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AFM 2017: Day 2 Recap and Continuing Amidst the Frenzy

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Setting: Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
Time: 8:00am
Mood: “Why the hell does anyone wake up this early for anything?”
Smell: Less cash, more hangovers

The second day (read day 1’s recap here) of the American Film Market in Santa Monica. For some reason, we were up at 5:45am so that we’d be ready for our 7am ride to be at the Loews at 8am. Yes, traffic is dreadful in Los Angeles, no matter what time of the day/night it is. When it comes to vehicular congestion, allow me to paraphrase The Lego Movie: ♪”Everything is awful!”♪

That being said, once you’re in the hotel and you don’t have to worry about being in a car, everything is, well…just as stressful. However, it’s a different kind of stress, so you get to enjoy all the diverse experiences! To be completely honest, if I leave here without a significant portion of my hair turning white, it’ll be a goddamn miracle.

Let’s get into the day’s events, alright? It all started with me checking emails and writing stories before the hubbub commenced. There’s precious little downtime at AFM, so those rare moments where you’ve got a few minutes to yourself must be utilized in the best ways possible. For me, that’s writing up a few stories for the day, such as the one about Jason Voorhees is actually a Deadite. Talk about a fun way to look at the franchise!

After doing some writing, I spent some time with Brittney-Jade Colangelo, our Director of Sales and recent Twitter viral sensation. We have been working pretty steadily together when approaching distributors, creators, and other folk who may be interested in our services, so we like to start our days here planning things out, getting pumped for the day, and doing some strategizing. We’re here as professionals and, by golly, we’re gonna act like ones!

Our methods are pretty simple: we walk room-by-room, ask if they have anything to do with horror, give them our pitches, talk a bit about Dread Central Presents, and then, almost every time, get contact information for people who aren’t on-site but can help coordinate everything we need. It’s a bit cumbersome but you don’t go to a pizza shop expecting their marketing department to be lurking in the storeroom, right? Right.

Look ma! My review was quoted at AFM!

By doing this, we meet with tons of companies, see loads of promos that are specifically meant for AFM and will most likely never be released publicly, and meet people from around the world. Honestly, while quite exhausting (my FitBit is LOVING all these steps), it’s also pretty incredible. Plus, I got to see myself quoted on a poster for Vampire Clay, which was pretty awesome.

At one point during the day, I was whisked away to sit down and chat with Rhett and Zeus of Thriller Films, who launched a new sales division on top of their production arm. Expect to see more about their titles on the site.

At the same time, I ran into Evan Cecil, the director of the upcoming horror film Lasso, which stars Sean Patrick Flannery (Saw 3D, The Boondock Saints, The Evil Within, “The Dead Zone”) and Lindsey Morgan (Detention, Beyond Skyline). I can’t say too much about it but I have a feeling that people who enjoyed Wrong Turn are gonna get a kick out of this one.

Then, a little bit later on, I somehow found myself sitting and chatting with Troma Entertainment’s Lloyd Kaufman and his wife Pat. We shot the shit about Troma films, what it’s like going around doing constant convention appearances, and I offered to show them both Detroit the next time they visit and how it’s been getting better over recent years, something Pat seemed especially excited about. Oh, and Lloyd gave us some exclusives about Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV and a new Troma film that relevantly comes 20 years after Tromeo and Juliet. Not too shabby, eh?

While all this was going on, our fearless leader Steve “Uncle Creepy” Barton got some great stills and information about Dan Farrands’ The Amityville Haunting, which will reunite Amityville II: The Possession‘s Diane Franklin and Burt Young!

A few more hours of walking/introducing/schmoozing* later, it was time to mingle at the bar for even more schmoozing, only now we could do it with drinks in hand! WOO! Y’boy is a fan of The Godfather when it comes to cocktails although a glass of whiskey on a single ice cube will easily suffice when push comes to shove.

Overall, another successful day of AFM. Day 3 won’t have as much going on because I have several things to do outside of the market, but there’ll still be some good stories, I promise! As always, let me know if there’s something you hear about that you want me to check out!

Give me this movie and give it to me now.

*Someone should come up with a single word to describe this. If you can figure it out, leave it in the comments and I’ll be forever grateful!

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Exclusive: Terror Universal Dare You to Look Through the Mirrors

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Alright horror metalheads, it’s time to raise those devil horns and get ready for some Terror Universal! On hand we’ve got the exclusive video premiere for the track “Through the Mirrors”, which comes from the band’s album Make Them Bleed. Directed by Wacy Jahn, the video mixes band performance with the hallucinations and troubles of a man who clearly has some issues going on.

Jahn tells us about making the video, saying, “As a director, I was given the freedom to give my visual interpretation of what the song meant to me personally. The inner self that tortures the outer self into being something different no matter the cost. Now mix a twist of insanity into the recipe and you get the “Through the Mirrors” official Terror Universal music video.

Band member Massacre adds, “I am very pumped to be releasing the “Through The Mirrors” video, as this track is one of my favorite songs on our new album ‘Make Them Bleed’. This song showcases many of Terror Universal’s diverse sounds, as it’s brutally heavy, and also has a very anthemic and memorable chorus.

Made up of current and past members of Machine Head, Ill Niño, Soulfly, and Upon A Burning Body, Terror Universal is a metal band dedicated to combining their love of all things heavy with their passion for horror. Make Them Bleed also features guest appearances from bassists John Moyer (Disturbed) and Tony Campos (Static-X).

You can buy Make Them Bleed on Bandcamp.

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The Sinking City Update Dives Into the Cthulhu Mythos That Drives the Game

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If you’ve been following our coverage of Frogwares’ The Sinking City, you’ll know that it’s probably my most anticipated game not just of the year but of a long, long time! An open world game that lives in the aesthetic and atmosphere of H.P. Lovecraft? Consider me 100% hooked! This game ticks all the boxes of my love of horror and my love of gaming.

A new update video has been released and this one goes right into the ways that H.P. Lovecraft and his works directly influenced the game, the developers and the story players will experience. On top of that, it also goes into how Lovecraft’s themes inspired the creators at Frogwares to forge their own paths and create their own mythology and terror. It’s a wonderful video because we get to see these people take an established universe and build upon it with reverence, respect, and passion.

Seriously, if The Sinking City isn’t on your radar, you’re going to be missing out when it’s released.

Synopsis:
The Sinking City interprets and develops the themes that Lovecraft explored: the fear of monsters and the unknown, the search for occult truths and madness. In the game, players step into the shoes of a private detective investigating the disappearance of an expedition to the imaginary town of Oakmont, Massachusetts. Oakmont is a city experiencing unprecedented flooding due to supernatural forces, leaving a large portion of the city submerged. Secret societies, dangers, intrigues and monstrous creatures will stand in your way…

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Meet Ash’s Moody Teenage Daughter in New Ash vs Evil Dead S3 Trailer

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“Mom, what’s a chainsaw geek doing here?”

Marketing for the return of Starz’s Ash vs Evil Dead has really been gearing up as it was just the other day that we shared a new trailer called, you know, “Gotta Gear Up.”

That trailer was quick but cool, and today we have a new quick-n-cool “Ash vs Evil Dead” trailer, this time highlighting Ash’s daughter.

The inclusion of Ash’s daughter into the splatter this new season has me excited as hell for the premiere in a few weeks. But now I just have Pearl Jam stuck in my head.

Check out the new trailer below and then let us know what you think!

The third season stars Bruce Campbell, Ray Santiago, Dana DeLorenzo, Lucy Lawless and Arielle Carver-O’Neill. Campbell executive produces the series with Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, Ivan Raimi, and Rick Jacobson. Season 3 has new showrunners: Mark Verheiden and producer Moira Grant.

“Ash vs Evil Dead” season three begins Sunday, February 25.

S3 synopsis:

The third season finds Ash’s status in Elk Grove, Michigan has changed from murderous urban legend to humanity-saving hometown hero. When Kelly witnesses a televised massacre with Ruby’s fingerprints all over it, she returns with a new friend to warn Ash and Pablo that evil isn’t done with them yet. Blood is thicker than water in the battle of good vs Evil Dead!

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