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Hey, indie filmmakers out there, do you have a finished film that skews toward the unconventional side of the horror genre? Well then, the PollyGrind Film Festival in Las Vegas may be right up your filmmaking alley.

PollyGrind Film Festival Submission Deadline Looming; Prizes Announced for 2011 CompetitionThe independent film festival which celebrates the best in underground genre movies is shaping up to have quite a year, and if you were considering whether or not you should submit your film in 2011, then you’ll definitely want to read on to hear more about what PollyGrind mastermind Chad Clinton Freeman has cooked up in the way of prizes for this year’s winning entries.

From the Press Release:
He’s been promising the second year of his PollyGrind Film Festival in Las Vegas is going to be bigger and better than its first, and with the announcement of festival prizes, filmmaker and promoter Chad Clinton Freeman (Killer Biker Chicks, Johnny Reaper, and Gingerdead Man 3D: Saturday Night Cleaver) looks to be on his way to keeping that promise.

The international event, dubbed Las Vegas’ premiere underground film festival, will not only be giving away close to $10,000 in software prizes from Sony Creative, Final Draft and Red Giant Software but also deluxe sub-distribution packages from Apprehensive Films, arthouse distribution contracts from venue host theatre7 and DVD distribution from Breaking Glass Pictures.

Both the top jury award winner and the top audience award winner will receive DVD contracts with Vicious Circle Films, a specialty label with Breaking Glass Pictures. With a growing catalogue of nearly 100 titles including Cropsey, Someone’s Knocking at the Door, Ticked Off Trannies with Knives, and Easter Bunny Kill! Kill!, Breaking Glass Pictures is an East Coast-based film distribution company that formed in 2009 and features an international sales division.

“I’m super excited about this partnership,” said Freeman, who has been called the “new champion of unabashed B-movie sleaze” by ArrowInTheHead.com. “Like PollyGrind, Breaking Glass Pictures is about boldly going where others don’t. The same can be said for theatre7 and a number of our other sponsors.”

PollyGrind gave out more than 20 awards last year and will give out at least that many this year, including Best Use of Nudity/Sexuality, Best Use of Violence/Gore, Best Use of Music, The Most Outrageous and The Most Creative.

“More than half of the features we screened last year received DVD distribution, and that list grows almost every day,” Freeman said, noting the August 9 release of Alex Pucci’s Frat House Massacre by Synapse Films as the most recent. “This year PollyGrind will feature even more films, and we’re going to help expose all of these great indie works to an even bigger audience than we were able to last year.”

The second and third place films, as ranked by the festival’s jury, will receive deluxe sub-distribution packages from Apprehensive Films (Amputee with an Axe, Bad Girls Go to Hell, Hardware Wars, Last Stop on 13th Street).

“PollyGrind is going to end up being the key festival for indie cult filmmakers to land distribution deals,” said Jonathan Morken of Apprehensive Films, the company with the slogan “We Produce & Distribute Films of Questionable Taste.” The packages from Apprehensive will help get the winners’ films listed on Amazon.com and on more than 30 of the top video on demand providers including iTunes, Amazon VOD, Netflix and more. Additionally, the films will be eligible for Wal-Mart sales and will be submitted to the top 5,000 video retailers and wholesale distributors, including Best Buy, Blockbuster, Columbia House, Target and many more.

“Aside from Breaking Glass Pictures and Apprehensive Films, Wild Eye Releasing has shown an interest in this year’s PollyGrind,” Freeman said. “The company, known for releasing controversial and groundbreaking films such as Night of the Living Dead Reanimated, Gothkill, Blitzkrieg: The Escape from Stalag 69, and Bill Zebub’s Dolla Morte, has recently signed on as a sponsor.”

PollyGrind is an annual underground film festival that considers any and all independently produced and non-distributed movies that are slightly off kilter. Taking place October 7-16, the PollyGrind Film Festival’s aim is to celebrate individuality, diversity, creativity and empowerment by showcasing the work of filmmakers with defiantly independent visions. The festival consists of programming in the tradition of grindhouse theaters with double features, bookended by trailers and music videos. The event welcomes, but is not limited to, horror, gore, sci-fi, fantasy, exploitation, sexploitation, arthouse, cult, experimental, dark, creepy and campy features.

PollyGrind Film Festival Submission Deadline Looming; Prizes Announced for 2011 Competition

Submissions for the 2011 season are being accepted through the official PollyGrind website until July 13.

For fans who may not be able to make it out to the festival, Breaking Glass Pictures has cooked up something fun for fans- you can now order some of the great previous PollyGrind entries at their website, and when you enter the promo code “pollygrind” at the checkout, you’ll receive not only free shipping but $7 off every DVD, which is a sweet deal for you indie horror fans out there!

Look for more on the 2011 PollyGrind Film Festival soon!

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Read Darren Aronofsky’s Screenplay for mother!

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This past year we saw the release of writer-director Darren Aronofsky’s mother! (review) a film that was controversial, to say the least. Some loved it, others loathed it.

And speaking of mother!, Aronofsky has said before that he wrote the movie in a mere 5 days (!) and today we have the film’s screenplay for you to download. Paramount released it officially a few weeks back and I say it’s worth the download and the read.

Especially if you fancy yourself as a screenwriter, like me.

What I found most interesting about Aronofsky’s script is that he forgoes typical sluglines. Instead, he jumps from location to location, without any uses of INT./EXT. or DAY/NIGHT. For instance, instead of writing:

INT. HOUSE – LIVING ROOM – DAY, he just writes: LIVING ROOM.

Interesting approach.

You can download the screenplay for mother! right here.

After giving the script a read through, hit me up in the comments below and let’s start a dialogue about the screenplay, the format, the structure, and the finished film in general if you’d like. I’m big into the craft of screenwriting so let’s talk about it!

The film is written & directed by Darren Aronofsky and stars Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Michelle Pfeiffer, Brian Gleeson, Domhnall Gleeson, and Ed Harris.

mother! hits Digital HD Dec. 5 and 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray Combo Packs Dec. 19.

PRE-ORDER HERE

Synopsis:

A couple’s relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence. From filmmaker Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan, Requiem for a Dream), mother! stars Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer in this riveting psychological thriller about love, devotion and sacrifice.’.

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Bigfoot Horror Movie Cherokee Creek Gets Trailer and Poster

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I have always said that the last movie monster out there that has yet to get a quality flag-ship flick is Bigfoot. Everyone in the world knows Bigfoot (right?) so why the hell isn’t there a “Holy Grail” movie centered around the big, hairy sumbitch?

Don’t get me wrong, there have been a few quality motion pictures based on the big guy including Bobcat Goldthwait’s Willow Creek and Edwardo Sanchez’s Exists. But neither of those films blew the roof off the movie-going public.

Maybe Cherokee Creek will finally do the trick?

We’ll have to wait and see. But until the film has an official release date we can always take a look at the film’s trailer and poster – both of which you will find below.

Give them a look and then make sure to let us know what you think has been the best Bigfoot movie thus far (Harry and the Hendersons?) in the comments below!

The film is written and directed by Todd Jenkins and stars Billy Blair, Todd Jenkins, Justin Armstrong, Terry Dale Parks, Ray Hosack, Jeff Swearingen, Justin Duncan, CG Lewis, Nellie Sciutto, Steve Mokate, Jason P. Kendall, Anthony Phoenix, James Yeager, Elizabeth Jenkins, and Jinx Jenkins.

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A bachelor party in the woods gets crashed by the ultimate party animal.

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Edward James Olmos Says Shane Black’s The Predator is Really Funny, Yet Deadly

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When we first heard that writer-director Shane Black (Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Band, The Nice Guys) and his main collaborator Fred Dekker (Night of the Creeps, The Monster Squad) were going to be taking on a big-budget reboot/sequel of Predator we were excited as hell. As we’re sure you were as well.

We knew the film was going to be, at least in some aspects, the funniest Predator film we have seen thus far. I mean with Black and Dekker penning the script how could it NOT?

But just how funny will The Predator be?

Well, if we are to believe ScienceFiction.com and co-star Edward James Olmos, the movie is going to be hilarious… yet still deadly.

The Blade Runner actor was recently out and about promoting the new Disney film Coco, and dropped some all-new info on Shane Black’s The Predator.

“Oh, my goodness. That’s an interesting story,” Edward James Olmos told the site. “I haven’t seen any of it, but it’s gonna be funny. The kids in the thing. Yeah, the humor. Huge. Huge. I mean I was in shock, because, you know this is a really intense franchise, and it still is. Don’t get me wrong. You’re gonna be inside of it. But the characters are… what he did — Shane is an incredibly gifted writer, and he’s a great director, and so he ended up getting an incredible ensemble, and when I reached it they had already been filming for three months so they were a unit. So I jump in as the General and there were some moments where I just had to laugh in the scene and I couldn’t be laughing in the scene. ‘I’m sorry guys. Really, I’m sorry.'”

“Keegan (Michael Key) and Thomas Jane, they’re paired off in groups of three groups,” he continues. “Six guys. The way they work, they were all post-traumatic stress disorder guys who were inside of an insane asylum. A mental hospital. Then they put the lead character in there to kind of make them disappear, because they want them kind of out of the picture. And so he gets involved and then boom, the world goes crazy and these kids are released. But out of a freaky incident with some of the Predators. It’s crazy. It’s so crazy. I’m excited for it, and I don’t know what’s gonna happen. I got a good feeling about it. I mean if it’s really funny, and yet deadly like Predator is.”

I’m not surprised at all that the film is going to be funny, and the thought of a humorous Predator movie doesn’t worry me in the slightest either. I have utter faith that Black and Dekker will give us one of the best Predator films in the franchise.

What do you think? Let us know below!

The Predator stars Thomas Jane, Edward James Olmos, Sterling K. Brown, Trevante Rhodes, Boyd Holbrook, Jacob Tremblay, Olivia Munn, Alfie Allen, Yvonne Strahovski, Augusto Aguilera, and Keegan-Michael Key.

Black is directing from a script by Fred Dekker. John Davis, Joel Silver, and Lawrence Gordon — who produced the original — are producing.

The Predator comes out August 3, 2018.

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