SGL Entertainment is pleased to announce that they have just signed a deal with Jacob Grim and Sal Hernandez of STX Media for the distribution of “Dreadtime Stories” a horror anthology film consisting of 10 tales of terror.
Synopsis: A party turns bizarre when a malevolent book makes its way into the hands of the attendees who reveal its tales of monsters, madmen and the supernatural. Some stories are better left untold.
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Dreadtime Stories will be Screened at The Horrific Film Fest in San Antonio and the Montreal Horror Fest in Montreal Canada. The movie was Written by Jacob Grim and Sal Hernandez, Produced by Sal Hernandez and Directed by Jacob Grim. And the Film features more than 50 cast members. Dreadtime Stories will be Available in the US and Canada on Blu-ray, DVD, Comcast Xfinity Cable TV and the Top VOD Sites like iTunes, Amazon Prime, Google Play, M-GO and More in early 2016 via SGL Entertainment with their partners MVD Visual and Indie Rights Distribution. SGL Entertainment is headed up by Jeffrey A. Swanson and Damien Dante with Massimiliano Cerchi handling Foreign Distribution. Here are some stills from the movie:
We are pleased to announce that we have an official release date for RISE the new album from the New York based Hard Rock band CRUEL SEASON. The new full length album will be available worldwide on October 16th 2015 via Dark Star Records in Association with Sony Music, Planetworks and MVD Entertainment. The heavy four piece quartet fronted by Lead Vocalist Michael McManamon has a Sweet Heavy Alternative Hard Rock Sound and their new album RISE is sure to top the charts.
RISE by CRUEL SEASON Available Worldwide on October 16th 2015
Cruel Season is: Michael McManamon (Vocals), Justin Jurman (Guitar),
Doug Odell (Bass/Vocals) and Roger Cohen (Drums)
A while back we announced that SGL Entertainment had acquired MEET ME THERE, a film festival favorite. And now we are pleased to announce that this creepy psychological thriller is now available worldwide on DVD and Blu-ray with all new Artwork. The Film was screened at Filmorama, Sunscreen, Houston Beta, Innovative, Feratum and Bruce Campbell’s Horror Film Festival among others.
SYNOPSIS: A journey of self-discovery becomes a quest for survival as Ada (Lisa Friedrich, Least Favorite Love Songs) and Calvin (Micheal Foulk, Zero Charisma) encounter the darkness of the past and the unexplainable evil of the present in a town where the only visitors are the ones who’ve come to die. Featuring Dustin Runnels (WWE’s Goldust) and Jill Thompson (Scary Godmother), this intense character study and exploration of sexual trauma will have you covering your eyes and keep you guessing until its final minutes.
Watch the All New Official Movie Trailer for “Meet Me There”
Directed by Lex Lybrand (Summer League), written by Brandon Stroud (Seven Hill City) and based on the real-life stories and the nightmares of Destiny Talley. The movie is Now Available on DVD and Blu-ray via SGL Entertainment, along with our partners MVD Visual. Look for it at Best Buy, Fye, Kmart and other Fine Retailers. And, coming soon to Cable TV and VOD.
MEET ME THERE
An intense character study and
exploration of sexual trauma
that will have you covering your
eyes and keep you guessing
until its final minutes.
A Film Festival Favorite
Directed by Lex Lybrand
Format: BLU-RAY / DVD
Release Date: 06/23/15
SGL Entertainment is pleased to announce an official release date for the Nazi Horror Film Reichsfuhrer SS. The movie will be Available in the US and Canada on Blu-ray and DVD on November 24th 2015. Just in time for the holidays. The DVD is the Unrated Directors Cut, and is loaded with extras like a Full Motion Menu, Deleted Scenes, Before and After Effects Reel, Scene Selection Page, Alternate Credits, Audio Commentary and Movie Trailers. The Blu-ray has all the same features but also includes the Theatrical version as well as the Unrated Directors Cut, all in Full 1080p HD.
David B. Stewart III
Synopsis: The Reichsfuhrer-SS Heinrich Himmler was Adolf Hitler’s most loyal henchman and one of the most feared men of WWII. Surprisingly, he had only one problem… He had no stomach for murder! When the Reichsfuhrer-SS becomes physically ill during the execution of Russian POW’s on the Eastern front in 1941, ruthless, careerist SS General Hans Shellenberg rats Himmler out to the Fuhrer, Adolf Hitler. Hitler tests his loyal Heinrich, forcing him to commit the murder of a Polish prisoner named Danuta with his own hands… thus awakening the Monster within him that will horrify the world for generations to come! Himmler may please his Fuhrer in 1941, but what awaits him after he commits suicide in 1945 is nothing less than Hell itself. See what happens when Himmler meets Erebus, the gatekeeper of Hell! See the nightmarish suffering that awaits the infamous Nazi leader who murdered millions!
The movie stars: David B. Stewart III, Angelina Leigh, Chuck Maher, Martin Slamon, John Martineau, Tina Krause, Tammy Jean, Joseph Barford, Anthony Cerrano, Kelly Weston, Joe Ronca and Carmela Hayslett. Reichsfuhrer SS was Written and Directed by David B. Stewart III with Cinematography by John Martineau and was Produced by David B. Stewart III and John Martineau.
Reichsfuhrer SS will be Available in the US and Canada on Blu-ray and DVD on November 24th 2015, and will also be coming soon to Comcast Xfinity Cable TV and the Top VOD Sites like iTunes, Amazon Prime, Google Play, M-GO and More via SGL Entertainment with their partners MVD Visual and Indie Rights Distribution.
Sir Christopher Frank Carandini Lee (1922–2015) was an English actor, singer and author. With a career spanning nearly 70 years, Lee initially portrayed villains and became best known for his role as Count Dracula in a sequence of Hammer Horror films.
His other film roles include Francisco Scaramanga in the James Bond film The Man with the Golden Gun (1974), Saruman in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy (2001–2003) and The Hobbit film trilogy (2012–2014), and Count Dooku/Darth Tyranus in the final two films of the Star Wars prequel trilogy (2002 and 2005) and Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008).
Lee was knighted for services to drama and charity in 2009, received the BAFTA Fellowship in 2011 and received the BFI Fellowship in 2013. Lee considered his best performance to be that of Pakistan’s founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah in the biopic Jinnah (1998), and his best film to be the British horror film The Wicker Man (1973)
Always noted as an actor for his deep strong voice, Lee was also known for his singing ability, recording various opera and musical pieces between 1986 and 1998 and the symphonic metal album Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross in 2010 after having worked with several metal bands since 2005. The heavy metal follow-up titled Charlemagne: The Omens of Death was released on 27 May 2013. He was honoured with the “Spirit of Metal” award at the 2010 Metal Hammer Golden God awards ceremony.
Lee’s first film for Hammer was The Curse of Frankenstein (1957), in which he played Frankenstein’s monster, with Peter Cushing as Baron Victor Frankenstein. It was the first film in which Lee and Cushing were co-stars, and ultimately appeared together in over twenty films and became close friends. When he arrived at a casting session for the film, “they asked me if I wanted the part, I said yes and that was that.” A little later, Lee co-starred with Boris Karloff in the film Corridors of Blood (1958), but Lee’s own appearance as Frankenstein’s monster led to his first appearance as the Transylvanian vampire in the film Dracula (1958, known as Horror of Dracula in the United States). Lee accepted a similar role in an Italian-French horror picture called Uncle Was a Vampire (1959).
Lee returned to the role of Dracula in Hammer’s Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1965). Lee’s role has no lines, he merely hisses his way through the film. Stories vary as to the reason for this: Lee states he refused to speak the poor dialogue he was given, but screenwriter Jimmy Sangster claims that the script did not contain any lines for the character. This film set the standard for most of the Dracula sequels in the sense that half the film’s running time was spent on telling the story of Dracula’s resurrection and the character’s appearances were brief. Lee went on record to state that he was virtually “blackmailed” by Hammer into starring in the subsequent films; unable or unwilling to pay him his going rate, they would resort to reminding him of how many people he would put out of work if he did not take part.
“The process went like this: The telephone would ring and my agent would say, “Jimmy Carreras [President of Hammer Films] has been on the phone, they’ve got another Dracula for you.” And I would say, “Forget it! I don’t want to do another one.” I’d get a call from Jimmy Carreras, in a state of hysteria. “What’s all this about?!” “Jim, I don’t want to do it, and I don’t have to do it.” “No, you have to do it!” And I said, “Why?” He replied, “Because I’ve already sold it to the American distributor with you playing the part. Think of all the people you know so well, that you will put out of work!” Emotional blackmail. That’s the only reason I did them.”
His roles in the films Dracula Has Risen from the Grave (1968), Taste the Blood of Dracula (1969), and Scars of Dracula (1970) all gave the Count very little to do. Lee said in an interview in 2005. “all they do is write a story and try and fit the character in somewhere, which is very clear when you see the films. They gave me nothing to do! I pleaded with Hammer to let me use some of the lines that Bram Stoker had written. Occasionally, I sneaked one in.” Although Lee may not have liked what Hammer was doing with the character, worldwide audiences embraced the films, which were all commercially successful.
Lee as Dracula and Stephanie Beacham as Jessica Van Helsing in Dracula A.D. (1972) Lee starred in two further Dracula films for Hammer in the early 1970s, both of which attempted to bring the character into the modern-day era. These were not commercially successful: Dracula A.D. (1972) and The Satanic Rites of Dracula (1973), which was his last appearance as Dracula. The film was tentatively titled Dracula Is Dead… and Well and Living in London, a parody of the stage and film musical revue Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, but Lee was not amused. Speaking at a press conference in 1973 to announce the film, Lee said: “I’m doing it under protest… I think it is fatuous. I can think of twenty adjectives – fatuous, pointless, absurd. It’s not a comedy, but it’s got a comic title. I don’t see the point.” Hammer went on to make one more Dracula film without him: The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (1974), with John Forbes-Robertson playing the Count and David de Keyser dubbing him.
Lee’s other work for Hammer included The Mummy (1959). Lee portrayed Rasputin in Rasputin, the Mad Monk (1966) and Sir Henry Baskerville (to Cushing’s Sherlock Holmes) in The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959). Lee later played Holmes himself in 1962’s Sherlock Holmes and the Deadly Necklace, and returned to Holmes films with Billy Wilder’s British-made The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970), in which he plays Sherlock’s smarter brother, Mycroft. Lee considers this film to be the reason he stopped being typecast: “I’ve never been typecast since. Sure, I’ve played plenty of heavies, but as Anthony Hopkins says, “I don’t play villains, I play people.” “Lee played a leading role in the German film The Puzzle of the Red Orchid (1962), speaking German, which he had learned during his education in Switzerland. He auditioned for a part in the film The Longest Day (1962), but was turned down because he did not “look like a military man”. Some film books incorrectly credit him with a role in the film, something he had to correct for the rest of his life.
He was responsible for bringing the occult author Dennis Wheatley to Hammer. The company made two films from Wheatley’s novels, both starring Lee. The first, The Devil Rides Out (1967), is generally considered to be one of Hammer’s crowning achievements. According to Lee, Wheatley was so pleased with it that he offered the actor the film rights to his remaining black magic novels free of charge. However, the second film, To the Devil a Daughter (1976), was fraught with production difficulties and was disowned by its author. Although financially successful, it was Hammer’s last horror film and marked the end of Lee’s long association with the studio that had a major impact on his career.
by Jeffrey A Swanson / Publisher / Editor / Writer
HELLBILLY is an extreme horror film that has been lost for more than 10 years. The movie which was written, directed and produced by Massimiliano Cerchi was recovered and delivered to
SGL Entertainment for Distribution.
SYNOPSIS: In a small town in Nevada, all Hell breaks loose when Billy, a disfigured hillbilly and direct result of incest between brother and sister decides to dismember anyone who gets in his way. This movie is the lost works from horror filmmaker Massimilano Cerchi, and is now available on DVD for the first time ever. WARNING: This film contains unspeakable acts of violence.The movie stars: Beverly Lynne, Nick Armas, Spanky, Michael Brazier, Joe Commesso, Steve Conaway, Anthony Krieg, Candice Stringham and Clayton Bigsby. With DVD Artwork by Corlen Kruger. SGL Entertainment and Dark Mountain Pictures Presents “HELLBILLY” Now Available for the first time ever on DVD Exclusively at TLAcult.com
by Stephen Goldstein / Publisher / Editor / Writer