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Watch the trailer for Nick Cassavetes – Red Handed which stars Michael Biehn and Michael Madsen

Watch the trailer for Nick Cassavetes – Red Handed which stars Michael Biehn and Michael Madsen

This December, don’t get caught Red Handed.

Michael Biehn (The Terminator, Aliens) leads an electric cast in an unnerving new thriller from writer-director Frank Peluso and producer Nick Cassavetes.

When their father is murdered, three brothers descend upon an Oregon mountain river to spread his ashes. After they arrive, one of their children goes missing. One of the brothers was himself abducted 30 years ago when they visited this same river, but he has blocked the incident out of his mind. Only by unlocking the mysteries inside his subconscious, will they be able find the child and return him to safety.

Produced by Nick Cassavetes and Aaron Steele-NicholsonRed Handed premiered at SPIFFest in Los Angeles last month.

Christian Madsen, Owen Burke, Ryan Carnes, Kenzie Dalton and Michael Madsen co-star in the suspense-ride of the year, on DVD and Digital December 3 from High Octane Pictures.

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New Trailer for the Terrifying ‘BLOOD BAGS’ unleashed this December

New Trailer for the Terrifying ‘BLOOD BAGS’ unleashed this December

Emiliano Ranzani’s Blood Bags, a modern take on classic Italian horror cinema, premieres on DVD and Digital this December.

A creature stalks the corridors of an abandoned mansion. Two friends break in and discover that all exits have been sealed off and the creature that hunts them is growing hungry for their blood; there is no escape.

From director Emiliano Ranzani, and starring Makenna Guyler, Emanuele Turetta, and Marta Tananyan, Blood Bags premieres December 3 on DVD and Digital from High Octane Pictures.

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New trailer released for the most controversial release of 2019 ‘American Hunt’

New trailer released for the most controversial release of 2019 ‘American Hunt’

This December, play the most dangerous time imaginable in American Hunt.

From the director of Clowntergeist, and from the studio that brought you The Jurassic Games and Cannibal Farm, comes the most controversial horror release of 2019.

A group of friends is torn apart when they become part of two human hunter’s sick game. The men give them ten minutes to hide, and then the real hunt begins.

Written and directed by Aaron Mirtes, and starring Lacy Hartselle, Taylor Novak, and Allison ShrumAmerican Hunt begins December 3 on DVD and Digital from High Octane Pictures.

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Interview with ‘Pumpkins’ co-writer and director Maria Metheringham

Interview with ‘Pumpkins’ co-writer and director Maria Metheringham

Pumpkins

Director: Maria Metheringham

Writers: Maria Metheringham and Will  Metheringham

Starring: Dani Thompson, Maria Lee Metheringham, Craig Edwards, Samantha Hindman, Marcella Edgecombe-Craig

In a new interview on House of Tortured Souls I got an opportunity to talk with the multifaceted filmmaker Maria Metheringham about the throwback horror Pumpkins which has been released on DVD and Digital from High Octane Pictures on DVD and Digital in the US and Canada.

Q. Your latest horror film Pumpkins has just been released on DVD in the US. Can you tell us what people can expect?

Pumpkins is an atmospheric, slasher horror film set in North Yorkshire.  Expect all of the usual elements which make up a good 80s style teen horror movie, except less gags and a bit more toned down. It’s a light-hearted and fun horror.

Q. You co-wrote the original script with Will Metheringham. What is your process writing together and how did you come up with the original idea for the story?

We usually sit down with the laptop and hash out scene ideas together. I do the writing and he tells me what to write, whilst I also add in bits and scenes that come to me whilst we’re doing it.

Pumpkins started off as a short film within another feature film we were writing and ended up being turned into a full feature because I loved the story so much. The short ‘The Pumpkin Man’ was only meant to be 10 minutes long originally.

Q. The film introduces us to a new horror character the Pumpkin Man, how did you come up concept for the character?

Will was sat at the back of the classroom when he was 16 with his mate Tom Jordan. He came up with the pumpkin man character as a drawing and Tom drew it. We found the artwork in a folder in a cupboard in our house when clearing out and thought it looked very cool, so we stuck him in the film with a backstory.

Q. What were your influences for the overall look and style of the film?

We just wanted it to look and sound as 80s as possible. To capture the feeling of watching one of those old school slashers but have a bit of our own style about it. Films we had in mind when getting that style right were Friday the 13th (1980), An American Werewolf in London (1981) and Halloween (1978).

Q. Did you make any changes in the film from the original script during filming and were there any scenes which you were unable to film?

Yes, there were a few changes mainly towards the end of the film, during the climax with the ending etc. The film didn’t finish how it was written in the script because we had no money for special effects people and my knowledge was pretty limited. We had very little time to film it without the option of returning an extra day. It’s usually the really cool elaborate stuff I have to cut out but give me a budget and I’d go hell for leather

Q.Did you experience any issues during filming?

Only the weather really which wasn’t an issue much. We had one night of filming outside for all the scenes and it was chucking it down. We needed lighting which needed power and we were filming up in muddy woods up a soggy hill from a house we were staying in. We had 5 extension cables plugged into each other with bin bags wrapped around them.  Safe to say we wouldn’t do that again ha ha. Other than that, it was just a few of the special effects going wrong for me, but we managed in the end.

Q.What were some of your favourite moments during filming?

The location where we filmed all of the Uncle and Shelly scenes at their house was brilliant, we had a great time there.  No internet, tv, phone or any mobile signal, as weird as it may sound was a really pleasant experience. Also filming inside the pub in Lincoln for the local’s scene was so much fun and we had a good laugh doing it!

What makes Pumpkins stand out as something different in the horror genre?

I don’t think it’s hugely unique for the Horror genre as we were trying to do our own version of an 80s style slasher film, but we’ve brought a new killer to the table and I hope you can see our own style. We like sound and visuals and don’t really go dialogue heavy with Pumpkins which we hope creates more of an atmosphere. We didn’t want to shove the film full of all the cliché one liners and banter between the characters but have slipped it in subtly every now and again.

What do you hope people take away after watching the film?

That they will have fun watching it, like our style and want to see more of our films because of it.#

You also feature in the horror film Mask of Thorn which is being released in November. Can you tell us a little bit about that film?

I can’t wait for the release I absolutely loved working with Mike (Director) and Anna (Producer). Mask of Thorn is a great horror/sci-fi slasher film in my opinion.  It has an evil bad ass Thorn and a not so evil bad ass Mina Adams who I play.  It’s got action, gore and good suspense I think lovers of indie films will really dig it.  Anna and Mike also work a similar way to me and Will, doing the jobs of 20 people with barely and money or time and I respect that.

You play Mina Adams in the film can you tell us a bit about your character?

She is tough and hardened by a difficult life but has a strong emotional connection which is her weakness. Mina was a lot of fun to play because she takes a battering put will pick herself up and carry on fighting until she has done what she came to do.  Also, her costume is very cool despite it pretty much falling off me and disintegrating during filming.

Do you enjoy playing these strong characters and do you think they reflect some of your own personality?

I think that’s a why I like these characters so much. It’s like the element of when something is bothering you or life is trying to get you down, don’t moan just do something about it. Put your hardened face on and get things done no matter what. This can sometimes appear as cold or overly stern but I understand these characters, they act on actions and not emotion which is more what I’m about.

Do you have any other projects which you are currently working on?

Yes I’ve got a few going on. Me and Will have just finished another horror feature script which is another 80’s style film called Creeps at the Gym.  We’re just trying to find some money to make it. I’m also working with Kat Clatworthy at Lynx Elite Productions in Wales on a comedy feature film called Cowgirls Don’t Lie and we’re directing together.  The film only has less than a third left to film so almost done!

What advice would you give someone who is interested in getting into filmmaking as an actress?

Do not let people down. When you say you will do something or you are given a deadline, make sure you do it. Reply to messages as promptly as you can. Make yourself available too as filmmakers don’t like having to work around your ‘Nanas 60th’ or your ‘best mates baby shower’. Another big one is promote and support the films you are cast in! Talk about the films you are in, do interviews and share social media material to help gain followers etc.

You can purchase a copy of Pumpkins from Amazon Here:

 

 

 

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Throwback horror ‘Pumpkins’ available now in the US and Canada from High Octane Pictures

Throwback horror ‘Pumpkins’ available now in the US and Canada from High Octane Pictures

You reap what you sow, so don’t forget your Pumpkins this Halloween!

The 80’s inspired horror Pumpkins co-written with Will Metheringham and directed by Maria Lee Metheringham is available now from High Octane Pictures on DVD and Digital in the US and Canada.

An elderly man is hopelessly devoted to his prized pumpkin patch. When some delinquents destroy his prized possessions, he dies of a massive heart attack and is reborn as an abomination. Hell-bent on revenge, the creature and his minions rain havoc over guilty and innocent alike.

With a talent cast including Dani Thompson (My Bloody Banjo), Maria Lee Metheringham (Attack of the Adult Babies, Mask of Thorn), Craig Edwards (The Snarling) Samantha Hindman (Lankin),  Marcella Edgecombe-Craig (Scarlett Cross: Agents of D.E.A.T.H.) and Will Metheringham as The Pumpkin Man.

With a planned sequel and Will Metheringham already confirmed as playing the character once again in Slasher House 3, it looks as though we can expect to see more of Pumpkin Man in the future.

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Women in Horror – ‘Marla’ gets North American release this November

Women in Horror – ‘Marla’ gets North American release this November

Carrie meets It Follows in Marla, a spine-chilling new horror experience from writer-director and  actress Lisa van Dam-Bates.

Also starring Travis Johnny Ware, Jason Stange and Katie Hemming, Marla explores the terrifying account of a girl who goes to get an IUD implanted by a family friend turned doctor who then commits a deranged act.

The event has deadly implications for those close to her.

Marla premieres on digital and DVD November 5 from High Octane Pictures.

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Official Trailer and Poster released for British Horror ‘BLOOD MYTH’

Official Trailer and Poster released for British Horror ‘BLOOD MYTH’

Sean Brown and Luke Gosling’s Brit bloodfest Blood Myth spooks digital and disc this November.

From High Octane Pictures a frightening rural spookfest in the vein of Midsommar. A journalist desperately tries to find his missing fiancée and finally uncover the truth behind a sinister folklore, leading him down a dangerous road of discovery.

Jonathan McClean, Anna Dawson and Hannah Chalmers star in Blood Myth, available 11/5 from Galen Christy’s High Octane Pictures.

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This October, beware the CHAIR! New poster and trailer released for ‘Killer Sofa’

This October, beware the CHAIR! New poster and trailer released for ‘Killer Sofa’

This October, you’re not even safe on the Sofa!

From filmmaker Bernardo Rao, comes the most ridiculously entertaining horror jaunt of the year, Killer Sofa on DVD and Digital from High Octane Pictures.

Electric Dreams meets Christine in the heart-warmingly horrific chronicle of a killer Lazy Boy that falls in love with a girl – and the bloody carnage that follows as a result!

Francesca always attracted weirdos. When one of her stalkers is found dead, she looks for comfort from her best friend, Maxi. Meanwhile, Maxi’s grandfather, Jack, a disgraced Rabbi, comes across a reclining chair containing a Dybbuk inside. Jack and his voodoo sorceress partner try to find out where the recliner has been delivered while exploring Jack’s newfound gift for communicating with the other world. Meanwhile the reclining chair becomes enchanted by Francesca and starts committing crimes of passion.

Jed Brophy (The Hobbit), Sarah Munn, Stacy King, and Harley Neville star in a horror treat straight out of New Zealand, available October

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BRAVEHEART’S MHAIRI CALVEY IN THE NAIL-BITING 3 LIVES

BRAVEHEART’S MHAIRI CALVEY IN THE NAIL-BITING 3 LIVES

High Octane Pictures lights is proud to announce the release of the new thriller 3 Lives

Los Angeles, California :   15 years after she was attacked, Mhairi Calvey (Robert the Bruce, Braveheart) comes face to face with the perpetrator again – in the wilderness.

Julianne Block’s nail-biting 3 Lives premieres on DVD and Digital this August from High Octane Pictures.

Emma wakes up to find herself trapped in an abandoned bunker. She soon realizes that there are two other victims trapped with her, Ben and Jamie, who she knows from her days in high school.

Now Ben and Jamie are Emma’s only means of escape from their savage captors, three ex-soldiers. Faced with the choice to stay in the bunker or to escape her kidnappers with the help of her former rapist and his old friend, Emma chooses the latter.

Ruthlessly the ex-soldiers chase the group through the wilderness. While Emma tries to find out why Ben, Jamie, and herself have been kidnapped in the first place. Slowly matters start to spin out of control, facades start to crack and Emma has to learn who her real enemy is.

3 Lives is released on DVD and Digital August 6.

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