Indie Spotlight

We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes the short film “Hold Your Fire,” release details for The Black Dahlia Haunting, trailers for Truth or Dare and The Shadows, and much more:

Full Short Film “Hold Your Fire”: “Twitch Film proudly presents the online premiere of artist-turned-filmmaker Wes Benscoter’s debut short film, Hold Your Fire, exclusively at Twitch Film.

A ghostly soldier comes face to face with this grim reality of his war-torn existence on the battlefield… and beyond! Assaulting international audiences at festivals from Montreal’s Fantasia to Sitges, Fantasporto, A Night of Horror, and Dead by Dawn, to sending domestic shivers up spines at Screamfest, Boston Underground, and the New York City Horror Film Festival, Twitch Film now takes the mantle in offering Wes Benscoter’s mini-masterpiece to its largest audience ever.

A twenty-year veteran of horrific illustration,
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Fantasia 2013: Off-Frontières Projects Revealed

After announcing the 12 projects that comprise its Frontières selection of film projects in May, the Fantasia International Film Festival's Frontières International Co-Production Market’s team has now revealed the event’s Off-Frontières line-up of 12 projects. Read on for the details of this latest dirty dozen.

The first Frontières announcement contained new projects being pitched by Joe Dante, Bobcat Goldthwait, Richard Stanley, and more. The following Off-Frontières projects come from such amazing talent as Larry Fessenden, The Rasmussen Brothers, and Josh Johnson.

Montreal's Fantasia International Film Festival, widely acclaimed as one of the largest and most influential genre film festivals in the world, introduced its Fantasia Industry Rendez-Vous, including the Frontières International Co-Production Market and the Fantasia Film Market, in 2012. Frontières is the first international co-production market to connect North America with Europe, in an environment focused specifically on genre film production. Now Frontières has become a circuit in-between Fantasia, in July,
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Fantasia’s Frontières International Co-Production Market Announces Its Off-Frontières Projects Selection

From the Fantasia Film Festival press release:

After announcing the 12 projects of its Frontières selection of film projects in May, the Frontières International Co-Production Market’s team has now announced the event’s Off-Frontières line-up of projects.

The projects, in this second group, feature additional up-and-coming talents and experienced filmmakers from the independent genre film world. The Off-Frontières 2013 selection of the 2nd edition of the Frontières International Co-Production Market will consist of the following 12 projects:

Canuxploitation (USA)

Director: Josh Johnson (Rewind This!)


Dead Max (Québec)

Director: Patrick Boivin (Bunker)

Writer: Randall Lobb

Producer: Stéphane Tanguay (Jaloux) Productions Kinesis

Emerald Falls (Québec)

Director: Boris Rodriguez (Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal)

Writer: Phil M. Rosenberg

Jumbo (France)

Director/Writer: Zoé Wittock (First Feature)

Producer: Anaïs Bertrand (First Feature) Insolence Productions

Réclusion (France)

Director: Franck Richard (The Pack)

Writers: Franck Richard and Florent Silieri

Producer: Fares Ladjimi (The String) Mille et Une Productions
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Fantasia unveils Off-Frontières line-up

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Selection includes three projects from Québec and the latest projects from Josh Johnson and Boris Rodriguez [pictured].

As part of their second Frontières international co-production market, Montreal’s Fantasia International Film Festival has revealed its Off-Frontières selection of film projects.

The selection includes three projects from Québec, including Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal director Boris Rodriguez’s next feature (Emerald Falls), as well as the latest documentary from Rewind This! director Josh Johnson (Canuxploitation).

Frontières market director Stephanie Trepanier told Screen: “We’re happy with the diversity of the Off-Frontières line-up. It allows us to feature more local projects and projects in a wider range of development stages.

“We’re also seeing more filmmakers with their first feature film project in there, which pleases us. The discovery and promotion of new genre filmmakers has always been an important element of Fantasia, and Frontières allows us to support them at an even earlier stage.”

The Frontières
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Joss Whedon is Right: Zombies are the most Political of Monsters

You may have seen recently that Joss Whedon “endorsed“ Mitt Romney for President saying, “You know, like a lot of liberal Americans, I was excited when Barack Obama took office four years ago. But it’s a very different world now. And Mitt Romney is a very different candidate. One with the vision and determination to cut through business-as-usual politics and finally put this country back on the path to the zombie apocalypse.”

Joss Whedon is absolutely right to invoke zombies in a political discussion, because zombies are the most political of monsters. Or to put it another way, Zombie films are the most political of all horror films.

Wait. What?

Let me explain.

Roger Ebert, in his review of Zombieland, wrote about Zombies:

Vampires make a certain amount of sense to me, but zombies not so much. What’s their purpose? Why do they always look so bad? Can
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Fantasia 2012: First Wave Of Films Announced!

The 16th annual Fantasia International Film Festival is gearing up to take Montreal by storm with three weeks of inspiration and thrills starting July 19 and running all the way through August 7. Read on for the latest!

The full 2012 lineup of programming and special events will be revealed next month, and we've got all the preliminary details for you below!

Fantasia Proudly Presents The World Premiere Launch Of A Unique, All-star Travelling Art Show

If They Came From Within: An Alternative History of Canadian Horror Movies

Cinematheque Quebecoise, July 20– July 29

Opening gala July 20, 5Pm

Imagine an alternative universe of Canadian horror movies that didn’t get made, couldn’t get made and maybe even shouldn’t get made… but we’d still love to see.

Rue Morgue magazine Editor-in-Chief Dave Alexander brings together some of Canada and Quebec’s most celebrated genre filmmakers with some of the country’s best
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Fantasia 2010: First Event Information and Films Announced!

Several press releases went out today featuring some huge news coming out of Canada's Fantasia Film Festival including the first batch of films that will be populating this massive three-week long event. Pull up your chair, kids! You're gonna be here for a while!

Dig on the wealth of information below from today's releases and look for more announcements and of course full coverage soon!

Spotlight: Between Death And The Devil

Recent times and crimes have seen extraordinary levels of disillusionment with organized religion, particularly with the Catholic Church, and genre cinema has mirrored this anger with startling impact. In the face of this, we’ve put together this troubling spotlight focused on the abuse of faith, the horrors of ideology and the corruption of Godliness. Several of these films will absolutely stagger you.

Black Death (UK) Dir: Christopher Smith – North American premiere. Hosted by Director Christopher Smith

With the Black Death sweeping across England,
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Fantasia 2010 Brings The Best Of The World To Montreal!

You want the best of genre film from Canada, the Us and around the globe? Fantasia is the place.

Montreal, June 29, 2010 - For its fourteenth edition, the Fantasia Film Festival is proud to present over 50 titles from Asia. Once again, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Hong Kong and the People's Republic of China are widely represented, demonstrating the great quality and diversity of their industries. And, as always, the programming team is also dedicated to exposing several hidden gems hailing from emerging national cinemas. Through these, audiences can discover new visions and new sensibilities. Therefore, the public will be privy to works hailing from Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia and - a first for the festival - Indonesia. The filmic multicultural feast prepared by the 2010 Fantasia Film Festival promises to satisfy film lovers of all kinds.

Fantasia's 2010 occidental lineup of World Cinema is once again on fire with an astounding kaleidoscope of styles and sensibilities.
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Dread Central's Best & Worst of 2009

2009. It was pretty much as crappy a year for horror movies as it was for the economy. There were, however, some really high points to help balance out all the drivel that was put out there in theatres as well as on home video, and they are to be celebrated, even though technically a couple of them are not even from this year.

Pull up your chair, sit back, and strap yourself in for a look back at the dos, the don'ts, and of course the "Doh!"s of this past year.

Dig on our Best of and Worst of lists for 2009 by following the links below!

[Andrew Kasch]

[Matt Fini]

[Morgan Elektra]


[The Buz]

[The Foywonder]

[The Woman in Black]

[Uncle Creepy]

Andrew Kasch's Picks

District 9 - Neill Blomkamp’s sci-fi/action/horror hybrid delivered the kind of hardcore testosterone roller coaster ride we hadn’t seen since the glory days of John McTiernan. With story and special FX superior to that of
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DVD releases for Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

What do we have this week? Let's see, the Cannes premierer Wendy and Lucy which everyone seemed to love but me. Then we have the release of Gô Ohara's Geisha Assassin (aka Geisha vs Ninjas). Next is the Canadian horror from Maurice Devereaux End of the Line (review) which was released in Canada a few months back but now comes stateside. And last but not least is the micro-budget Brit horror Mum and Dad (review). I didn't particularly like this one but our London correspondent Ben Austwick loved it.

Trailers, synopses, amazon links and all that after ze break!

Wendy and Lucy

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Wendy Carroll (Michelle Williams) is driving to Ketchikan, Alaska, in hopes of a summer of lucrative work at the Northwestern Fish cannery, and the start of a new life with her dog, Lucy. When her car breaks down in Oregon, however, the thin fabric
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Sneak Preview: Fangoria #283 (May 2009)

As we reported earlier, Fangoria #282 is making it's way out to the masses and spreading like a zombie plague, so it's only fitting that we show you a sneak-preview of Fangoria #283 (shipping in April). Below the cut you'll be able to feast your eyes upon next month's gruesomely sexy cover girl from Sam Raimi's return to horror, Drag Me To Hell!


Nothing To Keep “Mum” About There’s plenty of screaming going on at the house where “Mum & Dad” live. “Scar” Issues Angela Bettis is no stranger to confronting madness and murder, but this time she’s doing it in 3-D. Drawing The “Line” Maurice Devereaux was determined to get his subway shocker “End of the Line” produced and released his way. What A “Drag”? Not for stars Alison Lohman and Justin Long as they throw themselves into Sam Raimi’s “Hell.” “Salvation” At Hand We traveled into
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End of the Line Gets U.S. DVD

Finally, one of the coolest cult films I’ve seen in a while will be getting the chance to be seen by everyone here in the States; Fangoria has learned that Maurice Devereaux's End of the Line (review) is finally seeing a DVD release in the U.S. thanks to E1 Entertainment, formerly Koch Entertainment, on May 5th.

Thankfully, the DVD will come with the same features as its Canadian counterpart (reviewed here), which include:

Audio commentary by writer/director Devereaux and composer Martin Gauthier ”A Splatter of Faith” making-of documentary Fantasia festival Q&A Bonus Interview: The Most Asked Question Deleted scene ”A Message of Hope” Gauthier’s complete score, accompanied by production stills Though not a perfect film, the acting is questionable and there are some fairly large plotholes,End of the Line is a lot of fun, especially for those of you who are suckers for religious horror,
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DVD news: Plague Town, U.S. End Of The Line, Last Horror Film, etc.

• Dark Sky Films gave Fango the scoop on the DVDetails for Plague Town, its first in-house production. The grisly killer-kids flick hits disc May 12.

Directed by DVD documentaries veteran David Gregory from a script he wrote with John Cregan, Plague Town is set in an Irish village where a family of stranded vacationers are terrorized by deformed children. The special features include:

• Audio commentary by Gregory • A Visit to Plague Town making-of featurette • The Sound of Plague Town featurette • Trailer

Retail price is $24.98. The movie will also hit more big screens (and our March Chicago and April La Fango cons) prior to disc; we’ll have that info shortly. See the official website here and read our set-visit report in Fango #281, on sale this month.

• E1 Entertainment, formerly Koch Entertainment, gave Fango the word that it will distribute Critical Mass’ DVDs of Maurice Devereaux’s End Of The Line and
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The Scary Bits: Everything's 3-D!

Most horror geeks know Brian Yuzna as a frequent Stuart Gordon collaborator who helped to bring us Re-Animator, From Beyond, and the underrated Dolls. Younger gene freaks would also know Mr. Y from his numerous Filmax productions, which include Dagon, Rottweiler, and (of course) Beyond Re-Animator. But now, according to Big V, Brian is about to deliver a trio of 3-D horror flicks. The first will be a giant monster movie called Amphibious, the second will be Brett Leonard's Necronauts, and the third will be Richard Stanley's Cold Blooded. Now, I call this news all sorts of interesting because A) Stanley doesn't direct many films, B) Leonard has never directed a good film, and C) they're all 3-D horror movies! With monsters!

Questions: Does Danny Boyle want to direct 28 Months Later? Maybe. Will next year's Friday the 13th Part 3 DVD come in 3-D? Sure looks like it. Want
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2007 Fantastic Fest Alumnus End of the Line Now Available on DVD

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Maurice Devereaux's apocalyptic horror film End of the Line played at Fantastic Fest in 2007, where it scored a Special Jury Prize for Innovative Vision. After a lengthy wait, the film has been released on Region 1 DVD by Anchor Bay Canada and Critical Mass Entertainment. Since this is a Canadian release, it is unlikely that U.S. fans will find it in a brick-and-mortars store. However, the 21st century makes that a weak excuse for not getting a copy because its available from Amazon Canada ( Region 1 coding applies to both the U.S. and Canada so there is no need to fret about compatibility.

Those who need to refresh their memory about the nature of End of the Line can read a review of the DVD at Twitch ( Also, be sure to check out the TV spot on YouTube (
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DVD Review: Maurice Devereaux’s End Of The Line

Maurice Devereaux’s 2006 apocalyptic horror film End of the Line exchanges familiar antagonists such as monsters, zombies, and serial killers with a different threat: crazed evangelical cultists. This new DVD release includes, among other extras, the question and answer session from the film’s 2006 screening at Fantasia Film Festival, an audio commentary, and a documentary about the making of the film. These extras are nice but the main attraction is Devereaux’s film, which puts a smart, topical spin on a familiar genre format.
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Maurice Devereaux’s End Of The Line is Now Out on Canadian DVD

Maurice Devereaux’s apocalyptic horror film End of the Line played numerous film festivals, including Toronto International Film Festival, Fantasia and Fantastic Fest, for at least a year beginning in 2006. Now, after what seems like an eternity, End of the Line is finally out on Canadian DVD from Critical Mass Entertainment and the Canadian division of Anchor Bay. Yes, the release date is no longer speculative: the DVD actually hit the street on October 14, 2008. This new release includes, among other extras, an audio commentary and a documentary about the making of the film. The theatrical trailer is featured beneath the fold. A link to the new TV spot on Youtube is provided as well.

End of the Line is a clever, suspenseful film that exchanges familiar horror antagonists such as monsters, zombies, and serial killers with a different threat: crazed evangelical cultists under the influence of an unknown force. The film,
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Canadian Release for End of the Line

For some reason no one out there wants to give Maurice Devereaux what he needs in order to secure a U.S. release for his urban apocalypse horror film End of the Line (review). Speaking with Fangoria recently,howver, Deveraux did have good news for his home country of Canada; Anchor Bay Canada and Critical Mass Releasing have the disc set to street later this year.

“It’s not hard to make a deal,” Devereaux told the site ”tons of people want the movie, including many big-name distributors—but it’s increasingly hard to get a good deal, where you get a good minimum-guarantee amount upfront and then actually get some back-end royalties later. I’ve seen too many indie filmmakers who’ve never gotten a dime for all the work they did, so I’ve been extremely cautious. Luckily, Rob Herholz of Anchor Bay was such a fan of
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B-d Review: 'End of the Line' Hits Most Stops

It was been a long, long time since we heard anything about Maurice Devereaux's indie horror-thriller End of the Line, and then all of a sudden we had a screener. Today we added Ryan Daley's review of the film. "Maurice Devereaux is a talented horror auteur who always manages to squeeze some rich moments of terror out of a miniscule budget, and with the arrival of End Of The Line, theres hope that hell continue to release quality movies into an oversaturated direct-to-dvd market." Click the title above for the full review.
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TiFF Menu du Jour: Shortbus, Away From Her, Fido, etc...

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[/link]. Away From Her - Gordon Pinsent. Away From Her - Wendy Crewson Samuel L. Mr. Jackson with the producers of Love, Sex and Eating the Bones (2003). For Your Consideration - Eugene Levy. Fido - Dylan Baker Fido - Billy Connolly Fido - Henry Czerny Tom Sizemore The crew from End of the Line. Director Maurice Devereaux in the middle. Thanks to Joëlle Medina for the photo coverage!...
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