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We had the pleasure of talking to David Zellis, the producer and co-writer of the indie horror flick Dark Forest.

Dark Forest

Who?
In 2013 we entered a filmmaking competition in Canada called CineCoup (basically American Idol for filmmakers) we didn’t make it far, but decided to make the movie anyway. We are located in Winnipeg Canada, so we used local talent some who been active in the community for years. The story revolves around four girls going on a camping trip getting away form the group’s psychotic boyfriend.

Dark Forest

What?
It is about a group of friends that go on a camping trip and are terrorized/stalked by one of the group’s jealous and psychotic boyfriend.

Dark Forest

Where?
We never really specify where it takes place, but we filmed in Winnipeg and outside of the city as well. We were very fortunate to have a friend that let us use their property that has a forest directly behind it.

Dark Forest

When?
We made it over the summers of 2013 and 2014. It is not set at any specific time, but it has an atmosphere of feeling like it was made in the eighties. We did a theatrical release ourselves across Western/Central Canada which we are extremely proud of. It outgrossed some high profile government funded films and at the local theatre it played at it was held over for three weeks while outgrossing some of the high profile Hollywood films it was playing alongside. It hit the streaming services in 2016 and was finally released on Blu-Ray/DVD on February 13th.

Dark Forest

Why?
Good question. In Canada, the system is very much government funded which although seems and can sometimes be a good idea, it unfortunately causes more problems then it solves. So we wanted to make a feature on our own terms and this is the end result.

Dark Forest

How?
It is available on a number of streaming services (links below). For horror fans that prefer the physical medium, they can officially get a copy on Blu-Ray/DVD on Amazon.com and at independent retailers across Canada.

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It is finally my favorite time of the year for movies, HALLOWEEN, and I’m excited to present a list of 8 indie horror flicks for viewing on the scariest night of the year. This list includes something for everyone, and better yet, all of these movies are available to watch online for free on Amazon Prime!

Crows

SCAREYCROWS
Directed by Lucy Townsend
An off-beat comedy horror about a trainee hairdresser who discovers that her boyfriend is keeping a dark secret. Soon her world crashes around her as the quiet seaside town where she was born is overrun by homicidal scarecrows.
Watch for Free on Amazon Prime

Dark Forest

DARK FOREST
Directed by Roger Boyer
When Emily goes on a girls trip for the weekend, her abusive boyfriend Peter can handle it and all hell breaks loose, an eighties styled slasher in the vein of slashers such as Friday the 13th and The Mutilator.
Watch for Free on Amazon Prime

Spirit Stalkers

SPIRIT STALKERS
Directed by Steve Hudgins
The Spirit Stalkers reality show, once a big hit, faces cancellation without a ratings boost, which leads the investigative team to Gloria Talman, whose house is rampant with unexplained ghostly activity.
Watch for Free on Amazon Prime

The Eve

THE EVE
Directed by Ritchie Filippi
Disaster follows a group of friends on their peaceful getaway in this horror thriller. After decamping to Martha’s Vineyard to celebrate the impending new year, a quartet of pals are hunted by a mysterious force that appears to want to gravely harm them. Now, the crew is forced to work together in order to escape the house that has become their prison with their lives intact. 
Watch for Free on Amazon Prime

Horror Hotel the Movie

HORROR HOTEL THE MOVIE
Directed by Ricky Hess
An anthology feature in the vein of Twilight Zone with an array of quirky characters like aliens, clones, psychos and more caught up in extraordinary circumstances at a seedy hotel located in rural Georgia.
Watch for Free on Amazon Prime

Fractional

FRACTIONAL
Directed by Malcolm Deegan
A psychiatrist, John Hatchett wakes up tied to a chair in an abandoned warehouse. Left with no food, water or chance of escape John’s only weapons are his mind and he must use them to full effect. David Crowe is a former patient and one who is not of sound mental capacity… not eveything John Hatchett says is as it seems. John Has a past that he wishes to remain a secret… a secret David crowe is willing to do anything to reveal…
Watch for Free on Amazon Prime

In April

IN APRIL
Directed by Carlo Bruno
A paranormal tail of horror and afterlife. Marcos drives far away from home to try to commit suicide. Soon he discovers he is not the only one in the car, facing his worst hidden fears.
Watch for Free on Amazon Prime

Francis Stein

FRANCES STEIN
Directed by P.J. Woodside
Frances Stein is a brilliant scientist gone mad for all the right reasons. She’s lost her marriage, her job, and her reputation. Now she has plans for her ex-husband and his new wife that will mess with their minds. Literally.
Watch for Free on Amazon Prime

We’d love to hear what you end up watching for Halloween, leave us a comment or Tweet at us what is on your viewing list!