Z*CON, AN EXCITING NEW ZOMBIE FILM FOR CHARITY, LAUNCHES INDIEGOGO CAMPAIGN!

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UPDATE: 6 DAYS LEFT TO MAKE THIS DREAM A REALITY! HEAD ON OVER TO THE INDIEGOGO PAGE AND CHECK IT OUT!

Source: Vince Collura & The Official Z*Con IndieGoGo Campaign:

Z*CON is feature length film about four teen podcasters who are trapped at a comic convention when the zombie apocalypse breaks out. They use social media to share what’s going on inside with the outside world. It’s kind of like “Goonies” meets “Shaun of the Dead” set in…well….a comic convention.

Oh…and 100% of the net proceeds from this film will go to charities such as The American Red Cross & Kids Need To Read! Pretty cool idea, huh? The IndieGoGo Campaign will be running from October 1st (hey, that’s today, so why aren’t you already donating?!) until November 9th, so while you have 40 days to contribute, you never know when the zombie apocalypse will hit, so head on over and start helping with the funding now!

I, for one, am incredibly excited about this project. If there’s any place for a zombie outbreak to occur, it’s going to be at a Con. Of course you’ll have your cowards and pants-pissers, but if I know anything, I know Con people, and I can guarantee that at least half (and this is a conservative number) have a zombie outbreak plan all ready to go. Weapons, however, will definitely prove an issue when all you have to work with is fake props and “boffer” swords. Regardless, we geeks are a hardy crowd and a zombie outbreak inside of a Con, while a nightmare to some, is a dream come true for horror fans!

CONTINUE READING FOR MORE ON THE INCREDIBLE, CHARITABLE, EXCITING NEW ZOMBIE FILM Z*CON!

NEW RED BAND TRAILER HITS FOR INDIE HORROR PERSEVERATION

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From The Film’s Facebook Page:

The first film from Adam Sotelo. Enter his mind as he takes you on a journey to hell and back. His view on religion and the course it takes on the human mind. This film will not only shock you, it will disgust you, And leave you guessing. The film is set for an October 2013 release.

Synopsis:

A young boy(Joshua)’s journey into survival after being born into a inbred religious cult quickly turns sour.
Locked in a cage, starved, & beaten his whole life he witnesses a murder in the church where he has been held captive
Being taught a skewed religion & being held captive takes a tole on his mentality as he grows into a monster.
Acting out on his disgusting, depraved & violent urges towards the “Non believers” as he was brought up in the quiet abandoned town in Hancock New york Where The inbred cult family lived.
With a face hidden from society for so long, a tortured soul, And a skewed belief, he roams the streets looking for the next sinner to cross his path.
So… We ask you..
What would you do if your religion was defiled?

CONTINUE READING FOR A LOOK AT A THE NSFW RED BAND TRAILER & A FEW COOL POSTERS!

LEAD ACTRESS WHITNEY ABLE DISCUSSES THE FILM ‘DARK’ IN NEW VIDEO!

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Source: Dread Central

SYNOPSIS:

Set in NYC during the blackout of 2003, Kate, a struggling 30-something model with a troubled past, has just moved into her girlfriend Leah’s Brooklyn loft but already doubts about their relationship have begun to loom. When Leah leaves for the weekend, Kate unexpectedly finds herself alone in the apartment in the midst of the worst blackout in North American history. As darkness falls over the city, Kate’s paranoia grows and she begins to believe someone in the building is stalking her. With no one to help her and escape out of reach, Kate is forced to confront her deepest fears as she fights to survive through the night.

HELP THE NEW JOE DANTE PRODUCED THRILLER ‘DARK’ BECOME A REALITY VIA KICKSTARTER

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On August 14th, 2003, New York City went… DARK

Produced by legendary horror director/producer Joe Dante and written by GUT writer/director Elias, DARK (currently raising funds on the crowdsourcing site Kickstarter) is a new feature thriller directed by Nick Basile, who has produced and directed a series of independent films including Festival Award winners Slasher FlickBeyond Dreams and The Man Who Knew Belle Starr. Basile most recently directed the feature documentary American Carny: True Tales from the Circus Sideshow (in wide release throughout the US and Canada) which the Film Institute of Lincoln Center named among its prestigious Top 10 Documentaries of the Year.

“I’ve always been attracted to projects by young filmmakers who are trying to do something within their means,” says Dante, “DARK has been conceived in this manner and has the opportunity to be a very suspenseful and commercial picture.”

SYNOPSIS:

Set in NYC during the blackout of 2003, Kate, a struggling 30-something model with a troubled past, has just moved into her girlfriend Leah’s Brooklyn loft but already doubts about their relationship have begun to loom. When Leah leaves for the weekend, Kate unexpectedly finds herself alone in the apartment in the midst of the worst blackout in North American history. As darkness falls over the city, Kate’s paranoia grows and she begins to believe someone in the building is stalking her. With no one to help her and escape out of reach, Kate is forced to confront her deepest fears as she fights to survive through the night.

CONTINUE READING AFTER THE BREAK TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT DARK AND HOW YOU CAN HELP IN THE CREATION OF THIS INDEPENDENT HORROR FILM!

REVIEW: THE TURNPIKE KILLER (2012)

Distribution/Production Company: New York Horror Film Productions
Directed by: Evan Makrogiannis
Written By: Evan Makrogiannis & Brian Weaver
Starring: Bill McLaughlin, Edgar Moye, Lyndsey Brown, Vinny Ward, Ruby Larocca, & Manoush
Running Time: 129 minutes
Rating: Unrated

Synopsis:

In a city that never sleeps, a killer prowls the streets at night. Over a span of ten years, the butchered remains of New York City women have been found dumped along the New Jersey Turnpike. The sadistic fiend behind these horrific murders has been dubiously termed “THE TURNPIKE KILLER.” His search for “The Chosen One” leaving an endless trail of bloodshed and brutality, NYPD Homicide Detective Lloyd is on the case as “The Turnpike Killer” continues to evade capture. Keep off the streets at night, stay out of the tunnels, and avoid the bridges because you can’t escape when all roads lead to terror!

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For the past few years, horror fans have been yearning for a return to the heyday of 80’s slasher/grindhouse fare. This is probably due in some part to nostalgia, but I tend to believe that the horror films you and I grew up with, dear fiendish readers, are simply just so much better than the over-polished tripe that we’ve been fed for decades now. That’s not to say that a few gems haven’t shone through the immense amount of sludge, with even a few studio efforts making the grade. The finest horror fare these days, however, is thanks to independent filmmakers who just couldn’t get enough of the genre classics on VHS.

Some of my fondest memories are of going with my brother and father to the local mom ‘n pop independent video stores and staring longingly at hours on end of that wide variety of titles available with box covers, oven in gruesome blood red color, depicting a taste of what I could expect inside. Upon meeting the director of THE TURNPIKE KILLER, Evan Makrogiannis at a special screening of a VHS copy of the original Mother’s Day, I learned that he too was an independent filmmaker and kindred spirit when it came to the genre we all love and admire. After a brief conversation on the re-emergence of VHS as a popular platform, he produced a copy of his film, THE TURNPIKE KILLER, in, of all things, an 80’s style big-box VHS case. That’s right boils ‘n ghouls, Evan, being a true fan, put so much thought not only into his film, but it’s release as well. Inside I found not only the DVD, but a VHS copy and a signed poster for the film signed by none other than budding scream queen Ruby LaRocca!

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With all of this attention to detail, I couldn’t wait to watch the film (though, admittedly, it took forever to find a VCR because I wanted to see the film in the format it so clearly was meant for as well as the DVD). THE TURNPIKE KILLER is a very strong entry into the genre by a first time filmmaker on a budget. Shot originally on DV, the film was later put through a process to give it that grindhouse 16mm look we all know and love to better match the material within. I’m not talking about the fake pops and scratches Tarantino and co. poorly tried to replicate in his Grindhouse double feature. THE TURNPIKE KILLER looks as though it could actually be a lost film from the 80’s era. With this mood set, I was incredibly excited for the ride I was about to take and I was not disappointed.

CONTINUE READING AFTER THE BREAK FOR THE FULL REVIEW FOR THE TURNPIKE KILLER!

CHECK OUT THE FIRST TRAILER FOR BRANDON FOWLER’S HYBRID VIGOR

Waaaaay back last July, we here at Backwoods Horror told you about an independent successfully Kickstarter financed film titled HYBRID VIGOR. It seemed like a weird sort of film, original, and new, so we’ve been following little rumblings here and there, though the crumbs have been few and far between. But now, finally, an official trailer has been released for the film. Check it out after the break below!

Voted IndieWire’s PROJECT OF THE WEEK and with a twitter following of over 250,000 followers (good GAWD!), HYBRID VIGOR surpassed its initial kickstarter goal of $50,000. This is all incredible news as it is so incredibly difficult to get an independent film made these days, funding always being such a problem to get things off the ground. Fowler even had to leave the US, going to a country few people other than Latvians ever even think about to get the film made. That’s f-ing dedication if I’ve ever heard it. So what is HYBRID VIGOR?

SYNOPSIS:

HYBRID VIGOR is a feature film about life, death, violence, morality, immortality, love, and loss in the USSR during Soviet times and in present day Latvia. It opens on frozen Lake Baikal in Siberia during Soviet times. Most of the film takes place in present day Latvia. More details about the plot will be revealed in the coming months.

For more information go to the OFFICIAL WEBSITE, The OFFICIAL KICKSTARTER PAGE, the TUMBLR Page, the FACEBOOK PageTWITTER, and there’s even a making-of series on YouTube.

KEEP READING AFTER THE BREAK FOR THE NEW OFFICIAL TRAILER FOR HYBRID VIGOR AND MORE!

WHAT HAPPENS ‘AFTER’ THE DARKNESS COMES?

Yet another independent feature has flown, until recently, under our radar that looks as though it may be very interesting. Directed by Ryan Smith, AFTER stars Steven Strait, Karolina Wydra, Sandra Lafferty and Madison Lintz. AFTER is set for a limited theatrical release September 14, 2012.

SYNOPSIS:

When two bus crash survivors (Steven Strait, Karolina Wydra) awake to discover that they are the only people left in their small town, they must form an unlikely alliance in a race to unravel the truth behind their isolation. As strange events begin to unfold, they start to question whether the town they know so well is really what it seems.

Check out the two trailers and poster below and be sure to check back here, the official Facebook Page, and the Official Website  for more information as it develops.

VIDEO: AWESOME INDEPENDENT HORROR SHORT: NIGHT OF THE PUNKS!

Recently I was introduced to an amazing independent horror short film titled NIGHT OF THE PUNKSand I was completely blown away. The punk rock score was incredible, the acting believable (with characters you actually care about), the story and script was well written, and the gore, while over the top at times…in a good way, was FANTASTIC! Shot in the fall of 2010 in Los Angeles, CA, NOTP was self-financed on a shoestring budget of under $10k using a Canon Mark II 5D camera and Final Cut Studio.

Directed by Dan Riesser who co-wrote the script with Mike L. Kinshella, the film starred Luke Edwards (perhaps best known as the child star of films such as THE WIZARD, LITTLE BIG LEAGUE, and NEWSIES), Nick Mundy (a member of Team Tiger Awesome, Cracked.com, Comedy Central, & Atom.com), Aubrey Wood, Mike L. Kinshella, Dominic Deleo, and John Bobek. Makeup FX and Creature Design was created by Bruce Spaulding Fuller (who’s work can be seen in RESIDENT EVIL, UNDERWORLD, ARMY OF DARKNESS, TERMINATOR 2: JUDGEMENT DAY, among others, having worked alongside the Stan Winston Effects Group and KNB).

SYNOPSIS:

At their first big city gig, a small town punk rock band must do battle with a horde of bloodthirsty demon punks hell-bent on turning the band into their sacrificial meal.

The Brain Deads are a suburban punk rock band from Anytown, USA. With their adorable merch girl by their side, they head to their first big city show with visions of circle pits, tattooed groupies and punk rock rebellion in their heads.

Unfortunately, the venue is practically deserted, the promoter is a walking police sketch, and once the music starts, the punks in the audience reveal themselves to be bloodthirsty monsters out for blood. It turns out the venue is built on a portal to hell and our heroes are to be served up in a demonic ritual sacrifice.

What comes next is 19 minutes of outrageously over-the-top 80?s style horror. We?re talking practical gore effects, huge scares, big laughs, gratuitous nudity, chainsaw decapitations, drumstick eye gouges, disembowelments, face-melting guitar solos… sex, drugs, and rock-n-roll. It?s gonna be one helluva show.

NIGHT OF THE PUNKS is a love letter to the bygone era of 1980’s splatterpunk horror. It echoes classics like Return of the Living Dead, Demons and The Evil Dead and will sport a killer 80?s punk rock soundtrack. The film will have the visual style of filmmakers like Walter Hill, Joe Dante, Sam Raimi and John Carpenter

To learn more about the film, check out the official site, facebook page, and don’t forget to follow Irrational Films on twitter as well. Check out the film below and be sure to check it out on VIMEO to check it out in Hi-Def!

 

BRANDON FOWLER’S INDIE HORROR FILM ‘HYBRID VIGOR’ SUCCESSFULLY SURPASSES FUNDING GOAL

First, CONGRATULATIONS to Brandon Fowler, the writer/director/producer of the upcoming Latvian horror/drama HYBRID VIGOR on successfully achieving, in fact surpassing, his fundraising goal on kickstarter to get this film made, no doubt through a remarkably successful internet crowd sourcing campaign and the hard work of everyone involved in the film! This is always incredibly exciting news for independent filmmakers.

I have been seeing news of the film HYBRID VIGOR for a few weeks now but had yet to post anything about it until I had a clear understanding of everything involved. All I had gathered up until this point was that it was a genre film made in LATVIA of all places, which had me assuming it was a Latvian film. I was dead wrong. So now, boils ‘n ghouls, you’re going to get the full story.

Recently voted IndieWire’s PROJECT OF THE WEEK and with a twitter following of over 250,000 followers (good GAWD!), HYBRID VIGOR has surpassed its initial kickstarter goal of $50,000 and filming has already begun. This is all incredible news as it is so incredibly difficult to get an independent film made these days, funding always being such a problem to get things off the ground. Fowler even had to leave the US, going to a country few people other than Latvians ever even think about to get the film made. That’s f-ing dedication if I’ve ever heard it. So what is HYBRID VIGOR?

Excerpted from the Press Release:

Hybrid Vigor Films, LLC announced that Brandon Fowler, the director of the upcoming Latvian horror/drama HYBRID VIGOR, has just surpassed his fundraising goal on crowd funding platform Kickstarter  raising additional funds from a wide Twitter fanbase. The film stars an emerging Latvian cast that includes Velta Buka in her feature film debut and also co-stars Jevgenija Mirosnicenko and Aleksandr Ivanov. All three actors are native to Latvia and no other parts have been officially cast. Fowler (Executive Producer of “Loren Cass”), who wrote the script, is also serving as the film’s producer.

The film, which began principal photography in March, has already shot large portions on Lake Peipus in Estonia, and also in several locations in Latvia. The film is scheduled to complete shooting later this year. Specific release dates and markets will be announced shortly thereafter.

HYBRID VIGOR is a feature film about life, death, violence, morality, immortality, love, and loss in the USSR during Soviet times, and in present day Latvia. It opens on frozen Lake Baikal in Siberia during the Soviet era, but most of the film takes place in present day Latvia. More details about the plot will be revealed in the coming months.

HYBRID VIGOR offers unique perks to its members who sign up to pledge money to the production. Donors will have their photo added to the film’s photomosaic movie poster as well as have their names listed in the end credits. With over 250,000 followers on Twitter, the production raised a majority of the funding directly from their followers.

“We are at the beginning of what will be an independent filmmaking renaissance period. Crowfunding/crowdinvesting coupled with open access social media sites and affordable, professional quality cameras are going to empower a whole new generation of indie filmmakers,” said Fowler.

For more information go to the OFFICIAL KICKSTARTER PAGE, the TUMBLR Page, the FACEBOOK Page, TWITTER, and there’s even a making-of series on YouTube.

SYNOPSIS:

HYBRID VIGOR is a feature film about life, death, violence, morality, immortality, love, and loss in the USSR during Soviet times and in present day Latvia. It opens on frozen Lake Baikal in Siberia during Soviet times. Most of the film takes place in present day Latvia. More details about the plot will be revealed in the coming months.

Velta Buka, the star of Hybrid Vigor, has something she wants to tell you…

SID HAIG, DEVANNY PINN, AND JEFFERY COMBS STAR IN THE PENNY DREADFUL PICTURE SHOW

Source: Horror Society

From Horror Society:

With the premiere of THE PENNY DREADFUL PICTURE SHOW happening at the Fright Night Film Festival, I was provided with information by Picture Show star Devanny Pinn to share with all of us who are unable to make the screening. And let me just tell, I wish I was in Louisville, Kentucky tonight because this film looks amazing!

Devanny Pinn did not disclose full details on this film, but she gave me enough information to hopefully entice an audience into attending any future screenings. First and foremost, she shared with me the absolutely amazing cast that headline this horror flick. The Penny Dreadful Picture Show will star Sid Haig (Devil’s Rejects), Jeffery Combs (Re-animator), Devanny Pinn (Nude Nuns With Big Guns), Josh Hammond (Jeepers Creepers 2), and Eliza Swenson as the title character Penny Dreadful. Supporting cast members include former WWE Superstar Al Snow, Kristina Hammond (American Girls), Brandon Stacy (Dead Men Walking), Alexis Iacono (The Black Dahlia Haunting), Barry Ratcliffe (Vivid), and Collin Galyean (House of Bones).

Synopsis:

The Penny Dreadful Picture Show is a unique horror film experience. Join the delightfully demented Penny Dreadful as she takes you through the history of horror movies… one scream at a time! The short films featured in …Picture Show include Slash-In-The Box, which is written and directed by Nick Everhart; The Scout, which is also written and directed by Nick Everhart; The Slaughter House, which is written and directed by Leigh Scott; and The Morning After, which is written and directed by Eliza Swenson.

Here’s a teaser the PENNY DREADFUL IMAGINARIUM group put out just in time for Christmas last year. And don’t forget to check out their official Facebook Page for further information…