Wednesday, 15 November 2017

The Hammer Horror Collection from Studiocanal - four new titles coming January 2018

Celebrating 60 years of Hammer Horror, DR JEKYLL AND SISTER HYDE, TO THE DEVIL A DAUGHTER, STRAIGHT ON TILL MORNING and THE HORROR OF FRANKENSTEIN Doubleplay editions released in the UK 29th January 2018

DR JEKYLL AND SISTER HYDE 
In Victorian London, Professor Jekyll (Ralph Bates), an earnest scientist, obsessively works day and night haunted by the fear that one lifetime will not be enough to complete his research. Side-tracked from his objective he becomes consumed with developing an immortality serum. Once convinced his findings are complete, he consumes the potion only to discover that he is to become two as he turns into half Jekyll and half Hyde. 

Desperate to cover up his newfound identity he calls her his sister, but things take a turn for the worse when he realises that he needs female hormones if he is to maintain his existence. Before long he is battling with his alter ego Mrs Hyde (Martine Beswick), as a number of young girls begin to go missing in the streets of London…

Extras: New featurette - Ladykiller: Inside Dr Jekyll & Sister Hyde plus more tbc

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


TO THE DEVIL A DAUGHTER 
In 1970s London John Verney (Richard Widmark), a renowned occult writer, is approached by Henry Beddows (Denham Elliot) to help rescue his daughter Catherine (Nastassja Kinski) from a Satanic cult. Catherine is a nun with the Children of the Lord, a mysterious heretical order based in Bavaria and founded by the excommunicated Roman Catholic priest (Christopher Lee). 

When Catherine arrives from Germany, Verney sneaks her away from her bodyguard and takes her to his apartment. The order, however, are determined to get Catherine back and use all the powers of black magic at their disposal in the ensuing battle between the forces of light and darkness.

Extras: New featurette - Dark Arts: Inside To the Devil a Daughter plus more tbc

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

 
STRAIGHT ON TILL MORNING 
Brenda (Rita Tushingham), an innocent young girl, leaves her hometown of Liverpool for London in search of love. 

By chance she meets Clive (Shane Briant). Attractive, debonair and rich he seems to be the handsome Prince Charming she’s been looking for, but Clive is actually a deeply disturbed young man and his psychotic tendencies soon manifest themselves and destroy Brenda’s dreams of a fairy-tale life.

Extras: New featurette – title TBC plus more tbc   

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

THE HORROR OF FRANKENSTEIN 
Young Victor Frankenstein (Ralph Bates) returns from medical school with a depraved taste for beautiful women and fiendish experiments. 

But when the doctor runs out of fresh body parts for his ‘research’ he turns to murder to complete his gruesome new creation. Now his monster has unleashed its own ghastly killing spree and the true horror of Frankenstein has only just begun…

Extras: New featurette - Gallows Humour: Inside The Horror of Frankenstein plus more tbc

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





The Ice Cream Truck arrives on US disc

Writer-director Megan Freels Johnston’s suburban nightmare The Ice Cream Truck is out now on US DVD from Uncork’d Entertainment.

Available from Amazon, the DVD and BD comes complete with outtakes and behind the scenes featurette 'Making Murder'.

The provocative psychological thriller stars Deanna Russo (Being Human, Gossip Girl) as Mary, who moves back to her suburban hometown after her husband gets relocated for work.  As her family ties up loose ends back home, she moves into their new house alone. And although the move makes Mary nostalgic for her youth, there’s something very sinister about that Ice Cream Truck that patrols her suburb. 

The Ice Cream Truck also stars Dana Gaier (Despicable Me 3), John Redlinger (Thirst, Banshee), Emil Johnsen (Isolerad), Hilary Barraford (Go For Sisters), Jeff Daniel Phillips (31),  and Lisa Ann Walter (War of the Worlds).

Storytelling is very much in Freels Johnston’s DNA.  The granddaughter of legendary crime writer Elmore Leonard, The Ice Cream Truck screenplay was a semi-finalist in the Circus Road Screenplay competition. 

As a producer developing material for over a decade, Freels Johnston worked on adaptations of her grandfather's work and produced Sparks, the directorial debut of Joseph Gordon-Levitt.  After completing a project for the USA Network, she decided to follow her passion and write and direct her own material. Her first film, 2014’s micro budget thriller Rebound, developed a cult following on VOD, was called, “Almost David Lynchian in its strangeness” by Film Threat and Rue Morgue said, the film "(was) worth watching to the end for the unnervingly realistic twist ending." 

The Ice Cream Truck is out now on US BD and DVD at Amazon.

Buy the US DVD from Amazon.com

Buy the US BD from Amazon.com


 

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Psycho shower scene doc 78/52 slashes its way to DVD on Dec 11

DOGWOOF is excited to announce that the bold, stylish and incisive new documentary 78/52 – the film which pulls back the curtain on one of cinema’s greatest ever scenes – slashes its way onto DVD on 11th December.

In 78 setups and 52 cuts, the deliriously choreographed two-minute shower sequence in Psycho ripped apart cinema’s definition of horror. With a shocking combination of exploitation and high art, Alfred Hitchcock upended his own acclaimed narrative structure by violently killing off a heroine a third of the way through his film, without explanation, justification, or higher purpose. Psycho played out like a horrific prank, forcing audiences to recognize that even the most banal domestic spaces were now fair game for unspeakable mayhem.

With black-and-white film-geek reverence, director Alexandre O. Philippe breaks down this most notorious and essential scene shot for shot, enlisting the help of film buffs and filmmakers alike - including Guillermo del Toro, Bret Easton Ellis, Karyn Kusama, Eli Roth and Peter Bogdanovich. 78/52 examines Janet Leigh’s terrified facial expressions and the blink-and-you-miss-it camera work, not just within the context of the film but also with an eye toward America’s changing social mores - revealing how one bloody, chaotic on-screen death killed off chaste cinema and eerily predicted a decade of unprecedented violence and upheaval.

Pre-order the DVD from Amazon.co.uk

 

Sunday, 12 November 2017

THE CUTLASS heads to US VOD this December.

A young tourist is abducted from her family into the jungles of Trinidad by a dangerous, armed sociopath in the award-winning action-thriller The Cutlass, on VOD in the US this December from Wild Eye Releasing.

Whilst the authorities and her family attempt to find her with no success, she is forced to mentally and physically outmaneuver her captor in an effort to stay alive and escape to safety.

Lisa-Bel Hirschman, Arnold Goindhan and screen veteran Kirk Baltz (Reservoir Dogs, Natural Born Killers) star in a Darisha J. Beresford film.

Inspired by true events, The Cutlass is “a rewarding experience worthy of multiple viewings” (RedMangoReviews) 

The Cutlass will be available digitally across the US on 12/12.


BEYOND SKYLINE - new clip released.

New clip released from forthcoming BEYOND SKYLINE, starring Frank Grillo (The Purge 2 & 3) and Iko Uwais (The Raid 1 & 2).


Get ready for intense sci-fi action adventure with Beyond Skyline, the stand-alone sequel to 2010 hit Skyline. Beginning with a new view of the alien invasion from the original film, we then move in an epic, world-spanning direction...

Starring Frank Grillo (The Purge: Election Year, Captain America: The Winter Soldier), Bojana Novakovic (Drag Me to Hell, Devil), Jonny Weston (Taken  3, Divergent), Iko Uwais (The Raid 1&2), Callan Mulvey (Heartbreak High, Batman v. Superman, 300), Betty Gabriel (The Purge: Election Year, Get Out, Westworld) Antonio Fargas (Starsky and Hutch, Foxy Brown) and Lindsey Morgan (The 100).

Beyond Skyline is written and directed by Liam O’Donnell. Produced by Greg Strause (Skyline), Colin Strause (Skyline) and Matthew Chausse

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

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


Official UK trailer for "68 KILL" released.

STUDIOCANAL is excited to announce that the exhilarating and unpredictable crime caper 68 KILL comes to DVD and Digital Download from 27th November. Check out the trailer below...



Blending quickfire thriller with bracingly visceral belly laughs, 68 KILL introduces Chip (Matthew Gray Gubler, Criminal Minds) a simple guy scraping by as best he can by flushing septic systems for a living.

Thankfully, Chip’s girlfriend Liza (AnnaLynne McCord, 90210) has her head screwed on. When she suggests that they relieve a sleazy benefactor of a stack of cash, Chip begins to see a side of her he never knew existed… or never wanted to admit.

Outsmarted at every turn by headstrong women, Chip finds himself with a gun in his hand and less than 24 hours to figure his way out of a colossal mess. 

68 KILL is a dark, violent, hilarious and psychedelic trip into Americana that has already caused a stir at film festivals and is sure to leave a satisfyingly sour taste in the mouth of any thrill-seeking film fan.


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

 

Netflix's DARK debuts official trailer and poster art.

Netflix's first German original series "DARK" debuts official trailer and poster artwork.


"DARK" is set in a German town in present day where the disappearance of two young children exposes the double lives and fractured relationships among four families. In ten, hour-long episodes, the story takes on a supernatural twist that ties back to the same town in 1986.

Written by Jantje Friese and directed Baran bo Odar (Who Am I - No System is Safe), "DARK" is a chilling mystery-drama-series: an intricate puzzle full of twists. Slick camerawork and realistic performances enhance a textured web of curious characters, all of whom have a connection to the town's troubled history, whether they know it or not.


For more information visit: https://www.netflix.com/gb/title/80100172



 

Friday, 10 November 2017

Frat Slasher ALPHA DELTA ZATAN Now Available on VOD

The new horror slasher feature film Alpha Delta Zatan is now playing on Amazon Video US/UK and in over 100 countries on Vimeo On Demand.

Synopsis: “In a frat house where no one can be trusted, a new brother becomes the target of a masked killer.”

The 72-minute film was directed by Art Arutyunyan from a screenplay by Armand Petri (Bayou Ghost Story). Alpha Delta Zatan stars Jeremy Winter, Jake Kidwell, Connor Field, Drake Malone and Eleaze.

[Alpha Delta Zatan] is a fun and sexy horror film. I consider it a role reversal on the traditional sorority slasher film.” Says director Arutyunyan, who added the film features a diverse, all-male cast.

Alpha Delta Zatan will expand to additional On Demand platforms in the upcoming weeks and it's coming out on DVD/BluRay this Winter. It’s now playing on Amazon Video and Vimeo On Demand.

View the trailer below...


Watch/Download the film online at Amazon.co.uk

Watch/Download the film online at Amazon.com



Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Fright-Rags' CREEPSHOW Collection

The passing of Halloween can be a sad time for horror fans, but Fright-Rags continues to produce exciting horror movie merchandise all year long. The new Creepshow apparel is sure to cure those post-Halloween blues.


The Creepshow collection consists of eight new shirt designs from George A. Romero and Stephen King's 1982 genre classic, including individual tees for each of the anthology's five segments.

The Creepshow collection is in stock and shipping now from Fright-Rags.com.

While you're there, be sure to check out Fright-Rags' short film, November First. The 3-minute video shows how Michael Myers spends the day after Halloween - including a cameo from Halloween actress PJ Soles.

Mark your calendars for November 24, as Fright-Rags' biggest sale of the year launches on Black Friday. In addition to massive savings, the sale will mark the return of the popular "Tee of Mystery."

 

Dick Mass' thriller QUIZ hits UK VOD on Vimeo

Director Dick Maas’ (Amsterdamned, Saint, The Lift, Down, Prey) thriller Quiz, which was released in his home country Holland in 2012, is now available to view worldwide on Vimeo On Demand.

A famous game show host is harassed in a restaurant by a strange man, who claims to have kidnapped his wife and daughter. A morbid game ensues in which the game show host turns out to be the contestant.

View the trailer below...


Quiz
from Dick Maas on Vimeo.

Director Dick Maas said this about the release.. 

“I’m proud to announce the worldpremiere of Quiz on Vimeo.The distribution world is changing and filmmakers can share their movies now directly with their audience through on-demand services like Vimeo On Demand, iTunes, and other platforms.
 
It is an ideal way to make lesser known movies available to the public. Quiz is the first one of my movies to appear on Vimeo and other platforms.  Killer Babes and Saint will follow. Some will be available worldwide, others in selected countries.”

Watch QUIZ on Vimeo.



Monday, 6 November 2017

APOCALYPSE ROAD comes to US VOD this December

Wild Eye Releasing runs rings around Mad Max this December with director Brett Bentman’s post-apocalyptic thriller Apocalypse Road.

Fuel up on a powerful mix of The Road and Fury Road as Apocalypse Road chronicles the tense journey of two sisters separated during a post-apocalyptic depression. A sweat-inducing story about the instinct of human survival and unbreakable bonds, the film stars Katie Kohler (Subterranea), Ashlyn McEvers (22 Jump Street), Billy Blair (Machete, Machete Kills) and Nellie Sciutto (Shutter Island). 

Following a post-apocalyptic event, two sisters are hunted down and separated by a gang of ruthless killers intent on creating their own twisted form of law and order.  The sisters must fight through this new, dangerous world to stay alive in the hopes of being reunited, and escaping to freedom. 

Written and directed by Brett Bentman, Apocalypse Road premieres on US VOD 5th December from Wild Eye Releasing.

View the trailer on YouTube.

Friday, 3 November 2017

Argento's CAT OF NINE TAILS - fully restored on BD/DVD from Arrow.

Dario Argento’s devilishly good 1971 horror mystery The Cat O’ Nine Tails starring James Franciscus (City On Fire, Beneath the Planet of the Apes) and Karl Malden (On The Waterfront, TVs Streets of San Francisco), is a brilliantly byzantine thriller that cemented Argento’s reputation as a master genre director.

Following the success of his debut feature, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, distributor Titanus tasked writer/director Dario Argento with delivering a follow-up in short order. The resulting film, granted a greatly enhanced budget and heralded in its US marketing campaign as “nine times more suspenseful” than its predecessor, was The Cat O’ Nine Tails.

This second entry in the so-called “Animal Trilogy” found Argento further refining his distinctive style and cementing his reputation as the master of the giallo thriller. Co-starring Catherine Spaak (Il Sorpasso) and Rada Rassimov (Baron Blood), and featuring another nerve-jangling score by the great Ennio Morricone (The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, The Good, The Bad and the Ugly), The Cat O’ Nine Tails remains one of Argento’s most suspenseful and underrated films.

This limited edition Blu-ray gets a superb limited edition 4K restoration, and is packed with extras, and features a new audio commentary, new cover artwork and comes with a poster, lobby cards and a lavishly illustrated collector’s booklet featuring essential writing on the film.


LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS:Brand new 4K restoration of the film from the original camera negative

-High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
-Original mono Italian and English soundtracks (lossless on the Blu-ray Disc)
-Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
-Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
-New audio commentary by critics Alan Jones and Kim Newman
-New interviews with co-writer/director Dario Argento, co-writer Dardano Sacchetti, actress Cinzia De Carolis and production manager Angelo Iacono
-Script pages for the lost original ending, translated into English for the first time
-Original Italian and international theatrical trailers
-Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Candice Tripp
-Double-sided fold-out poster
-4 lobby card reproductions
-Limited edition booklet illustrated by Matt Griffin, featuring an essay on the film by Dario Argento, and new writing by Barry Forshaw, Troy Howarth and Howard Hughes 


The Cat O’ Nine Tails limited edition BD/DVD box set is released January 8th from Arrow Video.

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

Leatherface - Texas Chainsaw Prequel - on UK DVD Jan...

The maniac is unmasked in this gory, nerve-shattering prequel to the legendary classic The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, exploring the chilling origin of the fearsome horror icon, from the directors of the extreme French masterpiece Inside.

A young nurse is kidnapped by four violent teens after they escape from a psychiatric hospital, and take her on a road trip to hell. Pursued by an equally deranged, trigger-happy lawman out for revenge, one of these teens is destined for tragedy and horrors that will destroy his mind - moulding him into the monster we now know as Leatherface.

The eagerly-awaited home entertainment debut of this slick, sick horror flick will have horror fans drooling with delight.

With a fantastic cast - including genre favourites Stephen Dorff (Blade) and Lili Taylor (The Conjuring), as well as Game of Thrones star Finn Jones - this is a worthy addition to the Chain Saw franchise, and a thrilling examination of the genesis of a monster who is ranked alongside Freddy and Jason as one of the greatest horror characters ever.

Sam Strike (We Still Steal The Old Way), Nicole Andrews (Homefront, The Penthouse), Sam Coleman (Game of Thrones), Alexandre Bustillo, Julien Maury (Directors of Inside, ABCs of Death) also star.

Leatherface releases on EST 18th December 2017, and on DVD 8th January 2018, courtesy of Lionsgate Home Entertainment. 

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

 

MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS - New Clip

20th Century Fox have just released a new clip for "Murder on the Orient Express", which has just been released to UK cinemas...


What starts out as a lavish train ride through Europe quickly unfolds into one of the most stylish, suspenseful and thrilling mysteries ever told. From the novel by best-selling author Agatha Christie, “Murder on the Orient Express” tells the tale of thirteen strangers stranded on a train, where everyone’s a suspect. One man must race against time to solve the puzzle before the murderer strikes again. Kenneth Branagh directs and leads an all-star cast including Penelope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley and Josh Gad. 

For more info visit the official Facebook page



Thursday, 2 November 2017

Exorcism documentary DELIVER US (Liberami) - out now on UK DVD!

Federica Di Giacomo's award winning documentary DELIVER US (Liberami) (Venice Film Festival, 2016, Horizons Award, Best Film Winner. Nominated, Best Documentary at the 30th European Film Awards 2017) is out now on UK DVD.

Exorcism is still a fact of contemporary life. Every year, more and more people claim that their illnesses are caused by demonic possession. Father Cataldo is a veteran, one of the most sought-after exorcists in Sicily. Every Tuesday, many believers follow his mass of liberation, searching for a cure for some adversity for which there does not seem to be a label or a remedy.

The Catholic Church reacts to this crisis by nominating priests as exorcists in increasing numbers and by organizing training courses for them. In order to respond to the rising number of requests for deliverance from evil, all French dioceses have installed at least one exorcist. In Spain, the archdiocese of Madrid is desperately trying to fill seven additional positions.

In Rome and Milan alone, the number of exorcists has grown from six to 12, and the Church has set up an emergency call center. In the US, the number of exorcists has increased tenfold over the last few years.

DELIVER US (Liberami) is available now on UK DVD from Network.

Buy the UK DVD from Amazon.co.uk


 

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Fall Of Grace - coming to UK Digital

Coming to UK VOD outlets this November.

A father, Jase, deals with his daughter claiming to be seeing a person in her room nightly she calls Mouse Man. Until one day Mouse Man takes her to hell. Jase finds himself in a spiral as he decides to conjure up another demon and hold it for ransom to get his daughter back. After conjuring another demon the demon escapes running amuck. 

Now he has unleashed one demon while his daughter is still in the hands of another. With the help of a failed priest Calem, Jase does battle with the conjured demon and tries to bargain for his daughter's soul. Until finally coming face to face with Mouse Man who is much more powerful then the demon the two men have been battling with.

Fall Of Grace, will be available to watch on Digital Download from 20th November

View the trailer on YouTube

 

Sergio Martino heads for Cine Excess festival in Birmingham (9 -11 Nov)

Cult Italian Director Sergio Martino attends 11th Cine Excess cult film conference and festival in Birmingham, showcasing genre talks and UK Premiere screenings.


 The Cine Excess Cult Film Conference and Festival kicks off its eleventh year under the title Fear and the Unfamiliar:  Wrong Time, Wrong Place, Wrong Crowd, and focuses on how marginal groups and communities become a source of fear and fascination in cult cinema traditions.  The festival, combining academic discussions and public screenings of cult horror films takes place at Birmingham City University and related screening venues in the region between the 9th - 11th November.

Key highlights this year include a visit by iconic Italian director Sergio Martino (Torso, All the Colours of the Dark, The Violent Professionals), who will be judging entries from a young filmmaker competition, as well as presenting an exclusive screening of his 1972 Edgar Allan Poe inspired cult thriller YOUR VICE IS A LOCKED ROOM AND ONLY I HAVE THE KEY (1972), which is courtesy of Arrow Films. The screening of Martino’s film takes place on Thursday 9th November at 7.30pm, and will be followed by the PROFONDO MONDO concert dedicated to cult Italian soundtracks from 9pm onwards.

Other films being screened as part of Cine-Excess XI include the UK theatrical premiere of a new documentary from Kim Henkel the co-creator of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1972) and filmmaker Brian Huberman. Entitled BESET BY DEMONS (2017), Henkel and Huberman’s film profiles the life and shocking murder of cult Texan actor Lou Perryman.  BESET BY DEMONS screens on Friday 10th November at 7pm, with a Skype introduction by Kim Henkel and Brian Huberman. 

Additional UK theatrical premieres screening as part of Cine-Excess XI include Aaron B Koontz’ dark psychological thriller CAMERA OBSCURA (2017), about an Iraq war veteran whose still photographs repeatedly capture images of impending death. The film will screen on Friday 10th November at 8.30pm with a Skype interview from director Koontz. Saturday sees the UK theatrical premiere of LOU SIMON’S 3, the latest release from the female indie cult director, whose previous titles include All Girls Weekend (2016).    

In addition to its screening season, a three day conference on the theme of Fear and the Unfamiliar runs across the daytime sessions of Cine-Excess XI.  Conference talks take place across 9 themed panels, with a keynote address by Professor Mark Jancovich (UEA), who will be discussing the topic of working class realism in 1950s and 1960s British horror on Friday 10th November.

While the conference component of Cine-Excess XI considers representations of marginal groups in cult film, the special panel ‘Communities on the Edge’ profiles a current project by a Birmingham housing group, who are creating a zombie film short in conjunction with Birmingham City University staff and students in order to document residents perceptions of urban regeneration and its impact on community relations. 

Cine-Excess XI:  Fear and the Unfamiliar: Wrong Time, Wrong Place, Wrong Crowd runs 9th-11th November,  combining a three-day academic conference with visiting filmmakers, UK theatrical premieres and student media mentoring sessions.  Full details of the conference schedule will be announced shortly.

Events are held at the International Project Space, Birmingham City University, Margaret Street, Birmingham B3 3BX, with additional screenings taking place at the Birmingham and Midland Institute, 9 Margaret St, Birmingham B3 3BS and the Mockingbird Cinema, The Custard Factory, Gibb St, Birmingham B9 4AA.

FULL CULT FILM PUBLIC SCREENINGS AND EVENTS 

THURSDAY 9TH NOVEMBER location:  THE INTERNATIONAL PROJECT SPACE, BIRMINGHAM CITY UNIVERSITY MARGARET STREET CAMPUS

6pm  -    STILL/BORN (Brandon Christensen, Canada, 2017) 

Cert 18 (TBC)

Mary gives birth to two twins but only one of them is alive. While taking care of her remaining child, Adam, she suspects that a supernatural entity will stop at nothing to take it from

THURSDAY 9Tth NOVEMBER  location: BIRMINGHAM AND MIDLAND INSTITUTE

7.30pm  - YOUR VICE IS A LOCKED ROOM AND ONLY I HAVE THE KEY (Sergio Martino, Italy, 1972)

Cert 18

Introduced by director Sergio Martino, this cult adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Black Cat showcases the Italian filmmaker’s interests in narrative and stylistic complexity to good effect.  The film focuses on the crumbling relationship between a destructive writer and his unstable wife, whose marital tensions boil over into a series of grisly murders taking place in the locality.  

9pm  PROFONDO MONDO CONCERT

FRIDAY 10th NOVEMBER  location:  location:  THE INTERNATIONAL PROJECT SPACE, BIRMINGHAM CITY UNIVERSITY MARGARET STREET CAMPUS

7pm   -  BESET BY DEMONS (Kim Henkel /Brian Huberman,  USA, 2017) - UK Theatrical Premiere

Cert 18 (TBC)

Includes Skype Q&A from Kim Henkel and Brian Huberman

Texas Chain Saw Massacre co-creator Kim Henkel’s new film is a compelling documentary completed with Brian Huberman on the life and brutal murder of the cult actor Lou Perryman.

8.30pm  -  CAMERA OBSCURA (Aaron B. Koontz, USA, 2017) - UK Theatrical Premiere    

Cert 18 (TBC)

Includes  Skype Q &A with Director Aaron B Koontz.

Jack Zeller is an intelligent, solitary man who continues to struggle with events he witnessed as a war photographer. He receives a strange camera as an anniversary gift. As he develops the film, Jack realizes that the images show imminent deaths in the locations he has photographed.

**Warning – contains some scenes that some viewers may find disturbing ** 

SATURDAY 12th NOVEMBER   location: THE INTERNATIONAL PROJECT SPACE, BIRMINGHAM CITY UNIVERSITY MARGARET STREET CAMPUS

12 noon – INCARNATION (Filip Kovacevic, Serbia, 2017)  

Cert 18 (TBC)

The need to find answers to a perplexing life is a central theme to this Serbian thriller about an amnesiac man who tries to recover his identity and find out who’s trying to kill him.

SATURDAY 12th NOVEMBER location:  THE MOCKINGBIRD CINEMA

6.30pm –  FREDDY/EDDIE (Tini Tullmann, Germany, 2016)

Freddy finds himself in the biggest crisis of his life after being accused of attacking his wife. While his world collapses, Eddy, his childhood imaginary friend reappears, with devastating results.

8pm – LOU SIMON’S 3 (Lou Simon, USA, 2017) - UK Theatrical Premiere 

Cert 18 (TBC)

Include skype Q&A with Lou Simon

Acclaimed female horror auteur Lou Simon returns to Cine-Excess with her unrelenting new thriller.  Aptly named, this dark character led piece centres on the violent interchange between 3 characters, when a man and a woman kidnap her abuser in order to extract a confession regardless of the cost.

**Warning – contains some scenes that some viewers may find disturbing**

10pm-11.30pm – SEQUENCE BREAK (Graham Skipper, Canada, 2017) 

Cert 18 (TBC)

In the tradition of David Cronenberg and body horror cinema, Sequence Break is a surreal sci-fi romance, wherein a beautiful young woman and strange metaphysical forces threaten the reality of a reclusive video arcade technician, resulting in bizarre biomechanical transformations.

For more info and to book tickets visit http://www.cine-excess.co.uk/  

 

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Warren Speed launches "Dirty Tuppence" Kickstarter.

Film Maker Warren Speed (Zombie Women of Satan) has just launched a Kickstarter project to secure backing for his latest film "Dirty Tuppence - The Movie".


Just when you thought the world had seen enough deluded people, along came a rock band that outstripped them all – Dirty Tuppence.

Legendary drummer "Egg" (AKA Percy Gash-Hound) is having to start his life afresh due to a very indelicate accident and it's highly publicised aftermath ... which saw him kicked out of the multi-million selling rock band Bad Penny, and also confined to a wheelchair.

After a year of extravagance and excess Egg has now spent all of his £3M fortune and needs a new income. So he teams up with his voluptuous new carer Brody (who also happens to be a mean bassist), and his vertically challenged twin brother Maynard (on guitar) ... and together they begin auditioning for a charismatic lead singer for their new band Dirty Tuppence (a Bad Penny tribute act - or is it vice versa?).  Although how Egg plans to drum when he can't move his legs is something he is yet to work out !

"Dirty Tuppence - The Movie" is a topsy-turvy roller-coaster of a movie injected with a quirkiness and peculiarity that only a writer/director/actor like Warren Speed (who cites his two main influences as Charlie Chaplin and Rob Zombie) could imagine - and then bring to life. 



For more info on how to get involved visit the films Kickstarter Page.

 

Guest Article - Sanguinary Horror Movies With Chainsaws Involved

It's not often that other webmasters contact me, asking to publish their articles on my site. But Alex Harris, author of the ElectrosawHQ blog, recently got in touch, asking if I wouldn't mind featuring this article about his favourite horror movies involving chainsaw. So, not wishing to dissapoint and in the spirit of Halloween, here it is...  

Introduction 

While it is easy to look into the heart of rural Texas to find story lines that include cannibalistic villains utilizing power tools to create situations of mayhem and terror, there are many other horror movies involving chainsaws worth exploring. A saw with a large engine and bar is a heavy and bulky weapon to use. An ignited two-stroke however, can increase a movie scene's tension exponentially. Some movie writers choose to focus on psychology to build fear, but others choose to use the visceral potential of having one's body parts detached with a common machine. Here are three examples. 

Evil Dead II, and Army of Darkness (1987, and 1992)



A professor of anthropology leaves his life's work on the occult in a cabin deep in the woods. A young relative of his invites several friends to an excursion at the cabin. The unsuspecting guests accidentally release a spirit from reading a passage in the Necronomicon, or “Book of the Dead.” One by one, the guests are possessed, and turn into zombies. Ash (Bruce Campbell), is the only person not transformed. He uses every tool available to fight the zombies and return the evil spirit to Hell.

These movies are the second and third installment in the Evil Dead series. The use of a chainsaw is woven into the movie when Ash's hand is possessed by the nameless and faceless spirit released by the Necronomicon. His hand develops a mind of its own, and tries to kill Ash. The only way he can separate himself from the demon is by separating his hand from his body. Once the hand is detached, Ash takes a chainsaw, fashions a harness, and straps it to his mutilated arm. Despite pain and massive amounts of spilled blood, Ash finds success with this new weapon against the zombies.

Unfortunately, Ash incorrectly speaks an incantation. A time portal is opened, and he is transported back the medieval court of King Arthur. In this ancient realm, he is perceived as a great warrior. He is convinced to help the people of the kingdom fight their own time's zombies appropriately known as “Deadites.” During the battle, Ash fights his own doppelganger zombie, frees the kingdom from evil oppression, and wins the love of a princess. His arm chainsaw weapon is used heavily throughout the movie, but Ash only succeeds in bringing back ancient Deadites to the present.

The Evil Dead series was fantastically popular, and it had a strong cult following. The first movie in the series was a true blood-fest, and had an incredible level of true horror grittiness. The Evil Dead II introduced dark comedy and a degree of kitsch to the zombie formula. Army of Darkness was more of a spoof on the themes in the other installments, but offered a great deal of cinematic innovation and gory fun. Overall, these movies were very successful in combining magical, supernatural, slasher, comedic, and stomach-turning elements.

Friday the 13th Part 5: A New Beginning (1985)



The story begins four years after Tommy Jarvis survives a terrifying confrontation with Jason Voorhees as a young teen in part 4. The now seriously troubled Tommy is sent to the Pinehurst Youth Development Center to try and overcome the enormous psychological damage that Mr. Voorhees brought upon him. 

The main antagonist in this installment is Roy Burns, a paramedic that snapped after learning that his son, Joey, had been brutally murdered by Vic, a very unstable resident of Pinehurst. Roy decides to pick up the legendary hockey mask and take vengeance on everyone at the halfway house, Jason style.

When the copycat “Jason” returns to hunt Tommy, he slowly whittles the house's residents down to one counselor and two young boys. In one of the pivotal scenes of the movie, Roy chases the three into an old barn. As he searches in the dark, the counselor bursts from a stable with a running chainsaw. She pits her chainsaw against Roy’s  machete in a spark-filled melee. Suddenly, the chainsaw chokes and stops, which turns the tide in Roy’s  favor. Roy does sustain a horrendous shoulder wound that provides one of the movie's goriest close-ups.

This movie was an evolution in the Friday the 13th series. It was littered with graphic nudity, drug use, and modern props and had the highest body count of any of the films in the series, up till that point. When Tommy finally overcomes Roy using the killer's own machete, audiences are treated to seeing the face of the demonic murderer behind the hockey mask. Part 5 was not as successful as Part 4, and a big part of this could have been due to most of the cast’s neophyte-quality performance.

Pieces (1980)



In a twist on the Frankenstein story, a college is haunted by a killer who is intent on creating his own fleshy toy from the body parts of his victims. This movie piggybacks on the success of other innovative new horror movie concepts of the time. These include the Friday the 13th series and The Shining.

In the 1940s, a young boy was permanently and psychologically scarred. He attempts to put together a “naughty” jigsaw puzzle, but his mother discovers it and punishes him. When he grows into a man, he becomes intent on satisfying his curiosities by dismembering various co-eds on a college campus. Of course, his chosen weapon is a powerful chainsaw. As the murder victim numbers climb, the local police are engaged in a manhunt for a killer who is unlike any that Boston has ever seen. As the college Dean, an undercover agent, and a student try to discover the killer's identity, the campus is canvassed in blood and fear.

It is really too bad that the killer in this movie wasn't wanting to slice cheese, because the film is littered with it. With bouts of bad scene editing and rushed dialogue, Pieces is more of a comedy than true horror. It does provide more than enough blood and gore for horror fans, but fails to create any coherent strings of captivating terror. There are a few laudable elements however. The killer is absolutely maniacal, the concept of carnal desecration is strong, and there are plenty of sawing moments. This includes a rather compelling decapitation.

Author Bio
 
Alex is a firewood cutting fan and a chainsaw expert. He owns a ranch in Montana where he lives with his wife and son. He is a tech cowboy who enjoys writing his blog ElectroSawHQ.com.


Monday, 30 October 2017

John Carpenter's HALLOWEEN Shirts Available from Terror Threads

Death has come to your little town! Terror Threads celebrates the night he came home with a collection of John Carpenter's Halloween apparel.



 A whopping 16 exclusive, officially-licensed Halloween shirts are for sale, ranging from newly commissioned artwork to vintage production stills turned into unique shirt designs.


Michael Myers, Laurie Strode, Dr. Loomis, the Myers house, and more iconic imagery from the 1978 horror classic are all accounted for. Every design is available on men's T-shirts, women's T-shirts, tank tops, and baseball tees.


John Carpenter's Halloween collection is on sale now at TerrorThreads.com.

 

Trailer released for clown slasher TERRIFIER

Having premiered at London's Horror Channel FrightFest this weekend, the film makers behind the truly sinister slasher TERRIFIER have revealed the official UK trailer...


Directed by Damien Leone and starring David Howard Thornton, Jenna Kanell and Catherine Corcoran, TERRIFIER is the story of a maniacal clown who terrorizes three young women on Halloween night and everyone else who stands in his way...

UK DVD and Digital HD out 2018

 

 

Thriller NUMB comes to UK VOD November

Husband and wife, Will (Jamie Bamber: Battlestar Galactica) and Dawn (Stefanie von Pfetten: The Man in the High Castle), are in financial crisis after learning the job Will was counting on to salvage their financial future has disappeared in the midst of a market collapse. 

They set out to drive home on the winter highway back to their city, and in a moment of altruism, pick up siblings Lee (Aleks Paunovic: Van Helsing) and Cheryl (Marie Avgeropoulos: The Inbetweeners, The 100), a pair of hitchhikers on their way to start a new life. In the midst of the night they nearly collide with an old man wandering on the snowy highway, hypothermic and horrifically frostbitten. 

While searching for his ID they discover a wad of cash, a hand drawn map with GPS coordinates, and a single gold coin inside his coat. Will and Dawn reluctantly go along with Lee's plan to report him to the police as a John Doe and pocket the money. 

In an attempt to save their financial struggles, all four venture off into the snowy wilderness in search of the buried gold, but will they survive what is out there...

"Numb" will available to watch on Digital Download in the UK from 13th November.

Watch online at Amazon.co.uk


THE GATEHOUSE comes to US VOD December

From award-winning director Martin Gooch comes a bold and arresting gothic horror feature that’ll stir the senses and spike the neck hairs.

Jack is a struggling writer recovering from the death of his wife. His daughter, 10-Year-Old Eternity, loves digging for treasure in the forest behind her house. 

In a coincidental turn of fate, Jack agrees to undertake a writing project about the ‘legend of the black flowers’ at the same time that Eternity discovers a mysterious object in the woods, and the forest wants it back. They’ve unlocked an ancient curse and must now fight for survival.

Scarlett Rayner, Simeon Willis, Linal Haft, Paul Freeman, Hannah Waddingham, Alix Wilton Regan, and Melissa Knatchbull star in a Martin Gooch film, available 5 Dec on US Digital from Uncork’d Entertainment.

View the trailer on YouTube.

Saturday, 28 October 2017

Willard and Ben - UK BD Box-Set review.

The rats are revolting in the cult horror films "Willard" and "Ben" which make their long awaited UK debut on Disc and Digital this month from Second Sight.


The first of the these "Willard" (1971), based on the novel 'Ratman's Notebooks',  stars a young Bruce Davison (X-Men, TV's Kingdom) as the films titular character Willard Stiles. A downtrodden employee, working at his father's former company which is now run by his abusive uncle (played by noted character actor Ernest Borgnine - The Dirty Dozen, Escape from New York, RED).

Overworked, undervalued and derided by everyone, including his overbearing mother, he has virtually no friends. 

Upon discovering a colony of rats in his back yard, he doesn't have the heart to kill them,  so decides to keep them as pets instead, naming the largest 2 Ben and Socrates. But upon discovering  he can get them to follow his commands, decides to use them to get back at his vicious uncle and anybody else that crosses him. Producing some highly amusing scenes as he uses the rats to disrupt his Uncles wedding anniversary and burgle some of his wealthy clients homes.

Also starring Sondra Locke (a regular in Clint Eastwood films back in the 80s),Willard is a bit of a slow movie and isn't all that bloody, but is an enjoyable one none-the-less and certainly not one for sufferers musophobia. 

Following directly on from the events of the previous film, "Ben" (1972) see's the titular lead rat  and his colony move out from the house and into the sewers, where they pop out from periodically to wreak havoc as they hunt for food.

Ben however chances upon the home of a young boy, Danny Garrison (Lee Montgomery - Mutant, Burnt Offerings), who has a heart condition and doesn't have many friends and quickly takes ben in as a pet.

But with the rat colony becoming increasingly violent and causing a number of deaths, and the authorities realising these are probably the same rats responsible for the deaths in the last film,Danny's friendship with Ben may be cut short, as they decide to take action and begin flushing them out of the sewers in some rather violent scenes involving flamethrowers and shotguns.

Probably best known for featuring the Michael Jackson song "Ben" in the soundtrack, Ben is  a strange kind of sequel. Parts of the film seem to be aimed at a younger audience, as it focuses on this lonely young lad and his friendship with his new pet rat, but this is interspered with people being attacked by rats and scenes of the authorities shooting rats with shotguns and blasting them with flamethrowers, which puts it at odds with the films more sentimental scenes. 

Both films proved extremely popular at US cinemas and were well recived on home video on both sides of the Atlantic. However, owing to various rights issues and the inability to find a decent print to take a scan from, the films have languished in relative obscurity since the 1980s, making these new releases from Second Sight welcome additions to their catalogue.

Extras on the discs include...

WILLARD
Audio commentary with lead actor Bruce Davison
Interview with Actor Bruce Davison
Theatrical trailer
TV spot
Radio Spot
Stills gallery

BEN
Audio commentary with actor Lee Montgomery
Interview with actor Lee Montgomery
Theatrical trailers
TV Spots
Willard / Ben double feature trailer and TV spot
Radio spot
Stills gallery

A great selection of extras, which appear to be the same ones carried over from the US release by shout factory, that came out earlier this year.

This release of Willard was taken from a 4K scan of the original negatives and has never looked better. Ben was taken from a Hi-Def scan from one of the best surviving theatrical prints available, which looks decent enough, but is exceptionally dark and grainy in places and not as sharp as its predecessor. But unless the original negatives can be found, this is the best we're going to get.

Being made in the early 70s, "Ben" and "Willard" do seem fairly tame by today's standards but are both enjoyable slices of nature going on the rampage, which cult movie fans should love.

I was sent the Blu-Ray discs to review, which are available seperately or as part of a box set featuring brand new artwork and a poster. The films are also available seperately on DVD.

Ben and Willard are released to UK Disc Monday, 30th October from Second Sight.

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

Pre-order the Willard BD from Amazon.co.uk
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Pre-order the Willard DVD from Amazon.co.uk
Pre-order the Ben DVD from Amazon.co.uk