Ultimate Michael Myers action figure by NECA

The Ultimate Michael Myers action figure was unleashed by NECA to tie-in with the smash-hit 2018 Halloween re-imagining movie.

“Based on his appearance in the thrilling new Halloween movie, this all new Michael stands over 7” tall and has received the Ultimate treatment, with over 25 points of articulation and tons of accessories. The Ultimate Michael Myers figure comes with two heads, knife, hammer, jack o’ lantern, interchangeable hands and more.”

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Mother Krampus 2: Slay Ride – USA, 2018

‘All she wants for Christmas… is you!’

Mother Krampus 2: Slay Ride is a 2018 American horror feature film directed by Eddie Lengyel (American Poltergeist: The Curse of Lilith Ratchet; Voodoo Rising; Scarred) from a screenplay co-written with Roger Conners and Kris Smith. The movie stars KateLynn E. Newberry, Tiffani Hilton and Robbie Barnes.

Although the title suggests a connection to Mother Krampus (2017), that movie was a US retitling of British production 12 Days of Christmas and there is no story continuity.

Plot:

It’s Christmas time in Cleveland, Ohio and four young ladies are on the verge of completing their mandatory thirty days of community service. With only one night to go, they are required to make a series of in-home visits to the older and less fortunate.

Upon arriving at their final stop for the night, they become introduced to a pleasant older woman who graciously welcomes them into her home for the evening. However, as darkness falls and the cold settles in, they begin to realise that there is far more to their seemingly innocent host than meets the eye…

Reviews:

“Once the film arrived at the crazy old lady’s house, it seemed to lose some of its momentum and started to go down the usual slasher route of having the characters being knocked off one by one […] Whilst it was certainly no masterpiece, Mother Krampus 2: Slay Ride still one of the better Christmas-themed horror films out there.” David Gelmini, Dread Central

“Nice deaths, some decent gore, suspense, a creepy killer, and best of all likeable characters. Too often horror movies forget about writing likeable characters and I loved them all. The final girl was super sweet and cute, while the other girls were tough but nice beneath it all. They were more developed than the norm…” Bryan Ellis, The Final Gay Boy

“Unlike many of the holiday stories out there, it has a unique plot, eccentric characters, and a fun murder mystery that doesn’t disappoint […] Not all of the kills are cheerful and delightful, but there’s a select few that really stood out and will warm any ghoul’s heart. The kills aren’t creative by any means. They’re more straight to the point, similar to Michael Myers’ methods.” Tori Danielle, Pop Horror

“It’s got some great kills, a well developed cast and just enough sex sprinkled in to give it that 80’s slasher throwback feel. It gets a little slow in the middle but as we get toward the third act and the kills start piling up it’s a damn good time. I wasn’t thrilled with the final scene that was full of exposition and a bit of a Mary Sue out of nowhere…” Scare Tissue

Cast and characters:

  • KateLynn E. Newberry … Victoria
  • Tiffani Hilton … Gracie
  • Robbie Barnes … Candace
  • Roger Conners … Lady Athena Slay
  • Rachel Anderson … Paula
  • Kris Smith … Dorothea
  • George Tutie … Donny
  • Janine Sarnowski … Aunt Nancy
  • Daniela Simms … Noel
  • Amanda Collins … Monica
  • Mikhail Tot … Niko
  • Michelle Palmer … Eileen
  • D.J. Luciano … Jaxx
  • Kayla McDonald … Harley
  • Benny Benzino … Niko the Bouncer

Filming locations:

Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Working titles:

Naughty List and Slay Bells. The film has also been known as Lady Krampus

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Hack House – USA, 2017

Hack House is a 2017 American slasher horror thriller feature film directed by Brandon Fisher (who also stars) from a screenplay by Bruce W. Durbin. The Single Malt Pictures production also stars James Howarth, Brittany Joan White and Shaun Michael Chilton.

Plot:

“A government witness is locked inside an experimental halfway house with six violent criminals. With no way out, this safe haven soon becomes a bloody slaughterhouse of violence. In a retro 80’s low budget slasher style, these rejects of society must all band together to survive the night.”

Cast and characters:

  • James Howarth … Bill
  • Brittany Joan White … Jenny
  • Brandon Fisher … Tommy – Alien Inhabitant
  • Shaun Michael Chilton … Michael
  • Dave Michael Beaudrie … Alex
  • Jesse Escochea … Mikey
  • Rob Steiner … Greggor
  • Shantelle Szyper … Amber
  • Lamont Couch … Darryl

Filming locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

Working title:

Halfway House

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Slashers, Sex and Sisterhood in the Slumber Party Massacre

The slasher subgenre has long held a complex relationship with women in horror—both onscreen and in the audience. Criticized for…

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Blood Cult – USA, 1985

‘The first movie made for the home video market… Might just scare you to death!’

Blood Cult is a 1985 American slasher horror feature film directed by Christopher Lewis from a screenplay by Stuart Rosenthal, with additional dialogue by James Vance.

The movie stars Juli Andelman (The Silent Scream), Charles Ellis, James Vance, Bennie Lee McGowan, Peter Hart, David Stice, Fred Graves and Bob Duffield.

Director Christopher Lewis followed this shot-on-video production with The Ripper (starring Tom Savini) the same year, and then a sequel, the imaginatively-titled Revenge, in 1986.

Plot:

A secret society gather to worship the god “Canis” and offer the occasional human sacrifice, but they are eventually challenged by a bookish heroine…

Reviews:

“Utilizing a nine day shooting schedule, director Christopher Lewis tells a by-the-number stalk and slash tale with requisite nods to Halloween and Psycho, but with some gore thrown in for good measure … he’s a bland if capable director who gets some reasonable mileage out of his slasher scenes, but pads out his running time interminably with scenes of characters sitting around and talking.” Doug Tilley, Daily Grindhouse

“To the film’s credit, there are a few atmospheric scenes, largely because Oklahoma is a naturally atmospheric state. But, for the most part, Blood Cult has a “Grandpa Picked Up a Video Camera And Made A Horror Film” look and feel to it.” Lisa Marie Bowman, HorrorCritic.com

“The opening house sets were great – all lit up perfectly to give off a suburban horror mood … Cheap, but fun. From here onward the acting just takes a dive, and makes room for some of the ugliest people I have ever seen in a horror film. You can only scream so long before we start to realize that your ‘acting’ career starts and ends with Blood Cult.” Josh G, Oh, the Horror!

Blood Cult never really manages to find its groove, frankly because it doesn’t even seem to be trying to. It’s almost as if Lewis and company were more concerned with just getting the damn thing made and out there than actually producing something remotely worth watching.” Trash Film Guru

“For the bad sound, sucky plotline, crappy acting and misogyny, there’s some cheesy recompense: the killer uses the decapitated head of one victim to beat her roommate with; severed fingers are found in a salad, and they had the audacity to call the sorority house where the first murder occurs Chi Omega!” Vegan Voorhees

Filming locations:

Tahlequah and Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA

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Analog Nightmares: The Shot-on-Video Horror Films of 1982 – 1995

Analog Nightmares: The Shot-on-Video Horror Films of 1982 – 1995 is a 2018 American book by Richard Mogg (director of Massage Parlor of Death Bigfoot Ate My BoyfriendTeenage Slumber Party NightmareEaster Bunny Bloodbath; et al), issued by RickMoe Publishing.

“The most comprehensive, all-inclusive look at the history and evolution of shot on video horror films. In 1982, BoardingHouse became the first shot on video feature-length horror film ever made. Totally lensed on videotape, the film was later transferred to 16mm and blown-up to 35mm for theatrical exhibition.

In 1983, David A. Prior shot Sledgehammer on video and eventually released the film on videotape. For the first time, analog video became the format used in motion picture productions. It was smeary, messy and it wasn’t film… but it was cheap.

In 1985, United Home Video boldly released Blood Cult with the claim it was “the first movie made for the home video market.”

The booming popularity of video stores coupled with a never-satisfied demand for content ensured these films longevity. Soon hundreds of titles followed, all video-created features by independent unknowns. They weren’t from Hollywood. They weren’t trained. But they had a lot of heart and a love for horror. And they made their own movies against the odds.

For the first time ever – Analog Nightmares has brought these films together. Everything from BoardingHouse to Zombie Holocaust individually reviewed, categorised and presented chronologically by production year. Over 260 films!

Featuring in-depth interviews with the filmmakers themselves – some speaking for the very first time: Tim Boggs, Mark Polonia, Donald Farmer, Tim Ritter, Joel D. Wynkoop, Doug Stone, Andrea Adams, Gary Whitson, Dave Castiglione, Phil Herman, Eric Stanze, James L. Edwards, Walter Ruether, Todd Jason Cook, Nick Millard, David “The Rock” Nelson, Ron Bonk.”

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Axemas – short, USA, 2017

‘Silent night, holy night, all is calm, all are dead!’

Axemas is a 2017 American slasher horror short film written and directed by John Ward (Meathook Massacre 4). The Dark Park Films production stars Ashley Campbell, Dillon Weishuhn and Lindsey Cruz.

 

A sequel, Axemas 2: Blood Slay, is due out soon. Meanwhile, Axemas is one of the shorts in compilation movie Brutality and is available by itself on Amazon Prime in the USA and UK and Vimeo

Plot:

An after hours Christmas party in a storage facility turns deadly when the guests are picked off one by one by an axe-wielding killer dressed like Santa Claus…

Reviews:

“There was practically no story and the little bit of plot that we did get to see only made me scratch my head further. The reveal, in my opinion, was not very well executed at all, the acting was pretty bad the cast seems to be very stiff and awkward when saying their lines.” Rebecca Kolodziej, Decay Mag

” …Axemas is filled with sex, blood and a diabolical killer Santa. What else could you ask for? A high body count, growing suspense, and a typical survivor girl? Axemas has all of that, too. Really, its strongest point is its location, the storage facility. It’s a great venue for a bloody smackdown, and the production team here used it to their full advantage.” Horror Society

“One of the most outstanding things about this short film is all the one-liners that Nick manages to dish out before he kills someone. You’ve seen this sort of thing in other films, but here it is relentless! The gore and blood effects were also very well done.” John Migliore, Indie Horror Online

Filming locations:

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Running time:

25 minutes

Related:

Ho, Ho, Horror! Christmas Festive Fright Films – article

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Ultimate Jason Voorhees action figure from Friday the 13th (2009)

“For the 10th anniversary of the 2009 Friday the 13th reboot, NECA presents the Ultimate 2009 Jason Voorhees action figure!

The 2009 film reimagined Jason in a different (but still terrifying) light, and this figure is extra-detailed to match. It features two interchangeable heads (one has a removable mask) and the all-new, extra-articulated Ultimate body, plus loads of accessories: machete, axe, fire poker, hammer and screwdriver.

Comes in display-friendly window box packaging with opening flap.

Release Date: Q1 2019″ Order in advance from NECA

 

 

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Ugly Sweater Party – USA, 2018

‘Campy. Bloody. Sweatery.’

Ugly Sweater Party is a 2018 American supernatural comedy horror slasher feature film written and directed by Aaron Mento (Standards of Living).

The Ocular Migraine Production stars Charles Chudabala (Death House), Sean Whalen (The People Under the Stairs), Felissa Rose (Sleepaway Camp), Brad Potts (Puppet Master X; Zombies vs. Strippers), Lara Jean Mummert (Anomaly) and Tiffani Fest (Circus of the Dead).

Plot:

On Christmas Eve, at a campsite deep in the woods, an ugly sweater party is in full swing. Best friends Cliff and Jody arrive expecting some mistletoe action from the foxy twins who invited them, but soon realise that they are at a Bible camp. To make matters worse, Cliff is wearing a sweater possessed by the ghost of notorious serial killer Declan Rains.

While the evil sweater slowly possesses Cliff, Jody also realises that the party guests aren’t as innocent as they first seem. In fact, every camper holds a dark secret that infuses the party with dangerous tension. Just when the pressure between campers reaches a fever pitch, Cliff falls victim to the bloodthirsty rage of the diabolical sweater and a new nightmare begins…

 

Ugly Sweater Party will be available exclusively on Amazon Instant Video from November 23, 2018.

Ho, Ho, Horror! Christmas Festive Fright Films – article

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Dead of the Nite – UK, 2013

‘Death follows those who seek it’

Dead of the Nite is a 2013 British horror feature film written, edited and directed by S.J. Evans. The movie stars Tony Todd, Joseph Millson, Cicely Tennant, and Gary Mavers.

Plot:

“When a group of ghost hunters investigate the infamous Jericho Manor, they soon realise it’s not just ghosts that go bump in the night! As people get murdered, the survivors need to discover who or what’s killing them before it’s too late….”

Reviews [may contain spoilers]:

” …its experiment of dabbling in multiple formats never fully succeeds in creating an enveloping experience.  The whodunit mystery is so-so and the final third lingers nearly to a standstill while the momentum does the same.  With respectable acting and respectable value for the budget, “Dead of the Nite” is above average, but unremarkable.” Ian Sedensky, Culture Crypt

” …a mundane piece […] The eventual revelation of the killer’s identity comes with a reasonable surprise […] Todd is clearly playing into his latter day role as horror icon and hams it up, giving the part the full force of his mellifluous basso voice.” Richard Scheib, Moria

” …a tight story with decent cameo and cheesy acting does not a film make overall. Dead of the Nite is flat out boring and uneventful – even the death scenes are pretty bland. There are some things done right with this hooded/masked figure, but ultimately I’m not impressed.” The Other View

” …with a £20,000 budget it was really well shot, with great use of sound especially in regard to the whispers and understated noises that came from the house. The cast are all solid in their roles and although Tony Todd has only a cameo, he does tend to give the film a certain authority…” Dave Wain, The Schlock Pit

” …the film is creepy in all the right spots, features plenty of shocks, tension and suspense scenes, and keeps the audience guessing about the goings-on until the very end, when the killer isn’t pulled out of a hat though but presented with a proper motive and all. Plus, the movie’s very nicely acted by all involved.” Mike Haberfelner, Search My Trash

“Whilst there aren’t any true gore scenes and the mystery is easy to figure out, Dead of the Nite has enough in its briefcase to at least deliver the odd moment that is worthy of praise. I wasn’t expecting much, but I enjoyed the few jolts and the attempt to make the stalking sequences as scary as possible.” Luisito Joaquin Gonzalez, A Slash Above… 

Cast and characters:

  • Tony Todd … Ruber
  • Joseph Millson … Detective Anderson
  • Cicely Tennant … Amanda
  • Gary Mavers … Detective Jenkins
  • Claudio Pacifico … Killer
  • Paul Fox … Paul
  • Simon Bamford … Gary
  • Suzi Lorraine … Crystal
  • Simone Kaye … Anne-Marie
  • Stuart Boother … Jason
  • Rachel Littlemac … Sheila
  • Anna Carteret … Mrs. Matthews
  • Sousila Pillay … Newsreader
  • Johnathon Farrell … Police Officer

Filming locations:

Cardiff, South Glamorgan, Wales
Craig-y-Nos Castle, Pen-y-cae, Powys, Wales
Fonmon Castle, Vale of Glamorgan, Wales
Wimbledon Common, Wimbledon, London, England, UK

Budget:

£20,000 – estimated

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