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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

On this day in horror history.... February 20th, 1932


On this day in horror history.... Tod Browning releases an incredibly controversial film, even to this day, 'Freaks'. Although, he may be best know for a little film called 'Dracula', this one is a close second. A horror film utilizing actual freaks as the leads, this made the horror a bit too real for some people. Creating one of the most iconic lines in history, "One of us. One of us. One of us." Have you seen it yet? If you're a horror lover, you really should.



Oscilloscope's NOVEMBER - Dark new fantasy horror from Estonia hits cinemas Feb. 23


Winner - Best Cinematography
2017 Tribeca Film Festival

WATCH THE STUNNING, SURREAL NEW TRAILER HERE!

In this tale of love and survival in 19th century Estonia, peasant girl Liina longs for village boy Hans, but Hans is inexplicably infatuated by the visiting German baroness that possesses all that he longs for. For Liina, winning Hans’ requited love proves incredibly complicated in this dark, harsh landscape where spirits, werewolves, plagues, and the devil himself converge, where thievery is rampant, and where souls are highly regarded, but come quite cheap.

With alluring black and white cinematography, director Rainer Sarnet vividly captures these motley lives as they toil to exist - but is existence worth anything if it lacks a soul?

NOVEMBER opens theatrically in New York City on February 23rd, and in Los Angeles on March 2nd.

Your Feb 20th 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 Friday for that days featured Horror offering.

Monday, February 19, 2018

On this day in horror history.... February 19th, 1993


On this day in horror history.... Sam Raimi releases the third installment of his 'Evil Dead' trilogy, as 'Army of Darkness' hits the theaters. A franchise that continues on to this day and made my #1 best franchise in horror. This film took Ashley J. Williams back in time and made things a bit more insane, but in this world.... anything is possible. I still remember seeing this in the theaters and loving every minute of it. "Gimmie some sugar, baby!"



Your Feb 19th 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 Friday for that days featured Horror offering.

JULIAN RICHARDS' REBORN COMPLETES PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY

Jinga Films and New Normal Productions are pleased to announce completion of principal photography on Julian Richards' supernatural thriller REBORN starring Barbara Crampton (Beyond The Gates), Michael Pare (The Lincoln Lawyer), Chaz Bono (American Horror Story) and introduciing newcomer Kayleigh Gilbert.


In Reborn, a stillborn baby girl is abducted by a morgue attendant and brought back to life by electrokinetic power. On her sixteenth birthday she escapes captivity and sets out to find her birth mother leaving a trail of destruction behind her. Rae Dawn Chong (Commando) and Monte Markham (The Rift) round up the cast.


Filmed on location in Los Angeles, REBORN is written by Michael Mahin, from a story by Jeannie McGinnis who also produced through her company New Normal Productions. John Penney (Return Of The Living Dead III) serves as Executive Producer.


“I am thrilled to have an accomplished genre director like Julian Richards bring my story to life” said McGinnis. “He skillfully balances sympathy for the underdog girl left for dead and the chilling horrific chaos she incites."

Your Required Holiday Horror Film for President's Day, Monday, February 19th: President's Day (2016)



The zombified leaders of the free world rise from the dead to hunt down a group of ill-fated teens and give them a lethal lesson in American history. Their only hope for survival is to summon the demonic spirit of John Wilkes Booth.


A goofy time-waster that you'll never get back!



Sunday, February 18, 2018

Jeff Reviews Insidious: The Last Key



"Brilliant parapsychologist Elise Rainier receives a disturbing phone call from a man who claims that his house is haunted. Even more disturbing is the address -- 413 Apple Tree Lane in Five Keys, N.M. -- the home where Elise grew up as a child. Accompanied by her two investigative partners, Rainier travels to Five Keys to confront and destroy her greatest fear -- the demon that she accidentally set free years earlier."


Insidious 3 is directed by Adam Robitel and written by Leigh Whannell. It is produced by Jason Blum, Oren Peli, and James Wan. It is the fourth installment in the Insidious franchise, and the second in terms of the series's in-story chronology. It stars Lin Shaye, Angus Sampson, Leigh Whannell, Spencer Locke, Caitlin Gerard, and Bruce Davison.


Insidious: The Last Key is the second prequel to the Insidious franchise in which we get to learn more about Elise's life as a psychic before she had her neck snapped in the first official film. In a way James Wan and team have found a thousand and one ways to keep Lin Shaye on our big screens despite killing her off early. It probably helps that Leigh Whannell is a member of the parasychology team. So in this one Elise takes her boys back to the home she grew up in and faces the demon that first dragged her into the psychic darkness. There are a couple interesting twists and turns that aren't expected that make it unique. But, ultimately you have another Insidious movie complete with shadow monsters, blind scares, and a demon who steals voices like in Dead Silence.


Still currently in theaters, I think I'd suggest seeing it as a second run rather than hoping for a best of 2018. Fortunately the year is still young and Wan still has more plans for us.





Saturday, February 17, 2018

Your Feb 17th 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 Friday for that days featured Horror offering.

On this day in horror history.... February 17th, 1954


On this day in horror history.... Don Coscarelli is born. Creator of the sci-fi/horror hybrid 'Phantasm', he continues to make some of the most challenging films in the genre. Never wanting to be pinned down, he does what he does and all of us benefit. A truly unique voice.



Jeff Reviews 'Mom and Dad' (2018)



"A teenage girl and her little brother try to survive a wild 24 hours during which a mass hysteria of unknown origins causes parents to turn violently on their own children."


One of the first horror movies of the year comes from Brian Taylor (Gamer, Crank) and stars Nicolas Cage, Selma Blair (Cruel Intentions, Hellboy), Anne Winters, and Zackary Arthur (The 5th Wave). It also cameos, in one of the best casting decisions ever, Lance Henriksen as Cage's character's father. It premiered in the Midnight Madness section at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival. The film was released this January by Momentum Pictures.


Though not as high octane as you would expect from the man responsible for Crank, Mom and Dad is a clever twist on a concept usually overrun by zombies. These parents aren't actually zombies since they are very much aware of what is happening and even manage to keep some level of intelligence despite their uncontrollable anger. There's also tons of dark humor interwoven into a plot that examines the mental issues that come with being and becoming parents. As a strange static (ala The Signal) influences the parents to find and kill their own children, not anyone elses. Subjects like postpartum depression, middle age crisis, and aging stereotypes become a big part of the joke as parents of all ages attempt to eradicate their own kids. Because if they can bring you into this world, than dammit, they can take you out of it. The soundtrack is also the perfect addition to the mayhem.


As most of you are likely to remember, I am not your everyday Nicolas Cage fan. In fact I usually can't stand him. When it comes to acting he doesn't, instead who shows up all stained faced and seems to dliver lines thinking the influence in his voice is enough to convince us he's really sad, or mad, etc. Otherwise his face never changes. That has been the case for at least 2 decades now and although I may be a late bloomer but while watching Mom and Dad I finally realized what Cage is really good. He's really good at being friggin crazy! Why they tried to make him a serious actor when its obvious he should always play the nutjob I have no idea. I was almost bored to death during the somber moments before parents starting killing their kids and even the supporting cast couldn't keep me awake. But, as soon as the poop hit the pan and Cage went full psycho I was in for the madness. When I declared I'd finally figured out what Cage was good at to Joel he laughed and said "that's because he wasn't acting. He really is crazy." That seems true, since he isn't acting other time, so why would I think he was now?


Mom and Dad is currently available in theaters. Since its one of only 2 offerings to start the New Year with don't go into expecting briliance and you won't be let down.




Friday, February 16, 2018

Your Friday Feb16th 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 Friday for that days featured Horror offering.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

On this day in horror history.... February 15th, 2003


On this day in horror history.... Uwe Boll released one of his worst films ever, 'House of the Dead'. As an attempt to cash in on the video games popularity and the zombie phenomenon, it failed at both. Granted, Uwe Boll and I have made amends after his fantastic 'Rampage' trilogy, this still left a permanent scar on my brain.



Glass Eye Pix and Forager team up for Larry Fessenden’s visceral Frankenstein film DEPRAVED


Larry Fessenden, NYC’s independent horror auteur (HABIT, WENDIGO, THE LAST WINTER), is set to direct DEPRAVED from his own script. The contemporary reimagining of Mary Shelley’s timeless classic Frankenstein centers on Henry, a field surgeon suffering from PTSD after combat in the Middle East, who creates a man out of body parts in a makeshift lab in Gowanus, Brooklyn. The creature he creates must navigate a strange new world and the rivalry between Henry and his conniving collaborator Polidori.

The film is set to star David Call, Joshua Leonard and Alex Breaux as the monster. Casting directors Sig de Miguel and Stephen Vincent have assembled a stellar lineup of supporting players.

The film marks a partnership between Fessenden’s long-running, award-winning company Glass Eye Pix (LIKE ME, MOST BEAUTIFUL ISLAND, THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL, WENDY AND LUCY, STAKE LAND) and Forager Film Company (LITTLE SISTER, WIN IT ALL), a film collective run by Joe Swanberg (EASY, HAPPY CHRISTMAS) Peter Gilbert (HOOP DREAMS, VIETNAM LONG TIME COMING), and Edwin Linker (GOLDEN EXITS). The deal was brokered by Andrew Mer, who will serve as Executive Producer.

DEPRAVED will be produced by long-time Glass Eye Pix collaborator Jenn Wexler (producer of the SXSW Grand Jury prize winner and Spirit Award Nominee MOST BEAUTIFUL ISLAND, as well as DARLING, PSYCHOPATHS and LIKE ME; director of the forthcoming THE RANGER) and Chadd Harbold (producer of MOST BEAUTIFUL ISLAND and BODY; director of LONG NIGHTS SHORT MORNINGS). Fessenden also produces.



Says Fessenden: “I am very grateful to have Forager support this deeply personal and visceral take on the Frankenstein story. I’ve been moved by the iconic character since childhood and it is a great thrill to try to put my version on screen.”

Joe Swanberg of Forager adds: “Larry Fessenden has consistently made groundbreaking, intelligent, socially relevant films in addition to shepherding some of the most important young voices in genre filmmaking. We could not be more excited to collaborate with him on this project. ”

DEPRAVED will lens in February with cinematographers James Siewert (LIKE ME, THE RANGER, THE PAST INSIDE THE PRESENT) and Chris Scotchdopole (THE EGG AND THE HATCHET).

Horror Every Day February 15th



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 (http://www.horrormovie.today/). Continue to visit the Creepercast every Friday for that days featured Horror offering.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Horror Every Day February 14th 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 (http://www.horrormovie.today/). Continue to visit the Creepercast every Friday for that days featured Horror offering.

This Years Required Valentine Horror is X Ray [Hospital Massacre] (1981)



Mad Harold searches a hospital to find the patient who refused to be his valentine 19 years before.



X-Ray – also released as Hospital Massacre and Ward 13 – is a 1981 American slasher film directed by Boaz Davidson and produced by The Cannon Group (Schizoid, Lifeforce). The plot pits Playboy cover girl Barbi Benton against a psychopath who has been haunting her past for 19 years. The shooting title was Be My Valentine …or Else!

Buy X-Ray + Schizoid on Blu-ray: Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk

Official Trailer and Poster to IFC Midnight's THE HOUSEMAID

IFC Midnight's release of THE HOUSEMAID coming to select theaters, VOD and via digital platforms in the U.S. on FEBRUARY 16, 2018.


Official Synopsis
A forbidden passion awakens vengeful spirits within a haunted mansion in this bloodcurdling, erotic tour-de-force. Vietnam, 1953: Linh (Nhung Kate), a poor, orphaned young woman, finds employment as a housemaid in a crumbling rubber plantation presided over by the emotionally fragile French officer Sebastien Laurent (Jean-Michel Richaud). Soon, a torrid love affair develops between the two – a taboo romance that rouses the ghost of Laurent’s dead wife, who won’t rest until blood flows. Submerged in moody Gothic atmosphere, this stylish supernatural saga confronts the dark shadows of Vietnam’s colonial past while delivering heart-stopping scares.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Happy Mardis Gras from the Creepercast!


This year required holiday flick is Mardi Gras Massacre (1978), an American horror film written and directed by Jack Weis. It stars Curt Dawson, Gwen Arment, William Metzo and Laura Misch Owens. It is an unofficial semi-remake of the 1963 splatter film Blood Feast.


In New Orleans, a serial killer wearing a welder’s mask strikes during the Mardi Gras festival. He goes into a bar and asks for the “most evil” prostitute he can find. He then takes her to a basement where he sacrifices here. He then kills more prostitutes to get their hearts to sacrifice to an ancient Aztec goddess…


The film was on the British Government’s list of video nasties in the 1980s and has not been resubmitted to the BBFC for a certificate since.



Buy DVD: Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk

Horror Every Day February 13th



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 Friday for that days featured Horror offering.

"THE LULLABY" IN THEATERS AND ON DEMAND MARCH 2


Uncork’d Entertainment gives birth to evil with the chilling The Lullaby, in theaters and VOD March 2.                                 



Chloe is overwhelmed by the birth of her first child. The incessant crying of her baby, the growing sense of guilt and paranoia sends her into depression. With a heightened urge to protect her son, Chloe sees danger in every situation. She starts to hear voices, the humming of a childhood lullaby and sees flashes of a strange entity around her child. Convinced that the entity is real, Chloe will do everything in her power to protect her son. Is she haunted by evil or is it just the baby blues?

Reine Swart, Deànré Reiners, Thandi Puren, Brandon Auret, and Dorothy-Ann Gould star in a Darrell James Roodt film, opening in theaters across the U.S and available on VOD 3/2.


"The Lullaby" in theaters and On Demand 3/2

Monday, February 12, 2018

On this day in horror history.... February 12th, 1992


On this day in horror history.... old school Peter Jackson releases his coup de grace, 'Braindead' aka 'Dead Alive'. A zombie film that takes things in an entirely different direction. It takes a lot to make this reviewer uneasy, but the lawnmower scene near the end is the definition of OVER THE TOP, in all the best ways. Fantastic film and worth your watch!



my thoughts on.... 'Black Creek'


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....

What is it about independent films that pairs so well with horror? While there are films being made all the time, with other themes, for some reason horror seems to be the staple. Perhaps it has something to do with the fans of the genre wanting to one up the last film they saw, because they think that can do better? Is it just a part of the horror lovers genetics? The desire to bring their fears to life? No matter what the reason, there is never a shortage of films coming out that continue to fuel our nightmares, more than horror. In this writers opinion, that's a good thing. That brings us to the most recent independent horror film I've had the pleasure to see, James Crow's 'Black Creek'. Starring the YouTube celebrity Chris O'Flying, this film plays on your fears of being in the woods and being hunted by an unstoppable supernatural force that will continually keep coming for you, until you're dead. We've seen these themes before in other films, but this puts them together in a way that feels fresh. Think 'Poltergeist' meets 'It Follows', but with young adults in the lead roles. Does everything that's being done here work? No. But when you consider some of what's out there that is passing for modern day horror, you can forgive any shortcomings, in favor of a well done story. I'm a jaded horror guy. At this point in my life, I've seen a little bit of everything and despite my enjoyment of remakes, it's still nice to see something I haven't really seen before. 'Black Creek' if nothing else, it's original.


This film tells the story of Mike (played by Chris O'Flying), a young man who's lost his father and is set to take his ashes out into the woods he loved. He brings several of his friends and his sister, as they head out to the cabin his father used to stay in. We learn early on of the legend of the Wisconsin Skin Walker. A native American demon, of sorts, that inhabits the body of the last person to die. Created when the white man came and took their land. After murdering 200 innocent people and burying them in a mass grave, a shaman put a curse that brought the demon to life. Since then, it's been killing on and off throughout history. Now, it's been many years since it was imprisoned in a grave, where they buried it while it was still in possession of its last host body. Now that it's back, it wants to continue where it left off. While Mike is on the way to the cabin with his friend, we find out that his father was tied to the demon. After arriving, everyone begins dying off one by one. I don't want to provide much more detail in that, as not to spoil anything. It's better for you just to see it for yourself.

Written and directed by James Crow, this is not his first foray into cinema. He's been making films in one form or another since 2010. The pacing and storytelling are a testimony to that. Despite, what I imagine to be, a small budget. He accomplishes a lot with what he has, using cut away shots and minimizing a lot of the action. The biggest issue I really had with the film, was the adult actors involved. A lot of them seemed to be new to being an actor or were just not really actors at all. Many of their scenes felt very stifled and stiff. It tended to bring a stop to a lot of the momentum the James was building towards his ultimate climax. Now, on the flip side of that same coin, Mike and his friends were (for the most part) way better that you might expect. None of it was going to win any Oscars, but that's not what this movie was being made for. It was being made to tell a great story and do it in the best way they could. That seemed to be the one thing that was always shining through, despite some overall issues. One example of this would be one of the bigger effects in the film, involving a scalping. Sadly, it looked very amateurish and took me out of a very intense scene, but all of that can be forgiven based on the end product. There were also some pretty large, open ended questions left unanswered. As an audience member, I don't need to be spoon fed every little detail, but with some the things that occurred throughout the film, there needed to be a bit more exposition. There is also the matter of the score. Not everyone realizes just how intregal to a film, the music can be. Just look at John Carpenter's 'Halloween'. The original film, with no score, everyone told him that the movie wasn't scary. It wasn't until he added his own music to it, that it became the watermark that it is today. This film's soundtrack almost ended up being distracting. It was somewhere between a video game score and an old TV movie. Perhaps I'm picking on this film too much, but there was more than enough outside of this, to keep my interest.


What 'Black Creek' really has going for it more than anything else, is the main protagonist, the Wisconsin Skin Walker. Here you have a creature that will perpetually keep killing, unchecked, and it could be years before anyone found out. The only reason our group of kids were able to attempt to stop it, was because of those who came before them. The simple idea of something that will inhabit the body of the last person it kills, is terrifying. How can you stop something that just continually hops from one body to the next? At some point, you'll lose track of whose body it's in or you'll be it's next victim. I don't know why that concept fascinates me so, but it was handled well in this film and was frightening to think about. All in all, this is above average in the world of lower budget horror. It's also proof that you can still make something your own and don't have to rely on using someone else's idea. This is a solid 3 out of 5 star film that is telling the audience that James Crow still has a lot more to come. Maybe with a bigger budget, more time and a few more experienced actors, he'll be able to take what he already does and show that he's a force to be reckoned with.

BLACK CREEK arrives on VOD February 16th from Freestyle Digital Media.



If you like this, check out: 'It Follows', 'Poltergeist' and 'The Evil Dead' (1981)

Official Trailer to IFC Midnight's GHOST STORIES


GHOST STORIES stars Nyman as arch skeptic Professor Phillip Goodman, who embarks upon a terror filled quest when he stumbles across a long lost file containing details of three cases of inexplicable ‘hauntings’ and embarks on a mission to find rational explanations for the ghostly happenings.  Paul Whitehouse (THE DEATH OF STALIN) and Alex Lawther (THE IMITATION GAME) also star.



GHOST STORES will be released by IFC Midnight in April 2018.  The poster released today by Lionsgate UK will be for the U.K. release only.  If you're illustrating your post with it we ask that you please make a note of that.  IFC Midnight will be releasing a U.S. poster closer to release. 

Sunday, February 11, 2018

On this day in horror history.... February 11th, 1926


On this day in horror history.... an unlikely horror history selection was born, Leslie Nielsen. You may think of him as a serious actor or a comedic one, but he had his share of horror films as well. 'The Day of the Animals', 'Prom Night' and don't forget 'Creepshow'. He was a man of many talents and is sadly missed. Happy Birthday, Mr. Nielsen.