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Interview: West Coast Film Programmers – Part One

27 October 2016 5:40 PM, PDT

Putting together a genre film festival of any type takes time, commitment (or committed), a reliable team, a diverse lineup, luck plus so much more. The western part of North America is rich with talent, history and film festivals that break the mold and continue to redefine the experience for everyone that becomes part of the events. From such cities in California like Los Angeles, Sacramento and San Diego to Edmonton, Alberta Canada to Seattle, Washington, we sat down with five diverse film festival programmers to ask questions that not only connect these festivals but explore their development, growth and survival. These five key organizers and programmers bring different perspectives, experience, selective eye as well as personality to this discussion as we covered a wide variety of topics gaining insight into what makes this annual celebration of film, fans and filmmakers a must to attend!

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- Jay Kay

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V/H/S Segment Gets Feature Treatment in First SiREN Trailer; Arriving This December!

27 October 2016 4:55 PM, PDT

David Bruckner’s “Amateur Night” was one of the real standout parts of 2012’s V/H/S. Doing a great job of setting characters up for a good time and paying off with one hell of a second half, the segment was a lot of fun and quite terrifying at the same time. Now, with Dance Of The Dead/V/H/S:viral director Gregg Bishop at the helm, the popular segment has received the feature treatment in the form of SiREN, which sees the original short’s antagonist being transplanted into a brand new story involving a bachelor party gone horribly wrong. Hitting theaters on December 2nd and VOD, Digital HD and DVD on December 6th, the Chase Williamson (John Dies At The End, The Guest)-led frightfest now has a trailer and we’re very happy to share with you fright fanatics. Having seen the film already, I can »

- Jerry Smith

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Jay Kay’s Five Favorite Films At Fantastic Fest 2016!!

26 October 2016 2:25 PM, PDT

To experience a genre film festival is to see the life and dreams of unique as well as deeply creative souls unveil like flower opening on a warm day. Each film and filmmaker are like fingerprints leaving their own mark on the viewer, peer and that segment of time forever. To create a piece of art whether visual, audio or capturing a moment or feeling is a gift that I was lucky enough along with what seemed liked thousands at this year’s Fantastic Fest. Making the pilgrimage down to this incredible event that is never long enough, my peers, friends and the dysfunctional family worship at the Alamo Drafthouse venturing into the dark and letting the light, sounds and sensations guide us to through a world that we experience maybe only once in our life. This year’s lineup hosted by Tim League, crew, filmmakers and company in Austin »

- Jay Kay

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Review: Scare Campaign

26 October 2016 1:40 PM, PDT

Tackling the subject of pranks and how one can go horribly wrong, Brothers Colin and Cameron CairnesScare Campaign takes that idea and runs with it quite effectively. Providing viewers with a fun setup and offering twist after twist, the film is one that never ceases to keep you wondering just what’s next, providing an accomplishment in setting not only its character up, but the film’s viewers as well.

Following a prank that almost went horribly wrong, Emma (Meegan Warner) feels like the reality-tv pranking group she’s a part of is going a bit too far and needs to stop. Her main partner in it, Marcus (Ian Meadows), is getting heat from his boss, mentioning that their ratings are as good as they once were and that people want more extreme content. Talking Emma into one final scare before she quits, Marcus and his crew sets up »

- Jerry Smith

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31 Hits DVD/Bluray/Digital HD This December; Comes With Four hour Documentary

25 October 2016 1:24 PM, PDT

Rob Zombie’s latest film, 31, has had the effect most of his films tend to have: a pretty divisive one. Personally, I Loved the film (review) and think it’s one of the most entertaining horror films in a long, long time. It’s unique, it’s fun and it’s brutal as hell. Zombie created a true horror icon in the making with Doom Head (Richard Brake) and the film is full of excellent performances.

The film, along with its two (on the Bluray) And four hour making of documentaries (the four hour doc is an exclusive to the Digital HD copy) , are hitting DVD/Bluray/Digital HD on December 20th, via Lionsgate. We’ll definitely be checking this one out and even as divisive as Zombie’s films tend to be, his making of’s are always epic. Will you be picking this one up?

31 stars Sheri Moon Zombie »

- Jerry Smith

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Rob Zombie Bassist Matt Montgomery Teams up With Ash Costello To Form The Haxans; Releases New Ep

25 October 2016 12:48 PM, PDT

Matt Montgomery, a longtime member of Rob Zombie’s band in which he goes by Piggy D, is one cool cat. The Dracula mask wearing bassist is always one of the many highlights of seeing Rz live and puts on one hell of a performance every time. On his downtime, the multi-instrumentalist teamed up with Ash Costello to form the groove-oriented band The Haxans and released their debut Ep, “Three Hits From Hell,” a release that makes for the best music to bring to a party.

The guitars are heavy, the vocals are to die for and the entire Ep makes you want to throw it on, crank it as loud as it gets and dance your ass off. Comprised of three songs, the Ep is currently available to listen to on Spotify and Apple Music. “Three hits From Hell” is quite the impressive debut and we’re looking forward »

- Jerry Smith

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