Tuesday, 2 January 2018

SITE ANNOUNCEMENT - TAKING A BREAK

After very careful consideration, I've decided I need to take a break from maintaining the website for the forseeable future. This sadly means, no more news updates or reviews until further notice.

Put breifly, keeping this place updated regularly has gone from being a part time hobby to having a second full-time job, which has become a bit of a strain.

I have therefore decided, for the sake of my own sanity, to give it a rest for a while to free up some time to pursue other interests.

I'm not planning on shutting the place down, at least not yet anyway. However I will be reconsidering how best to move the site forward.

This also means I probably won't be posting over on Facebook much. However, I will be making the odd personal post over on Twitter if you wish to see what I get up to over there. 

Also, I do plan on continuing with the YouTube channel for now, so please subscribe to me over there if you haven't already done so!

That's all for now. Friday night chat sessions will continue as normal in the chat room if you want to stop by.

Best Wishes
Simon!

Monday, 1 January 2018

The Realm of Horror's films of 2017

As always, with it being New Years, here's my list of films from the last 12 months that struck a particular chord with me...



The Devil's Well, out on US DVD this month!

Hell is just below the surface in Kurtis Spieler’s spine-chilling The Devil’s Well, which comes to US DVD this month from Wild Eye Releasing.

Paranornmal researcher Karla Marks mysteriously vanishes while conducting an investigation with her husband into the Devil's Well, an underground location reported to be a gateway straight into hell, and the site of ongoing strange phenomenon. 

A year after her disappearance, a group of investigators go back to uncover the truth about Karla, and are faced with evil forces greater than they ever imagined.

Winner of the Gold Award at the Spotlight Horror Film Awards, and featuring a superb line-up including Bryan Manley Davis (Sheep Skin), Chris Viemeister (Bridge and Tunnel), David Alexander (Thelema the Equinox Diaries), Kristen Seavey (“Nightwing: Escalation”), and Anne-Marie Mueschke (“Siberia”), 

The Devil’s Well is full to the top brick with bloodcurdling chills. Look for it from 23rd Jan on US DVD.

Buy it from Amazon.com



Friday, 22 December 2017

Robert Altman's IMAGES arrives on UK Blu-ray 19th March.

One of Robert Altman’s greatest masterpieces, Images is a tour de force of psychological horror. Dealing with hallucinations and apparitions, the film deftly blends reality with nightmare as Susannah York’s children’s author is terrorised by visions of mayhem and murder. 

On its release, Images reaped accolades although it has now become one of Altman’s lesser known works, so this Arrow Academy release marks the perfect time to rediscover it.

The early seventies were a period of remarkable activity for Robert Altman, producing masterpiece after masterpiece. At the time he came to make Images, MASH and McCabe & Mrs. Miller were behind him, with The Long Goodbye, California Split and Nashville still to come.

Originally conceived in the mid-sixties, Images concerns a pregnant children’s author (Susannah York, who won the Best Actress award at the Cannes Film Festival) whose husband (Rene Auberjonois) may or may not be having an affair. While holidaying in Ireland, her mental state becomes increasingly unstable resulting in paranoia, hallucinations and visions of a doppelgänger.

An examination of a mental breakdown, an exploration of the creative process or a deconstruction of narrative film. However you choose to read Images, it’s undeniable that it is one of Robert Altman’s best works. Altman’s script and direction match perfectly with Vilmos Zsigmond’s dream-like cinematography, an early haunting score by John Williams, and Susannah York’s unparalleled performance to create a disturbing, nightmarish psychological horror film.

Once thought lost after it was rumoured that the original negatives were burned by Columbia Pictures, Images is here given the release it deserves, with a brand new 4K restoration from the original - distinctly not burned - negative making the most of that stunning cinematography. 

The Blu-ray is also packed with special features to keep even the most ardent cinephile happy. A commentary and interview recorded prior to Altman’s death in 2006 are joined by brand new features such as an interview with actor Cathryn Harrison to make this a must-have for Altman devotees.

SPECIAL FEATURES

FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Carmen Gray and an extract from Altman on Altman

Brand-new 4K restoration from the original negative, produced by Arrow Films exclusively for this release 
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation 
Original English mono audio (uncompressed LPCM) soundtracks 
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing 
Audio commentary by Samm Deighan and Kat Ellinger 
Scene-select commentary by writer-director Robert Altman 
Interview with Robert Altman 
Brand new interview with actor Cathryn Harrison 
An appreciation by musician and author Stephen Thrower 
Theatrical trailer 
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by the Twins of Evil

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


Netflix renews German original series DARK for a second series.

Netflix has renewed its first German original production, DARK, for a second series. The acclaimed drama created by Baran bo Odar and Jantje Friese has resonated with audiences in Germany and around the world, including the U.S., Brazil, Italy, Turkey, Spain and France among other countries. DARK, a family saga with a supernatural twist, is now one of the most-watched entirely non-English shows on Netflix, a German series that transcends borders to connect with audiences in every country.

Kelly Luegenbiehl, Vice President of International Originals for Netflix, said: "When we first heard about DARK, we realized very early on that we hadn’t seen anything like this show before -- in Germany or anywhere else in the world. DARK is a testament that great storytelling transcends geography. We’re excited that our members around the globe are captivated by the mysterious world of Winden, and will now be able to continue to see how the story unfolds.”

Showrunners Baran bo Odar and Jantje Friese about the audience reception and the renewal of season two added: “We are overwhelmed by the response to DARK and are thrilled that our story has been a success with a global audience. Viewers have been captivated by the secrets of our protagonists and have taken delight in unravelling the various puzzles that the story presents. To know that we will now embark on our next journey is, for us showrunners, a dream come true. And our fans can be sure that we have plenty of surprises in store for the second series of DARK.”

Producer Quirin Berg concludes: “Jantje Friese, Baran Bo Odar, our wonderful actors and our fantastic team have put an incredible amount of energy into making DARK a unique and gripping series. We thank all of those who have accompanied us on this path. And we thank Netflix for their trust and for the excellent cooperation. We are extremely happy that DARK has by now received such an overwhelming response, both in Germany and around the world, and we are particularly thrilled about the quick decision by Netflix to take it into a second season. We can hardly wait to continue telling the story!”

For more information visit: netflix.com/dark
 
 

HOUSE OF SALEM comes to US VOD this Jan.

The Devil Has A New Playground. Don’t Breathe meets You’re Next in writer-director James Crow’s ‘’brooding and compelling horror with a crime thriller twist”* HOUSE OF SALEM, premiering on US VOD this January from Wild Eye Releasing.

A group of kidnappers become a child's unlikely protectors after discovering they have unwittingly been set up to take part in a satanic ritual. As they begin to uncover the truth of the house they find themselves trapped, they must battle demonic forces and uncover a legacy of over a hundred years of murder in the name of the Devil.

Jessica Arterton, Jack Brett Anderson and Liam Kelly star in HOUSE OF SALEM,
on US VOD 23/01/18 from Wild Eye Releasing.

View the trailer on YouTube.

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

"Cannibal" - First Look poster released!

Indian Film maker Faisal Saif, after his controversial horror Islamic Exorcist, comes up with yet another horror entitled Cannibal. Saif revealed the film's official poster on Facebook with the line of being the most 'Disgusting' horror film you will ever see.

"I was always fascinated by the idea of making an Exploitation Horror by keeping the female antagonist in the center. I remember approaching Meir Zarchi 2 years back for carrying forward the tribute legacy of I Spit On Your Grave in my own way with a different script, but Zarchi wasn't interested. I moved on and came across a True Shocking Event of Cannibalism and i kept researching it more and more. I am confident viewers will be more scared than I Spit On Your Grave". said Faisal Saif.

Cannibal is co-written by Tom Stoops and produced by John Reign (Exorcism of 7th Demon, Blood Woods) for Pole Star Studios and it stars Kavita Radheshyam (Islamic Exorcist), Michael Parle (Demon Hunter), Allie Marshall, Brandy Reign, Dawna Lee Heising.

The principal photography will begin next year in summer on the locations of New Castle, Pennsylvania.

Visit the Official Facebook page: