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Screen Media Acquires North American Rights for Horror Film "LUZ"


New York- September 19, 2018- Screen Media announced today it has acquired all North American rights for Tilman Singer’s audacious, psychotropic horror film LUZ, planning a first quarter 2019 release in theaters across the US.

LUZ made its North American bow at Fantasia Film Festival, and will have its US premiere at Fantastic Fest this week as part of the festival’s opening night. The film also played at Berlin International Film Festival earlier in the year and will screen as a part of the Sitges Film Festival next month.

LUZ begins as a young female cabdriver (Luana Velis, in the title role) drags herself into the brightly lit entrance of a run-down police station. A demonic entity follows her, determined to finally be close to the woman it loves. Shot entirely on 16mm, this first feature film from Singer pays homage to horror masters Cronenberg, Argento and Fulci, while infusing a fresh take on the genre all of his own.

LUZ is written and directed by Tilman Singer, produced by Dario Mendez Acosta and Singer and stars Luana Velis and Jan Bluthardt.

SVP of Worldwide Acquisitions Seth Needle negotiated the deal, along with Conor McAdam, Manager, Acquisitions for Screen Media with Joe Yanick, Hugues Barbier and Justin Timms on behalf of Yellow Veil Pictures.

“Every so often there’s a film that really unnerves, and just flat-out scares us. LUZ does exactly that. Tilman has made a beautiful but truly terrifying movie that people are going to be talking about for sure,” Seth Needle from Screen Media commented.

Justin Timms on behalf Yellow Veil Pictures continued:"Now more than ever it is important for challenging and independent cinema to be given a platform and shown on the big screen. We're thrilled to have found the right partner in Screen Media, who fully understand Tilman's unique vision with LUZ and we look forward to the film being experienced - and inspiring audiences across North America."

Filmmaker Tilman Singer concluded:"To see this kind of reaction to our film, visit festivals and now release it in North America is a little bit like shooting a movie itself; It’s hard to fully grasp. Producing LUZ I had no idea where it would go and I am excited for the life that it will have."

LUZ has already drawn critical praise with Variety calling it “an arresting first feature…slick and conceptually audacious!”” and The Hollywood Reporter declaring it to be "a refreshing take on demonic possession in which the usual fright-flick clichés are nowhere to be found."


Screen Media Ventures, LLC, a Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, Inc. (Nasdaq: CSSE) company, acquires the rights to high quality, independent feature films for the US and Canada. With a library of over 1,500 motion pictures, Screen Media Ventures is one of the largest independent suppliers of high quality motion pictures to U.S. and international broadcast markets, cable networks, home video outlets, and new media venues. With a library of over 1,500 motion pictures, Screen Media Ventures is one of the largest independent suppliers of high quality motion pictures to U.S. and international broadcast markets, cable networks, home video outlets and new media venues. The company also owns Popcornflix®, an ad-based direct-to-consumer online video service with five channels and thousands of television episodes and movies. Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, Inc. is a fast-growing provider of positive and entertaining video content that brings out the best of the human spirit. The company is aggressively growing its business through a combination of organic growth, licensing and distribution arrangements, acquisitions, and strategic relationships.

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Luz Teaser from Yellow Veil Pictures on Vimeo.

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A Wrinkle in Time Official US Teaser Trailer

I love A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle. It's one of my favorite childhood books. Disney has released a teaser trailer that is wonderful!

A Wrinkle In Time opens in US theatres March 9, 2018.

The film, which is an epic adventure based on Madeleine L’Engle’s timeless classic which takes audiences across dimensions of time and space, examining the nature of darkness versus light and ultimately, the triumph of love.

Directed by Ava DuVernay from a screenplay by Jennifer Lee based upon the beloved novel by Madeleine L’Engle, “A Wrinkle in Time” is produced by Jim Whitaker and Catherine Hand with Doug Merrifield serving as executive producer. The film stars: Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Michael Peňa, Levi Miller, Deric McCabe, André Holland, Rowan Blanchard with Zach Galifianakis and Chris Pine and introduces Storm Reid.

Black Panther - Teaser Trailer - HERO. LEGEND. KING.

Last evening Marvel Entertainment released the first teaser trailer for the upcoming film - Black Panther. I am really looking forward to this movie which will be released in February 2018. Black Panther follows the journey of T’Challa after the events of Marvel Studios’ Captain America: Civil War. T'Challa returns to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to serve as his country’s new leader.

And earlier yesterday Marvel released this gorgeous poster for the film:

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Blood Kiss Movie - Kickstarter - June 8, 2013

I like Kickstarter and have backed several wonderful projects.  The latest is a movie titled Blood Kiss.  Why did I back Blood Kiss? Read below.

Christopher D. Salmon poster

Blood Kiss is a film written by Michael Reaves, who has very serious writing credentials. It will star Amber Benson (yes, THAT Amber Benson).  It will star Neil Gaiman (yes, THAT Neil Gaiman).

It's Film Noir with vampires! A Film Noir Vampire movie! Atmospheric, dark, stylish, horror, and vampires. What is not to love? It is irresistible. I am very excited about this project (if you couldn't tell).  That is why I am sharing it with you.

Here is the Kickstarter Official video:

See more Blood Kiss videos on the Blood Kiss channel at YouTube.

Check out Blood Kiss' Facebook page here and follow them on Twitter @BloodKissMovie.

If you'd like to back the film, head over to Kickstarter. The goal has been met already and there are only 6 days to go now. For only $17 you can get a digital download of what I believe is going to be a terrific movie. Film Noir Vampire movie! Amber Benson! Neil Gaiman! Michael Reaves!

And did I mention that there is a Graphic Novel too? No? The artwork is by Tom Mandrake.  You can add the Graphic Novel to any reward level. There are posters and T-Shirts too. See the Kickstarter for details.

Please note that I am a backer of Blood Kiss, I have not been given anything to write this post and all images and videos are used with permission.

New Comics from Wednesday August 18, 2010

I picked up my comics a day late this week. I have subscriptions to the comics that I collect so I never really pay much attention to which comic is coming out when exactly because I know the comic will be in my folder. I look through Previews every month. If there is a new comic I'm interested in, it is added to my subscriptions (most of the time).

Here are some of the goodies I picked up:

True Blood, #2

Cover A

Cover B

Sketch Variant

IT! The Terror From Beyond Space

If you've been reading the blog for a while you know that I am an unabashed fan of 1950s Atomic Age movies. Today I found a comic of IT! The Terror From Beyond Space (1958). It's part of IDW's Midnite Movies series. I'd missed this when the first issue came out in July. It's not exactly like the movie though.
Fans of the 1950's film can now experience an all-new version of IT, the Terror From Beyond Space, with IDW's new series. When the spaceship Challenge 142 returns from a rescue mission to Mars, it carries the only survivor of the first expedition. But, now he is suspected of killing his crew for their lifesaving rations. Unlike the original film IT, the Terror From Beyond Space was redone as a retro-1950's alien adventure.
When asked about IT, the Terror From Beyond Space the writer of the series Dara Naraghi replied, "I'll just say that it's a good ol' fashioned '50s retro sci-fi romp with square-jawed men of action, sassy space babes and of course, a space monster!" The series features artwork by Mark Dos Santos, and color by Steve Mannion.
-The Terror From Beyond Space Returns this July, IDW Press Release
Here are the first 2 covers:

Issue 1

Issue 2

I love these covers. Just for fun here's the film's trailer:

George R. R. Martin's FEVRE DREAM

I also picked up a special cover of George R. R. Martin's FEVRE DREAM that had been ordered for me a while ago. I love this cover for the bats alone!

This comic is based on Martin's 1982 novel of the same name. Here's the book's description:

When struggling riverboat captain Abner Marsh receives an offer of partnership from a wealthy aristocrat, he suspects something’s amiss. But when he meets the hauntingly pale, steely-eyed Joshua York, he is certain. For York doesn’t care that the icy winter of 1857 has wiped out all but one of Marsh’s dilapidated fleet. Nor does he care that he won’t earn back his investment in a decade. York has his own reasons for wanting to traverse the powerful Mississippi. And they are to be none of Marsh’s concern—no matter how bizarre, arbitrary, or capricious his actions may prove.

Marsh meant to turn down York’s offer. It was too full of secrets that spelled danger. But the promise of both gold and a grand new boat that could make history crushed his resolve—coupled with the terrible force of York’s mesmerizing gaze. Not until the maiden voyage of his new sidewheeler Fevre Dream would Marsh realize he had joined a mission both more sinister, and perhaps more noble, than his most fantastic nightmare...and mankind’s most impossible dream.

Here is the spellbinding tale of a vampire’s quest to unite his race with humanity, of a garrulous riverman’s dream of immortality, and of the undying legends of the steamboat era and a majestic, ancient river.

Those are just some of the comics that I picked up today. Do you collect comics? What are some of your favorites?

Thursday Flicks - August 19, 2010 - with Mario Acevedo

Comfort Food for the Eyes

We all have our favorite comfort food--pizza, M&Ms, ice cream, tamales, Twizzlers--choice snacks we’ve bonded with because they’re so satisfying. We never get tired of them either as they trip that special little lever in our psyche. Some movies can be like that. There are films we’ve seen so many times we have every scene and line of dialog memorized, yet something about those movies always resonates within us.

My favorite comfort movies:

The Big Lebowski

I’m ashamed to admit this, but the first time saw I this (on VHS) I fell asleep. A friend recommended that I give it another try, and Pow! I’m forever hooked. The movie’s goofy plot and quotable dialog have made it a cult favorite. It probably has more expletives per minute than any other film and even ridicules itself on that point, as when Sam Elliot as The Stranger asks Jeffery Lebowski why he has to use so many cuss words. And to that the Dude replies, “What the fuck you talking about?”

The Spaniards appreciated the movie’s blue language and did it justice in this translated sample clip.

Last of the Mohicans

The other adaptations and even the book by James Fenimore Cooper don’t hold a tomahawk when compared to the 1992 version starring Daniel Day Lewis in his heart-stopping, hunky glory.

It’s a delicious, bloody saga of betrayal, honor, and love that makes me tear up every time I see it. There are so many details director Michael Mann got right. Like when sisters Cora and Alice embrace when they follow Hawkeye in their journey to friendly lines. The film score. The costumes. How Major Heyword sacrifices himself to be burned alive to save Cora, even as she escapes with his romantic rival, Hawkeye. And Wes Studi as Mugua is the ultimate twisted villain.


Is Alien thirty-one years old? Yet it holds up so well. Because the movie appeared in prehistoric pre-internet days, director Ridley Scott was able to withhold photos of the alien creature, baiting the public with rumors that it would be like no other monster in film. After decades of bogeymen in cheesy rubber suits, we finally got a creature that made you wet your astronaut diapers. The goo dripping from the telescoping jaws was a stroke of genius.

Seven years later we got Aliens, which I first saw in 70mm Dolby. Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley proved herself the supreme B.A.D.-ass hero, entering American pop culture on a stature equal to Batman or James Bond.

Pulp Fiction

I’d be surprised if this movie isn’t in everyone’s stack. Who doesn’t have a favorite line? What’s not to relish about the breezy conversation when Vincent Vega buys heroin?

“I’ll take the Pepsi challenge with that Amsterdam shit any ol’ day of the week.”

“That’s a bold statement.”

“Mind if I shoot up?”

“Mi casa es su casa.”

“Muchas gracias.”

The DVD’s French translation is worth checking out with its pitch-perfect slang and voices.

Here’s a clip of Jules Winnfield about to give his famous Ezekiel sermon in Italian, English, Spanish, Turkish, and German (which of course, sounds the most menacing).

The Thin Man

Another movie that I slept though when I first watched it. Bad Mario. Since then, I’ve memorized every alcohol-induced snarkism.

“What hit me?”

“The last Martini.”

People back then, even the lushes and liars, dressed better and seemed much more classier than folks today.


Another flick about booze so that makes this a keeper. Memorable for a plot that cruises along on Miles’ (Paul Giamatti) snobby theatrics and then yanks us by the groin with jolts of human behavior at its most earthy. Most-in-your-face scene: Miles catches Thomas Hayen Church and Sandra Oh doing nasty monkey love.

Titus Andronicus

I’m not brainy or literary enough to be an ardent fan of Shakespeare but who can resist Julie Taymor’s amazing spectacle: a mishmash of Ancient Rome, Fascist Italy, and Fifties America (with a Thunderbird convertible) in an aesthetic I call Steampunk Centurion (dibs).

Antony Hopkins, Jessica Lang (remember her from the 1976 King Kong?), and Alan Cumming star in this gruesome tale about the toxic effects of revenge set against a backdrop of incest, orgies, mutilations, rape, betrayals, murder, and cannibalism. Yumm, pass the popcorn.

Harry Lennix holds his own as the chilling uber-villainous Aaron.

Also in my stack of Comfort Movies: Strictly Ballroom, Flying Down to Rio, Casablanca, Conan the Barbarian, High Fidelity, and Scent of a Woman.

Thanks for the guest appearance.

Happy fanging!

Mario Acevedo is the author of the Felix Gomez vampire detective series. His most recent novel is WEREWOLF SMACKDOWN. The undead mayhem continues in the comic series KILLING THE COBRA.

The Vampire in the Cinema and TV

I watched Dark Shadows when I was a kid. Loved it. It was creepy and interesting. I can still hum the theme music. I even liked the remake with Ben Cross as Barnabas. Forever Knight is also a favorite though I'm still not 100% sure what happened at the end. I also really enjoyed Kindred: The Embraced, which was based on the White Wolf role-playing game, Vampire: the Masquerade. The vampire Prince of the City, Julian Luna, was played by Mark Frankel. The series lasted 8 episodes in 1996. Mark Frankel perished in a motorcycle accident in Sept. 1996. And let's not forget Buffy and Angel.

Recently we had Moonlight and Blood Ties, neither of which lasted long. Now True Blood is on HBO and L.J. Smith's Vampire Diaries is coming to the CW.

Of course there are many more vampire films than TV shows. I collect vampire films and have a penchant for really really awful films. Two of my favorites are A Polish Vampire in Burbank (1985) and Uncle Was a Vampire (an Italian film, Tempi duri per i vampiri, 1959). Both are so bad that they are funny. I'm not sure that I could pick a favorite film though. I loved Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992). Gary Oldman was a terrific Dracula. I also love Dracula (1931) with Bela Lugosi. I like most of the Hammer Films with Christopher Lee. I could go on; I won't.

But I'm really at a loss to think of which book or series that I'd like to see as a film or TV show. Any suggestions?

Qwill's Qwestion: Do you have a favorite vampire film or TV show? What book or series would you like to see made into a movie or TV show?

Screen Media Acquires North American Rights for Horror Film "LUZ"A Wrinkle in Time Official US Teaser TrailerBlack Panther - Teaser Trailer - HERO. LEGEND. KING.Blood Kiss Movie - Kickstarter - June 8, 2013New Comics from Wednesday August 18, 2010Thursday Flicks - August 19, 2010 - with Mario AcevedoThe Vampire in the Cinema and TV

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