BENEATH THE UNDERGROUND REVIEW
SEVERED’S DOUBLE FEATURE OF ADAM AHLBRANDT’S “THE CEMETERY” AND “CROSS BEARER” ON OCTOBER 10TH, 2014
By: Ryan Vincent Logsdon
On a Friday evening early in the Halloween season, amid the haunted hayrides and spooky-themed festivities and events that make Fall so much fun for the horror fan, MASSACRE VIDEO & TOETAG INC. in conjunction with SEVERED brought to the city of Stroudsburg, PA, a killer double bill of local NEPA director Adam Ahlbrant‘s two films, “The Cemetery” & “Cross Bearer” which were screened at the historic Sherman Theater.
The Sherman Theater is centrally located in the business district of Stroudsburg and is surrounded by locally run eateries, independent art studios and a lot of energy is found on the streets at any given time, be it potential or kinetic. The crowd was of chill nature that evening and looked forward to seeing the films, most seemingly for a first time viewing. After talking with gracious event organizer and Massacre Video Graphic Artist, Earl Kess, I went into the already running showing of “The Cemetery” to see the small yet attentive audience enjoy the premise of the film, laugh at the jokes of the movie (both intentional and non), recoil at the satanic verses and frenetic pacing as well as enjoy the gore on display. Me, personally not being the biggest fan of supernatural horror was entertained by the sights witnessed on screen and by the crowd reactions which were on full display.
After the screening a decently length Q&A developed as Adam engaged his audience with his typical flare and charm as he answered questions about the production, design and process of making “The Cemetery.” After answering all the questions it was then revealed that they would be showing not only “Cross Bearer” but also a scene from the upcoming film “The Hunters” (after which was mentioned a few cheers broke out in the audience) and “The Sadist” sneak preview and trailer. After asking those in attendance which they wanted to see they played “The Hunters” a spectacle which left silence in it’s wake. After viewing “The Sadist” preview and trailer Adam once again engaged the audience by answering a few questions about these upcoming releases, laughter and applause followed the brief Q&A as “Cross Bearer” begins to role.
“Cross Bearer” being my favorite of the double feature, kept the blood flowing as the movie progressed. I watched the majority of the film at the bar which is located just beyond the screening room’s exit door and while Adam was interviewed by some press, the sounds of laughter and screams of terror wrapped in disgust filled the venue as the night came to it’s close. As the credits roll after the final feature a last Q&A is abandoned in favor of a signing and photo op in which Adam expressed his love for his passionate fans and kept the smiles wide as he interacted with the lowkey audience in attendance that traveled to see this sick double feature to kick off or continue their Halloween season.
In 2012 Director Jimmy Screamerclauz brought you “Where the Dead Go to Die“ which turned independent underground horror into a demented animated children’s playground.
Now the beautifully depraved mind of Screamerclauz unleashes the trailer of his most ambitious feature to date: “When Black Birds Fly” (2015)
Heaven is a beautiful, clean suburban paradise. Every block is populated by lush trees and lovely row homes. People are free to roam and do whatever they please, as long as they follow one simple rule: DO NOT communicate with “The Evil One” that dwells on the other side of a giant wall that circles the town, which is under 24 hour surveillance by a team of soldiers wearing gas masks. The ruler of the town is a man named Caine, who plasters images of himself all around town, insisting that his citizens trust and love him. A small child becomes obsessed with the seemingly increasing flocks of black birds that populate the town. One day after chasing one he discovers a talking kitten with a broken leg, who begs Marius and his classmate Eden to crawl through a hole in the wall to help her. The kids decide to do it and she repays them by introducing them to a brightly colored fruit that grows wildly on the other side of the wall. After consuming it the kitten brings them to meet the Evil One, who attempts to teach them the forbidden knowledge that Caine is hiding from them all.
J.D. Brown – Daryl
Brandon Slagle – Caine
Devanny Pinn – The Evil One
David Firth – Corvus
Victor Bonacore – Marius
Ruby Larocca – Dotty
Erin Russ – Eden
Erika Smith -Norma
Adam Brooks – Various Citizens
Manoush – Kitty
William Hellfire – Mr. Apple
M. dot Strange – The Messenger
Sean Murray – Reverend
Rakel Musicbox - False Evil One
Rodger Fischer – OSWA Soldiers
Mad Dashiell – Various Citizens
Ruby Larocca – Executive Producer
Jimmy ScreamerClauz – Executive producer
Featuring Music By: Flyface, Jimmy ScreamerClauz, M. dot Strange, Swift Treweeke
Unearthed Films is proud to present VISCERAL: BETWEEN THE ROPES OF MADNESS.
A boxer loses the biggest fight of his life. He slowly finds himself, giving up his dream and finds that life is not worth living. At least, those lives around him are not worthy of life. He steps through and unleashes an entity that torments him and guile’s him to do unspeakable acts of torture and murder. As body counts rise and lives are diminished, will he have any hope? Any way to fight back to what he once was?
Visceral: Between the Ropes of Madness will take the viewer into one of the darkest realms of our world, where S&M, brutality and insanity collide in an unrepentant firestorm of pure horror.
Director: Felipe Eluti
Producers: Andres Palma, Cristóbal Rivera
Cinematographer: Tomas Smith
Art Director: Francisco Braithwaithe
EFX: Samantha Schlack
Assistant Director: Pablo Alveal
Sound Design: C.R.Dois
Film Editing: Felipe Eluti, C.R.Dois
Year of Production: 2013
Runtime: 76 min
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Original Language: Spanish
Tentative release of 2015
Visceral: Between the Ropes of Madness
Directed By: Felipe Eluti
Part 2 of ScaredToDeath’s interview with Director Julien Maury.
Beneath The Underground’s very own ScaredToDeath interviews Director Julien Maury of “Inside“, “Livid“, and “Among the Living“.
English spoken language interview below.
Time To Kill (2014)
Director: Brian Williams
Cast: Ellie Church, Debbie Rochon, Bob East
Synopsis: For Sara there’s no time to waste, no time to lose, there’s only….Time to Kill
The trailer for the eagerly anticipated “American Guinea Pig: BOUQUET OF GUTS AND GORE” has been released in this VERY NSFW trailer.
Director Stephen Biro’s “AMERICAN GUINEA PIG: BOUQUET OF GUTS AND GORE”
is sure to satiate the bloodlust of gorehounds worldwide.
Along with a crew of practitcal EFX mastermind Marcus Koch of “100 TEARS”, “THE THEATRE BIZARRE” and “CIRCUS OF THE DEAD”, notorious Director Jim VanBebber of “GATOR GREEN”, “DEADBEAT AT DAWN” and “THE MANSON FAMILY” and an original score from the twisted mind of Jimmy Screamerclauz of “WHERE THE DEAD GO TO DIE” this film undeniably has the makings of an underground extreme classic.
This brand of blood and carnage has not been seen on film since the original Guinea Pig series which Stephen Biro who is the President of Unearthed Films brought from Japan to the United States. AMERICAN GUINEA PIG: BOUQUET OF GUTS AND GORE will unleash hell on audiences later this year.
This Sunday Septmeber 7th, 2014, Mr. Lloyd Kaufman will receive the prestigious Northeast Film Festival Spirit of Independent Filmmaking Award at 7:30pm in Teaneck, NJ, in recognition of his continued work lobbying and supporting independent film.
Director: James Bell
Cast: James Bell, Amanda Bell & Tyler Bell
(Short Film) The life of an alcohol homeless man is rough, especially when your only friend is a pig’s head. Things definitely go from bad to worse when he finds a 40oz bottle of fertilizer to drink.