We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today's feature includes teaser trailers for Welcome to My Parlor 2, How to Kill a Zombie, and Kong, Ten Scary Minutes Film contest details, and much more:
Teaser Trailer for Welcome to My Parlor 2 Released: "In 2015... Horror has a new face. Here's a glimpse into the world of Abel Worthy."
Kong Teaser Trailer and Cannes Premiere Details: "Billions of years ago on primordial earth, born out of turbulent lava, Kong gets caught in the power struggle between two alien civilizations: One - a highly advanced synthetic-intelligent life form with a ruthless robotic army - seeks to drive the other - a group of determined refugees led by their Chief - to extinction. At stake is the possession of a sacred, limitless source of power and energy: the Hundun. As Kong develops feelings for the Chief's daughter, Kong's choice risks sacrificing himself and having to return to his birthplace, the earth's core, to become a living mountain.
Kong is based on the Asian tale of 'Sun Wukong' commonly called the Monkey King. Adapted from the classical Chinese novel, Journey To The West.
The $40 million feature will be co-developed along with a major Korean animation studio and the backing of the Chinese Cultural Chamber of Commerce of the Private Sector."
Details on The Turn, Extinction Level Event Book One: "What would you do if you knew the zombie apocalypse was imminent?
Would you tell your family? Your friends?
Or would you wait until the end was near?
The Turn is the first book of an exciting new zombie apocalypse series called Extinction Level Event. Written specifically for the ever-growing female audience of the zombie apocalypse genre, the story is told through the eyes of Emily Hanson, wife, mother and survivor.
Follow the incredible struggles of two families as they prepare for humanities possible extinction and society’s eventual collapse. Witness the devastating isolation of the outbreak’s early days and the unforeseen trials of living in the post-apocalyptic world.
Regardless of how prepared they are, there is always another unexpected threat waiting to jeopardize their best laid plans."
To purchase the first book online, head over to Amazon.com
How to Kill a Zombie Trailer and Production Details: "Our new feature length film "How to Kill a Zombie" from Freight Train Films, Inc. based in Monmouth, Maine is on the move.
Maxim Media, the worlds largest independent film distributor, just picked up our film and will be placing it in over 180 countries by August/Sept this year.
Flagship Cinemas, Auburn has agreed to a special 1 week run of the film with multiple showings a day. The Red Carpet Premier is June 20th. Once this run is finished, Andrew Poore (Owner of Flagship Auburn and Lewiston) is planning on placing it into several other Flagship Cinemas throughout New England. The more tickets we sell, the more theaters will run the film.
This film was written by Ben McLean, Monmouth native, at age 18. Bill McLean produced it and Tiffany McLean Directed and Edited it. This is a family film making endeavor.
This is a slapstick comedy action film, (For Ages 12 and up) that just happens to have zombies in it. The zombies look very real and are uniform across the board. We have over 150 (extras) zombies in the film.
With this international distribution, coupled with the theatrical run, this is the first indie film made In Maine by a Maine film company to be able to do this.
Freight Train Films, Winner of "Best Feature Film, People's Choice Award" for the feature film "Scooter McGruder" in 2011, has just been nominated for "Best Maine Film" and "Best Feature Film" for "How to Kill a Zombie" at the Sanford International Film Festival May 31st - June 1st."
Ten Scary Minutes Film Contest Details: "Here it is May, and we are busy getting ready to launch the 2nd Annual “Ten Scary Minutes” online horror movie making contest. The contest starts June 1 and opens for submissions September 1, 2014 with the submission deadline October 1, 2014. The contest results will be announced October 31, 2014.
This is a not-for profit video contest where our only goal is to to help ignite the imaginations and showcase grass-roots budding movie producers.
With the exceptional video recording capabilities of smartphones, (iPhones, the new BlackBerrys, Windows and Android based cell phones), with high-definition capabilities and the many user-friendly video editing options, I decided to create this video making contest.
The challenge, participants create a short, (up to), ten minute horror movie. It may be Gothic scary, like Hitchcock, shock scary, mock scary or outright B-movie campy! The whole idea is to take that cool smartphone, use some imagination and have a little fun!
The prize, for first place? A whopping $100.00 bucks. I do certainly hope that at the very least it gets people’s imaginations going, creates some memorable moments for the participants and may be spawns a new generation of would be movie producers.
“Ten Scary Minutes” is a short horror movie making contest. The goal, to create a 10 minute horror movie using a smartphone or tablet for video capture and production. Please, no professional grade production cameras!
Your movie credit roll must include the following statement: “entered in the 2014 – www.tenscaryminutes.com online horror movie making contest”.
The video contest genre is horror and shall not feature any explicit sexual content. Such content will disqualify the entry.
You have obtained written consent of any persons identifiable and recognizable in your production to use their likeness in the production."
For full contest rules and details, go to: http://www.tenscaryminutes.com/contest
Book Trailer Released for Disease: "M.F. Wahl’s debut novel Disease brings us into a world where zombies seem friendly compared to the demons that can live inside a survivor’s mind. Humanity’s war against the living dead has been lost. Those who managed to stay alive must now face the monsters in their midst.
“It’s been said many times before,” says Wahl, “but that’s because it’s so spot on. True horror is what we see when we hold up the mirror to ourselves. Whether it’s zombies, serial killers, or unseemly circumstances, it all boils down to how the characters relate back to us.”
Disease will be released in the summer of 2014. It will be available as an eBook for all the major formats, as well as an Audiobook.
Trailer produced by Egg Studios."
For more information on the book’s release, visit: http://www.mfwahl.com
Scavenger Killers Premiere Details: "Midnight Releasing’s Scavenger Killers has been named Closing Night Film as the 2014 Hoboken International Film Festival. The special non-competition screening will take place Sunday, June 4th, at 8pm ET at Middletown’s historic Paramount Theater. Now in its ninth year, the Hoboken International Film Festival has grown into one of the most prestigious and sought-after film festivals in the country. Scavenger Killers star Eric Roberts, along with along with numerous other stars, including several Oscar™ and Emmy™ winners and nominees, will be attending the festival at its Opening Night Celebrations and Gala Awards Ceremony.
Screening: Sunday, June 4th, 2014 at 8pm ET. Q&A immediately following screening. [Located at] The Historic Paramount Theater in NY.
A no-holds-barred, wickedly modern spin on the Bonnie and Clyde legend, Scavenger Killers features a stellar line-up of classic character and veteran genre actors including Eric Roberts (“In Cold Blood,” The Dark Knight), Charles Durning (The Sting, North Dallas Forty) and Robert Loggia (Scarface, Independence Day) along with a quirky appearance by Dustin Diamond (“Saved by the Bell”), among others. Starring Robert Bogue (“The Following”) as charismatic and respected Judge Taylor Limone, and co-stars Rachael Robbins (Bikini Bloodbath Christmas) as sultry, scheming attorney Clara Lovering, Scavenger Killers graphically portrays what can happen when the pressures of bringing the most heinous criminals to justice ferments into a darkly psychological and sexual pursuit of perverse pleasure!
Scavenger Killers arrives on DVD and VOD July 1st from Midnight Releasing."
For tickets to the 2014 Hoboken International Film Festival, visit: http://www.hobokeninternationalfilmfestival.com/
Jersey Shore Massacre Teaser Trailer Released: "A typical weekend down the shore takes a bizarre turn into the mysterious New Jersey Pine Barrens as six girls and five obnoxious fist-pumpers become the unsuspecting targets of a mentally-deranged killer."
Blood Slaughter Massacre Acquisition Announced: "Today on the Horror Happens Radio show, Manny Serrano, co-owner of Mass Grave Pictures, announced that they have signed a distribution deal for their first feature film “Blood Slaughter Massacre,” with Wild Eye Releasing. The distribution deal includes DVD, VOD, and an eventual VHS
release of the indie slasher film.
The DVD will boast many special features including:
-A feature length commentary with Manny Serrano (Director/Writer/Editor), Lindsay Serrano (Producer/A.D./Head of SFX) and Louie Cortes (Writer/Cinematography).
-Over 12 minutes of deleted/extended scenes
-A VHS rip of the BSM promo tape, containing the three faux-trailers the film is based upon
-“Demons of the Night” Music Video by Midnight Flashback, with footage from the film
-A behind-the-scenes featurette
-The Ripper Action Figure Toy Commercial, starring Johnny Dickie (Slaughter Tales) and more!
-New original cover art created by horror artist Joel Robinson (artpusher.net).
While there is no official street date set yet, Wild Eye Releasing is expecting the film to hit stores in the fall of 2014."
For more information on this film, visit: http://www.facebook.com/bloodslaughtermassacre