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Dustin Mills and Dave Parker Unleash Free Family-Friendly Horror Anthology as a Halloween Treat

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Halloween Spookies opens with the warning: ‘If your kids watch Gremlins, Ghostbusters, Monster Squad, etc., they’ll be fine watching Halloween Spookies.’ And that’s exactly the type of movie it is – a spooky throwback that’s fun for the whole family, but also one that’s pretty ballsy and edgy.

Dustin Mills has been a steam train of momentum in the underground scene ever since he unleashed his puppet splatter comedy The Puppet Monster Massacre a few years ago.  Since then, he’s proven himself to be quite the prolific force, averaging AT LEAST 3 movies per year, all of which have managed to hit that outlandish sweet spot. They’re weird, experimental, fun and unlike anything else out there, which makes him one of the most exciting filmmakers in the game for the considerable cult audience he’s garnered.  The beauty of a Mills joint is that you don’t quite know what you’re going to get.  His body of work is diverse; consisting of gore comedies with puppets, Grindhouse neo-westerns with zombies, Faustian pacts with tentacles, and transgressive avant-garde silent films which hold the power to unsettle.

Whether they are making you laugh or trying to disturb you to your very core, Mills’ movies are unique, exciting and unpredictable – and now he’s taken another unexpected turn into kid-friendly terrains along with friend, actor and budding filmmaker Dave Parker (who some of you will know as Mrparka on Youtube).

Parker himself is a talented rising star among aficionados of the macabre. His channel is the go to place if you want to stay on top of the latest horror releases, big and small, and his first feature length directorial effort, Slimy Little Bastards, saw him unleash his own little creature feature to a positive response from the community.  Together, they’re a match made in Halloween heaven.

Halloween Spookies consists of three tales of terror: “The Babysitter”, “The Messenger”, and “The Familiars”, all of which are introduced by a pair of witches, who are entertaining their next child meal while they boil their cauldron of disgusting delights. I don’t want to give away spoilers as you should experience it first hand, but there are killer clowns, rockabilly zombies and ghoulish little rascals from the underworld summoned to chew on metalheads.  It’s steeped in mythology, provides constant laughs and is actually pretty damn inspirational.  If anything it’ll make you want to go out there and create something of your own.  Furthermore, the wraparound segments with the sexy hags are quite reminiscent of the Tales from the Darkside movie, which is some of the best praise I can give anything in this world.

So go grab your kids or someone else’s and reconnect with your own inner brat, grab some snacks, light up a Jack-o’-lantern  and enjoy some edgy PG horror.  Halloween Spookies is so celebratory of the holiday and intent on recapturing its spirit that they’re giving it away for free, just to rekindle that spooky spark.  You can’t argue with some free holiday horror, but Halloween Spookies will remind you why you fell in love with the genre in the first place.

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ALTERED PERCEPTION Opens in Theaters and on VOD/Digital in May

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We’ve been telling you about Altered Perception, from Blanc/Biehn Productions, for a while now; and today we have some exciting news to share.  The film is heading to limited theaters and will also be hitting VOD/Digital early next month. The full list of theaters, several stills, and more details can be found below.  In addition, you can watch the trailer at the top of the page.

The cast includes Jon Huertas, Jade Tailor, Nichola Fynn, Jennifer Blanc, Matthew Ziff, Mark Burnham, Hallie Jordan, and Ehmrys Cooper. The producers are Danielle Artigo and Dylan Matlock with executive producers Michael Biehn, Jennifer Blanc, Jon Huertas, Hallie Jordan, Steve Romano (who also served as Director of Photography), and Lony Ruhmann.

Altered Perception was written by Travis Romero, creator of the USA series White Collar, with Jon Huertas and Jennifer Blanc (story by Romero). SKD acquired all U.S. distribution rights to the psychological thriller, which was directed by Kate Rees Davies in her feature-length debut, and Cinedigm will release the picture theatrically and on Digital and TV VOD on May 4th with a DVD release to follow in June 2018.

Here are the Altered Perception theater locations:

  • Laemmle Music Hall – Los Angeles
  • AMC Woodridge 18 – Chicago
  • Studio Movie Grill Spring Valley – Dallas
  • Studio Movie Grill Pearland – Houston
  • AMC Aventura Mall – Miami
  • AMC Southfield – Detroit
  • AMC Arizona Center – Phoenix
  • Emagine Lakeville 21 – Minneapolis
  • Studio Movie Grill – Tampa
  • Tower City Cinemas – Cleveland

Synopsis:
When the government attempts to produce a designer drug aimed at correcting the false perceptions that people develop during trauma and stress, the implications are deadly. Advertised as a cure for socio-political tensions, four couples volunteer but end up with far more than they bargained for as their past and present are examined while taking variations of the new drug. However, this causes them to doubt their own memory, perceptions – and even their own sanity in this thriller in the vein of Disturbing Behavior and The Faculty.

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When Does That DEATH WISH Remake Hit Blu-ray?

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I don’t know about you but I went ahead and skipped Eli Roth’s Death Wish remake starring Bruce Willis in theaters. But I do plan to check it out on Blu-ray.

And speaking of which today we have word that the film will be hitting 4K Ultra HD May 22 and Blu-ray, DVD and Video on Demand June 5.

You can check out the cover art to the right and the full list of special features below and then let us know if you plan to own the film on Blu-ray in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

The film is a remake of the Charles Bronson-led 1974 film of the same name, which itself was based on Brian Garfield’s original novel. This film is directed by Eli Roth from a script written by Joe Carnahan and stars Bruce Willis, Vincent D’Onofrio, Dean Norris, Elisabeth Shue, Camila Morrone, and Kimberly Elise.

It hits 4K Ultra HD May 22 and Blu-ray, DVD and Video on Demand June 5.

Special Features:

  • Commentary w/ Eli Roth & Roger Birnbaum
  • Deleted scenes with optional commentary w/ Eli Roth & Roger Birnbaum
  • Mancow Morning Show Extended Scenes
  • Sway in the Morning Extended Scene
  • Vengeance and Vision: Directing Death Wish
  • Grindhouse Trailer

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Synopsis:

Dr. Paul Kersey is a surgeon who often sees the consequences of the city’s violence in the emergency room. When home intruders brutally attack his wife and young daughter, Kersey becomes obsessed with delivering vigilante justice to the perpetrators. As the anonymous slayings grab the media’s attention, the public begins to wonder if the deadly avenger is a guardian angel — or the Grim Reaper itself.

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Michael Biehn Joins New Colm McCarthy UK Series CURFEW

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Whenever we hear that Michael Biehn is part of a new project, our ears perk up so of course we were excited to learn that he’s joining forces with Colm McCarthy for a new series titled Curfew. We have the early details, including whom Biehn will be playing, below so read on!

Curfew hails from the Sky Atlantic network and production company Tiger Aspect Productions. McCarthy serves as executive producer along with Will Gould, Matthew Read, and Frith Tiplady (all of whom worked together on Peaky Blinders). McCarthy (The Girl With All the Gifts) and Christopher Smith (Severance, Black Death) share directorial duties.

Biehn will portray “Roadkill Jim,” a grizzled racer who looks about as tough as they come. His co-stars include Andi Osho, Elijah Rowen, and Rose Williams. Curfew is described as “a fast and furious roller coaster of a series – exciting, funny, and touching with vividly well-drawn characters.

The series is expected to air in the UK in early 2019; stay tuned for updates as they come!

Synopsis:
When day turns to night, an eclectic collection of individuals compete for freedom in the planet’s deadliest street car race. The prize: a promised escape from a world changed forever by a pandemic outbreak, an authoritarian regime, and lethal nightmare creatures who roam after dark.

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