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Shapeshifting Horror Thriller ‘Lifechanger’ Comes to Life in Canada

Shapeshifting Horror Thriller ‘Lifechanger’ Comes to Life in Canada
I’ve been a fan of Justin McConnell‘s since stumbling upon his debut feature The Collapsed during the Canadian theatrical release in Toronto. From that slice of the apocalyps, his presence has been a staple of the genre scene is almost every capacity, from production to programming. He’s now back behind the camera for Lifechanger which is currently […]
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Crazy red-band trailer for Ryan Laplante’s ‘Holy Hell’

Production has completed on Canada’s latest and wildest genre film, Holy Hell – a collaboration between first time writer and director Ryan Laplante, veteran sound designer George Flores (Antisocial, Septic Man, The Collapsed, Monster Brawl), composer Adrian Ellis (The Scarehouse, Out With Dad) and scream queen Alysa King (Berkshire County).

In the vein of recent horror/comedies like Machete and Hobo with a Shotgun, Holy Hell is a modern take on classic action, horror and exploitation film tropes. And best of all? The goal of Laplante’s movie is to break through every limit set by film, taste and reasonable societal behavior: all with anarchic glee! Check out the trailer below:

Holy Hell is the over-the-top, outrageous, sexually-deviant, blood-drenched story of Father Augustus Bane: a priest pushed too far who begins praying to a revolver and hunting down the gangsters who killed his parishioners.
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Filmmaker Justin McConnell Aims To Help You Survive The Clapboard Jungle In New Doc

My friend Justin McConnell makes movies. He does a bevy of other things in the film industry - acquisitions, editing, post-production, festival programming, and what have you - but he really likes making movies. But because he is an independent filmmaker this can sometimes prove to be quite challenging. The first time I ever wrote about a project of his that was nearing development was The Eternal back in 2008, which still has not been made. I do not like digging at old wounds and Justin has gone on to make The Collapsed and Skullworld and has been adapting the novel Kane by Douglas Borton to the big screen (Borton has since released his novel as an eBook under the pen-name Michael Prescott). But The Eternal...

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Fantasia 2014: Mark Of Kane Gets A Teaser Poster

Preparations begin in earnest as filmmakers prepare for the Frontières International Co-Production Market. Filmmaker Justin McConnell (The Collapsed) and co-writer Serena Whitney are no exception as they present their Off-Frontières selection Mark of Kane, the adaptation of Michael Prescott's novel Kane. We have their first teaser poster to share with you. To create the poster they have enlisted the help of Omar Hauksson- Twitch alumni, hip hop artist turned poster artist, and keeper of one of the finest beards in all of Iceland. Omar's work speaks for itself. He did work for both Raid films, tiff selection Proxy, the poster for one of Justin's previous flicks The Collapsed and homegrown flicks like Metalhead. McConnell and Whitney are currently whittling down the 300+ page novel to an acceptable,...

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Mark of Kane Debuts a Killer in this Movie Poster

A serial killer thriller is being developed by director Justin McConnell (The Collapsed) and Unstable Grounds. The film is based on Michael Prescott's novel, Kane. And, the feature involves a ghost town, where only twenty-three people live, and a sadistic murderer. This film will debut at the International Co-Production Market and this market will show at the Fantasia Film Festival, in Montreal. The film's first poster is available here. The movie poster shows the main antagonist, in the blade of a knife. Blood reds loom below. As well, the town looks deserted and isolated. Horror fans will want to keep Mark of Kane on their radars as the film searches for financiers and a cast. More details on the film can be found at the film's official website, which is hosted below. Writers: Michael Prescott, Serena Whitney and Justin McConnell. *a trailer will find its way here soon. The
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Mark of Kane Teaser Poster Cuts Deep

Dread Central's own Serena Whitney co-scripted the feature film adaptation of Michael Prescott's novel Kane, entitled Mark of Kane, and on tap for you today is the first piece of poster art for the upcoming flick. Dig it, and expect more real soon!

From the Press Release

Ahead of the Fantasia Frontieres Co-Production Market, a new teaser poster has just been released for Mark of Kane, the feature film adaption of New York Times bestselling author Michael Prescott’s horror novel Kane (originally published as Douglas Borton). <?i>

The poster is by prolific designer Omar Hauksson (The Raid 1 & 2, Proxy, Stage Fright, Resolution).

Mark of Kane is one of the ‘Off-Frontieres’ Selections at Fantasia Film Festival’s upcoming Frontieres International Co-Production Market. The adaption is co-scripted by Serena Whitney (writer at Dread Central) and Justin McConnell (The Collapsed, Skull World). Whitney and McConnell also co-produce along with Canadian-producer Avi Federgreen (Still Mine,
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Hard to Find and Soon to be Adapted Novel Kane Released as eBook

Douglas Borton’s long out-of-print horror novel Kane, which Unstable Ground recently acquired the film rights to, has just been re-released as an eBook via Borton’s current pen name, NY Times and USA Today best-selling author Michael Prescott.

The title is currently available on Amazon (link below), Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords.

The film adaptation, entitled Mark of Kane, is one of the ‘Off-Frontieres’ Selections at Fantasia’s upcoming Frontieres International Co-Production Market. The adaption is co-scripted by Serena Whitney (writer at Dread Central) and Justin McConnell (The Collapsed, Skull World).

Whitney and McConnell also co-produce along with prolific Canadian-producer Avi Federgreen (Still Mine, One Week, High Life). The team is rounded out by two highly-respected genre directors who currently serve as consulting producers: Adam Mason (Blood River, The Devil’s Chair, Broken), and George Mihalka (My Bloody Valentine, 24 Hour Rental). A director has yet to be named.

Synopsis

Kane is a force of nature.
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Douglas Borton's Kane Getting Adapted for the Screen

Nothing gives us a greater sense of pride than when one of our own makes good. The next Dread Central writer to break into the film industry is Serena Whitney, who's finally getting a chance to help bring her dream project to the screen. Congrats, Serena!

From the Press Release

Canadian production company Unstable Ground has acquired the film rights to Douglas Borton’s horror novel Kane. The project is now in development and will be scripted by Serena Whitney (writer at Dread Central) and Justin McConnell (The Collapsed, Skull World).

Whitney and McConnell will also co-produce, along with prolific Canadian producer Avi Federgreen (Still Mine, One Week, High Life). The team is rounded out by two highly respected genre directors, who currently serve as consulting producers: Adam Mason (Blood River, The Devil’s Chair, Broken) and George Mihalka (My Bloody Valentine, 24 Hour Rental). A director has yet to be named.
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Douglas Borton’s Kane is Heading to the Screen

The rights to author Douglas Borton's 1990 novel Kane have been picked up by Canadian production house Unstable Ground. The film is being scripted by Justin McConnell (The Collapsed) and Serera Whitney. The two will produce with Avid Federgreen and "consulting producers" Adam Mason (The Devil's Chair) and George Mihalka (My Blood Valentine).

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New On DVD/Blu-ray: Skull World (2013)

Box Wars, where people dress up in elaborate cardboard costumes and stage massive battles, is definitely a great subject for a documentary. The biggest problem with Justin McConnell’s (“The Collapsed”) new film, “Skull World,” is that it rarely gets beyond the “this is super cool” level of examination and analysis. Which is too bad, and feels like a missed opportunity. The subject is weird enough that it should have a movie made about it, and Greg Sommer, who is the main focus, is the kind of crazy, infectious wingnut that, as soon as you meet, you want to learn more about. “Skull World” isn’t bad, but there isn’t much substance to it, either. That’s the frustrating part about the film, you see how much deeper it could go, and you want it to, because it’s fun and fascinating, but unfortunately you get to a certain
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Justin McConnell’s Skull World Battles onto DVD, Blu-ray and VOD This June 18th, 2013

Guys in cardboard “armor” bashing the crap out of each other? Who doesn’t like that? Check out a Red Band trailer for “The Collapsed” director Justin McConnell’s documentary “Skull World”, which is due to rumble onto DVD/Blu-ray later this month. It’s pretty badass, if you’re into covering yourself up with cardboard armor and, as previously mentioned, doing battle, that is. You would definitely have to have a certain mindset to be into this, but hey, who knows, maybe you’re just weird that way. Personally, the only use I’ve ever found for cardboard was packing up my old T-shirts, but maybe I’m missing out… Greg Sommer is an enigma wrapped inside a mystery, encased in a Jean-Jacket Vest. An enterprising man in his early 30s, Greg, and his alter-ego Skull Man, are at war. Box Wars that is. Welcome to Greg’s world.
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Skull World (2013)

Directed by: Justin McConnell

Featuring: Greg Sommer, Jason Pluscec, Shane Patterson

Justin McConnell's new documentary, Skull World, focuses on the fun but eclectic Greg Sommer and his alter ego Skull Man's Box Wars cardboard-based combat league.

McConnell isn't a documentary filmmaker by trade and usually makes films of the horror variety, like 2011's The Collapsed and the upcoming The Eternal with Michael Biehn. So Skull World is bit of side project for him. What he has delivered is a very unique documentary that serves as a fun tribute to Greg Sommer, his friend and colleague. (McConnell actually participates in the Box Wars and works with Sommer in the film industry.) So we have an interesting merging of objective and subjective matter, which the film hides from.

The filmmakers track Sommer over an approximately four-year period (2008 to 2012) during which we see his meteoric rise bringing his Box Wars tournaments to the masses.
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Rub One Out With Drugs, A Dead Hooker And A Hammer!

Coming later this year is the web series Rub One Out from local Toronto lad Justin McConnell, director of The Collapsed and Skull World (set to have its World Premiere at the Canadian Film Fest on March 22nd here in Toronto). Unstable Ground begins development on Rub One Out web series Affari Di Famiglia will co-produce series with Unstable Ground, Inc. Toronto, On - Development has begun on the dark-comedy/thriller web series Rub One Out, with a 'proof of concept' trailer newly available online. The series, based loosely on an original concept by the late Kevin Hutchinson (co-creator of The Eternal and The Collapsed), will be written & produced by Justin McConnell (The EternalThe CollapsedEviction), Joseph Nanni (Black GoatIt Got OutThe Necronomicon, A Day Without Cancer), and Adam Kenneth Wilson (actor...

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Demonic Possession Short Film Eviction Lands Online; See It Here Now

The exorcism/possession sub-genre of horror has been a very effective way to scare the shit out of audiences ever since young Linda Blair brought a nightmare to life 35 years ago. Now the short film Eviction brings us its own take on the subject of demonic possession.

Eviction premiered recently at Toronto After Dark, and we have the nine-minute short in its entirety below.

The film was written/directed by Justin McConnell (The Eternal, The Collapsed), was co-produced by the late Kevin Hutchinson (who also did the F/X work), and stars Robert Nolan (Familiar, Worm, Sick).

Synopsis:

A message of warning. And welcome. A herald of my arrival. Transfer of my energy. Welcome to my world. I am all things, and nothing. I am Nameless.

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Canada After Dark: Short film highlights from Tadff

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The 2012 Toronto After Dark Film Festival this year as always has healthy assortment of short films in their program. Along with the feature length shorts program they also begin each feature with short film to start off the night this year dubbed “Canada After Dark”. Here are few highlights of this year’s festival. Some of them were so strong that many were better that the feature that followed, so make sure you catch these shorts at festival near you soon. Here are some of the highlights:

Not Till We’Re Married

Shannon Rae Hanmer, 8 min, Canada, 2012

A really funny take on dysfunctional online dating directed by Shannon Rae Hanmer and written by Chris Nash (My Main Squeeze, Liplock): a woman is ready to make a commitment to her boyfriend but finds out he has a deformed twin brother attached to his hip who is the one that is really in love with her.
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Justin McConnell Re-teams with Raven Banner Entertainment on The Eternal

Tagline: "Kill or suffer." The Eternal is an upcoming vampire film that is being developed by Raven Banner Entertainment. And, Raven Banner continues to partner with director Justin McConnell. This team also worked on the post-apocalyptic thriller The Collapsed. In their latest film, a 500 year old vampire seeks an end to his immortal life. He wants a warrior's death. But, is any mortal up to the challenge? The first poster for The Eternal gives horror fans a few clues on what to expect from this film. Michael Biehn (Terminator) has been cast and television star Adam Kenneth Wilson will also appear. The tagline: "kill or suffer" promises bloodshed, while dark eyes warn viewers to be wary. The Eternal is currently at the American Film Market and more details on this vampiric title will be posted as they become available. Director: Justin McConnell. Cast: Michael Biehn and Adam Kenneth Wilson. *no trailer available.
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Afm 2012: Raven Banner Entertainment Swoops in for Eternal Rights

It's been a long time since last we spoke about the vampire film The Eternal. Around two years in fact. But hey, even the most toothy of buns need some extra time in the oven on occasion. Read on for the latest.

From the Press Release

The worldwide rights to the upcoming horror/action film The Eternal were recently acquired by Canadian genre outfit Raven Banner Entertainment. The film, co-written and to be directed by Justin McConnell (The Collapsed), currently stars genre icon Michael Biehn (Aliens, The Terminator, The Divide) and well-respected Canadian actor Adam Kenneth Wilson (24 Hour Rental, Manson, Ending the Eternal). Production is slated for spring 2013. Additional cast will be announced in the coming weeks.

The film, written by McConnell, Wilson, and the late Kevin Hutchinson, will be overseen by prolific Canadian producer Avi Federgreen (High Life, One Week, Dead By Dawn 3D, Score: A Hockey Musical), executive producer Lorne Gross,
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First Image and Teaser Art for The Eternal

The worldwide rights to the upcoming horror-action film The Eternal were recently acquired by Canadian genre outfit Raven Banner Entertainment.

The film, co-written and to be directed by Justin McConnell (The Collapsed), currently stars genre icon Michael Biehn (Aliens, The Terminator, The Divide) and actor Adam Kenneth Wilson.

Additional cast will be announced in the coming weeks.

Samuel Gradius, a 500-year-old vampire, has lived far too long, and wants to die. Not content with simple suicide, he decides to go out in the ways of old, in battle. Entrenched in a vicious mob-run city, he sets out to challenge the descendants of the great warriors he has faced in his past, in hopes of finding someone worthy.  

Head inside for a "first look" photo.  The film will be repped at the American Film Market this week.

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Impressions: [Rec] 3, Dead Season, The Collapsed

We’re still in the process of developing and growing Daily Dead, so while I’d love to be able to review every single film sent my way, there is not enough time in the day to get everything done. However, I am watching new horror films regularly and wanted to offer my impressions on a number of recently released titles.

This will be my first impressions or mini-review feature and I’m planning on testing the waters with it over the next few months. For the first feature, I’m covering three “survival” movies: [Rec] 3 Genesis, Dead Season, and The Collapsed.

[Rec] 3: Genesis

Director Paco Plaza intentionally set out to create a movie that felt very different from the first two [Rec] films. The found footage elements are mostly removed and we’re presented with a romantic horror film that is carried by Leticia Dolera’s performance.

The mention of this
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Pick Up On "The Collapsed"

From Anchor Bay Entertainment, director Justin McConnell's 'apocalyptic thriller', "The Collapsed" is now available on DVD :

"...in the wake of an unknown event that has catapulted civilization into a fatal downward spiral, the 'Weaver' family - father 'Scott' (John Fantasia), young adult son 'Aaron' (Steve Vieira), mother 'Emily' (Lise Moule) and teenage daughter Rebecca (Anna Ross) - desperately try to survive.

"Fleeing the city, their only hope of sanctuary is a rural hometown from their past, 'Dover's Bend'. With the constant threat of violent death forcing them to stay as far away from civilization as possible, theye take to the forest. However, they soon discover that the danger posed by other survivors may be the least of their worries. Someone - or something - sems to have followed them into the wilderness..."

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