Thursday, 23 September 2021

THE SNAKE GIRL AND THE SILVER-HAIRED WITCH - out NOW on UK Blu-Ray from Arrow

What do you get when Noriaki Yuasa, director of Daiei Studios’ much-beloved Gamera series, makes a monochrome film adaptation of the works of horror manga pioneer Kazuo Umezu (The Drifting Classroom)? The answer is 1968’s The Snake Girl and the Silver-Haired Witch, a fantastically phantasmagorical slice of twisted tokusatsu terror ostensibly made for children that will irreparably traumatise any child that sees it!
 
 
A young girl named Sayuri is reunited with her estranged family after years in an orphanage – but trouble lurks within the walls of the large family home. Her mother is an amnesiac after a car accident six months earlier, her sullen sister is confined to the attic and a young housemaid dies inexplicably of a heart attack just before Sayuri arrives… is it all connected to her father’s work studying venomous snakes? And is the fanged, serpentine figure that haunts Sayuri’s dreams the same one spying on her through holes in the wall? 
 
Making its worldwide Blu-ray debut and its home video premiere outside Japan, this rarely-screened, nightmarishly disorienting creepshow not only displays a seldom-seen side of kaiju auteur Yuasa, but its skilful blending of Umezu’s comics (published in English-language markets as Reptilia) arguably anticipates many of the trends seen in J-horror decades later. 
 
SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

- High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray presentation
- Original uncompressed mono audio
- Optional English subtitles
- Brand new commentary by film historian David Kalat
- This Charming Woman, a newly filmed interview with manga and folklore scholar Zack Davisson
- Theatrical trailer
- Image gallery
- Reversible sleeve featuring new and original artwork by Mike Lee-Graham

FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collectors’ booklet featuring new writing by Raffael Coronelli

Buy the UK BD from Amazon.co.uk

 

 

Poster and Trailer for new psychological thriller THE LODGER released

Lightbulb Film Distribution are delighted to share the poster and trailer for new psychological thriller, THE LODGER.


The film stars Jacqueline Bisset (“Bullitt”, “The Spiral Staircase”) and Alice Isaaz (“Elle”, “Savage State”) and was directed by Baptiste Drapeau from a screenplay written by Ollivier Briand.
 
An elderly woman (Bisset) takes in a lodger (Isaaz), offering accommodation in return for help around the house. The eccentric woman behaves as if her long-deceased husband is still alive. But soon the lodger begins to feel his presence.

View the trailer below...

The Lodger will be released on Digital Download and on DVD from Oct 18.

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

WE NEED TO DO SOMETHING on Digital 25th October

Tensions simmer and nerves begin to fray as a family trapped in their bathroom begin to believe what’s keeping them there may be of supernatural origin, in director Sean King O’Grady’s intense single-location horror, WE NEED TO DO SOMETHING.

After Melissa and her family seek shelter from a powerful storm in the most secure room of their house, they become trapped. Family tensions quickly bubble to the surface, but with a father barely able to conceal his rage and the realisation that this is no ordinary storm, a creeping sense of dread slowly envelops them.
 

With no sign of rescue, hours turn to days and Melissa comes to realise that she and her girlfriend Amy’s occult interests might have something to do with the horrors that threaten to tear her family, and the entire world, apart.

Premiering at Tribeca Festival 2021, We Need To Do Something is the debut feature of Sean King O’Grady (Executive Producer, The Assistant), is co-produced by Peter Block (Executive producer Saw franchise and Spiral) and stars Sierra McCormick (The Vast of Night), Pat Healy (Cheap Thrills, The Innkeepers) and Lisette Alexis (Hocus Pocus).

Blue Finch Film Releasing presents
WE NEED TO DO SOMETHING on Digital Download 25th October.

 View the Trailer on YouTube

ESCAPE ROOM 2 : TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS - on Digital and Disc October

Sequel to the box-office hit psychological thriller that terrified audiences around the world ESCAPE ROOM 2: TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS is available to Download & Keep on October 4 and to Rent on Digital, Blu-ray and DVD on October 18 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
 
In this installment, six people unwittingly find themselves locked in another series of escape rooms, slowly uncovering what they have in common to survive…and discovering they’ve all played the game before.
 
ESCAPE ROOM 2: TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS is directed by Adam Robitel (Escape Room, Insidious: The Last Key) and stars Taylor Russell (Escape Room, Waves), Logan Miller (Escape Room, Love Simon), Indya Moore (Queen & Slim), Holland Roden (Follow Me), Thomas Cocquerel (In Like Flynn) and Carlito Olivero (Bad Samaritan).
 
The never-before-seen EXTENDED CUT, available on Blu-ray and Digital, reveals the masterminds behind Minos and features even more deadly escape rooms with over 25 minutes of all-new footage!

BLU-RAY & DIGITAL* BONUS FEATURES:
Theatrical and Extended Cuts of ESCAPE ROOM 2: TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS
Go Inside the Minos Escape Rooms
Meet the Players
Director Adam Robitel on Raising the Stakes

* Theatrical Cut included as a bonus feature on participating platforms; otherwise available for separate digital purchase 

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

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

 



Horror Channel unleashes primetime premieres for October

Horror Channel has seven weekend primetime premieres line up for October, including, at 9pm on Sunday nights. the UK TV premiere of Brad Paxton’s supernatural thriller INCARNATE, starring Aaron Eckhart, and the channel premieres of David Cronenberg’s erotic psychological chiller DEAD RINGERS and Juan Carlo Fresnadillo’s atmospheric fantasy INTRUDERS (2011), starring Clive Owen.
 

Plus, there are four premieres at 9pm on Saturday nights: Darren Lynn Bousman’s nightmarish mystery ABATTOIR, Iain Softley’s Southern Gothic-style frightener THE SKELETON KEY, starring Kate Hudson, dark horror comedy MOM AND DAD, starring Nicholas Cage and Selma Blair and MAMA, the Guillermo Del Toro exec-produced haunting drama.

Full film details in transmission order:

Sat 2 Oct @ 22:45 – ABATTOIR (2016) *Channel premiere


After the death of her sister and nephew, real-estate investigative reporter Julia uncovers the sinister truth behind a series of gruesome murders where the entire killing rooms have been dismantled. It transpires that strange man has been buying up locations where such tragedies have occurred - but why? The answer leads Julia and tough cop Grady on a search into unimaginable horror.

Sat 8 Oct @ 21:00 – THE SKELETON KEY (2005)


Set in the dark, atmospheric backwoods of New Orleans, a live-in nurse hired to care for an elderly woman's ailing husband in their foreboding and decrepit plantation mansion. Exploring the old house armed with a skeleton key that unlocks every door, she discovers a hidden attic room that holds a deadly and terrifying secret. Iain Softley’s contemporary supernatural thriller stars Kate Hudson.


Sat 15 Oct @ 21:00 – MOM AND DAD (2017) *Channel Premiere


In a small, suburban town, an odd occurrence causes the horrific and unimaginable – the need for parents to turn on their children!  Writer/director Brian Taylor highlights the dark and twisted thoughts that occur in every parent…Nicolas Cage and Selma Blair star in this pitch-black horror-comedy about a worldwide mass hysteria where, for 24 brutal hours, parents turn violently against their own children.


Sun 16 Oct @ 21:00 – INTRUDERS (2011)


Clive Owen stars in this thriller that tells the tale of a legendary and horrific child-snatching demon that terrorizes families in both Madrid and London. Directed by accomplished Spanish filmmaker Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, Intruders also stars Ella Purnell as a young girl who is visited every night by this faceless creature who wants to take possession of her.

Sat 23 Nov @ 21:00 – MAMA (2013) *Channel Premiere


Two small girls disappear into the woods the day that their mother was murdered. When they are rescued years later and begin a new life, they find that someone, or something, still wants to come tuck them in at night. Jessica Chastain stars as the girlfriend of the little girls' uncle who welcomes them into her home, but slowly discovers they have been joined by a deadly presence.

Sun 24 Oct @ 21:00 – DEAD RINGERS (1988) *Channel Premier


Jeremy Irons stars in David Cronenberg’s ground-breaking psychological chiller as twin gynaecologists with opposite personalities who share everything -- the same practice, the same apartment and the same women.

Sun 31 Oct @ 21:00 – INCARNATE (2016) *UK TV premiere


Aaron Eckhart stars as an unconventional exorcist who can tap into the subconscious of the possessed. He nearly meets his match when he discovers that the young boy he's trying to help is possessed by a demon from his past. Directed by Brad Peyton, the film co-stars David Mazouz, and Catalina Sandino Moreno.

TV: Sky 317 / Virgin 149 / Freeview 70 / Freesat 138
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Wednesday, 22 September 2021

Final Trailer released for HALLOWEEN KILLS - in UK Cinemas Oct 15

Universal Pictures is pleased to make available the brand new trailer for the highly-anticipated Halloween Kills, coming to UK cinemas October 15.

View it below...

In 2018, David Gordon Green’s Halloween, starring icon Jamie Lee Curtis, killed at the box office, earning more than $250 million worldwide, becoming the highest-grossing chapter in the four-decade franchise and setting a new record for the biggest opening weekend in history for a horror film starring a woman.

And the Halloween night when Michael Myers returned isn’t over yet.

Minutes after Laurie Strode (Curtis), her daughter Karen (Judy Greer) and granddaughter Allyson (Andi Matichak) left masked monster Michael Myers caged and burning in Laurie’s basement, Laurie is rushed to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, believing she finally killed her lifelong tormentor.

But when Michael manages to free himself from Laurie’s trap, his ritual bloodbath resumes. As Laurie fights her pain and prepares to defend herself against him, she inspires all of Haddonfield to rise up against their unstoppable monster.

The Strode women join a group of other survivors of Michael’s first rampage who decide to take matters into their own hands, forming a vigilante mob that sets out to hunt Michael down, once and for all.

Evil dies tonight.




ANTLERS - In UK Cinemas 29th Oct & Opening Celluloid Screams Festival 21st Oct

From the visionary world of acclaimed director Scott Cooper and horror maestro Guillermo del Toro comes ANTLERS. In an isolated Oregon town, a middle-school teacher (Keri Russell - Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker) and her sheriff brother (Jesse Plemons - The Irishman) become embroiled with her enigmatic student (Jeremy T. Thomas) whose dark secrets lead to terrifying encounters with a legendary ancestral creature who came before them.

View the trailer below...

Searchlight Pictures presents ANTLERS in UK Cinemas 29th Oct & Opening Celluloid Screams Festival 21st Oct