Wednesday, 22 January 2020

COUNTDOWN - Available Digitally Feb and on DVD March

If you could download an app which told you exactly when you’re going to die — would you want to know?

As her friends and colleagues reveal the many decades left on their lives, including Dr. Sullivan played by Peter Facinelli (Twilight Saga), Quinn is shocked to see her clock will run out in three days time.

Initially dismissing the app as a passing internet hoax, she soon discovers people are violently killed at the exact second their clocks run out.

COUNTDOWN is Justin Dec’s directorial debut, with accomplished filmmakers behind him including producers John Rickard (Rampage, Horrible Bosses, Horrible Bosses 2), Zack Schiller (The Babysitter, The Escape Plan), John Morris and Sean Anders (Instant Family, Daddy’s Home, Daddy’s Home 2).

COUNTDOWN is available on Digital Download from the 17th of February and is released to DVD on the 2nd of March.
 
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"MAGIC" the 1978 horror classic arrives on UK BD March

SECOND SIGHT sprinkles its Magic on Anthony Hopkins’ 1978 horror classic with its first UK Blu-ray release set to arrive this March with a host of brilliant special features.

With the continuing popularity of creepy dolls on screen from Hugo to Annabel via the many incarnations of Chucky, we meet one of the original devilish dummies: Fats…the side-kick from hell. 

Adapted for the big screen by William Goldman from his best-selling book, Magic is directed by Richard Attenborough and arrives on Bluray on 23 March 2020.

Corky (Hopkins – The Silence of the Lambs, The Two Popes) is a shy magician who just can’t get a break, but when he introduces foul-mouthed ventriloquist doll, Fats, to his act, his star begins to rise. With the chance of hitting the big time finally on the cards, the pressure starts to get to him. 

In a panic Corky flees the big city, returning to the security of his hometown. When he reunites with old high school flame Peggy (Ann-Margret – Tommy, Grumpy Old Men), love could be in the air. But Fats doesn’t approve and he’s about to create carnage. Who’s really pulling the strings?

It’s time for some Magic…but beware, the demonic dummy will have you screaming for mummy.

SPECIAL FEATURES
• Screenwriting for Dummies: William Goldman interview
• Archive Anthony Hopkins interview
• Victor Kemper: Cinematographer
• Ann-Margret make-up test
• Fats and Friends: a history of ventriloquism with the film’s consultant
• Anthony Hopkins archive radio interview

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Saturday, 18 January 2020

EDGE OF THE AXE! Blu-ray out 27th Jan from Arrow Video

From cult Spanish filmmaker José Ramón Larraz (Vampyres, Symptoms) comes this long-neglected late 80s slasher classic, finally unleashed on Blu-ray for the first time ever!

The rural community of Paddock County is being rocked by the crazed exploits of an axe-wielding psychopath, who stalks the night in a black trenchcoat and mask. As the victims pile up, the authorities attempt to keep a lid on the situation, whilst computer whizz-kid Gerald and girlfriend Lillian seek to unmask the killer before the town population reaches zero.

Nominally set in Northern California but shot primarily in Madrid, giving the film an off-kilter, American/European atmosphere akin to the likes of Pieces, Edge of the Axe is a late entry hack-and-slash masterpiece from one of the titans of Spanish terror.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

• Brand new 2K restoration from the original camera negative
• English and Spanish language versions of the feature
• Original uncompressed mono audio Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
• Newly translated English subtitles for the Spanish soundtrack
• Brand new audio commentary with actor Barton Faulks
• Brand new audio commentary with The Hysteria Continues
• Newly-filmed interview with actor Barton Faulks
• The Pain in Spain - a newly-filmed interview with special effects and make-up artist Colin Arthur
• Image Gallery
• Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly-commissioned artwork by Justin Osbourn

FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collector’s booklet featuring new writing by Amanda Reyes

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Arrow Video FrightFest announces Glasgow Film Festival 2020 line-up

Welcome to the transgressive, the traumatic and the terrifying as Arrow Video FrightFest, the UK’s favourite horror fantasy event, returns to Glasgow Film Festival for a 15th fantastic year, from Thursday 5 March to Saturday 7 March, 2020. 


Thirteen is lucky for some as that’s the number of new films being presented at the iconic Glasgow Film Theatre, embracing the latest genre discoveries from around the globe, spanning four continents, including one world, two European and seven UK premieres.

THURS 5 MARCH – GFT Screen 1

20:30 SYNCHRONIC (UK Premiere)

Directors: Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead. Cast: Anthony Mackie, Jamie Dornan, Ally Ioannides. USA 2019. 100 mins. 18. Signature Entertainment.

Synopsis: Two New Orleans paramedics' lives are ripped apart after encountering a series of horrific deaths linked to a new designer drug with bizarre, otherworldly effects. So prepare to be re-dazzled by the brilliant auteurs of THE ENDLESS, SPRING and RESOLUTION inventively playing with time and space again, continuing to add layers of exhilarating ambition and stimulating creativity to their unique cinematic universe.

23:00 DEATH OF A VLOGGER (Scottish Premiere)

FrightFest. Director: Graham Hughes. Cast: Graham Hughes, Annabel Logan, Paddy Kondracki. UK 2019. 88 mins. 18. Enlightened Monster Productions.

Synopsis: A vlogger gains viral fame after one of his eerie videos contains an alleged out-of-this-world haunting. Following YouTuber Graham as he investigates the darker supernatural side of the web and dealing with the effects of being famous on the internet, this trip down a hellish rabbit hole includes interviews, cat videos, ripped YouTube content, fun nonsense, archive material, tension and unusual scares.

FRI 6 MARCH – GFT Screen 1

13:30 THE CLEANSING HOUR (UK Premiere) + LIVE FOREVER (Short) 


Director: Damien LeVeck. Cast: Ryan Guzman, Kyle Gallner, Alix Angelis. USA 2019. 94 mins. 18. Shudder.

Synopsis: Best friends and millennial entrepreneurs Max and Drew run a popular webcast that streams live exorcisms. Of course they are all staged with terrific special effects but today, fate has a big twist in store. The actress hired to fake being possessed actually does become possessed by a real demon. Worse, the victim is Drew’s real girlfriend, Lane. Together the dumbstruck duo must work against the show clock to figure out the demon’s sinister motive, while the devilish succubus exposes the trio’s dark secrets before a rapidly growing global audience.

15:45 IN THE QUARRY (European Premiere)

Directors: Bernardo & Rafael Antonaccio. Cast: Paula Silva, Rafael Beltrán, Augusto Gordillo, Luis Pazos. Uruguay 2018. 82 mins. 18. Salco Films.

Synopsis: Excited to introduce her new boyfriend Bruno to her best friends, Alicia organizes a sun-drenched barbecue and swimming party at an abandoned quarry near her hometown they used to frequent as children. At first, it’s all good times, but as the day progresses, secrets are revealed, macho bravado and jealousy appears and bonds are broken. And soon an act of brutality unleashes everyone’s true natures.

18:15 SEA FEVER (UK Premiere)

Director: Neasa Hardiman. Cast: Hermione Corfield, Dougray Scott, Connie Nielsen. Ireland/Sweden/Belgium 2019. 91 mins. 18. Signature Films.

Synopsis: For marine biology student Siobhan, it was supposed to be a research excursion with a trawler crew fishing the West Irish seas. But when they hit an unseen object and become marooned, a mysterious parasite infects their water supply. Soon the oozing force infiltrates the entire vessel and turns Siobhan’s journey into a claustrophobic fight for survival.

20:45 A GHOST WAITS (World Premiere)

 
Director: Adam Stovall. Cast: MacLeod Andrews, Natalie Walker, Sydney Vollmer. USA 2020. 79 mins. 18. Plum St. Productions and Rebecca Fims. Synopsis: Jack's job is to fix up the house. Spectral agent Muriel's eternal task is to haunt it. They should be enemies, but they become fascinated by one another and eventually smitten, leading them to question everything about their work, lives, and decisions. But as pressure mounts for them to fulfill their duties, something’s got to give for them to have the time together they both so desperately want. 22:50 THE MORTUARY COLLECTION (UK Premiere)

Director: Ryan Spindell. Cast: Clancy Brown, Caitlin Custer, Christine Kilmer. USA 2019. 108 mins. 18. Trapdoor Pictures.

Synopsis: Sam inquires about a ‘Help Wanted’ sign outside a funeral home and in her interview with owner Montgomery Dark, four gruesomely disturbing stories are told. Moving chronologically from the 1950s to the 80s, a housewife finds a mysterious presence in her bathroom, a college boy gets a taste of his own fraternizing medicine, a husband makes tough decisions about his wife and babysitters are murdered by a homicidal maniac.

SAT 7 MARCH – GFT Screen 1

11:00 ANDERSON FALLS (UK Premiere) + FATALE COLLECTIVE: BLEED (Short)

Director: Julien Seri. Cast: Shawn Ashmore, Gary Cole, Lin Shaye. Belgium 2019. 84 mins. 18. WTF Films.

Synopsis: After his wife's sudden suicide, Detective Jeff Anderson (Shawn Ashmore from the X-MEN franchise) becomes convinced that she has really been murdered. Obsessed with his ongoing investigations, he finds out that she was indeed the victim of a heinous crime. And although no one believes what he’s uncovered, Jeff knows he’ll have to break all the rules and go to horrendous extremes to stop the slaughter of other women.

13:15 ZOMBIE FOR SALE (Scottish Premiere)

FrightFest. Director: Lee Min-Jae. Cast: Jae-yeong Jeong, Ga-ram Jung, Nam-gil Kim. South Korea 2019. 112 mins. 18. Arrow Films.

Synopsis: Korea’s biggest pharmaceutical company conducts illegal experiments on humans. One test goes wrong and creates a sexy zombie who escapes and winds up with the crazy Park family, owners of a country gas station. But when the head of the household is bitten, it restores his youth, so they monetise Zzong- bie’s powers to help their struggling business. Events take a grisly turn for the worse…

15:45 SAINT MAUD (Scottish Premiere) 


Director: Rose Glass. Cast: Morfydd Clark, Jennifer Ehle, Lily Frazer. UK 2019. 83 mins. 18. Studio Canal.

Synopsis: Recently Born Again, Maud is a young Scarborough nurse, visibly disintegrating both mentally and emotionally as she strives for religious salvation from the demons plaguing her. Put in charge of caring for hedonistic dancer Amanda, now in the late stages of a terminal illness, Maud believes redemption is at hand. For if Maud can rescue Amanda’s soul then surely she can save herself?

18:30 BUTT BOY (European Premiere)

Director: Tyler Cornack. Cast: Tyler Cornack, Tyler Rice, Shelby Dash. USA 2019. 100 mins. 18. Tiny Cinema.

Synopsis: Middle-aged Chip Gutchell is bored and miserable with his life, until he has a prostate examination and his whole world changes. For he becomes obsessed with putting anything and everything up his butt including living things. Newly sober Detective Russell Fox suspects his AA sponsor is sporting another supernatural dimension in his rear end but even he has no idea the insanity that awaits when he dives into his investigation headfirst.

21:00 VFW (UK Premiere) 


Director: Joe Begos. Cast: Stephen Lang, Martin Kove, William Sadler. USA 2019. 92 mins. 18. Movie Partnership.

Synopsis: Set in the near future, where a designer drug is causing devastation, death and destruction reign supreme. Caught in a deal that goes horrifyingly wrong, innocent Lizard flees to a local VFW post where war veterans begin the ferocious fight with a deranged drug dealer and his relentless army of punk mutants. These Vietnam vets have been to hell and back but tonight will be the longest night of their lives.

23:10 A NIGHT OF HORROR: NIGHTMARE RADIO (UK Premiere)

Directors: Luciano & Nicolás Onetti, Sergio Morcillo, Joshua Long, Jason Bognacki, Adam O´Brien, Matt Richards, A.J. Briones, Pablo S. Pastor & Oliver Park. Cast: Clara Kovacic, James Wright, Kera Obryon. Argentina/New Zealand 2019. 100 mins. 18. Black Mandala.

Synopsis: As the host of a popular horror-themed radio show, disc jockey Rod Wilson shares tales of terror with his eager listeners. But tonight the announcer begins to receive strange calls from a child who desperately asks for help. At first he thinks it’s a bad joke until he discovers the calls hide a dark secret…

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

How to Buy Tickets
Telephone: 0141 332 6535 (£1.50 fee per transaction, voice-mail available during peak business periods. 

In person: Glasgow Film Theatre, 12 Rose Street, Glasgow G3 6RB during normal box office hours – Friday & Sunday to Thursday from 12:00 to 15 Minutes after the last performance starts. Saturday from 11am to 15 minutes after the last performance starts. 

Booking opens Monday 3 February at 12:00
Online booking closes 15 minutes before the advertised start time.
All performances will start at the advertised start time. Late ticket-holders will not be admitted.

Tuesday, 14 January 2020

ZOMBIELAND: DOUBLE TAP - Coming to UK Disc and Digital February

Remember to limber up and beware of bathrooms, as Woody Harrelson (Venom), Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network), Abigail Breslin (“Scream Queens”) and Emma Stone (La La Land) return to the United States of Zombieland ten years after their first undead adventure for Ruben Fleischer’s long-awaited ZOMBIELAND: DOUBLE TAP available on Digital and Disc this February.

Experience an all-new adventure with some of your favourite zombie apocalypse survivors, as well as newcomers Rosario Dawson (TV’s “The Defenders”), Zoey Deutch (TV’s “The Politician”), Luke Wilson (Old School), Avan Jogia (Shaft), and Thomas Middleditch (TV’s “Silicon Valley”).

Set one decade after the events of the first film, ZOMBIELAND: DOUBLE TAP finds Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg), Little Rock (Abigail Breslin), and Wichita (Emma Stone) working together as a well-oiled, zombie-killing machine with a new home in the now-vacant White House. These four slayers must face off against the many new kinds of zombies that have evolved since the first movie, as well as some new human survivors. But most of all, they have to face the growing pains of their own snarky, makeshift family.

In addition to the film’s on-screen reunion, ZOMBIELAND: DOUBLE TAP brings back several fan-favourites behind the camera as well. Director Ruben Fleischer returns to the Zombieland universe after the blockbuster debut of Venom in 2018, directing a script penned by original Zombieland screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, in addition to Dave Callaham, solidifying ZOMBIELAND: DOUBLE TAP as an event ten years in the making.

Blu-ray™ bonus exclusive materials for ZOMBIELAND: DOUBLE TAP include extended bloopers and outtakes, alternative and extended scenes and along with the DVD also includes an audio commentary by Ruben Fleischer and more!

4K Ultra HDTM / Blu-ray Bonus Features:

Extended Bloopers & Outtakes.

Alternate & Extended Scenes
“The Beast is Gone”: Tragedy falls upon Tallahassee.
“Van Ride”: A vehicle says a lot about a person.
“Would Have Never Met”: Wichita and Columbus discuss what their lives would have been like if not for the zombie apocalypse.
“In Bed”: Tallahassee’s still got it!
“Breakfast at Babylon”: Cruelty-free breakfast and conversation.
“Car Ride”: Road trips were made for family bonding.
“Melting Gun”: Tallahassee says goodbye to another friend.
“There’s a Party Tonight”: I don’t want to hang out with a bunch of hippies.
“Alternate Proposal”: Love is the perfect mix of cool and uncool.

“The Doppelgangers”: From stunts to special effects, this in-depth piece breaks down doppelgangers Flagstaff and Albuquerque and comes complete with interviews, demonstrations, and multiple cameras to snag all the action in their wild scenes.

“A Day with Bill Murray” featurette.

4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Bonus Features

“The Rides of Zombieland”: From the Beast to Big Fat Death (and a hated Pontiac Trans Sport in between) this short focuses on the rides that get our main characters around Z-land.
“Rules of Making a Zombie Film”: It takes a lot of rules and a lot of people to make a zombie film!
“Making Babylon”: Explore the climactic third act location in the film known in Zombieland as Babylon. Part fortress, part freshman dormitory, Babylon is the safe-place for a generation of misguided peace-loving retro-hippies.
“New Blood”: Rosario Dawson, Zoey Deutch, and Avan Jogia join our zombie-slaying cast.
Commentary with Director Ruben Fleischer

ZOMBIELAND: DOUBLE TAP is available on Digital Download from February 10 and coming to 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD on February 24 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.  

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Horror Channel marks February weekends with eight action-packed premieres

Killer parties, virtual dinosaurs, zombie flesh-eaters and Milla Jovovich in top form…Horror Channel makes February an action-packed month with eight premieres, including the UK TV premiere of Matty Beckerman’s savage sorority slasher THE ROW and the channel premieres of Simeon Halligan’s neon-drenched Mancunian horror thriller HABIT. Plus there’s the eerie psychological thriller CAN’T COME OUT TO PLAY, directed by John McNaughton (Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer).


There are also Channel premieres for the 2019 version of CABIN FEVER, Scott Derrickson’s supernatural chiller DELIVER US FROM EVIL, futuristic survivalist thriller THE JURASIC GAMES, fiery revenge horror THE BURNING and Milla Jovovich is back in RESIDENT EVIL: EXTINCTION, the third chapter of the hugely successful Resident Evil franchise.

Full film details in transmission order:.

Fri 7 Feb @ 21:00 – CABIN FEVER (2016) *Channel Premiere



A forest-dwelling hermit discovers his dog has died from a mysterious illness and gets sprayed by its infected blood. Meanwhile, five young friends, fresh out of college, have rented a cabin in the same woods for a week-long vacation. It’s not long before the group have to face the horrors of a flesh-eating virus …


Sat 8 Feb @ 21:00 – CAN’T COME OUT TO PLAY (2013) * Channel premiere 


Samantha Morton and Michael Shannon play married medical professionals Katharine and Richard who keep their sick son Andy isolated from the outside world in their remote countryside house. When young Maryann moves in with her grandparents close by, her attempts to befriend the clearly lonely Andy are met with vehement resistance. But Maryann finds more inventive ways to circumvent their watchful eyes until one day she is forced to hide in the house and discovers the basement. There she finds a terrible secret… but even then can’t imagine the shocking truth behind it.


Fri 14 Feb @ 22:50 – HABIT (2017) *Channel Premiere 


Michael (Elliot James Langridge), jobless and down on his luck, is irresistibly drawn into Manchester’s seedy underworld. After getting a job as a doorman at Cloud 9 massage parlour, he is lured into a secret subculture and groomed by his new ‘family’, who have a dark secret; a bloody addiction that they intend Michael to share.


Sat 15 Feb @ 21:00 – DELIVER US FROM EVIL (2014) *Channel Premiere 


New York police officer Ralph Sarchie (Eric Bana), who is struggling with personal issues, begins investigating a series of disturbing and inexplicable crimes. He joins forces with an unconventional priest (Edgar Ramírez), schooled in the rituals of exorcism, to combat the frightening and demonic possessions that are terrorising their city.


Fri 21 Feb @ 21:00 – THE JURASSIC GAMES (2018) *Channel Premiere 


Every year, ten of the world’s most dangerous criminals are chosen to compete for their freedom in The Jurassic Games, a virtual reality television show where contestants must survive in a world full of velociraptors, t-rex's and other ferocious dinosaurs. Die in the game, and you die in real life.


Sat 22 Feb @ 22:35 – THE BURNING (1981) *Channel Premiere 


At summer camp, some teenagers pull a prank on the camp's caretaker, Cropsy (Lou David). But the joke goes terribly wrong, and the teens leave Cropsy for dead after setting him on fire. A few years later, the burned and disfigured caretaker returns to camp equipped with his trusty shears, ready to unleash his particular brand of vengeance…


Fri 28 Feb @ 22:50 – THE ROW (2018) *UK TV Premiere 


The anxiety of rush week turns into sheer terror when sisters of a sorority are slain—and turned into dolls— by a serial killer. New pledge Riley (Lala Kent) and her best friend Becks (Mia Frampton) must endure late-night hazing rituals as the murderer watches and waits. Can she uncover the terrible secret shared by parents before becoming a victim herself?


Sat 29 Feb @ 21:00 – RESIDENT EVIL: EXTINCTION (2007) *Channel Premiere 


Survivors of the Raccoon City catastrophe travel across the Nevada desert, hoping to make it to Alaska. Alice (Milla Jovovich) joins the caravan and their fight against the evil Umbrella Corp and their plan to replace humankind with a race of undead clones.

Horror Channel: Be Afraid
TV: Sky 317 / Virgin 149 / Freeview 70 / Freesat 138

INVASION NANO SAPIENS - Indiegogo campaign launches

Jackhammer Entertainment proudly announces the crowdfunding campaign for their original sci-fi/horror graphic novel, INVASION NANO SAPIENS, created and written by screenwriter/designer Corky Arnold, (www.jackhammer.cc) and graphic novel artist Ian J. Miller(www.ianjmiller.com


“Invasion Nano Sapiens” tells the story of a young, maverick scientist, Fulton Bengis, who creates experimental blood with living nano robotic red and white blood cells and platelets that can improve body functions and kill disease. But when his love, Alison Wintergreen, injects the blood without his knowledge to eradicate her terminal disease, she becomes the hive for a swarm of super-intelligent nanobots that turn her into a deadly being – Nano Sapiens. Fulton risks everything as he tries to save her life.

Based on real nano robotic experiments going on now around the world and is the embryonic journey of what could come in medicine to kill cancer and other diseases – unless something goes horribly wrong… It depicts a new threat to human existence not seen anywhere else – and could happen.

“Invasion Nano Sapiens” started as an original screenplay by Corky Arnold, who is a sold screenwriter – as well as award-winning DGA director who has also designed effects for movies like “Star Trek.” The graphic novel is the first step toward making the movie. Credits for the team at Jackhammer Entertainment, where Corky is a partner, span Sci fi and horror movies released by Lionsgate to commercials for global brands like Coca Cola and Skittles.

Artist Ian Miller’s credits for comics and graphic novels include Z-MAN, a horror/zombie comic book series adapted into award-winning animation for Amazon Studios. 

For more info and to contribute to the campaign, visit...