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Lesbian Horror Romance 'BY DAY'S END' will merge love, found footage and zombies

By Day's End

Love is never an easy road. And that will be none more apparent when filmmaker Michael Souder makes his directorial debut on BY DAY'S END, a found footage thriller that will mesh the zombie apocalypse with the relationship drama seen from the perspective of a lesbian couple.

Exclusively centered around Carly and Rina's efforts to mend their deteriorating relationship while trying to survive a pandemic disease that has ravaged the world, the film will aim to tell an emotional love story wrapped around a premise horror fans have grown to love: the zombie survivalist thriller.

Previously a finalist in screenplay competitions including the Creative World Awards and Screencraft Horror, Souder will direct from a script written by himself and co-writer Justin Calen Chenn, creator of genre festival favorite 'Folklore,' which starred Ruth Connell (CW's Supernatural) and Laura Waddell (Saving Mr. Banks) and viral short sensation 'Sapphire Strange.'

BY DAY'S END will be produced also by Souder and executive producer Joe Wasem through production company, Hunger LLC. Lensing will be done by DOP Benjamin Bertucci and makeup and SFX will be headed by Lillian Vince.

Cast wise, fresh off her win as Best Actress at INK Fest for play 'Girls. In Boys Pants,' BY DAY'S END will pair fast rising actresses Lyndsey Lantz and Andrea Nelson (Encounter, Darren Lynn Bousman's The Devil's Carnival) in the roles of Carly and Rina respectively.

Some crazy MANIA questions for Director Jessica Cameron; MANIA teaser trailer releases

By Jonathan Weichsel

As you all know, I am a huge fan of the directorial work of Jessica Cameron, and loved her first feature film, Truth or Dare (review). Cameron is finishing up the final edit of Mania (Produced by Mem Ferda, Gunned Down, Pusher), her second feature as a director, and she took a few moments out of her busy schedule to answer some burning questions I had about the film. Check out the the first teaser trailer for MANIA below the interview and details.

JW: I know from watching movies with you and talking about them that you like movies with a lot of nudity and sex, and now with Mania it looks like you have directed one. What is it about nudity and sex in movies that you find appealing?

JC: HA HA HA! I can honestly say that no one has ever asked me that before. Sex is a very powerful thing, in life and on film. When it's appropriate to the film, and not just an after-thought or a marketing ploy, it can really push the characters and their passions through the scenes. I hate it when nudity and sex are just thrown in poorly and without any purpose, as a viewer and an actress. I want sex scenes to be done right and for the right reasons, and when they are it can be amazing.

JW: You also like very violent, gory movies. Truth or Dare really pushes the boundaries with its gore. With Mania, did you feel the need to push the boundaries even further?

JC : You know, I never really intended to push boundaries with Truth or Dare. It feels like a very organic story to me and it goes exactly where the characters needed it to go. So I don't think that way. Working through the script in Mania was a very similar process for me in that the violence just had to feel right for the story and the characters.

Mania is a very different film than Truth or Dare. I don't think the public will find it nearly as offensive as they found Truth or Dare to be, but then again I didn't expect anyone to really be that bothered by Truth or Dare either. With the Truth or Dare sequel on the other hand, we are trying to push it even further than the first one because the story has escalated.

Exclusive: Ten Questions with actress Natalie Burn

Natalie Burn Killer MermaidBy Kevin Scott

I had the distinct pleasure of corresponding with Natalie Burn. Burn’s talented beyond measure and has had a well lived life thus far. Beginning as a dancer and studying at such prestigious schools as The Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow and The Royal Ballet School in London.

She then threw her hand into the acting game, and has worked alongside Sly Stallone himself in Expendables 3, and has recently made a film that deals with the dark side of organ donation, in addition to Awaken and Killer Mermaid (review). It’s pretty impressive not only because it has some noteworthy names in it, but it was also co-written by her as well. She even does her own stunt work. If it’s not apparent by now, she believes in a pretty broad skill set.

Kevin Scott Natalie, thanks so much for talking with More Horror. I’m not even going to call you a triple threat. It goes way further than that. Where did you get such a strong work ethic? Was it instilled through your family, or did it come from somewhere else?

Natalie Burn I would have to say that my work ethic came at a very early age from my mother. As a little girl I would watch Micheal Jackson videos over and over again and mimic his every move. I would not stop until I had it down perfectly. My mother saw the drive I had and decided to push me through into dancing. So we tried at age 6 to get into a Ballet academy in Kiev but I didn't have the right posture and quote "no talent to be a dancer". They would only accept me if my mother promised them that she would stretch and train me at home. I had to work harder and do more than any other girl out there. For every 2 hours a regular girl trained at school it meant that I trained for 6 hours at home. There were times where it would be so uncomfortable and so painful that I would literally start crying and say that I can't do this anymore and what my mum responded had been stuck in my head since. She told me "the most important thing in this world is to never say I Can Not do something, Because nothing changes if you complain". She was determined to make me the best dancer there. It was only after I became the lead ballerina at school that I noticed how people responded to me and to my hard work, since then I have never given up on anything in my life.

‘Dead Kansas’ (2013) Review

Dead KansasReviewed by Jesse Miller

Dead Kansas
Director: Aaron K. Carter
Writers: Aaron K. Carter, Nicholas A. DeNicola
Stars: Erin Miracle, Alexandria Lightford, Aaron Guerrero

Originally released as a web series back in 2013, Director/producer Aaron K. Carter’s Dead Kansas has been edited together into a full-length feature film and released on streaming services for all folks to enjoy.

Dead Kansas is set in post apocalyptic America, where the “rotten” have taken over the Earth, and follows a religious farmer and his teenage daughter as they not only try to survive in this new harsh world but try to survive a local gang that is terrorizing them.

The film is imaginative with its story beats but it’s held back by a shoestring budget – a budget that opts to leave zombies off screen and showcases minimal gore. It’s jarring when spoiled by bigger zombie flicks but with some understanding, I could settle in and enjoy the story.

Dead Kansas may be a horror first and foremost but there’s a vein of bizarre comedy running throughout, as if the film is having a laugh at zombie film caricatures while unfolding the story.

Oddly enough, the mix of bizarre comedy and horror works. It took me a few minutes to settle into the groove but once I saw the feature for what it is, I was able to have more fun with it.

As such, the colorful cast of characters make for a range between the more dramatic performance and something a little loose and lighter. I think the range works and both enjoyed the quieter dramatic scenes and the dryly-comedic scenes.

'The Pyramid' Movie Review

The PyramidReviewed by Shannon Hilson

I’ve been a sucker for a good tomb raiding adventure film ever since I first fell in love with the Indiana Jones movies as a kid. The same goes for absolutely anything to do with ancient Egypt or the pyramids, so naturally I was excited about a chance to check out The Pyramid.

Written by Daniel Meersand and Nick Simon, The Pyramid is directed by Gregory Levasseur (The Hills Have Eyes, Piranha 3D). It makes use of the found footage storytelling device to depict the adventures of father and daughter archaeologists Miles Holden (Denis O’Hare) and Nora Holden (Ashley Hinshaw) as they explore a mysterious three-sided Giza pyramid (most of the pyramids of Giza have four sides) with their team during the Egyptian protests of 2013. At first, they rely on camera-equipped, remote-controlled robot “Shorty” to show them what’s what inside the pyramid. However, when Shorty mysteriously goes offline after examining only a small portion of the pyramid’s interior, the archaeology team decides to enter the pyramid for themselves to get to the bottom of things.

They encounter a number of perils as the plot unfolds, including booby traps, interference from mysterious unseen forces, the journal of a Freemason explorer that tried (and failed) to crack the mysteries of the pyramid, and even a band of undead sphinx cats. Various members of the team wind up falling victim to the various dangers of the pyramid as the plot unfolds.

The Pyramid confused a lot of people and to be fair, I can kind of see why. The found footage technique is juxtaposed with the use of CGI effects, supernatural concepts, classic Egyptian mythos, grisly kills, and more. It takes the viewer a while to figure out exactly what kind of movie they’re watching. Is it a horror film… an adventure film… a history film? Well, it’s really all of the above. Once you decide to take that for what it’s worth and enjoy the ride, this is really a pretty enjoyable film.

'The House at the End of Time' (La Casa del Fin de Los Tiempos) movie review

Lacasa CoverReviewed by Stacey-Beth

Having been released in 2013 in its home country of Venezuela, supernatural thriller La Casa del Fin del Los Tiempos (aka 'The House at The End of Time') has already seen major success there as being the highest grossing thriller that they've had. 

Now that it's overseas and on most VOD platforms, La Casa seems to be marketed as a horror film, which it really isn't, but the film's ability to make you think you're going one way until it takes a sharp left into crazytown is what makes this film outstanding.

After serving 30 years in prison for the alleged murder of her husband, Juan Jose (Gonzalo Cubero) and son, Leopoldo (Rosmel Bustamante), Dulce (Ruddy Rodriguez) is released to spend the rest of her sentence in her home where these supposed crimes took place.  Through a series of (well-done and well-paced) flashbacks and with the help of a priest (Guillermo Garcia), they try to figure out the cause of the murders and who or what exactly is behind it.

I can't give away too much as there are many twists and turns to this tale, but what first-time director/writer Alejandro Hidalgo did was expertly craft an emotional thriller that guided you through each revelation without having to hold your hand the whole time. I say "emotional" because holy crap, La Casa made me cry several times throughout the two viewings I had of it. 

The actors really took their roles seriously and delivered some amazing performances, especially Bustamante as Leopoldo, but the real star was Ruddy Rodriguez as she lead and nailed the story in the film (even in her slightly off-looking old lady makeup).

'Outbreak: The Hunger' by Scott Shoyer: A Review

Outbreak: The HungerBook review by Shannon Hilson

I'll admit it right out of the gate. At one point, I was pretty much the hardest sell there is when it came to anything to do with zombies. I flat-out didn’t like anything about the whole concept or the whole zombie craze that’s been in full swing for a while now. However, modern approaches to the zombie genre that think outside the box and approach things from a fresh angle have been changing my mind in recent years. As is the case for a lot of newer zombie converts, AMC’s The Walking Dead is partially responsible. However, Dead is far from the only approach to zombies I’ve experienced recently that has shown me the light.

Outbreak: The Hunger is a perfect example of what I’m talking about. When it comes to anything “zombie”, the first question on my mind is always: “How’s it all going to go down?” As the title may already suggest, a virus gone rogue is the culprit in The Hunger. However, this virus is capable of affecting and spreading via animals as well as it is people. The main storyline of the book follows the adventures of a father and his young daughter as they enjoy an ordinary day at the zoo that quickly becomes anything but. They are joined by a varied cast of supporting characters, each of whom is attempting to make sense of an increasingly disturbing series of events in their own way.

Newcomer Scott Shoyer has a real gift for storytelling and it becomes clear within the first couple of chapters that fast-paced action scenes and satisfyingly grisly kill scenes are his forte. He doesn’t shy away from getting really bloody with his kills either, but trust me when I say that it’s just bloody enough to blow your hair back. (Think of the way Stephen King or Quentin Tarantino would do things.) I’m normally a bigger fan of character building scenes and descriptive sequences when it comes to my reading material, but – even though this book does have those things -- it really was the action sequences that grabbed my attention here and kept me turning the pages. In fact, saying this book really sucked me in would be an understatement. I actually finished it over the course of a single weekend and found myself instantly looking forward to the promised sequels in the same series.

Heir (2015) review

HeirReviewed by Kevin Scott

Heir (2015)
Written by: Richard Powell
Directed by: Richard Powell
Cast: Robert Nolan (Gordon), Bill Oberst Jr. (Denis), Mateo D’Avino (Paul), Stacey Campbell (Kid), Ken Austen (Rotting Pedophile), Jane Pokou (Waitress).

If you have heard the buzz around Fatal Pictures’ new film “Heir”, you can rightfully get pretty excited about it. A convergence of two juggernauts actors of independent horror is what it is, plain and simple. Bill Oberst Jr. and Robert Nolan can masterfully wield the ability to take everyman creepy from an innocuous and subtle unsettledness to a menacing and baneful fever pitch right before your very eyes.

It’s only a natural progression that they would inevitably share the screen together. Every time I watch anything with either of them in it, I know that I’m not going to see the normal world in the same comfortable way for a little while after that. I’m going to be wondering what hidden rage or dark urges the guy sitting next to me on the plane may be suppressing, at least for the moment anyway.

Robert Nolan plays Gordon a family man who has a wife and a young son. At the beginning of the film, he is corresponding with someone via email about setting up a play date. Maybe not a play date in the conventional sense of the word. He brings his young son with him, and they drive to meet his old college friend Denis, played by Bill Oberst Jr. Their first scene together is in a diner where they meet up, and Denis chews up the scenery the same way he’s chewing up his plate of greasy diner food. He radiates an off kilter confidence that produces a strong cocktail of uneasiness when Gordon is visibly apprehensive and unsure of what is going to happen next.

'We Are Still Here' lands in theaters and on VOD in June

We Are Still Hereby Seth Metoyer

After an amazingly successful festival run, Dark Sky Films has announced the theatrical and VOD release of Ted Geoghegan's directorial debut, WE ARE STILL HERE.

The film features a dream cast of genre film veterans and hits theaters and VOD on June 5, 2015. Check out the full details and teaser trailer below.

Directed by Ted Geoghegan
Produced by Travis Stevens, Greg Newman, Malik B. Ali, Badie Ali, Hamza Ali
Cast: Barbara Crampton, Andrew Sensenig, Lisa Marie,
Larry Fessenden, Monte Markham

Film Synopsis
After the death of their college age son, Anne and Paul Sacchetti (Barbara Crampton and Andrew Sensenig) relocate to the snowswept New England hamlet of Aylesbury, a sleepy village where all is most certainly not as it seems. When strange sounds and eerie feelings convince Anne that her son's spirit is still with them, they invite an eccentric, New Age couple (Larry Fessenden and Lisa Marie) to help them get to the bottom of the mystery.

They discover that not only are the house's first residents, the vengeful Dagmar family, still there - but so is an ancient power. A primal darkness slumbers under the old home, waking up every thirty years and demanding the fresh blood of a new family.

'Always Watching: A Marble Hornets Story' coming to VOD and select theaters

Always Watchingby Seth Metoyer

I'm a sucker for killer looking key art. I'm digging on the cover art for the upcoming horror film Always Watching: A Marble Hornets Story.

You can see a larger version of the poster art below the official details. Also, check out the trailer while you're at it. The film releases on VOD and in select theaters on May 15th.

From The Press Release:
Always Watching: A Marble Hornets Story is a full movie continuation of the Marble Hornets YouTube series - a horror story chronicling the strange events and occurrences of a group of high school friends through about 100 entries over the course of 5 years.

The last entry for the series was 9 months ago, so it's about time for an update, right? With 80 million YouTube views and over 408k+ subscribers the cult-like following agrees.

Check out the trailer below. Actors include some familiar faces - Jake McDorman (Greek, American Sniper), Alexandra Breckenridge (The Walking Dead, American Horror Story), Chris Marquette (Freddy vs. Jason) and Doug Jones (Hellboy, Hocus Pocus, Buffy The Vampire Slayer).

The movie is available now on Video On Demand and reached top 3 on iTunes upon release. On May 15th, it will release in select theaters across the country.


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