Thursday, 20 June 2019

The Mermaid: Lake of the Dead - On UK DVD 22nd July

The seaweed is certainly not always greener in this particular lake.  

The Mermaid: Lake of the Dead begins with a mermaid falling in love with a human, but that’s where the similarities with Hans Christian Andersen's classic tale end, 

Instead taking a terrifying twist as she instead aims to keep him underwater in her Kingdom of Death while his fiancé must overcome her fear of water in order to save his life.

His bride Marina is ready to do whatever it takes to free her fiancé from the ancient curse. But is her love strong enough to break it?

Creepy, haunting and packed with jump-scares, you’ll never feel safe to go back in the water.  


The Mermaid: Lake of the Dead comes to UK DVD 22nd July from 4Digital Media.
 

American Horror Project Vol 2 - coming from Arrow Films

Continuing its mission to unearth the very best in weird and wonderful horror obscura from the golden age of US independent genre moviemaking, Arrow Video is proud to present the long-awaited second volume in its American Horror Project series co-curated by author Stephen Thrower (Nightmare USA: The Untold Story of the Exploitation Independents). 


Starting off with a little-seen 1970 offering from underrated cult auteur John Hayes (Grave of the Vampire, Garden of the Dead), Dream No Evil is a haunting, moving tale of a young woman’s desperate quest to be reunited with her long-lost father – only to find herself drawn into a fantasyland of homicidal madness. Meanwhile, 1976’s Dark August stars Academy Award-winner Kim Hunter (A Streetcar Named Desire) in a story of a man pursued by a terrifying and deadly curse in the wake of a hit-and-run accident. Lastly, 1977’s Harry Novak-produced The Child is a gloriously delirious slice of horror mayhem in which a young girl raises an army of the dead against the people she holds responsible for her mother’s death.

DREAM NO EVIL
Filmed appreciation by Stephen Thrower
Brand new audio commentary with Kat Ellinger and Samm Deighan
Hollywood After Dark: The Early Films of John Hayes, 1959-1971 – brand new video essay by Stephen Thrower looking at Hayes' filmography leading up to Dream No Evil
Writer Chris Poggiali on the prodigious career of celebrated character actor Edmond O'Brien
Excerpts from an audio interview with actress Rue McClanahan (The Golden Girls) discussing her many cinematic collaborations with director John Hayes

DARK AUGUST
Filmed appreciation by Stephen Thrower
Brand new audio commentary with writer-director Martin Goldman
Brand new on-camera interview with Martin Goldman
Brand new on-camera interview with producer Marianne Kanter
The Hills Are Alive: Dark August and Vermont Folk Horror – author and artist Stephen R. Bissette on Dark August and its context within the wider realm of genre filmmaking out of Vermont
Original Press Book

THE CHILD
1.37:1 and 1.85:1 presentations of the feature
Filmed appreciation by Stephen Thrower
Brand new audio commentary with director Robert Voskanian and producer Robert Dadashian, moderated by Stephen Thrower
Brand new on-camera interviews with Robert Voskanian and Robert Dadashian
Original Theatrical Trailer
Original Press Book

Pre-order American Horror Project Vol 2 from Amazon.co.uk



MEMORY: THE ORIGINS OF ALIEN - in cinemas August

The iconic scenes and sequences from seminal sci-fi horror ALIEN are firmly embedded in film history and popular culture: the creepy eggs and HR Giger designed spacecraft on a long dead planet; the pivotal facehugger attaching itself to one of the crew of the Nostromo; the shocking chest-bursting sequence and much, much more… 


But while we may all now know that "in space, no-one can hear you scream", how did Ridley Scott and the creative team come up with the ideas for a blockbuster that changed both the horror and sci-fi genres and truly terrified audiences around the world?

As we approach the 40th Anniversary of the game-changing film a fascinating feature documentary MEMORY: THE ORIGINS OF ALIEN, from writer/director Alexandre O. Philippe (78/52: Hitchcock’s Shower Scene), uncovers the origin story behind Scott’s cinematic masterpiece.

A contemplation on the symbiotic collaborative process of moviemaking, the power of myth, and the collective unconscious, MEMORY unearths the largely untold beginnings of a movie-masterwork rooted in Greek and Egyptian mythology, underground comics, the art of Francis Bacon, and the dark visions of Dan O’Bannon and H.R. Giger.

It reveals a veritable treasure trove of never-before-seen materials from the O’Bannon and Giger estates, including original story notes, rejected designs and storyboards, exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, and most importantly Dan O’Bannon’s original 29-page script from 1971, titled MEMORY.

MEMORY: THE ORIGINS OF ALIEN arrives in cinemas 30th August followed by DVD and on demand 2nd September from Dogwoof. 

 


REVEALED: Graham Humphreys' stunning artwork for Arrow Video FrightFest 2019

Arrow Video FrightFest 2019 is delighted to present Graham Humphreys’ Aurora Monster-inspired artwork for this year’s annual Bank Holiday event, the UK’s largest celebration of genre cinema, taking place at Cineworld Leicester Square and The Prince Charles Cinema between Thurs Aug 22 & Mon Aug 26, 2019. 


Graham revealed today: “Emerging each year from the charnal grounds, the monster tears open his own flesh to reveal the FrightFest numerical milestone, the 20th year! Inspired by the glow kits of the early 1970s, four ghastly apparitions flank the anti-hero, the Four Horror-men of the Annual-Gorefest! Each a-glow with sinister light”.

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

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Thursday, 13 June 2019

"Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich" - on Digital Download and Disc this July

The murderous marionettes are on the march! "Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich", brings the kills, thrills and spills in the bloodthirsty reboot of Charles Band’s classic horror franchise from co-directors Tommy Wiklund and Sonny Laguna (Wither, Blood Runs Cold) and writer S. Craig Zahler (Bone Tomahawk, Dragged Across Concrete).

When recently divorced Edgar (Thomas Lennon) returns to his childhood home he finds a nefarious looking puppet and decides to sell the doll for a quick buck. Bringing along his new girlfriend Ashley (Jenny Pellicer) and nerdy pal Markowitz (Nelson Franklin), Edgar heads on a doomed road trip to a puppet auction celebrating the 30th anniversary of the infamous Toulon Murders. But all hell breaks loose when a strange force animates the puppets at the convention, setting them on a bloody killing spree motivated by an evil as old as time.

With twenty-one scenes of graphic puppet violence and a score from composing legend Fabio Frizzi (The Beyond, City of the Living Dead), FANGORIA presents "Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich" - the wildest, craziest and goriest movie of the year. Fasten your seat belts, it's going to be a bloody ride!

Starring: Thomas Lennon (Night at the Museum), Jenny Pellicer (The Bridge), Nelson Franklin (The Office), Charlyne Yi (Knocked Up), Michael Paré (Bone Tomahawk), Barbara Crampton (Reanimator), Udo Kier (Suspiria) and Skeeta Jenkins. Directed by Tommy Wiklund and Sonny Laguna, written by S. Craig Zahler and produced by Dallas Sonnier (Bone Tomahawk, Brawl in Cell Block 99) and Amanda Presmyk (The Standoff at Sparrow Creek).

EXTRAS

Behind the Scenes
Sketches of Lightning Girl
Making of Puppet Concepts
Stills Gallery
Trailer
Exclusive Art Cards (Blu-ray only)
FANGORIA presents "Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich" on Digital Download 5 July and Blu-ray (Zavvi exclusive) and DVD 8 July 

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

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Graham Humphreys reveals poster for upcoming horror "Seepers: A Love Story"

Artist Graham Humphreys has revealed his latest piece, a stunning new poster for upcoming horror film "Seepers: A Love Story"

Having created some of the most iconic posters in horror history including 'Return of the Living Dead', 'The Evil Dead', 'Inferno', 'Phenomena' and 'The Stuff', Graham's work for director Melanie Gourlay's latest trash masterpiece fits right along side those classics.

In "Seepers: A Love Story" we follow the story of two rival methane farms illegally extracting bio-fuel from their hapless kidnap victims. Ruthless corporate espionage turns into an unexpected love story taking detours through gross-out comedy, musical sequences, action, kidnapping, horror, crazed experiments, exercise videos and too many bodily functions to list. Seepers is a punk rock fuelled slice of gonzo weirdness with a just a little heart running through it.

Available exclusively through the Kickstarter campaign, the poster will be signed by the artist himself but only for the first 10 backers. Once they're gone, clean prints will be available. Make sure to check out the many rewards up for grabs and support independent horror by following the links below.

Love is blind... and has no sense of smell. 

The FrightFest Guide to Werewolf Movies - Coming this August

FrightFest and FAB Press once again join forces to launch THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO WEREWOLF MOVIES, which goes exclusively on sale during Arrow Video FrightFest 2019, Aug 22 – Aug 27. Both the author Gavin Baddeley and filmmaker Neil Marshall, who wrote the foreword, will be present to sign copies.

Following the success of the three previous editions: The FrightFest Guide to Exploitation Movies, Monster Movies & last year’s Ghost Movies, this is the latest in a series of wide appeal books for both the curious spectator and the cult connoisseur.

For more than a century, a diverse pack of lycanthropes have memorably manifested onto our screens, in many hair-raising shapes and sizes. Within these colourful pages we will encounter reluctant wolfmen, shapeshifting sadists, Nazi werewolves, werewolf nuns, big bad fairytale wolves and lycanthropic nymphomaniacs.

Acclaimed author, broadcaster and occult historian, Gavin Baddeley, finds fresh perspectives on established classics, uncovers neglected gems, and even examines a few howlers among the two hundred-odd werewolf movies reviewed. In the process Baddeley shows how the myth has transformed; whereby werewolves become analogies for alcoholism or adolescence, or ciphers for sexual awakening or serial murder.

Gavin said today: “I was flattered to be asked - I'm among pretty distinguished company with the other FrightFest Guide authors and contributors - and it seemed an ideal opportunity to explore why I've been so fascinated by werewolves since childhood, As a lifelong lycanthropy obsessive, an excuse to watch hundreds of werewolf films under the pretext of work was always going to be impossible to resist!

Renowned director, writer and producer Neil Marshall – whose brilliant debut Dog Soldiers reinvigorated the werewolf for the 21st Century – contributes the foreword.

The official launch of the book is at Arrow Video FrightFest, with official signings taking place at Cineworld, Leicester Square (22 to 27 August). Both Gavin and Neil will be in attendance. The FrightFest exclusive hardcover will be on sale for just £20 from www.fabpress.com

The book's international street date is 1 October 2019. Paperback price: UK £17.99 / US $26.95 

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