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Shooting begins on 'Natural Born Filmmaker'

Hollywood Skewers Itself in a Dark, Snarky Film About The Horrors of Filmmaking

Horror comes to Hollywood in more ways than one in Grunder Oakley Productions’ “National Born Filmmaker,” which has begun shooting this month. “National Born Filmmaker” focuses on the story of two filmmakers as their Hollywood dream that turns into a nightmare. Zombies included.

Described as both a cautionary tale as well as a spoof, "Natural Born Filmmaker" puts a searing magnifying glass on the workings of Hollywood as it reveals what happens when you mix naive producers, shady investors and carefully calculated contracts. And it does it all with a wry sense of self-awareness that hasn’t been captured since “The Bad and the Beautiful.” The resulting mix of horror and hilarity makes for a thrilling rollercoaster ride of raging hostilities, blazing guns and…did we mention zombies?
“Natural Born Filmmaker” has an ensemble cast of renowned actors—many of them horror genre favorites—including Domiziano Arcangeli (“Orgy of Blood”), Shaun Gerardo (“Deadly Revisions” ), Lindsay Lamb (“The Evil Within” ), Dawna Lee Heising (“Teachers’ Day”), Gregory Blair (“Ooga Booga”), Art Roberts (“Slink”) and Vida Ghaffari (“Pond Scum”).

The huge cast also stars Michael DeCamp, Guil Claveria, Diane Chambers, Jonathan Granillo, Stan Goodrich, Kathy Krantz Stewart, Melanie Grunder, Keith Wolzinger, Lisa Cohen, Leah Machelle Cohen, Andrew Mangialino, Merri Jamison and Alexis Van Der Gaag.

Exclusive: The Fear Project poster is revealed

The Fear Project poster smallby Seth Metoyer, MoreHorror.com

The flies are buzzing around pools of blood in anticipation for the upcoming horror anthology The Fear Project.

We have been sent the exclusive first look for poster for The Fear Project and have some new details as well as the trailer and some stills to share with you all.

The poster was designed by our good friends over at Mental Shed. You can see a larger version of the killer poster below the details and well as the trailer.

About The Fear Project
The Fear Project will feature four tales of terror from directors Alex Deck, Owen Mulligan of DeadFi, Dion Cavallaro and Paul Thomas of Freeze Frame Films (The Eidolon State), Douglas A. Plomitallo of ScaredStiffTV, and Kenny Collins of Enter Viral Media.

The anthology is approximately half finished and once completed will be seeking distribution. The Fear Project is a Canadian/American/Australian found footage horror anthology in the vein of V/H/S. It aims to take the idea started by the geniuses behind that film and turn it on its head, presenting gripping psychological horror tales which have a strong contrast to the gory, often overtly violent tones of V/H/S.

Synopsis
After their friend becomes the latest victim in a chain of throat slashing murders, two young men go to the scene of the crime to investigate. While there, they discover a room lined wall-to-wall with old television sets and a plethora of terrifying videos, each containing a piece of the puzzle. What they ultimately discover will change their lives forever.

House of the Dead 2 (2005) Review

House of The Dead 2 ReviewReviewed by Kevin Scott, MoreHorror.com

House of the Dead 2 (2005)
Director: Michael Hurst
Writers: Mark A. Altman, Michael Roesch, Peter Scheerer

Cast: Emanuelle Vauguier (Alexandria), Ed Quinn (Ellis), Sticky Fingaz (Dalton), Nadine Velazquez (Rodriguez), Sid Haig (Professor Curien)

I can’t believe that I’m singing the praises of a “House of the Dead” movie. The first one was such a big disappointment, that a sequel that was so dissimilar to it in every way was a pretty welcome sight. I’m not a gamer, and perhaps I might have enjoyed the original, a bit more if I had. Doubtful, but maybe.

This one has Sid Haig, the hardest working man in exploitation film for four decades and counting as a professor that has come up with a way to reanimate the dead. He picks up a test subject/victim from the local college. She ends up being the first domino down in a collegiate zombie apocalypse, as one person gets bit and infected after another.

In an attempt to contain all the zombie carnage, a covert task force is assembled headed up by Alexandria, the intellectual and savvy brunette, and Ellis, the only dude in the film that’s evenly remotely got a chance with her. The other task force members are good, but disposable stereotype characters, including the despicable, shallow, and opportunistic guy whose gonna get it so bad in the end, the Michelle Rodriguez type that is played to a much softer feel by Nadine Velazquez, from “My Name is Earl” (one of the greatest shows ever), and rapper/actor “Sticky Fingaz”.

Stage Fright (2014) Film Review

Stage Fright 2014 ReviewReview by Jesse Miller, MoreHorror.com

Stage Fright is a Horror-Comedy Musical that pays homage to the slasher films of the 80s while delivering exposition in the form of songs that pay homage to the musicals and rock operas of old.

The film is written and directed by Jerome Sable, who also worked on music and lyrics found here.

Sable brings a wonderful manic energy to the plot and I wouldn’t be surprised if he grew up avidly watching slasher films of the 1970s and 80s because everything here, from the nasty twisting story to the creative kills, reminds me of the likes of such horror films as Friday the 13th and Sleepaway Camp.

Allie MacDonald is pitch perfect in her role as the tormented yet sweet Camilla. She’s the typical sweet but awkward protagonist you’d find in one of the Friday the 13th films – you know the one: the sweet innocent virgin archetype – and Macdonald slays the role – no pun intended. Fine support comes from Douglas Smith, who plays Camilla’s brother Buddy and Meatloaf, who plays Roger, the teenager’s mother’s old manager.

Don’t quote me on it but I think most of the effects work used here are practical as I don’t recall seeing anything noticeably CGI and the make up effects here are quite impressive and brutal - everything you’d hope for from a film that tips it’s hat to old slasher films.

Then there’s the music – a mixture of pop, opera, rock opera and metal – think something along the lines of King Diamond and you’re along the right train of thought. I think all the songs here are done with such energy, a winking nod and humor that you can’t help but get into it. Unless you’re not a musical fan, in which case why would you be watching it?

Return of the Living Dead Part 2 (1988) review

Reviewed by Kevin Scott, MoreHorror.com

Writer: Ken Wiederhorn
Director: Ken Wiederhorn

Cast: Michael Kenworthy (Jesse), Thor Van Lingen (Billy), James Karen (Ed), Thom Matthews (Joey), Suzanne Snyder (Brenda), Dana Ashbrook (Tom Esseck), Philip Bruns (Doc Mandel)

Return of the Living Dead may have been the first zomedy ever. It was as far I’m concerned anyway. An off the rails and completely over the top parody homage that had the pedigree of being written by the guy that penned “Night of the Living Dead” and directed by the guy who wrote “Alien”. A very nostalgic movie for me, and an all-around favorite to just about any horror fan that I know of. Which brings me to the question of “Did the sequel that came three years later fair as an acceptable follow up?”

I’ve learned a couple of things about part 2 that I didn’t know. It wasn’t originally written as a sequel to “Return of the Living Dead”. Ken Wiederhorn wrote the original screenplay as a completely unrelated story, and elements of the first film were added as tie ins to turn it into a sequel. Also the music score on the DVD version is gonna be different than what would have been on the original theatrical and VHS versions, mainly due to licensing problems. I didn’t mean to geek out with the moment of what would be perceived by some as useless trivia just now, but if anyone would care about it other than me, it would be you guys. I genuinely really love this film, for one primary reason. It may not hit all the marks of the original, but it’s the last one in the series to attempt to replicate the feel of it. The future installments in the series like part 3 are much darker with very little humor if any, and parts 4 and 5 may only have been exercises in commerce to capitalize on Romania’s cost effective filmmaking industry. So what I’m saying is that part 2 is by far the best sequel.

Phantasm (1979) Review

Phantasam Movie ReviewReviewed By: Chris Wright, Morehorror.com

Directed By: Don Coscarelli
Written By: Don Coscarelli

Starring: A. Michael Baldwin (Mike), Bill Thornbury (Jody), Reggie Bannister (Reggie), Angus Scrimm (The Tall Man), Kathy Lester (Lady in Lavender), Terrie Kalbus (Fortuneteller’s Granddaughter), Kenneth V. Jones (Caretaker), Susan Harper (Girlfriend), Lynn Eastman-Rossi (Sally), David Arntzen (Toby), Ralph Richmond (Bartender), Bill Cone (Tommy), Laura Mann (Double Lavender), Mary Ellen Shaw (Fortuneteller), Myrtle Scotton (Maid)

Boy!!! A quick way to send children behind the sofa is put this often overlooked Phantasm from Don Coscarelli on your television set. I’d be scared to go to a funeral home if I was up at a young age watching this at night! This movie is must see for fans who like low budget movies. “Halloween” may have gotten the most glory but I think “Phantasm” is a worthy top 5 of the 1970s in terms of low budget.

The story revolves around the young teen Mike (A. Michael Baldwin) who has lost his parents and is living with his brother Jody (Bill Thornbury). He is scared to lose Jody and is terrified when he sees a mysterious Tall Man who seems to have super human strength to lift coffins in to hearses. The plot thickens when Mike, Jody and Reggie (Reggie Bannister) discover flying spheres and deceased bodies being shrunk in to dwarfs being used as slaves. This movie’s plot is bizarre but well done. What can be more interesting than a teenage boy with problems, a guitarist and an ice cream man trying to save the world from evil?

I was pleased at how well done the characters are. The teen Mike is a convincing boy with problems and his older brother Jody is the typical “who cares about the boy, he is just a boy” mentality. Who can forget the Tall Man? Angus Scrimm has a terrifying demeanor and the look on his face is enough to keep even adults awake at night. A lot of low budget horror films just have characters that are just there to die. I sincerely wanted them all to live.

Contracted (2013) Review

Contracted Movie 2013By Jennica Lynn Johnson, MoreHorror.com

In college, I remember taking a class in which the professor showed a public service announcement that warned young adults about date-rape. The overall message—like in any stranger-danger warning—was that the effects of the incident don’t end with the morning-after guilt and that there is a fair chance that it could have been prevented all together.

It could be easily said that Contracted (2013) is like an hour and a half-long PSA, but it digs so much deeper than that. It reveals the daily self-consciousness and indignity endured by many women and the great lengths to which they are willing to go in order to achieve love and acceptance.

Written and directed by Eric England (Madison County), Contracted tells the story of Samantha, a young woman uncertain of her sexuality and desperate to rekindle her relationship with her girlfriend Nikki. While at a friend’s party, Samantha is drugged and raped, and she awakens the following morning full of shame and little memory of the man who took advantage of her. As her body begins to take on an unusual, grotesque transformation, Samantha attempts to hide from her friends and her mother what is at first believed to be a sexually transmitted disease. However, she soon discovers that what is happening to her is much deadlier.

Contracted stars Najarra Townsend (Menace), Simon Barrett (You’re Next), Charley Koontz (Rubber), and Katie Stegeman (Madison County). The film also stars Alice Macdonald, making her feature film debut, and horror veteran Caroline Williams (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2).

One of the many highlights of this film is its array of distinct, true-to-life performances, especially from the female talent. Budding actress Najarra Townsend gives an exceptional performance as Samantha, one to which many women could likely relate on some level. Townsend proves to be quite resourceful in her use of body language to present a girl who is lost, alone, and highly vulnerable to criticism.

Animal Planet to release 'Monster Week' horror film, Blood Lake: Attack of the Killer Lampreys

Blood Lakeby Seth Metoyer, MoreHorror.com

There's something in the water, and it isn't just Sharks! First there was Brandon Slagle's Dead Sea. Now there's even more bloody Lamprey action coming in the form of Animal Planet's Blood Lake: Attack of the Killer Lampreys (Directed by James Cullen Bressack). Read more about the film below.

About Blood Lake: Attack of the Killer Lampreys:
Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water. Looking to get in on the campy "Sharknado" phenomenon, Animal Planet has set its own horror film from The Asylum -- the same people behind "Sharknado" -- called "Blood Lake: Attack of the Killer Lampreys," set to premiere this Memorial Day weekend.

The two-hour scripted movie stars Shannen Doherty ("Beverly Hills, 90210"), Christopher Lloyd ("Back to the Future") and Jason Brooks ("Days of Our Lives"), and is directed by James Cullen Bressack ("Pernicious"). Doherty and company battle lampreys -- eel-like fish with huge teeth and funnel-shaped mouths -- after they slide their way into the city's sewer system and start terrorizing the residents of a small Michigan town.

Brooks plays Michael, a fish and wildlife expert who moves to the town with his wife, Cate (Doherty), after being summoned by the town mayor, Akerman (Lloyd), to help deal with its attacking fish problem. ("River Monsters" star Jeremy Wade also makes a cameo.)

But with these blood-suckers on the loose, the town's residents quickly learn that a casual dip in the pool or routine trip to the toilet can turn deadly as the lampreys hunt for their next victim.

The logline states, "There is absolutely nowhere to run, and no one is safe." "Blood Lake" will premiere on Sunday, May 25 at 9 p.m. as part of the network's third annual "Monster Week" (actually nine days long) programming block.

More cotton candy and funnel cakes for 'Carny Girls'

Carny GirlsThe bold, daring and shocking motion picture, written by director Jared Masters (Slink, Teachers’ Day) is now gearing up to shoot his biggest film yet; Carny Girls, the story of two cute white trash sisters who attend a small town carnival and ultimately get lured into working as illusion girls in Tender Wilson’s World's Weirdest Girlie Show, the only tent on the midway that sells out every show.

The girls will be imprisoned by ride operators and must fight to escape, but things get harder after they wake up in Louisiana, with no cell phone or money, there's little hope in returning home. They consider staying with it, but ultimately cannot and will not stand the filthy, lecherous men amongst them.

Emmy award-winner Bill Oberst Jr. is excited about portraying Tender Wilson; he calls this horror story “precious” and encourages you to support the indiegogo campaign because "Jared Masters is the real deal."

For a contribution of just ten U.S. dollars you’ll receive a Special Thanks credit on IMDb! Plus a downloadable web copy of the film upon completion! For a hundred dollar contribution you’ll get the Special Thanks credit on IMDb, an advanced downloadable copy of the script, a special DVD and VHS mailed to you upon completion, a limited edition movie poster signed by the cast, a signed screenplay, and small prop and piece of wardrobe used in film! A five-hundred dollar all-American gentlemanly contribution will get you an advanced downloadable copy of the script, a special DVD and VHS mailed to you upon completion, a limited edition movie poster signed by the cast, signed screenplay, deluxe prop and wardrobe used in the film, Associate Producer credit in film and on IMDb! Also 2 VIP passes to our premiere cast screening party in Hollywood! A very smart contribution you could make would be twenty-five hundred dollars because then you would get partial ownership of film and receive royalties (3% of gross for 4 years) plus all the previous perks mentioned!

Alyce Kills (2011) Film Review

Alyce Kills ReviewReview written by Brandy Bunce, MoreHorror.com

Each one of us I’m sure remembers old friends we use to run in circles with in our early twenties, we drank, partied and stayed out with those friends to the most ungodly hours of the night without regrets. As time marched on, life events like families, jobs and reaching goals began to take over the time we dedicated to those long hours spent throwing back beers with our buddies and we tend to lose touch with some of those friends. Suddenly it hits us; we are what we said we would never become, a working stiff adult. Panic sets in and we begin calling those long lost friends of our drunken partying past for a night on the town for old time’s sake. Does this sound like a scenario you can relate to? If you answered yes, then Alyce Kills will be easily relatable to a point, if you answered no then my guess is you are still in those golden beer drinking years, enjoy it while you can my friend.

Alyce Kills takes the relatable situation I have stated above but gives it a less than relatable twist – your night of reliving the past comes with the accidental almost death of your friend and the guilt passed down knowing you’re the one at fault for the tragic accident. Directed by horror veteran Jay Lee and starring Jade Dornfeld as the socially awkward Alyce, this film takes one lie and spawns it into a series of unfortunate events, guilt driven sex for drugs and ultimately the bloody demise of countless people to cope and cover the one lie that started it all. At least one thing remains the same with Alyce all the way until the end – she does it all without regrets.

This film is fun to watch but it does remind me of a combination of films I have seen in the past, not exactly the breath of fresh air that was expected but definitely not considered a waste of time. Horror fans will be ecstatic over the amounts and methods of kills throughout the film while being a bit shocked and grossed out by the lengths one girl will go to, to deal with the guilt of one accident. If you are a fan of films that the main character is a bit of a weird loner (i.e May from 2002) then you will definitely appreciate Alyce Kills, the main character is almost text book perfect when it comes to being the socially awkward girl pushed too far.

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