Horror serial ‘Deeper Than Hell’ to debut on Morbidly Beautiful October 7th, 2016

WHAT’S ON THE MENU: Horror site (and fellow Crypt TV member) Morbidly Beautiful is teaming up with writer Josh Millican and artist Sean Wilson on the dark horror serial Deeper Than Hell. While the site has featured creative writing in the past, this will be its first recurring series. Here’s the official one sentence synopsis:

Deeper Than Hell tells the story of Sonny and Drew, two heroin addicts living in the tunnels below Las Vegas who go on a bizarre pilgrimage underground.

Josh Millican is best known as a prolific horror blogger (currently featured on HorrorFreakNews.com, Blumhouse.com, and PopHorror.com). He’s also the Director of Community for CryptTV. “Most people know me as something of a journalist, so I’m excited to get back to my creative roots,” said Millican about the project. “My goal is to create compelling characters and storylines that people will be excited to follow, something that readers can look forward to. Expect plenty of cliffhangers!”

Sean Wilson is an artist known for his unusual and often unsettling work, including the poster (seen here) for the upcoming feature film Death House, described as “The Expendables of Horror.” He will contribute original artwork and “inspiration” for each chapter of Deeper Than Hell. Millican is enthusiastic about their collaboration: “Sean’s got an incredible, wicked style that’s all his own. I’m excited and honored to be working with him to create a unique and terrifying universe for readers to get lost in!”

While plot details are being closely guarded, Deeper Than Hell will resonate with fans of horror movies and literature.

“Fans of Lovecraft and Clive Barker will love it,” said Millican. “It’s got some parallels to Alice in Wonderland and Dante’s Inferno, but I’m also drawing influence from 1980’s and 1990’s sci-fi and dystopia. And cults!”

'Deeper Than Hell' creator/writer Josh Millican
Sean Wilson's excellent poster for 'Death House'

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The first chapter of Deeper Than Hell drops October 7th; additional chapters will be published the first Friday of each month, and the serial is slated to continue through September 2017.


Morbidly Beautiful was founded in October 2015 as an independent, not-for-profit site dedicated to horror and committed to celebrating the genre across all media — film, television, literature, and art. The site strives to recognize and support emerging artists, independent film and filmmakers, women in horror, and original creative voices in the genre. Site features include horror news, interviews, new and retro film reviews, video reviews, genre analysis, short horror fiction, artist spotlights and other exclusive content you won’t find anywhere else.

Horror short ‘The Cleansing Hour’ slated for HollyShorts Film Fest showing tomorrow

Horror short ‘The Cleansing Hour’ slated for HollyShorts Film Fest showing tomorrow

WHAT’S ON THE MENU: Check out this trailer for Damien LeVeck‘s horror short The Cleansing Hour, starring Sam Jaeger (Parenthood, American Sniper), Heather Morris (Glee, Spring Breakers), and Neil Grayston (Daredevil, Eureka). The short will be featured at the 2016 HollyShorts Film Festival, which kicks off with a closed filmmaker red carpet and press event at 6pm this evening (Thursday, August 11th). The festival is being held at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatre in Hollywood. The Cleansing Hour will screen on Friday, August 12th, at 10pm as part of the Horror Program, presented by Eli Roth’s Crypt TV. Tickets can be purchased online at the festival’s website (see link above). Additionally, for the first time ever, the film will be available for viewing via the streaming service bitpix for the duration of the festival, which concludes Friday, August 19th.

The Cleansing Hour follows Lance (Jaeger) and Drew (Grayston), who run a popular webcast that streams exorcisms staged to look real. When Lance, who plays a priest, unknowingly hires an actress who is actually possessed (Morris), he is forced to reckon with his online charade in front of 20 million viewers worldwide.

“I’m honored that our film is competing in HollyShorts, and I’m excited that we finally get to show off the culmination of over a year’s worth of work,” said LeVeck, who has focused his directing career on telling unique and compelling stories with a message in the horror genre. “The Cleansing Hour is a fresh take on the exorcism genre that is sure to scare and thrill everyone who’s brave enough to watch,” LeVeck said. 

The Cleansing Hour was written by Aaron Horwitz (Roommate Wanted) and also features YouTube star Teala Dunn (Enchanted, Expelled), John Griffin (Priest, Jersey Boys), and Catherine Marin (The Tequila Sisters, Chimera) in supporting roles. Jesse M. Feldman (American Crime Story, Veep) is the director of photography and Marylou Lim (Godzilla, Looper) is the costume designer.

Shirit Bradley, who worked on last year’s summer blockbuster Godzilla and the comedy-horror film Krampus, produced The Cleansing Hour alongside entertainment attorney Natalie LeVeck. “From the moment Damien pitched this project to me, I was in. He has such a fun and clear vision and I was thrilled to be a part of his team and produce something that has a larger message,” Bradley said.

LeVeck raised over $30,000, the majority of The Cleansing Hour’s production budget, via a successful Kickstarter campaign.


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Syrian filmmaker wins CryptTV’s inaugural Emerging Artist Award for intense short ‘Hallway’

Syrian filmmaker wins CryptTV’s inaugural Emerging Artist Award for intense short ‘Hallway’

WHAT’S ON THE MENU: Back on June 11th, we ran a story about CryptTV’s very first Emerging Artist Award, to be presented at Texas’ Comicpalooza a week later. 22-year-old Syrian writer/director Issam Rayess won for his harrowing four-minute short Hallway – which you can now enjoy below. Besides bragging rights and elevated visibility in the genre community, the award also brings an exclusive CryptTV distribution deal.

According to Joshua Millican’s article in Horror Freak News,

Rayess, a Syrian national, is currently pursuing his BA at the American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates. He created HALLWAY as part of a multi-media project; the University provided him with the hardware, and the short was filmed in an actual abandoned building without permits. For props and incidentals, Rayess spent about $50. The end result, though, is nothing short of spectacular; a chilling creeper that can go toe-to-toe with anything produced in Hollywood with big bucks.

Congratulations to Rayess, the first of what we expect will be a long line of CryptTV Emerging Artist Award recipients. Now let’s watch what he created:


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CryptTV announces filmmaking Emerging Artist Award; first slated for Comicpalooza on June 18th

CryptTV announces filmmaking Emerging Artist Award; first slated for Comicpalooza on June 18th

WHAT’S ON THE MENU: CryptTV has experienced incredible growth this past year as the internet’s #1 source for original genre content. They also identify and elevate the best, most enthusiastic up-and-comers in the industry. Now, they will be presenting a filmmaker with an Emerging Artist Award – the first of its kind – for creative excellence in filmmaking. The award includes a distribution deal from CryptTV. It will be presented on Saturday, June 18th at Comicpalooza, the largest pop-cultural event in the state of Texas. Look for future Emerging Artist Awards being presented at prominent film festivals worldwide.


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ABOUT COMICPALOOZA: Comicpalooza is back in 2016, offering the best multi-format pop culture con in the southwest. Featured will be J-Fashion, cosplay, film festival, literary conference, a code fest, maker space, Mars Rover rides, video and tabletop gaming, BMX stunt show, professional wrestling, roller derby bouts, and more.

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April 11th, 2016: Happy CRYPTFAMILY Day, everyone!

TAGLINE: “Weird Is Good.”

WHAT’S ON THE MENU: The 11th of each month is CRYPTFAMILY day, and we celebrate today by proudly sharing why we love being WEIRD. We asked members of our #CryptFamily Facebook group to proclaim their weirdness to share with all of you, and it’s amazing to see how strong we are!

This brand is for freaks, weirdos, outsiders, outcasts, horror lovers, alien believers, true crime fanatics… and we embrace everyone.

#CryptFamily celebrates #WeirdisGood and welcomes “freaks” with open arms. We are an island of misfit toys, coming happily together to say “fuck you” to anyone who puts us down or wants us to conform. Our message is spreading, and our journey is just beginning. Those popular CryptTV videos on Facebook are just the start of our mission. If that sounds like something you’d like to be a part of, sign up right here, right now.

This month’s CRYPTFAMILY newsletter gathered together the musings of a number of our members, in response to a Facebook post asking a single, simple question:

Why are you weird?

We hope you find our answers inspiring. Or intriguing. Or at least mildly amusing. And we also hope you’ll join us, by signing up at CryptTV.com. Because, you know: #WeirdIsGood.

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