blood punchBluff Road Productions and Midnight Releasing are excited to announce the DVD and VOD release of Blood Punch. Directed by Madellaine Paxson, the film reunites “Power Rangers RPM” stars Milo Cawthorne, Olivia Tennet and Ari Boyland in a bloody thriller, centered on a murderous love triangle that takes a shocking and grisly supernatural turn. Blood Punch pulls you into its vicious cycle on DVD, Digital HD and cable VOD starting September 1.

Blood Punch has been an audience and critical favorite since its premiere at the Austin Film Festival, where it won the Dark Matters Audience Award. Paxson was honored with Best Director and Best Feature at the Hoboken Film Festival, while the film has taken home seven additional Audience and Best Feature awards.

Milton (Cawthorne, Deathgasm), a brilliant chemistry student breaks out of court-mandated drug rehab with a mysterious bad girl, Skyler (Tennet, “When We Go to War”). Looking to recruit a cook for a one-day drug score, she lures him to an isolated cabin with her psychotic and trigger-happy boyfriend Russell (Boyland, “Shortland Street”).

Russell reveals that he plans to murder Milton as soon as he is finished cooking the drugs, and their simple love triangle quickly descends into a mind-blowing supernatural cycle of carnage and mayhem with no end…and no escape.


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TWDThe Walking Dead: Season 5
Starring: Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun
Reviewed by Brian M. Sammons

It’s the latest season on disc of the show that launched a 1000 other horror TV shows. I mean really, before American Horror Story, Bates Motel, Salem, Hannibal, Sleepy Hollow, The Strain, Scream, Scream Queens, and a TWD spinoff called Fear the Walking Dead. Sure, there were spooky shows on television before The Walking Dead, but there was never the gory glut of serious, violent, and hardcore horror on TV like there is now. So am I saying that all this is thanks to The Walking Dead? Yes I am. Love the show or hate it – I hear plenty from both sides of that fight – I think it’s undeniable that if AMC didn’t take a chance on TWD, which has become one of the most watched shows on TV, then we would not be in this new golden age of horror-themed television. All that being said, does The Walking Dead still deserve to be one of the most watched shows on television? Well grab your gun, samurai sword, and be sure to aim for the head; we’re heading back to the zombie apocalypse for the fifth season to find out.

This season kicks off with Rick and company still imprisoned in the town of Terminus by a group of cannibals. Surprisingly, that predicament is wrapped up pretty quickly, and satisfyingly, and the group is on the move in short order, but are they being followed? And if so, by whom? New characters from comic are introduced this season, including the ever crazy Father Gabriel, and others return after a hiatus, such as Beth and even Morgan, who has been MIA since season three. Most of the action is on the road this season, something I always like, and then ends up with Rick and his posse reaching a “safe zone” in the little town of Alexandria. But how safe is it when there are troubles within the sanctuary and troubles outside in the form of a mysterious group called “The Wolves” who like to carve the letter W into the foreheads of both the living and the dead?

On to the extras in this new Blu-ray set from Anchor Bay. First and foremost, there are a bunch of featurettes to be found here. Nine of them, to be exact. No wait, there’s even more than that. “Inside The Walking Dead” is actually a collection of short behind the scenes bits for each of the sixteen episodes this season. “The Making of The Walking Dead” is also a collection of sixteen mini-featurettes, each one focusing on an individual episode. There is one on “The Making of Alexandria,” the little slice of heaven our heroes find at the end of this season. There are four “Journey” shorts, each one focusing on a different character: Beth, Bob, Noah, and Tyreese. There are two “Day in the Life of” features on two of the actors: Michael Cudlitz (who plays Abraham), and Josh McDermitt (who plays Eugene). Last, but not least, there’s one on the real stars of the show, the zombies, called “Rotters in the Flesh.” Additionally there are a collection of deleted scenes for six of the episodes and six audio commentaries for five of the episodes (episode one of this season has two commentaries). So yeah, that’s a whole lot of special feature love for the show, and I couldn’t be happier for it.

Season five of The Walking Dead is another solid effort from the zombie show that changed the landscape of television. Sure, there are some uneven spots, but that can be said of most shows. But pound for pound this show keeps on delivering the goods and this Blu-ray boxset is a must for fans of the show. Consider it well recommended.

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unnaturalCourtney Solomon’s After Dark Films is set to release the next ravenous horror film Unnatural in the ‘8 Films to Die For’ horror line-up, hitting theaters October 16, 2015.  This latest addition travels us to the cold stark Alaskan wilderness promising plenty of screams with no one to hear them.

Written by Ron Carlson and Arch Stanton, directed by Hank Braxtan and produced by Ron Carlson, the film preys on our fear of the unknown and the Unnatural.

“This film takes us far from Civilization to the land of blood and snow, where it answers the age-old question of what happens when Man plays God” says Stephanie Caleb, EVP of Creative Affairs & Acquisitions at After Dark Films.

The film stars James Remar (Dexter), Sherilyn Fenn (Rude Awakening), Graham Greene (The Green Mile), Stephanie Hodes (Life Blood), Q’orianka Kilcher (The New World), Ivana Korab (If You Only Knew), Ray Wise (RoboCop), and Allegra Carpenter (The Fault in Our Stars).

“I really tried to take an old school approach to the movie,” said director Hank Braxtan, “we shot on anamorphic lenses, and I tried to do every gag, kill, and effect in camera.  Our bear is a real animatronic monster, made by masters of the craft, so what you see on screen is really there.  It was a challenge, as it always is with practicals, but that’s the magic of filmmaking.”

Official Synopsis:
A morally ambiguous corporation experiments with genetic modification resulting in the creation of a man-hunting creature. When it escapes, a group of unsuspecting cabin dwellers become its prey in a horrifying game of cat and mouse. 

‘8 Films to Die For’ will be released in theaters on October 16, 2015, with Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment handling all ancillary forms of media, including Digital HD™, DVD, and VOD.

“We shot this film further north in the month of January than any other feature known to date,” says producer Ron Carlson, “it was 40 degrees below zero and I said to myself, ‘if the cold doesn’t kill us, this Thing certainly will.'”

Ian Brereton negotiated the deal on behalf of After Dark Films.

For more information, visit us at www.8filmstodiefor.com.


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11234910_974246052617770_4510900646668110370_nLayers of Fear is a psychedelic horror that will keep you on-edge for the entire game. Delve deep into the mind of an insane painter and discover the secret of his madness as you walk through a constantly shifting house.

Heavily inspired by the masterpiece paintings from the past centuries and the architecture and décor from the XIX century, Layers of Fear is a truly unique experience where each move of the camera can change your surroundings.

Layer by layer uncover the visions, fears and horrors that entwine the protagonist and finish the masterpiece he strived for so long to create.

Game Features:
– A psychedelic horror game where each turn of the camera may change the look of your surroundings.
– Deep insight into the madness that entwines a human being.
– Inspired by the masterpiece paintings from the past centuries, and the architecture and décor from the XIX century.
– A thick atmosphere that will make you feel on-edge throughout the whole game.

Availability:
Layers of Fear is scheduled for a Windows PC release on August 27th, 2015.


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Left to Darkness – Book Review

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Left-To-DarknessLeft To Darkness
Craig Saunders
DarkFuse
August 11, 2015
Reviewed by Tim Potter

There’s a lot going on in Craig Saunders new novel Left To Darkness, a story of the days leading up to and following the apocalypse. Sometimes, in fact, there’s too much going on with a large cast of characters that forces the narrative to jump around to make sure all of the plot points are covered. The prose is swift and keeps the reader intrigued even through the less interesting characters and the weaker plot points.

The book is divided into two parts as far as the general plot goes: the pre-apocalypse and the immediate post-apocalypse. The story begins with the world knowing that a meteor of gigantic size is going to strike the Earth, but nobody is sure what will follow. The questions of immediate death of everyone or a more localized sort of devastation or a slow, suffocating death plague the characters as they try best to prepare for the inevitable. Up until the point of the meteor’s impact the book is at its best.

The reader is introduced to James Finley, a homeless man with a mysterious briefcase and Ed Bright, a powerful man with a vested interest in finding that briefcase. Dawn Graves is on the brink of motherhood as the world is on the brink of devastation. Some of the most insightful moments in the book come from Dawn as she ponders motherhood and all of its attendant issues. What will it mean to bring new life into the world if all life is threatened. Paul Deacon is a dedicated police Inspector who is trying to do his job as London goes mad around him, seemingly destroying itself before the meteor can. As the story works its way into the meteor strike and the aftermath, Paul faces an interesting challenge straight out of The Day of the Triffids.

Unfortunately, once the meteor strikes the story slows down substantially. What was more philosophical and unique becomes a more standard story of the apocalypse, one complicated by too many characters. While Dawn Graves continues to be interesting throughout, other characters become a drag on the story. Too much of the focus falls on the non-human, or more monstrous, characters in the novel. There are “crowned kings” who gather in the thousands to watch a deformed and hideous man who leads them in a strange cannibalistic ritual with some weird parallels the Catholic transubstantiation. The characters fight their way through a strange new world toward a gathering that sets the stage for an unfortunately mediocre finale. Left To Darkness is billed as “The Oblivion Series Book 1” and the ending is a clear set-up for another installment in the series.

The only real constant in the novel is the occasional appearance of a naked man smoking a cigarette. He pops up at odd times to direct characters and bestow gifts upon those who are chosen. This is a interesting plot device that will no doubt recur in the next book in the series and then, hopefully, tie the story together better and make for a more complete, consistent novel.

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HHN25_Logo_3Lines_Crested_REDv2This year, Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights will celebrate 25 years of scares, screams and terror by bringing back some of the most iconic and blood-curdling stories from event history. This year’s event will feature nine disturbingly-real haunted houses, including one of the highest-rated houses ever, An American Werewolf In London. Guests will also relive their favorite sinister stories from Universal’s Entertainment Team in horrific new ways. Here’s what to expect at this year’s event:

-The return of the fan-favorite house, based on John Landis’s critically-acclaimed horror film, “An American Werewolf in London” – a fiercely-immersive experience that pays homage to one of the greatest lycanthropic stories ever told. This year, the wolves are more ferocious and hungry for human flesh…and their pack has expanded.

-All-new, original houses based on the best and most iconic stories from years past, including ghastly scenes from RUN: Blood, Sweat, and Fears, Asylum in Wonderland 3D, Body Collectors: Recollections and Jack Presents: 25 Years of Monsters and Mayhem.

-More “scareactors” than ever before in five spine-chilling, new scare zones, including the escaped inmates from Psychoscareapy – Unleashed, appearances from past event icons including The Caretaker, The Storyteller, The Director, and The Usher in ICONS – HHN and more.

-Two outrageous live shows, Bill and Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure and The Carnage Returns­—featuring the favorite and feared icon Jack the Clown.

For a detailed listing of each experience featured at this year’s event click here.

On select nights Sept. 18 through Nov. 1, guests can visit Universal Orlando’s theme parks by day and by night, become victims of their own horror film at Halloween Horror Nights 25. For more information on Halloween Horror Nights 25, including offers and vacation packages, visit www.HalloweenHorrorNights.com/Orlando.

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autumn-leaves“Think you were done with the Mojave, Courier?

Did you really believe you could get on with your life, as if those bullets didn’t scramble your brain?

Think again.

The Library of Hypatia is waiting for you.

Within it rest the answers you seek.”

After 4 years of passionate work, we are proud to present to you AUTUMN LEAVES, a Mod for Fallout:New Vegas

(Release : Fall 2015.)

PITCH :

Walk the Mojave one last time, and discover a centuries-old library inhabited by sentient machines. In this forgotten Vault, you will discover that you might not know yourself as well as you thought you did.

Autumn Leaves will take you into the realm of knowledge and wisdom, and make you answer difficult philosophical questions like “What can one teach to all-knowing machines?” ; “What can literature bring to the Wasteland?” and most of all “What am I gonna eat tonight, anyway?”

Delve into centuries-old quandaries, seek your own answers, or have your way and manipulate everyone in order to pillage the Library’s treasures.

Whatever you decide, be assured that you won’t come out of the experience unscathed.

FEATURES :

· Over 2,000 Lines of Professionally-Voiced Dialogue

· Compelling characters with their own quirks and flaws…

· …whose fate you will influence with philosophical arguments, jokes, detective work, even poetry

· 8 Tightly Intertwined Quests with several possible resolutions

· Many New Perks unlockable through Player Choices, Quests, and Collectibles

· Several Endings – with the typical Fallout slideshow flavour

· Original Soundtrack

· More than 7 Hours of Non-Repetitive Gameplay

INTENT :

Inviting the players to live a unique philosophical and spiritual trip into a vast library, sealed away for centuries in Vault-like conditions, Autumn Leaves presents them with a series of rites of initiation where, in-between abusive robots, casual death threats and phat loot, the Courier learns to pause and reflect on what it means to learn, to take revenge, to grow.

Confronted by a full cast of lovably unpredictable robots programmed to emulate human emotions, the players will be challenged to solve a centuries-old murder and maybe – just maybe – help the machines find their own inner self. Or blow them up.


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