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    “THALE” (DVD/Blu-ray Review)

    THALE is a lovely film, epitomized by its titular creature, which is a gorgeous one indeed. Written and directed by Aleksander Nordaas and based on Norwegian folk tales of cow-tailed temptresses called Huldra, THALE (on DVD and Blu-ray/DVD combo from XLrator Media) takes a classic-monsters approach to its story, evoking empathy for the sheltered, experimented-on beauty (Silje Reinåmo) as well as the best-friend duo who discover her.

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  • Trailer: Take your first look “UNDER THE BED”

    Steven C. Miller, who just last year brought us both THE AGGRESSION SCALE and loose Santa slasher redo is entering more monstrous territory with Amblin creature feature throwback UNDER THE BED.

    The increasingly prolific indie filmmaker tells the story of “the monster under the bed. Neal Hausman’s mistake was trying to fight it. Neal (Jonny Weston) has returned from a two-year exile following his tragic attempt to defeat the monster, only to find his father ticking ever closer to a breakdown, a new stepmother who fears him, and his little brother Paul (Gattlin Griffith), terrorized by the same monster. While Neal and Paul work together to try and fight the nocturnal menace, their parents are taking desperate measures to get the family back to normal. With no support from their parents, the brothers have nothing to rely on but each other, and courage beyond belief.”

    XLRATOR Media, who also has the Soska Sisters’ AMERICAN MARY on the way, releases UNDER THE BED July 19. [The Wrap]


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    Horror Fans! See “HATCHET III” and help Adam Green & Co. help Boston

    Horror cares. The genre’s fan base knows devotion and support and I knew very soon after the terrible Boston Marathon bombings that both something horror-related and something hardcore-related would give aid. This past Monday saw the likes of heavy heroes Converge headline a This is Boston benefit show, and now hometown filmmaker and genre nut Adam Green, teamed with Rock and Shock  and Wicked Bird Media, has announced plans for three days worth of donating that culminates in a special sneak preview of the highly anticipated HATCHET III.

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    BBC’s Zombie series “IN THE FLESH” hitting U.S. this June

    In February we got glimpses of IN THE FLESH, a UK series with a zombie protagonist preparing to re-enter the world at large. Now, as is often the case, the show will hit our shores via BBC America this June.

    In what looked especially interesting as a decently fresh take on a decidedly not-so-fresh subgenre, IN THE FLESH’s outbreak is referred to as PDS (Partially Deceased Syndrome). “The series follows 18-year-old Kieren Walker (Luke Newberry), a PDS sufferer who, now treated with the medication Neurolax, is deemed ready to return to his parents’ home in the small village of Roarton. Since the passing of the PDS Protection act, the government has set an agenda of acceptance and tolerance, one that is at odds with the communities abandoned at the time of The Rising, and the bloody battle between zombies and humans that ensued. A cauldron of brutal anti-zombie sentiment boils in Roarton, the home of the ‘rotter’ hating Human Volunteer Force (HVF). Can Kieren’s neighbors forgive him for what he did in his untreated state? More importantly can Kieren forgive himself?”

    IN THE FLESH is set to premiere in miniseries form on Thursday, June 6 at 10 p.m. You can see a trailer above.

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    Watch: “SIMON KILLER” director’s new horror short/ad “THE RED”; Excl comments

    Produced by Borderline Films, that which comprises MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE director Sean Durkin, AFTERSCHOOL/SIMON KILLER director Antonio Campos and director Josh Mond, this short psychological thriller from the young filmmakers currently owning the psychological thriller is something of a PSA.

    Teased just a few weeks ago and now online in full (above), THE RED was actually produced in conjunction with SS+K, a New York ad agency working with SALT, a debt management program from American Student Assistance looking to ease the massive stress that befalls an increasing number of graduating students.

    Having tackled ads before, Campos tells FANGORIA, “SS+K approached us through Station Films, who represents us for commercials. It was much bigger than anything we’ve done in terms of commercial. It was also a tricky one because it is a PSA for all intents and purposes, but because of the nature of the campaign where that wasn’t supposed to be known until the very end, all the aspects that were part of the ‘message ‘had to be dealt with carefully.”

    Credited as a whole to Borderline, Campos adds, “For this one, I directed, but Sean and Josh were part of the development and edit and would come to set. We have an organic way of working together. If we’re doing a commercial, we are all involved creatively, but do not all have to be on set. When it comes to commercials, it has always been either one or two of the three of us take the directing reigns. We had Andrew Marcus editing whose lists of features is strong, and it was really a pleasure and education working with him.”

    For more on THE RED, especially if you have mounting anxiety over debt, visit Face The Red.

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