The latest edition of the Indie Spotlight contains all of the recent independent horror news sent our way. In this feature, we have a zombie short called The MMI Dead, a trailer for the Manos: The Hands of Fate retro video game, and much more:
The MMI Dead: "The MMI Dead, Minneapolis Media Institute's take on the zombie craze is a mix of The Walking Dead, Night of the Living Dead, The Wizard of Oz, and our love movies in general (serious and campy). We shot most of this in a single day and worked on the post-production in our spare time over the month for December, 2012. It was an ambitious project and we are very happy with what we achieved. Hope you enjoy it too!"
The Asylum's Hansel and Gretel DVD Release Details: "After 200 years, the Brothers Grimm classic German tale needed a makeover, and in Hansel & Gretel, the latest film from The Asylum, Dee Wallace, the kind-hearted mother in E.T., transforms into a cannibalistic monster who enslaves Brent Lydic (An American Carol, Flu Bird Horror) and Stephanie Greco (The Haunting of Whaley House) in her house of terror deep in the forest. Produced by David Michael Latt, David Rimawi and Paul Bales; directed by Anthony C. Ferrante; and written by Jose Prendes."
Hansel and Gretel will be available on DVD, Blu Ray, and On Demand January 8, 2013.
PC Version of Manos: The Hands of Fate Video Game Released: " 'MANOS' is an homage to the great games you remember from your childhood! Remember how every film and cartoon had it's own platform game adaptation? When every man, woman, child, animal and inanimate object were out to get your character? When the streets were filled with bats, ghosts and Frankenstein monsters? MANOS will take you back to the fantastically absurd games of the past!
Lost on their vacation, Mike and his family have wandered the desert trying to find a place to stay, only to wind up in the haunted "Valley Lodge". Maintained by "Torgo", an unusual man/satyr who "takes care of the place while The Master is away", the hotel is swimming with paranormal activity which Mike has to brave through to find his now missing family. Who is "The Master", and what does he want with Mike's family? Armed with his trusty revolver, Mike will have to wander the haunted halls, venture out into the desert, uncover a dark temple and battle the forces of darkness to find out!"
Post Mortem Press Announces Santa Muerte: "Post Mortem Press announces the release of its latest young adult horror novel Santa Muerte written by Cynthia Pelayo. The novel follows a 17-year-old girl living in Chicago, Ariana Molina, who struggles with visions of death while trying to save her father, a Mexican federal investigator, as well as herself from the wrath of the drug cartels and Saint Death."
Young adult horror novel, Santa Muerte, is now available for purchase in paperback and eBook format at Amazon.
The Morbidly Made Podcast: "The Morbidly Made is a upstart horror podcast that wishes to break down barriers between the horror industry and fans. In the pilot episode hosts Michael J. and John Rhoades discuss how they wish to help create a fully interactive experience, allowing fans to elaborate on different subjects and even take part in celebrity interviews. Mike & John then move on to discuss their favorite slashers. To bring something slightly different to the table, they quickly move onto their favorite non big four slashers and discuss slashers that they enjoy as much and why. Fans Dylan and Justine also call into the show and discuss with Mike and John their favorite slashers, leading to some interesting conversations."
Details on Scream Machine Release: "Mild curiosity leads to severe consequences when a couple rents a supposedly cursed video cassette recorder. An urban legend renownedfor leaving a trail of agonizing and torturous death. Unbelieving, they take the plunge... And another legend is horrifyingly born...
Do you dare give fate a winning hand, and test yourself against the hellish consequences of the SCREAM MACHINE?
Cry Heaven, Cry Hell:"Horror Novelist, Deno Sandz has announced the release of his new book, “Cry Heaven, Cry Hell”…The Return of Miss Mary Weather at Amazon.com on December 31, 2012. This latest novel is a HORRIFYING SEQUEL with an urban supernatural/horror twist that not only captures the fears of the soul, but the true anger of EVIL when it has been vanquished.
From the original novel in 2001: “Miss Mary Weather: A Southern Nightmare,” a sequel arises. In a rural black community in the Deep South , there is a myth of a woman who is the most terrifying female creature ever unleashed in this world. Will's battles with the evil woman continue from childhood to adulthood. The protagonist, Will defeats her: however his eldest son begins dreaming of the evil woman’s return.”