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Grown Folks

Network: Bounce TV. Episodes: Ongoing (half-hour). Seasons: Ongoing. TV show dates: October 2, 2017 — present. Series status: Has not been cancelled. Performers include: Gary 'G. Thang' Johnson, Tracey Cherelle Jones, Jay Phillips, Caryn Ward, and Oren Williams. TV show description: A situation comedy, the Grown Folks TV show comes from creator Bentley Kyle Evans. The series centers on the lives, marriages, and friendships of two blue-collar couples. Thrifty and a tad touchy, Gary Thompson (Johnson) is married to the calm, cool, and collected Jillian (Jones). The Thompsons share a duplex with James (Phillips) and Brenda (Ward) Finley. Brenda is a happy homemaker. She is well-matched with James, who -- unlike Gary -- tends to be sociable and self-effacing.
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Film Review: ‘A Beginner’s Guide to Snuff’

Film Review: ‘A Beginner’s Guide to Snuff’
Most real-world and folkloric taboos alike have lost some of their ability to outrage in entertainment form — the never-ending zombie vogue has devalued cannibalism, while childhood sexual abuse has become the lazy screenwriter’s fallback explanatory plot revelation. But even in an era of almost-anything-goes internet content, snuff movies retain their ickiness and ambiguity as a possibly mythical phenomenon that humanity’s capacity for evil suggests surely must have really existed somewhere.

It’s a gamy thing to use as fodder for humor. It’s central to the mixed bag that is “A Beginner’s Guide to Snuff” that Mitchell Altieri’s film turns a tasteless comic conceit fairly frivolous and inoffensive. Murder has long been fodder for lightweight black comedy — what community theater hasn’t staged “Arsenic and Old Lace” with nary a murmur of controversy? — but snuff is something else, with its suggestions of sadistic perversion and seamy entrepreneurship. It’s somewhat impressive that this latest feature by the prolific Butcher Brothers (erstwhile co-director Phil Flores takes a backseat as executive producer here) renders an inherently repulsive idea farcical enough to bounce jokes off. The problem is that this watchable indie isn’t all that funny, clever or surprising despite its outré premise.

Lower-rent versions of the Wilson brothers whom no Wes Anderson has yet “discovered,” Dresden (Joey Kern) and Dominic Winters (Luke Edwards) are Minnesota siblings transplanted to L.A. in search of acting fame. It’s proved elusive to the point where they face returning to Chez Mom & Dad’s in shamed defeat. Dresden, the older and more maniacal blond of the two, cannot stomach that fate. He seizes on a potential last-chance breakthrough: Entering a horror-movie contest whose winner gets a quarter mil in production costs plus industry contacts. It’s also his brainstorm that they not only make a faux snuff film but heighten its prize-magnetizing “realism” by actually kidnapping and terrorizing their star. Once the footage is in the can, the prospect of career liftoff will presumably keep her from, say, criminally prosecuting the Winters.

All this seems a pretty terrible plan to the comparatively grounded Dominic, but he lets himself be pushed into it by big bro. After an unfunny sequence in which the latter insults auditioning actresses at a cattle call, they settle on Jennifer (Bree Williamson), who seems smart, attractive and game enough to forgive them when the ruse is exposed. They duly kidnap her — not without considerable bruising struggle — then take her to the warehouse their doting landlord, Jorge (Perry Layton Ojeda), has lent them for the evening.

Strapped to a table, at the mercy of two masked abductors, Jennifer appears terrified at first, despite her ersatz tormentors’ bungling and bickering. Dresden begins taking his role a little too seriously (evidently he has a history of instability), which exacerbates tensions between the brothers. Then there’s the fact that a real-life killer has been running around L.A. castrating men, something noted insistently enough to ensure it will sooner or later prove central to the narrative.

Kern and Edwards make an amiable pair of goofballs, and there’s an occasional bright line (amid too many in-joke movie references) in the team-written script. Still, “Beginner’s Guide” is rather tepid in laughs and outrageousness so long as the focus is on the boys, with their familiar “Dumb and Dumber” dynamic and ineptly faked bwa-ha-ha villainy. It gets livelier when the tables are turned, our heroes discovering their captive is considerably craftier — not to mention deadlier — than they.

Even then, the film feels relatively uninspired and tame, raising a few chuckles but nary an eyebrow. It should be said, however, that soap veteran Williamson fully rises to the occasion of her character’s hidden dimensions — if the material were better, she’d have knocked it out of the park. There’s also fun to be had from the scenes with Ojeda, who wrings sly notes from the potentially tired stereotype of the older gay neighbor whose lust objects are so corn-fed clueless they assume he’s a “ladies’ man.”

It’s another middling effort by the Butcher Brothers, who haven’t matched the pleasant-surprise peak of their 2006 vampire-family opus “The Hamiltons” (not even in its 2012 sequel, “The Thompsons”). While they’ve stayed pretty much within the horror genre since, at least they continue to approach it from different angles, with variable success but no lack of industry.

Though small in cast and location scale, “Beginner’s Guide” is decently paced and shot. The retro ’70s look of the opening credits proves one among several avenues it doesn’t pursue enough (or at all) after introducing, another such being the underlapped satirical potential in Dresden’s crazy inner voice being that of a motivational infomercial spokesman (Carter MacIntyre).

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Horror Highlights: Jordan Peele to Receive CinemaCon Award, Other Madnesses, Kill The Minotaur, Raised By Wolves, The Quiet Hour

It's been announced that Jordan Peele (Get Out) will be the recipient of The National Association of Theatre Owners (Nato)'s "CinemaCon Director of the Year" award. Congrats, Mr. Peele! Also in today's Highlights: Other Madnesses trailer and release details, Kill The Minotaur, Raised by Wolves, and The Quiet Hour.

Jordan Peele to Receive CinemaCon Director of the Year Award: Press Release: Washington D.C. (March 20, 2017) – Jordan Peele, the breakthrough writer/director of Universal Pictures’ smash “Get Out,” will receive the “CinemaCon® Director of the Year,” it was announced today by CinemaCon Managing Director, Mitch Neuhauser. CinemaCon, the official convention of The National Association of Theatre Owners (Nato), will be held March 27-30, 2017 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Peele will be presented with this special honor at the “CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards” ceremony, which takes place on the evening of Thursday, March 30, at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace,
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Interview with Travis Stevens: Revitalizing the Independent Horror Scene One Film at a Time

While the name Travis Stevens may not be familiar to horror fans, the films he’s shepherded over the last several years should: A Horrible Way to Die, Little Deaths, The Aggression Scale, The Thompsons, Big Ass Spider!, Cheap Thrills, Jodorowsky’s Dune, Starry Eyes, and the upcoming feature, We Are Still Here, which debuted at the 2015 South by Southwest Film Festival.

As a producer over a relatively short amount of time, Stevens has made a huge impact on the horror genre and still works tirelessly to bring engaging and unique independent projects to life. We recently chatted with Stevens about his background, his approach to producing, the state of independent horror and the one thing he recommends to aspiring filmmakers.

Thanks for speaking with me, Travis. You have done such an amazing job throughout your career finding interesting and thought-provoking films to work on that also feel different from each other.
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Climb Sugar Mountain When Holy Ghost People Arrives on DVD this April

After a strong premiere at last year's SXSW Film Festival and currently available on VOD/iTunes, The Butcher Brothers' Holy Ghost People (review here) is arriving on DVD from XLrator Media next month, April 8th to be exact.

The film is directed by Mitchell Altieri – one half of the Butcher Brothers (The Hamiltons, The Thompsons) – and written by Kevin Artigue & Joe Egender, Altieri, and Phil Flores (the other half of the Butcher Brothers).

Emma Greenwell, Brendan McCarthy, Joe Egender, and Cameron Richardson star.

Synopsis

Holy Ghost People is a Southern Gothic thriller about a teenager searching for her lost sister in the Appalachian Mountains, where she encounters a snake-handling religious cult and eventually learns the truth about her sister's fate.

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See Holy Ghost People in Thriller’s DVD, Trailer and Photo Releases

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See Holy Ghost People in Thriller’s DVD, Trailer and Photo Releases
Be prepared to see ‘Holy Ghost People’ when XLrator Media releases the thriller on April 8 on DVD. The drama has also released a trailer and photos, so audiences can uncover the truth behind the wild world of Appalachian snake-handling churches. The thriller is a Southern Gothic thriller about a teenager searching for her lost sister in the Appalachian Mountains. During her search, she encounters a snake-handling religious cult and eventually learns the truth about her sister’s fate. Mitchell Altieri, the co-writer and director of ‘The Hamiltons’ and ‘The Thompsons,’ returns to the thriller genre with the release of ‘Holy Ghost People.’ He reunited with his ‘The Hamiltons’ co-scribe, Joe [ Read More ]

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The Holy Ghost People Are Preaching Their Maniacal Gospel in This Image Gallery

XLrator Media's latest film from The Butcher Brothers, entitled Holy Ghost People (review), is now in limited theatrical release; and we have an entire image gallery full of their weird beliefs right here for you, free of any threats which may come via snakebite.

The film is directed by Mitchell Altieri – one half of the Butcher Brothers (The Hamiltons, The Thompsons) – and written by Kevin Artigue & Joe Egender, Altieri, and Phil Flores (the other half of the Butcher Brothers).

Emma Greenwell, Brendan McCarthy, Joe Egender, and Cameron Richardson star.

XLrator Media also released Holy Ghost People on VOD and iTunes on February 18th.

Synopsis

Holy Ghost People is a Southern Gothic thriller about a teenager searching for her lost sister in the Appalachian Mountains, where she encounters a snake-handling religious cult and eventually learns the truth about her sister's fate.

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Exclusive Holy Ghost Clip Takes You Into the Snake Shed!

The good folks over at XLrator Media have provided Dread Central with an exclusive first clip from the latest film from The Butcher Brothers, entitled Holy Ghost People (review). If you have a fear of snakes, which we're sure some of you do (we're looking at You, Mr. Jones), you may wanna skip it. If you're brave, check it out right now!

The film is directed by Mitchell Altieri – one half of the Butcher Brothers (The Hamiltons, The Thompsons) – and written by Kevin Artigue & Joe Egender, Altieri, and Phil Flores (the other half of the Butcher Brothers).

Emma Greenwell, Brendan McCarthy, Joe Egender, and Cameron Richardson star.

XLrator Media will be releasing Holy Ghost People on VOD and iTunes on February 18th and in theaters on February 21st.

Synopsis

Holy Ghost People is a Southern Gothic thriller about a teenager searching for her lost sister in the Appalachian Mountains, where
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Holy Ghost People Ensnare the Unwary into a Deadly Cult: Release Details

Mitchell Altieri (The Thompsons), one half of the Butcher Brothers, is the director behind the Southern Gothic thriller Holy Ghost People. This renowned film made waves at the South-By-Southwest Film Festival. And soon, horror fans across North America will be able to see this film for themselves. This title releases February 18th, 2014, on home video formats, through XLrator Media. As well, Holy Ghost People stars Emma Greenwell ("True Blood"), Joe Egender (The Frankenstein Theory) and Brendan McCarthy. The film's story follows Charlotte (Greenwell), who is in search of her sister. Charlotte enlists the help of an ex-Marine, Wayne (McCarthy), to help find her. Together, they set out for the Appalachian Mtns. and a remote Christian cult. Here, events take a strange twist. Charlotte and Wayne get too close to these twisted kidnappers. Fans of the Butcher Brothers or of thrillers can preview the launch of this title below. The film's
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Exclusive Artwork Premiere - Holy Ghost People

The good folks over at XLrator Media have provided Dread Central with an exclusive first look at the latest film from The Butcher Brothers, entitled Holy Ghost People (review). Then they asked if we could post it instead of just admiring it, and we figured what the heck? Check it out right now!

Emma Greenwell, Brendan McCarthy, Joe Egender, and Cameron Richardson star. The film is directed by Mitchell Altieri – one half of the Butcher Brothers (The Hamiltons, The Thompsons) – and written by Kevin Artigue & Joe Egender, Altieri, and Phil Flores (the other half of the Butcher Brothers).

XLrator Media will be releasing Holy Ghost People on VOD and iTunes on February 18th and in theaters on February 21st.

Synopsis

Holy Ghost People is a Southern Gothic thriller about a teenager searching for her lost sister in the Appalachian Mountains, where she encounters a snake-handling religious cult and eventually learns
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Five Recent Horror Movies You Might Have Missed (But Should See)

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Five Recent Horror Movies You Might Have Missed (But Should See)
I hear a lot of casual horror fans talking about the lack of quality horror films in recent years... and to some extent they have a point. Studio-funded horror films seem to be less prevalent than they were three decades ago, and many mass-marketed horror films are lighter on gore, nudity, and the like than the features of yesteryear (with the obvious exception of the Evil Dead reboot). But there are still plenty of quality horror films being made – it’s just incumbent upon horror fans to look a little harder. There are a plethora of well-made horror pictures being released every year; they just aren’t all getting the mainstream attention that they deserve. In an attempt to remedy that, and shine the spotlight on some outstanding films that haven’t received a great deal of publicity, we are showcasing five titles from the past five years that may have passed you by,
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Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. casts David Conrad in recurring role

With cameras rolling on the first season of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as it edges closer towards its September premiere, we should probably expect to hear plenty of casting announcements for recurring and guest roles on the Joss Whedon-produced Avengers spin-off over the coming weeks. And to get us started, TV Line has revealed that David Conrad (Ghost Whisperer, CSI: Miami) has landed a recurring role in the ABC show, and while his character is being kept under wraps, the site notes that "the show has been casting the role of a brilliant and quirky scientist that matches Conrad’s description (i.e. male in his 40s)."

Now, whether this is an original character, or a familiar face from the Marvel universe, I guess we'll just have to wait and see...

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is set to get underway in the States on September 24th, with Marvel Cinematic Universe
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New images from Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., plus Ultimate Spider-Man renewed for a third season

Marvel Studios is set to showcase its feature film slate later today at the San Diego Comic-Con, but yesterday Joss Whedon gave fans an exclusive first-look at the upcoming TV series Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as the pilot episode received its world premiere, and now ABC has released a batch of official stills, which you can check out right here...

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will premiere in the States on ABC, with a cast that includes Marvel Cinematic Universe veteran Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen (Stargate Universe), Brett Dalton (Killing Lincoln), Iain De Caestecker (Filth), Elizabeth Henstridge (The Thompsons), Chloe Bennet (Nashville) and J. August Richards (Angel), while Cobie Smulders will reprise the role of Agent Maria Hill for the pilot episode.

Shifting to Marvel's animated output and the Marvel Television panel has taken place this afternoon at Comic-Con, during which it was announced that Ultimate Spider-Man has been renewed for a third season,
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The Week in Spandex - The Wolverine, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, The Next Dark Knight, Marvel Cinematic Universe and more

Our weekly round up of all the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including The Wolverine, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Deadpool/X-Force, Chronicle 2, Thor: The Dark World, Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Marvel One-Shots, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Kick-Ass 2, Man of Steel, Wonder Woman, Batman Beyond, Hellboy 3, The Crow, Arrow, Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., Ultimate Spider-Man, Avengers Assemble, Beware the Batman, Teen Titans Go!, Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, Justice League: War and more...

It's an early edition of The Week in Spandex this week, what with the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con International now underway and a host of superhero goodness expected over the weekend. However, there's been plenty to tide us over this past week as we await the big presentations from Marvel Studios, Sony, Fox and Warner Bros., and we'll get things underway
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Meet Fitz & Simmons in new Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. featurette

Having previously introduced us to Agent Grant Ward (Brett Dalton), ABC and Marvel Television have now released a new featurette from Joss Whedon's forthcoming TV series Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., this time centred on the duo of Agents Leo Fitz and Jemma Simmons, played by Iain De Caestecker (Filth) and Elizabeth Henstridge (The Thompsons) respectively.

The two characters are described as having "came through training together and still choose to spend most of their time in each other’s company. Their sibling-like relationship is reinforced by their shared nerd tendencies – she deals with biology and chemistry, he’s a whiz at the technical side of weaponry."

Check out the new video after the official synopsis...

Fresh from his role in the summer’s box office smash Marvel’S The Avengers, Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) returns to the worldwide law enforcement organization S.H.I.E.L.D. He puts together a small, highly trained,
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Jeffrey Bell quashes Luke Cage rumours for Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D

Since the trailers first started to land for The Avengers TV spin-off Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, speculation started to grow that J. August Richards was to be playing Luke Cage in the show after displaying a lot of the same powers as well as physical attributes. However the show's Executive Producer Jeffrey Bell has laid rest to those rumours in an interview with IGN.

When asked about Richards, Bell said, "he’s so good. He’s so good, because we were looking for this character M-- I almost said his name. It’s not the one people are talking about."

IGN do note in the interview that the "M" sound Bell made could be more of a "hmmm" as in he wasn't sure whether he could say or not.

He goes on to say that he is playing "an interesting Marvel character" and that may
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First full promo for Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Yesterday we got our first look at footage from Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. thanks to a brief seven-second promo before ABC aired a longer preview in the States during the season finale of Once Upon a Time. Naturally the full promo has also arrived online, and we have it below for your viewing pleasure...

Spinning out of last year's The Avengers, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been developed by Joss Whedon (who also directed the pilot), Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen, and sees Clark Gregg back from the dead as Agent Phil Coulson, leading a cast that includes Ming-Na Wen (Stargate Universe) as Agent Melinda May, Brett Dalton (Killing Lincoln) as Agent Grant Ward, Iain De Caestecker (Coronation Street) as Agent Leo Fitz, Elizabeth Henstridge (The Thompsons) as Agent Gemma Simmons and Chloe Bennet (Nashville) as Skye.

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is set to begin airing this fall.
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Holy Ghost People Scaring Audiences Through XLrator Media North American Acquisition

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Holy Ghost People Scaring Audiences Through XLrator Media North American Acquisition
The North American rights to the acclaimed Southern Goth thriller, ‘Holy Ghost People,’ have been acquired by XLrator Media, following the movie’s world premiere last month at South by Southwest. The film, which was helmed by Mitchell Altieri, one half of the Butcher Brothers directing duo, was written by Kevin Artigue, Joe Egender, Altieri and Phil Flores, the other half of the Butcher Brothers. XLrator Media CEO Barry Gordon announced ‘Holy Ghost People’s acquisition by the multi-platform releasing company. “Following our great experience working with the Butcher Brothers on the vampire epic ‘The Thompsons,’ we’re thrilled to be releasing Mitchell’s extraordinary new film which created such a sensation at SXSW,” [ Read More ]

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'Holy Ghost People' Coming to Us Theaters

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'Holy Ghost People' Coming to Us Theaters
 

  XLrator Media has announced their acquisition of the North American rights to Holy Ghost People, a dark and moody backwoods thriller that riveted audiences at this year's South By Southwest Film Festival. The film is directed by Mitchell Altieri, who co-wrote with Phil Flores (Altieri & Flores are also known as The Butcher Brothers, who created the vampire-themed films The Hamiltons and The Thompsons), with Kevin Artigue & Joe Egender.   Holy Ghost People is a southern gothic thriller/drama about a teenager searching for her lost sister in the Appalachian Mountains, where she encounters a snake-handling religious cult and eventually learns the truth about her sister's fate. You can read our review here.   Release dates have not yet been finalized, so stay tuned for updates... in the meantime, here's the trailer:   SXSW (2013) - Holy Ghost People Trailer #1 - Drama HD
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XLrator Media Bringing “Holy Ghost People” To North America

XLrator Media has acquired the rights to Holy Ghost People, described as a Southern Gothic thriller. The film premiered at SXSW this past month and is directed by Mitchell Altieri, one of the Butcher Brothers (The Hamiltons, The Thompsons). Read on for the press release detailing the film.

Los Angeles (Apr. 4, 2013) – XLrator Media has acquired all North American rights to the Southern Gothic thriller, Holy Ghost People, following its world premiere last month at South by Southwest. The film is directed by Mitchell Altieri – one half of the Butcher Brothers (The Hamiltons, The Thompsons) – and written by Kevin Artigue & Joe Egender, Altieri & Phil Flores (the other half of the Butcher Brothers). XLrator Media CEO Barry Gordon announced the deal today.

“Following our great experience working with the Butcher Brothers on the vampire epic The Thompsons, we’re thrilled to be releasing Mitchell’s extraordinary new film which created such a sensation at SXSW,
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