A trip to the horror section of a DVD store can be a pretty scary proposition for a woman — and not in a good way. For while everyone expects thrills and chills from their scary movies, female viewers often express genuine distress with the content of today’s horror. Terms like “torture porn” are used to describe these films, which often show scantily dressed females being tortured, killed, and sexually assaulted. Plus the actresses in these films frequently wear little more than the comically high heels that make it nigh impossible for them to escape from the bad guy/creepy monster/alien thingie that’s chasing them with a knife/ax/chainsaw, etc.

A veteran horror director is striving to offer an alternative to today’s female horror viewer.

David DeCoteau and Rapid Heart Pictures LLC present the 1313 series of sexy and suspenseful paranormal features. This series takes a number of horror conventions and turns them on their ear; offering tasteful and artistically shot films filled with both gorgeous, sexy young heroes and strong heroines who are in control.

Each 1313 film offers a unique viewing experience. From displaying novel twists on horror conventions (1313: Bigfoot Island, 1313: UFO Invasion, 1313: Bermuda Triangle, 1313: Haunted Frat, 1313: Nightmare Mansion, 1313 Giant Killer Bees) to presenting modern hot versions of timeless characters (1313: Frankenqueen, the newest release 1313: Billy the Kid, 1313: Hercules Unbound) to showing how the other half lives — and dies — in some high society erotic thrillers (1313: Actor Slash Model, 1313: Wicked Stepbrother, 1313: Cougar Cult, 1313: Boy Crazies), each 1313 movie represents a distinct type of genre film.

At the same time, a fan of the 1313 series can always rely on these films to deliver an adventure that combines the finer points of suspense, horror, humor and sensual romance. All of these movies feature a cast of gorgeous young models and actors who can also be seen on soap operas and TV shows, and in the pages of magazines. And all of them feature powerful and independent heroines portrayed by movie scream queens such as Linnea Quigley, Brinke Stevens, Michelle Bauer and Monique Parent.

David DeCoteau, director of the 1313 series, previously featured many of these actresses in cult horror titles such as Nightmare Sisters, Puppet Muster III: Toulon’s Revenge, Beach Babes from Beyond and Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-A-Rama. Strong heroines are one of the earmarks of the films of David DeCoteau, who has produced and directed more than 80 feature films over the past 30 years. His movies have been distributed through Fox, Paramount, Image, eOne, Echo Bridge, Lions Gate, First Look, Full Moon and many others.

David DeCoteau has worked professionally in the movie business since he was 18 years old. He got his start through an offer from movie legend Roger Corman, who hired him in 1980 as a production assistant at New World Pictures. In 1986, DeCoteau directed and produced his first feature film for another film legend, Charles Band. DeCoteau states that his “passion lies in the creation of popular genre programming made for world consumption.”

Offering twists on the genre in which he was established, a number of DeCoteau’s motion pictures feature gorgeous young male stars in tales of paranormal intrigue labeled Horror Movies for Girls; starting with Voodoo Academy in 2000 and The Brotherhood in 2001, these suspensors predated the Twilight franchise by more than five years – offering even more of a tease for female viewers (one doesn’t get extended shower and bedroom scenes in Twilight) and stronger heroines as well.

Other DeCoteau features particularly emphasize the power of otherworldly female characters, such as Snow White: A Deadly Summer, Witches of the Caribbean and The Sisterhood.

The 1313 series represents a marriage of these two concepts; discover these films today, including the latest title 1313: Billy the Kid, on Time Warner, Comcast, Cox, AT&T, Verizon Fios, Brighthouse, Charter, and Insight. Stream or download the movies at iTunes, Amazon VOD, Vudu.com Cinemanow.com, Rovi, Xbox, Zune.net.

In Canada, the movies are available on Shaw, Rogers, Bell, Videotron, Cogeco, Telus, MTS and Sasktel as well as iTunes Canada and Microsoft Canada.

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