Friday 29 September 2023

Possession Horror, WHEN EVIL LURKS - coming to UK Cinemas

Shudder and Vertigo Releasing are thrilled to confirm the UK cinema release of Shudder's latest Original Film, WHEN EVIL LURKS, following its premiere at Toronto Film Festival in Midnight Madness

When a pair of brothers find a mutilated corpse near their property, they convene with the locals to suss it out. But they soon learn that the odd happenings in their village are the cause of a spirit, that’s found its way into a local man waiting for the proper protocols to rid his body of the festering demon. 

An escape attempt ensues as the film keeps its protagonists on edge, racing against imminent danger to shake the spirit’s relentless clutches

Written and directed by Demián Rugna (Terrified), When Evil Lurks stars Ezequiel Rodríguez (Juego De Brujas), Demián Salomón (Satanic Hispanics) & Luis Ziembrowski.

Check out the Trailer on YouTube.

WHEN EVIL LURKS will be released to selected UK cinemas from October 6th


Thursday 28 September 2023

Chilling docuseries THE ENFIELD POLTERGEIST - On AppleTV+, October

Apple TV+ have announced a new four-part documentary series THE ENFIELD POLTERGEIST, which tells the riveting story of the most famous poltergeist haunting in history. Combining more than 250 hours of rare audio archive, meticulous recreation of the setting of the haunting and original interviews with the people impacted by the case, the series is an ambitious genre-bending story that explores the human fascination with the unexplained and its impact on those who live it. All episodes premiere globally on Friday, October 27, 2023. 

In 1977, the terrifying haunting of an everyday family in Enfield, London, dominated headlines across the United Kingdom and had a tremendous impact on an entire generation of children. The mysterious case forever changed ideas about the supernatural and that it wasn’t just restricted to castles and stately homes but could be experienced by anyone, anywhere. The chilling story has inspired fictionalized versions of the case, including the film “The Conjuring 2,” a television series and two stage plays.

Throughout four episodes, the events at Enfield are reconstructed using the real recordings captured by Maurice Grosse, a paranormal investigator who archived all of his interviews with those affected by the phenomenon. Building a replica of the house where the incidents took place, performers reenact what is heard on the actual tapes, allowing an interplay by the archival voices and appearances of those originally involved in the incident through present-day interviews.  

THE ENFIELD POLTERGEIST is produced for Apple TV+ by MetFilm and Concordia Studio, the producers of Apple’s “STILL: A Michael J. Fox Movie,” this year’s most Emmy-nominated documentary.The series is directed by Jerry Rothwell. Executive producers are Al Morrow, BAFTA winner Stewart le Maréchal, Oscar Award-winning Davis Guggenheim, Jonathan Silberberg and Nicole Stott. 

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NYX UK unveils a 'Helloween' month of horror movies for October

October is ‘Helloween’ month on NYX, with a fearsome flourish of 9pm channel premieres including Sam Raimi’s seminal THE EVIL DEAD, which celebrates the uniquely talented filmmaker’s birthday on October 23. 

Other premieres include Lucio Fulci’s 1981 shocker THE BLACK CAT, Larry Fessenden’s remarkable vampire hit HABIT, Bob Clarke’s acclaimed 1974 breakthrough slasher BLACK CHRISTMAS, giallo masterpiece WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO SOLANGE? and WAKE WOOD, the acclaimed Irish supernatural horror, starring Timothy Spall.
Highlighted films in transmission order:
Sun 1 Oct @ 21:00 - COUNTESS DRACULA (1971) * Part of Hammer Sundays 
The aging Countess Elisabeth Nadasdy (Ingrid Pitt) discovers that bathing in the blood of virgins can restore her youthful beauty. As she becomes increasingly obsessed with her newfound power, the countess embarks on a murderous spree to maintain her appearance. The film's unique blend of historical fact, legend, and horror storytelling has made it a cult favourite among fans of classic British horror cinema.
Wed 4 Oct @ 21:00 - THE SENTINEL (1977)
Alison Parker (Christina Raines), a young and successful fashion model moves into a Brooklyn brownstone to escape her tumultuous relationship with her boyfriend, Michael (Chris Sarandon). However, upon moving in, Alison begins to experience strange and terrifying occurrences. With its shocking twists, suspenseful storytelling, and haunting visuals, making it a memorable entry in the 1970s horror genre.
Fri 6 Oct @ 21:00 - HABIT (1995) *Channel Premiere
A grieving Sam (Larry Fessenden), a down-and-out New Yorker, is lost in an alcoholic haze. When he meets the seductive Anna (Meredith Snaider), he immediately falls under her spell. Allowing her to draw him away from his friends and into a web of blood-sucking addiction and madness. This disturbing, critically acclaimed debut from actor /writer / director Lary Fessenden, is acknowledged as a modern classic in the vampire genre.
Fri 6 Oct @ 23:00 - VAMPYRO LESBOS (1971) 
Countess Nadine Carody, an enigmatic and seductive vampire lures woman to her isolated island to satisfy her vampiric desires. With its blend of horror, eroticism, and surrealism, Jesús Franco’s evocative film stands as a unique experience within the vampire genre.
Sun 8 Oct @ 21:00 - THE SATANIC RITES OF DRACULA (1973) * Part of Hammer Sundays
A Scotland Yard investigator enlists the help of occult expert Lorrimer Van Helsing (Peter Cushing) and his granddaughter Jessica (Joanna Lumley) to uncover a mysterious and powerful Satanic cult led by an enigmatic figure named D.D. Denham. As they delve deeper into their investigation, they discover that Denham is none other than Count Dracula (Christopher Lee). A sequel to the 1970 movie Dracula A.D. 1972, this marks the final pairing of Lee and Cushing as Count Dracula and Van Helsing in the Hammer Dracula series.
Wed 11 Oct @ 21:00 – TORSO (1973)
A group of college students who become the targets of a masked killer with a penchant for dismemberment. As the body count rises and the students are stalked through the picturesque Italian countryside, the film delves into themes of obsession, voyeurism, and the fragility of human relationships.
Fri 13 Oct @ 21:00 – WAKE WOOD (2009) *Channel Premiere
A couple grieving the tragic death of their nine-year-old daughter move to a sleepy village. Stumbling into a strange night-time ritualistic ceremony, the couple are made an offer they find difficult to refuse - to have their daughter back. But it will come at a price. Directed by David Keating, this spell-binding Hammer Film co-production stars Timothy Spall, Eva Birthistle, Ella Connolly and Aidan Gillen.
Fri 13 Oct @ 23:00 – THE SHIVER OF THE VAMPIRES (1971)
A newlywed couple, Isle and Antoine, visit Isle's ancestral castle only to find that her two cousins, who were supposed to welcome them, have turned into vampires. With its visually stunning style and innovative approach to the vampire mythos, the film is a standout entry in the genre, demonstrating Rollin's ability to push boundaries and redefine conventions.
Sat 14 Oct @ 21:00 – CANNIBAL GIRLS (1973)
A young couple stumbled upon a remote country inn run by a trio of beautiful but deadly women. As the couple begins to uncover the macabre history of the inn and its inhabitants, they find themselves drawn into a horrifying nightmare of murder and cannibalism. Ivan Reitman’s career-defining dark horror is a unique and twisted take on the cannibal subgenre.
Sun 15 Oct @ 21:00 - THE REVENGE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1958)* Part of Hammer Sundays
Baron Frankenstein (Peter Cushing), escaping execution, takes on the alias of Dr. Stein and opens a new practice, where he continues his forbidden experiments to create life. With its focus on character-driven horror, inventive narrative, rich visuals, and exceptional performances, Terence Fisher’s film, a sequel to the renowned "The Curse of Frankenstein".  is an enduring classic that continues to inspire horror filmmakers.
Fri 20 Oct @21:00 – BOWERY AT MIDNIGHT (1942)
Bela Lugosi plays Professor Brenner, a seemingly benign psychology professor by day who leads a terrifying double life. After sunset, Brenner adopts the identity of Karl Wagner, the malevolent manager of a mission that provides shelter to the homeless of the Bowery district in New York City. Unbeknownst to the unfortunate souls who seek refuge there, Wagner uses the mission as a recruitment ground for his criminal activities. Directed by Wallace Fox, Lugosi's compelling performance make this a fascinating entry in the annals of classic horror cinema.
BOWERY AT MIDNIGHT is part of a Lugosi double-bill, with WHITE ZOMBIE which follows at 11pm. Directed by Victor Halperin in 1932, "White Zombie" is a seminal horror film starring the iconic Bela Lugosi as the sinister voodoo master Murder Legendre, who uses his powers to transform people into mindless zombies.
A chance to learn from the legend on NYX this month as Dick Smith (pictured), the man who created the effects for such movies as The Exorcist, Scanners and The Godfather. Watch him in action to help you prepare for Halloween. Plus, there’s a chance to go behind the scenes at the workshop of special effects maestro Tom Savini as he gives us a true insight into how he created his legendary effects for such movies as Friday the 13th and Dawn of the Dead.
Sun 22 Oct @ 21:00 – THE ABOMINABLE SNOWMAN (1957) *Part of Hammer Sundays
British scientist, Dr. John Rollason (Peter Cushing), joins an expedition led by Tom Friend (Forrest Tucker) in the Himalayas. The goal: to seek out the mythical Yeti or the Abominable Snowman. As they ascend higher into the treacherous and icy landscape, they encounter much more than they bargained for. Val Guest’s enduring classic presents an enthralling mix of the classic monster movie trope with philosophical and existential themes.
Mon 23 Oct @ 21:00 – THE EVIL DEAD (1981) *Channel premiere
Sam Raimi's 1981 directorial debut, "The Evil Dead," is a seminal horror film that tells the story of a group of friends who unwittingly unleash a demonic force during a vacation at a remote cabin in the woods. As the demonic presence begins to possess and torment the group, they must fight for their lives and their sanity. With its relentless pacing and unforgettable moments of terror, "The Evil Dead" remains a touchstone of the horror genre and a testament to Sam Raimi's unique vision. Happy birthday Sam Raimi!
Wed 25 Oct @ 21:00 – BAD TASTE (1987)
A group of friends discover that their small New Zealand town has been overrun by grotesque aliens seeking to harvest human flesh for their intergalactic fast-food chain. Peter Jackson’s directorial debut scored instantly with its over-the-top gore, dark humour, and outrageous special effects, making it a cult classic among horror and comedy fans.
Fri 27 Oct @ 21:00 – WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO SOLANGE? (1972) *Channel Premiere
Enrico Rosseni (Fabio Testi), a school gym teacher becomes embroiled in a horrifying mystery as his secret relationship with one of his students, Elizabeth (Cristina Galbó) leads to them witnessing a murder, making Elizabeth a target and prompting Enrico to take the matter into his own hands. Massimo Dallamano’s giallo thriller remains a standout with its potent mix of mystery, social commentary, and atmospheric horror.
Fri 27 Oct @ 23:00 – THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTED (1980)
Elisabeth, a young woman suffering from a mysterious condition that erases her memories, finds herself trapped in a high-rise building with other afflicted individuals. With its atmospheric direction, thought-provoking themes, and emotional depth, Jean Rollin's French horror drama, a departure from his vampire-themed works, is a compelling exploration of the fragility of human memory and identity film directed by the renowned Jean Rollin, best known for his unique blend of eroticism and horror.
Sat 28 Oct @ 21:00 – THE BLACK CAT (1981) *Channel Premiere
Set in a small English village, the story revolves around an ill-tempered black cat with uncanny abilities. The cat's owner is a reclusive professor who has the power to communicate with the dead, and who uses the feline as an instrument of murder. As the body count starts to rise, a visiting American photographer and a local detective begin to suspect the professor's involvement in the gruesome deaths. Based loosely on Edgar Allan Poe's classic short story of the same name, it may not be as famous as some of Fulci's other works, but it showcases his unique ability to infuse atmospheric locations with gruesome violence.
Sun 29 Oct @ 21:00 – LUST FOR A VAMPIRE (1971) *Part of Hammer Sundays
The story unfolds with the resurrection of the beautiful but deadly vampire Carmilla (Yutte Stensgaard), who, under the alias Mircalla, enrols at an all-girls boarding school located near the gothic and atmospheric Karnstein Castle. The film is the second instalment in Hammer Film Productions' Karnstein Trilogy, sandwiched between "The Vampire Lovers" and "Twins of Evil" and is renowned for its atmospheric setting and sensuous narrative/
Mon 30 Oct @ 21:00 – BLACK CHRISTMAS (1974) *Channel Premiere
The action takes place in a sorority house during the festive season, where the sorority sisters begin to receive disturbing and anonymous phone calls. Unbeknownst to them, the calls are coming from an intruder who has taken up residence in their attic. Bob Clarke’s Canadian horror is often cited as one of the first slasher films and is credited with pioneering elements of the genre. Its combination of horror and mystery set against an ordinarily joyful holiday season has made it a classic in the annals of horror cinema.
Tues 31 Oct @ 21:00 – HALLOWEEN (1978)
Michael Myers (Nick Castle), a deranged murderer who, fifteen years after brutally killing his sister on Halloween night, returns to his hometown of Haddonfield, Illinois, to continue his killing spree. Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis), a high school student, becomes the primary target of Michael's rampage, and she must use her resourcefulness and determination to survive the night and protect her friends from the relentless killer. The film's success spawned numerous sequels and imitators, solidifying its status as a classic in the horror genre and launching the career of Jamie Lee Curtis
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Amicus Relaunch Bid Smashes Crowdfunding Goal in Less Than 24 Hours

An ambitious campaign to revive the iconic British horror studio has reached its £60K funding goal in just 11 hours as fans from around the world rally around the project.

Thanks to this hugely successful funding drive, Amicus is now set to return with its first film for decades, IN THE GRIP OF TERROR, a portmanteau feature harking back to the company's best-loved titles such as 'Dr. Terror's House of Horrors' (1965), 'Tales from the Crypt' (1972), and 'Asylum' (1972).

Since the announcement last month of the rebirth of Amicus, the team behind the project has received an incredible outpouring of support from the horror community, culminating in the launch of their record-breaking Kickstarter campaign. The team is seeking funds to produce 'In the Grip of Terror', and in return offering various perks, from Collector's Edition physical copies to exclusive merchandise, and even credits in the film.

The revival of Amicus is not a corporate reboot, but a project led by a team of genre filmmakers, passionate about classic horror and the future of independent filmmaking. According to director/producer Lawrie Brewster, “the new Amicus will be built by and for horror fans. By championing atmospheric visuals, compelling horror writing, and traditional practical effects, we plan to transport audiences back to the golden age of British horror. Restoring Amicus is not merely about reviving a film studio, it's about rekindling a passion, honouring a rich heritage, and showcasing the power of independent filmmaking.”

The first new film under the Amicus banner will feature four segments based on classic horror stories by H.P. Lovecraft, Ambrose Bierce, and E.M Forster, all on the theme of medical macabre. The film has been developed in close consultation with the family of Amicus co-founder Milton Subotsky, and aims to preserve and build upon his incredible filmmaking legacy. 

IN THE GRIP OF TERROR' will star a host of UK horror icons including Laurence R. Harvey (Human Centipede II), and Jonathan Hansler (Axed, The Devil's Business) as well as upcoming talent such as Megan Tremethick (Ghost Crew, The Lockdown Hauntings).

Brewster and his business partner Sarah Daly have grand ambitions for the future of this icon of British horror, with a series of films slated, and their campaign stretch goals including plans to secure a bricks-and-mortar home for Amicus in Scotland.

Visit the crowdfunder to find out how you can play a part in the future of Amicus Productions, and support truly independent British horror filmmaking

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Tuesday 19 September 2023

New Merch for October from Fright-Rags

Fright-Rags is commemorating 20 years of innovative horror merchandise with its first vinyl record, Spooky Sounds of the Morgue, along with collectibles from Trick 'r Treat, Sleepaway Camp 2 & 3, and more.

Immerse yourself in a macabre auditory experience with Fright-Rags' Spooky Sounds of the Morgue. Inspired by Halloween sound effects albums of yesteryear, the 7" record features two original tracks by Mike Deiure and Rocky Gray. Limited to 450, it's pressed on purple vinyl and comes with a shirt featuring the cover art.

Follow the rules of Halloween with Fright-Rags' Trick 'r Treat collection. The retro-inspired line includes a tin lunchbox with Thermos, two 32-ounce souvenir cups, and a set of six puffy stickers.

Fright-Rags goes to camp with Sleepaway Camp II & III trading cards. They come in single packs (nine cards and a sticker), factory boxes (80 cards, two stickers, and a checklist), and sealed boxes (two full base sets, two full sticker sets, two checklists, one autograph card, and a printing plate).

Other recent releases include I Spit on Your Grave, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003), The Munsters, Trick or Treat, Sleepaway Camp, and True Romance. All of this and more is available at

If you're attending Halloween: 45 Years of Terror in Pasadena, CA from September 29 through October 1, stop by Fright-Rags' booth for convention-exclusive Halloween items, including apparel and action figures.


Christopher Lloyd stars in SPOOKY NIGHT: THE SPIRIT OF HALLOWEEN - October

When a new pop-up Halloween store opens in a deserted shopping mall, three school friends who think they’ve outgrown trick-or-treating make a dare to spend the night locked inside the store for Halloween night. 

But they soon find out that the store is haunted by an evil spirit who has possessed the creepy animatronic characters inside! The kids will embark on a thrilling and spooky adventure in order to survive the night and avoid becoming possessed themselves!

Featuring Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future, The Addams Family) and Rachael Leigh Cook (She’s All That, A Tourist's Guide to Love)SPOOKY NIGHT: THE SPIRIT OF HALLOWEEN promises haunted family fun this spooky season! 

Dazzler Media presents SPOOKY NIGHT: THE SPIRIT OF HALLOWEEN in selected cinemas from 13 October

Own it on DVD & Download from 16 October

View the Trailer on YouTube

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Horror Novella I SAW SATAN AT THE 7-ELEVEN - publishing this Halloween

Fear and Loathing meets South Park in a screwball horror novella from the twisted mind of Christopher Brett Bailey. Part romance, part buddy comedy, part bizzarro body horror, I SAW SATAN AT THE 7-ELEVEN is a dark-as-night tale from a phenomenal new name in literary fiction.

Two miles north of Hell, a nameless deadbeat narrator spots Satan buying soy milk at the 7–Eleven. Satan's a washed-up has-been, who’s totally lost his edge. That is until he falls in love with our narrator, and the two embark on a debauched misadventure, by turns slapstick, violent, whimsical, dreamlike and tender.

Outside in the parking lot, Satan was polishing his windshield. Satan drove a Corvette, obviously. I went outside, kept my distance, eyeballed him wiping dead bugs from his wing mirrors. Clocking me, he struck a rebel pose, one foot up on the bumper, and called out, “I’m not a hippie. I’m lactose intolerant.”

“What?” I said… to Satan, “Are you talking to me?”

“Yes, I’m talking to you. I saw you eyeing up my soy milk and I want to set the record straight. I’m. No. Hippie.”

I SAW SATAN AT THE 7-ELEVEN is available from October 31st.

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HELLRAISER returns to the big screen this Friday!

HELLRAISER The original 1987 horror classic returns to UK cinemas this week, this time in 4K…

It is time to re-experience the sublime agony of HELLRAISER as Clive Barker’s outrageously gruesome and influential horror masterwork returns to UK cinemas in a brand new 4K restoration - Hell has never looked so good!

In the 1980s, Clive Barker changed the face of horror fiction, throwing out the rules to expose new vistas of terror and beauty - and with Hellraiser, his first feature film as director, he did the same for cinema. The film was a smash hit at the box office, making fifteen times its budget, and went on to garner even more fans on home video. It became a hugely popular horror franchise, securing Pinhead and the Cenobites a place in the Horror Hall of fame.

Don’t miss this chance to see Hellraiser, described by Empire as “genuinely disturbing”, on the big screen in a 4K restoration from the original camera negatives, in all its gory and gleefully disturbing glory.

Synopsis: Hedonist Frank Cotton (Sean Chapman) thinks he has reached the limits of earthly pleasure, but a mysterious puzzle box will take him further than he can possibly imagine, opening the doors to a dominion where pain and pleasure are indivisible and summoning the Cenobites, whose experiments in the higher reaches of experience will tear Frank’s soul apart. When he manages to escape, Frank returns to the world skinless and in need of help. Now his former lover Julia (Clare Higgins) must kill to make him whole again; but the Cenobites want Frank back, and there’ll be hell to pay when they find him.

HELLRAISER is released in selected UK cinemas on 22nd September

A box set featuring brand new 4K restorations of HELLRAISER 1-4 is released on a four-disc Limited Edition from Arrow Video on 23rd October

Pre-order the  UK 4K UHD box set from

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Independent entertainment label Reel2Reel films announce their October Horror releases, WHEN DARKNESS FALLS and END OF TERM, which are being released to UK Digital outlets


A tense, gripping and tightly made horror thriller that sees a friends’ trek in the Scottish Highlands turn into a terror-fuelled trip. Directed by Nathan Shepka (Lock & Load, Holiday Monday) and written by Tom Jolliffe (Renegades), this pulse-pounding feature is set to arrive on Digital on 2 October, courtesy of Miracle Media Limited.

While trekking across the beautiful – yet brutal – Scottish Highlands, American friends Jess and Andrea separate and it’s not long before Andrea has gone AWOL. 

While Jess frantically searches for her missing friend, things take a turn for the worse and Jess finds herself falling into a situation far darker than she could have possibly imagined...

Not knowing who to trust and desperate to find her friend, Jess finds herself in grave danger. Can she find Andrea and save them both before it’s too late?

Be careful who you trust When Darkness Falls.

On UK Digital on 2 October from Miracle Media Limited


True art can only be achieved through suffering and pain in END OF TERM, a chilling British horror directed by Mat Menon which is set to arrive on digital on 2 October 2023, just in term for spooky season.

History repeats itself at the Ford Barrington Art School and a group of students find themselves being relentlessly tormented by the lingering spirit of Garth Stroman, an artist who had a disturbing vision 50 years earlier. 

As graduation day draws near, these students embark on a journey of artistic exploration that grows increasingly daring and extreme...

Driven by their inner torment and anguish, their once-celebratory moments twist into a nightmarish descent into the world of medieval torture – all in the name of art...

View the Trailer on YouTube.

On UK Digital on 2 October from Reel 2 Reel Films 





HMUH Podcast - Halloween Plans

This October has a Friday the 13th, on which Horror Makes Us Happy will be releasing an interview with their 17th Horror Writers Association guest, HWA Secretary and author Becky Spratford. 
Cohosts Chris and Steve will also be participating in Becky’s 31 Days of Horror, hosted on Becky’s blog RAForAll: Horror.  Past HWA notable guests have included Josh Malerman, Hailey Piper, Paula D Ashe, Tim Waggoner, and Lisa Morton.

Their next interview, with Chris Sarandon will be released on October 27th.  He should need no introduction to anyone who’s been paying attention to horror any time over the last 45 years, but for the record Mr. Sarandon has had roles in Fright Night, Child's Play, The Resurrected, and he voiced Jack Skellington in A Nightmare Before Christmas.  You might have also seen him in this little movie called The Princess Bride.

The meat of each interview covers their guest’s exposure to horror media, from childhood through adulthood, with an emphasis on digging up the deeper psychological reasons that guest, as an individual, loves horror.  Cohosts Steve Becker and Chris Whitman hope that after interviewing enough horror fans some interesting trends will arise, ones that could be handed back to mainstream academia.  As they say in their excerpts on their Youtube channel, "There are good reasons for enjoying horror, but what are those reasons?  The real reasons?  Not the ones horror fans learn to make people leave them alone."

About Horror Makes Us Happy: The hosts of the Horror Makes Us Happy podcast are Steve Becker and Chris Whitman.  Steve wrote A Guide to the Recovery Toolbox after ten years in recovery (now twenty), and Chris is the author and artist behind the horror webcomic PIECES.  You can find out more about Steve, Chris, and their projects at

PARACINEMA CULT FILM FESTIVAL - Returns to the Quad Cinema, Derby this Sept

Paracinema, QUAD’s home-grown Film Festival, returns this September for four days of cult films, horror, sci-fi and fantasy. Offering an exciting range of films from genres and sub-genres outside the mainstream that don’t usually get the opportunity to play on the big screen, Paracinema returns to QUAD for its fourth edition over the weekend of Friday 22nd to Monday 25th September. The festival will feature over fifteen films including UK and world premieres, plus film events, interviews, panel discussions and performances.

Headline movies for the four-day event include the Japanese cult classic Battle Royale, the World Premiere of the intense British horror movie Incessant and UK premieres of both the Japanese body horror The Sound of Summer and psychedelic noir thriller Psychosis. Haunted Ulster Live serves up a hilarious take on paranormal investigation, while Kim’s Video unearths an incredible story from the heyday of the VHS era. The Festival includes nearly 30 short films, presenting some of the best offerings in the genre in three themed showcase screenings.

As part of the programme of film events, Paracinema welcomes director, writer and producer Mick Garris (known for Hocus Pocus and his many Stephen King adaptations) for a live online interview followed by his movie Riding The Bullet (also adapted from a Stephen King novella). Last year’s popular shows with Pop-Up Puppet Cinema will be returning for riotous performances of Jaws and Back To The Future. The festival will be reflecting back on some Video Shop Memories with our expert panel as well as serving up the final challenge of the Paracinema Film Quiz to wrap up the weekend.

With many directors and actors from the Festival’s films attending over the weekend, you can also expect a lively social event for the four days of Paracinema, as well as a range of merch and dealers tables over the weekend for attendees to browse.

Adam Marsh, Cinema Programmer at QUAD, said: "Alongside the mix of genre films and non-mainstream titles, we are always happy to welcome the filmmakers to bring their work to Derby audiences. It is really exciting see these emerging talents here at Paracinema and get on board early as their careers bloom."

Paracinema runs from Friday 22nd September to Monday 25th September, with screenings and events throughout each day.

Tickets are priced at: £10 or £7.50 per standard film, with additional prices for special events.  A Paracinema Festival Pass allows entry to all talks and events at the festival and costs £45 or £25 concessions.

For more information, including the full schedule and to purchase tickets online, visit or For further enquiries, please call QUAD Box Office on 01332 290606.


Hammer Films announce October release for DR JEKYLL - Starring Eddie Izzard

Hammer Films is thrilled to announce the theatrical release of B Good Picture Company’s DOCTOR JEKYLL exclusively in UK cinemas from 27 October 2023.  

Directed by Joe Stephenson (“Chicken”, “McKellen: Playing The Partand”) featuring an impressive cast including Eddie Izzard, Scott Chambers, Lindsay Duncan and Simon Callow, Doctor Jekyll’s UK-wide release marks the first release for the recently resurrected Hammer, following its acquisition by theatre and entertainment mogul John Gore.

Bringing a modern twist to the critically adored tale, DOCTOR JEKYLL will receive its red-carpet premiere at London’s iconic Odeon Leicester Square on 11 October.  The film was also selected to play at FrightFest London 2023 where an initial cut of the film was screened as part of the festival’s line-up.

A modern interpretation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s novella ‘The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, DOCTOR JEKYLL, is a reimagining of the classic story starring Eddie Izzard who plays Dr. Nina Jekyll, a recluse who finds friendship with her newly hired help, Rob, played by emerging actor Scott Chambers (“Chicken”). They must work together to prevent Hyde from destroying her life. The screenplay is by Dan Kelly-Mulhern.

The release of DOCTOR JEKYLL heralds a new era for Hammer, founded in 1934. As well as significant investment, Gore’s new vision for the company, fuelled by a lifelong love of all things Hammer, will lead to a string of new films bearing the iconic Hammer name, and DOCTOR JEKYLL is only the beginning. 

An isolated mansion, a mysterious locked room, creepy corridors, a dusty cellar and a mad doctor… Hammer horror is back with a modern reimagining of the classic Robert Louis Stevenson's 1886 novella ‘The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’. When ex-convict Rob takes the carer position to the infamous Nina Jekyll, little does he know he’s part of an evil master plan devised by her alter ego Rachel Hyde. But to what lengths will Rob go to satisfy his client’s weird wishes and his own ambitions for the daughter he has never even seen? 

DOCTOR JEKYLL is released exclusively in UK cinemas from 27 October 2023.  

View the Teaser Trailer on YouTube.



ROBODOC : The Creation of Robocop - Confirmed for UK release

ROBODOC - The Creation of RoboCop, the definitive RoboCop documentary has landed! The four part docu-series will premiere exclusively on the Icon Film Channel from 2nd October, followed by the Blu-ray Collector’s Edition on December 18th and TVOD/EST from January 1st 2024.

A 4-part limited series spanning nearly 5 hours - Robodoc is a deep-dive into the making of the seminal 80’s sci-fi sensation, a film that pushed boundaries and inspired a whole generation!
Directed by Eastwood Allen and Christopher Griffiths (Pennywise: The Story of IT), and produced by Gary Smart (Dark Ditties Presents), the film includes brand new interviews with BAFTA-nominated RoboCop Director, Paul Verhoeven, plus a host of stars from the original trilogy including Peter Weller, Nancy Allen, Ray Wise, Kurtwood Smith, Ronny Cox, and the late Miguel Ferrer. 

Complete with exclusive behind-the-scenes materials, this comprehensive new take on the story offers something completely unique to the ‘making of’ format, fully immersing viewers into the world of 80’s filmmaking.

Following its exclusive time on the Icon Fim Channel, the complete series will be set across two discs, with the Special Edition Blu-Ray featuring a further fantastic 60 mins of RoboCop bonus content and UK-exclusive A4 poster and x4 art cards!

Meet the Makers
The Weapons of Robocop
Robo Cast Quotes
Art of the Steel
Call To Action
Guns Guns Guns
Part Gan Part Machine All Video Game
Roboteam Assemble
A4 poster
X4 art cards

The series is produced by Michael Perez (Scream: The Inside Story, Hollywood Dreams and Nightmares: The Robert Englund Story), Gary Smart (Pennywise: The Story of IT, Hollywood Dreams and Nightmares: The Robert Englund Story), Hank Starrs (Elstree 1976) along with executive producers John Cashin (Gotham, The Kitchen), Fuad Omar (Kingdom Come, Bread), Gary Collins, Ben KB Ng, Aleksandar Smiljanic, and Sean Tiedeman.

The four-part series ROBODOC - The Creation of Robocop will begin streaming weekly episodes exclusively on the Icon Film Channel from 2nd October. 

It will be followed by the Blu-ray Collector’s Edition on December 18th and TVOD/EST from January 1st 2024.

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Zombie Thriller HERD - On Disc and Digital, October

Have you HERD...? There’s a brand-new action-packed zombie thriller from Steven Pierce coming to our screens, starring Ellen Adair (Homeland, The Sinner) as a woman trying to outrun her past, but who accidentally runs headlong into a rampant zombie outbreak and a raging war between militia groups...

Following its successful World Premiere at FrightFest 2023 this August, you can join the HERD on Digital and DVD on 23 October 2023.

With her marriage on the rocks, Jamie (Adair) convinces her wife, Alex (Mitzi Akaha – Archive 81), to join her on a make-or-break canoe trip to her remote hometown in rural Missouri, where her father (Corbin Bernsen – Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Major League) still lives. But when an accident leaves Alex with a broken leg, things quickly go from bad to worse to unimaginable…

When they finally reach the town, they discover it’s been overrun by Heps – virus-infected humans turned bloody-thirsty zombies that are multiplying by the minute.

Even worse…. Alex has been scratched by one of the infected. As panic spreads, violence erupts, and hope turns to horror as the couple find themselves caught between two warring militia groups and the ravenous zombies and must do anything and everything they can to survive.

It’s fight for survival or fight for control as zombies face off with militia in a battle between the unstoppable undead and the cold-blooded commandos… and two women who’ll fight to the very last to make it out alive in this bloody-brilliant zombie fest.

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On Digital and DVD 23rd October 2023

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Saturday 16 September 2023

FLOOD (2023) - A Review

A group of convicts and Sheriff's deputies, trapped inside their station as they wait out a torrential storm, find they've got bigger problems to worry about than bad weather in FLOOD, which is out now Disc and Digital.

A prison bus full of dangerous criminals are forced to divert, when their route is cut off  by bad weather, due to a hurricane battering the state of Louisiana. Taking refuge at a Sheriff's station, the officer in charge, Sheriff Newman (Nicky Whelan -  Hall Pass, Halloween 2) is less than happy about having to babysit a group of convicts, with all the other problems she's got due to the storm.

Soonafter though, the officers on duty find themselves under siege as a group of mercenaries storm the building, looking to break out one of the convicts, Cody (Casper Van Dien – Starship Troopers, Anaconda).

But, as the flood waters start to rise and the lower floors begin to flood, the cops, criminals and mercenaries discover they have a mutual problem. As a number of very large and very hungry alligators enter the building and proceed to start devouring everybody they comes across and the 3 groups realise they are going to have to put aside their differences and band together, if they wish to escape the flood waters and avoid getting eaten.

Borrowing elements from Assault on Precinct 13, and the 2019 film Crawl, I was looking forward to some nice gory deaths and thrilling action scenes. Unfortunately though, whilst the film did boast a few fun kills, and gun fights, I was left feeling somewhat underwhelmed by the cheap CGI gators and extremely unlikely scenarios that the cast kept finding themselves in.

Worth a watch if you enjoy low budget action films, but sadly falls somewhat short of the mark in terms of horror.

FLOOD is available now on DVD and to stream from selected Digital outlets.

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Friday 15 September 2023

Supernatural horror, THE WELL - Receives its World Premiere at Sitges Film Festival

Federico Zampaglione’s latest film, graphic supernatural horror, THE WELL is to receive its World Premiere at Sitges Film Festival 2023.  It will screen on Friday 6 October, as part of the ‘Midnight X-treme’ strand.

THE WELL stars Lauren LaVera, (Terrifier 2), as Lisa Gray, a budding art restorer, who travels to a small Italian village to bring a medieval painting back to its former glory. Little does she know she is placing her life in danger from an evil curse and a monster born of myth and brutal pain.

Starring alongside Lauren LaVera is Claudia Gerini (Diabolik, Love and Bullets, John Wick: Chapter 2), Giovanni Lombardo Radice (City of the Living Dead), Taylor Zaudtke (Sadistic Intentions), Linda Zampaglione (Time Is Up), Jonathan Dylan King (From Scratch), Lorenzo Renzi (Romanzo Criminale), Gianluigi Calvani (The New Pope), Yassine Fadel (FBI: International), Melanie Gaydos, Stefano Martinelli and newcomer Courage Oviawe.

THE WELL is an Iperuranio Film production, directed by Federico Zampaglione (Shadow, Tulpa: Demon of Desire, Morrison), written by Federico Zampaglione and Stefano Masi, and produced by Stefano Masi. DoP: Andrea Arnone, SFX: Carlo Diamantini, Costume Design: Antonella Balsamo, Make up: Federica Puglielli, Set Designer: Blazej Wasiak.







Mayhem Film Festival announces full festival line-up

With just a month to go before Mayhem’s 19th edition takes place at Broadway, Nottingham (12-15 October), the team is excited to reveal this year’s full festival line-up. With a mix of premieres, previews, classics and Q&As, there is something for every fan of horror, sci-fi and cult cinema in this year’s programme.

Mayhem Film Festival will open on Thursday 12 October with a preview of Paris Zarcilla’s Raging Grace. Following an undocumented Filipina immigrant who takes on a job caring for an ailing man to try and provide for her young daughter, Raging Grace is a chilling thriller with hints of gothic horror. Rounding off the first night will be Richard V. Somes’ violent action-packed martial-arts thriller, Topakk (Triggered) in which a former special forces operative attempts to save a woman from a corrupt police death squad.
Friday 13 October sees day 2 of the festival, and superstitions are at the heart of our opening film. Set in 17th-century England, Sean Hogan’s To Fire You Come at Last follows a group of men  struggling to ignore ancient folk tales as they set off to carry a coffin on a long walk to the local graveyard. Director Sean Hogan, previously at Mayhem in 2011 for The Devil’s Business and in 2015 for Future Shock! The Story of 2000AD, will return for a post-screening Q&A. 
We’ll then delve into the archives for giallo-inspired Door from Japanese director Banmei Takahashi, in which a woman becomes increasingly paranoid after being threatened on the phone by a local salesman.
We’ll move into the evening with the previously announced UK Premiere of Bertrand Mandico’s mind-bending epic Conann, before ending the day with Joe Lynch’s gory horror Suitable Flesh.
We’ll open Saturday 14 October with Mike Cheslik’s Hundreds of Beavers - a no-dialogue live-action cartoon epic in which a drunken applejack salesman must defeat hundreds of beavers to have a chance at being with the woman of his dreams. 
We’ll then head into Matt Vesely’s sci-fi thriller, Monolith, in which a podcaster tries to get to the bottom of an alien conspiracy after discovering the existence of a mysterious artefact, before delving into this year’s beloved Short Film Showcase, featuring 15 films from around the world. 
The evening will start with the previously announced Where The Devil Roams from the Adams family who we are absolutely delighted to welcome to this year’s festival. John Adams, Lulu Adams and Toby Poser will join us for a post-screening Q&A, before we wrap up the evening with Robert Rodriguez’ cult sci-fi horror, The Faculty.
Our last day will open with River, another time-loop fantasy from Junta Yamaguchi (Beyond the Infinite Two Minutes, Mayhem 2021), before stepping into the UK Premiere of Franck Khalfoun’s (Maniac, Mayhem 2012) Night of the Hunted  - a bloody thriller in which a woman is tormented by a lone sniper after stopping at a gas station in the middle of the night. 
The previously announced bloody folk horror from Ariel Vida, Trim Season, will round-up the afternoon.
As we move into our final evening, we’ll present the remarkable The Animal Kingdom from French director Thomas Caillet - a body horror sci-fi set in a not-so-distant future in which some humans begin to mutate into other animal species. 
We’ll then close the festival with the previously announced UK Premiere of Thomas Sainsbury’s surprising debut feature, Loop Track.
Full Festival Passes are still available for £85, giving you access to all films and events from this year’s festival. Individual tickets and Frankenstein ticket packages (where you can select four films for the price of three), are now also available. 
For more information, and to book tickets and passes, please visit For Frankenstein ticket packages, please visit Broadway’s box office or contact them on 0115 952 6611.
Mayhem Film Festival takes place at Broadway, Nottingham on 12-15 October 2023.
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Thursday 12 October

7.00PM - RAGING GRACE // Dir. Paris Zarcilla, UK, 100m, 2023

9.15PM - TOPAKK (TRIGGERED) // Dir. Richard Somes, Philippines, 113m, 2023, with English subtitles

Friday 13 October

2.30PM - TO FIRE YOU COME AT LAST + Q&A // Dir. Sean Hogan, UK/US, 43m, 2023

4.15PM - DOOR // Dir. Banmei Takahashi, Japan, 95m, 1988, with English subtitles

7.00PM - CONANN [UK Premiere] // Dir. Bertrand Mandico, Belgium/France, 105m, 2023, with English subtitles

9.15PM - SUITABLE FLESH // Dir. Joe Lynch, US, 101m, 2023

Saturday 14 October

12.00PM - HUNDREDS OF BEAVERS // Dir. Mike Cheslik, US, 108m, 2023

2.15PM - MONOLITH // Dir. Matt Vesely, Australia, 94m, 2022

4.15PM - Short Film Showcase // Dirs. Various, International, 120m, 2023, partly subtitled

7.30PM - WHERE THE DEVIL ROAMS + Q&A // Dirs. John Adams, Lulu Adams & Toby Poser, US, 93m, 2023

10.00PM - THE FACULTY // Dir. Robert Rodriguez, US, 104m, 1998

Sunday 15 October

12.00PM - RIVER // Dir. Junta Yamaguchi, Japan, 86m, 2023, with English subtitles

2.00PM - NIGHT OF THE HUNTED [UK Premiere] // Dir. Franck Khalfoun, US/France, 95m, 2023

4.00PM - TRIM SEASON // Dir. Ariel Vida, US, 100m, 2023

6.45PM - THE ANIMAL KINGDOM // Dir. Thomas Cailley, France, 130m, 2023, with English subtitles

9.30PM - LOOP TRACK [UK Premiere] // Dir. Thomas Sainsbury, New Zealand, 94m, 2023 

For more information, and to book passes, please visit 

Mayhem Film Festival takes place at Broadway, Nottingham on 12-15 October 2023.



8 FOUND DEAD - On UK Digital, October

Forget whodunit, it’s what the hell happened here and why were 8 FOUND DEAD? Travis Greene’s wickedly warped, acclaimed horror gets its UK home premiere this spooky season from High Fliers, with its UK Premiere on Sunday 8 October at GrimmFest 2023.

Excitement is building for a group of friends as they gear up for a fun-packed blowout at an idyllic, remote holiday rental. Carrie (Aly Trasher - Cerebrum) and Ricky (Eddy Acosta) are gettng ready to reunite with couple Dwayne (William Gabriel Grier - Twelve) and Sam (Alisha Soper - American Horror Story) – a social media influencer, who seems happier talking to her followers than to her partner and their other mates, who are all making their own way there.

As timelines switch, we see the friends arrive separately at the isolated guesthouse in the middle of the desert, where they are all met with a very unexpected welcome. The house is already occupied by another couple, Richard (Tim Simek - What’s Eating Gilbert Grape) and Liz (Rosanne Limeres). Is it a double booking or deadly bad luck?

Realising there’s more to their surprising guests than meets the eye, it’s not long before chilling revelations are revealed and an extremely uncomfortable situaRon becomes twisted terror.

Skilfully crafted, unsettlingly tense and gratifyingly gory, 
8 FOUND DEAD guarantees a heartpounding, blood-splattered thrill ride that will linger long afer the credits have rolled. Stop the search – you’ve found your scream vacation, so check in with 8 FOUND DEAD – for the trip of a deathtime.

8 FOUND DEAD premieres at this years Grimmfest on Sunday 8 October and is released to UK Digital outlets from 23rd October.



Sunday 10 September 2023

GINGER SNAPS TRILOGY: Limited Edition Blu-ray - Coming October

GINGER SNAPS is a landmark in feminist horror and now the seminal movie is set for a highly anticipated collector’s edition treatment from Second Sight Films. 
Helmed by John Fawcett (Orphan Black, Saving Hope), it offers a fresh take on the werewolf and coming-of-age genre, with heaps of gore and a lot of heart.
The film will be released in a complete set with all three films as The Ginger Snaps Trilogy Limited-Edition Blu-ray Box Set, on 30 October 2023.
The original film is set in the suburban Canadian town of Bailey Downs, where a series of dog killings piques the interest of a pair of outcast teens; sisters Brigitte (Emily Perkins - Supernatural) and Ginger (Katharine Isabelle - Freddy v Jason) Fitzgerald. Then on the night of Ginger's first period, she is savagely attacked by a wild creature but even though her injuries miraculously heal, she’s left with a newfound desire to devour…
Brigitte must find a way to save her sister from her werewolf ways and with only 28 days to do so, can she stop the creature her sister has become in its tracks, or will they both succumb to the animalistic instincts?
GINGER SNAPS 2: UNLEASHED from director Brett Sullivan, sees Brigitte wrestling with her own transformation, as she is forcefully put into rehab and must identify friend from foe, all the while battling a male werewolf who’s stalking her. Tatiana Maslany, (She-Hulk: Attorney at law, Orphan Black) and Eric Johnson (Smallville, Fifty Shades) also star.
GINGER SNAPS BACK: THE BEGINNING from director Grant Harvey, depicts the ancestors of Brigitte and Ginger Fitzgerald, in 19th century Canada. They must battle villagers and werewolves alike as accusations and attacks come at them from all sides. Can they make it out alive or will they succumb to a lycanthropic life?
This beautifully presented box set of the trilogy, features a rigid slipcase with new artwork by Michael Dunbabin, and a 112-page book with new essays. There is also a litany of special features, including commentaries and new interviews plus a multitude of behind-the-scenes featurettes and more, making this set a must have for horror aficionados. Please see the full list of contents below.
The GINGER SNAPS TRILOGY Limited-Edition Blu-ray is one Box set that needs to be snapped up, before it’s too late.

Special Features

Ginger Snaps
- New audio commentary by Mary Beth McAndrews and Terry Mesnard
- Audio commentary with director John Fawcett
- Audio commentary with writer Karen Walton
- Canadian Uncanny: Stacey Abbott on Ginger Snaps
- A Blood Red Moon: a new interview with director John Fawcett
- What Are You Wereing?: a new interview with producer Steve Hoban
- The Art of Horror: a new interview with Storyboard Artist Vincenzo Natali
- Ginger Snaps: Blood, Teeth and Fur
- Growing Pains: Puberty in Horror Films
- The Making of Ginger Snaps
- Cast Auditions and Rehearsals
- Deleted scenes with optional director and writer commentaries
- Production design work
- Creation of the Beast
- Trailers and TV Spots

Ginger Snaps 2: Unleashed
- Audio commentary with director Brett Sullivan
- Girl, Interrupted: a new interview with director Brett Sullivan
- The Bloody Lunar Cycle: a new interview with writer Megan Martin
- Behind the Scenes
- Deleted scenes with optional director commentary
- Audition tapes
- Storyboards

Ginger Snaps Back: The Beginning
- Audio commentary with director Grant Harvey
- Snap!: A new interview with director Grant Harvey
- Girls on Film: a new interview with producer Paula Devonshire
- The Making of Ginger Snaps Back
- Deleted scenes with optional director commentary
- Grant Harvey’s Video Diaries

Limited Edition Contents
- Rigid slipcase with new artwork by Michael Dunbabin
- 112-page book with new essays by Meredith Borders, Kat Hughes, Dr Rachel Knightley, Mikel J Koven,
Jolene Richardson, Zoë Rose Smith and Caelum Vatnsdal
- 5 collectors' art cards

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