The ISCFC vs. The Internet (part 2)

This is still what I think of the internet

 

This is the second in an ongoing series where we tell you about what our writers have been doing for other sites. Well, I recently moved to St Louis, and while there found out about the excellent site “We Are Movie Geeks”, a fount of knowledge about all things St Louis movie-related. Upcoming arthouse shows, reviews of new blockbusters, giveaways…and now stuff from me, starting with an overview of the movies of Andy Sidaris!

 

http://www.wearemoviegeeks.com/2017/03/girls-guns-g-strings-andy-sidaris-legend-cult-cinema/

 

Please go and read their site, it’s really good, and not just if you’re local like me. And if you do, you can expect more of these director overviews from me, with Len Kabasinski pencilled in as next month’s.

Trailer Trash: Save Yourself

Here is the short but sweet trailer for ‘Save Yourself’. The trailer suggests that in the fiercely contested film industry an actress called Crystal has screwed over three of her contemporaries and lured them to an isolated house in the middle of nowhere. The perfect setting for a horror movie.

We hear screams, see our heroines in deep danger, doused in petrol, bound, glimpses of gory tools of torture, and then the women flee from whatever malevolent being is chasing them.

The female driven horror stars Jessica Cameron (Truth Or Dare), Tristan Risk (ABC’s Of Death 2), Tianna Nori (Clean Break), Sydney Kondruss (The Drownsman), Bobbie Phillips (Carnival Of Souls) and a slew of other Canadian actresses.

Most horror trailers give too much away, which is why when promoting a horror movie the teaser can be so much more effective. There seems to be a lot going on, and this raises questions like what’s with all the bodies wrapped in polythene bags? Who is the villain of the piece? Certainly being the inquisitive sort I’m not keen to watch the movie and find out.

 

For more details on ‘Save Yourself’ visit:

 

Facebook: www.facebook.com/SaveYourselfMovie

 

Twitter: www.twitter.com/SaveYourselfMVE

 

Website: www.SaveYourselfMovie.com

AND YOU BELONG

AND YOU BELONG

 

Official Selection of London Fringe Film Festival

Official Selection of Chicago International Music and Movies Festival

Official Selection of San Francisco Documentary Film Festival

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BrinkVision releases the acclaimed music documentary AND YOU BELONG about the electro hip-hop band SCREAM CLUB on March 10th! AND YOU BELONG has screened at over 25 film festivals worldwide to critical acclaim, and packed audiences. This funny and tender documentary about a band that helped paved the way for new queer self esteem will finally be available on VOD and Limited Edition DVD on March 10th!

 

Synopsis:

In ” And You Belong “, acclaimed director of Gender X, Saila and Noise & Resistance Julia Ostertag delivers a visual and musical rocket ride through the queer music underground telling the story of two girl electro hip hop act Scream Club and their international network of friends. While Scream Club´s music has been the soundtrack for a decade of underground fun, friendship and activism, Julia Ostertag created a fascinating document on a new queer self-esteem through original footage, archival footage, music videos, and photographs.

 

 

 

Trailer:

 

You can purchase the film by clicking here

 

BBFC bans the horror film HATE CRIME

A big story is brewing…

Monday 2nd March 2015 – THE BBFC announced today that HATE CRIME, the first release in a new joint VOD venture between geek blog Nerdly.co.uk and TheHorrorShow.TV – has officially been banned in the UK. It is one of only four horror movies officially refused classification by the BBFC since 2009, the others being Grotesque, The Bunny Game and The Human Centipede 2, later released with nearly 3 minutes of cuts.

Set to be the first release under the new Nerdly Presents banner, HATE CRIME tells the story of a Jewish family, having just arrived in a new neighbourhood, who are recording their youngest son’s birthday celebrations on video when their home is suddenly invaded by a bunch of crystal-meth-crazed neo-Nazi lunatics.

The film is the second feature from director James Cullen Bressack (To Jennifer, Blood Lake, 13/13/13), and has already had a successful release in the US, reviewed favourably by the likes of Bloody Disgusting, MoreHorror and even the UK’s very own Starburst Magazine.

The full official statement from the BBFC:

“HATE CRIME focuses on the terrorisation, mutilation, physical and sexual abuse and murder of the members of a Jewish family by the Neo Nazi thugs who invade their home. The physical and sexual abuse and violence are accompanied by constant strong verbal racist abuse. Little context is provided for the violence beyond an on screen statement at the end of the film that the two attackers who escaped were subsequently apprehended and that the one surviving family member was released from captivity. We have considered the attempt at the end to position the film as against hate-crime, but find it so unconvincing that it only makes matters worse.  

 

“The BBFC’s Guidelines on violence state that ‘Any depiction of sadistic or sexual violence which is likely to pose a harm risk will be subject to intervention through classification, cuts or even, as a last resort, refusal to classify. We may refuse to classify content which makes sexual or sadistic violence look appealing or acceptable […] or invites viewer complicity in sexual violence or other harmful violent activities. We are also unlikely to classify content which is so demeaning or degrading to human dignity (for example, it consists of strong abuse, torture or death without any significant mitigating factors) that it may pose a harm risk.’

 

“It is the Board’s carefully considered conclusion that the unremitting manner in which HATE CRIME focuses on physical and sexual abuse, aggravated by racist invective, means that to issue a classification to this work, even if confined to adults, would be inconsistent with the Board’s Guidelines, would risk potential harm, and would be unacceptable to broad public opinion.”

“Of course, the Board will always seek to deal with such concerns by means of cuts or other modifications when this is a feasible option.  However, under the heading of ‘Refusal to classify’ our Guidelines state that ‘As a last resort, the BBFC may refuse to classify a work, in line with the objective of preventing non-trivial harm risks to potential viewers and, through their behaviour, to society. We may do so, for example, where a central concept of the work is unacceptable, such as a sustained focus on sexual or sadistic violence. Before refusing classification we will consider whether the problems could be adequately addressed through intervention such as cuts.’ The Board considered whether its concerns could be dealt with through cuts. However, given that the fact that unacceptable content runs throughout the work, cuts are not a viable option in this case and the work is therefore refused a classification.”

Says director James Cullen Bressack: “I am honoured to know that my mind is officially too twisted for the UK. So it goes … I find it unbelievable that a film that shows little to no on screen violence and no nudity was actually banned. it just shows the power of what is implied and peoples imagination; and is a testament to the fact that the same crimes that happen in the world are truly horrifying.”

Nerdly.co.uk‘s Phil Wheat adds: “HATE CRIME was always going to be a contentious title to submit to the BBFC, especially given recent racial tensions. But as part of Nerdly Presents’ remit to uncover great underground movies it was worth taking the gamble on James Cullen Bressack’s movie. After all, horror is often about pushing boundaries and making your audience uncomfortable. HATE CRIME does that by throwing political correctness out of the window to create a raw, emotive and disturbing film that is a tour-de-force in reality filmmaking, taking the found-footage genre to a whole new level – asking questions of both the filmmakers and the audience. As such it’s definitely worth championing.”

TheHorrorShow.TV’s Jack Bowyer said: “Although it may surprise some people, TheHorrorShow.TV supports classification over censorship, as we would hate for any of our growing number of films to be viewed by an inappropriate audience. We work in collaboration with the British Board of Film Classification to ensure that our content is appropriately rated, but sometimes you need to test boundaries to find out where they are. In the case of HATE CRIME, it appears that the BBFC has deemed the content inappropriate for people of any age, even adults, and regrettably we will be unable to bring the film to the UK as part of our very exciting collaboration with Nerdly.”

You can read our reviews of ‘Hate Crime’ here –

https://iscfc.net/2012/07/19/preview-hate-crime/

https://iscfc.net/2012/07/21/preview-2-hate-crime/

The Eternal Return of Antonis

 

BRINKVISION RELEASES THE DARK COMEDY FILM ‘THE ETERNAL RETURN OF ANTONIS ON VOD AND DVD FEBRUARY 17th

‘THE ETERNAL RETURN OF ANTONIS’

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“5 STARS! SUPERB… PHENOMENAL PERFORMANCE” – Indiewire

 

“DARK AND ARTFUL SATIRE… STRIKING AND HEARTBREAKING” – Cinevue

 

“CHARMING, FUNNY AND DRAMATIC” – Flix

 

BrinkVision releases the critically acclamied dark comedy film, ‘The Eternal Return of Antonis’ starring Christos Stergioglou (Father from Oscar nominated ‘Dogtooth’) who stages his own kidnapping to gain sympathy and attention from a world that is slowly forgetting him. ‘The Eternal Return of Antonis’ is a thought provoking, humorous masterpiece that has screened at Toronto, Berlinale, Milano, and many more festivals worldwide. The Eternal Return of Antonis on VOD and DVD February 17th!

 

Synopsis:

Antonis Paraskevas is a man incapable of life away from the media spotlight. A famous television personality whose star is waning, Antonis decides to stage his own kidnapping to gain sympathy and attention from a world that is slowly forgetting him. He hides out in an abandoned seaside hotel to wallow in self-pity, awaiting just the right moment to spring back to life and into the public eye. At first, he fights off the boredom with unsuccessful molecular cooking and karaoke singing, but eventually the walls close in, and Antonis starts going off the rails. The harsh realities of the current Greek economic situation and contemporary societal alienation serve as the backdrop to this dark and artful satire on fame in the modern world.

 

Trailer:

CLICK HERE TO BUY THE MOVIE

 

BLACK WOLF MEDIA TO DISTRIBUTE ‘CHAINSAW SALLY: THE MOVIE’

BLACK WOLF MEDIA TO DISTRIBUTE ‘CHAINSAW SALLY: THE MOVIE’ WHILE BLOODY BOMBSHELL ENTERTAINMENT/FATALITY FILMS MOVE INTO PRE-PRODUCTION ON ANIMATED SERIES

Bloody Bombshell Entertainment and Fatality Films have partnered with Some Folks Entertainment to secure a distribution deal with Black Wolf Media for a double-feature release of the films Chainsaw Sally- The Movie and The Good Sisters. Both films were written and directed by cult horror icon Jimmyo Burril.

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Chainsaw Sally- The Movie stars April Burril as Sally and was originally released in 2004. Traumatized after witnessing the murder of her parents as a young girl, the film follows an older Sally as she grows up to be a serial killer. The Good Sisters, also starring A. Burril alongside legendary scream queen Debbie Rochon, features the duo as practicing witches who hide their discretions from their neighbors- until a new neighbor threatens their practice with his own secret life.

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Release dates will be announced in 2015.

This news comes ahead of a second announcement- Bloody Bombshell Entertainment and Fatality Films will be moving into the second phase of pre-production on Chainsaw Sally: The Animated Series this winter. Based on the original Chainsaw Sally film and television series, J. Burril returns as the creative force, and A. Burril will be reprising her role of Sally. Rochon joins the cast as Blondie. The cast has already announced the voice talents of Christopher Judge (Stargate SG-1), Nicholas Brendon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), and Tristan Risk (American Mary). The series begins animation in early 2015 and will premiere later in the year.

Bloody Bombshell Entertainment- www.bloodybombshell.com
Black Wolf Media- www.blackwolfmediagroup.com

The release of ‘Zombie Hood’

BRINKVISION RELEASES THE U.K. HORROR ZOMBIE HOOD IN NORTH AMERICA ON VOD AND LIMITED EDITION DVD OCTOBER 21ST!

ZOMBIE HOOD

 

LIVING AIN’T EASY

 

“A SOLID, GRIPPING, SKILLFULLY CRAFTED ZOMBIE FEATURE.” – MJ Simpson

 

“ZOMBIE HOOD IS ONE FUN RIDE INTO THE WORLD OF UNDEAD” – Sin Isolation

 

BrinkVision releases the U.K. horror ZOMBIE HOOD in North America on VOD and Limited Edition DVD on October 21st! ZOMBIE HOOD has been called impressive, gory, odd-humored, and fun. The film is fragmented into parts, introducing characters skillfully into the chaos that is the post-apocalyse battleover of England. Zombie Hood is exciting indie horror showcasing a band of survivors against the ferocious threat of the undead. ZOMBIE HOOD releases October 21st on VOD and Limited Edition DVD.

 

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Synopsis:

The initial infection begins after the virus spreads through a nightclub and is quickly transmitted throughout the city. After a night of disturbances across the whole United Kingdom, the police and emergency services lose control of the situation, with hospitals overrun and the dead coming back to life to attack and devour the living. With the cities now the domain of the undead, the survivors flee the built up areas and take refuge in the countryside and small villages. Zombie Hood follows the story of a small group of survivors who are thrown together in the outskirts of Nottingham. Like Robin Hood and his merry men, the rag tag band look to Sherwood Forest for sanctuary, but soon find out that even the countryside isn’t a safe haven. With food and supplies in short demand, the group find themselves arguing over their plans for survival, which isn’t helped by Sam, a wayward teenager with a confused and dangerous personality.

 

Trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ie0Iwd0L5zQ

 

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VISIT:

BrinkVision

www.brinkvision.com

MEM FERDA, TRISTAN RISK, & ELLIE CHURCH JOIN MANIA

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Jessica Cameron’s Cross-Country Horror Project Adds Some Familiar Faces

 

Jessica Cameron and Jonathan Scott Higgins have re-teamed with their Truth or Dare producer Mem Ferda on their next 3 films. Ferda will serve as the sole producer on all three movies. They have cast actress Tristan Risk of the Soska Sister’s American Mary in the feature film MANIA. Actress Ellie Church of the grindhouse film, Time to Kill has also joined the production. Risk will play the role of Brooke and Church will play the role of Mel.

 

MANIA is one of three features in Jessica Cameron’s triple feature cross-country extravaganza. In it, Risk will play the crazed lesbian lover of Church’s character Mel. It will mark her 2nd feature as a director from a script Higgins wrote. Desolation will be the 2nd feature film and directed by Ryan M. Andrews from a script he wrote. Risk has also signed on to star as the villain in Andrews’ movie. A feature length documentary titled Kill the Production Assitant, will chronicle the making of this very ambitious project.

 

On Truth or Dare, Cameron and Higgins were met with difficulties trying to secure a director who could handle the gory script until Cameron finally decided to pull up her sleeves and do it herself. They, along with Ferda, met a new challenge with casting the female leads in MANIA. Numerous actresses have dropped out due to the amount of nudity in the script.

 

Principal photography begins on November 3rd and they will be filming all three films while traveling cross-country in an RV! The filmmakers had a campaign on their website where fans helped decide which states to film in. The top states with the most pre-orders came down to California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Ohio, and Alabama. The map can be seen on the website here: www.killtheproductionassistant.com.

 

Here is what producer Mem Ferda had to say about the project:

“Storming on with many new exciting projects I will be producing. With Jessica Cameron and Jonathan Higgins as Executive Producers we are set to be a force to be reckoned with, aiming to deliver exactly what modern horror audiences crave.”

 

Tristan Risk has this to say about MANIA:

“As someone who self-identifies as queer, I’m also happy to have a story where the two protagonists are two women in love, and the struggles they try to overcome together. It’s a beautiful and dark story.”

You can find out more about each individual project below:

 

MANIA

Directed by: Jessica Cameron

Written by: Jonathan Scott Higgins

Starring: Tristan Risk & Ellie Church

Tagline: A f@cked up lesbian love story

Synopsis: Two lesbian lovers are forced to flee cross-country after a brutal murder changes their lives forever.

Social Media:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ManiaTheMovie

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ManiaTheMovie

 

Desolation

Directed by: Ryan M. Andrews

Written by: Ryan M. Andrews

Starring: Jessica Cameron & TBA

Tagline: She’s been waiting for you

Synopsis: Along the back roads of America, a hitchhiker is waiting. Gorgeous, mysterious and full of sadistic rage, what chances do an unsuspecting couple have against her?

Social Media:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DesolationtheMovie

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DesolationMovie

 

Kill the PA

Directed by: Aaron Lane

Synopsis: A feature-length making-of documentary, chronicling the travels and filming of MANIA and Desolation. This is a chance for audiences to see a grassroots approach to independent filmmaking.

Social Media:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KillThePA

Twitter: https://twitter.com/KillThePAdoc