Category Archives: Independent Horror

North Woods: IndieGoGo Campaign

NorthWoodsIndie Horror holds a very special place in my heart. There is an IndieGoGo campaign for a new horror film called North Woods. There is currently a week left to help them reach their goal of $5,500 to complete the film. Funding ends on Black Friday. Since the campaign ends on Black Friday, you will receive a discount on all of the perks, this means that you will receive some pretty awesome stuff for any contribution. Below you will find information about the North Woods campaign as well as videos.

Synopsis:

In the vein of such terrifying films as Phantasm (1979), The Evil Dead (1981) & The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974), comes psychotic motion picture of unrelenting terror!  A horror film set in modern times, but is shot, stylized & paced like a film straight from the 70’s & 80’s.  But despite its’ sense of nostalgic familiarity, it flips many of the old tropes & cliches on their heads & will keep you on the edge of your seat, not knowing what is bound to happen next…

From within the woods, a blood splattered young man, John Prescott, runs out in front of a car, terrified and muttering gibberish. Enter Dr. Pamela Alley, an esteemed psychiatrist, and Detective Morris, her contact & partner from the local police force, who have just been assigned the boy’s case. As the teen begins telling his diabolical tale of a local weekend vacation gone horribly wrong, it becomes clear that nothing is ever what it seems when a very troubled substitute teacher, with a webbed past of nightmares, emerges as the center of the proceedings. What keys does she hold to the nearly phantasmic events surrounding the area for the last several years?

When it comes to the woods in Brahams County… sometimes digging for answers digs your grave…
…And if you go in… you won’t come out.

Featuring legendary Indie Horror/B-Movie scream queen talents of Debbie Rochon & Lynn Lowry, North Woods guarantees you an authentic visceral yet surreal experience, straight from the era where Grindhouse Slashers & Drive-in Horror relentlessly ruled the cinemas!

Teaser Trailer:

Campaign Video:

For more information on the film along with more art and videos, CLICK HERE to visit the IndieGoGo Campaign page. Be sure to like North Woods on Facebook and follow them on twitter for more up to date news.

Introducing: CANNIBILLIES

10622777_562520810541015_1169483603659959276_nHollywood can’t seem to keep up with the gruesome, fast paced world of horror, so independent horror is in even higher demand. In a vast world of remakes, indie saves the day again. Necro Girls and Team Necro are to the horror rescue with their upcoming film CANNIBILLIES.

Cannibillies will star names that some may recognize through the convention and horror circuit and of course, Necro Girls Magazine. Some of these names include Jami Pass Cullen, Gina Heartless (Lucy Fur), Adam Rogers, Shamus Donnelly, Megan Pillar and many more.

What is Cannibillies?

Eve is a single mother who raised her three children the best that she could. Eve’s children all were brought up with the word of God. A sense of right and wrong. The art of self-reliance. And a belief that nothing is more powerful than the bond of blood. To the outsider, they appeared a loving family that relied on each other, and the bountiful gifts that God brought them. To those that stepped foot into Eve’s house, like Abigail and her friends, they saw a different side. The side that stayed hidden behind the front door of the Iscariot house. The side that was just out of view from anyone passing by. The dark side. Genesis, chapter 9, verse 3; “Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things.” Abigail and her friends would not only be killed here, but would also become food for the Iscariot table.

No official release date has been set, but you will “meat” the Iscariot family in 2015. For more information on Cannibillies, the cast and crew and further updates, be sure to like the Cannibillies Facebook page and follow them on Instagram (@cannibillies).

To see more of Team Necro, subscribe to Necro Girls Magazine at NecroGirls.net.

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Short Film Review: ‘Home Sweet Home’

Indie horror and short films are the backbone of the genre right now, and they seem to be about the only way to find original material anymore.  I was contacted about reviewing a short film by Adam Krause titled ‘Home Sweet Home’.  This short is currently on the festival circuit and from what I’ve seen, shows a great deal of promise.

MoviePosterCreditsWritten/Directed/Produced by: Adam Krause

Starring: Heather Marie, Justin Koehler, Eric Heuvelman, Steve Golla, Dylan Olson, Benjamin Agustin

Runtime: 28 Minutes

Script 4 Sale Productions

Set in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Synopsis:

In the middle of a massive house hunt, a young married couple finds an obscure listing for a “For Sale By Owner” house way out in the country. Ignoring advice from their realtor, the young couple drives out to the house to take a look. Appearing temporarily uninhabited, they see no problem with entering the house for a closer look. But the horror that awaits them is far, far worse than any cramped living area or leaky basement.

‘Home Sweet Home’ is one of the most incredibly written shorts I have seen in a long time.  The arch of the story may have been completed in 28 minutes, but it was just as good if not better than many of the feature length films I have seen recently.  The beginning of the film was startling and contained quite a bit of action for an opening scene.  The middle part of the film was a moderate pace, and the film closed out with a shocking, action packed end.  Every bit of the film went together seamlessly.  One thing that makes this short truly horrifying is the fact that this is something that could truly happen.

A big complaint with short films usually has to do with cheesy acting and bad video quality, but none of these were an issue in ‘Home Sweet Home’.  The video and audio quality were HD quality, and I could easily hear the actors with minimal to nonexistent background interruption .  There was no grainy appearance of bouncing camera.  The acting was phenomenal.  There was no over or under acting.  Everyone was believable and sold the script well.

The killer/villain and effects, whether a short or feature length film, can very easily make or break a horror film.  ‘Home Sweet Home’ quite honestly had one of the most unique, creepy killers I have seen in horror.  Not only was he creepy, but he killed with one of the most bizarre weapons ever to be used on screen.  Both aspects were creative, well thought out and very original.  As far as effects go, there weren’t an over abundance used, which I like, but the ones that were used were great.  Very believable.

Final thought: I loved ‘Home Sweet Home’ and would love to see more from Adam Krause.  There wasn’t anything I could find to complain about.  I loved the originality of the film.  Truly Indie horror at its finest.

To keep up to date on this film, like the ‘Home Sweet Home’ Facebook.

Trailer:

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Author Nicholas Ryan Is Back With ‘Die Trying: A Zombie Apocalypse’

81XWy1JvdTL._SL1500_Nicholas Ryan, author of ‘Ground Zero: A Zombie Apocalypse’, is back with an all new apocalyptic tale titled ‘Die Trying: A Zombie Apocalypse’.

Story line:

Trapped amidst the horror of the zombie apocalypse, three men hear the sound of a helicopter overhead and know it represents their last desperate hope to survive the terror and reach safety.
But survival comes at a cost – and the undead hordes that ravage the world are not the only lurking evil the men must face.
But for Mitch Logan, his brother, Jed, and their friend, Clinton Harrigan, there is no choice.
They must fight to survive – or Die Trying.
A novel of over 66,000 words.
‘Die Trying: A Zombie Apocalypse’ is currently available on Amazon for Kindle.

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Be sure to like Nicholas Ryan on Facebook for more updates.

I will be reviewing ‘Die Trying: A Zombie Apocalypse’ in the next couple of weeks.

 

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‘The Living’ a zombie mini-series from Cineline Productions

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I was contacted recently by Aaron Champion, director and producer at Cineline Productions about their new zombie mini-series, ‘The Living’.  I have seen the first installment of the mini-series and I believe it shows a lot of promise.

TheLiving_06The concept for ‘The Living’ is original and suspenseful.  The opening episode took place mostly on an airplane and if you ask me, a zombie on an airplane is a pretty big problem and the biggest fear of many zombie apocalypse believers.  An airplane is a great place to have someone turn.  It is enclosed and invokes a lot of fear and panic.

Visual effects and their authenticity can really ensure the success of a great zombie project.  The effects in ‘The Living’ are incredible.  When the zombie on the plane claims his victim, everything down to the beating heart of the victim were spot on and visually stunning (in a grotesque, morbid kind of way).   TheLiving_03

Like most indie projects, ‘The Living’ needs some help funding the rest of the project via a Kickstarter campaign.  There are 23 days to go to help reach the $11,000 goal.

To watch the first episode on YouTube, CLICK HERE

Kickstarter Campaign

Be sure to visit the Official site for ‘The Living’, like the film on Facebook and follow the twitter for more updates.

For more projects from Cineline Productions, CLICK HERE to visit their site

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*All photos credit to Cineline Productions*

Sleep Terror Clothing: Original Designs Based Inspired By Nightmares

1239686_593793290662011_1333586806_nA new brand has been brought to my attention, Sleep Terror Clothing.  I am a sucker for original 1379746_602183529822987_1128588383_nhorror themed artwork.  Not only is the artwork original and creative, but the creator, Jonathan, has a story of his own.  The brand is not to be confused with the band Sleep Terror, they are not affiliated with the band or their music.

A bit about Sleep Terror Clothing:

My name is Jonathan and I run Sleep Terror Clothing. I suffer from a sleeping condition called sleep paralysis. It causes me to have extremely vivid dreams and nightmares. With a strong passion for design, drawing, horror I turn the those monsters from my dreams and nightmares into t-shirts.

They are a clothing company based out of New York City that makes limited edition t-shirts, 282851_600199616688045_249488718_nhoodies, hats and other accessories.  All designs from Sleep Terror Clothing are based on 1391432_618825434825463_105760932_nHalloween, nightmares and monsters that live under your bed.

Sleep Terror Clothing sponsors a lengthy list of bands/artists.  The list includes bands such as Reflections, No Bragging Rights, Kublai Khan and Totality.

1001585_621358524572154_1559837966_nIf you are looking for original Halloween inspired clothing and accessories, check out Sleep Terror Clothing.

If you have any questions about Sleep Terror Clothing, email them at info@sleepterrorclothing.com

Official site: SleepTerrorClothing.com

Also be sure to like the Official Facebook Page and follow them on twitter.

Interview with Klayton Dean: Writer/Director of ‘Box Kutter Killer’

1385782_590312734349176_619165639_nWith remakes and re-imaginings taking over Hollywood, the Indie scene is where the original material is hanging out.  I was approached by Klayton Dean about his new horror/thriller short ‘Box Kutter Killer‘.  I did an interview with Mr. Dean about his upcoming short.

Box Kutter Killer‘:

Written and Directed by: Klayton Dean

Produced by: Sébastien Rousselet

Studio: Terror Visions

Synopsis:

An everyday citizen pushed to the edge of insanity finally breaks leaving behind what was once to be a quiet existence, now a media driven nightmare.

Interview:

LBoH: Where did the concept from Box Kutter Killer come from?

Dean: Wanting to create a over the top goriest of slasher films. Budgetary reasons restricted my vision as well as the overflow within the independent market of gore films…I want to change things up, make something that’s a little more serious that can be viewed with a overall message.

LBoH: How long did it take to write this short?

Dean: I am constantly adding changes to the script, tweaks here and there but the actual first draft script, 20 mins.

LBoH: Can you briefly describe Box Kutter Killer?

Dean: A film about what could happen when you push someone too far. We all have breaking points and I’m sure at what point or another we have all felt isolated and alone.

LBoH: If you had to compare the gore level of Box Kutter Killer to any other film, which would it be?

Dean: I would say it’s equivalent to the slow burners of the 70’s. Not balls to the wall but when the gore comes…look out. If I had to name a film of recent, Sella Turcica comes to mind.

LBoH: When can fans expect to see this short?

Dean: Early 2014

LBoH: Where will fans be able to view Box Kutter Killer?

Dean: At festivals.. eventually we plan a limited DVD release

LBoH: Are you currently working on any other shorts?

Dean: Yes. I Can’t say what yet but I can tell you it will be featuring a “Collective” of talented artists.

LBoH: Any plans for a feature length film?

Dean: Yes. I am currently working on my first feature film entitled, “Mos Maiorum”

LBoH: Any advice for other indie writers out there?

Dean: For filmmakers…..JUST DO IT. GET OFF YOUR ASS AND DO IT. Make something that lasts.

 

To stay up to date on ‘Box Kutter Killer‘, be sure to like the Official Facebook Page and follow the twitter page!

 

TOXICTOONS Halloween Special

witch 12 x 18I am a huge fan of the artwork of Eric Pigors of TOXICTOONS, I even have a tattoo of one of his pieces on my shoulder blade.  If you are into psycho-billy type, dark artwork, you will love it too.

He is so graciously offering an amazing deal on his t-shirts for Halloween!

NEW TOXICTOONS SHIRT SPECIAL STARTS NOW through HALLOWEEN – Buy any T-Shirt you will get signed mini print and these 2 stickers.buy any 2 shirts and get this and my FREE DEADTIMES Book if you live in the USA.

To take advantage of this incredible sale, visit TOXICTOONS.COM!

 

Black Labyrinth Book II: Joe R. Lansdale Kickstarter Campaign Now Live!

securedownloadFor those that have not figured it out yet, I am an advocate for indie horror and indie writers, so when I get asked to help promote a Kickstarter campaign to help out, I do.  This campaign is for a new book called ‘Black Labyrinth Book II‘ by Joe R. Lansdale.  Below you will find all the information you need about Mr. Lansdale’s new book and I hope you too will want to back this campaign.

This is where the boundaries between the innerverse and the outerverse recede

Dark Regions Press has launched a new Kickstarter campaign to support the creation of Black Labyrinth Book II: Joe R. Lansdale illustrated by Santiago Caruso. The campaign is currently live and can be viewed here:http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/chrismorey/black-labyrinth-book-ii-joe-r-lansdale

Black Labyrinth is an imprint of ten psychological horror novels and novellas from the living masters of horror and dark fiction all illustrated by surrealist artist Santiago Caruso. The first book in the imprint, The Walls of the Castle by Tom Piccirilli has been met with wide critical acclaim and the hardcovers are considered some of the finest that Dark Regions Press has produced:

The new Kickstarter campaign will fully fund a new novella of securedownload (1)psychological horror from Joe R. Lansdale, award-winning author of Edge of Dark Water, the Hap and Leonard series, Bubba Ho-Tep, The Thicket, Incident On and Off a Mountain Road and many other novels, novellas, short stories, comic books and screenplays. The campaign will also bring five original pieces of artwork from renowned surrealist artist Santiago Caruso to accompany the novella, including four B&W interior illustrations.

Dark Regions Press wants everyone who contributes to read the new novella. Any reward level in the Black Labyrinth Book II: Joe R. Lansdale Kickstarter campaign will get you a copy of the book. All editions are offered at planned retail price with free U.S. shipping included and discounted international shipping offered along with Kickstarter exclusive bonuses. Contributors will be regularly updated during the production of the book and many will be immortalized in the book itself.

securedownload (2)Join the effort and help make Black Labyrinth Book II a reality:http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/chrismorey/black-labyrinth-book-ii-joe-r-lansdale

Chris Morey
Owner and Publisher – Dark Regions Press, LLC
Creator and Editor – Black Labyrinth
http://www.darkregions.com

http://www.blacklabyrinthbooks.com

I hope that the description of this promising work and the campaign has peaked your interest.  If you can not donate money, please spread the word and bring this amazing book to life.

Zombie George Washington: The Zombie President and His Zombie Army March to Retake DC

91mC5PYw7VL._SL1500_All of my readers out there need to take a look at the book “Zombie George Washington: The Zombie President and His Zombie Army March to Retake DC” by GB Banks.  Not only does the book sound incredible, but the author himself has a pretty incredible story.

About GB Banks:

GB Banks is a sufferer of Osteogenesis Imperfecta, also known as “Brittle Bone Disease”, and has been wheelchair- and home-bound and cared for by his parents for all of his 48-years. But through the power of his imagination, he has been able to escape to far-off lands and go on magical adventures, and now he hopes to use that very same ability to better his life, to give back to his parents for everything they have done for him throughout his life, and to free himself of the fear of being left alone and placed into a nursing home when they are gone. He has published several works in small publications over the last few years, but his dream is to become a full-time, financially successful author so that he can finally live a more independent life and be able to travel to see the numerous places that he has only been able to explore in his fantasies.

His latest book is entitled “Zombie George Washington: The Zombie President and His Zombie Army March to Retake DC”, an epic zombie fantasy adventure.

 

About the book:

He was the first President of the United States
Now he may also be the last…

When the resurrected general George Washington discovers the corruption now ruling the US government, he vows to do something about it. So President Washington wages war on the nation’s capitol…with an army of zombie soldiers at his back.

 

Please pass this along and help get this story the recognition it deserves!

The read more about and/or purchase the ebook, CLICK HERE