Thursday, 31 July 2014

Make-Up legend Dick Smith dies

Dick Smith, the Hollywood makeup legend who turned Linda Blair into a demon in The Exorcist and Marlon Brando into an aging mafia don in The Godfather, has died at the age of 92.
 
Smith's death, which came after a long illness, was announced by Smith's friend and fellow makeup artist Rick Baker on Thursday morning
 
"The master is no longer with us, but his work will live on,'' said Baker, a seven-time Oscar winner. "There will never be another like Dick. He and his work changed the industry.''
 
Rather than masks or rigid appliances, Smith's use of latex and other methods allowed actors to appear more natural even while wearing the most severe makeups. He painstakingly added decades to actor Dustin Hoffman in Little Big Man and F. Murray Abraham in Amadeus, for which he won an Oscar.
 
Smith also created the shocking visage of Dorian Gray in a 1961 TV movie, Hoffman's Ratso Rizzo character in Midnight Cowboy and Robert De Niro's mohawked Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver.
 
For The Exorcist, Smith shocked moviegoers with the transformation of a young girl possessed by the devil and the physical effect of spewing green vomit. The makeups took five hours before shooting even began.
 
"It wasn't until I worked on The Exorcist that there was even a call for the kind of change on camera that was required,'' Smith said later. The biggest challenge, he recalled, was trying to make look "mean this sweet little apple-cheeked girl.''
 
Smith began makeup work while at Yale. He served 15 years as NBC's first makeup director and worked on productions ranging from Dark Shadows (he memorably aged Jonathan Frid's Barnabas Collins), The Sunshine Boys and Marathon Man,
 
"To say Dick Smith was a genius in our craft is an understatement,'' said makeup artist and film historian Michael F. Blake. "He, like (Lon) Chaney, (Jack) Pierce and others, was a pioneer. He was a very giving teacher. Willing to help anyone who asked.''
 
In 2009, Smith received a lifetime achievement Academy Award. Director J.J. Abrams said then that many would ask Smith "How did you do that? It was Dick Smith who gave us the answers."
Obituary reproduced from USA today.
 
Visit Dick Smith's Official Website.
 
 

New clip for "Devil's Mile"

Checkout this clip from forthcoming horror "Devil's Mile". The film will premiere at the Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal, on July 26 and will be released on DVD and VOD in the US Aug 26th.





Daniel Radcliffe gets the Horn!!!

Lionsgate is pleased to release the UK Teaser Poster and UK Trailer for Alexandre Aja's brilliant "HORNS". Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Juno Temple and Max Minghella.
 
From master-of-horror Alexandre Aja (Hills Have Eyes, Piranha 3D) comes this supernatural, offbeat thriller starring beloved British actor Daniel Radcliffe (The Woman in Black) and the talented Juno Temple (Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For).
 
Ig Perrish (Daniel Radcliffe) is accused for the violent rape and killing of his girlfriend, Merrin Williams (Juno Temple). After a hard night of drinking, Ig awakens, hungover, to find horns growing out of his head; they have the ability to drive people to confess sins and give in to selfish impulses. Ig decides to use this effective tool to discover the circumstances of his girlfriend's death and to seek revenge by finding the true murderer.
 
Daniel and Juno lead an all-star cast with strong support from David Morse (Green Mile, The Hurt Locker) and Heather Graham (Hangover I&II, Boogie Nights).
 
HORNS is based on the dark fantasy novel of the same name from New York Times best-selling author Joe Hill (Heart Shaped Box) with a screenplay by Keith Burnin. Alexandre Aja, Riza Aziz, Joey McFarland and Cathy Schulman produce.
 
The film is released into UK cinemas on Halloween, Friday 31 October, 2014.
 
View the trailer on YouTube
 
Visit the official UK Facebook page

Graveyard Calling Release Seventh Cassette-Horror- Double-Feature

Step inside the House of Dolls! Inside you'll find the eerie beats of 7-piece dark ska band Spooky Jefferson's Ideal Lunchbox! Based in Washington, UK, the band have been compared to Madness and Oingo Boingo.
 
The 5-track “silver-screen” grey cassette comes with a free download of the whole release; preorders are available now from www.graveyardcalling.co.uk for an instant download of “Freak Show”.
 
Combining punk rock beats, psychobilly bass and surf guitar, Demoni unleash their Frankenstein's monster from the lab onto cassette for the first time!
 
Hailing from Boise, ID, the band has shared the stage with such psychobilly favorites as the Koffin Kats and Stellar Corpses.
 
The 9-track “blood” red cassette comes with a free download of the whole release; preorders are available now from www.graveyardcalling.co.uk for an instant download of the album-opener “And Now the Screaming Starts”.
 
Graveyard Calling is a UK-based cassette/digital label. Since its creation in July 2013 Graveyard Calling has released 13 cassettes and 7 compilations of horror-themed music.
 

 

The Werewolves are Rising this September!!!!

Coming to UK DVD, deep in the sinister woods lives an unimaginable terror, that wreaks death and destruction when the moon is full. Out of the darkness comes a new kind of blood lust in Werewolf Rising...
 
When Emma returns to her childhood home deep in the Arkansas mountains, she’s in need of rest and relaxation, but her problems have only just begun. What she finds is slaughter, fear and the foul pestilence that comes with a full moon.
 
A bloodthirsty werewolf is tearing through the township, ripping and ravaging all who cross its path; revealing a menacing underworld that few knew existed. Suddenly Emma finds herself plunged into a fight for her life and more – a fight to the finish for her soul.
 
Beware of the beast in Werewolf Rising a bloody thrilling fantasy. Coming to DVD from Image Entertainment on 08 September 2014
 
Buy the UK DVD from Amazon.co.uk
 
 

Before I go to Sleep - New poster revealed.

Studiocanal are pleased to present the brand new UK poster for Before I Go To Sleep starring Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth, Mark Strong and Anne-Marie Duff. Directed by Rowan Joffe, Before I Go To Sleep is released to UK cinemas 5th September.

Starring Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth and Mark Strong - "Before I Go To Sleep" is a psychological thriller based on the worldwide best-selling novel about a woman who wakes up every day remembering nothing - the result of a traumatic accident in her past - until one day, new terrifying truths emerge that force her to question everyone around her...


 
 
 

 

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

"Mad Max : Fury Road" trailer hits the web

A teaser trailer for the new "Mad Max" film has just hit the web. I think it's safe to say, looking at this, that this is NOT a sequel to the original Max trilogy, but a reboot. As it appears to be a semi-remake of "Mad Max 2". What do you think of this?....



More info at the official UK Facebook page

Monday, 28 July 2014

"Video Nasties : Draconian Days" - UK DVD review.

Given such a thorough examination of the events that lead up to the UK having one of the most stringent censorship regimes in the western world, in the 2010 documentary “Video Nasties : Moral Panic”, you’d be forgiven for thinking that it covered pretty much everything. But, you’d be wrong.
 
Picking up were the previous documentary left off, “Video Nasties : Draconian Days", by Jake West and Marc Morris, looks at how censorship in the UK affected the availability of various horror titles after the video recordings act came into effect ,and looks at just how scissor happy the BBFC were under James Ferman, up until his departure in 1999.
 
Many infamous film titles that were heavily censored, like “Henry Portrait of a Serial Killer”, or were ‘unofficially’ banned on video via the back door, like "The Exorcist” or “Texas Chainsaw Massacre”, are examined, showing the problems Ferman had with them, as well as looking at many of the infamous news stories which the press falsely attributed to being influenced by screen violence. Such as the Hungerford massacre and the killing of James Bulger and how these either directly, or indirectly, influenced decision making at the BBFC.
 
However, the most enjoyable part of the documentary for me was showing how all this censorship simply lead to a huge underground black market of people dealing in uncut imports and dodgy bootlegs, selling through fanzines, carefully worded ads in horror magazines and at illicit movie fairs in and around London. I particularly enjoyed this section as I used to attend similar movie fairs back in the 90s and used to get a real buzz out of spending a small fortune on imported VHS horror tapes.
 
As with the previous documentary, the stories are told through a series of interviews with various media academics, like Professor Julian Petley, together with current and former BBFC examiners, such as Craig lapper and Carol Topolski. Which are interspersed with vintage news articles, containing interviews with the pro-censorship brigade such as MP Graham Bright, who introduced the Video Recordings Act and David Alton, who very nearly succeeded  in getting all 15 and 18 classified movies banned from video shelves in the 1990s.
 
These are of particular interest as it shows you just how vociferous the pro-censorship brigade were and how quickly anyone trying to oppose them was shouted down. Indeed, there’s one particularly funny TV debate in which “Death Wish” director Michael Winner goes up against morality campaigner Mary Whitehouse in a studio where the audience are all, rather bizarrely, dressed up as Rambo, which is worth buying the disc for alone.
 
It also features interviews with the likes of film critics and authors Kim Newman and Alan Jones, directors Alex Chandon (Bad Karma, Cradle of Fear) and Christopher Smith (Creep) and many others, who put their slant on how all this censorship affected die hard horror fans like themselves.
 
Unless you were a horror fan (like myself) who lived through that era, you may find a lot of the things that went on with the BBFC back then hard to believe. Especially given the relatively liberal nature of the board these days. So this documentary will certainly be an eye-opener for many younger horror fans, as well as being a nice nostalgia piece for older fans like myself.
 
As with the previous documentary, this is a 3-disc set, which comes loaded with extras.
 
On Disc one, you get the documentary. Plus video cover scans of the original 72 films that the authorities tried to ban and prosecute as video nasties under Section 2 of the obscene publications act (these were also included on the previous documentary), as well as cover scans of 82 pre-cert films known as “section 3 titles”, which were a secondary list of films that the govt felt were liable to contravene section 3 of the obscene publication act (more on this in a moment). Also included is a “Fanzine” section., which is essentially a cover scan gallery of various fanzines that dedicated fans used to put out in those pre-internet days, telling you all about where to get the good stuff from.
 
On Discs 2 and 3 you’ll find trailers for a number of pre-cert films from the aforementioned “Section 3” list. There’s a nice little intro explaining all about what Section 3 titles were on disc 2, but to summerise, whereas the original Nasties were prosecuted under section 2 of the OPA, these were felt by the Director of Public Prosecutions to be in breach of the less serious section 3. Which meant the police could confiscate them, but not prosecute and the dealer or distributor, who’d had them seized, could contest them in a magistrates court, though few bothered.
 
There are 82 trailers split over 2 discs, which includes the likes of “Rosemary’s Killer”, “Happy Birthday to me”, “Last Cannibal World”, “Friday the 13th”, “Zombies – Dawn of the Dead” and many more, which all come with specially filmed intros from some of the critics and journalists who took part in the documentary. Such as Alan Jones and Kim Newman, together with Academics such as Drs Karen Oughton and Patricia MacCormack and even a few genre fans like Justin Kerswell who runs the Hysteria website, who all provide some interesting insight into the films and why they got included on the list.
 
I should also mention there are apparently 4 special “Easter Egg” features on disc 1, but I’m damned if I can find them, so if anyone manages to work out how to access them from any of the menus, please let me know.
 
This an excellent companion piece to the original documentary, which will definitely appeal to old and new horror fans alike. This release is strictly limited to 6,666 copies, so if you’re a serious horror fan, be sure to pick your copy up quick.
 
"Video Nasties : Draconian Days" is out now on DVD from Nucleus films...
 
Buy the UK DVD from Amazon.co.uk
 

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Walking Dead series 5 trailer hits the web.

A trailer for the new series of "The Walking Dead" has hit the web. The show returns to screens in the US Sunday October 12th, and is expected to be shown in the UK and other European countries a few days after...




Friday, 25 July 2014

Conjuring spin-off "Annabelle" trailer hits the web.

Checkout the official UK trailer for forthcoming horror film "Annabelle", which is a spin-off/prequel to "The Conjuring", which is being released to UK cinemas in October.



Visit the official Annabelle Facebook Page.




Thursday, 24 July 2014

Frightfest trailer "sizzle reel"

Are you going to the Filmfour Frightfest in London next month? Well, just to wet your appetites, they've just released this trailer to show you what you're in for...



The Filmfour Frightfest runs from 21-25th August, at the Vue West End Cinema, Leicester Square, London. For more info visit http://www.frightfest.co.uk/

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

ASYLUM PRESS RELEASES FEARLESS DAWN AND EEEK! PREVIEWS

Online comic publisher Asylum Press have, announced a five page preview of the fan favorite "Fearless Dawn: The Eye Of The Beholder" written and illustrated by Steve Mannion (The Bomb, Batman Black and White, Tales From The Crypt, Warlash:Dark Noir) and "EEEK!" a demented retro style horror anthology by Jason Paulos.  EEEK! arrives just in time for Halloween.  Retailers and customers have until the last week of July 2014 to place pre-orders.

"In Fearless Dawn: The Eye Of The Beholder", Steve Mannion's feisty action hero is back! Can she escape the clutches of "One-Eyed Hans"? Tune in and get the skinny!  Meet "One-Eyed Hans", the roughest, toughest, meanest old hombre ever to bust up the "FEARLESS DAWN" camp! And he's got one eye. Well, he's actually got 2 eyes but one is made of glass. So, yeah. He's got one eye. And he has been sent to aid in the BREAKOUT of Fearless Dawn's arch Nemesis, Helga Von Krauss. Can Fearless Dawn stop ol' One-Eye? Join us now and find out! Fans of the Rocketeer, The Goon, and MAD Magazine are sure to get a kick out of this series, from the inimitable mind and pen of Steve Mannion!   ALSO features a "Manly" Mannion sketchbook section.
 
EEEK! is a retro-style anthology of all-new horror tales is guaranteed to give you the eeries and the creepies!  Taking a pinch of black humour from EC comics and mixing it with the art stylings of House of Mystery and Warren comics, EEEK! blends a heady broth that hits you like a burning incense stick to the retina. Jason Paulos delivers the goods with over 15 tales of revenge, zombies, vampires, ghouls and monsters. Each tale drawn in a different style reminiscent of the B&W horror mags of the 70's and 80's. In 'Deadline of Death' we witness rival comic artists dabbling with malevolent forces that arrive in the form of a chain smoking goatee wearing Satan. In Lights! Camera! Murder!, A lovesick starlet and a ruthless film director embark on a doomed love affair that ends in pieces!  In "Easy Prey" A helpless girl, lost in the wilderness ... but is she all that she seems? In "Head Trip" a hippie's love for music goes horribly wrong.  Other titles include "Confessions of a Thrill Killer", "Like Son, Like Father" , "In Too Deep" and many more.  Includes full color section and sketches.

Both titles are featured in July Diamond previews shipping Sept. 2014.

Diamond Comics Distributors gave Fearless Dawn: The Eye Of The Beholder a CERTIFIED COOL stamp of approval and EEEK! was labeled a "Star of the Month".

Asylum Press website http://www.asylumpress.com

Fearless Dawn Blog http://fearlessdawn.blogspot.com/



 





Saturday, 19 July 2014

Frizzi 2 Fulci: Halloween at the Barbican

Immerse yourself in the chilling atmospheres of Fabio Frizzi’s brilliantly disturbing scores, accompanied by film scenes which will have you hiding under your seat.
 
One of the undisputed masters of Italian horror soundtracks, Fabio Frizzi celebrates his special partnership with the late ‘Godfather of Gore’, director Lucio Fulci. Joined by the F2F Orchestra, the Alauda String Quartet and vocalists, he performs his dark and brooding scores to worldwide splatter sensations like "Zombie Flesh Eaters" (1979) and other blood soaked epics such as "Seven Notes In Black", "The Beyond", "City Of The Living Dead", "Manhattan Baby" and more.
 
Highly influential to this day, Fabio Frizzi is one of the most celebrated Italian film composers, alongside names such as Ennio Morricone, Bruno Nicolai, Goblin and Gianni Ferrio. Numerous musicians ranging from Boards Of Canada and Wu Tang’s RZA, through to the new synth breed of Umberto and Zombi have cited him as a major inspiration. Quentin Tarantino is also a long-term admirer and deployed the theme from "Seven Notes In Black" for "Kill Bill".
 
More Halloween fun will go on until late on the ClubStage.
 
Age restriction 18+

For more info and to buy tickets, visit the Barbican Website
 

 

Take a peek at "Facility 31"

You may remember some time ago we posted about an upcoming British horror film "Facility 31"? Well it seems production company Bad Blood Films have just signed a deal with LA-based sales company Empress Road Pictures, who will now represent their debut horror feature worldwide and will hopefully have this released soon.

In the meantime, here's a sneak peek to wet your appetites, that the production company have posted online...


Facility 31 - Sneak Peek from Bad Blood Films on Vimeo.

Follow Bad Blood Films on Facebook.

Follow Facility 31 on Twitter.

Visit their Official Website.


Arrow video set to unleash the Killer Klowns!

Arrow video are set to release the cult horror-comedy "Killer Klowns from Outer Space" onto a dual format BD/DVD special edition combo pack in the UK this Augusrt
 
Clowns can be terrifying at the best of times – especially when they’re Killer Klowns from Outer Space!  When Mike and his girlfriend Debbie turn up at the local police station warning that a gang of homicidal alien clowns have arrived in the town of Crescent Grove, the cops are naturally sceptical. Talk of popcorn-firing guns and a spaceship shaped like a circus tent out in the woods hardly helps to convince them.
 
Before long, however, reports start coming in from anxious locals reporting similar run-ins with the colourfully-dressed, large shoe-wearing assailants. There can no longer be any doubt - the Killer Klowns from Outer Space are here and they’re out to turn the population into candy floss!
 
The sole directorial effort from the Chiodo brothers – the special effects team behind such hits as "Critters" and "Team America: World Police""Killer Klowns from Outer Space" is the wacky 1988 horror comedy classic against which all other knowing B-movie efforts should be measured. So, in the words of the film’s opening theme song, hop aboard the “nightmare merry-go-round” and brace yourself for a cinematic experience unparalleled in this galaxy!
 
SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS
•High definition digital transfer

•Audio Commentary with the Chiodo Brothers
•The Making of Killer Klowns – a 20-minute featurette comprising interviews and behind-the-scenes footage
•Komposing Klowns – interview with composer John Massari
•Visual Effects with Gene Warren Jr.
•Kreating Klowns – with Charles Chiodo and creature fabricator Dwight Roberts
•Chiodo Brothers' Earliest Films - a look back on the first Chiodo Brothers’ productions
•2 Deleted Scenes with Director’s Commentary
•Killer Bloopers
•Klown Auditions
•Theatrical Trailer
•Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork to be revealed!
•Collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film

The film is released to UK disc August 25th in both a standard case and limited edition Steelbook.

Pre-order the BD/DVD combo pack from Amazon.co.uk

Pre-order the BD/DVD Steelbook from Amazon.co.uk

GHOST STORIES announces new booking period at London's Arts Theatre

After breaking box office records at London’s Arts Theatre, the hit show GHOST STORIES has announced a new booking period from Sunday 21 September 2014 to Sunday 18 January 2015.
 
Extending due to popular demand GHOST STORIES mixes the very best of theatre with the intense buzz of a thrill-­-ride. The production is restaged and reimagined by writers Jeremy Dyson (THE LEAGUE OF GENTLEMEN) and Andy Nyman (SEVERENCE, DEADSET) along with director Sean Holmes.
 
Jeremy Dyson has won numerous awards as the co-­-writer of the hilariously bleak THE LEAGUE OF GENTLEMEN; including a Perrier Award, BAFTA Award for Best Comedy and the Golden Rose of Montreux. The stage show he co-­-penned, A LOCAL SHOW FOR LOCAL PEOPLE, was nominated for an Olivier Award in 2002.
 
Andy Nyman is and acclaimed actor Andy’s acting credits include Channel 4’s BAFTA nominated DEAD SET, the horror-­-comedy directed by Christopher Smith SEVERENCE and KICK ASS 2. He is the award-­-winning co-­-writer and co-­-creator of the TV productions DERREN BROWN – MIND CONTROL and TRICK OF THE MIND. He co-­-wrote and co-­-directed DERREN BROWN LIVE, AN EVENING OF WONDERS, ENIGMA and Derren's most recent live show – INFAMOUS. Andy also won the Best Entertainment Olivier Award in 2005 for SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES.
 
WARNING: PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT GHOST STORIES CONTAIN MOMENTS OF SEVERE SHOCK AND TENSION. THESHOW IS UNSUITABLE FOR ANYONE UNDER THE AGE OF 15. WE STRONGLY ADVISE THAT THOSE OF A NERVOUS DISPOSITION TO THINK VERY SERIOUSLY BEFORE ATTENDING.
 
GHOST STORIES is currently booking until Sunday 17 August. The new booking period will go on sale at 10am Friday 18 July 2014.

LISTINGS INFORMATIONCurrently running until Sunday 17 August 2014. New booking period between Sunday 21

VENUE: Arts Theatre, 6-­-7 GreatNewport Street, London, WC2H 7JB

PERFORMANCE TIMES:
Tuesday – Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 5pm and 8pm Sunday at 4pm and 7pm

Extra Halloween Performance: Friday 31 October at 10.30pm

PRICES:
Tuesday – Thursday: £39.50, £35
Friday evening, Saturday matinee, Saturday evening: £45, £39
Sunday matinee, Sunday evening: £39.50, £35
GROUPS:  Tue – Thu and Sun performances only: 6+ £35 and 8+ £29.50

BOX OFFICE: 020 7836 8463

WEBSITE: http://www.ghoststoriestheshow.co.uk

Find GHOST STORIES on Facebook and Twitter

Ivonna Cadaver joins "Girls and Corpses Magazine"


Ivonna Cadaver climbs in the coffin with Girls and Corpses Magazine
 
"I had heard of Ivonna Cadaver for a long long time, over 120 years, and we finally dug each other up and well, I really dig her. So, I asked her to climb aboard my corpse and take a ride to the dark side," explains Girls and Corpses Deaditor-In-Chief Robert "Corpsy" Rhine, adding, "Ivonna has my same dark twisted humor so we thought why not team up in a deadly duo? She agreed and I'm glad she dead! Let the mayhem begin!"

Ivonna Cadaver is the "Next Generation of Horror". The raven-haired temptress hosts, teases, and tantalizes viewers each week on the nationally syndicated Macabre Theatre, which features independent horror flicks as well as the classics.
 
LA Weekly magazine says, “It beats the living daylights out of just about anything else being broadcast.”  Ivonna Cadaver was featured on "CNN" with Jane Velez-Mitchell and was crowned the "New Queen of Horror." CNN proclaimed her to be the "new face of the undead!"
 
GIRLS and CORPSES MAGAZINE is an outrageous horror/comedy/art & music magazine distributed on newsstands internationally by Ingram, Diamond, PDG Annas International and also translated into German. The glossy color magazine, with a circulation of 42,000 and rapidly growing, has been described as dark blend of Maxim meets "Dawn of The Dead" meets MAD. 
 
Check out the madness at: http://girlsandcorpses.com/  and purchase copies HERE

Friday, 18 July 2014

"Zomboobies" trailer

No idea if this is actually a real film, or one of those faux trailers, but I like the look of this...


"XMOOR" to Premiere at Frightfest.

A beast, baying for blood, deep on the moors is startled when two documentary filmmakers and their expert tracker attempt once and for all to prove the existence of this elusive moorland creature. Only our trio are not prepared for what they are actually about to discover as XMOOR explodes onto screens on August 25, 2014 at this year’s FILM4 FrightFest.

With their sights set on a £25,000 reward promoted by a local newspaper, American documentary makers Georgia and Matt head to Exmoor in North Devon to film the fabled ‘beast’ supposedly slinking through the remote terrain. Setting up a forest camp with an experienced tracker harbouring his own dark secrets, the trio fix 42 cameras to the trees and rocks, linked back to a computer nerve centre where nothing should go unnoticed as they take turns to keep watch throughout the night.
 
But, As darkness settles, their plans are thrown into disarray as they stumble over the body of a dead girl in a clearing and they are horrified to realise that she isn’t alone. They are surrounded by rotting bodies of dead girls. The realisation soon dawns that they are in the lair of a beast alright, but not one of the four-legged variety. They have discovered a serial killer’s dumping ground and soon they become his most wanted prey.


Written and directed by emerging filmmaker Luke Hyams, the film stars MELIA KREILING (Guardians Of The Galaxy), NICK BLOOD (TV’s Babylon) and MARK BONNAR (TV’s Psychoville).
 
For more info on this and other films at the festival, check out the official Frightfest Website.
 


 
 

 

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Christina Ricci is Lizzy Borden!!!!

The true crime case that shocked a nation is now the thrilling movie event LIZZIE BORDEN TOOK AN AXE, available on DVD this August from Sony Home Pictures. Christina Ricci (Sleepy Hollow, TV’s “Pan Am”) gives a riveting lead performance in the suspenseful tale of Lizzie Borden, a young American woman accused of murdering her father and stepmother with an axe in 1892, and whose subsequent trial gave birth to an American obsession with the scandalous and sordid.
 
Directed by acclaimed independent film and television director Nick Gomez (TV’s “The Sopranos”), and featuring a high-calibre supporting cast, including  Billy Campbell (TV’s “Helix”), Clea DuVall (Argo) and Gregg Henry (Payback), LIZZIE BORDEN TOOK AN AXE brings a chilling American legend to life and dares to answer the question that has haunted America for over 122 years… did Lizzie really do it?  
 

A sweltering hot day in Massachusetts, 1892, is pierced by the brutal double murder of Mr. and Mrs. Borden that would stun the nation. Lizzie (Christina Ricci), a wholesome Sunday school teacher and Mr. Borden's youngest daughter, quickly becomes the prime suspect. Now, as her lawyer Andrew Jennings (Billy Campbell) proclaims her innocence, the original good-girl-gone-bad will stand trial in one of the most gripping, gruesome mysteries of all time. Her name will forever live in infamy and the eerie children's rhyme will continue to haunt those that know the story, but the truth is anything but clear.
 
The film was written by Stephen Kay (The Mod Squad) and produced by Sony Pictures Television for Lifetime Television. Judith Verno (TV’s “Masters of Sex”) serves as executive producer with Michael Mahoney (TV’s “Bag of Bones”) producing.

LIZZIE BORDEN TOOK AN AXE is available on UK disc from August 18th from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
 
Buy the DVD from Amazon.co.uk
 

 

Robert Englund presents "The Last Showing" on UK disc!

Horror legend Robert Englund (Freddy Krueger from the Nightmare On Elm Street franchise) presides over a midnight movie massacre in the edge-of-your-seat psychological horror THE LAST SHOWING, which comes to UK disc this August.

When projectionist Stuart Lloyd (Englund) is made redundant by the multiplex cinema he gave his life to, he seeks revenge on a generation that no longer requires his skills. Trapping a young couple inside the cinema during a midnight screening, he sets a deadly plot in motion to make them the unwitting stars of his own chilling horror movie. As they struggle for their lives, the pair are unaware that the CCTV cameras are rolling and that the stage is set for a fatal finale.
 
Packed with tension and deadly twists, the film features a true icon of the horror genre plus a strong cast of rising British talent, including Finn Jones (TV’s ‘Game Of Thrones’) and Emily Berrington (The Inbetweeners 2, TV’s ‘24: Live Another Day’). Malachi Kirby (Gone Too Far, TV’s EastEnders), Chris Geere (After Earth) and Keith Allen (The Others) also star.

Blu-ray & DVD Bonus Features Include:
Deleted, extended and alternate scenes  

The Last Showing will be available on Blu-ray, DVD and digital download from 25 August courtesy of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Buy the DVD from Amazon.co.uk

Buy the BD from Amazon.co.uk

 

 

"Altergeist" - Official Trailer

Checkout the official trailer for "Altergeist", starring Kristina Anapau (True Blood).



Devil’s Mile to premiere at the Fantasia International Film Festival

The highly-anticipated thriller Devil’s Mile will have it’s world premiere at the Fantasia International Film Festival on July 26.
 
Directed by Joseph O’Brien (writer - Robocop : Prime Directives, Fresh Meat), the movie follows a trio of kidnappers who take an ill-advised detour en route to deliver their hostages – two teenage girls – to their mysterious and powerful employer.
 
Early reviews have pegged the film “both fresh and eerie” with critics claiming Devil’s Mile the film “not to miss” at the festival.
 
Devil’s Mile, starring David Hayter, Maria Del Mar and Frank Moore, will be released on DVD and VOD in the US in August.
 
For information on where and when the film screens at Fantasia, check out the event’s official website.
 
View the trailer on YouTube.
 
 

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Interview with the Bunnyman - Joshua Lang

The Bunnyman himself Joshua Lang ‘hopped’ over to chat about the second in Carl Lindbergh’s horrifically humorous and bloody brilliant Bunnyman movies.

How hot is that dang suit? For some reason you always seem to be shooting these movies during the summer.

The suit itself isn't that bad but the killer is that helmet, recycling a lot of your own air just like sticking your head under sheets. It gets hot real quick long takes are very difficult, as well the physical scenes where Bunyan dies a lot of Action. But you have to embrace the suck, make it happen.

If you could have Bunnyman star in a “Vs.” movie, who would you want to see him take on?

Okay that's a f****** awesome question….Bunnyman vs the Leprechaun. I know that I can definitely picture that one coming out. I wonder who has bigger anger issues?
 
“Bunnyman 2” (released as "Bunnyman Massacre" in the US and "Bunnyman Ressurection" in the UK) is said to be bloodier than the original. Was that the intention?

Most definitely we tried hard to make it bigger and better movie. Where the big difference is you're fine bunnyman Massacre is that during the first film we realize that the bad guys were more interesting characters. So and Bunnymen master you find majority of the time we spend with bunnyman and his good friend Joe as they terrorize people along the countryside.

I believe you wear more hats on this movie than simply playing the lead role?

I'm a filmmaker first I definitely had my hands full fixing issues and putting out fires as they rise. The Bunnyman productions are usually pretty interesting and there's lots of behind-the-scenes craziness.

And I'm usually on standby for any questions or problems that may need to be solved I'm usually quick with the ideas.

Is acting the first love?
 
Acting is definitely what got me into this industry. I started off with high school theatre moving on to do in college theatre and even did some theatre when I was stationed in Germany during my tour with the United States Army. My first real job was at Six Flags marine world, I scored a role to become a part of Alice Cooper brutal Planet theme haunted house. I played a character who had recently escaped from mental institution, lip sing two Alice Cooper songs before being sacrificed by getting my head chopped off by 10 foot guillotine all to entertain the queue line for the haunted house. After acting however, Photography a big hobby during my time in the service. So after my tour it only seemed logical to pursue film.

Have you a favorite slasher movie?
 
The Friday the 13th films were really really scary but I believe a Nightmare on Elm Street is my favorite. I just love the performances in the character that Robert England brings. It's something about the humor with the character that really brings out the best in being bad.

Is Carl Lindbergh an ‘actor’s director’? Is he Ok with improvisation?

I do a lot of improvisation and encourage other actors that work with Carl to do so. if he likes what you do he will tell you to keep it. Sometimes he doesn't like something I do, and he will definitely let you know. I love the fact I have the ability to get into the role, it is a fun character to play.
"Bunnyman 2" hits DVD in the U.S this August under the title "Bunnyman Massacre".
Buy the US DVD from Amazon.com
 
The film will be released in the UK in July under the title "Bunnyman Ressurection".
Buy the UK DVD from Amazon.co.uk

Graveyard Calling releases "Monsters Unplugged".

"21 monsters, deep in the woods, with no flesh to eat and no blood to suck, just a handful of instruments, crudely crafted from coffin lids to keep them entertained!”

Monsters Unplugged is a 21 track, 72-minute digital-compilation album thatfeatures horror-themed acoustic songs from various artists. Like a monstercampfire jam in a graveyard, the album features tracks on guitars, violins,ukuleles and more.
 
Available now for free download from:
 
 
 
 
 
Graveyard Calling is a UK-based cassette/digital label. Since its creation in July 2013 Graveyard Calling released 13 cassettes and 6 compilations of horror-themed music.
 
 

Monday, 14 July 2014

"Video Nasties : Definitive Guide Part 2" - Out Now!!!!!

Released to tie in with the 30th Anniversary of the Video Recordings Act, July 1984 and limited to 6,666 individually numbered sets, each comes with postcards featuring the DPP Section 3 cover art and Graham Humphrey’s original cover art.
 
The Video Nasties continue to be a major source of interest to this day, and after the crtical and sales success of Video Nasties 1, comes the return! Video Nasties 2 is released to tie-in with the establishment of the Video Recordings Act.
 
Disc One: “Video Nasties: Draconian Days”
Nucleus Films' critically acclaimed follow-up documentary to 'VIDEO NASTIES: MORAL PANIC, CENSORSHIP AND VIDEOTAPE' (2010) from Director Jake West and producer Marc Morris who continue to uncover the shocking story of home entertainment following the introduction of the 1984 Video Recordings Act. The United Kingdom was plunged into a new Dark Age of the most restrictive censorship, where the horror movie became the bloody eviscerated victim of continuing dread created by self-aggrandizing moral guardians, and the film charts the consequences of this, including subversive social culture that sprung up around it. With fascinating interviews and more jaw dropping archive footage, get ready to reflect and rejoice on the passing of a turbulent time.
 
Discs Two and Three: "The Section 3 List"
Presents the official additional 82 titles that were officially designated under "Section 3" of the Obscene Publications Act by the Director of Public Prosecutions. These titles were liable for seizure and forfeiture by the police, removed from sale or hire and then destroyed; although they were not ultimately prosecuted. This amazing list was discovered whilst researching legal paperwork for the original "VIDEO NASTIES: THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE" and finally clears up why so many additional titles were historically considered to be "Video Nasties".
 
Titles include: 'Blood Lust' , 'Brutes & Savages', 'Cannibals', 'Dead Kids', 'Deep Red', 'Death Weekend', 'Demented', 'Eaten Alive', 'Headless Eyes', 'Hell Prison', 'Love Butcher', 'Mark of the Devil', 'Massacre Mansion', Savage Terror', 'Scream for Vengeance' 'Suicide Cult , "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre', 'Xtro' and 'Zombie Holocaust'.

Every shocking Section 3 title is presented with its original trailer and a newly filmed featurette that includes a wide range of notable genre journalists and acclaimed media academics that explore and uncover the sordid history of each release.
 
Buy the DVD from Amazon.co.uk



Friday, 11 July 2014

"Scavenger" - Kickstarter Campaign

The producers behind the forthcoming horror film "Scavenger" are appealing for help to get their project off the ground.
 
Described as "A Nouveaux-Gothic chamber piece", ‘Scavenger’; as the title suggests, is about a scavenger hunt; but with almost other-worldly origins.
 
The central object of the story, the ‘Freya box’, with an odd; almost supernatural past, requests an item, in return for an incredibly addictive; but brief experience known as ‘enlightenment’; pitting two players against each other and pushing them to the very limits of their sanity.
 
As the game progresses, the requests grow increasingly vampiric in nature; the pursuit of which draws the worst side out of our characters.
 
Written by Lewis Jordan and Jason Smith (the former also serving as director), they have been joined by Lucinda Rhodes and her fabulous production company Hawken-Rhodes and have been instrumental in securing an award-wining cast and crew.
 
Now, to get the project off the ground they need funding in order to secure...

 • Location Rental
 • Props
 • Costums
 • Paying [and feeding] the cast and crew
 
So, in order to acheive this, they've launched a Kickstarter campaign, and are appealing for your help.
 
For more information on how to get involved and benefits that come with the various levels of investment, visit the Scavenger Kickstarter Page.



"Ghostbusters" back in Cinemas and on BD...

Sony Pictures Entertainment will celebrate the 30th anniversary of GHOSTBUSTERS with a series of special events and home entertainment releases.  As a highlight of the celebration, the original 1984 film has been restored and remastered in 4K and will be returning to cinemas for one day only across the UK on October 28th.

In anticipation of the theatrical release of the film from Park Circus, on September 1 fans will be able to own the GHOSTBUSTERS 30th Anniversary Edition on Blu-ray™ and a two-disc Blu-ray box set, which includes the GHOSTBUSTERS II 25th Anniversary Edition, debuting on Blu-ray.

Both the GHOSTBUSTERS and GHOSTBUSTERS I & II Blu-rays come loaded with exclusive bonus materials, including revealing conversations with director Ivan Reitman and Dan Aykroyd, as well as never-before-seen deleted scenes from GHOSTBUSTERS II and more. The GHOSTBUSTERS anniversary edition features the original music video of the Oscar nominated song “Ghostbusters” by Ray Parker Jr., while GHOSTBUSTERS II includes the original music video for “On Our Own” by Bobby Brown. In addition, GHOSTBUSTERS will contain all previously released legacy content, commentary and an interactive Slimer Mode, offering fans a picture-in-picture graphical viewing experience.

“To celebrate this milestone anniversary, we wanted to create something new and collectible for fans.  These new Ghostbusters Blu-rays will feature the highest quality presentation along with new content that reflects the rich history of this iconic franchise,” said Lexine Wong, Senior Executive Vice President, Worldwide Marketing, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Fans can access new franchise offerings by visiting the new site GHOSTBUSTERS.COM, including collectible merchandise, music, and more.  Fans can register for updates, unique video content, as well as Ghostbusters news.

There will also be a slew of new merchandise from Sony Pictures Consumer Products to be released. Collaborations include Lego, Mattel, Funko and other select items to help celebrate the occasion.

Finally, Legacy Recordings / Sony Music Entertainment, will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the iconic Ghostbusters soundtrack with multiple collectible vinyl LP releases this year.

For more info, visit the following sites...

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

"Jersey Devil" trailer

Checkout the trailer for the riotous new dark comedy "Jersey Devil", in which Hell is about to be relocated... to New Jersey....



Neil Marshall Presents "Soulmate".

Coming to UK DVD this August. After suffering a personal tragedy, Audrey retreats to an isolated country cottage to hide from the world. But as terrifying visions begin to haunt every corner, she soon fnds out that she is not alone. As Audrey seeks to unlock the mystery surrounding the home’s ghostly owner she must also decide - is he friend or foe?

Presented by Neil Marshall (The Descent, Dog Soldiers), "SOULMATE" stars Anna Walton (Hellboy II: The Golden Army) and Tom Wisdom (300), and is the debut feature from actress turned director Axelle Carolyn.

Axelle Carolyn began her flm career starring in horror and action flms, and is known for her roles in DOOMSDAY (2008) and CENTURION (2010). In 2010 she embarked on her screenwriting career, debuting with the supernatural thriller GHOST OF SLAUGHTERFORD. Since then she has directed three short flms and SOULMATE is her frst full feature.

SPECIAL FEATURES
•Commentary by Axelle Carolyn and Neil Marshall
•Firghtfest interviews with Axelle Carolyn, Neil Marshall and Anna Walton
•Two short flms by Axelle Carolyn, The Last Post and The Halloween Kid
 
Buy the UK DVD from Amazon.co.uk
 
 

Hudson Horror Show 9 - This August (NY - USA)

One for US visitors to my site, particularly if you live in the Poughskeepsie area of New York, its the movie festival that even modern technology could not kill. The Hudson Horror Show, is back from the grave and hungry for your soul! 
 
Hudson Horror Show 9 will be at the Empire South Hills 8 in Poughkeepsie, NY on Saturday August 9th, 2014.  This is the same theater the event has been at for the last five years which was formerly known as the Silver Cinemas South Hills 8. 
 
Now celebrating their fifth anniversary they will be presenting six movies (for the price of five) all off of vintage 35mm film. 
 
From Director William Lustig, one of the most brutal and unflinching horror films of all time, MANIAC!  You will be amazed at Joe Spinell’s riveting dual performance as both a slimy and sadistic killer and a suave ladies man!
 
Before you see the reboot/sequel, join us for a 35th Anniversary screening of the original MAD MAX!  They say people don't believe in heroes anymore, in Poughkeepsie, we’re gonna give em back their heroes!! 
 
We really dig slashers and are overjoyed to present the early 80’s classic THE BURNING!  Savini’s glorious gore work was heavily cut to get an “R” rating in America, but we will be screening the uncut international version with all of the juicy bits intact!
 
You may need to wear tinfoil on your head to prevent your brain from melting from the madness that is LADY TERMINATOR!!  Presented by the B Movie Film Vault, this incomprehensible mess of a movie is a note for note rip off of the Schwarzenegger sci-fi classic which needs to be seen to be believed!
 
The only thing better than one mystery movie is two!  As a thank you for five years of patronage, HHS#9 will screen two mystery movies, so that is six movies in total, for the price of five.  What will this gruesome twosome be?  Get a ticket for Hudson Horror Show #9 and find out!!
 
Our last show was a record setting advance sell out and tickets for this show are on sale now!  Don’t miss it, get your tickets now!  Advance tickets are just $26.00.  Click here to order at http://www.hudsonhorror.com/purchase-tickets/
 
If any tickets remain the day of show, they will be available for $30.00, cash only.  But don’t count on it.
 
As always we’ll have vendors selling toys, DVD’s, t-shirts and all other merchandise.  If you are interested in being a vendor, or if you have a question about the show, shoot us an email at info@hudsonhorror.com
 
Keep watching the Website and Facebook pages for more info and we’ll see Saturday, August 9th, 2014 for Hudson Horror Show 9!

"Killers" in UK cinemas THIS Friday

Out at UK Cinemas next Friday, (18th July), "KILLERS" is a stylish thriller from "The Raid" producer/ Director Gareth Evans and directed by the hugely talented ‘Mo Brothers’ (Macabre). Which sees the explosive meeting of two serial killers with contrasting, and sadistic, styles of murder
 
Nomura is a good looking and stylish man in his early thirties who lives a successful life in Tokyo, Japan. Girls are drawn to him, something he uses to his advantage as none of them realise the sinister truth behind the clean-cut fa├žade.

Nomura has been leaving a legacy of violent murders that he immortalises through video clips posted on a public video website. He thrives off of the fact that millions are witnessing his work through the virally spread videos.

Thousands of miles away from him, in a whole different world, lives Bayu, a disgraced investigative journalist living in a violent and unstable Jakarta, Indonesia. As Bayu’s life is hit by the nadir of failures, Nomura’s videos trigger his dark side as he starts to record his own brand of “justified” killings. Nomura’s seemingly confident and controlled charm starts to peel when his ego is wounded by the fact that Bayu’s videos have reached a significant numbers of followers that could rival his own.

Complicating matters further is Nomura’s bizarre attraction towards a traumatised young florist Hisae. Bayu himself starts to sink deeper into a spiral of violence; obsessed with bringing down one of the country’s biggest and most corrupt politicians, but during his bloody rampage he doesn’t realise the repercussions towards his young daughter, Elly.

When the rivalry between Nomura and Bayu becomes an uncontrollable psychosis, the two of them must face each other in one of the most exhilarating film finales in years.
 
The film will be playing at selected UK cinemas this Friday, the 18th of July, and will be released to DVD and BD September 1st.


Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Ti West's "The Sacrament" on UK DVD NOW!!!!

From acclaimed writer/director Ti West (THE INNKEEPERS, THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL) and master of horror Eli Roth (THE LAST EXORCISM, HOSTEL, CABIN FEVER), "THE SACRAMENT" examines the last days in the life of a religious cult via West’s unique brand of smart, slow-burn terror.
 
THE SACRAMENT follows two ill-fated Vice Media correspondents as they set out to document their friend’s journey to find his missing sister. Travelling outside of the United States to an undisclosed location, they are welcomed into the world of remote commune “Eden Parish,” a self-sustained rural utopia, comprised of nearly two hundred members.

At the center of this small, religious, socialist community is a mysterious leader known only as “Father.” As their friend reunites with his sister, it becomes apparent to the newcomers that this paradise may not be as it seems and underneath the supposed harmony lies a dark and terrifying truth. What started as just another documentary shoot soon becomes a race to escape with their lives.
 
Artfully blending old-school 1970’s-style horror with a chilling psychological study of religious fanaticism, THE SACRAMENT relentlessly builds into an atmosphere of engulfing dread that gets under the skin and stays there.
 
The film is out now on UK DVD from House releasing.
 
Buy the UK DVD from Amazon.co.uk
 
 

"Rampage : Capital Punishment" trailer hits the web.

The new trailer for Uwe Boll's film "Rampage : Capital Punishment" has just gone online, check it out below...



The film is released to US DVD this August.

Blood Lake comes to US DVD

Having aired on Animal Planet to Millions of giddy creature feature viewers, Animal Planet’s first Original Horror film, "BLOOD LAKE: ATTACK OF THE KILLER LAMPREYS" is coming to US DVD and BD July 22 from the folks over at ASYLUM under the title "BLOOD LAKE".
 
After chomping through massive fish populations, thousands of starved lampreys begin attacking the citizens of a sleepy lake town, leaving the community scrambling to stay alive.
 
Directed by James Cullen Bressack, the film stars Shannen Doherty, Christopher Lloyd, Jason Brooks, Ciara Hanna, and Zack Ward.

View the trailer on YouTube

Pre-order the US DVD from Amazon.com