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An Early Forecast For Horror Thriller Don't Fall Asleep

Don't Fall Asleep seems to have taken their title from a Nightmare on Elm Street film, yet, the film has an original plotline that involves "bloodlust" (Don't Fall). The film is independent and utilizes an ensemble crew to write an interesting tale of sleepwalking, jealousy, and murderous rumours. Don't Fall Asleep has just finished production and the film's story is interesting and definitely horror themed.

The synopsis for the film here:

"'Don't Fall Asleep' follows Janice and Sam, a young couple moving into their first house on Isabelle Street. They start hearing stories from the neighbors about the woman who used to live there - Isabelle - in fact, the street is named after her. Back in the 50's Isabelle flew into a jealous rage when she found her husband with another woman - her lover. She killed both of them but her bloodlust wasn't sated. Now, 50 years later, Janice
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Outrage: A New Sci-fi Thriller!

Outrage, from Fantastic Films, is now finished production and this sci-fi epic will feature the talents of Michael Madsen, Natasha Lyonne, and Michael Berryman. A film summary is listed below, but from the trailer and synopsis Outrage is about survival, the elements, and overcoming one's own inner fears. Recently completed Outrage will be available shortly once distribution is found. Have a sneek peak at this sci-fi/horror themed film that involves hostages and escaped military convicts.

A synopsis for Outrage here:

"Christine takes her friends, Trey, Molly (Natasha Lyonne) and Jack, for one last vacation before she must sell her family's hunting lodge in the remote woods of Northern Georgia, a place that's also the scene of her worst childhood trauma. Things get worse when it turns out the lodge is in use as a hideout by men who just escaped from a military prison an ex-military sniper, Farragut (Michael Madsen), and his two accomplices,
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Film review: 'Firestorm'

Film review: 'Firestorm'
At a lean 88 minutes but with a bulky hero, "Firestorm" is a respectable action-adventure about smoke jumpers, forest-fire fighters who parachute into emergency situations with their trusty Pulaskis and save the day. Alas, 20th Century Fox's wide release, its first salvo of 1998, will burn out quickly after an uninspiring opening weekend.

"Fox NFL Sunday" co-host and former Raiders defender Howie Long is the marquee attraction in the directorial debut of cinematographer Dean Semler, an Oscar winner for "Dances With Wolves" and all-pro genre veteran ("Waterworld", "The Last Action Hero").

Filmed splendidly in wide screen by Stephen F. Windon ("The Postman"), "Firestorm" shares with Jan De Bont's "Speed" a calculated recklessness in storytelling and execution that relies heavily on visuals with minimal characterizations. But rookie Chris Soth's screenplay is mostly unbelievable, and the main attraction has the personality and lines of a friendly robot.

Cutting an impressive figure as he leaps from helicopters and off cliffs, Long deserves more. He's mean and in command when there's a backfire to be lit, but there's no back story to ignite his charisma. While there is a damsel in distress -- Suzy Amis as a gutsy ornithologist -- there are no romantic sparks for the superguy as he saves people threatened by falling trees and such.

Opposite the muscle-man treatment of Long's character, there must be a villain, but Semler gives William Forsythe enough room to make his escaping convict a memorable rat. Reliable Scott Glenn is the film's injured quarterback, who rejoins the hero business when a busload of firemen is toasted but not baked.

Blazing computers swing into action for the disaster-movie conclusion in which heroes and villains are caught in a speedy inferno.

Overall, this shameless scorcher employs enough image-distorting heat waves and closeups of matches to explore fully the incendiary milieu. The stunts are sizzling, and the sound and editing are hot stuff, but J. Peter Robinson's routine score fizzles.

FIRESTORM

20th Century Fox

A Loeb/Weisman production

Director: Dean Semler

Producers: Joseph Loeb III, Matthew Weisman,

Thomas M. Hammel

Screenwriter: Chris Soth

Executive producer: Louise Rosner

Director of photography: Stephen F. Windon

Production designers: Richard Paris,

Linda Del Rosario

Editor: Jack Hofstra

Music: J. Peter Robinson

Casting: Allison Gordon Kohler

Cast:

Jesse: Howie Long

Wynt: Scott Glenn

Shaye: William Forsythe

Jennifer: Suzy Amis

Monica: Christianne Hirt

Pete: Garwin Sanford

Cowboy: Sebastian Spence

Running time -- 88 minutes

MPAA rating: R

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