Anyone who grew up in the ’80s is familiar with their unforgettable names and faces. The Garbage Pail Kids Topps trading cards and 1987 movie are embedded in the brains of a generation, and Indican Pictures' new documentary 30 Years of Garbage: The Garbage Pail Kids Story explores the phenomenon like never before. In today's Horror Highlights, we also have details on the Hexploitation Film Festival, The Eyes home media release info, and the trailer for Brian Sepanzyk's Compulsion.

30 Years of Garbage: The Garbage Pail Kids Story: Press Release: "West Hollywood, California (Tuesday, August 8th) - Indican Pictures is set to release the pivotal documentary on the Garbage Pail Kids. Titled 30 Years of Garbage: The Garbage Pail Kids Story, this documentary revisits the artists, who made these collectibles famous. Showing a rare glimpse into the corporate culture of Topps as they launched Garbage Pail Kids through the height of the cards fame, the downfall from the legal battle with the Cabbage Patch kids and their untimely demise. The film is jam packed with interviews of over a half dozen artists. Each artist penned these counter-culture trading cards and each artist gives you the inside story of why these cards poked fun at: the collectibles’ movement, the 80’s culture of greed and gave kids a unique piece of historical fun. Details on the film’s theatrical and home entertainment launch are available here.

This documentary interviews actors from the ‘80s film, Garbage Pail Kids the Movie (1987). Interviews take place with: Mackenzie Astin, Debbie Lee Carrington and others. It also includes interviews with Pulitzer-prize winning novelist Art Spiegelman, Pumpkinhead screenwriter Gary Gerani, comic book artists Tom Bunk and John Pound. It even includes an interview with TV producer Adam F. Goldberg (creator of the Goldbergs TV Series). Many of the artists from the original series are revisited, for their take on what made these cards so popular. The film also includes collectors, of the cards, who share their nostalgic memories and collections with the world, in this one-of-a-kind documentary. All of these people and more give their take on what made The Garbage Pail Kids so famous, such a worldwide sensation.

30 Years of Garbage: The Garbage Pail Kids Story hits theatres this summer in select cities. Indican Pictures will launch this title in several theatres, starting August 18th and continuing throughout the month of August and September. On 9/20/17, 30 Years of Garbage: The Garbage Pail Kids Story will show in front of an even larger audience as the film is launched nationwide, throughout the United States. All of the release details on this artistic movement and the collectors are hosted here.

The film’s official synopsis: In the 1980′s some eclectic underground cartoonists parodied a popular doll craze (whose name cannot be spoken…). The resulting pop culture commercial trading cards/stickers tapped into an international zeitgeist that was brewing in a young generation who felt that this product spoke to the revulsion they had for the corporate junk that was being fed to them. Learn the truth behind the myth of The Garbage Pail Kids, the lawsuit that ensued and the resulting iconic status!

Release Date: August, 2017 (U.S., Limited Theatrical) and September 20th, 2017 (VOD/DVD).

Director/writer: Jeff Zapata, Joe Simko.

Interviewees: Art Spiegelman, John Pound, James Warhola, Adam F. Goldberg, Tom Bunk, Jay Lynch, Mark Newgarden, Gary Gerani, Len Brown, Mackenzie Astin, Debbie Lee Carrington, Arturo Gil.

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About Indican Pictures: Indican Pictures acquires and distributes feature films to a broad range of entertainment outlets by providing a diverse selection of movies across: theatrical, home video, TV, VOD, PPV and streaming platforms."


The Hexploitation Film Festival: Press Release: "(FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, August 1, 2017) – Effective August 1st, the Fright Night Theatre Film Festival is now the HEXPLOITATION FILM FESTIVAL: a three-day celebration and showcase of the best in new indie Horror & Exploitation genre films from Canada and around the world. The newly christened Hexploitation Film Festival (HXFF) will take over the Staircase Theatre in Hamilton, Ontario from March 23-25, 2018 with a competitive festival program of no-holds-barred cinematic thrills, chills, and kills. Submissions for feature-length and short films are now open:

The Hexploitation Film Festival programming team, including festival director and organizer Aaron Allen whose passion for horror and controversial exploitation cult films led to the Hexploitation rebrand, is hard at work curating the annual competitive festival program as well as special one-off screenings packed with more monsters, maniacs, and murder! Horror fans and genre junkies can expect down-to-earth Q&A's with local and visiting filmmakers, themed parties and special events, and a community-driven experience organized by fans for fans.

In years past, the festival has been home to numerous world, national and regional premieres of such exciting and acclaimed indie films as THE BABADOOK, THE LURE, POOL PARTY MASSACRE, CAT SICK BLUES, RETURN TO NUKE'EM HIGH VOL. 1, ATTACK OF THE LEDERHOSENZOMBIES, KILLER RACK, BRACKENMORE, CIRCUS OF THE DEAD, BONEJANGLES, NIGHT OF SOMETHING STRANGE, THE BARN, and HARVEST LAKE.

The Hexploitation Film Festival has also been thrilled to host many visiting filmmakers such as George Mihalka (MY BLOODY VALENTINE), Gregory Lamberson (JOHNNY GRUESOME), Brian K. Williams (SPACE BABES FROM OUTERSPACE), Scott Schirmer (HARVEST LAKE), Justin M. Seaman (THE BARN), as well as post-screening Skype Q&As with filmmakers such as Lowell Dean (WOLFCOP) and Andy Palmer (THE FUNHOUSE MASSACRE).

“We live in an era where big studio blockbusters have pushed smaller innovative and envelope-pushing horror films from multiplex screens,” said festival director and lead programmer Aaron Allen. “At the same time, we’ve seen the development of a streaming distribution culture that has eroded the communal magic of the theatregoing experience and turned movie-watching into an isolated activity. The Hexploitation Film Festival seeks to preserve the best parts of the theatre-going experience by seeking out unique horror & cult exploitation films and providing an intimate and interactive theatrical experience that brings emerging filmmakers together with the local arts community and our great fanbase of horror and genre movie lovers.”

Film Submissions are now open until February 1, 2018. For more information, please visit


The Hexploitation Film Festival runs March 23-25, 2018 at the Staircase Theatre located in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. The Hexploitation Film Festival is the only festival dedicated to horror & exploitation genre cult cinema in the greater Hamilton, ON area. Operating annually, this fan-favorite event screens 7 feature films and approx 20 shorts over three exciting nights of genre film mayhem. The HXFF is a bat out of hell festival with a mission: to bring back the fun, communal atmosphere, and showmanship of going to the movies by showcasing shocking, scary, schlocky, and scintillating independent and mainstream horror / genre films to a die-hard genre film audience. Horror fans and genre junkies can expect a unique brand of down-to-earth Q&A's with local and visiting filmmakers, themed parties, and a one-of-a-kind theatre-going experience by fans for fans.

Affectionately called “The Hammer,” Hamilton is home to a diverse population and a resurgence in arts and culture. Growth in the arts and culture sector and an ongoing revitalization of the downtown core has turned Hamilton into a film industry hotspot attracting dozens of film and television productions each year. Hamilton is also the site of a local arts revival in the form of art galleries, monthly art crawls, craft and local food markets, music and film festivals, and the availability of film and media production spaces."


The Eyes DVD & Streaming Details: Press Release: "LOS ANGELES, CA – The suspenseful thriller, THE EYES, is available on DVD and Amazon streaming. The film stars Nick Turturro (“Blue Bloods”, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2), Vincent Pastore (“The Sopranos”), Danny Flaherty (“The Americans”), Megan West (“How to Get Away with Murder”), Ana Isabelle (“Seasons of Love”), Greg (“Klarity”) Davis, Jr. (Toni Braxton: Unbreak My Heart), Steven Hauck (The Amazing Spiderman 2) and Carly Steel (Mordecai). The film was written by Robert T. Roe and directed by Robbie Bryan and produced by Good To Be Seen Films.

Some say we are only as sick as our secrets but what if someone really knew those secrets? What if they’ve watched every move we’ve made and our secrets aren’t really hidden? In The Eyes, six strangers with unspeakable pasts wake up imprisoned in an abandoned warehouse and discover they are being forced to participate in an evil experiment. Five must die. One can live. And THEY have two hours to decide amongst themselves who survives. The clock is ticking and if they don’t decide… they ALL die. The Eyes shows us that someone is always watching.

The DVD release includes two indie-film must extras. A featurette about the making of the film as well as the unusual roadblocks that were presented during production. The featurette also includes a first-look with the cast and crew. The second extra is a commentary track with director Robbie Bryan, producers Spero Stamboulis and Christie Botelho as well as some of the cast including Greg Davis, Jr."


Compulsion Trailer & Poster: "As we follow an unknown man in his day to day life, we soon start to see the dark underside of what his compulsion is and what it drives him to do. To give in, the blood must flow."

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