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Abrakadabra, the new film by the Onetti brothers, will debut at Cannes – First Images Revealed

The film Abrakadabra, directed by brothers Luciano and Nicolás Onetti, will debut on May 12th at Cannes Film Festival. It has been one of the 7 films selected to participate in the “Upcoming Fantastic Films” section of Blood Window.

Abrakadabra is the fourth film by the Onetti brothers and closes the “giallo” trilogy that began with Sonno Profondo (2013) and Francesca (2015).

“Dante, The Great”, a prestigious magician, accidentally dies during a risky magic trick. Thirty-five years later his son Lorenzo, also a magician, presents a magic show in one of the most important theaters in the city. From then on, a series of murders will begin to take place and will attempt to incriminate him. Lorenzo must discover who and why seeks to involve him before it is too late…

Abrakadabra is starred by Germán Baudino (What the Waters Left Behind, 2/11 Day of the Dead) y María Eugenia Rigón (Deadpoint), and also starring Clara Kovacic (I am So, Tita from Buenos Aires, Jasmine), Ivi Brickell (Until it happens, Parasomnia), Gustavo D´Alessandro (Francesca), Raúl Gederlini (Francesca) y Pablo Vilela (Giants of Mexico).

  • Countries: Argentina / New Zealand
  • Year: 2018
  • Language: English
  • Directors: Luciano and Nicolás Onetti
  • Script: Carlos Goitia, Luciano Onetti and Nicolás Onetti
  • Producers: Nicolás Onetti and Carlos Goitia
  • Editor: Luciano Onetti
  • Music: Luciano Onetti
  • Director of Photography: Carlos Goitia
  • Art Director: Paola Tolosa
  • Costume Designer: Taz Pereyra
  • FX Designer / Make-Up Artist: Florencia Ollé
  • Assitant Directors: Diego Savignano and Matías Salinas
  • Production Manager: Neri Lauría
  • Executive Producers: Michael Kraetzer and María Paula Ríos
  • Associate Producer: Pablo Guisa Koestinger
  • Production Companies: Black Mandala and Guante Negro Films
  • Cast: Germán Baudino, María Eugenia Rigón, Clara Kovacic, Ivi Brickell, Gustavo D´Alessandro, Raúl Gedrlini, Pablo Vilela, Alejandro Troman, Lucía Galizio, Abel Gianonni, Camilo Levigne, Luz Champané, Claudio Rusiecky, Francisco Lacelli, Martín Sánchez, Fernando Marcilese, Victoria Sayavedra, Ismael Andrada, José Luis Rodríguez, Miguel López, Belen Díaz, Yanina Lojo, Sandra Navarrete, Yamila Embil, Juan María Onetti, Idiel Idiaquez, Juana Perez Cachenaut, Emiliano Lagos, Dora Fernandez Seixo, Malena Pardeilhan, Chavela Morales, Lila Goitia, Melanie Málaga, Sofía Garay, Samuel Vilela, Claudio Vilela, Martín Canaliccio, Lorién Pabese, Mariana Fittipaldi, Cristina Tolosa, Florencia Germondari, Juan Gil, Ludmila Chiodi.
  • Crew: Neri Lauría (Production Manager), Dai Gallardo and Evangelina Goitia (Production Assistants), Diego Savignano and Matías Salinas (Assistant Directors), Pablo Vilela (Director of Actors), Paola Tolosa (Art Director), Mariana Lupo, Facundo Ribeiro and Ivan Escudero (Assistants Art), Taz Pereyra (Costume Designer), Carlos Goitia (Director of Photography and Camera Operator), Emmanuel Medina (Gaffer), Pocho Mandagarán (Best Boy Electric), Mai Preciado (Still Photographer), Pol Lozano and Miguel Merlos (Assistants Camera), Florencia Ollé (FX Designer and Make-Up Artist), Emilia Ollé and Sabrina Toledo (Hair Stylists), Cristina García (Make-Up Assistant), Lucho Martínez (Graphic Artist), Magic Effects Assistance (Maxi Chávez).

To learn more about Abrakadabra check out the film’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Abrakadabra-1798042286897334

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That moment when you realize you’ve got a big day tomorrow and you’ve got to get cracking on your to-do list.

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The 2018 Happenstance Horror Fest – June 12 2018
Chunky’s Cinema and Pub – Haverhill, Massachusetts

The third annual Happenstance Horror Fest is here. Presented by George James Fraser of Stained Glass and Blood Bath Productions, the HHF features the very best of independent horror short films from around the world. Taking pride in its punk rock party atmosphere the HHF hosts a variety of artists and horror themed vendors from the New England area. Special guests and judges will be in attendance as well as many filmmakers.

George James Fraser started the film festival in 2016 as a way to present independent horror to large audiences. Each year a Fraser/Stained Glass and Blood Bath film is premiered. This year that film is Salt and Iron starring William DeCoff and Marissa Joy.

Awards are presented for best local, national, and international film. The audience will also get the chance to vote for their favorite films in various categories including best death, best score, best FX, and more. 2018 will feature the very first recognition of women in horror award sponsored by Morbidly Beautiful.

Chunkys Cinema and Pub has been home to the HHF since the beginning. Offering a full menu of food and adult beverage, the venue has a comfortable atmosphere where servers will keep your drinks full as you enjoy sitting in the seats that are actually pulled from old Cadillacs and other classic cars.

Fraser’s goal in this event is to hold a film festival that stands out from the rest. The HHF encourages a rowdy crowd and hopes to hear every bit of screams and laughter without concern. And there will be plenty to be had.

The festival is taking submissions for films under 20 minutes as well as trailers. HHF is also seeking sponsors that are available to take part at any budget.

For more information check out the following links:

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The official teaser trailer for writer/director/producer Brandon Scullion’s new horror feature, The New Hands, has dropped!

Best known for writing, directing and producing the multiple-award winning feature Consumption, Scullion recently wrapped principal photography on his second feature length project: The New Hands. His new film, which is based on his short of the same name, stars Best Actress Oscar Nominee and Golden Globes winner Sally Kirkland, Sleepaway Camp‘s Felissa Rose, Stephen Wu, who horror junkies will remember as the creepy Collin Mason in Edward Payson’s The Cohasset Snuff Film, and rising star Lexi Graboski.

IMDB informs us that “The New Hands tells the dark tale of Bram Victor on his phantasmagorical journey to find the perfect pair of hands, which he believes will bring his lost love back into his arms once again..” Gruesome stuff! And stuff that I can’t wait to watch! Also: extra points to those who noticed that “Bram Victor” was a combination of the names of two horror superstars: Bram Stoker and Victor Frankenstein!

But, without further ado, here’s the trailer:

The New Hands - Official Teaser Trailer - YouTube

Those familiar with Scullion’s Consumption will note that his trademark use of color and startling and iconic imagery is back in full force! This looks like it’s going to be a beautiful film!

The New Hands is slated for a 2019 release.

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E-Bowla is a 2018 horror short film written and directed by Cindy Maples starring Will Chase, Leo Kempf, Rusty James and Paul Nicely. It’s ladies night at the local bowling alley and four long time friends decide that it’s the perfect place to enjoy their one night a year away from their wives. Unfortunately, the ladies and the pizza buffet have other ideas.

Director Cindy Maples has asked me to keep my review spoiler free so I’ll absolutely respect her wishes.

Plot, Thoughts & Recommendation

This horror short runs just over eight minutes and that includes the credits. The film itself is only about seven and a half minutes long and for the overwhelming majority of that time it’s just sort of a feel good guys night flick (even though it’s girls night at the bowling alley). Four friends are having their “once a year” night away from their wives and go to their local bowling alley to do shit that guys do: act like idiots. It’s vulgar. It’s funny. And it’s remarkable how true I could see the conversations and “locker room talk” between these four buddies being. I can only imagine that Cindy got some input from her husband Rusty James when it comes to the guy talk

We’re most of the way through the film before the ‘horror’ kicks in but when it does it’s pretty outstanding. I won’t give anything away but when you get an opportunity to watch it do yourself a favor and do just that. The film itself is beautifully shot and directed and Maples does an outstanding job of making not only her human actors look great but also their setting. The bowling alley itself truly is a character here and it’s shown off in really impressive fashion. The sound quality here is top notch too which if you’ve ever been in a bowling alley you know how important sound would be when telling a story set amongst the pins. The folks at Echo Lanes in Henderson, Kentucky should be proud… their home came off great.

The film makes its World Premiere on Friday, April 27th where all the magic happened at Echo Lanes!

E-Bowla is Ready to Contaminate Echo Lanes

CARRIAGE HOUSE PRODUCTIONS and Director Cindy Maples will be bringing the World Premiere of E-Bowla to Echo Lanes in Henderson, KY. The premiere is set for Friday, April 27th with two different chances to see the short film that night. The film, which is just under 9 minutes in length will be played at 7:00 pm and then again at 8:30 pm. And for this one night only, members of the audience will see a special 30 minute behind the scenes making of E-Bowla video right before each viewing. Posters will also be available that evening and some of the stars of the film will be on hand for autographs.

E-Bowla, which started out as a joke between Maples and her husband Rusty James has turned into one of her favorite projects to date. The short comedy/horror film focuses on ladies night at the local bowling alley and four longtime friends who decide that it’s the perfect place to enjoy their one night a year away from their wives. Unfortunately, the ladies and the pizza buffet have other ideas.

The film has already been submitted to over 30 film festivals all over the world and thanks to internet film critics the news of E-Bowla is spreading.

Special thanks to Cindy for granting us access to her film!

For more info on E-Bowla and director Cindy Maples check her out at the following links.

E-BOWLA - Teaser Trailer - YouTube

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Lucy Hale (Pretty Little Liars) and Tyler Posey (Teen Wolf) lead the cast of Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare, a supernatural thriller from Blumhouse Productions (Happy Death Day, Get Out, Split). A harmless game of “Truth or Dare” among friends turns deadly when someone—or something—begins to punish those who tell a lie—or refuse the dare.

Directed by Jeff Wadlow (Kick-Ass 2), the thriller co-stars Violett Beane, Hayden Szeto, Landon Liboiron, Sophia Taylor Ali and Nolan Gerard Funk. The film was produced by Blumhouse’s Jason Blum and executive produced by Wadlow, Chris Roach, Jeanette Volturno and Couper Samuelson.

Truth or Dare is set to be released on Friday April 13th, 2018 but if you’re in the Boston or Hartford areas you can see it TWO DAYS EARLY on Tuesday April 10th… FOR FREE!!!

Truth or Dare Hits Theaters April 13th

Director: Jeff Wadlow
Producer: Jason Blum
Cast: Lucy Hale, Tyler Posey, Violett Beane, Hayden Szeto, Landon Liboiron, Sophia Taylor Ali, Nolan Gerard Funk

Boston

For your chance to download passes to the advance screening of Truth or Dare on Tuesday, April 10th, click here: tinyurl.com/TODBoston
Remember seating is first come, first served and not guaranteed so arrive early!

Hartford

For your chance to download passes to the advance screening of Truth or Dare on Tuesday, April, click here: tinyurl.com/TODHartford 
Remember seating is first come, first served and not guaranteed so arrive early!

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Blumhouse's Truth or Dare - Official Trailer [HD] - YouTube

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I understand that we’re over a quarter of the way through 2018 but I realized this afternoon that I never did our yearly ‘Best of the Year’ post for 2017. As I’ve been doing for the past several years I’m always interested to see what content on our website people are interested in. The ScareTissue writers family continues to grow and in 2017 we managed 103 posts! This item makes the 41st post of 2018 so I think it’s fair to say we’ve got no plans on slowing down. ScareTissue is here to stay!

And without further adieu… The Top 10 Posts From 2017:
(Based on Number of Views)

#10 – Anansi’s Goatman Comes To Life In Weirdo
The famous creepypasta Ansani’s Goatman is brought to life in the short horror film Weirdo. Directed by Herbert Moran, it follows a group of kids in the woods.

#9 – Unearthed & Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary (2017)
Unearthed & Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary, offers an in-depth look behind the magic that went into making such a timeless horror classic.

#8 – Ten Great European Horror Films You Might Have Missed
Up from #9 last year, JP Mulvanetti takes a look at 10 awesome European horror films that you may not be familiar with… but you should be.

#7 – The Conjuring (2013) – A True Story From The Warren Files
Down from #5 last year, my original review of The Conjuring from back in July of 2013.

#6 – #ShortMovieMonday – Do Not Disturb (2015)
Do Not Disturb is a 2015 short film written and directed by Jon James Smith, produced by Alexander Glenn Prather.

#5 – Victor Crowley (2017) – Premiere Review
Ten years after the events of the original Hatchet movie, Victor Crowley is mistakenly resurrected and proceeds to kill once more.

#4 – Down With the Worm Flu – Viral (2016)
MissToxicLocket reviews 2016’s Viral directed by Henry Joost & Ariel Schulman.

#3 – Refuge (2016) – No One Leaves
Up from #8 last year, Refuge​ chronicles the struggles of a family trying to survive in the wake of a deadly and mysterious catastrophic event that has brought America to its knees. The film stars Amy Rutberg, Eva Grace Kellner, Chris Kies, Carter Roy and Sebastian Beacon.

#2 – Head Cases – Imitation of Wayne Montgomery is Deadly
Down from #1 last year, my review (originally written in March of 2014) of Anthony Spadaccini’s Head Cases: Serial Killers in the Delaware Valley. 

#1 – Cargo (2013) – The Most Precious of All
Cargo (2013) tells the story of a zombie-bitten father and his attempt to save his infant daughter. It was a Tropfest Australia 2013 finalist.

I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone that contributed to ScareTissue this year. It was another great year and I’ve got high hopes for this one. I’d also like to thank the fans for interacting with us across social media and here on the site. THANK YOU!!!

Thanks for an outstanding 2017 folks. Here’s to an even better 2018!

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Trailer debut for female-led independent horror / comedy Housesitters

Tomorrow Romance is proud to announce the trailer debut for Chicago-based filmmaker Jason Coffman’s feature directorial debut Housesitters. Inspired in equal measure by modern comedy like Broad City and goofy horror films like Ghoulies, this female-led horror/comedy follows the misadventures of Angie (Annie Watkins, “Jan” in the original New York and Chicago runs of The Bardy Bunch) and Izzy (Jamie Jirak, formerly of Chicago’s pH Comedy Theater) as they take on a plum housesitting gig that kind of spirals into supernatural horror. Housesitters has been submitted to a number of 2018 festivals in advance of a VOD release later this year.

The cast of Housesitters also includes Peter Ash (currently featured in Southern Gothic at the Windy City Playhouse), Jay J. Bidwell, Bethanie Louise, Mariah Michael, James Timothy Peters, and Ben Schlotfelt. The film features a creature puppet designed and built by Ohio-based independent filmmaker Dustin Wayde Mills (The Puppet Monster Massacre. Behind the camera, Jolene Vega served as cinematographer with Jef Burnham as assistant director and Tatiana von Recklinghausen as lead makeup/effects artist. The soundtrack includes a score by Chicago-based Joshua Burke (who records under the name boardinghouse), with songs by Black Candles, Desire (courtesy of Italians Do It Better), Inner Vegas (courtesy of Good Glass), and Night Witch.

HOUSESITTERS - trailer - YouTube

For more information about Housesitters check out the following links:

Director’s Statement

I’m a huge horror fan, and I watch a lot of independent horror movies. Far too many indie horror filmmakers make familiar zombie or slasher movies. With Housesitters, I wanted to do something that doesn’t take itself too seriously and is a fast, fun showcase for the talents of our fantastic cast and crew. We shot Housesitters on a minuscule budget (that mostly went toward buying food for everybody on shooting days) with a lot of hard work on a tight schedule. I’m proud as hell of everybody who helped out in front of and behind the camera, and I can’t wait to share it with everyone!

The Five Rules of  Housesitters

I have watched many independent horror films over the years, and this experience has helped me figure out both what I want to do and–perhaps more importantly–what I do not want to do. While putting together Housesitters, I set down some ground rules before writing in order to help set it apart from many other independent horror films (and debut features in any genre). These rules were:

  1. Keep it short. Part of the practical function of a debut feature is just to prove to yourself and others that you can actually complete a movie, and you don’t necessarily need 100+ minutes to prove that point.
  2. Keep it simple. Minimal locations, characters, and effects help keep the project feasible and realistic. These things also help you make a tight schedule that you can stick to for the whole shoot. It’s a lot easier to finish a sprint than a marathon with no concrete finish line.
  3. No explicit violence against women. Too many independent movies are reliant on violence towards women, whether it’s a zombie movie, a slasher, or a serial killer “thriller.” There’s too much of that in the real world and in film history, so there’s no need to add any more.
  4. No guns. Guns are often a quick way to get yourself out of narrative problems and frequently are used gratuitously to just look cool. Also if you live in the United States, you’re bombarded with gun stuff all the time. Give the viewer a break from seeing guns for a little bit.
  5. Have fun! A lot of independent horror films take themselves far too seriously, and combined with overlong run times this turns a lot of them into joyless slogs. Instead of trying to be as unpleasant as possible or make a serious statement, have fun and try to convey that fun and make it infectious for your audience.

Check out the trailer above and leave us a comments with your thoughts!

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Within the Darkness – Be Careful What You Wish For…

West Hollywood, California (Monday, April 2nd, 2018) – Indican Pictures is set to release Jonathan Zuck’s terrifier Within the Darkness. Set for an early April release, Within the Darkness stars: Tonya Kay (“Criminal Minds”), John C. Bailey (Clowns, 2014), Shanna Forrestall (The Last Exorcism, 2010), Cheyenne Phillips (The Sandman, 2017) and many more up-and-comers. The film tells a story of several ghost hunters. They go in search of fame and fortune; but, they raise a demon  instead.

The trailer shows several paranormal non-believers at a seance. Once the ritual gets under way, demons are summoned into an abode. Now, a ghoul is reaching out to everyone from the ceremony, while drawing them down into the pits of Hell!

Within the Darkness is an award winning film. Slated for a Digital release this April 4th, Within the Darkness has won a “Director’s Choice” award at the Indie Horror Film Festival, in Illinois. Actress Forestall has won a “Best Actor” award at Shockfest, with writer Cheryl Compton winning “Best Writing” for this feature. To show on most Digital platforms, in just a couple of weeks, Within the Darkness is for true fans of horror, looking for real scares!

Within the Darkness Synopsis

A down on their luck group of friends with aspirations of fame and fortune in the ghost hunting business stumble upon the real deal. Shooting footage for the TV series “The Paranormal Dimension, with Austin Barnett,” Austin (David Coyne), Lucy (Erin Cline), Jesse (Kay) and Bruce (Bailey) are not prepared for what awaits them in the Hewitt House. A long dead, evil spirit is more than happy to give them what they seek – the scare of a lifetime. Be careful what you wish for…

  • Release Date: April 3rd, 2018 (Digital)
  • Director: Jonathan Zuck
  • Writers: Cheryl Compton and Jonathan Zuck
  • Cast:  John C. Bailey, Erin Cline, Cheyenne Phillips, Tonya Kay, Shanna Forrestall and Dave Coyne
Within The Darkness (Official Trailer 2018) - Vimeo
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Valley of the Rats – A New Odyssey of Violence and Eroticism

Vancouver, British Columbia (Monday, March 26th): Vince D’Amato’s (Vampires vs. Zombies) Giallo styled thriller, Valley of the Rats, is set for a late March release. There will be at least three versions of the film, all released on Blu-ray. Within the story of Valley of the Rats, a man is falsely accused of his girlfriend’s murder. He goes in search of his killer, only to uncover an even stranger mystery. This title, shot in Vancouver, B.C. and Turin, Italy, stars: Tristan Risk (American Mary), Momona Komagata (Peelers), Jesse Inocalla and even Lynn Lowry makes a special appearance. Details on this limited release are hosted here.

Both Shivers Entertainment and Darkside Releasing will be handling the film’s home entertainment launch. Darkside Releasing and Shivers Entertainment will be offering the standard 2-disc release, an ultra-limited 3-disc set which includes a full-length live performance by Tristan Risk’s ‘Caravan of Creeps’ burlesque troupe (100 units), and exclusive to Shivers Entertainment, the limited 3-disc set that includes the International version (500 units). Darkside’s website will also offer a specially-priced pack that includes the 2-disc Valley of the Rats blu-ray and 2017’s House of VHS Blu-ray/DVD combo. All of these visions of the film will be available on March 27th, to fans of erotic thrillers!

Odissea Della Morte (Odyssey of the Dead) - Trailer - YouTube

Valley of the Rats Synopsis

A young man is accused of his ex-girlfriend’s murder. Before he is formally charged by the police, he sets out on a two-day odyssey to find the real killer: tracking down his leads from the backseat of a rented limousine. This allows him to converse and ponder class, society, life in the city, and to contemplate the dirt that runs in the small nooks and valleys of cosmopolitan life. Mid-way through the film, the style transforms into Brivido Giallo contemporary, wordless operatic imagery of sex and violence.

  • Release Date: March 27th, 2018 (Blu-ray)
  • Director/writer: Vince D’Amato.
  • Cast: Tristan Risk, Momona Komagata, Jesse Inocalla, Lynn Lowry.
  • Shivers Entertainment (with the exclusive International cut): www.shiversentertainment.com
  • Darkside Releasing: darksidereleasing.com/store
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