We're back with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today's feature includes Save Yourself first details, a new clip from The Well, a look at the first four minutes from Discopath, the teaser trailer for Bestseller, and much more:
New Clip from The Well and Screening Details: "At the edge of an expansive barren valley, all that remains of The Wallace Farm for Wayward Youth is a few hollowed-out husks of buildings. Seventeen-year-old Kendal (Haley Lu Richardson) can barely recall when the Oregon valley was still lush. It's been a decade since the last rainfall, and society at large has dried up and blown away. Kendal and the few others that remain barely scrape by, while dreaming of escape. When a greedy water baron lays claim to what little of the precious resource remains underground, Kendal must decide whether to run and hide or bravely fight for the few cherished people and things she has left.
In this finely crafted post-apocalyptic thriller, writer/director Tom Hammock keeps the action firmly grounded in an arid and gritty reality. Drawing on his experience as a production designer and graphic novelist, Hammock creates a convincing world ravaged by environmental disaster, where beliefs demand action and blood is spilled more easily than water.
The Well stars Haley Lu Richardson in a breakout role as a young woman with grit, smarts, and an incredible will to survive.
Directed by Tom Hammock (You’re Next, All the Boys Love Mandy Lane) and written by Hammock and Jacob Forman. Produced by Jacob Forman, Seth Caplan, and Chris Harding. Executive produced by Dante Federighi and Billy Federighi. With cinematography by Seamus Tierney, editing by Sarah Broshar and Adam Wingard, and music by Craig DeLeon. A Federighi Films Production.
Additional cast includes: Booboo Stewart (Twilight), Jon Gries (Taken, Napoleon Dynamite), Nicole Fox (America’s Next Top Model winner), Michael McCartney (The Amazing Spiderman), Michael Welch (Twilight), Rena Owens, Max Charles (The Amazing Spiderman), Jacqueline Emerson (The Hunger Games), Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator, You're Next), and Michael Massee (Se7en).
The Well will have its World Premiere in The Beyond Category at the 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival.
The Well will screen at the following dates and times:
Thursday, June 12 at 9:15PM - Regal Cinemas 9
Tuesday, June 17 at 9:25PM - Regal Cinemas 12."
First Details from Save Yourself: "En route to L.A., director Crystal Lacroix, along with by-the-numbers producer Dawn Summerville, neurotic writer Lizzy Miller, and star sisters Kim and Sasha Tobin, are riding high after a successful screening of their new horror film. But when Crystal goes missing at a rest stop, their mood suddenly changes. The others, splitting up to search for Crystal, spot an isolated farmhouse and enlist the help of its owners, quickly discovering that appearances are not always what they seem. Life imitates art as all five ladies find themselves pitted against a deranged couple hell-bent on using them for their mysterious research. Who will survive and what will be the fate of their ultimate discovery?
Following the success of his recent features, Sick, a festival favorite and Black Eve, award-winning director Ryan M. Andrews is set to direct his originally scripted Save Yourself this summer. Scream Queen Jessica Cameron will be starring in as well as producing this sexy horror flick along with Producer Emma Sutherland. Overseeing the project are executive producers Pino Halili and Allen Ormerod from multi-award winning studio Post City Sound Inc.
Having worked together in the past, Andrews and Cameron have discussed collaborating on a feature for years. Together they decided that Ryan’s script Save Yourself is the ideal choice. Award winning actor Ry Barrett (Neverlost, Desperate Souls, Antisocial) will join the cast as Save Yourself's intense villain. This will be the first time Andrews, Cameron and Barret have collaborated since last year’s experimental short film Klymene.
Cameron was recently quoted as saying “This script is the sexiest and smartest female-driven horror flick that I have had the pleasure to read and I cannot wait to bring it to life with Ryan”.
Talking about the female-driven story Andrews says, “I love Jean-Luc Godard’s quote ‘all you need for a movie is a gun and a girl.’ In the same way all you need for a horror is blood and a girl - and we’ve got five girls. It’s definitely going to be fun and sexy, but most importantly the women are not just one-dimensional. There is a lot of depth and development to their characters. And as a die-hard horror fan, I know just how important this is. It can’t just be another pretty face. There needs to be layers there for anyone to care when that face gets smashed.”
Filming begins later this year in Ontario, Canada. Expect more Save Yourself updates including full cast details coming soon!"
First Four Minutes of Discopath Released: "The mid-70′s: a timid young New Yorker leads an uneventful life until he is fatefully exposed to the pulsating rhythms of a brand-new genre of music: Disco! Unable to control his murderous impulses that stem from a traumatic childhood experience, Duane Lewis (Jeremie Earp-Lavergne) transforms into a dangerous serial killer exiled to Montreal."
Watch 'Anger of the Dead': "Alice and Nicholas survived an epidemic that ravaged the world, now only inhabited by the undead. But the nightmare is not over; the rumbling of a motorcycle approaches, breaking the silence…
After the short has participated in many important international festivals including the 34th edition of Fantasporto, the Festival du Film Fantastique de Rouen, the Serbian Festival of Fantastic Film, and won the award for Best Short Film at the latest edition of the Tohorror Film Fest, and the Best Director at Interiora Horror Fest, is finally online "Anger of the Dead".
The zombie-short written, directed and self-produced by Francesco Picone, was created independently, and has subsequently attracted the interest of the well-known director and producer Uwe Boll, who in collaboration with Extreme Video has decided to produce the film version.
“This no-budget short film was shot on a Canon 600D with only two lenses. We hope this goes to show what a little passion, love, and dedication can produce. Never let the lack of equipment, gear, or money slow you down.” Francesco Picone."
New Teaser Trailer Revealed for Bestseller: "Chicago literary agent, Anne Harper, vacations to a remote cabin in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. While there, a disgruntled writer is waiting in the shadows to seek his revenge.
Story by Christopher Knight. Directed by Christina Rohn."
Lost Boys Screening Details: "Seacoast Repertory Theatre is proud to announce that Let’s “B” Reel: Cult Classic Films at The Rep will screen Joel Schumacher’s The Lost Boys with a very special live Skype interview with star of the film, Jamison Newlander June 18th 2014. In addition to the special display, there will be a sultry vampire themed pre-show featuring hosts Timothy Fife and the “Queen of B’s”, Bunny Wonderland (Knate Higgins), and Lady Luck Burlesque.
“Lost Boys has always been a great summer movie in my mind. It embodies the spirit of youth in the 80’s with a punk rock and ‘vamp’ flare”. In addition to the live interview with Newlander, there will be specialty themed cocktails, a costume contest, and exclusive Lost Boys giveaways, says Higgins, The Rep’s Special Series Curator.
The Lost Boys is a dark horror comedy, cult classic which follows two teenage brothers as they move to Santa Carla, California where they soon find out that by nightfall the boardwalk turns into a breeding ground for hip vampires. Starring Kiefer Sutherland as head of the vampiric “Lost Boys, (the late) Corey Haim as a wise-mouthed teen who discovers the tribe, and Jamison Newlander in his iconic role as Alan Frog, the vampire hunter.
The Lost Boys will be screened Wed. June 18th, 2014 at 7:30pm at Seacoast Repertory Theatre. Lobby and Bar open at 6:30pm. Pre-show will begin promptly at 7:30p.m. All tickets day of show are Pay What You Can and are general admission. Seating is limited."
To find out how to purchase tickets, visit: http://www.seacoastrep.org
Twitzid's 'Sickman' Music Video Details: "Written and Performed by: Twiztid & Blaze Ya Dead Homie. Music/Instrumental Produced by: Michael "Seven" Summers. Album: A New Nightmare. Available nationwide.
Cast: Sid Haig, Kane Hodder, Jamie Madrox, Monoxide, and Blaze Ya Dead Homie.
Makeup: Tate Steinsiek, Chantel Christ.
Directed and Edited By: Greg Mitchell, Nick Jones."
DVD and VHS Release Date Announced for Sonno Profondo (Deep Sleep): "BrinkVision has announced the release dates of SONNO PROFONDO of August 26th on Limited Edition DVD, and September 23rd on VHS. The VHS is strictly limited to only 200 copies on a red VHS collector's tape, and will include some great vintage extras. These will sell fast, so order your copy early!
Sonno Profondo is the critically acclaimed, award winning film that brings Giallo back using some of the best 70's horror style filmmaking, and design. Critics have called it “a demented piece of art; a fascinating cinematic experience”, “hypnotic, unsettling, disturbing” and “Sonno Profondo resurrects Giallo”."
The Tale of Victor Coachman Series Details: "Recently established Seattle small-press publisher Bad Dream Entertainment is proud to announce the upcoming release of their first mass-market title, The Tales of Victor Coachman from short fiction writer Birney Reed. In this ‘meta collection’ of dark urban fantasy, a series of loosely tied tales of dark fiction and supernatural encounters are strung together as the work of fictional writer Victor Coachman. But it is not just his stories themselves that are presented in this book, but their consequences for both the writer and his fate.
The Tales of Victor Coachman is a single author collection presenting 13 original stories of modern fantasy, horror, and the supernatural from Birney Reed, collected in print for the first time. The book features cover illustration and design by Spanish surrealist Mario Nevado."
To learn more about this series, visit: http://baddreamentertainment.com
Blood Soaked DVD Release Announced: "On her first day of college, a beautiful young freshman is seduced by an older co-ed and they share a sleepless night in the New Mexico desert. But the couple's bliss is violently interrupted by a pair of orphaned sisters with a taste for kidnapping, torture and the creation of flesh-eating zombies in their underground bunker! As they fight for their lives, the couple uncovers the sisters' terrifying plan for a Fourth Reich army of the dead. Only wits and survival skills will save them from this undead Nazi nightmare.
Wild Eye Releasing is excited to announce that Peter Grendle's Blood Soaked will be available nationwide on DVD and VOD June 17th. Blood Soaked was a horror festival favorite throughout 2013, winning Best Effects at the Jersey Gore Film Festival and playing to audience applause at Pollygrind in Las Vegas, the Horror at Sea Film Festival, the Dark Matters Film Festival and the Puerto Rico Horror Film Festival.
The DVD release of Blood Soaked will exclusively include a commentary with director Peter Grendle, a commentary with the cast, a live audience track from the Pollygrind Film Festival, a short film This Side of Nightmare, a cast video introduction, trailers, and an mp3 download from Eternal of Wu-Tang Killa Bees."
For more information, or to pre-order Blood Soaked, visit the film's page on Amazon
Bunnyman Massacre DVD and VOD Release Details: "The adventures of Joe and Bunnyman know no limit of bloodlust and carnage. Bodies pile up as Bunnyman indiscriminately slaughters anything that crosses his path in a mutually beneficial relationship that gives Joe plenty of beef jerky to sell in his local store. Bunnyman Massacre DVD and VOD Release Details: "The adventures of Joe and Bunnyman know no limit of bloodlust and carnage. Bodies pile up as Bunnyman indiscriminately slaughters anything that crosses his path in a mutually beneficial relationship that gives Joe plenty of beef jerky to sell in his local store.
Midnight Releasing is set to unleash the demented Bunnyman Massacre August [12th] on DVD and VOD across North America. Also known as "Bunnyman 2", the film is a drastically improved sequel to the 2011 cult hit Bunnyman which gained notoriety from a huge amount of press, as well as being in heavy rotation on the cable TV channel Chiller."
Invasion of the Scream Queens Special Edition DVD: "Wild Eye Releasing is honored to announce that the classic documentary Invasion of the Scream Queens will soon be available on DVD. Originally shot in the early 1990s, during the heyday of direct to video and cable TV B-movie horror, the film has been rescued from obscurity and will be released on a Special Edition 20th Anniversary DVD by Wild Eye on June 17th.
Get an inside look at what it takes to be a scream queen and hear the behind-the-scenes stories about the making of some of the most classic horror films of our time, including The Hills Have Eyes, I Spit on Your Grave, Slumber Party Massacre, and many more. Invasion of the Scream Queens takes you back to a time when the term "Scream Queen" was brand new and promised the hottest actresses in the most outrageous low budget horror movies.
Directed by cult horror icon Donald Farmer (Demon Queen, Savage Vengeance) and featuring interviews with legendary horror divas Brinke Stevens (1313: Cougar Cult, Bloody Mary 3D), Mary Woronov (House of the Devil, The Devil's Rejects), Melissa Moore (Samurai Cop, Sorority House Massacre 2), Michelle Bauer (Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers, 3 Scream Queens), Elizabeth Kaitan (Friday the 13th Part VII, Silent Night, Deadly Night, Part 2) and more. All the babes and the blood are on full display here in this classic, rare document from the history of horror.
The DVD release of Invasion of the Scream Queens will exclusively include a new 2013 interview with Donald Farmer, deleted/ extended interviews from the original production, and an excerpt featuring Linnea Quigley from the out of print book that started it all, Invasion of the Scream Queens."
To pre-order this film, head over to Amazon.com
Trailer and Impressions for 'A Wife Alone'
by Kristian Hanson
The film opens with a girl running down an alleyway, but no real information is given as to why she is running. The outfit she is wearing can lead to speculation as to her profession, or possibly just a night out of the town with girls that possibly went awry. Quickly it is fast forwarded to her with her husband inside a house that she is painting. They discuss hanging drapes, but have to get to their friend Steve and Holly's house for a get together. Once they leave for the house, that is when the back story begins and where the true story comes out of why she was running that night.
A Wife Alone was written and directed by Justin Reichman. This is a film that has strong points when it comes to the acting, with Genevieve Hudson-Price's performance carrying the overall movie. I can also say the same for the actor who plays Steve (Sean Patrick Reilly). When they are on the screen together, there is a certain type of dread, as the Steve character is just sleazy and you cannot stand him.
Overall, the film had a nice cast of actors and the sound was fantastic. The script had some issues that I wish would have been tweaked in certain areas, but it was a nicely shot first feature film by Justin Reichman and I look forward to his other projects in the future.