Sunday, 25 June 2017

UFO horror "Phoenix Forgotten"on UK Disc and Digital Sept

From Producer Ridley Scott and based on the shocking, true events of March 13th, 1997, when several mysterious lights appeared over Phoenix, Arizona. This unprecedented and inexplicable phenomenon became known as “The Phoenix Lights”, and remains the most famous and widely viewed UFO sighting in history.

Phoenix Forgotten tells the story of three teens who went into the desert shortly after the incident, hoping to document the strange events occurring in their town. They disappeared that night, and were never seen again.

Now, on the twentieth anniversary of their disappearance, unseen footage has finally been discovered, chronicling the final hours of their fateful expedition. For the first time ever, the truth will be revealed...

Written and Directed by Justin Barber, Written and Produced by T.S. Nowlin (The Maze Runner) Produced by Ridley Scott (The Martian) and Mark Canton (300).

Signature Entertainment presents Phoenix Forgotten on, DVD, Blu-ray and Digital HD 18th September, 2017

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

The BD release will be up for pre-order shortly!

 
 

Friday, 23 June 2017

The Amityville Horror - UK Blu-Ray Steelbook review.

A family get more than they bargained for when their new home turns out to be haunted, in the classic 1979 horror film “The Amityville Horror” which makes its UK Blu-Ray debut this month, in an extras laden steelbook edition, courtesy of Second Sight films.

George and Cathy Lutz (James Brolin – “Westworld”, “Capricorn One” and Magot Kidder – “Black Christmas”, “Superman 1-4”) have just moved their family into a new home, in the town of Amityville, New York state.

Thrilled at the relatively low price they bought it for, they seem unconcerned about a mass shooting that took place at the property some years previous, in which one of the house’s previous occupants murdered the rest of his family.

But it isn’t too long before they experience all sorts of weird, creepy things. The house is constantly cold, a priest (Rod Stieger - "In the Heat of the Night", "Mars Attacks") comes to visit and immediately falls violently ill. Flies swarm all over the rear window in the attic and the family claim to hear voices, amongst other things.

Are supernatural forces at work, or are the family losing their minds? Or, is it that they simply couldn’t afford the mortgage, so ran out and started telling tall tales to novelist Jay Anson, hoping to earn a few dollars by releasing a book to cash in on the murder house’s notoriety, by claiming its haunted?

Supposedly based on a true story (I think you can guess what my views are on that claim). Amityville Horror isn’t quite in the same league as The Exorcist, (which this was filmed to cash in on the success of) or the far superior Poltergeist, but is still an entertaining ghostly chiller. Which proved highly successful upon its original release and has since gone on to become a classic in it’s own right.

The film has been available on DVD for some time, but this marks the first time it has been released in the UK on Blu-Ray, which looks absolutely stunning in HD and comes jam-packed with with the following special features...

Introduction by Hans Holzer – Paranormal researcher Hans Holzer, who investigated the Amityville hauntings introduces the film (archive feature, carried over from the old MGM DVD)

Commentary track by Hans Holzer – The paranormal researcher provides an effective trivia track for the film, on both the filming and the actual case. (carried over from the old MGM DVD)

Brolin Thunder (16mins) – Interview with lead actor James Brolin.

Child’s Play (16:30) – Interview with former child actor Meeno Peluce, who played young Matt Lutz.
Amityville Scribe (16:20) – Interview with screenwriter Sandor Stern

The Devil in the Music (14mins) – Interview with composer Lalo Schifrin

My Amityville Horror (1hr:25) – Arguably the best feature on the disc, the original full length 2012 documentary with Daniel Lutz, son of the real George and Kathy Lutz, talking about what happened to him and his family when they moved into the Amityville house

For God’s sake get out (20:40) – Another archival feature, originally filmed for the 2005 DVD release, featuring interviews with James Brolin and Margot Kidder talking about the making of the film (carried over from the old MGM DVD).

Lastly there the Theatrical trailer, TV spot,  and Radio spots which were also on previous DVD releases of the film.

A very nice mixture of new and archival features. However, those who own the old MGM DVD will note that the History Channel documentaries, “Amityville Haunting” and “Horror or Hoax”, which were included on that, have not been carried over onto this release. But I think the inclusion of the full length My Amityville Horror documentary here more than makes up for that.

The Amityville Horror is released to UK BD June 26th in a limited edition steelbook which also contains
reproduction lobby card postcards.

Buy UK BD Steelbook from Amazon.co.uk





WOLVES AT THE DOOR On UK DVD 24th July

From the director of Annabelle comes this shocking thriller. Four friends gather at an elegant home during the Summer of Love, 1969, but unbeknownst to them, deadly visitors are waiting outside. 

What begins as a simple farewell party turns to a night of primal terror as the intruders stalk and torment the four, who struggle for their lives against what appears to be a senseless attack.

"Wolves at the Door” is directed by John R. Leonetti (Annabelle) and stars Katie Cassidy (Arrow) and Elizabeth Henstridge (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Thompsons).

"Wolves at the Door" is released to UK DVD July 24 from Warner Home Entertainment. The film will alsobe released Digitally July 10.

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




New to SHUDDER UK in July

ARRIVING IN JULY FROM AMC NETWORKS PREMIUM STREAMING SERVICE OF THRILLERS, SUSPENSE AND HORROR


Backed by AMC Networks, SHUDDER has a growing and dynamic selection of thrilling premieres and exclusives along with an impressive library of international and independent films, gripping TV series and Hollywood blockbuster favourites.

KUSO (Dir. Steve aka Flying Lotus)
Exclusively on SHUDDER UK from 21st July


The psych-out nightmare feature directorial debut from Steve, the filmmaking alter-ego of Steve Ellison, better known as acclaimed musician Flying Lotus, KUSO takes those brave enough to tag along on a wild ride. 

Broadcasting through a makeshift network of discarded televisions, KUSO depicts the aftermath of Los Angeles’s worst earthquake nightmare. Viewers travel between screens and aftershocks into the twisted lives of the survived, experiencing a hallucination that feels like David Cronenberg meeting Ren & Stimpy.

SHUDDER'S SUMMER OF SHORT SERIES
(Various Directors)


SHUDDER is proud to present a vibrant, exclusive range of multi-episode web-series from acclaimed directors and producers across the globe representing the best in short-form creations in the contemporary genre scene.

With a new series launching exclusively on the service each week, SUMMER SHORTS FESTIVAL offers exciting new fantasy, horror, thriller and dark, disturbing dramas from a breadth of festival favourites by up and coming talent.

GRACE (Dir. Tony Tilse)
Exclusively on SHUDDER UK from 6th July



From HBO Asia comes a terrifying four-part mini-series that leads viewers down a path to unspeakable horror and beyond. 

Set in present day urban Asia, a father's mistake causes a series of increasingly unsettling events in a new horror-thriller series which examines concepts of family, sacrifice and vengeance.

ALSO NEW TO SHUDDER

REPULSION comes to SHUDDER this month



BLUE SUNSHINE

The frightening flashbacks of a group of LSD users cause them to commit murders. Only one person who understands the crimes can help prevent more from re-occurring.

YOU'RE SO COOL BREWSTER

An extensive look at the making of fan favourites Fright Night and Fright Night Part 2 featuring exclusive interviews with cast and crew members, rare photographs, behind-the-scenes footage and more.

DEATHDREAM

A Vietnam war casualty returns to home and begins to prowl in search of human blood in this disturbing and unusual comment on America's involvement in the war.

THE GUARD FROM THE UNDERGROUND

Japanese horror icon Kiyoshi Kurosawa pays homage to the gruesome slasher flicks of the 1980s with the cutting tale of a young woman forced to do battle with a murderous security guard!

REPULSION

A horror master class from director Roman Polanski as Catherine Deneuve descends into a world of claustrophobic hysteria in her 60s South Kensington flat.  

DOLLHOUSE

Dublin street kids break into an abandoned home and spend the night partying until shocking revelations begin to arise in this visceral thriller from director Kirsten Sheridan.

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Psychological horror WITHIN arrives on UK DVD 24 July

You can't keep out what's already inside. Michael Vartan (TV's Bates Motel), , Erin Moriarty (Blood Father) and Nadine Velazquez star as a widower and his new family who are ready to begin a new life when they move into a peaceful suburban neighbourhood. 

But as strange things begin to happen around them, it becomes clear that something about their seemingly perfect home isn't right. 

Something within the house and within its walls. As they learn the deadly secrets of their new house, they risk becoming the next chapter in its horrifying history in this psychological thriller that will make you think twice about the next place you live.

 "Within" hits UK DVD outlets 24 July from Warner Bros Home Entertainment.

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



Wednesday, 21 June 2017

UK trailer released for FINAL RECALL, starring Wesley Snipes

Signature entertainment present the UK trailer for the forthcoming sci-fi thriller FINAL RECALL starring Wesley Snipes. Check it out below...


A group of friends are spending the weekend at a cabin on the lake while, unbeknownst to them, aliens have begun to attack planet Earth. A number of the friends are abducted immediately by the ship hovering above, and the remaining two of the group, Annie and Charlie, must rely on an eccentric and dangerous hunter who seems to have special knowledge of the attack, explaining that this day has been prophesized for years and extraterrestrials have been guiding Earth’s evolution in preparation for their ultimate takeover.

DVD Extras:
LOCATIONS AND SETS
SPECIAL EFFECTS MAKE-UP
FINAL RECALL INCEPTION

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

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


Dark Thriller 'Bluebeard' - UK Premiere 10 July

South Korea has become known for its gripping thrillers featuring psychopaths and serial killers yet Bluebeard offers something new as its mysteries unfold through the eyes of an increasingly unreliable narrator...


In a town with a history of unsolved murders, neurotic doctor Seung-hoon is given cause to believe the residents of the butcher shop he lives above are processing more than just meat after spotting a bloody bag and over-hearing a half mumbled confession. Could the creepy butchers possibly be a pair of serial killers or is the doctor losing his mind? In psychological thriller Bluebeard, director Lee Soo-yeon (The Uninvited) lays a trail of gruesome hints to keep the truth just out of reach of her paranoid protagonist.

Shouldering the burden of a plot rife with dramatic twists and chilling turns, lead actor Cho Jin-woong, recognisable to UK audiences from his role in Park Chan-wook’s The Handmaiden, provides a multifaceted performance as the fear-gripped doctor.

He’s ably supported by the superbly sinister duo of Kim Dae-myeong (Inside Men) and veteran actor Shin Koo (Christmas in August) as his ominous butcher-shop neighbours.

With Bluebeard, director Lee Soo-yeon utilises the cramped, claustrophobic environments of a city that’s simmering under a history of serial killings and unsolved murders to expertly crank up the tension until the film’s shocking finale.

The London Korean Film Festival 2017 presents Bluebeard at Regent Street Cinema, Monday 10 July and Arts Picturehouse Cambridge, Monday 24 July.

Tickets: https://www.regentstreetcinema.com/programme/bluebeard/
Twitter: @koreanfilmfest