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AICN HORROR NEWS: TADFF 2013 Winners! Scream Factory’s MINI MOVIE MASSACRE! Bloody Cuts’ WHO’S THERE? REAL HOUSEWIVES OF HORROR! CURSE OF CHUCKY: Chucky vs Everybody!

Published at: Nov. 5, 2013, 9:11 a.m. CST by ambush bug

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Greetings, all. Ambush Bug here. I’ve got another dose of horror news bits—bite size, just how you zombies like it!


The Toronto After Dark Film Festival (or TADFF) has announced the Award Winners for their 8th Annual Festival, after polling over 4,200 festival goers. The big winners were THE BATTERY (full review here) and EEGA (full review coming soon on AICN HORROR).

Find out more about all of the winners here. Congrats to all who won and got to see these awesome films and hats off for TADFF for another awesome fest this year!


That first step is a doozy in this new I, FRANKENSTEIN poster!

Despite the PG-13 rating, I’m looking forward to the new I, FRANKENSTEIN film. Eckhart is always good and despite their cheesiness at times, the UNDERWORLD series was a lot of fun. Here’s hoping this one’s more along the lines of BLADE than VAN HELSING. Here’s the official synopsis; Set in a dystopic present where vigilant gargoyles and ferocious demons rage in a battle for ultimate power, Victor Frankenstein's creation Adam (Aaron Eckhart) finds himself caught in the middle as both sides race to discover the secret to his immortality. From the creators of the hit supernatural saga, UNDERWORLD, comes the action thriller I, FRANKENSTEIN, written for the screen and directed by Stuart Beattie based on the graphic novel "I, Frankenstein" by Kevin Grevioux, and brought to life by a cast that includes Aaron Eckhart, Bill Nighy, Yvonne Strahovski, Miranda Otto, Jai Courtney, Socratis Otto, Mahesh Jadu, Caitlin Stasey and Aden Young as Victor Frankenstein.

The new poster is below and the film is set to release everywhere on January 24, 2014!


Doc Karen pits Chucky Vs Everyone!

Much like myself, Doc Karen Oughton loved CURSE OF CHUCKY (her review here and my review here). Doc Karen’s got a fun little piece of hypothetical Chucky battles that she’s written up just in time to liven up the post Halloween blahs.

Chucky vs. Tiffany!


Chuck and Tiff are moulded midget murderers, but sexy Tiff’s got two (ahem) additional ways to ‘slay’ the pint-sized serial killer…

The winner? Tiff and (actress Jennifer) Tilly triumph!


Chucky vs. Leprechaun!


While Warwick Davis’ Leprechaun is oddly cute with his malevolent Oirish magic, Chucky ‘Do-ey’ Damballas it with voodoo…

The winner? Chucky wins for his hard-assed sorcery!


Chucky vs. Freddy!


One’s often your friend in bed; with the other in bed, you’re dead!

Freddy wins for perverting the supposed safety of your pillow.


Or…


Chucky may physically degenerate, but Freddie is a degenerate. Freddy’s made the manky look an art form so wins the round!

The winner? Freddy claws a victory!


Chucky vs. Pennywise!


One’s a demonic doll, the other is THAT clown, a ghastly granny and a ghostly baby brother in Stephen King’s It movie (we’ll excuse the spider, shall we?).

The winner? The foul funnyman’s many forms float away with the title, down the deadlights, a wicked grin on It’s face.


Chucky vs. Michael Myers!


Myers may have silent menace, but Brad Dourif gives the little dude huge character..

The winner? Voiced by the Oscar-nominated actor, Chucky cackles his way to victory!


Thanks Doc Karen! Hopefully there’ll be some folks out there who jump in and play along in the Talkbacks! Who go you think would be the victor in a tournament of Chucky?


The Scream Factory is looking for a few good shorts for their MINI MOVIE MASSACRE!

Seems everyone is getting into the movie making business and what better way to do so than sponsor an international short film contest? The Scream Factory has sent out a call for entries running between now and November 17th for short horror films. A lot of great horror directors come from making short films. Think of it; you could be the next MAMA!

Click here for more details on the competition! and check out the Scream Factory’s trailer below for more!





Bloody Cuts has their own short film contest, WHO’S THERE?

Not to be outdone by the Scream Factory, the excellent filmmakers at Bloody Cuts are hosting their own short film challenge called WHO’S THERE? The competition will be judged by the legendary filmmaker Joe Dante and Hollywood producer Gale Anne Hurd. All you have to do is create a terrifying 3 minute short horror film based on the theme of “Who’s There?”

Find out more about this competition by clicking here and the video below!





Horror gamers unite! Support PLAYING WITH FEAR…if you dare!!

Filmmaker Ant Carpendale is putting together a feature-length documentary and web series about the world of horror video games called PLAYING WITH FEAR. The filmmaker says “We aim to make the definitive documentary on horror games, a film that will be in-depth, cinematic and entertaining.” And only you can help him achieve that goal.


So if you’re a horror gamer and you have a few duckets to spare, support the Kickstarter for PLAYING WITH FEAR here! Below is the video pitch!




New horror game show debuts—RELEASE THE HOUNDS!

Metacafe premiered their new horror game show webseries RELEASE THE HOUNDS which has its contestants go through arduous challenges testing the limits of their fears in order to win big prizes.

Check out the first couple of episodes of the series here! and watch the first episode of the series below!





Are you ready for THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF HORROR?!

Check out this pilot episode of the Nerdist Channel’s THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF HORROR which looks at the real life ups and downs of some recognizable faces from your favorite scary movies such as Brea Grant (HALLOWEEN 2, DEXTER), Laura Ortiz (HOLLISTON, THE HILLS HAVE EYES) Briana Lane (THE ENW NORMAL, BEVERLY HILLS CHIHUAHUA 3), Jessika Van (AWKWARD), and Brooke Seguin (30 MINUTE MUSICALS). Sandeep Parikh (THE GUILD, THE LEGEND OF NEIL) directs and Kevin Pereira (ATTACK THE SHOW) and Grant produces and writes.




You’d better watch out…NIGHT OF THE KRAMPUS has a new trailer!

New from the folks who brought you the indie charmer THE NIGHT SHIFT (full review here) comes NIGHT OF THE KRAMPUS, described as According to legend, on Christmas Eve Santa Claus travels with a creature known as Krampus. While Santa rewards the good children, Krampus punishes the naughty. But that’s just a myth. …Or is it? When the naughty kids of a suburb begin to vanish in the weeks leading to Christmas, all evidence points to the creature’s existence. In this follow-up to “The Night Shift”, it’s up to supernatural investigators Rue Morgan, Claire Rennfield, and skeletal sidekick Herbie West to solve the mystery, save the children, and face-off against the deadly Krampus.

Find out more about this film here! The film will be release December 3 on DVD and Streaming and here’s the brand new trailer!




Choose your doom with TICK TOCK TRICK’s interactive website!

Check out this cool interactive website which acts like a choose your own adventure tale while you’re finding out more about the new film TICK TOCK TRICK. The film is described as Selik Manor draws in a group with a love of the gothic world. The visitors desire for history, ghosts and magic is excited inside. The themed hosts charm the guests in the haunted setting with words and tricks. Zuri is secretly psychic and becomes aware of a dark unseen presence. They must all make their choice when to leave as time ticks by.

Find out more about this UK ghost story on Facebook! and check out the trailer below!





For those about to rock! I bring you DEADLY PUNKETTES!

From the makers of the sleazy but fun cannibalism film SLINK (full review here) comes DEADLY PUNKETTES which is described as;


The ghost of a former lead singer, in an all-girl band, returns to haunt her replacement, who unfairly takes credit for the group’s only hit.


The film is currently in production and will be available in 2014!


Put a little Plissken on your back with these ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK Shirts from Fright Rags!

Just in time for X-Mas, the fiends at Fright Rags have been sewing their fingers to the nub to make some sweet Snake Plissken gear to wear. The company is putting out a box set which includes a limited edition shirt designed by Justin Osbourn, along with a 11x17 reproduction of the film's iconic poster, a temporary tattoo, a prismatic sticker and a replica eye patch, all enclosed in a collector's box. There are only 500 box sets available, and sizes and quantities are limited. Aside from the box set, Osbourn's design will be available separately as a baseball shirt. Christopher Lovell also created a special shirt depicting Kurt Russell as Snake Plissken, cinema's ultimate anti-hero. It can be ordered on a T-shirt, girl shirt and zip-up hoodie.

Check out the two shirts on the right if you like what you see, head over to Fright Rags and get you some!



And finally, check out this webseries from Paul Jensen and Co. It’s not exactly horror, but it is wickedly funny! Enjoy SEVENTH AND WASHINGTON! Here’s the first episode and if you like what you see, check out the other two episodes of the series here and here!




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