MVD Entertainment Group and Rue Morgue have launched a new subscription service called Midnight Movie Society that will focus on smaller, cult horror movies. Also: Artik's debut on Blu-ray and VOD, October releases announced for DREAD films, the latest episode of Gemr's Collection Complete series, and details on the Ultimate Terror Scream Park.
Midnight Movie Society Subscription Service Revealed: "MVD ENTERTAINMENT GROUP and RUE MORGUE have teamed up to launch the MIDNIGHT MOVIE SOCIETY, a curated Subscription Video on Demand (SVOD) service specializing in Extreme Underground, Taboo and Cult Horror movies. Now genre fans can gain access to a film library of shocking underground, outrageous gore, creature features, cult classics and much more. Those with a taste for the weirdest and wildest reaches of genre cinema will not be disappointed!
"The bigger platforms are catering to the masses and have gone puritanical in many cases, making it very difficult for filmmakers to reach their audience," says Ed Seaman, C.O.O. of MVD ENTERTAINMENT GROUP. "MVD has a great deal of this type of content and when it is live on major platforms, it performs really well. Maybe too well for some of the mainstream platforms."
MIDNIGHT MOVIE SOCIETY will also cater to more traditional horror fare as well, pulling from the thousands of film hours from in MVD's vast catalog. In addition, RUE MORGUE will also be finding and curating fresh and unusual content for the service.
"As larger streaming platforms continue to crack down on content, there's an urgent need to create a space for boundary-pushing films unencumbered by strangling content restrictions," said Adrianna Gober, Director of Programming. "As a lifelong horror fan, I'm proud and excited to be working with MVD Entertainment Group and genre champions Rue Morgue Magazine to bring Midnight Movie Society to the masses."
"We're thrilled to be partnering with MVD to give fans access to films that are becoming increasingly harder to come by," commented Rodrigo Gudino, President of RUE MORGUE.
Rob Hyman, MVD's Digital Director says, "Working with Rue Morgue is a dream so far. They are a household name amongst horror fans, and we anticipate our SVOD service and selection will be embraced by their fans."
MIDNIGHT MOVIE SOCIETY will be available for $4.99 per month, or $47.88 per year subscription, and will launch on iOS, Roku and web on Friday the 13th, September 2019."
New Episode of Collection Complete: "Collecting Vintage My Pet Monster Plush Toys with Micheline Pitt! – Collection Complete 3.2
From screen-used props from 1982’s Poltergeist to Hot Toys’ sixth scale model of the Delorean from 1985’s Back to the Future, the Youtube series Collection Complete has often leaned into pop culture’s growing nostalgia for that decade of excess, and their latest episode is no exception.
Taking an in-depth look into the lives of artists and the collections that fuel their work (as presented by Gemr, the #1 app for collectors worldwide), the docu-series’ twenty-first episode takes a look at artist, designer and monster kid Micheline Pitt’s completist collection of vintage 1980’s My Pet Monster plush toys from American Greetings’ company AmToy (including some ultra rare UK releases and never-before-seen prototypes), as well as the related My Pet Monster animated TV series, and much more.
A dive into her fascination with the monstrous and vibrant toy line, which features fanged and chain-breaking characters with unorthodox names such as Beastur, Gwonk and Wogster, Pitt says of her initial introduction and subsequent obsession, which began at the tender age of three, “They’re what I wanted! And my mom was like, ‘Why do you want these ugly, ugly things?’ But I must have thrown a fit, because she wound up getting one for me anyway!”
Now in its third season, future installments of Collection Complete (which has been described by HorrorBuzz.com as “Highly addictive and compulsively watchable ner’vana for both collectors and casual viewers”) are set to showcase the collections of Boulder City, Nevada monster-maker Tom Devlin and Jason Egan of The SAW Official Escape Room, as well as other items in Pitt’s impressive assemblage of vintage pop culture ephemera, the whereabouts of those barrels from JAWS, and much, much more.
Subscribe to the series' Youtube channel here to see previous episodes of Collection Complete, and for more on Collection Complete, ‘like’ them on Facebook here and follow them on Instagram at CollectionComplete and on Twitter at @CollectionComp."
Artik Blu-ray & VOD Release Details: "Epic Pictures and DREAD are now offering a pre-order for the horror-thriller film ARTIK, available on Blu-ray and VOD September 10th following the September 6th release in cinemas.
A comic book obsessed serial killer teaches his son how to get away with a series of brutal murders until the boy befriends a mysterious man who threatens to expose everything.
The Characters Behind the Scenes Featurette
The Chair Behind the Scenes Featurette
11 Minutes – w/commentary
Goldblooded – w/commentary
English 5.1 Surround Sound and English Stereo 2.0
Blu-ray is Region Free
ARTIK is the feature debut from Tom Botchii, and stars Chase Williamson (John Dies at the End, Beyond The Gates), Lauren Ashely Carter (Jug Face, Imitation Girl), Matt Mercer (Contracted), Gavin White (Black-ish, 14 Cameras) and Jerry G Angelo (7 Faces of Jack the Ripper). The film is produced by Angelo, Botchii, in addition to Kodi Saint Angelo and Erik Bernard."
October DREAD Titles Coming from Epic Pictures and NAGRA: "Epic Pictures announces its partnership with NAGRA, the digital TV division of the Kudelski Group (SIX:KUD.S), to manage theatrical booking engagements for Epic Pictures and Dread titles and coordinate unique promotional releases and campaigns.
Moving forward NAGRA will work with Epic and bring their releases to their network of 1100 cinemas, platforming Epic and Dread titles to more screens and markets than ever before.
“Horror films were meant to be seen on the big screen,” says Bruce Eisen, myCinema’s Director of Content Strategy and Acquisition. “We are excited to be working with Epic Pictures to bring five new and unique Dread Central titles to cinema owners and horror fans across the country. Horror films continue to drive movie-goers into the theater. It’s the perfect time to expand the myCinema catalogue by partnering with a company that knows their audience.”
myCinema, which was launched out of Cinemacon 2018, is the platform within NAGRA that facilitates more freedom between venue owners and content providers, giving cinemas the power to personally curate and dictate their programming.
The first collaboration between the two takes place this October when a new Dread title will be released theatrically every week, putting a spotlight on our celebrated genre program. The slate includes the sci-fi thriller THE FARE, directed by D.C. Hamilton, hotly anticipated classic horror revisit CANDY CORN, directed by Josh Hasty and starring horror icons P.J. Soles (Carrie, Halloween) and Tony Todd (Candy Man), Tom Botchii’s feature debut ARTIK, and the bigfoot horror HOAX, from Matt Allen.
“Our national theatrical partnership with NAGRA is the next step in the evolution of Epic and Dread,” says Epic Pictures CEO, Patrick Ewald. “Our filmmakers ask for the best possible release for their films and this amazing opportunity with NAGRA allows them an incredible and unique opportunity to provide Dread horror fans with a truly theatrical experience unlike anything else."
For more information on upcoming Epic Pictures and Dread releases please visit www.epic-pictures.com"
Ultimate Terror Scream Park Details: "INSIDE THE TWISTED MIND OF NATHAN COLANOP: THE DIRECTOR OF SCREAM PARK.
Haunted houses are one of the biggest attractions for the Halloween season. I’m personally a massive fan of them, as I adore the horror genre and always have. But there is a certain class of people who inhabit the haunted house business inherently, and those people are sometimes a little more driven and passionate than I am. I was lucky enough to come into contact with Ultimate Terror Scream Park in Sacramento, an enormous haunted attraction with three spectacular haunted houses inside of it. Having been around for over five years, Ultimate Terror has been the brainchild of the one and only Nathan Colanop. Colanop the park’s primary director, sat down with me for an interview on why the haunted house business is as strong as ever.
I met with Colanop at the haunt and my, what an enchantingly creepy facility it was. I started with the basics, “What made you want to build haunted houses?” Colanop, a slender, tattooed, bug-eyed, black-clad gentleman, was quick to answer. “What made the Romans build Rome? History. It wasn’t built in a day, mine sure wasn’t. But over time, it’s garnered popularity, favorable reviews, and admiration from the horror community. I built it for the world to see the scariest one possible.” I followed up with, “What makes it so scary?” Colanop replied ecstatically, “All of us make it scary. We all bring in with us our greatest fears and greatest enemies. We face them in here and sometimes we are lucky, sometimes we are just mortal. I’ve found so many to be just mortal. I faced my fears. I faced them.” I was puzzled by this point I admit. This was no ordinary director, but not someone who thinks he is deep for the sake of it. No, Colanop answered with a genuine tone, however it seemed cold, calculated, and gravel-voiced. He really believed all he was saying.
“What would you say you bring to this company,” I asked, now a little shaken. “I bring the souls,” he replied, “I bring the souls here for the haunt to harvest. As you can see, we’ve expanded. The more places we are, the more spiritual and immaterial parts of the human condition we can possess.” I decided it was time to wrap it up. After all, it was the chief of staff I spoke to so I could get this interview, I had no idea what to expect of this man. “Well, what is new for 2019?” Colanop leaned forward. I didn’t notice before, but for some reason, it seemed like his eyes were each different colors. “What’s new?” He slowly looked around, seemingly disturbed. “All of it. Can’t you see?” We were in his office. “I didn’t get a chance to see it actually,” I said. “You will,” Colanop bluntly stated, “you will.” I have never fast-walked out of a place so hard in my life. Colanop stayed in his office after we said our goodbyes. I did not hear him walking out along with me. There were many hallways I had to navigate out of there, but still heard not a single other person in there. But when I made it out, jumped in my car, and veered off, I saw Colanop clear as day, standing right outside his haunt, staring at me as I drove away. His hands in his pockets, head cocked, and I believe half a smirk on his face. Ultimate Terror Scream Park opens this September in Sacramento. My advice, buy a ticket and see if it can top this weirdness.
Ultimate Terror Scream Park
3 Spectacular Haunted Houses
4909 Auburn Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95841
Sep 27 thru Nov 2, 2019