We're back with the latest installment of our Indie Spotlight. Each feature includes the latest independent horror news sent our way. If you want to be included in our next spotlight, send us an email.
I ROT: Josef J. Weber had written and directed a short film. Titled, I ROT, the short is in the vein of American Psycho and is currently available to watch online.
"Pete Waterman is on a hunt to find happiness in his rotten world as CEO to the world's largest cosmetics company. His job is the only aspect of his rotten life that keeps him sane somehow but when his job is threatened to be taken away by the four employees he despises most, Pete takes murderous action. Pete is backed into a corner and the only way out is to slice and dice his way out. I Rot is a gore fest packed with action, terror and laughs so outrageously over the top you will love to hate Pete Waterman."
The short stars Terry Rogers, Georgii Speakman, and Adam Tuominen. To watch it online, visit: http://vimeo.com/26951934
Before Dawn Trailer: "Before Dawn was born from an argument between husband and wife, Dominic Brunt and Joanne Mitchell. The films original concept came from 2 opposing opinions of what makes a good zombie movie and what frequently makes a bad one. What's missing and what needed adding to.
The idea was to give a depth to the characters involved and tell a story which would captivate, build and intrigue, without forgetting it's core purpose which was to entertain the gore hounds and fulfil the thrill seekers. Before Dawn was in pre-production for more than a year while money, a crew, special effects, cast and a gap in everyones calendar was found. Marc Price (Colin, Magpie, Way of the Monkey's Claw) joined as Executive producer and Helen Grace (Left Films) joined as producer early in 2011 with filming commencing in June. Marc Illis, novelist and screen writer had built the working screenplay following the structure of the original idea by Joanne and Dominic. Before Dawn is proud to be part of a British Horror Movie resurgence which has strong drama at its heart while never apologising for being part of the Horror genre"
You can watch the trailer at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iudndkDK2kc
Blood Widow: Described as a great old-school American slasher with a very striking killer, we have the full trailer for Blood Widow:
"Laurie (Danielle Lilley) and Hugh (Brandon Kyle Peters) are a successful young couple who have just closed on a weekend home away from the city. Unbeknownst to them, the neighboring property contains the crumbling remains of a boarding school that was shuttered in the wake of an unspeakable massacre. The one responsible for that massacre still resides in the ruins of the school, hiding from the world and wanting only to be left alone. When Laurie and Hugh’s friends explore the property, they have no idea that they disturbed an emotionally-broken killing machine: The Blood Widow (introducing Gabrielle Henry)."
Watch the trailer online at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NX7K1tpBvMQ
Wound Release Details: Breaking Glass Pictures has announced the upcoming DVD release of Wound:
"Breaking Glass Pictures has announced the March 6 DVD release of the carnage-packed horror film Wound (SRP 24.99). Director David Blyth takes audiences down a twisted rabbit hole where unimaginable horrors become reality. Wound hits hard and shows that the only way to survive is to Beware the Beast!
Legendary director Ken Russell (Oscar-winning Women in Love, The Devils, The Who’s Tommy, Altered States) hailed Wound as a “romantically charged Gothic psycho-sexual horror tale.” He championed the film as a “masterpiece,” pointing out the “gorgeous images and repulsive dream-surgery into the recesses of female consciousness.”
Wound breaks all barriers as it explores the dark worlds of mental illness, incest, revenge and death. The film follows Tanya as she searches for Susan, the mother she has never met – a mother who gave her up for dead after Tanya was brutally abused by her own father. Tanya returns from the grave to confront and possess Susan with all her deepest fears and desires, sending her mother into a state of madness and gore filled retribution. A young woman alone attempts to fight the demons that begin to haunt her days and nights -- in a series of brutal confrontations with the enemies of the past that want to possess and kill her.
“Wound” has shown nationally and internationally in festivals such as Fantasia FF and Fright Fest London. It has been awarded best female performance for Kate O’Rourke, best director, and best film at “A Night of Horror International Film Festival. As 2011 came to a close, Wound featured prominently on many horror critics’ “Best Films of the Year” list.
The DVD release will come fully stocked with numerous special features such as director David Blyth’s short film “Circadian Rhythms”, and music videos for “Damn Laser Vampires” and “Knot Time”, the official theme song for the film."
Watch the Wound trailer at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8FmD7oiYCc
My Pure Joy: We covered My Pure Joy in a recent Indie Spotlight. The film now has a new trailer and an earlier release date:
"Over 3,000 fans of the highly anticipated indie horror flick MY PURE JOY have gathered in Facebook, anxiously awaiting the release of critically acclaimed 19-year-old filmmaker, then 18, James Cullen Bressack’s first feature film, which is being released on Media Blasters’ FRESH MEAT Shriek Show label. Release is now slated for March 13th Original release date was February 14th.
Pre-orders have been selling well on Amazon for the past two months, fueled by consistently rave reviews on horror websites. The movie is set for large-scale American release in leading retailers nationwide, including Best Buy, Wal-Mart, and Fry’s among many others. While Japanese fans can expect to be treated to a release in theaters in their country later this year.
MY PURE JOY tells the story of a deranged teenage serial killer whose unhealthy obsession with horror movies leads him on a killing spree of neighbors, friends, and family. James Cullen Bressack, who has been labeled “Horror’s New Hope”, draws special inspiration from Asian directors Takashi Miike and Chan-wook Park."
Watch the new trailer at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rzBPRDU_vo
The Girls' Guide to Dating Zombies: Just in time for Valentine's Day, Lynn Messina will be releasing The Girls' Guide to Dating Zombies on February 14th:
"We all know how to survive zombies (even the CDC has offered some tips), but only Hattie Cross knows how to date them. In The Girls' Guide to Dating Zombies, the hilarious new novel by Lynn Messina (Little Vampire Women), Hattie Cross, the definitive zombie-dating expert, is on hand to provide the lovelorn with all the advice they need to navigate a relationship with an part-dead partner.
Lynn is calling her book zombie chick lit because her jumping-off point was Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. After reading it, she thought, Hmmm. If Pride and Prejudice is the first chick lit novel, then Pride and Prejudice and Zombiesis the first zombie chick lit novel. So she decided to take it to its natural conclusion and make zombies the romantic lead they were always meant to be = )"
To watch a trailer for the book, visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYy_kwDm-X4
You can also learn more at: http://zombiedating.wordpress.com/
Vulgarity for the Masses: "Vulgarity For the Masses is a Bizarro Horror/Comedy anthology novel. It is 246 pages and 9 stories (actually 10 as the back of the book counts as a sort of "frame") long that is designed to be the most ridiculous book published in 2011.
Vulgarity For the Masses is intentionally designed to be as far away from straight horror and conventional fiction as humanly possible without disintegrating into pure experimental excrement. Instead of shocks and screams, I went much deeper to the foundation for disturbing, creepy whiplash and was inspired more by David Lynch, David Cronenberg, Adult Swim and Satoshi Kon than John Carpenter or Stephen King. I followed no convention and I did whatever I wanted. My goal was to have the reader go from start to finish and then put the book down thinking, "Wow... what the hell did I just read?"
This book is not for everyone, nor was it designed to be, but I did design it to offer real substance for those willing to chance it. I fight for the reader's attention on every single paragraph of the 246 pages printed and my hope is, even if you don't enjoy it, what you read will be with you a long time."
For more information, visit author Jeff Lawhead's official website: http://www.jslawhead.com/
A Little Bit Zombie: We have the trailer for the indie horror comedy A Little Bit Zombie. "Infected by a virus, a mild manered HR manager must overcome his overwhelming desire for brains and appease his bridezilla-to-be, all while avoiding the Zombie hunter hot on his trail."
You can watch the trailer online at: http://vimeo.com/34477483