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Trailers: Okay, "Zombie Allegience", I'm listening...

I'm going to level with you, there's no way in hell I would ever be able to sit through this movie. That said, I do enjoy adorably sincere press releases.

Directed and produced by Tony Nunes, Zombie Allegiance stars Brandon Louis Aponte (Nun of That), Andre Boudreau (Atomic Brain Invasion), Carlos Brum (Splatter Disco), Sarah Nicklin (Beyond the Dunwich Horror, Nun of That), and Michael Reed (Nun of That) in a riveting and “scarily accurate metaphor* for our politically volatile times...

Wait, you mean to tell me almost the entire cast of "Nun of That" has reunited for this? Aw snap, sign me up! (trailer after the jump)

The Night Shift (REVIEW)

It takes a lot to tell an effective story. First you have to hook your viewer and earn their attention. Once you have it, you have to make sure not to lose it. Every detail, nuance and plot point needs to simultaneously tell the story you want to tell and continue to hold your viewers attention by making them want to find out what happens next. If you tell a story without any suspense, one that builds to nothing or meanders for just too long, it doesn’t matter how well the story is told, the viewer won’t care.

Awaken The Dead (REVIEW)

Before watching writer/director Jeff Brookshire's violent 2007 microbudget action-horror hybrid "Awaken the Dead," I had no idea an entire horde of flesh-eating zombies could be kept at bay by a set of cheap Venetian blinds. Never mind the fact that your large, previously existing kitchen window has mysteriously vanished -- as long as you keep your blinds pulled down, all these shambling corpses can do is reach mindlessly between the slats in a vain attempt to ensnare you. Stay out of their way and everything will be as right as rain. Who knew? Not me, that's for sure.

Amateur Pornstar Killer (REVIEW)

On the special features for “Amateur Pornstar Killer” director/star Shane Ryan cites “8mm” as inspiration for his micro-budget sleaze fest. He explains that the short 'snuff' piece at the center of the “8mm” plot was what really fired his imagination. Ryan is has a good eye for material; the snippet is an entrancing little slice of verite that is both effective and enduring. The potency of this grimy bit of footage is made plain by one laborious pass through the entirety of the tepid, turn of the millennium Nic Cage vehicle.

Trailer for promising no-budget "Patrol Men"

This movie's gotten a bit of press on very little info. From what I can piece together, it's a very low or 'zero-budget' British SF/Horror film that possibly came out this month - although what 'came out' means in this context I'm not sure. The trailer is totally disorienting in a great way. The film seems to hearken to 60's and 70's films that mixed the radical ideology of the time with genre madness.

Here's the summary from the film's FaceBook Page - scroll past for the trailer:

36 Pasos (REVIEW)

I’ll just come out and admit it: I like microbudget horror movies more in theory than in practice. I love the idea of hardcore fans with a lot of passion and no money getting together on the weekends with anybody who will work cheap enough and saying “Let’s put on a show! With decapitations!” Unfortunately, the end results of these Karo syrup and red food coloring soaked outings tend to show that passion is no substitute for talent and that a little money is often the difference between a bad movie and an unwatchable movie.

Thicker Than Water: The Vampire Diaries Part 1 (REVIEW)

I have to admit that seeing the trailer for “Thicker than Water: The Vampire Diaries Part 1” would have prevented me from watching it had I not been obligated to review it.

And just so you don’t think I’m a honk for the Platinum Dunces, um Platinum Dunes level milk curd I’ll preface the rest of my review by saying that I am actually a micro-budget independent filmmaker myself. This forces me to appreciate lower production values. It also makes it nearly impossible for me to remain objective when watching a movie like “Thicker than Water: The Vampire Diaries Part 1”.

Lights Camera Dead (REVIEW)

We've got a few independent filmmakers that visit the site from time to time, so I'm sure they can relate to this scenario. You figure you can write, act, and direct. You're working on a shoestring budget. All you need is a few crappy actors, a guy or two to work the cameras and a monkey to work the fog machine. The problem is, everybody else on your crew, they're not quite as into the whole idea as you. They screw off, joke around at inappropriate times and in general slack off. So when the crew quits due to your unconventional temper, you're stuck with half a movie. What to do?

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