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Screamfest Announces First Wave of Films! See No Evil 2, Suburban Gothic, Julia, More!

Screamfest L.A. Now Accepting Entries for 2014 EventIt’s that time of the year again, kids! One of the best damned film festivals in the world, Screamfest L.A. Horror, which is taking place in Los Angeles October 14-27, has announced its first wave of titles; and there’s plenty of blood to splatter around!

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Screamfest L.A. Now Accepting Entries for 2014 EventIt’s that time of the year again, kids! One of the best damned film festivals in the world, Screamfest L.A. Horror, which is taking place in Los Angeles October 14-27, has announced its first wave of titles; and there’s plenty of blood to splatter around!

From the Press Release
Screamfest®, from the festival that brought you such films as Trick ‘r Treat, Paranormal Activity, The Human Centipede and American Mary, announces the first wave of the 2014 festival. Screamfest® kicks off its 14th annual event in Los Angeles on October 14-27 at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres.

First Wave Screening Highlights at Screamfest 2014
The Creep Behind the Camera (US) – Directed by Pete Schuermann. The Creep Behind the Camera was an actual filmmaker named Vic Savage; a real scumbag whose only real skill was in his uncanny ability to convince the residents of 1960 Glendale, California that he was making the biggest, the BEST monster movie ever made! The true story of Vic Savage, aka Art Nelson and the making of his monster opus The Creeping Terror (1964) is told in the narrative dark-comedy The Creep Behind the Camera. A hilarious and wholly disturbing look at human nature and delusional demagoguery, The Creep Behind the Camera is a roller coaster ride that takes a nostalgic but cautionary look at the era of drive-in cinema at its very worst. Los Angeles Premiere

The House at the End of Time (Venezuela) – Directed by Alejandro Hidalgo. A mother imprisoned for 70 years for murdering her husband is released on compassion, but when she returns to her family home the supernatural events that led to the crime return to haunt her and reveal a sinister secret about the building in which she lives. US Premiere

I Survived A Zombie Holocaust (NZ) – Directed by Guy Pigden. The crew of the New Zealand low budget Zombie film “Tonight They Come!” are filming in the middle of nowhere. The troubled shoot goes from bad to worse when key cast and crew are struck down by a mystery illness. The replacement runner, WESLEY PENNINGTON arrives on set fresh out of film school and bubbling with enthusiasm just in time for the mystery illness to start turning zombie extras into REAL, shuffling, un-dead Zombies. Los Angeles Premiere

Julia (US) –Directed by Matthew A. Brown. A neo-noir revenge thriller centering on Julia Shames (Ashley C. Williams – The Human Centipede), who after suffering a brutal trauma, falls prey to an unorthodox form of therapy to restore herself. US Premiere

Parlor (US) – Directed by Devon Downs & Kenny Gage. The film follows six young college hopefuls vacationing and partying in Eastern Europe who get more than they bargained for when they unwittingly get caught up in a maniacal tattoo artist’s fiendish side business. Shot entirely in Vilnius, Lithuania starring Robert Lasardo (Nip/Tuck, Death Race, Human Centipede III) World Premiere

Refuge (US) – Directed by Andrew Robertson. This apocalyptic genre thriller is set in the American south about a family struggling to survive in the wake of a catastrophic plague. Los Angeles Premiere

See No Evil 2 (US) – Directed by Jen & Sylvia Soska. Starring WWE’s Glenn “KANE” Jacobs, Danielle Harris and Katharine Isabelle (American Mary). A group of friends pays a late-night visit to the city morgue to surprise Amy (Harris) on her birthday. But the surprise is on them when the one-eyed corpse of brutal psychopath Jacob Goodnight (Jacobs) unexpectedly rises from a cold sub-basement slab. Their wild party quickly turns into a terrifying slay-fest as the sadistic mass-murderer resumes his savage rampage complete with hooks, surgical knives and power saws. World Premiere

Suburban Gothic (US) – Directed by Richard Bates, Jr. Starring Matthew Gray Gubler (Criminal Minds), Kat Dennings (Two Broke Girls), Ray Wise (Twin Peaks) Raymond has a prestigious MBA, but he can’t find work. He can channel the paranormal, but chatting with a cute girl mystifies him. Kicked out of his big city apartment, Raymond returns home to his overbearing mother, ex-jock father, and beer-bellied classmates. But when a vengeful ghost terrorizes the small town, the city-boy recruits Becca, a badass local bartender, to solve the mystery of the spirit threatening everyone’s lives. “The Dead Just Got Deader.” Los Angeles Premiere

For more information and to buy tickets go to the Screamfest website, “like” Screamfest on Facebook, and follow Screamfest on Twitter. The location of the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres is 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028.

The festival runs in Los Angeles from October 14-27, 2014 – just in time for Halloween!

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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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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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The Executioners Knock on the Wrong Door! Get Axed!

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Ever since Funny Games I’ve been kind of soured on home invasion flicks. There have been some great ones, but seeing an entire family cower before two white-gloved youths proved a bit too unbelievable for me. I wanted to see the family fight back.

One thing’s for sure: Judging by the cover of The Executioners, someone has picked a feisty group of folks to pick on. Interest piqued.

Directed and written by Giorgio Serafini, the film stars Jemma Dallender, Natalie Burn, Rachel Rosenstein, and Justin Fischer. Look for the flick to be arriving on DVD, Digital, and On Demand March 27th from Lionsgate.

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When four friends go on a retreat to a secluded lakeside cabin, they soon realize they’re not alone. Masked intruders try to take them hostage, but as they fight back, the friends get a taste for something more than the will to survive. Will their fate be as victim or executioner?

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