Coming soon: “Lion” the short film

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(Review coming shortly)


 

Official Trailer (in 4K): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwjvOjCHu9A&t=2s (this one you can include in your article)

Genre: Horror

Country: UK

“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…”

Tagline: “Evil has a new face!”

Cast: Pedro Sánchez, Michael Segal, Tania Mercader

Produced by Luca Vannella (“Avengers”, “Thor”, “Harry Potter”, “Apocalypto”, “Heart of the Sea”), Alexis Continente (“Murder on the Orient Express”, “Transformers: The Last Knight”, “Thor”), Vincenzo Mastrantonio (“Titanic”, “Moulin Rouge”, “The Passion of Christ”, “Romeo + Juliet”), Bobby Holland Hanton (“The Dark Knight Rises”, “Game of Thrones”, “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows”, “007 – Quantum of Solace”), Ferdinando Merolla (“Troy”, “Gangs of New York”, “Hannibal Rising”), Roberto Paglialunga

Written & Directed by Davide Melini (“Mother of Tears – The Third Mother”, “Penny Dreadful” “Into the Badlands”)

The film has been shot with the Red Epic Dragon 6K

IMDB Page: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5480036/?ref_=nm_ov_bio_lk5
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Lion-Film-982262008522129/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Lion_Film2017

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THE SHORT HAS BEEN INCLUDED IN THE OFFICIAL SELECTION AT THE FAMOUS “DAVID DI DONATELLO 2018”
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With 126 awards in just one year of distribution, “Lion” is one of the MOST AWARDEDE HORROR SHORT FILM IN HISTORY. Here the award list:

– Morningstar Cine Festival 2017 (New York, United States): Best Film, Best Director, Best Production, Best Actor (Pedro Sánchez), Best Actress; Best Visual Effects, Best Makeup.

– Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Festival 2017 (Los Angeles, United States): Best Horror Film.

– 12 Months Film Festival 2017 (Cluj-Napoca, Romania): Best Film, 2nd Audience Award.

– Los Angeles Film Awards 2017 (Los Angeles, United States): Best Fantasy Film, Best Visual Effects.

– Barcelona Planet Film Festival 2017 (Barcelona, Spain): Best Director.

– Gold Movie Awards 2017 (London, United Kingdom): Best Actor Under 18 (Pedro Sánchez).

– London Independent Film Awards 2017 (London, United Kingdom): Best Horror/Thriller/Sci-Fi Short.

– L.A. Short Awards 2017 (Los Angeles, United States): Best Horror Film, Best Director.

– Independent Horror Movie Awards 2017 (Los Angeles, United States): Best Director.

– European Cinematography Awards 2017 (Warsaw, Poland): Best Visual Effects.

– Top Shorts 2017 (Los Angeles, United States): Best Horror Film, Director’s Honorable Mention.

– Festigious International Film Festival 2017 (Los Angeles, United States): Best Horror Film, Best Young Actor (Pedro Sánchez).

– Five Continents International Film Festival 2017 (Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela): Best Horror Film, Best Visual Effects, Best Makeup.

– Oniros Film Awards 2017 (La Thuile, Italy): Best Fantasy Film, Best Young Actor (Pedro Sánchez).

– Hollywood Hills Awards 2017 (Los Angeles, United States): Best Supernatural Thriller.

– Hollywood Film Competition 2017 (Los Angeles, United States): Best Horror Film, Best Editing, Best Visual Effects.

– Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards 2017 (Los Angeles, United States): Best Production, Best Visual Effects.

– Aab International Film Festival 2017 (Moga – Punjab, India): Best Film.

– Festival Cine Animal Bogotá 2017 (Bogotá, Colombia): Honorable Mention.

– Mediterranean Film Festival 2017 (Siracusa, Italy): Best Horror Film.

– New York Film Awards 2017 (New York, Unites States): Honorable Mention for Actor (Michael Segal), Best Visual Effects.

– Los Angeles Horror Competition 2017 (Los Angeles, United States): Best Film, Best Director, Best Visual Effects.

– Top Indie Film Awards 2017 (Manchester, United Kingdom): Best Sound.

– North American Film Awards 2017 (Washington, United States): Best Editing.

– Spotlight Horror Film Awards 2017 (Atlanta, United States): Silver Award for Best Horror Film.

– Global Film Festival Awards 2018 (Los Angeles, United States): Best Horror Film, Best Child Actor (Pedro Sánchez), Honorable Mention for Actor (Michael Segal), Best Editing, Best Music.

– The European Independent Film Award 2017 (Paris, France): Best Visual Effects.

– Southern Shorts Awards 2017 (Roswell, Georgia, Unites States): Best Horror Film, Best Production, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Young Actor (Pedro Sánchez), Best Actor (Michael Segal), Best Actress, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Best Makeup FX, Best Editing, Best Visual Effects, Best Music, Best Sound.

– South Film and Arts Academy Festival 2018 (Rancagua, Chile): Best Horror Film, Best Production Design, Best Makeup, Best Visual Effects.

– Berlin Flash Film Festival 2018 (Berlin, Germany): Oustanding Achievement Award.

– Cult Critic Movie Awards 2018 (Kolkata, India): Best Supporting Actor (Michael Segal), Best Actress (Tania Mercader).

– Melbourne City Independent Film Awards 2018 (Melbourne, Australia): Best Sound.

– Direct Short Online Film Festival 2018 (Detroit, United States): Best Director, Audience Award.

– San Antonio Independent Film Festival 2018 (Ibarra, Ecuador): Best Horror Film.

– Cinema WorldFest Awards 2018 (Ottawa, Canada): Best Horror Film, Best Sound.

– International Independent Film Awards 2018 (Los Angeles, United States): Best Narrative Short, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor in a Leading Role (Pedro Sánchez), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Michael Segal), Best Actress in a Leading Role, Best Casting, Best Editing.

– Independent Shorts Awards 2018 (Los Angeles, United States): Best Horror Short, Best Fantasy Short, Best Male Director, Best Original Story, Best Child/Young Actor (Pedro Sánchez), Best Cinematography, Best Makeup FX, Best Editing, Best Visual Effects, Best Music, Best Sound.

– Rome Web Awards 2018 (Rome, Italy): 3rd Best Film, Best Director, Best Child/Young Actor (Pedro Sánchez), Best Actor (Michael Segal), Best Editing, Best Visual Effects, Best Trailer.

– Cortoben 2018 – Certamen de Cortometrajes de Benagalbón (Malaga, Spain): Audience Award.

– CareAwards 2018 (Parkersbur, West Virginia, United States): Best Horror Short, Best Young Actor (Pedro Sánchez), Best Editing.

– Golden Earth Film Award 2018 (Los Angeles, United States): Best Performance (Pedro Sánchez).

– The International Horror Hotel 2018 (Cleveland, United States): Best Fantasy Film.

– Virgin Spring Cinefest 2018 (Kolkata, India): Best Short Film, Best Producers, Best Director, Best Actor (Pedro Sánchez), Best Supporting Actor (Michael Segal), Best Actress (Tania Mercader).

– CKF International Film Festival 2018 (Swindon, United Kingdom): 2nd Best Film, Best Actor (Michael Segal).

– NYC Indie Film Awards 2018 (New York, United States): Best Short Film, Best Director.

– Latitude Film Awards 2018 (London, England): Best Narrative Short, Best Director, Best Actor (Pedro Sánchez).

– Hollywood New Directors 2018 (Los Angeles, United States): Honorable Mention

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It is Thanksgiving and you need to watch this fun Turkey Day film!

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Invaders is a dark-comedy/horror spin on home invasion films and features Jordan Woods-Robinson and Ricky Wayne (both of The Walking Dead).

This is the Vimeo Staff Pick link:

https://vimeo.com/138946032

 

Invaders Website: http://invadersfilm.com/

Invaders Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/invadersthemovie/

Invaders Twitter: https://twitter.com/tweetinvaders

Invaders IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3290476/

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Got six minutes go check out Undead Holocaust (the short film from Tim Gross)

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Gross Movie Reviews #315

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Gross Movie Reviews #315

 

 By Tim Gross

 

The Visitor (DVD) – The crazy hippie space out film from 1979 is also known as “Stridulum” is being released by Alamo Drafthouse Films. I believe there is no sure way to describe Hippie Jesus and an old dude help alien children and they are from a different dimension or something like that. This film makes the ‘mindfuck’ film “Fight Club” like a normal boring film. Apparently, Space Jesus aka Franco Nero tells a story about an alien prisoner who escaped years ago and pretty much impregnated any woman he could on earth so there would be evil alien children! It only gets better when a 8 year old named Katie shows up at a Lance Henriksen owned Atlanta Rebels basketball game to make a basketball explode in the final seconds and no one questions it. From there Katie’s mom doesn’t want to get married or have another child as Lance’s character presses her to do so as he is being controlled by a room full of unknown men. There is an agenda somewhere but between the old dude John Huston showing up to take Katie to another dimension and some weird sexual thing in white tents on top of a building I am not sure exactly what agenda it is serving except for those of you that will take LSD when watching the film. The film also stars Sam Peckinpah, Shelley Winters, and Glenn Ford in a movie that words cannot do justice for… Which by the way did I mention Space Jesus? Good luck my weird movie watching friends as I give the film 3 stars for just being that out there.

 

Bounty Hunters (VHS) – Michael Dudikoff is a low end bounty hunter that needs a paycheck to his bills that month and pleads to the local police he needs something. Well, he gets a guy he is supposed to pick up that gets him $10,000 but soon realizes he might want more money as a woman bounty hunter has been camping out on the guy for five days and they just got mixed up into some mob business. Unless you are a Dudikoff fan it’s not the most exciting action film as I give it 2 stars.

 

This is the End (DVD) – James Franco is having his usual Hollywood party that has all the young rich stars partying like it’s the end of the world until it is. Earthquakes begin to happen; trees are falling, people getting sucked up by blue lights from the sky, people dying… Once Seth Rogen and his best friend get back from the convenience store, Franco and others board up the house and try to decide what the next move is for them, if any. The film is hilarious but for me not as good as “The World’s End” but was still glad I got to see it. I have to give the flick 3 stars.

 

The Art of the Steal (On Demand) – If you were awaiting Kurt Russell’s comeback like I was you will not be disappointed in this crime/action flick that has Kurt Russell as an aging thief who did 5 ½ years in a Poland prison and now retired from the life of crime after his brother put him there. Russell is a motorcycle riding stuntman who pretty much does stunts for small carnivals and so on which pales in comparison what he used to do in another life. But when an opportunity arises for Russell to not only get back in the game but be remembered for one of the biggest art heists ever he has a plan you don’t see coming until it is over. The film is well directed, well casted, and kept me at the edge of my seat the whole time. Loved every second of screen time Russell had and just to top it off General Zod from “Superman 2” is a former art thief who helps authorities look into criminals like Russell’s character. The film is absolutely brilliant and cannot wait to watch it again as I believe it will be one of the best films for me in 2014 as I give it 4 stars.

 

Machete Kills (DVD) – Danny Trejo is back to reprise his role as “Machete” this time to do a job for his new country and to help out president Carlos Estevez kill a man in Mexico who has his sights or missile aimed at Washington D.C. But when the missile is control by the madman’s heart Machete just can’t kill him he must fight to get him over the border in 24 hours and get the only other person that exists to remove the contraption. Once again lots of over the top action, blood, and famous cameos but in the end I find myself enjoying the first film more than this sequel. Maybe it was missing crazy luchadors? But if Robert Rodriguez is able to pull off a third film that takes place in space that could be even more amazing than the first film! I give the sequel 3 stars and thought it was smart casting choice in making Mel Gibson the villain “Voz”. Now go and enjoy!

 

Hidden (DVD) – A fun horror film about a dude that inherits a building that just happens to hold his mother’s scientific experiments where she believed she could cure addiction all together with the help of a flying insect. But once himself and friends arrive to check out the place and decide what to do with it the man finds out his mother did these experiments hidden away for good reason as strange kids begin to fucking eat his friends one by one. The film reminds me a lot of the relatively unknown horror film “The Kindred” from 1987. The horror film is worth taking a chance on as I give it 2 ½ stars.

Back Road

Back Road (DVD) – Independent film producer and writer Jon Manthei with the help of writer/director Joseph Thompson is back at it again with his latest short film that in my belief could make a great 75 or 80 minute feature. The film follows Tommy and Tabaitha who are on their first date and have a flat tire on a long dirt road and its getting dark. Together they find help from a kind stranger driving by only to find they are next on the family’s menu but the film ends when it is just beginning as one of the couple have a surprise for the cannibal family. The film feels like “Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 and 3” meets “From Dusk Till Dawn” as it lures you in with the feeling you have seen this film before until the surprise happens and makes you want more from the talented duo. What makes the film work really well is not only how well the surprise is set up but I thought the two actors playing Tommy and Tabaitha played the ‘awkward first date couple’ so well you actually feel really bad when they are first kidnapped. I give the short film 3 ½ out of 4 stars and hope the talented duo listens and fleshes out a feature of this short film with a little more darker and demonic overtone to it? To find out more about Jon Manthei, Joseph Thompson, and their future projects go check out www.facebook.com/campfirepictures . Oh by the way look for the Ted Nugent for President bumper sticker, it fits perfect in this short film.

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Trancers City of Lost Angels (DVD) – Finally, the lost sequel or segment for Charles Band’s “Pulsepounders” anthology that never seen the light of day has been restored and released to DVD recently. Most people call it “Trancers 1.5” as the 25 minute film picks sometime after the first film with Jack Deth and his girlfriend Helen Hunt in 1986 running Deth’s detective agency. While during an argument between the two, McNulty knocks on the door after coming down the line to warn Jack about a criminal Edlin Shock who has escaped and wants him dead after spending five years in a prison in the future. Jack Deth springs into action again to return the futuristic criminal only to realize he misses the past and wants to spend his time in the past. It’s great seeing this film as if you are a fan of the series “1.5” fits just right into the timeline and most likely was to help new fans of Full Moon in 1988/1989 to understand the Jack Deth character more as the first film was hard to find depending where you lived. Once the sequels came out, the first film eventually became easier to find especially with the introduction of DVD in the 90s. I give the film 3 stars if you are a fan of the series, 2 stars if you are new to the whole Jack Deth story as most likely since this is one of the earlier Full Moon series that hasn’t had a sequel or reboot in years?

 

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