Fans of all things horror have been counting down the days to Halloween and now they have one more reason to celebrate. Today marks the launch of Creep Con; a month-long virtual con devoted to creepy movies and horror films on the multi-platform digital streaming network CONtv (available on connected devices including Roku® Players and Roku TV™ models, Android and Mac iOS, Samsung Smart TV, the web, and mobile and tablet devices).
In honor of Creep Con, CONtv has spotlighted 31 of their scariest films and documentaries, one for each day in October. For those who are too frightened to watch alone but still want to get in on all chills and thrills of the season, every Wednesday in October viewers can tune into a series of first-ever CONtv Livestream Viewing Parties (7 p.m. PT/10 p.m. ET) hosted by a cast of horror enthusiasts and experts. Providing live commentary Mystery Science Theater style and chatting with viewers during the movie, these unique interactions with giants in the genre will give viewers all the action of a real comic con – from their own location. A full schedule of guests can be found below.
Creep Con will also boast a 24/7 virtual hub featuring many of the same experiences fans get at a real con. This includes a full programming schedule, customized and shareable GIF’s, collectable items given away on the virtual prize wheel and through a digital scavenger hunt where horror hounds can put their detective skills to the test as they use clues to track down a fake CONtv movie title hidden somewhere on www.contv.com. Official rules can be found by following this link. There is a trivia section updated daily for the fans who think they know best. Finally, there are two contests for the most ambitious and creative horror fans; a pumpkin carving contest with downloadable stencils provided on the hub, and the Creep Con Cosplay Contest open to adults and kids with each winner getting one entire year free of CONtv (plus bragging rights)!
CONtv is a partnership of Cinedigm, an industry leader in independent content distribution and Wizard World, the largest Comic Con producer in the U.S.
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Creep Con Livestream Viewings Schedule:
October 7th @ 7 pm PT/10 EST
Theme: Haunted Houses
Film: The Dead Want Women
Guests: Paranormal Housewives – Marsha Covert-Garcia, Erin Potter, Kirsten A. Thorne, and Jennifer Storey
October 14th @ 7 pm PT/10 EST
Theme: Don’t Play With Dolls
Film: Puppet Master 3
Guests: David DeCoteau (director of Puppet Master 3) and William Bibbiani (Crave Online)
October 21st @ 7pm PT/10 EST
Theme: Bite Me
Guests: Chelsea Peters (indie horror director, Blumhouse), Brittany Klesic (horror writer) and Clarke Wolfe (horror host for Nerdist)
October 28th @ 7 pm PT/10 EST
Theme: Classic Horror
Film: CONtv’s Classic Horror Collection
Guests: Mickey Keating, Thomas Della Bella, and Darrell Wheat (award-winning indie horror filmmakers and die-hard horror fans).”
When the slasher genre started to really hit the mainstream around the mid-80s, there was a lot of outcry about its depiction of women. It is true that with so many slasher films flooding the market, more than a few fell into the trap of scantily clad, personality-less women running and stumbling, being murdered in the dark. But to focus on the worst aspects of the genre would do a disservice to some of the groundbreaking (and what many would call feminist) strides taken toward giving women agency and power over their lives, their sexuality, and their attacker.
The term “final girl” was coined in the early 90s to describe a “last woman standing” in a horror film. The final girl was the one to confront and defeat the killer at the end of the film, after making it through a gauntlet of terror. The 1996 film Scream highlighted this trope and drove it home for the masses by playing it with a tongue-in-cheek wink. Since then, films from the past have been critiqued through a new lens, shedding light on the early works in the genre that have paved the way for the final girls of today. We’ve created an infographic detailing some of the iconic final girls throughout modern cinema, highlighting their survival status, the main threat against their lives, and their weapon of choice. Take this visual journey with us through the world of masked maniacs, ancient aliens, and resurrected demons—just don’t trip.
This fall, sink your teeth into Bloodsucking Bastards (a.k.a.Bloodsucking Bosses), an action-packed vampire comedy in the vein of Office Space and Shaun of the Dead. Directed by Brian James O’Connell and penned by the popular comedy troupe Dr. God and Ryan Mitts, Bloodsucking Bastards takes audiences on a hilarious, blood-spattered roller coaster ride in the most terrifying locale of all: the American workplace. This film boasts an all-star cast, including Fran Kranz (Cabin in the Woods), Pedro Pascal (Narcos, Game of Thrones), Emma Fitzpatrick (Significant Mother, The Collection), Yvette Yates (Inherent Vice) with Joel Murray (Mad Men) and Joey Kern (Cabin Fever).
On November 3, 2015, Scream Factory™ is proud to present Bloodsucking Bastards (a.k.a. Bloodsucking Bosses) on Blu-ray™, DVD, Digital HD and available across On-Demand platforms everywhere. Filled with raucous laughs and buckets of blood, Bloodsucking Bastards comes loaded with bonus features including an audio commentary with the Dr. God comedy troupe, including director Brian James O’Connell, producer/actor Justin Ware, writer/actor Sean Cowhig, actor Neil W. Garguilo and actor David F. Park; a behind the scenes featurette and a gag reel. Fans can per-order their copies now at ShoutFactory.com
Bloodsucking Bastards stars Fran Kranz as Evan Sanders, a low-level, dutiful employee stuck in a boring job at a soul-killing every corporation. Evan’s the kind of guy who does all the work and gets none of the credit, but at least he gets to spend his days with his beautiful co-worker/girlfriend Amanda (Emma Fitzpatrick) and his slacker best friend Tim (Joey Kern), so he soldiers on in the hope of one day getting his coveted sales director position.
Unfortunately, it all falls apart in one fell swoop when Amanda breaks up with him and Evan’s boss Ted (Joel Murray) hands his promotion to his college nemesis Max (Pedro Pascal). And it isn’t just their sordid past Evan has to deal with. After his fellow officemates start going through disturbing changes (which, paradoxically, make them better employees) and bodies begin to pile up, Evan learns the horrible truth: Max is a vampire. And even worse… a vamp with a plan.
Evan must find a way to stop the evil brewing amidst the cubicles, expose Max as the bloodsucking bastard that he is, and save his pals before his life and career go from dead-end…to just dead.
Bloodsucking Bastards made its world premiere as the opening night film at the Slamdance Film Festival 2015 and has since played at select U.S. cinemas to great audience enthusiasm. The film was produced by Fortress Features (Brett Forbes, Patrick Rizzotti) in association with Maybe This Year Productions (Brandon Evans), Colleen Hard, and Justin Ware.
Bloodsucking Bastards Bonus Features
- Audio commentary with the Dr. God comedy troupe including director Brian James O’Connell, producer/actor Justin Ware, writer/actor Sean Cowhig, actor Neil W. Garguilo and actor David F. Park
- Behind the scenes (Bloodsucking Bastards on set)
- Gag reel
A&E Network presents the supernatural thriller “The Enfield Haunting,” a dramatization of the terrifying real-life events that took place in a seemingly ordinary home in northern London during the fall of 1977. Written by Joshua St. Johnston (Walking on Sunshine, Sweeney Todd) and directed by Kristoffer Nyholm (The Killing), the miniseries premieres Friday, October 9th at 10 PM ET/PT on A&E.
Adapted from Guy Lyon Playfair’s book “This House is Haunted,” “The Enfield Haunting” draws on extensive documentation, recordings and witness statements recorded at the time. To this day, the incident remains the most documented account of poltergeist activity in British history and the basis of horror films including the upcoming The Conjuring 2.
The miniseries stars 2014 Cannes Film Festival Best Actor Timothy Spall (Harry Potter, The King’s Speech) as Maurice Grosse, a rookie paranormal researcher, and BAFTA nominated actress Juliet Stevenson (Emma, Truly Madly Deeply, The Village) as his grieving wife Betty. BAFTA winner Matthew Macfadyen (Ripper Street, Frost/Nixon, Pride and Prejudice) portrays Guy Lyon Playfair, an experienced investigator who approaches the case with skepticism. Following a personal tragedy, Maurice is drawn to the house in Enfield after disturbing reports of a desperate family terrorized by malevolent unseen forces. Working together to get to the heart of the supernatural happenings, Maurice and Guy find that they cannot save the tortured family without first coming to terms with their own demons.
A&E licensed the US broadcast rights to “The Enfield Haunting” from Entertainment One (eOne). The miniseries was produced by Eleven Films and executive produced by Adrian Sturges (“The Disappearance of Alice Creed”), Jamie Campbell and Joel Wilson for Eleven. Sky’s Cameron Roach also served as executive producer.
Described by Mark Millar (Kick-Ass, Kingsman) as ““FAN-BLOODY-TASTIC…I LOVED IT!” this brand new hero teen team are set to shock and enthral comic book readers when they explode into stores and digital devices on December 9th.
“This is the Game Of Thrones of comic books!” said writer Noel Clarke. “Taking teen teams where they should, but have never dared to go before! In life shit happens. People F-up in many different ways and have to deal with that. In this book they will, except you’ll see it in all it’s punch-to-the-face glory!”
Issue #1 comes with two covers to collect: an art cover by series artist Joshua Cassara (order code: OCT151684), a variant art cover by red-hot Doctor Who artist Elena Casagrande (order code: OCT151685)
Hits like The Devil’s Backbone and Cronos helped put Mexico on the global horror cinema map, and now the new anthology film MEXICO BARBARO brings the latest examples of this thriving industry. The film, which gathers eight short films from the country’s leading horror directors, comes to digital download and Dark Sky DVD on November 3, 2015.
Eight Mexican directors unite to create tales of the most brutally terrifying Mexican traditions and legends to vividly shocking life. MEXICO BARBARO presents haunting stories that have been woven into the fabric of a nation’s culture, some passed down through the centuries and some new, but all equally frightening. Stories of boogeymen, trolls, ghosts, monsters, Aztec sacrifices and of course the Day of the Dead all come together in urban and rural settings to create an anthology that is as original as it is familiar and as important as it is horrifying.
The directors represented in this anthology film are Jorge Michel Grau (We Are What We Are, The ABCs of Death), Isaac Ezban (upcoming Fantastic Fest award winner The Incident), Laurette Flores, Ulises Guzmán, Edgar Nito, sound designer Lex Ortega (Here Comes the Devil, Frankenstein’s Army), Gigi Saul Guerrero (El Gigante, Choose Your Victim), and Rue Morgue Mexico coordinator Aaron Soto.
The eight short films, all presented uncut and uncensored, present a range of themes and styles – but all are nerve-shattering examples of Mexico’s vital and world-renowned horror film industry. There’s a modern take on Hitchcock’s Rear Window, a tale set in a strip club on the Day of the Dead, a rash of corpse stealing, ancient savage Mexican traditions, and decomposing dolls, among other gleefully grisly goings-on.
“I recommend this film to horror fans,” said Cuauhtemoc Ruelas of El Mexicano. The films are “composed of eight segments directed by the most important representatives of the genre in Mexico,” said Juan Alberto Apodaca of Disparagidmas.
About Dark Sky Films
Dark Sky Films is an independent film production and distribution label founded in 2008, working with emerging talent as well as established veterans to develop, package, produce and finance feature film and episodic television projects. Representing films from some of the most talented directors working today, such as Ti West’s The House of the Devil and The Innkeepers, and Jim Mickle’s Stake Land, Dark Sky continues to identify original talent and projects to bring a vibrant slate of films to the world market, with such recent productions as We Are Still Here, Deathgasm, Applesauce, and Cherry Tree.
Former “Queer As Folk” star, Thea Gill provides the voice of Hazel Switch, a rocker chick, electrical wall switch in Linda Andersson’s independently produced, animated feature film, “The Grid: Zombie Outlet Maul”, where electrical devices come to life after a nuclear power plant explosion.
The film shows what can be achieved in animation with a couple of computers and what would be considered an extreme micro-budget, within Hollywood standards. The film is a comedy/light horror geared towards the “Family Guy” and “Simpsons” crowd, just in time for Halloween. It was written and directed by Linda Andersson with M.J. Lallo (Clay Kids, Daddy I’m a Zombie) as voice-over co-director as well as the voice of Auto d’Fuse.
The film also stars Harry Ford of the new CBS drama, “Code Black”, Leah Cevoli (Robot Chicken, Deadwood), and Danny Pardo (Planes: Fire & Rescue). Deborah Stewart ( Rizzoli & Isles), who is a former voice of “Rockin Barbie” and also rocks the role of Creative Outlet, the guitar player for the band, Switch Hazel.
Original music is provided by Leslie Shoshan (Ravenz Gate), who is the singing voice of Hazel Switch. Her CD, “Les Is More” was produced by Brett Hestla (Creed, Dark New Day) and Justin Thomas (Dark New Day).
The award-winning, dance/pop duo, Sugarbeach, whose music has hit the Outvoice Top 40 charts also provides original music for Switch Hazel, and the singing for Linda Andersson’s character, Mega Watts.
Additional music is provided by MJ Lallo; L.A. music scene veteran, Gina Acuña; and Arielle LaGuette with a song co-written with Joe Rodriguez (guitarist for A Flock of Seagulls)
For more information and VOD screening venues, please visit: http://www.TheGridZom.com