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HNN Film Festival is accepting feature film submissions starting on June 8th, 2020 through Film Freeway.   HNN Film Festival is sponsored by Horrornews.net and in association with Bayview Entertainment, the FIRST PRIZE winner will get a distribution deal to get their feature film released on the “HNN presents” distribution label.

HNN recognizes that the landscape of the entertainment business is changing as repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic and the challenges we face social distancing in our theaters and festivals.   Therefore, the HNN Film Festival will completely be an “at home” experience.  

“HNN Film Festival seems like the natural progression of things. I’ve been involved in business of horror for over a decade, specifically supporting the efforts of independent filmmakers. I think we all strive to watch the perfect film and while some say that’s an impossible task, what’s enjoyable is the journey. The endless search to find the holy grail of movies, or by horror standards, the unholy grail. You know it’s a good film when you are sitting on the edge of your seat and experiencing the story along with the characters. You know it’s a great film when that feeling of excitement stays with you long after you stopped watching the movie.” –  HNN Manager, Michael Joy

For more information:
https://filmfreeway.com/HNNFilmFestival

About HNN Presents:
We believe in horror. This is the genesis of a new era in how people consume entertainment and we are leading the charge to a revolution. As we stand at the forefront of the film industries rebirth, it’s our mission to establish the horror genre as the epicenter of the “at home” video experience.

About Bayview Entertainment:
BayView Entertainment, LLC, is a full service media company committed to acquire, develop, produce, market and distribute audio-visual content. For over fifteen years, BayView made its name by being dedicated to releasing only the best programs in each category from some of the most trusted names in the field.

BayView’s disc programming can be found throughout the country at all online suppliers plus fine brick & mortar retailers, as well as streaming/video on demand at all major digital retailers and platforms.

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The Tell Tale Heart

The Tell Tale Heart

If you were to go up to any horror fan today and ask them to reel off a list of horror influencers, who do you think would be mentioned first? King? Lovecraft? Maybe this generation of fans wouldn’t even mention literature. Perhaps the likes of Romero or Craven would precede all others?

Yet, the truth is most of the above names would probably never have been a horror icon if it wasn’t for the influencers of the 1800’s. Bram Stoker, Mary Shelley and of course Edgar Allan Poe (among many others) sowed the seeds to what is now a rainforest of Amazonian proportions. Whilst some people may forget this, relying heavily on the influences of modern day pioneers, McClain Lindquist remains true to horror’s gothic roots.

Lindquist’s adaptation of ‘The Tell Tale Heart’ brings the story to life in just over 20 minutes. Staying true to Poe’s original prose, The Tell Tale Heart depicts The Narrator taking us through the dark realms of his psyche, all the while trying to convince us (and himself) that he is in fact sane.

I was initially intrigued as to how this visual portrayal would pan out. Would Lindquist stay true to the time period Poe originally perceived? Or would he give it a modern twist? The answer came within the first 20 seconds. Darkness, with only the fleeting conversation between a Police Officer and a Detective using current language. Modern day then? I’d say so… Until the words of the Police Officer conclude the dark sequence; “I hate the way he talks – It’s like an old movie.” Thus paving the way for The Narrator.

Depicted superbly by Sonny Grimsley, The Narrator’s prose, garb and mannerisms The Tell Tale Heartwouldn’t seem out of place on any theatrical stage. Lindquist successfully amalgamates the two time periods into one as we are taken on a journey through The Narrator’s dwindling grasp of reality. Whilst fans of Poe can be satisfied the depiction pays homage to the original, fans who have never read The Tell Tale Heart can also enjoy the traditional elements of horror throughout.

The movie contains shock, gore, suspense and most importantly it immerses the audience. We don’t just observe The Narrator’s descent into madness, we’re dragged into the abyss with him!

Alongside the great acting and directing, I feel I also need to pay tribute to the great SFX appearing throughout the movie. As you know, indie horror tends to be done on a budget, and as such we’re The Tell Tale Heartoften treated to some cringe-worthy special effects.  Yet those within The Tell Tale Heart are pretty impressive. There’s a vast amount of blood, gore and visual effects, not to mention the makeup/prosthetics used in transforming James C Morris into the old man. The SFX team have excelled and definintely need some recognition alongside everyone else involved in putting together this great short movie.

If you want to find out more or keep up to date with The Tell Tale Heart, you can connect on the links below.

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There’s been a bit of confusion amongst some of our followers recently about which of us are on Twitter, which are posting updates and that sort of thing. I replied to the few messages we received, but then it dawned on me; we’ve been making changes that you’re not necessarily aware about.

So anyway I decided to put together this post to give you a bit more info about the team, including our roles in making Erebus Horror what it is.

Erebus – This is the guy who started it all off. I don’t really know much about him (despite the fact I’ve known him for several years from an online POV) But he is the creator of this site and the organisation. . He is not really in the picture anymore, but as many of you will know he is working on something big that will launch Erebus Horror further than we’ve ever gone.

Richard  – Erebus found me a couple of years ago ranting on a forum about how the Horror industry is in decline. Most people were telling me Twilight was great and that Horror was still very much part of our society (these were snot-nosed teenagers I imagine) Anyway he was the only one who agreed with me and we got talking from there. I can vouch for his Horror knowledge – It is IMMENSE. He has taught me so much over the past two years. Anyway last October I joined Erebus Horror as a blogger and took over from the man himself as he battled demons, conquered warlocks and generally saved the world…

Phil – He’s a good friend of mine who I drafted in to help out with the constant flow of emails, messages, Twitter follows, Facebook requests and everything else we were getting. He is another horror aficionado who has had his finger in just about every horror pie going! He’s a semi-professional musician, amateur SFX artist (mentored by the great Zoe Humphries who we interviewed a few months back) and owns the most extensive collection of horror movies I’ve ever seen!

We’re also in talks with others wishing to join so we’ll updates this page if that works out.

Hope this clears up any misconceptions you guys might have

Remember, if you want to join us – click here for further info

There’s been a bit of confusion amongst some of our followers recently about which of us are on Twitter, which are posting updates and that sort of thing. I replied to the few messages we received, but then it dawned on me; we’ve been making changes that you’re not necessarily aware about.

So anyway I decided to put together this post to give you a bit more info about the team, including our roles in making Erebus Horror what it is.

Erebus – This is the guy who started it all off. I don’t really know much about him (despite the fact I’ve known him for several years from an online POV) But he is the creator of this site and the organisation. . He is not really in the picture anymore, but as many of you will know he is working on something big that will launch Erebus Horror further than we’ve ever gone.

Richard  – Erebus found me a couple of years ago ranting on a forum about how the Horror industry is in decline. Most people were telling me Twilight was great and that Horror was still very much part of our society (these were snot-nosed teenagers I imagine) Anyway he was the only one who agreed with me and we got talking from there. I can vouch for his Horror knowledge – It is IMMENSE. He has taught me so much over the past two years. Anyway last October I joined Erebus Horror as a blogger and took over from the man himself as he battled demons, conquered warlocks and generally saved the world…

Phil – He’s a good friend of mine who I drafted in to help out with the constant flow of emails, messages, Twitter follows, Facebook requests and everything else we were getting. He is another horror aficionado who has had his finger in just about every horror pie going! He’s a semi-professional musician, amateur SFX artist (mentored by the great Zoe Humphries who we interviewed a few months back) and owns the most extensive collection of horror movies I’ve ever seen!

We’re also in talks with others wishing to join so we’ll updates this page if that works out.

Hope this clears up any misconceptions you guys might have

Remember, if you want to join us – click here for further info

As you know, ordinarily we write a brief review of the short movies that we’re lucky enough to gain access to. This week however, we have watched TWO movies – both by the same director. So to keep you on your toes we’re not going to write separate reviews of the horror shorts – we’re going to write a feature on Davide Melini!

Now some of you may already be aware of Davide and his career so far, particularly his first horror short – The Puzzle. But you may not be aware about his new short film The Sweet Hand of the White Rose. Either way we’ll tell you about both.

Davide Melini is an Italian filmmaker. To date he has made four short movies, as well as working as an assistant director in Rome. One notable movie he has collaborated in, is the Dario Argento flick Mother of Tears: The Third Mother. Now if you love Dario Argento’s movies, then chances are you will enjoy Melini’s as well.

So we’ll start with The Puzzle. And in a few words – It’s really quite good! Sure there are a few things that could have been improved upon (general editing, camera shots etc) but the concept is brilliant and it’s portrayed very well. The film is about a woman whose mooching son is becoming an annoyance in her life. The film starts with her standing up to him before sitting down to enjoy a puzzle. But as the movie goes on, things start to get a lot darker before reaching the truly satisfying ending.

The Puzzle is definitely a sign of good things to come from Melini. Although it’s a short of just 5 minutes, and shot in one day with a budget of 300 Euro, it has arrived at the finals of 16 international festivals (with the award as ‘3rd Best Italian Film’ at the “Rome International Film Festival”). The short, that has been also broadcast on “Coming Soon Television” (Italy) and on “PTV Málaga” (Spain), till now received 51 great reviews around the world

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Okay so now you’ve got a better understanding of Davide Melini’s filmmaking style and his specialties. So why don’t we tell you a bit more about The Sweet Hand of the White Rose?

The movie follows two people involved in road accident. The driver of the car (Mark) is overwhelmed with grief following the death of the little girl he hit. He visits her grave, only to find that things are not what they seem. So far, the movie has won several awards and has been screened many countries (US, Spain, Italy, South Africa). Like “The Puzzle”, this one has been broadcast on “Coming Soon Television” (Italy) and on “PTV Málaga” (Spain) too.

Want to check it out? Feel free

As you can see, Melini is definitely going from strength to strength. If you disregard the poor voice-over, the movie is brilliant! Great plot, soundtrack and obviously a bigger budget than The Puzzle. His vivid ideas take creativity to a new level and it’ll be interesting to see what Melini can produce next.

If you want to read more about Davide Melini and his upcoming projects, as well as reviews and other info, visit his blog:

http://www.davidemelinidirector.blogspot.co.uk