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Horror Highlights: Q&A with Hell Town Co-Director Steve Balderson, The Recall, Blackburn UK Release Details

This morning’s Horror Highlights takes our readers to Hell Town, as Daily Dead did a Q&A with Steve Balderson, the co-writer/co-director of the film. Also: production details and an official poster for The Recall and UK release details for Blackburn.

Daily Dead’s Q&A with co-writer/co-director of Hell Town, Steve Balderson: “Debbie Rochon (Model Hunger, Return to Nuke ‘Em High, The Theater Bizarre) headlines as the hostess of the three surviving episodes of “Hell Town”, following the melodramatic, small-town and potentially short-lived lives of Krysten Day, Amanda Deibert, Owen Lawless, Ben Windholz, Jennifer Grace, and Balderson muse Pleasant Gehman.

Hell Town follows the melodramatic antics of high school seniors clashing over love, sex, and betrayal. In the middle of all the everyday drama of one-sided infatuations, backstabbing bitchiness, bottled-up sexuality, sibling rivalry and general small-town angst, the Letter Jacket Killer is killing students in a variety of sadistic ways.
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Horror Highlights: The Ones Below Blu-ray, DVD, & Digital HD Release Details, Hell Town, The Ninth Passenger

From the writer of AMC’s The Night Manger, The Ones Below comes out on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD on September 6th. Also in today’s Horror Highlights: updated release details for Steve Balderson’s Hell Town and the official start of filming on The Ninth Passenger.

The Ones Below Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD Release Date Announced: Press Release: “Los Angeles – Written and directed by David Farr (“The Night Manager,” Hanna, “Mi-5”), the intense psychological thriller, The Ones Below, arrives on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD on September 6th from Magnolia Home Entertainment under the Magnet Label. The Ones Below features riveting performances from Clémence Poésy (Harry Potter franchise), BAFTA® nominee David Morrissey (“The Walking Dead,” “Stage Of Play”), Stephen Campbell Moore (Burnt) and Laura Birn (Purge).

Expecting their first child, Kate (Poésy) and Justin (Moore) become friendly with their new neighbors, Jon (Morrissey) and Theresa (Birn), who are also expecting,
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Horror Highlights: What We Become Blu-ray, Six Scary Stories, Feed The Devil, The Turning, Hell Town

The Danish horror thriller What We Become will arrive on Blu-ray / DVD courtesy of Scream Factory on October 18th. Also: the info on the Us e-book, paperback, and hardcover release of Six Scary Stories book anthology, featuring an introduction by Stephen King, the VOD release of Feed the Devil, release detailsfor Mickey Neilson’s upcoming novel The Turning, and the cable and Digital HD release of Hell Town.

Blu-ray Release Date Announced for What We Become: From Facebook: “We are proud to announce that we have a new IFC Midnight film planned for release on Blu-ray & DVD this Oct: The chilling Danish import What We Become.

The Johansson family—mom, dad, their rebellious teenage son, and young daughter—are looking forward to a quiet summer in their idyllic suburban town. But in the blink of an eye, things go from blissful to berserk when a horrifying plague tears through the community.
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Horror Highlights: Harrow County #1, Basket Case 2 / Frankenhooker Vinyl Soundtrack, Hell Town, Domini Mortum

Dark Horse announced that Harrow County #1 will be included in this year’s 5th Annual Halloween ComicFest and will be re-released with a very unique Halloween ComicFest cover! Also in today’s Highlights: release details for the Basket Case 2 / FrankenHooker vinyl soundtrack, the VOD acquisition of Hell Town, and details on Paul Holbrook’s novels Domini Mortum and Memento Mori.

Harrow County #1 To Be Included in Halloween ComicFest 2016: Press Release: “Milwaukie, Ore., June 20, 2016 — Dark Horse is proud to announce that Harrow County #1 is being offered as part of the fifth Halloween ComicFest celebration. The heart-stopping thriller from the creative minds of Cullen Bunn and Tyler Crook is one of 32 titles — 19 full-sized comics and 13 mini comics — available for the October 29th, 2016, event. Harrow County #1 will be re-released with a special Halloween ComicFest cover.

A favorite of critics and fans alike, Harrow County is a must-read comic in the horror genre.
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Indie Spotlight

We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s massive feature includes a review for Nobody Can Cool, first details on The Night Crew, Heir, and a Doctor Who documentary called Who’s Changing: An Adventure In Time With Fans, a new clip from Muck, trailers for Blood Shed, NightBeasts, and Virginia Obscura, and much more:

[Editor's Note: We want to give a big thanks to our Indie Spotlight manager, Tamika Jones, for her constant work on this weekly feature and putting together our largest Indie Spotlight to date this weekend!]

Indie Spotlight Review: Nobody Can Cool

by Heather Wixson

Nobody Can Cool is the rather impressive directorial debut from up-and-coming filmmaking duo Dpyx, Marcy Boyle and Rachel Holzman, who crafted a blisteringly taut and thoughtful indie crime thriller with a palpable sense of tension from start to finish. A gritty and engaging tale of deceit, violence and desperation, Nobody Can Cool is anchored by a breakout performance by Nick Principe (best known from his work in the Laid to Rest series, Madison County and
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Exclusive! 2010 Boston Underground Film Festival: Early Picks

The 12th annual Boston Underground Film Festival isn’t set to start until March 25 — and will run until April 1 — but they’ve leaked a couple of early picks to Bad Lit. Even with just this little tease to start whetting New England underground film fans’ appetites, it looks like the venerable fest is in for another real doozy of a year.

The festival kicks off in high riotous fashion with the Opening Night feature Love Exposure (Ai no mukidashi), a four-hour Japanese whirlwind of sinful transgression by Sion Sono about a good Christian schoolboy who’s obsessed with taking pictures of girls’ panties — while they’re wearing them. Eventually, he meets the love of his young life, who doesn’t much like being his object of obsession.

Then, after the Love Exposure screening on March 25 at 7:00 p.m. at the Kendall Square Cinema in Cambridge, Ma — where the entire
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Review: Stuck! Screening at the Egyptian

Writer, producer, director Steve Balderson’s genre-bending, tragicomedy Stuck! will be playing at the beautiful Egyptian Theatre this Wednesday, February 3rd at 7:30pm.

I implore anyone in love with genre cinema and genuinely unique, low-budget films, to check it out for the discussion following the feature with Karen Black, Mink Stole, Susan Traylor, Jane Wiedlin, Pleasant Gehman, Stacy Cunningham and director Steve Balderson, which should be a hoot.

If you’re looking for a satisfying pastiche of the “girls behind bars” sub-genre of exploitation, Stuck! delivers. Early examples of the genre, like Barbara Stanwyck’s 1933 potboiler Ladies They Talk About, were – like many pictures of the day – problem pictures, in that they aimed to expose social injustices and inadequacies in the justice system. But by the 1960’s, when the genre really came into its own with cult classics like Caged and 99 Women, women-in-prison movies began to slide towards sexploitation and,
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Stuck! (2009)

Directed and written by by Steve Balderson

Featuring Karen Black, Mink Stole, Jane Wiedlin, Jeff Dylan Graham, Starina Johnson, Pleasant Gehman, Susan Traylor, Stacy Cunningham,

Review by Andrew Shearer

Unbelievable. Un-fucking-believable. A new women in prison film (Wip for short) starring Karen Black, Mink Stole and one of the Go-Go's was shot less than two hours away from me and I didn't even know about it! I consider it a lost opportunity. I'm currently developing a nice, dark bruise on my left leg from kicking myself repeatedly with my right...

Stuck!, written and directed by Steve Balderson (Pep Squad, Firecracker), is a gorgeous, black-and-white noir character piece that feels less like an homage and more like a newly discovered classic in the babes-behind-bars genre. Whereas Barak Epstein's Prison A Go-go opted to go the route of parody (owing more to Troma than to, say, the late Cirio H. Santiago
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