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All right, Midwestern horror fans! Your big dance, the Chicago Fear Fest, is right around the corner, and we’ve got everything you need to know to make your plans accordingly right here!

From the Press Release
CHICAGO FEAR FEST is Chicago’s largest indie horror film festival with two days of multi-theater film screenings. To be held at the Muvico Theaters Rosemont 18 in Rosemont, IL, Chicago’s Premiere movie-going experience, the lineup will include short films, feature films, celebrity guests, panel discussions and Q & A’s. Festival after-parties presented by FEARnet will be held at Bogart’s, a full service bar and grill located on the second floor of the Muvico Theaters Rosemont 18.Gift bags and prizes sponsored by FEARnet.

Film makers and stars of FEARnet’s “HOLLISTON” at CHICAGO FEAR FEST
From writer-director Adam Green, FEARnet’s “HOLLISTON” is the new weekly horror-comedy sitcom on FEARnet, cable television’s premier horror, thriller and suspense channel. “HOLLISTON” premieres Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at 10:30 PM (ET) on the FEARnet cable TV network.

Described as “The Big Bang Theory” meets “Evil Dead II”, “HOLLISTON” is set in Holliston, MA and follows the lives of Adam (Adam Green) and Joe (Joe Lynch), two friends chasing the dream of becoming successful horror movie filmmakers while struggling to make ends meet in their post-college jobs at a Boston cable access station where they also host a late night movie program called “The Movie Crypt.”

Filmmakers from FEARnet’s “HOLLISTON” appearing at the Chicago Fear Fest include:

Adam Green – Star-Director-Writer-Executive producer of “HOLLISTON”. Adam Green is the director of the cult hit horror film series “HATCHET” 1 & 2, “FROZEN”, co-director of “SPIRAL”, and director of the “CHILERAMA” segment “THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANKENSTEIN”. Adam is writing and producing “HATCHET 3”.

Joe Lynch – Star and Executive Producer of “HOLLISTON”. Joe Lynch directed “WRONG TURN 2”, the “CHILLERAMA” segment “ZOM B MOVIE”, and the upcoming“KNIGHTS OF BADASSDOM”. Joe is also directing the upcoming Kate Hudson action-thriller “EVERLY”.

Sarah Elbert – Producer of “HOLLISTON”. Sarah Elbert produced “HATCHET” 1 & 2, and will be producing the upcoming “HATCHET 3”.

FEARnet presents “AN EVENING WITH ‘HOLLISTON’
Join series creator/star Adam Green, co-star Joe Lynch, and series producer Sarah Elbert as they present two episodes of the series (including a brand new, previously unseen episode). Following the screening, the filmmakers will do an in-depth Q&A about the series and give away a limited number of official HOLLISTON posters courtesy of FEARnet that they will personally sign for fans. Saturday April 14, 2012 at 7:00PM CST.

”HATCHET 2” returns to the big screen at the CHICAGO FEAR FEST
On October 1, 2010 Adam Green’s HATCHET II made history by becoming the first horror movie in over 3 decades to refuse any imposed cuts by the MPAA and be released in mainstream cinemas across the United States without a rating. Less than 72 short hours later the film made history again by becoming the first genre film in the history of cinema to ever be yanked from all screens before it’s opening weekend was even over. For the first time since that fateful weekend when Victor Crowley was assassinated by the powers that be, Adam Green’s HATCHET II will be shown at the CHICAGO FEAR FEST on the big screen of a major theater chain. Un-cut and Un-rated as it was meant to be.

Join series creator Adam Green (HATCHET 1 & 2, FROZEN, SPIRAL) as he presents the film in person followed by an in-depth Q&A discussion joined by series producer Sarah Elbert (HATCHET 1 & 2) and hosted by filmmaker Joe Lynch (WRONG TURN 2, KNIGHT OF BADASSDOM, EVERLY). The three filmmakers will also be bringing a sneak peek at their new television series, the horror/comedy HOLLISTON which you can catch two special episodes of at Chicago Fear Fest the following night. As always, the three filmmakers will sign autographs for fans (for free) before/after the screening so bring whatever you’ve got for them and come ready to show them how loud Chicago fans can scream, cheer, and laugh as we celebrate the resurrection and continuing future (HATCHET III begins shooting in just 2 short months) of this controversial and now infamous American slasher film. Friday April 13, 2012 at 8:45PM CST. An uncut 35mm print will be screened. Courtesy of Dark Sky Films.

Horrific Film line-up including the Chicago premiere of “REC 3”, “JUAN OF THE DEAD”, and “ABRAHAM LINCOLN VS. ZOMBIES”! Film screenings to include the uncut “HATCHET 2” and a Q & A by director Adam Green and producer Sarah Elbert and hosted by filmmaker Joe Lynch, the Chicago Premiere of the latest entry in the hit Spanish zombie saga “REC 3” (in 35mm), the Cuban based Zombie epic “JUAN OF THE DEAD”, the confederate-war zombie melee “ABRAHAM LINCOLN VS. ZOMBIES”, and dozens of horror feature and short films from the hottest indie film makers.

The event will be held at the Muvico Theaters Rosemont 18 on April 13 and 14. Check it out at Chicagofearfest.com!

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George A. Romero’s Daughter, Tina, Wrote a Script For Queens of the Dead

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The loss last year of director George A. Romero was a huge blow to the horror community, as well as the filmmaking community at large. The passing of the man responsible for creating the modern day zombie and whose work influenced “The Walking Dead”, Dead Alive, 28 Days Later, and Jordan Peele’s Get Out was felt far and wide but we take solace knowing that his work and legacy will live on forever.

Something that brings a smile to my face is hearing that his daughter, Tina, who DJ’s under the name DJ TRx, has written a screenplay for a zombie film that is called Queens of the Dead. And yes, it’s very gay! Romero has not only written the script but also plans on directing the film herself.

Romero tells The Saunder Blog about the film, saying, “Queens of the Dead is a fusion of two huge parts of my world: zombies and Gay nightlife. It’s a tribute to my father as well as my entrée into the genre he grandfathered. I can’t say too much yet, but what I can tell you is that this film will have all the hallmarks of a George A. Romero classic: farce, politics, heroes, assholes, and most importantly, herds of silly and slow moving walkers that you can’t help but love. But I’m doing it Tina-style, and bringing the glitter, choreography, queers & queens.

Romero’s father always brought some sort of social message into his work, so to hear that she will continue that tradition is inspiring, especially since it comes on a topic that is so discussed and topical.

If you want to read more about Romero and her DJ career, click on the link above.

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Wanna See Something REALLY Scary? Local 58 Contingency Emergency Broadcast

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“Wanna see something REALLY scary?”

To horror fans who came of age in the 1980s, the line above instantly evokes memories of Dan Aykroyd and Albert Brooks in the opening scene from Twilight Zone: The Movie. Now, on a bi-monthly basis, I’ll be asking, “Wanna see something REALLY scary?” with the goal of shocking you with chilling footage plumbed from the darkest corners of YouTube.

As a child of the Cold War born in the 1970s and traumatized by films like The Day After and Threads, I remember immediately panicking every time an Emergency Broadcast broke into a TV show I was watching. That alarming tone made my stomach drop and in the moments before it was confirmed to be “only a test” I had already imagined a barrage of nuclear warheads bursting overhead.

My heart went out to the residents of Hawaii who, due to a false alarm, believed a missile attack was imminent this weekend. For almost 40 minutes, families scrambled into fallout shelters, bathrooms, and even storm drains, believing war had begun between the United States and North Korea. Even after the all-clear was announced and the warning revealed as a mistake, nerves were severely rattled. I can only imagine the potential long-term damage done to the psyches of Hawaii’s youngest residents.

For a taste of the pandemonium that occurred, check out an excerpt from CNN’s reporting below.

While the shock must have been unprecedented for most, a bizarre alert that accidentally aired in the late 1960s puts the Hawaii debacle to shame. What viewers of a local station saw just before the end of programming at 3 am was a message announcing the fall of the US Government, and included instructions for committing suicide rather than surrendering to enemy forces.

Wanna see something REALLY scary?

The message bore the seal of The U.S. Department for the Preservation of American Dignity, included a statement from President Lyndon B. Johnson, and warned that failure to commit suicide as instructed would have consequences:

“Your local law enforcement has been ordered to ensure your compliance,” the message cautioned. “It is against the law to delay.” The final instructions remind adult viewers to put down their children and pets first while promising “There is nothing to fear.” Though the station later posted a statement ensuring viewers the message was a hoax, the potential loss of life this broadcast could have inspired is staggering. Have a look:

If the Local 58 Contingency, as it’s become known, seems too outlandish to be true, that’s because it isn’t. Though the video doesn’t include an admission of fiction, it’s written and directed by Kris Straub. If that name sounds familiar, that’s because he’s the writer of the popular creepypasta Candle Cove, recently adapted into a TV series on SyFy.

Still, the vintage look of the Local 58 Contingency, not to mention the current climate of heightened tensions between American and a rogue nuclear nation, make this video a truly terrifying viewing experience.

Got an idea for a future installment of “Wanna See Something REALLY Scary?” Hit me up on Twitter @josh_millican!

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Here’s the thing… if we had the choice between cleaning up our own house or being haunted by a vengeful spectral servant of sorts, well… just hand us a friggin’ mop, wouldja already? Still, in the case of The Housemaid, it looks like nothing is gonna stop her from sensing shivers! Dig on this new trailer.

Derek Nguyen directs the flick, which stars Kate Nhung, Jean-Michel Richaud, Kim Xuan, Svitlana Kovalenko, and Rosie Fellner. Look for IFC Midnight’s release of The Housemaid coming to select theaters, VOD, and via Digital platforms in the U.S. on February 16, 2018.

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A forbidden passion awakens vengeful spirits within a haunted mansion in this bloodcurdling, erotic tour-de-force.

Vietnam, 1953: Linh (Nhung Kate), a poor, orphaned young woman, finds employment as a housemaid in a crumbling rubber plantation presided over by the emotionally fragile French officer Sebastien Laurent (Jean-Michel Richaud). Soon, a torrid love affair develops between the two – a taboo romance that rouses the ghost of Laurent’s dead wife, who won’t rest until blood flows.

Submerged in moody Gothic atmosphere, this stylish supernatural saga confronts the dark shadows of Vietnam’s colonial past while delivering heart-stopping scares.

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