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Altered Perception Opening in Theaters and on VOD and Digital on May 4, 2018


Altered Perception Opening in Theaters and on VOD and Digital on May 4, 2018

Opening in Theaters and on VOD & Digital
on May 4, 2018


When the government attempts to produce a designer drug aimed at correcting the false perceptions that people develop during trauma and stress, the implications are deadly. Advertised as a cure for socio-political tensions, four couples volunteer, but end up with far more than they bargained for as their past and present are examined while taking variations of the new drug. However, this causes them to doubt their own memory, perceptions - and even their own sanity in this thriller in the vein of Disturbing Behavior and The Faculty.

Theatrical Dates

5/4: Laemmle Music Hall - Los Angeles
5/4: AMC Woodridge 18 - Chicago
5/4: Studio Movie Grill Spring Valley - Dallas
5/4: Studio Movie Grill Pearland - Houston
5/4: AMC Aventura Mall - Miami
5/4: AMC Southfield - Detroit
5/4: AMC Arizona Center - Phoenix
5/4: Emagine Lakeville 21 - Minneapolis
5/4: Studio Movie Grill - Tampa
5/4: Tower City Cinemas - Cleveland

Director: Kate Rees Davies
Cast: Jon Huertas, Jade Tailor, Nichola Fynn, Jennifer Blanc Biehn,
Matthew Ziff, Mark Burnham, Hallie Jordan, Ehmrys Cooper
Producers: Danielle Artigo, Dylan Matlock
Executive Producers: Michael Biehn, Jennifer Blanc, Jon Huertas,
Hallie Jordan, Steve Romano, Lony Ruhmann
Writers: Jon Huertas, Jennifer Blanc, Travis Romero
Story by: Travis Romero
Director of Photography: Steve Romano
Editing: Jon Artigo, Vance Crofoot
RT: 73 minutes
Genre: Thriller/Sci-Fi

Altered Perception Opening in Theaters and on VOD and Digital on May 4, 2018

Altered Perception Opening in Theaters and on VOD and Digital on May 4, 2018

Altered Perception Opening in Theaters and on VOD and Digital on May 4, 2018

Altered Perception Opening in Theaters and on VOD and Digital on May 4, 2018

Altered Perception Opening in Theaters and on VOD and Digital on May 4, 2018

Altered Perception Opening in Theaters and on VOD and Digital on May 4, 2018

Altered Perception Opening in Theaters and on VOD and Digital on May 4, 2018

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About Synkronized

Founded in 2000, Synkronized Films has distributed the work of some of the world’s major directors and box office worthy movies. Synkronized boasts the independent content industry’s preeminent end-to-end supply chain solution for physical and digital distribution. Synkronized is one of the only labels outside of the major studios to be exclusively distributed to the industry’s largest physical content providers (Walmart, Target, Best Buy and Sam’s Club) and is the leading independent supplier to digital platforms including iTunes, Netflix and all the VOD market. With a catalog of over 250 film titles and over 100 TV properties, Synkronized has deals for the ongoing distribution of film titles produced by clients including Paramount, Amazon, LionsGate, SND/M6, Warner bros.,Netflix, Sony, Microsoft, among many others.

About Blanc Biehn Productions

Blanc Biehn Productions is the partnership of famed actors Michael Biehn and Jennifer Blanc-Biehn. The pair decided to put their passion for acting and filmmaking together, creating their own production company. The duo produced and starred in Biehn’s directorial debut, The Victim, a grindhouse film which co-stars scream queen, Danielle Harris. The company recently released Treachery through Traverse Media and completed post on Jennifer Blanc-Biehn’s directorial debut The Night Visitor and The Girl. They are currently in the sales process with WFT Films on Hidden In The Woods – The Remake. Other films include She Rises (starring Angus MacFadyen), The Night Visitor 2, Hellavatorman, The Lincoln, Killer Weekend, Good Family Times, and Fetish Factory. Currently in preproduction on Let The Right One In and developing Fembot plus many more; many projects are currently in post-production with partner and creative executive Lony Ruhmann. For more information, please go to to sign up for news and updates.

Film Based on the World of Super Mario Bros. In Development

Illumination and Nintendo Begin Development on Animated Film Based on the World of Super Mario Bros.

NEW YORK--(January 31, 2018, Business Wire)--Nintendo Co., Ltd. and Illumination today announced a partnership to develop an animated film based on the immersive world of Super Mario Bros.

The project will be produced by Chris Meledandri, Founder and CEO of Illumination, and Shigeru Miyamoto, Representative Director, Fellow of Nintendo.

The film will be co-financed by Universal Pictures and Nintendo and distributed theatrically worldwide by Universal.

Film Based on the World of Super Mario Bros. In Development
About Illumination

Illumination, founded by Academy Award® nominee Chris Meledandri in 2007, is one of the entertainment industry’s leading producers of event-animated films. The company’s franchises include two of the top-four animated films of all time, and its iconic, beloved brands—infused with memorable and distinct characters, global appeal and cultural relevance—have grossed more than $5.7 billion worldwide.

Illumination was recently honored by Fast Company as one of the world’s most innovative companies.

Illumination, which has an exclusive financing and distribution partnership with Universal Pictures, has garnered an extraordinary number of franchise successes for a studio only a decade old. As the creator of the hugely successful world of Despicable Me, which was recently crowned the top-grossing box-office animated franchise globally, Illumination has evolved the Despicable Me series to include Minions, the second-highest-grossing animated film of all time and the most profitable film in Universal’s history, as well as the Academy Award ®-nominated Despicable Me 2 and summer 2017’s Despicable Me 3, which crossed $1 billion at the global box office to become the fourth-highest-grossing animated film of all time.

With successful mobile games, consumer products and social/digital media, Illumination’s franchises—populated with characters that are as comedic as they are heartfelt and authentic—translate far beyond the theater. “Minion Rush” is the 5th most downloaded mobile game of all time, while Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem, at Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood, has newly been joined by the wildly popular Minion Park at Universal Studios Japan…where the Minions are the No. 1 licensed characters.

Illumination’s upcoming films—featuring creative contributors from an unparalleled collection of writers, artists, voice talent and musicians—include Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch in November 2018, The Secret Life of Pets 2 in June 2019, Minions 2 in July 2020, and Sing 2 in December 2020.

Film Based on the World of Super Mario Bros. In Development
About Nintendo

The worldwide pioneer in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Nintendo Switch™ system and the Nintendo 3DS™ family of portable systems. Since 1983, when it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System™, Nintendo has sold more than 4.5 billion videogames and more than 710 million hardware units globally, including Nintendo Switch and the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, as well as the Game Boy™, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS™ family of systems. Super NES™, Nintendo 64™, Nintendo GameCube™, Wii and Wii U™ systems. It has also created industry icons that have become well-known, household names such as Mario™, Donkey Kong™, Metroid™, Zelda™ and Pokémon™.

THEY REMAIN, Based on "-30-" by Laird Barron



Directed by: Phillip Gelatt

Starring: William Jackson Harper (“Paterson,” “True Story”) and Rebecca Henderson (“Mistress America”)

THEY REMAIN will open theatrically New York (Village East Cinema) on Friday, March 2 and Los Angeles (Laemmle Music Hall) on Friday, March 9 with a national release to follow.

See the trailer here:

Based on the 2010 short story, "-30-" by award-winning author Laird Barron, THEY REMAIN explores the evolving relationship between Keith and Jessica, two scientists who are employed by a vast, impersonal corporation to investigate an unspeakable horror that took place at the remote encampment of a mysterious cult. Working and living in a state-of-the-art, high tech environment that is completely at odds with their surroundings, they spend their days gathering physical evidence, analyzing it, and reporting on their findings.

The intensity of their work, and their extreme isolation, bring the pair closer. But, when Jessica discovers a mysterious artifact of unknown origin, the dynamic between them changes: secrets are kept, sexual tensions arise, and paranoia sets in. Keith begins to have visions and is unable to distinguish whether they are nightmares or hauntings. Having lost all sense of what is real and what is imagined, all he knows is that the horror he and Jessica have been sent to uncover—a horror that could be biological, psychological, or supernatural— now threatens his very survival.

Phillip Gelatt
Gelatt’s acclaimed debut feature, "The Bleeding House," premiered at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival. He combines multi-disciplinary experience as a graphic novelist and comic book creator for the “Indiana Jones” franchise, and for such companies as Dark Horse Comics and Oni Press, with his background as a video game writer for such companies as Crystal Dynamics and Frictional Games, and on “Rise of The Tomb Raider” (for which he won the WGA Award).

Barron’s novels, short fiction, and poems have earned him a substantial following among aficionados of fantasy, noir, horror, and sci-fi, and have twice won him the Shirley Jackson Award.

THEY REMAIN stars William Jackson Harper (“Paterson,” “True Story”) and Rebecca Henderson (“Mistress America”) as Keith and Jessica. The film's third "star" is cinematographer Sean Kirby, whose hallucinatory images contribute immeasurably to its disorienting, disturbing mood. Kirby's credits include the acclaimed documentaries "Racing Extinction," and "The Tillman Story," as well as Robinson Devor's notorious "Zoo," which created a sensation at both Sundance and Cannes.

Feature Film, USA, Running Time: 102 Minutes; from Paladin

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Barron's short story "-30-" may be found in

Occultation and Other Stories
Night Shade Books, July 29, 2014
Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Hardcover and eBook, July 1, 2010

Winner of the 2010 Shirley Jackson Award, nine stories of cosmic horror from the heir apparent to Lovecraft’s throne.

Laird Barron has emerged as one of the strongest voices in modern horror and dark fantasy fiction, building on the eldritch tradition pioneered by writers such as H. P. Lovecraft, Peter Straub, and Thomas Ligotti. His stories have garnered critical acclaim and have been reprinted in numerous year’s best anthologies and nominated for multiple awards, including the Crawford, International Horror Guild, Shirley Jackson, Theodore Sturgeon, and World Fantasy awards. His debut collection, The Imago Sequence and Other Stories, was the inaugural winner of the Shirley Jackson Award.

He returns with his second collection, Occultation. Pitting ordinary men and women against a carnivorous, chaotic cosmos, Occulation’s nine tales of terror (two published here for the first time) were nominated for just as many Shirley Jackson awards, winning for the novella “Mysterium Tremendum” and the collection as a whole. Featuring an introduction by Michael Shea, Occultation brings more of the spine-chillingly sublime cosmic horror Laird Barron’s fans have come to expect.

Find Laird Barron at his Website, on Twitter and on Facebook.

Reviews: Krampus the Yule Lord by Brom and Krampus (the film)

It's the Holiday season, so why not immerse oneself in the frightening folklore of Krampus? Before this year I had never even heard of this European legend. Apparently, he looks like a demon with cloven hooves, large horns, a long pointed tongue, and sharp teeth. This counterpart to Saint Nicholas is said to punish wicked children with beatings or carry them away to Hell. Two recent adaptations of this legend is "Krampus", a film by Michael Dougherty and Krampus the Yule Lord, story and illustrations by Brom. Both renditions have unique attributes and both are worthy of your consideration, so read each review and choose wisely because Krampus is coming to town.

Krampus the Yule Lord
Author and ArtistBrom
Publisher:  Harper Voyager, October 27, 2015
Format:  Trade Paperback, 368 pages
     Hardcover and eBook,  October 30, 2012
List Price:  $19.99 (Trade Paperback)
ISBN:  9780062095664 (Trade Paperback)
Review Copy:  Provided by the Publisher

Santa Claus, my dear old friend, you are a thief, a traitor, a slanderer, a murderer, a liar, but worst of all you are a mockery of everything for which I stood. You have sung your last ho, ho, ho, for I am coming for your head. . . . I am coming to take back what is mine, to take back Yuletide . . .

The author and artist of The Child Thief returns with a modern fabulist tale of Krampus, the Lord of Yule and the dark enemy of Santa Claus

One Christmas Eve in a small hollow in Boone County, West Virginia, struggling songwriter Jesse Walker witnesses a strange spectacle: seven devilish figures chasing a man in a red suit toward a sleigh and eight reindeer. When the reindeer leap skyward, taking the sleigh, devil men, and Santa into the clouds, screams follow. Moments later, a large sack plummets back to earth, a magical sack that thrusts the down-on-his-luck singer into the clutches of the terrifying Yule Lord, Krampus. But the lines between good and evil become blurred as Jesse's new master reveals many dark secrets about the cherry-cheeked Santa Claus, including how half a millennium ago the jolly old saint imprisoned Krampus and usurped his magic.

Now Santa's time is running short, for the Yule Lord is determined to have his retribution and reclaim Yuletide. If Jesse can survive this ancient feud, he might have the chance to redeem himself in his family's eyes, to save his own broken dreams . . . and to help bring the magic of Yule to the impoverished fold of Boone County.

Tracey's/Trinitytwo's Point of View

In the wee hours of Christmas morning, wannabe musician Jesse Walker contemplates the mess he's made of his life. He hates himself for failing his family and knows he's been a constant disappointment to his estranged wife, Linda, and five year-old daughter, Abigail. Now that Linda and Chief Dillard are in a relationship, Jesse is tortured by the fact that another man is providing them with the finer things in life. Sitting outside his trailer, wallowing in self-pity and contemplating suicide, Jesse is shocked when a man dressed as Santa frantically dashes by, pursued by shadowy figures with glowing orange eyes and horns. Santa leaps into a crimson sleigh complete with reindeer, but before he can achieve lift-off the attackers pounce. Jesse watches as the assailants battle the man in red and the sleigh disappears upward out of sight. Screams follow and a figure plummets from the sky, smashing into the windshield of a neighbor's car. Seconds later, he hears another crash as something plunges through the roof of his trailer. As he investigates his mobile home, he discovers Santa's red sack sitting on his bed. Desperate to give his daughter a Christmas present, he picks up the bag, hoping for a miracle. The sack is indeed miraculous but two powerful entities vie for its possession: Santa Claus and Krampus, the Yule Lord. Jesse's possession of the sack leads to Krampus's minions, called Belsnickels, taking Jesse hostage and bringing him and the sack to the cave where the Yule Lord is held prisoner. Krampus has been languishing in shackles for centuries and is weak from his imprisonment, but with the magical sack back in his possession he can finally free himself. The Yule Lord thirsts for revenge and, against his will, Jesse becomes involved in a supernatural vendetta between the two deities. The reinvigorated Krampus's innate ability to punish the wicked wreaks death and destruction upon the human world as the Yule Lord embarks upon his quest to regain his rightful place in human legends and slay his nemesis; Santa Claus.

Krampus the Yule Lord by Brom is two stories intertwined; one, an amazing tale of legends sprung to life and two, a story of human redemption. I thoroughly enjoyed Brom's rendition of the mythological origins of Krampus and Santa and their links to Odin and Loki. Since they are immortals, they each have their own agendas, and I especially enjoyed how human concerns such as breaking and entering, vandalism, and murder didn't merit Krampus's attention. He simply punishes or rewards whom he sees fit. This story is fresh and fantastic; I was surprised that somewhere along the way I began rooting for Krampus over Santa. It's wonderful not to have any clue where the story is going and to root for the bad guy for a change.

Jesse's story is tense, exciting, and thoroughly captivating. His journey is all the more poignant because the guy is a complete loser and garners little to no sympathy from the start. Brom masterfully draws his readers to Jesse by gradually depicting where his life went wrong, how he got caught up with the wrong people, and how he stopped believing in himself. As the story unfolds and Krampus teaches Jesse some hard life lessons, it evolves into one wild ride littered with danger and dead bodies.

This trade paperback edition is packed with luscious illustrations by the multi-talented Brom which enhanced my reading pleasure. I absolutely love this book and plan on rereading it every year during the Yule season. Its multiple cautionary messages about the environment, technology, and being good are worth heeding. Krampus the Yule Lord is a dark and thrilling tale that I would wholeheartedly recommend to horror enthusiasts everywhere, with one proviso: if you don't enjoy eviscerations or intense violence, this is definitely not for you.

Legendary Pictures and Universal Pictures
December 4, 2015 (USA)
Rated PG-13

When his dysfunctional family clashes over the holidays, young Max (Emjay Anthony) is disillusioned and turns his back on Christmas. Little does he know, this lack of festive spirit has unleashed the wrath of Krampus: a demonic force of ancient evil intent on punishing non-believers.

All hell breaks loose as beloved holiday icons take on a monstrous life of their own, laying siege to the fractured family’s home and forcing them to fight for each other if they hope to survive.

Tracey's/Trinitytwo's Point of View

Folklore tells of Saint Nicholas's counterpart, a horned figure with a lolling tongue who punishes the naughty with beatings and then spirits them away to his lair. "Krampus", the movie, (directed by Michael Dougherty) centers around two dysfunctional families joined together for the holidays. Max (Emjay Anthony) shares his love of Christmas with his sweet German grandmother, Omi, (Krista Stadler) but is dismayed by his unhappy parents (Toni Collette and Adam Scott), his self-absorbed sister (Stefania LaVie Owen), and their obnoxious relatives (Conchata Ferrell, Allison Tolman, David Koechner). Max finishes his letter to Santa only to have it intercepted by his cousins who humiliate him for still believing. In a fit of anguish, he tears up the letter and throws it out his window. This act of disbelief heralds the arrival of someone less jolly than old Saint Nick. Krampus and his helpers come to town with the sole purpose of teaching Max and his quarrelsome family the consequences of their outrageous behavior.

"Krampus" is an enjoyable alternative to traditional holiday films. The cast was terrific; displaying great versatility in both the comedic and horror elements of the film. I especially enjoyed Tolman and Koechner as the heads of household from the redneck side of the family. Koechner and Ferrell deliver some of the funniest lines but Koechner's "Honey, I just got my ass kicked by a bunch of Christmas cookies" has to be one of the best.

Krampus's demonic servants, scary snowmen and possessed gingerbread men, provided a feeling of impending doom and dread. Krampus, when finally revealed, was not quite what I was expecting, but still eminently creepy. The film's effects, both digital and practical, were well executed. The animated segment of Omi's past encounter with Krampus is delightfully eerie and reminiscent of the movies "Coraline" and "Nightmare before Christmas". Listen for the song, Krampus- Karol of the Bells at the end credits, it's my new favorite Christmas song.

I was disappointed that with its PG-13 rating, "Krampus" had no guts or gore to back up its grim warning of the payback for a lack of Christmas spirit. I would still recommend the film to both the naughty and nice, because "Krampus" delivers its fair share of laughs, thrills and chills.

Thursday Flicks - July 15, 2010

What's Thursday Flicks? On Thursdays (if I don't post something else - how's that for vague?), I'm going to write about films that I loved growing up and still love. And not only that, special guests will also be showing up for Thursday Flicks. So grab some popcorn and enjoy.

I am a huge fan of Atomic Age films (films primarily from the 50s that react in some way to the perils of atom bombs; remember, a couple of atom bombs were dropped in 1945). I'm not going to start with one of those classic films though. Instead I'll start with Creature From The Black Lagoon, which is also from the '50s.

Creature From The Black Lagoon was released in March 1954 in the US. It's a beauty and the beast type story, without a happily ever after. The beauty is Kay Lawrence, the girlfriend of one of the scientists trying to find the creature. The beast is the Gill-Man, a creature from the Devonian Era. In the barest of nutshells - the scientists capture the Gill-Man, he escapes, he captures Kay. If you've seen it you know what happens. If you haven't and you like classic creature films. you should watch it.

An attempt can be made to shoehorn Creature From The Black Lagoon in to the Atomic Age films by discussing it as a film dealing with the fear of the unknown (the Gill-Man), but that does not work well for me. It is however a really terrific black and white film. It has some excellent underwater scenes. The Gill-Man is a superb creature.

Here's a trailer:

Creature From The Black Lagoon remains one of my favorite creature features!

Creature From The Black Lagoon (1954)

Jack Arnold, Director

Harry Essex, Screenplay
Arthur A. Ross, Screenplay
Maurice Zimm, Story

Next week: Thursday Flicks will have a special guest.
Altered Perception Opening in Theaters and on VOD and Digital on May 4, 2018Film Based on the World of Super Mario Bros. In DevelopmentTHEY REMAIN, Based on "-30-" by Laird BarronReviews: Krampus the Yule Lord by Brom and Krampus (the film)

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