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!

VHS Spotlight: “The Brain”

Lots of great stuff in the very near future coming to LAHorror.com!  But until then, let’s take a look back to another classic VHS that still needs to be released on DVD!  Alex Ray has the scoop on “The Brain,” a horror flick that may be in your basement stash, and one that definitely deserves to be revisited!

VHS SPOTLIGHT: THE BRAIN

1988 * 94 minutes * International Video Entertainment * Directed by Edward Hunt

brain_01_150It’s often noted that politics seem to influence trends in horror. The Vietnam War ushered in an era of dark, cynical works like Night of the Living Dead and The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. George Dubya’s time in office saw the rise of torture porn. So what did the Reagan years give us? Films like Larry Cohen’s The Stuff and John Carpenter’s They Live were fairly obvious responses to rampant consumer culture and a general brainwashing of the masses. But there was another un-subtle jab that went under the radar of our thoroughly manipulated collective consciousness: The Brain.

Yep, I’m waxing allegorical about a movie featuring a giant, floating brain that chases teenagers down steam tunnels. While it disguises itself with all the B-horror tropes, it’s pretty easy to see the not-very-hidden message: David Gale (of Re-Animator and Syngenor—look it up!) hosts a TV show called “Independent Thinking,” while he colludes with an alien brain that, well, brainwashes people!

Tom Breznahan (of Ski School) plays a lovable troublemaker just trying to get through high school. Too bad his parents and teachers think he needs a little psychiatric intervention to get him on the right track. So our young prankster goes to Doc Gale, who seems to have just the prescription for all wayward teens (the brain hypnotizes them or something). But when he sees more than he’s supposed to, it’s Three Days of the Condor time for Tommy B.

It really does feel like more of a conspiracy thriller than a monster movie for a majority of the ninety-four minutes, but every so often there’s a slithering tentacle or a topless nurse to remind us of what we’re really watching—which I’m nearly sixty-seven percent sure was pitched as Nightmare on Elm Street meets Videodrome. From there it must have mutated a little (as did a lot of things in those two movies), until they settled on this wannabe Robert Redford vehicle with shades of hentai (maybe intentional; probably not).

Of course, the classics mentioned above aren’t the only ones brought to mind by The Brain (see what I did there?). It owes The Crazies at least half a doff of the cap, and there’s a great Invasion of the Body Snatchers vibe to boot. Here’s a fun fact: M. Night Shyamalan took fifteen minutes of this movie and adapted it into his feature-length screenplay for The Happening, which, conversely, is one-sixth as entertaining.

Well, since I’ve now broken the record for number of movie titles referenced within a single review, I’ll hunker down and get serious. I really do like this movie. The story is compelling and generates a lot of momentum. Unlike with many teen horror flicks, we don’t spend the first act in a van, and the rest doesn’t hang on the suspense of guessing who will be next to hear a strange noise (not to cast aspersions; those movies are great, too). The characters are well-established early on, and then we’re off and running, all the way to the inevitable showdown with the brain—a proxy for any and all puppet masters behind politicians and spokespeople and celebrities. Yeah, this is deep stuff.

Not too deep, though. The subtext is pretty close to the surface at all times, and that’s kinda what makes it fun. The Brain really wears its heart on its sleeve—or its temporal lobe on its cerebral cortex, if you wanna get technical.

I proffer that this movie will only get more relevant, as our political and social landscapes get murkier and harder to navigate. It’s almost comforting to imagine that a big, alien, carnivorous brain might be responsible for all of society’s woes. Now that’s food for thought (yep, actual line!).

3 out of 4 stars

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VHS Spotlight is written by LAHorror.com contributor Alex Ray.

“Demons” – A Feature Film That Needs Your Help!

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Demons.  We’ve all got them, in one way or another.  Maybe your demons have manifested from a regret or a lost loved one, a missed opportunity or a mistake.  Maybe you don’t even know that they’re there…until they rear their ugly heads.  For most of us, we learn to live with our demons, as they are often hard to conquer.  But in David Coupe‘s debut feature film “Demons,” it’s conquer or die, because these demons aren’t fucking around.  It’s a brand new vision of the demons we face in our daily lives, and just how powerful they can become…

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“Demons” is a feature length film gearing up to be shot in Chicago this year.  It follows a young man who must face-off against the forces of darkness while mending broken friendships and getting over a painful break-up.  And while this is being billed as a horror-comedy, the drama, chaos and carnage in this film are going to be straight from the pits of hell.  I was fortunate enough to read the script and it’s got basically everything you could hope for in a horror flick.  I won’t spoil anything, but this is going to be a damn fun ride, a ride that you can help make happen.  But enough from me, hear it from the creator himself!  LAHorror.com got to chat with Coupe about his film, his plan and even some of his demons…enjoy horror lovers!

1LAHorror:  Coupe, “Demons” the movie. In three sentences or less, what are audiences going to be in for?

David Coupe:  They are going to be in for an extremely relatable story about relationships that is paired with some of the most outrageous horror they’ve ever seen. I’m currently writing my ninth draft and there are moments that cause my heart to break for the characters as well as moments that make me run around my apartment in demented glee. There is one thing in particular I can’t imagine anyone who sees the movie not talking about non-stop after seeing it.

LAHorror:  So are you going for an “Evil Dead” type of outrageous? What are some of your inspirations with this script, specifically horror inspirations?

DC:  Someone, after one of the read-throughs, described it as “500 Days of Summer” meets “Evil Dead.” I think that’s not too far off. Specific influences while writing are definitely the “Evil Dead” movies, “The Exorcist,” “Shaun of the Dead,” and the recent crop of demon movies like “The Conjuring.” A lot of these movies I bow at the alter to and some of them, like “The Exorcist” and “The Conjuring,” I specifically study to play with the genre conventions.

LAHorror:  Haha awesome! “500 Days of Summer” meets “Evil Dead,” that’s great!  The tag line on your Kickstarter says: “An independent horror/comedy about cults, demons, and relationships. Each more horrifying than the last.”  What is so horrifying about this relationship? What’s going on with these characters?

DC:  I think that relationships are all about trust. The closer you get to someone the more of yourself you are putting in their hands. You don’t want to find out that your trust is misplaced. This movie sees the collapse of a romantic relationship in it’s first few scenes. The main character’s girlfriend breaks up with him and elects to become the host for a powerful and seductive demon. That gives the main character some serious trust issues that permeate the rest of the story. Friends whose integrity he never would’ve doubted are now under intense scrutiny. The whole movie is about this guy finding himself again in the wake of everything in his life changing.

LAHorror:  And while he’s finding himself, he’s battling a blood thirsty Demon? Is this a story about getting the girl back or killing the demonic bitch?  Exactly what kind of demon is he up against?

10DC:  He doesn’t even know! He’s in straight up denial mode with the break-up. He still thinks he can salvage it! Unfortunately, the girl he knew is gone. In her place is the most powerful, vicious demon that you’ve ever seen on film. This demon has a plan to eradicate the planet of mankind so he and his kind can run free. He pretty much wants to turn Earth into a vacation spot for his kind. This demon is going to do things to the human anatomy that is going to make you either squirm or squeal depending on where your tastes lie!

LAHorror:  Excellent! So what’s the method to this demon’s madness? What kind of HORROR / GORE does it wreak?

DC:  She is going to rip a character’s dick off and then whisper a incantation on it. She turns it into a sword and cuts his head off with it.

LAHorror:  …that’s fucking brilliant.

DC:  I mean, I think I probably shouldn’t be holding anything back with my first movie.

LAHorror:  Speaking of which, how stoked are you to be directing your first feature film? Are you nervous about being the writer / actor / director, all in one?

DC:  I’m absolutely terrified. I’ve never done anything like this before in terms of wearing so many different hats all at once. Unfortunately, I’m way more excited than I am terrified. I’ve been working on this for over a year and I can watch the movie in my head. In it’s entirety. And in my brain I’ve got the part. Also, as a director, it’s nice to know my lead’s schedule so far in advance.

LAHorror:  And how about your cast & crew? What’s your team starting to look like?

2-1DC:  It’s an embarrassment of riches. I had a pretty awesome run of working non-stop in Chicago theater from October 2012 to August 2014. I got to meet the best actors that Chicago (and probably the world) have to offer. So I cast the crap out of them. My crew are hard working and diligent. They are still coming together at the moment. This Kickstarter campaign will help us secure everyone we want to work with. The parties are interested, but we do need the cash to back up the vision.

LAHorror:  And on that note, why should people, HORROR fans in particular, take a look at your Kickstarter campaign?

DC:  We shot a proof-of-concept piece last year and it’s on the page. We didn’t make it with much money, but I think it shows that we’ve got our hearts in the right place. Check it out for the preview alone. If it’s something you enjoyed. I can tell you exactly how to get more:  You donate to the Kickstarter. I just want to make that clear!  It seems like a weird thing to leave ambiguous.

LAHorror:  Is there anything else you want to share about “Demons”?

DC:  I’m going to be making movies for the rest of my life. That is a 100% guarantee. It should start with this one. The script is great. The cast is better. We want to take the audience for this ride. I don’t want to just entertain people with this movie. I want to possess them.

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Be sure to check out “Demons” on Kickstarter!  You can also learn more about the cast & production at the official “Demons” website.  Also, be sure to like “Demons” on Facebook and follow the film on Twitter!

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: “Knife Party”

Happy Fucking Halloween, Horror Lovers!

I hope you’re having a ghoulish holiday, and to sweeten it up just a bit, we’ve got a treat that will really satisfy your appetite for CARNAGE!  LAHorror.com is stoked to premiere our new short horror film, “Knife Party”!  This little slice of horror is directed by Paul Stephen Edwards and produced by LAHorror.com contributors Mikhail Zakharchuk and Hunter Johnson.  It also features a totally dope soundtrack from TeKNOsuicidE!  So put on your best outfit and come join Alec JamesChrissy Cannone, Cassandra JonesRobert Michael Price and myself to the “Knife Party”! I’ll be sure to bring my sharpest cutlery, too…cheers!

MMM…I’m hungry for seconds…

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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!