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Horror-Action Holiday film 'Krampus: The Christmas Devil' lands distribution

Krampus: The Christmas Devilby MoreHorror.com

The critically acclaimed holiday Horror-Action film Krampus: The Christmas Devil (review) has been aquired for worldwide distribution through ITN Distribution.

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From The Press Release:
"Krampus: The Christmas Devil," a film by award winning Director, Jason Hull, featuring 2012's "Scream King," and Hollywood's "favorite horror actor" Bill Oberst, Jr ("Abraham Lincoln vs Zombies," "Scary or Die"), Rich Goteri (AMC's "Low Winter Sun," "Machine Gun Preacher") announces worldwide distribution with ITN Distribution.

"Krampus: The Christmas Devil" 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 follows the life of Jeremy, who escapes the monster as a child, and grows up to become a police officer working to find missing children, only to stumble upon the monster again as an adult. Jeremy learns that the monster is after his daughter, but the plot thickens as Bill Oberst's character, Brian Hatt, is recently released from prison and is now set on revenge with Jeremy.

"Krampus" has won Runner-up best horror film at both the 2013 Cleveland Indie Gathering and the prestigious Action on Film Film Festival in Monrovia, CA. It is also an official selection in the 2014 Fantastic Horror Film fest. The film has not yet had a bad review, with matchflick.com giving it 4/5 stars and saying "This one's for you," searchmytrash.com saying it's "enjoyably eccentric," and a "well paced directorial effort," "the making of a cult classic" say Guestars, and Dolls of Despair saying it's a "must see." It was also named #15 / 20 on MoreHorror.com's "top 20 horror films of 2013."

Jason also recently announced pre-production on the sequel, "Krampus: The Devil Returns."

Body Snatchers (1993) Review

Reviewed by Marcey Papandrea, MoreHorror.com

The 90s was an interesting era for the horror genre, there are a large number of gems out there and there are also a lot of lost causes. Something like Body Snatchers sits somewhere in the middle, it isn't a lost cause but it isn't quite a gem either. It is one of those films that didn't quite live up to its potential, but that isn't really easy considering the story has been told before and how do you improve upon or make it different? Well it doesn't improve upon what has come before it, but it does aim to be different and offer up its own take.

Based upon the novel, Body Snatchers takes place at a remote military base in Alabama, where the Malone family have moved to because Steve (Terry Kinney) has scientific research to do there. Strange events start happening even before they reach their destination where daughter Marti (Gabrielle Anwar) gets scared by a man, who she later sees at the base acting different. It isn't long before she starts to realise things aren't right at this base, and people aren't acting the way they should be.

It takes the typical story, the people acting different and someone notices, puts it in a military base where the danger is escalated (how can they fight back from those that are heavily armed) and runs with it. At first it does foreshadow what's to come, including a voice over, but leaves it ambiguous as to what it could be. It hints at some sort of chemical element, but as it turns out spoiler its aliens. They want to take over, so they create pod people, perfect copies of each individual but with a different personality. They look the same but they don't act the same and that is how you can tell who is a pod person.

This thriller element plays a big part in this film, it wants you to guess if people have been changed, but it doesn't quite go far enough with it. This element worked so well in the 70's version and because we got to know the characters if someone got changed, it really hurt. This is missing in this version, you really couldn't care less who gets turned. It does however have some very affective scenes of turning, where you don't know if the person will change or if they will actually get out of it. Some of it worked, some of it didn't, a mixed bag is one way to describe the film.

Beyond the Black Rainbow (2010) Review

Beyond The Black RainbowReviewed by Kevin Scott, MoreHorror.com

Beyond the Black Rainbow (2010)
Directed by Panos Cosmatos
Written by Panos Cosmatos
Cast: Eva Bourne (Elena), Michael Rogers (Barry Nyle), Scott Hylands (Dr. Mercurio Arboria), Rondel Reynoldson (Margo), Marilyn Norry (Rosemary Nyle), Sara Stockstad (Anna Arboria)

“Beyond the Black Rainbow” is definitely the most unique film that I’ve seen lately. I’m stealing my own thunder early on, but just that statement alone merits a recommendation. If anyone is into really iconoclastic filmmaking where symbolisms abound against a backdrop of some sophisticated imagery, this is their film. Or if anyone is just into a pretty freaky deaky movie, this is also their film.

Director and writer Panos Cosmatos has fashioned something pretty unique here. Unable to be labeled into any particular genre, and guaranteed to be sought out and re-watched either in the near future to get a firmer grasp on what’s going on, or decades later to see if it’s as strange as human recollection dictates. Panos Cosmatos said that back in the days of video stores, he wasn’t allowed to rent anything adult horror or science fiction related. He would look at the box art, and formulate his own opinions about the plot of the film. That may have been the best thing to have ever happened to him. He’s got filmmaking in his family. His father was famed action director George P. Cosmatos, who directed “First Blood Part II”, “Cobra”, and “Tombstone”. His film is very different than any of his father’s work, which I think is pretty refreshing. “Beyond the Black Rainbow” is unmistakably Kubrickian with rich, meticulous cinematography, but with the physical shock value of Cronenberg, and a little Ken Russell thrown in just for kicks. It’s set in 1983, and indistinguishable from anything filmed in that era. I’m calling it required viewing because it channels something that I thought had been lost to the twilight of all those aforementioned director’s careers. It’s uncanny to put it mildly.

Win a copy of horror film 'Mr. Jones'

Mr. Jones Blu-ray coverby MoreHorror.com

MR. JONES is a creepy horror film from Anchor Bay that hit limited theaters on May 2nd. The film will also be released on DVD and Blu-ray on May 6th.

Thanks to Anchor Bay, we have two Blu-ray copies to give away.

As always, entering is easy. Simply email mrjonesgiveaway[at]morehorror.com with the subject line Mr. Jones Give Away and include your full name and mailing address. Also, tell us what your favorite found footage movie is. You must be 18 years old to enter and live within the US. Sorry, no PO Boxes. We will choose the two winners randomly. Good luck!

Check out the synopsis, trailer and screen still below.

​SYNOPSIS
Scott (Jon Foster of STAY ALIVE) and Penny (Sarah Jones of “Sons Of Anarchy”) just moved to a remote cabin to escape the pressures of the world and breathe new life into their art. But they’ll soon discover they are not alone: an infamously reclusive artist – known only as ‘Mr. Jones’ – lives nearby. He doesn’t like to be disturbed, and only comes out at night when he drags his strange, sinister sculptures deep into the woods. When Scott and Penny’s curiosity leads them too close for Mr. Jones’ comfort, he plunges the young couple into a nightmare world of mayhem, madness and mind-bending terror.

Diane Neal (“Law & Order: SVU”), Mark Steger (I AM LEGEND) and David Clennon (JOHN CARPENTER'S THE THING) co-star in this startling tale from debut director Karl Mueller (screenwriter of Xavier Gens’ THE DIVIDE).

The Sacrament (2014) review

The Sacrament Reviewby Jonathan Weichsel, MoreHorror.com

I have written previously of my love for Ti West's films, as well as my absolute hatred of found footage horror. So, a found footage movie directed by Ti West should seem like something of a paradox to me. However, in this case West's skillfulness and absolute mastery over the craft of filmmaking wins out over any reservations I have over found footage to create a film that I might not love, but really, really like.

West's previous two features, House of the Devil and The Innkeepers, displayed a distinct style unique to the director. House of the Devil was set in the 1980's and perfectly captured the look and feel of the era, and while The Innkeepers was set in the present, it contained a sense of fun and light humorousness that is sorely lacking from contemporary horror. With The Sacrament, West almost completely abandons his recognizable style of filmmaking to create a film that looks and feels completely modern.

The Sacrament is about two Vice Media correspondents who accompany a photographer as he sets out to locate his missing sister, who has joined a religious cult that has set up a compound located in the middle of the jungle. The compound and the cult itself are a lot like a modern day version of the Jim Jones cult, and the film follows history fairly closely, with the brother being a combination of Tim Stoen, a relative of a member of the Jim Jones cult, and Congressman Ryan, who led the actual fact finding mission that resulted in the infamous massacre, and the two vice media correspondents playing the role that was played historically by the NBC camera crew.

The story of Jim Jones has been fictionalized in this way before, most notably in Umberto Lenzi's film Eaten Alive, except in that film it was a woman instead of a man searching for her sister. But The Sacrament is probably the most intelligent fictionalization of the Jim Jones story to date. A large part of the film consists of character studies of the various members of the cult, who come from all walks of American life, and the film does a terrific job humanizing them and making us understand how normal, everyday people can get sucked into such a controlling environment.

More Horror Exclusive: James Cullen Bressack set to direct SQUEAL: Blood Harvest

James Cullen Bressackby David Harkness, MoreHorror.com

The production team of upcoming horror feature, SQUEAL: Blood Harvest has officially announced that horror director James Cullen Bressack has officially signed on to direct the psychological horror thriller.

I’m very excited to be a part of this awesome project and to push the envelope to a place it hasn’t been yet.” said Bressack in response to inquiries about his involvement in the much anticipated release.

Bressack is known within the indie horror film industry for his work on such films as 13/13/13, Hate Crime, and Blood Lake. He first exploded onto the scene at the age of 18 with the success of his first feature My Pure Joy and has been generating a considerable amount of buzz ever since. He has also been active in the production of a series of horror anthologies focused on showcasing other up and coming indie horror filmmakers.

Bressack's Twitter account has recently achieved 'verified' status, which is almost unheard of for an indie film director. His official Twitter page can be found here here.

SQUEAL: Blood Harvest follows the story of young Maggie Crane and her brother Jake as they attempt to unravel the mystery behind Jack’s recurrent nightmares of squealing pigs. After a move to their Uncle Ollie’s farm, Maggie and her camera further explore the dark and sinister foundation of her brother’s fears to the tune of chilling revelations.

'Reunion' completes casting

Reunion

REUNION, Bert Havird’s shock-a-minute psychological horror-thriller, is excited to announce that it has completed casting!

Helmed by Shawn Chou, the feature, which plays on themes of love, loss, abandonment and revenge, will wrap in mid-April and plans are afoot to have a rough cut ready to wow distributors by mid-May. Shooting in Topanga, Malibu and Anaheim, Reunion already boasts the talents of Jack Turner, Sarah Schreiber, Reign Morton, Cara Santana and Maria Olsen, but this week is all about the film’s new stars!

Not one, but two amazing young actors have been cast to play the younger versions of Jack Turner’s Brad – our troubled leading man – and these boys, of whom we will, no doubt, be seeing a LOT in future, are Lucas Barker and William Leon.

8-year-old Barker’s intensity packs a simply phenomenal punch, and he is best known for his appearances in the chilling horror Infected and the kiddie creature feature, Monster & Me. When not wowing people on set with his professionalism and dedication, Barker enjoys playing with his Legos and creating art. He wants to grow up to be a famous actor, and, with his rich imagination and natural talent, he’s well on his way to doing just that.

Chicago-born Leon, whose passions, outside of acting, include writing and video games, will soon turn 15. His talent and dedication won him the role of Teenage Brad in Reunion, and Chou was so favorably impressed by his audition that he commissioned Havird to write extra scenes for him.  Recently nominated for a Young Artists Award for the short film, The Curse of the Unkissable Kid, Leon is a force to be reckoned with, and we at Reunion are thrilled to have him on board.

Christopher Wolfe – most well known for his role in Syfy’s Sharknado – has landed the role of Harold, an extremely abusive father whose actions lead to the disintegration of his family in the most graphic way possible.  Wolfe earned his horror wings in the thriller/horror feature Fright Night, and is also known to gamer geeks for his roles in Killzone 3, Command & Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight and Call of Duty 2.  Also extremely active in television with roles on Castle and Parks and Recreation, Wolfe’s turn in Reunion will only cement him as an on-screen presence to watch out for in the future.

'The Tour' horror short releases poster and haunted details

The Tourby Seth Metoyer, MoreHorror.com

Haunted house flicks are as popular as ever and there's a new short on the horizon called The Tour.

The short just finished filming and was shot in London, UK and stars Jessica Cameron, Heather Dorff and Tom Gordon. We have a poster and some stills from the film for you to check out. Find all the details below.

From The Press Release
A new haunted house short film, called The Tour just finished filming. Alex Mathieson and Damon Rickard are directing from a script that they co-wrote together. Jessica Cameron (Mr. Hush, Camel Spiders) and Heather Dorff (What They Say, Dry Spell) star in the film along with Tom Gordon who is primarily known for stage productions in Europe including Julius Caesar and Dealer’s Choice. This movie marks the third collaboration of Cameron and Dorff, the first being Intrusive Behavior, and the second being Cameron’s award winning directorial debut, Truth or Dare.

The plot of The Tour is as follows: Two American tourists (Cameron & Dorff) visit the grounds of the haunted Darkmoor Manor but are unable to gain admittance. Later that day they are met by a handsome and charming local (Gordon) who tells them how he can get inside the infamous house. Upon entering the manor, they are met with untold horrors.

Filming took place in London, UK during the beginning of March of 2014 and they shot the short film at the infamous Wymering Manor which is considered to be one of the most haunted locations in all of England. The film was shot on the Arri Alexa camera.

Practical Effects Werewolf film 'Autumn Moon' brings the blood

by Seth Metoyer, MoreHorror.com

Old school horror fans just might have something to be excited about. The upcoming practical effects werewolf film Autumn Moon promises lots of blood and non CGI creatures.

The film needs help getting completed and there is a kickstarter campaign currently in progress. If you want to get involved, check the campaign out here.

From The Press Release:
This old school werewolf film has one aspect that sets it apart from other monster movies of this nature…practical effects, promises co-writer/makeup effects designer/director Randy R. Fabert. You can make a difference; you can help make AUTUMN MOON a reality by donating to the most violent werewolf film ever made.

Donate to AUTUMN MOON at the Official Kickstarter Page here.

The campaign features a bevy of perks for those who donate.

Death Machine (1994) Review

Death MachineReviewed by Kevin Scott, MoreHorror.com

Death Machine (1994)
Written by: Stephen Norrington
Directed by: Stephen Norrington
Cast: Ely Pouget (Hayden Cale), William Hopkins (John Carpenter), John Sharian (Sam Raimi), Martin McDougall (Yutani), Richard Brake (Scott Ridley), Brad Dourif (Jack Dante)

The early to mid-nineties were an interesting time in horror. To coin a very familiar phrase, “It was the best of times, and the worst of times.” I’ll go with the bad stuff first. Nothing much was happening at the popular theatres in the vein of any quality horror, but on the bright side, we did get some small theatrical release and direct to video gems on VHS. At this point VHS was an established format. The novelty had worn off, but all of these really unique movies that would have never been seen, found a home on the rental shelves. I’ve seen some great ones that still are personal favorites, Rutger Hauer in “Split Second”, Dolph Lundgren in “I Come in Peace”. I’m naming some unusual kind of sci-fi monster flicks because that’s the genre where “Death Machine” may fit the most appropriately.

I didn’t see this way back then. I’ve been making a conscience effort to step out of the comfort zone of the familiar, and catch up on all the ones that fell victim to my procrastination of never getting around to watching them. There was one name that I wouldn’t have recognized then, but I sure do now. I’m talking about the guy that wrote and directed this, Mr. Stephen Norrington. I don’t know a lot about him, but I know he made two films I think are greatly underrated. “Blade” was where I first noticed his name in the credits. For anyone enjoying the fruition of the Marvel film empire, if New line is “The House that Freddy Built”, the Marvel movies we know today came to be because “Blade” generated a profit and made comic book films seem viable again. After “Blade” came “X-Men”, and then it was on from there. Most people that saw “Blade” in the theatre had no idea that it was a comic book film, but were sold at the beginning with the phenomenally fantastic opening club scene. After that, Norrington did “The League of Extraordinary Gentleman”. Another film I think might be more appreciated today, rather than a decade ago when it was released. Norrington must be a really talented guy that Hollywood suits don’t know exactly what to do with.

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