Saturday, October 31, 2015

31 Nights of Halloween: Selfie

The big night is here... and Drew Daywalt brings us one more, well-constructed mini-chiller to kick it off. Will you be taking any selfies this Halloween? (Daywalt mixes up the closing jump scare a bit. That earns this one another star.)




Selfie (2013)
Starring: Jenny Kendall Jones
Director: Drew Daywalt
Rating: Eight of Ten Stars

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I particularly recommend "Werewolf Hunter" Vols. 1 and 2, as the first one has all-new fiction by yours truly and the second all-new fiction by Angela Beegle... and chilling werewolf tales by Robert E. Howard, fantastic comics introducing Armand Broussard, the Werewolf Hunter himself!

Click here to view the entire listing of titles on sale.Get some now to make your Halloween extra scary!

Friday, October 30, 2015

31 Nights of Halloween: Playing with the Devil

Three sisters and a Japanese spirit summoning ritual... how can this end anything but badly?


Playing with the Devil (2014)
Starring: Rachel Frain, Valerie Trevherz, and Jessica Hadlock
Director: Nick Stentzel
Rating: Ten of Ten Stars



Thursday, October 29, 2015

31 Nights of Halloween: Dollface

Halloween is just a couple nights away. I hope your Halloween doesn't turn out like it does for the characters in today's film. I'm not sure it makes much sense, but it's pretty scary!



Dollface (2013)
Starring: Jen Dede, Kimberly Atkinson, Nick Holmes, Roma Maffia, and Shelly Wenk
Director: Colin Campbell
Rating: Seven of Ten Stars

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Anthologies of Egyptian-themed Horror Comics on Sale Now!

With Halloween drawing near, NUELOW Games is having a sale on all of its horror titles. Among these are "Horrors of Egypt" (with stories illustrated by such great talents as Joe Kubert and Al Camy) and "The Curse of Egypt" (with art by the legendary Steve Ditko). Each title also contains new feats and other material by yours truly, intended to bring Egyptian-flavored supernatural themes to you d20 System-based roleplaying characters and campaigns.

Both "Horros of Egypt" and "The Curse of Egypt" are currently available for 33%  off the usual price, so now would be a perfect time to get yourself books full of great comics and RPG material that will get you in the Halloween spirit. (The sale prices continue though November 2, 2015.

(Each is also available for an even lower price in the Bundle of Horror collection--which holds 20 different anthologies and game products brimming with Halloween goodness (including short stories by yours truly and the legendary Robert E. Howard) for the price of the very Halloweenish price of $13!)






31 Nights of Halloween: Delete

Tonight's entry's is familiar to lovers of Japanese horror, even if this one is from Malaysia.

 Delete (2014)
Starring: Koe Yeet, Kylie Chong, amanda Chong, Alicia Tan, and
Director: Sidney Chan
Rating: Seven of Ten Stars



Tuesday, October 27, 2015

31 Nights of Halloween: Malum

A young woman returns to the place her family died... to get revenge on the thing that killed them in tonight's micro-fright.

Malum (2013)
Starring Alexandria Lightford
Directed by Michael Benton Newman
Rating: Nine of Ten Stars



Sunday, October 25, 2015

31 Nights of Halloween: The Old Chair

I'm a fan of Drew Daywalt, and I think after this little cautionary tale about deals off Craigslist, you will be too. (If his previous films I've featured here at Terror Titans haven't converted you already.)



The Old Chair (2012)
Starring: Kaylee Score and AJ Bowen
Director: Drew Daywalt
Rating: Ten of Ten Stars
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Saturday, October 24, 2015

31 Nights of Halloween: Skypemare


Halloween is almost here. Here's a chiller with a classic set up--it's Halloween night and a murderous lunatic is on the loose--but with a 21st century twist. I promise this one will creep you out.

Skypemare (2013)
Starring: Cerina Vincent and Annika Marks
Director: John Fitzpatrick
Rating: Ten of Ten Stars

Saturday Scream Queen: Cerina Vincent

Cerina Vincent first found fame as the Yellow Galaxy Ranger in "Power Rangers: Lost Galaxy" (1999), but she soon became a familiar face to horror movie fans. On her expansive horror movie resume include "Fear Runs Silent" (2000), "Cabin Fever" (2002), "It Waits" (2005), "Seven Mummies" (2006), the just-released "Tales of Halloween" (2015), and more.

Vincent can also be seen later today in the 31 Nights of Halloween short "Skypemare". Watch for it at 4:44pm (PST)!



Friday, October 23, 2015

31 Nights of Halloween: Japanese Ghost Story

Funeral arrangements for one become funeral arrangements for two...

Japanese Ghost Story (aka "Japanese Horror Movie #2")
Starring: Masako Todoroki, Mitsuru Ozawa, and Tomomi Yamazaki
Director: Ryo Moroe
Rating: Six of Ten Stars



Art by Gregory Thomas

Thursday, October 22, 2015

31 Nights of Halloween: Having a Drink


We've all had the kind of day at work where we just want a stiff drink. Fortunately for us, we don't stop in at dumps like Oges Tavern to get it. (This is one of the few werewolf short films I've come across, so I thought it was fitting in include it here during the last few nights before Halloween. The sound is a bit rough and some of the acting a little wooden, but it's still worth watching. Evenmoreso because the obvious twists are not what the filmmakers go with here.)

Having a Drink (2014)
Starring: Ray Besharah, Ellen Manchee, Celine Filion, and Nicolas M. Di Gaetano
Director: Randy Smith
Rating: Five of Ten Stars

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

31 Nights of Halloween: Hi

Can you feel the chill in the air? The sense of doom as Halloween grows near?

I think the good doctor in tonight's film can...

Hi (2014)
Starring: Monica Gill and Vipassana Kapoor
Director: Bahaish Kapoor
Rating: Seven of Eight Stars



Trivia: Monica Gill, the star of tonight's film, was Miss India of 2013.


Tuesday, October 20, 2015

31 Nights of Halloween: Selfie From Hell


As the title implies, this is another film that involves cellphones and selfies. It;s a scary one, too!

Selfie From Hell (2015)
Starring: Meelah Adams
Director: Erdal Ceylan
Rating: Nine of Ten Stars

Monday, October 19, 2015

31 Nights of Halloween: Alexia

Tonight's short film uses social media and "memorial pages" as its jump-off point. It's creepy,  and even if it gets a bit muddled at the end, it's a pretty effective little film.



Alexia (2015)
Starring: Sergio Beron and Carla Carruega
Director: Andreas Borghi
Rating: Six of Seven Stars

Sunday, October 18, 2015

31 Nights of Halloween: The Last Train Home

Who can you trust in the subway? Especially on the last train of the night?

Photo by Tod Fisher


Last Train Home (2008)
Starring: Lara Fisher, Danny Jensen, Jamie Relis, and Andrew Craig
Director: Scion Griffiths
Rating: Seven of Ten Stars




Saturday, October 17, 2015

31 Nights of Halloween: Jack


This is the shortest of all the short films featured during the 31 Nights of Halloween film festival. It's also one of the subtlest. Blink and you'll miss something really creepy....

Jack (2010)
Starring: Abigail Daywalt
Director: Drew Daywalt
Rating: Nine of Ten Stars

Friday, October 16, 2015

31 Night of Halloween: Incarnate


A serial-killing couple go looking for victims in the wrong house... and find something worse than they are. (Writer/director Michael Golderman says that today's film was made in six hours with a three-person crew--and one of said crew also appeared in front of the camera.)

Incarnate (2014)
Starring: Alexis Cassandra and David James Ryan
Director: Michael Goldernman
Rating: Six of Ten Stars

Thursday, October 15, 2015

31 Nights of Halloween: Coffer

Lotta Losten and David F. Sandberg are back. And poor Lotta's in for another rough time...

Coffer (2014)
Starring: Lotta Losten
Director: David F. Sandberg
Rating: Eight of Ten Stars


Wednesday, October 14, 2015

31 Nights of Halloween: Bad Moon Rising

Good werewolf films are few and far between. They're even rarer in the short film genre. So do enjoy this little gem.



Bad Moon Rising (2012)
Starring: Todd Levi, Anthony Edwards, and Jared Robinson
Director: Scott Hamilton
Rating: Eight of Ten Stars

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

31 Nights of Halloween: Scrambled

Faisal Hashmi (the writer/director of "Cold Feet" is back with another mini-chiller). It's a cautionary tale about the danger of the Blood Fairy.



Scrambled (2013)
Starring; Abidur Rahman and Linnea Sage
Director: Faisal Hashmi
Rating: Eight of Ten Stars
Rating: Eight of Ten Stars

Monday, October 12, 2015

31 Nights of Halloween: First Night in the New House

Getting used to sleeping in a new place can be challenging... especially when you have a roommate.



First Night in the New House (2015)
Starring: Katelyn Marie Marshall and Mariam Roth
Director: Marc Fratto
Rating: Ten of Ten Stars


This is one of the absolute best shorts you'll see during this festival of mini-films. The attention to detail in it is amazing--especially the sound design. (I thought I'd spotted a flaw and the evil critic in my shot to the surface with 'AHA! Only Nine Stars for you!"... but when I watched it a second time, I realized that it was *me* that hadn't paid quite enough attention.

Fratto and the rest of the gang at Insane-o-Rama Productions are releasing this short film as an invitation to contribute to a Crowdfunded feature film that will star Katelyn Marie Marshall in a similar role, but the dangers threatening her and her family in the new house are far more numerous and deadlier than in "First Night in the New House."

Click here to learn more about Insane-o-Rama's efforts to raise funds for the feature film "Crazyhouse." Their desire to build a community among the contributors/investors looks especially interesting.


Sunday, October 11, 2015

31 Nights of Halloween: Mannequin

This evening's mini-fright fest presents a twist on the doppleganger legend. Good stuff.

Mannequin (2013)
Starring: Amelia Gotham
Director: Deric Nunez
Rating: Seven of Ten Stars

Saturday, October 10, 2015

31 Nights of Halloween: The Closet


A pair of sisters plan a surprise for their Mom on her birthday; what could possibly go wrong? (Well, this IS the Terror Titans blog, and IS a mini-film from Drew Daywalt, so whatever goes wrong, it's probably pretty horrifying.)

The Closet (2011)
Starring: Brea Grant, Kaylee Score, and Bonnie Aarons
Director: Drew Daywalt
Rating: Eight of Ten Stars


Saturday Scream Queen: Emma Roberts


Emma Roberts, daughter of B-movie icon Eric Roberts, is on the verge of making the transition from child star to adult A-lister. It remains to be seen how her future career unfolds.

She made her horror movie debut with "Scream 4" (2011), and she currently appears in the television horror/comedy series "Scream Queens" She was fated to be among the Saturday Scream Queens here at Terror Titans, especially taking into account that she will have a recurring role in upcoming and will have a recurring role in upcoming episodes of the horror series "American Horror Story" and is the star of "Nerve", a thriller slated for release in 2016.

Friday, October 9, 2015

31 Nights of Halloween: The Whistler

Relationships are tricky....

The Whistler (2013)
Starring: Kate Cobb and Joshua Schell
Director: Josh McGuire

Thursday, October 8, 2015

31 Nights of Halloween: The Clown Statue

It's not a Halloween film festival (even a mini one) if there isn't at least one creepy clown film. So... here we go! It even has the bonus of featuring a Babysitter in Trouble (which was a common theme the last time we did 31 Nights of Halloween here at Terror Titans.).


The Clown Statue (2013)
Starring: Meghan Smith and Brad Mirtes
Director: Aaron Mirtes
Rating: Eight of Ten Stars

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

31 Nights of Halloween: Hello

I've noticed that cell phones are a central feature of many of the shorts I've looked at this year, and many of the ones I've selected. Do we perhaps have the sense that even though the ability to call for help is closer than it's ever been before, we are just as isolated and exposed to the monsters as we've always been?

A cell phone is center to the horror in today's selection (including the habit they have of going missing...)

By the way... this one got knocked down from a Nine to an Eight rating due to some odd choices in sound mixing. It was distracting the way voices moved from left to right in stereo for no reason.

Hello (2013)
Starring: Claire Loy and Hugh Sweeny
Director: Hugh Sweeny
Rating: Eight of Ten Stars

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

31 Nights of Halloween: Cold Feet

Today's offering is really creepy, but also a little unsatisfying, because it ends without the viewer getting much of a hint as to what might going on. But everything up to the very end is very well staged and executed.

Photo by Mike Irish of Firechariot Design


Cold Feet (2014)
Starring: Christian Martin, Abidur Rahman, and Zerleena Kahn
Director: Faisal Hashmi
Rating: Six of Ten Stars

Monday, October 5, 2015

31 Nights of Halloween: I Heard That Too

Here's another short film to get you in the Halloween spirit. It's not even two minutes long, but it's scary and intense.



I Heard That Too (2014)
Starring: Colleen Malone and Ellen Malone
Director: Al Meadows
Rating: Eight of Ten Stars

Sunday, October 4, 2015

31 Nights of Halloween: Daddy

Darn kids... they're always waking up early. As you'll see in today's short excursion into horror.



Daddy (2012)
Starring: Sam Boxleitner, Elodie Hursley, and Sasha Boggs
Director: Lee Boxleitner
Rating: Six of Ten Stars


Saturday, October 3, 2015

31 Nights of Halloween: Bedfellows

Here's the first film for his year's 31 Nights of Halloween from multi-talented director/author Drew Daywalt. He's one of my favorite creators of micro-horror films.



Bedfellows (2010)
Starring Kerry Finlayson
Director: Drew Daywalt
Rating: Seven of Ten Stars


Saturday Scream Queen: Kerry Finlayson

Kerry Finlayson is an up-and-coming actress whom you'll see in at least one of the horror short films featured here at Terror Titans during our 2015 31 Nights of Halloween mini-film festival. 

Finlayson is a British actress who moved to the U.S. in 2006 where she has been making a name for herself both in front and behind of the camera. Her horror credits include several short films, as well as feature films like "Blood Rush" and "Horror House" (both in 2012), the forthcoming films abruptio and "Horror House 2", and many others.


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Friday, October 2, 2015

31 Nights of Halloween: Turn Around When Possible

Two girls, on an isolated forest road. What could possibly go wrong?



Turn Around When Possible (2014)
Starring: Megan Prescott and Holly Hoyle
Directors: Dave Caleb and David Mead
Rating: Six of Ten Stars


Thursday, October 1, 2015

31 Nights of Halloween: Attic Panic

A creepy little film that looks like it takes place in a basement than an attic. But that's a minor quibble.



Attic Panic (2015)
Starring: Lotta Losten
Director: David F. Sandberg
Rating: Six of Ten Stars

David F. Sandberg is a Swedish filmmaker and composer. He has 11 short films to his name. Actress Lotta Losten, also from Sweden, has appeared in seven of them.