challenging roles of my career, a character with so many layers and nuances that it was an emotional journey on and off the screen,” admits actress Amanda Wyss. “I can’t wait for people to see the film, go on Meridith’s wild ride, and jump into the delicious stew of madness!”
On producing the film, Daniel Farrands states, “It was a remarkable journey from script to screen. Were it not for the drive, determination, talent, and sheer force of will of Thommy, Amanda, and our incredible cast and the crew, this project simply would not have come to fruition. It was a true labor of love for everyone involved, and it is extremely gratifying to see this mind-bender of a film be brought to audiences around the world.”
In addition to the feature film, the Blu-ray boasts a generous complement of bonus features, including a making-of featurette, audio commentary, deleted and alternate scenes, behind-the-scenes footage, audition clips, a photo gallery, and trailers.
“We worked very hard to put together a package that would showcase not just the film, but the hard work, dedication, and fun that went into making it,” explains Hutson.
Those looking to get their hands on a copy of the film prior to the general release date can do so by pre-ordering from Dark Delicacies. The genre bookstore will hold signing with cast and crew on Sunday, October 23, at 2pm and will ship signed orders to anyone outside the Los Angeles area. The film is also currently available for pre-order through Amazon.com.
After the pre-release signing event, the film will be released to the general public on October 25th by CAV Distributing Corp. with a list price of $24.95.
The Id is directed by Hutson from a script by Sean H. Stewart and is produced by Hutson and Farrands, who previously teamed up on the romantic drama The Trouble with the Truth starring Lea Thompson and several award-winning documentaries, including Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th and Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy.
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One of the most valuable resources around for those looking to become part of the genre, the BloodList just put out an announcement for those of you out there looking to foster your inner Carpenters, Raimis, and Kings! Read on for the skinny!
From the Press Release:
BloodList is on the hunt for “Fresh Blood.” The popular screenwriter-discovery platform is now open to submissions from emerging horror and dark-genre writers.
Writers are encouraged to submit a screenplay, pilot, book, or short film to BloodList.com for consideration in this year’s Fresh Blood section. Content must be uploaded by October 7, 2016, and submissions to BloodList.com are free. The list will be announced on Halloween weekend, October 26, 2016.
The annual BloodList was founded in 2009 and has become the industry standard in recognizing “dark” voices in the screenwriting world. Working Hollywood executives vote on the list, with an eye toward finding their next project. Produced scripts featured on BloodList include: The Blackcoat’s Daughter, Arrival, Stoker, The Boy Next Door, Patient Zero, The Voices, Warm Bodies, and Maggie.
“BloodList shines a light on exemplary genre writing, which is where some of the most innovative and challenging work is being done. But like comedy, horror and science fiction are often overlooked as categories for sublime writing. Without this curated list, buyers would miss out on writers who’ve built the rare breed of a well-crafted story wrapped in a commercial package. Each year’s top entries are like a masterclass in storytelling” – Eric Heisserer, writer/executive producer of Arrival (aka Story of Your Life from BloodList 2014) and writer/producer of Lights Out.
“Our business isn’t physically accessible to everyone, and there are plenty of talented writers and creators looking for new ways to get discovered in the horror, thriller, and sci-fi space. I want BloodList to be their platform,” says Kailey Marsh, founder of BloodList.com and Kailey Marsh Media.
With the success of shorts turned features such as Lights Out and low-budget films such as Don’t Breathe making a splash at the box office, horror has the light shining on it once again.