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Frightfest 2018: ‘The Cleaning Lady’ Review

Stars: Alexis Kendra, Stelio Savante, Rachel Alig, Elizabeth Sandy, Mykayla Sohn, JoAnne McGrath, Keri Marrone | Written by Jon Knautz, Alexis Kendra | Directed by Jon Knautz

Based on the 2016 short of the same name (also written and directed by Jon Knautz), The Cleaning Lady follows a floundering love addict who forms a dangerous bond with her new domestic while trying to avoid her married lover. As Alice struggles to end her affair with a married man, she finds solace in Shelly, a reclusive burn victim who cleans Alice’s apartment. As their friendship grows, so does Shelly’s twisted obsession with Alice. When Shelly learns of Alice’s on-and-off affair, she takes matters into her own hands in order to cleanse Alice of her bad behavior.

Jon Knautz is, for me, one of the most fascinating writer/directors working in horror today. Knautz’s work often times feels like a love
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Jon Knautz's The Cleaning Lady World Premiere at FrightFest, August 24th

Genre veteran Jon Knautz (Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer) has announced the world premiere of his latest feature, The Cleaning Lady, at Arrow Video FrightFest 2018. Based on the 2016 short of the same name, this potentially creepy film follows a floundering love addict who forms a dangerous bond with her new domestic, while trying to avoid her married lover. A   lexis Kendra (Goddess of Love) and Rachel Alig (Officer Down) headline the cast as two women, both reeling from their own traumas, attempting to find solace in each other. As their bond deepens, the connection quickly turns obsessive with disastrous consequences. FrightFest veteran Jon Knautz directed from a script he co-wrote with Alexis Kendra, and they produced alongside James...

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The Creepy ‘Cleaning Lady’ Takes a Soothing Bath [Images]

Jon Knautz, who will best be remembered by horror fans for his ultra-fun Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer, as well as the excellent The Shrine, is returning to the genre with The Cleaning Lady (formerly Something Fierce). In the film, as a means to distract herself from an affair, a love-addicted woman befriends a cleaning lady, badly scarred by burns. She […]
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Exclusive: Jon Knautz on His Upcoming Film Something Fierce

It’s been a few years since we’ve seen the work of Jon Knautz (Goddess of Love, Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer, The Shrine) but now we’ve got exclusive word from the writer/director about his next project, Something Fierce! Knautz tells Dread… Continue Reading →

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The Heretics and Choice (When to Say No to Demon Sex): A Film Review

*full disclosure: an online screener was provided by the film's pr' firm. Direct: Chad Archibald. Writer: Jayme Laforest. Cast: Nina Kiri, Ry Barret, Jorja Cadence, Nina Richmond and Will King. Black Fawn Films is likely the biggest Canadian indie horror film producer. This film company has completed at least eight titles, in just a few years. Their latest is titled The Heretics and it was written by Jayme Laforest, who also wrote 2015's Bite. Both films deal with body horror and a female protagonist. This title incorporates one of the worst sex scenes, in recent film history. Always say no to demon sex, no matter how attractive the offer is. The story, within the film, deals with the birth of a demon - Abaddon and his desire to end the world. Similar to Jon Knautz's The Shrine (2011), characters are overcome through possession. In The Heretics, this reduces the protagonist's ability to resist evil.
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Eight more weekend film premieres for UK’s Horror Channel

Following this past weekend’s channel debuts of Cockneys vs Zombies, Horror Express and Antiviral, the UK’s very own Horror Channel will be screening Eight more weekend film premieres this month, including the UK TV premieres of Tommy Wirkola’s crowd-pleasing, carnage-driven Dead Snow 2: Red or Dead, Jon Knautz’s demonic gem The Shrine, Tyler Shields’s stylish mash-up of Scream and La Femme Nikita, Final Girl, and Ben Kital’s underground possession thriller Beneath.

There are also network premieres Wes Craven’s demented classic The Hills Have Eyes, Leigh Janiak’s acclaimed Honeymoon starring Harry Treadaway and Rose Leslie, John Grissmer’s gloriously gruesome slice of ‘80s slasher, Blood Rage, and Steve Miner’s hilarious cult favourite House.

Full details of premieres in transmission order:

Fri 11 Nov @ 22:55 – The Shrine (2010) *UK TV Premiere

Three reporters sneak off to an isolated Polish village, eager to investigate the disappearance of a backpacker.
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Halloween Treat: Jon Knautz’s The Cleaning Lady Gets Down & Dirty

We’re kicking off our most special day of all days with a treat from director Jon Knautz, much beloved in the horror community for films like Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer, The Shrine, and his latest, Goddess of Love (review). He’s… Continue Reading →

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This Goddess of Love Hates Cats in this "Kitty Love" Clip

Terror Films will be releasing Jon Knautz's Goddess of Love, tomorrow (Oct. 7th, 2016). The film plays out like a dating horror story as one woman becomes unhinged after a bad breakup; the results are terrifying! Director Knautz, of The Shrine (2010) fame, has woven an exciting thriller, with this feature. A Goddess of Love review is available here: A Goddess of Love Review on 28Dla. As well, the film centrally stars: Alexis Kendra, Woody Naismith and Elizabeth Sandy. A new clip, for the film, is available here. It is titled "Kitty Love" and should not be watched by fans of cats. The "Kitty Love" clip shows one of the minor characters, in her home. The door bell rings and there is a nasty surprise, a bloody furball. Who left this gruesome gift? Fans of horror can find the answer to this question, on October 7th. On this date, Goddess of Love
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October 2016 VOD Releases Include Phantasm: Ravager, Under The Shadow

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While there may be a serious lack of theatrical horror coming our way this Halloween season, fear not genre fans, as we have over 15 different horror and sci-fi titles making their way onto smaller screens this October, which should help take the sting off a bit. Several great films I happened to catch earlier on this year at various festivals – The Greasy Strangler, In A Valley of Violence and Under the Shadow – are all making their VOD debuts this month, and you also have the remastered version of Don Coscarelli’s Phantasm and the series final sequel, Phantasm: Ravager, to look forward to as well.

Other notable VOD releases for October 2016 include The Windmill, The Unspoken, ClownTown, Fear, Inc., Vampyres, Halloweed, and Goddess of Love from Jon Knautz (The Shrine, Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer).

ClownTown (ITN Distribution) – October 4th

Clowntown tells the story of a group of friends who get
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Erotic Thriller Goddess of Love Lands Distro with Terror Films

Two of the best recent indie horror films to cross our path were Jon Knautz’s The Shrine and Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer, and his latest, Goddess of Love, is heading our way soon now that Terror Films has acquired North… Continue Reading →

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Frightfest 2015 Podcasts: #21 – Goddess of Love

Jon Knautz, director of past FrightFest favourites Jack Brooks Monster Slayer and The Shrine, now invites you to feel the horrendous pain of heartbreak. Enter into a baroque vortex of madness when an emotionally unstable stripper is shattered after being dumped by her boyfriend. Brian was the love of Venus’ life and the thought of him having an affair with another woman begins her volatile descent into the dark side of psychosexual insanity. Co-writer Alexis Kendra plays Venus with startling insight in an erotic thriller that’s sexy and shocking in the super-stylish tradition of Brian De Palma and Roman Polanski.

Nerdly writer and host of the Britflicks podcast, Stuart Wright, speaks to the writer/director Jon Knautz about Goddess of Love, which has its World Premiere at Frightfest 2015 on Monday 31st August at 6.45pm in Discovery Screen 1.
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This Goddess of Love is Borne Below: A Film Review

*full disclosure: an online screener of this film was provided by Dalia Films Production. Tagline: "Be careful who you get close to." Director: Jon Knautz. Writers: Alexis Kendra and Jon Knautz. Cast: Alexis Kendra, Woody Naismith, Elizabeth Sandy and Monda Scott. Goddess of Love is a bit of misnomer. The film's protagonist, Venus (Alexis Kendra), is more of a black widow or a female preying mantis. She bites the heads off of those she loves, figuratively. This film, from Canadian director Jon Knautz (The Shrine), is a very fascinating look at a delusional character. She appears normal and average at first, but her mask comes off at a prominent transition point. Here, the film changes from an erotic thriller into more of a psychological one. The transition is jarring and from here on out the film is a bumpy ride. The steep ups and downs come from the protagonist, whose own perceptions cannot be trusted.
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Loverboy Has a Bone to Pick in Girl House: A Movie Review

Director: Trevor Matthews. Writer: Nick Gordon. Cast: Ali Cobrin, Adam Dimarco, Slaine, Alyson Bath and Elysia Rotaru. Girl House is an effective slasher film. From one of the filmmakers of Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer (2007) and The Shrine (2010), Trevor Matthews, Girl House brings a lot of bloody murder to the small screen. Full of dark humour, this indie horror feature also updates the slasher feature, with its use of technology; Girl House is often shot unconventionally. Also, the film's central antagonist uses some of this technology to his own advantage as he violently tries to heal his perceived sexual humiliation. Girl House is an excellent slasher feature, with a fresh look at this genre. The story begins with Loverboy. Played by Slaine, Loverboy experiences sexual humiliation at an early age. Two girls insult his man parts. But, Loverboy gets his revenge on a remote bridge. Fast forward several years, Loverboy has adapted to adult life,
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Jack Brooks Director Returns to Horror With Erotic Thriller Goddess Of Love [Trailer]

Sometimes you attach an idea to a director that just takes on a life of its own. That's what's happened to me and Jon Knautz. I really enjoyed Knautz's Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer (review). I remember seeing it and recall an image here and there but the movie mostly escapes me now. I have a vague memory of being intrigued by the trailer for The Shrine but I never got around to actually seeing the movie.

A large reason why Knautz has camped out in my subconscious is because he's Canadian and I have a soft spot for home grown talent and it looks like Knautz's extended stay has paid of [Continued ...]
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Trailer: Jack Brooks Director’s Psycho Sexual Goddess of Love

Jon Knautz won favor in 2008 with monster mash horror comedy debut Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer and followed it up with the Euro occult thriller, The Shrine. Now, Knautz is readying his third feature, erotic horror Goddess of Love. With a presence at the currently underway Efm, the first, Nsfw trailer for the film has…

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Efm 2015: Goddess of Love Explores The Dark Side of Venus

Our friends over at Twitch landed themselves the first trailer for the next film from director Jon Knautz (Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer, The Shrine), entitled Goddess of Love (formerly The Dark Side of Venus), and we have it for you… Continue Reading →

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Sales Trailers Hit for Girlhouse & The Blackout

As we told you last week, Lightning Entertainment was bringing two new titles to the American Film Market and, today, we now have the trailers for those films.

If you've been wondering what Jack Brooks: Monsters and The Shrine's Trevor Matthews has been update to, well, he helmed Girlhouse penned by Nick Gordon. Ali Cobrin, Camren Bicondova and Chasty Ballesteros star.

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Help Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer Director Explore The Dark Side of Venus

Though you may not know his name, there's a good chance you've seen and enjoyed one or both of Jon Knautz's two debut efforts. He came onto the scene in 2007 with the hilarious Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer and proved he could do more than horror comedy with 2010's The Shrine.

Now, Knautz is working on a third horror flick, and he needs your help. Read on!

Knautz has just launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise the funds needed to bring his next film to life, which is titled The Dark Side of Venus. Described as a thriller, it centers on a troubled stripped named Venus, whose life is upended in the wake of her boyfriend shacking up with another woman. Disturbed to begin with, she soon spirals into a state of maddening psychosis.

The fund runs through May 20th, and Knautz and his team are looking to raise $20,000 to
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Exclusive: Jon Knautz Explores The Dark Side of Venus; First Look!

Around these parts we're big fans of filmmaker Jon Knautz (Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer, The Shrine) so when we hear of a new project that he's involved in, we're all ears... or in this case all eyes! Read on for your first word and look at The Dark Side of Venus!

Directed by Knautz and produced by Alexis Knight and Knautz from a screenplay they wrote together, The Dark Side of Venus stars Knight (pictured) along with Woody Naismith, Elizabeth Sandy, and Monda Scott.

Look for much more on this one soon!

Synopsis

An emotionally unstable woman begins a volatile descent into madness when she suspects her lover has left her for another woman.

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New documentary explores “Independent Scares”

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New documentary explores “Independent Scares”
“The primary goal of Under The Scares [in which—full disclosure—this writer appeared] was to help young filmmakers make good movies without throwing their money away,” says director Steve Villeneuve. The follow-up, he explains, “will focus on the future of independent horror. In this film, I want to show how the evolution of technology has impacted the viewing experience of independent cinema, and the ability of these filmmakers to monetize their product since the 1970s.”

Already announced as part of Independent Scares are such genre veterans as Glass Eye Pix topper Larry Fessenden (pictured above), The Blair Witch Project and Lovely Molly’s Eduardo Sanchez, longtime producer/director Fred Olen Ray, Andrew van den Houten of Headspace, The Woman and others and Independent-International honcho Sam Sherman (pictured right). Villeneuve reveals to Fango that other talking heads will include Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer and The Shrine director Jon Knautz, JimmyO Burril and April Monique Burril of The Chainsaw Sally Show,
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