Urban legends are relived with lethal results in the eerie trailer for Buckout Road, the new film from Matthew Currie Holmes that features a cast including Danny Glover and Jessica Cameron. In today's Horror Highlights, we also have a giveaway for a Funko Dorbz figure based on a character from HBO's Game of Thrones, details on the new murder mystery podcast Deadly Manners, Destination America's "Ghostober" programming, a trailer for Discovering Bigfoot, and info on the 2017 Scare Slam at the London Horror Festival.
Buckout Road Trailer: Press Release: "Matthew Currie Holmes’ directorial debut, Buckout Road, just won its first film festival award and released a full-length trailer. This supernatural thriller, produced by John Gillespie & Brad Clark and stars: Evan Ross (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Lee Daniels’ Star ), Henry Czerny (Mission: Impossible, Quantico), Dominique Provost-Chalkley (Wynona Earp, Avengers: Age Of Ultron), Danny Glover (Lethal Weapon I-IV) and Colm Feore (House of Cards, Thor).
Watch the trailer here: http://buckoutroadthemovie.com/
Having just started its festival run, Buckout Road already won Best Thriller Feature Film at the Hot Springs Horror Film Festival. This award-winning film is also nominated for Best Picture and Best Director at the World Music and Independent Film Festival.
October screenings for Buckout Road will be held in Nashville, Tennessee on October 7 at 3:15pm as part of the International Black Film Festival; and Toronto, Ontario on October 13 at 7:00pm as part of Commffest 2017.
Tickets for both screenings are available:
COMMFFEST (Toronto): http://www.commffest.com/content/buckout-road
Buckout Road might be known as the most haunted road in New York State, but nobody really believed it… until now. A college class project on modern mythology turns deadly when a trio of students discovers a series of horrific urban legends surrounding Buckout Road may actually be true. The deeper they dig into the road’s dark, mysterious history, the more dangerous their quest becomes. From witches burning at the stake, to backwoods albino killers, to a modern, unstoppable stalker, writer/director and horror-film aficionado Matthew Currie Holmes leaves no genre unexploited in his loving throwback to late-80’s midnight movies.
Matthew Currie Holmes had this to say about horror: My favorite thing about the horror genre is that, at its core, horror is good, simple drama… but with way higher stakes.
For more information about Buckout Road and to view the trailer please visit:
OFFICIAL WEBSITE: www.buckoutroadthemovie.com
Game of Thrones Dorbz Funko Figure Contest: This past summer, Funko ushered in the early arrival of winter with new Game of Thrones collectibles for fans to add to their shelves, including a set of Dorbz figures (see below) that feature some of the most popular faces from the HBO series, such as the priestess from Asshai, and we've been provided with one Dorbz figure of Melisandre to give away to one lucky Daily Dead reader.
Prize Details: (1) Winner will receive (1) Melisandre Game of Thrones Dorbz figure from Funko.
How to Enter: We're giving Daily Dead readers multiple chances to enter and win:
1. Instagram: Following us on Instagram during the contest period will give you an automatic contest entry. Make sure to follow us at:
2. Email: For a chance to win via email, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Game of Thrones Dorbz Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.
Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01am EST on October 10th. This contest is only open to those who are eighteen years of age or older that live in the United States. Only one entry per entry method, per household will be accepted.
Melisandre Contest Collectible:
Other Game of Thrones Dorbz figures from Funko:
Deadly Manners Podcast: Press Release: "AMC Networks’ streaming services Sundance Now and Shudder, alongside The Paragon Collective, are proud to announce Deadly Manners, 10-part dark comedy murder-mystery podcast series showcases an A-list cast including Kristen Bell (House of Lies, The Good Place, Veronica Mars), Anna Chlumsky (Veep), Denis O’Hare (Dallas Buyers Club), RuPaul (RuPaul’s Drag Race), Alisha Boe (13 Reasons Why), LeVar Burton (Star Trek: The Next Generation, Reading Rainbow), and more.
Set in the winter of 1954, Deadly Manners takes place during the night of the affluent Billings family’s annual dinner party with their distinguished, eccentric guests. However, all is not fun and games. Shortly after the party starts, a snowstorm rages outside, trapping all the partygoers inside their host’s mansion. When a murderer starts killing off those in attendance, the race is on for guests to figure out who is responsible, or at least how to stay alive -- lest they be next.
Shudder has previously partnered with The Paragon Collective on two seasons of the hit horror anthology podcastDarkest Night narrated by renowned actor Lee Pace (Twilight, AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire, and Guardians of the Galaxy). The first season of “Darkest Night” climbed to #6 on the Top 100 iTunes Podcast Charts, amassing over 4.5 million downloads. Deadly Manners is the first podcast to premiere on Sundance Now.
EPISODE RELEASE DETAILS:
iTunes: The first two episodes of season 1 of Deadly Manners will premiere on iTunes on October and weekly thereafter. https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/id1289105780
Sundance Now and Shudder: First three episodes will be released ad free and in uncompressed sound quality on both Sundance Now and Shudder on Tuesday, October 3. Subsequent episodes will be released a week in advance exclusively of iTunes on the two streaming services and will feature premium uncompressed audio quality as well as the only place to hear episodes ad free.
Destination America's "Ghostober" Programming: Press Release: "(Silver Spring, Md.) – This October – make that GHOSTOBER! – it’s Halloween all month long on Destination America with a celebration of all things that go bump in the night with premieres and extra content so spooky viewers will never want to leave the safety of their living rooms.
The all-new series TERROR IN THE WOODS premieres Tuesday, October 10 at 10/9c with stories from real people whose wilderness retreats were cut short by paranormal encounters. A special two-hour episode airs on Halloween: Tuesday, October 31 at 9/8c. Leading into Halloween is also the world premiere of the two-hour special HELLTOWN on Sunday, October 29 at 9/8c, revisiting the mysterious evacuation of a small Rockwell-esque town in 1974.
But first, kicking off GHOSTOBER are the season finale of HAUNTED TOWNS on Tuesday, October 3 at 10/9c, the return of fan favorite A HAUNTING for season 9 beginning Monday, October 9 at 10/9c, and ongoing new episodes of PARANORMAL WITNESS on Sundays at 10/9c.
“Destination America, delivers all the chills and thrills in October leading up to Halloween and serves up stories of the paranormal all month long on every platform,” said Jane Latman, general manager of Destination America. “We are especially excited about our two new shows that are sure to elicit spine-tingling reactions, HELLTOWN and TERROR IN THE WOODS, tapping into nostalgic nightmares much like Stranger Things and It.”
On air and off, Destination America has lined up a goody bag of ways to celebrate the scariest season of the year. For a daily dose of special digital extras, check TheHauntist.com, the online destination for paranormal investigation, entertainment and news about all things creepy, spooky, and odd.
Other ahhhh-inspiring activations throughout GHOSTOBER include:
Live webcam at the haunted Pennhurst Asylum gives fans the opportunity to ghost hunt from their armchairs while streaming live on The Hauntist’s Facebook page.
Original web series on DestinationAmerica.com provide an extra dose of spooky, including “My Ghost Story,” launching on Saturday, October 7, featuring real people sharing the scariest unexplainable experience they’ve ever had.
Celebrate National Ghost Hunting Day (September 30) by following Destination America on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram and sharing the #1 place on your ghost-hunting bucket list using #MyGhostHunt through September 30. Select posts will be shared on the network’s social accounts.
Fans are invited to watch Destination America’s series and specials anywhere, anytime on DestinationAmerica.com. Download Destination America’s TV Everywhere app on Android and IOS to see weekly sneak peeks of upcoming episodes and browse the network’s entire library of paranormal content including MOUNTAIN MONSTERS, GHOSTS OF SHEPHERDSTOWN, HAUNTED TOWNS, GHOST BROTHERS, PARANORMAL LOCKDOWN, and GHOST ASYLUM.
On air, GHOSTOBER’s programming lineup features all-new specials and ongoing paranormal premieres throughout the month, including:
Two-Hour Special Premieres Sunday, October 29 from 9-11pm ET
Why did the federal government completely evacuate the small Rockwell-esque town of Boston, Ohio, in 1974? Theories have swirled for decades about what might have spurred the exodus including massive, mutation-causing chemical spills; a plague of paranormal activity; and the town being overrun by a satanic cult. It’s because of these nefarious speculations that Boston is now referred to as “Helltown.” Now, half a century later, this special investigates theories about the real reasons for the government’s sudden seizure of the land.
TERROR IN THE WOODS
New Series Premieres Tuesday, October 10 at 10/9c
They went to discover the great outdoors, but something discovered them first. TERROR IN THE WOODS features real stories of people who embarked on a wilderness adventure only to be scared out of the woods by unexplained phenomena. In the series premiere, James and Weste’s car breaks down while traveling through Forks, Wash. They begrudgingly accept an offer to stay in an abandoned cabin in the woods, and a night of paranormal terror ensues. Then, Eric loves hiking and camping solo in the wilderness. His latest excursion seemed like every other until he finds himself fighting to survive a mysterious creature.
· TERROR IN THE WOODS: HALLOWEEN FRIGHT NIGHT
Two-Hour Special Premieres Tuesday, October 31 from 9-11pm ET
This special Halloween edition of TERROR IN THE WOODS features three stories, including: in the deep woods of Red River Gorge, Ky., Bill and Charisse buy a vacation home where they hope to spend weekends communing with nature. But the cabin of their dreams soon becomes the stuff of nightmares. Images of strange apparitions are caught on the security camera, followed by unexplained bangs and thumps in the house. When the television mysteriously turns on and off, the couple decides they have paranormal company. After some research at the local library, they discover who it is.
Season 9 Premieres Monday, October 9 at 10/9c
Paranormal fan favorite A HAUNTING returns with all-new episodes showcasing some of the scariest stories of supernatural activity. In the season premiere, paranormal events begin happening in Linda Dravis’ home after she returns from an overseas trip. Terrified to remain in the house, Linda and her daughter Kara turn to a clairvoyant in hope that she can reveal the truth of what they are experiencing and find a resolution to the haunting.
Season Finale Airs Tuesday, October 3 at 10/9c
Follow the Tennessee Wraith Chasers (TWC) ghost hunting team as they investigate America’s most haunted towns to collect evidence of the paranormal and find truth – if any – in the legends that have shaped each town’s paranormal notoriety. In the season finale, TWC investigates McDonough, Ga., where the Camp Creek train crash of 1900 left dozens of passengers dead.
Sundays at 10/9c
You may not want to watch Paranormal Witness alone if you're easily spooked. Through first-hand testimony, home videos and personal photos, this series brings to life the stories of people who claim to have survived paranormal experiences.
About Destination America
As the only network that celebrates the people, places, and stories of the United States, Destination America is an inclusive network targeting Adults 25-54. From spine-tingling campfire tales to uncovering history’s greatest mysteries, the network’s original series showcase the curiosity and adventurous spirit at the heart of being American, with original series like Paranormal Lockdown, Ghosts of Shepherdstown, Mountain Monsters, A Haunting, and more. For more information, please visit DestinationAmerica.com, facebook.com/DestinationAmerica, or twitter.com/DestAmerica. Destination America is part of Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the world’s #1 pay-tv programmer reaching nearly 3 billion cumulative subscribers in 220 countries and territories."
Discovering Bigfoot Trailer: Synopsis: "What we think we know of human origins and evolution is about to change forever as we discover the truth about a species that has remained elusive by outwitting and evading modern man for decades despite his best efforts. Journey into the heart of Sasquatch Country and experience three incredible days in the field with bigfoot experts. This unprecedented feature film includes extraordinary never before seen Sasquatch footage that will shock the world. Witness a terrifying altercation between Sasquatch Researcher Todd Standing and three Sasquatch creatures in the wild."
Directed by Todd Standing from a screenplay by Warren Croyle, Discovering Bigfoot will be released on VOD on October 27th, as well as the following theaters:
10/27 | Denver - Alamo Drafthouse Denver/Sloan's Lake
10/28 | Los Angeles - Arena Cinelounge, Sunset
10/29 | Portland - Clinton Street Theater
To learn more about Discovering Bigfoot, visit the film on iTunes and watch the new trailer below.
Scare Slam at the London Horror Festival: "Blackshaw's Scare Slam - at the London Horror Festival
A night of chilling storytelling. Produced by Blackshaw Theatre Company
Lovers of scary stories, unite. Adding the fear factor to increasingly popular spoken word nights, storytellers from across the Horrorfest and beyond will share their worst (or should that be best?) nightmares at Blackshaw’s third annual Scare Slam.
Prepare yourself for a night of chilling tales from both sides of the line of veracity.
Listen to previous Scare Slams on our podcast, The Blackshaw Arts Hour (Episode 51)."