We're back with the latest installment of our Indie Spotlight. Today's feature includes Danny Trejo as a Bad Ass, an animated zombie webseries, and much more:
Bad Ass Theater/VOD Release Details: Danny Trejo, Charles S. Dutton and Ron Perlman star in Bad Ass, which is coming to theaters and VOD on April 13th:
Decorated Vietnam hero Frank Vega returns home only to get shunned by society leaving him without a job or his high school sweetheart. It's not until forty years later when an incident on a commuter bus (where he protects an elderly black man from a pair of skin heads) makes him a local hero where he's suddenly celebrated once again. But his good fortune suddenly turns for the worse when his best friend Klondike is murdered and the police aren't doing anything about it.
Theater release in CA: Chino Hills 18 (3070 Chino Ave.Chino Hills, CA 91709)
VOD Availability: Amazon, Apple, AT&T, Avail Media, Best Buy, Blockbuster, Cineplex, DirecTV, Microsoft, MTS Allstream, Sony, TVN, Verizon and VUDU
Rampart Blu-ray/DVD/VOD Release: Woody Harrelson stars in Rampart, which will be released on May 15th to VOD, as Blu-ray and DVD:
"At the heart of Oren Moverman’s Rampart is a riveting parable about what happens to a man who refuses to change, even when change is the only thing that can save him. That man is Dave Brown (Woody Harrelson). Set in the 1990s, when scandal rocked the LAPD’s Rampart division, the film hones in on a single fictional cop: Dave Brown, a man who has taken the “no guts, no glory” American mythos to heart, without questioning what it is doing to him and those he holds dear. He is a cop whose personal life is propelled into a dizzying downward spiral when he comes under suspicion for roughing up a suspect. More than just a police officer who plays things fast and loose, Brown exposes the inner workings of a certain type of personality everyone recognizes around them, a personality very much part of American culture, yet not often examined. He is the kind of man inexorably drawn to authority and power, yet seems destined to abuse it; a man who has dreams of being a great masculine hero, yet is beholden to women; who has undeniable charm, yet whose stubborn refusal to take responsibility for his actions becomes a destructive force against family, community and ultimately himself."
Rampart was written, directed and produced by Oren Moverman (The Messenger) and also stars Robin Wright, Steve Buscemi, Sigourney Weaver, Ben Foster, Anne Heche, Ice Cube, Cynthia Nixon, and Brie Larson.
The movie will be available on Blu-ray ($29.99 SRP), DVD ($28.99 SRP; also available with Digital Copy), VOD ($4.99 SD SRP, $5.99 HD SRP) and Combo Pack with Digital Copy ($34.99 SRP).
I Spyders: Written and directed by William Allinson, I Spyders is a dark comedy that follows John, a frustrated office employee who works in a depressing office for an incompetent boss. Things take a turn for the worse when John brings home a bunch of grapes that have a spider clinging to them. Unbeknownst to John the spider finds its way into John’s head and it doesn’t take long before his life turns into a dizzying nightmare.
A perfect combination of funny and scary, the 20-minute short stars Kevin Jake Walker as employee John.
Heavy Metal Contest, Convention Stops, and New Book: "Heavy Metal Magazine’s 35th Anniversary year-long celebration hits the ground running with the epic graphic novel series, The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Book One: HELLDIVER(ISBN: 978-1935351498) hits shelves on Amazon, comic book shops and retailers on April 13, 2012.
What is your vision of Pestilence? Heavy Metal Magazine and The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse invite artists to submit their original artwork or photography interpretations to the Pestilence Art Contest through April 28, 2012. Top 10 Finalists will have the honor of their artwork celebrated in Heavy Metal Magazine’s September 2012 issue and receive a subscription to Heavy Metal Magazine, Top 5 Finalists will also receive signed copies of “The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse: Book One: Helldiver” and Dystopia Rising: Table Top RPG from Eschaton Media with the Grand Prize Winner also taking home an original, signed Simon Bisley painting of Pestilence!
Comic Con Tours for The Four Horsemen: Michael Mendheim will be at Wildcat Comic Con in Williamsport PA April 13 and at C2E2 in Chicago on Saturday April 14. Simon Bisley will make his return to the U.S. when he hits the Boston Comic Con on April 21st -22nd. Keep checking the Four Horsemen website for updates.
Four New Issues of Lenore:"It’s the Year of Lenore! 2012 marks the 20th Anniversary of Roman Dirge’s twisted creation, Lenore, the cute little dead girl! To celebrate this milestone, Titan Comics is delighted to announce the release of four brand new issues, throughout the year.
From the wonderfully twisted imagination of Roman Dirge, Lenore is one of the funniest, darkest, cutest, creepiest characters around, and has become a huge global hit.
Since her comic debut in 1992, Lenore has garnered a huge cult following by comic and gothic/horror fans alike, thanks to Dirge’s unique brand of humor and lavishly illustrated strips.
To kick-off the year long celebrations, Titan Comics is releasing Lenore comic issue #5 on March 28. This spooky new release sees Lenore and her friends defeat the great and unstoppable creepig in their own unique style! This highly anticipated new issue comes with two collectable covers drawn by Dirge!
Titan Books are also publishing the fourth volume in their popular series of lavish Lenore hardback editions, Lenore: Swirlies in September. This edition includes the extremely rare #13. In addition, a Lenore 2013 calendar will be released in the summer months.
With a special 20th Anniversary themed signing and panel being planned for this year’s San Diego Comic Con, plus with three tales to be released throughout the year, the future of Lenore is bright and beautiful!
As well as, new comics, graphic novels and merchandise in 2012, it was announced at last year’s San Diego Comic Con that plans for a film adaptation are in the works with writer, Neil Gaiman serving as the executive producer."
The Cutting Room Podcast: We have information on a new horror podcast that was recently launched, called The Cutting Room:
"A bi-weekly horror movie review podcast hosted by writer Tom 'TomaHawk' Dettloff, Joseph 'Joe Mummy' Christiana, William 'The Evil Reverend Billy Grim' Bourassa and 'The California Chainsaw MaxSacre' Max Koch. TomaHawk, Mummy and Grim have a long history of personal and working relationships so their discussions feel intimate, and because of their experience working in the indie film world, they tend to have unique insights into the films. MaxSacre joins the team as a semi-regular co-host who adds his passion for the horror genre and his insight into the world of acting being a talented working actor based in Los Angeles. In addition to reviewing new releases and thematically related classics, the show regularly features special guests from the world of horror…and promises 'experimental' broadcasts for special episodes."
Down The Road: Written and directed by Jason Christopher, Down The Road is an upcoming horror movie "about a group of college students that escape their troubled lives for the weekend and go camping. They only fight for their lives from a revenge seeking mad man."
The cast includes Clint Howard, Jen Dance, Chelsey Garner, Shaun Costello, David J Bonner, Matthew Nadu, Nikki Bell, Chris Ready, and Brian Gallagher.
Livin' With Steve: Earlier this year, an Australian animated zombie webseries was released and we've included the first episode for you below.
"In Pine Falls, a secluded and usually peaceful town, multiple acts of dismemberment and cannibalism have been reported. Nate, an unemployed teenager, is too caught up in his own world to notice or even care. For Nate, a terrible tragedy is when he can't find the time to hang out with his best friend Steve. Steve is a wise cracking, quick thinking, loyal friend- at least that's how Nate sees it.
The reality is that Steve is a Zombie; a living corpse, contaminated by an infection that raises the dead, giving them an unquenchable desire to feed on human flesh. Despite his gruesome appearance and lack of social skills, the people of Pine Falls consider Steve to be nothing more than Nate's handsome friend, until it’s too late."