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10 items from 2009

Evilution (DVD Review)

9 December 2009 7:46 AM, PST | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

What can you say about a movie called Evilution? The title alone dictates one of two feelings the viewer will have about this movie. Either it will be a "so bad, it's good" movie, one in which the absurdness of the film is recognized and is played as such, or it will be a "so bad, it is really bad" movie. If I went by the first 5 minutes of the movie, I would have gone with the first option, but then the real movie kicked in and, unfortunately, it becomes the latter. this dreck is played straight as an arrow, serious and earnest, when it needed to be a hamfest of the highest order.

The plot, if you want to call it that, centers on a scientist and Captain named Darren Hall, the sole survivor of the opening scene. Hall, who escapes the blood and carnage of an army facility »

- (Eric Mayo)

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Evilution Movie Review

19 November 2009 11:00 PM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Title: Evilution Directed by: Chris Conlee Starring: Starring: Eric Peter-Kaiser, Sandra Ramirez, Tim Colceri and Noel Gugliemi Scores: Technical: 85, Story: 89, Acting: 79, Overall: 85 Evilution… I took one look at the cover art and expected some over the top, b-movie mush that you have playing in the background, while you’re playing Left 4 Dead. But I actually made it through with out being disinterested. Don’t get me wrong, yes, there are plenty of cheesy parts and acting. But all in all it was pretty entertaining. Evilution is a story of an Alien substance that seems to take over the host when injected and, turns them into (Yeah!!!) zombies. The government tries to use it [...] »

- dave

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Evilution and Shadows: A Movie Review

10 November 2009 8:27 PM, PST | 28 Days Later Analysis | See recent 28 Days Later Analysis news »

Director: Chris Conlee.

Writer: Brian Patrick O'Toole.

Evilution is a Black Gate Entertainment production that releases on DVD November 17th of this year, but is Evilution worth your time? In a one-word answer, yes. Evilution adds dark atmosphere, gruesome make-up and enough quality actors to make the film appear like a well crafted piece of gothic artwork.

The plot of Evilution centers on an alien lifeform that is able to resurrect the dead, including soldiers from the Iraqi battlefield. But things take a dark turn when the alien becomes sentient and fights the military personnel for freedom. A lone survivor, Darren Hall (Eric Peter-Kaiser), escapes the military research station with the alien parasite and takes up residence in southern Los Angeles. It is here, at the Necropolitan apartments, where the alien takes hold of the residents and turns them into resurrected corpses (zombies).

One of several aspects Evilution gets right is the cinematography. »

- Michael Ross Allen

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An Evilution Official Synopsis and Trailer Here!

5 November 2009 9:39 PM, PST | 28 Days Later Analysis | See recent 28 Days Later Analysis news »

To be released November 17th on DVD, the first trailer and synopsis for Evilution are available for fans below. About an alien parasite that infects the living while resurrecting the dead Evilution is not just a zombie movie, but an urban tale on crime, military corruption, and the ethics of science. Plus, the film looks like a lot of fun! So, check out the full official synopsis for the film and the first trailer below.

An official synopsis on Evilution here:

"A microscopic alien life form has been discovered with the ability to possess the living and resurrect the dead. The United States Army tried to communicate with it and failed when they tried to create a genetically altered version of the alien in order to resurrect dead soldiers on the battlefield. The alien fought back; turning soldier against soldier. A young scientist named Darren Hall kidnapped the last pure specimen of the alien, »

- Michael Ross Allen

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Do You Believe in Evilution?

23 September 2009 1:59 AM, PDT | | See recent Dread Central news »

Never mind that whole "we are descended from monkeys" business, we're talking about evil here, folks, and as anyone here on the net can tell you, that means serious business! Especially when pertaining to flesh-eating zombies who are out to ravage the planet.

Director Chris Conlee (who served as editor on the last great Sasquatch flick, Abominable) dropped us a line tonight to let us know that the trailer for his directorial debut Evilution is now online and waiting for you to sink your choppers into. If you like what you see that's even better because it's hitting home video on Nov. 17th, 2009 from BrinkDVD.

For more dig on the trailer below and visit the official Evilution website here!

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Defend against the dead in the Dread Central forums! »

- Uncle Creepy

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Finalists Announced by Shriekfest 2009

18 September 2009 12:35 PM, PDT | | See recent Dread Central news »

It's time to see if your shorts and features made the cut - Shriekfest 2009, which runs October 1st-4th, 2009, has released the titles of those films that have made its 2009 Finalists list.

The judges must be busy with the long list of titles that have made it thus far. Included among them is a short film from some of our very own, "Thirsty", directed by Andrew Kasch, written by Joe Knetter, screenplay by David Rosiak, shot by Buz Wallick, and starring Joe Lynch and Tiffany Shepis. I've seen the film and it's a riot; let's hope the judges agree!

Here's the rundown of the features that are Finalists:

"Dark House"

directed by Darin Scott


directed by Gregg Holtgrewe

"Evil Angel"

directed by Richard Dutcher


directed by Chris Conlee

"How to be a Serial Killer"

directed by Luke Ricci


directed by Barbara Stepansky


directed by Travis Betz »

- Tristan Sinns

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*Updated* Full Black Devil Doll details and more DVD news

2 July 2009 9:58 AM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

First, a few street date updates: Shout! Factory’s DVD of Audition, which we broke the news on here, will arrive October 6. Monarch Video will release Farmhouse (see our review here) September 29; look for a making-of featurette and possibly other special features on that one. And First Look will issue Kyle Rankin’s big-bug opus Infestation on October 13, following its Syfy cable debut (see previous item here).

Lowest Common Denominator Entertainment has set an October 27 street date for its long-awaited special-edition disc of Black Devil Doll, and gave Fango the scoop on the complete details. The saga of an executed black militant’s spirit entering a ventriloquist’s dummy and wreaking all sorts of outrageous, politically incorrect havoc will be presented in widescreen with Dolby Digital 5.1 sound, plus an insane amount of special features:

Audio commentary by director Jonathan Lewis, writer/producer Shawn Lewis and writer/designer Mitch Mayes Audio »

- (Michael Gingold)

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Evilution On DVD This Fall

9 June 2009 3:30 PM, PDT | 28 Days Later Analysis | See recent 28 Days Later Analysis news »

Coming to DVD this September 22 "Evilution," will shock the system and scar the psyche all in your own home. From writer Brian Patrick O'Toole (Cemetary Gates) and director Chris Conlee (Butterfly Effect 2, Abominable) "Evilution," will be released through BrinkDVD. Fans are sure to get a kick out of the unique premise of an alien microscopic life form that can "resurrect the dead." Have a look at a action packed trailer inside.

A partial synopsis for "Evilution," here...

A microscopic alien life form has been discovered with the ability to possess the living and resurrect the dead. The United States Army tried to communicate with it and failed. So, instead, the military tried to create a genetically altered version of the alien in order to resurrect dead soldiers on the battlefield. The alien fought back; turning soldier against soldier.

Release Date: September 22, 2009.

Director: Chris Conlee.

Writer: Brian Patrick O'Toole.

Cast: Marie Antoinette, »

- Michael Ross Allen

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Evilution and Basement Jack snag DVD deal

1 June 2009 8:35 AM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

Filmmaker/Fango scribe Brian O’Toole dropped us a line to let us know that Evilution and Basement Jack, the first two features he produced with Eric Peter-Kaiser under their Black Gate Entertainment banner for Island Gateway Films, have landed a DVD deal. You’ll be able to check out Evilution in September and Jack in October.

The movies will be released by up-and-coming outfit Brink DVD as the first in a planned slate of genre releases. “Brink has a simple strategy: We only acquire films that kill the other genre pictures in both spirit and practice,” says Brink vice president of acquisitions and development John Silverstone. “Death sells! And I couldn’t think of two better gore-soaked features than Evilution and Basement Jack to kick off this new venture.”

In Evilution (pictured below), scripted by O’Toole and directed by Chris Conlee, an Army scientist steals an alien specimen »

- (Michael Gingold)

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New Evilution and Necropolitan posters and update

25 February 2009 2:21 PM, PST | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

Filmmaker and Fango scribe Brian O’Toole gave us a first look at the new poster for his movie Evilution; check it out below the cut. It’s the first of three features in the so-called “Necropolitan Trilogy” that O’Toole produced with Eric Peter-Kaiser (under the Black Gate Entertainment banner) and scripted; the second, Basement Jack, is completed, and O’Toole also sent along an early poster for the third, The Necropolitan.

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Evilution and Basement Jack have both sold territories overseas and will be released there on DVD soon,” O’Toole tells us. “We are still seeking domestic distribution.”

Evilution, directed by Chris Conlee (whose previous credits as an editor include Boo and Abominable), is about a military scientist who steals an »

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