“Santa Isn’t Real” Release Date And Trailer Release

“Have Yourself A Scary Little Christmas” says the poster tagline for XYZ’s holiday horror film “Santa Isn’t Real”. A trailer for the film has also been recently released (below).

The film is written and directed by Zac Locke (The Voyeurs, Black Christmas), whose credits includes #Float, the 2018 sorority-killings shocker Black Christmas, the comedy-fantasy Country Gold, Vengeance, and The Voyeurs, starring Sydney Sweeney.

Staring Scarlett Sperduto, Dana Millican, Kaya Coleman, “Santa Isn’t Real” is set for release to digital and VOD on December 8, 2023.

Here’s the film’s official synopsis:

After suffering a brutal attack on Christmas eve, a young woman, Nikki, struggles to convince her friends that the assailant was none other than Ol’ Kris Kringle. When Santa returns to terrorize the group in their remote cabin the next Christmas, Nikki and her friends must overcome disbelief as they fight to stay alive.



Official Trailer for SNIPER G.R.I.T. – A New Action Starring Chad Michael Collins

The film follows an international terrorist cult which threatens global political stability and kidnaps a fellow agent, Ace Sniper Brandon Beckett and the newly-formed Global Response & Intelligence Team – or G.R.I.T. – led by Colonel Stone must travel across the world to Malta, infiltrate the cult, and take out its leader to free Lady Death and stop the global threat.

Sniper: G.R.I.T. is set for release on September 26, 2023 on digital, and October 10th on blu ray.

The film stars Chad Michael Collins, Dennis Haysbert, Luna Fujimoto, Ryan Robbins and Josh Brener


Dark Sky Films Brings “8 Found Dead” to Theaters and VOD

Dark Sky Films is bringing the horror thriller “8 Found Dead” to theaters & VOD on September 8, 2023.

The film follows two couples as they head to a secluded desert hideaway for a weekend of relaxation and, unbeknownst to their friends, uneasy revelations.

When they arrive, each couple is met by the same eccentric couple, claiming to have booked the rental on the same day at the same time. As two local police officers are drawn into the evening’s strange and unpredictable events, depravity and derangement begin to consume everyone at the house. What begins as miscommunication soon descends in mayhem and bloody murder.

Directed by Travis Greene and written by Jonathan Buchanan (Key and Peele, art department), the film stars Aly Trasher (What’s My Name Again?), Alisha Soper (American Horror Story), William Gabriel Grier (The Stalking Fields), Eddy Acosta (5 Years Gone), Rosanne Limeres (1000 Ways to Die), Tim Simek (Viral), & Nancy Linehan Charles (Minority Report)


Dark Sky Films Brings Lauded “LOLA” to Theaters and VOD

LOLA is a sci-fi drama set in 1940 England, which follows enterprising sisters Thomasina “Thom” Hanbury (Emma Appleton, Everything I Know About Love, The Witcher, Pistol, Traitors) and Martha “Mars” Hanbury (Stefanie Martini, Prime Suspect 73, The Last Kingdom, Make Up, Crooked House) who have built a machine, LOLA, that can intercept radio and TV broadcasts from the future.

The device gives them an exciting preview of the world to come, including music by the likes of David Bowie and the Kinks. But with World War II escalating, the sisters decide to use the machine as a weapon of intelligence, with world-altering consequences.

The film is director Andrew Legge’s feature debut, and written by Andrew Legge & Angeli Macfarlane.

Here’s the film’s official synopsis:
1941, sisters Thom and Mars have built a machine, LOLA, that can intercept radio and TV broadcasts from the future. This allows them to listen to iconic music before it has been made, place bets knowing what the outcome will be and embrace their inner punk well before the movement came into existence.

But with the Second World War escalating, the sisters decide to use the machine for good to intercept information from the future that could help with military intelligence. The machine initially proves to be a huge success, rapidly twisting the fortunes of the war against the Nazis. While Thom becomes intoxicated by LOLA, Mars begins to realise the terrible consequences of its power


Dark Sky Films Brings “The Third Saturday In October Part V and Part I” to Digital and VOD May 5th

Dark-Sky-Films-Brings-The-Third-Saturday-In-October-Part-V-and-Part-IWhat if a lost horror franchise made during the peak of the slasher genre was unearthed today, but only two of the films could be restored? Filmmaker Jay Burleson imagined just that with “The Third Saturday In October: Part V” and “The Third Saturday in October: Part I” coming to VOD + Digital Platforms May 5th from Dark Sky Films.

A double feature of terror, “The Third Saturday In October: Part V” sees unstoppable killer Jakkariah Harding once again stalking and butchering the football-loving residents of a small Alabama town, this time finding a treasure trove of victims after he chances upon a football watch party. And then get ready to see how the horror began in “The Third Saturday in October: Part I”, which tells the story of Harding’s death row escape and ensuing slaughter as two survivors of his initial attack hunt him down.

Aiming to recreate the by-gone video store days when horror fans might have had to watch a franchise out of order, the filmmakers intended for viewers to start with Part V and then go back to Part 1.

Twice the scares, twice the laughs, and a world-building start of a franchise that’s as outlandishly clever in its deception as every gore set piece it throws on screen, “The Third Saturday in October” films are a red-blooded American slice of southern gothic infused with a deliciously twisted sense of humor.


XYZ Films Brings “Sound Of Silence: to Digital + on VOD March 9

Sound Of Silence to Digital on VOD March 9Written and directed by Alessandro Antonaci, Stefano Mandalà, Daniel Lascar, horror film “Sound of Silence” is set to be released on VOD and digital on March 9 by XYZ Films.

The film stars Penelope Sangiorgi, Rocco Marazzita (You Die, TV’s Jack Stall Dead), Lucia Caporaso (Baggage Red), Daniele De Martino (House of Gucci), Chiara Casolari, Peter Stephen Wolmarans, Alessandra Pizzullo (At War with Love).

The stylish haunted house film is a high-concept take in the vein of James Wan’s The Conjuring and Mike Flanagan’s Oculus. Here is the film’s official synopsis:
When her father is gravely injured, Emma returns to her family home in Italy. Alone in the house while her father recovers, she encounters a haunted radio – and the evil entity behind it. With the supernatural force growing stronger by the hour, Emma must reveal the dark secret behind the radio’s curse to survive the night.


“Unicorn Wars” Technicolor Feature Sets Release

Unicorn Wars Technicolor Feature Sets ReleaseGKIDS, the acclaimed producer and distributor of animation for adult and family audiences, announced today it will release “Unicorn Wars”, the latest genre-bending animated feature for adults from Goya and Annecy Cristal-winning director Alberto Vásquez (Birdboy: The Forgotten Children) starting March 10, 2023.

The technicolor feature will be released theatrically in select markets nationwide, and will also be available on demand from March 10, 2023.

The technicolor horror-comedy featured in competition at the 2022 Annecy International Animation Film Festival, and was an official selection at BFI London, Animation is Film, and Fantastic Fest.

“Unicorn Wars” marks the next collaboration between GKIDS and Alberto Vázquez, following GKIDS’ local distribution of the Goya Award-winning feature Birdboy: The Forgotten Children and short film Decorado.


Review: 1974 Horror Classic “The Living Dead At Manchester Morgue” Makes A Topical Comeback

By Armando Inquig

1974-Classic-Horror-The-Living-Dead-At-Manchester-Morgue by Armando Inquig“The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue”, a film that emerged during the wave of zombie films in the early to mid 70s following the success of George A. Romero’s “Night of the Living Dead,” is truly a hidden horror gem.

Directed by Jorge Grau, the film is somewhat a departure from traditional zombie lore. It injects social commentary and ecological themes, and highlights the dangers of industrialization and the exploitation of the environment. The message is subtle, but the plot is layered with political and philosophical subtext, atypical for a zombie movie of that time.

The film follows George (played by Ray Lovelock), a London-based antique dealer, traveling to the countryside. Along the way, he meets Edna (Cristina Galbó), who is on her way to visit her sister. Their paths cross inadvertently when Edna backs her car into George’s motorcycle and damaging it. Given his situation, George requests Edna to give him a lift. ‘It’s the least you can do,’ George says sarcastically.

As they travel through the countryside, they begin to notice strange occurrences, such as dead animals and machines that appears to be causing ecological damage. They soon encounter a group of aggressive zombies, but manage to escape and seek help. However the local police, led by Sergeant McCormick (played by Arthur Kennedy), are skeptical of George and Edna’s claims of a zombie outbreak.

Meanwhile, a scientist (played by Ángel del Pozo) is conducting experiments involving ultrasonic radiation, which he believes can be used to stimulate plant growth. But his experiments have unintended consequences, as they seem to be reanimating the dead and causing them to become violent zombies.

This outbreak later intensifies, George and Edna team up to navigate the treacherous terrain and confront not only the zombies but also the police who stayed on their tail.

Throughout the movie, the tension between the young protagonists and the establishment’s old guard is palpable, underscoring the generational conflict of the 1970s. In one memorable and humorous scene, George utters “Heil Hitler”, mocking the overbearing and authoritarian police officer, and highlighting the film’s willingness to engage with political satire.

The cast delivers solid performances, particularly Ray Lovelock as the rebellious George and Cristina Galbó as the innocent Edna; their character dynamic initially full of annoyance and sarcasm, eventually turning into a deep bond through their shared adventure until the tragic end.

The cinematography is gritty and atmospheric. The makeup and special effects are impressive considering the film’s modest budget. The zombies are grotesque, with enough gore to satisfy genre fans. The film is patient in its pacing and allows characterizations to build up. The score by Giuliano Sorgini is haunting and atmospheric, with eerie synth melodies.

Overall, The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue is a standout, albeit under-appreciated, horror film that is thought-provoking and thrilling that make it a true classic of the genre.

“The Living Dead At Manchester Morgue”, also known as “Let Sleeping Corpses Lie” and “Don’t Open the Window,” is currently available to purchase on Blu-Ray.


Trailer And Release Date Set For Sports Doc “Alaskan Nets”

Trailer And Release Date Set For Sports Doc Alaskan NetsGood Deed Entertainment has announced a release date of April 8 on digital and video on demand for sports documentary ALASKAN NETS. The film, which is exec-produced by Chris Pratt and his production company Indivisible Productions, made its world premiere at the 36th Santa Barbara International Film Festival in the Documentary Competition this past year and won the Audience Choice Award.

Off the coast of Southeast Alaska lies an island — remote, largely hidden from the outside world and home to the Tsimshian natives of Alaska’s last remaining native reserve: Metlakatla. For more than a century, two sacred traditions have defined Metlakatla: fishing and basketball. Audiences will witness the improbable journey of cousins Danny Marsden and DJ King, fishermen and stars of the high school basketball team as they lead their team and town toward their first state championship in more than 30 years – the only thing that will bring life back to an island that has undergone unimaginable tragedy.

“Making this film was a giant leap of faith,” stated Director Jeff Harasimowicz. “We always believed it could be something special, and our continued belief is what kept us going these last four years. From our first conversation with Good Deed we could tell that they shared our passion and would be the perfect partner to help share this powerful story with the world. As they say in Metlakatla, ‘Wayi Wah! (Let’s Go!)’” Alaskan Nets is directed and produced by Jeff Harasimowicz of Raised By Wolves and produced by Ryan Welch of AO Films. It is made in association with SLAM and RTG Features. Pratt – who spent some of his childhood in Alaska – executive produced with Jon Schumacher and Sahir Iqbal.