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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.

 

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.

Indie Horror Film ‘Red Eye’ Gets Release Date + New Stills & Clip

Red Eye received a warm welcome by the horror community when it premiered over the summer of 2017 at select theaters and conventions; the film is brutal and what makes it even more of a must see is that it was made by horror fans for horror fans with raw passion and a true understanding of the genre.

Red Eye was written By Destinie Orndoff and Tristan Clay (who also directed) and stars Heather Dorff, Destinie Orndoff, Jessica Cameron, Hayden Wilberger, Clayton Abbott and Scott King.

Synopsis:

“Red Eye” is a legend Gage Barker use to be told as a kid. When he found out there was some truth behind this legend he gathered a group of friends to hike in the backwoods of Black Creek, WV to help him use this as the basis for his first film project. To what extent will they go to make this project a reality? Will their passion bleed through? Or cross the line?

The brilliant minds behind Red Eye (Deranged Minds Entertainment) have teamed with Terror Films for a multi-platform VOD release. The film will be available via iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Vudu, Xbox and Google Play on February 9th.

A few new stills from he film as well as a new clip has been made available for your viewing pleasure. An official poster and trailer release will be coming soon via Terror Films.

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Red Eye will be available on DVD summer 2018.

February Horror Pack to be Biggest Limited Edition Yet & How You Can Get $3 Off

For those that don’t know, Horror Pack is a monthly horror movie subscription service; you receive four titles a month for pretty much the price of two. To answer the popular question, yes, there are well known titles included in the packs sent out every month, and Horror Pack has started including a limited edition Blu-ray in their monthly Blu-ray boxes. They have promised that their February box will include the biggest limited edition yet, and in the spirit of no spoilers, the title of the film will not be released here, but it is a Soska surprise.

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The folks at Horror Pack will be including one limited edition Blu-ray per monthly box for 2018. Subscriptions start at $24.99 per month with free shipping for US customers, but if you subscribe HERE, you will receive a $3 credit. In addition to the limited title, NEW yearly subscribers will also receive a steelbook of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho. In addition to the subscription service, you can also participate in Scream Cleaning 3.

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You do not have to be a subscriber to Horror Pack to participate; simply sign up for a FREE account at PopUpPack.com. By signing up, you will have access to flash sales on over 150 horror movie titles including B Movie imports (like the ones shown below.

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Horror Pack is a quick way to build your collection with a few different subscription offers to choose from, so why not give it a try; it’s a company run by horror fans for horror fans.