2014
10.28

Anchor Bay is Gonna ‘Muck’ You Up

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Anchor Bay Entertainment has acquired the North American rights to Steve Wolsh’s directorial debut Muck, a hyper-violent indie slasher about a group of friends seeking refuge in an empty Cape Cod vacation home from an outside evil only to discover a more savage force inside.

Muck is the middle chapter in a trilogy of frighteners spanning three horrific days set before, during, and after St. Patrick’s Day. According to THR, Anchor Bay will release the film in theaters and all platforms in early 2015.

Muck was shot on location in Cape Cod and features practical effects and, most importantly, frivolous nudity from a bevy of gorgeous scream queens.

Stunners include 2012 Playmate of the Year Jaclyn Swedberg, Miss Cape Cod 2013 Audra Van Hees, Miss Cape Cod 2012 Ashley Green Elizabeth, Russian model Gia Skova, Puja Mohindra, Victoria Sophia, and Lauren Francesca (pictured above)

Oh… and horror icon Kane Hodder (Jason X) also stars.

2014
10.28

Screamfest 2014: ‘See No Evil 2′ Review!

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The world premiere of Jen and Sylvia Soska’s See No Evil 2 was held at this year’s Screamfest Horror Film Festival in Hollywood, CA. The film is the unexpected sequel to the 2006 cult hit from ex-porn pioneer Gregory Dark.

The original See No Evil was not a great film, but it had one raw ingredient powerful enough to satisfy the appetites of slasher fans: WWE sensation Kane as a killer Jacob Goodnight, a tormented giant who swings a hook on a chain like a rodeo champ and collects eyeballs as trophies.

The Soska twins, writers and directors of American Mary, one of modern horror’s most impressive and brutal offerings, revive Jacob Goodnight for another go in See No Evil 2, producing a sequel that is not only superior to the original film, but a love letter to the slasher genre.

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See No Evil 2 picks up on the night Jacob meets his demise at the hands of some very lucky survivors at the Blackwell Hotel. With his left eye gouged out because irony and numerous fatal injuries from being pushed out a high story window, Jacob is declared dead and en route to the city morgue where scream queen Danielle Harris is working.

Harris plays Amy, a pretty med school dropout working the graveyard shift on her birthday to help process the arrival of Jacob’s body. Surprised by her friends and coworkers with an impromptu party, Amy’s evening doesn’t seem so bad. That is until her friend Tamara, who apparently has a thing for serial killers, goes looking for Jacob.

Katharine Isabelle returns to the Soska fold to play Tamara, and easily steals every scene she’s in with a natural knack for humor and hotness. Watching her mount Jacob’s corpse, briefly cuckolding her boyfriend as she bumps and grinds on the stiff, tickles the funny bone while triggering gooseflesh.

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Trouble comes quick when Jacob awakens from the dead to see Tamara and her boyfriend going at it. Enraged, he completely crushes him and chases after Tamara, slaughtering all who cross his path. The next unfortunate soul is Amy’s boss Holden, a good natured and wheelchair bound Michael Eklund, fresh off a menacing turn on A&E’s “Bates Motel.”

Jacob hooks Holden with his chain and yanks him down a hospital corridor. It’s a tragic scene that one expects to get worse once Jacob starts to pull on his chain, but the kills in See No Evil 2 aren’t particularly gory or shocking. Don’t misunderstand. The deaths are violent… just not outrageous. It’s an unexpected surprise, especially after the gruesomeness of American Mary, but there’s no need to fret.

What See No Evil 2 lacks in blood, it more than makes up in cat-and-mouse thrills. The chases are pure white-knuckle fun and provide plenty of jump scares. Kane is absolutely frightening as Jacob, physically on par with Jason Voorhees. The dialogue is funny and sharp and provides even the most secondary of characters with enough likability to kinda hope for their well-being… maybe.

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There is a twist to the film and it ends in a promising manner for those of us who hope to see another chapter in the WWE Studios franchise (hopefully with the Soska twins once again at the helm). See No Evil 2 is available on DVD and Blu-ray from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.

2014
10.28

‘Spartacus’ Stunner Erin Cummings Adds Bite to Werewolf Thriller ‘Late Phases’

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Dark Sky Films has released a trailer for its new werewolf thriller Late Phases, starring Nick Damici as a blind war veteran out for vengeance after a werewolf kills his neighbors and his seeing-eye dog. Spanish filmmaker Adrián García Bogliano (Cold Sweat) makes his English language feature debut with the project.

If a blind soldier taking on a werewolf isn’t enough to grab your interest, the film also stars “Spartacus: Blood and Sand” and Bitch Slap stunner Erin Cummings (pictured). Cummings and “Once Upon a Time” actor Ethan Embry play a married couple living in Damici’s community.

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2014
10.27

Screamfest Horror Film Festival Announces 2014 Skully Award Winners!

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The 14th annual Screamfest Horror Film Festival came to a close last week with the announcement of the Skully Award winners. The ceremony was held at a closing night party at Sammy Hagar’s Cabo Wabo Cantina (hence why we’re just now recovering to write this) in Hollywood, CA.

Alejandro Hidalgo’s supernatural thriller House at the End of Time earned top honors with wins for Best Picture and Best Director. Matthew A. Brown’s rape/revenge shocker Julia was the evening’s biggest winner, taking home Best Makeup, Best Editing, Best Musical Score, and Best Actress for Ashley C. Williams.

Alejandro HidalMatthew A. Brown’s Julia was the evening’s biggest winner, taking home four awards: Best Makeup, Best Editing, Best Musical Score, and Best Actress for a very deserving Ashley C. Williams.

Clatto’s Pick of the Festival: Parlor. Read our review.

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BEST PICTURE: House at the End of Time

BEST DIRECTOR: Alejandro Hidalgo, House at the End of Time

BEST ACTRESS: Ashley C. Williams, Julia

BEST ACTOR: Matthew Gray Gubler, Suburban Gothic

BEST EDITING: Julia

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: White Settlers

BEST MAKEUP: Julia

BEST SPECIAL EFFECTS: Dark Was the Night

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS: Dark Was the Night

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BEST MUSICAL SCORE: Frank Hall, Julia

BEST STUDENT SHORT: Slut

BEST SHORT: The Landing

BEST HORROR COMEDY SHORT: Dead Hearts


2014
10.25

Re-Animator: The Musical Extends Los Angeles Run, Heads to Vegas Next!

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Stuart Gordon’s Re-Animator: The Musical is extending its Los Angeles run until Nov. 23. The show plays the Steve Allen Theater Fridays through Sundays at 8 p.m. The award-winning musical returned this year after its original 2011 L.A. run with new songs for a special Halloween engagement.

Re-Animator: The Musical is also heading to Las Vegas and will run Jan. 6 through Jan. 18 at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts. In addition to L.A. and now Vegas, the show has played New York and Europe. In a release, Gordon said he was “looking forward to new blood in the audience.”

Adapted from Gordon’s beloved 1985 film, the production follows the grisly havoc caused by med school students Herbert West and Dan Cain after they set out to reanimate human corpses. Graham Skipper reprises the role of West and Jesse Merlin returns as West’s nemesis and plagiarist Dr. Hill.

Read our review of musical’s original run here.

For tickets and information on the L.A. run, click here or call 800-595-4849. For Vegas, click here or call 702-749-2000.

2014
10.24

‘Insidious: Chapter 3′ May Finally Get Out of ‘Poltergeist’ Shadow!

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Insidious is an enjoyable movie, but quite frankly we liked it better when it was 1982 and called Poltergeist. To boot, Insidious: Chapter 2 was more Poltergeist 3 in comparison to the first Poltergeist sequel, which was a gem in it’s own right thanks largely to Julian Beck’s portrayal of demon Reverend Henry Kane.

But, we digress… Focus Features has released a first trailer for Leigh Whannell’s Insidious: Chapter 3, slated to arrive in theaters May 29, 2015. The film marks the directorial debut of the Insidious and SAW co-creator, and it looks… terrifying! The series may be coming into its own now. Gave us goosebumps!

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2014
10.24

Trailer Creeps in for Jake Gyllenhaal’s ‘Nightcrawler’

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Open Road has released a red band trailer for writer Dan Gilroy’s (Bourne Legacy) directorial debut Nightcrawler, starring Jake Gyllenhaal as a callous douche videotaping people during moments of crisis to sell to the highest paying news network.

The official synopsis reads:

Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Lou Bloom, a driven young man desperate for work who discovers the high-speed world of L.A. crime journalism. Finding a group of freelance camera crews who film crashes, fires, murder and other mayhem, Lou muscles into the cut-throat, dangerous realm of nightcrawling — where each police siren wail equals a possible windfall and victims are converted into dollars and cents.
Nightcrawler opens Oct. 31.

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2014
10.20

Rape-Revenge Thriller ‘Julia’ Holds U.S. Premiere at Screamfest 2014!

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The U.S. premiere for writer and director Matthew A. Brown’s revenge thriller Julia is set to take place Tuesday, Oct. 21 at the 14th annual Screamfest L.A. horror film festival. The film stars Ashley C. Williams as Julia Shames, victim of a brutal gang-rape using unconventional therapy to deal with the trauma.

That therapy appears to include lots of repeat stabbings.

Williams made her acting debut at the age of four in the Ron Howard fantasy Willow. Her first adult role was in Tom Six’s cult hit The Human Centipede: First Sequence, in which she played the Jan Brady of the centipede. She’s also starred in the dystopian thriller Empty and horror-comedy Paranormal Movie.

Tickets and info can be found here.

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2014
10.19

Screamfest 2014: ‘Parlor’ Review!

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Screamfest kicked off its 14th annual horror film festival with the world premiere of Parlor, a gruesome slasher set in Lithuania from writing and directing duo Kenny Gage and Devon Downs and the producers of girl-fight sensation Raze.

Parlor stars genre bad boy Robert Lasardo as an international tattoo artist with an unsavory side business of creating unique portraits on human skin. Known as “The Artist,” he has no trouble finding new canvases as American tourists are plentiful and looking to make their trip memorable with culturally relevant ink.

Finnish model/actress and real-life tattoo artist Sara Fabel plays “The Artist’s” apprentice Uta, a tall and temperamental, drop-dead sexy blonde with a voracious appetite for sex and murder. Uta lures tourists to the parlor where  “The Artist” does his work with the promise of quality tats and/or mind-blowing sex.

Uta meets American college kids Amy and Brock, played by Tiffany DeMarco and Ben Whalen, at a mansion party and invites them to return to the parlor where she lives with “The Artist.” With Amy looking to get her first tattoo and Brock on a mission to get laid, the friends accept Uta’s offer.

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When Amy awakes from a drug-induced slumber, she discovers that things have taken a terrible turn. She and Brock are strapped to operating slabs, and Brock is having the skin of his back peeled off by “The Artist.” The scene is lengthy and extremely gruesome, unrelenting and cringe-worthy—in other words, awesome!

Makeup and gore effects are topnotch, believably gross and revolting. Lasardo is on point in what could very well be his most sinister role to date. What makes “The Artist” so frightening is his eerie calm and detachment. He’s an artist at work, concentrating on the task at hand.

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Uta, by contrast, is a ball of emotion… okay, a wrecking ball of hate and anger. She only gets more worked up when “The Artist” takes a strong liking to Amy, coming to her rescue when Uta attempts to yank her teeth out. It’s a devilish funny scene in which “The Artist” comforts Amy by saying, “It’s okay, Amy, it’s me” with a complete lack of irony.

Amy and Brock have friends with whom they are vacationing with. Those friends notice their absence and set out to find them. It’s a bad idea, and one that triggers an intense string of unfortunate events. Most heartbreaking of all are the fates of Claire Garvey’s Kelly and gorgeous nude model Beth Humphreys’ Stephanie.

Kelly is a saucy little thing, ready to do what it takes to protect her friends. She finds Amy, who tells her “They’re skinning people… it’s so fucked” in her most valley girl drawl. It’s the best line in the entire movie, and I do believe it was intentionally understated and funny. As brutal as Parlor is, it is also very humorous in a wonderfully fucked up way.

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But, back to the film’s saddest scenes. Kelly gets the jump on Uta and attempts to unlock Amy from her restraints to no avail. With Amy’s urging, she flees for help. That leads to a short, but thrilling, cat-and-mouse chase that leads to an unfortunate dead end. Stephanie experiences a similar torment to Brock’s, and it’s depressing because she has enormous breasts that she bared on screen during a more uplifting scenario.

Clever, funny, disturbingly gory, and chockful of gratuitous and beautiful nudity, Parlor is an absolute treat for horror fans.

Kenny Gage & Devon Downs

2014
10.19

‘American Reunion’ Stunner Ali Cobrin Gets X-Rated in ‘Girlhouse’

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Ali Cobrin made her feature acting debut in Joe Dante’s 2009 horror tale The Hole, but it was her topless and thong flashing role as Jason Bigg’s tipsy seductress Kara in American Reunion that landed her a place in our black hearts. Cobrin returns to horror this year in Girlhouse, a sexy homage to the sorority slasher.

Girlhouse stars Cobrin as a college student so strapped for tuition money she takes a gig as an X-rated webcam girl with a group of hot coeds streaming content from their home. All’s great until a creepy subscriber loses his shit when his account is banned and sets out to slaughter them ungrateful sluts!

Girlhouse makes its U.S. premiere at Screamfest on Monday, Oct. 20.

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