LA Horror Review: “Killer Mermaid”

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Who doesn’t love a good sea monster movie? They take humans out of their element, often have something with wicked sharp teeth and almost guaranteed bikinis galore. And while we’ve recently seen a lot of movies about killer sharks and giant reptilians recently, which is all fine and good, there’s been a key sub-species of the oceanic variety that is being far underrepresented in the horror spectrum nowadays. Mermaids, bro! And in Milan Todorvic’s slick horror flick “Killer Mermaid” (aka “Nymph”), we are shown just how vicious and deadly, these creatures can be!

The story: two beautiful young women go on an exotic Mediterranean vacation and uncover the watery lair of a killer mermaid hidden beneath an abandoned military fortress. What was once a carefree adventure becomes a deadly fight for survival…

Look, I’m not going to pretend to be an expert on Mermaid themed horror movies, but I do say with confidence that “Killer Mermaid” sets the bar pretty damn high for what genre enthusiasts should expect from a movie about a killer fish woman. This film begins as a slash-em up but slowly turns into something much darker, and much more interesting once our heroes come into contact with the Mermaid. This is a villain that I absolutely loved, and by all means don’t let her sexy, angelic voice lure you in or you’ll pay a hefty price. This Mermaid has got some bite.

This movie, much like its cast, is absolutely beautiful. There’s some amazing cinematography that makes the most of its exotic setting, and while it does take a bit of time to get to the real meat of the story, it is an intriguing ride to get there, mostly because this film takes itself so seriously. With a movie about a killer mermaid, it’d be really easy to fall into the campy, over the top attitude that a lot of horror has nowadays, but this film does the opposite. The characters are real and believable, the special effects are well above average and I found myself invested and excited by the time the film was wrapping up.  “Killer Mermaid” may not have been the scariest movie I’ve ever seen, but it definitely was a lot of fun.  Put your swimsuit on and jump in for this one.  Just be wary of any ladies of the sea you might meet on the way…

“Killer Mermaid” is now available on DVD and VOD from Epic Pictures!  The film is also available XBox!

“Bunnyman 3″ – Coming Soon!

Brutality.  Blood.  Babes.  Bunnies.  No, I’m not talking about Bugs, I’m talking about Bunnyman, THE horror bunny, and he’s back again in the third installment of the cult horror series created by filmmaker Carl Lindbergh.

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Raising havoc and murdering many in his demented quest for carnage, this Bunny is no fucking joke, and with the release of “Bunnyman Massacre” (AKA “Bunnyman 2″) on DVD as well as “Bunnyman 3″ in post production, fans of killer bunnies and horror are in for a  happy, or hoppy, horror show.

The Bunnyman trilogy is bizarre hillbilly horror, the type of movie that will get under your skin and make you feel pretty damn uncomfortable.  What this trilogy offers is an intriguing horror villain, the Bunnyman, and his travels through the backwoods slashing anybody that comes in his way.  But that being said, he isn’t just another slasher killer in a mask.  Bunnyman is human, after all, and his adventures often focus on the demented company he keeps, rather than the victims that fall into his web.  Essentially, there is more behind the mask and floppy ears that meets the eye.

The third installment of this franchise looks incredibly promising and shows what indie horror filmmakers can do on an ultra low budget.  Lead by the talent of actors Omari Washington, Marshall Hilton and the return of Joshua Lang as Bunnyman, this flick looks like it could be the best of the trilogy, or potentially the next step in a much larger franchise.  With some amazing cinematography, a plethora of victims (which may or may not include this very horror blogger), accompanied by the bizarre vision of Lindbergh, I honestly can’t wait to see how this flick turns out.  This is going to be one hell of a twisted flick.  Don’t believe me?  Watch the trailer and you’ll know what I mean.

Be sure to grab your copy of “Bunnyman“, as well as the second installment, “Bunnyman Massacre“!  “Bunnyman Massacre” was recently featured on our films we are DYING to see, and we interviewed director Carl Lindbergh about part 2 here!  Horror lovers, check it!

“Reality” – A New Web Series from Ready Freddy Films

realityposterReality television.  It’s everywhere nowadays.  “The Bachelor,” “Millionaire Matchmaker,” “Sister Wives,” just to name a few, have taken over the airwaves and given us some unforgettable (and often unbearable) moments that make even this horror lover cringe.  Every season there’s a new gimmick, a new dating craze and of course a new babe (or stud) that’s looking to find their soulmate and live happily ever after.  And in Ready Freddy Films‘ new web series/reality TV show “Reality,” we are shown this familiar premise with a terrifying spin.  One man, eight girls, one elimination each episode.  But I’m not talking about red roses or tiki torches, because in this show elimination means brutal death, and the winner gets to spend the rest of her days with Rusty Polar, the psychopathic killer who’s searching for his soulmate…

A horror reality TV show is so refreshing, and the execution by this cast and crew, led by creator and leading man Dustin Puehler, is nearly flawless.  This really feels like a poppy reality TV show, but even better than that, it feels like a slimy, freaky torture flick.  We get glimpses into the lives and pasts of these characters in the ways only a bubbly reality show could do, and I honestly feel invested to find out who wins it all.  And just like any reality television show, it’s full of humor (albeit DARK), raw human emotion and plenty of backstabbing surprises…

We had a chance to chat with Puehler about the series, his “bachelor” Rusty Polar, as well as some other fun stuff!  Check it out, horror lovers!

LAHorror:  Do you think that there’s any HORROR in today’s actual reality TV??

Dustin Puehler:  Definitely. The way you have major networks manipulating image and reinforcing stereotypes, while making tons of money, can be quite horrific to see how they paint someone to create entertainment, especially when it is the “girls chasing the guy” format.  They drink people up and just wait for them to do something that they can turn into drama or better yet humiliating.

LAHorror:  Reality TV shows, in particular dating shows, have a “bachelor” type character that runs the show. Tell us about Rusty Polar.  How is it playing this character who does some pretty nasty things to these women?

DP:  Exhausting. I wanted to emulate the process of reality TV, so I would set up these scenes and we would do 6-7 minutes at a time.  Making it as brutal as possible and absolutely no sarcastic satire. It was through the edit that I wanted to force myself to find those moments and get into that state of mind to exploit this images with reality show editing techniques.

LAHorror:  How did you pitch this project to your actresses? It’s horror, no doubt, but there’s a lot of VERY dark humor.  Tiffany (Tiffany Gollinger) is really good, by the way. I’m rooting for her to win the competition.

DP:  I was very lucky to have such an amazing cast!  They all went for it pretty easily and understood the vision of the piece.  I won’t say who wins, but I’m very proud of the way the show wraps up!

LAHorror:  How much of the show is scripted?  It feels really natural.

DP:  As the writer too, almost all my lines are scripted. The settings, the camera work, and the structure was all laid out. There was a line thrown to the girls for narrative purposes here and there, but they are all reactionary to my lines. They did a great job embodying their characters through improvising!

LAHorror:  How would you compare “Reality” to some of Ready Freddy Films’ other horror projects?

DP:  Most of my horror ideas (“Spots,” “Caleb,” “Cutie“) are very slow, brooding, and character based to get any message across, where “Reality” really needs weird tonal shifts to play up the satire thats intended. It was interesting to craft scenes where we would create moment to laugh with, but then follow it up with a dark horror element, then remind you of what you are watching to break the laughter.  It is an interesting balancing board.

The remaining five episodes of “Reality” will be premiering throughout August, so pick your favorite contestant and enjoy the ride!

Be sure to “like” Ready Freddy Films on Facebook and follow them on Twitter!  You can also learn more about their original projects at their official website.

LAHorror.com Announces “Knife Party” – a new horror film coming soon…

While LAHorror.com short film “Melody” is getting ready to drop on 9/13/14, we are excited to begin production on our new film “Knife Party,” a terrifying descent into carnage and the belly of the beast!  The short film, which will be directed by Paul Stephen Edwards and produced by contributors Mikhail Zakharchuk and Hunter Johnson, is being filmed in Southern California this month.  It will be featuring actors Alec James, Hunter Johnson, Chrissy Cannone, Cassandra Jones and Robert Michael Price in what’s shaping out to be a feast of super GORE! Get ready horror lovers, and be sure to follow us on Twitter and “like” us on Facebook for updates, behind the scenes photos and more!

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Slasher Studios is Bringing a Christmas to Dismember!

I know it’s only July, but it’s never too early to start thinking about Christmas.  The presents, the love of family and friends, the stockings, and of course the bloody, gory MURDERS!  At least that’s what Slasher Studios has in store for their second feature film, “Dismembering Christmas,” which is in it’s critical last weeks of it’s kickstarter campaign!

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We are major fans of what these guys do, not only because of their die-hard love for all things slasher, but because they’re unbelievably engaging with fans and encourage everyone to get involved in the slasher fun.  Open auditions to the public, fan contests to create their poster designs, as well as a lot of unique and awesome kickstarter rewards for backers, including but not limited to the first ever Slasher Studios Blu Rays, weapons from the film, IMDB credits and even the opportunity to put your own original art in the movie itself.

We were big fans of their short flick “Teddy” and their debut feature film “Don’t Go to the Reunion” and now their back, teaming up with director Austin Bosely, to film what Kevin Sommerfield (writer, producer) calls “the most grisly script Slasher Studios has ever written.”  We had a chance to catch up with Kevin and Austin and discuss this film that will be shooting in Wisconsin early next year!  Check it out Holiday Horror lovers!

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LAHorror:  First of all, I have to ask what you guys are asking for for Christmas this year??

Austin Bosely:  A ticket to Wisconsin.

Kevin Sommerfield:  Lots and lots of slasher movies. The same thing that’s been on my wish list since I was 7.

LAHorror:  “Dismembering Christmas” is joining a group of awesome slashers that take place around the holidays.  What are some of your favorite holiday horror flicks?

 

 

KS:  The original “Black Christmas” is one of my all time favorite slashers. “Silent Night Deadly Night” is a hell of a lot of fun as well.  For guilty pleasures, definitely “Jack Frost” and “Santa’s Slay.”

LAHorror:  Why did you decide to write a Christmas slasher Kevin?  How long has this been in the works??

KS:  I started writing “Dismembering Christmas” with Steve Goltz (co-writer) late last year, actually right around Christmas time. We always wanted to see a “Friday the 13th” film set around the winter season. Fun characters, wintery deaths, etc. This film captures that same spirit while adding the atmosphere of the holiday season.

LAHorror:  Adding a different type of holiday cheer, no doubt.

AB:  Holiday fear.*kickstarter

LAHorror:  Austin, when did you come on board? I love your style, your short film “Tahorror” was badass.  What is your game plan when looking at a script like this?

AB:  I came on board only a few weeks ago, actually. Just before initial casting closed.  I read the script a couple weeks before I was on board to direct and I really enjoyed it.   It definitely has a wintery “Friday the 13th” vibe to it and I couldn’t be more excited to bring that across in the final product.  If it does, it’s gonna be a lot of fun.

LAHorror:  Kevin, your flicks always have some great slasher deaths, what kind of GORE can “Dismembering Christmas” viewers hope for in their stockings??

KS:  All deaths are somehow connected to either the winter season or Christmas itself. Lots of carnage from beginning to end with each death hopefully topping the ones that come before it.

LAHorror:  How about your final girl, Kelli Anderson? Is she tough enough to handle this killer??

AB:  Oh yes.




  I mean…who said she’s the final girl?

KS:  She’s going to be a fighter and someone the audience is definitely going to want to root for. That is if she makes it to the end…

LAHorror:   Since you finished up “Don’t Go To The Reunion,” how do you feel heading into your second feature slasher film?

KS:  I’m really proud of this script and I’m loving the cast and crew we have lined up. With Austin’s unique vision, I think this is going to end up being Slasher Studios’ best yet.

LAHorror:   I totally forgot, your fan created posters are awesome!! Slasher Studios is super engaging with their fans, which is great.

KS:  Thanks! We try to involve everyone.  I mean we wouldn’t be making movies without the support of the slasher community.  Horror is a family first and foremost.  It is also a family that I am honored to be a part of.

So bring your holiday FEAR over to the Slasher Studios “Dismembering Christmas” kickstarter now, and ensure that this will be a BLOOD RED Christmas!

Be sure to keep up with Slasher Studios on Facebook!  You can also follow Kevin Sommerfield and Austin Bosely on Twitter.

 

“Melody” – an LAHorror.com Original Film Coming Soon…

Welcome, horror lovers!  For those of you that don’t know me, my name is Hunter Johnson, and this is LAHorror.com!  I started this website to share the work of amazing indie horror artists and violent gore as I find it, but now, I’d like to introduce you to a creation of our own.  “Melody” is our first original film coming 9/13/14 exclusively to LAHorror.com.  Produced by myself and my partner-in-horror, Megan Perrin, along with the help of associate producers Michael Cannone & Chrissy Cannone, this will be the first film in a series of brutal horror that we currently have in the works.  Needless to say, we’re about to get bloody, and why not start with something really, really nasty?  Well, “Melody” is just that.

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The film is just about 17 minutes long and features the work of some unbelievably talented artists.  Starring stand-up comedian / actor Beau Smith and beautiful Emily Dahm as our title character, “Melody” is not one to be missed.  I can promise you this: our film will leave you feeling slimy and uncomfortable, and the gory ending created by make-up effects guru Ryan Reynolds will be a delight for all of you sickos who enjoy…well…this kind of thing…

Keep your eyes peeled, as we will be releasing this film in its entirety on 9/13/14.  Until then, please share our trailer!  If you have a horror blog or website and embed our trailer, let us know, and we will put your banner link on our “Friends of LAHorror.com” page!

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Until then, be sure to let us know what you think by hitting us up on Twitter and Facebook!  Thanks so much for checking out our work, and I wish you a lifetime of fear, carnage and terrifying HORROR!

XOXO,

Hunter Johnson

Four Horror Films That We’re DYING To See…

So much great horror!!!  We thought we’d take a moment to show you a couple of bad-ass trailers for some indie horror films that we’re absolutely DYING to see!  Keep your eyes peeled for these flicks, especially if you like murder, monsters and horrifying GORE!  Enjoy horror lovers!

Truth or Dare”  (Facebook / Twitter)

This trailer just dropped TODAY and damn it looks fucking nasty!  I love a ton of gore in a horror flick so if this trailer is any indication of things to come, then this looks like a must see.  This flick has been absolutely killing it in the horror festivals, and major props to filmmaker / #ScreamQueen Jessica Cameron for showing us some of the gross stuff in this trailer!  Can’t wait!

Pernicious”  (Facebook / Twitter)

I’m a sucker for what some people call “torture porn,” and while this trailer definitely has some of that vibe, it also has a mysterious beauty about it, not to mention a very intriguing looking villain.  This film is from James Cullen Bressack, an LAHorror.com featured artist, so you know it’s going to be sick!  And for God’s sake people…don’t fuck with ancient artifacts.  Like, ever.

The Bunnyman Massacre”  (Facebook)

I love bizarre stories where anybody can be a victim, and judging by this trailer “Bunnyman Massacre” looks like it’s going to be super violent and over the top.  We interviewed Director Carl Lindbergh a while back about this film, and since he has been knee deep in horror with several projects coming up, including “Bunnyman 3,” which begins filming soon.  This horror blogger may even be making an appearance…

Brutal”  (Facebook)

Okay, so this doesn’t necessarily look like a horror movie per say, but damn it looks disgusting!  While I’m sort of a noob when it comes to MMA, I definitely think this flick looks like a knock out.  Director Donald Lawrence Flaherty certainly knows how to ramp up the intensity, and it definitely looks like this flick will live up to it’s own name…brutal!

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