We’re back with the latest installment of the Indie Spotlight. In today’s feature we have the first two episodes of the Ghost Trek webseries, a trailer for Rites of Passage, a Walking Dead-inspired musical, and much more:
Ghost Trek: The Kinsey Report: “Do you ever watch those ghost hunting shows and scratch your head, thinking to yourself, “These shows are so ridiculous. Why am I watching this?” Well, GHOST TREK creator, Michael Plumides sat through marathon episodes of paranormal reality TV one Christmas and came up with a comic-horror concept called, GHOST TREK, which takes a swipe at the whole genre – with you in mind.
GHOST TREK follows the Paranormal Underworld Detective Society (PUDS) as they investigate haunts across the U.S. and abroad between tanning beds, babes, body-building, and bong hits — all the while risking life and limb capturing the undead and unexplained on video.
The team is lead by Dr. Zeke Wallace (Michael Melendez), a good-looking ex-chiropractor turned paranormal investigator, his ex-girlfriend and show’s producer, Shawna Leibowitz (Gia Allemand), Scary Carrie Carmichael (Christy Johnson), the “Living-Dead Roller-Girl” case manager, Barry ‘The Bomb’ Burkowski and Joey ‘Mayhem’ Moscone affectionately called The Goon Squad (Colt Cabana and Disco Inferno), The fashion-conscious psychic Guy Swisher (Brett Gentile), the team’s tech specialists and devoted stoners are Robbie (Michael Bortone) and Ray-Ray (Jonny Fairplay), Weasel the kleptomaniac “emo” cameraman (Kevin Johnson), and newbie Jules Partridge (Julia Bullock) the “investigator in training”.
Speak No Evil: “The film opens with a single Mom’s search for her missing child. Judged by the small town folk and authorities she receives little help until it is discovered that all the children in the town have disappeared. When the kids do return they are changed, diseased and violent. Once the story’s demons are revealed, the town becomes a battleground to save or destroy the children. Our main character, played by actor Gabrielle Stone, must uncover and use all her love and strength to fight through the evil to save her daughter.”
The Day Blu-ray/DVD Release Details: “The Day, from WWE Studios and Anchor Bay Films, comes to Blu-ray™ and DVD on November 27, 2012. A film which Variety called, “…one of the most effective horror movies made in years,” The Day stars Shawn Ashmore (X-Men 2&3, The Ruins, Frozen), Ashley Bell (The Last Exorcism), Cory Hardrict (Battle Los Angeles, Gran Torino), Dominic Monaghan (The Lord of the Rings trilogy, “Lost”), Shannyn Sossamon (One Missed Call, 40 Days and 40 Nights), and Michael Eklund (The Divide, Hunt to Kill). After a successful world premiere at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival, the film was theatrically released by WWE Studios and Anchor Bay Films earlier this year. The Day is available as a Blu-ray™/DVD Combo for an SRP of $29.99 and on DVD for an SRP of $26.98.
A group of five survivors, armed with shotguns, axes and machetes, wander the back roads of a ravaged landscape looking for refuge in The Day, a terrifying look into a post-apocalyptic future. As war ravages humanity, destroying civilization and most of life on earth, the survivors realize they must do whatever it takes to stay alive. Lost, starving, and exhausted, they seek shelter in a seemingly safe abandoned farmhouse. However, while searching for food and resources, they unwittingly set off a trap signaling to their ruthless predators lying in wait to begin their deadly attack. With food and ammunition dwindling, the group must make a desperate final stand—over a 24 hour period—battling for their ultimate survival.
Bonus features on The Day Blu-ray™/DVD Combo and DVD include audio commentary with executive producer/director Doug Aarniokoski, producer Guy A. Danella and writer Luke Passmore.”
Robert Englund to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award: “FREAK SHOW Horror Film Festival, presented by the Ship of Fear, will honor Nightmare on Elm Street star Robert Englund with the Lifetime Achievement “FREAKY” Award on Sunday October 28, 2012 during their Gala awards ceremony at The Hilton Orlando. Englund will be recognized for his iconic role as Freddy Krueger where he has scared horror audiences for nearly 30 years and his film direction for films like 976-EVIL and direct-to-DVD feature Killer Pad.”
Rites of Passage: “Nathan (Ryan Donowho), an anthropology student, invites a few of his classmates and their professor (Stephen Dorff) to his family’s abandoned ranch—once a sacred Chumash burial ground—to recreate an ancient ceremony. There they meet Nathan’s psychotic older brother Benny (Wes Bentley) and drug fueled Delgado (Christian Slater). The students then embark on a rite of passage that no one will ever forget.”
Available now on DVD from Magnet Releasing.
Doomsday Book Blu-ray/DVD Release Details: “Internationally-renowned Directors Kim Ji-woon (I Saw the Devil, The Good, The Bad, the Weird) and Yim Pil-sung (Hansel & Gretel) present three interpretations on an apocalyptic theme in the anthology film DOOMSDAY BOOK, debuting on Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital December 11th from Well Go USA Entertainment. In the first film, Director Yim Pil-Sung opens with Brave New World, starring Ryoo Seung-bum (The Servant) as a young man trying to survive in a world infected by biological toxins. The centerpiece of the film, Heavily Creature, directed by Kim Ji-woon, stars Kim Kang-woo (A Better Tomorrow), Kim Gyu-ri (Portrait of a Beauty) and Park Hae-il (War of the Arrows) as citizens of Seoul who must deal with the innovations of the high-tech modern world where a religion-practicing robot achieves enlightenment and must escape the evil manufacturer who wants to destroy it. Director Yim Pil-Sung closes the film with Happy Birthday, starring newcomer Song Sae-byoek, Jin Ji-hee (Hansel & Gretel) and Bae Doo-na (Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance). Elementary school student Park Min-seo (Jin Ji-hee) accidentally order a mysterious package off the internet that puts Earth and all its inhabitants at risk of extinction. DOOMSDAY BOOK was named “Best International Film” at the 2012 Fant-Asia Film Festival.”
Release Details for Bad Kids Go to Hell: “Bad Kids Productions announces today that BAD KIDS GO TO HELL, starring Judd Nelson and directed by Matthew Spradlin, will have its theatrical release on December 7th, in select markets nation-wide. The film, based on the popular comic book series of the same name, tells the tale of six private school students locked in a Saturday detention with a killer on the loose. Ben Browder (Farscape, Stargate SG-1, Doctor Who) also stars, as well as Ali Faulkner (Bianca in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1), Roger Edwards (Freelancers), Marc Donato (Degrassi: The Next Generation), Cameron Deane Stewart (Pitch Perfect), Augie Duke (The Mentalist), Amanda Alch (When Zachary Beaver Came to Town), Jeffrey Schmidt (Interstate), and Chanel Ryan (BASEketball) . The film was produced by Barry Wernick and Brad Keller, and had its world premiere at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con International, and screened at Stan Lee’s Comikaze and the Ruby Mountain Film Festival.
On October 27th, BAD KIDS GO TO HELL will also have an exclusive Halloween Sneak Peek Hell Night run at all ten Studio Movie Grill locations, which include the seven theaters in Texas along with theaters in Scottsdale, Arizona, Alpharetta, Georgia and Wheaton, Illinois. Advance ticket purchase can be made at: https://www.studiomoviegrill.com/Buy1.aspx?ID=2694&o=b ”
The Walking Dead – The Musical: “Because we’re excited about season 3, we made this! Where Zombies don’t only eat brains, but also sing and dance! The Walking Dead Musical! Starring: Ben Chavez, Andrew Bridges, Elizabeth Oldak, Kelsey Schergen, Amanda Pinto, Nick Berke, Sommer Carbuccia, Joshua Israel and Antonius Nazareth!” *Thanks Dave!