Friday, 23 August 2019

Mayhem Film Festival announces the next three titles from its 2019 programme

With its 15th edition now less than two months away, Mayhem Film Festival is proud to announce the next three titles from its 2019 programme. 

Mayhem will host the UK Premiere of all-action, South Korean serial killer thriller "The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil". A sardonic cop reluctantly teams up with a wounded crime boss (the remarkable Ma Dong-seok of Train to Busan) to track and stop a serial killer, but their criminal rivals stand – violently - in their way. See it way ahead of the upcoming Stallone-produced US remake. 

Also in this year’s line-up is "She Never Died", a female-fronted companion piece to 2015 cult film He Never Died. Olunike Adeliyi stars as an immortal cannibal who seeks out the darkest souls humanity has to offer in the hunt for her next meal, when she saves a woman from dying a grisly death on a snuff web channel and proceeds to hunt down the culprits. 

Rounding off this second wave of announcements is another UK Premiere, Thai action-horror "The Pool", where a couple is trapped in an empty swimming pool with only a hungry crocodile for company. Packed with over-the-top twists and some genuinely shocking surprises, survival horror has never been so much ludicrous, logic-testing fun. 

Mayhem’s full 2019 line up will be announced in early September. Discounted Early Bird Passes are still available to purchase at £70 each. For more information, please visit

The Mayhem Film Festival takes place between 10-13 October at the Broadway Cinema, Nottingham.

Wednesday, 21 August 2019


The Krites, those carnivorous alien furballs from Critters (1986), are back in Critters Attack, which comes to UK Disc and Digital outlets this month from Warner.

When an Alien spacecreaft crashes just outside a remote country town in the American South, the occupants, who rather resemble nasty looking furry hedgehogs, proceed to wreak havoc in the surrounding countryside. Chowing down on anything and everything they can find.

Unfortunately for teenager Drea (Tara Washington – Shaft [2019] ), she decides to take the kids she’s minding for walk in the countryside and they quickly find themselves being chased around by the carnivorous Critters.

Aided by a seemingly friendly female Critter they name Bianca, the group try to to make it to the safety of the nearby university. But help also comes from an unlikely source, as it seems someone has been waiting for the arrival of these critters and has a whole high tech arsenal ready to take them out.

Also starring Dee Wallace from the original film, in a somewhat different role. I found Critters Attack to be bloody good fun, which fans of the originals should enjoy.

The Blu-Ray comes with the following special features

Engineering Gore : Designing Critters (Featurette)
Critters : An out of this world experience (Featurette)
The Critter Ball (Featurette)
Scene Specific Commentary with Director Bobby Miller and a Critter 

The DVD release apparently contains these same features.

 CRITTERS ATTACK is released to UK BD and DVD August 26th.

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Child's Play - Chucky's Coming to Your Home!

Chucky - the classic killer doll and horror icon - gets a 21st century upgrade in this critically acclaimed, razor sharp horror-comedy. Gruesome, creepy, and with a great cast – including Mark Hamill as the voice of the Buddi doll Chucky – Child’s Play is bloody good fun and charged with electric, retro cool.

After moving to a new neighbourhood, single mom Karen (Aubrey Plaza) tries to encourage her son Andy (Gabriel Bateman) to make friends by buying him a Buddi doll – the very latest in toy technology. But Andy’s doll and new best pal – which Andy names Chucky (voiced by Mark Hamill) – has a glitch that allows it to think, act, and feel. But as Andy meets new kids in the neighbourhood, how long before Chucky’s possessive friendship turns into a gruesome killer doll rampage?!

For fans of old school slasher horror, Child’s Play is like a knife plunged straight into the nostalgic pleasure zones. But the all-new Child’s Play is wickedly smart too. Chucky gets an upgrade in every way possible. He’s hardwired with plenty of heart, and he’s fully smart and WiFi-ready, which takes the horror – and hilarity – into new tech-savvy territory. 

When it’s funny, it’s very funny, and when it’s gruesome, it’s very, very gruesome. There’s creepy, knife-edge tension as director Lars Klevberg cranks up the scares, and gore- hounds will go crazy for some of the most inventive and gut- churning – not to mention gut spilling – set-pieces in modern horror. 

 You won’t want to miss out on the all-new Child’s Play – it’s killer stuff!

Child's Play comes to UK Digital outlets Oct 11th and on Disc Oct 21 from Vertigo releasing.

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A SERIAL KILLER'S GUIDE TO LIFE - New Poster revealed ahead of its forthcoming FrightFest premiere

 New poster revealed for Arrow films A SERIAL KILLER’S GUIDE TO LIFE which receives its World Premiere at the Arrow Video FrightFest on the 24th August. The film’s breakout British Director Staten Cousins Roe is today shortlisted for the prestigious Screen International Genre Rising Star Award, jointly presented by FrightFest.

Arrow Films have acquired worldwide rights with a view to releasing in the UK, US and Canada early next year, selling the worldwide rights. Its World Premiere at Arrow Video FrightFest in London on Saturday 24th August will be part of their Discovery One screenings which will feature a Q&A with the director.

Described as “Sightseers meets Thelma and Louise” (Deborah Haywood, Pin Cushion), A SERIAL KILLER’S GUIDE TO LIFE is written and directed by Staten Cousins Roe (This Way Out) and produced by Forward Motion Pictures – a multi award-winning production company run by husband and wife team Staten Cousins Roe and Poppy Roe. Their BAFTA long-listed short This Way Out is currently screening on HBO Europe, Sundance Channel Europe, Fandor and Amazon Prime.

Starring Katie Brayben (Doctor Who, King Charles III, This Way Out), Poppy Roe (This Way Out, Drawn, The Leisure Class), Ben Lloyd-Hughes (Divergent, Me Before You, Malevolent) and Emmy-nominated Sian Clifford (Fleabag, Vanity Fair, Dodgy Dave), the film follows Lou Farnt: a 30-something, self-help addict who wants nothing more than to escape her overly controlling mother and the dead-end seaside town where she grew up. So when strange and strikingly confident new life coach Val suddenly arrives on the scene and invites her on a road trip of alternative therapies, Lou finds the perfect opportunity to leave, and the perfect person to become. Unfortunately for Lou, Val’s a serial killer.

A jet-black comedy thriller in the same vein as Sightseers, A SERIAL KILLER’S GUIDE TO LIFE is a frenetic Thelma and Louise guaranteed to satisfy the self-help generation, and the modern human’s blood lust.

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Friday, 16 August 2019


Chaos has won, and evil runs amok in AMERICAN HORROR STORY: APOCALYPSE, the most terrifying and ambitious series yet of the hit anthology horror drama series, created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. Series Eight takes place after a devastating nuclear war - the perfect setting for all manner of madness and malevolence.

After the nuclear apocalypse, the world’s chosen elite survive in secure Outposts created by the mysterious Cooperative. On the American West Coast, Ms. Wilhemina Venable (Sarah Paulson) and Ms. Miriam Mead (Kathy Bates) run Outpost Three with an iron fist. 

The unexpected arrival of Michael Langdon (Cody Fern), a Cooperative representative determined to save society with a secret paradise, throws their order into chaos. However underneath the surface of humanity’s salvation lies a battlefield for the final conflict between good and evil.

Also starring Billie Lourd (Star Wars : The Rise of Skywalker, TV's Scream Queens) and screen legend Joan Collins (Tales from the Crypt, The Devil Within her, TV's Dynasty) , AMERICAN HORROR STORY: APOCALYPSE is packed with extraordinary terrors and blackly comic visions of hell on Earth, including Satanic cults, cannibals roaming a nuclear wasteland, voodoo spells, and a return of the truly ghoulish Rubber Man. 

Fans of the show will gobble it up. Newcomers beware - nightmares are guaranteed! 

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: APOCALYPSE arrives on UK Blu-ray & DVD 26th August.

The new series AMERICAN HORROR STORY: 1984 premieres on FOX on the 19th September at 10pm.

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New trailer for "Memory: The Origins of Alien" - in UK cinemas 30 Aug and on UK DVD and Digital 2 Sept

Checkout the new trailer for the forthconing documentart "Memory: The Origins of Alien" from Dogwoof productions...

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, which arrives in cinemas on 30 August 2019 followed by DVD and on demand on 2 September from Dogwoof.

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" comes to UK cinemas 30th August and is released to UK  DVD and Digital outets on the 2nd September .

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Based on the children's books that spooked a generation, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is now a major motion picture. Fright-Rags honors the film's release with exclusive shirts. They also have new House apparel and newly-created Garbage Pail Kids inspired by horror classics.

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark embraces the haunting illustrations from the books, and Fright-Rags transposes that imagery onto two shirts from the film. One features a photo of Harold the scarecrow, while the other is an original design with four monsters. 

Enter Fright-Rags' House collection at your own risk. Horror comes home on a tee with Big Ben from the '80s cult classic, as well as a shirt for The Horror Show (also known as House III) and an enamel pin based on the House poster, which features a severed hand with sliding action. 

Fright-Rags has created more new Garbage Pail Kids based on classic horror movies. Designed by GPK artist Brent Engstrom, the line offers shirts inspired by My Bloody Valentine, Maximum Overdrive, It, and an amalgam of slasher icons. 

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, House, and Garbage Pail Kids collections are on sale now at