Horror toys are all the rage with collectors, but everyone knows what happens when you open the package. Finally there is a horror collectible that can be opened and played with, say hello to the brand new horror board game Mixtape Massacre. Like many new products, your help is needed to fund this incredible, new, one of a kind board game. Bright Light Media has started a campaign on Kickstarter to fund Mixtape Massacre.
What is Mixtape Massacre?
Welcome to Mixtape Massacre, a tabletop board game where up to 6 players choose from 1 of 8 horror archetypes and compete in a fictional 1986 killing spree to be remembered. Make your way through the small town of Tall Oaks, dispatching victims, collecting kills, and engaging in iconic brawls with other players, proving once and for all, who is the baddest of the brood!
With tons of references and jokes to all of your favorite 1980’s music, films, and pop-culture icons – Mixtape Massacre will have you laughing while you’re slashing!
What’s in the box?
8 Diecut standup Character pieces
8 Character profile cards
6 Diecut Butcher knife player stations
36 Life pegs (go into knives)
60 Double sided tokens (scene marker / souvenir)
40 Unique “Killer Scene, Dude” cards
30 “Bonus Track” cards
One 20 x 20 inch game board
One 4 Page full color instruction manual (instructions and rules)
Everyone familiar with Kickstarter and how it works knows that there are perks involved. The Mixtape Massacre campaign offers some pretty awesome incentives to contribute to the cause.
There are also perks for smaller donations.
The goal to put Mixtape Massacre on the tables of horror fans everywhere is $20,000. The campaign is currently over 50% of the way there with $12,911. There are currently only 17 days left to contribute.
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A new tale from the man that brought Friday the 13th to the horror world, Rock Paper Dead was written by Victor Miller (Friday the 13th) and Kerry Fleming (The Hobo & the Clown).
Rock Paper Dead is the story of serial killer, Peter “the Doll Maker” Harris, who returns to his ancestral family estate after being released from the state’s hospital for the criminally insane after twenty years – a “cured” man. Once inside that old house, anguished memories from a tortured childhood and the visitations from past victims shake Peter’s resolve, but it isn’t until lovely young Ashley enters his life that Peter makes a fateful decision. One that will end in murder.
Inkitt, a free platform for writers to cultivate ideas and watch their stories grow, is holding
their second horror writing contest this month! Inkitt is a place where writers and readers
collaborate, giving each other feedback and improving their work. Inkitt wants to help writers
get the exposure they deserve and the publishing deals they covet without suffering the
frustrations and bias of traditional printing and self- publishing.
“Running Scared: The Most Terrifying Tale Ever Told.” In the tradition of classic horror flicks and monster movies, we want the freakiest, flashiest fiction you can come up with. Make us scream!
Frightening fiction up to 15,000 words. Entries must be posted on the Inkitt contest page to be considered eligible. The contest opens on March 3rd and closes on March 31st . It is free to enter , and authors will retain all rights to all work submitted. Authors will collect community votes, and the first, second, and third place winners will be chosen by Inkitt’s guest judges (horror authors J.D. Horn , Armand Rosamilia , and J. Thorn ) from the top 10% of entries.
All entrants will have the chance to show their work to a growing community of authors and readers hungry for high-quality fiction and win the following prizes: 1st Prize $25 Amazon gift card, customized movie poster (and high-resolution .pdf file) spotlighting the winner’s story, Inkitt custom mug, custom cover design for the Inkitt story of their choice (created by Inkitt’s designer). 2nd Prize $20 Amazon gift card, Inkitt custom mug. 3rd Prize $10 Amazon gift card, Inkitt custom mug. One review, randomly chosen, will also receive a $15 Amazon gift card.
Join the Inkitt community at Inkitt.com and be sure to follow Inkitt on twitter, @Inkitt. For more information on the “Running Scared” Horror Writing Contest, visit Inkitt.com/RunningScared. Make sure to use #RunningScared when sharing your entry or posts about the contest. Good Luck!
With Hollywood horror being saturated reboots and watered down pieces of sh!t, it is up to Indie Horror to bring the fans the gore they crave. Team Necro and Necro Girls Magazine have delivered just that, a gore filled piece of horrific art with their upcoming horror film, Cannibillies. The short film stars some pretty amazing people and I am sure we will be seeing these names much much more in the future, Jami Cullen, Gina Heartless (Lucy Fur), Adam Rogers, Shamus Donnelly and the rest of the Necro Crew.
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.
I was lucky enough to get an advance view of the teaser trailer, and Cannibillies is the next generation of cannibalistic horror. It will shock you, awe you and leave you wanting more. What is even more impressive, they have outdone the Hollywood productions, and they had no budget for the film. That’s right, they have out done films with millions of dollars poured into them with just a group of friends and hard work.
Stay tuned for the full trailer and campaign info for Cannibillies 2!
Meat the Iscariot family this year.
If words have not been enough to entice you on to the Iscariots’ dinner table, here is a small gallery of stills and teaser posters.
To keep up with the progress of Cannibillies and announcements for the sequel, be sure to visit Cannibillies.com, like the Facebook Page, and follow them on twitter and Instagram, @cannibillies.
I previously announced the birth of the Slaughtered Lamb Pub Signs inspired by the pub sign in An American Werewolf In London by artist Jon Smith. He was kind enough to send me one to review for you guys. These signs really are amazing to say the very least.
Each of the signs are signed and numbered by hand. They measure an impressive 17″ by 23″ on 1/2″ plywood. The signs are screen printed with 6 colors including metallic gold and silver. They are printed on both sides. The colors are fantastic. The metallic really jumps off of the dark back ground. There is a subtle glitter to the moon and the face of the werewolf. Each selected color compliments each other beautifully. The flip side of the sign is black with just “keep off the moors” written across it in a blood red color.
The artwork is phenomenal. They are just like the pub signs in the film with one change that I think only made them better. The basic wolf head featured on the sign in the film has been replaced by a replica of the werewolf’s head. This only adds to the overall appeal of the sign, making it more of a must have for fans of An American Werewolf In London.
The craftsmanship of the signs is out of this world. Jon drilled, carved and sanded each piece himself. The edges are smooth and there are no patches that feel rough across the front or the back. He is even kind enough to give you the hooks to hang it with, which are high quality and do not at all feel flimsy.
Jon is selling these amazing signs for only $100. Not a bad deal for a limited edition print that is no only incredible, but is printed on wood instead of paper insuring it will last longer. Not to mention, if you have a bar in your home, how awesome would it be to have this piece hanging on display?
Overall, I have ti recommend these signs to any horror art collector. They are beautiful, durable and unique. My only complaint would be that they are limited to only 50, so if you want one of these bad boys for your collection, you better jump on it. You can purchase these signs along with more of Jon’s amazing work at SmithBellCraft.bigcartel.com.
I was gifted number 13 of 50 and below is a short gallery of the piece. Pictures really do not do it justice, you have to see these signs in person to really see how fantastic they are.
Are you looking for a unique, funny horror t-shirt? BigtimeTeez.com has debuted their new design, the Mount Scaremore t-shirt.
TheMount Scaremore t-shirtis a witty play on Mount Rushmore featuring faces inspired by some of horror’s most iconic slashers. The design is medium in size, covering the chest of the t-shirt stopping just before the armpit. The image is printed in grey which gives it an authentic stone-like appearance. BigtimeTeez is known for their quality screen printing, I have never received a t-shirt from them with anything less than stellar quality screen printing. This design is perfect for the fast approaching convention season.
This funny horror t-shirt is available in men’s (small-5XL), women’s (small-2XL) and kid’s (small-XL) t-shirt sizes. The t-shirts are 100% preshrunk. Not only is it available in a wide variety of sizes, but it is also available in a wide array of colors (black, brown, navy, purple, maroon and forest). Looking for something other than a t-shirt? BigtimeTeez has you covered. The Mount Scaremore design is also available on an adult long sleeve t-shirt, adult tank top and adult hoodies (pullover & zipper).
The Mount Scaremore t-shirt starts at only $9.99. Not too shabby for such an awesome t-shirt. Right now, if you spend $50 or more, you will receive free domestic shipping. Still not saving enough, code MISSFIVE (all caps) gets you 5% off your entire order at checkout.
Asylum of the Dead was directed by Michael Rooker and stars Haylie Duff (Napoleon Dynamite), Beverley Mitchell (7th Heaven) and Michael Rooker (The Walking Dead).
For decades, Pennhurst psychiatric hospital has been haunted by turbulent supernatural forces. When a television crew embarks on a mission to capture this paranormal activity, they discover something completely unexpected. As restless souls from their past torment the crew members, they fear for their lives as one by one they are gruesomely murdered. In a surprising revelation, they discover something more terrifying than ghosts is responsible.
The first thing that drew me to this film was that it was directed by Michael Rooker, but what really persuaded me to purchase the film was that it is set around one the most notoriously haunted buildings in America, Pennhurst psychiatric hospital. Just the lore that surrounds that building and it’s past is enough to create one frightening film.
From the beginning of the film, it kind of pokes fun at the television phenomenon that is known as the ghost hunting show. Every network has one nowadays it seems. I feel that it gave a bit of a comedic element. One complaint that I have is that the audio is a bit hard to hear unless you have it cranked up. It is shot in almost a “found footage” style making the audio less refined and more difficult to hear. In a way it kind of adds to the film though giving it that raw feel of really walking around Pennhurst with a group of “ghost hunters”.
What threw me off was seeing Beverly Mitchell’s name at the top of the cover. I remember her as sweet as apple pie, preacher’s daughter Lucy Camden from the 90’s family drama 7th Heaven. I was pleasantly surprised by her performance. She certainly has shed that squeaky clean image in Asylum of the Dead. I see a bright future for her in horror.
Haylie Duff’s performance was fantastic. She has really come a long way from the Napoleon Dynamite days. Her role could have gone one of two ways, great or horribly corny. She was far from corny, giving a believable performance. I look forward to seeing more from Duff in the horror genre.
The menacing character of “Dr. Death” was played by horror and film veteran, Michael Rooker. He brought elements of two of his most well known characters, Merle Dixon (The Walking Dead) and Henry (Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer). The witty dialogue that Dr. Death has with his victims is very reminiscent of lines we may have heard from Merle, but he was also quite cold and calculated like Henry. Rooker was genius, and no one can play a villain you love to hate, but end up kind of liking in the end quite like he can.
The ghostly sound effects were a little hokey, but I don’t feel that it took away from the film. To make up for the corny sound effects, the visual effects were really quite impressive for a straight to DVD film. I wouldn’t call Asylum of the Dead a splatter fest, but there were some pretty unique death scenes that called for some pretty unique effects and they were executed beautifully.
Not to give too much away, about midway through, there is a joke about the popular 90’s film The Sixth Sense. The ending to this film has a few similarities to the ending of that film. I’m not sure how to classify this film. It is a film about a haunting, but there are also elements of a slasher film. The best way I can describe this film is a cross of Friday the 13th and The Sixth Sense. Asylum of the Dead is appealing to fans of both the slasher and haunting sub-genres of horror.
The critics gave this film an average of about 3.5 stars. I disagree with them, I am going to give Asylum of the Dead a 6.5. The film was well written and offered an amazing cast, but it was a bit short and I feel they could have extended the film a bit more and incorporated a bit more. I do recommend this film to fans of indie style horror films and anyone looking for a horror film that hasn’t been done before. It is unlike any other haunting movie out there right now. The ending is quite a shocking plot twist, and I did not see it coming at all. This film does not have the same stereotypical, happy ending that many films like this have. I absolutely loved it.
I could not find an official trailer for Asylum of the Dead, so below is a short clip from the film.
One question that I am asked on a fairly regular basis,“how do you start and run a successful blog/vlog?”. Instead of answering this question over and over on twitter, besides it takes way more than 140 characters to really help, I have decided to start a Q&A/Advice category. As previously mentioned, this piece of advice will cover the start up, maintenance and so on of a blog or vlog. It is a bit like Saw, “Do you want to play a game?”
Come up with a generalized genre/topic that you want to cover (ie. horror, beauty, comedy, movies etc.). Choose something you are passionate and knowledgeable about (this will come into play later).
Choose a blog/vlog name. It is important to make sure that the name is interesting, you want your name to be as interesting as your content. Another important piece of advice to keep in mind when choosing a name is to relate it to the genre/topics your blog/vlog will be covering.
Choose a platform. The platform you use to host your blog/vlog is just as important as your name and content. I use WordPress. You want a platform that offers professional appearance and allows you to purchase your domain name. Other platforms include tumblr, blogspot/blogger and YouTube. Do your research before choosing one. It is also imperative that you choose a platform that you find is easiest for you to navigate. If you don’t know how to use the tools available to you, it will be more difficult to produce a great blog/vlog.
Purchase your domain name. Where this is not entirely necessary, it does add to the professional appearance of your blog/vlog. I pay $18 a year. It is not a huge expense, but this will help you in the long run. Not only will you look more professional, but this will also help potential sponsors find you via Google and other search methods.
Now that you’re all set up with your name, mission and site, it is time to start cranking out the content. You don’t have to be William Shakespeare or anything, but basic grammar is necessary if you want to be successful. Most platforms come equipped with spellchecker, so is you spelling isn’t your strong suit, it’s not that big of a deal. What is a fairly big deal is knowing the basics like the difference between your and you’re or there, their and they’re. Grammar Nazis will tear you apart if you don’t know those (I will get into dealing with the negative comments later).
Perhaps even more important than the content of each article is the title of the article. Make sure the title gives a very brief description of what readers can expect in the article. This is pretty much common sense.
Research your topic. Readers want material that is not only interesting, but accurate and well researched. Even if you think that you know a lot about what your article topic is, do the research anyway. You may find that you are wrong about something or best case scenario, find updated information on the topic. This is where things get a little tricky. Just like those dreaded high school reports, you have to do the research, but you have to put the information into your own words. It is easy, and illegal to copy and paste someone else’s work. Take notes while researching and twist your facts into your own words. While it is acceptable to quote the work of others, and when doing so, put it into quotes and make sure to indicate that you are quoting someone else. If you find a piece of information and do not want to quote it, it is acceptable to use specific words from someone else, but he majority of the sentence must be from your own brain.
The most important thing to keep in mind when creating the content for your blog, keep in consistent. I am not just talking about staying consistent with the topic for your content, but post consistently. While you do not have to make a post everyday, it is important to post at least once a week, especially when you are first starting out and trying to build an audience.
Above all else, choose something you are passionate about. Even if you aren’t that great of a writer, if you are writing about something you are passionate about, it will shine through above everything. Even the best writer will produce bad work if there is no passion behind the words they are producing.
Now that you are producing content, it is important to grow an audience to read the material that you have worked so hard on. Much like film making, everyone has a cellphone and some type of social networking site. Use those to your advantage.
Start off sharing your new work on your personal social networking pages. Never be afraid to self promote.
Once your friends/followers start to take notice of your work and you build a base following, make a fan page or group on Facebook. Facebook is where I do the vast majority of my selfless self promotion. This helps others on a site like Facebook find your work.
Branch out. Join other social platforms to promote your work. I am on other sites like twitter which is great for finding more readers, but sites like linkedin are even more important when it comes to making potential business partners (I will cover this more in depth in a bit).
Utilize tags. Every platform offers a space to plug in keywords that are associated with the content of your article to aide potential reader/viewers in finding your work. This is where trolling often occurs. Trolling is where people add tags to their work that have nothing to do with the content they are about to watch or read. NEVER troll. Only use tags that are relevant your content. Trolling will lead to negative promotion and the loss of your audience.
Learn SEO. Search Engine Optimization is important when it comes to getting your site and content noticed by search engines. I won’t go to in depth on this, just research it. You do not have to pay to learn SEO, there are plenty of help guides that can assist you in doing this. It will appear pretty intimidating at first, but once you learn the basics, it’s like riding a bike.
Dealing with attention, positive and negative:
Now that you are producing content and getting a little recognition, prepare for the attention that comes with the territory. Not everyone is going to be nice and everyone thinks they are an expert.
Don’t let it go to your head. Don’t think that you are the best just because you got a little bit of positive recognition.
Respond. Always respond to positive comments. Let your readers know that you appreciate them because without them your work would just be a bunch of words on the internet.
Dealing with the positive is always very simple, just use the basic manners that were instilled in you as a child and you will do just fine.
Not everything is going to be sunshine and rainbows, but don’t react. The most important thing is not to react to the asshole things that people are going to say. Not everyone is going to like you or your work. Don;t feed into them and absolutely do not jab back. Reacting to an internet bully will make you look less professional and only give that bully more satisfaction in knowing that they are getting attention.
Do not take the negativity to heart. Excuse my language, but fuck what internet bullies have to say, 90% of the time they are just that, an insecure bully. You have to have a tough skin any time you post something to the billions on the internet. The negative comments sting at first, but they do get easier to deal with after time.
Know the difference between a nasty comment and constructive criticism. Sometimes the line between these two is very blurred, but you do need to learn the difference. Constructive criticism: “your article was good, but you could have researched the topic more and your grammar was a bit off”. Negative/bully comment (I have received comments like this before): “That article was a total piece of shit. I don’t know why people are reading the garbage you are putting out.” I have even had people tell me to go kill myself before.
Identify the bullies. Without being a narc, talk to some other bloggers/vloggers on the same site that cover similar topics. More times than not the bully trolls a specific site and searches specific keywords for the soul purpose of being a jerk. Usually, these bullies know nothing about the topic at hand anyway.
This is more a problem with vloggers, but I will cover it anyway because everyone deals with this sort of thing on a day to day basis. This does not only apply to women anymore. The jerk that has to comment on your looks. One vlogger in particular that comes to mind with this subject is Trisha Paytas (blndsundoll4mj on YouTube). She is clearly a beautiful girl, but insecure bullies cut her down all the time calling her fat and ugly. Again, excuse my language, but fuck them. Who are they? They are usually the people that use cartoon pictures as their avatar or have no picture at all. Maintain your confidence, that gets to them more than if you actually told them to fuck off.
Finding sponsors and making money:
Everyone wants to make money doing what they love. It does take time and will not be too easy.
Promotion and SEO is the fastest way to find potential sponsors and paying contributors.
Don’t expect a huge amount of money especially starting out. I am going to be 100% real with you, the pay is not going to buy you a shiny new BMW or anything, but it is great to see income for what you love.
Offer advertising packages. If you own your domain, utilize the sidebar for paid advertisers.
Join an affiliate site. Sites like Commission Junction and Share A Sale offer businesses that cover just about every topic you can dream of. Join the site an apply to be an affiliate. Most of the time, a purchase is required by the person that clicks on the banner for you to make money, but there are some programs that pay for the traffic, or by clicks. Some companies offer independent affiliate programs as well.
Finding sponsors is where sites like linkedin come into play. Join linkedin and find others with similar interests and connect with companies that offer products or services that coincide with your site.
Don’t be afraid to say no. If a company that has no relation to your field approaches you, it is completely acceptable to turn them down. Stay consistent with your theme. It is also just fine to turn down a company for being too pushy or demanding. Don’t let anyone bully you into accepting an offer, there will be others. You should also never feel bad for turning down an offer you feel is unfair. Look into the appropriate amount to charge for a specific type of work, there are countless sites that can help you do this.
Don’t rip people off. While it is ok to turn down an unfair offer, it is unacceptable to turn down a fair offer because you want more money. Word does travel and if word gets out that you are being unfair yourself, the offers will stop.
To help with the confusion, supply a price list on your site. Set prices, but always be open to negotiation. Most of the offers will be from companies that are just starting out, so they do not have a large amount of funds to offer, and many companies have designated amounts to spend on advertising and promotion.
It is also important to know that more times than not, the offers will not be regular, especially at first. They may become more regular as you get more notoriety.
Establish good relationships with the companies you work for, if you build a good relationship, they are more likely to come back and work with you again.
Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and make the first move. Just like dating, don’t be afraid to reach out and make the first move. It is completely acceptable to email companies about reviews and sponsorship. Just do not nag and be professional about it.
Getting interviews and other perks:
I have somehow managed to go from writing movie reviews about awesome people to interviewing these awesome people. Most of mine are through sheer dumb luck, but I will share with you proactive ways to help this happen for you.
Always be professional. I can not stress this enough. There is a protocol to contacting someone about an interview no matter how well known they are. Send a professional email. DO NOT tweet them. If you do not know how to conduct yourself professionally in trying to get the interview, they are going to assume that you will not conduct yourself professionally during the interview.
I get other perks like movie screeners and other promotional materials. Much like everything else, I started receiving these mostly through dumb luck. A good way to get connected with companies like this is to attend conventions. That’s right, it can be that simple. Without acting like a jerk and in your most professional manner, approach companies that interest you and tell them about what you do. If they are interested, exchange information.
Conventions and press passes:
This is probably the easiest thing to accomplish, but I am asked all the time how I get press passes for conventions and events.
Go to the convention or event’s site. Typically there is a place to apply for a press pass under the ticket section. Just fill out the form and wait on the reply. If you feel you have waited a long time and have not heard back, email the head of the convention or event and ask about it, again be professional.
If there is not link to apply for a press pass, email the head of the convention or staff and ask if they are available for that event.
I think that about covers the basics of starting, running and maintaining a blog/vlog. If you have any other questions, please feel free to comment below or email me at email@example.com and I will do my best to answer your questions. Good luck!
The Horror Happens Radio Show is bringing an indie horror film event back to The Washington Theatre as we go to the gritty, dirty and grindhouse horror from the depths of New York City on Sat Sept 27th with 3 films & Q & A’s from 3 PM to 7 PM EST. Tickets are only $8.00, 18 and over Recommended and more info at http://horrorhappensff.wix.com/hhffnj or on Twitter @horrorhappensff
Films will include:
Liam Makrogiannis’s “Survive”
Justin Morales’s short film “Blessed Are the Poor”
Evan Makrogiannis’s & Brian Weaver’s disturbing psychological film
BLACKHOLE FILMS is proud to announce the development of its newest feature film, titled GRANDPA’S PSYCHO. A gritty thriller, GRANDPA’S PSYCHO examines the duality of the human condition through the eyes of a deeply disturbed patriarch. GRANDPA’S PSYCHO artfully illustrates the burden of a deranged psyche, while masterfully displaying the impact our personalities have on the ones we love.
Following the death of his wife, the protagonist, chillingly referred to as ‘Grandpa Murray’, feels a divine command to redeem those who have lost their relationship with the lord. Grandpa Murray dutifully carries out his task by kidnapping and torturing ill-mannered woman until they accept god into their lives. Murray’s perverse actions often coincide with periodic visits from his family, begging the question, “How much do Grandpa Murray’s relatives know about his misdeeds?” GRANDPA’S PSYCHO provides an exceptional portrayal of sin, spliced with intermittent spurts of heart-warming morality. By coupling distinct characters with a unique plot, GRANDPA’S PSYCHO creates a gripping story that will surely resonate with all types of moviegoers.
GRANDPA’S PSYCHO is the feature film adaptation of Award-Winning director DANNY LEGARE’s short film, Visiting Grandpa. LeGare will write, produce, and direct the project, assisted by renowned cinematographer GEORGE LYON (Visiting Grandpa, A Cool Dark Place, Sacandaga). Veteran producers HEATHER QUICK (Visiting Grandpa, Keep the Lights on, How to Be a Man) and DAVE GERE (Pinwheel, Buddy Hutchins) will join LeGare for this project. LeGare has stated that he is “pleased to work with such a dynamic partners”and is “thrilled by the idea of transforming his short film into a feature.”
GRANDPA’S PSYCHO is currently in pre-production and is set to begin shooting in November 2014.