Wednesday, 7 December 2022

Cast announced for 2:22 A GHOST STORY at the Lyric Theatre, January

Producer Runaway Entertainment is delighted to announce casting news for the fourth West End  transfer of Danny Robins’ edge-of-your-seat, supernatural thriller 2.22 - A GHOST STORY.

Cheryl will play Jenny, Hugo Chegwin will play Ben, Louise Ford with play Lauren and Scott Karim will play Sam. 


The current cast at the Criterion Theatre will perform until 8th January 2023, with the new cast taking over at the Lyric Theatre from 21st January - 23 April 2023.

Moving from the Criterion to the Lyric, the show’s biggest house to date, the transfer follows a record breaking run at the Noel Coward before moving to the Gielgud Theatres followed by two hugely successful runs, including with the current cast, at the Criterion Theatre, plus three Olivier Nominations including Best New Play, and winning the Best New Play category in the Whatsonstage awards.

Cheryl (who will play Jenny) said: 'I am really excited to be taking part in what is such a new challenge for me. I have always loved and been a big fan of theatre so I’m especially excited to be playing the role of Jenny in this production of 2:22. It is a brilliant role and subject matter with a very interesting plot! Danny Robins is such an intriguing character which is evident throughout this play and his style of writing has an odd sense of familiarity to me, being a fellow Geordie! I look forward to working with Matthew and the other cast members and can’t wait to get going.’

Hugo Chegwin (who will play Ben) said: ‘I am so appreciative to have been asked to be a part of the next cast of 2.22. It’s a big jump out of my comfort zone but it is going to be amazing.’

Scott Karim (who will play Sam) said: ‘It’s a real treat to be part of a production like 2.22 - A GHOST STORY, that grips and chills all types of theatregoers. I can’t wait to join the exciting new cast and help tell this thrilling story.’

The production began its life in the summer of 2021 at the Noel Coward Theatre starring Lily Allen, Julia Chan, Hadley Fraser and Jake Wood. It then transferred to the Gielgud Theatre for 10 weeks from 4 December 2021. The production there, starring Stephanie Beatriz, James Buckley, Elliot Cowan and Giovanna Fletcher, completed its run on 12 February 2022. The first cast at the Criterion Theatre featured Tom Felton, Mandip Gill, Beatriz Romilly, Sam Swainsbury and the current Criterion Theatre cast Tamsin Carroll as Lauren; Felix Scott as Sam, Matt Willis as Ben and Laura Whitmore as Jenny, ends its run on 8 January. 

The US premiere of 2.22 - A GHOST STORY at the Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles opened on 29 October and ended its run on 4 December 2022.

2.22 - A GHOST STORY is written by award-winning writer Danny Robins, creator of the hit BBC podcast The Battersea Poltergeist and it is directed by Matthew Dunster. Intriguing, funny and scary, it takes audiences into one adrenaline-fueled night where secrets will emerge and ghosts may appear….What do you believe? And do you dare to discover the truth?

Jenny believes her new home is haunted, but her husband Sam isn’t having any of it. They argue with their first dinner guests, old friend Lauren and her new partner Ben. Can the dead really walk again? Belief and scepticism clash, but something feels strange and frightening, and that something is getting closer, so they are going to stay up… until 2.22am… and then they will know.

2:22 - A Ghost Story
By Danny Robins
Directed by Matthew Dunster

Lyric Theatre,
29 Shaftesbury Ave,
London W1D 7ES
0330 333 4812
www.222aghoststory.com

First performance 21 January 2023 at 7.30pm
Final performance 23 April 2023 at 6.00pm
Gala Performance on 1 February 2023 at 7.30pm

Tuesday - Saturday - 7.30pm
Saturday matinee - 2.30pm
Sunday - 2pm and 6pm

Please check the website for Christmas and New Year schedules which vary.

Tickets from £15
Age limit 14+

Cecil Baldwin and Larry Fessenden join the cast of Irish horror fiction podcast PETRIFIED

The much-loved Irish horror fiction podcast PETRIFIED has just announced some exciting additions to the cast list for their eagerly anticipated Series 3, which begins on Jan 11th 2023.

Actor Cecil Baldwin, best known for voicing Cecil Palmer in the cult hit podcast Welcome to Night Vale, and New York filmmaker Larry Fessenden, director of films such as Wendigo and The Last Winter and actor in Broken Flowers and Bringing Out the Dead amongst others, are the first American actors to join the cast of the award winning podcast.

Produced by Liam Geraghty and written and directed by Peter Dunne, PETRIFIED tells the chilling tales of ordinary people encountering the supernatural, and their terrifying fates. Series one and two regularly hit the number one position in the Apple Podcast Fiction Charts and garnered fans across the globe.

The anthology series has won numerous accolades at the New York Festivals Radio Awards and the Irish Podcast Awards and was most recently nominated as Best Audio Drama at the Pod Bible Awards. The team created a terrifying experience at their very first live show earlier this year when they were invited to perform at the London Podcast Festival. 

Her.ie says PETRIFIED “captures listeners' attention from the get-go, reeling them in for a deeply unsettling ride, before delivering on some serious scares.” CrimeReads.com said “PETRIFIED is extremely well written, expertly produced, and brilliantly acted”.

The full cast of PETRIFIED Series 3 has some of Ireland's finest actors including Margaret McAuliffe (The Humours of Bandon), Donncha O'Dea (The Blackwater Lightship), Ali Fox (Flora and Her Son), Roseanna Purcell (Circle of Friends), Georgina McKevitt (Waiting for Ikea), Deirdre Monaghan (Game of Thrones), Deborah Wiseman (Vikings), Ste Murray (Light A Penny Candle), David Fennelly (Killing Bono), Anna Sheils-McNamee (Mespil in the Dark) and a cameo from iconic Irish newsreader Anne Doyle.

 Listen to Petrified wherever you get your podcasts: https://linktr.ee/Petrified_Pod


 




Boyd Holbrook and Kelly Reilly star in Werewolf horror EIGHT FOR SILVER - On Disc and Digital January

Mediumrare Entertainment announces the fantasy horror EIGHT FOR SILVER is being released on DVD and Blu-ray on 30 January 2023. 

Flickering candles, fog, and a ferocious beast in the forest… get ready for a fresh spin on the werewolf film, written and directed by Oscar and Bafta-nominated Sean Ellis (Cashback, Metro Manila)

The film boasts a superb cast, including Boyd Holbrook (The Sandman) and Cannes-winner Kelly Reilly (Yellowstone), in an eerie story about a small town in 19th century France menaced by an ancient curse.

In the late 1800s, a once-peaceful remote country village is under attack - but by who or what, no one knows. Villagers spread rumours of a cursed land, supernatural forces, and even demonic creatures, as the disappearances and killings continue. Pathologist John McBride (Boyd Holbrook) arrives to investigate the danger, only to discover something much deeper and more sinister than he ever could have imagined.

Sumptuously shot, packed with frights and superb special effects, with a mesmerising, spine-tingler of a score, and featuring a scarecrow “that’ll haunt your dreams” (Bloody Disgusting), the film recalls, according to Screen Daily “everything from Hammer to The Innocents, Dracula to creepy country house Gothic horror”. 

A creature feature classic for the 21st-century, that The Screen Scene calls “one of the best horror films of the year”, EIGHT FOR SILVER will thrill and delight horror fans who got a kick out of the likes of contemporary horror hits The Witch and Hereditary.

Extras include:

- Behind the Scenes of 'Eight For Silver': An overview of the production, with cast and crew interviews exploring story points, characterization, and the material's approach to werewolf-style horror.
-Trailer

View the Trailer on YouTube.

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

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

 

 

Mystery and Folkore in JANUARY - At Cinemas and Digitally, 27th Jan

Five men caught in a limbo between life and death, past and present, communism and capitalism, known and unknown, try to resolve a mystery, which slowly devours them.


In the middle of nowhere, five men are stuck in a snowstorm. One has to cross the Woods to reach town, but that’s madness in the midst of winter: the wolves are hungry and can be heard howling all night long, and who knows what other creatures roam these woods…?

Inspired by the eponymous play by Nobel Prize Nominee Yordan Radichkov and reinterpreted for world audiences by acclaimed documentary filmmaker Andrey Paounov, January is a bold fiction debut from a director who has made a name by exploring, with a sense of humour, the existential absurdities of the post-socialist state in the language of cinema.

Directed by Andrey M Paounov (Georgi & The Butterflies, The Mosquito Problem and Other Stories), and written by Andrey M Paounov and Alex Barrett (London Symphony), January won a Special Jury Prize and The Critics’ Guild Award at Golden Rose Bulgarian Fiction Film Festival, was an official selection at Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival and won Best Director at the Sofia International Film Festival.

JANUARY is in cinemas and on demand 27 January 2023

 View the Trailer on YouTube

 

Psychological thriller RESURRECTION - Available now, Digitally

From the prolific producers behind Midsommar, Hereditary and The Witch, and directed by rising filmmaker Andrew Semans, RESURRECTION is a gripping psychological thriller, featuring powerhouse performances from Rebecca Hall (Godzilla Vs Kong, Iron Man 3) and Tim Roth (The Hateful Eight, The Incredible Hulk)


Margaret's (Rebecca Hall) life is in order. She is capable, disciplined, and successful. Soon, her teenage daughter, who Margaret raised by herself, will be going off to a fine university, just as Margaret had intended. Everything is under control. That is, until David (Tim Roth) returns, carrying with him the horrors of Margaret's past.

Also starring Grace Kaufman (The Sky is Everywhere) and Michael Esper (The Outsider) RESURRECTION received critical acclaim following its World Premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, with critics praising Rebecca Hall who gives a “volatile, daring performance” (Screen International) alongside “…a magnetically loathsome Tim Roth” (Los Angeles Times).

RESURRECTION is available now from Digital outlets.

View the trailer on YouTube.






Thursday, 1 December 2022

Folk Horror NOCEBO (Eva Green) - In Cinemas Friday 9 December

Eva Green and Mark Strong star in the sinister folk horror NOCEBO. Catch it in UK cinemas from Friday 9 December.

Checkout the UK quad poster and trailer below.


A fashion designer (Eva Green) is suffering from a mysterious illness that puzzles her doctors and frustrates her husband (Mark Strong). Help arrives in the form of Diana, a Filipino carer (Chai Fonacier) who uses traditional folk healing to reveal a horrifying truth. 

NOCEBO will be released in UK cinemas nationwide on Friday 9th December





Don't miss ARROW's seasonal thrills - Streaming this December!

Key highlights this DECEMBER on the essential, alternative streaming service ARROW include the premiere of a new and exclusive festive horror treat, the Ju-On franchise in one terrifying collection; a selection of nefarious Video Nasties, a gruesome Christmas slasher, and much more...


View the December "Sizzle Reel" on YouTube.

In December ARROW are exclusively showing THE LEECH, a terrifically twisted offering from writer/director Eric Pennycoff (Sadistic Intentions), a Christmas cautionary tale about the perils of opening your door to a stranger.

Also showing in December, dare you watch the terrifying JU-ON films? “Ju-On”: the name given to a deadly curse spawned when someone dies in the grip of a violent rage. All who come into contact with it are doomed... 

As well as all that, there’s a fantastic triple bill of Paul Joyce documentaries including the introspective Stanley Kubrick: The Invisible Man, reflective Out of the Blue and Into the Black, and striking observation on Robert De Niro through Quentin Tarantino's contribution in You Talkin' To Me?.

ALSO SHOWING: The Christmas slasher Black Christmas, camp erotic Las Vegas classic Showgirls, Moorhead and Benson’s dazzling The Endless, ghoulish chiller The Monster Club and much more…

New Titles – From December 2

- Black Christmas

New Titles – December 5

- The Leech

New Titles – From December 9

- Showgirls
- House of Flying Daggers

New Titles – From December 12

- Ju-On: The Curse
- Ju-On: The Curse 2
- Ju-On: The Grudge
- Ju-On: The Grudge 2
- Ju-On: Black Ghost
- Ju-On: White Ghost

New Titles – From December 16

- The Endless
- Out of the Blue and Into the Black

New Titles – From December 2.

- The Monster Club
- ‘You Talkin' To Me?

New Titles – From December 30

- Stanley Kubrick: The Invisible Man

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



First Poster Launched for M Night Shyamalan's KNOCK AT THE CABIN

Universal Pictures have released the official poster for M Night Shyamalan's forthcoming KNOCK AT THE CABIN.

While vacationing at a remote cabin, a young girl and her parents are taken hostage by four armed strangers who demand that the family make an unthinkable choice to avert the apocalypse. With limited access to the outside world, the family must decide what they believe before all is lost.

From visionary filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan, KNOCK AT THE CABIN stars Dave Bautista (Dune, Guardians of the Galaxy franchise), Tony award and Emmy nominee Jonathan Groff (Hamilton, Mindhunter), Ben Aldridge (Pennyworth, Fleabag), BAFTA nominee Nikki Amuka-Bird (Persuasion, Old), newcomer Kristen Cui, Abby Quinn (Little Women, Landline) and Rupert Grint (Servant, Harry Potter franchise).

Universal Pictures presents a Blinding Edge Pictures production, in association with FilmNation Features and Wishmore Entertainment, an M. Night Shyamalan film. The screenplay is by M. Night Shyamalan and Steve Desmond & Michael Sherman based on the national bestseller The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay. The film is directed by M. Night Shyamalan and produced by M. Night Shyamalan, Marc Bienstock (Split, Glass) and Ashwin Rajan (Servant, Glass). The executive producers are Steven Schneider, Christos V. Konstantakopoulos and Ashley Fox.

View the Official Trailer on YouTube.


Indie German Horror Movie ERBSUNDE nears completion!

ERBSUNDE is an indie horror movie, being produced in Berlin, Germany. It is a production of the Chaer-brothers: Ahmed and Hussen Chaer and their company: GWF Film Production. A relatively new company, from Berlin, which has already produced some short films and series.

Synopsis:
In search of an adventurous story in the woods, a group of journalism students awaken a superhuman being from its lost cryo-chamber. A long night a manhunting and desperation begins. 

The movie knows how to suprise and has a couple of tricky plot twists. In addition to that, they were also able to win over some incredibly talented actors for the project.

ERBSUNDE is GWF Film's first 90-minute feature film. It's being filmed in English, so that it's accessible to the American market and will be shown in theaters in 2023. 

For more info and to get involved, visit the film's Crowdfunding Page.

Visit the film's Instagram Page.

Visit the films Facebook Page.

Tuesday, 29 November 2022

WOLF MANOR - First Look at Poster and Trailer for British Horror

Lightbulb Film Distribution is delighted to share the poster and trailer for new British werewolf film, WOLF MANOR


The feature had its world premiere at FrightFest earlier this year, prior to recent screenings at Mayhem Film Festival and Abertoir Horror Festival. The film also recently played as part of the BFI’s Monsters and Movies programme.

Directed by Dominic Brunt and produced by Joanne Mitchell, the film was co-written by Joel Ferrari and Pete Wild. It stars James Fleet, John Henshaw, Jay Taylor and Thaila Zucchi.

During filming of a British, low-budget horror movie, the cast and crew begin disappearing. As the full moon rises, the nightmare begins, and the werewolf strikes.

View the new trailer below...


WOLF MANOR will be available to Own or Rent on Disc & Digital Download from 9th January.

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

 



HALLOWEEN ENDS - On Digital 30th Dec, and Disc Jan 16th

The saga comes to an END. Golden Globe and BAFTA winner Jamie Lee Curtis (Halloween franchise, "Scream Queens", Knives Out) is back as Laurie Strode, fighting for her life in the thrilling conclusion against the infamous masked killer, Michael Myers. 

The most acclaimed and revered horror franchise in film history reaches its epic, terrifying finale as Laurie Strode (Curtis) faces off for the last time against the embodiment of evil, Michael Myers (James Jude Courtney). Michael hasn’t been seen for four years after the events of Halloween Kills

Laurie lives with her granddaughter Allyson (Andi Matichak) and has chosen to liberate herself from fear and rage and embrace life. When a young man is accused of killing a boy he was babysitting, a cascade of violence and terror is ignited with a final confrontation between Laurie and Michael unlike any ever captured on screen. Only one of them will survive.

Produced by Malek Akkad (Halloween), Bill Block (Halloween Kills), and Jason Blum (The Black Phone and The Invisible Man), HALLOWEEN ENDS features over 30 minutes of never-before-seen bonus captivating content that includes deleted and extended scenes, featurettes with Jamie Lee Curtis and the cast and crew, a special gag reel, and feature commentary with co-writer/director David Gordon Green (Halloween, Halloween Kills, "The Righteous Gemstones"), actors Andi Matichak (Halloween (2018), Halloween Kills, "Blue Bloods") and Rohan Campbell ("Virgin River," "The Hardy Boys"), and more.

BONUS FEATURES ON 4K ULTRA HD, BLU-RAYTM, DVD & DIGITAL*: 

-Deleted and Extended Scenes
    Michael Shakes Things Up
    Joan's Bunny Slam
    Corey Reflects Upon Himself
     Ronald's Stuck at Work
    Margo Gets the Boot
    Joan's Recipe for Disaster
- Ending HALLOWEEN.
     Explore the creative team's approach to crafting the film's final sequence.
- Final Girl
    The iconic Jamie Lee Curtis discusses the legacy of Laurie Strode and what playing the character has meant to her.
- No Place Like Haddonfield
    Filmmakers and cast reveal some of the secret ingredients that make HALLOWEEN productions so special and their personal feelings on being a part of such a classic franchise.
- Gag Reel
- A Different Threat
    As Haddonfield evolves to a new era, we examine how the evil within has also evolved.
- The Visions of Terror
    See how various production departments came together to achieve the film's unique visual style.
- Twisted Deaths
    An up-close look at some of the gruesome death scenes.
- Feature Commentary with co-writer/director David Gordon Green, actors Andi Matichak and Rohan Campbell, co-producer/first assistant director Atilla Salih Yücer, and production assistant Hugo Garza

*Only available via iTunes
 Additional bonus features also available from the first 2 films in the Trilogy boxsets

HALLOWEEN ENDS is available to Download & Keep December 30, 2022, as well as on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD on January 16, 2023 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

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

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.COM FOR MURDER and GIALLO ESSENTIALS BOX-SET - Coming Feb from Arrow Video

Arrow Video’s February lineup includes a star-studded cyber chiller from Niko Mastorakis, and a deluxe boxset of essential giallo thrills, packed with a host of extra features.

.COM FOR MURDER - On Blu-ray 6th Feb

In cyberspace, no one can hear you scream! This turn-of-the-millennium cyber psycho-thriller from Nico Mastorakis (Island of Death, Nightmare at Noon) showcases the usual gleeful eye for excess and inspired casting (including rock stars Roger Daltrey and Huey Lewis) one has come to expect from the cult director.

Nastassja Kinski (Cat People) stars as Sondra Brummel, a young woman confined to a wheelchair following a skiing accident, who decides to have a bit of fun on an internet dating site with her friend Misty (Nicollette Sheridan - The Sure Thing) while her architect boyfriend Ben (Roger Daltrey The Legacy) leaves her alone for the weekend in the high-tech intelligent mansion he has built for them.
 

Online anonymity works both ways, however, as they discover when they invoke the ire of a young man going by the handle of “Werther” and find the virtual world violently intruding upon the real, knife in hand…

Nico Mastorakis takes us to the dark side of the web in an audacious and vivacious retooling of classic Hitchcockian thrillers – think Rear Window 2000 meets Dial M for Mastorakis!

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
Original 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio and lossless stereo audio
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
The Making of .com for Murder, a featurette on the making of the film
.com for Murder: The Unknown Story, a new featurette in which producer-director Nico Mastorakis revisits the production
Archive interviews with Roger Daltrey and Huey Lewis
Original trailer
Image gallery
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys

FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by David Flint

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

GIALLO ESSENTIALS WHITE EDITION - On Limited Edition Blu-ray Feb 23

At the height of the Italian giallo boom of the early 1970s, scores of filmmakers turned their hand to crafting their own unique takes on these lurid murder-mysteries. This volume of Giallo Essentials presents three distinctly different but equally thrilling examples of genre, featuring some of European cult cinema’s most recognizable faces.

In The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave, director Emilio P. Miraglia (The Red Queen Kills Seven Times) melds the giallo’s trademark twisty whodunit storytelling with gothic chills, as troubled aristocrat Alan Cunningham (Anthony Steffen - Django the Bastard) is haunted by the specter of his dead wife Evelyn, and the gruesome and untimely deaths of several members of his family. 

Next, Riccardo Freda’s (Double Face) The Iguana with the Tongue of Fire finds tough ex-cop John Norton (Luigi Pistilli - A Bay of Blood) drafted in to catch the acid-throwing, razor-wielding maniac who’s terrorizing the streets of Dublin. Finally, Sergio Martino’s (Torso) The Suspicious Death of a Minor melds giallo trappings with elements of the then flourishing poliziotteschi crime thrillers, as undercover cop Paolo Germi (Claudio Cassinelli - What Have They Done to Your Daughters?) hunts a Milanese criminal outfit following the brutal murder of a teenage prostitute.

Brutal violence, globe-trotting intrigue and abundant sleaze collide in these three quintessential gialli, each one fully restored from its original camera negative and presented alongside an array of incisive bonus features.

LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS

• 2K restorations from the original camera negative for all three films
• High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentations of each film
• Original Italian and English front and end titles
• Original lossless mono Italian and English soundtracks
• Optional English subtitles for the Italian soundtracks
• Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtracks
• Rigid box packaging with original poster artwork in a windowed Giallo Essentials Collection slipcover
• Reversible sleeves for each film featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx, Graham Humphreys and Chris Malbon

DISC ONE: THE NIGHT EVELYN CAME OUT OF THE GRAVE

• Audio commentary by Troy Howarth
• Exclusive introduction by Erika Blanc
• Interview with critic Stephen Thrower
• The Night Erika Came Out of the Grave – exclusive interview with Erika Blanc
• The Whip and the Body – archival interview with Erika Blanc
• Still Rising from the Grave – archival interview with production designer Lorenzo Baraldi
• Original Italian theatrical trailer

DISC TWO: THE IGUANA WITH THE TONGUE OF FIRE

• Audio commentary by giallo connoisseurs Adrian J. Smith and David Flint
• Of Chameleons and Iguanas – video appreciation by the cultural critic and academic Richard Dyer
• Considering Cipriani – appreciation of the composer Stelvio Cipriani and his score to The Iguana with the Tongue of Fire by DJ and soundtrack collector Lovely Jon
• The Cutting Game – interview with the film’s assistant editor Bruno Micheli
• The Red Queen of Hearts – career-spanning interview with the actress Dagmar Lassander
• Original Italian and international theatrical trailers
• Image gallery

DISC THREE: THE SUSPICIOUS DEATH OF A MINOR

• Audio commentary by Troy Howarth, author of So Deadly, So Perverse: 50 Years of Italian Giallo Films
• Violent Milan – interview with director Sergio Martino
• Original Italian theatrical trailer

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




Female Horror Filmmaker Breaks Crowdfunding Record with H.P. Lovecraft adaptation HAUNTER OF THE DARK

24 year old Megan Tremethick has just burst onto the indie horror filmmaking scene, with a spectacular funding campaign to produce a short film adaptation of THE HAUNTER OF THE DARK by horror legend H.P. Lovecraft. As a first-time horror filmmaker, Megan’s Kickstarter campaign met its ambitious funding goal in just 24 hours, and has already surpassed 500% of that goal in just 6 days. 


The success of this young woman may be attributed to an unlikely and charming demeanour, placing her at odds with what one often expects from trendy young filmmakers today. Less about social commentary, hashtags or isms, Megan instead proclaims her love of veteran Horror Icons such as Vincent Price and Edgar Allan Poe. 

THE HAUNTER OF THE DARK follows the chilling midnight adventures of a man, who is lured from his bed to investigate the dark recesses of a mysterious church tower. There, and alone in the darkness of that place, he encounters a chilling entity… a silhouetted figure, guarding an ancient crystal of incredible power. A crystal which carries a terrible curse. 

The film stars Gordon Holliday, whose visceral performance as an enthusiastic amputee was praised by the Soska Sisters, in Andy Stewart’s festival hit film, "Dysmorphia"

The initial success of Megan’s crowdfunding campaign, has now also led to the successful funding of a second short film entitled, REVENGE OF INNSMOUTH

REVENGE OF INNSMOUTH is a startling horror set in a dystopian future, in which,  in a reversal of roles, the oppressed inhabitants of Innsmouth mount a violent bid for liberation against their hated human oppressors. Caught in the maelstrom of terror during the first night of their revolution is a young waitress, whose diner becomes the setting for brutal violence and unspeakable horror. 

But… who are the real monsters? The feared, fish-like creatures of Innsmouth, or the humans who keep them under lock and key?

The campaign now continues to raise funds for both films on Kickstarter, where Megan is offering digital downloads, artwork, production credits and even walk-on roles. 

The success of her campaign proves that a passionate audience for classic horror continues to exist, and that among young filmmakers today, there is no lack of affection for historic horror icons whose works continue to stand the test of time. 

For more info, visit the Kickstarter Page.



Critically acclaimed Sci-Fi-Horror SOMETHING IN THE DIRT - Available on Disc & Digital, 5th Dec

Lightbulb Film Distribution is thrilled to confirm that the surreal, critically acclaimed sci-fi / horror SOMETHING IN THE DIRT will be available on Digital Download and Blu-ray from 5th December. 

SOMETHING IN THE DIRT is the latest title from filmmakers Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson, the creators of the crtically acclaimed The Endless, Synchronic, as well as episodes from Marvel's Moon Knight and the upcoming second season of Loki

The film is fresh from its sold-out UK premiere at FrightFest and there are also two further October festival screenings at Celluloid Screams (Sheffield) and FilmFear (Manchester).

When neighbours John and Levi witness supernatural events in their Los Angeles apartment, they realise documenting the paranormal could inject some fame and fortune into their wasted lives. An ever-deeper, darker rabbit hole, their friendship frays as they uncover the dangers of the phenomena, the city and each other.

SOMETHING IN THE DIRT will be on Blu-ray & Digital Download from 5th December

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

View the trailer below...






Thursday, 24 November 2022

VISIONS OF SUFFERING, HYDE'S SECRETS and XXX COLLECTION available from TetroVideo

This month, TetroVideo is proud to announce the releases of three horror/extreme films. Starting today, it's possible to pre-order the Russian horror film VISIONS OF SUFFERING (2006) by Andrey Iskanov, the horror porn film HYDE'S SECRET NIGHTMARE (2011) by Domiziano Cristopharo and XXX COLLECTION with the extreme horror anthology films XXX DEEP WEB (2018) and  XXX DARK WEB (2020).

All of them come in a Limited Mediabook edition and are available for pre-order on TetroVideo and Goredrome official websites.

VISIONS OF SUFFERING


Produced, written and directed by Andrey Iskanov (Nails, Philosophy of a Knife, Ingression), the surreal and visionary horror film VISIONS OF SUFFERING (2006) comes in a 3-disc Mediabook limited edition (only 300 copies) both with the Director's Cut and also the Original Cut: Blu-ray + DVD + Soundtrack CD + 20-page Booklet + Slipcover (limited to the pre-order customers) with english, italian and french subtitles.
 
In VISIONS OF SUFFERING, demons cross the divide between the world of dreams and waking reality to capture a victim and drag him back to their nightmarish realm.
 
Igor Anikin, Alexandra Batrumova, Yukari Fujimoto, Svyatoslav Iliyasov, Alexander Kravchenko, Zoya Alexandrovna Makarova, Irina Nikitina, Igor Orlov, Alexander Shevchenko and Andrey Iskanov star.

 
HYDE'S SECRET NIGHTMARE



Thanks to TetroVideo, the horror porn film HYDE'S SECRET NIGHTMARE (2011) is released in an uncut version for the first time ever.

Directed by Domiziano Cristopharo (Nightmare Symphony, Xpiation) and starring italian hard actress Roberta Gemma, Hyde's Secret Nightmare comes in a limited 2-Disc Mediabook edition (150 copies only): 2 DVDs, 44-page Booklet + Slipcover (limited to the pre-order customers), with english and french subtitles.

The story follows Henry Chagall (Claudio Zanelli), a young doctor/mad scientist who is desperately trying to find a scientific solution to cure his impotence. For his work he uses some stolen female corpses and one day he stumbles upon an elixir that turns him into a beautiful woman (Roberta Gemma) for a short period of time. So he starts exploring the world from a different perspective...

Claudio Zanelli (H.P. Lovecraft: Two Left Arms), Nancy De Lucia, Giovanni La Gorga, Andy Spider, Adam Ford, Poison Rouge (American Guinea Pig: Sacrifice), Chiara Pavoni (Xpiation), Giovanna Nocetti, Alvia Reale (TetroManiac: Confessions of a Necrophile Girl), Yuri Antonosante, Domiziano Cristopharo and the well-known italian actor Venantino Venantini (City of the Living Dead) star.

XXX COLLECTION


The infamous extreme anthology films XXX DEEP WEB (2018) and XXX DARK WEB (2020) are back in a very limited 2-Disc Mediabook edition (50 copies only): 2 DVDs + 20-page Booklet - No language.

Both films explore the theme of the vast unknown spaces in the non-indexed internet.

XXX DEEP WEB consists of the following segments:

– “Acid” by Domiziano Cristopharo;
– “Queens, No Hearts” by Martyna Madej;
– “Exposure” by Jason Impey;
– “Cruising” by Domiziano Cristopharo;
– “Eucharist” by Elisa Carrera Fumagalli;
– “Test 424” by Sam Mason Bell;
– “Feed Me More” by Davide Pesca;
– “Stalker” by Emanuele Marchetto.

Considered one of the best extreme films, the brutal anthology film XXX DARK WEB is a TetroVideo exclusive and is the sequel to XXX Deep Web.

It consists of the following segments:

– “Curiosity Killed the Cat” – Prologue – by Lorenzo Zanoni and Domiziano Cristopharo
– “TeknoBarbie” by Domiziano Cristopharo
– “The Prosperity of Vice” by Alex Hernández
– “Dolls” by Emanuele Marchetto
– “Deconstructing Roberto” by Adam Ford
– “Allison’s Mouth fills up with Blood and Semen” by Daniel Valient - White Gardenia.

 Available to order now from https://tetrovideo.com/

 

Last chance to see 2:22 - A GHOST STORY - at the Criterion Theatre, for not-so silent night.

Producer Runaway Entertainment’s edge-of-your-seat, supernatural thriller 2:22 A GHOST STORY is one of the West End’s current major success stories and is set to transfer to its largest venue the Lyric Theatre where previews begin on 21 January. There are just 6 weeks left to see the current cast Tamsin Carroll, Felix Scott, Laura Whitmore and Matt Willis, with the final performance at the Criterion on 8 January. 
 

With a range of pantos and numerous Christmas Carol’s on stage this festival season,
2:22 - A GHOST STORY brings new meaning to the phrase ‘behind you!’ and definitely has more jump-scares than the classic Dickens tale.  This is a ghost story for the modern age with more night terrors than Scrooge can shake a stick at. 
 
Jenny believes her new home is haunted, but her husband Sam isn’t having any of it. They argue with their first dinner guests, old friend Lauren and her new partner Ben. Can the dead really walk again? Belief and scepticism clash, but something feels strange and frightening, and that something is getting closer, so they are going to stay up… until 2.22am… and then they will know.
 
The production began its life last summer at the Noel Coward Theatre starring Lily Allen, Julia Chan, Hadley Fraser and Jake Wood. It then transferred to the Gielgud Theatre for 10 weeks from 4 December 2021. The production there, starring Stephanie Beatriz, James Buckley, Elliot Cowan and Giovanna Fletcher, completed its run on 12 February 2022. The current cast at the Criterion Theatre features Tom Felton as Sam, Mandip Gill as Jenny, Beatriz Romilly as Lauren and Sam Swainsbury as Ben. The US premiere of 2:22 - A GHOST STORY opened at the Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles in October and runs until 4 December 2022. 
 
2:22 - A GHOST STORY is written by award-winning writer Danny Robins, creator of the hit BBC podcast The Battersea Poltergeist and the recently critically acclaimed The Witch Farm, and it is directed by Matthew Dunster. Intriguing, funny and scary, it takes audiences into one adrenaline-fueled night where secrets will emerge and ghosts may appear….What do you believe? And do you dare to discover the truth?
 
2:22 - A GHOST STORY is produced by Tristan Baker and Charlie Parsons for Runaway Entertainment, Isobel David and Kater Gordon. 

2:22 - A Ghost Story
Criterion Theatre,
218-223 Piccadilly,
London
W1J 9HR
033 33 202 895
http://www.222aghoststory.com

Tuesday - Saturday - 7.30pm
Saturday matinee - 2.30pm
Sunday - 2pm and 6pm

Please check the website for Christmas and New Year schedules which vary.

Final performance 8 January 2023 at 6.00pm

Tickets from £15

Age limit 14+

December Horrors streaming on SHUDDER...

December horror streaming on SHUDDER next month
 

 
A WOUNDED FAWN
A Shudder Original - Premieres Thursday 1 December
 
Inspired by surrealist art and Greek mythology, A Wounded Fawn follows the story of Meredith Tanning (Sarah Lind - The Humanity Bureau), a local museum curator who is dipping her toe back into the dating pool, only to be targeted by a charming serial killer (Josh Ruben - Scare Me). 

When a fateful romantic getaway between the two becomes a tense game of cat and mouse, both must confront the madness within him. 
 
Written and directed by Travis Stevens (Jakob’s Wife).
 
View the Trailer on YouTube.

 
CHRISTMAS BLOODY CHRISTMAS
A Shudder Original - Premieres Friday 9 December
 
It’s Christmas Eve and fiery record store owner Tori Tooms (Riley Dandy - That’s Amor) just wants to get drunk and party, until the robotic Santa Claus at a nearby toy store goes haywire and makes her night more than a little complicated. 
 
Santa Claus begins a rampant killing spree through the neon drenched snowscape against a backdrop of drugs, sex, metal and violence, ultimately forcing Tori into a blood splattered battle for survival against the ruthless heavy metal Saint Nick himself. 
 
Also starring Sam Delich (Spiderhead), Jonah Ray Rodrigues (“Mystery Science Theater 3000”), Dora Madison (Alone with You), Jeremy Gardner (After Midnight), with Jeff Daniel Phillips (The Munsters) and Abraham Benrubi (“ER”), written and directed by Joe Begos (V.F.W.).
 
View the Trailer on YouTube.
 

THE APOLOGY
A Shudder Exclusive - Premieres Friday 16 December
 
Twenty years after the disappearance of her daughter, recovering alcoholic Darlene Hagan (Anna Gunn - Breaking Bad) is preparing to host her family's Christmas celebration again with the help of her friend and neighbor, Gretchen (Janeane Garofalo - Wet Hot American Summer). 
 
Late Christmas Eve, Darlene's estranged ex-brother-in-law, Jack (Linus Roache - Mandy) arrives unannounced, bearing nostalgic gifts and a heavy secret. Soon, Darlene finds herself caught between reason and ruthless instinct. 
 
Trapped together by a dangerous storm, a battle of wits escalates to a violent game of revenge. Written and directed by Alison Locke.
 
 View the Trailer on YouTube.
 
 
SCARE PACKAGE 2: RAD CHAD'S REVENGE
A Shudder Original - Premieres Thursday 22 December
 
When horror guru Rad Chad Buckley’s funeral turns into an elaborate series of death traps centered around Chad's favorite films, the guests must band together and use the rules of horror to survive the bloody game. 
 
Core Story: Rad Chad's Revenge directed by Aaron B. Koontz. Segments: Welcome to the 90s directed by Alexandra Barreto, The Night He Came Back Again Part VI - The Night She Came Back directed by Anthony Cousins, Special Edition directed by Jed Shepherd, and We're So Dead directed by Rachele Wiggins.
 
View the Trailer on YouTube.

UNHAPPY HOLIDAYS COLLECTION
 
Celebrate the season with Shudder’s “Unhappy Holidays Collection.” Titles include:
 
Christmas Bloody Christmas
The Apology
The Advent Calendar
All the Creatures Were Stirring
Anna and the Apocalypse
Christmas Evil
A Christmas Horror Story
Christmas Presence
Deadly Games
Silent Night
Silent Night Deadly Night
Silent Night Deadly Night Part 2
Creepshow Holiday Special
A Very Ghoul Log Christmas
 
NEW ADDITIONS TO SHUDDER’S FILM LIBRARY
 
5 December
 
RABID (2019)
Rose's dream is to become a famous designer in the fashion world, but a terrible accident leaves Rose scarred beyond recognition in this remake of David Cronenberg’s cult classic by fellow Canadian horror provcatuers, The Soska Sisters.
 
RABID (1977)
In David Cronenberg’s must-see cult favorite, a woman named Rose (Marilyn Chambers) develops a thirst for blood after receiving experimental surgery. When Rose wakes up, she finds a stinger under her armpit which she uses to feed off victims, who later turn rabid and attack others. RABID is body horror as only Cronenberg can do, with sex and death inextricably linked thanks to Rose’s phallic parasite.
 
12 December
 
MEMENTO
Leonard remembers everything up to the night his wife was brutally killed. But since then he has suffered from amnesia.         
 
PIN
An emotionally neglected brother and sister take comfort in their imaginary friend Pin, a anatomical dummy belonging to their doctor father. When their parents die in a car crash, the siblings rebel and brother, Leon brings Pin into the house to live with them. Sister Ursula happily entertains her brother’s delusions, but when she gets a new boyfriend and becomes absent, Leon and Pin begin to turn on her and anyone that gets in the way of their special family. Reminiscent of Hitchcock’s Psycho with its unsettling psycho-sexual familial feel, PIN is an underrated 80s horror gem.
 
THE POLICE ARE BLUNDERING IN THE DARK
During an outbreak of violent murders in the area targeting young women, a journalist searching for a female friend gone missing ends up in a villa owned by an eccentric photographer.
 
THE KILLER IS ONE OF THIRTEEN
 A widow invites thirteen guests to stay at her rural mansion. She reveals to them that she suspects whoever killed her husband must be one of them. Soon, they too are being murdered one by one.
 
GIRL IN ROOM 2A
A sadistic killer cult kidnaps and sacrifices beautiful women. A young girl, just paroled from prison, moves into a strange house and appears to be the cult's next victim.
 
19 December
 
CRYSTAL LAKE MEMORIES
From Mrs. Voorhees to Mr. Krueger, this delectable doc offers an in depth look at each entry in the Friday The 13th series. After making his mark with the acclaimed Elm Street saga Never Sleep Again, Daniel Farrands tackled the other titan of ‘80s horror: Jason Voorhees, the hockey-masked maniac who slayed hundreds during his journey from Camp Crystal Lake to outer space and back again.
 
HAIL TO THE DEADITES
A documentary about the fans of the Evil Dead films and explores the classic franchise's undying and ever-growing popularity.     
 
BLOOD CONSCIOUS
A family vacationing in cottage country turns the tables on a mass shooter who claims to be fighting demonic forces.
 
HOMEWRECKER
Michelle is an interior designer and newlywed to Robert. Linda lives alone and fills her days with painting and exercise classes. Seeking a new friend, Linda coerces the reserved, deferential Michelle into visiting her home for a spontaneous interior design consultation. Once inside, it quickly becomes clear that Linda has something far more sinister on her mind than throw pillows.

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 www.shudder.com.


One Script, Two Different Films - PANIC and CONVULSION - Coming soon

Cinema Epoch and Cineridge Entertainment have released the posters and trailers for the sci-fi thrillers, PANIC and CONVULSION. An experimental production where both films used mostly the same script to make two different films, with two different pairs of lead actors. 


Saint Heart and Shane Ryan-Reid star in PANIC, and Leonard Zhang and Jose Adam Alvarez star in CONVULSION. Supporting actors Chris Spinelli, Nicole D'Angelo, Johnny Mask and Lisa London served double duty on both films, along with director Gregory Hatanaka, from a script by Jamie Grefe. 

Both films were produced by Gregory Hatanaka, Shane Ryan-Reid, Chris Spinelli, Kelley Daniel, Nicole D'Angelo, Nino Cimino and Louis DeStefano. 

 View the trailers below...

The films will be released separately some time in 2023.



Bring in the New Year with Rob Zombie's THE MUNSTERS on Disc!

Mediumrare Entertainment announces the horror comedy THE MUNSTERS is being released on Collector’s Edition DVD and Blu-ray on 2 January 2023, complete with must-see extra features.
 
From writer/director Rob Zombie (The Devil’s Rejects) comes the strangest love story ever told! Based on the beloved TV series from the 1960s about a family of friendly monsters trying to fit in, Zombie’s version features Sheri Moon Zombie (Halloween) and Jeff Daniel Phillips (Westworld) as Lily and Herman Munster, and Daniel Roebuck (Final Destination) as The Count. The cast also includes Doctor Who himself, Sylvester McCoy, as Igor, Lost star Jorge Garcia, and genre superstar Cassandra Peterson, better known as Elvira, Mistress of the Dark.

Lily is just your typical 150-year-old, lovelorn vampire looking for the man of her nightmares . . . that is until she lays eyes on Herman, a seven-foot-tall, green experiment with a heart of gold. It’s love at first shock as these two ghouls fall fangs over feet in this crazy Transylvanian romance. Unfortunately, it’s not all smooth sailing in the cemetery as Lily’s father The Count has other plans for his beloved daughter’s future, and they don’t involve her bumbling beau Herman.
 
Filmed in bright day-glo colours, brimming with hilarious jokes and monstrously funny slapstick, not to mention all the werewolves, vampires and witches you can handle, this is a delightfully gothic delight that ghouls and gals of all ages will love. With nods to vintage horror classics along the way, and a beautiful tribute to the original series, you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll howl at the moon as THE MUNSTERS make their way to Mockingbird Lane!
 
Collector’s Edition Disc Extra Features:
 
- The Munsters: Return to Mockingbird Lane - From the mind of Rob Zombie, this hour-long look behind the scenes of The Munsters gives an intimate window into his film-making process. Watch as he weaves his way through the production and collaborates with a dedicated team to bring his unique vision to life. 
 
- Feature Commentary with Director/Writer/Producer Rob Zombie
 
THE MUNSTERS will be released on Collector’s Edition DVD and Blu-ray on 2 January 2023.
 
View the trailer on YouTube.
 
Pre-order the UK BD from Amazon.co.uk
 
Pre-order the UK DVD from Amazon.co.uk