Tuesday 29 December 2015

Horror Channel to screen Friday night premieres this Jan

Friday nights in January just got hotter as Horror Channel will be screening the network premiere of Chris Crow’s much-praised cyber Brit-horror PANIC BUTTON  as well as the UK TV premiere of TEXAS CHAINSAW, the seventh instalment in the franchise and the Network premiere of Tom Savini’s multi-layered remake of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD. There is also a first showing for the Lee/Cushing anthology DOCTOR TERROR’S HOUSE OF HORRORS, directed by veteran horror maker Freddie Francis.


Fri 8 Jan @10.50pm - NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1990) *Network Premiere

This remake of Romero’s all-time classic is directed by Tom Savini, Romero’s long-time special effects makeup expert and he brings all the nightmarish, bone-chilling action vividly to life. Starring the ever-reliable Tony Todd and Bill Mosely, the action centres on seven people, with nothing in common, who barricade themselves inside a farmhouse while an army of flesh-eating zombies roam the countryside with an insatiable appetite for living human flesh.
Fri 15 Jan @10.45pm - PANIC BUTTON (2011) *Network Premiere

Chris Crow’s inventive twister explores the chilling consequences of posting too much information online and how in cyber-space no one can hear you scream. Four people win a trip of a lifetime to New York, courtesy of their favourite social-networking website – All2gethr.com.
Boarding a private jet, they hand in their mobiles ready to take part in the in-flight entertainment – a new online gaming experience. But this is no ordinary game. Trapped at 30,000 feet, they must play for their lives and the lives of their loved ones by their invisible captor, who knows every intimate secret. Starring Scarlett Alice Johnson, Jo Michael Jibson, Jack Gordon, Elen Rhys and Joshua Richards.

Fri 22 Jan @11.00pm – TEXAS CHAINSAW (2013) *UK TV Premiere

Originally entitled  Texas Chainsaw 3D  this is the seventh film in the Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise and revolves around Heather (Alexandra Daddario), who discovers that she was adopted after learning of an inheritance from a long-lost grandmother. She subsequently takes a road trip with her friends to collect the inheritance, unaware that it includes her cousin, Leatherface, as well. Also starring are Dan Yeager, and Bill Moseley, with Gunnar Hansen and Marilyn Burns, who appeared in the original 1974 film.

Fri 29 Jan @9.00pm – DR. TERROR’S HOUSE OF HORRORS (1965) *Network Premiere

Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing star in this British horror classic from 1965, the first of a series of anthology films from Amicus, directed by the prolific Freddie Francis.  Just as a train departs, a mysterious stranger, Dr Shreck (Cushing), enters the carriage with his pack of tarot cards to tell the fortunes of five fellow passengers. The cards predict that every one of them will suffer a terrible death, but will fate deal them the same hand. Also stars Donald Sutherland, Roy Castle & Michal Gough.

TV: Sky 319 / Virgin 149 / Freesat 138 / Freeview 70

Monday 28 December 2015

"Heavy Metal" Magazine to bring "Gene Kong" to English for the first time.

Pepe Moreno’s Gene Kong will be serialized in two parts in the pages of Heavy Metal Magazine issues 278 and 279.  Issue #279 will also have a Special Limited Edition Gene Kong cover by Pepe, which will be available only on HeavyMetal.com

Set in NYC in the 1980’s, Gene Kong is the tale of Eugene Wong, a biogenetics engineer, whose secret backroom experiments have out him far ahead of his colleagues.  Sick of the crime and degenerates who have taken over New York , Gene dreams of the day he can clean up his city. Gene, being of small stature and no fighting skills, decides to take things into his own hands and begins injecting himself with the altered DNA of a gorilla.  Nothing seems to be happening until one fateful night on a subway train when Gene is accosted by a bunch of hoodlums, his anger somehow ignites his Frankenstein chemicals into action.  Let the underworld of NYC beware!
Pepe Moreno explains, “NYC was a rough town in the 80’s; crime and decay were part of the city’s “charm”, back when 42nd St. was still 42nd St. and not a street from Disneyworld, back when the later to-become-mayor- Rudolph Giuliani was NY’s us attorney and back in the time when “Bernhard Goetz”, The  infamous “subway vigilante” was loose on the streets.”

Pepe was living in the East Village in the 1980’s and would just take a subway ride and his sketchbook if he needed a character for his story.  Many of the background extras and speaking characters are based on real people from his neighbourhood.

Part 1 of Gene Kong will be in Heavy Metal #278 which ships Dec. 2015 and part 2 will be in Heavy Metal #279 which ships Feb. 2016.
Heavy Metal #279 will also have a special limited edition Gene Kong two-sided cover that will be available exclusively at heavymetal.com in Feb. 2016.
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Tracey Birdsall to star in "Dance of the Blue Tattoo"

Award winning actress Tracey Birdsall (The Young & The Restless, Rogue Warrior : Robot Fighter) has been cast opposite The Blacklist’s Harry Lennix in Dance of the Blue Tattoo.
Del Weston directs from a script by award winning screenwriter Matt DeGennaro.
Mia Goldman (Birdsall), possessed by superior agility, strength and beauty, is driven by an incomprehensible, subconscious urge to travel south to the Yucatan.
Surprised by a series of strange messages and disturbing events, she realizes a power greater than her own has changed her pleasure trip to heal from a nasty divorce into a dangerous, supernatural journey into the Mayan underworld and Fifth dimension.      
Furthermore Mia, formerly oblivious to her extra-terrestrial lineage, discovers she's no longer just a pleasure seeking, divorced female from New Jersey, but the Last Celestial from an ancient, extra-terrestrial race who can change human destiny and save humans from total destruction.  She overcomes her fear of being sacrificed, does what's necessary to save humanity and fall in love again.
Rudy Youngblood (Apocalypto) co-stars.
Set to shoot on the island of Gran Canaria, Dance of the Blue Tattoo is currently in pre-production with a release date to be announced in the New Year.
Birdsall next appears in the science-fiction thriller Rogue Warrior : Robot Fighter and the controversial comedy Who’s Jenna?

Saturday 26 December 2015

American Horror Story's Miles Doleac joins cast of DON'T KILL IT.

Miles Doleac (American Horror Story) has joined the cast of director Mike Mendez’s demon hunter movie Don’t Kill It, currently shooting in Canton, MS.

Actor joins a cast that includes Dolph Lundgren, Kristina Klebe, and Courtney Gains. Doleac, whose other credits include TVs Containment, plays Agent Jackson, head of the FBI in the supernatural spookfest. 

Dan Berk and Robert Olsen’s script fixes on an ancient demon that is accidentally unleashed in a sparsely populated Alaskan town, and the only hope of survival lies in the hands of a grizzled old demon hunter Jebediah Woodley and his reluctant partner FBI agent Evelyn Pierce.

Doleac, best known for his recurring role on Banshee, will next be seen on the small screen in The CW’s Containment and on the big screen in The Hollow, which he also wrote and directed.

Don’t Kill It is being repped by Archstone Distribution.

Thursday 24 December 2015

CLEAN CUT - New trailer released.

The official trailer for the new award winning Horror / Thriller film, “Clean Cut” is released today.

"Clean Cut" tells the story of Bill Horton who at seven years old watched in horror as a serial killer murdered his mother. Known as The Evangelist, he places a bible next to her body and quotes scripture as he leaves Bill alone and destroyed. Thirty years later, Bill has grown up and appears to be a model citizen. He has, however, picked up the mantle of the Evangelist, killing those who he finds wicked and evil and leaving a bible by their bodies. Bill only opens up to Dr. Laura Cooper, a psychiatrist, who discovers Bill's dark secret. She contacts young Detective Edward Legros who is working on the case with his cynical, veteran partner, Detective John Vance. But what Vance knows about the original Evangelist will lead to a bloody showdown.

STARRING: Keith Collins (“The Meat Puppet”), Doug Bollinger ("Waltzing Anna"), Samantha Artese ("The Coffee Shop"), Michael BIlly ("The One") WITH Billy Sample ("Former NY Yankee"), Gervase Peterson ("Survivor") AND Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal ("Guns N' Roses"). Directed By, Joseph Pepitone (“The Jersey Devil”). Original Music By, Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal.

For more info, visit the official Facebook Page 

FROM DUSK TILL DAWN THE SERIES - comes to UK TV, Jan 4 on Spike.

If you’re a fan of  the original cult movie, then prepare to sink your teeth into  "From Dusk Till Dawn - The Series", premiering in the UK on Spike January 4th.

Created and executive produced by maverick filmmaker Robert Rordriguez and based on the cult classic film of the same name which he also directed, "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series" is a supernatural crime saga with an international cast of stars: DJ Cotrona (GI Joe: Retaliation) as the suave but violent Seth Gecko, Zane Holtz (The Perks of Being a Wallflower) as his psychotic, unpredictable brother Richie Gecko, and star Eiza González playing Santánico Pandemonium. Series 1 also features household names including Don Johnson (Miami Vice), Robert Patrick (Terminator 2: Judgement Day, The X Files) and Wilmer Valderrama (Minority Report).

The original movie saw two bank robbers and their hostages sneak across the Mexican border, hole up in a bar used as a base by a gang of vampires and fight their way out. Filmed in Texas, this critically acclaimed reimagining deepens the tone of the film, adds new characters and backstories and expands the mythology behind the culebras, snake-like ancient creatures who survive by drinking human blood.  Edgy, cool and scary, it is filmed in the style of the movie, with clipped scenes and flashbacks.

Marie-Claire Dunlop, Acquisitions and Channel Manager at Spike comments: “I’m delighted to welcome this high octane drama From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series to the Spike schedule in 2016.  I couldn’t have asked for a better action packed series to launch the New Year with.”

The feature length launch episode is enough to whet any vampire fans’ appetite and sees the Gecko Brothers embark on a crime spree. Leaving a trail of blood in the wake of their latest heist, they head for the Mexican border, but are cornered by Texas Rangers Earl McGraw and Freddie Gonzalez during a pit stop at a roadside liquor store in Texas. A stand-off ensues, during which Richie has visions of demons and a mysterious woman beckoning him from beyond.  

Richieʼs visions intensify as the Gecko Brothers flee the shootout at the liquor store, with Ranger Gonzalez in pursuit. Months after his wife’s death, Jacob Fuller takes his family on vacation. Concerned that he is acting strangely, his daughter Kate stays in contact with her boyfriend Kyle, who is killed by Don Carlos. Brandon Smith (Jeepers Creepers) guest-stars as Ranger Gonzalezʼs boss Captain Chance Holbrook.
"From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series" Launches 9pm, Jan 4th on Spike.

Spike TV : Sky 160 / Freesat 141 / Freeview 31 / BT TV 31 / TalkTalk 31

Wednesday 23 December 2015

Norman Reedus stars in AIR this January

From Robert Kirkman, the creator of “The Walking Dead” comes the psychological thriller AIR, available on Digital HD and DVD this January

In the near future, breathable air is nonexistent. Virtually all of humanity has disappeared, and those chosen to reestablish society reside in a controlled state of suspended animation. Two engineers tasked with guarding the last hope for mankind struggle to preserve their own sanity and lives while administering to the vital task at hand. 

Norman Reedus (“Walking Dead,” "Boondock Saints") and two-time Academy Award nominee Djimon Hounsou (Best Supporting Actor: In "America"; "Blood Diamond") star, along with Sandrine Holt ("Terminator : Genisys").

Bonus materials include two in-depth pieces that explore the development of AIR. In “An Account of Confinement,” the cast and crew illuminate the process of making this tense tale in close quarters, while delving into the artistic themes of confinement, claustrophobia and isolation. “The Custodians” is an all access character exploration, with insightful conversations with Djimon Hinsou and Norman Reedus on their approach to their characters. 

AIR is available in the UK on Digital HD 11 Jan and DVD 18 Jan from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. 

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


Tuesday 22 December 2015

"He Never Died" comes to US DVD

Festival favourite "He Never Died" starring former punk rocker Henry Rollins is finally getting a DVD release, in the US at least, this February.

Rollins plays a socially awkward man, who rarely speaks and spends his time either sleeping in his flat, eating at the local diner or playing bingo with the old folk at the local church.

But when his estranged daughter gets embroiled in some dodgy dealings with some low-rent mobsters, it kick starts a chain of events that makes you question just who or what he is, as events between him and the mobsters escalate and they seem unable to take him down no matter how many times they try.

The humour is as dead-pan as it can get and Rollins is just excellent as the mysterious misfit, who seems more Terminator than Human.

I saw this one at the Mayhem Film Festival in Nottingham back in October, and proved to be one of the stand out films of the festival.

The film is currently out on VOD in the US, with the US DVD up for pre-order for release on Feb 2nd. No news yet on when this well be released in the UK.

Pre-order the US DVD from Amazon.com


THE FOREST - in UK cinemas Feb - New Trailer and Poster.

A supernatural thriller set in the legendary Aokigahara Forest at the base of Mt. Fuji in Japan. A young American woman, Sara (Natalie Dormer of “Game of Thrones” and “The Hunger Games”), goes in search of her twin sister, who has mysteriously disappeared. Despite everyone’s warnings to “stay on the path,” Sara enters the forest determined to discover the truth about her sister’s fate – only to be confronted by the angry and tormented souls of the dead that prey on anyone who wanders into the forest. 

Checkout the newly released UK posters and Theatrical trailer below.

The forest is released to UK Cinemas Feb 26th.

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Lilin's Brood - Coming February

Checkout the trailer for "Lilin's Brood", which is released in the US February, in time for Valentines Day!

Directed by Mansa Mojo Brothas, the film stars Martin Sensemeier (the upcoming MAGNIFICENT SEVEN), Maxine Goynes, Brent King, Melinda Milton, Alberto Barros, Catherine Paiz, James Wellington and Sandra Hinojosa.
 A "New Media" news coverage team that is stranded near a beleaguered brothel in the middle of nowhere encounter a group or women with a terrifying secret.

Friday 18 December 2015

Oscar Isaac and Garrett Hedlund in MOJAVE

Coming to UK cinemas and VOD outlets March. A violent artist, Thomas, (Garrett Hedlund - Tron: Legacy) has an ominous encounter in the desert with a homicidal, chameleon-like drifter, Jack, (Oscar Isaac - Star Wars The Force Awakens).
Jack follows Thomas back to his privileged L.A. home life, holding a dark secret over his head as he attempts to infiltrate and destroy his seemingly-perfect life. Thomas must come to terms with his own insecurities and self-doubt to protect himself and his family, and go head-to-head with his nemesis in a riveting two man clash that plays out in exciting and unexpected ways.
MOJAVE also stars Mark Wahlberg (The Departed) and Walton Goggins (The Hateful Eight)
Written and directed by William Monahan and starring Garrett Hedlund, Oscar Isaac, Mark Wahlberg and Walton Goggins.
Signature Entertainment Presents Mojave at Cinemas and on Demand from 25th March.

View the trailer on YouTube


Thursday 17 December 2015

DEATHGASM - headbanging its way to UK disc Feb!!!!!

Metal-thrashing Brodie is an outcast in a sea of jocks and cheerleaders until he meets a kindred spirit in fellow metalhead Zakk. After starting their own band, Brodie and Zakk’s resentment of the suburban wasteland leads them to a mysterious piece of sheet music said to grant Ultimate Power to whoever plays it. 

But the music also summons an ancient evil entity known as Aeloth The Blind One, who threatens to tear apart existence itself. With their classmates and family possessed by demonic forces and becoming psychotic murderers, it’s up to Brodie, Zakk and their friends to stop a force of pure evil from devouring all of mankind!

A hilarious and outrageous blood soaked adventure, Deathgasm is a perfect crossover for horror film and heavy metal music fans. Featuring an amazing original soundtrack of fist-banging metal and practical effects by Main Reactor (Evil Dead remake), this brutal and bad-ass debut from Jason Lei Howden will gush bodily fluids, rain limbs and tickle your funny bone, before tearing it out and giving you a stiff beating with it!

Completed in just 20 days and with a modest budget, Deathgasm is a true labor of love and its originality and amazing sense of fun shine through. Unashamedly low-brow, this splat-stick horror comedy is consistently hilarious packed with old-school B-movie gore. Winner of the Total Film Best Gore award at this year’s Film4 FrightFest and with loads of fantastic buzz surrounding it, it is easy to see why audiences are raving about this cult classic in the making.

I saw this one at the Mayhem festival in Notts back in October, and it went down a storm.

The DVD is available to pre-order now from Amazon and all good retailers. There is a BD release, though this is exclusive to Zavvi stores only.

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


Sinister 2 Drawing Comp - Win Prize Bundles

There's a competition over on the Sinister UK Facebook page to win a prize bundle pack, including T-Shirts, Mugs AND a copy of the film on BD or DVD.

All you have to do to enter is take a photo of your childs scariest monster drawing and post it to the Sinister UK Facebook page. The competition was due to close this week, but has been extended, so get your entries in quick (there are other competitions on the page too).

Visit the Sinister UK FB page at https://www.facebook.com/SinisterUK/

Wednesday 16 December 2015

"The Vatican Tapes" comes to UK disc January

After a young woman (Olivia Taylor Dudley) begins to express increasingly erratic and strange behaviours, her father (Dougray Scott) and boyfriend (John Patrick Amedori), along with a priest Father Lozano (Michael Peña) and two Vatican exorcists (Djimon Hounsou and Peter Andersson), come to realize that she's been taken over by an ancient satanic force.
It’s all up to Father Lozano to wage war for more than just Angela’s soul, but for the world as we know it...
The Vatican Tapes Premiered at Halloween FrightFest 2015.
From director Mark Neveldine (Crank, Crank: High Voltage, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance) and a fantastic cast that includes Olivia Taylor Dudley, Michael Peña, Dougray Scott and Djimon Hounsou.
Signature Entertainment Presents The Vatican Tapes on DVD & Blu-ray from 4th January, 2015
Pre-order the UK DVD from Amazon.co.uk
Pre-order the UK BD from Amazon.co.uk

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Tuesday 15 December 2015

"HEARTLESS" - Scandi sexy vampire thriller: launches on C4's new digital platform January.

HEARTLESS is a spellbinding, sexy vampire thriller set against a magnificent backdrop of ancient forests, dark lakes and crumbling country houses. The series launches as a full box set on January 3, 2016, exclusively on Channel 4's new Digital Hub 'All 4'.
A beautiful supernatural thriller set in an elite Danish boarding school. Twins Sofie and Sebastian (Sebastian Jessen and Julie Zangenberg, Borgen) are no ordinary students. They were born with a curse and carry a dark and fatal secret: in order to live, they need to suck the energy out of other people. However, if they don’t stop their sucking in time, their victims will burn to death.
Sofie and Sebastian try to find a way to overcome their curse but their new life at the school does not make it easy for them, especially as they have to contend with other more normal teen emotions. However, the siblings are not the only ones with secrets – a mystery that dates back to the year 1666 emerges, with elements of sin, life, death and mysterious powers.
Launching January 3, 2016, Walter Presents is a brand new on-demand service showcasing the world’s best foreign-language drama. The service will be exclusively available FREE in the UK, via Channel 4’s new digital hub, All 4.
Fore more info visit http://all4.com/WalterPresents.

GREEN ROOM - In UK and Irish cinemas Friday 13 May 2016

Coming to UK and Irish cinemas this May, comes Star Trek's Patrick Stewart and Anton Yelchin like you've never seen them before.

Down-on-their-luck punk rockers The Ain’t Rights agree to a last-minute gig in a backwoods Oregon roadhouse only to find themselves caught in the crosshairs of a violent white-supremacist gang.

After finishing their set in the no-name skinhead club, the band members stumble upon a grisly murder scene and are targeted by a ruthless club owner and his henchmen, determined to eliminate all witnesses. Hopelessly outmanned and outgunned, the terrified musicians barricade themselves backstage to buy time for an escape attempt. As a heavily armed militia mounts a deadly assault, the survivors pull together in a last-ditch effort, surprising their opponents with unexpected ingenuity and courage.

Writer and director Jeremy Saulnier (BLUE RUIN) says, "GREEN ROOM was designed to deliver the most intense cinematic experience I could conjure up.  There is no better way to see it than in a crowded cinema and there is no better team than Altitude & Picturehouse to bring it to UK and Irish audiences in May. The reception to the film thus far has been beyond my wildest dreams and I’m looking forward to delivering more cinemagoers their wildest nightmares!"

Anton Yelchin (Star Trek), Patrick Stewart (TVs Star Trek : The Next Generation), Imogen Poots (28 Weeks Later), Alia Shawkat (The Final Girls), Joe Cole (TVs Peaky Blinders), Callum Turner (Victor Frankenstein) and Macon Blair (Blue Ruin) star.

For more info check out the official Facebook and Twitter pages

Horror Channel (UK) goes ‘Xtreme’ in January

Horror Channel ushers in 2016 with the XTREME SEASON, a series of hard-hitting, controversial premieres on Saturday nights from 2nd to 30th of January. Including the UK TV premiere of THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE II (Full Sequence), as well as the Network premiere of THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE (First Sequence).

Sat 2 Jan @ 10.55pm – THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE (FIRST SEQUENCE) (2009) *Network Premiere

There isn’t anything else quite like Dutch avant-garde artist Tom Six’s totally bizarre off-the-wall oddity. Surgeon Dr. Josef Heiter has a vision for mankind’s future existence. He wants to remove the kneecaps so humans have to exist on all fours and then surgically graft them mouth-to-anus to form a centipede chain. When two stranded female Americans arrive at his luxury home-cum-hospital looking for help, his long-gestating plan swiftly moves into chilling action with a shocking force. The First Sequence in Six’s trilogy features an all-consuming performance from German star Dieter Laser as the mad doctor.

Sat 9 Jan @ 10.55pm – THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE II (FULL SEQUENCE) (2011) *UK TV Premiere

Tom Six’s controversial sequel to THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE was initially banned by the BBFC but now fans of the first film are in for a stomach churning, seat squirming treat of the most nauseous kind in this first showing on UK TV. An obese, inarticulate, retarded mama's boy (played with magnificent evil relish by Laurence R. Harvey) is determined to recreate the experiment portrayed in The Human Centipede (First Sequence). He does this by abducting motorists from a multi-storey car park and taking them to a disused warehouse, where he attempts to join twelve of them together as a human centipede with one digestive system. Definitely not for the faint-hearted.

Sat 16 Jan @ 22.55pm – HOSTEL PART II (2007) *Network Premiere

The Xtreme season continues with Eli Roth’s sequel to his notoriously successful Hostel, this time with Quentin Tarantino exec-producing. Again the action takes place in Slovakia and centres on the shadowy ‘Elite Hunting Club’. Beth (Lauren German), Lorna (Heather Matarazzo) and Whitney (Bijou Phillips), three young American women traveling abroad, decide to take a weekend excursion. Lured from their intended destination by a beautiful acquaintance (Vera Jordanova), the women anticipate a stay at a luxurious spa. Instead, they become pawns in a grisly game designed to entertain wealthy deviants from around the world.

Sat 23 Jan @ 10.55pm – HOSTEL PART III (2011) *UK TV Premiere

Eli Roth steps back into a producer role for the third instalment of the Hostel franchise, receiving its UK TV premiere on Horror Channel. This time we’re in Vegas rather than Slovakia and it’s the turn of a group of men, in town to attend a bachelor party, to feel the brutal force of the Elite Hunting Club. Enticed by two prostitutes to join them at a private party way off the Strip, the men are horrified to find themselves the subjects of a perverse game of torture, the most sadistic show in town.

Plus…Sat 30 Jan @ 10.55pm – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE (2010)  

Xtreme Season preview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwt4SrXGXk
TV: Sky 319 / Virgin 149 / Freesat 138 / Freeview 70
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Friday 11 December 2015

BBCs "And Then There Were None" comes to UK DVD Jan

To celebrate Agatha Christie’s 125th Anniversary, the BBC brings her hugely acclaimed book and one of the best-selling crime novels of all time to life in thrilling murder mystery drama, "And Then There Were None" (AKA "Ten Little Indians").

Featuring a stunning all-star cast, it makes its DVD debut on 11 January 2016 from RLJ Entertainment’s Acorn label following its broadcast on BBC One over the Christmas holidays.

Set in 1939 this exciting, powerful three-part series follows ten strangers with dubious pasts who are drawn to a mysterious mansion on a remote island off the Devon coast. As the weather turns, they find themselves stranded and their hosts mysteriously absent. They soon discover they are each accused of a terrible crime for which a price must now be paid.

When members of the party start to mysteriously die; brutally slaughtered one by one, the ill-fated guests realise they may be harbouring the murderer among them. For if all are destined to die, who can their executioner be? 

With a stellar cast including Douglas Booth (Jupiter Ascending), Charles Dance (Game of Thrones), Maeve Dermody (Black Water), Burn Gorman (The Dark Knight Rises), Anna Maxwell Martin (TVs Frankenstein Chronicles), Sam Neill (Jurassic Park), Miranda Richardson (TVs Blackadder), Toby Stephens (The Machine), Noah Taylor (Game of Thrones) and Aidan Turner (The Hobbit Trilogy), this grippingly dark drama is written by Sarah Phelps (The Casual Vacancy, Great Expectations), directed by award-winning Craig Viveiros (The Liability, Ghosted) and produced by Mammoth Screen and Agatha Christie Productions.

Who will survive and who is the killer? It’s time to find out in "And Then There Were None".

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

NINA FOREVER - on UK disc and Digital February

We all know that two’s company, three’s a... bloody mess! No more so than in Nina Forever, the strikingly original award- winning British debut that delivers an extraordinary take on a love triangle.
Rob (Cian Barry) is a supermarket shelf-filler who tried to kill himself after depression brought on by the sudden tragic death of his girlfriend Nina (Fiona O’Shaughnessy). Checkout girl Holly (Abigail Hardingham) has a morbid fascination with pain and death and puts Rob on her want list. Sexual sparks fly when they do finally get together. There’s just one problem. Even though she’s dead, sarcastic Nina has no intention of letting go of her ex. But can Rob and Holly really cope with a forever revenant threesome? A tender but bloody story about breaking up and moving on.

As with any relationship, be prepared to encounter all the butterflies, all the sex, all the heartbreak, all the turmoil... and all the blood! Nina Forever is unlike any romance we’ve cried to, unlike any horror we’ve grossed ourselves out with and unlike any British debut we’ve discovered in years. A truly groundbreaking black comedy from the Blaine brothers which isn’t afraid to break the rules (and a few bones along the way). This is a harrowing take on the complexities of human sexuality and the emotional chaos that comes with it. A tender, charming, quirky yet emotionally poignant tale of modern love through a horror lens

Nina Forever is the talk of the international film festival circuit receiving both critical and audience praise at SXSW Film Festival 2015, Film4 Frightfest 2015, and Toronto After Dark Film Festival 2015 to name a few. It’s a modern cult classic in the making and firmly places directors Ben and Chris Blaine alongside pioneering British filmmakers Ben Wheatley and Peter Strickland.
Nina Forever is a fairy tale unlike no other, with a very real emotional core, incredibly engrossing performances and an endless supply of bed sheets.
Special Features:
A Look Behind Nina Forever
Things That Are Not There
Things That Were Not There
I happened to see this at the Mayhem Horror Festival in Nottingham and believe me, it certainly lives up to it's tag line "A Fucked up Fairy Tale".
The film is released to Digital Download in the UK 15th Feb, with a DVD and BD release following 22nd Feb.
Pre-order the UK DVD from Amazon.co.uk

THE CARRIER out 25th January

What would you do to survive when anyone could be a carrier?
When a devastating infection spreads across the entire world, causing chaos and collapsing civilisation as we know it, the only safe place is in the air.

A cabin crew escapes on a damaged 747 bound for Greenland but not all the passengers are as healthy as they seem… When the plane is sabotaged, the ragtag group of survivors are forced to land in an England tearing itself apart and ravaged by disease. The crew are faced with impossible life or death decisions which force them to confront their past, face their fears and fight for their very survival.

The Carrier is 30,000 feet of tension, with tight direction and a great cast making the most of the budget with an expert blend of suspense, horror and drama playing out in a welcome addition to the outbreak genre.
The Carrier comes to UK DVD January 25 from (the aptly named) Altitude Entertainment.
Pre-order the UK DVD from Amazon.co.uk

Thursday 10 December 2015

Space-Thriller "SHOCKWAVE DARKSIDE" on US VOD January

Five soldiers, shot down and behind enemy lines in a battle over water, frozen in the deep craters of the lunar surface, find themselves marooned on the dark side of the moon. With depleting air and supplies, they have no choice but to start a dangerous trek through hostile territory. As their numbers dwindle and nerves fray, they make an amazing discovery about the moon that just might save their lives, but destroy the very cause that they are fighting for.
Starring Bill Sage (Boardwalk Empire), Mei Melancon (Nightmare Code), Sonequa Martin-Green (The Walking Dead) and Rich Ceraulo (Supergirl), the “enjoyable and intelligent” (SFCrowsNest)  mesh of visual effects and chair-gripping thrills was a ten year labour of love for writer-director Jay Weisman.
Inspired by the storytelling of classic science-fiction literature from the 50's, but with a 21st century twist, Shockwave, Darkside is an exciting, thoughtful and timely exploration of the tense collision between faith and reason.
Sci-fi mindbender Shockwave Darkside orbits US VOD January 5 from Uncork’d Entertainment.

View the trailer on YouTube


Wednesday 9 December 2015

Literary Legends of London map for Victor Frankenstein, in cinemas now.

Following in the footsteps of characters such as Sweeney Todd, Philias Fogg, Dr Jekyll and Sherlock Holmes, Twentieth Century Fox presents a new 'Literary Legends of London' map, to celebrate the release of Victor Frankenstein, starring James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe, in cinemas now.
James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe star in a dynamic and thrilling twist on a legendary tale.  Radical scientist Victor Frankenstein (James McAvoy) and his equally brilliant protégé Igor Strausman (Daniel Radcliffe) share a noble vision of aiding humanity through their groundbreaking research into immortality. But Victor’s experiments go too far, and his obsession has horrifying consequences.  Only Igor can bring his friend back from the brink of madness and save him from his monstrous creation.
Explore the haunted history of London with Victor Frankenstein, in cinemas now.

THE SURVALIST's Stephen Fingleton named best debut director at this years MOET film awards

Stephen Fingleton was awarded the Douglas Hickox award for best Debut Director at this year’s British Independent Film Awards on Sunday night, which follows wins for Best New Narrative Director, Special Jury Mention at Tribeca, Best Film at Ithaca and the Citizen Kane Best Newcomer Director Award at Sitges. Mia Goth was nominated for the Best Newcomer award at the BIFAs with Stephen Fingleton and Martin McCann having also been unveiled recently as BAFTA Breakthrough Brits.
In a kill-or-be-killed world where starvation is rife and strangers are always dangerous, The Survivalist lives off the grid, and by his wits. When a starving woman and her teenage daughter discover his forest refuge, his loneliness drives him to overcome his suspicion and strike a bargain with them in return for bed and board. But as desire becomes stronger than necessity, the exchange becomes an uneasy, ongoing arrangement which threatens not only his carefully constructed world but also his life.
A captivating thriller, THE SURVIVALIST marks the feature debut of writer-director Stephen Fingleton. Hailed by Indiewire as “Mad Max in the countryside”, and by Time Out New York as “Masterful…will shake you for days” in its 5 star review, the film boasts stellar performances from Martin McCann (’71, Shadow Dancer, X+Y), Mia Goth (Nymphomaniac Part II, A Cure For Wellness) and Olwen Fouéré (This Must be the Place).
THE SURVIVALIST was produced by Wayne Marc Godfrey (Silence, Cake), Robert Jones (The Usual Suspects, Babylon) and David Gilbery (Bone Tomahawk) through The Fyzz Facility. Shot in Northern Ireland the film was financed by The Fyzz Facility, BFI and Northern Ireland Screen in association with Goldcrest.
See THE SURVIVALIST in UK cinemas and on demand 12th Feb 2016.

Paul Hyett begins shooting HERETIKS

PAUL HYETT (Director of HOWL and THE SEASONING HOUSE) has begun principal photography on the chilling supernatural horror film HERETIKS
Set during the 17th Century, a young woman is saved from execution and led to a priory to repent her sins but discovers a greater evil lies within.
Michael Ironside (Total Recall, Starship Troopers, Scanners, etc), three-time Olivier winner Clare Higgins (Hellraiser, Hellbound, The Golden Compass) and Hannah Arterton (Walking On Sunshine) star in this atmospheric horror/chiller currently shooting in Wales.
Director and co-writer Paul Hyett: “Being a lover of classic British horror for years I’ve been wanting to give a classic period tale a modern, harder, stylish edge. Heretiks is the perfect vehicle to do this. It’s both a richly-layered medieval character piece and a wonderful chance to showcase the latest in visual effects and contemporary cinematography while being blessed with some of my favourite actors”.
Producer Michael Riley: “Paul and I have known each other for years and having recently collaborated successfully on The Seasoning House (and still actually speaking to each other) I wouldn’t want to miss helping to bring his extraordinary vision to life”.
Producer Marcia Do Vales: “I have no doubt that Heretiks will be one of the most thrillingly entertaining and downright creepy movies of 2016. The script has twists and turns that will keep the audience on the edge of their seats all the way to the closing credits. It's been a real privilege to work with Paul Hyett, Michael Riley and Templeheart Films on a production that promises to set a new benchmark for the genre.”
The movie will be executive produced by Lyndon Baldock (Templeheart Films) and Gary Collins (Red Rock Entertainment) and produced by Marcia Do Vales (EnMar Productions) & Michael Riley (Sterling Pictures) for delivery in 2016.

Tuesday 8 December 2015

JAWS, TRICK 'R TREAT, HALLOWEEN II & III Get Ugly Sweater Treatment

'Tis the season to be wearing an ugly sweater. If you want to be the hit of your holiday party, pick up one of Fright-Rags' new "faux ugly sweater" crewneck sweatshirts.
Artist Joe Guy Allard applies the tacky-yet-lovable knit design style of classic Christmas sweaters to four horror favorites: Jaws, Trick 'r Treat, Halloween II and Halloween III: Season of the Witch.

The faux ugly sweater collection is on sale now at Fright-Rags.com. All four designs are in stock and ready to ship, ensuring domestic delivery before Christmas. Quantities are limited, so act quickly.

As if that weren't enough, Fright-Rags also has a line of apparel dedicated to the latest holiday hit, Krampus. Available now, the Krampus collection features a faux ugly sweater and two tees from the film.
Buy these from Fright-Rags.com

Six New Titles unveiled by FrightFest Presents

Following the successful launch of the worlds foremost horror label in October this year the second wave of titles to be released under the FRIGHTFEST PRESENTS banner are now officially confirmed.

From February 29th terror once again comes home with the release of six disturbingly good titles to UK VOD, all hand picked by the expert FrightFest team. This all-new selection showcases some of the very best genre films being made today by the most exciting filmmakers emerging onto the horror scene, and is guaranteed to deliver true shocks and scares straight into your home. The complete line-up includes:

Available from February 29th, 2016

-The Lesson

-Last Girl Standing

Available from March 7th, 2016

-Landmine Goes Click


Available from March 14th, 2016

-The Unfolding
Previous titles released through FrightFest Presents include the acclaimed festival favourites Aaaaaaaah!, The Sand, Night Of The Living Deb, Estranged, After Death and Some Kind of Hate.
“Our initial slate set out the stall of what FrightFest Presents is all about and got the brand off to a flying start thanks to its diversity and ability to deliver the shocking goods for genre lovers. Now we are building on that strong foundation with six more unmissable titles that once more shines a light on our market uniqueness and ambition to build a catalogue of first class chillers that is second to none”, said Alan Jones, co-director of FrightFest.

Sinister chills and killer thrills await, as you once again bring the festival home...


Monday 7 December 2015

"Nightmares in a Damaged Brain" UK BD review

Infamous former video nasty “Nightmares in a Damaged Brain” (AKA Nightmare), makes its UK Blu-Ray debut courtesy of 88 Films this month, who have also released it to DVD. Having received my copy from Amazon, thought a review might be in order.
Psychiatric patient George Tatum (Baird Stafford) is released from a mental health facility in New York, after the doctors think they’ve cured him. However, once out he immediately relapses. Plagued with nightmares and hallucinations about a traumatic childhood incident, he embarks on a murderous rampage as he decides to up sticks and head over to Florida, bumping off random women with numerous sharp instruments along the way.
Once there, he proceeds to target a single parent family. Plaguing them with bizarre phone calls and lurking round the yard at night. But as her son is a practical joker, she thinks its him just messing around. Something that they may not live to regret later...
This exceptionally low budget slasher film gained notoriety in the UK when it was listed as a video nasty in the early 80s and the distributor actually jailed because the video he released was 60s longer than the BBFC approved cut cinema version, even though this version was still fairly heavily cut.
The film also infamously got sued by noted special effects expert Tom Savini, after they falsely credited him for doing the effects. When in fact he had only acted as a consultant to the real special effects man Ed French (who himself would go on to work on Starship Troopers).
The film was released onto UK DVD in a more complete form back in 2005, which although passed uncut by the BBFC, was still missing a sizable chunk of footage as it was taken from the edited US R-rated version, as they couldn’t find a copy of the uncut version. The uncut version had previously only been available in the US on a limited edition DVD and VERY limited BD. But the good news though is that this uncut version is now available in the UK from 88 Films, on both BD and DVD.
Now, if you have seen the old US DVD, which came with 3 different transfers of the film, you’ll remember those prints were exceptionally scratched and extremely worn. This version has been painstakingly digitally restored, which  has cleaned up and removed the vast majority of dirt and scratches from the print. The disc has been authored from a brand new HD scan, however this appears to have been taken from a 35mm cinema print (the original negatives having long since vanished), which obviously has its limitations in terms of picture quality. So whilst the picture is noticeably cleaner than the previous releases, the Blu-Ray quality is little better than DVD.
Extras included on the disc include
Running audio commentary with Producer Bill Paul, which is actually more of a series of bizarre stories of the goings on behind the camera, than whats going on on screen.
Interview with Tom Ward, CEO of 21st Century Films. - A 2 minute interview with the former distributor of "Nightmare", who talks about the films release.
Terror in Times Square Documentary  – Which is essentially just 16mins of Michael Gingold and Tony Timpone from Fangoria Magazine talking about New York's long lost Grindhouse cinema district on 42nd street, which features in the film.
Lastly there’s the US theatrical trailer and a selection of trailers for other titles in the 88 Films catalogue.
Now, the US disc contained a commentary track with lead actor Baird Stafford and Effects artist Cleve Hall, however this disc opts for a new track with Producer Bill Paul. Would have been nice if they’d also licensed the other track for inclusion. The US disc also contained several interviews with the cast and crew, but here all we get is a brief interview with the distributor and a documentary about New York’s long lost 42nd Street Street grindhouse district, which is interesting, but only tenuously connected to the film.
Also, it would have been nice if they’d included the old UK trailer, which is available as its on the old Video Nasties documentary set that Nucleus films put out the other year. Instead, we get the standard US trailer.
To summarise, “Nightmares in a Damaged Brain” is an essential purchase for anyone wishing to complete their video nasty collection and this Blu-Ray (and indeed the DVD) is certainly a very nice addition to the 88 Films catalogue, containing some nice extras and the cleaned up picture is certainly a massive improvement over the old US DVD.
However, it would have been nicer had they included some of the extras from the US release. As it is, its appeal lies mainly in the fact the US BD and DVD are both long out of print. However, owing to the condition of the original source material means I doubt there’s much to choose quality wise between the BD and DVD versions.
*EDIT - Although this version was taken from an "uncut" print of the film, there is still one scene missing, which so far has only been seen on the old Dutch VHS release of the film. In which a young lad is grabbed from behind by the killer in the abandoned house. Instead the scene cuts and you hear him scream off camera. This scene has not been included in any known disc release of the film to date.
Buy the UK BD from Amazon.co.uk
Buy the UK DVD from Amazon.co.uk

"Fear the Walking Dead - Series 1" out now on UK disc

If you're one of the many UK fans of "The Walking Dead" who don't subscribe to BT TV and thereby missed the spin off show "Fear the Walking Dead", you can now rejoice as the complete first series has just been released to UK DVD and BD.
Checkout the following info-graphic for more info on the show...

"Fear The Walking Dead: The Complete First Series" is out now on Blu-ray and DVD, courtesy of entertainment One.
Pre-order the UK BD from Amazon.co.uk
Pre-order the UK DVD from Amazon.co.uk


"Z.A.F." - New short from Fausti Films

Indie film makers Fausti Films recently got in touch to tell us about their debut short film "Z.A.F", which they completed earlier this year and is currently being submitted to the various festival circuits.
From the press release...
Commander Olson, tormented by the demons of his military past, is the sole witness to an apparently motiveless suicide. The resulting insomnia adds to the Commander’s already increasing sense of paranoia. Olson is forced to accept treatment from a mysterious civilian doctor named Gottlieb.
However, Olson is unaware that his treatment is being overseen by a shadowy figure known only as “Helms” and his hold on reality is soon to be shattered, resulting in a shocking and violent confrontation.
Z.A.F. is the debut film from writer and director Michael Fausti. It is a back to basics film, shot entirely on a consumer camcorder. This horror-noir is set to become a Lo-Fi classic.
You can view the trailer below...
The film had it's premiere at Mexico’s "Post Mortem International Horror & Bizarre Film Festival" in October and should hopefully be featuring at other festivals shortly.

For more info checkout Fausti Films Twitter page