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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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Night Keep

So since our relaunch we’ve brought you some NEWS regarding Bill Oberst Jrs latest venture and a MOVIE review of the brilliant Fatal Pictures production Heir. So it’s only right that we now bring you some MUSIC! As always at Erebus Horror we only bring you the best that independent horror has to offer, and our musical feature certainly falls under that category. Night Keep, A side project by our very own Daniel Edenfield, is an instrumental masterpiece. It’s chilling, eerie but also has a calming effect.

Now you might just be thinking that I’m posting a good review because Dan is one of the team. But I kid you not my friends; the proof is in the pud! Check out this little snippet below. But FIRST – go somewhere quiet, turn off the lights, make yourself comfortable, and close your eyes. Press play (if you can find it with your eyes closed…) and relax.

Allow yourself to be immersed in the story. Pretty cool stuff right? The musical score wouldn’t be out of place in any big budget horror/thriller!

We’ve previously posted on Dan’s other project Throne of Anguish but as you can see he’s definitely going from strength to strength! Following the success of his other projects, Dan embarked on yet another musical venture – Cinematic Horror Music! Every year, during October he releases an original horror symphony and tale of terror, presented in graphic audio format. He does all the compositions and recordings but brings in others to provide the voice acting. So far, he has released two albums under The Night Keep and is in pre-production for this year’s horror album.

If you want to check out more of his music, head over to The Night Keep’s website here

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Heir

Heir is an intelligent, thought-provoking horror short that will leave you feeling numb and entirely creeped out. It quickly engages its audience with intrigue and an unfolding fear of dread as the father takes his son on the ill-fated trip. With nail-biting suspense and grotesque imagery, Heir manages to cram an array of emotions into its 15 minute run time.

Featuring excellent performances by Bill Oberst Jr (RESOLUTION, CIRCUS OF THE DEAD, TAKE THIS LOLLIPOP) and Robert Nolan (FAMILIAR, BERKSHIRE COUNTRY, SILENT RETREAT), the movie does not shy away from taboo. The story revolves around Gordon (Nolan) who, after meeting a stranger online, sets off with his son Paul to indulge in a secret passion. When they arrive at the meeting place, everything seems to be going well, with the stranger (Oberst) showing a keen interest in Paul. It’s when they return to the stranger’s home that the depths of depravity start to unravel.

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Written and Directed by Richard Powell (WORM, FAMILIAR), produced by FATAL PICTURES’ Zach Green and Richard Powell (WORM, FAMILIAR), in association with Marc Roussel and Ron Basch from RED SNEAKERS MEDIA (REMOTE, THE LAST HALLOWEEN). Heir will keep you transfixed from beginning to end.

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Here’s a word from Director Richard Powell

Director’s Statement: FATAL PICTURES’ HEIR (2015)
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HEIR is a monster movie unlike any other, it is a bleak and fantastical examination of one of societies darkest taboos that aims to stimulate the mind and wrench the gut with equal power. HEIR suggests that victimization through sexual abuse leads to mutation of the psyche, soul and in our film, flesh itself. As our film aims to examine the cycle of victimization it only makes sense to depict the various stages of victimization through a trio of characters; Father, Son and the Monster. Just as the Son represents the potential beginning of the cycle the monster reflects the dark and twisted ending and stuck between these two extremes is the father who is faced with a choice which may either break or continue the legacy he was unwillingly included in years ago in his own youth. HEIR is ultimately about the H3confrontation with that monster, literally and figuratively, which dwells in Gordon’s mind and compels him to continue the chain of victimization. This film operates between the worlds of Drama and Horror and takes equally from both in terms of aesthetics, structure and style. As much as I’d like the audience to think about what they are seeing I want them to react viscerally to it as well and with that in mind we set out to create striking, often grotesque and extreme imagery which serves it’s own purpose in addition to reinforcing the overall thesis of HEIR. I had originally intended to tell this story as a straight Drama with none of the fantastical Horror trappings. I thought a realistic version of this story would be more disturbing, truthful and effective but as I began to think about what this H2story really means I realized the metaphor I would end up employing tells a deeper truth despite the monster makeup and Argento-esque lighting. I realized the truest way to tackle the horrors of child abuse and victimization was to pull away the exterior of the human monsters who walk among us and expose the malignancy within. Any time I’ve been asked to describe HEIR I reply with a simple elevator pitch “They say that anyone who abuses a child is a monster, well what if they really were monsters?”.

Intrigued? Of course you are. So here’s a sneak peek teaser to sink your teeth into

Once again Fatal Pictures prove they’re definitely the big players when it comes to independent horror. If you get chance to see any of their movies don’t miss out! And if you want to read more reviews of their work, check out what we thought of Familiar