We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes details on The Book, which brings together some of the biggest names in Italian horror, a trailer for Dead of the Nite, new releases from Cavity Colors, and much more:
First Details on The Book: “The Book sees the ultimate collaborative Italian horror film unfold before your very eyes. A one off project of unprecedented scale, The Book brings together, for the very first time, the writers, directors, actors, composers and artists behind the finest Italian genre cinema of the past sixty years. This includes the creative forces behind the Giallo movement, Spaghetti Westerns, Eurocrime and more. Each director will be given the opportunity to showcase their own personal vision of Rome, spread across a dozen episodes. Each segment in this feature film will contain a unique blend of macabre thriller, horror and the fantastic; all delivered with the unique style and method of the director in question.
The Book features 12 individual episodes, each of which is helmed by a master of Italian genre cinema. The following directors are confirmed:
Lamberto Bava (Shock, Macabre, Demons (1&2), Body Puzzle)
Antonio Bido (Bloodstained Shadow, Cat with the Jade Eyes, Blue Tornado)
Enzo G. Castellari (Cold Eyes of Fear, The House by the Edge of the Lake, The Last Shark, Inglorious Bastards)
Luigi Cozzi (The Killer Must Kill Again, Contamination, Starcrash, The Black Cat, Paganini Horror)
Alberto De Martino (The Antichrist, Scenes from a Murder, Holocaust 2000)
Ruggero Deodato (Cannibal Holocaust, House on the Edge of the Park, Last Cannibal World, Cut and Run)
Aldo Lado (Night Train Murders, Short Night of the Glass Dolls)
Umberto Lenzi (Nightmare City, Seven Blood-Stained Orchids, The Man from Deep River)
Edoardo Margheriti (In the Eyes of a Killer)
Sergio Martino (Torso, All the Colours of the Dark)
Sergio Stivaletti (The Three Faces of Terror, The Profane Exhibit, The Wax Mask.
Tonino Valerii (My Name is Nobody)
The screenplay will be provided by Dardano Sacchetti (The Beyond, Demons, Manhattan Baby), with exclusive poster art by Enzo Sciotti..”
For more information, visit: www.twitter.com/THE_BOOK_ITALY or www.facebook.com/THEBOOKITALIANANTHOLOGY
Dead of the Nite Trailer: “When a group of internet sensation ghost hunters are found brutally slaughtered in the infamous Jericho Manor, Police Detectives Jenkins (Gary Mavers) and Anderson (Joseph Millson) must piece together what happened on the fatal night by viewing the paranormal investigators video footage. With the only witness being the secretive caretaker (Tony Todd) claiming it was the ghost of killer Jeffery Heath, will the detectives discover more than they had bargained for? From ghostly happenings to breath-taking action thanks to stunt co-ordinator Claudio Pacifico (MI:III, Pirates of the Caribbean 4, Gang of New York), Dead of the Nite will have audiences on the edge of their seat and guessing until the very end as to who, or what is slaughtering the team, and usher in the new dawn of ‘psychological slashers’.
Midnight Releasing will be releasing the film in North America on DVD and Video On Demand this January to all major and minor digital platforms, rental chains and more.”
For more information on this film, go to: http://midnightreleasing.com/dead-of-the-nite/
Midnight Hour’s 'Black Fortune': “This latest entry of the series, premiering December 5, follows the exploits of “Doug,” a randy young man who is attacked in flagrante delicto by his girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend. Weeks later, he is discharged from the hospital with a closed head injury...but his problems are only beginning.
Doug soon finds himself at home, under a regimen of prescription pills which cause him severe blackouts...just as a series of brutal murders are set in motion, each of them targeting someone involved with his attack.
This episode of the series is one of its strongest, boasting good performances from the entire cast, excellent cinematography, scoring and editing.
“Black Fortune” premieres at midnight (ET) Thursday, December 5 and repeats every Thursday and Saturday night throughout December, 2013.”
The Haunting of the Innocent Release Date Announced: “Director Matt Hish (The Blackout) and distributors Uncork’d Entertainment are pleased to release the official DVD artwork and release date for The Haunting of the Innocent. This film was originally titled A Haunting in Massachusetts, but it has been renamed to stay truer to the film’s chilling mood. The Haunting of the Innocent will be released in late January of 2014. Also, this film is a Khoury A. Marriot and Raging Bull Entertainment production, which was produced by Autumn Federici and Justin Jones. The film stars Judd Nelson (The Breakfast Club), Jessica Morris (Reel Evil), and Rib Hillis.
In the film, a family moves into a new home, in a small New England town. Their spacious home hosts an insidious evil, which attacks Tom’s (Hillis) wife, Brenda (Morris). Their strange and violent encounter with the supernatural leads them down a path full of ancient legends. Tom knows of these legends and he will have to confront his own demons, to release his family from the clutches of a powerful and malevolent entity.
Fans of thrilling ghost stories will not have to wait long to see The Haunting of the Innocent for themselves. This title will be available on DVD and Blu-ray in just a few weeks. For now, the ghostly artwork for the film is here. The graphic shows actress Hannah Cowley as a dark angel tormenting a young girl. More nightmares will be released in late January of 2014.”
To learn more, go to the film’s IMDB page, at: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2554714/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1
Zombie TV Premiere Details: “Zombie TV is the splatter-ific new zom / com / omnibus from the fertile and twisted mind of acclaimed cult filmmaker and special effects makeup genius Yoshihiro Nishimura (Tokyo Gore Police, Helldriver, The ABCs of Death).
A Monty Python-esque collection of shorts, animation, sketch comedy, instructional videos and more, Zombie TV showcases the natural evolution of zombies in the 21st century, no longer a frightening menace, but rather an annoying neighbor you realize you simply have to put up with. Zombie TV answers such natural questions as: in a world full of the undead, wouldn’t some of the surviving humans want to join the majority and become zombies themselves? Would becoming a zombie solve the emotional and relationship problems we all have as living, breathing human beings? Do zombies have their own idols? Would zombies worship a zombie god? Who would win in a fight: a cannibal, or a zombie? How did zombies evolve from walkers into runners? And the most burning question of all: how do zombies have sex?
Nishimura has created ZOMBIE TV with the assistance of a new pair of filmmakers he’s excited to introduce to the world: award-winning splatter short film director Naoya Tashiro, and artist / animator Maelie Makuno. Bringing very different tastes and styles to their episodes, the trio have created a fun, fast-moving film that captures the feeling of flipping through late-night TV in a world gone mad. Structured to entertain without tiring out its audience, Zombie TV provides food for thought—if that food were human guts and brains. Sure to delight zombie fans old and new, Zombie TV offers a new- found appreciation for our walking dead friends.
Zombie TV held its World Premiere at Monsterfest in Melbourne, Australia on Monday, November 24th at 4:30pm local time, and will screen at film festivals across the world in early 2014.”
New Releases from CavityColors: “Black Friday is approaching, but we decided, because we love you, instead of just having one day of sales, we're gonna extend them throughout this whole week leading into the weekend! "
Their "Cyber Hell" sale ends today and includes a number of new prints and discounts on many of their items. For more information, or to purchase this limited print, visit: www.cavitycolors.com
Slaughter Daughter Release Details: “Brain Damage films is set to unleash Slaughter Daughter on DVD and VOD in North America on February 4, 2014, just in time for Valentine's Day. The heartwarming tale of a psychotic daughter who teams up with a jailed murderer to slay her mother on her wedding day, Slaughter Daughter will be coming to all major and minor Cable/Satellite VOD operators as well as major internet platforms including iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Google Play, Vudu, Xbox Video and more. The DVD will feature a load of bonus content fans won't want to miss; Availability info to be announced.
Slaughter Daughter is the brainchild of Director Travis Campbell and Writer/Producer Lauren Miller. Campbell and Miller also partnered up on their previous feature, Mr. Bricks: A Heavy Metal Murder Musical. After Mr. Bricks was completed, they begin brainstorming a new idea about a matricidal young woman named Farrah. They immediately thought of Nicola Fiore, one of the stars of Mr. Bricks, to play the lead. Italian Giallo films of the 1970s, soap operas, and true crime novels all became the inspirations behind Slaughter Daughter.
In January of 2011, the team began to build an online presence for the film and shot the first of what would become a weekly web series lasting 8 episodes. The series focused in on Farrah’s stint in a mental hospital and aired on YouTube. From there, the team pulled up their socks and climbed the uphill battle of making independent film. Fueled by inspiration and determination, they completed the project and gave birth to something truly inspired.”
TheHorrorShow.TV Partners with Content Media: “TheHorrorShow.TV, the new VOD platform for UK horror fans, is proud to announce a brand new partnership with Content Media Corporation. The deal will bring over fifty new films to the platform non-exclusively, ranging from new releases such as The Machine, Mr. Jones and Nothing Left to Fear, to catalogue titles including films by directors such as Dario Argento and Lucio Fulci.
"We're thrilled to make the superb catalogue of horror films Content Media distribute from their own catalogue, from partner labels such as 4Digital Media and Arrow Films, as well as their newest releases, available to users of TheHorrorShow.TV," said the VOD platform's co-founder David Hughes. "Not only do they bring a great number of classic films and exciting new releases to The Horror Show, but some of my personal favourites – such as Lucio Fulci's The Beyond, John Landis' An American Werewolf in London and Dario Argento's Tenebrae. From a volume point of view, it's the biggest deal we've signed to date, as The Horror Show continues to build an impressive user base and a firm fan following."
To learn more, visit: www.TheHorrorShow.TV
First Details on My Gal, the Zombie: “Fans of vintage horror comedy and monster music need not look far for their next fix! The popular indie comic, My Gal, the Zombie, has hit Kickstarter for its first graphic novel and soundtrack. It is featured as one of the staff picks for Denver, Colorado.
The soundtrack, Mesmerizing Music for Morbid Monsters, will be released digitally and in print by veteran indie label, Hairball8 Records (Kicked Out of Purgatory). It features a variety of new, rare, and out of print tracks including horror punk, psychobilly, retro pop, hip hop, and more. Bands include The Ghost Storys, Concombre Zombi, Sick City Daggers, Dead By Dawn, Grave Robber, Blaster the Rocket Man, Huntingtons, The Tromatons, The Jekylls, Soul Daddy, The Nobody Elses, and Destroy Nate Allen.
The graphic novel collects all of the available My Gal, the Zombie stories, including those for publication by Lamp Post, Inc., Kilgore Books, Denver Westword, and Antarctic Press. Created by Dan Conner, it also features guest art by Dan Parent (Betty & Veronica), Batton Lash (Supernatural Law), Chad Blakely (Kidnapping Kevin Smith), Steph Mided (Scout), Riki Takaoka (Stray Dogs), Xaq Bazit (Grimm Fairy Tales Hunters), Jason Montoya (Abigail), and Gerry Mulowayi (Constructs). Titled, My Gal the Zombie: Everyone Loves a Green Skinned Girl, this first volume is to be published by Lamp Post, Inc., for a spring 2014 release.
Please find the My Gal, the Zombie Kickstarter, which ends on December 13, 2013.”
To support the progress of this film, go to: www.MyGalTheZombie.com
What Price Gory? Release Details: “What Price Gory? is the new horror collection from Terry M. West, the critically-acclaimed author of A Psycho’s Medley and the filmmaker best known for Flesh for the Beast. What Price Gory? is a collection of weird supernatural stories. Monsters and demons abound in these tales. The collection is 48,000 words and features the following stories:
What Price Gory?: Two famous horror authors have a supernatural contest of the imagination to crown the true king of horror.
Car Nex: A God-fearing man accidently calls forth a hungry demon from an ancient book of shadows.
The Hermit’s Creepy Pet: An ill-tempered hermit captures a local urban legend in a bear trap.
Held Over: Welcome to the Milburn and Stein Home for Continuance. It is a first class living community for the recently undead.
The Hairy Ones: An elderly couple living deep in the woods prepares a sacrifice for the Hairy Ones on All Hallow’s Eve.
Cecil & Bubba meet a Succubus: Two good old boys who are strapped for cash hire on to a paranormal investigation and are soon haunted by a seductive demon.
Put on a Happy Face: Susie Monroe hides in an old house with her brother, Billy. Billy is a shadow man who wears many faces. But none of them are his.
Midnight Snack: Calvin Winslow gets lost during a late night drive and he finds a strange and dangerous place on the back roads.
This collection also features a sneak preview of the novella currently under work: Cecil and Bubba meet the Thang.
What Price Gory? is being published by Pleasant Storm Entertainment, Inc. and it will be available on Amazon.com originally as a Kindle release, with a print version to come. It will have a special introductory price of .99 cents for a limited time. Release date is Friday, December 13, 2013!”
To learn more, or to purchase this collection, visit: www.terrymwest.com
Deathless Legacy’s ‘Rise From the Grave’ Details: “”Rise From the Grave" is the first album signed by the italian horror metal band Deathless Legacy. 10 creepy powerful songs adorned with industrial synth and a taste of hammond, to evoke the inner wishes and fears of all the human-beings walking on this world. Their music is plenty of horror, as their presence on stage: all dressed up and made up like evil immortal spirits, they drip horror aspects from every point of view including music and atmospheres. "Rise from the grave" mixes heavy, speed and gothic metal sounds, giving birth to a new experience of horror music: you'll be scared and exhalted, believe the monsters!
Deathless Legacy announces their debut album's release date. "Rise From The Grave" will be out on January 3rd, 2014 for Danse Macabre Records (DE).”
To learn more about the band, or to watch the brief trailer, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJsDksuXPAw
Comic Series, Z’Isle, Release Details: “Bike-forged weapons & roof-bound communities have kept people safe. But for how long?
One of our first projects is called Z'Isle. A comic set in Montreal 7 years after a zombie infestation. Z'Isle follows the lives of various characters from different corners of the city and explore how they've balanced morality with survival, some with the hope of rebuilding Montreal to its former glory. We also plan to dodge many of the clichéd tropes of the zombie genre and go beyond the expected.
Z'Isle is also distinctly Montreal and unlike any other zombie story out there. Here are a few reasons why:
Most stories deal with trying to get away from the problem. Our story is set 7 years after the zombie apocalypse and shows how people have built their lives around the problem of a zombie infestation. Bullets have run out a long time ago. As Montreal is a city of bikes all weapons are made from bike parts.
Societies have been built around zombies. Therefore there is a new generation who to them, zombies are normal. This give us a lot to play with in terms of conflicting world views, especially with those who lived in The 'Old World'.
Fans actively participate in expanding the world of Z'Isle.
This leads to our Indiegogo campaign where fans can actively contribute to the world by adding their own stories through being a character in the comic. The goal of our Indiegogo campaign is to create the first 6 issues, which make Volume one of a trilogy.”
To support the progress of this comic series, go to: www.Facebook.com/zisleseries or on Tumblr, at: www.Z'Isle.tumblr.com
Ha-Ha! Horror Release Details: “Monstermatt Patterson, the Man of a Thousand Bad Monster Jokes, wrote and illustrated a new book! It's called Ha-Ha! Horror published by Mystery & Horror LLC. It clocks in with over 600 jokes and 26 illustrations, geared to the horror fan.
In the traditions of Mad Magazine, Benny Hill, horror hosts like Zacherley, The Ghoul and others, Monstermatt brings a combination of horror knowledge and comedy to the reader. He describes himself as a cross between horror host and lounge singer. He started writing his jokes (nearly 1400 and counting) for HorrorNewsNet, then moved to the 6FtPlus horror podcast, with The Monstermatt Minute, to tell his awful puns and rancid rhymes.
Within these dreadful pages, you'll find jokes, puns, illustrations, rhymes and lyrics to song parodies, about films like The Human Centipede, Faces of Death, Street Trash, Motel Hell, along with the Universal Monsters, Kaiju and more! It's available on Amazon for both paperback and Kindle. More to come.”
Ms. Vampy’s Love Bites Episode 3 Details: “Because Sometimes...Love Bites"
Now, who better to give the world love & 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 aired on November 25, 2013.”
Governor’s Creek Video: “Coming this fall.”