We're back with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today's feature includes new details on Found Footage 3D and Mania, photos from Refuge and a poster from Fetish Factory, release dates announced for Skypemare, Soulmate, and The Inside, a trailer for When Black Birds Fly and Zombie Hood, and more:
New Details on Found Footage 3D: "...the producers of upcoming horror film Found Footage 3D announced the launch of their Indiegogo campaign to obtain additional funding for post-production and marketing expenses.
Produced by Kim Henkel, co-creator of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Found Footage 3D tells the story of a group of filmmakers who set out to make “the first 3D found-footage horror film,” but find themselves in a found-footage horror film when the evil entity from their movie escapes into their behind-the-scenes footage.
“What Scream did for slasher films, we aim to do for found footage," says writer/director Steven DeGennaro. “Being the first found footage horror movie shot in 3D allows us to do things that no found footage movie or 3D movie has ever been able to do before.”
The Found Footage 3D team has set its goal at $35,000 on Indiegogo for post-production costs, adding 3D visual effects and festival entries. Full fan and rewards information can be seen on the Indiegogo campaign page.
Found Footage 3D is the first 3D found-footage horror film (think Blair Witch Project), providing a unique and fresh movie experience for horror junkies and the horror genre itself.
The film’s production team includes industry veterans Steven DeGennaro, Kim Henkel, Charles Mulford and Scott Weinberg."
To stay up-to-date on the film's progress, or to support this project, visit:
Skypemare Release Details: "Alison is left home alone on Halloween night, but while chatting with her best friend Jenna over Skype, something terrifying happens to Jenna, leaving Alison helpless on the other side of the computer screen, watching in horror.
Hot off a successful one-year run across the Film Festival Circuit, Skypemare, a satirical and electrifying short thriller is now streaming on YouTube for a limited time this Halloween!
[Skypemare was] written and directed by John Fitzpatrick. [It] stars Cerina Vincent (Cabin Fever, Return to House on Haunted Hill), Annika Marks (The Sessions, Mona Lisa Smile), Ryan Dillon (LittleRock, Pearblossum HWY), and Adam J. Yeend (Liz & Dick, An American Piano).
Official selections and audience favorite for ScreamFest 2013, Telluride Horror Show 2013, Dam Short Film Festival 2014, Shriekfest Horror Film Festival 2014, Tri-cities International Fantastic Film Festival 2014.
Streaming from Monday, October 13th via YouTube channel WhereIsTheRockHammer."
To learn more, visit the official website: www.skypemare.com
Soulmate DVD and VOD Release Date Announced: "Recently widowed Audrey Barker moves to the countryside in a last ditch effort to get back on her feet after a failed suicide attempt. From the first few nights, she hears unexplainable noises coming from the living room and from a locked-off attic. She soon realizes the cottage she’s renting is haunted; her presence has awakened a dormant spirit. Against all odds, she decides to stay, hoping to confront her fears and find comfort in the presence of the ghost, whose very existence is proof of an afterlife where she may some day be reunited with her husband. The spirit's past oddly mirrors hers, and a strange relationship develops between them... But is she really safe?
Revolver Entertainment. Release: 10/28 (DVD/VOD). Director: Axelle Carolyn. Executive Producer: Neil Marshall. Cast: Anna Walton (Hellboy II: The Golden Army), Tom Wisdom (300)."
To learn more, or to purchase this film, go to: Amazon.com
The Inside DVD and VOD Release Details: "While in a pawnshop a young man comes into possession of a second hand video camera; discovering a tape still inside he plays back the footage and witnesses an horrific series of events involving a group of teens in an undisclosed location. Using the footage as a guide he retraces the steps to where the events seemingly occurred. Deciding to investigate he discovers to his horror not only the truth of the events on the tape but comes face to face with a supernatural terror from which he may not escape.
Revolver Entertainment. Release: 10/21 (DVD/VOD). Director: Eoin Macken. Cast: Emmet Scanlan (Constantine, NBC), Eoin Macken (The Night Shift, NBC)."
For more information, or to purchase this film, go to: Amazon.com
Missionary Trailer and Release Details: "Katherine (Olivieri) is a struggling mother trying to create a better life for her and her son. She meets Elder Brock (Ryan), a handsome Mormon missionary with a troubled past and they begin an incendiary love affair. But when Katherine reunites with her estranged husband, Elder Brock can't accept that things are over - and he will stop at nothing to prove to her that they are meant to be together forever!
Distributed by Freestyle Releasing & The Orchard. Release: October 31st (In Theaters and available on VOD). Directed by: Anthony DiBlasi. Starring: Dawn Olivieri, Mitch Ryan, and Kip Pardue."
To learn more, go to the film's Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/MissionaryFilm
Casting Updates for Mania: "Jessica Cameron and Jonathan Scott Higgins have re-teamed with their Truth or Dare producer Mem Ferda on their next 3 films. Ferda will serve as the sole producer on all three movies. They have cast actress Tristan Risk of the Soska Sister’s American Mary in the feature film Mania. Actress Ellie Church of the grindhouse film, Time to Kill has also joined the production. Risk will play the role of Brooke and Church will play the role of Mel.
Mania is one of three features in Jessica Cameron’s triple feature cross-country extravaganza. In it, Risk will play the crazed lesbian lover of Church’s character Mel. It will mark her 2nd feature as a director from a script Higgins wrote. Desolation will be the 2nd feature film and directed by Ryan M. Andrews from a script he wrote. Risk has also signed on to star as the villain in Andrews’ movie. A feature length documentary titled Kill the Production Assitant, will chronicle the making of this very ambitious project.
Principal photography begins on November 3rd and they will be filming all three films while traveling cross-country in an RV! The filmmakers had a campaign on their website where fans helped decide which states to film in. The top states with the most pre-orders came down to California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Ohio, and Alabama.
Tristan Risk has this to say about Mania:
“As someone who self-identifies as queer, I'm also happy to have a story where the two protagonists are two women in love, and the struggles they try to overcome together. It's a beautiful and dark story.”
You can find out more about each individual project below:
Directed by: Jessica Cameron
Written by: Jonathan Scott Higgins
Starring: Tristan Risk & Ellie Church
Synopsis: Two lesbian lovers are forced to flee cross-country after a brutal murder changes their lives forever.
Social Media: Facebook: www.facebook.com/ManiaTheMovie
Directed by: Ryan M. Andrews
Written by: Ryan M. Andrews
Starring: Jessica Cameron & TBA
Synopsis: Along the back roads of America, a hitchhiker is waiting. Gorgeous, mysterious and full of sadistic rage, what chances do an unsuspecting couple have against her?
Social Media: www.facebook.com/DesolationtheMovie
Kill the PA
Directed by: Aaron Lane
Synopsis: A feature-length making-of documentary, chronicling the travels and filming of MANIA and Desolation. This is a chance for audiences to see a grassroots approach to independent filmmaking.
Social Media: www.facebook.com/KillThePA"
Latest Episode of Chronicles of the Dead: "Hired by the controversial Harlan Corporation, a five person team enter the restricted areas of New America to collect found footage zombie attacks."
Haunting Light Release Details: "Haunting TV is a new YouTube Channel for all things horror. Our new horror web series “Haunting Light” is now alive on YouTube. New episodes air Fridays at 10pm Eastern in October.
Haunting Light is written and directed by feature film producer Alexander Andriulli, and features production design by Jeanette Andriulli (AKA Jeanette Drake) who’s credits includes “Dead Souls”, “Dark Haul”, and “Animal” which were produced for the Chiller Network.
Haunting Light show premise: A Evil entity wakes from its ancient slumber to devour our souls. The only ones who can save humanity are the members of the Wolf Family. They alone have the power to fight this Ancient Evil and its Dark Acolytes.
Haunting TV is produced by Valentino Pictures LLC."
For more information on this series, or to watch any episodes, visit: www.youtube.com/hauntingtelevision
Zombie Hood Trailer and Release Details: "The initial infection begins after the virus spreads through a nightclub and is quickly transmitted throughout the city. After a night of disturbances across the whole United Kingdom, the police and emergency services lose control of the situation, with hospitals overrun and the dead coming back to life to attack and devour the living. With the cities now the domain of the undead, the survivors flee the built up areas and take refuge in the countryside and small villages. Zombie Hood follows the story of a small group of survivors who are thrown together in the outskirts of Nottingham. Like Robin Hood and his merry men, the rag tag band look to Sherwood Forest for sanctuary, but soon find out that even the countryside isn't a safe haven. With food and supplies in short demand, the group find themselves arguing over their plans for survival, which isn't helped by Sam, a wayward teenager with a confused and dangerous personality.
BrinkVision releases the U.K. horror Zombie Hood in North America on VOD and Limited Edition DVD on October 21st! Zombie Hood has been called impressive, gory, odd-humored, and fun. The film is fragmented into parts, introducing characters skillfully into the chaos that is the post-apocalyse battleover of England."
Nathaniel Screaming First Details: "It's late at night. You're on your way home and the streets are empty. You hear footsteps behind you. Before you can turn around, IT lunges at you, knocking you to the ground. Your heart races. You scream out for help and fight for your life. Finally, you come to eye-to-eye with your attacker...it's a Zombie! No, that can't be. Zombies aren't real. At least they weren't. Until today.
Barely escaping, you race home and dial 911. You're put on hold. Emergency services must be overwhelmed. You flip on the TV to see how far the world has fallen into the apocalypse, but nothing has changed. No one seems to know about this…except you. It hasn't spread yet. You still have a chance to get your loved ones to safety before all hell breaks loose.
But would they believe? Would the faith and love they have in you be outweighed by their disbelief in what seems impossible?
This was the spark that gave birth to Nathaniel Screaming. A film steeped in the long history of Zombies in film. Original in concept and execution, Nathaniel Screaming will no doubt appeal to the hardcore fans of this genre, but also to newcomers, with its unique approach to the zombie apocalypse.
Nathaniel Screaming is slated to go into production in December 2014 and for us to make the best product possible, we need your help. Right now, we have raised $40K but need another $40K to make this film right."
To learn how to support the progress of this film, visit: www.nathanielscreamingthemovie.com
Journals of Horror Release Details: "Journals of Horror: Found Footage on Paper Coming This Halloween.
In 1999, The Blair Witch Project ushered in a new sub-genre of horror called Found Footage. And while Blair Witch is credited for bringing attention to the first person POV, found footage style of film-making, there were films shot like it before 1999, going back as early to 1998's The Last Broadcast and back even further (nearly two decades) with 1980's Cannibal Holocaust, which is often cited as the first to utilize the now popular format. But even older films such as Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Town That Dreaded Sundown have the same gritty shade and documentary feel.
"I waited for someone else to do it," West confessed. "It just seemed like a no-brainer for a horror anthology: to take the concept of found footage and transplant it to the page. Imagine finding a diary partially buried in the woods and reading a missing person's account of a monster or dark force pursuing them. Now imagine an entire evidence locker filled with transcripts like this and you can start to picture where I am going with Journals of Horror."
West and publisher Pleasant Storm Entertainment are thrilled with the roster of authors who have contributed to Journals of Horror. This anthology is filled with some of the hottest talent in the horror fiction genre: P.D. Cacek, Todd Keisling, Glenn Rolfe, Robin Dover, DS Ullery, Essel Pratt, Michael Thomas-Knight, John Ledger, Paul D. Marks, Sonja Thomas, Paula Cappa, Stuart Keane, Darryl Dawson, Crystal Leflar, Lori R. Lopez, Michael Seese, Jeff O'Brien, Matt Hayward, Joseph Ramshaw, Michael McGlade, DJ Tyrer, Wesley Thomas, Regina West, Evan Purcell, Robert McGough, Erik Gustafson, Christopher Alan Broadstone and Robert Holt. West himself plans a contribution.
Journals of Horror: Found Fiction will be released on Kindle on 10-31-14, with a paperback edition to follow before Christmas. You can [also] pre-order a copy."
To learn more about this anthology, or to pre-order this item, visit: Amazon.com
When Black Birds Fly Trailer: "Heaven is a beautiful, clean suburban paradise. Every block is populated by lush trees and lovely row homes. People are free to roam and do whatever they please, as long as they follow one simple rule: DO NOT communicate with “The Evil One” that dwells on the other side of a giant wall that circles the town, which is under 24 hour surveillance by a team of soldiers wearing gas masks. The ruler of the town is a man named Caine, who plasters images of himself all around, insisting that his citizens trust and love him. A small child becomes obsessed with the seemingly increasing flocks of black birds that populate the town. One day after chasing one he discovers a talking kitten with a broken leg, who begs Marius and his classmate Eden to crawl through a hole in the wall to help her. The kids decide to do it and she repays them by introducing them to a brightly colored fruit that grows wildly on the other side of the wall. After consuming it the kitten brings them to meet the Evil One, who attempts to teach them the forbidden knowledge that Caine is hiding from them all."
Vegan Teenage Zombie Huntress Release Details: "In this hilarious, action-packed, girl-powered thriller, Clarissa and Cokie go from a failed attempt at prom night feminist activism to being in a fight for their lives.
A mashup of pop culture hits like Daria, Mean Girls, and Shaun of the Dead. Vegan Teenage Zombie Huntress will have you on the edge of your seat until the very end."
To learn more about this novel, or its author, G.G. Silverman, visit: www.ggsilverman.com
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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