Friday, 24 March 2017

SHUDDER WITH YOUR MOTHER THIS MOTHER'S DAY


To celebrate Mother’s Day, Shudder have released a new video featuring the perfect films to enjoy with your mother on Shudder: MOTHER’S DAY (1980), JUG FACE (2013), MAY (2002), THE HAPPINESS OF THE KATAKURIS (2001), THE HOME (2016) and DEAREST SISTER (2016).  


SHUDDER, the new premium streaming video service, backed by AMC Networks, has launched in the UK & Ireland. The service’s gargantuan and unique selection of titles makes it the only streaming service in the UK and Ireland dedicated to serving both casual and hardcore fans of high-quality horror and suspenseful entertainment.

SHUDDER is curated by world-class genre experts TIFF Midnight Madness programmer Colin Geddes and former Fangoria editor Sam Zimmerman and will also host regular guest curated seasons from respected genre filmmaking talent. The service, which launched in 2015 in the US, offers new premieres and exclusives every month with a wide library ranging from hard-to-find international and independent films to thrilling TV series, cult grindhouse classics and Hollywood blockbusters. SHUDDER has something for everyone and offers a unique launch selection of 200+ titles, 80% percent of which are not currently available on any of the larger UK subscription-based streaming platforms (Amazon, Netflix and Sky Movies).


Exclusive premiere titles launching on the service include DEAREST SISTER a spine-tingling and politically-charged chiller from Laos’ first female filmmaker Mattie Do, which debuted at Fantastic Fest and screened at BFI London Film Festival; and BEYOND THE WALLS, a classy and creepy French exclusive Shudder series starring Veerle Baetens and Geraldine Chaplin.

SHUDDER’s growing library of curated horror is available ad-free and for unlimited viewing on Shudder’s website, mobile apps for iOS and Android, Chromecast, Apple TV, and the Roku platform with a free one week-trial or £4.99 monthly/ £49.99 yearly membership, and more platforms being added in the months after launch. 

To sign up or learn more about SHUDDER, visit www.shudder.com.


AXE MURDERS OF VILLISCA - available Digitally 17th April

Intrigued by the real life mystery that surrounds a 'Murder House' in the town of Villisca, a group of friends set out to find the truth themselves. Directed by Tony E. Valenzuela (Flight of the Living Dead), The Axe Murders of Villisca will be available to watch on Digital Download this April.

After travelling to the scene of the crime, Caleb (Robert Adamson, Princess Protection Program, Hollywood Heights) Denny (Jarrett Sleeper, Stranger Than Fiction, The Fourth Door) and Jess (Alex Frnka, The Inbetweeners, Unanswered Prayers) take a guided tour that follows the final steps of the parents and four children that were brutally murdered over a hundred years prior. 

Dissatisfied with their findings, the group decide to return, after dark, to see if they can find the rumoured spirits that live within the walls. However, on their return, they quickly regret their decision and soon find out that the past is not dead and buried, but angry and ready for revenge... Will the group of friends be able to escape the nightmare house that they are trapped in, or will they too be destined to haunt the walls, waiting for their next victims?

The Axe Murders of Villisca, released on 17th April, is available to pre-order now on iTunes and the following platforms: Amazon Video, GooglePlay, Xbox Video Store, SkyStore, Sony, Talk Talk.

View the trailer on YouTube 


Official UK Quad for James Gunn's THE BELKO EXPERIMENT

Vertigo releasing have just released the official UK Quad poster for forthcoming THE BELKO EXPERIMENT, which is released to UK cinemas April.


High Rise meets Battle Royale as an office block is turned into a bloody arena when the staff are pitted against each other in a vicious kill or be killed game, in this top-notch horror thriller from the creators of Wolf Creek and Guardians of the Galaxy!

In a twisted social experiment, a group of 80 Americans are locked in their high-rise corporate office in Bogota, Colombia, and ordered by an unknown voice coming from the company’s intercom system to participate in a deadly game of kill or be killed. Trapped by steel barriers, and with a clock ticking, the staff quickly realise this is no team building exercise.

Written by James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy, Slither, Dawn of the Dead) the film is directed by Greg McLean (Wolf Creek) and stars John Gallagher Jr. (The Newsroom, 10 Cloverfield Lane), Tony Goldwyn (Scandal), John C. McGinley (Stan Against Evil, Scrubs, Platoon), Adria Arjona (True Detective), Josh Brener (Silicon Valley) and Michael Rooker (Guardians of the Galaxy, Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, The Walking Dead).

 THE BELKO EXPERIMENT comes to UK cinemas 21st April.





Eyes of My Mother - Movie review - in selected UK cinemas NOW

Out now at selected UK cinemas, Nicholas Pesce’s dark and disturbing chiller "Eyes of my Mother". 


As a young girl, Francisca (Kika Magalhaes) witnessed her mother being murdered in their remote farmhouse by a passing psychopath. However, he picked on the wrong home, as he is subsequently dealt a suitably gory revenge by the father upon his return. 

Chained up in the barn, tortured and kept as a pet for Francisca, who likes experimenting on him using the surgery techniques she learned from her mother, to say this had a traumatic effect on her upbringing is something of an understatement.

Now an adult, following the death of her father and her “pet” Charlie, she seeks a replacement, though this isn’t easy and several dead bodies are left in her wake. But if you thought the film was disturbing enough up to this point, wait till you see what happens when she finally does manage to lure someone back to her home with the intention of taking Charlie’s place…

Filmed in black and white and in Portuguese language, with English subs. This was like watching a European art-house version of Texas Chainsaw Massacre, being a VERY disturbing tale about Isolation, loneliness and obsession without compassion and is certainly one of the most disturbing films you are likely to see this year.

"The Eyes of My Mother" is out at selected UK cinemas today. 

View the trailer on YouTube.

 


Thursday, 23 March 2017

Don't Knock Twice (in UK cinemas Mar 31) - Movie Review

Out at UK cinemas this month. Katie Sackoff (Oculus, TVs Battlestar Gallactica) plays an American sculptor, Jess, a woman with a very troubled past. 

Having managed to straighten her life out and build a successful career for herself, she is trying to reconcile with her estranged daughter Chloe (Lucy Boynton – TV’s Sense and Sensibility), who’s living at a halfway house for troubled teens.

Initially, she is uninterested in getting to know her mother again, having been abandoned at a very young age by her. But when she and her boyfriend decide to test out whether the local ghostly legends at a supposedly haunted house are true, by knocking on the door, she finds their lives being thrust together.

It seems the old lady who once lived at the abandoned property was believed to be a witch, or something, by the locals and was subsequently hounded to death by the local kids. Local superstition says if you knock on her door twice, she will come for you. So when her boyfriend mysteriously disappears whilst chatting on the webcam, she finds her mother is the only person who she can turn to for help.

Of course, Jess doesn’t believe in any of this superstitious nonsense. But following several unexplained events around the home, she is forced to concede that something is very wrong indeed and supernatural elements may well be at work…

I was a huge fan of Director Caradog James previous film, “The Machine” and so was really looking forward to checking this out. However, I was left feeling slightly underwhelmed as what we have here is essentially a cross between Drag me to Hell and Candyman (or Bloody Mary from Paranormal Activity if you will).

Katie Sackoff is arguably the best thing about it, who as always puts in an excellent performance and there are a few unexpected twists, which even caught me by surprise. But being a militant atheist, struggle to take films about the paranormal seriously and found the plot to be somewhat derivative of other movies of this ilk.

Don’t Knock Twice is released to UK cinemas March 31.

View the trailer on YouTube

For more info visit the official Facebook and Twitter pages.

 

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Netflix Original Film DEATH NOTE - Premieres August



Based on the famous Japanese manga written by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, Death Note follows a high school student who comes across a supernatural notebook, realizing it holds within it a great power; if the owner inscribes someone's name into it while picturing their face, he or she will die. Intoxicated with his new godlike abilities, the young man begins to kill those he deems unworthy of life.

The Netflix original film is directed by Adam Wingard (Blair Witch, You’re Next) and stars Nat Wolff (Paper Towns), Margaret Qualley (The Leftovers), Lakeith Stanfield (Get Out), Paul Nakauchi (Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End), Shea Whigham (American Hustle) and Willem Dafoe (Spider-Man).

Death Note will premiere exclusively on Netflix on 25th August. Check out the teaser trailer below...

   



Coming to SHUDDER this April, HALFWORLDS, WE ARE THE FLESH & More

ARRIVING IN APRIL FROM AMC NETWORKS PREMIUM STREAMING SERVICE OF THRILLERS, SUSPENSE AND HORROR

  
HALFWORLDS (Dir. Joko Anwar) - Exclusively on SHUDDER UK from 6th April


HBO Asia’s wildly imaginative and visually stunning fantasy thriller comes to SHUDDER, the first time an Indonesian created and English speaking TV series will be available to watch in the UK. Blending the magic and horror of the films of Guillermo Del Toro, with the action and Eastern spiritualism of the greatest of Asian genre cinema, HALFWORLDS is a high velocity, intense viewing experience created and conceptualised by rising genre filmmaking sensation Joko Anwar.

Set in present-day Jakarta, HALFWORLDS Season One lifts the veil on a parallel world of bloodthirsty creatures from Indonesian mythology who have lived amongst humans for centuries. They are known simply as "Demit" and have been carefully concealed by a powerful family of mortals.

As the day of a mysterious supernatural event known as the Gift draws near, Sarah, a street artist, finds herself caught between the worlds of human and Demit. Once the Demit find out who she really is, and what she must do, the delicate balance between the two worlds will be shaken forever.

With art and animation by comic artist Chris Lie (GI Joe) and shot in Batam and Jakarta, HALFWORLDS offers a slick, dark and action-packed journey into the unknown.

ALSO NEW TO SHUDDER THIS MONTH

WE ARE THE FLESH (Dir. Emiliano Rocha Minter) - Exclusively on SHUDDER UK from 20th April


Too full on for other streaming platforms, SHUDDER is proud to present visionary Mexican director Emiliano Rocha Minter's WE ARE THE FLESH which pushes extreme cinema to its breaking point.

Championed by Oscar-winning director Alejandro Gonzalez IƱarritu and acclaimed filmmaker Carlos Reygadas, the film lunges head-first into a post-apocalyptic world where brother and sister Lucio and Fauna stumble upon a man who makes them a dangerous offer to survive the outside world. As they help him transform his surroundings into a womb-like cave, a disquieting sexual relationship emerges, along with a dynamic in which darker instincts do their destructive work.

ALSO NEW TO SHUDDER THIS MONTH


RAZE - Coming this month on SHUDDER

Zoe Bell stars in this visceral and bruising tale of a woman brought to an underground lair and forced to fight other innocent victims for the amusement of unseen spectators.

THE BLOB - Coming this month on SHUDDER

This sci-fi drive-in classic follows teenagers Steve (Steven McQueen) and his best girl, Jane (Aneta Corseaut), as they try to protect their hometown from a gelatinous alien life form that engulfs everything it touches!

THE DIABOLICAL - Coming this month on SHUDDER

A scientist battles a malevolent spirit in this mean and lean haunted house chiller.

PROXY - Coming this month on SHUDDER

Twisted and twisting in its tale, PROXY unveils the darker side of parenting as a young woman gradually realizes nothing in her life is as it appears after a vicious attack.

HE TOOK HIS SKIN OFF FOR ME - Coming this month on SHUDDER

The title says it all... almost... as a man peels away his own layers in the pursuit of love. 

LESSON OF EVIL - Coming this month on SHUDDER

From Japanese horror maestro Takashi Miike, LESSON OF EVIL sees a popular, young teacher at an elite school hide his dark past until he witnesses bad behavior and bullying among the unruly student body...

RITUAL - Coming this month on SHUDDER

From Joko Anwar, the fevered mind behind HALFWORLDS comes a dark Indonesian survival thriller and a race against time.

THE COMPLEX - Coming this month on SHUDDER

A shy high school student moves into a housing complex with her family and is tortured by visions of her tragic past. From the director of RINGU.

SECONDS APART - Coming this month on SHUDDER

A police detective learns twin brothers possess mental powers that they use to force people to harm themselves in this taut and quirky genre gem.

SEXY KILLER - Coming this month on SHUDDER

A murderous woman springs into action when her victims come back as zombies in this energetic and knowing Spanish comedy horror.

About SHUDDER          

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