We return with the latest edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes an exclusive poster reveal for OAZ: Nan from Hell, preview pages from the horror anthology comic EEEK!, and much more:
Exclusive Poster Reveal for OAZ: Nan from Hell: “Ed awakes one morning to find his Nan has become one of the living dead, trapped in his house by his flesh eating Nan he struggles to cope, with a little help from his friends he tries to survive the day, but the more Nan feeds the stronger she gets and soon it becomes a battle to keep the house zombie free.”
Written and directed by, Craig T. James, OAZ: Nan from Hell stars Marcus Carroll, Abigail Hamilton, Oliver Ferriman, Nia Ann, Sabrina Dickens, William Huw, Josh Wood, and Steve Purbrick. To watch the trailer for OAZ, visit the official website at: http://www.oazthemovie.com/
In a small town unknowing and free from betrayal, an evil is looming to rewrite their tale. From deep within hell a curse rises up to strike down the old and never give up. The elderly dead will smell blood in the air, eating flesh of the young and the world will despair.
Final CineMayhem Line-Up Announced: Tickets are now on sale for the CineMayhem Film Festival, and the final line-up has been announced:
Other new additions to the two-day schedule include the world premiere of Adam Barnick’s brand new music video for Rivulets latest song “How, Who” as well as Drew Daywalt’s latest short MEAT and a special screening of Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead’s 2012 festival favorite RESOLUTION which will be closing out CineMayhem on Sunday evening.
CineMayhem will also be hosting the World Premieres of ROADSIDE directed by Eric England (MADISON COUNTY) and the latest short film from Ryan Spindell (KIRKSDALE), THE ROOT OF THE PROBLEM as well as the West Coast Premieres of two other short films- Paul Davis’ (BEWARE THE MOON: REMEMBERING AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON) HIM INDOORS and SPLIT THE CHECK by Patrick Rea (NAILBITER).
Other feature films currently selected for the CineMayhem Film Fest include BREATH OF HATE by Sean Cain (SILENT NIGHT, ZOMBIE NIGHT), COLDWATER by Dave Parker (THE HILLS RUN RED) and THE SLEEPER by Justin Russell. CineMayhem will also be screening several other award-winning short films including FAMILIAR by Zach Green, KILLER KART by James Feeney and FOXES by Lorcan Finnegan.”
The CineMayhem Film Festival will be taking place on March 2nd and 3rd in Thousand Oaks, California. For screening times and more information, visit: http://cinemayhemfilmfest.blogspot.com/2013/02/final-schedule-announced-for-cinemayhem.html?spref=tw
Dark Carnival Film Festival: “The Dark Carnival International Film Festival is currently accepting submissions for 2013 and festival organizers are looking for original, cutting edge independent films in the horror, fantasy and sci-fi genres. Both short and feature-length films are accepted, as well as documentaries, animation, experimental, music videos, and trailers. The early-bird deadline for submission is June 30, 2013. (Filmmakers should visit www.darkcarnivalfilmfest.com for more information.)
For 2013, we’re excited to move to our new location – the historic Crump Theater in downtown Columbus, Indiana. Originally opened in 1889, the Crump is the oldest theater in the state – and is also recognized as one of the most haunted places in the midwest.
The Dark Carnival International Film Festival is a different show every year. Screenings showcase a mix of 25-30 short and feature films. Events have included outdoor drive-in film screenings, filmmaking seminars, panel discussions, VIP award banquets, and filmmaker Q&A. The festival has also offered a variety of after-hour events, including costume contests, dance parties, carnival sideshows, horror hosts, burlesque dancers, live fire shows and more!
Festival passes go on sale spring 2013, and a limited number of vendor tables are available. Visit www.DarkCarnivalFilmFest.com for more details.”
Trailer Released for The Devil Knows His Own: “When Jessica and Ethan Ray receive news their Grandmother has passed, they believe the nightmares of their childhoods will finally be laid to rest. Returning home for the first time in over 25 years, the siblings reunite only to discover a mystery surrounds the house they are inheriting. Within the walls of their family estate, the dead to do not rest easy, and the horrors of their childhood are nothing compared to the terror that awaits them.”
Artsploitation Acquires Three Horror Films: “Artsploitation Films is pleased to announce the acquisitions of three new cutting edge international horror films all by young and upcoming directors: HORROR STORIES, MEMORY OF THE DEAD and WITHER will all be given full stateside releases by the new label based in Philadelphia.
HORROR STORIES from Korea is an omnibus film which tells the tale of a kidnapped girl forced to tell scary stories to the serial killer that kidnapped her. She tells four stories all made by different directors: Don’t Answer the Door (Jeong Bum-shik), Endless Flight (Yim Dae-Woong), Secret Recipe (Hong Ji-Young) and Ambulance on the Death Zone (Kim Gok and Kim Sun).
MEMORY OF THE DEAD (La Memoria del Muerto) from Argentina, follows a distraught widow who summons her dead husband’s closest friends together in her Gothic home. There she tells them, that with their assistance and love, she will attempt to bring him back to life. But the woman has an ulterior motive; one that involves sacrificing the souls of each of her guests to bring her husband back to life. An atmospheric parody of horror films and a subtle homage of Italian Giallo films, director Diment utilizes a mix of comedy, sex and old-fashioned gore to present a dizzying tale of the occult. Memory of the Dead was directed by Valentín Javier Diment and stars Lola Berthet, Horacio Acosta, Raquel Albéniz, and Jimena Anganuzzi. The film was scripted by Martín Blousson, Valentín Javier Diment, Nicanor Loreti, and Germán Val.
WITHER is a film from Sweden that tells the tale of Ida and Albin, a happy couple. They set off to a cabin in the vast Swedish woodlands to have a fun holiday with their friends. But under the floorboards waits an evil from Sweden’s dark past. Directed by Sonny Laguna and Tommy Wiklund. Wither stars Lisa Henni and Patrik Almkvist. The screenplay was written by Sonny Laguna, David Liljeblad, and Tommy Wiklund.”
Charity Campaign for The Perfect House: “The Perfect House” is an anthology with three vignettes about previous owners of one house, each short is set during a prolific period in horror history.
The film (and bonus content) is available in our distrify player. Distrify, the future of film distribution, allows fans to watch and profit from their favorite movies in a player as viral as a YouTube video. The trailer, movie and a collection of bonus content can be watched, downloaded or purchased on any internet-enabled device.
Gratwick Films is donating a portion of the film’s February sales to the Buffalo based Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Fans and press are encouraged to join the campaign to “Unleash the Horror,” and raise money for charity by registering as an affiliate inside the player and then sharing and/or embedding the video in any blog, website or social media platform.
“The Perfect House” stars Jonathan Tiersten (Sleepaway Camp), Monique Parent, and Chris Raab (Jackass), is being released February 10th, 2013 on VOD by Gravitas Ventures with exclusive DVD distribution through Gratwick Productions. “The Perfect House” is also available on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, VUDU and many other platforms.”
For more information on the charity campaign, visit: http://www.tphperfecthouse.com/2013/02/02/how-to-unleash-the-horror/
Asylum Releases Eeek! Anthology Horror Comic: “Frank Forte announces that Asylum Press will be releasing Jason Paulos’ EEEK! As a digital horror anthology on all digital platforms.
This retro-style anthology of all-new horror tales is guaranteed to give you the eeries and the creepies! Taking a pinch of black humour from EC comics and mixing it with the art stylings of House of Mystery and Warren comics, EEEK! blends a heady broth that hits you like a burning incense stick to the retina. Jason Paulos delivers the goods with tales of revenge, zombies, vampires, ghouls and monsters.
Each tale drawn in a different style reminiscent of the B&W horror mags of the 70’s and 80’s. EEEK! #1 features four tales of terror. In ‘Deadline of Death’ we witness rival comic artists dabbling with malevolent forces that arrive in the form of a chain smoking goatee wearing Satan. In ‘Lights! Camera! Murder!’ , A lovesick starlet and a ruthless film director embark on a doomed love affair that ends in pieces! ‘Stuffed’ is a heartwarming tale of domestic bliss and stuffed animals…NOT!, in ‘Just Desserts’ gluttonous food critic Sol Weinstein winds up stranded on a remote island with nothing to eat … save his fellow passengers.
EEEK! #1-#5 will feature the stories collected in the EEEK! Vol. 1 TPB. EEEK! #6 and forward will feature all new tales that will eventually be collected into the EEEK! Vol. 2 TPB.”
Mile High Horror Film Festival Now Accepting Submissions: “The Mile High Horror Film Festival is now accepting film submissions for its fourth annual festival, which will be held October 3-6, 2013 at the Alamo Drafthouse in Denver at 7301 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton, CO, 80120, USA.
Submission categories include:
*Feature Length Films
*Short Length Films
*Feature Length Screenplays
*Short Length Screenplays
*Music Videos/Movie Trailers
*Local Colorado Short Films
*Local Colorado Feature Films
The MHHFF’s 2013 guest judges will be announced shortly.
“As a festival, we pride ourselves on giving a voice to quality, independent genre films, while catering to the filmmakers who create them,” says festival director Timothy Schultz. “We’re excited to once again showcase the very best independent horror films from around the world; we invite all genre filmmakers to submit.”
The Mile High Horror Film Festival’s mission is to showcase the best independent genre films from around the world. The festival hosts screenings and events throughout the year with its annual weekend-long festival taking place each fall in the Denver metro area of Colorado. It features a wide array of celebrities, artists, and filmmakers from the horror genre. Its 2012 guests included Kane Hodder, Bill Moseley, and Corey Feldman to commemorate the 25th anniversary of The Lost Boys among others.
For more information about the Mile High Horror Film Festival visit, www.mhhff.com.”
First Trailer for Dark Cove: “In the film, five friends: Ian (Eliot Bayne), Quinn (Rob Willey), Jen (Montanna McNalley), Joey (Rob Abbate), and Donnie (Cameron Crosby) go on a camping adventure that quickly turns into a disaster. After meeting two Australian surfers: Dean (James Anderson) and Chase (Rodney Woods) who are not who they appear to be, a night of hallucinogenic drug trips alter reality and create paranoia. Soon, friends are turning up dead and the survivors have to find a way out of their isolated and dangerous locale.
Shot on location on Vancouver Island, Dark Cove is nearing completion. This title will finish shooting in 2013 as Tall Grass Films finalizes further financing.”
Release Details for A Grim Becoming: “Currently in pre-production is the feature film: a horror comedy entitled A Grim Becoming. Directed by Adam R Steigert (Ombis 2013) and written by Janeen Avery, Christopher Brechtel, Mark Mendola and Adam R Steigert.
Newcomer Christopher Marriott is in talks with DefTone to play lead role of Raphael. Raphael is a young, bitter executive who is on the verge of losing a multimillion dollar architectural deal with a large distribution company lead by the awkward Stanford brothers. Raphael suffers a sudden death in his family and has to immediately leave to go to the funeral in his home town of Metzburgh. Seeing this as his big chance to get ahead is Wayne, a jealous co-worker who is in competition with Raphael. Wayne is being played by Syfy’s Ghost Hunters and The Black Dahlia Haunting’s (2012) Britt Griffith. As Raphael returns to Metzburgh, he experiences a life changing event: witnessing a Grim Reaper taking a soul. This sighting results in Raphael becoming a Reaper and having to explore his own conscience and the lengths he will go to get his own life back. But Death, played by Michael Sciabarrasi, has other plans for the naive young executive. In addition, A Grim Becoming also reunites scream queens Devanny Pinn (Jamie) and Jessica Cameron (Life).
With a June 21, 2014 release date for A Grim Becoming set and principal photography starting in June 2013, the full cast list will be released in May of 2013.”