Wednesday, 16 August 2017

IT: FLOAT - A CINEMATIC VR EXPERIENCE RELEASED

Warner Bros. Pictures releases a VR Experience for “IT”, based on the novel by Stephen King. Experience IT like you’ve never imagined before in IT: FLOAT - A Cinematic VR Experience. Meet Pennywise and enter the sewers of Derry and you’ll float too!

See the trailer below for more details.


New Line Cinema’s horror thriller “IT,” directed by Andrés Muschietti (“Mama”), is based on the hugely popular Stephen King novel of the same name, which has been terrifying readers for decades and will be released worldwide beginning September 8th by Warner Bros. Pictures.

Monday, 14 August 2017

TEMPLE - comes to UK DVD September

The latest from the writer of Blair Witch, The Guest and V/H/S, TEMPLE is a frightening horror steeped in Japanese folklore.

After locals in a northern Japanese village discover a body horribly disfigured by injuries that make identification impossible, it’s down to them to piece together found footage captured by a group of young Americans who were believed to be lost in a remote temple that’s a focal point of superstition.
 
As they begin to discover the truth, however, the mystery as to the whereabouts of these missing tourists becomes increasingly chilling.

Starring Logan Huffman (Final Girl), Natalie Warner (The Double), and Brandon Sklenar (Hunky Dory)

TEMPLE comes to UK DVD September 4th

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

 

Thursday, 10 August 2017

ANTI-MATTER - In US cinemas and on VOD this September.

Writer-director Keir Burrow's critically acclaimed sci-fi masterpiece "Anti Matter" hits US theaters and VOD outlets this September from Uncork'd Entertainment. 

Experience "art-house psychological horror at its finest" (MovieCrypt.com) in a "stylish and intriguing" (Shadows on the Wall) take on "Alice in Wonderland". 

Ana, an Oxford PhD student finds herself unable to build new memories following an experiment to generate and travel through a wormhole. The story follows her increasingly desperate efforts to understand what happened, and to find out who – or what - is behind the rising horror in her life.

Featuring a cast "anchored by a strong performance from Yaiza Figueroa" (Eye for Film), "Anti Matter" is a "taut thriller that should appeal to both hard sci-fi fans and those who don’t know their wormholes from their warp drives" (One Room With a View). 

"Anti Matter" in selected US theaters and on VOD September 8th. 

 View the trailer on YouTube

DEMON HUNTER to slice and dice on US VOD this August!

From Wild Eye Releasing comes Demon Hunter, writer-director Zoe Kavanagh’s “genre hugging” (The Irish Times) horror-actioner, available on US VOD from August 15.

Underwood meets Buffy in a frenetic slice n’ dice that’s taken home more than 15 awards, including Best Director at the Fright Fest International Film Festival.

“Bring your samurai sword” (Horror Buzz) to the chronicle a young woman, half demon/half human who helps a detective rescue his daughter from a demonic cult.

After she is captured by police for questioning in the slaying of a man she claimed was a demon, Taryn Barker must prove her innocence, and the existence of demons. But when a cult captures the daughter of one of the detectives on the case, the police must trust, and unleash, this warrior on the Satantic group who are intent on bringing an ancient evil force into the world.  

Niamh Hogan, Alan Talbot, Kevin O'Malley, Nic Furlong, Sarah Tapes Jenkinson, and Margarita Grillis star in a film that “keeps on the gas until the credits roll” (Beyond the Gore).

Demon Hunter available from US Digital/VOD outlets August 15.

View the trailer on YouTube 

 

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

New clips released from FINAL RECALL - Starring Wesley Snipes

Signature entertainment have just released 2 Behind-the-scenes clips from the forthcoming sci-fi thriller FINAL RECALL, check them out below...

Filming Locations...



Special Effects Make-Up


Synopsis: 

A group of friends are spending the weekend at a cabin on the lake while, unbeknownst to them, aliens have begun to attack planet Earth. A number of the friends are abducted immediately by the ship hovering above, and the remaining two of the group, Annie and Charlie, must rely on an eccentric and dangerous hunter who seems to have special knowledge of the attack, explaining that this day has been prophesized for years and extraterrestrials have been guiding Earth’s evolution in preparation for their ultimate takeover.

Wesley Snipes (Blade, The Expendables 3, Gallowwalkers), RJ Mitte (Breaking Bad) and Jedidiah Goodacre (Monster Trucks, Tomorrowland) star.

FINAL RECALL is released Digitally 14th August and on Disc 21st Aug.

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

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


"The Exorcist" to be unleashed onto the West End stage for the very first time

Forty-five years after William Peter Blatty’s best-selling novel terrified an entire generation, The Exorcist will be unleashed onto the West End stage for the very first time in a uniquely theatrical experience directed by Sean Mathias and adapted for the stage by John Pielmeier.

The Exorcist will play a strictly limited run at the Phoenix Theatre from 20 October 2017 to 10 March 2018. Tickets will go on general sale at 4pm on Friday 11 August.

Widely considered the scariest movie of all time, the film adaptation of The Exorcist sparked unprecedented worldwide controversy when it was released in cinemas in 1973. Winner of two Academy Awards, William Friedkin’s masterpiece saw audiences petrified to the point of passing out and went on to become one of the top ten highest grossing films of all time.

“Oh please, Mother, make it stop! It's hurting.”

When the medical profession fails to provide answers to young Regan's strange symptoms her desperate mother Chris turns to a local priest for help. But before Father Damien can tackle what's before him, he must overcome his own shaken beliefs, as this fight is for more than just one girl's soul…

Sean Mathias has worked at the Royal National Theatre and many times in the West End and on Broadway, as well as extensively internationally. In 2009/2010 Sean’s production of Waiting For Godot played two seasons at the Theatre Royal Haymarket and toured the UK and internationally. In 2013 Godot played Broadway along with his production of Pinter’s No Man’s Land, the latter transferring to Wyndham’s Theatre in October 2017 starring Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart, and won Best Revival at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2016.

The Exorcist is designed by Olivier Award-winning Designer Anna Fleischle (Hangmen) with lighting by Tim Mitchell (RSC/Guys and Dolls), composition and sound design by Adam Cork (London Road) and illusion design is by Ben Hart (Impossible).

Phoenix Theatre
Charing Cross Rd
London
WC2H 0JP

PLEASE NOTE this production contains material which may shock and offend. Recommended age guidance 18+.

First Performance: 20 October 2017
Booking to 10 March 2018

Monday – Thursday 8pm
‘Friday is Fright-Night’ 6pm evening and ‘Fright Night late show’ 9pm
Saturday 4pm and 8pm

http://www.atgtickets.com/shows/the-exorcist/phoenix-theatre/
Tel (UK) 0844 871 7629



Monday, 7 August 2017

Satanic obsession puts pressure on the case in "Charismata" Trailer

Independent London based filmmakers, Andy Collier and Tor Mian, have released their unsettling trailer for feature horror film "Charismata", which looks at the impact of female oppression in the world of a Satanic murder case. 

Check out the trailer below...


Synopsis
When Detective Rebecca Faraway is thrown head first into a cult murder case, she finds the male-dominated world forces her into obsession and suspicion. As the case develops and her instincts are ignored by those around her, paranoia combined with hysteria and delusions transcends into a demonic game of cat and mouse between her and the enigmatic suspect Michael Sweet. Divulging deeper into Faraway’s delicate mind, the main suspect shows her that death is merely the beginning of what could be the struggle to keep her soul and sanity.

Sarah Beck Mather (Rebecca Faraway) has been credited notably for her incredible performance in Charismata, alongside Jamie Satterthwaite (Michael Sweet); who together build a disturbing and manipulative relationship. Charismata also stars Andonis Anthony who plays Faraway’s sarcastic and crude-humoured partner Detective Eli; and Johnny Vivash who portrays the hapless and illequipped security manager who is another suspect.

The release date of Charismata and the distribution company are yet to be confirmed.

The horror feature is the first film that Andy and Tor have cowritten and co-directed together, with it also being Andy’s first feature as director. Tor and Andy previously worked on the highly acclaimed micro-budget features The Sky in Bloom and The Milky Way, both which were written and directed by Tor Mian. 

For more info visit the Official Website

Also visit their social media pages on Facebook and Twitter 


BFI Southbank presents "Stephen King Season" this Sep-Oct.

Is there a contemporary novelist who has had a greater impact on cinema than Stephen King? Since Carrie’s telekinetic meltdown at the prom over four decades ago, his creations have hit screens, both big and small, with unwavering regularity. 

Scarcely a year passes without a handful of new interpretations, and now, with over 100 features, shorts and (in name only) sequels in existence, the ‘Stephen King movie’ is a sub-genre in itself. 

But while King’s name is synonymous with horror, this season proves his work can make for richly varied, genre-bending cinema. As 2017 sees an exciting new crop of adaptations including It and The Dark Tower, and King’s 70th birthday, there’s no better time to celebrate and re-evaluate his invaluable contribution to the moving image. 

All hail the King at the BFI Southbank, checkout the following link to see what films are being screened and when at the BFI Website

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Norwegian comedy/horror "Vidar the Vampire" hits the festival circuit

Vidar the Vampire is a Norwegian ultra low budget horror-comedy produced by UFOh! The film is set to premiere at The Norwegian International Film Festival in Haugesund on August 23rd, 2017 and will screen at both Fantasy Filmfest, Germany and FilmQuest, USA in September, 2017.  
 
 
Synopsis:
Vidar Haarr is a 33 year old, sexually frustrated bachelor farmer who leads a Christian, monotonous and strenuous working life on his mother's farmstead in the Western outskirts of Norway. In a desperate attempt to break free from routine, Vidar prays to a higher power to grant him a life without boundaries. Unfortunately, his prayers are heard and Vidar wakes up one evening as the Prince of Darkness in sin city, Stavanger. 

The making of Vidar the Vampire has been an entirely organic process from beginning to end, both by choice and necessity. We started writing the script in 2012, shot and edited a pilot in 2013, went back to the drawing board and rewrote the script over and over from 2013 to 2015. The rest of the film was shot on and off from 2015 through 2016, while continuously making changes in the script based on the footage acquired. This on-and-off process of filmmaking was necessary due to seasonal based scenes and the fact that our core crew members were reliant on side jobs to be able to support themselves. 

Vidar the Vampire follows typical genre conventions but with an energetic twist and innovation.

The film is self-financed with a budet totalling approximately USD 60.000,-.
 
View the Trailer on YouTube

POLTERGEIST meets IT in CLOWNTERGEIST!

Poltergeist meets IT in Clowntergeist, premiering on US VOD September 12 from High Octane Pictures!

Emma, a college student with a crippling fear of clowns, must come face to face with her worst fear when an evil spirit in the body of a clown is summoned terrorizing the town she calls home. 

One by one Emma and her friends receive a balloon with the exact time and date of when it will appear to kill them written on it. After receiving her balloon, Emma realizes that she has two days left to live, and must fight against the clock to find a way to survive.

From writer-director Aaron Mirtes comes the film critics say may "reignite your killer clown phobia"*, Clowntergeist out in the US from Sept 12 from High Octane Pictures.

View the trailer on YouTube

Friday, 4 August 2017

Sony Pictures to release "Rogue Warrior : Robot Fighter" in the US this August.

Following a successful theatrical run, Sony Pictures’ Rogue Warrior : Robot Fighter is coming to US VOD outlets August 15.

The Neil Johnson directed film, described as a mix of “Mad Max” and “Star Wars”, is a science fiction film set in the distant future depicting the overthrow of humanity by artificial intelligence on Earth and other worlds. Tracey Birdsall plays Sienna, a resourceful rebel on a quest to take down the evil empire of robots.

Starring alongside Birdsall are William Kircher (The Hobbit’), Daz Crawford (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) Stephen Manley (Star Trek III) and Marilyn Ghiggliotti (Clerks).

Official synopsis :  A few decades from now… Sienna, a rebellious robot-fighting arms dealer, lives on a post-apocalyptic Earth. When the cities start to fall under the control of the A.I. Scourge, a hyper-weaponized robot army, Sienna decides to leave the Earth and journey to the centre of the galaxy, seeking a mythical weapon that can neutralize any form of A.I.

Pursued by giant machines, Sienna loses everything she cares about in an effort to save the last vestiges of humanity in an A.I. controlled galaxy.

ROGUE WARRIOR : ROBOT FIGHTER
available August 15 on US VOD.

View the trailer on YouTube

Studiocanal announces new Hammer Horror Collection - cinema screenings and home ent releases.

Celebrating 60 years of Hammer Horror THE HAMMER HORROR COLLECTION from StudioCanal.



Frightfest restoration premieres of:
Demons of the Mind and Blood From The Mummy’s Tomb
27th August 2017

Scalarama presents Hammer Time!
Special screenings on 19th September 2017

BLOOD FROM THE MUMMY’S TOMB, DEMONS OF THE MIND, FEAR IN THE NIGHT and SCARS OF DRACULA
Doubleplay editions released 23rd October 2017

DR JEKYLL AND SISTER HYDE, TO THE DEVIL A DAUGHTER, STRAIGHT ON TILL MORNING and HORROR OF FRANKENSTEIN
Doubleplay editions released 13th November 2017

In 1957, Hammer’s first ever horror film in colour was released: The Curse of Frankenstein. Its huge success spawned many more Hammer Horror films and the studio’s domination of the horror genre, which was to last for a decade and a half. 

So 60 years on, to commemorate this anniversary, Studiocanal and Park Circus, in conjunction with FrightFest, Scalarama and more tbc, are releasing brand new restorations of eight classic Hammer Horror titles at cinemas and on DVD/Blu-ray doubleplay

From the gothic horrors Scars of Dracula, Blood From The Mummy’s Tomb, Dr Jekyll & Sister Hyde,Horror Of Frankenstein and psychological chillers Fear In The Night, Straight On Till Morning and Demons Of The Mind to Hammer’s last horror film of the 20th century To The Devil A Daughter, the eight films are selected from the glory years of the iconic house of horror.

On Sunday 27th August 2017, FrightFest will host the restoration premieres of Demons Of The Mind and Blood From The Mummy’s Tomb at the Prince Charles Cinema, London.

On 19th September 2017 Scalarama’s annual month-long celebration of movies presents ‘Hammer Day’, with screenings across the UK of all eight restored Hammer films, in conjunction with Park Circus. 19th September would have been the birthday of Hammer producer/screenwriter Anthony Hinds.

Studiocanal will release the newly restored films as Doubleplay editions on 23rd October 2017 [Blood From The Mommy’s Tomb, Demons Of The Mind, Fear In The Night, Scars of Dracula] and on 13th November 2017 [Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde, Straight On ‘Til Morning, To The Devil A Daughter, Horror Of Frankenstein]. Extra features are to be confirmed.

 

New Trailer and Poster released for "Escaping the Dead".

Something is rotten in the state of Denmark! There really is, and it's been underway for quite a while. Danish zombie flick "Escaping The Dead", is inspired by the face eating incident in Florida a few years back!   

The official trailer is here and the film is headed out to festivals, already having its first screenings in late August at Action on Film International Film Festival in Las Vegas!

"Escaping The Dead" was written, produced and directed by Martin Sonntag and Bastian Brinch Pedersen, while starring Bastian Brinch Pedersen as David, Lloyd Kaufman, Lone Fleming (from the classic Italian 'Blind Dead' films and many more), Kim Sønderholm ('Vidar The Vampire', 'Your Flesh Your Curse', 'Reyes'), Heine Sørensen, Sune Rolf Jensen, Sead Sainoski, Dorte Rømer, over 150 zombie actors and many, many more!

The film has been a 5 year long endavour, inspired by a series of articles about the deathdrug "Krokodil" that was published about the same period of time when Ronald Poppo had his face eaten by a naked man hooked on bathsalt in Miami. 

It is the perfect zombie plot: a deathdrug that turns people into zombies.

The film has its starting point in a typical day for the lead character, David. David is the local marijuana pusher, but he is the kind of dealer that smokes more than he sells. 

The country has been hit by a new deathdrug and when David and his partner in crime, Ahmir, is offered some exceptionally cheap cocaine they see it as an opportunity to earn big money at a big techno concert the following Friday. The cocaine turns out to have a terrible side effect that creates a giant zombie outbreak that spreads across the entire Copenhagen.

Check out the trailer and make sure to catch the film, either on one of many coming festival screenings or whenever it hits home release! 


 

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Horror Channel FrightFest 2017 announces Short Film Showcase



With twenty-six films over three days, including ten World, four European and seven UK premieres, Horror Channel FrightFest’s short film showcase unleashes this year’s eclectic mix of the bold, brave, bloody and barmy with films programmed to entertain, frighten, enlighten and simply amaze.

There are twelve films from the United Kingdom, forming the centerpiece of this year’s line-up. These include James Moran’s BLOOD SHED, starring Shaun Dooley and Sally Phillips, where a man’s love of his garden shed takes a rather murderous turn. In JUDGEMENT, Neil Maskell stars as a single man looking for love in all the wrong places and Laurence R. Harvey shines as a mutated children’s’ toy in TEDDY BEAR’S PICNIC. Then there’s Katie Bonham’s MAB, about a girl who turns to witchcraft to teach someone a lesson.




The other home-grown offerings see people haunted by ghostly figures in HELD DOWN BY A SHADOW and MAYFLOWER, while humans are the threat in THE WELCOMING and MISDIRECTION. Other dimensions hold secrets and sway in EVENT HORIZON and HUM, while the house down the lane holds horror in the Cannes-selected REAL GODS REQUIRE BLOOD. And finally, SMEAR will make you laugh all the way to the most uncomfortable procedure at the doctors’ surgery.

Horror from around the world will creep up on you, first as a cat with a deadly secret in MEOW, then as a woman out for revenge in FOR A GOOD TIME, CALL…Being alone in a strange house is no laughing matter in DRIP DROP and ROTARY, while one should be careful of what lurks behind the doors in CRESWICK and FEEDING TIME, which stars Stacy Snyder and Graham Skipper. And if you think butterflies are just cute flying insects, VOCABULARY 1 might change your mind.

Love can tear you apart or set you free in the gorgeous fantasies of BAD HEADS and NIMMER, while the loss and search for loved ones becomes an obsession in MAN IN THE MOON and AN ELDRITCH PLACE. And the lure of power is too much for some people when the realm of science fiction makes the unbelievable seem real, in KEPT and TETHER. 


In addition to the showcases, there are two special short film screenings. Preceding our opening night film ‘Cult of Chucky’ is THE DOLLHOUSE, a loving tribute to growing up in the world of the psychokiller doll, directed by Kyra Gardner. And our very own short film programmer Shelagh Rowan-Legg’s new film FLOW will have its European premiere preceding the screening of DHOGS..

The full line-up
FRIDAY 25 AUG – SPLICE MEDIA DISCOVERY SCREEN 1 from 13:20
(Prince Charles Cinema)

THE WELCOMING (World Premiere)
Director: Russ Gomm. Cast: Isabel Calder, Ben Shockley. UK 2017. 7 mins.
A little girl goes wandering in the woods. But some who wander might end up lost in darker places

.ROTARY (World Premiere)
Director: Lorenzo P. Adams. Cast: Emma Fawkes, David M. Goldberg. US 2017. 11 mins.
This babysitter’s childminding nights are usually uneventful. But not this evening…

BAD HEADS (London Premiere)
Director: Rebekah Fieschi. Cast: Alice Dessuant, Diako Diakoff. France 2015.  14 mins.
Jenny wants love so much she is willing to create it from scratch. But what she creates might not be what she wants.

MISDIRECTION (UK Premiere)
Director: Nic Alderton. Cast: Lucy Cudden, Daniel Caltagirone. UK 2017. 9 mins.
Steph, a married but lonely woman, meets an intriguing stranger at a bar. His charm might be more deadly than she imagines.

FOR A GOOD TIME, CALL…(European Premiere)
Director: Izzy Lee. Cast: Sean Carmichael, Tristan Risk. US 2017. 12 mins.
A man who uploads a homemade sex video taken in secret gets more than he bargained for when he makes a pit stop.

TETHER (International Premiere)
Director: Tim Reis. Cast: Mark Ashworth. US 2017. 12 mins.
A soldier in battle. A surgical team remotely repairing him. Warfare just hit a new level.

KEPT (World Premiere)
Director: Jaime Gonzalez. Cast: Jairo Camargo,  Manuel Sarmiento. Colombia 2017.m18 mins.
Scientists have discovered a way to record dreams, and those with ulterior motives waste no time exploiting those whose dreams are the most powerful.

MEOW (European Premiere)
Director: Chris Jopp. Cast: Eleonore Dendy, Charles Hubbell. US 2016. 13 mins.
Samantha has a new apartment, and a cat she must keep hidden from the landlord. But that might be hard with all the bodies that keep appearing.

SUNDAY 27 AUG – SPLICE MEDIA DISCOVERY SCREEN 2 from 11:15
EVENT HORIZON (UK Premiere)
Director: Joséfa Celestin. Cast: Kate McLaughlin, Lori Stott. UK 2016. 10 mins.
Julianne is reluctant to leave childhood behind. But her fear of the future manifests in a strange celestial object that she must confront.

MAN IN THE MOON (UK Premiere)
Director: Monique Mulcahy. Cast: Pauline Grace, JC Innamorati. Australia 2016. 13 mins.
A single mother is concerned about her son’s obsession with a homemade video game. But her obsession turns to fear when she intercepts a strange transmission.

MAYFLOWER (World Premiere)
Director: Christopher Goodman. Cast: Jason Ryall. UK 2017. 7 mins.
A young engineer wakes up from cryo-sleep during a routine deep space flight. Was it due to a false alarm, or something more sinister?

VOCABULARY 1 (London Premiere)
Director: Becky James. Cast: Emma Roselle. US 2016.
Snakes are dangerous, and butterflies are cute. But is that really the case?

NIMMER (London Premiere)
Director: Lieven Vanhove. Cast: Geert Vandyck, Sarah Eisa. Belgium 2016. 16 mins.
A lighthouse. Two lovers. A dangerous cliff and the turbulent sea. Time is running out.

FEEDING TIME (UK Premiere)
Director: Matt Mercer. Cast: Stacy Snyder, Graham Skipper. US 2016. 13 mins.
When a young woman fills in for her friend on a babysitting job, she begins to suspect things are not as they seem.

REAL GODS REQUIRE BLOOD (London Premiere)
Director: Moin Hussain. Cast: Anna Berentzen, Kirsty Doyle. UK 2017. 20 mins.
A young woman does her neighbour a favour and looks after her young children. But something is lurking in the shadows.

BLOOD SHED (World Premiere)
Director: James Moran. Cast: Shaun Dooley, Sally Phillips. UK 2017. 13 mins.
Jack loves a bargain. And he loves sheds. But when he gets his very own dream shed, it might be a little more than he bargained for.

MONDAY 28 AUG – SPLICE MEDIA DISCOVERY SCREEN 2 from 11:15
TEDDY BEARS PICNIC (World Premiere)
Director: Thomas Hodge. Cast: Abby Miller, Laurence R. Harvey. UK 2017. 5 mins.
When this young mother and her daughter go out in the woods today, they are definitely in for a big surprise.

MAB (World Premiere)
Director: Katie Bonham. Cast: Maria Teresa, Lucy Clements. UK 2017. 15 mins.
Rosie makes strange daily deliveries to an isolated woman in the woods. But one day Rosie needs the woman’s services, which she never imagined.

AN ELDRITCH PLACE (UK Premiere)
Director: Julien Jauniaux. Cast: Ludovic Philips, Habib Ben Tanfous. Belgium 2016. 16 mins.
When Abdel accepts a night watchman job for Francis, he'll soon discover his obscure secret.

HUM (London Premiere)
Director: Stefano Nurra. Cast: Adam Shaw, James Bryce. UK 2017. 15 mins.
A grieving plumber seeks out a disgraced quantum physicist to rid himself of a tormenting "Hum"

DRIP DROP (UK Premiere)
Director: Jonna Nilsson. Cast: Siham Shurafa. Sweden, 2016. 8 mins.
A woman returns home to find there is no water in the house. Later that night, the water returns in the form of a steady drip.

JUDGEMENT (World Premiere)
Director: Sean Healy. Cast: Neil Maskell, Sura Dohnke. UK 2017. 5 mins.
Tom is getting on well with Ann, so well that she introduces him to her son, Jed. But Tom might be in for more than he had in mind….

CRESWICK (London Premiere)
Director: Natalie Erika James. Cast: Dana Miltins, Chris Orchard. Australia, 2016. 9 mins.
While a woman helps her father pack up his house, they are both increasingly aware of the presence that they always knew was there.

HELD DOWN BY A SHADOW (UK Premiere)
Director: Alex Peace. Cast: May Kelly, Katie Marie-Carter. UK 2017. 18 mins.
Scarlett hasn't gone to bed with the light off in a very long time. But every night, she wakes up in the dark unable to move...and she's not alone.

SMEAR (World Premiere)
Director: Kate Herron. Cast: Sophia di Martino, Isabella Laughland. UK 2017. 4 mins.
Chloe has to get a pap smear. Things are going to get messy.

SPECIAL SCREENINGS

THE DOLLHOUSE (World Premiere) Preceding CULT OF CHUCKY
Director: Kyra Gardner. Cast: Don Mancini, Brad Dourif. US 2017. 7 mins.
A filmmaker who grew up with the Chucky doll seeks out the other families surrounding the franchise to get their perspective on life with Chucky.

 FLOW (European Premiere) preceding DHOGS
Director: Shelagh Rowan-Legg. Cast: Jamie Birkett, Lucy Clements. UK 2017. 5 mins.
When two women rebels are involved in a skirmish, they have more to argue about than the enemy...

Horror Channel FrightFest runs from 24th - 28th August 2017 at Cineworld Leicester Square and The Prince Charles Cinema.

Single tickets and passes are available to buy online:  http://www.frightfest.co.uk/tickets.html

For full programme details and timetables go to: www.frightfest.co.uk

Follow Frightfest on Facebook and Twitter

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ROANOKE on UK BD & DVD 11 Sept

Coming to UK Disc this September from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. The Sixth Installment of the Acclaimed American Horror Story Anthology AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ROANOKE.

Life imitates grisly reality TV in one of television’s edgiest and most acclaimed shows ever. Told in gripping true crime documentary style, “My Roanoke Nightmare” — this season’s show within the show — chronicles shocking paranormal events. 

Hoping to begin a peaceful new life in a rustic North Carolina farmhouse, Shelby and Matt Miller (Emmy winner Sarah Paulson and OSCAR Winner Cuba Gooding Jr) flee Los Angeles, only to find murder, mayhem and madness awaits them. From a girl ghost to a swine monster to murderous nurse sisters to a sadistic cult leader known as “The Butcher” (OSCAR Winner Kathy Bates), the couple’s home is filled with nonstop terrors.

BD and DVD Bonus Features Include:
-The Paley Center for Media: Q&A with Cast and Creative Team from PaleyFest 2017
-Collection of American Horror Story: Roanoke Promos

American Horror Story: Roanoke is available on UK BD and DVD from the 11th September, from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. 

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

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



 

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Mayhem Film Festival announces DOUBLE DATE, TOP KNOT DETECTIVE and FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 3: 3D

With its 13th edition fast approaching, Mayhem Film Festival is proud to announce the first three titles from its 2017 programme. 


The festival will open with a preview screening of Benjamin Barfoot’s Double Date, which will be followed by a Q&A with members of the cast and crew. Double Date follows mild-mannered innocent Jim as he attempts to lose his virginity on the eve of his 30th birthday; but the beautiful sisters he and his friend Alex have met for the night, may have darker plans in mind. Guests for this event will be announced later in the summer.

Also on the line-up is the utterly hilarious Top Knot Detective, an Australian mockumentary about a 90s Japanese samurai/detective series known in Japan as ‘Ronin Suiri Tentai’ (‘Deductive Reasoning Ronin’) but known in Australia as ‘Top Knot Detective’. Battling ninjas, monsters, outrageous behaviour, and killer lines, it has it all and is not to be missed!

Wrapping up Mayhem’s first round of announcements, the festival will screen Friday the 13th Part III: 3D, on Friday 13 October, for its 13th edition – an evening with Jason by Crystal Lake, not for the superstitious.

More events, films and guests for Mayhem 2017 will be announced later in the summer.

Mayhem Film Festival will take place at Broadway, Nottingham on 12-15 October 2017 and more news will be revealed over the summer about this year’s edition. For more information, please visit www.mayhemfilmfestival.com

RYDE - available digitally in the UK from 21 Aug

Nights out have never been so dangerous once Paul (David Wachs) takes the identity of a 'Ryde' driver, the newest taxi service app in town, as unbeknownst to his customers he has a deadly secret that he is ready to unleash... 

Prowling the busy streets and looking for his next kill, one by one revellers use the latest app to get Paul to pick them up, setting themselves up to become his latest victim whilst not knowing that this ride might be the last of their life. 

Never has access to a psychopath been so easy - he is just one click away...

"Ryde" will be available to watch on iTunes, Amazon Video, Google Play, Microsoft, Vubiquity, TalkTalk, Sony, Wuaki from 21 Aug.



Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Chad Michael Murray and Danielle Harris head to 'CAMP COLD BROOK'

Chad Michael Murray (House of Wax, TV's Sun Records) and Danielle Harris (Halloween 4 & 5, Hatchet 2 & 3) will headline Andy Palmer's Camp Cold Brook.

Produced by Warner Davis of Petri Entertainment, Gremlins alum Joe Dante and Mark Alan of Renfield Productions, and Jason Van Eman and Ross Marroso of Weathervane Productions, pic tells of a reality TV crew that get more than they bargained for when they decide to film the next episode in the legendary Camp Cold Brook.

Reality TV producer and host, JACK WILSON (Chad Michael Murray), finds himself in a tough spot. His finances have crumbled and his show, “Haunt Squad”, is about to be cancelled. In a last ditch effort to spark ratings to land a final season, he and his producers Angela (Danielle Harris) and Emma as well as their trusted cameraman Kevin choose the legend of Camp Cold Brook to save their show. 

The camp was host to a horrific incident, where the young campers were drowned in a nearby creek 20 years ago.  Their arrival begins like any other episode. Cameras are placed, lights spark to life, but this is not going to be a regular episode of chasing errant noises and measuring for EVP. The terror here was real and the 30 are about to rise.

Courtney Gains (The Burbs, Children of the Corn), Michael Eric Reid (TV's Victorious),Candice De Visser (The Funhouse Massacre), Mary Kathryn Bryant (Hellraiser : Judgement), Loren Lodesma (A.S.K), and Jason Van Eman (1 Mile to You) help make up the ensemble.


Tasty new poster for THE ICE CREAM TRUCK - on US VOD Aug 18

THE ICE CREAM TRUCK is getting closer!


Writer-director Megan Freels Johnston’s suburban nightmare The Ice Cream Truck will hit US theaters August 18 and be released day-and-date on US VOD via Uncork’d Entertainment. A new trailer and poster have been released to coincide with the release.

The provocative psychological thriller stars Deanna Russo (Being Human, Gossip Girl) as Mary, who moves back to her suburban hometown after her husband gets relocated for work.  As her family ties up loose ends back home, she moves into their new house alone. And although the move makes Mary nostalgic for her youth, there’s something very sinister about that Ice Cream Truck that patrols her suburb.

The Ice Cream Truck also stars Dana Gaier (Despicable Me 3), John Redlinger (Thirst, Banshee), Emil Johnsen (Isolerad), Hilary Barraford (Go For Sisters), Jeff Daniel Phillips (31),  and Lisa Ann Walter (War of the Worlds).


The Ice Cream Truck will be released in US theaters and on US VOD August 18.

Monday, 31 July 2017

Circus Kane premiering on US VOD this September

From Uncork'd Entertainment and DeInstitutionalized comes the it horror movie of fall, Circus Kane premiering on VOD 9/8.

The notorious and disgraced circus master, Balthazar Kane, invites an unsuspecting group of social media stars to the revival of his CIRCUS KANE by promising $250,000 to any of them who can make it through the night. 

Kane’s true plan quickly proves to be far more sinister as the contestants realize more than money is on the line. The group must fight for their lives to escape Kane’s demented house of horrors.

Jonathan Lipnicki (Jerry Maguire) and Mark Christopher Lawrence (Cooties) head up the cast of Christopher Douglas-Olen Ray’s fantastic frighthouse Circus Kane, on US VOD this September.

James Cullen Bressack and Zack Ward scripted, based on a story by Sean Sellars. Gerald Webb, Christopher Ray and James Cullen Bressack produce.

View the trailer on YouTube





George A. Romero Between Night & Dawn - Out 23rd October

Three films from the late, legendary horror director, George A. Romero, showing that although he might have defined zombie cinema, it didn’t define him.  There’s Always Vanilla, Season of the Witch and The Crazies, made between Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead, showcase the extraordinary versatility and dynamism of this irreplaceable American auteur.  

When George A. Romero passed away in July, the film world didn’t just lose its beloved ‘King of Zombies’, but also a groundbreaking and fearless innovator who inspired not only generations of genre directors, but also experimental and guerilla filmmakers for whom he laid down the template. 

The three films collected in this box set - two early Seventies ‘lost films’ and a classic plague panic thriller - show there’s more to the legendary director than simply gut-munching ghouls. The comedy romance There’s Always Vanilla, psychological thriller Season of the Witch, and infection horror The Crazies - all filmed in and around Pittsburgh - serve to display the broader thematic concerns and auteurist leanings of a skilled craftsman too often pigeonholed within the genre; that said, The Crazies is one of his strongest horror offerings, with memorable performances from Lynn Lowry and Richard Liberty.

Romero managed to inject his films with subtle social allegories, nuanced examinations of the human condition, and just the right amount of black humour, so that they were immediately recognisable as his and his alone. The box set showcases the director feeling his way towards the mainstream and showing a formidable assurance in three very distinct genres.

This fantastic box set includes brand new restorations of the three films, a lavish 60-page booklet featuring new writing on this fascinating chapter of Romero’s career, a wealth of extras including interviews, featurettes and behind the scenes documentaries, reversible sleeves for all three films featuring original and newly-commissioned artwork, and a beautifully designed and striking slipcase featuring an iconic image of the man himself. 

Limited Edition Contents:
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard DVD presentations
English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Reversible sleeves for each film featuring original and newly-commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx
Limited Edition 60-page booklet featuring new writing on the films

THERE’S ALWAYS VANILLA

Brand new 2K restoration from the original negative
Brand new audio commentary by Travis Crawford
Brand new interviews with actors Judith Ridley and Richard Ricci, producer Russ Streiner and sound recordist Gary Streiner
Digging Up the Dead – The Lost Films of George A. Romero – archive interview with Romero looking at his early films There’s Always Vanilla and Season of the Witch Trailer
Trailer

SEASON OF THE WITCH

Brand new 4K restoration from original film elements
Alternate extended cut
Brand new audio commentary by Travis Crawford
When Romero met Del Toro – celebrated filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro sits down with George Romero for this candid career-spanning conversation
The Secret Life of Jack's Wife – archive interview with actress Jan White
Alternate Opening Titles
Trailers

THE CRAZIES

Brand new 4K restoration from original film elements
Brand new audio commentary by Travis Crawford
Romero Was Here – featurette revisiting The Crazies filming locations in Evans City, PA
Never Before Seen BTS footage
2016 Q&A with Lynn Lowry from Abertoir Film Festival
Alternate Opening Titles
Trailers

Pre-order the UK BD/DVD box set from Amazon.co.uk

LEATHERFACE - Horror Channel FrightFest 2017 World Premiere 25th August

The eagerly-awaited, nerve-shattering prequel to the legendary The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, exploring the chilling origin of the fearsome horror icon, from the directors of the extreme French masterpiece Inside. 

A young nurse is kidnapped by four violent teens after they escape from a psychiatric hospital, and take her on a road trip to hell. Pursued by an equally deranged, trigger-happy lawman out for revenge, one of these teens is destined for tragedy and horrors that will destroy his mind - moulding him into the monster we now know as Leatherface.

When the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre burst onto the screen in 1974, a new horror legend was born, in the form of a mumbling, bumbling, flesh-masked, chainsaw wielding maniac - Leatherface! Seven films and untold gruesome deaths later, audiences can finally find out who lurks behind the mask - and how he got there, in this stylish, scary and blood-soaked prequel.

The directors - masters of horror Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury - are a perfect fit for the material, having shocked audiences with their 2007 gory Gallic debut Inside, described by Twitch as ‘one of the harshest, most brutal and disturbing things to hit celluloid in recent years’.  Here, the pair deliver brooding menace and nightmarish psychological horror, all the while ratcheting up the tension to the ninth degree.

With a fantastic cast - including genre favourites Stephen Dorff (Blade) and Lili Taylor (The Conjuring), as well as Game of Thrones star Finn Jones, this is a worthy addition to the Chainsaw franchise, and a thrilling examination of the genesis of a monster ranked alongside Freddy and Jason as one of the greatest horror characters ever.

Getting its world premiere on Friday 25th August at this year’s prestigious Horror Channel FrightFest 2017 in London, this is a big moment in the annals horror cinema - the unmasking of a maniac - that will have horror fans drooling with delight.

A Millennium Films production, directed by Julien Maury & Alexandre Bustillo from the screenplay by Seth M. Sherwood, based on the characters created by Kim Henkle & Tobe Hooper.

The behind-the-scenes team fulfilling the vision of acclaimed French directors Julien Maury & Alexandre Bustillo includes director of photography Antoine Sanier, production designer Alain Bainee, editors Sebastien De Saint Croix & Josh Ethier and costume designer Ina Damyanova with casting by Jeremy Zimmermann and music by David Buckley.

LEATHERFACE will receive its world premiere at Horror Channel FrightFest 2017 on Friday 25th August, and will release on DVD & Blu-ray 9th January 2018 courtesy of Lionsgate UK and Lionsgate Home Entertainment UK. 


For more infromation on this and other films at this years FrightFest, and to buy tickets, visit http://www.frightfest.co.uk/

Vestron Collectors Series - Coming from Lionsgate UK

Lionsgate UK proudly presents four newly restored Vestron Collectors Series horrors: Blood Diner, CHUD II: Bud the Chud, Return of the Living Dead 3, Waxwork on Blu-ray on 28th August.

BLOOD DINER 
Restored and remastered, this UNRATED VERSION has never been on Blu-ray! 

Grab a table at the BLOOD DINER—a cut above the rest! The Tutman Brothers run the most popular restaurant in town. Popular, that is, if you’re the county coroner! 

The “Head” chef has a real human touch with his special recipes - a killer line-up of delicacies made from human flesh! One of the most insane and over-the-top horror comedies ever made, BLOOD DINER is presented here fully uncut, restored from original vault materials, and features a buffet of tasty new supplemental features you’ll just die for!

Special Features:
AUDIO COMMENTARY with Director Jackie Kong
FEATURETTES: “Queen Kong,” “The Cook, The Uncle, and The Detective,” “Open for Business,” “Scoring for Sheetar,” “You Are What They Eat!”
ARCHIVAL INTERVIEW with Project Consultant Eric Caidin
THEATRICAL TRAILER
TV SPOTS
STILL GALLERY

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

C.H.U.D. II: BUD THE CHUD
Restored and remastered and for the first time on Blu-ray! 

Kevin, Steve, and Katie are an inseparable trio of friends doing some extracurricular snooping in the school science lab when, among the test tubes and beakers, they discover a corpse! But before they can say “Abra Cadaver,” the body disappears, rolling down Route 51 strapped to a gurney. The kids need a spare stiff, and fast. 

What they find is “Bud the Chud,” a half-dead decomposing humanoid, the result of a military experiment gone haywire. When Bud sets out on a killing spree, the kids, the army, the police, and the FBI are hot on his trail, trying to save the entire town from becoming “Chudified!”

  UNRATED VERSION!
• First time on Blu-ray
• Limited edition Collector's Series
• NEW Vestron Video Collector's Edition packaging
• Restored and remastered
Special Features:
AUDIO COMMENTARY with Director David Irving
INTERVIEWS: Actor Gerrit Graham, Actress Tricia Leigh Fisher, Special Effects Artist Allan Apone
VIDEO TRAILER
STILL GALLERY

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


RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD 3
Restored and remastered and for the first time on Blu-ray!
 
In Return of the Living Dead Part II, the chemical Trioxin turned people into flesh-eating zombies. Now, the government is trying to control these unstoppable cannibalistic killers in RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD 3. 

When a young man uses the chemical to bring his girlfriend back to life after a motorcycle accident, she is driven to eat the only thing that will nourish her... human brains! She tries to stop her own feeding frenzy but a chain reaction has already begun, as hordes of undead are unleashed from their graves!

Special Features:
AUDIO COMMENTARY with Director Brian Yuzna, Actress Melinda Clarke, Make-Up Effects Supervisor Tom Rainone
A CONVERSATION with Director Brian Yuzna and Screenwriter John Penney
INTERVIEWS with Special Effects Artists Steve Johnson and Chris Nelson
INTERVIEWS with Production Executive David Tripet and Editor/Post-Production Supervisor Christopher Roth
THEATRICAL TRAILERS
STILL GALLERY

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

WAXWORK
Restored and remastered! 

Inside the wax museum a group of teenagers are aghast at the hauntingly life like wax displays of Dracula, the Wolfman, the Mummy, and other character members of the Horror Hall of Fame. Each display is perfectly grotesque, yet each is missing one thing . . . a victim! 

Admission to the WAXWORK was free but now they may pay with their lives! One by one, the students are drawn in as objects of the bloodthirsty creatures. They are now part of the permanent collection!
 
Special Features:
AUDIO COMMENTARY with Anthony Hickox & Zach Galligan
THEATRICAL TRAILER
STILL GALLERY
FEATURETTES: “The Waxwork Chronicles” (Parts 1–6), The Making of Waxwork

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

Lionsgate UK presents the remastered and restored Blood Diner, C.H.U.D. II: Bud the Chud, Return of the Living Dead 3 and Waxwork on Blu-ray on August 28th, 2017




Horror Channel FrightFest 2017 reveals guest-list


Kane Hodder, Joe Lynch, Adam Green, Don Mancini, Jennifer Tilly, Fiona Dourif, Barbara Crampton, Dominic Brunt, Jason Flemyng, Dexter Fletcher, Annette Crosbie and Steven Berkoff amongst monster guest-list.

View the event trailer...


It’s been five years since Don Mancini and Fiona Dourif raised the Empire roof with CURSE OF CHUCKY and this year they are joined by the irrepressible Jennifer Tilly for the opening World Premiere of CULT OF CHUCKY.  Also attending five years after his previous appearance will be the one and only Kane Hodder, Together with director Derek Dennis Herbert, Kane will be launching his remarkably honest and moving documentary TO HELL AND BACK: THE KANE HODDER STORY as well as supporting another returning favourite, director Adam Green, who will be here to launch his HATCHET redux.

You can’t have Green without Lynch, and ten years since they first put FrightFest on the international map with their brilliant ‘Road to FrightFest’ shorts, they are in the building, with Joe Lynch in town to big up his uber-exciting MAYHEM. And the bad boys of horror have something special planned – a live edition of their famous Movie Crypt Podcast.

Hollywood horror royalty Barbara Crampton lit up FrightFest in 2015 when she presented a record four of her latest releases and the popular icon is back with REPLACE, alongside the film’s director Norbert Keil. Barbara is also one of the NEW BLOOD mentors, alongside prolific 68 KILL producer Travis Stevens and ATTACK OF THE ADULT BABIES director and TV star Dominic Brunt. He will be joined for the film’s World Premiere by producer and actress Joanne Mitchell, and lead actress Sally Dexter. 

FrightFest has shown all of their previous movies, so it’s a special honour to welcome directors Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo, who will be attending for the world premiere of their exceptional prequel LEATHERFACE, alongside cast members Vanessa Grasse, James Bloor and Jessica Madsen. Also welcome are director Tyler MacIntyre with his superb slasher satire TRAGEDY GIRLS and actor Graham Skipper with his directorial feature debut SEQUENCE BREAK. Another actor making his directorial debut is Jason Flemyng with his comedy horror EAT LOCALS, part of the ‘First Blood’ strand. Jason will introduce the film alongside the cast, including Annette Crosbie and Dexter Fletcher. 

Homegrown talent will be present in abundance this year. Director Christian James will introduce the world premiere of FANGED UP with cast members including Stu Bennett, Dapper Laughs (aka Daniel O'Reilly), Steven Berkoff, Danielle Harold, Dan Palmer and Aaron Crascell, DOUBLE DATE has been making a real splash on the current festival circuit and we are delighted to say hello to director Benjamin Barfoot and stars Danny Morgan, Michael Socha, Georgia Groome, and Kelly Wenham. Director Simon Rumley will do the honours for FASHIONISTA, as will director Dominic Bridges and star Mim Shaikh for FREEHOLD, Director Matthew Heaven and lead actor Oliver Towner for ACCOUNTABLE and director Tom Paton with lead actor Mike Beckingham for REDWOOD. Plus, Jake West and Marc Morris will be introducing their lovingly restored version of proto-giallo DEATH LAID AN EGG.

The FIRST BLOOD strand goes from strength to strength and all the helmers will be around, supported by their cast and crews. Aside from Jason Flemyng, there will be Louis Melville for BOOTS ON THE GROUND, Peter Stray for CANARIES, Hendrik Faller for MOUNTAIN FEVER and Michaël Boucherie for WHERE THE SKIN LIES.

And the list goes on. Internationally, Horror Channel FrightFest welcomes DEAD SHACK director Peter Ricq, DIANE director Mike Mongillo, BAD MATCH director David Chirchirillo, GAME OF DEATH co-directors Sebastian Landry and Laurence Morais-Legace, IMITATION GIRL director Natasha Kermani and star Lauren Ashley Carter, KING COHEN; THE WILD WORLD OF FILMMAKER LARRY COHEN director Steve Mitchell, LOWLIFE director Ryan Prows, RUIN ME director Preston DeFrancis, RADIUS co-directors Caroline Labrèche and Steeve Léonard, THE TERROR OF HALLOWS EVE director Todd Tucker. 3RD NIGHT director Adam Graveley, THE END? director Daniele Misischia and producers the Manetti Brothers, THE GLASS COFFIN director Haritz Zubillaga, MINDHACK director Royce Gorsuch, FREDDY/EDDY director Tini Tüllmann, OUR EVIL director Samuel Galli and INCONTROL director Kurtis David Harder.
 
In addition, we will be welcoming many producers, writers, cinematographers, special/visual effects artists and composers who will also be supporting their screenings.

PLUS, we are pleased to announce that we will be showing JACKALS, Kevin Greutert’s potent blend of horror thriller, home invasion terror and murder cult chiller. Starring Stephen Dorff and Deborah Kara Unger, this is a tense and claustrophobic experience that will shatter your nerves to the bone. Thanks goes to Tommy Alastra Productions. The film is scheduled for Saturday 25th August, 4pm and 4.30pm in the main screens at the Cineworld Leicester Square

And there’s more! Who will follow in the bloody footsteps of last year’s inaugural winner Alice Lowe? In its second year, The Screen International genre rising star award once again celebrates the work of an emerging UK genre talent, Hosted by film writer and Screen International contributing editor Nikki Baughan, this year’s five shortlisted nominees will be announced soon.

There’s also the launch of ‘The FrightFest Guide to Monster Movies’ by celebrated writer, editor & critic Michael Gingold, who will be present to sign copies of the book.  The book is exclusively on sale during the festival.

Horror Channel FrightFest runs from 24th -28th August 2016 at Cineworld Leicester Square and The Prince Charles Cinema.

Single tickets go on sale Sat 29 July at 9am 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 and times go to: www.frightfest.co.uk