We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting the recent independent news sent our way. Today's feature includes new photos of Megafoot, DVD release details for Coyote, a trailer for Muck and Red Christmas, a look at The Real Housewives of Horror Post Mortem show, and more:
First Photos from Megafoot Released: "Megafoot is a top-secret killing monstrosity (half Machine, half Bigfoot, all Terror!), which has recently escaped from the highly covert laboratory where it was created. An elite squad of soldiers has been sent to track and destroy the sadistic sasquatch before it wreaks its horrific vengeance on the human race. Expect action, suspense, creative kills and gore-soaked thrills in a movie that’s bigger than big… it’s Megafoot!
After months of rampant excitement, Ship To Shore Media, in connection with studio Epic Pictures, have finally given us a look at the Megafoot beast in anticipation of the upcoming creature-feature!"
DVD Release Date Announced for Coyote: "An aspiring writer with insomnia descends into a world of madness and serial killing violence as he is torn between what is real and what has crawled from the darkest recesses of his mind - making him a threat to everyone around him, and most of all himself. A nightmarish, psychological horror that blends Taxi Driver with Videodrome, Coyote features a career-making performance from horror favorite Bill Oberst Jr.
Wild Eye Releasing has announced the December 16th DVD release of film festival favorite Coyote. Hailed as "wickedly brilliant" (A Bucket of Corn), "an amazingly bold first time feature" (Film Bizarro), and "a visceral assault on the senses" (Horror Movies.Ca), Coyote has been a hit on the festival circuit, taking home awards for Best Feature as well as Best Actor for star Bill Oberst Jr.
The DVD release of Coyote will exclusively include three feature length commentaries: one with Bill Oberst, one with director Trevor Juenger, and one with cinematographer, as well as the short film Trash Man."
Poker Night Trailer and Release Details: "In this twisted thriller, a young detective is caught in a sadistic game of cat-and-mouse when he is kidnapped and tormented by a masked serial killer. In order to survive, the rookie must use the wisdom imparted to him by senior detectives on their regular poker night.
XLrator Media will be distributing the thriller Poker Night in Theaters on December 20th (Saturday) and on VOD and iTunes on December 5th."
Written and directed by Greg Francis, Poker Night stars Ron Perlman, Giancarlo Esposito, Beau Mirchoff, Titus Welliver, Michael Eklund, Ron Eldard, and Corey Large.
Roadside US Acquisition Details: "Roadside tells the story of Dan and Mindy Summers, who are on a road trip along a desolate mountain highway. When Dan is forced to exit the SUV to remove a dead tree blocking their path, their journey takes a turn. They suddenly find themselves held hostage on the side of the road, and trapped in their car by a mysterious gunman. They must fight for their lives in a sadistic game of cat and mouse set against a backdrop of numbing cold, pitch darkness and raw terror. Roadside drips with suspense until the very last frame.
Image Entertainment has acquired all US rights to the action thriller Roadside. Written and directed by Eric England (Madison County, Contracted), the film stars Ace Marrero (“Scorpion,” “Body of Proof”), Katie Stegeman (Madison County, Contracted), Lionel D. Carson (“The Unit”) and Jack E. Curenton (“Tim and Eric Awesome Show”). Mark Ward, RLJ Entertainment’s Senior Vice President of Acquisitions for the Image brands, made the announcement today.
“The suspense and timing of the scenes on this film hark back to the days of Hitchcock,” said Ward. "These are the elements audiences are looking for in a thriller and we're excited to be working with Eric, Daniel and Ace again.”
The deal was negotiated by Ward, and Image Entertainment Director of Business and Legal Affairs, Grace Santos Feeney. Elias Axume, of Premiere Entertainment Group, brokered the deal on behalf of the filmmakers, who are also handling foreign sales.
Roadside is another joint project produced by Ace Marrero of Swim with the Fish Productions, Daniel F. Dunn of Dunn-Rite Productions and Eric England of Southern Fried Films."
Muck Official Trailer: "Anchor Bay Entertainment has unveiled the first official Theatrical Trailer for Muck, as well as [a] new exclusive poster art. Horror and gore fans alike should feast their eyes on this freshest take yet on the Muck trailer.
Speaking of Feast, the Muck Kickstarter campaign to fund the prequel, Muck: Feast of Saint Patrick, is still under way, and recently surpassed the $200,000 mark on the way to the goal of raising a quarter of a million dollars. Just like the original, the Muck prequel will boast death-defying stunts and practical effects, shot without the use of CGI – all in 4K Ultra HD.
The daring stunt-woman in this case is Alexa Marcigliano, and her courage is palpable in the clip, sprinting O.S. through the pitch-black living room before bouncing on a trampoline, then hurling herself through the 4 x 6 picture window, out into the night. To say that hitting her mark was highly important is obviously an understatement. Jump too short, and Alexa would land head-first on the edge of the porch outside; too high, and she would hit window frame; too long, and she would overshoot the padding buried beneath the grass outside. And, since there was only room in the budget for one window, it had to be done in a single take.
Muck stars horror legend Kane Hodder (Friday the 13th Part VII, VIII, Jason Goes to Hell, and Jason X), Lachlan Buchanan (Pretty Little Liars), and Bryce Draper (Bound), and co-stars 2012 Playboy Playmate of the Year Jaclyn Swedberg, Puja Mohindra, and Laura Jacobs. The middle chapter of an independently financed horror trilogy, Muck will be unleashed in theaters on Friday the 13th, March 2015."
Alienween - The Melting Movie First Details Released: "The story is set during Halloween night. There's an old house, a group of stoned guys, drugs and gorgeous chicks...but there's also a silent and deadly alien invasion that falls from the sky. The slimy contagion will change the party...forever!
A new Italian Indie Horror movie is on the way...and it's called Alienween. Born from an original idea by Alex Visani and written & directed by the visual genius Federico Sfascia (“I REC U”), Alienween will be a bizarre and fast-paced Horror movie with a penchant for black humor and shocking fx.
Alienween is also a sort of rebirth of the sub genre “melt movie” with an huge quantity of filthy slime that will melt a lot of people.
The amazing fx of the movie are made by Fantasma Film Prod. The movie is produced by Empire Video - Alex Visani. The associate producers are Galaxian Arts Explosion, Flavio Giolitti and Federico Sfascia.
The cast: Guglielmo Favilla, Giulia Zeetti, Raffaele Ottolenghi, Federica Bertolani, Mirko Peruzzi, Cecilia Casini, Mattia Settembrini, Alex Lucchesi, Martina Falchetti, Alessandro Mignacca, Matteo Cantu, and Milena Gareffa."
Red Christmas Trailer and Release Details: "Steve Rudzinski, director of Everyone Must Die! and Captain Z & The Terror of Leviathan, just released a new horror film called Red Christmas.
It's about a serial killer, Tara, who has been killing 3 men every December for years. She decides to make basically a "how to" video this year, showcasing how she was able to get away with it (in case she is ever caught). She shows every step of capture, torture, and murder. A wholesome Christmas film for the season!
It gets into the mind of a serial killer, caring as much about the "why" as much as the "how" and features only practical effects.
The film is currently on sale at the following website. [Available on] DVD, Bluray, and Limited Edition Bluray, and music soundtrack (hand numbered)."
To purchase this film online, go to: www.SilverSpotlightFilms.com
Growing Up With I Spit on Your Grave Trailer and Production Details: "Terry Zarchi has released the first trailer for his upcoming documentary “Growing Up With I Spit On Your Grave”, which features Meir Zarchi, Camille Keaton and many others.
In production since late 2012, Terry has gathered a wealth of information that only someone so close to his father’s classic could provide. Terry looks forward to sharing his story with I Spit On Your Grave fans.
Growing Up With I Spit On Your Grave is currently in post production."
To learn more about this project, go to: www.ispitonyourgrave1978.com
The Real Housewives of Horror Post Mortem Details: "The Real Housewives of Horror follows five of the most murderous women in the country as they enjoy the gory and gruesome lifestyle that only Horror can provide.
Produced by Nerdist and Super Creative. Executive Produced by Kevin Pereira, Yaniv Fituci & Brea Grant.
Produced by Jeff Winkler. Directed by Sandeep Parikh. Written by Brea Grant."