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Palm Springs Braces for the Inaugural Feartastic Horror Film Festival this HalloweenAlready known for its great weather, luxury hotels, and resort lifestyle, Palm Springs, California, is about to become known for something a bit more sinister: horror movies! Read on to learn about the city’s first Feartastic Film Festival.

From the Press Release:
Kicking off on Halloween night, the inaugural Feartastic Film Festival begins on Thursday, October 31, 2013, with BB’s Monster Rock Halloween Party at the Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs and includes five frightfully fantastic film screenings on November 1-2 at the Camelot Theaters, the desert’s premiere theaters. The fest’s intense, nail-biting films have been chosen for both their scare factor and their atypical plots and storylines. On deck to kick off the festival are: Contracted, Dead Weight, Delivery, Here Comes the Devil, and The Second Death. Ranging from dark to romantic to downright scary, each film has gained notoriety at festivals both in the U.S. and overseas, and all will bring their unique horrorific vision to Palm Springs for the very first time.

“Our mission is to create a film festival unlike any other. These are not just your typical horror genre films,” notes Kim Waltrip, Partner at Troupe Productions and Feartastic producer and creator. “We searched for films that would create a few good screams, as well as put a stamp on the Feartastic Film Festival as being unique and visionary.” Already buzz-worthy, the films at Feartastic take the genre into new directions. The films range from Contracted, which was nominated for the Chicago International Film Festival’s Q-Hugo Film Award for LGBTQ films, to Dead Weight, which took home awards at the Madison Horror Film Festival, to Delivery, a film that is being called creepy, fun, and scary, to The Second Death, which was a hit at overseas festivals, to Here Comes The Devil, which played at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival. Tying the five films together is a common thread…they each stretch the boundaries of fear and scare.

In addition to the screenings, Feartastic includes an excellent series of panel discussions and opportunities to meet and question the filmmakers. Tickets are available for individual events or via a special VIP All Access Pass, which includes VIP seating at all films, one ticket to BB’s Monster Rock Party, tickets to both panel discussions, and one ticket to the post event cocktail party. Individual tickets for each film and panel can be purchased for only $10, and individual tickets to BB’s Monster Rock Party cost $40. The VIP All Access Pass is just $99.

Envisioned by Palm Springs business leaders and locals Jim Casey, Kim Waltrip, and Trini Garza of Troupe Productions and programmed by Bradley Sullivan, filmmaker and festival producer, Feartastic will put the film spotlight on Palm Springs during the ghouls and ghosts season. “Our vision at Troupe Productions is to constantly bring new and exciting entertainment concepts to Palm Springs,” explains Jim Casey, president of Troupe Productions. “Kim, Trini, and I have always believed that Palm Springs can be home to a new type of film festival, and with Feartastic we have accomplished our mission.”

Tickets and more information can be found at, on the Feartastic Facebook page, and on Twitter at @feartastic.

Feartastic Schedule:

October 31:
BB’s Monster Rock Party – BB’s infamous Halloween bash at the new Hard Rock Hotel. Multiple DJ’s, a live band, and live show by the pool. Food stations and bars.

November 1 – 5:00 p.m. – Camelot Theater:
Panel #1: Getting a Film Made – Getting your film made from start to finish. Raising the money, producing the film, and selling to foreign and domestic distributors. Guests include: Nick Ogiony (Creative Artists Agency), Don Mancini (director, Curse of Chucky), Danielle Bisutti (actress, Insidious Chapter 2, Curse of Chucky), Andreas Olivarria (Distributor, Level 33 Entertainment), Isaac Paul (Distributor, Crystal Sky Entertainment).

November 1 – 6:00 p.m. – Camelot Theater:
Kick-off Cocktail Party Sponsored by Level 33 Entertainment – Show your movie ticket or film badge for a hosted cocktail.

November 1 – 8:00 p.m. – Camelot Theater:
Opening Night: Contracted, written and directed by Eric Englund. Starring Najarra Townsend, Caroline Williams, and Alice Macdonald. Q&A following screening.

November 2 – 10:30 a.m. – Camelot Theater:
Panel #2: Indie Filmmakers Chat – Join Independent filmmakers as they talk about getting a film made. Guest speakers include: Adam Schindler (writer & producer, Delivery), Marc Manus (co-producer, Delivery), Adrian Garcia Bogliano (writer & director, Here Comes the Devil), John Pata (co-writer & co-director, Dead Weight), Eric Englund (writer & director, Contracted)

November 2 – 12:30 p.m. – Camelot Theater:
The Second Death, written and directed by Santiago Fernandez Calvete. Starring Evangelina Cueto, Maria Laura Cali, and Luz Kertz. Q&A following screening.

November 2 – 2:30 p.m. – Camelot Theater:
Dead Weight, written and directed by Adam Pata. Starring Joel Belknap, Mary Lindberg, and Michelle Courvais. Q&A following screening.

November 2 – 5:30 p.m. – Camelot Theater:
Delivery, directed by Brian Netto, written by Brian Netto and Adam Shindler. Starring Laurel Vail, Danny Barclay, and Rob Cobuzio. Q&A following screening.

November 2 – 8:00 p.m. – Camelot Theater:
Here Comes the Devil, written and directed by Adrian Garcia Bogliano. Starring Francisco Barreiro, Laura Caro, and Alan Martinez. Q&A following screening.

November 2 – 10:00 p.m.
Feartastic Cocktail Party hosted by Troupe Productions.

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Buy Stuff From Eibon Press, Get More Stuff For Free



Eibon Press have announced that they’re starting Black Friday a day early and will be running their specials for almost a week, through November 28th. This year, they’re doing something a little different, a little more interesting. Rather than reduce prices on their inventory, they’re doing a deal where depending on how much you buy from their store, you’ll get a certain amount of free swag in addition to your order.

The first tier sees anyone who makes a purchase getting two double-sided mini-posters featuring art from their upcoming Bottomfeeder and Maniac and The New York Ripper series. The second tier sees anyone who spends at least $30 getting a free copy of their VHS Comics titles Laserblast plus the mini-posters. The final tier is for those who spend $50 and more and that will net the mini-posters, the #1 issue of Laserblast, and a free copy of Lucio Fulci’s Gates of Hell #2.

Lastly, five random people will receive an extra bonus gift, which they won’t reveal but promise that, “…you’ll love it!

All order cans be placed via Eibon Press.

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KISS Meets Army of Darkness in New Comic Miniseries!



Dynamite Entertainment just announced that they are planning to bring two of their bestselling brands together in “KISS/Army of Darkness #1”. The new comic book series will unite the rock band with none other than Ash for some Deadite ass kicking.

The series will be written by Chad Bowers and Chris Sims and illustrated by Ruairi Coleman. And the debut issue of “KISS/Army of Darkness” features three art covers from Kyle Strahm, Goni Montes, and Ken Haeser.

You can find all three covers below along with quotes from the creative team. After looking through all of that make sure to hit us up and let us know how excited you are about this new hybrid comic series in the comments below or on social media!

With Ash vs. The Army of Darkness, Chris and I were given kind of carte blanche to do whatever we wanted to the world of AOD, and we went for broke,” Co-writer Chad Bowers says. “We introduced some new characters and concepts, and built a legacy for Ash’s comics adventures that I’m immensely proud of, but not in a million years could I have guessed we’d get to continue that momentum with the added bonus of tossing the world’s greatest rock n’ roll band into the mix! I’ve been in the tank for KISS since I was in middle school. I remember buying the KISS tribute album, KISS My Ass for the Lemonheads (they covered Plaster Caster), which lead to me picking up Greatest Hits, and so on. But when I found out there was a KISS comic with blood in it, I signed up for life! Of course, I adore the songs (literally listening to Do You Love Me right now), but I’m just as obsessed with the way KISS transcends the music to become something of a genre themselves. It’s something I think about a lot, honestly, so no surprise, it’s a big part of our story too!”

“When it comes to Army of Darkness, I guess you could say that Ash is a bit of a gambler, but he’s nobody’s fool,” Co-writer Chris Sims says. “And since our first story was set back at Alan Shepard High, we’re looking forward to showing him some things that you can’t learn in school. Okay, okay, I’ll stop with the deep-cut lyrics now, but for real — if you thought Deadites at Homecoming and the Supernatural Military-Adjacent Response Team were taking Ash in a new direction, just wait until you see how we team him up with the Starchild, Space Ace, the Demon, and the Catman. In the grand tradition of the film, we’re tearing up the entire space-time continuum and if you think you know how weird this is gonna get… well, you sure know somethin’!”

“Having done some work for Dynamite in the past, I’ve really been wanting to get my foot in the door here for a long time so I can play in the sandbox of the amazing licenses they have,” Artist Ruairi Coleman says. “Chief among those, and high up on my bucket list, is Army of Darkness: Hail to the king, baby! So, when I was offered the job of drawing the KISS/Army of Darkness crossover, I couldn’t believe my luck! The concept is totally bonkers, but in a way, that would make complete sense in the world of Army of Darkness. Thinking about it, I’m surprised it hasn’t been done already and I’m honored (and more than a little intimidated) to be the guy who draws it.”

“After a more than 40-year career, KISS continues to be one of rock’s most celebrated bands, while Army of Darkness continues to be a staple in the comic book industry. We’re both honored to have the opportunity to work so closely with Gene and Paul to bring their world-renowned alter-egos to comics alongside our very own Ashy Slashy,” says Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher of Dynamite Entertainment. “The raging guitar chords and pyrotechnic spectacle of their stage shows could have come straight from the pages of the Necronomicon, and this epic battle between The Demon and Deadites will appeal to the hellions in all of us!”

Issue #1 will be available on digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Kindle, iBooks, Google Play, Dynamite Digital, iVerse, Madefire, and Dark Horse Digital.

The KISS/Army of Darkness miniseries event hits February 2018.


KISS is on top of the world and rocking faces until the night disciples of The Destroyer show up and the band disappears. With the tour canceled, a young Ash misses one of the most important events of his life that will change his destiny. Now the Chosen One has to get back on the right path and join the KISS ARMY OF DARKNESS!

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Jason Lives Director Pitched Follow-Up: Jason Vs Cheech and Chong



One of my favorite entries in the Friday the 13th series is director ‘s Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives. The mixture of old-school gothic horror and comedy is always a welcome treat around these parts.

But why wasn’t McLoughlin asked to write and direct the follow-up?

Actually, it turns out he was asked to follow up Jason Lives, McLoughlin recently told Mick Garris on the Post Mortem podcast.

But his pitch – Jason vs Cheech and Chong – didn’t go over so well…

“[Frank Mancuso Jr.] wanted me to do another film after we did Jason,” McLoughlin says. “And I said, ‘What are you thinking? I don’t know what it could be now.’ And he said, ‘Well, what do you think about Freddy (Krueger) and Jason?’ And I go, ‘But Freddy’s at New Line and the guys at Paramount have [Jason].’ And it’s like, ‘Well, we’re going to try and see if we can work something out.’ So, I started thinking about that, going, It doesn’t make sense. I mean he lives in one realm and — you know, I take this stuff very seriously, what realm a monster’s supposed to stay in. And he came back, he goes, ‘Eh, forget it, it’s not going to work anyway.’ And I said, ‘You know what? You guys own Cheech and Chong. What if we do Cheech and Chong-meets-Jason? They’re like camp counselors or something. It’s like, ‘Hey, man, I saw Jason out there.’ ‘No, man, that’s a myth.’ But he said, ‘You know what? No.’”

Too bad. While I don’t know how well a Cheech and Chong/Friday the 13th flick would go, with McLoughlin at the helm, the film would have at least been funny as hell.

Plus we already got these two knuckleheads in Part III.

Are you upset we never got Tom McLoughlin’s Jason vs Cheech and Chong? Make sure to let us know in the comments below or on social media!

You can buy Friday the 13th: Part VI – Jason Lives on Blu-ray HERE.

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