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Z.14.12 : Atlanta indie film

Z1412Header_smallZ.14.12 is Straitjacket Studios’ debut short film, produced and shot entirely on location just outside Atlanta, GA featuring all local based actors and crew. It also includes music by Atlanta’s own ON ‘TIL MORNING. The film is currently in the final stages of post-production and is planning to begin film festival submissions in early November.
The story features Zack (Michael Filisky), a horror fanatic, amateur prepper and his partner Jess (Chelsea Howard) as they face the realization of the ultimate apocalyptic event, only to find that things are nothing like anyone had predicted. They and their house guests must find their way out of this horrifying dilemma as all preparations prove useless.
Given the recent explosion of the zombie genre, humans are becoming far too acclimated to surviving a zombie apocalypse…enter Z.14.12. What if none of the existing rules applied? What if all attempts failed? What if WE WERE ALL WRONG? Z.14.12 takes us in a new direction using a unique and witty approach to the genre. It is specifically very story-based, (as opposed to just more blood and guts), where the storyline differentiates it from most other zombie films. What if nothing was as we expected…yet the REAL explanation was right…under…our…noses all along? Z.14.12 is an escalating thriller climaxing with a revolutionary twist, conceptually planting the seed for a new direction of the zombie genre. Z.14.12 is indeed the REAL “Z” day.
The film features all Atlanta-based actors, all who have been involved in various projects both in and outside of Atlanta, notably appearing in “Snapped: Killer Couples” on the Oxygen Network as well as featured “walkers” on AMC’s “The Walking Dead.” Z.14.12 also includes Atlanta zombie personality Stan Bowman (“Stan the Zombie”), as well as voiceovers by award-winning sports reporter Tommy Kane and news reporter turned actress Tara Jones.

Z.14.12 director A.J. Caruso began his career as a touring musician in the last 80’s opening for acts such as CHEAP TRICK, REO SPEEDWAGON and FOREIGNER, eventually progressing into film composing, where he has scored the award winning films “My friend, Oscar.” and “Bury Me.” A.J. has since turned to film making, writing, producing and directing his short film debut Z.14.12. Z.14.12 attack image

Atlanta Walker Stalker interview: Michael Rooker

As promised, here’s another exclusive Walker Stalker interview. Sitting down at a round table styled interview, Dead, Buried, and Back!’s Ashley Rigby asked Michael about his “Driving Dead” Illinois PSA’s.

House on Horror Hill

DSCN3151Located in Roswell GA, on Alpharetta Hwy. across from the Ferrari dealership sits the longest running North Fulton haunt.The House On Horror Hill. Originally built in the 1930’s the house is said to have a few ghosts of it’s own. (It’s been investigated by paranormal ghost hunting groups.) Now in it’s 33rd year, the haunt continues to please those brave enough to venture inside. USA Today listed it as one of the top ten haunts in Atlanta.
The other evening I went on the 5 room haunt and as usual, I was pleasantly surprised. Run by the Jaycees, this haunt is old school. No, you won’t find high end animatronics here. The employees of the haunt pour their heart and souls into every show for hours on end. I really liked the theme this year and it without giving away any spoilers,it took me back to the eighties and nineties. It’s eerie, creepy, and full of surprises.
So grab some friends and come on out. You can’t miss them. Look for the GIANT pumpkin in the front yard and the screams echoing from the house. The House On Horror Hill is waiting for you!
Admission price: $10.00

Horror Hotel “Brain Robbers In Love” behind the scenes vid

The award winning webseries Horror Hotel available on HULU and other platforms, just posted this behind the scenes vid from their most reason episode “Brain Robbers In Love”. You can follow Horror Hotel through these links.

Cherokee Zombie Fest photo gallery

DSCN3063Nearly a thousand people turned out for the Cherokee Zombie Festival in Canton, GA. yesterday.
The festival is held every year and raises money for FOCUS.
About FOCUS: Cherokee FOCUS is a 501(c)3 collaborative that exists to improve the lives of the children and families of Cherokee County. The collaborative is a partnership of organizations, agencies civic clubs, the faith based community, law enforcement, business, education, families and individuals. These partners bring their skills, expertise and resources to the table to create and develop programs and initiatives designed to support families and children through a means that could not be accomplished by one agency or individual alone.
Here’s a photo gallery of some of the highlights of the festival. Please feel free to share with your friends.

Cherokee Zombie Fest

20130620_2782 STZ PromoIt’s that time of year again in Canton, Ga. when zombies, zombie fans, and celebrities from the Walking Dead come out to Canton for the Cherokee Zombie Fest. From The Marietta Daily Journal comes the following article.
CANTON — Downtown Canton will be transformed into a zombie land where the walking dead will linger this weekend, as Cherokee FOCUS hosts the second annual Zombie Fest and Food Truck Fair.
The event will kick off Friday with a 5K race for zombies who want to run, walk, crawl or creep. Registration begins at 6 p.m.Saturday’s activities will begin at 5 p.m. with zombie makeovers, movie marathons and ghost tours. The event not only benefits Cherokee FOCUS but also kicks off the season five premiere of the AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” which will air Oct. 12.
Cherokee County’s local celebrity Chandler Riggs, who plays Carl on “The Walking Dead,” is set to judge the best zombie costume and brain-eating contest. The event will also offer a chance to bid on autographs from Riggs, Norman Reedus, who plays Daryl Dixon on “The Walking Dead” and Josh Holloway, from “Lost,” through a silent auction.
“We were so excited that everyone had such a great time at last year’s event, and we are thrilled to be bringing it back,” said Sonia Carruthers, Cherokee FOCUS chief executive officer. “Having a young person like Chandler taking time out of his busy schedule to give back to other youth in our community has been wonderful, and also says a lot about the great character of this young man.”
The Zombie Motorcycle Ride, beginning at Kotic Kustoms on Bells Ferry Road, will end in the middle of Zombie Fest, and is sure to bring the walkers out. Those who arrive at the event without their pale, zombie-like features can head over to the zombie transformation stations to be turned into a non-living creature for $5.
Carruthers noted the event has been designed as a family event and asks that all costumes for zombie and humans be equipped with “toy” accessories only. She also reminded event participants to respect the downtown businesses and note the “humans only” signs at certain restaurants, where zombie paint might damage the furniture or decor of the establishment.
The family event will offer fun entertainment from the bands, Red Tyde Rising and Jillhammer. Fans will want to head over to the stage for a chance to receive the Jillhammer’s new CD, autographed by Riggs and band members. Continue reading “Cherokee Zombie Fest” »

Atlanta haunted houses open this weekend

Across the country haunted houses or “haunts” if you will, open their doors to eagerly awaiting crowds ready to be scared. Here in Atlanta we have some of the most popular haunts in the country. Take The Atlanta Zombie Apocalypse (AZA) live action event. Year after year, the AZA draws thousands of people to the Safety Wolf paintball facility to shoot zombies.
Then we have The Chambers Of Horror in Atlanta.
It’s the only “R” rated haunted house in Georgia. Nobody under the age of 18 is allowed. This haunt will definitely raise the hairs on the back of your neck. Check them out.
In Douglasville,Nightmares Gate opened LAST weekend. Having taken a behind the scenes tour this is one haunt you don’t want to miss Atlanta folks. The staff worked all summer and visitors are in for a real treat. Check the photos out below from Nightmares Gate.
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No matter which haunt you decide to visit and each of these 3 offer completely different experiences, I’m confident you’ll be pleased.

Atlanta’s Nightmares Gate opens early!

nightmares gate logoThis week Nightmares Gate Haunted House in Douglasville, Ga. will officially open its doors for the haunt season.(yes, you read that correctly) On Sept. 13th Nightmares Gate will open its doors to the general public. What’s new this year you ask? I’d really LOVE to tell you… but I can’t! It would be a huge spoiler. What I CAN say is the cast and crew have been working relentlessly on the haunt since April and I’m looking forward to going through it.
(photos courtesy of Linda Medley)
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**Exclusive** interview with The Walker Stalkers

Eric and James, the Walker Stalkers, are well known for their national convention aptly named The Walker Stalker con.The convention began here, in Atlanta last October and since then it’s popularity has exploded nationwide. Back in May we caught up with The Walker Stalkers and here’s what they’re up to.

The Walker Stalker con comes back to Atlanta October 17-19th. Only multi- day passes are left so grab them while you can! Visit them at
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New movie studio coming to Norcross, GA

While this comes as no surprise to a booming movie industry here in Ga, I’m super excited about this project!
For starters, this isn’t JUST a movie studio with a few sound stages. It will include an entire community and film school for aspiring students. Check out the vid below for details.

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