Synopsis: Alysa King plays Kylie, a teen who is coerced into a sexual encounter at a party by a popular boy (Aaron Chartrand), whose friends send video of it across social media. Her self-confidence in shreds, and her reputation in tatters, she is in chronic victim mode when she reluctantly agrees to a desperate plea by a couple in a secluded castle-like mansion to babysit their two children on Halloween. Alone in the country, she is a prime target when she begins receiving prank phone calls, and a boy wearing a pig’s head makes a suspiciously-late trick-or-treat call. What follows is a game of cat-and-mouse between Kylie and a surprisingly sophisticated gang of butchering hicks. It is a test of will that requires her to stand up and take charge if she and the children in her care are to survive the night.
Berkshire County was first shown at the Shriekfest Horror Film Festival in 2014. I don’t know much about it except to say that it has won numerous awards and that it adds Audrey Cummings to a growing list of female fright film directors that include Jen and Sylvia Soska (American Mary), Ana Lily Amirpour (A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night) and Jennifer Kent (The Babadook). If the trailer is any indication then Berkshire County could be a pretty damn intense affair. It kind of reminded me of a sinister “Three Little Pigs” meets The Strangers with a little bit of Halloween or perhaps The House of the Devil thrown in for good measure. But don’t take my word for it; check out the trailer for yourself:
Starring Alysa King, Samora Smallwood, Bart Rochon, Aaron Chartrand, Robert Nolan, Madison Ferguson, Cristophe Gallander, and Leo Pady, Berkshire County will make its widespread debut on June 3, 2015.
This is a new feature that I want to try out here on Written in Blood. I have a pretty huge collection of horror DVDs and Blu-rays (always growing) and I thought what I would do is go down the line from the numeric titles all the way to Z and feature a still from a film and a piece of trivia to go along with it. It might be something you already know but then again maybe not. One thing I know about my readers is that you are all damn smart and you love your horror. Hopefully you’ll love A-Z Trivia Wednesday and it will be my new Wednesday feature. If not then I will keep trying.
Number One: Thir13en Ghosts* (2001):
Shannon Elizabeth in Thir13en Ghosts
In the movie, the characters need special glasses to see the ghosts. In the original 13 Ghosts (1960), viewers needed special glasses to see the ghosts. This is one of the few details from the original that was kept.
*Yes, I realize the title starts with a ‘T'; it also has the number 13 in the title and therefore I figure it could be placed either in the ‘T’ section or the numerical section: Thirteen Ghosts or 13 Ghosts. I chose numerically.
Okay, so this is my second-favorite werewolf movie of all time. The Howling holds the number one spot in my heart. But what the hell, still got some cool posters to show off. Enjoy. Oh, and beware the moon. Stick to the roads. Stay off the moors. Drink lots of Dr. Pepper.
ALT-POSTR-SPOTLIGHT: AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON
First things first: I’m back with a new look that I hope everyone likes and with a new feature that I hope to present to you every Friday night. It’s called Friday Night at the Trailer Park and it is exactly what it says it is; every Friday I will feature a trailer for your enjoyment, amusement, shock and/or awe. It could be a trailer for an upcoming horror movie or for a previously released fright flick. Who knows what you will see here?
I’m going to start with a trailer for a film entitled Dark Was the Night (aka The Trees). It stars Kevin Durand, Lukas Hass, Heath Freeman, Sabina Gadecki, and Nick Damici.
Synopsis: Maiden Woods is a remote and quiet town of decent, hard-working people, but something stirs in the dark woods surrounding this isolated community. After a logging company decimates an area of the forest, a rash of increasingly violent and unexplainable events transpires. Sheriff Paul Shields (Kevin Durand) and his deputy (Lukas Haas) struggle to confront their own personal demons while facing down a new breed of raw terror that is possibly older than humanity itself… And much, much hungrier.
Dark Was the Night is directed by Jack Heller and written by Tyler Hisel. According to Wikipedia, that mightiest of know-it-alls, Hisel’s script was included in the 2009 Hollywood Blacklist (an annual list of the top 100 screenplays. The movie is based (loosely) on the real-life events that unfolded in Topsham, England in 1855, known as The Devil’s Footprints. The small town woke to find freshly fallen snow and biped hoof prints tracing the landscape. Dark Was the Night is said to tell the story of a present-day community’s reaction to a similar event.
Dark Was the Night was first released on October 16, 2014 at the Screamfest Horror Film Festival and is expected to be released to theaters on July 24th, 2015.
Check it out:
I went to the crossroad, fell down on my knees
I went to the crossroad, fell down on my knees
Asked the Lord above, “Have mercy, now save me, if you please”
Crossroad Blues by Robert Johnson
Legend has it that the legendary blues musician Robert Johnson went down to the crossroads and made a deal with the devil in order to make himself a legend. Turn your TV to the CW (unless you have DirecTV because then you are screwed) and the long-running Supernatural will show you exactly what happens when you make that dark deal. Ten years down the road and you will hear the baying of the hellhounds and their hot, fetid breath on your neck.
Do not panic, my friends and fellow bloggers, for I have made neither a deal nor do the hounds of hell snap at my heels. My crossroads is a mental one as I figure out exactly what I want this blog to be. In regards to that I am here to let you know that I intend to take a break while I get my head together about what I want to do. Oh, I will be around to like and comment on all of your blogs; do not get me wrong about that.
I will say this much: I don’t want to write reviews any more. In the past year review writing has become more of a chore or an obligation than it has a pleasure and a pasttime. I know that there are those of you who say that I write good (great?) reviews and I appreciate that. But there are people out there better equipped to do that. I just want to go back to watching movies for the enjoyment of watching movies.
I do know that I want to use the alternative posters in a big way. Ditto for the Scream Queens. What I need beyond that is at least one more supporting section. Of course I am always open to suggestions.
This blog has been a hell of a lot of fun over the past few years and I want it to be a lot of fun yet again. To all of you who have liked, commented, reblogged or have just been supportive you have my undying gratitude. Although we have never met I consider each and every one of you as my friends.
Only a woman can break his spell
Pure in heart who will offer herself
Blue Öyster Cult
Phantom City Creative
This is by request of S.R. Carillo at PERMASHIFT. Can you feel the love tonight?