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Gravitas Ventures acquires 'Nightworld'

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Gravitas Ventures acquires 'Nightworld'
Exclusive: Horror veteran Robert Englund stars in tale of cursed apartment block.

Gravitas Ventures has acquired Us rights from Vmi Wordwide to paranormal thriller Nightworld starring Robert Englund.

Chilean genre auteur Patricio Valladares, whose credits include Hidden In The Woods and Downhill, directed the film, which shot on location in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Open Frames produced Nightworld, which also stars Jason London and centres on a former Lapd officer who takes a job as head of security at an old apartment building.

When he begins to experience bizarre and terrifying events, the watchman investigates the building’s shadowy owners and past employees, uncovering a malevolent force waiting to erupt.

Englund will be familiar to genre fans as the face of Freddy Krueger, the nemesis from the Nightmare On Elm Street series.

Valladares is in the throes of launching the Suspense! Co-Producer Network set to take place in Concepcion in July.

Vmi Worldwide handles international sales on Nightworld.
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Chilean veterans back genre co-production event

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Exclusive: Suspense! Co-Producer Network to launch in July.

Patricio Valladares, the Chilean director of Hidden In The Woods and Downhill, and producer Francisco Inostroza are among a coterie of professionals behind next month’s inaugural Suspense! Co-Producer Network.

The event for aspiring genre filmmakers will take place from July 26-28 in Concepcion, Chile, when filmmakers can pitch industry professionals and participate in one-on-one meetings.

The schedule includes round-table networking for producers without a project, panels addressing new trends in genre cinema, and social events.

Three projects will receive co-production deals at a follow-up event in September when judges will consider 10 finallists selected from July.

Valladares (pictured) is on board as industry director and his launch collaborators include Inostroza, Working Place CEO Ricardo Campos, and Luis Aguirre España, CEO of national agency Concepcion Crea y Produce (Ccp).

Partners include Corfo, Working Place, Ccp, government body Comité de Desarrollo Productivo Regional, and Carriel Sur Pictures.

This year’s
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'Downhill' director in development on Chilean folklore project

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'Downhill' director in development on Chilean folklore project
Exclusive: Chilean genre master Patricio Valladares is in early talks with potential Us and European co-producers on a feature based on indigenous myth.

The Trülke wekufü is a grotesque creature of Mapuche legend said to inhabit lakes, lagoons and rivers in Chile’s Bío Bío region.

Made from the skin of several different animals and exhibiting tentacles where the head should be, the beast hunts animals and on occasion humans and sucks dry any prey unfortunate enough to cross its path (concept art pictured.)

Valladares, who collaborated with Paris-based WTFilms on international sales on thriller Downhill, has secured the services of Chilean production services company Byv Media.

The filmmaker told Screen he planned to shoot the feature in the Bio Bio region where the monster as a cross between Porky’s and Friday The 13th.

Valladares recently shot Nightworld, which Vmi Worldwide has been screening to international buyers at the Efm in Berlin. Jason London and [link
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Horror Highlights: Escape: Psycho Circus, American Murder Song, The ID Autograph Signing, Blanc-Biehn Productions, Beyond The Walls

Residents of southern California, get pumped! Insomniac presents its annual Halloween festival and its centerpiece is Escape: Psycho Circus! This two-night event kicks off in San Bernardino on October 28th. Also: American Murder Song's extended tour dates, The ID autograph signing at Dark Delicacies, She Rises and Hidden in the Woods news, and a new trailer for Beyond the Walls.

Two-Night Escape: Psycho Circus Event Details: "Insomniac’s annual Halloween festival in Southern California, Escape: Psycho Circus is an over-the-top two-night nightmarish circus featuring some of the biggest DJs in the world – The Chainsmokers, Benny Benassi, Duke Dumont, Kaskade, Martin Solveig, Tiesto and so many more will join together for two nights of wicked fun at the Nos Events Center in San Bernardino October 28-29 this year.

Last year’s festival drew 90,000 attendees for an unforgettable psycho weekend, taking guests on a haunting musical journey and this year is likely to,
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Horror Highlights: The Crooked Man, Night Of The Living Dead: Genesis, Stalkher, Blanc/Biehn Productions, XLrator Media & Blue Fox Entertainment

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Excited for the Halloween season yet? Syfy's 31 Days of Halloween kicks off this Friday and will feature The Crooked Man, starring Michael Jai White (The Dark Knight, Spawn). Also in today's Horror Highlights: trailers for both Night of the Living Dead: Genesis and StalkHer, festival screening details for films from Blanc/Biehn Productions, and details on a distribution agreement between XLrator Media and Blue Fox Entertainment.

The Crooked Man Airing on Syfy's 31 Days of Horror: "The Crooked Man, starring Michael Jai White (Spawn), Amber Benson (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) and Dina Meyer (Starship Troopers) kicks off Syfy's 31 Days of Halloween [on Saturday, October 1st at 9:00 p.m. Et.]

Synopsis: While at a slumber party, twelve year old ‘Olivia’ is blamed for the horrific and mysterious death of her friend after singing a song, created by a reclusive mastermind, ‘Milo’ (Michael Jai White), which summons a demonic figure known as "The Crooked Man". Returning to her hometown six years later,
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Horror Highlights: Blanc-Biehn Productions’ The Girl, Tim Burton-Designed Snapchat Filters, TLC & Destination America’s Paranormal Programming

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Directed by Jennifer Blanc-Biehn and starring Michael Biehn, Tia Carrere, Evie Thompson, and Tristan DeVan, The Girl recently won the Best Feature Film award in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror/Thriller section at the 2016 Burbank Film Festival. In today's Horror Highlights, we also have details on new Tim Burton-designed Snapchat filters for Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children and paranormal programming viewers can look forward to seeing on TLC and Destination America this October.

Blanc-Biehn Productions' The Girl Wins Award at 2016 Burbank Film Festival: Press Release: (Los Angeles, CA / September 22, 2016) – Independent film company Blanc-Biehn Productions' horror film The Girl earned a win for Best Feature Film in the Sci-Fi-Fantasy- Horror-Thriller category at the 2016 Burbank Film Festival in Burbank, California.

The tense sci-fi thriller stars Michael Biehn, and is directed by his Blanc-Biehn Productions (and real-life) partner Jennifer Blanc-Biehn. The Festival triumph bodes well for the film's domestic release in January
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Us Briefs: Britannia Award for Jodie Foster

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Us Briefs: Britannia Award for Jodie Foster
The director and Oscar-winning actress will receive the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film at this year’s Amd British Academy Britannia Awards presented by Jaguar Land Rover and American Airlines.

The annual BAFTA Los Angeles celebration will take place on October 28 in Beverly Hills.

Foster directed this year’s release Money Monster and recently directed episodes of House Of Cards and Orange Is The New Black. Her last outing as feature director was 2011’s The Beaver starring Mel Gibson.

A24 has updated release information for 20th Century Women starring Annette Bening, Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig, Billy Crudup and Lucas Jade Zumann. The comedic drama will open in limited release on December 25 and expand wide on January 20, 2017. Mike Mills directs in his follow-up to Beginners.Shooting has begun in and around Toronto on psychological thriller The Wanting starring Adam Brody and Amanda Crew. Yam Laranas directs the story in the vein of Rosemary’s [link
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Blanc-Biehn Productions score trio of distribution deals

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Blanc-Biehn Productions score trio of distribution deals
Founders Jennifer Blanc-Biehn and Michael Biehn announced on Wednesday they have secured a deal for the Hidden In The Woods remake from Chilean genre specialist Patricio Valladares.

Hidden In The Woods will open at the end of the year via Origin Releasing/eOne.

Kevin and Bradley Marcus adapted the English-language screenplay. Biehn and Blanc-Biehn star alongside William Forsythe, Jeannine Kaspar, Electra Avellan, Chris Browning, Andy Mackenzie, Richard Gunn, Caitlin Keats, Grace Powell and Mark Gantt.

The Girl (UK title Psychopath) will go on release later this year through IndustryWorks Pictures/Origin Releasing and Safecracker Films.

Blanc-Biehn directed the thriller from a script by the Marcuses.
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Robert Englund Enters The Nightworld

Chilean director Patricio Valladares (Hidden In The Woods) returns to screens with the upcoming Nightworld and he's got a very familiar face to horror fans tucked away in there with A Nightmare On Elm Street's Robert Englund playing a key role. When Former Lapd Office, Brett Irlam takes a job as head of security at an old apartment building in Bulgaria’s capital, Sofia, he soon begins to experience a series of bizarre and terrifying events. Once he begins to delve deep into the building’s sinister history, and investigate it’s shadowy owners and past employees, Brett soon uncovers a malevolent force nestled deep in the bowels of the building in basement that will do anything to be set free into our world. The first trailer for...

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Interview: Michael Biehn Talks Comedy Series 24 Hour Rental, Alien 5!

When I joined the Icons of Fright team as a contributor a few years back, the first interview I conducted was with a childhood hero of mine, Michael Biehn. Biehn and his wife/producing partner Jennifer Blanc-Biehn were in Los Angeles, doing a signing at Burbank’s Dark Delicacies and were both nice enough to take a few moments out of their schedule to chat about the film they were signing for, The Victim (interview here). It was a big deal to me, and something that helped push me into working my ass off as a writer, and a real turning point for me on a personal level. This previous week, I spoke to Biehn about what’s happened since our first interview, his role in XLrator Media’s mobster comedy series 24 Hour Rental (now available via Hulu), and about what to expect from director Neill Blomkamp’s Alien 5 film,
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Patricio Valladares sets ‘Downhill’ cast

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Patricio Valladares sets ‘Downhill’ cast
Exclusive: The Chilean genre specialist has announced the actors on board the low-budget survival thriller ahead of the May 15 start in the southern part of the country..

Valladares has brought on Natalie Burn (The Expendables 3, Nymph), Bruce Draper, Ariel Levy (The Green Inferno), Ignacia Allamand (Knock Knock), Luke Massy (Green Street Hooligans) and Matias Lopez (The Green Inferno).

Paris-based WTFilms company represents international sales on the project, as it did on the director’s English-language remake of his horror film Hidden In The Woods.

George Von Knorring of Chile’s Too Much Films produces Downhill, about a paralegal trapped on a mountain with a killer on a mission to murder a sick man.

Valladares (pictured) describes it as “Cliffhanger meets Paranormal Activity by way of David Cronenberg’s old movies.”
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Exclusive: Staci Layne Wilson & Arielle Brachfield Talk Good Family Times; Brand New Still

The husband/wife filmmaking team of Michael Biehn and Jennifer Blanc-Biehn have been working nonstop over the last couple of years, with a massive amount of independent genre features that they’ve either starred in, produced or even directed themselves. Films like The Victim and Hidden In The Woods are just a couple of the ones they’ve already completed, with more than a dozen others in various stages of production. Building a solid roster of filmmakers, actors and various other people in the team that they tend to work with, it’s obvious that Blanc/Biehn Productions is a force to be reckoned with and slowing down isn’t a possibility for them.

One partnership that has this writer pretty excited to hear about, is the partnership with longtime film critic/filmmaker Staci Layne Wilson, who has already directed one feature for the company (Fetish Factory) and is now working on another,
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Toro Loco: Check Out An Exclusive Clip From Hidden In The Woods' Director's Latest

Chilean helmer Patricio Valladares won notoriety around the globe with his 2012 shocker Hidden In The Woods - since remade in English with Michael Biehn - and having spent the past several years with his backwoods shocker he now moves into different, though still bloody, territory with his action-comedy Toro Loco: Bloodthirsty.Toro Loco: Bloodthirsty stars Francisco Melo as a vigilante who enlists the support of a young beauty, her geeky brother and a trigger-happy drag queen to avenge the murder of his son.Us rights to the film have already been snapped up by Artsploitation and we've got an exclusive clip from the film to share featuring the title character facing off with a very bad Santa. Check it out below....

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Horror / Sci-Fi Round-Up: Independence Day 2, Deep in the Darkness Blu-ray / DVD, Treachery

Welcome to another horror/sci-fi round-up! This time around we have word of two big cast confirmations for Independence Day 2, details on Scream Factory's Deep in the Darkness Blu-ray / DVD release, and information on the new Blanc/Biehn Productions film, Treachery.

Independence Day 2: Last night it was revealed that the first official cast member had signed on to star in Roland Emmerich's Independence Day 2, the sequel to his 1996 film that featured massive alien-induced destruction and larger-than-life characters. It's now been confirmed that one of those characters will be coming back, as Emmerich tweeted last night that Jeff Goldblum will appear in the sequel, likely reprising his role as the brainy and dryly humorous David Levinson, who teamed up with fighter pilot Captain Steven Hiller to take down the mothership in the original film. Smith will not be coming back to reprise his role as Steven.
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Artsploitation snaps up Toro Loco: Bloodthirsty

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Exclusive: The distributor has announced from Berlin it has closed an all-rights North American deal for Chilean genre specialist Patricio Valladares’ action-comedy.

Artsploitation cut the deal at the Efm with producer and Valladares compatriot George Von Knorring of Chile’s Too Much Films.

Toro Loco: Bloodthirsty (Toro Loco: Sangriento) stars Francisco Melo as a vigilante who enlists the support of a young beauty, her geeky brother and a trigger-happy drag queen to avenge the murder of his son.

Valladares directed the notorious 2012 crime thriller Hidden In The Woods and the English-language remake starring Michael Biehn.

He is preparing to shoot the micro-budget English-language survival thriller Downhill in Chile this spring.

“Writer-director Valladares is an amazing talent,” said Artsploitation Films president Raymond Murray. “He imbues this fast-paced tale with memorable characters, imaginatively directed action scenes set within a modernised version of a Spaghetti Western and tops it off with a deft comedic touch.

“The film delivers
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Indie Spotlight: Never Let Go, L.A. Macabre, Burning Dead, Knock Knock

We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting the recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes a trailer for Never Let Go, new episode details from L.A. Macabre and How to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse, the short film Knock Knock, a Q&A featuring The Walking Dead‘s Amber Dawn Fox, and much more:

Never Let Go Trailer and Premiere Details: “Here is a sneak preview of what’s up for grabs at the Berlin Film Festival later this week – Howard J Ford’s (Director/Producer Co-Writer of ‘The Dead 1&2″) latest epic Never Let Go. Shot in Morocco, Spain and the Us, the film tells the story of Lisa, a single mother (played by Angela Dixon) who takes the law into her own hands to get back her abducted child. The completed film will screen at Cannes Market in May.

Howard Ford said today:
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WTFilms boards Patricio Valladares’ Downhill

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WTFilms boards Patricio Valladares’ Downhill
Exclusive: The Paris-based company has come on as co-producer and international sales agent on the Chilean director’s low-budget survival thriller.

The move strengthens WTFilms’ affiliation with cutting-edge low-budget genre after it served as co-producer on Valladares’ English-language remake of his horror film Hidden In The Woods, as well as the upcoming Terry Miles film Even Lambs Have Teeth.

WTFilms co-founder Gregory Chambet his team are developing Downhill with Valladares and Barry Keating. George Von Knorring of Chile’s Too Much Films produces and the film-makers have earmarked the Chilean locations of Termas de Chillan, Santiago and Chillan City.

Downhill follows a paralegal trapped on a mountain with a killer on a mission to murder a sick man. Valladares (pictured) describes it as “Cliffhanger meets Paranormal Activity by way of David Cronenberg’s old movies.”

“Patricio belongs to that new breed of directors who is capable of making wonders with a small budget because he is a one-man
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Patricio Valladares readies Downhill

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Patricio Valladares readies Downhill
Exclusive: The Chilean director of Hidden In The Woods has lined up an April shoot for the micro-budget survival thriller in what will mark his second English-language feature.

Valladares, who attended the Beyond The Window development sidebar at Ventana Sur last week with home invasion thriller Breath, closed the deal at the market in Buenos Aires.

Barry Keating and Valladares will co-write Downhill for producer George Von Knorring of Chile’s Too Much Films.

The story centres on a paralegal trapped on an mountain with a killer on a mission to kill a sick man.

“Think Cliffhanger meets Paranormal Activity by way of David Cronenberg’s old movies,” said Valladares.

Valladares is currently in post on the adventure comedy Toro Loco: Sangriento and his credits include Fantasia Fest 2012 premiere Hidden In The Woods (En Las Afueras De La Ciudad) and his English-language remake of the same name that starred Michael Biehn.

Downhill will shoot
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Indie Spotlight: Tales of Halloween, Psychophonia

We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting the recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes a new poster from Psychophonia, casting and production details from Tales of Halloween, a trailer for The Sugar Skull Girls, and more:

Psychophonia First Details and Poster: “Lony Ruhmann, Blanc/Biehn Productions and Give & Take Productions have announced the new thriller Psychophonia. With a story from Lony Ruhmann and screenplay by Nicholl Fellowship winner Barbara Stepansky, the new film will be helmed by Brianne Davis, who earlier this year directed The Night Visitor 2: Heather’s Story.

Psychophonia stars Vedette Lim (Chicago Fire, True Blood) in the lead role of Lilly Tarver. Rounding out the cast; Andrew W. Walker (The Torturer, 2 Bedroom One Bath), Kellee Stewart (Hot Tub Time Machine 1 & 2, The Soul Man) Adam Rose (Up In The Air, The Bounty Hunter), Daniel Quinn (Fetish Factory, Wrong Cops
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Awesome first poster & details on ‘Psychophonia’

Lony Ruhmann, Blanc/Biehn Productions and Give & Take Productions have announced the new thriller Psychophonia. With a story from Lony Ruhmann and screenplay by Nicholl Fellowship winner Barbara Stepansky, the new film will be helmed by Brianne Davis, who earlier this year directed The Night Visitor 2: Heather’s Story.

After her husband Jeremy is brutally murdered, artist Lilly Tarver struggles with his secret sex life and coming to terms with who he really was. While diving into his dark and potentially dangerous world, a mysterious caller might hold the answers to his death.

Psychophonia stars Vedette Lim (Chicago Fire, True Blood) in the lead role of Lilly Tarver. Rounding out the cast are Andrew W. Walker (The Torturer, 2 Bedroom One Bath), Kellee Stewart (Hot Tub Time Machine 1 & 2, The Soul Man) Adam Rose (Up In The Air, The Bounty Hunter), Daniel Quinn (Fetish Factory, Wrong Cops), Mark Gantt (Hidden In The Woods,
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