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New poster and details release for 'American Backwoods: Slew Hampshire'

American Backwoodsby Seth Metoyer

Some new details have been unveiled from the team behind the gory horror film American Backwoods: Slew Hampshire, including a new poster (see below).

From The Press Release
In honor of cast member Dayo Okeniyi's appearance in the newest installment of the Terminator franchise, the team behind American Backwoods: Slew Hampshire has released a new poster AND three new exclusive teaser clips featuring their lead actor.

In addition to his role in Terminator: Genisys, Okeniyi has typically played supporting characters in Hollywood films like The Hunger Games and Runner Runner - but his work in American Backwoods: Slew Hampshire represents his first as a leading man. Despite being his only foray into the horror genre to date, his performance as "Bro" - the reluctant hero amidst an ensemble of creeps, cretins and creatures - has been widely lauded and even garnered him a nomination for "Best Actor" at the Shockfest Film Festival.

Since its release in June, American Backwoods: Slew Hampshire - which was awarded "Goriest Scene of the Year" by Rue Morgue Magazine - has been recognized as a stand-out amongst this year's crop of indie slashers and has been racking up recommendations by online horror critics. In addition to the newly released exclusive teaser clips, their official full-length trailer is linked below. Also, three previously released teaser clips are viewable on their youtube channel.

Pearry Teo's 'Pale Horse' in post production; up next 'Amityville Nightmares'

Amityville Nightmaresby Seth Metoyer

Director Pearry Teo (Curse of Sleeping Beauty, Dracula: The Dark Prince, Necromentia) has finished directing the gothic horror feature Pale Horse and is getting ready to helm his next feature Amityville Nightmares.

Check out the the Pale Horse trailer below the official details about Amityville Nightmares (and teaser poster).

From The Press Release
Coming off the success of Pale Horse, producer Kim Durham, and production partners, Wayne and Maria Durham have acquired the rights to bestselling author Amy Miles new book 'Visitation: An Amityville Nightmare Novel, along with the rights to Award winning horror director, Pearry Teo's (Curse of Sleeping Beauty, Dracula) screenplay by the same title. Teo has been attached to direct the picture which is currently in pre-production.

The novel is inspired by the Amityville Horror series and will focus on theories and real life accounts of the original DeFeo murders.

“At this point, it is an honor to have a peak at Amy’s manuscript before it is published, so getting in early into the game proves to be a huge advantage for us” says Teo. “And it’s always a pleasure to work with the Durham team as we really founded a synergy together with Pale Horse".

Amy Miles added, "I have always been fascinated with paranormal activity, evil spirits crossing over into our realm and wondering what the reasons are for these unexplained events. After researching various tales I began to write VISITATION, an Amityville Nightmare novel, inspired by true events. This novel blends fear of reality with a very real fear of what could be. I’m thrilled to partner with Pearry Teo to bring the story to life.”

Hell Comes to Frogtown (1987) review

Reviewed by Kevin Scott,

Hell Comes to Frogtown (1987)
Written by: Donald G. Jackson, Randall Frakes
Directed by: Donald G. Jackson
Cast: “Rowdy” Roddy Piper (Sam Hell), Sandahl Bergman (Spangle), William Smith (Captain Devlin), Cec Verrell (Centinella), Kristi Somers (Arabella), Rory Calhoun (Looney Tunes), Cliff Bemis (Leroy).

I don’t really know what to make of the name “Hell Comes to Frogtown”. I think it has served a dual purpose in being clever, and keeping me from seeing this film. The play on words is the clever part. Our hero’s name is Sam Hell, and guess what-he’s headed to Frogtown. Then again, it would be quite logical to assume that this could be a low budget Jim Henson film wannabe, and I guess it is. However, after I watched it, I’ve come to realize that it’s way more subversive than that. The two lead actors are unlikely choices for a film like this, and possibly the main draw for genre fans to give it a chance.

Roddy Piper was a wrestling superstar at this point and was trying to become a bona fide film star way before Dwayne Johnson tried it. His most high profile project “John Carpenter’s They Live” came out just a few months after this in 1988. His street cred as a wrestler could have helped in a theatrical release, and after “They Live”, maybe this little film would get a boost in home video circulation. This was a New World film, and although not helmed by the legendary Roger Corman at this point, it was a machine that churned out home video solid gold in the mid to late 1980’s. The other draw was the female lead. Sandahl Bergman was already a sword and sandal icon from her performance in “Conan the Barbarian”, and the go to actress for the tough/sexy factor.

Trailer for 'Miss You Already' releases

Mem Ferda and Drew BarrymoreMem Ferda is widely known for his roles as villains and crooks (Gunned Down, Ill Manors and The Devil's Double) and as a producer of indie horror films (Truth Or Dare, MANIA, Desolation). Now Ferda is giving a go as a compassionate character in the upcoming British-American Rom-Com Miss You Already.

'Miss You Already', a British-American romantic comedy set for release later in the year, shows London based actor Mem Ferda’s soft side as he plays Ahmet, a friendly taxi driver. Starring Drew Barrymore, Toni Collette and Dominic Cooper, Ferda makes an appearance alongside some of Hollywood’s greatest actors and can be seen in the brand new trailer for the movie.

Directed by the woman behind the highly successful Twilight films, Catherine Hardwicke, Miss you Already portrays the relationship between Jess and Milly, two childhood best friends. Both happily married, their lives are transformed when one becomes pregnant and the other becomes seriously ill. Mem Ferda says, “I’m really looking forward for Miss You Already to be released in September and I’m excited for the film’s reception as it’s a fabulous story with a great cast. Working with two amazing actresses, Drew and Toni, was a dream come true and a remarkable experience. I think this film will touch a lot of people, and it was great to be involved in a classic romantic comedy. This is a fresh role for me, my fans are used to seeing me portray gangsters and baddies – so I hope they like watching Ahmed as much as I enjoyed playing him.”

Twenty Questions with Kristin West

MANIACBy Mike Thomas

Today we have the honor to speak with a very versatile performer. Fearless, she is adept in front of the camera as well as behind the scenes. She’s done shocking films, like CIRCUS of the DEAD, as well as cerebral projects like her Award-Winning PHOENIX SONG. We are honored to talk to Kristin West.

Thank you for taking the time to speak with us.

MH: You have such an innocent face. How did you get connected with horror?
Kristin: Many of my opportunities have been in horror and as my mother always says, “Walk through the open door.” As to having an “innocent face,” I’ve been told that before and it always makes me chuckle. I’ve been called angel-faced, baby-faced, and cherubic—but then some find my eyes a bit sinister. I like playing with that.

MH: What drew you to horror?
Kristin: I have always had a fascination with ghosts and vampires since I was little, so acting in horror genre films seems to bring up a sort of rediscovered childhood for me. I like doing the scaring, though. Even my earlier work had horror elements, like a music video I did for Spindrift, which was homage to Ed Woods.

MH: Do you prefer horror that’s more cerebral, or more in-your-face?
Kristin: I think all horrors start in the mind. I like to see the motivation and the unmet needs of the characters that lead to the carnage. Everyone has his or her story.

Mem Ferda unveils Dan Pringle’s vigilante thriller 'K-SHOP'

K-ShopActor/Producer Mem Ferda introduces Dan Pringle’s vigilante thriller K-SHOP to a global audience. A gritty Sweeney Todd - inspired thriller, K - SHOP is the story of a British kebab shop plagued by binge drinking culture.

After his father is killed in an altercation with drunken thugs, the film’s protagonist Salah (Ziad Abaza) finds himself struggling with the frenzied nightlife that descends upon the family kebab shop night after night. The situation reaches boiling point one night when a fight with an angry customer ends in grizzly circumstance. Salah is forced to dispose of the customer’s dead body and looks to the one place he knows best…the kebabs. As Salah watches his gullible customers devour the new flesh kebabs, he eyes the opportunity to seek revenge on the world. The dark descent into vigilantism begins as he sets about killing others he deems punishable.

Actor / Producer Mem Ferda comments "When my producing partner Adam J Merrifield approached me to co-produce with him on this Sweeney Todd inspired thriller, I was completely bowled over after reading the script penned by Dan Pringle. I can only describe it as an intoxicating, super -slaughter, sweeney todd-esque ride that cleverly has a stab at British binge drinking". Ferda went on to say, "Its high time a socially relevant film like this was made, highlighting the significant problems of drink culture that is prevalent amongst our ‘teen’ society today. Albeit intelligently embodied in a wonderfully entertaining horror thriller. Dan Pringle clearly has the stamp of greatness, he is one of the most exciting of new British directors I have come to know."

Starring: Ziad Abaza, Scot Williams, Darren Morfitt, Reece Noi, and Kristin Atherton.
Producers: Mem Ferda and Adam J Merrifield
Written & Directed by: Dan Pringle

Shorts Double Feature Announcement from FANtastic Horror Film Festival





By Mike Thomas

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

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.

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

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

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.


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