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SHORTS DOUBLE FEATURE ANNOUNCEMENT BLACK ORCHID AND GOD SINS
CHOSEN AS OFFICIAL SELECTIONS FOR FHFF’S
2015 SEASON

By Mike Thomas
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The FANtastic Horror Film Festival chooses as their next Official Selections for the 2015 Season, Brett Hunt’s DOUBLE SHORTS SELECTION - Micah Delhauer’s Horror Short, BLACK ORCHID and Brett Hunt’s Horror Short, GOD SINS, from Maderfilm Productions and Raging Gopher Films.

SYNOPSES: BLACK ORCHID: Film Noir with the Femme Fatale. It’s the story of the rise of a young girl, killing her way to the top of the corporate ladder.

Trivia: This film has been accepted to the Monaco Charity Film Festival and is nominated for two awards - Best Short & Best Screenplay. Actors - Brett Hunt & Amber Nicole

SYNOPSES: GOD SINS: A serial killer, believing he is doing God’s work by maintaining the status quo.

Trivia: This film has been accepted to the Monaco Charity Film Festival and is nominated for a Best Actress Award. Actors: Brett Hunt & Estefania Rebellon

Black Comedy Thriller '120/80: Stressed to Kill' poster and details unveiled

120/80by Seth Metoyer
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Some details concerning the upcoming black comedy thriller 120/80: Stressed to Kill have released.

The film directed by Mark Savage includes the acting talents of Armand Assante, Bill Oberst Jr. and co-star Marshal Hilton. Check out all the details below, as well as poster art and the trailer below the synopsis.

From The Press Release
Marshal Hilton Co-Stars with Armand Assante and Bill Oberst Jr. in Director Mark Savage’s darkly sardonic portrait of middle age crises in “120/80: Stressed to Kill”.

Co-Written with Executive Producer Tommy Parnell, Directed and helmed by Australian Genre filmmaker and Cinema d’Auteur Mark Savage, “120/80: Stressed to Kill” shines a humorous but dark light on the modern day stress of middle aged married life, unrelenting social noise, infidelity, financial pressures, and the unhealthy consequences of an over caffeinated narcissistic society filled with greedy wives, unrelenting bosses, and loud mouthed belligerent characters.

Synopsis
After experiencing a heart attack Bill Wilson (Bill Oberst Jr.) is ordered by his doctor to reduce the stress in is life or the Grimm Reaper will soon be knocking at his door; no more booze, no more butter, and a steady diet of greens and diet shakes are not cutting it. Bill and his best friend Stan Kilmer, (Marshal Hilton) himself with two ex-wives and currently in the midst of divorce number three, unwittingly discover and hatch a plan to rid themselves of any and all “Triggers” once and for all. In a twisted turn of events, with an overzealous psychotic Homicide Detective (Armand Assante) hot on their trail, Bill and Stan discover the depth of their friendship, the sweet smell of freedom, and an improved quality of life through a rather unconventional but effective comedy of errors.

Interview with Filmmaker Reyna Young

Forgotten TalesBy Jonathan Weichsel
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I recently got to ask Filmmaker Reyna Young a few questions about her new film Forgotten Tales. You can read our conversation below.

JW- What made you decide to make a horror anthology film as opposed to a narrative feature?

RY- I've always had an anthology film in the back of my mind and wanted to make it a reality. I wrote my first comic issue of Forgotten Tales, Audition, years ago for Scattered Comics in Sacramento, and I will have a comic coming out based on the film and cannot wait for that. But I've always loved Creepshow and wanted to do my own anthology.

JW- In Forgotten Tales there is a ghost story, a home invasion story, and a stalker story. Do you like to watch all different kinds of horror? What are some of your favorite kinds of horror to watch? What were some of your cinematic influences when making Forgotten Tales?

RY- Well I'm very old school. I love Carpenter, Craven and Hitchcock. I do enjoy gore movies but I'm not too much into making them, as I love suspense more. Will I ever do gore? Probably, but for Forgotten Tales I was trying to go more for story and suspense as opposed to lots of blood and gore. When it comes to watching horror films, I watch everything and anything.

JW- The segment titled Audition dealt a lot with the entertainment industry. In fact, at first I thought the man holding the audition was perpetrating the famous giant woman/little man scam, although you brought the story in a different direction. How much did you pull from your own experiences in entertainment when crafting that story?

RY- I've been to some weird auditions and after experiencing those I started thinking of scenarios in my head wondering what if this Director were psycho and just auditioning girls to find out about them and prey on them. In the segment I receive multiple emails from the Director on why I haven't called or wrote him back about the part and that really happened to me. So I took things that I went through and made the character a stalker/ killer. I play the main actress in that segment because so many actresses said they couldn't do the part because it hit too close to home, which goes to show you how dangerous it is out there.

Who Was that Masked Man?

MANIACBy Mike Thomas
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In the beginning, there was Lon. As the disfigured antagonist in The PHANTOM of the OPERA, his half-masked face hid a horrible secret, only to be revealed at the climax of the film. The formula of the masked villain had been played out in countless films, with the hero unmasking the villain in the end. This worked well for suspense, and it an easy gimmick for an exciting reveal.

In the Golden Age of Horror, villains - monsters - had faces. Frankenstein. Dracula. the Wolfman.. With these characters, it was the creature that was important, not the actor. So anyone, from Bela Lugosi, to John Carradine, to -- Leslie Nielsen could portray the undead creature of the night. (Bar Bet: though Lugosi is most identified with Dracula, it was Count Dooku, Christopher Lee, who played the part more than any other actor). In the Universal Monsters era, there was a revolving door of actors, who played the Frankenstein monster, the Wolfman, the Invisible Man, and so on.

Then came Michael. A faceless entity, terrorizing young, stupid teenagers, impossibly capturing his fleeing prey, despite the fact that his victims ran at breakneck speed, and he lumbered on, only to surprise them from around a corner or a tree or even capturing them in front. His reverse Captain Kirk mask set the tone for the slasher film, even until today.

And before I get everyone in an uproar, even though it was made before HALLOWEEN, I don’t consider The TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE a true slasher film. Let me explain: the character Leatherface was not the soulless, evil killer as enacted by Freddie or Ghostface. The Sawyers were whackadoodles, and Leatherface was basically a child, in a huge, hulking frame, who was strong enough to carry a chainsaw, and who, in reality, IS the star of the film. Second, for a film featuring the aforementioned chainsaw, the violence were comparatively bloodless. Even the most shocking part, the meat hook scene, was edited so deftly, surprisingly little blood was shown in screen. Tobe Hooper left the gore to your imagination.

What Scares You?

Alien 1979Written by Tom Wood
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What, who, why or even how did your fascination with Horror begin? I will give you a minute to think whilst I set the scene. The other day, I was driving my car to work; A journey that has been done a thousand times before and as a result, it has become so tedious; so pathetically boring; I could probably do it with my eyes closed and without thinking (not that I will of course, that would just be plain dangerous on so many levels); But my point is, whilst I was driving, a question, not just any old question, but that question popped and buried itself deep into the back of my head. A simple question of What made me interested in Horror? Had evolved and mutated like a diseased zombie into further questioning and so forth, that in the end, a whole day had gone by with many unanswered questions.

For me, I just love Ridley Scott’s ‘Alien’. I remember first watching the film as a teenager thinking how scary it must have been for Sigourney Weaver’s character to be trapped isolated somewhere, being hunted by a seven foot monster and having very little to defend yourself with. Since then, I've read any scary book, watched any scary film, even played any scary video game I could to get that same buzz of being scared; That paranoia of not knowing what’s about to happen is what started my fascination.

As simple as that may have sounded, I wasn’t fully satisfied. It’s easy enough to put on a mask and shout Boo whenever someone walks past. But, like a child walking past a sweet shop, I wanted to know what scares people. I could ask dozens of people what makes a Horror film scary and still get a dozen different answers. I was better off asking How long is a piece of string?

Since time began, Horror stories have been found in every culture around the world; From early recordings of folktales and myths of Were Wolves and superstitions to Victorian Gothic Fiction, such as ‘Dracula’ and ‘Frankenstein’; and even The Brothers Grimm with their versions of folktales - ‘Little Red Riding Hood’, ‘Rumpelstiltskin’. Even in the early days of silent film, Horror stories have been told such as ‘The Golem’ in 1915.

Alfred Hitchcock is to me, the master of suspense. Both ‘The Birds’ and ‘Psycho’ had me glued to the Television Set, and in my opinion set the bar very high for future horror filmmakers to compete with. This was back in the fifties and sixties where the film industry never had use of special effects or CGI, making use of what they had. Hitchcock knew how to make something work out of nothing, building suspense through music, sometimes through silence and often collaborated with the same actors so he knew how to get the best from his crew.

'Thicker Than Water' official selection of The FANtastic Horror Film Festival

Thicker Than Water PosterMore news coming out of this years The FANtastic Horror Film Festival.

The indie horror film Thicker Than Water has just been announced as an official selection. Read all the details below.

From The Press Release
The FANtastic Horror Film Festival chooses as its next Official Selection for their 2015 Season, Kevin R. Phipps’ Horror movie, from Rangelo Productions - THICKER THAN WATER.

SYNOPSIS After her husband is infected in the zombie apocalypse, a dedicated, loving wife to tries to keep her husband in her life, regardless of the consequences.

As his condition grows worse, she must find a way to end this madness before all is lost.

Tagline: A simple tale of two people's eternal love through sickness and in health, or is it?

Website: www.rangeloproductions.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Thicker-Than-Water-FilmShort/264570497075576

About the FANtastic Horror Film Festival
The FANtastic Horror Film Festival is dedicated to providing an outlet for Independent Horror Films with a focus on movie viewers and the filmmakers. For three days, San Diego will be the Horror Capital of the United States, and plans to own Halloween.

A couple dozen films and as many shorts will be presented to the fans of Horror in San Diego. Film Distributors are invited to review the best in Independent Horror, and more important, Horror Fans will have a Party!

The Ladies of the House (2014) review

The Ladies of The HouseReviewed by Jonathan Weichsel
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The Ladies of the House
Starring: Farah White, Melodie Sisk, Brina Palencia, Belladonna, Gabriel Horn, Samrat Chakrabarti, Rj Hanson, and Frank Mosley
Directed by: John Stewart Wildman

When you're a film critic, your inbox and Facebook messenger can get clogged with so many requests to review films that it can be overwhelming. I get maybe five or six requests to review movies a day, coming from everybody from professional publicists, to teenage filmmakers making movies in their parent's backyards, and everybody in between. And the thing is, you have to say no to most of these movies, because you know that most of them are going to suck and you'd drive yourself crazy watching them, and also because you simply don't have the time.

Still, when director John Stewart Wildman sent me an unsolicited email to review his film (how these people find my email address is beyond me), I said yes, and the three reasons I said yes were 1) because his email was addressed to me personally as opposed to being a form email, 2) his email was professionally written, and 3) he knew enough about my reviews to know that I have an interest in horror films that deal with gender politics. Even so, I wasn't expecting much. I mean, here's a first-time director whose major IMDB credit is acting in a notoriously bad 1980's B movie.

Well sometimes life surprises you, and The Ladies of the House is a twisted little horror gem that works as a tense thriller, a satisfying revenge flick, a gory torture/cannibal film, and oddly enough, a convincing story of romantic obsession, and anybody who likes their horror weird, smart, and extreme should go watch like, right now.

Jared Masters 'Ballet of Blood' green band trailer releases

Ballet of Blood SmallJared Masters highly anticipated underground horror film Ballet of Blood is getting closer to releasing. The films green band trailer has been released. Watch it below the official details.

From The Press Release
Her mind was a forest of blood. She craved insanity. The motion picture that has been regarded as the most highly anticipated underground horror film of 2015 has poked its head out of the dark cinematic sea to release its first official trailer. Ballet of Blood is a film about deadly ballerinas. Its creator, Jared Masters, has always loved the ballet, and really got to express that in this picture. The million-dollar mermaid Sydney Raye stars as Nisa, the sick and sexy psychopath that sprays bullets and seduces her dance instructor, without even trying. Will she get away with her plans of murdering everybody at the company? Ballet of Blood, a psychedelic deluge in terror.

The film co-stars Jessica Knopf as the partner in crime. Laura Amelia as the dance teacher, Delphine, and Julia Faye West as company co-owner, Wren Heyward. The film also features Mindy Robinson as the prima ballerina, Sylvie, with Walter Hochbrueckner, Vera R. Taylor, Rubi Garcia, Marla Martinez, Jacqueline Marie Alberto, Dawna Lee Heising, Dallas Chandler, Krystall Schott, Georgie Borchardt, Sky Patterson, Christopher Arias, Kimberly Cohen, Marylyn Brooks, Tristan Alexander and Shelise Hufstetler.

Produced by Julia Faye West, Sydney Raye, Vera R. Taylor, Walter Hochbrueckner, John Gonatos, Mikko Tervonen, Michael Anthony and Bouvier. Production design by Mystic Marlow. Art Direction by Ryan Henneman. Sound by Jean-Paul Inesta, stills by Mark Rakocy, script supervision by Jonathan Weichsel, make-up by Maggie A. Ellis, assistant producer: publicity division Seth Metoyer, script editing by H. Raven Rose. Casting associates Mikhail Gabriel Curri and Sunny Vachher. Written and directed by Jared Masters.

Monster Dog (1984) review

Monster DogReviewed by Kevin Scott
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Monster Dog (1984)
Written by: Claudio Fragrasso
Directed by: Claudio Fragrasso
Cast: Vince (Alice Cooper), Sandra (Victoria Vera), Angela (Pepita James), Pepa Sarsa (Marilou), Carlos Santurio (Frank), Ricardo Palacios (Sheriff Morrison), Barta Barri (Old Man),

Horror film anomalies are one of my favorite things ever. An occurrence of happenstance that is just so weird and off kilter, it could never occur or even be suggested again. Ironically, these strange and random acts of film kismet, hold a very important place in the legacy of horror films. Case in point would be Alice Cooper’s only (as far as I know) starring film role. He made a memorable turn in John Carpenter’s “Prince of Darkness” as a supporting character, but never as a leading man, other than “Monster Dog”. This is a 1984 film that I remember renting just because it had Alice Cooper in it.

I’m going to reveal my hand early and go ahead and put my biases about Alice Cooper on the table. I’m a diehard Alice fan, and have loved him ever since I saw him do “Welcome to my Nightmare” on the Muppet Show. He’s a consummate showman, and a master of how important stunning and shocking visuals are to any rock show experience. I saw him in 2011, and he hasn’t lost a thing. So I say that just so I can say this, a strange little horror anomaly like this is perfect to showcase what’s great about him. I’m going to do my best to point out what I wish this would have or could have been.

First teaser trailer for MASSACRE releases

MASSACREBy Seth Metoyer
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The first teaser trailer from MASSACRE written by Pandie Suicide, featuring Billy Morrison (Billy Idol), London May (Samhain) and more with music and a cameo appearance by Jeordie White (Twiggy) of Marilyn Manson and Rob Patterson has released.

Find the teaser trailer below the official details.

From The Press Release
The first teaser trailer from DEATHAUS FILMS’ bloody horror short MASSACRE, has just been released via the film’s Youtube account today. The film features rockstar cameos galore, with the two male leads being played by LONDON MAY (Samhain) , and BILLY MORRISON (Billy Idol,The Cult). But if two rockstars wasn’t enough, the film also features a brief guest appearance by JEORDIE WHITE (Marilyn Manson) as a Street Detective, ROB PATTERSON (ex-Korn, Filter, Otep) as a police officer and JEFF HILLIARD (‘The Good life’) as a criminal. The music for the film was also composed by JEORDIE WHITE & ROB PATTERSON, and features a track from artist and musician SHANNON CRAWFORD.

Directed by award-winning director ERIK BOCCIO (Pussy Riot’s ‘Putin Lights Up the Fires’ video/ prolific funnyordie.com Director under the moniker ‘Weird Fellas’), produced by Damian Lea (Cemetery Gates) and New Zealand-born writer, actress and Suicide Girl, PANDIE SUICIDE (Ditch Day Massacre, David Lynch’s “Crazy Clown Time”), the film centers around Marianne James, a girl who wakes up at the site of a bloody mass murder and can’t remember what happened.

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