Jolene Houser worked in the comic industry for many years, for both independent and major publishers, before forming her own company, Vivifica Studios.
She enjoys seeing the gratification that new writers experience from seeing their work published so much that she reached out for them to work on The Midnight Anthology, a graphic novel containing a collection of horror stories. What the stories will entail is mostly being kept under wraps, but as you can see from the images, creepiness and brutality are in no short order.
Click here to bring a little bit more fear into the world.
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Rodney Ascher’s new film, The Nightmare, seems more polarizing than most, having earned itself a 4-1/2-star review from Mr. Dark but only 1-1/2 from Brad McHargue. If you’re in the UK and have been wanting to decide on a rating for yourself, you’ll have your chance on October 9th, when it hits cinemas courtesy of Altitude Film.
We don’t have the UK quad poster yet, but we do have a new trailer to share so check it out below!
In The Nightmare filmmaker Rodney Ascher (Room 237) combines captivating interviews, otherworldly bedtime re-creations, and heart-stopping scare tactics to explore sleep paralysis, a condition between wakefulness and sleep in which the victim is conscious of his or her surroundings but completely immobilized.
THE NIGHTMARE’S subjects hail from different backgrounds and walks of life but share eerily similar visions of malevolent, near-human beings that grow increasingly aggressive the longer the sleep paralysis recurs. Are these just random hallucinations or something more? Rational explanations get challenged by the similarities of the “shadow people” multiple subjects describe looming over them. Ascher, who has first-hand knowledge of sleep paralysis, brings the full intensity of this experience to the screen while maintaining empathy and respect for his subjects. As the film unfolds, distinctions between the documentary and horror genres fade as do easy lines between reality and the imagination.
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Samuel Bayer’s 2010 remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street was nothing short of an abomination, completely missing the opportunity to do something fresh and new with the franchise and instead poorly recreating moments from Wes Craven’s original. Now, we shall pretend it never existed.
The Tracking Board reports tonight that New Line Cinema is currently developing yet another reboot of the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise with David Leslie Johnson (Orphan) attached to write the screenplay. Specific details about Freddy’s return, however, are being kept under wraps.
Toby Emmerich, Walter Hamada, and Dave Neustadter will oversee for New Line.
Your first response to this news may be to question why it’s necessary, but given how poor of a note Freddy went out on back in 2010, I can’t help but be genuinely excited about this one. The way I see it, this is New Line’s chance to redeem themselves and give Freddy the respect he deserves.
We’ll of course report more on this one as we learn it.
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It was back in October of last year when The Jackal Group (a co-venture between Fox Networks Group and Gail Berman, who first made her mark developing “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Angel”) acquired Grady Hendrix’s novel Horrorstör, published by Quirk Books. And now word had come that Fox TV has given a put pilot commitment to “Horrorstör,” an hourlong dramedy inspired by Hendrix’s supernatural mystery.
Per Deadline, Berman, Josh Schwartz, Stephanie Savage of Fake Empire, and Charlie Kaufman (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) are executive producing the project with David Borgenicht, CEO of Quirk Books. Michael Vukadinovich will co-executive produce, and Hendrix will serve as a consultant. ABC Studios, where Fake Empire is under an overall deal, is the studio.
Written by Schwartz and Black List screenwriter Vukadinovich, “Horrorstör” will center on 26-year-old Amy. Newly sober, she lands a job at ORSK, the U.S. flagship of the European furniture superstore. It feels like just the opportunity she’s needed to get her life back on track, but as Amy comes to discover, the store actually preys upon its customers’ desires to a supernatural degree, selling products that make their wishes and fantasies come true in unexpected and insidious ways.
We’ll have more on the project as it comes so stay tuned!
While we’re patiently waiting on a sequel to the American reboot of the Godzilla franchise, you might be pleased to learn that the King of the Monsters will soon be returning to Japan. Toho Company Ltd. is working on a brand new film, and today we have some more information.
Per ABC News, director Shinji Higuchi (Attack on Titan) recently spilled some beans about the first Japanese Godzilla film in 12 years, revealing his desire to make the scariest monster movie of all time. He says he will bring the monster to life through a hybrid of CGI and practical effects.
Higuchi insists his incarnation of Godzilla won’t be the cuddly kaiju his generation grew up on, as the times are different and he wants to make a monster movie fit for modern audiences. He implied that the film will tackle real-world issues, including human accountability for the monster’s existence.
“I’m confident I am among the top 50 lovers of Godzilla in the world. That’s how much I love Godzilla,” Higuchi told the outlet. “Maybe I’m not in the top 10, but definitely in the top 50.”
Filming on this brand spankin’ new Godzilla flick begins next month, much of the film being shot at the legendary Toho Studios. Animation master Hideaki Anno (Evangelion) just finished the script and will help oversee direction.
While we wait for more, dig on the first concept image of Godzilla’s footprint, which indicates that this creature will be even bigger than Legendary’s.
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When Microsoft first announced Killer Instinct as a free-to-play Xbox One exclusive with a seasonal purchase model, many people’s reaction was, “how the hell is that gonna work?” While mechanically sound, the game languished for some time from a sparse roster. Even now, two years after release, the 18 character roster falls short of the now 28 kombatants of Mortal Kombat X. Progress has been slow, with an average release of 9 characters a years. While I am all for continued support of content, it is hard to stay interested in a game for that long, much less get excited for every new release.
That is, unless the new release is a radical toad with attitude. Check it out:
Oh… oh God. It is so glorious. KI is no stranger to badass characters that push the limits of design, but none of them so far have been mutant combat amphibians who turn into wrecking balls. While all of you were playing Mario and dress up with your sister, I was cutting my teeth in the “Turbo Tunnel”. Oh yeah, that’s right, you just realized that you’re talking to a real man.
Kicking off Season Three with a spiked boot to the ass, Rash from Battletoads joins the KI lineup. Releasing sometime in March 2016, he will herald the end of new fighting games forever. I mean, what’s the point? You will never match the ‘tude of the toad. Fans of the game can look forward to pulling off some seriously tubular combos, while people who aren’t fans can look forward to becoming fans of the game.
But wait, there’s more! Anyone who has bought any Killer Instinct content can download the character right now and play the Beta version for the next month. If you have purchased any characters in the past, pick your jaw up off the floor and download this rad tad’ goin’ mad now. Full release is a ways off, but the hype is real. I’m stoked to see my favorite of the toads back in action. He’s got so much style, he wears sunglasses without pants. Try to wrap your head around just how awesome that is, and maybe you’ll be ready by March.
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Today’s episode of “Scream Addicts” (“Our First Time”) finds we three hosts discussing all the horror that scarred our young minds and cemented our love for our favorite genre. From “Scooby Doo” to Fangoria, Nightbreed to A Nightmare on Elm Street, Critters to late night HBO, we delve into the influences that shaped our childhoods and molded us into the maniacal fanboys we are today.
Here’s hoping you enjoy! And be sure to jump into the discussion below. Use the comments section to tell us about YOUR first experience with with horror and how it formed your own love for all things weird and scary. Let us know!
And if you missed our premiere episode, catch up here.
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With its US and Canadian release date fast approaching, a new trailer has arrived for Harbinger Down along with a few stills and some updated artwork. Look for the film in limited theaters and on VOD this Friday, August 7th, from Vertical Entertainment, followed by a DVD on September 1st. Check out the cities where it will be playing below the new poster.
Alec Gillis wrote and directed Harbinger Down; Lance Henriksen, Camille Balsamo, Matt Winston, Reid Collums, Milla Bjorn, Winston James Francis, Mike Estime, and Edwin Bravo star.
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A group of grad students have booked passage on the fishing trawler Harbinger to study the effects of global warming on a pod of Orcas in the Bering Sea. When the ship’s crew dredges up a recently thawed piece of old Soviet space wreckage, things get downright deadly. It seems that the Russians experimented with tardigrades, tiny resilient animals able to withstand the extremes of space radiation. The creatures survived, but not without mutation. Now the crew is exposed to aggressively mutating organisms. And after being locked in ice for three decades, the creatures aren’t about to give up the warmth of human companionship.
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Sony Pictures Entertainment just unveiled release dates for a handful of hotly anticipated 2016 and 2017 horror films, most notably shifting Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters reboot from July 22, 2016, to July 15, 2016. But that’s only the beginning, so read on for the latest.
Per Deadline, Austrian writer/director Stefan Ruzowitzky’s Patient Zero will be released by Screen Gems on September 2, 2016. In the film, an unprecedented global pandemic of a super strain of rabies has turned the majority of humankind into highly intelligent, streamlined killers known as “The Infected.”
Also set for release in 2016 is Underworld: Next Generation, which marks the return of Kate Beckinsale. The sequel will arrive in theaters on October 21st, with Anna Foerster directing. It will center on a younger generation of vampires and werewolves who are locked in a seemingly never-ending battle between supernatural races.
The long-gestating adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower is due in theaters on January 13, 2017. Nikolaj Arcel has been tapped to direct the adaptation, which focuses on the first book in the series, The Gunslinger, establishing the relationship between Roland and young protege Jake Chambers.
Finally, Milla Jovovich and Ali Larter star in Paul W.S. Anderson’s Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, slated for release on January 27, 2017. The film picks up after Resident Evil: Retribution, as the Project Alice is forced to race against time before the villainous Red Queen attempts to destroy the final remnants of humanity.
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Back in June we exclusively provided the first details for B. Harrison Smith’s upcoming horror film Death House, produced by Entertainment Factory’s Rick Finkelstein and Steven Chase and based on a script that was penned by none other than Gunnar “Leatherface” Hansen. Today we’re happy to debut the poster art by “Monster” Mark Kosobucki along with a lengthy plot synopsis.
Originally envisioned as “The Expendables of horror,” Hansen’s script was rewritten by Smith, who is directing the film. The cast will soon be announced, and we’re told that it’s going to be jam-packed with both big name stars and beloved horror icons.
From what Smith tells us, the new script combines the grittiness of Assault on Precinct 13 with the gore of Saw and the action of Jurassic Park – minus the dinosaurs. Films like Escape from NY, Resident Evil, and even The Wizard of Oz served as inspirations for the tale.
“This will not be a gimmick horror film,” Smith promises us. “No satire. Straight-up nasty horror.”
The Death House is the Area 51 of Evil… a subterranean government facility that holds humanity’s worst on nine levels. Hell, Dante’s ninth level, holds the Five Evils… the “dark stars” of Death House. These individuals are so heinous they can never walk among society again. They may also be supernatural.
Agents Toria Boon and Jae Novak have their own dark pasts, arriving at Death House to tour its levels and observe its denizens first-hand as well as the medical and mental experiments of Drs. Eileen Fletcher and Karen Redmane. Their depraved experiments date back to the Nazi doctors of WWII.
Prison cells are virtual reality holo decks that recreate prisoner environments before they were incarcerated. A special hallucinogenic gas keeps inmates under control. The victims are homeless, bused into Death House to play literal victims while killing habits are studied. The results are sick, but only a hint of what goes on here.
Hell literally breaks loose inside the facility when an EMP device detonates, killing all power and communication and… releasing every prisoner. Boon, Novak, and Fletcher are caught in a race against advancing prisoner hordes led by occultist Neo-Nazi Sieg. The monsters are freed, and they’re going down.
Boon and Novak’s fight through Death House turns into a house of horrors gauntlet; their only hope of escape is descending into Hell and enlisting the help of the Five Evils. Events culminate in a violent face-to-face standoff with absolute evil… only to find that they have traveled down a rabbit hole and through a looking glass. Black is white and white is black and the definitions of good and evil no longer apply.
Who are the monsters? Who will escape?
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Word has just come that the hashtagged horror flick #Horror has found itself distribution out of Cannes from IFC Midnight. Look for release details soon.
Chloe Sevigny stars with Timothy Hutton, Natasha Lyonne, Taryn Manning, Stella Schnabel, and Balthazar Getty. The full cast includes Sadie Seelert, Haley Murphy, Bridget McGarry, Blue Lindeberg, Mina Sudwall, Emma Adler, Annabelle Dexter-Jones, and Lydia Hearst.
Fashion line creator and actor Tara Subkoff makes her feature-length directorial debut with the film.
Inspired by actual events, #HORROR centers on a group of 12-year-old girls who face a night of terror when the compulsive addiction of an online social media game turns a moment of cyber-bullying to a night of insanity. #HORROR examines a world of escalating cruelty and alienation through an online game where scoring “likes” comes at the cost of human lives.
AMC is showing a lot of confidence in its upcoming spinoff “Fear the Walking Dead.” We’re still a ways out from the show’s premiere, but that hasn’t stopped the network from confirming at its Television Critics Association (TCA) presentation today that “Fear” will have a second season in 2016 comprised of 15 episodes.
“Fear the Walking Dead” premieres August 23, 2015. The first season will consist of six one-hour episodes.
The cast includes Cliff Curtis, Colman Domingo, Ruben Blades, Kim Dickens, Alycia Debnam Carey, Mercedes Mason, Shawn Hatosy, Frank Dillane, Elizabeth Rodriguez, and Lorenzo James Henrie. The series is set in Los Angeles and focuses on new characters and storylines.
Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Greg Nicotero, and David Alpert from “The Walking Dead” are executive producers of the new series, which, like the original, is being produced by AMC Studios. Dave Erickson (“Marco Polo,” “Sons of Anarchy”), who co-created and co-wrote the pilot with Kirkman, is an executive producer and showrunner.
“Fear the Walking Dead” takes us back to the beginning of the zombie apocalypse – a time when the world was changing rapidly for reasons unknown, before anyone understood exactly what was happening, when life as everyone knew it was upended and altered in ways no one could have ever imagined.
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Hajime Isayama’s Attack on Titan has currently sold 45 million copies in Japan, and while it still has a way to go before reaching the 200+ million sales of series like One Piece and Naruto, it’s certainly getting there. It has also gained a large level of popularity in the West, frequently appearing on Amazon’s bestseller charts.
The series features a world overrun by gigantic beings known as Titans, with the reminder of humanity taking shelter in fortified cities whilst plotting how defeat the Titans and take back their world.
With the hype for the live action film duology, it comes as no surprise that more screen installments in the series are being created. Alongside the current anime, a spin-off series called Attack on Titan: Junior High has been announced. Based on the spin-off manga of the same name, it reimagines the series with the main characters as kids, with the idea being to feature the same setting and scenarios as the original series with a more family-friendly tone. Yeah.
Have a look at the trailer below:
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Words kind of escape us right now. It’s with an unbelievably heavy heart that we report wrestling legend “Rowdy” Roddy Piper has passed on.
The news comes via TMZ Sports, who report that Piper – born Roderick George Toombs – died from cardiac arrest in his sleep at his home in Hollywood on Thursday night. He was discovered on Friday, July 31st. He was just 61.
Outside of the wrestling ring Piper starred in such legendary cult flicks as Hell Comes to Frog Town, John Carpenter’s They Live, and dozens of others.
Speaking personally, Piper was a hero of mine and truly one of those once in a lifetime talents. I’m happy I had a chance to share some time with him a few years back, and I will always cherish every second.
At this time we would like to extend our sincerest of condolences to Piper’s friends, family members, and constituents. This loss really hits hard. Godspeed, brother. Heaven just got a whole lot more interesting. Your memory will live on in the hearts and minds of fans everywhere.
Sam Raimi Not Opposed to Directing Another Evil Dead Film; New Image of Lucy Lawless in Ash vs. Evil Dead
It’s always hard to tell what is actually going on in the Evil Dead universe, as both Bruce Campbell and Sam Raimi often make comments that get us all excited for nothing. There’s a good chance this is another one of those situations, but we feel it’s worth mentioning.
Per Deadline, Campbell and Raimi took part in today’s Television Critics Association press tour, where they mostly talked about the upcoming Starz series “Ash vs. Evil Dead.” During the panel Raimi indicated that he’d be behind the camera on another film if Campbell were in front of it.
“This series will force us to make more movies. That’s only 10 [half] hours of programming; we need eight more movies,” Campbell joked, pointing out the way fans always want more than they’re getting. “Making a fourth movie would work. No matter what we give them, it will never be enough.”
Ain’t that the truth.
On a related note, check out your first look at Lucy Lawless as Ruby from “Ash vs. Evil Dead” below!
About “Ash vs. Evil Dead”
“Ash vs. Evil Dead” is the long-awaited follow-up to the classic horror film franchise The Evil Dead and will premiere on STARZ October 31, 2015. The 10-episode first season of the half-hour series is executive produced by Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, Bruce Campbell, the original filmmakers of the franchise, and Craig DiGregorio, who serves as executive producer and showrunner.
Campbell is reprising his role as Ash, the stock boy, aging lothario, and chainsaw-handed monster hunter who has spent the last 30 years avoiding responsibility, maturity, and the terrors of the Evil Dead. When a Deadite plague threatens to destroy all of mankind, Ash is finally forced to face his demons – personal and literal. Destiny, it turns out, has no plans to release the unlikely hero from its “Evil” grip.
The cast is led by Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead, “Burn Notice”) in the role of Ash Williams; Lucy Lawless (“Salem,” “Spartacus”) as Ruby, a mysterious figure who believes Ash is the cause of the Evil outbreaks; Ray Santiago (“Touch,” Meet the Fockers) as Pablo Simon Bolivar, an idealistic immigrant who becomes Ash’s loyal sidekick; Dana DeLorenzo (A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas) as Kelly Maxwell, a moody wild child trying to outrun her past; and Jill Marie Jones (“Sleepy Hollow”) as Amanda Fisher, a disgraced Michigan State Trooper set to find our anti-hero Ash and prove his responsibility in the grisly murder of her partner.
Wild Eye Releasing has a new film on the way entitled A Plague So Pleasant, and we have an exclusive clip from it to share as we head into the weekend.
A Plague So Pleasant was co-directed by Benjamin Roberds and Jordan Reyes; it stars Eva Boehnke, David Chandler, and Maxwell Moody.
Look for the film on DVD on August 25th. Bonus materials will include:
- Promo Videos
In the near future zombies have become a protected, endangered species, held in captivity and legally wandering the streets free from harm by the living. But for the loved ones of those who die, sometimes coping is just too much to handle, especially when not everyone feels the dead have a right to exist, and they are willing to break the law to rid the world of this new population of the dead.
Looks like your Facebook “likes” might actually do something for once. While you might not be able to stop a genocide, end police violence, or convince everyone in the world to go vegan, you could champion the noble goal of yet another Resident Evil franchise remake.
This time, Resident Evil 2 steps up to the plate, and the folks over at Capcom R&D Division 1 made a post on the official Resident Evil Facebook page to ask fans how they feel about the possibility. Check out the full post:
“Hello Resident Evil fans! This is Capcom R&D Division 1! First off, we would like to express our deepest appreciation to all Resident Evil fans, for your passion, enthusiasm and continued support for the Resident Evil brand. Enthusiasm for a Resident Evil 2 Remake is something we’ve been hearing from you over the years, and has drawn some recent attention in the media. However, as the team owns the RE brand, we’re not certain how we feel about this approach, and would like to ask your honest and frank opinion about the “Resident Evil 2 Remake” and what the brand identity is supposed to be about?”
Though the post is a bit vague, fan reception has been overwhelmingly positive. Regarded by many as the best of the fixed-camera installments, Resident Evil 2 holds a special place in my heart as the first of the series I personally played. Having run through the series several times in my later years, I always find myself impressed with the strides the franchise used to take between installments. Resident Evil 2 is no exception, and the lengths the original dev team went to improve upon the RE1 formula is what so solidly planted it in so many gamer’s hearts. That, and the giant alligator boss.
Footage courtesy of IGN:
As a personal take, I am a bit put off by this post. I’ve been vocal in my criticism of Capcom’s remake parade, noting in my review that the recent Resident Evil-HD Remaster was the 8th iteration of the title. The recent trend of one step forward with the Revelations titles and two steps back with the main series titles has taken its toll on consumer confidence, so it seems that Capcom has been eager to remind people of the glory days by parading around the titles people thought were good with maybe a new costume and a fresh coat of paint.
While I find mindless re-releases to be distasteful cash grabs, designed to siphon money out of the nostalgic like an succubus made out of N64s, I don’t mind total remakes. The GameCube Resident Evil was a total overhaul of the game, expanding to almost double the content with the core mechanics still intact. I loved the shit out of that game, and it is my retro gift of choice for my hipster horror gaming friends. While they have shown that their recent chops for action elements are a bit weak, they are still strong in the horror department, so a total overhaul of Resident Evil 2 might be just what they need to strut their stuff.
The obvious downside is that they might ruin the classic title and fail to live up to the monumental expectations of fans, but hey, at least they are trying to address the desires of the fanbase. Fans of the series should definitely check out the post, share their thoughts, then share it with as many of their friends as possible. I’ll be following the story as it develops, so check back in for updates.
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In promotion of the upcoming film Sinister 2, the powers-that-be have put together a spooky online scavenger hunt that will yield all manner of coolness.
From the Press Release:
This weekend Sinister Sundays start. Beginning this Sunday, August 2nd, there will be a weekly scavenger hunt on the SINISTER 2 Official Twitter Page. Watch a Sinister Kill Film for a chance to win a filmmaker starter pack.
Related Story: Spread the Fear with Spooky Sinister 2 Video App
You could be terrifying the world with your own movies in no time! To participate, follow @SinisterMovie on Twitter and watch an exclusive piece of content from the movie every Sunday, beginning this week for the next three Sundays. Follow the instructions at the end of the video, and you can win various prizes to help you create your very own Sinister Kill Films. One Grand Prize Winner will receive a $1,900 filmmaker starter pack that can go towards a laptop, camera, and software. Four runners-up will receive one tablet, valued at $400 each.
For official rules, please visit SinisterSundays.com!
Ciaran Foy (Citadel) directed Sinister 2. Scott Derrickson, director of Sinister, penned the screenplay with C. Robert Cargill, with whom he also wrote the original film.
Look for the film in theatres on August 21st.
In the aftermath of the shocking events in Sinister, a protective mother (Shannyn Sossamon of “Wayward Pines”) and her 9-year-old twin sons (real-life twins Robert and Dartanian Sloan) find themselves in a rural house marked for death as the evil spirit of Buhguul continues to spread with frightening intensity. James Ransone co-stars.
Popular UK film festival Grimmfest is taking place the 1st-4th of October at Manchester’s Odeon Printworks, and the first three films in this year’s lineup have been revealed. Read on for the details!
From the Press Release:
We are proud to announce three very different UK Premieres that have been making waves at festivals around the world such as Sundance, SXSW, and Fantasia International Fantastic Film Festival:
- SYNCHRONICITY from Jacob Gentry (The Signal), which is described as “a mind-bending sci-fi noir in the tradition of Dark City, Blade Runner, and Alphaville”
- EXCESS FLESH, the new shocking body horror from writer/director Patrick Kennelly
- HE NEVER DIED, the new brutal cannibal horror starring punk legend Henry Rollins, Stephen Ogg (Grand Theft Auto 5), and Booboo Stewart (X-Men: Days of Future Past)
In addition to this tease of the amazing Grimmfest 2015 lineup, we have also released a second
limited batch of Full Festival Passes after the first release sold out in record time (click here for additional info). Full Festival Passes will gain you access to every screening. This includes 20 feature film premieres and a plethora of the best new genre shorts from around the globe. We are building an amazing programme of the very best new horror, sci-fi, and dark fantasy films that will include World, European, and UK premieres. It’s going be awesome!
You’ll find further information on the films below:
HE NEVER DIED (UK PREMIERE)
Starring Henry Rollins, the frontman of legendary punk band Black Flag, HE NEVER DIED follows Jack… Jack is in a rut. Depression and severe anti-social behaviour have whittled down his existence to sleeping and watching television. Seeing the human race as little more than meat with a pulse, Jack has no interest to bond with anyone. There’s little purpose for him to make friends with someone he’d eventually eat or outlive by more than a millennia. The fuse is lit when Jack’s past comes back to rattle him. He must now walk a tightrope of sobriety and try to eat as few people as possible in this violent tale of personal responsibility.
SYNCHRONICITY (UK PREMIERE)
Starring Chad McKnight, Michael Ironside, and Brianne Davis, SYNCHRONICITY follows physicist Jim Beale just as he invents a machine that can fold space-time. Suddenly a rare dahlia appears from the future. He must now find the flower’s identical match in the present to prove his machine works. Jim soon discovers that the dahlia lies in the hands of a mysterious girl, who seduces him into revealing his secrets. Convinced that he’s fallen prey to a femme fatale trying to steal his invention, Jim travels back in time to stop her betrayal before it happens. But once in the past, Jim uncovers a surprising truth about the machine, the girl, and his own reality.
EXCESS FLESH (UK PREMIERE)
EXCESS FLESH is the new shocking body horror from writer/director Patrick Kennelly. The film centres around Jill, who is obsessed with her new roommate, Jennifer, a promiscuous and sexy hotshot in the LA fashion scene. New to the city and recently single, Jill is unable to keep up as she binges and purges to stay thin, eventually hating herself and everyone around her. Her jealousy and rage spiral out of control — Jennifer has everything, and Jill wants to be just like her. If Jill can’t BE Jennifer, she must destroy her.
Stay tuned to Grimmfest’s website for additional info as it comes.
In what is probably the most bizarre story we’ve come across all week, next to the cemetery clown, the Philippines is apparently in need of cxorcists. Maybe they could borrow some from Destination America?
The news comes via NPR:
“At any given time we have at the minimum 30 cases,” says 48-year-old Father Jose Francisco Syquia, “and we’re only five exorcists.”
Father Syquia leads a team of four priests who get additional assistance from volunteers: psychiatrists, doctors, lawyers and laypeople.
Given the number of cases he’s juggling, Syquia recently sent a letter to the Philippine bishops conference asking that it send one resident exorcist to each of the country’s 86 dioceses.
“[The] majority of them do not have exorcists or a team of exorcists that deal with these kinds of cases,” says Syquia. “Therefore, many of the Filipinos tend to go to the occult practitioners, what we call the faith healers, spiritists, etc.”
Syquia believes these occult healers are responsible for the increased number of demonic possessions. The healers leave a person with “spiritual openings” that allow demons to latch on, he says.
Meanwhile, it’s a draining job for the official exorcists. Just one session of prayers for a possessed individual can last four hours. And it may take several sessions, according to Syquia, to drive out evil spirits.
“That’s very tiring,” says Father Winston Cabading, secretary general of the University of Santo Tomas and a member of Syquia’s team.
Not only that, the exorcists also have to deal with the aftereffects. They believe that demons retaliate against the priests.
“You expect that there will be more, what we call, retaliations because you are jumping into enemy territory and retaking … what truly belongs to God,” says Syquia. “And therefore, it’s more like maybe a commando raid behind enemy lines.”
At least one of Syquia’s trainees quit. Syquia says the trainee believed he had developed unexplained illnesses because of the work he was doing.
Who knew the place was such a hotbed for demonic possession? I smell a Syfy movie in here somewhere.