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Posted by Richard

Hey all!

Here’s a quick announcement about a great new horror flick that we’ve been informed about called Little Reaper

It’s a quirky horror/comedy about the grim reaper’s difficult teenage daughter.

It stars Athena Baumeister and John Paul Ouvrier, with John Michael Herndon and Katharine Stapleton. I wrote, produced and directed it under the banner of my company Dream Seekers Productions. Danny Derakhshan is the Executive Producer. Melissa S. Cottingham, Shane Mehigan, Colin Mehigan and Justin Caustillo are the Associate Producers.

You may recall our feature on the horror werewolf movie called “The Beast” starring Bill Oberst Jr. Well Little Reaper is the next movie by the same guys at Dreamseekers Productions.

Based on his previous works, Peter Dukes is constantly going from strength to strength, and I’m sure we aren’t the only ones who eagerly anticipate the release of Little Reaper. As soon as it’s released  we’ll post a review for you guys, but until then you’ll have to make do with these exciting stills.

Keep an eye out folks. Little Reaper is just around the corner!

SlenderArrival

Review By Daniel Kraevyn

Slender: The Arrival – 2013 (Parsec Productions)

Trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tenpLSKU-9U

I first learned of the Slenderman story last year, and quite perfectly, around Halloween. This started out as an internet urban legend, or “fakelore”, and quickly took off, creating a vast array of fiction, fan-made short stories, short films, even full-length features. What started as a simple Creepypasta submission has become one of the sacriest phenomena I have witnessed in long time.

Many of you might have played the original game: “Slender: the Eight Pages”, and if not, click here  – A reworked version is available here  (Note: this is a constantly changing game, so the original has been improved greatly throughout its life).

The premise of the game is quite simple: run. It takes the simplistic “Pac-Man” formula of having to navigate through an environment while avoiding being “hit” by a ghost-monster. The hook – This isn’t your daddy’s Pac-Man. The player is tasked with collecting eight pages of crayon (or charcoal) drawings, seemingly drawn by children, and while you collect said pages, you are being hunted by a ghostly, malevolent being known only as “the slender man”, an unnaturally tall, slim person, with a completely blank, white face.

One would think this premise would not be very compelling, yet I challenge you to play the game. The atmosphere, the ambiance, the setting… everything about this game evokes oppressive horror, tension, and ever-increasing feelings of terror.
The point of this post is to announce the impending release of a full-length game from the creators of the original Slender: the Eight Pages comes Slender: The Arrival. I have been privileged (and yes, I even donated to the studio) to have access to this beta version, and I simply cannot fully describe how scary this game is. The beta is a re-working of the original Slender game, with enhanced graphics, more intuitive controls, and a grittier, more oppressive atmosphere. You are in the woods, alone, armed only with a flashlight, and your handcam (the viewpoint through which you experience the game).

As I have said previously, this game takes the “Pac-Man” formula and steers it toward the sinister. I am a staunch supporter of all things indy horror – music, movies, and this game is but another reason to support those innovative minds who help progress the intellectual properties of the genre. I highly recommend playing this game, and encourage you to donate to these guys. I have embedded the trailer at the top, and the link to the game’s website is below. It would behoove you to check this game out, and for further study, get on Youtube, and check out Marbel Hornets here; or this fan-made documentary (click here) which was my first introduction to the slender man mythos (I watched this right before I played the original game, and was so engrossed that the game terrified me).
I entreat you one last time to experience this game, and if you like it, support these guys. Indy horror can be absolutely great, and to see these guys take an idea and realize it through independent means, they deserve all the success they get. To go to the website, click here.

Slender: The Arrival releases on Tuesday, March 26, 2013.

Review By Daniel Kraevyn

Gut – 2012 (Director: Elias)

Starring – Jason Vail, Nicholas Wilder, Sarah Schoofs

Trailer:

Gut is a film that delves into the evolution of obsession, and the permutations that occur with the individual. What one finds perverse can quickly become an object of indefinable addiction, having the person revulsed, yet compelled to continue their degenerate habits. What one finds repulsive, another may find alluring, and of course, human nature compels us to watch these things, often in spite of our emotions of disgust.

It is the tale of Tom, an average family man; he has his home, his wife, daughter, a steady job, and a longtime friend, Dan, who shares an office with him. But Tom wants to move away, to get a change of scenery for his family, to flee the banality that he feels his life has become inundated with. Tom’s friend, Dan, is feeling his joy wane, and wants to rekindle the friendship he and Tom once shared. It is this desire that drives Dan to ask Tom over to watch a movie… one that he assures Tom will be well worth the time. The film: a home-made video showing a bound woman, and her eventual murder. The biggest question, was the killing real?

Henceforth, the film takes you on a journey, through Tom’s perspective, as at first being repulsed by what he has seen, yet becoming an obsession, as it starts to affect his relationships with both his wife and daughter, as well as with his friend, Dan.

The quality of the film was surprising, and I must say that for the most part, the acting was believable, both in the casual relationship between Tom and Dan, but executed very well showing the realtionship between Tom, his wife, and their little girl. Note, this film is quite erotic, playing again with the fine line between sexuality and base perversity.

Unfortunately, the pacing of the film is perhaps the biggest detriment. What could have been compressed into a 30 – 45 minute short film felt to me like something that was stretched to fill in an obligatory “feature film” time allotment. The opening of the film shows us one thing, then it takes quite some time for the plot to actually progress to the titular moment: the video, and it’s nefarious affects on the psyches of our protagonist. Once that occurs, the pacing then slows again, until ultimately the finale… which was again a little disheartening to me as it seemed to take too long to actually bring all the conflict to a climax. Once the climax hits, though, the film took on a much darker tone, giving better depth and horror to the plot. Yet, I hearken back to my complaint, that you have to sit through most of the movie to enjoy this finale, and many viewers may not be willing to invest the time.

Bottom line, this movie is another take on the whole sadism and torture porn theme, while managing to stay original in it’s concept and delivery. If you like the more humanistic (read: no supernatural elements) horror films that display voyeuristic depravity, that explore the perverse limits of human nature, then I can recommend it; although I have seen better, the good thing is, I have seen a lot worse, too.