Under The Skin (111)

Published on Thursday, October 2, 2014

After watching ALIEN ABDUCTION (click here for the review), we’re in the mood for some seriously scary aliens. Thankfully, the Vicious Brothers – the filmmaking duo responsible for GRAVE ENCOUNTERS, one of the best found footage franchises to date – are on hand with a new UK trailer for EXTRATERRESTRIAL. Welcome to this week’s Under The Skin. ‘From The Vicious Brothers, creators of Grave Encounters, comes a different kind of encounter, one of EXTRATERRESTRIAL origin. Still reeling from her parents’ divorce, April (Daytime Emmy winner Brittany Allen) is dragged back to the vacation cabin she spent fond summers at as a child accompanied by a group of friends. Her trip down memory lane takes a dramatic and terrifying turn when a fireball descends from the sky and explodes in the nearby woods.

Led by her boyfriend, played by Freddie Stroma (Harry Potter & The Half-Blood Prince, Pitch Perfect), the group members venture out toward the crash site and discover the remnants of a ship from another planet along with footprints that suggest its alien occupants are still alive. The college friends soon find themselves caught in the middle of something bigger and more terrifying than anything they could ever imagine.’

From homicidal Greys to murderous dolls, in director Daniel Ray’s HEIDI. The found footage fun begins 17 October, when the movie debuts at Los Angeles’ annual PollyGrind Film Festival. ‘Two high school friends, Ryan (Samuel Brian) and Jack (Joey Bell), are hoping to be the next YouTube stars with their series of prank videos, spending their summer break terrorizing friends and loved ones, all to get a laugh. When Ryan is hired to do a housesitting job for a neighbor, their curiosity to explore an abandoned attic takes a terrifying turn after discovering a mysterious doll: Heidi. Suddenly tormented by a string of unexplained events, Ryan believes the doll is more than just haunted – it is alive,  and he intends to capture everything on camera to prove it. But the worst has yet to come as Heidi’s deadly idea of playtime is just getting started…’

Things take an aquatic turn now, with Christopher Phelps and Maxim VanScoy’s retro bloodbath LAKE NOWHERE. ‘From the vaults of the golden age of slasher films comes LAKE NOWHERE, a raucous, bloody romp which resurrects the thrill of gory midnight movies for an hour-long plunge into the depths of horror. When a group of friends arrive at a desolate lakeside cabin, they are stalked and murdered by a Masked Maniac, whose lust for blood transcends our world. This age-old tale of senseless slaughter quickly spirals into the realm of supernatural horror and classic monster movies as we learn the true power that lies within LAKE NOWHERE.’

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water, Nicholas Humphries comes along with CHARLOTTE’S SONG. Can a mermaid be scary? You betcha. ‘Think Pan’s Labyrinth meets “Carnivale” – gritty human drama with a supernatural twist, situated in the 1930s Oklahoma Dust Bowl. Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid, Charlotte’s Song tells the story of Charlotte, a young girl coming of age in the midst of one of the most desolate and desperate periods in American history.

The untimely death of her mother triggers a downward spiral for her father, five sisters, and their family-run song and dance act. Help comes from an unlikely source when a gangster named Randall offers to pay off their debt in exchange for making some unsavory changes to the family business. Matters are complicated when it is discovered that Charlotte, like her mother before her, is in fact a mermaid capable of controlling humans with her voice.

What follows is a sophisticated magical turf war in which antagonists from many camps seek to take advantage of Charlotte’s power. The best and worst of humanity are put on display, and Charlotte must choose her own path, knowing that the wrong decision will have deadly consequences for the people she loves.’

No, it’s not Batman – Jack Heller’s DARK WAS THE NIGHT is about a different type of nocturnal predator. ‘An evil is unleashed in a small town when a logging company sets up shop in the neighboring woods.’

From a dark night to a BLACK MASK (the name of a Batman villain, for you geeks out there). Alex Colonna’s indie offering also debuts at PollyGrind later this month. ‘A father must face his troubled past when his gifted daughter manifests a dark entity.’

We end with a good old-fashioned haunted house slasher – writer/director Gavin Michael Booth’s THE SCAREHOUSE. It premiers over the weekend in Windsor, Ontario. ‘Two friends take revenge on their former sorority sisters. Rejected, Corey (Sarah Booth) and Elaina (Kimberly-Sue Murray) have set up an elaborate haunted house attraction – The Scarehouse. Inside they will stalk their prey, awaiting the opportunity to confront the six sisters while revealing a troublesome past. Do Corey and Elaina have what it takes to mastermind their assault? Do they have the guts and endurance to go through with their plan? Only those who survive will be able to tell their tale. A brutal tale of revenge takes place this Devil’s Night… inside The Scarehouse!’

Until next time!

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