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'It Follows' movie review

It Followsby Grace Fontaine
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You gotta love indie horror. There is something so warm and comforting about genre entries that fly under the radar, it's like a fluffy duvet while sitting on a couch drinking hot cocoa on a cold winters' eve when the snow falls outside, the rain drives against the windowpane and the wind whirls outside.

It Follows despite being made in 2014 has only recently been released after swimming around the depths for a while trying to find a distributor and thankfully, RADiUS-TWC took a chance on David Robert Mitchells' delicious bastard child of 1980s' supernatural horror with a taste of 1970s' grindhouse. In that could essentially be as PSA against unsafe sex and STDs. It Follows is a swift, loving piece of the throwback and an optimistic window into the future of potentially great horror fare and not a slap across the face with a mackrel.

The premise, simple as it is is as follows: boy meets girl, boy and girl have sex, boy gives girl a demonic STD that can only be escaped if the afflicted has sex with somebody else. It also just so happens the STD will follow its host EVERYWHERE he/she goes, no exceptions, no rules, thusly proving that unprotected sex is the reason why we can't have nice things.

Although It Follows is not really SCARY per se, it is incredibly tense, specifically when it comes to how the creature stalks its prey and how the film tends to rely more on the pleasures of the build up than the act itself. Like foreplay. The way I saw it, it was almost like the famous Mexican stand-offs in a Sergio Leone Western- the build up the the most dramatic and awe inspiring part, and the final result is swift, decisive and cruel. This somewhat rings true for It Follows, but given the nature of its plot and genre, nothing truly comes off as cheap, perhaps just a little rushed. Rest assured though, you will no doubt feel the paranoia and urgency seeping off the screen and you may very well find yourself casting a cursory look over your shoulder after you're done.

New poster art releases for Practical FX horror short 'HEIR'

HeirA killer new poster design for HEIR has been released. Looks pretty sick to us!

HEIR, the final entry in the "Box Cutter Trilogy" produced by Fatal Pictures in association with Red Sneakers Media is set to hit the festival circuit soon.

The final short in the trio of linked shorts each representing “different theories on the origin and operation of sociopaths” sports Practical FX, which should make horror fans cheer. Read our exclusive interview with HEIR Writer/Director Richard Powell and Producer Zach Green here.

Check out a larger version of the poster below as well as a couple movie stills and watch for a review on MoreHorror.com soon!

About HEIR
Produced in association with Red Sneakers Media of THE LAST HALLOWEEN and REMOTE, HEIR. Written & Directed by Richard Powell (CONSUMPTION, WORM, & FAMILIAR) Produced by Zach Green (CONSUMPTION, WORM, & FAMILIAR) Marc Roussel & Ron Basch (REMOTE, ELUSIVE MAN & THE SWEETEST HIPPOPOTAMUS) & Richard Powell, starring, Bill Oberst Jr. (RESOLUTION, CIRCUS OF THE DEAD, CHILDREN OF SORROW) & Robert Nolan (WORM, SICK, FAMILIAR) Associate Producer Seth Metoyer (CELL COUNT, DEADLY REVISIONS, BALLET OF BLOOD) Special Effects by The Butcher Shop (FAMILIAR) Cinematography by Michael Davidson (SICK, FAMILIAR) Editing by John Nicholls (SEX AFTER KIDS, THE SWEETEST HIPPOPOTAMUS) Music & Sound Design by Bernie Greenspoon (CONSUMPTION, WORM, & FAMILIAR).

Altar (2014) Film Review

Altar 2014by Jesse Miller
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ALTAR, the new horror film written and directed by Nick Willing, starts off strongly as it introduces the location, the lavish house and characters all via some gorgeous cinematography and sweeping shots of the moors.

From there on, strange things begin to occur. It starts off with a rattling window, then continues with ghostly apparitions that haunt the kind family.

It's all very slow-burning stuff and rather effective, with director Nick Willing making good use of lighting and sound design to capture the atmosphere and conjure scares.

The whole film looks, feels and plays out as like a good old-fashioned haunting flick similar to The Amityville Horror.

The main problem with this feature is, aside from some strokes of genius that provide genuinely creepy moment’s, this is one horror that is mostly derivative of what has come before.

The key problem here is the story that loses its way in the last act of the film. Plot threads are left dangling and unresolved and themes of love and art that run throughout are sadly undeveloped. It's a shame when the film started so strongly.

This is not to say it's entirely a bad film, per se. The production on the display is superb and the cast of actors – particularly Olivia Williams, Matthew Modine and Antonia Clarke - breathe life into their roles and sell every line - it's just disappointing because this is something we've seen done before and a tad more effectively.

Knights of Badassdom (2013) review

Knights of Badassdom CoverReviewed by Kevin Scott
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Knights of Badassdom (2013)
Written by: Kevin Dreyfuss, Matt Wall
Directed by: Joe Lynch
Cast: Ryan Kwanten (Joe), Steve Zahn (Eric), Peter Dinklage (Hung), Margarita Levieva (Beth), Summer Glau (Gwen), Joshua Malina (Travis), Michael Gladis (King Diamond), W. Earl Brown (Randy), Brian Posehn (Gilberto), Douglas Tait (Abominog)

I’m pretty much going to watch any film called “Knights of Badassdom”. I just am, and probably if you are reading this, you would too. I’m absolutely astounded at how the social stereotypes are melding together little by little, and this film is definitely a testament to that. Remember being the weird kid and only having a handful of equally weird, but loyal friends. That definitely was me, and I couldn’t see it then, but I pretty much had it made. Being weird now is a little more tolerated that it used to be, but it still can be a bit of a struggle. Case in point would be our hero, Joe.

Joe is a car mechanic by day, and aspiring metal god by night. He’s deeply in love with Beth, who is own a career path that doesn’t seem to include him. When she breaks up with him all seems to be lost. Enter Joe’s friends. There’s Hung and Eric. Eric is an accidentally millionaire that uses his monetary gain to fund his and his friends passion for live action role playing games. He lives in an urban nouveau castle, that Joe crashes at as well, and has expendable income to buy really cool stuff on eBay. One of those things happens to be a really old book of incantations. There’s some exposition in the beginning about what this book is actually about, and it’s a great B movie callback to the most evil book in film, the legendary Necronomicon.

Preservation (2014) review

PreservationReviewed by Kevin Scott
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Preservation (2014)
Written by: Christopher Denham
Directed by: Christopher Denham
Cast: Wrenn Schmidt (Wit Neary), Pablo Schreiber (Sean Neary), Aaron Staton (Mike Neary)

Read the simple synopsis on “Preservation”, and it would be easy to jump to the conclusion that teenagers fall by the blade of a masked killer or maybe even a crazed family of mountain dwelling inbreeds. Nope, way off. It does involve masked killers though. Instead of the wilderness excursions that are really excuses to indulge in the debauchery of alcohol, drugs, and unbridled and unprotected sex, this is more the camping trip that you would take in your late twenties after you have settled into marriage or couplehood. No sick house on the lake that doubles as party central. These are actual adults, intending to sleep in tents and actually kill animals. Mostly due to nostalgia, and what makes this even more like an actual adult camping trip, the idea of it is way better than the actual experience.

The Neary brothers are calling back to a simpler time when their Dad would take them hunting. They load up the same guns they used as boys into the truck and tear out to the old wilderness preservation they used to go to. It’s deserted and completely isolated. Two brothers couldn’t be any different. Sean is a cynical ex-military guy that pride himself on being the survival authority. He’s also suffering from some PTSD, and has a hair trigger both figuratively and literally. He seems to be the one that’s just a hot, dangerous mess. Drinking away his regrets as best he can makes him the most sympathetic character, even though he’s the most jaded.

'The Encounter' will make contact in June

The Encounter Small DVD Coverby Seth Metoyer
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Uncork’d Entertainment is releasing The Encounter on June 2, 2015.

Check out the trailer and some stills below the official details.

From The Press Release:
The Encounter, from director Robert Conway, makes contact with DVD and VOD this June.

A camping trip goes horribly wrong in the supernatural thriller starring Clint James and Megan Drust, out June 2 from Uncork’d Entertainment.

Things start out normal when Colin Bastrow is camping with his wife and friends but an inexplicable event occurs resulting in Colin being found naked and cold in the forest the next day with no sign of his wife and friends.

Colin can’t recount these events initially but they come back to him over time in shocking fashion. Can he remember before the same happens to others?

The Encounter out June 2 from Uncork’d Entertainment.

New Horror anthology 'Scream Machine' releases

Scream Machine Poster smallby Seth Metoyer
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A new horror anthology from the twisted mind of Walter Ruether III (Horroram, Death By VHS, Nightmare Alley) has released.

Deadly Indie Entertainment presents Scream Machine, and it looks to be his best Reuther release to date.

If you're a fan of indie low budget horror, and dig some twisted tales with gore to boot, you'll want to give this one a shot. Featuring the acting talents of Lloyd Kaufman (The Toxic Avenger), Sandra E. Williams (Ted 2), and David C. Hayes (A Man Called Nereus).

Check out all the details and some screen grabs below.

From The Press Release:
Just when you thought it was safe to relax and let out your breath, the evil genius of Scarlet Fry (Walter Ruether III) makes itself known once more in the shape of Scream Machine’s five bloody twisted tales: “Sledgehammer,” “Cannibal Pen Pals,” “April Fool’s Party,” “Septic Shock,” and “Deadly Indie Drive-In.” Each one featuring the three M’s of horror: madness, murder, and mayhem; guaranteed to make you faint, puke, and quite possibly soil your pants!

Scream Machine’s host segments, which introduce Scarlet Fry as Dr. Fry, take place after the Ebola plague wipes out Earth’s entire population. The two exceptions being Dr. Fry and his new assistant Dr. Graves, Dr. “Head”ley Graves (Paul C. Hemmes).

Recap of Jörg Buttgereit, Michal Kosakowski, and Andreas Marschall on Without Your Head Horror Radio

WYH
by Vic Schiavone

Hosts Nasty Neal and Annabelle Lecter welcomed Jörg Buttgereit, Michal Kosakowski, and Andreas Marschall, the three directors of the German horror anthology film “German Angst”, to Without Your Head Horror Radio for an over-an-hour-long discussion going over all aspects of this amazing and controversial new film.

Highlights included the following:

• WYH: How did the three of you get together to start the movie? When did the idea of “German Angst” come about?

AM: “It was my idea when I was touring with my last film “Masks”. I was asked what Jörg Buttgereit is doing, because there were a lot of these anthology movies, like “The Theater Bizarre”, around at this time and no German movies of this kind, and so people were asking. And I’ve known Jörg a very long time, since the 80’s, 1983, when I did the poster art work for “Nekromantik”…Then I asked him what about doing an episode of an anthology movie, and he agreed. I met Michal in a film festival in Transylvania, where he was with his film “Zero Killed”, and he joined the group and so we started working on this project.”

• WYH: What does the name “German Angst” mean to each of you? Why the name “German Angst”?

AM: “It’s meant ironically. Normally German Angst means a political term which describes German anxiety for atomic energy and for war and stuff like this, but we took this term absolutely literally because angst means fear in German, and it’s our version of fear.”

JB: “The thing is that, actually, Germans are afraid of horror movies, so to use the term German Angst also tries to establish that there is such a thing as German horror cinema, which is something that we had in the 20’s but we don’t have that anymore. Doing horror movies is a very bad idea in Germany because you really can’t earn your money with it and to be honest we made this film with very little money, with private investors, with crowd funding, and the movie is finished but the people are not paid yet. So, to do a horror movie like this over here is something you really have to want to do. It’s totally different from the United States where you have a very established horror film culture.”

'Clownhouse' (1989) review

Clownhouse 1989 ReviewReviewed By: Chris Wright
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Clownhouse (1989)
Directed By: Victor Salva
Written By: Victor Salva

Starring: Nathan Forrest Winters (Casey), Brian McHugh (Geoffrey), Sam Rockwell (Randy), Michael Jerome West (Lunatic Cheezo), Byron Weible (Lunatic Bippo), David C. Reinnecker (Lunatic Dippo), Timothy Enos (Real Cheezo), Frank Diamanti (Real Bippo), Karl-Heinz Teuber (Real Dippo), Viletta Skillman (Mother), Gloria Belsky (Fortune Teller), Tom Mottram (Ringmaster), Erika (Storekeeper), Jasper Watts (Storekeeper Assistant), Bobby Salem (Booth Barker)

I had heard of this film in passing but never made the effort to actually watch it. I mostly know director Victor Salva from his work on the “Jeepers Creepers” movies. To my surprise, this movie is incredibly atmospheric and has just enough creep factor to make a person’s phobia of clowns increase.

The plot revolves around three young brothers who are alone while their parents are away. Shortly thereafter, some escaped mental patients murder some clowns at the circus and dress up like them. The boys in town are soon harassed by the clowns; and the boys fight to save their own lives. If you have a fear of clowns, this film certainly won’t make it better! An underlying plot of this movie is making you fear them more than ever.

There is a good deal of character development between the three brothers. One of my fears with younger actors is the acting and development would be sorely lacking. Thankfully “Clownhouse” didn’t venture down the mundane territory in the boys acting. The oldest (Randy) is a bit of a bully to his youngest brother. The second youngest brother (Geoffrey) is more level headed. And of course the youngest (Casey) is the one with the fear of clowns.

Horror movie ‘Pernicious’ acquired by Benetone Films Distribution Division

Perniciousby Seth Metoyer
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The wait is almost over for those who've been gnawing at the bit for the release of James Cullen Bressack's horror film Pernicious (review).

When I asked Director James Cullen Bressack if there was anything he'd like to convey about the film to our readers, he stated "I'm excited for everyone to see this film. It's my favorite of my finished films."

According to The Wrap, Thailand-based company Benetone Films has launched a distribution division and has acquired its first film, James Cullen Bressack’s “Pernicious.”

The distribution division will be fronted by the company’s CEO Rachvin Narula, COO Kulthep Narula and President of Production Daemon Hillin.

The film, written and directed by James Cullen Bressack, “Pernicious” stars Emily O’Brien, Ciara Hanna and Jackie Moore as three girls on vacation in Thailand who unwittingly release the spirit of a murdered child with only revenge on her mind.

Pernicious will be released theatrically on June 19 in the US with VOD release on the same day, and will additionally be distributed theatrically in Thailand.

Benetone also plans to release several more movies in the US and Thailand in 2015.

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