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Shivers down your spine

You know one of the things I love about independent horror movies? It’s the fact that there are no set rules! They don’t have to stick to set times, budgets or have to worry about signing the next big name in the industry. Independent horror in its nature allows the filmmaker to do whatever the hell they want! You want to make a horror anthology? Nobody’s stopping you! You only got $750? No problem! You want to spend four years putting it together? Go for it! That’s the story behind our feature today SHIVERS DOWN YOUR SPINE.

Dead Lantern Pictures is a microbudget horror production outfit based in Lincoln, Nebraska. Shivers Down Your Spine is their third feature length film and we were contacted by Mat Kister to have a gander at it,

The anthology is made up of 10 stories (9 individual flicks and a wrap-around one) I was going to give an in depth review of each one but then I figured why ruin it for you? Instead I’ll give a generic overview – Terrible acting, bad effects and poor continuity… And do you know what? IT’S BLOODY BRILLIANT!!!

It’s got the comedy, great storylines and the fact they don’t take themselves seriously is the icing on the cake. We’ve seen many movies with the same negative aspects that I’ve described, but the thing that makes them BAD is how hard they try to be GOOD! Not in this case. They break the 4th wall, they acknowledge that some stories are better than others and HELL! THEY DID IT ON $750!!! If nothing else – that’s applaudable. And you know what? I was probably a bit harsh with my first statement. There’s some good acting in there and some decent effects and camera tricks! The short movies range from comedic, to horrific, to film noir, to tragedy, to 80’s cheese. There really is something for everyone!

Anyway I’ve gone on enough. Here’s a cheeky trailer to whet your appetite

Looks good right? Well I’ve got great news – the bluray is available to buy right now! Check out the link at the end for more info

Overall this anthology is definitely worth a look. It’s funny, gory, immersive, there’s a sex-bomb of a genie and has a ton of tongue-in-cheek that only the best independent flicks can get away with. They’ve got the blurays lined up waiting for your order!

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DVD/Bluray Features include:

  • 90 minute outtake reel
  • 5 audio commentary tracks
  • Bonus short film “Midnight Kiss”
  • “Clean” version of  A CHRISTMAS HORROR STORY
  • Production photos

You can get yours and a whole load of other information by checking out Dead Lantern’s website here

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Dead Kansas

Live in Hell Long Enough… Everyone Turns Into a Demon

Dead Kansas is an indie film from Rotten Productions, co-written, produced, and directed by Aaron K. Carter. This is a spoiler-free overview of the film, and you can follow the links provided at the end of this to watch it.

Dead Kansas is a zombie apocalypse film that follows the survival of a young woman named Emma (played by Erin Miracle, and later by  Alexandria Lightford) and her father, Glenn (Aaron Guerrero). As the first segment opens, the film introduces you to a gang of bandits, led by a man named Jebediah (Michael Camp). Quickly, the storyline is relayed to the viewers – as in, the first few minutes of the film – Jeb tells his fellow bandits of a plan to kidnap a young woman and sell her for profit (food, guns, etc.). After the brief scene with the bandits, the narrative has set up the transition to the young woman, Emma, and her religious father, Glenn; and once the introduction sequences between the characters are finished, the film has a very rapid pace – a welcome change in today’s saturated zombie apoc films, if I may opine. Emma’s father is wounded during a shootout, and she must go to a neighboring town to seek help, all while avoiding the bandits who want to capture her. During her trek, she is accompanied by Skinny (Joe McQueen), Rusty (Kevin C. Beardsley) and Leo (Anthony Della Catena).

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Enough with the storyline. This is a plot that while unique, is still general enough to convey what the movie is about in a couple of sentences. I don’t mean this as a detriment: only that if you are reading this – and especially if you are a zombie apoc fan – you already have a firm grasp of certain post apoc plot lines and themes, and no doubt have read and seen countless books and films on the subject.

The coolest aspect of this film, in my opinion, is the presentation of the zombies (called “Rottens” in the movie). The characters mention zombies, but you never actually see one until much later in the story. The technique used is to shift the camera to a POV (point of view) of the zombie, where the color goes to black and white, with distinct sound design to convey its approach. I find this incredibly clever and it gives the film a uniqueness. The sound design and effects used were really unique, and again, a clever use. Little tricks such as these make me eager to see what this filmmaker will do in the future.

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Indie horror, and especially DIY horror impresses me. Watching this film, the micro budget is glaring and apparent, and if such micro budget films are not to your liking, this will not be a film for you. For me, however, it’s not about over-inflated budgets (although that is always the dream), it’s about the presentation of the story. Many people lament the lack of funding, or the incredible difficulties associated with creating film, but Dead Kansas shows that indie films can be made, and the stories can be presented in an accessible way – it just takes dedication and creative thinking.

The credits for Dead Kansas include many people who contributed to the film, but the lion’s share of credit goes to a man by the Aaron K. Carter. Director, Producer, and Co-writer of the film, and even some of the soundtrack,  Aaron K. Carter obviously had the drive to see his project finished, and I’ll say it again, I will want to see more of this man’s work in the future.

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Dead Kansas is available on YouTube and is divided into 5 Acts – Dead Kansas on YouTube and it is also available on Amazon Instant Video. You can also follow Dead Kansas on Facebook.

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So today we’ve had a sneak preview of what looks to be an AWESOME movie!  BRUTAL centres on Trevor (Morgan Benoit), abducted from his backyard at the age of fifteen by an unseen alien presence. Forced into nearly two decades of no-holds-barred fights against other abductees inside an unearthly mixed martial arts arena, Trevor has evolved from an innocent boy into a brutal fighting machine. Derek, (Jeff Hatch) an ambulance-chasing lawyer, is the latest lab rat abductee to face Trevor.

As the two men exchange ever-increasing beatings over the course of weeks and months, the brutality of their existence and the true nature of their humanity is slowly revealed. With elements of the Twilight Zone, Brutal explores through science fiction, allegory and psychological drama, man’s violent nature and our propensity to commit unthinkable acts of violence against each other. Yet through this prism of brutality our capacity to love one another, even in the worst of circumstances is celebrated.

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The fight sequences were created by one of Hollywood’s top stunt performers, Colin Follenweider. Colin was Paul Rudd’s stunt double in ANT MAN and he has over 70 credits to his name including AVATAR, X-MEN, LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD and DIVERGENT.

It looks awesome and the sound of bone-snapping will haunt me for quite a long time! God knows what else we’ll be subjected to when the full film is released, but judging by this shot to the jewels it looks like we’re in for some grotesque, toe-curling gore!

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Keep an eye out for this one folks! It’s available on Pay Per View this month in the US and should be available on DVD from May. Not based in the US? Fear not! A global release is planned for later in the year!

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