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2010 Arizona Underground Film Festival: Official Lineup

13 September 2010 6:00 AM, PDT | Underground Film Journal | See recent Underground Film Journal news »

Tucson and Phoenix: Prepare to be rocked, shocked and defiled. Blasting its way into its third — and biggest — year on Sept. 18-25, the Arizona Underground Film Festival is a cacophonous concoction of angry transsexuals, bumbling hit men, slacker superheroes, living dolls, aliens, dead hookers, adventure-seeking blondes and other crazies.

This year the fest is screening 30 feature films, some of which are making their U.S. and even world debuts. The opening night film is the U.S. premiere of the German hit man comedy Snowman’s Land, directed by Tomasz Thomson,while closing the fest is the controversial and violent A Serbian Film by Srdjan Spasojevic, which you have to be over-18 to get into.

Don’t worry, there’s plenty of homebrewed films as well, such as Dead Hooker in a Trunk by Jen Soska & Sylvia Soska; Nude Nuns With Big Guns by Joseph Guzman; 1,001 Ways to Enjoy the »

- Mike Everleth

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Zach Galligan Goes Toe-to-Toe with an Unruly Bigfoot in Nightbeasts

14 August 2010 11:43 AM, PDT | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

Movies about bigfoot — or sasquatch, if you’re nasty — are a tough sell these days. Nobody has been able to top Ryan Schifrin’s thoroughly enjoyable romp “Abominable” since its release over four years ago, and those who tried were, shall we say, less than successful in their endeavors. Writer/director Wes Sullivan’s “Nightbeasts” is yet another contender for the “Best Bigfoot Movie of All Time” award, a film that comes pre-packaged with genre veteran Zach Galligan. I’m not saying that Galligan’s presence somehow strengths the film’s chances of winning me over, but it certainly doesn’t hurt matters any. What’s more, the picture features my personal Lord and Savior Lloyd Kaufman as a park ranger. Color me very interested. Check out the trailer below if you think you can handle the unbridled awesomeness. Thanks to for providing the trailer. »

- Todd Rigney

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Nightbeasts Set for a Los Angeles Premiere September 21st

12 August 2010 5:44 PM, PDT | 28 Days Later Analysis | See recent 28 Days Later Analysis news »

Nightbeasts PosterNightbeasts is a creature feature from director Wes Sullivan, which takes motifs and themes from the First Nations People to tell a tale of mystery and mayhem. As well as unleashing the Sasquatch, the film is continuing on the film festival circuit with a premiere in Los Angeles September 21st. The premiere will take place at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood as part of the Arpa International Film Festival. The film runs September 21 to the 26th and more details on the film can be found inside.

A full synopsis for Nightbeasts here:

"Charles Thomas is a man desperately in need of a second act. Once upon a time, he had a successful lighting company that manufactured low voltage neon. Unfortunately, the company went out of business because of its inability to compete in a new global marketplace. Bankruptcy follows and a drinking problem hounds Charles soon thereafter. More upsets »

- (Michael Ross Allen)

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Zach Galligan Talks Cut, Gremlins 3, and More!

16 February 2010 1:19 AM, PST | | See recent Dread Central news »

Most commonly known amongst the public for his role as Billy in the legendary Gremlins movies, actor Zach Galligan has led an exciting and varied career both within and outside of our genre. On the eve of the premiere of his newest film, psycho horror/thriller Cut, Zach spoke with our own Gareth Jones about the film, its gimmick, and what he’ll be up to next.

DC: Can you give us an overview of the plot of Cut and your character’s involvement?

Zach : It’s basically about five people who are spending a weekend in a country estate and they simply come under attack by forces they don’t understand, for reasons they can’t comprehend;’s just basically a "five people in a house in the middle of nowhere" scary horror thriller. I mean, we’ve seen this film before, but I don’t »

- Pestilence

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A Look Through the Lens with Nightbeasts

7 January 2010 10:08 PM, PST | 28 Days Later Analysis | See recent 28 Days Later Analysis news »

Two new clips are available for the monster horror Nightbeasts. One clip shows actor Zach Galligan and cinematographer Roy Kurtluyan prepping for shoots, while some of composer Jason Solowsky tracks lay down some eerie tones in the background. Entitled "Press Kit" below, fans can watch this clip to get a better sense of who was behind the action, on the set of Nightbeasts. Also a second behind the scenes trailer titled "Nightbeasts B Reel" is below. In this second clip, a 35mm is set up for an over head shot. Some co-ordination between the crew can also be seen. Both of these clips show the hard work that goes into horror filmmaking and the two clips can be found inside along with a recent podcast, involving director Wes Sullivan. Check out all the news on this new look at the Sasquatch or Bigfoot past the break.

Release Date: 2010.

Director/writer: Wes Sullivan. »

- Michael Ross Allen

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