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Trailer for Camping Horror 'Desolation' Made by Director Sam Patton

"Dad said you should never go off trail." IFC Midnight has unveiled an official trailer for a horror thriller titled Desolation, the feature directorial debut of filmmaker Sam Patton. This first premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival, but hasn't played at too many other festivals. In Desolation, a young mother, her best friend and son venture into the wilderness for a camping trip only to find themselves the hunted prey in a deranged killer’s terrifying game. The cast includes Jaimi Paige, Alyshia Ochse, Claude Duhamel, and Toby Nichols. This looks like an interesting horror thriller, but I'm pretty sure I've already figured out the twist. Though I guess I don't really know. The sunglasses dude doesn't seem that creepy, but that's just me. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Sam Patton's Desolation, direct from IFC's YouTube: A young mother (Jaimi Paige) takes her son and her
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Survival thriller Desolation gets a poster and trailer

Ahead of its Us release next month, a poster and trailer have arrived online for director Sam Patton’s upcoming survival thriller Desolation which stars Jaimi Page, Toby Nichols, Alyshia Ochse, and Claude Duhamel; check them out below…

After the death of her husband, Abby (Jaimi Page), her son, Sam (Toby Nichols) and best friend, Jen (Alyshia Ochse), venture into the forests of upstate NY on a camping trip, only to find themselves in danger from a mysterious hiker (Claude Duhamel) with malicious intentions. As the trio attempts to navigate the vast wilderness in search of safety, they find themselves the hunted prey in a deranged killer’s terrifying game and the only way to survive is to kill – or be killed.

Desolation is set for release on December 15th.
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Desolation Trailer Goes Off Trail

On tap for you cats right now we have the official trailer and poster for IFC Midnight’s release of Sam Patton’s Desolation which is coming to select theaters, VOD, and via digital platforms in the U.S. on December 15, 2017. Dig it! Jaimi Paige, Alyshia Ochse, Claude Duhamel, and Toby Nichols star. Synopsis: After the death […]

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Laff 2017 Review Round-Up: Replace, Midnighters, Never Here, and Desolation

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Back in June, the 2017 Los Angeles Film Festival took over Southern California, hosting screenings at numerous locations and featuring numerous genre films that horror and sci-fi fans should definitely keep on their radars in the coming months. Here are my thoughts on three of the movies that I had the opportunity to watch at the festival:

Replace: As far genre feature film debuts go, co-writer/director Norbert Keil has a lot to be proud of with Replace, a stunning and beautifully executed cinematic mystery that’s part body horror/part psychological thriller. Something of a hallucinatory fever dream at times, Keil has crafted an intriguing and chilling portrait of just how far some folks are willing to go in the name of vanity, and the whole affair is anchored by a trio of powerhouse performances by Rebecca Forsythe, Barbara Crampton, and Lucie Aron.

In Replace, we’re introduced to
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‘Desolation’ Review: There’s a New Killer in the Woods [Laff]

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‘Desolation’ Review: There’s a New Killer in the Woods [Laff]
A mysterious man with reflective glasses stalks a trio of isolated campers in Desolation, the feature directorial debut of filmmaker Sam Patton. When Abby (Jaimi Paige) loses her husband to sickness, she takes her 13-year-old son Sam (Toby Nichols) and her best friend Jenn (Alyshia Ochse) on a multi-day hiking trip to spread her husband’s […]

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Laff 2017 Interview: Desolation Director Sam Patton on Crafting an Intimate Survival Thriller

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Premiering tonight as part of the 2017 Los Angeles Film Festival is Sam Patton’s Desolation, which follows a grieving mom named Abby (Jaimi Paige), her teenage son, Sam (Toby Nichols), and their friend Jen (Alyshia Ochse), who head out to the woods in an effort to honor Abby’s deceased husband’s wishes and spread his ashes, only to come across a mysterious loner who begins following their every move. The trio must find a way to elude their woodland stalker before he can make them his next victims in a deadly game of cat and mouse.

Daily Dead recently had the chance to speak with Patton about his first time at the helm of a feature film, and he discussed how his time working at Blumhouse helped prepare him to take the directorial reins on Desolation, working with his cast, and more.

Great to speak with you, Sam. I noticed on your résumé on IMDb that you've been working in different facets of the film industry for a while, and I noticed specifically that a lot of those happen to be with Blumhouse Productions. Because I know Jason Blum and their mantra in terms of making films on a smaller scale, do you feel like being in that environment and being involved with projects on that level helped prepare you for when it was time for you to go out and make your first feature?

Sam Patton: Oh, one hundred percent. A thousand percent, even. I got my start in Hollywood as an intern at Blumhouse, and within a few months was getting paid to work on their movies and I love all the folks over there. I've got a couple of mentors in that organization and it was just a great crash course. I started working with them when they were still in little offices on the Paramount lot, right after Insidious, which was really their first home-grown movie, because Paranormal Activity was an acquisition.

So, I watched them go from being a little company to a really big company making tons and tons of films, and I got to be part of a lot of them. So, it was a crash course in learning how to make a movie for a small amount of money in a contained environment with a small cast, and still tell great stories that deserve an audience. I could talk for an hour just about all the lessons I learned there.

And it was actually after a few years there when the opportunity came to make this movie, and I wanted to go for it. I don't think I would have been nearly as confident that it could be done for so little, for a modest budget, if I hadn't been coming straight from doing so many movies there.

Was there something in particular about this script, because I know this was co-written by Matt Anderson and Michael Larson-Kangas, that made you go, "Yes, this is absolutely the project I want to be out there making for my debut,"?

Sam Patton: Well, it was two things. It was the characters, which I fell in love with. The son is named Sam, which was the case when I read the first draft of the script, but it's made for plenty of jokes about what a traumatic childhood I must have had, and how this movie is autobiographical.

I was going to ask [laughs].

Sam Patton: No, no, that was in the first draft I read [laughs]. But it was the characters that jumped off the page immediately to me. I felt for them. I felt for their situations. The closest comparison to their situation in my life that I have experience with was when my grandmother passed away when I was nine. She was only 60, which is young, right? And all of her children and my grandfather all had really strong relationships with her and not that they had bad relationships with each other, but they all related through her. And so when she was gone, they had to sort of figure it out. She was the one that brought them all together for family things.

And so now, Abby and Sam, it's not that they don't love each other, they just don't get each other at all. But now they're all they have, and so they need to come together. And that character struggle was what drew me in. When I went looking for a contained environment horror film to make, the producer in me was looking for something small and doable on a small budget, but this was one of the first scripts I read. I fell in love with it, but I thought, "No, you can't make the first script you read." And I read more scripts, but came back to this one because it was so great.

And then the second part of it that made this script so important to me, it has this mirror element where it’s not quite an allegory—it's not like Metamorphosis with Kafka, where it's straight allegory—but there are parallels in the external story to the internal story, and I just thought that was really good storytelling and I wanted to bring it to the screen. And I thought we could do it.

For me, though, I have to find a point when it has to be made. It has to be now that we make a movie, and then we do it. So, that personal urgency is something I always try to find in every project, or else, how are you going to put two, three years into a movie, if you're not passionate every day about it?

Because you were working with basically four actors in this movie, was it conscientious on your part that you were trying to really keep this intimate and contained in terms of both the story and these characters?

Sam Patton: Definitely. There was at least one draft that had flashbacks to Michael in the hospital and we definitely discussed other scenes where there were park rangers finding a dead body, too, and an action opener. There were a lot of things discussed and I kept coming back to this idea that the movie should start and end in the woods, and it should be about these four people, and we should believe in the world they talk about, but you don't have to see it. Because to me, that's almost more real.

One example I give to people when I try and explain the right way to do it is, in the first Star Wars film, they blow up Alderaan. They blow an entire planet out of the sky. And we don't see anybody on Alderaan, but we see an old Jedi clutch his heart and sit down, and then we know something really terrible happened. You don't need to see the Marvel-level movie destruction of Alderaan to get it. You need to see a quiet moment, you know what I mean? So, yes, to answer your question, definitely for me it was important to keep it small and intimate.

And also—this is something I definitely discussed a lot with my cinematographer—we tried to challenge ourselves to do everything with less. If we thought a scene needed four setups, could we do it with two? Could we do it with one? Could we do a scene with one setup? If so, we're doing it with one setup, so how do we keep it interesting? And so that was sort of a challenge all the way through. It's like, "We don't need that. What's the fewest number of characters we need? What's the fewest number of locations?"

So, I like to think of working in a box as a really creatively liberating thing. Limitations, I like them a lot, because it gives you somewhere to start, it gives you a frame of reference. Some people don't always embrace that as a creative tool, and I think people should when they're making movies, small movies especially, that don't have the benefit of big budgets or stars to carry them.

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‘Marauders’ Review

Stars: Bruce Willis, Christopher Meloni, Dave Bautista, Adrian Grenier, Johnathon Schaech, Lydia Hull, Tyler Jon Olson, Christopher Rob Bowen, Richie Chance, Chris Hill, Texas Battle, Tara Holt, Alyshia Ochse | Written by Michael Cody | Directed by Steven C. Miller

In 2015 Steven C. Miller, director of horror hits such as The Aggression Scale, Under the Bed and Submerged, made a move into the action genre with the Bruce Willis-featuring Extraction. With his latest film, Marauders, he re-teams with Willis for a film that tells the story of an untraceable group of elite bank robbers execute the perfect heist, making off with millions in cash whilst leaving a dead bank manager in their wake.

The FBI Agents investigating the robbery/homicide (Meloni, Bautista and Grenier) begin to uncover signs of corruption involving the bank’s owner (Willis) and his high power clients. As they dig deeper into the case, the Feds realise that appearances can be deceiving,
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Quiet Ones, Paul Walker Movie Flop, While Derided Diaz Female Revenge Comedy to Top Us/Canada Chart

‘The Other Woman’ 2014 box office: Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann comedy to top North American box office chart despite mostly bad reviews (photo: Kate Upton, Cameron Diaz, and Leslie Mann in ‘The Other Woman’) Starring Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, Kate Upton, and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, the Nick Cassavetes-directed comedy The Other Woman will easily top the North American box office this weekend, April 25-27, 2014. The story of three women who gang up to take revenge on their cheating husband/lover, The Other Woman — which would have been more accurately titled "The Other Women" — opened with a solid $9.3 million at 3,205 U.S. and Canadian locations on Friday, according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. As the old saying goes, "If you give them trash, they’ll gobble it up (and ask for seconds)" — or something along those lines. Anyhow, 20th Century Fox’s $40 million-budgeted The Other Woman, which has
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Chicago – In the latest Hookup: Film, we have 40 pairs of advance-screening movie passes up for grabs to the new romantic comedy “The Other Woman” starring Cameron Diaz and Kate Upton!

“The Other Woman,” which is rated “PG-13” and opens on April 25, 2014, also stars Leslie Mann, Nicki Minaj, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Don Johnson, Taylor Kinney, Kenneth Maharaj, Alyshia Ochse and Victor Cruz from director Nick Cassavetes and writer Melissa Stack.

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Dolph Lundgren Terrorises Brian Evigan in New Stash House Trailer

Eduardo Rodriguez's new home invasion thriller 'Stash House' has received a new trailer from After Dark Films. Briana Evigan -below ('Sorority Row', 'Mother's Day') and Sean Faris ('Never Back Down') star as a young couple who move into their new house only to find themselves being terrorised by their neighbour played by Dolph Lundgren. Jon Huertas ('Castle') and Alyshia Ochse ('General Hospital') co-star in the thriller penned by Gary Spinelli. 'Stash House' will arrive in theatres and on VOD across the Us simultaneously on 11 May. Check out the plot, trailer and one-sheet below....
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After Dark Films Launches After Dark Action

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Dark Castle Home Entertainment and After Dark Films will debut the new action movie franchise After Dark Action, it was announced today by Courtney Solomon, After Dark Films President and CEO. The first generation of After Dark Action movies includes five original, adrenaline-pumping films starring international stars such as Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dolph Lundgren, Peter Weller, James Caviezel, Cung Le and Christian Slater. After Dark Action will showcase the movies theatrically as a commercial film festival in markets nationwide and on VOD on May 11. "After many years with the Horrofest: 8 Films to Die For and After Dark Originas brands, we are excited to expand into the action film arena," says Solomon. "Our mission is to create innovative, first-rate entertainment for action lovers everywhere."

After Dark Action combines the talents of Joel Silver's Dark Castle Home Entertainment and After Dark Films for a series of high quality, high-octane action pictures.
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Action Star Dolph Lundgren Gets Sinister in Couple of New Stash House Stills

Back in February 2011 we bought you news of a new After Dark Film feature that was being described as 'The Strangers' meets 'Panic Room'. We haven't heard much worth shouting about since then but we can now at least enjoy a couple of new Dolph Lundgren stills from the movie. Lundgren plays a nightmare neighbour to a married couple who move in next door. The married couple are played by Sean Faris ('Never Back Down') and horror hottie Briana Evigan -below ('Sorority Row', 'Mother's Day'). Dark Castle Entertainment will be co-producing the Eduardo Rodriguez helmed horror flick which co-stars Jon Huertas ('Castle') and Alyshia Ochse ('General Hospital'). Check the new stills below....
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Indie Horror Month: Dread Central Interviews Actress and Producer Alyshia Ochse

Actress and producer Alyshia Ochse may not be a name you immediately recognize, but we here at Dread Central feel like that’s going to change very soon. The up-and-comer recently appeared in the brand new pilot episode of Deon Taylor’s revamped “Nite Tales” series as well as horror short The Guest (which she also produced) that bowed online earlier this month.

In honor of Indie Horror Month, we caught up with Ochse to talk about how this Midwestern actress got her start in the industry, what inspired her to get into producing films and her experiences working in the horror genre and why she’s found it a welcoming experience for her career.

Ochse always knew she was destined to work in the entertainment industry. “I wanted to be an actress ever since I could talk. I don’t think I’ve ever wanted to be anything other than an actor really.
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Watch Bryan Ryan's Short Film The Guest Now!

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Dread Central has dubbed March, 2011 "Indie Horror Month", and one such filmmaker that we've been keeping an eye on is Bryan Ryan. No doubt you will be, too, after checking out his short film "The Guest", which has debuted online and we, of course, have right here!

"The Guest" was an official selection at several festivals last year, was shot by the amazing Will Barratt (Hatchet 1&2, Frozen), and features the talented Alyshia Ochse and Robert Seay. The film's co-stars include Andre Bolourchi, Brandi Price, Jessica Whitaker, and Suzanne Quast. The producers are Mel House, Bryan Ryan, Robert Victor Galluzzo, Courtney Daniels, Katie Floyd, and Heather Wixson with editing duties handled by Brian Smith.


A lonely woman and a mysterious intruder get more than they bargained for when a quiet evening proves to be deadlier than either of them could have imagined.

For more on writer/director Bryan Ryan and
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Teaser Scene from Bryan Ryan's The Guest

A teaser has hit the Net for Bryan Ryan's short film "The Guest" that we recently told you about, and of course we have it for you here. If you dig what you see, be sure to check out our recent interview with Bryan Ryan for more!

"The Guest" stars Alyshia Ochse, Robert Seay, Andre Bolourchi, Brandi Price, Jessica Whitaker, and Suzanne Quast. The producers include Mel House, Bryan Ryan, Robert Victor Galluzzo, Courtney Daniels, Katie Floyd, and Dread Central's own Heather Wixson; and it's being edited by Brian Smith.


A lonely woman and a mysterious intruder get more than they bargained for when a quiet evening proves to be deadlier than either of them could have imagined.

For more on writer/director Bryan Ryan and "The Guest", be sure to befriend him and "like" the film on Facebook.

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Bryan Ryan Talks The Guest, Horror Boot Camp, and More

You may recall a few months ago we told you about Final Girl Films' competition for indie horror filmmakers looking to make their next short film project. The contest was based on scripts only, and the first runner-up was Bryan Ryan for "The Guest". Dread Central recently had a chance to chat with Bryan about how he first got involved in filmmaking, what's up with "The Guest", and his future plans.

Dread Central: What made you decide to get into filmmaking?

Bryan Ryan: I can trace the whole thing back to two films: Disney's Pinocchio and Jaws. The first for the way it petrified me as a child. I know that I will never forget the effect Pinocchio had on me. Now, the same goes for Jaws, but it goes a step further because of the sheer ingenuity it took to tell That story in That way. And to
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