Thursday, 23 September 2021

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

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

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

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

Buy the UK BD from Amazon.co.uk

 

 

Poster and Trailer for new psychological thriller THE LODGER released

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


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

View the trailer below...

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

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

WE NEED TO DO SOMETHING on Digital 25th October

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

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

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

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

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

 View the Trailer on YouTube

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

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

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

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

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

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

 



Horror Channel unleashes primetime premieres for October

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

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

Full film details in transmission order:

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


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

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


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


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


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


Sun 16 Oct @ 21:00 – INTRUDERS (2011)


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

TV: Sky 317 / Virgin 149 / Freeview 70 / Freesat 138
Website: http://www.horrorchannel.co.uk
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/horrorchannel
Twitter: https://twitter.com/horror_channel


Wednesday, 22 September 2021

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

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

View it below...

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

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

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

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

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

Evil dies tonight.




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

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

View the trailer below...

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





Acorn Media to release MONSTRUM, SON and PSYCHO GOREMAN to Disc

More fantastic Shudder Originals get physical releases this October from Acorn Media International...

 MONSTRUM

A creature feature merging martial arts madness with fantastic folklore, Monstrum is brimming with warrior action, cinematic beauty – and of course – a giant furry monster. Helmed by South Korean director and co-writer, Huh Jong-ho, Monstrum is set for its UK Blu-ray debut and on digital on 4 October and on DVD 11 October from Acorn Media International in conjunction with Shudder.

16th Century South Korea:  The plague terrorises villagers and fear runs rampant in the streets. When rumours of a fabled and ferocious beast roaming Mount Inwangsan begin to spread, fear soon turns to panic. 

To quell the rising terror, King Jungjong (Hee-soon Park – The Scam) brings his most trusted general, Yoon-gyeom (Myung-Min Kim – Six Flying Dragons) back from retirement to hunt the monstrous Monstrum – which threatens both palace and people.

Joined by royal court officer Heo (Woo-sik Choi – Parasite), his daughter Myeong (Hyeri Lee – Record of Youth), and loyal right-hand man Seong-han (In-kwon Kim – My Way), Yoon-gyeom embarks on a quest to find the legendary monster.

More than a simple tale of man versus beast, Monstrum considers the origins of myths and murderous monsters. Is the creature real… or a figment of mass imagination? 

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

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

SON

Ivan Kavanagh’s Son delivers a gory tale of motherhood and cultism where no one can be trusted, not even your own son. A Shudder Exclusive, the film is set for its UK Blu-ray debut from Acorn Media International on 11 October 2021 and will also be available on DVD and digital.

Rising horror star Andi Matichak (Halloween) leads alongside Jay Sebring (Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood) and Luke David Blumm (The King of Staten Island) in his horror debut to deliver an enthralling and brutal flick that leaves nothing to the imagination.

Laura (Matichak) lives with her eight-year-old son David (Blumm)…. But her tranquil homelife is upset when one night she awakens to find strangers surrounding his bed. When the police turn up, there’s no sign of anyone breaking into their home. 

As Laura begins to question her sanity, her son becomes increasingly ill and repressed memories of her past life in a cult start to resurface. She descends further into perceived madness whilst David develops an insatiable hunger for humans. Will cop Paul (Hirsch) be able to help her find answers and escape the grasp of the cult or is her Son out of her reach?

This gruesome, bone-chilling horror will have you crying for a motherly hug.

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

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

PSYCHO GOREMAN

E.T. Meets Troma in Psycho Goreman a madcap intergalactic sci-fi  comedy from director Steven Kostanski, which arrives on Blu-ray on 4 October 2021 from Acorn Media International in association with Shudder.

When siblings Mimi (Nita-Josee Hanna – Books of Blood) and Luke (Owen Myre – They Don’t Know) discover a strange, glowing stone while playing outside, they unwittingly resurrect a blood thirsty ancient alien overlord (Matthew Ninaber – Transference: Escape the Dark). 

Entombed on Earth millions of years ago after a failed attempt to destroy the universe, he’s back to wreak havoc, but the children quickly learn they can control the bad-tempered blue creature with the gem and rename him Psycho Goreman. After the initial fun and taunting using their new-found powers,  they begin to panic when it dawns on them they could be in mortal danger…

The overlord’s reappearance has drawn the attention of intergalactic friends and foes from across the cosmos, and a frenzy of alien combatants descend on the small suburban town to battle for the fate of the universe…

Get ready for a galaxy of gore and guffaws with Psycho Goreman

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


 

 

 

Premieres coming to Arrow Player this October...

Key highlights this OCTOBER on the essential, alternative streaming service ARROW include the exclusive premiere of Chad Crawford Kinkle’s groundbreaking horror DEMENTER, and Halloween treats in the form of 80s slasher rediscovery DEATH SCREAMS, a documentary on the classic THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE,  a pair of chilling CHILDREN OF THE CORN sequels, as well as ghosts, ghouls, vampires, Charles Manson and so much more...

 
Acclaimed director of indie horror hit Jug Face (aka The Pit), Chad Crawford Kinkle, returns with DEMENTER, a psychological horror thriller branded as “an unexpected gem” (Pophorror.com) and "an impressionistic, poetic occult-horror film" (Nashville Scene). Raw and unsettling, DEMENTER is a brave and unflinching story of lives lived on the fringes of society, and a battle with demons inside and out. Shot on real locations with many non-actors playing versions of themselves – including Kinkle’s real life sister Stephanie – this is a deeply personal genre film with an emotional punch that lingers long after the credits have rolled. The film will be streaming with a host of brand new extras that illuminate the making of this uniquely innovative horror.

ARROW is delivering the goods for the month of Halloween, and then some, with the return of “He Who Walks Behind The Rows” in the chilling sequels CHILDREN OF THE CORN Parts II and III; the definitive documentary on one of the greatest horror films ever made, TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE: THE SHOCKING TRUTH; and a rediscovered and restored 80s slasher gem, DEATH SCREAMS arriving with extras. ARROW is also proud to present the definitive restored edition of one of the most famous of all silent movies, F. W. Murnau’s NOSFERATU, a film that continues to haunt — and, indeed, terrify — modern audiences with a waking nightmare that changed cinema history forever.

For those in need of a gritty crime fix, ARROW is showing Seasons 3 and 4 of the acclaimed no-holds-barred French cop series BRAQUO, with Caplan (the terrific Jean-Hughes Anglade) and his team of rogue cops out for some serious vengeance.

New Seasons this October include The Shocktober 31, with 31 of our favourite horror titles streaming on ARROW each day including Deadly Manor, The Crazies, Kolobos, Beyond the Door, and Demons; Shocktober Essentials, a devilishly curated selection of twelve must-watch collections featuring Zombies, Vampires, Monsters, Spirits, Giallo, Slashers, Comedies, Gore, Psychological, Documentaries, 70s Horrors and 80s horrors; and Monster Mash, a selection of Japanese monster movies, all suitably spooky for Halloween month, including 100 Monsters, Along with Ghosts and The Snake girl and the Silver Haired-Witch. 

ALSO SHOWING: An eye-opening documentary on the infamous video nasties era; creepy Deep South thriller THE NEIGHBOUR; Jim Van Bebber’s shocking true crime epic THE MANSON FAMILY; Takashi Miike’s THE GREAT YOKAI WAR; the satanic mayhem of Lucio Fulci’s  DEMONIA, and more...

OCTOBER RELEASE CALENDAR


New Titles – From October 1

Ban the Sadist Videos
Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Shocking Truth
Braquo Season 3 (TV)
Braquo Season 4 (TV)

Dementer


New title - From October 2

Nosferatu


New Title – From October 4

The Neighbour


New Titles – From October 8

The Manson Family
100 Monsters
Along with Ghosts
The Great Yokai War
Spook Warfare


New Titles – From October 11

Demonia
Vampyr


New Titles – From October 18

Children of the Corn II: The Final Sacrifice
Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest


New Title – From October 22

Death Screams

ARROW is now available on Xbox

Head to ARROW and start your 30-day free trial. Available on the following Apps/devices: Xbox, Roku (all Roku sticks, boxes, devices, etc), Apple TV; iOS devices, Android TV and mobile devices, Fire TV (all Amazon Fire TV Sticks, boxes, etc), and on all web browsers at www.ARROW-Player.com. Subscriptions are available for £4.99 monthly or £49.99 annually


Mockumentary BIGFOOT HUNTERS in Cinemas 22 Oct and on Digital 25 Oct

Join the hunt for the legendary sasquatch in hilarious creature feature-comedy mockumentary BIGFOOT HUNTERS.

Meet Brian Emond, a millennial clickbait reporter longing to work on serious news stories. Unfortunately for him and his producer Zach, their network has zero faith in them and sends them into the Appalachian Mountains in search of Bigfoot. 

Along for the ride is their guide, Jefferey, the only cryptozoologist to have encountered the legendary sasquatch in recent times. The three set-out into the wilderness with one goal: find Bigfoot. What could possibly go wrong?

Directed by and starring Zach Lampugh, a former Adult Swim editor, and Brian Emond, a comedian who appeared in the VICEland documentary Flophouse, BIGFOOT HUNTERS is razor sharp comedy-horror that lampoons today’s clickbait internet culture.

View the trailer on YouTube

W4FREE announces latest raft of horror titles

Serial killers, blood-sucking aliens and masked opera ghosts descend on W4FREE, with the acquisition of fourteen fearsome films in the lead up to the Halloween season. 


Heading up a slate of international genre movies, which are free to stream via the W4FREE website and App, are Franck Khalfoun’s searing Elijah Wood header MANIAC, home-invasion chiller JACKALS, with Stephen Dorff and Deborah Kara Unger, STAGE FRIGHT, the hilarious musical combo of ‘Friday The 13th’ and ‘Glee’, starring Minnie Driver and Meatloaf, Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead’s romantic body horror SPRING and tension-laden B-Movie thriller THE HOUSE ACROSS THE STREET, starring Eric Roberts and Ethan Embry.


Also unleashed are Travis Oates’s powerfully disturbing horror DON’T BLINK, starring Mena Suvari, Tyler Shield’s grizzly thriller FINAL GIRL, starring Abigail Breslin and Wes Bentley, the accomplished satirical horror RED LETTER DAY, British found footage chiller THE BORDERLANDS and the gore-packed Halloween anthologies ALL HALLOWS’ EVE 1 & 2.


Plus, continuing W4FREE’s commitment to represent the horror genre globally, there is Park Chan-Woo’s stylishly bloody classic THIRST, New Zealand’s brilliant mockumentary horror WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS and the critically-acclaimed Irish-French-Swedish supernatural horror DARK TOUCH.


Chris Sharp, Chairman of W4FREE, said today: “The horror genre continues to be an integral part of the channel’s output and today’s announcement reinforces the steady output of international titles, ranging from cult classics to the contemporary”.

W4FREE, founded by Sharp, a former Chief Operating Officer for Cello Zone and AMC Networks UK, also provides TV drama and crime series, documentaries and Reality TV and can be accessed on all mobile devices and via Apple, Swisscon TV Box and Sky Ticket. It has also recently launched on Netgem TV in the UK and Ireland. 

Visit... http://www.w4free.com 

 

 

SHUDDER Announces the Return of ELVIRA

Shudder, AMC Networks’ premium streamer for horror, thrillers and the supernatural, welcomes the beloved Halloween queen of camp Elvira (Cassandra Peterson) for a marathon event, ELVIRA’S 40th ANNIVERSARY, VERY SCARY, VERY SPECIAL SPECIAL.  


Joining Shudder’s annual “61 Days of Halloween” lineup, the special debuts Monday 27th September on demand on Shudder platforms in the US, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. Similar to the cult classic, late-night television series Elvira’s Movie Macabre, which debuted in 1981, Elvira will lend her own blend of witty commentary to a horror movie lineup that includes Elvira: Mistress of the Dark, House on Haunted Hill, The City of the Dead and Messiah of Evil.

“It’s always tough turning 40, but what better way to mark the occasion than a one-night stand with Shudder, the spookiest of streamers? It’s going to be the ultimate Hallow-anniversa-ween bash, and you don’t want to miss it,” said Elvira.

“Elvira is a legend who’s been lighting up our screens and delighting fans for 40 years, and we’re honored to celebrate the ‘Queen of Halloween’s’ fantastic career milestone with her new ‘very special’ special, the perfect treat for Shudder members this Halloween season,” said Craig Engler, GM of Shudder.

Elvira’s 40th Anniversary, Very Scary, Very Special Special includes the following films:

Elvira, Mistress Of The Dark (1988)

Upon arriving in a small town where she has inherited a rundown mansion, a famous horror hostess battles an evil uncle, and townspeople who want her burned at the stake.

House On Haunted Hill (1959)

William Castle's gimmick-laden horror thriller is a fairground fun house come to life. Vincent Price stars as a suave eccentric millionaire married to a beautiful and greedy gold digger. Together they are hosting a party in a sinister haunted house. Five guests are invited to spend the night and each will get $10,000--but only if they survive until morning. The doors are locked at midnight. Will you make it out alive? 

The City Of The Dead (1960)

In this atmospheric classic, a professor (horror icon Christopher Lee) sends a student to Whitewood, Massachusetts, the site of 17th century witch burnings. Once there, she learns the satanic secrets that live on.

Messiah Of Evil (1973)

A young woman goes searching for her missing artist father. Her journey takes her to a strange Californian seaside town governed by a mysterious undead cult. William Huyck & Gloria Katz's hypnotic, unsettling independent horror is a must-see gem.

ABOUT SHUDDER

AMC Networks’ Shudder is a premium streaming video service, super-serving members with the best selection in genre entertainment, covering horror, thrillers and the supernatural. Shudder’s expanding library of film, TV series, and originals is available on most streaming devices in the US, Canada, the UK, Ireland, Germany, Australia and New Zealand. For a 7-day, risk-free trial, visit http://www.shudder.com.


Tuesday, 21 September 2021

THE WALKING DEAD : WORLD BEYOND Series 1 - arriving on Disc and Digital October

Cultural phenomenon The Walking Dead expands its scope with a next-generation spin-off World Beyond, a new series exploring the lives of four teenagers raised in a post-apocalyptic world. The Walking Dead: World Beyond arrives on Blu-ray, DVD and digital 11 October 2021, courtesy of Acorn Media International. 

Set in Nebraska, 10 years after the zombie apocalypse, smart high school student Iris Bennett (Aliyah Royale – The Red Line, War Paint), and her rebellious adopted sister Hope (Alexa Mansour – Unfriended: Dark Wed, Loco Love), are forced to set off on a dangerous journey, along with two friends, the intellectual Elton Ortiz (Nicolas Cantu – The Good Place, The Powerpuff Girls) and a shy transfer student with a mysterious, violent past, Silas Plaskett (Hal Cumpston – Bilched, Nine Perfect Strangers). 

Leaving the safety and comfort of home to brave dangers, known and unknown, living and undead on an important quest, the teens are pursued by both those who wish to protect them and those who wish to harm them including Elizabeth Kublek (Julia Ormond – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, My Week with Marilyn). A coming-of-age story unfurls across dangerous terrain, challenging everything they know about the world, themselves and each other. Some will become heroes. Some will become villains. But will they find the truths they seek in the World Beyond?

The Walking Dead: World Beyond arrives on Blu-ray, DVD and digital 11 October 2021, courtesy of Acorn Media International.

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

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

 

 




HALLOWEEN II, RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD & CHILDREN OF THE CORN apparel available from Fright Rags.

Celebrate Halloween II's 40th anniversary in Fright-Rags' Haddonfield Memorial Hospital replica jacket, as well as new apparel from '80s favorites Return of the Living Dead and Children of the Corn.

Fright-Rags' Halloween II quilt-lined jacket features embroidered Haddonfield Memorial Hospital patches on the right chest and back plus velcro on the left chest for interchangeable Jimmy and Budd patches (both included). The limited stocked quantity will be delivered in plenty of time for Halloween.


Fright-Rags is ready to party with its Return of the Living Dead collection. Four new designs - one of which is a long-sleeve tee - are available alongside restocks of two classic shirts.


We shall see how the Lord favors you with Fright-Rags’ Children of the Corn shirts. The Stephen King adaptation has received three designs, including Malachai artwork featured on the film's recent soundtrack pressing.


Halloween II
jackets along with The Return of the Living Dead and Children of the Corn collections are on sale now at Fright-Rags.com.


Eco-horror GAIA - on Digital Platforms 27th Sept

Following its UK premiere at FrightFest in August, in which Flickering Myth described the film as “a tantalising eco-horror” with “a sticky fever dream of haunting imagery”, Altitude have released new artwork for the intense and extraordinary horror GAIA ahead of its release on the Altitude.film website and other Digital platforms, from September 27.

A timely and terrifying eco-horror that will appeal to fans of gripping mindbenders Midsommar, The Ruins, Annihilation, and In The Earth, GAIA is a chilling and remarkable assured feature film debut from South African director Jaco Bouwer, with buckets of atmosphere, superbly unsettling effects - and a magnificent central performance from Monique Rockman (Number 37) as a forest ranger who encounters some serious weirdness in the forest - including a fanatical recluse brilliantly played by Carel Nel.

SYNOPSIS: An injured forest ranger on a routine mission is saved by two off-the-grid survivalists. What is initially a welcome rescue grows more suspicious as the son and his renegade father reveal a cultish devotion to the forest. When their cabin is attacked by a strange being it’s clear there is a far greater threat in this unrelenting wilderness.

Recalling genre hits The Survivalist and The Descent, GAIA is strikingly shot, eerie and inventive, a truly disorientating nightmare that will get under your skin and stay with you for days.

GAIA is released on ALTITUDE.FILM and other Digital platforms from the 27th of September.








Critically acclaimed VIOLATION debuts on Disc and Digital

The critically acclaimed VIOLATION sees Madeleine Sims-Fewer in the lead role, as well as writer and co-director alongside Dusty Mancinelli in their big-screen writing and directorial debut, which comes to Disc and Digital this month.
 
Madeleine Sims-Fewer gives a multi-faceted and highly compelling performance alongside Anne Maguire (The Hummingbird Project) and Obi Abili (21 Bridges, Billions) in this darkly enthralling, deeply unsettling rape revengethriller. With her marriage about to implode, Miriam (Sims-Fewer) returns to her hometown in remote Canada to to seek solace in the comfort of her younger sister (Maguire) and brother-in-law (Jesse LaVercombe).

But one evening, a seemingly tiny error of judgement, leads to a catastrophic betrayal, leaving Miriam shocked, devastated and reeling. Believing her sister to be in danger, Miriam feels she must protect her at all costs, but the price of revenge is high and she is about to unravel emotionally and psychologically.

What follows is unflinching in its exploration and portrayal of one woman looking for retribution. Violation displays the depths of depravity which humans will go to try and overcome grief and turmoil. 
 
This daring and disturbing film is set to arrive on Blu-ray and Digital in the UK from Acorn Media International in conjunction with Shudder on 27 September 2021.  
 
Pre-order the UK BD from Amazon.co.uk
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Psychological horror-thriller JOHN AND THE HOLE - In UK & Irish cinemas October

From debut filmmaker and artist Pascual Sisto and Academy Award-winning writer Nicol├ís Giacobone (Oscar winner for his script for 2014’s Birdman), comes a dark fable - imagine Home Alone reworked by Michael Haneke - that dwells in the shadows of adolescent angst and imagination, JOHN AND THE HOLE follows an affluent family that suffers a rude awakening at the hands of the film’s protagonist. With its unique and chilling premise, you’ll be desperate to find out how it ends.

Synopsis: 13 year-old John decides to hold his affluent family captive in an underground bunker behind their house. Left without supervision, John experiences newfound independence, exploring the difficult passage from childhood freedom to adult responsibility in this chilling psychological horror-thriller. 

Recalling recent indie psychological horrors A Hole In The Ground, I Am Not A Serial Killer, and Goodnight Mommy, this brilliantly astute and assured debut echoes the work of director Yorgos Lanthimos, but with an eerie, detached style all of its own.

The film co-stars top-rank genre actors Michael C. Hall (Dexter), Jennifer Ehle (Saint Maud), and Taissa Farmiga (American Horror Story), and features a breakout performance by Charlie Shotwell in an enigmatic meditation on what it means to grow up.

JOHN AND THE HOLE will be released in UK and Irish cinemas, and on Digital, 8th October. 

View the trailer on YouTube.

Special Edition Blu-Ray NO MAN OF GOD starring Elijah Wood

Following its lauded UK Premiere at FrightFest, 101 Films announces details of Amber Sealey’s NO MAN OF GOD, arriving on Special Edition Blu-ray 25 October 2021, alongside a standard DVD release. The film is now available on digital platforms.

The Special Edition Blu-ray arrives in stunning rigid box packaging featuring newly-commissioned artwork, it includes a set of art cards and fascinating extended interviews with stars Elijah Wood, Luke Kirby and Aleksa Palladino.

Delve into the dark and twisted mind of one of America’s most notorious serial killers – Ted Bundy – in NO MAN OF GOD, a darkly disturbing feature that follows a rarely seen moment in criminal history, after Bundy was sentenced to death and waited to meet his maker, the FBI sent in one of their top analysts to interrogate the murderer to try and find out the full extent of his crimes, his motives and to find answers for his heinous crimes to help the victims’ families.

Directed by Amber Sealey (How to Cheat), based on actual interview transcripts, the critically acclaimed film features outstanding performances from a stellar cast that sees Elijah Wood as FBI analyst Bill Hagmaier, the man tasked by FBI boss (Robert Patrick - Terminator 2, Honest Theif) to get inside the mind of the infamous killer, Ted Bundy played in an unnervingly convincing turn by Luke Kirby.

Bundy’s (Luke Kirby – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Halloween: Resurrection) reign of terror – that saw him kidnap, rape and murder many young women and girls, across numerous states and many years – ended with multiple death sentences, with the full extent of his crimes still to be realised. Bill Hagmaier (Elijah Wood – The Lord of the Rings, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) was tasked with understanding how truly dangerous Bundy was and to give solace to victims’ families. 

Taken from real-life transcripts and revolving around a singular interrogation room, the mind of Bundy is explored in a lesser known period of his life on death row, from 1984 to the day of his execution in 1989.

With time running out before the serial killer is given the chair, will Hagmaier be able to get closure for the families searching for answers?

See the real face of evil in NO MAN OF GOD, a truly terrifying real-crime horror.

Out now on Digital. 

DVD and Special Edition Blu-ray released 25 October 2021

View the Trailer on YouTube

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

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

 




Saturday, 11 September 2021

Classic Brit Horrors THE DARK EYES OF LONDON & THE MONSTER coming to BD

For Halloween 2021, Network is proud to present two British horror classics resurrected in high-definition for the first time ever: Edgar Wallace adaptation of THE DARK EYES OF LONDON (1939) starring terror icon Bela Lugosi, and exploitation shocker THE MONSTER (1975) directed by Hammer stalwart Peter Sasdy and starring Joan Collins and Donald Pleasence.

THE DARK EYES OF LONDON (1939)

The early British horror masterpiece and a worthy successor to his work on the Universal Monsters movies, screen icon Bela Lugosi takes centre stage as a demented scientist on a killing spree in The Dark Eyes of London, the first British film to receive the ‘H’ censor rating for being ‘Horrific for Public Exhibition’. 

Adapted from a novel by Edgar Wallace, this landmark British film is featured here as a brand-new high definition remaster from original film elements in its original theatrical aspect ratio.

Special Features
- Brand-new audio commentary with Kim Newman and Stephen Jones
- Kim Newman and Stephen Jones discuss Lugosi's work in the UK at the Edgar Wallace pub in London
- US titles
- US trailer
- Image gallery
- Limited edition booklet written by Adrian Smith
- Limited edition O-card (Blu-ray exclusive)
- Limited edition poster postcards (Blu-ray exclusive)

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

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


THE MONSTER (aka I DON’T WANT TO BE BORN) (1975)

Joan Collins gives an unforgettable performance as a stripper cursed by a sinister dwarf to give birth to a demonic child in this classic 1970s exploitation horror directed by Hammer/Amicus veteran Peter Sasdy (Director, Countess Dracula, Taste the Blood of Dracula). 

Co-starring Eileen Atkins, Ralph Bates, Donald Pleasence and Caroline Munro, The Monster (aka I Don't Want to be Born) is featured here as a brand-new high definition remaster from original film elements in its original theatrical aspect ratio.

Special Features
- Brand-new audio commentary from the cult Second Features podcast team
- Theatrical trailer
- Alternative I Don't Want to be Born titles
- Image gallery
- Limited edition booklet written by Adrian Smith

THE DARK EYES OF LONDON and THE MONSTER are available on Blu-ray and DVD 11 October from Network

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

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

 

 

Tuesday, 7 September 2021

Extreme films coming to Disc from TetroVideo this month

TetroVideo is proud to present the German disturbing extreme films MELANCHOLIE DER ENGEL (2009) and CARCINOMA (2014) directed by controversial filmmaker Marian Dora (Cannibal, Voyage to Agatis).
 
Carcinoma and the extended edition of Melancholie der Engel are coming in a limited/numbered DVDPACK edition (Slipcase + DVD + Card) and in a ultralimited/numered Mediabook Gold edition (Slipcase + DVD + 20 pag booklet) with french, italian and english subtitles.

The two titles will be available for pre-order on September 6 along with the new XXX DARK WEB edition: the extreme cult anthology film will be available in a Mediabook Gold edition (Slipcase + DVD + 20 pag booklet) limited to preorder.

MELANCHOLIE DER ENGEL


Melancholie der Engel is a shocking independent extreme film about perversions and depravity. The film is directed, shot and edited by Marian Dora and co-written by Dora and Carsten Frank.

Synopsis: two friends meet again to share their last days in an old house where everything happened a long time ago. They gather a group of people, which results in a disastrous turn of events, during which reveals the deepest human depths.

Carsten Frank (Cannibal), Peter Martell (La morte accarezza a mezzanotte), Zenza Raggi, Janette Weller, Patrizia Johann, Marc Anton and Margarethe von Stern star.

CARCINOMA


Produced, written and directed by Marian Dora, Carcinoma is one of the most disturbing films ever made and explores the vast array of emotions and mental states that accompany the diagnosis of terminal illness.

The plot centers around a terminally ill who refuses treatment and establishes a carnal fixation on the cancer that slowly consumes him. 

Dorian Piquardt, Thomas Goersch (Voyage to Agatis), Carina Palmer, Curd Berger, Ulli Lommel, Stanley Grimmer and Lisbeth Piquardt star.

XXX DARK WEB


Considered one of the best extreme films, the brutal anthology film XXX Dark Web is a TetroVideo exclusive and it’s the sequel to XXX Deep Web (2018).

The film consists of six episodes that explore the theme of the vast unknown spaces in the non-indexed internet.

The directors involved in this project are Alex Hern├índez (Blood For Flesh), Domiziano Cristopharo (Xpiation, TetroManiac: eROTik) Emanuele Marchetto (segment “Stalker” in XXX Deep Web), Adam Ford (Torment), Daniel Valient/White Gardenia and Lorenzo Zanoni (segment “Gully” in ILL: Final Contagium).

To order, visit https://tetrovideo.com/



Brit horror THE POWER coming to Disc and Digital this month.

Feel THE POWER, the chillingly poignant and shocking British Shudder Original from rising star Corinna Faith in her writing and directorial debut. Set for its UK Blu-ray debut from Acorn Media International on 27th September, and will also be available on DVD and digital.

Rose Williams (Sanditon, Reign) pulls out all the stops in a compelling, complex performance alongside Amy Beth Hayes (Black Mirror, Bridgerton) and Emma Rigby (Catlevania, Prisoners’ Wives) in this spine-tingling, terrifying horror.

January, 1974. Amid the UK blackouts, a newly trained nurse, Val (Williams), starts her first job in an old hospital in London’s East End and is instructed to cover the ‘dark shift’. Inexperienced and afraid of the dark, Val is forced to confront childhood trauma and abuse as she battles the evil entity haunting the hospital and lurking in the places that never see light.

With wounded patients in need of care, a suspected possession, and rampant racism and misogyny, can Val survive the night?

Switch on THE POWER and feel the fear. 

View the trailer on YouTube.

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

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

 

Thursday, 2 September 2021

HALLOWEEN KILLS and AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON Apparel coming from Fright-Rags

In anticipation of Michael Myers' return, Fright-Rags has launched its Halloween Kills collection along with new apparel from An American Werewolf in London and The Hilarious House of Frightenstein.


Fright-Rags is taking pre-orders on six Halloween Kills designs, including T-shirts, zip-up hoodies, baseball tees, tie-dye shirts, and long-sleeve shirts. They're available through Tuesday, September 7, to ensure delivery before the film's release on October 15. If you miss the pre-order window, the collection will be in stock on October 5.


Celebrate 40 years of An American Werewolf in London with Fright-Rags’ merchandise. Sink your claws into a Slaughtered Lamb pint glass, new short-sleeve and long-sleeve shirts, plus restocked designs.


1970s children’s TV show The Hilarious House of Frightenstein has received a new design from Fright-Rags. Vincent Price and the rest of the gang are available on T-shirts and zip-up hoodies.

Halloween Kills, An American Werewolf in London, and The Hilarious House of Frightenstein collections are on sale now at Fright-Rags.com.





THE MAID - Released on Digital 11th Oct

This supernatural revenge thriller tells the story of Joy (Ploy Sornarin), a young woman from the country, who travels to the city to work as a housemaid at the fabulously wealthy house of Uma (Savika Chaiyadei) and Nirach (Teerapat Sajakul). 

Joy is the replacement for their previous maid who suddenly ‘resigned’ in mysterious circumstances.  Her duties include the care of their young daughter Nid (Keetapat Pongrue) who suffers with frightening hallucinations that are attributed to a rare hereditary brain condition.

Mrs. Wan (Natanee Sitthisaman), the head housemaid, tells Joy that there are two unbreakable household rules – never pry into the master’s business and never enter the mistress’s bedroom. 

Joy experiences odd occurrences as she wanders the eerie house and is confronted by the apparition of another maid, a ghostly presence that only she and Nid can see. Ignoring Wan's warning she sneaks into Uma's study at night and finds a photo of Uma, Nirach, and housemaid Ploy – Joy’s sister who disappeared years ago.

View the trailer on YouTube.

THE MAID is released to download/stream from 11TH OCTOBER 2021





Corey Taylor and Zach Galligan star in BAD CANDY on Disc and Digital Oct

Sink your teeth into BAD CANDY, a Halloween horror anthology featuring Slipknot’s Corey Taylor and Gremlins’ star Zach Galligan, spinning six terrifying tales with plenty of tricks and treats up their blood-splattered sleeves!  

As the Autumn sun fades, the dark clouds of a pitch-black Halloween night begin to settle over the small American town of New Salem. The annual Fright Fest show is underway on the local radio station, on which two full-on shock-jocks begin to retell local legends of terror from yesteryear, bringing them to life before your bloodshot eyes. In this small town, it’s a grisly end for most, but will a few good souls survive to see another dawn?

BAD CANDY has proved a big hit on the international horror festival circuit playing at Salem Horror Festival, Manchester’s Grimmfest, and Popcorn Frights to name a few, as well as picking up Best Feature at Fright Night Film Fest, Freakshow Horror Film Festival and the Atlanta Horror Film Festival. The film also played at the UK’s FrightFest on 27 August. 2021

Kaleidoscope Entertainment presents BAD CANDY on DVD and Digital 4 October.

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

 

 

 

Rusty Quill brings second wave of shows to the RQ Podcast Network.

Rusty Quill Ltd continues the expansion of RQ Network with a number of fan favourites and untapped talents from the world of audio drama. 

The largest of these is global phenomenon WE'RE ALIVE, with over 250 million downloads, making it a contender for the biggest audio drama podcast of all time.  

Today we publicly welcome into the RQ Network I AM ESKEW, THE SILT VERSES (both Eskew Productions), THE MILKMAN OF ST. GAFFS, (written/directed by Chris McClure), THE TOWN WHISPERS, (written/directed by Cole Weavers), and WE'RE ALIVE an Audio Theatre for The Mind by (Wayland Productions).  

These shows feature themes of horror, action and weird fiction and join the likes of iconic shows such as The Magnus Archives (Rusty Quill), Old Gods of Appalachia (DeepNerd Media), The Storage Papers (Grinner Media), The Deca Tapes (Written/Directed by Lex Noteboom), Cryptids (Wild Obscura; written by Alexander V Thompson) and How it Ends (written/directed by Stephanie Resendes and Micah Rodriguez).  

“We have been stunned by the support and interest RQ Network has seen in the independent podcast community” CMO Callum Dougherty said. “We launched in May this year, with a goal to help fantastic creators better monetise their shows and reach a wider audience, and we have already seen a 1000% growth in a couple of shows. It has been a satisfying and fulfilling few months! Having We’re Alive come to RQ Network is a particular highlight as Kc Wayland’s seminal work was a huge inspiration and gave Rusty Quill a benchmark for great quality soundscape and storytelling.”

CEO Alexander J Newall: “The RQ Network is a podcast network for podcasters, by podcasters. That means we champion storytelling at any scale, from stalwart creators building on previous successes right through to first-time podcasters who are bursting with potential. This second wave should be a great demonstration of our commitment to this goal and we’re so happy to be joining forces with such an array of talented people.”

For more information on all goings on at Rusty Quill, be it their popular podcasts or upcoming streams, visit www.rustyquill.com follow them on Twitter www.twitter.com/TheRustyQuill or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/therustyquill/