Enter worlds filled with magic and terror in John Burr's fantasy horror film Muse that will see a U.S. digital release on August 21st. Also in today's Highlights: the Blu-ray debut for Hammer Horror: The Warner Bros. Years, ScareHouse 2018 opening day details, and Hell House LLC, II: The Abbadon Hotel release details.
Muse Release Details: "TriCoast Entertainment’s horror division, DarkCoast, will finally release John Burr’s eight-time winning fantasy horror MUSE onto U.S. digital streaming platforms on August 21st.
Written and directed by John Burr (Boots, The Last Kill), Muse is described as a twisted, haunted fairytale that combines elements of a psychological thriller, the supernatural, and past Irish legends and mythological influences. Shot entirely in 15 days, Muse is a gripping, psychological thriller that ultimately examines how inspiration can be the downfall of any great artist. “If you have the opportunity, See. This. Movie.” - Nightmarish Conjurings
MUSE credits its fantastic editing to longtime, legendary editors Ed Marx (Jeepers Creepers, Frozen) and Jeff Murphy (Justice). The film’s lead, Riley Egan (All I Ever Wanted), phenomenally embodies Adam, who struggles with his moral compass and the line between a hero and a villain. Alongside, MUSE features a star-studded cast, including Elle Evans (The Love Witch) with a spectacular dialogue-less performance, Daytime Emmy winner, Kate Mansi (Days of Our Lives, How I Met Your Mother), Lou Ferrigno Jr. (Teen Wolf), Phil Abrams (Insidious: Chapter 3) and Jennie Fahn (Black Christmas)."
Hammer Horror: The Warner Bros. Years Blu-ray Release Details: Press Release: "Hammer Horror: The Warner Bros. Years is Coming to Blu-ray on Aug 26 (Diabolique Films).
The untold story of Hammer at Warner Bros, and the relationship that produced some of the British company’s finest films!
The classic Hammer films from Warner Bros are now appearing on Blu-ray. However, they have never received an in-depth exploration of any special feature or documentary. Now, the fascinating story is finally told in this unprecedented 101-minute documentary feature, HAMMER HORROR: THE WARNER BROS YEARS, written and directed by Marcus Hearn, Hammer Films’ official historian. The documentary features exclusive interviews with some of the key players from that period, as well as authors and historians like Sir Christopher Frayling and Jonathan Rigby. Also included are rare production stills, previously unseen film footage, Hammer’s original shooting locations, and access to previously unpublished archive documents.
There are only a few hundred copies available. There will not be another print run, so once they’re gone, that will be it.
In the 1950s Hammer, England’s world-renowned production company initiated a new style of horror filmmaking that transformed the genre. At the end of the 1960s, the world that Hammer had helped to create was changing fast – the once-reliable business model was unraveling and audiences wanted something new from their films.
Amid this uncertainty, Hammer’s short-term survival was secured by an alliance with American distributor Warner Bros. The films the two companies made together are among the most renowned in Hammer’s history. Classics such as Dracula Has Risen From the Grave (1968), Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1970) and Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970) were produced alongside the Oscar-nominated epic When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth (1970), the disturbing thriller Crescendo (1970) and the bizarre sci-fi western Moon Zero Two (1969).
The films became increasingly experimental in the 1970s, challenging the perception of traditional Gothic horror with Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972), The Satanic Rites of Dracula (1973) and The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (1974).
Featuring: Veronica Carlson, John Carson, Steve Chibnall, Chris Cooke, Joe Dante, Sir Christopher Frayling, Renee Glynne, IQ Hunter, Wayne Kinsey, Denis Meikle, Caroline Munro, Nadja Regin, Jonathan Rigby, Peter Sasdy, Madeline Smith, and Gordon Thomson.
Written and Directed by Marcus Hearn
Edited by Dima Ballin, Jamie Green, Sarah Appleton
Additional Editing by Constantine Nasr
Produced by Dima Ballin
Consulting Producer: Constantine Nasr
Production Coordinator: Michelle Jaha
Camera: Sarah Appleton, Marcus Hearn
Veronica Carlson & Joe Dante Interviews Conducted, Shot & Produced by Constantine Nasr (Rivendell Films)
Colourist Jamie Green
Sound Mix: Dima Ballin
Original Music by Paul Taylor
Title Sequence by Chris Gavin
Additional Graphics by Peri Godbold
Publicity Art by Mark Spears
Archival Footage Courtesy of Wayne Kinsey
Archive Scanning by Deluxe
Color, 1080p HD Widescreen (1.77:1)
DTS HD Master Audio
Hammer Horror: The Warner Bros Years 2017 Diabolique Films. All rights reserved.
ScareHouse 2018 Details: Press Release: "Named one of the 10 scariest haunted houses in the nation by Travel Channel, Buzzfeed, Forbes, and more, ScareHouse opens its doors on Sept. 14th for a new season of terror.
Located in a 100-year-old Elks Lodge building in suburban Pittsburgh, ScareHouse comprises four unique attractions, including three thrilling walk-through experiences plus a separately ticketed attraction known as “The Basement” — an ultra-intense, more-than-immersive experience that is not for the weak of heart.
In its 2018 season, ScareHouse will also pay tribute to Pittsburgh’s place in horror history as the location of George A. Romero’s groundbreaking Night of the Living Dead — which is celebrating its 50th anniversary — with its PITTSBURGH ZOMBIES: RE-ANIMATED haunted house.
The three attractions, each with its own terrifying narrative, that make up ScareHouse are:
PITTSBURGH ZOMBIES: RE-ANIMATED, in which a harrowing zombie outbreak has overwhelmed the city and is the setting for a heart-pounding attraction that pays tribute to the original trilogy of Living Dead movies (Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead and Day of the Dead), which established Pittsburgh as the “Zombie Capital of the World.” As guests seek refuge from a city rampant with zombies of every sort (incorporating some of the satire that Romero famously weaved through his movies), the sharp-eyed will also witness references to such modern zombie classics as Return of the Living Dead, Shaun of the Dead, and The Walking Dead.
NOCTURNIA 3-D, which sees guests transported back in time to a haunted carnival in the early 1900’s. NOCTURNIA 3-D features a unique, dread-inducing atmosphere reminiscent of Carnival of Souls. Those brave enough to explore these sinister fairgrounds should expect more than the traditional clowns and circus freaks as darker, more ominous figures wait around every corner.
INFERNAL DARKNESS, a sequel to ScareHouse’s popular Infernal attraction, invites guests into an abandoned museum that was once home to the some of the most demonic artifacts known to man. Guests will be plunged into darkness, guided only by the illumination of flickering candles, as they attempt to evade the bloodthirsty spirits.
In addition to these three terrifying mazes, the most adventurous ScareHouse guests will have the opportunity to explore The Basement, a unique, intimate horror experience where groups of no more than two guests at a time will confront their worst fears.
After descending a flight of stairs into the dark underbelly of ScareHouse, guests will encounter a series of intense and R-rated horrors that challenge the limits of fear. Guests must be 18 or older, must sign a waiver of release prior to entry, and must prepare to be challenged and confronted by high-impact experiences involving total darkness, electricity, and intimate encounters with increasingly intense actors.
“The ScareHouse team works all year round to conceive, design, build and create what we hope is a destination for anyone who loves to be scared out of their minds,” said ScareHouse creative director Scott Simmons. “We’re incredibly proud of what has turned into our most expansive, most visionary season yet, and we are eager for longtime fans and new visitors alike to experience what we’ve got in store for them.”
In recent years, ScareHouse has attracted the attention of horror lovers nationwide, including Oscar®-winning director Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water), actor and producer Elijah Wood (The Lord of the Rings and the upcoming Mandy) and director-producer Michael Dougherty (Trick ’R Treat and Krampus).
Tickets, which start at $17.99 for general admission and $40.00 for front-of-the-line access, are now available online at www.scarehouse.com. Tickets to The Basement are separately priced and start at $31.
ScareHouse is located at 118 Locust Street, Etna, Pa., 15223."
Hell House LLC II – The Abaddon Hotel Digital Release Details: Press Release: "Los Angeles, CA (August 8th, 2018) - After the overwhelming success of HELL HOUSE LLC since its release in 2016, fans have been clamoring to know if and when writer and director Stephen Cognetti would be following up this critically acclaimed found footage horror film with a sequel, this September. Now, here it is - HELL HOUSE LLC II – THE ABADDON HOTEL.
The sequel picks up eight years since the opening night tragedy of HELL HOUSE LLC; still, many unanswered questions remain. Thanks to an anonymous tip, an investigative journalist is convinced that key evidence is hidden inside the abandoned Abaddon Hotel. This evidence that will shed light on the hotel's mysteries, many unsolved deaths, and disappearances.
Journalist Jessica Fox (Jillian Geurts) assembles a team to break into the hotel in hopes of discovering the truth. But the source of the tip and the secrets of the Abaddon Hotel are more horrifying than any of them could have imagined.
Director Cognetti had something to say of the sequel. On the original and this follow-up: “I made this film with the fans in mind in hopes that it would answer questions from the original while deepening the overall story." A few loose plot twists will be tied up this September 14th, when the film is released on Digital platforms.
As well, HELL HOUSE LLC II – THE ABADDON HOTEL is set for a limited digital release in September. This horrifying title will be available on: iTunes and Amazon Instant Video. On these platforms, Hell House LLC II will show: in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., and Ireland! Also, a wider Digital release will follow at a later date and will include: VUDU, Tubi TV, Roku, iFlix, and more.
More details on the film series at: https://www.facebook.com/HellHouseLLC/
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