This year the letter in question is ‘M’ and Lopes has submitted M is for Macho a short feature telling the story of two friends who challenge each other to play basketball with ZOMBIES!!!
Written and directed by José Pedro Lopes, M is for Macho was sponsored by Anexo 82, produced by Ana Almeida and Pedro Santasmarinas, cinematography by Francisco Lobo, sound design and soundtrack by Emanuel Grácio, starring Mafalda Banquart and Agostinho Santos.
The ABCs of Death 2 is a feature film made of 25 short movies by cult horror guest directors from all over the world. The competition is an international search for the 26th short film director to be a part of the collective production.
Submissions close on October 31, midnight Halloween day, with voting ending on November 30. The winner will be announced on December 15.
Voting will be tabulated from social media, as well as by a jury including ABCs of Death 2’s directors, producers and their associates.
Vote for M is for Macho at: 26th.abcsofdeathpart2.com/entry/m-is-for-macho
Patrick Griffin of Griffin Studios LA and Committed Artists Entertainment is teaming up with Maria Olsen of MOnsterworks66 to bring kids and zombie lovers alike the brand new web / TV series Our Zombie Mother!
Post-production is almost done on the pilot episode of this hilariously horrific new series, which introduces us to the world of Jon and Wendy and tells us what happens when two kids wake up to find their mother has suddenly become a zombie, and they are forced to quickly cope with the curious consequences. Both Griffin and Olsen have been incredibly active in the film scene over the last couple of years, with Griffin scoring movies and TV series such as the Emmy-winning Dan Vs and the action-packed Renegade Force. This is, however, the first time he’s taken the reigns, and Our Zombie Mother, which promises to both tease and terrify, is entirely his concept.
Of the two, it is Olsen – and MO66 – that has been most active in the horror world and has, over the last eighteen months alone, partnered up to produce several features including Seth Metoyer’s Squeal: Blood Harvest (pre-production), Brandon Scullion’s Live-In Fear and Christopher Dye’s Something Sinister (both in post-production), Carl Lindbergh’s Blood Angel (development) as well as the web / TV series Edward Payson’s Sunday Night Slaughters (filming). Olsen, who is best known for her turn as Mrs Dodds / The Fury in Fox’s Percy Jackson and The Olympians: The Lightning Thief, has also worked alongside and learned from horror icons like Bill Oberst Jr, Lynn Lowry and Rob Zombie. She also absolutely adores playing the challengingly non-verbal title role that Griffin has created for her in Our Zombie Mother.
Supporting Olsen are both Tyler and Naomi Griffin, and, as of Friday the 13th of September, Tyler will be extremely well known the world over for his pivotal role in James Wan’s Insidious: Chapter 2. Naomi, whose hobbies include writing Xena: Warrior Princess fan fiction, may, at the moment, have fewer credits to her name than her industrious brother, but is still a name to watch.
Our Zombie Mother might be a series that’s specifically aimed at pleasing the youngsters, but it does have scares enough to enchant all zombie lovers – it IS rated DD (Double Digits: 10 AND UP) after all – and it will also engage kids’ parents as anyone of us could turn into a zombie at any time, right?? The show’s tagline “BRAINS Before Beauty” says it all!
Eerie and amusing, creepy and comical, Our Zombie Mother is sure to be a hit among the World War Z, The Walking Dead and the Shaun of the Dead zombie-loving army.
‘Ava Snow Battles Death’ launched their Kickstarter fundraising campaign Saturday, Oct. 5, and has already raised $2,565 of their $5,000 goal.
“We wanted to get off to a good start, but this has exceeded our expectations,” said Zack Drisko, one of the series creators. “We’re very grateful for the support from our backers and for everyone doing such a great job of getting the word out.”
The series is a fantasy-horror-comedy about a knife-throwing heroine named Ava Snow and the overlords from another dimension who want to steal her soul.
“We’ve filmed parts of the series,” said Zack Drisko, one of the creators, “but we need to raise the funds to finish it. We’re asking for five thousand, which is enough to make our pilot, but we’re hoping to achieve some of our stretch goals and make the entire five-episode series we have planned. We have a great story to tell that we’d love to share with people.”
“Ava Snow Battles Death” was created by Drisko and Arielle Davidsohn. They wrote the series together for Drisko to direct and for Davidsohn to star as the knife-throwing heroine. Davidsohn underwent extreme physical training for the role. Davidsohn trained mixed martial arts with professional fighter Cassiano Laureano, who trained at Kings MMA and Werdum Combat Team, home to UFC fighters such as Anderson Silva, Fabricio Werdum, Wanderlei Silva, and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. She also trained knife-throwing with world champion Carl Geddes.
“I was never athletic or coordinated, so learning how to fight Muay Thai and throw knives almost killed me,” Davidsohn said. “Even though I still have a long way to go until I’m pleased with my skills, I feel proud of how far I was able to come and look forward to honing my skills as the project continues.”
Laureano praised her aptitude. “She’s really willing to learn,” said the professional fighter. “She doesn’t give up. She surprised me with the triangle choke.”
The cast and crew of “Ava Snow Battles Death” includes people such as Daniel Scruggs, a VFX artist from “Game of Thrones,” Russ Glasgow, promo editor for “Tron: Legacy” and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” Steve Rizzo, stuntman from “The Dark Knight Rises” and “No Country for Old Men,” Andrew Parkhurst, director of photography for Ridley Scott’s “Prophets of Science Fiction,” Robert C. Jackson, sound designer on “50/50” and “The Expendables,” Christopher Jenkins Holmes, who had a recurring role on “90210” and YouTube star Sam Proof.
“Launching this Kickstater campaign is a really exciting step forward for us,” said Drisko. “The project means so much to all of us, so we’re going to do everything we can to make this campaign a success.”
Their campaign will run until Thursday, Nov. 14 and is accessible on Kickstarter by clicking here.
Sarah was like many other teenagers during the war. She still wanted to go out, to see films, to meet her friends. But the harsh realities of war had a way of taking over. Her parent’s house in Sliema was destroyed by a bomb and they were forced to rent a house in Pieta’.
It should not have been such a hardship. The house was, after all, huge. At the back of the building, a huge garden stretched out beneath the towering mass of St Luke’s Hospital. And yet, something was not quite right.
When Carmen, her mother, first climbed up to the door and walked into the house, she would have sworn that something was barring her way. Nothing tangible, just a ‘thickness’, a pressure, as though an air-filled bag was inflated in the doorway.
The house had plenty of space for Carmen and her husband, Sarah and her younger sister, Joanna, and her other married daughter with her baby. She set about decorating it. The house was soon filled with huge, dark paintings, and old, imposing furniture that they managed to find here and there. Carmen may have liked the style, but Sarah found it oppressive, spooky.
And it was not just because of the furniture. The house was often shrouded in smoke screens let off to protect the boats in the nearby Torpedo depot, giving the place an eerie atmosphere even in broad daylight.
And on the wall on the roof they could see where some stones had crumbled and fallen. It seemed that lightning had once hit that spot, killing a man in the process.
And were the neighbors’ stories true? Had someone committed suicide in the house?
Unlike Sarah, Carmen could not allow herself the luxury of allowing her imagination to run riot. They were lucky to have a roof over their heads. She was a pretty no-nonsense woman.
For some time, the family lived there and the only change in their lives was the asthmatic wheezing caused by the smoke.
Until some people moved in next door. The house had an even larger garden than Carmen’s and the family decided to start up a small weaving industry. Sarah and her sisters spent many hours sitting on their balcony that summer, draped over the railing, watching the men work in the garden next door. Sarah was quite a stunner and was quite aware of the admiring glances she was getting from the men below. But the harmless flirting came to an abrupt end when the men started cutting down a huge blackcurrant tree at the bottom of the garden.
The men had started to dig out the roots when their spades uncovered a gruesome sight. They carefully dug out the crumbling bones of a skeleton. Or at least most of a skeleton. Sarah and her sisters could hardly believe their eyes. Their hands flew up to stifle their screams. They watched in amazement as the men lifted out one long limb after another.
The men gathered around the bones and seemed to be discussing the find. They then casually tossed them into the pile of rubble which had accumulated against the adjoining wall and carried on digging.
“Ma, Ma!” the girls yelled as they ran indoors.
“They’ve dug up some skeletons … ” But Carmen would not have any of it. “Don’t be ridiculous. It was probably a dog or something.”
Sarah was about to insist but thought better of it.After all, she argued with herself, why on earth would a skeleton be buried under a tree … unless ….
Her mind was filled with images of murders and strange disappearances. It was only later that evening that Sarah realized that the men had only dug up the limbs and torso. No skull.
Sarah’s younger sister was studying for her school exams at that time and she used to help the neighbors’ sons with their homework. It wasn’t too difficult; they were only about 10 years-old and quite hard-working. So Joanna had no idea what their mother would want to talk to her about when, one day, she pulled her over to one side. “Have the kids said anything to you about a man?” Joanna stared at her blankly. “What do you mean?” she asked. It seemed that the boys kept complaining that there was a man wandering around at the bottom of their garden. The neighbor wanted to know whether Sarah and Joanna had ever seen anyone from the balcony.
Joanna mentioned it to her mother, but soon forgot all about it. Shame, really, as it was a warning of the things to come ….
One summer evening, the girls were all sltting around the dining-room table, a sultry breeze blowing in from the open door to the garden. Carmen was bustling around the kitchen. She was a creature of habit and had little rituals that she followed regularly. Every evening, she would send the girls up to bed and follow a little while later with a tray of hot drinks and biscuits. But tonight, it was not to be.
She suddenly went deathly-pale and stifled a scream. “Sarah, shut the antiporta,” she yelled and then, to the girls’ bewilderment, she turned and ran out of the room, up the stairs. They heard the door of her bedroom slam shut and the key turn in the lock. And then there was silence.
They had no idea what was wrong. They tried to work out what could have happened but the only thing that Sarah remembered was the sound of the light-switch flicking on and off. Not that that would have meant anything. It was one of the days when they did not have any electricity and the room was lit by a large oil-lamp. And she also heard the door-handle rattle slightly after her mother left the room, but it did not open and she thought it was just the way her mother had slammed it.
The girls waited for a while and then realized that their mother was not coming down again. They were surprised. What could have frightened her so much that she would run away and leave her children down there?
It was not till the next morning that they found out. Even then, she was reluctant: “You’ll go mad if I tell you.” Eventually Carmen, looking fearfully around as she spoke, told them that she had looked up to see a smart, elegant man walk into the room from the garden. He was tall, dressed in evening wear.
And instead of a face, a skull grinned lewdly at her.
The effect on Carmen was profound. Whenever the girls went out, she would refuse to stay in the house alone, and would wait by the antiporta. She refused to talk about it again, but often Sarah would catch a look of horror flitting across her face. The ghost was obviously still in the house.
What is more, it seemed to have attached itself to Sarah. For weeks, Sarah would suddenly feel a coolness behind her. The light-switch would click on and off as she walked into a room and the door-handle would rattle. They once heard the sound of heavy, rasping breathing coming from their bedroom. But she never saw anything, and the door never opened.
Her sister one day flew down ,the stairs. Till then, she had been pretty skeptical, but her face showed that something had changed her mind. “OK,” she gasped. “I believe you. There is something there.” She too refused to talk about what she had seen or heard.
The days passed, and their mother grew more and more fretful. In the end, the strain of the unwelcome visitor proved too much for her, and she had a heart attack and died.
The girls were beside themselves with grief. But the house loomed larger and more terrifying after that. They tried all sleeping together in one room, but in the end, fear got the better of them They decided to move in with Sarah’s brother in Mellieha for a few months. Eventually, they gave up the house and moved into a far smaller place that the authorities managed to find for them.
The family did not really want any reminders of the house, but they had spent a small fortune doing it up. Sarah’s married sister, Mariella, insisted on removing at least the bathroom fittmgs and some other bits ano pieces. She was to regret her decision.
They all went into the house together, hoping to find safety in numbers. Mariella’s little girl clutched her aunt Sarah’s hand, aware of the strange tension in the air. As they all walked down the stairs, the little girl was suddenly snatched from Sarah’s side and slammed against the wall opposite. No, she didn t fall. She was actually thrown horizontally across the stairs, banging her head, and falling unconscious to the ground. Even now, Sarah can remember with a shudder of horror the silence after she had fallen down onto the ground. Not even a cry. Mariella had scooped the little girl up into her arms and run out into the street with her, with Sarah and Joanna not far behind.
They never went into the house again.
The authorities immediately found three other families desperate for a roof over their heads. But even these families did not last long in the house. Sarah heard that one woman died soon after moving in.
Her aunt told her that another woman had seen someone, something, while she was in her bath, and had run out into the street, terrified out of her wits, completely naked. The neighbors abandoned their weaving industry and apparently left the island.
And the house still stands. Sarah is now in her 70s and whenever she passes the house, she wonders whether the family who now lives there have ever seen the man with no face.
And whether the workmen who dug up the skeleton from under the blackcurrant tree could have had any idea of the forces that they had unleashed ….
Academy Award® winner Robert Redford stars in All Is Lost, an open-water thriller about one man’s battle for survival against the elements after his sailboat is destroyed at sea. But with the sun unrelenting, sharks circling and his meager supplies dwindling, the ever-resourceful sailor soon finds himself staring his mortality in the face.
Written and directed by Academy Award nominee J.C. Chandor (Margin Call) with a musical score by Alex Ebert (Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros), All Is Lost is a gripping, visceral and powerfully moving tribute to ingenuity and resilience.
All Is Lost opens in NY and LA October 18, nationwide October 25th.
“OFF THE SCALE BRILLIANT”
- Emma Pritchard Jones. THE HUFFINGTON POST
“ROBERT REDFORD DELIVERS A TOUR DE FORCE PERFORMANCE”
- Pete Hammond. DEADLINE
Share your personal ALL IS LOST survival stories.. you can email them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org The best story wins!
Winners addresses must be submitted by October 28th, 2013.
Giveaway open to the U.S. & Canada.
The legendary author Lloyd Kaufman, president of Troma Entertainment and creator of the “Toxic Avenger”, was invited to hold its first Italian Master Class on 26-27 October in Rome at the studio in Via Tiburtina 521, in Ex De Paolis Studios – 00159 Rome. The Master Class will be 3 or 4 hours a day, including a Q & A session, followed by a screening of the latest Tromasterpiece of Lloyd Kaufman “Return to Nuke ‘Em High: Vol 1.” and a classic Troma film, also directed by Lloyd Kaufman. On October 25, at 19:00 Lloyd Kaufman will receive a lifetime achievement award by the Director of the Latin American Film Commission, Rino Small, Oxer at the Cinema of Latin America.
The Collective and Bloody Disgusting to premiere unreleased gore fest MACABRE online on November 1st
The Collective and Bloody Disgusting to premiere unreleased gore fest MACABRE online on November 1st; A limited edition DVD available on November 5th, 2013.
When a group of friends travelling through the countryside stops to help a young woman, they cannot imagine the nightmare this act of kindness will soon unleash. After accepting an invitation to dinner from Dara, the rescued woman’s mother, the night turns into a crimson-hell for the six friends. Trapped in an isolated home in the woods, the friends find themselves hunted down by Dara and her cult-like family of three deadly protégés—each born and raised to systematically eliminate unsuspecting passers-by for one nefarious reason.
An adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s short story “Two Hussars”, TWO JACKS is a fast-paced, glamorous and romantic vision of Hollywood now and then. The story is of legendary film director Jack Hussar (DANNY HUSTON), a notorious gambler and womanizer, returning to Los Angeles to raise financing for his next film.
In a whirlwind night on the town, Jack seduces the stunning Diana (SIENNA MILLER), hits some wild industry parties, narrowly escapes a brush with the law, before playing a high-stakes poker game at dawn. Years later, Jack Hussar Jr. (JACK HUSTON) arrives in Hollywood for his directorial debut, and Diana (now played by JACQUELINE BISSET) finds her daughter falling for her former lover’s son. At the core of this film we see the struggle of a son trying to step out of the shadow of his famous father.
“Locked in a Room” is a horror movie about 3 teenagers that end up trapped in 3 separate rooms. They are monitored by a man that wears a mask, who ‘studies them’ and even takes notes on paper to every more or emotion that they have. Obviously like everyone in such situation, all 3 teenagers try and figure out whey they are trapped in that way and what is the reason of such entrapment?
Nadia Vella’s review: “This dark thriller gives the audience the curiosity in trying and understand who is behind all this? This curiosity makes the audience on the edge to watch the whole movie and get the answer. Worth watching”.