Thursday, 30 April 2020

The Rotting Zombie's Round-up of Horror News for April 2020

It is my intention to eventually get rid of these monthly news posts I do, something I hoped to achieve this month, but alas it was not to be so. The reason I wish to do away with them is for two reasons. Firstly so that it frees up another day in the month to put up a review, and secondly so that instead of waiting till months end I can instead immediately put up any news I receive on my Facebook and Twitter pages. If you so wish you can go and follow me on those pages, only if you want to though.
The UK is now deep into its lock down and I am finding only leaving the house to go to work or do my weekly food shop a bit draining, but least this makes for memorable times. I am still three quarters of the way into Doom Eternal, to be honest...I'm not loving it as much as I thought I would! I still need to stick up a review of Resident Evil: Resistance, but to do that I have to give the game one last go, this is turning out to be quite the task though as I think the game is very dull. Onto the news!

Season 2 of NOS4A2 is due to premiere on AMC UK Tuesday 7th July at 09:00 PM GMT. This supernatural horror series stars Emmy-nominated actor and producer Zachary Quinto and Ashleigh Cummings. It is based on Joe Hill's best selling novel of the same name. I haven't actually heard of this show before getting the press release. Apparently this picks up eight years after the events of season one and has a man named Charlie on a path of revenge against someone named Vic.

Another month and another team-up that Terror Films has partook in. This time they have joined up with the AVOD YouTube Channel, Watch Movies Now! Terror Films entire library is coming, kicking off with The Bone Box that arrived on 4th April, followed by Dead Body, After Dark and The Chair. A new film from their catalogue is due to arrive weekly. The channel has over 142,000 subscribers, with more than 12 million views per month.

In time for the 40th anniversary of Friday the 13th comes "First Jason's 40" hot sauce from Gemini Crow/Demon Vegan. These companies have joined up with Ari Lehman (the original Jason Voorhees to release these. First Jason's 40 'is a majestic hybrid of sweet and heat. Peaches, Molasses & honey deceptively draw you in right before the heat grips your tongue and continues to rise, which can only be described as slightly less painful then a machete to a head.' Other hot sauces from Demon Vegan include Slasher Sauce and a red Habanero based sauce called Blood of the Lake. Head here if you want to get a hold of any of these.

The first ever 'virtual Phantasm horror convention', known as Phantasm-con 2020 is coming this May 1st and 2nd. The convention is raising funds for personal protection equipment for first responders and veterinarians during the COVID-19 crisis that has swept the globe. The virtual convention includes a live main stage featuring Q&As and interviews with celebrity guests and fans. An exhibit hall where visitors can click thru to popular online stores and sites for memorabilia. A film room with interactive watch parties that gives fans the opportunity to hang out with celebrities in real time during scheduled screenings. Autograph 'tables' and chat rooms where photos and posters will be available via online stores. Also included are art rooms, links to delivery food and drink sponsors, and contests and giveaways. Of course the legendary Reggie Bannister shall be in virtual attendance.
I have a lot of time for the Phantasm series, they are a great series of horror films, for more details about this virtual event head here.

Erotic horror The Last Roommate had its unrated DVD release on 14th April from SCS Entertainment. This film that stars Jenn Nangle, Julie Anne Prescott and Shawn C. Phillips is about a young woman who falls in love with her seductive new roommate, together they fall into an erotic tangle of violence and deadly obsession. The film can be purchased here.

Also from SCS Entertainment comes 5G Zombies, releasing on DVD and VOD 1st March. This takes place in a world overtaken by a recent virus pandemic (sound familiar?). All governments have conspired together to brainwash the remaining survivors using 5G technology, in order to create a new world order. This is a British/American anthology. Sadly there are plenty of utter morons in the real world who really do believe 5G is the root of all evil. Check out the world premiere trailer below.

MGI Films have announced the DVD release of their new horror film, The Devil's Fairground. It is out now at Amazon and Walmart in the U.S and Canada. In this lovely titled horror two competing paranormal TV shows converge on an abandoned haunted amusement park, which just happens to be the gateway to Hell. The Amazon link is here.

Horror-Fix Pictures are due to go into production this November on horror comedy The True Tale of Ole Splitfoot vs. the Lesbian Warrior Nuns of the Great White North. This is to be set in a remote Canadian town whose only industry is the local maple syrup processing plant. A group of lesbian warrior nuns, posing as strippers stand guard against the hordes of Satan. The film has been described as 'the most f*cked up horror-comedy ever made'. Veteran actors Michael Paré and Robert Lasardo are part of the cast.

It isn't often a press release makes me laugh, but the one for Dutch film We was one such one; "Artsploitation Films now realises that not changing the title (original title, Wij, is We in English) has made it challenging (ok, nearly impossible) for people to find it on the internet."They have provided links to the various sites it is able to be downloaded/streamed from. This includes Prime Video, VUDU, Apple TV, Google Play, Kino Now and Vimeo.

Horror comedy Murder Made Easy has had its soundtrack released on all digital platforms. The original motion picture soundtrack came from Sean Spillane (The Woman, Tales of Halloween, Jug Face). Spillane said of the soundtrack, "Writing, performing and recording the score for Murder Made Easy was an absolute blast. In such a character driven story I used various genres of music to further reflect each character's personality." Back when I reviewed this lovely Agatha Christie inspired horror I gave it a grand 8/10 rotting zombie heads and said of it, "I came to this with expectations of a dull murder mystery and left having really enjoyed what I had witnessed". I love a good soundtrack so added this one to my Apple Music collection.

Russian horror comedy Why Don't You Just Die! is out now on Blu-ray and Digital HD and will be there to watch on the Arrow Video Channel on 4th May. I said of this "an always interesting and often amusingly chaotic story" and gave it a solid 8/10 rotted zombie heads when I reviewed it earlier this month. Check out a clip below.

Jeff Payne has released some stills from the next installment of his 'The Pale Faced Lady' series, titled In Darkness I Wait. Payne says for this one "I'm going full terror...tense atmospheres, dread, and goal is to scare my mom on this one haha!". This follows on from The Pale Faced Lady and She Will Return. This third part in the short film trilogy is due to arrive soon.

Power-rock group MF Ruckus have released the third chapter of their post-apocalyptic comic book The Front Lines of Good Times. This follows the band as they 'attempt to survive and thrive in the post apocalyptic hellscape of the year 2040'. The third chapter is titled Acropolis Now! and sees the band arriving at Scrappertown where they put on a gig at a local speakeasy, The Acropolis. This is written by vocalist Aaron Howell and illustrated by This is Heavy Metal creator Jake Fairly. This third chapter is available as a high quality PDF, and best of all, it is free for download from the bands website, check it out for yourself via this link.

New episodes of Death Squad are currently available on RUKU, Amazon, and Stirr on the Popstar! app or streaming. The show is about five ex-military zombie killers sent to an off-line bio lab. This was filmed in Yerevan Armenia.

Finally, turn based strategy/RPG video game 1971 Project Helios is due to release on PC, Playstation 4, Xbox-One and Nintendo Switch on 9th June thanks to RecoTechnology. This takes place in a dystopian world that is scarce in resources, and also covered in a thick layer of ice. The turn based combat pits you against three different factions as you try and locate a key scientist.

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