Category Archives: Promotion

“The Mangled” Kickstarter Campaign (Re-Launch)

OfficialMangledPoster12Without indie horror, the horror genre would not only be down the toilet, but probably passed the whole way through the sewers right not.  With the “Hollywood remake craze” being all that we hear about and all that is getting recognition, indie horror needs as much help as it can get.  There is a new campaign being launched through Kickstarter for a new film called “The Mangled” from Lawrence W. Nelson II.

“The Mangled” has already met their goal, but with 24 days left to help fund the film, why not spread the word and continue to help out?  Not only does the concept of the film sound incredible, but the cast is one of serious icon power.  With names like Kane Hodder, Bill Moseley, Michael Berryman and Jacqui Holland on board, “The Mangled” is sure to be an amazing film.

Synopsis:

Tells the bloody tale of a family celebrating a 25th anniversary on a rainy night in Southern, Texas. When four twenty-somethings come pounding on their door desperate for help. And one of them serious injured. But as the night goes on, we find out the Bates have secrets of their own.

If “The Mangled” sounds like a film you would like to see, feel free to donate and spread the word.  Every penny and every bit of promotion counts.

To learn more about “The Mangled” and how to help out, CLICK HERE

Be sure to follow “The Mangled” on twitter for even more updates!

“The Mangled” pitch video

Jacqui Holland Kickstarter video

 


Black Labyrinth Book II: Joe R. Lansdale Kickstarter Campaign Now Live!

securedownloadFor those that have not figured it out yet, I am an advocate for indie horror and indie writers, so when I get asked to help promote a Kickstarter campaign to help out, I do.  This campaign is for a new book called ‘Black Labyrinth Book II‘ by Joe R. Lansdale.  Below you will find all the information you need about Mr. Lansdale’s new book and I hope you too will want to back this campaign.

This is where the boundaries between the innerverse and the outerverse recede

Dark Regions Press has launched a new Kickstarter campaign to support the creation of Black Labyrinth Book II: Joe R. Lansdale illustrated by Santiago Caruso. The campaign is currently live and can be viewed here:http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/chrismorey/black-labyrinth-book-ii-joe-r-lansdale

Black Labyrinth is an imprint of ten psychological horror novels and novellas from the living masters of horror and dark fiction all illustrated by surrealist artist Santiago Caruso. The first book in the imprint, The Walls of the Castle by Tom Piccirilli has been met with wide critical acclaim and the hardcovers are considered some of the finest that Dark Regions Press has produced:

The new Kickstarter campaign will fully fund a new novella of securedownload (1)psychological horror from Joe R. Lansdale, award-winning author of Edge of Dark Water, the Hap and Leonard series, Bubba Ho-Tep, The Thicket, Incident On and Off a Mountain Road and many other novels, novellas, short stories, comic books and screenplays. The campaign will also bring five original pieces of artwork from renowned surrealist artist Santiago Caruso to accompany the novella, including four B&W interior illustrations.

Dark Regions Press wants everyone who contributes to read the new novella. Any reward level in the Black Labyrinth Book II: Joe R. Lansdale Kickstarter campaign will get you a copy of the book. All editions are offered at planned retail price with free U.S. shipping included and discounted international shipping offered along with Kickstarter exclusive bonuses. Contributors will be regularly updated during the production of the book and many will be immortalized in the book itself.

securedownload (2)Join the effort and help make Black Labyrinth Book II a reality:http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/chrismorey/black-labyrinth-book-ii-joe-r-lansdale

Chris Morey
Owner and Publisher – Dark Regions Press, LLC
Creator and Editor – Black Labyrinth
http://www.darkregions.com

http://www.blacklabyrinthbooks.com

I hope that the description of this promising work and the campaign has peaked your interest.  If you can not donate money, please spread the word and bring this amazing book to life.

FEARtober 31 Days of Treats: Day 3

feartober_bannerAs well all know, FEARnet has launched FEARtober 31 Days of Treats.  In the spirit of the Halloween season, they are offering treats to you guys and I have the pleasure of passing them on to you.

fn_feartober_sam_paper_doll01FEARtober is day 3 treat your very own Sam paper doll.  We all know Sam as the adorable killer from ‘Trick-r-Treat‘.  FEARnet is offering a downloadable Sam paper doll starting today.

To get your very own Sam, Click Here

Click on the 3rd calendar square and the download will start automatically.

Stay tuned everyday in FEARtober for more exclusive treats!

Do not for get to enter the Free Stuff FEARtober Sweepstakes.  To enter, click here.

 

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Malcolm McDowell To Star In Giovanis Brothers’ Film ‘BEREAVE’ With Your Help

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Malcolm McDowell

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Neve Campbell

I recently received an email from Evangelos Giovanis about a new project from the Giovanis Brothers called ‘BEREAVE‘.  This film is set to star the icon Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange), the lovely Neve Campbell (Scream) and the talented JJ Feild (Captain America), but first they need your help.

BEREAVE’ has become Mr. McDowell’s passion project.  Malcolm believes so deeply in this project, that he has become the Executive Producer of the film.

Before I get into how you can help, here is a bit about the film.  ‘BEREAVE‘ is a feature length drama/romance.

Synopsis:

Fatally ill and unable to reveal this secret to his family, Garvey thinks he has figured out how to die alone. Suffering the mortal fears, Garvey’s behavior becomes erratic. But when his beloved wife Evelyn mysteriously goes missing on their anniversary – he must live to save her! In that short time, Garvey realizes what life still has to offer and in following his journey; we do too.

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JJ Feild

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Evangelos and George Giovanis

For those of you that do not know who the Giovanis Brothers are, they are Evangelos and George Giovanis.  They have self-financed all of their film projects by building, working and selling small restaurants.  Critics compare them to early Scorsese, Tarantino, and John Cassavetes.

This may not be a horror film, but the incredible cast is enough to put me behind it.  The Giovanis Brothers have created a KICKSTARTER campaign to group fund this project.  Much like all other campaigns on KICKSTARTER, there are benefits for each level of donation.  You will only be charged if the film reaches its funding goal.

BEREAVE‘ is currently at $38,112 pledged of the $100,00 goal.  This campaign will only be open until October 5, 2013 which leaves only 16 days to help bring Malcolm McDowell, Neve Campbell and JJ Feild together for this incredible film.

If you can not donate, please spread the word! Every little bit helps.

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Below are links to keep up to date on ‘BEREAVE‘ and where you can contribute to this piece of history.

KICKSTARTER Campaign: Click Here

Facebook: Click Here

Twitter: Click Here

A brief video from the Giovanis Brothers and Malcolm McDowell


Book Announcement: Ground Zero by Nicholas Ryan

GroundZeroCoverSAWI have previously interviewed author Nicholas Ryan about his upcoming novel Ground Zero.  The wait is over to own this incredible story.  It has become available on Amazon today as an ebook, but will soon be available in paperback.

Synopsis:

When the zombie apocalypse sweeps across the eastern states of America, Jack Cutter is the man least likely to last beyond the first few minutes. Dealing with the recent tragic deaths of his wife and child, Cutter is forced into a desperate struggle for survival – and for redemption. Everything Cutter came to expect from life is torn away and turned upside down so that all he has left is his instinct and a sense of fate that compels him on his journey.
The action is frantic and terrifying as Cutter slowly discovers the cost of staying alive is dealing with his guilt and accepting responsibility he can never be prepared for.
‘Ground Zero: A Zombie Apocalypse’ is a real story with real characters that readers will cheer on until the final shocking twist.

To purchase Ground Zero,

Click here for US

Click here for UK

I have been asked by Mr. Ryan to review this new novel, so be on the look out for my review of Ground Zero in 2-3 weeks.

Be sure to like Nicholas Ryan’s Facebook page.

For those that missed my interview with Nicholas Ryan, I will link it below.

 


Interview with Gary J. Tunnicliffe/ Judgement the Movie

aajudgementposterhero1 (1)Gary J. Tunnicliffe is a name best known in the world of special effects makeup, but he now has a feature of his own coming in 2014 called Judgement.  I have been granted the opportunity to conduct an interview with Gary about his career and his new film.

For those that do not know who Gary J. Tunnicliffe is, he was the makeup effects designer for films such as My Bloody Valentine 3D, Exorcist: The Beginning, The Collection, the Hellraiser series and many others.

Judgement synopsis:

‘Judgement’ is a place where heaven and hell collide, ‘a spider’s web’, one of many of hundreds, maybe thousands littered all across the world, a place where the good and the bad are processed, ‘audited’.

One man’s demise marks the beginning of a police detective’s journey into this world, a world where all is uncovered, where the very blood in your veins reveals the secrets of who and what you are.

But even the machine that has run so smoothly for a millenia can falter when something new, something ‘different’ is added to the mix and that something will create ripples that become waves, cause black and white to become grey and cause shifts in the powers of good and evil.

Gary has started a KICKSTARTER campaign for his film.  The set goal is $195,000.  Not only will you be helping a great project that even Doug Bradley calls “Visually Arresting“, but there are perks for the levels of donations.

Judgement Teaser:

Interview:

LBoH: What got you interested in the effects industry?
GT: Horror films fundamentally and so I suppose if I backtrack my Brother, he was five years older than me and on Friday nights in the UK they would play horror films, he would get to watch them and would then tell me in detail what they were about. Eventually I was allowed to watch them and from there my obsession began (I read Dracula when I was 7) by the time I was 12 or 13 I was a full fledged horror junkiejudgementmontage1sepia – then when I was about 15 a friend of mine handed me a copy of Fangoria magazine..it was like PORN for a horror movie lover and when I saw pictures of people sculpting monsters and applying make up’s it changed my life!
LBoH: What was your first effects project?
GT: Personally…probably a cut or a bruise on my younger sister..professionally  it would have been working on ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ (for Christopher ‘The Elephant Man’ Tucker’) stage musical, creating the foam latex appliances for Michael Crawford (and the other actors around the world) to wear every night.
 LBoH: How long have you been in effects?
GT: A long time :-)…since I was 19…and I’m 45 now..so there’s the blog readers math puzzle for the day!
LBoH: What was your favorite film to work on?
GT: Truthfully they are all fun in some way, there’s always at least ONE fun moment….in some ways its weird, you tend to remember the bad experiences over the good ones and oddly enough rarely does the quality of the final film have anything to do with the experience you had making it. I had a nightmare of a time on SLEEPY HOLLOW, but the film came out great!….DINO SHARK was god awful but I had such an amazing time working on it in Mexico, Exorcist: The Beginning in Rome was very cool, I really enjoyed making the Dracula films (Dracula 2000, Ascension and Legacy) and I think the films are cool too
LBoH: How different is it to go from working on someone else’s project to being in charge of your own?
AAJURY (1)GT: If you mean in terms of being an fx artist working as part of a crew is a LOT easier, your responsibilities stop the moment you leave the shop at night, as the designer its all on you, your managing the look of the things the producers and director are buying but you’re also managing the finances of the build, the day to day running of the shop, crew, materials etc, etc…wow…perhaps I should go back to working in a crew, just reading that is a revelation!
 If you mean in terms of going from being an fx artist to being a director (as a full bloodied control freak) it usually makes me a lot happier, although there is a lot more work, but I’ve never been afraid to make decisions and stand by them and I think that is the key to being a good director sometimes.
 LBoH: What advice would you give anyone looking to come into the world of special effects make up?
GT: Learn computer graphics…it’s cleaner, safer and in the future there is going to be a LOT more work doing CGI than make up fx. Deny it if you like, romanticize that make up fx will make a huge comeback, mourn the poor quality and fake look of cgi sometimes…but have no doubts that cgi will take over 90% of the fx industry eventually…make up fx are CD’s to CGI’s downloads…the writing is on the wall. BUT if you simply must be a make up effects artist DON’T go to make up fx school!…save yourself the cost of tuition!…buy some clay, sculpt, read make up fx books and research on the internet, sculpt, apply make ups on friends, visit conventions, sculpt, send letters to make up effects artists asking for advice (and start establishing a relationship) sculpt, enroll in the Stan Winston School of Character Arts on line and watch their tutorials by industry vets (like yours truly!) sculpt, sculpt and sculpt…if you took a year and did the above without going to a ‘make up fx school’ you would save the huge cost of tuition and housing etc….but if you wanna go party with a bunch of like minded people and generate a portfolio that is a replicate of EVERYONE else in the class (past and previous) and blow Mom and Dad’s hard earned moolah – knock yourself out! :-)
LBoH: Where did your inspiration for Judgement come from?
GT: The idea basically was born out of what I thought HELL might really be like, a processing machine and then wondering how it works, who it’s manned by and the ‘jobs’ they perform and also the idea that Heaven and Hell might actually operate in tandem….that is what spawned the story.
 LBoH: How long have you been working on Judgement?
GT: Over three or four years now since I mused the first concept, we could have launched on Kickstarter over a year ago, but honestly I was busy working on a project so I didn’t see the point, that extra year also gave me a chance to polish the script.
LBoH: Are you working on the special effects of this film?
GT: We will be creating everything for the film, but we wont begin until (if) we get funded, but as a company we will be involved in set JUDGEMENTBONECOLLECTORdressing, props and all the make up and special effects.
LBoH: How would you best describe this film, gory, psychological, a combination of the two or something completely different?
GT: Definitely a combination of the two and a lot more, but in NO WAY is this a gorefest, torture porn or mutilation or titilation….most of all ‘JUDGEMENT’ will be like no other horror film, a bold statement I know, but sincerely there are concepts and images that have never been seen like what is in this movie I want ‘Judgement’ to be a horror film your uneasy about putting in the dvd, a film that lives in your mind long after you turn the tv off, a film that will show you things, ask you things, that will frighten you, intrigue you, horrify you. If you take the dictionary at its word then – ‘horror’ (noun) meansdismay, alarm, appall, horrify and when was the last time a film did all those? ‘JUDGEMENT’ will.…but if you want the soundbite pitch?…”It’s Se7en meets Hellraiser”
LBoH: Who will we see starring in this film?
GT: Honestly until we are funded  I have no idea, I didn’t want to go to actor friends ‘cap in hand’ I would rather do this the proper way, get funded and then cast the movie with a casting director and get the very best people who are right for the roles, who are availaible and with who the material resonates.
LBoH: What can fans expect to see from Judgement?
GT: Images unlike anything they have seen before, content that stimulates unease and discussion…and few sharp intakes of breath, a heavy experience that lives with you long after you have watched it.
LBoH: Anymore film writing/directing/producing aspirations for the future?
GT: Right now just this, I have turned down several directing projects that I felt were derivitive and formulaic, I dont think I can be involved directing a project again that I am not 100% behind, I’m done compromising as a director…its just too demoralizing. My focus right now is this movie and the sincere hope that we get it funded and we can make this film and deliver horror in its purest, undiluted form.
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A special thank you to Mr. Gary J. Tunnicliffe for being so awesome!
Be sure to show your support for Judgement by liking the film’s Facebook page, visit the official site and of course donate to the funding of this film via KICKSTARTER.  Why would we not want to see an original film like this?  If you are as tired as I am of the same old Hollywood regurgitations they are trying to pass as “reboots” to the classics, then spread the word and help make Judgement a reality.
Also, be sure to check out Gary’s effects company, Two Hours In The Dark Inc
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Midnight Diner

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As many of you know, I love to support independent projects.  I was approached about spreading the word about a new project called Midnight Diner.

What is Midnight Diner?

A hardboiled genre anthology with a Christian slant. No restrictions on God, no restrictions on reality. Didactic preachy works are dismissed unceremoniously; we’re looking for high quality works that are uncompromising in craft, content, and quality.

Like many independent projects, Midnight Diner needs a bit of help getting off the ground.  They could use some help with funding.  You can help Midnight Diner by going to their indiegogo campaign and donating.  Just like all other indiegogo campaigns, there are perks for every donation amount.  There are 13 days left to fund Midnight Diner.  Their goal is $2,500.

If you can not donate, but you are an advocate of original independent projects,  you can help spread the word of about Midnight Diner by liking their Facebook page, visiting and sharing their official website, and of course spreading around their indigogo campaign.

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