Mass Grave Pictures is back with… well, a whole ton of shit! The groovy production company’s new psychological horror film, Theta States, will screen as an official selection at First Contact Film Festival in Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey this Sunday at 2:40PM. Find my review of that hereand then purchase your tickets to the event here. But first, as part of its Dark Tales from Channel X web-anthology, Mass Grave Pictures will also unveil their latest micro-short Knock Knock as part of the Severed Horror Show in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania this Saturday. Find out more about the event here. I asked MGP for a screener of Knock Knock and they were kind enough to indulge me.
"Take the time to view it, let your inner critic have the night off and let me tell you, you’ll enjoy this movie. And kudos to the cover artist, this is slick of the year!! I want the t-shirt!"
A simply amazing review for Theta States from CrypticRock.com!
A Descent into a world of nightmares and madness that blurs the line between dreams and reality. Theta States proves to be a compelling addition to the world of Psychological Horror that embraces the seemingly lost art of the slow burn; foregoing jump scares and instant gratification for proper storytelling. - Cryptic Rock
"As somebody who suffers from sleep problems I’ve actually tried some of these recordings, can’t say they did much for me, but considering what befalls the protagonist of Manny Serrano’s (BLOOD SLAUGHTER MASSACRE) new film THETA STATES I got off easy."
Theta States is the perfect example that originality and imagination still exist in 2017, a time when reboots and remakes and recycled ideas are the norm. It’s hard to be a director or film-maker these days, especially when you’re working independently on a small budget, because there is a large margin for failure. Don’t give the audience what they want and they will lambaste you relentlessly for it. In the case of Manny Serrano and Mass Grave Pictures, their new feature Theta States is a clusterfuck of different genres, story-telling elements and themes, and they culminate in a really coherent and fantastical way. So, Theta States is also a testament that taking risks can pay off when you have the right story to back it up. With that said, let me actually jump into my review.
Theta States is a psychological horror/thriller that’s coming at you from director Manny Serrano and Mass Grave Pictures. It’s a pretty cool mash-up of old school psychological thrillers like Jacob’s Ladder and more modern exorcism films. It is a movie that messes with your mind, as the main character struggles with border between sleep and lucidity, life and death.
Huge thanks to the guys over at TheBlood-Shed.com for our first review of Theta States!
You dont have to go to Elm Street for a Nightmare!
Theta States is the latest film from indie horror filmmaker Manny Serrano (Blood Slaughter Massacre) and very likely his best work to date. With an indie pedigree including stars like Tom Ryan (Faces) and Erin Brown (aka Misty Mundae), the film is a very original take on nightmares and dreams, carried out with a low budget that does nothing to hamper the film’s enjoyability...
From the truly frightening minds of New York City based MASS GAVE PICTURES (Manny and Lindsey Serrano) comes two new shorts currently playing on the film festival circuit in SLEEPLESS and THE AU PAIR. Both of these short films revolve around a sinister and unnatural force that has worked its way into the safest places you could be.
Find out more about these DARK TALES FROM CHANNEL X at the MASS GRAVE PICTURES websitehttp://massgravepictures.com and check out both short films on Saturday September 17, 2016 at the GRINDHOUSE NIGHTS AT CAFÉ Z in Union, NJ!
Review completed by Jay Kay @HorrorHappensFF