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Hell’s Kitty (2018) Today’s greatest horror icons unite for the purrfect scare!

Hey guys! Horrormadam her to let you know about a new horror film with some of the greats! And one of the best things for me about this film is not only do we get horror, not only do we have iconic horror actors, but we also have a film that brings altruism for cats. If the cat doesn’t scare you to death! Check out the fun!

Based on the web series and comic book of the same name, and inspired by writer-director Nicholas Tana’s experiences living with a professedly possessed cat, Hell’s Kitty tells of a covetous feline that acts possessed and possessive of his owner around women. The results are as funny as they are frightening!
Nick (Tana), a Hollywood screenwriter, discovers his cat has become murderously possessed and will stop at nothing to rid him of any women in his life. As his life unravels out of control, Nick must find a way to have his kitty exorcised of the demonic spirit haunting her and creating a body count.

Starring: Doug Jones (The Shape of Water), Dale Midkiff (Pet Sematary), Michael Berryman (The Hills Have Eyes), Courtney Gains (The Children of The Corn), Lynn Lowry (Cat People), Kelli Maroni (Night of The Comet), Ashley C. Williams (The Human Centipede), Barbara Nedeljakova (Hostel), Adrienne Barbeau (The Fog), John Franklin (The Addams Family) and a ‘Killer Klown’ team up for some Pawplay this March!

With characters named after classic horror movie characters (Jones plays Father Damien, Berryman is Detective Pluto, Nina Kate is Dr. Laurie Strodes, Barbeau is Mrs Carrie), and a tone reminiscent of some of the ‘80s greatest horror-comedies, Hell’s Kitty is undoubtedly the horror hiss of March!

Hell’s Kitty is written and directed by Nicholas Tana and produced by Denise Acosta.

To kick off the movie release and to share their love for cats, the creators behind the film teamed with HOLLYSHORTS MONTHLY SCREENINGS and the TLC CHINESE THEATER recently hosted a premiere at the legendary theatre to raise money for FixNation.org. FixNation provides a free, full-time spay/neuter clinic with two full-time veterinarians capable of sterilizing as many as 100 cats per day. They also help hundreds of cats find suitable homes. For more info on the cause click here. http://fixnation.org/

Hell’s Kitty is available on all VOD platforms March 13, 2018 and on DVD March 27th, 2018 via Wild Eye Releasing. 


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MOVIE REVIEW: KURTIS SPIELER’S THE DEVIL’S WELL (2017)

MOVIE REVIEW: KURTIS SPIELER’S THE DEVIL’S WELL (2017)

Bryan and Karla Marks are a husband and wife team of paranormal investigators. While conducting an investigation at an infamous area in Connecticut known as the Devil’s Well, Karla mysteriously vanishes. Nearly one year later, Bryan seeks the help of a local paranormal group known as SIGNS. The SIGNS team attempts to document the aftermath of Karla’s disappearance through interviews with her friends, family, and those involved in the case. Bryan and the SIGNS team then head back to the Devil’s Well in order to try an uncover the truth about Karla’s disappearance.

From the mind of Kurtis Spieler, we are given The Devil’s Well his feature length film exploring the creepy world of the found footage genre.

The Devil's Well (2017)

This film was originally slated for release, titled The Unexplained disappearance of Karla Marks in early in 2017, but Wild Eye Releasing (responsible for distrusting films such as Daniel Ray’s Heidi)picked up for distribution and now has an official release date of January 23rd, 2018. And deservingly so.

The Devil's Well (2017)The film unfolds in the style of a documentary, somewhat like The Poughkeepsie Tapes, telling us of the disappearance of a paranormal investigator named Karla Marks. We are also introduced to other elements of the case and what has transpired. Using what Spieler has powerfully written and teaming that with his artful direction, we are pulled into a web of paranormal confusion.

The narrative is very realistic and the film features a strong series of characters, but the film’s somber tones and enveloping style draw you in and make you swallow these concepts hook, line, and sinker.

The realism of this film is so questionable, in parts, that you immediately feel a need to research further (as the lines of fiction somewhat become blurred).

The cast is fantastic! Each playing their characters so genuinely that the believability factor is quite high.

We watch the narrative flip from authentically inventive interviews to police recordings and paranormal footage. The combined effect is that this film conveys a seemingly honest and believable reality of a terrible tragedy that has occurred.

The Devil's Well (2017)Actress Anne-Marie Mueschke plays the lead and though we ultimately see relatively little of her character Karla, we see enough to understand her role within the film.

Of course, the suspicions for her disappearance originally fall on Karla’s co-ghost hunter and husband Bryan. Bryan is played by Manley Davis. Known for a sequence of TV roles and short films, Davis is quite convincing in his plea for the truth of what has happened to his partner. We watch him being tormented by the questions still needing answers, and feeling berated when the blame is cast upon him. Through this performance I feel Davis‘ future is obviously bright. It is easy to see a natural honest demeanor on film within him, and he will be an asset to any other roles he will undertake.

The quirky and humorous cast of enjoyable paranormal investigators referred to as SIGNS all help keep the central theme of the film together and add at times a lightness, that is desired within the darkened content of the film. Within the investigations at the “Devil’s Well”, we see much of the action, thrills, and despair between the cast.

At the moments where it counts, they put on their characters proverbial game faces and take the case as serious as necessary.

The notion of something evil lurking in the shadows seems to grow as we watch on and so does their feeling of unease on screen.

I have to applaud the supporting performances of actors Chris Viemeister (as Lucas Baker), David Alexander (as Kris Manners), Kristen Seavey (as Riley Harper), Jon Gregory (as Dennis Howard), Lauren Sowa (as Lynn Baker), and Kurtis Spieler (yes, our writer/director plays Kurt Schafer).

The Devil's Well (2017)This film has sequences that genuinely play out like those on those paranormal ghost shows on cable TV. Visually we have the darkly lit rooms and each of their panicked faces as they race around trying to find the rational explanations accountable for what has happened with Karla. We hear the quivering in their voices as these normally composed analytical minds crumble under the uncertainty of what they have agreed to face. Ultimately, we watch their demise unfold uneasily.

In the quest for the truth of the “Devils Well”… will anyone survive?

You’ll need to watch it to find out.

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MOVIE REVIEW: A Plague So Pleasant (2013)

MOVIE REVIEW: A Plague So Pleasant (2013)

By Travis Love

A Plague So Pleasant
Directed by Benjamin Roberds and due to be released 9/29/2015 on Wild Eye Releasing, A Plague So Pleasant is a dry humor, cynical zom-dram-edy (zombie drama comedy) which takes place in a city where, after a zombie outbreak occurred years prior, it has now been decreed that killing zombies is "inhumane" and illegal. Humans live their everyday lives side by side with the undead in an awkward cohabitation. But, when that line is crossed and the law is broken, the town soon finds out that the zombies aren't as compliant as they once thought. Living alongside zombies can be hazardous to your health.

The story finds two roommates caught in the mundane day to day of a normal life (save for being surrounded by enough zombies to fill a Walmart parking lot). During a breakfast conversation, the lead character, Clay Marshall (David Chandler), agrees to help his roommate pursue a relationship with his sister Mia (Eva Boehnke). Complications arise when Marshall's sister refuses to date anyone but her boyfriend Jerry...who just so happens to be a zombie (Jerry Springer WTF moment). The moral dilemma is dropped into Marshall's lap: break the no killing zombies law in order to kill Jerry and help his sister move on to finally receive closure and possible happiness with his roommate or obey the law and watch his sister throw away her life. The choice to carry through with it leads to an onslaught of carnage as one shot fired into the back of Zombie Jerry's skull creates a zombie horde tidal wave loose on the town. Peace is no longer an option.

The cinematography is black and white for the majority of the film, a splash of color transitions after the gunshot to Zombie Jerry's head which is almost foreboding as to the shift in zombie temperament. The dialog is at times hilariously dry and nonchalant, almost like if Shaun of the Dead was too cool to care if you thought it was funny. The gore is what you'd come to expect from a zombie film: legions of undead feasting on internal organs like hungry teenagers at an all-you-can-eat Chinese buffet (zombie fortune cookie fortunes only say "Gwarsghgrrrr" btw. If you are a zombie, you can appreciate the depth of that fortune). The story itself is heartfelt and sad yet balanced with enough humor and zombie on human violence to keep you from shedding those Lifetime made for TV movie tears.

A Plague So Pleasant firmly sets a precedent that a zombie film doesn't have to be heartless just because a zombie ate it. If you're looking for a laid back, interesting take on a low budget zombie film, this movie will make a soft spot out of your chest cavity by feasting on your heart, and you'll love every minute of it.

Rating: 6/10

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MOVIE REVIEW: My Name Is ‘A’ by Anonymous (2012)

By Travis Love

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Directed by Shane Ryan and released through Wild Eye Releasing, My Name is A by Anonymous is a film adaptation of the real life events of thrill killer Alyssa Bustamante. For those not familiar with the case, Alyssa Bustamante was convicted for murdering her 9-year-old neighbor in 2009 - strangling, stabbing, and slitting her throat before burying her body in a shallow grave in the near by woods. The background story is every bit as engrossing and disturbing as the film portraying it.

The film takes a less than straight ahead approach at telling the events that unfold, instead of focusing on one single facet of the story, the story is broken up and told through four individuals who represent Alyssa or parts of her personality (The Performer, The Angst, and The Sidekick). The scenes tend to skip between characters which makes it feel hard to get a grasp of the story at times, but knowing the metal instability of Bustamante it actually helps to place the viewer into her distraught and chaotic state of mind. Certain parts delve into the dark and depressing aspect of who Alyssa is while other parts (mainly The Performer) shows a need to be accepted and admired by others.

Imagery such as the Alyssa character sitting in a bathtub and slowly dragging a knife against her skin, leaving mark after bloody mark, opens a window for the viewer to peer into the twisted mindscape Bustamante was in. Moments where the father is seen in a molesting light as Alyssa screams in the background "Don't touch me!! Leave me alone!" only help to solidify the downward spiral leading towards the upcoming events. The inevitable end is simply executed, no frills just the cold hard reality of what took place when Alyssa took Elizabeth Olten's life as the manifestations each take their turn at inflicting pain on their victim.

This film is a bleak, unconventional look into events that are unbelievably eerie and gut wrenching. Watching someone's mental stability and balance decay, knowing the severity of the real life events that it lead to, makes this morally uncomfortable to watch. But with the style in which it is executed, it's well worth watching to see things from the perspective of Alyssa Bustamante.

Rating: 6/10

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