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‘Horror in the High Desert’ Delivers Exactly That in Faux Doc Style



Horror in the High Desert

Horror in the High Desert recently made its debut on Tubi after a short festival run. It’s a film that fans of found footage and faux doc style horror films will not want to miss.

The film’s official synopsis reads:

In July 2017, an experienced outdoor enthusiast vanished in Northern Nevada while on an outdoor excursion. After an extensive search, he was never located. On the three-year anniversary of his disappearance, friends and loved ones recall the events leading up to his vanishing, and for the first time, speak about the horrifying conclusion of his fate.

Writer/director Dutch Marich was featured in our Horror Pride series last year during the month of June. The series honors the contributions of the LGBTQ+ community to the horror genre. In that interview, he had this to say:

“There’s two things that I love in horror. One is the fear of the unknown which to me is just the best. It’s hard to top that sort of unsolved mysteries thing. I love the things that push your brain to work.  The second would have to be a straight up, visceral human monster, slasher, or serial killer.”

Horror in the High Desert blends these two things together beautifully. In fact, I would say the film is the promise Marich made to his viewers when he first began making films fulfilled.

In order for a faux documentary to really work, you have to be able to believe the people on screen are not actors at all. You have to lose yourself in the illusion that they are reporters, concerned siblings, police officers, etc. It’s the tripping point for most who attempt the style. Someone’s performance is almost always too much of a performance to sell the film’s reality.

Fortunately for us, Marich excels at this, and though I cannot be entirely sure, I think its largely down to his not hiring “actors” for his films. They are, almost always, a family affair. I can hear some of you groaning when I say this, but what I have to add is that Marich seems to have a particularly talented family who is natural on camera.

Take, for instance, Tonya Williams Ogden. In the film she plays Beverly Hinge, sister to the film’s missing protagonist who we only see in recovered footage. In real life, she’s Marich’s cousin. Now, I’ve seen a lot of low-budget films where the filmmaker employs their family to fill out the cast and it…doesn’t work out so well. The exact opposite happens here.

I don’t remember the last time I saw someone look this natural on camera or who, so adeptly, became the heart of a film. There wasn’t a hint of acting to what she was doing. She was simply a sister who desperately wanted to know what happened to her brother, and she breaks the viewer’s heart more than once during the film.

Likewise, Marich’s husband, David Morales, rises to the occasion as private investigator William “Bill” Salerno, again, giving an understated performance that underlines the “reality” of the film.

There is a moment in every found footage film where reality takes a turn to the terrifying. That moment exists in Horror in the High Desert, but it doesn’t come with a big punch the way it often does in similar films. Instead, Marich carefully crafts a story that becomes more unsettling by the moment. He chooses dread over jump scares and character over inflated plot.

Does this make certain sections of the film seem longer than they actually are? Yes, and the pacing of the film is the only real issue I have. There are times where the stories and anecdotes are perhaps a minute or two longer than they necessarily need to be, but the film never grinds to a complete halt.

What’s more when Gary’s final video from his adventures in the desert is revealed, the terror is all the more palpable because the director took the time to really flesh out the character so that we feel like we know him. Viewers feel for this young man who was cyberbullied into returning to a location that he did not want to see again, and what follows is all the more effective because of it.

Further, Marich answers just enough questions to feel satisfying while leaving a few more open for a sequel, which, has already been promised.

You can see Horror in the High Desert for free on Tubi. Check out the film’s trailer below!

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‘King On Screen’ Trailer – A New Stephen King Documentary, Coming Soon



Today the official trailer has been released for a new documentary, King on Screen, that Dark Star Pictures has acquired the North American rights.

Over the years, Stephen King has gained recognition as an immensely popular and prolific author known for his mastery of horror, supernatural, and suspense. His writing style is often characterized by vivid descriptions and compelling characters, and he just has an overall knack for building that suspense that we’ve all come to enjoy.

King has the ability to create a sense of unease and terror in everyday settings; this has become quite a hallmark for the author. The dark side of human nature and how people treat each other is another trademark King often delivers within his characters.

The Synopsis: 1976; Brian de Palma directs Carrie, the first novel by Stephen King. Since then, more than 50 directors have adapted the master of horror’s books into more than 80 films and series, making him the most adapted author alive in the world. What’s so fascinating about him that filmmakers cannot stop adapting his works? KING ON SCREEN reunites the filmmakers that have adapted Stephen King’s books for cinema and TV, including Frank Darabont (Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, The Walking Dead), Tom Holland (The Langoliers, Chucky), Mick Garris (The Stand, Sleepwalkers) and Taylor Hackford (Dolores Claiborne, Ray). It is a movie made for the fans and with the fans, led by an international ambition.

Interviews also include Tim Curry, James Can, Dee Wallace, Mark L. Lester, Mike Flanagan, Vincenzo Natali, and Greg Nicotero. Directed by Daphné Baiwir

The documentary will be in select theaters on August 11, 2023, and On Demand and Blu-Ray on September 8, 2023.

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A New Supernatural Thriller – ‘Hell Hath No Fury’ Is In The Works



A new supernatural thriller, Hell Hath No Fury, is currently in the works. (not to be confused with the 2021 film with the same title). Miles Crawford (Babylon), Sharlene Rädlein (Spinning Out of Control), Brooke Butler (Ozark), Jamie Zevallos (The Skulleton), and Lorenzo Antonucci (Paradise City) have signed on to the Karbis Sarafyan and Andrew Pearce-produced thriller film.

Written by Dennis Wilder and directed by Rustam Vakilov, Hell Hath No Fury follows Aidan (Crawford), an agnostic psychiatrist who runs a residential facility while grieving the loss of his newborn child with his wife.  When one of his patients is brutally murdered just as a beautiful new employee comes into his life, he tries to balance saving his marriage with preventing the facility from closing.  As the story progresses, Aidan must confront his own lack of faith as he realizes that these frightening new circumstances are anything but natural.  

“The plot features a thrilling mix of psychological drama, horror, and supernatural elements that will keep viewers on the edge of their seats,” said producer Sarafyan. “It is a stroy about grief, faith, and the power of the human spirit to overcome even the most challenigng obstacles.”

Not much more is known about this new thriller. Check out the cast’s photos below, and check back with for more information on Hell Hath No Fury.

Lorenzo Antonucci – Photo by Michael Roud 
Jaime Zevallos – Photo by OG Photography 
Brooke Butler – Photo by Bonnie Nichoalds
Miles Crawford – Photo by Damu Malik 
Sharlene Rädlein – Photo by  Coco Jourdana 
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5 New Horror Movies You Can Stream Starting This Week



I am old enough to remember when after a new horror movie’s theatrical release, you would have to wait six months before you could find it at the local video store. That’s if it was even released in the area where you lived.

Some movies were viewed once and lost into the void forever. They were very dark times. Fortunately for us, streaming services have cut that wait down to a fraction of the time. This week we have some big hitters coming to VOD, so let’s jump right in.


Renfield Poster

Nicolas Cage (The Wicker Man) is really hard to put a label on. He has been in so many terrific films, while also ruining one of the greatest folk horror films ever made. For better or worse, his over-the-top acting has placed him in a special place in the hearts of many.

In this iteration of Dracula, he is joined by Nicholas Hoult (Warm Bodies), and Awkwafina (The Little Mermaid). Renfield looks to be a more lighthearted take on the classic Bram Stoker tale. We can only hope that the awkward lovable style of Hoult mingles well with the zaniness that Cage is known for. Renfield will be streaming on Peacock June 9th.


Tony Todd (Candy Man) is one of horror’s greatest living icons. The man has a way of making evil sexy in an unmatched way. Joining Tony in this period piece is the marvelous Sheri Davis (The Amityville Moon).

This one feels fairly cut and dry. We get some old-timey racism which leads to a curse that haunts the land to this day. Mix in some voodoo for good measure and we have ourselves a horror movie. If you want an older feel to your new horror movie, this one’s for you. Devilreaux will be released to video on demand services on June 9th.

The Angry Black Girl and Her Monster

The Angry Black Girl and Her Monster Poster

I have discussed my excitement over this film once before. Not only do we get a modern retelling of Dracula this week. We also get to look at Frankenstein’s monster through a new lens. It’s going to be a good week for classic literature fans.

This film has an amazing cast behind it. We get performances from Denzel Whitaker (The Great Debaters), Laya DeLeon Hayes (God of War: Ragnarök), and Chad L. Coleman (The Walking Dead). If creature features are more your thing, this is the film to watch this week.

The Angry Black Girl and Her Monster will hit video on demand services on June 9th.

Brooklyn 45

Brooklyn 45 Movie Poster

If you aren’t already subscribed to Shudder, now is the time to try out a free trial. The Shudder originals can often be hit or miss. But they normally include some of the standout horror films of the year.

Brooklyn 45 looks like it is going to be one of the good ones. Already receiving massive praise before its release, the hype on this one has me excited. Starring Anne Ramsey (The Taking of Deborah Logan), Ron Rains (Teacher), and Jeremy Holm (Mr. Robot). Brooklyn 45 is my most anticipated new horror film this week. Brooklyn 45 will hit shudder June 9th.

She Came from the Woods

She Came from the Woods Movie Poster

Tubi has been playing its hand at making its own horror films for a while now. Up until this point they have been less than stellar. But after seeing the trailer for She Came from the Woods, I have hope that’s all about to change.

This film isn’t giving us anything new, it’s an old camp legend gone awry. But what it is giving us is William Sadler (Tales from the Crypt) right back where he belongs. Fighting ghosts with a shotgun and loving every minute of it. If you are looking for a new horror movie that is easy to digest, this is the one for you. She Came from the Woods will hit Tubi June 10th.

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