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A Nightmare of Horror: Nightmare Radio

Reviewed by Mike Macabre

We do love a good anthology series at Erebus Horror. We recently reviewed the Chills Down Your Spine collection and whilst the low-budget effort was commendable, this anthology shows what can be done with an even greater budget. A Night of Horror: Nightmare Radio consists of 10 horrifying tales by some of horror’s up and coming filmmakers.

Brothers Luciano and Nicolás Onetti have collaborated with Sergio Morcillo, Joshua Long, Jason Bognacki, Adam O’Brien, Matthew Richards, A.J. Briones, Pablo S. Pastor and Oliver Park.

Synopsis

Rod, radio DJ, hosts a popular horror-themed show packed with tales of terror for eager listeners. When he receives alarming calls from a horrified child things start to feel off. What ensues is a roller-coaster ride of horror stories…

The collection was hugely enjoyable with a multitude of themes and styles. There’s suspense, monsters, body horror and a whole load of gore. What more could you want? Lets see how they did.

A Nightmare of Horror: Nightmare Radio

Review

Post-Mortem Mary – Australian horror with a historic setting. A woman takes her reluctant daughter to a neighbour’s house following the death of a young girl. She’s given the job of preparing the body and making the girl appear ‘alive’ in order to take her photograph. Yet, as the story progresses, it becomes apparent that the corpse has been possessed by something sinister. This is a great supernatural horror with a great twist at the end that sets up the anthology perfectly.

A Little Off The Top – Gruesome torture porn flick. A hair stylist has a conversation with his client about… hair. However, we soon discover that he’s a little bit of a psychopath and his fetish with hair is a tad extreme. This was a really short flick which relies on the gory, shock factor to satisfy horror fans. It’s not bad, with an inventive use of a barber’s chair and a nice bit of gore. Yet, you can probably guess from the title what happens so it wasn’t really a surprise.

It gets better!

The Disappearance of Willie Bingham – Brutal prison reform. Highly imaginative storyline whereby prisoner Willie Bingham is punished for his crimes by having different limbs removed. This is part of a new reform of the justice system. Willie is then paraded around educational establishments to serve as a deterrent from crime. As the movie goes on, Willie loses more body parts (including his namesake) until he is left with not much else. It certainly isn’t a traditional horror story and is more unsettling than scary, but still enjoyable nonetheless.

Drops – Dancer plagued by demonic entity. This creepy Spanish movie follows a young dancer as she tries to balance a relationship, achieving her dreams and dealing with the demon tormenting her. It was slightly confusing in parts but overrall it wasn’t too bad. There were a few creepy bits and if you’re into weird humanoid demon things you’ll probably enjoy it.

There’s more? You bet!

A Nightmare of Horror: Nightmare Radio

The Smiling Man – Creepy.. demonic… man. This is another really short flick which involves a child following a trail of balloons through her house until she reaches The Smiling Man. They have a brief, unsettling interaction before he unveils a sinister secret. It’s a shame this was so short as the premise and great acting could have took this a lot further. However, as it is, it’s a pretty good short.

Into the Mud – Woodland horror with an unexpected twist. A woman regains consciousness in the woods only to find that she is being hunted. Naked, alone and afraid, she flees through the forest with the hunter pursuing her. What starts out as a cat and mouse chase turns into something even more sinister at the dramatic conclusion. With a great twist and some really good makeup/ effects, this one should appeal to a lot of monster fans.

Nearly there…

Vicious – Eerie, British horror with some good jump scares. A woman returns to find there has been at her home. After initially finding nothing untoward, she goes to bed where she is plagued by a demonic entity. This one had the biggest jump scares out of the lot and cranked the creep-factor up to the max. Unsettling and impactive, the only issue for me was the victim’s decision-making. We’ve all done it – watching a horror movie and shouting “Don’t go into the basement!” “Don’t run upstairs!” “The murderer is down, kill him before he gets up!” – you know all the stereotypes that we love/loathe. This one had me wondering why she lay down to reach around the door when she could’ve opened it. You’ll see what I mean when you see it. But apart from that it was a great flick!

Nightmare Radio – Good wraparound story with a satisfying conclusion. So Nightmare Radio is the wraparound story that progresses in between each segment. Towards the end, DJ Rod is tormented by prank callers, noises nearby and paranormal happenings in the next room. The story concludes with a satisfying twist which is a great ending to a great anthology.

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A Night of Horror: Nightmare Radio is available on demand and DVD on now!

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Immortal

Immortal features a star-studded cast headlined by Tony Todd (Candyman), Dylan Baker (Trick ‘r Treat) and Robin Bartlett (Shutter Island). There’s also Samm Levine (Inglourious Basterds), Vanessa Lengies (Waiting…), and Agnes Bruckner (The Woods) among many more. The movie is a stunning collection of horror stories each as impactive as the last.

A chilling horror/thriller anthology film told in four chapters, Immortal also boasts career-best performances from a cast that includes Award-winning actor Mario Van Peebles (“Posse”, “New Jack City”), Lindsay Mushett (“Blue Bloods”), and Jason Stuart (The Infiltrators) with a talented ensemble of filmmakers consisting of Tom ColleyJon Dabach, Danny Isaacs and Rob Margolies weaving the exhilarating crosspatch of thrills together.

Synopsis

Thrown into the face of death only to emerge unharmed, the characters of Immortal are left staring at eternity in the face with uncertainty and fear like they’ve never imagined. The film follows Chelsea, a high school track star who comes clean about sexual misconduct with her coach only to find out her confession might be too late, Gary and Vanessa, a young, expecting married couple who scheme a morbid solution to their financial issues, Ted, a man filled with sorrow who agrees to euthanize his cancer-ridden wife Mary, and Warren, a young man with little direction in life who is forced to discover his new gifts after a tragic accident.

Review

Immortal

Chelsea – This first segment is a solid opener with two great performances from Lindsay Mushett and Dylan Baker. Mr Shagis (Baker) witnesses an awkward exchange between his student, Chelsea (Mushett), and the school coach (Michael Shenefelt). After class, Chelsea confides in her teacher who encourages her to report sexual misconduct. However, the story takes a drastic turn when Chelsea is abducted. Waking up in the wilderness, she now has new dilemma – how to escape her captor alive.

Baker’s impressive performance is what makes this segment stand out. With his warm, calm demeanour and the rapport he has with his students, he becomes instantly likeable and convincing as a teacher. There’s also some great effects, outstanding cinematography and a build up of suspense at the conclusion of the story.

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Gary and Vanessa – By now, the theme has been well and truly established. With this second instalment we’re wondering how immortality is going to play a part in this gripping tale. Gary (Brett Edwards) and Vanessa (Bruckner) are a young, married couple expecting their first baby. However, suffering from severe financial difficulty they hatch a morbid plan to try and rectify this issue. With a few hiccups along the way, the scheme is eventually successful. However, in a surprise turn of events, not all was as it seemed from the outset. Greed, betrayal and a good dose of karma play a significant part in the conclusion of this great segment.

This story definitely had the biggest twist, with an ending that could be open to interpretation. Mario Van Peebles makes a brief appearance as Carl, who inadvertently thwarts the couple’s scheme. Well, initially at least. Another good example of brilliant effects, makeup and storyline with a somewhat satisfying ending (depending on your interpretation).

We’re halfway there…

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Ted and Mary – This segment was thoroughly heartbreaking. The first two stories gave us an entertaining view of death, immortality and satisfying endings. Not this one. This story brings us crashing back to the realities of death, sorrow and loneliness. Ted (Todd) and his cancer-ridden wife Mary (Bartlett) have agreed to be interviewed before Mary’s passing. They each give emotional accounts of their lives together. Ted informs interviewer, Alex (Lengies), that he will be euthanising Mary later that evening. But, given the theme of the anthology, not everything goes to plan.

Tony Todd’s performance in this story is absolutely outstanding. The emotion he manages to evoke and the genuine sorrow in his eyes proves once again he is an actor of the highest calibre. Both he, and Robin Bartlett bring an authenticity to their roles which is unparalleled in comparison to the others. The heartbreaking story plays out like a modern day Shakespearean tragedy with credit due to the Writer/Director.

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Warren – The final story in this anthology follows Warren (Levine). It’s his birthday, and Warren seemingly has nothing to do. Reminiscing with his mother on the phone, he steps into the road where he’s hit by a car. His twisted corpse lies in the road with the driver fleeing the scene. However, to Warren’s surprise (but not so much to ours given we know the theme by now…) he’s alive! He heads home with the licence plate of the vehicle under his arm (it fell off during the collision). Does he go about his immortal life happily? Or does he seek revenge? You’ll have to watch to find out.

Levine’s acting skills shine throughout this one. Starting out despondent and apathetic, his character becomes more driven as he comes to terms with being immortal. With great cinematography, nice effects and a satisfying ending, this is another great segment. Admittedly, it would’ve been nice to have had a more hard-hitting finale. But, maybe I’m just being picky now.

Overall

To conclude, Immortal has got to be one of the best anthologies I’ve seen this year. The acting was brilliant throughout and the twists and turns kept us guessing along the way. I would happily sit through another four of these easily.

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Immortal is available for sale or rental on demand now from Stonecutter Distribution.

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Chills Down Your Spine

It’s been over four years since we reviewed the Shivers Down Your Spine Anthology. Made up of 10 stories, the original collection was a labour of love, taking four years and only $750 to complete! Now, Dead Lantern Pictures is back with twice the thrills, twice the kills and twice the chills! Their latest anthology, Chills Down Your Spine, is more ambitious than ever. The no-budget outfit from Nebraska have put together a wide variety of stories. From animation, western, film noir, a Lovecraftian apocalypse, even an intermission, the anthology has it all!

Just like Shivers, the Chills Down Your Spine anthology is laced with comedy, unusual storylines, unique characters and a whole load of b-movie goodness. Over 75 cast and crew members collaborated to make the collection and after nearly 5 years of production, we’re happy to report that this anthology is even better than their first!

Chills Down Your Spine


Synopsis

ROAD TRIP (Wraparound 1): Jeff, still searching for Sabiah after the events of Shivers Down Your Spine, finds a new lamp in an arcade. Upon rubbing it, out pops not Sabiah, but her little sister, Mahktoonah. Together, the two go on an ancient Road Trip that just so happens to be quite the odyssey… 

C’MON BABY LIGHT MY FLAME (Wraparound 2): Sabiah’s lamp is found by a sadistic killer who is biding his time in order to carve out her flame and bring about the destruction of the world!

THE DEVIL’S CORKSCREW: A group of thieves try to escape being hunted down by the owner of their stolen gold, all while dealing with their own internal issues in this intriguing Western.

ISABELLE RETURNS: Isabelle Wakeworth rises from the grave to murder horny co-eds in this animated tale of terror.

THE DITCH: A group of strangers come together and find something very interesting in a Nebraska ditch…

BED AND BREAKFAST: A young girl is hunted by a sadistic ghoul at an old Bed and Breakfast on a dark and stormy night…

INTERMISSION: Three individuals watch the first half of CHILLS DOWN YOUR SPINE and give you their important thoughts!

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HYSTERIA!: A burlesque troupe arrives for a show on Halloween night only to be wrapped up in a comedic, Scooby Doo-esque murder mystery!

BLOOD MODEL: An artist tries to find inspiration in a beautiful model but finds he’s having trouble getting his paintings to look right.

THE WHIRLPOOL OF NIGHT: A private investigator has to steal an object from a powerful woman with deadly results..

THE CALLING OF THE THINGS BEYOND: Reality begins to break and crack when a young woman finishes a cursed play…

As I’m sure you can tell, this is a LONG collection. But you can’t complain that you’re not getting value for money. They’ve even been courteous enough to provide an intermission!

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Release

Blurays and DVDs will be available later this year and, as with all Dead Lantern films, the Bluray special features will be STACKED:

  • Feature Length Outtake Reel
  • Feature Length Behind the Scenes Documentary
  • Multiple Audio Commentary Tracks
  • Bonus films: THE APARTMENT and BED AND BREAKFAST (BLACK AND WHITE)
  • ETERNAL NIGHT OF THE DEAD: THE LOST FOOTAGE w/ Commentary
  • HYSTERIA! Music video
  • CHILLS DOWN YOUR SPINE: Auditions and Read Throughs!
  • Sneak Peak at RETURN OF THE ROBO-MUMMY FROM OUTER SPACE PART 7!
  • And more!

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Immortal Trailer

There’s less than a month to go before this great anthology flick becomes available on demand. So, why not check out the Immortal trailer from Different Duck Films.

Synopsis

Thrown into the face of death only to emerge unharmed, the characters of Immortal are left staring at eternity in the face with uncertainty and fear like they’ve never imagined. The film follows Chelsea, a high school track star who comes clean about sexual misconduct with her coach only to find out her confession might be too late. Gary and Vanessa are a young, expecting married couple who scheme a morbid solution to their financial issues. Ted is a man filled with sorrow who agrees to euthanize his cancer-ridden wife Mary. Finally, Warren is a young man with little direction in life who is forced to discover his new gifts after a tragic accident.

The horror anthology stars Tony Todd (Candyman), Dylan Baker (Hunters, The Good Wife), Robin Bartlett (Shutter Island, City of Angels), Samm Levine  (Inglourious Basterds, Freaks & Geeks), Agnes Bruckner (The Woods, Murder By Numbers) and Mario Van Peebles (PosseNew Jack City).

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Tales From The Hood 3

Tales from the Hood 3 is another upcoming horror sequel we’ve got our eye on. Fans will remember the 1995 anthology series fondly, with a subsequent sequel being released direct to video in 2018

The third instalment, also looking set for a direct to video release, includes horror legend Tony Todd. The Candyman star appears in the first film clip released by SyFy. The MPAA has rated it R for horror violence, disturbing images, sexual content, and language including racist epithets. It seems to be following in the footsteps of its predecessors on that front!

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