Three More Join “Man Kills, Jesus Saves”

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Alexandra Naughton (CTRL ALT DELETE, Control) [pictured center], Gregg Golding (Cosplay Fetish Battle Drones, 001Trolling) [pictured center left], and newcomer Ivana Bellorado [pictured center right] have signed onto the upcoming UnHollywood & Slasher Studios horror/comedy Man Kills, Jesus Saves, set to begin production this August.

They join Jayme Karales, Michael Malkiewicz, Alexander Hand, and Kenney Dorcely as counselors of a Bible studies camp known for its inhumane treatment of campers and, well, even worse things…
Man Kills, Jesus Saves is scheduled for a fall 2016 release.

A Second Look: “It Follows” (2015) Review

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This past Sunday I watched It Follows (2014) in theaters during an early screening. My first movie theater visit of the year! I had been living up to the release of this movie for quite a long time, especially after hearing so many rave reviews about it. Well I have watched It Follows and in my opinion it is one of the best horror movies in years.

It is unique and exceptional in its way of creating suspense rather than creating a body count. The acting performances are outstanding and Maika Monroe pulls off an impressive and iconic performance that instantly puts her on the map. An incredible up-and-coming actress and I’m even more anticipated to see The Guest, knowing she’s in it as well. David Robert Mitchell does an excellent job with the directing of It Follows. His way of filming look and feel like something right out of the 70’s/80’s. Especially the large amount of tracking shots have an eerie and suspenseful effect. In the writing department this movie doesn’t fail either, characters are well written and developed and are above all likeable. Besides the thrills and suspense there is plenty of room for the more humor and dramatic moments.

The haunting and memorable synthesized score by Disasterpeace in It Follows is one of the very best aspects of this movie. It really helps with building up the suspense. It Follows offers style and substance, that is a rare occurring to find in a horror movie. From the unnervingly tense opening sequence to the truly original final act, It Follows makes for a viewing experience you won’t forget anytime soon. The plot has some holes and some of those plotholes are left to the viewers imagination.

Aside of that, It Follows is a beautiful love letter to old school horror movies of the 70’s and 80’s. This movie is destined to become a cult classic, if it isn’t already. My favorite movie of the year and its a short matter of time before a second viewing will occur. For the best video and audio quality, I highly suggest you watch this masterpiece on the big screen if possible.

Wanna read some more reviews of mine? Visit #FerdisMovieReviews and you can find plenty of more!

–Ferdi Akkulak

Slasher Studios Exclusive: Behind-the-Scenes of “Dismembering Christmas”

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Above is our first exclusive still from Dismembering Christmas. In this scene, Mark (Baker Chase) and Katie (Danielle Doetsch) get ready for a party to die for. They better be good for goodness sake…

Below is our exclusive behind-the-scenes video of some outtakes as well as some good holiday cheer while making Dismembering Christmas. A big thank you to Austin Bosley for editing this and Jordan Hiller & Anthony Hawn for the fantastic footage. Have a good time with it! We sure did making it.

Slasher Studios Horror Podcast: Patrick Pena (Maniac Mutant Massacre)

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On a very special episode of Slasher Studios Horror Podcast, our host Kevin Sommerfield will be chatting with filmmaker Patrick Pena about his brand new film: Maniac Mutant Massacre. Maniac Mutant Massacre is an insanely fun splatterfest in the vein of Dead Alive and Evil Dead, it’s colorful, energetic and hilarious! Listen in live Wednesday night at 10PM central and make sure to call in with any questions you may have!


Patrick Pena (Maniac Mutant Massacre)

Spooky Skype: “Unfriended” (2015) Review

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The film starts out with video footage of teenager Laura Barnes (Heather Sossaman) committing suicide. Following this, it shows a YouTube video of Laura hard core drunk at a party and an unknown person is filming it. Cut to a Skype session between Blair (Shelley Hennig) and her boyfriend Mitch (Moses Jacob Storm). Some flirtation occurs before their friends Jess (Renee Olstead), Adam (Will Peltz), Ken (Jacob Wysocki), and Val (Courtney Halverson) pop into the chat. It starts out innocently, the friends goof around with each other and crack jokes. The fun is suddenly cut when an unknown person logs into the chat with them, as well as sending messages. The friends discover that Laura is the unknown chatter. As the session progresses, the friends find themselves trapped in a deadly game where their secrets are revealed, friendships are tested, and lives are in danger.

When the trailer for the film was released, it definitely caught my attention. It looked like a fun teen horror film. As time progressed, I learned the film was rated R, which heightened my excitement level. But then, reviews rolled in and they were extremely positive. Not that I listen to critic reviews in the first place, but it was still pleasantly surprising to see a horror movie receive good reviews that wasn’t supernatural or indie. However, upon seeing the film, I found myself massively disappointed and furious. The concept I admit was very engaging, bringing terror into the cyber world is relatively new for the horror/found footage genre. Despite this, it essentially did NOTHING with the story, or at least nothing worthwhile. To start of with, the terror is very weak. Not once did I feel remotely close to scared or creeped out. Any jump scares there were, were not effective at all, with what little jump scares they had. The whole time during the terror it is nothing but the friends crying, shouting, or yelling at each other or their unknown assailant. None of the situations the characters were in besides the kills weren’t scary.

This leads to the characters themselves. Not ONE of these characters were likable. You literally wanted ALL of them die. They were annoying, stupid, and horrible people. During the “terror” scenes, the reactions of the characters were unbearable that you just wanted someone to die so they’d shut up. Along with this, is the horrible acting by the characters. You can tell the actors were trying way to hard to be scared and vulnerable. If the characters or at least some of them had been remotely likable, it might have been more tolerable and more chilling. The film also features many moments where it tried to be funny, but it absolutely ruined the flow of the film, the characters’ stupidity added to this. However, I will give it credit to say that there were moments during the game of “Never Have I Ever” that were engaging, but failed to completely capture because they could have amped it up. Another plus I will give it are the great kills. We only get just some glimpses of them, but it’s effecting enough. On another note, I fail to see how this movie garnered an R rating, the kills, while bloody, could easily have been PG-13, and the use of the f-bomb I barely even noticed.

Overall, Unfriended is one movie to completely avoid. But if you must see it for some reason, wait until Redbox. The film is horribly written in every respect, and terribly acted. While it had great kills, it’s not enough to make up for this mess of a film. Check out the movie The Den for a similar story, but MUCH better as a horror film.

–Cody Landman

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Mini review:

Unfriended is the perfect horror film when it comes to accurately depicting the apathy of the social media obsessed youth culture. While I was not a fan of the last 5 seconds, I was tense during this entire film. I loved seeing these characters turn on each other. This was the first horror film that I’ve seen to really dig into the subject of bullying (something that 2013’s Carrie remake merely hinted at) and the effects of the social media crowd’s peer pressure survival instincts. I found the specifics of the internet (such as typing and then deleting to rephrase your thoughts better) and social media were done perfectly. This will NOT be a film for everyone and I can totally see someone hating it. Nonetheless, it worked well for me and I can’t wait to see it again.

— Kevin Sommerfield

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Slasher Studios Horror Podcast: The Horror of Hellraiser

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On a brand new episode of Slasher Studios Horror Podcast, our hosts Kevin Sommerifeld and Andrew Beirl discussed the first three films in the Hellraiser series, reviewed The Babadook and chatted about the Cabin in the Woods lawsuit. It’s going to be a podcast to rip your soul apart. Listen to an archive through the link below.


Slasher Studios Horror Podcast: The Horror of Hellraiser

Killer New “Dismembering Christmas” Facebook Contest

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We are holding the ultimate Dismembering Christmas Facebook contest and EVERYONE has a chance to win! We have some killer prizes we are giving away but we can’t do it without your help. What do you need to do? Well, that’s the easy part! Just head over to the Dismembering Christmas Facebook page like it, share it, and invite your friends to like the page. If we can get to 2000 likes by April 30th, we will give our TWO prize packs to the slasher fans that shared and invited the most friends! It’s that easy! The more times you share & the more friends you invite, the more chances you have to win!

Dismembering Christmas Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/dismemberingchristmas


Also don’t forget to pick up your limited edition Dismembering Christmas t-shirt today:

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Artwork by the awesome Garreth Gibson Illustrations.


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