16 items from 2014
We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting the recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes a new poster from Psychophonia, casting and production details from Tales of Halloween, a trailer for The Sugar Skull Girls, and more:
Psychophonia First Details and Poster: “Lony Ruhmann, Blanc/Biehn Productions and Give & Take Productions have announced the new thriller Psychophonia. With a story from Lony Ruhmann and screenplay by Nicholl Fellowship winner Barbara Stepansky, the new film will be helmed by Brianne Davis, who earlier this year directed The Night Visitor 2: Heather’s Story.
Psychophonia stars Vedette Lim (Chicago Fire, True Blood) in the lead role of Lilly Tarver. Rounding out the cast; Andrew W. Walker (The Torturer, 2 Bedroom One Bath), Kellee Stewart (Hot Tub Time Machine 1 & 2, The Soul Man) Adam Rose (Up In The Air, The Bounty Hunter), Daniel Quinn (Fetish Factory, Wrong Cops »
- Tamika Jones
Anthology horror films are a tricky beast. The rule of thumb is, usually only half of the segments are generally satisfying while the remainder leave a lot to be desired (save for the few successes such as Asylum, Creepshow, and Trick ‘r Treat). Epic Pictures Group recently announced that they will help produce a new horror anthology set for release next year around Halloween. The new anthology, Tales of Halloween, is based on a concept created by Soulmate director Axelle Carolyn.
The ten stories will be woven together by their shared theme of Halloween night in an American suburb, where ghouls, imps, aliens and axe murderers appear for one night only to terrorize unsuspecting residents. Apart from Carolyn the list of directors, under the name The October Society, includes her husband Neil Marshall (The Descent), Mike Mendez (Big Ass Spider!), Joe Begos (Almost Human), Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw II, »
Every year, crackling bonfires, a steaming witch’s brew, and the crunch of dead leaves come together for a creepy Halloween night concoction that makes one feel like anything could happen. Michael Dougherty’s 2007 anthology film Trick ’r Treat certainly embraced the magic of this night and now a group of directors collectively called The October Society have begun development on Tales of Halloween.
A film featuring ten interconnected segments from 11 directors, Tales of Halloween begins shooting this November. Horror readers fond of the splatterpunk genre may be happy to hear that John Skipp, co-author of The Light at the End, the sought after Fright Night novelization, Animals, and many more novels will co-direct one of the segments with Andrew Kasch (Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy). Neil Marshall (The Descent),Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw II, III & IV), and Mike Mendez (Big Ass Spider!) are among the other directors. »
- Derek Anderson
Horror movie fans have a new anthology film project in development called Tales of Halloween. The film follows in the footsteps of previously released horror anthologies such as the Trick 'r Treat, V/H/S, and The ABCs of Death. I've always enjoyed watching movies like this! I grew up on films and shows such as Tales From the Crypt, Black Sabbath, Tales From the Dark Side, and the Creepshow. As long as Tales of Halloween turns out to be fun and entertaining I'll watch it.
The news come from Deadline, who reports that the movie will consist of ten segments from eleven directors. It will be an interconnected series of stories, and they will all be set in "a sleepy American suburb terrorized by ghouls, aliens, and killers one Halloween night."
- Joey Paur
I’m an anthology nut. Sure there are definitely a decent amount of uneven and/or straight up bad ones, but the ones that do it right, Really work well for me. I just love the idea of horror filmmakers taking the short form of filmmaking and telling quality stories in a limited amount of time, which makes this announcement that much more exciting to write about.
Epic Pictures Group, the studio responsible for Big Ass Spider!, The Aggression Scale, Sushi Girl and many other popular genre films, have announced their deal to finance and produce Tales Of Halloween, a horror anthology boasting a pretty impressive roster of genre directors each putting their own stamp on the anthology format. The lineup includes Joe Begos (Almost Human), Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw II, III & IV, The Barrens), Axelle Carolyn (Soulmate), Adam Gierasch (Night of the Demons, Fractured), Andrew Kasch (Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy »
- Jerry Smith
Following the likes of the "VHS" and "ABCs Of Death" films, Epic Pictures Group is assembling its own horror anthology feature project and has hired some top-level genre filmmakers for the job.
"Tales Of Halloween" will collect ten segments from eleven directors into one interconnected series of stories set in a sleepy American suburb terrorised on Halloween night.
The most high profile directors involved are Neil Marshall ("The Descent," "Game of Thrones") and Darren Bousman ("Saw II," "Repo: The Genetic Opera"). Also onboard are the likes of Joe Begos ("Almost Human"), Axelle Carolyn ("Soulmate"), Adam Gierasch ("Night Of The Demons"), Andrew Kasch ("Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy") and John Skipp ("Stay At Home Dad"), Mike Mendez ("Big Ass Spider!"), Dave Parker ("The Hills Run Red"), Ryan Schifrin ("Abominable"), and Paul Solet ("Grace").
- Garth Franklin
Do you like your horror in easily digestible bite-sized pieces thrown together by a spooky wraparound story? That’s right, you got it, I’m referring to the horror genre’s latest trend – anthology franchises. As V/H/S and The ABC’s Of Death have proven, fans are happily gobbling up this new stylistic angle, and now there’s another one afoot. Deadline reports that the Epic Pictures Group are assembling a new anthology called Tales Of Halloween.
The report suggests that this new approach will enlist a great many horror maestros for the upcoming outing. The biggest names leading the pack are Neil Marshall (Dog Soldiers, The Descent) and Darren Bousman (Saw), who’ll no doubt attract fans who may not be familiar with some of the lesser-known filmmakers. That’s inevitably one of the most promising aspects of this type of film; offering fledgling directors the opportunity »
- Gem Seddon
Exclusive: Now that horror hits V/H/S and The ABCs Of Death have shown that the omnibus film can live again, a new anthology is assembling with the likes of Neil Marshall (The Descent) and Darren Bousman (Saw II, III and IV) behind the camera. Epic Pictures Group has come aboard to finance and produce Tales Of Halloween, which will collect ten segments from eleven directors into one interconnected series of stories, all set in a sleepy American suburb terrorized by ghouls, aliens, and killers one Halloween night.
Tapped to helm segments alongside Marshall and Bousman are Joe Begos (Almost Human), Axelle Carolyn (Soulmate), Adam Gierasch (Night Of The Demons), Andrew Kasch (Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy) and John Skipp (Stay At Home Dad), Mike Mendez (Big Ass Spider!), Dave Parker (The Hills Run Red), Ryan Schifrin (Abominable), and Paul Solet (Grace). Carolyn conceived of the project »
- Jen Yamato
The self-styled October Society features Almost Human director Joe Begos, Mike Mendez of Big Ass Spider!, Grace director Paul Solet, Axelle Carolyn of Soulmate and Adam Gierasch of Night Of The Demons.
Rounding out the crack team are Andrew Kasch, co-director of Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy, Dave Parker of The Hills Run Red, Ryan Schifrin of Abominable and Stay At Home Dad short film director John Skipp. Kasch and Skipp will co-direct one of the shorts together.
with Mendez and Carolyn, after the latter »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Delirium Magazine #4
The last time Charles Band and co. brought their “D-Day of the B-Movies” signing to Burbank’s Dark Delicacies, fans showing up to snag a signed copy of the then newly released third issue of Delirium Magazine (a joint collaboration between band and Fangoria Editor Chris Alexander), were treated to appearances by Trancers stars Tim Thomerson and Megan Ward, as well as writers/actors/directors like C. Courtney Joyner (Trancers III, Lurking Fear), Dave Parker (The Hills Run Red) and many others.
The event is headed back to Dark Delicacies on September 27th for the release of Delirium Magazine #4, and this time, Band is bringing along some new faces!
Appearing: Nivek Ogre (Repo! The Genetic Opera, Murderball, singer of Skinny Puppy), Mindy Robinson (King Of The Nerds, V/H/S 2 , Gingerdeadman Vs. Evil Bong), Mick Garris (Hocus Pocus (Writer), Masters Of Horror (Writer/ Creator), Stephen King’S Sleepwalkers »
- Jerry Smith
IFC Midnight, in association with Five 7 Media, is releasing The Damned in theaters on August 29th, but first, thanks to Lakeshore Records, the The Damned - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is available today, August 19th!
From the Press Release:
Lakeshore Records will release the The Damned - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack on August 19, 2014. The album features original music by Frederik Wiedmann (Beware the Batman, Green Lantern: The Animated Series), who is a frequent collaborator of director Victor Garcia.
“I hope this soundtrack will keep you on the edge of your seat!” said Wiedmann.
“I met Freddie seven years ago for what was going to be our first movie together (Return to House on Haunted Hill) and ended up being the first of several collaborations,” said Garcia. “The amazing cues he's accomplished and the organic way in which his score fits the pacing makes The Damned be, without a doubt, my »
- Debi Moore
On a recent episode of Killer Pov, the podcast I co-host with Fangoria’s Rebekah McKendry and Inside Horror’s Elric Kane, we tackled the topic of “Childhood Obsessions,” and that led to discussing our desire as young budding horror fans to obtain any toys we could get our hands on based upon some of our favorite genre properties. There weren’t that many horror toys when I was a kid, except for the talking Freddy doll, but as an adult, everything pretty much changed when McFarlane Toys unleashed their Movie Maniacs line back in 1998 and proved that there was in fact a huge market for these kind of collectibles. I remember distinctly hunting for the “bloody variant” Leatherface figure at all the local Kay Bee stores, much to the surprise and shock of the clerk’s face when I brought it up to the counter to buy. “We sell this here? »
- Rob Galluzzo
In The Vault this week, we welcome director Dave Parker (The Hills Run Red, ColdWater) and journalist Rebekah McKendry from Fangoria. These are two of the biggest horror nerds I know (and I know a lot of horror nerds) so they give some great insight on this week's film, Dead & Buried.
Dead & Buried is a kind of low-key zombie flick. I had never even heard of it until we started working on The Vault. The small New England coastal town of Potter's Bluff is a popular vacation spot, but visitors frequently end up, well, murdered. But thanks to some voodoo witchcraft, the dead rise again, as residents who don't eat brains and, frankly, act as if nothing happened - except, of course, when it is time to kill the newbies.
- Alyse Wax
Zachary Leeman: Let’s start by breaking down how you started in the business? How did you first become a paid screenwriter? Explain the hustle to me and to aspiring screenwriters that may be reading this.
John Sullivan: Growing up, I thought I wanted to be a novelist. I read voraciously. My addictions were mostly Stephen King, Dean Koontz, James Herbert and the occasional Tom Clancy actioner. I was a little too young to understand the political thrillers, but I tried. I attempted a few half-written books, and they were terrible. It wasn’t until I was 14 or so that I understood what a screenwriter did. I was an enormous movie fan.
I never played sports, I wasn’t incredibly social and so I watched 2-3 movies a day. »
- Gary Collinson
The big names in horror are often recognized by both the genre community and mainstream entertainment culture, showered with accolades by horror fans and film critics alike. Directors like John Carpenter, Tobe Hooper, and Wes Craven have secured their place in film history, but many more talented directors go largely unsung for their hard work and noteworthy contributions to the genre. To remedy that, we recently kicked off a recurring segment that gives much-needed credit to those groundbreaking horror filmmakers who aren’t always given the praise they deserve. [You can check out part one here and part two here.] Since the first two installments proved popular, we're back with another round, and this time we present not five, but six more of our favorite underrated genre film directors. Mike Mendez Director of The Gravedancers and Big Ass Spider, Mendez and frequent collaborator Dave Parker (Coldwater, The Hills Run Red) helped to inspire the popular Showtime series Masters of Horror, but »
- Tyler Doupe
We here at FEARnet are pretty big fans of director Dave Parker, in particular his feature film 'The Hills Run Red,' which was listed on my "recommended slashers" article from last year. Also, fellow FEARnet contributor Tyler Doupe named Parker one of our favorite underrated filmmakers and so, a lot of genre fans have been curious to check out his latest movie, the mysterious, experimental 'Coldwater' for quite some time now. I've seen it. It's unique, interesting and indie cinema at its finest. And well, if you live in La, you're in luck!
'Coldwater' will screen for Free at The Crest Theater located at 1262 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024 this upcoming Thursday, January 9th. You'll want to arrive early. There's a red carpet event starting at 6:45Pm. Then at 7:45Pm, there will be a special Independent Horror Film Panel moderated by Bloody-Disgusting's »
- Rob Galluzzo
16 items from 2014
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