A Kickstarter was launched for the Hollywood Horror Museum which will preserve the history of the genre we all love so dearly. Also in this round-up: details on the Goosebumps screening at Mile High Horror Film Festival, horror survival game Romero's Aftermath, and distribution details for Crabs!
Hollywood Horror Museum: Press Release: "The NSF just announced the launch of their Kickstarter for the Hollywood Horror Museum. The museum, created by some of horror and Sci-Fi’s biggest names, will be the world’s first educational, non-profit museum teaching the history of horror in films, TV, literature and art, as well as filmmaking, makeup, costumes and special effects, from model making to computer graphics.
The museum coincides with the Hollywood Sci-Fi Museum and will have a permanent home in 2018.
The project goes back to 2012 when writer/fan Huston Huddleston found two Star Trek Enterprise Bridges in the trash at Paramount in 1998 and decided to restore them. The Hollywood Sci-Fi Museum was developed to permanently display all science fiction props, sets, costumes, and artifacts. They have nearly 100,000 followers and has 2.3 million Facebook views a week.
With the successful venture of the Sci-Fi Museum, the next logical step was the Horror Museum.
Board members of the Horror Museum already include Clive Barker (Hellraiser), Sean S. Cunningham (Friday the 13th), Joe Dante (Gremlins), Tom Holland (Child’s Play), Mick Garris (Masters of Horror), Sara Karloff (daughter of Boris Karloff), Tim Lucas (Video Watchdog), Jennifer Lynch (The Walking Dead) and Victoria Price (daughter of Vincent Price).
The museum will include props, costumes, makeup effects and displays from all horror including Frankenstein, Dracula, Wolfman, Jason from Friday the 13th, Freddy Krueger from A Nightmare on Elm Street, Leatherface from Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Gremlins, zombies, mummies, poltergeists, slasher films, psychological horror, TV shows like The Walking Dead, American Horror Story, Munsters, Dark Shadows and tributes to Stephen King and Alfred Hitchcock. Classes will be taught daily, with Hollywood professionals teaching writing, acting, filmmaking and the art of special effects.
The Hollywood Horror Museum Kickstarter purpose is to raise funds for their 2016 World Tour, with a permanent museum tentatively 2018 in Los Angeles, next to the Hollywood Science Fiction Museum. Sponsors include Famous Monsters, Entertainment Earth, Shout Factory, Synapse Films and Severin Films. Rewards include rare items from Clive Barker, Tom Holland and all the board members."
To learn more about the museum and to follow its progress, visit:
Goosebumps: Press Release: "Denver, CO - To kick-off a star-studded festival, the Sixth Annual Mile High Horror Film Festival will be hosting a pre-festival screening on September 28th of the highly anticipated, PG-rated adventure comedy Goosebumps. Immediately following the screening, there will be a Q&A with stars Jack Black, Dylan Minnette, Odeya Rush and Ryan Lee.
"We are thrilled to be able to give our audience a movie that is suitable for families and fits in with our festival," said Mile High Horror Film Festival Director Timothy Schultz. "We can't wait to watch the highly anticipated Goosebumps phenomenon come to life with Jack Black as the iconic R.L. Stine himself and give festival-goers an opportunity to see this film two weeks before release!"
This year's festival takes place October 1st- 4th 2015 at the Alamo Drafthouse Littleton and promises to be bigger and better with anniversary screenings galore, special Q&A's and feature films to die for. On October 1st, the Mile High Horror Film Festival hits the ground running with the World Premiere of Terry Miles and Random Bench's upcoming film Even Lambs Have Teeth with the cast in attendance.
There are also several special events lined up that pay homage to the genre: a 90th anniversary presentation of The Phantom of the Opera with actor Ron Chaney Q&A and live musical score, Return of the Living Dead on VHS with scream queen legend Linnea Quigley, presented by horror website, Fangoria, The Shining with infamous twin actors Lisa & Louise Burns and Lloyd the bartender Joseph Turkel reunited for the first time since filming and returning to Colorado where the premise of the film is based, a rare 35mm presentation of Hatchet complete with filmmaker Adam Green and star Kane Hodder in attendance, a live edition of Fangoria's podcast "We'll See You In Hell" with comedians Joe DeRosa and Patrick Walsh, Chad Archibald's Bite, and numerous other feature films guaranteed to keep you up all night!
Mile High Horror Film Festival is also thrilled to host the Colorado premieres of filmmaker Perry Blackshear's They Look Like People and Epic Pictures' upcoming anthology film Tales of Halloween with director Neil Marshall. For fans of the iconic SyFy television show, "Face Off," don't miss the makeup panel with stars Evan Hedges and Kevon Ward. Dying to see the iconic horror film legend, Jigsaw in the flesh? Catch the Q&A with Mr. Tobin Bell himself in conjunction with special presentations of Saw and Saw 2 on October 4th. Mr. Bell will also be the recipient of the Mile High Horror Slasher Award on closing night with a second award being awarded to anniversary presentation of The Devil's Rejects on October 3rd.
Start your Halloween season off with a thrill at The Mile High Horror Film Festival and be sure to check out www.mhhff.com for more chilling updates!"
Romero's Aftermath: Press Release: "LOS ANGELES – September 24, 2015 – In a collaboration between horror film director George C. Romero and independent video game publisher Free Reign Entertainment, Romero’s Aftermath, the only free-to-win massively multiplayer online (MMO) survival horror game, released today into Open Beta.
Players interested in testing their survival skills in Romero’s Aftermath can play for free by visiting and downloading from the game’s official website at https://www.willyousurvive.com/. The game is also available for download on Steam at http://store.steampowered.com/app/349700/.
"I’ve long been a fan of survival horror games and when I had the opportunity to collaborate on Aftermath, I jumped at the chance to bring my experience working on horror films into a new medium,” said George C. Romero. "Free Reign has built a great title that I think players are going to love, whether they’re new to the survival horror genre or a huge fan like myself.”
Set in an expansive open world filled with lush forests, deserts and fully explorable towns, Romero’s Aftermath has players battle zombies, compete against other survivalists and use their survival skills such as trapping and cooking animals to stay alive. In Romero’s Aftermath, gameplay is strictly “Free to Win,” which means what happens to a player depends solely on their skills. Romero’s Aftermath costs nothing to download and play, and the only purchasable items are cosmetic skins, customizations and boosts that allow players to acquire certain in-game items more quickly (if they don’t have the time to put into exploring). However, every item can be acquired during play by exploring, looting, trading or defeating other survivalists.
"Working with Cameron on Aftermath is a dream come true for anyone developing a survival-horror game,” said Adam Skidmore, Design Lead on Romero’s Aftermath. "His knowledge and expertise in the genre combined with Aftermath‘s unique gameplay experience will usher in a new era of what survival horror MMOs can be, and we look forward to seeing how players respond to the game.”
For more information on Romero’s Aftermath please visit the game’s official website."
Crabs! Press Release: "(Toronto, September 25, 2015) Raven Banner has boarded Crabs!, written and directed by Pierce Berolzheimer for worldwide rights, which was featured in the current edition of The Frontieres International Work-In-Progress Market. They will also serve as Executive Producers.
Described as a love letter to practical effects and old-school monster movies, the film follows wheelchair bound Philip McCallister, an unlikely hero just trying to get a date for prom when mutated horseshoe crabs descend on his sleepy coastal town and force him to step out of the wheelchair and onto the battlefield.
The deal was negotiated by Noah Lang and Evan Buxbaum and Raven Banner's James Fler, Annick Mahnert, and Michael Paszt.
"We never thought we'd say this, but we are so happy to have CRABS!" stated Raven Banner Managing Partner Michael Paszt.
Producer Lang from Young Gunner Films said, "Raven Banner's reputation as hungry, filmmaker-friendly, and transparent partners precedes them in the independent filmmaking world and we couldn't be more thrilled to have them onboard to finish CRABS!. The Frontières Market has been an invaluable asset to us and this partnership is evidence of the value of showcasing and supporting young genre filmmakers like Pierce. We look forward to giving the world CRABS! in 2016."