For our next announcement is possibly one of the most interesting independent filmmakers I have had the pleasure of meeting and his work is amazing. This person dabbles in all phases of filmmaking and has directed over 25 movies so far. This filmmaker has made a holiday film “Easter Casket” to something completely unusual in “Her Name Was Torment 1 and 2” to one of my favorite independent horror films of all time in “The Puppet Monster Massacre”. He is currently working on the film “Slaughterhouse Slumber Party”. It absolutely makes me ecstatic to introduce yinz to a multi-talented filmmaker in Dustin Wayde Mills!
“My Teacher Has a Gun” review
The Drive-in Horrorshow boys, Greg Ansin and Michael Neel have a new short story for you at their website. A great short story about a Spanish teacher Ronald Phillips and the absolutely shitty day he is having. The short story absolutely captures the spirit of what school was like for me decades ago but also what it is like to be a grownup living paycheck to paycheck. I enjoyed the subject matter of the story being something current and a flashpoint subject for people who have many varying opinions. It is a story that can grab you depending what side of the fence you are on? But like me if you are push that to the side and just enjoy the brilliant writing for a few minutes that thrusts you back to the good old school daze. I give the story 4 stars all the way and these guys never disappoint. So go check out this free story and browse their website.
The story is free on our website, a free e-reader and pdf download, and on Wattpad.
West Hollywood, CA (Tuesday, September 11th, 2018) – Cynthia is a horror comedy from the mind of Girls and Corpses magazine creator Robert Rhine. In the film, a desperate mother gives birth to the most hideous child ever imagined. From directors Devon Downs and Kenny Gage, this title stars: Scout Taylor-Compton (Halloween, 2007), Sid Haig (House of a 1000 Corpses) Bill Moseley (Repo! The Genetic Opera), Robert LaSardo and many others. Many of these filmmakers were at the film’s recent theatrical premiere (August 31st). Now, Cynthia will be re-birthed on Digital platforms and DVD this September, through Indican Pictures.
Robin (Taylor-Compton) and Michael (Kyle Jones) are ready to start a new family. After years of fertility treatments, something has changed in Robin’s womb. On the delivery table, a monster is born. But, Robin still loves this six-fingered and one-legged crawling nightmare. Will her neighbors be just as accepting? Probably not.
Cynthia has recently garnered an award at this year’s Independent Filmmakers Showcase. Here, Sid Haig won a “Best Supporting Actor” prize. Now, after a well received theatrical run, Indican Pictures will bring the malevolence and the laughs to home theatre systems. On September 18th, Cynthia will debut on Digital platforms and DVD. Don’t miss the birthing terror that is Cynthia, this September!
The trailer for Cynthia: https://vimeo.com/273992352
Gross Movie Reviews #448
The Babysitter (DVD) – This teen horror film that is a wolf in sheep’s clothing lures you in thinking the film is just another teen horror but blossoms into a hilarious gore fest. Cole is a nerdy teenager that still has a babysitter. But the babysitter is a very hot young lady named Bee that just seems to get Cole. Cole and she have a lot in common and Cole is starting to grow up and see Bee in a different light. Cole convinced by the girl across the street to stay up to see if Bee parties or make out with her boyfriend after Cole goes to sleep during babysitting nights. Cole does… And what Cole witnesses is nothing he was prepared for as Bee invites friends for a game of spin-the-bottle which turns into a blood-soaked sacrifice! Cole now must go all “Home Alone” in order to survive Bee and her friends now he knows the truth. The horror flick is a fun reminder yes it takes lots of blood and guts to entertain but also just a simple hilarious storyline could make the horror film worth the watch. I really enjoyed this fun horror flick as I give it 3 ½ stars.
The Demon Murder Case (YouTube) – A 1983 TV movie that claims to be based on the ‘Warrens’ but using different names and stars Kevin Bacon. Kevin’s character Kenny and his girlfriend go to check out a house and his girlfriend’s younger brother claims seeing a burned up 4 foot man at the house. As the days pass the younger brother changes, seems different. When things get out of control and the police get involved, priests are called in and even paranormal experts. The kid claims this demon called “The Beast” has taken him over? Kenny cares for the kid so much he challenges the demon and the demon takes the challenge on and possesses Kenny. A death is involved and most of the story is told from flashbacks as Kenny stands trial for murder a year after events. A cool lost TV horror flick that I believe has not been released on DVD and possibly ever on VHS as I cannot find it. But you can find it on YouTube as I give it 2 ½ stars.
This House Possessed (YouTube) – Again here is another rare TV movie find from my childhood. The film was released in 1981 on NBC starring Parker Stevenson, Lisa Eilbacher, and pay attention ‘Elm St.’ fans Amanda Wyss. Gary is a hard working singer who doesn’t take much down time collapses at a concert. He is rushed to the hospital and told he needs to take a break from the business as drugs or heavy drinking is ruled out. Sheila is a nurse that Gary hits it off with and trusts and hires her to take care of him while he goes on an extended vacation. They head out driving in the middle of nowhere and find a very cool house by itself. The house was a hi-tech house built before they were popular but hasn’t been really lived in since a fire several years ago. Once bought and settled in, Sheila and Gary start to become more of a couple the home seem to have a mind of its own and begins to spy on them. Strange things and eventually deaths happen surrounding the house. You get a water hose spraying down a young couple on the lawn, the house crushing a woman in her car with the front gates, and even boiling another woman in the pool. The TV movie feels so 70s but was released in 1981 and to my knowledge has not been released on any format. So as I give this film 3 stars take a gander at YouTube and search for this horror gem.
Bubba the Redneck Werewolf (DVD) – Bubba is a redneck through and through and doesn’t stand up for himself much as his high school girlfriend (Bobbi Jo) is now seeing someone else. Bubba depressed decides to make a deal with a demon to help this status and he is turned into a werewolf for his soul. While Bubba is learning of his new appearance, strength, actually having sex with Bobbi Jo, and hunger for chicken wings at the bar, the demon is going around the small town and finding gullible folks. The demon makes deals for their souls that go bad quickly. Now the small town looks to Bubba the Redneck Werewolf to do something about it? And Bubba does what any self-respecting person does and that is challenge the demon to a game of quarters! I absolutely loved this film and totally believe if the great horror film “Wolfcop” exists more horror fans would have found this 2014 flick and been talking about it. This is much lower budgeted film than “Wolfcop” but is very witty take on the werewolf concept and think horror and werewolf fans need to give this film a chance as I give it 4 stars.
The Burning Dead (DVD) – Okay somehow Danny Trejo is a Native American who tells a story of the ‘Donner Party’ in 1846 is part of some kind of volcanic zombies? Now in present day the volcano has erupted again it is bringing the zombies back with its exploding green rocks. Confused… Bored? Just pass on this one folks as this is why I exist to watch crap like this as I give it 1 star for just Danny Trejo showing up.
Last Ones Out (Shudder) – In 2015, an unknown virus hits rural parts of South Africa and it is beginning to spread. An American is there with his fiancée but has an appendix problem. While awaiting surgery in the hospital the virus hits and he wakes to find no one is left except a nurse. Now, the American, the nurse, a doctor and his brother make their way across the country side hopefully to find help? The American claims there is a convoy at a location that leaves in the morning as it can take them out of the quarantine zone. This isn’t a zombie flick as much as a rage virus flick aka “28 Days Later”. If you were a fan of the flick “The Dead” that was released a few years back this will be in your wheelhouse as I give it 2 ½ stars.
Sheborg Massacre (DVD) – An Australian film that is a big old mix of several genres about a cyborg alien that escapes its captors to crash land on earth near a puppy farm. This cyborg alien uses the puppy farm for food and begins its evil plan of turning people into machines. Meanwhile two hot young ladies are causing havoc around town and get together with a punk rock singer to go release the puppies from their prison. Unbeknownst to them once at the puppy farm they must fight these cyborgs in order to escape. Once back home they must make the decision to go to war with these cyborgs and the alien in order to not only survive, save their little town, but the world. This movie is a glorious bloody mess and the women that played the roles of Dylan and Eddie were absolutely fucking awesome! If you enjoy “Dead Alive”, “Evil Aliens”, “Bad Taste” this 3 ½ star horror film is right up your alley.
Fear Town, USA (DVD) – It is St. Blevins Day, the day of big celebrations. The day to celebrate St. Blevin who led all the polish children out of the village to the ocean and their death! So there is a big party that everyone is trying to get into. Four nerdy Dungeons and Dragons bros are going, some others are just camping out next to it, supposedly there is an escaped mental patient, and there is a ghost sorority girl. Mash this all together with dudes and women talking about getting their pussies crushed every thirty seconds and you have this hilarious slasher film. But the best part of the film might be the four nerdy bros who find the wrong party and become a part of a sacrifice that doesn’t work so the Satan worshippers decide to start a bowling league! Fun random stuff my friends and has been released by Troma so go support as I give the film 3 stars.
Silent Madness (DVD) – A lesser known 1984 slasher film also known as “Beautiful Screamers”, “The Omega Factor”, and “The Nightkillers”, is about a patient that is mistakenly released from the Cresthaven Hospital. The patient Howard Johns is a man with a murderous past and heads to a small woman’s college to continue his killing spree. A doctor from the hospital heads to the college to investigate this clerical error. She goes uncover for the local paper so she can find out more at the college but stumbles upon what may have sparked everything 17 years ago. Not the best of the slasher films but if you are a completest you will want this on your list as I give it 2 stars. At this time I believe there is only a Region 2 DVD of this title.
Summer of 84 (DVD) – It is Freeport, Oregon, June 1984 and a serial killer is loose in suburbia. Four friends get together and decide to stalk the neighborhood cop they believe is the serial killer. But they do not have evidence so they come up with a plan to get some. The friends keep come up with dead ends until finally they get the bright idea to break in his house and video tape their findings. Problem is they find way more than they wanted too and now the cop is on the run or so they think as he wants revenge. The film has that “Stand by Me” vibe so I was in from the beginning and enjoyed the kids trying to solve who the killer. But I believe the coolest thing of this movie was the feel of 1984. The shoes, the bikes, the background cars and houses, they got everything right to help set up this story. Yeah the movie isn’t exactly horror and runs a few minutes long but don’t let that stop you from seeing a very entertaining flick as I give it 3 stars.
Mom and Dad (DVD) – This bat shit crazy film stars Nic Cage and Selma Blair as normal parents just trying to make it through parenthood. But a strange unexplained virus is hitting parents worldwide where they have the urge to kill their own children. And parents are just doing plain boring murders they are trying to do some brutal ass damage. Once the virus hits Nic Cage and Selma Blair’s characters it is freaking hilarious as they chase their kids all over the house and try to gas them out of the basement. When you thought it could not get any better we get a great scene about life sucking with kids and people not understanding. But the ultimate topper is when the grandparents show up for the forgotten dinner and the grandpa is mother fucking the man, the myth, the legend Lance Henriksen and he starts stabbing the shit out of Nic Cage. Horror fans check the brains at the door and just enjoy this this amazing piece of film of complete chaos and how beautiful it is as I give it 4 stars.
Party Bus to Hell (DVD) – Bus full party goers are on their way to ‘The Burning Man Festival’. The bus driver stops in the middle of the desert night after running down a terrified Tara Reid and leaves the people to fend for themselves. She has left them for a group of Marauders/Satanists/Mad Max extras? Take your pick folks. Anyway this group of bloodlust freaks keep chanting “Release the Chosen One” as they attack the party goers and try to murder and eat them. The party goers figure out the virgin among them and force her to have sex with someone to stop the bloodlust freaks belief from coming true. This film has a good set up but just never seems to hit all the right notes and seems disjointed as I give it 1 ½ stars.
Seventh Moon (DVD) – Amy Smart and her man have gone to China for their honeymoon and to meet his parents. But according to Chinese myth the full moon on the seventh lunar month some weird shit goes down in the countryside where old myths die hard. Well the couples are lost in the countryside thanks to their driver who abandons them. Apparently we come to find out later in the film that this dude believes in the myth of the pale demons coming to murder and he needed a sacrifice and they were it. The couple must face of with the pale demons and survive the night. Sounds like a good concept but I have seen some better foreign horror films and this just had long boring lulls throughout that makes it tough to sit through. Want weird? Look for a film called “The Johnsons” as I give this film 1 star.
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Grossfest 2 is coming… July 20, 2019, check our Facebook page and www.grossfest.com for details and for upcoming guests.
For our second guest announcement
This dude is a producer and writer known for such films as “Intrusion 1 & 2” and also is in the independent film documentary “Blood on the Reel”. He is a busy dude always working on something independent and was originally from the Louisville, Kentucky area. But he recently moved to Michigan to continue his work in film and writing. It is awesome to introduce yinz to Craig Everett Earl!
Los Angeles, CA (September 4th, 2018) – This is a reminder that Samuel Goldwyn Films is releasing COLD SKIN in select US theaters, this September. Plus, COLD SKIN will show OnDemand and on Digital, in North America, on September 7th. Now, a new, exciting clip is available to celebrate the impending release, titled “Midnight Attack!”
COLD SKIN includes a stellar cast and crew. The film was directed by French Extreme director Xavier Gens, of Frontier(s) (2007) and The Divide (2011) fame. As well, COLD SKIN stars Ray Stevenson (“Black Sails”), David Oakes (“The Living and the Dead”) and Aura Garrido (The Body, 2012). Garrido is almost unrecognizable as the sea creature Aneris. All of these filmmakers come together in one of this year’s most entertaining releases.
Finally, a new clip has been released for COLD SKIN – titled “Midnight Attack.” The clip shows Gruner (Stevenson) and a young weather observer (Oakes) fighting for survival, on a remote island. A lighthouse provides some shelter. But, everyone is in jeopardy when an army of sea monsters emerge, from the coastline. Horror and thriller fans can see Gens’ most adventurous film to date, on film fans’ favourite Digital platforms or in theatres, this September 7th.
The official synopsis: On a remote island in the Antarctic circle, a young man finds himself trapped in a battle for his life against nightly invasions of unknown creatures that emerge from the ocean.
The New Film Clip, “Midnight Attack” (embed from here): https://youtu.be/DduekxVcVw0
Or Download from here: https://vimeo.com/285919101/7b86bbc4e9
The Official Trailer (embed from here): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77jcXDGi7RU
Or Download from here: https://vimeo.com/268052646
More on the film: http://www.samuelgoldwynfilms.com/press-detail/?filmname=cold-skin
*theatre locations: Los Angeles (Arena Cinelounge), Cleveland (Tower City Cinema), Phoenix (Harkins Arizona Mills), Denver (Harkins Northfield), Dallas (Harkins Southlake), Atlanta (Plaza Theatre), Austin (Galaxy Highland), Detroit (Emagine Canton), Minneapolis (Emagine Lakeville) and Seattle (Galaxy Monroe).
Samuel Goldwyn Films: Samuel Goldwyn Films is a major, independently owned and operated motion-picture company that develops, produces and distributes innovative feature films and documentaries.
This week it’s the law of diminishing returns as we check out all 3 flicks the Tales From The Crypt had to offer in the excellent (and perhaps the best 90’s horror movie) Demon Knight, Bordello of Blood, and Ritual. We also answer your listener questions and serve up a slice have been watching this week.
It’s Shark Week!!! We got the new Jason Statham Jam THE MEG. The sequel to the greatest summer blockbuster of all time in JAWS 2, and a flick we have been wanting to see for a while now in HOUSE SHARK. Also we do the normal of reader questions and we recall this week’s watching habits. Also we have a serious discussion of the pros and cons of the theatrical experience.
First guest announcement for Grossfest 2019!
Back by popular demand, they need no introduction it is Justin M. Seaman and Zane Hershberger! These guys will hopefully have a few more projects ready for release at the next Grossfest among some other goodies that independent horror fans will enjoy! They like us and we like them so it just makes sense to bring in these very talented filmmakers again.