Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Enter to Win a Copy of 'The Green Inferno' on Blu-ray from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment - Available on Digital HD December 22nd 2015 & Blu-ray and DVD January 5th, 2016



The generous people at Universal Pictures Home Entertainment are also giving the chance for one lucky person to win a Blu-ray copy of "The Green Inferno" - available on Digital HD December 22nd 2015 & Blu-ray and DVD on January 5th, 2016. 

To enter for a chance to win, all you need to do is send an e-mail to contests@bcrising.com with "The Green Inferno" as the subject and include your full name and shipping/mailing address. 

Please note that this contest is open to U.S. residents only and your information will not be used for any purpose other than shipping you the prize if you are the winner. 

This contest will be remain open until ***CONTEST CLOSED***

Good Luck!

Check out our review of the Blu-ray.


FROM THE MIND-BLOWING IMAGINATION OF THE WRITER AND
DIRECTOR WHO BROUGHT YOU HOSTEL AND CABIN FEVER


THE GREEN INFERNO


The Green Inferno Blu-ray cover




AVAILABLE ON DIGITAL HD DECEMBER 22, 2015 
AND COMING TO BLU-RAY AND DVD ON JANUARY 5, 2016 
FROM UNIVERSAL PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT



An international goodwill mission goes terrifyingly wrong in The Green Inferno, the highly anticipated return to classic cult horror from iconic director Eli Roth (Cabin Fever, Hostel 1 & 2 ), available on Digital HD December 22, 2015 and Blu-ray and DVD as well as On Demand on January 5, 2016, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The Green Inferno is a gruesomely spectacular journey into the heart of darkness that will have audiences on the edge of their seats.

New York college student Justine (Lorenza Izzo) meets student activist Alejandro (Ariel Levy) when he goes on a hunger strike on behalf of underpaid janitors. Smitten, she agrees to help Alejandro undertake his next project: rescuing an Amazon village from destruction by a greedy multinational corporation. But Justine soon comes to regret her decision when their plane crashes in the Peruvian jungle and the students realize they are not alone. No good deed goes unpunished as the well-meaning students are captured by the cannibalistic tribe they came to save.

The first feature film directed by Roth since Hostel: Part II, The Green Inferno stars Lorenza Izzo(Aftershock, “Hemlock Grove”), Ariel Levy (The Stranger, Best Worst Friends), Aaron Burns (The Stranger, Best Worst Friends) and Kirby Bliss Blanton (Project X, Candy From Strangers). The screenplay is by Eli Roth and Guillermo Amoedo (Knock Knock, Aftershock).


Blu-ray and DVD Special Features:
  • Audio Commentary by Co-Writer/Director/Producer Eli Roth, Producer Nicolas Lopez, and stars Lorenza Izzo, Aaron Burns, Kirby Bliss Blanton, and Daryl Sabara
  • Photo Gallery


 

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Enter to Win a Copy of 'The Visit' on Blu-ray from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment - Available on Digital HD December 15th 2015 & Blu-ray and DVD January 5th, 2016


The fine folks at Universal Pictures Home Entertainment are generously giving the chance for one lucky person to win a Blu-ray copy of "The Visit" - available on Digital HD December 15th 2015 & Blu-ray and DVD on January 5th, 2016. 

To enter for a chance to win, all you need to do is send an e-mail to contests@bcrising.com with "The Visit" as the subject and include your full name and shipping/mailing address. 

Please note that this contest is open to U.S. residents only and your information will not be used for any purpose other than shipping you the prize if you are the winner. 

This contest will be remain open until ***CONTEST CLOSED***

Good Luck!

You can also read our review of the Blu-ray.




AN ORIGINAL THRILLER FROM
THE DIRECTOR OF THE SIXTH SENSE AND SIGNS AND 
THE PRODUCER OF PARANORMAL ACTIVITY AND THE PURGE 


THE VISIT

The Visit Blu-ray cover

AVAILABLE ON DIGITAL HD ON DECEMBER 15, 2015
AND ON BLU-RAY COMBO PACK AND DVD JANUARY 5, 2016
FROM UNIVERSAL PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT


A family visit takes a terrifying turn when two siblings learn who Grandma and Grandpa really are in The Visit, a found documentary-style suspense thriller coming to Digital HD on December 15, 2015, and Blu-ray and DVD as well as On Demand on January 5, 2016 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The first collaboration from Academy Award®-nominated writer-director M. Night Shyamalan and Academy Award-nominated producer Jason Blum, The Visit Blu-ray and DVD are packed with spine-tingling exclusive bonus features including deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes featurette, and a suspenseful alternate ending.

When Becca and Tyler are sent to their grandparents’ secluded Pennsylvania farmhouse for a weeklong stay, they quickly discover something is not right with the elderly couple. Faced with strange rules and increasingly frightening behavior, the children soon realize it will take all their wits to make it home alive. Critics rave that the latest heart-pounding thriller from the director of The Sixth Sense and Signsand the producer of Paranormal Activity and The Purge is a “deliciously creepy triumph” (Scott Mendelson, Forbes.com).

Kathryn Hahn (“Transparent,” "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty"), Ed Oxenbould ("Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day," "Paper Planes"), Olivia DeJonge (“Hiding,” "The Sisterhood of Night"), Peter McRobbie ("Lincoln," "Spider-Man 2") and Deanna Dunagan ("Have a Little Faith," "Running Scared") star in a dementedly frightening thriller that Shawn Edwards of Fox-TV praises as “Creepy and suspenseful!”

BLU-RAY and DVD BONUS FEATURES

  • Alternate Ending
  • Deleted Scenes
  • The Making of The Visit
  • Becca’s Photos


 

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Judas Ghost (2013) - Film Review - Uncork'd Entertainment

One room. Four Paranormal investigators. One not so amused ethereal being. What could possibly go wrong? Well, allow director Simon Pearce to show you....

Judas Ghost cover


Director: Simon Pearce.

Cast: Martin Delaney, Lucy Cudden, Simon Merrellis, Alexander Perkins.


Jerry (Delaney), Anna (Cudden), Mark (Merrellis and Ian (Perkins) are a team of paranormal investigators who do a lot of their work in front of a camera, think Derek Acorah and Yvette Fielding in Most Haunted, only more believable. The team are sent to a village hall where recent unexplained activity has been witnessed. Whilst here they are also due to film a training video for the next generation of investigators.

All is going smoothly and there is little to worry about. Jerry is strutting his cock-sure way around the room doing his bits to camera, Anna is using her psychic abilities to test the area for phenomena and Ian is using his geeky tech skills to test the area for anomalies. Mark broods at various points around the room. However when they begin to realise they cannot explain what is happening, peculiar things start happening. Peculiar even for the experienced investigators.

Judas Ghost is at its core an indie paranormal film. But all praise to Pearce, he hasn't opted to for the overused found footage option that has saturated the market since The Blair Witch Project and Paranormal Activity. Pearce has cleverly reduced the location and outlandish plot points to focus on the narrative and the effects. This has paid off in terms of effects, as they are impressive for a film with a restricted budget. The plot, however, could do with a little more development. Whilst it is by no means poor, there are certain aspects that could have been developed further to help audiences invest and follow what is happening and the motivations behind it.

For example, we never really learn what is behind Mark's brooding. We learn about a troubled history but only in glimpses. If this was explored further it may provide more gravitas to the overall character and the plot itself. It would also have helped if the beast that torments the team was explained further or given more of a purpose for being there. This was given in the film to a certain extent, but more may have been beneficial in terms of rounding out the narrative journey.

The characters are relatively well developed in terms of their interactions. they appear to make a good team and although the character of Mark would benefit from further exploration of back story, the other characters are all individual enough to serve their purpose. They each bring to the team their own skill set and they mesh well together. There is a hint of a lust or romance between Jerry and Anna that is never explored fully which is refreshing, an over riding love story has the potential to cheapen a pure paranormal thriller. Delaney's confident, cocky Jerry is believable as a front-of-the-camera team leader. Whist writer Simon R. Green has filled the story with paranormal language he has also provided quips and comedy moments, especially for Jerry, that help an audience to bond with his character.

Judas Ghost is an interesting film, and whilst it may not break new ground or push any boundaries it does entertain. Considering its indie budget and limited setting it offers an intriguing plot, although this could have been developed further in certain areas. The actors are solid with Delaney's Jerry offering the most developed character. Enjoyable, if you consider its limitations.

Rating: 2.5/5


 


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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Interview with Filmmaker, Conor Sweeney of Astron-6

Actor, director and writer, Conor Sweeney, is twenty percent of the eighties-throwback powerhouse filmmaking team, Astron-6. His mad scientist-style, brilliant co-creators are Matthew Kennedy, Adam Brooks, Jeremy Gillespie and Steven Kostanski. Like some sort of movie-making Transformer each is integral to the whole, and the end product is a beautiful conglomerate of comedic horror art.
Body Count Rising: Were you mentored as a young director? Please feel free to elaborate if so. 

Conor Sweeney: I wasn't really, no. We've gotten some great advice over the years from the head of the University of Winnipeg film department: John Kozak, and guys like Guy Maddin and John Paizs, but we basically have had to make our own way from the beginning. Once Astron-6 started working together as a group, I feel we started to teach each other how to be better filmmakers, as we all seem to excel in one area where maybe the others do not.

Body Count Rising: What was the most valuable piece of information or advice that another director or industry person has given you?

Conor Sweeney: John Kozak told us to never spend a bunch of our own money on a movie, because we'll sink into a mire of inescapable debt and never make it back out. In hindsight, we should have listened to him. 

Body Count Rising: Have you modeled your directing style after, or was your directing influenced by someone who inspires you?

Conor Sweeney: We have very, very loose set. We see our movies as comedies, and we are huge comedy nerds above all else. We let actors improvise, feed them lines from off set, surprise them with lines and fill the background with funny visual gags. David Wain works that way, so does Woody Allen. Maybe I was subconsciously inspired by these directors. If a great joke that I love isn't working, I won't stop until it feels right, and often it's not something you can reword and solve. Comedy is a mercurial thing, a line can be delivered an infinite number of ways, and ten of those are hilarious. To answer your question, we didn't model our directing style, but we've modeled aesthetic style, tone and content from some of our favorite guys. “Divorced Dad: Home Improvements” is very much David Lynch in the world of cable access television. “The Editor” is the Zucker brothers meet Fulci.
Body Count Rising: What is some advice you would give a new director just starting out?

Conor Sweeney: You're in a brand new, difficult, but also exciting industry that was very different when I began, even though it was only ten years ago. I would say make a movie for as little as possible, but make it good and unique most importantly. Don't just make another slasher or ghost movie unless you can do something that totally adds something new to the mix. Distribute it on your own via iTunes or Vimeo. If your movie was cheap enough to make, and your product is good, then you'll probably be able to make a profit on your movie. Make your next movie on a bit of a bigger budget, pay people, and get a known actor (very important). A famous or semi-famous actor will get you funding and maybe Netflix will buy it for a nice fee. Go through the same process; release it on your own if Netflix isn't interested. Use Indiegogo and social media to gain awareness. Keep working your way up.

Playing big festivals is key. This is easier said than done, but you really need to go this route. If you don't get in, your movie is probably not very good, or just not ready. You get the skills to make a festival-worthy movie by just making movie after movie after movie, and trying to make each movie better than the last. Be hard on yourself. The good news is that if you play the big festivals, usually all the other festivals will want you. Make this a goal. Plus you'll meet other filmmakers, producers, etc. in a way you never would have been able to before.
Body Count Rising: Would you be opposed to mentoring a budding new director?

Conor Sweeney: I would do it happily, but we're still so small time that I’m not sure I could do much for him or her. I love the idea of doing it once we're making some money for ourselves and have gotten a bit bigger.

Body Count Rising: Tell me about your biggest obstacle you’ve had to overcome while directing. How did you work through this obstacle to achieve your goals? 

Conor Sweeney: It’s all obstacles, so it’s hard to just pick one. Car chase stunts were hard, fire stunts were hard, difficult actors was hard. The biggest obstacle is never having enough money to make the large in-scope movies we create.
Body Count Rising: What aspect of directing do you need to take extra time and care with?

Conor Sweeney: I'm not a great cinematographer, so I need to be careful with that. Adam is a painter, so I leave the composition up to him most of the time. Except on the upcoming “Divorced Dad: Home Improvements” which I am very specific about in every capacity. 

Note: “Divorced Dad: Home Improvements” is playing at Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas in September, 2016.

Body Count Rising: Have you ever started with a certain vision, and then found it just wouldn’t be possible? How did you modify and correct to make the scene a success? 

Conor Sweeney: I honestly don't know if this has ever happened. I think we fight hard for what we want and steal locations that we want even if it isn't entirely legal. We're pretty smart to write stuff that we know we can shoot. And with our budget we've been able to shoot some crazy stuff, especially with “The Editor.”
Body Count Rising: You seem to be exceptional with time management, which I’m sure is of the essence when staying within a budget. Does working within a team become a benefit to that extent?

Conor Sweeney: We're actually not that efficient with time. It's more a strong drive to get the project finished, so we're willing to shoot 20 hour days. 26 hours is our longest shoot day. Our determination and single-mindedness evens out our seemingly never ending shooting schedules.  

Body Count Rising: In regard to many of your films, you have remarked about limited budget, or how you ran out of money…

Conor Sweeney: In The Editor we hired a crew we shouldn't have trusted, rented out a large film studio, and hired people that were supposed to look after our expenses and didn't. We ended up blowing through basically 100% of the budget on the first week, and still had a year of shooting left ahead of us. We fired the entire crew, started an Indiegogo campaign to make back some of the money, which bought us a used Red One, and finished the movie ourselves with the same barebones, five-to-eight person crew we used on "Father's Day."
Body Count Rising: Would you prefer a micro budget with complete autonomy, or to direct a big budget film with limited control of the scope and vision?

Conor Sweeney: I'd prefer a moderate budget with complete autonomy, but I would be thrilled to hand over some of my control to be able to make a commercial movie. I don't think this brings you down artistically at all, there is some great commercial stuff out there, and I need to feed myself.

Body Count Rising: Say you had some wealthy benefactor who what a huge fan of your films. You would be given complete control and an astronomical budget and unlimited resources. What is your dream film that you would love to direct?

Conor Sweeney: Absolute above all else dream job is to direct a “Star Wars” movie. Aside from that I have a ton of pet projects that I'm pretty hot on, right now. I've been trying to work out a treatment for a coming of age movie, and it'd require a pretty sizeable budget for the music and kids. That's my second dream project, after “Star Wars.”
Body Count Rising: I’ve heard you do your own stunts. What about your own effects? Is there anything on the set that you absolutely won’t do? 

Conor Sweeney: I've never done any effects. I'm sure there's a stunt where I'd eventually draw the line, but we've never gotten to the point yet where we've said “no” to something. I look back and wish that we'd done more dangerous stuff. I'm always unimpressed and wishing we could revisit and put ourselves in more danger.

Body Count Rising: You have mentioned that you often find talent through social media. Has this ever backfired for you?

Conor Sweeney: Never backfired. We haven't really done that since “Father's Day” though. Since then we've done our hiring through the usual means (agents, managers), and reusing our actor friends.

Keep up with Conor’s projects on IMDb and Astron-6 on the official Astron-6 website
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Monday, December 28, 2015

Interview with Filmmaker, Richard Anasky

Rarely will you encounter an artist who is extraordinarily open and completely original. Richard Anasky is a producer, writer and director seemingly teleported from the 70’s, and he personifies independent film. With psychedelic colors, quirky humor, subliminal messages, and hippy soundtracks with overtones of doom, Anasky’s work is unmistakable. 



Body Count Rising: What inspired you to begin making movies? 

Richard Anasky: I guess it basically came down to an unrelenting desire to walk among the figments of my own imagination. I was fascinated with the idea of seeing the dream-like worlds and the characters who inhabited those worlds manifesting before my eyes… seeing those characters I created coming to life and being taken to new levels through the actors unique interpretations. The allure was just too much to resist. It was, and still is, all about the thrill of creation and the love of the art. Beyond that, I’d really just conjured up a very idealistic vision of what making movies would be like, mainly based on reading so much about the making of “Night of the Living Dead.”



Body Count Rising: How did you become involved in photography and video, and how do you define your directing style?

Richard Anasky: The actual catalyst for my getting involved in video came via an issue of ‘Film Threat Video Guide’ back in 1995, that featured an insane, gory cover story and interview with director, Leif Jonker. This magazine and Leif’s interview detailing the making of his film “Darkness” introduced me to the micro-budget do-it-yourself level of independent filmmaking. All of a sudden, making a film wasn’t like some far-out unreachable dream. There were people from all over that were out there following their dreams and visions and making their movies through sheer determination. Man that was my AHA moment; my sign. I wanted in and from that moment on, every step I took was directed towards satisfying that need to make movies of my own.

That heartfelt desire/intention would soon lead to an amazing assortment of meaningful coincidences presenting themselves. I was led to the right books, the right people, the right places and the right things. Everything needed to assist in paving my way just began to magically appear, and making a movie titled “I Am Vengeance” ultimately became my next logical step. I was also helped massively by indie filmmakers and mentors such as Tim Ritter, director of “Killing Spree” and Ronnie Sortor, director of “Ravage.” Each was a wealth of helpful information and they really took the time to help me get started. I also should mention a wonderful actress by the name of Tina Krause, who I approached when I was starting out. She already had a successful career in place, yet she still joined on with me. I was so impressed with the manner in which she presented herself. She was dedicated from the start and she set a standard in what I now look for in actors in general. 


As for defining my own directing style, well I’m a laid back, friendly and down-to-earth person and that’s how I direct. No drama, no pretension, no freak-outs or yelling. I like to keep things light and friendly, free-and-easy and fun. As for the visual style and all that jazz, at this time, it’s still all shoot and run, baby. No budget/from the heart, guerrilla movie making. My main sources of movie-related influence comes from psychedelic films like “The Trip”, “Pick-Up”, “Angel Angel Down We Go” and “Alice in Acidland“, 1960′s roughies such as “She Came on the Bus“, “Mondo Keyhole” and just about any Mike Findlay film, classroom scare flicks of the 50′s through the 70′s with “Narcotics Pit of Despair” being my absolute favorite and the whole vibe/style of Russ Meyer incredible legacy of films.  

As for photography, Ralph Waldo Emerson sums up my feelings about it best in his quote, “Pictures must not be too picturesque.” Photography is just something I love to experiment with whenever the opportunity presents itself. Just give me my old 35 mm camera and I’m good to go. I love to go with a natural style reminiscent of the style of photography you’d see back in 60′s and 70′s and I love to focus on faces. I’m definitely not a fan of digital photography as it feels to me (just my opinion, no disrespect meant to those who dig it) like a soulless, disposable imitation of the real thing. I love to capture the truth of a person on film, to find the right moment and capture that certain sparkle in the eyes that reveals the true story. For fun, I also love to shoot the type of scenarios you’d find on the covers of those old detective magazines and men’s adventure magazines from the 1950′s through the 1970′s. 


Body Count Rising: What strategies do you use to overcome film making struggles? 

Richard Anasky: I try to overcome fears or struggles by doing my best to shift my attention towards things that inspire me as opposed to dwelling on things that could distract me or affect my motivation. I prefer to keep a sunny disposition. Wanton pleasure seeking is so much more thrilling then wasting precious moments provoking emotions that drag you down. 




Body Count Rising: Any missed opportunities that you regret? 

Richard Anasky: As for regrets regarding missed opportunities, if you asked me this in years past, I could’ve gleefully provided enough material to fill a book with things that went “wrong” or didn’t play out in the manner I’d hoped. Now I view regret as a monumental waste of time because what’s done is done and you can’t physically go back and change a thing so best to make use of the lessons learned and move forward. I also don’t believe in missed opportunities anymore as I feel that there’s always a new and better opportunity waiting to present itself. 


Body Count Rising: Give examples of how your leadership has assured the success of your films, and what are some of your leadership strategies when managing others? 

Richard Anasky: Any success I’ve enjoyed is all thanks to the players I’ve surrounded myself with. I’ve been very fortunate in that the majority of actors I’ve collaborated with in the past have been very nice people and they’ve been very open and receptive to what I’ve asked of them. Those sort of people make it all seem easy and truly a pleasure. I only wish there were far more actors coming from such a sincere place. Beyond that, I just do my best to treat people the way I’d want to be treated, as cliché as it may sound. That’s really the best example of true leadership I can come up with. I treat the folks I’m co-creating with as true friends and I enjoy chewing-the-fat with them and getting to know who they are as individuals long before the camera rolls.

I also think it’s good to set a proper example by being upbeat, enthusiastic and passionate about the film because that vibe will spread to your team and create an atmosphere perfectly conducive to creating. Last up, appreciation is everything. It’s important that the people who’ve joined the production know that their efforts and their involvement on the project are sincerely appreciated. Think of how nice it feels to be valued, to be appreciated, to know that your contributions matter. Those are things that everyone craves on some level, so give praise and appreciation and mean it. Spread the credit around and keep everyone involved 100%! Really this is all just common sense stuff. Give and be what it is that you’re looking to receive. It’s SO simple. Empower. 


Body Count Rising: Do you believe the final product fits your initial vision? 

Richard Anasky:
On my film, “Actress Apocalypse”, the final product actually came somewhat close to being what I always intended for it to be. Really the main thing that prevented it from being spot on from the initial vision was that I had outside producers constantly making suggestions that I felt compelled to incorporate. 


I basically view the script as the fuse or the launching pad. Production should be the blast off where the movie takes on a life of its own and leads you to wild and fun new places that you never could’ve conceived of during the writing and pre-production phases. It’s always my hope that the final product will far exceed my limited initial vision and that’s only possible if I’m open to the energy and inspiration available in the moment. To be open to the creative energy of the location, the players, the FX artists, etc… Of course that can only work if everyone’s on the same page.


That said, I do feel that you need to have a script that articulates what you’re looking to say and you certainly should be very aware of what you’re going for and believe 100% in that initial vision. But once you get going, be prepared to get out of your own head, let go of the expectations and go with the flow. The spirit of the movie will take care of the rest. 



Body Count Rising: What advice would you give to an aspiring horror filmmaker? 

Richard Anasky: For starters I guess I’d say to approach it from the right place, meaning write and create the film for yourself and for the love of doing it. Getting wrapped up in thinking about money or fame is a sure recipe for disappointment. I think it’s best to approach any art form from that pure place of just needing to do it. Beyond that, I’d advise them to keep their cast small and to take the time required to find an open-minded and preferably optimistic/upbeat troupe of real actors who possess a true passion and respect for their craft and the indie filmmaking process. Making independent film requires a real team effort, so finding actors who can adopt the team concept and thrive in it are essential even if it requires being patient and delaying the start of a project until the right actors are located. There’s nothing more important than surrounding yourself with a group you can count on, so if they’re finding folks who weren’t keeping up or are tough to get in contact with, then it’s best to cut the ties with them long before the camera rolls. Any sign of unreliability should be seen as a red flag and a universal nudge to find someone better suited to the project. 




Next up I’d encourage them to just make the best movie they can with whatever they currently have access to as it’s WAY too easy to get hung up on what you don’t have in regards to money, the latest technology or whatever else. It’s better to just be satisfied with where you are in the moment and to just toss caution to the wind and GO for it. To be an artist and take creative chances, no matter how outlandish, experiment and not be afraid of making ‘mistakes’ because it’s all part of a learning process. I’d also say to shake off any advice that encourages conformity. Individual self-expression is a beautiful thing and it should be embraced. It’s always better to find your own unique style and to stand out from the crowd. People will either like what you do or they won’t and it does no good to be attached any particular outcomes regarding the film as it’ll take you out of the moment and negatively impact how you go about things. I’d definitely advise the aspiring horror filmmaker to be true to themselves (and their film) and to just let the rest take care of itself.

Last up I guess I’d remind them to keep it all in perspective. I’d tell them not to take it all so seriously. It’s best to just go wild and have fun creating the craziest, most imaginative little horror movie they can conjure up. Making independent horror films can and should be an amazing experience for everyone involved. It should be enjoyed to the fullest! The film will be what the film will be, but the experience of making it should be amazing. 



View Richard Anasky’s current projects on IMDb or you may
 reach him via Facebook.
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Sunday, December 27, 2015

How I Met Your Mother's Charlene Amoia cast in 'Sniper: Special Forces'

Former How I Met Your Mother Star Charlene Amoia has been cast in Fred Olen Ray’s Sniper : Special Forces, starring Steven Seagal, shooting in Los Angeles.


Charlene Amoia


Amoia, who is the female lead, recently won Best Actress for her performance in "Live-Evil" (which we reviewed) earlier this month. Her other credits include "American Reunion," "Seven Pounds" and on How I Met Your Mother, she played the recurring role of Wendy the waitress.

Sent to rescue an American congressman being held by the Taliban in the remote Afghan village of Matubakh, SFC Vic Mosby (Tim Abell) is dismayed when several of his team are killed -- but he suspects that there may be survivors who have been left behind. His commanding officer refuses to let him mount a rescue, but instead sends him and his team to retrieve a truckload of vital munitions. En route, Vic is shocked to learn he has a stowaay -- go-getting NATO correspondent Janet Conrad (Amoia), a "spoiled rich girl" who is out to get her story, no matter the risk. In direct violation of orders, Vic detours back to the village to ascertain the fate of his comrades. It's a virtual suicide mission, as he and his tiny team enter a town teeming with terrorists and face an uncertain fate...

Seagal plays SFC Jake Chandler, American Sniper.
Rob Van Dam, Capt. Dale Dye, and Tim Abell help make up the cast of the war thriller.

Fred Olen Ray directs from his own script.

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Banshee Actor Joins Supernatural Offering 'Don’t Kill It'

Banshee’s Miles Doleac has joined the cast of director Mike Mendez’s Don’t Kill It, currently shooting in Canton, MS.

Miles Doleac


Actor, who joins Dolph Lundgren, Kristina Klebe, and Courtney Gains in the film, plays Agent Jackson, head of the FBI in the supernatural thriller.

Dan Berk and Robert Olsen’s script fixes on an ancient demon that is accidentally unleashed in a sparsely populated Alaskan town, and the only hope of survival lies in the hands of a grizzled old demon hunter Jebediah Woodley and his reluctant partner FBI agent Evelyn Pierce.

Doleac, known for his recurring role on Banshee, will next be seen on the small screen in The CW’s "Containment" and on the big screen in The Hollow, which he also wrote and directed.

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Check out the New Trailer and Visit the Ladies of 'Lilin's Brood'

Brand New Official Trailer Out Now for 'Lilin's Brood'


Lilin's Brood poster

A new official trailer for the upcoming film has been released and you can view it below. You can also read our review of the film. 
The film will be released February 16, 2016 on Amazon and ITunes.

Directed by Mansa Mojo Brothas, the film stars Martin Sensemeier (the upcoming MAGNIFICENT SEVEN), Maxine Goynes, Brent King, Melinda Milton, Alberto Barros, Catherine Paiz, James Wellington and Sandra Hinojosa.

Synopsis:
A "New Media" news coverage team that is stranded near a beleaguered brothel in the middle of nowhere encounter a group or women with a terrifying secret.




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Three New Stills From the Upcoming Thriller 'The Hollow'

Coming in 2016


Below you will find three new stills for the Miles Doleac directed thriller "The Hollow" which we previously reported on here. The film is due to come out in 2016.
The Hollow (2016) still
THE HOLLOW

From Acclaimed filmmaker Miles Doleac and Academy Award Winning producer Lisa Bruce (The Theory of Everything), The Hollow fixes on a team of F.B.I. agents as they arrive in a small town in Mississippi to investigate the death of a U.S. congressman's daughter in a mysterious triple homicide.

The ensemble cast includes James Callus (TV's Battlestar Galactica, TV's Eureka),Christiane Seidel (Boardwalk Empire), William Sadler (TV’s Hawaii Five-0, Machete Kills), William Forsythe (TV’s Boardwalk Empire, Halloween) and Jeff Fahey (TV’s Lost, TV’s From Dusk Till Dawn : The Series).
The Hollow (2016) still

The Hollow (2016) still

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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Cult Film 'Comin' At Ya!' is Coming to Blu-ray, DVD and Digital January 26th

MVD Celebrates the Cult Classic Movie 
COMIN' AT YA! 
With 35th Anniversary Re-release and Debut On Blu-ray 3D
To be released on DVD, Blu-ray, and digital formats on January 26th



Comin' At Ya! Blu-ray cover


MVD Entertainment Group has obtained the North American distribution rights to the cult classic film Comin At Ya!, the fan-favorite spaghetti western. The studio plans a 35th Anniversary re-release on home video that includes its debut on Blu-ray 3D. Directed by Ferdinando Baldi ("Get Mean," "Django, Prepare a Coffin") and written, produced and starring spaghetti western legend Tony Anthony ("Blindman," "Get Mean," "Treasure of the Four Crowns"), "Comin' at Ya!" is largely credited with the 3-D revival in the early 1980's (that spawned "Friday the 13th Part III" in 3-D, "Jaws 3-D", "Parasite," "Amityville 3-D" and many more).

The deal was negotiated by Eric Wilkinson for MVD and Robbie Little of The Little Film Company on behalf of the filmmakers.

Independently produced, "Comin' at Ya!" was originally released theatrically in 1981 by Filmways Pictures and went on to gross over $12,000,000 domestically in only 200 theaters in North America (over $30,000,000 in 2016 dollars when adjusted for inflation), long before independent films were a regular staple in multiplexes. Comin' at Ya! happily embraced the 3-D technology of its time, not only taking advantage of the depth that the technology provided, but also taking every opportunity possible to throw, shoot and point things at the viewer at every possible turn and created a cult classic movie as a result.

Writer, producer, and star of Comin' At Ya! Tony Anthony said about the movie's 35th anniversary...

"In the 80's Comin' At Ya! was the first 3D film distributed by a major company since the 50s and it went on to set box-office records and turned Hollywood and the world onto 3D once again", explained Tony. "Films are strange, live-for-ever works of art and as a producer and writer, this is a labor of love. To be able to restore this film with the new technology that's now available, I'm thrilled to finally be able the present this film the way is was meant to be seen."

The new home video version of Comin' At Ya! was supervised and produced by Tony Anthony himself and Tom Stern (In God's Hands), through his company Sternco 3D. Sourced from a new 4K master, Comin' At Ya! boasts a frame by frame digital conversion of the polarized over-and-under format of the original print, sourced from a brand new internegative into the MVC 3D format and new 5.1 surround sound.

Eric Wilkinson, MVD Entertainment's Director of Acquisitions and Sales shares Tony Anthony's excitement about the re-release of Comin' At Ya!...

"I remember this film from when I was a kid. I also remember my parents telling me I wasn't allowed to go see it due to the film's R rating. I finally did get to see this on home video in a less-than-desirable full frame transfer on VHS. I loved it, but always wanted to see this the way it was meant to be seen... in 3D. As a both an acquisitions executive and a fan, I chased this film for years. I'm thrilled to be working with Tony and Tom and bring this back to home video the way that it was meant to be seen. The 3D looks amazing! At one point during the film, I actually ducked!"

Comin' at Ya! makes is home video debut on January 26, 2016 on Blu-ray 3D/2D and 2D DVD and Digital / VOD from MVD Entertainment Group.







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The CBS Series 'Supergirl' adds George of the Jungle in 2016

Christopher Showerman, remembered for his role as George in Disney’s George of the Jungle 2, joins CBS series Supergirl this January.


Christopher Showerman


Showerman makes his debut in the series’ January 4 episode ‘Blood Bonds’. He plays Tor, an offsider of the show’s villain Non (Chris Vance) in the Steve Shill directed episode.

It’s believed the character reappears throughout the season.

What’s interesting about the casting is that Showerman was one of the contenders for Supergirl’s famous cousin about ten years ago; the bodybuilder and actor vied for the title role in Bryan Singer’s Superman Returns.

This isn’t Showerman’s first foray into comic book fare; the actor played the caped crusader in the short film Batman: Personal Issues (2015).

Showerman also recently wrote and directed the independent drama Radio America, which was released in November.

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A Force Awakens in Space-Thriller 'Shockwave Darkside' out January 5

Aliens and Prometheus collide in visual effects showcase 'Shockwave Darkside'

Shockwave Darkside poster


Sci-fi mindbender Shockwave Darkside orbits VOD January 5 from Uncork’d Entertainment. 

Starring Bill Sage (Boardwalk Empire), Mei Melancon (Nightmare Code), Sonequa Martin-Green (The Walking Dead) and Rich Ceraulo (Supergirl), the “enjoyable and intelligent” (SFCrowsNest) mesh of visual effects and chair-gripping thrills was a ten year labour of love for writer-director Jay Weisman.


Shockwave Darkside still


Five soldiers, shot down and behind enemy lines in a battle over water, frozen in the deep craters of the lunar surface, find themselves marooned on the dark side of the moon. With depleting air and supplies, they have no choice but to start a dangerous trek through hostile territory. As their numbers dwindle and nerves fray, they make an amazing discovery about the moon that just might save their lives, but destroy the very cause that they are fighting for.

Inspired by the storytelling of classic science-fiction literature from the 50's, but with a 21st century twist, Shockwave, Darkside is an exciting, thoughtful and timely exploration of the tense collision between faith and reason.


You can also visit the films official website and follow it on Twitter and Facebook

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Saturday, December 19, 2015

Sgt. Kabukiman N.Y.P.D. (1990) - Blu-ray Review - Troma Entertainment

The chopstick toting police officer makes his HD debut!

Sgt. Kabukiman Blu-ray cover


Released by: Troma Entertainment
Release Date: November 10, 2015
Production Year: 1990
Region Code: A 
Running Time: 1:45:04
Audio: English Dolby Digital 2.0
Video: 1080p (1.78:1 Aspect Ratio)
Subtitles: None


THE FILM - [ 3 / 5 ]:

Meet NYPD Sgt. Harry Griswold (Rick Gianasi), a streetwise cop who becomes possessed with the spirit of a great Kabuki master, transforming him into the worlds most unusual super-human hero. Using a new arsenal including fatal sushi heat-seeking chopsticks and pyro projectile parasols, Sgt. Kabukiman must save the day!

In a surprise turn of events, New York police officer becomes the recipient of the power to become a super hero. Harry Griswold is not very accepting of his new appearance at first and when he is unable to transform into Sgt. Kabukiman but becomes something less desirable and beneficial, he seeks the help of the beautiful Lotus (Susan Byun). Through hard work and perseverance or as Lotus calls it, fear and pain, Harry is able to harness the power and become Sgt. Kabukiman. The two grow close which as you may expect, is used against Mr. Griswold later on in the film.  


In typical Troma fashion the acting is a bit over the top and hammy at times but it fits quite well considering the subject matter of the film. The film also features some cheap effects but also some good looking practical effects. The film was aided by a partnership with Namco who came on the help produce the film. Lloyd Kaufman talks more in depth about that in the commentary that is included. There are a number of nice shots of features of New York in the film including the Statue of Liberty appearing in the background during a transformation scene and also a nice aerial view (Troma purchased) of the Empire State Building. 

"Sgt. Kabukiman N.Y.P.D." features a number of funny gag scenes, some of which involve Sgt. Kabukiman's assortment of specialty weapons like chopsticks, fans or even turning criminals in to a giant sushi roll. The film also includes a few nude scenes which is sure to please some viewers. While a little light on gore effects there are quite a few comically, violent scenes. 



Susan Byun in Sgt. Kabukiman N.Y.P.D.


AUDIO - [ 2 / 5 ]:

The sole audio option on the Blu-ray is an English Dolby Digital 2.0 track. Generally speaking, the audio is serviceable. However there is a bit of a hiss present depending on the dialogue and words that end in an "s" sound. A fair amount of the scenes involving Lotus speaking, include some hissing. Otherwise the audio isn't too bad, with the dialogue, sound effects and score easy to hear and/or understand. The sound levels were consistent and well balanced. I did not notice any other audio issues other than the hissing.


Rick Gianasi in Sgt. Kabukiman N.Y.P.D.

VIDEO - [ 3 / 5 ]:

"Sgt. Kabukiman N.Y.P.D." sushi rolls its way on to Blu-ray courtesy of Troma Entertainment. The film is presented in 1080p with a 1.78 Aspect Ratio. I was pleasantly surprised by the video quality of this Blu-ray. At times the quality does fluctuate and the image looks a bit on the soft side here and there but I suspect the majority of that has to do with how the film was shot. For the most part the picture has a fair amount of sharpness and detail present. During the first fifteen minutes or so of the film you will notice an unruly hair at the bottom of the screen that pops up on occasion. There are some white specks that also appear sporadically throughout but they are few and caused no distraction. Colors look strong on this release with primaries looking very nice. Skin tones appear natural in color as well. Black levels looked fairly look also. Grain levels are fine and I never really found them to be overly heavy even in darker scenes. 

Sgt. Kabukiman N.Y.P.D. still

SPECIAL FEATURES - [ 3 / 5 ]:

Lloyd Kaufman Intro (6:27) - When the Blu-ray is inserted, an introduction by Lloyd Kaufman plays automatically. Lloyd introduces the film and its Blu-ray premiere. A short segment called "Behind the Chopsticks", a take on the "Behind the Music" show from VH1, plays and features Sgt. Kabukiman talking about his career highs and lows.

Audio Commentary - Mr. Troma himself Lloyd Kaufman appears on this commentary track. Mr. Kaufman provides a wealth of information from tidbits on members of the cast and crew to personal stories from the set including a scary story involving the lion and Toyota the monkey. As silly as Lloyd is in his comedy skits that appear on the various Troma projects, he provides a great, honest commentary for this release. Fans of Sgt. Kabukiman and/or Troma should definitely listen to this track. 

Interview with Rick Gianasi (6:45) - This interview takes places at the Megacon convention in Orlando Florida. Lloyd Kaufman interviews Rick Gianasi and asks questions from the fans about his role in the film and what he is doing now.

Kabukiman's Karaoke (2:35) - A room of fans singing the Sgt. Kabukiman theme song. 

Kabukiman's Cocktail Corner (12:08) - Sgt. Kabukiman is joined by Brian Quinn of TV's Impractical Jokers and Lloyd Kaufman. They all perform a brief scene from a film that Brian Quinn had once pitched to Troma. 

Stupid Moments in Troma History (2:50) - A look back at the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and a tape that shows Sgt. Kabukiman at the scene as it purports to implicate him in the crime with a single chopstick theory. 

Sgt. Kabukiman Original Trailer (3:35)

Tromadance 2015 Highlights (5:20) - Includes brief clips of interviews with attendees and film makers.

Sgt. Kabukiman N.Y.P.D. still

IN CONCLUSION:

A nice package by Troma Entertainment. It is a shame that the audio was not cleaned up a bit as it would have really improved the audio of this release. Otherwise the Blu-ray looks nice and features several extras including a really great commentary track with Lloyd Kaufman. If cheesy fun films are your thing then you are in luck as I would recommend giving this one a chance. If you prefer your super hero films more straight laced or dark and brooding, you may want to look elsewhere.


OVERALL RATING: [ 3 / 5 ]



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