Faster Productions (the team behind Knock Knock Knock Knock) have released the short film to the public! Continue reading to learn how to see this intriguing Giallo-inspired horror short. Also: Shriekfest 2019's call for submissions and release details for Wretch.
Knock Knock Knock Knock Release Details: "Following its premiere in Paris at the 24th L’Etrange Festival in September 2018. Faster Productions have now made their latest short film Knock Knock Knock Knock available to the wider public….if they’re interested enough to lift a finger!
Knock Knock Knock Knock is an unashamed homage to the Italian horror/ Giallo films, with specific nods to the work of Dario Argento, Mario Bava and Lucio Fulci…but with a healthy dollop of the anything-goes madness of Toho’s classic 70s horror Hausu also added to the mix.
In this short film – the 2nd in the Sincerely, Psychopath: Disposable Screams series (but not the 2nd to be made!) - Freya, a woman who has suffered from a nervous breakdown resulting in horrific self-harm finds herself plagued by a knocking at her door – is there a genuine reason for this interruption or a result of the demons still loitering in her admittedly a wafer-thin plot, but taking inspiration from Fulci’s quote regarding his masterpiece The Beyond (“It’s a plotless film…just a series of images”) this premise is the jumping off point for a succession of visually arresting moments.
Complementing these images and providing a similar experience for the ear is the exclusively composed soundtrack by rising musician Umberto, already a name on the synthwave/ darkwave circuit with his albums Prophecy Of the Black Widow, Confrontations as well as Night Has A Thousands Screams, his own score to the notorious trash horror classic Pieces.
However, in a reaction to today’s culture of being available to view everything instantly, Faster Productions has made the decision that anyone interested in viewing the film must email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line 4KANDLES (a daft nod to the classic Two Ronnie’s sketch) to be sent a link to download the film.
Writer/ Director Luther Bhogal-Jones explains “We live in a wonderful world where a film can be available to view by a worldwide audience instantly, but with that as a filmmaker it feels like there’s a distinct loss of engagement with the viewer. Although I will inevitably lose viewing figures with this approach, I’m hoping it will be a result of the quality of viewings over quantity.”
He will have to wait and see how successful this approach is and whether today’s internet audiences can, if not get off their arses, at least lift a finger to type. In the meantime, Faster Productions will be sending their recently completed puppet splatstick horror short Snore to festivals, as well as following a similar email-to-view approach to their fantasy/ thriller Goodnight, Halloween…before concentrating on their planned feature film about a legendary figure from the UK video game industry.
Shriekfest 2019 Call for Submissions: "Shriekfest, the Los Angeles Horror/SciFi Film Festival continues its tradition as Los Angeles' Premier horror film event, presenting an exciting program of films each fall with beautiful Los Angeles as its backdrop. Now, in its 19th year, Shriekfest L.A takes place at the legendary Raleigh Studios, which is the largest independent studio operator in the country. Shriekfest Orlando (now in its 3rd year) takes place at the famous Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center, which was originally founded in 1923! We offer filmmakers and film fans alike an ideal setting in 2 world-famous cities. Both established and emerging filmmakers gain media exposure, connect with the region's diverse audiences, and participate in an acclaimed event attended by industry professionals as well as horror and sci-fi fans. Every film accepted into Shriekfest has the opportunity to screen on both coasts for the price of one admission! Over the past Eighteen years, Shriekfest has welcomed numerous indie icons into its family and we are always looking to add to the Shriekfest Family!
We are looking for original films and screenplays. We are accepting films/screenplays in five categories: narrative feature, narrative short, narrative super short, music video, feature screenplay, and short screenplay. And these genres: horror, comedy horror, thriller, sci-fi, and fantasy
We will be awarding prizes to the winning filmmaker or screenwriter in each category.
Festival Founder and Director Denise Gossett says, "We are already planning some exciting things for our 19th year!".
Last year's festival was a great success. We had our biggest audience yet and we had more than 65 filmmakers/screenwriters in attendance. Plus, we were able to introduce some amazing indie horror films to Los Angeles and Orlando!
HOW TO ENTER Entry form and information: www.shriekfest.com
We look forward to seeing your film and/or screenplays!
Festival Director Denise Gossett & the Shriekfest Film Festival Staff
Denise Gossett Festival Founder/Director Shriekfest Film Festival & Screenplay Competition (our 18th year in L.A and 2nd in Orlando!!) 2013 Movie Maker Magazine voted one of the Coolest Film Festivals in the WORLD! and in the Top 5 Coolest Horror/SciFi Film Festivals in the WORLD! Declared "LA's Most Successful & Entertaining Horror Film Festival" by LA WEEKLY 2011 Movie Maker Magazine top 13 film festivals to die for! 2010 Movie Maker Magazine top 25 film festivals worth the entry fee!
Wretch Digital and On Demand Release Details: "Psychological horror/thriller Wretch is coming to digital and On Demand on January 29th via ThoughtFly Films. Described as "The Blair Witch Project on acid," the film stars Spencer Korcz, Megan Massie, and Riker Hill.
Wretch follows three friends struggling to piece together fractured memories after a drug-fueled night in the woods. In the process, they’re forced to confront guilt, jealousy, and a supernatural presence that threatens to expose their true natures.
Wretch is written and directed by Brian Cunningham, whose previous films include the horror-comedy Overtime, the acclaimed haunted house documentary Monsters Wanted, and the recent Loss Prevention, starring former WWE Superstar Al Snow and veteran actor Vernon Wells (Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior, Commando).
“I’m a horror fanatic," says Cunningham, "Specifically the psychological variety that gets under your skin and makes you question what you’re watching. It was great to dive straight into the darker recesses of the genre and try to make something that really gets inside your head.”
The film pulls from the genre conventions of the slasher, found footage, and monster movies to tell an enigmatic, unpredictable story.
“We wanted a movie that feels familiar but really pulls the rug out from under the audience and puts some weighty ideas in front of them,” states Cunningham. “The movie is about voyeurism, surveillance, and shifting perspectives. In a lot of ways, it’s an anti-found-footage movie that becomes something very different by the end.”
Wretch is available for pre-order on iTunes and will be released on digital and OnDemand and January 29.
About ThoughtFly Films:
ThoughtFly Films is a Louisville-based production company focused on creating narrative content for cross-platform distribution. From short films to features, web series, sketch comedy and documentaries, ThoughtFly's focus is always on telling a good story and delivering that story to consumers via a number of channels including web streaming, direct download, and home video.
Feature Films include Overtime (2011), Monsters Wanted (2012), and most recently the Revry Original film Loss Prevention starring former WWE Superstar Al Snow and acting veteran Vernon Wells (Commando, Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior).
About Brian Cunningham (Writer/Director):
Brian Cunningham has written and produced numerous award-winning short films and features. He made his directorial debut in 2011 with the action/comedy Overtime starring WWE's Al Snow and released the documentary Monsters Wanted about the haunted attraction industry two years later.
A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Cunningham graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2005 and began working as a freelance director of photography and producer. In 2012, Cunningham and long-time collaborator Matt Niehoff started ThoughtFly Studios, a commercial and film production company based in Louisville.
He recently completed work on the psychological horror film Wretch as well as the corporate action/comedy Loss Prevention.
About Nic Brown (Producer):
Nic Brown is a writer, producer, and strategic business development specialist at a Japanese trading company. He and his wife, Fiona, live in Lexington, Kentucky where he remotely co-hosts the popular B-Movie Podcast, authors werewolf novels, and produces independent films.
About Janel Nash (Producer):
Janel Nash is from the moon. She enjoys long walks on the lunar surface, fuzzy objects, and scaring the crap out of grown men who overuse the word "bro." She currently lives in Louisville, Kentucky with a Mayan god and a robot."