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Trailer: Brutal Black Comedy Tone-deaf Hits Theaters in August

Richard Bates, Jr.’s first three films, Excision, Suburban Gothic, and Trash Fire, comprise a “Coming of Age Trilogy” highlighting experiences that represent high school, college, and adulthood. His next film, Tone-Deaf, seems full of grown-up problems. The film stars Robert Patrick, Amanda Crew, Hayley Marie Norman, Johnny Pemberton, Nancy Linehan Charles, AnnaLynne McCord, Keisha Castle-Hughes, with Ray Wise and […] The post Trailer: Brutal Black Comedy Tone-deaf Hits Theaters in August appeared first on Dread Central.
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Trailer: Excision/Trash Fire Director’s Next Flick, Tone-deaf, Stars Robert Patrick

Richard Bates, Jr.’s first three films, Excision, Suburban Gothic, and Trash Fire, comprise a “Coming of Age Trilogy” highlighting experiences that represent high school, college, and adulthood. His next film, Tone-Deaf, seems full of grown-up problems. The film stars Robert Patrick, Amanda Crew, Hayley Marie Norman, Johnny Pemberton, Nancy Linehan Charles, AnnaLynne McCord, Keisha Castle-Hughes, […] The post Trailer: Excision/Trash Fire Director’s Next Flick, Tone-deaf, Stars Robert Patrick appeared first on Dread Central.
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Two Strange Worlds Collide in Richard Bates Jr.'s Tone-Deaf

Tone-Deaf is a horror comedy from director Richard Bates Jr. Film fans will recognize Bates Jr. from his other films, like: Excision (2012), Suburban Gothic (2014) and Trash Fire (2016). His latest brings a social justice advocate out into the country. Here, a psychopath resides, waiting for his first victim. A trailer, for the film, was just released this week via Saban Films and the clip can be found below. The film centers on the character Olive (Amanda Crew). She has just lost her job and ended her latest dysfunctional relationship. Determined for a new start, Olive heads out into rural America, to clear her mind. However, Harvey (Robert Patrick) has his own plans. Plagued with strange visions, Harvey can barely contain his murderous impulses. Both worlds collide in a rural B & B. Tone-Deaf has already had its World Premiere; the film debuted at this year's SXSW Film Festival, in Austin. Now, Tone-Deaf
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Tone-Deaf SXSW Review: Too Much Comedy Sours Robert Patrick Home Invasion Flick

Tone-Deaf SXSW Review: Too Much Comedy Sours Robert Patrick Home Invasion Flick
The comedy thriller Tone-Deaf held its world premiere this month at SXSW, and it left me walking away with mixed feelings. Directed by Richard Bates Jr., there was a lot of potential this movie had to offer. Bates Jr. has previously made a name for himself with movies like Excision and Trash Fire, and the rising filmmaker will likely bring us many more interesting and unique movies in the years ahead. While Tone-Deaf has many of its own memorable moments, however, it's safe to say it won't be considered by many to be Bates Jr.'s best work.

In Tone-Deaf, millennial Olive decides to take a vacation for herself by renting a weekend stay in a rural mansion, far away from her city life troubles. Unfortunately, she doesn't realize the widowed homeowner Harvey (Robert Patrick) is suffering from dementia, resulting in a homicidal psychosis. Determined to see what it feels like to kill someone,
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Festival Preview: 13 Reasons We’re Excited For SXSW 2019

As the year 2019 continues to just fly by, the SXSW Film Festival is already right around the corner, kicking off on Friday in Austin, Texas. Not only does SXSW boast several impressive studio horror premieres this year, both opening and closing the festival, but it also features a Murderers' Row of talent in their Midnighters slate as well. This writer will once again be on site at the fest representing Daily Dead, and while I am really excited about everything on my docket over the next few weeks, here are 13 things happening at SXSW 2019 that have me especially amped to check out throughout all the film-related festivities.

Us (Director/Screenwriter: Jordan Peele)

I mean, it’s a new horror movie from Jordan Peele featuring a stellar cast oozing with raw talent. What more could I possibly need?

Festival Synopsis: An original nightmare from Oscar-winner Jordan Peele (Get Out), starring Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke,
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Exclusive ‘Tone-Deaf’ Poster Teases the SXSW-Bound Horror-Thriller

Today, we're happy to debut an exclusive poster for Tone-Deaf, the new horror thriller from Trash Fire and Excision filmmaker Richard Bates Jr. The film takes a look at our "bizarre cultural and political climate" through the story of Olive (Amanda Crew), a millennial coming off of a lost job and failed relationship who leaves the city behind for the weekend in search of a little countryside peace and discovers the "shockingly dark underbelly of rural America" when she rents a country house from an old-fashioned widower (Robert Patrick) with psychopathic tendencies. Written and directed by Bates, …

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Event Report and Photo Gallery for Escape: Psycho Circus 2018

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Over the weekend, Insomniac’s Escape: Psycho Circus event transformed the Nos Events Center into the biggest Halloween dance party of the year, with 125,000 attendees making their way to San Bernardino to experience more than 70 different electronic music artists who performed on four oversized stages over the course of two days. I realize that living in Southern California means I’m privy to some truly jaw-dropping Halloween-themed events and activities, but Escape weekend has quickly become my favorite time during the entire month of October, as it feels like two of my worlds colliding—electronic music and horror—into one unforgettable experience. And with each year, Escape: Psycho Circus continues to get even bigger and better, with this year’s festivities being the best time I’ve had to date.

For this year’s Escape Halloween celebration, Insomniac really amped up their overall efforts throughout the entire Nos Events Center.
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Insomniac’s Escape: Psycho Circus Returns to the Nos Events Center on October 26th and 27th

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One of my favorite traditions for Halloween weekend has become Insomniac’s Escape: Psycho Circus, a two-day Halloween festival and freak show that transforms the Nos Events Center in San Bernardino, California into a devilish playground where attendees can immerse themselves in endless festive frights while checking out over 65 of the best electronic music acts performing all weekend on four different horror-themed stages.

As someone who attends a variety of electronic festivals throughout the year, Escape: Psycho Circus is one of the best, and their Escape Asylum Halloween maze is one of the most enjoyable attractions I’ve ever experienced. The fact that they put you into a straitjacket upon entry only adds to the terror and hysteria you experience as you make your way through the haunt’s 32,000 square feet of creepy shocks and jolts.

Here’s a look at the impressively awesome musical lineup for the eighth annual Escape: Psycho Circus,
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Amanda Crew, Robert Patrick Starring in Horror Movie ‘Tone Deaf’ (Exclusive)

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Amanda Crew, Robert Patrick Starring in Horror Movie ‘Tone Deaf’ (Exclusive)
Amanda Crew and Robert Patrick are starring in Ricky Bates Jr.’s home-invasion horror movie “Tone Deaf.”

Production has begun on “Tone Deaf,” which is the first film in the yearly slate of elevated suspense-thriller genre films from Circle of Confusion (producers of “The Walking Dead”), Lightning Entertainment and Hindsight Media.

Crew portrays a woman who leaves for a a quiet weekend in the country after losing her job and imploding her latest dysfunctional relationship. She rents a country house from an old-fashioned widower, played by Patrick, who’s struggling to hide his psychopathic tendencies. Soon, two generations collide with terrifying results in this home invasion horror film that is also a darkly comedic critique of the bizarre cultural and political climate.

Producers are Circle of Confusion’s Lawrence Mattis, Brad Mendelsohn and Matt Smith; along with Brion Hambel and Paul Jensen of Best Medicine Productions. Executive producers are Lightning
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Line-up announced for ‘Grimmfest 2017′

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Grimmfest, Manchester’s Festival of Horror, Cult and Fantastic Film is back; bigger, bolder, and bloodier than ever before. As the Printworks once again find itself under siege by blood-soaked hordes of horror enthusiasts and film freaks, as Team Grimmfest unleashes…the Ninth Configuration! The festivals latest and greatest line-up yet of dark, dangerous, wild, weird, witty, thrilling, chilling, blood-spilling movies, every one of them a premiere or cult classic of one kind or another.

Highlights include: World Premieres!

Grimmfest is proud to be presenting the world premiere of the remarkable and utterly unique Borley Rectory. Using an elaborate mixture of live action, stills, paintings, and model work, it’s an immersive, eerily atmospheric, and elegantly retro-styled exploration of the Most Haunted House in Britain. Over six years in the making, it’s a real labor of love for its creator, Ashley Thorpe. Featuring a score by Ex-Banshee Steve Severin,
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Frightfest 2017: ’68 Kill’ Review

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Stars: Matthew Gray Gubler, AnnaLynne McCord, Alisha Boe, Sheila Vand, Sam Eidson | Written and Directed by Trent Haaga

Seemingly inhabiting the same universe as Cheap Thrills, the film he co-wrote with David Chirchirillo, 68 Kill, Trent Haaga’s second feature as director (his first being Chop) is a similar deep-dive into the fringes of American society – an underbelly that walks the fine line between morality and depravity. A world where people will do anything for money. Or so it would seem.

Trailer-dwelling, sewage-pumping Chip (Matthew Gray Gubler) may not lead the most glamorous life, but he’s got one thing going for him: he’s head over heels infatuated with his girlfriend Liza (AnnaLynne McCord). He’s more than willing to overlook her wild streak, the fact that she’s hooking up with their landlord and her rather extreme mood swings. So when she proposes a plot to steal $68,000, he goes along with the plan.
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Fantasia 2017: 68 Kill Review: Dir. Trent Haaga (2017)

68 Kill Review: A young man finds his life in tatters after agreeing to help his girlfriend steal from her sugar daddy in the despicably dark and deadly 68 Kill. 68 Kill Review

Hollywood and society is obsessed with fitting everything, including movies, into boxes. This sadly means that if a film doesn’t easily slot into one of those boxes, most distributors / studios pass on it. Thankfully though there are occasionally people out there that take the risk on what is different and our reward is films such as 68 Kill. The film is comprised with elements of thriller, black comedy, road movie, action, horror, crime and romance stitched together, the result a break-neck pace, insane thrill ride. It might not fit into a neat little box, but it will entertain and enthral all who watch it.

68 Kill Review

Matthew Gray Gubler (Criminal Minds) stars as 68 Kill‘s hapless hero, Chip. Chip is a blue collar worker,
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SXSW 2017 Review: 68 Kill is a Charm-Filled, Southern-Fried Caper

Trent Haaga has spent more than 15 years establishing himself in the realm of indie filmmaking. An esteemed graduate of Troma University, where he got his start as the writer on Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger 4, Haaga also penned Deadgirl and Cheap Thrills (and numerous other projects), and has made appearances in over 50 films to date. While Chop, a 2011 micro-budget horror comedy that has been grossly overlooked, may have been Haaga’s first-ever time in the director’s seat, it’s with his follow-up effort, 68 Kill, that he cements himself as a filmmaking force of nature who continues to build a strong foundation as a purveyor of cult cinema.

With a screenplay based on Bryan Smith’s book of the same name, 68 Kill introduces us to Chip (Matthew Gray Gubler), a trailer-dwelling nice guy who pumps sewage for a living and is completely infatuated with his out-of-control girlfriend, Liza (AnnaLynne McCord
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‘Decay’ DVD Review

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Stars: Rob Zabrecky, Lisa Howard, Elisha Yaffe, Jackie Hoffman, Hannah Barron, Reese Ehlinger, Whitney Hayes | Written and Directed by Joseph Wartnerchaney

Decay focuses on a middle-aged grounds keeper at a local theme park (played by Rob Zabrecky) that suffers from a debilitating case of Ocd. One day, his daily routine is disrupted by a surprise visitor in his basement: a beautiful young woman who, through a jarring turn of events, ends up dead. Jonathan panics and chooses not to report the dead girl. Instead, he invites her to dinner. Jonathan is happy to have a friend, until the police start closing in, and his mind, and the body of the girl, begins to decay.

Opening with a quote taken from a thousand internet memes is an odd way to start a horror movie. But then Decay is odd all over – odd characters, odd situations and an oddly beautiful appearance. And oddly,
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Patrick’s Favorites of 2016

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Make no mistake about it: this was a great year for horror fans. It was so good, in fact, that making a list of “favorites” is almost impossible because there’s just too much I want to talk about. The independent horror scene continues to crank out new classics and minor gems, but even studio horror was good this year: The Conjuring 2, Don’t Breathe, Ouija: Origin of Evil, Lights Out (not my bag, but a lot of people really enjoyed it), The Boy (not a lot of people’s bag, but I really enjoyed it), The Purge: Election Year, and so on. Even better? Pretty much every one of them was successful at the box office. As more and more horror moves are released with the limited release / VOD model, it’s nice to know that good movies still play to big audiences at the multiplex.

And what about horror on TV?
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Tamika’s Favorites of 2016

2016 was chock-full of big blockbuster releases, many of which either failed to make a sizable profit or were incredibly divisive among audiences. But out of the ashes rose a beautiful flower: the indie film. Yes, independent movies had a wonderful year, some even breaking per-theater records and making their way onto my favorites of 2016 list, which also includes a Denis Villeneuve film, a comic book series, collectibles, an excellent comprehensive horror documentary, and more.

Arrival: Denis Villeneuve's Arrival is a beautiful take on language and how communication (or the lack of proper communication) can either doom or ensure our survival as human beings on this planet. The way Villeneuve tells a story is the perfect fit for a film like Arrival because its focus is small but the ideas are big, much like his previous works, Enemy, Sicario, and Prisoners.

My hope is that the takeaway from Arrival
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Trash Fire Review

Ever since 2012’s razor-sharp Excision (or 2008’s short film Excision, technically), writer/director Richard Bates Jr. has been slicing and dicing the horror genre with his pitch-black brand and stinging social takedowns. Excision tore into religion and social awkwardness, while Suburban Gothic employed a goofy paranormal detective – but Trash Fire only crescendos his darkest thoughts.

Humor pushes through vile, narcissistic, masochistic appropriations of false appearances, making Bates’ previous films look like kiddie content in comparison. No character bothers to filter their intentions, berating one another with the most toxic, hurtful dialogue that’ll have you laughing your way to Hell. Bates writes a painful arc that’s constantly torturing those caught in their own emotional inferno, holding onto signature quirks despite his most serious vision yet. It’s a lit fuse that never stops burning, until humanity is nothing but blown-away dream.

Adrian Grenier stars as Owen, whose life is a catastrophic disaster.
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Grimmfest 2016: Trash Fire Review

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Anyone who has sat through director Richard Bates Jr.’s memorably disturbing 2012 effort Excision may have an inkling of what to expect with this, his third feature-length effort. While there are shared tonal similarities with the latter, Trash Fire represents a big step up for the director. A film of two halves, we’re initially witness […]

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Watch the Official Trailer for Trash Fire

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Going home to make peace with your past isn't always a good idea, as evidenced in the official trailer for Trash Fire, the latest film from Richard Bates Jr. (Excision, Suburban Gothic).

Synopsis: "When Owen is forced to confront the past he's been running from his whole adult life, he and his girlfriend, Isabel, become entangled in a horrifying web of lies, deceit and murder. You'll laugh. You'll cry. You'll be scarred for life."

Written and directed by Richard Bates Jr., Trash Fire stars Adrian Grenier, Angela Trimbur, Fionnula Flanagan, AnnaLynne McCord, and Matthew Gray Gubler. Vertical Entertainment and Orion Releasing will release Trash Fire in theaters on November 4th.

Trailer via New Trailer Buzz:

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Toronto After Dark Film Festival 2016’s First Wave of Movies Include In A Valley Of Violence, Under The Shadow

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Cowboys and sinister spirits are coming to Canada this October for the 11th annual Toronto After Dark Film Festival. The fest's first ten films have now been announced, including Ti West's new Western, In a Valley of Violence, Babak Anvari's Under the Shadow, Richard Bates Jr.'s Trash Fire, and more.

Toronto After Dark Film Festival takes place October 13th–21st. To learn more, visit the festival's official website and check out the press release below for full details:

Press Release:September 22, 2016: Toronto After Dark Film Festival is thrilled to officially unveil its first wave of exciting film announcements for 2016! Included in the lineup are some of the most critically acclaimed and eagerly anticipated new horror, sci-fi, action and cult films from this year’s international film festival circuit. These 10 new movies will all screen at Toronto After Dark Film Festival as part of the 11th Annual Edition
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