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Monday, July 16, 2018

"INCARNATION" UK DVD/VOD RELEASE



Matchbox and Jinga are pleased to announce the UK DVD / VOD release of Filip Kovacovic's sci-fi action thriller INCARNATION which critics have described as Source Code meets Looper.

INCARNATION follows an man suffering from amnesia who finds himself the target of a relentless gang of assassins. But each time they kill him, a time loop takes him back to the beginning and he is given another chance to survive the ordeal and discover his identity.



INCARNATION received its World premiere at ScreamFest LA and has since travelled the festival circuit with screenings at Raindance, Cottbus and Fantasporto.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Creepercast Presents Behind the Scenes of Our Favorite Horror Films with FRIDAY THE 13TH (1980)



Creepercast Presents Behind the Scenes of Our Favorite Horror Films with a picture or video capturing a behind the scenes moment of the most iconic horror films complete with trivia information.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Creepercast Presents a Horror Moment from FRIDAY THE 13TH (1980)



Creepercast Presents a Terror Time Out features a video from an iconic film.

My review of Another WolfCop by William S. Mayfield


In 2014 the world was introduced to WolfCop, a cop who is also a werewolf...what else could we ask for? Directed by Lowell Dean, Another WolfCop is the continuing story of Lou Garou (Leo Fafard) as he deals with being a full-time officer in the little town of Woodhaven, day drinking and being a shifter that changes into the WolfCop. In the sequel, Amy Matysio returns as Officer Tiny who is now chief. New threats have come to Woodhaven in the form of Sydney Swallows, played by Yannick Bisson, comes to town with promises of revitalizing the town by opening a brewery and a new hockey team, but of course, there is evil afoot and it's up to our anti-heroes to save the day. Just like the first film, Another Wolfcop doesn't take itself too seriously and nails exactly what the crew wanted to do, make a fun to watch movie. There are more returning characters and new additions that round out this sequel. The only real problem I have is the third act seems a little rushed, and by that, I mean closer to the end of the act, but it still works and is still very entertaining. As always please check this film to make your own decision and opinion.



I give Another WolfCop a solid 8 out of 10.


Let's take a moment to appreciate the beauty of this 80's parody poster before signing off.


Friday, July 13, 2018

Creepercast Presents a Terror Time Out from FRIDAY THE 13TH (1980)


In honor of the holiday weekend, we show our love for the original camp counselor slasher.

Creepercast Presents a Terror Time Out features a still from an iconic film with a one-line review of the film.

Happy Supermoon Solar Eclipse Friday the 13th!


A new Supermoon that's as close to Earth as it gets for the rest of 2018 will pass in front of the sun this Friday, July 13. The ultra-rare occurrence will be viewable from South Australia, the Pacific, and the Indian Ocean.



There hasn't been a solar eclipse on Friday the 13th since December 13, 1974, and it won't happen again until September 13, 2080, according to EarthSky.


Thursday, July 12, 2018

Creepercast Presents Horror in Unexpected Places: THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939)


Horror can pop up in the strangest places in non-horror films and somehow affect us more than an entire horror film depending on the context. Join us as we showcase one of these moments with this months offering...

The Wizard of Oz flying monkeys




There are many nightmare-inducing moments in The Wizard of Oz from the tornado to the Wicked Witch of the West, but none are more comedic and yet inherently evil that thos damn flying monkeys.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

IFC Midnight's THE DEVIL'S DOORWAY - Official Trailer + Poster


What unholy terrors lurk behind the walls of a secretive Irish convent? Northern Ireland, 1960: Father Thomas Riley (Lalor Roddy) and Father John Thornton (Ciaran Flynn) are dispatched by the Vatican to investigate reports of a miracle—a statue of the Virgin Mary weeping blood—at a remote Catholic asylum for “immoral” women. Armed with 16mm film cameras to record their findings, the priests instead discover a depraved horror show of sadistic nuns, satanism, and demonic possession. Supernatural forces are at work here—but they are not the doing of God. Inspired by the infamous true histories of Magdalene Laundries—in which “fallen women” were held captive by the Irish Catholic Church—this found footage occult shocker is a chilling encounter with unspeakable evil.



THE DEVIL'S DOORWAY, coming to select theaters, VOD and via digital platforms in the U.S. on JULY 13, 2018

Monday, July 9, 2018

"DARKNESS REIGNS" starring sci-fi icon CASPER VAN DIEN!


A film crew is ravaged by a demon in the unique new horror film Darkness Reigns, premiering from Wild Eye Releasing on VOD 7/10/18.

Genre icon Casper Van Dien (Starship Troopers, Alita: Battle Angel) plays himself in a clever spookfest from Emmy nominee Andrew P.Jones about a group of filmmakers shooting a movie in a reportedly haunted hotel that are faced with an unfathomable demonic force that possesses and attacks both the crew and the film’s star, Casper Van Dien. Will the film’s director be able to escape with the paranormal proof he has captured, or will he succumb to the hellish plans of the demon who has surfaced?



From the director of Haunting on Cellblock 11, and starring Casper Van Dien, Zachary Mooren (“Aquarius”), Linara Washington (“Grey’s Anatomy”) and Jennifer Wenger (Tales of Halloween), Darkness Reigns this July on from Wild Eye Releasing.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

my thoughts on.... 'A Ghost Story'


As with all of my reviews of films for The Creepercast, I fully recommend that you check each and every one of them out. I am one man and this is my opinion. I've seen plenty of movies that received reviews that were the complete opposite of how I saw the film. These writers, directors, producers and actors all put a lot of time and love into these projects. They deserve to be seen and appreciated for what they are. Everyone has a dream and I fully support the people that take the time to make theirs a reality. With that being said....

Horror films have evolved a LOT in the past decade or so. It used to be that they were stuffed in the corner of the theaters and movie rental places, relinquished to the shadows for only those who are looked upon as the 'freaks' of society. However, with the 'Deathwave' movement and bigger names taking ownership of their love of the genre, we're seeing something new. Horror that is earning honors from the mainstream. Now, this isn't something any of us were looking or asking for. We were happy to have them all to ourselves, but with films like 'Get Out' winning academy awards and directors like Eli Roth making family friendly fright fests, the tide has turned a bit. That's what brings us to 2017's 'A Ghost Story' written and directed by David Lowery. A film that isn't your traditional haunting horror and may even be a borderline entry into the genre. This is a more of a beautiful story about love, longing and loss with an element of the supernatural. Where as Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead's 'Spring' (2014) was a bit more traditional with it's use of a monster and blood while still being a love story, this film is light on the scares and more focused on the central core of the story. I, personally, still feels like it should be included in the horror lexicon, despite those missing elements. Horror doesn't have to be all about the scare factor or how many gallons of blood are used. Sometimes the horror is hidden in the meaning behind the film. In this case, finding that someone you want to always be with and having them taken from you, swiftly and violently. Only for the viewer to find out that they've never really gone. It's a meditation on the things that go bump in the night and what they may truly be. Perhaps it's someone you cared about that just doesn't know how to let go yet. This film takes a tried and true tradition of the white sheet ghost and turns it into something else. Not something sinister and out to kill you, but something that just doesn't realize that their time is over. It's a haunting story that will leave you with a lingering sense of wonder and maybe even a sense of calm, knowing that the noise you hear may not have been something to be afraid of. Rather, that noise may have been something else. The truest representation of undying love.


The story begins with our main characters 'C' (played by Casey Affleck) and 'M' (played by Rooney Mara). A young couple who have their problems, but are still in love. We find them in the beginning, living their lives and representing the day to day of a young married couple. While in bed one night, they hear a sound and crash on the piano in their living room. After investigating the noise, they come to find nothing. As the story moves ahead, 'C' is eventually killed in an auto accident. While still in the morgue, we see his body rise from the table, covered in the sheet that was draped over him, but with black eye holes where his eyes would have been. He makes his way back to his home and begins to watch over 'M'. As the transition of time occurs, we slowly see her move on with her life and eventually leaves their home. Resigned to stay behind, the ghost watches as others move in and out and time marches on. All the while, he keeps scratching at the dividing wall between the kitchen and the living room, but for reasons unknown until the end. Soon, the house is torn down and replaced with a building and the ghost still lingers there. He finally takes a plunge off of the top of it, only to be transported back to before the house was built. Back to when the land was first settled. Time begins to move forward again and eventually the house where he begins, is built again. Soon, he sees 'M' and 'C move in for the first time. Frustrated by the circular turn that his life has taken, he ends up being the sound that was heard at the beginning of the film. What happens from there, you will just need to see on your own. It's a moment of pure sadness and relief and one that left an impression with me, that hasn't left since I first saw it happen.

There are several moments in this film that raise questions on the afterlife and what happens to us when we die. There is also very little dialogue or the use of a traditional narrative structure. While the story has a beginning, middle and an end, it's not in the sense of what your average film would provide. Also, so much of it relies on the characters actions or lack there of. It's simple and quite beautiful. In one scene, 'C' sees another ghost in the house next door. It seems to be doing the same thing he is and is waiting for the resident to come back. They communicate, but only in silence. The audience is provided subtitles to know what their conversation is. It's a couple of simple moments, but it makes your heart hurt, none the less. There is also a scene that I'm sure many people may find off putting or unnecessary, but it made perfect sense to me, in regard to the tone that David was going for with the entire piece. The scene I'm referring to, is when 'M' comes home from the funeral. A relative or friend has come by and left a pie for her, as you do with people who have lost loved ones. 'M' comes home to find it on the counter and proceeds to eat the entire thing. For the duration of her eating the pie, the ghost stands in the next room watching. The entire act takes about 10 minutes or so of time, with no cuts and nothing but the ambient sounds of the room. Neither actor flinches throughout the scene and it's all in one take. I don't know how he came to the conclusion to include that in the film or why a studio would let that fly, but it works. Everyone else be damned, it works.


'A Ghost Story' is not a film for everyone. It's challenging, slow moving and pretty far from center. However, with what little dialogue there is, the story speaks volumes to the human condition and what it means to love someone beyond the grave. I was literally speechless myself, while watching it for the first time. It was unlike anything I'd seen up to this point and it gave me hope that there would be more things like it to come. While most of you may think of me as a horror fanatic, which I am, I also am a romantic and a man who loves a good love story. The difference with me though, is that I don't think that every love story has to be the same cookie cutter version we've seen a hundred times before. I find beauty in the mundane and even the ugly. The things that people might look at with disdain, I tend to find something else within it. It's not unlike the tattoos on my arm, 'Pain' and 'Beauty'. Pain makes you beautiful and beauty causes pain. It's my artistic philosophy and something that seems to hold true in the day to day that we all experience. This film seemed to get that. I can not say enough good things about 'A Ghost Story' and despite it's fringe elements that may not quantify it as a true horror film, it still retains the echos of what I think it should and could be. Every genre has it's sub genre and there's always going to be wiggle room within those confines to squeeze some other elements into the mix and create something new. This film was the epitome of that. If you have an open mind and an open heart, then I do highly recommend this one to you. It's already made my 'Top 13' list for this year and it's one that may even surpass that and move into my ever growing list of favorite films ever, horror or not. Unquestionably 5 out of 5 stars. Turn the lights off, get your surround sound going and turn off your phone. This is a film that is to be experienced and not just merely seen. Kudos to you, David Lowery and I look forward to what you have to offer us in the future.



If you like this kind of thinking man's horror, check out: 'Eraserhead' (1977), 'Spring' (2014) and 'Carnival of Souls' (1962)

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Top 10 Best Worst Horror Moms The Complete List

In honor of Mother's Day we are going to take the next few weeks to countdown the Top 10 Horror Mom's and mention why we love them. Horror Mom's are the most notorious and supportive Mom's there ever were and here is why...

10. Patty McCormack as Mommy: Mommy (1995)



Patty McCormack, who portrayed the evil little girl in 1956's killer kid pic The Bad Seed, returns as an evil adult in the low-budget Mother's Day film. She plays the perfectionist mother of a 11-year-old honor student whom she believes should receive the Student of the Year award. When the girl doesn't win, Mommy takes things into her own hands.



9. Mama as herself: Mama (2013)



On the day that their parents die, sisters Lilly and Victoria vanish in the woods, prompting a frantic search by their Uncle Lucas (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and his girlfriend, Annabel (Jessica Chastain). Five years later, miraculously, the girls are found alive in a decaying cabin, and Lucas and Annabel welcome them into their home. But as Annabel tries to reintroduce the children to a normal life, she finds that someone -- or something -- still wants to tuck them in at night.



8. Essie Davis as Amelia Vannick: The Babadook (2014)



A troubled widow (Essie Davis) discovers that her son is telling the truth about a monster that entered their home through the pages of a children's book. In the end what we learn is that the monster is a lot closer to this mother then we would have liked to believe.



7. Kathleen Turner as Beverly Sutphin: Serial Mom (1994)



In this indie crime/horror/thriller/comedy a seemingly perfect wife and mother (Kathleen Turner) from Baltimore gains celebrity status as a serial killer.



6. Rose Ross as Mother: Mother's Day (1980) 



As our favorite horror movies continue to remind us, it takes a special kind of love for a mother to always be there for her demented offspring. Someone had to nourture their psychotic tendancies after all. Rose Ross does so with as much positive re-enforcement as a mother can provide.




5. Karen Black as Mother Firefly: House of 1,000 Corpses (2003)



Every psychotic family needs the most perfectly twisted matriarch to keep them all together and Karen Black is the iconic woman you want to portray her. If only we all had a mother as dedicated to her family.


4. Piper Laurie as Margaret White: Carrie (1976) 



Margaret White is a religious fanatic, her extreme views primarily targeted against sex, which she believes is a sin. This stems from her belief that Carrie's father was the devil because he inpregnated her as a teenager and left her. Ms. White is the embodiment of adolescent catholic guilt and doesn't let an awkward teenage moment go by without reminding and punishing Carrie for sins not yet committed. As any parent would, she is there to protect her child from the sinful ways of the young and is probably the best mother at it.



3. Norma Bates as Herself : Psycho (1960)



As the influence behind Norman's behavior, Norma is able to reach beyond the grave and still influence her psychotic son, as any good mother would. Granted, she is really just a piece of bad taxidermy or in Norman's mind, but she still acts as his catholic guilt ridden conscious. Seems catholic guilt runs in a lot of these horror families.



2. Faye Dunaway as Joan Crawford: Mommy Dearest (1981)



In this biographical film, glamorous yet lonely star Joan Crawford (Faye Dunaway) takes in two orphans, and at first their unconventional family seems happy. But after Joan's attempts at romantic fulfillment go sour and she is fired from her contract with MGM studios, her callous and abusive behavior towards her daughter Christina (Diana Scarwid) gets crazily out of hand. Reported as a bio-pic the scariest aspect of this film is the idea that it may have actually happened by one of the greatest icons of Hollywood.



1. Betsy Palmer as Pamela Voorhees: Friday the 13th (1980)



I know we don't have to explain why we would say that Jason's mom is the number one best worst mother of horror. Once we get past the fact that Friday the 13th brought us several of the most important elements of slasher horror, Jason has a face that only a mother can love. Pamela Voorhees is the quintessential mother that not only loves her son to death, she will kill to prove it. If that's not enough she'll continue to influence Jason even after death. Death, disfiguration, and murder would never keep her from her son.


Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Jeff's Really Short Reviews Presents: WARM BODIES (2013)


A terrible plague has left the planet's population divided between zombies and humans. An unusual zombie named R sees his walking-dead brethren attacking a living woman named Julie and rescues her. Julie sees that R is different from the other zombies, and the pair embarks on an unusual relationship. As their bond grows and R becomes more and more human, a chain of events unfolds that could transform the entire lifeless world.


Directed and scripted by Jonathan Levine based on the novel by the same name by Isaac Marion; WARM BODIES stars Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer, Dave Franco, and Rob Corddry.

Initially, WARM BODIES was kind of funny. But when it turned into a Romeo and Juliet zombie romcom I wasn't into it anymore. The filmmakers where banking on the love story, even releasing it around Valentine's Day, but what we got was a barely lukewarm ridiculous concept. Seriously, zombies are dead, they can't just come back to life because they fell in love warming their cold dead heart.


Available in all formats although I'm not sure why you'd want to see it.

Jeff's really short reviews are designed to briefly highlight those movies that Jeff either loves or in some cases, hates, without any fluff in between.


Your Required Holiday Horror Film for Independence Day, Wednesday, July 4th, Wednesday, July 4th: 'Uncle Sam' (1997)


A Gulf War veteran rises from the dead to wreak vengeance upon unpatriotic residents of his hometown.


Initial release: 1996
Director: William Lustig
Budget: 2 million USD
Editor: Bob Murawski
Screenplay: Larry Cohen
Stars: William Smith, David 'Shark' Fralick, Christopher Ogden

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

THE LIGHTHOUSE - in theaters July 6


BAFTA-award winning supernatural thriller THE LIGHTHOUSE, starring Michael Jibson (Hunter Killer, Beauty and the Beast) and Mark Lewis Jones (Star Wars : The Last Jedi, “Game of Thrones”), hits theaters and VOD this July.

“A dark and disquieting journey into the heart of madness” (Starburst), the film, inspired by a terrifying true story, tells of two men trapped in an isolated lighthouse, surrounded by the deadly Irish sea, with both their minds ultimately pushed to the limits.



Directed by Chris Crow, and nominated for five BAFTA awards including Best Director and Best Actor, winning Best Visual Effects, THE LIGHTHOUSE opens in select theaters July 6 and VOD July 10.

Monday, July 2, 2018

"SEQUENCE BREAK" UK DVD RELEASE


Graham Skipper's award winning body horror SEQUENCE BREAK, received its UK DVD release on June 11th 2018 courtesy of Matchbox Films.

SEQUENCE BREAK stars Chase Williamson (Beyond The Gates) as a reclusive gamer who develops an unhealthy obsession with a video arcade machine resulting in a bizarre bio-mechanical mutation.



Actor turned writer/director Graham Skipper (Almost Human, Beyond The Gates, The Devil's Dolls) was inspired by David Cronenburg's Videodrome and a nostalgic love for video arcade games when he conceived the idea for SEQUENCE BREAK.

SEQUENCE BREAK took the festival circuit by storm with screenings at FrightFest (UK), Fantasia (Canada), Fantaspoa (Brasil), Morbido (Mexico), Monster Fest (Australia) and Chattanooga Fest (USA) where it won Best Film.

SEQUENCE BREAK was quickly snapped up by AMC Networks for digital distribution in the US, Canada, UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Australia and New Zealand through their curated genre channel SHUDDER where it was released on May 24th 2018.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Creepercast Presents Behind the Scenes of Our Favorite Horror Films with DREAMCATCHER (2003)


The nickname "Ripley" is a reference to Ellen Ripley, the fictional main character in the Alien series of films because in all stages the parasites are extremely difficult to destroy, and as said by General Kurtz, "This disease is one tough mother to beat, just like that Alien chick."

Creepercast Presents Behind the Scenes of Our Favorite Horror Films with a picture or video capturing a behind the scenes moment of the most iconic horror films complete with trivia information.

my thoughts on.... 'Minutes to Midnight'


As with all of my reviews of films for The Creepercast, I fully recommend that you check each and every one of them out. I am one man and this is my opinion. I've seen plenty of movies that received reviews that were the complete opposite of how I saw the film. These writers, directors, producers and actors all put a lot of time and love into these projects. They deserve to be seen and appreciated for what they are. Everyone has a dream and I fully support the people that take the time to make theirs a reality. With that being said....

Everybody wants to make their mark in life. Everybody wants to leave something behind that people remember. In the horror world, it's an iconic character that people latch onto and that takes on a life and a fandom of its own. For example, Wes Craven with Freddy Krueger or Sean S. Cunningham with Jason Voorhees. These were horror legends in the vein of Dracula or Frankenstein's monster. Because of this desire, we see a lot of masked killers and attempts at unique monsters, which the majority of the time just fade into the background after the credits roll. With the film 'Minutes to Midnight', you could tell that there was a lot of effort put into the character design of each of the three main villains and even the fourth, to a degree. The problem is that it was almost a bit too much. I fully gave everyone involved credit for putting forth a hell of an effort, but I think they missed the mark. Angus was a bit of a mess and although the bone crafted weapons looked cool, they weren't very practical and felt a bit forced. Calypso felt like she was taken straight out of the 'Mortal Kombat' franchise and Gimble.... well, he was a mixture of two of Bill Moseley's most memorable characters: Chop Top and Otis Firefly. I'll casually leave the fourth member out of this equation, as there's a hook I don't want to spoil for any new viewers. There's also a lot of unanswered questions, which are left to exposition throughout the story line, but a lot of things just don't make sense. For example, the little 'bunker' that the family lives in. Why has no one come across this and realized what was going on sooner? I know they had some protection in town, but that can't keep them hidden forever and they'd been doing bad things for a while now. There's also the main protagonists in the film. You don't really care about any of them, so when they're killed, it's kind of meaningless. The cast and the choices for each role isn't too bad. William Baldwin did his best and Richard Grieco felt a little out of place, as the long haired sheriff, but he tried. Overall though, everyone did their best to make a horror film that stood above a lot of the other fodder that's being churned out these days. Not just indie horror, but big budget nonsense that could learn a few things from it's lower budget cousins.


The story takes place on New Year's Eve, as a group of friends are settling into a night of partying at a local lodge that happens to be in an area where some horrible murders had happen. During the first part of the film, we see a younger couple, as the man is proposing to his girlfriend in an off limits wooded area. They're quickly dispatched by our trio of bad guys or so we think. Meanwhile, the group of friends is starting the party early at their mutual place of employment. Their boss is a bit of an overly friendly man towards his manager and there's another guy who's wandering around looking for his brother, who happens to be the guy that's murdered in the opening. The sheriff shows up and warns them all that a big storm is coming and to stay away from the lodge, as it's not going to be safe. The kids go anyway. Two of their friends are headed to the same lodge to meet them, as they're also quickly laid to rest. (One of them happens to be Dominique Swain, in a “blink or you'll miss her” role) As the night goes one, the killers begin to terrorize the aforementioned people, as one by one they're killed in creative and horrible ways. By the end, it's an all out battle of brains and brawn, as the sheriff, the drifter and the last two of the friends are trying to stay alive before the storm comes.

The film is directed by Christopher Ray, son of the film maker Fred Olen Ray. A director who has 153 craptacular entries on IMDB and is a bit of a legend in the b-movie world. Written by Victoria Dadi and Christopher M. Don, they do their best to build something of substance and in some ways they succeed, but overall.... it ends up being kind of a mess. The film itself, looks fairly well done. Composition wise and some of the choices that are made, but when the rest of it doesn't maintain the same level of quality, it kind of makes the whole thing fall flat. I don't want you to think this is something that's not worth your time. For all I know, you may love it. I've seen so many horror films and grown up in the genre, that I tend to hold the movies I watch to a higher standard. All in all, I think this could have used with some scaling back in regards to the number of main characters and the scoring of the film. Sometimes less is more and in this film, it felt like the desire was to throw in as much as possible in the hopes that it would stick but it didn't. There's also a big problem with the ending. By the third act, I found myself drifting a bit, as it seemed like the movie should have already ended, but then the last 3 minutes happened. In quite possibly the most “What the hell just happened?” ending ever, things just kind of were done. I don't understand what happened or why, but it almost felt like the money ran out or the editor clipped it a few minutes too early. Maybe the idea was to go for the vague and ambiguous ending, but it felt like someone hit stop on the film and never hit play again. It was jarring, to say the least.


Sadly, this one doesn't really get beyond a 2 out of 5 star film for me. I give a lot of credit to John Hennigan, as he was the shining star in this film. He's not quite got the same level charisma as a Dave Bautista or Dwayne Johnson, but he's very likable and I could see him continuing on as an action hero. Just looking at his career over the last decade, it looks like I'm not the only one who feels this way. Also, Christopher Ray has some talent. With 'Minutes to Midnight' he's proven that he can get the most out of the materials he's handed and that could prove to be a really strong asset as he continues his film making career. This isn't his film outing and I have a feeling it won't be his last. Do I ever need to see this again? No, probably not. There's just not enough here to hold my interest for another go, but give it a shot. Maybe you'll find something in it that I didn't. Plus, any time you can watch Bill Moseley practice his craft, it's a good day. (ps: the poster is incredibly misleading)

Minutes to Midnight is on VOD July 3 and DVD September 4.



If you want to see where this borrows from, check out: 'Friday the 13th' (2009), 'House of 1000 Corpses' and 'The Strangers'

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Creepercast Presents a Horror Moment from DREAMCATCHER (2003)



"Hello Mr. Gay. Scooby Dooby Doo. We got some work to do now. Mr. Gray go away now."

Creepercast Presents a Terror Time Out features a video from an iconic film with a quote from the clip.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Creepercast Presents a Terror Time Out from DREAMCATCHER (2003)



Alien possessions, the return of Donnie Wahlberg, and our new favorite phrase for stool sample.

Creepercast Presents a Terror Time Out features a still from an iconic film with a one-line review of the film.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Full Moon Fever June 28 Dyan Moon (English Medieval)


Tonight's full moon is brought to you by the Creepercast with the recommended Full Moon Feature of the evening...


The little alien policeman (Tim Thomerson) returns to fight a trunkful of bad toys and rescue something called Dollchick.


Much of the movie consists of flashbacks from the three prequels, aimed to enhance the story and promote the earlier movies. This film was followed by Puppet Master vs. Demonic Toys in 2004 with alternate designs for the toys, which initially aired on Syfy.

Top 10 Best Worst Horror Moms #1

In honor of Mother's Day we are going to take the next few weeks to countdown the Top 10 Horror Mom's and mention why we love them. Horror Mom's are the most notorious and supportive Mom's there ever were and here is why...

1. Betsy Palmer as Pamela Voorhees: Friday the 13th (1980)



I know we don't have to explain why we would say that Jason's mom is the number one best worst mother of horror. Once we get past the fact that Friday the 13th brought us several of the most important elements of slasher horror, Jason has a face that only a mother can love. Pamela Voorhees is the quintessential mother that not only loves her son to death, she will kill to prove it. If that's not enough she'll continue to influence Jason even after death. Death, disfiguration, and murder would never keep her from her son.


Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Jeff's Really Short Reviews Presents: IDLE HANDS (1999)


When slacker teen Anton Tobias has his right hand possessed by a demonic force, he finds that his life gets a lot more interesting. While Anton himself is an amiable guy, his hand proves to be an appendage of death, killing his two best buddies, Pnub and Mick, who return to life as wisecracking zombies. In addition to murdering those closest to him, Anton's evil hand significantly hinders his chances with lovely neighbor Molly.


Directed by Rodman Flender from a script written by Ron Milbauer and Terri Hughes; IDLE HANDS stars Devon Sawa, Elden Henson, Seth Green, and Jessica Alba.

Probably one of the first teenage zombie romcoms and how can you hate it. Seth Green steals the show most of the time but the classic possessed hand helps move along the humor.


Available in all formats and is brilliantly one of the best horror comedies you'll ever see.

Jeff's really short reviews are designed to briefly highlight those movies that Jeff either loves or in some cases, hates, without any fluff in between.


Your June 27th Horror for the Day by Shaenon K. Garrity


Shaenon K. Garrity, the self-professed Mayor of Horror Movies, is mostly a cartoonist who just happens to watch a lot of scary movies while drawing cartoons. Check out her thematically appropriate horror movie for each day of the year at Horror Every Day. Continue to visit the Creepercast every day for that days featured Horror offering.

Creepercast Presents Horror in Real Life with "People Describe The Creepiest Things Amazon Alexa Has Done"


In this months Horror in Real Life "People Describe The Creepiest Things Amazon Alexa Has Done" brought to us by Graveyard Shift powered by Ranker.

"Many people believe the gleaming sci-fi future The Jetsons promised never came to pass. Our lives are just as dull as they were 50 years ago, and horrific robot attacks or artificial intelligence uprisings don't happen nearly enough. Sure, there are some creepy AI stories out there, but aren't they just one in a million random occurrences? Well, maybe not. Just take a look at some of these Amazon Alexa horror stories.

If you think about it, many of us really are living in the future. We have the ability to shout commands that our robot assistants will gladly obey. Whether it's Amazon's Alexa, Apple's Siri, or Google's Assistant (any of them except Samsung's Bixby, really), most of us have AI home devices that help us accomplish our everyday tasks. But what happens when our Alexas and our Google Homes stop being helpful, and start being creepy? It's a problem that seems to be happening a lot lately, as many have reported that Alexa has been randomly laughing at them.

As it turns out, a disembodied laugh is the least scary thing to have come out of Alexa. After you hear some of the creepiest Amazon Alexa stories, you'll probably reconsider your decision to have a robot listening in on your every word..."

For the creepy list of Alexa actions visit Graveyard Shift powered by Ranker!

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

GARY DANIELS vs. ALIENS in sci-fi actioner ASTRO


FIRST TRAILER FOR "ASTRO", FILMED IN ROSWELL, NEW MEXICO, FEATURING ENSEMBLE CAST HEADED UP BY GARY DANIELS

Sci-fi thriller Astro, featuring Gary Daniels (The Expendables), Dominique Swain (Boone: The Bounty Hunter) and Marshal Hilton (Primal Rage), bowed at Cannes in May before hitting home ent platforms in July.

Directed by Asif Akbar and written by Akbar and Bernard Selling, tells of a billionaire's private space exploration program returning to Earth with an abducted extraterrestrial from a newly discovered alien planet.

Louis Mandylor, Max Wasa, Omi Vaidya, Luke G. Crosby, Orson Chaplin, Gianni Capaldi, Spice Williams-Crosby, Courtney Akbar, Christopher Showerman and Michael Pare also star.

ASTRO receives a DVD release domestically in the U.S. and North America through eOne and ITN Distribution this July.

Astro is a Film Life Factory, LLC and XVIII Entertainment, LLC production. ITN Distribution is handling sales in all domestic and certain parts of the European territories with Avail Films and XVIII Entertainment handling the rest of the world-wide sales at the upcoming Cannes Film Market.

Brian Steele Medina of Gemini Syndrome, composed the music and sound fx for Astro's trailer, which also features an unreleased track "We Are the Fallen" written by the alternative metal band. The film’s original score is composed by Erick Schroeder.

Asif Akbar and Bernard Selling are currently finishing the Astro book series based on the movie, it’ll be released on Amazon in July.

“We are excited to create and introduce a new modern day science-fiction franchise to the world”, says Akbar.


Your June 26th Horror for the Day by Shaenon K. Garrity


Shaenon K. Garrity, the self-professed Mayor of Horror Movies, is mostly a cartoonist who just happens to watch a lot of scary movies while drawing cartoons. Check out her thematically appropriate horror movie for each day of the year at Horror Every Day. Continue to visit the Creepercast every day for that days featured Horror offering.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Call for Submissions for the Inaugural Steel City Underground Film Festival


SODOM & CHIMERA PRODUCTIONS
LAUNCHES STEEL CITY UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL
NOW ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS 
FOR HORROR, ARTHOUSE & EXPERIMENTAL CINEMA

Sodom & Chimera Productions, known for their experimental features and short films, is inviting likeminded filmmakers to Europe this September with the inception of the Steel City Underground Film Festival (SCUFF). A celebration of horror, arthouse, experimental and weird cinema, SCUFF is curated and hosted by Sodom & Chimera's founder James Quinn (Flesh of the Void, Sulphur for Leviathan). 

SCUFF is looking for productions ranging from surreal expressionist works to polished and cinematic horror thrillers, with special consideration for visually interesting, grotesque, wildly unusual, incredibly artistic or just downright weird films.

The festival will take place over September 21 and 22 in Linz at the KAPU, an infamous punk rock venue and underground cinema with a long history that includes one of the earliest Nirvana concerts.

In a festival first, all selected features and shorts will be screened in 16mm, paid for by the submission fees.

Speaking of his vision for the festival, Quinn said, "The mission of SCUFF is not only to bring independent, international horror, arthouse and experimental films to an Austrian audience, but also to revive a screening format that is, unfortunately, fading from theaters and venues, which is 16mm film. The goal here is not only to give the viewers a unique experience, but to give filmmakers the chance to screen their film in a way they might otherwise never get the chance to, on film. Driven by passion, we want to give horror fans the chance to see some of the most infamous classics on beautiful prints.  We stand for horror, independent filmmaking, and the revival of celluloid."

Awards will be given out for Best Feature, Best Narrative Short, Best Experimental/Arthouse and Best Weird/Extreme. Instead of a typical statuette or plaque, the winners will receive an HD scan of the 16mm print of their film, done by a professional lab in Vienna.

In addition to the official selections, SCUFF will host screenings of 16mm prints of iconic horror and experimental milestones such as Nosferatu (1922, with live music), Frankenstein (1931), Tod Browning's Freaks (1932), A Trip to the Moon (1902) and Un Chien Andalou (1929). Each of the classics will be preceded by a selected short.

To submit your feature film or short to the Steel City Underground Film Festival, go to: www.filmfreeway.com/steelcityundergroundfilmfestival  

For more information on the Steel City Underground Film Festival, please go to: www.sodomchimera.com/scuff  

Your June 25th Horror for the Day by Shaenon K. Garrity


Shaenon K. Garrity, the self-professed Mayor of Horror Movies, is mostly a cartoonist who just happens to watch a lot of scary movies while drawing cartoons. Check out her thematically appropriate horror movie for each day of the year at Horror Every Day. Continue to visit the Creepercast every day for that days featured Horror offering.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Creepercast Presents Behind the Scenes of Our Favorite Horror Films with MISERY (1990)


Bette Midler was originally approached to play Annie. But, Midler thought the role was too violent. She later called herself “stupid” for her decision. The Princess Bride, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and All the President's Men screenwriter William Goldman wrote Misery with then unknown but respected theater actress Kathy Bates in mind.

Creepercast Presents Behind the Scenes of Our Favorite Horror Films with a picture or video capturing a behind the scenes moment of the most iconic horror films complete with trivia information.

my thoughts on.... 'The Strangers: Prey at Night'


As with all of my reviews of films for The Creepercast, I fully recommend that you check each and every one of them out. I am one man and this is my opinion. I've seen plenty of movies that received reviews that were the complete opposite of how I saw the film. These writers, directors, producers and actors all put a lot of time and love into these projects. They deserve to be seen and appreciated for what they are. Everyone has a dream and I fully support the people that take the time to make theirs a reality. With that being said....

When Bryan Bertino's film, 'The Strangers', was first released in 2008 it caused quite a big stir in the horror community. This was a slow burn horror that relied on tension and build up of the characters, before it resorted to the actual acts of violence. The killers were truly faceless and they had no real motive. It was what slasher fanatics had been waiting for, some validity to their beloved genre. Me, being one of those fanatics, immediately fell in love with it. It took the home invasion genre and mixed it with the masked maniacs and put fear back into the mix. For far too long, slasher films relied on a tried and true formula: buff guys, beautiful girls, a masked killer and a lot of blood. That worked for decades, but there wasn't a lot of variation in the mix. It was basically wash, rinse, repeat. Occasionally you'd get something brilliant like Scott Glosserman's 'Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon' or Greg McLean's 'Wolf Creek' or even Marcus Dunstan's 'The Collector'. Films that took something old and made it feel new again. Whether it was by truly doing something innovative or shaking up the formula a bit or just making something so pretty that it felt like an artist was behind the lens. The point being is that 'The Strangers' became somewhat of an instant classic and took everyone by surprise. For the years that followed its release, there was talk of a sequel, but nothing came to fruition. Bryan went on to make the high concept 'Mockingbird' and the simple but effective creature feature 'The Monster', but no sequel. Then, out of nowhere.... it happened. A trailer dropped for 'The Strangers: Prey at Night', but no Bertino behind the camera. He was resigned to being an executive producer and writer of the original screenplay. This didn't bode well for those of us who had been sitting in the nosebleed section, waiting for more. The trailer seemed okay, but the premise seemed bigger than the original. As if the studio wanted to take what was done in the original and ramp things up for a more modern audience. That was the first clue that this might not be what we'd been hoping for. The director, Johannes Roberts, had done some interesting things before, like '47 Meters Down'. A very intriguing take on the 'horror at sea' sub genre. So, it seemed there was hope for something that might hold onto the standards of the original. Granted, I'm the first one in line to try something new and to take a proven commodity and turn it on it's ear. Because of this, I was still hopeful. Well, the time finally came for me to sit down and see if the 10 years of waiting was worth it. What follows is inspired by true events. They actually happened to me.


However, we should get to the plot first. Warning, *SPOILERS* ahead. The film opens with a similar story line of Dollface coming to the door and then, we assume, terrorizing the couple that lives in the home only to kill them in the end. Most of that is left up to your imagination, based on the premise set up in the original. No context, just two basic establishing shots. Jump to a family of four, getting ready to leave for a trip to a trailer park type cabin getaway place on the way to dropping their bad egg of a daughter at a boarding school. Mom, dad, Kinsey and Luke pile into their vehicle and off they go. We get a glimpse into the family dynamic of a son who's the perfect kid and a daughter who's not. Mom and dad have pretty healthy relationship, but the four of them have all grown a bit distant. They arrive at the trailer park, only to find it to be quiet and nobody is around. Thinking it's the 'off season', they grab their key that was left with a note and head to their trailer. While the family is settling in, Dollface shows up looking for Tamara. After leaving, they decide to play cards as a family and Kinsey wants no part of it. Words are said and Kinsey storms out and Luke goes to find her. Mom and dad hang back to wait for their kids to return to pick up where they left off. After Luke finds Kinsey, they begin heading back to their trailer and see that one of the other trailers has the door wide open. They go into investigate, only to find the markings of The Strangers on the window and a couple of dead bodies in the bedroom, which happen to be their aunt and uncle. The two happened to have left their cell phones back with their parents and the phone in the trailer has had its line cut. So, they run back to tell their folks. Meanwhile, mom and dad have had another visit from Dollface, looking for Tamara. At this point, the parents are outside looking for their kids. When Luke and Kinsey coming up to them screaming about the murder, dad goes with Luke back to investigate and mom and Kinsey go back to their trailer and find out that their phones have been smashed. Dollface proceeds to show up, this time with her mask on, and quickly dispatches mom and Kinsey gets away. Dad and Luke realize what's going on, after listening to a voicemail on the machine at the aunt and uncle's and rush back to find mom dead and Kinsey gone. They hop in the car to go and look for them, only to be terrorized and end up crashing into another trailer, pinning dad to the car with a board impaling him. Barely alive, dad tells Luke to go find Kinsey and get her to safety. Leaving him behind, The Man in the Mask shows up and toys with dad for awhile before killing him. Now the hunt is on for the remaining two kids, as The Strangers seem to have the upper hand. That's all you're going to get in terms of plot and I've probably already said too much.

At this point, you're all wondering, was it worth the wait? I'm going to have to say, no. While this film has some interesting things going for it, they could have replaced The Strangers with anyone else and it would have made it better. Actually, I had an even better idea that would have made this movie stellar. (Minus one bit that I'll touch on in a minute.) Have the killers in this one, NOT be the original ones. Have them be some sort of copycat or followers of the original ones. Because these three are much more inept and incompetent, it would have made more sense. They lack any real style and seem to just be color by numbers. If you waited until the last minute of the film and when the daughter thinks she's safe and The Strangers are dead, have the three original ones walk out of the darkness. Even have the original three cast members reprise their roles! The masks are worn from 10 years of murder and mayhem. Their clothes might be a bit more ragged and have them finish what the other three couldn't, thus leaving it open for another film or to end with their reputation still in tact. That would have made this entire film take on a whole different feel and it would have made it kind of awesome, instead of kind of not awesome. But I digress, back to the actual film I watched. It opens with a kind of 80's style logo and intro, borrowing heavily from the 'Stranger Things' template. They also take the little bit of musical influence that Bryan left on the original and over do it. Which to me, seems like somebody in a suit calling the shots. “Hey that music bit really worked in the first one. Let's do that throughout the WHOLE film! Make it like, a 'thing' for The Strangers.” Yeah, it didn't play out well. Using 80's nostalgia songs vs what Mr. Bertino used felt forced and out of place. Again, lending itself well to my concept for the story. * hint hint * Hollywood.


As far as the rest of the film is concerned, it felt less simplistic but even more simplistic. Which I don't know how that's even possible, but somehow they pulled it off and it wasn't a positive thing. In reality there wasn't even a plot to speak of really. It was so incredibly generic and bland that it barely left an impression, other than one of distaste and a desire to talk about it. I'll give this film that much credit, it left me with a ton of rampant thoughts about what was wrong with it. Case in point, why oh why is Dollface unmasked? Seriously, that was the whole point of the first one. You don't know who it was and you don't need to know. It could have been anyone behind the masks. All you needed to understand is that they picked a couple at random, because they were home. They tried to drive that point home again, but it was lost by that point. Once again, lending itself really well to my concept. Finally, back to what I mentioned earlier, the third act. Pinup Girl, according to Bryan Bertino, was the leader. The brawn and the brains of the bunch. In this film, she made two brief appearances, only had about a line of dialogue and was killed really easily. These killers are not idiots with masks on. These killers are calculating and cunning. They may do things for sport and to get their kicks, but they know how to walk away untouched, only to commit their crimes again. The killers in this film are morons. Yeah, I said it. Also, what on God's green earth, prompted somebody to think that The Man in the Mask was Jason Voorhees? In the last showdown with Kinsey, the two girl killers are dead and The Man is the last one standing. So, he tries to finish the job and kill Kinsey. What ensues is a battle royale of punch for punch combat and eventually ends with him trapped in a burning truck CHASING her down the road like Nicolas Cage in 'Ghost Rider'! What in the actual hell? It all ends on a bridge where you think he's done, dead, gone. But no.... he's still kicking and proceeds to chase her down as she's trying to make a getaway with a scared mother and daughter. He was beyond dead, folks, but yet the sheer drive to kill her was a force driving the madman to go past his pain and finish the job. Cut to the final scene, Kinsey is in the hospital with her brother, who is somehow still alive. A knock on the door of the hospital room is heard and the credits roll. So, we're lead to believe that maybe The Strangers aren't dead? Is this the plan all along? Was my plot device going to be used after all? Good lord, I hope so. That would wash the taste of this film out of my mouth and make me want to view it again. At this point, I'm giving this one 2 out of 5 stars. It did nothing to drive the story along any further and if anything, pushed it back about 100 yards. It's left me wondering though, if this was what Bryan intended all along? I mean, if he had full control over it and was in the director's chair, would this have been the film he wanted? Or was this his attempt to kill the beast, since he no longer had control over the characters and story line? I suppose we'll never really know. For now, I'm hoping that I'm right and that these killers weren't the original ones. Until we know for sure, I'll hold on tightly to my Shout Factory Collector's Edition Blu-ray and re-watch it with glee. This version, based on true events? My ass.



If you didn't like this and want to check out much better takes on the sub genre: 'The Strangers' (2008), 'Ils' aka 'Them' (2006) and 'Eden Lake'