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Exclusive First Word on and BTS Photos from Psychological Thriller/Horror Noir Psycho Therapy

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The new short film Psycho Therapy wrapped production over the weekend, and we have the exclusive first word along with some behind-the-scenes stills from the psychological thriller/horror noir to share. You’ll see a few familiar names both in front of and behind the camera so dig in!

Psycho Therapy is a short psychological drama/thriller/horror noir film written and directed by Staci Layne Wilson (Fetish Factory) and starring Brooke Lewis (iMurders) and Ricky Dean Logan (Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare). The cast also includes talented genre newcomer Emily Sansiri (Last Flight).

Psycho Therapy is brought to us by executive producer Brooke Lewis and the producing team of Bryce Campbell (Smokehouse), Brooke Lewis (“Ms. Vampy”), and Staci Layne Wilson (The Fiancé). The gifted production crew also includes co-executive producer Ricky Dean Logan (Back to the Future Part II), cinematographer and editor Stefan Colson (The Fiancé), casting director Alison Buck (Pig), sound mixer Eric Miller (Psychopaths), composer Michael Trapp (Toxic Tutu), producer’s assistant Kevin Faust (“Hell’s Kitchen”), makeup special effects by Ken Culver (The Haunting in Connecticut), makeup and hair by Rachel Lund Olson (Blood Relatives), lighting by Sam Wilkerson (The Fiancé), still photography by Aaron Kai (Stroke: The Art of Kai), and script supervision by Molly Gray (Fatal Encounters).

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“Psycho Therapy was one of the most challenging projects of my acting and producing careers but came together like film magic! A few months ago, I had coffee with Staci and shared with her that my creative soul was in need of an intense, layered role to play. We chatted about how much we love De Palma and his films like Dressed to Kill. A few days later she sent me one of the most incredible roles (Tonia) that I have ever had the opportunity to work on as an actress! To have a talented writer and director like Staci create something specifically for you is a gift in this crazy film business. I knew we had to see this brought to film life! It soon took on a life of its own, and my dear friend, Bryce, signed on to produce with us, and my manager, Alison, and I had an idea to cast the super talented Ricky. Then, Staci and I were dying to get Stefan on board, and the rest is short film history!” – Brooke Lewis

“I am very proud of Psycho Therapy — it was a dream come true for me to have the creative freedom to make something that looks so beautiful on a subject that can be so ugly. I was going for an old-school, noir/De Palma vibe, and our DP, Stefan Colson, brought that to life in a most compelling way. So did the cast. I’ve worked with Brooke Lewis before so I know what’s she’s capable of, but as the character Tonia, I saw a whole new dimension to her. And I think horror fans are going to be pleasantly surprised to see Ricky Dean Logan straying from his comfort zone: Dr. Walsh is unlike any character he’s played before.” – Staci Layne Wilson

Psycho Therapy is in post-production and will hit both mainstream and genre festivals in 2017.

Synopsis:
“We’re almost out of time.”

When emotionally exhausted Tonia (Lewis) visits her esteemed psychiatrist, Dr. Walsh (Logan), to discuss her husband’s infidelity, the therapy session takes an unexpected turn. Tonia does not respond well to her doctor’s advice, and he finds himself locked in a game of psychological hide-and-seek with a painfully disturbed patient.

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Will Billie Lourd Return in AMERICAN HORROR STORY Season 8?

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For those of you who might not know, Billie Lourd is the daughter of Carrie Fisher. She was one of the stars of Ryan Murphy’s horror-comedy series Scream Queens and has since followed Murphy over to the world of American Horror Story.

Lourd starred in the recent AHS: Cult and it looks like Deadline is confirming that she will return for the upcoming 8th season, which is rumored to be called AHS: Radioactive. Lourd will star alongside Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters and Kathy Bates, and Joan Collins, who will play Evan Peters’ grandmother.

Are you excited about this casting? Make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

American Horror Story is an anthology horror-drama series created and produced by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. The Emmy and Golden Globe-winning franchise is produced by Twentieth Century Fox Television.

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Live-Action F.E.A.R. Adaptation Coming To Machinima

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Screenwriter Greg Russo has signed a deal with Machinima to pen an adaptation of the F.E.A.R. video game franchise, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. The article did not specify whether the adaptation would be in the form of a film or a series.

Russo, who is a lifelong gamer, will work with Machinima on creating and developing the F.E.A.R. adaptation, although we don’t know much else at this point. Machinima are a subsidiary of Warner Bros., and it probably won’t surprise you to learn that the F.E.A.R. franchise has also been owned by WB since 2009. In other words, Warner Bros. were bound to give us a live action adaptation of F.E.A.R. at one point, so we’re not too surprised by this development.

Russo, who is also writing the scripts for the Mortal Kombat and Resident Evil reboots, was quoted as saying the following:

“As a lifelong gamer, it’s an absolute honor to partner with Machinima, the preeminent provider of digital content to gamers worldwide. F.E.A.R. holds a special place in my heart. I’m excited to bring my personal passion to this and future projects and can’t wait to see where our partnership goes from here.”

An acronym for First Encounter Assault Recon, the F.E.A.R. games focus on an elite task force who fight to stop Alma Wade, a young girl with incredible psychic powers, from tearing apart the fabric of reality. Legendary film director John Carpenter served as story consultant on the third game, which we awarded a highly positive review back in the day. We’ll bring you more on Machinima’s adaptation when it becomes availalbe.

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Short Film RETINA Will Strain Your Eyes

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We’ve been paying a lot of attention to the young filmmaker Alex J. Mann around these parts, because his projects are so unique and innovative that we can never wait to see what he’ll cook up next. Mann has just released his latest short, Retina, on his Space Oddity Films YouTube channel, and you can give it a watch below. It’s just under two minutes long and doesn’t contain any dialogue, but this is still a short which will keep you up at night.

Retina is described as being about “A young man’s fight to shut off his laptop camera turns deadly.” It was written and directed by Mann, and stars Dan J. Johnson in a singular performance. Retina also contains some gruesome images, and is most definitely not safe for work.

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