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24 year old horror writer. Horror contributor for moviepilot.com. Huge fan of horror, zombies, tattoos, Norman Reedus, Sons of Anarchy, The Walking Dead and writing.

Indie Horror Film ‘Monkey Farm’ Is an Intense Slow Burn

Indie horror films come in all forms, many of which are in the tradition of the classic slasher film; a body is found and a bloodbath ensues until one final girl is sitting in the back of an ambulance as her friends and possibly the killer make their way to the morgue. Monkey Farm does not follow the traditional horror film algorithm, instead it starts off slow and ends with a bang.

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Monkey Farm begins in a documentary format moving slowly into a found footage, creature feature. The beginning, I will give them credit for, was well researched, believable and semi eyeopening to the world of animal testing; not the typical beginning to a horror movie.

If I were to compare it to any other films, I would say that it is a better version of The Blair Witch Project. Bonus points given to Ian Messenger for including a lot of references to House of 1000 Corpses (I will not spoil it for anyone, you’ll just have to watch it and find them for yourself) and even more props for centering the basis of the film around such a controversial topic in the age of being easily offended and the keyboard warrior.

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If you’re looking for a film that is completely original and outside of the Hollywood remake spectrum, Monkey Farm is one worth checking out. It is gritty and super suspenseful, combining a lot documentary, found footage, creature feature and a touch of comedy is a lot to manage in one film, but this time it was done beautifully.

 

Synopsis:

An exploration of what happens when human curiosity and animal rage collide. This low-budget, high-concept thriller presents a different kind of antagonist, and the same well-meaning-but-doomed kids you love to cheer for as they meet their grisly ends.

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Horror Legend Packed Film, ‘Death House’, Gets Theater Release Date

Entertainment Factory presents Death House, a film that puts almost every living horror icon on one screen, has finally received a theatrical release date. Death House will be coming to select theaters on Friday, February 23rd.

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Death House was originally written by horror legend Gunner Hansen. The film stars names like Lindsay Hartley (All My Children), Adrienne Barbeau (The Fog), Kane Hodder (Victor Crowley), Dee Wallace (The Howling), Sid Haig (The Devil’s Rejects), Tony Todd (Candyman), Michael Berryman (The Hills Have Eyes), Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator), Bill Moseley (The Devil’s Rejects) and more.

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Synopsis:

During an exclusive tour, a power breakdown inside a secret prison known as the Death House sends two agents fighting through a labyrinth of horrors while being pursued by a ruthless army of roaming inmates. As they fight to escape, the agents push toward the lowest depths of the facility where they learn a supernatural group of evil beings are their only chance for survival.

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If this looks like a film for you, the official Death House twitter (@DeathHouseMovie) released a list of the already confirmed cities with more on the way.

For further location additions, be sure to check out deathhouse.us and follow the film on twitter.

Horror t-shirt company, Terror Threads, has teamed with the creators behind the film to bring exclusive Death House merch. They currently offer two designs, but will be adding two more brand new ones on Thursday, February 15th.

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So if you’re looking for something awesome to wear to one of the screenings, checkout TerrorThreads.com and support a great film, a company by horror fans for horror fans and some pretty fantastic artists.

Be sure to keep an eye on the Death House twitter for contests for tickets and other prizes.

 

 

Hilary Duff to Play Sharon Tate in ‘The Haunting of Sharon Tate’

Another former Disney darling has come to the world of horror; Hilary Duff will portray the beautiful Sharon Tate in the upcoming film The Haunting of Sharon Tate. The film is one of three films coming out to deal with someone involved in the Manson family murders (Leonardo DiCaprio is set to play Manson in an upcoming Quentin Tarantino film, and Tuesday Doctor Who star Matt Smith signed on to play Manson in Mary Harron’s Charlie), but this film is a bit different from the others.

Instead of focusing on the murders, The Haunting of Sharon Tate is said to be based primarily on an interview Tate gave in 1968 where she discussed having nightmares about ghosts and even of her own death at the hands of a satanic cult. The film does not yet have a release date.

Duff took to Instagram to announce her part as the Hollywood beauty; her likeness to Tate is striking.

Not everyone is pleased with the production of the film however. Sharon Tate’s sister Debra has expressed her displeasure with the film to PEOPLE calling it “classless” and “exploitative”, but she claims to harbor no ill thoughts of Hilary Duff herself.

Sharon Tate was best known for her roles in films such as Eye of the Devil and Valley of the Dolls.

On the night of August 8, 1969, Sharon Tate was gathered with a group of her friends including Jay Sebring, Wojciech Frykowski and Abigail Folger (music producer Quincy Jones had planned to join them but did not make it) in the home she shared with husband Roman Polanski at 10050 Cielo Drive in Los Angeles. The night would turn tragic when four members of the Manson family (Tex Watson, Susan Atkins, Linda Kasabian and Patricia Krenwinkel) entered the home and murdered all occupants in the former home of record producer Terry Melcher (who Manson felt wronged him). Tate was 8 months pregnant and just 26-years-old when she was murdered.

 

Attention Indie Filmmakers: Terror Films Wants Your Short Films

The hardest part of being an indie filmmaker is getting your finished product to an audience, but Terror Films wants to help make that process a bit easier for you. They are looking for completed, never-before-seen indie short films to include in their upcoming television series coming this October, Terror Films Presents: Terrifying Tuesdays.

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The series will be comprised of six short films presented in a weekly episodic format. Each short film will be released as a stand-alone episode once a week leading up to Halloween. On Wednesday, October 31st, viewers will be able to binge watch all six of the previous episodes. Each episode will open with a pre-produced prologue created by the label specifically for the series.

Terror Films President Joe Dain had this to say about the new series:

“This is our take on ‘Tales From The Crypt,’ if you will. There are so many incredibly talented filmmakers out there. The level of originality and quality we have seen over the years with shorts has often surpassed what we see in full-length features. We not only want to give these filmmakers a real opportunity to have their short films showcased but wrapping them into a limited series format will allow us to elevate the marketing angle. We’re incredibly excited about the possibilities.”

Amazon Prime is currently the selected platform for Terror Films Presents: Terrifying Tuesdays, but the company has not ruled out pitching the finished product to other platforms such as Shudder, Starz, Netflix and Hulu.

Selected filmmakers will share in the revenue generated either through a licensing deal secured by the label or from the Amazon Prime Revenue Share program.

If you are interested in submitting a short film for consideration, it must meet the guidelines below.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Inclusive of credits, shorts should be no less than 25 minutes but no more than 40 minutes maximum.

  • Films must be 100% completed.

  • Absolutely no scenes of violence towards women, excessive nudity, extreme graphic violence or overt visual gore.

  • Shorts must not have had any online exposure at all! (YouTube, Vimeo, iTunes, Amazon, Festival or Filmmaker’s Website, Social Media etc.). Festival participation is okay but they must not have appeared online in any way.

  • No science fiction shorts! We are looking for traditional horror. (hauntings, possessions, witches, deranged killers, etc.).

  • You must own all rights to images, actors and music/score. “Festival Rights Only” will not be accepted.

  • Only seeking English Speaking shorts. No foreign language films with/or without subtitles will be considered for this particular project.

  • If you shot your film under the SAG New Media Agreement, filmmakers will be responsible for contacting SAG and paying any residuals from revenue received.

Copies of all executed SAG contracts must be available for review if requested.

  • A 5.1 sound mix preferred but not required.

  • All films subject to approval and acceptance based on all of the above along with a QC (Quality Control) report that shows that the film is technically ready to be delivered onto the Amazon platform.

If your short film meets these guidelines, feel free to submit them to submissions@terrorfilms.net. Submission deadline is June 1, 2018. Terror Films Executive and Head of Acquisitions Jim Klock will be overseeing the submission and selection process. If your film is selected, someone from Terror Films will contact you.

If you would like to learn more about Terror Films, their other projects or are looking to get your full-length film out to the public, visit terrorfilms.net.

 

 

Review: Victor Crowley is Back & Better Than Ever

Adam Green surprised fans at the Hatchet 10th Anniversary celebration with the announcement and screening of his new gore baby, ‘Victor Crowley’. After the announcement, Green launched a theater tour of the film and it garnered a positive fan response. Victor is definitely back and better than ever.

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Like the previous Hatchet films, Victor Crowley has its share of cameos, starting with one not even a half hour in. The core cast is the best one yet, Kane Hodder (Hatchet), Perry Shen (Hatchet), Laura Ortiz (Holliston), Felissa Rose (Sleepaway Camp), Dave Sheridan (A Haunted House), Brian Quinn (Impractical Jokers) and Krystal Joy Brown (Castle).

Most of those names are tied to campy roles, and are best known for their humor, and because of this, not only is this the goriest Hatchet film to date, it is also the funniest. There are times that you will feel like a complete asshole for laughing because Victor is ripping someone apart but someone (usually Dillon played by Dave Sheridan) says something completely unfitting (in a good way) to the situation. Rose, played by Laura Ortiz, may be the best new character. She’s sassy, funny and totally adorable (she’s kind of a badass too).

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If you’re into campy gorefests that pay homage to the slasher films of the 80s, Victor Crowley is for you. Splatter and body parts aside (those are awesome too), the film is a lot of fun (in a “should I be laughing at this that guy just got ripped apart…yeah I should” kind of way). Just like a fine wine, Green and the Hatchet franchise are only getting better with time.

If you’re a quitter and turn the movie off when the credits begin to role, you’re going to miss a pretty awesome scene…just saying…hint hint…wink wink.

To quote the great Adam Green and Joe Lynch, this movie is tits.

 

Victor Crowley is officially available on DVD & Blu-ray, pick up your autographed copy at Ariescope.com.

Horror Icons Team Up to Take on ‘Hell’s Kitty’

What do you get when you pair some of horror’s iconic names and an evil cat? ‘Hell’s Kitty’. The film is based on a web series and a comic book of the same name and stars Doug Jones (The Shape of Water), David Midkiff (Pet Sematary), Michael Berryman (The Hills Have Eyes), Courtney Gains (Children of the Corn), Kelli Maroni (Night of the Comet), Lynn Lowry (Cat People), Adrienne Barbeau (The Fog), a Killer Klown and more. The film was written Nicholas Tana (The Director).

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What is Hell’s Kitty?

Nick, a Hollywood screenwriter, discovers his cat has become murderously possessed, and will stop at nothing to rid him of any women in his life. As his life unravels out of control, Nick must find a way to have his kitty exorcised of the demonic spirit haunting her and creating a body count.

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All character names in the film are based on iconic horror characters to add another element of dark comedy to the already funny plot; Jones plays Father Damien (The Omen), Berryman is Detective Pluto (The Hills Have Eyes), Nina Kate is (Dr. Laurie Strodes (loosely based on Halloween) and Barbeau is Mrs. Carrie (Carrie).

Not only does the film promise to be a humorous, dark delight, the creators behind Hell’s Kitty has teamed with Hollywoodshorts Monthly Screenings and the TLC Chinese Theater to raise money for FixNation.org. Fix Nation provides a free, full-time spay/neuter service clinic with two full-time veterinarians capable of sterilizing as many as 100 cats per day. They also help find suitable forever homes for stray cats.

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Hell’s Kitty hits VOD March 13th & DVD March 27th via Wild Eye Releasing.

Pinehurst & an Imposter: What to Expect From the New ‘Friday the 13th’ Game Update

Since it’s release in May of 2017, Friday the 13th: The Game has become one of the most popular multiplayer games available, and since it’s original release, the addition of new maps and counselors including both Fox and Shelly from Friday the 13th Part III as well as the addition of Jason from Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter have kept the game interesting. It has been a while since a new addition has been made in the form of a new map or a new Jason, but that changes later today (January 27th).

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The new free DLC that will be live will include the imposter Jason as well as a new map, the Pinehurst Youth Development Center from Friday the 13th: A New Beginning.

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A few complaints have also arisen as to how kitten-like Jason has become. It has been increasingly easier for counselors to slip away from Jason and for a lack of better terms, troll him, by continuously beating him with various objects and escaping much easier. To remedy this situation and make it once more enjoyable to play as Jason, the following changes will also be included in the newest update:

  • Each Jason will see a slight speed increase: he won’t be competing in any marathons anytime soon, but he will move a bit faster.
  • Jason’s reach has been reevaluated and improved: this adjustment will make it harder for counselors to slip through Jason’s grab, but will still maintain fairness for players acting as counselors.
  • Each Jason will now start with two additional throwing knives: Chad is a dick and likes to dodge in and out of windows, with the addition of more throwing knives, Jason will be able to damage counselors inside of cabins near windows as well as counselors running through the woods.

Spoiler Alert!

The next big DLC update will include Uber Jason, the frozen head kill and playable map of the Grendel from Jason X.

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