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Press Release Hypes the Great Piranha 3D vs. Mega Piranha Showdown



The Asylum originally planned the release of their audacious Mega Piranha as something of a mockbuster designed to coincide with the then planned theatrical release of Piranha 3D. When Piranha 3D got pushed back to this weekend, I joked that maybe this time The Asylum can claim that the theatrical movie is mockbustering them. According to the odd press release that showed up in my box today, they’ve taken my jest to heart.

Mega Piranha director Eric Forsberg has thrown down the gauntlet of sorts by sending out this press release asking which over-the-top piranha flick will reign supreme in the hearts and minds of movie watchers. Read for yourself.

PIRANHA 3D vs. the Syfy original movie MEGA PIRANHA!

“Who will devour who?”

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Date: 08/20/10

This week’s much touted release of Atmosphere’s creature pic, PIRANHA 3D, directed by Alexandre Aja, enters the arena on the heels of Syfy’s recent fish-themed mega-hit, MEGA PIRANHA, directed by Eric Forsberg. And who’s keeping score? Well – given the warm reception that Mega Piranha got at Comic-Con and the fact that it had Syfy’s #1 watched movie premier of 2010 as well as being on its way to becoming a cult classic – probably a lot of people.

We all know about the recently released Piranha 3D, a 25 million dollar special effects extravaganza helmed by Alexandre Aja (Mirrors, & The Hills Have Eyes), produced by Atmosphere Entertainment (The Spiderwick Chronicles, & 300), and starring Richard Dreyfus [sic], Elizabeth [sic] Shue, and Ving Rhames. But we don’t know quite as much about Mega Piranha, a low budget camp-creature-feature helmed by Eric Forsberg (Snakes on a Train, Alien Abduction, & Sex Pot), which premiered on Syfy April 10th to 2.2 million viewers, the second largest audience in the station’s history; Produced by The Asylum (Transmorphers, & War of the Worlds 2); it stars 80s pop sensation Tiffany; B-action dude Paul Logan; and 70s icon Barry Williams (yup, it’s Greg Brady folks): a cast that is as perfect for a cult following as any John Water’s [sic] movie. In fact Mega Piranha’s fan base has been growing in leaps and bounds.

“Hail the power of Mega Piranha! Saturday night is fun again” says the genre fan-mag, Monsters and Critics. The Huffington Post writes “Mega Piranha is the most entertaining and enjoyable live-action movie I’ve seen this year.” Jay Leno even showed clips from Mega Piranha during one of his monologues as an alternate to Disney’s “Ocean”. To top it off, Mega Piranha played at San Diego’s Comic-Con last month and the audience responded as if it were The Rocky Horror Picture Show, jumping up and screaming lines, chanting in unison to the screen, and shouting out positive commentary that made the entire experience a FAN-tastic blast.

Mega Piranha is fun entertainment in that “so bad it’s good” way. In fact, it may be the ultimate “so bad it’s good” movie of 2010. According to Forsberg the key to campy humor is “not trying to make it a joke.” He just puts committed characters into ridiculous situations and throws things at them, relentlessly. Forsberg’s fun comedic tone hails from his years of directing improv at The Second City in Chicago, where he worked with Stephen Colbert, Amy Sedaris, and Steve Carell.

With a budget twenty-five times bigger than Mega Piranha’s, Piranha 3D is trying to play catch-up as the “so bad it’s good” movie to remember. The question is – can the big ticket “Piranha 3D” deal a knock out blow to the underdog “Mega Piranha”; or will Forsberg’s low budget creature pic gobble up the competition yet again?

If you haven’t seen Mega Piranha, then you really ought to because it truly is a spectacularly off-the-wall piece of b-moviemaking. That said, and even though I have not yet seen Piranha 3D, the prospect of a naked Kelly Brook in 3D gives Piranha 3D the automatic win, regardless.

Press Release Hypes the Great Piranha 3D vs. Mega Piranha Showdown


Press Release Hypes the Great Piranha 3D vs. Mega Piranha Showdown

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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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