We're back with our largest Indie Spotlight to date. Today's feature contains over a dozen indie horror items, including details on The Other Side and your chance to win a copy of City Under the Moon:
The Other Side: We're sent dozens of short films to check out each month, but The Other Side really stands out from the pack. This short horror film is directed by The Santoro Brothers and it is apparent that they are skilled directors who are also true fans of the genre. The Other Side will be hitting the festival/convention circuit shortly, and we expect it to play really well with slasher and home invasion horror fans.
Synopsis: "When a fresh faced nanny arrives at her new job on a creaky farm in the English countryside, she is instantly caught up in the turbulent relationship of her employers. James is struggling to provide for his family and Rachel, an inexperienced mother, is unable to cope with the demands of her new born baby. Unaware of his wife’s decision to hire help, a disgruntled James leaves them alone in the secluded farmhouse. When night falls and he fails to return, a sinister intruder invades the property, unraveling a night of gruesome blood-shed and unprecedented terror. But who is behind it? What do they want? Can anybody escape alive?"
The Other Side is directed by Alex & Oli Santoro and stars Nick Moran, Amelia Warner and Jennie Jacques. The first stop for this film will be Screamfest LA in October, but if you don't think you'll be able to see it during a horror convention or festival, we're told to that it will be released early next year. There is also a chance that this concept could be expanded into a full feature, based on the fan reaction to the film, of course, securing funding.
We've included the official trailer below, and can check out the full poster art and learn more about The Other Side at: http://theothersidefilm.co.uk/
Railway Children:"The world has been devastated by a virus that has decimated the adult population leaving small children and teenagers to roam the scarred landscape attempting to form some kind of society with dramatic and violent results. Sisters Evie (Catherine Wrigglesworth) and Fran (Emily Forster) have been travelling from town to town, gathering food and finding accommodation as they move from place to place. They keep to themselves; Evie reading chapters from E. Nesbit’s classic children's story ‘The Railway Children' to her little sister in an attempt to bring a sense of normality to their bleak existence - the novel was a favourite bedtime read as both girls were growing up; their mother their favourite reader. Finding overnight shelter in a derelict building, the sisters soon settle down only to be awoken by shouts from another room. Investigating, Evie witnesses the beating of a girl. She watches in horror until the mob leaves the building and the girl behind. Tentatively going to her aid, the girl whom Evie discovers is called Alice (Justine Rodgers) leads them to a large building at the edge of the city from where they hear singing coming from a basement window. They investigate . . .
. . .so begins a battle of wills between newcomers and those holding tenuous threads of a commune civilisation together; add to this further invidious threats from two of the girls’ darker pasts and an already tense atmosphere is soon to explode into disturbing violence and bloodshed."
Keep an eye out for Railway Children on the festival circuit, with a possible VOD release in the near future. Here is the official poster for the film:
The Boogeyman Screening:"Based on the short story by Stephen King, THE BOOGEYMAN is an ambitious short film directed by Irish film-maker Gerard Lough and starring Simon Fogarty and Michael Parle.
When Andrew Billings (Fogarty) goes to see a psychologist to explain how an evil creature that lives in his closet is responsible for the deaths of his three children he is met with scepticism. But as the story progresses, both Dr Harper (Parle) and the audience will start to consider the possibility that this “boogeyman” is real after all."
The movie will be screening at the Phenom Film Festival in Louisiana on September 7th. Learn more about the film at: http://youtu.be/wBwtXyamHu8
Zombies in Silverlake Trailer:"Zombies in Silverlake is the beginning of the end for Silverlake, Los Angeles. Its day three of the sickness and victims must be saved! Zombies must be smashed! And how will our heros stay alive? This web-series is meant to make us think about the what if? And are we really prepared? Zombies in Silverlake... is here!"
A couple of months back, we covered City Under the Moon, the debut novel from Hugh Sterbakov (Robot Chicken). For our first Indie Spotlight contest ever, we're giving away one signed softcover edition with a sketch from the cover artist. To enter for a chance to win, all you need to do is:
Subject Line: “City Under the Moon Contest” Name Mailing Address
Synopsis: “On New Year’s Eve in Manhattan, a werewolf attack sparks an epidemic. Each night the victims multiply. The disease spreads. An army grows. As authorities scramble to contain the monsters, they discover that one man is behind them. His name is Demetrius Valenkov. And he has a message for the United States: FIND A CURE.
The disease evades an international coalition of top scientists. The president must prepare an unspeakable solution. But one person has picked up Demetrius Valenkov’s trail: FBI counterterrorism specialist Brianna Tildascow. Forged by tragedy, training and technology, she’s the government’s most efficient-and ruthless-manhunter.
Assisted by a horror blogger and a squad of elite commandos, Tildascow must hunt Valenkov across the globe and uncover the sinister secret of the curse threatening mankind. Tens of thousands are infected. Time is running out.”
Before Dawn:"A weekend away. An idyllic cottage nestled within the rolling hills of the English Dales. What starts off as a gripping psychological drama between a struggling married couple, suddenly descends into a shocking gruesome nightmare. As panic and confusion sets in, Alex and Meg have to confront the fears within themselves and face a desperate fight for survival against a bloody terror that could literally tear them apart forever."
Isabelle Poster Released:"ISABELLE is a feature length slasher film currently in production from Dead Lantern Pictures, creators of OUTPOST DOOM and the free web series SHIVERS DOWN YOUR SPINE. The story centers around a girl named Isabelle Wakeworth who, 50 years earlier, went on a murder spree throughout her small town. Revived by a mysterious dark thunderstorm, Izzy returns from the dead to hack and slash her way through a new generation of family members! You can listen to the Splattercast, one of the oldest horror podcasts on the internet, each week to follow the production and creation of our slasher film! A teaser trailer will be released next month! Please visit DeadLantern.com for all of your Isabelle needs!"
Cell Count Screening Information:"Feature film Cell Count has UK Premiere at Celluloid Screams [Oct 26-28] and Canadian Premiere at the Montreal HorrorFest as a part of the Montreal Comic Con [Sept 14-16].
Cell Count is the story of Russell Carpenter who reluctantly admits his wife Sadie into an experimental treatment facility for her life threatening disease. While locked in this prison like surrounding they, along with 6 others, are unknowingly subjected to a cure that might just be worse than the disease itself.
"Out There" Trailer Released:"Dunsany Productions has announced the release of the official trailer for their latest post apocalyptic film ‘Out There’. The short film was shot during the end of May on the wild locations of the Dunsany Castle estate, in Co. Meath. The film stars newcomer CONOR MARREN (True D), opposite EMMA ELIZA REGAN (Love Eternal, The Shadows) with JOHNNY CAREY(Shellshock) and CIAN LAVELLE-WALSH (Walt) in supporting roles."
Synopsis: "...when an unconscious Robert, (Marren) waking up dazed and confused in isolated woodland, tries to piece together what has happened. He and his young fiancée Jane (Regan), find themselves fighting for survival, as all is not well in the calm tranquil countryside."
Win a Role in a Full Moon Horror Movie: "With almost 300 movies to his name, horror film genius Charles Band is opening the chopping block (casting opportunity) to Fans who want to appear in an upcoming Full Moon Features Horror Movie. The Sweepstakes kicks-off the PPV/VOD release of Full Moon Features' latest film, Zombies Vs. Strippers, premiering on DirecTV, Verizon, AT&T, Charter, Suddenlink, Mediacom, and other providers on August 7, 2012.
Creep Creeprsin's Dracula: "Creep Creepersin’s Dracula is a very modern take on not just the story of Dracula but also the legacy that the story has left on our society. We begin our tale inside a huge mansion where Dracula (Peter Stickles) has been kept for many years. His only visitors are his servant, Dwight (Bruce L. Hart) and his physician Dr. Van Sloan (Domiziano Arcangeli). Dracula’s estranged wife Francine (Elina Madison) also pays him visits but more so to mock him. Something is very wrong with Dracula and through this film, we find out what that mysterious illness is. All we know is that there is a change happening to him that is making his thirst grow much more rapidly.
Dwight takes care of Dracula by bringing him new “guests” to feed off of. But over the years, the act of feeding has made Dracula nauseated so he and Dwight have been trying to find new, “less intrusive” ways to feed. Dracula is also disgusted with type of people Dwight has been bringing to the house for him mainly prostitutes and transients. That is until Dwight brings home a quick witted hitchhiker named Helen (Elissa Dowling) who immediately peaks Dracula’s interest and he allows her to be spared in order for him to have some descent company. With Helen’s help, Dracula uncovers the mystery of his illness, and many other secrets that will change the course of his “undead” life forever."
First Trailer for Everyone Must Die!:"When it comes to your town, no one can run, no one can hide, EVERYONE MUST DIE! A pattern of similar killings occurs, leaving small towns aghast with grief and suspicion. When the massacre left Kyle's sister in the coroner's office, he vowed to solve the mystery behind the gruesome pattern of slaughter, and find out where this seemingly death-proof killer will strike next. Join us, as this tale of gore spreads from town to town, person to person, and blade to blade, leaving nobody safe, because, after all...EVERYONE MUST DIE!"
Release Details for H.P. Lovecraft Film "The Color Out of Space": "BrinkVision (formally BrinkDVD) will be releasing the highly critically acclaimed H.P. Lovecraft award winning film The Color Out of Space AKA Die Farbe for a U.S. Release date of August 21st! Critics have called this H.P. Lovecraft adaption one of the most faithful Lovecraft film ever made. The Color Out of Space has also been screened at over 35 film festivals worldwide, winning awards, and receiving overwhelming praises from critics. BrinkVision will be selling exclusively through our website a limited edition book of The Color Out of Space. Limited to only 200 copies.
Synopsis: Arkham, 1975: Jonathan Davis' father has disappeared. His tracks lead to Germany, to the Swabian-Franconian Forest where he was stationed after the Second World War. Jonathan sets out to find him and bring him home, but deep in the woods he discovers a dark mystery from the past. Based on H.P. Lovecraft's short novel "The Color Out of Space"."
Trailer for Her Heart Still Beats:"When Ed's wife comes home early from work one day he becomes overtaken by a strange feeling when he looks into her eyes. Disturbed or possibly just paranoid, Ed becomes possessed with his wife's eyes and struggles to understand these feelings. Is she evil or is he insane? They may not have enough time to find out."
The Adventures of Joe and Nancy:"Inspired by timeless adventure heroes such as Indiana Jones, The Adventures of Joe and Nancy #1 is the first in a series of action/adventure stories that feature two New York City reporters as they deal with strange and bizarre creatures, robots, and mad scientists. In issue #1, Joe and Nancy are doing last minute shopping at a local mall when the mall Santa turns into ferocious werewolf. It's to the two reporters to be choose between being late to their Christmas party or saving the shopping center from a certain doom."
Cemetery Dance Publications is pleased to announce THE ILLUSTRATED STEPHEN KING TRIVIA BOOK: REVISED & UPDATED SECOND EDITION by Brian James Freeman and Bev Vincent with illustrations by Glenn Chadbourne.
This revised and updated second edition of The Illustrated Stephen King Trivia Book features all of the original questions from the first edition, along with more than one hundred new questions about Stephen King's most recent releases!
Also included are ten brand new illustration-based questions from Cemetery Dance favorite artist Glenn Chadbourne, along with the 60 illustration-based questions from the original edition.
The Illustrated Stephen King Trivia Book by Brian James Freeman and Bev Vincent includes material right up through The Wind Through the Keyhole and no Stephen King collection will be complete without it!
TITLE: The Illustrated Stephen King Trivia Book: Revised & Updated AUTHORS: Brian James Freeman and Bev Vincent FORMAT: Trade Paperback RETAIL PRICE: $19.95 ISBN: 978-158767-315-3 PAGE COUNT: 470 PUB DATE: December 2012
Cemetery Dance Publications is pleased to announce THE ILLUSTRATED STEPHEN KING MOVIE TRIVIA BOOK by Brian James Freeman, Kevin Quigley, and Hans-Ake Lilja with illustrations by Glenn Chadbourne.
The Illustrated Stephen King Movie Trivia Book features more than 1,000 questions to test your knowledge of the movies, miniseries, and television episodes based on ideas conjured from the imagination of the King of Horror, along with more than 50 special illustration-based questions from Cemetery Dance favorite artist Glenn Chadbourne!
In addition, the book concludes with a special afterword by Mick Garris, director of The Stand, The Shining, Riding the Bullet, Desperation, Bag of Bones, and many others.
The Illustrated Stephen King Movie Trivia Book includes material right up through this year and no Stephen King collection will be complete without it!
TITLE: The Illustrated Stephen King MOVIE Trivia Book AUTHORS: Brian James Freeman, Kevin Quigley, and Hans-Ake Lilja TRADE PAPERBACK EDITION: 978-1-58767-311-5 ($19.95) TRADE HARDCOVER EDITION: 978-1-58767-312-2 ($40.00) PAGE COUNT: 438 PUB DATE: December 2012