Indie Spotlight

2013/05/12 17:55:52 +00:00 | Tamika Jones

We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. This week's feature includes a trailer for The Cabining, details on All Hallows' Eve, and much more:

The Cabining: "Todd and Bruce, a hapless screenwriting team, get one last shot at success thanks to Todd's wealthy stepdad, Serge. If they pen a worthy horror script, Serge will fund the entire project. But there is one condition - the script must be complete in two weeks. With the deadline looming and no fresh ideas, Todd and Bruce head to Shangri-La, a serene artist's retreat, with the hope that the peace and company of fellow artists will inspire greatness... or, failing greatness, at least enough for straight-to-DVD. Shangri-La proves to be anything but serene, as the artists die off one by one, seemingly by accident. Bruce convinces Todd to soak in this morbid atmosphere to help with the writing, but soon those two are fighting for their lives as well."

The Cabining is currently in post-production and was written/directed by Steve Kopera. The movie stars Mike Kopera, Bo Keister, Angela Relucio, Melissa Mars, Luce Rains, Richard Riehle, and Mark Rademarcher. To learn more, visit:


Filming Begins on All Hallows' Eve: "In true classic slasher fashion, in the vein of Halloween and When A Stranger Calls, Leone unleashes his twisted creation, Art the Clown upon an unsuspecting babysitter. While watching two children on Halloween night, the babysitter finds an old VHS tape in the kids' trick or treat bag. The tape features three tales of terror, all linked together by a murderous clown. As the night goes on strange things begin to occur in the house. It isn't long before the babysitter learns the horrifying truth... the maniacal clown is slowly working his way into her reality.

The film stars Catherine A. Callahan (“Third Rock,” “Are We There Yet?”), Marie Maser (Terrifier), and Katie Maguire. Baget founded Ruthless Pictures in 2012 to bring to life tightly written and executed horror and thriller features. Ruthless Pictures is currently in production on two other films, Black Water Vampire starring Bill Oberst Jr. and Mischief Night starring Ally Walker, Charlie O’Connell, Daniel Hugh Kelly and Erica Leehrsen."


Dead Mine VOD and DVD Release Dates Announced: "The legend of Yamashita's Gold lures a treasure hunter and his group deep into the Indonesian jungle. Once they are trapped in an abandoned World War II Japanese bunker, they face the terrifying reality that the only way out is to go further in.

XLrator Media will be releasing Dead Mine, starring Joe Taslim (The Raid, Fast and Furious 6), Sam Hazeldine (The Raven) and Miki Mizuno (Guilty of Romance), on VOD on May 2, 2013 and on DVD on May 28, 2013."


Feature Film Details for Horror Comic, Oh My Goth!: "We’re excited to announce [Aurelio Voltaire's] upcoming full-length film as director: an adaptation of his comic book OH MY GOTH! featuring his musical talents.

When the reanimated skeletons of Necronus, a cemetery planet across the dark expanse of space, decide they need Earth paved into a landing strip, they send, possibly the worst of their agents to undertake the task. Arrogant, pompous and not the brightest laser in the arsenal, Heironymous Poshe, takes on human form and travels to Earth aboard his Black Spire, a space ship that could easily pass for a giant, black cathedral. For centuries, Poshe (along with his robot slave and an imprisoned midget) has avoided his prime directive. Instead he has spent his time abducting Earth women, celebrities and bands for a non-stop, nightly party above the Black Spire.

Tired of Poshe’s lack or results, Lord Krom Wrath, supreme ruler of the Necrus, launches a full scale invasion of Earth. Poshe bands with the only people on Earth who understand his cause (a group of Goth kids, a cadre of ninja priests and a small army of Hasidic Rabbis- ironically, all of them people who wear all black!) to repel the oncoming armada of Necrid ships.

OH MY GOTH! the film is currently in pre-production and will shoot in the New York City metro area."

To learn more about the horror comic and it's progress as a feature film, visit:


First Trailer Released for Foreshadow: "Foreshadow tells the story of Jesse Milton (Justin Burford) who is living the high life – money, surf and a never-ending supply of hot dates – until he discovers his latest blonde bombshell dead. When the coroner rules out foul play and the police close their investigation, Jesse decides to go after the killer himself.

Foreshadow was co-written by Burford and Kris Lippert, and directed by Carmelo Musca. Shot in February and on schedule for a 2013 release, the film was co-produced by Lippert and Estelle Buzzard.

The predominantly Western Australian cast is led by ARIA and Broadway Australia award winner Justin Burford (Rock of Ages), two-time Logie nominee Myles Pollard (DRIFT, McLeod’s Daughters) and model-turned-actress, Andrea Addison (RAVEN, BITTER ART).

They are supported by Ben Mortley (DRIFT, Home and Away), Ben Purser (BITTER ART, Underbelly), James Hagan (LITTLE SPARROWS, NEEDLE), Melanie Lyons (LITTLE SPARROWS, Cloudstreet), Tawni Bryant (The Slap), Clara Helms (Australia’s Got Talent), Ben Young (AN ACCIDENTAL SOLDIER), Sam Devenport, Sam Pilot, Hannah Price, Nina Deasley (LITTLE SPARROWS), Sean Walsh and Maddy Culver."

To learn more about Foreshadow, go to:


The Garden of Sin Details: "A fully illustrated, poetic, adult story book, inspired by The Seven Deadly Sins. The Garden of Sin takes the reader on a journey through Hell, reminiscent to Dantes Inferno. As Virgil guided Dante through the Inferno, the reader is guided through The Garden of Sin by a mysterious cloaked figure, known as The Shadow. On your voyage, you are brought deeper and deeper as The Shadow narrates your experience through 9 different levels (or circles) of Hell. Each representing one of the Seven Deadly Sins. Is your conscience clean enough to face The Shadow?"

For more information on this novel, go to:


Trailer Released for A House is Not a Home: "A House is Not a Home was shot in Simi Valley, California during December of 2012. The film was directed by Christopher Ray and notably stars Gerald Webb (Layover, “True Blood”), Bill Cobbs (Night at the Museum), Eddie Steeples (“My Name is Earl”) and Richard Grieco (“21 Jump Street”). A House is Not a Home will complete post-production in June of this year.

The Williams’ Family have recently moved into their residence, but something is not right. Shapes and shadows move in the home, late at night and a presence begins stalking the family.

Horror fans will not have to wait long to see the film. Once production is complete, A House is Not a Home will seek distribution across multiple formats. Specific release details will be announced shortly through production houses DeInstitutionalized LLC, Transformation Films and Tiki Terrors LLC."


To Jennifer Trailer Released: "Psykik Junky Pictures released the first official trailer for their found footage film To Jennifer. Written and Directed by award winning Filmmaker James Cullen Bressack, the Horror/Thriller will be available later this year.

Filmed entirely on the Iphone 5, Bressack has gone through great lengths to make the film available specifically on the mobile device. Thanks to the work of Psykik Junky Pictures and the help and distribution from Apple and Zoovision, The film will be available in it's entirety as a stand alone App on the itunes marketplace to be downloaded directly to your mobile phone. The app will not only include the film but also special features, much like a DVD would. A price point has not yet been set for the app but Bressack promises to keep the cost low. A DVD release is also in the works for the film in the future.

Joey suspects his girlfriend of two years, Jennifer, is cheating on him. He is so convinced that he enlists the help of his cousin Steven to create a Video Diary of his attempt to catch her in the act as well as to document the heartbreak she is putting him through. In an attempt to make her feel guilty, he intends to give this tape to her after catching her in the act.

To Jennifer stars Chuck Pappas, Jody Barton (Hate Crime), Jessica Cameron (Silent Night), Maria Olsen (Paranormal Activity 3) and James Cullen Bressack and features a cameo from American Mary's Tristan Risk. The film is being produced by Bressack, Pappas, and Jarret Cohen under the Psykik Junky Pictures umbrella."

For more information on To Jennifer and to watch the trailer, visit:


The Rise of Valhalla Teaser Trailer: "The Rise of Valhalla is a film about the Third Reich, where the Nazis open the gate to Valhalla and hope to be able to win the war with the help of Viking zombies. However, the Viking zombies do not fight on the side of the Nazis and kill everything. The film is told from the point of view of resistance fighters who found the camp of the Nazis."

For more information on The Rise of Valhalla, go to:


The Forge Details: "Tanya Lim committed suicide, leaving her little brother money to make a film. To bring creation from destruction, he made THE FORGE, an emotional, anti-suicide message in which a man battles his inner demon in a fight for his life."

To learn more about The Forge, and to watch the short film in its entirety, visit:


Porcelain: A Gothic Fairy Tale: "Set within a world that’s a darkly magical echo of our own. It follows the story of a street urchin, known as Child, who leaves the cold streets of a snowy city behind when she climbs the high wall into the Porcelain Maker’s secret garden in a bid to steal whatever she can.

The Porcelain Maker discovers Child trespassing but, amused by her audacity, he offers her the chance to stay. He’s a lonely man, kept company only by his alchemically-powered automata, and he and Child form an unlikely friendship.

Shut off from the world beyond the wall, Child wants or needs for nothing as the Porcelain Maker heaps affection and luxury upon her, indulging her like a daughter. In return, she can do as she pleases, except for one command, one rule that must never be broken, she must not look behind the workshop door."

For more information on the graphic novel, Porcelain: A Gothic Fairy Tale, go to:


Production Details for Teachers' Day: "Frolic Pictures have announced wrapping principle photography on its latest feature; Teachers’ Day [which stars] Danika Galindo, Nikole Howell, Savannah Matlow, Lindsay Lamb, Bruce Kade, and Yasmine Soofi.

After being fired, a high school history teacher goes on a killing spree, stalking his former female students at their slumber party.

This indie horror masterpiece was directed by Jared Masters and is being produced by Frolic Pictures and Dismal Productions. It co-stars Andrew Phillips, Simone Wasserman, Dawna Lee Heising, Abby Summers, Nick Sinise, Lonnie Gardner, and Mindy Robinson. A teaser trailer will be released soon."

To keep up-to-date on this film's progress, and to watch interviews featuring the cast, visit:


New Motion Poster for CLONED: The Recreator Chronicles: "While on a camping trip, Tracy, Craig, and Derek (Stella Maeve, Alexander Nifong, and Jamal Mallory-McCree) stumble upon an abandoned laboratory and accidentally trigger a deadly experiment that creates their clones - superior duplicates who plot to kill the kids and take over their identities. Trapped by their captors, the teenagers discover they are no match for their physically stronger, faster, better selves. Their only hope is to unlock the secrets of the Recreator - the scientist behind the experiments - and escape with their lives before they are replaced.

As the opening chapter in a sci-fi franchise about identity and the threat of replacement, CLONED is a film rooted in science-fiction realism and psychological terror that merges the anxious paranoia of "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" with the teenage angst of the "Twilight" series.

Starring Stella Maeve as Tracy Bernstein, a small-town girl with big-city ambitions; John de Lancie as Dr. Frank Miller, a man with a secret who threatens Tracy and her friends during a camping trip on his private island; Alexander Nifong plays Tracy's boyfriend Craig; and Jamal Mallory-McCree as Derek, the third member of their group."


Bonus- Episode 2 of Bumbloods: We've been experimenting with a short film spotlight and plan to expand the feature in the coming months. In the meantime, here's a continuation of last weekend's coverage with Episode 2 of Bumbloods:

"A four part web series about two unlikely roommates trying to survive during a zombie apocalypse.

When a new, synthetic drug hits the streets, 90% of the human population is suddenly transformed into flesh eating zombies. Dr. Jeremy "JERMS" Madison and his roommate Mario "KREPE" Krepeli find themselves in the middle of a zombie infested world and this "odd couple" must learn to cohabitate despite their differences and the ever growing horde of undead around them."

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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).