Premiering at Fantastic Fest September 23rd in Austin, Texas, and Sunday, October 8th on the CHILLER channel is THE AMERICAN SCREAM, from Michael Paul Stephenson, the director of one of the best documentaries in recent years, BEST WORST MOVIE. The fiends over at Shock Till You Drop have scored just about all the information you could possibly want about the upcoming film along with a slew of stills from the film. 


Magic Stone Productions (Magic Stone), the team behind the critically acclaimed documentary BEST WORST MOVIE, and Brainstorm Media are pleased to announce that their feature documentary, THE AMERICAN SCREAM, will have its world premiere at Fantastic Fest, the largest genre film festival in the U.S., on September 23 in Austin, Texas. THE AMERICAN SCREAM is the second documentary from director Michael Paul Stephenson. His first documentary BEST WORST MOVIE was a critical success when it was released in 2010.

Every Halloween, sleepy Fairhaven, Massachusetts erupts with the most ambitiously creative spookery in the world. Endless styrofoam tombstones and backyard beasts come courtesy of a few supremely dedicated local “home haunters” who’ve devoted their lives to the art of handmade monster making. THE AMERICAN SCREAM follows three of these horrific households to uncover the triumphs and tragedies that come with carrying the blackened banner of true Halloween spirit.

“After BEST WORST MOVIE, the thought of making another documentary was a bit terrifying. With BEST WORST MOVIE, I felt as if we got lucky; lucky to have been able to follow amazing characters and tell a story that meant so much to everybody involved. How on earth could we make another documentary that would have as much meaning,” said filmmaker Michael Paul Stephenson.

“But then came THE AMERICAN SCREAM and with it, a feeling of immense love and pride for these characters and their story. This film is about more than ‘haunted houses’ or Halloween. It’s a small, intimate story that is centered on dedication, creative passion, obsession and even sacrifice. It embodies a strong sense of small-town American identity, family and community. It only feels fitting to return to the Alamo Drafthouse for the premiere,” continued Stephenson.

THE AMERICAN SCREAM will world premiere at Fantastic Fest at Alamo Drafthouse on South Lamar on Sunday, September 23. Filmmakers and stars of the film will be in attendance. This includes director Michael Paul Stephenson and stars Manny Souza and Victor Bariteau and family.

THE AMERICAN SCREAM is an original feature length documentary for NBC Universal’s cable channel, Chiller. It will premiere on the Chiller Channel on October 28, 2012 at 8pm EST and will play theatrically in select cities in October. Michael Stephenson, Lindsay Stephenson, Zack Carlson and Rod Olson of Magic Stone Productions and Meyer Shwarzstein of Brainstorm Media produce the film.



Source: Shock Till You Drop

I hadn’t really heard much about the Exorcist-meets-Blair Witch flick COTTON.  I happened upon this little story while browsing Shock Till You Drop:

Lionsgate has picked up the US distribution rights for the Eli Roth produced horror thriller The Last Exorcism (formally titled Cotton).

Helmed by German director Daniel Stamm, the cinema-verite style pic stars Patrick Fabian as a troubled evangelical minister who allows his final exorcism to be filmed by a documentary crew. (It’s the “found footage” formula with an exorcism.)

“It’s always great to work with our friend Eli, who has played a key role in establishing Lionsgate in the vanguard of the horror genre,” said Jason Constantine, Lionsgate’s prexy of acquisitions and co-productions. “The Last Exorcism feels as close to a real exorcism as anyone would ever want to get — audiences are going to find this movie scary as, well, hell.”

The Last Exorcism will premiere next month at SXSW in Austin, Texas. We’ll keep you posted on an official release date as soon as one is locked down.

With any luck, Eli Roth hasn’t tainted this flick by producing it.  I’d hate to see a director fail because his film wasn’t the way Lionsgate’s “good friend Eli” wanted it to turn out (i.e. shitcakes).


From Bloody Good Horror:


Sad news today that veteran actor Lou Perryman passed away on April 1st.

Known as a long time collaborator with Tobe Hooper, Perryman was best known as L.G. from “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2″ as well as behind the camera work on many films such as “Poltergeist”, “Texas Chainsaw Massacre”, “The Blues Brothers”, “Boys Don’t Cry” and many others. Perryman has been a long time resident of South Austin, Texas.

To make the situation even more grave, Austin local news has brought forth new information that Perryman may in fact have been a victim of foul play.

A South Austin neighborhood is on edge after police discover a body inside a small home. Now a man is behind bars in connection with that murder, after he reportedly showed up at the Travis County Justice complex with information that led police to the crime scene.

The story does not identify Perlman as the victim, but his daughter has already taken to her Facebook page announcing her father’s death, as well as confirmed to the horror site linked above that her father was the victim in the above mentioned story. Nothing is official at this point and no charges have been filed, but all signs are starting to point in the same direction.

You have got to be fucking shitting me.  Really?  What the FUCK kind of world do we live in where some piece of motherfucking shit goes and kills L.G.?  MOTHER FUCK!!!  It’s a good thing it’s Texas because I want that fucker to fucking FRY!  Torture the fucker first.  What the fuck, man.  This is just…it’s too fucking much.

You’ll be missed, man.