Shout-Outs and Film Press Releases

It's a great honor and pleasure to be contacted by independent film makers bringing their movies to my attention. I want to help provide greater exposure to their hard work and introduce audiences to the latest and greatest in all horror story talents.

Below is some of the latest news in the horror movie community. Please take a moment to check out what's up-coming, soon to be released, latest projects and so much more. Thank you to all for reaching out to Horror Habit with this treasure trove of horror film goodness.

If you are a film maker and would like us to promote your latest work then simply send us a note through the Contact Horror Habit form with the information you would like shared.  Thank you again, everyone!

  • Lunch Ladies
December 14, 2017

What do you get when you cook up a fantastic short horror comedy and serve it in a bloody pie of absolute hilarity? A simply delicious and satisfying gut bomb of laughter - that's what!!

nom nom nom

Synopsis from the press release:

"For the past twenty years, obsessed Johnny Depp fans and fraternal twin sisters, Seretta and LouAnne Burr, have shared a miserable existence as high school Lunch Ladies serving up rubbery chicken parts, ammonia-treated government meat and whatever else the cash-strapped national lunch program sends their way.

This year is going to be different: The twin’s Cheesy Burger Bites recipe is the Grand Prize Winner of Johnny Depp's Cook for Kid's Charity Event!

Convinced this is their ticket out of high school hell town and that “The Depper” will hire them to be his very own Personal Chefs, their dreams are shattered after a snotty head cheerleader pushes them one step too far.

This forces the Lunch Ladies to ask themselves…

WWJD? What would Johnny do?"


With absolutely stellar acting, directing, editing, writing, and effects, it's no wonder to me that this 18 minute film has already received a ton of awards and nomination recognizing all.

Lunch Ladies is making rounds in the short film festival circuits, with a recent acceptance into the Flickerfest in Sydney Australia, Silver Scream Fest in California with the in tandem Famous Monsters, and it looks like they will be showing at the exclusive Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival!

In short, this is an impressively witty, gross, and finely detailed film that will surprise and delight any horror fan!

I highly encourage you keep an eye out for this one! Also, learn more about the project and the artists who made it happen in the links below.

Teaser Trailers:

Well done, everyone! I LOVED IT

  • Girls Night
November 3, 2017

Heeeeeeeyyyyyy! Ladies night on Halloween!! Wine, food, laughs and ... well... just see for yourself:

Released on October 31, 2017 - learn more at IMDB and from the press release:

SYNOPSIS: "Girls Night" is a short horror film that takes place in Halloween. Three girlfriends stay home for a slumber party that goes bloody wrong. Literally.

Written & Directed, Sound & Image: David Teixeira
Cast: Alice Nazaré, Liliana Garcia & Marina De Sousa
Script & Editing Supervisor: Elodie Gomes
Font: Blambot (with Licence)
Music: Mise, Kevin MacLeod (with Creative Commons Licence)
Press Kit: (Ken Artuz)

Director's Twitter: @davidemmanuelt
Director's Instagram: @davidemmanuelt
Director's Facebook: @davidemmanuelteixeira



« the score is effective, the three main characters are colorful and engaging, and the central antagonist, in creepy mask and blonde wig, has an eerie menacing quality that makes this short worth a look. » - gourmet horror
« Think The Strangers meets Scream. » - ScareTissue
« This is a solid little short film. » - ScareTissue
« Great effort from David Teixeira and crew… solid recommend. » - ScareTissue
« What’s impressive about Teixeira’s direction is that it’s simple, but highly effective. He uses the atmosphere of the house to submit a sense of isolation» - Slaughtered Bird
« Teixeira’s film isn’t bulletproof by any stretch, but it showcases an imagination to think outside of the box and unnerve the viewer. » - Slaughtered Bird
« Its surreal visuals and solid performances propel Girls Night above a lot of shorts on the current scene, mainly because it’s weird and us horror fans love weird. » - Slaughtered Bird

  • Check out more reviews here:


Watch the full film here!

  • Arder
September 21, 2017

From David González Rudiez
This looks like an intense, intense film. This is a silent film - absolutely silent. No voices, no sounds, no music - all silent. Even the one minute trailer is intense. Arder will be making it's world premier at 50 SITGES, the International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia, in Noves Visions section for new formal, conceptual and narrative channels. Learn more about this film and the artists that made it possible below:

From David González Rudiez

Press note:

"ARDER" the silent feature film that will be premiered in Sitges

David González Rudiez‘s second feature film ARDER will be premiered in the upcoming 50th International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia (Sitges) in the competitive Noves Visions Section.

Noves Visions seeks, since 2003, those films where the fantastic genre meets the most transgressive experimentation, becoming one of the Festival’s most daring sections.

ARDER, written and directed by David González Rudiez is a silent movie with no musical accompaniment that tells the story of a man's journey into darkness.

From David González Rudiez
Asier Hernandez plays the leading role. He started acting at Eloy de la Iglesia's OTRA VUELTA DE TUERCA film. Since then he has worked in cinema, television and theatre. He has appeared in YOYES (Helena Taberna), MENSAKA (Salvador García Ruiz) and AUNDIYA (Jon Garaño-Aitor Arregi) among other films.

David González Rudiez has a long audiovisual career. His short films have been awarded with over sixty prizes. They stand out the First and Second Prize at Alcalá de Henares Film Festival in 2006 and 2008 respectively, the National Award at Huesca Film Festival (2009) and the Best Director Award at Notodofilmfest (2015). With his film LA FOSA (2016), self-produced and independent, he won the Best First Feature-Film in Paura Horror Film Festival.

From David González Rudiez


Madrid. Nearby the M30. A nameless man goes tirelessly against the current of the constant traffic. In one pocket he has a map. In the other, several charms like a broken compass, a powerful dice, a magic stone and a coin cell battery that always reflects the full moon.

From there... The night. The journey. The devil. A flute and a tune.
A beginning and an ending.

From David González Rudiez
The trailer:

  • Malady
July 23, 2017


Here's a film that looks like it was born from nightmares! Writer and director, Jack James brought this independent drama horror thriller Malady to my attention, and I think anyone who enjoys an overall feeling of complete dread and madness will enjoy it (this film sounds right up my alley, anyway.)

From Jack: "Malady has been described as an unsettling and intense experience; the film follows Holly, who fulfills her mothers last dying wish to go out and find love. In doing this she meets Matthew and impulsively embarks on a relationship with him. Soon after, the two are drawn back to take of Matthews dying mother, who sends the two spiralling into a nightmare reality in which they are challenged with shame, guilt and long buried family secrets."

Malady is currently available to stream in the US and UK through Amazon, iTunes GooglePlay, and VUDU. I strongly encourage you check out the trailer, as it has done a great job of relaying the dreamy chilliness, striking backdrop, and I personally loved all the critic's responses to this film.

You can learn more about the film here, or follow on Facebook and Twitter.

Thank you again, Jack! I look forward to seeing the film:

  • The Sublet
July 12, 2017

TriCoast Entertainment brought this delightfully disturbing looking feature, The Sublet, to my attention and I'm excited to say that as of July 17th it is now available to stream on Amazon!

**From the press release: TriCoast Entertainment presents the release of the psychological thriller THE SUBLET, in collaboration with Breakthrough Entertainment and Black Fawn Films. Produced and directed by John Ainslie, the film focuses on the terror of Joanna, (Tianna Nori), and her fiancée, Jeff, (Mark Matechuk), when they move into a sublet apartment, located in an eerie small town.

Instead of starting their new life together, the sublet apartment begins tearing their family apart.

While settling in, Joanna struggles with postpartum depression and Jeff is devoted to his career, leaving her alone as the sole caretaker of their child. Doubts about her husband creep slowly in when Joanna discovers a synchronicity with the violent and lonely past of a previous tenant of the apartment, Margaret (Krista Madison), who Joanna suspects may still be living there, along with them.

THE SUBLET is a taut, suspenseful thriller that captures the torture of Joanna’s battle with postpartum depression playing out against the creepy rooms of the haunted apartment.

In the tradition of Jacob’s Ladder, Joanna’s slow descent into madness is a counterpoint to the explosive violence seeping though the walls from another time, culminating in a shocking conclusion.**

I am super excited to check this thriller (...ghost story?!...) out! If you're not already excited then check out the trailer here:

  • 3 Dead Trick or Treaters
June 8, 2017

Torin Langen is a filmmaker from Kitchener, Ontario, and after 4 years in production has recently completed their feature film 3 Dead Trick or Treaters. It's a Halloween folk-chiller told entirely without dialogue. The fragmented narrative chronicles 5 stories of grisly Halloween traditions, with a strong emphasis on atmosphere and visual storytelling. The film premiered at last November's Blood in the Snow Canadian Film Festival, and is continuing its festival tour later this summer.

Their first trailer was released on in May. Check out the exclusive trailer premier and learn more about the film here or through the Vimeo trailer:

3 Dead Trick or Treaters (2017) - Official Trailer from Torin Langen on Vimeo.

Just one look at the trailer and one can quickly see how much sound and visuals play a ground-breaking role in making this a horror film - and by all initial appearances - a stellar horror film. My jaw dropped.

If you're jaw dropped too then I would encourage you to check out the Sound and Vision interview with Torin on YouTube. Part 1 and Part 2.

I'm pretty excited about this film and I look forward to seeing the feature! Thanks again Torin and team and best of luck 3 Dead Trick or Treaters!

  • The Midnight Matinee
May 23, 2017


If the name Justin Doescher sounds familiar then you might recognize it from my review of his film, The Break-In. He now has a fun and exciting new film, a five story anthology, available and according to the trailer, it looks delightfully devilish.

So without further ado, if you have an Amazon Prime account then The Midnight Matinee is available to stream now, so check it out! I'm looking forward to seeing this one. Thank you very much for bringing this to my attention, Justin, and best of luck to The Midnight Matinee!

  • Needlestick
April 24, 2017

Writer and director of Needlestick, Steven Karageanes, brought this film to my attention, and it looks like a bloody wild ride. Staring the awesome Lance Henriksen, and after watching the trailer, it just feels like a perfect film for a pizza and beer saturated movie night with friends.

Movie synopsis from IMDB: "A desperate doctor locks down South Union Cardiac Hospital to keep the greatest discovery in human history to himself, while a young intern races to save a dying young dancer, his ex-girlfriend, and his best friend, and stop his mentor."

Or you can learn more from the film's About page on their website.

Check out the trailer here:

And if you are an Amazon Prime member you can stream the movie now!

Thank you for reaching out, Steven and team! Best of luck to Needlestick!

  • Tempus Tormentum
April 2, 2017

James Rewucki is a filmmaker from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, and has recently completed production of his second feature length horror / thriller: Tempus Tormentum. Rewucki is a Writer, Director, Cinematographer, Editor, Producer, Composer and behind the independent film company Absurd Machine Films. Please check out the company's site where you can learn more about the artist and his wide variety of works, including movies, documentaries, and music videos.

To learn more about Tempus Tormentum, where "Everything Dead Has Thoughts", check out the movie site.

Here's the movie synopsis:

"A drifter passing through a small town is drugged by three masked psychopaths and forced into a bizarre game of cat and mouse. He is chased through a series of more and more bizarre events until, in the end, he finds that this evening of terror has lasting consequences. It’s a feel-bad film, nasty and brutish, red in tooth and claw."

Just based on the visually amazing and terrifying teaser trailer alone, this looks like a film that will knock you right out of your seat/mind/body.

I love James DePaolo's (from review: "This is David Lynch 2017 if he was heavily influenced by shrooms and vodka."

This film has already won Best Cinematography Narrative Feature and Best Action/Thriller with Creation International Film Festival (CIFF), and 2nd Place Winner at the 2017 International Horror Hotel festival. From what I've seen so far, this film will be making more excellent headlines and walking away with more awards.

Follow this film on Twitter, or keep an eye on when you can see this film here.

Tempus Tormentum looks like an adventure your mind might not come back from, and I'm really excited about it!  Thanks again James for reaching out and best of luck on this film and all your works!

  • Inner Ghosts 
March 31, 2017

Press Release: Paulo Leite is writer/producer of Inner Ghosts and brought this film to Horror Habit's attention. Directed by João Alves, Inner Ghosts is being produced in Lisbon with a predominantly British cast: Celia Williams, Elizabeth Bochmann, Iris Cayatte, Norman MacCallum and others.

As of March, the film is in sound post. The team has been working for months on a super smart and informative Kickstarter campaign that has already exceeded it's goals! The team has invested a lot of time in developing and writing a great script and hope it will resonate with horror fans who really want to see a new type of ghostly horror story. Check out the synopsis below:

"It's been 15 years since LILLY took her own life, leaving her mother, HELEN, a broken woman. Today, Helen is a brilliant brain researcher trying to develop a way to tap directly into our most inner data storage device: the soul – hoping to treat patients whose brains have been destroyed by Alzheimer's disease. But in order to try her ideas, Helen needs to run a series of tests on real ghosts and try to understand the minds of those who, on the other side, keep existing beyond the physical brain. The problem is that Helen, who is a medium, hasn't contacted the dead in all these years, still affected by her own personal loss.

The story takes Helen and her assistant RACHEL to an old palace where they find a group of benign ghosts who agree to help their research. The place is naturally shielded from electromagnetic signals, making it the perfect location for Helen to start the tests – undisturbed by unwanted entities. Things start to change when ELSA, a famous graphic artist specialized in demonic imagery, asks Helen for some mediunic training hoping to get rid of an entity who has been haunting her for many years – and recently became too violent. Helen reluctantly accepts it unaware of the entity's true goal. The benign entities inside the apartment offer Helen the design of a small 19th-century device that can help her establish contact with one's living soul. But already hidden in the apartment, the evil entity finds that old technology fascinating as it manages to discover Helen's secret – something that unites Helen and Hell together. Helen's journey will end in a BIZARRE and UNEXPECTED twist of fate that will blow the audience's mind."

You can learn more about this film, it's cast, and production progress here: Also follow the team on Twitter and Facebook to keep up on their latest and greatest news.

This looks like an ambitious but rewarding feature and I look forward to seeing the final product! Again I encourage horror movie fans to check out their Kickstarter campaign. Although they've met their goal there's still a long road ahead to get an independent feature film out into the world.

Thank you again Paulo and team, and best of luck to Inner Ghosts!

  • The Purging Hour 
February 24, 2017

The Purging Hour (or as is listing it, Home Video) is a found footage film that debuted in 2015 and is directed by Emmanuel Giorgio Sandoval.

Synopsis from the film's website:

"With the hopes of a new life for his family, Bruce Diaz left the harsh city for the serene and majestic mountains of California. The Diaz family's first day in their new house would go down as one of the most violent 24 hours any family could ever imagine. With no serviceable evidence being retrieved and no witnesses to speak, the case was eventually dismissed. Several years later, the family's personal home movie footage was released by anonymous source. "The Purging Hour" tells the family's story, through their eyes."

Also check out the trailer on YouTube:

Although I know found footage films is not for every horror fan, I appreciate Dread Central's commentary: "A compelling exercise in psychological terror". 

If you're interested in more, this film is available at Amazon, Best Buy, F.Y.E., Google Play and at Walmart. 

Thanks again team for bringing this film to my attention, and best of luck to The Purging Hour!

  • The Mothman Curse
October 3, 2016

This film was brought to my attention because of my reviews of the 2016 film Moth, and the 2002 film The Mothman Prophecies. I love Mothman stories!

Movie synopsis for The Mothman Curse from YouTube: "An Ancient Evil Unleashed. A supernatural thriller based on the terrifying legend of The Mothman. Rachel and Katy work together in a large, empty museum. But lately, Katy notices slight, disturbing changes in her friend, while a menacing, dark shadow appears to be watching them night after night, drawing them both further into fear and madness. As they investigate deeper, the legend becomes a very real, living nightmare."

Check out the trailer:

And if you have an Amazon Prime account the film is available to stream now. Thank you for this information, Mansfield Dark Productions!

  • Dead of Knight
May 23, 2016

I was first contacted by director Joe Grisaffi when he brought his hilarious and side-splitting gortastic film, Conjoined to my attention. But now, according to PR Buzz, there is a new video game being created that is based on one of his other films, Dead of Knight.

Video game news (PR Buzz): "A videogame based on the independent micro-budget horror film Dead of Knight has been developed for the classic Vectrex system by Luchs Soft in Germany. The Vectrex game is a port of an Atari 2600 version of the game by Gemintronic. Retrovideogaming is hot right now, but is rarely mixed with independent film marketing....Both the Atari 2600 and Vectrex games follow the concept of the movie. You play Sir Gasparay, and after a scene in which Gasparay’s spirit takes over an athlete’s body, the dark knight must then seek out and slay victims who represent chivalric traits, then capture Marla and present her to evil Queen Sofia, where a final battle takes place.
The film synopsis (PR Buzz): Someone is going medieval on Marla's friends, brutally killing them one by one. When she tries to tell people what's happening - a cursed medieval knight is on a rampage - no one believes her.
Stay tuned for more about the video game but good news, the film is available now on the Kings of Horror YouTube channel!

Learn more about all things Dead of Knight through their website and Facebook. Thanks again for the information, Joe! Although I don't play many video games, I look for forward to checking out this film!

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