Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Award winning short film "The Night Circus" online to view for free!

The Danish produced festival heavy hitting and award winning short film "The Night Circus" is now available for free online viewing courtesy of the danish independent platform Ekko's shortlist. 

The film was directed by Eskild Krogh, written by Mads Zaar Riisberg, produced by Mikkel Jensen and stars Kim Sønderholm and Eske Skafsgaard Hjorth.

Plot outline: Two men go about their business, removing the departed from local mob hits, when business as usual suddenly becomes rather unusual.

Length is approx. 9 minutes, there is no dialogue within the film so anyone of any language will be able to enjoy this little gem.

View it online for free at the following link - http://www.ekkofilm.dk/shortlist/film/the-night-circus/






Monday, 24 April 2017

International Horror movie "Islamic Exorcist" trailer debuts

American independent studio who recently gave Samurai Cop 2 and Holy Terror, Cinema Epoch has acquired the distribution rights of Indian international Horror film Islamic Exorcist

The film is written and directed by controversial Indian film maker Faisal Saif and is in English language. Islamic Exorcist is based on a True Story that happened in India and depicts the controversial understanding between Shia and Sunni Muslim community.

The studio which is backed by acclaimed film maker Gregory Hatanaka revealed the film's First Poster yesterday. Cinema Epoch has produced and distributed films such as John Woo's The Killer, Samurai Cop 1 & 2, Daryl Hannah's Blind Revenge to name a few. The Studio is distributing the film all across USA, Canada, UK, Germany and Japan.

"I was getting threats to not to make this movie and showcase it. It is my honor to be associated with a studio like Cinema Epoch which gave me a huge freedom on my creativity and my film." said Faisal Saif.

Islamic Exorcist which stars Kavita Radheshyam who is tagged as India's Kim Kardashian will be released by Cinema Epoch this year.


Visit the official Facebook Page.

 

SEED OF CHUCKY, THE DIVIDE & DAYBREAKERS amongst Horror Channel premieres for May


Horror Channel has eight prime-time weekend film premieres this May including the network premieres for Don Mancini’s killer-dolls spin-off SEED OF CHUCKY, starring Brad Dourif, Jennifer Tilly & Billy Boyd, Xavier Gen’s unsettling post-apocalyptic horror THE DIVIDE and the epic vampire-battling DAYBREAKERS, starring Eithan Hawke and Willem Dafoe.

There are also UK premieres of José Manuel Cravioto’s pulse-pounding thriller BOUND TO VENGEANCE and Mary Lambert’s evil-spirited gripper URBAN LEGENDS: BLOODY MARY.  Other highlights are first channel showings for Stephen Kay’s monster in the closet chiller BOOGEYMAN, Jamie Blanks’ teen slasher URBAN LEGEND and Ryuhei Kitamura’s mystery-man rampaging NO ONE LIVES.  

Full details of premieres in transmission order:

Fri 5 May @ 21:00 – BOOGEYMAN (2005) *Network Premiere


Tim (Barry Watson) is haunted by traumatic memories from his past, linked to the death of his father. Desperate to resolve his issues, he returns to the house where he grew up. But while Tim wants to convince himself the ghostly memories he carries are just a figment of his imagination, he is plagued by a crippling fear that can only be resolved by facing up to the ‘Boogeyman’.  Also features Lucy Lawless.

Sat 6 May @ 22:50 – DAYBREAKERS (2009) *Network Premiere


 In the year 2019, a plague has transformed almost every human into a vampire. Faced with a dwindling blood supply, the fractured dominant race plots their survival. Meanwhile, a researcher works with a covert band of the undead on a way to save humankind. This classy chiller is packed with many disparate genre influences, not to mention a fine performance from Ethan Hawke and a truly fun turn by Willem Defoe as a futuristic Van Helsing with a Big Secret.

Fri 12 May @ 21:00 – URBAN LEGEND (1998) *Network Premiere


Students at New England's Pendleton College have their own urban legend -- 30 years ago, a demented professor killed six students and then committed suicide in Stanley Hall. But when a real series of strange deaths begins occurring on campus, assertive student Natalie (Alicia Witt) suspects they're murders based on urban legends and soon realises she's the next number in the killer's body count. A starry cast includes Robert Englund, Jared Leto, Tara Reid, Joshua Jackson and Brad Dourif.

Sat 13 May @ 21:00 – BOUND TO VENGEANCE (2015) *UK TV Premiere



A young woman, Eve (Tina Ivlev), is held captive in the basement of a sexual predator (Richard Tyson). Against the odds, she fights back, and manages to escape her malicious abductor. However, after discovering she may not be the only victim, Eve unravels a darker truth and decides to turn the tables on her captor. A subversive revenge tale with an unusual twist.

Fri 19 May @ 21:00 – URBAN LEGENDS: BLOODY MARY (2005) *UK TV Premiere


 A homecoming-night dare turns into a runaway nightmare for a trio of high-school friends who unleash an evil spirit in this terrifying entry in the Urban Legends series from Pet Sematary director Mary Lambert. Abducted by a group of high-school jocks, the trio, although rescued, witness their tormentors falling prey to a deadly but unseen menace. Could it be their imagination or could the spirit of Bloody Mary truly have returned from the grave to seek vengeance? This is the third and final instalment in the Urban Legend series

Sat 20 May @ 22:55 – NO ONE LIVES (2012) *Network Premiere


Fourteen students are murdered and the crime scene offers no clues as to the whereabouts of the one person who could be the only survivor. Months later a gang of robbers screw up their latest heist and mug a couple in a car instead. What they realise too late is that the driver is the killer responsible for the student massacre. Then it’s Psycho vs. Psychos in a taut, tension-laden cat-and-mouse chiller that sees both sides trying to outdo the other.

Fri 26 May @ 21:00 – SEED OF CHUCKY (2004) *Network Premiere


Billy Boyd voices Glen, the orphan doll offspring of the irrepressible devilish-doll-come-to-life Chucky (again voiced by Brad Dourif) and his equally twisted bride Tiffany (voiced by Jennifer Tilly). Glen heads for Hollywood, where he brings his bloodthirsty parents back from the dead. Much to his horror they go on a spree of murderous mayhem. Cult film director John Waters makes an appearance, as does hip-hop artist Redman. This is the fifth in the popular series of Chucky (Child's Play) horror comedies and is directed by franchise creator and writer of all five films, Don Mancini.

Sat 27 May @ 22:45 – THE DIVIDE (2011) *Network Premiere


From Xavier Gens, director of Frontier(s), this post-apocalyptic shocker explores the nightmare unravelling of humanity under the most extreme circumstances imaginable when New York City is decimated in a nuclear holocaust. As the survivors sit in the makeshift fallout shelter the ‘divide’ begins. With no one knowing the evil each person in the group is capable of, trust issues arise, paranoia emerges, factions form and values are debased in a brutal and visceral vision of a broken future. Stars Rosanna Arquette, Milo Ventimiglia, Michael Biehn and Lauren German.

TV: Sky 319 / Virgin 149 / Freesat 138




Sunday, 23 April 2017

The Void - UK DVD review

Out on UK DVD and Blu-Ray Monday 24th, a Sheriff’s deputy and the staff at a remote hospital find that there are worse places than hell, in Jeremy Gillespie and Steven Kostanski’s twisted horror THE VOID.

A Sheriff’s deputy (Aaron Poole – TVs Strange Empire) brings an injured teenager to a remote hospital, which is just in the process of relocating, owing to a recent fire. But whilst the few staff left on duty are trying to tend to him and the other patients, they suddenly find the building surrounded by strange hooded figures brandishing knives.

Joined by a couple of redneck vigilantes, who have a score to settle with the teenager that the deputy brought in. It seems that it’s not the people outside they really need to worry about, as some of the staff begin a hideous transformation and start attacking them.

Surrounded by cult members outside and having to fight off attacks from strange creatures inside, the group realise they need to put aside their differences if they are to survive the night, and a deadly secret in the hospital basement is about to be uncovered….

Also starring Kenneth Walsh (Exorcism of Emily Rose), Kathleen Munroe (TV’s Ressurection) Ellen Wong (Scott Pilgrim Vs the World) and Art Hindle (The Brood, Invasion of the Body snatchers), The Void is an edge of your seat horror, that fuses HP Lovecraftian elements with Assault on Precinct 13, The Beyond, Hellraiser, The Thing and even Rosemary’s Baby and is this years must-see indie horror.


 I was sent the DVD to review which contains the follow special features.

-Audio commentary track with directors Jeremy Gillespie and Steven Kostanski
-Making-of feature (24mins) – a behind the scenes look at the making of the film, featuring interviews with the cast and crew.

-Proof of concept trailer (2:57) – Essentially an extended teaser trailer, designed to promote the films crowd funding campaign.

The Blu-Ray release also contains these, along with the following…

-Art of the Void feature
-Making the creatures documentary. 

The Void has certainly gone down a storm on the festival circuit and was very well received at the Mayhem Festival in Nottingham, which is where I first saw it (check out the pic of me with the directors and producer below).


The film has already been released Digitally in the UK, but is out on UK BD and DVD Monday 24th from Signature entertainment.

View the trailer on YouTube

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

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

Visit the films official Facebook and Twitter pages.


 

Saturday, 22 April 2017

American Exorcism premieres on US VOD this May

Uncork’d Entertainment yields the crosses and garlic this Spring, with the release of American Exorcism, premiering at US VOD outlets this May.


Damon Richter thought he left the world of possessions, exorcisms, and evil behind until an old friend arrives with frightening information about his estranged daughter knowing that only his otherworldly skills can save her.

Written and directed by Tripp Weathers, and starring Braxton Davis (The Butchers), Michael Filipowich (24), Sicily Fontaine, Jessica Morris (Lucifer), Kate Tumanova and William McKinney,  American Exorcism possesses on US VOD May 2 and US DVD August 1. 

View the trailer on YouTube.


Friday, 21 April 2017

Arrow Video - July Releases!

The summer fun continues for film fans in July, as Arrow deliver a bulging picnic basket packed with splatter flicks, J-Horror, crime classics, superior sequels and unmissable documentaries

Nekromantik 2 - on Dual Format Blu-ray + DVD on 3 July

Monika isn’t like other young women. She shares her small flat with Rob, a recently disinterred corpse which serves as the object of her affections. But then she meets good-natured Mark, and soon finds herself torn between the prospect of a ‘normal’ life with a living, breathing partner and her overwhelming desire for her rotting bed-fellow.

Once prosecuted in its native Germany for “glorifying violence”, Jörg Buttgereit’s follow-up to his ground-breaking Nekromantik is just as shocking as its reputation would suggest. But it’s also a profoundly moving (if decidedly twisted) love story, and a thought provoking meditation on the nature of life and death.

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

High Definition transfer approved by director Jörg Buttgereit
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
Original Stereo 2.0 audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
Optional English subtitles
Audio commentary with Buttgereit, co-writer Franz Rodenkirchen and actors Monika M. and Mark Reeder
Introduction to the film with Buttgereit, Reeder, Monika M. and producer Manfred Jelinski
Masters of Life and Death – a brand new documentary looking at the film’s production and release history, featuring interviews with Buttgereit, Reeder, Monika M. and Jelinski
City of the Loving Dead – a walking tour of some of the original Berlin locations with Reeder and Jelinski
Necropolis: Jörg Buttgereit’s Berlin – film scholar Dr. Marcus Stiglegger on the significance of the German capital as the backdrop for Nekromantik 2
The Making of Nekromantik 2 – vintage documentary viewable with two different audio tracks: an English track comprising audio interviews with Buttgereit, Rodenkirchen and Monika M., and a German track featuring radio interviews with Buttgereit and Rodenkirchen, with optional English subtitles
Nekro Waltz: The Music of Nekromantik 2 – Reeder discusses his work on the film’s score
Outtakes Reel
Nekromantik 2 Livekonzert – footage from the 20th anniversary Nekromantik 2 concert, with Monika M. and friends performing the live score
Nekromantik 2 Livekonzert – the complete 20-track audio recording of the concert [BD/DVD-ROM content]
Two Buttgereit short films: Bloody Excess in the Leader’s Bunker (Blutige Exzesse im Führerbunker, 1982) and A Moment of Silence at the Grave of Ed Gein (2012)
Two Buttgereit-directed music videos: ‘Rise Up’ by Die Krupps (1997), starring Monika M., and ‘Die Frau in der Musik’ by Stereo Total (2007)
Complete collection of Buttgereit feature film trailers
Extensive image gallery

 Pre-order from Amazon.co.uk


Pulse - on Dual Format Blu-ray + DVD on 10 July

Award-winning filmmaker Kiyoshi Kurosawa delivered one of the finest entries in the "J-Horror" cycle of films with this moody and spiritually terrifying film that delivers existential dread along with its frights. Setting his story in the burgeoning internet and social media scene in Japan, Kurosawa's dark and apocalyptic film foretells how technology will only serve to isolate us as it grows more important to our lives.

A group of young people in Tokyo begin to experience strange phenomena involving missing co-workers and friends, technological breakdown, and a mysterious website which asks the compelling question, "Do you want to meet a ghost?" After the unexpected suicides of several friends, three strangers set out to explore a city which is growing emptier by the day, and to solve the mystery of what lies within a forbidden room in an abandoned construction site, mysteriously sealed shut with red packing tape.

Featuring haunting cinematography by Junichiro Hayashi (Ring, Dark Water), a dark and unsettling tone which lingers long after the movie is over, and an ahead-of-its-time story which anticipates 21st century disconnection and social media malaise, Pulse is one of the greatest and most terrifying achievements in modern Japanese horror, and a dark mirror for our contemporary digital world.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:
High Definition digital transfer
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
Original 5.1 audio (DTS-HD on the Blu-ray)
New optional English subtitle translation
New interview with writer/director Kiyoshi Kurosawa
New interview with cinematographer Junichiro Hayashi
The Horror of Isolation: a new video appreciation featuring Adam Wingard & Simon Barrett (Blair Witch, You’re Next)
Archive Making of documentary, plus four archive behind-the-scenes featurette
Premiere footage from the Cannes Film Festival
Cast and crew introductions from opening day screenings in Tokyo
Trailers and TV Spots
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Tommy Pocket
FIRST PRESSING ONLY:
Illustrated collectors booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic Chuck Stephens.

Pre-order from Amazon.co.uk


Psycho II - on Blu-ray on 31 July 

Just when you thought it was safe to step back in the shower, Norman Bates returns in this expertly crafted sequel to Alfred Hitchcock’s acclaimed horror classic.

Deemed fit to return to society more than two decades years after his original crimes, Norman Bates has returned to his family mansion and adjacent motel. Joined by an unlikely house guest in the form of young Mary (Meg Tilly), things seem to be looking up for Norman – until the grisly murders start up afresh. Has Norman really put his terrible past behind him, or is he losing his grip on sanity all over again?

Aided by a fiendishly clever script from Fright Night director Tom Holland, Psycho II is regarded by many as one of the most successful horror sequels of all time, with a plot that will keep you guessing until the very end…
 
SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

Digital Transfer from Original Film Elements
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
Original Stereo Audio
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Audio commentary with writer Tom Holland
Never-before-heard audio interview with director Richard Franklin
Archive Interview with star Anthony Perkins
Vintage EPK material featuring interviews with cast and crew
Trailers & TV Spots
Still Gallery
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Adam Rabalais
PLUS MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED!

FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collector’s Booklet with new writing on the film alongside a reprint of the Psycho II chapter from Richard Franklin’s unpublished autobiography

Pre-order from Amazon.co.uk


Future Shock: The Story Of 2000AD - on Blu-ray & DVD on 31 July 

First published in 1977 at the height of the punk era, UK Sci-Fi comic 2000AD was violent, anti-authoritarian, darkly funny and distinctly British. With such iconic characters as Strontium Dog, Nemesis and Judge Dredd, it became the anarchic underdog that forever changed the face of the international comics industry.

Offering a comprehensive overview of the comic’s history, Future Shock! takes a funny, moving and passionate look at the various highs and lows of how a band of talented eccentrics came together to create a visionary and extraordinary publication that still remains a game-changer more than 40 years later.

Featuring interviews with the likes of Pat Mills (ABC Warriors, Slaine), Dave Gibbons (Watchmen), Neil Gaiman (The Sandman), Karl Urban (Dredd) and Alex Garland (Ex Machina), Future Shock! is the definitive story of the most successful comic in the galaxy - now loaded with over six hours of previously unseen extras.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:

Exclusive brand new interview with Steve MacManus (25 mins)
Extended chapter featurette: Cheap Entertainment – The Appeal of comics (9 mins)
Extended chapter featurette: Judge Dredd (13 mins)
Extended chapter featurette: Dredd 2012 – True in Spirit (13 mins)
Extended chapter featurette: 2000AD Vs the USA (15 mins)
2000AD Strip featurette: Bad Company/Peter Milligan (5 mins)
2000AD Strip featurette: Tharg’s Future Shocks/Various (8 mins)
2000AD Strip featurette: Rogue Trooper/Dave Gibbons & Cam Kennedy (7 mins)
2000AD Strip featurette: Slaine/Pat Mills (11 mins)
2000AD Strip featurette: Strontium Dog/Carlos Ezquerra (5 mins)
Art Jam – How to draw Dredd & Nemesis by Jock & Henry Flint (4 mins)
Pat Mills visits Kings Reach Rower (6 mins)
In the Soundtrack Studio with Justin Greaves (4 mins)
Extended interview with Pat Mills (84 mins)
Extended interview with Grant Morrison (33 mins)
Extended interview with Neil Gaiman (17 mins)
Extended interview with Dave Gibbons (47 mins)
Extended interview with Karen Berger (33 mins)
Blooper Reel (2 mins)
Teaser Trailer
UK Launch Trailer
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Jock.

FIRST PRESSING ONLY:
Illustrated collector’s booklet

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

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



 

Luke Hemsworth to star in Sci-Fi thriller "Encounter"

Beyond Casual Media has cast internationally recognized actor Luke Hemsworth (Westworld) in Encounter, a new sci-fi drama shooting in Georgia under the direction of tyro filmmaker Paul J Salamoff.

Salamoff’s script for Encounter was inspired by The Twilight Zone. A group of friends make a remarkable discovery in a rural field – a crashed spacecraft - And there’s a survivor. But when they bring the otherworldly being home, they soon discover that it holds even greater secrets than they could imagine. But with the government on their tail, time is running out to ascertain the alien’s true intentions

The first-time feature filmmaker states: “We are all very excited to bring this unique and exciting modern day science fiction story to life. The world of Encounter is a nod back to classic Sci-Fi movies of the 70’s and 80’s. Its fresh approach offers a new twist on science fiction’s strengths of exploring very human themes of loss, grief in an unexpected and thought-provoking way.”

Hemsworth leads a cast that includes Anna Hutchison (Cabin in the Woods), Tom Atkins (My Bloody Valentine), Glenn Keogh (Transformers: Age of Extinction), Vincent M. Ward (The Walking Dead), Cheryl Texiera (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) and Christopher Showerman (Supergirl).

Writer-director Salamoff began his career as a Make-Up FX artist on over 40 films. His writing career now spans film, TV, short stories, books, comics and graphic novels. As a producer he has worked in film, video game marketing and DVD content and was Vice President of Production for BOLD Films and President of Production for Rat Bastard Productions.

Studio marketing and development veteran Robert Hollocks, declares: “The reaction to Encounter has been incredible. It's intelligent, smart and terrific on every level. As an Exec. Producer it’s the kind of material you always hope to find. I’m proud to be part of the team bringing it to fruition.”

The film also marks the debut feature for the Augusta-based Beyond Casual Media. Headed by local Producer & Entrepreneur Amy Bailey. Over the last few years, Bailey and Salamoff have been working with local crews to nurture and support the thriving and close-knit feature film community with a series of events and seminars designed to educate as well as train. The latest, last spring’s “Hollywood to Y’Allywood”, set the groundwork for ENCOUNTER.

Worldwide sales and distribution for “Encounter” is being handled by Lightning Entertainment.



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