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Sunday, 1 March 2015

'Frankenstein Created Bikers' Kickstarter campaign.

You all remember the classic Biker/Monster movie that was shot on 16mm film 'Dear God No!' right? Well director James Bickert has started a Kickstarter campaign to fund the movie that was teased at the end of 'Dear God No!', entitled 'Frankenstein Created Bikers', and this time he is shooting the movie on 35mm film!

The rewards for supporting the making of this film are incredible to say the least. But first, a little about the plot. The film centers around the re-animation of the souths most notorious biker gang, The Impalers. The gang is re-animated to capture a Bigfoot containing a pathogen that will allow Dr. Marco and his assistant to transplant a human head. When fellow gangs, law enforcement and bounty hunters hear of the gangs re-animation, all hell breaks loose. Things get even worse when failed experiments escape from the basement and the lab is attacked by a bomb-happy femme fatale named Val.

The rewards begin at $3, for which you get an 'I support Independent films Frankenstein Created Bikers' sticker, and go all the way up to $10,000 for which you will get, amongst other things, an Executive Producer credit, Exclusive rights to Japan and an Impalers biker jacket!

Go and CLICK HERE  to check out the full list of perks you can get for donating to this amazing project.

Further to this, special awards will be unlocked for every investor over $20, and these will become available as the Kickstarter reaches certain goals.

The new Big World Pictures website is also up and running, and you should go and check it out by CLICKING HERE  to see all the latest news and history behind the team that bought you 'Dear God No!' and the forthcoming 'Frankenstein Created Bikers'.

Go and donate and/or share the Kickstarter campaign. Support this project, and tell every single person you know just how great 'Dear God No!' is, and how great 'Frankenstein Created Bikers' is going to be! It's the safest way to invite The Impalers into your home!!

Darkest regards......Dani.

Saturday, 7 February 2015

Sodomaniac (2015).


Imagine my surprise when I found an invitation in my 'messages' on Facebook, to watch Sodomaniac, a long awaited slasher movie that I have been eagerly awaiting , and I can tell you right away that it did not disappoint in any way, shape or form. This is a rape/revenge movie with a difference.

The film tells the story of a group of ill-mannered slimeball men, who refer to themselves as 'The Wolfpack'. Their modus-operandi is to drug women, and then to have their wicked way with them. After attending a party, one of the group is murdered by a masked killer who sodomises the man to death. (Yes, sodomises him. To death). We then find out that each member of the womanizing wolfpack are in danger from The Sodomaniac.

The very idea of this film may sound crude, (A rape/revenge movie where male victims are practically sodomized to death) and it is. Brilliantly so in fact. The effects are well handled, and the killers mask (which is basically a bottom/bum/arse/ass) adds underlying humour to his appearences, as well as the obligatory chills he brings. His penchant for sodomising drunken men also adds a darker side for male viewers, which is something different in rape/revenge movies, as the majority of these films seem to focus more on females being raped and getting their revenge rather than men.

Sleaze and depravity seep from every second of film, and the balance of horror and humour is handled incredibly well. The effects do not come across as over the top or silly, which is something that might have pushed Sodomaniac too far into the realm of parody. They remain rooted in reality, and are all the more shocking for it. The kills happen onscreen, and are pretty damn inventive and fantastic!

Sodomaniac has all of the right ingredients to be an underground classic. My advice is to check it out as soon as you possibly can. Prepare to be offended, horrified and tickled. It's all part of Sodomaniac's charm. If you want something as dark as it is crude, as offensive as it is fun, you will find all that and more in Sodomaniac. Go check it out, and watch your back(side)!

Darkest regards......Dani.

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Spookfield 'Tears of Trauma' vignette review.

Filmmaker Alexis Gonzalez was kind enough to send me the first vignette from his anthology horror film 'Spookfield' for review. After seeing the trailer for this anthology, I was incredibly excited to check out the mans work.

Unfortunately, studying has taken a somewhat drastic turn on my reviewing, and only now have I finally got around to viewing Alexis' first vignette for Spookfield. If this vignette is anything to go by, Spookfield is going to be one hell of a nihilistic ride into hell, complete with madness, revenge and a healthy dose of gore that manages to shock and stun the viewer.

The vignettes premise is a simple one. A man named Brandon hears his neighbour abuse his son because he isn't growing up to be a 'man'. It becomes obvious that this man has suffered abuse himself, and having to constantly listen to the systematic humiliation and violence towards his neighbours son brings these memories flooding back, and he decides to take action against his neighbours abuser.

The first noticable about this film is the honesty with which events play out. There is no pretentiousness here at all. It is a stark 'Matter-of-fact' story that has no time for subtlety. Sound is used to great effect, and manages to deeply effect the viewer without the need to show the violence that is being perpertrated to the son of Brandon's neighbour, and Brandon himself during his memories of his own abuse and humiliation.

When Brandon takes out his form of justice on the abuser (who we find out is much more than what we are first allowed to witness), there is a nod to Gialli films, as he wears black gloves, black coat and wears a black mask complete with black fedora. It was a nice touch, as was Brandon philosophising his thoughts on raising a family and on humanity in general.

Although Brandon's victim is given a chance to survive, he doesn't seem to be able to stop himself from being the smear on humanity he has shown himself to be since the start of the film, and things c take a turn for the worse at the end of the segment, which was a very fitting and memorable end to an incredibly psychological and deeply unnerving horror vignette. I cannot wait to see the finished film, as 'Tears of Trauma' is an incredibly promising short, and if the other vignettes of 'Spookfield' follow suit, we are going to have a very effective and deeply disturbing film to keep us horror fans eyes fixed to the screen, and keep on following the films of Alexis Gonzalz.

Darkest regards......Dani.

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

The end of the Wolfpack podcast.....or is it?

Eric Morse/William Pattison updated his Facebook account earlier this week with a message informing everyone that he is ending his WolfPack Podcast. Read what his status update said below.

"Well, horror community, I came to the decision today that at the end of this month I’m shutting down my podcast, The Wolf Pack Podcast. In the last six months I’ve had to deal with a lot of bullshit in regard to the show, like having hosts bail on me, having independent filmmakers I’ve helped over the years give me the finger, and just plan having to really fight just to get shows on. Derek and I have had to ask for favors from celebrities because celebrity guests and independent filmmaker guests have ditched us. For the last several weeks, even before going to Epic Con, I’ve been trying to schedule guests for the first few months of 2015 the response I have gotten has been insulting. I’ll tell you something, people, if someone contacted me and asked if I’d like to come on their podcast to promote Psychotic State or The Traveler I’d be thrilled as hell, but I don’t get that anyway. But with me the last few weeks I’ve been getting treated like a Jehovah’s Witness. They act like I’m bothering them.
I’m sorry, part of the mission statement of my podcast was that we would treat new and independent filmmakers as if they were Hollywood directors. I’ve given a shit load in first time filmmakers there first horror interview. Hell, I gave Jen and Sylvia Soska their first horror community interview…and you know what I got as a thank you three years later. Well, Jen and Sylvia were not the only independent filmmakers who got their start with us and then screwed us over. There have been a number, but we just don’t talk about them. It’s still bullshit the devotion and respect NOT we get from those we gave real breaks to.
The last straw for me was I was told by one of my colleagues that I need to censor myself because of the haters. I promised myself years ago I never would censor myself or kiss the asshole’s ass,that is not me and never will be. So, if I must compromise my morals and principles to stay on the air, while people are acting like ungrateful fucks, there will be no show.
The bullshit that happened a couple days ago made me reevaluate thing. I saw I have been fighting for people who don’t give a flying fuck. I’ve seen a person I respected as a true horror fan turn on me and support the clique that is bringing our community down. I’ve had to ask myself who am I fighting for if the people I’m fighting for are going to turn on me and insult me for laughs? Answer me that. Why should I? Why should I provide the horror community a resource for promotion if I’m denied that myself. Answer that one.
The Wolf Pack will be gone but I will not be completely out of podcasting. My friend and Wolf Pack member Christopher Highland loves hosting his show, Full Spectrum Horror. As long as he wants to do it I will support him and we will get on the air and talk about the subject me love for 45 minutes a month, that is horror. But the bullshit is over. I hope you realize the resource you just lost….".

Now, I am sure you can quite plainly see that he says The WolfPack podcast will be gone, that it has ended. I mention on this update that he has spent so much time attempting to bring others down, that he has invariably created his own downfall. Imagine my surprise when he replies to me, with this slice of fried gold. 

"Sorry, I'm not going down, fool. In fact I'm coming up. You see I'm still going to be doing the show only put less time into it and doing what I love to do talk horror. I'm cutting it down because I'm busy working on projects. I'm busy writing books and doing films and building my legacy. I'm just not supporting a bunch of ungrateful assholes who I give a chance to and in the end slap me in the face. I see you blocked me, Dani. Good riddance. Say hello to Mike White and the other loser haters".

I certainly didn't block him, as I tend not to block anyone without very good reason. He then goes on to comment once more.

"Oh, and Dani I'm not pulling others down I'm commenting on a bunch of ego cases and assholes who fuck with other people and sabotage their projects and try to keep others down. It is they who are bringing horror down, not me. If you had any clue and actually cared about the horror community you would see that".

As you can clearly see in his first and second reply, he certainly attempts to pull me down. He seems to be so consumed with hatred for these people who are alledgedly "ego cases and assholes". I am sure there are people who do fit into that category working in the horror genre. I can safely say, in all honesty, that in all my years writing and talking to people throughout the horror genre, I have never (touch wood) come across anyone who has been disrespectful, an ego case or an asshole. If this man is so impassioned with the horror genre, instead of trying to remove these so-called 'Horror socials', he should promote the thing he loves. Praise it. It doesn't matter what anyone else is doing. It doesn't mattter if people you alledgedly helped to get somewhere ignore you for whatever reasons. This happens in day to day life all the time. It isn't the be all/end all of anything. People move on.

Why not drop the hatred, drop the idea that you are doing good, when you are infact alienating the community of the genre you profess to love, and grow up and promote horror without prejudice. 

Promote what you love, not bitch about the things you hate.

Darkest regards......Dani. 

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Venus de Vilo releases thirteen month diary/calendar.

Do you like evil, gothic and and rotten? Do you like the number 'thirteen'? How about an incredibly talented lady with the voice of an angel and a look that brings to mind the works of Tim Burton amplified (you know, the conflicting comparison of beauty and darkness and such).

Well, the irrepressible siren of all that is spooky, kooky and scary (notice how I didn't go with ooky, simply because I have no idea what it means, and of course, to avoid the cliche), Venus de Vilo, has once again turned her talents to the world of art, and has produced a thirteen month diary/calendar.



Now if that doesn't get you excited, I can only assume you have already joined the legions of the undead!!

The calendar will be shipping out on or around the first of December 2014, and will be A5 size,soft back, hand illustrated and full cover 13 month diary/calendar.

You can order a calendar and support Venus de Vilo by clicking HERE.

Darkest regards......Dani.

Friday, 24 October 2014

1349 'Massive Cauldron of Chaos' album review.

Never has a band divided opinion more than 1349. To some, they are defenders of the old guard. Purveyors of extreme black metal the way it used to be played. To others, they are monotonous, plying their blast -beat driven nihilism with little change from album to album. Well, there is 'Legions of the Black Flame', but for some, 1349 went a little too far in another direction entirely. 2011's 'Demonoir' went some way to putting things right, but many felt the band were simply treading water.

Which brings us to 2014, and 1349's new release, 'Massive Cauldron of Chaos' (out in stores now from Indie Records). What we have here is a record that brings together everything that was great about 1349, and mixes it all up without any care for the listener. This is primal black metal, but other genres rear their ugly heads throughout the record. Anything from thrash to crust punk is touched upon, and the urgency and darkness this record encompasses means that 1349 are definitely back on track after the misfires of their previous two albums.

The first thing you many notice about the album is how much better the production is. Everything sounds full, from the guitars, right down to Frosts impeccable drumming. This certainly goes some way to helping create such an other-wordly atmosphere which permeates the records length.

Each song offers up something new, and manages to surprise the listener again and again, and proves that black metal still has a lot of life left in it. The album begins with 'Cauldrons', a hypnotic blast of black metal, but underneath the swirling guitars and drums, there is melody, surprising as it may seem.

Next up is the first single from the album, entitled 'Slaves'. This song features a chorus that will lodge itself in the minds of listeners for hours to come, and the guitar work is breathtaking. One of the best tracks on the album (in my opinion at least).

'Exorcism' comes next, and begins in a very World Ov Worms-era Zyklon kind of way, coupled with the blasting intensity found on early 1349 albums. Yet it manages to dig its claws into you, making its home in your mind with its other-worldliness.

'Postmortem' smacks the listener right in the face with a brilliant thrash riff, and doesn't let up until the chaotic and apocalyptic finale, complete with leads which bring to mind a certain thrash band who wrote a song with the same name.

'Mengele's' has a chaotic cold feeling that grips the listener, shaking them violently with its tale of one of historys most well known madmen. Pure black metal hatred is spewed forth, and any fan of black metal would be sure to be hooked by now.

'Golem' is pure crust-punk with a running time of under two minutes. It definitely does what it was meant to do, and that is bludgeon the listener into submission amongst a battery of relentless drums and guitar with shrieked vocals and stabbing bass.

'Chained' comes next, an apocalyptic slice of riff-driven black metal that sounds absolutely huge. Frosts drumming is as neck-snapppingly good as always, and the riffs really stand out, creating an apocalyptic sound that mirrors the opening of the gates of hell.

The album ends with 'Godslayer', the most experimental track on the album. That isn't to say that is doesn't match the speed and brutality the rest of the album demonstrates, because it does that and so much more. It bought to mind Mayhem or Dodheimsgard in its creativity and brutality, transcending music as a piece of spiritual art that is deeply affecting on every level.

1349 have definitely played to their strengths on 'Massive Cauldron of Chaos', and it is certainly not a one dimensional mass, as some people thought it would have been. They have played to their strengths, and exhibit none of the weaknesses others have picked out in past releases.

For fans of extreme black metal, this is a must-have album. For anyone looking to dip their toes into how black metal used to be played, you could do worse than checking out this release, as it combines all that was good about the first wave of Norweigan black metal in a contamporary package with fantastic production on every instrument.

Darkest regards......Dani.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Dustin Wade Mills' 'Her Name was Torment II" Indiegogo Campaign.

Early 2014 saw the release of Dustin Mills' underground/indie horror smash hit 'Her Name was Torment'. Now, in the final quarter of 2014, an Indiegogo campaign for a sequel is up and running, and is asking for help from YOU out there! Fans of underground and indie horror should all be familiar with Dustin Wade Mills' original 'Her Name was Torment'. A film that was made on a literal shoestring budget that managed to cause auditory hallucinations in some viewers, and impressed a hell of a lot more!

It's depravity, practical effects and sound design were almost universally praised, and the filmmakers want to give fans of this kind of cinema more of the same with the directors ideal budget. Not only will you be helping to get the sequel made, but the filmmakers could potentially complete the trilogy that 'Her Name was Torment' was supposed to be.

Nowadays, originality is rarely found outside of Indie cinema, and it is the risks these filmmakers take, and their complete disregard for their viewers sanity that endear them to us fans of horror cinema.

The perks for this film are incredible, and I urge you to go over to the Indiegogo page and donate what you can to help fund this amazing cinematic experience. You can visit the Indiegogo campaign page by clicking HERE. There is also a video from the director, and all the perks are listed for you to peruse and salivate over.

Remember, if you can't afford to donate, then share the Indiegogo campaign like crazy! Word of mouth is one of the primary tools filmmakers have to help promote their work, and without the help of horror fans worldwide, there would be a distinct lack of ingenuity and originality in the horror genre!