Absurd (1981) review

Absurd PosterReviewed by Chris Wright, Morehorror.com

Absurd” (1981)
Directed By: Joe D'Amato (As Peter Newman)
Written By: George Eastman

Starring: George Eastman (Mikos), Annie Belle (Emily), Charles Borromel (Sergeant Engleman), Katya Berger (Katia Bennett), Kasimir (Willy Bennett), Hanja Kochansky (Carol), Ian Danby (Ian Bennett), Ted Rusoff (Dr. Kramer), Edmund Purdom (Father), Cindy Leadbetter (Peggy), Lucia Ramirez (Angela), Michele Soavi (Biker), Martin Sorrentino (Deputy), Goffredo Unger (Machine Shop Owner)

“Absurd” is definitely absurd. This movie is truly grotesque at times. Joe D’Amato’s movies do not shy away from extremely gory moments. This Italian film is listed among the 39 prosecuted films listed on the British “video nasty” list that were banned entirely for graphic content. This film is under various names. In America, Wizard Video released a VHS big box with a new label called “Monster Hunter.” In some countries it was tacked on to the “Zombi” label as “Zombi 6: Monster Hunter.” Also, some have labeled it “Anthropophagus 2” or “Grim Reaper 2.” The movie had various cuts on each release and to this day has never been given a proper DVD release in its uncut form.

The plot is about a priest who comes to down to get rid of a “monster” that has blood that coagulates very fast. What they do not expect that this monster is nearly unstoppable and soon goes on a killing rampage throughout the town. This plot is suppose to have overtones of D’Amato’s “Anthropophagus” where a human gone mad goes on a killing spree. The only real connection is the director and the person doing the killing (George Eastman) are in it. There is no other connection to that movie. Some have even labeled elements of this movie to John Carpenter’s “Halloween.”

Piranha (1995) review

PiranhaReviewed by Kevin Scott, MoreHorror.com

Piranha (1995)
Written by: Richard Robinson (story), John Sayles (original script)
Produced by: Roger Corman
Directed by: Scott P. Levy
Cast: William Katt (Paul Grogan), Alexandria Paul (Maggie McNamara), Monte Markham (J. R. Randolph), Mila Kunis (Susie Grogan), James Karen (Governor), Leland Orser (Terry Wechsler)

In this day of remakes and re-imaginings, this little anomaly would be anything but unusual. However in 1995, this was a strange curiosity, that was brought into existence for no particular reason that I know of. It was a made as TV movie for the Sci Fi Channel (Yep, that’s the old school spelling back in ’95) when it was still trying to find its niche. Then only three years old, the Sci Fi Channel was more than likely showing reruns of cult favorite tv shows, and had not tapped into the fertile ground of the nouveau B movie that it is now famous for.

I saw the uncut version in its entirety on YouTube and I don’t know if it received any kind of theatrical release anywhere else, because it does have nudity. The classic introduction scene with the unlucky backpackers at the Army research facility holding tank, has a new girl undressing that should be in a Great White video, no free 1970’s love there. That ironically brings me to the point of this being an almost exact remake of the 1978 classic. Not shot for shot, but only minor differences. It was even filmed in some of the same locations. I even read that Roger Corman intended some of the new sets for this film to closely resemble the original sets, to use some of the old piranha attack footage from the 1978 film. I’m not surprised, after all Roger Corman is not known for wasting anything.

As far as plot goes, if you are familiar with the original, it’s pretty faithful. A top secret Army project commandeers a fish hatchery close to a nearby river, and quietly attempts to create a super strain of bloodthirsty Piranha that can survive in any type water to disable enemy river systems in wartime. They are accidentally released into said river, and a reluctant hero and an investigator form an unlike pair to stop the fish from reaching the nearby summer camp. Some unique choices here for the leads. I like both these actors, William Katt and Alexandra Paul. They seem to be taking it seriously, although it’s hard for me to see William Katt as pickled and screwed up as Bradford Dillman seemed to be, and Alexandra Paul seemed a little more buttoned down than Heather Menzies But you know what? It really doesn’t matter.

Full official trailer for 'House of Manson' releases

House of Manson Posterby Seth Metoyer, MoreHorror.com

It was 1969 man, you know -- the Summer of Love. Now that time is being refocused by an upcoming Charles Manson biopic called House of Manson

Following up its US premiere at The Galactic Film Festival in California and its UK premiere at Fright Fest, Micro Bay Features LLC has unleashed the full theatrical trailer for House of Manson. Watch the killer trailer below the official details.

From The Press Release:
"House of Manson" chronicles Charles Manson's life from 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 throughout 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, (Syfy's Ghosthunters), who also produced Slagle's previous directorial effort, the dark creature feature "Dead Sea", which recently sold through at retail outlets.

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.

'Tales of Poe' review

Tales of Poe posterBy Jonathan Weichsel, MoreHorror.com

Tales of Poe, an anthology film directed by Bart Mastronardi and Alan Rowe Kelly, consists of three very strong, but very different short films adapted from the works of Edgar Alan Poe. Some viewers will prefer the straightforward yet creepy The Telltale Heart, others will laugh out loud the campy Tales from the Crypt inspired The Cask of Amontillado, while others will get sucked into the lush visuals of the abstract, surreal Dreams. The three stories in the anthology are all so strong, yet so distinct, that three people could watch the film and each one have a different favorite.

"The Telltale Heart", the most straightforward adaptation in the anthology, is also conversely the one that takes the most interesting liberties with its source material. Switching the genders of the main characters, and having the narrator, brilliantly played by the great Debbie Rochon, tell her story from the confines of a mental hospital, are smart choices that allowed the filmmakers to explore certain themes of Poe's story, which, let's face it, have been explored many times before, in a way that feels new and fresh.

Alan Rowe Kelly is one of the most talented actors working in horror today, and what he is able to do in this film with the character of Miss Lamar is nothing short of stunning. Using just his face while lying in a bed under heavy covers, Kelly is able to shock, scare, and disgust with more gusto and more effectively than most horror actors can using their entire bodies and all four limbs. The Telltale Heart is a creepy, effective piece of horror that perfectly captures the mood of Poe's story, while remaining true to its own unique vision.

"The Cask of Amontillado", the second film in the anthology, was the favorite of many people I spoke to after the screening. In contrast to the creepy opening film, The Cask of Amontillado takes a comedic approach inspired by Tales from the Crypt and Creepshow. The film is successful in its approach, in that it manages to be both funny and scary at the same time.

Director of 'Night of the Living Dead: Rebirth' speaks about his new vision

Night of the Living Dead: Rebirthby Seth Metoyer, MoreHorror.com

We can't seem to get enough of zombies these days and the upcoming Night of the Living Dead: Rebirth will be the directorial debut of independent horror actor Roger Conners. The film is a "revision" or remake of the original Romero classic but we're told with a modern, socio-political twist. Time will tell how moviegoers feel about a reboot of such a classic film, but I'm personally stoked about the possibilities! Read more about the film below.

From The Press Release:
Ohio native and former Chill comic relief Roger Conners has rolled camera and officially moved into principal photography on his directorial debut, Night of the Living Dead: Rebirth. Conners has appeared in over a dozen independent productions with half them being horror titles, and his love for the genre was first kickstarted after his initial viewing of the original George Romero zombie classic, Night of the Living Dead (1968). "The original Night is considered a groundbreaking piece of cinema not only for the impact it had on the modern day horror film, but because of its amazing depiction of the prevalent issues that the American public were faced with at that time," Roger explains. "Topics such as racism, government involvement and cover ups, the exposure of violence through television and media, these are all undertones that are touched on in the original film."

In the last decade Night of the Living Dead has been the recipient of four remakes. Two of the original sequels - Dawn of the Dead and Day of the Dead - have even received the remake treatment. In an age where horror plots are recycled and slapped together with the cheapest of glues, it's important for zombie fans to know that - yes, Night of the Living Dead: Rebirth is a "re-visionment" or remake, but Director Conners aims to take the original narrative style of the Romero franchise and give it a more socio-political twist. Taking Rebirth just a step further than other re-installments will set it away from the pack. Roger mentions his film’s distinguishing qualities, "I feel that many of the current depictions of Night have overlooked the fact that, at the time it was released, the piece was so much more than an Avant-guard horror film. Our goal is to acknowledge all of the elements that made it so pivotal, and that's what I feel will set us apart from the rest."

'Howard Lovecraft and The Three Kingdoms' hits Kickstarter

Lovecraft Hardcover Bookby Seth Metoyer, MoreHorror.com

The Howard Lovecraft and The Three Kingdoms Kickstarter hardcover graphic novel campaign launched Wednesday.

The book is for all ages which I think is rad. Everyone should be exposed to the Lovecraft as early as possible.

Check out the full details below and take a look at the Kickstarter campaign here.

From The Press Release:
We are excited to announce that Howard Lovecraft and The Three Kingdoms launched Wednesday on Kickstarter to celebrate the 124th birthday of Howard Lovecraft.

This beautiful all ages Lovecraft tale combines the very popular Arcana titles; Howard Lovecraft and The Frozen Kingdom, Howard Lovecraft and the Undersea Kingdom and Howard Lovecraft and the Kingdom of Madness into one wonderful Hardcover book you can share with the whole family.

Hidden away from the world is a dangerous book filled with forbidden knowledge. For ages, the mere possession of the book has driven men to madness. On Christmas Eve the unthinkable happens; the book is placed in the hands of a child. Unaware of its danger, Howard Lovecraft opens the books and speaks aloud its forbidden knowledge. Join Howard Lovecraft and his elder god companion Spot as they enter three kingdoms of terrifying creatures and monstrous villains all seeking to gain possession of Howard's book.

We have started our second day of crowd funding with 5% of our funding goal reached! We want to say thank you to those of you who have backed us so far, and to those of you who haven't yet, we need your help!

New images from set of 'HEIR' released

HEIRFatal Pictures recently celebrated a successfully funded Kickstarter campaign for their final short film HEIR. The film promises to be gory, horrific and monstrous and will showcase practical FX.

We've been sent a few stills from the set and thought we'd share them below. Enjoy!

About Heir
Produced by Fatal Pictures in association with Red Sneakers Media, "HEIR" is the final entry in their "Box Cutter Trilogy", a trio of linked shorts each representing “different theories on the origin and operation of sociopaths,”.

The first two shorts, WORM and FAMILIAR have received excellent reviews from around the genre.

Credits
Starring, The Emmy award winning Bill Oberst Jr. (ABRAHAM LINCOLN VS. ZOMBIES, TAKE THIS LOLLIPOP & CHILDREN OF SORROW) & Robert Nolan (WORM, SICK, FAMILIAR) Written & Directed by Richard Powell (CONSUMPTION, WORM, & FAMILIAR) Produced by Zach Green (CONSUMPTION, WORM, & FAMILIAR) Marc Roussel & Ron Basch (REMOTE, ELUSIVE MAN & THE SWEETEST HIPPOPOTAMUS) & Richard Powell, Associate Producer Seth Metoyer (CELL COUNT, AFRAID OF THE DARK & KRAMPUS: THE CHRISTMAS DEVIL) Special Effects by The Butcher Shop (FAMILIAR) Cinematography by Michael Davidson (SICK, FAMILIAR) Editing by John Nicholls (SEX AFTER KIDS, THE SWEETEST HIPPOPOTAMUS) Music & Sound Design by Bernie Greenspoon (CONSUMPTION, WORM, & FAMILIAR).

Damien: Omen II (1978) review

The Omen IIReviewed by Kevin Scott, MoreHorror.com

Damien: Omen II (1978)
Written by: Harvey Bernhard, Stanley Mann, Mike Hodges
Directed by: Don Taylor
Cast: William Holden (Richard Thorn), Lee Grant (Ann Thorn), Jonathan Scott-Taylor (Damien Thorn), Sylvia Sidney (Aunt Marion), Robert Foxworth (Paul Buher), Lance Henriksen (Seargent Neff), Meshach Taylor (Dr. Kane)

I know it may be a bit peculiar to review a sequel without doing a retrospective of a whole series of films, but I actually have never seen this one. I watched it and the third movie “The Final Conflict” with Sam Neill back to back. While I haven’t seen the fourth entry, I can say this is probably the last one that has the feel of the original. I can compare this to “Jaws 2”. While not as powerful as the original, it still seems like it exists in the same world. Also like all the “Jaws” sequels after part two, “The Omen” sequel after this felt like it lost the vibe that made it unsettling in the first place.

This one picks up after the events of the first film when young Damien finds himself between parents after the death of Robert Thorn (Gregory Peck). Robert’s brother, Richard and his wife take custody of Damien and he attends a prestigious military school along with his adopted brother Mark Thorn. Things are going pretty well for Damien until that darn thing about him being the Devil’s son starts to rear its ugly head.

The thing that surprised me the most about this sequel is how much of a sympathetic character Damien is made out to be. He’s pretty oblivious to who he really is through the majority of the film, and rises through the ranks of his military school as a genuinely nice guy. He’s even shocked and surprised when he puts some devil mojo on a school bully. It’s pretty clever the way the film portrays his natural magnetism even when he’s not trying, particularly at a coed mixer where he’s flanked by young socialite girls in training. The actor that portrays Damien here did some stage work after this, but as far as I know didn’t do much film hereafter. He does a good job here, and displays some range by being likeable to the point that you wish he wouldn’t end up as who you know he will inevitably be.

Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988) review

Hellraiser 2 PosterReviewed by Grace Fontaine, MoreHorror.com

Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988)

Director: Tony Randel
Writers: Clive Barker (story), Peter Atkins (screenplay)
Starring: Clare Higgins as Julia Cotton
Ashley Laurence as Kirsty Cotton
Kenneth Cranham as Dr. Philip Channard/Channard Cenobite
William Hope as Kyle MacRae
Imogen Boorman as Tiffany
Doug Bradley as Pinhead/Captain Elliot Spencer
Nicholas Vince as Chatterer/Chatterer II
Simon Bamford as Butterball Cenobite
Barbie Wilde as Female Cenobite
Sean Chapman as Frank Cotton

Hellbound: Hellraiser II could have been an unquestionably inferior sequel to the amazing first film if it had been placed into the hands of a director who had a conflicting visionary approach to material that had been strongly established by Clive Barker, but wouldn’t you know it, director Tony Randel delivers one of those few follow ups that manages to stand on its own merits and follow suit to its predecessor.

After the unusual and catastrophic events of the first film, Kirsty Cotton winds up in a sanatorium under the close observation of Doctor Philip Channard who understands that there is more to Kirsty’s wild stories than sheer imaginative delusion. It’s not long until everything all but literally goes to Hell and Kirsty must rely on herself to survive and help those she cares about.

Randel’s handling of the piece was strongly influenced by several personal factors- he had worked closely alongside Barker during the production of the first film and had a huge grasp on the world that had been established and secondly, his mindset at the time directly echoed the tone he had set for the film. Wherever he was, it was a dark, dangerous place but thankfully, making his film had served as a sense of therapy for him. I personally also find it interesting that the movie is mainly SET in a series of institutional environments which strongly amplify the sensation of being trapped, frightened and vulnerable in an unfamiliar place. Again, the acting in the feature are perhaps the strongest beacon that casts itself over the viewer’s experience with the returning cast of Laurence, Higgins, Chapman and Bradley as well as the appearance of a series of brand new characters who too are supported by great actors.

Kenneth Cranham, a classically trained Shakespearian actor makes an indeliable mark as Channard who, underneath a clinical veneer is actually a perverted, evil soul whose ambitions is only exceeded by his self-confidence. Imogen Boorman is an endearing delight as Tiffany, a semi-catatonic mental patient with a remarkable skill for solving puzzles (an aspect that is naturally exploited by Channard). I love the sequences she shares with Laurence, there is a sense of kinship between the two girls that you don’t see often in horror-based films that doesn’t rely on gimmickry, just natural friendship.

MoreHorror on the scene: Galactic Film Fest 2014

Galactif Film Fest 2014 Poster by Jonathan Weichsel

Galactic Film Festival 2014

I have always wondered why, with all the horror festivals in LA, there isn't a dedicated science fiction film festival in the city. Well, I now have to wonder no longer, because on August 9th I attended a cool science fiction film fest, The Galactic Film Festival, a presentation of The Academy of Film Festivals, the same institution that brought us last year's horror oriented RIP Film Festival.

Horror and science fiction have always gone hand in hand, and there were some great horror themed shorts and features that played Saturday.

Deadly Punkettes
I have been singing the praise of director Jared Masters' exploitation and trash cinema inspired films for some time, and Deadly Punkettes, his newest feature, is also his best. Masters warned me before the screening that I was going to see the "clean" version, and that there is a dirty version with ten more minutes that he would send me, so I will hold off on a full review until after I have seen that version, but from what I have seen I can say that Deadly Punkettes is Masters' best looking film, and has his most well developed characters and storytelling to date. Deadly Punkettes is shot on grainy video, as opposed to the crisp hi-def of Masters' previous two films, but the grain is appropriate given the film's punk rock themes, and heightens the whole experience. The production design by Adam Trash adds an extra layer to the film, and as always, the girls Masters casts are totally cute.

Punkettes tells the story of a group of high school girls who start a punk band that takes off and is soon converted into a pop outfit by a manipulative manager with her own agenda. The first two thirds of the film consist of a cute story about the rise of the band, while the last act turns into a murder mystery and ghost story.

I did miss the raunchy dialogue of Teachers Day and the demented sexual content of Slink, and at times Deadly Punkettes feels like a nudie cutie movie without the nudie part, but overall Deadly Punkettes is an enjoyable film with a killer soundtrack, and knowing Jared Masters' work, I am sure the extended version will fulfill my craving for sleaze.

Hellraiser (1987) review

Hellraiser 1987 PosterReviewed by Grace Fontaine, MoreHorror.com

Hellraiser (1987)
Director: Clive Barker
Writer: Clive Barker
Starring: Andrew Robinson as Larry Cotton / Frank Cotton (Disguised in Larry's skin)
Clare Higgins as Julia Cotton
Sean Chapman as Frank Cotton
Ashley Laurence as Kirsty Cotton
Doug Bradley as Lead Cenobite

My Fellow Cinephiles

I would like to address a statement that has been brought to my attention by film fans everywhere- “what is your favourite horror film?”. Such a question is unfair because by implication it demands the individual to pick one film out of the many they have seen in their life time thus far. How is this justice I ask? To have one ‘favourite’ movie cuts you short of an existence of potential cinematic delights because the truth of it is, loving film is not crystalline, but fluid. As one gets on in years, tastes begin to differ and a film you once loved at 17 can be viewed through a very different set of lens when you turn 30. I remember seeing “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” when it was released on the big screen in 1992 and absolutely adoring it, but now, after seeing it again at the tender age of 31, the only thing that saves it from me being uncharitable is the nostalgia value and the irony that comes with it. Not to say every film I have seen is the same, but this attitude is incredibly common with everybody. The reverse situation could also be applied here- a film that you saw as a younger person, one you did not enjoy as much as you thought you would ends up becoming one you have a huge appreciation for. In my case, this switch-a-roo can be applied to Clive Barker’s “Hellraiser”. Fifteen years ago I saw this film during a sleepover and I didn’t think much of it. Oh yes, it had ample giblets, guts and goop to keep an irreverent gore-hound satisfied, but beyond that I thought nothing much else of it. I was a typical teenage idiot after all.

However, five years ago I had discovered and appreciated Barker’s literary work in a generally wide scale and I remembered that he had not only wrote “The Hellbound Heart” of which “Hellraiser” had spawned, but he also directed the film AND wrote the screenplay. If I had the opportunity to slap my adolescent self I would have spat on my hand first because when I watched it again after all of that time, after all of that cognitive development, I realised that “Hellraiser” would not just become ONE of my favourite horror movies, but one of my favourite movies in general. In mine eyes, “Hellraiser” is a romantic drama that just happens to have a lot of grisly claret with a wonderful cast of talented actors, superior vision and emphasis on the humanistic rather than mere supernatural.

First Annual 'Galactic Film Festival' a success at Frida Theatre; winners announced

Dead Sea Wins and Miss Galactic Crownedby MoreHorror in Hollywood,

The first annual Galactic Film Festival was held August 9 - 10, 2014, at the Frida Theatre in Santa Ana, CA. The Galactic Film Festival presented the best in new independent SciFi /fantasy films and provided panels, workshops, and mentor sessions.

The Galactic Film Festival board of executives included: L.J. Rivera III - Executive Director; Jazmin Lucero - Executive Assistant; Share Cherrie - Associate Director; Dave Castro - Project Manager; and Frank Pacheco - Festival Celebrity Host.

Dawna Lee Heising was crowned as Miss Galactic Film Festival 2014 at the Awards Ceremony on August 10, 2014. Richard Hatch and Andy Dick received special festival awards.

The Galactic Film Festival was broadcast on the Prime TV Network and the festival photographer was Aric Lorton.

Below is a list of the 2014 Galactic Film Fest winners:

Best International Super Short
We Feel (France)

Best Animation
Metempsychosis

Best International Animation
Leviathan Ages

Best Super Short
Project: Ego

The Raid 2 (2014) review

Reviewed by Colleen Wanglund, MoreHorror.com

The Raid 2 (2014)
Directed by Gareth Evans
Runtime 150 minutes

Written and directed by Gareth Evans, The Raid 2 picks up right where the original film left off. Rama’s brother Andi (Donny Alamsyah) is executed by the crime syndicate after escaping the building. Rama (Iko Uwais) goes to Bunawar (Cok Simbara) and is asked to go undercover in a secret unit to expose the corruption of the Police Commissioner. Rama wants no part of it until he learns of his brother’s murder and the threats to his family. He goes to prison for assault where he is told it will only be for a few months. While there he must gain the trust of Uco (Arifin Putra), son of the head of Bangun’s (Tio Pakusodewo) criminal enterprise. When Rama is finally released from prison, Uco is waiting for him and he is given a job by Bangun.

Uco doesn’t agree with the direction his father is taking the syndicate, so he agrees to a meeting with Bejo (Alex Abbad), a small-time wannabe crime lord who murdered Rama’s brother. Bejo tells Uco that the Japanese gang are trying to turn Police Commissioner Reza (Roy Martin) against Bangun. But Bejo has set his own plans in motion. Uco meets with Reza and Bejo, and the real fighting begins.

While I’m not a fan of sequels, I was looking forward to The Raid 2 and was not disappointed. The film opens with Andi’s brutal execution, setting the tone for the rest of the film and the fight scene in the prison where Rama saves Uco’s life is an amazingly choreographed dance in the rain and mud of a third-world prison. There is a bit more in the way of a plot in this sequel than in the original, although I thought the set-up was a little longer than necessary. Yayan Ruihan (Mad Dog in The Raid: Redemption, 2011 and Prakoso in The Raid 2) is back, as both actor and fight choreographer, but I was disappointed in how small of a role he had. His fight scene in an empty nightclub, however, is brilliant.

'Punkettes' win big at Galactic Film Fest/Now available on DVD/VHS

Deadly Punkettesby Gerald Beanary, MoreHorror.com

Jared Masters' newest release 'Punkettes', AKA Deadly Punkettes, won "Festival Favorite" at the Galactic Film Festival last week. It held its world premiere there at the Frida Cinema, in Santa Ana, California, August 9th 2014.

Punkettes in now available on DVD and Home Video from Amazon and Ebay.

The film follows the rise and fall of a teenage girl-band, with paranormal and horror elements. It stars D'Lannie Brown, Lauren Taler, Danielle Stavin, Skylar Ripp, Lourdes Narro, Dave Knapp and Jillean Tucker. With Layla Zova, Dawna Lee Heising (who was also crowned Miss Galactic) and Andy Dick (who also won an award for "Cameo King").

The film also features Julia Faye West, Ashley Whelan, Kyara Pintos, Kelly De Vries, Ella Arro, Kamuela Kim, Rachel Verret, Tammy Vo, Lindsay Lamb, Sunny Vachher, Stevie Ray C., Anthony Ray, Jesse Briandi, Penny Pollak, Billy Hendrickson, Mat Hayes, John Clyde and Mantha Balourdou

Produced by Julia Faye West, Sunny Vachher, Seth Metoyer, Kamuela Kim, and D’Lannie Brown, with executive producer David Petovar adding to the score, along with original music by D'Lannie Brown, Eva Landon, Sean Gibson, plus Alison Ketley, Becky Skerratt and Deborah Welch of Teela, from the UK.

Stills by Melanie J. Brown. Hair and make-up by Alisha Ward. Deadly Punkettes. The next big thing.... From the other side. See the official U.K. trailer below..

Are you ready for 'Happy Ending'?

Happy EndingPhil Condit of Sick Puppy Pictures and Maria Olsen of MOnsterworks66 have teamed up to bring the world HAPPY ENDING: an epic tale of sword-and-shotgun wielding hookers, hunky heroes and attacking aliens.

Set in a remote desert bordello, Happy Ending tells the tale of Madam Wang, played by Ange Maya, who stars in Phil’s soon-to-be-released Empress Vampire, and her band of lovely lasses who, with the help of their Johns, have to team up to stop a voracious being-from-beyond-the-stars from taking over the world!

Happy Ending is about hookers and aliens...who could want anything more!

Also starring Jill Evyn, Dawna Lee Heising, Brad Slaughter, Dolores Quintana, Brad Potts, Victoria de Mare, Erik A. Williams, Phedra Syndelle and Olsen herself, there is no doubt that Happy Ending will leave everyone smiling!

Here’s what a few of the stars have to say about their characters:

Dawna Lee Heising (plays the ex-Vegas showgirl, Alice, who loves her samurai sword): “I'm excited about playing Alice in Happy Ending because the script is so well-written and funny. I've wanted to work with Phil Condit and Maria Olsen for a long time because they are both such talented and experienced professionals. I know the movie will turn out amazing and win tons of awards, unless Phil and Maria decide to send it straight to distribution. It's going to be a fun shoot and will be action-packed. My character of Alice is a very lovable ex-showgirl who cherishes her dog Mitsi and who knows how to brandish a samurai sword. Alice is probably the sexiest role I've done to date, but she really is the mother hen of the house. I also love the outfit Phil picked for me and am taking pole dancing lessons every day to fit into it - it's tiny!”

Brad Potts (plays Sarge, the beefcake He-Man from the government base sent to capture the alien): “I'm already havin' fun, watching the fund raising campaign. I've never been involved in one, before. As far as the production is concerned, I anticipate having fun; watching the dildo fights, spankings, enemas, general debauchery and, of course, the happy ending! That's it, short and sweet.... Dildos, spankings, gimp suits and carnage.”

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