Indie Spotlight

2012/03/11 21:05:35 +00:00 | Jonathan James

We're back with our latest Indie Spotlight. This weekend's coverage includes The Fields' Blu-ray/DVD release, a zombie-killing gorilla with a baseball bat, paranormal investigators, and much more...

The Fields Blu-ray/DVD Release: Academy Award winner Cloris Leachman’s (Fox’s “Raising Hope”) thriller The Fields is coming to Blu-Ray (SRP $29.99) and DVD (SRP 24.99) from Breaking Glass Pictures (5 Star Day, Cropsey, The Living Wake). Written by Harrison Smith (Six Degrees of Hell) and directed by Tom Mattera and David Mazzoni (cult favorite The 4th Dimension), the film also stars Tara Reid (American Reunion) and newcomer Joshua Ormond (Sundance hit Robot and Frank).

Based on actual events, The Fields follows a young boy named Steven during the summer of 1973. Steven (Ormond) is sent to live in the Pennsylvania countryside with his grandparents while his mother (Reid) and father (Faust Checho) work through their marital troubles. Though his grandmother (Leachman) and grandfather (Bev Appleton) are happy to host him, they warn Steven not to enter the cornfields next to their house.

The DVD and Blu-Ray will hit shelves on April 24, loaded with special features including a making-of documentary, behind-the-scenes footage, hilarious Leachman outtakes, interviews with the real people involved, and clips from the world premiere.

To watch the official trailer for The Fields, visit:

Rex, Zombie Killer: In April 2012, comic book publisher Big Dog Ink will release the hounds, as three dogs, a cat, and a gorilla with a baseball bat battle the walking dead in REX, ZOMBIE KILLER #1.

In the wake of a zombie apocalypse, a hyper-intelligent Golden Retriever named Rex, a sign language-speaking gorilla, and a small pack of animals begin a perilous cross-country journey to find safety...and a home.

"I've always wondered what happens to pets when the zombies arrive," explained writer Rob Anderson. "And I've always loved stories that show the heart and tenacity of animals, like WE3 and HOMEWARD BOUND / THE INCREDIBLE JOURNEY. In REX ZK, the animals are trying to make their way across California to an underground government bunker where the scientist who raised Rex is now in hiding. But Rex isn't necessarily revealing everything he knows about the situation to his pack."

The double-sized, 56-page one-shot ships in April at a special price of only $3.50, and may be pre-ordered at your local comic shop. (Diamond Previews Order Code: FEB12 0806) The comic book will be in full color in standard comic book format. It is rated TEEN+ for mature themes and violence. Additional one-shots are planned for the future.

For more information, visit:

The Walking Dead Bass Orchestra Tribute: Ran Mussman has created a Walking Dead musical tribute video that we thought some of our readers would enjoy: "This is my video... it's a special project called 'Bass Orchestra', On the musical side of things, All sounds in the video were recorded only on with my Bass guitar(except vocals), There are no Drums/Guitars/Keyboards, all bass. I'm a big fan of the show and the comics, and this is my humble tribute. There will be more videos like this in the near future."

To watch the video for yourself, visit:

Incurable: Brandy de Cusack has recently released the zombie novelette Incurable:

After killing her violent, womanising husband in self-defence, Jesse thinks her problems are over. She soon discovers they’re only just beginning. The disease he gave her is incurable, but as the world around her descends into chaos and carnage, she finds a way to live with it ... in a very tasty way.

To learn more, visit:

Dead History Project Web Series: "Dead History Project is a small group of writers and artists living in and around Hollywood, CA. Through paranormal investigation and traditional research, we seek to find out if a place is truly haunted and how it got haunted. We dig deep through local libraries, archives, and government records to uncover the generational layers and historic timeline of a place, and conduct personal interviews with the living people associated with the place.

With all the information we’ve gathered, we do a paranormal investigation in the hopes of communicating with the non-living to get their version of the story. Then, through the Dead History Project web series, we take the viewer on our ghost hunt while presenting our research findings in an entertaining and informative way.

Season 1 of the Dead History Project web series is on The Palms bar on Santa Monica Blvd. in West Hollywood, CA. The Palms has been serving cocktails continuously for 56 years. Located directly across the street from the legendary Tropicana Motel (and a few feet from where The Doors recorded "L.A. Woman"), Jim Morrison, Tom Waits, Janis Joplin, Dusty Springfield, and David Lee Roth, along with GIs, bikers, hippies, traveling salesmen, and women both in and out of the closet, have drank there and some have even died there. Season 2 will be on the Silent Movie Theater on Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles."

To watch the web series for yourself, visit:

Cell Count Poster from Tom Hodge: A new poster has been released for Cell Count, which was designed by genre favorite Tom Hodge (Hobo With a Shotgun).

"The announcement just earlier this week that “Cell Count” was chosen as the Closing Night Film and to also have it’s World Premiere at this years Fantaspoa Film Festival in Brazil we thought it would be a great time to show our new poster from the amazing Tom Hodge at The Dude Designs.

Cell Count is the story of Russell Carpenter who “reluctantly admits his wife Sadie into an experimental treatment facility for her life threatening disease. While locked in this prison like surrounding they, along with 6 others, are unknowingly subjected to a cure that might just be worse than the disease itself.” The film stars Robert McKeehen (Leverage) Haley Talbot (Grimm) Ted Rooney (Boardwalk Empire) and Daniel Baldwin.

Tom Hodge, The Dude Designs says, “For Cell Count I wanted to create a modern illustrated montage poster. A lot times of this type of work can get labeled as 'retro' but i really wanted to show that this type of art is still as fresh, fun and relevant for today's movie market in 2012 as it was back in 1972.

Cell Count is the type of movie that can benefit from this school of poster art as there is so much going on, so while you could just depict one isolated character or image to promote the film, it wouldn't really tell you the whole story and my main aim for the design was to capture all the rich nuances, characters, plot twists and atmosphere of the movie to build this static trailer.

I took a lot of influence from the Thai posters of the 70s, as they always had such a great flair for balancing out a broad spectrum of elements but still tying them together in a composition that looks unified as a whole.”

Find out more and stay up to date with Cell Count at:

Junkfood Horror Fest: "Scarlet Fry takes you on the thrill of your life with: Blood Thirsty Cannibals, Satanic Zombies, Demented Nurses, Junkie Serial Killers, Freaky Perverts and More! This Blood Drenched Deluxe Horrorfest isn't for the weak at heart. A drug dealer has made his last deal after he decides to hand a junkie serial killer (Calico Cooper) some bad junk. This junk is, in fact, a video tape entitled "Junkfood Horrorfest."

This horror anthology, hosted by Scarlet Fry, features six twisted tales that kick off when the junkie and her new found friend decide to watch the tape. Little does her friend know how much trouble he's in for. Get ready for a blood drenched, deluxe horrorfest that isn't for the weak at heart. Twisted tales that will turn your stomach and send you crying for Mommy! This special edition is value packed with two bonus programs, "Scarlet Fry's Horrorama," Scarlet Fry's presentation of the cult classic "Carnival of Souls," and more."

The film was recently released to DVD. For more information, watch the NSFW trailer at: