Saturday, 19 January 2019

Hex Studios to release Limited Edition Of 'Frankenstein's Creature'

Hex Studios is delighted to announce the upcoming physical release of Sam Ashurst's Frankenstein's Creature.

The film, directed by Sam Ashurst and starring James Swanton, is a retelling of Shelley's classic story from the perspective of the monster. Shot in a single take, Frankenstein's Creature features a powerhouse performance by Swanton, who, as well as being the film's sole performer, also scripted the project.

Award-winning filmmaker Sam Ashurst has combined theatre and cinema to bring to life this bold, original, but ultimately faithful take on the much-loved story, and its innovative style and classic inspirations make it a perfect fit for the Hex Studios label.

Speaking about the release, Ashurst says “I’m really proud that Frankenstein’s Creature has found a home at Hex Studios. Sarah, Lawrie and Michael have created a studio that combines arthouse and grindhouse in a really exciting way, using the same kind of classic influences that inspired our film. And they share my love for Graham Humphreys! I’m hoping that, through Hex, a passionate audience of film fans will find and fall in love with James Swanton’s astonishing tribute to Mary Shelley’s classic novel - it’ll certainly be unlike anything they’ve ever seen before.”

Scottish genre outfit Hex Studios have picked up the arthouse horror for an exclusive edition of 200 copies, a nod to the recent 200 year anniversary of Shelley's novel. The special edition is available for pre-order now from the Hex Studios website, with a release date of March 18th.

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NIGHTSHOOTERS - Available nationwide Jan 28

Following its hugely successful film festival run, the critically acclaimed British martial arts action/comedy Nightshooters is released Nationwide on Blu-ray, DVD and digital download...

Starring rising martial arts star Jean-Paul Ly (Netflix’s Jailbreak, Doctor Strange), Nightshooters has been hailed as one of the most original, exciting action films of the year.

In Nightshooters, a group of filmmakers find themselves on the run from a violent horde of criminals after witnessing a brutal gangland execution. Unable to flee the building they have been shooting in, the hapless film crew use their technical skill and knowledge to survive as the gangsters move in to eliminate witnesses.

With the stunt man being a martial arts master, the special effects guru ditching safety to set lethal traps, and the sound department placing radio mics to track their attackers, it becomes a strategic game of survival against all odds.

Helmed by award-winning writer/director Marc Price (Colin, Magpie) and boasting a great ensemble cast, Nightshooters fuses elements of The Raid, Blow-Up and Blow Out with quick-fire gags, gangsters and hard-hitting action. 

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Fright-Rags kicks off 2019 with RoboCop, Teen Wolf, Vampire, & more merch

Fright-Rags kicks off the new year with T-shirts, socks, enamel pins, and beanies from such beloved properties as RoboCop, Teen Wolf, Vampira, Trick 'r Treat, Halloween, and more.

Become part man, part machine with Fright-Rags' latest RoboCop apparel. It's your move, creep, to pick up two shirts and a pair of socks featuring the future of law enforcement. 

Sink your teeth into Fright-Rags' Teen Wolf custom-knit crew socks and four enamel pins, including one with dancing motion. They join a variety of shirt designs celebrating the 1985 comedy classic.

Tune in to Fright-Rags’s collection dedicated to television’s first horror host, Vampira. Created and portrayed by Maila Nurmi, the campy character is featured on three new shirts.

Keep warm all winter long with Fright-Rags' knit beanies. There are seven designs featuring custom women patches from Halloween, Night of the Living Dead, Predator, Trick 'r Treat, and Krampus.

RoboCop, Teen Wolf, and Vampira collections, along with new beanies, are on sale now at

Short Giallo inspired thriller KNOCK KNOCK KNOCK KNOCK available to download for FREE

Following its premiere in Paris at the 24th L’Etrange Festival in September 2018. Faster Productions have now made their latest short film Knock Knock Knock Knock available to the wider public….if they’re interested enough to lift a finger!

Knock Knock Knock Knock is an unashamed homage to the Italian horror/ giallo films, with specific nods to the work of Dario Argento, Mario Bava and Lucio Fulci…but with a healthy dollop of the anything goes madness of Toho’s classic 70s horror Hausu also added to the mix.

In this short film – the 2nd in the Sincerely, Psychopath: Disposable Screams series (but not the 2nd to be made!) - Freya, a woman who has suffered from a nervous breakdown resulting in horrific self harm finds herself plagued by a knocking at her door – is there a genuine reason for this interruption or a result of the demons still loitering in her head?

Admittedly a wafer thin plot, but taking inspiration from Fulci’s quote regarding his masterpiece The Beyond (“It’s a plotless film…just a series of images”) this premise is the jumping off point for a succession of visually arresting moments.

Complementing these images and providing a similar experience for the ear is the exclusively composed soundtrack by rising musician Umberto, already a name on the synthwave/ darkwave circuit with his albums Prophecy Of the Black Widow, Confrontations as well as Night Has A Thousands Screams, his own score to the notorious trash horror classic Pieces.

However, in a reaction to today’s culture of being available to view everything instantly, Faster Productions has made the decision that anyone interested in viewing the film must email with the subject line 4KANDLES (a daft nod to the classic Two Ronnie’s sketch) to be sent a link to download the film.

Writer/ Director Luther Bhogal-Jones explains “We live in a wonderful world where a film can be available to view by a worldwide audience instantly, but with that as a film maker it feels like there’s a distinct loss of engagement with the viewer. Although I will inevitably lose viewing figures with this approach, I’m hoping it will be a result of quality of viewings over quantity.”

He will have to wait and see how successful this approach is and whether today’s internet audiences can, if not get off their arses, at least lift a finger to type. In the meantime, Faster Productions will be sending their recently completed puppet splatstick horror short Snore to festivals, as well as following a similar email-to-view approach to their fantasy/ thriller Goodnight, Halloween…before concentrating on their planned feature film about a legendary figure from the UK video game industry.

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Monday, 14 January 2019

OPERA - UK Blu-Ray review

Dario Argento's stylish take on the curse of MacBeth, OPERA (AKA Terror at the Opera) makes it's UK Blu-Ray debut this month in an extras laden Dual Edition BD & DVD combo pack from Cult Films.

Young Opera singer Betty (Christina Marsillach) receives her big break when she's asked to play the lead in a new operatic version of MacBeth, after the person originally cast is knocked down in a hit and run incident.

Although her debut performance is well received, she subsequently finds herself being stalked by a deranged killer, who pounces on her at random and forces her to watch as he kills her closest friends.

MacBeth has long been regarded as an "unlucky" play by those in the theatre, but what will the curse of MacBeth ultimately do to her?

Slick and stylish, with some truly graphic murders, OPERA is a must for Argento fans and Eurohorror-philes, featuring music from Claudio Simonetti and was Argento's last collaborative effort his then partner Daria Nicolodi (who also stars as Betty's agent) and is regarded by many as the film that marked the end of his most prolific period.

This release from Cult Films is a newly restored version, taken from a 2k scan of the original negatives, and looks truly stunning. It also comes with the following special features...

• "Aria of Fear": a brand new candid interview with director Dario Argento, revisiting his work from a fresh viewpoint
• "Opera Backstage": a unique behind the scenes documentary about Dario Argento
directing Opera.
• Restoration featurette: from raw scan to the regraded, restored and reframed final vision

It would have been nice had they also included the directors commentary track that featured on the old DVD from Anchor Bay/Blue Underground. But aside from that, release comes highly recommended and has certainly never looked better.

OPERA is released to UK disc and VOD platforms January 21st from Cult Films. 

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HELLS KITTY - Screening at the Horror-on-Sea festival

The guys at Smart Media got in touch to rell us about their latest film HELL'S KITTY, which will be screening in the UK as part of the Horror-on-Sea festival on Jan 19th.

Hell’s Kitty began as a web-series and comic book and is now a movie! The story centers around a Hollywood writer named Nick and his possessed and possessive cat named Angel. 

The results are as funny as they are frightening! After Nick discovers his cat has become murderously possessed, and will stop at nothing to rid him of any women in his life, he must find a way to have his kitty exorcised of the demonic spirit haunting her and creating a body count.

With characters named after classic horror movie characters (Jones plays Father Damien, Berryman is Detective Pluto, Nina Kate is Dr. Laurie Strodes, Barbeau is Mrs Carrie), and a tone reminiscent of some of the ‘80s greatest horror-comedies, Hell’s Kitty is an homage to cult classics and to the horror movie genre. 

Horror-on-Sea festival

19 Jan, 15:00 
Park Inn by Radisson Palace, 
Church Rd, 
SS1 2AL, UK 

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OVERLORD - Available on Disc and Digital March.

Produced by J.J. Abrams and directed by Julius Avery (Son of a Gun), the “tension-laden shocker” OVERLORD is available to Download & Keep on March 4 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD March 11, 2019 from Paramount Home Media Distribution.

Nothing can prepare you for the mind-blowing mayhem that is Overlord. Mega producer J.J. Abrams creates an insanely twisted thrill ride about a team of American paratroopers who come face-to-face with Nazi super-soldiers unlike the world has ever seen. “You’ll never get a moment to breathe”* in this critically acclaimed, nonstop action epic you have to see to believe.

Fans can go even further behind enemy lines with nearly an hour of explosive bonus material on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray or Digital. The 4K Ultra HD disc and 4K Ultra HD Digital release feature Dolby Vision HDR, which brings entertainment to life through ultra-vivid picture quality.

OVERLORD stars Jovan Adepo, Wyatt Russell, Pilou Asbaek, John Magaro, Bokeem Woodbine and Mathilde Ollivier.

The Horrors of War
o Creation
o Death Above
o Death on the Ground
o Death Below
o Death No More
o Brothers in Arms

The DVD will include the feature film in standard definition and the following Bonus Features:
The Horrors of War
o Creation
o Death No More

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