Two More for Insomnifest

Left for Dead!Slasherpool’s Insomnifest (the world’s first online only film festival) has been coming along rather nicely these past few weeks. Already several horror movies from around the globe are getting scooped up and even more are on their way.

This week the fest’s official site announced two new entries: Left for Dead and Pocong AKA Shrouded. Unlike the other pics in the catalog (“Second Insomnifest Title Announced!” – December 2007), these two are lacking trailers at the moment. As soon as the trailers do sprout up, we’ll add them to the Video Dread. Now, let’s take a look at what these two films have to offer.

Left for Dead, directed by Christopher Harrison and starring Danielle Harris, takes place on “Devil’s Night, the night before Halloween, and five fraternity brothers have just become responsible for the death of an innocent person. They swear to never speak of the accident again and it seems like they have just gotten away with it. One year later the five friends are at a Halloween party and someone hasn’t forgotten about last year… and he’s got a machete!

Shrouded!So, it’s a little bit of I Know What You Did flicks and a little bit of Halloween. I am not all that sure about this one for some reason … maybe because the face in that poster looks amazingly like Michael Myers. Hope we get the trailer soon.

Shrouded, by Indonesian director Rudi Soedjarwo, was actually banned in its own country and has never been officially screened until Insomnifest came around! Ah, I miss the good old days of watching movies that were “banned.”

Anyway, Shrouded‘s plot goes like this: Wisnu is a good man with a loving family, but all of this changes when a gang of crooks break into his family’s store and kills his entire family right before his eyes. Shortly thereafter, Wisnu starts having ghostly visions of a shrouded ghost and every time he sees it, his desire for revenge grows stronger. The shrouded ghost slowly turns him from a nice and gentle man to a cruel and evil man filled with hatred…

Insomnifest is shaping up to be a very well rounded festival so far and they’ve still got 8 more slots to fill. The whole shindig kicks off on St. Valentine’s Day. What a perfect way to celebrate love!


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Since 1997, Michael Patrick Phalin has been a contributing writer to various websites including Dread Central, iMockery, Bloody Disgusting and KrytenSyxx. During the early 1980s, Phalin's love of the movie industry was fueled by the VHS tapes he found during his time spent at the video rental store his mother worked at. Rather than attending a daycare regularly, young Michael would form a tower of tapes with interesting cover art and go watch each one, the very first of these being the original 'A Nightmare on Elm Street.' From that point he was hooked on horror and the process behind creating special effects. In his twenties, Mike met Steve 'Uncle Creepy' Barton and was soon aiding the horror website Dread Central with film reviews. As the site grew in popularity, Phalin soon started writing news stories and conducting interviews on a daily basis. After a few years, he decided to take a break from writing to focus on other opportunities. After moving to a beach community with his wife Michelle, both were cast to appear in the final season of A&E's home improvement show 'Fix This Yard' in 2013. This event rekindled Mike's love of the entertainment industry. Between the time he spends being with his family, Michael continues to contribute to Dread Central both with writing and photography. In his mid-thirties, Phalin took up oil painting after being inspired by an episode of Bob Ross. Pieces of his artwork and photography can be found on his Tumblr and official website.