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Etheria Film Night 2015 Announces Official Selections

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The 2015 Etheria Film Night is being held June 13th at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, California, and the official lineup has been revealed. The North American Premiere of the Australian feature-length horror film Inner Demon directed by Ursula Dabrowsky will be followed by six official short selections.

Inner Demon – directed by Ursula Dabrowsky
(Australia, Horror/Thriller, 84 min)
A teenage girl is abducted by a serial killer couple and manages to escape and find refuge in an isolated farmhouse, only to discover it is home to greater horrors and a malevolent spirit.

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Sheila Scorned – directed by Mara Gasbarro Tasker
(USA, Action/Thriller, 18 min)
Sheila Scorned follows the violent misadventures of Sheila Johnson, a jaded and quick-tongued dancer at a gentleman’s club. One night, after noticing an old flame in the crowd, Sheila seduces her ex, Charlie… and kills him. But her plans to get home are interrupted when Charlie’s tie to a local gang of misfits comes back to bite her. Now abducted and trapped in a warehouse, Sheila has to fight her way free from their violent and sexual advances. Unluckily for the men, Sheila’s got a penchant for ass kicking.

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Shevenge – directed by Amber Benson
(USA, Fantasy/Action/Comedy, 11 ½ min)
From Amber Benson (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) comes this twisted, darkly comedic, genre-bending tale of revenge – a revenge of the worst kind – Shevenge! The film follows Sam, Taylor, and Charley as they embark on a journey of revenge and empowerment. While at a killer slumber party, these three best friends drink wine, paint their nails, and pay back their crappy boyfriends as they discover their deepest fantasies and take you along for the ride.

El Gigante – Directed by Gigi Saul Guerrero
(Canada/Mexico, Horror, 13 ½ min)
After attempting to cross the US/Mexico Border in search of a better life, Armando awakens in an unknown room, his body broken down and a Lucha Libre mask sewn into his neck. He attempts to escape but is surrounded by a sadistic family, who watch him with hungry eyes. The only chance for Armando’s survival in this hellish nightmare is to last in a wrestling match against the most terrifying villain of all: GIGANTE!

Gödel, Incomplete – directed by Martha Goddard
(Australia, Science Fiction, 13 ½ min)
A time-travel love-story between one of the great minds of the 20th century, Kurt Gödel, and a lonely particle physicist, Serita Cedric, a research student working at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland. Their affair becomes the trigger for his theory on time as one event feeds into the next and it becomes impossible to tell which came first.

De noche y de pronto – directed by Arantxa Echevarria
(Spain, Thriller, 20 min)
Home alone in a deserted apartment building during the Christmas season, Maria is startled to receive a visit from a desperate man claiming to be her upstairs neighbor who says his apartment has been broken into by thieves.

Slut – directed by Chloe Okuno
(USA, Horror, 20 min)
A dark, coming of age thriller about a 16-year-old misfit named Maddy who lives alone with her grandmother in a small town in Texas. When Maddy crosses paths with an older, charismatic Stranger – a fellow misfit who’s passing through town – her quiet, monotonous life takes a dangerous turn.

The short film screening will be followed by a Q&A with directors in attendance, and TV writer and producer Jane Espenson (“Husbands”, “Once Upon a Time”, “Battlestar Galactica”, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) will receive the 2015 Inspiration Award for her work in some of the most beloved genre TV series of all time.

Tickets are $11 and are available at this link: etheriafilmnight.com/tickets

About Etheria Film Night 2015:
Etheria Film Night 2015 is co-presented by the American Cinematheque and will take place at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood on June 13, 2015. The evening will include a cocktail reception sponsored by Fangoria Magazine and Horrible Imaginings and a red carpet ceremony sponsored by Monstrosity Films and Birns & Sawyer. 2015 Etheria awards and screenings are sponsored by Digital Bolex, Rapid Heart Pictures, All Things Horror, and Darling Nikki’s.

2015 judges include Larry Fessenden (Glass Eye Pix), Rachel Talalay (“Dr. Who”), Patty West (AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women), Brea Grant (Best Friends Forever), Elle Schneider (Digital Bolex), Elizabeth Stanley (Trailers from Hell), John Skipp (Book of the Dead), Peter Block (A Bigger Boat Productions), Sultan Saeed Al Darmaki (Dark Dunes Productions), Neil Marshall “The Descent) Thuc Nguyen (BTCHFLCKS), Mick Garris (“Masters of Horror”), Ashlee Blackwell (graveyardshiftsisters.com), Elizabeth Kaiden (Tangerine Entertainment), Tasha Lowe-Newsome (WGA Committee of Women Writers & WoWga), Ryan Turek (Blumhouse Productions), Mynette Louie (Gamechanger Films), Brad Miska (V/H/S I & II), Jairo Alvarado (Circle of Confusion), Darin Scott (Tales from the Hood), Emily Silver (“Bones”, “Finding Carter”), Mark Alan Miller (Seraphim Films), Jessie Lilley Campbell (Mondo Cult Magazine), Eduardo Sanchez (The Blair Witch Project), and David DeCoteau (Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama).

The start times, screening schedule, and detailed information can be found on the Etheria Film Night website. Be sure to “like” the Etheria Film Night Facebook page.

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Video: The Shape of Water Q&A with Guillermo del Toro and Doug Jones at Hollywood’s Egyptian Theatre

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This past weekend at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, CA betwixt a double screening of The Shape of Water and the classic The Creature from the Black Lagoon, the former’s director Guillermo del Toro (and star Doug Jones) sat down to discuss the latter’s influence on the film, Gill-man sex, “one sock movies,” his career in the genre, and more with moderator Jonah Ray, and we were there to film a portion of it.

Our sincere thanks to American Cinematheque general manager Dennis Bartok for extending the invitation.

For more Cinematheque screenings, visit the official website here.

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Now here’s an audio book we can REALLY get behind! Entertainment Weekly is reporting that former “Dexter” star Michael C. Hall will be narrating the first ever unabridged recording of Stephen King’s Pet Sematary. Sometime’s audio is better!

Readers have been asking for this audiobook for a very long time,” Stephen King said in a statement. “I know the listening experience will be worth the wait with Michael as narrator.

We’re thrilled to finally bring Pet Sematary to King’s audiobook fans,” Simon & Schuster Audio president and publisher Chris Lynch added. “Michael C. Hall is a perfect match for this timeless story, which has long deserved an unabridged production.

The unabridged audiobook of Pet Sematary will be released by Simon & Schuster Audio on March 27. Speaking of Hall… you know he would make a pretty friggin’ good casting choice to play Victor Pascow in the upcoming Pet Sematary remake. Just sayin’.

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The killer behind the sinister traps in Play With Me is known as the Illusion, with the player taking control of investigative journalist Robert Hawk as he tries to fight his way through a series of sick and twisted obstacles created by the lunatic. The voice acting in the trailer was a little cheesy, although we see at 1:09 that the player will be tasked with using a kitchen knife to cut open a dead body (presumably to retrieve an item hidden in the cadaver’s stomach), which is not an image you’ll be forgetting anytime soon.

IQ Publishing are offering a 15% discount off Play With Me for those who purchase the game before January 24, so Saw fans might want to mark that deadline in their calendars and purchase it from Steam before the time is up. After all, it can’t be worse than Konami’s awful official Saw videogames.

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