Category: Horror

Umbrella Entertainment have just released writer/director Braden R. Duemmler‘s debut feature WHAT LIES BELOW, a mystery horror to DVD and Video-on-Demand.

Sixteen-year-old Libby Wells (Ema Horvath, THE GALLOWS ACT II) returns from summer camp to the surprise introduction of her Mom’s fiancée, John Smith (Trey Tucker, THE OUTPOST), who emerges from the backyard lake, chiseled and glistening in the afternoon light.

While her Mom (Mena Suvari, AMERICAN BEAUTY) nurses a foreign illness in the upstairs bedroom, John ignites a sexual curiosity in Libby and she slowly accepts his awkward, confusing advances. One night, Libby wakes to a piercing, amber light that cascades into her room from the depths of the lake outside. She spots John on the shore, basking in the luminance, until he walks into the water, completely submerges and then disappears as the light clicks off.

Immediately, Libby questions John’s outward perfection. Her suspicions raised, she quickly uncovers his true nature and sinister strategy, even as her Mother clings to his infectious charm.

WHAT LIES BELOW Available on DVD & Video-on-Demand Now

Fans of the Saw universe listen up – Spiral is about to hit cinemas. Starring Chris Rock, Samuel L Jackson and Morgan David Jones this is going to be one of cinematic highlights of 2021.

Now to celebrate the release of Spiral on May 13th in Australian cinemas Studio Canal have very kindly given us some double passes to giveaway. For your chance to win simply go to the Subculture Entertainment Facebook page and private message us the word ‘Spiral’.

Umbrella Entertainment will release filmmakers Andrew Traucki & David Nerlich’s critically lauded survival-horror BLACK WATER to Blu-ray in a feature-packed edition on May 5th.

After blazing the international film festival circuit around the world including London’s FrightFest and Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival, BLACK WATER was released to Australian audiences in 2008 and quickly became a genre touchstone in local cinema, surpassing the reputations of both ROGUE and DARK WATER.

Heralded by the BBC as “short, sharp and refreshingly nasty” and Time Out as a “scary horror movie [that] makes effective use of one striking location and one strong idea“, BLACK WATER is without a doubt an Australian genre classic worthy of celebration with Umbrella Entertainment’s global Blu-ray debut.

Special Features

Audio Commentary with filmmakers Andrew Traucki & David Nerlich
The Making of BLACK WATER
Deleted Scenes
Theatrical Trailer


Grace (Diana Glenn, HARROW), her boyfriend Adam (Andy Rodoreda, CARGO) and younger sister Lee (Maeve Dermody, THE SECRET GARDEN) decide to take a river tour whilst holidaying in Northern Australia. As they drift into a mangrove swamp, their boat is suddenly capsized and their guide disappears. Realising they’ve been attacked by a crocodile, Adam drags Grace to the safety of a tree whilst Lee clings on top of the overturned boat. Adam and Grace frantically try and manoeuvre Lee and the boat to the tree but it is firmly stuck. Stranded in the flooded mangrove swamp, the three holiday makers must work out what to do to survive.

BLACK WATER on Blu-ray from May 5th.

MONSTER FEST will celebrate its 10th Anniversary from November 4th-11th at Cinema Nova with seven days of the latest and greatest genre and cult cinema programming from around the world.

Along with World & Australian Premiere screenings, Monster Fest are pleased to reveal the return of Filmmaker Q&As, Panel Discussions and the infamous All-Night Marathon to the Melbourne festival also.

Festival Director Grant Hardie remarked “after a challenging 12 months for us all, we are honoured to be celebrating our tenth anniversary this year, and we are especially looking forward to doing so with all of the Monster Fest fans who’ve made the last 10 years possible.

A limited release of VIP Passes & 5 Film Passes are now available and the first twenty VIP Passes sold will include a complimentary Monster Fest 2021 festival t-shirt.

Entries are now open for Short and Feature Film submissions via FilmFreeway with the first deadline, being the Early Bird Deadline, closing on May 29th.

Thursday 4th of November – Thursday 11th of November 2021

380 Lygon St, Carlton VIC 3053


VIP Passes $220
Mini-Pass (5 Films*) $75

VIP PASS – all access to every screening and event from Thursday 4 November to Thursday 11 November and complimentary Monster Fest 2021 t-shirt for first 20 VIP Passes sold.

*5 FILM PASS – access to 5 films in the program from Thursday 4 November to Thursday 11 November with the exclusion of any programming marked ‘Special Event’.


Summary:  A mysterious creature terrorizes five teenage friends after their bus takes a shortcut on a desolate road in the wild

Year: 2020

Cinema Release Dates: 25th September 2020 (USA)

VOD Release Dates: 29th March 2021 (UK)

Country: Italy, Germany

Director: Alessio Liguori

Screenwriter: Daniele Cosci

Cast: Terence Anderson (Joseph), Mino Caprio (Giulo Sarpi), Teo Achille Caprio (Young Giulo Sarpi), Andrei Claude (Chris), Matteo De Gregori (Night Wanderer), Molly Dew (Queenie), Zander Emlano (Karl), Emma Giua (Isabelle), Jack Kane (Nolan), David Keyes (Pedro Minghella), Sophie Jane Oliver (Bess), Zak Sutcliffe (Reggie)

Running Time: 80 mins

Classification: 15 (UK), R (USA)


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Summary:  Sometimes the past comes back to bite you. Two rival mob families are transferred from the Witness Protection Agency by mistake to same city, Temecula, CA.

Year: 2021

Cinema Release Dates: 30th March 2021 (USA)

VOD Release Dates: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Andy Palmer

Screenwriter: Carlos Alazraqui, Jill-Michele Melean

Cast: Carlos Alazraqui (Mr. Serrelli), Gregory R. Armstrong (Dante), Robert Belushi (Carlo), Ryan Bottiglier (Pauly), Paula Cale (Mrs. Miola), Michael G. Canaan (Joey), Erik Chavarria (Ramon), Monique Coleman (Rose), Vince Donvito (Vince), Bret Ernst (Dominic), Anne Girard (Rhonda Perris), Erinn Hayes (Patricia), Maurice LaMarche (Mr Miola), Jill-Michele Melean (Gina), Scott Parkin (Brett Jenkins), Robert Peters (Mr. Jordesman), Joseph D. Reitman (Mario), Roger Rignack (Father Mike), Henrik Rutgerson (Clarence), Zack Scheerer (Mickey), Tara Strong (Filomena), Sandra Valls (Mrs. Morelli), Greg Anthony Williams (Anthony), Holly Wortell (Mrs. Jordesman)

Running Time: 81 mins

Classification: TBC


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Summary: After unearthing a gem that controls an evil monster looking to destroy the Universe, a young girl and her brother use it to make him do their bidding.

Year: 2020

Cinema Release Dates: 22nd January 2021 (USA)

VOD Release Dates: 3rd March 2021 (Australia)

Country: Canada

Director: Steve Kostanski

Screenwriter: Steve Kostanski

Cast: Jayson Alexander (Hugh), Rick Amsbury (Dennis), Adam Brooks (Greg), Alex Chung (Darkscream), Scout Flint (Alastair), Alexis Kara Hancey (Susan), Nitta-Josee Hanna (Mimi), Robert Homer (Vince/Zombie Cop), Matthew Kennedy (Kortex), Asuka Kurosawa (Witchmaster), Kristen MacCulloch (Pandora), Owen Myre (Luke), Matthew Ninaber (Psycho Goreman), Roxine Latoya Plummer (Human Pandora), Reese Presley (Chad), Conor Sweeney (Maddox/Cassius 3000), Anna Tierney (Pandora (voice)), Steven Vlahos (Psycho Goreman (voice)), Stuart Wellington (Tubeman (voice), Kenneth Welsh (Narrator/Judicator)

Running Time: 95 mins

Classification: MA15+ (Australia)


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