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AFM 2017: Day 4 Recap and Karaoking One of the Greatest Songs of All Time

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Setting: Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
Time: 8:30am
Mood: “We’re all ready to party tonight, right?”
Smell: Overwhelming amounts of cologne

Another early morning in Santa Monica and everyone seems terribly excited that it’s Saturday. For most of these people, that means it’s time to party it up, in some way, shape, or form. Drinks with colleagues, expensive dinners, or, in the case of Epic Pictures Group, a 10-year anniversary soirée that included karaoke, an open bar with themed drinks, and even a burlesque dancer. But let’s get to that in a bit, alright?

While I had meetings with some filmmakers, distribution companies, and production offices, the majority of my day was actually spent with Jon Condit, co-founder/President/CEO of Dread Central. We spent a lot of the day working on ways to make Dread Central even more awesome, none of which I can talk about yet but that I hope you will enjoy in the coming months! Time was also spent with our Director of Sales, BJ Colangelo, who is an absolute wizard. To all who want to make Dread pimp your product, hit us up.

In the early evening, BJ and myself went to a horror filmmaker’s get-together to chat with writers, producers, directors, and the like. While it was most certainly a place to do some networking, it was also a chance for a bunch of horror nerds to basically geek out and gush about everything they’re working on or even have completed. We would’ve stayed longer but we had to make our way to the Epic 10th Anniversary Party!

I can’t really describe the feeling of being able to go to the front of a long line, having the manager of the guest list point to me, and then be let in ahead of everyone else. That being said, it’s pretty incredible. Now I know why people work so hard to become known in Los Angeles. Y’know, because it’s not about money or fame or anything. Nope, just the power to get into clubs ahead of everyone else!

For the next five hours or so, it was nothing but hanging out with people like Joseph Bishara, composer of Insidious and The Conjuring, Darren Lynn Bousman, director of Saw II through Saw IV, Spooky Dan Walker, Brian Collins (who totally sang Meat Loaf’s “I Would Do Anything For Love” at karaoke), Brea Grant, and much more. It was also, and get ready for this, the first time that I met our illustrious leader Steve “Uncle Creepy” Barton in person, along with his significant other, Debi. When you live on the opposite side of the country, getting to meet up for a work lunch isn’t exactly a possibility, so this was a rather momentous occasion. LA, you really do make magic happen!

After 2-3 cocktails affectionately called “The Dread” (a hefty pour of dark rum, some pineapple juice, and a splash of grenadine), I was mingling, dancing, and partying it up, which included doing some karaoke. Songs included were Backstreet Boys’ “I Want it That Way”, The White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army”, and, what is in my opinion one of the greatest songs ever recorded in the history of music, Seal’s “Kiss From a Rose”. What you know about that Batman Forever soundtrack?

To be sentimental for a moment, it was pretty heartwarming to see all the Epic Pictures Group people, pretty much all of whom I’d met just a few days prior to the party, celebrate their 10 year anniversary. Who can blame them? With movies like Nina Forever, Tales of Halloween, The Lodgers, The Monster Project, and, my favorite, Turbo Kid (not to mention all their non-horror-centric fare), they’ve really brought forth some amazing titles for our community. Yes, I know that Dread Central and Epic Pictures Group has a business relationship but this is just me letting you know my own personal thoughts.

Anyways, the night ended, we all went home, and it I suddenly realized that I had to get up in just a few hours because there were many more meetings to be had.

Caffeine, you sound more and more appealing with each passing day…

Epic Pictures Group’s Patrick Ewald and Shaked Berenson

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Trailer and Poster Revealed for Adam MacDonald’s Pyewacket Starring Laurie Holden

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Let’s get this out of the way right off the bat, the title Pyewacket refers to:

One of the familiar spirits of a witch detected by the “witchfinder general” Matthew Hopkins in March 1644 in the town of Manningtree, Essex, England. Hopkins claimed he spied on the witches as they held their meeting close by his house, and heard them mention the name of a local woman.”

Moving on, it was a whopping five months ago that we let you guys know that the new black magic horror flick had found a home with IFC Midnight.

The film is directed by Adam MacDonald – who we all know as the man behind the (no pun intended) killer bear flick Backcountry – and co-stars Laurie Holden aka Andrea from AMC’s “The Walking Dead.”

If just that quick collection of talent behind the camera wasn’t enough to pique your interest then maybe the film’s trailer and the poster will help. I’m really digging everything I’m seeing from this film thus far and I cannot wait to check it out once it hits theaters and VOD this March.

Peep the poster to the right and the trailer below, then let us know what you think!

The film is written and directed by Adam MacDonald and stars Nicole Muñoz, Laurie Holden (“The Walking Dead”), Chloe Rose, and Eric Osborne.

Pyewacket hits select theaters and VOD on March 23.

Synopsis:

When you’re dealing with demons, be careful what you wish for… In this ultra-unsettling occult nightmare, teenage Leah (Nicole Muñoz) finds solace from the recent death of her father—and from her strained relationship with her mother (Laurie Holden)—by dabbling in the dark arts. It all seems like harmless fun at first, until a blow out argument leads Leah to do the unthinkable: put a death curse on her mother. No sooner has the girl performed the ritual than she regrets it. But it may be too late, as an evil presence known as Pyewacket begins to make itself known—and threatens to destroy both mother and daughter.

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A Quiet Place Gets New Behind-the-Scenes Featurette

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A Quiet Place opens in April but before then we have an all-new featurette from the film for your viewing pleasure.

It features director John Krasinski talking a bit about the film and what we can expect to have nightmares about afterward.

Check it out and let us know what you think!

John Krasinski directs the film which will be the opening night entry at this year’s SXSW festival in Austin, TX. It will then open wide on April 6. Emily Blunt stars alongside Krasinski, Noah Jupe, and Millicent Simmonds.

Synopsis:

In the modern horror thriller A Quiet Place, a family of four must navigate their lives in silence after mysterious creatures that hunt by sound threatens their survival. If they hear you, they hunt you.

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Vampire Hunter D: The Series Gets Writer For Pilot Episode

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It’s been a little while since we’ve heard news about “Vampire Hunter D: The Series”, the CG-animated series based on Hideyuki Kikuchi’s titular character. However, some new news broke today over at ANN as they’ve reported that Brandon Easton, who is writing the scripts for new Vampire Hunter D comics, has been tapped by Unified Pictures to write the pilot for the series. The pilot will be based on Kikuchi’s “Mysterious Journey to the North Sea” storylines, which make up the 7th and 8th titles in the book series. Unified is making this series in conjunction with Digital Frontier, the Japanese animation studio behind the CG Resident Evil titles.

Easton told the site, “I’ve had to manage the expectations of three entities: the creator Hideyuki Kikuchi, the producers at Digital Frontier and Unified Pictures, and ultimately myself. This means that you have to find new and exciting ways of telling a story that has a set of concrete rules that have been fully established by the novels.

Meanwhile, the studio has also announced that Ryan Benjamin is taking over as the artist and colorist on the Vampire Hunter D: Message From Mars series with Richard Friend inking the issues.

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