Indie filmmakers in or near Brazil may be interested to know that the Rock Horror in Rio Film Festival is now accepting submissions until March 1st. The festival is now receiving both short films and feature films for the 2019 season. Continue reading for more details. Also in today's Horror Highlights: DVD release details for Matriarch and screenings for the anthology series Horrors of the PNW.

Rock Horror in Rio Film Festival Call for Entries: "The Rock Horror in Rio Film Festival is accepting submissions until March 1st.

Until March 1st, the Rock Horror in Rio Film Festival is receiving submissions of shorts and features for the 2019 edition in the genres: horror, thriller, sci-fi, fantasy, and animation.

The Rock Horror in Rio Film Festival is more than a competition, it’s an event that unites the best of the horror, thriller, and fantasy films with rock & roll in a big party for moviegoers who love music, and cinema.


Our huge Halloween-themed pajama party takes place in two of the most interesting and hip locations of these cities, the Reserva Cultural Niterói and São Paulo.

The Reserva Cultural Niterói is a huge and beautiful entertainment complex that unites cinema, restaurants, art gallery, café, bookstore and is located at an original building projected by the famous architect Oscar Niemeyer, featuring the Guanabara Bay as its backdrop.

The Reserva Cultural São Paulo is situated at one of the hottest spots of the famous Av. Paulista that has a cosmopolitan and bohemian atmosphere, guaranteeing an amazing overall experience.

Both are perfect locations for a horror movie film festival that culminates with a rock & roll party every night.

For 2019, we’ve already received submissions from countries such as Brazil, Spain, US, France, Iran, Israel, Japan, Sweden, UK, Arab Emirates, Holland, and Russia, we want to receive amazing films so that selection this year will be even more electrifying than the last.

Our competition has three sessions: Scary Afternoons, Sinister Dusks and the Horror Galas. Each one exhibiting at least one fantasy short, one horror short and a feature. The level of fear is measure as soft rock, hard rock or heavy metal.

After the sessions, the audience is invited to enjoy the evenings filled with rock shows in our partner pubs with the presence of artists, directors, industry professionals, and film lovers.

On top of that, the public can participate in the roundtables: Special Effects and Makeup for Horror, Script, and Production for Thrillers with the participation of the industry professionals invited to give these workshops.

To submit, go to


Matriarch DVD Release Details: "When the victims of a car crash stumble upon a farmhouse, miles from civilization, they think they’re safe, but the farm’s strange inhabitants have other ideas in Matriarch, arriving on DVD, Digital, and On Demand April 9 from Lionsgate. Charlie Blackwood, Scott Vickers, Julie Hannan, and Alan Cuthbert star in this chilling horror film that Vickers also wrote and directed. The Matriarch DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $19.98.

This terrifying thriller unfolds as pregnant Rachel and her husband, Matt, are stranded after wrecking their car on a remote Scottish road. Though hostile at first, a nearby farmer and his wife welcome them in after learning that Rachel is with-child. Suddenly, Rachel realizes the family’s “daughter” is a local girl who’d gone missing years before, but when she and Matt attempt to escape, they’re held at gunpoint—just as Rachel goes into labor. Will their child’s first day on earth be the couple’s last?"


Horrors of the PNW and Screening Details: Press Release: "Gloomy Sunday Productions is pleased to announce the upcoming release of the sixth installment to Horrors of the PNW. The film anthology series pays tribute to indie filmmakers with debuts screening at Crypticon Seattle every year and is hosted by Zee Monsta, hostess persona by Michelle Nessk.

The new installment and the year ahead focuses on the power and strength of women with two notable segments starring Barbara Magnolfi (Dario Argento’s Suspiria), Scream Queen Debra Lamb, Michelle Nessk (O. Unilateralis), and Tonjia Atomic (Manos Returns). With filming wrapped over the last week, the films are now in post-production with an Indiegogo campaign launched and running for the next month.

333: Illuminaughty
The first segment included in Horrors of the PNW Vol. VI follows two sisters as they enter the heart of Las Vegas nightlife... the dark nightlife underworld, that is. The bizarre sequence of the trip faced by the sisters is filmed as a found footage movie and stars Debra Lamb, Michelle Nessk, and Tonjia Atomic.

Mother’s Day
Barbara Magnolfi joins Michelle Nessk in this dark telling of an unconventional relationship between a mother and daughter. Barbara also joins the project as Associate Producer for this segment. Set design by Heidi Moore.

Produced by
Michelle Nessk
Tonjia Atomic

Associate Producer
Christal VanEtten

Featured Art Pieces by
Jackey Neyman Jones


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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