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Monogram Releasing is a new distributor who is putting some great underground films in theaters across the Midwest. I was first alerted to them when Chris Hansen announced that Monogram had acquired The Proper Care & Feeding of an American Messiah. Despite the film already being out on DVD, Monogram is giving it a theatrical release in May under the re-named title American Mess. (The re-naming has to do with marketing the religious spoofing nature of the film.)

Monogram has also already released Kevin S. Tenney‘s horror movie Brain Dead, which is not available on DVD yet. Although, I hope it does after this theatrical run. It’s such a great, fun film. For a list of theaters where it’s playing, go visit the official Monogram site and catch it if you can. The mix of gore, boobs and bad jokes should play great on the big screen.

Also, C.W. Prather of Washington D.C.’s Spooky Movie Festival, has sent me a picture of the poster promoting Brain Dead as it hangs in a theater marquee, which is that image up above. Looks cool, right? However, it may not be noticeable in that small image, but if you click to embiggen you’ll see a quote taken from my review of the film. It’s a total “quote whore” quote, but it’s also entirely accurate. Thanks to Prather for the pic, as well as sending me Brain Dead as a festival screener to begin with! (P.S. The photo of the poster was taken by director Kevin S. Tenney.)

Finally, in addition to American Mess and Brain Dead, Monogram will be releasing the other¬†Underground Film Journal hit Lloyd Kaufman‘s Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead in April. They also have a bunch of other films on tap, some I’m familiar with by title, e.g. Stomp! Shout! Scream!, and some I’m not, like Jack Says, Song of the Dead and The Trek.

For all of Monogram’s upcoming releases, please visit this page on their website. And check Monogram’s homepage for more detailed info as films are released.

And for fun, here’s the Brain Dead¬†trailer:


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  • Thanks for the B Movie Nation shout-out. Stomp! Shout! Scream! (A Beach Party Rock n Roll Monster Movie) opens April 10, 2009 in these theaters-:

    Dixie Dozen Cinemas, Louisville, Kentucky
    Movie Palace Cinemas, Elizabethtown, Kentucky
    Theatres of Georgetown, Georgetown, Kentucky
    Nova Cinemas, Commerce, Georgia
    Studio 10 Cinemas, Shelbyville, Indiana
    Georgetown 14 Cinemas, Indianapolis, Indiana
    Nova 10, Des Moines, Iowa
    Nova 6 Theatres, Moline, Illinois
    Branson Meadows Theatres, Branson, Missouri
    The Amp, Oxford, Mississippi
    Portsmouth Cinemas, Portsmouth, Ohio
    Lake Geneva 4, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

    http://www.stompshoutscream.com

  • Manta Cyphers says:

    It should be known that the person responsible for Monogram Releasing, William Dever, is a convicted felon, having served time in Canada for fraud, misrepresentation, and illegal use of government funds. Mr. Dever now resides in Franklin, Indiana and has attempted on several occasions to continue his fraudulent ways with the eager “film” community in Franklin. Mr. Dever’s “B-Movie” festival every September is his way of masquerading as a filmmaker and pretending to be a contributor to his community. He is a liar, a thief and, above all, an absolutely horrible, untalented and over-weight maker of pathetically bad movies.

    • John says:

      I agree 100%. Mr. Dever tried to “purchase” the distribution rights to a film that I produced a couple years ago. When I showed the contract to my attorney, I was told (in so many words) that it was poorly written and full of grey areas which he could use to take advantage of my work. He added that I would probably lose my film and all it’s profits. When I contacted Mr. Dever to politely inform him that I was declining his offer, he responded with the longest most psychopathic email I’d ever received. I wish I still had it, otherwise I’d post it here for everyone to read. This man is NOT a professional, he has something seriously wrong with him. If anyone planning on doing business with Mr. Dever happens to come across this, AVOID HIM AT ALL COSTS. He’ll entice you with an overwhelming percentage of revenue, and it’ll seem like it’s too good to be true… That’s because it IS too good to be true. Bill is a textbook example of a shark, and a poor one at that. Do yourself a favor and either wait for a better offer or distribute it yourself. Also for the most part, his “B-Movie” festival is fake. It doesn’t tour around to ANY of the places that Jay Edwards mentioned in his comment. It plays in one local theater and barely has enough attendees to call an audience.

      • Burnt by Bill says:

        Every observation you have all made regarding Mr Dever is 100% correct. I know this from first hand experience where I worked for him and his scam organizations for a time. There is something wrong with this man. I’m no shrink, but there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that he is a narcissus and a sociopath. Avoid any kind of contact with this guy, business or personal.