One of the best film festivals around is now accepting submissions! We here at Slasher Studios have had both our short film Teddy as well as our feature, Don’t Go to the Reunion, played at the Drunken Zombie Film Festival and it was a fantastic experience. Don’t miss your chance horror filmmakers!
From their official press release:
The seventh annual Drunken Zombie Film Festival is now open for submissions! We are celebrating our 7th year of showing independent horror films to a horror audience that is hungry to see something outside of the studio system that can tap into the horror life line and bring them a great experience they have been craving. We show all types of horror films and not just zombie films which some take our name to imply. So whatever type of horror film you have feel free to submit.
Our submission process is easy. Head over to the website, www.drunkenzombiefilmfestival.com, fill out the online submission form, and mail it off with your movie. It’s that easy. No entry fees. No complex rules. If you want your horror film seen by an audience that is craving the next great horror film then this is the festival for you. We are looking for feature films, short films, music videos, trailers, etc. Anything you got we’ll take a look at. The deadline for submissions is August 31st, 2014.
Our film festival is taking place on November 7-8, 2014 at Landmark Cinemas in Peoria, IL. Have your film Slay In Peoria!
This is our seventh year running our convention and have had a great time showing off some films that
have gone on to great success. Some of the past films we have shown are Dead Hooker In A Trunk (DZFF2010), The Taint (DZFF2011), Zombie Apocalypse (DZFF 2008), Trippin’ (DZFF 2010), and The Selling (DZFF2011). We present a well rounded list of films from straight up scary to horror comedies to the full on surreal.
“My name is Abigail Russell. I look like a slut, but don’t be fooled—this is merely a disguise to lure the dangerous predators who walk among us. This is their jungle, their breeding ground, and tonight I am on the hunt. These are the cheaters, the married, lying scum. They are like diseased cells cultured in alcoholic petri dishes that destroy unsuspecting families and infect millions of innocent vaginas. There is no cure for the married cock—only me, the nurse.”
Kevin: With this introduction, we meet our hero of “Nurse,” the delightfully trashy and compulsively watchable new thriller now available to watch on VOD. Paz de la Huerta plays Abby Russell, a head nurse who has just taken a new girl, Danni (Katrina Bowden), under her wing. Abby has a secret. She likes to lure married men into having sex with her only to keep them in the process. Along the way she gets a little too “close” to Danni as she begins to control and destroy every element of Danni’s life that she doesn’t like.
Steve: The filmmakers behind Nurse had a very distinct vision. The stylistic techniques found here are welcome choices that help create a unique beast. The pacing is just right as the dull moments are slim to none and the thrilling scenes get better as the film progresses. With fun gore effects, inventive deaths and a great score, Nurse is nothing to be afraid of.
Kevin: Boy, this movie is a doozy. With some of the most laughable dialogue I’ve heard on screen in years and some of the most bizarre murders I’ve ever seen, “Nurse” is a treat for lovers of bad cinema. The blood flows like water on screen the movie is a very brief 84 minutes which culminates in one of the goriest final acts in recent memory. Sure the movie has more plot holes than the body’s Abby leaves in her wake, but if you enjoy a good-bad horror movie…you won’t find anything better than this one.
Steve: So, be sure to make your appointment with Nurse and enjoy the ride. With gallons of gore, tons of nudity and some comedic toppings, this will be sure to have something for everyone. With a wide release over seas, here’s to hoping for a successful domestic run.
When Cory and his new wife and son visit his old family home their quiet getaway is disrupted by masked intruders who stalk and pray on the family. Just as the new family are starting to fall apart, they are forced together in this struggle to survive the savage attack on what they hoped would be a new beginning.
I had the privilege of seeing Torment at the Glasgow Film4 FrightFest. It was one of the first times that the film had been screened and was the first in Europe (this being the UK/European premiere) and it was an amazing experience seeing this great home invasion horror come to life on the big screen.
The acting in this film was very well done and that is no surprise to me as horror legend and great talent Katherine Isabelle stars in this shocking thriller. The director Jordan Barker was in attendance at the festival and spoke about the making of the film. Sadly Katherine was not able to be there as she was scheduled to be there but, due to work related issues, she could not make it.
As far as the movie goes, it was a sure fire hit. The atmosphere alone was chilling and through subtle flowing plot twists, you have your self a film that you will not forget any time soon. This film has to be one of the best I have seen in a while and although slightly reminding me of the 2011 horror film You’re Next, it managed to stick to an original story but still keep up with the regular and awesome horror more traditions.
This is one of those films that you can watch again and again and get enjoyment from it every time. Keeping the scares going throughout there is not a still moment in the film. And tying in the theme of family and the lengths you would go to for your family shows originality on the directors part and shows that even if a genre still very new yet done to death this film proves that you can still kick ass in the horror genre.
I can not recommend this film enough though not due out yet it should be getting picked up very soon in the USA and a UK distributor are also in talks of picking the film up for UK release.
THE FINAL SLASHER STUDIOS PODCAST! (At least for the time being…) On this week’s Slasher Studios podcast, our hosts Kevin Sommerfield and Steve Goltz will be discussing their picks for the movies they can watch again and again and again. Listen in live, Thursday night at 10PM central.
Kevin: Wes Craven’s original masterpiece “Last House on the Left” is probably one of the hardest movies that I have ever had to review. Let me warn you first and foremost, those expecting a teenybopper horror flick like “Scream” are going to be in for a surprise. Ninety minutes of pure terror, “Last House on the Left” takes no prisoners and remains today just as powerful as it did when it was first released nearly forty years ago.
Steve: Definitely a unique Craven film, “Last House on the Left” has its moments of laughs, screams, and tears. With such a dark subject matter, it’s nice to have a break with the parents being able to sprinkle in some fun moments here and there. The villains in the film are so downright disgusting, their acts will give you the uneasy feeling in the pit of your stomach. And that feeling will tend to linger with you as things go from bad to worse for our two main girls.
Kevin: Extremely graphic and brutally raw would still be downplaying how disturbing this is. The entire film is shot and filmed with a dark, dreary look that perfectly fits the sick tone of the movie. It’s raw and powerful but don’t say I didn’t warn you. Let’s just say, they don’t make movies like this anymore. It really is too bad because this film is as much a masterpiece as it ever has been.
Steve: With a recent remake hitting the big screens, there is hope that a new audience will seek out the original. However if you have seen the artwork for the latest DVD release of this 1972 classic, the general movie-goer would tend to think they are picking up the remake. So, if you are one of the “kids” out there who enjoyed the remake, do yourself a favor and take in a piece of history with an original “Last House on the Left” viewing!
We are pleased to bring you our very first posters for our very first holiday slasher: “Dismembering Christmas.” This awesome Fear Street style poster was created by the awesome Jeff Quick. Do you want your own 11 x 17 inch holiday horror poster? Order yours at the link below. Posters are $6.00 with $3.00 shipping. Posters will be shipped folded and flat.
Sam and her friends just wanted a little winter getaway. A cabin out in the middle of nowhere where they could have some fun. No adults. No rules. No escape. Little do they know, the house they’ve rented has a secret. A secret that is sure to be the death of them. This will be a Christmas they will want to forget. That is, IF they survive to tell the gruesome tale.
Scream Factory is at it again with the release of two 80′s “hospital of horror” gems: 1981′s feminist slasher Visiting Hours and 1988′s supernatural shocker Bad Dreams. Both films being Fox releases, they arrive bundled on a single dual-layer Blu-ray disc courtesy of the current masters of resurrecting the bloody magic of yesteryear, Scream Factory.
Starring A Nightmare on Elm Street 3′s Jennifer Rubin and Puppet Master III’s Richard Lynch, Bad Dreams follows a girl (Rubin) who survived a mass suicide (by fire!) orchestrated by the leader of a cult (Lynch). After waking up in the hospital, she and her fellow patients are terrorized, apparently by the ghost of said cult leader. Suffice it to say there are casualties as Lynch works to reclaim the girl that got away.
Lee Grant (Damien: Omen II) and Linda Purl (TV’s True Blood) are terrorized by misogynistic psycho Michael Ironside (Scanners) in Visiting Hours. TV personality Deborah Ballin’s (Grant) crusade against domestic violence provokes the wrath of woman-hating killer Colt Hawker (Ironside), prompting him to break into her home and attack her. Ballin survives, however, and is sent to County General Hospital. Unfortunately for Ballin, her attack- and her location- are widely publicized, and Hawker comes to finish the job. When finding Ballin proves difficult, Hawker turns his attention to young nurse Sheila Munroe (Purl), who has befriended Ballin. While Ballin’s utterly-useless lover/boss (William Shatner) tries to calm her, she and Sheila ultimately find themselves in mortal danger, struggling to protect each other from the vicious killer.
VIDEO: Both films deliver strong transfers. While Bad Dreams is a bit prettier to look at, Visiting Hours’ visual appeal is handicapped by its drab, sterile hospital setting. The scenes featuring Purl and Ironside’s characters outside of the hospital fare the best, but by no means is either transfer a slouch. Film grain is visible but never intrusive, though certain scenes in Visiting Hours make the actors look either sunburned or embarrassed, particularly Purl’s first scene.
AUDIO: Bad Dreams gets the better treatment here, delivering a 5.1 DTS-HD soundtrack as well as the original mono. Visiting Hours is limited to a (lossless) mono track, but both films sound perfectly good.
EXTRAS: While this reviewer is usually not particularly concerned with extras, I must say I am pleased with the offering here, especially for a double feature. Bad Dreams once again gets the better deal, getting a director’s commentary, two featurettes, behind-the-scenes footage, a lengthy alternate ending, and a traier. Visiting Hours gets a decent helping of extras as well, however. Three interviews, with writer Brian Taggert (Poltergeist III), producer Pierre David, and co-star Lenore Zann (Happy Birthday to Me), as well as TV spots, a radio spot, and a still gallery. Each film gets enough material to warrant one of Scream Factory’s beloved Collector’s Editions (Visiting Hours alone has more material than the Collector’s Edition of the Jamie Lee Curtis slasher Terror Train), but instead, we get two for the price of one.
Overall, this is an excellent Blu-ray release from Scream Factory. If you enjoy either of these films, it is well worth the roughly $20 price tag.
Nothing makes a great horror film like a strong, powerful lady, and this genre is ripe with unbelievable female characters who fight, strike, and often kill the slashers and monsters who relentlessly pursue them. And while people may often think of the women in horror as the victims, one classic slasher franchise gave that notion a sex change operation (so to speak) and reminded us that not all ladies in horror are exactly what they seem. After all, the 80s was the decade of the slasher and no lady-killer had a higher body count than Angela Baker, the Angel of Death, in the classic “Sleepaway Camp” films.
There are plenty of things to love about these four slasher gems, and each film has its fair share of gore and surprises. But the real reason that the “Sleepaway Camp” series is a favorite amongst genre enthusiasts is the loveable, hilarious and oddly innocent nature of our female killer Angela.
The role was originated by now cult horror favorite Felissa Rose, and I think it’s fair to say that she owes her career in horror to “Sleepaway Camp.” Her performance in the original film is excellent, luring us in with her doe eyes and gaining sympathy of the audience as the story unfolds. The most impressive part of her performance is the fact that she was only in her early teens during filming – an age that is rarely seen in horror movie actresses nowadays.
In “Sleepaway Camp 2: Unhappy Campers” and “Sleepaway Camp 3: Teenage Wasteland,” the character of Angela is played by Pamela Springsteen, who really brings it to the next level of wackiness and honesty. This may be an unpopular opinion, but “Sleepaway Camp 2: Unhappy Campers” has some of the finest acting that I’ve ever seen in a horror film, lead by Springsteen as the delightful and ruthless Angela Baker. Her performance is incredibly believable, and while there are plenty of corny one-liners, they certainly don’t detract from the humanity she brings to the character…right before she chooses you for death, of course.
Which brings me to the kills. I’ve got nothing but love for Jason, Leatherface and the like, but Angela Baker definitely pulled her weight in a decade that was otherwise ruled by the men in masks (and fedoras). And the body count wasn’t the only thing that she brings to the table, but the method of execution with Angela is always surprising and it’s never pretty for the victims. Sure, she’s slashed her fair share with the knife and axe, but how about the boiling water? The kitchen cleaner? The outhouse…Angela Baker doesn’t mess around when it comes to brutal murder, that’s for damn sure, and why would we have it any other way?
There are so many amazing women in horror, and Angela Baker is no exception. There’s something to be admired about a woman who is not afraid to slash in this genre, and I couldn’t possibly recommend this series to anyone who hasn’t seen it. After all, Angela Baker is not just a woman in horror, she’s THE woman of horror!
On this week’s Slasher Studios podcast, our hosts Kevin Sommerfield and Steve Goltz will be discussing their picks for the worst horror movies cover art. Listen in live to find out what awful horror cover make the cut. Thursday night at 10PM central.
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Slasher Studios Podcast: Worst Horror Movie Cover Art
When it comes to Women in Horror, I cannot think of a single blogstar extraordinaire who has left more of an impact on me than the one and only Stacie Ponder. One of the wittiest writers talking about horror today, her blog Final Girl is a tribute to anything and everything we all love about the subgenre of horror we all know and love: SLASHERS.
I’ve been following Final Girl and Stacie Ponder for a few years know (I hope that doesn’t come off as creepy as it sounds) and I truly cherish every new review or write up she contributes to the site (even if, sadly, new updates have been rare as of lately). Her biting sarcasm and all around playfully campy tone makes me giggle like no other. Not only has Ponder proven herself as an exceptional writer, she’s also a damn good filmmaker as well. Her vampire Barbie doll short film “Taste of Flesh, Taste of Fear” is a campy delight that had me hollowing with laughter. Her first feature, “Ludlow,” was a brave and complex tale that shows just what kind of power a great indie film can have.
Three years ago Ponder teamed up with the equally hilarious Heidi Honeycutt to form the most entertaining podcast currently available online: “The Scare-Ening.” Each episode is filled with witty one-liners, great celebrity guests (Bree Grant, Joe Bob Briggs, Heather Langenkamp…the list goes on and on), and some fantastic insight on what it is like to work in indie horror today. Ponder is also an extraordinary artist and her comic “Slashers 101″ holds as special place in my heart as it combines her love of the genre with her love of comics. It really is something outstanding. So good that I would frame it but, how could I look at it and show it off to friends?
So let’s her it for the ubertalented Stacie Ponder! The world of horror and the world of slashers is a better place because she is a part of it.
“I’m always the one who gets killed. And I want it to be really gory. Body parts all over the place. Mangled!”
“Horror films are where women can shine and have a chance to lead. They always save the day in these films.”
I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER
Sarah Michelle Gellar was born on April 14, 1977 in New York City. Her career in horror movies began in October 17, 1997 when the hit slasher film I Know What You Did Last Summer hit theaters. The film grossed a worldwide total of $125,586,134. Sarah played the role of Helen Shivers. A beautiful girl who plans on moving to New York to become a serious actress. That night her and her friends get into a car accident. Hitting a man who is standing in the middle of the road on the 4th of July. She agrees to dump the body into the sea. At first, she disagrees of dumping the remains, but later agrees because she is afraid of losing her trip to New York. One year after the incident, Helen’s trip to New York failed, thus she had no choice but to work for her sister’s department store. The friends begin to receive threats and start to wonder if the man they left for dead wasn’t really dead after all. Sarah gets some great scenes in the movie. While she is sleeping, the killer cuts Helen’s hair off and leaves the threat “SOON” on her mirror. This is where we hear that Sarah has a killer scream. Even after being threatened, she still participates in the Croaker Parade, where she sees the killer threatening her with his hook. At the pageant, while a contestant is singing, she sees the killer attack and murder her boyfriend Barry. She screams and tries to get help, but no one believes her. Later she is escorted by a policeman. Then the fisherman lures the policeman in an alley and kills him. This is when one the best chase scenes I have ever seen in a movie happens. Helen then escapes and runs to where her sister is working. Not long after her sister is killed. Leaving Helen alone with the killer inside the store where Sarah brilliantly walks around with the most terrified look on her face. This girl can really play scared. Sarah is attacked and continues to run through the store. She jumps out of a window from the second story and runs toward the parade. Just as we think Helen is going to survive. Which we are all rooting for. She makes the dumbest horror cliche move of turning around after hearing a noise coming from behind her. She turns back around and the killer is in front of her pushing her into a pile of tires. She continues to fight but is stabbed to death by his hook. No one could hear her screams because of the parade. I find it rare to root for characters to live in horror movies, but Sarah manages to play such a likable character that you want her to survive.
“Movies are not responsible for our actions.”
After her amazing performance in I Know What You Did Last Summer she snagged the role of CiCi Cooper in Scream 2. Another successful slasher film. Making a Worldwide total of$172,363,301. Which opened the same year on December 12, 1997. Sarah once again gives a strong performance. Casey “Cici” Cooper is a film student at Windsor College who is murdered by Ghostface in Scream 2 as part of copying the Woodsboro murders from the first film. Sarah gets in my opinion one of the best scenes of the film. She is talking on the phone with her friend when Ghostface calls her. Her other sorority sisters are out partying leaving CiCi all alone. Ghostface stalks CiCi and eventually attacks her. Leaving Sarah to have another brilliant chase scene in a horror movie. She runs up the stairs instead of running out the front door and continues to run until she is in the attic. Ghostface grabs her and throws her through the window and then stabs her in the back before throwing her off of the balcony. Sarah gives out another great scream as she falls to her death. Sarah is only in two scenes and in the background of another but she manages to make such an impression on the film by once again playing a likable character that you can actually root for to live.
BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER
“It’s my first day! I was afraid that I was gonna be behind in all my classes, that I wouldn’t make any friends, that I would have last month’s hair. I didn’t think there’d be vampires on campus.”
Sarah isn’t just known for her horror films. She is also a scream queen of televison. Playing the role of Buffy Summers. A bubbly teenager who finds out that she is the Chosen One to protect the world from demons, vampires and whatever else could be thrown at the world. On March 10, 1997 a pilot for Buffy the Vampire slayer premiered on the WB. With the ratings of 3.4. It received largely positive reviews from critics. The show was sure to be a hit for the WB. A hit it was. Running for 7 seasons. Ending May 20, 2003. Sarah’s role of Buffy was inspiring and strong. It was fun to watch a girl kick so much ass.
“The whole time I was in that house. I felt something was wrong…”
Sarah is also known highly for her work in The Grudge. A remake of a Japanese horror film. The film hit theaters October 22, 2004. The film grossed worldwide $187,281,115. Sarah stars as Karen Davis. An American social worker who moves with her boyfriend to Tokyo. After the first caretaker Yoko does not show up at work she volunteers to take care of Emma Williams. An elderly woman who is living in the house that is cursed which causes her to fall victim. When the curse starts claiming the people around her she starts investigating the origin of the curse. She decides to head back to the house to keep her boyfriend Doug from falling to the grudge, but fails. Karen then tries to stop the curse by burning down the house, but this instead releases the curse. She is the only survivor. Sarah returns for the Grudge 2 but is killed off in the opening which left fans devastated and disappointed.
Sarah has had a successful and tremendous career in horror and I hope it continues on. She will always be one of my favorite Scream Queens.
–Timothy James King