Rally The Troops! Support Indie Horror

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Alrighty, ladies and gentlemen, let’s check out another piece of Indie Horror that needs out support. Let’s check out the short film PAGE ONE!

So PAGE ONE is about Abel, who is a black actor who dies in every single horror movie that he has been in. When the set of a film he is doing is attacked by actually monsters, Abel is way ahead of the game on how to survive. So it’s up to him to keep everyone alive.

This sounds HILARIOUS! According to the video above, the film has already been made but they need your support to pay for the cost of this endeavor. They hope to show this short to other film festivals and hope to find support for a full feature film.

So let’s talk about the Perks! They range from a name credit to digital downloads of he film and production book, and tickets to a comedy show, and an invite to the NYC screening of PAGE ONE!

Check out the link HERE and show your support!

Last Call for The Plague Doctor!!

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This is going to be a quick one guys so stick with me here. Please watch the video above to learn more about the film. The director can explain it more eloquently than I can. Just listening to how passionate Emanuele Mengotti speaks about this project. It just touches your heart. Please show your support!

THE PLAGUE DOCTOR is an indie horror film I’ve mentioned before, but this is the last call to show your support! We only have a few days to help this production reach it’s goal of $25000.

Some of the perks are awesome! Jewelry, masks, posters, paper models, a documentary, and a tour of Poveglia Island! You better hurry up and show your support before time runs out!

Check out their indiegogo page HERE

An Oldie But a Goodie with “The Baby”

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Director: Ted Post

Written: Abe Polsky

Starring: Ruth Roman, Marianna Hill, Suzanne Zenor, Anjanette Comer, and David Manzy as Baby

 I watched this one last Halloween on the Turner Classic Movie Channel. That day they were showing indie horror movies from the ’60s and ’70s. It’s about a social worker who volunteers to take on a difficult, yet fascinating case, of a mentally retarded man. When she meets the family, she senses something is off about Baby’s mother and his sisters. Her suspicions lead her to believe that there’s actually nothing wrong with Baby. He is a healthy man forced to live like an infant! Proving this theory is another matter….

This movie disturbed me a bit.

The first thing that creeped me out was that I understood some of the principles that the Mother and Sisters applied to poor Baby, I was insanely disturbed. Look up Operant Conditioning! Through positive reinforcement and positive punishment, the family trained a healthy man to remain a baby. The abuse itself was disturbing to watch but the reason why they did it kinda made me mad. Baby’s father walked out on the family so the Mother and the Sisters decided to take out their Man-Hate on Baby.

The second thing that disturbed me was the Social Worker’s true reasoning for wanting to save Baby. That was a brilliant plot twist! Throughout the film we thought that the Social Worker was grieving the loss of her husband and that she got attached to Baby. It’s kinda true. Her husband was in a terrible accident that left him severely retarded….so he is exactly like Baby. She wanted a friend for her husband! That is some sick shit!

The third thing that disturbed me was how the Social Worker got away with murder. She lured the Family into her home, killed the Sisters, injured the Mother, buries the Mother alive with the Sisters in a hole where she planned on building a swimming pool for her home. The last scene is the Social Worker with Baby and her Husband playing the pool with the Social Worker’s Mom by the poolside smiling. No one bothered to ask where the Family was and she got Baby without a struggle.

I don’t care who you are, that was creepy as fuck! I’m giving it an 8/10. I enjoyed it but felt that it dragged in some parts and I got a little uncomfortable watching Baby get abused with a cattle prod. Anyway, check it out and let me know what you think!

Let’s Support Preacher Six!

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Alrighty, Everyone! Let’s get together and talk about supporting Independent Films!

So I’m cruising the Twitterverse when a lovely group called Hollywood Magic Productions sent me a message asking for some support for their new project, Preacher Six. So I follow the white rabbit to their GoFundMe page to check out what this project is.

Honestly, they had me at “If you like Quinten Tarantino films, you’ll love this one!!” Who doesn’t love Tarantino? Anyway, the page goes on to describe this project as Taxi Driver meets Sin City….I fucking love Sin City!

Of course, when you generously donate to this project, you’ll get awesome rewards such as: a Shout Out on Twitter, a signed Postcard, a signed DVD, name in Credits, etc. Obviously, you’ll need to check out the GoFundMe page HERE to see the rewards that go with the amount of donations.

Anyway, check out their page and go on their Twitter HERE and see what’s up!

Check this out!

“Lake Alice” at IndieLounge

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This is more of a news alert about an upcoming indie horror film. So let’s talk about LAKE ALICE!

LAKE ALICE is about a family getting together in an isolate cabin so they can get to know the daughter’s newest beau. While there, they begin to notice strange footprints around the property as well as hearing strange noises outside. Are they being watched? Most likely. But by whom? As a blizzard kills their chances of escape, the family struggles to stay alive while dodging these nefarious psychopaths out to get them.

The world premiere of this film will be at IndieLounge by invitation only on January 22nd. The actress, Eileen Dietz, will also attend the event. If you haven’t checked out her work I recommend you do. This lady has had an extensive career within the horror genre. It sucks that the event is by invitation only but hopefully it’ll be available to the rest of us mere mortals soon.  Anyway, it look like it’ll be great fun! kinda like THE STRANGERS meets SCREAM. I’m looking forward to it.

Check out the trailer above

“It’s Alive” is Every Parents’ Nightmare

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Written, Produced, and Directed by Larry Cohen

Starring: John P. Ryan and Sharon Farrell

I had the pleasure of catching this on the Turner Classic Movie channel during the Halloween season. I was surprised that day they had a number of Independent Horror movies. The one that caught my attention was “It’s Alive”. I’ve always heard about how this is a must-see movie from the ’70s. I have to say that I wasn’t disappointed!

The movie is centered around the Davis family. They’re that perfect nuclear family with the nauseating cookie cutter life. The future is only brighter now that the Davis family is expecting their second child. When it’s time for Baby #2’s arrival, nothing but chaos follows. Instead of a dimpled bundle of joy, the Davis had a murderous mutant who kills when he feels threatened. The whole city is on lockdown as the police carry out a search and destroy mission while the Davis family has to cope with the fact that their child is a killing machine.

I loved how this movie was basically the nightmare every parent faces when having children. One of the things that were being thrown around throughout the movie were environmental concerns. “Have you been exposed to radiation, Mrs. Davis?” or “Have you taken any new medication, Mrs. Davis?” were the big questions floating around the film. Even though this was filmed in the ’70s, that is something that still a constant fear today. How many of you have seen those commercials saying “If you’ve taken X Medication and your child is suffering from a disability, you may be eligible for compensation”? I’m not going to even touch the medical journals that tell you what’s good for the fetus and what isn’t.

 Anyway, 23 yr old Rick Baker was in charge of creating the creepy mutant baby. Before working on this he helped with the make up for The Exorcist. But it was It’s Alive that jump started his career which led to 7 academy awards for Best Make Up. Sometimes all it takes in an indie movie to give you that extra push you needed. Am I right?

But like most Indie movies it wasn’t a box office success. However it did do well in overseas. So later, Cohan asked the studio if it did well in London if they would re-release it. They agreed but didn’t think much of it. Imagine their surprise when it did well in London and it did better in the US after it’s re-release.

Trailer:

Spook Lights: Southern Gothic Horror

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Southern gothic horror is uniquely (under-appreciated!) American literature, and too often written by white men. Imagine my surprise when stumbling across Eden Royce’s self-published anthology collection on GoodReads. A  black horror author with roots in Hoodoo/Conjure. Yasssss. I downloaded her book without hesitation and read it while listening to my old delta blues records. The proper way to enjoy a southern gothic is on a porch swing while the sweet, idle songs from grasshoppers rise up from the brush. Unfortunately, congested, downtown Chicago makes that impossible. So listening to Skip James was the next best thang, y’all. I’m also a little homesick and I miss my Gulf side of Texas. Reading “Spook Lights” was the perfect escapism for this reluctant city gal.

Connect with the author on

@edenroyce on Twitter  or her website, edenroyce.com, or blog

Or better, just buy her book on Amazon  or Lulu

There are 12 short stories in all, but my three favorites were “Doc Buzzard’s Coffin,” “Hag Ride,” and “The Choking Kind.” Royce’s melodic writing is full of texture, atmosphere, and characters that invoke the South. I felt the swelter and stale, human sweat rise through each word. Descriptive language meets Black folklore to create a leisurely atmosphere. Think ghost stories told around the campfire. Think of the fairytales your grandmother read to you when you were a child. Reading Spook Lights is more of an experience best enjoyed when not rushed. The horror element is subtle, often ironic, and I found myself able to predict most of the stories’ conclusions, however, the author’s charm and folksy delivery kept me squirming in my seat until the end of them. Most of the short stories are cautionary tales, where the main character often does something stupid, only to be punished or chastised by a vengeful spirit or magical spell later. There’s Hoodoo, Voodoo, murders driven by passion, and quests for revenge.

There’s also strong thread of female (often motherly) wisdom and jilted love in this collection. I appreciated the strong female protagonists of color. The women were often victims of their own making, but learned along the way how to find themselves. You don’t have to be from the south, Black, or a woman to understand the overall concept of this book, which I love. The author does a lovely job blending mythology for contemporary tastes. This is a book to kick back with and savor, bit by bit. It’s down-to-earth, like crackling bacon grease in a hot pan or like cold, tap water from the kitchen sink. Let the stories do the heavy lifting for you–Royce’s subtlety is masterful.

I enjoyed Spook Lights for its storytelling, not necessarily for innovation, horror, or plots. That said, I’m giving this anthology collection a solid 5/5. I heartily recommend Spook Lights to those looking for an enjoyable read rich with Southern atmosphere and non-traditional folktales told from Native American, Black, and a Caribbean perspective. Eden Royce’s ability to entertain is a dream. I will be reading more of her work.

 

Guest Post With The Damsels!

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