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Watch The Christmas Horror Short ‘Do You See What I See?’
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Do You See What I See? Christmas horror short

Do You See What I See?, a Christmas-themed horror short, has been released for free online and can be viewed in full here below.

The Canadian production, written and directed by Justin McConnell & Serena Whitney, played this year at over 20 festivals worldwide , including Frightfest, Monster Fest, Toronto After Dark, Morbido, and more. The story sees two sisters (Jorja Cadence & Caleigh Le Grand) at a Christmas “ugly sweater” house party when a masked invader turns the holiday gathering into a deadly affair.

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Movie Review: Night Of Something Strange
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Night of Something Strange
Written by Jonathan Straiton & Ron Bonk & Mean Gene
Directed by Jonathan Straiton
Starring Rebecca C. Kasek, Trey Harrison, Wayne W Johnson, Toni Ann Gambale, Michael Merchant, John Walsh, Tarrence Taylor, Nicola Fiore, Janet Mayson, Kirk LaSalle, Billy Garberina, Wes Reid, Brinke Stevens
Hurricane Bridge Entertainment
Release Date: November 22, 2016 (VOD)

In the glorious 1980s, horror movie fans found sanctuary in the aisles of video stores. Buried on shelves of VHS tapes you could find notorious “Video Nasties,” and I would spend hours pouring over the posters and tape boxes until finally choosing one. Last weekend at the New York City Horror Film Festival, I was reminded of those great days in my childhood that sadly my kids will likely never experience. I saw a poster for a film that looked cut and pasted out of my local 80s video store. It’s not every day you see a poster where a mutated tongue is coming out from between a woman’s legs… The film was Night of Something Strange, co-written and directed by Jonathan Straiton, and it was awarded Best Feature at the festival.

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NYCHFF 2016 Movie Review: A Knock At The Door
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NYCHFF 2016 A Knock At The Door

A Knock at the Door
Written & Directed by Katrina Rennells and Wendie Weldon
Starring Drew Jenkins, Kelley Mack, David Sullivan, Parker Mack
Not Rated | 8 Minutes
NY Premiere: November 10, 2016 (NYC Horror Film Festival)

Short films are important, and maybe no other genre is capable of getting to the point quickly like horror. The Saw franchise, which now contains 7 (!) films grossing almost $1 billion worldwide, is based on a short treatment by Leigh Whannell. Just this year, David F. Sandberg’s Lights Out grossed $141 million worldwide. That film was based on the 3-minute short Sandberg did back in 2013. Tonight, the NYC Horror Film Festival kicks off a 4-day extravaganza, and the short film A Knock at the Door is making its New York premiere there. The film is written, directed, and produced by an all-female team.

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Movie Review: Halloweed (2016)
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Directed by LazRael Lison
Written by Dale Zawada based on a story by Michael Bussan
Starring Shannon Brown, Simon Rex, Jim O’Heir, Michelle Mueller, Jayson Bernard, Ray Wise, Jason Mewes, Deje Dee, Lester Speight, Danny Trejo, Tom Sizemore
Screen Media Films
Runtime: 101 minutes
Release date: November 8, 2016

In Halloweed, a new horror-comedy from director LazRael Lison, Shannon Brown stars as Trent Modine, the son of the Bridgeport Butcher (Tom Sizemore), an infamous serial killer who’s on death row. To escape the stigma of their father’s legacy and make a better life for themselves, Trent and his idiotic half-brother Joey (Simon Rex) — lured by an infomercial — move to the small town of Mooseheart just in time for Halloween. As luck would have it, the place boasts some awesome weed, which is great for the two stoners, especially Joey, who immediately starts dealing. Unfortunately, this quiet little town also has a haunted reputation thanks to a string of unsolved murders committed long ago by the Candy Corn Killer, who seems to have made a return just as Trent and Joey arrive. Fearing they’ll be blamed for the latests string of murders, the brothers go on a hunt to find the real killer before the locals discover their true identities.

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Movie Review: Second Nature (NVFF 2016)
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Second Nature
Written by Michael Cross, JC Ford, Edi Zanidache
Directed by Michael Cross
Starring Collette Wolfe, Sam Huntington, Carollani Sandberg, Carolyn Cox, Riley Shanahan
80 Minutes
Cross Films | Mirror Images LTD
Release date: November 10, 2016 (Napa Valley Film Festival)

In the small town of Louisburg, WA, Mayor Gleason is having a drunken joyride with his mistress, complete with bonus fellatio and some not so bonus driving right off a cliff. This leaves his position open for election.

Queue Bret and Amanda, who both decide to run for Mayor. Bret and Amanda are not a couple. They were childhood political rivals where he won (of course), and now they work together (he’s the boss, of course). They’re initially presented as stereotypes of their gender — she does yoga and listens to affirmation audio, while he watches sports while having sex — but then things go haywire after they each make a wish about how men and women should act. This is the set-up for Michael Cross‘s gender-swapping political comedy Second Nature, starring Sam Huntington (Sully, Superman Returns, Detroit Rock City) and Collette Wolfe (You’re the Worst, Hot Tub Time Machine).

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Movie Review: At Granny’s House
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At Granny’s House
Written and directed by Les Mahoney
Starring Bill Oberst, Jr, Rachel Alig, Glenda Morgan Brown, Les Mahoney
Vagabond Entertainment
Release date: May 24, 2016

At Granny’s House is what happens when a female Dexter runs an Airbnb. Eager to give up all responsibility for his elderly mother, a man hires her a full-time live-in caretaker. Rebecca (Rachel Alig) is young and beautiful. Her resume includes a variety of odd jobs including IT work, and working in a mortuary. Granny (Gloria Morgan Brown) is hesitant and skeptical. She thinks Rebecca was hired by her son for her looks. Granny’s house is an old fashioned multi-level home. Rebecca is offered a room upstairs, but decides to move into the spacious basement. Again, this draws looks of skepticism. Despite this, Rebecca wins her over and they develop a strange but real friendship. In a different world, this is the beginning of a wonderful comedy about two women from different generations forming a lifelong bond. In writer/director Les Mahoney’s world, this is the setup for a bizarre, seductive, and violent horror film.

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‘Asperger’s Are Us’ Trailer: Alex Lehmann & The Duplass Brothers Give Us The Feels
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“So if we’re not funny, blame Ethan’s disability.”

Asperger’s Are Us is two things: a former comedy troupe made up of four friends with varying degrees of autism, and a documentary chronicling their story and last show together. These young men, Ethan Finlan, New Michael Ingemi, Noah Britton, and Jack Hanke, give us a look inside real friendships, that most people don’t get to see.

Check out the trailer here below for the film Asperger’s Are Us.

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Interview: Michael Cross, Director Of Gender-Swap Political Comedy ‘Second Nature’
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Second Nature director Michael Cross with stars Collette Wolfe and Sam Huntington

Long-time director Michael Cross will see the world premiere this week of his feature debut with the gender-swapping political comedy Second Nature. The film stars Collette Wolfe (Hot Tub Time Machine) and Sam Huntington (Superman Returns, Detroit Rock City) as small-town mayoral campaign rivals whose lives are turned upside down after they’re magically transported to a mirrored reality where gender roles are reversed and women are in power. It’s not your typical body-swap comedy, but it definitely deserves an honored place in the subgenre.

We got a chance to talk to Cross about his inspiration for the long-gestating movie, a project funded through Kickstarter; what it was like to film it in his hometown, and to direct his famous photographer cat; how he pulled off such a well-crafted comedy on a limited budget and schedule; what the world would be like if women ruled, and much more.

The director has also given us an exclusive first-look at a pertinent clip from Second Nature, which you can watch here below at the end of the interview.

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PAX South 2016 Interview: Thibaut Hanson Of ‘Epistory’ Developer Fishing Cactus
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At this year’s PAX South, I spoke with Thibaut Hanson, a programmer at Fishing Cactus, about their latest game Epistory.

Epistory is an adventure game that tells the story of a writer lacking inspiration who asks her muse to help write her latest book. The adventure begins with a girl on a fox traversing a world that opens up as you solve its mysteries and defeat its enemies.

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Stephen Tobolowsky’s ‘The Primary Instinct’ Finds Distribution
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After a year of hard work, our good friend and host of Slashfilm’s podcast The /Filmcast, David Chen, completed his work on his directorial debut, The Primary Instinct, a storytelling film starring Stephen Tobolowsky (as himself), in a compilation of Stephen’s live performances in Seattle. These stories have even been featured on Public Radio International. The film features Tobolowsky speaking to a sold-out audience and telling riveting and moving stories about life, love, and Hollywood. Along the way, he just may answer one of the questions that’s dogged humanity since the beginning of time: why do we tell stories in the first place?

After launching a successful Kickstarter campaign, and having its world premiere at the Seattle International Film Festival, FilmBuff will now release The Primary Instinct later this fall. More on this story below.

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