INDIE HORROR “THE DEATH of APRIL” GETS A POSTER AND TRAILER!

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INDIE HORROR “THE DEATH of APRIL” GETS A POSTER AND TRAILER!

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From the official synopsis…

“Meagan Mullen, freshly moved in her new home, keeps in touch with her friends and family through a video blog. As her entries (and her life) become more complex and emotional, strange things begin to happen in her room: and the camera captures all of it. Told primarily from the point of view of an ordinary wireless webcam, The Death of April documents the unsettling activity in an otherwise average girl’s bedroom – and the mysteries that surround it.”

Flick from Terror Films arrives on digital on 12/9/22, is written and directed by Ruben Rodriguez and stars Amy Rutledge, Stephanie Domini, Adam Lowder, RayMartell Moore and Katarina Hughes.

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-MonsterZero NJ

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INDIE HOLIDAY HORROR ANTHOLOGY “THE CHRISTMAS TAPES” GETS A POSTER AND TRAILER!

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INDIE HOLIDAY HORROR ANTHOLOGY “THE CHRISTMAS TAPES” GETS A POSTER AND TRAILER!

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From the official synopsis…

“Dave Sheridan (THE DEVIL’S REJECTS), Greg Sestero (THE ROOM), and Veron Wells (THE ROAD WARRIOR) star in a yuletide frightfest like no other! 

In Robert Livings and Randy Nundlall Jr.’s Christmas-Horror Anthology THE CHRISTMAS TAPES, a family’s movie night on Christmas Eve is interrupted by a stranger, insistent on making the next Christmas ‘classic’ film himself.

“THE CHRISTMAS TAPES is a throwback to the anthology films of the 80’s and 90’s, but with a modern found-footage twist.

Christmas Horror is a subgenre that we feel deserves more attention, and this film came about from us discussing the classics and how we could possibly bring something new to the table. From day one, we were aware that this film had to be fun and could not take itself too seriously.

Developing each segment and the trajectory of how they would transition from traditional horror to comedy-horror was an exciting journey. We look forward to you discovering this box of Christmas tapes,” say the directors.

Terror Films will release THE CHRISTMAS TAPES worldwide on digital December 12.”

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-MonsterZero NJ

Source: Terror Films

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INDIE HORROR COMEDY “ALL EYES” GETS A POSTER AND TRAILER!

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INDIE HORROR COMEDY “ALL EYES” GETS A POSTER AND TRAILER!

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From the official synopsis…

“A recently fired podcast host comes across a story that he feels could revitalize his career.

The story: a recently widowed farmer claims there is a monster living in the woods behind his farm.

The plan: trap and kill the beast.

Directed by Todd Greenlee, “All Eyes” stars Jasper Hammer, Ben Hall, Danielle Evon Ploeger, and Laurie Cummings

Written by Alex Greenlee and produced by Emily Calhoun, Adam Greenlee, Alex Greenlee, Todd Greenlee, Janice Pellam, Laurie Cummings, Tab Pierce, Jeff Greenlee, and Lisa Greenlee

“All Eyes” is available NOW on iTunes, Amazon Prime, Vudu, YouTube, and others.”

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-MonsterZero NJ

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BARE BONES: DEADSTREAM (2022)

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Found footage horror/comedy finds internet influencer Shawn Ruddy (Joseph Winter) facing his fears on his web show The Wrath of Shawn. To regain his audience, after being banished for six months when one of his stunts causes injury, Shawn decides to face his biggest fear upon his return…ghosts! Locking himself inside an actual haunted house Shawn learns the hard way that this may be one fear he may not live to overcome.

Laugh out loud flick is written and directed by star Joseph Winter along with Vanessa Winter and is deviously entertaining. It is a clever blast of a good time that not only skewers internet stars, live stream web shows, paranormal shows and found footage horror, but wonderfully captures the manic energy and ghoulish laughs of Evil Dead 2 in its overdrive last act. Winter’s hyperactive Shawn is annoying, endearing and hilariously funny all at the same time and he makes a worthy “Ash” for a new generation facing all sorts of scary spooks, being covered in various bodily fluids, and getting the crap beaten out of him. It’s energetic and entertaining and the filmmakers even get some legitimately spooky sequences mixed in with all the fun stuff. The Utah location is very creepy, and the Winters use it well. The spooks are nicely rendered FX, there are some surprisingly gory moments and some bonkers sequences with motor-mouth, coward Shawn fighting for his life against various ghosts and ghouls. The Winters pull off a nice mix of horror and comedy, give it some spooky atmosphere and manic energy, and it all adds up to a really fun Halloween time treat. Deadstream also stars Melanie Stone as Chrissy, a fan that follows Shawn to the haunted location. Flick is currently streaming on Shudder. FUN!

MZNJ: Not only is this one of the funniest and spookiest horror comedies in years, but definitely a strong candidate for being on the horror best of list for 2022.

-MonsterZero NJ

three and one half stars rating

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SWEDISH INDIE HORROR “REPORTAGE NOVEMBER” GETS A POSTER AND TRAILER!

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SWEDISH INDIE HORROR “REPORTAGE NOVEMBER” GETS A POSTER AND TRAILER!

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From the official synopsis…

“Carl Sundström’s REPORTAGE NOVEMBER, starring Signe Elvin-Nowak, Jonas Lundström, and Isabel Camacho will premiere on digital and VOD this October from Terror Films.

A mysterious death of a mother and the disappearance of her child leads a group of freelance journalists to the outback of Sweden. The group of four, led by the famous journalist Linn Söderqvist, will make a reportage about the happening and search for leads missed by the police. Equipped with cameras and supplies to survive in the forest for days, they wander out in the woods to find the truth.

The film, penned by Nathaniel P Erlandsson, was shot in Sweden.

Says director Sundström, “Many years ago when I got my first glance of the second act of Cannibal Holocaust, I felt that faux documentaries was the best ways of touching the audience deep inside. A way to create a genuine feeling through a documentary format and bring the horror out from the screen into the real world. Ever since then I have been an avid found footage fanatic who appreciate the story telling from a POV perspective. To have the slow burn concept where you get to know the characters thoroughly and you are feeling like a part of the story. A style of film where you cannot show more than the characters see. What they know, you know, and what you know, they know.

Reportage November is made for found footage lovers and while writing it we had all aspects and rules of what makes this genre great in mind. A film that focuses on suspense and mystery to bring the viewer to the edge of the seat. We have created a film that is just as much about the slow build-up of the story as the horror. I hope that you enjoy this slow burning thrill that takes place deep in the Swedish outback. “

REPORTAGE NOVEMBER hits digital and VOD worldwide October 14

Carl Sundström’s REPORTAGE NOVEMBER, starring Signe Elvin-Nowak, Jonas Lundström, and Isabel Camacho will premiere on digital and VOD this October from Terror Films.”

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-MonsterZero NJ

Source: Terror Films

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INDIE BIGFOOT HORROR “THE WILD MAN” GETS A TRAILER!

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INDIE BIGFOOT HORROR “THE WILD MAN” GETS A TRAILER!

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From the official synopsis…

“Terror Films will release the Michael Pare-starring Bigfoot horror movie THE WILD MAN this September!  

The film, directed by Tampa Bay native Ryan Justice (Followers), was developed during the pandemic.  

“We used our downtime to create and develop projects. THE WILD MAN happened to be the perfect project to make at the time. As a Florida Native the Legend of the Skunk Ape (Florida Bigfoot) always had our interest. We wanted to do a fun movie around the legend and do something different with the bigfoot movie genre.”  

Lauren Crandall, Julian Green, and Mike Reed also help make up the cast.  

Young women have been going missing in Ochopee, FL, without a single suspect in custody. A young journalist, Sara, convinces her crew to join her investigation as she travels to Ochopee to document her discoveries, but they soon realize their presence in this town is not welcome. Determined to find her story, Sara convinces her friends to stick with her, because they’re onto something big. Upon meeting Dale, the town’s notorious conspiracy theorist, she’s convinced he knows more than he is willing to share. The crew humors Dale’s ridiculous theories, even accompanying him into the Florida swamps on his quest to show them “The Wild Man”, hoping he’ll somehow reveal his guilt. But what the crew discovers is a secret much deeper than fairy tales and legends. What they discover is much darker and more sinister than they bargained for.  

 THE WILD MAN will first premiere on digital platforms September 30 ahead of plays on the Terror Films and Kings of Horror YouTube Channels.

 

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RELEASE DATE 1:                    9/30/22 – DIGITAL

 

RELEASE DATE 2:                    10/7/22 – TERROR FILMS CHANNEL

 

RELEASE DATE 2:                    10/14/22 – KOH CHANNEL

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-MonsterZero NJ

Source: Terror Films

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BARE BONES: INFRARED (2022)

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Found footage horror finds paranormal investigator Geoff (Greg Sestero) teaming up with his estranged psychic sister Izzy (Leah Finity) to investigate an abandoned and allegedly haunted school. If personal tensions weren’t enough, the effects of a past tragedy and a sinister presence lurking the halls make this possibly the most real and terrifying episode of Infrared of all! 
 
Flick is written and directed by Robert Livings and Randy Lundlall Jr. and the duo try hard. There are a few spooky sequences, but like most found footage flicks it takes a long time to really get going and we spend at least an hour with Geoff and Izzy’s personal melodrama. It follows the formula almost too closely with anything interesting happening in the last act and then it ends suddenly with a cheap jump scare. Yes, there is an unexpected element that is revealed near the end, but it comes too little and too late to make things interesting and not enough is done with it before the credits roll. At least the directors give the flick a bit of a found footage feel, most of the time, though an overacting Jesse Janzen as the eccentric property owner Wes comes across as nothing but scripted hijinks. Seen worse. Seen better. Infrared premiers on VOD on 7/22/22 on the Terror Films Channel and 7/29/22 on all other digital streaming outlets.

-MonsterZero NJ

2 and 1-2 star rating

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5 DIRECTORS BRINGING NEW BLOOD TO HORROR!

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At Halloween 🎃 time it is when we most think about scary movies, even those of us who watch them all year round. So why not take a look at five individuals who are bringing their own distinct vision to the genre and whom horror fans should be talking more about!…and no, I didn’t forget the ladies, they deserve their own installment, forthcoming!

(To get to the full reviews of the films mentioned, just hit the highlighted titles that link to the corresponding page!)

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Adam MacDonald

 

Adam MacDonald is a Canadian actor and filmmaker who has written and directed two features, thus far, that have made quite an impression. His first film Backcountry is a survival thriller that followed a couple (Jeff Roop and Missy Peregrym) who go camping in the woods. Jealous of his girlfriend’s success, her beau chooses a lesser traveled route to prove himself to her. This puts them within the feeding ground of a massive and very hungry grizzly bear and thus sets up an intense and sometimes brutal last act. His second film Pyewacket is a supernatural thriller which finds a mother and daughter (Laurie Holden and Nicole Muñoz) in conflict over their methods of mourning the death of their husband/father. This propels the occult fascinated teen Leah (Muñoz) to evoke the dark entity Pyewacket to kill her mother. Leah soon learns to be careful what you wish for. Both films use troubled relationships as a catalyst for their stories and Pyewacket especially has some good old fashion scares and chills supported by a strong emotional center. MacDonald is showing a versatility and a depth to his filmmaking. Adam currently wrapped filming on Slasher season 3, so look out for more from this talented new voice in horror!

Nicole Muñoz conjures the wrong spirit in Adam MacDonald’s Pyewacket

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Stevan Mena

 

Stevan Mena is a New York born filmmaker who is a one man production company, writing ,editing, directing, producing and even scoring his own films. He made a splash in 2003 with his low budget slasher Malevolence, which was an old-fashioned horror throwback that echoed both Halloween and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Set in and around an abandoned slaughterhouse, it told the chilling story of some bank robbers and their hostages meeting up with serial killer Martin Bristol (Jay Cohen). He followed that up with a horror icon filled horror/comedy called Brutal Massacre, before returning to the saga of Bristol in 2010 with the brutal and intense Bereavement. The second Malevolence film was a prequel telling the story of how serial killer Graham Sutter (Brett Rickaby) kidnapped Martin (Spencer List ) as a child and trained him to be his successor. It’s one of the best horrors of the decade IMO. Recently Mena overcame some tragic events to complete his Malevolence trilogy with the independently financed Malevolence 3: Killer. Sequel has an adult Martin (a returning Jay Cohen) leaving a blood soaked trail on the way back to his home town. Mena’s work evokes that of John Carpenter himself and one hopes he returns to the director’s chair sooner than later.

A killer (Jay Cohen) returns home in Stevan Mena’s Malevolence 3: Killer

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Colin Minihan

 

Colin Minihan started out as part of the writing/directing duo known as The Vicious Brothers along with collaborator Stuart Ortiz. Their first film was the fun and spooky found footage paranormal show send up Grave Encounters in 2011. They followed that up with the entertaining and chilling cabin in the woods/alien invasion hybrid Extraterrestrial in 2014. Though co-written with Ortiz, Minihan took the director’s chair solo for the next film It Stains The Sands Red. This was an amusing, bloody and offbeat tale of a lone woman (Brittany Allen) being followed across the desert by a lone zombie. An interesting relationship forms as she fights brutal heat, dehydration and her relentless undead pursuer. Minihan wrote and directed his fourth film on his own with the brutal and intense What Keeps You Alive. One of the years best, it finds a married lesbian couple (Brittany Allen and Hanna Emily Anderson) celebrating their anniversary in a remote cabin in the woods. Soon romantic bliss becomes a battle for survival as one of the women is not who she seems. This flick proves Minihan is a force to be reckoned with, armed with a great script, taunt direction and brilliant work by his lead actresses. Minihan is a filmmaker fans need to be talking more about.

Lover vs lover in Colin Minihan’s brutal and intense What Keeps You Alive

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Anthony Diblasi

 

Boston born Anthony Diblasi is another filmmaker showing great versatility and a mastery of horror while also providing some emotional depth to his films. His first film Dread was a chilling tale of a college documentary project about fear, spinning horribly out of control. His next film Cassadaga, found deaf art teacher Lily (Kelen Coleman) being haunted by the spirit of a murdered young woman whose killer may have his sights set next on the pretty teacher. Diblasi worked on some non-genre projects and the horror anthology The Profane Exhibit before co-writing and directing The Last Shift in 2014. One of his scariest flicks, the story found a young policewoman being given the final shift in a haunted police precinct closing it’s doors in the morning…but can she survive the night? Diblasi returned to horror again in 2015 with Most Likely To Die, an old fashioned slasher about a high school reunion turned deadly, and again in 2018 with Extremity. His latest finds an emotionally troubled woman turning to an extreme haunt to make her face her fears…bad idea. The film was not only disturbing and scary, but had a strong emotional lining with multi-dimensional characters and commentary about abuse and the lives it effects. Another filmmaker that is bringing a distinct voice to the horror genre.

Emotionally troubled Allison (Dana Christina) turns to an extreme haunt to face her fears in Anthony Diblasi’s Extremity

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Oz Perkins

 

Just because he is the son of legendary actor Anthony (Psycho) Perkins, one should not assume actor/director Oz Perkins knows horror…but he does! One of the most interesting filmmakers out there, Perkins has a unique vision and a strong ability to chill to the bone. His first film The Blackcoat’s Daughter finds Rose (Lucy Boynton), a student at a Catholic girls school, given charge of new student Kat (Kiernan Shipka) at break. With almost everyone else gone, Rose starts to realize there is something very wrong with Kat and that she may be in danger. Perkins followed that up with a very atmospheric ghost story I Am The Pretty Thing That Lives In The House. Perkins writes and directs a subtle, yet chilling tale of care nurse Lily (Ruth Wilson) coming to live with ailing horror novelist Iris Blum (Paula Prentiss). Soon timid Lily starts to find out that Iris Blum’s inspirations may be far more real than she’d like. It’s a creepy and very effective film. Word has it his next film may be entitled A Head Full Of Ghosts and as he is bringing a very unique style to the genre, he sounds like the right man for the job!

Care nurse Lily (Ruth Wilson) finds her charge may have had all too real inspiration for her horror novels in Oz Perkins’ I Am The Pretty Thing That Lives In The House

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So these are five creative forces bringing new blood to horror. Each one is worth screaming about and their films are certainly worth checking out!

…and stay tuned for our second installment taking a look at the creative ladies bringing their unique voices to the genre!

-MonsterZero NJ

 

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BARE BONES: CREEP 2 (2017)

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Creep had some disturbing and uncomfortable moments, even if it’s last act was a bit of a let-down. Sequel is the opposite with only it’s last few minutes showing some spark after over an hour of dull and borderline silly moments with Duplass’ serial killer. In this sequel the killer, now amusingly calling himself Aaron, invites a young woman (Desiree Akhavan) to his secluded cabin, who is making her own failing web series called Encounters. He reveals to her that he is a killer and that he wants to make a documentary about his homicidal habits. Sara sees a golden opportunity despite her fears and over the next 24 hours, she and “Aaron” start to form a strange bond as the filming progresses.

Sequel is once again directed by Patrick Brice from a script by he and star Duplass, though this time without the effectiveness of their first effort. Most of the banter between Aaron and Sara is dull and she seems to accept and start to like the weird man way too soon and it’s not convincing. Aaron’s primadonna approach to making the documentary is silly not scary and the film only starts to get effective in it’s last few minutes as their time together must come to a close according to Aaron’s constantly changing plans. It’s not enough to save the flick which up till this point was an effort to sit through and sadly lacks the uncomfortable vibe the first one used so well. Duplass and Akhavan do have a bit of chemistry and they do perform the underwhelming material well enough, but it comes across more ludicrous than scary. Concept was done better in Behind The Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon.

-MonsterZero NJ

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NEW FOUND FOOTAGE SCARY CLOWN FLICK GETS A TRAILER!

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Clowns are scary enough horror movie material, but director and co-writer Tony H. Cadwell has added a found footage angle based on some real-life scary clown sightings! Check out the trailer for the creepy clown flick Behind The Sightings that’s eyeing an appropriate Halloween season release in October!

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