Tuesday, 15 June 2021

New UK release date for BOYS FROM COUNTY HELL

Vertigo Releasing has announced that BOYS FROM COUNTY HELL, the ultimate Dracula ‘origin story’, will be released in UK and Irish cinemas on 6th August. Vertigo will be partnering with Wildcard for the Irish theatrical release. The film stars Peaky Blinders’ Jack Rowan, and Derry Girls’ Louisa Harland.

Just when you thought the vampire film had been drained dry, along comes an unexpected and original spin on the genre from writer/director Chris Baugh, with the follow-up to his acclaimed crime thriller debut Bad Day For The Cut

When a personal tragedy forces Eugene to go and work for his gruff, no-nonsense father he finds himself on the site of a controversial new road development that threatens to destroy the town’s livelihood. But strange events unfold when Eugene and the crew tear down a famous cairn believed to be the final resting place of Abhartach and they soon come under attack from a sinister force that has infected one of their workmates. As the night closes in The Boys must fight for survival while discovering the true horror of a myth that hits much closer to home than any of them realise…

With nods to Ireland’s formidable horror heritage (the local pub is called ‘The Stoker’ after the Dracula author), it follows recent Irish folklore horror hits The Hallow and The Hole in The Ground, whilst also injecting some surprisingly hysterical moments. It echoes Clive Barker’s Irish-set eighties creature feature Rawhead Rex, as well as a delectable sense of the backwoods dread present in 2019’s Scottish rural thriller Calibre.

With a fantastic cast, including Jack Rowan (Peaky Blinders, Noughts + Crosses), Louisa Harland (Derry Girls), Nigel O’Neill (from Baugh’s debut), and John Lynch (The Banishing, Isolation), BOYS FROM COUNTY HELL is rich in celtic atmosphere, drenched in gore, wildly funny and splendidly scary - the very definition of a crowd pleaser.

View the trailer at YouTube.




LUZ: THE FLOWER OF EVIL on Digital and Limited Edition BD

Brace yourself for Juan Diego Escobar Alzate’s harrowing yet beautiful take on the horrors of religious fanaticism in LUZ: THE FLOWER OF EVIL, which is coming to Digital outlets and on Limited Edition Blu-Ray.

Far into the Colombian mountains, a small farming community is rocked by the arrival of a mysterious young boy. 

Their leader, El SeƱor, claims that the child is the new Messiah, there to save their land, yet his three daughters start to question their father’s beliefs when the community starts to dissolve into madness and violence. 

Is this boy God? The Devil? And, is there a difference?

An official selection at both the Sitges Fantastic Film Festival and Glasgow Film Festival,
LUZ: THE FLOWER OF EVIL marks the arrival of a stunning new cinematic voice and is essential viewing for any folk horror, acid western and dark arthouse film aficionados. 


View the trailer on YouTube

Pre-order Blu-ray direct from Fractured Visions: https://bit.ly/FracVisLuz

Fractured Visions presents LUZ: THE FLOWER OF EVIL on Digital 26 July and limited edition Blu-Ray 23 August.
 

10 Questions with Alexis Kendra, star, writer & producer of THE CLEANING LADY

Ahead of Horror Channel’s premiere of THE CLEANING LADY on June 26, the film’s star, writer and producer Alexis Kendra talks about playing a ‘Goddess’, coping with lockdown and why she can’t watch horror films on her own
 

Q) THE CLEANING LADY is having its channel premiere on Horror Channel. Excited?

I love you guys. Always have, always will. I’m honoured.

Q) It’s a very disturbing film, dealing with abuse, addiction and hidden rage, yet the characters are sympathetic and have real depth. It’s horror with a twisted heart. As a co-writer, alongside your director Jon Knautz, what were the main challenges in getting the balance right between acting and writing?

I compartmentalize real easy, so if I’m writing, I’m writing. If I’m acting I’m acting. I don’t really mix anything so it’s not that difficult. Keeps me in the present moment a lot. 

Q) The film started life as a short, in which you played Shelly, the disturbed ‘cleaning lady’. Why did you switch roles and play the ‘love-addicted’ Alice in the feature?


Yeah, I wrote the role of Shelly for me to play, but we couldn’t find an Alice. Period. So I had to play her and I’m happy because Rachel was so great as Shelly and I enjoyed playing a role so different than in my last film Goddess of Love.

Q) Audiences in the UK also know you from GODDESS OF LOVE, which was dubbed ‘Fatal Attraction for horror fans’. You play Venus, whom we watch violently descend into madness. How tough was it to play?

I loved everything about playing Venus. She was a pleasure. It wasn’t hard in any way. I wrote that role for myself to just have an actor’s absolute playground, knowing I would never have been cast as that role in anyone else’s film.  Any actors reading this, become writers/producers.  Write yourself a dream role then play it.  Venus was a ball.

Q) Again, you teamed up with Knutz as co-writer, producer and lead actress. What is it that makes you both a winning combination?

I respect him as a director and he respects me as a producer/actress/ production designer. It’s all about respect and trust, and as work partners – we nail it. Without respect we wouldn’t have made it this far.

Q) Both films have premiered at FrightFest to great acclaim. As an American, how does the reception compare to back home?


Since all our world premiere’s we’re with FrightFest, all the red carpet fun stuff and fans, I’ve had an amazing time in London. Back in LA its back to work, back to getting the next project made. Since my films can be bought anywhere it’s just nice to see them being bought!

Q) What attracts you most about the horror genre?

The element of fantasy. I think horror films are the ultimate escape from reality because as we’re watching one we know there’s no ghosts in real life, yet, a scary ghost film is thrilling because it seems so real. It’s like we know we’re safe in our house watching something so haunting.  I can’t watch horror films alone.

Q) Seen any good horror movies this year?

I’ve been spending most of my time writing during this crazy Covid time, and less watching. I’m sure that’ll change soon as I would love to see A Quiet Place Part 11.

Q) How have you been coping with lockdown?

I’m more of a homebody than anything, so for me it hasn’t been that different.  I’m always home writing, so nothing has really changed for me there.  I do see how its effecting my friends and family, mainly the ones who are used to being out a lot more and it’s been super tough. I think this lockdown has forced us to really look within and take a moment to re-evaluate our lives.  I’ve seen a lot of growth.

Q) Finally, what’s next?

I’ll probably direct something. That’s always been on my list, and I think I’m ready.

THE CLEANING LADY airs on Horror Channel Saturday 26 June, 10.50pm.

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THE UNHOLY - Available on Digital and Disc, August

Thrilling and unsettling, horror movie THE UNHOLY is available to Download & Keep, Rent on Digital, on BD and DVD on August 2 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. 

THE UNHOLY, based on James Herbert’s best-selling book Shrine, follows a young hearing-impaired girl who is visited by the Virgin Mary and can suddenly hear, speak and heal the sick. As people from near and far flock to witness her miracles, a disgraced journalist (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) hoping to revive his career visits a small New England town to investigate. 
 
As terrifying events begin to happen all around him, he starts questioning if these miracles are the works of the Virgin Mary or something much more sinister

Written  and directed by Evan Spiliotopoulos, from the producer of Evil Dead and Don’t Breathe, Sam Raimi,  THE UNHOLY stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan (“The Walking Dead”) , Katie Aselton (The Gift), William Sadler (Bill & Ted Face the Music) and newcomer Cricket Brown,  with Diogo Morgado (Son of God) and Cary Elwes (Saw) and is based on the book Shrine by James Herbert.  

Pre-order the UK BD from Amazon.co.uk

Pre-order the UK DVD from Amazon.co.uk

 

 

WELLINGTON PARANORMAL - Coming to Disc & Digital

Dazzler Media proudly presents smash hit comedy series Wellington Paranormal, from Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi, with all seasons coming to Blu-ray, DVD & Download-to-Own, and the first series arriving 5th July. The fourth series has recently been filming and will also be available to own

Wellington Paranormal follows hilariously hapless officers Mark Minogue and Karen O’Leary as they are assigned to the new Paranormal Unit of Wellington’s police force, tasked with tackling the increasing number of local crimes and misdemeanours of a supernatural nature.

From Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi, the visionary creators behind "What We Do In The Shadows", comes the smash hit New Zealand comedy series which has taken the UK by storm.

Dazzler Media presents Wellington Paranormal: Series One on Blu-ray, DVD & Download-to-Own from 5th July

View the trailer on YouTube.

Pre-order the UK BD from Amazon.co.uk

Pre-order the UK DVD from Amazon.co.uk

S
eries Two available 6th September
Series Three available 11th October
Series Four coming soon!

 

Fright-Rags Releases New Hats & Turns '80s Classics Into Horror Movies

Just in time for summer, Fright-Rags has released a new collection of unique hats, along with "What If?" shirts that horror-fy '80s movies and reprints of several sold-out designs. 


Fright-Rags has six new hats from Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (including a Wyld Stallyns cap), Escape from New York, Tales from the Crypt, and Chucky. They join previously released hats from Halloween: H20, Elvira, Tales from the Darkside, and Twin Peaks. 

Fright-Rags' "What If?" shirts reimagine three ‘80s classics as horror films: Mr. Mom as a slasher, Short Circuit as a killer robot, and Revenge of the Nerds as a zombie movie.


Fright-Rags has also restocked five fan-favorite tees: Trick ‘r Treat, Halloween, The Thing, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, and The Evil Dead.
 

Hats, "What If?" shirts, and restocks are on sale now at Fright-Rags.com.

 

 

TRANSMISSION - Proof-of-Concept Short Film - Indiegogo campaign

Brad Goodman and Jim Suthers of Zombie Bird Productions have launched an Indiegogo campaign, to fund their short Sci-Fi Horror film TRANSMISSION, which will form the basis of a full length feature.

Behind the camera, the funds raised will be used to rent equipment and pay experienced professionals to operate them. In front of the camera, your support will pay for sets, props, wardrobe, makeup (including creature makeup), and the supplies needed to keep both people and equipment running smoothly. 

They also hope to secure at least one well-known actor (TBD). 

You can listen to Brad Goodman talking about the project on the YouTube vid below...


For more info, and to donate visit their Indiegogo page.