We return with the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today's feature includes a new trailer for Repentance and Rockabilly Zombie Weekend, details on the Sundance Next Fest Lineup, Eat Men Like Air, Mindless, and much more:
First Rockabilly Zombie Weekend Trailer: "When Becky and Grant arrive at their rockabilly-themed wedding, despite warnings of a West Nile Virus outbreak, things go horribly wrong as the mosquito-spread virus spawns zombies, who begin feeding on the wedding guests as well as the other locals. The two newlyweds have to escape along with their family and friends if they ever want to live to see their honeymoon!
Rockabilly Zombie Weekend is a new feature length horror thriller with a rocking twist on the modern zombie film. It's currently being released on DVD on July 1st, 2014 through Green Apple Entertainment. The film (as well as other merchandise) can be purchased at the official website.
The film stars Christina Bach Norman (2-Headed Shark Attack, Cassadaga), J LaRose (Insidious, Repo: The Genetic Opera, Saw III & IV), Seth Petruzelli (Professional MMA), Daniel Baldock (Game On!), Michelle Elise, J. Benedict Larmore, and Emily Cutting. Written and Executive Produced by Tammy Bennett, Directed by Jaime Velez Soto (Turning Back) and Produced by Melissa Gruver (Missionary, Cassadaga), Randy Molnar (The Tenant) and Steven Shea (2:22, Fiend Fatale, Doomsday County)."
To learn more on this film, visit: www.facebook.com/pages/Rockabilly-Zombie-Weekend/281566135204814 or go to Twitter at: www.twitter.com/RockabillyZomb1
Details on Blanc/Biehn Productions' Mindless: "Hallie Jordan (To the Bridge, Altered Perception) plays a young woman with amnesia who pieces together her past with deadly consequences in this mind-bending thriller. Cast also includes Alyssa Lobit (Among Friends, The Victim, The Things We Carry), Jennifer Blanc-Biehn (Everly, Havenhurst, Wrong Cops), Scream Queen Tristan Risk (American Matry, Fetish Factory), J. Michael Trautmann (Shameless, A Resurrection), Lorraine Ziff (Among Friends, Treachery), Jenise Blamc (The Victim), with Randy Chance composing formerly of The Loving Spoonful and composer or song writer for many BBP Productions and Vanc Crofoot DP and Editor.
The script is by award-winning scribe Alyssa Lobit, with Vance Crofoot (editor of Biehns' directorial debut The Victim) set to DP and edit the project.
The film is exec-produced by Terminator star Michael Biehn and his wife Dark Angel star Jennifer Blanc-Biehn via their company Blanc/Biehn Productions, along with Small Red Star Productions."
Sundance Next Fest Lineup Announced: "Sundance Institute today announced the films and music acts that will headline the Sundance Next Fest summer festival August 7-10 in Los Angeles. Next Fest celebrates the intersection of film and music and the renegade spirit of independent artists. Tickets go on sale to Sundance Institute members today and all others tomorrow.
In addition to a 10th Anniversary screening of Napoleon Dynamite with Cinespia at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery as the festival’s kickoff event on August 7, Next Fest will present the Los Angeles premieres of six films that first screened at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, and offer unfettered creativity and fresh perspectives. The program features a zombie love story, an Iranian-set vampire movie, a modern tale of buried treasure, a thriller about a mysterious soldier, and films that explore the perils of artistic ambition amongst
gang life in Watts and the literary world of New York respectively.
Each film screens once at the Theatre at Ace Hotel August 8-10 and will be paired with either a special music act that shares a complementary artistic sensibility or conversations that bring together filmmakers with those who inspired them. The Sundance Film Festival programming staff selected the films and music acts for Next Fest.
Trevor Groth, Director of Programming for the Sundance Film Festival, said, “In the heart of one of the most creative cities in the world, Next Fest will launch a new wave of film and music talent into the artistic atmosphere. The Theatre at Ace Hotel, with its roots in cinematic trailblazing, will serve as the ideal hub for this cultural adventure.”
Sundance Institute members have access to a host of benefits related to Next Fest, including the ability to purchase tickets today, before they go on sale to the general public tomorrow. At the August 7 screening with Cinespia at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, members will enjoy a reserved seating section and receive an exclusive tote bag, screenprinted live at the event by Hit + Run. Members are also invited to a special party during Next Fest and are eligible to win a prize package including a three-night stay at the Ace Hotel plus airfare.
Sundance Next Fest is supported by Principal Sponsors Acura and YouTube, which are both long-time sponsors of the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Additional Next Fest sponsors include: Major – Kickstarter; Media – KCRW 89.9; and Supporting – Beachside Films, Film L.A., Inc., Southwest Airlines and Stella Artois."
To learn more about becoming a member or how to purchase tickets for the lineup, go to: www.sundance.org/next
Eat Men Like Air: Chapter One: "Chapter One: "Out of the Ash". Eli happens across a cheating wife caught in the act--and the husband has a gun.
The series is a dramedy about a zombie outbreak, and how each of the characters are somehow connected to the cause. It is loosely based around the work of poet and writer Sylvia Plath. We have the first two episodes posted currently on YouTube, with the third coming soon. Most recently, we were added to the film festival at Monstercon."
First Details on 10 Seconds to Run: "When a group of 5 friends driving to an electronic music festival, end up stranded in a shady small country town without cell and GPS service. They wind up being held hostage by a group of white trash rednecks that like to play a game with their victims called 10 Seconds to Run. At the same time a father and county resident, John Whitman, is trying to uncover answers to the whereabouts of his daughter that went missing the day before. With their lives on the line the group fights to survive this twisted game. The clock is running down as Kelly and John Whitman team up to find answers before it's too late. Will anyone make it out alive?
Directed by Jake Jalbert. Cast includes Michael Milhoan, Tony Senzamici, Rob Mello, Randall E. Speakman, Danielle Marcucci, Chris Cavalier, and Ansley Gordon."
For more information, go to the film's official website at: www.10secondstorun.com
Jackpot Release Details: "Based on a story by Norway’s leading crime novelist Jo Nesbø, Jackpot is a Coen Brothers-inspired take on homicidal greed and betrayal, Scandinavian-style. When Christmas tree factory supervisor Oscar Svendsen wakes up terrified and bloody in a strip joint, with a shotgun in his hand and eight corpses surrounding him, he’s clearly going to have a lot of explaining to do. Under the intense interrogation of hard-boiled detective Solør, Oscar begins piecing together the unbelievable story of how he won the top prize in a soccer pool with his 3 dangerous ex-con colleagues. With a pile of cash at stake, the trio enters into a vicious battle over how to divide the money, dragging unwitting Oscar along for the violent ride. This rollicking gory romp racks up an impressive body count -- and will keep you guessing until the very end.
Opens in theaters and VOD June 27, 2014.
The cast includes such names as Henrik Mestad, Lena Kristin Ellingsen, Fridtjov Såheim, Anne Marie Ottersen, Jan Grønli and Peter Andersson."
Killer Legends DVD Release Details: "The chilling documentary Killer Legends will be available on DVD nationwide July 1, 2014. Killer Legends follows filmmakers Joshua Zeman and Rachel Mills as they investigate four timeless legends that continue to haunt the American public. Directed by Joshua Zeman, the documentary examines the urban legends of The Candyman, The Killer Clown, The Baby-Sitter and the Man Upstairs, and The Hookman. The DVD release will also include seven special features on the urban legends.
Joshua and Rachel travel to Houston, Texas where they explore the tainted candy legend parents fear every Halloween. In Columbia, MO they compare The Baby-Sitter and the Man Upstairs legend to the unsolved murder of Janett Christman - a babysitter found murdered in 1950. In Texarkana, Texas, the filmmakers investigate the real life case of a killer known as The Phantom and how it inspired "The Hook" urban legend. Joshua and Rachel then head to Chicago to answer the question of how clowns became so evil and creepy to the public.
Killer Legends director Joshua Zeman previously directed the critically acclaimed horror documentary Cropsey. "I'm incredibly excited about bringing this film to fans of both urban legends and true crimes. I've always wanted to explore the two together, and Killer Legends was the perfect opportunity."
Production and Casting Details for 120/80: "Marshal Hilton and Bill Oberst Jr. co-star in Director Mark Savage’s darkly sardonic portrait of middle age crises in “120/80”.
Co-Written, Directed and helmed by Australian Genre filmmaker and Cinema d’Auteur Mark Savage, “120/80” shines a humorous but dark light on the modern day stress of middle aged married life, unrelenting social noise, infidelity, financial pressures, and the unhealthy consequences of an over caffeinated narcissistic society filled with greedy wives, unrelenting bosses, and loud mouthed belligerent “douchebags”.
After experiencing a heart attack Bill Wilson (Bill Oberst Jr.) is ordered by his doctor to reduce the stress in is life or the Grimm Reaper will soon be knocking at his door; no more booze, no more butter, and a steady diet of greens and diet shakes are not cutting it. Bill and his best friend Stan Kilmer, (Marshal Hilton) himself with two ex-wives and currently in the midst of divorce number three, unwittingly discover and hatch a plan to rid themselves of any and all “Triggers” once and for all. In a twisted turn of events, with an overzealous homicide detective hot on their trail, Bill and Stan discover the depth of their friendship, the sweet smell of freedom, and an improved quality of life through a rather unconventional but effective comedy of errors.
“120/80” begins filming in Tampa, Florida, July 2014, and is co-written by Tommy Parnell and Mark Savage, and independently produced by Cinenature, for a 2015 Release."
Repentance is Now Available: "Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker delivers an explosive performance as Angel Sanchez, a disturbed man fixated on the tragic death of his mother. Seemingly intent on finding inner peace, Sanchez seeks out Tommy Carter (Anthony Mackie),a successful local author/spiritual advisor. Unaware of his client's true intent, Carter agrees to help the man rebuild his shattered life. But when Sanchez reveals his true intentions, the life coach must do everything in his power to stay alive in this taut, psychological thriller."
The Midnight Game Trailer and Release Details: "In this eerie chiller inspired by true events, Olstead stars as a partying teen whose friends decide to perform an ancient pagan ritual found online called ‘The Midnight Game’: Candles are lit. A drop of blood is spilled. Your worst fear is confessed and an entity is summoned. But if the rules are not followed exactly, punishment is promised. Tonight, the game is not being taken seriously. A demonic horror has been unleashed, and now, even daylight cannot stop the nightmares that may destroy them all. Are you ready for the arrival of “The Midnight Man?”
With games, as with life, sometimes it’s play or be played. But beware when it’s play or be prey.
On August 12th Anchor Bay Entertainment dares you to join...The Midnight Game! An official selection at the 2013 Miami International Film Festival, Telluride Horror Show Film Festival and SF Indie fest’s Another Hole in the Head International Genre Film Festival, The Midnight Game promises a new whole spin on the games people play!
With a hot cast including Guy Wilson (“Breaking Bad,” Little Black Book, The Open Door, The Moon and He), Renee Olstead (“The Secret Life of the American Teenager,” 13 Going on 30), Shelby Young (“American Horror Story,” Wild Child, “Days of Our Lives,” The Social Network), Valentina de Angelis (Bereavement, Everlasting, Off the Map) and Spencer Daniels (Star Trek, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), the rules are simple because there’s only one: survive!"
London May Cast in Massacre: "Massacre centers around Marianne James, played by New Zealand actress, writer and Suicide Girl, Pandie Suicide (Ditch Day Massacre, David Lynch’s “Crazy Clown Time”), a young woman who wakes up at the site of a grisly mass murder and can’t remember what happened. This unique film, which is currently prepping to go into production this July via Minonina Films, features both a female writer, as well as a female producer and will see the lead female role taking a slight departure from a more traditional female horror role.
London May, known for his role as drummer/bass player in the legendary Samhain - Glenn Danzig's post-Misfits and pre-Danzig death-rock infused horror punk band - has been cast in a different kind of role - this time as a Detective. Briefly stepping away from the drum kit and guitars, the musician and actor, trained in both improv and theater, recently made his Los Angeles stage debut in ‘The Duchess of Malfi’, and has now signed on to short slasher flick Massacre, a bloody, independent horror film directed by Joe Hendrick (Ditch Day Massacre, Skitta Merink) and produced by Michel Rangel (Smiley, Instructions Not Included).
Director Joe Hendrick on casting May as the Detective:
"London May was in character the moment we shook hands for the first time in the parking lot - it was clear he had done his homework. With every question of detail, every question regarding character quirks, London May either gave me the answer I had been looking to hear or an answer that showed me this guy is going to bring more to the table than what I can with this character."
To find out more, go to: www.massacrethemovie.com
The Human Race DVD and VOD Release Date Announced: "Eighty strangers from all walks of life are ripped out of their daily lives and forced to participate in a brutal race to the death. The rules are simple; follow the arrows or you will die, step on the grass and you will die, get lapped twice and you will die. Only one participant will survive. Race or die. There can only be one winner, but who will survive and for what purpose?
Available on DVD July 22, 2014."
Written and directed by Paul Hough, The Human Race stars Paul McCarthy-Boyington, Eddie McGee, Trista Robinson, T. Arthur Cottam, Fred Coury, and Richard Gale.
Life in a Blender's Frankenstein Cannot Be Stopped: "Video created by Larry Fessenden for the band Life In A Blender for the song "Frankenstein Cannot Be Stopped" from the album We Already Have Birds That Sing."
Haunting of Cellblock 11 Trailer and Release Details: "Haunting of Cellblock 11 was shot at the closed down, notorious, and haunted Missouri State Penitentiary (aka the bloodiest 47 acres). [It will be] coming out next week on VOD."
For more information on the film, or to watch the trailer, go to: www.hauntingofcellblock11.com
New Photos Released from Bunnyman Massacre: "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 this August 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."
El Eco del Miedo (The Echo of Fear) First Details: "Luis is having trouble financially. With the death of his mother, he inherits a house in another city and sends his family to the new place. With they arrive, they discover a hidden doll at the house altering the peace of a ghost that lives there. The newly arrived don't believe in spirits, but the echoes of the house could make change their mind."
For more information on this film, visit: www.elecodelmiedo.com
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.
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!"
To learn more about the film, or to purchase this limited set of items, go to: www.brinkvision.com/shop/product/1350470/