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Harlow’s Haunt Joins BayView Entertainment For Distribution Of Florida Indie Horror Tale

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Harlow’s Haunt, the new horror movie starring John Dugan is already getting considerable online buzz and will be distributed by the same company who brought you SKINAMARINK.

Indie horror is alive and well and reaching new and bigger audiences all the time. The genre of lower budget, independently produced films is certainly unique an in demand. Many ‘Indies’ deliver new and unusual stories along with an immersive and visceral feel. The impact of a well executed movie, such as The Blair Witch Project can send shivers down your spine and ripples across the horror movie industry as well as light the creative fires of aspiring horror filmmakers.

Black Dog Filmz, a central Florida based production group, recently joined with BayView Entertainment for the exclusive worldwide distribution of Harlow’s Haunt. BayView Entertainment is a longtime industry leader in many facets of media production, marketing and distribution. One quite notable popular current release from BayView Entertainment is SKINAMARINK which is creeping out audiences in theaters and streaming while also propelling the love of indie horror ever forward.

Harlow’s Haunt stars John Dugan (Grandpa from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre) in the title role as a man who has a questionable past hiding behind his likable facade. Set in the dual timelines of 1926 and present day, Harlow’s deceitful actions span the decades to meet a group of troubled young adults on a supposedly fun night out on Halloween.

This group of friends, who are now reconnecting after a recent tragedy, have their own demons lurking inside as the evil they unleashed as children playing with a Ouija Board years ago returns. The consequences have impacted them all in one way or another throughout their lives, leading to a mind-bending finale at The Haunt.

Harlow’s Haunt was filmed at a real, working haunt attraction in Plant City, Florida, Sir Henry’s Haunted Trail. The backwoods ‘off-the-beaten-path’ setting is a strong character in creating the whole creepy sideshow vibe of the movie. The immersive cinematography and character driven storyline aims to put the viewer in the scene as a silent observer unable to blink. The pace is a bit unusual with plenty of story and character development that leads the viewer to a number of ‘Ah-ha!’ moments as they connect the dots. As the story unfolds we swiftly arrive at the ending which is already generating buzz.

Film festivals are another great finger on the pulse of a particular movie’s reception. Harlow’s Haunt has received ‘Best Horror Film’ at Sofia Art Film Awards, ‘Best Horror Film’, ‘Best Indie Feature Film’, ‘Best Poster’ and ‘Special Mention Thriller Film’ at 1st Monthly Film Festival. ‘Special Selection’ in multiple categories at Lift-Off Global Network Filmmaker Sessions at Pinewood Studios as well as ‘Official Selection’ at The Halloween Horror Picture Show.

Horror movie reviewers and influencers who have watched an early screening of Harlow’s Haunt are resonating with the way the movie made them ‘feel’ after watching it. Some have even organized discussions among themselves trying to decode the sudden and cryptic ending. One common bit of feedback is how this movie pulls you back in for a rewatch to listen and watch for more story clues that you may have missed the first time around. Harlow’s Haunt invites the viewer to come on in!

Random Reviews says: “At the end there is a rise of anxiety while watching and you think it will just level out to a closing. That is not the case here. It takes a massive dive into something you would have not expected. You will also witness one of the greatest female screams in horror.”

@bethloveshorror reports: This is probably going to be my first post of many talking about this movie because I enjoyed it so much. I don’t want to spoil anything, but there is something very unique about the last 30 minutes or so that I NEED to talk about with horror friends. It’s a complete mind… fudgickle.”

Harlow’s Haunt team members are making guest appearances on various podcasts and shows as well as booking convention panels and activities to meet and greet and discuss the movie and anything about indie filmmaking. Keep and eye out for the schedule and come say ‘hello’!

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Bio: Terry Jarrell is founder at Black Dog Filmz, writer, producer and director of Harlow’s Haunt. Terry has worked in the creative world for a number of years in supporting indie filmmakers’ technical and cinematography efforts, small camera systems, 360 tech, drones and more. Also a writer, Terry has been a regular contributor to numerous online news sources for almost two decades.

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Barbara Crampton Joins ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ in Latest DLC

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Gun has been knocking it out of the park recently with their massively successful Texas Chainsaw Massacre game. And now horror fans have something else to be excited about. The horror legend herself, Barbara Crampton (From Beyond) will be making an appearance in the game’s newest DLC.

Barbara has told Fangoria that she will be added in the game as a new mom character. Fans of Gun’s Texas Chainsaw Massacre game have already applauded the company for their fan service and their ability to respond to fans and keep the game updated with new features. This just shows how much the company truly understands horror fans.

Turns out, Barbara Crampton is a huge Texas Chainsaw Massacre fan from way back. In an Instagram post, she had the following to say: “probably my favorite movie of all time is The Texas Chain Saw Massacre… I was 22 and I couldn’t finish it.”

Not only that, but she is also friends with the amazing Gunnar Hansen (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre). Here is what she had to say about him: “My favorite character is Gunnar Hansen as Leatherface… He sat right next to me at my first convention and helped me… we became good friends after that.”

Barbara Crampton in Re-Animator (1985)

So not only do we have horror royalty joining the game, but Barbara Crampton is also friends with the OG Leatherface as well as being a lifelong fan. Hopefully, this will spell success for the game’s upcoming DLC. Not that it was unlikely to be a hit with horror fans in the first place. Gun has a proven track record of delivering just what fans are hoping for.

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‘Tales from the Crypt’ Publisher, EC Comics is Being Brought Back to Life at Oni Comics

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After seventy years of being shut down, the iconic EC Comics is coming back by way of Oni Comics. Originally founded as an educational comics brand, it would later become a publisher known for its horror comics and tales to keep you up late at night. William Gaines lead the way and during his time we were gifted with a run of comics such as Tales From the Crypt, The Haunt of Fear, The Vault of Horror, and of course Weird Science among others. Founded in 1944 and running to 1956 it was eventually shut down due to claims that comic books were affecting the minds of our adolescents. After reaching Congress the issue was large enough to take down the small comics publisher.

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Original Cover art for EC Comics Tales From the Crypt.

Of course, later on, HBO would take Tales From the Crypt and reboot it for television with a whole new generation. However, for comic collectors, it was up to either visiting select digital archives online or purchasing old issues by way of auction. It is exciting to hear that Oni Comics is going to bring EC Comics back to life.

“EC Comics is one of the most artistically important and culturally significant publishers of all time. In ways both artful and shocking, EC confronted the darkness lurking behind the thin facade of American society — a throughline of radically confrontational storytelling that we intend to both uphold and escalate with the first new EC tales in decades. We’re challenging ourselves to evolve EC’s relentless energy and fearless sensibilities in ways never before attempted. These are intense comics for our intense times.“ Oni Comics Publisher, Hunter Gorinson said.

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Cover art from EC Comics Tales From the Crypt.

The first two comics under the new partnership are two new anthology titles that both lend themselves to the flair of their classics. First up Epitaphs from the Abyss followed by Cruel Universe. You can check out the cover for Cruel Universe at the bottom of the page.

Although the partnership is said to not be about nostalgia, we are still hoping that following some of these new titles we do get a special revisit for Tales from the Crypt or one of the other classics.

Epitaphs From the Abyss is due out in stores beginning this July. Cruel Universe is set to arrive in August.

What do you think about the Oni Comics bringing back EC Comics? Let us know in the comments section.

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Cover for EC Comics upcoming title.

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Images and a Poster Have Arrived For Eli Roth’s ‘Borderlands’

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Eli Roth’s Borderlands is well on its way to a theater near you. The Gearbox Software game adaptation looks to take its characters, costumes, and the world of Pandora right from the game. So, that is a good sign. However, we are still on the fence with this one. We will have a better idea of what to expect when a trailer drops tomorrow. Today we have our first look at some images from the film along with a hyper-neon fun poster.

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Photo: Cate Blanchett as Lilith in Borderlands. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Lionsgate.

The synopsis for Borderlands goes like this:

Lilith (Blanchett), an infamous outlaw with a mysterious past, reluctantly returns to her home planet of Pandora to find the missing daughter of the universe’s most powerful S.O.B., Atlas (Ramirez). Lilith forms an alliance with an unexpected team – Roland (Hart), a former elite mercenary, now desperate for redemption; Tiny Tina (Greenblatt), a feral pre-teen demolitionist; Krieg (Munteanu), Tina’s musclebound, rhetorically challenged protector; Tannis (Curtis), the scientist with a tenuous grip on sanity; and Claptrap (Black), a persistently wiseass robot. These unlikely heroes must battle alien monsters and dangerous bandits to find and protect the missing girl, who may hold the key to unimaginable power. The fate of the universe could be in their hands – but they’ll be fighting for something more: each other.

Borderlands stars Cate Blanchett, Kevin Hart, Edgar Ramirez, Jamie Lee Curtis, Ariana Greenblatt, Florian Munteanu, Haley Bennett, Olivier Richters, Gina Gershon, Cheyenne Jackson, Charles Babalola, Benjamin Byron Davis, Steven Boyer, Bobby Lee, Ryann Redmond, Penn Jillette, and Janina Gavankar, and Jack Black.

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Borderlands arrives in theaters beginning August 9. Are you excited about this one? Let us know in the comments section.

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