We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting the recent independent horror news sent our way. Today's feature includes a new poster from Psychophonia, casting and production details from Tales of Halloween, a trailer for The Sugar Skull Girls, and more:

Psychophonia First Details and Poster: "Lony Ruhmann, Blanc/Biehn Productions and Give & Take Productions have announced the new thriller Psychophonia. With a story from Lony Ruhmann and screenplay by Nicholl Fellowship winner Barbara Stepansky, the new film will be helmed by Brianne Davis, who earlier this year directed The Night Visitor 2: Heather’s Story.

Psychophonia stars Vedette Lim (Chicago Fire, True Blood) in the lead role of Lilly Tarver. Rounding out the cast; Andrew W. Walker (The Torturer, 2 Bedroom One Bath), Kellee Stewart (Hot Tub Time Machine 1 & 2, The Soul Man) Adam Rose (Up In The Air, The Bounty Hunter), Daniel Quinn (Fetish Factory, Wrong Cops), Mark Gantt (Hidden In The Woods, The Night Visitor 2), Mitchell Fink (Granit Flats, Zodiac), Lucie Pohl (Magi, Not Fade Away), Sean Hemeon (Husbands), Nikita Black (who will star in Blanc/Biehn’s upcoming Fembot) and Jenimay Walker (Fetish Factory).

After her husband Jeremy is brutally murdered, artist Lilly Tarver struggles with his secret sex life and coming to terms with who he really was. While diving into his dark and potentially dangerous world, a mysterious caller might hold the answers to his death.

The film is Executive Produced by Michael Biehn (Terminator, Aliens, The Victim), Jennifer Blanc-Biehn (Everly, Havenhurst, The Vicitim), Lony Ruhmann (Bite This Book, Fetish Factory, The Girl), Brianne Davis (Among Friends, Jarhead, Prom Night), The Richard (Fetish Factory) and produced by Mark Gantt."


Casting and Production Details on Tales of Halloween: "Epic Pictures Group announced the addition of Lucky McKee to the highly anticipated horror anthology Tales of Halloween.

"I'm delighted to be included with so many filmmakers I respect and admire,” said Mckee”. “The anthology format shows how pliable the horror genre is. Each artist on this project is stretching the possibilities to their limits. For die-hard horror fans and general audiences, this is sure to be an evergreen title for many Halloweens to come."

McKee and ten directors have joined forces with Epic Pictures under the name The October Society to create a series of interconnected stories, each with a unique Halloween theme. They include Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw II, III & IV), Axelle Carolyn (Soulmate), Adam Gierasch (Night of the Demons), Andrew Kasch (Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy), Neil Marshall (The Descent), Mike Mendez (Big Ass Spider!), Dave Parker (The Hills Run Red), Ryan Schifrin (Abominable), John Skipp (Stay at Home Dad), and Paul Solet (Grace). Directors Kasch and Skipp are to co-direct one of the short films together.

Currently in production in Los Angeles, Axelle Carolyn created the concept and brought the filmmakers together for this unique production. Tales of Halloween is being produced by Patrick Ewald and Shaked Berenson of Epic Pictures Group along with Mike Mendez and Axelle Carolyn.

“We are more than thrilled to have Lucky round out our team of talented directors for Tales of Halloween,” said Epic Pictures Group CEO Patrick Ewald. “Lucky will share his unique point-of-view to the project that will be exciting to audiences of the horror genre.”

Ten stories will be woven together by their shared theme of Halloween night in an American suburb, where ghouls, imps, aliens and axe murderers appear for one night only to terrorize unsuspecting residents.
The directors have created a manifesto with rules to create their films based on the values of Halloween night. The antithesis of the Dogme 95 manifesto, the directors will not be frugal with special effects, props and musical score, and have already attracted notable talent in the horror genre, such as composers Frank Ilfman (Big Bad Wolves) and Joseph Bishara (The Conjuring)."

To learn more about Tales of Halloween, and to keep with this film's progress, visit: www.facebook.com/epicpicturesgroup


Trailer Released for The Sugar Skull Girls: "Three demonic sisters who resemble neo-goth voodoo dolls are accidentally conjured from the other side during a failed attempt to raise a little girl from the dead. With impeccable fashion sense and teen aged angst, the Sugar Skull Girls will stop at nothing to escape the clutches of The Pale Witch, the ruler of The Shadow world.

The First sneak peak trailer at Potent Media's up coming Kids/Horror series The Sugar Skull Girls. The Sugar Skull Girls has a who's who of horror with Leslie Easterbrook (The Devil's Rejects), Michael Berryman (The Hills Have Eyes), John Amplas (Day of the Dead, Martin), Addy Miller (The Walking Dead), and Carmela Hayslett (Apocalypse Kiss).

Potent Media writer/director pushes the cheesy fun with this tongue in cheek homage to 80's kids movies like Gremlins, Hocus Pocus, and The Dark Crystal."

For more information on this film, go to: www.facebook.com/thesugarskullgirls


Chainsaw Sally - The Movie and The Good Sisters Distribution Details: "Bloody Bombshell Entertainment and Fatality Films have partnered with Some Folks Entertainment to secure a distribution deal with Black Wolf Media for a double-feature release of the films Chainsaw Sally - The Movie and The Good Sisters. Both films were written and directed by cult horror icon Jimmyo Burril.

Chainsaw Sally - The Movie stars April Burril as Sally and was originally released in 2004. Traumatized after witnessing the murder of her parents as a young girl, the film follows an older Sally as she grows up to be a serial killer. The Good Sisters, also starring A. Burril alongside legendary scream queen Debbie Rochon, features the duo as practicing witches who hide their discretions from their neighbors- until a new neighbor threatens their practice with his own secret life.

Release dates will be announced in 2015.

This news comes ahead of a second announcement - Bloody Bombshell Entertainment and Fatality Films will be moving into the second phase of pre-production on Chainsaw Sally: The Animated Series this winter. Based on the original Chainsaw Sally film and television series, J. Burril returns as the creative force, and A. Burril will be reprising her role of Sally. Rochon joins the cast as Blondie. The cast has already announced the voice talents of Christopher Judge (Stargate SG-1), Nicholas Brendon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), and Tristan Risk (American Mary). The series begins animation in early 2015 and will premiere later in the year."

To learn more about these films, or the animated series in the works, visit: www.bloodybombshell.com


Dark Origins Released: "Award winning short horror film Dark Origins has been released online after a fright-filled tour of the international film festival circuit. Written and directed by Australian based screenwriter Evan Randall Green, the tense character-driven film tells the story of a psychologist who discovers the terrifying trauma haunting her young patient may in fact lurk beyond the girl's fractured mind.

After a successful crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to raise partial production costs, the low-budget short went into production mid-2013, where it was shot in two and a half days with a small crew and was completed before the year's end. Selected to screen at over twenty film festivals around the world, the film was nominated for several awards and took home top honours for BEST NARRATIVE SHORT at both the Fright Night Film Festival and the LA Cinema Festival of Hollywood. Rising actors Rosie Keogh and Jane Barry also received acknowledgement for their roles as Ella and Kay respectively, with Rosie Keogh being awarded BEST ACTRESS from three of her four nominations. But the road to finding success, even on a small scale, isn't always the smoothest.

“Making this film was an enormous challenge without a large crew on hand or a bigger budget like several of the short films we competed with at festivals,” said Green. “However, if you put your mind to it and surround yourself with talented people who share your vision, anything is possible.”"


The Gift of Christmas Fear CD Giveaway and Release Details: "To celebrate the 13 days of Creepmas we are giving away a free 10 track holiday horror album!

Creepmas is a reaction to the continuing incursion of Christmas into Autumn and Halloween, Creepmas is a good-natured chance for Halloween lovers to exact revenge by bringing some spooky good cheer into the holidays or, more appropriately, the Hallowdays.

'The Gift of Christmas Fear' is a 10 track CD of traditional Christmas music with a dark twist that we are giving away FREE for the first 1,000 bandcamp downloads until December 13th. It is also available on Itunes, Amazon and all good music stores.

Click 'buy now' and enter 0 to get the CD for FREE (enter more if you like) - it's our gift of Christmas FEAR to you.

Limited to a maximum 1,000 downloads only. All tracks are podcast friendly. If that's not enough for the duration of Creepmas all bandcamp downloads are 20% off with our code CREEPMAS."

To learn more about this album, or the giveaway, go to: www.HauntMusic.co.uk or www.samhaynes1.bandcamp.com/album/the-gift-of-christmas-fear-horror-music-for-the-holidays


Abysm Production Details: "Isle Empire Pictures is proud to announce Abysm, a sci-fi thriller currently filming in New York City.

Dark and terrifying, Abysm follows Sam Miller, a man who spirals into depression after the death of his brother in war-torn Iraq. Following a failed suicide attempt, Sam finds himself directed to a research facility under the supervision of Doctor Julian Loro. Utilizing new technology, Sam undergoes a series of experiments to scan and alter human emotions. But when his neurology proves to be unlike anything they’ve seen before, Dr. Loro pushes the machine to its limits, opening unforeseen abilities within Sam; the unrestricted power to manipulate and alter the emotional state of others. Seeking gruesome revenge for those who have wronged him, Sam tries to stay one step ahead of those who want to turn him into a science experiment, or even worse, a military weapon.

Written and Directed by Serge Levin (Paragon Algorithm), Abysmr stars Charles Baker (Breaking Bad, Splinter) as Sam Miller, Michael Ironside (Total Recall, Scanners, Terminator Salvation) as the scheming Dr. Julian Loro, and Alex Veadov (The Equalizer, We Own the Night) as the mysterious Kaine.

In conjunction with Isle Empire Pictures, Abysm is being produced by the award winning filmmaker Jon Keeyes (American Nightmare, Fall Down Dead, Nightmare Box) and Matthew Panepinto (The Harrow, Redrum). They are also joined by Director of Photography Richard Clabaugh (The Prophecy, Phantoms, Hellraiser 3)."


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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).