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Red Christmas Acquired by Artsploitation Films

Posted by Jonathan Barkan on April 5, 2017

Craig Anderson’s Australian horror film Read Christmas (review) has been acquired for US distribution by Artsploitation Films. They plan on running it through festivals during the summer and will be giving it a limited theatrical run in August with a home video release, including DVD, Blu-ray, and VOD, in October.

Red Christmas stars Dee Wallace, Geoff Morrell, Sarah Bishop, and Janis McGavin.

A troubled matriarch (Wallace) must defend her family when a mysterious stranger turns up at her secluded country mansion on Christmas Day. A day of celebration becomes a night of terror, as the stranger reveals a secret from the family’s past and threatens to destroy their future.

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I Bleed Indie: A VOD Platform For Indie Horror Fans

Posted by Kieran Fisher on February 1, 2017

Listen up, indie horror fans! The Blood Shed has launched a VOD platform which focuses solely on the promotion of indie and international horror. Read on for details.

I Bleed Indie has already acquired over 100 feature films for the service, with more on the way. The VOD service is already featuring some DIY-produced gems and the latest releases from stellar labels like Artsploitation, Wild Eye, Brinkvision, and more.

The service is home to domestic and foreign features and shorts. Features will rent for $2.00, featurettes for $1.00, and shorts for $.50 with 90% of revenue going directly to the filmmakers. Considering most indie filmmakers don’t make a dime, that’s a pretty sweet deal.

As you well know, some of the finest horror flicks out there come from the underground, and serious horror aficionados owe it to themselves to check out what this service has to offer. We’re talking quality horror rentable for pocket change. What are you waiting for?

Keep up to date by following the platform’s Facebook page or visiting the website at ibleedindie.com.

I Bleed Indie

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Brazilian Folklore, the Occult, and Slavery Collide in The Devil Lives Here

Posted by David Gelmini on November 28, 2016

The occult, Brazilian folklore, and the horrors of slavery mixed together sound like they could make for one pretty decent horror flick. I guess we’ll find out when The Devil Lives Here hits DVD and VOD in mid-December.

We have all the details of this “beautiful nightmare” right here…

From the Press Release:
Four teenagers get caught up in the midst of a deadly war between dark, ancient forces in a far away country house in The Devil Lives Here (aka O Diabo Mora Aqui, The Fostering). The film enjoyed a worldwide festival run (including Sitges Film Festival, Morbido FilmFest, and Brussels International Film Festival) and was the winner of Best Foreign Film at the 2016 FilmQuest.

It’s directed by Rodrigo Gasparini and Dante Vescio and stars Pedro Caetano, Pedro Carvalho, Mariana Cortines, and Felipe Frazão.

According to Scream magazine, “[The Devil Lives Here] grabs you by the throat and rattles your nerves in a manner not at all unlike a Sam Raimi flick. [It] is the most beautiful nightmare you’re likely to have in a while.”

Three friends – Ale, Magu, and Jorge – go on a trip to visit their friend Apolo at his family’s farm for a weekend of fun. At the same time, Sebastião and his younger brother, Luciano, are getting ready to perform the spiritual ritual their family has been tasked with every nine months, for centuries. On the night the two groups meet, they find out that what they thought were scary tales becomes more than real. It is now up to them to prevent evil to be born and take over the world.

The Devil Lives Here will be released on DVD and VOD on December 13, 2016 from Artsploitation Films.



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The Perfect Husband Is Headed into Your Home

Posted by John Squires on July 14, 2016

Are you sure that you really know the person you share a bed with at night? That’s a terrifying question posed by Italian filmmaker Lucas Pavetto in his upcoming film The Perfect Husband, which we first told you about a couple years back. It’s finally headed home here in the States, and we’ve got the release info for ya.

The psychological horror flick hits DVD, Blu-ray, and Vimeo streaming on July 26, followed by a wider rollout on other VOD outlets October 25. In the meantime, check out the crazy trailer and home video art below!

Gabriella Wright and Bret Roberts star.

The film follows Viola (Wright) and Nicola (Roberts) as they try to reconcile after an unexpected termination of pregnancy puts a strain on their marriage. They decide to spend a weekend in a family cottage in the woods, but what was supposed to be a romantic weekend suddenly turns into a deadly nightmare as seething suspicions, maddening paranoia, and blind rage explode around them.

Special Features:

  • Bonus Short Film: Il Marito Perfectto
  • The Perfect Husband Behind-the-Scenes Featurette
  • Artsploitation Trailers

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NSFW: Bunny the Killer Thing Now Available for Easter Viewing

Posted by John Squires on March 25, 2016

This Sunday is of course Easter, and there are precious few horror films out there intended for viewing on that special day. If you’ve already seen films like Kottentail and Easter Casket, we’re happy to report that there’s a brand new one on the scene this year, and it’s just been given a timely home video release.

Courtesy of Artsploitation Films, Joonas Makkonen’s Finnish horror-comedy Bunny the Killer Thing (review) hit DVD and Blu-ray this past Tuesday, and in it a half-man, half-rabbit creature terrorizes a group of friends in a remote cabin – and he’s hungry for, well, something other than flesh.

Check out the bonkers trailer below, which is definitely NOT SAFE FOR WORK!!

A group of seven Finnish young adults are heading to have a fun weekend at a cabin in the dark woods of Finland. By chance, three foreign men end up to the same cabin. The men seem to be hiding a secret. The party weekend at cabin becomes a game for life and death, when suddenly a weird creature attacks from forest to terrorize the people! The creature is half-man, half-rabbit, and it is after anything that resembles female genitals. The creature is Bunny the Killer Thing!

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Artsploitation Scores Observance and Blue Family From Shoreline

Posted by Steve Barton on November 4, 2015

More distro news has arrived from the good folks over at Artsploitation films who have just picked up the rights to the thrillers, Observance and Blue Family. Read on for stills, trailers, and details.

From the Press Release:
Artsploitation Films has announced the acquisition of two English Language films – Observance and Blue Family – from Shoreline Entertainment. The deals are for all rights for North America. Artsploitation plans early 2016 releases for both titles.

Polanski’s The Tenant meets Hitchcock’s Rear Window in the claustrophobic psychological thriller Observance which is coming off a festival run which included Fantasia where it had its World Premiere, Vancouver International and London Film Festivals. Directed by Joseph Sims-Dennett (Bad Behaviour), the Australian production stars Lindsay Farris (Primal, Bad Behaviour), Stephanie King (Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries) and John Jarratt (Wolf Creek, Django Unchained) and involves an emotionally fragile private detective whose world is gradually upended as he observes a woman from an abandoned apartment.


Blue Family is an American production co-written, co-directed and starring Guillermo Ivan as a pleasant young car salesman who harbors a terrifying secret – he has kidnapped three women and keeps them locked up in his basement.

Artsploitation’s Ray Murray, who negotiated the deal with Sam Eigen of Shoreline says, “I am excited about these two very dissimilar thrillers. Observance is a visually surreal and disturbing tale of a man’s mental deterioration while Blue Family upends the familiar “women held captive” dramas with a story of unexpected humor and characters one can relate to.”

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Boy Scouts Get Massacred in New Cub Trailer

Posted by John Squires on April 27, 2015

I don’t know about you, but I miss the hell out of the slasher sub-genre. We’ve gotten a small handful of new ones in recent years but not nearly enough, which is why I’m thrilled about the impending release of Jonas Govaerts’ Cub (review). We’ve got a new trailer for ya today, so dig in!

The film is headed our way August 18th on VOD, DVD, and Blu-ray courtesy of Artsploitation Films.

This dark, bloody imaginative fairy tale about a camping trip that turns into deadly carnage draws on such influences as Lord of the Rings, Friday the 13th, and The Devil’s Backbone. The story follows 12-year-old outcast Sam, who, along with his troop of cub scouts and their teenage supervisors, camp in woods rumored to house a mysterious and deadly werewolf. Inquisitive Sam, certain the woods are inhibited by something evil, soon stumbles upon a feral young boy and, eventually, his evil psychopathic mentor. But convincing the others of the danger falls on deaf ears, and soon ingenious traps begin to take their violent toll on the group.


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Artsploitation Announces Summer Home Video Lineup; Der Samurai, Cub and More!

Posted by John Squires on April 23, 2015

Today is a pretty good day, as a handful of our most anticipated 2015 genre films have just been handed release dates courtesy of Artsploitation Films. The distribution company just announced their summer slate of releases, and oh boy is it tasty. Read on!

From the Press Release:

After a hiatus of 16 months, alternative North American film distribution company Artsploitation Films (www.artsploitation.com) has announced its upcoming summer line-up of international films. From the comedic to the horrific; the unsettling to the blood-curdling; and from the erotic to the controversial, the films showcase the best and most innovative genre movies the world has to offer.

The announced selection of 10 titles begins June 9th with the DVD and Blu-Ray release of the German slasher film and film festival favorite DER SAMURAI and features films from 6 different countries. Showcased is a cross-dressing, samurai sword-wielding killer (DER SAMURAI); a middle-class snuff-making suburban couple (THE HOUSE WITH 100 EYES); a group of cub scouts who should not have gone into the woods (CUB); a porno director’s bed-hopping search for his next female star (TRANSGRESSION); a young girl tormented by psycho-sexual dreams (HORSEHEAD); a money-desperate drug dealer who will stop at nothing (DEALER); a kidnapped woman more duplicitous than her abductors (RECKLESS); and, coming this Fall, a severed hand bent on bloody revenge…and bodily reunification (BLOODY KNUCKLES). And there is not a G–rated children’s film in the bunch!

There will be several limited theatrical releases (FEVER and DEATH IN BUENOS AIRES this summer) and most films will go out day and date on DVD/Blu-Ray and VOD. Artsploitation’s founder, Raymond Murray, sums up the company’s acquisitions philosophy as, “We seek entertaining and provocative films that encompass our admittedly left-of-center film esthetic. My goal is to find films that my team and I love but then the hard work begins: connecting each film with its targeted, often quite specialized audience. And remember, hundreds of fictional men, women and children have been killed, kidnapped, tormented, or have had their blood sucked out of them and the least we can do is connect their stories with their future fans.”

The slate of titles are below with more films to be announced in the coming weeks.

Der Samurai

(2014, Germany, Director: Till Kleinert)
Blu-ray/DVD Release Date: June 9, 20015

A young police officer stalks a cross-dressing villain with a sword and a predilection for beheadings.

“A fantastic piece of cinema…beautiful and blood drenched.”
– Ain’t It Cool News

Bonus features:
Director’s commentary
Making of featurette

(2013, USA, Directors: Jay Lee and Jim Roof)
DVD Release Date: June 16, 2015

This grisly horror-comedy follows a nice couple who happen to also be serial killers and snuff filmmakers.

“One of the greatest horror films of the century.”
– Film Radar

Bonus features:
Director’s commentary
Sizzle reel
Gag reel

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(2014, France, Director: Romain Basset)
Blu-ray/DVD Release Date: June 23, 2015

A shocking horror-fantasy about a young woman haunted by nightmares involving a horse-man.

“Well acted, gorgeously and nightmarishly executed.”
– Ain’t It Cool News

Bonus features:
Making of featurette (60 minutes)
Four short films

(2014, Belgium, Director: Hans Herbots)
Blu-ray/DVD Release Date: July 7, 2015

A murder-mystery about a cop seeking a maniac who torments the parents before abducting their kids. Based on the international best seller by Mo Hayder.

“Exceptionally well made…incredibly creative and the twists come as huge surprises.”
– Influx Magazine

(2014, Netherland, Directed by Joram Lürsen)
DVD Release Date: July 14, 2015

A wealthy beautiful woman is kidnapped by two ex-cons but their plan goes all wrong in this twisted thriller. Based on 2009’s The Disappearance of Alice Creed.

(2014, France, Director: Jean-François Davy)
DVD Release Date: July 28, 2015

A semi-documentary about a seasoned French erotic filmmaker who goes on an unusual flesh and sex filled tour of Eastern Europe in search of his next leading lady.

Bonus feature:
Director’s cut of EXHIBITION, Jean-François Davy’s 1975 documentary on the French porn industry.


(2014, Belgium, Director: Jonas Govaerts)
Blu-ray/DVD Release Date: August 18, 2015

A camping trip turns into a carnage for a troop of cub scouts as a killer, aided by his feral young assistant, stalks them with deadly traps.

(2014, Germany, Director: Curtis Burz)
DVD Release Date: August 25, 2015

A psycho-sexual drama in which a middle-aged family man’s sexual attraction to his daughter’s young friend threatens the stability of his family.

(2014, Argentina,
Director: Natalia Meta)

DVD Release Date:
September 8, 2015

A rookie cop to goes undercover in Buenos Aires’ gay underworld to solve a murder in this crime thriller that was one of Argentina’s top grossing films of 2014.

(2014, France, Director: Jean-Luc Herbulot)
DVD Release Date: September 29, 2015

A stylish, violent thriller about a drug dealer who is thrown into an urban hell when a deal goes sour.

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Artsploitation Films Takes the Cub Home

Posted by Steve Barton on February 8, 2015

The flick Cub (review) has finally found a home Stateside as Artsploitation Films has nailed down domestic distro rights! Look for release news soon.

Cub, directed by Jonas Govaerts, is a horror adventure in which an imaginative twelve-year-old boy named Sam heads off to camp with his Cub Scouts pack, leaders Peter and Chris, and quartermaster Yasmin. Once they enter the woods, Sam quickly feels something is not quite right. He soon stumbles upon a mysterious tree house and meets a shifty, masked feral-looking child.

When Sam tries to warn his leaders, they ignore him: The boy often tells tall tales, and Sam’s mysterious past, which he refuses to talk about, makes leader Peter mistrust him. As Sam gets more and more isolated from the other scouts, he becomes convinced a terrible fate awaits them: The feral child, it turns out, is the helper of the poacher, an evil psychopath, who has riddled the forest with ingenious traps and is intent on slaughtering the scouts… one by one.


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More Posters and a Clip Ease on Down Toad Road

Posted by Uncle Creepy on October 17, 2013

Follow Toad Road to New Posters and MoreElijah Wood's company SpectreVision (formerly known as The Woodshed) acquired Jason Banker's Toad Road (review) a while back, and now that a release is on the horizon, we have a battery of new posters and a broken new clip!

From the Press Release
This October, Artsploitation Films, the cutting-edge film distribution company founded by TLA Entertainment president Raymond Murray, in association with Elijah Wood's genre-themed production company SpectreVision and Random Bench, will unleash the haunting and mesmerizing Toad Road via limited theatrical release.

The film has been described as a hallucinatory and hypnotic odyssey through mutating realities, drug use, urban legends, and nightmares. The story follows a young college student who befriends a group of hard partying friends and finds herself drawn into the local legend of Toad Road—a pathway in the forest rumored to contain the seven gates that lead directly to Hell.

Toad Road displays a disturbing portrait of contemporary youth culture where the lines between perception and reality are blurred with often frightening results. Winning the Best Director and Best Actor awards at the 2012 Fantasia International Film Festival and Best Picture at the Lausanne Underground Film and Music Festival, director Jason Banker's film blends documentary footage with horror elements to create a cinematic experience like no other.

The film opens Friday, October 18th, at the Arena Cinema in Los Angeles and in New York at Cinema Village on Friday, October 25th.

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Toad Road

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