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SDCC 09: History is Made as REPO! Shadowcast is Streamed LIVE Around the World



SDCC: Repo! Shadowcast (click for larger image)For me this year was (and still is) “The Year of REPO“.

Repo! The Genetic Opera (review here) is the underdog film that is paving the way again and again for the future of film marketing. Last night, seven months after the film was released on DVD, fans lined up around the block to see a movie that most of them have seen multiple times. Many came in costume and several came from miles away (some as far away as New York) just to support this film.

During the biggest convention of the year, while KISS played across town for free and a dozen studio sponsored parties (with open bars) and tried their best to promote their latest efforts, Repo! screened with the filmmakers and a few stars in attendance. Not only was the 600-seat theater packed, my great friends here at Dread Central streamed the entire event, and over 900 people tuned in across the world. The most amazing part … there was NO ADVERTISING for the event! At 10:00pm, just two hours before the show was set to begin, Jon Condit, co-founder of Dread Central, announced that they would be streaming it LIVE and for FREE.

The news spread like wildfire across Twitter, Facebook, Google and MySpace. The fans tuned in to the world’s first-ever live streaming Repo Shadow-cast event to watch as the Los Angeles acting troupe Addicted to the Knife acted out the entire film on stage in front of the film! Across the country Repo! was screening with shadow casts in Toledo as well as during a Friday night event in Ft. Lauderdale. The Repo Army has been using the internet to the fullest extent to spread the word to each other.

The annual San Diego Comic-Con is known for breaking news scoops and celebrity events. Largely focusing on the movie industry, SDCC is the “IT” place to be for any upcoming genre film, and even some non-genre stuff. Any “Studio Marketing Exec” will tell you that a big Comic-Con presence can make or break almost any upcoming film. Twilight sequel New Moon dominated the buzz this year while James Cameron’s Avatar showed off some slick footage to wet girls’ panties (oh wait, that was New Moon).

Saw 6 offered a unique iPhone app with some footage of the upcoming film, and Tron gets the award for best viral campaign whereby they secretly invited anyone in the know on a scavenger hunt to Flynn’s Arcade to play vintage video games and see the new light cycle! District 9 had a screening with great reviews, as did Inglorious Basterds, and my favorite new Halloween film Trick ‘r Treat (review here).

Hollywood and indie films alike can no longer just come out with a typical ad campaign and TV spots. The flavor of the day now is niche marketing directly to the fans, even before the films come out. Repo! (official site here) started with no studio support; yet, Repo! manages to continue to make history with the help of The Repo Army, a dedicated group of fans that will stop at nothing to claim this movie as their own. Fan-made YouTube films were just the beginning. But the filmmakers themselves took the film on the road and toured it like a band would tour a new CD. Most films with multi-million dollar ad campaigns would kill to get this kind of support from fans.

SpookyDan (the author of this piece) is a horror journalist turned filmmaker who has been following the Repo! hysteria around the globe. He’s prepping a documentary about the Repo! fandom.

Check out photos from the event by clicking on the image below, and then buy the DVD, Blu-ray, and soundtrack!

History is Made as REPO! Shadowcast is Streamed LIVE Around the World


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Dread Central Presents Welcomes To Hell and Back: The Kane Hodder Story!



Hot off the announcement by the fine folk over at EW, we want to tell you all that Epic Pictures Group and Dread Central Presents have acquired and will be releasing To Hell and Back: The Kane Hodder Story (review)!

Directed by Derek Dennis Herbert and produced by Andrew Barcello, the documentary features interviews with Robert Englund, Bruce Campbell, Adam Green, Cassandra Peterson, Danielle Harris, Harrison Smith, Sid Haig, Bill Moseley, and Michael Aloisi, as well as Hodder himself. The film is a deep and personal dive into the world of one of horror’s most passionate and enduring names. Peeling back the curtain on some of Hodder’s most difficult experiences, To Hell and Back is, as I stated in my review, “Inspiring, life-affirming, and beautifully crafted…,” leaving me to surmise that if Kane could, “…endure such pain throughout life and find beauty and joy in facing death time after time, perhaps we can too.

Herbert tells Dread Central, “Dread Central Presents is the perfect distributor to release our film, To Hell and Back: The Kane Hodder Story because of how ingrained Kane Hodder is in the horror genre. The passion and dedication of Dread Central through the years is exactly why they are the perfect fit for this horror adjacent, human-interest documentary. Making this film was a labor of love that took nearly two years of filming to complete, but we’re very proud of the results, and know that audiences worldwide will love Kane’s story of overcoming bullying, a horrifying burn accident, and building his career from the ground up. I hope fans will see what it took for Kane to become the man he is today and help them with similar struggles in their own lives. It’s always easier to get through something when you have someone you admire in your corner and that’s what Kane does in this story. He is raw and rough and gives you a film that you’ll be laughing, crying, and cheering throughout!

When I saw To Hell and Back: The Kane Hodder Story at Fright Fest, I knew it would be a great fit for our then soon-to-be-announced label Dread Central Presents. Adding Derek’s documentary to our slate of feature films highlights our commitment to showcasing diversity within the horror genre,” adds Shaked Berenson, Epic’s Co-Founder and Chairman of Dread Central Media

When Shaked originally pitched us the concept of showcasing the diversity within the horror genre, we knew that we want to include documentaries,” comments Jon Condit, Co-Founder of Dread Central Media. “Adding Derek’s documentary to our slate of feature films highlights our commitment to that mission.”

To Hell and Back: The Kane Hodder Story will be released this July.

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The Hatred Review – A History Lesson Dug Up From The Depths Of Hell



Starring Zelda Adams, Lulu Adams, John Law

Directed by John Law

I don’t know about the scholastic interests the masses had (or have) that read all of the killer nuggets that get cranked out on this site, but when I was an academic turd, one of my true passions was history, and it was one of the only subjects that managed to hold my interest, and when the opportunity arose to check out John Law’s ultra-nightmarish feature, The Hatred – I was ready to crack the books once again.

The setting is the Blackfoot Territory in the late 1800s, and the pains of a lengthy conflict have taken their toll on the remaining soldiers as food has become scarce, and the film picks up with soldiers on the march in the brutal cold and snow covered mountainside. In tow is a P.O.W. (Law), and the decision is made by the soldiers to execute him in earnest instead of having to shorten their rations by feeding him, so he is then hung (pretty harshly done), and left to rot as the uniformed men trudge along. A short time later the group encounters a small family on the fringes of the territory, and when the demands for food are rebuked, the slaughter is on and the only survivor is a young girl (Adams) who prays to an oblivious god that she can one day reap the seeds of revenge upon those who’ve murdered her family. We all know that there are usually two sides to any story, and when the good ear isn’t listening, the evil one turns its direction towards those who need it most, and that’s when the Devil obliges.

The answer to the young girl’s prayers comes in the resurrection of the prisoner that was hung a short time ago, and he has been dubbed “Vengeance” – together their goal will be achieved by harshly dishing out some retribution, and the way it’s presented is drawn-out, almost like you’re strapped into the front-row pew of a hellfire-cathedral and force-fed the sermon of an evil voice from the South side of the tracks. It’s vicious and beautiful all at once, Law’s direction gives this visually-striking presentation all the bells and whistles to please even the harshest of critics (hell, you’re reading the words of one right now). The performances, while a bit stoic in nature, still convey that overall perception of a wrong that demands to be righted, no matter how morally mishandled it might be. Overall, I can absolutely recommend The Hatred for not only those wanting a period-piece with ferocious-artistry, but for others who continue to pray with no response, and are curious to see what the other side can offer.

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The Hatred is a visually-appealing look into the eyes of animus, and all of the beauty of returning the harm to those who have awarded it to others.

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Exclusive Clip: Psychotic! A Brooklyn Slasher Film Gets High in the Shower



All right, you party hardy folks from Brooklyn… this one should speak volumes to you and your sinful, decadent, and raucous ways! Today we’ve got an exclusive clip from the upcoming psychedelic horror title Psychotic! A Brooklyn Slasher Film, which sees one of the characters getting high in a bathroom and then thinking he’ll pull a prank on his friends. However, it turns out that he’s never seen Psycho because we all know what happens when you’re in the shower and someone mysterious enters the bathroom! You can see the grisly action for yourself below.

There will be special screenings of Psychotic! at the Nitehawk Theater in Williamsburg on January 25th, Film Noir Cinema in Greenpoint on the 26th, and Videology on the 27th. The film will come to VOD platforms on January 26th.

Written and directed by Derek Gibbons and Maxwell Frey, Psychotic! A Brooklyn Slasher Film stars Kristen Martin, Clint Keepin, Cirocco Dunlap, Maria Wojciechowski, Dani Grace, Adam Maid, Rafael Cruz, Chris Prine, Aldous Davidson, and Rachel Laforest.

The rent is high, but the body count is higher in Psychotic!, the suspenseful psychedelic slasher that follows a group of hard-partying Brooklyn hipsters as they’re stalked and savagely murdered by a masked maniac known as the Bushwick Party Killer.

It’s up to struggling artists Tim and Stuart to figure out who keeps killing the life of the party. Blood-soaked mayhem ensues as our heroes barely make the rent on time, search for love (in all the wrong places), and try to salvage their friendship – all while trying to unravel the mystery and stay one step ahead of the next massacre.

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