Tuesday, 23 February 2021

CREEPSHOW - Series 2 debuts on SHUDDER April

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

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

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

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

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

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

View the trailer below...

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CINE-EXCESS launches Digital Film Channel on Amazon Prime UK

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


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

FORNACIS.


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

View the Trailer on YouTube.

 
BLACK LAKE


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

View the Trailer on Vimeo


LEAKAGE


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

View the Trailer on YouTube.

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

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

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


THE RECKONING - in Cinemas and on Digital April

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

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

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

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

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

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

View the trailer on YouTube.

 





Horror Exclusives Streaming on SHUDDER - February & March

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

A NIGHTMARE WAKES — premieres 4 February


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

SHOOK — premieres 18 February


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

THE DARK AND THE WICKED — premieres 25 February

 Official Selection Tribeca Film Festival

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


LUCKY — premieres 4 March

 Official Selection SXSW Film Festival

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

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


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

SLAXX — premieres 18 March


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

VIOLATION — premieres 25 March

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

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

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Thursday, 18 February 2021

Modern gothic thriller REUNION - comes to UK Digital

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

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

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

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

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

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

A family reunion can be hell…

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

View the trailer on YouTube.

 

Psychological thriller THE NIGHT - coming to Digital April

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


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

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

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

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




Dystopian thriller NEW ORDER - coming to UK cinemas June

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

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

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

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

 View a clip from the film on YouTube.


 

Horror Channel bares its teeth in March with VAMPIRE WEEK.

Time to get the garlic out as Horror Channel presents VAMPIRE WEEK, a bitefest of vampire movies from 13 – 19 of March, led by the channel premiere of 30 DAYS OF NIGHT, David Slade’s savage riff on the vampire myth, starring Josh Hartnet and Melissa George.
 

There are also classics and cult favourites to sink your teeth in to, including Matt Reeves’ critically-acclaimed vampire fantasy LET ME IN, and Tom Holland’s voracious teen vampire hit FRIGHT NIGHT, JOHN CARPENTER’S VAMPIRES, a horror Western starring James Woods, as a vengeful, stake-wielding bloodsucker hunter, and Francis Ford Cappola’s powerful BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA, starring Gary Oldman as the immortal Count. Also, Paul Bettany is in fine vampire-killing form in PRIEST, and a vampire-diseased Milla Jovovich fights for her life in martial-arts futurist thriller ULTRAVIOLE.

Plus, the Brits sharpen their stakes with Tom Paton’s nerve-shredding REDWOOD, a fresh spin on the creature-in-the-woods mythology, and EAT LOCALS in which actor Jason Flemying makes his directorial debut with a bloodsucking comedy chiller featuring Mackenzie Crook, Dexter Fletcher and Annette Crosbie.

Full film details in transmission order:

Saturday 13 March @ 21:00 – ULTRAVIOLET (2006)

 


In the late 21st century, a subculture of humans has been infected with a genetic mutation causing enhanced speed, incredible stamina and acute intelligence. As more people are infected, the government sets out to destroy them, but one woman stands in the way: ultra-beautiful, ultra-lethal Violet (Milla Jovovich). With eye-popping martial arts skills and chameleon-like abilities, Violet becomes a rogue warrior bent on protecting her new race and seeking revenge on those who created it.

Saturday 13 March @ 22:45 – 30 DAYS OF NIGHT (2007) *Channel Premiere

 
A remote, isolated town in Alaska is plunged into a state of complete darkness for 30 days every winter. It is here that a group of marauding and bloodthirsty vampires, led by Marlow (Danny Huston), are coming to feast on its helpless residents. It is up to Sheriff Eben (Josh Hartnett),his estranged wife, Stella (Melissa George), and an ever-shrinking group of survivors to do anything and everything they can to last until daylight.

Sunday 14 March @ 21:00 – LET ME IN (2010)


When a strange young girl, Abby, moves in to the apartment next door, 12 year old Owen is pleased to have found a friend. But as a series of grisly murders take place in their small town, he starts to realise she is not what she seems...

Sunday 15 March @ 23:15 – REDWOOD (2017)


After some bad news back at home, musician Josh and his girlfriend Beth head out to a secluded national park in search of some clarity on the situation they’ll face when they return. But the couple get more than they bargained for when they ignore the advice of Park Rangers and venture off the trail, coming face to face with The Redwood’s legendary wildlife. Starring Nicholas Brendon, Tatjana Nardone, Mike Beckingham, Muzz Khan, Jessica Jane Stafford.

Monday 15 March @ 21:00 – FRIGHT NIGHT (1985)


Everything is normal about Charley except for one thing: he's pretty sure a vampire has moved into the house next door. But Charley is having a hard time getting anyone to believe him. Even Peter Vincent (Roddy McDowall), the former horror-film star to whom Charley turns for help, sees his assignment as a way to make easy money. Only his suave and sinister neighbour, Jerry Dandrige (Chris Sarandon), takes Charley seriously. And Jerry's out to make sure Charley stops telling stories. Permanently

Tuesday 16 March @ 21:00 – JOHN CARPENTER’S VAMPIRES (1998)


James Woods is Jack Crow, leader of a team of vampire hunters hired by the Vatican. After wiping out a vampire nest in rural New Mexico, "Team Crow" is savagely ambushed by the unholy Valek (Thomas Ian Griffith), a vicious 600-year-old vampire. Valek is nearing the end of a long search for the elusive Berziers Cross, the ritual implement that can give him and all vampires’ omnipotent power to walk in the daylight. Crow pursues Valek through the high deserts, culminating in a fateful and final confrontation.

Wednesday 17 March @ 21:00 – PRIEST (2011)

Based on a popular comic book series, Paul Bettany stars as a warrior priest who disobeys church law by teaming with a young sheriff (Cam Gigandet) and a priestess (Maggie Q) to track down a band of renegade vampires who have kidnapped his niece.

Thursday 18 March @ 21:00 – EAT LOCALS (2017)

In a quiet countryside farmhouse, Britain's vampires gather together for their once-every-fifty-years meeting. Others will be joining them too, including a detachment of Special Forces vampire killers who have bitten off more than they can chew. This is certainly going to be a night to remember... and for some of them it will be their last. With Anette Crosbie, Freema Agyeman, Charlie Cox, Mackenzie Crook, Eve Myles, and Vincent Regan

Friday 19 March @ 21:00 – BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA (1992)

Count Dracula (Gary Oldman) is condemned to live off the blood of the living for eternity. Young lawyer Jonathan Harker (Keanu Reeves) is sent to Dracula's castle to finalise a land deal, but when the Count sees a photo of Harker's fiancée, Mina (Wynona Ryder), the spitting image of his dead wife, he imprisons him and sets off for London to track her down.

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THE BANISHING - coming to UK Cinemas and Digital

The Shining meets Downton Abbey in the chilling new ghost story THE BANISHING, starring Jessica Brown Findlay (Brave New World, Harlots) and directed by genre master Christopher Smith (Black Death, Severance, Triangle)

1930s, England. Linus, his wife Marianne and their daughter Adelaide move into town, where Linus has been posted as the new reverend. He’s been tasked by the Church to renew the villagers’ faith, which has been lost after the disappearance of the previous reverend’s family, who lived in the very same mysterious manor where Linus and his family have settled into. 

Soon after their arrival, strange events start to occur: ghostly voices, dark figures dressed as monks, mysterious totems, and Adelaide’s behavior becoming stranger by the day. It soon becomes clear that a malicious entity seeks to possess Adelaide and that the Church is hiding a terrible secret… 

Also starring Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey), Sean Harris (Red Riding, Mission: Impossible) and John Lynch (Isolation) THE BANISHING is a story of isolation and a family strained to breaking point and is the perfect lockdown-era chiller for fans of spine-tinglers like The Others and Rebecca.

THE BANISHING will be released in cinemas and on Digital platforms March 26th 2021, courtesy of AMC Networks’ Shudder, in partnership with Vertigo Releasing.

View the trailer on YouTube.

 






GORGON: A HORROR STORY - released as a digital audio play

Award winning comedian Elf Lyons is delighted to announce the release her critically acclaimed play “Gorgon: A Horror Story” as a digital audio play.

GORGON: A HORROR STORY - which entirely sold out its first weeklong run at VAULT Festival in February 2020 - was originally conceived as a live immersive horror, designed to prey on the senses, using live sound with expert foley and horror tricks inspired by the gruesome Le Théâtre du Grand-Guignol’s famed Parisian naturalistic horror shows of the early 20th Century.

Focusing on the still taboo subject of female anger, the show explores what happens when we are just pushed too far. A mild-mannered taxidermist encounters one too many mean-spirited people, loses her temper and decides to experiment with the human form...

GORGON has been deliberately constructed to combine the everyday with the gruesome and the humdrum with the horrifying. In this the new audio version, the team have stepped up the foley to truly set the grisly scene – resulting in a horror show delighted to delight and scare in equal measure.

The audio play will be available to download from the 15th of March at
https://elflyons.bandcamp.com


 


Sunday, 14 February 2021

RIGHTEOUS VILLAINS - British Supernatural thriller coming to Disc and Digital

British independent distributor Saints & Savages have confirmed that their latest title, RIGHTEOUS VILLAINS.

A young conman with nothing left to lose, and desperate for his next money-making scheme, receives a mysterious invite to join the New World Order, a secret society of powerful individuals that supposedly control every aspect of the world. 

The further he becomes entangled, he realizes the sinister motivations of the society are born from sorcery and black magic, but when you're in so deep, it's not always easy to find a way out.

The film is the second title from Saints & Savages to be directed by Savvas D. Michael, following the news that the crime thriller Original Gangster will be released on 5th April.  

RIGHTEOUS VILLAINS stars Gary Dourdan (CSI), Lois Brabin-Platt (Original Gangster), Adam Deacon (Anuvahood) and the iconic British actor, Steven Berkoff (Octopussy).

View the trailer on YouTube.

RIGHTEOUS VILLAINS, will be available in the UK on DVD and Digital Download from 12th April. 


Psychological thriller GATECRASH coming to Digital Download

Bird Box Distribution is thrilled to announce the release of its latest film, twisted psychological thriller, GATECRASH, which will be coming to all major Digital Download platforms from 22nd February.
 
Adapted from Terry Hughes’ award-winning stage play 'Life’s A Gatecrash', GATECRASH drives the audience to a breaking point in this modern-day revenge tragedy, starring Game of Thrones' & The Crown's Anton Lesser.
 

The film follows Steve (Ben Cura) and Nicola (Olivia Bonamy) arriving home in the middle of the night, shortly after being involved in a hit and run accident. 

However, as the night unfolds a series of disturbing events force the couple to battle against an unseen, menacing presence culminating in a sickening discovery. 

View the trailer on Vimeo.

GATECRASH will be available on Digital Download from 22nd February

 

Folk-Horror FAR FROM THE APPLE TREE streaming now on the legendary Redemption horror label

Streaming now on Redemption.TV, Sorcha Groundsell, who recently wowed viewers of Netflix’s The Innocents and Victoria Liddelle (The Outlaw King), star in FAR FROM THE APPLE TREE, an eclectic mix of ghost story, fairy tale and horror. 

Judith is a struggling art student who lands a dream job of working for a renowned and somewhat sinister visual artist. Judith’s work involves cataloguing the artists’ video footage and in doing so she discovers film sequences of a young woman, the artists’ dead daughter, who looks exactly like herself… 

Evocative of the TV series The Owl Service and films like Valerie and Her Week of Wonders and The Wicker Man with a truly magical soundtrack by Rose McDowall (Strawberry Switchblade/Psychic TV) and Shawn Pinchbeck (The Corporation).

Director, Grant McPhee : “I wanted to create something which looked cool and played around with form and structure but also was full of wyrd 70s/80s childhood references. What is now called Hauntology, I suppose”

View the trailer on YouTube.

FAR FROM THE APPLE TREE is available to stream now at https://redemptiontv.net/far-from-the-apple-tree

  

Official Artwork and Teaser trailer released for THE STYLIST

Checkout the artwork and teaser trailer for the thriller that's a cut above the rest, THE STYLIST. Which is out March 1st.

We all dream of being someone else… but for Claire (Najarra Townsend, Contracted), that dream goes from an obsession to a living nightmare. Hairstylist by day, serial killer and collector of scalps by night, Claire’s lonely existence is thrown into turmoil when her regular client, Olivia (Brea Grant, After Midnight; director of 12 Hour Shift), asks her to style her hair for her wedding day. Increasingly fixated on Olivia’s seemingly flawless life, Claire vows to lock up her scalp collection and change her ways for good – only to discover that repressing your deadly desires is easier said than done…

View the teaser trailer below...



See THE STYLIST first, on March 1st 2021, exclusively on ARROW, the passion-driven film platform giving film fans the opportunity to watch a curated selection of movies that the Arrow Video brand is famous for. It’s the home for weird and wild cult classics, newly-restored gems, and genre favourites.

Arrow is available in the UK on the following Apps/devices: 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.



Sci-Fi classic GATTACA - Debuts on 4K UHD March.

Ethan Hawke (The Magnificent Seven, Boyhood), Uma Thurman (Kill Bill, Down A Dark Hall), Alan Arkin (Argo) and Jude Law (Fantastic Beasts, TV’s “The Young Pope”) star in the engrossing sci-fi classic GATTACA, available for the first time on 4K Ultra HD this March.
 
Sci-fi thriller GATTACA follows an all-too-human man who dares to defy a system obsessed with genetic perfection. 

Hawke stars as Vincent, an “In-Valid” who assumes the identity of a member of the genetic elite to pursue his goal of traveling into space with the Gattaca Aerospace Corporation. 

However, a week before his mission, a murder marks Vincent as a suspect. With a relentless investigator in pursuit and the colleague he has fallen in love with beginning to suspect his deception, Vincent’s dreams steadily unravel. 

BLU-RAY BONUS FEATURES:

Deleted Scenes
Blooper Reel
Welcome to Gattaca Featurette

GATTACA will be available on 4K UHD March 22 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Pre-order the UK 4K UHD and BD pack from Amazon.co.uk

 

 

 

Director Chris Bell on supernatural thriller THE HEIRESS - out March 15

Ahead of the UK Digital release of THE HEIRESS on March 15, 2021, director Chris Bell talks about familial horror influences, his South London ‘hooligangster’ phase and learning new lockdown skills.
 
 

Q) How did you get the idea for THE HEIRESS?

I was in my local library when I came across a painting. The artist was a local lady. I was drawn to this eerie artwork and I knew I had to meet her. When we did meet I told her that I was going to write a film inspired by this painting. Not only that but I promised to feature her in the movie – and I did just that.

Myself, alongside Danny and Kelly Prescott, created the script for what became The Heiress. I’d arranged a meeting with producer Jezz Vernon, whom I had recently worked with on another movie. We pitched the script to him and from there he came on board.

Q) How would you describe the film?

The Heiress is high concept horror that charts the story of four generations of a rural British family dominated by the female line. These women have been gifted an unusual supernatural patron who over the generations has become deeply possessive of them. The patron – an aggressive spirit loosely based on the ancient myth of Lilith – wants to protect them from ‘man’, but modernity has suffocated her mythology in the present generation of the female line, and we come to understand that her maternal dominance and hatred of men is now destroying the lives of the youngest women in the family. 

The cast absolutely smashed the roles and the crew made the visuals exactly how we imagined the film to look like. It was a 100% team effort and I’m so proud of everyone who worked on it.

Q) It’s a very contemporary horror film, rooted in familial dysfunction. What was the influence behind that?

My first question to myself was: “What scared me as a child?” This isn’t something I’ve spoken about before but here goes…It wasn’t a scary movie or a monster in the closet but hearing the screams from my father’s epileptic seizures. I can remember being a toddler and diving under the covers when I heard these screams. For those that have ever witnessed someone having a seizure would know how frightening they are. I knew that this would HAVE to be the subplot to this story. I also wanted to know what would happen if you told your family, doctor, priest etc. “I’m seeing things”..!

For me, it was also a family movie. By this I mean my family were involved, I had my three kids on screen and my wife running the catering. We even shot some scenes inside my mum’s house! (after we took our shoes off).

 

Q) Any scary stories during filming?

Yes! We had the odd lights flicker and doors slam! All have logical explanations but as this is an interview for a horror movie I will say it was definitely ghosts

Q) You began life as an actor. What kicked it off for you?

I was around fourteen years old in the mid to late nineties at a secondary school in London. I was passionate about Drama. My drama teacher always thought of me as the class clown who didn’t take much very seriously. For me this lesson was an escape. It was the first time I realised I could use this time as an escape from my parent’s divorce. It’s an escape skill which I carry to this day. I mean can you think of another job where you can go to work and cry, laugh and be whoever the hell you want to be for that split second? You see an actor on TV crying and you clap. As performers we see something very different.

Q) Do you remember your first role?

Oh yes. I auditioned for a part in the school pantomime “Aladdin”. Naturally I wanted to play the lead but I was told I wasn’t good enough. I then noticed a character that I wasn’t familiar with – The Ring Genie. I asked my drama teacher if I could audition and she laughed and said “I don’t think this would be right for you dear”. I then heard someone say that this character needed to be very flamboyant and camp. It was only from watching The Birdcage that I actually knew what these characteristics meant. I remember walking out onto that stage, arms out with the biggest swag I could do. I made Julian Clary look butch! Needless to say I got offered the part.

Q) Besides acting, you’ve produced, directed and written a number of films and have said your South-East London upbringing inspired you to create some ‘hooligangster’ films. Can you elaborate?

It was pretty rough growing up in South East. When I look back, we got into some minor mischief but nothing to the degree of what I have portrayed on screen.

My first film, Three Stops Down From Plaistow (2013), was shot on the streets of Bermondsey. We had no money, we were just a bunch of pals playing with a camera and some crazy ideas. Little did I know back then that the film would end up on the shelves of HMV and get overdubbed in several countries.

I remember being asked at the premiere of Essex Boys: Law of Survival, which I wrote the story for, what I’d do if my wife was killed in real life like in the film. I think she was hoping I’d say “round up the troops and go after the bad guys”. I don’t think she was expecting me to say “Call the Police”.

It was fun making those films - there was also Hooligans at War - North vs South (2015) and I am Hooligan (2016), but I don’t think I’ll be returning to that genre any time soon. I think people have seen enough football associated violence and shotgun wielding hard men.


Q) How did you get into directing?

Like many actors I watched directors at work and thought: “how hard can that be”? Little did I know that it meant being the first to arrive on set and the last to leave. I think actors make good directors because they’ve been there. They know the pressures and how to get into an actors mind and how not to f*** with their brain. I say this as it only takes a second for someone to break your character and your’re screwed. You think ghosts are scary? You should meet an actor with the hump!!!

I think it was always in me. When I look back as a child playing with my action figures, I was directing my toys. I would have a story in my mind like Action Man fights the Terminator to win April from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. You may think I’m crazy but how many times have you heard a builder say that as a child he was obsessed with Lego or a chef saying how much they took to cooking as a child. Sometimes you can look back and just see things that were always there.

Q) How are you coping with lockdown?

I’m trying to keep as busy as possible. Doing lots with the family and also working on some new material. I’ve invested in a tripod as self-tapes are now the way forward for many castings and auditions. I think Mrs Bell finally got the hump with me asking her to hold the camera every time my agent got me a casting. All I need to do now is work out how to use the bloody thing! I’ve learnt some new skills, namely ZOOM and SKYPE. Danny and I are still writing together and sharing ideas.

Q) Finally, what’s next for you?

Well, writer and co-collaborator Danny Prescott and I have a few projects on the go. All on hold due to the pandemic but we have the words on paper. We can’t really say much other than we have a thriller in development which is inspired by true events and will be rather disturbing. Oh, and a little six part sitcom for TV.

THE HEIRESS will be available to download from all major platforms including iTunes, Amazon & SKY Box Office, from Monday 15th March, 2021. 

View the Teaser Trailer on YouTube.  

 

 

Shudder announces UK & EIRE release of THE DARK AND THE WICKED

Shudder, the premium streaming service for thrillers, suspense and horror, is thrilled to announce that Bryan Bertino’s acclaimed new chiller THE DARK AND THE WICKED will be released exclusively on Shudder from 25 February 2021.

Bringing together the sun-drenched look of recent rave Midsommar with the blood-curdling gothic dread of The Turn of the Screw, acclaimed filmmaker Bryan Bertino (The Strangers, The Monster) returns to the home environment to mine more psychological terror and sophisticated scares in a film which goes straight to the heart of fractured family dynamics.

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

With startling use of sound and shattering lead performances, THE DARK AND THE WICKED is a trip home you’ll never forget from one of the genre’s leading modern practitioners.

THE DARK AND THE WICKED is exclusively released on Shudder on 25 February 2021

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Tuesday, 9 February 2021

NOS4A2 - Series 1 & 2 Box set coming to DVD and Digital

STAR TREK’S Zachary Quinto stars as the evil Charlie Manx in NOS4A2, a different kind of vampire story based on the New York Times best-selling novel of the same name by Joe Hill, acclaimed novelist and son of horror maestro Stephen King. 

This grippingly dark series follows a woman determined to track down a string of missing children whose disappearance may be more sinister than anyone would believe and is set to arrive on DVD courtesy of Acorn Media International.

Victoria "Vic" McQueen (Ashleigh Cummings – Tomorrow When the War Began, Miss Fisher’s Murder `Mysteries), is a young working-class artist, who, fed up with her parents (Virginia Kull – Big Little Lies, Twin Peaks and Ebon Moss-Bachrach – Girls, The Punisher) fighting, jumps on her motorbike and runs away. Soon she discovers that she has an uncanny ability to find lost things…

This power puts her on a dangerous collision course with the seemingly immortal, sinister, seductive Charlie Manx (Zachary Quinto – American Horror Story, Heroes). Manx lures children, feeds off their souls, then deposits what remains of them into Christmasland—a twisted Christmas Village of Manx's imagination where every day is Christmas Day and unhappiness is against the law. 

Alongside bubbly, purple-haired librarian Maggie Leigh (Jahkara Smith – Into the Dark) who has a Scrabble bag portal to the universe, Vic must strive to defeat Manx and henchman Bing Partridge (Ólafur Darri Ólafsson – True Detective, The Missing), and rescue the missing children – all without losing her mind or falling victim herself…

Riddled with references to Joe Hill’s other renowned works, including Locke and Key, now also a hit series, alongside nods to his famous father’s masterpieces, NOS4A2 is a true treat for horror connoisseurs. 

NOS4A2 Season 1 & 2 Complete DVD Box Set, comprising of 20 episodes on four discs, is released, as well as being available and on Digital, 8th March.

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

 

 

 

 

 

Amicus Productions THEY CAME FROM BEYOND SPACE on Disc and Digital, March

STUDIOCANAL presents a brand-new restoration of the Amicus Productions’ cult 60s sci-fi horror THEY CAME FROM BEYOND SPACE from the legendary director of The Evil Of Frankenstein and Dr Terror’s House Of Horrors, Freddie Francis. 

When meteorites crash-land in the perfect formation of the letter V, the Ministry of Extraterrestrial Life on Other Planets (MELOP) led by Dr. Curtis Temple (Robert Hutton) is sent to investigate. The scientists and local bystanders soon find themselves possessed by an alien force which wants to enslave them. 

No one is immune from the invasion except for Dr. Temple, who is shielded from the meteor’s influence by a metal plate that was inserted to protect his skull after a recent accident. He discovers that an alien race on the moon seeks to use the manipulated scientists for secret purposes. But, as Temple learns more about the invaders, he realises that they may not be as evil as he once thought.

Starring Robert Hutton, Jennifer Jayne, Zia Mohyeddin and Bernard Kay THEY CAME FROM BEYOND SPACE was written by Milton Subotsky, the acclaimed screenwriter of Dr Who and the Daleks and Tales from the Crypt, adapted from the book ‘The Gods Hate Kansas’ by Joseph Millard. 

An enjoyably camp B-movie, the Amicus producers followed in the tradition of 50s classics such as Invasion of the Bodysnatchers adding some 60s kitsch-styling and ingenious low-budget special effects for this British retro treat.

INCLUDED WITH THE FILM:
- Audio commentary with Film Historian David Del Valle and Filmmaker David DeCoteau
- Original UK theatrical trailer

THEY CAME FROM BEYOND SPACE  is available to buy on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital formats from 8th March 2021. 

Pre-order the BD from Amazon.co.uk

Pre-order the DVD from Amazon.co.uk

 

THE WINTER LAKE - Coming to Digital Download March

Blue Finch Film Releasing have shared the trailer for their latest release THE WINTER LAKE, which will be available on digital download from 15th March.

THE WINTER LAKE follows withdrawn teenager Tom (Anson Boon) who after making a grim discovery in a seasonal lake, discovers the truth about his neighbours, a father (Michael McElhatton) and daughter (Emma Mackey) who are harbouring sinister secrets.

The film boasts an incredible cast including leading performances from two of Screen International's  'Stars of Tomorrow’, Netflix hit Emma Mackey (Sex Education, Death on the Nile), and Anson Boon (Pistol, 1917)

Mackey and Boon showcase incredible performances alongside Game of Thrones’ Michael McElhatton & Peaky Blinders' Charlie Murphy.

Check out the trailer below!

 

 


SATOR : THE BEAST WITHIN - coming to Disc and Digital

Arriving on Digital and on DVD this month, SATOR is a chilling and atmospheric slice of slow-burn horror that follows Adam (Gabe Nicholson), who lives a life of isolation in a desolate forest. 

He spends his days hunting for food and keeping watch for a supernatural entity called Sator. Adam and his brother Pete (Michael Daniel) have been told to be wary of Sator by their grandmother, Nani (June Peterson), who claims that this spirit has been guiding her through life as a whisper in her ear. 

But whether or not the spirit plays any part in the death of family members remains a mystery. A film that will stay with you for weeks.

Written, directed, scored and produced by Jordan Graham over a seven year period, this is his first feature film and was almost a solo labour of love, which spent years in post production alone. SATOR enjoyed a successful worldwide premiere at Fantasia and a UK premiere at the Soho Horror Fest in 2019. 

The plot is inspired by real life events surrounding the director's grandmother, who also makes a cameo appearance in the film.

SATOR : THE BEAST WITHIN is released to UK Digital outlets on 15th Feb and is available on DVD from the 22nd Feb from Lightbulb film distribution.

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

 

 


Thursday, 4 February 2021

Zombie home invasion movie THE CURSE OF HOBBES HOUSE coming to UK DVD & Digital

4Digital Media will be releasing Juliane Block’s gripping undead horror thriller THE CURSE OF HOBBES HOUSE on DVD and Digital download in the UK from March.

After the death of her Aunt, Jane Dormant travels to the family’s remote, ancestral home hoping to receive a large inheritance. When Jane’s estranged, half-sister Jennifer arrives at Hobbes House to claim her part of the estate, the sisters’ simmering hate ignites. 

But then a violent, unexpected storm cuts the estate off from outside help and a wave of bloodthirsty undead lays siege. Now the sisters have to learn how to fight back together.

Directed by Juliane Block (8 Remains, 3 Lives), and written by Block and regular collaborator Wolf-Peter Arand, THE CURSE OF HOBBES HOUSE was shot entirely on location at Kings Weston House, Bristol.

The zombie actioner, starring Mhairi Calvey and Makenna Guyler, will be available to purchase from ASDA, Morrisons, HMV Online and Amazon. It will also be available to download at iTunes, Amazon Video and from the Sky Store.

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

 


COME TRUE - First Look Artwork and Trailer For New Sci-Fi Horror Feature

Lightbulb Film Distribution are delighted to share the poster and trailer for new sci-fi horror, COME TRUE. Coming to selected UK cinemas this March.

Plagued by nightmares, a troubled teenager signs up to a sleep disorder study. Hoping that will finally stop her sinister dreams, she unknowingly becomes the channel to a horrifying new discovery.

Directed by Anthony Scott Burns (Our House), the film stars Julia Sarah Stone (Honey Bee, Weirdos) and Landon Liboiron (Truth or Dare).

The film was produced by Vincenzo Natali (Splice, In The Tall Grass) and the score was composed by Canadian synth-pop duo Electric Youth and Burns (under the moniker Pilotpriest).

The film celebrated its World Premiere at Fantasia, followed by the UK premiere at Abertoir Horror Festival.  

COME TRUE is released to selected UK cinemas from 12th March, on Digital Download from 15th March, and on Limited Edition Blu-ray from 5th April
 
Pre-order the UK BD from Amazon.co.uk.
 
 
 



DAWN OF THE DEAD - standard edition 4K UHD and Blu-ray coming March

After the huge success of its lavish Limited Edition box sets released in Autumn 2020, the dead are preparing to walk the earth once more as Second Sight announces the release of the definitive restored versions of George A Romero’s zombie classic DAWN OF THE DEAD in standard editions on 22 March 2021.

The standard editions of this beautifully restored, comprehensive edition of the seminal horror, feature three different versions of the film, along with a fourth disc of special features across two separate formats DAWN OF THE DEAD 4K UHD and DAWN OF THE DEAD Blu-ray.

Acclaimed by fans and critics alike, these presentations offer completely restored versions of the film, each including the original theatrical cut, the extended “Cannes” cut and the Argento cut, making it the most comprehensive release ever of the film acknowledged to be one of the greatest horror movies of all time. Each version has a different commentary track, with the theatrical cut offering two.

The bonus disc of special features is packed with exclusive, new material as well as archive interviews, including the previously unreleased The Lost Romero Dawn Interview. Others include a tour of the shopping mall location, a look at its special effects and more.

DAWN OF THE DEAD - 4K UHD RELEASE
SPECIAL FEATURES

UHD DISC 1: THE THEATRICAL CUT (127 mins)
• NEW 4K scan and restoration of the Original Camera Negative by Second Sight at Final Frame New York and London supervised and
approved by DoP Michael Gornick
• Presented in HDR10+
• Audio: New restoration of the original OCN Optical presented in Mono 1.0, Stereo 2.0 and 5.1.
• Commentary by George A. Romero, Tom Savini, Christine Forrest
• NEW commentary by Travis Crawford
• NEW optional English subtitles for the hearing impaired

UHD DISC 2 – THE EXTENDED (‘CANNES’) CUT (137 mins)
• Produced using 4K scan of the Theatrical Cut Original Camera Negative and 4K scan of the Extended Cut Colour Reversal Internegative
• Presented in HDR10+
• DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 Mono
• Commentary by Richard P. Rubinstein
• NEW optional English subtitles for the hearing impaired

UHD DISC 3 – THE ARGENTO CUT (120 mins)
• 4K scan of the Interpositive by Michele De Angelis at Backlight Digital, Rome
• Audio: DT-HD Master Audio Mono 1.0 / Surround 5.1 / Stereo 2.0
• Commentary by Ken Foree, Scott Reiniger, Gaylen Ross, David Emge
• NEW optional English subtitles for the hearing impaired

BLU-RAY DISC 4: SPECIAL FEATURES
• NEW Zombies and Bikers – With John Amplas, Roy Frumkes, Tom Savini, Christine Forrest, Tom Dubensky, Tony Buba, Taso Stavrakis
and a whole host of zombies and bikers! (59 mins)
• NEW Memories of Monroeville
A tour of the mall with Michael Gornick, Tom Savini, Tom Dubensky and Taso Stavrakis (34 mins)
• NEW Raising the Dead: The Production Logistics (25 mins)
With Michael Gornick, Christine Forrest, John Amplas, Tom Dubensky (23 mins)
• NEW The FX of Dawn with Tom Savini (13 mins)
• NEW Dummies! Dummies! – An interview with Richard France (12 mins)
• NEW The Lost Romero Dawn Interview: previously unreleased archive interview (20 mins)
• Super 8 Mall Footage by zombie extra Ralph Langer with option of archive commentary by Robert Langer and new commentary by
Ralph Langer (13 mins)
• Document of the Dead: The Original Cut (66 mins)
• Document of the Dead: The Definitive Cut with optional commentary by Roy Frumkes (100 mins)
• The Dead Will Walk 2014 Documentary (80 mins)
• Trailers, TV and Radio Spots (TBC)


DAWN OF THE DEAD - BLU-RAY RELEASE
SPECIAL FEATURES

BLU-RAY DISC 1: THE THEATRICAL CUT (127 mins)
• NEW 4K scan and restoration of the Original Camera Negative by Second Sight at Final Frame New York and London supervised and
approved by DoP Michael Gornick
• Audio: New restoration of the original OCN Optical presented in Mono 1.0, Stereo 2.0 and 5.1.
• Commentary by George A Romero, Tom Savini, Christine Forrest
• NEW commentary by Travis Crawford
• NEW optional English subtitles for the hearing impaired
BLU-RAY DISC 2 – THE EXTENDED (‘CANNES’) CUT (137 mins)
• Produced using 4K scan of the Theatrical Cut Original Camera Negative and 4K scan of the Extended Cut Colour Reversal Internegative
• DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 Mono
• Commentary by Richard P. Rubinstein
• NEW optional English subtitles for the hearing impaired

BLU-RAY DISC 3 – THE ARGENTO CUT (120 mins)
• 4K scan of the Interpositive by Michele De Angelis at Backlight Digital, Rome
• Audio: DT-HD Master Audio Mono 1.0 / Surround 5.1 / Stereo 2.0
• Commentary by Ken Foree, Scott Reiniger, Gaylen Ross, David Emge
• NEW optional English subtitles for the hearing impaired

BLU-RAY DISC 4: SPECIAL FEATURES
• NEW Zombies and Bikers – With John Amplas, Roy Frumkes, Tom Savini, Christine Forrest, Tom Dubensky, Tony Buba, Taso Stavrakis
and a whole host of zombies and bikers! (59 mins)
• NEW Memories of Monroeville
A tour of the mall with Michael Gornick, Tom Savini, Tom Dubensky and Taso Stavrakis (34 mins)
• NEW Raising the Dead: The Production Logistics (25 mins)
With Michael Gornick, Christine Forrest, John Amplas, Tom Dubensky (23 mins)
• NEW The FX of Dawn with Tom Savini (13 mins)
• NEW Dummies! Dummies! – An interview with Richard France (12 mins)
• NEW The Lost Romero Dawn Interview: previously unreleased archive interview (20 mins)
• Super 8 Mall Footage by zombie extra Ralph Langer with option of archive commentary by Robert Langer and new commentary by
Ralph Langer (13 mins)
• Document of the Dead: The Original Cut (66 mins)

 Pre-order the UK 4K UHD from Amazon.co.uk

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