Dead Awake dives into the nightmarish world of sleep paralysis this May from FilmRise, and you can check out the official trailer and poster in today's Horror Highlights. We also have the SXSW teaser trailer for Like Me, details on a member of the Misfits joining the cast of Death Ward 13, and you can also watch Andrea Ricca's new short film, The Amulet of Fear.

Dead Awake Release Date & Trailer: Press Release: "NEW YORK — FilmRise is thrilled to announce that DEAD AWAKE opens in theaters and On Demand on Friday, May 12th, 2017.

Directed by Phillip Guzman, DEAD AWAKE follows a straight-laced social worker who finds herself plunged into a world of supernatural terror while investigating a series of mysterious deaths. Each victim suffered from a chilling condition known as sleep paralysis, a nightmarish assault on the senses that immobilizes its victims as they dream. As a terrifying entity begins to haunt Kate’s friends and loved ones, she must fight to stay awake to stop the nightmare she’s unleashed.
DEAD AWAKE was written by Jeffrey Reddick, creator of the iconic FINAL DESTINATION franchise.

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Like Me Teaser Trailer, Poster & SXSW Screenings: Synopsis: "After posting a video of herself robbing a convenience store, Kiya (Addison Timlin) amasses a huge social media following. A reckless loner, she seeks some form of genuine human connection. Through her travels, she encounters a drifter, an Internet troll and a paint huffing outsider who are all pulled into her circle of chaos, junk food, and drugs. In a world of fabricated personalities, Kiya is intent on exposing something gutturally truthful about humanity, but ultimately, she must confront herself."

2017 SXSW – Narrative Feature Competition ***World Premiere***

http://schedule.sxsw.com/2017/films/69617

Monday, March 13th at 11:30am – Stateside Theatre (719 Congress Ave)
Tuesday, March 14th at 3:45pm – Alamo Lamar (1120 S Lamar Blvd)
Wednesday, March 15th at 11:00pm – Alamo Lamar

Written and directed by Rob Mockler, Like Me stars Addison Timlin, Ian Nelson, Larry Fessenden, Jeremy Gardner, Stuart Rudin, and Nicolette Pierini.

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Misfits Guitarist Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein Joins Cast of Death Ward 13: Press Release: March 13, 2017 - Los Angeles, CA – Legendary Misfits Guitarist Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein is set to star in DEATH WARD 13, a remake of the cult-classic film DON’T LOOK IN THE BASEMENT. With his iconic Devilock hair and impressive physical build, “Doyle” is best known as the guitar player for the American horror punk band the MISFITS and will play the most terrifying character in the film. Now in pre-production, DEATH WARD 13 is directed by award-winning horror filmmaker Todd Nunes (ALL THROUGH THE HOUSE) and produced by The Readmond Company.

”I’m looking forward to starting my movie career with a starring role in “Death Ward 13”says Doyle. “It’s time to release the beast on the big screen. Let the killing begin!”

“With Doyle’s horror punk background, we’ve always been looking for opportunities to have him cross over into film, but nothing has sparked his interest until now”, says Bruce Miyaki (Insane Management.) “Death Ward 13 is a great breakout film for Doyle – his fans are going to love it.”

Although he is known for playing guitar with the horror punk band the Misfits, which helped create the horror punk genre, Doyle also has a solo project rightfully named DOYLE. In 2013 Doyle released the Abominator album with Monsterman Records, and he is currently on tour in the USA supporting his new CD As We Die in stores May 5, 2017 through the Monsterman Records/EMP Label Group. DEATH WARD 13 is Doyle’s first starring role in a film; he is currently in talks with the film’s producers and Monsterman co-founder Bruce Miyaki to provide music tracks for the soundtrack.

DEATH WARD 13 is inspired by S.F. Brownrigg’s DON’T LOOK IN THE BASEMENT (1973) and Edgar Allen Poe’s short story “The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether" (1845). DEATH WARD 13 promises to deliver a thrilling grindhouse-inspired remake with a shocking collection of criminally insane patients: botched lobotomies, necrophilia, sexual deviance, and violent psychopaths.

"I'm excited to work with Doyle,” says director Todd Nunes. “Doyle will be portraying a ruthless killer called The Duke - a psychopath and the most twisted and terrifying character in the movie. I’m a big fan of Doyle and his music and always thought he would make a menacing horror movie villain. With his threatening looks and massive build, this man will scare the crap out of everyone. Get ready for a horrifying ride!"

DEATH WARD 13 is Todd Nunes’ bloody love letter to DON’T LOOK IN THE BASEMENT. This reimagined version will give fans a taste of the original film with added practical effects and bloody gore for modern horror fanatics. DEATH WARD 13 will also feature more nurses, freaks, and blood as well as a brutal climax with an updated, disturbing twist.

SYNOPSIS: It's 1973 and the Stephens Sanitarium for the Criminally Insane prepares to shut down permanently. Days before closing, four beautiful nursing students arrive to care for the last handful of “harmless" mental patients in a suspiciously understaffed ward. Confronted by their violent charges, the nurses soon realize that they are trapped inside the asylum with a deadly crew of vicious lunatics. Each patient has their own perverse identity, their own personal demons, and their own violent agenda. Pushed to the brink of insanity, the young nurses find themselves in a gruesome fight for survival inside Ward 13.
DEATH WARD 13 will begin shooting in 2017 with Todd Nunes partnering again with producers Stephen Readmond and Christopher Stanley. The team’s Santa slasher ALL THROUGH THE HOUSE (2016) received 23 awards and nominations, including the following wins: Best Slasher (RIP Horror Film Festival), Best Actress, Jessica Cameron as Sheila (Hardcore Horror Fest), Best Killer/Slasher (“Golden Skulls” Award, The Horrific Network), and Best Director (Hardcore Horror Fest).

DEATH WARD 13, written by Todd Nunes and Tara Knight, is a feature-length film by The Readmond Company, 4700 W. Jefferson Blvd, Suite 101, Los Angeles, CA 90016. info@deathward13.com, www.deathward13.com, https://twitter.com/DeathWard_13, https://www.facebook.com/DeathWard13.

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Watch Andrea Ricca's The Amulet of Fear: "“THE AMULET OF FEAR” tells the story of a girl who finds an ancient amulet which has the ability to conjure up fears of the man who owns it and when she begins to read a book by Stephen King called “The Creature” it will come to life beginning a frightening battle.

The short movie, with 3D graphics special effects, was shot at zero budget and without any troupe, with the only help of an HD Camera and a Pc. Writing, shooting, editing, 3D modellation and animation, compositing and post-production are made by the director Andrea Ricca.

Official Webpage: http://www.andrearicca.it/the-amulet-of-fear.html"

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    About the Author - Derek Anderson

    Raised on a steady diet of R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps books and Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Derek has been fascinated with fear since he first saw ForeverWare being used on an episode of Eerie, Indiana.

    When he’s not writing about horror as the Senior News Reporter for Daily Dead, Derek can be found daydreaming about the Santa Carla Boardwalk from The Lost Boys or reading Stephen King and Brian Keene novels.

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