#FromJennifer World Premiere Announced!

In anticipation of the 9/26 digital release of Frank Merle’s #FromJennifer, we are inviting YOU to the world premiere!  On September 19th, Sector 5 Films and Gravitas Ventures is hosting the #FromJennifer world premiere at the Laemmle North Hollywood Theater!!  Come and watch the film with the cast and crew, and of course join us for an epic hosted after party!  Grab a ticket here before they are dead and gone forever…

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Here’s the official trailer!

BE THERE and witness the insanity first!

#FromJennifer Coming to VOD / Streaming 9/26/17!

Hey Jennifer…

#FromJennifer” is officially coming to your favorite streaming / VOD services on 9/26/17!

This is the third film in James Cullen Bressack’s Jennifer franchise, written and directed by Frank Merle!  Merle also produced our film, “2 Jennifer,” and was the writer / director of “The Employer” (a film we greatly enjoyed).  We cannot wait for you to see this flick, it’s absolutely twisted!

Check out this new trailer for the film that stars Derek Mears (Friday the 13th), Tony Todd (Candyman), Meghan Deanna Smith and Danielle Taddei as Jennifer!  I hope you can handle the insanity!

#FromJennifer is coming to VOD/streaming services in the USA on 9/26/17 through Sector 5 Films.

LA Horror Review: Kyle Mecca’s “DWELLING”

I love ghost movies, and if done correctly, I personally find them to be the scariest horror sub genre.  There’s just something so unsettling about malevolent spirits, something you cannot see or touch, something that plays by their own rules in this world.  And while ghosts personally scare me more than almost anything else, that’s not initially the case for the leads in the new supernatural horror film “Dwelling,” who intentionally move into a haunted house to connect to the spiritual world.

Synopsis:  “Dwelling”, is a paranormal horror film about a young woman, Ellie (Erin Marie Hogan), who deliberately buys a haunted house in attempt to make contact with the spirit world. Driven by a horrific experience in her past involving her sister, River (Devanny Pinn), Ellie is willing to put herself and family at risk to seek the truth. In doing so, Ellie releases a soul that is more malevolent and terrifying than she could ever imagine. Something dwells in the house called Amara…and it wants to get out.

“Dwelling” is an impressive directorial debut from writer/director Kyle Mecca.  It’s stylish and creepy from the first shot to the last, and legit had me jumping.  Pair that with a bone chilling score and haunting performances from the cast, “Dwelling” is a creepy little gem that’s on par with bigger filmsWatch this with the lights out for sure.

While “Dwelling” works as a ghost film, I also enjoyed it because it works on the character level as well.  We may have seen films where a couple moves into a haunted house before, but the depth in these characters made this film gripping.  The fact that this couple intentionally moved into this house adds a fun new element to it that I can’t recall seeing in a ghost film before, and also blurs the lines between who you want to root for.  I love films that make me question the motivation of each character, and “Dwelling” does this very well.  This especially works based on the strength of the films cast, for which there really wasn’t a weak link.

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Erin Marie Hogan takes command of the screen in every scene and gives us a character that’s truly intriguing to watch and full of layers.  This is one of Hogan’s strongest performances, both in the softer scenes as well as when shit totally hits the fan.  This performance is a major factor in why I found this film successful, but she’s definitely not alone.

Devanny Pinn as the disturbed River brings some real intensity to her role, which left me feeling disturbed at several moments throughout the film.  You can tell that Pinn gets really invested in her characters, as whenever I have seen her in a film I am riveted.  The dynamic between Pinn and Hogan is really special in this film, and seeing them on screen together again was a real treat. (The pair also appeared together in Brandon Slagle’s “House of Manson,” another film we greatly enjoyed).

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Lastly, Mu-Shaka Benson as the rational husband Gavin is especially heartfelt and believable, and potentially the character I sympathized with the most.  Some strong choices, natural delivery and great direction make this trio of leads the thing that pushes this film into a higher category than other indie ghost flicks.  I found myself fully invested in this cast and film.

I love ghost films and I don’t say this lightly:  this film creeped me out throughout.  Major props to writer/director Kyle Mecca – this film is an early indication of a promising filmmaker with sharp vision.  Now stop dwelling on this review and see the movie for yourself!

“Dwelling” is now available to purchase exclusively at your local Wal-Mart, or you can pre-order the DVD here.

LA Horror Presents: “The Deal”

Ahhh, Valentines Day. The day of love, romance & desire. That is, unless you’re Jade Whitney, in which case the romance has been replaced with greed, betrayal & brutal murder…!


I am very proud to share with you, “The Deal,” a new short thriller written, produced and starring rising indie horror actress Jennifer Nangle! LAHorror.com produced this film along with Richard Trejo & Alex Napiwocki (of Safety Meeting Productions), and Brian Curly Sapir (of We Are Indie Horror). The film stars Colton Wheeler opposite Nangle. It was directed by yours truly, Hunter Johnson.

So grab your date and watch “The Deal!” I can’t promise that it’ll help you get laid tonight, but I CAN promise that it will make you reconsider that prenup!

Happy Valentines Day, Horror Lovers!!

Be sure to follow Jennifer Nangle on Twitter!

LA Horror Review: “HEAD”

Woodsy slasher films have a special place in my heart.  There’s just something so fun about watching a group of fun loving, beer guzzling friends get sliced and diced deep in the woods.  And Jon Bristol’s “HEAD” is a great entry into this genre, as our heroes find out that they’re camped at the same site that a group of friends were brutally murdered years ago.  Add a couple of sketchy locals and a mysterious writer who just happens to be there to try to solve the murders, you’ve got a pretty solid slasher that delivers on the good stuff.

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Don’t be fooled by the cute puppets, guys.  “HEAD” is definitely not for kids – unless your kids are into brutal gore, tent sex and lots of severed noggins.  I guess nowadays, who isn’t?  I loved that Bristol went for a hard R rating for this film, it definitely added a lot and made it super fun to watch.  While the film is very campy at times, it never goes fully over the top and fully respects the genre, which I thought was a great choice.  While “HEAD” is generally light hearted, it does have several surprisingly unsettling scenes, including the climax of the film which I found to be pretty brutal and effective at getting under my skin in a weird kind of way.  Let’s just say you might remember some of these puppets for a while.

And while I honestly feel that this isn’t so much a puppet movie, but rather a horror movie that just happens to star puppets, some major props go to these puppeteers executing this vision.  Weaving in the puppets with real life props and environment felt so seamless, and it helped me get honestly invested in the characters.  On top of that, I felt that the puppets were well designed and each had a great character look.  Some really fun voice acting here as well, I particularly liked the performance from Jim Williams.  Gnarly stuff.

bts3I love ambitious indie horror and this is exactly that.  It’s so cool seeing people tackle the this genre in new and wild ways, and this flick shows what passion and a unified vision can deliver.  On top of that, they made a pretty damn entertaining movie.  Some really great work from Bristol and his team.  This flick is lots of fun if you’re into wild, campy horror…or if you just have a thing for puppets.  Either way, definitely check it when you can!  If you don’t, you might lose your HEAD!

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HEAD, along with other work from Elmwood Productions, is available to rent or purchase here.  Be sure to follow Elmwood Productions on Twitter and Facebook for more information & screenings.

Frank Merle’s #FromJennifer Drops Trailer!

Horror icons Tony Todd (Candyman, the Final Destination series) and Derek Mears (Friday the 13th, Predators) join Aaron Abrams (Hannibal, Blindspot), Meghan Deanna Smith (Sharknado: Heart of Sharkness), Trae Ireland (13/13/13) and Danielle Taddei (Pretty Little Liars) in #FromJennifer, the latest feature film from writer/director Frank Merle (The Employer).

#FromJennifer follows a struggling actress named Jennifer as she tries to navigate the high-pressure world of social media stardom. When she gets dropped by her manager for not having a big enough social media following, Jennifer loses her grip on reality and sets out on a bizarre revenge plan, designed to be filmed and posted online in a desperate bid for internet fame.

#FromJennifer is the third installment in the Jennifer franchise of found-footage horror- comedies, a spiritual sequel to To Jennifer (directed by James Cullen Bressack) and its sequel 2 Jennifer (directed by Hunter Johnson). #FromJennifer features a stand-alone plot and characters, connected to its predecessors through the themes of obsession and surveillance. The first two films were shot entirely on the iPhone, while #FromJennifer was shot using multiple GoPro cameras.

#FromJennifer is currently in post-production and will be released this spring (2017) by Sector 5 Films, the distributor of the previous installment 2 Jennifer, which has recently been released on VOD and DVD.

#FromJennifer is produced by Frank Merle and Hunter Johnson, with James Cullen Bressack and Warren Croyle as Executive Producers.

 

Final TWO DAYS to support IRRATIONAL FEAR!

Friends in horror, we need your help!  The FINAL two days to support IRRATIONAL FEAR are upon us!  Our feature film collaboration with Slasher Studios is sure to be our nastiest work yet!

The film follows six therapy patients as they go to a secluded cabin to confront their own unique irrational fears, including drowning, ghosts, choking, fear of touch & more.  One by one, they fall victim to their own fears by way of gruesome death!

Starring Charles Chudabala, Baker Chase Powell & Leah Wiseman, IRRATIONAL FEAR is sure to please even the most demented lovers of horror – and that is my personal promise!

Support / Preorder / Contribute here!  We cannot make this film without you!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1050068098/slasher-studios-and-la-horror-bring-you-irrational