Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Spirit Collectors

There a boy was—in the midst of aged stone and sacred soil—shuffling his feet between rows of eternal rest beds. Clouds of silk veiled the moon and a small breeze chilled his frail body. No matter how many times his mother told him to wear his cloak at night, he always rushed off without it—one too many details for a determined child to concern himself with. His trousers and shirt revealed the wisdom of his age. He could not have cared less about the hair on his arms dancing to the beat of the evening’s briskness. Too preoccupied to even buckle a loose shoe, he walked on.

The range of hills on which Tempertime Cemetery rested was vast—stretching far and wide, dipping down and up. Patches of grass alleviated the expanse of dusty, chalk- like surface. Identical tombstones engraved with the antique styrenei language marked every grave, forming rows and rows of captured death that lined the terrain symmetrically and equidistantly, forming eerie patterns. Punctuating these patterns, intermittent placements of larger and much more intricate stones and sculptures protruded from the cemetery’s repetitive arrangement.

The sculptures were masterfully constructed and darkly beautiful. Most of these monuments were carved in the form of styrenei that reached towards the stars— garments full with the look of blowing wind hanging from their long, slender bodies. Hands of magic, ready to be used, were held in their signals of ancient power. Featherless, webbed wings tucked against their backs waited for flight. Despite the fierce looks of calling upon their three-eyed faces, they were stuck, comatose in stone.

On other larger, more elaborate stones, the symbol of the styrenei—the concentricle—stood high with its six circle-rings of decreasing circumference, one within the other—a forgotten sign to travelers concerning the overlapping of worlds. They rose like beacons that cried out for attention, but only the boy’s deep, hazel eyes gave them any notice.

This was Amory Demshen’s first time at this magnificent place—a place forbidden to his entrance for at least another several years. He had snuck here, compelled by the uncontrollable curiosity and wonder that toiled the dreamscapes of his mind. It was forbidden that anyone lay a foot on Tempertime Cemetery grounds without first knowing the histories and languages of these monuments and passing a rigorous test. Immense danger and sanctity were intertwined here, and so laws were enforced to protect children from exposure to either. Lessons of such things came in stages, and Amory was not close to completing even one of the advanced segments. 

That was just part of chapter one from 

In the world of Awya, where cities are scattered across isles in a seemingly endless ocean called the Black Waters, an umyn boy by the name of Amory Demshen is unable to suppress the insatiable longing to explore Tempertime Cemetery—a place forbidden to those without proper training and knowledge. After a spryth guides the boy to a realm that links the isles of Awya together, he is thrust into the dreadful role of collecting Spirits by the beguiling Mr. Grey Pearl. To be successful at collecting spirits, Frin, the boy's collecting jar, leads him throughout the Apocryphalum to gather the necessary tools. Powerful beings, potent magic, fantastical creatures, and hidden agendas await Amory at every turn as he spirals deeper and deeper into the darkness of the spirit collectors.

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Film news (UK) Horror Channel to celebrate FrightFest

Sky 319 / Virgin 149 / Freesat 138

Film News (UK): Horror Channel to celebrate FrightFest

Horror Channel’s film highlights for August are to include a celebration of the annual FrightFest event, the UK’s leading horror and fantasy film festival. In the week that FrightFest celebrates its 15th year, Horror Channel presenter Emily Booth chooses her favourite movies from festivals past, which she’ll also introduce. Among them are Guillermo Eel Toro’s PAN’S LABYRINTH, Ti West’s HOUSE OF THE DEVIL, Eli Roth’s CABIN FEVER and THE VICTIM, in which cult actor Michael Biehn makes his directorial debut. This will be the film’s UK TV Premiere.

EMILY’S FESTIVAL FRIGHTS SEASON – 18th to 24th August, 22:50

Mon 18 August @ 22:50 – DREAD (2009)

Adapted by writer/director Anthony DiBlasi from the Barker novella in ‘Books of Blood Volume II’, this is the story of three Boston college students – Stephen (TWILIGHT star Jackson Rathbone), Cheryl (Hanne Steen) and Quaid (Shaun Evans) who join forces to helm a Kinsey-style documentary study on the subject of fear. But two of the unholy trio are unaware the third is haunted by past demons causing chilling sociopath behaviour and a driven need to explore people’s innermost terrors to extreme limits. The Meat Room awaits…

Tues 19 August @ 22:50 – THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL (2009)

From THE ROOST director Ti West comes a slow-brewing, old school psychological horror at its finest, freakiest and most fiendish. Student Samantha has just moved into her own apartment and needs some fast cash for the rent. Answering a campus advert for a babysitter, she ends up at the creepy old remote country home of the strange Ulman couple. But something is clearly wrong. There seems to be no child. A total lunar eclipse is about to further darken the night skies. And Samantha’s blood-freezing satanic panic begins…

Wed 20 August @ 22:50 – DEAD SNOW (2009)

When eight medical students go on a weekend ski trip to Øksfjord in Norway, the last thing on their minds is an army of frozen Nazi zombies. Get ready for a goose-stepping gore-fest, with gruesome beheadings, snowmobile dismemberment and an awesome body count. Director Tommy Wirkola’s (Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters) outrageous sub-zero shocker is a fast, furious and very funny valentine to the early works of Peter Jackson and Sam Raimi. The sequel will premiere at FrightFest 2014.

Thurs 21 August @ 22:50 – MIDNIGHT SON (2011)

Debut feature director Scott Leberecht fashions a vampire tale with a fresh independent spirit. When a strange skin disease forces security guard Jacob to avoid sunlight and crave blood, he struggles to control increasingly violent impulses to move from black market donor packs to sucking on living victims. Then the local police start targeting him as a suspect in a series of grisly murder. Leberecht makes telling points about basic humanity to fashion a minor masterpiece brimming with vibrant performances and creepy unpredictability.

Fri 22 August @ 22:50 – CABIN FEVER (2002)

Recoil in disgust, laugh out loud and be scared rigid by director Eli Roth's hardcore feature film debut – a break-out horror about a deadly flesh-eating virus which topped the DVD charts in 2003. This is a splatter-filled wet dream expertly crafted by a devoted Evil Dead gore-hound for the like-minded. The hilariously shocking bloodbath details the gut-wrenching devastation inflicted the gut-wrenching devastation inflicted by a flesh-eating virus on a group of holidaying graduates.

Sat 23 August @ 22:50 – THE VICTIM (2011) – *UK TV Premiere

Michael Biehn makes his directorial debut with this ode to sleazy 70s grindhouse exploitation. When her best friend Mary is brutally raped and killed in the woods by high-ranking crooked cops, stripper Annie finds her own life in jeopardy. Fleeing from the two attackers she seeks refuge from reclusive ex-convict Kyle. As Annie’s assailants encroach, a battle of wits ensues. A sharply focused psychological thriller, suspense is pushed to the farthest limits of heart-stopping endurance...

Sun 24 August @ 22:50 – PAN’S LABYRINTH (2006)

The film that secured Guillermo Del Toro’s reputation as one of the finest directors of his generation is essentially a companion piece to his equally as evocative The Devil’s Backbone. His grim spin on ‘Alice in Wonderland’ is a ravishingly presented pitch-black fable for adults. Superbly acted and heartbreakingly beautiful, del Toro’s mesmerizing phantasmagoria is an absolute masterpiece and has deserved the worldwide accolades and awards it has received.

Other UK TV premieres this month include: DEAR MY GACY, based on Jason Moss's memoir about prolific serial killer John Wayne Gacy, giallo-inspired thriller AMER and Mark Vadik’s reality-based CYRUS: MIND OF A SERIAL KILLER.

Sat 9 August @ 22:55 – DEAR MR. GACY (2010) - *UK TV premiere

The movie Dear Mr. Gacy, a true story based on the book The Last Victim, explores the experiences of 18-year-old college student Jason Moss (played by Jesse Moss) and his relationship with notorious serial killer John Wayne Gacy (played by William Forsythe). What follows is a twisted psychological game of cat and mouse between two master manipulators, in which Jason’s life is turned upside down and Gacy discovers new dimensions within himself. A true story from the producer of Monster.

Sat 16 August @ 22:50 – AMER (2009) - *UK TV Premiere

An artful masterpiece that gallio fans will absolutely not want to miss. Co-directors Helene Cattet and Bruno Forzani  have created  an immaculately flawless valentine to the 70s thriller genre. Recreating the motifs, clichés and visual codes from the vintage Italian back catalogue, the Belgian-based duo unfold a virtually dialogue free tale of frightening obsession, sexual sensation and stunning black-gloved murder. Starring Cassandra Foret and Charlotte Eugene-Guibbaud.

Sat 30 August @ 22:55 – CYRUS: MIND OF A SERIAL KILLER - *UK TV Premiere

A television reporter gets the lead of a lifetime while investigating the case of a Midwestern serial killer in this brutal horror yarn inspired by actual events. Shortly after learning that more than 200 college students have gone missing in a rural area of the American Midwest, Maria Sanchez (Danielle Harris) receives a call from a man (Lance Henriksen) claiming to personally know the killer. As the stranger speaks of irrepressible bloodlust, the terrifying story of Cyrus (Brian Krause) slowly comes into focus.

TV: Sky 319 / Virgin 149 / Freesat 138

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Trailer Time: "Past Impulse"

“Past Impulse," which stars Jon Briddell, Katrina Nelson, Paul Duke, Alain Washnevsky and Kris Black, will have a very intense look into neo-Nazi’s and the horror of their ways. It was written, directed, and co-produced by Michael Matteo Rossi. 

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Kevin Smith's TUSK - Premiering at The 2014 Toronto Film Festival - Download the trailer now!



“I don’t want to die in Canada”

TUSK will have its world premiere at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival

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A film written and directed by Kevin Smith
Starring Justin Long, Haley Joel Osment, and Genesis Rodriguez

From the singular mind of writer/director and podcaster Kevin Smith, and conceived from one of Smith’s own Smodcast’s, TUSK is a story unlike anything that has ever been committed to screen before. A tale that is equal parts hilarious and horrifying, TUSK will stay with you long after the credits roll. 

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A24 will release TUSK in theaters September 19, 2014

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The Anna Cabrini Chronicles

The story of Anna Cabrini, a young woman who therapizes her own suicidal tendencies by chronicling the lives of fellow lost souls. Their stories are expressed in an innovative mix of over 5,000 hand drawn.

The film plunges the viewer into three chronicles of relentlessly extreme, yet clinically accurate, depictions of mental illness.

"Best Experimental Narrative Feature" - Silverlake Film Festival, 2007

Starring: Leigh Hope Phillips, Samantha Deane, Michael Childers, and Bryan Trujillo

"If Anna was created in Hitchcock's time, he would have been inspired." - Reviewer Magazine

“On a scale of grandiose proportions director Tawd b. Dorenfeld brilliantly weaves together live-action footage with original animation and effects. The film’s unique composition, texture and sound are enhanced by an original score composed by the internationally acclaimed Jazz/Noise musician and multi- instrumentalist, Trey Spruance” (Mr. Bungle, Secret Chiefs 3).

“Truly a force to be reckoned with. Great Acting, Great Direction, Great effects, Great score. Totally absorbed into the story.”

“The acting, animation and editing in this film are filled with passion and strength not seen in higher budget movies. Highly recommend!”

“Everyone should see this movie.”

Director Tawd b. Dorenfeld’s harrowing cult classic, THE ANNA CABRINI CHRONICLES, is finally available for rent, after 6 years of living in the underground.

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