Artsploitation Overcomes its Gamophobia to Acquire EuroObscura’s A Taste of Phobia

PHILADELPHIA, PA, March 7, 2018 –  Artsploitation has acquired the U.S. and Canadian rights to EuroObscura’s A Taste of Phobia, a harrowing horror anthology created by 14 international directors. Produced by Vestra Pictures and Enchanted Architect, in collaboration with Trash Art Pictures, the film is scheduled for DVD and VOD release in May 2018.

Of the multitude of fears, A Taste of Phobia delves into some of the weirdest and wildest, each with its own bloody twist. Presenting 14 unnerving segments, featured phobias include caetophobia (fear of hairs), henophobia (fear of young virgin girls), coprophobia (fear of feces), mysophobia (fear of contamination and germs), mazeophobia (fear of being lost), astrophobia (fear of celestial objects), mageirocophobia (fear of cooking) and oneirophobia (fear of dreams).

“As someone with a high number of phobias myself — fear of ceiling fans and hotel remotes to name just two — I was hesitant to watch A Taste of Phobia. But after 90 minutes of seeing people traumatized, institutionalized and dying from their fears, I felt much better,” said Artsploitation President, Raymond Murray. “It’s a cinematic colonic for a sick mind and a must for Artsploitation fans.”

A Taste of Phobia combines the talents of directors known for making a bloody good splash such as James Quinn (The Law of Sodom), Sam Mason Bell (The Making Of), Jason Impey (Home Made), Alessandro Redaelli (P.O.E. 3), Chris Milewski (Welcome to the World, Dear Child), Alessandro Giordani (L’insonne: Ouverture) and Domiziano Cristopharo (Virus: Extreme ContaminationDark Waves).

“We are proud that Artsploitation will be releasing this great and scary horror movie in the U.S.,” said Marco Magni, international sales representative for EuroObscura. “I’m sure that the fans of horror movies in America will enjoy it and will also be surprised to learn about the more strange and terrifying kind of phobias that exist in the world.”

A Taste of Phobia
 Horror Year: 2017 Running time: 90 minutes Language: English Audio format: 2.0 stereo

Jackson Batchelor (UK)
Sam Mason Bell (England)
Domiziano Cristopharo (Italy)
Michael J. Epstein (USA)
Dustin Ferguson (USA)
Alessandro Giordani (Italy)
Jason Impey (UK)
Sunny King (Nigeria)
Chris Milewski (USA)
Davide Pesca (Italy)
Alessandro Redaelli (Italy)
Poison Rouge (Italy)
Rob Ulitski (UK)
Lorenzo Zanonin & Alessandro Sisti (Italy)

Domiziano Cristopharo
Tony Newton
Sam Mason Bell

Antriksh Bali

Taste Of Phobia – Trailer from artsploitation on Vimeo.


Vampire in Brooklyn (1995)

Director: Wes Craven

Writer: Charlie Murphy, Michael Lucker, Chris Parker (Screenplay) Eddie Murphy, Vernon Lynch, Charlie Murphy (Story)

Starring: Eddie Murphy, Angela Bassett, Allen Payne, Kadeem Hardison, John Witherspoon, Zakes Mokae


Plot: Maximillian is the only survivor from a race of vampires on a Caribbean Island, and as a vampire, he must find a mate to keep the line from ending. He knows that a child had been born to a woman who had a vampire father, and he searches for her in Brooklyn. 


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Verdict: Bland Horror Comedy


Story: Vampire in Brooklyn starts as the Caribbean based vampire Maximillian (Murphy) heads to Brooklyn to find a woman that can continue the race of vampires, a descendent of his family. Arriving in Brooklyn Julius Jones (Hardison) becomes his lackey and Detective Rita Veder (Bassett) and Justice (Payne) are investigating the sudden appearance of the ship Maximillian arrives on.

Maximillian believes Rita is the woman he is looking for and sets about spending the nights trying to win her over while keeping his identity secret.


Thoughts on Vampire in Brooklyn


Characters/PerformanceMaximillian is a Caribbean vampire who needs to find a woman to keep his bloodline alive and Brooklyn is the place where she lives, he is eccentric throughout the film and always planning for things to happen as he has planned. Detective Rita Veder is one of the cops investigating the strange shop that crashed into the docks and soon finds herself crossing paths with Maximillian but getting answers about to her childhood and the nightmares she has been having. Detective Justice is Veder’s partner, he is a good cop and cares for her more than he should do. Julius becomes the goon of Maximillian slowly turned into death after being given blood of Maximillian’s.

Performance wise, Eddie Murphy has always struggled post 80’s in the comedy roles and this clearly shows he wasn’t the powerhouse he once was. Angela Bassett looks beautiful as always but her character is written poorly for how she seems to be performed as. The rest of the cast are all fine without doing anything great.

StoryThe story here is vampire coming outside his comfort zone to search for other vampires. We get the whole crime situation with how the cops are investigating the killings that Maximillian is leaving behind him but otherwise this story just feels very flat.

Comedy/Fantasy/HorrorWe don’t get many laughs in this film, we enter the idea of shape-shifting vampires for the fantasy and nothing comes off scary which makes this film feel very plain.

SettingsThe film is set in Brooklyn, hey I guess the title gives that away here, this does make for a good setting because the crimes don’t get answered as quickly as other places.

Special EffectsThe effects used are all fine and are used more for the comical tone of things.

Final ThoughtsWes Craven is one of my favourite directors and we do have classic that he does, this isn’t going to be one of the classics in fact this could be his worst, the comedy doesn’t hit, Murphy mails in his performance and we are left with one of the most overly boring films of Murphy’s career.


Overall: Disappointing horror comedy.




ABC Film Challenge – Random – G – Gold (2017)

goldDirector: Stephen Gaghan

Writer: Patrick Massett, John Zinman (Screenplay)

Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Edgar Ramirez, Bryce Dallas Howard, Corey Stoll, Toby Kebbell, Bill Camp


Plot: Kenny Wells, a prospector desperate for a lucky break, teams up with a similarly eager geologist and sets off on a journey to find gold in the uncharted jungle of Indonesia.


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Verdict: Slightly Miss-Leading


Story: Gold starts in 1981 Nevada where Kenny Wells (McConaughey) who works in mining but when the industry hits hard times he becomes desperate and wants to get into the search for Gold, to do this he needs to work with successful copper miner Michael Acosta (Ramirez).

Finding the perfect location of untapped potential in Asia the two working together to search for a chance to make their fortune. With the first attempts going badly the two must find another way to make things work, before they finally find their gold mine.

As the success gets to Kenny’s head his personal life with Kay (Howard) starts to be strained and with their company hitting the stock market can this all be as much of a success as Kenny dreams it to be.


Thoughts on Gold


Characters/PerformanceKenny is the dreamer who believes he can make major money with a treasure hunter, he isn’t the smartest with money but his showmanship can get the sale for him. Acosta is the smarter businessman of the two who supports Kenny through all his decisions be it good or bad, he has a reputation that says he is the master geologist who can find metal in any surface.

The performances are all good without being award standard with McConaughey having to carry the film even though Ramirez was impressive in the supporting

StoryThe story here is all about one man getting rich and how it all went down, I do feel this was sold differently because I was sold on the idea of a big treasure hunt but this is all how the business side of the story happens. The story is very up and down for pacing without being as interesting in the those places.

Adventure/ThrillerAdventure side of this story comes from searching for the gold but you just never feel like you are joining in a treasure hunt, you are kept wondering where the story will go but this is a lot of the business side of the events unfolding.

SettingsThe settings through the film show the different stages of Kenny success, we have the low moments, the jungle in search of the gold and when he has the money and how he would be spending it. All the settings can show us just where he is through this story with just a glance at the scene.genre

Final ThoughtsI just couldn’t find this to be the most interesting for what I went into watching, the highlight of the trailer was the tiger moment which is completely out of contexts and has zero impact in the story.


Overall: This is easy to watch but also easy to forget what you saw.