Tuesday, 31 May 2022

The Rotting Zombie's Round-up of Horror News for May 2022

It has been another month and I am back with another news round-up. My blog has been more quiet on the film front lately, that is a lot down to me getting through various books and videogames that have eaten up slots in my five posts a week schedule.

Now, Shadows isn't really a film I would typically cover here as it is a crime drama rather than horror. Distributed by Midnight Releasing, Shadows is an indie film coming from Michael Matteo Rossi. This stars Rahart Adams, Krista Allen, Vernon Wells, David Labrava and Eric Etebari and is about a young man, Cody (Adams) who has to resort to low-level crime in order to survive. This eventually leads to him inevitably getting in over his head. This has won several awards, including Best Feature at the Santa Monica Film Festival and Best Score at the Silicon Beach Film Festival, and can be seen on a variety of streaming platforms including VUDU, iTunes, YouTube, GooglePlay, Microsoft and Verizon Fios.

Realm of Divinos is a 3D adventure game with visual novel elements that is currently running a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds. It has currently raised £4,079 of its £17,422 goal with fourteen days to go. This is a single player game that takes place in a war torn fantasy world. Able to customise your character, you are also able to aid either the heroes or villains. If funded, this will be released initially on Windows in October 2024. Check out the Kickstarter page here, and a payable demo can be found on Steam, here.

Kill Shelter (UK based alternative artist and producer Pete Burns) has announced a new single with Agent Side Grinder, The Necklace. This is taken from their sophomore album Asylum and is about 'a darkly energetic exploration of the quest for personal sanctuary in the face of constant physical and mental abuse'. This is said to be reflective of the upcoming album that looks into themes such as human trafficking, domestic abuse and disillusionment.
Following on from debut album, Damage, Asylum is the second in a series of collaboration albums featuring artists from around the world. Interestingly, the album is going to be available in two versions, with a different track listing in each territory. Metropolis Records in North and South America, and Manic Depression Records in Europe and the rest of the world.

Let's have a look at the notable releases heading to the Arrow streaming service for June. There are two films from Gaspar Noé, apparently the 'the arch provocateur of New French Extremity' whatever that means. Those two films are Lux AEterna and Enter The Void. June 10th sees the release of the excellent black and white thriller The Righteous, while the first of the month sees the release of all six Trancers films, I've never heard of them but apparently they are cyberpunk, a great genre. The bloody fun Intruder 1989 cult classic drops on June 13th while June 17th has the arrival of Maniac Cop 2 (US/CA) and Maniac Cop III: Badge of Silence (US/CA).

The sharktastic thriller Shark Bait is released on DVD, on altitude.film and other platforms from 6th June in the UK. This sees a group of friends being terrorised by the creature off the coast of Mexico. It includes among its cast Holly Earl (Humans TV show), Catherine Hannay (Doctors) and Malachi Pullar-Latchman (The Three Musketeers).

Coming from Synapse Films on June 7th is the Blu-ray release of the classic UK zombie film The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue. In this one, two travellers arrive in a small town where an experimental agricultural machine has had the unintended effect of bringing the dead back to life, meanwhile a detective thinks the travellers are Satanists who are the ones responsible for the dead's path of destruction! This comes from Spanish director Jorge Grau and is restored in 4K from the original camera negative. The Blu-ray of course includes a whole host of extras including two commentaries and a full length documentary.

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