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The Video That Started It All: The Preylude: A Volumes of Blood Short Film

11295930_1591451091133556_6861223533359801225_nThe biggest selling point of any film is the trailer, some trailers come to us in the form of a short film. The brains behind the new horror anthology, Volumes of Blood, put together a short film to help get their film made. Say hello to The Preylude: A Volumes of Blood Short Film, (no that is not a spelling error) the short that started it all.

The Preylude was written and directed by P.J. Starks and stars Shelby Miller, Robert Denton and Chad Ray as “The Hood”. The concept for the short is fantastic, and what makes it even more scary, it is completely believable as the given situation has and could happen. Chad Ray makes for one intimidating villain, his large stature and Kane Hodder-like movements only add to the greatness of The Preylude

With just under 7 minutes to tell the story, The Preylude gets straight to the point. There are no unnecessary fillers, the entire short is filled with only quality content. The cliffhanger ending will leave you wanting more. 

What does The Preylude: A Volumes of Blood Short Film entail? 

The fifth unsuspecting victim is stalked by a sociopath hell bent on making her suffer. Will she survive or will she die trying?

Enjoy the show!

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The Hood is waiting for you.

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Chad Ray as “The Hood”

‘Volumes of Blood’: The Best Horror Anthology Since Trick-r-Treat

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It has been 8 years since the release of the 2007 horror anthology Trick-r-Treat , and ever since, there have been horror anthologies released in its honor, but none of them have even come close to the quality of the film. Thankfully, that has all been changed by P.J. Starks, Nathan Milliner (yes the guy that does all of those awesome Scream! Factory and HorrorHound covers) and Todd Martin. Volumes of Blood is an anthology film that horror fans can be proud of, it’s not some cheap knock off of what has already been done, it is gory, original and for a lack of better terms, fucking amazing!

Synopsis:

A sociology student gathers several friends at the local library on Halloween night to help him create a new urban legend with deadly consequences; Lily is in for a late night of researching and needs something to keep her going. It isn’t until she’s approached by a stranger that her luck may change – for the worse; a typical night of work for a librarian becomes a classic ghost story with a modern twist. Sometimes you can’t keep a bad book down; Sidney is allowed to stay after hours to study for a test. It’s not until she awakens in the darkened library that she realizes the truth of what lurks among the books after midnight. She better pray she doesn’t become the prey; Paige faces regrets that she’d do anything to take back. When an ancient and arcane spell book falls into her lap, she decides to make a grave decision. Be careful what you wish for, it might just kill you.

Volumes of Blood stars Kristine Renee Farley (Happy Hooker Bang Bang), Jim O’Rear (The Deepening), Roni Jonah (Hell House), Jason Crowe (The Zombie Movie), Jakob Bilinski (Obsolescence), P.J. Starks (A Mind Beside Itself), Kevin Roach (Happy Hooker Bang Bang) and a host of other indie horror greats. The biggest complaint many people have about indie films in general is the lack of talent and overacting, but this cast was phenomenal. There were scenes that required a bit of an homage to the corny acting of the 1980’s, but it was done intentionally and only enhanced the overall quality of the film. For example, the opening scene, I felt, was a beautiful nod to the 80’s slasher films, Friday the 13th in particular. As a fan of that sub-genre, I couldn’t have been more proud of the execution of the scene and the fact that it was even done at all.

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Grab from the opening scene of Linda

The score of a horror film has always been just as important to me as great writing or a flawless cast, and Tony McKee’s score was incredible. It was no overly dramatic and matched the theme and feel of the film perfectly. At approximately 6 minutes in, there is a nod to Halloween via music.

Volumes of Blood had every element a horror film should have and so much more. It is going to be extremely hard for anyone else to top this anthology. If you’re looking for a film that will make you jump, possibly make your stomach turn, that will get your date clinging to you like cheap fabric on a hot day and pays a wonderful tribute to all of the classics, Volumes of Blood is the film for you. I could not find a single element to complain about, which is a rare occurrence. I truly cannot recommend this film enough.

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Creepshow meets Chillerama In ‘Scream Machine’ Horror Anthology

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Horror anthologies were made popular with Creepshow and modernized and twisted with Chillerama, now, from the twisted minds that brought us films such as Death By VHS, Nightmare Alley and Junk Food Horror Fest, there is Scream Machine. Writer/Producer/Director Walter Ruether III teams up with filmmaker Paul C. Hemmes to bring 5 new chilling tales of madness. 

Scream Machine is kicked off with a great introduction from Troma FilmsLloyd Kaufman. After Kaufman’s introduction, we are introduced to two new horror hosts for the rest of the show, Dr. Fry (Walter Ruether III) and his assistant Dr. “Head”ley Graves (Paul C. Hemmes). Dr. Fry and Dr. Graves are the only two survivors after an Ebola plague has wiped all of humanity out and the only remaining form of entertainment is Scream Machine. The stories of this anthology include Sledgehammer, Cannibal Pen Pals, April Fool’s Party, Septic Shock and Deadly Indie Drive-In. I am going to review them individually in the order in which they appear in the anthology.


Sledgehammer

This story was a lot like a short film from Troma. The acting and effects were a bit corny and over-the-top which gave it a real 80’s B movie feel. I found Sledgehammer kind of humorous and not just for the dirty jokes, the death scenes were quite entertaining and there is a scene with a dog at the end that will for sure get a little bit of a chuckle from you. 


Cannibal Pen Pals

“The Dahmer Obsession”

This was the most disturbing of the 5 stories. Cannibal Pen Pals takes place in 1993 and chronicles the obsession one man has for notorious cannibalistic serial killer, Jeffrey Dahmer and what could be interpreted as a pen pal love affair with him during his incarceration. If you are offended by rape, necrophelia, foul language and sexual situations, you may want to skip this segment. It is twisted and perverted. What makes this tale so much more disturbing is the fact that things like this do happen. Despite its intense graphic and disturbed nature, Cannibal Pen Pals was in my top 2 favorites from this anthology.  


April Fool’s Party

This was my least favorite segment. I wouldn’t really classify this as horror but more of a drug-fueled, more twisted version of Weekend At Bernie’s. I didn’t hate it, but in my opinion, it didn’t quite fit with the rest of the anthology.


Septic Shock

This was my favorite story. The best way to describe it is psychological thriller meets the corny gore of the 80’s. The setting was very dark, adding to the overall spooky feel of the segment. I gave Septic Shock bonus points for the random tortoise crawling around munching on celery for a bit of comedic relief. Bravo. 


Deadly Indie Drive-In

There was a bit of a nod to 80’s slasher films in Deadly Indie Drive-In. This segment is also a revenge tale of sorts. The feel of the story combined with the dark lighting with moments of acid trip-like colors, I got a bit of a Rob Zombie vibe from it.


If you are into extremely messed up stories accompanied by foul language, necrophilia, murder, gore, revenge, drug use and loads of darkness, Scream Machine is the anthology for you. 

Overall, I really enjoyed Scream Machine. It is unique and twisted, the way a horror anthology should be.