Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Killer Thriller season in June on the Horror Channel

Summer kicks off on Horror Channel in suspenseful style with KILLER THRILLER SEASON - a selection of tense shockers including the channel premieres of Rod Lurie’s 2011 pulsating remake of STRAW DOGS, starring James Marsden and Kate Bosworth; the murder motel chiller VACANCY, starring Kate Beckinsale and Luke Wilson; and the 2009 remake of kin killer slasher THE STEPFATHER. The Saturday night primetime season also features psychological thriller HOUSE AT THE END OF THE STREET, starring Jennifer Lawrence, and Neil LaBute’s horrifying racial drama LAKEVIEW TERRACE, starring Samuel L. Jackson and Patrick Wilson. 


Full film details:

Sat 1 June @ 21:00 – STRAW DOGS (2011) *Channel Premiere 

David and Amy Sumner (James Marsden and Kate Bosworth), a Hollywood screenwriter and his actress wife, return to her small hometown in the deep South to prepare the family home for sale after her father’s death. Once there, tensions build in their marriage and old conflicts re-emerge with the locals, including Amy’s ex-boyfriend Charlie (Alexander Skarsgård), leading to a violent confrontation.


Sat 8 June @ 21:00 – VACANCY (2007) *Channel Premiere 

When David (Luke Wilson) and Amy (Kate Beckinsale) Fox's car breaks down in the middle of nowhere, they are forced to spend the night at the only motel around, with only the TV to entertain them... Until they discover that the low-budget slasher movies they've been watching were all filmed in the very room they're sitting in. With hidden cameras now aimed at them and filming their every move, David and Amy must get out alive before whomever is watching them can finish their latest masterpiece. 

Sat 15 June @ 21:00 – THE STEPFATHER (2009) *Channel Premiere 

Michael Harding (Penn Badgley) returns home from military school to find his mother (Sela Ward) happily in love and living with her new boyfriend, David (Dylan Walsh). As the two men get to know each other, Michael becomes more and more suspicious of the man who is always there with a helpful hand. Is he really the man of Michael’s mother’s dreams, or could David be hiding a dark side? 

Sat 22 June @ 21:00 – HOUSE AT THE END OF THE STREET (2012) 

Elissa (Jennifer Lawrence) and her mother (Elizabeth Shue) move to a new town only to find that they are living next door to a house where a young girl murdered her parents. Locals claim that the girl mysteriously vanished after the incident, but as Elissa becomes close to the girl’s brother, she learns that a dark and terrible secret still lurks within those walls and this sinister story of murder is far from over. 

Sat 29 June @ 21:00 – LAKEVIEW TERRACE (2008) 

A young couple (Patrick Wilson and Kerry Washington) has just moved into their California dream home when they become the target of their next-door neighbour, LAPD officer Abel Turner (Samuel L. Jackson). Turner has appointed himself the watchdog of the neighbourhood and disapproves of their interracial relationship. As he increasingly harasses the newlyweds, the angered couple decides to fight back.

There are also channel premieres for mutant monster gripper INANIMATE, (Fri 21 June, 9pm) starring Lance Henriksen; the twisty neo-noir thriller THE DISAPPEARENCE OF ALICE CREED (Fri 28 June, 10.45pm), starring Gemma Arterton and Eddie Marsan; and Phillippe Mora’s real-life rooted alien abduction drama COMMUNION (Sun 30 June, 9pm), starring Christopher Walken

Horror Channel: Be Afraid
TV: Sky 317 / Virgin 149 / Freeview 70 / Freesat 138
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Thursday, 16 May 2019

Fright-Rags's RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD & DAWN OF THE DEAD Apparel

Fright-Rags digs up new merch from two of the most beloved zombie films of all time - George A. Romero's Dawn of the Dead and Dan O'Bannon's The Return of the Living Dead - along with an official shirt for genre favorite Barbara Crampton.

It's party time with Fright-Rags's The Return of the Living Dead collection, which features five brain-hungry shirts, Tarman socks that glow in the dark, and two enamel pins - including a flip-open Tarman pin. 


Add a splash of color to your wardrobe with Fright-Rags's Dawn of the Dead apparel. The film's classic logo comes on red, purple, and black heather tees, while a comic book-style design is available on black shirts and ringer tees. 


Horror icon Barbara Crampton - from such cult classics as Re-Animator, You’re Next, and Chopping Mall - has received an official shirt from Fright-Rags. The bloody design is available in men's and women's styles. 

 

The Return of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, and Barbara Crampton apparel is available now at Fright-Rags.com


Monday, 13 May 2019

British Sci-Fi thriller WHITE CHAMBER available now on UK VOD

New British sci-fi thriller, WHITE CHAMBER is out now on Video On Demand platforms in UK and Ireland.

Socio-economic tensions in Britain have created a febrile atmosphere in which xenophobia, self-interest and greed flourished, leading to a backlash and the country is in the midst of a civil war as the State battles rebel militia for power.

A young woman who calls herself Ruth wakes up in a blindingly white cuboid room: the White Chamber. A gruff male voice from the outside demands information about the chamber and the laboratory that houses it, but she has none. Ruth claims she is merely an admin girl at the ‘facility’ which created the White Chamber.

To gain the answers he seeks, her captor utilises the gruesome functionality of the cuboid as an instrument of torture. The temperature within the chamber shifts between the extremes; water, spikes, acid and even lasers fire out of the structure’s perforated ceiling. Ruth’s mind, body and soul are thus pushed to their very limit.

Ruth begins to talk to her captor… but is she just saying anything to survive or does she know more about the forbidding White Chamber than she is letting on?

Directed by Paul Raschid and produced by Aviary Films, the film stars Shauna Macdonald (The Descent, TV’s In Plain Sight), Oded Fehr (The Mummy, Resident Evil, TV’s Young Justice), Amrita Acharia (Game Of Thrones, The Good Karma Hospital), and Nicholas Farrell (Chariots of Fire, TV’s Midsommer Murders, Will).

View the trailer on YouTube.

WHITE CHAMBER is available on VOD platforms in UK and Ireland including Amazon ( UK only). Google Play, iTunes, Microsoft Movies & TV, and PlayStation.

View on Amazon.co.uk



 

Tuesday, 7 May 2019

IRON SKY 2 : THE COMING RACE - UK BD review

Things are about to get Nazi again in the outrageous sequel IRON SKY 2 : THE COMING RACE, which is out now in the UK on BD, DVD and Digital.

Set 20 years after the events of the original film, the former Nazi moonbase is now refuge to survivors of the Nuclear war that took place on Earth following the attempted invasion.

With the base falling apart, they learn of a substance powering a secret underworld back on Earth that can help them rebuild and repair their base. And so a small group. lead by Obi Washington (Lara Rossi - TV's Crossing Lines), the daughter of James Washington from the first film, head to Earth to find this secret underworld and bring back this substance so they can save whats left of humanity.

But first they will have to fight past dinosaurs, shape changing lizards and even Adolf Hitler and countless other historical tyrants (inlcuding Stalin and Bin Laden) in order to obtain it.

Extremely tongue in cheek, this clearly borrows a few ideas from the old Amicus film "At The Earths Core" and I really enjoyed it. Yes, its more of a goofy comedy than a science fiction film, but I thought it was great fun.

Horror veteran Udo Kier returns in a dual role, playing Adolf Hitler as well as reprising his character of the Space Fuhrer from before. Also returning is Stephanie Paul as the Sarah Palin lookalike and Julie Deitze as Renate. Comedian Tom Green also pops up as an evangelical preacher, whose followers worship Apple boss Steve Jobs of all people.

If you didn't like the first film, then this might not be your cup of tea. But as a huge fan of the original, I loved it!!!

The review copy I viewed did not contain any suplemental features. No idea if the release copy will contain any extras.

View the trailer on YouTube.

Buy the UK BD from Amazon.co.uk

Buy the UK DVD from Amazon.co.uk



Wednesday, 1 May 2019

FRIGHTFEST PRESENTS - PHASE THREE SLATE ANNOUNCEMENT

Following the successful launch of Phase One and Two, the third wave of titles to be released under the FrightFest Presents banner are now officially confirmed.

TERROR OF HALLOW’S EVE


Brace yourself for a gore-filled, twisted and chaotic experience; Terror of Hallow’s Eve is a nostalgic treat for the eyes, set to become a horror cult classic.

ON DIGITAL HD JUNE 10

View the Trailer on YouTube

Director: Todd Tucker (Watchmen)

Cast: Doug Jones (Hellboy II, The Shape of Water), Eric Roberts (The Dark Knight)

Synopsis: When 15-year-old Tim is brutally beaten up by High School bullies, his intense yearning for revenge unintentionally summons up evil supernatural forces offering to scare his despised enemies to actual death. 


THEY LOOK LIKE PEOPLE

 
A stressful, chilling yet beautiful horror experience that will give you goosebumps, leave you guessing throughout and push you in directions you won’t see coming.

Described as this generation’s Donnie Darko, THEY LOOK LIKE PEOPLE is THE SIREN (also on the Frightfest Presents label) director’s first feature.

ON DIGITAL HD JULY 8

Directors: Perry Blackshear

Cast: Lauren Parkinson, Margaret Ying Drake, MacLeod Andrews

Synopsis: Suspecting that people are transforming into malevolent shape-shifters, Wyatt flees to New York City to seek out his estranged childhood friend Christian. As the mysterious horrors close in on Wyatt, he questions whether to protect his only friend from an impending war, or from himself. A genre-bending story about love, loyalty and living nightmares. 


THE FARM 


They’re dying to “meat” you... The Farm will be serving up human flesh in a chilling horror described as You’re Next meets The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

ON DIGITAL HD JULY 15

Director: Hans Stjernswärd

Cast: Nora Yessayan, Alex Gaylord, Ken Volok

Synopsis: After taking a wrong turn on the highway, a young couple decide to stop at a roadside diner for food and relaxation. Their fun trip soon becomes a fight for survival when masked kidnappers imprison them on a farm where humans are the main course. 


THE FIELD GUIDE TO EVIL 


From the dangerously demented minds that brought you The ABCs of Death, Turbo Kid, and The Greasy Strangler comes The Field Guide to Evil, an entirely new vision of anthology horror.

ON DIGITAL HD JULY 22

Directors: Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala (Goodnight Mommy), Peter Strickland (Berberian Sound Studio), Agnieszka Smoczynska (The Lure), Katrin Gebbe (Nothing Bad Can Happen), Can Evrenol (Housewife; Baskin), Calvin Reeder (The Rambler), Ashim Ahluwalia (Miss Lovely), and Yannis Veslemes (Norway).

Cast: Bridgit Minichmayr, Sarah Navraltil, Jilon VanOver

Synopsis: THE FIELD GUIDE TO EVIL are 9 new “nightmares” from some of the most acclaimed genre directors of the last decade, exploring myths, lore, and folktales. Created to give logic to mankind's darkest fears, these stories laid the foundation for what we now know as the horror genre. 


NOBODY LEAVES (aka BRAID) 


Premiering at Tribeca and FrightFest, NOBODY LEAVES is a trippy, mind-bending psycho-horror described as a Lynchian head-trip bursting with more murder, torture and twists than a Jordan Peele film.

ON DIGITAL HD AUGUST 5

Director: Mitzo Peirone

Cast: Madeline Brewer, Schott Cohen, Sarah Hay

Synopsis: Two wanted women decide to rob their wealthy psychotic friend who lives in the fantasy world they created as children; to take the money they have to take part in a deadly perverse game of make-believe. 


THE GOLEM 


A re-imagining of the old mystical folklore, The Golem has been described as the Jewish Frankenstein.

The film is an unnerving, original terror experience that will delight fear fans in search of a genuine creep out.

ON DIGITAL HD AUGUST 12

Directors: Doron Paz, Yoav Paz

Cast: Hani Furstenberg, Ishai Golan, Adi Kvetner

Synopsis: During an outbreak of a deadly plague, a mystical woman must save her tight-knit Jewish community from foreign invaders, but the entity she conjures to protect them is a far greater evil. 


THE WIND

 
Premiering to the world at Toronto’s Midnight Madness is the acclaimed and utterly original western horror, The Wind is a chilling, folkloric tale of madness, paranoia, and otherworldly terror described as The Babadook meets The Witch.

ON DIGITAL HD SEPTEMBER 2

Directors: Emma Tammi

Cast: Julia Goldani Telles, Ashley Zuckerman, Caitlin Gerard

Synopsis: An unseen evil haunts the homestead in this chilling, folkloric tale of madness, paranoia, and otherworldly terror. Lizzy is a tough, resourceful frontierswoman settling a remote stretch of land on the 19th-century American frontier. Isolated from civilization in a desolate wilderness where the wind never stops howling, she begins to sense a sinister presence that seems to be borne of the land itself, an overwhelming dread that her husband dismisses as superstition… 



Horror titles coming in July from Arrow

Arrow Video have just revealed their Summer slate of Horror titles, coming in July.

The Chill Factor - on Blu-ray from 15 July

The Exorcist meets the Winter Olympics in this tale of demonic possession and snowbound slashing from director Christopher Webster, producer of Hellraiser and Hellraiser II: Hellbound.

For a group of young couples, a snowmobiling trip turns into a waking nightmare when one of their number is thrown from their vehicle and knocked unconscious. Seeking refuge in a nearby abandoned summer camp, the group find themselves holed up in a cabin filled with bizarre and ominous religious artefacts. As night falls, the discovery of a Ouija board amidst the dusty relics awakens a terrifying evil.

Barely released outside of its original VHS outing (for which it was retitled Demon Possessed), cult enthusiasts Arrow Video have dug up The Chill Factor from its wintry analogue grave so horror fans can rediscover this heady mixture of snow, slaughter and Satan!

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

Brand new 2K restoration from original film elements
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
Original uncompressed stereo audio
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Brand new audio commentary with special effects artist Hank Carlson and horror writer Josh Hadley
Brand new on-camera interview with makeup artist Jeffery Lyle Segal
Brand new on-camera interview with production manager Alexandra Reed
Brand new on-camera interview with stunt coordinator Gary Paul
Still Gallery
Original VHS trailer
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Marc Schoenbach

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


Lords of Chaos – on Blu-ray from 22 July

Oslo. Norway. The early 1990s. A new, uncompromising style of heavy metal explodes onto the underground - True Norwegian Black Metal! Blasting and brutal yet also majestic, this subgenre achieves worldwide infamy through the extraordinary achievements of its musicians and the suicides, murders and church burnings that come to define the scene...

Seventeen-year-old Euronymous (Rory Culkin) longs to escape his idyllic middle-class life. Enlisting a clique of fanatical youths - Necrobutcher, Hellhammer and Dead (Jack Kilmer) - he forms the most evil band in the world... Mayhem. The band soon achieve notoriety for their extreme live shows and the morbid cult that surround them, but the dark world Euronymous has created degenerates into a mire of murder and arson when an arch-rivalry with Varg (Emory Cohen), of the band Burzum, spirals out of control...

A thrilling true-crime horror film that weaves together rock ‘n’ roll delinquency, death and betrayal, Lords of Chaos is by turns shocking, funny and tragic. Swedish director Jonas Åkerlund renders the world of black metal with immense detail whilst also coaxing superb performances from his young cast.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
New interview with writer-director Jonas Åkerlund
New interviews with actors Sam Coleman, Jason Arnopp and Arion Csihar
On-stage introduction to the film by Thurston Moore filmed at the Rio cinema, London, 2018
Outtakes
Image galleries
Original trailer & teasers

FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Metal Hammer’s Jonathan Selzer

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


Schramm – on Blu-ray from 29 July

Controversial German filmmaker Jörg Buttgereit (Nekromantik, Nekromantik 2) takes you into the twisted mind of a deranged sex killer in the last of his feature films to date, 1993’s deeply disturbing Schramm.

Lothar Schramm, the so-called “Lipstick Killer”, lies dying in a pool of blood and paint. As he expires, fragments of his life flash before his eyes – his uneasy friendship with the prostitute that lives next door (Nekromantik 2’s Monika M); the brutal slaughter of a pair of doorstep evangelists whose bodies he poses in obscene fashion; his unhealthy pastime of hammering nails into his own manhood.

Told in an entirely non-linear fashion, Jörg Buttgereit’s Schramm – with its nightmarish hallucinatory sequences involving severed limbs and gaping, sharp-toothed female genitalia – comes about as close as a film can get to transporting you directly into the world of a sick, disordered mind.

2-DISC DIRECTOR-APPROVED LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS

HD transfer overseen by the filmmakers
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
Original uncompressed Stereo 2.0 audio
Optional English subtitles
Limited edition digipak packaging featuring new artwork by Gilles Vranckx
Limited edition certificate
Set of 5 exclusive Schramm "polaroid" postcards
Soundtrack CD
Limited edition 60-page book

DISC 1 [BLU-RAY] - 'SCHRAMM'

Archival audio commentary with director/co-writer Jörg Buttgereit and co-writer Franz Rodenkirchen
Archival audio commentary with actors Florian Von Gustorf and Monika M
Tomorrow I Will Be Dirt: Scenes from the Afterlife of Lothar Schramm (2019) – brand new animated short film sequel to Schramm made by award-winning filmmaker and stop-motion artist Robert Morgan, produced exclusively for this release
Take My Body: The Journey of a Blow-up Doll – writer Kier-La Janisse on how she came to be the owner of a particularly interesting piece of Schramm memorabilia
Jörg Buttgereit in conversation with Arrow Video’s Ewan Cant at the 2019 Offscreen Film Festival
The Making of Schramm – archival behind-the-scenes documentary
Mein Papi – Jörg Buttgereit short film available in HD for the first time ever and with optional director audio commentary
Jesus – Der Film (1995) – short film segment directed by Jörg Buttgereit
Two short films by Schramm producer Manfred Jelinski: Orpheus in der Oberwelt (1970) and Ein Ku'ze' Film übe' Hambu'g (1990)
Extensive image gallery
Jörg Buttgereit Trailer Gallery

DISC 2 [CD] - 'SCHRAMM' SOUNDTRACK - LIMITED EDITION EXCLUSIVE

CD featuring the complete Schramm score

60-PAGE BOOK - LIMITED EDITION EXCLUSIVE
Exclusive perfect-bound book featuring new writing from Virginie Selavy and Graham Rae, all illustrated with new artwork and original archival stills 

 

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

Sunday, 28 April 2019

BLACK MOON RISING - UK BD review

A stolen computer disc, a stolen supercar, a corrupt corporation and an organised stolen car syndicate all spell trouble for Tommy Lee Jones in the 1986 thriller Black Moon Rising, which is out now on UK BD from Arrow video.

Tommy Lee Jones (Rolling Thunder, Men in Black) plays a high tech theif named Quint, who is hired by the CIA to steal a data tape containing incriminating evidence from a corrupt corporation they're investigating.

Pursued by armed goons, he ends up hiding the tape in the back of a prototype performance car he spots at a remote gas station. But before he can recover it, the car is subsequently stolen by a group of car jackers, lead by Linda Hamilton (Terminator).

Seems her Boss, played by Robert Vaughn (TV's Hustle, The Magnificent 7), is financing his real estate projects using money from the stolen car ring. So now Quint has to work out a way of stealing the car back, so he can get back the stolen tape and get everyone off his back.

Also starring Richard Jaeckel (The Dirty Dozen), William Sanderson (Blade Runner), Don Opper (Critters) Bubba Smith (Police Academy) Keenan Wynn (Dr Strangelove, TVs Dallas) and directed by Harley Cokeliss (Dream Demon, Battletruck). I was surpised to learn this was written by John Carpenter (Halloween) of all people, and was kind of like watching The A Team rescuing the car from Knightrider (the supercar seemed eerily similar to KITT in many ways).

Bit of a weird film to categorise, with some serious plot holes and a rather silly premise. But it passed 90mins reasonably well..

The film comes with the usual raft of special features that can be found on most Arrow discs, which includes...

Audio commentary by Film critic and Historian Lee Gambin

Black Moon Ascending (33 mins) - Interview with director Harley Cokeliss, who discusses his film making career including Black Moon Risiing, Battletruck and his other features.

Theif in the Night (14 mins) - Interview with producer Douglass Curtis, who discusses the film

Sound of Speed (7 mins) - Composer Lalo Schifrin and film music Historian Daniel Schweiger discuss the films soundtrack

Carpenter's Craft (17 mins) - Film critic and author Troy Howarth discusses John Carpenter's screenwriting career.

Making Black Moon Rising (11 mins) - Vintage TV documentary on the making of the film. presented in standard def and 4:3 fullscreen ration (appears to be transferred from a VHS source)

Alternate Hong Kong version scenes (12mins) - a collection of scenes from the Hong Kong release, which utilise different music cues and sound effects.

Alternate Workprint intro (4mins) - Unfinished opening credits and intro used for the workprint version of the film featuring unfinished audio.

Trailers - The films theatrical trailer, a TV spot and radio advert are included.

Image galleries - a series of production stills, behind the scenes pictures, promo materials and storyboards are included. 

BLACK MOON RISING is out now on UK BD from Arrow Video.

Buy the UK BD from Amazon.co.uk


Friday, 26 April 2019

ALIEN Collection Launches at Fright-Rags, Plus PET SEMATARY Merch

2019 marks the 40th anniversary of the ALIEN franchise's birth with Ridley Scott's Alien. Fright-Rags celebrates with an Alien box set and more, plus merchandise from Pet Sematary and Halloween.

The Fright-Rags Video Series Alien box set includes a shirt featuring the Alien poster art, a glow-in-the-dark Alien egg pin, Fright-Rags branded microwave popcorn, and a VHS sticker sheet, all packaged in a Collector's Box based on the original VHS sleeve. It's limited to 300.


Outside of the box set, the iconic Alien poster art comes on baseball tees with green sleeves. The Alien collection also includes two retro-style tees: a USCSS Nostromo shirt and a Jonsey the cat design.

Fright-Rags commemorates the 30th anniversary of the original film adaptation of Stephen King's Pet Sematary with a collection of apparel. Get buried by a new design on T-shirts and baseball tees, classic artwork on T-shirts and zip-up hoodies, a Church shirt reprint, and five enamel pins. 


Alien and Pet Sematary collections are available now at Fright-Rags.com.

Head back to the Fright-Rags website between April 30 and May 5 to pre-order a nylon jacket from John Carpenter's Halloween. The old-school, light-weight, athletic-style jacket has a quilted nylon lining and an outer nylon shell. 



Wednesday, 24 April 2019

Genre & sexploitation movie writer/director David McGillivray talks about SCHIZO & Pete Walker

Ahead of Horror Channel’s premiere of Pete Walker’s SCHIZO, horror and sexploitation movie writer/director David McGillivray reflects on disastrous scripts, his volatile relationship with Walker and writing smut for Julian Clary 


Q: SCHIZO is unusual in your body of work with director Pete Walker because the concept and narrative were not of your choosing. How much of a problem was that for you?

DM: Huge. I thought the script that we re-worked was terribly old-fashioned and this led to big arguments with Walker that ended our relationship.

Q: You often play a cameo in the movies you’ve written – you’re ‘Man at Séance’ in SCHIZO. Any particular reason?

DM: I liked to write myself parts so that I could observe Walker at work. He was an extremely talented exploitation director who influenced the remainder of my career.


Q: SCHIZO exhibits many Hitchcockian references and Pete Walker cites Hitch as a hero. Is he for you too?

DM: Yes, of course. Psycho is one of my favourite horror films.

Q: You’ve written many films for many people in so many genres, but what’s your own personal favourite?

DM: My first film for Pete Walker, House of Whipcord. It was very exciting because it was the kind of film I’d dreamed of writing.


Q: Just prior to SCHIZO you wrote a pop opera in the ROCKY HORROR vein for Pete Walker titled SVENGALI based on George du Maurier’s Gothic melodrama. Do you regret that project being shelved?

DM: No, it would have been a disaster. Walker realised this and cancelled it almost before I’d typed the final page of the script.

Q: Your autobiography Little Did You Know is published in June. Rumour says it’s not your typical memoir though, so what’s it all about?

DM: I don’t want to spoil the surprise. Suffice it to say that after its publication I will never work again.

Q: Your love/hate relationship with Pete Walker is common knowledge. Are there any more scandalous revelations about that in the book?

DM: Oh yes… 


Q: You write a lot of the material for comedian. How did that business relationship begin and is this the nearest you can get to the Golden Era of the British sexploitation film you so brilliantly essayed in your book Doing Rude Things?

DM: Writing smut for Julian Clary is my day job. I enjoy it immensely. I have written for him for something like 37 years. In Julian’s latest show, which tours the UK before playing the London Palladium on 8th June, unsuspecting audience members are subjected to so-called ‘Heterosexual Aversion Therapy.’ If you sit in the front row, you deserve all you get.

Q: You’ve announced your next film project is The Wrong People based on the novel by Robin Maugham. So you have no intention of retiring from the film industry just yet?

DM: I love movies. I am fresh from a meeting with a director who bravely has chosen to take on this project. But In all likelihood it is so controversial that probably it will finish both our careers. If Little Did You Know hasn’t finished mine already.

Q: Finally, SCHIZO receives its Horror Channel premiere on Sat April 27th. Will you be watching?

DM: I’m pleased Horror Channel viewers will get the chance to see it, but will I be watching? Certainly not. I can’t bear to see my own work, which is all dreadful.

SCHIZO has its Channel premiere on Horror Channel, Sat 27, 10.40pm.

LITTLE DID YOU KNOW: THE CONFESSIONS OF DAVID McGILLIVRAY is published by FAB Press and it out from June 1. 

Pre order David McGillivray's book from Amazon.co.uk

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









Tuesday, 23 April 2019

SCARED STIFF - UK BD review.

A colonial mansion harbours a dark secret in Richard Fleischer's SCARED STIFF which makes its UK BD debut courtesy of Arrow films this month.

Rock singer Kate Christopher (Mary Page Keller - TVs Pretty Little Liars, NYPD Blue) moves into an old colonial mansion with her psychiatrist boyfriend David Young (Andrew Stevens - The Fury, A Woman Scorned) and her young son. Only to find the place is inhabited by the ghost of an old slave trader named Masterson.

Ghostly goings on subsequently ensue, as her kids toys come to life, the guy hired to redecorate the place dies in a bizarre accident, she experiences strange nightmarish visions about the house's original occupant and her boyfriends behaviour becomes increasingly erratic. 

One things for sure, its not pigeons they've got up in the old attic.

Directed by Richard Freidman, who went on to direct such "classics" as DOOM ASYLUM and PHANTOM OF THE MALL, this wasn't bad, but was somewhat derivative of "The Amityville Horror" and other haunted house movies of the era.

Interesting to note, the role of Masterson was played by a chap called David Ramsey. But NOT same David Ramsey from the TV show "Arrow" who they have listed on the IMDB. So god only knows who this guy was.

This release from Arrow Video marks the first time the film has been released to BD in the UK and comes packed with the following special features

Audio commentary track with Director Richard Friedman and Producer Dan Bacaner, moderated by film historian Robert Ehlinger.

Mansion of the Doomed (33mins) - A brand new "Making of" documentary featuring interviews with Richard Friedman, Dan Bacaner, Robert Ehlinger, actors Andrew Stevens and Joshua Segal, special effects supervisor Tyler Smith and special effects assistants Jerry Macaluso and Barry Anderson

Interview with composer Billy Barber (6mins) in which the composer discusses how he composed the soundtrack for the film.

Image Gallery - a collection of production stills from the film are displayed against the films soundtrack.

Lastly, the films Original Theatrical Trailer is included.

The sleeve also features alternate artwork on the reverse and the first pressing will contain a Fully illustrated collector’s booklet with new writing on the film by James Oliver. 

SCARED STIFF is out now on UK BD from Arrow films.

Buy the UK BD from Amazon.co.uk


Thursday, 18 April 2019

Dark forces invade HORROR CHANNEL in May

Dark forces arrive on Horror Channel in May when the UK’s most popular genre TV channel unleashes INVASION SEASON: a collection of Saturday night alien attack sci-fi movies. 


 The line-up includes Chris Gorak’s Moscow-set apocalyptic fantasy, THE DARKEST HOUR, Colin Minihan’s wonderfully effective sci-fi shocker EXTRATERRESTRIAL, Scott Stewart’s compulsive alien home-invasion thriller DARK SKIES and the high velocity alien battler drama SKYLINE, directed by Greg and Colin Strause.

Full film details:

Sat 4 May @ 21:00 – THE DARKEST HOUR (2011) *Channel Premiere



Young entrepreneurs Sean (Emile Hirsch) and Ben (Max Minghella) find themselves stranded in Moscow, alongside fellow travellers Natalie (Olivia Thirlby) and Anne (Rachael Taylor), fighting to survive when an alien attack devastates the city. They must somehow fight back against a deadly invisible enemy that can find and disintegrate them at any moment.

Sat 11 May @ 21:00 – EXTRATERRESTRIAL (2014) * Channel Premiere 


Still reeling from her parents' divorce, April (Brittany Allen) is dragged back to the vacation cabin she spent fond summers at as a child accompanied by a group of friends. Her trip down memory lane takes a dramatic and terrifying turn when a fireball descends from the sky and explodes in the nearby woods. The college friends soon find themselves caught in the middle of something bigger and more terrifying than they ever thought possible.

Sat 18 May @ 21:00 – DARK SKIES (2013) *Channel Premiere 


The Barrett family start to experience an escalating series of disturbing phenomena occurring around their suburban home, leading them to believe that they are being targeted by an unimaginable deadly force. They soon realise that they must uncover this deadly mystery, by any means necessary, before it’s too late.

Sat 25 May @ 21:00 – SKYLINE (2010) 


The residents of Los Angeles are awakened in the dead of night by an eerie light which is hypnotically drawing people outside before they suddenly vanish into thin air. As the world unravels, a band of survivors soon discover they must fight against the onslaught of a mysterious alien horde. Who or what are these extra-terrestrials and how long before mankind succumbs to their overwhelming power?

There is also the UK TV premiere for Roxy Shith’s blood-thirsty psychological thriller PAINKILLERS and channel premieres for pulp horror anthology, TALES THAT WITNESS MADNESS, helmed by Freddie Francis and Neil LaBute’s horrifying racial drama LAKEVIEW TERRACE, starring Samuel L. Jackson and Patrick Wilson,

Plus, the channel also premieres Paul W.S. Anderson’s RESIDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION, with Milla Jovovich, returning as iconic heroine Alice. 


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