The Lower East Side Film Festival is only two days away from its 9th annual launch! This year's festival promises an interesting lineup of films, including Omri Dorani's This is Our Home. Also in today's Horror Highlights: the digital and limited edition VHS release of Hi-Death, the trailer for Come, Said the Night, which will make its Southern California premiere at Dances with Films, as well as a Trust Me teaser trailer plus West Coast festival premiere details.


Hi-Death Digital, Disc, and Limited Edition VHS Release Details: "Wild Eye Releasing will release Nightfall Pictures’ horror anthology HI-DEATH on disc, digital and limited edition VHS on June 10.

From the makers of “Hi-8”, five new twisted tales showcasing the talents of both veteran and emerging horror filmmakers. When two young women take the “Terror Tour” through the underbelly of Hollywood, they are led into a bizarre world of unspeakable horror. Their first stop proves that “Death Has a Conscience”, but doesn’t spare the unlucky souls who stumble into his path. Next, a meeting with the “Dealers of Death” exposes the perils of collecting murder memorabilia. Then, it’s off to a quick “Night Drop”, where your next movie rental may be your last. An actress’ worst nightmare unfolds as she is forced to perform a terrifying “Cold Read”, and our Terror Tour comes to a disturbing end as we meet the ancient, seductive evil known as “The Muse”.

The film is written and directed by Anthony Catanese, Tim Ritter, Amanda Payton, Brad Sykes, and Todd Sheets. Cast includes Fabiana Formica, Jay Sosnicki, Todd Martin, Thomas Kindler, Jensen Jacobs, Craig Kelly, Nick Randol, Dilynn Fawn Harvey, Christopher Preyer, Eric Salinas, Kristen Adams, and Kate Durocher."


Come, Said the Night to Have Southern California Premiere at Dances With Films: "Los Angeles, CA (June 4, 2019) – DARKCOAST – She’s about to remind Dances With Films just how terrifying it was to grow up.

Writer-Director Andres Rovira’s (No Stranger Pilgrims, The Projectionist) debut feature, COME, SAID THE NIGHT (The Otherness), will receive its Southern California premiere as a Narrative Features official selection in Dances With Films (DWF), screening at Hollywood’s TCL Chinese Theatres + IMAX on Sunday, June 16th at 7:15 PM.

Produced by Colby Reed Miller and James Edmund Datri from Miller/Datri Pictures, COME, SAID THE NIGHT, is faith-based folk title that uses Greek mythology as the film’s religious backdrop, creating a terrifying blur between the real and the imaginary. Billed as a coming-of-age horror story with a young female lead grappling with sexuality and repression, accompanied by a terrifying monster that will end her childhood forever.

Summary: Thirteen-year-old Sprout Grady (Nicole Moorea Sherman), in the midst of coming-of-age, and on vacation with her family to their secluded retreat in the forest on the anniversary of her sister’s death, grows convinced that a monster is haunting the nearby woods. Embarking on a mission to vanquish it, she uncovers horrifying secrets that rock the core of everything she thought she knew [from DANCES WITH FILMS].

Led with an outstanding performance from the up-and-coming star, Nicole Moorea Sherman (The Bacchae, Little People series), COME, SAID THE NIGHT is a slow burn psychologically thriller that combines elements of a coming-of-age horror. Sherman’s character showcases the harrowing challenges of being a kid – the fear, the anxiety and the discovery of sexuality – reminding us just how terrifying it was to grow up.

In a recent interview with Cinapse, Sherman stated, “It also helped that I was 13, just like Sprout, at the time of filming. I could really relate to a lot of what she was experiencing concerning coming of age, so I think that played a huge part in making Sprout feel like a real person. I love that Andy Rovira, our director, had the courage to use someone my age rather than having someone older play younger. It just feels so authentic.”

COME, SAID THE NIGHT will have its Southern California premiere at DWF on Sunday, June 16th at TCL Chinese Theatres + IMAX (6925 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028) at 7:15 PM. Please purchase tickets here.

Alongside Nicole Moorea Sherman, COME, SAID THE NIGHT features stellar performances from 21st century ‘Scream Queens’, Danielle Harris (Halloween series, Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead), award-winning Lew Temple (The Walking Dead, The Devil’s Rejects, The Endless), Tate Birchmore (Peppermint), Daniela Leon (Atypical) and Max Page (Prime Suspect, The Young and the Restless).

COME, SAID THE NIGHT (2018, 96 min.) Directed and written by Andres Rovira. Produced by: Colby Reed Miller and James Edmund Datri. Editor: Andres Rovira. Director of Photography: Madeline Kate Kann. Original score: Diego Rojas. USA, English. Miller/Datri Pictures, DarkCoast.

PRODUCTION COMPANY: Miller/Datri Pictures: a division of Miller/Datri Entertainment.

DarkCoast is a division of TriCoast Entertainment: A new home for story-driven American films, TriCoast Entertainment is a full service media company that creates, produces, manages and distributes unique and unusual entertainment. Bringing together filmmakers, distributors, financiers, and technologists, TriCoast Entertainment embraces change by redefining the production and distribution model for indie filmmakers. Founded by: Strathford Hamilton and Marcy Levitas Hamilton.


The Lower East Side Film Festival Lineup Revealed: "This is Our Home - This romance turned horror from director Omri Dorani, starring real-life couple Simone Policano and Jeff Ayars, will have its New York Premiere on Saturday, June 8th at Village East Cinema.

This Is Our Home follows Reina (Simone Policano) and Cory (Jeff Ayars), college sweethearts who have grown distant in recent months after a personal tragedy. In a last-ditch effort to reconnect, Cory takes Reina upstate to her childhood home. Despite a tense backwoods encounter with two locals, they arrive safely at the vacant, picturesque home and start to settle in. That is until a knock on the door brings them face-to-face with Zeke, a lost child who claims to be their son. Once they agree to take him in until morning, a growing bond between Reina & Zeke sets off a surreal, sleepless night that tests the limits of Reina and Cory’s relationship.

This year’s program also features the always popular MIND F*CK NIGHT Shorts Showcase, a mix of horror, experimental, and mind-bending short films from cutting edge filmmakers.


Thread. Directed by Max Rosen. Starring Lorelei Ramirez, Ana Fabrega (At Home with Amy Sedaris, High Maintenance), Beth Hoyt (Inside Amy Schumer), featuring John Early (Search Party). A young woman working as an office assistant at a millennial culture website comes down with a mysterious illness.

Watch Room. Directed by Noah Wagner. Starring Mamoudou Athie (The Get Down, The Front Runner), Natalie Paul (HBO’s The Deuce), Jacob Batalon (Avengers: Endgame, Spider-man: Homecoming), Alice Kremelberg (Orange Is The New Black). Lifelong friends and scientists Nate, Chloe and Bernard believe they are safely creating A.I. within virtual reality, until their creation, Kate, learns it's at risk of being shut down. NEW YORK PREMIERE

Father Figurine. Directed by Matt Kazman. Starring Amy Landecker (Transparent), Katherine Reis (Rise, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Ryan Foust, David Rasche (VEEP, Burn After Reading). When the wealthy patriarch of a family dies, they discover a rather unusual request in his will… NEW YORK PREMIERE

Dominant Species. Directed by Joseph Sackett. 10 aliens in human host bodies learn how to be men. Starring Julian Cihi (The Tick, Mr. Robot). NEW YORK PREMIERE."


Trust Me West Coast Film Festival Premiere Details: "TRUST ME is a horror movie about a woman who follows her boyfriend into the woods for a romantic surprise only to find something far more sinister: the legend of The Goatman.

Inspired by witness accounts, TRUST ME is an atmospheric horror movie featuring a new breed of monster who fuels our paranoia, forcing us to ask: who... or what... can we trust?


Alexandra Bayless as BECCA
Luke Cook as JIM


Leslie O'Neill - WRITER
Darius Frye - Producer
Nate Ruegger - Director

Trust Me will be premiering at the Dances With Films Festival in Los Angeles, CA. Friday, June 21 @ the TCL Chinese Theater. Tickets are available on our website."

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    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).