Indie Spotlight

2014/10/12 19:16:49 +00:00 | Tamika Jones

We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today's feature includes release details and the trailer for Chemical Peel, premiere details for Refuge, Day for Night, and Perfidy, a new Summer of Blood trailer and much more:

Chemical Peel Release Details and Exclusive Comments from Actress Natalie Victoria: Actress Natalie Victoria stars in "Chemical Peel," a Lionsgate Home Entertainment Release that will be available on October 14th. Here are some comments from Natalie on us why she enjoyed working on this movie:

"I think the best thing about this film is it's a unique, fun, realistic concept that will scare people, you know? I love films that are set in a real and really raw reality that frighten you to the core. Chemical Peel is a real 'what would YOU do?' kind of film that gets you thinking, and I love that. So, I play RAE in the film. And right off the bat you can tell she's fighting depression, anxiety, and some severe emotional issues. I mean she's really messed up, but you get the feeling she's just someone who has lost their way – and we've all been there at one point or another right? When some unexpected events happen, RAE is unwittingly pulled into an emergency situation, where she has to make a choice to rise above it or sink. You know, I loved playing this role and helping develop the character as it was something I hadn't had the opportunity to be cast in prior to making this film. Discovering all those emotional moments for RAE was both challenging and thrilling for me as an actress. It's what I live for. That and working on a film with a leading female ensemble cast – these ladies are awesome!"

On making the film, Natalie stated that she is "really proud of this film because it was a team effort truly. Just a bunch of film artists gathering together to make a cool film. This movie is several years in the making, and when we started we were sitting at a kitchen table throwing around ideas for a movie we could all make together. Being a part of developing the story as a co-writer, working with fellow artists planning it all out, shooting on weekends and over holidays, working and acting with friends, and seeing the project through to completion —it's truly an accomplishment for everyone involved. They are all cool people and talents! The entire experience has definitely inspired me to put together more film projects in the near future here."

Directed by Hank Braxtan and written by Dan Sinclair, Chemical Peel stars Natalie Victoria, Arielle Brachfeld, Stephanie Greco, Lacy Fisher, Leigh Davis, and Lony'e Perrine.


Theatrical and VOD Release for Hangar 10: "33 years after the infamous Rendlesham Forest UFO incident, three metal detector enthusiasts hunting for Saxon gold in the same region capture incredible footage of UFOs whilst filming their expedition. As night falls - and with their navigation equipment failing - the trio finds themselves facing a terrifying encounter with an unforgiving alien presence.

In theaters and on VOD nationwide November 7th from IFC Midnight!

Experience the horrifying new British sci-fi thriller from director Daniel Simpson, based on spine-chilling true events!"


Summer of Blood Trailer Released: "Writer/director Onur Tukel turns in a hilarious performance as the monumentally lazy, socially oblivious and commitment-shy Erik Sparrow, who is dumped by his career-woman girlfriend (Anna Margaret Hollyman, White Reindeer) when he rejects her rather charitable marriage proposal. Feeling lost, he turns to a disastrous string of online dates that successively eat away at his already-deteriorating confidence until a lanky vampire turns him into an undead ladykiller. Soon, Eric is prowling the streets of Brooklyn in search of anything to satisfy both his maniacal sex drive and his hunger for blood. A collision of absurd, self-deprecating wit and existential curiosity, Summer of Blood is a hilarious horror-comedy with a clever bite all its own.

Dark Sky Films' upcoming horror-comedy Summer of Blood opens in select theaters on Friday, October 17th.

Cast: Onur Tukel (Septien, Red Flag), Alex Karpovsky (Girls), Anna Margaret Hollyman (Gayby, White Reindeer), Dakota Goldhor (Thumbsucker), Dustin Guy Defa (Bad Fever), and Keith Poulson (Hellaware, Listen Up Phillip)."


2014 Toronto Zombie Walk and Halloween Parade Details: "On October 25th join over 10,000 zombies, monsters and otherworldly beings for the 12th Annual Toronto Zombie Walk and Halloween Parade!

Last year The Toronto Zombie Walk held its first Halloween Parade and invited all monsters to join the zombie horde! This year boasts a bigger and bloodier parade with more monsters and throngs of flesh hungry zombies!!! Some of the features include a zombie marching band, scary stilt walkers and bike floats! All Halloween themed!

Don’t feel like walking with the dead??! - pull up a coffin and watch from the sidelines as the parade and walk winds through downtown Toronto. Join us for pre-parade festivities in Nathan Phillips Square including a Halloween Vendor Market, food, bands and our Hasbro Nerf Zombie Strike Midway. The Nerf Zombie Strike Midway will bring all of the thrills, chills, and blood spills that folks expect out of a fearsome fun fair, face the challenge of its gore-iffic games!

Any enterprising and skillful creature of the night can take a chance to win for their very own, many fear-tastic Nerf Zombie Strike prizes! Face the challenge of the Nightmare Clown! The Toxic Waste Barrel Toss! The Zombie Zapping Gallery! The 2014 Charity of Choice for the Toronto Zombie Walk is The Canadian Wildlife Federation: Help the Bats. Look for the CWF tent on site at this year’s TZW to drop off donations, win prizes and learn more about bats!

The official TZW after party will be at the Hard Rock Café (279 Yonge St.) and feature Black Cat Attack (Oshawa), DJ Eric Von Eric and more. Doors open at 9pm."

For more information on the Zombie Walk, or to learn how to register, visit:


Refuge Premiere Details and Trailer: "A post-apocalyptic thriller set amid the ruins of a collapsed America, Refuge chronicles a family's struggle to survive and rebuild a life in the wake of a great catastrophic plague.

Living in isolation, within an old boarded up home, they do their best to maintain a sense of normalcy amidst a lawless world of roaming gangs and dwindling resources.

Refuge will premiere at Screamfest on "Saturday, October 18, 2014 [at] 6:00pm."

Directed By: Andrew Robertson. Produced By: Lilly Kanso. Written By: Andrew Robertson. Main Cast: Carter Roy, Amy Rutberg, Chris Kies, Eva Grace Kellner, Sebastian Beacon, Travis Grant, and Mark Ashworth."

To learn more about this film, or its release at Screamfest, go to:


Cedar Point's HalloWeekends Featuring Midnight Syndicate: "Guests visiting Cedar Point for HalloWeekends already know about the park’s scream-inducing haunted houses and outdoor fright zones. But this year, guests are screaming just a little louder thanks to the new “Midnight Syndicate LIVE! Legacy of Shadows” show in the Ghoul Time Theatre.

Ohio’s own Edward Douglas and Gavin Goszka, of Midnight Syndicate, have been delighting fans worldwide with their Halloween music albums for almost two decades. Performing in front of a live audience for the first time ever, they have created a whole new legion of fans thanks to their multimedia horror concert at HalloWeekends. Known for producing “gothic horror fantasy soundtracks for the imagination,” these Halloween music maestros blend instrumental music, sound effects, eerie videos and on-stage adventures, taking audiences on a spell-binding journey that mesmerizes and features an ending that is both unexpected and terrifying.

“My family and I came to Cedar Point often when I was growing up, so having the opportunity to be a part of HalloWeekends has been a thrill for me personally,” said Edward Douglas. “I feel our show complements the other incredible live entertainment at HalloWeekends by offering something a little different. If you enjoy haunted houses and the spookier side of Halloween, then the Midnight Syndicate LIVE! show is perfect for you!”

Guests with no fear of the dark can experience this outstanding show at Cedar Point’s Ghoul Time Theatre on Friday nights (7:30, 9 and 10:30 p.m.), Saturdays (6, 7:30, 9 and 10:30 p.m.) and Sundays (2, 4 and 6 p.m.) now through Saturday, Nov. 1st."

For more information on Cedar Point and HalloWeekends, visit:


Pirouette #1 Release Details: "Raised from infancy by duplicitous clowns who entertain by day and menace by night, Pirouette dreams of washing the paint from her face and escaping to a better life far away from her cruel adoptive circus family.

Respected horror writer Mark L. Miller spins Pirouette with authentic darkness and depth of character, while Carlos Granda’s sweeping, exuberant line art evokes all the exotic charm and mysterious gloom of Pirouette’s shadowy big top.

Issue 1 debuts October 8, 2014."

To find out more information on this comic, or where to purchase the first issue, visit:


New Clip Released from Creeping Crawling: "You live with them, you feed them, you fear them. Creeping Crawling is an anthology featuring three tales of terror centered around things that go slither in the night. Doug and Allison have a paper due and they're hoping an eccentric entomologist will be the lynch pin to a passing grade.

They get more than they bargained for when Dr. Tarkovsky tells them the story of GRUBBERY and the lengths supermodel Denver will go to in order to keep her figure. Denver's best friend Ginger introduces her to age old dieting wisdom as her boyfriend Rick witnesses her eaten away by her own vanity.

RID introduces Dori, a beautiful young girl who desperately needs money and poses as a nurse hired to take care of a comatose patient. While staying in the Gothic mansion, she begins to unravel as something feasts upon her while she sleeps. Dr. Tarkovsky's final cautionary tale centers around Bailey.

In BUGGER, the lonely man navigates love online. He can't seem to find a woman who shares his six legged obsessions. A co-worker has her doubts about his motives, as a serial killer is at large.

On October 7th, Brain Damage Films will release Creeping Crawling, an entomophobia-inducing horror anthology featuring three tales sure to make viewers bug out. DVD availability is set to include many retailers and websites including Amazon, as well as rental chains including Family Video. VOD availability will include all major and minor cable/satellite operators and internet platforms."

Clip 3: "Tapeworm":


The Cutting Room Production and Release Date Announced: "UK Independent horror feature 'The Cutting Room' has completed filming and secured a release date of April 13th, 2015.

The movie, that follows three Media Studies students embarking on their end of year film project, was written and directed by Warren Dudley. "It's a traditional horror yarn that ends with a pretty un-traditional twist!" said, Dudley. "It's a challenge with a small budget to come up with brand new ideas within the genre but we hope that by the end of The Cutting Room viewers will be pretty shocked."

Shot on location at Newhaven Fort in East Sussex the film uses the 'found footage / mock documentary' style to tell its story. Producer TJ Herbert explained 'We considered shooting The Cutting Room in the traditional manner but felt that the 'first person' style fitted the project perfectly. Horror fans are very familiar with the genre now and we hope to have added something a new to it'.

The film starring Parry Glasspool, Lucy-Jane Quinlan and Lydia Orange, follows events in a small seaside town and centres on the disappearance of a local teenager. In deciding to investigate the story for their end of year film project three students stumble across an unimaginable horror lurking in tunnels below their town.

'The Cutting Room' will be available to buy in all formats in April 2015."

For more information, visit the film's official site at:


Nuit Americhen (Day for Night) First Clip and Premiere Details: "An Italian director and two actors get hired to make a promotional video in a beautiful villa on the outskirts of Rome. Unbeknown to the villa’s owner who hired them, they take advantage of the situation to shoot the key scene of their no-budget-badly-english-spoken-splatter-horror-movie.

Directed By: Federico Greco. Produced By: Marco Varriale. Written By: Federico Greco, Igor Maltagliati. Main Cast: Regina Orioli, Gianmarco Tognazzi, Fausto Sciarappa, and Francesco Scimemi."

To find out more information on this film, or its screening, go to:


Party Slashers Poster and First Details: "A group of high schoolers who team up to survive a Halloween party crashed by undead mass murderers whom were accidentally summoned during a Dungeons & Dragons game.

Creator of Party Slashers, Carl Bachmann, "has put up a test scene on Kickstarter to help fund Party Slashers. The test scene has also played at the Fright Night Film festival, Filmquest, and is slated to play at Sacramento Horror Film Fest."

For more information on this burgeoning project, visit:


Perfidy Trailer Released: "Perfidy tells the story of Laura, a married woman who re-encounters with Rubén, a former young love. In order to celebrate this new opportunity in their lives they manage to have a weekend out far from city, in a cabin near the mountains, where strange events – that seems to have some connection with Rubén´s childhood - start to happen, changing their whole lives.

Leading roles for feature film are in the hands of Catherine Mazoyer (“Machuca”), Íñigo Urrutia (“No”), Daniel Antivilo (“Violeta Went To Heaven”), and Ximena del Solar.

At the same time Perfidy is being exhibited in film festivals around the world the producers are in search for its international distribution."

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    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).