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FRIEDKIN UNCUT – NYC Theatrical Release

August 22, 2019

AMBI Distribution Sets U.S. Theatrical Release For The William Friedkin Documentary “Friedkin Uncut” AMBI Distribution, a division of Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi’s AMBI Media Group, has set a U.S. theatrical release for director Francesco Zippel’s FRIEDKIN UNCUT opening tomorrow, August 23, 2019 in NY. FRIEDKIN UNCUT is a Quoiat Films and TaTaTu Production. The film was directed/produced by Francesco Zippel (The Devil and Father Amorth), produced by Federica Paniccia and Andrew Iervolino. TaTaTu acquired rights for North America and the U.K. last September ahead of its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival.  It will be released in multiple markets in conjunction with Sarah Wexler’s Amor Media and will soon be available on Tatatu following a traditional theatrical & home entertainment release (www.tatatu.com). FRIEDKIN UNCUT offers insight into the life and artistic journey of William Friedkin, an extraordinary and offbeat director of cult films such as The French Connection, The Exorcist, Sorcerer, Cruising, To Live and Die in L.A. and Killer Joe. For the first time, Friedkin opens up, guiding the audience on a fascinating journey through the themes and stories that have influenced his life and artistic career. Thanks to a cast of friends and collaborators, including Francis Ford Coppola, Quentin Tarantino, Willem Dafoe, Wes Anderson, Matthew McConaughey, Ellen Burstyn, Michael Shannon, and Juno Temple, we discover stories, anecdotes, and discuss what being an artist really means in order to celebrate William Friedkin and the fun and passion for making art. “The U.S. release of FRIEDKIN UNCUT” marks a special moment in the life of the film” states Francesco Zippel, “I’m happy that the American audience will have the chance to finally listen to the stories, appreciate the humor and witness the artistic genius of one of the most important living directors.” Andrea Iervolino said: “Audiences will discover this brilliant film and instantly fall in love, which is why we are happy and eager to give it a theatrical release. Friedkin Uncut is a relatable documentary because at its heart, it is about the art of storytelling – a universal concept. Francesco did a masterful job making this movie, telling this story, and bringing in such an amazing stable of Hollywood stars to give it cinematic gravitas.”

Horror movie casts Francois Arnaud and Christian Convery

August 21, 2019

Horror feature HOME attaches rest of lead cast! Francois Arnaud, who played opposite Jeremy Irons in Showtime’s The Borgias and stars on NBC’s Midnight Texas, is JARED. Arnaud broke out on the international scene at Cannes’ Director’s Fortnight with his award-winning performance in Xavier Dolan’s I KILLED MY MOTHER. He is joined by newcomer and rising star Christian Convery, who plays ALEX. Christian recently wrapped the lead role in Hulu’s pilot SWEET TOOTH for Team Downey; stars in the upcoming Disney+ series Pup Academy and Andy Fickman’s Paramount feature PLAYING WITH FIRE opposite John Cena, John Leguizamo and Keegan-Michael Key. Arnaud and Convery join Schitt’s Creek actress Emily Hampshire to the cast of HOME, currently in production. HOME is directed and produced by award-winning genre-festival darling Adam O’Brien of Delirium Pictures, produced by Philip Kalin-Hajdu, who penned the original script, and Benoit Beaulieu, who also serves as Director of Photography. O’Brien won the Emerging Talent Award at the 2014 Fantasia Film Festival and the Directorial Discovery Award at the 2014 Rhode Island International Horror Film Festival. Recently, Kalin-Hajdu co-wrote and produced award-winning feature GAME OF DEATH, which had its world premiere at SXSW ’17 before a major festival run. He is also producer on lauded, groundbreaking web-series YidLife Crisis. Beaulieu produced Sundance’15 and SXSW audience award winner TURBO KID. HOME is a psychological horror film that sees Meredith (Hampshire), her husband Jared (Arnaud) and son Alex (Convery) face unspeakable terror in the wake of a family tragedy. “Francois is phenomenal and he is pushing this role to places that will surprise audiences. We are thrilled to have him and watch him bring Jared to life. Christian’s maturity and nuanced performance puts a whole new spin on child characters in horror – you will understand why he is in such high-demand already,” said Kalin-Hajdu and O’Brien.

Scream Factory’s “Summer Of Fear” – New Blu-rays In August!

August 20, 2019

From the press release: “This month is sizzling with Augustude. Out this month, the sleazy “neon jungle” cult classic Vice Squad (set primarily in Hollywood) hits Blu-ray for the first time, packed with extras including a reversible cover. IFC Midnight’s latest, the tension-filled I Trapped The Devil, is out as well and Steelbook collectors will rejoice as we release two beloved Roger Corman-produced sci-fi horrors, Galaxy Of Terror and Forbidden World (both sporting new 4K scans of the film). Only 5,000 copies each of the steelbooks are being made, so act fast! You can also pick up a pair of Hammer Film classics, Horror Of Frankenstein starring Ralph Bates (out this week), and Fear In The Night starring Joan Collins (8/27). Lastly, it’s the campy B&W cult classic The Leech Woman (1959), also on 8/27. There’s so much more to come as we enter the Halloween season, so be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for the latest announcements. NEW FILM ALERT – Get caught in a web of terror! Scared of spiders? Then our terrifying new arachnocentric movie, Itsy Bitsy, is one you’ll want to watch… though maybe through your white-knuckled fingers. It’s got a spider. A very large spider. Enough said. Look for it in select theaters, Digital and On Demand on August 30. Click here for more information!”

Pennywise Dolls Falling from the Sky in NJ?!?!

August 20, 2019

OK, so this could very well be just another viral marketing stunt for the second chapter of Stephen KIng’s IT, and a damn good one, but bizarre all the same. So, imagine looking up to the skies on a nice summer day and making out the shapes in the clouds. That one looks like a dragon. There’s a tiger… there’s… a…. maniacal killer clown!!! Yup, that was exactly what happened to a New Jersey woman as she watched the sky over her home seeing an object approach from above. After seeing the item land in her backyard she investigated only to find that it was a plush Pennywise doll from Stephen King’s IT. Now, if that wasn’t creepy enough there was also cryptic writing on the doll’s forehead as well, a series of archaic letters and numbers. Weirdly enough, cops who arrived on the scene refused to touch the doll and didn’t bother to take it with them. Jansen, whose yard the doll fell in did what most red blooded Americans would do and totally over-reacted bu not only burning the doll but then sleeping with a knife that night in bed. Now, with the release less than 3 weeks away of the highly anticipated IT: Chapter 2, does it not seem like this might be a little death-from-above last minute marketing on the side of Warner Bros?


August 19, 2019

As its fifth edition comes to a close, Popcorn Frights Film Festival is proud to announce its juried and audience awards that were selected from its lineup of 74 films (24 features and 50 short films from 16 countries). Over the nine-night event, Popcorn Frights welcomed more than 5,000 attendees, over 30 filmmakers/industry guests from around the world, and presented multiple sold-out screenings, including the opening night world premiere of Haunt, the one-of-a-kind Homegrown: 100% Pure Fresh Squeezed Florida Horror program celebrating Florida’s emerging genre filmmakers, and the world premiere of The Gravedigger which highlighted Popcorn Frights’ Spotlight on Women Filmmakers. The jury consisted of Dread Central’s Jonathan Barkan, Shudder’s Ariel Fisher, Daily Dead’s Derek Anderson, TrueHorror’s Jason Sheppard, and Promote Horror’s Omar Usman. The jurors chose to honor director Adam Egypt Mortimer’s Daniel Isn’t Real with the Feature Film Jury Prize and awarded Scott Beck & Bryan Wood’s Haunt with an Honorable Mention. In announcing the Feature Film Prize for the film, the jury said the following: “The jury is pleased to award Adam Egypt Mortimer’s Daniel Isn’t Real the Best Feature of Popcorn Frights 2019. A wonderfully constructed nightmare, the film won us over with its excellent acting, beautiful presentation, and exhilarating creativity. As an exceptionally strong sophomore feature, we are excited to see what Mortimer will do next.” Accepting his award, Adam Egypt Mortimer said, “This is such an honor. Man, the festival had so many of this year’s amazing horror films playing, it’s such a thrill to have played with all of them and be given an award. And this is a major triumphant return for me, as I am in fact originally a Florida Man — or Florida baby, since I lived in Tampa for the first three years of my life. Thanks for having me and Daniel at your top-notch festival!” This year’s Scariest Feature Film Award was given to Brandon Christensen’s Z with an Honorable Mention also being awarded to Haunt. The Short Film Jury Prize went to Carlos Baena’s stop-motion animated film La Noria with an Honorable Mention going to Wild Love, and the Scariest Short Film Award was given to Other Side of the Box.The inaugural Best Florida Film Award went to Alexandria Perez’s The Final Girl Returns. For the first time in the Festival’s history, the Popcorn Frights Film Festival Audience Award for Best Feature Film was a tie between Dan Berk & Robert Olsen’s Villains and Giles Alderson’s The Dare, which received its world premiere at this year’s Festival. The Audience Award for Best Short Film went to Neal O’Bryan & Chad Thurman’s Toe.  “For us, this award is the highest possible praise. The film resonating with theatrical audiences is the greatest success we could hope for, and we couldn’t be more thankful to Popcorn Frights for giving us the platform to achieve it,” said Dan Berk & Robert Olsen. “To have any audience like your film feels like a miracle, to win the audience award for my debut film at the first ever screening of The Dare from a festival as amazing as Popcorn Frights is beyond incredible! I had the time of my life at Popcorn Frights and couldn’t be happier right now! Thank you to all that made the film with me and to all who voted. You guys have literally made a little miracle happen,” said Giles Alderson. Runners-up for the Audience Awards include Haunt for Feature Film and Go Back for Short Film. New this year, Popcorn Frights partnered with the horror brand ALTER which provided selected short films premiering at the Festival eligibility for review for distribution on the platform. The Popcorn Frights short films that have been selected for distribution on ALTER are Andrew Hunt’s Frost Bite, Marten Carlson’s Starlets, and Anthony Dones’ made in South Florida film A Doll for Edgar. “Popcorn Frights’ fifth edition was an extraordinary success that exceeded our wildest expectations, breaking our attendance record for a fifth consecutive year and thrilling our die hard fans with great film discoveries and experiences. On behalf of the Popcorn Frights team, we congratulate all the winning films and hope horror lovers worldwide get to enjoy their bold and daring frights.” said Igor Shteyrenberg & Marc Ferman, Co-Founders & Co-Directors of the Popcorn Frights Film Festival. Popcorn Frights Film Festival was exclusively hosted at the Savor Cinema theater, a historic South Florida landmark that in the 1940s was a Methodist Church. Notable sponsors of the Festival included ALTER, Bloody Disgusting, Daily Dead, Dread Central, Florida Supercon, and The Villas boutique hotel. The sixth annual Popcorn Frights Film Festival will take place on August 6-14, 2020. This year’s winners are below: JURY AWARDS Feature Film Jury Prize Daniel Isn’t Real Jury Prize Honorable Mention Haunt Scariest Feature Film Z Scariest Feature Film Honorable Mention Haunt Short Film Jury Prize La Noria Honorable Mention Wild Love Scariest Short Film Other Side of the Box Best Florida Film The Final Girl Returns AUDIENCE AWARDS Audience Award for Best Feature Film (Tie) The Dare Villains Audience Award for Best Short Film Toe Audience Award Runners-Up Haunt (Feature Film) Go Back (Short Film) MORE INFORMATION: Follow the Popcorn Frights Film Festival on Facebook (/popcornfrights), Twitter (@popcornfrights), or Instagram (@popcornfrights) for updates with the latest information about the Festival. Join the conversation using the hashtag #popcornfrights on social media.      

Night Terrors Radio – Cast and Crew of ‘The Velocipastor’!

August 19, 2019

Night Terrors Radio – Cast and Crew of ‘The Velocipastor’!

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Every once in a long while a movie comes along that changes the public’s perception of cinema; a movie that challenges social paradigms and breaks down the differences that separate us. I have no fuckin’ clue what that movie is but I’m sure it probably has something to do bravery in the face of nazi-occupied Germany or a physically challenged football player. Totally fine with me as I’ll be eating cheese curds naked watching The Velocipastor. In case you haven’t read any of our coverage here on Horror-Fix, The Velocipastor is basically exactly what you thing it is: Half Priest, half dinosaur – Velocicpastor. In honor of all things that we absolutely love we had the pleasure of sitting down with the film’s director, Brendan Steere, cinematographer Jesse Gouldsbury and the film’s female lead Alyssa Kempinski. Grab your collar, don that chastity belt and gear up for Night Terrors Radio – Cast & Crew of The Velocipastor! Veolipastor on Amazon.

OZARK villain TREVOR LONG in first clip for acclaimed SEEDS

August 19, 2019

Dark Star Pictures and Uncork’d Entertainment present SEEDS, in theaters September 13 and on VOD/DVD September 24. Starring Trevor Long, star of Netflix drama Ozark, nominated for 9 Emmy Awards, director Owen Long’s SEEDS is a gothic horror about a man haunted by his dark past while pursuing some self-care on the New England coast. After a night of debauchery spirals out of control, Marcus retreats to his family home along the New England coast. Solitude is disturbed when his brother asks Marcus to look after his estranged nephew and niece. As days pass, solace escapes him; he feels baited by a dark force. Is he losing his mind or has something terrible burrowed deep within him? Incubating. Waiting until the climate is right. Haunted by his deepest fears, Marcus struggles not to succumb as he fights to protect Lily, his beloved niece from a monster that lies in wait. Andrea Chen, Garr Long, and Kevin Breznahan star opposite Trevor Long in an Owen Long film Seeds, written by Steven Weisman, out this September from Dark Star Pictures and Uncork’d Entertainment.  For More Info:Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Hacking Hollywood Film Summit and Pitch Fest Set for January 11-12, 2020

August 19, 2019

The first ever Hacking Hollywood Pitch Fest, presented by The Jalbert Brothers will take place on Clearwater Beach, FL January 11-12, 2020. Hacking Hollywood Pitch Fest is scheduled to take place on Clearwater Beach, FL at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites. The Hacking Hollywood Pitch Fest is an event for current and aspiring filmmakers who are looking to take their career to the next level.  The summit strives to arm filmmakers with information that is paramount to their success in the industry. Those who attend can expect an all-around learning experience by hearing from both Hollywood executives and social media influencers who will give you an inside look at the new age of online and streaming content creation.  Tickets are limited and range from $99 for a day pass up to $399 for access to the full event and to pitch your project to industry working professionals. Speakers and industry professionals scheduled to be at the event include Executive Producer Jason Hewitt of Films in Motion known for movies like Left Behind starring Nicolas Cage. Tom Malloy from Trick Candle Productions and Glass House Distribution known for movies like The Alphabet Killer starring Eliza Dushku, Cary Elwes, and Timothy Hutton.  Executive Producer Marc Gold from Fresh Cats Productions known for movie like Wish Man staring actors like Danny Trejo, Robert Pine and Tom Sizemore.  Adam Fisher – Armed with a background in production and finance, Adam runs the day-to-day operations of Complete Production Group’s (CPG’s) West Coast office in Los Angeles where he currently serves as the companies President & Managing Partner.  There will be more speakers and details announced soon.  For Tickets and information visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hacking-hollywood-pitch-fest-tickets-61941852749?aff=affiliate2marketingmacabre For More info Visit: https://www.jalbertbrothers.com/

Small Town Monsters Unleashes MOMO: The Missouri Monster September 20th

August 19, 2019

Small Town Monsters has announced the September 20th DVD and VOD release of Seth Breedlove’s docudrama MOMO: The Missouri Monster.  The latest title to crawl forth from the production powerhouse behind last year’s best-selling documentary On the Trail of Bigfoot, MOMO: The Missouri Monster seeks to tell the true, and truly strange story of the Missouri Monster. The hair-covered, three-toed monstrosity was said to have prowled the forests of Star Hill, near Louisiana, Missouri during the summer of 1972 where it was spotted by terrified citizens for weeks.  The film will be available nationwide on DVD, as well as Vimeo OnDemand, Amazon Instant Video, and VIDI Space. The case gained national media attention during the ’70s and remains one of the largest tourist draws for the tiny town on the banks of the Mississippi River. The latest release from Small Town Monsters and director Seth Breedlove, MOMO: The Missouri Monster is told in both narrative and documentary form. The narrative sections appear as a lost b-movie from the 1970s, inspired by Breedlove’s lifelong fascination with grindhouse movies and creature features. The horror film depicts the widely accepted details of the MOMO legend and is eventually contradicted and corrected by the actual survivors who lived through the events.  Breedlove describes MOMO: The Missouri Monster as “Rashomon meets Creature from Black Lake or The Legend of Boggy Creek“. The film stars Adam Duggan and Sara Heddleston, as well as Animal Planet’s Cliff Barackman and James “Bobo” Fay with special appearances by Janet Jay and Elizabeth Saint (Ghosts of Shepherdstown).  Ahead of the national video release, a midnight premiere is scheduled at the Kentucky Theater in Lexington, Kentucky on Friday, September 6th with cast and crew in attendance. The premiere will coincide with Cryptid-Con, a cryptozoology and paranormal convention celebrating its third year and featuring a number of renowned authors, television personalities, and speakers.  On Friday, September 13th, the Canton Palace Theatre in Canton, OH will play host to the Ohio Premiere of MOMO with cast and crew in attendance. Finally, on September 20th, as MOMO hits audiences nationwide, the Missouri Monster will storm the State Theater in Point Pleasant, WV as part of the kickoff for the annual Mothman Festival. The year was 1972 and the place was a tiny, quaint, riverfront town called Louisiana, Missouri. On a warm summer evening, two local kids saw a creature in their own backyard holding a dead dog. Before you could say the word “Bigfoot”, local media and police officials had pounced on the story. Overnight Louisiana became “monster central” with creature seekers and monster hunters combing the woods to look for “the thing” that the newspapers had dubbed “MOMO”. One particular family was at the center of this whirlwind of activity and as the Missouri Monster sightings began to increase, so did the negative impact on the Harrisons. In 1975, a film crew set out to tell an over-the-top, filmic version of the MOMO sightings. Due to one reason or another, this should-have-been-cult-classic was never released. Until now.

Kill Giggles to “World Premiere” Teaser at 2019 GenreBlast Film Festival

August 17, 2019

There’s an old saying that goes, “all the world loves a clown,” but when the fourth annual GenreBlast Film Festival descends upon the Alamo Drafthouse in Winchester, VA in two weeks, some North Carolina filmmakers are going to add their own little caveat, “no one ever said it had to be alive.”  From writer/director Jaysen Buterin comes Kill Giggles, a Hitchcockian horror/thriller that just recently completed principal photography in Greensboro, NC, and that will have the official world premiere of its first teaser at this year’s event. “The GenreBlast Film Festival is such an amazing array of indie, underground and cult films, filmmakers and film lovers from around the world, that to be able to have a sneak peek at the movie magic we’ve made is both an honor and a privilege,” says Buterin. Kill Giggles stars talented North Carolina local actor of stage and screen Michael Ray Williams (Knob Goblins, Echoes, Between Hell and a Hard Place) as unhinged clown killer Tommy dos Santos, alongside indie scream queen Ellie Church (High on the Hog, Harvest Lake, The Bad Man) as Eden di Prima, someone with her own clown skeletons in the closet. The pair were supported by genre legends Vernon Wells, Felissa Rose and Judith O’Dea, as well as Patrick G. Keenan and Nereida Velazquez. Inspired by Buterin’s own coulrophobia (extreme fear and/or hatred of clowns), he wanted to turn the tables on a timeless terror trope by telling a story of a serial killer of clowns, as opposed to a mass-murdering maniac who just dresses up like one. This allowed him to make a movie where he could face up to his fears and explore, on screen, the way his mind dehumanizes and twists normal, kind, human clowns into terrifying man-shaped monsters. “It’s ill-advised, self-administered psychotherapy at its best, or worst… depending on how you look at. It’s kind of like a dream come true and my worst nightmare all at the same time,” says Buterin. A GenreBlast alum since the beginning, for 2018 Buterin and crew shot a comedic and charming horror homage to Public Service Announcements called Don’t Clown Around at the Film Festival! which screened multiple times over the course of the four-day period to enthusiastic applause. That same year, the script for the proof-of-concept short film, Killing Giggles, Jaysen took home the award for Best Short Screenplay. In 2017 Buterin and Mad Ones Films screened The Corner which won the award for Best Horror Short Score while in 2016, they screened the stay-at-home horror hit Don’t Let the Light In, which was nominated for Best Horror Short, Best Director Short, and Best Poster Short. SYNOPSIS: Tommy dos Santos wasn’t born a psychopath, nor was he made into a sociopath. He’s something entirely new, and he’s walking his own path – a path that will run red with the blood of the foulest most fiendishly frightening creatures ever conceived by man… CLOWNS! No longer the madmen and monsters that nightmares are made of, now it’s the clowns who are the victims, running for their lives from a killer who won’t stop until every single one of them is dead.

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