Thursday, 23 February 2017

The Love Witch - UK Trailer released

Elaine, a beautiful young witch, is determined to find a man to love her. In her gothic Victorian apartment she makes spells and potions, and then picks up men and seduces them. However, her spells work too well, leaving her with a string of hapless victims. When she finally meets the man of her dreams, her desperation to be loved will drive her to the brink of insanity and murder.

With a visual style that pays tribute to Technicolor thrillers of the ‘60s, The Love Witch explores female fantasy and the repercussions of pathological narcissism.


Check out the newly released UK trailer below...


A transformative and exquisite creation by Anna Biller (who directed, produced, wrote, edited, scored and designed every aspect), this gorgeous-looking tribute to 1960s/70s low-budget horrors, classic American soap operas, Technicolor melodramas and vintage sexploitation aesthetics is an affectionate masterful pastiche with a deft feminist bite. 

Think Russ Meyer meets Douglas Sirk and Beyond the Valley of the Dolls via ‘Charmed’ and ‘Dynasty’ as lovelorn young witch Elaine (a stunning Samantha Robinson) uses spells and potions to bring her everlasting romantic happiness. Finally meeting her dream man, Elaine’s desperation to be loved drives her to the brink of insanity and murder.


"The Love Witch" is released to selected UK Cinemas, and on Digital Download and VOD 10th March from FrightFest Presents and Icon Distribution.

THE DISCOVERY - launching globally on Netflix Friday 31st March

Today Netflix releases the official trailer for The Discovery, which will launch globally on Netflix on Friday 31st March.

View the trailer below...

The Discovery stars Robert Redford, Rooney Mara, Jason Segel, Riley Keough and Jesse Plemons and is a love story set in a world where the afterlife has been scientifically proven, and as a result millions of people start taking their own lives to “get there.” 

Directed by Charlie McDowell and written by McDowell and Justin Lader (The One I Love), the film was produced by Alex Orlovsky of A-LO Films and James D. Stern of Endgame Entertainment, and was co-financed by Endgame Entertainment and Protagonist Pictures. Executive Producers are Julie Goldstein, Lucas Smith, Mike Goodridge, Dimitra Tsingou, Hunter Gray, McDowell and co-producer Erika Hampson.

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Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Bad Milo! And The Cottage amongst nine Horror Channel prems for March



Horror Channel presents nine fear-filled premieres in March including the UK TV premiere of BAD MILO!, Jacob Vaughan’s laugh-out-loud comedy horror blending sharp social satire with copious amounts of slimy gore. Broadcast on Fri 31 March at 11.20pm, BAD MILO! stars Ken Marino as normal nice guy Duncan, who discovers that a cute bloodthirsty creature is living in his lower intestines. Every time he gets stressed, it crawls out of his rectum to feed on the flesh of those riling him up. This was a huge hit at FrightFest in 2014.


Dark laughs also run amok on Fri 3 March at 10.55pm with the network premiere of Paul Andrew Williams’ blood-drenched hostage thriller THE COTTAGE, starring Andy Serkis, Reece Shearsmith and Jennifer Ellison. Feuding brothers David (Andy Serkis) and Peter (Reece Shearsmith) abduct a young woman (Jennifer Ellison) and hole up in a remote rural cottage, But their hostage turns the tables and soon it’s all for one when they find that the deranged farmer next door is the real threat. Hellraiser’s Doug Bradley makes a cameo in this terror treat.


There are also network premiere for Irish hit SCHROOMS, a stylish psychedelic shocker, directed by Paddy Breathnach (Fri 10 March, 11pm), ADRIFT, Hans Horn’s emotionally wrenching sail into terror (Fri 24 March, 9pm), Steve Barker’s atmospheric Nazi zombie thriller, OUTPOST (Sat 11 March, 10.50pm), Rob Schmidt’s cult  cannibal chiller WRONG TURN (sat 25 March, 11pm) and Hammer’s THE CURSE OF THE MUMMY’S TOMB (Sat 4 March, 10.45pm).

Plus there are channel firsts for Dave Payne’s tongue-in-cheek horror romp REEKER, starring Michael Ironside (Fri 17 March, 9pm) and Nicholas Mastandrea’s vicious canine nail-biter THE BREED, produced by Wes Craven and starring Michelle Rodriguez (Sat 18 March, 9pm).

TV: Sky 319 / Virgin 149 / Freesat 138 / Freeview 70

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Tuesday, 21 February 2017

I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER - UK BD Review

Christopher Lloyd and Max Records star in Director Billy O’Brien’s tense horror-thriller, “I Am Not a Serial Killer”, which has just been released to UK BD and DVD this month

Teenager John-Wayne Cleaver (Max Records) is something of a social misfit. Undergoing psychiatric treatment for an empathy deficit disorder and vilified by the high school bullies, he has few friends and his situation is not helped by working part-time at his family’s crematorium.

So when a serial killer starts preying on the folk in his small, mid-western town, he starts taking an unhealthy interest in his workings, after the bodies start passing through his funeral parlour. Much to everybody’s concern.

But when he witnesses one of the killings first hand, he realises this is no ordinary serial killer and no one is going to believe who, or what, it was he saw…

Adapted from the novel by Dan Wells by Director Billy O’Brien (Isolation), this was one of my favourite horror films of 2016 and have been eagerly looking forward to it’s release on disc.

The Blu-Ray contains the following special features…

-Mood cut (3:26) – A promotional short, comprised of test footage filmed in 2011
-Phone Box comparison (1:11) - Side by side comparisons of the phone box scene from the test footage and final film
-*Puppet Shoot (2.28) - Behind the scenes feature showing how they animated the monster for the films finale.
-Deleted Scenes (5.25) - 5 deleted scenes from the film, that were cut for time or pacing reasons.
-Lake Storyboarding (2:47) - A collection of storyboard sketches from the scene where the killer strikes on the frozen lake.
-Toby Froud Monster Selects (1:09) - Original artwork and early designs of the film’s monster.

The DVD release contains the same features, with the exception of the *Puppet Shoot, which is exclusive to the Blu-Ray.

Exceptionally dark and chilling, I Am Not a Serial Killer makes for seriously compulsive viewing. Newcomer Max Records was brilliant as the isolated young teen, whilst Christopher Lloyd arguably steals the show, cast against type, as the creepy old next door neighbour, in a role that’s a million miles away from his usual comedy fare.

The film is out now on UK BD and DVD from Spirit Entertainment.

Buy the UK BD from Amazon.co.uk

Buy the UK DVD from Amazon.co.uk

Checkout this director's Q&A at the Mayhem Film Festival...




Monday, 20 February 2017

Coming soon to SHUDDER

ARRIVING IN MARCH 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

BARBARA CRAMPTON - EXCLUSIVE SHUDDER CURATION


 Horror icon Barbara Crampton shares her favourite SHUDDER titles

Barbara is one of the most beloved actresses working in the horror genre today appearing in fan favourites and cult classics such as RE-ANIMATOR and FROM BEYOND. With new works such as YOU'RE NEXT, WE ARE STILL HERE, BEYOND THE GATES and this month's SHUDDER exclusive title SUN CHOKE, Barbara has rededicated herself to the genre and currently works as both an actress and producer.

Look out for Barbara’s SHUDDER selection coming soon..

SUN CHOKE (Dir. Ben Cresciman)
Exclusively on SHUDDER UK from 9th March


In celebration of International Women's Day this month, SHUDDER is proud to showcase two spell-binding female performances from Barbara Crampton (REANIMATOR, FROM BEYOND) and Sarah Hagan (FREAKS & GEEKS, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER) in the stylish psychological thriller and festival favourite SUN CHOKE.

As Janie (Sarah Hagan) recovers from a violent psychotic break, she is subjected to a bizarre holistic health and wellness regimen designed, and enforced, by her lifelong nanny and caretaker (Barbara Crampton). But when she develops an obsession with a stranger, Janie's buried demons begin to surface.

ALSO NEW TO SHUDDER THIS MONTH

COLD PREY RESURRECTION - Coming this month on SHUDDER


The only survivor from COLD PREY, the smash hit original Norwegian slasher, wakes up in hospital. As she walks through the dark corridors, she thinks she is alone. But the nightmare isn't over – the mountain madman has returned.

HIDDEN - Coming this month on SHUDDER

Alexander Skarsgard stars in this post-apocalyptic thriller about a family surviving a deadly outbreak by hiding out in a bomb shelter. Concealed from the ‘Breathers’, the fate of the family twists and turns towards a shocking, unexpected climax.


I AM ZOZO - Coming this month on SHUDDER

Shot entirely on Super 8mm, a weekend retreat of occult tomfoolery for five thrill-seeking students turns nasty as a malicious entity known as ZoZo is summoned...


BEREAVEMENT - Coming this month on SHUDDER

This atmospheric chiller follows 17 year-old Allison who comes to live with her uncle (Michael Biehn) and disturbs a hornet's nest of evil that once torn open, can never be closed.


DON'T LOOK UP - Coming this month on SHUDDER

In this remake of the original Japanese shocker, a film crew unleashes a malevolent supernatural force after discovering disturbing footage of a murder. As the production gets underway, director Marcus gradually realises that his set is cursed, and begins digging to get to the bottom of the bloody mystery.


CHOOSE - Coming this month on SHUDDER

An aspiring journalist enlists the help of her detective father to track down a vicious serial killer. Look out for Kevin Pollock and Bruce Dern in starring roles.


DEATH BELL - Coming this month on SHUDDER

SAW meets BATTLE ROYALE as an elite South Korean high school’s brightest students are shown a terrifying television broadcast announcing that a fiendish examination will determine whether they live or die.


HAROLD'S GOING STIFF - Coming this month on SHUDDER

After an experimental new treatment fails to stop him turning into a zombie, lonely pensioner Harold ends up on the run from a group of violent vigilantes who are out for blood in this funny and endearing edition to the undead canon.


HELLBENDERS - Coming this month on SHUDDER

A group of elite, highly-trained exorcists live in a constant state of debauchery, ready to go to Hell at any moment. When an infernal demon escapes into New York City intent on cracking open the gates of Hell, these 'Hellbenders' must use every ounce of their immorality to battle the demon and save the planet from eternal damnation.

HUSK - Coming this month on SHUDDER

Things go from bad to terrifying as a group of friends become stranded following a horrific car accident and encounter a psychotic scarecrow while searching for help. Someone light a match!

GOAL OF THE DEAD - Coming this month on SHUDDER

Returning to his hometown for the first time since his big money move to the professional leagues, football player Sam expects a joyful homecoming and a routine cup-game victory. But with a zombie outbreak fuelling bitter rivalries, the players and their entourage are dragged into a brutal game of survival.


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Director Steven Kastrissios talks about BLOODLANDS

Ahead of the World Premiere of his latest film BLOODLANDS at Horror Channel FrightFest Glasgow, Steven Kastrissios discusses the challenges of making the world’s first Albanian / Australian horror film.
 

Q - So what have you been doing in the eight years since making your amazing debut with THE HORSEMAN, a FrightFest favourite?

Writing. I was just 24 when I shot ‘The Horseman’ and it was only my second feature script, so I wanted to expand my horizons and I wrote many scripts in completely different genres and styles. I developed other little projects and came close to doing other features with other people’s scripts but for various reasons they fell through, usually over the script. I also stumbled into music and that bled into my film work too.

Q - How did BLOODLANDS come about as the first Australian/Albanian collaboration?

Coffee with my Albanian-Australian friend, Dritan Arbana. He told me about the blood-feuds and I instantly saw an idea for a story and also importantly, how to make it a viable production with limited means. Dritan is an actor with no experience or desire to be a film producer, but I trusted him and anointed him as my producing-partner and two or three months after that coffee, we were in Albania prepping the shoot.

Q - Why have the Albanians shied away from the genre up to now? Because their own history is so frightening?

I’m not Albanian, so I can’t answer this exactly, but from what the crew told me, they had a solid industry decades ago with the USSR influenced propaganda films, but their local industry has had limited opportunities since. They tend to like local comedies more and deal with the issue of blood-feuds as straight dramas, which there has been plenty. There were no stunt-coordinators, armourers, special-effects make-up artists we could find there, so limitations like that would make it difficult for any budding local genre filmmakers. I have a post-production background so I had the advantage of knowing how to design shots where we only had to do certain minimal things on-set, like very simple make-up, and the rest would be completed in post. We could do things safely too, like have real guns but no ammunition on set. Not even dummy cartridges. No explosive squibs too. All this stuff would be done through a subtle use of VFX.



Q - When did you come across the legend of the Shtriga?

During my initial research. There’s various types of witches in the Albanian and Balkan cultures. There’s even a witch that will maim you if you waste bread, so they have a witch for everything there! And fortunately the Shtriga myth fitted perfectly with the backstory I had in mind for my witch. 

Q - Directing the movie in a foreign language? Much more difficult surely because you need to understand the performance shadings?

This was just another hurdle we had to jump through collectively, but people learn fast and adapt so it wasn’t a big problem and most of the cast/crew spoke English, so I had a team of translators around me at all times for when someone needed help understanding me and vice versa. Whilst I don’t have an ear for Albanian, I did have the advantage of being the writer and the fact that I’d based the main characters on my own family, meant that I knew these characters inside and out. 

Q - How did you go about tackling the portrayal of Albanian people and their culture, which to outsiders still carries a lot of negative clichés.

I was not aware of the clichés so much, coming from Australia. Dritan filled me in on countless tales of Albania, but what we were exploring was at the end of the day, a horror story with fantasy elements. So we weren’t necessarily tied down to absolute reality all the time and the film is lens in a way that embraces the ominous horror elements, wherever we found them. And the story is set in the mountains of a rural village, so we weren’t exploring modern city life with local crime figures, which may be the clichés people speak of.
The Albania I saw, mainly when we were location scouting, knocking on doors and seeing into people’s home lives, gave me confidence to know that the story I’d written in Sydney felt authentic to Albania. Anything that didn’t fit we re-wrote with either the actors or with Dritan’s consultation beforehand, who translated the script for me. I’m half Greek and Albania and Greece share a border, so there was that familiarity for me as well. Although the two countries certainly have significant cultural differences, there is still a Mediterranean through-line that is similar.

Q - What will Albanian audiences make of it do you think? When will it be released there? Will the film kickstart a genre industry in Albania do you think? Or hope?


I have no idea. I made the film for a global audience. The Albanian sensibilities in the arts is unique to itself, so it could go either way. There was certainly a lot of interest in the project when we were there shooting, so I would imagine there would be a natural curiosity about the country’s first horror film.

Q - Are the Albanian cast stars in their own right, or did you discover them?

They are all stars in my eyes. Gëzim Rudi who plays the father is one the most recognisable actors in Albania. Ilire Vinca who plays the Shtriga was in The Forgiveness of Blood and Suela Bako, playing the mother, has had a lot of experience too and is a filmmaker herself. But it’s the feature debut for most of the cast I believe. 

Q - Bearing in mind how difficult it is to get indie genre films released, was it a conscious decision to not make the film in the English language?

Certainly having non-English language does hurt sales internationally, but what’s the alternative? Having Albanians speak English instead? People have suggested that, but I think that’s a terrible decision long-term that would seriously compromise this project. Albanian is an ancient language rarely heard outside of the region and it’s one of the few that has no root in other languages, so we should preserve it. Global audiences obviously do find foreign cultures of interest so we have that on our side and people so far do seem to be genuinely intrigued in a horror film about an Albanian witch!

Q - And finally, what next?


I’m developing another little project while I make my first serious attempts to go to USA with a script I’ve been developing. In the past I only sent one script out to a handful of people in USA, and I wasn’t even there to do the pitch meetings, as I was based in Sydney and focusing on Australian projects mainly, with no desire to move. But after the fun I had in Albania and the speed of which it came together, I’m all for working internationally.

BLOODLANDS is showing at the Glasgow Film Theatre on Sat 25 Feb, 2.20pm as part of Horror Channel FrightFest Glasgow 2017.

For more info on this and other films at the festival visit http://www.frightfest.co.uk

UK Theatrical release date revealed for Terminator 2 : Judgement Day 3D

STUDIOCANAL and DMG ENTERTAINMENT are pleased to announce the UK theatrical release date for James Cameron’s TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY 3D as AUGUST 25th. 

STUDIOCANAL will be releasing in the UK, France, Germany, Australia and New Zealand, and Distrib Films will be releasing in the US.

It has been 10 years since the events of Terminator. Sarah Connor’s ordeal is only just beginning as she struggles to protect her son John, the future leader of the human resistance against the machines, from a new Terminator, sent back in time to eliminate John Connor while he’s still a child.

Sarah and John don’t have to face this terrifying threat alone however. The human resistance have managed to send them an ally, a warrior from the future ordered to protect John Connor at any cost.

The battle for tomorrow has begun…

James Cameron’s epic action, sci-fi masterpiece starring Schwarzenegger in his most iconic role, has been converted in immersive 3D by Cameron himself. First hitting our screens in 1991 with groundbreaking special effects, the 3D version will take the seminal blockbuster to the next level of effects and into the 21st century for the next generation of fans.

The project was initiated by Lightstorm (lei), James Cameron’s production company, DMG Entertainment and STUDIOCANAL. James Cameron's team oversaw this 3D conversion from start to finish. This highly experienced and award-winning team had already supervised Titanic's 3D conversion and is currently working on the Avatar sequels.

The original 35mm negative was scanned and then restored in 4k at Deluxe L.A., under the supervision of Geoff Burdick, Lightstorm. The film was calibrated in 4k by Skip, James Cameron’s colorist, at Technicolor Hollywood, with a selection of the best 35mm prints from the film's first release. The film was then converted into 3D by Stereo D (Star Wars, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Jurassic world).

This work lasted almost a year and was monitored daily by Lightstorm's teams, to produce a high-end 3D version at the level of the latest 3D releases from U.S. Studios. The 3D version then benefited from a calibration and a specific finish at Technicolor Hollywood, still under the supervision of Skip and James Cameron himself.