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2011 Drunken Zombie Film Festival

Our friends over at Drunken Zombie will be hosting the 2011 Drunken Zombie Film Festival November 4th and 5th in Peoria, IL. This is the fourth year of the festival and this year is the biggest yet. They will be screening 9 feature films and 13 short films in every horror sub-genre imaginable, so there's sure to be something for everyone. Not only will they be having some great independent horror films, but there will also be an expanded concessions menu, merch vendors and giveaways.

Snapshot: "American Horror Story" (TV Series)

A new haunted house drama premiered Wednesday night on FX that was created and produced by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, the creators of "Glee". The series centers around the Harmon family, who move from Boston to Los Angeles after Ben (Dylan McDermott) has an affair. They get a great deal on an old mansion, finding out once they buy the home that the previous owners were involved in a murder suicide and that the house is haunted. I'm assuming this is where all that weird fetish imagery that they've been promoting in the trailers happens?

Trailer: "Devil's Night" (2011)

Our favorite little scream queen Danielle Harris stars in the Canadian film, "Devil's Night" about a masked killer who stalks a fraternity and their girlfriends. Why would anyone want to bump off a bunch of fraternity brothers one by one you ask? Well, it just so happens that this fraternity was involved in a Halloween prank the year before that resulted in the death of a teen. "Devil's Night" is written and directed by Christopher Harrison and stars Danielle Harris, Steve Byers and Shawn Roberts.

Retro Poster: "Bunny Lake is Missing" (1965)

When a single mom drops her daughter of at her first day of nursery school, you'd think she would use better judgement when she is unable to locate any teachers. Instead she chooses to drop her daughter off under the supervision of the school's head cook and is shocked to find out that her daughter is missing at the end of the day. Based on the novel of the same name by Marryam Modell, this film has developed quite the cult following over the years and rightfully so. The film, shot in black in white, is heavy in atmospheric creepiness with some amazing performances by the cast.

Trailer: "Cannibal" (2010)

In what seems to be a different take on the whole cannibal in the middle of the woods sub genre, writer and director Benjamin Vire, brings us the Belgian movie "Cannibal" about a man who develops a romantic relationship with a cannibalistic woman.

Trailer: "Blood Runs Cold" (2011)

When the summer season comes to an end, I love to check out new horror flicks to mix into my Halloween season rotation of favorites. A possible candidate? The Swedish slasher flick "Blood Runs Cold". First time feature film director Sonny Laguna, brings us this ultra low budget slasher flick, which was shot for just $5,000 US. The plot is a typical slasher set up, having our main character, Winona, vacationing in a remote location just as a storm's a brewing. As usual, a killer is lurking nearby, waiting to chop her and her friends up with an axe.

Video On Demand: "Grave Encounters" (2011)

The found footage horror film is in no way, shape or form a new concept for horror audiences. However, The Vicious Brothers' tackle the found footage concept in a new way with their debut film, "Grave Encounters," by taking inspirations from all of the 'Ghost Hunters' style reality shows that feature a bunch of paranormal investigators who track ghosts in supposedly haunted settings. When I started reading about this film a few months ago, my interest was definitely peaked by all the buzz it was creating.

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Video On Demand: "The Pack" (2010)

"The Pack" (aka La Meute) is a French horror flick that's making its way to the US this month and it will be available both on DVD and VOD on September 27th. Haven't been able to find much info on this movie other than it's been out for some time now overseas and that the movie delves into multiple different horror sub-genres.

Retro Trailer: "Blood and Lace" (1971)

Melody Patterson (of "F Troop" fame!) plays Ellie, a young girl whose prostitute mother is murdered, and now has to live at an orphanage run by a sadistic woman who kills children who try to escape. For having just a PG rating, the movie delivers a lot of fun CGI free violence, such as death by hammer. But it's the last line of dialogue uttered in this film that really makes for one of the strangest endings you'll ever see. "Blood and Lace" is available on Netflix Instant Watch for your viewing pleasure!

Retro Poster: "Scream, Baby, Scream" (1969)

Joseph Adler's "Scream, Baby, Scream" can pretty much be summed up as a bad acid trip. Written by Larry Cohen ("It's Alive"), we meet a world renowned artist who plans on taking his artwork to the next level by creating living masterpieces with women that he's kidnapped. The bad dialogue, goofy fashions, and the tripped out camera angles give the feeling of many of those fun 60's monster movies. Unfortunately, it doesn't really have much going for it other than some fun psychedelic poster art. That and a weird scene where teenagers take acid and go play in a monkey cage at the zoo.

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