We return with the latest edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting the recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes news on Herschell Gordon Lewis’s next film, Zombificador, details on a feature-length version of The Little Mermaid short film, a Truth or Dare teaser trailer, and much more:
Feature-Length Version of The Little Mermaid Announced: “The Little Mermaid is a live-action, supernatural thriller set in the 1930s Oklahoma dust bowl. This dark fantasy centers around a sideshow of “living aquatic oddities” in which the Little Mermaid herself is both a captive victim, and an incredibly powerful catalyst. As a character-driven thriller, the film transcends traditional indie “pick ‘em off in the dark one by one” offerings. Impacting each of the ensemble cast in a unique way, this is not the Little Mermaid you remember from your childhood!
In 2011, the principals of Done Four Productions produced a short film entitled “The Little Mermaid” which was screened around the world, receiving wide critical acclaim and taking the top prize at LA’s ScreamFest before being acquired by FEARnet. This experienced team is now producing a full-length version of The Little Mermaid as a 10 x 10 digital series with a 100 minute feature cut.
The property is unique in its exclusive use of practical FX, featuring two dozen new creatures – beautiful and horrific creations all developed by a fan-favourite “SyFy: Face Off” contestant-lead team. Filming commences in Vancouver this September.”
Herschell Gordon Lewis to Direct Zombificador: “Zombificador is an old-style anthology movie, with several stories than interconnect with each other in some point. From big fat monsters with the ability of transforming people into savage creatures, to human-sized mutant bugs, along with talking puppets and silent psycho killers.
Zombificador will be directed by the legendary “Godfather of Gore,” Herschell Gordon Lewis, director of such classics gore festivals such as Blood Feast, classical horror movies like 2000 Maniacs and disturbing bloody films such as The Wizard of Gore. Zombificador merges all the elements that made him famous. The script is co-written by Herschell Gordon Lewis and Marc Fernandez, the producer of the movie.
Casting cannot be completed until a start-date is established, but stars will include horror icon Bill Moseley, from Rob Zombie’s “The Devil’s Rejects” and the cult musical “Repo!”, Michael Berryman, well-known for his character in the original “The Hills Have Eyes” by Wes Craven, and his appearance in “One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and other horror actors to be announced soon.”
New Trailer for The Secret Village:“Written by Jason B. Whittier and Kandan, The Secret Village follows Greg (Jonathan Bennett), an unsuccessful screenwriter and Rachel (Ali Faulkner), a spunky journalist, as they research an outbreak of mass hysteria and ergot poisoning in a small village. They rent a house together and start to uncover a secret that has affected this village for years. But the cult activity has been kept a secret by locals Joe (Stelio Savante) and Paul (Richard Riehle) and when Greg disappears, Rachel is left alone to unravel the mystery and save their lives. Kef Lee, Toby Gadison and Karin Duseva round out the cast.”
First Details for Bunker: “A sci-fi romantic comedy about love during the robot apocalypse. Boy meets girl in a fortified bunker and can’t stop himself from flirting despite the threat of evil killer robots outside. It’s When Harry Met Sally meets The Terminator.”
Written and directed by Ned Ehrbar, Bunker stars Ryan Patrick McGuffey, Jordan Hinson, Tyler Dawson, Paul Telfer, Ursula Mills, and Jaime Gallagher.
Truth or Dare Teaser Trailer: “Truth or Dare” is about 6 college kids who find internet stardom when they make “Truth or Dare” videos with a violent twist. It is all fun and games until their number one fan decides he wants to play…
Actors Shelby Stehlin, and Jesse Wilson have joined the cast which includes the Scream Queen herself, Jessica Cameron, along with Devanny Pinn, Heather Dorff, Ryan Kiser, and Brandon Van Vliet.
Principal photography begins on April 25th for Jessica and her producers, Jonathan Higgins & Buz Wallick.”
Hipster Zombies Release Details: “The young German independent game developer Sharkbomb Studios is bringing it’s debut game Hipster Zombies to Apple iOS devices. After having only been available on Android it is now available to mac-loving hipsters all over the world. Starting today the brain-blowing game is available for iPhones 3GS and newer, all iPads and the iPod Touch starting with the 4th generation.
In this light-hearted arcade action game you need to defend your neighborhood against invading hordes of zombified hipsters. In the night they shamble towards your block looking for brains and vintage clothes. If you can’t stop them they will tear down your barricades and ruin your home. Can you hold them back until sunlight? And can you do it with nothing but trash for weapons?
Defend a variety of distinct locations against the hipster zombie onslaught. Anything from the run-down back alley to the little coffee shop on the corner. Each level features it’s own pattern of attackers that you have to master. Of course a games with zombies needs some weapons! But in our game the guns are also Trash! To dispatch the Hipster Zombies you’ll have to kill them with what they desire most in (un)life, and that’s useless, old junk like vinyl records or bombs made out of old typewriters. And of course you can upgrade them!”
Darkest Night Trailer: “On December 25, 2003, an upscale Filipino family gathers at a remote place in the Sagada Mountains for a Christmas Day reunion dinner. It’s a happy occasion where the main character, Susan, announces her marriage engagement to her boyfriend, Ken, whom she brought with her.
Suddenly, the group is cut off from civilization and plunged into darkness by forces that defy natural laws and shut down all types of modern technology. One by one, the family members die or disappear in weird and horrific ways. The few who are left, including Susan, struggle for survival and against family conflicts and demonic forces, to find out what’s “out there” and what is happening.”
Directed by Russ Williams, Darkest Night stars DJ Perry, Anne Gauthier, Issa Litton, and Nic Campos. To learn more about Darkest Night, visit: www.darkestnightmovie.com
First Details for Succubus: “What should have been the happiest time of her life is turning into her worst nightmare-LITERALLY! SUCCUBUS is a horror film that follows a recently married couple immediately after their first “big fight”. Our heroine, played by the amazingly talented Alicia Lagano, struggles to patch up her alcohol-induced mistakes and work through the problems in her crumbling marriage while, simultaneously, her health is rapidly deteriorating as she fends off demons and ghoulish apparitions and tries to interpret gory visions of her own future. A future where her husband has sucked her dry… figuratively and literally. Blood, gore and boobs abound!”
Dark Comedy Short, Pop, Now Available: “Suburbanite Malcolm has it all. A beautiful home, a loving wife, and a very dark secret! POP is a dark comedy by James Chappell & Patrick Irving.”
New Clip for Possessed Soul: “Experience Media Studios today released a new teaser clip for Possessed Soul, its upcoming immersive 3D horror thriller “experience” shot entirely in first-person perspective where the audience IS the main character.
The horror film, penned by Jason Whittier (Waterfront Nightmare, The Secret Village) and directed by Michael-Ryan Fletchall (The Forger), is slated to begin in August 2013.
Two teenage girls are terrorized and slaughtered in the dark woods by a knife-wielding murderer. Russ Anderson, a disturbed and menacing teenage boy, awakes in a rage from his dream. Through his eyes, the audience experiences the horror of Possessed Soul. As they torment and abuse other students and teachers at their school, Russ leads his group of sinister and unstable friends into the perverse underworld of the occult. The group focuses their threats and intimidation on another outcast, Jake, stalking him mercilessly after school. In their relentless pursuit to have their desires fulfilled through Satanic worship, Russ and his friends engage in a series of increasingly maniacal rituals through a haze of drugs and alcohol. The further they delve into the occult, the more their grip on reality is distorted, revealing the true horror among them and the manipulative demonic terror they have unleashed.”
Rivulets’s “How, Who” Music Video: Director, Adam Barnick, directed a music video for musician, Nathan Amundson also known as Rivulets, called “How, Who”. It premiered at this year’s CineMayhem Film Festival, and we have it in its entirety to view below.