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I am back to bring you the week in indie
horror news as I see it, here in the second instalment of the weekly “Chunks of
Flesh” series. As always, readers are invited to interact with me and let me
know what is going on out there in the big wild world –
. We are living
on the cusp of the next big indie renaissance and FANGORIA is here to navigate
through it all.
Enough of my gibberish, on with the news!
• I know I mentioned this last week but it
really deserves attention again: the Toronto After Dark Film Festival launches
the first of their Summer Screenings series June 27th in Toronto at the newly
refurbished Bloor Hot Docs Cinema. The first double bill up for consideration
is Cuban zombie flick JUAN OF THE DEAD and tense haunted house piece THE PACT.
I’m going to be attending, and frankly, so should anyone else in the Toronto
area who is remotely interested in what is cool in horror. Toronto After Dark
has firmly established itself as being on the pulse of what is great in genre
entertainment, so come out and be a part of the fun.
Full details including showtimes, ticket
prices and other awesome goodies at the official Toronto After Dark website.
• This one is going to leave some stains: Montreal
writer/director Eric Falardeau is currently hard at work to bring us
THANATOMORPHOSE, a truly disturbing-looking feature about decay and sexuality.
The French, much like the Germans, love to come up with single words for all
kinds of weird stuff and so THANATOMORPHOSE is the French term for the visible
signs of decay given off by a dead organism. This film will likely be some good
schadenfreude (look it up mutants!). I’m going to be keeping an eye on this one,
but until then, check out the official website for a teaser trailer and some background info.
• Here is my crowdfunding pick of the week, the
TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE meets maniac cannibal cheesecake pin-up girls feature
They have a solid Kickstarter project page rocking and are looking for the cash
to finish the film in style. I really dug the idea of making this kind of film
from a female perspective and the fact that it features adult film star
Michelle Sinclair (aka Belladonna) in her first mainstream role sealed the deal
for me. I now have to go try and convince my wife I have no idea who Belladonna
• 80s throwback is about to become all the
rage and I’m pleased to say I’m excited about this new production team, VULTRA
They are utterly submerging themselves into the whole 80s video world with
their planned release of the faux trailer for a film called FUMIGATOR this
weekend at the Syracuse Annual Horror and Sci-fi Garage Sale.
I’m drooling to get my hands on this trailer but until then let me leave you
with a quick pre-production video the guys put out as a teaser.
• Speaking of 80s video throwback, Astron-6’s
Steve Kostanski-helmed maniac retropop masterpiece MANBORG has been selected for the Neuchatel International Fantastic Film Festival, one of the premiere
Swedish outlets for genre cinema. I wish Steve and the team at distributor
Raven Banner all the best!
• Zombies? Vampires? Pin-up girls? Ed Wood?
Booze? No, it’s not a list of my tags on Pinterest it’s actually the mad
alchemy that makes up Brooklyn writer/director Jenna Payne’s latest project –
ZOMPIRE VIXENS FROM PLUTO.
It’s a web series with a vintage vibe that looks to deliver the goods and the
gore in equal measure. Check out the website and their Facebook page and tell
me that’s not something you’d watch religiously!
So there you go folks, plenty of meat to
chew on here for this week. On Thursday, please remember to come back and visit
because I’m bringing you the view from the Toronto After Dark Summer Screenings
and my thoughts on the openings of JUAN OF THE DEAD and THE PACT; plus whatever
other mayhem I get up to while I’m there.
In parting, here is something to discuss in
the comments (or on Facebook or Twitter or whatever other social media platform
you kids are using these days) – STRIPPED is ostensibly a film which touches on
themes of female empowerment. Is that message helped or harmed by having adult
film star Belladonna in the movie? Or does it not matter at all?
Deep thoughts people.
Be it. Don’t dream it.
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