Tuesday, 23 February 2021

CREEPSHOW - Series 2 debuts on SHUDDER April

AMC Networks’ premium streaming service for horror, thriller and the supernatural, released a trailer and new photography ahead of the 1 April second series debut of star-studded monster hit CREEPSHOW. 
 

The acclaimed anthology series has just been renewed for a third series of six episodes to premiere later this year. Based on George A. Romero’s iconic 1982 movie,
CREEPSHOW is executive produced by showrunner Greg Nicotero (​The Walking Dead).

Actors Ethan Embry (Grace and Frankie, Sneaky Pete) and Andrew Bachelor, aka King Bach (King Bachelor’s Pad, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before) will join as guest stars in season three, with more guest stars to be announced.

“Two years ago, Greg Nicotero and his team revived the beloved Creepshow franchise with a spectacular first series, followed by two ambitious specials, raising the bar for what a horror anthology series can be,” said Craig Engler, Shudder’s General Manager.  “We’re thrilled to bring Shudder members two more series this year, with new episodes that are even bigger, better, more shocking, and hilarious, and that truly live up to the show’s tag line, ‘The most fun you’ll ever have being scared.’”

The upcoming second series of Creepshow will feature a star-studded cast that includes Keith David (The Thing), Ashley Laurence (​Hellraiser), Ali Larter (​The Rookie), Ryan Kwanten (​True Blood), Barbara Crampton (​Re-Animator), C. Thomas Howell (Criminal Minds), Denise Crosby (​Star Trek: The Next Generation), Breckin Meyer (​Robot Chicken), Ted Raimi (​The Evil Dead), Iman Benson (​BlackAF), Kevin Dillon (Entourage), Eric Edelstein (​We Bare Bears), Justin Long (Die Hard 4.0), D’Arcy Carden (The Good Place) and Molly Ringwald (The Breakfast Club).

In its first series, CREEPSHOW smashed records for Shudder in number of viewers, new subscriber sign-ups and total minutes streamed to become the most watched program in Shudder history.  The show was a hit with critics as well as fans as one of 2019’s best-reviewed new genre series, with a 97% Fresh rating on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.

View the trailer below...

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CINE-EXCESS launches Digital Film Channel on Amazon Prime UK

Cine-Excess is set to launch a new Digital Film Channel dedicated to promoting diverse new talent in cult cinema. The first three features will be released on Amazon Prime UK on March 15th 2021.


Films from three exciting new female filmmakers from around the world kick off Cine-Excess’s latest venture: BLACK LAKE (2020), from British Asian director K / XI, FORNACIS (2018), from French director Aurelia Mengin and LEAKAGE (2018), from Iranian director Suzan Iravanian.

FORNACIS.


A sensory, hypnotic road movie that evokes the experimental imagery of Jean Rollin’s 1970s vampire cinema tells of the dramatic romance between two women, Anya and Frida. Obsessed by the death of her betrothed, Anya is thrown into a world of confusion, in which Frida's memories mix dangerously with reality, causing an oscillation between the solitude of reality and the surrealism of thwarted desires.

View the Trailer on YouTube.

 
BLACK LAKE


The haunting BLACK LAKE fuses regional myth with horror movie traditions to tell the story  of Aarya, a young female artist who is gifted a red scarf, sent by her aunt from her recent travels to Pakistan. As a result, she is haunted by a Churail: a demonic and malevolent South-Asian Witch and is forced to face the devastating cycles of violence the Churail brings with her.

View the Trailer on Vimeo


LEAKAGE


Described by Variety as a “high concept arthouse genre film”, LEAKAGE follows Jale, a middle-aged woman who discovers that crude oil is leaking out of her body. This unusual yet empowering phenomenon awakens the hope of a better future in her. On the other hand, it triggers uncertainty and paranoia in the male figures that surround her.

View the Trailer on YouTube.

Founded in 2007, Cine-Excess is a unique event that brings film fans and academics together for a celebration of cult cinema. The Cine-Excess annual film festival and conference has developed a strong international reputation with cinema professionals, academics, and afficionados alike. The Digital Film Channel builds on this success, combining industry expertise with academic practice, and supporting diverse voices in cult cinema.

All three films also feature as part of an online Cine-Excess Distinctive Visions festival from 12th-14th March to promote new visions in cult cinema

For further information on Cine-Excess Digital Film Channel visit: www.cine-excess.co.uk  


THE RECKONING - in Cinemas and on Digital April

Neil Marshall returns to the genre that made his name, reuniting with Dog Soldiers star Sean Pertwee, and featuring a striking lead performance from Charlotte Kirk (who also co-wrote the script) as a widow accused of being a witch.

Set against the backdrop of the Great Plague and subsequent witch-hunts against women, Grace Haverstock (Charlotte Kirk) must grapple with the tragic untimely death of her husband Joseph (Joe Anderson) in a society completely consumed by fear and death. 

Because she rejects her landlord Squire Pendleton’s (Steven Waddington) advances, she is falsely accused of being a witch and thrown in jail for a crime she didn’t commit. Grace must endure physical persecution at the hands of England’s most ruthless witch-hunter Judge Moorcroft (Sean Pertwee) and face her own inner demons as the Devil himself starts to work his way into her mind.

It’s Witchfinder General for the Covid era, featuring a star-making turn from Kirk (Ocean’s Eight), who turns from tortured victim to fierce avenger; and a fantastic performance from Pertwee as a superbly sinister judge. Marshall, who directed episodes of Game of Thrones and Black Sails, knows how to mount a thrilling action set-piece, and piles on lashings of blood and thunder - and even a skin-crawling appearance from the devil - to tell this tale of a woman wronged seeking vengeance. 

With touches of Hammer horror and recent cult hits The Witch and The Nightingale, THE RECKONING is, as BritFlicks says, “a proper rip-roaring yarn”.

 THE RECKONING comes to Digital and to select cinemas (Covid restrictions permitting) April 16th.

View the trailer on YouTube.

 





Horror Exclusives Streaming on SHUDDER - February & March

SHUDDER, AMC Networks’ premium streaming service for horror, thriller and the supernatural, has an unbeatable lineup of new Shudder Original and Exclusive films premiering on the UK service over the next two months: A Nightmare Wakes, Shook, The Dark & the Wicked, Lucky, Stay Out of the F**king Attic, Slaxx, and Violation; films which take in numerous countries around the world and range from dark comedy to survival horror to period psychological thrillers. These films represent the vibrant, creative passion that drives independent and international genre cinema today, with titles that have been official selections at top film festivals including Sundance, Toronto, SXSW and Tribeca. See below for details and dates.

A NIGHTMARE WAKES — premieres 4 February


A gothic period piece inspired by the torrid love affair of Mary and Percy Shelley and the creation of her famous novel, Frankenstein. As she creates her masterpiece, she gives birth to a monster. Directed by Nora Unkel. Starring Alix Wilton Regan (The Wife), Giullian Yao Gioiello (Scream: The TV Series, Marvel’s Iron Fist), Philippe Bowgen (The Mick), Lee Garrett, Claire Glassford, and Shannon Spangler. A Shudder Original film.

SHOOK — premieres 18 February


When Mia, a social media star, becomes the target of an online terror campaign, she has to solve a series of games to prevent people she cares about from getting murdered. But is it real? Or is it just a game at her expense? Starring Daisye Tutor (Guest House), Emily Goss (Snapshots), Nicola Posener (The Bold and the Beautiful), Octavius J. Johnson (Sleepless), Stephanie Simbari (Here and Now) and Grant Rosenmeyer (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend). Directed by Jennifer Harrington (Housekeeping). A Shudder Original film.

THE DARK AND THE WICKED — premieres 25 February

 Official Selection Tribeca Film Festival

On a secluded farm, a man is bedridden and fighting through his final breaths while his wife (Julie Oliver-Touchstone, Preacher) slowly succumbs to overwhelming grief. Siblings Louise (Marin Ireland, Hell or High Water) and Michael (Michael Abbot Jr, The Death of Dick Long) return home to help, but it doesn’t take long for them to see that something’s wrong with mom—something more than her heavy sorrow. Gradually, they begin to suffer a darkness similar to their mother’s, marked by waking nightmares and a growing sense that an evil entity is taking over their family. Directed by Bryan Bertino (The Strangers). A Shudder Exclusive.


LUCKY — premieres 4 March

 Official Selection SXSW Film Festival

Putting a fresh spin on the home invasion subgenre, this surreal feminist thriller follows a self-help book author (Brea Grant, who also scripted) who suddenly finds herself stalked by an elusive and dangerous man and becomes caught in a struggle to regain control over her life. Directed by Natasha Kermani (Imitation Girl). A Shudder Original film.

STAY OUT OF THE F**KING ATTIC — premieres 11 March


A diverse group of ex-cons-turned-movers—played by Morgan Alexandria (Forever My Girl), Ryan Francis (Sisters) and Bryce Fernelius (Ruling of the Heart)—are convinced by their creepy client, Vern Muller (Michael Flynn, The Outpost), to pull an all-nighter for a generous pay bump. As the night progresses and rooms are cleared, they slowly uncover the horrors that exist inside his old Victorian mansion, which include boobytraps, human experimentation, Nazi monsters and more. Will they survive the night? Directed by Jerren Lauder. A Shudder Original film.

SLAXX — premieres 18 March


A possessed pair of jeans is brought to life to punish the unscrupulous practices of a trendy clothing company. Shipped to the company’s flagship store, Slaxx proceeds to wreak carnage on staff locked in overnight to set up the new collection. Starring Romane Denis (Slut in a Good Way), Brett Donahue (Private Eyes), Sehar Bhojani (The Handmaid’s Tale) and Stephen Bogaert (The Umbrella Academy). Directed by Elza Kephart (Go in the Wilderness).  A Shudder Original film.

VIOLATION — premieres 25 March

Official Selection Sundance Film Festival 2021, Toronto International Film Festival
2020 TIFF Rising Star – Madeleine Sims-Fewer, SXSW Film Festival 2021

With her marriage about to implode, Miriam returns to her hometown to seek solace in the comfort of her younger sister and brother-in-law. But one evening a tiny slip in judgement leads to a catastrophic betrayal, leaving Miriam shocked, reeling, and furious. Believing her only recourse is to exact revenge Miriam takes extreme action, but the price of retribution is high, and she is not prepared for the toll it takes as she begins to emotionally and psychologically unravel.  Directed by Madeleine Sims-Fewer and Dusty Mancinelli.  A Shudder Original film.

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Thursday, 18 February 2021

Modern gothic thriller REUNION - comes to UK Digital

Julia Ormond (Legends Of The Fall, Sabrina, The Walking Dead: World Beyond) gives a powerhouse performance in haunting psychological thriller REUNION from award-winning Director Jake Mahaffy (Free In Deed, Wellness).  

When a heavily pregnant woman returns home to give birth in the bosom of her family, after years away, she discovers that families can be a nightmare, as she uncovers dark secrets from her troubled childhood. 

Ormand plays matriarch Ivy, who enjoys a strange, detached relationship with adult daughter and mum-to-be Ellie (Emma Draper –­ This Town). After a long time apart, the pair are thrown together when Ellie arrives at her recently deceased grandparents’ family home, ahead of the birth, to help Ivy with the clearance. 

Ellie’s wheelchair-bound dad Jack (John Bach – The Lord Of The Rings The Two Towers and The Return Of The King) is also rattling the walls in the creepy old house.

Once home, the relationship between mother and daughter becomes further strained and Ellie starts to experience strange occurrences and disturbing dreams about her long-dead sister Cara. 

As her life becomes increasingly fraught, Ellie must face her demons and the horrific truth about her past.

A family reunion can be hell…

After wowing horror festival audiences and drawing comparisons to family-based horrors such as Hereditary, Relic and The Babadook, the film is set for its UK premiere on Digital from 101 Films this March.

View the trailer on YouTube.

 

Psychological thriller THE NIGHT - coming to Digital April

You’ll be praying for check out time this April, as Vertigo Releasing announces the arrival of the acclaimed hotel-set chiller THE NIGHT.


After a night out with friends, an exhausted married couple, Babak (Shahab Hosseini), Neda (Niousha Noor) and their baby take shelter in the grand, but eerie Hotel Normandie. Throughout a seemingly endless night, mysterious disturbances ruin their night’s rest as Babak and Neda soon realize they’re locked-in with a malevolent force that hungers for the dark secrets they’ve kept from one another.

Described by ROGEREBERT.COM as a “remarkable evocation of Kubrickian horror”, THE NIGHT is an outstanding debut feature from Iranian American writer/director Kourosh Ahari, featuring fantastic lead performances from Shahab Hosseini (Cannes and Berlin Film Festival winner for The Salesman and A Separation), and Niousha Noor (Here and Now), as a beleaguered couple haunted by the past. 

Set over a long dark night of the soul, the film is superbly mounted, with a nerve-jangling soundtrack and a slow-building sense of dread - managing to combine a sensitive look at the immigrant experience in the US with some genuinely shattering horror moments.

THE NIGHT will be released on Digital Platforms on the 2ND APRIL




Dystopian thriller NEW ORDER - coming to UK cinemas June

From Writer/Director Michel Franco (After Lucia, Chronic) comes an incendiary and ambitious indictment on class divide and abuse of power which speaks to the Latin American experience whilst resonating beyond its Mexico City setting and interrogating disturbing current global trends.

In NEW ORDER, a lavish upper-class wedding goes awry when an unexpected uprising gives way to a violent coup. As seen through the eyes of the sympathetic young bride (Naian Gonzalez Norvind) and the servants who work for, and against, her wealthy family, the film breathlessly traces the collapse of one political system as it is replaced by another.

Following its Premiere and Grand Jury Prize win at the Venice Film Festival, the film went on to screen at Toronto Film Festival and the BFI London Film Festival 2020, shaking audiences with its riveting and suspenseful dystopian vision which occupies the same visually striking and thought-provoking social ground as Bong Joon-Ho’s Parasite. The film has recently been long-listed for a BAFTA in the Best Film Not in English Language category.

Intense, fast-paced and wildly unsettling, NEW ORDER is an edge-of-your-seat new work from a master filmmaker.

 View a clip from the film on YouTube.