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Biff Review: In ‘Sunset Park,’ a Crime Drama Turns into a Nightmare

When Duane Sarcione (Michael T. Weiss) finds himself in the hole with mobster ‘The Sledge’ (Sam Douglas), he has no choice but to run. It’s not a surprising move despite only knowing him for five minutes — gambling has a hold and he’s drowning under the weight of turmoil both in and out of his control. This act, however, isn’t without collateral damage. His wife had already passed away, but his young son Gino (Nolan Lyons) was still around struggling to get through school with the help of his ‘Gramps’ Joe (Robert Miano). Suddenly Gino and Joe are left holding Duane’s debt because ‘The Sledge’ would rather have his hooks in a local than worry about chasing a coward. The ramifications of this new dynamic arrive ten years later.

Writer/director Jason Sarrey’s feature debut Sunset Park picks up with an adult Gino (Michael Trevino) working
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Horror Highlights: Campaign to Save The Exorcist TV Series, Parasites Q&A, Hunting Grounds

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Fans of The Exorcist TV series have rallied together to get the attention of Fox and hopefully get a second season of the show. Their latest campaign, as well as a video featuring fans from all over the world, is included in today's Horror Highlights, which also features a Q&A with the director of Parasites and Hunting Grounds VOD release details.

Details on The Exorcist TV Series's 'Fear the Feathers' Campaign: Press Release: "The Global Fandom for the Fox Television show "The Exorcist" launch[ed] their latest campaign "Fear The Feathers" on Friday, December 30, 2016, in an effort to plead with the network to renew the show for a second season.

The 10 episode series has recently ended its season one run with no news of a renewal from the Fox network. Passionate fans of the show, who have named their cohesive group the "Exorcist Congregation,” have been very vocal on social
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Horror Highlights: Posters for Get The Girl and Parasites, Claire In Motion Release Details

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"Love" goes awry in Eric England's Get the Girl, a new film hitting theaters in January from Orion Pictures. A poster for the movie was recently released, and we have it to share with readers at the top of today's Highlights, which also includes a poster for Parasites and release details for Claire in Motion.

Get the Girl Poster & Release Details: “In Get The Girl, a wealthy young man is conned into staging a fake kidnapping in order to be a hero and win the affection of a girl he's madly in love with. But when one of the hired kidnappers is accidentally killed during the charade, he's forced to actually save her life while not revealing that it's been a ruse all along.”

Written and directed by Eric England, Get the Girl stars Justin Dobies, Elizabeth Whitson, Noah Segan, Adi Shankar, and Scout Taylor-Compton. Orion Pictures will release
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Chad Ferrin's 'Parasites' to debut on VOD

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Chad Ferrin's harrowing festival favorite Parasites will be available to rent or own in the Us and Canada starting January 24th on iTunes, Amazon Instant, Google Play, Vudu and Xbox from 108 Media.

Veteran genre director Ferrin (Someone's Knocking at the Door, Horse) presents one long night on Skid Row as a sadistic reimagining on the true story of John Colter and his flight from the Blackfoot Indians.

Since the world premiere at the Fantasia International Film Festival, Parasites has made audiences and critics scream, earning rave reviews for being both terrifying and thought-provoking.

Dread Central hailed the film at Fantasia, praising the "white-knuckled tension and action that holds its ground." Parasites has gone on to screen at a number of festivals, including HorrorHound, Shriekfest, Stuff Mx, the New York City Horror Film Festival, Zinema Zombie Fest and more.

Genre vet Robert Miano (Donnie Brasco) headlines as Wilco, the leader
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Afm: 108 Media unveils genre label slate

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Afm: 108 Media unveils genre label slate
The Toronto-based sales agent on Monday announced the latest roster of international acquisitions under its 108 Madcap label.

Sales titles include American-Albanian crime thriller Cash Only (pictured), about a cash-strapped landlord whose troubles multiply when he steals money.

Parasites stars Robert Miano and centres on a group of privileged friends captured by a violent homeless gang.

The Triangle tells of four filmmakers who take their cameras into the Montana wilderness to document the mysterious inner workings of a young community with a secret.

2012 title Monsters In The Woods chronicles a micro-budget film crew in the wilderness who become prey to wild creatures.

Rounding out the slate are 2015 Macedonian human trafficking thriller Lazar, kidnap thriller Cut To The Chase, and horror tale Valley Of Ditches.

“We have acquired an impressive slate of amazing independent films to grow 108 Madcap’s offering,” said new acquisitions executive Larry Bain, who will lead 108 Madcap’s sales efforts.

“We continue
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Parasites Review [Fantasia 2016]

While envisioning Parasites, writer/director Chad Ferrin had to be mainlining heavy doses of Assault On Precinct 13 and Escape From New York. Socio-political extremism, synthy musical composition, aggressive violence – Parasites runs straight out of the 70s and onto our digital screens. Ferrin extrapolates an ever-growing homelessness rate and turns it into an urban question of purification, complete with political commentary that boasts seething prejudice. America’s scummiest, most neglected stones are overturned with satirical pause – but only on a shoestring-budget that struggles to drive home Ferrin’s fiery, enraged survival story.

We open on an average night for three USC students, who are hopelessly lost thanks to Scott’s (Sebastian Fernandez) shortcut. Stud quarterback Marshal Colter (Sean Samuels) finds himself driving down bum-lined streets while buddy Josef Lode (Jeffrey Decker) harasses their failed navigator from the backseat. Who needs a Gps anyway, right? Too bad their wasted night is
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Fantasia 2016: ‘Parasites’ Review

Parasites Review

Marshal (Sean Samuels) and his buddies are new to Los Angeles. About to start college, they still have their entire lives ahead of them. However, after a wrong turn leads them down the wrong road, the trio find themselves lost amongst the labyrinthine network of Los Angeles’ seedy underbelly. Sadly for them they are stereotypical men; they won’t stop and ask anyone for directions. This stubbornness leads to them moving deep into the world of the homeless and right into the territory of Wilco (Robert Miano). Wilco is the head of a community of down-on-their-luck street people and he has a vicious streak. After witnessing the death of his best friends Marshal is left naked and alone. If he wants to survive the night he must escape the clutches of Wilco’s gang.

Director Chad Ferrin‘s last journey behind the lens was for Someone’s Knocking
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The Dusty VHS Corner: Stock Footage Spectaculars

Tom Jolliffe delves into The Dusty VHS Corner for a trio of stock footage spectaculars in Strategic Command, Stormcatcher and Steel Sharks

In the mid to late 90’s, there was an almost epidemic boom of straight to video films that featured plot-lines involving submarines or fighter planes. Why? Well given the vast majority of these films were shot for about $3.00 each, the idea was to have plot-lines with these elements in order to use stock shots of F-16 fighter jets, stealth fighters, U-boats and other military based vehicles of air and sea in order to give the illusion that these films were more lavishly budgeted than they actually were, and indeed to further save time in the remainder of the shoot. If you go into a film knowing that you’ve already got 15 minutes of screen-time ready in a stock footage library, then you’ve only got to worry about
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Giveaway: Win A DVD Of Action Flick Beyond The Trophy

We have five DVDs of Daniel Gillin's action flick Beyond the Trophy to give away. Arc Entertainment is releasing the film on DVD on June 3.Beyond the Trophy tells the story of men's obsession with power and how far they will go to claim the "prize".  Two rival gangs in Los Angeles and Las Vegas, led by Gino (Robert Miano) and Cole (Michael Madsen), are vying for control.  Danny (Michael Masini), an Lapd undercover police detective, goes deep into gangland to infiltrate one gang to bring down both. Along the way, he becomes entangled with the beautiful and seductive Angela (Ali Costello), whose relationship with her husband Jake and mob leader Gino makes her the focal point of an intoxicating romantic equation-with deadly consequences. Her...

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'Beyond the Trophy' Poster with Michael Madsen and Eric Roberts | Exclusive

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'Beyond the Trophy' Poster with Michael Madsen and Eric Roberts | Exclusive
Beyond the Trophy tells the story of men's obsession with power and how far they will go to claim the "prize". Two rival gangs in Los Angeles and Las Vegas, led by Gino (Robert Miano) and Cole (Michael Madsen), are vying for control. Danny (Michael Masini), an Lapd undercover police detective, goes deep into gangland to infiltrate one gang to bring down both. Along the way, he becomes entangled with the beautiful and seductive Angela (Ali Costello), whose relationship with her husband Jake and mob leader Gino makes her the focal point of an intoxicating romantic equation-with deadly consequences. Her dream is to escape the wrath of evil abusive men, and find the love she never knew. We have an exclusive look at the poster for Beyond the Trophy that warns 'Power is the only thing that matters!' Arriving June 3rd.

Beyond the Trophy comes to theaters June 3rd,
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Wes Sullivan's Nightbeasts is Available Now through Video-on-demand!

Nightbeasts is a creature feature which has played at several film festivals, including the Independent Film Quarterly Film Festival. The film stars Gremlins (1984) actor Zach Galligan. Other castmates include: Robert Miano, Chad Trager and Holly Wilson. The film has already had a theatrical release. And now, Nightbeasts is available on video-on-demand, through Vimeo's online platform. The film involves a father and son camping trip. On their hike, they encounter something in the brush, which is part human and part ape. Charles (Galligan) tries to protect his boy, but this creature follows them throughout a range of mountains. Local legends tell tales of the Sasquatch and Charles must face this beast, if the wants to survive this deadly encounter in the woods. Nightbeasts is available for online viewing and download at the link below. Fans of creature features can see more of the film, in the official trailer for the film (also below). Release date: Now.
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Indie Spotlight: The Projectionist Starring Russ Russo and Doug E. Doug

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On this holiday weekend edition of Indie Spotlight, I'm happy to bring you The Projectionist.  From writer-director Ryan M. Kennedy and producer Atit Shah comes this look at the effects of Ptsd and how war veterans afflicted with this disorder often go untreated and overlooked.  Described as "a warrior reduced to a shadow," The Projectionist follows Jacob Nicks (Russ Russo), a former solider attempting to cope with his undiagnosed Ptsd.  The film also features Natasha Alam (True Blood), Doug E. Doug (Cool Runnings), Kiowa Gordon (The Twilight Saga), Joseph R. Gannascoli (Sopranos), Robert Miano (Donnie Brasco), Dominik Tiefenthaler (Maybe Tomorrow) and Chris Lapanta (The Blacklist). Hit the jump for more. While previous Kickstarter projects have overwhelmingly been looking to crowdsource funds for production purposes, The Projectionist is already a completed film.  Instead, the filmmakers and production company Create Entertainment are looking to use Kickstarter in order to increase their distribution potential.
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Indie Spotlight

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We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s massive feature includes a review for Nobody Can Cool, first details on The Night Crew, Heir, and a Doctor Who documentary called Who’s Changing: An Adventure In Time With Fans, a new clip from Muck, trailers for Blood Shed, NightBeasts, and Virginia Obscura, and much more:

[Editor's Note: We want to give a big thanks to our Indie Spotlight manager, Tamika Jones, for her constant work on this weekly feature and putting together our largest Indie Spotlight to date this weekend!]

Indie Spotlight Review: Nobody Can Cool

by Heather Wixson

Nobody Can Cool is the rather impressive directorial debut from up-and-coming filmmaking duo Dpyx, Marcy Boyle and Rachel Holzman, who crafted a blisteringly taut and thoughtful indie crime thriller with a palpable sense of tension from start to finish. A gritty and engaging tale of deceit, violence and desperation, Nobody Can Cool is anchored by a breakout performance by Nick Principe (best known from his work in the Laid to Rest series, Madison County and
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Producers Seek Dismissal in Dungeons & Dragons Lawsuit

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Producers Seek Dismissal in Dungeons & Dragons Lawsuit
Back in May, we reported that Hasbro filed a lawsuit against Sweetpea Entertainment and producer Courtney Solomon to halt their live-action reboot of Dungeons & Dragons. Today, we have word that Sweetpea filed a motion for a partial dismissal of the case. A hearing is set for January 24, just two months before the trial is scheduled to begin on March 25.

Our initial report on the reboot from last May revealed that producer Courtney Solomon, who directed the 2000 Dungeons & Dragons movie, is reworking a script entitled Chainmail, written by David Johnson, which is based on a more obscure game by Dungeons & Dragons creator E. Gary Gygax. The producer planned on shaping the script to fit into the Dungeons & Dragons world. However, Hasbro alleged that he didn't even have the rights to do so.

While Courtney Solomon did acquire the Dungeons & Dragons rights in 1994 to make his 2000 live-action feature, Hasbro's lawsuit claims that
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Wes Sullivans Nightbeasts Now Available On Demand

After winning the top prize at several prestigious film festivals and fresh on the heels of its theatrical release on U.S. movie screens this past summer, we are pleased to announce that Wes Sullivan's sci-fi/horror thriller 'Nightbeasts' is now available 'On Demand' to stream onto your computer, laptop or television in the comfort of your own home via the popular internet video site Vimeo. The Treehouse Pictures production stars 80's horror movie veteran Zach Galligan who starred most recently in 'Hatchet III', as well as 'Jack Falls' and of course classic comedy horror 'Gremlins'. The movie co-stars veteran character actor Robert Miano ('Donnie Brasco') and Native American actor Apesanahquat ('Bagdad Cafe')....
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Wes Sullivan's Nightbeasts Claws its Way onto Vimeo

Director Wes Sullivan has made his creature feature Nightbeasts available to the masses. Sullivan has teamed up with Vimeo to make Nightbeasts available through an online rental format. This award winning film stas Zach Galligan (Gremlins) as a father, who takes his young son up into the woods. A beast is waiting for the duo there. This title also stars Apesanahkwat (Sioux City), Audra Wise (Unspeakable 2), Robert Miano (Donnie Brasco) and Sonny Skyhawk. This title recently participated in the B Movie Roadshow. The film festival took place at several drive-ins and theatres across the United States. The roadshow began in June and lasted through the summer. Now, both Canadian and American film fans can watch the film at the Vimeo link hosted below. Release Date: Available Now (VOD). Director/writer: Wes Sullivan. Cast: Zach Galligan, Apesanahkwat, Audra Wise, Robert Miano and Sonny Skyhawk. The film's trailer is available here: Nightbeast Trailer Vimeo from.
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Beware of Bloody Bobby This Halloween

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Robert Miano (Donnie Brasco), the Hollywood veteran, will play the character of Old Man Granger in Black Pumpkin Pictures’ horror thriller Bloody Bobby, helmed by AFI grad Anthony Hall (Mud Season). Ace Marrero (Madison County) will play the part of Will, and Jessica Morris (Role Models) does a turn as Crystal. Curt Clendenin, who started out his career with a part in the Blues Brothers, will be introduced, taking on the lead, Reggie, and … Continue reading →
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Power, Gun-Running, Loyalty & Honor Are At The Center Of R.L. Scott's Actioner 'Call Me King'

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From writer, director, fight choreographer R.L. Scott (photo above) comes a new indie thriller/actioner titled Call Me King which is described as follows: In the international world of gun running... loyalty, honor and discretion are valuable commodities, but nothing is more priceless than the bond of family. Power begets enemies and a loved ones betrayal cuts like a knife. Sides will be chosen, wars will be fought. In the end, there can only be one King. Executive produced by Amin Joseph and produced by David A. Fisher, the film stars Bai Ling, Amin Joseph, Chris Mulkey, Bill Cobbs, Robert Miano, Lester Speight, Gabrielle Dennis, Alimi Ballard, Sean Riggs,...
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Indie Spotlight

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We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes news on an art exhibit dedicated to Guillermo del Toro, release details on supernatural thrillers The Cloth and The Church, and an interview with Standards of Living‘s Aaron Mento to discuss his horror feature shot entirely on an iPad 2:

New Trailer for Theatre of the Deranged II: ”This is the second installment from Executive Producers James Cullen Bressack (My Pure Joy, Hate Crime, To Jennifer) and Jarret Cohen at Psykik Junky Pictures not only feature’s Bressack’s film “Unmimely Demise”, and Dustin Mills (Puppet Monster Massacre, Zombie A-hole) Segment is entitled “Plate Face” also Shane Ryan (Amateur Porn Star Killer) segment entitled “Tag” Shawn Burkett (The Sleeping Soul) with his segment entitled “Panty Raid” and Lastly Christopher Leto (The House Wife Slasher) with his segment
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Uncork’d Entertainment Unfolds The Cloth at Home

Possession! Demons! Danny Trejo! Eric Roberts! Sold! Holy Laser Pistols! That's right, kids! The good folks over at Uncork’d Entertainment just sent over the home video announcement for the latest devilish flick to land in your collection, The Cloth! Read on for details!

From the Press Release

Uncork’d Entertainment and Viva Pictures proudly announce the multi-platform release of the much anticipated sci-fi thriller The Cloth starring Danny Trejo (Machete, Con Air) and Eric Roberts (The Dark Knight). Recently acquired at the Berlin International Film Festival, The Cloth was written and directed by Justin Price and executive produced by Ha-g Hardamon. The Cloth will be available July 2nd for rental and digital, and available for sale on DVD for an Srp of $14.96 on August 6th.

Based on Justin Price's book of the same name, The Cloth is a taut and tense tale of intrigue, mystery and celestial influences
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