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'Clownhouse' (1989) review

Clownhouse 1989 ReviewReviewed By: Chris Wright

Clownhouse (1989)
Directed By: Victor Salva
Written By: Victor Salva

Starring: Nathan Forrest Winters (Casey), Brian McHugh (Geoffrey), Sam Rockwell (Randy), Michael Jerome West (Lunatic Cheezo), Byron Weible (Lunatic Bippo), David C. Reinnecker (Lunatic Dippo), Timothy Enos (Real Cheezo), Frank Diamanti (Real Bippo), Karl-Heinz Teuber (Real Dippo), Viletta Skillman (Mother), Gloria Belsky (Fortune Teller), Tom Mottram (Ringmaster), Erika (Storekeeper), Jasper Watts (Storekeeper Assistant), Bobby Salem (Booth Barker)

I had heard of this film in passing but never made the effort to actually watch it. I mostly know director Victor Salva from his work on the “Jeepers Creepers” movies. To my surprise, this movie is incredibly atmospheric and has just enough creep factor to make a person’s phobia of clowns increase.

The plot revolves around three young brothers who are alone while their parents are away. Shortly thereafter, some escaped mental patients murder some clowns at the circus and dress up like them. The boys in town are soon harassed by the clowns; and the boys fight to save their own lives. If you have a fear of clowns, this film certainly won’t make it better! An underlying plot of this movie is making you fear them more than ever.

There is a good deal of character development between the three brothers. One of my fears with younger actors is the acting and development would be sorely lacking. Thankfully “Clownhouse” didn’t venture down the mundane territory in the boys acting. The oldest (Randy) is a bit of a bully to his youngest brother. The second youngest brother (Geoffrey) is more level headed. And of course the youngest (Casey) is the one with the fear of clowns.

Horror movie ‘Pernicious’ acquired by Benetone Films Distribution Division

Perniciousby Seth Metoyer

The wait is almost over for those who've been gnawing at the bit for the release of James Cullen Bressack's horror film Pernicious (review).

When I asked Director James Cullen Bressack if there was anything he'd like to convey about the film to our readers, he stated "I'm excited for everyone to see this film. It's my favorite of my finished films."

According to The Wrap, Thailand-based company Benetone Films has launched a distribution division and has acquired its first film, James Cullen Bressack’s “Pernicious.”

The distribution division will be fronted by the company’s CEO Rachvin Narula, COO Kulthep Narula and President of Production Daemon Hillin.

The film, written and directed by James Cullen Bressack, “Pernicious” stars Emily O’Brien, Ciara Hanna and Jackie Moore as three girls on vacation in Thailand who unwittingly release the spirit of a murdered child with only revenge on her mind.

Pernicious will be released theatrically on June 19 in the US with VOD release on the same day, and will additionally be distributed theatrically in Thailand.

Benetone also plans to release several more movies in the US and Thailand in 2015.

Fresh new Zombie novel 'OUTBREAK: THE HUNGER' released by Severed Press

Outbreak: The Hungerby Seth Metoyer

The debut Zombie novel from horror author Scott Shoyer has officially dropped. I really dig the fresh approach to the genre that this book brings to the table. Check out all the details below and order your digital or paperback copy from Amazon here.

From The Press Release
Scott Shoyer, a local Austin, Texas author with a wicked mind for horror, has just had his debut zombie novel, OUTBREAK: THE HUNGER, published by Sev-ered Press. Shoyer’s novel was released on April 14, 2015 and is now available in paperback and eBook formats.

OUTBREAK: THE HUNGER is a fast-paced, gory look at events leading up to the outbreak of a zombie virus. This virus, Shoyer promises, is one you haven’t seen before. The story unfolds from the perspective of two separate groups of people: An elite group of soldiers acting “Above Top Secret” that try to identify and stop the outbreak, and a group of families visiting the Austin Zoo, where the outbreak begins to spread. Trapped at the zoo, the small group of visitors must band together to try and survive the deadly outbreak. Survival, though, won’t be easy especially since they are at ground zero!

Shoyer promises readers his debut novel, the first in a trilogy, will offer a fresh and unique look at what he believes has become a stale sub-genre. As Shoyer says:

“Sure there’s a lot of zombie novels out there, but I set out to give horror and zombie fans something different. I didn’t want to write just another version of the same old story.”

Award winning Actor/Producer Mem Ferda joins ‘A PUNTERS PRAYER’

A Punters Prayer
Award winning Mem Ferda (A Life Of Violence,The Devil’s Double, Hyena) has signed to feature in Cypriot Indie film ‘A PUNTERS PRAYER’, the debut feature by Savvas D. Michael.

Set in Palmers Green, London, ‘A Punters Prayer’ is an intense story about a group of friends who meet habitually at the local betting office to indulge in their favorite pastime of laddish banter, lamenting about life and family, but most critically, satisfying their addiction to gambling.

Written and directed by first timer, Savvas D. Michael, it also stars; Dexter Fletcher (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels) and Daniel Caltagirone (The Pianist).

In a recent interview, Mem Ferda, who plays Bektash Ali, the local Turkish Mafia Boss, commented,“it’s an intriguing, smart, urban satire, bursting with authentic and intriguing characters and should do extremely well’’. Mem who has recently wrapped on Mark McQueen’s powerful action film ‘A Life of Violence’ and can soon be seen sharing the screen with Hollywood ‘A’ Lister’s Drew Barrymore and Toni Collette in the comedy drama ‘Miss You Already’ directed by Catherine Hardwicke (release - September 2015), went on to say “irrespective of budget constraints, low-budget films now stand proudly next to higher budget ones, at many of the world's great festivals. ‘A Punter’s Prayer’, should do extremely well".

'The White Faced Man' review

By Jonathan Weichsel

The White Faced Man is a fifty minute long DIY horror-thriller directed by Luke Ramer and starring Gerald Prince, about a hit man who is only hired to kill scummy people, who learns that his wife is pregnant and must decide whether or not to give up contract killing. He goes to sleep, and wakes up in a nightmare version of his neighborhood where he and a neighbor are chased by "the white faced man," a supernatural killer with a scythe.

While Gerald Prince does a decent job as the lead, the supporting cast is a mixed bag, with the actress who plays his wife being the worst in the cast. The opening scene of the hit man doing his job is stylish, and the nightmare world is effectively surreal, just different enough from the real world to be unnerving, without going overboard. The white faced man who attacks them is menacing, and the scenes of him attacking the hit man and his neighbor are actually scary.

The film really starts to work when it enters the nightmare world, but then unfortunately it quickly cuts back to the story of the hit man and his wife. This is problematic for a number of reasons. The first is that the forward momentum that comes from the couple running from the killer is completely lost when this happens, along with the suspense and atmosphere. The second is that the scenes between the hit man and his wife aren't very good. The two actors share zero chemistry, and the dialogue is all exposition about their relationship and how they feel. The third is that it's unnecessary.

Exclusive: 'The Bone Box' heads towards pre-production

The Bone Box THE BONE BOX is a new horror film moving towards pre-production. Written and to-be-directed by first-time helmer, Luke Genton, the film follows a grave robber who comes to believe he’s being haunted by those he stole from.

THE BONE BOX is a one-location, character-driven ghost story in the vein of THE OTHERS and INSIDIOUS. The film stars Maria Olsen (STARRY EYES, PERCY JACKSON & THE OLYMPIANS: THE LIGHTNING THIEF), Austin Highsmith (DOLPHIN TALE, DOLPHIN TALE 2, GANGSTER SQUAD), and Gareth Koorzen (MY NAME IS VIVIENNE). Rounding out the cast is the popular Katie Parker (ABSENTIA, OCULUS).

THE BONE BOX is a passion project; one that Genton has been developing with Koorzen for the past year. The team is attaching talent, shooting a teaser, and will soon be launching a Kickstarter campaign to fund the project. Check out a full synopsis below, watch for more news on the Kickstarter campaign, and if you want to learn more about the movie, in general, you can contact Luke Genton at LGenton[at]gmail.com.

On the scene of 'House of Manson' Los Angeles Premiere at North Hollywood Cinefest

House of Manson LA Premiere (Photo by Pearry Teo)
By Jonathan Weichsel

House of Manson, directed by Brandon Slagle, the filmmaker best known for The Black Dahlia Haunting and Dead Sea, stars Ryan Kiser as Charles Manson, and tells the story of the rise and fall of The Manson Family. The film also stars Devanny Pinn, Reid Warner, Serena Lorien, Suzi Lorraine, Chriss Anglin, Erin Marie Hogan, Tristan Risk, Britt Griffith, Max Wasa, Adrian Quihuis, Mel Turner, Julie Rose, Ryan Cleary,Tawny Amber Young, Trish Cook, Jason McNeil, Amy Hessler, and many, many more.

Given its large and popular cast, it is no wonder that House of Manson had such a well-attended Los Angeles premier at the North Hollywood Cinefest on Monday, April 13th. The film had such an overwhelmingly positive reaction from the audience, made up of filmmakers, actors, and fans of Director Brandon Slagle's previous films, that rather than give my own impression, I decided to talk to some of the audience to get their immediate, unfiltered reactions to the film.

Corpsy Rhine, publisher and deaditor-in-chief at Girls and Corpses magazine had a visceral reaction to the movie, stating that "House of Manson is like being in the room invisible and watching the entire gore and mayhem and feeling each stab in your own body. Ryan Kiser gives a haunting, brilliant, and oddly sympathetic portrayal of Manson."

Exclusive: Interview with 'BETHANY' Director James Cullen Bressack and special guest Zack Ward

James Cullen Bressack and Zack WardInterview by Kevin Scott

I had the privilege recently to talk with the very talented director James Cullen Bressack. He’s becoming the Cameron Crowe of Horror directors by being a wunderkind and showing mind blowing talent as a writer and director even before he could buy his own beer. I was grateful to get some insight from him, find out what inspired him, and see what’s next. Special thanks to actor/producer/writer Zack Ward for joining in on the interview.

KS: I know that you get this a lot, but you are a really young guy. You seem so close to the golden age of VHS, with a love for such classics as “Basket Case” and the William Lustig films, yet you are a generation removed. How did you discover them?

JCB: I got really into watching VHS stuff. My Dad had “Hellraiser” on VHS. I just always had a love for horror and a desire to see more and more crazy stuff. I just gravitated to the films of the 1980’s. Then my uncle suggested “Basket Case” to me and told me that I would like it. It ended up being one of those films that changed my perception. I just love really violent stuff, the grosser the better. I have an Elite Hunting tattoo from “Hostel” on my chest.

KS: Did you grow up in California, I know that your parents worked in the entertainment industry?

JCB: Yeah, I grew up in Los Angeles.

KS: I know you love the original “Maniac”. I thought the Lustig and Aja produced remake was pretty solid. Did you like it?

JCB: I love the first person POV stuff.

KS: Did you go to film school?

JCB: For a week, and then I ended up dropping out. I often say that “My Pure Joy” was my film school.

The Devil is coming back in 'Krampus: The Devil Returns'

By Seth Metoyer

Director Jason Hull will be helming the sequel to his 2014 film Krampus: The Christmas Devil. Krampus: The Devil Returns will begin filming this winter. Read all about if below!

From The Press Release:
Director Jason Hull and Snowdog Studio announce their sequel to 2014's"Krampus: The Christmas Devil," in "Krampus: The Devil Returns." Jason states that production on this rendition will be further elevated, promising to include more of "what the fans requested," in more blood, more Krampus, more Santa, and a spectacular cast.

Attached to the film are Bill Moseley (Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, Devil's Rejects), Kane Hodder (Friday the 13th VII, VIII, and X, Frozen), Robert Mukes (House of 1,000 Corpses), Tiffani Fest (Circus of the Dead), and scream queen darling Melantha Blackthorne (Sinners and Saints, A Grim Becoming) will be joining various returning members from the prior cast, including Rich Goteri, Mike Mili, A.J. Leslie, Darin Foltz, and Paul Ferm returning as Santa. Krampus is based on actual mythology dating back to 17th century Alpine/Eastern European lore. Krampus is Saint Nick's evil brother. However, unlike St. Nick, Krampus brings wrath on children who misbehave. This story takes place shortly after the demise of Jeremy's (A.J. Leslie) family. Krampus has returned to this small community and is seemingly out of control on his quest to punish bad children.

First 'Dwelling' trailer emerges from the darkness

Dwelling Trailer Released
By Seth Metoyer

The first official trailer for the exciting upcoming paranormal thriller Dwelling from writer/director Kyle Mecca has released.

The film features two of my favorite cinematic Sirens, Erin Marie Hogan and Devanny Pinn. I really like what I see so far. Looking forward to the film!

Check out all the details below, including the trailer.

From The Press Release:
BeWILdered Media Productions, the independent film production company based in , has released the first trailer for their upcoming film “Dwelling."

Erin Marie Hogan and Mu-Shaka Benson, give us a glance inside the eerie, and spellbinding paranormal thriller, co-starring Devanny Pinn. “Dwelling,” a mysterious and rare slow burn, looks to honor the classic haunts from the genre.

Written and directed by Kyle Mecca, the story follows Ellie (Erin Marie Hogan), a young woman who deliberately buys a haunted house in attempt to make contact with the spirit world. Driven by a horrific experience in her past involving her sister, River (Devanny Pinn), Ellie releases a soul that is more malevolent and terrifying than she could ever imagine.


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