Sunday, May 31, 2015

SLAUGHTER IN SYRACUSE (SinS) ANNOUNCES FULL 2015 LINEUP


Here's a press release I received about a cool indie film fest coming to the Syracuse area in early July!

The 2nd annual Slaughter In Syracuse Independent Underground Film Festival is poised to the extreme to slay New York State with a three day event which reaches to the depths of independent underground film, from July 10th – July 12th 2015 .

Sins is the brainchild event of Jason West of Vultra Video & Nick DeCarlo of Beneath The Underground. SinS opens up Friday July 10th 2015 at 6:00pm at The Maplewood Inn with a special VIP meet & greet with directors and actors, plus exclusive screenings of AMERICAN GUINEA PIG: BOUQUET OF BLOOD & GUTS with director Stephen Biro and f/x maestro Marcus Koch, as well as REVENGE IS HER MIDDLE NAME with director Anthony Matthews. Producer Bryan Truex will be available for  some Q&A following the films.

Saturday July 11th, brings the Slaughter in Syracuse Independent Underground Horror Film Festival at the Palace Theater beginning at 11:30am with local Syracuse band “One Last Shot” opening the event. On Sunday July 12th, the excitement continues at the Maplewood Inn with the Slaughter In Syracuse Collector Con at 11:00 AM, featuring vendor booths with everything Horror and Sci-Fi related that any gorehound or sci-fi fan could want to search for.

The Slaughter In Syracuse Independent Underground Film Festival is an 18+ year of age event. Ticket and hotel info can be found at the bottom of this post.


THE COMPLETE LINEUP FOR THE SLAUGHTER IN SYRACUSE FILM FEST!

THE WORLD PREMIERE OF “AGONi”
Time: 12:10 PM
Directed by: Ryan Vincent Logsdon
Director Q&A scheduled after the film.

I AM MONSTER
Time: 1:25 PM
Directed by: Lori Bowen & Shannon Lark

THE WORLD PREMIERE OF “TANTRUM”
Time: 1:45 PM
Directed by: James Bell
Director Q&A scheduled after the film.

THE WORLD PREMIERES OF "MANNA” & “HIS DEVIL’S NIGHT”
Time: 2:25 PM
Directed by: Michael Todd Schneider (a.k.a. Michael magGot)
Director Q&A scheduled after the film.

THE WORLD PREMIERE OF "AMERICAN GUINEA PIG: BLOODSHOCK"
Time: 4:00 PM
Directed by: Marcus Koch
Director Q&A scheduled after the film.

THE NEW YORK PREMIERE OF “HEADLESS”
Time: 6:00 PM
Directed by: Arthur Cullipher

Arthur Cullipher and actor Shane Beasley will be doing a Q&A after the film.

AMERICAN REFLEXXX
Time: 7:30 PM
Directed by: Alli Coates

THE WORLD PREMIERE OF “VOMIT FORE 4” & “A PERFECT CHILD OF SATAN” 
Time: 7:50 PM
Directed by: Lucifer Valentine
The director will NOT be in attendance, but will participate in a Q&A following the event, via telephone.

THE HEADLINER WORLD PREMIERE OF: “SCRAPBOOK”
Time: 9:30 PM
Directed by Eric Stanze
Director Q&A scheduled after the film.


TICKET & HOTEL INFO

The venue (i.e. The Palace Theater) for the July 11th SinS Film Festival is limited to 600 tickets. The VIP July 10th event is limited to 100 ticket sales. There are 3 VIP Levels, once any combination of 100 sales are made the VIP tickets will no longer be available.

TICKET PRICES
  • REGULAR TICKET: Good for Slaughter In Syracuse Film Festival only. $25.00 for advanced tickets; $30 at the door.
  • VIP Tier 1 Ticket: Admission for Friday July 10th 2015 - Buffet meet & greet at Maplewood Inn, exclusive screening, SinS sticker, SinS poster. (This DOES NOT include access to the SinS Film Festival on July 11th). $30.00
  • VIP Tier 2 Ticket: Admission for Friday July 10th 2015 - Buffet meet & greet at Maplewood Inn, exclusive screening, SinS sticker, SinS poster. Includes admission to SinS 2015 Film Festival. $50. 00 
  • SinS 2015 VIP Package 3: Admission for Friday July 10th 2015 - Buffet meet & greet at Maplewood Inn,exclusive screening, SinS sticker, SinS poster. Includes admission to SinS 2015 Film Festival, and  SinS Collector Con on July 12th. $60.00 
DISCOUNTED HOTEL ROOMS: 
Maplewood Inn
Slaughter in Syracuse Discounted Hotel Rate: $79.99 + tax
Address: 400 7th North Street
Liverpool, NY 13088
Phone in Discount Code: SINS15 Phone: (315) 451-1511

All guest appearances are confirmed but subject to possible cancellation due to professional obligations and opportunities beyond the control of Slaughter In Syracuse and it's organizers. For more information, visit SlaughterinSyracuse.com, and/or the SinS Facebook Page.


Saturday, May 30, 2015

Scream Factory's ROBOT JOX: Final Blu-ray specs & extras!


SCREAM FACTORY BRINGS BIG ROBOT BATTLES TO BLU-RAY ON JULY 7TH! 

ROBOT JOX has been a favorite of mine since my early childhood. It brings me great joy to see the original come to blu-ray disc this July, courtesy of Scream Factory! Especially considering that it's been out of print for some time!

Movie Synopsis: In the distant future, mankind has forsaken global wars. The world has been divided into two opposing super powers, with each side represented by trained champions. Their weapons are huge robotic machines, capable of battle on land, sea and in the air. 

ROBOT JOX reveals a world where nations settle their territorial disputes by a single combat between two giant machines. Piloted by national heroes Achilles (Gary Graham) and Alexander (Paul Koslo), the robots meet in Death Valley to fight for the greatest prize of all: Alaska.

But when Achilles' machine crushes 300 spectators, the match ends in a draw. Refusing to face Alexander in a rematch, Achilles is replaced by Athena (Anne-Marie Johnson), a genetically-engineered combat fighter. So when the GenJox is nearly killed and the game is forfeited, Achilles avenges their honor by challenging Alexander to a winner-take-all death match, in this heavy-metal, sci-fi adventure.

Directed by Stuart Gordon, the film stars Gary Graham (TV’s ALIEN NATION), Anne-Marie Johnson (TV’s IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT, JAG), Paul Koslo (VOYAGE OF THE DAMNED), Robert Sampson (RE-ANIMATOR, THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON), Danny Kamekona (HAWAII FIVE-O, THE KARATE KID PART II), Hilary Mason (DOLLS) and Michael Alldredge (SCARFACE) as Tex.

Blu-ray Specs:
Color | 85 minutes | Rated PG | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio -  ? (I'm gonna assume DTS-HD Master Audio Mono)

Special Features:
  • Audio Commentary with Director Stuart Gordon 
  • Audio Commentary with Associate Effects Director Paul Gentry, Mechanical Effects Artist Mark Rappaport, and Stop-Motion Animator Paul Jessel Brand.
  • New Interview with Actor Paul Koslo
  • Archival Interviews with Director Stuart Gordon, Pyrotechnic Supervisor Joe Viskocil, Associate Effects Director Paul Gentry, Stop-Motion Animator Paul Jessel and Animation & Effects Artists Chris Endicott and Mark McGee.
  • Behind-the-Scenes Footage
  • 2 Still Galleries
  • Trailers
ROBOT JOX is a welcome blast from my past and I cannot wait to own it on Blu-ray! This will undoubtedly be the best the film has ever looked, and the wealth of extras makes it a "must own" in my book.

The disc is due out on July 7th, and you can currently pre-order ROBOT JOX from AMAZON.COM and DIABOLIK DVD. As is the case with many of their titles, if you order this disc directly from SCREAM FACTORY, you will receive it a full two weeks early!

Now we just need Full Moon Entertainment to get on the ball and give us blu-ray releases for  ROBOT WARS and CRASH & BURN!

Scream Factory's HOWLING II: Final Blu-ray specs & extras!

Your Sister is a Werewolf.

SCREAM FACTORY BRINGS THE CULT HIT "HOWLING II" TO BLU-RAY ON JULY 14TH!

1985's HOWLING II is one of the strangest sequels I've ever seen in my life. Where else can you see Reb Brown and Christopher Lee battle werewolves that can only be killed by Titanium? But that isn't even what most of us guys remember this film for. 

The majority of us that saw this movie back in the 80s recall HOWLING II fondly because of the bizarre end credits/music video that features a constant loop of lead actress Sybil Danning tearing off her top.

No, this isn't a fever dream or hallucination, this is a real thing. Watch it HERE if you don't believe me! Thankfully the fine folks at Scream Factory have wisely added this movie to their impressive catalog, and it's looking to be yet another "must own" title!

Movie Synopsis: After countless millennia of watching, waiting and stalking, the unholy creatures known as werewolves are poised to inherit the earth. Legendary horror icon Christopher Lee (THE LORD OF THE RINGS, Count Dracula) faces off against sexy cult favorite Sybil Danning (BATTLE BEYOND THE STARS, CHAINED HEAT, GRINDHOUSE) in this terrifying descent into a world of nightmares that turns out to be all too real!

After newscaster Karen White's shocking on-screen transformation and violent death (in the original THE Howling), her brother Ben (Reb Brown, YOR, THE HUNTER FROM THE FUTURE) is approached by Stefan Crosscoe (Lee), a mysterious man who claims that Karen has, in fact, become a werewolf. But this is the least of their worries. To save mankind, Stefan and Ben must travel to Transylvania to battle and destroy Stirba (Danning), the immortal queen of all werewolves, before she is restored to her full powers!
Also starring Annie McEnroe (The Hand) and Marsha A. Hunt (Dracula A.D. 1972), directed by Philippe Mora (HOWLING III: THE MARSUPIALS, COMMUNION, THE BEAST WITHIN), and driven by a pulsing punk-y soundtrack, this film is a no-holds-barred horror-fest that’ll rip your heart out… and you’ll like it.

Blu-ray Specs:
Color | 91 minutes | Rated R | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio - DTS-HD Master Audio Mono


Special Features: 
  • Audio Commentary with Director Philippe MoraAudio Commentary with Composer Steve Parsons and Editor Charles Bornstein.   
  • Leading Man – An Interview with Actor Reb Brown 
  • Queen of the Werewolves – An Interview with Actress Sybil Danning 
  • A Monkey Phase – Interviews with Special Make-Up Effects Artists Steve Johnson and Scott Wheeler 
  • Behind the Scenes Footage (in HD - from Philippe Mora’s archive) 
  • Alternate Opening and Alternate Ending (in HD – from Philippe Mora’s archive)
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Still Gallery
Once again, HOWLING II will be released on July 14th, and is currently available for pre-order at AMAZON.COM and DIABOLIK DVD! You can also order it directly from SCREAM FACTORY and receive your disc two weeks early!

While you wait for HOWLING II to ship, why not pick up some other titles in the series?




Friday, May 29, 2015

Welcome to The B-Movie News Vault!

Hey all! Welcome to the newest appendage to THE B-MOVIE FILM VAULT! Here you will find a steady stream of genre movie news and trailers, plus info on upcoming DVDs and Blu-rays! Or, well, at least there WILL be a steady stream once the new site is operational! Bear with us as we expand our operations at The Vault!

Questions you may have:
WILL THERE BE ANY REVIEWS AT THE NEWS VAULT?
Most likely not. Reviews, rants, articles, interviews, and podcasts will remain archived at the original B-Movie Film Vault site. This appendage is strictly for reporting news, and sharing the occasional opinion on it.

WHY CREATE THE NEWS VAULT?
Part of it was done to conserve bandwidth and webspace at the main site. Also, with the volume of press releases we receive, had we posted them at all at Vault HQ, they would totally eclipse all of the other content that we offer up on a weekly (and sometimes bi-weekly) basis.

I HAVE AN UPCOMING FILM. WILL YOU SHARE THE TRAILER/PRESS RELEASE FOR IT?
Absolutely! As long as it falls into certain genres of film, namely Horror, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Exploitation, and all those in between. The Vault is a niche site that focuses on cult and b-cinema (which leaves a lot of breathing room to explore), so straight Dramas, Comedies, Documentaries, and Action films are not what we're looking for.

THIS SITE WILL BE UPDATED DAILY?
As is the case with the main Vault site, this is all a labor of love. We may not update EVERY day, but we're gonna try our best!

So stay tuned as we get things in gear, and if you have any news you think is worthy to be shared on the site, please drop us a line at vault_master [at] bmoviefilmvault [dot] com!