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Line-up announced for ‘Grimmfest 2017′

Grimmfest, Manchester’s Festival of Horror, Cult and Fantastic Film is back; bigger, bolder, and bloodier than ever before. As the Printworks once again find itself under siege by blood-soaked hordes of horror enthusiasts and film freaks, as Team Grimmfest unleashes…the Ninth Configuration! The festivals latest and greatest line-up yet of dark, dangerous, wild, weird, witty, thrilling, chilling, blood-spilling movies, every one of them a premiere or cult classic of one kind or another.

Highlights include: World Premieres!

Grimmfest is proud to be presenting the world premiere of the remarkable and utterly unique Borley Rectory. Using an elaborate mixture of live action, stills, paintings, and model work, it’s an immersive, eerily atmospheric, and elegantly retro-styled exploration of the Most Haunted House in Britain. Over six years in the making, it’s a real labor of love for its creator, Ashley Thorpe. Featuring a score by Ex-Banshee Steve Severin,
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‘Bad Match’ Trailer Warns of Falling in Love at First Swipe

‘Bad Match’ Trailer Warns of Falling in Love at First Swipe
Cheap Thrills co-writer David Chirchirillo is swiping right with his directorial debut Bad Match, a new indie production from BoulderLight Pictures (Contracted) and MM2 Entertainment. Starring Lili Simmons (Bone Tomahawk), Jack Cutmore-Scott, Noureen DeWulf, Trent Haaga (Deadgirl, 68 Kill, Chop), and Chase Williamson (The Guest, John Dies at the End, SiREN), here’s the first trailer that warns of falling in love at first swipe. In the film, […]
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Frightfest 2017: ’68 Kill’ Review

Stars: Matthew Gray Gubler, AnnaLynne McCord, Alisha Boe, Sheila Vand, Sam Eidson | Written and Directed by Trent Haaga

Seemingly inhabiting the same universe as Cheap Thrills, the film he co-wrote with David Chirchirillo, 68 Kill, Trent Haaga’s second feature as director (his first being Chop) is a similar deep-dive into the fringes of American society – an underbelly that walks the fine line between morality and depravity. A world where people will do anything for money. Or so it would seem.

Trailer-dwelling, sewage-pumping Chip (Matthew Gray Gubler) may not lead the most glamorous life, but he’s got one thing going for him: he’s head over heels infatuated with his girlfriend Liza (AnnaLynne McCord). He’s more than willing to overlook her wild streak, the fact that she’s hooking up with their landlord and her rather extreme mood swings. So when she proposes a plot to steal $68,000, he goes along with the plan.
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First Look at ‘Cheap Thrills’ Writer’s ‘Bad Match’

First Look at ‘Cheap Thrills’ Writer’s ‘Bad Match’
Cheap Thrills co-writer David Chirchirillo is swiping left with his directorial debut Bad Match, a new indie production from BoulderLight Pictures (Contracted) and MM2 Entertainment. Starring Lili Simmons (Bone Tomahawk), Jack Cutmore-Scott, Noureen DeWulf, Trent Haaga (Deadgirl, 68 Kill, Chop), and Chase Williamson (The Guest, John Dies at the End, SiREN), here are some first images from the […]
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Exclusive: First ’68 Kill’ Trailer Teases a Demented Dark Comedy Crime Spree

Strap in for a wild ride, because we've got the first trailer for 68 Kill, and it looks pretty much batshit insane. The dark crime comedy stars Matthew Gray Gubler as Chip, a simple guy who gets in over his head when his girlfriend (AnnaLynne McCord) convinces him to steal $68,000 from her sleazy sugar daddy and puts them on a wild and violent path. Based on the Bryan Smith novel, the film is written and directed by Cheap Thrills and Deadgirl scribe Trent Haaga, who previously directed the 2011 horror comedy Chop. Produced by Snowfort Pictures’ Travis …
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SXSW 2017 Review: 68 Kill is a Charm-Filled, Southern-Fried Caper

Trent Haaga has spent more than 15 years establishing himself in the realm of indie filmmaking. An esteemed graduate of Troma University, where he got his start as the writer on Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger 4, Haaga also penned Deadgirl and Cheap Thrills (and numerous other projects), and has made appearances in over 50 films to date. While Chop, a 2011 micro-budget horror comedy that has been grossly overlooked, may have been Haaga’s first-ever time in the director’s seat, it’s with his follow-up effort, 68 Kill, that he cements himself as a filmmaking force of nature who continues to build a strong foundation as a purveyor of cult cinema.

With a screenplay based on Bryan Smith’s book of the same name, 68 Kill introduces us to Chip (Matthew Gray Gubler), a trailer-dwelling nice guy who pumps sewage for a living and is completely infatuated with his out-of-control girlfriend, Liza (AnnaLynne McCord
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SXSW Film Review: ‘68 Kill’

SXSW Film Review: ‘68 Kill’
Stepping just slightly outside the horror terrain he’s inhabited since an early run of Troma gigs (as actor, writer and producer), Trent Haaga’s second directorial feature “68 Kill” is much like his first, 2011’s “Chop” — as well as E.L. Katz’s 2013 “Cheap Thrills,” which he co-wrote — in that it’s a zesty black comedy whose nebbish hero gets subjected to a prolonged ordeal of painful misfortunes. This particular variation on that theme is based on Bryan Smith’s novel, yet the sadistic song remains much the same. Not everyone will enjoy this slide down a narrative garbage chute lined with thorns. But viewers and programmers with a taste for midnight-movie outrageousness will cotton to its mix of sleaze, quease and bad-taste absurdism.

Dp Neeham B. Smith’s opening shot is of a fly stuck in honey — just as protagonist Chip (Mathew Gray Gubler) is hopelessly stuck on girlfriend Liza
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68 Kill Review [SXSW 2017]

Oh, 68 Kill features a psychotic AnnaLynne McCord seducing and shit-kicking her way through country-fried thrills? Why yes, this is exactly my kind of midnight carnage. Wait, it gets better? You bet! This dark comedy marks Trent Haaga’s directorial follow-up to Chop (also co-wrote Cheap Thrills/Deadgirl), and 68 Kill only furthers his catalog of gleeful nastiness. Femininity and masculinity clash in a bumbling Bonnie and Clyde reimagining, with a dash of Tarantino unpredictability. It’s a raucous closing-time nightcap that runs on perfume and blood-soaked booty shorts, because what man wouldn’t kill for Ms. McCord? Brilliant casting, Mr. Haaga. Novelist Bryan Smith should be proud of this adaptation.

Matthew Gray Gubler stars as Chip, the love-struck boyfriend of white-trash vixen Liza (AnnaLynne McCord). She’s the talk of the trailer park. Everyone wants her, but Chip is the lucky guy she goes home with – when not sexing landlords in lieu of late rent.
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SXSW Interview — ‘68 Kill’ Is Not Your Dad’s Trailer Trash Porn

SXSW Interview — ‘68 Kill’ Is Not Your Dad’s Trailer Trash Porn“All money’s got blood on it, one way or another.”Poster art by Evan Yarbrough“You shovel shit for a living. I suck dick. I’m tired of it. What do you want out of life?” — Liza in ‘68 Kill’

68 Kill is a straight whiskey flick with a whiskey chaser. Trent Haaga (writer, director) is not playing about when it comes to his characters. They’re wild, authentic, and painfully mean. For all intents, he’s made a female exploitation film but gender-swapped nearly all the characters. It’s a story about two victims of abuse trying to find their way in life. Well, trying to find their way to $68,000 and then, maybe, life. There’s a lot more than surface level violence for fun’s sake going on here. But, from the get-go, you need to understand that you’re in for some grindhouse nastiness
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DJ Steve Porter Remixes ‘Fear Factor’ Clips For Endemol Beyond

Between 2001 and 2006, Endemol USA produced the reality series Fear Factor for NBC. A brief 2011 revival notwithstanding, viewers haven't thought much about the stunt-based reality show in the past decade, but Endemol's digital division is looking to change that. As first noted by The Hollywood Reporter, it has released the first episode of a web series called Fear Factor Remix that mashes up clips from the TV show.

The creative force behind Fear Factor Remix is DJ Steve Porter, who is known for putting a musical spin on viral clips. His most popular video, which remixes the Slap Chop infomercial, has been viewed more than 15 million times since its release in 2009.

For Endemol's web series, Porter cuts together Fear Factor clips based around a specific theme. The first episode, for example, is titled "The Taste In Your Mouth," and it focuses on the gross things Fear Factor contestants have been forced to eat over the years.
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Tim Muskatell Now Sitting in The Chair; Go Behind the Scenes with Roddy Piper

A quick casting change happened over the past couple of days for The Chair, a project we’ve been covering for a while, as Timothy Muskatell (Deadgirl, Chop) has taken over the lead role of Richard Sullivan, which was originally slated… Continue Reading →

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Trent Haaga’s ‘Chop’ makes UK debut via VOD

The Horror Show, the UK’s home of horror on demand, have today announced that Chop, the brilliant black comedy from Trent Haaga – screenwriter of cult horror favourites Cheap Thrills and Deadgirl – is now available exclusively at TheHorrorShow.TV

Lance Reed (Will Keenan) is forced by a psychotic stranger to confront his duplicitous past. Seeking retribution for a crime, the man forces Lance to reval his innermost secrets by systematically removing his body parts.

Chop is available to stream and download at TheHorrorShow.TV and is also available to TheHorrorShow.TV subscribers at no additional cost. The film will be available on iTunes and other VOD platforms from February 2nd.
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4 Must-See Horror Films On Netflix Right Now

Since cancelling our cable subscription, at my house we are often at a loss for what to watch. We have every imaginable streaming service, but I feel like all of that variety makes it even harder to narrow down what we would like to watch. I’m often so bombarded with review copies of things that I seldom have a chance to watch what I “want” to watch in the first place, so wasting time choosing something on Netflix/Hulu/Hbogo/Amazon Instant is even more infuriating. Sometimes I wish somebody would just tell me what to watch. Please note that this is no kind of “Top” list. These movies are not ranked. This is just a list of 4 horror films currently on Netflix instant that I feel must be watched by fans of the genre. If you have any recommendations, please put them in the comments, or send me an email at Shawn@liberaldead.
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Cheap Thrills Review

The best horror films make you question your own values, psychologically forcing you to rationalize the unthinkable – for my money, at least. Slasher films about murderous dolls or angry undead groundskeepers possess their own kind of supernatural terror, but to this day, I still haven’t heard of a doll coming to life and slaughtering its owner. There’s a fantasy element that provides safety, unlike a movie such as Cheap Thrills, an unnerving presentation of man’s biggest folly – ourselves. People are vile, greedy, self-obsessed beings who react based on survival instincts when backed into a corner, forgetting moral normals like loyalty, compassion, and civility – but of course we chose to believe otherwise. Such silly, ignorant, naive souls we are.

Staring eviction in the face, newly jobless family man Craig (Pat Healy) decides to drown his sorrows for a bit at the local watering hole, not knowing his life is about to change forever.
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Web Series Or Movie: Which Should You Make?

All filmed content ends up on the Internet.

Whether it’s twenty seconds long or three hours, shot on a Red digital camera, Go Pro or a 16mm film camera, or viewed on a desktop computer, laptop, cell phone, AppleTV, a Kindle, or whatever — movies, music videos, TV shows, web videos are blasting their way across the Internet right this very second and being viewed by somebody somewhere in some location.

It’s a watchable entertainment overload!

Which is a great thing. More choices means more people can find videos that are specifically tailored to their individual taste and viewing habits.

The Internet has forced all transmittable moving image formats onto a level playing field. As consumers, we can now watch just about anything anywhere — granted, of course, that you’re either signed up with five different subscription services or are a devoted Internet pirate. But, that’s another story.
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10 More Horror Sequels That Never Got Made

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10 More Horror Sequels That Never Got Made
As Bruce Campbell proved to us all last week when he debunked the previous week’s announcement that Army of Darkness 2 was on its way, news of impending horror sequels should probably always be taken with a grain of salt. Countless sequels have been announced over the years, only to drop off the face of the earth shortly thereafter. It’s just the nature of the game, in a fickle business like the movie-making one.

Back in August we took a look at ten of those sequels that we’re still waiting to see, and today I’ve got ten more for ya. They were all planned, they were all announced, but none of them ever actually happened!

28 Months Later

A few months before the 2007 DVD release of 28 Days Later’s sequel 28 Weeks Later, the now defunct company Fox Atomic teased a third film, implying that the future of the
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Great Underground Horror Films Streaming For Halloween

If you’re in the mood for something really scary — and maybe a little off beat — to watch this Halloween, you’re in luck! A terrific crop of wickedly frightening and ghoulishly grotesque horror flicks that terrorized the underground film circuit have made their way to your favorite VOD streaming service just in time for this All Hallow’s Eve.

Saturday Morning Mystery, dir. Spencer Parsons (Amazon | Itunes) Saturday Morning Mystery is one of the best, most original horror movies in recent memory. The film cashes in on both the modern obsession with paranormal investigating as well as on that classic Saturday morning cartoon, Scooby-Doo. But, this ain’t no kiddie film! Four hipsters and their (non-talking) dog look to solve a good ghost mystery and immediately find themselves way in over their heads. Gory and outrageous in more ways than one, what’s most impressive about this flick is how smart,
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Fantasia Film Festival Review: Cheap Thrills!

Desperate people do desperate things. If there is an underlying theme to E.L. KatzCheap Thrills, then that would definitely be it, as it’s an impressive as hell look at how far people are willing to go, when they simply have everything at stake. Full of some of the best performances that I’ve seen in a long time, it’s also probably, aside from Resolution, my favorite film of the year.

Cheap Thrills follows Craig (played so well by The Innkeepers and Compliance star Pat Healy), a man who is having the worst of circumstances, while trying everything he can to keep his family together and off of the streets. Just in the first ten minutes of the film, Craig discovers an eviction notice on his door, gets fired from his job (thanks to Icons buddy Ruben Pla!), and hits the bar, the film doesn’t waste any
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Trent Haaga and Heidi Honeycutt Join the Black Devil Doll for There Goes Da Neighborhood

Some quick casting news has come in for the upcoming Black Devil Doll television series "There Goes Da Neighborhood as Heidi Honeycutt and Trent Haaga have signed on for active duty!

The news comes from the show's IndieGoGo page:

We are incredibly excited to announce the casting of Trent Haaga and Heidi Honeycutt in the lead roles in ‘There Goes Da Neighba’Hood’! Trent and Heidi will be playing Todd and Cindy White – a nice, white, suburban couple who are unwittingly thrust into the hostile and hilarious world of Mubia Abul-Jama (the Black Devil Doll). Trent Haaga (The Toxic Avenger IV, Dead Girl) and Heidi Honeycutt (Retardead, Fistful of Brains) are not only huge comedic acting talents, but are both accomplished writers, as well as extremely familiar faces in independent film circles.

Heidi Honeycutt is a talented actress, contributing writer for Fangoria magazine, web designer, one of the founders of the Viscera Film festival,
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Horror Feature Film Online: Chop

Revenge is a dish best served cold … and sometimes without even knowing what the entrée is. In Chop, Will Keenan stars as a man being tortured — both psychologically and physically — by a mysterious stranger (Timothy Muskatell) who claims Keenan wronged him in the past, despite Keenan’s insistence that he simply doesn’t remember the dude. With no apologies forthcoming, Keenan is ordered to first dispatch certain family members, then pieces of his own body in Trent Haaga’s bloody horror comedy.

Chop is Haaga’s directing debut and, made in 2011, still his only directing credit. Also an actor, Haaga first worked with Keenan on the set of a pair of Troma films, Terror Firmer and Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV. They learned well under sensei Lloyd Kaufman with Chop being reasonably described as Troma-lite with a fun manic and absurdist tone with some fairly gory sequences.

The basic
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