bLACK dISCO is out now and available from CDBaby.com
Part III of the Gaijin Toroku Trilogy! One half of the MONTOYA Brothers paints tribal-mondo-electronic sounds with a thick dry brush, and invites your body and soul to an excursion into the unexpected.
bLACK dISCO is Part III of the Gaijin Toroku Trilogy. It contains 11 tracks with styles ranging from Underground Pop-Punk to Short Progressive Instrumentals (via 70's jazzed mysterioso efforts). The songs are in Spanish (with subtitles on the inside sleeve) and the mood on Side A is rather pessimistic with a more positive outlook on Side B .
The subject for the lyrics are birth, love, deceit, death and redemption, and the style is straight ahead with the occasional surrealistic hue. This recording was captured DIY style and performed using electric drums, DI bass, keyboards and guitar and voice through an SM57. bLACK dISCO also features Gino on lead guitar and vocals.
Two college buddies find each other several years after graduation. One is successful, the other one sleeps in an alley. They spend one evening re-establishing old bonds, but bit by bit, it becomes apparent that the encounter wasn't casual or the interests innocent at all.
Joe is struggling. He spends his days pestering his 'pals' for loose change, getting high if he is lucky, then catching the last bowl of chicken soup down at the shelter. Looks like one of those days for Joe, until he bumps into David. They haven't seen each other in years - and it seems like Joe would have liked it to remain that way. After some negotiating David convinces Joe to come to his home for a drink. But before they are able to enjoy a cold one, they must deal with muggers, a broken car and a stroll down serial killer lane. Once in the safety of David's home, a nasty secret surfaces which turns their casual meeting into a night of intrigue. And then... well, then the fun begins.
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- eRRatic Pictures news: VIRUS in pre-production
DIY-micro-budget flick company eRRatic Pictures is proud to announce the release of VIRUS a new corporate psychological thriller.
Four hours into Kevin's new job, a force lurking in the computer network threatens to destroy everything and everyone.
VIRUS is available for FREE through erraticpictures.com and vimeo.com/user11159867 (including Spanish and Italian subtitled versions)
Starring: Heath Allyn, Sarah Clark, Derek Vandi, Brian Wayne, David Kroll, Stephanie Huettner, Michael Ferstenfeld, Heather Wallis, Micah Goodding, Mac N Dixon, Rudi Lee, Rudy Sandoval, Brian Villalobos, Liz Waters, Lesley O'Neal, Rosalie Oliveri, Jesse Campos and Steve Powers
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Filmmaker Gino Montoya explores a disturbing prospect in his horror film, Virus; that a computer virus could somehow replicate not just to computers, cell phones and other technology, but make the jump to humans too. From there, anything is possible, depending on the virus involved.
It’s Kevin’s first day at work with a new company, and he’s being brought in to work as an anti-virus tech. His abrasive boss Dan (David Kroll) seems less than impressed that Kevin (Heath Allyn) has joined the team, virus expert Carlos (Derek Vandi) thinks Kevin is beneath him, sad sack Bob (Michael Ferstenfeld) just wants to go home after a long day at work, Rita (Heather del Rio) is on her last day and Jen (Sarah Clark) is the office manager in charge of keeping everything running smoothing in the transition. Thus, the stage is set as Bob realizes that a virus has compromised the server, and the team gets to work to shut it down. Unfortunately for them, they discover the nature of the virus too late, as it jumps from computer to cell phone, auto-calling Bob and causing him to act weird.
And Bob isn’t the only one. Dan succumbs to the same malady after a phone call from Bob, and Rita’s pizza delivery boyfriend finds out that his Bluetooth headset is a direct line to zombie-ville, courtesy of the virus. Things eventually get worse, as the once harmless, mute and zombie-esque victims trade in their silent stares for weapons and killing.
Virus keeps the film moving from beginning to end, whether you can predict what’s coming or not, without too many slow moments. Also, while you may know what is coming, the “why” or “how” remains a mystery for much of the film. It also has fun with itself, and the genre. For example, there’s the off-kilter janitor in the film who gets the coveted role of guy who practically screams, “Doomed! You’re all doomed!” to Kevin, but then disappears until it’s time for the Virus Zombies to have someone to kill. He’d seem odd and out of place, except so many horror films have that one person; you know what role he’s playing.
On the negative side, the film is shot very matter-of-fact. There are a few interesting compositions and angles, but for the most part the goal seems to be to have things in focus, and have the camera wide enough to capture everything in the frame (even if that means often leaving a lot of negative space around the actors). Which is fine, but it misses out on the opportunity to really add something to the film visually, to ratchet up the tension in creative ways or even just mask some of the lesser action moments.
Overall, Virus is a simple yet entertaining horror film. It’s not spectacular, but it offers up an entertaining enough ride. While it primarily works off the suspense and the tension of the survivors slowly understanding what’s going on, and then protecting themselves, it does have one particularly gore-friendly moment near the end that I appreciated. Whether said moment makes any sense is open to debate, but it sure was cool.
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