Scream Factory has announced two new Blu-rays that are set to hit shelves in April. We also have a Q&A with the directors of Lilin's Brood, details on the second season of The Hotel Barclay, stills from Terror Tales, and a teaser for Blood Bath.
THE HALLOW (2015) When a London-based conservationist is sent to Ireland with his wife and infant child to survey an area of forest believed to be hallowed ground by superstitious locals, his actions unwittingly disturb a horde of demonic creatures who prey upon the lost. Alone and deep within the darkness of the remote wilderness, he must now fight back to protect his family against the ancient forces' relentless attacks. Starring Joseph Mawle (The Awakening, Game of Thrones) and Bojana Novakovic (Devil, Drag Me to Hell), The Hallow marks acclaimed visual stylist Corin Hardy's feature directorial debut. Hardy, who has recently been tapped to direct the remake of The Crow, displays a technical elegance and sophisticated approach to the macabre in this modern and disquieting horror fable.
Streets 4/5. Pre-order now @ https://www.shoutfactory.com/film/film-horror/the-hallow and check out the trailer @https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N4GaaT69VHo
#HORROR (2015) Death is trending. #HORROR follows a group of preteen girls living in a suburban world of money and privilege. But when their obsession with a disturbing online game goes too far, virtual terror becomes all too real. Chloë Sevigny (American Horror Story, American Psycho) leads an ensemble cast that includes Timothy Hutton (American Crime, The Dark Half) and Orange is the New Black's Natasha Lyonne and Taryn Manning. This chiller, inspired by a shocking true story, is written and directed by actress/designer Tara Subkoff (The Cell, The Last Days of Disco).
Streets 4/5. Pre-order now @ https://www.shoutfactory.com/film/film-horror/horror and check out the trailer @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nhDP5-tZ10"
Lilin's Brood Q&A: "The Mansa Mojo Brothas talk Lilin’s Brood, hitting iTunes and Amazon February 12.
Our story follows “W.H.I.S.T.L.E.”, an investigative news team geared with the latest in media exploitation and camera technology, as they attempt to uncover and expose a human trafficking & organ smuggling ring. On a mission the crew mysteriously hits and runs over an unknown entity, leaving them in the middle of nowhere... or so they think. The team soon encounters a hitchhiker who provides an unsolicited solution in the form of a lady named Plu, who happens to be the owner and operator of a beleaguered brothel. Recovered footage will reveal what happens when they encounter these women with terrifying secrets.
We’ve been seeing a lot about Lilin’s Brood–are you excited for audiences to see it?
Mansa Mojo Brothers: We are very excited to share our long-awaited project with audiences. We’ve put so much hard and meticulous detail into it. It’s great to finally give people a chance to share in the experience we’ve created.
In short, what is the movie about?
Mansa Mojo Brothers: The movie is about a “New Media” news coverage team (W.H.I.S.T.L.E.) that is stranded near a beleaguered brothel in the middle of nowhere. The footage that is recovered will reveal what happens when they encounter a group of women with a terrifying secret.
You wrote the script together, is that correct?
Mansa Mojo Brothers: Yes, we did write the script together.
Though you both directed the movie, did you both handle different aspects of the direction?
Mansa Mojo Brothers: We handled every aspect of the film in a true team fashion. We went over every single detail of the production internally between ourselves to make sure that we were on the same page about every single thing before we relayed any information to the cast or crew. We were so in tune with each other about every detail that while on set we could split up and talk to two different actors or different crewmembers at the same time and already know what is being adjusted without having to be in the conversation. While on set, that saved us a lot of time because instead of one person having to give six individuals directions, we could split them into two groups, direct their individual actions, and have a take ready to shoot in half the time.
How much did the script change, if it all, by the time it got before the camera?
Mansa Mojo Brothers: Not much at all. For the most part the story just flowed because ultimately we know what story we wanted to tell. However, we did write a few drafts to make sure that story was tight as much as constraints would allow.
Which past found footage movie would you say Lilin’s Brood most resembles?
Mansa Mojo Brothers: There are a few, but at this moment I would choose V/H/S 2, specifically the "Safe Haven" segment in the film, or As Above, So Below.
What type of camera did you use? Or was there a multitude of different cameras?
Mansa Mojo Brothers: We used the Sony A7S because of its exceptional low-light capabilities. Almost everything was handheld style. Most of the handheld shots you see are actually the camera physically strapped to the actor who is in the scene. We felt with the cameras strapped to the actor, and not Camera Op in the middle of the action, could make for better performances and realer reactions out of everyone around them. And contingent with the great lighting, the Sony A7S strapped to the actor’s heads and chests achieved the best visuals.
Where can we get the movie?
Mansa Mojo Brothers: You will be able to buy the movie on iTunes and Amazon VOD starting on January 28, 2016. The movie will officially be available for viewing on February 12, 2016, just in time for Valentine’s Day Weekend.
The Hotel Barclay: Press Release: "From the brilliantly perverse and dark mind of Writer/Director Leah Myette comes The Hotel Barclay, a provocative, new, thirteen-episode web series that has horror fans across thecountry singing its praise with the release of Season One onYouTube (October 1, 2015). The highly anticipated Season Two, featuring seven additional, bone-chilling episodes will be released once a week starting Jan 19, 2016.
Much like The Twilight Zone meets The Shining, The Hotel Barclay is a psychological horror series about a haunted hotel which preys upon the vulnerabilities of guests in a dreadful overlap of past and present. Vulnerable, transient individuals check into TheHotel Barclay. The hotel watches, the hotel waits, the hotel takes.
In many ways, each episode is identical, even though the cast and plot differs. One to several characters check into The HotelBarclay. A vulnerability is demonstrated among them. The hotel preys upon that vulnerability, through the malevolent energy which courses through the hotel.
And in their own way, each ending is always the same: one or more of the guests is retaken by the hotel, and we come to see this person was in fact, always a part of the hotel. The terror the hotel invokes is both a siren’s song to the parties singled out as prey and a melancholy waltz.
The hotel always leads and the hotel always wins.
If you’re a fan of the macabre, you’ll love this brilliantly twisted series."
Terror Tales: Press Release: "In the tradition of classic formula horror anthologies Creepshow and Tales From The Darkside, comes Terror Tales from Heart and Fire Productions, now in production.
The film, featuring a bevy of genre icons, with Lynn Lowry (The Crazies, Shivers) heading up the cast, fixes on a husband who is abducted by a psychopath that gives the man the ride from hell, subjecting him to three horrific tales of the macabre - while his family is held captive in an attached cargo trailer.
The tales include one of a demon that takes a mother (Lynn Lowry) on a journey of self-discovery and reveals to her the horrifying truth behind her son’s suicide. The next tale transpires in the ‘80s where a detective is hot on the trail of a serial killer known as The Sledgehammer who is terrorizing a video store owner and his wife. Years later, on the brink of the digital video revolution, the long standing video store is now on the verge of closing. However, bigger problems arise when the serial killer returns. In the final tale, an evil deity is using the human body as a host to possess its victims. When the deity destroys one victim it jumps to another causing an epidemic of possessions being reported. Deception is ruled by evil as friends, family and strangers question their trust for one another.
Says writer-director-producer Jimmy Lee Combs : “With the vast majority of modern horror anthology films implementing stories that are all interlocking, which is fun and innovative but with Terror Tales I really wanted to go back to the classics such as Creepshow, Tales from the Dark Side and the Amicus line of horror anthologies and follow that formula. Those were the horror anthologies I grew up on that really sparked my love for the horror anthology genre. With the amazing talent of horror legend Lynn Lowry in the film and the potential for other iconic horror actors/actresses as well, we look forward to hearing what you favorite segment will be.”
Blood Bath: Press Release: "Deathaus FIlms has released a bloody 20 second teaser clip for their upcoming horror short film ‘Blood Bath.’ Directed by Erik Boccio and written, produced by and starring Pandie Suicide, the film is being made by the same team who shot MASSACRE, an award-winning horror short also starring Pandie Suicide, Billy Morrison, London May and with a cameo appearance from Jeordie White, Jeff Hilliard,Katy Foley and Rob Patterson.
The teaser features actress Pandie Suicide bathing in blood, with make up FX by Face Off alumniLaney Chantal. The film’s personnel also includes actress Kimberly Ables Jindra and ex-Korn/Filtertouring guitarist Rob Patterson as music supervisor with a male lead still to be announced. The film is set for an online release on completion.
Blood Bath is still in the process of crowdfunding Perks being offered include advanced viewing of the film before it goes live, producer credits, and even a prosthetic head prop from the film. If you would like to help out or learn more visit: http://igg.me/at/bloodBath"