Monday, October 30, 2017

Celebrating Independent Horror Movies (2017 edition)

It's another year and another October Challenge festival in the Horror Habit world. Although 99% of the month is dedicated to watching films, one day of the month is dedicated to independent artists and film makers who are putting the latest and greatest out there!

Some producers and directors have contacted Horror Habit recently, and I would like to give their work a proper plug as best as I can! I'm going to list these in the order that I've received them. Where possible check these films out, support your local artists, support independent horror films, and be on the lookout for the reviews!

Title: Let Her Out
Directed by: Cody Calahan

Here's a super creepy story about a woman and her evil twin... or is it?! Released in theaters and VOD as of October 20th, so be on the lookout for Let Her Out! “ emotional, engaging horror thriller that centers on the mental and psychological state of Helen, a young Toronto bike courier who has recently awoke in the hospital after a traumatic incident."

From the Press Release:

TriCoast Entertainment’s horror division, DarkCoast presents the USA release of Cody Calahan’s Canadian-horror, female psychological thriller, “LET HER OUT”, in collaboration with Black Fawn Films and Breakthrough Entertainment.

“LET HER OUT"” is a high-concept horror film, which captures film in a psychological; terrifying way by showing that true fear is innate and inescapable. When Helen's "vanishing twin" (or one that is absorbed in utero) takes over, turning her life into a living nightmare, it is guaranteed to leave viewers with their hearts racing and chills running down their spines.

“LET HER OUT” stars fabulous stars, with Alanna LaVierge as the lead of Helen, stealing the show with her emotional, terrifying role. The film also stars Nina Kiri (“The Haunted House of Kirby Road” (2016), “Geek Charming” (2011)) and Adam Christie (“Antisocial” (2013)).

Learn more about the film and the artists here:

Check out the trailer now!


Title: Don't Move
Directed By: Adam Scarlett

Here's a dreamy and atmospheric spine-chiller! Empty office spaces are creepy enough, but when there's someone else in there with you, that's creepy on a whole new level! 

Adam is a filmmaker from Wales and recently created this 7 minute short horror film with Eddie Adamson - the same Adamson who helped create the fabulous short slenderman film, "Victim". 

Check out this short film here!


Title: Aliens: Zone of Silence
Directed by: Andy Fowler

A found footage film about aliens! I honestly don't think there are many of these out there. Having just been released on October 24th and with already an IMDB rating of 7.1, I think this is one horror fans should certainly check out. 

From the producer: 

The film follows a young woman who goes on a daring search for answers after her brother vanishes from the Mexican desert. But when she discovers an extraterrestrial presence, she must risk her life to expose the desert’s otherworldly secret. 

Distributor Gravitas Ventures is releasing Aliens: Zone of Silence on over 100 cable and digital platforms, including Comcast, Cox, Dish Network, and Verizon Fios, in addition to Amazon Video, Google Play, iTunes, Vimeo on Demand, and Vudu. The film will also be available on DVD and Blu-ray at Amazon and Family Video.

Check out the trailer and learn a little bit more about the film here:


Title: Knock Knock (Short Horror Film)
Created by: L.A. based creative collective - Live From Mars 

Here's a marvelous and politically powerful short horror film, Knock Knock. A story about a housekeeper just trying to do her job. "Live From Mars combines horror tropes (off-kilt angles, shadowy rooms, disembodied knocking and a monster in the closet) with a strong social metaphor..."

From the Press Release: 

Brief Synopsis/Logline: When an enterprising, young, Latin American housekeeper cleans up the remains of a 4th of July celebration, something in the closet quickly turns her American dream into an AMERICAN NIGHTMARE.

About the Filmakers:

Alex Gabrielli- Director/Producer- Alex is an award winning filmmaker based in Los Angeles, CA. His fascination with movement combined with his passion for storytelling lends to a distinct creative style. He is also a technically gifted visual effects artist often employing his skills to create surreal imagery. MFA USC Film.

Collin Leydon- Writer/Co-Director/Producer- Collin is an actor and content creator based out of Los Angeles, CA. Past producing projects have appeared in festivals as well as on network television. A firm believer in horror's ability to open up dialogue about pertinent issues, Collin seeks to create content that taps into the terror of events shaping our world today. NYU Tisch.

Evelyn Lorena- Actress- Evelyn has appeared on the Lifetime Network, a variety of commercials (Participant Media, mun2/Telemundo, IHOP) and in films at HBO Outfest Los Angeles and the Cleveland International Film Festival, among others. Recent Theater Credits include IRINA in THE THREE SISTERS and playing both THE WIFE (at Sacred Fools) & THE BRIDE (at The LATC) in Oliver Mayer's BLOODMATCH. She is a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.

About Live From Mars:

Live From Mars (a creative collective) was founded in 2015 by a group of entertainment industry professionals from NY and LA seeking to promote and support each other artistically, while exploring aesthetically challenging projects across genres.

Check out the short film here, now!


Title: “Goosebumps Theme”: A Modern Electro Reimagining (Music)
Created By: DreamReaper (Troy Dierke)

Just in time for Halloween and to tap into your nostalgia feels, Troy has recently created a remix of the Goosebumps TV show theme song!

From the Press Release

After placing second in a remix competition for Powercyan’s “Disciples of the Night,” synthwave artist DreamReaper decided the best use of the prize money was not new equipment or software, but rather to purchase an enormous collection of original 1996 Goosebumps trading cards....In addition to hoarding the cards, the Phoenix, AZ based musician has begun to include them in merchandise orders and gives them away to fans at shows. Locally, he has become known as “that fucking Goosebumps guy,” a badge he wears proudly.

Available as a free download, “Goosebumps Theme” is a modern electro reimagining of the original that reinvigorates the soundtrack for today’s dance floor. The artist utilizes his signature retro-influenced synthwave sound to flip this ’90s TV favorite into a club-ready electro banger.

Featuring huge distorted French electro bass, creepy piano arpeggios, gritty slap bass, and enough sound effects to open your own haunted house, fans of Justice, The Glitch Mob, and all things spooky are sure to enjoy DreamReaper’s fresh take on this classic throwback.

To learn more about this work and the artist:


Speaking of music - here's a music video from James Drake! She's a .... Monster:


Title: Machine Baby
Directed by: Sean Richards Buddle

This is a short horror film "...about a struggling paparazzo who gets pulled into a mad pageant manager's plot to win Miss America while trying to break the story." Also according to IMDB it won the Best WTF Short Film award at the GenreBlast Film Festival. I never knew this award existed and I'm so glad it does!

From the press release: 

Machine Baby most recently screened at Nightmares Film Festival in Columbus, OH, as well as GenreBlast Film Festival in Winchester, VA. The film is now publicly available for viewing on Bloody Disgusting's World of Death series. 

Note: the first minute and a half of the film (and about 15 seconds towards the end) has a lot of flashing lights. Careful, those of you with photosensitive epilepsy. 

To learn more and see the film, check out the links below:


Watch this David Lynchian short now!


Title: Sounds to Play in the Dark
Artists: Radium Audio

This is a collection of horror sounds to welcome in your Halloween evening! Andrew, a part of the team, brought this collection to my attention, and I'll share with you what he shared with me: "....hope it darkly resonates with you."

From the site:

This horror themed sound collection is a continuation of our “Shadow Oscillations” explorations. Originated in our studios by our inhouse team who work tirelessly to research, imagine and develop some of the most arresting timbres and hands on creative approaches in our discipline of sound and music for media. The ancient art of dark storytelling is how humans explore their shadow selves, hidden desires, and greatest fears. We hope you will use SOUNDS TO PLAY IN THE DARK to twist, turn, and sculpt up your own diabolic narratives. Bind, bound, mould into chilling music scores, haunted adverts, dark films, horros tropes, whatever shadowy nebulous stories you happen to be weaving.

TONES TIMBRES FLAVOURS : Alarming, eerie, disturbing, scary, whispering, creeping, demonic, incantations, Babylonian, ancient, jump scare, distortion, spooky, supernatural, wicked, creepy and unnerving, vocally demonic, head slices, soul hits, ghost rasps, paranoid scrapes, twists and knife turns. Play these sounds in the dark, and peel back the fabric of our day to day world for a spinetingling glimpse into the eternal night …

This music is available to download for free. Learn more here!:


Title: The Babyface Killer
From: Forte Films Entertainment

I've been following the Forte brother's projects for quite a while now, starting with their short film, Anna. They produce some pretty disturbing stuff, folks! Gruesome, in blood and guts, but also in the concepts and the messages relayed in their stories.

From their site:

"Forte Films Entertainment has began making horror short films since 2007. Kevin and Matthew Forte are brothers from New York that wanna bring their vision to the film industry. Especially in the horror genre. Kevin first started with "The Appointment." Then went on to make "Orlock" and "Last Laugh." Matthew started with "Anna" and then went on doing "Wednesday's Children." The brothers are working together getting a horror web series going called "The Sin Reapers." The Forte Brothers wanna bring in new fear into the world of horror that you will never forget! Welcome to the world of Forte Films Entertainment."

Check out their Horror Web Series: The Sin Reapers - and pair it with a short film spin-off of the show in the video below:

To learn more about Forte Films Entertainment:
And follow them on Facebook:


A huge thank you to everyone who has reached out to Horror Habit and I hope all of your projects will be a wonderful success!

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