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Phantasm (1979) Review

Phantasam Movie ReviewReviewed By: Chris Wright, Morehorror.com

Directed By: Don Coscarelli
Written By: Don Coscarelli

Starring: A. Michael Baldwin (Mike), Bill Thornbury (Jody), Reggie Bannister (Reggie), Angus Scrimm (The Tall Man), Kathy Lester (Lady in Lavender), Terrie Kalbus (Fortuneteller’s Granddaughter), Kenneth V. Jones (Caretaker), Susan Harper (Girlfriend), Lynn Eastman-Rossi (Sally), David Arntzen (Toby), Ralph Richmond (Bartender), Bill Cone (Tommy), Laura Mann (Double Lavender), Mary Ellen Shaw (Fortuneteller), Myrtle Scotton (Maid)

Boy!!! A quick way to send children behind the sofa is put this often overlooked Phantasm from Don Coscarelli on your television set. I’d be scared to go to a funeral home if I was up at a young age watching this at night! This movie is must see for fans who like low budget movies. “Halloween” may have gotten the most glory but I think “Phantasm” is a worthy top 5 of the 1970s in terms of low budget.

The story revolves around the young teen Mike (A. Michael Baldwin) who has lost his parents and is living with his brother Jody (Bill Thornbury). He is scared to lose Jody and is terrified when he sees a mysterious Tall Man who seems to have super human strength to lift coffins in to hearses. The plot thickens when Mike, Jody and Reggie (Reggie Bannister) discover flying spheres and deceased bodies being shrunk in to dwarfs being used as slaves. This movie’s plot is bizarre but well done. What can be more interesting than a teenage boy with problems, a guitarist and an ice cream man trying to save the world from evil?

I was pleased at how well done the characters are. The teen Mike is a convincing boy with problems and his older brother Jody is the typical “who cares about the boy, he is just a boy” mentality. Who can forget the Tall Man? Angus Scrimm has a terrifying demeanor and the look on his face is enough to keep even adults awake at night. A lot of low budget horror films just have characters that are just there to die. I sincerely wanted them all to live.

Contracted (2013) Review

Contracted Movie 2013By Jennica Lynn Johnson, MoreHorror.com

In college, I remember taking a class in which the professor showed a public service announcement that warned young adults about date-rape. The overall message—like in any stranger-danger warning—was that the effects of the incident don’t end with the morning-after guilt and that there is a fair chance that it could have been prevented all together.

It could be easily said that Contracted (2013) is like an hour and a half-long PSA, but it digs so much deeper than that. It reveals the daily self-consciousness and indignity endured by many women and the great lengths to which they are willing to go in order to achieve love and acceptance.

Written and directed by Eric England (Madison County), Contracted tells the story of Samantha, a young woman uncertain of her sexuality and desperate to rekindle her relationship with her girlfriend Nikki. While at a friend’s party, Samantha is drugged and raped, and she awakens the following morning full of shame and little memory of the man who took advantage of her. As her body begins to take on an unusual, grotesque transformation, Samantha attempts to hide from her friends and her mother what is at first believed to be a sexually transmitted disease. However, she soon discovers that what is happening to her is much deadlier.

Contracted stars Najarra Townsend (Menace), Simon Barrett (You’re Next), Charley Koontz (Rubber), and Katie Stegeman (Madison County). The film also stars Alice Macdonald, making her feature film debut, and horror veteran Caroline Williams (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2).

One of the many highlights of this film is its array of distinct, true-to-life performances, especially from the female talent. Budding actress Najarra Townsend gives an exceptional performance as Samantha, one to which many women could likely relate on some level. Townsend proves to be quite resourceful in her use of body language to present a girl who is lost, alone, and highly vulnerable to criticism.

Animal Planet to release 'Monster Week' horror film, Blood Lake: Attack of the Killer Lampreys

Blood Lakeby Seth Metoyer, MoreHorror.com

There's something in the water, and it isn't just Sharks! First there was Brandon Slagle's Dead Sea. Now there's even more bloody Lamprey action coming in the form of Animal Planet's Blood Lake: Attack of the Killer Lampreys (Directed by James Cullen Bressack). Read more about the film below.

About Blood Lake: Attack of the Killer Lampreys:
Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water. Looking to get in on the campy "Sharknado" phenomenon, Animal Planet has set its own horror film from The Asylum -- the same people behind "Sharknado" -- called "Blood Lake: Attack of the Killer Lampreys," set to premiere this Memorial Day weekend.

The two-hour scripted movie stars Shannen Doherty ("Beverly Hills, 90210"), Christopher Lloyd ("Back to the Future") and Jason Brooks ("Days of Our Lives"), and is directed by James Cullen Bressack ("Pernicious"). Doherty and company battle lampreys -- eel-like fish with huge teeth and funnel-shaped mouths -- after they slide their way into the city's sewer system and start terrorizing the residents of a small Michigan town.

Brooks plays Michael, a fish and wildlife expert who moves to the town with his wife, Cate (Doherty), after being summoned by the town mayor, Akerman (Lloyd), to help deal with its attacking fish problem. ("River Monsters" star Jeremy Wade also makes a cameo.)

But with these blood-suckers on the loose, the town's residents quickly learn that a casual dip in the pool or routine trip to the toilet can turn deadly as the lampreys hunt for their next victim.

The logline states, "There is absolutely nowhere to run, and no one is safe." "Blood Lake" will premiere on Sunday, May 25 at 9 p.m. as part of the network's third annual "Monster Week" (actually nine days long) programming block.

More cotton candy and funnel cakes for 'Carny Girls'

Carny GirlsThe bold, daring and shocking motion picture, written by director Jared Masters (Slink, Teachers’ Day) is now gearing up to shoot his biggest film yet; Carny Girls, the story of two cute white trash sisters who attend a small town carnival and ultimately get lured into working as illusion girls in Tender Wilson’s World's Weirdest Girlie Show, the only tent on the midway that sells out every show.

The girls will be imprisoned by ride operators and must fight to escape, but things get harder after they wake up in Louisiana, with no cell phone or money, there's little hope in returning home. They consider staying with it, but ultimately cannot and will not stand the filthy, lecherous men amongst them.

Emmy award-winner Bill Oberst Jr. is excited about portraying Tender Wilson; he calls this horror story “precious” and encourages you to support the indiegogo campaign because "Jared Masters is the real deal."

For a contribution of just ten U.S. dollars you’ll receive a Special Thanks credit on IMDb! Plus a downloadable web copy of the film upon completion! For a hundred dollar contribution you’ll get the Special Thanks credit on IMDb, an advanced downloadable copy of the script, a special DVD and VHS mailed to you upon completion, a limited edition movie poster signed by the cast, a signed screenplay, and small prop and piece of wardrobe used in film! A five-hundred dollar all-American gentlemanly contribution will get you an advanced downloadable copy of the script, a special DVD and VHS mailed to you upon completion, a limited edition movie poster signed by the cast, signed screenplay, deluxe prop and wardrobe used in the film, Associate Producer credit in film and on IMDb! Also 2 VIP passes to our premiere cast screening party in Hollywood! A very smart contribution you could make would be twenty-five hundred dollars because then you would get partial ownership of film and receive royalties (3% of gross for 4 years) plus all the previous perks mentioned!

Alyce Kills (2011) Film Review

Alyce Kills ReviewReview written by Brandy Bunce, MoreHorror.com

Each one of us I’m sure remembers old friends we use to run in circles with in our early twenties, we drank, partied and stayed out with those friends to the most ungodly hours of the night without regrets. As time marched on, life events like families, jobs and reaching goals began to take over the time we dedicated to those long hours spent throwing back beers with our buddies and we tend to lose touch with some of those friends. Suddenly it hits us; we are what we said we would never become, a working stiff adult. Panic sets in and we begin calling those long lost friends of our drunken partying past for a night on the town for old time’s sake. Does this sound like a scenario you can relate to? If you answered yes, then Alyce Kills will be easily relatable to a point, if you answered no then my guess is you are still in those golden beer drinking years, enjoy it while you can my friend.

Alyce Kills takes the relatable situation I have stated above but gives it a less than relatable twist – your night of reliving the past comes with the accidental almost death of your friend and the guilt passed down knowing you’re the one at fault for the tragic accident. Directed by horror veteran Jay Lee and starring Jade Dornfeld as the socially awkward Alyce, this film takes one lie and spawns it into a series of unfortunate events, guilt driven sex for drugs and ultimately the bloody demise of countless people to cope and cover the one lie that started it all. At least one thing remains the same with Alyce all the way until the end – she does it all without regrets.

This film is fun to watch but it does remind me of a combination of films I have seen in the past, not exactly the breath of fresh air that was expected but definitely not considered a waste of time. Horror fans will be ecstatic over the amounts and methods of kills throughout the film while being a bit shocked and grossed out by the lengths one girl will go to, to deal with the guilt of one accident. If you are a fan of films that the main character is a bit of a weird loner (i.e May from 2002) then you will definitely appreciate Alyce Kills, the main character is almost text book perfect when it comes to being the socially awkward girl pushed too far.

Ballerina Massacre goes public

Ballerina Massacre - Ballet of BloodFrolic Pictures is now allowing you to be involved in the funding of this low-budget horror feature Ballerina Massacre (AKA Ballet of Blood) by offering fantastic perks on its indiegogo campaign to raise additional funds to enable the film for production.

This is an opportunity for you to hitch a ride on a moving terror train that could shatter the horror community as we know it. Jared Masters makes so many movies that it can be challenging to secure necessary funding for each one, especially when he has more than one picture on the table, which he does now. Ballerina Massacre (AKA Ballet of Blood) only needs another twenty-five hundred U.S. dollars for food costs, to feed the cast and crew well, and supply leotards to the dozen ballet-dancing girls.

For contributing ten dollars you will get a Special Thanks credit on IMDb and a downloadable web copy of the film upon its completion! For fifty dollars you will get a Special Thanks credit on IMDb, an advanced downloadable copy of the script, a special DVD and VHS mailed to you upon completion, and limited edition movie poster signed by cast! And, if you really want to be involved, you can be! For a generous contribution of twenty-five hundred dollars you can not only get all the perks previously mentioned but also receive partial ownership of the film while in distribution (3% of gross for 4 years) plus deluxe props and wardrobe used in the film, and Producer credit in the film and on IMDb. You will also get 4 VIP passes to the Hollywood premiere and after party!

Help fund Ballerina Massacre with any amount you can, even if it’s just a dollar, so that when the film drops next year, you’ll be able to say you helped get it made. Support underground filmmaking and take advantage of these amazing perks while you still can.

'Call Girl' horror short film review

Call Girl Movie Review

Reviewed by Jonathan Weichsel, MoreHorror.com

Call Girl, a five minute short directed by Jill Sixx Gevargizian, stands out due to a clever premise, high production values, and an all star cast.

It is very difficult to review short films, because it is almost impossible to do so without giving away too much about the plot. Call Girl follows what has become the classic formula for horror shorts, with a strong setup followed by a surprise twist ending. Call Girl follows this formula perfectly, and is sure to be a crowd pleaser at horror festivals all across the country.

Call Girl stars Laurence R. Harvey, the villain from The Human Centipede 2, as a dirty old man who hires a call girl, played by Tristan Risk of American Mary fame, with the intention of secretly videotaping what he plans to do with her.

Comparing Jill Sixx Gevargizian to the Soskas might be a little too obvious because of her film's cast, but like them she has shown herself to be a director who not only doesn't shrink away from gore, but embraces it as a medium unto itself. The twist ending of Call Girl literally throws gore into the audiences' face, and in-your-face is exactly how I like my horror.

Jill Sixx Gevargizian has already made a name for herself as an advocate of indie horror through Slaughter Movie House, a monthly screening series she started in 2012. Now she has proven herself to be a creator as well. I hope that we get to see many more films from this talented new director.

Neon Maniacs (1986) Review

Neon Maniacs ReviewReviewed By: Chris Wright, Morehorror.com

Directed By: Joseph Mangine
Written By: Mark Patrick Carducci

Starring: Alan Hayes (Steven), Leilani Sarelle (Natalie), Donna Locke (Paula), Victor Elliot Brandt (Devin), David Muir (Wylie), Marta Kober (Lorraine), P.R. Paul (Eugene), Jeff Tyler (Wally), Amber Austin (Lisa), James Acheson (Ray), Chuck Hemingway (Gary), Bo Sabato (Manello), Jessie Lawrence Ferguson (Carson), John Lafayette(Thomas), Gene Bicknell (Cozzie)

Neon Maniacs is by far one of the most obvious 1980s B horror films I have seen in quite some time. It doesn’t try to disguise the era at all with the blaring 80s songs, the teen sex, right down to the slightly cheesy monsters attacking people. I honestly don’t see how this movie has fallen by the wayside as I rarely hear any horror fan talk about it in the least in B movie circles. It is far from perfect but it is at least a fun movie.

The plot is about a bunch of monsters living near the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco coming out at night killing and mutilating people in the surrounding area. A group of teens escape but the local police do not believe the story they are telling them. There is nothing ground breaking in this movie. I was confused throughout why these monsters were randomly living in the Golden Gate Bridge and doing this to begin with. Once I got past that random head scratcher, I enjoyed it for what it was worth.

The characters aren’t particularly spectacular. It was very stereotypical B 80s horror movie since they were one dimensional and anxious to have a one night stand. I wasn’t exactly complaining because those scenes are where the gore starts! At least Natalie (Leilani Sarelle) is likable as the leading lady of the film otherwise almost all the characters would be entirely forgettable from start to finish.

Micro Bay Features first teaser trailer for 'House of Manson' released

House of MansonHouse of Manson chronicles Charles Manson's life from his childhood up until his arrest following the raid on Barker Ranch months after the infamous Tate/LaBianca murders that sent a shockwave not just through Los Angeles, but through the entire world.

The film was written and directed by Brandon Slagle, who was recently deemed the "go-to-gore-guy" by the Hollywood Reporter during their coverage of the European Film Market. While not a "gory" film, "House of Manson" is poised to take a more intense approach to the subject matter than previous film and tv iterations have. The film was produced by Britt Griffith, (co-star of Syfy's Ghosthunters), who also produced Slagle's previous directorial effort, the dark creature feature "Dead Sea", set for retail release in the United States and Canada in May.

Actor Ryan Kiser (Truth or Dare), stars as Charles Manson, having previously played the role in the acclaimed short film "Lie". Rounding out the cast is Reid Warner (Oren Peli's Area 51) as Tex Watson, Chriss Anglin (Call of Duty: Black Ops) as Ronald Hughes, Devanny Pinn (The Black Dahlia Haunting) as Susan Atkins, Serena Lorien as Patricia Krenwinkel, Erin Marie Hogan (Paranormal Entity) as Linda Kasabian, Suzi Lorraine (Music and Lyrics) as Sharon Tate, Tristan Risk (American Mary) as Abigail Folger, as well as Julie Rose, Adrian Quihuis, Mel Turner (Deadliest Warrior), Jason McNeil, Ryan Cleary, Keith Kraft (Beowulf), Trish Cook (Dark Tide), Tawny Amber Young, Max Wasa, Darius Devontaye Green, and many more.

'Carny Girls' are coming to the fair from Frolic Pictures

Carny GirlsCarny Girls!... Where hidden desires are revealed on the midway and run rampant on the inside, hidden behind the tattered canvas walls of the night show!

Emmy award-winner Bill Oberst Jr. is attached to the role of Tender Wilson, owner of the World’s Weirdest Girlie Show; that lures in two young blonde strays from town.

Jared Masters, the “Prince of Horror Erotica” meddles melodrama into macabre cinema again! Sisters, working as human oddities against their will, made to undress and address each customer in the confinement and restraints of their assigned illusion; Spidora The Spider Girl and Norma The Headless Woman. Other female attractions will include Priscilla The Baby Ape, Eleanor The Electric Woman, Misora The Missing Link, Wilma The Wild Woman of Borneo and Donna Don The Half-Boy-Half-Girl. How do they live? How do they love? How do they look in glorious three-strip technicolor, on an authentic fairground in rural Texas, where it could have happened!?

Carny Girls might win awards, it might have a wide theatrical release, it might make history by messing with peoples’ minds, but one thing is for certain; it will grab you, shock you and launch you on far-out trip into a colorful dimension amongst a carnival of creeps and persuasive women of the road. A horrifying adventure; amidst trailer-trash luxuries.

See ten terrifying acts in one gigantic cinematic show! Learn what constitutes marriage under carny law, and find out the true workings of the mad, sex-thirsty carnies who run amuck on the midway and in the dressing rooms of the girlie freak show. This extreme tale of horrifying carnival romance is being made possible by Frolic Pictures (the feature-factory that brought you Slink, 8 Reels of Sewage and Teachers' Day) in association with Dismal Productions.

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