Friday, 20 July 2018

Arrow Video FrightFest 2018 announces guest line-up, additional films & List for Rising Star Award



Two extra films have been added to the record-breaking 2018 line-up: PIMPED is director David Barker’s modern transgressive erotic thriller, an Hitchcocktail of elevated suspense and shock in the revered style of Brian De Palma, And If you’ve never seen John Carpenter’s HALLOWEEN on the big screen, now’s your best chance. The inclusion of this 4K restoration needs no explanation in anticipation of a new Michael Myers slasher being released in October.  Check screening details on the FrightFest website.

Ahead of single tickets going on sale from Sat 21st July, we’re thrilled to announce our current slate of guests, which includes Poldark star Aidan Turner, who will be with his co-star Caitlin Fitzgerald, director Robert Krzykowski and composer Joe Kraemer for THE MAN WHO KILLED HITLER AND THEN THE BIGFOOT.

Leading ladies shine this year. Joining THE RANGER director Jenn Wexler on opening night is The Transfiguration star Chloe Levine. Also delighting audiences are Brittany Allan (It Stains The Sands Red and Jigsaw), attending with director Colin Minihan to support WHAT KEEPS YOU ALIVE. Shauna McDonald joins director Paul Aviary for WHITE CHAMBER, HERETIKS star Hannah Arterton is in the house to support director Paul Hyett, Imitation Girl Lauren Ashley Carter and action heroine Angela Dixon accompany director Tom Paton for BLACK SITE and director Issa Lopez flies over from Mexico with her sensational TIGERS ARE NOT AFRAID,

Plus, The First Lady of FrightFest, Barbara Crampton is back!. The beloved Re-Animator legend will be introducing her new movies PUPPET MASTER: THE LITTLEST REICH and DEAD NIGHT. With the former she will be united with Italian composer extraordinaire Fabio Frizzi and with the latter by her Heroes co-star Brea Grant. Also returning is THE CLEANING LADY producer and Goddess of Love star Alexis Kendra.

This year there are more International directors attending than ever before. Acclaimed music video and film director Joseph Kahn (Detention, Torque) joins us for BODIED, RKSS personnel François Simard, Anouk Whissell and Yoann-Karl Whissell will be rocking in for SUMMER OF 84 and UPGRADE director Leigh Whannell, the creator of SAW and INSIDIOUS, will light up FrightFest’s Saturday night.

Also guaranteed to liven up proceedings are THE GOLEM helmers the Paz Brothers, alongside producer Shaked Berenson, CULT OF TERROR director Gustavo Leonel Mendoza, DEMENTIA PART II director Matt Mercer with stars Graham Skipper (SEQUENCE BREAK), Suzanne Voss and Najarra Townsend, HELL IS WHERE THE HOME IS director Orson Oblowitz, MEGA TIME SQUAD director Tim van Dammen, OPEN 24 HOURS director Padraig Reynolds, HAMMER HORROR: THE WARNER BROS. YEARS director and Dr. Who author Marcus Hearn, LIFECHANGER director Justin McConnell, SECRET SANTA director Adam Marcus, SEEDS director Owen Long, THE MOST ASSASSINATED WOMAN IN THE WORLD writer/producer David Murdoch, VIDEOMAN director Kristian A. Söderström, CRYSTAL EYES directors Ezequiel Endelman and Leondro Montejano, and WOLFMAN’S GOT NARDS director Andre Gower (THE MONSTER SQUAD).

Also attending is writer/director Axelle Carolyn (Soulmate, Tales of Halloween), author of THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO GHOST MOVIES, who will be signing copies exclusively at the event.

Homegrown talent will be present in abundance this year. Actor and director Matthew Holness brings us his much-awaited POSSUM, AWAIT FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS will spring director Johnny Kervorkian, his producer Jack Tarling (God’s Own Country) with stars Holly Weston, Sam Gittins, Neerja Naik, Grant Masters and Kris Saddler. And a warm welcome for BOOK OF MONSTERS director Stewart Sparke, CHUCK STEEL: NIGHT OF THE TRAMPIRES director Mike Mort, FRANKENSTEIN’S CREATURE director Sam Ashurst and RAVERS director Bernhard Pucher, who will be attending alongside the cast including Vikings star Georgia Hirst.

The FIRST BLOOD strand goes from strength to strength and all the helmers will be around, supported by their cast and crews. CTRL director Harry Lindley, F.U.B.A.R. director Ben Kent, PERFECT SKIN director Kevin Chicken (with Games of Thrones star Richard Brake) and THE DEVIL’S DOORWAY director Aislinn Clark.

Also present will be writer/director Roxanne Benjamin (XX, SOUTHBOUND, V/H/S), presenting an exclusive screening of FINAL STOP, a must-hear horror short produced by Sennheiser and Soapbox Films. Shot entirely on smart phone, and recorded in full binaural audio using the AMBEO Smart Headset, the film is designed to be watched with headphones (which will be supplied), so audiences can immerse themselves in the story and its terrifying 3D soundscape.

Equally terrifying is GHOST STORIES and we have co-directors/co-writers Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson hosting a live commentary on their mega-successful stage show-turned-major movie. Get ready for sly humour, fun facts and plenty of behind-the-scenes secrets!

Established in 2016 to celebrate the work of emerging UK genre talent, FrightFest is proud to team up for the third year running with Screen International to present the ‘Screen Genre Rising Star Award’. This year’s long list salutes the work of Kevin Chicken, director of PERFECT SKIN, actresses Hannah Arterton and Ella Hunt, Aislinn Clarke, director of THE DEVIL’S DOORWAY, Mike Mort, director of CHUCK STEEL: NIGHT OF THE TRAMPIRES, actress/producer Marcia Do Vales and actor Sam Gittins, The short list will be announced prior to the event. Previous winners include Alice Lowe Danny Morgan.


Keep watching the official twitter @frightfest for even more guest announcements in the coming weeks…

Arrow Video FrightFest runs from 23rd -27th August 2018 at Cineworld Leicester Square and The Prince Charles Cinema.

Single tickets go on sale Sat 21 July at noon and, alongside the few remaining Festival and day pass sales are available to buy online: http://www.frightfest.co.uk/tickets.html

For full programme details: http://www.frightfest.co.uk/

Faceook: /FrightFestreal 
Twitter: @frightfest
Instagram: @frightfestUK

Psychological thriller DISCREET comes to UK DVD and Digital July 23

Coming to UK DVD this month, from the acclaimed director of I Want Your Love and Interior Leather Bar. DISCREET is a powerful contemporary psychological thriller that explores both the allure of YouTube gurus and the cyclic nature of trauma and abuse. 

Filmmaker and recluse Alex lives in a van. He sets up his camera in rural areas in the US, in the no-man’s land near highways. During a rare visit to his distant mother, she reveals a dark truth hidden since his childhood that threatens to unravel him. Confused and unstable, Alex sets out to confront the looming shadow he has been running from all his life. But as he delves deeper in search of answers, 

Alex’s grip on reality becomes increasingly more tenuous and before long he finds himself unable to determine right from wrong. DISCREET stars Johnny Man (A Ghost Story), Joy Cunningham, Atsuko Okatsuka, and Jordan Elsass, and offers a disturbing insight into the dark heart of Trump’s America. 

DISCREET arrives on UK DVD and Digital July 23

View the trailer here: https://youtu.be/4yywcr9UX7Y

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

 

Monday, 16 July 2018

Official UK poster for horror comedy FANGED UP released

Altitude Home Entertainment have just releaed the new poster for forthcoming horror comedy "Fanged Up" which hits UK DVD and Digital later this month.


Daniel O’Reilly, best known for his Dapper Laughs persona, fights for his life in a thrilling yet fun horror comedy bursting with British blood and banter alike.

When self-styled absolute lad Jimmy Ragsdale (Daniel O’Reilly) makes a pass at his boss’ wife, the ensuing brawl seals the deal on a night he’ll never forget - locked in the halls of a hellish prison! Jimmy will have more on his plate than just tough Russian cellmate Victor (Stu Bennett), however. When the wardens unleash their true vampyric colours, the inmates find themselves caught in a bloody battle that is sure to prove just how “hard” Jimmy really is.

Daniel O’Reilly has come a long way since his humble beginnings on Vine, drawing audiences’ attention in his feature film debut as a wise-cracking lad, whose lack of self-awareness creates a likeable lead echoing a modern, more endearing Ali G. O’Reilly finds on-screen support with similarly strong character acting from co-stars Stu Bennett and Vas Blackwood in particular.

The cast’s eccentric flavours become succulent ingredients in the horror film stew, providing relatable hooks for us to anchor on, before tearing us apart when the bloody madness kicks in. With the horror and comedy elements in perfect harmony, the creative team have mastered the delicate balance of knowing when to pull a joke, our heartstrings, or just delight us in the blood-splattered spectacle. Ensnaring and entertaining in equal measure, the result is a delicious horror comedy worth sinking your teeth into.

On DVD & Digital Download 30th July 2018 from Altitude Film Entertainment 

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





 

FrightFest and FAB Press launch THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO GHOST MOVIES

Following the success of The FrightFest Guide to Exploitation Movies, and The FrightFest Guide to Monster Movies, FrightFest and FAB Press once again join forces to launch THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO GHOST MOVIES, which goes on sale during Arrow Video FrightFest 2018, Aug 23 – Aug 27.

This is the third in an on-going series of wide appeal books for both the curious spectator and the cult connoisseur.

This year’s FrightFest Guide is written by horror genre writer and award-winning filmmaker Axelle Carolyn, who has helmed an atmospheric bone-chiller herself – Soulmate, Axelle is well-versed in all things weird, wicked and witchy and her book surveys the last 120 years of the genre, reviewing 200 of the most memorable titles from across the globe. From timeless classics to recent blockbusters, quirky indies to international sensations, each of these movies has contributed to the development of the ghost movie as we know it.

Axelle remarked: “Ghosts have haunted me my whole life. Everything I've ever directed, from short films, to Soulmate and Tales of Halloween, has featured ghosts -- they're simply my favourite supernatural creatures. Ghost stories have been told for as long as humans have gathered around campfires, and their evolution on screen, from comedies to horror, is fascinating to look at”.

Lavishly illustrated, and enriched with anecdotes and critical analyses, this guide also features a foreword by Andy Nyman: the star, co-writer and co-director (with Jeremy Dyson) of acclaimed British chiller Ghost Stories, a love letter to the genre adapted from Nyman’s popular West End stage play.

The official book launch takes place 23 to 27 August 2018 at FrightFest, Cineworld, Leicester Square, London. The FrightFest exclusive hardcover will be on sale for just £20. The book's international street date is 26 October 2018. Paperback price: £16.99 (UK) $24.95 (US).

Arrow Video FrightFest 2018 takes place Thurs Aug 23 – Mon Aug 28 at the Cineworld Leicester Sq and The Prince Charles Cinema. It is sponsored by and partnered with: Horror Channel, Sennheiser, Screen International, Entertainment Focus, Splice Media, Fandom, Dread Central, Den of Geek,  Radisson Group & Queensbury Pictures.


For more info on this years Frightfest visit http://www.frightfest.co.uk/

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Chucky & Jaws merchandise on sale now at Fright-Rags

News of a Child's Play reboot broke last week, but Chucky remains one of the most iconic modern horror villains. Fright-Rags embraces the legacy with a new collection of Chucky merchandise. The company also rings in the summer with fresh Jaws apparel.

Available in single wax packs, factory boxes, and seal boxes, Fright-Rags' Chucky trading cards include movie photo cards, stickers, art parallel cards, rainbow foil cards, and one-of-a-kind sketch cards. They span the franchise, featuring everyone from Chucky and Andy to Tiffany and Glen/Glenda.


Fright-Rags' Chucky collection also includes a "Friends 'Til the End" design (previously available as a kids shirt) on adult ringer tees and a reprint of Justin Osbourn's fan-favorite Child's Play 2 T-shirt.


Just when you thought it was safe to go to Fright-Rags, the company has new Jaws merchandise for sale. The great white shark swims onto three new T-shirts, reprints of two popular designs, and a pair of socks with the iconic poster artwork.

Wanna play? Chucky and Jaws collections are on sale now at Fright-Rags.com.

Fright-Rags will celebrate Friday the 13th by re-releasing Jason Edmiston's "G.I. Jason" design on T-shirts and tank tops for three days only beginning Friday at 10am EST.

 

Disturbing Horror Short Films UMBILICHORD and UNDERTAKER Released

Composer/Producer John Whitaker (AKA "1i2c") and Cinematographer/Director Nicolai Kornum have partnered up to create two disturbing horror short films - UMBILICHORD and UNDERTAKER.


UMBILICHORD sees prolific indie Filmmaker and Actress Emma Dark taking the lead role, strutting around a park pushing an old-fashioned pram while onlookers and passers by become curious by the sight of Miss Dark and her so-called offspring. In the midst of all this a strange lab experiment is happening elsewhere, which leads to a bizarre and unsettling conclusion...


UNDERTAKER sees a young woman dressed in black mourning in a graveyard, and as the funeral guests leave we see the undertaker himself (played by John Whitaker) begin to exhume the grave. The rest of the short plays out in a Jeepers Creepers style to conclusion.

Composer/Producer John Whitaker had this to say about releasing the films: “My work has often been inspired over time by dark imagery. As a musician I wanted to bring something more to the table than a standard music video. Hence the two short films were born, written and produced by me, and shot and directed by friend and multi award-winning director Nicolai Kornum. Nicolai describes himself as "Tall, cynical and gorgeous hair", but I think he's forgetting he has a heap of talent to go with that!”

The films can be viewed here:


The release of both films coincides with the album release of "It Should Be You" by Composer John Whitaker (1i2c). For more information or to purchase the album please visit 1i2c.bandcamp.com. To view the other works of director Nicolai Kornum please visit nicolaikornum.com.

 

Saturday, 7 July 2018

MAYHEM arrives on UK DVD this month!!!

Fresh from raucous, sold-out festival screenings across the globe, Kaleidoscope and SHUDDER are excited to announce the UK digital and DVD release of the stylish and savage MAYHEM – the brilliantly executed action-horror-comedy which sticks two fingers up at office politics and then proceeds to rip out the charred heart of humdrum 9 to 5 society today.

Derek Cho (Steven Yeun -The Walking Dead) is having a really bad day. After being unjustly fired from his job, he discovers that the law firm’s building is under quarantine for a mysterious and dangerous virus. Chaos erupts throughout the office as the victims of the disease begin acting out their wildest impulses. Joining forces with a former client (Samara Weaving, Ash vs Evil Dead) who has a grudge of her own, Derek savagely fights tooth and nail to get to the executives on the top floor and settle the score once and for all.

Delivering buckets of inventive blood-drenched splatter and barbed, witty social commentary, director Joe Lynch’s frenetic thriller asks how far you would go to get ahead at work if your darkest impulses ran unchecked

MAYHEM received its World Premiere at the 2017 South by Southwest Film Festival to critical praise followed by sold-out international screenings including Fright Fest  and the aptly named Mayhem festival in 2017.

The film is already available on Digital Download and is released to UK DVD July 16. The film will also be available to stream on SHUDDER TV in the Autumn.

Buy the UK DVD from Amazon.co.uk