Thursday, 13 May 2021

NIGHTMARE SYMPHONY, THE BAD MAN and DEBRIS DOCUMENTAR coming to Disc via TetroVideo June

TetroVideo is proud to present the giallo horror NIGHTMARE SYMPHONY, the psychological horror THE BAD MAN and the shocking experimental dramatic art film DEBRIS DOCUMENTAR.

Nightmare Symphony is coming to Blu-ray while The Bad Man and Debris Documentar are coming in a limited Digipack edition including a DVD and a Collector's card: only 150 copies for The Bad Man and 300 copies for Marian Dora's film are planned.

Released on DVD in 2014 as part of a boxset, Debris Documentar will finally have its own edition and for the first time it will have english, french and italian subtitles too.

All the three titles will be available for pre-order on June 1st.

TETROVIDEO RELEASES

NIGHTMARE SYMPHONY, (Italy - 2020) by Domiziano Cristopharo and Daniele Trani

Nightmare Symphony is a giallo horror film co-directed by Domiziano Cristopharo (House of Flesh Mannequins, Red Krokodil) and Daniele Trani (DOP in “Across the River”).

Produced by Ulkurzu and HH Kosova and written by the well-known italian screenwriter Antonio Tentori (Nightmare Concert, Dracula 3D), Nightmare Symphony is a tribute to Lucio Fulci’s Nightmare Concert/A Cat in the Brain, in which Fulci himself played a tortured horror filmmaker haunted by his own bloody horror film visions.

In Nightmare Symphony, the filmmaker at the center of the story is played by Lady in White director Frank Laloggia: he is a horror director who is struggling to complete his movie, while a series of gruesome murders happen all around him. Eventually he will be forced to face his worst and scariest nightmares.

The film also stars Antonella Salvucci (The Torturer), Antonio Tentori, Poison Rouge (AGP: Sacrifice), Pietro Cinieri, Irene Baruffetti, Edi Hasan Lushi, Halil Budakova and Merita Budakova (Virus: Extreme Contamination)

The practical effects are by Jacopo Tomassini (The Obsessed). The soundtrack is by Antony Coia (House of Flesh Mannequins) and includes the original main theme by the legendary italian composer Fabio Frizzi (City of the Living Dead, The Beyond).

Nightmare Symphony Bonus Features: Commentary; Interview with Antonella Salvucci; Interview with Antonio Tentori; Interview with Daniele Trani; Photogallery; Behind the Scenes; Original Trailer; Trailer.

The trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRCO506uOUo

THE BAD MAN (USA - 2018) by Scott Schirmer

Written and directed by Scott Schirmer (Harvest Lake, Plank Face), The Bad Man is a disturbing tale starring Jason Crowe, Ellie Church, Arthur Cullipher and Dave Parker.

The film follows young couple Mary (Ellie Church) and PJ (Jason Crowe) who are continuously drugged, humiliated and abused by a sadistic clown bent on transforming them into a “doll” and a “dog”, submissive sex slaves to be sold to the highest bidders.

Synopsis: PJ and Mary take over an isolated Bed&Breakfast that was previously owned by her departed grandmother.  Not long after arriving there, a stranger (Arthur Cullipher) knocks on the door seeking accommodations but instead of explaining that the B&B is closed, they allow him because he is very charming. Things take a bizarre turn when they discover that their house guest now donning clown paint (Cullipher) is a flesh peddler that kidnaps people and breaks them into being obedient slaves each with a different task and service.

Produced by Bandit Motion Pictures, The Bad Man stars Ellie Church (Frankenstein Created Bikers), Jason Crowe (Harvest Lake), Arthur Cullipher (Found, The Legend of Wasco), Dave Parker (Headless, Plank Face) and Alyss Winkler (Amazon Hot Box).

The Bad Man Bonus Features: Behind the scenes gallery; Promotional images gallery; Trailer.

The trailer: https://vimeo.com/546469695

DEBRIS DOCUMENTAR (Germany - 2012) by Marian Dora

Directed by Marian Dora (Cannibal, Carcinoma), the atrocious Debris Documentar was originally made in 2003. The film, released on DVD only in 2014 as part of a boxset also containing Melancholie der Engel and Voyage To Agatis, deals with the everyday life of a man, Carsten (Carsten Frank), who works on the set of the 2004 Ulli Lommel film Zombie Nation and who is planning to realize his own film: a task he finds extremely difficult.

Everything seems normal but in reality, he is a frustrated and perverted man who indulges in several disturbing sexual fetishes including unspeakable acts in his private life. His perversion will push him to take his horrible fantasies out of his home to the outside world.

In Debris Documentar Carsten Frank also stays in contact with the spanish filmmaker Jesús Franco (Vampiros Lesbos), the german actress Katja Bienert (El tesoro de la diosa blanca), the italian actor Peter Martell (Death Walks at Midnight) and the American actor David Hess (The Last House on the Left).

Debris Documentar Bonus Features: Opus Hominis 2 (short); Es geschah in Gotha (short); Carnophage (short); Photogallery; Original trailer.

The trailer: https://vimeo.com/546468978

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THE UNITED STATES OF HORROR: CHAPTER 1 trailer + artwork released + call for entries for Chapters 2 and 3

Dystopian Films are excited to release the trailer and artwork for chapter one of THE UNITED STATES OF HORROR, an anthology of horror short films from every single state in the USA. 
 

Curated by the team behind Amazon Prime vampire show Age of The Living Dead and festive slashers Once Upon a Time at Christmas and The Nights Before Christmas,
THE UNITED STATES OF HORROR spans three chapters narrated by Hellraiser's Pinhead himself; Doug Bradley. Each Chapter is comprised of exciting and terrifying shorts by the very best up and coming filmmakers across the USA.
 
View the trailer below... 
 

Chapter one will be released October 2021, with chapters two and three released early and late 2022. In exciting news for filmmakers, the curaters are still taking submissions for Chapters two and three. 

Horror filmmakers should check out their Indiegogo page.

Dystopian Films' Simon Phillips said "This is a personal passion project for us - we love the horror genre so much and the horror community is like no other! I want to ensure that this trilogy is something bigger then the sum of its parts, and we look forward to scaring people in a non pandemic way later this year."

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Sunday, 9 May 2021

SHUDDER Announces "SUMMER OF CHILLS" - Original and Exclusive films

Shudder, AMC Networks’ premium streamer for horror, thriller and the supernatural, announced today its “Summer of Chills” UK and Irish slate of 13 new original and exclusive films for June, July and August, including the anticipated debut of landmark horror director George A. Romero’s legendary “lost” film The Amusement Park on 8 June.  
 

The robust summer lineup kicks off with Caveat, an eerie, slow-building, cat-and-mouse thriller, and continues with such marquee films as sci-fi thriller Possessor starring Andrea Riseborough; The Boy Behind the Door, Justin Powell and David Charbonier’s directorial debut; Jakob’s Wife, starring horror icon Barbara Crampton; Cody Calahan’s comedy horror Vicious Fun; and Kandisha, the long awaited new supernatural shocker from the French directing duo of Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo, best known for their influential debut feature, Inside, as well as their more recent films Livid and Among the Living, among others.
 
“SHUDDER’S “SUMMER OF CHILLS” FULL SLATE LISTED BELOW
(IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER):
 
 
CAVEAT – Premieres 3 June **A Shudder Original Film

Lone drifter Isaac accepts a job to look after his landlord's niece, Olga, for a few days in an isolated house on a remote island. It seems like easy money, but there’s a catch: he must wear a leather harness and chain that restricts his movements to certain rooms. Once Olga's uncle, Barrett leaves the two of them alone, a game of cat and mouse ensues as Olga displays increasingly erratic behaviour as a trapped Isaac makes a series of horrific discoveries in the house. Directed by Damien Mc Carthy. Starring Jonathan French, Leila Sykes and Ben Caplan.

THE AMUSEMENT PARK – Premieres 8 June **A Shudder Exclusive Film

Recently discovered and restored 46 years after its completion by the George A. Romero Foundation and produced by Suzanne Desrocher-Romero, The Amusement Park stars Martin’s Lincoln Maazel as an elderly man who finds himself disoriented and increasingly isolated as the pains, tragedies and humiliations of aging in America are manifested through roller coasters and chaotic crowds. Commissioned by the Lutheran Society, the film is perhaps Romero’s wildest and most imaginative movie, an allegory about the nightmarish realities of growing older, and is an alluring snapshot of the filmmaker's early artistic capacity and style and would go on to inform his ensuing filmography. The “lost” film was restored in 4k by IndieCollect in New York City.

POSSESSOR – Premieres 10 June **A Shudder Exclusive Film

From the visionary mind of Brandon Cronenberg (Antiviral), Possessor is a game-changing sci-fi thriller about elite, corporate assassin Tasya Vos. 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. Written and directed by Brandon Cronenberg. Starring Andrea Riseborough, Christopher Abbott, Rossif Sutherland, Tuppence Middleton, Sean Bean and Jennifer Jason Leigh.

SUPERDEEP – Premieres 17 June **A Shudder Original Film

The Kola Superdeep borehole is the largest Russian secret facility. In 1984, at the depth of more than 7 miles below the surface, unexplained sounds were recorded, resembling the screams and moans of numerous people. Since these events, the object has been closed. A small research team of scientists and military personnel go down below the surface to find the secret hidden these many decades. What they discover will pose the greatest threat humanity has ever faced. Directed by Arseniy Sukhin. Starring Milena Radulovic, Sergey Ivanyuk, Nikolay Kovbas, Kirill Kovbas and Nikita Dyuvbanov.

AN UNQUIET GRAVE – Premieres 24 June **A Shudder Original Film

A year after losing his wife in a car crash, Jamie convinces her sister, Ava, to return with him to the site of the accident and help him perform a strange ritual. But as the night wears on, it becomes clear that he has darker intentions. An Unquiet Grave is an exploration of grief, and the harm we cause when we don’t take responsibility for our own healing. Directed by Terrence Krey. Starring Jacon A. Ware and Christine Nyland who also co-wrote the film.

VICIOUS FUN – Premieres 29 June **A Shudder Original Film

Joel, a caustic 1980’s film critic for a national horror magazine, finds himself unwittingly trapped in a self-help group for serial killers. With no other choice, Joel attempts to blend in with his homicidal surroundings or risk becoming the next victim. Directed by Cody Calahan. Starring Evan Marsh, Amber Goldfarb, Ari Millen, Julian Richings, Robert Maillet, Sean Baek, David Koechner, Alexa Rose Steele, Mark Gibson, Kristopher Brown and John Fray.

SON – Premieres 8 July **A Shudder Original Film

After a mysterious group breaks into Laura’s home and attempts to abduct her eight-year-old son, David, the two of them flee town in search of safety. But soon after the failed kidnapping, David becomes extremely ill, suffering from increasing psychosis and convulsions. Following her maternal instincts, Laura commits unspeakable acts to keep him alive, but soon she must decide how far she is willing to go to save her son. Directed by Ivan Kavanagh. Starring Andi Matichak, Emile Hirsch and Luke David Blumm.

THE TOLL – Premieres 15 July **A Shudder Exclusive Film

When a young woman and her rideshare driver break down on a dark forest road, each sees the other as a threat. When strange phenomena begin occurring around them, they gradually realize they've become trapped in the world of a terrifying supernatural being: The Toll Man. Directed by Michael Nader. Starring Jordan Hayes, Max Topplin, James McGowan and Rosemary Dunsmore.

KANDISHA – Premieres 22 July **A Shudder Original Film

It is summer break and best friends Amélie, Bintou and Morjana hang together with other neighborhood teens. Nightly, they have fun sharing scary stories and urban legends. But when Amélie is assaulted by her ex, she remembers the story of Kandisha, a powerful and vengeful demon. Afraid and upset, Amélie summons her. The next day, her ex is found dead. The legend is true and now Kandisha is on a killing spree and it’s up to the three girls to break the curse. Directed by Inside and Livid duo Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo. Starring Mathilde Lamusse, Samarcande Saadi and Suzy Bemba.

THE BOY BEHIND THE DOOR – Premieres 29 July **A Shudder Original Film

A night of unimaginable terror awaits twelve-year-old Bobby and his best friend, Kevin, when they are abducted on their way home from school. Managing to escape his confines, Bobby navigates the dark halls, praying his presence goes unnoticed as he avoids his captor at every turn. Even worse is the arrival of another stranger, whose mysterious arrangement with the kidnapper may spell certain doom for Kevin. With no means of calling for help and miles of dark country in every direction, Bobby embarks on a rescue mission, determined to get himself and Kevin out alive… or die trying. Directed by Justin Powell and David Charbonier, who also directed this year’s The Djinn. Starring Lonnie Chavis (This Is Us), Ezra Dewey (The Djinn), Kristin Bauer van Straten (True Blood), Scott Michael Foster (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) and Micah Hauptman (Rust Creek). 

TEDDY – Premieres 5 August **A Shudder Original Film

Twentysomething Teddy lives in a foster home and works as a temp in a massage parlor. Rebecca, his girlfriend, will soon graduate. A scorching hot summer begins. But Teddy is scratched by a beast in the woods: the wolf that local angry farmers have been hunting for months. As weeks go by, animal impulses soon start to overcome the young man. Directed by Ludovic Boukherma and Zoran Boukherma. Starring Anthony Bajon (The Prayer), Ludovic Torrent, Christine Gautier, Noémie Lvovsky, Guillaume Mattera, Jean-Paul Fabre, Alexis Orlandini, Gérard Pau and Jean-Michel Ricart.
 

BLEED WITH ME – Premieres 10 August **A Shudder Original Film

Rowan, a vulnerable outsider, is thrilled when the seemingly perfect Emily invites her on a winter getaway to an isolated cabin in the woods. Trust soon turns to paranoia when Rowan wakes up with mysterious incisions on her arm. Haunted by dream-like visions, Rowan starts to suspect that her friend is drugging her and stealing her blood. She’s paralyzed by the fear of losing Emily, but she must fight back before she loses her mind. Bleed With Me is a psychological horror that  juxtaposes tenderness and violence in an investigation of female intimacy and dangerous codependency. Directed by Amelia Moses. Starring Lee Marshall, Lauren Beatty and Aris Tyros.

JAKOB’S WIFE – Premieres 19 August **A Shudder Exclusive Film

Anne is in her late 50s and feels like her life and marriage have been shrinking over the past thirty years. Through a chance encounter with a stranger, she discovers a new sense of power and an appetite to live bigger and bolder than before. However, these changes come with a toll on her marriage and a heavy body count. Directed by Travis Stevens (Girl on the Third Floor). Starring horror icons Barbara Crampton (You’re Next), Larry Fessenden (The Dead Don’t Die), Nyisha Bell, Mark Kelly, Sarah Lind, Robert Rusler, Bonnie Aarons and Phil Brooks (aka CM Punk).

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THE UNHOLY - Only at Cinemas - May 17th

Horror returns to the big screen on May 17th with THE UNHOLY, starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Katie Aselton, William Sadler, Cricket Brown, with Diogo Morgado and Cary Elwes. 

View the trailer below...


Gerry Fenn (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), a disgraced journalist turned stringer-for-hire, of supernatural tabloid fodder, is sent to investigate a strange occurrence in a small farming community. A born skeptic, Fenn quickly dismisses the incident as just another benign story. But, before he writes it off as a hoax; Fenn witnesses a deaf, teenaged girl, Alice (Cricket Brown), whispering next to a petrified oak tree in the middle of a field. 

What follows, to his disbelief, is a series of inexplicable events that has the locals convinced Alice can perform miracles. When word spreads that Alice’s power to heal is attributed to the Virgin Mary, it fans the flames of curiosity from those near and far to witness the miraculous occur firsthand. As the hopeful masses descend upon this off-the-beaten-path town, Fenn sees this as an opportunity to redeem his reputation and resurrect his career. 

However, when a mysterious death befalls the church’s priest, Fenn believes that something more sinister is afoot. With the help of a local doctor, Natalie Gates (Katie Aselton), Fenn rushes to unlock the secrets of long ago to determine if Alice’s gift is divine or evil.




Mind-bending Sci-Fi PARALLEL comes to UK DVD and Digital

What if you found a doorway to infinite possibilities? What would you do? How far would you go?

Thrilling new sci-fi adventure Parallel explores just that. This thrill-ride from director Isaac Ezban (The Incident, Barbarous Mexico), in his English language directorial debut, follows a group of friends who discover a parallel universe and with it the key to limitless power… but with it comes deep darkness and immorality. 

With a cast including Martin Wallström (Mr Robot, Wallander), Georgia King (Devs, Vice Principals) and Kathleen Quinlan (Prison Break, How To Get Away With Murder), this slick what-if thriller sees a close-kit group of 20-somethings stumble upon a portal to the multiverse. As they come to terms with this life-changing discovery, they’re soon playing with fate as they use the knowledge to influence their lives and fortunes.

As they push the limits of possibility, the stakes get higher and higher…with dangerous consequences. Will they become victims of their own success?

This spellbinding suspense drama transcends the boundaries of sci-fi thriller and will have your heart pounding until the very last minute.

Premiering at Fantastic Film Festival, Belgium, and subsequently screening at FrightFest Halloween in London, this wild ride of a feature comes to DVD and digital on 14 June 2021, courtesy of 101 Films.

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

 

 

Tuesday, 4 May 2021

July titles coming from Arrow Video

Arrow Video’s July films include an Italian horror classic and its sequel, a groundbreaking indie chiller and a superb 4K UHD debut for a giallo classic.

DEMONS - UHD & Blu-ray Dual Format 5 July
 

Lamberto Bava and Dario Argento bring you THE Gonzo Horror movie of the 1980s with Demons, a frenzied slice of gore heavy shock cinema that gives up on logic and instead assaults the screen with a riot of X-rated violence, face chewing demons and pounding heavy metal.

In a mysterious cinema, an audience is watching a brutal horror flick when the horror rips out of the screen, unleashing a swarm of slathering demons who are intent on spreading their evil plague across the globe. Time to tool up and take no prisoners… The Demons are coming!

Arrow Video is proud to present this horror classic in a sumptuous 4K restoration, more vivid and terrifying than ever before, alongside a wealth of bonus features old and new, making this the ultimate experience in celluloid terror.

SPECIAL DUAL FORMAT EDITION CONTENTS

• New 4K restoration by Arrow Films from the original camera negatives
• 4K (2160p) UHD Blu-ray presentation in Dolby Vision (HDR10 compatible) and High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray presentation
• Two versions of the film: the full-length original cut in Italian and English, and the slightly trimmed US cut, featuring alternate dubbing and sound effects
• Lossless English and Italian DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mixes on the original cut, derived from the original 4-channel Dolby Stereo elements
• Original lossless English and Italian 2.0 stereo audio tracks on the original cut
• Original lossless English 1.0 mono audio track on the US cut
• English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
• Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for both English soundtracks
• New audio commentary by critics Kat Ellinger and Heather Drain, co-hosts of the Hell’s Belles podcast
• Archival audio commentary by director Lamberto Bava and special makeup effects artist Sergio Stivaletti, moderated by journalist Loris Curci
• Archival audio commentary by Lamberto Bava, Sergio Stivaletti, composer Claudio Simonetti and actress Geretta Geretta
• Produced by Dario Argento, a new visual essay by author and critic Michael Mackenzie exploring the legendary filmmaker’s career as a producer
• Dario’s Demon Days, an archival interview with writer/producer Dario Argento
• Defining an Era in Music, an archival interview with Claudio Simonetti
• Splatter Spaghetti Style, an archival interview with long-time Argento collaborator Luigi Cozzi
• Italian theatrical trailer
• International English theatrical trailer
• US theatrical trailer
• Vintage Japanese souvenir programme booklet
• Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Adam Rabalais 

DEMONS 2 - UHD & Blu-ray Dual Format 5 July


Unleashed through the TV and bringing Hell direct to your living room. Resurrected out of the dark forbidden zone, the world’s ugliest demons are causing carnage in an apartment block, eating the residents and spreading their deadly plague.

Watch as a teenage birthday girl ruins the party by eating her guests, see bodybuilders torn to shreds and tremble in terror as possessed children run amok. Will anyone survive or will the demons rise once more and destroy us all?

Arrow Video is proud to present this horror classic in a sumptuous 4K restoration, more vivid and terrifying than ever before, alongside a wealth of bonus features old and new, making this the ultimate experience in celluloid terror.

SPECIAL DUAL FORMAT EDITION CONTENTS

• New 4K restoration by Arrow Films from the original camera negatives
• 4K (2160p) UHD Blu-ray presentation in Dolby Vision (HDR10 compatible) and High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray presentation
• Lossless English and Italian DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mixes, derived from the original 4-channel Dolby Stereo elements
• Original lossless English 1.0 mono track
• Original lossless Italian 2.0 stereo audio track
• English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
• Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
• New audio commentary by critic Travis Crawford
• Archival audio commentary by director Lamberto Bava and special makeup effects artist Sergio Stivaletti, moderated by journalist Loris Curci
• Together and Apart, a new visual essay on space and technology in Demons and Demons 2 by author and critic Alexandra Heller-Nicholas
• Creating Creature Carnage, an archival interview with Sergio Stivaletti
• Bava to Bava, an archival interview with Luigi Cozzi on the history of Italian horror
• Italian theatrical trailer
• English theatrical trailer
• Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Adam Rabalais

THRESHOLD - Blu-ray 5 July 


When a phone call from out of the blue brings Leo (Joey Millin) back into contact with his sister, Virginia (Madison West), long estranged from her family due to years of drug abuse, he arrives to find her alone in a bare apartment in the midst of an apparent overdose. After the convulsions and nausea subside, Virginia insists to Leo that she has been clean for 8 months due to the help of a mysterious group. She confides to her cynical brother that her edginess and paranoia actually stem from a sinister ritual conducted by the group that took her in at her lowest and eventually revealed themselves to be a cult. This curse bound her emotions and physical sensations to a man she has never met before.

With his marriage on the rocks, Leo has his own demons to face. Nonetheless, he is reluctantly persuaded by Virginia to embark on a cross-country road trip to track down this shadowy stranger under the caveat that if he's nowhere to be found and it's all in her head, she'll go to rehab. However, as their date with destiny draws nearer, Leo begins to suspect his sister’s tall tale might have some substance.

Threshold, the second feature from co-directors Powell Robinson and Patrick R Young, following their debut Bastard (2015), was improvised and shot on two iPhones over the course of a 12-day road trip with a crew of just three. The result is an inventive and compelling psychological thriller with hints of the supernatural that recalls such indie cult classics as Ben Wheatley’s Kill List (2011) and Justin Benson And Aaron Moorhead’s Resolution (2013).

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

• High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray presentation
• Original 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
• Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
• Brand new audio commentary with directors Powell Robinson & Patrick R. Young, producer Lauren Bates and lead actors Joey Millin and Madison West
• Brand new audio commentary with directors Powell Robinson & Patrick R Young, and editor William Ford-Conway
• Crossing the Threshold, a feature-length documentary on the making of Threshold
• Elevating iPhone Footage: Color Correction Breakdown
• Something from Nothing: Indie Genre Director Roundtable moderated by Scott Weinberg with directors Powell Robinson & Patrick R Young (Threshold), Brandon Espy (We Follow You), James Byrkit (Coherence), Zach Donohue (The Den) and Elle Callahan (Witch Hunt)
• The Power of Indie Horror - Acting for Unconventional Film roundtable discussion moderated by Zena Dixon with the actors Madison West and Joey Millin (Threshold), Kelsey Griswold (Followed), Gabrielle Walsh (Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones) and Ryan Shoos (The Gallows)
• The Sounds of Threshold original soundtrack
• Threshold original outline script
• Trailer and original teaser
• Image gallery
• Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Coffee and Cigarettes

FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated Collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Anton Bitel

THE CAT O’ NINE TAILS - Limited Edition 4K UHD Blu-ray


Following the success of his debut feature, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, distributor Titanus tasked writer/director Dario Argento with delivering a follow-up in short order. The resulting film, granted a greatly enhanced budget and heralded in its US marketing campaign as “nine times more suspenseful” than its predecessor, was The Cat O’ Nine Tails.

When a break-in occurs at a secretive genetics institute, blind puzzle-maker Franco Arnò (Karl Malden, Patton, One-Eyed Jacks), who overheard an attempt to blackmail one of the institute’s scientists shortly before the robbery, teams up with intrepid reporter Carlo Giordani (James Franciscus, Beneath the Planet of the Apes) to crack the case. But before long the bodies begin to pile up and the two amateur sleuths find their own lives imperilled in their search for the truth. And worse still, Lori (Cinzia De Carolis, Cannibal Apocalypse), Franco’s young niece, may also be in killer’s sights…

This second entry in the so-called “Animal Trilogy” found Argento further refining his distinctive style and cementing his reputation as the master of the giallo thriller. Co-starring Catherine Spaak (Il Sorpasso) and Rada Rassimov (Baron Blood), and featuring another nerve-jangling score by the great Ennio Morricone (The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, The Good, The Bad and the Ugly), The Cat O’ Nine Tails remains one of Argento’s most suspenseful and underrated films.

4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAY LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS

• New 4K restoration from the original negative by Arrow Films
• 4K (2160p) UHD Blu-ray presentation in Dolby Vision (HDR10 compatible)
• Restored original lossless mono Italian and English soundtracks
• English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
• Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
• Audio commentary by critics Alan Jones and Kim Newman
• Nine Lives, an interview with co-writer/director Dario Argento
• The Writer O’ Many Tales, an interview with co-writer Dardano Sacchetti
• Child Star, an interview with actress Cinzia De Carolis
• Giallo in Turin, an interview with production manager Angelo Iacono
• Script pages for the lost original ending, translated into English for the first time
• Original Italian, international and US theatrical trailers
• Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring an original essay on the film by Dario Argento, and writing by Barry Forshaw, Troy Howarth and Howard Hughes
• Fold-out double-sided poster featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Obviously Creative
• Six double-sided, postcard-sized lobby card reproduction artcards
• Limited edition packaging with reversible sleeve featuring originally and newly commissioned artwork by Obviously Creative 


W4Free adds genre cult movies to growing slate

Rampaging Cuban zombies, deadly Aussie sheep, a gun-slinging Wesley Snipes, sinister cult mind games and the ultimate battle-of-the-sexes thriler…stand by for some classic cult favourites on W4Free, the UK’s AVOD destination for independent and cult cinema.


With its cheesy title and cheerful mix of politics and splatter, JUAN OF THE DEAD, struck a cord with audiences wortldwide. Cuba’s first zombie horror film, it was released in 2011 and is already acknowldged as a modern genre classic. The zombie allegory is also alive and well in New Zealand’s BLACK SHEEP, an hilariously gory affair in the ‘Bad Taste’ tradition of Peter Jackson. Packed with every possible sheep-shagging joke, the cult sensation from New Zealand is a ‘shear’ delight.


The undead also come back to life in GALLOWWALKERS, Andrew Goth’s notorious and disaster beset cowboy zombie action mix of Sergio Leone’s Spaghetti Westerns and Alejandro Jodorowsky’s mystical classic El Topo. Wesley Snipes plays a cursed gunfighter attempting to allude justice, so prepare for a fistful of corpses.


FAULTS is a subversive, psychologically disturbing black comedy which marked the feature film debut of director/writer Riley Stearns, who cleverly employed the considerable talents of his wife, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, to play Claire – a young woman who appears to be under the grip of a mysterious new cult.  Finally, Katie Aselton’s BLACK ROCK, described as a ‘feminist ‘Deliverence’, pits Katie Aselton, Lake Bell and Kate Bosworth against a trio of misogynistic war vets.


Also available to stream this month is THE NOTORIOUS BETTIE PAGE, director Mary Harron’s portrayal of 1950s legendary pinup and bondage model Bettie Page, portrayed brilliantly by Gretchen Mol.

Plus there is Jim Jarmusch’s absorbing anthology COFFEE AND CIGARETTES, featuring among others, Bill Murray, Iggy Pop, Tom Waits and Jack and Meg White of the White Stripes.


W4Free, the nation’s latest film streaming service, which also provides TV series and documentaries, can be accessed on laptops, PCs and via Netgem TV. Later in the year it will be available on all mobile devices and connected TV’s.

The group behind the service, Philipp Rotermund’s Video Solutions AG, provides a range of AVOD and SVOD brands in Europe, including Watch4, available in Germany, Switzerland and Austria with a reach of 10 million people per month.

CAVEAT - Streaming on SHUDDER 3rd JUNE

SHUDDER, the premium streaming service for horror, thrillers and the supernatural, is delighted to announce that Damian Mc Carthy’s feature debut, the unnerving cat and mouse thriller CAVEAT, will be released exclusively on SHUDDER from 3 June 2021. 

Lone drifter Isaac (Jonathan French - A Soldier’s Voice) accepts a job to look after his landlord's niece, Olga (Leila Sykes - Missing Something), for a few days in an isolated house on a remote island. It seems like easy money, but there’s a catch: he must wear a leather harness and chain that restricts his movements to certain rooms.

Once Olga's uncle, Barrett (Ben Caplan - Band of Brothers, Call the Midwife) leaves the two of them alone, a game of cat and mouse ensues as Olga displays increasingly erratic behaviour as a trapped Isaac makes a series of horrific discoveries in the house.

With slow building tension, CAVEAT balances creepy interiors with the beauty of Cork’s countryside to stunning visual effect. Playing out like a thoughtful, long-lost 80s chiller, CAVEAT leads the audience on a path of twist and turns to an unforgettable resolution.

Filmed in Cork, Ireland, CAVEAT is Writer/Director Damian McCarthy’s feature debut following a string of successful short horror films and was produced by Justin Hyne of HyneSight Films, with cinematography by Kieran Fitzgerald. The film’s music was composed by Richard G. Mitchell. 

CAVEAT arrives on SHUDDER on 3 June 2021

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Wednesday, 28 April 2021

HALLOWEEN Toys from Fright-Rags for Halfway to Halloween

Fright-Rags is honoring the halfway to Halloween mark with exclusive toys based on John Carpenter's 1978 horror classic, plus new Hannibal apparel. Michael Myers, Laurie, and Lynda action figures and Halloween Nanoforce sets are available to pre-order for one week only.

Fright-Rags' HALLOWEEN retro-style action figures include Michael Myers (with knife and headstone), Laurie Strode (with pumpkin, knife, and hanger), and Lynda van der Klock (with purse). Each one stands 3.75" tall and has five points of articulation.


Fright-Rags has reissued its Halloween Nanoforce set with variant colors. It features 12 different 2" scale black and orange figures plus a 4" glow-in-the-dark Michael Myers figure. They’re packaged together in a collectible box with a map of Haddonfield, which doubles as a checklist.

Eat the rude while wearing Fright-Rags’ HANNIBAL apparel. Bryan Fuller's small-screen reinvention of the horror icon has received three shirts and a pair of socks featuring Mads Mikkelsen as Hannibal Lecter.


HALLOWEEN and HANNIBAL collections are on sale now at Fright-Rags.com. HALLOWEEN pre-orders run through Tuesday, May 4, and are expected to ship in Fall/Winter 2021.

 

HOMEWRECKER - coming to Digital, May

Misery meets Single White Female – with an extra dose of (Let’s Get) Physical thrown in for good measure – as a woman gets more than she bargains for when she makes a new friend at the gym in HOMEWRECKER.

When happy-go-lucky interior designer Michelle (Alex Essoe – Doctor Sleep, The Haunting Of Bly Manor), has a chance encounter at a fitness class, with the pushy and overly friendly Linda (Precious Chong – Falling Water, Flashpoint), she soon discovers there’s more to her than meets the eye and training might be bad for her health.

When the pair meet at the gym, Linda convinces Michelle to come to her house and redesign it. Despite her wariness, Michelle’s politeness wins out and she reluctantly agrees…But once at the house, she soon realises she’s made a terrible mistake…as Linda’s demeanour rapidly changes and her behaviour becomes increasingly erratic…could this one-woman wrecking ball threaten her whole existence?

As the dangerous and obsessive streak spirals out of control…Michelle grows more and more desperate to evade Linda’s clutches and her increasingly bizarre and disturbing measures to trap her. As the violence explodes into a bloody gore-fest will Michelle ever break free from this one-woman wrecking ball of mayhem?

Homewrecker, directed by Zach Gayne (States, Found Viral), is tongue-in-cheek fun with a bucketload of blood in equal measure and will have you second guessing that new friend you made at the gym…

This deliciously bleak and black satire, with gore and laughs in equal measure, is set for its UK premiere Digitally on 24 May from 101 Films.

 

Kiyotaka Tsurisaki Shockumentary Collection: THE TRILOGY OF DEATH coming from TetroVideo

The Kiyotaka Tsurisaki's "Trilogy of Death" is getting the TetroVideo box set treatment. It has been announced that the company will be releasing two box sets of the "Kiyotaka Tsurisaki Shockumentary Collection" that includes Orozco – The Embalmer (2001), Junk Films (2007) and The Wasteland (2014).


Both the box sets will be available for pre-order on April 30th.

The "Limited Edition Box Set" has only 170 copies and the "Golden Edition" is limited to just 30 numbered copies:

3-disc Box Set + Slipcase - 170 copies Limited Edition

3-disc Box Set + gold Slipcase + gold Card - 30 numbered copies

Written and directed by Kiyotaka Tsurisaki, who has become known for photographing dead bodies, Orozco - The Embalmber is a shockumentary about the Colombian embalmer Froilan Orozco Duarte, about his grim work in one of the poorest and most dangerous parts in Colombia: Bogotà.

Junk Films is a collection of short documentaries pondering about the meaning of life and death by the use of shocking images. In Junk Films, Kiyotaka Tsurisaki focuses on the subject of war to offer a startling look at the aftermath of combat and on death’s many forms (disasters, starvation, tragic accidents) to highlight the fragility of human life.

The Wasteland is a look into the world around us, into the aftermath of war, religion and other evil facets that aid in the destruction of Earth. 

To set the mood for The Wasteland, Kiyotaka Tsurisaki teams up with the japanese doom metal band Corrupted.

To pre-order and for other cult films, visit.. https://tetrovideo.com/ 

 

 

Shudder Acquires THE BOY BEHIND THE DOOR

SHUDDER, the premium streaming service for horror, thrillers and the supernatural, has acquired exclusive rights to Justin Powell and David Charbonier’s terrifying feature debut THE BOY BEHIND THE DOOR for release in North America, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. The film will be released on SHUDDER from 29 JULY 2021.


The first feature from co-writers and directors Justin Powell and David Charbonier, is a suspense thriller that tells a gripping, powerful tale of survival and friendship in the face of evil.

In THE BOY BEHIND THE DOOR, a night of unimaginable terror awaits twelve-year-old Bobby (Lonnie Chavis) and his best friend, Kevin (Ezra Dewey), when they are abducted on their way home from school. Managing to escape his confines, Bobby navigates the dark halls, praying his presence goes unnoticed as he avoids his captor at every turn. 

Even worse is the arrival of another stranger, whose mysterious arrangement with the kidnapper may spell certain doom for Kevin. With no means of calling for help and miles of dark country in every direction, Bobby embarks on a rescue mission, determined to get himself and Kevin out alive… or die trying. 

Starring Lonnie Chavis (This Is Us, White Famous), Ezra Dewey (The Djinn, Criminal Minds), Kristin Bauer van Straten (True Blood, Nocturnal Animals), Scott Michael Foster (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Once Upon A Time) and Micah Hauptman (Homeland, Rust Creek).

THE BOY BEHIND THE DOOR had its world premiere at Fantastic Fest before playing AFI Fest, receiving rave reviews at both festivals. The film was produced by Rick Rosenthal of Whitewater Films, Ryan Scaringe of Kinogo Pictures, Jim Hart, John Hermann and Ryan Lewis. Bert Kern, Nick Morton, and Howard Barish executive produce.
 
Powell and Charbonier’s follow-up project The Djinn will be released by AMC Networks’ IFC Midnight in North America on May 14.

THE BOY BEHIND THE DOOR arrives on SHUDDER on 29 July 2021

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10 Questions with Howard J Ford – Director of THE LOCKDOWN HAUNTINGS.

Ahead of the UK digital release of his latest film THE LOCKDOWN HAUNTINGS on May 3, director & writer Howard J Ford talks about being a one-man crew, casting Tony Todd, his do-it-yourself SFX kit and losing his uncle to the Pandemic.


Q) You shot THE LOCKDOWN HUNTINGS during the UK’s first lockdown. Was the COVID-19 outbreak the inspiration? If so, why a ghost story?

Howard: It absolutely was. I am a believer in using what you have as an indie film-maker and I had a global pandemic! There was a sudden influx of fear, isolation and anxiety. I wondered, could I do anything cinematic with that?  I then heard that the virus is not even alive, yet this not-living thing was out there taking lives and not only that, it was INVISIBLE!   None of us knew how close this deadly thing was to them… I wondered, could I weave that into a plot, then it hit me.. A ghostly killer. That’s something could do!

Q) Although it can be described as a supernatural horror thriller, at heart lie some interesting issues around spiritual belief, our relationship with the dead and the need to forgive. Were these themes always at the heart of the script or did they evolve during filming?

Howard: Thanks. I do love layers in whatever I am making, so I love trying to find out what could be underneath, what is at the heart of it so to speak. And in the beginnings of lockdown there was all this anger and blame as to whose fault it was that we found ourselves where we are and I felt we all needed some healing elements so I wanted to find a way of getting this in there.


Q) You shot the film single-handedly. What was the both the biggest challenge and the most liberating aspect?


Howard: Yes, I quickly realised that if I was going to pull this film off during lockdown, I would not be able to have anyone with me at all. That and staying two metres away from any actors it was really a challenge. Firstly, I needed to find out if actors would let me film in their homes and a social media post gave me my answers and who was up for it. Then I picked what I felt were the absolute best cast from that. The liberating thing was, so long as the actors were ok with it, I was free to take the film in whatever direction I felt it should go at the time without having to consult a single person. I recall one moment sitting in my car outside a Tesco’s garage having shot with one actor in the morning and about to set off to another, I had a sandwich which cost £2.61 and as I finished it I realised, I just fed the whole crew for less than 3 quid!

Q) The casting of Tony Todd is inspirational. How did that come about? And the acting, in general, is great. Good to see a vibrant Angela Dixon on our screens again. Was casting a difficult operation given the restrictions that were in place then?
 

Howard: I love Tony Todd so much and I was SO thrilled when I realised he might come on board The Lockdown Hauntings. I had met Mr Todd on a flight to LA, by ‘chance’ some years back, we were sat next to each other and we spent many hours talking about all sorts of amazing things. He’s really a lovely guy and very deep and pun’s-aside, time flew by. I had also soon after that worked with John Rhys-Davies on a champagne film of all things and then found out they had the same manager, a super chap called Jeff Goldberg so we re-connected, then when I was about to go forward with ‘The Lockdown Hauntings’ and needed to cast Jordan Myers the main paranormal expert, I kind of meditated over who would be the absolute best person to do this and I thought, ‘go big’, then BOOM. Tony Todd appeared in my head and I thought, it’s a long shot but what the heck, give Jeff a call, and it all fell into place from there.

Angela Dixon is always great to work with and she went through so much on ‘Never Let Go’, which was not an easy shoot I felt she might like to do something totally different and she seemed to love the idea too and also helped fill in some of the many gaps I had on dialogue and things as I was too busy making the film to properly write it. The cast were so fabulous on this film and somehow we all just got on with it, no messing about, we just hit go and did our best within the circumstances.


Q) Given you had no crew to assist, how did you manage to achieve the numerous special effects that run all the way through the movie?

Howard: I realised I might have to go back to basics on many aspects and I have to be honest, I’m not a fan of big CGI films as I always find it hard to believe the world no matter how impressive, so I thought, well, what would they have done on ‘The Exorcist’, or ‘The Omen’, two films that scared the heck out of me, sometimes with moments that were not full of SFX.. So I re-looked into the ‘old school’ way of doing things and read stories of people pushing furniture around and things being pulled with fishing wire and air machines etc, so I made myself an SFX kit and tried to do as much as possible practically. In post, I do have some fab CGI chaps and I hope between us we can still shock and jolt you and even surprise you in all sorts of places.


Q) You sadly lost your uncle during this period. Did that having a bearing on the project?

Howard: I did, to the virus too.  It was the weirdest thing as no one could attend and we had to watch his funeral on what looked like a kind of YouTube video, all our family folks in separate homes too. I watched some people I’d never met carry his coffin up the aisle and read some words from the family. Play a couple of his favourite songs, some I remember him playing when I was at his flat in London writing my early scripts, then he was gone. This was the guy that got me into fitness, but he enjoyed his life and I felt he would have said to me, just go do it.

Q) Moving away from THE LOCKDOWN HAUNTINGS…before the pandemic struck you completed filming on THE LEDGE. Can you tell us a bit about the film?


Howard: Yes, ‘The Ledge’ which is a bit of a female cliff-hanger was a totally different production scenario. We had a crew of like 64 people and a far bigger set up. Which is great in one way, but unlike ‘The Lockdown Hauntings,’ you can’t change direction or suddenly decide to do this instead of that, or I’d have had my ass fired straight away! Ha.  I actually shot ‘The Lockdown Hauntings’ just before I flew off to do ‘The Ledge’, so both films were made in Lockdown. ‘The Ledge’ is a nail biting thriller/horror written by Tom Boyle and produced by Evolution/GFM whom I worked with on the distribution/sales of ‘The Lockdown Hauntings’. It’s a very high-concept, exciting  story of one female climber stuck high up on the side of a mountain fighting off four killers on a ledge twenty feet above her. It will be getting some great theatrical releases but not for some months after ‘The Lockdown Hauntings’.

Q) The inevitable question but it needs to be asked. Will ‘The Dead’ be walking again?

Howard: Well, by brother Jon and I do discuss it every now and then and we will consider doing ‘The Dead 3’ if the situation was right. If it happens, it will not be for a few more years. They are painful films to make and very nearly killed us for real.

Q) ADVENTURE BOYZ, your all-action family thriller, starred you and your two sons. A thespian one-off or are there ambitions for the Fords to get in front of the camera again?


Howard: Now that’s a film full of love. I made that the summer before the lockdown as I felt we already had a global disaster on our hands. That disaster being that all our children, and probably us too were relying far too much on our devices and not getting out into the real world where the real joys are, so I made ‘Adventure Boyz’ and cast my own two boys in it as I wanted to see if my story could incentivise them, and any other kids around the world to ‘get off their devices and get out there’! Sadly it came out following a lovely theatrical run as the world was told to get indoors and get on zoom! Maybe it will be re discovered. Was fun to act in too, I was never meant to be in it quite so much but I was just so available! Felix is in The Lockdown Hauntings, his third feature film before he was 10!

Q) Finally, what’s coming up for you?


Howard: Well I’m actually moving forward right now with ‘The Lockdown Hauntings 2: Second Wave’! I’ve already shot some sequences and will be doing the rest over the next couple of months or so. Hope to reveal more in Cannes. That and a couple of other projects including another supernatural film I have written called ‘Indelible’. I also have a TV series, ‘Echo Road’ I have been developing. Other than that, let’s all enjoy some life in case we get locked-down again! With ‘The Lockdown Hauntings’ I hope it’s a very different way of reflecting on lockdown and our journey through it.

THE LOCKDOWN HAUNTINGS is released on 3rd May on Digital Platforms, courtesy of Altitude Entertainment.



 

Sunday, 25 April 2021

BOYS FROM COUNTY HELL to release in UK cinemas 18th June

Vertigo Releasing have announced that BOYS FROM COUNTY HELL, the ultimate Dracula ‘origin story’, is releasing in UK cinemas on June 18th. Vertigo will also be partnering with Wildcard for the Irish theatrical release which is to be confirmed.

Just when you thought the vampire film had been drained dry, along comes an unexpected and original spin on the genre from writer/director Chris Baugh, with the follow-up to his acclaimed crime thriller debut Bad Day For The Cut

Welcome to Six Mile Hill, a sleepy Irish backwater whose only claim to fame is the somewhat dubious local legend that Bram Stoker once spent a night in the local pub. It’s home to Eugene Moffat, a young man who fills most of his days drinking pints with his friends and pranking tourists who come to visit the gravesite of Abhartach, a legendary Irish vampire some believe to have inspired ‘Dracula.’

When a personal tragedy forces Eugene to go and work for his gruff, no-nonsense father he finds himself on the site of a controversial new road development that threatens to destroy the town’s livelihood. But strange events unfold when Eugene and the crew tear down a famous cairn believed to be the final resting place of Abhartach and they soon come under attack from a sinister force that has infected one of their workmates. As the night closes in The Boys must fight for survival while discovering the true horror of a myth that hits much closer to home than any of them realise… 

With nods to Ireland’s formidable horror heritage (the local pub is called ‘The Stoker’ after the Dracula author), it follows recent Irish folklore horror hits The Hallow and The Hole in The Ground, whilst also injecting some surprisingly hysterical moments. It echoes Clive Barker’s Irish-set eighties creature feature Rawhead Rex, as well as a delectable sense of the backwoods dread present in 2019’s Scottish rural thriller Calibre.

With a fantastic cast, including Jack Rowan (Peaky Blinders, Noughts + Crosses), Louisa Harland (Derry Girls), Nigel O’Neill (from Baugh’s debut), and John Lynch (The Banishing, Isolation), BOYS FROM COUNTY HELL is rich in celtic atmosphere, drenched in gore, wildly funny and splendidly scary - the very definition of a crowd pleaser.

 


Tony Todd stars in THE LOCKDOWN HAUNTINGS - Out 3 May

Strap yourself in for a Covid-era creep-out par-excellence, with THE LOCKDOWN HAUNTINGS, from acclaimed director Howard J Ford, (The Dead, The Dead 2) and Evolution Pictures released 3rd May on digital platforms in the UK and Ireland.

During a global lockdown the streets are empty, free from activity of humans, it is not just nature that takes advantage of this unprecedented time. Spirits are free to roam, some with evil intent and one, a notorious serial killer, is back from the dead.

Can the paranormal experts and detectives piece together how to prevent more young women, isolated and alone during lockdown, from becoming another victim of The Lockdown Hauntings?

Set at the beginning of last year’s lockdown, THE LOCKDOWN HAUNTINGS is a fast-paced mix of paranormal horror and detective thriller, that sees the evil spirit of a dead serial killer stalking his victims who are stuck in their homes alone during the Covid epidemic. 

Director Howard J. Ford pulls out all the stops to deliver a jolt-filled, creepy and highly entertaining shocker, despite having to make the film during the lockdown restrictions - not that you’ll notice, as you’ll be too busy hiding behind the sofa during the running time. Ford's assembled a fantastic cast, including horror legend Tony Todd (Candyman, Hatchet), Angela Dixon (Never Let Go), Heather Peace (Silent Witness), Jon Campling (Harry Potter) and Sarah-Jane Potts (Kinky Boots).

If you were gripped by last year’s nerve-rattler Host, and spooky classics like Paranormal Activity and Sinister, then THE LOCKDOWN HAUNTINGS will be sure to chill you to the core!

THE LOCKDOWN HAUNTINGS is released on Digital 3rd MAY.  Watch it on Apple, Amazon, Google, Sky Store, Virgin and more. 

 



Tuesday, 20 April 2021

Sci-fi Thriller FLASHBACK - On Digital 4 June

Fred Fitzell (Dylan O’Brien) is a man on the precipice of adulthood. With a new corporate job, a long-time girlfriend (Hannah Gross) pressuring him to define their future, and an ailing mother, Fred’s whole life changes when a chance encounter with a man from his youth results in terrifying flashbacks that send him on a wild journey into his past. 


As he slowly attempts to piece together his fragmented recollections about taking an experimental drug called Mercury, his mind begins to unravel… What is the long-hidden mystery surrounding the missing girl (Maika Monroe), and what is the terrifying creature that has been with him every step of the way?

With his past, present and future colliding, Fred begins to question his entire reality and explore all of the possible lives he could lead. Which one will he choose?

Directed by Christopher MacBride (The Conspiracy), Flashback stars Dylan O’Brien, Maika Monroe (It Follows, The Guest), Hannah Gross (Mindhunter, Joker), Emory Cohen (The OA, Brooklyn) and Keir Gilchrist (It Follows, Atypical).
 
Vertigo Releasing presents Flashback on digital platforms 4 June 2021 

Official Trailer for AXEMAN AT CUTTER'S CREEK

The Axeman returns in the tense, new trailer for Sinning Works' "AXEMAN AT CUTTER'S CREEK".


Just last month Sinning Works confirmed the new release of the 80's inspired film formerly known as "Axeman" which will serve as a reboot to the franchise rather than a simple re-release.  It stars genre vets Tiffany Shepis, Brinkes Stevens, Elissa Dowling, Jamie Bernadette and Erin Marie Hogan, and NBA basketball star Scot Pollard.

The film's director Joston "El Rey" Theney had this to say, "Axeman was a fun movie to make and I'm so appreciative of the super supportive fanbase.  But, to no fault of the cast and crew, it got rushed and we never really put our movie's best foot forward. This one'll include never-before-seen footage and a slicker, faster 80 minute run-time"

The filmmaker went on, "What really killed me was not wrapping up the film as originally intended.  It was envisioned as a trilogy from the outset and the ending we were forced to go with painted us into a corner.  But this release of Axeman At Cutter's Creek course-corrects the ship and is our first step to putting us on a path to finishing the franchise strong."

View the trailer below...

SinningWorks releases "AXEMAN AT CUTTER'S CREEK" to major VOD platforms May 7, 2021.

 

JOE BOB BRIGGS plus SHAUN OF THE DEAD Merch available from FRIGHT RAGS

Not only is influential horror host Joe Bob Briggs back with a new season of The Last Drive-In on Shudder, but he has also returned in action figure form from Fright-Rags. The horror apparel company also has other new merchandise from The Last Drive-In and Shaun of the Dead.


Fright-Rags has reissued its popular Joe Bob Briggs retro-style 3.75" toy, complete with a beer bottle and speakers, alongside the brand-new Darcy the Mail Girl figure, which includes her mail bag and Ernie the iguana. These open editions are available to pre-order through Sunday, April 18.

The Last Drive In's mutant family can also enjoy two new Season 3 shirts featuring Joe Bob and Darcy respectively, plus The Last Drive-In lounge pants and two enamel pins, one of which glows in the dark.


Have a nice cold pint in Fright-Rags’ Shaun of the Dead apparel. Edgar Wright's horror-comedy classic has received two new shirts, a reprint of the Night of the Living Dead homage design, a Winchester Tavern pint glass, and socks featuring Shaun and Ed.

Joe Bob Briggs and Shaun of the Dead collections are on sale now at Fright-Rags.com.

SHUDDER Announce May Slate including Exclusive Streaming Titles

This May delivers a packed lineup of new original and exclusive films to Shudder, AMC Networks’ premium streaming service for horror, thrillers and the supernatural. 

Film details included below.

NEW SHUDDER ORIGINAL & EXCLUSIVE FILMS

FRIED BARRY – Premieres 7 May


Fried Barry follows the story of a drug-addled degenerate who, after yet another bender, gets abducted by aliens. Barry takes a backseat as his alien visitor assumes control of his body and takes it for a joyride through Cape Town. What follows is an onslaught of drugs, sex and violence as Barry’s alien tourist enters the weird and wonderful world of humankind.

The feature directorial debut from award-winning music video director Ryan Kruger and starring newcomer Gary Green, the genre pushing, acid-washed, sci-fi horror has been praised by critics and embraced by fans around the world.

The film is produced by James C. Williamson and Kruger and executive produced by Nicolai Fuglsig (12 Strong). Williamson shares a story credit with Kruger who serves as both writer and director. The expansive cast is led by Green alongside Bianka Hartenstein, Sean Cameron Michael (Shooter, Blood Drive), Chanelle de Jager (The Widow, Outlander), Joey Cramer (Flight of the Navigator) and Jonathan Pienaar (Blood Diamond, Roots).

View the trailer on YouTube

RELIC – Premieres 11 May


A deeply unsettling psychological horror, Relic is the unforgettable debut feature from writer and director Natalie Erika James who brings a fresh and profoundly human twist to the genre. When elderly mother Edna (Robyn Nevin), inexplicably vanishes, her daughter Kay (Emily Mortimer) and granddaughter Sam (Bella Heathcote) rush to their family’s decaying country home, finding clues of her increasing dementia scattered around the house in her absence. 

After Edna returns just as mysteriously as she disappeared, Kay’s concern that her mother seems unwilling or unable to say where she’s been clashes with Sam’s unabashed enthusiasm to have her grandma back. As Edna’s behaviour turns increasingly volatile, both begin to sense that an insidious presence in the house might be taking control of her.

View the trailer on YouTube

THE RECKONING – Premieres 13 May


After losing her husband during the Great Plague, Grace Haverstock (Charlotte Kirk, Ocean’s 8) is unjustly accused of being a witch and placed in the custody of England’s most ruthless witch-hunter, Judge Moorcroft (Sean Pertwee, Dog Soldiers). Forced to endure physical and emotional torture while steadfastly maintaining her innocence, Grace must face her own inner demons as the Devil himself starts to work his way into her mind.

Directed by modern master of horror Neil Marshall (The Descent, Dog Soldiers, Game of Thrones), The Reckoning was written by Marshall, star Charlotte Kirk and Edward Evers-Swindell.

View the trailer on YouTube

PG: PSYCHO GOREMAN – Premieres 20 May


In PG: Psycho Goreman, young siblings Mimi and Luke unwittingly resurrect an ancient alien overlord who was entombed on Earth millions of years ago after a failed attempt to destroy the universe. They nickname the evil creature Psycho Goreman (or PG for short) and use the magical amulet they discovered to force him to obey their childish whims. It isn’t long before PG’s reappearance draws the attention of intergalactic friends and foes from across the cosmos and a rogues’ gallery of alien combatants converges in small-town suburbia to battle for the fate of the galaxy.

Written and directed by Steven Kostanski (The Void, The Divide, Father’s Day), PG: Psycho Goreman stars Nita-Josee Hanna (Books of Blood, 4teen), Owen Myre (NOS4A2, Alternate Ground), Adam Brooks (The Return, Father’s Day), Alexis Hancey (Silver Tongue), and Matthew Ninaber (Transference).

View the trailer on YouTube

SKULL: THE MASK – Premieres 27 May
 


In this splatter-filled supernatural slasher, a Pre-Columbian artifact contains the spirit of Anhangá, the executioner of the god Tahawantinsupay. Whoever wears the masked is possessed by Anhangá and compelled to commit sacrifices to resurrect his god. It’s up to a museum assistant and a policewoman to stop the slaughter before the ritual is completed. A throwback treat for fans of ‘80s slashers and gory practical effects.

Written and directed by Armando Fonseca and Kapel Furman, who previously co-directed 2016’s Uptake Fear, Skull: The Mask stars Brazilian wrestling champion Rurik Jr., Wilton Andrade, Natallia Rodrigues, Ivo Müller, Ricardo Gelli Guta Ruiz, Gilda Nomacce and Tristan Aronovich.

NEW ADDITIONS TO SHUDDER’S MOVIE LIBRARY

3 May

WITCHFINDER GENERAL (1968)

A disturbing tale of evil set during the English Civil War. When Matthew Hopkins is appointed Witchfinder General by the Puritans under Cromwell, he is empowered to travel the countryside with his henchmen and collect a fee for each witch from whom he extracts a confession - a policy which is exploited to the full. Directed by Michael Reeves, starring Vincent Price.

BLOOD ON SATAN'S CLAW (1971)

When a mysterious corpse is accidentally dug up by a boy in a small town, a group of local teens starts acting very strangely. The adolescents, led by a girl named Angel (Linda Hayden), are convinced the corpse was once possessed. Hoping to get in touch with the devil through the body, the teens act out a series of demonic rituals that causes a stir among the townspeople. When word of the satanic activity spreads, certain parents start trying to lock up the kids behind the spooky stunts. Directed by Piers Haggard, starring Linda Hayden and Patrick Wymark.

10 May

CLIMATE OF THE HUNTER (2019)

Two sisters compete for the affections of a man who may be a vampire.

THE FUNERAL HOME (2020)

Bernardo is an undertaker who runs mortuary business in the same house where he resides. In the front he has his clients. And in the back, his dysfunctional family lives among coffins, wreaths and mischievous supernatural entities that visit on a daily basis. They attribute the paranormal manifestations to the dead bodies from their mortuary work but finding the real source of all this madness will be their quest, and what they might find is a terrifying truth.

17 May

I TRAPPED THE DEVIL (2019)

Hoping for a joyful family reunion, Matt and his wife pay a surprise visit to the home of his estranged brother, Steve, to celebrate Christmas. To their shock, they soon learn that Steve has a hostage in his basement -- a man he claims is the devil.

CURSE OF THE CRIMSON ALTER (1968)

An expert in the supernatural collects torture devices and helps a man exact revenge on the descendants of those responsible for burning his ancestor at the stake. Directed by Vernon Sewell, starring Christopher Lee and Boris Karloff.

18 May

DEF BY TEMPTATION (1990)

An evil succubus is preying on libidinous black men in New York City, and all that stands in her way is a minister-in-training, an aspiring actor, and a cop who specializes in cases involving the supernatural.

BLACK ROSES (1988)

Demons hypnotize the general public by posing as a rock and roll band.

24 May

DR TERRORS HOUSE OF HORRORS (1965)

Five chilling stories are linked by the character of a strange fortune-telling doctor who predicts the bizarre deaths of five fellow passengers on a train using a pack of tarot cards. Directed by Freddie Francis, starring Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee.

THE WHIP AND THE BODY (1963)

A sadistic nobleman terrorizes his family, but the relief that the family members feel upon his death is short-lived when his ghost continues the reign of terror. Directed by Mario Bava, starring Christopher Lee.

31 May

THE ASPHYX (1972)

A gentleman photographer in Victorian England tries to trap the human spirit at the moment of death. Directed by Peter Newbrook, starring Robert Stephens.

THE SORCERERS (1967)

A sinister story of mind control in which an amiable old professor creates a device enabling one person to direct the thoughts of another and experience the sensations they feel. Using a young man as a guinea pig for his experiment, he and his wife live out their twisted fantasies. Directed by Michael Reeves, starring Boris Karloff.

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