Indie Spotlight

2013/01/27 20:27:25 +00:00 | Tamika Jones

We’re back with the latest edition of the Indie Spotlight, which contains all the independent horror news recently sent our way. This week’s edition looks be our biggest yet, with trailers for Molly Crow and VIViD,  news on the Shriekfest Film Festival, a new clip from Bad Kids Go to Hell, multiple short films, and much more:

First Details on Alice D: "In the early 1900's the Davenport House was a famous and successful brothel, until a young prostitute named Alice killed herself there. After her death, the brothel became haunted by Alice's ghost, and was eventually abandoned. One hundred years later, the old structure is renovated into a beautiful mansion. It is still rumored to inhabit the ghost of Alice. Despite this, the new owner; the rich and arrogant heir to the Davenport fortune, decides to throw a wild party for his first night in the house."

Currently in production, Alice D, stars Kane Hodder, Al Snow, Josh Hammond (Jeepers Creepers 2), and Juan Riediner (Jennifer's Body). For more information on this film, visit:


Shriekfest Film Festival 2013's Call for Entries: "Shriekfest, the Los Angeles Horror/Sci-Fi Film Festival continues its tradition as Los Angeles' Premier horror film event. Now, in it's 13th year, Shriekfest takes place at the legendary Raleigh Studios, which is the largest independent studio operator in the country. Both established and emerging filmmakers gain media exposure, connect with the region's diverse audiences, and participate in an acclaimed event attended by industry professionals as well as horror and Sci-Fi fans. Over the past twelve years, Shriekfest has welcomed numerous indie icons into its family. We are looking for new and original films and screenplays. We are accepting films/screenplays in six categories: narrative feature, narrative short, narrative super short, feature screenplay, short screenplay, and original song. We will be awarding prizes to the winning filmmaker in each category."

To find out how to enter your film or screenplay to Shriekfest Film Festival, visit their website at:


Italian Short Film, The Path (No Way Out): "The Path (No Way Out) is a psyco thriller with bits of surreal tone. A woman takes a path she will never return from."

The Path was directed by Marco Lamanna and stars Lucrezia Losurdo, Federico Tripoli, Claudio Pedretti, Giancarlo Gozzo, William Di Donato, Romina Ubezio, Lorenzo Calloni, and Paul O'Neil.

To learn more about this film, go to:


Smiley DVD Release Details: "A twisted killer let loose. A college student yearning for a fresh start. Internet trolls looking for trouble. It all comes together in SMILEY: the most terrifying and controversial horror film of the year. Troubled teen Ashley (Caitlin Gerard) mistakenly summons a devious murderer named Smiley to kill a stranger online. With the help of her nerdy friend Binder (Shane Dawson), an insightful college professor (Roger Bart) and a skeptical detective (Keith David), Ashley must decide whether she is going insane or becoming Smiley’s next victim."

Directed by Michael J. Gallagher, Smiley, stars Caitlin Gerard, Melanie Papalia, Michael Bart, Keith David, and Shane Dawson. The film will be released on DVD and Video on Demand on February 12th.

To view the trailer and to learn more about this film, visit:


New Clip from Bad Kids Go to Hell: "Six private school high school kids find themselves stuck in detention on a frightfully dark and stormy Saturday afternoon. During their 8 hour incarceration, each of the six kids fall victim to a horrible “accident” until only one of them remains. As each of these spoiled rich kids bites the dust, the story takes on a series of humorous and frantic twists and turns. Is one of the kids secretly evening the school’s social playing field? Or have the ghosts of prestigious Crestview Academy finally come to punish the school’s worst (and seemingly untouchable) brats? One thing is for sure…Daddy’s money can’t save them now.”

Bad Kids Go to Hell is also now available  on demand.


The Walking Dead Enthusiasts Podcast: "The Walking Dead Enthusiasts is a podcast dedicated to Robert Kirkman's hit comic book and television series. We recently received exciting news that Vincent M. Ward (aka Oscar) from The Walking Dead will be joining us for an interview on Monday, January 28th. We are looking to receiving fan questions for Vincent to answer during the interview!"

To learn more about the podcast and submit questions for the interview, visit:


Voices from the Grave Teaser Trailer: “From filmmakers Richard Stoudt and Laurence Holloway and master horror writer Gary Brandner, author of ‘The Howling’, comes a terrifying film experience called “Voices from the Grave’. A trio of horrors that will make your flesh creep and your heart palpitate.

Deadly spirits, vengeful and maliciously spiteful give fuel to these tales of supernatural terrors. ‘Invitation’, based on a short story by Gary Brandner, tells the tale of loser Len Krager, who attends a party he’ll never forget! A vengeful spirit exacts revenge in the tale ‘All Hallows’ Eve’! An exercise in suspense and atmosphere set on Halloween night. Robert Mundy doesn’t celebrate Halloween since the accidental death of his brother on Halloween night. But this Halloween night, vengeance will rise and seek retribution. Ghostly road hazards endanger a used car owner in the turbo-charged yarn ‘Repossessed’, a spine tingling ‘vehicle’ for absolute fright. Jeff purchases a killer car for a killer deal….unfortunately, the car wants his body and soul!

A true exercise in style and terror, ‘Voices from The Grave’ will thrill and chill even the most jaded horror fan!”


Devil May Cry Tie-In Comic Series: "Titan Comics is pleased to announce the launch of the DmC: Devil May Cry: The Vergil Chronicles Comic, based on the all-new reimagining of the world-famous Devil May Cry videogame saga. The first of two comics, released digitally today, takes place before the game DmC: Devil May Cry and reveals the unmissable backstory of Vergil and Kat; with never-before-seen revelations!

Freshly translated for a simultaneous release with the French edition, this beautifully illustrated story, in the vein of Titan’s thrilling Assassin’s Creed graphic novels, is written by Guillaume Dorison and illustrated by artists Robin Recht (The Third Testament) and Patrick Pion (Tomb Raider: Dark Aeons).

The two-part comic series is available to read today on the iPad, iPhone, Web, Android and Kindle Fire, exclusively through the comiXology app and In print, DmC: Devil May Cry: The Vergil Chronicles #1 is on sale May 15th and #2 is on sale June 19th."

To keep up-to-date with news from Titan Comics, visit:


Zombiepalooza: Dead Again: Produced and hosted by Jackie Chin, Zombiepalooza: Dead Again, is an online radio show that contains "a mixture of every sort of style, flavor and brand of zombies you can't find any where else on the planet."

The radio show features "the most talented graphic artist's, authors, actors, film producers, special effects creators, musicians, Lego builders, and movie enthusiasts on the planet [have been on the show]. What we give our listeners is hope. We support everyone and offer refuge, joy, and peace of mind to you and support your ideas. Enjoy the page and listen to the shows. Who knew all this could come of out the genre of ZOMBIES?"

To listen to the Zombiepalooza: Dead Again radio show, visit:


Images from Heart of a Corpse and Bloody Dreadful: Justin Sane is the author and illustrator of the two part comic series, Heart of a Corpse, and new ongoing comic anthology, Bloody Dreadful.

Heart of a Corpse comes in two parts, and each part has a different title. Heart of a Corpse: An Undead Engagement follows "a young hearse driver who proposes to his love, the beautiful mortician's daughter, Annabel. However, when a rival suitor, driven by greed, finds out about the betrothal, he takes matters into his own hands to ensure that their impending marriage is dead and buried."

Heart of a Corpse: An Undead Elopement gives us "Annabel, the mortician's daughter, mourning the loss of her fiance, whose tragic death has driven her into a state of crippling melancholy. Furthering her depression are mysterious gifts left upon her doorstep - which her deceased love, compelled by a heart that never managed to decompose, rises nightly from his grave to deliver."

Lastly, Bloody Dreadful, take us to "the foggy shadows of Victorian England, where a wisecracking Grave Robber utilizes his special gift to see the past lives of the bodies he unearths, and reveals what lurid and shocking tales lie just under the surface."

For more information on illustrator, Justin Sane, visit his website at: For more information on the comics, go to Amazon or the comiXology app that is available on both the Apple and Android markets.


First Deatils on 6dana66godina (6 days, 66 years): "An LA businessman goes to Serbia for an inheritance. He'll finally face the truth about his mother's tragic death and find himself fighting evil among Satanic rituals, evil forces and strange twists of fate."

The film is currently in pre-production and stars Italian horror actor, Bobby Rhodes (Demon, Demon 2), Geretta Geretta, Joe Zaso, and Milorad Kapor. Co-Written by Michael S. Rodriguez, 6dana66godina, is directed by Alex Madia Levi with Miroslav Lakobrija (A Serbian Film) on special fx make up.

To stay up-to-date on the progress of this film, visit the official Facebook page at:


New Trailer for The Interview: "The Interview is a film about a young couple, Sam and Julie (late 20s) based out of Miami, Florida, working on a documentary about serial killers. Their project is titled "Sick or Sickness" as they try to create a non-biased documentary on the people who create such heinous crimes. After spending months interviewing various killers behind bars they decide to seek a real life, uncaught and still active serial killer for a confidential interview. At first they are skeptical when they are contacted by someone, but soon they discover that the person they are dealing with is indeed the real thing when they ask for proof."

To learn more about, The Interview, visit the film's website at:



Release Details for Locked in a Room: "At Risk Entertainment in association with Collective Development Inc. proudly announce their domestic distribution with Echo Bridge Entertainment on their first collaboration “Locked in a Room”. The film was written, produced and directed by Larry Simmons. Co-Produced by DJ Perry and Phylliss Larrymore-Kelly. Executive Produced by Gordon Djordjevski and Larry Simmons. The film stars Robert Miano, Carlucci Weyant, DJ Perry and Rae’Ven Larrymore Kelly. The official date for the digital release will be March 7th, 2013 on amazon, Blockbuster, itunes, vudu with more outlets being added daily.

The film is about a family of siblings captured and held for a reason that slowly becomes known to audiences. Hardened detectives, masked kidnappers and crooked attorney’s all play into an intricate weaving that will have audiences guessing right to the end. The film enjoyed a limited theatrical run with Rocky Mountain Pictures prior to signing their domestic deal. At Risk Entertainment and Collective Development Inc. have been in discussion on possible projects but as for the exact nature of those projects – well that’s still “Locked in a Room”."

To learn more about Locked in a Room or to watch the trailer, go to:


Molly Crows Trailer: "When seven year old Jess and her alcoholic Mother arrive in Haslem, she’s an easy target for the brutal bullying culture. But there’s something different about Jess. She can see and hear things that other people can’t. When Jess is brutalized in a country lane, the ancient spirits of the area appear, angry and full of vengeance. The townspeople take the law into their own hands and commit a terrible act upon an innocent, as brutal and unforgivable as the notorious Witchfinders from centuries past."

Produced by Flashgun Films U.K., Molly Crows, is directed by Ray Wilkes. The film also stars Mercy Grainer. For more information on this film, visit:


The Walking Dead's Daryl Dixon Cake: Based in Atlanta, "Heather of Sweets to the Sweet, who created the ridiculously badass Walking Dead cake we featured previously, had a client who loved the Hello Daryl design so much she asked to have a one-off custom cake created. And Heather obliged. So just know that somewhere in the world, sweet and tasty zombie ears exist. They're not just for trophies anymore."

Thanks to Need Coffee for the heads up. To see more Sweets to Sweet cake creations, go to:


New Trailer for VIViD: "Zeroinside Films is proud to announce the new trailer for their cross-genre film "VIViD", as well as gaining Sales Representation in the form of Phoenix Group, who also represents such genre films as the Chiller TV-aired "Humans Versus Zombies", "Boggy Creek", "Patient Zero", and other fare. 

 A serial killer known only as "The Man of Sin" is growing tired of the simple murders he commits and looking to up the sexual thrill he gets from the act. He decides the way to receive the ultimate high is to experience death for himself... through the eyes of his victims.

Using a newly developed, experimental drug called 'Wonderland', that allows you to access the minds of others in a dream state, he stalks his new prey."


Comic Anthology, A1, Returns: "Titan Comics is pleased to announce the return of A1, the award-winning anthology series by Dave Elliott! A1 is a new monthly series featuring three fantastic ongoing strips: Weirding Willows, Odyssey and Carpe DIEm.

Weirding Willows, by writer Dave Elliott and artists Barnaby Bagenda, Sami Basri, Sakti Yuwono & Jessica Kholinne, sees the worlds of Wonderland, OZ, Neverland, Mars, Pellucidar and Elysium leak through portals into the little English town of Willow Weir, as Alice and her allies defend her world from the things that would come through those portals to destroy them!

Odyssey, by writer Dave Elliott and artists Garrie Gastonny and Sakti Yuwono, follows an immortal military superhero, out of place and time, who finds himself in the middle of an eternal war for mankind between Angels and Demons!

Carpe DIEm, by writer W. H. Rauf and artist/creator Rhoald Marcelius, follows an offbeat group of the world’s seven greatest assassins: one for each day of the week! Their leader is always a Sir Monday… but the rest of the team always hate Mondays! A riot of colour and concepts in a Tank Girl vein.

A1 #1 will hit comic stores on June 5, 2013. The series will also be available to read day and date on the iPad, iPhone, Web, Android and Kindle Fire, exclusively through the comiXology app and"

To keep up-to-date with news from Titan Comics, visit:


SafeHouse: "After a job-gone-wrong, a gang of petty thieves are chased and penned into their hideout by the Police who seize the opportunity to test a new, high-tech, crime fighting 'weapon' on the unsuspecting thugs. Not going down without a fight, the four criminals arm themselves with everything they have and battle to the explosive end."

Written and directed by Ryan Braund, SafeHouse, stars Chris James, Harry Dyer, Eamon Yates, Barnaby Ferris, Alan Hunter, Pauline Milroy, and Richard Stott. For more information on this film, visit:


Ombis Trailer Released: "Ombis’ story focuses on peaceful, rustic Metzburgh which is a former industrial town whose glory days are long past after the collapse of Metzburgh Grain. Mark Lowe (Jason John Beebe) and his ex-girlfriend Lucy Greenheart (Sarah Manzella) are stuck in a lovers quarrel when a meteorite crash lands in the quiet community. Glen (Robert Bozek ), an ex-employee of the grain silos who became homeless after the collapse of the mills, stumbles upon the fiery crash. Unaware that his find could be dangerous, he gets too close and a chemical poison sprays out of the meteorite, enveloping him. The chemical agent known as Ombis begins to turn his insides into a slimly substance. Unable to stop the spread of the infection, the townsfolk begin to be overrun by the virus and the collateral damage begins to add up. A special containment team shows up to try and keep order and contain the plague. The human struggle of the residents of Metzburgh and their fight for survival then begins as the village is overrun with the alien invasion and the mutated humans that it creates.

Currently DefTone Pictures Studios Inc. and Phoenix Group Releasing aren’t publishing a release date for the film. However, they are in talks to release the film domestically and to the foreign market in the middle of the 2013."

To watch the Ombis trailer, go to: 


Valley of the Demon Teaser Trailer: "The debut feature from Welsh director Rhodri Jones is an independent horror film set in the Rhondda. A group of friends hiking through a forest to an illegal rave are set upon by demonic forces, raised by a satanic clan who are intent on bringing hell to the Valleys; plummeting the heavenly Welsh countryside into a nightmare of darkness and demons.

"I wanted to make a full on 80's-style Blood Splattering gore film that holds that nostalgic feel that you can only get from those types of movies they used to make in the 80s" said the director. "My friends who read the script told me it read like Evil Dead on Steroids!"

The cast is led by Sam Bees, Ciara Flynn, Claudio Laurini, Laura Jeffs, Maria Todd, Harper Stephens, Darren Swain, Tony Gallagher, Katy Powles, Ben Bennet, Ashleigh Bull and John R. Walker."

To find out more about this film, and to watch the teaser trailer, visit:

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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).