Are you ready for some Friday night Sci-Fi fun? COMET TV has released their list of Friday Night Movies (that you can watch online and on Roku for free). Here is their November lineup:

Cowboy vs Dinos

Cowboys VS Dinosaurs
Airs Friday, November 3 at 8P/7C

Description: After a mine explosion, dinosaurs emerge from the rubble and terrorize a small western town. Several gunslingers band together to defend their homes and the other residents from the hungry beasts. (COMET)

Cowboy vs Vampires

Cowboys VS Vampires
Airs Friday, November 10 at 8P/7C

Description: Supernatural terror strikes a Western them park. (COMET)

Starman

Starman
Airs Friday, November 17 at 8P/7C

Description: An alien takes the form of a young widow’s husband and asks her to drive him from Wisconsin to Arizona. The government tries to stop them. (IMDB)

Deep Space

Deep Space
Friday, November 24 at 8P/7C

Description: An American satellite with a new biological weapon gets out of control and crashes onto US territory. A slimy monster emerges and manages to escape, killing everyone who crosses his path. (IMDB)

What are you watching on Friday nights?

Posted on November 2nd, 2017 by ThePit | Leave a Comment
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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! 


Today take a look at the trailer for the indie rom com, Fast Romance. From Indie Rights Movies and director Carter Ferguson, Fast Romance follows the stories of seven people in Glasgow who are looking for love through speed dating and they get much more than they all bargained for. The movie stars Jo Freer, William Ruane, Derek Munn, Neo Akram, Dave Anderson, Jennifer Bates, Suzanne Bonnar, and Robert Buchanan, and is available to watch on Amazon Prime for free. If you don’t have Prime, the indie is also available for purchase.


JigsawJigsaw
Release Date: October 27, 2017
Studio: Lionsgate
Director: Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig (Undead, Daybreakers)
Cast: Tobin Bell, Matt Oassmore, Callum Keith Rennie, Laura Vandervoort, Mandela Van Peebles, Clé Bennett, Hannah Emily Anderson
Plot: Bodies are turning up around the city, each having met a uniquely gruesome demise. As the investigation proceeds, evidence points to one suspect: John Kramer, the man known as Jigsaw, who has been dead for ten years. (IMDB)

Thoughts: For the past seven years there has been a void on Halloween without a new Saw release.  Yet at the same time, after seven movies the series needed a break and to come back refreshed and ready to scare audiences. It is great to see Tobin Bell return to anchor the movie and the trailer brings back the same disgusting/gore porn you’d expect from the series. If you are a fan of the Saw movies, go see this, otherwise what is the point?

Catch up on the past Saw movies…


We had the pleasure of discussing Odd Brodsky, a quirky reflective comedy about Hollywood, with Cindy Baer. Cindy is the actress truned director who brought the comedy feature to life.

Odd Brodsky

Who?
Actress-turned-director Cindy Baer and her husband/cinematographer Matthew Irving co-wrote the screenplay for Odd Brodsky, which is a quirky comedy about a woman who quits her job to break into Hollywood. Audiences may remember Baer from her critically acclaimed debut feature Purgatory House, while Irving’s 30+ feature credits as a cinematographer include the box office “top ten” hits Waitress (which was recently adapted into a Broadway Musical) and Waiting (starring Ryan Reynolds and Anna Faris). Baer also produced, edited and acted in Odd Brodsky, appearing in the supporting role of Sammy Bank.

The standout cast features leading lady Tegan Ashton Cohan, who lights up in the screen in her first starring film role as the title character Audrey (“Odd”) Brodsky. Her younger counterpart Ilana Klusky is equally charismatic and engaging. Lovable Matthew Kevin Anderson plays Audrey’s sidekick and biggest champion, while Scotty Dickert’s hipster character Spuds brings adventure and conflict to the screen. Supporting cast members includes Christina Moses (“The Originals” TV show), Elana Krausz (About Cherry) and stand-up comedian Leigh Forrest. John Alton and Cootie Queen actress Jesse Meriwether play Audrey’s parents, while actress/singer Jolie Adamson and Jim Hanks (portraying a parody of his drag queen God role from Purgatory House) round out the main cast. The majority of the 54 speaking roles in the film are performed by women, and many of the crew positions were women and minorities.

Producer Thomai Hatsios and her talented team from Metahara joined Baer’s company Free Dream Pictures to bring this ambitious project to life, which was also made possible by the generous support of executive producers Christo DiMassas, Sharon A. Fox and Tim Smith. Supervising sound editor Victoria Rose Sampson’s extensive sound credits include over 150 features, which go back to Return of the Jedi. Her talent was passed down from her trailblazing mother Kay Rose, who was the first woman ever to win an Academy Award for sound editing. Composer credit goes to David Gonzales, while visual effects were created by Mark Alan Thomas.

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What?
Odd Brodsky is a quirky comedy following the adventures of 30-something Audrey Brodsky, who’ll do just about anything to get her big break in Hollywood. Fueled by a grave-side promise to become an actress, Audrey moves from Hollywood, Iowa to Hollywood, California and finds great success! …working 40 hours a week at a steady desk job. Antics ensue as Audrey finally quits the office to create her new life as an actress. She hires a camera “crew” (just one guy who goes by the name of Camera One), and moves in with a happy-go-lucky roommate called Spuds. Life seems to come easily for Spuds, but not so much for poor Audrey, who tries so hard that she pushes away the very things she wants most. Insider jokes about living in Los Angeles bring forth some amusing social commentary about the importance we place on celebrity… but don’t be fooled: beneath the gags lies a bittersweet story that proves both inspiring and realistic. Although this tale is industry- and female-centric, anyone who’s ever felt stuck, disconnected or invisible will relate. In the end, we are reminded that validation and happiness have little to do with fame. What most people want is to be connected: with ourselves, each other, and the world.

Stylistically inspired by Wes Anderson’s Rushmore, the Coen Brothers Raising Arizona, and Jean-Peirre Jeunet’s Amelie, the world of Odd Brodsky features extremely earnest characters, a heightened sense of reality, a mandolin score, tableau compositions, and even a bit of magical realism. What makes Odd Brodsky different from most features at this micro-budget level is the large scope of the project. It’s a broad comedy (not horror or thriller) that spans multiple time periods, and was filmed at over 30 locations. It features a large cast of 54 actors and more than 80 music cues while incorporating dozens of visual effects that help to fully create the world of the movie. There’s also rain, smoke, kids, animals, and even a musical number during the end credits. And no story about Hollywood would be complete without a glimpse of the Hollywood sign.

Matthew Irving’s cinematography is traditionally-lit and ever-present, although attention is never drawn to it. Precise framing includes carefully-planned compositions and tableaux, as well as many “oners” where you will often find the camera focused on several characters in frame at once, allowing the audience to choose which actor to watch. VFX guru Mark Alan Thomas designed and composited dozens of “real world” effects, which help to fully create the world of the movie, including everything from the billboards and license plates, to the plane-pulling-banner, and even the Musso & Frank inspired sign, which was parodied as “Fred & Ginger’s”. David Gonzalez’s mandolin score incorporates classical pieces by Vivaldi and Bach, as well as providing contemporary new pieces and even a few parodies. Songs include “Precious Little Life” (an unreleased gem by Grammy-nominated Eric Bazilian of The Hooters), as well as Dr. Hook’s nostalgic “Sharing the Night Together”, which hit #6 on the song charts in 1978.

Odd Brodsky

Where?
Odd Brodsky begins in the fictional town of Hollywood, Iowa, and then moves to Hollywood, California. It was shot at 30 locations all around the Los Angeles area, including Burbank, North Hollywood, Silverlake, Hollywood, and also at the Laemmle Music Hall Theater in Beverly Hills.

Odd Brodsky

When?
The movie was shot over a period of 20 days in August and September of 2011, and completed just one week before its sold-out World Premiere at the 36th annual Mill Valley Film Festival in the San Francisco, in 2013. There it appeared in a slate of much bigger-budgeted, star-studded movies, seven of which went on to be Academy Award nominees and/or winners. Odd Brodsky then criss-crossed the country, screening at a total of 29 film festivals all over North America and winning 21 festival awards. It premiered on iTunes in November of 2016 and expanded to other platforms like Amazon and Vudu in early 2017 where its currently available for streaming.

Odd Brodsky

Why?
The initial spark for Odd Brodsky came to director Cindy Baer when she was winding down the festival run of her first feature Purgatory House. She’d received numerous personal emails and messages from audiences all over the country who had deeply connected with her debut film. She loved the feeling that movies could affect people is such a strong way, and hoped her next project could provide a similar experience — even if that seemed like a tall order.

Baer and her husband/co-writer Matthew Irving found themselves at a film festival in Massachusetts, and began musing about the idea that a person can be very skilled at one thing, and yet feel compelled to pursue something entirely different as a career. The writing duo quickly realized there was inherent comedy in this common and bittersweet disconnect.

Feeling particularly inspired by the tone of Wes Anderson films, they wanted to make a light-hearted film with hapless characters that audiences would be rooting FOR instead of laughing AT. This new project would also share the same overall theme as Baer’s first feature, which is that people are ultimately responsible for the lives they create for themselves. She and Irving put pen to paper and outlined the first story beats right there, in a little bed and breakfast.

This story seemed like the perfect opportunity to share a message of empowerment, reflecting one of Baer’s own life philosophies: if you follow your gut feelings, life leads you to where you’re supposed to be. And along the way, you’ll meet the right people, create opportunities, and find what you’re meant to be doing. As such, the movie is basically a love letter to anyone who feels stuck. Sometimes you just have to take that first step, do the work, and then trust that the rest will follow.

Odd Brodsky

How?
People can watch Odd Brodsky right now on iTunes, Amazon, Vudu, Google Play, YouTube Movies, etc… Learn more about the movie on its website, Facebook and Twitter.

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Posted on October 7th, 2017 by ThePit | Leave a Comment
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We had the pleasure of talking to writer/director/producer David W. Warfield about ROWS for our Indie Film Series The 5Ws and How (the interview will be hitting the site next week). In the meantime, check out the trailer for the fantasy/psychological horror flick that was inspired by Grimm’s tales. You can purchase the movie here.

You can also check out these other films to rent/buy online…


Posted on October 7th, 2017 by ThePit | Leave a Comment
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Can't Be Heaven

Today lets reach back to 2000 and an indie family comedy, Can’t Be Heaven (aka Forever Together), starring Michelle Trachtenberg, Kaley Cuoco, Diane Ladd, Gary Marshall and the “Karate Kid” Ralph Macchio. Directed by Richard Friedman, the movie deals with family, loss, and young love.

Official Description: Can’t Be Heaven is a magical, must-see romantic comedy for the whole family. Thirteen-year-old Danny is trying to cope with his father’s death, and it doesn’t help that he’s falling for his best friend, Julie. But Julie has serious a crush on the new kid in school, and she finds Danny’s affection more comical than convincing. While visiting his dad’s grave to play him a song he’s learning for the school band, Danny encounters the ghost of Hubbie Darling, a 1930s jazz saxophonist who is waiting for the spirit of his long-lost sweetheart. Hubbie takes Danny under his wing and gives him a few pointers on the fine art of romance. Eventually everyone finds their one and only- and this heartwarming tale will make you feel like falling in love all over again.

You can watch Can’t Be Heaven for free on Snag Films. Come back and let us know your thoughts.

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