AFM 2013: Ladies Get Lethal in New Horror Anthology XX

November 8th, 2013

As seen on Dread Central.

Around here we love our horror-loving ladies. Adore them in fact! That’s why we’re excited to report that an all-new female-centric anthology is on its way with some great names attached! Read on for details.

From the Press Release
MPI/Dark Sky Films and XYZ Films today announced a momentous project, XX, a landmark all-female horror anthology, with each segment featuring both a female director and female lead.

The directors on board include Jennifer Lynch (Boxing Helena, Chained), Mary Harron (American Psycho, I Shot Andy Warhol, The Moth Diaries), Karyn Kusama (Girlfight, Jennifer’s Body), The Soska Sisters – Jen and Sylvia Soska (Dead Hooker in a Trunk, American Mary, ABCs of Death 2), and Jovanka Vuckovic (The Captured Bird, The Guest). The filmmakers will develop their own stories, and each will have a female lead character. The various segments will be linked by work by Guadalajara-based stop-motion animator Sofia Carrillo, who will also create the film’s title sequence.

Greg Newman, EVP of Dark Sky Films’ parent company, MPI Media Group, says, “We know that women make up about half of the audience for horror films, and yet, the female creative voice has been nearly silent in the horror genre. So we are thrilled about the new and distinct approach that these talented directors will bring to the project.”

Perhaps no film genre has lent itself more to the anthology format than horror, and in recent years the trend has returned with the successes of films such as V/H/S and The ABCs of Death. But whether it’s anthologies or full-length features, female directors – and horror from a female viewpoint in general – have been notably absent. The Dark Sky/XYZ project aims to change that.

In January 2013, a study was released in conjunction with the Sundance Film Festival that posted some disheartening numbers. One, women only made up 4.4% of directors found within the top 100 box-office movies each year from 2002 through 2012, and two, only 29.8% of the films screened at Sundance during those 10 years were made by women (including directors, writers, editors, producers, and cinematographers). And the numbers for women making horror films are even more dismal.

Producer Todd Brown at XYZ said, “One of the givens of so many horror films has been the objectification of young women, and we thought it was time for a different approach to scaring audiences and letting the female voice be heard.”

Todd Brown will produce for XYZ. Greg Newman will serve as executive producer for MPI/Dark Sky, while Nate Bolotin, Nick Spicer and Aram Tertzakian will serve as executive producers for XYZ. Jovanka Vukovic will act as associate producer. Malik Ali, Badie Ali, and Hamza Ali will also serve as executive producers on behalf of MPI/Dark Sky


Shock Til You Drop’s Blood List 2013 Has Been Unveiled!

As seen on Shock Til You Drop


by Ryan Turek
October 31, 2013

Another Halloween and another Blood List! Today, The Blood List for 2013 was revealed. This is a breakdown of the top 13 most liked, unproduced dark genre screenplays of the year. This is the fifth year for the compilation. Over 100 feature film executives vote on their top three favourite dark genre (horror, sci-fi) screenplays of the year.

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New Website Tracks How Many People Have Died In Your House, by Lauren Evans

Live in the USA? Great! You’re one step closer to this …

A new website,, will tell you just how many former residents sucked in their final desperate breath in that very spot you’ve selected for your Sodastream.

It’s easy—just enter your address and credit card information (the service costs an eminently reasonable $11.99) and voila—you will be apprised of who has died in your home, when, and more importantly, how they died. It is then up to you and your family to determine who gets the bedroom where the murder/suicide took place, though unfortunately the site does not offer any sort of family mediation service so you’re really on your own there.

This, however, is not a joking matter. An extensive FAQ addresses several questions you should have …

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Slash’s ‘Nothing Left to Fear’: Raven Banner Nabs Canadian Rights to Horror Film


The movie, starring Anne Heche, marks the producing debut of the former Guns ‘N Rose guitarist and his new genre label, Slasher Films.

TORONTO – Indie film distributor Raven Banner Entertainment has picked up the Canadian rights to Nothing Left to Fear,the horror thriller from director Anthony Leonardi III.

The film also marks the producing debut of former Guns ‘N Roses guitarist Slash and his new horror label Slasher Films.

The Anne Heche and James Tupper-starrer, from the producing duo Rob Eric and Michael Williams, portrays a couple and their children moving into a small town where a series of bizarre occurrences await them.

Nothing Left to Fear features original music from Slash and Nicholas O’Toole, and was written byJonathan W.C. Mills.

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