Sunday, 22 May 2022

Shudder acquires MOLOCH - Premiering July 21

Shudder, AMC Network’s premium streaming service for horror, thriller and the supernatural, has acquired rights to Dutch director Nico van den Brink’s directorial debut MOLOCH. The film, an official selection of the Fantasia International Film Festival, will be available exclusively on Shudder in the US, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand on Thursday, July 21.

In MOLOCH, 38-year-old Betriek lives at the edge of a peat bog in the North of the Netherlands. When she and her family are attacked by a random stranger one night, Betriek sets out to find an explanation. The more she digs, the more she becomes convinced that she is being hunted by something ancient.

Written by van den Brink and Daan Bakker, MOLOCH stars Sallie Harmsen (Blade Runner 2049, Catch) and Alexandre Willaume (The Wheel of Time, The Last Kingdom) and is produced by Sabine Brian and Ronald Versteeg. XYZ Films are Executive Producers and handle worldwide sales on the project.

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.

Watch the trailer on YouTube

Visit SHUDDER at http://www.shudder.com

 




Four more Sunday night double-bills - on Horror Channel's VINTAGE VAULT this June

This June, Horror Channel once again journeys into the history of genre cinema with THE VINTAGE VAULT, presenting double-bills of classic sci-fi and horror films every Sunday night.
 

The vault is unlocked on Sunday June 5th with Nathan Juran’s Ray Harryhausen inspired 20 MILLION MILES TO EARTH. This is paired with Fred F. Sears’ rampaging alien bird yarn THE GIANT CLAW. Then on Sunday June 12th, we have THE MONOLITH MONSTERS, in which the world is attacked by thirsty giant crystals, followed by the beastly mutant classic THE DEADLY MANTIS.
 
On Sunday June 19th, the brilliantly lurid THE CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1957), directed by Terence Fisher, hits our screens, followed by drive-in favourite THE BLOB, starring Steve McQueen. Finally on Sunday June 26th, a Terence Fisher double-bill as the hypnotically sensual and gory DRACULA (1958) swoops onto the channel. This adaptation of Bram Stoker’s classic launched Cushing and Christopher Lee into global stardom. This is followed by Fisher’s equally successful adaptation of the classic Universal monster movies, THE REVENGE OF FRANKENSTEIN, again starring the incomparable Peter Cushing.Full film details in transmission order:  
 
Sunday 5 June @ 21:00 – 20 MILLION MILES TO EARTH (1957) 
 

A manned space flight from Venus crash lands in the Mediterranean, losing its most precious cargo: reptilian eggs from the planet's surface. Italian zoologist (Frank Puglia), his American granddaughter, Marisa (Joan Taylor), and returned astronaut Calder (William Hopper) must battle to the creature before it destroys everything in its path.


 
Sunday 5 June @ 22:35 – THE GIANT CLAW (1957) 
 
When a strange flying object is spotted, it is believed to be a UFO. However, it turns out to be an extraterrestrial bird made of anti-matter which leaves a trail of death and destruction in its wake. 
 

Sunday 12 June @ 21:00 – THE MONOLITH MONSTERS (1957)
 
 

A meteor crashes in the desert, leaving behind huge black chunks. While being analysed in a science lab, the crystalline stones are accidentally drenched with water and begin to grow to gargantuan dimensions. A sudden rainstorm further exacerbates the situation, causing the monoliths to grow to hitherto unimagined heights. Can the world be saved by the saline solution which the scientists are hurriedly developing in the lab?
 
 

Sunday 12 June @ 22:30 – THE DEADLY MANTIS (1957)
 
 
When a giant insect attacks several people in a remote Arctic region, Col. Joe Parkham (Craig Stevens) swings into action. Parkham and his associates, Dr. Ned Jackson (William Hopper) and Ned's assistant Margie Blake (Alix Talton), track the predatory mantis as it heads southward to Washington DC.

 
Sunday 19 June @ 21:00 – THE CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1957) 
 

Scientist Victor Frankenstein (Peter Cushing) will stop at nothing in his quest to reanimate a deceased body and assembles a hideous creature (Christopher Lee) out of dead body parts. He succeeds in bringing it to life, but the monster is not as obedient or docile as Frankenstein expected…


 
Sunday 19 June @ 22:40 - THE BLOB (1958) 
 
Two teenagers, Steve (Steve McQueen) and his best girl, Jane (Aneta Corseaut), notice a shooting star fall to earth, destroying an elderly man and growing to a terrifying size. The blob continues to grow, killing many, until the teenagers, with the, initially reluctant aid, of policeman Dave (Earl Rowe) discover a way to stop it.

 
Sunday 26 June @ 21:00 - DRACULA (1958) 
 

On a search for his missing friend, Jonathan Harker (John Van Eyssen), vampire hunter Dr. Van Helsing (Peter Cushing) is led to Count Dracula's (Christopher Lee) castle, where he finds an undead Harker in Dracula's crypt and discovers that the count's next target is Harker's ailing fiancée, Lucy Holmwood (Carol Marsh). With the help of her brother, Arthur (Michael Gough), Van Helsing is determined to protect Lucy and put an end to Count Dracula's parasitic reign of terror.


 
Sunday 26 June @ 22:35 - THE REVENGE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1957) 
 
Having escaped execution and assumed an alias, Baron Frankenstein (Peter Cushing) transplants his deformed underling's brain into a perfect body, but the effectiveness of the process and the secret of his identity soon begin to unravel. Directed by Terence Fisher, this was a sequel to THE CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN and the second instalment of Hammer’s Frankenstein series. 
 
TV: Sky 317 / Virgin 149 / Freeview 70 / Freesat 138 


 



Nail biting thriller SHARK BAIT - Set for UK release, June

Altitude Media have announced that the tense and terrifying thriller SHARK BAIT is being released on DVD, on altitude.film and other Digital platforms from 6th June.

This edge-of-your-seat nerve-shredder, from the producers of 47 METRES DOWN, ATTACK THE BLOCK and BOSS LEVEL, sees a group of spring-breakers being terrorised by a fearsome predator off the coast of Mexico.   Director James Nunn (TOWER BLOCK, ELIMINATORS) delivers an adrenaline rush of a film packed with seriously intense set pieces, with a taut, twisting script from Nick Saltrese (who wrote the acclaimed and award-winning prison boxing film A PRAYER BEFORE DAWN). We dare you to watch it with your toes on the floor!

The fantastic cast includes Holly Earl (from the TV series HUMANS), Catherine Hannay (DOCTORS), and Malachi Pullar-Latchman (soon to be seen as D’Artagnan in THE THREE MUSKETEERS), who discover, too late, that their hi-jinks are going to have serious consequences. With an excellently ominous score by Clio award-winning composer Walter Mair (THE HEIST NO ONE IS TALKING ABOUT), and stunningly shot by Ben Moulden (ALL MY FRIENDS HATE ME), SHARK BAIT is a slick, highly-effective scare machine. Remember - once you see it, it’s too late…

Fans of recent Altitude releases 47 METRES DOWN: UNCAGED, GREAT WHITE and DEAD WATER need look no further - SHARK BAIT is here to take care of all your deep sea terror needs!

SYNOPSIS: A group of spring-breakers enjoying a weekend in Mexico. After a big night of partying on the beach until dawn, the friends steal a couple of jet skis and take them out to sea, but end up in a horrific head-on collision. The group finds itself stranded miles from land and struggling with a badly injured friend. With no clear way home and predators circling in the choppy waters below, the true horror begins…

Watch the trailer on YouTube.

SHARK BAIT is released on DVD, on altitude.film and other Digital platforms from 6th June.

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

 


THE FEAST - In UK cinemas 19 August

Picturehouse Entertainment are pleased to announce the release of Welsh contemporary horror THE FEAST (GWLEDD) exclusively in cinemas nationwide from 19 August.  
 
A haunting, slow-burning horror tale exploring the consequences of greed, corruption and man’s exploitation of the earth, THE FEAST (GWLEDD) is the directorial debut of Lee Haven Jones (Doctor Who) and was written and produced by Roger Williams (Bang).  It stars Annes Elwy (Little Women), Nia Roberts (Under Milk Wood), Julian Lewis Jones (Justice League), Steffan Cennydd (Last Summer) and Sion Alun Davies (The Left Behind).  
 
Filmed in the Welsh language, THE FEAST (GWLEDD) unfolds over the course of one evening as a wealthy family gathers for a sumptuous dinner in their ostentatious house in the Welsh mountains. The guests are a local businessman and a neighbouring farmer, and the intent is to secure a business deal to mine in the surrounding countryside.  When a mysterious young woman arrives to be their waitress for the evening, the family’s beliefs and values are challenged as her quiet yet disturbing presence begins to unravel their lives - slowly, deliberately and with the most terrifying consequences. 
 
THE FEAST (GWLEDD) was a hit at last year’s SXSW and the BFI London Film Festival and has won awards from South Korea’s Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival, Lisbon’s MotelX Festival and Switzerland’s Neuchatel Fantastic Film Festival. 
 
Steeped in Welsh folklore, THE FEAST (GWLEDD) offers an unsettling lesson in respecting your heritage and remaining connected to your roots.  With its eerie and visceral sound design and bold cinematography both gorgeous and gruesome with splashes of gore, THE FEAST (GWLEDD) serves up a potent and intoxicating cinematic experience. 
 
THE FEAST (GWLEDD) is a SGRECH production for S4C, Ffilm Cymru Wales, BFI (awarding funds from the National Lottery) & Melville Media in association with Fields Park. 
 
Exclusively in cinemas from 19 August 2022
 
View the Trailer on YouTube
 
Visit the film's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/FeastFilmUK


A Gasper Noe Double Bill, Trancers, Slasher Mayhem and more on Arrow Player in June.

Key highlights this JUNE on the essential, alternative streaming service ARROW include two films from controversial auteur GASPER NOÉ, an hypnotic indie horror debut, six - yes SIX TRANCERS films and a pair of gory horror masterworks, classic western DJANGO, LUCIO FULCI, VINEGAR SYNDROME and AGFA craziness, and much more... 

 
JUNE RELEASE CALENDAR

New Titles – From June 1
Trancers
Trancers II
Trancers III: Deth Lives
Trancers 4: Jack of Swords
Trancers 5: Sudden Deth
Trancers 6
Torso
The Psychic
Hell High 

New Titles – From June 3
Lux Æterna  

New Titles – From June 10
Enter the Void
The Righteous

New Titles – From June 13
Intruder

New Titles – From June 17
Blood Dolls
The Harder They Come

New Titles – From June 20
Django

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


Tuesday, 17 May 2022

TOXIC AVENGER Charity Shirt, HALLOWEEN, HANNIBAL, & THE BURBS Apparel - Available at Fright-Rags

Stuntman/actor David “Big Dave” Mattey - who made his debut as the monstrous hero in Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV and went on to work on the likes of The Book of Boba Fett, Thor, Hancock, Bright, and American Horror Story - is fighting a rare disease called amyloidosis.

 
Fright-Rags has stepped in to help with a Troma-approved TOXIC AVENGER design. T-shirts and zip-up hoodies are up for pre-order now through Monday, May 16, with 100% of profits being donated to Mattey for medical expenses.


We’re halfway to HALLOWEEN, and Fright-Rags is celebrating with new apparel from John Carpenter's 1978 classic. The line features five shirts, including two tie-dye designs, and a pair of Michael Myers socks.


Fright-Rags also has new and reprinted shirts from the HANNIBAL TV series and THE BURBS in stock.


THE TOXIC AVENGER Charity Shirt, HALLOWEEN, HANNIBAL, & THE BURBS apparel is on sale now at Fright-Rags.com.



Friday, 13 May 2022

WYRMWOOD : APOCALYPSE - UK Blu-Ray review

Mad Max meets The Walking Dead in WYRMWOOD APOCALYPSE, the sequel to the 2014 the Aussie zombie comedy WYRMWOOD : ROAD OF THE DEAD, which comes to Disc and Digital May 13th from 101 Films. 
 
Set in the Australian outback, several years after the apocalyptic events of the previous film, a lone soldier, Rhys (Luke McKenzie – TV's Wentworth Prison, Home and Away), has been rounding up survivors in the zombie infected wastelands and handing over them to a small military unit at a remote bunker.

Their chief scientist, The Surgeon General (Nicholas Boshier – TV's The Moth Effect) has been using them to try and find a cure for the zombie virus. But when Rhys discovers the extremely unethical experiments the Surgeon has really been carrying out, he decides he wants no further part in his plans, resulting in near fatal consequences for himself .
 
Hooking up with a group of survivors, which happens to include the characters from the previous film, Barry and Brooke (Jay Gallagher and Bianca Bradley reprising their earlier roles) they set out to stop the antics of this rogue military outfit before they all end up on the Surgeon General's slab.
 
Boasting some good gory effects, this was a really fun zombie film, equally as good as the first. Though you don't actually have to see the first film in order to watch this, being pretty much a self contained story. But if you haven't seen it, you should definitely check it out, along with this. 
 
If you liked the TV show Z-Nation, you'll defiantly love this as it features the same sort of slapstick humour.
 
The Blu-Ray copy I was sent did not contain any supplemental material.  
 
WYRMWOOD : APOCALYPSE arrives on Blu-Ray, DVD and Digital 16th May 

Pre-order the UK BD Double Pack from Amazon.co.uk
Pre-order the UK BD from Amazon.co.uk
Pre-order the UK DVD from Amazon.co.uk


 

 

Thursday, 12 May 2022

An Argento classic in 4K, a staggering debut and a devil gets his due - July releases from ARROW VIDEO

Arrow Video’s July lineup includes a fully-restored 4K Argento favourite, a remarkable occult horror, a unique and unforgettable Spanish debut, a collection of three unmissable, lesser-known giallos, and a superb 80s slasher as it has never been seen before.

TENEBRAE - On Dual Format Limited Edition 4K UHD Blu-ray 18 July

A razor-wielding psychopath is stalking the thriller writer Peter Neal (Anthony Franciosa, Death Wish II), in Rome to promote his latest work, Tenebrae. But the author isn’t the obsessive killer’s only target: the beautiful women who surround him are doomed as, one by one, they fall victim to the murderer’s slashing blade. 

Co-starring Daria Nicolodi (Phenomena) and John Saxon (A Nightmare on Elm Street) and featuring stark, modernist photography by Luciano Tovoli (Suspiria), this one-time Video Nasty updates the classic giallo blueprint for a new decade – now fully restored in 4K alongside a plethora of extras old and new and including, for the first time ever, the alternate US cut, Unsane.

LIMITED DUAL FORMAT EDITION CONTENTS

• New 4K restoration from the original camera negative by Arrow Films
• Limited edition packaging with reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Obviously Creative
• Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring writing on the film by filmmaker Peter Strickland and Argento biographer Alan Jones, an interview with cinematographer Luciano Tovoli and a new, in-depth analysis of the film by critic Ashley Lane
• Fold-out double-sided poster featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Obviously Creative
• Six double-sided, postcard-sized lobby card reproduction artcards


DISC 1 (4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAY) – ORIGINAL VERSION

• 4K (2160p) UHD Blu-ray presentation in Dolby Vision (HDR10 compatible)
• Original Italian and English front and end titles and insert shots
• Restored original lossless mono Italian and English soundtracks
• English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
• Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
• Audio commentary by authors and critics Alan Jones and Kim Newman
• Audio commentary by Argento expert Thomas Rostock
• Audio commentary by Maitland McDonagh, author of Broken Mirrors/Broken Minds: The Dark Dreams of Dario Argento
• Yellow Fever: The Rise and Fall of the Giallo, a feature-length documentary charting the genre from its beginnings to its influence on the modern slasher film, featuring interviews with Dario Argento, Umberto Lenzi, Luigi Cozzi and more
• Being the Villain, a newly edited archival interview with actor John Steiner
• Out of the Shadows, an archival interview with Maitland McDonagh
• Voices of the Unsane, an archival featurette containing interviews with writer/director Dario Argento, actresses Daria Nicolodi and Eva Robins, cinematographer Luciano Tovoli, composer Claudio Simonetti and assistant director Lamberto Bava
• Screaming Queen, an archival interview with Daria Nicolodi
• The Unsane World of Tenebrae, an archival interview with Dario Argento
• A Composition for Carnage, an archival interview with Claudio Simonetti
• Archival introduction by Daria Nicolodi
• International theatrical trailer
• Japanese “Shadow” theatrical trailer
• Alternate opening credits sequence
• “Unsane” end credits sequence
• Image galleries

DISC 2 (4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAY) – “UNSANE” VERSION – LIMITED EDITION EXCLUSIVE

• 4K (2160p) UHD Blu-ray presentation in Dolby Vision (HDR10 compatible)
• The re-edited 90-minute US version, specially recreated for this release from the new 4K restoration of the full-length 101-minute version, exclusive to UHD
• Two audio options: a recreation of the original theatrical experience, complete with jump cuts and sudden audio shifts, and a new, more seamless edit created for this release, both in restored lossless English mono
• Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
• Original “Take Me Tonight” stereo EP recording, performed by Kim Wilde

DISC 3 (BLU-RAY) – ORIGINAL VERSION

• High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
• All the same content as Disc 1

Pre-order the 4K UHD/BD set from Amazon.co.uk

THE RIGHTEOUS - On Blu-ray 18 July  

A former priest, Frederic Mason (Henry Czerny), anguished by the tragic death of his young daughter, finds himself wrestling with his religious convictions when a mysterious young man (Mark O’Brien) appears wounded on his doorstop in need of assistance. 

After he and his wife Ethel (Mimi Kuzyk) welcome him across the threshold and into their household, Frederic sees an opportunity for redemption in this mysterious and troubled lost soul, who might just be an emissary from God, or maybe the Devil... 

Set amongst the bleak and forbidding landscapes of Newfoundland, crisply captured in tenebrous monochrome by cinematographer Scott McClellan, and featuring robust performances from all its cast members, The Righteous is a sombre supernatural chiller that builds to a memorable crescendo, and signals the emergence of a major new filmmaking talent.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS
• High Definition (1080p) Blu-rayTM presentation
• Original 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
• Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
• Brand new audio commentary by writer, director and actor Mark O'Brien and editor Spencer Jones
• Cast and crew interviews with writer/director/actor Mark O'Brien, producer Mark O'Neill, actors Henry Czerny, Mimi Kuzyk, and Kate Corbett, editor Spencer Jones, cinematographer Scott McClellan, and production designer Jason Clarke
• Roundtable discussion with Mark O'Brien and Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett and Chad Villella of Radio Silence
• Stage Presentation and Q&A with Mark O'Brien and Henry Czerny from the World Premier at Fantasia International Film Festival 2021
• Grimmfest 2021 live-streamed Q&A with Mark O'Brien
• Original soundtrack
• Image gallery, accompanied by the film's original score by Andrew Staniland
• Reversible sleeve featuring newly commissioned artwork by Grant Boland and Oink Creative

FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Fully illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Sean Hogan

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

THE SACRED SPIRIT - On Limited Blu-ray 18 July

A missing girl. A community in shock. Jose Manuel lives a quiet life. He works in his modest tapas bar, takes care of his elderly mother and attends weekly meetings of the Ovni-Levante, a group of devoted UFO enthusiasts who gather after hours at the office of a local estate agent to exchange information about extraterrestrial messages and alien abductions. 

When their leader dies unexpectedly, only Jose is left to know the cosmic secret that could alter the future of humanity. And only Jose knows what he must do.

As if Ken Loach and Aki Kaurismaki remade the The X-Files, The Sacred Spirit is a provocative, humane, and unsparing vision that marks the arrival of a unique new voice in genre cinema.

2 DISC LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS

• High Definition Blu-Ray (1080p) presentation
• Exclusive second disc containing a selection of award-winning short films by director Chema Garcia Ibarra
• Fully illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Shelagh Rowan-Legg, author of The Spanish Fantastic: Contemporary Filmmaking in Horror, Fantasy, and Sci-fi
• Fold-out poster featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Oink Creative
• Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Oink Creative

DISC 1 - FEATURE & EXTRAS

• High Definition Blu-Ray (1080p) presentation
• DTS-HD MA 5.1 surround audio
• Optional English subtitles
• Beyond the Eye of Horus, a visual essay about the use of surveillance and Egyptology in The Sacred Spirit by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas
• Pyramid Scheme, a visual essay examining conspiracy, class and capitalism in The Sacred Spirit by Josh Nelson
• Domestic Science Fiction, an interview with writer-director Chema Garcia Ibarra
• Behind the Scenes, four short featurettes shot during production
• Elche Vision, a series of six location reports about the making of the film, hosted by actress Lorena Iglesias in character as Esther Armengol, presenter of The Sacred Spirit’s fictional local TV show
• Promotional videos in which the characters of The Sacred Spirit talk about themselves
• Uncut TV Clips, background television broadcasts shot especially for the film and presented here in full
• Image gallery
• Theatrical trailer

DISC 2 - DOMESTIC SCI-FI: THE SHORT FILMS OF CHEMA GARCIA IBARRA (LIMITED EDITION EXCLUSIVE)

• The Attack of the Robots from Nebula-5 (2008) 7 mins, Sundance Film Festival Award Winner
• Protoparticles (2013) 8 mins, Sundance Film Festival Award Winner
• Mystery (2013) 12mins, Berlin INternational Film Festival Award Winner
• Uranes (2014) 59mins
• The Disco Shines (2016) 12mins, Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema Award Winner
• The Golden Legend (2019) 11mins, Ann Arbor Film Festival Award Winner

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

HELL HIGH - On Blu-ray 18 July 

When high school football hero Jon-Jon (Breaking Bad’s Christopher Cousins) quits the team, he winds up falling in with a group of outcasts led by the sadistic Dickens (played to unhinged perfection by the late Christopher Stryker). 

With a willing new recruit in tow, the gang’s youthful hijinks soon spiral into a night of abject horror when they decide to play a cruel prank on the home of their teacher Miss Storm – who, unbeknownst to the youngsters, harbors a dark and tormented past.

Hell High – which was released in some international territories as Raging Fury – is a singular entry in the late ’80s horror canon, melding elements of the revenge movie with the trappings of the slasher genre to delirious effect. School’s out… forever!

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS
• Brand new 2K restoration from the original camera negative approved by cinematographer Steven Fierberg
• High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
• Original uncompressed stereo audio
• Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
• Brand new audio commentary with director/producer/co-writer Douglas Grossman and cinematographer Steven Fierberg
• Archival audio commentary with director/producer/co-writer Douglas Grossman
• Archival introduction and audio commentary with film critic Joe Bob Briggs
• School’s Out! – a newly-filmed interview with director/producer/co-writer Douglas Grossman
• A Beautiful Nightmare – a newly-filmed interview with cinematographer Steven Fierberg
• Jon-Jon’s Journey – a newly-filmed interview with actor Christopher Cousins
• The More the Better – a newly-filmed interview with actress Maureen Mooney
• Music is Not Sound – a newly-filmed interview with composers Rich Macar and Christopher Hyams-Hart
• Back to Schools: The Locations of Hell High – a tour of the original Hell High filming sites with author/filmmaker Michael Gingold
• Archival video interviews with director/producer/co-writer Douglas Grossman and co-writer Leo Evans
• Deleted Scene
• Alternate Opening Titles
• Trailers and TV Spots
• Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly-commissioned artwork by Ralf Krause

FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring liner notes by Michael Gingold, including an exclusive interview with stunt coordinator/actor Webster Whinery

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

 GIALLO ESSENTIALS - On Limited Edition Blu-ray 25 July

This volume of Giallo Essentials celebrates the range and breadth of the genre with three lesser-seen films from its early 1970s heyday.

In Silvio Amadio’s Smile Before Death, familicide with a sprinkling of Oedipal love is the order of the day when teenager Nancy (Jenny Tamburi, The Suspicious Death of a Minor) returns home to discover the apparent suicide of her mother, and quickly comes to suspect that her stepfather (Silvano Tranquilli, The Bloodstained Butterfly) and his mistress (Rosalba Neri, The French Sex Murders) are to blame. 

Next, horny priests and self-flagellating nuns abound in Francesco Mazzei’s The Weapon, the Hour, the Motive, as police commissioner Franco Boito (Renzo Montagnani, Massacre in Rome) investigates the brutal murder of a young clergyman, only to enter into an affair with the dead man’s lover (Bedy Moratti, Calling All Police Cars). 

Finally, in Giuseppe Bennati’s The Killer Reserved Nine Seats, an assortment of wealthy degenerates – including Italian cult mainstays Andrea Scotti (Django, Prepare a Coffin) and Howard Ross (The Pyjama Girl Case) – answer the summons of an eccentric nobleman (Chris Avram, A Bay of Blood) and assemble in the theatre attached to his ancestral home, only to find themselves trapped in the decaying building while a savage killer picks them off Agatha Christie-style!

With gory murders, wanton debauchery and left-field plot twists a-plenty, all three of these oft-overlooked gialli are restored in 2K from their original camera negatives – including brand-new, Arrow-exclusive restorations of Smile Before Death and The Weapon, the Hour, the Motive – alongside a range of in-depth bonus features.


 
LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS

• Brand new 2K restorations from the original camera negatives of Smile Before Death and The Weapon, the Hour, the Motive

• 2K restoration from the original camera negative of The Killer Reserved Nine Seats
• High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentations of each film
• Original lossless mono Italian and English soundtracks on Smile Before Death and The Killer Reserved Nine Seats
• Original lossless mono Italian soundtrack on The Weapon, the Hour, the Motive
• 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 Adam Rabalais, Peter Strain and Haunt Love

DISC ONE: SMILE BEFORE DEATH
• Brand new audio commentary by authors and critics Troy Howarth and Nathaniel Thompson
• Original Italian and English front and end titles
• Smile of the Hyena, a brand new video interview with Stefano Amadio, film journalist and son of director Silvio Amadio
• Never-before-seen extended nude scenes, not used in the final film
• Image gallery

DISC TWO: THE WEAPON, THE HOUR, THE MOTIVE
• Brand new audio commentary by author and critic Alexandra Heller-Nicholas
• A Man in Giallo, a brand new video interview with actor Salvatore Puntillo
• Front and end titles for the lost English-language dub
• Image gallery

DISC THREE: THE KILLER RESERVED NINE SEATS
• Brand new audio commentary by author and critic Kat Ellinger
• Hanging with Howard, a video interview with actor Howard Ross
• Writing with Biagio, a video interview with screenwriter Biagio Proietti
• Italian theatrical trailer (in Italian and English)
• Image gallery

FIRST PRESSING ONLY: individual illustrated collector's booklets for each film, featuring new writing by Rachael Nisbet, Barry Forshaw and Peter Jilmstad

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




Singaporean psychological horror REPOSSESSION showing at the Romford Film Festival

Arthouse psychological horror REPOSSESSION, from Singapore film makers GOH Ming Siu and Scott C. HILLYARD, is screening at this years Romford Film Festival, May 22.

50-year-old Jim (Gerald Chew, "Apprentice", Cannes Film Festival 2016 Un Certain Regard) loses his high-flying job in status-conscious Singapore, but his ego and pride compel him to hide this from his wife (Amy J Cheng, "Crazy Rich Asians") and daughter. His only confidante is his best friend (Sivakumar Palakrishnan, "A Yellow Bird", Cannes Film Festival 2016 Critics' Week).

Desperately clinging onto the material symbols of his past success, he unlocks a hibernating malevolent force, with sinister roots in long-buried secrets. As his dream life crumbles around him, worlds collide, the lines between then and now become increasingly blurred, and Jim descends into a waking nightmare…

REPOSSESSION is a bold, genre-bending film, with an ever-evolving, haunting soundscape from Golden Horse Award-winning composer Teo Wei Yong (“A Land Imagined”, Locarno Film Festival 2018 Golden Leopard-winning film).

View the trailer on YouTube.

REPOSSESSION screens on Sunday 22nd May, at the Romford Film Festival
https://www.romfordfilmfestival.com/sunday22 

The Romford Film Festival takes place between 19-25 May, at the Premiere Cinema, located in the Mercury Shopping Centre, Mercury Gardens, Romford, RM1 3EE.

Visit the official website: https://www.romfordfilmfestival.com

 

 

Horror Channel launches assault of Premieres for June, plus new series of Farscape

Ryan Simon’s British supernatural chiller DEMON EYE, starring Darren Day, and Liam Fox, and Brad Baruh’s Coen-sequel mystery thriller NIGHT DRIVE, starring AJ Bowen and Sophie Dalah, both receive Friday night UK TV premieres on Horror Channel.

 
There are also channel premieres for John Carpenter’s cult classic ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 and Finnish-German sci-fi Nazi horror spoof IRON SKY: THE COMING RACE, directed by Timo Vuorensola (Iron Sky) and starring Udo Kier, reprising his role as Adolf Hitler.

Plus, cult classic FARSCAPE returns with the channel premieres of Series 3 and 4. This Australian-American Sci-Fi TV series, created by Rockne S, O’Bannon, has proved s big hit with Horror Channel audiences.

Full film details in transmission order:

From Thurs 2 June @ 18:00 – FARSCAPE: SERIES 3 (2001) *Channel Premiere


Crichton remains a virtual prisoner in the Ice Planet lab. Now that the chip – and the clone - implanted in Crichton's brain have been removed, Scorpius is free to examine the secrets of the wormhole technology. However, something is awry. An imprint of the Scorpius Clone remains trapped inside Crichton's mind. Faced with this intolerable existence, the clone tells John that there is only one way to escape the unholy partnership – Crichton must die.

Fri 3 June @ 21:00 – DEMON EYE (209) *UK TV Premiere


Inspired by the 1850’s tale of the Saddleworth Witch, a young woman returns to her father’s country house on the moors, following his mysterious death, and finds a cursed amulet, connected to local witchcraft. She discovers the amulet has dark powers and will grant you your greatest wish, but in return, she must unlock two deadly demons…

Sat 4 June @ 21:00 – ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 (1976) *Channel Premiere


An LA gang’s revenge-fuelled killing spree leads them to a half-abandoned police station in the throes of closing down. Under siege with power and phone lines cut, a lone cop and his skeleton staff recruit a condemned killer from the cells in a desperate battle to survive the night. As the gang close in the tension escalates to boiling point in John Carpenter’s brutal and unrelenting cult classic.

Friday 10 June @ 22:45 – NIGHT DRIVE (2021) *UK TV Premiere

 
Russell (AJ Bowen) is a taxi driver in LA, who’s reeling from a series of bad decisions. While his life seems to be caught in a downward spiral, a business proposition from an enigmatic passenger (Sophie Dalah) proves too good to turn down. A simple ride turns deadly, catapulting Russell into an even darker place, but his alluring passenger may be the key to the second chance he thought he’d never have...if he can make it through the night.

Fri 17 June @ 21:00 – IRON SKY: THE COMING RACE (2019) *Channel Premiere


Twenty years after the events of Iron Sky, the former Nazi Moonbase has become the last refuge of mankind. Earth was devastated by a nuclear war, but buried deep under the wasteland lays a power that could save the last of humanity - or destroy it once and for all. The truth behind the creation of mankind will be revealed when an old enemy leads our heroes on an adventure into the Hollow Earth. To save humanity they must fight the Vril, an ancient shapeshifting reptilian race and their army of dinosaurs.

From Thurs 30 June @ 18:00 – FARSCAPE: SERIES 4 (2002) *Channel Premiere


Continuing work on his theories of wormhole technology, Crichton ekes out an existence on board Elack - an old, dying Leviathan. The peace is shattered by the intrusion of a female alien, Sikozu, and a squad of Grudek mercenaries intent on harvesting Elack's neural tissue. Crichton fights to save his new home, his struggle hindered by the Grudeks' pet: a vicious and deadly alien canine called the Brindz Hound.

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Horror anthology SCARE US gets UK Digital release

SCARE US, a darkly vicious serial killer horror anthology, will be released in the UK on Monday 13th June, courtesy of Koch Films. It will be available via Sky Store, Virgin Movies, Apple TV / iTunes and Amazon, as well as Google Play and Xbox.

The 5-part murderous tale, which was voted one of the Top 10 Hidden Horror Gems of 2021, focuses on an unlikely group of aspiring writers who live in Sugarton - a small town plagued by the apparent return of an infamous serial killer, dubbed "Cutthroat". As usual, they meet in their local bookstore run by Peter, the group’s leader, to share their scary stories, but tonight, they are about to discover they've become the stars of a sick killer's own twisted tale.

Shot in Arizona over a 16 day period, SCARE US is directed by Ryan Henry Johnston (Head Director, Co-Director of Night Haul), Carl Jensen IV (Co-Director of Dead Ringer) Ryan Kjolberg (Director of Untethered), Charlotte Lilt (Co-Director of Night Haul), Tom J. McCoy (Director of The Resting) and Jordan Pillar (Co-Director of Dead Ringer)

The Falling Flame Pictures production stars Tom Sandoval, Charlotte Lilt, Michelle Palermo, Michael C. Alvarez, Ethan Drew, Jason Wiechert, Desiree Srinivas and William Kenny. Writers are Will Hirsch, Carl Jensen IV, Ryan Henry Johnston, Ryan Kjolberg, Tom J. McCoy and Jordan Pillar. It is produced by Jason Wiechert, Ryan Henry Johnston and Robyn Sturgis.

Co-director, producer Ryan Henry Johnston commented “We hope UK audiences appreciate what we feel are three of the coolest, most unique aspects of the movie: each of the five main characters telling their short story also plays the main character in the story they tell, and each story has its own style, tone and subgenre. Our goal was to create an anthology every type of horror fan can enjoy, and I hope they all do. And fans of Tom Sandoval from VANDERPUMP RULES get a chance to see him do something very different”.

Koch Films is an independent film and home entertainment distributor and a subsidiary of Koch Media GmbH which was founded in 1994. The group is a leading marketer of games, films and software products.  Koch Media GmbH maintains offices in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, United Kingdom, France, Benelux, Italy, Spain, Scandinavia, Poland, the Czech Republic, as well as subsidiaries in the USA and Australia. In February 2018 Koch Media became part of the Swedish Embracer Group.

Watch the Official Trailer: https://vimeo.com/705781777



Post-apocalyptic horror novel THE SURVIVORS released by Solstice Publishing

THE SURVIVORS, a post-apocalyptic horror novella written for adult readers, describes a calamitous future in which runaway climate change has made the planet nearly uninhabitable. Civilization has collapsed, and every day is a struggle for the remaining few.

Lucy, a young mother of two, dreams of a better life by bringing back forgotten knowledge. But the rest of her group, led by her brutal aunt, is focused solely on day-to-day survival—at any price. 

When a deadly hurricane destroys their home, Lucy’s group is forced on the road, where they must cope with hunger, searing temperatures, and vicious rivals. And their nightmare is just beginning. “Lucy’s determination and sanity are sorely tested,” says Weber. British author John Moralee called it “a disturbing and memorable story.”

THE SURVIVORS explores the consequences of runaway climate change, the tensions between short-term survival and long-term thinking, and the fragility of civilization and the human psyche. The book contains scenes with explicit violence and gore, and may not be suitable for all readers.

Buy the Book from Amazon.co.uk

Visit the author's official website: https://www.tcweber.com

 


Mayhem Film Festival returns to the Broadway Cinema, Nottingham this October

The Mayhem Film Festival will return this autumn to Broadway Cinema, Nottingham to showcase the best in international horror, sci-fi and cult cinema, with the festival’s 18th edition planned to run for four days from Thursday 13 - Sunday 16 October. 


Following last year’s triumphant return to Broadway’s Screen 1 after a scaled-down ‘Skeleton Edition’ of the festival in 2020, organisers are excited to once again begin planning for the festival’s traditional four-day event in October. 

Mayhem’s organisers promise the biggest edition of the festival yet – festival co-director Chris Cooke says: “We’re looking forward to bringing you together for the most anticipated and exciting examples of the genre, special guests and more… across four days of glorious global cinema – in a packed-out Screen 1 at the very best venue out there, Broadway Cinema!” 

Broadway’s Director of Marketing and Communications, Stewart Terry added: “We can’t wait to host another Mayhem this year. The four-day Mayhem weekend is always one of the most exciting times for us here at Broadway, and we know that many film lovers visit us from across the UK to not only see the latest in big-screen horror, sci-fi and cult movies, but also to re-engage with their fellow Mayhem fans.” 

In addition to announcing their 2022 dates, Mayhem Film Festival is pleased to open the call for short films for this year’s edition. Over the years, Mayhem has grown from a single short film programme to a four-day event, but its shorts programme remains at the heart of every edition. Mayhem Film Festival are looking for horror, sci-fi and cult short films, produced after 1 January 2021 and that are under 22 minutes long. More information on how to submit films is available at https://filmfreeway.com/MayhemFilmFestival 

In previous years, Mayhem has welcomed many filmmakers from around the world such as Gareth Edwards (Godzilla, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) for Monsters, Mark Gatiss (The League of Gentlemen, Sherlock) for a special masterclass, Ben Wheatley for a preview screening of Sightseers, Nicolas Roeg for a special screening of Don’t Look Now at St Mary’s Church in Nottingham, and cult Canadian collective Astron-6 for The Editor and The Void

Mayhem Film Festival has also hosted special events such as screenings with specially commissioned live scores from 8MM Orchestra, two exclusive live stage readings of unmade Hammer Films screenplays, The Unquenchable Thirst of Dracula in 2015 and Zeppelin V. Pterodactyls in 2017, and a live performance of Tales of HP Lovecraft by The Duke St Workshop featuring British actor Laurence R. Harvey. 

Planning is currently underway for Mayhem Film Festival’s 18th edition with more information and announcements coming soon. Mayhem Film Festival will take place at Broadway, Nottingham on 13 – 16 October 2022.  

For more information, please visit http://www.mayhemfilmfestival.com


Monday, 9 May 2022

Nucleus Films releasing two Giallo films this Spring

Nucleus Films have two exciting releases coming to you in Spring 2022 and if you are a fan of Italian film these are going to be films you will want to add to your collection.

NOTHING UNDERNEATH

Mixing the visual style and shocking violence of the classic Italian Giallo with the slick sensuality of 1980s erotic thrillers, Carlo Vanzina's controversial box office hit NOTHING UNDERNEATH dives into the dark underbelly of Milan's fashion world as American forest ranger Bob Crane – inspired by a psychic vision - heads to Italy in search of his twin sister, a top model who has mysteriously vanished. 

He soon finds himself drawn into a sophisticated and sinister world of sex, murder, drugs and intrigue where no one is what they seem and a scissor-wielding assassin stalks the catwalk.

This classic late-period Italian thriller stars Donald Pleasence (Phantom of Death, Phenomena), real-life supermodel Renée Simonsen and American TV regular Tom Schanley alongside a host of top models and fashion industry cameos. A classic score by Pino Donaggio adds the finishing touch to a film that oozes Eighties excess and high fashion.

Newly restored in 4K from the original negatives, NOTHING UNDERNEATH is one of the great unsung films of the late giallo era, and comes fully loaded with extras.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

• Brand new uncensored 4K transfer from the original negatives
• English and Italian Stereo Audio Options
• English Mono Audio Option
• Isolated Score (mono) Audio Option
• Optional English Subtitles
• Audio Commentary with The Hysteria Continues
• Audio Commentary with film historian and critic Rachael Nisbet
• Murders a la Mode - an interview with screenwritert Enrico Vanzina
• Murder He Wrote - an interview with screenwriter Franco Ferrini
• High Fashion Music - an interview with composer Pino Donaggio
• Models, Murders and Italy - an interview with actor Tom Schanley
• English theatrical trailers
• Italian theatrical trailer
• English inserts
• Italian opening and end credits
• Image gallery

94 minutes + Extras
Region: ALL

Nothing Underneath is scheduled to be released by Nucleus Films on 30th May 2022.

Pre-order from Amazon.co.uk

 
TOO BEAUTIFUL TO DIE

After one of their number is raped at a party and then mysteriously murdered some time later, a group of supermodels who moonlight as high-class hookers find that a brutal killer is taking revenge on everyone involved in the original assault, just as a mysterious new arrival joins their group for an extravagant music video-style fashion shoot. Who is she and what is her connection to the series of violent deaths taking place around her?

Mixing the classic traditions of Italian giallo cinema with the ultra-modernist aesthetics of Eighties MTV, this 1988 thematic follow-up to erotic thriller Nothing Underneath from director Dario Piana is a visually dazzling and wildly extravagant study in style and slaughter that has a cast of beautiful women headed by cult movie icon Florence Guérin (Faceless, The Black Cat) and is soundtracked by a collection of 1980s pop hits from the likes of Frankie Goes to Hollywood and Huey Lewis and the News.

This Nucleus Films presentation of TOO BEAUTIFUL TO DIE (AKA Nothing Underneath II) - is newly restored in 4K from the original 35mm negatives, looking more stunning than ever before and is complete with extensive special features.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

• Brand new uncensored 4K transfer from the original negatives
• English and Italian Stereo Audio Options
• Optional English Subtitles
• Audio Commentary with film historian and critic Rachael Nisbet
• Nothing True But The Eyes - an interview with writer/director Dario Piana
• Alternate ending storyboards
• Deleted scenes storyboards
• English theatrical trailer
• Italian theatrical trailer
• Italian credits
• Italian inserts
• French theatrical trailer (English audio)
• Japanese VHS teaser trailer
• BBFC 1990 Cuts information
• Image Gallery

99 minutes + Extras
Region: ALL

Too Beautiful To Die is scheduled to be released by Nucleus Films on 16th May 2022.  

Pre-order from Amazon.co.uk

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