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Ama Lea Talks This Saturday’s Year of Fear and Prom Night Massacre at Bearded Lady’s Mystic Museum in Burbank, CA

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For those in Los Angeles, CA, the Halloween season continues this Saturday with the event Prom Night Massacre, which celebrates the release of photographer and filmmaker Ama Lea’s Year of Fear 2018 Calendar, to be held at Bearded Lady’s Mystic Museum in Burbank (3204 W. Magnolia). We caught up with Lea to discuss the event; read on for the details!

Kicking off at 9pm, Prom Night Massacre encourages guests to come in reflective of the event and will feature special guests Barbara Magnolia (Suspiria), Ashlynn Yennie (The Human Centipede), Brea Grant (Beyond the Gates), Sarah French (Death House), and Elissa Dowling (We Are Still Here), all in attendance and signing, as well as drinks and treats served by Year of Fear models, short films presented by Etheria Film Fest, classic horror tracks and prom tunes spun by DJ Poster Child, raffles and prices, red carpet photo ops, and the release of Lea’s Year of Fear 2018 Calendar.

Said Lea of her 2016 inspiration for the horror-centric beefcake calendar, “I created Year of Fear mainly out of a frustrated moment. I was being hired pretty much solely to take half-naked pictures of women in horror. I was like, ‘I just wanna exploit men for a change! I should make a firemen’s calendar of hot half-naked dudes, but as monsters or slashers.’ My now producing partner Nathaniel Emond, who was at the receiving end of this rant, responded with, ‘That’s actually a great idea. You should do it.’”

“We are now going into our second year,” she continued, “and have added a female calendar to our roster. I was very hesitant about shooting a women’s calendar, but as I started researching what was already out there, I actually got angry. Every horror calendar featuring sexy women was either full nude or topless, featuring them portraying male characters or being murdered. So I thought to myself, ‘If I’m going to do this, I’m going to do it right.’ There are tons of amazing female characters in horror, so I’m only shooting images based off them. No nudity, no dying girls, just bad-ass sexy characters!”

As for her careful approach to the project, Lea stated, “First of all we don’t own the rights to any of these characters so we have to straddle that parody line very closely. The first year we did slasher characters, and this year we did monsters, which was a fun departure but also challenging because we had to have a team of makeup artists on every shoot and build elaborate sets. We even shot with a giant Clydesdale horse which hated all the lights! The fun of it is seeing my favorite characters from old movies show up on set looking like the Halloween cast of Magic Mike! When I saw Frankenstein’s Monster (model Jade Parnell) walk onto the lab set under all the green and blue lights, I couldn’t stop giggling. It was great.”

Regarding her upcoming projects, which include the completed short film From Hell, She Rises (a Hammer Films send-up written by Michael Verrati and starring Sarah Nicklin and Emma Jacobs, which is currently winning awards on the film festival circuit), Lea teased, “Next for Year of Fear we are doing a fully 80’s calendar for 2019, which I am personally thrilled about! We will also be doing a limited edition print series that will be released in the springtime. I can’t say what it is yet, but everyone will definitely get a chuckle.”

Tickets to Prom Night Massacre are available online at shopamalea.com for $5 for one, $6.66 for two, or at the door the night of the event for $5 each. Year of Fear calendars can also be purchased there. For more information, check out Year of Fear on Instagram @yearoffear, on Twitter @theyearoffear, and on Facebook.

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Contest: Find Bigfoot With a Primal Rage Double-Sided Mini-Poster!

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On February 27th, Fathom Events will be hosting a one-night theater event for Primal Rage, the Bigfoot horror film based on Native American mythology! Tickets for the event are already on sale through Fathom and we’re here to spice up the screening a little more by offering five lucky readers the chance to win a double-sided mini-poster! The back side includes behind-the-scenes images.

To enter, all you have to do is fill out the form below! If you want to see what the poster looks like, here are some images:

Synopsis:
Lost deep in the forest of the Pacific Northwest, Ashley and Max Carr are stalked by a terrifying creature that might be Bigfoot. Soon they find themselves embroiled in a strange land of Native American myth and legend turned real. Hopelessly trying to survive, with a handful of unsavory locals, they must fight back against this monster in a desperate battle of life or death.

Directed by Patrick Magee, who co-wrote the film with Jay Lee, Primal Rage stars Andrew Joseph Montgomery, Casey Gagliardi, Eloy Casados, Justin Rain and Marshal Hilton.

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All The Creatures Were Stirring Poster Will Make Fear Decorating Your Christmas Tree

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Later this year, the holidays will run red when FallBack Plan Productions and Evil Squared’s Christmas horror film All The Creatures Were Stirring is released! In anticipation of the feature, a poster illustrated by Devon Whitehead has made its way online and you can see it in all its glory by giving it a cheeky little click!

Synopsis:
When an awkward date on Christmas Eve leads a couple into a strange theater, they’re treated to a bizarre and frightening collection of Christmas stories, featuring a wide ensemble of characters doing their best to avoid the horrors of the holidays. From boring office parties and last-minute shopping, to vengeful stalkers and immortal demons, there’s plenty out there to fear this holiday season.

Written and directed by Rebekah and David Ian McKendry, All The Creatures Were Stirring stars Constance Wu, Jonathan Kite, Jocelin Donahue, Graham Skipper, Mark Kelly, Megan Duffy, Ashley Clements, Morgan Peter Brown, Matt Long, Stephanie Drake, Catherine Parker and Amanda Fuller.

All The Creatures Were Stirring has a planned release date of late 2018.

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Robert Pattinson Joins The Lighthouse From the Director of The Witch

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Robert Eggers made us all turn our heads with his directing debut The Witch a few years back, and so we are eagerly awaiting his new film The Lighthouse from RT Features and A24.

“I am extremely happy to be working with RT, A24, and Parts & Labor again,” Eggers says. “Along with New Regency, they are providing me and my collaborators with the support and freedom to make this film the way it needs to be made. It’s a privilege.”

Last week we learned that Willem Dafoe has joined the cast of Eggers’ new film and today we have word via Deadline that Robert Pattinson will be joining in on the spooky fun as well.

RT Features’ Teixeira called Pattinson “one of the most talented actors working today. We are excited to work with him and Eggers, a singular filmmaker whose unique vision we support. Our collaboration on The Witch was flawless, and we look forward to reuniting along with our partners at A24, Parts & Labor and New Regency.”

The film is being described as “a fantasy horror story set in the world of old sea-faring myths” and is all set to go into production in the spring.

A24 said in a statement that they are “beyond excited to be partnering again with Rob Eggers, a true visionary and one of the great filmmakers of his generation. This new script blew us away — it creates a totally unique and ambitious universe and manages to somehow feel scary, suspenseful, wondrous and beautiful all at the same time. We can’t wait to work with Rob and his team and our partners at RT Features, Parts & Labor and New Regency to help bring this story to life.”

A24 acquired worldwide rights and will distribute the film in the U.S. New Regency (The Revenant) has joined the project as a co-financier.

“I love that we’re getting the band back together again,” Parts & Labor’s Jay Van Hoy says. “This time with old friend and new star player Youree Henley. Like The Witch, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

We’ll let you know as soon as we hear more on Robert Eggers’ The Lighthouse, but until then let us know what you think thus far below!

The film is directed by Robert Eggers (The Witch) from a script by Eggers and Max Eggers. Rodrigo Teixeira and Lourenço Sant’ Anna are producing alongside Jay Van Hoy and Youree Henley and the film stars Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe.

The Lighthouse begins shooting this spring.

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