Starring Onur Tukel, Anna Margaret Hollyman, Jason Selvig, Dakota Goldhor
Directed by Onur Tukel
Distributed by Monster Pictures UK
Erik Sparrow (writer/director and star Tukel) is a very tough person to be around. Stuck in his own world of perpetual denial, he’s as socially awkward as they come and often confused at the negative reactions of others to his far-out, and frequently offensive, lines of verbal reasoning.
Despite this, he has a long-term girlfriend, a place to live and a stable job – though he doesn’t put much effort into pulling his weight when it comes to any of these things. In short, he’s flying by the seat of his pants – coasting by on little more than luck… but his luck is about to change.
As Summer of Blood opens with quite possibly the most awkward restaurant proposal scene in the history of cinema, you’re quickly taken into the film’s low-key, mumblecore style. Shot with a ‘fly on the wall’ feel, Summer of Blood‘s performances feel natural, rippling with improvisation and thoroughly organic awkwardness. In holding these together, the film handles itself impeccably, feeling far from amateur in its overall presentation.
Erik, as you’ll come to expect from him, messes up his part in this critical life moment quite spectacularly and summarily finds himself roaming the streets a single man – his girlfriend, Jody (Hollyman), taking off with an old friend, Jason (Selvig).
On his travels Erik comes across a man in an alleyway who is bleeding profusely from his neck. Doing hilariously little to help, Erik finally sets off to look for assistance only to end up getting sidetracked in a conversation with two passers-by about how much he looks like Jerry Garcia. Yes, he really is that much of an ass.
Anyhoo, following a string of disastrous attempts at online dating and one-night stands, Erik soon comes face to face with the lone vampire who stalks the alley – and after a quick munch, he wakes up to find himself afflicted with the vampiric curse and sans his job.
But is this really a curse for someone like him? It would seem not, as he sets about creating his own sexually-charged harem of vampiresses, ‘glamouring’ his landlord into not having him pay rent and stalking the night with little to do but… stalk the night, really. Soon he decides to win Jody’s heart back… but can he bring himself to do it in the face of his unending thirst for blood?
Come on… of course he can!
Summer of Blood is a real cinematic agitator, taking the classic concept of ‘The Hero’s Journey’ and, for all intents and purposes, throwing it out the window. Erik Sparrow is an idiot. A dolt. A bumbling, pseudo-intellectual arse of a man who views his unkempt self as the ultimate enlightened non-conformist… and then when he’s bitten and turned… well, that outlook doesn’t change.
He does have a couple of momentary existential crises, but there’s never a sense that he’s ever fully committed to any particular perspective – he just doesn’t know how to make up his mind and pursue what he feels is right. Because he’s never that sure. It’s a constant cycle of idiocy, remorse, self-acceptance through ropey cognition, and back to idiocy.
And you know what? Summer of Blood is here to tell you that that’s perfectly fine when it comes to film, and it does so splendidly. It’s frequently hilarious and refreshingly nonchalant in its handling of vampirism; endearing to the point that the inherently unlikeable nature of its protagonist isn’t a barrier to entry – it’s actually what makes it so very funny.
Of course, no small kudos for that should go the cast, especially Tukel’s hipster-ish lead turn, which garners much of the laughs – especially in moments when he’s angry or frustrated and shouting loudly. His delivery is absolutely spot on when it comes to tickling the funny bone. Standing ably opposite is Hollyman as the long-suffering Jody – personifying the audience’s connection to Erik: aghast at his complete cynicism and apparent social ineptitude, but irresistibly drawn to him nonetheless.
Summer of Blood is a ‘marmite’ film, for sure. You’re either going to dig it highly, or you’re going to be so pissed off with Erik’s behaviour and the mumblecore leanings that you’ll be seeking an exit before the halfway mark – but for Yours Truly, it’s a blast. Like a more overtly comedic Vampire’s Kiss by way of Curb Your Enthusiasm, it tickles all the right places while it mines gems buried inside the mundane with relentless zeal.
The only thing letting it down, frankly, is an underwhelming finale that ties things up much too quickly and with a throwaway lack of thought. Yet, strangely, it doesn’t feel a particularly poor fit – just, like anything that has come before, another slap-dash decision that Erik is going to have to deal with in his own way… for better or worse.
Monster Pictures bring Summer of Blood to UK DVD with a decent set of special features, including around 25 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage (which makes it look like the film was equally as fun as it was frustrating to shoot); a quick on-camera ‘Fang Test’ with Tukel; a collection of three deleted scenes that were wisely excised (or shortened); the trailer and a full audio commentary with director Tukel that, while somewhat dry at times, still makes for a good listen.
Definitely worth a look.
David Hayter, screenwriter of X-Men and Watchmen, proves he’s got some serious bite behind the camera with his directorial debut. Packed with blood, fights, and plenty of frights, Wolves (review here) stars Jason Momoa (“Game of Thrones”) and X-Men’s Lucas Till. You’d be howling mad to miss this dark and deliciously sharp horror.
Wolves is out to own on DVD from 2nd March, and to support the release, we have a comp copy up for grabs courtesy of Altitude Film Entertainment.
To be in with a chance of winning, simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “WOLVES UK”, including YOUR FULL NAME AND POSTAL ADDRESS, before the closing date of Thursday, 12th March. We’ll take care of the rest.
Please note that this competition is open only to UK residents.
When high-school student Cayden (Till) finds his parents have been brutally murdered, he goes on the run and arrives in the small town of Lupine Ridge, where he discovers the hairy truth to his nature…
The town is home to feuding clans of werewolves, and when Cayden starts to fall for the beautiful Angelina (Patterson), he finds himself as love-rival of brutal clan alpha and pureblood lycan Connor (Momoa). But can Cayden survive and get the girl as the werewolves prepare for a fight to the death?
Director Joe Lynch’s upcoming film, Everly (review), starring Salma Hayek, will be released in select theaters on February 27. Two special events have been planned to support the launch of the genre-bending movie.
The first is a special “Opening Night Event” at the historic Vineland Drive-In located at 443 Vineland Ave., City of Industry, CA, kicking off the Everly One Week Only Drive-in engagement. Director Lynch, co-stars Akie Kotabe (Dead Man), Jenn Blanc-Biehn (Dena) and Caroline Chikezie (Zelda), Director of Photography Steve Gainer, Co-Producer Brett Hedblom and more will be at the 7 p.m. show at the Vineland theater to introduce the film, along with a Q&A (TBD), giveaways and some other surprises. Follow Vineland Drive-In on Twitter (@VinelandDriveIn) for more info on the event.
“Showing Everly, which was borne of my love for those crazy genre flicks I grew up with as a kid, at the Drive In is a dream come true for me,” said Lynch. “This is the perfect movie for the drive in, so we embraced the idea of showing the film in a more unconventional arena to give audiences the rare opportunity to remember what it’s like to see a crazy fun movie like this in the right setting. Being able to show movies in this way under the stars is quickly becoming history so we wanted seize the opportunity, give folks a fun night out and hopefully expose some audiences to the Vineland.”
On February 28, Lynch and select cast and crew will also be on hand for the 9:55 p.m. showing of Everly at the famed Music Hall Theater in Beverly Hills for an introduction, Q&A after the film and giveaways. More details and show times are available at the official Everly Facebook page.
Everly is currently available on most VOD platforms, including iTunes, Cablevision, Comcast, Time Warner, Verizon, Dish, Directv, iTunes, Amazon, Playstation, Xbox, Vudu, YouTube, Google Play and more. Produced by VegaBaby/Crime Scene Pictures and distributed by Radius TWC, Everly will be released in select theaters on February 27 at the following theaters (subject to change, more theaters being announced soon).
Everly Theater Listing
- Danvers, MA/Hollywood Hits 7
- Chicago, IL/Music Box
- Peoria, IL/Peoria Theaters @ Landmark 12
- Columbus, OH/Gateway 7
- Mentor, OH/Atlas Great Lakes Stadium 16
- Grand Rapids, MI/Celebration Cinema Woodland 14
- New Haven, CT/Criterion New Haven 7
- New York, NY/Village East Cinemas 7
- Brooklyn, NY/Williamsburg Cinemas 7
- Washington DC/Angelika Pop Up @ Union Market
- Atlanta, GA/Plaza Theater
- Greensboro, NC/Red Cinemas
- Houston, TX/Alama Drafthouse Vintage Park
- Naples, FL/Silverspot 11 Cinemas
- Memphis, TN/Malco Wolfchase Galleria Cinema 8
- Beverly Hills, CA/Music Hall
- City of Industry, CA/Vineland Drive-In
The Everly original motion picture soundtrack by Bear McCreary is available on iTunes and most music platforms by Sparks & Shadows, featuring “Silent Night” by Raya Yarborough.
Togo Igawa, Masashi Fujimoto, Jennifer Blanc-Biehn, Gabriella Wright, and Hiroyuki Watanabe co-star in what can only be described as an uber-violent manga come to life!
It’s Christmastime, but all is not well in the world of Everly (Salma Hayek). A call girl by trade, Everly has turned against her gangster boss Taiko (Hiroyuki Watanabe) and become a police informant. In response, Taiko has put out a hit on Everly and her family. Soon, every criminal in town wants to cash in. Everly’s survival instincts quickly kick in as she matches wits and firepower with Taiko and a seemingly endless stream of killers.
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While we wait IMPATIENTLY to see the return to the airwaves of WGN America’s “Salem,” the powers-that-be have put out yet another new promo to get us excited for the witchcraft to come.
Currently in production in Shreveport, LA, on its 13-episode sophomore run, “Salem” Season 2 premieres Sunday, April 5th, at 10:00 p.m. ET/ 9:00 p.m. CT, exclusively on WGN America.
Related Story: First Look at Stuart Townsend’s Character in Salem Season 2
From creators and writers Brannon Braga (“Cosmos,” “24”) and Adam Simon (The Haunting in Connecticut), “Salem” is a gripping one-hour drama that boldly re-imagines the infamous 17th century witch trials in colonial Massachusetts. The series stars Janet Montgomery, Shane West, Seth Gabel, Ashley Madekwe, Tamzin Merchant, Elise Eberle, and Iddo Goldberg. New to the cast of “Salem” for Season 2 are Lucy Lawless, Stuart Townsend, Joe Doyle, and Oliver Bell.
“Salem” is executive produced by Brannon Braga, Adam Simon, Kelly Souders, Brian Peterson, and Prospect Park’s Josh Barry and Jeff Kwatinez. Nick Copus directs and serves as co-executive producer. The series is produced by Fox 21.
The first casting news is here for rocker turned filmmaker Rob Zombie’s latest filmic endeavor, 31, as the man himself just announced that Torsten Voges (8MM, The Lords of Salem) has signed on to play the character Death-Head in his upcoming film.
31 is, in part, a crowdfunded endeavor that will allow Zombie’s legions of fans to be involved from the ground up with his latest project. “I wish something like this had existed when I was a kid,” Zombie explained. “I would have killed to be part of so many movies. Even being involved in the smallest way would have been awesome.”
A photo posted by RobZombieofficial (@robzombieofficial) on Feb 25, 2015 at 11:14am PST
Fans will have access to exclusive VIP experiences involving the film and Zombie’s music career. In addition to the wide range of VIP experiences, fans can also get their hands on exclusive merch and original props from Zombie’s films. Check out the campaign, which is being hosted once again at RZ-31. There’s 74 days left to get in on it!
31 follows five carnival workers who are kidnapped the night before Halloween and held hostage in a large secret compound known as Murder World. Once there, they have 12 hours to survive a terrifying game called 31 in which ‘The Heads’- murderous maniacs dressed as clowns – are released to hunt them down and kill them.
One of the best thing about It Follows (review) is the film’s soundtrack by Disasterpiece. Don’t believe us? Well you can listen to three tracks from the soundtrack right now!
Look for the film in U.S. theaters and on VOD Friday, March 13, 2015.
With a riveting central performance from Maika Monroe and a strikingly ominous electronic score by Disasterpeace, It Follows is an artful psychosexual thriller from David Robert Mitchell (The Myth of the American Sleepover).
Thanks to The Playlist.
Related Story: Sundance 2015: Keir Gilchrist Talks It Follows
The film also stars Keir Gilchrist (“The United States of Tara”), Daniel Zovatto (Laggies), Jake Weary (“Chicago Fire”), Olivia Luccardi (“Orange Is the New Black”), and Lili Sepe (Spork).
For 19-year-old Jay (Maika Monroe, AT ANY PRICE), the fall should be about school, boys, and weekends at the lake. Yet, after a seemingly innocent sexual encounter, she suddenly finds herself plagued by nightmarish visions; she can’t shake the sensation that someone, or something, is following her. As the threat closes in, Jay and her friends must somehow escape the horrors that are only a few steps behind.
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Enjoying the return of AMC’s “The Walking Dead?” Still a fan despite the many naysayers? We’re right there with ya, and we’re happy to let you guys know that the show’s season finale will be 90 minutes long instead of just 60.
The news came from Entertainment Weekly writer Dalton Ross on Twitter.
#TheWalkingDead season finale on March 29 now super-sized to 90 minutes.
— Dalton Ross (@DaltonRoss) February 25, 2015
“The Walking Dead” – Episode 5.12 – “Remember” (airs 3/1/15)
Molding into a new lifestyle is proving difficult for the group. Has life on the road proven too treacherous to go back to who they once were?
To stay up-to-the-minute on all things walker related, follow @WalkingDead_AMC on Twitter and visit “The Walking Dead” on Facebook. For more info be sure to hit up the official “The Walking Dead” page on AMC.com.
The next chapter is the storied Amityville franchise, Amityville: The Awakening, was slated for release on January 2, 2015. Well we all know that didn’t happen. So when are we gonna get to dig our claws into this one?
Arrow in the Head caught up with producer Jason Blum to find out.
“We’re still in post on it,” Blum tells the site. “I’m very, very happy with it. We’re continuing to have conversations with Dimension and Weinstein about how it’s going to come out, but it’s definitely going to come out. I think people are going to like it, Jennifer Jason Leigh is great in the movie. I’m hoping to do another movie with Franck. I’m really pleased with it, my guess is we’ll announce when it’ll come out sometime in the next twelve months. Like a lot of the movies that we do, we’re just tinkering with it and trying to make it better. We’re pretty close now. We went back and forth over the cut of the movie, which we’re happy with now. We’re just tinkering with the movie in post-production.”
Daniel Farrands and Casey La Scala co-wrote the script and produce with Jason Blum of hit factory Blumhouse. Frank Khalfoun (Maniac) directs.
Belle, her little sister, and her comatose twin brother move into a new house with their single mother Joan in order to save money to help pay for her brother’s expensive healthcare. But when strange phenomena begin to occur in the house including the miraculous recovery of her brother, Belle begins to suspect her Mother isn’t telling her everything and soon realizes they just moved into the infamous Amityville house.
We dunno about you guys but, we’re stoked for the release of The Scream Factory’s Carrie double feature Blu-ray, if only because Angela Bettis was pretty friggin’ awesome in the lead role. Read on for details.
From the Press Release:
Get ready for a double dose of telekinesis terror! Scream Factory presents Carrie & The Rage: Carrie 2 on Blu-ray on April 14, 2015, with bonus features that include new audio commentaries with Carrie director David Carson and The Rage: Carrie 2 director Katt Shea and director of photography Donald Morgan.
Angela Bettis (May) stars in this 2002 adaptation of Stephen King’s classic tale of horror and retribution, featuring eye-popping special effects and a shocking, all-new twist ending! Carrie White (Bettis) is a lonely, awkward teenage girl who just doesn’t fit in. At school, she endures her classmates’ constant ridicule, and at home she suffers endless psychological torture at the hands of her fanatically religious mother (Patricia Clarkson, Six Feet Under). But Carrie has a secret. She’s been cursed with the terrifying power of telekinesis. And when her tormenters commit an act of unforgivably cruel humiliation at the prom, they’ll soon learn a deadly lesson. Taking its inspiration from King’s book rather than the original film, Carrie was written by Bryan Fuller (TV’s Hannibal, Pushing Daisies) and stars Emilie de Ravin (Lost), Katharine Isabelle (See No Evil 2, Ginger Snaps) and Chelan Simmons (Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil).
THE RAGE: CARRIE 2
In this horrifying 1999 sequel to Brian DePalma’s 1976 classic, Rachel (Emily Bergl, The Knick) is a high school misfit who gets caught in the middle of a vicious prank orchestrated by a group of jocks that turns deadly. Once the police bring one of the boys in for questioning, his teammates target Rachel for squealing, and hatch a devious scheme to publicly humiliate her. But messing with Rachel is worse than playing with fire, for when her temper’s crossed, it triggers a powder-keg of anger and unleashes horrifying powers that turn a wild teen house party into a wilder mad-house inferno! Also starring Jason London (Dazed And Confused), Rachel Blanchard (TV’s Clueless), Mena Suvari (American Beauty) and Amy Irving (reprising her role as Sue Snell from Brian DePalma’s original Carrie), this fast-paced, white-knuckle revenge fantasy takes telekinesis to the next level of terror!
CARRIE Special Features:
- NEW Audio Commentary with director David Carson
THE RAGE CARRIE 2 Special Features:
- NEW 2015 Audio Commentary with director Katt Shea and Director of Photography Donald Morgan, moderated by filmmaker David DeCoteau
- Original 1999 Commentary with Katt Shea
- Alternate Ending with “before and after” special effect sequence
- Additional scenes not seen in theatres
- Theatrical Trailer
What do demonic possession, Ajax from The Warriors, and the son of Anthony Perkins have in common? They’re all coming to an all girls’ prep school in February, that’s what! Read on for your first details.
From the Press Release:
Lucy Boynton (Miss Potter, Sing Street), James Remar (pictured; The Warriors, Django Unchained, “Dexter”), and Lauren Holly (Dumb and Dumber, Any Given Sunday) have joined the cast of February, starring Emma Roberts (We’re the Millers, “American Horror Story”) and Kiernan Shipka (“Mad Men,” Carriers). Principal photography is now under way in Ottawa on the film written and directed by Osgood Perkins, son of legendary Psycho actor Anthony Perkins.
February is produced by Unbroken Pictures’ Adrienne Biddle and Bryan Bertino (The Strangers), Rob Paris’ Paris Film, Inc. (Everly), Zed Filmworks’ Rob Menzies, and Alphonse Ghossein of Go Insane Films. Carissa Buffel and Kevin Matusow are executive producing under their Traveling Picture Show (The Quiet Ones, A Walk Among the Tombstones) banner along with 120dB Films’ Peter Graham and Steve Hayes, and Arianne Fraser. Highland Film Group (HFG) is handling international sales.
Said Biddle, Paris, and Bertino: “In Lucy Boynton we found an amazing young actor with unbelievable sensitivity and poise. She is the perfect complement to the brilliant pairing of Emma Roberts and Kiernan Shipka. And having James Remar and Lauren Holly join the team truly takes the film to another level.”
In February, beautiful and haunted Joan makes a bloody and determined pilgrimage across a frozen landscape toward a prestigious all girls prep school where Rose and Kat find themselves stranded after their parents mysteriously fail to retrieve them for winter break. As Joan gets closer, terrifying visions begin plaguing Kat while Rose watches in horror as she becomes possessed by an unseen evil force.
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