Lauro Chartrand's Blackburn has been released on VOD in the US courtesy of Tombstone Distribution. Also in today's Highlights: details on Shout! Factory's Starcade "Retro-boot," a new trailer and poster for Drifter, info on the interactive experience for The Magicians, Day Rusk's Barkerton novel, and The Luring Indiegogo details.

Blackburn VOD Release Details: Press Release: "Los Angeles, California - Director Lauro Chartrand and writer Nastasha Baron’s Blackburn has already released within the United Kingdom, this past September. The film also saw Canadian markets in December, via Raven Banner Entertainment. Now, the film is available in the United States, with Tombstone Distribution, a subdivision of Archstone. Blackburn has just released on various Video-on-demand platforms, this past January 9th.

This 3Brane Entertainment production involves a group of friends, in a remote Alaskan town. A forest fire and rockslide force the friends into an old asylum. Within, Jade (Sarah Lind), Shaun (Zack Peladeau), Chelsea (Emilie Ullerup), Ryan (Calum Worthy) and Luke (Alexander Calvert) find that the asylum never fully closed down. Now, they must fight with the deformed creatures within, if they hope to survive the night.

Blackburn is now or will be shortly available on at least seven VOD platforms. Currently on Amazon, the film is also soon to be available on: iTunes, Google Play, VuDu, the Playstation Network and many more. A US DVD release, for the film, is still in the works and more details will be made available soon. For now, horror fans can step inside one of the most deadly locations, with Blackburn - out now!

At Amazon:

The official synopsis: A forest fire and rock-slide trap five bickering college friends in a small Alaskan ghost town with a horrifying history. When they seek refuge inside the torched ruins of Blackburn Asylum they must fight to survive as the angry inhabitants slaughter the friends one-by-one."


Starcade Reboot Rights Acquired by Shout! Factory: Press Release: "Los Angeles (January 10, 2017) – Shout! Factory, a multi-platform media company, has acquired worldwide television format and ancillary rights to the classic TV game show STARCADE from JM Production Company and show creators James Caruso and Mavis E. Arthur.  The agreement provides Shout! Factory the rights to develop and produce a reboot of the show for television, as well as production of additional projects for a global audience. Shout! Factory will executive produce these projects with JM Production Company, creators of the original game show. This announcement was made today by Shout! Factory’s founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer, and Garson Foos; and show creators James Caruso and Mavis E. Arthur.

STARCADE is a classic game show from the ‘80s and is pure nostalgic fun. We couldn’t be more excited to work with the original show creators to ‘retro-boot’ STARCADE for a new generation of fans,” stated Shout! Factory’s founders. “As we continue to actively expand our reach into production and development for new series, movies, unscripted shows and specials, this deal exemplifies the type of content we plan to pursue which taps into the interests and passions of our company’s loyal fanbase.”

Created by James Caruso and Mavis E. Arthur, STARCADE first aired in 1982 during the dawn of the video game era and is widely recognized as the first-ever video arcade game show, featuring great gamers competing against rivals playing the most popular games of the day in front of a live studio audience in order to win huge prizes.  Alex Trebek hosted one of the first pilots for the show which was later picked up by Ted Turner to air on his then-fledgling cable station, WTBS; STARCADE went on to air more than 130 episodes over three seasons on Turner.

“I consider myself lucky to have been part of the first generation to grow up playing video games and watching STARCADE in the 1980s,” said Shout! Factory’s Development Director, Jeremy Whitham.  “Back then, no one could have predicted video games would one day become the world’s most popular form of entertainment.  I can’t wait to see today’s crop of celebrities, pro gamers, and e-sports stars compete head-to-head and find out who is the top player on the planet.”

“We’re thrilled to be part of this STARCADE revival,” said Jim Caruso and Mavis E. Arthur, producers of the original STARCADE series. “We look forward to bringing the show back for all those avid Starcaders who have been waiting for years, as well as a new class of gaming heroes. Game on!”

The deal was negotiated by Shout’s Jeremy Whitham and James Caruso, the creator and executive producer of the original STARCADE."


New Trailer & Poster for Drifter: "A pair of outlaw brothers are held captive in a desolate town run by a small family of psychotic cannibalistic lunatics and their sadistic Mayor."

Directed by Chris von Hoffmann, Drifter stars Aria Emory, Drew Harwood, Monique Rosario, Anthony Ficco, Rebecca Fraiser, and James McCabe. XLrator Media will release the film in theaters on February 24th, followed by a VOD and iTunes release on February 28th.


The Magicians Hall of Magic Interactive Experience in Brooklyn: Press Release: "This January, the mystical world of Syfy's hit series THE MAGICIANS will come to life at the HALL OF MAGIC, an interactive experience transporting visitors through a gallery of sensory exploration and illusion. This immersive journey invites consumers into a fantastical place of mind control, levitation and spellcasting where magic is real and right at your fingertips.

Guests will be met with twists and turns as they venture through the HALL OF MAGIC, exploring multiple rooms.  Experiences include:

  • Visitors are given the opportunity to photograph themselves levitating in various positions within spectacular vignettes.
  • To quote a famous phrase from the show, consumers will “Do Some G*ddamn Magic” by channeling their inner magician and casting their own spells.
  • Guests can explore an apothecary of otherworldly remedies and potions that will amaze and possibly confuse their expectations.
  • A space resembling a classroom from THE MAGICIANS in which participants will use the power of the mind to cause objects to move and books to play music, as well as unearth magical surprises throughout.
  • A starry night sky where visitors will see themselves reflected in the constellations above.

Follow us on social at @MagiciansSyfy and join the conversation using #TheMagicians and #HallofMagic.


Friday, January 20 - Sunday, January 29, 2017
Weekday Hours: 2:00 - 10:00 pm

Weekend Hours: 12:00pm - 10:00pm

William Vale Retail Center

55 Wythe Ave

Brooklyn, NY 11249

Reserve tickets to the HALL OF MAGIC, free of charge, through"


Day Rusk's Barkerton Novel Debuts: Press Release: "TORONTO — Originally conceived in the 1980’s, BARKERTON, from Day Rusk, explores the dark side of human nature and racism using the Zombie genre, while at the same time offering up the thrills, blood, gore and drama that fans have come to know and love. The DEAD have risen...and they’re as confused as the LIVING! Things had been bad in Barkerton for quite some time. Industry had left the small town and many of its citizens were just barely hanging on.

The mood was gloom.

The mood attracted It!

Drawn to Barkerton, the malevolent Spirit sets about removing all inhibitions from the town’s residents allowing them the freedom to explore the darkness within their souls. At the same time, the Spirit wreaks havoc by raising the dead in Barkerton’s centuries-old cemetery. As confusion, violence, and fear grips this once idyllic small town, a battle is waged between the living and the living, the living and the dead, and the dead and the dead, with only a few pure souls remaining who dare to believe – and hope – they can fight the odds and ultimately survive!

“I’ve always been a fan of horror movies with a special place in my heart for all things Zombie – good and bad,” said Day Rusk. “I wanted to write a Zombie story, but I wanted to find an angle that might make it unique. When I coupled it with thoughts of racism, and how we often hate others merely because they are different from us, and only because of that, I thought I could write a Zombie novel that touched upon this theme, but not in a preachy way, and not forgetting to offer readers the thrills and excitement they would want and have come to expect from the genre.”

“I originally conceived of the story in the 1980’s and took a stab at writing it back then, but wasn’t ready to write a book, especially one like BARKERTON (named in honor of horror writer Clive Barker) that featured quite a few storylines that eventually needed to come together,” continued Day Rusk. “Barkerton became that proverbial half-written manuscript that sat in my desk drawer for two decades. A book I never thought I’d finish.”

“Having developed as a writer, writing screenplays, and honing my storytelling skills with indie film producers, and after having written three novels, I decided it was time to revive BARKERTON, not only because the Zombie genre finally seemed to be getting some respect in the marketplace, but because I really wanted to know how it ended. I needed to take my time to develop my skills as a writer, and the wait, I hope, is well worth it, as once again the characters demanded my attention, and finally, their story has been told, and I hope told well.”"

To learn more about Day Rusk's Barkerton, visit the book's official Amazon page.


The Luring Indiegogo Campaign and Trailer: From The Luring's Indiegogo page: "The Luring is about a man who returns to his family vacation home, where a murder took place during his 10th birthday party, hoping to finally resolve a memory gap that has been plaguing him for years.

Written by horror enthusiast Christopher Wells, this psychological thriller is unique due to its plot, character development, and subtle foreshadowing."

To learn more, visit the film's official Indiegogo page.