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 www.mayhemfilmfestival.com

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


Wednesday, 21 August 2019

CRITTERS ATTACK - UK BD Review.

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.

 Buy the UK BD from Amazon.co.uk
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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.

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

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

 


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

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: APOCALYPSE arrives on UK Disc 26th August

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.

Pre-order the UK BD from Amazon.co.uk
 
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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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Fright-Rags release SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK, HOUSE & GARBAGE PAIL KIDS apparel...

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 Fright-Rags.com.


New release date for Arrow Video's 4K restoration of OLDBOY!

As some of you may know, Arrow ran into a few contractual issues for some extras on this release. Sadly, they weren’t able to work this out and these extras will not be included on their releases. However, in order to create the best version of OLDBOY, Arrow managed to licence LADY VENGEANCE and SYMPATHY FOR MR. VENGEANCE - which will both be included on the Limited 4-discs release! 

These changes have also unfortunately impacted the release date - which will now be September 23rd. Arrow really appreciate your patience whilst they ironed this situation out and really hope that you’ll be pleased with the additions to the releases and enjoy the new restoration.

Often cited as one of the best films of the 2000s and possibly the definitive example of extreme Asian cinema, Oldboy is a brutal modern classic of the revenge genre.

Directed with immense flair by Park Chan-wook (The Handmaiden), Oldboy blazed a trail at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival where it was lauded by the President of the Jury, director Quentin Tarantino. The film went on to become an international smash hit, blowing audiences minds with its concoction of filmmaking virtuosity, ingenious plotting, violence and pathos.

Now, this masterpiece has been restored in 4K and is presented here in a four-disc set with Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance and Lady Vengeance (the other two films in the Park Chan-wook’s Vengeance Trilogy) and a massive array of extras, including the feature-length documentary Old Days.

OLDBOY 4-DISC LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS

• Four-disc edition featuring Oldboy, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Lady Vengeance and the feature-length documentary Old Days
• Limited edition packaging featuring newly commissioned artwork by Matt Ryan Tobin
• Limited edition 100-page hardbound book featuring new writing by Simon Abrams, Kat Ellinger, and archival articles
• Double-sided fold-out poster

DISC ONE – OLDBOY
• Brand new 4K restoration from the original camera negative supervised by director Park Chan-wook
• High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
• Original 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio and 2.0 stereo
• Original Korean and English soundtracks
• Music and effects track
• Newly translated, optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
• Newly translated English subtitles for the Korean soundtrack
• Audio commentary with director Park Chan-wook
• Audio commentary with Park Chan-wook and cinematographer Jung Jung-hoon
• Audio commentary with Park Chan-wook, and actors Choi Min-sik, Yu Ji-tae, Kang Hye-jung
• New audio commentary with critic Jasper Sharp and writer Simon Ward
• Out of the Past, new video appreciation by Asian film expert Tony Rayns
• Deleted scenes with optional director commentary
• Behind the scenes featurettes
• Extensive cast and crew interviews
• “Bring My Love” music video by Starsailor, using clips of the film
• Trailers and teasers
• Image gallery

DISC TWO – OLD DAYS
• Old Days: An Oldboy Story (110 mins), acclaimed feature-length 2016 documentary about Park Chan-wook's masterpiece
• Autobiography of Oldboy, a three-and-a-half-hour video diary of the making of Oldboy

DISC THREE – SYMPATHY FOR MR. VENGEANCE
• High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
• Original 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio and 2.0 stereo
• Newly translated English subtitles
• Audio commentary by director Park Chan-wook and filmmaker Ryoo Seung-wan
• Screaming for Vengeance, Kim Newman on the Vengeance Trilogy and the tradition of revenge films
• Extensive archival making-of featurettes, behind the scenes featurettes and cast and crew interviews
• Trailers
• Image gallery

DISC FOUR – LADY VENGEANCE
• High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of two versions of the film, the original theatrical version and the fade to black and white version
• Original 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio and 2.0 stereo
• Newly translated English subtitles
• Audio commentary by director Park Chan-wook, director of photography Jung Jung-hoon and art director Joh Hwa-seong
• Audio commentary by director Park Chan-wook and actress Lee Yeong-ae
• Audio commentary by academic Richard Peña
• Extensive archival making-of featurettes, behind the scenes featurettes, cast and crew interviews and deleted scenes
• Trailers
• Image gallery

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


BLU-RAY TWO-DISC SPECIAL EDITION: OLDBOY + OLD DAYS :


• Two-disc edition featuring a new restoration of Oldboy, and Old Days the acclaimed making-of documentary
• Reversible sleeve featuring newly commissioned artwork by Justin Erickson
• Fully Illustrated booklet featuring new writing by Simon Abrams and archival articles
DISC ONE – OLDBOY
• Brand new 4K restoration from the original camera negative supervised by director Park Chan-wook
• High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
• Original 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio and 2.0 stereo
• Original Korean and English soundtracks
• Music and effects track
• Newly translated, optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
• Newly translated English subtitles for the Korean soundtrack
• Audio commentary with director Park Chan-wook
• Audio commentary with Park Chan-wook and cinematographer Jung Jung-hoon
• Audio commentary with Park Chan-wook, and actors Choi Min-sik, Yu Ji-tae, Kang Hye-jung
• New audio commentary with critic Jasper Sharp and writer Simon Ward
• Out of the Past, new video appreciation by Asian film expert Tony Rayns
• Deleted scenes with optional director commentary
• Behind the scenes featurettes
• Extensive cast and crew interviews
• “Bring My Love” music video by Starsailor, using clips of the film
• Trailers and teasers
• Image gallery

DISC TWO – OLD DAYS
• Old Days: An Oldboy Story(110 mins), acclaimed feature-length 2016 documentary about Park Chan-wook's masterpiece
• Autobiography of Oldboy, a three-and-a-half-hour video diary of the making of Oldboy

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


STANDARD DVD EDITION :



• Brand new restoration from the original camera negative supervised by director Park Chan-wook
• Standard Definition presentation
• Original 5.1 surround sound and 2.0 stereo
• Original Korean and English soundtracks
• Newly translated, optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
• Newly translated English subtitles for the Korean soundtrack
• Audio commentary with director Park Chan-wook
• Audio commentary with Park Chan-wook and cinematographer Jung Jung-hoon
• Audio commentary with Park Chan-wook, and actors Choi Min-sik, Yu Ji-tae, Kang Hye-jung
• New audio commentary with critic Jasper Sharp and writer Simon Ward
• Out of the Past, new video appreciation by Asian film expert Tony Rayns
• Behind the scenes featurettes
• Extensive cast and crew interviews
• Trailers
• Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Justin Erickson

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



"Double Date" - set for Blu/ray, DVD and digital release Sept

After its much lauded theatrical release and fantastic reception on its Fright Fest premiere, and subsequent festival screenings, the bloody hilarious comedy-horror Double Date – written by and starring Screen International/FrightFest Genre Rising Star 2017 award winner Danny Morgan – is set to arrive on digital, DVD and Blu-ray from Sparky Pictures.

Self-assured, and irritatingly cocksure, one thing Alex (Michael Socha – This is England, TV's Chernobyl, Being Human) can boast about is his loyalty to his dearest friend, Jim (Danny Morgan – On The Road). As Jim’s 30th birthday approaches, Alex promises to help get his best friend laid, so he won’t reach this unwelcome milestone a virgin.

They muster up the courage to arrange a double date with sisters Kitty (Kelly Wenham - Dracula: The Dark Prince) and Lulu (Georgia Groome – Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging), but little do the boys know, their partners have other plans for the night ahead…

With appearances from the inimitable Big Narstie (The Big Narstie Show), and renowned actor and director Dexter Fletcher (Eddie The Eagle, Rocketman), Double Date is fun, ferocious, and full of surprises. 

The iconic Prince Charles Cinema will be hosting a special screening of Double Date on Thursday 5 September, followed by a Q&A with the director Benjamin Barfoot, producer Matt Wilkinson, and stars Michael Socha and Danny Morgan.

Tickets are on sale now, and the film is out on digital, DVD and Blu-Ray from 9 September. If you’re looking for the love of your life, be careful… Double Date could be the kiss of death.

Get tickets for the PCC screening

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The Owlman Returns in his Most Insane Prank Yet!

Fans of Hex Studios will recognise the Owlman as the feathered villain of their movies "Lord of Tears" and "The Black Gloves"

Alongside his roles in these cult horror favourites, the Owlman has made quite a name for himself in a series of viral prank videos, the latest of which features unsuspecting members of the public being lured to an old church where the owl-headed menace lies in wait. 

Among the Owlman's new batch of victims are a pizza-delivery man, a plumber, and most hilarious of all, a children's clown who arrives to find that he's the only one invited to the party...

According to Hex Studios producer Lawrie Brewster, “This was our most ambitious, and outrageous prank yet, and so far the response has been fantastic. We've built a loyal following of over 300,000 subscribers on our YouTube channel, which helps us to promote our film projects, as well as showcasing the work of other indie filmmakers, and of course, to continue the Owlman's reign of terror.”

And fear not, Lawrie assures us that no clowns were harmed during the making of this video! 

View the video below...


To keep up with the Owlman’s latest high-jinks, subscribe to Hex Studios’ YouTube channel


Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Hanna-Barbera's The Banana Splits star in all new Horror Movie

One banana, two banana, three banana, GORE! The cult-favorite animal rock-band from Hanna-Barbera’s 1968 The Banana Splits Adventure Hour is back with a blood-spattered vengeance! Warner Bros. Home Entertainment brings you The Banana Splits Movie, an original feature-length film on Digital, Blu-ray and DVD August 27th 2019.

The Banana Splits Movie will offer a new take on the classic characters. The film follows a boy named Harley and his family as they go to a taping of The Banana Splits TV show, which is supposed to be a fun-filled birthday for young Harley. But things take an unexpected turn — and the body count quickly rises. Can Harley, his mom and their new pals safely escape?

“Get nostalgic and horrified all at the same time while watching the trippy 60’s characters in this all-new tale about fear, power, and an oversized puppet rock-band,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, WBHE, Vice President, TV Marketing, Family & Animation. The Banana Splits Movie is a throwback to a fanatical children’s series with a horror-genre twist — and we can’t wait for the band to get back together for a new generation of fans!”

The Banana Splits Movie stars Dani Kind (Wyonna Earp), Finlay Wojtak-Hissong (The Kindness of Strangers), and Sara Canning (The Vampire Diaries, A Series of Unfortunate Events, War for the Planet of the Apes).

The movie is produced by Blue Ribbon Content in association with Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and SYFY. The Banana Splits Movie will make its broadcast debut on SYFY later this year.

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES

-Banana Splits: Behind the Horror

DIGITAL AND BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES

-Banana Splits: Behind the Horror
-Terror on Set
-Breaking News! The Banana Splits Massacre 

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Friday, 9 August 2019

CRITTERS ATTACK! - on Disc and Digital from Warner Home Entertainment.

The feeding frenzy begins! Critters Attack!, the newest entry in the bloody, live-action, horror/sci-fi film series lands on earth on August 26th 2019, from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital.

Dee Wallace (The Howling, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial), who starred in the original Critters as Helen Brown, will sink her teeth into the franchise for a second time in the mysterious role of Aunt Dee. Inspired by the film series from the ’80s and ’90s, Critters follows 20-year-old Drea (Tashiana Washington), who reluctantly takes a job babysitting for a professor of a college she hopes to attend. Struggling to entertain the professor’s children Trissy (Ava Preston) and Jake (Jack Fulton), along with her own little brother Phillip (Jaeden Noel), Drea takes them on a hike, unaware that mysterious alien critters have crash-landed and started devouring every living thing they encounter.

While being tracked by the ravenous critters, Drea and the kids encounter an adorable, seemingly harmless female critter named Bianca, an exiled royal fleeing the critter race. As the critters converge on the college campus, Drea and the kids, who are now inextricably linked to Bianca, rush to head them off. Will Drea discover her inner badass, and will it be enough to stop the critter onslaught? And is the critter princess as innocent as she seems?

“The infamous, carnivorous aliens are back and fiercer than ever in a new original live action Critters film,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, WBHE, Vice President, TV Marketing, Family & Animation. “Fans of the original cult classic will be delighted with some familiar faces while a new generation of fans will join in the suspense and excitement.”

Critters Attack! is written by Scott Lobdell (Happy Death Day) and directed by Bobby Miller (The Cleanse). Rupert Harvey and Barry Opper from the original film franchise are on as producers. The film comes from Blue Ribbon Content in association with SYFY, and production services are provided by Blue Ice Pictures.

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

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 Buy the UK DVD from Amazon.co.uk

 


Arrow Video FrightFest announces 2019 Short Film Programme

From unseen forces to dangerous desires, from the remorseful living to the remorseless dead, from under the earth to creepy closed doors, Arrow Video FrightFest 2019 continues the festival’s fine tradition of showcasing the best in global genre short filmmaking. 


This year’s five continent selection unleashes the newest creations from both upcoming and established filmmakers and embraces a record fifteen UK films, seven spotlighted selections from Canada and a breakthrough entry from The United Arab Emirates.

Homegrown talent continues to energise the UK film industry, as reflected in this year’s entries. There’s Folk Horror (WITHER, MARIANNE) and Body Horror (THIS LITTLE DEATH, THE HISTORY OF NIPPLES), whilst lethal women lurk around every corner in SLEEP TIGHT, UNDER THE PARASOL and DOG SKIN. Katie Bonham returns with ticking terror thriller MIDNIGHT and Josefa Celestin is back with the darkly apocalyptic TOMORROW MIGHT BE THE DAY. Another fearsome futuristic tale is OLD BEGINNINGS, while unseen danger lurks in THE GAME OF THE CLOCK and THE DEAD ONES starring Vinette Robinson. There’s also danger of the male predatory kind in PATRON, starring Far From The Madding Crowd’s Jamie Lee-Hill, and in THE CUNNING MAN (starring Games of Thrones’ Simon Armstrong and actor/magician Ali Cook), magic takes on a macabre animalistic twist. And in the sinister SERVICE, you don’t always get what you’re trying to pay for…

Canada is a spotlight country this year, with seven stellar entries. Watch in horror as a scientific experiment test a couple’s relationship with food in FIVE COURSE MEAL, while two young women have a strange addiction and hobby in GLITTER’S WILD WOMEN. Isolation can bring out strange creatures in HUNTING SEASON but too many friends can The Dead Ones

bring trouble in ONE IN TWO PEOPLE. Some people take big risks to make a living in RE-POSSESSED HOMES, and the elderly find themselves at inadvertent risk in TORCHING THE DUSTIES. And you’ve never seen advertising quite like THE VIDEO STORE COMMERCIAL.

From other corners of the world, dangerous people roam the Australian highway in THE HITCHIKER, babysitting has its creepy drawbacks in Japanese entry HANA; from Finland comes ‘grave’ dangers in ABYSSUS and from the United Arab Emirates, a con artist picks the wrong house to conduct an exorcism in MAKR.

The US provides four gripping tales: Jill Gevargizian is back with ONE LAST MEAL, starring Matt Mercer, Izzy Lee directs THE OBLITERATION OF THE CHICKENS, hunger can get you into big trouble in TOE and psychopathic animal behaviour reaches a violent conclusion in PIG.

Programmer Shelagh Rowan-Legg said today, "I never cease to be amazed at the range and quality of short films we are fortunate to screen at Arrow Video FrightFest. The fantastic genres allow filmmakers to let their imaginations soar, and in our shorts programmes, you will see films that will delight and amaze, films that will make you laugh, a few that will make you cry, and several that will have you cowering in fear."

Full line-up 


SHORT FILM SHOWCASE 1

SATURDAY 24 AUG – PRINCE CHARLES CINEMA DISCOVERY SCREEN 2

from 13:00

Wither (World Premiere)
Director: Ethan Evans. Cast: Lamissah La-Shontae, Phillipa Howard. UK 2019. 4 min.

A young girl finds herself vulnerable to a sinister mythological farmer after failing to contribute to the annual tradition.

Hana (London Premiere)
Director: Mai Nakanishi. Cast: Hee-jin Jeon, Do Eun Kim, Jeongbi Lee. Japan 2018. 13 min.

Not all babysitting jobs are alike, as college student Sujin is about to discover when she is left in charge of a strange young girl.

Marianne (World Premiere)
Director: Matthew Losasso. Cast: Mae Losasso. UK 2019. 7 min.

A distinguished investigator is called to the grounds of an isolated rectory in a remote English hamlet to observe an enigmatic young tenant.

The Hitchhiker (European Premiere)
Director: Adele Vuko. Cast: Liv Hewson, Brooke Satchwell. Australia 2018. 13 min.

Jade and her friends are on their way to a music festival when they pick up a strange hitchhiker, who makes Jade an offer she might not be able to refuse.

The Dead Ones (European Premiere)
Director: Stefan Georgiou. Cast: Olivia Hallinan, Sebastian Armesto, Vinette Robinson. UK 2019. 19 min.

In this world, those whose lives are cut short by violence do not disappear; they live to haunt the person who killed them.

Abyssus (UK Premiere)
Director: Kim Westerlund. Cast: Sampo Sarkola. Finland 2019. 9 min.

A man regains consciousness as he is being buried alive. Overwhelmed by panic, he tries to force his way out of the box.

Glitter’s Wild Women (UK Premiere)
Director: Roney. Cast: Grace Glowicki, Cotey Pope. Canada 2018. 13 min.

In the Canadian backwoods, sisters harvest and smoke glitter that gives them super strength.

The Video Store Commercial (UK Premiere)
Director: Cody Kennedy. Cast: Joshua Lenner, Kevin Martin, Jesse Nash. Canada 2019. 4 min.

A desperate video store owner hires a crew to shoot a commercial in his shop. But when they accidentally destroy a cursed VHS, suddenly, all their lives are in danger.

The Cunning Man (World Premiere)
Director: Zoë Dobson. Cast: Simon Armstrong, Ali Cook, Ian Kelly. UK 2019. 13 min.

An old farmer must resort to extreme measures to clean up his dead cattle or face a hefty fine from the Inspector.

The History of Nipples (World Premiere)
Director: Bailey Tom Bailey. Cast: Joseph Macnab, Lily Wood. UK 2019. 10 min.

'What are my nipples for?' With this question Ron falls into an existential crisis which seems to have only one solution.


SHORT FILM SHOWCASE 2

SUNDAY 25 AUG – PRINCE CHARLES CINEMA DISCOVERY SCREEN 2

from 15:45

Service (London Premiere)
Director: Theo Watkins. Cast: Paul Clayton, Alison Lintott. UK 2019. 8 min.

Ted is just trying to pay for his shopping, but the shoddy self-service till and eerily elusive shop workers have other, more sinister ideas.

One in Two People (European Premiere)
Director: Ali Mashayekhi. Cast: Katie Strain, Jade Hassoune, Ashley Leggat. Canada 2019. 8 min.

Emily’s friends are getting a bit tired of her insistence that someone in her room is trying to kill her. But maybe they should listen more closely.

Old Beginnings (London Premiere)
Director: Suni Khan. Cast: Hannah Arterton, Lewis Reeves. UK 2019. 16 min.

A young couple trying to rid themselves of the past use an unorthodox and bizarre ritual as they rekindle their love.

Tomorrow Might Be the Day (London Premiere)
Director: Josefa Celestin. Cast: Jocelyn Brassington, Tim Barrow. UK 2018. 20 min.

A fanatical believer sets into motion a chain of dark events that he believes will spare his rebellious niece from the impending apocalyptic doom.

Five Course Meal (London Premiere)
Director: James Cadden. Cast: Melissa Kwasek, Murray Farnell. Canada 2018. 6 min.

Mark and Jenny agree to take part in a mysterious experiment for money. Things get exceptionally messy.

Under the Parasol (London Premiere)
Director: Stanislava Buevich. Cast: Sarine Sofair, Joe Wredden. UK 2018. 6 min.

Marie comes to the beach to catch some sun. The only problem is that it's nighttime...

Makr (UK Premiere)
Director: Hana Kazim. Cast: Mansoor Alfeeli, Mohammed Ahmed, Madiya Humaid. United Arab Emirates, 2018. 15 min.

A fake exorcist visits the home of a man who thinks his wife is possessed by a Djinn, only to find out that things are not as they seem.

Patron (World Premiere)
Directors: Emily Haigh, Alon Young, Cast: Mhairi Calvey, Jamie Lee-Hill. UK 2019. 11 min.

Vickie has her employment sights set high, but the questions from her faceless male interviewers soon become predatory.

The Obliteration of the Chickens (European Premiere)
Director: Izzy Lee. Cast: Bracken MacLeod. USA 2019. 3 min.

The universe does not care. The abyss is stupid. Existence is banal.

Torching the Dusties (International Premiere)
Directors: Marlene Goldman, Philip McKee. Cast: Clare Coulter, Eric Peterson. Canada 2019. 14 min.

Frank and Wilma are finding that retirement life is more trouble than they had imagined, as protestors appear outside making some very serious demands.

SHORT FILM SHOWCASE 3

MONDAY 26 AUG – PRINCE CHARLES CINEMA DISCOVERY SCREEN 2

from 13:00

Pig (European Premiere)
Director: Evan Powers. Cast: Aaron LaPlante, Lindsey Rose Naves, C.J. Vana. USA 2019. 8 min.

A self-conscious psychopath struggles with his body image while terrorizing a group of unsuspecting campers.

One Last Meal (European Premiere)
Director: Jill Gevargizian. Cast: Matt Mercer, Jake Martin, Tim Marks. USA 2019. 11 min.

A prison guard is forced to fulfil an unusual request from a violent criminal on death row.

Dog Skin (World Premiere)
Director: Tiago Teixeira. Cast: Maxwell Cavenham, Laura Obiols. UK 2019. 13 min.

A man in a self-imposed exile is haunted by a mysterious dog, who transforms into an elusive woman every night.

Re-Possessed Homes (UK Premiere)
Director: Matthew Evans Landry. Cast: Natalie Lisinksa, Jordan Gavaris. Canada 2018. 15 min.

Shirley Parker is a real-estate godsend who has discovered a niche market. However, it might put her family in some danger.

Hunting Season (European Premiere)
Director: Shannon Kohli. Cast: Hannah Levien, Luke Camilleri. Canada 2018. 11 min.

It’s a creepy evening when gas station attendant and recovering alcoholic Callie must deal with a wild beast roaming the area, and the men who are determined to hunt it down.

This Little Death (London Premiere)
Director: Alex Hardy. Cast: Sarah Bauer, Jay Simpson. UK 2018. 19 min.

Young chef Zoe who falls for Mortimer the poet. The beginning is filled with love, lust and laughter, but as the months pass, they realise they have very different ideas of happiness.

Toe (European Premiere)
Directors: Neal O'Bryan, Chad Thurman. Cast: Cassie Carey. USA 2019. 7 min.

A starving boy eats a toe he finds sticking out of the ground. Later that night, something ghastly comes to his bedroom wanting it back.

Midnight (World Premiere)
Director: Katie Bonham. Cast Eleanor Crosswell, Ian Recordon. UK 2019. 8 min.

A ticking clock. Hurried footsteps. A woman struggling. Who are the ghosts that come haunting your apartment at the stroke of twelve?

The Game of the Clock (UK Premiere)
Director: Michele Olivieri. Cast: Simone Mumford. UK 2018. 7 min.

A young woman innocently comes to a friend’s home, only to find herself stalked by menacing creature, and time is running out fast.

Sleep Tight (World Premiere)
Director: Lewis Taylor. Cast: Mark Field, Joseph Richard Thomas, Péline Liberty. UK 2019. 8 min.

A wheelchair-bound teen complains about lack of personal space to his overly attached father. But maybe he shouldn’t complain when the lights go out.

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