Friday, 29 May 2020

Federico Zampaglione reveals second lockdown horror short BIANCA: PHASE 2.


Italian musician and film director Federico Zampaglione has followed up on his well-received short movie BIANCA, with an even more horrific study of Italy under lockdown - BIANCA: PHASE 2. Again shot on his iPad in three days and starring his ten year old daughter alongside his current partner, actress Giglia Marra, Zampagione, who created, edited and produced the film single-handedly, has cast his former wife, actress Claudia Gerini in a cameo role and, obeying lockdown rules, involved only family members in the location roles – Marco and Giula Chermaz, his cousin and nephew respectively

Synopsis:
Phase 2 of the Italian lockdown has begun and Bianca (Linda Zampagilone) and her mother (Giglia Marra) decide to go to the reopened local park to enjoy their new found freedom in the sun. But an evil presence is stalking them and when Bianca is kidnapped, her mother enters a nightmare world trying to find and save her daughter from a terrible danger.


Federico said today: 
“This is the second episode of a planned trilogy, and the action has become more horror-oriented. The biggest challenge was making a beautiful Roman park look like a disturbing and creepy place. I had to make it look completely empty and desolate, so it was all about waiting for silence and using all the camera angles to avoid including other people in the frames.

One of the most interesting aspects to me, being a musician, was not using music that much.  Instead I worked a lot on building up an increasingly unnerving atmosphere using mostly natural sounds, like birds, dog barking, weird animal noises) rather than the classic score”.

Friday, 22 May 2020

Interview with Jeff Oliver By David Kempf


When did you first become interested in writing?

I started really writing when I was just 11 years old. It's was like a bomb went off within my soul. The ideas have flooded my mind ever since then. Think of it like a vortex of letters and words jumbling together 24 hours a day seven days a week. A blessing or a curse? Each day is different for me So the answer is both. I write so much my hands cramp up. The ideas keep coming even if I want to take a break, it's like something is telling me to keep going even if I don't feel like writing...it always seems like I have to.

How did you get involved in fantasy/horror?

I write real-life truths, horror is definitely one of them. I guess I've always written horror and the unimaginable. You know? Places most people are scared to go. Deep down in my mind lies something I can’t explain, voices and visions..childhood traumas and premonitions it’s like my soul will never be forgiven.

Tell us about your publisher.

I was published with Creative Talents Unleashed for my first book titled “Strange Sounds” which is my debut collection of poetry. It rages from love to insanity, Heaven and Hell and everything in between. The book is available on Amazon and is now Self published by me because the publisher has released all contracts to each author. I now have a new publisher “Cosby Media Productions” out of Atlanta Georgia which I have signed a 10 year contract with many great things ahead including another Poetry book this fall. Shortly before signing with Cosby Media, I self-published my debut horror novel “Poetic Fiction: Journals Of Silent Screams” it is a rhyming poetic horror story that talks about abuse and revenge. It is unlike anything out there.

How would you classify the genre you write?

From the soul, from the deepest corners of my mind. I don't label myself in any specific genre, because I never know what to expect when I start to write. One moment it's about my beautiful wife, the next it's the flames of Hell. I'm an unpredictable writer. Is there a category for that?

Why do you think horror and fantasy books remain so popular?

People adore the unknown and unexplainable, a quick rush. Fear is a natural emotion, we all have it in us. If it's triggered just right it opens doors we've never experienced before. Kind of like an escape from the reality of the world around us. Something different, something unreal. We all have that curiosity of the unknown, and reading a good way out of an often boring reality keeps interest in this style.

What inspires your stories?

Could be a word, could be a photo. My stories vary from love to pain. Hate and rage, insanity in its purest form. My stories are unique and people flock to my madness. I write what my soul is feeling at that particular moment.

What do you think the difference between American horror and British horror is?

Horror is determined by what kind of experience you have. I'm not sure this question could ever be answered correctly. It depends on the mindset of the writer, where they have been and where they are going with whatever story they are writing at the moment. In an open mind a horror story can be written in the most horrific fashion. Most of my horror stories are written from experience not fiction. Horror is sacrifice, and it depends on the writer to bring that to life. So I really don't see a difference between the two. I do see the same visions brought to life in their own unique ways though. In the end, it depends on the psyche of each individual writer to really get the hair standing up.

So I think the difference between the two is the mindset and the way they think of ways to make us scream.

What are your favorite horror books?

Stephen Kings IT, The Stand, Pet Sematary, The Exorcist, The Silence Of The Lambs, and The Hunger.


What are some of your favorite horror movies?

The Shining, Doctor Sleep, IT, Saw, The Exorcist, 47 meters Down.

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment as an author?

I self-published my unique rhyming horror story ”Poetic Fiction: Journals Of Silent Screams, then shortly after signed with Cosby Media Productions.
           
Do you have any advice for new writers?

Just be yourself, write for you first. You will always have people that do not appreciate your work and dedication. Keep shining, keep grinding. Never give up on your dreams.
   
What is your opinion of the new self-publishing trend?

I've just recently self-published, so far it is okay. Sales are coming in and I've been self-promoting and am having some success. The shipping is slow because of what is going on in the world. I am new to it just released in March so I still have to see how it goes.

What are your current projects?

I have a project with Cosby Media that will be released this fall, no spoilers just yet.

Please in your own words, write a paragraph about yourself & your work.

Jeff Oliver was born in Baltimore Maryland on April 6th, 1982. Starting his writing career early at just 11 years old, his mind has always collected thoughts and transferred them to paper. There are thoughts about troubled childhood, thoughts of love and imagination never elude his pen. A poet by passion and a father of seven beautiful children his dedication to his craft is second to none. He resides in New York with the love of his life, Jennie. She is his muse. Madness lives in his mind sparking unimaginable works of art that will never be fully understood or explained. His words are real and provoke insanity through an imaginary portal of nightmares and dreams. A writer of intense emotions. Jeff has written a collection of poetry that was published last year by Creative Talents Unleashed titled Strange Sounds. His first fully published collection of poetry, full of monsters and beasts, love songs and total insanity.

As he evolves from poetry, he has now completed his very first unique hard-hitting novel. He is ready to take on this literary world with every emotion that resides in his soul. ”Madness illustrates what insanity demonstrates, while chaos illuminates what Hell creates”. An example of Jeff’s many styles of writing. Jeff wants to reach audiences of the broken and deranged, the misfits and the caged. He would like to reach the people that society seems to leave in waste. ”The mistakes”, the strange and the hated. The ones that people tend to forget. Jeff will never fit in just like the audience he seeks, he just wants the world to know that it’s okay to bleed.

Recently Signed with Cosby Media Productions with a 10 year contract.

POETIC FICTION: Journals Of Silent Screams
https://www.amazon.com/Poetic-Fiction-Journals-Silent-Screams/dp/B085DRTDJB

STRANGE SOUNDS
https://www.amazon.com/Strange-Sounds-Jeff-Oliver/dp/B085DQJ3B8

Facebook writer page Words from the soul 
https://www.facebook.com/wordsfromthesoul3334/


Thursday, 21 May 2020

Horror Channel brings shocks aplenty in June with star-studded Spine-Chiller Season


There are star-studded shocks aplenty on Horror Channel in June, courtesy of the SPINE-CHILLER SEASON - a selection of supernatural mysteries to get your summer off to a very scary start. Scheduled for Saturday nights at 9pm, the season is headed by the Channel premiere of the moody and violent chiller GOTHIKA, starring Halle Berry, Robert Downey Jr. and Penelope Cruz. Other titles include Kevin Bacon’s career launcher STIR OF ECHOES, the gripping US-remake of THE GRUDGE, starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, and the terrifying supernatural thriller PAY THE GHOST, starring Nicholas Cage.

There are also UK TV premieres for the sharply eerie NAILS, starring Shauna Macdonald and Ross Noble and the deadly VIRAL, where a global parasitic virus is turning victims into blind, blood spewing zombie hosts. Plus, there are Channel premieres for Michael Peterson’s blood-pumping survival horror KNUCKLEBALL, Alistair Orr’s stylish supernatural suspense FROM A HOUSE ON WILLOW STREET, featuring a killer role by Australian scream queen Sharni Vinson and John McTiernan’s ROLLERBALL, a head-slamming remake of the 1975 Sci-Fi hit.


Full film details in transmission order:

SPINE-CHILLER SEASON


Saturday 6 June @ 21:00 – GOTHIKA (2003) *Channel Premiere

Miranda Grey (Halle Berry), a brilliant psychiatrist, is accused of a heinous murder she cannot remember. Unable to fathom having committed an act of such brutality against a husband she loved and admired, Miranda is shocked to find herself incarcerated at the Woodward Penitentiary for Women, alongside the criminally insane patients she once treated. As Miranda struggles to reclaim her sanity, she realises she’s become the pawn of a vengeful spirit. Now she must quickly determine if she is being led further from her sanity or closer to the truth.


Saturday 13 June @ 21:00 – STIR OF ECHOES (1999)

After he is hypnotized at a neighbourhood party, Tom Witzky (Kevin Bacon) changes. He sees things he can't explain and hears voices he can't ignore. As the horrific visions intensify, Tom realises they are pieces of a puzzle, echoes of a crime calling out to be solved. But when his other-worldly nightmares begin coming true, Tom desperately tries to rid himself of his eerie, unwanted powers.


Saturday 20 June @ 21:00 – THE GRUDGE (2004)

A remake of the original Japanese series , again directed by Takashi Shimizu, the action moves to Tokyo, where we are once again in a haunted house, where American nurse Karen (Sarah Michelle Gellar) is exposed to a mysterious supernatural curse, one that locks a person in a powerful rage before claiming their life and spreading to another victim. Also stars Bill Pullman.


Saturday 27 June @ 21:00 – PAY THE GHOST (2015)

Almost a year after his young son disappeared on Halloween night in New York City, Mike (Nicolas Cage) is alone and haunted by terrifying visions of his son. Determined not to let go, he researches all the cases of missing children in the city and comes to a horrifying conclusion. That every Halloween a vengeful ghost surfaces to abduct three children and if they don't recover their son within a short window of time on All Hallows Eve, he will be lost to the spirit world forever. Following a series of terrifying clues, Mike is led deeper into the ancient curse that could destroy him and all he loves.

OTHER PREMIERES


Friday 5 June @ 21:00 – NAILS (2017) *UK TV Premiere

Super-fit track coach Dana Milgrom (Shaun Macdonald) suffers a near fatal run-in with a car which leaves her almost completely paralysed. Trapped inside her own body, with her speech severely affected, Dana communicates through a voice synthesised computer keyboard. Staring at the prospect of a lengthy recovery process in a rundown rehabilitation hospital, Dana’s physical vulnerabilities are about to be heightened by a supernatural inhabitant of the hospital. A shadowy figure with long, sharp, finger nails...


Friday 12 June @ 17:20 – VIRAL (2016) *UK TV Premiere

Teenaged sisters Emma (Sofia Black-D' Elia) and Stacey (Analeigh Tipton) live a normal life, until their small suburban neighbourhood is stricken with a mysterious parasitic virus. As the disease rapidly spreads, the two barricade themselves from infection. But it may already be too late - when the virus enters their home, the sisters are faced with an impossible choice: protect each other, or survive the virus.


Sunday 14 June @ 21:00 – KNUCKLEBALL (2018) *Channel Premiere

Alone, and targeted on an isolated farm, 12 year old Henry finds himself at the centre of a maelstrom of terror, and a dark family legacy, when his secretive grandfather dies suddenly in the night


Friday 19 June @ 21:00 – FROM A HOUSE ON WILLOW STREET (2016) *Channel Premiere

Kidnappers abduct the daughter of a wealthy diamond distributor in Cape Town. But when they have her locked up in their hideout and prepare to issue their ransom demands, they realise too late that she’s been possessed by a sinister and very powerful demon.


Friday 26 June @ 21:00 – ROLLERBALL (2002) *Channel Premiere

Jonathan Cross (Chris Klein) is the most popular player in the fastest and most extreme sport of all time: Rollerball. Along with teammates Marcus Riley (LL Cool J) and Aurora (Rebecca Romijn-Stamos), Jonathan is giving viewers what they want: a dangerous game packed with visceral thrills, breakneck speed, and head-slamming action. But things go wrong when Rollerball’s creator, Petrovich (Jean Reno), realises that serious on-court accidents bring higher ratings.


Horror Channel: Be Afraid
TV: Sky 317 / Virgin 149 / Freeview 70 / Freesat 138
Website: http://www.horrorchannel.co.uk

Monday, 18 May 2020

Interview with Gary Raisor - By David Kempf


When did you first become interested in writing?

I was interested in my early 20’s, but when I sat down to do it I discovered I didn’t have all that much to say. Or maybe I just didn’t know how to say it.

So I sat writing aside. I moved to Chicago where I fell into a hard scrabble life for four or five years, working in a factory during the day, haunting strip clubs and skid row bars at night, drinking, hustling pool. Met more than a few interesting people on skid row. They all had a story. And they were more than willing to share it.

Then I met a girl, there’s always a girl. She cleaned my ass up. Fast forward about ten years, add in marriage and becoming a dad, just living life, you know, working a job, paying the mortgage. Then my dad died. He wasn’t that old. That sort of thing gets a man to thinking about mortality, so I decided to give it another shot, and this time I discovered I had things to say.


How did you get involved in fantasy/horror?

I’ve always since interested in fantasy and horror, even as a kid. My mom gave me a copy of THE ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU when I was 10. It was the start of a love affair that continues to this day.


How did you make this a full time job?

Writing was never a full time job, not until about a seven or eight years ago. Until then I wrote during my lunch breaks at work, at home, sometimes into the wee hours of the night. Short stories in the beginning, lots and lots of them. NIGHT CRY, THE HORROR SHOW, CEMETERY DANCE, BORDERLANDS, RAZORED SADDLES, a lot of ‘best of’ anthologies.

Then I wrote a novel, LESS THAN HUMAN, which to my utter amazement was nominated for the Bram Stoker award. I’d seen copies of it at Walden Books, Barnes and Noble, Joseph-Beth, B Dalton. I was on my way, baby. Time to start lighting my bong with twenty dollar bills. Nope. That book didn’t lead to a full time writing career. So back to the day job.

What to do? I’d grown to loathe my job in I.T. I really wanted to be a writer, but my agent was insane and then she died. No agent, no prospects on the writing front. I was trying to figure a way to get back in the game. I love movies, always have. One day while I was hanging at a video store (remember those?) I thought I’d try my hand at writing a movie script. To my surprise, I discovered I could do it. Now I have one in development with Thunderknight Productions. I guess I’d call myself a full time writer now. Maybe even a producer too, ha. But I’d never use that word in polite company.


Why do you think horror and fantasy books remain so popular

Wish fulfillment maybe. In fantasy, a place to act out grand adventures, to shed the grind of daily mundane life. Good overcoming evil, something that doesn’t always happen in the real world. In horror, who doesn’t like a good scare?


What are your favorite horror books?

The Island of Dr. Moreau, as I mentioned earlier.
Dracula by Bram Stoker.
I Am Legend by Richard Matheson.
The Drive-in by Joe Lansdale.
Ghost Story by Peter Straub
Silver Scream edited by David J. Schow
Salem’s Lot by Stephen King
The Shining, again Stephen King
IT. Stephen King. What can I say, the guy wrote some damn fine books. Still hate the ending of this one.
Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice.
Lestat by Anne Rice. Those early books of hers were awesome.
The Girl Next Door. Books don’t get better than this. But after reading that puppy, I decided once was enough for me.


What are some of your favorite horror movies?

The Thing. Both versions. Love James Arness as the flaming carrot. The Carpenter version, IMHO, might just be the finest horror movie ever made.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers. The ’78 version with Donald Sutherland is a masterpiece of paranoia.
Alien.
Halloween by John Carpenter.
Cat People. Both versions.
Texas Chainsaw Massacre. The Tobe Hooper original. You can keep the rest. Maybe number 2, but that’s as far as I go.
Dracula. Both the Louis Jourdan and the Gary Oldman versions appeal to me. A side note, the new BBC 3 part version was 2/3 of a good series about our favorite blood-sucker.
Creature from the Black Lagoon. Best rubber monster suit of all time.
Forbidden Planet. Sci-fi horror. Great score.
Tremors. Best buddy movie ever.
It Follows. Some definitely creepy shit.
Near Dark.
Ginger Snaps. You’ll never look at teenage girls the same.
The Howling. Cool werewolves.
Fright Night. The original with Chris Sarandon and Roddy McDowall. Grab an apple.
Pretty much anything from Hammer. Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee.
Also anything with Vincent Price. Love those Edgar Allen Poe adaptations he did with Roger Corman. Masque of the Red Death, Fall of the House of Usher, Tomb of Ligeia.


What do you consider your greatest accomplishment as an author?

I guess I’d have to say coming up with a really different take on vampires in LESS THAN HUMAN. And it’s still selling 28 years later. 8 editions in those years including paperback, hardback, Kindle and Audible. There’s even a coffin edition.

A reviewer recently said it reads as fresh as anything written today. Man, as a writer, you gotta love that.


Do you have any advice for new writers?

Due to the overwhelming number of self-publishers on Amazon, I’d say don’t quit the day job.


What is your opinion of the new self-publishing trend?

I hate it. I came up when your writing was judged by the gatekeepers, the agents, the editors at publishing houses. You had to be good, in most cases, to get the green light. Of course there was still crap that got through. But now the floodgates are open. Anyone can lay claim to being a writer. They say everyone has a book in them. I’d say no they don’t. I’d say a few self-published books are good, but most are crap with a good looking cover.


What are your current projects?

I’m working on a prequel to LESS THAN HUMAN.
And I’m helping produce a screenplay I wrote, STRAIGHT TO HELL.
Also trying to stay alive during this Coronavirus pandemic while helping out friends and family who’re having a hard time fending for themselves. 


Please in your own words write a paragraph about yourself & your work. 

I hate writing about myself. I’m not being coy, I mean it. It’s my least favorite subject. Instead, if you don’t mind, I’ll just share a recent GOODREADS review of LESS THAN HUMAN from Lisa Lee. I think it sums up what I tried to accomplish with the book.

LESS THAN HUMAN by Gary Raisor is unlike any other vampire novel. The story is built on mystery, intrigue, a unique twist on old legends, blood, and playing pool.

Raisor weaves in a diverse lot of vivid, colorful characters with engaging backgrounds and personalities. The story is complex, a mix of ancient lore and modern concepts, realism and supernatural, humanity and inhumanity. Raisor uses a slow reveal technique to uncover the horrifying truth behind the events taking place. The climax and conclusion brilliantly defied expectation, and I found the epilogue particularly well-played.

Less Than Human has some graphic scenes and disturbing content. Gary Raisor pushes the boundaries of vampire horror fiction into extreme horror with this one. This is not a romantic vampire novel nor even a classically brutal one. This one contains scenes of mental and physical torture, and Raisor is relentless in his presentation of the horrors therein. For serious horror fans only.

Links:
Less Than Human - Amazon Kindle
Sinister Purposed - Amazon Kindle

Wednesday, 13 May 2020

Interview with Eleanor Merry - By David Kempf


When did you first become interested in writing?

In high school. I liked to write a lot which was a mix of loving books and putting pen to paper, as well as some good ol’ teen angst in the mix. There was some pretty terrible poetry involved that I hope never sees the light of day.


How did you get involved in fantasy/horror?

I’ve been into horror since I was a kid which was largely inspired by my dad. He would stay up watching late-night horror movies and I would sneak out to watch with him. Pretty sure I saw some pretty non-age appropriate things, but it fascinated rather than scared me. As I got older my tolerance and interest only grew.


Tell us about your first publisher. 

As of the time of this interview, I am self-published and love it! When I decided to start writing with the intent to publish, I did a lot of research


How would you classify the genre you write?

I have three books in my series, Dead Aware, and I also run a collection of anthologies under Macabre Ladies.

Dead Aware is a pretty unique brand of post-apocalyptic fiction. It’s a series following a couple who are essentially ‘zombies’ and have to navigate the world where everyone hates them and considers them lesser. Some serious feels to go along with some awesome action and twists.

So far the anthology collection we are working on is the holiday horror collection. These are flash fiction stories with holiday themes. Quick, gory and fun. So far, we have Dark X-Mas, Dark Valentine and Dark Solstice.


Why do you think horror and fantasy books remain so popular?

Morbid curiosity.

Seriously, though. We, as human beings, tend to have an interest in things that disgust us or things that allow us to pretend. People love to live vicariously, and horror and fantasy are two of the polar opposites to how (I hope) most of us live that they hold particular appeal.


What inspires your stories?

Other amazing words. I have always been a huge reader and I love how a good book can take you away and create that special world in your head. Reading a good book inspires me like no other so when I’m in a writing slump, I’ll read something and usually it helps.


What do you think the difference between American horror and British horror is?

I like americans tend to lean more towards supernatural, not liking how close to home some ‘true horror’ is. Whereas the UK is full of ghosts and they’ve had their fill, and are way more about the serial killers.


What are your favorite horror books?

I don’t think you can make me answer this.
Honestly, the list is neverending. If you’re going to make me choose some: Jigsaw Man by Gord Rollo, Urban Gothic by Brian Keene, The Ruins by Scott Smith, The Troop by Nick Cutter, Clowns vs Spiders by Jeff Strand, I Am Legend Richard Matheson


What are some of your favorite horror movies?

Again, not too fond of this question…

I tend to love cheesy stuff. Older slasher stuff (Chucky is a personal fave but Myers and Jason were close second and thirds) and I’m a sucker for zombies. Also, always loved a good ridiculous gore-fest like Saw or Hostel, or something more comedic Tusk (the latter is hilarious if anyone hasn’t seen it)


What do you consider your greatest accomplishment as an author?

I don’t think I’ve accomplished enough greatness on my journey yet to say. I will say that the thing that makes me feel the most accomplished is getting positive and unsolicited feedback from fans. Nothing else really resonates like it.
           

Do you have any advice for new writers?

Just keep writing and don’t delete anything. It is very cliche, but you can’t edit an empty page. Also, read lots. Keep notes on things that you like or don’t. Does an author do too many flashbacks? Do you like how they separate character point of views? What is it that keeps you reading? Make note of the things that work so you can use them, or not, in your own writing.
   

What is your opinion of the new self-publishing trend?

I think it’s a good thing for readers and authors. The hardest and worst part, as a self-published author, is the bad stigma it gets. Yes, there are books out there that really needed a paid editor and cover artist, or a decent formatter. There are also some amazing gems and books that are well thought out and edited properly. People like myself, that have decided to spend the time and money to do it ourselves, step by step. It’s opened up something for people that have that drive to do it. Is it inundated with stuff that needs some quality control? Sure. But at the same time, I see any type of sharing of words or inspiring creativity to be a good thing.


What are your current projects?

Well, there is what I am supposed to be working on, and what I am actually working on. I should be working on Dead Aware 3, but have gotten sidetracked. The current front and center is a really twisted story of a child raised by a female torture-artist.

There’s also a story involving a Find-A-Victim phone app, something involving a lust demon, and a few shorts.

Also working on a new drabbles collection for Macabre Ladies, Drabbles of Dread, which will be out this summer.

Please in your own words, write a paragraph about yourself & your work. 

Colourful-haired, friendly, Canadian mom, author, and mentor.
Pretty easy summation?
Okay, okay, I can try a bit harder.
I am a Canadian, eh, from Vancouver and work in the travel industry by day. By night, I wrangle a tiny human and write stories. I enjoy carbs and melted cheese. Oh, I also run anthologies. And write stories. Did I mention I read a lot?

I love helping other authors and collaborating with people in general. You can find me very active in the Books of Horror group on Facebook and the corresponding author group. All the books, all the time.

Lots more of really amazing things in progress and I can’t wait to show everyone some more twisted and amazing words!


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Interview with Adam Green Ahead of Horror Channel’s UK TV premiere Victor Crowley


Ahead of Horror Channel’s UK TV premiere of Adam Green’s VICTOR CROWLEY, the great director shares his personal tragedies, George Romero’s inspirational words, the importance of genre comedy and hints that the Bayou Butcher may rise again…


Adam, you’re back on the UK’s Horror Channel this Friday night with your latest ‘Hatchet’ instalment VICTOR CROWLEY. Excited?

I’m always thrilled to hear that another one of my films will be playing on the UK’s Horror Channel! It’s crazy to think that the US hasn’t had a horror specific television channel in 6 years now, only horror themed subscription platforms like SHUDDER. Then again- look at the real life horror we’re dealing with here as far as our current President goes. Clearly our country has made far worse decisions than doing away with our horror television network.


You've called VICTOR CROWLEY your most personal movie ever. Why?

I truly intended to be finished with HATCHET after the original trilogy. When HATCHET 3 was released in 2013 I had absolutely no desire to ever step foot back in Victor Crowley’s swamp ever again. However, life had other plans for me and in 2014 I underwent a series of personal tragedies that changed everything. Within a span of just thirteen days I endured a heart shattering divorce, the tragic death of Dave Brockie, one of my best friends and co-stars on my TV series HOLLISTON and the dissolving of HOLLISTON’s home network FEARnet, in a corporate merger which left my show trapped in television purgatory for six years. I’ll spare you the details of the dark year or so that followed but my health deteriorated down into a truly frightening state.

Then in October of 2015 George Romero asked if I would host his panel at a horror convention in my hometown of Boston, Masachusetts. There was no way I was going to say “no” to George. At the end of the panel he pointed out to me just how many in the crowd were wearing HATCHET or HOLLISTON or “Adam Green” T-shirts and then he turned me away from the crowd and gave me a short but extremely blunt pep talk about what my work means to “these kids” and that I have to get back on my feet and back to doing what I do best. The long story short is that George snapped me out of it and made me see the light, in particularly what HATCHET had come to mean to the genre.

However, if I was going to bring back Victor Crowley I only wanted to do it if it could be a surprise for the fans, we set out to make the film in secret. I still can’t believe we pulled it off! The end result was a much more personal and honest film than I ever would have had the courage to make otherwise. I worked out a lot of the pain I was going through during that dark point in my life. Several critics have called VICTOR CROWLEY “the best HATCHET film yet” but I am still far too close to the process of making the movie to be able to rank it against the other three films with any kind of clarity.


VC is more comical than ever, do ‘Hatchet’ fans expect that fun side of the franchise to be upped every single time?

HATCHET’s sense of humor is precisely what sets it apart from other slashers of its kind. The series may proudly wear all of the expected slasher movie tropes on its sleeves but it is the comedic tone of the films that make them a more entertaining experience overall than the slashers that came before it. Rarely were the 80’s slashers intentionally funny and as Kane Hodder always points out, with the sequels in the big franchises the audience merely tolerated the time they had to spend with the characters while they waited to see them die. If you look at the first three films as one long movie the humor actually gets toned down slightly with each entry as the story works its way to its action packed final act. So with VICTOR CROWLEY I got to hit the re-set button and really amp up the comical side of things once again.

This time around the film’s theme also holds a mirror up to an audience that has become shamefully numb to murder and obsessed with the next great true crime docu-series. Think about it, just twenty years ago major network sit-coms like FRIENDS and SEINFELD were “must see TV” not only in the US but around the world. Now it’s real life tragedies like MAKING A MURDERER, DON’T F*CK WITH CATS, and TIGER KING that have become our passionate water cooler conversations at the office and a major force in modern day pop culture. The sheer fact that more people are talking about Joe Exotic’s mullet than the mistreatment of the actual tigers in TIGER KING sickens me. I mean, our President’s own dim-witted son was asked what he thought of the Netflix phenomenon and his take away from the series was that he “didn’t realize a tiger was so affordable!” The characters in VICTOR CROWLEY are all looking to cash in on a massacre that left at least forty innocent people dead and they have absolutely no regard for the human lives lost. Sadly, that’s exactly what would happen if the events of HATCHET were real.


Many have called the film your ‘Scream 3’, do you agree with that assessment?

Any time someone mentions one of my films in the same breath as a Wes Craven film my heart grows another size bigger. I would agree with that assessment in that overall the HATCHET series is more akin to Craven’s SCREAM series than the 80’s slashers it is often compared to. When the first HATCHET came out nothing made me happier than hearing seasoned horror fans draw comparisons to AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON and FRIGHT NIGHT - the two films that influenced HATCHET the most. John Landis and Tom Holland had both taken tired sub-genres that had grown out of fashion and updated them by infusing comedy into their characters’ dialogue. With HATCHET I tried to take the same approach with the slasher sub-genre that they had taken with the werewolf and vampire sub-genres so it’s always a huge compliment to hear that others recognize it.


What did star Kane Hodder add to VC this time that you weren't expecting?

Kane has always approached each film as if Victor Crowley is actually starting to enjoy killing the more that he does it. So after ten years at peace without ripping a single head from a body, I think that Victor Crowley revelled in the over the top kills more this time than ever before. For Kane personally, he had always thought that HATCHET 3 was the last time he was ever going to play Victor Crowley so when I told him I had written a fourth film that we were going to make in secret and then surprise the fans with on the 10th anniversary of the original film, I swear I saw tears of joy in his eyes. Of course, the tears were actually a mixture of gasoline and dead baby juice as we all know Kane Hodder doesn’t cry…


The inevitable question…can we expect the beast from the bayou to rise again? 

Given the success of VICTOR CROWLEY it’s a safe bet that we’ll be seeing the Bayou Butcher paint the screen red again. One of the aspects of the original trilogy that I am most proud of is that the films fit together as one cohesive story, always starting on the very frame that the previous entry ended on. So just like how I had the original trilogy plotted out before we ever shot a frame of the first film, I had several films plotted out before I started shooting VICTOR CROWLEY as well. The biggest reason that the HATCHET series has remained so strong over the years is that the same key people have been involved with the making of each film. That is incredibly rare in this genre. We also don’t rush out sequels like they are being mass produced on a conveyor belt and my crew and I only come back to the series when we are all truly ready to do so. The secret to how we’ve been able to fall back in love with Victor Crowley all over again each time is that we’ve always put a few years of working on other projects in between making HATCHET sequels.


You’re a master at injecting the slasher genre with great killer comedy. And of course, humour runs through the veins of all your TV/Radio/Podcast ventures. Has humour always played a vital part of your creative life?

Yes, always. Comedy was where I originally started out and it is a major aspect of my story telling voice. I did stand-up comedy for a few years when I was first coming up, not because I ever had any interest in being a stand-up comic but because I knew that the experience would help me become a stronger comedy writer. While my films like FROZEN and SPIRAL may have had no room for humor in them given the tone of the stories being told, those are rare exceptions for me. Overall my goal is to always entertain my audience, not to punish them with ugly, mean spirited, or depraved stories. We have real life for that. 


You’ve written, directed, produced, acted, been a musician, author, marketer…is there an ambition left still lying dormant?

I still believe there’s time for me to become a professional basketball player. All I need is another growth spurt and to develop some athletic ability.


How are you coping with the lockdown?

When the United States started going into lockdown, my first instinct was of course to want to try and help in some way. Unfortunately, I’m just a filmmaker, I’m not smart enough to assist our incredible doctors, nurses, and other medical personnel on the front lines. However, the one thing I could do was entertain and give folk somewhere to “go” every day for a few hours, so I put on “Adam Green’s CORONAPOCALYPSE Live Stream Series” where every single day I hosted live streams of my films, TV shows, and other projects for FREE on my ArieScope Pictures' YouTube channel. I literally gave away every single thing I’ve made over the course of my twenty-two year career so far.

Starting with the very first stream (a live reading of my novel I SURVIVOR) various cast and crew members from my films started to turn up in the chat thread without me even having asked them to. Not only would they chat with fans and answer their questions during each day’s show but a few of us would even check in with fans throughout the night and at odd hours just to say hello and see how everyone was holding up. It’s very hard to explain to someone who wasn’t there taking part in it but the experience became something truly special that helped a lot of people (myself included) get through that first very difficult month. I didn’t know what to expect but by the end of the month the series had amassed over 50,000 views – and counting.

The whole experience is one that I will never forget as it brought out the “good” in so many people.

I must admit I’ve been slightly lost since the daily streams ended but, thankfully, I’ve been able to distract myself by working on finishing the new upcoming episode of my SCARY SLEEPOVER series, producing the weekly MOVIE CRYPT podcast I do with Joe Lynch, and writing-writing-writing since keeping busy is the only way I can stay sane during this awful time.


Finally, what’s in the pipeline for you? Is ‘Killer Pizza’ still on the menu?

I’d tell you but then I’d have to kill you. I have several exciting things coming and originally expected to be letting the cat out of the bag on at least two of the things I’ve been working on by the start of summer. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has put a stop to everything for now. For the moment my only job is praying for all of us.


VICTOR CROWLEY is broadcast on Friday 15 May @ 21:00


Monday, 11 May 2020

"Bianca" Short Thriller - Directed by Federico Zampaglione


Italian musician and film director Federico Zampaglione latest movie is BIANCA, a stylishly violent short horror thriller, shot in lockdown in Italy on his iPad in three days and starring his ten year old daughter Linda in the title role and his partner, actress Giglia Marra.

The story, which centres on the tense, unpredictable relationship between a girl and her mother at home, was co-written by Zampaglione and Gianluigi Perrone.

Federico said today: “My daughter was getting a little bored being at home for so long with nothing entertaining to do, so I suggested to her and my girlfriend Giglia, that we do a little film - have some fun together and stay in a better mood.  It’s very important right now to stay positive through the tough times we are going through. On top of this I had the occasion to get back to my old love...The Horror”.

Monday, 4 May 2020

COMPETITION: Win Revenge Limited Edition Blu-ray


Revenge Limited Edition Blu-ray is released on Blu-ray on May 11th.

And to celebrate we have a great competition and 2 copies on Blu-ray to give away.

Synopsis
One of the most talked about movies of recent years, Revenge lends ‘pitch-black humour and a cunning feminist agenda’ (★★★★ Daily Express) to the classic exploitation genre, and now Second Sight Films is giving this groundbreaking gore-fest the Limited Edition Blu-ray box set treatment.

The release features stacks of brand new special features, including a new interview with debut feature writer-director Coralie Fargeat and star Matilda Lutz (Medici), whose performance is ‘gripping — a powerful mix of Lara Croft and The Bride’ says The Sun. Also included are new interviews with the film’s cinematographer and the composer, a new commentary and much more, please see details in full below. The set arrives on 11 May 2020 complete with new artwork, designed by Adam Stothard, a poster and a soft cover book with writing by Mary Beth McAndrews and Elena Lazic.

Entitled CEO Richard’s (Kevin Janssens – Undercover ) romantic getaway with his young mistress Jen (Lutz) is interrupted when his sleazy associates Stan (Vincent Colombe – Point Blank) and Dimitri (Guillaume Bouch├Ęde – Love at Second Sight) arrive early for the businessmen’s annual hunting trip. Their leering advances turn ugly, culminating in a brutal attack where Jen is left for dead in the desert. Like a phoenix from the ashes, Jen rises, and now she’s out for revenge. What follows is ‘a bloody middle finger…a demand for reckoning…a kick in the balls with a feminine combat boot’ (Rolling Stone).

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned…and now it’s time to get Revenge.

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COMPETITION CLOSED

Terms and conditions
1. Closing date 18-05-20
2. No alternative prize is available
3. When the competition ends as indicated on this page, any and all entries received after this point will not count and emails blacklisted due to not checking this page first.
4. Winners will be chosen randomly and will be informed via email.

Friday, 1 May 2020

Different Categories of Online Slots

There are multiple different types of slot games available for you to play online which not only benefits the player but also enables these games to differ in the ways that they are designed. Let’s take a look at the most common types of slot games available online for you to play so that you can find the best type of new game to play for you.


Classic Online Slots

The “original” version of a slot game is a three reel slot. This is an online slots game based on the traditional slots machines that you can play on when you go to a bricks and mortar style casino which is often why they are so popular with players. They are very familiar in their layout and they are really easy to play. All you have to do is align the symbols on any of the three visible rows to be able to win yourself some prize money.


5 Reel Slots

Very similar to the format of the three reel slots games, the five reel slots game are the modern equivalent. They have changed in their design due to the technological advancements and because gamers were wanting more from their experience of playing slots games online. With five reels in play, the games developers were able to make slots games more exciting, more diverse and have a wider range of interesting themes to entice the players.

But the other things that make these slot games so popular is that because they have more reels in play, there is always more money available for you to win and there are also more paylines in play so you always have the chances of winning more cash as you play. This makes the overall experience more exciting for the players and entices them, not only into playing more and for longer periods of time, but also to return for another game.


Progressive Slots

These are the types of slots games where the largest amounts of jackpot totals are lurking. This is because the jackpot will keep increasing if the jackpot is not won and will continue to increase until the jackpot is won. This results in enormous wins, where players can become multi-millionaires just by spinning the reel.
These slots games are generally much higher risk to be able to play them but the rewards are much greater so players are generally happy to take the bigger risk.

If this style of slots game interests and excites you, keep your eyes on the prize as the jackpot will be forever changing. Make sure that you play the game when you know that the jackpot is at an increased level so that you can be sure that you have the best chances of being able to win the largest amount of cash available to you in that specific slots game online of the progressive variety.


Non-progressive Slots

This type of slots game may be similar to the progressive slots game via its name but that is where the similarity ends. Non-progressive slots have a specific jackpot total and this does not alter or increase at any time. You know what you are able to win before the game starts and you also know that this will be won by a player during the game. This is a very self-explanatory style of slots game and is not something that will change in its jackpot size if you come back and check it at a later time or date.


Mobile Slots

This is the most popular way in which people choose to play on their favourite slots game. This is because of their ease and convenience as mobile slots games can be accessed from any location and at any time of the day or night. You do not have to attend a casino to be able to play and this means that the concept of playing on slots has been opened up to a much wider audience.

Mobile slots can be played on a Smartphone or on a tablet. Either of these methods are popular. Some people prefer to be able to see more of the finer details of a slots game so prefer to play on the larger screen of a tablet. But for other players, the convenience of your Smartphone always being on your person is much more of an overriding factor for playing slots on the go.


Slots with Mega Spins

If you are the type of player who likes to multi-task or needs lots of action to keep your attention, then the Mega Spin style slots game could be the perfect solution for you. This is where you have the ability to be able to play lots of different slots games all at once so that you can increase your chances of winning but decrease the amount of time these wins could potentially take.

This is a clever concept because you can play all of the different slots games you enjoy playing all on one screen so that you can keep a close eye on all of the action as it happens but you don’t have to flit between lots of different screens. You don’t want to lose track of what is happening, especially when your hard-earned cash is at stake.

Another of the best features of Mega Spin slots is that the majority of them have progressive jackpots. This means that they combine the excitement of playing multiple games with the draw of being in the running for winning big cash returns. You might even be able to win multiple progressive jackpots at the same time which could result in life-changing amounts of cash coming your way!


Online Slots Categories

There are many different categories of online slots which you can choose from. You need to know what you are looking for so that you can find the perfect slots gaming style for yourself before you play. From the more traditional to the multi-taskers dream, there is a slot gaming online style for every player.

Ban on credit card: How it can influence slots players

The data on gambling in the UK claims that the British invest around £3 billion every year on casino games.

This consists of the hugely popular slots, and these account for a good proportion of that total, staggering, amount. It is little wonder that increasingly more funding has been invested in internet casinos, plus slot designers are spending a lot of their time developing innovative and new games to offer folks a thrill and entice them to play (and pay) at SlotsUK even more.

But although it's the casinos and app developers that have taken notice of the massive sum of money folks are investing, so too has the United Kingdom Gambling Commission (UKGC). This regulatory body has spotted that online gambling is developing at an extremely rapid rate, and it is worried about the spending that's taking place. Naturally, not many are overspending, but it's certain some are since £3 billion is an enormous amount of cash, and this means some people have to be entering into debt just to enjoy some games. Put like that, to most people it just wouldn’t be worth it, but for those in the middle of the problem, it is definitely an issue.

Due to this, the UKGC has placed several additional security measures on online casinos – and slot games – to stop people from spending too much. One of these ideas, as of April 2020, is that credit cards can no longer be used to bet with. The money has to come instead from a debit card or, in some cases, cryptocurrency although this is not yet a universal payment method for online casinos. So is this move a good one or not?


The Positives

The credit card ban for internet gambling websites certainly has several benefits to it. For all those individuals who might have been getting carried away when it concerned their gambling, the fact that credit cards can no longer be used is a great thing; it means they're able to stop and consider before playing, and tailor their budget appropriately. For these individuals, the everyday players, the credit card ban has helped them to be much more sensible, and not get carried away.

This is great news; there is going to be less unwanted debt incurred plus, with a good budget installed for playing, no one’s finances should be affected.


The Negatives

At first glance it may appear that you'll find no negative factors with regards to banning using credit cards at internet casinos; it is helping folks and preventing them from adding to their debt. This is accurate for the vast majority of people who play online games, but for many it is a really terrible thing that will not have helped them whatsoever – in fact, it will have hurt them more than anything.

For somebody with a really serious gambling addiction, the credit card ban will have meant they have to source their cash elsewhere. They will not be content with simply using the money in their bank account (and making use of much more than they have to, possibly meaning they cannot pay for food or even pay bills), and instead they will be looking for other ways to obtain money. They are going to try to borrow cash from others, maybe get a re-mortgage from a bank. If their credit is bad… well, there are always unscrupulous folks that are willing to lend money for a hugely inflated interest rate. And since the cash is being used to gamble, and everyone always loses more than they win, paying the money back might just become impossible. Lives could be ruined all because a credit card has been banned online.