We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today's feature includes release details and clips from Abandoned Mine, information on Judgment and Unit 44, a video from Joe Dante discussing his film Dark, a teaser trailer from All Hallows' Eve, and much more.
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Abandoned Mine Trailer and Clips: "In Abandoned Mine, five small-town school friends celebrate Halloween with an overnight adventure into the legendary “haunted” Jarvis Mine. Local legend tells of the angry spirits that have occupied the mine since a family was murdered for still mysterious reasons exactly 100 years ago. But that doesn't stop these young adrenaline junkies from exploring the unknown – and bringing mini-cameras to capture their every move.
Yet once deep into the mine their best-laid Halloween plans go awry, leaving the adventurers trapped without escape. Are their misfortunes purely accidental or is the legend true and something more lurks in the darkness? Nothing is what it truly seems as the past and present collide in this psychological thriller written and directed by Jeff Chamberlain and starring Alexa Vega, Reiley McClendon, Saige Thompson, Charan Prabhakar, Adam Hendershott, and Valerie C. Walker. The film will hit theaters and VOD August 15th."
To learn more about Abandoned Mine, visit: https://www.facebook.com/AbandonedMine
Judgment First Details: "Seasoned horror industry makeup and effects guru Gary J. Tunnicliffe will step into the role of writer/director on his feature film project Judgment. Guaranteed to be a horror film like no other. Tunnicliffe, [has a] career that includes more than 70 feature films including films from such iconic horror franchises as the Hellraiser series, Halloween, Pumpkinhead, Candyman, Mimic, Exorcist, Blade, Prophecy, The Collection and Scream.
Now Tunnicliffe is unleashing his well-known talent on his own project, although he is adamant that this is not a film with gore for the sake of gore. There are very few deaths in Judgment, but there are disturbing moments that will startle audiences and shake them to the core. In his vast experience the most subtle of things can be the most disturbing.
"I've sat in with test audiences and seen them react to a decapitation and let me tell you, you get a much bigger reaction when someone stubs their toe and rips half their toenail away," he explains. "That is pain that people connect with. Judgment taps into that and so much more."
For more information on Judgment, visit: www.judgementmovie.com
Video From Joe Dante on Dark: "On August 14th, 2003 New York City went DARK... [Dark], a new thriller directed by Nick Basile and Written by Elias, stars Whitney Able and Alexandra Breckenridge.
Set in NYC during the blackout of 2003, Kate, a struggling 30-something model with a troubled past, has just moved into her girlfriend Leah's Brooklyn loft, but already doubts about their relationship have begun to loom. When Leah leaves for the weekend, Kate unexpectedly find herself alone in the apartment in the midst of the worst blackout in North American history. As darkness falls over the city, Kate's paranoia grows and she begins to believe someone in the building is stalking her. With no one to help her and escape out of reach, Kate is forced to confront her deepest fears as she fights to survive through the night."
All Hallows' Eve Teaser Trailer: "Ruthless Pictures releases a sneak peek of Damien Leone’s Halloween feature, All Hallows’ Eve via Instagram.
While babysitting two children on Halloween night, a young woman finds an old VHS tape in the kids' trick or treat bag. The tape features three tales of terror, all linked together by a murderous clown. It isn't long before the babysitter learns the horrifying truth... the maniacal clown is slowly working his way into her reality.
All Hallows’ Eve will be released on October 29 by RLJ/Image Entertainment."
To watch the 15 second teaser trailer, go to: http://instagram.com/p/cvrW9nla9F/
Premiere Details on Feast of the Dead Anthologies: "Source Point Press has announced the release of their two zombie anthologies, "Feast of the Dead" and “Feast of the Dead: Hors D’oeuvres”, to debut at the Detroit Zombie Con on August 17th. These books collect together zombie stories, poems, and artwork from some of the best in the horror business.
While Feast of the Dead focuses on short stories from a diverse and talented collection of authors, Hors D’oeuvres collects even shorter stories, poetry, illustrations, and even some surprise celebrity interviews. “FotD: Hors D’oeuvres will feature some illustrations from artists who’ve really contributed to the zombie genre, such as Jerry Gaylord from Fanboys Vs. Zombiesand Mark Bloodworth of Deadworld fame. We’re proud to announce that Hors D’oeuvres will also feature exclusive in-depth interviews with horror film FX legend Robert Kurtzman and actress Emma Bell who played ‘Amy’ on The Walking Dead.” Kurtzman’s makeup and special FX contributions to the horror genre seem endless, including films such as Evil Dead II, Army of Darkness, Wishmaster, From Dusk Till Dawn, Jason Goes to Hell, Texas Chainsaw 3D, Hostel, and The Devil’s Rejects."
For more information on this event, visit: www.facebook.com/SourcePointPress
Every Time I See You I Go Wild Music Video Details: "Multi award winning filmmaker Paul D's latest music video features 'Kids In America' singer, Kim Wilde, confronting zombies, vampires, werewolves, and demons, as she fights for the man she loves. The video was shot on location at a Victorian cemetery and a trendy nightclub in London, England.
'Every Time I See You I Go Wild' (the track featured in the video) was written by Stevie Wonder, recorded by British Electric Foundation (B.E.F) and Produced by Martyn Ware. 'Every Time I See You I Go Wild' will be released as a single on 19th August 2013 by Wall of Sound.
The Director of Photography, Malcolm Hadley, was also Director of Photography on Tim Burton's Frankenweenie. Post Visual Effects were created by Mike Quinn, whose film credits include 'Return of The Jedi', The Muppets, Little Shop of Horrors, Who Framed Roger Rabbit & Labyrinth. The Special Makeup FX were created by Robbie Drake, whose film & TV credits include 'Hellraiser', 'Misfits' & 'Max Headroom'. The Costume Designer for the video, Christopher Wilmer, is currently working on Sam Mendes' London West End theatre production of 'Charlie and The Chocolate Factory'. The cast of the video includes 'Dark Morte' ('Best Goth Model' - World Goth Day 2012) & Paul Ewen ('Cockneys vs Zombies')."
Gnash Release Details: Written by Brian Parker, an active duty Army soldier, the "zombie apocalypse novel Gnash is available on Amazon for Kindle and in print format at most major online booksellers.
An ancient fundamentalist organization has chosen to lash out against its enemies by conducting several attacks simultaneously across the globe. One of the assaults unleashes a deadly virus within the Pentagon. When the virus mutates beyond anything the terrorists expected, the nation's capital is plunged into a violent zombie outbreak that threatens to infect everyone in the region. A desperate attempt to stop the potential global epidemic backfires as the infected survive a brutal pre-emptive strike and continue to wreak havoc on the human population when they reemerge from the bowels of the ruined city."
For more information, or to purchase this novel, head over to Amazon
Bloodline Release Details: "Osiris Entertainment Film Distribution collaborates with Regal Cinemas to release the company’s first theatrical film, Bloodline. The fantasy thriller is slated to premiere late September in markets such as Los Angeles and Sacramento, CA. Produced by and starring Sacramento-native and award winning director, Matt Thompson, Bloodline is the first theatrical release for Osiris Entertainment.
Shot and filmed in the Eldorado National Forest of Sacramento, Bloodline uncovers the eerie past and life of Brett Ethos (Matt Thompson). A young seminary student inching toward a priestly life, Brett falls away from the church as his curiosities entice him to divulge into worldly pleasures ultimately leading to the relentless realities of his identity. Tempted to unmask the hidden mirrors of his past, fear consumes him at the site of the haunting reflections, as self-discovery becomes the most terrifying journey of all. Truth is discovered, blood is tainted, and darkness pollutes their fate, Brett puts his own life and the lives around him in an immense danger as he is torn between his faith and his curse.
Bloodline stars Kimberly Alexander (NCIS), Grainger Hines (Lincoln), Jesse Kristofferson (Melrose Place), Gina Comparetto (How I Met Your Mother), and Christopher Frontiero (Parks and Recreation)."
First Details on Unit 44: "Unit 44 is the story of Area 51 employees, Agent Gibson and Agent Hatch, who forget to pay the rent on the facility’s off-site storage unit, and the super-secret contents are sold at public auction. When an alien invasion threatens the safety of planet Earth, Gibson and Hatch must recover an item from the locker if they hope to stop the extraterrestrial threat.
The idea for the comic hit when writer Wes Locher found himself hopelessly engrossed in an episode of "Storage Wars" on TV (a show about people who purchase the contents of storage units where the owner has stopped paying the rent, and try to turn a profit from whatever they find inside -- it sucks you in!). He couldn't help but wonder what would happen if instead of a room full of useless junk, the buyers inadvertently found themselves with a unit full of government secrets. Unit 44 is being developed as a 4-issue miniseries and collected graphic novel."
To learn more about this comic series, and to support its progress, go to: www.unit44comic.com
They Will Outlive Us All Teaser Trailer: "New York City. 2016. In the years since Hurricane Sandy, the city has been brought to its knees by a series of "Frankenstorms." The damage has accumulated and New York is unable to recover. Electricity fluctuates, water is rationed, and there is little to no cell or Internet service. Even FEMA drop off points have been abandoned. As hurricane season hits yet again, New York braces itself for the oncoming wave of destruction.
Roommates Margot and Daniel attempt to survive this “new” New York by avoiding it at all costs. But with the advent of three strange deaths in their Brooklyn building, the world they’ve been hiding from is knocking hard on the back door. And the arrival of a surprise visitor starts a chain reaction that will drag them kicking and screaming from the comfort of their couch. They soon discover that the salad days of getting drunk and watching horror movies are behind them, because they have a new roommate, and he’s got a real bug up his ass. It’s time for our heroes to kill their TV, lay off the booze, and put out the roach… Or all of NYC could fall into the clutches of something that can’t even clutch."
They Will Out Live Us All stars Nat Cassidy, Jessi Gotta, Alyssa Simon, and Gavin Starr Kendall. To learn more on They Will Out Live Us All, visit: www.facebook.com/TheyWillOutliveUsAll
Zugzwang Production Details: "Zugzwang, a new psychological thriller starring Paul Rae (True Grit, Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D, W) and Golden Globe winner Joanna Cassidy began principle photography in August. The script was penned by Stephon Stewart and Christopher Dean Elliott. Grammy award-winning composer Victor Vanacore will score the film. DragonGate Films and Purple Mountain Productions are producing.
Zugzwang is a psychological thriller that combines the seething vengeance driving the remake of the Hitchcock classic Cape Fear with the obsessive madness of Se7en. David Williams must choose to sacrifice himself for the sake of his daughter and wife's well-being but learns that even when a man does his best to do the honorable thing, his wishes do not always come true."
The Evil Inside DVD and VOD Release Date Announced: "Sarah, a teen with a history of mental illness, has a jarring premonition of her friends' impending deaths one night at a sleepover. As her houseguests begin to turn murderously against each other, Sarah must determine whether her visions represent the preventable or the inevitable... or something entirely more sinister.
The Evil Inside, directed by Pearry Teo (The Gene Generation, Necromentia, Witchville), stars Lala Hensley, James Adam Lim, Matthew Mercer, Jennifer Zhang, Tara Strand, Rayne Bidder, and Sage Howard. [It will be] available on DVD/VOD on August 27th, 2013."
First Details on Selkie: "Horror Channel presenter and actress Emily Booth steps behind the lens to make her first short film – Selkie, a dark revenge fairytale, in which she also stars in the title role - as a beautiful and vengeful sea creature. The plot, based on an ancient Celtic myth, sees Selkie enslaved to a drunken fisherman when he finds her shedded skin on the beach. Refusing to return her skin to her, the Selkie law of nature means she is now bound to him as his 'land wife' unable to return to her true form, and to the sea. Until one day, many years later, when she exacts her revenge and finally is able to transform back into her true form.
Emily assembled her own team for the project including concept artist Danny McMahon (who came up with the original drawings of the Selkie creature) and SFX artist Robbie Drake (Nightbreed, The Seasoning House).
Emily said today: "My aim is to create something truly unique and memorable, a dark and haunting adult fairytale, with a spectacular creature transformation sequence, all shot in Medieval locations.""
To learn more about Selkie, and to support its progress, visit: www.emilybooth.co.uk
Sinister Visions Trailer: "Horror anthology Sinister Visions will be released on DVD on August 13th by Chemical Burn Entertainment and is available for pre-order at all major retailers right now. Sinister Visions consists of five grueling horror stories to make your bones freeze.
Are you ready for a terror attack combining both succubi, women possessed by demons, serial killers in electric chairs, aggressive zombies, avengeful crazy women, men with very deep emotional scars and of course a fair amount of amputation and gore? Add a bunch of dark humor to the mix and you have Sinister Visions!"
Surviving Evil VOD Release Details: "Freestyle Digital Media has announced that they have acquired digital rights to Surviving Evil, a tense international horror/thriller starring Billy Zane (Titanic), Christina Cole (Mutual Friends), Natalie Mendoza (The Descent) and Filipino star Joel Torre (Amigo, On the Job). Written and directed by Terence Daw, the film was produced by David Pupkewitz, Anton Ernst and Malcolm Kohll. Surviving Evil will be available on all VOD platforms on August 20th.
In the film a television documentary crew begins shooting a jungle survival special on the remote Mayaman Island in the Philippines. Things start out casual for host Sebastian "Seb" Beazley (Zane) and his team until the jungle takes a terrifying turn. With horror they discover a local legend is all too real when a mythical creature called the Aswang ultimately descends from the trees and begins stalking them through the jungle."
First Details on Encosto: "The new film directed by Joel [Caetano] called "Encosto" tells the story of a man who, after practicing Macumba (Brazilian black magic), has to bear their sins! "Encosto" is a very low budget film, but the talent of the team has resulted in a stunning success!
The film premiered at Horror Cine Festival in Mexico, and was selected for the Berkshire Short Film Festival in the United States, Toyama International Film Fest in Japan, Curtas em Flagrante in Portugal, and Macabre FICH again in Mexico! In Brazil, the film went through Fantaspoa Fest in Porto Alegre, [and many others]."
For more information on Encosto, go to: www.encostofilme.blogspot.com.br
Interkozmosz Production Details: "The 20-minute short entitled "Interkozmosz" will be shot in Hungary in November, its screenwriter, director and composer is Bela Banhegyi, and Andras Szoke (the most popular figure of Hungarian underground film-making) plays the main role.
In the story, Bandi (Andras Szoke) is a 51-year old fanatic sci-fi fan that grinds his days lonely in a small Hungarian village by subsisting on the repair of electronic devices as a self-employed. Since his childhood he has collected everything that is related to space research, astronomy and science fiction but his devotion started growing exceptionally when the country's exclusive space telecommunications ground station was built near the village when he was 15. In spite of the unsuccessful 35 years that have passed, innumerable petitions and experiments his devotion has remained unbroken. We track one of Bandi's Sundays by getting acquainted with his individual views and closed world: his unusual routines, awe- inspiring collection of relics, his radio broadcasting station furnished at the parish and his secret room guarded by 7 locks.
Despite the low budget, the makers committed themselves to quality the proof of which is the creative work produced by Zoltan Feher with the contribution of Banhegyi. Owing to the fact that no film has been made on sci-fi fans yet, the makers expect strong interest in connection with the international preliminary promotion. The trailer will come out in December and the premier will take place in February."
For more information, and to support the progress of this film, go to: www.belabanhegyi.com
First Paranormal Apparition Details: "Hard hitting, packed with effects and a scream a minute, Paranormal Apparition was immediately taken up by some of America’s biggest retailers for the big Halloween push in October.
The story goes that when Mr. and Mrs. Myers move into their highly coveted Beverly Hills home, they wonder why the price tag is too good to be true. Their daughter, Danielle, discovers the truth when a neighbor tells her one of the previous owners was murdered there years before. When Danielle falls prey to the attacks of the ghostly victim who lived there, Danni's dream home turns into the house from hell as she is tortured and haunted by the evil apparition. As Danielle's cries go unheard by her oblivious parents, she realizes she must get out of the house as quickly as possible or she is going to be the next victim of an even greater threat.
The film is from the rapidly growing label, World Wide Multi Media, who have become known for specializing in the more bizarre and radical films with a predominance on the horror, paranormal and slasher style movies. Not a label for the squeamish or easily disturbed and Paranormal Apparition lives up to their style in every sense."
For more information on Paranormal Apparition, or to purchase the film, go to: www.wwmm.info
Slash Lists His Favorite Horror Movies: "In celebration of YouTube Geek Week, Slash from Guns N’ Roses gives his list of Top 10 Horror Films on the Nerdist channel."