We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today's feature includes a teaser poster for Draugar, news on an appearance by Anne Rice at this year's ThrillerFest VIII, first details on Dead Ringer and A Haunting in Thornby, and much more:
VOD Release for Zombie Apocalypse: Redemption: "Eagle One Media is proud to announce to horror and zombie fans director Ryan Thompson’s apocalyptic horror feature ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE: REDEMPTION is now available on North American video-on-demand cable systems and around the world on iTunes.
Zombie Apocalypse: Redemption is a throwback to the 1980’s action-horror genre and features legendary action star Fred “The Hammer” Williamson.
At the end of civilization, zombies outnumber human survivors 10000 to 1, and every day is a fight to see tomorrow. Just when he is about to give up that fight, rugged and mysterious wanderer John Knox (Johnny Gel) is saved by a ragtag group of survivors led by the no-nonsense Moses (Fred Williamson). After getting over initial suspicion from his rescuers, Knox proves his worth and slips into this new family in the apocalyptic wasteland. Soon afterward a war party of maniacal human raiders assaults the survivor camp, killing or kidnapping everybody in sight, including Sarah – Knox's new love interest. Now it's up to Knox and the few who escaped the attack to gather what resources they can (including zombies!) and launch an all-or-nothing rescue mission on the raiders' home fortress."
Teaser Poster for Draugar: "Timothy Scott, Executive Producer, Event Films Limited has announced today the production of Draugar. Scott will produce the short film based on his original screenplay. The short film will be shot in London this June.
In a post apocalyptic future where mankind is at war with the dead, a lone soldier enters a mysterious temple to rescue his comrades in arms. However, the draugar are waiting and it’s just a matter of survival of the deadliest.
In Viking mythology, a draugr is the reanimated corpse of a dead Viking who has supernatural powers of growth, strength and the ability to drive their victims insane. They revel in the suffering of the living as they also envy the living. Draugar is the plural of Draugr, as there are many of these things in this story.
Event Films are mounting a large-scale production for the ambitious short film. A professional feature film crew including fight director Joe Golby and his stunt team have been assembled to guarantee the most convincing and spectacular action.
Draugar will be available to watch on the Event Films YouTube channel this autumn. There is no subscription fee for the channel and all of their videos are available to watch for free."
To stay up-to-date on the progress of this film, go to: www.facebook.com/eventfilms
First Details on A Haunting in Thornby: "A traumatic event forces Tom (Rib Hillis) and Brenda (Jessica Morris) to move, with their young son, from Los Angeles back to Brenda’s small Northern California hometown. In their new homestead, odd occurrences and bizarre, unsettling events begin to unfold. A century’s old secret, that threatens to destroy the family, begins to reveal itself, in a horrifying fashion.
A Haunting in Thornby is a co-production from Raging Bull Entertainment and Khoury A. Marriot Productions. This haunted house styled thriller completed production in May and the film has secured a fourth quarter release through UnCork’D Entertainment. In the vein of Stanley Kubrick’s classic The Shining and Tomas Alfredson’s dark coming of age thriller Let the Right One, A Haunting in Thornby will unsettle audiences in a similar fashion, this November.
Judd Nelson stars as Mr. Franklin, who is the owner of a prestigious architectural firm, in the film. Actress and producer Autumn Federici plays Anne, a waitress who knows something about the mysterious old town. A dark secret lurks in this secluded home and in the town of Thornby."
Directed by Matt Hish and written by Ian Ascher and Chris Freeman, A Haunting in Thornby stars Rib Hillis, Jessica Morris, Neil Dickson, Hannah Cowley, and Judd Nelson.
The Case of Mary Ford: "New York City, 1913. Recent Greek immigrant Mary Ford is accused of killing her lover. Mary claims the real murderer is her husband. But her husband... is already dead. Maria's defense relies on the story of how she came to America. Her tale begins five thousand miles away in her birthplace in the old world, a village on the shores of the Black Sea in Greek Asia Minor. Here, a web of jealousy, intrigue, mystery, deceit, murder and finally escape leads us to a dramatic climax, in which love endures beyond the grave."
For more information on this film, visit: http://maryford.weebly.com
First Details on Dead Ringer: "An up-and-coming movie star becomes romantically involved with a mysterious woman. His eery resemblance to her deceased boyfriend point to her increasing emotional instability. As he struggles to break away, her obsession turns deadly."
Written by Pia Cook and directed by John Kearns Jr., Dead Ringer stars Eric Roberts, Timothy Woodward Jr., Jacqui Holland, Ross Bagley (Little Rascals, Independence Day), Kelly Ryan, and Todd Bridges (Different Strokes).
To learn more about Dead Ringer, go to: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2927582/?ref_=sr_3
Teaser Trailer for Vilsen (The Loss): "Several dead bodies have been found in Gothenburg which is scaring the locals. Leading the investigation is Goran Lidman whose job is to find the attacker and the tracks lead them to suspect an occult group. Former priest Gabriella, who wants to stop the murders for her own reasons, offers her help. An unwilling cooperation begins and Lidman must accept a world beyond his comprehension if he is to stop the killer."
Directed by Rasmus Tirzitis and written by Omar Fye, Vilsen stars Johan Gry, Lars Väringer, and Yohanna Idha.
To keep up-to-date with the progress of this film, go to: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2256570/
Anne Rice To Appear at ThrillerFest VIII: "This year ThrillerMaster Anne Rice takes a bite of the Big Apple at ThrillerFest VIII July 10-13, 2013 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel to celebrate the art of the thrill.
Spines are already tingling for the legendary Anne Rice, Queen of the Gothic Thriller, who will make a rare appearance to serve as the 2013 ThrillerMaster. Rice is the author of 31 novels, including The Vampire Chronicles, Songs of the Seraphim and the new Wolf Gift Chronicles.
New this year at ThrillerFest is FanFest, an opportunity for thriller writers to give back to their most loyal fans. These lucky readers will join such talent as Joseph Finder, John Lescroart, M.J. Rose, Steve Berry and R.L. Stine, for a cocktail party that would impress even Nick and Nora Charles. The event will include a special kickoff book signing, gifts and a chance to mix and mingle with their favorite authors.
The thrills continue with two of ThrillerFest’s most anticipated events: CraftFest, where the best authors in the business share secrets with fellow writers, and AgentFest, “speed-dating” with the top agents in publishing.
Anne Rice, the 2013 ThrillerMaster, will be interviewed by her son, Christopher Rice, during [one of the festival's many] spotlight sessions."
To find out more information or to make a reservation to attend ThrillerFest VIII, visit: www.ThrillerFest.com
Standards of Living Now Streaming Online: "In order to enhance his ability to make people laugh, a struggling comedian takes part in a teleportation experiment that "improves" whatever cargo is being teleported...but the results are no laughing matter."
Shot entirely on an iPad 2, Standards of Living was directed by Aaron Mento. We have provided this film in its entirety below.
First Details on Dutch Zombie Film, Lijkzang (Dirge): "Dirge is a no-budget zombie movie. Through the efforts of a great group of volunteers, this film turned out better than we ever imagined.
While four friends are on their way to a Gay Pride event, the zombie apocalypse breaks out. Dirge is the very first Dutch volunteer made film about death, love and everything in between."
For more information on Dirge, visit the film's website at: http://dezombiefilm.maanlimburg.com. The website is in Dutch, but there is a google translator available at the top of the webpage where you can plug in any language you like.