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JULY 27

FRIGHT FEST
By E.C. McMullen Jr.
Well aren't we getting all festive in preparation for the coming Halloween?

We have HELLFEST, looking mighty interesting, and now FRIGHT FEST. Noobs Robert Gillings and Director Ante Novakovic bring a crime drama ethos to their Slasher flick, and that might infuse new life into it.

Director Novakovic has toiled away in the Hollywood trenches working as an Assistant or Executive Assistant and onset Trainer for actors like Harvey Keitel and Colin Farrell. Most of those credits are Crime Dramas or Crime Actioneers, and that combined with a few short movies under his belt, Ante is ready to bring what he knows.

FRIGHT FEST is slated for a 2018 release.

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JULY 18

HELLFEST
By E.C. McMullen Jr.
The trailer for the upcoming HELLFEST does not look like your typical teen slasher movie. There are visuals recalling some of the consumate experimental madness of Chilean Director Alejandro Jodorowsky (SANTA SANGRE) or a Spanish Álex de la Iglesia (ACCION MUTANTE, THE DAY OF THE BEAST).

Am I reading too much into this? Will these visuals be only surface paste on pastiche or is HELLFEST exploring this subgenre for something deeper?

I can't say yet. Director Gregory Plotkin (PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE GHOST DIMENSION) has spent years cutting his teeth on Horror as both a Producer team mate with Oren Pelli (PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 3, 4, THE MARKED ONES, AREA 51), as well as editing for Blumhouse (GET OUT, HAPPY DEATH DAY), but the fact that Gregory had six writers - despite their solid Horror movie pedigrees - all on this one project is usually cause for worry.

All the same? This is one sweet trailer and we've got Tony Todd!

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JULY 16

GRIMM'S WAR

A Video Game and Webseries in one: GRIMM'S WAR
By E.C. McMullen Jr.
Director Zebediah Ysabel De Soto contacted me today to check out what they've got going over at Dread Central.

What they've got is Dread Central's GRIMM'S WAR, a hybrid Video Game and Webseries that will be coming soon.

Visually it's wicked cool! The task for De Soto is the combination of a Video Game, which doesn't require heavy lifting on the story depth side, and a compelling webseries, which certainly does.

Edge of my seat in hoping this all comes together right. Until then, here is the trailer.

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JULY 12

The HowlingQUICK BITES
Horror Thriller news from everywhere!

Watch the intense teaser for horror anthology film Nightmare Cinema
By Clark Collis
The new horror anthology film Nightmare Cinema is the brainchild of filmmaker Mick Garris (MASTERS OF HORROR) and features the directorial talents of Alejandro Brugués (JUAN OF THE DEAD), Ryûhei Kitamura (MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN), David Slade (HARD CANDY, 30 DAYS OF NIGHT), Joe Dante (THE HOWLING, GREMLINS), and Garris himself.

Continued at EW.

AND

Blumhouse Taps Annapurna's Josh Small as CFO
By Brent Lang
Blumhouse has tapped Josh Small as its chief financial officer, Variety has learned. He leaves Annapurna, the indie studio behind "Detroit" and "The Master," where he served in the same role.

Continued at Variety.

PLUS

Jordan Peele Social Horror Thriller 'Us' Adds Tim Heidecker
by Anthony D'Alessandro
Tim Heidecker, the co-creator of Adult Swim's Tim and Eric's Bedtime Stories, has joined Jordan Peele's horror thriller Us. He joins a cast that already includes Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke and Emmy winner Elisabeth Moss.

Continued at Deadline.

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JULY 11

CONARIUM
When it comes to Horror and Horror games, H.P. Lovecraft's influence is unmatched.

Released through GOG.com.

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JULY 6

THE SCHOOL
From first time feature film writer and director, Storm Ashwood, comes THE SCHOOL.

This movie has wonderful cinematography that creates great visuals both original and building on what has come before. The creature effects are pretty musty but that could work out to its favor depending on the characterization and story.

Oh yes. The story.

The most haunting visuals and best creature effects cannot save a movie that has a poor story (Writer) or a good story poorly told (Director). But we Horror fans are nothing if not wildly optimistic! So here's hoping THE SCHOOL teaches us something new.

FRANKENSTEIN CHANGES EVERYTHING
My theory that began with MARCY MAY MARLENE FRANKENSTEIN continues today with Indie hit,

Blindspotting Frankenstein
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JULY 3

STILL LOVING LOVECRAFT
81 years after his death and Howard Phillips remains foremost on the minds of Horror fans. Nearly a century after his death and his Cosmic Horror Science Fiction stories remain unsurpassed by modern science or the latest fashion.

For Mindcraft-minded fans, check out the pixelated goodness of Lovecraft's Untold Stories, released through GOG.com.

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JULY 2

BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA IS 32!
If you want to be an Indie movie maker and are making your pitch to a potential investor, remember this: Horror movies endure long after the Best Picture Oscar winners are laid to rest in moldering archives.

The gang

Think I'm kidding? Out Of Africa, directed by Sidney Pollack and starring Robert Redford and Meryl Streep came out the same year and it won Best Picture.

Today Out Of Africa on Blu-Ray has an Amazon sales rank of 11,000. BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA Blu-Ray has an Amazon sales rank of 1,000.

If you haven't seen this movie yet, read my big review for a little encouragement. /BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA.

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