COMING SOON: NICK HUNT’S SAFE PLACE

BY AMY MEAD

 SAFE PLACE: COMING 2018

Safe Place poster

SAFE PLACE

Directed by Nick Hunt (as Nicholas Hunt)

Screenplay written by Preston Fassel, Nick Hunt, Andrew J. Robinson and  Pennie Sublime

And starring Lara Jean Mummert, Ashley Mary Nunez, James Robert Taylor and Genoveva Rossi

 

So here’s some exciting news in the horror world…First time Director Nick Hunt has recently released the teaser trailer for his upcoming feature film, Safe Place.

Over the holiday weekend, it was announced that the teaser trailer was the first official selection for  THE DEAD OF NIGHT FILM FESTIVAL and we here at Death & Giggles would like to congratulate Nick and the entire crew on this success. We hope to see many more for them in the future!

 

For those of you not already in the know, the films synopsis is as follows:
 
Six students attend a party to celebrate their friend’s successful art show opening. Their presence triggers memories of a traumatic event in the host’s past, and he resolves to positively impact the course of their lives – by ending them.
 
When speaking with Nick, he had this to say about his upcoming film:

SAFE PLACE is a culmination of 10 years of careful planning, and 19 months of execution. It is above all a horror film FOR the fans, by the fans. We dedicate ourselves to not making a self aware horror film but a socially conscious horror film instead. You will go into SAFE PLACE thinking it’s like every other Horror film you’ve seen before, but then sooner than later we’ll surprise you, we’ll hit you in the gut, and do some things you (the fans) aren’t expecting. At the end of the day I am showing my appreciation for the genre, not my parody or attempt at recreation.

You can check out the teaser trailer below:

Safe Place

 

Safe Place is Nick Hunt’s directorial debut and will be released sometime in Februrary 2018.

We here at D&G are looking forward to seeing what he has in store for us!

Be on the lookout for more news as we receive it or you can check out their facebook page here , or their imdb page for more information here.

 

 

FILM REVIEW: BEYOND THE VALLEY OF BELIEF

By Amy Mead

Beyond the Valley of Belief

Beyond The Valley Of Belief: Real or Unreal Vol. 1


Directed by Brian Papandrea

Written by Brain Papandrea, Nathan Rumler and Brian Kilby

Starring Brian Papandrea, Brian Kilby, Nathan Rumler, Sadie Tate, James Bell and Adam Lorenz


Rock Bottom Video has got to be one of my favorite indie production companies around right now. Having been a huge fan of their other films, Fangboner, and the Big F, I was very pleased to find out that The Rock Bottom Video boys were  back at it with yet another contribution to the indie film world. And what a contribution it is.

Their latest effort, BEYOND THE VALLEY OF BELIEF: Real or Unreal Vol. 1, is a highly entertaining parody of the old television series Beyond Belief: Fact of Fiction. For those of you that don’t know, the show ran from 1997-2002 and would present the audience with a series of  weird, outlandish, and creepy tales that the viewer would try to determine if they were true or false. The show host, Jonathan Frakes, would then do a reveal at the end of each episode.

What the gang over at Rock Bottom Videos have given us with Beyond the Valley of Belief is something similar in that it follows the format in that respect. But that is where any similarities end. The content presented is unlike anything you’d ever see on the actual show. And it is fucking hilarious.

Our host, Jonathan Fritz (Brian Papandrea) presents us with five stories that include a scarecrow man, haunted bicycles, possessed toys, vampire cannibals, farting ghosts, and an evil witch, while simultaneously losing his battle with alcoholism and continued sobriety in a special live Halloween episode.

There are five segments, complete with commercials, and while not all of them are not all equally entertaining, they are all extremely amusing. I found it to be quite a challenge  to stop laughing,especially at the commercials (which are sure to delight fans of their other films). And some of the stories had me rolling. My stomach hurt after watching this film. 

Director Brain Papandrea has done a great job with the films micro-budget. The film seems to carry itself along on its own momentum, almost seamlessly. And as usual, Brian Kilby kills it with the camera work and lighting. 

Starring the usual cast of Rock Bottoms other productions, the acting in this film was beyond hilarious. Brain Papandrea, Brian Kilby, Nathan Rumler and Sadie Tate are all back in new roles, and they are nothing short of fantastic in them. That being said, I have to say the stand out performance here for me is Brian Papandrea. His portrayal as a witch is one of the greatest things I have ever seen in an indie film. 

I like a little comedy mixed in with my horror and I truly cannot recommend this film enough. It’s campy, fun, and even a little bit bloody. Grab yourself a copy and see for yourself. And while you’re at it, check out the other films they have to offer. I promise you won’t be disappointed!

 

SCARS (2012) MOVIE REVIEW

By Amy Mead 

 

Scars

Scars

Killing Dudes Is Easy

Directed by Sean K. Robb

Starring Danielle Cole, Neale Kimmel and Matt Wells 


Meet the Scars.

We have dark haired beauty, Scar. Scar is a bit of a goth/rebel type and she likes to get her hands dirty. Very dirty.

The other half of our duo is the fair haired Scarlett. Scarlett has a penchant for blackmailing the married men she sleeps with in an effort to extort money from them and make a living without really having to work. 

Our violent vixens meet through a chance encounter when one of the men Scarlett attempts to blackmail beats her in the alley Scar has taken up residence in and almost kills her. Scar witnesses the attack and jumps to Scarlett’s aid, inadvertently (sort of) killing him.

Outwardly, Scar and Scarlett appear to be polar opposites. Scar is homeless after killing her non attentive prick of a boyfriend in a moment of resignation turned to rage. Scarlett lives in a nicely furnished apartment. Scar drinks whiskey and smokes. Scarlett drinks wine and has never smoked. Do you see where I’m going with this?

These two women couldn’t be any less alike if they tried and the interaction between them is at first very awkward and uncomfortable to say the least.

Inwardly however, it soon becomes apparent that they seem to have more in common than meets the eye. A great deal more. Not only do these lovely ladies share a deep hatred of men, they also enjoy killing and torturing them. They take great pleasure in it in fact. 

When “Scars” finally team up and get to killing, they make murder look relatively easy to do for the most part. And they are pretty damn good at it. Hell, Scar even kills her own father at one point with seemingly very little effort. Or remorse for that matter. But we get the feeling that the guy was a major asshole who had it coming anyway. That seems to be the case for many of their victims. Until an event occurs that leads to strife between the “Scars”, that is. 

For the most part, Scars is fairly entertaining. It has an original plot, a good amount of gore, and was surprisingly well acted for such a low budget film. Danielle Cole and Neale Kimmel give us awesome performances in their respective roles, making Scar and Scarlett believable characters.

Sean K. Robb did a a damn good job with his directorial debut and I have to say that this was definitely one of the better films that I’ve seen come from Wild Eye Releasing. It exceeded my rather low expectations. By far.

I was very pleasantly surprised by this one. If you like murderous hot chicks all covered in blood, I would definitely recommend checking this one out if you come across it. 

 

I give this one 6/10 crazy psycho bitches.