Independent-horror

This Trailer for the Killer Doll Film Heidi Kind of Works…

Filmmaker Daniel Ray alerted us to a trailer for his indie horror film Heidi. The movie combines two sub-genres of horror – killer dolls and found footage. Yes, I rolled my eyes at the idea of this, too. But then I saw the trailer and…I thought it sort of worked for a DYI horror flick working on a legitimate micro-budget. Heidi is getting its premiere in Vegas this month.
If you’re in the area, you can get details on the screening here.
Written and directed by Ray, the film’s synopsis goes like this…

Shock Interview: PsychoPath Documentary Helmer Manny Marquez

Horror fans are hardcore, and serious genre lovers are not afraid to display and share their affection for all things horror. One of the best recent examples of this is the outstanding documentary The American Scream, which chronicles the challenges, frustrations, and joys of people who run haunted houses. The new documentary PsychoPath covers similar territory.

It features the adventures of Victor Marquez, a garbageman in Oklahoma with a lifelong dream of going to Hollywood and getting into the makeup effects business. While he never made it to California, he does decide to purchase acreage in his home state and create a haunted house that allows him to share his talents.

The Divine Tragedies Gets a Classy New Poster

indie horror films The Divine Tragedies has revealed yet another one-sheet, this is probably the best one yet. The Divine Tragedies is a film which takes its story from truth. Leopold and Loeb were two intellectuals, who thought they could get away with the perfect murder, in 1924

An American Guinea Pig Series is Being Made – Can You Stomach the Grisly…

The notorious Guinea Pig film series is apparently paving the wave for an American counterpart entitled, appropriately, American Guinea Pig: Bouquet of Guts and Gore. When an e-mail about the trailer floated my way, the “Plot Outline” simply read: “Death.” Fair enough. And the trailer? It delivers on that.

It’s rather cold and crude, as it should be I suppose, and it features a trio of dudes taking bodies apart. The preview comes across as more of an impressive, albeit hyper violent, special FX demo reel (in this case for Marcus Koch).

Teaser Trailer: What Lurks Behind The Door?

This morning, a teaser trailer for the independent horror film The Door was brought to my attention and I just wanted to share it with you, even though it’s still in post-production. It hails from writer-director Patrick McBrearty who is currently seeking completion funds. The story? At his new job as a security guard, Owen has only one task “Make sure that door never opens”. Unfortunately, when a buddy goes missing, Owen and his friends must search beyond the mysterious door.

It’s a Celebration of Indie Horror in Hi-8

Wild Eye Releasing has acquired and will release Hi-8, an eight-part anthology that brings together some of the most recognizable names in home video horror of the past 30 years, capturing the creative essence of the golden era of low budget, SOV horror filmmaking.

The directors for Hi-8 are Tim Ritter (Killing Spree), Brad Sykes (Camp Blood), Marcus Koch (100 Tears), Ron Bonk (The Vicious Sweet), Donald Farmer (Demon Queen), Todd Sheets (Zombie Bloodbath), Chris Seaver (Mulva), and Tony Masiello (SOV: The True Independents), who have returned to their classic ’80s and ’90s style, gore-laced storytelling.

Weekend Jaunt Turns into a Sasquatch Hunt in Stomping Ground

Heading to Cannes and looking for a home this month is Stomping Ground, an independent film from writer-director Dan Riesser and featuring one of the original “ladies of the Evil Dead” Theresa Tilly.

That’s the poster you see here, below, you’ll find the trailer for the film which focuses on a weekend getaway that turns into a hunt for Bigfoot! Here’s the official synopsis…

Now Bill Moseley is Getting Love Sick

Bill Moseley is joining the cast of the indie horror flick Love Sick. He’ll join Tristan Risk, Francisco Barreiro, Barbara Crampton, Augie Duke, Andrew Sensenig, Camden Toy and Ruben Pla.

Moseley will play a character named “Dr. Christian.”

Love Sick is the story of Rebecca and Marcus who have been together for 10 years and after much deliberation have decided to part ways.

I Am a Ghost Offers An Alternative to Haunter

So, a film slipped through the publicity cracks and landed on VOD/DVD with very little awareness. It’s called I Am a Ghost from Gravitas Ventures. I haven’t seen it, but I’m definitely going to give it a spin. It looks like a interesting alternative to the “I’m haunting my own home” scenario we’ve seen at the core of The Others and, most recently, Haunter?. Here’s the lowdown with the trailer…

First Details, Poster Art for Indie Horror Dutch Hollow

Shooting will begin next month in Los Angeles on Dutch Hollow under the direction of Mike Hermosa, who also penned the script.

When a young female murder suspect is found dead, homicide detective Doug Ellis is forced to close one case, only to open another. But his obsession with the truth places him squarely in the middle of the case he’s supposed to be investigating.

Check Out the First 6 Minutes of Easter Sunday Here

Northgate Pictures took advantage of the holiday weekend to debut the first six minutes of it’s upcoming indie horror film Easter Sunday. You can watch it via the player here.

It’s been 24 years since the deranged serial killer Douglas Fisher was executed by police on Easter night. This year, a group of hard-partying teenagers not only raise some hell, but literally raise the dead! The teens accidentally conjure the spirit of Douglas Fisher… AKA the bunny masked killer! These teens have until midnight on Easter to stop the evil bunny slasher, or he will tear their town – and everyone in it – to pieces.

Indie Horror Journal: Bringing the Child Eater to Life Part 1

This month, one of our contributors, Perri Nemiroff, embarks on the exiciting and daunting journey of making an independent feature-length horror film. When she approached me about perhaps doing a production journal – from the producer’s angle – I thought it would appeal a great deal for you Shock readers out there looking to get a film off of the ground. That said, welcome to her first installment on the making of Child Eater, a feature based on the short film which debuted at SXSW in 2013.

Two Lovers Take a Twisted Trip Through Candiland

Writer-director Rusty Nixon begins shooting the new horror film Candiland in Vancouver later this month. The project is based on the novel “Candyland” by Elizabeth Engstrom.

Gary Busey, James Clayton and Chelah Horsdal will star.

The latter will play Tess, Recently divorced and heartbroken, who finds herself abandoned at a bar on her girl

On the Set Exclusive: Barbara Crampton Talks The Divine Tragedies

Recently, Shock visited the set of The Divine Tragedies, the new film from director Jose Prendes (The Haunting of Whaley House). There were a lot of familiar faces on the set, but none more appealing than Barbara Crampton.

After a hiatus from acting, Ms. Crampton (seen in last year’s You’re Next) has returned with a vengeance, taking on her most wicked role to date, the woman known as Mother. Naturally, we wanted to know more, and she was kind enough to sit and give us all a window into the madness of The Divine Tragedies.

Here’s a New Teaser Poster for L.A. Slasher

?A new teaser poster was sent our way for Martin Owen’s indie horror flick L.A. Slasher. No word yet on distribution or release, but we’ll keep you posted, of course.

The film, which lensed last year, is described as “a biting, social satire about reality TV and the glorification of people who are famous for simply being famous, L.A. Slasher explores why it has become acceptable and even admirable for people to become influential and wealthy based on no merit or talent

Barbara Crampton Added to Cast of Love Sick

Director Todd Freeman has informed Shock Till You Drop that Barbara Crampton is joining his film Love Sick starring American Mary’s Tristan Risk and Here Comes the Devil’s Francisco Barreiro.

The film is the story of Rebecca and Marcus who have been together for 10 years and after much deliberation have decided to part ways.