In order to afford their dream house, newlyweds Jen and Mitch McKenzie (Sarah Prikryl and Craig Welzbacher) ask their best friend Danny (Matt Lusk) to move in with them. The plan works beautifully until Danny brings home Blair (Mayra Leal), a stunning temptress who decides she likes what the young couple has and never wants to leave. The seductive stranger turns the friends against each other and exploits unspoken desires to achieve her own unique version of the American Dream.
If this were made in the 90s, I’m sure Shannon Tweed and Andrew Stevens would’ve been headlining that cast. We’ll see if this new era of DTV stars and starlets have what it takes to get teenagers the world over hot underneath the collar.
Additionally, they are launching a contest to win a date with the star of the film, Mayra Leal Click here to take part in the contest
Psychological movies are not all about pscyhotic individuals and psychologists, nor are they all thrillers. Some psychological movies portray hope and the triumph of human resilience; however, few film-goers would deny that Alfred Hitchock was the king of psychological film, and his films portray both darkness and possible redemption. The following top psychological movies of all time are just a sampling of some of the greatest psychological films produced by Hollywood (and elsewhere).
The movies are listed in order of release to show the vast difference in earlier movie portrayals of psychological issues and current perspectives on the same.
- To Kill a Mockingbird (1962): Heroes and exemplars abound in this epic film about a white attorney in the Depression-era South, who defends a Black man accused of rape. Based upon Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, this film serves as a historical note about prejudice and social inequality.
- In Cold Blood (1967): Nominated for four Oscars, this film was based upon the book of the same name, penned by Truman Capote. The film goes into the lives of two men on trial for killing the Clutter family in Kansas. Some scenes were filmed on the locations of the original events, in Garden City and Holcomb, Kansas including the Clutter residence. In 2008, In Cold Blood was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”
- One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975): Look at this movie as an historic (yet satirical) venture into the barbaric and controlling treatment of patients at a psychiatric hospital during the mid-twentieth century. This film, which stars Jack Nicholson, remains as fresh and shocking as when it was released.
- Taxi Driver (1976): Directed by Martin Scorsese, this is a gritty, disturbing, nightmarish modern film classic that examines alienation in urban society. It explores the psychological madness within an obsessed, twisted, inarticulate, lonely, anti-hero cab driver and war vet (De Niro). Jodi Foster, who also starred in Silence of the Lambs (see below), was required to undergo psychological tests to see if she would bear up during filming.
- The Breakfast Club (1985): The Breakfast Club is a 1985 teen film widely considered a definitive work in the genre. A timeless film that takes on teen issues and group dynamics. As late as 2008, the film was selected by Empire magazine as one of The 500 Greatest Movies of All Time.
- Fatal Attraction (1987): This movie struck so many chords that the term, “fatal attraction,” came to mean “murderous obsession.” Fatal Attraction spawned numerous other movies about middle-class families besieged by a lone psychotic intent on infiltrating and destroying the fabric of the family unit, including The Stepfather (1987), Pacific Heights (1990), The Hand that Rocks the Cradle (1992), and Fear (1996).
- Silence of the Lambs (1991): An intelligent psychiatrist turned psychopath Hannibal Lecter (portrayed by British actor Anthony Hopkins) brought a major commercial and critical success to this film. This film remains so disturbing that it was rumored that co-star Jodi Foster refused to participate in the sequel. The film was a five-time major Academy-Award winner.
- The Prince of Tides (1991): A troubled man talks to his suicidal sister’s psychiatrist about their family history and falls in love with her in the process. A great portrayal of transference, as well as a taste of southern life. Although not as critically acclaimed as the novel by the same name, the movie was a box-office hit and was nominated for several Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
- The Fisher King (1991): This movie script follows a path that is as convoluted as the personalities who fill that script’s roles. The film tackles homelessness, Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PSTD), depression, manic flights, romance and a Holy Grail.
- The Shawshank Redemption (1994): One of the most popular films ever made, perhaps due to the ease an individual can relate to the story of a man wrongfully imprisoned but never giving up hope. A great film to recommend as a treatment adjunct.
- As Good As It Gets (1997): Ever wonder how obssesive compulsive disorder affects some relationships? This movie, starring Jack Nicholson, tries to improve his behavior to impress a single mom (Helen Hunt) with a chronically asthmatic young son.
- American Beauty (1999): A depressed suburban father in a mid-life crisis decides to turn his hectic life around after developing an infatuation for his daughter’s attractive friend. A great script centers this Oscar-winning film about mindfulness, finding beauty in each moment, and the possibility that each individual holds for change.
- Analyze This (1999): Released just eight years after The Prince of Tides (see below), this movie shows the shift that the public took on analysts and psychologists. More of a pop culture film, Billy Crystal plays a psychologist to Robert Deniro’s gangster client character, creating less drama and more comedy.
- Memento (2000): A man who suffers from retrograde amnesia uses notes and tattoos to hunt for the man he thinks killed his wife. This movie was an art-house noir made for $5 million and released by a novice distributor after no other company would touch it. After approximately months in release, the film even entered the list of top 10 highest-grossing films.
- A Beautiful Mind (2001): Based upon the true story of John Forbes Nash, Jr. and his struggle with schizophrenia, this film pulls audiences into Nash’s harrowing journey. The film also is a note to triumph, as Nash receives a Nobel Prize later in life for his mathematical discoveries.
- Donnie Darko (2001): This surrealist psychological thriller film depicts the reality-bending adventures of the title character as he seeks the meaning and significance behind his troubling Doomsday-related visions. Despite its poor box office showing, the film began to attract a devoted fan base. Additionally, the film received widespread critical acclaim.
- Iris (2001): This film is bsed upon John Bayley’s memoir of his wife, Irish Murdoch, and is a portrayal of Alzheimer’s Disease. Jim Broadbent won an Oscar for his portrayal of John Bayley.
- The Ted Bundy Story: Antisocial personality disorder personified in a killer who stalked and killed at least 30 women during the 1970s and 1980s. Sadistic and sociopathic, Bundy holds many of the disorders and personality traits that forensic police now use to profile other serial killers. In real life, Bundy underwent multiple psychiatric examinations and his diagnosis changed frequently.
- Capturing the Friedmans (2003): This documentary film focuses on the 1980s investigation of Arnold and Jesse Friedman for child molestation. It was nominated for the Academy Award for Documentary Feature in 2003. Elvis Mitchell of The New York Times wrote, “Mr. Jarecki so recognizes the archetypal figures in the Friedman home that he knows to push things any further through heavy-handed assessment would be redundant.”
- Running with Scissors (2006): The son of an alcoholic father and an unstable mother, Augusten Burroughs is handed off to his mother’s therapist, Dr. Finch, and spends his adolescent years as a member of Finch’s bizarre extended family. A comedy-drama film, this is one of a few films based upon an actual memoir.
Horror movie legend Tom Savini has finally emerged from a fifteen year, self-imposed hiatus to supervise the Special Effects Make-Up in the highly anticipated new office horror flick, Redd Inc.
The creator of ground breaking makeup effects in dozens of horror classics including; Friday the 13th, Day of the Dead (Saturn Award), Dawn of the Dead and Creepshow has spent the last fifteen years working as an actor and director. An on-screen favourite of director Robert Rodriguez, Savini appears as Sex Machine in From Dusk Till Dawn as well as performing pivotal roles in Machete and Grindhouse – Planet Terror. He also directed his own remake of Night of the Living Dead.
For his work on Redd Inc., Savini selected and closely supervised Makeup Special Effects creators and artists Nick Nicolau and Paul Katte and their company Makeup Effects Group (MEG), overseeing a number of important, graphic horror elements required by the script. Their handpicked team worked tirelessly to create and apply dozens of special make-up effects on the shoot in March and April this year. Savini said, “I have worked with hundreds of artists since I started in make-up in the 1970’s. I haven’t done special effects make-up for many years, preferring to give the work I’m offered to my students. I only came out of ‘retirement’ because of the MEG guys. There’s no one better around right now and we were all so excited by the Redd Inc. script we couldn’t say no to the chance to work together on it”.
Tom Savini’s video announcement of his attachment to Redd Inc. can be viewed at http://blog.reddincthemovie.com. He also makes a cameo appearance in the film.
Redd Inc. is the story of a capricious, officious and vicious boss (Redd) who traps his victims and forces them to work in an horrific office of his own insane creation. They are tasked with a seemingly impossible job which they must complete or face a grisly “termination”.
Redd Inc. is the first feature film to include crowd-sourced content ranging from acting performances through to set dressings and original music performances.
Directed by Daniel Krige (West) and starring Nicholas Hope (Bad Boy Bubby) as Redd, the film is due for release in late 2011.
A great comedy thriller by James Ricardo about loss and attachment. Watch the full movie below.
June 9 – July 3 at The Kraine Theater
EndTimes Productions will present VIGNETTES FOR THE APOCALYPSE V, the 5th annual edition of New York’s oldest and largest Sci-fi/Horror themed theater festival, beginning June 9 at The Kraine Theater. This year, the Festival will offer 34 plays, a concert and a movie, presented in 9 evening-length programs curated by Rusell Dobular. The Festival will premiere new works by Derek Ahonen (The Amoralists’ Pied Pipers of the Lower East Side), Mac Rogers (Best Play winner for Viral at FringeNYC), Crystal Skillman (NYIT Award for Best Play for The Vigil), Jerrod Bogard (Spin Cycle for Wide Eyed Productions), Mark Borkwoski (The Perfect Witness, Cost of A Soul), among others.
The program and schedule for VIGNETTES FOR THE APOCALYPSE V is as follows:
Bill #1: 6/9 at 6:30, 6/11 at 6, 6/19 at 6, 6/24 at 6, 6/26 at 8, 6/30 at 6:30, 7/2 at 6
• Downtown Theater by Toby Scales. Two workers stumble into something terrible while excavating an old theatre in New York. The play takes place entirely by the light of the workers’ headlamps. Directed by Daniel Solon.
• Wardrobe of the Living Dead by Maximilian Clark. Trapped in a closet, hordes of the undead are scraping at the door. Please, God, if there’s anyone out there, do you know when the new season of House starts? Directed by Jenna Dempesy.
• The You Knows Know by Derek Ahonen. In a population controlled future where the “You Knows” have abused their political power, a young married couple hide from authority to protect their unborn child from a very different America. Directed by Kristin Skye Hoffmann.
• Dating Sucks by Mike Poblete. A cautionary tale about a man who gets more than he bargains for from a craigslist casual encounter. Directed by Justin Ness.
• The Madhouse by Jerrod Bogard. A classic-style Guignol in which a publisher sends a horror novelist with writer’s block to an insane asylum for inspiration. Directed by Leal Vona.
For more info visit: http://endtimesproductions.org/2011/vignettes-for-the-apocalypse-5/
By: Emma Taylor
With its visceral, primal, and psychological imagery, horror-themed media attracts just as many slavish devotees as it does squeamish detractors, and has for centuries. Though attitudes change across time, culture, and geography (and, along with them, narrative devices), horror’s core always remains the same. The most successful examples channel internal and external anxieties — many of them universal — and kick them right back to their readers with nauseating accuracy.
Not every book here is necessarily of the horror genre, but is included as a means of diversifying the list and showcasing other reads fans might very well love. All boast some element endemic — but not exclusive — to horror books, be it atmosphere, characterization, narrative tropes or something else entirely. And do please quell that rage over inclusions or exclusions. Literature is subjective. This isn’t some be-all, end-all of book recommendations, merely one reader’s opinion of millions.
- Frankenstein by Mary Shelley: This epistolary classic continues to ravish pop culture, showing absolutely no signs of stopping whatsoever. Dr. Frankenstein and his existential monster both rightfully became some of the most visceral icons of the horror genre.
- Dracula by Bram Stoker: While not the first vampire novel ever penned, Dracula is indisputably the most popular example of the genre. The eponymous monster stands at the center of a pretty comprehensive reflection of Victorian sex and gender mores.
- The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson: Robert Louis Stevenson dug deeply into the most disturbing corners of the human psyche when sculpting this terrifying story of dual identities. Horror fans looking to take their novels with two additional shots of crime and science-fiction would do well to seek out this classic thriller — if they haven’t already, of course.
- Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan la Fanu: Before Count Dracula — a quarter-century, actually – there was the seductive, dangerous Carmilla. The eponymous antagonist serves as a veritable Platonic solid for future female and lesbian vampires used in all media forms.
- At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft: Most of H.P. Lovecraft’s oeuvre could have ended up here, but his At the Mountains of Madness is an essential read for Cthulhu aficionados. His use of science and rationalism to explain preternatural phenomena makes it particularly intriguing and engaging.
- The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde: As spoiled rotten villain protagonist Dorian Gray descends further and further into a world of overindulgent decadence and hedonism, an enchanted portrait suffers the abuse. This being a horror novella — and Oscar Wilde being Oscar Wilde — things dissolve into body horror of near-Cronenberg proportions once everything catches up to dear Mr. Gray.
- It by Stephen King: Like many of the writers featured here, a significant chunk of Stephen King’s entire career could’ve made the cut. It won because it simultaneously exploited collective coulrophobia and reinforced exactly why it’s a thing in the first place.
- The Italian by Ann Radcliffe: Anxieties regarding the French Revolution and Inquisition get channeled into Ann Radcliffe’s intense gothic thriller. Religion especially plays a central role in creating and motivating her novel’s memorably twisted villains.
- The Complete Short Stories by Edgar Allen Poe: “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Pit and the Pendulum,” “The Cask of Amontillado” and plenty more of Edgar Allen Poe’s legendary short stories pack a gut-wrenching punch into comparatively smaller spaces. Most of his body of work is so thoroughly nightmarish, it comes as no surprise that they sport such endurance and influence.
- We by Yevgeny Zamyatin: One of the original dystopian works, We features a totalitarian society terrifying to anyone even the slightest bit concerned about losing their individual identity and autonomy. It’s a different sort of horror than the typical monsters and madness with which readers are more familiar, but still a worthwhile read for fans of twisted, horrifying fiction.
- Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: Faust, the legendary German figure who made an infamous bargain with Satan himself, unsurprisingly makes appearances all over different media outlets. This two-part play by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe is one of the most popular.
- The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson: Contemporary horror master Stephen King cited Shirley Jackson as one of his greatest influences in Danse Macabre, and for good reason. Her lauded masterpiece blends the supernatural with the psychological and packs it all in a deadly, possessive home.
- Vathek by William Beckford: Inspired by One Thousand and One Nights, William Beckford channeled Islamic culture in this novel of a caliph resorting to desperate, horrific measures to obtain the supernatural abilities needed to keep him ruling. What it ultimately gets him is something far more sinister…and eternal.
- Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice: Lestat, one of the most recognizable vampires in all of literature, made his debut in the first novel in The Vampire Chronicles series. Here, he makes the controversial decision to turn a young girl and raise a young daughter — among other atrocities, of course.
- Konjaku Monogatarishu by Anonymous: Konjaku Monogatarishu compiles traditional stories from across Japan, China and India, not all of which contain horror elements. The Buddhist morality tales focusing on karmic retribution make for the most chilling reading of all.
- Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole: Most literary critics and historians consider this horror classic the very first work of gothic horror, kicking off an entire genre and revolutionizing how writers approach twisted, visceral content. Inside the eponymous castle lurks a curse out to end an aristocratic family’s lineage.
- The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G. Wells: Science fiction meets horror on an island inhabited by a mad vivisector and his simultaneously sympathetic and wholly terrifying creations. Despite their regimented society, the bioengineered creatures eventually override their human elements with something far more animalistic.
- The Turn of the Screw by Henry James: In Henry James’ quintessential ghost story, made all the more terrifying by his thoroughly adroit use of ambiguity and atmosphere. A startling evil — never fully revealed — slowly dismantles the lives of a governess and the two children placed in her care.
- Psycho by Robert Bloch: Horror icon Norman Bates (and his…ahhhh…”mother”) began life in the pages of this bloody 1959 novel. Lurking in a small motel bearing his surname, a litany of disturbing family secrets mean gruesome consequences for visitors and locals alike.
- Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier: More of a mystery novel than a work of straight up horror, Rebecca nevertheless involves a tense, deeply psychological atmosphere fans of the latter genre will find tantalizing. The awkward central character struggles with her new husband, the mystifying death of his first wife and the fiercely loyal housekeeper stuck on her memory.
- Inferno by Dante Alighieri: The first segment of The Divine Comedy sees the author and his mentor Virgil descending through every layer of hell, awash in a haze of satire, sin and some of literature’s most nightmarish scenery. Even the nonreligious can look upon the bone-chilling, often nauseating punishments with a sense of visceral dread.
- Battle Royale by Koushun Takami: Horror buffs with an inkling towards gory splatterpunk tropes might find this contemporary classic simultaneously squirm-inducing and thought-provoking. Take a trip to Okishima Island, where high school students are forced into murderous games as a means of addressing overpopulation concerns.
- The Body Snatchers by Jack Finney: Mill Valley, California finds itself unwittingly terrorized by extraterrestrial pods capable of exactly replicating its residents; so competent are they, nobody even recognizes the switch. Though a work of science fiction, The Body Snatchers contains enough thrills to satisfy readers who enjoy sleeping with the lights on every once in a while.
- The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty: Based on an allegedly true story, William Peter Blatty’s memorable novel is one of the most popular literary works involving demonic possession. Pazuzu, named after a minor deity from ancient Assyria, completely overtakes the mind and body of little Regan MacNeil and taxes the two priests assigned to free her.
- The Stepford Wives by Ira Levine: The Stepford Wives succeeds as both a horror novel and a feminist fist-bumper commenting on the dangers of arbitrary gender roles. “Stepford wives” has entered into the lexicon because of Ira Levine’s talent at capturing the absurd (and absurdly common) phenomenon of forcing women into subservience with little concern for their own needs or wants.
- If You Could See Me Now by Peter Straub: Obsession over a dearly beloved cousin’s tragic drowning begins overwhelming a widower’s attempt at completing his dissertation. And when the murdered bodies of young girls begin popping up once he moseys on into Arden, Wisconsin again, things take a turn for the mysterious and supernatural.
- 1984 by George Orwell: Like all the best dystopian literature, 1984 mines the human psyche and spirit and welds it to some very real political, economic and social theories. Here, massive totalitarian (not, as commonly mistaken, socialism or communism) regimes battle it out for hegemonic power and keep their respective citizenries in complete repression.
- Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin: The eponymous figure trades his immortal soul for an extra 150 on earth and subsequently ends up wasting it all on finding someone to succeed the pact. Many of horror’s most influential authors, such as H.P. Lovecraft, looked at this novel about 19th Century British ideology when crafting their own oeuvres.
- The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham: Despite sitting in far more science fiction than horror collections, The Day of the Triffids still incorporates a right fair amount of (understandable) pants-peeing paranoia. A near-universal fear inherent to humanity is that of extinction, which John Wyndham writes as coming courtesy of the giant fronds of mobile, intelligent plants.
- The Monk by Matthew Lewis: Ambrosio, the holy man of the title, must watch in horror as his sexual transgressions lead to his life twisting him towards rape and murder. Only an encounter and bargain with the devil himself can end the veritable hell on earth…despite condemning him to a hell in hell…
- Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury: Sinister carnivals are by no means an original fictional trope, of course, but nobody writes one better than acclaimed author Ray Bradbury. Normally recognized as a science-fiction auteur, this haunting work blends together fantasy and horror in a memorable narrative about the penalties of granted wishes.
- The Fog by James Herbert: An earthquake releases a bizarre fog trapped beneath the crust, which drives everyone exposed to it insane — inspiring an orgy of murder, rape, pedophilia and other atrocities. John Holman, its first victim, ultimately proves the one man able to prevent its virus-like spread across the world.
- The Great God Pan by Arthur Machen: Dr. Raymond slowly drives a young woman insane as she keeps insisting on undergoing procedures to help her visualize the goatlike Greek god. Come to find out, she’s actually the deity’s daughter — and uses her powers to start wreaking murderous havoc throughout London.
- The Complete Short Stories by Ambrose Bierce: Not all of Ambrose Bierce’s short stories can be shunted beneath a horror heading, of course, but the ones that are make for some truly worthwhile reading indeed. “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge,” concerning a Confederate supporter sentenced to hang, is probably his most recognized — likely owing to its startling twist ending.
- Perfume by Patrick Suskind: Smell plays an integral role in human sensation, perception and memory, which makes it a perfect candidate to sit front and center in a horror novel. Plucky central character Jean-Baptiste Grenouille lacks body odor, works as an apprentice in a perfumery and thinks slaughtering virgins will help further his career.
- Red Dragon by Thomas Harris: Hannibal Lecter made his literary debut in this novel, assisting special agents and profilers in bringing a serial killer known as “Tooth Fairy” to justice. Being both a psychiatrist and a murderous cannibal, he provides some bizarre, unique insight into the perpetrator’s mind.
- The Howling by Gary Brandner: Following the heroine’s traumatic rape and subsequent miscarriage and mental breakdown, she and her husband retreat to a small California town with the hopes of recovering together. Which kind of sort of doesn’t happen, seeing as how it’s full of werewolves and all.
- Conjure Wife by Fritz Leiber: Though not exactly progressive in its gender politics, painting all women as beguiling practitioners of witchcraft — Conjure Wife still works as horror literature. When a sociology professor discovers his wife brews up potions and conjures up charms, his insistence she drop her old ways proves dangerous.
- The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka: Literature’s most famous example of body horror comes courtesy of Franz Kafka’s existentialist leanings. Although Gregor Samsa wakes up one morning and discovers he’s now a massive bug, his family’s reaction and subsequent shunning make them far more monstrous.
- The Giver by Lois Lowry: Dystopian works understandably incorporate plenty of horror and macabre tropes, even though they don’t always necessarily get classified within the genre. The Giver is one such example, with its hyper-collective society completely lacking emotion and — most startlingly — the ability to perceive color.
These fun and frantic short films—comedy, animation, music videos—tell the twisted tales of terrified souls trapped inside the machine. One of these little old ladies is not like the other, but she’s settling mong the group. This ordinary office is not what it seems, but you may end up working here. A disturbing chaos is sweeping these average American high school scenes, but there’s no time to transfer out. And once we have gone into the future, we may never come back whole. But patch up that shabby space suit, dust off that bloody prom dress, and batten down the hatches: it’s gonna be a spectacular show when this ship goes down.
On the Roof of Brooklyn Technical High School
29 Fort Greene Place (between Dekalb and Fulton), Fort Greene, Brooklyn, NY 11217
G to Fulton, C to Lafayette, 2,3,4,5 to Nevins or B,M,Q, R to Dekalb
8:00 PM Doors Open
8:30 PM Live Music by Ela Orleans
9:00 PM Films Begin
11:00PM After Party at No. 7 Restaurant (7 Greene Avenue at Fulton Street), sponsored by Radeberger Pilsner.
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TWINSET(Amy Rose | Scotland | 12 min.)
Tea, cake and stilettos; old ladies in an Essex church welcome a towering transvestite as one of their own, but family life proves a little more difficult.
JPBF (Stephen Collins | USA | 7 min.)
It may look like an ordinary office, and it may seem like an ordinary job, but you’d be surprised what they do at JPBF Inc.
ONCE IT STARTED IT COULD NOT END OTHERWISE (Kelly Sears | Houston, Texas | 7 min.)
Part disaster film, part Freudian animation, Once It Started… bears witness to a series of absurd and horrible disasters that strike an American high school, eerily mirroring larger political and social markers of the recent past. Supported by the Rooftop Filmmakers’ Fund. kellysears.com
PROM NIGHT (Celia Rowlson Hall and Jae Song | Brooklyn, NY | 8 min.)
Prom night is ritual, disco balls, expectation, corsages, dresses, holding, sweating, status, entering in twos, balloons, school gyms, dancing slow and fast.
WE USED TO CALL PEOPLE LATE AT NIGHT (Eran Hilleli, Anna Shevchenk and Yoav Brill | Israel | 2 min.)
A melancholy animation about prank calls gone awry in the lonely anonymous night.
EVASION (Speedy Graphito | France | 5 min.)
A child-like purple ninja is chased by spirits, snakes and gear-creatures in a shifting Candyland fantasy world—but maybe it was all on screen.
The experiment was (almost) a success: protomatter exists! But… chemagarcia.com
OUT OF NOWHERE (Will Lamborn | Los Angeles, CA | 19 min.)
In this neo-noir western thriller, Peter may outrun his killer, over and over and over, but can he escape from nowhere?
WOUNDED MAN (Zachary Volker | New York, NY | 6 min.)
“(Indecipherable.) (Indecipherable.) Check his left pocket.” Two career criminals debate the merits of letting an associate bleed to death in a motel bathroom. zacharyvolker.com
MODERN SPLEEN (Lisa Lugrin and Clément Xavier | France | 7 min.)
Another man, another bathroom, another epic, hairy battle. Courtesy of Autour De Minuit.
LIARS: SCISSOR (Andy Bruntel | TK | 4 min.)
Adrift at sea in this Liars music video, a man finds land . . . and can’t get rid of it.
BURNING WIGS OF SEDITION (Anna Fitch and Simon Cheffins | San Francisco, California | 8 min.)
A post-moral tale of self-obsession, finery and the ephemeral nature of oppression, set in the steamy belly of a creaking ancient galleon. When the libertines crack the whip and the slaves revolt, this high seas dispute can only be resolved by a dance off, set to the tunes of the Extra Action Marching Band. wdfilms.com & extra-action.com
HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW YOUR NEIGHBORS?
Everett and Glory Hutchins live in a typical middle class neighborhood. Maybe your neighborhood. The Hutchins have a “guestroom” in their home. It’s not exactly a business. It’s a hobby. Or…..would you say religion? You see, Everett and Glory are practicing cannibals. It’s a proclivity that you can’t readily share with friend or neighbor. When Richard Ruebens answers Everett’s classified add to buy a classic car, he becomes their latest potential meal.
But……Richard has no intention of being a lamb led to slaughter.
Carrol Whitfield is an empty suit working for the House and Home hardware store chain. His latest assignment is to check up on the company’s newest branch, out in the tiny town of East Stackton. He knows the locals aren’t big fans of city-folk, but they’re acting even stranger than he expected. And what’s this “dedication” coming up that everyone keeps talking about, and why do they keep acting like they don’t want him to find out about it?
East Stackton is a horror film we’re shooting in Louisiana in the spring, but all that fake blood ain’t free. We recently raised a good bit of money via IndieGogo, which helped us through pre-production considerably. Then we got the quote for all the gear we have to rent and all the crazy stuff we’re gonna put in the movie that we can’t talk about. We’re gonna raise $8,000 here to help with that cost, and we’re offering some kick-ass rewards for you giving us a hand.
The outpouring of support we’ve felt from the communities of Lake Charles, DeRidder, Sulphur (not Sulfur!) and Leesvile has been fantastic. Now we’re asking you to go a little bit further. Whoever you are, if you like good scary movies that don’t spoon-feed you the plot or try and convince you that torture is the same thing as suspense, then help us make this one. You won’t be sorry you did. Trust me; I’ve read the script.
Ghost Works Productions LLC has released the official trailer for their upcoming film “Night of the Little Dead” – a little people zombie film.
The film stars Adam Savage (Mythbusters), Penn Jillette (Penn&Teller), Bill Moseley (House of 1000 Corpses), and Martin Klebba (Pirates of the Caribbean 3) as the little dead. The official website may be found here: http://nightofthelildead.com/
Full cast and crew:
Directors: Frank Ippolito, Ezekiel Zabrowski
Writers: Charles Chiodo, Ezekiel Zabrowski
See the trailer:
Behind the scenes interviews with Penn Jillette and Adam Savage: