Rotary – It Could Happen To You

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IT COULD HAPPEN TO YOU

by : Stephen Ingves

Written/Directed by: Lorenzo P Adams
Executive Producer :
Lorenzo P Adams
Executive Producer : Eric Dern
Production Co. : LPA Film

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Emma Fawkes

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     It’s March 18th 1950 on the outskirts of Columbia, Missouri and 13 yr old Janett Christman turned down an invitation to a party to make some extra cash and babysit 3 yr old Gregory Romack. Suddenly somewhere around 10:30-11p Officer Ray McCowen receives a call at the police station from a girl screaming hysterically for help. However, the line suddenly goes dead before any information can be gathered from the call. With no one  manning the test board at the telephone company, the call was unable to be traced. At approximately 1:30a  Mr. & Mrs. Romack return home and find Janett…her body in a pool of blood…raped and brutally murdered. The case was never solved! These true events not only helped to spawn the urban legend, “The Babysitter And The Man Upstairs” but also inspired horror/suspense films such as “Black Christmas”, “Halloween” and in particular “When A Stranger Calls”. What makes it even more terrifying is that it was taken from an actual case.

     “Rotary” is a horror short which takes place in 1968. The film revolves around a young babysitter’s evening and is a retelling & different take on the urban legend of “The Babysitter And The Man Upstairs”. While there are variations to the story, the basic premise of the legend involves a young girl babysitting at night with the children upstairs asleep and the babysitter alone downstairs watching television. There is a phone call and a man tells her to check on the children. Dismissing the call she goes back to watching TV. After the stranger calls back several times the girl calls the police who tell her they will trace the call if he calls again. When he does the police call back and tell her the call is coming from inside the home and to get out immediately! She flees the house and is met by the police outside who tell her the man was calling from within the house after killing the children! This urban legend is inspired by true events and is loosely based on the tragic events in Missouri in 1950 along with similar incidents.

     “Rotary” was written and directed by Lorenzo P Adams, an aspiring filmmaker based out of Washington DC. He developed a strong interest in film while studying mass communications and journalism  at West Virginia St University. His goal is to create films as a horror fan first and filmmaker second. He was influenced by fellow filmmakers Dario Argento, Alexander Aja, Alfred Hitchcock and “The Horror Master” himself, John Carpenter. The Indie horror/thriller is set to be released soon as Lorenzo enjoys his directorial debut. He talks about how he has “always been infatuated with things of the macabre, things that terrify us as human beings and terrors that have a touch of reality.” He goes on to say “this story in my opinion is one of the first kinds of home invasion horrors that predate films like “The Strangers”, “Straw Dawgs” and “Wait Until Dark”. It birthed the horrifying reveal that gave many of us nightmares and questions as to if we were really safe within our own homes. REALITY IS ONE OF THE ROOTS OF TRUE HORROR.”

     Lorenzo shot “Rotary” over a 5 day period in Galax, Virginia and it is evident that he is a hard working, driven and passionate individual destined for success. He was quoted as saying how he “aspires to be one of the first African American “Masters of Horror”.” What is also evident and an important ingredient of success is his strong support system. Lorenzo has all the love and support from his friends and family one could possibly hope for. I was personally able to pick up on this just from the ongoing and countless messages of support I saw. It was a beautiful thing to see and made me instantly wish for nothing but unbridled success for Lorenzo, which I am confident he is well on his way to. Currently Lorenzo is working tirelessly to get “Rotary” submitted to as many film festivals as possible and he is hoping for it to premiere hopefully somewhere around mid to the end of Spring. Look for any updates regarding further film festival submissions and news of the premiere.

     Let’s take a quick look at the stars and main cast of “Rotary”

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Emma Fawkes

     Emma is the film’s star, 17 yr old Julie Moore. As she makes her film debut she is already in possession of countless skills that she will be able to draw upon such as improv, singing, stage combat as well as various types of dance such as jazz, hip hop, waltz and square dancing. She is also musically inclined with the ability to play the guitar and ukulele. Emma has also mastered well over a dozen accents which will not only help her in her search for work but will also provide authenticity to the characters in those roles. She is also multilingual and along with English is able to speak French, German and Russian.

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Hunter Ott

     Keep an eye out for this young man! Rising talent Hunter Ott plays Robert, the young babysitters charge. He was born to perform and has been doing so from a very young age. He is SAG eligible and recently appeared in the television series “Chicago PD” & “Chicago Fire” on NBC. He also starred in “Night Of The Babysitter” and “Ted Bundy Had A Son”, both currently in post-production. Hunter has also appeared in over a dozen commercials including some for industry giants Disney, McDonalds and a Universal Studios “Harry Potter” spot. His young career has shown off his incredible talent and diversity with over a dozen theatrical performances, voice over roles and several modeling jobs for the likes of Aeropostale to Kohls. He has even been featured in several publications including being voted one of the top 20 models out of all international submissions! Hunter also won “Fan Favorite” in the national talent contest “Center Stage” beating out adults & others his age when he played Piano Man by Billy Joel on the piano, while singing and playing the harmonica. All this while accumulating numerous academic awards and while maintaining a 4.0 GPA!

Geoffrey Boggs
Geoffrey Boggs

     Geoffrey plays Mr. Franklin and has been involved in a variety of television series including Brain Games and Restaurant Stakeout. He has also worked on the short films “Imprisoned Souls” and of course “Rotary”. Demonstrating his versatility he was also involved in 2014’s comedy feature “Wildlife” as well as a stunt performer in 2017’s dark comedy “The Psychotics”.

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     David Goldberg plays the “obscene caller” in “Rotary”. David also worked as the narrator of the docudrama “The Oxnard EDD (Employment Development Department) Shooting Massacre” which tragically took place in Oxnard, California in 1993. The documentary focuses on and revolves around the survivors of this horrible and unnecessary crime and is currently in post production.

Chris Stinson
Chris Stinson

     Chris portrays Rickey in the film “Rotary” and has appeared in several short films and television series such as “Legends and Lies: The Patriots” as well as the 2016 supernatural drama “Dinner With The Alchemist”. Chris is also an accomplished stage actor who was nominated in 2015 for a Helen Hayes award for Best Ensemble for his work in “Failure: A Love Story”. As I researched the play further I came across an article discussing the play when it showed at The Hub Theatre in Fairfax, Virginia and Chris’s excellent performance was mentioned on more than one occasion throughout the article.

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     “Rotary” will also be featuring Caroline Carr Gould as Ms. Franklin.

     You are encouraged to view and enjoy the trailer by clicking on the link provided here – https://youtu.be/suGeUsCxIzM

     Also please visit the “Rotary” Facebook and IMDb pages to enjoy more about the film by clicking on the links provided below.

“Rotary” Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/RotaryTheMovie

“Rotary” IMDb – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5840166

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Ichi the Killer Review – by Zakk Thomas

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Violence is fun to watch. It gives a film shock value and, if done right, can set it apart from the typical horror films that are seen as of late.  Ichi the Killer is definitely one of those films that hits the mark and leaves the viewer a touch baffled at what was just witnessed.

Rival Yakuza gangs in Japan are in turmoil in the beginning of this VERY graphic film. Underground crime boss Anjo is missing and right hand man Kakihara is trying to uncover what happened to him. After a bloodbath of a murder (not shown), a clean up crew led by Jijii removes all signs of Anjo being there or involved whatsoever and thinks that a lone killer is to blame. Fingers are pointed at whomever may be involved, but the conclusion is made that one man is responsible for the murders that keep recurring in these gangs. That man is Ichi “1”.

Kakihara is a pure sadomasachist. Yes I had to google what that meant entirely, but he is someone that enjoys inflicting pain and suffering onto a victim along with loving pain himself. Kakihara can’t seem to find anyone that is worthy of giving him enough pain or possibly killing him, which is his end goal at this point of his life. Ichi, on the other hand, is definitely not who one would expect him to be as such a brutal killer. Timid, meek and heavily manipulated are the best ways to describe him. It has been awhile since I have been so eager to see two characters meet and it definitely did not disappoint!

Since this film was recommended to me (thanks Scott Lake) I have been preparing myself for the brutality that would occur. Not only was it brutal, some of it was just…. gross. This is not a bad thing at all as it finds a way to tie the reasoning’s for the brutal acts according to the character’s (albeit very disturbed) personalities. Kakihara and Ichi both have reasons for why they are so brutal in their killings and it’s very interesting to see how that plays out in the sometimes confusing story.

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I would recommend this film to anyone who wants to view something different and does not have an weak stomach. People get tortured a lot and that alone can make one feel uneasy. I enjoyed the story to it, but I will be honest in that I wanted to see it for the violence and gore. Some of the CGI effects are a touch sub-par, but a lot of scenes are painfully realistic. The ending was also extremely well done and thought out properly!

 

Skull Rating: Skull for reviewsSkull for reviewsSkull for reviews/5

The Lucky Strike Films Festival-A Home For All Indie Filmmakers

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A Home For All Independent Filmmakers

by: Stephen Ingves

Organizers
FESTIVAL FOUNDER
Romane Simon

TEAM
Lucky Strike Films

MARKETING PROMOTION DIRECTOR (EZWAYTV)
Eric Zuley

MEDIA PR DIRECTOR
Shane Sylvester

PROGRAM DIRECTOR
Kaycee Austin

PROGRAM MEDIA BOARD MEMBER
Alexis Nichole

FESTIVAL AP
Ameena Norrise

PROJECT MANAGER
Robyn Carmona

FESTIVAL COORDINATOR
Fatanah LaFleur

     These last few years have been huge for Romane Simon and the talented and productive filmmaker/author hasn’t stopped to rest or enjoy his accolades for a second. He is one of the kindest and most down to earth gentleman I have had the pleasure of meeting and he is taking the opportunity to give back and not only support other independent filmmakers but actually provide them with the avenue to showcase their work!

     2017 marks the inaugural year for the Lucky Strike Films Festival which will be held annually and will afford those who enter their work the ability for their projects to be premiered and noticed by multitudes of people. The amount of promotion and exposure that all entries will receive, whether they win or not, would otherwise be very difficult to achieve or duplicate. But the Lucky Strike Films Festival isn’t even close to stopping there! Sponsored by the acclaimed and prolific production company Lucky Strike Films, participants and attendees will be able to enjoy an awards show complete with a red carpet event and after party. This exciting new film festival features live screenings, a screenplay/writing contest as well as a music/songwriting contest and more. The Lucky Strike Films Festival is open to all genres and filmmakers of all backgrounds and is designed to be enjoyed by both filmmakers and film enthusiasts alike.

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     In just a few moments I’m going to be happy to share some exciting news that is extraordinary and unique to the Lucky Strike Films Festival and that I know this years participants and future entrants will find thrilling! However first I felt it important to touch on one of the many noteworthy aspects of the LSFF which is the fair minded and equitable entry fees for the various categories along with the discount provided to film students. But you must hurry! Multiple deadlines are set with financial incentives attached to each to encourage participants to submit their work as early as possible.

     This year the “Early Bird Deadline” was set for Jan 30 and the “Regular Deadline” set for Feb 12. Depending on the category the entry fees ranged from $15-$35 if the “Early Bird Deadline” was met with a student discount of $5-$15. The “Regular Deadline” saw an extremely minimal increase to $20-$40 depending on category, again with the student discount ranging between $5-$15. So there is something certainly worth keeping in mind for next year as you try to get those entries in as early as possible so you can take advantage of the incentives put in place to benefit the independent filmmaker. Next we are approaching the “Late Deadline” set for June 10 and the absolute final deadline is the “Extended Deadline” set for July 12. Even with the miniscule increases with each deadline, the entry fees remain incredibly fair with above all the needs of the indie filmmaker kept firmly in mind.

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     I’ve spoken to other directors/writers/filmmakers who were pleasantly surprised when they heard of the extremely reasonable entry fees and lamented about having spent upwards of $250.00 or more to get their work accepted at a film festival. So Romane certainly understands the struggles, many being financial, of being an independent filmmaker and is doing all he can to make it reasonable and share the love so that as many as possible have the ability to participate.

     And Romane’s understanding of the needs and struggles that plague most if not all indie filmmakers brings us to the news that has those  who have submitted their work to the Lucky Strike Films Festival as excited as can be! As many know production and especially distribution can be some of the biggest obstacles standing in the way of a finished product or having the ability to get that finished product out to consumers. So the festival’s generous founder Romane Simon has struck a deal with a cable network and if your piece wins “Best Film” at the LSFF (and this includes shorts)  YOU WILL ALSO RECEIVE A DISTRIBUTION DEAL through a television network or their other distribution company! Along with the distribution deal, the winner will also have their film promoted to millions of people! Not only that but the winner of “Best Screenplay” WILL ALSO RECEIVE A PRODUCTION DEAL with Lucky Strike Films! But Romane is not done just yet! The winner of “Best Music Artist/Best Singer” WILL ALSO RECEIVE A DEAL GUARANTEEING THEIR SONG WILL APPEAR IN A MOVIE FROM LUCKY STRIKE FILMS STUDIO LLC!

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     That certainly should be enough incentive to ensure you pour your all into the project you submit to the Lucky Strike Films Festival. The LSFF is destined to become one of, if not THE preeminent film festival in the country!

     As a reminder All Submissions Must Be Sent In via Film Freeway with the link included immediately below. Any and all pertinent information regarding the Lucky Strike Films Festival can be found by clicking the Film Freeway link. This includes Rules & Terms, Categories & Fees, Film Requirements, Dates & Deadlines, Awards & Prizes, All contact info (phone, email, facebook, twitter) and so much more!

https://filmfreeway.com/festival/LuckyStrikeFilmsFestival

     You are also invited to visit the film festivals Facebook page where you can enjoy even more information regarding the Lucky Strike Films Festival with that link provided below.

https://facebook.com/LuckyStrikefilmsFestival

     Good luck to all those who have submitted their work this year and are participating! Knowing Romane expect the Lucky Strike Films Festival to continue to grow and offer more and more each year. This is not an opportunity you want to miss out on. So be a part of something new, exciting and different and get those entries submitted as soon as possible.

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“Pet” Review – By Zakk Thomas

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Everyone has had a crush, right? Someone that they admire from afar and think the world of.  Some would even go as far as to think that fate would someday bring them together. Quite a naïve thought, but you never know! With those tidbits in mind, I bring a review of the film “Pet”

Meet Seth. Seth works in an animal control center and feels that he does not matter much in life. Not much of a purpose or direction and even goes as far as to think that nobody would really care if he were to disappear forever. One afternoon, he runs into an old crush (Holly) on the bus he rides for work and decides to try and start a conversation. I think we all can relate to the awkward, “hey! It’s (insert name) from Mrs. Smith’s such and such class” conversation that most dread and that’s precisely what happens. Seth becomes obsessive and begins stalking her online profiles and notes “likes” and “dislikes”. Things progressively get more intense and Seth ends up kidnapping Holly using a sedative he takes from work. Being the gentleman that he is, he tests the sedative himself to make sure it is effective. Where does Seth put Holly after the kidnapping? In a human sized cage used from old parts that the control center had laying around which he fused together himself. Seth’s primary goal in all of this is to save Holly, thus giving him purpose in life once again. Let the mind games begin!

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This would have to be one of the more difficult movies to review as of late because it is hard to do so without adding any spoilers. Having said that, I really enjoyed the twists and turns this movie included and it really had me on the edge of my seat thinking about what was going to happen next. The character’s progression throughout the film was very well done and it had you feeling for each of them at any given point. I mean, who hasn’t felt worthless or betrayed at times? Director Carles Torrens does a great job of keeping the viewer involved with only minor changes in the film’s setting. I’d recommend Pet to anyone who is looking for a good thriller that really makes you think about how fragile the human psyche truly is and how little you can actually tell about someone just by looking at them. Hint: looks are deceiving and the mind is a VERY fragile thing.

 

Skull Rating: Skull for reviewsSkull for reviewsSkull for reviewsSkull for reviews/5

Holy Terror – The Team Behind The Terror

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HOLY TERROR

The Team Behind The Terror!

by: Stephen Ingves

Written & Directed: Rich Mallery

Executive Produced: Gregory Hatanaka

     Supernatural horror Holy Terror” which is set to premiere March 28th at the Laemmle NoHo 7 in North Hollywood was written and directed by Rich Mallery who is known for his work on “Table Top”, “Sociopathia” & “Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance”. The film is  executive-produced by legendary producer and filmmaker Gregory Hatanaka who has overseen or been affiliated with the distribution of over 200 films in his long and successful career.

     The film involves the parents of a deceased son who believe the strange disturbances in their home are actually their child’s attempts to reach out to them from the other side. The parents, Molly & Tom (Kelly Reiter and Jessie Hlubik) seek out help from Janice (Lisa London) who happens to be a medium, in an attempt to make contact with their son. However things go horribly wrong and instead of making contact with their child Molly & Tom, along with Janice, unknowingly invite a demon bent on vengeance to cross over! The vindictive demon violently possesses Molly’s younger sister Billie (Nicole Olsen), with no one able to help or stop it. With little hope and choices as to what to do, the couple look to disgraced priest, Father Jacob (Scott Butler) and his mentor, Sister Catherine (Kristine DeBell) to attempt a terribly dangerous exorcism.

     Rich Mallery notes the challenges in giving audiences something fresh that they haven’t seen before with such a resurgence of exorcism/possession movies. But Mallery addresses this, “We have a few tricks up our sleeve that are going to make “Holy Terror” stand apart from the crowd. Plus we’re going for a real late ’70s early ’80s feel. Films like “The Changeling”, “The Amityville Horror” and of course the original “Exorcist” are huge influences on this project.” Gregory Hatanaka adds “Holy Terror” works on deep psychological levels and has an other-worldly, Twilight Zone-ish kind of feel.”

     This happens to be Mallery & Hatanaka’s 4th film that they have worked on together. They teamed to create cult favorite “Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance”, “Blue Dream”, “Sociopathia” and of course “Holy Terror”. With such a history working together you can count on them having developed a distinct chemistry. They have also brought back many of the cast they worked with on “Samurai Cop 2” so most if not all are already familiar and comfortable with the way Mallery & Hatanaka work and support their vision. This chemistry and familiarity allows the cast and crew to work together seamlessly and in sync on many levels. I would like to take a few moments to profile some of the iconic cast who will be a big part in ensuring “Holy Terror” becomes a cult classic.

Mel Novak
              Mel Novak

     Mel  (Father Murphy) has been the ultimate martial arts and action movie villain spanning many years and has gone toe to toe on screen with a list of Hollywood elite that will never be duplicated. The Martial Arts Hall of Famer has had the opportunity to be directed by legendary filmmaker Robert Clouse (Enter the Dragon) on four different occasions. Mel battled Bruce Lee in “Game of Death” as Stick the Assassin, Chuck Norris in “An Eye For an Eye”, Steve McQueen in “Tom Horn”, Yul Brynner in “The Ultimate Warrior”, Jim Kelly (Enter the Dragon) in “Black Belt Jones”, Joe Lewis in “Force: Five” and recently Bai Ling (The Crow) in “Samurai Cop 2”. However the cast assembled in Mel’s upcoming film “Checkpoint” is a true tour de force! Mel will star opposite Kane Hodder, Tyler Mane, William Forsythe, former WCW wrestling superstar Bill Goldberg, Kenny Johnson and Fred “The Hammer” Williamson. Mel appeared in popular series such as Baretta & as a hitman on Mannix which is where he scored his first on-screen kill. Demonstrating his range, Mel also secured roles in the comedies “Exit to Eden” with Dan Aykroyd & Rosie O’Donnell and “Dear God” opposite Greg Kinnear & Tim Conway. While Mel has been one of the finest villains on screen of his generation, he is actually an ordained minister and has received numerous civic & humanitarian awards for over 30 yrs of charitable volunteer work on skid row. He has also counseled prisoners at some of the most dangerous prisons in the U.S. and has been a volunteer for the Special Olympics.

Kristine DeBell
        Kristine DeBell

     Kristine (Sister Catherine) has enjoyed a long and successful career in which she has starred in numerous hits from 1979’s “Meatballs” and 1980’s “Battle Creek Brawl” (as Jackie Chan’s on-screen girlfriend) to appearances in television favorites such as CHiPs, Eight is Enough, Barnaby Jones and The Young and the Restless. Kristine also costarred opposite Richard Gere in 1978’s “Blood Brothers”. A fun fact about that movie is Kristine’s character Cheri actually dumped Richard Gere in the film for none other than…Robert Englund! Another highlight of Kristine’s outstanding career was securing a role in 1978’s “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” which afforded her the opportunity to work with cinematic greats Robert Zemeckis as the films director and Steven Spielberg as the executive producer! Throughout her career, due to her hard work, Kristine has earned the ability to work alongside such incredible talent the likes of Kim Basinger, Barbara Streisand, Dee Wallace, Margot Kidder, Tony Curtis and many more. She was cast in 2015’s Samurai Cop 2 and is starring in the drama “Merrily” which is currently filming and set to be complete later in 2017.

Lisa London
           Lisa London

     Lisa (Janice) began her career in the spotlight in her teens as she was a Bob Hope Classic Girl who had her own weekly column in the newspaper The Daily Sun and also interviewed local and international personalities and sports celebrities for CBS radio. Along with literally dozens of credits as an actress, in particular her roles in the films “H.O.T.S.”, “Private Resort”, “Sudden Impact” and “Samurai Cop 2”, Lisa is an accomplished singer. The fact that she was a member of the female singing group  “The Pinups” demonstrates her wide ranging and extensive talent. She has a couple other projects in post production due out in the next couple months so keep an eye out for some of Lisa’s work due to be released very soon!

Kelly Lynn Reiter
       Kelly Lynn Reiter

     Kelly (Molly) was a small town girl from North Carolina who got into college early and majored in bio-medical engineering at UNC Chapel Hill. But something was calling her and at 18 years of age Kelly made the decision to move to L.A. to follow her dreams. She was always comfortable in the limelight singing professionally at 6 years old, modeling by age 11 and beginning what will become a successful acting career at 13. With acting opportunities and options limited in North Carolina, the decision to move to L.A. was a smart one. Especially when you look at Kelly’s diverse skill set which includes singing, playing guitar, improv, stand-up and with her acting credits including a balance of horror, comedy, dramas and thrillers, she clearly made the correct decision to follow her hopes, dreams and love of performing. Kelly has numerous credits including the television series The Z Virus, along with approximately 10 other projects currently in pre or post production and set to be released in 2017 and 2018.

Vida Ghaffari
      Vida Ghaffari

     Vida (Hayley) has been extremely busy in the movie business with over 30 credits as an actress as well as a writer and producer. She is known for her work on the television series The Mindy Project, 2014’s Lovesick Fool – Love in the Age of Like, “Hybristophilia” – which is set to premiere March 30th and she also secured a role in the 2014 “Robocop” remake. Vida even appeared as a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and played one of the characters in a skit for the show. She has received 5 nominations for her work as an actress which is a testament of her talent. Along with “Holy Terror” and “Hybristophilia”, which are both set to premiere in a matter of days, look for Vida’s starring role in the horror/drama “Circus of Dread” which is slated for release in 2018. In addition to Circus of Dread, Vida has at least 7 projects in pre and post production not to mention a number of projects that have not been announced yet.

Jessie Hlubik
          Jessie Hlubik

     Jessie (Tom) is a producer and actor known for his roles in films such as 2002’s horror/drama “May”, 2013’s “All Cheerleaders Die” and 2011’s “Violent Blue”. Jessie has also appeared in an episode of the popular series Castle in 2011, as well as an episode of the much talked about Showtime series Masters of Horror in 2006. Both of these series put on display an extensive number of accomplished stars and top level talent. Jessie also retained roles in “Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance” and “Puppet Master X: Axis Rising”.

Scott Butler
            Scott Butler

     Scott (Father Jacob) moved to the U.S. from south London in 2002 while working as a video game artist for Sony PlayStation. He loved bringing characters to life so he made the jump to acting and began his training at some very prestigious acting schools. In no time at all Scott landed the role of Jack the Ripper in the series Hollywood Hell which ended up winning a Regional Emmy. In 2011 Scott was awarded “Best Actor” at the Canada International Film Festival for his work in the comedy/drama short Abeo. Since Abeo, Scott has worked tirelessly on numerous shorts, television series, T.V. movies and feature films such as the family favorite “Weiner Dog Internationals”. He has also appeared on popular shows on The Food Network, National Geographic, Lifetime and Biography.

     As mentioned above “Holy Terror” will premiere on March 28th at the Laemmle NoHo 7 in North Hollywood and also premieres April 1st exclusively on Amazon Prime. Included below is the films trailer and the event page detailing the premiere and containing all of the info you would need to purchase tickets. Check out the trailer and just click on “Holy Terror LA Premiere” just below “Interested to purchase your tickets to support the “Holy Terror” team and all the hard work they have poured into this project. Also below are the links to the films Facebook and IMDb pages so you can enjoy more from “Holy Terror” but just remember there is little that can help you because THE DEVIL IS REAL!

 

 

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"Holy Terror's" Nicole Olsen as ( Billie )
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The Cast and Crew of "Holy Terror"
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Evil Dead Anthology Review – By Zakk Thomas

The Evil Dead: Anthology 

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Alright you primitive screw-heads, Listen up! The Evil Dead films are a cornerstone for the horror movie genre and are a great addition to any collection. Ever since I viewed the very first film in the series, I was left wanting more from director Sam Raimi and budding star Bruce Campbell. So let’s take a dive into the “pit” and review the films in order!

The Evil Dead

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Written and directed by Sam Raimi, The Evil Dead made it’s debut in 1983 for US audiences. Primary protagonist Ashley (Bruce Campbell) and his 4 college student friends travel to a remote cabin in the middle of the woods for a good time. They end up stumbling upon some recording tapes found in the cabin’s cellar made by a professor that had previously occupied the cabin before their arrival. The tapes contain translations of the text found in the “Necronomicon Ex-Mortis” (roughly translated….. THE BOOK OF THE DEAD). When the translations are played on the recorder they awaken an ancient evil lurking in the woods that looks to possess anyone that gets in it’s path. Needless to say the fun outing for the group makes an unexpected turn towards pure evil. Given the budget that was allotted for the film and the time period that it was made, this film was genuinely groundbreaking as far as makeup work and gore. In the time period that we live in it is easy to turn a blind eye to this because of the abilities of computers with special effects (commonly referred to as CGI or computer generated image). There is a certain aura that films like this possess that give a very creepy feel right from the start which a lot of films in today’s era rarely emit. It is very fun to watch and succeeds in the end goal of giving the viewer chills in some areas and stomach turning feelings in others.

 

Evil Dead II

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Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell return for the sequel that released in March of 1987. We join Ashley once again returning to the infamous cabin with his girlfriend Linda. Bear in mind that this is not a direct sequel. It is never explained if this is the same “Ash” depicted in the first film but, In my opinion, Sam Raimi wanted to almost redo the first film the way he saw fit with a larger budget. All of that aside, Ash finds the same type of recorder with a Professor Raymond Knowby’s findings located on the tapes. The tapes when played (you guessed it!) awaken the ancient evil of spirits in the woods. This film definitely differs as more characters are introduced later on in the story seeking the Necronomicon. The daughter of the professor in the recordings possesses missing pages of the book and seeks out the cabin to visit her father and mother. Needless to say, she does not find them. I definitely think that this film is superior to the original. Having only Ash to watch in the first segments of the film gives the viewer more intense feelings of sympathy and “if I were in that situation” thoughts. Comedy is implemented slightly as well even though it’s difficult to explain why certain events are oddly hilarious. The makeup and WTF moments (to be technical) are still top notch and the ending is an excellent set up for…..

 

Army of Darkness

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Ash just can’t seem to catch a break! Army of Darkness debuted in early 1992 and became a massive cult classic. Sam Raimi once again takes the reins with Bruce Campbell as Ash is accidentally transported through time to the 1300’s where sides are battling over the ownership of the Necronomicon. Ash simply wants to get back to his own time and resume a normal life. This film continues right after the ending of Evil Dead II and shows more of the acting talents of Bruce Campbell and his surrounding cast. Focusing more on the comedy aspect action sequences more than typical horror. With one-liners aplenty, AOD exceeds all expectations with moments of absolute hilarity and great battle scenes! Just remember to shop smart! Shop… S mart! You got that?!

 

Evil Dead (2013)

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This is the most difficult film to review as it is not a part of the series but new director Fede Alvarez, along with the original producers of the Evil Dead, attempts to give new life to the cult classic trilogy. David makes his way to a cabin with his girlfriend to meet his sister Mia and two friends to help Mia with her drug addiction. The idea is to go cold turkey and stop her drug abuse once and for all. The Book of the Dead is found in the cellar and is read aloud by Eric (one of the friends joining Mia and David) after deciphering some of the pages skillfully. This film does not take the reputation of the original film lightly as it focuses solely on horror and disturbing imagery. The makeup and location of the film is spot on and it even does a very great job of giving little head nods to the original with quotes and various props that are used. Those looking for the tiny laughs that are possible with the first three films should look elsewhere, but for an actual original horror film that has plenty of scares; it gets the job done well!

 

Bottom Line: 

These films give the best of both worlds for horror and comedy. I would recommend all 4 to anyone who has not previously seen them, but I’d also say to take them with a grain of salt. Each one has values that they bring to the table and with the release dates so different, each one has a different feel. Sam Raimi did a great service to the horror industry with these films and every true horror fan should find them quite….. Groovy! Stay scared everyone!!

 

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The Cast of Hybristophilia pt 2 of 2

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The Cast of Hybristophilia pt 2/2

by: Stephen Ingves

Directed by: Romane Simon

Written by: Rhonnie Fordham

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     Thank you all so much for returning to the second portion of this article and helping us celebrate the team behind Hybristophilia and all their hard work. We will continue to showcase the spectacular cast Romane Simon has brought together as we did in pt. 1 when we featured Quinton Aaron, Lilian Lev and Massi Furlan. As we mentioned Romane is a man of quality and he did not hold back as he assembled this fabulous cast which he knew would perfectly fulfill and bring to fruition his vision for this film.

     As we know the film involves an ambitious news team seeking their big break. This manifests itself by the team agreeing to interview a serial killer known as The Sleepy Stalker for the individuals propensity for attacking small towns. Their willingness to interview the serial killer in an old barn makes it fairly obvious that they are willing to achieve this fame by virtually any means necessary. The team discovers that the farmhouse was not only the site of a grisly murder-suicide some 30 years prior, but that it’s also believed the spirits there continue to make their presence knownIs our team in over their heads?…possibly, but they are not about to miss out on their chance for an exclusive with an at large serial killer! 

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     To pick up where we left off, it’s my pleasure to introduce the immensely talented Sadie Katz! She plays the role of Celeste, who is the team’s guest psychologist. Due to her expertise and knowledge in her field, she is there to study the serial killer’s behavior and if possible what drives this individual to carry out such heinous crimes.

     Sadie is a triple threat as an actress, a member of the Writers Guild of America and a director in Los Angeles. She has practically done it all in the industry with 38 credits as an actress, 2 as a writer, 2 more as a producer and 1 as a director. As evident Sadie has remained extremely busy and she can be found in 2012’s cult classic “Nipples and Palm Trees” as the complex character Harmony. Some of Sadie’s other work she is known for includes her starring role as Sirah in the thriller House of Badwhich received rave reviews from Fangoria, Dread Central & Shock til you Drop. Later in 2013 Sadie displayed her versatility by playing the sweet and sensitive leading lady Gia in Chavez: Cage of Glory alongside Danny Trejo and Steven Bauer. 

     2014 was a big year for Sadie. She penned the screenplay for Scornedstarring AnnaLynne McCord & Billy Zane. Then in Oct Sadie starred in the 6th installment of the very popular and successful horror franchise Wrong Turnas the twisted and sexy Sally Hillicker. 2015 rolled around and she continued cruising right along playing the lead role of Deanna in Lifetime’s The Haunting of Deanna Simpson.  Her career continued hot as can be in 2016 when she played the goddess Ishtar in the remake of the classic horror Blood Feast opposite talent the likes of Caroline Williams, Sophie Monk & Robert Rusler. Sadie costarred alongside Academy Award nominee June Squibb and Sean Maher in the highly anticipated short The Visitfrom writer/director Romina Schwedler which received “Best Directed Short” at the Burbank International Film Festival.

     Sadie also recently finished writing, directing, producing & starring as herself in 2016’s documentary The Bill Murray Experience. Sadie Katz also has several projects coming up in 2017 and 2018, so keep an eye out for them and enjoy her amazing work that is to come right around the corner. You can keep up to date on her work and career on Twitter @sadie_katz

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     Next we are thrilled to feature Jenna Willis, who’s character Mary Lee is the hot-shot host and journalist of the news team looking to advance her career with this exclusive interview with The Sleepy StalkerMary Lee also happens to be in a relationship with the news teams director Tommy (Quinton Aaron).

     A native of New Jersey, Jenna has been involved in numerous short films, television series, made for T.V. movies and feature films totaling 43 credits as an actress. She has also been credited twice for her stunt work on two episodes of the television series Heroine Legends in 2013. She was credited for her role as a Producer on the comedy/drama Fishbowl Californiawhich is in pre-production with filming set to begin in spring of 2017. Jenna has also appeared as herself in popular television series such as Vanderpump Rules, Good Day L.A. along with others which demonstrates how busy & in demand Jenna has been.

     Jenna received her training as a SAG & AFTRA actress at Ivana Chubbuck Studios, The Actors Spot-Patrick Malone and The Upright Citizens Brigade. She put much of this training on display in 2005 on Criminal Minds as well as the highly touted 2016 anthology series The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story. There she portrayed Nicole Brown Simpson’s sister Tanya in seven episodes of the well made & popular television series.

     Some of the other work she is recognized for includes 2013’s Awesomeness TV where she played Miss White for 3 episodes which is based on the hit YouTube channel containing funny skits and more.  As well as her role as Amy Gibb on Criminal Minds in 2016Jenna also has work currently in pre or post production that is set to be released in 20172018 so be ready and enjoy her work as it is releasedYou can follow and keep up to date on Jenna’s upcoming projects on Twitter @MsJennaWillis

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     The next talent we are excited to profile is Alexander Man. Alex’s character Chris is the sound guy with the news crew. He possesses a slightly quirky personality who loves comic books & who happened to accept this job with the news team as a side gig.

     Alexander has considerable experience working with Romane Simon and the two have developed a distinct chemistry. He worked with Romane on the film Life of GiaRomane was the director, author & screenwriter as well as the producer and it was based on the true story of an eight yr old girl who lost her family in a car accident. At a young age Gia is forced to live with her Aunt who succumbs to cancer and she then does her best to take care of her gravely ill grandmother. Gia is determined to find work & create a life of pride and dignity. However along the way she is vulnerable to mistreatment and is exposed to heartless inhumanities. Alexander Man’s riveting performance in Life of Gia ensured his win of “Best Actor” at The Hollywood Film Festival.

     Alex is also known for his role as Agent Cole in Romane’s Mr. & Mrs. Smith  The Series as well as a police officer in Romane Simon’s horror feature Voodoo: Retribution. Alexander Man also took on the role of Mike Simmons in Chris Moss’s drama/thriller A Clique, which is in post-production and was finally reunited with Romane Simon to work together on Hybristophilia.

     A couple of the other prominent cast featured in this film are Iyad Hajjaj from “Madam Secretary” and “Dream I Never Had”. Also important to mention is Brooklyn Robinson, who at only 7 years old has appeared in 3 feature length films…has shot several short films as well as T.V. pilots and national television commercials!

     With Hybristophilia being described as kind of The Shining meets Silence of the Lambs with a cross of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and possessing such an accomplished & extensive cast….horror fans will be practically dying of anticipation for this film!

     As we mentioned in the first part of this article, Hybristophilia is set to premiere March 30th at the Ahrya Fine Arts Theater on Wilshire Blvd in Beverly Hills. Purchase your tickets in advance for only $15 or $25 at the door and enjoy the celebrity red carpet arrival at 6pm! The movie showing is at 7:30p and you don’t want to forget about the after partyYou are encouraged to visit Hybristophilia’s  Facebook and IMDb pages via the links provided below to read more about the film, its wonderful cast and enjoy some great behind the scenes pics! Then click on the Facebook events link or Movie Premiere image to purchase your tickets!  Please consider supporting all of the Hybristophilia’s team’s hard work and as always remember to #SupportIndieFilm

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A couple behind the scenes pics of the above mentioned cast:

Want to see what has Celeste (Sadie Katz) so terrified?...join us at the premiere of Hybristophilia!
Want to see what has Celeste (Sadie Katz) so terrified?…join us at the premiere of Hybristophilia!

 

Is Mary Lee (Jenna Willis) sure this is a good idea? Join us and check out Hybristophilia to find out!
Is Mary Lee (Jenna Willis) sure this is a good idea? Join us and check out Hybristophilia to find out!

 

You will have to see the film to see how things turn out for Chris (Alexander Man)
You will have to see the film to see how things turn out for Chris (Alexander Man)

#FreakQOTD – Brian Battles 3/3/17

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Horror Movie Freaks Favorite Quotes

Brian Battles

   “Oh hidy ho officer, we’ve had a doozy of a day. There we were minding our own business, just doing chores around the house, when kids started killing themselves all over my property.

Tucker

Tucker and Dale vs Evil”   2010

#FreakQOTD – Dan Schuler 3/2/17

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Horror Movie Freaks Favorite Quotes

Dan Schuler

   “”I know I can do it,” Todd Downey said, helping himself to another ear of corn from the steaming bowl. “I’m sure that in time, every bit of her will be gone and her death will be a mystery….even to me.””

Mort Rainey (Johnny Depp)

Secret Window”   2004