17 items from 2014
Featuring a plot that amplifies people’s fears of STDs, Eric England’s Contracted has done well on VOD, with its potent combination of unsettling decomposition and keen social commentary attracting a steady stream of viewers. The home media response to Contracted has been successful enough for IFC Midnight to move forward with a sequel, Contracted: Phase II, which will follow both familiar and new faces.
Deadline reports that IFC Midnight is developing Contracted: Phase II with Josh Forbes in the director’s chair. The sequel will mark Forbes’ first feature film, working off a script by Craig Walendziak.
Eric England, who wrote and directed Contracted, is not attached to the sequel. The follow-up film will see the return of characters Riley (Matt Mercer) and Alice (Alice Macdonald). In addition to Mercer and Macdonald, the sequel’s cast includes Peter Cilella, Marianna Palka, Morgan Peter Brown, Laurel Vail, Anna Lore and Suzanne Voss. »
- Derek Anderson
Exclusive: After seeing strong VOD returns from last year’s Std horror flick Contracted, IFC Midnight is springing for its sequel, Contracted: Phase II. Writer-director Eric England’s first film was an original low-budget take on the zombie genre about a young woman in rapid decay after picking up an icky, mysterious disease from a one-night stand. The sequel continues where Contracted left off, as newly-infected Riley (Matt Mercer) scrambles to track down those responsible for the outbreak and discovers a larger conspiracy that threatens to infect the world.
England’s not involved in the follow-up, which is already in production in La; he’s currently filming indie comedy Get The Girl. Instead, BoulderLight Pictures producers J.D. Lifshitz and Raphael Margules tapped new blood to helm the sequel, hiring newcomer Josh Forbes to direct from a script by first-timer Craig Walendziak.
- Jen Yamato
Ouija UK Trailer. Stiles White‘s Ouija (2014) international movie trailer stars Claudia Katz, Sunny May Allison, Bill Watterson, Morgan Peter Brown, and Afra Sophia Tully. Ouija‘s plot synopsis: “After the mysterious and untimely death of their friend Debbie, those she left behind are searching for clues to what appears to [...]
Continue reading: Ouija (2014) UK Movie Trailer: Friends Use Game To Summon Dead »
- Rollo Tomasi
From the press release:
Film4 FrightFest will be screening a record twenty short films, twelve of them world premieres, at this year’s August event at the Vue West End, Leicester Sq.
Spearheading this year’s selection is the world premiere of Show Pieces, three tales of terror written by Alan Moore, the genius 2000 Ad writer behind Watchmen, The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen, From Hell and V For Vendetta. Moore has never previously written specifically for the screen, until now. Directed by his close friend and internationally acclaimed photographer Mitch Jenkins, this interconnected trilogy kicks off with. ‘Act of Faith’ in which a young woman looking for the next step in sexual excitement unfortunately finds it. ‘Jimmy’s End’ tails a serial philanderer down a dark alley into a very unusual club where the top-billed attraction is The Bad Brides and their Danse Macabre and ‘His Heavy Heart’ reveals the »
- Luke Owen
Film4 FrightFest will be screening a record twenty short films, twelve of them world premieres, at this year’s August event at the Vue West End, Leicester Square – including the latest from director Federico Zampaglione entitled Remember, the Fiona Dourif starring She (which I backed on Kickstarter many moons ago) and the second Jessica Cameron-starring production showing at Frightfest, the UK-lensed short The Tour.
Spearheading this year’s selection is the world premiere of Show Pieces, three tales of terror written by Alan Moore, the genius 2000 Ad writer behind Watchmen, The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen, From Hell and V For Vendetta. Moore has never previously written specifically for the screen, until now. Directed by his close friend and internationally acclaimed photographer Mitch Jenkins, this interconnected trilogy kicks off with. ‘Act of Faith’ in which a young woman looking for the next step in sexual excitement unfortunately finds it. ‘Jimmy »
- Phil Wheat
[Note: With the film set for a UK Blu-ray release on July 7th, here's a reposting of my review of Absentia from its original 2012 DVD debut]
Tricia’s husband Daniel has been missing for seven years. Her younger sister Callie comes to live with her and helps her find the strength to finally declare him legally dead ‘in absentia’. As Tricia tries to move on with her life she is haunted by terrifying visions while her sister finds herself drawn to an ominous tunnel near the house which is linked to other unexplained disappearances. It becomes clear the tunnel holds a dark secret, something lies in the shadows and Daniel may be suffering a fate far worse than death.
Absentia is, for all intents and purposes, a movie about loss – the loss of a loved one, the loss of control… It also deals with the dark side of life, the side of which you’d don’t always »
- Phil Wheat
Welcome to the 'Fetish Factory', where all your fantasies come true and your worst nightmares! The new teaser trailer for the upcoming Blanc/Biehn production has arrived blending together a range of hotties, weirdos, zombies and buttock jiggling. The exclusive trailer comes courtesy of Styd which you can view below. Heading into the 'Fetish Factory' are a host of stars that include Carrie Keagan, Tristan Risk ('American Mary'), Chase Williamson ('John Dies at the End'), Jennifer Blanc-Biehn, Diane Goldner, Jenimay Walker, Emma Julia Jacobs, Jesse Merlin, Ruben Pla ('Contracted'), Morgan Peter Brown, Benjamin Easterday, Tom Ayers and Stephen Wastell. Head below to watch the new trailer. »
Some familiar faces have joined the cast of upcoming indie Dementia with Twitch getting word of the complete cast on the latest from the producers of Contracted. All the details below:Peter Cilella (Resolution), Tony Denison (TNT's Major Crimes, The Closer), Steve Agee (Sarah Silverman Program), Morgan Peter Brown (Absentia), and Richard Riehle (Office Space) have been added to the cast of BoulderLight Pictures' "Dementia". They join Gene Jones, Kristina Klebe, Marc Senter, Hassie Harrison, Molly McQueen,and Graham Skipper. The plot is as follows: "After suffering a stroke, an elderly war veteran is forced by his estranged family to hire a live in nurse, only to find she harbors a sinister secret..."The film is directed by Mike Testin from a script by Meredith Berg. J.D. Lifshitz...
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Production kicks off this week on Staci Layne Wilson's directorial debut 'Fetish Factory'. The new Blanc-Biehn produced feature finds a group of sexy pin-up vixens face off against a horde of bloodthirsty zombies in a post-apocalyptic Hollywood. And now the first, and most striking, teaser one-sheet has arrived featuring a busty undead burlesque babe. 'Fetish Factory' stars Carrie Keagan, Tristan Risk, Chase Williamson, Jennifer Blanc-Biehn, Diane Goldner, Jenimay Walker, Emma Julia Jacobs, Jesse Merlin, Ruben Pla, Morgan Peter Brown, Benjamin Easterday, Tom Ayers and Stephen Wastell. Check the poster below. »
As March came to a close, we gave you the early details on Fetish Factory, writer/director Staci Layne Wilson's feature debut, and with filming kicking off this week in Los Angeles, the official teaser artwork has arrived! Check it out, and expect lots more soon.
Fetish Factory, from Blanc/Biehn Productions, stars Chase Williamson, Jennifer Blanc, Carrie Keagan, Diane Ayala Goldner, Tristan Risk, Emma Julia Jacobs, Jesse Merlin, Ruben Pla, Benjamin Easterday, Tom Ayers, Stephen Wastell, and Morgan Peter Brown.
Montreal-based alternative model and fetish superstar The Richard and gorgeous go-go icon Jenimay Walker round out the cast. Lony Ruhmann is executive producer, cinematography is by Steve Romano, and the original Fetish Factory score is by Mars Homeworld.
It’s “Survival Of The Foxiest!” in Fetish Factory, a thrilling and darkly comic horror suspense film with a heaping helping of vintage burlesque bawdiness.
Imagine a wickedly saucy »
- Debi Moore
Back in 2011 my best of the year list was topped by Mike Flanagan's Absentia, and with his follow-up, Oculus, in theatres now, it's good to see a little love being shown to his award-winning breakthrough film as it hits UK Blu-ray for the first time.
From the Press Release:
One of the most frightening films of recent years, Mike Flanagan's critically acclaimed Absentia makes its UK Blu-ray debut courtesy of Second Sight Films. A new DVD release is on its way as well, with both hitting stores on 7 July.
Tricia’s (Courtney Bell) husband, Daniel, has been missing for seven years, and with the help of her sister, Callie (Katie Parker), she finally declares him legally dead ‘in absentia.’ As Tricia tries to move on with her life, she becomes haunted by terrifying visions, while Callie is strangely drawn to an ominous tunnel near the house with links to other unexplained disappearances. »
- Debi Moore
Welcome to the latest episode of The ScreamCast! Each episode sees hosts Sean Duregger and Brad Henderson review a Scream Factory release, have special guests, throw out future Scream Factory release wish lists, and celebrity interviews.
In this episode Sean and Brad discuss Scream Factory’s release of 1980′s The Island, a surprisingly brutal, mean and bat-shit crazy movie involving Michael Caine and pirates, brought to you by the author of Jaws! Helping the guys dissect this forgotten piece of cinema is Morgan Peter Brown (Absentia). Don’t forget to check out TheScreamCast.com for the show notes and for more news and reviews of Scream Factory releases and make sure to follow them on Twitter too!
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- Phil Wheat
Colleague Staci Layne Wilson is embarking on her feature directorial debut, based on a script she penned, this May with Fetish Factory. Blanc/Biehn Productions are overseeing the production. John Dies at the End's Chase Williamson has been locked in to star. Also joining the cast: Jennifer Blanc-Biehn, Tiffany Shepis, Diane Ayala Goldner, Emma Julia Jacobs, Jesse Merlin, Ruben Pla and Morgan Peter Brown. Montreal-based alternative model and fetish superstar The Richard and gorgeous go-go icon Jenimay Walker round out the cast.
- Ryan Turek
From the Press Release
Imagine a wickedly saucy by invitation-only stage show and posh private peeps in which your every fantasy can come true, fulfilled by the likes of luscious ladies imitating the sex goddesses of yore: Bettie Page, Jayne Mansfield, and Suzie Wong. Along with classic burlesque strip-teases and curio acts – a ventriloquist, a magician, and a whip-dancer – you are in for the night of your life at the Fetish Factory. That is, until your life is at stake when the apocalypse strikes! Once mild-mannered men become bloodthirsty zombies, and »
- Uncle Creepy
CineMayhem 2014 already sold out for the special screenings of The Fog and Hellraiser, with a limited number of tickets still available for Vamp on Saturday, March 29th. If you weren’t able to snag tickets for the firs two nights, check back with us later this month, as we may have a surprise or two for Daily Dead readers. Until then, we have the lineup of short films that will be playing on all three nights:
The Body: “The film stars Alfie Allen (Game Of Thrones), Hannah Tointon (The Inbetweeners), Jack Gordon (Panic Button) and Christian Brassington (Burke & Hare) and tells the tale of a murderer (Allen) who uses the cover of Halloween night to causally transport his latest victim from the scene of the crime to his final resting place. Wrapping the body in tarpaulin and dragging it through the busy streets of London as a bloody Halloween prop, »
- Jonathan James
The 2nd annual CineMayhem Film Fest revealed its all-retro line-up for this year’s festival that features a special screening of The Fog (1980) with legendary Master of Horror John Carpenter in attendance for an intimate Q&A with fans. You read that correctly. John. Friggin’. Carpenter! CineMayhem will also pay homage to several other classic indie horror films with a rare screening of the horror comedy Vamp (1986) and a night celebrating Hellraiser (1987) and the artwork of genre visionary, Clive Barker.
Several pieces of Barker’s art will be on display during CineMayhem and each night will include screenings of several great short horror films before each classic film as well including Found, the latest short from Rebekah McKendry, filmmaker and Director of Marketing for Fangoria Entertainment, starring Darren Lynn Bousman (Repo! The Genetic Opera, The Devil’S Carnival), Aj Bowen (You’Re Next, The Sacrament), and Morgan Peter Brown (Absentia).
This year, »
- BJ Colangelo
Heather Wixson is part of the Daily Dead team, but she’s been a horror journalist and producer for years and launched CineMayhem in 2013 to highlight independent horror. This year, she returns with a retro line-up and guest list that is sure to impress, including John Carpenter appearing for a special Q&A and free screening of The Fog:
“(February 21, 2014)—Today, the second annual CineMayhem Film Fest reveals its all-retro line-up for this year’s festival that features a special screening of The Fog (1980) with legendary Master of Horror John Carpenter in attendance for an intimate Q&A with fans. CineMayhem will also pay homage to several other classic indie horror films with a rare screening of the horror comedy Vamp (1986) and a night celebrating Hellraiser (1987) and the artwork of genre visionary, Clive Barker.
Several pieces of Barker’s art will be on display during CineMayhem and each night »
- Jonathan James
17 items from 2014
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