Weekend Indie Spotlight

2011/09/25 19:39:24 +00:00 | Jonathan James

Each weekend we include independent horror news sent our way. If you want to be featured in our next round-up, send us an email.

Underneath the Juniper Tree: The newest issue of Underneath the Juniper Tree will be released on October 1st: "Don't you fret! We haven't neglected your favourite monsters like child vampires, ghosts, and cannibalistic little girls. But we've added a whole new slew of terrifying elements you could never imagine. Continue reading the Royally Beheaded series and watch as Marie Antoinette gushes [blood] over boutique jewelry, meet the son of the Headless Horseman, read along as a young boy is literally scalped and turned into a Jack-O-Lantern, watch Little Red Riding Hood go rogue, and so, OH SO much more. Horror-strike yourself with our October Issue of Underneath the Juniper Tree, out October 1st!"

For more information, visit: http://underneaththejunipertree.com/

The Little Mermaid Premieres at Sceamfest: Students in Entertainment Business Management at Vancouver Film School have announced that their short film adaptation of The Little Mermaid will have its premiere at the Screamfest Horror Film Festival on October 21, 2011.

"In a barren wasteland lies a circus tent. Inside, a ringmaster forces a mermaid to perform for a group of spectators. The mermaid, a lovesick, caged animal prays for release from her torture. Unwilling to surrender his meal ticket, the ringmaster rejects her pleas for compassion. With nowhere to escape to, the mermaid must make the choice between holding on to the hope of freedom and putting an end to her abuse."

To watch a teaser trailer for the film, visit: http://vimeo.com/27381095

Last Days: "Last Days is an independent feature film written and directed by Andrew Jara. It is a tale of psychological suspense, visceral terror, and the darker side of human nature. It acts as both a subversion of many familiar tropes of the horror genre, as well as an exhilarating narrative all its’ own. It is an examination of the lens through which we view modern horror, and casts a somewhat critical eye on the nature of post-apocalyptic film while simultaneously embracing it. Made with a budget of only 40,000 dollars and shot with a RED-ONE camera, Last Days shows what can truly be accomplished with an independent spirit and enough innovation."

For more information, visit: http://www.lastdaysfilm.com/

Chopper Comic Series: Asylum Press and Night Owl Productions announced that Chopper, a five-issue horror comic book series that ties into a live-action web series, will be released in early October.

"The creator recently sold the movie rights to Chopper, and producer J.C. Christofilis is releasing a live-action web TV series on October 18 to introduce people to the Chopper mythology and build awareness for an upcoming movie. The web series stars Tyler Mane (played Michael Myers in Rob Zombie's Halloween remake, and Sabretooth in X-Men) and Andrew Bryniarski (Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Batman Returns). It will feature all-new prequel story material not in the comic book that will explore the origins of the Reaper and shine a light on the unknown pasts of several key characters.

You can view the Chopper teaser trailer on YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xosUS87LI9Y

Stephen King & George Romero Art: Todd Spence has created an original piece of artwork, featuring Stephen King and George Romero for the upcoming “Iconoclastic Dead” show in Mexico City.

"I was invited to submit last Monday and the show is October 1st so I had to hustle to think of something and get it finished with enough time to mail it. Every piece is honoring people whom are icons in the style and mention of the Día de los Muertos festival in Mexico."

To view the artwork, visit: http://toddtogo.tumblr.com/

T is for Toga: David Guglielmo has directed a new short film for The ABC's of Death contest. To view his entry, titled T is for Toga, along with other entries, visit: http://26th.theabcsofdeath.com/t-is-for-toga/