The MOnster has just heard that Michael and Sonny Mahal, who brought y’all the super-fun Bus Party To Hell have just completed principal photography on yet another horror epic: ART OF THE DEAD.
He is currently looking for finishing funds to…um…finish the movie, and here’s what he and his team have to say:
ART OF THE DEAD is a horror film starring Richard Grieco (“21 Jump Street”) and Tara Reid (“Sharknado”) that just wrapped principal photography on May 21st, 2018. Filming is completed, and we need your help to raise additional funds for post-production.
WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF ART OF THE DEAD!
THE STORY: When Dylan Wilson purchases a collection of seven paintings to hang in his sumptuous estate, he has no idea what horrors he has unleashed for himself, his wife, Gina, his college son, Louis, his teen-age daughter, Donna, and his two little kids. Only Father Mendale knows what evils lurk inside this deadly series of portraits, and he also knows the terrifying history of Dorian Wilde, the artist who made a pact with dark forces when he created these paintings representing the seven deadly sins. Now, anyone who comes in contact with these pictures is corrupted by Pride, Lust, Gluttony, Sloth, Greed, Envy and Wrath! It’s up to Father Mendale and Louis’ girlfriend, Kim, to save Dylan and his family before they are all destroyed by the ART OF THE DEAD!
With Richard Grieco (“21 Jump Street, Night at the Roxbury”) & Tara Reid from (“the American Pie” series, the “Sharknado” series”, “The Big Lebowski”, “Urban Legend”, and most recently “Bus Party To Hell”) leading the cast, ART OF THE DEAD promises beauty and talent filling every frame. Also signed on is Lukas Hassel (“The Black Room”, TV’s “The Blacklist”,), Jessica Morris (TV’s “One Life To Live”, “The Wrong Roommate”, “CSI: NY”), and Robert Donavan (“The Black Room”, “The Hazing”, “Nightmare Man”, “Rod Steele 0014”). With many more new and exciting fresh faces to be announced soon, ART OF THE DEAD will deliver a wild journey into the dark world of art and terror!
THE MOVIE TEAM:
ART OF THE DEAD promises to be cool, twisted movie for horror lovers everywhere. We have assembled a great team both in front and behind the camera starting with writer/director: Rolfe Kanefsky. Rolfe Kanefsky is an award-winning screenwriter/director who has been working professionally in the film business for over twenty-five years. His debut film, the cult horror comedy THERE’S NOTHING OUT THERE was met with rave reviews such as– “NOTHING has a lot going for it”- L.A. Times. “Rolfe Kanefsky invented the self-referential horror flick with THERE’S NOTHING OUT THERE (an idea copied by Kevin Williamson’s screenplay for SCREAM several years later).”- Job Bob Briggs. Kanefsky’s most recent horror films entitled, “THE BLACK ROOM” starring Natasha Henstridge, Lin Shaye, Dominique Swain, and James Duval hit select theaters last year and is currently on Netflix. He teamed up with Mahal Empire to make “BUS PARTY TO HELL” hitting movie theater screens this April. Other past horror films include, “THE HAZING” starring Brad Dourif, The After Dark/Lions Gate 8 Films To Die For selection “NIGHTMARE MAN”, the Warner Brothers release, “JACQUELINE HYDE”, “CORPSES” starring Jeff Fahey, and many more! This being a horror film, we knew the special effects had to be top of the line and to create our practical effects, we hired Award-Winning F/X master Vincent Guastini of V.G.P Effects and Design. With over 33 years of creature work in the business and credits such as “Requiem For A Dream”, “Dogma”, “Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey”, “Child’s Play 3”, “The Black Room”, “Flags Of Our Fathers”, “The Dark Tapes”, and countless others, ART OF THE DEAD promises some really amazing state-of-the-art effects!
Producers Michael and Sonny Mahal, following in the success of their recent “Bus Party To Hell” starring Tara Reid, are ready to conquer the world of horror and thrills again with ART OF THE DEAD. With a passion for bringing new and exciting stories to the big screen while expanding the scope of filming in the Vegas Community, Michael and Sonny will once again knock this production out of the park! They say, “Our last feature film “Bus Party To Hell” was just released in over 20,000 red box locations in the United States. If our last film got Redbox then this film should as well. We have a bigger budget and better cast.”
Their Kickstarter fundraising campaign is currently active and runs through mid-August. Perks are many and wild, and include not only the usual suspects like posters, tickets to the premiere and copies of the film but once-in-a-lifetime opportunities like having your own painting or music featured in a wide-release film and dinner with the delectable Tara Reid!
You can learn more about their campaign right here:
News of a Child’s Play reboot broke last week, but Chucky remains one of the most iconic modern horror villains. Fright-Rags embraces the legacy with a new collection of Chucky merchandise. The company also rings in the summer with fresh Jaws apparel.
Available in single wax packs, factory boxes, and seal boxes, Fright-Rags’ Chucky trading cards include movie photo cards, stickers, art parallel cards, rainbow foil cards, and one-of-a-kind sketch cards. They span the franchise, featuring everyone from Chucky and Andy to Tiffany and Glen/Glenda.
Fright-Rags’ Chucky collection also includes a “Friends ‘Til the End” design (previously available as a kids shirt) on adult ringer tees and a reprint of Justin Osbourn’s fan-favorite Child’s Play 2 T-shirt.
Just when you thought it was safe to go to Fright-Rags, the company has new Jaws merchandise for sale. The great white shark swims onto three new T-shirts, reprints of two popular designs, and a pair of socks with the iconic poster artwork.
Wanna play? Chucky and Jaws collections are on sale now at Fright-Rags.com.
Fright-Rags will celebrate Friday the 13th by re-releasing Jason Edmiston’s “G.I. Jason” design on T-shirts and tank tops for three days only beginning Friday at 10am EST.
The Forest of the Lost Souls is the Debut Theatrical Release From Wild Eye Releasing In US Theaters This Summer!
Leading independent distributor Wild Eye Releasing has acquired Portuguese horror film The Forest of the Lost Souls, setting it as their first theatrical release.
The psychological “coming of age” horror film, written and directed by directed by José Pedro Lopes, marks the distrib’s first theatrical release. The film, which had its world premiere at the Fantasporto Film Festival on February 26, 2017, is scheduled to open in August.
Ricardo and Carolina are complete strangers that meet seemingly by chance in the “Forest of the Lost Souls”, a place where many people go to commit suicide. These two, a young woman and an old man, are no different than the others as they also came to the forest for this very reason.
They decide to briefly postpone killing themselves in order to explore the forest and also to continue talking to one another, as Ricardo and Carolina find themselves intrigued by one another.
However, as the pair go further into the forest it becomes clear that one of them has other reasons for being in the forest and is not who they would have the other believe them to be and is actually a psychopath…
The Forest of the Lost Souls will open theatrically August 5 in L.A and other cities.
Wild Eye Releasing, whose recent releases include well-received sci-fi thriller Soft Matter and James Klass’s House on Elm Lake, represents horror, exploitation, dark arthouse, cult and documentary films from around the world.
Dustin Mills Productions, the production house that brought you THE PUPPET MONSTER MASSACRE and EASTER CASKET, is proud to present the trailer debut for their upcoming horror extravaganza SLAUGHTERHOUSE SLUMBER PARTY. This is DMP’s most ambitious project yet, with a cast of both new and familiar faces and incredible makeup and effects by Marcus Koch (MOHAWK, WE ARE STILL HERE, the AMERICAN GUINEA PIG series) and Dustin Mills himself. DMP is running a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter from July 8th through August 7th, and backers get immediate access to the full uncensored proof-of-concept trailer.
The trailer was shot by Mills and the cast over the course of a weekend with everyone volunteering their time, a testament both to everyone’s excitement about the potential of the project and the insane pace at which Mills works. SLAUGHTERHOUSE SLUMBER PARTY merges influences from classic cult horror movies like SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE and HARD TO DIE to colorful supernatural comedies like GHOSTBUSTERS and BEETLEJUICE with a faux-documentary approach à la WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS. The resulting concept trailer alone would be off the charts on Joe Bob Briggs’s “high points,” packed as it is with nude women and copious gore. The film’s comic asides set SLAUGHTERHOUSE SLUMBER PARTY apart from an independent horror landscape overflowing with self-serious, mean-spirited slashers and samey zombie movies.
For the proposed feature, Mills is joining forces once again with effects wizard Marcus Koch. Koch has an impressive track record providing effects work in dozens of films ranging from projects like MOHAWK and WE ARE STILL HERE to extreme underground horror in the AMERICAN GUINEA PIG series and Mills’s HER NAME WAS TORMENT films. The film’s cast consists largely of faces familiar to indie horror fans including Brittany Blanton (DON’T FUCK IN THE WOODS, KILL DOLLY KILL), Joni Durian (HAUNTED HOUSE ON SORORITY ROW, HER NAME WAS TORMENT 2), Kayla Elizabeth (BLOOD RITUAL, DON’T FUCK IN THE WOODS 2), Roni Jonah (HI-8, VOLUMES OF BLOOD), Haley Jay Madison (HEADLESS, HUNTERS, IN MEMORY OF), and Erin R. Ryan (BABYSITTER MASSACRE, APPLECART, DEVIL’S TRAIL).
Since releasing his debut feature THE PUPPET MONSTER MASSACRE in 2010, Dustin Wayde Mills has directed over a dozen feature films ranging from the Troma-esque insanity of EASTER CASKET to bleak extreme horror in the HER NAME WAS TORMENT films and even some more family-friendly genre fare with HALLOWEEN SPOOKIES. He has also worked on visual effects and makeup for films such as SUPER TASK FORCE ONE, HARVEST LAKE, SPACE BABES FROM OUTER SPACE, and HOVER in addition to his own films. SLAUGHTERHOUSE SLUMBER PARTY is by far Mills’s most ambitious single feature project to date, melding a wide array of his influences and interests into one wildly over-the-top comedic thrill ride.
Slaughterhouse Slumber Party Synopsis
A group of gorgeous gal pals are horrified when one of their friends dies in a tragic naked pillow fight accident during their annual Slumber Party. Fearing legal repercussions, the ladies dump her body in a swamp and forge a runaway letter. Years later, the girls reunite to boob it up one more time with a saucy Slumber Party for the ages, only to have their party pooped by the vengeful spirit of their dear departed friend. Trapped by magic, surrounded by evil, and very underdressed, will they survive the night? Or will this Slumber Party become a Slaughterhouse?
Slaughterhouse Slumber Party Cast
Brittany Blanton (DON’T FUCK IN THE WOODS, KILL DOLLY KILL)
Joni Durian (HAUNTED HOUSE ON SORORITY ROW, HER NAME WAS TORMENT 2)
Kayla Elizabeth (BLOOD RITUAL, DON’T FUCK IN THE WOODS 2)
Ariel Jarchow (JUST YOUR AVERAGE HALLOWEEN PARTY)
Roni Jonah (HI-8, VOLUMES OF BLOOD)
J. Ania Lupa (HORNDOGS BEACH PARTY)
Haley Jay Madison (HUNTERS, HEADLESS, IN MEMORY OF)
Eve Moreau (Feature debut)
Kenzie Phillips (DESCENDING, NIGHTFALL)
Erin R. Ryan (BABYSITTER MASSACRE, APPLECART, DEVIL’S TRAIL)
Melissa Sue Zahs
Slaughterhouse Slumber Party Crew
Writer/Director: Dustin Wayde Mills
Assistant Director – Virginia Leigh
Special FX – Marcus Koch
Makeup – Brittany Bailey
Slaughterhouse Slumber Party Official Trailer - New Horror Comedy - YouTube
For more information about Slaughterhouse Slumber Party check out the following links:
This recently came to The MOnster’s attention…and The Monster THOROUGHLY endorses this cause!
The filmmaking and production team had the following to say about their film:
EX VOTO: A female revenge horror dedicated to raising awareness about sexual violent against women launches its Kickstarter campaign!
EX VOTO: After surviving a brutal assault, an enigmatic 17-year-old Mexican girl finds retribution through her untapped female power and local witch culture.
EX VOTO is a cerebral female revenge film set in working-class Mexico City, and centered on 17-year-old Mexicana Nayeli (played by Venice Film festival award winning / Ariel award nominated Ruth Ramos) and how she finds her power following a brutal assault. While the film is set in CDMX, the filmmakers are examining rape culture in patriarchal societies around the globe, and the relationship between gender and power on a universal scale.
the team are offering film fans Executive Producer credits with the chance to go the premiere at the Walter Reade Theater at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, NYC; Limited Edition Posters; one of a kind on-set disposable camera photos and much more! In just a few short hours since its launch, the project gained a Kickstarter ‘Project We Love’ badge. The filmmakers hope to raise $20,000 USD to cover the costs of the cast and crew; locations, food and transportation, equipment and post-production.
EX Voto was created by this amazing and talented team: Director, Ashley George (US) (SOMETIMES FOREVER, Outfest); Co-Producer, Diana Mata (MX) (MEMORIES OF A STRIP CLUB, Ariel Nominated and screened 20 countries); production company Enfant & Poulet (MX) (BEA Palm Springs Short Film Festival, Morelia Film festival) alongside Producer, Maya Korn (US) (AU). Starring Ruth Ramos (THE UNTAMED, LA REGION SALVAJE, winner at Venice Film Festival, San Sebastian and the Ariel Awards) and with production design by Julieta Jimenez (NARCOS, QUEEN OF THE SOUTH).
Coming Up with EX VOTO:
In the words of the production team: “EX VOTO was initially conceived as a response to the US presidential election race. We couldn’t believe the racist, sexist comments and actions we were being bombarded with daily from an apparently viable presidential candidate.
We were drawn to Mexico, thinking we would create a protest film. We spent a month researching and speaking to people about our ideas. During our conversations, we found women in the close knit Catholic suburbs of Mexico City are treated very poorly with little sense of female community. The statistic that 7 women die daily in Mexico as a result of ‘feminicidio’ (femicide) came up continually and the film grew into a story that aims to raise awareness about the global problem of sexual violence against women.
Our hope is that this short will empower women everywhere to stand up for themselves and know they are not alone.”
Partner Organization : Casa De La Familia
We have partnered with a California based non-profit organization that supports female victims of trauma: Casa de la Familia. Any financial awards received will be dedicated to them.
About Casa De La Familia
Initially established in 1996 for victims of crimes such as human trafficking, domestic violence, rape, sexual assault, child sexual, and physical abuse, CDLF’s mission has expanded to providing counselling and support to individuals and families who have been impacted and affected by various types of trauma. We also focus on educational outreach to bring awareness to domestic violence and other forms of abuse to educate the population and with an intention to prevent trauma from continuing to perpetrate our communities. With a clinical staff of over 40 therapists, Casa de la Familia provides mental health services to Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, with an emphasis on services for the marginalized population of California.
When I received Darren Dash’s latest novel, Midsummer’s Bottom, I already knew I was in for a treat. Here’s an author who’s never let me down no matter what name he’s writing under (Darren Shan, Darren O’Shaughnessy, and D.B. Shan are some others). Dash’s previous book, An Other Place, was a delightfully mad gonzo romp, and while promoting Midsummer’s Bottom he promised it would be even more experimental and out of left field.
So what treats does Mr. Dash have in store for readers this time?
In a word: Shakespeare.
More specifically, Shakespeare as presented by an amateur theatre company.
Even more specifically, Shakespeare as mangled by the worst amateur theatre company in the world.
Midsummer’s Bottom follows a fun-loving anarchist who’s been charged by the real-life Puck to destroy the Midsummer Players, whose annual production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” has caused endless woe and embarrassment to all the Fey world. You see, Shakespeare didn’t singlehandedly invent this famous whimsical tale. It turns out all the characters in his play are based on real fairies, and as part of an agreement between the playwright and his mystical inspirations, all of Fey land must attend every single production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” staged in our world. Tiredsome as such an agreement might get, nobody has managed to botch the play quite as badly as the Midsummer Players, and the fairies have decided this is the last time they’re going to endure such punishment.
Now, your first thought might be ‘How much fun can I have reading about a group of theatre hacks?!’ Put those worries to bed without supper, for they’ve underestimated the abundance of backstage drama present in any theatre troupe.
If you’ve ever performed in an ensemble group, you know exactly what I’m talking about: someone’s too pretentious, someone abuses their relationship with the director, someone’s sleeping with another someone who’s spoken for, and someone always initiates an orgy (okay, maybe those are just the theatre productions I’ve been in, but you get what I’m saying). Point is, Dash has obviously done his homework on theatre troupes, so the dialogue and actions of his characters ring true while remaining entertaining.
A small portion of the story (mostly the Fey dialogue) is delivered in iambic pentameter, a storytelling choice which was impressively executed. At first it turned me away, because I cringe with intimidation when I see iambic pentameter, but I quickly became used to it and was very entertained when one of the non-Fey characters mentioned how annoying it is.
Although this is experimental fantasy and not horror, the tension in the third act managed to keep me on the edge of my seat and unable to put the book down. In fact, I rarely set the book down at all once the large ensemble of characters was individually introduced.
Midsummer’s Bottom is Darren Dash at his best and most inventive form. I’m excited to share this book with my theatre friends, who will no doubt get the biggest kick out of it.
The MOnster has found out that acclaimed horror author Staci Layne Wilson has been very busy of late…
Wilson’s latest works, City of Devils and The Tragedy Man, are now available and are sure to stun both her established fan base and newcomers to her work. Apart from being an extremely talented author, Wilson is also an award-winning horror film director and a writer for both Fangoria and Dread Central.
But, without further ado, here’s the skinny on both City of Devils and The Tragedy Man:
City of Devils: 13 Tales of the Uncanny, Unlucky & Unholy – Anthology / 66,500 words
Los Angeles and Lucifer are a lot alike. They both seduce and lure with promises of wealth, fame, beauty or love. But those promises are often empty; and even when they’re not, there’s a price to pay.
Come meet the denizens of City of Devils: Natasha is an underrated actress who goes to great lengths to win an Oscar in “Based on a true story.” In “Doom for Rent” a young man takes on a roommate to make ends meet, only to find he’s opened the door to pure evil. Geneva Hughes is a wealthy celebutant who loves her chihuahua Boo-Boo to death in “Ankle Biters.” Private dick Max Ryker gets more than he bargained for in “The Case of the Butchered Bombshell.” Tourist Ethel learns there’s no such thing as “Free Admission.” Child actor Cosmo Colombo finds out what he’s made of when The Big One hits LA. in “Richter Mortis.” Are the paparazzi soulless? Find out in “Remote Trigger.” A narcissist devours the weak in “Depraved Indifference” while the meek fight back against a sleazy film producer in “He Was Asking For It.” Partygoers in “Abracadaver” practice supernatural sleight-of-hand during a séance at The Magic Castle. A psychic shyster gets his comeuppance in “My Mother the Carcass,” while Malibu surfer Bjorn meets a malicious mermaid in “Tasty Waves.” Lastly, a lonely lady’s desperation to be thin and beautiful could cost her her life in “Alice on Wonderland.”
“City of Devils is an intoxicating mixture of white-knuckle horror and laugh-out-loud gallows humor.” – Daniel Love, producer: The Occult
“Reader beware, you’re in for a scare! A travelogue through sinister L.A., accompanied by a soundtrack of sinful rock and roll, City of Devils will keep you awake all night.” – Abigail Gibson, guide: Haunted Hollywood Tours.
An aspiring writer becomes a successful novelist. But at what price? When people start turning up dead, it’s hell to pay.
PRAISE FOR THE TRAGEDY MAN
“Staci Layne Wilson is an expert at creating believable characters, a chilling scenario, and a roller-coaster-ride-of-a-story that doesn’t put on the brakes until the very last page.” – James Newman, author of Holy Rollers and The Wicked.
“Take Cary Bouchard, a less than average, downtrodden shadow of a man and give him a free a ride on Hell’s roller-coaster, complete with blood, guts and terror. The result? Staci Layne Wilson’s psychological horror novel, The Tragedy Man. Wilson has written a fresh twist on a classic favorite. Is fortune and fame worth a price? Any price? For seasoned and new readers of the genre, treat yourself to a masterfully written mind tweak, haunting descriptions and an ending that screams, ‘Move over, Rod Serling!'” – Cass Andre, author of El Chupacabra.
“In her latest work, Staci Layne Wilson tackles one of the most enduring questions of modern horror fiction – where do writers get their ideas? By the time the reader is done with The Tragedy Man, they’ll never look at another writer the same way again and all their darkest suspicions will be confirmed. A rousing good tale, full of atmosphere and suspense.” – Joseph Nassise, author of Riverwatch and Heretic.
Here’s the Amazon link, which also goes to the audiobook on audible.com:
Monster is based on the bestselling book of the same name. It is directed by author Matt Shaw. Matt is the published author of over 200 titles. With his work endorsed by Horror heavyweight Shaun Hutson, Shaw has been a full time author for over 6 years, regularly found in the top 100 Most Popular Horror Authors (reaching position 5). The book itself hit number one on Amazon’s Horror Charts (beating the likes of Stephen King) several times since its release in 2014.
The feature film -a cross between The Texas Chainsaw and Natural Born Killers -stars Tracy Shaw (Coronation Street), Rod Glenn (American Assassins), Danielle Harold (EastEnders and Fanged Up) and Laura Ellen Wilson. An uncomfortable tale exploring the theme of nature versus nurture. Who’s the real monster? Despite the horrors on screen, there are quotable one-liners and black comedy laced throughout with scenes that will stick to the imagination, such as the human birthday cake….
Emily is tired of her life. In a dead end job that she hates and an employer who takes advantage of her, she dreams of a life away from the daily grind. Her life will take an unexpected turn, however when she is snatched from work and bundled into a van. She awakes later in the isolated Remington home, a place of death and violence where depravity and horror are the norm. Led by the fearsome Richard, the undisputed head of the household, Emily discovers that the Remington’s are organizing a very special birthday party and she is the guest of honor.
When the birthday boy –the Remington’s seven foot tall hulk of a son appears, Emily realizes she is more than just a guest and their intentions for her are much more sinister. A tale of harrowing violence and tragedy, Monster reaches new depths of horror and cruelty as Emily fights for her life against a family which know nothing of remorse or compassion. As the story unfolds we discover that some men are born monsters, and others are made as a product of their upbringing.
Behind every tradition lies a revolution. This Independence Day, witness the rise of our country’s 12 hours of annual lawlessness. Welcome to the movement that began as a simple experiment: The First Purge.
To push the crime rate below one percent for the rest of the year, the New Founding Fathers of America (NFFA) test a sociological theory that vents aggression for one night in one isolated community. But when the violence of oppressors meets the rage of the marginalized, the contagion will explode from the trial-city borders and spread across the nation.
Coming off the most successful film in the series, The Purge: Election Year, creator James DeMonaco (writer/director of The Purge, The Purge: Anarchy and The Purge: Election Year) returns alongside the producers of this worldwide phenomenon: Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum (Insidious series, Get Out, Split), Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Ouija series, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre), and DeMonaco’s longtime production partner, Sébastien K. Lemercier (Assault on Precinct 13, Four Lovers).
The First Purge is directed by Gerard McMurray (Burning Sands), working from a screenplay once again written by DeMonaco.
The First Purge is set to be released on Wednesday July 4th, 2018 but if you’re in the Boston area you can see it TWO DAYS EARLY on Monday July 2nd… FOR FREE!!!
The First Purge Hits Theaters July 4th
Director: Gerard McMurray
Producer: Jason Blum, Michael Bay, Andrew Form, Brad Fuller, Sébastien K. Lemercier Steve Molen, Jeanette Volturno, Couper Samuelson
Cast: Y’Lan Noel, Lex Scott Davis, Joivan Wade, Luna Lauren Velez and Marisa Tomei
Free Advance Screening Passes!
To download passes to the advance screening of The First Purge on Monday, July 2nd, click here: tinyurl.com/TheFirstPurgeBos
Remember seating is first come, first served and not guaranteed so arrive early!
Learn more about The First Purge at the following links: