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Today in Soap Opera History (January 3)

1977: Lovers and Friends premiered on NBC.

1980: Edge of Night's Cliff ate Mrs. Corey's soup.

1995: Days' Alice interrupted Bo and Billie's wedding.

2001: All My Children's Bianca was outed at the Crystal Ball."History is a vast early warning system."

Norman Cousins

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

On this date in...

1938: Irna Phillips' radio soap opera Woman in White premiered on NBC Red. The show told the story of Karen Adams, a young nurse who dedicated her life to others, taking care of two young siblings after the death of her parents. Karen spent much of her time counseling others, although she did find time to marry and experience
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Awfully Good: Critters 3

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Everyone has to start somewhere and before The Great Gatsby and before Titanic, Leonardo DiCaprio's first movie was. Critters 3 (1991) Director: Kristine Peterson Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Aimee Brooks, Frances Bay A family moves in to a new apartment complex that has a serious infestation of hungry space rodents. The only real reason to watch Critters 3 is to see a young Leonardo DiCaprio in his first movie role. (Although "young" is a relative term since...
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Don’t panic, it’s just Closed for the Season

Set to hit DVD, VOD and Digital on August 23rd is Closed for the Season from director Jay Woelfel. It’s coming through Mti Home Video and hopefully it will live up to the excellent artwork accompanying its release. It does have clowns in it, which is always a good thing!

Trapped in a forgotten amusement park, a young girl finds herself terrorized by the living memories of the park. She must break free from the park’s grasp before she becomes its next victim.

Closed For The Season was written and directed by Jay Woelfel (Ghost Lake, Battlestar Galatica: The Seoond Coming), and produced by Jay Ellison (Lizzie) and Jon D. Wagner (Your Name Here). The film stars Aimee Brooks (Monster Man, Critters 3), Damian Maffei (Ghost Lake, Christmas With the Dead) and Joe Unger (A Nightmare on Elm Street, Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3).

The film was shot on
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Win Supernatural Thriller Closed for the Season on DVD Right Here!

Mti Home Video has been kind enough to offer horror/thriller fans an opportunity to win a copy of Closed for the Season on DVD! If you are lucky, then you might even get your copy before the release. This contest is open to those living in Canada and the United States of all ages. Special features for the DVD in this contest include: a film commentary, 2 documentary tours of the Theme Park (Chippewa), webisodes, deleted scenes and trailers.

All you have to do to win is send in your mailing details with Closed for the Season in the Subject Header. Then, August 16th is the announcement date for the winner! That is one week before Closed for the Season becomes available on DVD, through Mti Home Video. So, revisit the trailer for the picture below and check out the 28Dla review before entering at the e-mail below. Good luck to all entrants.
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Closed for the Season and Nostalgia: A Movie Review

*full disclosure: a screener of this film was provided by Mti Home Video

**here be some very minor spoilers.

Director/writer: Jay Woelfel.

Tagline: "Welcome to the Carnival of Fear."

Set in the actual Chippewa Lake Park, Closed for the Season is more thriller than horror. To be released August 23rd, 2011, this is a film that, while small, offers an interesting message of nostalgia and the supernatural. The cover art for this film would suggests something much more horrific, but Closed for the Season is simply a small story of two childhood friends trapped within a lonely amusement park. Carnivals have feelings; did you know that? From here, the characters must find a way to escape the carny, or to satisfy the park's desire for attention.

Kristy (Aimee Brooks) and James (Damian Maffei) meet up in the heart of the park, after Kristy witnesses a man impaled on a tree
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Closed for the Season Opens on DVD and VOD in August

One indie flick we've had our eye on for a while now, Closed for the Season, is getting set to hit you in every digital way imaginable (with the exception of Blu-ray), and we've got the details of what to expect when it gets here. Plus we get to run that truly bitchin' poster art!

Look for the flick on DVD, VOD, and Digital Download from Mti Home Video on August 23rd. Special features include a behind-the-scenes featurette, deleted scenes, and trailers.

"Closed for the Season stars Aimee Brooks (Monster Man, The Mangler Reborn, Critters 3), Damian Maffei (the upcoming Joe R. Lansdale’s Mister Weed-Eater, Thomas Jane presents Suckerfish), and Joe Unger (A Nightmare on Elm Street, Leatherface, Broke Sky). Written and directed by Jay Woelfel (Live Evil, the upcoming Season Of Darkness with Richard Hatch, Tim Thomerson, and Tiffany Shepis, Unseen Evil) and produced by Jay Ellison and
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DVD Release Details for Closed for the Season

Mti Home Video has set Jay Woelfel's supernatural horror film, Closed for the Season , for an August 23 DVD/VOD/Digital Download release. Trapped in a forgotten amusement park, a young girl finds herself terrorized by the living memories of the park. She must break free from the park′s grasp before she becomes its next victim. The film stars Aimee Brooks, Damian Maffei and Joe Unger. Woelfel shot the film on location in Ohio at the long-abandoned Chippewa Lake Park, a notoriously haunted amusement site dating back to the 1870s. Original and untouched for over 30 years, the eerie silence of a once bustling fairground has now given way to the perfect backdrop for this wickedly unique horror film. DVD features include: Closed Captioned, Widescreen 2.35:1, 5.1 Dolby...
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"Closed for the Season" opens up for DVD & VOD business August 23rd

Closed for the Season Let the Carnie Games Begin... August 23rd on DVD, VOD and Digital.

Mti Home Video, the premier studio for independent films, including recently released hits like Respire & The Haunting of Amelia, has acquired Closed For The Season fromArtist View Entertainment for an August 23rd DVD, VOD and Digital release. 

In the film a young woman finds herself trapped in a forgotten amusement park, terrorized by its living memories. She must break free from the park's grasp, before she becomes its next victim.

Closed For The Season was written and directed by Jay Woelfel (Ghost Lake, Battlestar Galatica: The Seoond Coming), and produced by Jay Ellison (Lizzie) and Jon D. Wagner (Your Name Here). The film stars Aimee Brooks (Monster Man, Critters 3), Damian Maffei (Ghost Lake, Christmas With the Dead) and Joe Unger (A Nightmare on Elm Street, Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3). 

The film was shot
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Mti Home Video Opens the Carnival for Jay Woelfel's Closed for the Season August 23rd

Good new for horror fans: Jay Woelfel's (Ghost Lake) Closed for the Season. has been picked up by Mti Home Video for DVD and video-on-demand distribution. The park opens August 23rd and if your are not familiar, Closed for the Season involves a supernatural possession of a local amusement park. A young woman is lured there, but she must fight off its demonic pull or be lost to the park forever. Rewatch the trailer for this eagerly anticipated horror film and then, get set to watch crazed Carnie's at home August 23rd!

The synopsis for Closed for the Season is here:

"Trapped in a forgotten amusement park, a young woman finds herself terrorized by the living memories of the park. She must break free from the park's grasp before she becomes its next victim" (Closed).

Release Date: August 23rd (DVD, Video-on-demand, Digital).

Director/writer: Jay Woelfel.

Cast: Aimee Brooks,
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Mti picked up 5 horror films at the Afm 2010

Mti picked up 5 horror films at the Afm 2010
Mti Home Video has acquired five new horror-thrillers for release over the next year. Those acquired at the American Film Market 2010 include:

Closed For The Season

Director: Jay Woelfel (Ghost Lake)

Acquisition from Artist View Entertainment

Genre: Horror

Synopsis: Trapped in a forgotten amusement park, a young girl finds herself terrorized by the living memories of the park. She must break free from the park′s grasp before she becomes its next victim. Starring: Aimee Brooks (The Hillside Strangler, Critters 3), Damian Maffei (Ghost Lake), William Waters and Joe Unger (A Nightmare on Elm Street)

The Undying

Director: Steven Peros (Footprints)

Acquisition from Circus Road Films

Genre: Supernatural Thriller

Synopsis: The Undying stars Deadwood’s Robin Weigert as a doctor who becomes obsessed with the ghost of a Civil War soldier dwelling in her new home, and contrives to have his spirit live again in the body of a violent
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Afm '10: Mti Picks Up Five New Horror Films

Our reps at Mti Home Video have informed us that the company has acquired five new horror-thrillers for release over the next year. Those acquired at the American Film Market include... Closed For The Season Director: Jay Woelfel (Ghost Lake) Acquisition from Artist View Entertainment Genre: Horror Synopsis: Trapped in a forgotten amusement park, a young girl finds herself terrorized by the living memories of the park. She must break free from the park′s grasp before she becomes its next victim. Starring: Aimee Brooks (The Hillside Strangler, Critters 3), Damian Maffei (Ghost Lake), William Waters and Joe Unger (A Nightmare on Elm Street) The Undying Director: Steven Peros (Footprints) Acquisition from Circus Road Films Genre: Supernatural Thriller...
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Bitchin' New Artwork: Closed for the Season

Genre poster art has for too long been dominated by the floating heads of pensive teens. Hollywood churns these puppies out one-by-one. Leave it to the indie filmmakers to get things right!

Below you'll find the one-sheet for a movie we last reported it on way earlier in the year, Closed for the Season. Seriously? I'd hang this shit on my wall in a heartbeat!

"Closed for the Season stars Aimee Brooks (Monster Man, The Mangler Reborn, Critters 3), Damian Maffei (the upcoming Joe R. Lansdale’s Mister Weed-Eater, Thomas Jane presents Suckerfish), and Joe Unger (A Nightmare on Elm Street, Leatherface, Broke Sky). Written and directed by Jay Woelfel (Live Evil, the upcoming Season Of Darkness with Richard Hatch, Tim Thomerson, and Tiffany Shepis, Unseen Evil) and produced by Jay Ellison and Jon Wagner with creature design and creation by Tony Gardner's Alterian Inc. (Army of Darkness, Lord of Illusions,
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A Second, Cool, Poster for Closed for the Season

Here's the latest artwork that's being used to get the word out about Carnival of Fear . You might remember the first poster that was whipped up, take a look at it here . Closed for the Season , written and directed by Jay Woelfel, stars Aimee Brooks, Damian Maffei, and Leatherface 's Joe Unger. The film tells the story of Kristy (Brooks), who finds herself trapped inside a decaying, abandoned amusement park, with James (Maffei), son of the park's caretakers. The pair finds themselves being tormented by a mysterious carny (Unger) and the long discarded and decrepit attractions of the park. The film is due for a screening at the Famouse Monsters of Filmland Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana, July 9-11. Maffei, Unger, and Woelfel will be in attendance as guests all weekend....
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Closed for the Season Now Open for Business

Shock Till You Drop is reporting that Closed for the Season will make a world premiere at the Monstermania 2010 horror convention. The showing for the film is this Saturday, March 13 at 4:00pm. Monstermania is in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. The movie poster and trailer are here to entice readers to view the show tomorrow.

The Closed for the Season synopsis:

"Trapped in a forgotten amusement park, a young girl (Kristy) finds herself terrorized by the living memories of the park. She must break free from the park's grasp before she becomes its next victim" (IMDb)"

Release Date: March 12th (Limited Release).

Director/writer: Jay Woelfel.

Cast: Aimee Brooks, Damian Maffei, Joe Unger, Will Waters, and Alex Gabrielsen.

The trailer for the film here:

More info' on Closed for the Season at the film's website:

http://www.shadowcastpictures.com/Cfts/

Sources:

http://www.shocktillyoudrop.com/news/topnews.php?id=14432
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New One-Sheet Poster For Closed For The Season

Shock Till You Drop has been provided with the new one-sheet poster (pictured below) for ShadowCast Pictures new supernatural thriller Closed For The Season . Written and directed by Jay Woelfel, the pic stars Aimee Brooks ( Monster Man , The Mangler Reborn , Critters 3 ), Damian Maffei (The upcoming Joe R. Lansdale's Mister Weed-Eater ), and Joe Unger ( Leatherface ). The movie tells the story of Kristy (Brooks), who finds herself trapped inside a decaying, abandoned amusement park, with James (Maffei), son of the park.s caretakers. The pair finds themselves being tormented by a mysterious carny (Unger) and the long discarded and decrepit attractions of the park. Closed For The Season is having its premiere at the upcoming Monstermania convention in Cherry Hill, NJ which...
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Catch the Premiere of Closed for the Season this March

If you've been thinking about attending Monster-Mania 14 this coming March 12th-14th, then a press release that crossed our desk today might help you make up your mind. Along with the myriad of guests who will be at the show, a special screening will be taking place of writer/director Jay Woelfel's supernatural thriller Closed for the Season.

In addition to watching the film's premiere, fans will be able to meet some of the key players as well as participate in a Q&A session regarding the production of Closed for the Season. From the press release:

Closed for the Season stars Aimee Brooks (Monster Man, The Mangler Reborn, Critters 3), Damian Maffei (the upcoming Joe R. Lansdale’s Mister Weed-Eater, Thomas Jane presents Suckerfish), and Joe Unger (A Nightmare on Elm Street, Leatherface, Broke Sky). Written and directed by Jay Woelfel (Live Evil, the upcoming Season Of Darkness with Richard Hatch,
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Closed For The Season Premieres At MonsterMania

One of the biggest and best (not to mention funnest) conventions on the East Coast is the annual MonsterMania event in Cherry Hill, NJ, taking place this year between the dates of March 12-14. On top of the usual barrage of unique and original genre themed guests, this upcoming convention will premiere ShadowCast Pictures new supernatural thriller Closed For The Season . Written and directed by Jay Woelfel, Closed For The Season stars Aimee Brooks ( Monster Man , The Mangler Reborn , Critters 3 ), Damian Maffei (The upcoming Joe R. Lansdale.s Mister Weed-Eater ), and Joe Unger ( Leatherface ). Producer Jon D. Wagner said " MonsterMania is a perfect fit for the initial screening of Closed For The Season . We want people who really understand and have a passion for the...
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Dream 'Monster' invading world

Dream 'Monster' invading world
MILAN -- Los Angeles-based production and international sales company Dream Entertainment said Sunday that it has closed a slew of territories for its horror picture Monster Man in an early bout of MIFED dealmaking. The movie has been sold to Kinowelt in Germany, Gaga in Japan and Magna Pacific in Australia, with Les Films de l'Elysee picking up Benelux rights. Deals were also closed for Scandinavia (Scanbox) South Africa (Warner Newmetro), Mexico (Gussi), Greece (Village Roadshow), as well as Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines and the Middle East. Directed by Michael Davis, Monster Man follows two university buddies on a cross-country drive with a sexy, mysterious hitch-hiker. Their trip takes a bad turn when a Big Black truck starts following them. The film stars Eric Jungmann, Justin Ulrich and Aimee Brooks. The movie has been selected for the Sitges Film Festival, which specializes in fantasy and horror and which unspools in Spain at the end of this month. The deals were announced by Dream's chairman and CEO Ehud Bleiberg and president Yitzhak Ginsberg. "These robust sales prove once again that in today's market -- both domestic and international -- a good horror film has legs," Bleiberg said. Dream Entertainment co-produced the movie with Lions Gate Films, which will distribute in North America. The film's producers are Bleiberg, Ginsberg and Larry Rattner.

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