We’re back with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes trailers for Zombie Hamlet, Cowboy Zombies, and Antisocial, details on an apocalyptic card game, release information for 7E, and much more:
Zombie Hamlet Trailer and Release Details: “The All-Star comedy feature film, Zombie Hamlet, will be available exclusively on DVD from Level 33 Entertainment beginning on December 31, 2013. Following a successful film festival run, the movie sets its sights on entertaining audiences everywhere that DVDs are available for rental or sale by capitalizing on a uniquely funny story and a long list of recognizable names and faces including: Travis Wester, Jason Mewes (Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back), Emmy Award winner Shelley Long (“Cheers”), Vanessa Lee Evigan, with Emmy® Award nominee John Amos (“Good Times”) and June Lockhart (“Lost In Space”).
Directed by John Murlowski, written by John McKinney, and produced by Tom Shell, Kristi Culbert and Ricki Maslar, Zombie Hamlet tells the story of first-time film director, Osric Taylor (Travis Wester), as he finally manages to get his dream movie financed, Shakespeare’s Hamlet, set against the epic backdrop of the American Civil War. Osric heads to a small Louisiana town to start filming when his production funding unexpectedly dries up. With no other options, he agrees to accept southern matron Hester Beauchamp’s offer to finance his movie, as long as he throws some zombies into the film to attract a wider audience. When Hester suddenly dies mid-shoot — and with the local sheriff and ambitious news reporter Shine Reynolds (Shelley Long) hot on his trail — Osric is thrust into one precarious and hilarious situation after another in a desperate attempt to keep Zombie Hamlet alive.
Zombie Hamlet also includes original music composed by Jackson Rathbone (“The Twilight Saga”). The DVD will be available for purchase at major retailers including Amazon.com and available for rent at all major DVD rental outlets.”
To learn more about this film, and its release, visit: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Level-33-Entertainment/222748346296?ref=ts&fref=ts
End of the World Card Game Details: “The End of the World Card Game is a hilarious party game that shows how normal people cope when the world goes to Hell…
Unlike trying to survive a legit apocalypse, the End of the World Card Game is pretty simple. Each round, a round leader reads a survival scenario from a red “Survival” card, and the other players answer with their best white card. In the game they’re referred to as “Provision” cards. Oh and be warned, both the Survival cards and the Provision cards are full of humor, crass, and absurdity.
The game’s launch edition is based on the “Zombie Apocalypse.” The survival scenarios created for the game are designed to match perfectly with the over-the-top Provision cards.
The Apocalyptic Games team chose Kickstarter to obtain crowd funding for their initial printing run of professionally boxed sets.
The printed cards are 2.5″ x 3.5″, professionally produced and digitally cut. Each set contains 560 cards. 110 Survival Cards and 450 Provision Cards (including the 40 exclusive cards).
Apocalyptic Games is also on Facebook and on Twitter.”
For more information on this game, to read the rules, or to view the cards for free, visit the game’s website at: www.endoftheworldcardgame.com
Release Details for 7E: “A young man struggles with unexplained events in a New York City apartment building where tenants are not who they appear to be in 7E, an eerie new psychological thriller coming to Digital Download and DVD on December 10, 2013.
Inside an old New York apartment, Clyde (Brendan Sexton III, Welcome to the Dollhouse, Boys Don’t Cry) looks after his cousin (exciting newcomer Antonella Lentini) following the death of her roommate. Clyde begins to suspect tenants were involved in the suspicious death after meeting Sam and Rich, who seem overly concerned with his cousin’s well-being. As his exploration into the death continues, Clyde’s perception of what is real and what is imagined becomes increasingly blurred.
7E marks the impressive writing-directing debut of Teddy Schenck, who has worked on such films as Compliance, American Gangster and The Bourne Ultimatum. The psychological thriller also stars James Russo (Public Enemies, Django Unchained, Donnie Brasco), Armando Riesco (Garden State, World Trade Center, Che) and Natasha Lyonne (Orange Is the New Black, Slums of Beverly Hills, But I’m a Cheerleader). Jeffery Cooper acts as sales agent on behalf of Cut Entertainment Group.”
To learn more about 7E, visit: www.VirgilFilmsEnt.com
Second Trailer for Sororal: “Cassie (Amanda Woodhams) is tormented by horrific visions that follow her from her dreams into her waking life. The troubled artist copes with this curse that isolates her from the outside world by committing her violent visions to canvas. Cassie’s life is thrown into further disarray when it is revealed that her visions are depictions of real life murders. As her friends start turning up dead, Cassie realizes that her link to the killer works both ways and if she is to survive, she must unearth her family’s carefully hidden secrets and confront her own sordid past.
We have just released a ‘proper’ trailer to coincide with this weekend’s debut of Sororal.”
FEARnet’s ‘A December to Dismember’ Details: “FEARnet makes it a December to dismember with the network premiere of Sam Raimi’s cult classic Army of Darkness, starring Bruce Campbell, on Sunday, December 1, at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.
Picking up where Evil Dead 2 left off, Army of Darkness—the third film in the original Evil Dead trilogy, directed by Sam Raimi—transports the genre’s most hapless hero, Ash (played by the iconic Bruce Campbell), into medieval times, where sinister forces menace the townsfolk. After accidentally freeing hordes of Deadites, Ash must use his chainsaw-hand and boomstick to lead the citizens into battle and defeat the ancient evil once and for all.
Other December Highlights Include:
“Expedition FEAR” – Every Friday (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT).
On December 6, the international thrills are coming from across the pond, with a UK double feature. First, it’s the psychological thriller Paperhouse (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT), where a young girl’s dream world slowly turns into a nightmare. Death Machine (12 a.m. ET/9 p.m. PT) follows, starring Brad Dourif as a vengeful genius who sends his robotic “Warbeast” on a killing spree. On December 13, the Germans explore medical mayhem with Anatomy (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT), starring Franka Potente as a med student who uncovers a deadly conspiracy. And a troubled British teen develops a taste for blood in Cravings (12 a.m. ET/9 p.m. PT).
Then, on December 20, it’s the broadcast premiere of France’s high-octane The Horde (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT), as cops and gangsters battle the undead in an abandoned high-rise. And an airborne virus turns citizens into zombies in Chile’s Descendents (12 a.m. ET/9 p.m. PT).
“Creature Features” Marathon – Thursday, December 12 (6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT).
Settle in for an evening of mutated fish, killer snakes, and other fine freaks of nature in FEARnet’s “Creature Features” Marathon. It all begins with Frankenfish (6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT), as genetically-altered Chinese Snake-Heads terrorize a small Louisiana town. Venomous (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT) is next, as Treat Williams battles mutant snakes, brought to the surface of the earth by seismic activity. Then, a documentary crew (Ice Cube, Jennifer Lopez, Owen Wilson) is forced to join a hunter’s (Jon Voight) quest for one of the world’s biggest snakes in Anaconda (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT). And researchers (led by Morris Chestnut) stumble into a nest full of mating super-snakes in Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid (12 a.m. ET/9 p.m. PT). Boa (2 a.m. ET/11 p.m. PT) follows, as an ancient beast awakens in a high-tech prison. The Thaw (4 a.m. ET/1 a.m. PT) closes out the evening, with Val Kilmer as a scientist at an Arctic outpost, where global warming has freed frozen prehistoric parasites.
“Return of Killer Kringle” Marathon – Thursday, December 19 (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT).
Santa Clause is comin’ to town… and he’s out for blood, in this four-film fright fest featuring the network premieres of Silent Night, Deadly Night 3, 4 and 5. Start the season screaming as Santa (Bill Goldberg), the Devil’s son, goes on a yuletide rampage after a thousand-year curse expires in Santa’s Slay (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT), produced by Brett Ratner and co-starring Emilie de Ravin (LOST, ONCE UPON A TIME). Next, Ricky “Killer Santa Clause” Caldwell is back in Silent Night, Deadly Night 3 (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT), waking from a coma to stalk a clairvoyant teen on Christmas Eve. Then, a reporter investigates a cult that wants her as their queen in Silent Night, Deadly Night 4 (12 a.m. ET/9 p.m. PT). And someone is using toys to commit murder in Silent Night, Deadly Night 5 (2 a.m. ET/11 p.m. PT).
‘DONNER PASS’ (World Television Premiere) – Sunday, December 22 (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT).
Snowbound teens come face-to-face with members of the legendary cannibal clan, during a weekend ski trip.
“Holiday Buffet” – December 26-29 (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT).
TODD & THE BOOK OF PURE EVIL, about the teenage Metalhead, Todd, who must save his school—and the world—from Satanic forces. FEAR CLINIC, where Robert Englund and Kane Hodder bring your worst fears to life. PSYCHOVILLE, Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton’s tale of a very odd bunch of citizens being targeted by a blackmailer. HOLLISTON, the genre sitcom starring Adam Green and Joe Lynch, as aspiring Horror filmmakers dealing with post-college life and relationships, while trying to make their big break in the business. MARI-KARI, an animated webseries about twin sisters—one living, one dead, both voiced by Shannen Dougherty—whose supernatural bond has consequences for anyone who tries to break it.
‘REAPER’ Marathon – December 30-31 (12:30 p.m. ET/9:30 a.m. PT).”
Cowboy Zombies Trailer: “In the Old West, on an ordinary day, the sun rises as usual and people go about their daily business. On this particular day, the dead (with an appetite for human flesh) also rise, and the day becomes a fight for survival in this action horror film from Director Paul Winters. It’s the Arizona Territory, 1870′s, and Marshal Frank Wilcox, along with a Buffalo Soldier from the U.S. Army, will galvanize a group of disparate survivors to fight back against the living dead. It’s a world gone mad that the Marshal discovers in the town of Crumpit, as a disparate group of characters are doing battle against the unthinkable. Joined by an Apache Chief and the Marshal’s outlaw prisoner, the group must learn how to survive in a time where the dead walk. Helping to lead the fight is Preacher Black, a half mad preacher and the towns only doctor, and Roseann, the proprietor of the Double Peach Saloon where the group is hunkered down. Cowboy Zombies is a classic western…with zombies!
[Cowboy Zombies] was directed by Paul Winters and produced by Paul Winters and Patty Daniels-Winters. [Cowboy Zombies] stars Jarod Anderson, Sam Bearpaw, Greg Bronson, Kiera Crouch, Andy Daley, Matt Derdivanis, Efrain Escudero, David Gieblestein, and Mark Grossman [to name a few].”
For more information on this film, visit: www.cowboyzombiesfilm.com
First Details and Casting News for The Ritual: “A serial killer is loose on the streets of Los Angeles, killing prostitutes Jack the Ripper style. The killer knows the Ripper playbook and is following it step by step. Amanda Jenkins is the LAPD homicide detective assigned to hunt them down. But there is something about this case. Something she cannot put her finger on. Something is very wrong. In order to catch the killer, she will have to risk everything. Be careful what you wish for. By the time you realize what’s hunting you, it’s too late.
Horror siren Jacqui Holland (Monsters in the Woods, How I Met Your Mother) has been cast in The Ritual.
Directed by Chris Leto and based on a screenplay by Roger Sampson, the ‘Jack the Ripper’-inspired film fixes on two detectives on the hunt for a serial killer who is erasing London prostitutes.
The film is being crowd-funded by Kickstarter.”
Antisocial Trailer and Release Details: “Five university friends gather at a house party to ring in the New Year. Unbeknownst to them, an epidemic has erupted outside, causing outbreaks around the world. With nowhere else to turn, they barricade themselves indoors with only their phones, laptops, and other tech devices. They use their devices to research the possible cause of this outbreak. Information and video footage over flow their computers as they descend further into the cause and the ensuing chaos. As the virus spreads, the mood in the house changes from fear to paranoia. Who is safe? Who can they trust? Reality becomes blurred as they slowly discover the source of the virus causing the sickness…and there is no going back.
Breaking Glass Pictures, Vicious Circle Films, and Monster Pictures are excited to announce the December 10th nationwide VOD release of Antisocial. The feature length debut of director Cody Calahan, which has been scaring up impressive reviews on the international festival circuit, Antisocial sees a New Year celebration between a small group of friends turn into a vicious fight for survival when a mysterious viral outbreak forces them to stay indoors. Hailed by Slant Magazine as a “biting commentary on the often addictive nature of online interaction,” Antisocial will be available on Amazon, iTunes and all major broadcast platforms.”
Ms. Vampy’s Love Bites Episode Two: “Ms. Vampy’s Love Bites – Episode 2: Sex On The First Date.
Now, who better to give the world love and dating advice than a 110 year old Vampire who has seen it all and has a HEART of gold?
Check out her new show Ms. Vampy’s Love Bites and tweet @MSVAMPY. Ms. Vampy’s Love Bites next episode airs November 18, 2013 on www.MsVampy.net.”
First Details on Escaping the Dead: “The good old classic quote “There’s something rotten in the state of Denmark” rings true these days, although it is probably not quite in the way it was meant when written by William Shakespeare in “Hamlet”!
In directors Martin Sonntag and Bastian Brinch Pedersen’s near-doomsday prediction “Escaping the Dead”, Copenhagen reaks of rotten flesh after having come under attack of the living dead and the last remaining survivors fight for their lives.
The film stars Bastian Brinch Pedersen (who is also the co-director and producer of the film) as David, Rama Øzel as Ahmir, along with Daniel Hutera, Ali Öezkan, Iben Ma Bønnelycke, Nicolai Huan Nguyen, Camilla Ludvigsen and Kim Sønderholm (“Blood Fare”, “The Winedancers”, “Sinister Visions”) playing Lars – a policeman that David comes across during his run out of the city.
Director Martin Sonntag about the film, “The film is inspired by a series of articles about the deathdrug “Krokodil” that was published about the same period of time when Ronald Poppo had his face eaten by a naked man hooked on bathsalt in Miami. We saw it as the perfect zombie plot: a deathdrug that turns people into zombies. The film has its starting point in a typical day for the lead character, David. David is the local marihuana pusher, but he is the kind of dealer that smokes more than he sells. In the meantime the country has been hit by a new deathdrug and when David and his partner in crime Ahmir is offered some exceptionally cheap cocaine they see it as an opportunity to earn big money at the big techno concert the following Friday, but the cocaine turns out to have a terrible side effect that creates a giant zombie outbreak that spreads across the entire Copenhagen. In the film we follow David and his bloody fight out of the city.””
Second Trailer for The Truck: “Riley Hollow Films has released the second theatrical trailer and a new poster to coincide with the dvd release of their feature length road horror film “The Truck”.
The dvd is available now at Amazon along with 18×24 inch posters. It boasts several special features including a blooper reel, behind the scenes interviews with the cast & crew, and a full length audio commentary with writer/director Lee Vervoort and Director of Photography Jim Dougherty.
The Truck stars John Michael Morris as Roger Newman, and Rachelle Christine as Alice Mason. The movie also co-stars Jenna Nichole Ruiz playing a teenage hitch hiker, and re-teams Vervoort with members of his Gun Town cast, Tim Emery and Andy Grace. The film was shot in western Kentucky by cinematographer Jim Dougherty. The film was scored by Danny Lee Ramsey who also makes a special appearance in the film.
Hunger Unholy Teaser Trailer: “Diamond Dead Media presents “Hunger Unholy,” an upcoming independent horror/werewolf film.
After the funeral of her boyfriend Gabe’s parents, Kelly heads up north to the family cabin with him and a few of their friends as he prepares to sell it. Things quickly begin to spiral out of control, though, when their friends begin to disappear one by one with the rising of the full moon.
[Hunger Unholy] stars Laura Kriss, JT Taylor, Nate Burud, Nicholas Holland, Lillian Lamour, and Jordan Kantola. [It was] written and directed by Nicholas Holland.
Coming soon. This film is not yet rated. Portions of music in trailer written by [Mis]anthropy Beats.
Logo by JØSHVA.”
To learn more, go to Hunger Unholy‘s Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/hungerunholyfilm