Tuesday, 17 November 2020

Horror Channel unwraps its slate of seasonal shockers


Xmas hauntings, festive nightmares, sadistic serial killers and warrior priests…Be prepared for seasonal shocks a-plenty on Horror Channel this December, with a selection of prime-time movies including an Xmas Day screening of Frank Khalfoun’s boundary-pushing Christmas crime slasher P2, starring Wes Bentley and the George Clooney / Steven Soderbergh produced WIND CHILL, in which Emily Blunt spends Christmas Eve fighting off a horde of menacing apparitions.
 
Also unwrapped are John Carpenter’s classic car-rage chiller CHRISTINE, vampire action thriller PRIEST, starring Paul Bettany, the high velocity sci-fi drama SKYLINE and the supernatural twister SINISTER, starring Ethan Hawke, Plus, there Daniel Radcliffe battling with a vengeful ghost in James Watkins’ spine-chilling remake THE WOMAN IN BLACK, and a cunningly murderous David Tennant in BAD SAMARITAN.

Full film details in transmission order: 

Saturday 5 December @ 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?

Saturday 13 December @ 21:00 – SINISTER (2012)

Desperately in need of a best seller to revive his struggling career, true crime writer Ellison (Ethan Hawke), moves his family to the scene of his most recent story; the unsolved, gruesome murder of a loving, happy suburban family. Shunned by the local community and strained by his obligations to his family, the discovery of  a batch of home movies in the attic offers Ellison shocking proof to the crime he is investigating and the terrifying realisation that his investigation may be putting his family in mortal danger.

Friday 18 December @ 21:00 – BAD SAMARITAN (2018)

A small-time crook, who runs a valet parking scam, robbing rich client’s houses while they dine at a fancy Italian restaurant, inadvertently stumbles upon a far more dangerous criminal - a sadistic serial killer played by ‘Doctor Who’ star David Tennant - earning a chance to redeem himself. An audacious throwback to such 90s thrillers as AMERICAN PSYCHO, THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, CAPE FEAR and THE VANISHING, this crazy and outrageous jump-scare exploiter piles on the suspense and rips along at a nonstop pace to mind-chilling contemporary paranoia.

Sunday 20 December @ 21:00 – THE WOMAN IN BLACK (2012)

Based on the classic ghost story, The Woman in Black tells the tale of Arthur Kipps (Daniel Radcliffe), a lawyer who is forced to leave his young son and travel to a remote village to attend to the affairs of the recently deceased owner of Eel Marsh House. Working alone, Kipps begins to uncover the town’s tragic secrets and his fears escalate when he discovers that local children have been disappearing under mysterious circumstances. When those closest to him become threatened by the vengeful woman in black, Kipps must find a way to break the cycle of terror.

Monday 21 December @ 21:00 – CHRISTINE (1983)

 
 
High school geek Arnie Cunningham falls in love with "Christine", a bright red 1958 Plymouth Fury which has seen much better days. Setting himself the task of restoring the car to its original condition, Arnie has become consumed with passion for the sleek, rounded, chrome-laden car. His friends are horrified but it’s too late - anyone seeking to come between them becomes the victim of Christine's horrifying wrath.

Thursday 24 December @ 21:00 – PRIEST (2011)

Based on a popular comic book series, Paul Bettany stars as a warrior priest who disobeys church law by teaming with a young sheriff (Cam Gigandet) and a priestess (Maggie Q) to track down a band of renegade vampires who have kidnapped his niece

Friday 25 December @ 21:00 – P2 (2007)

It's Christmas Eve. Angela Bridges (Rachel Nichols), an ambitious executive, is supposed to be at a family gathering working late. When she gets down to the parking garage, she discovers that her car won't start. Thomas (Wes Bentley), a friendly security guard, offers to help, but when he also invites her to share a small Christmas dinner he's preparing, she doesn’t realise the invitation is not optional. If Angela wants to live to see Christmas morning, she must find a way to escape from level P2 of the parking garage.

Saturday 26 December @ 21:00 – WIND CHILL (2007)

It’s Christmas Eve. Two college students share a ride home for the holidays. When they break down on a deserted stretch of road, they're preyed upon by the ghosts of people who have died there. Emily Blunt stars in her first horror movie from George Clooney and Steven Soderbergh’s joint production company, Section 8 Productions.

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Monday, 16 November 2020

LOCKED DOWN: THE SCARIEST SHOW YOU WILL NEVER SEE!

Morpheus presents LOCKED DOWN, an innovative and exhilarating new theatrical experience which offers participants the thrill of immersive theatre in the safety of their own homes.


This is a show like no other. Hosted online by live actors, Locked Down is an exclusive, interactive experience in which audiences are invited to close their eyes and let Morpheus take control as they are guided on a terrifying and imagination-bending sonic adventure.

Dystopic and nightmarish, Locked Down guides groups of up to six people – each wearing headphones and a blindfold – on a sensory journey via Zoom.

With Covid-19 restrictions currently in place throughout the world, this is the ultimate ‘night out at home’ for groups of friends or families looking for a unique and memorable party idea. As the UK continues to socially distance Locked Down allows individuals to virtually meet like-minded people and make new friends. The show is also the perfect team-building experience for workplaces whose employees are working remotely.

Following on from the recent success of Morpheus’ first digital production All Hallow’s Eve, Locked Down began performances on 11 November and is open for booking now.  

A clock strikes, darkness falls and the game begins... Everything depends on you!

You wake to find yourself in a strange dystopian facility. Memories distorted - a jigsaw puzzle of violence and horror. What happened here? As you explore your new surroundings, the pieces begin to slot together. There was a deadly virus. A frantic search for a cure. Mass panic. Civil unrest. Riots. A war. 

There is now just one hope for civilization: you.

Can you work together to find the cure? Will you escape alive or will watch as the world descends into darkness? In this adrenalized and interactive experience, you are the star, the saviour.

LISTINGS
Tickets available to book from http://morpheus-show.co.uk

From £39 with discounts available for groups of 6

To participate in any of Morpheus’s productions you will need a computer/tablet/smartphone with access to Zoom, a stable internet connection, headphones and a blindfold.

The show may not be suitable for anyone who is pregnant or who suffers from epilepsy, claustrophobia or anxiety.


 

Christmas Horror Apparel On Sale Now at Fright-Rags

Deck the halls - and celebrate the birthday of a genre legend - with Fright-Rags! Just in time for the holidays, unwrap Krampus merchandise and Christmas horror apparel, plus a Tom Atkins tee.

Celebrate Tom Atkins' 85th birthday with a signature shirt from Fright-Rags featuring the cult actor as Dr. Challis in a production still from Halloween III: Season of the Witch.


Krampus is coming to town with Fright-Rags’ coloring and activity book, which features 20 pages of holiday fun based on the Michael Dougherty film. A pack of crayons is included. Two Krampus shirts have been reprinted as well.
 

The ghosts of Christmas past return to haunt Fright-Rags with restocks of holiday horror tees inspired by A Christmas Story, Scrooged, Christmas Vacation, and Krampus.

Tom Atkins, Krampus, and Christmas apparel is available now at Fright-Rags.com

 

Short fantasy thriller GOODNIGHT, HALLOWEEN - available to view for free on YouTube

Daily death figures…people locked down, hiding, communicating via webcams…a divided nation…a right wing agenda pulling the strings of government with populist politics…welcome to alternate Detroit in 1986…welcome to the world of GOODNIGHT,  HALLOWEEN. 

 

GOODNIGHT,  HALLOWEEN is a short fantasy thriller from award winning writer/ director Luther Bhogal-Jones – in this alternate world Halloween creatures have co-existed with mankind for all time…but now a forced government policy has removed their rights and allowed human citizens to exterminate them without consequence. The creatures have been forced into hiding and forged uneasy alliances between competing different species, all with their own agendas. A ray of hope emerges – evidence that could discredit K.R.O.N.A – the Khristian Right Of New Amerika – and having retrieved the evidence a group of creatures are scattered and forced to stay in hiding while the evidence is painstakingly uploaded to the Network…if they can stay alive long enough…which is where the film begins…

Ironically prescient for these times after being 14 years in the making (don’t ask, or refer to the accompanying 10 FAQs for more information on that) Goodnight, Halloween is a thrilling stylish throwback to the creature films of the VHS 80s era – something that could have come from studio stables of New World or Empire Pictures – while combining elements of Robocop’s mediabreak interludes and downbeat, cynical elements of John Carpenter’s work (especially with the Carpenter-esque score to the film – courtesy of Worthing composer Monzen Nakacho)

GOODNIGHT,  HALLOWEEN is available to view now at https://youtu.be/_j92cxEB39o

For more info on this and other features by Faster Productions, visit their Facebook Page.

 

THE CRAFT: LEGACY - On Digital Download Nov 20

The bewitching Blumhouse continuation of cult hit The Craft, THE CRAFT: LEGACY, is available to Download and Keep on November 20 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

An eclectic foursome of aspiring teenage witches gets more than they bargained for as they lean into their newfound powers. When her mother Helen (Michelle Monaghan) decides to move in with her self-help guru boyfriend (David Duchovny), loner teenager Lily (Cailee Spaeny) has her life uprooted.

When she finds a new group of friends in a coven of witches, they have fun together flexing their powers. That is, until dark events occur. 

THE CRAFT: LEGACY, a progressive update of the 90s classic, stars Cailee Spaeny (TV’s “Devs”), Gideon Adlon (Blockers), Lovie Simone (TV’s “Greenleaf”), Zoey Luna (TV’s “Raising Zoey”), Michelle Monaghan (Mission: Impossible – Fallout) and David Duchovny (TV’s “The X Files”) and is directed by Zoe Lister-Jones. 

DIGITAL BONUS MATERIALS (not available on all platforms)

Featurettes:
-Franchise Legacy
-Powerful Story, Magical Director
-4 Alternate Scenes with an Introduction from the Director 

 

Wednesday, 11 November 2020

4k restoration of David Cronenberg's controversial CRASH on Digital and Disc

Technology and sexuality meet in a head-on collision in Crash – director David Cronenberg’s controversial adaptation of writer J.G. Ballard’s hugely transgressive 1973 novel starring James Spader and Holly Hunter.

Spader stars as James Ballard, an advertising executive whose deviant sexual desires are awakened by a near fatal automobile accident with Dr Helen Remington (Hunter). Soon the pair, alongside Ballard’s wife Catherine (Deborah Kara Unger), are drawn into an underground world of car crash fetishism presided over by renegade scientist Vaughan (Elias Koteas). Danger, sex and death become entwined as eroticism and technology join together in a disturbing, deadly union.

Awarded the Special Jury Prize at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival for originality, daring and audacity, Crash remains an incredibly subversive and confrontational piece of cinema – Cronenberg himself describes it as “a dangerous film” – now newly refurbished in a stunning 4K restoration.

UHD

• 4K restoration of the uncut NC-17 version, supervised by director of photography Peter Suschitzky and approved by director David Cronenberg
• 4K (2160p) UHD Blu-ray presentation in High Dynamic Range
• 5.1 and 2.0 Stereo DTS-HD Master Audio
• Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
• Brand new audio commentary with film scholar Adrian Martin
• Cronenberg Challenge – new interview with director of photography Peter Suschitzky
• Mechanical Animals – new interview with executive producer Jeremy Thomas
• The Shore Thing – new interview with composer Howard Shore
• License to Drive – new interview with casting director Deirdre Bowen
• 2019 Q&A with Cronenberg and actor Viggo Mortensen at TIFF
• 1996 Q&A with Cronenberg and source novel writer J.G. Ballard at the National Film Theatre in London
• Behind-the-scenes footage and contemporary press interviews
• Architect of Pain: The Cronenberg Project—brand new video essay by Caelum Vatnsdal on Cronenberg’s use of architecture and location
• Crash! (1971, 18 mins)—short film originally broadcast as part of the BBC’s Review series, starring J.G. Ballard and loosely adapted from his 1970 novel The Atrocity Exhibition
• Two short films inspired by Ballard and the novel Crash: Nightmare Angel (Zoe Beloff, 1986, 33 mins) and Always (crashing) (Simon Barker and Jason Wood, 2016, 14 mins)
• Two Cronenberg short films: The Nest (2013, 10 mins) and At the Suicide of the Last Jew in the World in the Last Cinema in the World (2007, 4 mins)
• Original Trailers
• Fully illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing by Vanessa Morgan, Araceli Molina, Jason Wood and Zoe Beloff, and a reprinted excerpt from Cronenberg on Cronenberg
• Fold-out double-sided poster featuring original and newly commissioned artwork
• Limited edition packaging with reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx

BLU-RAY

• 4K restoration of the uncut NC-17 version, supervised by director of photography Peter Suschitzky and approved by director David Cronenberg
• High Definition Blu-rayTM (1080p) presentation
• 5.1 and 2.0 Stereo DTS-HD Master Audio
• Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
• Brand new audio commentary with film scholar Adrian Martin
• Cronenberg Challenge – new interview with director of photography Peter Suschitzky
• Mechanical Animals – new interview with executive producer Jeremy Thomas
• The Shore Thing – new interview with composer Howard Shore
• License to Drive – new interview with casting director Deirdre Bowen
• 2019 Q&A with Cronenberg and actor Viggo Mortensen at TIFF
• 1996 Q&A with Cronenberg and source novel writer J.G. Ballard at the National Film Theatre in London
• Behind-the-scenes footage and contemporary press interviews
• Architect of Pain: The Cronenberg Project—brand new video essay by Caelum Vatnsdal on Cronenberg’s use of architecture and location
• Crash! (1971, 18 mins)—short film originally broadcast as part of the BBC’s Review series, starring J.G. Ballard and loosely adapted from his 1970 novel The Atrocity Exhibition
• Two short films inspired by Ballard and the novel Crash: Nightmare Angel (Zoe Beloff, 1986, 33 mins) and Always (crashing) (Simon Barker and Jason Wood, 2016, 14 mins)
• Two Cronenberg short films: The Nest (2013, 10 mins) and At the Suicide of the Last Jew in the World in the Last Cinema in the World (2007, 4 mins)
• Original Trailers
• Fully illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing by Vanessa Morgan, Araceli Molina, Jason Wood and Zoe Beloff, and a reprinted excerpt from Cronenberg on Cronenberg
• Fold-out double-sided poster featuring original and newly commissioned artwork
• Limited edition packaging with reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx

4K Digital out 30th November and 4K UHD Blu-ray out 14th December from ARROW VIDEO

Pre-order the UK 4KUHD from Amazon.co.uk

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

 

 

Hutson’s PROGENY spawns new novel for fans

British horror legend Shaun Hutson releases a new hardback novel, PROGENY and the paperback version of his hit 2019 hardback novel, Testament. Both novels are published by Caffeine Nights Publishing and supported with eBook and audio versions. 

PROGENY is the long-awaited sequel to his 1983 bestselling novel, Spawn. Caffeine Nights commissioned the original cover artist, for Spawn, Mark Taylor, to design the cover for Progeny. The artwork pays homage to Spawn while presenting a totally new book with a lovely classic horror retro feel.

Progeny works as a stand-alone novel, but for fans who have read Spawn, there is a whole back story there that adds another level to reading Progeny. I always wanted to go back and revisit some of my earlier work and see how I could develop the work over 35 years later. Spawn was always one of those stories that was left with strands that could be picked up and spun into something more horrific than the original.” Shaun said. “I also loved the irony of a book being spawned from the original that really is its progeny.”

Progeny is Shaun Hutson’s thirty ninth horror novel under his own name and is available in hardback, eBook and audiobook from all good book shops and online. 

Buy PROGENY from Amazon.co.uk

 

 

Sunday, 8 November 2020

THE VIGIL - Released Digitally Nov 30

Following its successful theatrical release, audiences who missed THE VIGIL in cinemas will have the chance to be spooked by the supernatural Blumhouse horror when it’s released on digital platforms later this month in the UK and Ireland, and on DVD January 2021. 

Set over the course of a long, dark night in Brooklyn’s Hassidic “Boro” Park neighbourhood, following Yakov (Dave Davis, True Detective), a former Hassid, who has lost his faith, and isn’t eager to go back to the insular religious community he only recently fled. 

But when Reb Shulem (Menashe Lustig), a rabbi and confidante, approaches Yakov and offers to pay him to be the shomer (watching over the dead body of a community member) for a recently deceased Holocaust survivor, he reluctantly accepts the job. Shortly after arriving at the dilapidated house, Yakov realises that something is very, very wrong. This will not be a quiet vigil.

From Blumhouse (the producers of Halloween and Insidious), and described by Bloody Disgusting as “a fresh take on the religious/demon possession horror film”, THE VIGIL is the startling debut feature from Keith Thomas. With an unusual and evocative setting, it’s beautifully crafted, packed with fingernail-shredding scares (including a mysterious video message that’ll stand your hair on end), an ominous and eerie score, and features a standout performance from Davis as a man confronting evil. The words “You want some tea?” will never sound the same again.

THE VIGIL will be released on Digital Platforms from 30TH November and on DVD on the 4TH January 2021 in the UK and Ireland.

 

Russian sci-fi blockbuster THE BLACKOUT: INVASION EARTH - out December

A top recon team step in when an alien invasion shuts down the planet, in THE BLACKOUT: INVASION EARTH, released by 4Digital THIS December on Blu-Ray, DVD and Digital platforms. 

Imagine Chernobyl crossed with Battle: Los Angeles, with a touch of Predator, in this Russian sci-fi blockbuster that sees a future world teetering on oblivion.

When the end comes for civilization, it will not be terrorism or nuclear war that causes it, but ‘The Blackout’. An unexplained phenomenon has struck the Earth. Contact between most towns on Earth has been severed. A small area in Eastern Europe is the only location that still has electricity.

When military forces venture outside, they discover a shocking truth - corpses everywhere. In stores, in cars, on roads, in hospitals and railway stations. Who or what is destroying all life on Earth? And how long can the last outpost of mankind endure? It’s up to a crack squad of troops to investigate, venturing into a no-man’s land to confront the threat, whatever it might be - and exterminate it at all costs!

Featuring hi-tech effects, heavy-duty military equipment, bloody bear attacks and a suicide mission to end them all, The Blackout: Invasion Earth is a thrilling and chilling, action-packed epic that sees the fate of humanity resting in the hands of a group of heavily armoured, but massively overmatched soldiers (headed by Aleksey Cahdov, star of Nightwatch), and a lone female journalist. 

This is two hours of doom and destruction, intense firefights and mind-control mayhem - and a strange, leather-clad figure called Id, who holds the key to the blackout. 

THE BLACKOUT: INVASION EARTH will be released 28th DECEMBER on BD, DVD AND Digital platforms.

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

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

 


Tuesday, 3 November 2020

POSSESSOR - Now coming to Digital Platforms 27 November

Due to the recently announced COVID-19 restrictions in England, Possessor will now be streaming as a premium Home Premiere release on digital platforms from 27 November. 


From the visionary mind of writer director Brandon Cronenberg (Antiviral), Possessor is a game-changing sci-fi thriller about elite, corporate assassin Tasya Vos (Andrea Riseborough, Mandy).

Using brain-implant technology, Vos takes control of other people’s bodies to execute high profile targets. As she sinks deeper into her latest assignment Vos becomes trapped inside a mind that threatens to obliterate her.

Possessor features a stellar cast including Christopher Abbott (It Comes at Night, The Sinner), Rossif Sutherland (Guest of Honour), Tuppence Middleton (Downton Abbey), Sean Bean (Game of Thrones) and Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight).

Signature Entertainment presents Possessor on digital platforms from 27 November 

View the Trailer on YouTube.


SAVE YOURSELVES - absurdly hilarious Sci-Fi comedy comes to Digital

Hilarious Sci-Fi comedy SAVE YOURSELVES! starring Sunita Mani (TV’s “Glow”), John Reynolds (TV’s “Search Party”), Ben Sinclair (TV’s “High Maintenance”) and Amy Sedaris (TV’s “At Home with Amy Sedaris”) is coming to Digital Download this month from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Jack (John Reynolds) and Su (Sunita Mani) are a hip Brooklyn couple who, like many of their friends, find themselves dependent on technology and unable to put down their phones. Fearing their mindless scrolling may impact their connection with each other, they seize the chance to head to an isolated cabin in the woods, vowing to unplug from the outside world for a week.

Sheltered from texts and push notifications, they are blissfully unaware that the planet is under attack by murderous cute furry aliens. As strange events unfold, the couple must figure out a way back to civilization—or what’s left of it!

SAVE YOURSELVES! is written and directed by Alex H. Fischer & Eleanor Wilson and produced by Kara Durrett, Mandy Tagger Brockey, Adi Ezroni.

SAVE YOURSELVES! is available to Download and Keep from November 23rd.

Monday, 2 November 2020

Campaign for VR Horror "WE ARE OMEGA" Launched.

British screenwriter A.J. Cupples and Canadian director Brendan Petersen have teamed up to work on psychological horror, WE ARE OMEGA

Synopsis
A man named JJ drops $5000 to take his old friend Molly on a VR date. Think CABIN IN THE WOODS meets an episode of BLACK MIRROR.

Unlike the VR you are used to, Omega Reality offers an experience which requires no headset.

Once they enter the virtual world, they traverse to crazy new places through portals as they encounter nightmarish creatures, a sadistic clown named Gropey, a raving masked slasher with a neon flail named Bootleg, and more! 

What is virtual and what is reality starts to blur, as they start to wonder if they will ever be able to escape. . .

The Indiegogo campaign for this feature film is live, and we’re reaching for £15,000 (19.4 USD/25.8 CAD) to give JJ and Molly’s hellish story its proper justice... from visual FX of the nightmarish creatures to the high-tech portals operated by Omega.

Darkslide Pictures has experience in creating quality films and are calling all horror lovers to support and give an outlet for independent artists to make honest and profound feature films which don’t come from Hollywood’s cookie-cutter.

Our leads for the project are Beáta Imre and Honnor T. Seaton - our cast and crew are tight-knit and diverse... since the screenplays initial journey across the Atlantic, it has reached the cold climates of Thunder Bay, Ontario and found its way to the plains of the peach state, Georgia.

Every eye that falls on our campaign helps tremendously, and for that, we’re offering our backers amazing perks in return! 

For more info and to get involved visit the films Indiegogo page

 

HP Lovecraft adaptations in new pocket-sized editions

With everyone falling in love with H.P. Lovecraft this Autumn, SelfMadeHero is celebrating three of the master of horror’s favourite tales with I.N.J. Culbard’s popular adaptations along with Robert W. Chambers cult novel, The King In Yellow in new pocked-sized paperback editions for its Weird Fiction Library range. All four volumes have new cover art and forewords.

The Shadow Out of Time (ISBN 978191059396/ 120pp)

Miskatonic University, Arkham, 1908. Professor Nathaniel Peaslee collapses in front of a class of students, only coming to his senses five years later. 

Horrified to discover that his body has been far from inactive during the intervening period—and plagued by unsettling and outlandish nightmares—Peaslee attempts to piece together the truth behind the missing years of his life. 

A chilling journey through time, space, and the recesses of the mind finding terrifying form in this adaptation to one of his final tales. With a foreword by Jeff Lemire. 

Buy from Amazon.co.uk

The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath (ISBN 9781910593974/ 144pp)  

Obsessed with revisiting the sunset city of his dreams, Randolph Carter leaves the humdrum confines of reality behind, traveling into a vivid dreamworld where anything is possible. 

But while Carter draws closer to his goal—the mysterious Kadath, home to the gods themselves—another force, dark and brooding, is watching with plans of its own. 

An epic fantasy mixing adventure, peril, and wonder in equal parts, The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath explores themes of memory and forbidden knowledge. With a foreword by Jeff Lemire. 

Buy from Amazon.co.uk
 

The Case of Charles Dexter Ward (ISBN: 9781910593950/120pp)    

Providence, Rhode Island, 1928. A dangerous inmate disappears from a private hospital for the insane, his method of escape baffling the authorities. 

Only the patient’s final visitor, family physician Dr. Marinus Bicknell Willett—himself a piece of the puzzle—holds the key to unlocking The Case of Charles Dexter Ward. 

A macabre mixture of historical investigation, grave-robbing, and bone-chilling revelation. With a foreword by Jeff Lemire.

Buy from Amazon.co.uk


The King in Yellow (ISBN: 9781910593943/ 144pp) 

The King in Yellow: a play that brings madness to all who read it. Irresistible and insidious, it lures the reader with its innocence and dooms them with its corruption. 

In a series of interlinked stories, Robert W. Chambers’ classic work of weird fiction shows the creeping spread of the play’s macabre touch. 

A deft and unsettling adaptation that breathes life into this influential masterpiece. With a foreword by Dan Abnett. 

Buy from Amazon.co.uk  

 

 

Sunday, 1 November 2020

Dawn of the Dead Limited Edition Box Set - Trailer and Packshot

Halloween may be over, but if you're still yearning for more horror, Second Sight films have just released a trailer for their upcoming 4K UHD and BD DAWN OF THE DEAD box sets.

Widely acknowledged to be one of the greatest horror films of all time, this seminal work has been painstakingly restored and arrives in two separate format releases: Dawn Of The Dead Limited Edition 4K UHD and Dawn Of The Dead Limited Edition Blu-ray on 16 November 2020. 

Full specs can be found HERE 

Pre-order the UK 4K UHD set from Amazon.co.uk 

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


 

Saturday, 31 October 2020

THE CURSE OF AUDREY EARNSHAW - Out Now Digitally

Set against the autumnal palette of harvest season in 1973, THE CURSE OF AUDREY EARNSHAW explores the disturbed bond between Audrey, an enigmatic young woman, and Agatha, her domineering ‘mother’, who live secretly as occultists on the outskirts of a remote Protestant village.

As the community is besieged by a pestilence of unknown origin: children, fields, and livestock begin to die — yet the Earnshaw farm remains strangely unaffected. 

As mass hysteria sets in the village, the townsfolk commence accusations against Audrey and Agatha of witchcraft.

Capturing a perfect mixture of religious paranoia and folklore horror, Thomas Robert Lee’s THE CURSE OF AUDREY EARNSHAW is a haunting and unflinching tale of vengeance.

The film celebrated its world premiere at Fantasia Fest 2020, coming out with raving reviews. The film is available now on all major VOD/Digital platforms .

CREEPSHOW animated special - Exclusive to SHUDDER

Streaming now, exclusive to SHUDDER, the world's Premium streaming horror channel. CREEPSHOW Animated Special

In SURVIVOR TYPE, a scrappy surgeon crash-lands on a desert island. His life hadn’t been easy up to this point, but the new challenges he faces will test his limits… how strong is his will to survive?

In TWITTERING FROM THE CIRCUS OF THE DEAD, Blake’s mother is making a family trip feel more like torture than vacation, but when they pull off the road to see a sinister circus, things become even worse than Blake could have imagined. 

Starring Kiefer Sutherland & Joey King and based on short stories by Stephen King & Joe Hill, this CREEPSHOW Animated Special is a Halloween treat.

For more info and to sign up, head on over to Shudder.com

Also SHUDDER is bringing you a 24-hour virtual event starting Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020 at 12pm ET. Featuring legendary genre icons, fan-favorite musicians, acclaimed filmmakers, top writers and producers, the event is free to all and available anywhere in the world. 

 
Head over to ShudderFest.com now to get started! 

 

 

Fright-Rags' HALLOWEEN Apparel Spans 40 Years of Michael Myers

Fright-Rags welcomes Halloween with merchandise spanning four decades of the Halloween franchise, from John Carpenter's 1978 classic to 2018's eponymous sequel.

The original Halloween is celebrated with a variety of shirt designs, plus a restock of the popular Haddonfield heritage hat. Michael Myers is also represented on Halloween lounge pants, socks, a dad hat, and a motion enamel pin. 

 

Fright-Rags also has new shirts from Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers, Halloween H20, Halloween: Resurrection, and Halloween (2018), plus an H20 hat. Previously released apparel from Halloween II, Halloween III: Season of the Witch, Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers, and Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers is available as well.

Fright-Rags.com is your one-stop shop for Halloween franchise apparel for October and beyond. Halloween Kills merchandise will join the collection in conjunction with the film's release next year.

New & Restocked Designs on Sale now at Fright-Rags.com

 

 

Sunday, 25 October 2020

New titles coming January 2021 from Arrow

Arrow Video starts the new year with a bang, with a truly terrifying Spanish horror, a pair of films from a visionary auteur including a bona-fide contemporary masterpiece, Gamera box sets packed to the gills with extras, and a timely and darkly comic epic.

[REC] - On Blu-ray, 4 January

28 Days Later meets The Blair Witch Project as a mysterious virus turns the inhabitants of an apartment building into a horde of frenzied, bloodthirsty ghouls in [REC] - the original 2007 “found footage” phenomenon that spawned a hit franchise and US remake.

A television film crew, documenting the night shift of a Barcelona fire brigade, get much more than they bargained for when they attend an apparently routine call-out. Upon arrival at an inner city apartment, the firefighters are viciously attacked by the elderly female occupant, who appears to be in the throes of some sort of viral infection. 

Before long, the virus has taken hold of the entire building, which is cordoned off by the authorities. Trapped inside, the television crew - using their cameras to capture the events as they unfold - and the other remaining survivors find themselves pitched into a nightmare of unimaginable proportions.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

• High Definition Blu-ray presentation with two viewing options: the “theatrical version” (24fps, 1080p, 78 mins) as shown in cinemas, and the “production version” (25fps, 1080i, 75 mins) as originally filmed
• Original Spanish DTS-HD MA 5.1 and 2.0 audio options on both versions
• Optional English subtitles
• New audio commentary by film critic and historian Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, author of Found Footage Horror: Fear and the Appearance of Reality
• Archive commentary by directors Jaume Balaguero & Paco Plaza
• The Making of [REC], an archive featurette examining the process of production featuring interviews with cast & crew
• How to Shoot a Horror Movie, a French-language featurette presented by directors Jaume Balaguero & Paco Plaza
• Archive interview with Jaume Balaguero & Paco Plaza looking back on the film
• The Fantastic Four, an archive panel discussion with [REC] directors Jaume Balaguero, Paco Plaza and new wave Spanish horror contemporaries Gonzalo Lopez Callego and Juan Antonio Bayona
• On set footage of the cast & crew at work on key scenes including “the attack on Mrs. Izquierdo” and the “climb to hell”
• Archive interview with director of photography Pablo Rosso
• Archive interview with sound supervisor Xavi Mas
• Archive interview with sound designer Oriol Tarragó
• Confidences, a video diary by star Manuela Velasco
• Deleted and extended scenes, including “Fire Station Redux”, “The Secret Archive” and “Corridors of Nails”
• Casting, original video footage from the audition process
• Trailers and TV spots
• Image gallery
• Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Adam Rabalais

FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collectors' booklet with new writing on the film by Xavier Aldana Reyes 

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

JSA : JOINT SECURITY AREA - On Blu-ray, 18 January

Before Oldboy, before The Handmaiden, visionary filmmaker Park Chan-wook helmed this gripping tale of deceit, misunderstanding and the senselessness of war. 

 Gunfire breaks out in the demilitarised zone between North and South Korea, leaving two North Korean soldiers dead while a wounded South Korean soldier (Lee Byung-hun, The Good, the Bad, the Weird) flees to safety. 

With the tenuous peace between the two warring nations on a knife-edge, a neutral team of investigators, headed by Swiss Army Major Sophie Jean (Lee Young-ae, Lady Vengeance), is dispatched to question both sides to determine what really happened under cover of darkness out in no-man’s land.


SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

• High Definition Blu-ray™ (1080p) presentation
• Original lossless Korean DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and PCM 2.0 stereo soundtracks
• Optional English subtitles
• New audio commentary by writer and critic Simon Ward
• Isolated music and effects track
• Newly recorded video interview with Asian cinema expert Jasper Sharp
• The JSA Story and Making the Film, two archival featurettes on the film’s production
• About JSA, a series of archival introductions to the film by members of the cast
• Behind the scenes montage
• Opening ceremony footage
• Two music videos: Letter from a Private and Take the Power Back
• Theatrical trailer
• TV spot
• Image gallery
• Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Colin Murdoch

FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing by Kieran Fisher 

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

GAMERA : The Showa Era - On Blu-ray, 25 January

As giant monsters rampaged the Japanese cinematic landscape during the “kaiju boom” of the mid-1960s, Daiei Studios introduced a new character to the screen that would be embraced for generations: Gamera, the giant, flying, fire-breathing turtle, and friend of all children!

Buried under the Arctic ice for several millenia, the colossal chelonian is unleashed upon Japan, leaving havoc in his wake. 

After becoming an unexpected box office sensation, Gamera returned several more times, leaping to the world’s defence against a motley assortment of evil creatures, from the death-ray-shooting flying terror Gyaos, to the knife-headed alien menace Guiron, to the underwater invader Zigra!

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

• High Definition (1080p) transfers of all eight Showa-era Gamera films on Blu-ray
• Lossless original Japanese and dubbed English mono audio for all films
• Optional English subtitles for all films
• Reversible sleeves featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matt Frank

DISC ONE – GAMERA THE GIANT MONSTER

• Commentary and newly filmed introduction by August Ragone
• High Definition (1080p) transfer of Gammera the Invincible, the American theatrical version of the film, with lossless mono audio and optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of hearing
• Remembering the Gamera Series, an archive featurette from 1991, including interviews with director Noriaki Yuasa, writer Nisan Takahashi and others
• Interview with Noriaki Yuasa, filmed by Jörg Buttgereit in 2002
• Gamera Special, an hour-long best-of compilation supervised by Noriaki Yuasa in 1991
• Alternate English credits
• Trailer and image galleries

DISC TWO – GAMERA VS. BARUGON / GAMERA VS. GYAOS

• Commentary on Gamera vs. Barugon by August Ragone & Jason Varney
• Commentary on Gamera vs. Gyaos by Stuart Galbraith IV
• Newly filmed introductions to both films by August Ragone
• High Definition (1080p) transfer of War of the Monsters, the shorter American edit of Gamera vs. Barugon, with lossless English audio
• Alternate English credits for both films
• Trailer and image galleries

DISC THREE – GAMERA VS. VIRAS / GAMERA VS. GUIRON

• Choice of three different versions of Gamera vs. Viras via seamless branching
• Commentary on Gamera vs. Viras by Carl Craig and Jim Cirronella
• Commentary on Gamera vs. Guiron by David Kalat
• Newly filmed introductions to both films by August Ragone
• New featurette with actor Carl Craig showing his souvenirs and props from Gamera vs. Viras
• Highlights from the G-FEST X convention in 2003, featuring Noriaki Yuasa and Carl Craig
• The 4th Nippon Jamboree, a promotional film for the Boy Scouts of Japan directed by Yuasa in 1966
• Alternate English credits for both films
• Trailer and image galleries

DISC FOUR – GAMERA VS. JIGER / GAMERA VS. ZIGRA / GAMERA SUPER MONSTER 

• Commentary on Gamera vs. Jiger by Edward L. Holland
• Commentary by Gamera vs. Zigra by Sean Rhoads & Brooke McCorkle
• Commentary on Gamera Super Monster by Richard Pusateri
• Newly filmed introductions to all three films by August Ragone
• Alternate English credits for all three films
• Trailer and image galleries 

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

GAMERA : The Heisei Era - On Blu-ray, 25 January

After laying dormant for fifteen years, Gamera was rebooted for the big screen in a smash hit trilogy masterminded by director Shusuke Kaneko (Necronomicon), writer Kazunori Ito (Ghost in the Shell) and SFX director Shinji Higuchi (who went on to co-direct Shin Godzilla).  

Trading the campy kid-friendly surrealism of the earlier films for a darker, more realistic tone and jaw-droppingly innovative special effects, the Heisei Trilogy are still regarded today as among the best – and by some, the very best – kaiju films ever made.  

This unmissable trio is complimented by a bonus disc featuring Gamera the Brave, a heartwarming mix of family-friendly adventure and cutting-edge kaiju action that is the most recent Gamera film to date.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

• High Definition (1080p) transfers of all four films on Blu-ray, including 4K restorations of the Heisei Trilogy by Kadokawa Pictures
• Original Japanese and dubbed English DTS-HD MA 5.1 and 2.0 audio for all films
• Optional English subtitles for all films
• Reversible sleeves featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matt Frank

DISC ONE – GAMERA THE GUARDIAN OF THE UNIVERSE

• Commentary by Matt Frank
• Newly filmed introduction by August Ragone
• A Testimony of 15 Years: Part 1, the first in an epic three-part documentary interviewing cast and crew of the Heisei Trilogy
• Interviews with director Shusuke Kaneko and SFX director Shinji Higuchi, filmed by Jörg Buttgereit in 2002
• Extended interview with Shinji Higuchi, focusing on the trilogy’s special effects
• Behind the scenes featurettes tracing the film’s production from announcement to release
• Alternate English credits
• Trailer and image galleries

DISC TWO – GAMERA 2: ATTACK OF LEGION

• Commentary by Kyle Yount
• Newly filmed introduction by August Ragone
• A Testimony of 15 Years: Part 2, the next part of the documentary interviewing cast and crew of the Heisei Trilogy
• On-set footage from the shooting of the film’s main unit and special effects filming
• Behind the scenes featurettes tracing the film’s production from announcement to release
• Alternate English credits
• “Lake Texarkana” comedic dub track
• Trailer and image galleries

DISC THREE – GAMERA 3: REVENGE OF IRIS

• Commentary by Steve Ryfle & Ed Godziszewski
• Newly filmed introduction by August Ragone
• A Testimony of 15 Years: Part 3, the final part of the documentary interviewing cast and crew of the Heisei Trilogy
• Behind the scenes featurettes tracing the film’s production from announcement to release
• Deleted Scenes
• The Awakening of Irys (Remix), a montage of behind-the-scenes footage and work-in-progress special effects footage
• Alternate English credits
• Trailer and image galleries

DISC FOUR – GAMERA THE BRAVE

• Commentary by Keith Aiken & Bob Johnson • How to Make a Gamera Movie, a featurette hosted by director Ryuta Tasaki
• Behind The Scenes of Gamera the Brave, an all-access on-set documentary
• The Men That Made Gamera, a documentary looking back at the series from start to finish, featuring interviews with cast and crew
• Opening Day Premiere, a featurette showing the cast and crew presenting the film at its first showing
• Kaho’s Summer, an interview with the film’s young star
• Special Effects Supercut, a montage of effects shots overseen by FX supervisor Hajime Matsumoto
• Trailer and image galleries 

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

 

 

Friday, 23 October 2020

THE EVIL DEAD - On 4K UHD this November

Sam Raimi’s horror classic THE EVIL DEAD is available on 4k Ultra HD for the first time on November 16 courtesy of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Writer/Director Raimi’s (Spider-Man, Drag Me to Hell) relentless, gore-spattered debut is a landmark in horror cinema, a no-holds-barred onslaught of gruesome terror and nightmarish effects which has earned its rightful status as a legendary cult classic. Starring Bruce Campbell (TV’s Ash vs Evil Dead) and Ellen Sandweiss (TV’s Ash vs Evil Dead)

THE EVIL DEAD follows five college students who travel to a remote cabin in the woods and unwittingly unleash a monstrous evil hellbent on their total destruction. THE EVIL DEAD is truly the ultimate experience in grueling horror.

THE EVIL DEAD 4K Ultra HD is beautifully presented in 4K resolution with High Dynamic Range in its original aspect ratio of 1.33:1. It has a host of special bonus features including interviews, rare behind the scene footage and commentary by Sam Raimi.

BLU-RAY BONUS FEATURES:

One By One We Will Take You: The Untold Saga of The Evil Dead
Treasures from the Cutting Room Floor documentary
At the Drive-In
Discovering Evil Dead
Make-Up Test
Ellen and Drama Teacher
On-Stage Interview
Commentary with Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert and Bruce Campbell
Featurettes:
-The Ladies of the Evil Dead meet Bruce Campbell
-The Other Pages
-One by One We will Take you: The Untold Saga of The Evil Dead
-Unconventional: The Ultimate Discussion of Grueling Horror
Picture-in-Picture: Join us! The Undying Legacy of The Evil Dead 

Pre-order the UK 4K UHD release from Amazon.co.uk

A 4K Ultra HD Exclusive Edition will also be available at HMV as part of their Cine Edition range

Tuesday, 20 October 2020

Brandon Cronenberg's POSSESSOR - in UK Cinemas November

From the visionary mind of writer director Brandon Cronenberg (Antiviral), POSSESSOR is a game-changing sci-fi thriller about an elite, corporate assassin Tasya Vos (Andrea Riseborough - Mandy).


Using brain-implant technology, Vos takes control of other people’s bodies to execute high profile targets. As she sinks deeper into her latest assignment Vos becomes trapped inside a mind that threatens to obliterate her.

Possessor features a stellar cast including Christopher Abbott (It Comes at Night, The Sinner), Rossif Sutherland (Guest of Honour), Tuppence Middleton (Downton Abbey), Sean Bean (Game of Thrones) and Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight)

View the trailer on YouTube

POSSESSOR is released to UK cinemas November 27 from Signature Entertainment.

 

10 questions with Najarra Townsend - Star of FrightFest's THE STYLIST

Ahead of the UK premiere of Jill Gevarguzian’s THE STYLIST, at the Arrow Video FrightFest October Digital event, lead actress Najarra Townsend talks about being drawn to dark characters, loving film festivals and swapping LA for the English countryside.

Q) In THE STYLIST, you play Claire, a murderous hairstylist who doesn’t just cut hair! It’s a very restrained yet chillingly emotive performance. What research did you do in order to understand the mind of someone who is, essentially, a serial killer?

The majority of my research for Claire was actually building her backstory. I started with our Writer/Director Jill Gervargizian’s backstory notes on the character and then filled in all the blanks. I always approach a role by creating a life history for them. Memories are vital for me to have for every character. Jill also suggested I read “House of Psychotic Women” by Kier-La Janisse, which is about the exploration of female neurosis in horror and exploitation films.

I actually did only a small bit of research on real female serial killers. I looked a few up, read about them and their lives, including the psychology behind why people think they did what they did, but in the end I felt the most valuable research for me was creating a full life for Claire and understanding why she does what she does.

Q) The film is based on director Jill Gevaragizian’s short feature, which played at FrightFest in 2016. How different was your approach to playing Claire then?

Originally I had given Claire a few select memories from her life as well as fleshing out her closest relationships (like with her mom). When it came to making the feature I was able to look back on my notes and take things I thought still applied whilst elaborating on the rest of her life, which really made her a much fuller character. It’s a dream come true as an actor to be able to take this person that I found so fascinating from the short and be able to really sink my teeth into her for the feature.

Q) You became first known to horror fans, and the FrightFest audience, for playing Samantha in the compelling zombie body horror CONTRACTED. The film garnered some notoriety for its sexual slant on the victimology of rape. What was it like playing such a demanding role?

Contracted was an extremely fun experience. It was my first time working with such intense practical effects. I would be in the makeup chair for hours before our shoot day started, having veins painted on my whole body, prosthetics applied and contacts lenses put in. It was demanding emotionally but also physically and really helped me grow as an actor. I trusted myself and my choices a lot more after that role. 

Q) Another challenging character you took on was the title role in the dark road movie WOLF MOTHER (2016), which has been described as the ‘bloodied non-horror film ever made’. Would you say you’re drawn to playing complex and dark characters?

Absolutely, I’ve always been attracted to characters that have a lot of emotional baggage and have gone through life events unlike my own. It’s always enjoyable researching things about a character’s life that makes you view things in new ways. The main goal with any character I play is to not judge their actions but try to understand and justify them - which can be tricky when playing a character that has done things that you would never do and think are wrong.

Q) You first came to public attention playing sassy teenager Rebecca in the award-winning ME AND YOU AND EVERYONE YOU KNOW. The LA Weekly named your portrayal of Rebecca as one of the ‘Top 10 Great Small Performances’. Looking back, how do you think that film shaped your career?

I will always be so grateful I got to be a part of that film as I really loved the movie. It opened up the indie world to me. I was really too young to understand the success the film had and what that could have meant for my career - I was just happy to be working! - but it definitely did open some doors for me. I also think it may have put me down more of an indie film road. “Me and You…” gave me my first taste of film festivals because I went to Sundance with the film. The electricity in the air and all the movie lovers in one place discussing films was fantastic to me. I was hooked.

Q) You made your first appearance in a horror movie at 10 years old, co-starring in Amir Mann’s MENACE. Did this spark an interest in the genre?

It definitely did. Seeing special effects brought to life really changed how I viewed horror movies. I was a bit scared of them before that but after seeing behind the curtain and experiencing the intensity that comes with shooting a horror film, I had a new appreciation and fascination for them. 

Q) Can we look forward to seeing you in any genre movies in the future?

Definitely! I have three feature films currently in post-production, all of which are in the horror genre. It’s usually the characters I’m drawn to which makes me choose the films I want to do. I find that good genre films so often have the most intense complicated characters that are the most fun to take on. Plus the horror community is so much fun to be a part of. I will always try to find roles in the genre.

Q) You were born and raised in California but now reside in the UK. What drew you away from your roots?

Yes, I’ve lived in Los Angeles most of my life but have always loved traveling. I shot a TV show in Qatar for five months in 2017 and met my now husband on the show! He’s British and after I fell in love with him I visited England and fell in love with the country as well. So it was an easy decision for me when we decided to get married and move to the UK. I now live in the English countryside and it feels like a fairytale all the time. I adore it here. 

Q) How have you been dealing with life under COVID?

I have to say for me personally the first few months of lockdown I found very enjoyable and I know that makes me extremely lucky. I adore where I live and getting the chance to just enjoy my home every day and spend extra time with my husband was a dream. It also felt like a very creative time because I used a lot of my time to read and create music and relax. Of course, the longer it’s gone on the more antsy I am about getting back to work but overall I’ve been very thankful for my experience this year.

Q) Finally, what’s next?

Times are still so uncertain. I’m attached to various projects but am not sure when or if they’ll still be happening. Plus due to the current travel restrictions I’ve been focusing more on things I can do from home, mainly dedicating my time to my band, ARCHWAY, and developing a few projects to produce. I’m enjoying this slower paced year but really looking forward to what next year brings.

THE STYLIST is showing online on Sunday 25 October, 11.45am in the Horror Channel screen, as part of the Arrow Video FrightFest October Digital event. 

For more info visit https://www.frightfest.co.uk/