- This Weekend’s April Ghouls Drive-In Monster-Rama 2018 to Feature Tobe Hooper Tribute Night
- Overlook 2018 Review: DON’T LEAVE HOME is an Artist’s Gothic Fever Dream
- SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK Movie Expected to Begin Filming This Summer, Guillermo del Toro on Board as Co-Writer & Producer
- Severin to Release SHOCKING DARK, ZOMBIE 3, and ZOMBIE 4 on Blu-ray
- Listen to the CORPSE CLUB Discuss PSYCHO III and 976-EVIL on a New Episode of Daily Dead’s Podcast
- Overlook 2018 Review: BLUE MY MIND Evokes Youthful Angst Through Beautiful Fantasy
- Overlook 2018 Review: SATAN’S SLAVES Refreshes Occult Tropes Through Humanity
- Horror Highlights: GHOSTHOUSE Remake, BUS PARTY TO HELL Q&A, Shriekfest 2018, THE RAKE, New 1inMM Productions Movie, AMITYVILLE TOYBOX
Posted: 27 Apr 2018 01:45 PM PDT
Update: Sadly we won't be able to make Friday's screenings, but Jonathan will be attending Saturday night. If you're a Daily Dead reader and want to meet up, send us an email! Original Story: In 2017 the horror genre lost a legend with the passing of Tobe Hooper, and this year's April Ghouls Drive-In Monster-Rama will pay tribute to the influential and innovative filmmaker on the first night of their two-day silver screen celebration.
A companion marathon to September's Drive-In Super Monster-Rama (one of Daily Dead's favorite events of the year), this year's April Ghouls Drive-In Monster-Rama takes place April 27th–28th at the Riverside Drive-In Theatre in Vandergrift, PA.
Beginning at dusk and stretching into the late hours of the night, the first part of this year's April Ghouls marathon will be a Tobe Hooper remembrance night, with screenings of Poltergeist (1982), Lifeforce, The Funhouse, and Invaders From Mars (1986). The second night of April Ghouls will celebrate creature features with screenings of Alligator, The Boogens, Critters, and The Deadly Spawn.
Tickets are $10.00 for an adult each night, with overnight camping also priced at $10.00 per adult. You can read the full lineup below, and to learn more about this year's April Ghouls Drive-In Monster-Rama, visit DVD Drive-In and the event's official Facebook page.
Friday, April 27th:
Saturday, April 28th:
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Posted: 27 Apr 2018 01:27 PM PDT
Homages are nothing new in today's genre market. While most films in this category pay tribute to icons of the '80s with blaring synths and comic book storylines, the occasional echo from the '70s will cross our paths. There is a difference between homages and stylistic recreations, however. Where one approach ends up feeling like fan fiction, the other pays attention to detail in a way that only a talented filmmaker can manage. This applies to Michael Tully, who has made a name for himself with unclassifiable but fascinating indie films. He marks his first full-fledged descent into horror with a charming, chilling callback to Gothic masterpieces from Europe.
Ominously titled Don't Leave Home, the film begins with a character doing just that. Desperate for money after a bad review, talented miniature artist Melanie (Anna Margaret Hollyman) travels to Ireland, the country that inspired her latest series, after a mysterious priest commissions a piece from her. This priest is also an artist, but his most famous painting is irrevocably tied to a nightmare. The subject of the painting, a little girl, vanished from both the image and the world several decades ago. As Melanie grows closer to the artist, she is tormented by dark visions—and a sense that all is not right with her secluded retreat.
This kind of story, ghostly and surreal, is perfectly suited to the '70s Gothic style. However, like recent favorite The Love Witch, Tully's film stems from sources beyond the obvious. With tonal and stylistic influences echoing Don't Look Now (in this case, titular as well), Lisa and the Devil, or Let's Scare Jessica to Death (amongst countless others), Tully noted that his true inspirations were the works of psychological filmmakers like Ingmar Bergman or Kiyoshi Kurosawa—artists who use dream logic to express a hidden meaning that a concrete narrative couldn't accomplish. In this sense, the film avoids being pastiche—it's got life, and terror, of its own.
Though the film is sleepy in its pace (a hallmark of the works it admires), Tully spins three or four genuinely frightening nightmare sequences. The foreboding notes in the story might cue more attentive viewers into the twist right away, but that doesn't matter, because the ending goes further than one might expect. The impressive dread that Tully conjures is indebted to the Irish countryside itself, but also to the cast, led by Anna Margaret Hollyman, with supporting turns by the eerie Helena Bereen and vulnerable Lalor Roddy. The camerawork is subtle and painterly, while the score takes cues from films of this decade, utilizing phantasmal flute and violins to add texture to the atmosphere.
While it could have been a passing nod to other, better films, Tully ensures that his work makes an impact. His film's core speaks to a misunderstood truth: talent hurts, and it's often exploited at the risk of destroying the vessel that carries it. When one considers the tragic fates of writers like Virginia Woolf or Oscar Wilde, the hounded lives of singers Billie Holiday and Nina Simone, the point that Tully communicates has weight. An independent artist himself, maybe he's speaking from experience. Regardless of metaphor, Don't Leave Home resonates with atmosphere and dark humor, spinning dread from a human story. Homage or not, its quiet chills deserve to find their way into your blood.
Movie Score: 3.5/5
Check here to catch up on our previous coverage of the 2018 Overlook Film Festival.
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Posted: 27 Apr 2018 12:14 PM PDT
We've been keeping Daily Dead readers updated on a potential movie adaptation of the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark illustrated books since 2013, and now it looks like Alvin Schwartz's creepy prose and Stephen Gammell's haunting artwork are finally going to make it to the big screen, with Oscar-winning director Guillermo del Toro co-writing and producing.
Multiple sources, including Variety, report that the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark movie is expected to begin filming this summer in Toronto. Entertainment One and CBS Films are backing the project, with the former set to release it in Canada, U.K., Australia/New Zealand, Germany, Benelux, Spain, Austria, and Switzerland, and the latter lined up to release the film in the US through Lionsgate.
While Del Toro's involvement as a producer was previously reported, his co-writing credit on the movie confirms that he will have even more creative influences on the anticipated adaptation. Writing credits on the project will also go to Dan Hageman and Kevin Hageman, who previously worked with del Toro on the Trollhunters animated series and also have co-writing credits for Hotel Transylvania and The Lego Movie.
Trollhunter and The Autopsy of Jane Doe director André Øvredal will direct from the script by del Toro and the Hagemans, and while casting details have yet to be revealed, the film is expected to focus on "a group of young teens who must solve the mystery surrounding sudden and macabre deaths in their small town."
In addition to co-writing the film, del Toro is producing the movie along with Sean Daniel, Elizabeth Grave, Jason F. Brown and J. Miles Dale.
Alvin Schwartz's words and Stephen Gammell's eerie illustrations have haunted Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark readers for generations. For those unfamiliar with the books, the first was released in 1981, with two additional books released in 1984 and 1991, respectively. Each book featured a collection of creepy tales accompanied by even creepier images. Which tales would you like to see adapted on the big screen? Let us know and stay tuned to Daily Dead for more details!
Posted: 27 Apr 2018 11:57 AM PDT
More uncut Italian horror is headed to Blu-ray, thanks to Severin Films. Available on May 29th and now available for pre-order, we have release details for Shocking Dark, Zombie 3, and Zombie 4:
Check out the cover art below, and you can learn more and pre-order these titles at:
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Posted: 27 Apr 2018 10:40 AM PDT
You may know them best as Norman Bates and Freddy Krueger, respectively, but Anthony Perkins and Robert Englund also helmed horror films in addition to starring in them, and we discuss two of their directorial endeavors on a new episode of Daily Dead's official podcast.
Known as two of the horror genre's most popular icons in front of the camera, Anthony Perkins and Robert Englund also stepped behind the lens in the '80s to direct their own horror movies. On a new actors-turned-directors episode of Daily Dead's official podcast, the Corpse Club co-hosts check into Bates Motel and pick up the phone to dial up frightful fortunes as they gather around the microphones to share their thoughts on Psycho III and 976-Evil. So sit back, relax, and enjoy a new episode of Corpse Club… just make sure you watch the guitar!
As a special treat for Daily Dead readers, we have officially launched our Corpse Club website and memberships. Not only can you view past episodes, but you can also sign up to be an official Corpse Club member to enjoy a wide range of rewards, including a shirt and pin that are to die for, access to bonus content, and the ability to suggest an episode topic!
Missed out on our previous episodes? The cemetery gate is always open. Come in (if you dare) and listen now.
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Posted: 27 Apr 2018 09:43 AM PDT
A slew of recent genre films, most of them helmed by women, have proven once and for all that fantastical stories are the perfect conduit for empathy. By placing the viewer in a bizarre situation, making them "feel for" a character becomes organic—who wouldn't be terrified to find their body changing in some grotesque way? Lisa Brühlmann takes this principle to an unusually beautiful height in her debut feature film, Blue My Mind.
Screening last weekend as part of the 2018 Overlook Film Festival, Brühlmann introduces us to Mia (Luna Wedler), a 15-year-old girl who struggles to adjust to a new school after her distant father forces them to move. As she skips class to prove herself to the cool kids and butts heads with her parents, she realizes that her body's puberty process is far from normal. She attempts to hide the changes from her parents, friends, and crushes, but she comes to realize that she can't deny her true self.
Like Raw or Wildling, Blue My Mind expresses a teenage girl's fraught, sometimes destructive self-discovery through an externalized element. Mia's mysterious condition is undeniably unsettling, so we can't write it off as simple brattiness or paranoia—we'd be freaking out, too. Brühlmann uses the macabre to grab our attention, then holds it as she spins a fairly standard coming-of-age drama. Mia endures bullying, fights with her misunderstanding parents, and has run-ins with strange men, all while her body alters itself. The horror is simply a part, and a small one at that, of Mia's journey—one that builds toward a shockingly emotional climax.
This sort of film would collapse without a strong performance to anchor it, and Luna Wedler delivers a star-making turn, mainly through expression and breath. She grounds the fantastical occurrences with visceral reactions, something many horror films forget to do. Brühlmann, an actor herself, leads her supporting cast through a series of traumatic emotions with beautiful messiness and reality. The central "popular girls" are appropriately cold at first, but Brühlmann avoids turning them into a stereotype, as their connection with Mia is genuine.
Horror fans may not recognize the hallmarks of the genre here. On the surface, Brühlmann's creation looks more like a sleeper hit from Sundance than a Gothic thriller. The camera is loose and observational through the sterile, almost anonymous environments, marked by a cold color palette often broken only by the girls' lipstick. The score is ethereal and eerie, though not in a directly unsettling way. The film's sequences are intense, but not scary. This speaks to their uniqueness, though, as the movie belongs to a category of fantastic films that use horror elements to express a fundamentally human story. It's the kind of art that we hope to see more of, and on a bigger scale.
That doesn't mean it's without flaw. This writer found himself frustrated at times by the story's pacing, which doesn't allow for much exploration of mythology or concept beyond what we see, but Brühlmann's film requires this realism to achieve her devastating climax. It isn't really comparable to other body horror films, or even dark fantasies. It follows a pace of its own, and it rewards its viewer in an unexpected way. More 400 Blows than Ginger Snaps, Blue My Mind shows the possibilities within genre cinema, not only to viscerally affect us, but to teach us something about the human experience.
Movie Score: 4/5
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Posted: 27 Apr 2018 08:30 AM PDT
Cults. Devil worship. Vengeful ghosts. These tropes are so often seen in horror that it's become hard to parody them. Director Joko Anwar proves that they still retain the power to scare, however, as long as they're done well. A remake of the Indonesian remake of Phantasm, released in 1982 under the title Satan's Slave, Anwar's vision found impressive success in its home country last year, and a New Orleans screening at the 2018 Overlook Film Festival showed American audiences why this might be. The winner of the festival's Jury Prize, Anwar gives horror fans something to be excited about—and scared of.
The family at the center of Satan's Slaves is having a bad week. Their matriarch, a once-famous singer, hasn't earned royalties in months—and on top of that, she's bedridden with a morbid illness. Her death kicks off a chain of supernatural occurrences, pushing the family into a horrifying situation, one that they can avoid as long as they care for each other. As their torments escalate, however, the family faces truths that threaten to rip them asunder.
Anwar has clearly scoured the classic horror films of this era. His camera's slow zooms and crisp, moody lighting harken back to that familiar style, while the atmosphere broods toward its climax in the same manner as The Beyond, Poltergeist, or The Omen. The homage shows its seams almost constantly, and the recycled beats can feel silly, but Anwar appears to be aware of this. While the film has plenty of laughs, that doesn't lessen its ability to chill us, either. The imagery is simple and fascinating, often terrifying, but the film really holds our attention by creating characters.
Like It or The Conjuring, Satan's Slaves centers its scares on genuine characters: a family who cares about each other and will die for each other. Anwar gives the film time to set up the protagonists' goals and challenges, so even if the actors can seem overly performative at times, their characters are real. This is a rare gift for genre fans—we need to relate to the people we see on screen, or the horror that they experience won't touch us. The final theme that Anwar seems to present is a little saccharine, but that only feeds into the film's classicism—and hey, a little positivity can't hurt.
The dialogue merely serves the purpose of explaining the mythology (though its occasional clumsiness seems the fault of the subtitles), the acting can be frustratingly direct at times, but all of this works toward the film's purity of vision—it really does feel like a lost cousin to Phantasm. The twists will likely lose some viewers, though horror lovers should already be used to this sort of Grand Guignol madness. Endings are hard to stick in this genre, and Anwar might not please everyone, but the mayhem hardly lets up. There are a few moments of violence that earned horrified shouts from the audience, too.
Though it has yet to break into the mainstream stateside, Satan's Slaves marks itself as one of this year's most entertaining horror films. Is it a perfect work? No, but that doesn't make it any less impactful, or any less fun. Like the films to which he pays homage, Anwar shows us a good, nerve-jangling time, without cheating or dehumanizing his characters. These are the horror films we come back to, the ones about good people who encounter true evil and fight back.
Movie Score: 3.5/5
Check here to catch up on our previous coverage of the 2018 Overlook Film Festival.
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Posted: 27 Apr 2018 07:57 AM PDT
A Ghosthouse remake is in the works! Umberto Lenzi's 1988 film is being revived by Dustin Ferguson (Sleepaway Camp IV) and will begin shooting soon in LA. Also: a Q&A with Party Bus to Hell's Richard Hochman, Shriekfest 2018's call for submissions, The Rake's DVD debut, an untitled movie from 1inMM Productions, and a new Amityville installment, titled Amityville Toybox.
Ghosthouse Remake Details: Press Release: "Dustin Ferguson, Director of "Nemesis 5" and Editor of "Sleepaway Camp IV" recently launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise initial funds for production on "Ghosthouse". Ferguson's company SoCal Cinema Studios is Producing, based on a script by Mike Reeb ("Nemesis 5") and Jason Harlow ("Another Evil Night").
The film is a remake of the 1988 Italian cult classic by Director Umberto Lenzi ("Cannibal Ferox", "Spasmo", "Eaten Alive!") and will begin filming this Autumn in Los Angeles. It's set to star Paul Taylor ("Pinhead" from "Hellraiser: Judgment") with Special F/X by Joe Castro ("Wishmaster 3 & 4") and music by Justin Apone ("The Toolbox Murders 2").
The remake follows a group of college kids who follow a mysterious broadcast on an old television set to an abandoned (and obviously haunted) house in the woods. Ectoplasm pits, flying objects, ghostly apparitions and the Grim Reaper himself are only a few of the horrors that await them inside!
Ferguson is finalizing the details with rights holders Film Export Group now, so expect to hear a lot more about this project soon! In the meantime, check out the brand new official Poster art and Indiegogo link below! They have perks that range from a DVD copy of the finished flick to an actual role in the movie!
Dustin has a reputation for resurrecting the franchises of yesteryear with his unique blend of camp and horror and "Ghosthouse" may be the perfect fit for a Ferguson interpretation.
Here's how to get involved, https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/ghosthouse-remake#/"
Bus Party to Hell Q&A: "With Bus Party to Hell rolling into theaters this week, we managed to catch up with one of the passengers, Richard Hochman, before the trip embarks!
"Bus Party to Hell" obviously includes a bus. How long were you stuck on the bus with those ladies, Richard?
Richard Hochman: Ha! I had the privilege of their company for about 10 shooting days on the bus.
You have model looks - - did that help in getting you cast as the hunky hero?
Richard Hochman: You're very kind, thank you, first of all. To be honest, when auditioning for this "type" of role, all the guys I'm competing with are good looking men, so I hope at the end of the day, the producers chose me on my audition performance.
Could you relate to your character's arc?
Richard Hochman: I think during emergency or panic situations, I was raised to stay calm and try to keep others calm around me, so when the situation in the film turns into life-threatening, the character I play zones in on taking control and getting everyone on the same page.
It looks like you can handle yourself in a fight with any sadistic cult member – but did the producers have you undertake any type of training, anyway?
Richard Hochman: I actually have 10 years of various martial arts training and was a gymnast as a teenager, so fight choreography was an easy leap for the film. I was asking the stunt coordinator for more complex fight sequences!
What was the best thing that came out of "Bus Party to Hell"?
Richard Hochman: Knocking "lead in a horror film" off my actor bucket list. It's very intense to shoot a horror film, and it's also challenging to shoot an independent film on a bus! The whole shoot was a team effort, from the crew, cast, and producers, and I just played my part, as an actor and as part of the team."
Shriekfest 2018 Call for Submissions: Press Release: "Awarded as "one of the 25 coolest film festivals in the world",, in "top 5 coolest Horror/SciFi Film Festivals in the WORLD, in the "top 13 film festivals to die for", & one of the "top 25 film festivals worth the entry fee" by MovieMaker Magazine, Shriekfest Film Festival, currently in its 18th year in Los Angeles and 2nd year in Orlando, programs short and feature films that challenge convention and tell stories that inspire, scare, and even shock!
We are currently accepting shorts and feature films, shorts and feature scripts, and music videos in the horror/thriller/sci-fi/fantasy genres!
May 1st: Regular cut off
Prizes will be awarded to the best film or screenplay in each category of competition.
For more information on how to submit go to www.shriekfest.com
Festival Founder/Director Denise Gossett says, 'I am super excited to see the talent that comes our way this year!'"
Take a Look at The Rake Official Trailer: Press Release: "CULVER CITY, Calif. (Apr. 16, 2018) – A terrifying urban legend becomes real in the horror-thriller THE RAKE, spreading fear on DVD and DigitalJune 5 distributed by Unified Pictures via Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Shenae Grimes-Beech (TV's "90210," Scream 4), Rachel Melvin (TV's "Sleepy Hollow"), and Izabella Miko (Clash of the Titans) star in this chilling tale of siblings who return home 20 years after the shocking murder of their parents and discover that the horrible crime may have a startling connection to a local urban legend. Directed by award-winning horror filmmaker Tony Wash (2014's SXSW Film Festival Midnight Short Award nominee "The Muck"; 2011's Chicago Horror Film Festival Jury Award-winning short "A Chance in Hell; It's My Party and I'll Die if I Want To) and co-starring Joey Bicicchi (Rudderless), Stephen Brodie (The Lone Ranger), and Joe Nuñez (Superbad), this scarily entertaining movie features a perfect mix of action, suspense, and scream-worthy moments horror fans won't want to miss when THE RAKE creeps home on DVD and Digital.
Synopsis: At a young age, Ashley and Ben witnessed the brutal murder of their parents. Years later, Ashley is still convinced it wasn't someone, but something that killed her parents and now she's tormented by the thought of THE RAKE returning for her and her family. Is Ashley traumatized, or is the creature inside her real?
THE RAKE was co-written by Tony Wash and Jeremy Silva (High on the Hog) and produced by Mike Dozier (Devil in My Ride).
THE RAKE has a run time of approximately 79 minutes and is Not Rated."
Chernobyl Diaries Director Tapped for New 1inMM Productions Movie: Press Release: "Los Angeles, CA – (April 12, 2018) – Award-winning filmmakers Julio and Diego Hallivis, aka The Hallivis Brothers, announced today that their company 1inMM Productions has set Brad Parker (CHERNOBYL DIARIES) to direct a yet-to-be-titled horror/thriller for the company. The film will be financed and produced by 1inMM, and will also be produced by Alejandro De Leon and Andres Rosende with Jared Ian Goldman as an Executive Producer. The script was penned by Eric Scherbarth and Stefan Jaworski, with the film scheduled to go into production this month in Kentucky.
In the film, a geological expedition to an Appalachian sinkhole becomes a terrifying fight for survival against a mysterious deadly force.
"We're thrilled to finally realize this amazing script with a sharp and visionary director such as Brad. His undisputed command of the genre and keen storytelling instincts honed from years of experience will all help deliver the film this wants to be: a horror classic," said the Hallivis Brothers.
Parker is best known as the director of the international hit horror film CHERNOBYL DIARIES, which had a budget of only $1.5M US and went on to gross $37M worldwide. He is also known as a visual effects supervisor on films such as WE OWN THE NIGHT and LET ME IN, as well as second unit director of DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES and WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES.
1inMM Productions is in post-production on the film HELL IS WHERE THE HOME IS, a home invasion thriller directed by Orson Oblowitz and starring Angela Trimbur, Jonathan Howard, Janel Parrish, Fairuza Balk and Zach Avery."
Amityville Toybox First Production Details: Press Release: "Atmosfear Films, a horror film production company based out of the Thumb region of Michigan has announced their first feature-length horror film, the newest installment, not sequel, but installment in the long-running cult horror movie series, Amityville Toybox. The story for the terrifying new film is described as:
"Elise Carson, along with her husband Walt, and two kids, Mia and Connor, have moved away from the city life and into the country where they have bought a farmhouse. At first, the country life seems perfect and they cannot figure out why they didn't move away sooner. However, when young Mia discovers an old steamer trunk in the barn full of creepy old toys, soon, evil begins to rear its ugly head. A terrifying discovery leads Elise to discover the origins of the trunk and the former owners of the farmhouse's dark secret."
Amityville Toybox was written by Atmosfear Film's head psycho, Chris Whitworth, which is based on an idea from his longtime friend, Sal N.V. Sagev. Sagev, a longtime fan of the ever-growing Amityville series of films, came up with the idea while watching killer toy, puppet, and doll films one weekend.
Filming began outside of Flint, Michigan on Sunday, May 22nd and while the film does not rely on the modern horror film staples of blood, breasts, and gore, Atmosfear Films assures that the creepiness of the film is maxed out. The mother of the actor who plays the son in the film was actually very creeped out when she and her husband read the script.
Production is set to wrap up in late June and early July with a national DVD release later in 2018 or spring 2019. Amityville Toybox is just one of several films that they are working on. They do plan on shooting one more film in 2018 after Amityville Toybox wraps production in the summer. Expect a trailer for the July 4th weekend!"
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