Happy Halloween! It’s LaptopZombie’s favourite day of the year, and we’re celebrating with a bumper edition of Under The Skin, the internet’s premier (and only!) one-stop-shop for all the week’s new horror trailers. We love anything Bigfoot, which is why we’re all over writer/director Braden Croft’s FEED THE GODS. Find it On Demand 25 November. ‘After the death of their foster mother, brothers Will and Kris inherit a box that offers clues about their long-lost parents. Their quest leads them to the creepy town of Tendale, which is home to a mythical Bigfoot-like creature with “a taste for tourists.” Soon the town’s insidious past emerges, and the boys find exactly what they’re looking for…’
What’s the one thing in the world cooler than a werewolf? A werewolf in a wheelchair! Writer/director Joe Avella’s WHEELCHAIR WEREWOLF is an ‘80s-influenced horror homage web series, and the first episode is available here –
I’m usually put off by the term ‘bloodsucker’, but Rob Fitz’s BLESSID actually looks pretty good. ‘A violent, dark, funny, and − ultimately − inspirational story, Blessid is about a pregnant woman with a cursed past who forms a bond with a man who is immortal. Why does he appear at her most desperate hour? And what can she − a person who struggles to emotionally survive each day − learn from a man who has overcome life’s greatest obstacle… time itself?
To bring the film to life, writer/executive producer Robert Heske (author of The Night Projectionist graphic novel) brought on New England-based makeup artist and horror effects savant Rob Fitz, who also wrote, directed, and produced God of Vampires – an Asian vampire horror/action film. Fitz made the film on a shoestring budget over the course of six years. Maintaining continuity was critical, but Fitz pulled it off. The film had a limited theatrical release, got picked up for DVD distribution, and received strong critic reviews. Dread Central called it “a fun, bloody action/horror hybrid that actually presented us with a different kind of bloodsucker for once.”
Fitz is a veteran of the film industry, having worked on Boston-based features such as The Perfect Storm, The Fighter, The Grown Ups, and, most recently, R.I.P.D. “Features pay my rent; indies feed my passion. I like films that keep me turning the page, keep me guessing, and don’t disappoint at the end. When I read Blessid, I knew in my mind how I was going to make it and was thrilled to be given the opportunity to execute on my vision,” Fitz said.’
First Lucky McGee brought us creepy horror hit MAY, now L. Gustavo Cooper is wading in with JUNE. Can JULY be far behind? ‘June is the story about a nine-year-old orphan who has become the vessel of a supernatural being called Aer. June struggles holding Aer back from lashing out when other kids tease and bully her. Aer leaves a trail of damaged and destroyed foster homes in her wake. June quickly bonds with her new adoptive parents, Lily and Dave. But she must discover her true identity to overcome this inner demon in order to save herself and her new family and to find love and acceptance in a chaotic world.’
It’s more a thriller than a horror, but we like the look of co-writer/director Tom Hammock’s THE WELL. In a world without water, what would you do to protect a working well? ‘At the edge of an expansive barren valley, all that remains of The Wallace Farm for Wayward Youth is a few hollowed-out husks of buildings. Seventeen-year-old Kendal (Haley Lu Richardson) can barely recall when the Oregon valley was still lush.
It’s been a decade since the last rainfall, and society at large has dried up and blown away. Kendal and the few others that remain barely scrape by, while dreaming of escape. When a greedy water baron lays claim to what little of the precious resource remains underground, Kendal must decide whether to run and hide or bravely fight for the few cherished people and things she has left.'
I have no idea what I’ve just watched. It’s Alberto Marini’s SUMMER CAMP.
It wouldn’t be Halloween without Nazi zombies. To that end, allow us to present co-directors Luca Boni and Marco Ristori’s ZOMBIE MASSACRE 2: REICH OF THE DEAD.
And finally... Those of you at work should look away now, as it’s about to get rude. Did somebody say lesbian VAMPYRES? ‘A lesbian vampire couple waylay and abduct various passers-by, both male and female, to hold them captive at their rural manor in the English countryside in order to kill and feed on them to satisfy their insatiable thirst for blood.’
Enjoy the rest of Halloween!