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Zombies!!! Official Board Game Soundtrack is sweet nectar for the ears…

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When I sit here and think about it, who in the hell would make music for a board game? Then I see the name on the package and the CD sent to me and it all makes sense: Midnight Syndicate! Why do I say that because hands down these guys abso-fucking-lutely make some of the best music for movies and general creepy music for horror movie lovers for the past decade? The older horror board games “Nightmare” and “Atmosphere” are stirring in their board game graves in jealousy right now. The soundtrack has that right amount of dark, creepy, Goth sound that would scare teens playing the game and make older horror gamers smile with delight. Personally, I believe the soundtrack is so good I would love to see this music matched up with a zombie flick. Filmmakers always ask me what they can do better with their film. Answer is music and this soundtrack proves once again you need to get some money and hire Midnight Syndicate because they are the best around. I do not play board games much these days but this soundtrack makes me want to own the “Zombies!!!” board game and for that I give Midnight Syndicate’s latest creation 4 out of 4 stars. You can find out more or purchase the CD at www.midnightsyndicate.com or www.twilightcreationsinc.com .

 

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Gross Movie Reviews #388

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Gross Movie Reviews #388

 

Snakeman (DVD) – A mid-2000s film also known as ‘Snake King’ stars Stephen Baldwin as a helicopter pilot and concern citizen of the Amazon jungle. Baldwin’s character helps fly an anthropologist and a few greedy scientists into the jungle looking for an Amazon tribe that may hold the answer to the “Fountain of Youth”? While venturing further into the jungle a snake is tracking them and feeding on them one by one. But once they find the tribe they find out the snake is the “Fountain of Youth” and has to choose you… Another fun CGI snake flick that I give 1 ½ stars too.

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The Sky Has Fallen (Vimeo/DVD) – A very dramatic independent zombie flick from filmmaker Doug Roos who tries a different approach to the bloated genre. The film centers around two survivors of a deadly virus that in the matter of hours either killed or zombified mankind. What makes this film unique is Lance and Rachel (the survivors) can deal with the zombies but it’s the dark shadowed figures that show up with the zombies that are the mystery. Lance searches the woods for days believing if he can find the source of the dark shadowed figures the zombie apocalypse can be stopped? As they travel deeper in the woods us the viewer learn that these shadowed figures kidnap the recently deceased and do experiments with them. And that the dark shadowed figures may be mutations? Kudos to Mr. Roos for coming up with a very unique but dramatic zombie flick that I give 2 ½ out of 4 stars. For more info or to purchase it: www.theskyhasfallen.com or www.kunaki.com/sales.asp?PID=PX00ZJ30QU&pp=1 .

 

#FollowFriday (DVD/SyFy Channel) – I have been waiting for this kind of film to pop up. Yeah there is ‘Smiley’ and ‘Unfriended’ just to name two but this is a little different. A killer uses Twitter to pick his victims, well popular Twitter people, or ones that have the most followers on college campus. Any popular person gets “#FollowFriday” on their twitter page they die. The reason I have been waiting for this kind of film is it really dives in with the internet trolls, stalkers, trash, and the kids who are living or dying on social media. It’s a great concept that I believe hasn’t seen its peak in the horror genre just yet? I give the flick 2 ½ stars.

 

Revenge of the Zombies (DVD) – A wonderful black and white classic horror film that stars John Carradine who controls zombies in the swamps. The zombies or corpses are experiments for Carradine’s character who is trying to build the perfect army. When he kills his wife he believes he has the answer to the perfect soldier until her brother and friends coming snooping around. I give the film 3 stars.

 

Steel and Lace (VHS) – A millionaire gets off of rape charges and Bruce Davison’s sister jumps off a building to her death not able to cope with the decision. Five years go by and Davison the scientist he is turns his sister into a cyborg seeking revenge on the five men that wronged her. Meanwhile a cop and an artist working on a new book uncover Davison’s plan of seeking revenge. Think a lower budgeted but much gorier version of ‘Eve of Destruction’. But don’t let lower budget stop you from enjoying this direct-to-video release as it stars Bruce Davison, David Naughton, Claire Wren, John J. York, and Brian Backer! A horror gem well worth the effort of tracking down as there is no legit DVD release of the film at this time. I give it 3 stars.

 

Sasquatch: The Legend of Bigfoot (DVD-R) – A film made in 1975 but not released until 1977 is a documentary-style film about Chuck Evans leading a research team deep in the British Columbia Mountains looking for Sasquatch. After several sightings of Bigfoot in the 50s and early 60s money was raised to send a research team was put together to find, tag, and release Sasquatch. The project came together quickly after the amateur shot film footage of Bigfoot. The seven person team enjoys the wildlife and untouched nature until they wondered into Bigfoot territory and the Sasquatch kicked the humans’ ass. The film can be boring but has its place in the Sasquatch genre like ‘Legend of Boggy Creek’. And with many new Bigfoot films and renewed interest in Sasquatch I would not be surprise this slightly unknown flick finds a way onto the DVD format sooner than later as I give it 1 ½ stars.

 

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Don’t forget you can also hear Kyle Poling and me talking about horror flicks on a weekly basis on the Bloodbaths and Boomsticks podcast at: www.bloodbathspodcast.blogspot.com/

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Episode 207 is up and we go all over the place with this one…

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We return to talk about 3 movies from the unpopular 1990’s.  First an anthology covered in slime and gore in NECRONOMICON.  Then Christopher Walken uses his power of the shushing in THE PROPHECY. Then a weirdo mish-mash of cyber punk nonsense in JOHNNY MNEUMONIC.  Also we have strange tales of Tim finding CHUD’S in Pittsburgh basements; Kyle sees the new Star Trek flick, and a metric ton of other chit chat.

 

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The Howling episode is up!

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This week Kyle and Tim walk down a hairy road.  A road full of howling sequels.  First Christopher Lee tells you the “your sister is a werewolf” a bunch in HOWLING 2 starring Sybil Danning as Rob Halford.  Then a whodunit in a castle in HOWLING 5. Then werewolves in a circus side show in HOWLING 6 THE FREAKS.
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Gross Movie Reviews #387

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Gross Movie Reviews #387

 

Parker (DVD) – In this 2013 Jason Statham film, Statham plays a man named Parker who just happens to be a thief. In gets in with a group of guys to rob the Ohio State Fair but the four other guys want a bigger heist (diamonds and jewels) after it is over. Parker wants out so they kill him or so they thought as they leave him on the side of the road. A nice old couple finds Parker left for dead and take him to the hospital. From there Parker finds out as much info about the next heist as he can so he can plot his revenge and get his cut of the state fair heist. Remember its principal folks… But Nick Nolte gets involved, and then Jennifer Lopez as a failing real estate agent gets involved and the mob is involved. A really fun heist movie that has a lot of Statham kicks to the face action. The film is a bit like the Mel Gibson flick ‘Payback’? But anyhow Statham fans make sure you check this film out if you haven’t already as I give it 3 stars.

 

Cavegirl (DVD) – I remember this sex comedy (if that is what you want to call it?) from the “USA Up All Night” days with Rhonda Shear. Daniel Roebuck is a nerd named Rex who goes on a class field trip to an old mine. Rex finds himself in prehistoric world of sorts when he finds a weird stone in the cave and touches it. After Rex realizes he just went through a time warp and is chased by a giant bear a Cavegirl finds him so he tries to communicate and live among her tribe. Mid-80s film trying to cash in on the end of the sex comedy craze that is on the lower tier but still a fun trip down memory lane of knowing this type film exists. Thank you Rhonda Shear as I give the flick 1 ½ stars.

 

Fist of Fury (DVD) – Bruce Lee comes back to his master’s home only to find him being buried and his former school being pushed around. So Bruce Lee does what he does best and beats the holy shit out of everyone from the other school. I give it 2 stars.

 

Dragon Blade (DVD) – This Jackie Chan film caught me off guard as it stars John Cusack and Adrien Brody and based on true events of a Chinese man who got in the middle of warring Romans. Chan’s character is a man of honor and peace with the help of his fellow soldiers they try to keep peace in the land and keep everybody friendly. Then Brody’s Roman character comes along and wants everyone dead! This wasn’t the usual ‘Rumble in the Bronx’ and ‘Police Story’ stuff I am usually seeing Jackie Chan in. Plus, John Cusack as a Roman general, weird but interesting stuff I say as I give it 2 stars.

 

Rotgut (DVD) – A couple of hobos in a back alley find a bottle of tequila in the dumpster to keep them drunk today… Problem is the stuff as just been recalled for unknown reasons. After drinking it and trying to eat 2 for 99 cent hot dogs both begin to get sick especially after the one drank the worm. Meanwhile, one of our main characters Leon comes in to his shitty bartending job at the local bar that is on the verge of closing and must buy some booze as their supply is low. So the vendor he deals with lets Leon have some of the recalled booze so it can be the “special of the day” at the bar. A few regulars show up to their daily dose along with a random combat veteran back from the war not know their day will come to an end when the crazy ranting hobos show up. The infected booze begins changing all who drink it and eventually making your guts explode or sloppy ass worms burst out of your skull. If that wasn’t enough the ATF is trying to track down all the recalled tequila. The film has its moments of gooey goriness but never commits to being as fun and crazy as a ‘Slime City’ as I give 2 out of 4 stars to the recalled booze flick. More info or to purchase the DVD go to: www.campmotionpictures.com or www.alternativecinema.com .

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The Ghosts of Johnson Woods (DVD) – A project from Glenn Berggoetz I have been following ever since Glenn announced Joe Bob Briggs was casted for it. Of course the talented Mr. Berggoetz writes, directs, and produces this project and goes off the beaten path of his usual projects that are injected with comedy, horror, and sometimes the absurd. Glen goes the direction of dramatic thriller of a boy meets girl, girl convinces boy to make a movie just involving themselves to get famous. Lenny and Heather rip ‘Blair Witch Project’ and discuss what and how they can do it on Lenny’s iPhone. Cheap, easy, make quick cash… A friendship is born in a weird way between Lenny and Heather as both want a movie but for different reasons. After settling on the “Johnson Woods” legend as their backdrop, Lenny and Heather pick a good spot in the woods and begin filming. As a viewer you get to see the relationship grow between the two even though we are never introduced to Heather’s parent or parents and the only other main character is Lenny’s dad (Joe Bob Briggs) and a hooker. As the relationship and film blossoms a creep factor sets in, especially in the last ten minutes of the film. No nudity, not much blood, interesting oddity of boy meets girl storyline, but the creepiness of the ending makes this strange tale an amazing independent thriller that will make movie fans cringe with fear! Glenn you made a cringe worthy film as I give it 3 ½ out of 4 stars. For more info on the film or Glenn check out: www.facebook.com/glenn.berggoetz and www.facebook.com/ghostsofjohnsonwoods .

 

A Werewolf in the Amazon Collection (DVD) – This collection is a three-disc set from Camp Motion Pictures that has four movies from Brazilian director Ivan Cardoso and a disc filled with short films worthy of hardcore cinema fans pursuing through. The collection not only brings some of the filmmaker’s films to America on DVD but gives you access to stuff some fans have not seen yet? The first film in the collection is 1982’s ‘The Secret of the Mummy’. The best way I can describe is if an old school mummy film was a sex comedy dream… The second film in the collection is 1986’s ‘The Seven Vampires’ where a bizarre man-eating plant from Africa supposedly kills a scientist and turns his wife into a vampire? Maybe… While trying to move on from the death of her husband she has bloodless bodies stacking up around her. Third flick is 1990’s ‘The Scarlet Scorpion’ which is about a popular radio soap opera that everyone listens to on a nightly basis. The show becomes even more popular when someone begins to copy the murders from the show. And then the final flick starring Paul Naschy is 2005’s ‘A Werewolf in the Amazon’. Naschy is Dr. Moreau who has moved his experiments and work to the deep jungles of the Amazon. But is found by a group of friends who are there to see the sights and trip their asses off. Moreau is feverishly looking for his own cure but may have found it in one of the women of the group. If you are a hardcore cinema nerd or a cult film collector this collection is right up on your alley as I give it 2 ½ out of 4 stars as it can be found at www.campmotionpictures.com or www.alternativecinema.com .

 

Pray For Death (DVD) – Sho Kosugi moves his family to America on the persistence of his wife to start his own business. But things go south when some jewels go missing that was hidden under the floor of the business. Some crooked cops and the mob is involved and tries to hurt or kill Kosugi’s family believing they may have found the jewels and keeping them? Kosugi won’t stand for this so brings out his old ninja uniform and starts throwing Chinese stars and back flipping everywhere. And if there is one thing that sums up this crazy mid-80s ninja flick it is: Ninja vs. chainsaw! Done!!! I am in every time folks. I give it 2 ½ stars.

 

Pillow Talk (YouTube) – A new filmmaker (Mitch Dolan of Bummer City Youth Productions) or someone just trying to experiment film wise has made a shot film which involves time travel, Donald Trump’s diary, a lot of talk about cock sucking, and yes, aliens! Weird… art… complete crap? Not totally sure but it did make me laugh a few times as I give it 2 out of 4 stars. Go check it out at: www.instagram.com/mitch.dolan or www.vimeo.com/182429792 .

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The Barn (Drive-in Theater) – Sam and Josh are just two normal high school seniors enjoying their last Devil’s Night and Halloween. Sam gets in trouble with his dad after Josh and he scare the shit out of Linnea Quigley’s character. Now Sam has to collect food for their church on Halloween and then face being grounded. But it’s Halloween and Sam refuses it to be shitty. So after seeing on TV about a band playing at a nearby town Sam and Josh come up with an idea to find a ride with friends to the concert and collect stuff in the small nearby town. When they arrive at the creepy small throwback community they find a barn. Is it ‘The Barn’ from a story that originated 30 years ago they have heard as kids that was haunted? They test the theory and just happen to awake three bad ass demons that want nothing more than blood and murder on Halloween night! Once ‘The Barn’ doors open and the demons arise, no one is safe as the creatures just begin to slash through the locals. We even get a “Yinzer” Crazy Ralph character that helps give the backstory of the demons. Now it’s up to Sam and Josh to find a way to send the demons back to hell! ‘The Barn’ is a perfect mix of 80s horror classics with a new and exciting touch to it. We get scary (amazing looking) demons, gore, Linnea Quigley and Ari Lehman, and the right amount of 80s corny horror cheese that made those horror movies so much fun! This film is a perfect Halloween-time movie that belongs on all horror fans’ watch list every Halloween… Literally watching the film I was saying to myself: I will watch this film every Halloween! It reminded me of such films: Neon Maniacs, Killer Party, Night of the Demons, Trick or Treat, horror classics that never get old. Kids, I give ‘The Barn’ 4 out of 4 stars and hands down one of the best horror films I have seen since I was a kid renting horror movies for Halloween. Check out www.nevermoreproductionfilms.com for more info.

 

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Don’t forget you can also hear Kyle Poling and me talking about horror flicks on a weekly basis on the Bloodbaths and Boomsticks podcast at: www.bloodbathspodcast.blogspot.com/

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“Man’s Biggest Fear Has Risen Again”

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From the Master of Terror Davide Melini comes another terrifying movie called “Lion”

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Interesting news today from Italian screenwriter and director Davide Melini! Production began already on this horror film and the cast looks promising! Pedro SánchezMichael Segal (“Colour from the Dark”, “Anger of the Dead”), and Tania Mercader joined the cast and Luca Vannella (“Thor”, “Harry Potter”, “Apocalypto”, “Heart of the Sea”), Alexis Continente (“Thor”, “Penny Dreadful”), Vincenzo Mastrantonio (“Titanic”, “Moulin Rouge”, “The Passion of Christ”, “Romeo + Juliet”), Bobby Holland (“The Dark Knight Rises”, “Game of Thrones”, “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows”), Ferdinando Merolla (“Troy”, “Gangs of New York”, “Hannibal Rising”) and lastly Roberto Paglialunga are all producers!

Check out the plot crunch:

An isolated chalet in a snowy forest… A man blinded by alcohol… A woman unable to rebel… And an 8-year-old child troubled and dark… The silent night is broken with cries… the start of a terrible nightmare!

The film shot with the Red Epic Dragon 6K is in post-production and it’s expected to be released this Halloween.

Dig on the teaser tráiler here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-op7Ry23Unw

Official Website: davidemelini.com/LION

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Lion-Film-982262008522129

Twitter: https://twitter.com/lion_film2017

IMDB Page: www.imdb.com/title/tt5480036

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Midnight Syndicate Releases Zombies!!! Board Game Soundtrack

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CLEVELAND, Ohio (September 8, 2016) – Award-winning composers and dark music pioneers Midnight Syndicate have released the Zombies!!! Official Board Game Soundtrack.   The new release features Midnight Syndicate’s signature blend of sound effects and instrumental music set in the modern day, post-zombie apocalypse world of the Zombies!!! board game.  “We wanted to design a soundtrack that would not only heighten the Zombies!!! game play experience, but also appeal to all fans of zombies and our friends in the haunted attraction industry,” said Edward Douglas.  “I think we were able to achieve that.”

 

“Given the character and core elements of the game, I think that both of us immediately felt that this album should focus on having a more modern, aggressive sound. In order to achieve that, we brought in a lot of electronic and percussive instruments and kept the fundamental game scenarios firmly in mind, approaching it more as an actual soundtrack than as a collection of songs built around a particular theme or setting. While there are a few tracks that are more situation or location-specific, most are intended to evoke the general feel and atmosphere of the game world, allowing you to play along without interruption,” added Gavin Goszka.

 

“The soundtrack is a perfect complement to the game,” added Twilight Creations co-founder, Kerry Breitenstein. “I couldn’t be more excited for the Zombies!!! fans to hear it, let alone the rest of the world!”  The album is available at www.MidnightSyndicate.com as well as digitally on CDBaby, iTunes, and Amazon.com.

 

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Official Twilight Creations website: www.TwilightCreationsInc.com

 

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As Midnight Syndicate, composers Edward Douglas and Gavin Goszka have been delighting fans of roleplaying games, Halloween, horror cinema, and gothic music for almost two decades.  In addition to being the first musical act to win the game industry’s Origins Award (for The 13th Hour, 2005), their previous four albums have either won or been nominated in the roleplaying game industry’s ENnie Awards. Their eighteen albums, featuring their signature blend of dark orchestral music and sound effects, have become staples of the Halloween retail and haunted attraction industry, weaving their way into the musical tapestry of the Halloween season.  Every October, their music can be heard setting the atmosphere in haunted houses, amusement parks, television and radio shows, restaurants, stores, and homes worldwide. In 2015, they were included with seminal horror music acts like Alice Cooper, Black Sabbath, Bobby “Boris” Pickett, John Carpenter, and Rob Zombie in Rue Morgue Magazine’s 50 Essential Horror Albums – Discs That Created, Evolved, or Defined Genre Music Over the Decades.

 

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Twilight Creations, Inc. (TLC) is an award-winning board game publisher based in the Greater Cincinnati area. Founded in 2002 by Kerry and Todd Breitenstein, the company’s best selling product is the Zombies!!! line which features 15 expansions, spin-offs and add-ons. The Zombies!!! game will be celebrating its fifteenth anniversary in 2016. Twilight Creations has also published various other horror

 

“SHIN GODZILLA” STOMPS ACROSS NORTH AMERICA THIS OCTOBER — TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE!

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Toho-Produced Film to Screen October 11 – 18 in More Than 440 Theaters!

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“A reboot that is unquestionably Godzilla.”
– Jay Hawkinson, BLOODY DISGUSTING

“A rebirth for both Godzilla and Hideaki Anno: A match made in kaiju heaven.”
– OTAKU USA Magazine

LOS ANGELES, CA – September 9, 2016. The iconic science-fiction monster Godzilla makes land fall in the U.S. and Canada this October with the North American theatrical release of “SHIN GODZILLA” from Toho Company, Ltd—and you can score your tickets now! Fans have been clamoring for news of the film’s theatrical dates ever since Funimation® Films made its surprise acquisition announcement in July at San Diego Comic Con 2016. The company revealed that “SHIN GODZILLA” will roar into theaters for a limited engagement October 11 – 18, screening in more than 440 theaters across the U.S. and Canada. Tickets for “SHIN GODZILLA” are now available for pre-purchase on the official film website beginning today, September 9. You can also use the theater locator on the official website to find where SHIN GODZILLA is playing near you, as well as watch the heart-stopping movie trailer!

“We are thrilled to bring ‘SHIN GODZILLA’ to theaters across North America this October,” said Gen Fukunaga, CEO and President of Funimation. “Toho established Godzilla as one of the most iconic monsters in science fiction history and we’re honored to now be a part of that history with the theatrical release of this new movie. Fans will not want to miss this limited theatrical event.“

Co-directed by Hideaki Anno (creator of “Evangelion”) and Shinji Higuchi (director of Toho’s 2015 “Attack on Titan” live action movies), “SHIN GODZILLA” is the 29th Godzilla film produced by Toho and represents a brand-new chapter in the 62-year history of this celebrated movie monster. The film stars Hiroki Hasegawa and Satomi Ishihara – both also from the “Attack on Titan” live-action movies – as well as Yutaka Takenouchi.

“Movie audiences can look forward to a great time watching ’SHIN GODZILLA’ this October,” said Mike DuBoise, EVP and COO of Funimation. “A larger than life monster like Godzilla has to be experienced on the big screen. And we expect this movie to sell out in numerous theaters so we encourage fans to purchase tickets in advance.”

SHIN GODZILLA has been a big hit in Japan since its opening on July 29, 2016, which garnered a box office of ¥ 845,675,500 and total audience of 564,332 during its first three days. To date in Japan, the movie has grossed ¥ 5,302,014,700 at the box office and 3,637,748 in total attendance.

In advance of the movie’s opening, Funimation will be hosting two premieres of “SHIN GODZILLA” — on October 3 in Los Angeles and on October 5 in New York — before opening on the day of New York Comic Con 2016. Additional details on these two events to be announced.

To purchase tickets, locate a theater in your city, or find more information on “SHIN GODZILLA,” visit funimationfilms.com/shingodzilla.

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