Welcome to this issue of Horror News Weekly! This time we’ve got news on “The Expendables of horror movies” with SMOTHERED, a couple early images from INDIGENOUS and DARK HOUSE, and the upcoming release of CARNE: THE TACO MAKER (yes you read that correctly). You’ll also find news on indie horror films INFLICTION and GILGAMESH. Check out all the news below, and as always if you have some news to submit, contact us!
SMOTHERED Rounds Up One Hell of a Cast to Play Themselves
Horror all-star laden SMOTHERED premiered in New Orleans last Friday, and man is it loaded with familiar faces. The horror comedy takes some of modern horror fans’ favorite actors and actresses, and places them into a situation playing themselves at a Horror-Con gone monstrously wrong. Check out the details below, followed by a couple screenshots, and keep your eyes out for a release later this year.
From the press release:
The highly-anticipated fright-fest, which features the likes of Kane Hodder, Don Shanks, R.A Mihailoff, Bill Mosely, and Brea Grant, boasts the largest number of horror icons ever to grace the screen at the same time.
Smothered, written and directed by Schneider, sees the horror icons playing themselves in a scenario that sees them attending a small, disheartening horror-convention on Friday the 13th. Running out of patience but principally money, the group accept a cash-offer to go and scare-up the local RV park – but things take a surprising, dark turn when they arrive. The tables are turned as the monsters of the movie screen become the prey!
A recent sneak preview resulted in glowing reviews across-the-board, with critics calling the movie “a horror-comedy with some bite” (Shock Til You Drop) and ” A must see cinematic event” (Examiner).
Smothered, also featuring Michael Berryman (The Hills Have Eyes), John Kassir (‘The Crypt Keeper’), Dane Rhodes (True Detective), and Shanna Forrestall (The Last Exorcism), is due for release late 2014.
Teaser Photos From INDIGENOUS and DARK HOUSE
Lightning Entertainment has recently acquired the rights to INDIGENOUS and DARK HOUSE, and have provided us with a teaser image for each. Below are the details for each film, and the screens. It’s all you get for now, so savor it.
DARK HOUSE details from the press release:
Set to screen for Market World Premiere screenings in Cannes, “Dark House” is directed by celebrated genre director Victor Salva (“Jeepers Creepers,” “Peaceful Warrior”) and stars Tobin Bell (Jigsaw from the “Saw” franchise), Luke Kleintank (TVs “Pretty Little Liars,” “Bones”) and Zack Ward (“Transformers,” “Devil’s Tomb”).
On his 23rd birthday, Nick is summoned by his mother to the asylum where she has been institutionalized since his childhood. Hoping that her request to see him is a sign of improvement, Nick is stunned by her revelation that the father he thought was dead is really alive, and that he may know the origin of Nick’s terrible psychic gift. Nick sets out to find his father with his best friend and girlfriend. Every road they take on the terrifying journey leads them back to the same abandoned mansion – a house which Nick thought had only existed in his childhood imagination. Finally succumbing to the will of the house, Nick becomes embroiled in an epic battle with a horrific dark force…
INDIGENOUS details from the press release:
“Indigenous,” following sold-out screenings in Tribeca’s Midnight Screenings section, is directed by Alastair Orr (“Expiration”), and stars Pierson Fode (“Kill Game”), Lindsey McKeon (“Airline Disaster”), Sofia Pernas (“Age of the Dragons,” “Underground”) and Jaime Anderson (“L’American,” “The Kid”).
Shot on location in Panama, the film follows a group of friends who travel from Los Angeles to exotic Panama for a week of surfing and partying in a lush tropical paradise. Befriending a beautiful local woman in their hotel bar, they learn of a secret jungle hike to a pristine waterfall nearby. A local surfer cautions them strongly against the journey into the dense jungles of the Darien Gap, warning that other gringos in search of the legendary waterfall had mysteriously disappeared into the rainforest, never to be seen or heard from again.
Ignoring his warnings, the group convinces the woman to guide them to the picturesque waterfall, thinking that they have nothing to fear with a local as their guide. What begins as a fun outing quickly turns terrifying when their guide mysteriously vanishes after a romantic tryst at the falls. As night closes in, the friends realize too late the truth behind the warnings— horrific, bloodthirsty, flesh-eating creatures are now stalking them. The mangled survivors rush to jungle caves for shelter, only to realize they’ve entered the monsters’ lair!
Upcoming VOD Release of CARNE: THE TACO MAKER
The newest VOD release from Brain Damage Films is the story of a taco maker, a taco maker that may be making tacos with non-taco-making meats. CARNE: THE TACO MAKER is set for release June 1st through all the standard VOD platforms. Details and trailer below.
Learn more about the film here: Carne the Taco Maker on Facebook
From the press release:
Forty years after Charlton Heston warned us that “Soylent Green is people”, Carne: The Taco Maker has come from the dirty streets of Los Angeles to make us all question just what makes our favorite street vendor’s food so delicious. Is it cat? Dog? Human? Or is it just plain old factory-farmed cow? Horror fans will have to find out for themselves when Carne hits small screens everywhere this June.
“I felt the need for a pool of filmmakers that could come together and develop low budget films and highest artistic quality,” said writer/director Rene Rodriguez, founder and director of Teatro Urbano/Chango Cinema. “From my idea of developing a horror movie, together with Josh Sands, Rosemary Rodriguez and René Alejandro Rodriguez, The Taco Maker was created. This was also a family and community project.”
Todd David Schwartz of the Beverly Hills Times gave the film his highest rating of four stars. Raving that Carne is “Crazily entertaining!,” he went on to say “It reminds me of early John Waters, and David Lynch at his most droll. It’s dark, weird, and unlike anything else that’s out there right now. Invite a bunch of friends over and have a wild party while you enjoy it!”
INFLICTION Trailer, Images, and Screening News
Later this month those of you in New Jersey have the chance to catch a screening of new indie horror INFLICTION. Check out the details, screenshots, and trailer below. For those of you who can make one of the screenings, head over to the Historic Blairstown Theater site for tickets.
From the press release:
Fox Trail Productions announces two screenings of the controversial film “Infliction” at The Historic Blairstown Theatre on Friday May 30th, 2014 at 7pm and 9pm at 30 Main Street, Blairstown, NJ. Produced by award-winning filmmaker Jack Thomas Smith, whose feature film “Disorder” was released by Universal/Vivendi and Warner Brothers, “Infliction” is a dark and disturbing assembled footage film that documents two brothers’ murder spree in NC and the horrific truth behind their actions.
“Working on ‘Infliction’ left me troubled and haunted,” says Jack Thomas Smith, who will be attending the screenings. “It left me thinking about people’s actions or lack thereof and the inevitable domino effect. We all walk our own path in life, which shapes and defines us. What happens to us today, good or bad, will affect generations to come.” Jack Thomas Smith will host a Q&A session after the screenings.
Admission is $9.00 and tickets can be purchased in advance at www.thehbt.com or at the door.
“Infliction” will screen in select theaters across the country in the spring and summer of 2014 with the nationwide DVD, PPV, VOD, and digital release scheduled for July 1st, 2014 by Virgil Films & Entertainment.
GILGAMESH Announcement, Posters and Teaser Trailer
Filmmaker Richard Chandler recently announced the completion of the rough cut of his upcoming dystopian horror, GILGAMESH. With still a great deal of work ahead of them, Chandler and the crew expect to see a release late 2014 or early 2015. But for now, at least we’ve got two posters and a teaser trailer, and that’s one entertaining teaser!
Find out more about the film here: Boston Film Family Facebook Page
From the press release:
Produced, written, directed, edited, and starring Chandler himself, GILGAMESH is a mixed genre movie that contains an unusual hybrid of Sci-Fi, fantasy, horror, exploitation, and political thriller. It stars Joe Gannascoli (“Vito” from THE SOPRANOS) and cult horror sensation Melantha Blackthorne (the title character in the TV show COUNTESS BATHORIA’S GRAVEYARD PICTURE SHOW).
Also starring in the movie are Josh Davis, Emily Coleman, Oselito Joseph, Jon Pierce, Ray Hryb, Emilie Faith Lewis, Carver Riot, Peter Morse, Giancarlo Madonnini, Joe Victor, James Baker, Matt Colicci, Lilith Astaroth, Sarah Michelle, and dozens more.
Told in flashback-style, US Senator Higgins (Gannascoli) interrogates imprisoned archeologist David Murphy (Davis) in order to learn how Murphy and his wife Kristen (Blackthorne) were involved in an expedition that may have accidentally freed from her ancient prison Inanna (Coleman), the Sumerian goddess of lust and war.
While Inanna plots to destroy earth using a giant meteor to collide into the planet, the American President (Morse) and his military men (Pierce, Madonnini, and Victor) hope to utilize Inanna as a weapon of mass destruction. However a violent communist take-over of the US government, led by Special Agent Lars (Chandler) and his ally Angela Kozlov (Riot), complicates the government’s goal to exploit Inanna. As chaos ensues, the ancient god Gilgamesh (Joseph) ponders whether or not he will act as mankind’s last best hope to save humanity from its rendezvous with annihilation.
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