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Lasso starring Sean Patrick Flanery, Lindsey Morgan, Karen Grassle, and Andrew Jacobs is set to premiere at this year's FrightFest on August 25th but if you can't trek all the way to London, a trailer for the film has been released as well as when the film will premiere in the U.S. Also: Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum's Blu-Ray, Digital, and DVD details, and, lastly, The Forest of the Lost Souls Q&A with José Lopes.

Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum Release Details: PLANO, TEXAS. (August 2, 2018) – "The crew of a horror web series travels to an abandoned asylum for a live broadcast. They soon encounter much more than expected as they move deeper inside the nightmarish old building in the horror thriller GONJIAM: HAUNTED ASYLUM, terrorizing on digital, Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD September 18th from Well Go USA Entertainment. An updated take on the “found footage” genre of thrillers, Director Jung Bum-Shik (Epitaph, Horror Stories) assembled a cast of mostly newcomers for GONJIAM: HAUNTED ASYLUM, including Wi Ha-Jun, Park Sung-Hun, Lee Seung-Wook, Oh Ah-Yeon, Park Ji-Hyun, Yoo Je-Yoon and Mun Ye-Won.

Synopsis:
Based on the local legends and stories of people who’ve visited the real-life abandoned hospital, GONJIAM: HAUNTED ASYLUM follows the crew of a horror web show who plan to stream live from inside the asylum. To attract more viewers, the show’s host arranges some scares for the team, but as they move further into the nightmarish old building, they begin to encounter much more than expected.

Country of Origin: South Korea

GONJIAM: HAUNTED ASYLUM has a runtime of approximately 93 minutes and is not rated.

Follow @WellGoUSA on Facebook and Twitter and be sure to use #GonjaimHauntedAsylum when socializing your coverage. For more information, please visit www.wellgousa.com.

Blu-ray Combo Pack
Catalog #: WGU03000B
UPC Code: 810348030009
Pre-Order Date: 8/14/2018
SLP: $29.98 SLP: $24.98

DVD
Catalog #: WGU01998D
UPC Code: 812491019986
Pre-Order Date: 8/14/2018

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Well Go USA Entertainment (www.wellgousa.com) is a theatrical and home entertainment distribution label that specializes in bringing top content, including the best in Action, Genre and Independent films from the US and around the world, to North America, Latin America, Asia, and Europe. As a leader in independent film distribution, Well Go’s titles can be seen across a variety of platforms, including theatrical, digital, subscription and cable VOD, packaged media and broadcast television. Well Go USA Entertainment’s corporate headquarters is in Plano, Texas, with offices in Taiwan and China."

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Lasso Premiere and U.S. Release Details: Los Angeles, CA – "Epic Pictures’ horror label Dread Central Presents sets the U.S. release date of LASSO to November 13th and reveals a new trailer to Evan Cecil’s Western-themed slasher.

From Dragonfly Films, LASSO, produced by Elaine Gibson, Todd Myers, and Evan Cecil, stars Sean Patrick Flanery (The Boondock Saints), Lindsey Morgan (The 100), Karen Grassle (Little House on the Prairie) and Andrew Jacobs (Paranormal Activity).

The horror flick centers around Kit (Morgan) and Simon (Jacobs), two young leaders of an Active Senior Tour group, out on an adventure to a small-town Rodeo festival located deep in the woods. It’s a great experience for the group ... until they try to leave. Simon and Kit must save themselves, and whatever seniors they can, from becoming victims of a deadly Rodeo Ritual. Along the way, they join up with another unexpected group of victims, including a one-armed cowboy, Ennis (Flanery), Rosheen, the Rodeo queen, and Trish, a powerhouse female bull rider. Together the group must fight to survive the night from relentless bloodthirsty cowboys on the hunt for human livestock.

In the UK, LASSO will premiere at FrightFest in London on August 25th.

Genre: Horror

Running Time: 92 minutes

Director: Evan Cecil

Writer: Roberto Marinas

Producer: Elaine Gibson, Todd Meyers, Evan Cecil

Cast: Sean Patrick Flanery, Lindsey Morgan, Andrew Jacobs, Karen Grassle, Benedita Pereira

Production Company: Dragonfly Films

UK Premiere: FrightFest London – August 25th at 11 pm (Prince Charles Cinema: Prince Charles Discovery Two)

For more information: https://epic-pictures.com/films-horror"

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The Forest of the Lost Souls Q&A with José Lopes: "Leading independent distributor Wild Eye Releasing releases The Forest of the Lost Souls in theaters this week.

The psychological “coming of age” horror film, written and directed by directed by José Pedro Lopes, marks the distrib’s first theatrical release. The film, which had its world premiere at the Fantasporto Film Festival on February 26, 2017, is scheduled to open in August.

We spoke to Lopes about the film on the eve of its stateside release.

Q1. Tell us about The Forest of the Lost Souls. How did it come to be?

After doing a lot of shorts, my team and I decided we want to venture into making a feature film. I had two ideas for short films. One was a coming of age story of a murderer who preyed on sadness, the other was a drama about a family dealing with suicide. Clashing them together generated "The Forest of Lost Souls". Initially, I presented it in an even called Pitching Forum in Espinho (Portugal), back in 2012. As we were chasing a project for a feature to make, this was the one we ended up doing. It was something that we could do, do well, and do by ourselves.

Q2. Any real-life incidents serve as inspiration?

On one side, I think the news we see every day of how evil people can be, was the inspiration for having such a nasty villain, someone who has no respect for others lows, for how sad they are. On the other, I delt closely with a family who lost someone to suicide and I saw how much it hurt, and much it is devastating. I wanted to capture that and put it in an unthinkable scenario where someone would take advantage of that.

Q3. How closely did you work with your cast beforehand?

I had worked with Daniela Love before in a short film called "Video Store". Her character there was an inspired film buff, talked a lot in references and was a dreamer. Coming up with Carolina for "Forest", we wanted to bring a darker version of this same character. Daniela gave a lot of insight also on how millennials think and act on some events. Jorge Mota, who plays the family father Ricardo, is a very talented stage actor, and he worked with me in making his character someone you would care about. Without them, these characters would have been more cliché driven and not as engaging.

Q4. Where was that beautiful forest located?

There is no suicide forest in Portugal. There's a big forest that separates Portugal from Spain, and people used to get lost there if they wanted to disappear, but not die. We shot in a lot of different places. Most of the dialogues were in the Caramulo Mountains (centre of Portugal), somewhere a bit North of Oporto, and the amazing glacier lake is the Sanabria Glacier Lake in Zamora, Spain.

Q5. What is the most important advice you can give to a filmmaker who is just starting his career?

I think you have to care about your team. I work in other people's films doing what I can and make friends with everyone who's into making films. And then they work with me too. We're in this together. Sure things do need hierarchy and need organization, a lot, but being kind and nice is always the most important."

Tamika Jones
About the Author - Tamika Jones

Tamika hails from North Beach, Maryland, a tiny town inches from the Chesapeake Bay.She knew she wanted to be an actor after reciting a soliloquy by Sojourner Truth in front of her entire fifth grade class. Since then, she's appeared in over 20 film and television projects. In addition to acting, Tamika is the Indie Spotlight manager for Daily Dead, where she brings readers news on independent horror projects every weekend.

The first horror film Tamika watched was Child's Play. Being eight years old at the time, she remembers being so scared when Chucky came to life that she projectile vomited. It's tough for her to choose only one movie as her favorite horror film, so she picked two: Nosferatu and The Stepford Wives (1975).

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