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Ombis: Alien Invasion World Premiere Set For Buffalo, NY

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:7096:]]The local indie movie that filmed in the backyard of the CBN offices, Ombis: Alien Invasion, sees it’s world premiere taking place in Buffalo, NY next month.

DefTone Pictures Studios announced three screenings will be held at the iconic Hamburg Palace theater on May 19th and 20th.

Members of the production team and cast will be on hand participating in a QnA after the debut.

DefTone also announced that the Ombis: Alien Invasion DVD will be available this Summer.

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Ombis: Alien Invasion is set in the fictional village of Metzburgh, a quiet village which was a former industrial town whose glory days are long past after the collapse of Metzburgh grain. The film follows Mark Lowe (Jason John Beebe) and his ex-girlfriend Lucy Greenheart (Sarah Manzella) who are stuck in a lovers quarrel when a meteorite crash lands in the passive community. Unable to stop the plague-like substance that the meteorite carries, the townsfolk begin to be overrun by the virus known as Ombis. As the collateral damage begins adding up, the human struggle of the residents and their fight for survival begins as the village is taken over by Ombis which mutates humans into an alien form. To make matters worse for the survivors, something known as the Nemesis has also arrived to eradicate the plague, and he will stop at nothing to achieve that goal.

The film stars Richard Satterwhite, Jason John Beebe, Sara Manzella, Kathy Murphy, Alexander S. McBryde and Michael Sciabarrasi and is Directed by Adam R Steigert.

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Exclusive: Adam R. Steigert Announces “A Grim Becoming” From DefTone Pictures Studios


Our friends over at DefTone Picture Studios have provided Cosmic Book News with the following exclusive announcement about their next project, A Grim Becoming.

The movie is a first for DefTone Pictures Studios in that it contains an element of comedy coupled with the horror themes they are known for.

Also from DefTone Picture Studios, and currently in post-production, is the epic sci-fi alien invasion movie, Ombis, which we have covered extensively before as well.

We caught up with director Adam. R. Stiegert who shares the following announcement about A Grim Becoming, exclusive to Cosmic Book News.

Press Release


DefTone Pictures Studios begins new feature A Grim Becoming



DefTone Pictures Studios has been very busy this year: starting with releasing the controversial grindhouse series entitled Black Guy on a Rampage, quickly followed by short films Caged and Dembela and then production of the feature film Ombis. With most of DefTone Pictures Studios’ films waiting to be released in 2013, the studio continues to invest in four more films slated to be released that same year:  Dembela Parts 2 & 3, Holland Road (In association with PaperGhost Productions) and To Release a Soul.  Also on the horizon for DefTone is a new feature:  a horror-comedy entitled A Grim Becoming which has a June 21, 2014 release date. 

DefTones’ CEO and founder Adam R Steigert has begun work on A Grim Becoming with writer Janeen Avery. The story is a tale about a young, bitter executive who has the unfortunate experience of seeing a Grim Reaper at work.   This sighting results in the man becoming a Reaper and having to explore his own conscience and the lengths he will go to get his own life back. A Grim Becoming is the first story to come out of DefTone Pictures Studios which has comedy as an element along with the Studios’ usual horror theme. Steigert had this to say on the status of the project:  “Yes, it is official. A Grim Becoming is my next feature film.  I will be once again writing and directing the story. I am very excited about this project because A Grim Becoming will be something new and fresh to come out of our studio. The script and concept bring something exciting and I’m sure that DefTone will be able to find the local talent and locations to bring it to life. I enjoy epic storytelling and A Grim Becoming promises to be another good example of this.” Filming on A Grim Becoming set to start sometime in 2013 with a slated release date of June 21, 2014. Official casting date(s) have not yet been set but the announcement should come soon with anticipated dates being in April or May 2013.

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Deftone Pictures and Paperghost Productions To Release Slasher Film “Holland Road”

Press Release




DefTone Pictures Studios joins independent film company Paperghost Productions to release a new slasher film entitled Holland Road. DefTone Pictures Studios, currently in post production on their epic alien invasion film Ombis and pre-production on their next film To Release the Soul which is written by actor Jason John Beebe, has signed a deal to co-produce Holland Road.

Holland Road stars new-comer Samantha Hoy (Ombis, Model Hunger, and Return to the class of Nuk’em High) as Michelle and Jason John Beebe (Ombis, Snow Shark: Ancient Snow Beat) as John. Holland Road is a feature length film based on the Western New York legend of “The Pigman” (played by Michael Balch).  The Pigman legend involves a serial killer who dresses up wearing a Pig mask seeking blood and stalking his victims. Holland Road is written for screen and directed by Aaron Bush & Wally Roberts.  Additional cast Elizabeth Houlihan (Sarah), John Lehmann (Dwayne), Michael Sarcinelli (Arson), Brandon Devine (Brent), Eric Howell (Jeremy), Mike Sciabarrasi (Officer Maretti) and Mark Mendola (Officer Burke)

“Holland Road, located off NY Route 5 in between the town of Angola and Evangola State Park, is more frequently known as “Pigman Road” and it has been at the forefront of Western New York folklore for decades. Scores of high school students, ghost hunters, and area residents all have their own tales of headless spirits, photographic and audiotape abnormalities, and unusual activity emanating from this mile-long street. With an alluring mix of historical background regarding a train accident and urban legends about a pork-crazed serial killer, Pigman Road has become a rite of passage for anyone in the region wishing to access the world of the unknown,” says Joran Zyglis and Jill Gregorie in their article â€œThe Mystery of Pigman Road” at

Phill Beith graduate of the Tom Savini School of Art and DefTone Pictures Studios’ resident makeup effects guru has signed on to do the Pigman mask. The making of the mask has been kept very quiet but it promises to have a “distinct look for the villain which the producers of the film hope to scare audiences with” says Adam R Steigert [Producer and CEO of DefTone Pictures Studios].  Steigert goes on with “there have been films made about this local legend before and we want to put a new view and spin on a popular legend.  Having Phill Beith on the project to create a unique look to this local iconic villain was the logical move.”

DefTone Pictures Studios and Paperghost productions confirm that Holland Road will have a release date of June 22, 2013. To Release a Soul, which stars model Melyssa Jade in her first lead film role, will have a release date of March 30, 2013.  Adam R Steigert has confirmed he will be directing To Release a Soul which begins filming in September of 2012. To Release a Soul is a character study of the interaction between a serial killer and his intended victim and what motivates each of them. DefTone Pictures Studios found great success from the controversial Black Guy on a Rampage trilogy and negotiations are currently underway for a possible remake as a full length feature film or a short film sequel/prequel to the trilogy.

DefTone Pictures Studios and Paperghost Productions invite you to take a first hand look at Holland Road:




Paperghost Productions official site:

DefTone Pictures Studios official site: currently under construction

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Ombis (2013): Angola, NY Set Report For June 2, 2012


This past Saturday saw the indie sci-fi horror movie, Ombis, filmed in Angola, NY — about a 45-minute drive from the CBN offices near Buffalo.

Yours truly was on hand to not only check out all the action, but I actually got to play the part of a victim … a victim that was attacked by the Ombis Slime Monsters!

Ombis is the fourth movie from director Adam Steigert and DefTone Picture Studios, a local production company housed out of Western New York that has previously put out the likes of Bitez, Gore, and the recent zombie thriller, The Final Night and Day.

© OMBIS & DefTone Studios

Ombis has a stellar cast that includes the local talent of Richard Satterwhite as Sheriff Thomas Bracket (Satterwhite appeared on the ABC series Three Rivers), the lovely Melyssa Jade (rumored to be playing Savannah), as well as Robert Bozek, Brenda Rickert, Jason John Beebe, Rich Winiatowski as the alien Nemesis, and the up and coming talent of Kevin Tanski, who has a role in Warner Bros. and Christopher Nolan’s blockbuster The Dark Knight Rises.

Special to Ombis is a cameo appearance by the Reverend Tim Shaw, a paranormal investigator and host of his own internet radio show, the “BlackCatLounge.” Shaw has been seen on SyFy’s Ghost Hunters, The Discovery Channel’s Ghost Lab, CBS Radio, along side SyFy’s The Haunted Collector, John Zaffis, in the Core Productions documentary John Zaffis, The World Within — and much more.

© OMBIS & DefTone Studios

Ombis began shooting at 11:30 a.m. and went non-stop for at least 12 more hours, with the main street of Angola, NY, closed off for the entire shoot. The local fire company was on hand to cook some burgers and hot dogs, and stores and restaurants participated by letting the Ombis crew set up their production offices in-house, as well as providing refreshments on the long and hot day. DefTone Studios had tents positioned where enthusiastic movie goers could register as an extra, as well as selling some of their merchandise (I picked up The Final Night and Day and a free test tube of Ombis slime!).

© OMBIS & DefTone Studios

I arrived around 2 p.m. where I met some of the cast and crew. I briefly spoke to director Adam Steigert (we’ll have an interview up later) who impressed me with his ability to take control. There was easily over a couple hundred people there, and the 25 year old had absolutely no problems managing the scene. I could tell he had a clear vision of what he wanted, where he wanted people to be, and what he wanted them to do.

Of course, no director is complete without his crew, and with the crew I was most impressed. It was like one large family as producer Mike Sciabarrasi ran the show from behind the scenes with the help of Rich Clark and many more. The make-up artists were doing their work, people were getting shuffled in and out, groups of extras were being divided into their proper categories, fans came to take a peek, and a local martial artist was choreographing a scene. Overall, it was just a fascinating and fabulous experience.

© OMBIS & DefTone Studios

Mike asked me if I would like to play a “victim,” to which I immediately responded in the affirmative. Off to the make-up chair I went, and a couple of gouges and scrapes later I was set! The make-up looked so fantastic that more than a few locals thought it to be real — as did some of my friends when I posted the pic online with: “I got into an accident!” (Sorry, Byron, bad joke!)

I met more than a few people who came out to be part of the excitement. A resident from Kenmore, NY, 25-year-old Angel Izard, said she saw an ad in the local entertainment newspaper, Art Voice, and decided to submit herself to the whims of the make-up crew — to be cast as a Slime Monster! Later on, I watched as Izard was transformed into something more, something scarier – something slimier – and witnessed as she attacked innocent townsfolk!

© OMBIS & DefTone Studios

My own part saw me take the role of a victim (see below for pics) where I was running through the streets of “Metzburg,” avoiding not only Slime Monsters — but the many dead bodies that littered the road! I was part of a mob of panicked people that ran for their lives – but not fast enough – as we were cornered in all directions by the infected people turned monstrous by the green gook of some otherworldly alien plague!

I participated in numerous shoots all from different angles, with my final scene being the close-up. There, I went one-on-one (sorta!) with an alien infected Slime Monster (Chip Reichenthal) — with my chances of appearing in a sequel being slim to none!

Obviously I had a great time on the set, much to the credit of DefTone Picture Studios. I would definitely do it again, and highly recommend for you to get involved in your own town’s local movie scene!

And be sure to stay tuned to Cosmic Book News for more on Ombis, and you can follow Ombis on their Facebook page as well as the DefTone Studios Facebook page.

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“Ombis” Teaser Trailer – Buffalo, NY’s Alien Sci-Fi Film

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:1774:]]Ombis is a local alien sci-fi movie being filmed near the CBN offices located in Western New York.

The movie is directed and written by Adam Steigert, whose production company, Deftone Pictures Studios, was also behind Gore, Bitez, and The Final Night and Day.

This Saturday will see the movie filming with over 200 extras with the town of Angola closed off. 


An alien life form crash lands in a village called Metzburgh, it begins to infect the towns-folk, making them host to the supernatural virus. The virus is not the only thing that has invaded this small community. A creature known only as the “Nemesis” has also arrived in an attempt to contain the alien plague. It is up to a small group of un-infected survivors to fight the invasion and make it out alive. Discover the secret in 2013.

Updated: With Teaser #2 below.

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