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“King Cohen” Featuring Joe Dante, Larry Cohen And More Gears Up For July 20 Release

The highly anticipated King Cohen, the true story of writer, producer, director, creator and all-around maverick, Larry Cohen, will receive a full theatrical run across the U.S beginning July 20 in L.A (with other cities in the weeks to follow), courtesy Dark Star Pictures.
Cohen, best known for resourceful low-budget horror and thriller films that combine social commentary with prerequisite scares and welcome humor, is responsible for celluloid classics including Black Caesar, It’s Alive, Q: The Winged Serpent, and The Stuff. He was also a major player in the Blaxploitation films of the 1970s, as well as a prominent Hollywood screenwriter (Phone Booth).

The acclaimed film features interviews with such industry luminaries as Martin Scorsese, J.J Abrams, Joe Dante, Mick Garris, John Landis, Fred Williamson as well as Cohen himself. Cohen’s remarkable one-of-a-kind career, from 60’s TV series creator (Branded, The Invaders), to 70’s and 80’s independent film icon and beyond, is chronicled with freewheeling and insightful verve.

Winner of the 2017 Fantasia Fest Best Documentary Feature Audience Award, King Cohen hails from Rondo Award-winning writer/director Steve Mitchell, whose film and television credits include co-writing the beloved cult horror/comedy Chopping Mall. King Cohen is a La-La Land Entertainment production, in association with Big And Tall Pictures and Off The Cliff Productions. It is directed and produced by Steve Mitchell and produced by Matt Verboys and Dan McKeon.

King Cohen begins its theatrical run July 20 in LA, with other cities to follow,.

“Euthanizer” Injects Into Theaters And VOD This Summer

Writer/director Teemu Nikki’s Euthanizer injects into theaters this July, and August on VOD, via Uncork’d Entertainment.

A film that “keeps you on your toes” (Cinema Scope), Euthanizer provides “a film experience completely different than you’d find in mainstream cinema” (Birth.Movies.Death).

Veijo runs a black-market operation euthanizing people’s ailing pets to make extra money. It is clear he has dark secrets, but only after meeting a young nurse and a seedy mechanic (who’s mixed up with a vicious gang of neo-Nazis) that Veijo’s carefully balanced, albeit deranged, life begins to show cracks. Things turn to the extreme when Veijo does not finish a job he was paid to and his client finds out…in this grungy exploitation throwback.

A “great addition to – and a new take on – the current wave of grungy exploitation independent cinema” (The AV Club), Euthanizer combines horror and humor like never before. Prepare yourself for the film experience of the summer.

Euthanizer will play in L.A theaters (other cities to be announced) from July 20, with a VOD release set for August 7.

Lou Simon’s Latest Fright-Fest “3 : An Eye For An Eye” Set For VOD Release August 7

Enter the basement of a complex and twist-filled kidnapping in award-winning filmmaker Lou Simon’s (“All Girl’s Weekend”, “HazMat”) 3 : An Eye for an Eye.

A man and a woman kidnap her rapist in order to extract a confession from him. They need to get his confession on tape, because he has made up an alibi. Locked up in the basement of a remote home, he is unwilling to confess on camera and continues to assert his innocence. With time running out, how far are they willing to go for justice and what if they are wrong?

“A solid, smart piece of genre filmmaking” (Horror Talk) and premiering on VOD August 7 from Uncork’d Entertainment, 3 : An Eye for an Eye boasts dynamic performances from Aniela McGuinness (Rock of Ages), Todd Bruno (HazMat), Mike Stanley (“Revolution”), and Katie Carpenter (Acrimony).

Things Get Real In Episode One Of Decatur Redd’s “Trap House: Atlanta”

Life has its ups and downs, but your life is ultimately determined by how you deal with the obstacles. The inner city can be a rough place to grow up.

Nights are long and the days are even longer, but the hustle never sleeps. That’s why we take risk and prosper.

Trap House: Atlanta is a web series written and produced by Decatur Redd. Watch the full first episode below:

The Forest Of Lost Souls Invaders Theaters And On Demand August 5

Leading independent distributor Wild Eye Releasing has acquired Portuguese horror film The Forest of the Lost Souls, setting it as their first theatrical release.

The psychological “coming of age” horror film, written and directed by directed by José Pedro Lopes, marks the distrib’s first theatrical release. The film, which had its world premiere at the Fantasporto Film Festival on February 26, 2017, is scheduled to open in August.

Ricardo and Carolina are complete strangers that meet seemingly by chance in the “Forest of the Lost Souls”, a place where many people go to commit suicide. These two, a young woman and an old man, are no different than the others as they also came to the forest for this very reason.

They decide to briefly postpone killing themselves in order to explore the forest and also to continue talking to one another, as Ricardo and Carolina find themselves intrigued by one another.

However, as the pair go further into the forest it becomes clear that one of them has other reasons for being in the forest and is not who they would have the other believe them to be and is actually a psychopath…

The Forest of the Lost Souls will open theatrically August 5 in L.A and other cities.

Wild Eye Releasing, whose recent releases include well-received sci-fi thriller Soft Matter and James Klass’s House on Elm Lake, represents horror, exploitation, dark arthouse, cult and documentary films from around the world.

Enter Writer/Director Brini Amerigo’s “Dead House” This June.

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From Wild Eye Releasing, and available on VOD 6/5/18, comes a frightening mesh of Don’t Breathe and Mom & Dad starring Danny Cutler, Alex Lucchesi and Alex Southern.

A group of thieves have the tables turned on them during a home invasion. Hidden in the basement they find the remains of secret viral lab experiments gone savagely wrong. Now they must escape before they are infected with a new strain of virus that turns its victims into mutated psychopaths.

Claire Forlani And Jamie Bamber Star In “Inferno : Skyscraper Escape” This July!

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Jamie Bamber and Claire Forlani attempt out of a towering inferno in the action-packed Inferno : Skyscraper Escape, premiering on VOD July 3 from High Octane Pictures.

In the film, directed by Eric Summer (Leap!), disaster strikes a downtown skyscraper when a gas leak causes a ferocious explosion setting ablaze the towering mass of metal and glass. On the 20th floor Brianna (Claire Forlani, Meet Joe Black, “Hawaii Five-O”) and Tom (Jamie Bamber, “Battlestar Galactica”, “Law & Order UK”) a couple in the middle of a divorce settlement are forced to work together to help save their two children, Anne and Ben, who are both trapped in the building’s elevator hovering 20 stories above ground. Together Brianna and Tom must fight to stay alive while teaming up to save their children and escape the towering inferno.

Riley Jackson (“Grace & Frankie”), Isaac Rouse (Monster Family), and Nigel Barber (Mission : Impossible – Rogue Nation) co-star in the action surprise of the summer!

Featuring state-of-the-art visual effects, first-rate performances and twenty ‘stories’ of sheer adventure, hatch an Inferno : Skyscraper Escape this July!

The Supers Are Back And Better Than Ever In “The Incredibles 2”

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Review by Richard Caldwell
Rating: 5/5

Hero’s are known to save the day. Especially when they the keep us regular party safe and out of harms way. Many of us have talents, but only a few people a truly special. I can imagine they too have a few people they deem special in their life as well. “The Incredibles 2” dives into those special relationships.

The film features the return of our favorite incredible family. They’re still living underground as the worldwide ban on superheroes continues. All of the family favorites are here in the film. That includes Violet, Dash, Mr. Incredible, Elasti-Girl and the ever so cute baby Jack Jack. Even their uncle Frozone makes a return in the film.

“The Incredibles 2” touches on many themes, but family is a main component. The kids are growing before out very eyes. It seems like the last film was both distant and recent at the same time. This sequel is definitely a film the entire family can enjoy. I recommend it for anyone looking to have a good tome at the movies as a family.

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Uncork’d Entertainment To Release “Minutes to Midnight” This July

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In the tradition of The Strangers, and featuring the hottest ensemble of the year, Minutes to Midnight on VOD July 3.

What happens when a night of fun turns into a night of horror? Seven friends and a mysterious backpacker converge at a desolate ski lodge in the mountains and as the clock begins the countdown to the New Year, they discover that the end of the old year may be the end of all their years as they are systematically hunted down by ruthless masked men with a deadly agenda.

Film is scripted by Victoria Dadi and Christopher M. Don.

Award-winning actor William Baldwin (Backdraft, Flatliners, Sliver), Richard Grieco (“21 Jump Street”), Bill Moseley (The Devil’s Rejects), John Hennigan (Never Leave Alive), Dominique Swain (Astro), Viva Bianca (“Spartacus : War of the Damned”), Jared Cohn (Pernicious) and Christopher Judge (“Stargate SG-1”) star in a Christopher Ray (Circus Kane) film.

Minutes to Midnight is on VOD July 3 and DVD September 4.

Evil Always Finds A Way In “The Jurassic Dead”

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From the makers of Tsunambee, a film 66 million years in the making…THE JURASSIC DEAD!

Released this month on VOD, DVD and Blu-ray/DVD combo (exclusive to Walmart), THE JURASSIC DEAD is part JURASSIC PARK part THE WALKING DEAD, with a T-Rex turning everyone it attacks into a zombie! Summer is all about the Z-Rex!

A unit of mercenaries must team up with a group of tech-geek students after American is struck with an EMP attack. Deep in the desert, they find the source of the terror, a mad scientist who has also just created a living dead T-Rex dinosaur, one who turns everyone it attacks into a zombie. Now they must scramble to stay alive and save the planet from the ultimate undead predator.

Matt Block, Wes Clark, Julie Crisante and American professional bodybuilder Andy Haman star in a Milko Davis film, out 6/12 from Wild Eye Releasing.