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! 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.


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!


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.



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!

Slasher Studios & LAHorror Now Casting: IRRATIONAL FEAR!

A few weeks ago, we shared the news that we are teaming up with Slasher Studios to create a new horror film that will explore your strangest fears – “Irrational Fear”!

We are looking for actors to be a part of our production!

“Irrational Fear” is now casting the following roles. Email with the character you’re interested in and we will send sides / details. Filming spring 2017 in WI.


HELEN (age range: 40-50)— Middle aged, alcoholic housewife. Helen is the kind of woman who realizes her best days are behind her as she turns to the bottle for a trip down memory lane. Hates her husband as she believes she gave up her best years for him. Has a fear of being in or around water.

JAKE (age range: 13-18, if looks younger)—- Preteen boy. Blonde hair, blue eyes, Jake looks like the poster child for a whitening toothpaste commercial. Outgoing and charming, he hides his insecurities by closing doors on his emotions.

NATE (age range: 40-50)— Jake’s father. Much like his son, he is obsessed with personal appearance and order in life. He is a high profile lawyer who has taken this weekend off to be with his son, something that he never lets his son forget. He’s slick and sophisticated with a George Clooney type style.

KELLY (age range: 30s)— Thirtysomething tough, wilderness girl who has grown up around the area and knows the ins and outs of the land. She’s not afraid to get dirty but she has a softer side after she lets her guard down.

CAMERON (age range: 16-24, if looks younger)– Teenage jock, muscles are larger than his brains even though he normally means well. Tries to appear smarter than he actually is but it normally backfires on him. He’s a sweet guy who tries to do what he can to help out others. His biggest fear is choking and he obsessively cuts up his food into the smallest pieces “just in case”.

Thanks for your early support on this project! It will be KILLER!

Be sure to like “Irrational Fear” on Facebook and follow the film on Twitter!

Aaron Mento’s “Ugly Sweater Party” Drops a Horrific Holiday Teaser!

What up horror lovers??

Yesterday, Daily Dead dropped the teaser trailer to Aaron Mento’s dementedly funny Ugly Sweater Party and goddamnit if this doesn’t get you into the holiday spirit, then chug some more eggnog.

I’m very proud to say that I was a producer as well as an actor on this film, and it’s easily one of the wildest projects I’ve ever been a part of.  Our first sneak peek is available now in the form of this super wild, NSFW teaser trailer!

Ocular Migraine Productions presents UGLY SWEATER PARTY, a new holiday horror comedy from writer/director Aaron Mento (Standards of Living, Crypt TVs Choose Their Kill)!  The film was produced by Mento, Charles Chudabala (Death House) and Hunter Johnson (2 Jennifer).

On Christmas Eve, at a bible camp deep in the woods, an ugly sweater party is in full swing. But an outside visitor has unknowingly brought an ancient evil to the yuletide fun. An ugly sweater that is possessed by the ghost of a brutal serial killer…


Mento on the film, “If I had to describe the tone of Ugly Sweater Party, I’d say it’s a mix of John Waters and John Landis. A violent holiday horror comedy that is completely unpredictable, shocking, but also really fun and jolly. Unlimited replay value is the goal.”


UGLY SWEATER PARTY features a cast of horror studs, including Sean Whalen (The People Under the Stairs), Felissa Rose (Sleepaway Camp), Brad Potts (Puppet Master X, Zombies vs. Strippers), Lara Jean Mummert (Anomaly) & Tiffani Fest (Circus of the Dead). The film also features a wild ensemble including Marv Blauvelt, Emily Dahm, Berna Roberts, Matt Holbrook, Jody Barton and Kevin Caliber as several misfit campers invited to the party.


Mento was particularly thrilled to work with scream queen Felissa Rose.  “Sleepaway Camp was like my gateway drug for awesome oddball horror movies. So having Felissa Rose play a vampy camp counselor in Ugly Sweater Party was a dream come true. I wrote the role specifically for Felissa, and she completely kills it.”  Felissa Rose returns to camp!


Next year, grab your ugliest sweaters and come to the UGLY SWEATER PARTY!  You’ll be dying to be there! Happy Horror Holidays!

Be sure to follow UGLY SWEATER PARTY on Twitter and Facebook!

Slasher Studios & team up for new horror feature, “Irrational Fear”!

Everyone has irrational fears, you know, the little things that probably can’t actually hurt you, but they get under your skin and creep you out regardless.  But what if those fears were much more serious than you could even imagine?  What if those fears were so strong, they could kill you?

We are extremely excited to be teaming up with our good friends at Slasher Studios to tackle just this subject in our next feature horror film, “Irrational Fear“!  This film follows six therapy patients that are brought together at a secluded cabin to confront their strangest fears. But these fears won’t just hurt them…they will kill them!


I have been a big fan of Slasher Studios for a few years now.  They have created some incredible indie slasher horror films, several of which we have reviewed here, including short film “Teddy“, and back to back feature films “Don’t Go to the Reunion” & “Dismembering Christmas.”  Now that our film “2 Jennifer” is available, and “Serena Waits” is deep in post, we are extremely stoked to begin the early stages of this next nasty horror project!  Here is some early art with lots more to come!




This film was written by Slasher Studios owner Kevin Sommerfield and myself (Hunter Johnson).  We will be sharing all things “Irrational Fear” right here, so definitely stay tuned!  In the meantime, be sure to “like” the film on Facebook & Twitter!

Coming Soon from “Serena Waits”

Happy Halloween, Horror Lovers!

Last month, Horror Society dropped the news that we were going into production on our second feature horror film, “Serena Waits.”  I am extremely happy to say that principal photography has wrapped!  I am extremely excited to get this film completed and available to you sickos – this is one that you do NOT want to miss!

When an alcohol fueled hook up takes a violent and horrifying turn, three college athletes find themselves haunted by the very girl they left for dead…


Serena Waits” will be a NASTY film that will undoubtably get under the thickest of skins.  Dealing with issues including frat culture, peer pressure and horrifying revenge, “Serena Waits” follows three college athletes as they cope with the terrible decisions they made one drunken night – and also the horrifying repercussions that come soon after.  The film stars Brialynn Massie as the ill-fated Serena, as well as Charles Chudabala, Lara Jean Mummert, Colton Wheeler, David Marlowe, Jennifer Clarke and Emily Dahm.  The film also feature performances from horror vet Tiffani Fest, Gregory Blair and Chris Kato.

Our team was unbelievable on this project, wrapping principal photography on this feature in less than 96 total shooting hours.  The film was produced by myself (Hunter Johnson), Paul Davila, Emily Dahm and Charles Chudabala.  Associate Producers include Alex Napiwocki, Paul Stephen Edwards, Lara Jean Mummert and Brialynn Massie.

We are diving into the post process and anticipate the film to be available in early 2017.  Until then, here are some behind the scenes looks at the production as well as some sneak peeks at the footage!  Enjoy, horror lovers!14449011_1253444734688278_8641662805423001559_nunnamedscreen-shot-2016-10-02-at-7-37-44-pmscreen-shot-2016-10-02-at-7-35-36-pmscreen-shot-2016-10-02-at-7-31-58-pmscreen-shot-2016-10-02-at-7-40-45-pmunnamed-114440871_10101694424591817_8601371783732457952_nfullsizerender-1fullsizerenderWe will of course keep you posted on all things related to “Serena Waits,” but definitely get ready for this one!  Coming soon…

Keep up with “Serena Waits” by following us on Twitter!  BTS pictures by Mary C. Russell.

Frank Merle’s #FromJennifer adds Tony Todd!

Tony Todd has joined the ‘Jennifer’ franchise!

The Hollywood Reporter just dropped the news that horror legend Tony Todd has a role in Frank Merle’s upcoming #FromJennifer!

#FromJennifer is a spiritual sequel to James Cullen Bressack’s “To Jennifer” and our film, “2 Jennifer.”
I’m so excited for everyone to see this film – trust me, it’s AWESOME.  Frank did such a great job, really taking this franchise in a new exciting direction.  #FromJennifer features incredible performances from a baller cast which also includes Danielle Taddei, Derek Mears, Meghan Deanna Smith, Trae Ireland & Aaron Abrams. These guys KILL it!

Keep your eyes peeled tight for this one, you won’t want to miss it. In the meantime, catch up on Bressack’s “To Jennifer” and our film, “2 Jennifer”!

Follow Frank Merle, James Cullen Bressack and LAHorrorcom on Twitter for updates on #FromJennifer!

LA Horror Review: “Jet Set L.A.”

Who’s hungry?


I always have an appetite for gore, and “Jet Set L.A.,” a new short horror film from Colin Lawrence, satisfied it in a hearty way.  In this story, a young couple stays in their first modern bed and breakfast. Little do they know the proprietors are cannibals looking for their next meal.  The film runs at just ten minutes long, and manages to pack a lot of character, suspense and carnage into the runtime.

“Jet Set L.A.” is also a horror short with some real style.  There’s a couple of really nicely cut sequences that definitely sent a shiver down my spine.  Coupled with some excellent direction and some creative shots, this film felt slick and polished.  As I feel when watching great horror shorts, I didn’t want it to end and would have loved to learn more about these B&B owners and their dinnertime antics.  And while the basic story has been explored in other films before, “Jet Set L.A.” felt fresh and fun, and did a terrific job building tension as the story unfolded.  A highly enjoyable watch for seekers of gross horror.


The cast did a great job with this material and kept me engaged.  It’s always fun to have a couple of characters that you care about be in a situation that you know they probably won’t make it out of alive.  Kevin Reich  gives a particularly intense performance as the highly demented Stuart.  A sequence early on involving a wine glass was surprisingly disturbing and set the tone for the entire film.

If you’re hungry for new horror, then definitely keep your eyes peeled for this film as it’s currently hitting festivals worldwide.  “Jet Set L.A.” has already played at the Burbank International Film Festival and will also be screening on Halloween at Bram Stoker Film Festival in England, with more festival announcements soon.  For all of you L.A. locals, catch the film at El Cid’s Short Horror Film Night on October 26th.

Follow “Jet Set L.A.” on Facebook here for updates and screenings!