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2015 Dances with Films Lineup Includes The Horror, All I Need, Shevenge, Bad Exorcists, and More!

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The Dances with Films Festival is dedicated to truly independent films and the filmmakers behind them, and its 18th year kicks off May 28th, running through June 7th in Los Angeles, California.  Several films we’ve mentioned here on Dread – both features and shorts – are part of the 2015 lineup so we wanted to make sure the event is on your radar should you live in the area. Documentaries and music videos (they still make those?) are also on the schedule.

Dances with Films 18 will be presented at the Chinese 6 Theatres in the heart of Hollywood, 6801 Hollywood Boulevard.  Here are a few of the horror highlights in order of their screenings.  This is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of the overall list so be sure to hit the above link for all the details, and “like” Dances with Films on Facebook for even more info.

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ALL I NEED – FRIDAY | MAY 29TH @ 9:30PM (WEST COAST PREMIERE)
WRITER/DIR: Dylan K. Narang
PRODS: Dylan K. Narang, Jeffrey J. Robinson
CAST: Caitlin Stasey, Markus Taylor, Holly Twyford, Rachel Melvin, Sorel Carradine, Leah McKendrick
An insecure young woman must overcome her captor to save her own life, all the while not knowing the sinister reason she’s really being held.

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LARRY GONE DEMON – FRIDAY | MAY 29TH @ 11:45PM (WEST COAST PREMIERE) – Part of MIDNIGHT SHORTS
WRITER/DIR: Matthew John Lawrence
PRODS: Matthew John Lawrence, Michael Lawrence, Kristina Berger, Nicholas Santos
CAST: Charles Parker Newton, Jeffrey Riddle, Kristina Berger, Ryan Conrath
A frenetic, punk-rock nightmare centering on one asshole of a roommate. When three twenty-somethings must deal with the incorrigible and incredibly demonic Larry, they risk life and limb in an attempt to save the soul of their once kind and unassuming friend while also procuring his five hundred dollars in back rent. Black metal, excrement, Russian gangs, bowling priests, and aborted fetuses collide in this riotous horror-comedy.

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THE PERIPHERAL – FRIDAY | MAY 29TH @ 11:45PM – Part of MIDNIGHT SHORTS
WRITER/DIR: JT Seaton
PRODS: Kris Brown, JT Seaton
CAST: Lynn Lowry, Randy Frank
When a patient, Kenny, shows up at her home unexpectedly, Dr. Joanna Redding attempts to help him overcome his “irrational” phobia of the creatures that he sees in his peripheral vision. Of course, the creatures that terrify Kenny are very real – and very deadly. It is a horrifying discovery that Dr. Redding uncovers all too late.

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SHEVENGE – SATURDAY | MAY 30TH @ 7:15PM (WEST COAST PREMIERE) – Part of COMPETITION SHORTS GRP 3
DIR: Amber Benson
WRITER: David Greenman
PRODS: Amber Benson, Megan Lee Joy, Don Money, Emme Rylan, Ryan Sanson, Jessica Sherif
CAST: Emme Rylan, Jessica Sherif, Megan Lee Joy, Eugene Byrd, David Blue, Dove Meir
From “Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s” Amber Benson comes this twisted, darkly comedic, genre-bending tale of revenge. A revenge of the worst kind – Shevenge!

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THE HORROR (review here) – SATURDAY | MAY 30TH @ 11:45PM (WORLD PREMIERE)
DIR: Jerry J White III
WRITER: Raymond Creamer
PRODS: Kyle Mattocks, Jerry J White III, Raymond Creamer, Sarah Carman
CAST: Raymond Creamer, Lexi Moeller, Chris Oliver, Schell Michael, Callie Ott
After their parents’ death, Malcolm and Isabel Rademacher travel to Michigan to shutter their family’s lake house for winter. While there, they discover that they aren’t alone and are made to fight for their survival, a fight that will continue long after the violence ends.

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THE MAN IN THE SHADOWS – MONDAY | JUNE 1ST @ 7:15PM (WORLD PREMIERE)
DIR: Josh Fraiman
WRITER: Adam Tomlinson
PRODS: Brigitte Kingsley, Andrew Cymek, Tasso Lakas, Adam Tomlinson
CAST: Sarah Jurgens, Nick Baillie, Adam Tomlinson
Based on thousands of true stories, a newlywed photographer is stalked by a dark man in a brimmed hat who followers her from her nightmares and into reality. Her life in shambles and sanity slipping, she meets a mysterious man claiming to know the shocking secrets of the Hat Man.

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21 DAYS – FRIDAY | JUNE 5th @ 11:45PM (LOS ANGELES PREMIERE)
WRITER/DIR: Kathleen Behun
PRODS: Kathleen Behun, Jessica Villegas Lattuada, Fernando Barreda Luna
CAST: Max Hambleton, Whitney Rose Pynn, Mickey River
Three filmmakers embark on a paranormal challenge by barricading themselves in a house so haunted no one has been able to live in it more than 21 days, in order to film the supernatural phenomena which presumably occur… but nothing can prepare them for the evil that lies in wait…

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BAD EXORCISTS – SATURDAY | JUNE 6TH @ 11:45PM (SO CAL PREMIERE)
WRITER/DIR: Kyle Steinbach
PRODS: Kyle Steinbach, Louie Sloss, Zach Shivers
CAST: Sean Roney, Alex Knapp, Julian Master, Claire Berger, Suzanna Akins, Suzanne-Owens Duval, Mia Schauffler
A trio of awkward teens aim to win a horror festival by making their own movie but wind up getting their actress possessed in the process. The boys are in for a raucous and hilarious weekend as they try to save the girl and finish the film, all while navigating the treacherous world of high school. Demons, meet the socially awkward.

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Funko Giving Jurassic Park the Pop! Treatment as Only They Can

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It is no secret we’re BIG fans of Funko’s Pop! Vinyl line here at DC HQ, and now they’ve announced a new series that has made our hearts just about burst… read on for a look at Pop! Movies: Jurassic Park, heading our way in February. The regular figures are awesome on their own, but wait until you see the exclusives!

From the Funko Blog:
Jurassic Park fans, get excited! To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the iconic film’s appearance on the silver screen, Jurassic Park is coming to Pop!

This series of Pop! features paleontologist Dr. Grant, Jurassic Park CEO John Hammond, mathematician Dr. Malcolm, and embryo-smuggler Dennis Nedry. (Keep an eye out for Dr. Ellie Sattler in Pop! Rides coming soon.)

We couldn’t forget the Jurassic Park dinosaurs! Featured in this line are the great T. rex, Velociraptor, and Dilophsaurus. Look for the Dilophosaurus chase, a rarity of 1-in-6.

Be on the lookout for exclusives. At Target you can find a wounded Dr. Malcolm, and the Dennis Nedry and Dilophosaurus 2-pack is available only at Entertainment Earth.

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American Psycho Meets Creep – Strawberry Flavored Plastic Review

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Starring Aidan Bristow, Nicholas Urda, Andres Montejo

Directed by Colin Bemis


Recently I wrote up an article here on Dread Central which was basically an open letter to anyone who was listening called “I Miss Found Footage.” Well, it seems like someone WAS listening, as I was then sent the link to an all-new found footage film called Strawberry Flavored Plastic from first-time writer-director Colin Bemis.

The film follows the “still-at-large crimes of Noel, a repentant, classy and charming serial killer loose in the suburbs of New York.” Basically, you could think of the flick as American Psycho meets Mark Duplass and Partick Brice’s Creep. That, or you could think of it as “Man Bites Dog in color!” However you choose to label Colin Bemis’ psychological thriller, just make sure you check out the film once it hits in the future.

As I alluded to above, the film is basically a found footage version of American Psycho. But that said, the film sports a twist on the charming serial killer subgenre that I have yet to see play out in any of the above-mentioned classics. I’m not going to go into spoiler territory here, but I will say that the film introduces an element to the tale that spins it into much more of a character drama than a straight horror film. Not that there is anything wrong with that!

Truth be told, the film’s turn from serial killer flick into a layered character study might have been its kiss of death, but this slight genre switch is rendered a minor issue as the film’s central narcissistic antagonist is played by Aidan Bristow. Bristow is an actor you may not have heard of before this review, but you will hear his name more and more over the years to come, I promise. The guy gives (no pun intended) a killer performance as the film’s resident serial killer Noel Rose, and time after time surprised me with how chilling, charming, or downright vulnerable he chose to play any given scene.

Bristow’s performance is, in the end, the major element the film has going for it. But that said, as a fan of found footage, I was smiling ear to ear at first-time director Colin Bemis’ understanding of what makes a found footage suspense sequence work.

In Strawberry Flavored Plastic director Colin Bemis is confident and content to allow full emotional scenes to play out with the camera directed at nothing more than a character’s knees. Why is this so important? Because it keeps the reality of the film going. Too many found footage directors would focus on the actors’ faces during such emotional scenes – no matter how contrived the camera angle was. In this film, however, Bemis favors the reality that says, “If you were really in this emotional state and holding a camera, you would let it drop to your side.” I agree, and it is small touches like that which make the film feel authentic and thus – once the shite hits the fan – all the scarier.

On the dull side of the kitchen knife, the film does feel a bit long even given it’s short running time, and there doesn’t seem too much in the way of visceral horror to be found within. Again, graphic blood and gore aren’t a must in a fright flick, but a tad more of the old ultra-violence would have gone a long way in selling our main psychopath’s insanity and unpredictability. But all the same, the film does feature a rather shocking sequence where our main baddie performs a brutal home invasion/murder that puts this film firmly in the realm of horror. In fact, the particular POV home invasion scene I’m talking about holds about as much horror as you’ll ever wish to witness.

In the end, Colin Bemis’ Strawberry Flavored Plastic is a must-see for fans of found footage and serial killer studies such as American Pyscho, Creep, and Man Bites Dog. I recommend giving it a watch once it premieres. If only to be able to point to Aidan Bristow in the near future and tell all your friends that you watched (one of) his first movies.

Until then, check out the film’s trailer HERE, and follow the movie on Facebook.

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Lead actor Aidan Bristow turns in a star-making performance in Colin Bemis’ Strawberry Flavored Plastic, a found footage film that plays out like Man Bites Dog in Color before introducing a new element to the charming-serial-killer subgenre and becoming more character study than a straight horror. Think American Psycho meets Creep.

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Who Goes There Podcast: Ep 148 – Inside (2017 Remake)

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We’ve all heard the old saying, “in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Well, I’m here to tell you that’s only partially true. It seems there is a third certainty that had been omitted from the original quote, “It is certain, if you enjoy a movie, at some point someone will remake that movie.” Now is the time when one of my favorite movies gets reimagined, “for an American audience”.

In the late 2000’s an explosion of “French extreme” horror films was released. Martyrs and or High Tension can often be found on any number of lists of the “most fucked up horror movies ever”. Unfortunately, the vastly superior Inside is often forgotten (as well as Frontier(s), but that’s a whole ‘nother rant). Now, ten years after it’s initial release, Inside has been Americanized. Don’t worry, we watched it so you don’t have to. You’re welcome.

Mommy says you’re not dead. Is that true? It’s the Who Goes There Podcast episode 148!

If you like what you hear, please consider joining our Patreon subscribers. For less than the cost of a beer, you get bonus content, exclusive merchandise, special giveaways, and you get to help us continue doing what we love.

The Who Goes There Podcast is available to subscribe to on iTunes right here. Not an iTunes user? You can listen on our Dread Central page. Can’t get enough? We also do that social media shit. You’ll find us on FacebookTwitterInstagramTwitch, and YouTube.

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