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Full Schedule for The Manson Family Theatrical Rollout; Includes World Premiere of Gator Green Short This WeekendSeverin Films’ theatrical rollout of Jim VanBebber’s award-winning The Manson Family begins this weekend, and we have all the details, including a special treat for audiences in San Francisco and Denver.

From the Press Release:
The first screenings of The Manson Family are taking place this Friday night and Saturday night, March 22nd and 23rd, at the Clay Theatre in San Francisco and the Esquire Theatre in Denver. These two events will also include the very first showings of VanBebber’s Gator Green short film, a thriller about a veteran who returns from the war to take over the operation of an alligator farm in Florida. Much madness, mayhem, and murder ensue.

The Manson Family 2013 theatrical screenings include the following with more coming:

3/22/2013 Landmark’s Clay Theatre – San Francisco, CA
3/22/2013 Landmark’s Esquire Theatre – Denver, CO
3/23/2013 Landmark’s Clay Theatre – San Francisco, CA
3/23/2013 Landmark’s Esquire Theatre – Denver, CO
3/27/2013 Boston Underground Film Festival – Brattle Theatre – Cambridge MA
3/29/2013 Landmark’s Sunshine Cinema – New York, NY
3/29/2013 Alamo Drafthouse Vintage Park – Houston, TX
3/29/2013 Plaza Theatre – Atlanta, GA
3/30/2013 Landmark’s Sunshine Cinema – New York, NY
3/30/2013 Alamo Drafthouse Vintage Park – Houston, TX
4/03/2013 Granoff Center for the Arts – Providence, RI
4/05/2013 Landmark’s Ritz Bourse – Philadelphia, PA
4/05/2013 Landmark’s Egyptian Theatre – Seattle, WA
4/06/2013 Landmark’s Egyptian Theatre – Seattle, WA
4/12/2013 Logan Theatre – Chicago, IL
4/12/2013 Hi-Pointe Theatre – St. Louis, MO
4/13/2013 Hi-Pointe Theatre – St. Louis, MO
4/13/2013 Cedar Lee Theatre – Cleveland, OH
4/19/2013 Landmark’s E Street Theatre – Washington, DC
4/19/2013 Landmark’s Inwood Theatre – Dallas, TX
4/19/2013 Landmark’s Uptown Theatre – Minneapolis, MN
4/19/2013 Loft Cinema, Tucson, AZ
4/20/2013 Landmark’s E Street Theatre – Washington, DC
4/20/2013 Landmark’s Inwood Theatre – Dallas, TX
4/20/2013 Landmark’s Uptown Theatre – Minneapolis, MN
4/20/2013 Loft Cinema – Tucson, AZ
4/21/2013 Screenland Crossroads – Kansas City, MO
4/21/2013 Loft Cinema – Tucson, AZ
4/22/2013 Loft Cinema – Tucson, AZ
4/23/2013 New Beverly Cinema – Los Angeles, CA
4/24/2013 Loft Cinema – Tucson, AZ
4/25/2013 Loft Cinema – Tucson, AZ
4/26/2013 Tampa Pitcher Show – Tampa, FL
4/26/2013 Loft Cinema – Tucson, AZ
4/27/2013 Clinton St. Theater – Portland, OR
4/28/2013 Clinton St. Theater – Portland, OR
October – Housecore Horror Film Festival – Austin, TX

The Manson Family delivers an uncompromising, brutal vision of the collapse of the “Love Generation.” On a ranch outside of LA the hippie dream is perverting into something evil. What was once an oasis of free love and acid trips has become ground zero for a madman’s paranoid visions. An average group of kids, the “Family,” become engulfed in a delusional world where torment and slaughter are considered the path to righteousness. The Manson Family is a dizzying, rapid-fire vision of the sex and violence that unifies the misguided group and, at the direction of their leader, ends in a brutal spree leaving seven people dead in 48 hours.

If you can’t make it to any of the screenings, then mark your calendars for May 7th, when the Blu-ray will be released, featuring an all-new director’s commentary, the Gator Green short film, the uncut version of the previously censored feature-length documentary The VanBebber Family on the film’s near-mythic production, and more.

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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.

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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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The Housemaid Haunts a New Trailer

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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.

Synopsis:
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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