We're back with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today's feature includes premiere details for Preservation and Hungerford, a trailer for the film Discopath, a chance to win your own copy of a new comic that features zombie cows, the first poster from The Drownsman, and more:
Screening Dates Announced for Preservation: "Actor Christopher Denham takes his second turn in the director’s chair with this finely crafted horror-thriller starring Pablo Schreiber (The Wire, Orange is the New Black), Aaron Staton (Mad Men), and Wrenn Schmidt (Boardwalk Empire). Brothers Sean and Mike Neary, along with Mike’s wife Wit, head out on a hunting trip that doubles as a distraction from their troubles at home. But ignoring the “closed” sign and heading deep into an overgrown nature preserve, they soon find their troubles are only beginning. When all of their gear is stolen, they immediately turn on each other. But the hunted can only survive so long standing alone. Just when you think you have heard the story before, Preservation twists into a sharp and startling take on why we fight and, in our tech-obsessed age, what we have been missing out on in the great outdoors.
Thursday, April 17th at 8:30pm – SVA Theater 2 (333 W. 23rd St, btwn 8th and 9th) WORLD PREMIERE
Friday, April 18th at 9:00pm – AMC Village VII 1 (66 Third Ave at 11th St)
Friday, April 25th at 10:00pm - Bow Tie Cinemas 5 (260 W. 23rd St, btwn 7th and 8th)."
For more information on this film, or to purchase tickets to the Tribeca Film Festival, go to: http://tribecafilm.com/stories/horror-films-tff-2014
Hungerford Trailer Release and Premiere Announced: "Hungerford’s teen protagonist is Cowen Rosewell, a media student whose first assignment is to record everything in a week of his life. The random acts of violence he films go largely unnoticed, dismissed as the type of trouble to take place in small English towns. However, when one of his best friends is savagely attacked by a stranger a more disturbing reality emerges.
As events escalate, Cowen and his friends discover that the town has come under a mysterious evil influence which is somehow controlling organised gangs to round people up and take them to a nearby disused factory. The friends hide, hoping to escape, but their sanctuary is discovered. As Cowen makes his way alone to the abandoned factory in search of his loved ones, the malicious force that awaits him there threatens not Cowen, but the entire world.
Hungerford, a new British Horror Sci-Fi film, directed by 19-year-old Drew Casson who has [been making] films on YouTube since he was 12, will get its World Premiere at the National Film Theatre in London on 3 May as part of this year’s Sci-Fi London Film Festival. Produced by talent incubator Wildseed Studios and shot in a vlog style, Hungerford paints a thrilling and visceral portrait of a small English town taken over by aliens, which descends into violence and carnage."
To view the trailer, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iTKc3pFKsL0. To purchase tickets to the film's premiere, visit BFI.
The Bunnyman Massacre Release Details: "Joe and Bunnyman's adventure continue in a rural ghost town. Bunnyman's blood lust knows no bounds, as he slaughters indiscriminately anything that crosses his path. Joe is all too happy to encourage his behavior, selling the dead victims as beef jerky in his local store.
The Bunnyman Massacre is set to premiere next Friday, April 18th on the CHILLER TV network. Just is time for Easter weekend."
First Details on Zombie Comic, B0VINE: "Be careful when driving by the farm. Those words will ring truer than ever with the release of Bovine, the first original comic book from Follow Networks. Written by Follow Networks founder Chad Ettelbrick and illustrated by Lucas Patterson, Bovine is a one-off zombie story about an outbreak on a farm coming in May.
“Bovine is a story about a zombie outbreak happening in a group of cows. We talked to a group of zombie fanatics about what they thought would happen with a cow outbreak, and we turned their ideas into one-off comic story,” said story writer Chad Ettelbrick. “I like to think of [B0VINE] as the comic version of a B Horror Movie. It’s over the top, a little silly, a little weird. Everything I want from horror. We wrote it with the help of the attendees of the first Walker Stalker Con in Atlanta, and we plan to continue to create one-off comics at cons and events around the country.”
Bovine will be released in a limited print run and digitally via PDF and Comixology."
Interested in checking out this comic? We have two copies to give away to Daily Dead readers. Simply email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and the subject line: "Zombie Cows". To learn more about this title, visit:
Van Helsing Action Figure Released: "A Diamond Select Toys Release! Monsters beware! Diamond Select Toys is unleashing a fearsome foe upon every monster action figure in your collection, and it's none other than famous monster-hunter Van Helsing! Based on an original design, this 7-inch action figure comes armed to the teeth with stakes, axes and a crossbow, making him more than a match for any and all supernatural creatures. Van Helsing includes a deluxe cemetery base, featuring a female vampire rising from the grave, and comes packaged in Select-style display packaging, with spine artwork. Sculpted by Jean St. Jean."
Roid Rage Trailer and Release Details: "Jack's Jacked Gym, the place that Beck sells his gear out of, is sponsoring a local amateur bodybuilding contest called "The Mega Muscles Contest" on Depot Island.
Spectators take a ferry out to the island and enjoy shopping at the array of local vendors and sponsors.
It is supposed to be a fun family day. But things are far from fun when Beck decides to inject the contestants with the experimental drug that he gets from England before the contest.
The film's action scenes and thrashing characters cut and illuminate like hatchet blades, inviting the innocent spectator into a world of truculent, flawed characters who live and die in a place that looks like Oz after dark."
Roid Rage was written and directed by Josh Mitchell.
For more information, and to view the film in its entirety, go to: http://vimeo.com/picknroll/roidrage
Lucifer's Angels Teaser Trailer Released: "Lucifer’s Angels focuses on 3 different stories which become entangled into one, as the movie progresses. A group of friends go on their first camping trip together in the Catskill Mountains. Also, a ghost hunter from New York City and his fiance, travel to the same mountains hoping to research and record any paranormal phenomenon. All of them unknowingly entering into a world of evil. Meanwhile, a father and son who live in the eerie woods are forced to make life or death decisions. The story progresses as some of the friends start mysteriously disappearing, and wind up tortured and murdered in horrifying ways. This is not your typical camping trip slasher film. It’s a psychologically terrifying homage to classic horror."
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.
"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.
Poster and Photos from The Drownsman: "After almost drowning in a lake, Madison finds herself bound to a life of fear. Unable to describe what happened to her during the moments she was underwater, Madison begins to develop hydrophobia: an abnormal fear of water. Crippled by her post trauma, Madison attempts to shut out the world around her but, her fear intensifies when she begins to be haunted by the vision of an evil figure. After watching her struggle for over a year, Madison's four friends stage an intervention in a desperate attempt to help. In doing so, they accidentally open a floodgate to a dark place where none of them are safe. As Madison and her friends dive deeper into the dark history of the evil that haunts them, they’re dragged one by one to a horrifying place where they may never return.
“We set out to make a film that created a new supernatural villain like the classic horror films of Clive Barker and Wes Craven, something that has become rare in the horror industry over the last decade,” explains writer/director Chad Archibald. “Similar to Freddy Kruger, Michael Myers, Pinhead and Jason Voorhees, we wanted to create a villain with a rich history and a juicy hook that could make an appearance in a few viewers nightmares.”
Directed by Chad Archibald (Neverlost, Ejecta). Written by Cody Calahan (Antisocial) and Chad Archibald. Starring Michelle Mylett (Antisocial), Caroline Korycki, Gemma Bird Matheson, Sydney Kondruss, Clare Bastable and in the horrifying title role, Ry Barrett (Neverlost, Kingdom Come, If A Tree Falls). Produced by Christopher Giroux (Antisocial, Dead All Night) and Chad Archibald. Executive Producers of the film are the team at Breakthrough Entertainment: Peter Williamson, Ira Levy, Marina Cordoni, Nat Abrahams and Michael McGuigan."
Discopath DVD Release and Trailer: "The mid-70′s: a timid young New Yorker leads an uneventful life until he is fatefully exposed to the pulsating rhythms of a brand-new genre of music: disco. Unable to control his murderous impulses that stem from a traumatic childhood experience, Duane Lewis transforms into a dangerous serial killer exiled to Montreal. Available on DVD June 10th, 2014."