Holy crap, lots of good stuff out this week... I probably won't be able to do each one justice, but I'll do what I can. Anyhow, as usual, go to our Youtube page to see all the trailers and, please, if you want to buy them, click on the titles to get them off Amazon.
First off, I want to mention "Shadows Light" from director Stephen Zimmer, even though I'm not going to say too much about it. The reason I don't want to say much is because we're actually going to be interviewing Stephen soon and we'll have a big post up on the film soon enough. I will say that it's from Ever After Media and it's a supernatural thriller/horror about Father Cuth Abelard, who discovers an immense demonic presence in the highest circles of his cities society and then finds and confronts the power, finding help from very unexpected sources... In any case, stay tuned...
"Blood and Sex Nightmare", about a sex resort on haunted grounds where guests start getting killed, comes from Joseph R. Kolbeck. It's his first feature feature and... wow, I love the premise and the trailer kicks ass, too. It's like Friday the 13th, but instead of campers, it's swingers. What a no-brainer. It's released by Camp Motion Pictures label Bloody Earth and stars Nikki Notarile (Zombies Anonymous, Bikini Bloodbath Christmas) and Tina Krause (Zombiegeddon, Bikini Girls on Dinosaur Planet), both of whom are no strangers to the low-budget horror scene. Further, it's getting great reviews and a lot of interest on various boards and forums... but that could just be because it's got tons of nudity in it, which is fine with me.
"Abe's Tomb" is from Carl Merritt and it won various awards and screened at a bunch of festivals. I'm on the Carl Merritt Productions site right now and it has lots of hot chicks and info, but damned if I can't find a synopsis or anything. After watching the trailer; there's a skeleten guy in a robe, lots of half-naked and naked female vampires and gunfire. What can I say? Without even knowing the plot, it looks pretty f'ing good and I'll try to find out more about it.
I hadn't heard of "Johnny Sunshine" (originally called "Johnny Sunshine: Maximum Violence") until I just saw it available on Amazon here today, but I gotta say, I'm really pumped to see it. It's one of those films that's obviously low-budget, but doesn't let that get in the way of a kick-ass story, good gore and a unique, professional look. At least that's what I'm thinking from watching the trailer and reading about it. Directed by Matt Yeager, it takes place in 2012 and it's about a seedy underworld of exploitation, violence and zombies. Johnny Sunshine is a female porn star and killer for hire who becomes a victim of her own success when a secret plot is hatched to orchestrate her downfall on camera to create the greatest snuff film ever made. Wow. Love it... you have to go check out the trailer on our Youtube page.
"Dr. Shock's Grindhouse of Horrors" comes from After Shock Productions and it's a collection of low-budget horror shorts. They're all films from Lance Otto Smith & Douglas G. Agosti, including: "The Garden Tool Murders", "A Winter's Chill", "The Dweller", "The Town That Loved Pizza", "Bullet For A Vampire" and "Dead And Breakfest".
"Bram Stoker's Dracula's Guest" is from Michael Feifer, who's produced more low-budget horror than you can imagine, including "Witchcraft V" through Witchcraft IX". He's also directed his fair share of films, doing all those serial killer films, like: "Bundy: An American Icon", "Ed Gein: The Butcher of Plainfield" and "Boston Strangler: The Untold Story"... apparently, he also likes to use colons a lot. "Dracula's Guest" stars Andrew Bryniarski, who was Leatherface in the new "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" films. However, I'll always remember him as Lattimer from "The Program". It's about two young lovers, Bram and Elizabeth... and Dracula kidnaps Elizabeth and takes her to his castle, while Bram sets out across Europe to rescue her.
"Dead Fury" comes from Frank Sudol, who also did the animated horror "City of Rott". This is his follow up to that and it's an 82 minute, animated parody of such horror classics as "Evil Dead" and "The Hills Have Eyes".
"Baby Blues" is co-directed by Amardeep Kaleka and Lars E. Jacobson and it's being released by Allumination Filmworks. It's the first feature for both Kaleka and Jacobson and it's about a mother who has a psychotic break due to postpartum depression, which forces the eldest son to protects his siblings from the mother they have always loved.
"The Hive" is from Peter McManus and it's the ninth installment into this Maneater Series that I know nothing about, but keep on hearing about. Maybe it's a series that's running on the Sci-Fi channel? I don't know. Anyhow, it's about a mass of flesh-eating army ants, 200 Million strong, that's making its way through the jungles of Brazil, devouring every living thing in its path.
"Black Ribbon" is from writer/director John Orrichio and it's got it's fair share of nudity and violence. The story revolves around the life of a writer, who moves to the country with his wife and, subsequently, buys a haunted typewriter... which gradually transforms him into a maniacal and evil individual, capable of committing horrifying crimes. The typewriter's original owner was a sadist and satan worshipper who abducted women, encarcerated them and confined them to chains and shackles before brutally torturing them to death. Our writer assumes his persona...
"Blackwater" is written by Wilson Hawthorne and Bill Schreiber and it's directed by Schreiber, along with Bill Rogers and R. Douglas Zipperer. It's about four girls who end up getting stranded deep in the Florida Everglades and their dream vacation becomes their worst nightmare. It was an official selection of The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival and it's the first film in a series of films that these guys have in development...
"My Mummy" is written and directed by J. Todd Anderson, who appears to be making a career for himself as a storyboard artist, while occasionally breaking off to go make a film or two. He was the storyboard artist on tons of big films, like: "Fargo", "No Country For Old Men" and "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind". In between all those gigs, he's made two films, both of which he wrote and directed, "The Naked Man" and this one, "My Mummy". "My Mummy" isn't really a horror, it's more of a comedy... however, the effects looks good, the production value is great and, well... I wrote this much, so I'm leaving this in here.
Lastly, I just have to comment on the "I Love the 80's Collection" "Friday the 13th" and "Friday the 13th II" DVD's. I can't believe that "Friday the 13th" has a release where the box art looks like a "Saved By The Bell" poster, seriously click on those links and tell me it doesn't look like AC Slater and Jesse Spanno shouldn't be on the cover.