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We're back with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting the recent independent horror news sent our way. Today's feature includes release details for seasons 1 and 2 of Bad Timing, a look at a new poster from Chopping Block, a Hooked Up red band trailer, a Q&A with the director of The Burning Dead, and much more:

New Poster Released for Chopping Block: "Five kidnappers find themselves in a bloody situation in the brand new poster for the upcoming slasher comedy Chopping Block!

Chopping Block follows a group of recently fired corporate workers out of work and out of luck. Desperate times call for desperate measures as they decide to kidnap their ex-boss’s daughter for a much needed ransom. Things take a bloody turn when the boss’s daughter just happens to be the only survivor of the masked psychopath "Sadie Grace". Hilarity and bloodshed ensue when Sadie shows up to finish what she started!

Chopping Block stars comedian Michael Malone, Jas Sams (V/H/S), Raymond Kester (Proxy) Haley Jay Madison (Headless) and more. The film is Written & Directed by Joshua Hull (Beverly Lane, The Impersonators).

Renowned artist DOALY created the poster for the film. He had this to say about the poster design:

"I wanted the poster for Chopping Block to embrace everything from classic horror posters from my youth, for me that is the holly trinity of dripping blood, a sharp killing tool and a shadowy figure."

The film will premiere at the Hamilton 16 IMAX in Noblesville, Indiana on Feb. 27th at midnight. Premiere attendees will have their chance to take a piece of the film home with them as a limited edition "Sadie Grace" figure, created by One Of A Kind Customs, will be raffled off.

Chopping Block will soon hit the road for more screenings, conventions & festivals!"

To learn more about this film, visit: https://www.facebook.com/ChoppingBlockMovie. To get tickets to the premiere, visit: https://www.goodrichqualitytheaters.com/Booking/details.html?sessionId=1119363&theaterId=96

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Bad Timing: The Complete First Season Release Details: "An adorably awkward IT guy finally gets a shot with the girl of his dreams - shortly after a zombie apocalypse.

Bad Timing was nominated for BEST INDIE SERIES at the 4th Annual Streamy Awards, has screened at 10 festivals, and is gearing up for production on its second season!

It's essentially CHUCK meets a WALKING DEAD love story written by Woody Allen.

Starring: Andy Goldenberg, Aqueela Zoll. Directed by: Brandon Ravet. Written by: Andy and Lauren Goldenberg. Produced by: Cameron Fife, Michael J. Wickham, & Brandon Ravet. Theme Song "Waiting at the End of the World" by The Sibley's.

Part of Collective Digital Studios Network CDS."

To learn more on this series, visit the official Facebook or Instagram page.

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Hooked Up Red Band Trailer and VOD Release Details: "The highly-anticipated film Hooked Up, filmed entirely on an iPhone, premieres on VOD April 7 from Uncork'd Entertainment.

From director Pablo Larcuen and executive producer Jaume Collet-Serra (Non-Stop) comes the most terrifying found-footage movie since The Blair Witch Project.

Tonio and Peter, two young Americans, travel to Barcelona to party and, above all, to score with women. During their very first night out partying, they meet some girls that they go home with. There, things will take an unexpected turn. With no possibility of escape, they must face their worse nightmares."

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Tall Tales from the Badlands #1 Preview Pages and Release Details: "Tall Tales from the Badlands #1. A Western comic book anthology. Published by Black Jack Press. Edited by Sean Fahey.

“THICKER THAN WATER.” Written by Sean Fahey, art by Lisandro Estherren. After turning his partner in to the Pinkertons, in order to save his brother’s life, a remorseful bank robber pays a visit to the man he betrayed and learns the true meaning of family.

“ABIGAIL.” Written by Seamus Kevin Fahey, art by Jose Holder. Isolated and alone after her husband joins a posse to capture a band of murderers, an unusually resourceful frontier woman taps into her most base maternal instincts in order to protect her children from a brutal home invasion.

“THE RUNT.” Written by Sean Fahey, art by J.C. Grande. A scrappy, weathered old dog gives new meaning to the phrase “Man’s Best Friend,” when he is left to defend his fallen master from a series of blood thirsty scavengers.

“A THOUSAND DEATHS.” Written by Seamus Kevin Fahey, art by Juan Romera. An aging gunslinger struggles with his fear of the inevitable.

“EASY LIVIN'.” Written by Sean Fahey, art by Borja “Borch” Pena. A good natured slice of frontier life piece honoring the adventurous spirit and tireless work ethic of the trappers and mountain men that succeeded in opening up the American West, in the face of endless challenges and constant hardship."

For more information on this comic, or how to purchase a copy, visit: http://www.facebook.com/BlackJackPress

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Echoes Blu-ray and DVD Release Date Announced: "An official selection of the New York City International Film Festival and FilmQuest Film Festival, winning Best Actress, Best Screenplay and Best Director honors, the highly anticipated supernatural thriller Echoes arrives on Blu-ray and DVD April 14th from Anchor Bay Entertainment.

The feature directorial debut of Nils Timm (who also wrote the screenplay), Echoes explores the murky realm between reality and dreams, and what could happen when these worlds collide. With a stellar cast including Steven Brand (“Teen Wolf,” The Scorpion King), Kate French (Channeling, “Gossip Girl,” “One Tree Hill”), Billy Wirth (“Chicago P.D.”, The Lost Boys) and Steve Hanks (12/12/12, Hold Your Breath), Echoes will have viewers guessing until the final fade-out! Pre-book on March 11th.

Struggling with horrifying, sleep-paralysis induced visions, Anna (French), a young writer, retreats with her boyfriend (Brand) to an isolated yet beautiful glass house in the desert. Hoping that the desert vistas surrounding her will spur her creative juices, she welcomes the opportunity to stay behind when her boyfriend must return to the city for urgent business.

However, Anna’s sleep paralysis does not abate, despite the calming environment. And now, her attacks are accompanied by a mysterious figure, caked with dirt as if it was made of sand itself. As the visions intensify, she finds herself on the verge of losing her mind...or is she being lead to uncover a life-threatening secret?"

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RWD (Rewind) Trailer Released: "Kill your past... Rewind your future. Two men went searching for ghosts, but they found themselves instead.

RWD (rewind) is a film made by two people: Matt Stuertz and Adam Hartley."

To find out more information on RWD, go to the film's Facebook or Twitter page.

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I Had a Bloody Good Time at House Harker Post Production Details and Trailer: "In order to save a home that has been in their family for generations, two awkward brothers and their idiot friend hire a vampire-actor to scare the town. Things get crazy when the “vampire” turns out to be the real thing.

The filming is done, the distribution plan is solid, we just need to finish the movie.

Obviously we would love for this to be a monumental hit in theaters across the globe and that is "Plan-A". But we have to point out that this is an independent feature and it is our first. So even with the support of a large company like Shoreline Entertainment, it is more likely that we will see something smaller. Think more in the range of a short, art-house, theatrical run, followed by a release on digital download and rental sites like Netflix and Amazon.

With that being said, It is important to note that we do have a partner who knows the right people in each of the major film markets and festivals and that they are as excited about this movie as we are. So it will get every possible shot at going really big. We just have to make sure that this movie is balls-out awesome."

To view the trailer, or learn how to support this film's progress, visit:

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Indie Spotlight Q&A with Rene Perez from The Burning Dead

Released on DVD and VOD next month from Uncork’d Entertainment, Rene Perez’s The Burning Dead might be up there with Sharknado as one of the silliest yet most captivating camp horror films of all time. We spoke to director Perez about its origins.

Why The Burning Dead? Why did you want to bring this one to life?

Rene: Zombies coming out of a volcano. Who wouldn’t want to make that movie?

How long of a journey has this one been for you from script to screen?

Rene: Well this is actually the first movie that I’ve ever directed that I didn’t write. There was already a great script by Jason Ancona and the producer Jeff Miller. And I’d say it was about a year and a half from their conception of the script to the upcoming release date.

Did you know Tom Downey or Danny Trejo beforehand? Or were they ideas that came up in brainstorming sessions?

Rene: I had met Danny Trejo twice before, but I had only seen Tom Downey in his Axe Giant movie. And they both turned out to be great. These guys know how to be leading men in an old school way. Which is what I prefer. They’re the real deal. And actually, this was a movie where all of the actors turned out to be great performers. Lucky for me.

What makes this zombie movie different from the others out there at the moment?

Rene: The Burning Dead is a zombie movie set inside of a disaster movie. That’s the way I saw it when I read the script and that’s the kind of movie I set out to film.

Do you have a favorite zombie kill in the movie?

Rene: Actually, I like when the zombies kill the humans. In this movie the zombies have lava oozing out of them which made for gruesome deaths for the humans.

Tamika Jones
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).

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