We’re back with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting the recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes release details for Out of the Dark, Travelogue of Horror, and The Hunted, a trailer for The Scribbler and The Pyramid, a look at The Walker Stalkers’s music video Talk Dead to Me, advanced screening details for L.A. Slasher, and much more:
Out of the Dark Release Details and Photos: “Vertical Entertainment and Participant Media today announced that Vertical has acquired U.S. rights to Participant’s supernatural thriller Out of the Dark, and slated the film for an early 2015 theatrical release.
Starring Julia Stiles, Scott Speedman, and Stephen Rea, Out of the Dark is a ghost story set in South America, where a young family’s new life turns from promising to terrifying when they are forced to confront ancient legends, ghosts, and a haunting family secret.
Out of the Dark will be presented by Vertical in association with Participant Media and Image Nation. It is a production of Apaches Entertainment, Cactus Flower, and Fast Producciones, in association with Dynamo and XYZ Films. The film was Executive Produced by Jeff Skoll, Jonathan King, Roy Azout, and Nick Spicer, Produced by Belén Atienza, Cristian Conti, Enrique López Lavigne and Andrés Calderón from a screenplay by Alex Pastor & David Pastor, and Javier Gullón, and was directed by Lluís Quílez. Out of the Dark was shot on location in Colombia and is a Spanish-Colombian co-production.
“We are delighted to have our first affiliation with both Participant and XYZ Films”, said Vertical’s Co-President Rich Goldberg. “Out of the Dark is much more than it seems on the surface. We think it will surprise genre fans with its ability to reach beyond just the scares and great storytelling, and have a thought-provoking motif that will stay with them well after they see it.”
Goldberg and Peter Jarowey negotiated the deal for Vertical, with Nate Bolotin at XYZ Films and Jeff Ivers for Participant. Bloom is handling international sales for Out of the Dark.”
L.A. Slasher Teaser Trailer and Screening Details: “The much buzzed-about social satire “L.A Slasher” is set to open Salt Lake Comic Con, which runs between September 4th and 6th 2014. The film, directed by Martin Owen and produced by Jeffrey Wright and Daniel Sollinger (“Girls Against Boys”, “The Alphabet Killer) will have a special advanced screening to open the festival and a midnight screening to close.
Salt Lake Comic Con is an epic pop culture convention event where a host of celebrities and fans interact. This year’s event will be held at the Salt Palace Convention Centre in Salt Lake City, Utah.
“We are thrilled that such an iconic event will be screening our film,” says L.A. Slasher producer Jeffrey Wright.
The special advanced screening of “L.A Slasher” will include a panel. In attendance at the prestigious event will be the director, Martin Owen, producers Jeff Wright and Daniel Sollinger as well as the notable cast, which includes Eric Roberts, Brooke Hogan, Abigail Wright and Elizabeth Morris.
[Also] among the cast is Dave Bautista, who recently starred in the hit, “Guardian’s of the Galaxy”. Other stars that appear in the film include Danny Trejo, Mischa Barton, Andy Dick, Eric Roberts, Tori Black, Brooke Hogan, Marisa Lauren, and Drake Bell.
A new trailer has [also] been released for the up-and-coming film. The satire, which is making waves in social media, [was] recently picked up by Archstone Distribution to handle its international sales.
The film offers a tongue-in-cheek review of reality TV, and the undue admiration for people who are famous for simply being famous. In the feature, the L.A. Slasher publicly abducts a series of reality TV stars, while the media and general public in turn begin to question if society is better off without them. “L.A. Slasher” explores why it has become acceptable and even admirable for people to become influential and wealthy based on no merit or talent – purely through notoriety achieved through shameful behavior.”
The Scribbler Release Details and Trailer: “The Scribbler – XLrator Media. In theaters, VOD and iTunes [on] September 19, 2014.
Cast: Katie Cassidy, Garret Dillahunt, Michelle Trachtenberg, Michael Imperioli, Gina Gershon, Sasha Grey, Kunal Nayyar, Ashlynn Yennie, Eliza Dushku, and Billy Campbell. Written by Dan Schaffer, and directed by John Suits.”
Release Date and Acquisition Announced for Faults: “In Faults, Claire (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) is under the grip of a mysterious cult called Faults. Desperate to be reunited with their daughter, Claire’s parents set out to recruit Ansel Roth (Leland Orser), one of the world’s foremost authorities on cults and mind control. But Ansel’s specialty, deprogramming cult members and returning them to their families, is not an exact science, and a series of financial setbacks has left him in debt to his manager. Ansel warns Claire’s parents that his deprogramming methods are risky and expensive, but they agree to hire him to kidnap and deprogram their daughter. Claire quickly reveals herself to be a formidable challenge. Her belief is unshakeable and her logic is undeniable. A battle of wits develops between the two as they delve deeper and deeper into each other’s minds.
Following its world premiere at the 2014 SXSW earlier this year, the indie thriller “Faults” has been acquired by Screen Media Films for U.S. rights. The film stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Leland Orser, Beth Grant, Chris Ellis, Jon Gries and Lance Reddick and was written and directed by Riley Stearns, who makes his directorial debut. Suzanne Blech, President at Screen Media, plans to distribute the film on March 6, 2015 with a nationwide theatrical release plan that will be accompanied by a day-and-date VOD platform release.
Faults is written and directed by Riley Stearns, produced by Snoot Entertainment’s Keith and Jessica Calder along with Mary Elizabeth Winstead. The film was executive produced by Brian Joe, co-produced by Chris Harding and Roxanne Benjamin, with music composition by Heather McIntosh, cinematography by Michael Ragen, and editing by Sarah Beth Shapiro.
The deal was negotiated by Suzanne Blech, President, and Seth Needle, Director of Acquisitions & Marketing, at Screen Media, and WME Global on behalf of the filmmakers.”
First Trailer for The Pyramid: “The ancient wonders of the world have long cursed explorers who’ve dared to uncover their secrets. But a team of U.S. archaeologists gets more than they bargained for when they discover a lost pyramid unlike any other in the Egyptian desert. As they unlock the horrific secrets buried within, they realize they aren’t just trapped, they are being hunted.
The Pyramid enters theaters everywhere on December 5, 2014!
Directed by Grégory Levasseur, and Produced by Alexandre Aja, Mark Canton, and Chady Eli Mattar. Cast: Ashley Hinshaw, James Buckley, Denis O’Hare, Christa-Marie Nicola, and Amir K.”
The Walker Stalkers’s ‘Talk Dead to Me’ Music Video Details: “The Walker Stalkers, James & Eric are proud to announce the WORLD PREMIERE of their TALK DEAD TO ME music video.
This is for fans by fans of The Walking Dead TV show. Music video features James and Eric – The Walker Stalkers and Walker Stalker Con Cosplayers Rick, Daryl, Eugene, Beth, Maggie, Abraham, Rosita, Carol, Lizzie, Mika and a couple of trumpet-playing boy zombies!”
New Poster for Why Horror?: “Hold on to your heads, horror fans! The upcoming Canadian documentary feature Why Horror? now has a literally mind-blowing new poster courtesy of acclaimed horror artist Gary Pullin.
“I’ve been a fan of Gary’s work since I started reading Rue Morgue over 12 years ago, and being able to hire him for this poster is a dream come true,” says Tal Zimerman, the subject of the documentary. “I wanted to push Gary’s talent further than it had ever been pushed before to create a poster that not only grabbed people by the nuggets, but also one I’d want hanging on my walls. Gary exceeded every expectation by a million miles!”
The poster features images, themes, and interview subjects featured in the film.
Why Horror? is a co-production between Don Ferguson Productions and Super Channel and is set to premiere in Canada during the 2014 Halloween season.”
Travelogue of Horror Release Details: “Looking for a new angle on everyone’s favorite horror movies for Halloween? Check out Travelogue of Horror by Tony Urban. Join Tony on every horror buff’s dream road trip across the country hunting down the exact locations where his favorite movies were filmed.
Here is a travelogue for those whose idea of a perfect vacation doesn’t involve amusement parks and tourist traps, a guidebook for fans of horror and the macabre. Ride along with the author to ghoulish destinations, such as where fright flicks like Friday the 13th and Jaws were filmed, Jeffrey Dahmer’s childhood home, UFO crash sites, and macabre graves, to name a few. See the sites in over 70 vivid color photos. Fifteen states were visited from Maine to Georgia in search of iconic filming locations from movies such as The Exorcist, Silence of the Lambs, The Shawshank Redemption, and The Evil Dead. Along the way, monsters were hunted, vampire graves tracked down, a strange mix of paranormal and odd locations across the Eastern US were visited, and Stephen King was met. Hitch a ride, but remember that you never know what you might find–or what might find you!
Travelogue of Horror book launch party [was held] on August 29th.”
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The Hunted DVD and VOD Release Date Announced: “The Hunted follows family-man, hunter, Jake, played by Josh Stewart, alongside his best friend Stevie (Ronnie Gene Blevins) as they journey deep into the Appalachians of West Virginia on the hunt for a legendary buck. Chasing their dream of landing a television hunting show, the duo head into the dense, secluded mountains armed with only their bows and camera equipment. The friends quickly realize there is something else that stirs within the woods. Something that, turn by turn, begins to hunt them.
Written, directed and starring Stewart, The Hunted was inspired by the actor’s desire to spark his creativity and bring home his talent after spending months on the high-budget set of The Dark Knight Rises. Growing up in rural West Virginia, Stewart spent much of his youth fly-fishing and hunting in the sprawling woods where the film is set. An outdoorsman at heart, the first-time director made every effort to ensure the film would feel as authentic as possible to fellow hunters. Everything from the equipment, apparel and even safety measures were true to form – a quality only found on hunting shows, not in fictional work.
Before shooting began, the filmmakers reached out to the most respective hunting brands in the industry. Moved by Stewart’s passion and dedication to the sport, brand leaders Realtree, BowTech Archery, Scentblocker, Trophy Ridge, Leupold and Cabela’s quickly signed on to be a part of the project.
Cast: Josh Stewart (The Dark Knight Rises, “No Ordinary Family”), Skipp Sudduth (“The Third Watch”, Ronin), Nikki Deloach (“Awkward” Love & Other Drugs), and Ronnie Gene Blevins (“Kingdom”, “Criminal Minds”).
The Hunted arriving on DVD and VOD September 9, 2014.
Bonus Features: Audio commentary with Josh Stewart and Producers, and “The True Story” Featurette.”
First Details on The Gates of Misery: “The Gates of Misery is a horror anthology comic set in Mount Misery Cemetery. The comic features three unique tales of terror, each illustrating a different character’s journey to the grave and how their souls came to be trapped within the Gates of Misery. Issue #1 features tales by genre filmmakers Steven Kostanski (writer/director Manborg), Brandon Cronenberg (writer/director Antiviral), and Jon Knautz (writer/director Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer). Each story is illustrated by Matthew Therrien (Manborg: The Official Comic) and coloured by Shira Haberman (Manborg: The Official Comic).”
Northbound, Part II Episode Details: “In the second installment of stories that lead into the feature film “Northstar”, we return to Alex after he has found temporary shelter for his sick daughter, Crystal. But in this abandoned, post-cataclysm wilderness, he soon realizes he’s not the only survivor.”
Sam Haynes’s Spine Chillers Release Details: “On September 13th, Sam Haynes will release his fourth studio album, and second album of 2014 “Spine Chillers.” This is Sam’s third Halloween themed LP and features dark electro horror instrumental music and ambient orchestral soundtrack music designed to give the listener maximum chills. Sam’s music is influenced by classic 70’s and 80s horror music including composers such as John Carpenter, Alan Howarth and Simon Boswell. The album has references to great horror icons, Zombies, Serial Killers, Ghosts, Carnival Clowns and creepy lullabies all make an appearance.
The CD artwork features original Halloween themed artwork from reknowned horror artist Kachenstein. Listeners will hear the influence of the of classic 70’s and 80’s horror, each song is designed to create an atmosphere. Sam’s music is used by Theme Parks and Horror movie producers worldwide to create chills and atmosphere. Welcome to the Horror Show, Sam’s 2013 album recently won a Frightee award for Best Halloween Song.
The new album not only provides a dark menacing atmosphere for haunted attractions and horror movies, it contains 19 unique and original Halloween songs that build on the traditional Halloween haunt music themes.
The CD is available for pre-order now and will be released on September 13th. Haunt Music will be releasing a limited edition black CD which can also be pre-ordered. Anyone pre-ordering the album will be entered into a draw to win the entire Sam Haynes back catalogue and Halloween treats!”
The Anatomy of Fear Novel Details: “During in-depth conversations with 21 horror and science-fiction film writers and directors, filmmakers Chris and Kathleen Vander Kaay get the inside story on the inspiration, creation, and behind-the-scenes experiences of box office blockbusters.
Horror movies have a shady reputation because of their flaws and eccentricities. Horror wants us to laugh when we’re uncomfortable, keep looking when we want to turn away, and live with a total lack of happy endings. Perhaps that’s why we respect these films as a subculture. And because no one expects horror films to toe the line, they get to flirt with madness and imperfection while making the most interesting, controversial observations.
That’s why this book exists. Part of the subject matter in horror films is blunt and graphic and doesn’t need further illumination. Other parts are brave, transgressive, explorative, and restless. While exploring these themes with 21 artists, Chris and Kathleen Vander Kaay uncover a surprisingly honest appraisal of the human psyche.
The Anatomy of Fear is essential reading for every horror movie buff!”
For more information on this novel, or to purchase it, visit: www.theanatomyoffear.com