2 Violent. 2 Horrifying. “2 Jennifer,” coming soon from LAHorror.com!

Hey, I’ve been meaning to ask, do you know anyone named Jennifer?

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It’s been some time since we’ve had an update, but for great reason, I assure you.  I’m excited to announce that LAHorror.com’s first feature film, “2 Jennifer,” has wrapped principle photography and is on slate for completion in August!  It’s been a wild ride putting this film together, and fans of murder, violence and horrifying GORE will not be disappointed!  “2 Jennifer” is a hard “R” rated sequel to our good friend James Cullen Bressack’s 2013 film, “To Jennifer.”  You can read our review of his film here.

“Two filmmakers attempt to make the perfect sequel to “To Jennifer,” however a dark secret threatens the lives of everyone involved. Jennifer, a beautiful actress, now has two options: become the heroine of the film, or face a brutal death.”

Our good friends at Dread Central dropped our first official teaser trailer, and we wanted to share as well!  So WATCH it, SHARE it, and get ready for a really NASTY movie.

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“2 Jennifer” stars Hunter Johnson, David Coupe and Lara Jean Mummert.  The film also features performances from “To Jennifer” alums James Cullen Bressack, Jarrett Furst & Jody Barton, Felissa Rose (“Sleepaway Camp”), Veronica Ricci (“Bloody Mary 3D”), Erin Marie Hogan (“House of Manson”), Charles Chudabala, Josh Brown and Matt Holbrook.  The film is Produced by Johnson, Bressack, Furst, Frank Merle, Christian AckermanMegan Perrin.

Keep your eyes peeled for this one, it is likely to shock and horrify!  Get ready, horror lovers!

Keep up with “2 Jennifer” on twitter here!

LA Horror Review: “You Are Not Alone”

God bless America, and God bless HORROR!

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Writer/Director Derek Mungor, the filmmaker behind LAHorror.com favorite “Desolation Wilderness,” is back with another creeper, “You Are Not Alone.”  This is a super beautiful film is about friendship, memories and revisiting old times…oh yeah, and a totally freaky serial killer.  It’s a genuine slice of life turned hyper suspenseful slasher movie, shot entirely from the prospective of one character.  The film is co-written by Chris O’Brien.

Natalie is a college graduate visiting her hometown over the 4th of July. The night she arrives, she is stalked by a sociopathic killer.

YANA_Still_15I always love it when horror movies have a nice slow burn, but it makes me really hope that the filmmakers pull it off in the end.  Mungor and his team knock this one out of the park.  “You Are Not Alone” is one of the scariest serial killer slashers I have ever seen.  It takes advantage of your perception, aided by sincere and welcoming performances by a fun and likable cast and makes you feel as if you’re truly living as one of the characters in the film.  This both adds to it’s unique charm and also amplifies the horror when things get rough.  And when sometimes slasher movies get caught up in narrative and over explanation, “You Are Not Alone” takes a much different approach.  The film isn’t exactly about why these killings are happening, but moreso about the events themselves.  It’s the best type of slasher film:  one that respects its audience and simply shows you the events of one tragic July 4th weekend.

YANA_Still_18Do yourself a favor and watch this one with ALL of the lights turned off.  I mean that.  Hats off to Mungor and Director of Photography Ryan Glover for creating what seemed like constant suspense and anticipation, primarily through the use of light and shadow.  A great look accompanied by an amazing score by Jason Aud and some ultra creepy sound design by Jason Neumann, this film is incredibly intense…I cannot emphasize that enough.  “You Are Not Alone” is the type of slasher that had me at the edge of my seat, jumping at every turn, and when you see it, chances are you will be too.

And on a side note, it’s really great to see a 4th of July horror movie.  I can honestly say that this film has potential to be a once a year favorite for the BBQ holiday, much in the same way that other holiday horror favorites have found spots in our hearts.  This movie pays homage to a lot of greats before it, yet it never loses itself.  Die hard slasher movie fans, get ready for some fireworks, and remember…”You Are Not Alone.”

For more on “You Are Not Alone,” please “like” the film on Facebook and follow the film on Twitter.

LAHorror.com Original: “Melody”

And what’s a treat on Halloween without a trick?!

We are extremely excited to share “Melody,” LAHorror.com’s first official short film!  This one is nasty, everybody, and I hope you like them weird!  This slimy little flick stars Beau SmithEmily Dahm, two incredible actors who totally kill it, and was created by LAHorror.com contributors Hunter Johnson & Megan Perrin.  And you’ve got to love the gore created by Ryan Reynolds, am I right??  We hope that this one finds a special spot in your rotten little horror hearts!

Now what the hell are you waiting for?  Tweet us your thoughts on our film, and be sure to “like” LAHorror.com on Facebook!  And remember, share or review our films on your horror site and we’ll put your banner on our “Friends of LAHorror.com” page!  Happy Halloween, Horror Lovers!

“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…

If you have a horror blog or website and embed our film, 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

LA Horror Review: “Day Job”

I knew I was going to have a nightmare about 45 minutes into Dave O’Shea’s film, “Day Job.”  It was just one of those feelings I had, and it came true.  A couple of hours after finishing the movie, I found myself in bed, startled, after reliving some of the moments in my dreams.  It’s now been 24 hours since I watched it, and I’m slightly anxious to go to sleep again.

Nick (Dave O’Shea) is your struggling, lower-to-middle class cable guy.  He drives the van, fixes your signal and connects your TV, nothing unusual there.  However, its Nick’s hobbies outside of his day job that really make this film an experience, including but not limited to rape, torture and necrophilia.  We quickly realize that Nick is certainly not the normal guy he appears to be to his clients, and that his world outside of work is less than savory.

A film like this deserves recognition, and I certainly hope it eventually gets it.  Quadruple threat O’Shea (writer, director, producer, actor) has put together something incredibly disturbing and original – a story so flush with true characters, absolute savage violence and unforgettably disturbing imagery throughout. Simply put, “Day Job” is unlike any horror film I’ve ever seen before and completely caught me off guard.  This film, much like the main character, invades your space and imposes its will upon you.

Now that being said, a film of this intensity is certainly tailored for a specific audience – this is NOT your average serial killer film and its rawness will no doubt turn off casual horror viewers, but that’s quite all right.  This movie was never intended for them anyways.  Only the most depraved, disgusting and deeply disturbed horror fans will see this film for what it truly is: an unrelenting tour de force of violent perversion and terror.  This was my kind of movie!

Now don’t get me wrong, this is not one of those films that is violent for the sake of violence, and while it is extreme it always serves a purpose to the story, and this story is good.  The script for “Day Job” is the film’s biggest strength.  Each character, big or small, is relevant to the overall arc of the story, and there is absolutely no fodder in this film.  The story plays like a drama, or even a mystery, in the sense that each relationship is important; there are many little things that come back to slap you in the face.  There were many “Oh, hell no; how did I not see that coming?!” moments in this film and the ending was simply jaw dropping.  I found myself watching re-runs of “Seinfeld” immediately after viewing this film to try to get my mind on something a little lighter.

The only problem with this film, and unfortunately one that may turn off less patient viewers, is its appearance.  This is a low budget film, but it’s watchable.  In fact, the gritty texture adds to its perverted charm – there are many horror films of similar quality that could only hope to be as good as “Day Job.”  But even through all of that, it’s clearly a labor of love for O’Shea and he succeeds where he needs to – you can see every frame and you can hear every line.

Now I say this with the utmost sincerity:  I LOVED this movie.  I intend on watching it again in the very near future and highly recommend it to anyone who has a morbid curiosity for the filthiest of horror.  Given the right opportunities, this film could send an oily shockwave through all those who dare seek it.  My challenge to you if you do eventually have the pleasure of viewing this film:  watch every single scene and don’t look away.  Trust me, it’s not as easy as it sounds.  Sweet dreams.

“Day Job” will be hitting festivals this year.  For more on Dave O’Shea, please check out his official website.  Also be sure to follow “Day Job” on Facebook.

LA Horror Review: “Hate Crime”

Ahhh, the home invasion film. It’s a popular idea that requires little setup and exploits a primal fear–the violation of our home and shelter. An ugly intruder amidst all things familiar. Our castle turned cage with a single breach.

Horrifying stuff, really. No doubt filmmakers such as James Cullen Bressack seek to expose their audience to these dreadful scenarios. It hits home. Literally. In this case, Bressack takes it one step further in his quest for full, unadulterated immersion and employs the found footage style. Now, home invasion films aren’t for everyone, but found footage films have an even more polarizing effect. For those horror fans who can appreciate both, “Hate Crime” is worth a look. If you’re seeking specifics of the plot, further reading won’t reveal much. A family is taken hostage by masked gunmen. That’s all I’m telling, and that’s all you need to know.

The elements of this story are decidedly simple, and the film wastes no time getting to the good stuff. It moves along at a brisk pace, hardly allowing the viewer to catch his breath, much less let down his guard. And while that may not make for optimal jump scares, this film isn’t interested in petty antics. It wants to exhaust you.

The brutality is less related to physical torture–the most graphic of which takes place off screen–and more a product of sheer intensity. Save a brief introduction to the family, complete with sibling banter, ill tempers and domestic feuding, the film quickly escalates with a healthy offering of heinous laughter, disturbing acts and distorted enthusiasm that is simply unsettling. When the pace finally lets up and allows for some intimate conversation, the dialogue is effectively sinister and not without devastating implications. It is a gripping contrast of wills and emotions: those of the victims pleading for salvation and those of the jolly invaders. And while the monotony of the struggle may be off-putting, I consider it a test of endurance designed with discomfort in mind.  It is a horror film.

One interesting facet of this film is the development of the immediately indiscernible antagonists. It takes time, but they ultimately evolve from the raving mad men of first impression. They are passionate in their endeavors, unrelenting yet giddy and actually far more interesting than the family they victimize. Their brand of off-the-cuff terrorism comprises the bulk of the film, and there really is little else to it.

The performances are often satisfactory, improving as the film progresses, and the direction overall impressive. There are few cuts in this film and the host of long takes is a feat for all involved. However, simply put, the selling point of this film is the content… but that is if, and only if, you’re in the market. “Hate Crime” is a constant barrage of brutality projected through the grit and grime of unpolished cinema. It is “Funny Games” without the civility. And, in the end, it is a hard-hitting feature-length Public Service Announcement for a thoroughly unprepared public. They have no idea what lies in store. Enjoy.

“Hate Crime” will be hitting festivals soon.  Review by Levi Caleb Smith