Horror Addicts Guide to Bad Lip Reading

Bad Lip Reading…have you seen these?

I was shocked recently when I was at a table of horror addicts and found out none of them had heard of these hilarious videos. We, of course, pulled out the phone and watched them immediately. I am especially fond of the “Carl Poppa” bit in this first Walking Dead one. Although, the dolphin part is pretty funny too.

 

If you haven’t got enough of Carl Poppa, the whole video can be seen in this next one.

dur dur dur dee dur…

If you’re more into Twilight (or making fun of it) there are several to watch. My favorite is this one, which spoofs Eclipse.

However, you can’t miss dad breaking up the two boys in the vid below, “Teen-Wolf, Lestat. Just chill.”

You can watch several other Walking Dead and Twilight vids at the Bad Lip Reading YouTube page.

Press Release: Wind Walkers Takes the Last Spot of the Horror Festival

SPIRITS ARE HIGH AS THE LAST SLOT OF ‘8 FILMS TO DIE FOR’ IS ANNOUNCED!
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Wind Walkers Takes the Last Spot of the Horror Festival


windwalkers_475x700Los Angeles, CA (August 27, 2015) – Once again Courtney Solomon showcases yet another heart lurching horror under his company After Dark Films. Wind Walkers, a spine-chilling Native American tale set in the wilds of Florida, will be the 8th and final film in the ‘8 Films to Die For’ horror festival, in theaters October 16, 2015.

Written and Directed by talented filmmaker Russell Friedenberg, and Produced by Iron Circle Pictures and Sweet Tomato Films, Wind Walkers will bring the first ever film with a Native American flair to the brand.   TheDark Side Magazine has referred to the film as “Unremitting and furious, Wind Walkers breathes fresh air into the genre.”

“We’ve saved the most unique for last,” says Stephanie Caleb, EVP of Creative Affairs & Acquisitions at After Dark Films, “Wind Walkers digs deep into Native American history and the Psyche of our shared yet tortured pasts. It explores the nature of what it means to be cursed as an individual and as a community.  The gradual withering away of the collective soul and all that makes us human is on display in this horrifying tale of the violent rebalancing of natures scales.”

The film stars Phil Burke (Hell on Wheels), Russell Friedenburg (Among Ravens), Kiowa Gordon (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse), Zane Holtz (The Perks of Being a Wallflower), Christopher Kriesa (Cast Away), Castille Landon (Sex Ed), and Glen Powell Jr. (The Expendables 3; The Dark Knight Rises).

Director Friedenberg says, “I’m really excited to bring Wind Walkers into the world with After Dark and their ‘8 Films to Die For’. After Dark has proven their ability to keep the genre fresh, exciting and scary as hell.  Their brand is unparalleled and we are thrilled to be a part of it.”

Official Synopsis:

A U.S. solider returns home from captivity to find that his best friend and fellow former POW has gone AWOL. While out on an annual hunting trip with his friend’s father and some extended family, their group comes under attack by an ancient Native American curse that has mysterious connections to his best friend’s heritage and the prison in which they were once held captive.

“Wind Walkers was a blast to make and we think taking it into the world with After Dark will be equally fun,” says producers Heather Rae and Dori Sperko, “Russell’s vision plays on many levels and the genre audience is in for a wild ride!”

‘8 Films to Die For’ will be released in theaters on October 16, 2015, with Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment handling all ancillary forms of media, including Digital HD™, DVD and VOD.

Ian Brereton negotiated the deal on behalf of After Dark Films.

For more information, visit us at www.8filmstodiefor.com.

Official YouTube Channel:
https://www.youtube.com/horrorfest

Official Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/afterdarkfilms

Official Twitter:
https://twitter.com/afterdarkfilms

Official Instagram:
https://instagram.com/afterdarkfilms

About After Dark Films:

After Dark Films is an Independent motion picture studio formed in 2006 by director/filmmaker Courtney Solomon and Hong Kong based real estate magnate Allan Zeman. After Dark Films’ first motion picture film release was An American Haunting (2006) starring Sissy Spacek and Donald Sutherland. Co-founder and CEO Courtney Solomon wrote, produced, and directed this film under the newly formed After Dark Films banner. An American Haunting reached number two at the box office the opening week of its release.

After the release of An American Haunting, partners Solomon and Zeman formed a multiyear marketing and distribution deal for Horrorfest “8 Films To Die For” between After Dark Films and Lionsgate Entertainment, with After Dark handling theatrical marketing & releases and Lionsgate handling the distribution of all the ancillary forms of media (Home Video, Pay TV, Pay Per View). After Dark Films released Horrorfest 4 in theaters on January 29, 2010.

Building on the success of Horrorfest, After Dark released their first 8 originally produced horror films in January 2011 under the moniker After Dark Originals. After Dark Originals 2 was released in the third quarter of 2013.

After Dark Films and Dark Castle Entertainment debuted their new action movie franchise After Dark Action in 2012. The first generation of After Dark Action included five original, adrenaline pumping films starring international stars such as Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dolph Lundgren, Peter Weller, Jim Caviezel, Cung Le and Christian Slater. After Dark Action showcased the movies theatrically as a commercial film festival in markets nationwide and VOD on May 11th, 2012 with After Dark handling the theatrical marketing & releases and Warner Brothers Entertainment handling the distribution of the ancillary forms of media (Home Video, VOD, Pay Per View, etc.).

About Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, LLC (TCFHE) is the industry leading worldwide marketing, sales and distribution company for all Fox produced, acquired and third party partner film and television programing. Each year TCFHE expands its award-winning global product portfolio with the introduction of new entertainment content through established and emerging formats including DVD, Blu-ray™, Digital HD and VOD.  Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is a subsidiary of 20th Century Fox, a 21st Century Fox Company.

Suicide Forest and Shadeylight

23570089It’s hard to explain the human mind. Why are we drawn to places that have a history of death and that people say is cursed. Why would anyone want to go camping in a place called Suicide Forest? Perhaps it’s for a thrill or just to see a place that most people are terrified to go to. Suicide Forest by Jeremy Bates is a psychological horror story that looks at people’s fascination with death, why people commit suicide, the hardships of life, friendship and love.

The story is fairly simple, it follows a group of five people on their way to climb Mount Fuji in Japan. Their trip gets rained out, they meet two other hikers and decide to camp in Suicide Forest instead. Suicide Forest is a real place where hundreds of Japanese citizens go each year to commit suicide. The forest has a dark history, the area is considered cursed and is associated with demons in Japanese mythology. The place contains rocky caverns, trees twisted into strange formations and is absent of wildlife. The seven campers are hoping to see a ghost or perhaps a body but they get far more than they bargained for.

The thing I admired about Suicide Forest was that this is a book that didn’t have a lot of action until the end but still managed to keep me interested. I found the characters so intriguing that I couldn’t put it down. Even the characters that aren’t in the book long have fascinating back stories. This is a psychological horror story which explores some deep subjects in a horrific setting. As dark as it is it actually has some funny moments as well, such as when the campers talk about the quickest ways to die. It’s a heavy topic but even in a hard situation I felt this scene added realism because even in a life threatening situation you would make light of it to deal with the horror all around you.

This book is light on action but big on suspense. The reader is constantly left with a feeling of unease because you’re not quite sure what’s happening until the end. The only thing you know for sure is that entering the forest was a bad idea and all the characters seem to turn on each other at one point. This book made me think of The Blair Witch Project with the exception being that this takes place in what is believed to be a real haunted setting.

There were several things I loved about this book.  I liked how it looks at Japanese culture and how the setting is described. From reading this book I felt like I had visited the Suicide Forest myself. I also liked the discussions in this book on why people commit suicide, with some saying they understand it and others saying they don’t. I also loved when one of the minor characters makes a revelation about death that’s hard to disagree with. This is also reflected well in the end of the book when you see that two of the main characters are forever changed by the experience they had with one feeling one way and the other being at the opposite end of the spectrum. If you want to know what I mean read the book and find out, you won’t be disappointed.

24549934Another book I want to talk about is Shadeylight:Vella The Virgin Vegan Vampire by J.K. Elemenopy  with a little help from Kimberly Steele. This book answers the question of what would happen if 50 Shades Of Grey and Twilight were able to mate and have a love child. Shadeylight is the answer to that question and a very good parody of both best-selling books. This is a story that’s all told from a first person viewpoint of a self obsessed college age girl who wants nothing more than to protect her no no and promote the vegan lifestyle.

Vella is a proud virgin and the subject of many men’s fantasies. She attends the local community college and wants to be a writer. Everything changes when she meets billionaire Xavier Cash who just happens to be part unicorn/part vampire. Vella is not your average girl though, she has a secret that she is not fully aware of and also has split personalities. Vella constantly has to deal with her perverted inner goddess and overbearing vegan subconscious. To make matters even more complicated she has another man who is interested in her named  Jean-Pierre La Fine.

This is the kind of book that you don’t get because the story looks good, this is the kind of book you get because you think that with a title like that it has to be entertaining. Shadeylight is a pretty funny read and this is coming from a person who would never dream of reading Twilight or 50 Shades Of Grey. Despite not knowing the source material, I’ve heard enough about both books where I got all the references and all the gags.

Nothing is off-limits in this book, it makes fun of everything including a scene where one of the characters makes fun of the author of the book. It makes fun of self obsessed writers, bad writing and it looks at how hypocritical people can be. My favorite scene was when Vella and Xavier go to a  Hotties Anonymous meeting. Who knew that people who are beautiful get discriminated against because of the chronic condition of being hot. Shadeylight also has some strange sex scenes that would make 50 Shades Of Grey look like a G rated movie.

Shadeylight is more than just a goofy parody though. This is a story that is using humor to put forth a message about going vegan while showing how silly some books that are considered popular can be. At the same time it still doesn’t take itself seriously. Who can resist a book that has Bacon trolls, sex with Cthulu and a vampire with serious mommy issues. That’s just the tip of the iceberg.  Shadeylight is one bizarre read that you don’t want to miss.

 

Upcoming Events

October 29th / Zombie Pirate Night / Toronto Canada / Live in Agincourt, come dressed as a zombie pirate and you could win some money, The club will be decorated for Halloween and there will be live music. For more information go to: theagincourt.com 

 October 30th / Terra Mota Halloween Fest / Caracas / Live music from goth bands: Subliminal Code, Psyborg Corp, Symbiotic Faith, AngerIn, Noctanbulath and many more. For more information go to: www.reverbnation.com/subliminalcode

November 5th / The Steam Punk Party of Misfortune / Venus Texas / This is the first annual cut, run and thrust Steam punk costume party. Also included is a burlesque show, a freak show, live music and a firework display. For more information go to: cutthrustandrun.net.

November 19th / Spooky Overnight Ghost Hunt/ Castle Menzies Perthshire Scottland / Join Lanshire Hauntings and a team of 6 mediums as they spend the night in a  haunted castle. You will get the chance to try the investigation equipment and chat with professional investigators. For more information go to: lanshirehauntings.co.uk.

November 26th – 27th/  Paper Asylum / Erie Pennsylvania / This is a collectors convention sponsored by Monsters Among Us who specializes in finding out of print horror magazines and comics. At the show  you’ll be able to find horror related comics, books, movie posters and old magazines such as Famous Monsters, Rue Morgue, Fangoria, Eerie Magazine and many more. For more information go to paperasylum.com.

November 25th – 27th / Darkover Con / Timonium Maryland / While this is primarily a science fiction and fantasy convention, there is going to be some horror related programming including a panal discussion on vampires in literature and why we are so fascinated by them and there will also be a day dedicated to steam punk which includes a costume and art show. For more information go to: darkovercon.org

December 3rd – 4th / Twilight Convention / Dallas Texas / Actors appearing at this convention include: Chaske Spencer and Charlie Bewley. There will also be a Volturi Vampire Ball and a Twilight parody done by the Hillywood Show. For more information go to : http://www.twilightconvention.com/cal/twilight_dallas.htm

Guest Blog: Immortals I Love, Vampires I Don’t Love – Kimberly Steele

When I write vampires, I find it difficult to make any rules for them aside from they have to drink human blood at regular intervals to stay alive.  I like the glampire aristocrats of Anne Rice with their whole set of problems with going out in the sun but I just don’t like writing them at least for the time being.  I’m more fascinated by Virginia Woolf’s take on immortality with the character of Orlando.  He/She is a great character, but what I love the most is the only “rule” is that Orlando cannot die.

As far as vampire as monster, like the vamps in the comic/movie series Blade, they are cool as hell but my whole thing is that average people are the real monsters.  I like juxtaposing the reality of vampires (who in my mind are serial killers who live forever) with average people who do terrible things, yet unlike the vampires, do not wrestle with their conscious.

I don’t like vampires that are too perfect.   The oh-so-sexy beautiful vampire with perfect features only works for me if he’s portrayed by Alexander Skarsgard.  God that boy is hot.  He could play a jar of Play Doh in an performance art rendition of Our House and I’d probably find it compelling, but I digress.  I’m also tired of the half-breed vampire human thing used in both Blade and Underworld.  It’s stupid and cliche–please, let’s move on.

Twilight’s vampires are too soft–I don’t care how much Edward blueballs Bella, but couldn’t he eat something higher on the food chain then venison once in a while?

What kinds of depictions of vampires do you think are the most fascinating?  What aspects of vampire characters do you dislike?