The slasher film may be the most popular sub-genre in horror, but lately it seems like all most can deliver is a remake or a cheap knockoff of one of the greats. Eric Liberacki is here to rescue slasher fans with his new film The Lurker which is heavily inspired by the Golden era of slasher films.
When asked about the film, Liberacki said:
“my screenwriting always gravitated toward slasher films of that time period (’80s, ’90s).” This was the pivotal time for slashers and their many sequels. The Lurker was also a team effort: “while I was shooting the feature film the Pale Man the director, John Lerchen, gave me a copy of the script for The Lurker. After years of trying to find the right script for my thesis, I had found it.”
The Lurker stars Scout Taylor-Compton (Halloween, 2007), Naomi Grossman (American Horror Story), Ari Lehman (Friday the 13th, 1980) and Adam Huss.
A group of high school students, celebrating their final performance of Romeo and Juliet, begin to slowly disappear one at a time. As students and faculty begin to die at the hands of a savage killer, it’s a race against time for the cast to find the killer and escape with their lives or face their final curtain call.
The Lurker is available for pre-order this March and will hit DVD and digital platforms (Amazon Direct, Fandango Now, iTunes, FlixFling, Google Play, Redbox, VuDu and YouTube Movies) on April 14, 2020.
In 1992, a film called Candyman was released, and it made everyone think twice about urban legends and saying someone’s name 5 times. The film is a major cult classic among the exploitation and horror communities, now fast-forwarding to 2020, it is getting a “spiritual sequel” from producer Jordan Peele (Get Out) and director Nia DaCosta (Sleeping with the Enemy).
Candyman stars Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Aquaman), Teyonah Parris (Dear White People), Nathan Stewart-Jarrett (Adulting) and Colman Domingo (Fear the Walking Dead).
For as long as residents can remember, the housing projects of Chicago’s Cabrini Green neighborhood were terrorized by a word-of-mouth ghost story about a supernatural killer with a hook for a hand, easily summoned by those daring to repeat his name five times into a mirror. In present day, a decade after the last of the Cabrini towers were torn down, visual artist Anthony McCoy (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II; HBO’s Watchmen, Us) and his girlfriend, gallery director Brianna Cartwright (Teyonah Parris; If Beale Street Could Talk, The Photograph), move into a luxury loft condo in Cabrini, now gentrified beyond recognition and inhabited by upwardly mobile millennials.
Arrow Video is proud to announce that Why Don’t You Just Die! will be making a limited theater release in several cities across the US in April. The film is the feature debut of writer/director Kirill Sokolov, and is described to be a black comedy in the vein of Quentin Tarantino and Edgar Wright.
When asked about the film Sokolov said:
“Despite our exaggerated use of genre tropes and all the flashy effects, Why Don’t You Just Die! remains, for me, an incredibly personal and sincere story. The film’s inherent violence is the result of reflection on the realities of life in Russia, modern relationships, and societal attitudes. The gallows humor which pervades the film is the only true reaction whatsoever to all of this. The film is intended as an emotional rollercoaster, making the audience laugh, cry, and laugh again – but then immediately feel a sense of unease for having laughed.”
Why Don’t You Just Die! has received high critical praise from festivals around the world.
Matvey (Aleksandr Kuznetsov) has just one objective: to gain entry to his girlfriend’s parents’ apartment and kill her father Andrey (Vitaliy Khaev) with a hammer to restore her honour. But all is not as it initially seems, and Matvey’s attempts to bludgeon the family patriarch to death don’t quite go to plan as Andrey proves a more formidable – not to mention ruthless – opponent than he anticipated… and Matvey, for his part, proves stubbornly unwilling to die.
The film is in Russian with English subtitles and has a run-time of 95 minutes.
Why Don’t You Just Die! will be released in select theaters in the US in April 10, 2020. The cities that will be showing the film include Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, New Orleans, Pittsburgh, Columbus, Knoxville, Ithaca, Houston, Lubbock, El Paso and Phoenix. Check local listings for theaters and showtimes.
Convention season has started rolling for 2020, and Horror Realm will be returning to Pittsburgh, PA this year. It will be a three day event running from Friday, March 6th through Sunday, March 8th at the Crowne Plaza Pittsburgh South.
This year’s guest list is impressive; it features talent from Night of the Living Dead (1990), Night of the Comet and more. Top billed guests include Tiffany Shepis (Tromeo and Juliet), Tony Moran (Halloween), Caroline Williams (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2), Tom Savini (special effects master), David Howard Thornton (Terrifier) and more.
Ticket prices for Horror Realm are lower in comparison to other conventions, especially when you take into consideration the fantastic guest list.
Weekend Pass (all 3 days)- $40
Friday – $20
Children under 16 are FREE with paid adult admission
One FREE single day admission available for active duty armed service members and veterans with valid ID
Genre sales specialist Devilworks has acquired International rights to Eric Horde’s adventure fantasy, Trolls World. The film is a German production shot in English produced by Fantomfilm GmbH with Eva Habermann and Alexander König leading the production.
Trolls World follows an evil troll who is accidentally brought back to life and is out for revenge for his 700 years of suffering. He possesses the body of a young woman and sets his sights on unleashing an army of trolls to take over the world.
Samantha Richardson, President at Devilworks, said:
This is entertainment all the way; creatures, trolls, witches, legends….Trolls World is brimming with fun and adventure.
Trolls World will be launched at EFM in Berlin.
Devilworks will be exhibiting at Marriott Hotel, Suite 248 (Feb 20th – 25th).
One of America’s most popular cryptids, Mothman, is getting a bookend to a trilogy with The Mothman Legacy. A trailer and a new one-sheet have been dropped to promote the film’s crowdfunding campaign. The film is the latest work of cryptid documentarian Seth Breedlove and the one-sheet artwork is from artist Christopher Shy (Godzilla: King of Monsters).
For anyone that may not be familiar with the Mothman legend, many believe the Mothman to be a 1960’s phenomenon, an omen only appearing before tragedy, and disappearing after a flap of sightings and the subsequent Silver Bridge collapse in 1967. But what if there’s more? What if the origins of this omen trace back much further and go much deeper than anyone realized? And what if…the sightings never ended?
The Mothman Legacy provides a glimpse into the dark, haunting landscapes of West Virginia and includes sound clips from witnesses that were interviewed for the film.
As mentioned above, a crowdfunding campaign will be launched today, February 6, 2020, via Kickstarter. Rewards for contributing to the campaign include copies of the film on DVD and Blu-ray, posters, t-shirts and more.
Small Town Monsters made waves in 2017 with their documentary The Mothman of Point Pleasant, followed by 2019’s Terror in the Skies. The Mothman trilogy will conclude with the release of The Mothman Legacy, set to premiere in Fall 2020.
Who doesn’t remember the 1996 sci-fi comedy Mars Attacks!? Fans of the film now have a new reason to rejoice; a Mars Attacks Uprising card series is on the way.
The series is fully licensed by Topps and will be produced by SidKick Trading Card Publishing. The pack will include 5 retro style cards featuring new artwork from Ed Repka, Carlos Valenzuela, William Skaar and Paolo Parente. The set will start with 72 base cards with 18 all-new story cards featuring the work of the artists listed above.
SideKick Lab has launched a Kickstarter campaign this morning to help fund this awesome project. Below are some of the perks you will receive for backing.
If you would like to see more of the cards available and or pledge to the campaign, click HERE.
The folks at SidKick Lab were nice enough to send me a preview pack to share and review with all of you. Although I was given the cards for free, all of the following thoughts and opinions are 100% my honest thoughts.
I will start with the obvious, the wax pack. The colors are vibrant and attention grabbing and go with the Mars Attacks! theme for sure. The artwork on the pack (by Doug P’Gosh) is insanely awesome.
The cards inside are equally as awesome. The artwork is clear and vividly colored; no blurriness like others. They are very reminiscent of the old Fright Flicks cards.
Whether you are looking at these cards to trade or simply collect, they are sturdy enough to withstand quite a bit. The cards are printed on a very high-quality, thick card stock. I recommend checking out these cards for sure.
If you can’t donate, please help spread the word by sharing the campaign. For more information on SideKick Lab and the Mars Attacks Uprising cards, follow @sidekicklab on Instagram, like Mars Attacks Uprising on Facebook and check out the Kickstarter.
Writer/director Adam Green is known for films like Chillerama, Frozen, Grace and of course, the Hatchet series, but some of his most personal work comes in the form of his shorts and original series. One of his more intimate original series was called Scary Sleepover.
Adam would invite guests to have a sleepover and they would get up to silly antics that made the audience laugh, but they would also have serious discussions about careers and real fears. Some of his past guests include Slash, Kane Hodder, Danielle Harris, the late Sid Haig and many more.
To the delight of Sleepover fans, Green has decided to resurrect the series. Unlike other creators, he is not rebooting it for selfish reasons. He decided to bring it back after reading an article by a fan describing how Adam and the series helped him through depression. The article is called “Adam Green Saved My Life” and was posted on NightmareNostalgia.com by Landon Evanson (read Landon’s incredible article HERE). Two months after reading the article, Green lost colleague and friend Sid Haig.
Your help is needed to bring back Scary Sleepover. The series was free for fans to watch, and that can get pretty pricey; instead of charging fans per episode, Green has launched an Indiegogo campaign. He has set a budget of $5,000 per episode, so every $5,000 raised is a new episode.
For more information on Scary Sleepover, to read the campaign in its entirety and/or to donate to a great cause, check out the official Scary Sleepover Indiegogo Campaign.
A group of people went into the woods in Tennessee not knowing that in 1981 they would release one of the horror genre’s biggest films, The Evil Dead. Not only is the film a classic, but the events of production of the film itself has brought some of the most bizarre and interesting stories of any other film. Here are 10 trivial facts about The Evil Dead.
10. Tape Scene Re-shoot
The script called for the characters to be smoking marijuana during the scene where they are listening to the tape; the cast decided to take it a step further and decided to actually smoke. This lead to the scene having to be later re-shot due to uncontrollable behavior.
9. Bruce Campbell and the Broken Shirt
The blood used in the film was made up of a concoction of Karo syrup, non-dairy creamer and red food coloring. During the course of filming, Bruce Campbell was completely drenched in the mixture, and after attempting to dry his shirt, the mixture solidified and when Campbell tried to put the shirt back on, it broke.
8. Missing Teeth
Since filming took place in a wooded area and inside of a small cabin, moving around proved to be complicated at times. While filming, a cameraman tripped and his camera smashed into Bruce Campbell’s face resulting in him losing several teeth.
7. King was a Fan
The film was shown to Stephen King and it was his praise that really sold the public and would later grace the poster. His praise even aided in the funding for Evil Dead II by the same company that worked with him on Maximum Overdrive.
6. Blood Donations
At the premier, blood donor stations were giving out free tickets in exchange for a blood donation. Participants also received pins that read “I bled for The Evil Dead”.
5. Workplace Hazards
Several actors were inadvertently stabbed or thrown into objects during production.
4. Video Nasty
The Evil Dead was one of the first films to be labeled a “video nasty” (a term used in the UK to describe a film that has been released to VHS that was criticized for its violent content by the press, social commentators and religious organisations) and was banned in the UK because of it.
3. Real Boomstick
When Ash shoots a Deadite through the window of he cabin resulting in an explosion of blood, Bruce Campbell was firing a real gun at a dummy for a more realistic shot.
2. Real-Life Cabin Horror Story
Raimi stated that the cabin’s eerie vibe was completely justified. During an interview, he recounted a real-life horror story that unfolded in the cabin years before:
“One night, during a thunderstorm, this little girl woke up and was scared by the lightning happening around the cabin. She ran into her mother’s room and pulling back the covers climbing into bed with her, she found that her mother was dead. She was so frightened she ran into her grandmother’s room and somehow that same evening, she had died also,” Raimi recalled. “The little girl ran into the storm … to this little farmhouse and [the family living there] found her screaming and banging on the doors. They took care of her after that and no one lived in the cabin since. The [little girl], who’s now an old woman, during thunderstorms after that … would often be found wandering around the woods.”
The kicker, however, was that story came to life during the film’s shoot. Raimi continued, “As we were shooting, this fella [from the farmhouse that took in the little girl] was looking for the [now old] woman, saying that because there was a thunderstorm the night before, he was looking for this woman, because it was possible that she had returned to the cabin … As far as we know, they never found [her.]”
1. Homage Tag
The Hills Have Eyes poster seen in The Evil Dead was Raimi’s way of paying tribute to the ripped Jaws poster that can be seen in Wes Craven’s The Hills Have Eyes. Craven responded by having Nancy watch The Evil Dead in A Nightmare on Elm Street to which Raimi responded by hanging a Freddy glove about the tool shed door in Evil Dead II.
CONDWG Films (Daniel Goad and Constance Medrano) and RAD Entertainment (Tony Walters and Rebekah Erb) have teamed up to create a new addition to independent horror with Parallels.
What is Parallels?
Parallels follows two Monster-Hunters, Patrick and Albert, trying to save a woman who is possessed with a wicked entity. These money-for-hire Monster-Hunters are part of a larger collection of people tasked with keeping the world safe from things that go “bump in the night.” This next job is personal as the woman possessed his Patrick’s niece, Amelia, and they have to save her before it’s too late for everyone.
Parallels will star Ember Burns (Kill Dolly Kill), Jason Crowe (Don’t Fuck in the Woods 2), Christian Mahon (Black Bear) and will introduce James Bailey– a 20 year US Army Veteran, Tank Commander with 3 tours in Iraq (Documentary Fallout: Coming Home from the Iraq War).
The film is planned to start filming in July and August of 2020.
The Indiegogo Campaign will launch on January 31, 2020.
For more information and up-to-date news on Parallels, be sure to like the CONDWG Films Facebook page and follow @condwgfilms on Instagram and twitter.