Saturday, January 23, 2016

Trailer, Poster and News for 'OMG... We're in a Horror Movie!!!'

In the tradition of Scream andTucker and Dale vs Evil comesOMG... We're in a Horror Movie!!!, available this month on VOD from LeoMark Studios.

OMG... We're in a Horror Movie!!! poster



Seven friends find themselves trapped in a horror movie in Ajala Bandele's very funny and somewhat frightening love letter to the genre.

A movie about "What if's" What if your life suddenly became a horror movie. Who would you play? What if your role was taken?What would you do. This is a horror comedy that answer those questions for seven "lucky" people who get to see what they would do.

The film stars Brendan Mcgowan, Sharon Mae, Shanna Malcolm, Nils Janson, Chris Hampton, and Ajala Bandele.


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The Sh!t Has Hit the Fan as 'Septic Man' Hits UK DVD

Sh!t is about to go down...

SEPTIC MAN hit UK DVD on January 11


Septic Man DVD cover


From the writer of acclaimed indie zombie hit "Pontypool" comes a gross-out horror satire in the same vein as "The Toxic Avenger" and "Wolf Cop." Sharp Teeth Films released the film on to DVD in the UK on January 11th.

Directed by "Monster Brawl" director Jesse T. Cook and produced by John Geddes (Exit Humanity), "Septic Man" is the latest disgusting offering from the team behind the cream of the current wave of Canadian indie horror.

Genre: Horror | Year: 2013 | Cert: 15 | Country: Canada
Language: English | Running Time: 83 minutes

Synopsis
When a small town’s water supply becomes contaminated, causing violent, projectile eruptions from the townsfolk, it’s up to trusty plumber Jack to resolve the situation. But in the deep, dank sewers, Jack is not alone… after discovering the terrible secret behind the contamination - a mass of rotting corpses - he is pursued by the monstrous killers that created this mess. All the while the fetid, toxic contents of the sewer are morphing him into a hideous monster...

Written by: Tony Burgess
Directed by: Jesse T. Cook
Cast: Jason David Brown, Molly Dunsworth, Julian Richings


WINNER TORONTO AFTER DARK Film Festival

WINNER FANTASTIC FEST Best Horror Actor

OFFICIAL SELECTION MORBIDO FILM FESTIVAL

OFFICIAL SELECTION TELLURIDE HORROR SHOW

OFFICIAL SELECTION MILE HIGH HORROR FILM FESTIVAL

OFFICIAL SELECTION DEDFEST HORROR FILM FESTIVAL


 

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Indie Slasher 'You Are Not Alone' Coming to DVD February 22

A terrifying Fourth of July slasher movie in
nerve-shredding ‘first-person perspective’ …

YOU ARE NOT ALONE on DVD February 22, 2016

You Are Not Alone DVD cover


Shot in gripping first-person perspective, (also seen in MANIAC starring Elijah Wood), YOU ARE NOT ALONE is a nightmarish 'stalk and slash' horror seen entirely from the point of view of the 'final girl'. The film will be released on DVD in the UK on February 22, 2016 by Sharp Teeth Films.

A masked killer terrorises a small American town over the Fourth of July weekend in a heart-pounding narrative that echoes the classic slasher movies of the 1970s and ‘80s, such as HALLOWEEN and THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN, but adds an immersive, modern twist.


Synopsis:
An idyllic summer day turns into a living nightmare ...

With school finally over, college graduate Natalie Wilner returns to her hometown to celebrate the Fourth of July weekend. But beneath the flags and fireworks lurks a dark, malevolent figure. After a night of drunken parties, she stumbles home and drifts off to sleep, only to be woken moments later by a loud knock on the door.

Experience one night of terror, through Natalie’s eyes as she fights to escape a relentless, knife-wielding maniac ...


Genre: Horror | Year: 2014 | Cert: TBC | Country: USA | Language: English | Running Time: 97 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1 | Audio: 5.1 stereo | Color


Directed by: Derek Mungor
Written by: Derek Mungor, Chris O’Brien
Cast: Krista Dzialoszynski, David O’Brien, Mary Mikva, Keenan Camp, Nikki Pierce, Eric Wood

DVD special features TBC


Be sure to check out the "You Are Not Alone" official website, Twitter and Facebook page.



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From the Director of 'Pernicious' Comes 'White Crack Bastard' Which Hits DVD on Feb. 20th

White Crack Bastard can’t be stopped; three years on, wide release set via Brinkvision


White Crack Bastard DVD cover


Three years after completion, director James Cullen Bressack’s controversial ode to excess, "White Crack Bastard" is acquired by BrinkVision and is scheduled for a DVD release on February 20, 2016.
"Wolf of Wall Street" meets "Bad Lieutenant" in the confronting true story of a privileged white man that uses the ghetto, sex addiction, and crack cocaine to live up to his full potential and have the life he’s always dreamed of.
Rhett Benz in White Crack Bastard

From acclaimed filmmaker James Cullen Bressack, director of Pernicious and Bethany, and writer Lisa Vachon comes a sweltering hot button release starring Rhett Benz, Taja V.Simpson (The Young & The Restless), Edmond Chapple and Walter Mendoza.

White Crack Bastard is a confronting, drug-fueled rollercoaster ride of bite and buzz that doesn’t shy away from truths – explaining its delay to the screen.

Luke Anderson, Early 40s, the picture of success, white, privileged, and handsome, uses crack and sex as a means to punish himself to overcome the problem he’s had his whole life; not feeling worthy enough to know he deserves to live a happy life and to be comfortable in his own skin. 

Rhett Benz in White Crack Bastard

Most people use drugs to ease pain. Luke uses drugs to create pain by using it as his therapy; a therapy long overdue from years of struggling with abandonment issues. Issues that were created by the death of Luke’s father when he was a young boy. 

With each binge, Luke’s therapy effectively erases old pain and provides a missing link to the puzzle. With each sexual encounter, a new reality of dealing with intimacy enlightens him. Through this unorthodox therapy, he struggles to become the man he’s always wanted to be and to lead the life he’s always dreamed of. He just has to go through hell to get there. Being an attractive, educated, and privileged white man in the hood doing crack, isn’t exactly society’s picture of drug addiction. Try being in Luke’s shoes, he’s known as WHITE CRACK BASTARD…


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Game of Thrones: The Complete Fifth Season, Winner of 12 Emmy Awards, Arrives On Blu-ray & DVD March 15

Winner of 12 Emmy Awards® Including Outstanding Drama Series
GAME OF THRONES®: THE COMPLETE FIFTH SEASON


Game of Thrones Season 5 Blu-ray


Season 5 of Iconic Series Available on Blu-ray and DVD 

March 15, 2016

All Episodes Available to Download Now on Digital HD

The “worldwide phenomenon” (USA Today) is back, breaking more records along the way. Winner of 12 Emmy® Awards (the most of any series in one year) and a Guinness World Record holder for the largest simultaneous broadcast of a TV drama (in 173 countries and territories worldwide), Game of Thrones is bigger than ever in Season 5, and this spring, fans of the hit show will finally have the chance to add this legendary season to their collections before new episodes debut. Game of Thrones: The Complete Fifth Season will be available on Blu-ray ($79.98) and DVD ($59.99) on March 15, 2016. The Blu-ray set features a free Digital HD copy of all 10 episodes, plus exclusive bonus content including a brand new feature that takes an in-depth look at the story behind the Targaryen civil war, known as the Dance of Dragons.


Blu-ray with Digital Copy – includes all DVD features plus:
  • The Dance of Dragons - Hear the story of the Greens and the Blacks, the Targaryen civil war that led to the downfall of the dragons, featuring surprise narration from notable characters from past seasons.
  • In-Episode Guide – Dig deeper into the show with this in-feature resource that provides background information about on-screen characters, locations, and relevant histories.
  • Histories and Lore - Learn about the mythology of Westeros and Essos as told from the varying perspectives of the characters themselves in 14 history pieces. Select Histories feature illustrations from the show’s storyboard artist, Will Simpson.
DVD:
  • Anatomy of an Episode: Mother’s Mercy - From the early stages of the writer's room to the final visual effects, see what went into creating "Mother's Mercy," the Emmy-winning episode fans will be talking about for years to come.
  • The Real History Behind Game of Thrones - Watch historians, along with George R.R. Martin, explore the interweaving inspirations of the actual players in the era known as "The Wars of the Roses" and other historical events in this two-part series
  • Audio Commentaries - Twelve audio commentaries with cast and crew including David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Kit Harington, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Iain Glen, Maisie Williams, Natalie Dormer, Gwendoline Christie and more.
  • Deleted Scenes - 4 deleted scenes
  • A Day in the Life - Three countries, hundreds of cast & crew, one epic day. Get an inside look at the production process of Season 5.
  • New Characters/New Locations - Explore the new societies, cultures and locations of Season 5.

Season 5 begins with a power vacuum that protagonists across Westeros and Essos look to fill. At Castle Black, Jon Snow struggles to balance the demands of the Night's Watch with those of newly-arrived Stannis Baratheon, who styles himself the rightful king of Westeros. Meanwhile, Cersei scrabbles to hold on to power in King's Landing amidst the Tyrells and the rise of a religious group led by the enigmatic High Sparrow, while Jaime embarks on a secret mission. Across the Narrow Sea, Arya seeks an old friend while a fugitive Tyrion finds a new cause. And as danger mounts in Meereen, Daenerys Targaryen finds that her tenuous hold on the city requires some hard sacrifices. This season features some of the most explosive scenes yet, as the promise that "winter is coming" becomes more ominous than ever before.



Game of Thrones Season 5 Blu-ray cover
Game of Thrones Season 5 DVD cover


















 

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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Nikkatsu Diamond Guys Volume 1 - Blu-ray Review - Arrow Video

 Arrow Video Releases a Trio of Genre Films from Nikkatsu


Nikkatsu Diamond Guys Volume 1 Blu-ray cover


Released by: Arrow Video
Release Date: January 25, 2016 (UK) / January 26, 2016 (USA)
Production Year: 1958-1959
Region Code: ALL
Running Time: 1:31:45 / 1:38:50 / 1:17:24
Audio: Japanese LPCM Mono
Video: 1080p (2.35:1 Aspect Ratio)
Subtitles: English


THE FILMS:

"Voice Without a Shadow" - An old hand at tough guy action roles, Hideaki Nitani ("Tokyo Drifter," "Massacre Gun") stars in Suzuki’s "Voice Without a Shadow." The film opens with Asako Takahashi, a telephone operator, accidentally hearing the voice of a murder suspect. Unfortunately the culprit is not apprehended despite Miss Takahashi listening to numerous voices in a police line-up style situation. The story then jumps ahead three years later where we find that the voice of the killer still haunts her when her husband tasks her with calling his boss Mr. Hamazaki, to invite him over for mahjong and dinner and she believes his voice to be that of the killer. Asako tells her husband about her suspicion and soon after her husband comes home bloody and beaten, telling his wife that he cut ties with Mr. Hamazaki and the two ended up getting in to a fight. Before Asako is able to further look in to the possibility of Mr. Hamazaki being the murderer she heard years ago, he is found dead and her husband becomes the prime suspect. (Running Time: 1:31:45) - RATING: 3.5 / 5
Voice Without a Shadow still

Voice Without a Shadow still
 Voice Without a Shadow still


"Red Pier" - 50's subculture icon Yujiro Ishihara (Crazed Fruit) stars in Toshio Masuda’s "Red Pier" as Jiro the Lefty, a killer with a natural talent. Shortly after arriving in Kobe, he witnesses a man die in a crane accident which unsurprisingly turns out to be a cover-up for a murder. Jiro soon finds himself on the run from the police as well as other criminals. The character of Jiro isn't totally likable which does make it tough to cheer for him at times when he gets in... certain situations. But either way, Yujiro Ishihara does a decent job in the role and keeps you interested and entertained. despite the movie feeling a bit slow at times.  (Running Time: 1:38:50) - RATING: 3 / 5
Red Pier still

Red Pier still

Red Pier still


"The Rambling Guitarist" -  Akira Koabyashi (Battles Without Honour and Humanity) stars as wandering street musician Shinji, who ends up with the wrong crowd, more specifically with mob boss Akitsu after he saves one of his henchmen in a bar fight. Tasked by Akitsu with evicting an offshore fishery, Shinji finds himself in the middle of a very sticky situation when he ends up falling for a girl who turns out to be the daughter of Akitsu, who does not approve of them seeing each other. Also throw in a guy who questions Shinji's loyalties and intentions and you have a young man in a real tough spot. Near the climax of the film there are some rather unconvincing fight scenes which isn't exactly uncommon for somewhat older films so some forgiveness may be necessary for some viewers. Films today place more importance on such scenes and they are typically highly choreographed. The final film was a nice change of pace with its shorter length. It felt like a tighter film and it moved along much brisker than "Red Pier." (Running Time: 1:17:24) - RATING: 3 / 5
The Rambling Guitarist still

The Rambling Guitarist still

The Rambling Guitarist still

AUDIO - [ 3.5 / 5 ]:

"Nikkatsu Diamond Guys Volume 1" features Japanese LPCM Mono audio for all three films. Optional English subtitles are also available. The quality of the audio is consistent for all of the films. I thought the audio was fine overall despite it sounding a bit flat and maybe a little muffled on occasion. I do not know the quality of the source so this could very well be the best that these films can sound at this time without over-processing. The films feature some very good music and songs and they sound quite nice on this Blu-ray. In "The Rambling Guitarist," the music playing in the club sounds lively. The audio may not wow anyone when compared to other releases, but it should not disappoint either. 


VIDEO - [ 3.5 / 5 ]:

"Nikkatsu Diamond Guys Volume 1" arrives on Blu-ray thanks to Arrow Video. All three films are presented in 1080p. "Voice Without a Shadow" and "Red Pier" are black and white while "The Rambling Guitarist" is in color. The video maintains a consistent level of quality throughout the three films much like the audio. I did not find any particular film appearing of higher quality than another. Considering there are three films on one Blu-ray disc as well as the age of the films, the video quality is quite good and should be pleasing to fans of this genre. Arrow Video should at the least, be commended on bringing these films to a new audience which if you are like me, had never heard of any of these films until now. All of the films feature a nice layer of grain and fair amount of detail. The colors in "The Rambling Guitarist" were strong and skin tones were pleasing. The films did have some damage with white specks being noticeable throughout, although I did not find it to occur at a rate where it was distracting by any means.


SPECIAL FEATURES - [ 2 / 5 ]:

Introduction to the Diamond Guys - Film critic and author Jasper Sharp takes a look at the careers of "Diamond Guys" Yujiro Ishihara (Running Time: 15:24) and Hideaki Nitani (Running Time: 10:21). Each interview is able to be played individually as well as the play all option. As someone who prior to watching this Blu-ray was unfamiliar with either actor, I found this extra both interesting and informative. 

Trailers (in Japanese with optional English subtitles):
  • Voices With a Shadow (3:08)
  • Red Pier (3:22)
  • The Rambling Guitarist (3:18)
  • Volume 2 Preview Trailers (11:46)

Photo Galleries

Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys

Booklet featuring new essays on all three films and director profiles by Stuart Galbraith, Tom Mes and Mark Schilling

This Limited Edition Combo Pack also includes a DVD


IN CONCLUSION:

Volume 1 of "Diamond Guys" features three films that should offer a few hours of entertainment. While light on extras, there are three films, so it's understandable and should keep viewers busy. Also be sure to take a look at the preview trailer for volume 2 that is included. The Arrow Video Blu-ray sports nice audio and video quality. If you like these sort of films, you should be happy with your purchase of this nice limited edition set.


OVERALL RATING: [ 4 / 5 ] - Due to the inclusion of three films in this set. 


 
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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Interview with Actor and Producer, Stephen Wozniak


Duality: Stephen Wozniak is the very definition. He vacillates between light and darkness like a hypnotic ping pong ball to play each part convincingly and with conviction. But when it comes to horror, this chameleon-actor is as gritty as they come.

Body Count Rising: Your first role was in a John Waters film. Did this affect the types of roles you chose later, or your acting career overall?

Stephen Wozniak: I was a dancer in that movie. In my wee-teens, I would routinely go dancing with friends at a nightclub called Signals in Baltimore. One night, casting director Pat Moran spotted some kids there who she thought could be dancers in John Waters’ original 1960s-set musical feature film, “Hairspray.” A bunch of us who made it through the audition and got picked, rehearsed right away on the only large soundstage in the area, where they shot the film.


There, I remember meeting Divine, who was such a sweet guy. He dressed plainly in a white loose robe, linen pants and Espadrille shoes. He was sitting in a director’s chair, calmly waiting to meet someone in the hair and makeup department. He was soft spoken and a really motherly figure, in the best sense of the word, for most of the cast and crew. I had a great time dancing the many cool 60s moves, like the Mashed Potato and others. It was a real treat! In a certain way, it did give me a taste for unusual roles and movies.

Body Count Rising: ‘Parking Lot Savior,’ ‘Jesus Skater,’ ‘Avraham,’ ‘Jesus,’ ‘Pastor Tompkins’… You’ve played your share of religious roles. Are you a spiritual person in the real world?


Stephen Wozniak: That’s pretty funny. I didn’t realize that I had played this number of religious-related characters. I would say that I am a spiritual person in many ways. I find spiritualism and religion in many things, like art and literature, in addition to traditional means. I also have respect for those who embrace religions that affirm our humanity. I am attracted to roles that either lead the people, so to speak, or have something consequential to say, even though I have also played my fair share of degenerates, sycophants, rockers, drug lords and other outlaws. Now that I think about it, even the guy I play in “Satan’s Children” uses Biblical passages to defend his errant ways. So there’s almost always something religious in many of the roles I’ve played. In fact, one of the rock n’ rollers I’ve played on stage, David Bowie, has been seen as a messiah character, too.


Body Count Rising: You’ve played an amazing range of roles. What’s the most difficult role you’ve played and how did you prepare?

Stephen Wozniak: The most difficult role I’ve played was probably ‘Frankie’ in “Chaos.” He was a methamphetamine user and a follower of a really bad guy, the title role. He also did a lot of bad things on his own, even though he probably justified his actions to himself. We rehearsed for a few days before production, but I spent weeks researching meth users, loners, killers and related folk that added up to ‘Frankie.’ I also watched a lot of horror movies, like the original 1972 “The Last House on The Left,” of course, and Bergman’s drama, “The Virgin Spring,” amongst others.

 

Playing ‘Jesus’ in the big TV special “Time Machine: Beyond The DaVinci Code” was tough, too. Maybe these two roles were neck-and-neck for me. Savior figures and killers; that’s a funny contrast, but it is what I am attracted to as an actor.

Body Count Rising: A while ago, you mentioned that director and writer David DeFalco considered making a prequel to the true crime cult horror film, “Chaos.” Is this still in the works?

Stephen Wozniak: Indeed, it is still in the works, and alive and well. His new film is very closely related to “Chaos,” and really lives in a parallel universe to that film, instead of as a formal prequel. I will likely be playing another character than the one I played in the original “Chaos.” It will be a little bit more mainstream than the first one, so that the producers can get wider distribution, but will still have many of the brutal touchstones as the original. I think horror fans will certainly take to it well.

"Chaos" is ugly, nihilistic, and cruel -- a film I regret having seen. Don't make the mistake of thinking it's "only" a horror film, or a slasher film. It is an exercise in heartless cruelty and it ends with careless brutality. The movie denies not only the value of life, but the possibility of hope.  –Roger Ebert

Body Count Rising: Your first feature film as a producer was “A Place to Die,” directed by Sage Stallone. How hands-on are you as a producer?

Stephen Wozniak: That was quite an experience, as just about everyone who worked on it will tell you. It was a great deal of work overall. I was and am very hands-on as a producer, as I want to make sure that my director and crew have everything that they need, while managing the day’s work to keep us on track and as close to budget as possible. Most of the script that I wrote, based on Sage’s revised ideas for that film, was shot in October of 2008, but Jim Van Bebber (“The Manson Family”) added these fantastic, crucial backstory scenes that were shot later in the spring of 2009.

Soon after, we lost Sage in such an untimely and very unfortunate manner in 2012. My understanding was that the film had been and still is tied up legally. The picture elements (the film negative and sound files) are, I believe, either with Sage’s mother or possibly with his film-releasing partner, the great Academy Award-winning editor Bob Murawski, of Grindhouse Releasing, though Bob was not involved with the production of that film.


Body Count Rising: What’s your favorite memory of working with Sage?

Stephen Wozniak: I have a lot of great memories of Sage, even though he could be a tough nut to crack, as any of his friends will tell you. One of my favorite memories of him was when we were looking for props and wigs for the movie. One late night, at maybe 4 a.m., we essentially broke into an abandoned home across the street from his house and grabbed a bunch of unusual things, like rolls of white naugahyde, weird kitchenware and other stuff. He was so excited to “break in,” (even though nobody cared) and get this stuff that was part of somebody else’s history then fold that stuff as props into a movie somehow. That was his nature. He liked to examine what was and turn it into art.

Another time, we went to a wig store on 3rd Street in Los Angeles, so he could choose the right human hair wig for my character in the movie. He tried to negotiate a price with the owner, but her English wasn’t that great. Then, in an attempt to clear things up about who he was, to ostensibly get a good deal, he showed her his I.D. and said, “Stallone, you know, like Rocky Balboa. Rocky! Rocky!” Then he started pumping his fist in the air to mimic his dad’s famous character – and she got it. Then, she proceeded to tell him that the price tag was wrong and that it was indeed more expensive. I started laughing and he paid for it anyhow. He actually thought it was funny, too.


Body Count Rising: You have acted, directed, produced and written. Which are you most comfortable with and why?

Stephen Wozniak: I truly love acting the most. Directing is fun and production is fun as a director. Writing is great when you’re on a roll, of course. Producing is the toughest. I am probably the most comfortable acting. I like that specific type of collaboration. As an actor, I have to trust my director, crew and cast, then give a performance and walk away hoping for the best outcome. When you write, you often get to control every little aspect of what you do, and some people love that. Instead, I actually like the aspect of chance that comes up as an actor, even with all of the preparation that I do to develop a character. Acting is also a great way to understand people. That includes the people who you play and the people who you play against. And I think that is essential in life. We need the movies, literature and such to keep a grip on this thing called life.

Body Count Rising: Please share your advice for an aspiring actor or filmmaker?

Stephen Wozniak: My advice is to stay with it. Half of what you offer above your craft is your stick-to-it-ness. The longer you are in it, the more it feels like something you wear and people recognize your ease, as such. That helps to insure that you get work, in some cases. Also, I would say to watch your medium. Look at great movies, look at the best in TV, study filmmakers, figure out what they do and why you are interested in them. Stay connected to why you love it and what it means, as much as your expression of the craft in the day-to-day of working on a project. Oh, that and stay healthy. You’re the only thing you’ve got in order to get the acting right. So, eat your veggies, get plenty of shuteye and hit the gym in some way, shape or form. I know, nerdy advice, but it works. So, in review: stick around, study what you do and love, and stay alive to do it.


Body Count Rising: You played a role in a stylish, dark, comic feature film, “The Love Witch,” which is now in post-production, and a supernatural biker flick called “Satan’s Children” that was recently announced. What can we expect?

Stephen Wozniak: “The Love Witch” was a lot of fun to work on. What a great cast and crew. Anna Biller, the director, was truly wonderful. I really get her and her work. She has a very specific vision and draws from some of the best directors, like Fassbinder and Sirk, as well as from various colorful exploitation films of the 60s. Understanding her interests and vision made my work infinitely easier. I have a small, but unavoidable role as ‘Jerry,’ the protagonist’s first husband, who helps set the whole wild story in motion. The movie is about a contemporary witch who uses magic spells to get men to fall in love with her, but at a deadly price. It mixes fantasy and reality in a truly delicious, but delirious way. It also looks amazing and was shot by director of photography M. David Mullen, who did “The Astronaut Farmer” with Billy Bob Thornton and “Akeelah and The Bee” with Laurence Fishburne. “The Love Witch” will be released later this year. I’m pretty excited about it.


“Satan’s Children” was an entirely other film experience altogether. Again, great cast and crew, but a tough shoot. We shot it in the desert of Lancaster, California during the winter. It was icy cold, despite the hot-running chopper bikes that abound in that film. I played ‘The White Rider,’ who is a Bible verse-spewing, crank head member of the ostensibly “bad” gang in the film. He is the voice of the gang in many ways. Shooting will be completed later this year. I’m excited to see how it ultimately turns out. The early rough cut clips looked pretty amazing!

Body Count Rising: Do you have any details that you can share in 2016 of your recurring character, ‘Tyler Brunson’ on the hit CBS TV series “NCIS: Los Angeles?”

Stephen Wozniak: Kyle Harimoto and Dave Kalstein, the writers of the April 2014 ‘Three Hearts’ episode that I initially guest starred in, have a certain taste for great bad guys and colorful dialogue. It was easier to say those fun lines because of them. And it is indeed fun to play zillionaire drug smugglers, let me tell you. However, LL Cool J’s character killed ‘Brunson’ with a few clean shots in the chest at the end of that episode, and so I thought, “that was that.”


But, I got a call from the producers to fill in some storyline history for a then upcoming episode in which my character’s brother, ‘Chad Brunson’ (played by the fantastic Taylor Nichols) takes revenge on my character’s death, which is what that whole episode was about. When I showed up oh-so-briefly again in flashback photos and in lots of series regulars’ dialogue in that second episode, ‘Command & Control,’ in October 2015, I thought again, “that would be it.”

But because a key character from the first episode, ‘Angelo,’ an NCIS deep cover operative, had vanished and may have leaked critical information to the Brunson brothers, my character ‘Tyler Brunson’ may very well come back later in 2016, which would likely require the story to establish him and how he and ‘Angelo’ worked together before that first episode. We’ll see…

Keep up with Stephen’s projects on IMDb, his official website or follow him on Facebook.

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Sunday, January 17, 2016

Don't Touch Her Tail - 'Bunni' Coming to DVD from Wild Eye Releasing in March

Wild Eye Releasing Debuts New Art and Trailer 
for Daniel Benedict's Bunni Ahead of March Release

Bunni DVD cover


Fans of homicidal mama's boys will have a new reason to scream when festival hit Bunni arrives on DVD in March. To celebrate the blood-soaked visit with Mother, Wild Eye Releasing has unveiled new artwork, stills and a trailer for Daniel Benedict's award-winning slasher film.

A group of teens explore an abandoned factory at the request of one of their friends. Little do they know he is leading them to a slaughter at the hands of his mentally deranged mother.


The DVD release of Bunni (SRP $19.95) will be available nationwide in March.




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'The Dicks From Texas' Coming to DVD February 12th

The Dicks From Texas
coming to DVD on February 12th

The real deal true story of Texas punks The Dicks!

"It had never occurred to me before seeing the Dicks that being afraid of the band could be a cool idea." - David Yow, The Jesus Lizard


The Dicks from Texas cover

The Dicks were a punk rock band from Texas who defined hardcore. Every traveling punk rock band demanded the Dicks open for them including Henry Rollins, Ian MacKaye, Mike Watt, Texas Terri, andDavid Yow (who are all featured in the film). The DVD also includes 30 minutes of live never-before-seen performance footage.

The Dicks started when singer Gary Floyd returned to Austin, TX after seeing the Sex Pistols in San Francisco. He started claiming he had a band called the Dicks. This was known as a "poster band." Fliers were made with fake shows and non-existent groups.

"Gary Floyd would go around town putting up posters advertising The Dicks with crazy ass pictures and promises that first ten people with guns drink for free," said producer / director Cindy Marabito. "It was a wild and crazy time in Austin, back when 'keeping Austin weird' got you thrown in jail."

The Dicks soon became a reality when bassist Buxf Parrott and guitarist Glen Taylor joined up with Floyd to form the band. All they needed was a drummer who they found in Pat Deason just in time to play the Punk Prom with the Big Boys.

The Dicks From Texas follows the evolution of the Dicks from Floyd as a local celebrity through band formation to punk legend. He had a flamboyant outwardly gay personality with a voice that still rivals the hardest / heaviest / bluesiest singers from Texas, or anywhere else.

The Dicks were together for nearly four years and put out 'Dicks Hate the Police" 45 and two albums, "Live at Raul's" and "Kill From the Heart" which have lived on for coming up on four decades, inspiring other musicians and fans with songs like "Bourgeois Fascist Pig," "Dead in a Motel Room," and "Dicks Hate the Police."

The Dicks never sold out, never budged one fraction from their militant principles at the cost of no big record deals and acclaim. What they got in return was the respect of longtime hardcore followers who still turn out at the rare live reunion shows where the Dicks still deliver.


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The Dicks From Texas and Friends
is a tribute album put together with 27 bands paying homage to the world's favorite Texas Commie hardcore band, the Dicks. What makes this album spectacular is the wide variety of music genres these great bands. Elements of blues, jazz, country and rock have always been a part of the Dicks music, and this record proves it.



 
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Upcoming Arrow Video US Blu-ray and DVD Release News

Here's some of what is coming up soon from Arrow Video US.



MVD Entertainment Group furthers the distribution of Arrow Video in the US with four new titles...





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[Blu-ray + DVD] coming January 26

Limited edition of 3000 copies!

Nikkatsu, the oldest film studio in Japan, inaugurated a star system in the late 1950s, finding talent and contracting to their Diamond Line for a series of wild genre pictures. This collection celebrates these "Diamond Guys" with three classic films from directors Seijun Suzuki (Branded to Kill), Toshio Masuda (Rusty Knife) and Buichi Saito (Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart in Peril).

An old hand at tough guy action roles, Hideaki Nitani (Tokyo Drifter, Massacre Gun) stars in Suzuki's Voice Without a Shadow. Asako, a former telephone operator once heard the voice of a murder suspect which has continued to haunt her. Years later her husband invites his boss, Hamazaki, over for dinner and she realizes his voice is suspiciously like that of the killer. Before she can investigate further, Hamazaki is found dead and her husband becomes the prime suspect...

Next, 50s subculture icon Yujiro Ishihara (Crazed Fruit) stars in Masuda's Red Pier as "Jiro the Lefty", a killer with a natural talent. Shortly after arriving in Kobe, he witnesses a man die in a crane accident which turns out to be a cover-up for a murder. Jiro soon finds himself on the run, tailed by a determined cop...


Finally, in Saito's The Rambling Guitarist, mega star Akira Koabyashi (Battles Without Honour and Humanity) stars as wandering street musician Shinji, who falls in with mob boss Akitsu after saving one of his henchmen in a bar fight. Tasked by Akitsu with evicting an offshore fishery, Shinji finds himself in the middle of a very unusual domestic dispute...
Presented on Blu-ray and DVD for the first time in the West, these thrilling genre films feature Nikkatsu's leading talent at their best.

Bonus Materials

  • High Definition digital transfers of all three films, from original film elements by Nikkatsu Corporation
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation
  • Original uncompressed mono audio
  • Newly translated English subtitles
  • Specially recorded video discussions with Japanese cinema expert Jasper Sharp on Diamond Guys Hideaki Nitani and Yujiro Ishihara
  • Original trailers for all three films and trailer preview for Diamond Guys Vol. 2
  • Extensive promotional image galleries for all three films
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys
  • Booklet featuring new essays on all three films and director profiles by Stuart Galbraith, Tom Mes and Mark Schilling







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Sheba, Baby
[Blu-ray + DVD] coming February 9

Fresh off her career defining roles for Jack Hill in Coffy and Foxy Brown, Pam Grier continued her domination of the Blaxploitation genre, in cult filmmaker William Girdler's (The Manitou, Abby) 'Sheba, Baby'...

Grier plays Sheba Shayne, a private eye based in Chicago who is called to her hometown to stop the local mob boss (played by "that bad D'Urville Martin", Black Caesar, Dolemite) from moving in on her father's loan business. Aided by her father's partner, Brick Williams (Austin Stoker, Assault on Precinct 13, Battle for the Planet of the Apes), Sheba finds out that the violent thugs aren't going go away without a fight. Car bombs, gun fights and boat chases ensue whilst armed with her curves, street smarts and a .44, Sheba is in for a bloodbath!
Grier would appear in three Blaxploitation classics in 1975 (the others were Bucktown and Friday Foster), where she was at the top of her game and genre, with the Los Angeles Times calling her "cool, tough and glamorous - a female fantasy Wonder Woman", further cementing her status as the first female action star.

Bonus Materials

  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
  • Original mono audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Audio commentary with producer-screenwriter David Sheldon, moderated by critic Nathaniel Thompson
  • Sheldon: Baby - a brand new interview with David Sheldon
  • Pam Grier: The AIP Years - a look over the wonder years of the Blaxploitation queen with film historian Chris Poggiali
  • Trailer
  • Gallery featuring rare publicity images and Lobby Cards
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Sean Phillips
  • Booklet featuring brand new writing on the film by Patty Breen, webmaster of WilliamGirdler.com, illustrated with archive stills and posters





 

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Pray For Death
[Blu-ray + DVD] coming February 16

In Pray for Death, martial arts legend Sho Kosugi (Enter the Ninja, Ninja 3: The Domination)
stars as a family man driven to exact vigilante justice - ninja style!

Akira (Kosugi) has brought his wife and two boys to the United States in search of a better
life. But their slice of the American Dream is quickly soured when they fall foul of a group of
jewellery thieves. Unfortunately for the bad guys, they didn't count on Akira being a secret
black ninja.

The samurai sword of vengeance falls swift and hard in this classic slice of '80s ninja action
from director Gordon Hessler (Scream and Scream Again, The Golden Voyage of Sinbad),
culminating in an action-packed showdown of Commando-esque proportions.

Bonus Materials

  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation 
  • Brand new digital transfers of the Unrated and R-rated versions 
  • Original Uncompressed PCM Stereo 2.0 audio 
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing 
  • Sho and Tell Part 1: Birth of a Ninja - an exclusive interview with Sho Kosugi, in which the star discusses the early stages of his film career, leading up to his role in Pray for Death 
  • Sho Kosugi on Martial Art Forms - an archive interview with Kosugi, including footage of his ninja demonstration from the 1985 New York premiere of Pray for Death
  • Sho Kosugi Trailer Gallery: Enter the Ninja (1981), Revenge of the Ninja (1983), Pray for Death (1985) and Rage of Honor (1987) 
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matthew Griffin






 


American Horror Project - Vol 1
[Blu-ray + DVD] coming February 23

Limited edition of 3000 copies!

Everyone knows the classic American horror titles: Night of the Living Dead, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and A Nightmare on Elm Street, to name but a few. But we want to tell you a different story: a story of the unsung heroes of stars-and-stripes terror, films that have remained on the fringes of the genre either through lack of availability or else sheer obscurity.This is where American Horror Project comes in.

Volume One of this series presents three tales of violence and madness from the 1970s. Malatesta's Carnival of Blood (Christopher Speeth, 1973) sees a family arrive at a creepy, dilapidated fairground in search of their missing son, only tofind themselves at the mercy of the cannibalistic ghouls lurking beneath the park. Meanwhile, The Witch Who Came from the Sea (Matt Cimber, 1976), stars Millie Perkins (The Diary of Anne Frank) as a young woman whose bizarre and violentfantasies start to bleed into reality - literally. Lastly, every parent's worst nightmare comes true in The Premonition(RobertAllen Schnitzer, 1976), a tale of psychic terror in which five-year-old Janie is snatched away by a strange woman claimingto be her long-lost mother.

Newly remastered from the best surviving elements and contextualised with brand new supplementary material, American Horror Project proudly presents an alternative history of American horror and film heritage.

LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS

  • Brand new 2K restorations of the three features
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard DVD presentations
  • Original Mono 1.0 audio (Uncompressed PCM on the Blu-rays)
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Reversible sleeves for each film featuring original and newly-commissioned artwork by the Twins of Evil
  • American Horror Project Journal Volume One - Limited edition 60-page booklet featuring new articles on the films from writers Stephen Thrower(Nightmare USA: The Untold Story of the Exploitation Independents), Kim Newman (Nightmare Movies), Kier-La Janisse (House of Psychotic Women) and Brian Albright (Regional Horror Films, 1958-1990: A State-by-State Guide with Interviews)

MALATESTA'S CARNIVAL OF BLOOD
  • Introduction to the film by Stephen Thrower
  • Audio Commentary by film historian Richard Harland Smith
  • The Secrets of Malatesta - an interview with director Christopher Speeth
  • Crimson Speak - an interview with writer Werner Liepolt
  • Malatesta's Underground - art directors Richard Stange and Alan Johnson discuss the weird, mysterious world of Malatesta's underground
  • Outtakes
  • Draft script (BD/DVD-ROM content)
  • Stills gallery

THE WITCH WHO CAME FROM THE SEA
  • Introduction to the film by Stephen Thrower
  • Audio commentary with director-producer Matt Cimber, actress Millie Perkins and director of photography Dean Cundey
  • Tides and Nightmares - brand new making-of documentary featuring interviews with Cimber, Perkins, Cundey and actor John Goff
  • A Maiden's Voyage - archive featurette comprising interviews with Cimber, Perkins and Cundey
  • Lost at Sea - director Cimber reflects on his notorious cult classic

THE PREMONITION
  • Introduction to the film by Stephen Thrower
  • Isolated score
  • Audio commentary with director-producer Robert Allen Schnitzer
  • Pictures from a Premonition - brand new making-of documentary featuring interviews with Schnitzer, composer Henry Mollicone and cinematographer Victor Milt
  • Archive interviews with Robert Allen Schnitzer and star Richard Lynch
  • Three Robert Allen Schnitzer short films: 'Vernal Equinox', 'Terminal Point' and 'A Rumbling in the Land'
  • 4 Peace Spots
  • Trailers and TV Spots




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Check out the Debut Novel, 'Wave of Mutilation' from Australian Author Sean E. Britten

'Wave of Mutilation' is the Debut Zombie Novel from Australian Author Sean E. Britten

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How do psycho soldiers, Russian sex-traffickers and zombies grab you? Well then, read the synopsis below to learn a bit more about Sean E. Britten's debut novel.


Synopsis:
Jules and Tony are two Mafia soldiers looking to make a name for themselves with their first hit. The assassination goes off without a hitch, until their target gets back up with twenty bullets in his chest and a taste for human flesh.

Cyndi Hong has no idea how much the world has changed when she leaves her Manhattan apartment, then she runs into a feasting gang of undead cannibals on her morning commute. Anybody who dies rises as a zombie, endlessly hungry for living flesh, and anybody they bite, dies. Soon, hundreds of thousands of single-minded ghouls are teeming in and around New York. The military are failing to contain the situation and there’s nowhere safe to run. Escaping from the city, Cyndi meets Jules and Tony and takes refuge in the home of their employer, the ruthless mob boss Nicholas Marcello.

Before long Cyndi and the others are looking for a safe place, any safe place. They take to the open ocean, finding new threats and new allies. Following the only beacon of hope that they have Cyndi and the others find themselves among a new community, but when people start to disappear it becomes apparent that not everything is as it appears. Surrounded by predators both living and dead, Russian sex-traffickers, psychotic soldiers and waves upon waves of zombies, they’ll find themselves doing whatever it takes to survive.


Be sure to follow Sean E. Britten on Twitter.


 
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