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AFM 2017: Day 2 Recap and Continuing Amidst the Frenzy

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Setting: Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
Time: 8:00am
Mood: “Why the hell does anyone wake up this early for anything?”
Smell: Less cash, more hangovers

The second day (read day 1’s recap here) of the American Film Market in Santa Monica. For some reason, we were up at 5:45am so that we’d be ready for our 7am ride to be at the Loews at 8am. Yes, traffic is dreadful in Los Angeles, no matter what time of the day/night it is. When it comes to vehicular congestion, allow me to paraphrase The Lego Movie: ♪”Everything is awful!”♪

That being said, once you’re in the hotel and you don’t have to worry about being in a car, everything is, well…just as stressful. However, it’s a different kind of stress, so you get to enjoy all the diverse experiences! To be completely honest, if I leave here without a significant portion of my hair turning white, it’ll be a goddamn miracle.

Let’s get into the day’s events, alright? It all started with me checking emails and writing stories before the hubbub commenced. There’s precious little downtime at AFM, so those rare moments where you’ve got a few minutes to yourself must be utilized in the best ways possible. For me, that’s writing up a few stories for the day, such as the one about Jason Voorhees is actually a Deadite. Talk about a fun way to look at the franchise!

After doing some writing, I spent some time with Brittney-Jade Colangelo, our Director of Sales and recent Twitter viral sensation. We have been working pretty steadily together when approaching distributors, creators, and other folk who may be interested in our services, so we like to start our days here planning things out, getting pumped for the day, and doing some strategizing. We’re here as professionals and, by golly, we’re gonna act like ones!

Our methods are pretty simple: we walk room-by-room, ask if they have anything to do with horror, give them our pitches, talk a bit about Dread Central Presents, and then, almost every time, get contact information for people who aren’t on-site but can help coordinate everything we need. It’s a bit cumbersome but you don’t go to a pizza shop expecting their marketing department to be lurking in the storeroom, right? Right.

Look ma! My review was quoted at AFM!

By doing this, we meet with tons of companies, see loads of promos that are specifically meant for AFM and will most likely never be released publicly, and meet people from around the world. Honestly, while quite exhausting (my FitBit is LOVING all these steps), it’s also pretty incredible. Plus, I got to see myself quoted on a poster for Vampire Clay, which was pretty awesome.

At one point during the day, I was whisked away to sit down and chat with Rhett and Zeus of Thriller Films, who launched a new sales division on top of their production arm. Expect to see more about their titles on the site.

At the same time, I ran into Evan Cecil, the director of the upcoming horror film Lasso, which stars Sean Patrick Flannery (Saw 3D, The Boondock Saints, The Evil Within, “The Dead Zone”) and Lindsey Morgan (Detention, Beyond Skyline). I can’t say too much about it but I have a feeling that people who enjoyed Wrong Turn are gonna get a kick out of this one.

Then, a little bit later on, I somehow found myself sitting and chatting with Troma Entertainment’s Lloyd Kaufman and his wife Pat. We shot the shit about Troma films, what it’s like going around doing constant convention appearances, and I offered to show them both Detroit the next time they visit and how it’s been getting better over recent years, something Pat seemed especially excited about. Oh, and Lloyd gave us some exclusives about Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV and a new Troma film that relevantly comes 20 years after Tromeo and Juliet. Not too shabby, eh?

While all this was going on, our fearless leader Steve “Uncle Creepy” Barton got some great stills and information about Dan Farrands’ The Amityville Haunting, which will reunite Amityville II: The Possession‘s Diane Franklin and Burt Young!

A few more hours of walking/introducing/schmoozing* later, it was time to mingle at the bar for even more schmoozing, only now we could do it with drinks in hand! WOO! Y’boy is a fan of The Godfather when it comes to cocktails although a glass of whiskey on a single ice cube will easily suffice when push comes to shove.

Overall, another successful day of AFM. Day 3 won’t have as much going on because I have several things to do outside of the market, but there’ll still be some good stories, I promise! As always, let me know if there’s something you hear about that you want me to check out!

Give me this movie and give it to me now.

*Someone should come up with a single word to describe this. If you can figure it out, leave it in the comments and I’ll be forever grateful!

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Jamie Lee Curtis Says Blumhouse Halloween Will Make Us “Very Happy and VERY Scared”

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Bring. It. On.

It was only last week that we let you guys know that Jamie Lee Curtis had wrapped filming on Blumhouse’s upcoming sequel to John Carpenter’s Halloween.

And today we have another Instagram post from the legendary scream queen where she not only shows us a creepy-ass painting of Michael Myers, but she lets us know that Blumhouse’s Halloween is going to make us all “very happy, and VERY scared.”

Hoo-ray!

I don’t know about you, but I’m going to just go ahead and trust Jamie Lee Curtis on this one. She’s been around the Halloween block more than a few times and I trust her judgment… other than Halloween: Resurrection.

You can check out her post below and then let us know how excited you are for Laurie Strode’s return!

Halloween is directed by David Gordon Green based on a script he wrote with Danny McBride. Jamie Lee Curtis returns as Laurie Strode as does Nick Castle as Michael “The Shape” Myers. They are joined by Will Patton, Andi Matichak, and Judy Greer. Halloween creator John Carpenter is on board as executive producer of the film as well as the composer.

The anticipated release date is October 19, 2018.

Synopsis:

Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her iconic role as Laurie Strode, who comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.

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Get a Behind-the-Scenes Peek at Pre-Production for Marcel Walz’s New Film

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The Blood Feast remake directed by Marcel Walz has been generating quite a buzz (read our review here) so we’ve been wondering what’s next for him, and over the weekend Walz provided us with an answer… sort of.

He sent over the following photos for us to share with our readers, some of which also appeared on his social media accounts.  Marcel is in pre-production on a new film that will start shooting in Los Angeles next month.

Right now the title and primary cast members are being kept under wraps, but you can expect an official announcement soon.

In the meantime check out the images, and let the guessing games begin!

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Death House Theatrical Release Delayed One Week Due to Black Panther Success

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Death House

If you were excited to see Death House this week, you’re going to have to pump your brakes as the film’s theatrical release has been postponed one week due to the success of Disney/Marvel’s Black Panther.

Eric Pakrinson, C.E.O. of Hannover House, who is distributing Death House in theaters, states, “Obviously, we are very disappointed to find such pressure from the exhibitors to hold-over multiple screens for ‘Black Panther’ but we are happy for the success that this film is providing to theatre owners, and we know that the slight delay we are implementing for ‘Death House’ will ultimately pay big dividends for the film.”

The plan is to now launch Death House on Friday, March 2nd, with a special media event and public opening at the Regency Plant 16 in Van Nuys, California, where 20 cast members, along with additional crew, will be present. From there, the film will spread to other markets on March 9th and March 16th. If performances are strong, additional markets will be added following those dates.

This shift in release also pushes back the home video and digital release dates to July, although no official date has been locked.

Director Harrison Smith recorded a video asking the horror community to turn out in droves when the film hits their market. You can see it below.

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