What makes you afraid? The masterminds behind Fear, Inc. probably know. The new poster for the upcoming film tops this Horror Highlights. Also: world premiere details for Jennifer Blanc-Biehn's The Girl and Destination America's Paranormal Lockdown Halloween special, info on the Brooklyn Horror Film Festival lineup, and details on the Indiegogo campaign for the short film Mannequins.
New Official Poster for Fear Inc.: "What if there was a company you could call that, for a premium, will bring your fears to life. You don’t have to leave your house, your office, or your vacation; the scares are customized to your tastes and arrive at your doorstep when you least expect it. But like texting an ex at 2 a.m., what sounds like a great idea at the time, can end up getting you killed.
When horror movie enthusiast Joe Foster (Lucas Neff) and his girlfriend, Lindsey Gains (Caitlin Stasey), are handed a business card for such a company, Joe’s curiosity gets the best of him. As the Fear, Inc experience seemingly begins, scares start popping up right out of Joe’s favorite horror movies, quickly turning him into a kid in a candy store. If the kid was a self-righteous thirty-year-old and the candy store was the prop room from SAW. After a friend explains the company’s dangerous reputation, his rollercoaster of a journey goes from light-hearted fun to uncomfortably realistic as things take a major turn for the worse. Joe’s sense of reality spirals out of control as he’s forced to take responsibility for his actions, no matter the cost."
Directed by Vincent Masciale from a screenplay by Luke Barnett, Fear Inc. stars Lucas Neff, Caitlin Stasey, Chris Marquette, Stephanie Drake, Patrick Renna, Eric Lange, Naomi Grossman, Mark Moses, and Abigail Breslin. Electric Entertainment will release the film on VOD and digital platforms on October 21st.
The Girl Premiere Details: Press Release: "(LOS ANGELES, CA / September 6, 2016) – Filmmakers and performers Michael Biehn and Jennifer Blanc-Biehn are pleased to announce the premiere of their Blanc-Biehn Productions feature, The Girl, at the Burbank Film Festival in Burbank, California, Friday, September 9th, 2016 at 9:00 PM.
A Celebrity Red Carpet will kick off the screening at 8:00 PM; director Blanc-Biehn will take the stage with The Girl stars Biehn and Tia Carrere to introduce the film and divulge a few details about the filming of the psychological thriller.
"We are so pleased and excited to be screening the World Premiere of "The Girl" at this year’s festival,” said the festival president, Jeff Rector. “Michael and Jennifer are dynamic partners both in front of and behind the camera. We look forward to seeing all their new films on their upcoming production slate."
The Girl stars Evie Louise Thompson (Boyhood) as the kidnap victim of a psychopath (Biehn) who holds her hostage in his backyard shed. When the kidnapper's son Tommy finds The Girl and rescues her, they set off a nightmarish chain of events that expertly showcases Blanc-Biehn's taut direction alongside the dynamic range of Biehn's exceptional acting skills.
The Girl premiere will take place at the Burbank AMC 16 Theatres (125 E. Palm Avenue, Burbank, CA 91502). Screening Tickets are $15 and include entrance to the Intergalactic After-Party with Open Bar, DJ, Dancing, special musical performances, and surprises.
For more information, visit www.burbankfilmfest.org/events/the-girl and www.itsmyseat.com/events/375201.html"
Paranormal Lockdown's Two-Hour Halloween Special: Press Release: "(Silver Spring, Md.) – From the network that delivered the first-ever live televised exorcism last fall comes the two-hour Halloween special PARANORMAL LOCKDOWN: THE BLACK MONK HOUSE, now premiering Monday, October 31st at 9/8c only on Destination America. The epic television event follows Nick Groff and Katrina Weidman from the hit series PARANORMAL LOCKDOWN as they conduct a special investigation of the Black Monk House in Yorkshire, England – universally feared as the home of the most violent poltergeist activity ever reported. Groff and Weidman will confine themselves to the infamous house for a record-breaking 100 hours, the longest paranormal investigation ever on television, in an attempt to capture the most convincing paranormal evidence ever to be recorded.
Destination America will unveil more about PARANORMAL LOCKDOWN: THE BLACK MONK HOUSE exclusively at New York Comic Con on Sunday, October 9th from 4-5pm in Room 1A10. Join Groff and Weidman for a pulse-pounding EXCLUSIVE experience as they bring their ultimate ghost adventures to NYCC. In-room attendees will get an exclusive first look at Destination America’s history-making Halloween special, with Nick and Katrina sharing spine-tingling, untold stories from their creepiest investigations. And, for the first time ever, hear from the man behind the camera, cinematographer Rob Saffi, a skeptic turned believer after his powerful, personal and dangerously physical encounters with the other side during the filming of PARANORMAL LOCKDOWN. Rumor has it that the creepy Black Monk himself may haunt the halls of the Javits Center, so NYCC attendees might want to keep one eye looking over their shoulders!
PARANORMAL LOCKDOWN: THE BLACK MONK HOUSE will be the culmination of Destination America’s inaugural GHOSTOBER celebration, featuring 31 days of petrifying programming. The frightful fun doesn’t stop with Halloween, though. Fans have more of the hit series PARANORMAL LOCKDOWN to look forward to next year as Groff and Weidman are currently filming the second season, slated to debut on Destination America in early 2017."
Brooklyn Horror Film Festival Lineup Revealed: Press Release: "Tuesday, September 6th - The Brooklyn Horror Film Festival couldn’t be more honored and thrilled to bring such a historic event to New York City for the first time. Happening from October 14th to 16th in venues and locations across North Brooklyn, we're excited to bring BHFF to life with horror films from all over the globe that have never been screened in NY until now. For this year’s lineup, we’re looking forward to presenting 2 World Premieres, 5 U.S. Premieres, and a number of amazing East Coast and New York premiering films.
Our poster, which gives credit to one of New York City's more beloved rodents of the past year, is designed by David Lupton. A London based illustrator with a love of horror and everything strange, his design for the festival spotlights our mandate to incorporate local flavor to the horror film genre. His work is rich in melancholy and the macabre and his past work includes editorial illustration, picture book design, music video promos and record cover artwork, along with concept art for Corin Hary's 2015 hit THE HALLOW.
Our opening night film is the East Coast premiere of DEAREST SISTER by Laos' only horror director, Mattie Do. As impressive as the film is itself, DEAREST SISTER comes with an even greater backstory. It’s only the 13th feature film to be produced is Laos’ history. As Do has stated elsewhere, “Every Lao film is a historic event" and we can't wait to share the film following it's Fantastic Fest World Premiere. The film will screen at the Wythe Hotel Screening Room and will be preceded by an original live musical score by Johnny Butler and Dani Marie accompanying the world premiere of their Dario Argento-inspired music video directed by Richard Bates.
The festival's centerpiece film will be the critically acclaimed feature WE ARE THE FLESH. Already co-signed by Mexican filmmaking giants Alfonso Cuarón and Alejandro González Iñárritu, WE ARE THE FLESH gives credence to the old saying, “You’ve never seen anything like this before.” Directed by 26-year-old rookie director Emiliano Rocha Minter, it’s an assaultive and ultimately sublime blend of art-house experimentation and grindhouse sensibilities.
For closing night, we've got the World Premiere of USA/Icelandic co-production CHILD EATER. Through a successful Kickstarter campaign, Icelandic writer-director Erlingur Thoroddsen and his team were able to expand upon their 2012 short film of the same name, which made noise at the SXSW Film Festival. Merging the babysitter set-up with a fresh monster mythology, CHILD EATER takes elements from John Carpenter’s HALLOWEEN and Wes Craven’s A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET to introduce horror fans to a brand-new kind of monster. The film will screen with producer and respected film journalist Perri Nemiroff in attendance.
The Brooklyn Horror Film Festival will screen feature films and short films that represent filmmakers from around the world that are contributing to the horror genre. In addition to the film screenings, the festival will also be hosting an opening night party, panel discussions, Q&A’s with filmmakers, games, contests, merchandise tables, award ceremony and a sendoff party after the final screening. Venues for the festival include The Wythe Hotel Screening Room, Videology, Syndicated and Spectacle theaters among others.
BHFF is proud to honor and say thanks our special festival sponsors, which include Throne Watches, Syndicated, Horror Pack, El Buho Mezcal and QuickFrame. Premium sponsors are Uber, Bruce Cost Ginger Ale, Brooklyn Bean Roastery, Essentia and Skinny Pop. Beer and liquor for the fest is supplied by Coney Island Brewery and El Buho Mezcal. Supporting sponsorships offered by Screencraft, Boroughs of the Dead, Kings Of Karaoke and Hattan Media.
Special thanks to our BHFF media sponsors, We Got This Covered and BellaDonna as well as festival friends BK Horror Club, and Brooklyn Music Fest.
A limited number of Film Festival Badges are available for purchase. Individual tickets will be available in mid-September.
More festival information and other horror news can be found on http://brooklynhorrorfest.com/ the BHFF Facebook page; https://www.facebook.com/BrooklynHorrorFest/ On Twitter; https://twitter.com/brooklynhorror/ Instagram; https://www.instagram.com/brooklynhorrorfest/"
Indiegogo Campaign for Short Film Mannequins: Press Release: "Random Elements, in association with Blistered Pictures, are proud to announce their first short film, “MANNEQUINS”. The project is now crowdfunding on Indiegogo and will shoot in late October 2016.
“MANNEQUINS” is the brain-child of Glasgow-based writer/director/editor/composer, David Malcolm, who has worked on several short films (Remnant, Mindless, The Night Whispered, Retribution) over the past two years.
The project will be co-produced by multi-award-winning writer/director, Andy Stewart, under his Blistered Pictures banner. We are also delighted to announce that cinematography will be handled by BAFTA-winning Director of Photography, Alan C. McLaughlin (INK, Remnant).
"Four teenage friends are on their way to the woods for fun, for cheap laughs...and scares. Where they are going, where they have been, isn't anything they've ever seen. You can't run, you can't hide, you can't SCREAM..."
Writer/Director David Malcolm had the following to say on the project:
"MANNEQUINS” is an idea which has been percolating in my head for a couple of years and I normally spill my guts about every idea I have to anyone that will listen, this one was handled a little more preciously.
I have pitched short film ideas before but none ever got the reaction that this one did and I knew I had to make Mannequins my debut short. I hope it’s really going to creep you all out!"
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
A lifelong horror fan, David Malcolm has finally decided to let this nightmare bleed out of his head and into the world. Since editing Katie Bonham's Mindless, which enjoyed its World Premiere at Glasgow Frightfest 2016, David has gone on to edit Nicholas Vince's forthcoming short film, The Night Whispered, worked alongside Andy Stewart on his projects Remnant and She Lay at His Feet and also composed the driving Carpenter-esque soundtrack for Paddy Murphy's short Retribution.
It is through the experience gained while collaborating with these film-makers, on set and in post-production, that has prompted David towards taking the next steps to his ultimate aim, to make his own films.
ABOUT THE PRODUCER
Former journalist-turned-filmmaker Andy Stewart burst onto the horror film scene in 2012 with his gruesome body horror short film, Dysmorphia. Made on a budget of £160, Dysmorphia played many festivals around the world, winning several awards and causing fainting and vomiting spells. The film was also referred to as “Quite possibly the greatest short film ever made” by Canadian twin horror directors, Jen & Sylvia Soska (American Mary, Dead Hooker In A Trunk, See No Evil 2, Hellevator).
Andy followed up the success of Dysmorphia with short film projects Split, INK and Remnant before contributing to 2016’s Women in Horror Month Massive Blood Drive and being commissioned by Crypt TV to produce the micro short She Lay at His Feet. Andy is now working towards his first feature project.