Oh boy! Phantasm 5 is real, it is coming soon, and we have a trailer!


Phantasm : the delusion of a disordered mind. A phantom ; a ghost.



One of the most wanted films from horror fans of the past decade (or so) was revealed to be a reality earlier this week!
I had this post almost ready to publish the other night, but then I hesitated.
Being so close to April 1st, and with so many opinions that this was a hoax, I decided to hold onto this post until we had an official confirmation. Today that confirmation came with a brand new trailer!

That’s right, Phantasm 5 has secretly been in production, is completely filmed, and will be on a screen near you very soon!
The poster above asked more questions than it answered when it appeared online Monday, but today a little more light was shed on the secretive production.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Phantasm: Ravager is directed by filmmaker and artist David Hartman, whose résumé includes the TV show Transformers Prime and the Rob Zombie videos American Witch and Lords of Salem. Hartman also worked on the films Bubba Ho-Tep and John Dies at the End, both of which were directed by Phantasm overlord Don Coscarelli. Coscarelli himself cowrote Phantasm: Ravager with Hartman and produced it through his Silver Spheres company with executive producer Brad Baruh.

The cast of Phantasm: Ravager includes Angus Scrimm and Reggie Bannister, who have played, respectively, the Tall Man and luckless ice cream vendor Reggie in each previous film. They are joined by Michael Baldwin, who played the character Mike in each franchise entry except for Phantasm II (in which, aside from some flashback scenes, he was played by James LeGros). “We were fortunate to shoot amazing new sequences with horror icon Angus Scrimm,” said Hartman. “He has terrific scenes with Reggie and Mike  that are truly powerful.” Series regulars Bill Thornbury and Kat Lester also appear in the film, whose release date has yet to be announced.

Phantasm: Ravager was shot in and around southern California over the past two years. “The Phantasm films have been a guerrilla operation for decades now, totally outside of the studio system,” Coscarelli said. “We do them for the fans, and I think Ravager will definitely please them. In the past few years several studios have made offers to remake Phantasm with large budgets, but the fans were very vocal that they wanted the original cast to return and finish this iteration of the story with class.”

Very few plot details have been released – but according to Coscarelli, Phantasm: Ravager includes “an extended sequence on the Tall Man’s home world.” Plus? “There are also some surprises thrown in that I promise will astonish long-time fans.”

We will have more details as we know them.
Who else is excited for this one?


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The Pick-Axe Murders III is a film that almost didn’t exist, which is a sequel to a film that doesn’t exist…


There is an interesting story behind this new trailer for The Pick-Axe Murders III : The Final Chapter.
First of all, this is part three of a series that has no first two.
That’s right, taking a cue from old George Lucas himself, director Jeremy Sumrall has started his story in the middle.
But there is good reason for this, and Mr. Sumrall won’t bullshit you like Mr. Lucas and say it was all part of a grand master plan. The reason is simple logic.
Director Sumrall reasonably thought, “Well, if my first movie sucks, and a sequel is always called shittier than the original, why not make a sequel to a movie that never existed?
In fact, this film almost didn’t exist at all. If it weren’t for some good connections and plain old luck alongside dedication and perseverance, no one would have ever been murdered by the titular Pick-Axe.
As a wanna-be writer who struggles with finishing anything I start, the story of how this film finally came to be resonates deeply with me. I was lucky enough to get in touch with the director and get the scoop on how his dream became reality.
Find the answers below!


  • To answer your question, I’d have to start with the middle of 2007, before I ever even worked on SWEATSHOP, which was my first time on any film set. I had fallen in with a group of horror nerds and filmmakers, who had all worked on each others’ projects, etc. A real incestuous family of sorts. We’d gather once a month to talk whatever horror movies we were fans of, or whatever horror was out at the time. I distinctly remember sitting and dissecting Rob Zombie’s take on Halloween at one of these meetings. Anyway, one of the prevalent questions I’d get asked at the time was “When are you going to direct one?”, but I didn’t have any real desire to do so at the time. I always just figured I’d be a writer, or just one of the guys who hangs out on set and pisses everyone off by doing nothing and just eating craft services.

    Needless to say, the more it got asked of me, the more I thought about it, so I thought to myself, “Well, if everyone thinks I should, maybe I could…”, which of course, got me to thinking about how everyone’s first films SUCK, right? So, I said, “Well, if my first movie sucks, and a sequel is always called shittier than the original, why not make a sequel to a movie that never existed?”

    Now, mind you, this was YEARS before I even sat down to write the script. But, that’s where the initial nugget came from.

    After slogging it out in the trenches on several indie films, from doing cameos, to producing, to even writing and directing a feature, then doing a few shorts, I was burned out. I wasn’t sure where I wanted my career to go next, so I considered taking a bit of a break. I had been asked to help produce another friend’s film, and as much as I wanted to, I just couldn’t get that motivated. I knew I wanted to direct again, but I wasn’t sure what exactly that would be.

    Shortly after working on SWEATSHOP, I had began a script for Pick-Axe, but it never went anywhere. It was just 40 pages of nothing. So, it sat in a drawer collecting dust.

    Flash forward to 2011, and through Facebook and a few mutual friends (I think it was actually Ted Geoghegan and Frank Sabatella) introduced me to this retro poster artist named Marc Schoenbach. I dug his work, and knew that we’d be friends. One night, he and I were having a conversation about poster artwork, and it got me kinda motivated. I thankfully knew a few models and photographers who were basically down to do whatever, so we threw together an impromptu photo shoot, and did tons of different styles of stuff. One theme, of course, was a “sleepover” with a killer… I mean, we did tons of photos like that. One of them happened to be very heavily influenced by the old Slumber Party Massacre artwork, and I sent it to Marc to add his personal touch to it, along with the title of “The Pick-Axe Murders Part III: The Final Chapter”. Now, mind you, this was all just supposed to be in fun. There wasn’t really supposed to be a film like this. It was just a half-assed unfinished script with a quirky title.

    But, as luck would have it, it turned out to be a REALLY cool retro-looking poster. I showed it to a couple of friends, and they got a good laugh out of it like we did.

    I thought nothing more of it at the time, and went about writing a different script entirely. The poster actually gave me a swift kick in the ass to start writing again, but it wasn’t supposed to be Pick-Axe. Instead, it was a creature feature, which I’ll get back to at some point in the near future.

    One night, Marc calls me and tells me some good news. FANGORIA was interested in running an article on him and his art. They were noticing a new crop of retro-style poster artists, and he was the first one they wanted to do a story on. So, naturally, he asked me if he was allowed to include the Pick-Axe artwork, which I jumped at the chance for. I mean, any publicity is good publicity, even if the movie didn’t exist.

    A few months go by, and we hear nothing from FANGORIA. Until, one night, after I had a successful award-winning Splatterfest short called “Stay With Me” that Marc also mocked up a few posters for… I was all ramped up about the team I had assembled for the competition, and wanted to make a feature, but again, I had no completed scripts. I toyed with the idea of directing a short that Marc had written, and I may still do it at some point, but before I could even entertain the thought further, I get a phone call from my brother, asking me if I was working on “…some movie called Pick-Axe”. He then told me FANGORIA had an ad for it in their current issue.

    I had NO IDEA what the hell he was talking about. But, I figured out he must have been talking about the article on Marc, which I thought was cool. He reiterated that it was NOT an article on Marc, but just simply a full-page ad in FANGORIA. Nothing else.

    I flipped through, saw the ad, and about fell out of my chair. I laughed, because the movie DID NOT EXIST.

    So, I posted it on Facebook.

    My phone starts going crazy, my inbox explodes, etc. Mass chaos. Everyone wants to know why I was holding out on them, or why I had made a movie without including them. Some others asked me when it was coming out, etc. I had to play it cool and act like it was the plan all along, but I was lying out of my ass. At that point, there was still only 40 pages of pure utter crap resembling a script.

    So, in less than a month, I banged out a script, and fleshed it all out as a true love-letter to the slasher films of the 80s. Two months later, we were casting.

    If Marc and I had never met, Pick-Axe wouldn’t exist. It’d just be another half-assed idea in a drawer of bullshit and forgotten dreams.


An inspiring story, to be sure.
At last, Jeremy Sumrall’s “love-letter” to the slasher films of the 80s is here for us all to enjoy!
Stay tuned to the official Facebook page for The Pick-Axe Murders III : The Final Chapter for more info and a release date. You can also see more of Marc Schoenbach’s awesome poster designs on his Facebook page Sadist Art Designs and here in this post I did about his work last year!
And be sure and check out this trailer for a film that almost didn’t exist, which is a sequel to a film that doesn’t exist…

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Three trailers for upcoming independent horror films : Afflicted, Stage Fright, and Mile Marker 7!

581049_319168734833386_212709402_nLots of great new projects are coming our way in 2014, and not just the bigger budget films on our Most Wanted list. The independent spirit is alive and well within the modern horror scene, as evidenced in the list of films that follows.
Take a look at some of the more interesting-looking projects to come out of the dark underbelly of independent film-making, and let’s show these creative innovators some support!


First up we have a very-hyped new found-footage film called Afflicted.
After cleaning up at Fantastic Fest 2013 with awards for Best Picture (Horror), Best Screenplay (Horror), Best Director (Horror) and receiving awards of recognition from the Toronto International Film Festival and the Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival, we will finally get to see what all the fuss is about!

12754300645_f030f0a6d0_bThe official synopsis says :
This terrifying horror thriller follows two best friends who set out on the trip of a lifetime around the world. Their journey, documented every step of the way, soon takes a dark and unexpected turn after an encounter with a beautiful woman in Paris leaves one of them mysteriously afflicted.

This one hits both theaters and On Demand April 4th, so the wait is almost over.
Check out the interesting trailer below and stay tuned to the official Facebook page for Afflicted for more news and updates!

Next up is Stage Fright, described as “Scream” meets “Glee” in an R-rated dark comedy musical. Written and directed by Jerome Sable after a string of award-winning horror short films, his debut feature looks to be a fun homage to 80s slashers.
And it stars Meat Loaf!

StageFrightPos_largeThe official synopsis adds this :

Starry-eyed teenager Camilla Swanson wants to follow in her mother’s footsteps and become a Broadway diva, but she’s stuck working in the kitchen of a snobby performing arts camp. Determined to change her destiny, she sneaks in to audition for the summer showcase and lands a lead role in the play, but just as rehearsals begin, blood starts to spill, and Camilla soon finds herself terrified by the horror of musical theatre.

This one hits On Demand on April 3rd, and theaters May 9th.
Stay up to date on the official Facebook page for Stage Fright here.
Check out the red-band trailer below!


And finally, we have a first look at the upcoming feature film Mile Marker 7.
Starring Wil Daniels, Eric Roberts and Jamie Bernadette, the film was written and directed by first-time filmmakers Anthony Scarpulla and Anthony Torrez.
The official synopsis tells us :
David, an independent oil contractor, on the brink of semi-retirement, is proposed by his friend, and former business partner, Barry, with the opportunity of a lifetime. Everything is going just as they wished for, but what they don’t realize is, while they are hunting oil, someone, or something is hunting them.

No artwork or release date is available yet, but there is a shiny new trailer embedded below, and a Facebook page, where you can stay up-to-date on the status of the film!

MM7 Trailer from ascarpulla on Vimeo.

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Finally! The first trailer for “Sin City : A Dame To Kill For”!

933911_10151443621741344_1309589823_nToday we get the first look at the long-awaited sequel to Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller’s amazing 2005 film Sin City!
The first film followed closely to one of my favorite graphic novels, with such a unique style and mixing elements of noir, adventure, and horror in one classic package!
This sequel definitely has huge shoes to fill.
Check out the first trailer (and amazing cast list) below and look for the film in theaters this August!


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First look at Ti West’s “The Sacrament”!

jyfguyf01_01_largeSynopsis :

Patrick is a fashion photographer traveling to meet his sister Caroline at Eden Parish, the commune she’s been living at since she left her drug rehabilitation program. Despite some misgivings over his sister’s vagueness over the commune’s location, Patrick travels to the commune with his friends and co-workers Sam and Jake, who suspect that they might get a story out of the travels. Once there, Patrick is met by his sister, who is happier and healthier than she has been in a while. His friends begin to film interviews with Eden Parish’s inhabitants, all of which speak of the commune in glowing terms. However they soon discover that there is a sinister edge to the commune that belies the seemingly peaceful setting.

Director Ti West is in a class of his own.
After debuting with the very underwhelming sequel to Cabin Fever, he went on to bring us a couple of fun slow-burn horror flicks with The House Of The Devil and The Innkeepers. His latest film The Sacrament, has been shrouded in secrecy.
Up until now, all we knew was that is was “loosely” based on the events in Jonestown in the late 70s. After finally seeing the trailer, it appears that it follows the story more closely than expected. Looks like an interesting film to me!
What do you guys think?
The Sacrament will hit theaters June 6th, 2014.


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Trailer for the French horror comedy “Goal Of The Dead”.

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Official synopsis :

Saturday, the 18th of January 2012. A quarter of an hour before the match. An hour before the Apocalypse. In a small village in the north-east of France, Caplongue, lays a nuclear power plant, an industrialized agriculture and a church lower than its unemployment rate but also, the football team, which managed to reach the 1/32nd French Final Cup with a lot of courage and talent. The village is all the more jubilating at the idea of receiving the Paris Olympic, a top league club with famous footballers.For the Paris Olympic, it’s the opposite. The team mustn’t lose.

This match, which was supposed to be a formality, has become of paramount importance. Between Paris and Caplongue, there is more than 250kms. It’s a match that opposes the rural to the urban world, the amateurs to the professionals, a province town to the capital, the poor to the rich. While the amateurs give a rough ride to the professionals, an epidemic instantly transforms the players, the spectators and the inhabitants into strange and enraged creatures.

If any country has been kicking ass in the horror genre lately, it is France.
After home-runs with Martyrs, Inside, and High Tension, the bleak outlook of pure squirm-inducing horror has been a great antidote to many of the factory-created re-imaginings and reboots we get from Hollywood.
Now turning their sites on a horror comedy, which the films listed above decidedly were NOT, directors Benjamin Rocher and Thierry Poiraud are bringing something new to the table, with any luck!
Unfortunately there are no sub-titles in the above trailer, although the audience can definitely get the gist of it. One to keep an eye on, for sure!
The Goal Of The Dead Facebook page can be found here, to keep in the loop!


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Finally! A release date for Jim Jarmusch’s vampire film, “Only Lovers Left Alive”!


After stirring up some new interest at Sundance 2014, we finally have a confirmed release date for Jim Jarmusch’s vampire tale, Only Lovers Left Alive.
Starring Tilda Swinson and Tom Hiddleston as two lovers who have been together for centuries, whose life gets disrupted by her wild and uncontrollable younger sister.
Also starring John Hurt, Jeffrey Wright and Anton Yelchin, this is an all-star cast under the direction of a true artist. Jarmusch himself describes the film as a “crypto-vampire love story”.
I have been looking forward to this one since first hearing about it, and we will finally see it in theaters February 21st in the UK and on  April 11th here in the states.
Check out the trailer below :


It looks beautiful, and who in their right mind doesn’t want to see Jarmusch take on a vampire story?
Very much looking forward to this one!
Check out the official Facebook page for the film for more news and updates.






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Trailer for “Zombeavers”! Yes, really.


Synopsis (as if we needed one) :

Three college girls go on a care-free vacation of drinking games, topless sunbathing, and sexual exploration. Their frolicking fun comes to an abrupt end when toxic zombie beavers try to EAT THEM.

As much as I love serious and thoughtful entries in the horror genre, I have to admit to having a soft spot for goofy gore-filled horror comedies. When done right, they can be some of the most fun to watch, and go right on the shelf next to the classics.
(I’m looking at you Dead Alive!)
I, for one, will definitely be watching this film.
What do you guys think?
Check out the official Facebook page here for a release date!
Coming soon.


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The Owlman haunts the internet and this new trailer for “Lord Of Tears”


The upcoming film Lord Of Tears has been wreaking havoc on Chat roulette lately, terrorizing it’s users with a great viral marketing ploy. Creepy images and some awesome sound effects have been scaring the hell out of any one with the misfortune of connecting with him.
Check out the amusing video below :

This is a brilliant marketing ploy from director Lawrie Brewster for his new film, which looks just as creepy.
The official synopsis says :

Lord of Tears tells the story of James Findlay, a school teacher tortured by childhood memories of a strange and unsettling entity – a figure dressed like a Victorian gentleman but with the head of an Owl, and elongated limbs with sharp claws.

It took the boy years to recover from his vision, years of forgetting before he could resume a normal life into adulthood. He might never have remembered had it not been for the death of his mother… the nightmares… the return of that familiar, watching presence.

As James faces a descent into madness, his only hope to fight his tormentor, to banish the evil that haunts him, is to return to his childhood home. He travels to the lonely mansion in the Scottish Highlands, a place notorious for its tragic and disturbing history. There, he must uncover, once and for all, the chilling truth behind the immortal stalker.

Check out the trailer below :

The director has informed me of the great news that the film has just been picked up for inclusion at the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival this year!
I am very excited to see this film, and you should be too!
The film is available for purchase directly from the official website at this time, and after the festival run we can all hope for a theatrical release!
Stay tuned to Lord Of Tears Facebook page and, of course, Chat Roulette for more details…




Doomsday is coming. What are you going to wear?

Creepy trailer for “The Babadook”!


Official synopsis :

Six years after the death of her husband, Amelia struggles to discipline her “out-of-control” six-year-old Samuel – a son she finds difficult to love. Samuel’s dreams are plagued by a monster he believes is coming to kill them both. When a disturbing storybook called “The Babadook” turns up at their house, Samuel is convinced that the Babadook is the creature he’s been dreaming about. And when Amelia begins to see glimpses of the creature herself, it slowly dawns on her that the thing Samuel has been warning her about may well be real.

Written and directed by Jennifer Kent, “The Babadook” made a great impression earlier this month at the Sundance Film Festival. No release date is set for this Australian film yet, but stay tuned to the official Facebook page for more details on this interesting-looking twist on fairy tale horror!

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