Indie Spotlight

2014/05/18 18:46:08 +00:00 | Tamika Jones

We're back with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today's feature includes the Blood Widow trailer and release details, Vengeance Fest lineup details, multiple trailers, and more:

Photos, Release Details, and Trailer for Blood Widow: "One of America's foremost homes for horror, Midnight Releasing has picked up the highly anticipated fright-flick Blood Widow. The Jeremiah Buckhalt-directed slasher will be available on - among other outlets - Redbox on June 3rd, 2014.

A bloody, creepy cocktail that blends the wickedness of A Nightmare on Elm Street with the dark, macabre seasoning of Candyman, Blood Widow introduces us to horror's next major slasher icon - and she's not going away anytime soon!

Danielle Lilley, Brandon Kyle Peters, Christopher de Padua, Jose Miguel Vasquez, and Kelly Kilgore star in a Jeremiah Buckhalt film.

After buying a nice house in the country, Laurie and Hugh, a successful young couple, throw a party for their friends. During the wild night a few friends decide to explore the abandoned and decaying boarding school next door, only to wake an emotionally broken killer: The Blood Widow."

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Photos from Fetish Factory: "FETISH FACTORY combines a wickedly saucy, invitation-only, stage show, and posh private peeps in which every fantasy can come true - fulfilled by the likes of luscious ladies imitating vintage sex goddesses like Bettie Page, Jayne Mansfield, and Suzie Wong. Along with classic burlesque strip-teases and curio acts – a ventriloquist, a magician, and a whip-dancer – guests are in for the night of their life at the FETISH FACTORY. That is until the apocalypse strikes! Once mild-mannered men become bloodthirsty zombies and it’s up to the girls to defend themselves by any means – even if that means turning their bullet bras, garter belts, and spike-heels into deadly weapons."

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Coherence Premiere Details: "Oscilloscope Laboratories is proud to present the award-winning sci-fi spectacle Coherence in theaters this June 20th. This clever, highly acclaimed "tour de force" has been stunning festival audiences worldwide.

On the night of an astronomical anomaly, eight friends at a dinner party experience a troubling chain of reality bending events. Part cerebral sci-fi and part relationship drama, Coherence is a tightly focused, intimately shot film whose tension intensely ratchets up as its numerous complex mysteries unfold.

Coherence stars Nicholas Brendon, Emily Foxler, Maury Sterling, Elizabeth Gracen, Alex Manugian (who conceived of the story), Lauren Maher, Hugo Armstrong and Lorene Scafaria. It was written and directed by James Ward Byrkit."


Dwelling Casting News: "BeWILdered Media Productions & Mecca Pictures are pleased to announce the initial casting for their new paranormal horror film "Dwelling", written and directed by Kyle Mecca.

Scream Queens Devanny Pinn (Dead Sea, The Black Dahlia Haunting, Truth or Dare) and Erin Marie Hogan (Paranormal Entity, Axeman at Cutter's Creek, House of Manson) have been tapped to star in the film. The actresses are thrilled to be working together again, having both appeared in "Hold Your Breath" and the highly anticipated upcoming Charles Manson biopic "House of Manson".

"Dwelling" is being produced by Buffalo, New York locals, Brandyn T. Williams and Arlynn Knauff (Scope of Practice, A Grim Becoming). Principal photography is slated to begin this summer in Upstate New York.

A young couple deliberately moves into a haunted house to contact the other side. Until their conduit, a painted black mirror proves to contain a malevolent presence hell-bent on bringing harm to their new family.

You can follow the film's updates through its official facebook page at:"

Treehouse Teaser Trailer and Release Details: "The story for Treehouse focuses on missing teenagers and unknown shadows in the local Missouri woods. A brother and sister are kidnapped and two brothers find one of the victims, Elizabeth. Elizabeth is alone and afraid, in an isolated fort; several shadows lurk below. All three classmates will have to face an unimaginable evil, if they are to survive the night.

Director Michael Bartlett is proud to release the teaser trailer for the suspense thriller Treehouse. This exciting tale, set in the backwoods of Missouri, has opened for international sales this week at the most prestigious film festival in the world, Cannes.

Bartlett’s film has been adapted to screen from writers Alex Child and Miles Harrington’s original script. The film begins when Elizabeth (Dana Melanie) arrives home from school to witness the abduction of her younger brother. She gives chase and is not seen again. Soon, news breaks to the local community, coinciding with sightings of strange humanoids and animal abductions and mutilations. The town descends into paranoia and a curfew is enforced. Brothers Killian (J. Michael Trautmann) and Crawford (Daniel Fredrick) stumble upon Elizabeth by chance when sneaking out to party with some local girls and that is when all proverbial hell breaks loose! A confrontation looms between these youths and their hunters.

Treehouse is described by Bartlett as a “siege film in the same vein as John Carpenter’s Assault on Precinct 13 (1976).” The refuge in the film is an elaborate treehouse, set fifty feet in the forest’s canopy. This set was developed with folding partitions, which allowed cameras to film the action, from multiple angles and levels. As well, Bartlett says of the film: “suspense is built and fear is amplified by what is not seen, or only alluded to.” Viewers of the trailer can gather clues as to the film’s true villain. The rest is left up to your imagination. Finally, Bartlett hired his crew from the The Signal (2007) and Winter’s Bone (2010) productions, to realize his vision."


A Measure of the Sin Limited Edition Set Details: "Every childhood is normal... to the child that lives it. For Meredith that means an enchanted seclusion that is shattered when she is deprived of her mother. Desperate and alone, Meredith must join a household with other women and their children, a sinister man who controls every facet of her existence, and a vicious bear that only she can see.

BrinkVision announces a limited edition exclusive combo pack with the DVD, signed book, signed poster, and signed collector's cards – limited to 200!

A Measure of The Sin Storybook (24 pages with a foreword by director Jeff Wedding). Limited to 200 hand numbered and signed by the author Kristy Nielsen and director Jeff Wedding. Jeff Wedding said “choosing to adapt A Measure of the Sin from Kristy Nielsen’s brilliant fiction to the screen was a simple choice – it was love at first read.

A Measure of the Sin Collector's Card (double-sided). Limited to 200 hand numbered and signed by Director Jeff Wedding, Katie Groshong, Starina Johnson, and Dale Rainey.These one of a kind collector's cards have the bear skull image on one side and on the other actresses Starina Johnson and Dale Rainey from the film.

A Measure of The Sin Poster (11x17). Limited to 200 and signed by Director Jeff Wedding, Katie Groshong, Starina Johnson, and Dale Rainey. This is the poster that has been proudly displayed at so many festivals around the country at A Measure of the Sin screenings. This is now your chance to own the poster with artwork done by the brilliant Christina Robinson, and signed by the director and actresses from the film.

A Measure of The Sin comes to VOD and Limited Edition DVD June 17th!"

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Hide and Seek Trailer and DVD Release Details: "Sung-soo (Son Hyun Ju, Secretly Greatly) has everything: a beautiful wife and children, a comfortable home and luxury car, and plenty of money in the bank. When he learns that his estranged brother has gone missing, he visits his apartment in search of answers. Unsettled by the shabby, half-empty apartment complex, he quickly notices strange symbols inscribed under the doorbells and the terrified residents who hurriedly lock their doors at the sight of an outsider. The disturbing visit follows Sung-soo and his family home, as they soon find themselves stalked by a mysterious masked figure, and the same strange symbols appear under their doorbell. With his own nightmares escalating out of control, Sung-soo must face his most primal fears to reveal the shocking truth behind the intensifying horror.

RAM Releasing, a division of arthouse distributor Film Movement, announces the DVD release of Hide and Seek, Jung Huh’s critically acclaimed thriller and one of the highest grossing films at the South Korean Box office in 2013. Nominated for two Blue Dragon Film Awards, including Best Actress for Jung-hee Moon and Best New Director, Hide and Seek is an electrifying debut by writer/director Jung, resulting in a new kind of South Korean thriller that recalls the work of such acclaimed modern masters as Kim-Ji Woon (I Saw the Devil) and Na Hong-Jin (The Chaser).

Hide and Seek comes to DVD on June 10, including a bonus Making Of featurette that takes audiences behind the scenes of this thrilling, impressive new film. In addition, Hide and Seek also begins streaming on Netflix and Amazon Instant on June 10."


Vengeance Fest Details: "Vengeance Fest - is The Palace Theater's annual mini film festival that we do in August This years theme will be revenge or revenge related films. Below are descriptions of the lesser known films.


Headspace - 35mm (Udo Kier) – 5pm
Venus in Furs - 35mm (classic 1969 Jess Franco ) – 6:30pm
Taxi Driver - 35mm (Robert Deniro) – 8pm
MS 45 - 35mm – 10pm
The Woman - Digital (Brutal flick by Lucky McKee) – 11:30pm

Directed By: Andrew van den Houten Written By: Steve Klausner, William M. Miller

Alex Borden (Christopher Denham) has everything going for him: good looks, charm and smarts. But soon after he meets Harry, a mysterious chess expert and a thoroughly bad influence, Alex's mental powers inexplicably begin to grow and horrible visions haunt his dreams. It's not long before people in town begin disappearing, forcing Alex to confront the dark urges and violent repressed memories invading his subconscious.

Starring: Christopher Denham, Olivia Hussey, William Atherton, Sean Young, Mark Margolis, Larry Fessenden, Dee Wallace, and Udo Kier.

The Woman (2010)

Directed By: Lucky McKee
Written By: Jack Ketchum, Lucky McKee
Novel By: Jack Ketchum, Lucky McKee

Family man and lawyer Christoper Cleek (Sean Bridgers) must do what he can to protect his family when he comes into contact with a feral woman (Pollyana McIntosh) living in the woods near his isolated country home. Through a series of harrowing encounters Cleek and his family quickly discover there is more to this woman than anyone would suspect and that sometimes the devil wears a handsome face.

Venus in Furs - 1969
A musician finds the corpse of a beautiful woman on the beach. The woman returns from the dead to take revenge on the group of wealthy sadists responsible for her death.

Director: Jesús Franco (as Jess Franco)
Writers: Milo G. Cuccia, Carlo Fadda,
Stars: James Darren, Barbara McNair, and Maria Rohm."

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First Details on Infectious: Prelude and Trailer Released: "A medical breakthrough causes a zombie outbreak when it mutates within certain individuals in the trial program. This is how it began.

Infectious: Prelude, [is] planning to film in June. We launched a Kickstarter campaign to help out with production costs. We invite fans to join us in the making of this movie, from the first take to the premiere."

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First Details from This Isn't A Movie: "Currently in post-production, we just launched an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign [for the film].

A real life couple that goes on vacation and what starts out as a great trip turns into a terrifying experience. A real life possession [is caught] on camera. It's the true, real, actual footage. It wasn't made or filmed to be a movie.

We've filmed our trips for years for our own personal video photo album you might say. However, this vacation went horribly wrong and with what we have, we decided it's too intense not to do anything with so we decided to make it into a movie. There was no script, no set and no film crew.

Produced by Travis Dean, This Isn't A Movie features Travis Dean and Channon Rose."

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Hans Crippleton: Talk to the Hans Teaser Trailer: "A disturbing mystery lurks on an old backwoods farm brought to new light when a traveling camera team arrives... seeking the one and only Hans Crippleton."

Directed by Jimmy Lee Combs, Hans Crippleton: Talk to the Hans stars Andy Hankins, Heath Heine, Katie Bevard, Irene Leonard, and Ryan Manley-Rohrer.

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    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).