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Monday
Oct012012

"CITY OF SIN" UNIVERSE

CITY OF SIN is the branded destination for a slate of original pulp fiction genre stories. Crime, Horror, Suspense, Sci-Fi, Film Noir, Erotic Fiction. If this project is funded, 6 x 30-45 min stories will be filmed, and distributed through a CITY OF SIN website and mobile devices. The first slate of films will be filmed in Scotland, London, New York, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas.

The long term plan is to continue to make genre stories in cities all over the world for this branded destination. This helps to cultivate a global audience for this type of genre content. If I create fans for my work over time, I will then recruit other filmmakers from cities all over the world to make genre content for this world. TV serials and bigger movies could evolve from this source over time. 

David is the creator and driving force behind City of Sin. He has three feature films to his credit. PASTY FACESMISSION X, and SCREEN. He has spent the last few years learning how to make films cheaply to practise for the bigger plan. "I wanted to learn every aspect of filmmaking. In a way, I was also biding my time for this bigger plan. I have also been writing for 15 years, so I have enough fresh scripts and treatments to last until I die. 

David's latest film SCREEN (Trailer below) See it NOW on the $1 perk

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/hardcoreindie/city-of-sin-universe

Wednesday
Sep262012

Coming Soon "A Blood Story" 

From Writer, Director Joe Hollow Disciples and Bloodstruck and Cut comes an interesting tale. Three strangers meet on thier journey to find the truth of an age old legend seeking the fountain of youth but uncovering much more. What follows is delved in the deepest of bloody secrets in history the line of Bathory returns.Thru this twisted tale these strangers will explore the pleasures of pain and delve into the dark world they hold so close and the story is just beginning. Staring Camden Toy, Debra Lamb, Linnea Quigley, Joe Hollow and Tawny Amber Young Due out in 2013. "Till death do us part"

For more informaiton www.abloodstory.com

Sunday
Sep232012

Scares That Care 

Friday
Sep142012

TechZombie's review of "Resident Evil: Retribution"

Hello horror fans, TechZombie here. I don't do many reviews because, let's face it, I am no reviewer. However, every once in a while a film comes along that I really must talk about. This time, it is the latest installment in the Resident Evil series, Resident Evil: Retribution.

In order to fully articulate my thoughts, I will begin by covering the first four films of the series. Resident Evil was an original concept based upon the popular video game from Capcom. It incorporated a few aspects of the game while bringing us new characters and a fresh story. I had low expectations based upon the synopsis I read online at the time, however, I thought it was executed well, and was enjoyable. It remains one of my favorite video game adaptations.

The second installment, Resident Evil: Apocalypse, brought the franchinse closer to it's roots with the addition of characters Jill Valentine, Nemesis, and Carlos Olivera (to name a few). The film mirrored Resident Evil 3: Nemesis with alterations to include Alice from the first film. There were a few subtle nods to fans of the game, but it also appealed to a wider audience. Once again I was impressed with writer/director Paul W.S. Anderson.

Resident Evil: Exctinction, the third (and some hoped final) film of the series, once again brought in characters from the game with the addition of Claire Redfield, as well as the return of Carlos. By this point in the series, the experimentation done on Alice between the events of RE1 and RE2 have begun imbue telekinetic powers upon her similar to Veronica Ashford (Resident Evil: Code Veronica). The film had some great action scenes, and finally a Tyrant fight. Overall, it was a bit forgetable, but it the DVD still gets played every once in a while.

In the fourth installment, Resident Evil: Afterlife, things have started to turn south. Once again, turning to the games for inspiration, we get Chris Redfield, brother to Claire, as well as the return of Jill Valentine (in her RE:5 incarnation) as well as finally getting to see Albert Wesker as more than just a minor character. At this point, I really started to notice the 'fan service' mindset kicking in. The Las Plagas (RE:4 & RE:5) zombies start to show up with absolutely no explanation, and we even get the Executioner. As far as I can tell, there is absolutely no reason for this character other than as a nod to the fans, and for some cheap 3D effects. Once again, I found myself enjoying the film, albeit to a lesser degree than the first two. The inclusion of infected Wesker (RE:4 & 5), however, did add to my enjoyment of the film, and made for some great fights at the end.

Finally we are at the latest installment, and the reason you are reading this in the first place, Resident Evil: Retribution. I would say that I won't spoil anything, but really, there isn't much to spoil. I guess I should start with the list of "new" characters. First off, there is Kevin Durand (Lost, X:Men Origins: Wolverine) as Barry Burton. I will admit, when I saw Barry's name in the opening title sequence, I was excited. They pretty much got the look right, but that is about it. None of Barry's personality from the original game is carried over to the film. Next, we have Johann Urb in the role of Leon S. Kennedy. Again, there is a slight resemblance physically (less so than Barry), but the portrayal was all wrong. Finally, we have the lovely Bingbing Li as Ada Wong. This is perhaps the best casting of the three, and although the character was not quite true to the game, I still enjoyed the performance. In addition to the new characters, we get to see some old favorites return, but that is a spoiler if you haven't seen the previews yet. Let's just say I was happy to see MR back and kicking major ass.

At first, I was having trouble understanding exactly what was going on, but due to the first four films, I had a pretty good idea. The story revolves around a team consisting of Leon, Barry, Luther (RE: Afterlife), and Sergei breaking into yet another secret, underground Umbrella facility to rescue Ada and Alice. They believe that Alice is the key to winning the war against the infected. This actually reminded me a bit of John Connor in the Terminator series (especially in the final scene). Many of the characters seem to be thrown in purely as fan service, and honestly, while watching the film, that's what I thought it was, an hour and forty-five minute nod to the fans. We get some good fights, more Las Plagas, another 2 Executioners, and a Super Licker

On my initial viewing, I'm giving RE: Retribution a rating of 2 out of 5, but I know that the completionist in me will have to own it on DVD eventually. I may go see it again at the second-run theater to see if my feelings change any without the expectations that I had going into the first viewing. Rest assured, I will post a follow up once I see it again, but as for now, my advice is wait a couple weeks, or if you really HAVE to see it, catch a matinee (early bird showing if you can.)

~TZ

Wednesday
Sep122012

THE WALKING DEAD: Season 2 -- Bonus Feature "Fire On Set" 

Anchor Bay Entertainment proudly releases the AMC original series THE WALKING DEAD: The Complete Second Season on blu-ray & dvd on Tuesday, August 28th!

Clip Description: Executive Producer Gale Ann Hurd and Director Ernest Dickerson discuss the dramatic barn burning scene from the season finale in this preview clip from the FIRE ON SET bonus feature.

Tuesday
Sep042012

HOW TO SURVIVE A ZOMBIE ATTACK PART II - The Return of Joey Burrito!

The Zombies are coming! If you haven't been hiding under a stone the whole world is talking about the living dead. It's Zombie this...Zombie that! The crazy of Zombies are everywhere. SO WHY NOT JOIN THEM!  We are here to promote HOW TO SURVIVE A ZOMBIE ATTACK PART II: The Return of Joey Burrito.

A message from Chris Rowe 

My name is Chris Rowe, I am the co-owner of HvK Entertainment, and I'm a just a normal guy (to be determined) who is making a low budget sequel to our How to Survive a Zombie Attack PSA we did two years ago (http://youtu.be/0ZEp-w9T9mg ) . We are doing it on a shoestring budget using all the resources we have available. Our first “How to Survive A Zombie Attack” became an overnight sensation.

With the response we got from it. We decided to make a sequel it will be better...stronger than before.  But this is where we need your help.  We have taken care of the editing and camera end.  But we need financial help with the make-up portion.  Our group is fortunate enough to have access to some amazing cosmetic talent in the special fx/makeup field.  They are donating their time, but the supplies cost money.  That is where you come in.  Look over to the right ( ----> this way) and you will see options on how to give.  Give what you can, every dollar is happily appreciated and excepted.

We get to work with an amazing Director: Titus Jackson of Tiroma Films. He is well known for "Into the Badlands" and the hit independent film "Jesus Fish".

Like we said before Zombies are a hot topic right now....So we want to make fun of the seriousness some groups are showing about the "impending apocalypse" of the undead.  Please help us get our funny message and give everyone a laugh instead of a doom filled phobia.

If you can't help via money, then help us make some noise about the campaign.  Share it with your friends, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Myspace (are they still around?).  If you have any questions then email us! hvkentertainment@gmail.com.

 http://www.indiegogo.com/ZombiePSA2?c=home for donations 


Thank you 

Chris Rowe (Zombie enthusiast) and film maker.

Wednesday
Aug292012

Astro Radio Z tonight! 

 http://tobtr.com/s/3650289

Sunday
Aug262012

HorrorHound Weekend Releases Elvira's Horror Hunt Screening Schedule


My favorite horror convention, HorrorHound Weekend, always has so much to offer attendees; it often feels like I'm in a time warp when I attend! It's easy to get caught up in checking out all the booths, talking to guests (and waiting in line for many, depending on your timing), seeing old and making new friends, planning for the after con events and trying to pace your drinking, right? But a HUGE part of HHW is also the schedule of film screenings throughout the weekend! It just wouldn't be the same without it, so don't forget to plan to catch, at least, some of the films screening at HHW Indianapolis, this September 7-9. Below you'll find the latest schedule of the indie films accepted for screening at the Indy HHW.

Friday September 7th:

5:00 PM - TEDDY (short) 
5:15 PM - NAILBITER
7:00 PM - BABYSITTING (short)
7:25 PM - CAESAR AND OTTO'S DEADLY CHRISTMAS
9:00 PM - BURN (short)
9:10 PM - DEAD WEIGHT 
10:40 PM - PERVULA (short)
11:00 PM - BAD MOON RISING (short)
11:20 PM - DEAR GOD NO!
Saturday September 8th:
11:00 AM - AN EVENING WITH MY COMATOSE MOTHER (short)
11:40 AM - THE AWAKENED
1:00 PM - NURSERY CRIMES (short)
1:10 PM - IT'S IN THE BLOOD (starring Lance Hendrickson)
3:00 PM - DIVINATION (short)
3:15 PM - GAME OF WEREWOLVES
5:00 PM - OTHER (short)
5:20 PM - FOUND
7:30 PM - Awards Ceremony featuring Elvira
Sunday September 9th:
11:00 AM - DARK VESSEL (short)
11:10 AM - VADIM (short)
11:30 AM - A FLY IN THE ROOM (short)
11:40 AM - DOLL BOY (short)
12:20 PM - THE WICKED
Hope to see all of you there!

 

 

Friday
Aug242012

It IS a Nailbiter

NAILBITER

Ministry Machine Productions and SenoReality Pictures

Director/Producer: Patrick Rea

Writers: Patrick Rea and Kendal Sinn

Produced by: Aaron Laue

2012 (not yet released to the public)

Starring: Joicie Appell, Emily Boresow, Jason Coffman, Meg Saricks, Erin McGrane, Sally Spurgeon 

Reviewer: Splatter Flick Chick

 

What far of horror doesn’t like a nail biter flick? All of the horror genre greats keep us on the edge of our seats, holding our breath, wondering what might happen next. Patrick Rea is no stranger to creating the right vibe in his work. His 2011 film festival award winning short, Hell Week, was an excellent thriller, as was another of Rea’s shorts, the film noir piece Time’s Up Eve. Nailbiter, Rea’s first decently funded, full feature film, proves he’s the talent to create, and sustain, the necessary nervous tension required by most in the business of horror.

This film takes place during a spring storm in the plain states on what started as a beautiful day. A mother and her three daughters plan to drive to the airport to pick up their father who is home, on leave, from being stationed a soldier in the Middle East. We follow the family throughout their day, finally preparing for the trip through the countryside to the big city, disregarding all damning TV and radio weather alerts. While making a pit-stop in a tiny farm town for the youngest to take a bathroom break, a local sheriff urgently warned the group to ask any one of the farmers up the road if they could ride out the fast coming storms in their basement, and yet they choose to push onward. Shortly after returning to their country road trip, the weather turns ugly fast, causing mom to pull over abruptly in what is now a golf ball sized hail storm. She yells at the girls to follow her to the closest farmhouse where she hopes they will allow them to join them in their cellar. Everyone knows that the safest place to be in a home during a storm is in the cellar, if it has one, right? 

Now, It only makes sense that the Nailbiter storyline would be based, in part, on a real life experience Rea had in high-school in Nebraska, a state familiar with the wicked storms that accompany warmer weather. Having also taken shelter in the basement of a farm house owned by an elderly couple, Rea “often thought about what would have happened if that whole situation had actually been a horror film”. And what a horror film this is! Wicked storms bring not only mass destruction and tornados, but they also give rise to many a creepy transformation. This ‘condition’ seems to affect most folks who live in the area viewers eventually find. And you thought tornados were horrible! 

Watching a mother fight for her own life, as well as the lives of her three girls, against gnarly monsters reminiscent of the horror movie The Descent, will most certainly make you chew your nails to nubs. As the family formulates their plans forward to what they hope will be their escape to eventual safety, and their reunion with the man they all love, the audience will be yelling at the screen their support of each action these brave gals take! Great acting! Loved the choice of weapons and fight scenes, especially the oldest daughters revenge-filled monster annihilation, oh the blood! And the cinematography, hell even a dingy cellar is beautiful in Rea’s film; he’s obviously no stranger to high quality indie filmmaking. But, as with most all films, I found there were a few problems with plot holes and some of the details surrounding the filmed storm damage. Much of what I’m referring to may not even be noticed by many who have not weathered a tornado or two in their day, as I have, living in tornado alley here in Indianapolis, IN. Of course, my being a film critic automatically implies my noticing many things the average viewer may not, but even so, I still really enjoyed Nailbiter!

Nailbiter easily achieves the big screen, movie-theater feeling, and is at least a 7.5! I especially look forward to watching the audience reaction at HorrorHound Weekend in Columbus, OH in March as I anticipate Nailbiter being a bit hit at this much anticipated horror convention! I was happy to hear that not only is Rea already working on a Nailbiter part two (he CAN’T just leave us hanging!), but he’s also collaborating with Michelle Davidson (Hell Week) on a feature length script, a horror comedy about energy drinks! It would be no surprise to see this film sweep many an award at film festivals and conventions everywhere this year. See it and, when you can, add it to your collection.

http://www.nailbitermovie.com/

IMDB

Friday
Aug242012

RAGE!

Rage

Written and Directed by: Christopher Witherspoon

Produced by: Shawn Smith and Darrell Smith

Brought to you by: Big Screen Ventures, LLC

Released 2010

Starring: Audrey Walker, Rick Crawford, Christopher Witherspoon, with M.L. Maltz, Joe Black-Jacob, Anna Lodej, Richard Topping and Spencer Conway

Reviewer: Splatter Flick Chick

Unfaithfulness seems to run rampant in our society today. Often times cheating goes on unchecked but everyone knows of at least one someone who tried to juggle more than one partner and didn’t come out on top. Rage tells the graphic story of one such man who thought he could break things off with Dana (Lodej) his gal on the side, hoping to return his focus to his middle-class married life dream. As Dennis Twist (Crawford) tells his wife, Crystal (Walker) he loves her and hops into the new car she just bought him, he’s already thinking about how he’s going to break things off with his girlfriend Dana before he meets his shrink for lunch.

On his way into town, set in gorgeous Portland, Oregon, Twist has a bizarre road rage incident with a motorcycle driver (Witherspoon) that he seemingly dismisses as yet another crazy biker on the road. Little does he know, it’s certainly not the last time he’s going to cross paths with this biker again. During the break-up scene, Dana hopes that Dennis is not breaking up with her because he’s afraid of her ex, who she reveals is recently released from jail. Dennis sticks to his original stance; he loves his wife. But the seed is now planted; the mysterious psycho biker, determined to make his horrible mark on Twists’ life, must be Dana’s ex! If you like chase scenes, you’re in for a treat, as Twist consistently attempts to evade the psycho biker Witherspoon plays so very, very well!

“Listen, I just think that when a person does bad things, it’s gonna come back on them somehow,” shares Twist with his psychiatrist, over lunch, at the beginning of the film. Twist knows he made the right decision breaking off his affair, but the wheels of karma are already in motion. The remainder of the film paints a vivid picture of how bad things could get when guilt and infidelity wrap their deadly fingers around a cheating husband. Karma is a BITCH, Baby! Viewers will be on the edge of their seats, nerves raw, adrenaline pumping, fighting to look away from the brutal scenes of gore and rape, hoping for a moment of reprieve from Rage, to no avail. There is no escaping Witherspoon’s ability to keep all eyes glued to the screen! 

I haven’t seen an independent film of this caliber in quite some time! I loved the artwork, and taglines, so much I had to share one of the movie posters below. The acting was solid. The story is brilliant. The twist is outstanding. Rage deserves at least 7.5 out of 10 stars!!! I HIGHLY recommend this sick and twisted, yet extremely clever movie, but proceed with caution; Rage is NOT for the faint of heart. 

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