Suburban Nightmare THE ICE CREAM TRUCK coming this August!

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Writer-director Megan Freels Johnston’s suburban nightmare The Ice Cream Truck will hit theaters August 18 and be released day-and-date on VOD via Uncork’d Entertainment. A new trailer and poster have been released to coincide with the release.

The provocative psychological thriller stars Deanna Russo (Being Human, Gossip Girl) as Mary, who moves back to her suburban hometown after her husband gets relocated for work.  As her family ties up loose ends back home, she moves into their new house alone. And although the move makes Mary nostalgic for her youth, there’s something very sinister about that Ice Cream Truck that patrols her suburb.

The Ice Cream Truck also stars Dana Gaier (Despicable Me 3), John Redlinger (Thirst, Banshee), Emil Johnsen (Isolerad), Hilary Barraford (Go For Sisters), Jeff Daniel Phillips (31),  and Lisa Ann Walter (War of the Worlds).

Storytelling is very much in Freels Johnston’s DNA.  The granddaughter of legendary crime writer Elmore Leonard, The Ice Cream Truck screenplay was a semi-finalist in the Circus Road Screenplay competition.

As a producer developing material for over a decade, Freels Johnston worked on adaptations of her grandfather’s work and produced Sparks, the directorial debut of Joseph Gordon-Levitt.  After completing a project for the USA Network, she decided to follow her passion and write and direct her own material. Her first film, 2014’s micro budget thriller Rebound, developed a cult following on VOD, was called, “Almost David Lynchian in its strangeness” by Film Threat and Rue Morgue said, the film “(was) worth watching to the end for the unnervingly realistic twist ending.”

The Ice Cream Truck will be released in theaters and on VOD August 18.

Official Synopsis :
Mary’s husband gets relocated for work which allows her to move back to her suburban hometown. As her family ties up loose ends back home, Mary moves into their new house all alone and….waits. Yet in this idealistic world, something seems very odd. The Ice Cream Man, a symbol of youth and good times, starts killing some of her neighbors. Mary soon learns that the suburbs are scarier in more ways that she ever remembered.

 

NEW TRAILER
http://tinyurl.com/TRAILERICECREAM
or
https://youtu.be/PxEQnYpy_-U

 

NEW POSTER
http://tinyurl.com/ICECREAMPOSTER

IMAGES

http://tinyurl.com/ICECREAMIMAGES

Terror Films Announces Worldwide Release Date & Special iTunes Fan Promotion for STD Infected Thriller NIGHT OF SOMETHING STRANGE!

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LOS ANGELES, CA (July 3rd, 2017) – Terror Films has set Friday, July 7th as the worldwide release date for NIGHT OF SOMETHING STRANGE. Fangoria has praised the film. Fangoria said of the film’s quality: “disgusting, transgressive, and absolutely bonkers, Jonathan Straiton’s, NIGHT OF SOMETHING STRANGE will be the most jaw-dropping horror offering you’ll see all year.”  This disturbing film releases this week!

The story follows five teenage friends. They set out for the beach on their spring break vacation. Their good times are cut short when one of the group, Carrie (Toni Ann Gambale), contracts an STD at a gas station bathroom.  The friends get detoured to an isolated motel in a small town. Here, the STD turns out to be something that can’t be treated by a shot of penicillin and it begins turning those infected into the living dead.

The film has played at multiple festivals and it has won several awards. NIGHT OF SOMETHING STRANGE showed at the Fangoria Chainsaw Awards (2017). Here, it was nominated for “Best Makeup & SFX.” The film also showed at the Phoenix International Horror. At the Sci-Fi Film Festival (2016), NIGHT OF SOMETHING STRANGE won “Best Horror Feature.” At the HorrorHound Weekend Film Festival (2016), it won “Best Special Effects – Feature “ and it was nominated for: “Best Feature,” “Best Director” and “Best Actress.” At the Crimson Screen Horror Film Fest (2016), it won a “Jury Award,” “Best Special Effects” and “Best Actor.” The film was also nominated for: “Best Feature,” “Best Director,” “Best Produced Screenplay –Feature,” “Best Actor,” “Best Actress” and “Best Special Effects,” at this film festival. The film has been recognized across North America.

As part of Terror Film’s new Worldwide digital release model, the film will be made available across multiple digital and VOD platforms; it will also release in several countries and territories. On VOD, It will be available on: iTunes, Amazon Instant and many other platforms. Territories hosting the release include: the U.S., Canada, the Middle East, North Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Ireland, the U.K. and Pan-Russia.

And…soon after the films July 7th release, Terror Films will be offering a special promotion, for NIGHT OF SOMETHING STRANGE. 8 digital trading cards will be made available at eight specific Horror Blogs and websites. Each site will host one card and one exclusive clip from the film. The first 25 horror fans, that digitally gather all 8 of the trading cards and repost them on the Terror Films’ Facebook page, will receive one free download for the film on iTunes! Additional details on this special promotion will be released next week. In the meantime, film fans can checkout the official trailer and poster for NIGHT OF SOMETHING STRANGE right here!

The film’s official trailer: https://youtu.be/uAjDWqEggL0

 

For more information on Terror Films: www.terrorfilms.net

 

And: https://www.facebook.com/TerrorFilmsLLC/

Tarantino meets Cannon Films in KARATE KILL releasing this July from Dark Cuts!

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Tarantino meets Cannon Films in Karate Kill, from acclaimed filmmaker Kurando Mitsutake, on Blu-ray, DVD and VOD July 18.

Featuring a “grimly relentless performance” (Japan Times) from Hayate, with solid support from Iron Fist’s David Sakurai and WWE icon Katarina Leigh Waters, Karate Kill will be available on Blu-ray and DVD – exclusive to Target, Walmart, Best Buy and Amazon – on July 18.  VOD will be day and date on iTunes, VHX, Google Play, Fandango, Vudu, Dish, Vubiquity, Comcast, Charter, Cox and Xbox.

A “must see” (Terror Weekend) action masterpiece from the director of Gun Woman and Blind Wolf comes to the U.S. When Karate master Kenji’s (Hayate) young sister (Mana Sakura) is kidnapped by a dangerous cult, and taken to the U.S. he will stop at nothing to find her. Partnered with a mysterious shot-gun toting partner, Kenji must use his mastery of Karate to dismantle the cult members one by one in spectacular and bloody fashion, until he finds his sister.

Dark Cuts releases Karate Kill July 18.

TRAILER

Direct File :
http://tinyurl.com/karatekilltrailer

 

YouTube Link
https://youtu.be/_QDe9Kj4aF4


IMAGES/POSTER

http://tinyurl.com/karate-kill-poster 

The highly-anticipated GREMLIN premieres on VOD this July from Uncork’d Entertainment!

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Emmy Award winning director, Ryan Bellgardt’s (Army of Frankenstein) highly anticipated creature feature Gremlin hits VOD July 11 from Uncork’d Entertainment.

Godzilla meets The Ring in a thrilling, uniquely-scripted horror jaunt that boasts amazing computer-generated effects and from some of the best in the game.

Adam receives a mysterious box from a relative containing a creature that will kill everyone he cares about. The only way to be rid of the curse is to give the box to someone he loves. As the ominous timer on the box counts down to its end, he can only imagine the horrors that await. Does he give the box away to save his family, or unleash a monster upon humanity? He can’t destroy it. He can’t escape it. He can only give it to someone he loves…

Adam Hampton, Kristy K. Boone, Catcher Stair, Katie Burgess, Mike Waugh, and Caleb Milby star in Gremlin, available everywhere on digital 7/11.
YouTube Link
https://youtu.be/RVquCdSOtXI

IMAGES/POSTER
http://tinyurl.com/gremlinstuff

Gross Movie Reviews #407

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Gross Movie Reviews #407

 

The Watcher in the Woods (VHS) – So I decided to sit down and watch this nonsense from 1980 where two sisters and their mother go to buy an old house off an old lady. The old lady thinks the older daughter is her daughter Karen from years ago that disappeared and talks to the woods every once in a while. The younger sister is played by the girl who played “Lindsey” in the horror classic ‘Halloween’. So of course the rest of the movie is spent me being Tommy Doyle behind the curtain trying to scare Lindsey until the alien shows up and returns Karen! Don’t worry you are not missing much in this flick as I give it 1 star.

 

The Dorm that Dripped Blood (Blu-ray) – I watched this slasher flick for the first time ever! Not totally sure how that happened but never got to see this flick until I picked up that ultimate Synapse Blu-ray. The movie was also known as “Death Dorm” and “Pranks” during the early 80s after its 1981 release. The film’s other memorable trait besides its artwork and titles are a young Daphne Zuniga showing up for five minutes and being a part of an awesome death scene. A generic story for “slasher film” standards but during Christmas break Joanne is in charge shutting down a dorm building and boarding it up. Meanwhile a fuzzy-haired dude that looks like an extra from ‘Slap Shot’ keeps doing a peeping tom routine. So of course soon as the bodies begin to pile up in gruesome fashion the fuzzy-haired dude is to blame. An odd ending to the generic story made me a little underwhelmed by the film but still glad I bought this great edition on Blu-ray. It isn’t: My Bloody Valentine, The Burning, Curtains, maybe even The Prowler but still glad to add it to my collection as I give it 2 ½ stars.

Monsters among Men (Blu-ray) – A dramatic independent horror film about a couple named Reed and Allison. Reed takes his woman out for a walk near the woods to pop the question. As she is saying no something happens to Reed wear he wakes up in the woods next to a dead guy and another dude digging a grave. Reed escapes and wonders who, what, or where is Allison? He comes to find out she has been abducted by a vampire because she is supposedly a “pure blood source”. Meaning vamps can gain extra strength from her blood and she has no disease. So Reed plans his revenge against these mobster-like vamps and help Allison escape as he still loves her. Most independent horror films that focus on vamps usually flake out by the ten minute mark to show a ton of boobs or lesbians. This isn’t a bad thing but it is always nice to see filmmakers like Ryan Blazic take a chance and make something more? For that I thank Ryan and his crew as I give the film 2 ½ out of 4 stars. Found out more or to purchase the film at www.monstersamongmen.com .

 

Monsters: Dark Continent (Blu-ray) – A region B Blu-ray I picked up because I wanted to see the sequel but was really intrigued with the aliens/virus whatever you want to call them. Ten years later the contingent is still being fought but is now a part of everyday life especially in the Middle East. U.S. troops must not only fight off insurgents they must also shoot down the monsters as they run rampant in the dessert. Again I enjoy the concept of the “Monsters” but I think the writers and filmmakers miss the point of what this could be? The film is more about war than the monsters and makes you question are the writers and filmmaker trying to make a statement or a possible cool concept? Either way I believe this film and the original could be much more (Aliens franchise for example) but with the lack of interest in the US for the films and money needed to make the films this was most likely the last sequel we get anyway. I give the concept 3 or 3 ½ stars but the movie only 2 ½ stars.

 

Thirst (DVD) – Just a simple creature feature where troubled teens are sent to a boot/wilderness camp of sorts in the middle of the dessert for a week. Once there a metallic space alien arrives and begins feeding on the teens until they figure out a way to fight back. Think of “Ticks” with Seth Green from the early 90s on maybe even a lower budget. I may have enjoyed the simple creature flick but I do know Project mother fucking Metalbeast would have made this film that more interesting as I give it 2 ½ stars.

Presidents Day (Vimeo/DVD) – So you haven’t gotten all your holiday horror films fill yet? Well don’t regret it as another has been made that focuses on the Presidents Day weekend. I believe college kids… but not a major plot point are on their way to an old hunting cabin to celebrate Presidents Day weekend or just to get drunk. The kids are all your usual stereotypical slasher movie characters and they even point it out during the movie. They just happen to piss off the dead that just happen to be all the dead presidents or zombie versions of them? Anyhow the film is kind of slow and you feel like this is the usual independent crap that gets floated out there on a regular basis but it isn’t! Believe me give it a chance to get going as once the presidents are all up shambling or running around trying to kill the kids hilarious shit begins. Whether it is the bad puns, one of the dead presidents having sex with Ashley and then there is duel over her, or the presidents from the 1800s having a wrestling match after finding out there was a black president I absolutely couldn’t stop laughing. The independent flick doesn’t try to be hipster cool or reinvent the motion picture it understands it is a very low budget flick and uses it to its advantage. Oh there isn’t much plot but when a dead John Wilkes Booth arrives to help the kids kill Lincoln it is all so wrong but right and hilarious at the same time! Presidents Day is a fucking blast and I will debate myself on whether it will make my ‘Best of 2017’ list? But until then I give it 3 ½ out of 4 stars and can be found at www.midnightreleasing.com .

 

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Little Devils: The Birth “This is one Birth Announcement the World Could do Without.”

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Victoria, British Columbia: Canadian film distributor Shivers Entertainment is set to launch evil upon the world! Their latest launch is a re-release of director George Pavlou (Rawhead Rex, Transmutations) and writer Elliott Stein’s Little Devils: The Birth. Originally released in 1993, Shivers will make this iconic Canadian filmwork available through a limited DVD and VHS release. Items will be limited as gargoyles emerge from Hell, one last time!

 

The film’s story begins when a scientist, Dr. Lionel (Wayne McNamara, Psycho Pike), makes a trip to Hell and returns with a strange ooze. Possessed and compelled to work, Lionel creates small, ghoulish imps. They are set upon a small community, terrorizing a small apartment, Ed (Mark Price, Trick or Treat), his new girlfriend, Lynn (Nancy Valen, Porky’s Revenge) and Ed’s strange landlord, Clara (the legendary Stella Stevens) . If only they can be stopped and returned to the depths below, before it is too late!

 

Quantities of this comedic re-release will be limited. With VHS tapes in short supply, ONLY 25 COPIES of Little Devils will be offered in this format. As well, the film has been remastered into digital. This allows Shivers to make Little Devils available to many more horror fans, via a Special Edition DVD. Though, both versions are limited in stock, so get yours now!

 

The official trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=amrXzuzwzI0&feature=youtu.be

 

From the DVD Backcover: Happy-go-lucky writer Ed Reid (Marc Price; Trick or Treat) doesn’t have much going for him: he’s hassled daily by his overly aggressive sex-starved landlady, the girl he’s interested in happens to be an exotic dancer and to pay the bills he writes erotic stories for a sleazy publication. To make matters worse, a strange young scientist in the suite next door, Lionel (Wayne McNamara) is using a mysterious mud to create an army of gargoyles. Soon, the evil sculptures become out of control, taking on a life of their own while stopping at nothing to defend their creator. Determined to stop the mayhem, Ed and his friends set out to destroy the creatures once and for all, with the assistance of the scientist himself, who ultimately holds the key to the origin and destruction of the murderous monsters.

 

Release Date: May 11th (VHS) & May 25th (DVD Pre-orders) & June 6th, 2017 (DVD Mail Date).

 

Director: George Pavlou. Writer: Elliott Stein.

 

Cast: Marc Price, Wayne McNamara and Russ Tamblyn.

 

Pre-orders for the DVD:

 

http://www.shiversentertainment.com/store/p161/Little_Devils%3A_The_Birth_DVD.html

 

The VHS version is available now:

 

http://www.shiversentertainment.com/store/p160/Little_Devils%3A_The_Birth_VHS_%28Limited_Edition%29.html

Terror Films Debuts Official Trailer, Poster and Clip for Inner Demon

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On the week of its World Wide debut, Terror Films is releasing the Official Poster, Trailer and one more exclusive clip of Ursula Dabrowsky’s INNER DEMON.  In the sometimes male dominated Horror genre comes a voice that proves that twisted and disturbing thoughts flow just as eloquently from the minds of female filmmakers.

INNER DEMON tells the tale of teenager Sam (Sarah Jeavons) who manages to escape from a deranged serial killer couple (Kerry Ann Reid and Andreas Sobik). Unfortunately, a cabin in the woods that she hoped would be a safe house turns out to be even more harrowing and dangerous than the initial entrapment by her captors.

Attempting to stay out of the discussion of gender in Hollywood, Dabrowsky was quoted in Metro Magazine, “INNER DEMON will not be a success because a woman made it. It will be a success because it’s a ripping good horror yarn. No other reason.”

As of Friday, April 21st, the film will be available on iTunes, Amazon Instant, Google Play/You Tube, Sony PSN, X-Box, Vudu, Steam, Vimeo On Demand, Roku (Free Flix Tonight, 24 Hour Movie Channel, Free Grindhouse Flix Tonight), I Bleed Indie, Tubi TV and will also be available on the streaming site, iFlix in several months. The release is part of a new, World Wide distribution model and will be available in the U.S., Canada and Australia as well as multiple territories throughout Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Ireland, Israel, U.K., Pan Russia, Latin America and the Pacific Islands with plans to expand based on the film’s success.

Official Trailer: http://bit.ly/2nVL8aN

Exclusive Clip: “Chop, Chop, Chop” http://bit.ly/2oGaQyB

For more information on Terror Films, visit: www.terrorfilms.net

And: https://www.facebook.com/TerrorFilmsLLC/

Synapse Films to release Pet Sematary documentary

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UNEARTHED AND UNTOLD: THE PATH TO PET SEMATARY

LOS ANGELES, CA (April 20, 2017) – On the eve of the 28th Anniversary of Stephen King’s Pet Sematary, which was released in theaters on April 21, 1989, Terror Films is excited to announce their partnership with Synapse Films. Synapse is set to handle the physical release of the documentary; it will be released later this year.

Don May Jr., one of the partners of the American DVD and Blu-ray label, specializes in cult horror, science fiction and exploitation films. He had this to say about teaming up with Terror Films: “I first saw a rough cut of UNEARTHED & UNTOLD over a year ago and was very excited about it. It’s a great documentary, with a lot of great stories and information. I’m thrilled to be able to release a Blu-ray and DVD. Hopefully, this partnership with Terror Films will lead to future releases between our two companies.”

Filmmakers John Campopiano and Justin White left no stone unturned. The film features interviews with director Mary Lambert and the entire cast: Dale Midkiff, Denise Crosby, Miko Hughes, Brad Greenquist, Susan Blommaert, the Berdahl Twins and many more. It also features never-before-seen footage from the sets in Maine, interviews with key crew and the townspeople.  Synapse plans to add even more special bonus features for the physical release.

UNEARTHED AND UNTOLD: THE PATH TO PET SEMATARY was originally released by Terror Films on January 13th , 2017. It is available on platforms such as: iTunes (with bonus features including a fan appreciation sizzle reel and a personal interview with the documentary filmmakers):

https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/unearthed-untold-the-path-to-pet-sematary/id1179685501

And at Amazon Instant:

https://www.amazon.com/Unearthed-Untold-Path-Pet-Sematary/dp/B01NAK2V46

As well, the film is available on: Google Play/You Tube, Sony PSN, X-Box, Vudu, Vimeo On Demand, I Bleed Indie and 3 Roku channels, (Free Flix Tonight, 24 Hour Movie Channel and Free Grindhouse Flix Tonight). It is coming soon to Steam, and Tubi TV.  The film is also available in multiple countries on iTunes and Amazon International. It will be coming soon to iFlix. So, you can unearth this award winning, critically acclaimed documentary today and find out why sometimes – dead isn’t better!

The Official Trailer Link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnP7swXKQXo

The Unearthed & Untold Official Facebook Page:

https://www.facebook.com/UnearthedandUntold

The Terror Films’ Website:

http://www.terrorfilms.net/film/unearthed-untold-path-pet-sematary

The Synapse Films’ Website: http://synapse-films.com