Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Shop Smart, Shop Fright-Rags for Exclusive EVIL DEAD Merchandise

Shop smart, shop Fright-Rags for exclusive Evil Dead merchandise! Joining the company's already impressive collection of Evil Dead trilogy apparel is a new enamel pin, two pairs of socks, and two pairs of lounge pants.


Fright-Rags worked with Evil Dead franchise effects artist Tom Sullivan to design the Necronomicon enamel pin. It folds open to reveal Sullivan's original artwork within, just like the real Book of the Dead. Custom-knit socks feature the classic Evil Dead 2 skull artwork or the S-Mart logo. Lounge pants are available in two styles: one featuring a collage of Evil Dead 2 imagery and another with the Evil Dead 2 skull. These ultra-comfy pants feature pockets and come in S-XL but are stretchy to fit all shapes and sizes.

Just in time for the holidays, Fright-Rags has new Silent Night, Deadly Night apparel. Joel Robinson's vibrant artwork - as featured on Scream Factory's new Blu-ray edition of the film - is available on T-shirts, baseball tees, and hoodies, in addition to a reprint of a classic design by Justin Osbourn. Stock is running low on these items.


In celebration of the release of Another WolfCop, Fright-Rags has created two WolfCop shirts. Designed by Coki Greenway and Nathan Thomas Milliner, these tees will make you believe that you're half man, half wolf, all cop.


Merchandise from the Evil Dead trilogy, Silent Night Deadly Night, and WolfCop is on sale now at Fright-Rags.com

Domestic orders (US) placed by December 17 are guaranteed to arrive in time for Christmas.

 

Final trailer for Netflix BRIGHT released.

Check out the climatic final trailer for Bright, which features the hot new single "Crown” from Camila Cabello and musical duo, Grey.


This new song will also be included on Bright: The Album available on December 15th. Bright will be available on Netflix starting December 22nd, 2017.  

Set in an alternate present-day, this action-thriller directed by David Ayer (Suicide Squad, End of Watch, writer of Training Day) follows two cops from very different backgrounds (Ward, a human played by Will Smith, and Jakoby, an orc played by Joel Edgerton) who embark on a routine patrol night that will ultimately alter the future as their world knows it.  Battling both their own personal differences as well as an onslaught of enemies, they must work together to protect a thought-to-be-forgotten relic, which in the wrong hands could destroy everything.

The Netflix film stars Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, Noomi Rapace, Lucy Fry, Edgar Ramirez, Ike Barinholtz, Enrique Murciano, Jay Hernandez, Andrea Navedo, Veronica Ngo, Alex Meraz, Margaret Cho, Brad William Henke, Dawn Oliveri, and Kenneth Choi.  The film is directed by David Ayer and written by Max Landis.

Visit Bright on Netflix.  

Visit the social media pages onTwitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Asylum of Fear - trailer released.

Horror/thriller "Asylum of Fear" is being released worldwide this January, and the film makers have just released the official trailer...


When a team of paranormal investigators are hired to inspect a soon-to-be demolished mental institution, they discover horrifying clues that reveal the cause of a violent massacre by an insane doctor in the 1960's. 

"Asylum of Fear" will be available Digitally, and on DVD and BD  from January 9th.

For more info visit..

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/asylumoffear/ 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AsylumofFear 
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/asylumoffearmovie/
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3289080/



Monday, 11 December 2017

PSYCHO Documentary 78/52 - out on DVD today

To celebrate the DVD release of the “captivating” Psycho Documentary 78/52, distributers Dogwoof are releasing a new clip from the DVD extras featuring the legendary editor Walter Murch discussing the legacy of the infamous shower scene.

Watch it below...


 
Featuring interviews with Walter Murch, Peter Bogdanovich, Guillermo del Toro, Jamie Lee Curtis, Osgood Perkins, Danny Elfman, Eli Roth, Elijah Wood, Bret Easton Ellis, Marli Renfro - body double for Janet Leigh in PSYCHO, Karyn Kusama, Neil Marshall, Richard Stanley and many more. 

An unprecedented look at the iconic shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s PSYCHO, the 'Man behind the Curtain', and the screen murder that profoundly changed the course of world cinema. 78/52 references the number of set-ups (78) and the number of cuts (52) in the shower scene from Alfred Hitchcock’s PSYCHO. One entire week out of the four weeks scheduled to shoot PSYCHO -- a full quarter of the film’s production schedule -- was dedicated to the infamous shower scene. 


Buy the UK DVD from Amazon.co.uk

 

Saturday, 9 December 2017

FIRST TRAILER - Alita: Battle Angel

Twentieth Century Fox have revealed the first look at James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez’s ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL with the release of the very first trailer. 


Rosa Salazar stars as Alita, a cyborg with a forgotten past, found and brought back to life by cyber-doctor Ido (Christoph Waltz). Based on the manga series by Yukito Kishiro, ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL also stars Keean Johnson, Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali and Jackie Earle Haley and showcases the talents of WETA Workshop. 

ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL will arrive in UK cinemas JULY 20, 2018.

Visit the films official Facebook page. 



Death House, Puppet Master, & Sleepaway Camp apparel available from Terror Threads.

With the holidays right around the corner, Terror Threads is making shopping easy for horror fans. The company has new apparel from Death House, Puppet Master, and Sleepaway Camp.

Terror Threads has released a pair of Death House designs on T-shirts and baseball tees. The highly-anticipated horror film stars genre icons Kane Hodder, Dee Wallace, Sid Haig, Bill Moseley, Barbara Crampton, Tony Todd, Michael Berryman, Felissa Rose, and Adrienne Barbeau.


Terror Threads also has a variety of designs dedicated to the long-running Puppet Master franchise. Fan favorite puppets Blade, Six Shooter, Leech Woman, Jester, and Pinhead each receive their own shirt, plus a design featuring all of them.

Last but certainly not least, Terror Threads' faux-knit Christmas sweater-style designs featuring Puppet Master and Sleepaway Camp make the perfect holiday party wardrobe.

Death House, Puppet Master, and Sleepaway Camp merchandise is on sale now at TerrorThreads.com, where you'll also find apparel and accessories from many more horror classics.


Friday, 8 December 2017

British Zombie Horror THE RIZEN comes to US VOD Jan

Laura Swift (The Snowman), Sally Phillips (Bridget Jones series), Bruce Payne (Warlock III, Passenger 57), Julian Rhind-Tutt (Lucy), Tom Goodman Hill (Everest) and comedy legend Adrian Edmondson (The Young Ones, Bottom, The Comic Strip Presents) star in writer-director Matt Mitchell’s (Gangster's Guns and Zombies) “fast-paced and thoroughly entertaining”* action-horror THE RIZEN, invading US VOD this January from Uncork’d Entertainment.

The year is 1955. NATO and the Allied Forces have been conducting secret, occult experiments in a bid to win the Arms Race. 

They have finally succeeded, but what they have unleashed could tear our world apart. Now one woman must lead the only other two survivors past faceless horrors that threaten to kill or capture them at every turn. They are the only ones left who can fight to close a door that should never have been opened.

 THE RIZEN is available on US VOD from January 2 from Uncork’d Entertainment.

View the trailer on YouTube.

COLD MOON starring Christopher Lloyd - Out 22nd Jan 2018

In a sleepy southern town, a young girl disappears – but all hopes of finding her alive are soon shattered by the discovery of a body in the river. But the end of the search is just the beginning of a waking nightmare. 

Traffic lights blink an eerie warning, a ghostly visage prowls in the streets, and graves erupt from the local cemetery in an implacable march of terror. Beneath the murky surface of the river, a shifting, almost human shape slowly takes form to seek a terrible vengeance…

Based on the novel 'Cold Moon Over Babylon' by Michael McDowell, writer of Beetlejuice and The Nightmare Before Christmas, Cold Moon is an eerie tale of murder, manipulation and vengeance from beyond the grave. 

Featuring a strong central performance from Josh Stewart (The Collector) and a terrifying turn by Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future, I Am Not a Serial Killer) this is the perfect film to give you chills on a winter’s night.

Cold moon is released to UK DVD January 22nd from Bulldog films.

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


Tuesday, 5 December 2017

First images released from Netflix's ALTERED CARBON

Coming to Netflix February 2nd, ALTERED CARBONBased on the classic cyberpunk noir novel by Richard K. Morgan. Checkout the first stills released from the series....






Altered Carbon is an intriguing story of murder, love, sex, and betrayal, set more than 300 years in the future. Society has been transformed by new technology: consciousness can be digitized; human bodies are interchangeable; death is no longer permanent. Takeshi Kovacs is the lone surviving soldier in a group of elite interstellar warriors who were defeated in an uprising against the new world order. His mind was imprisoned, “on ice”, for centuries until Laurens Bancroft, an impossibly wealthy, long-lived man, offers Kovacs the chance to live again. In exchange, Kovacs has to solve a murder … that of Bancroft himself.



For more information visit: the Netflix Website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. 


 


THE LESSON Director Ruth Platt, talks about quitting RADA, torture porn and what the future holds

On the eve of Horror Channel’s network premiere screening of THE LESSON, director Ruth Platt talks about the decision to quit RADA, why her film  isn’t ‘torture porn’ and what the future holds


Q) The Lesson received its World Premiere at FrightFest. How did you react when it was chosen? And what was the experience like?

I was really excited when I found out we'd been picked – we got a call from the team, and they were passionate about the film, and they are such a knowledgable and experienced small team, Greg, Paul, Alan and Ian, and it meant so much. Especially when the making of it had been such an arduous and difficult process! I had no idea how people would react to the film – it was such a tiny budget, and put together on sheer determination rather than any actual means. But the whole FrightFest festival was amazing – the fans were so supportive and friendly, and the reception to the film was so generous, it was a really brilliant experience.

Q) How did you develop the idea for the film? Did your own experiences at school influence the story?

So my love of the horror genre stems from the satirical, metaphorical nature of the genre – how you can make a comment or observation about society, or about human nature, through the lens of horror – it is quite an expressionistic and stylised way of looking at the world, but quite a cathartic one, exorcising your deepest concerns, fears, and anger, I think! I have done a bit of teaching, though only peripatetic. I wasn't trying to exorcise my real desires to torture students, as some people might think! It was more an observation on the educational system and its failures, and also a psychological study of class dynamics, stemming also from my experiences at school.

The teacher role was inspired by two things - there was a teacher I had at school, and the class just knew, subconsciously and collectively, that we could push him further than we could push the average teacher. There was an innate vulnerability to him, a fear of us, if you like, that allowed the class to behave in a much more difficult way. My film was a bit of a 'what if' scenario – what if that teacher we locked in the cupboard snapped? There was an article I read a few years back about a teacher who did just that, without any history of violence or bad conduct – and who harmed a teenage boy at school badly. That was my second inspiration. The two ideas together created Mr Gale.

Q) The violence in the film is mostly inflicted by a school teacher on two 16 year-old schoolboys. Do you think this makes it even more controversial and difficult to watch?

I think, and I did worry beforehand, that people would take it literally, It is meant to be a deliberate satire on the torture porn genre. It has moral ambiguity and complexity, certainly, I mean hopefully, and those that like the film seem to get this, your sympathies keep changing to and fro, from the teacher to the kids. Mr Gale gets his comeuppance!. I think The Lesson is pretty measured violence-wise – you look at 15 films like The Babysitter and Deadpool and my god, the violence, and it is so slick, so easy. That makes me uncomfortable. The violence in The Lesson is hopefully earned, and deliberately difficult to watch. There is no easy, shiny violence.

Q) What lessons do you want people to take from the film?

Ha! Well, I guess I want people to think about the education system, where its failings lie, how a school is a microcosm of society, and without an all encompassing and deep rooted culture of mutual respect, responsibility and kindness, it can go badly wrong. But I didn't want to do that in a straightforward way, but rather through the horror lens. Some people seem to find it really cathartic to see these difficult kids tortured which is a bit disconcerting! I guess films like Fritz Lang's M are pertinent and influential – that moral ambiguity certainly – the scene where all the criminals in the area capture this mentally ill, but hideous child murderer, and they are relishing the power they have in their kangaroo court – the hypocrisy and the savagery of all of them. Reminds me of Social Media!

Q) The film has been described many ways, ranging from “Kitchen-sink torture porn” to “bravura art-house horror”. How would you describe it?

Satirical anti-torture porn? Though I love the kitchen-sink bit and the art house bit obviously!

Q) The casting is particularly brave, allowing young unknowns to flourish and excel. How difficult was the audition process?

Well – I had the tiniest budget so there was no casting director involved. All the kids were local, untrained kids. They were brilliant actually. They started with loads of stagey acting, and then I had to strip it down – they got it so quickly though and loved the process. I knew Evan already [who plays Fin] as I had already cast him in a music video – he was so hardworking and conscientious. I was lucky enough to go into a local college and have an audition with the young people studying Drama there. Rory [who plays Joel] shone immediately – he took my direction, and his truth of thought and quickness of mind was evident straight away in improvisations. I was lucky to find him – about a week before shooting! Mischa I cast very last minute too, I auditioned her on skype after we had started shooting! She was a drama student at the Prague conservatoire.  She was very natural and very lovely – and just astonishingly beautiful, I thought. Her separateness and her measured silence to me was indicative of what it is to be a woman in a man's society. She of course, is Fin's knight in shining armour, at the end of the day, but she is vulnerable, she has to compromise to survive. I thought Mischa had a beautiful stillness that was very watchable.

Q) You’ve been a successful actor yourself, having won a scholarship to train at RADA. But is it true you left in your second year to start up a theatre company? And will we see you tread the boards again?

Well I wasn't that successful! I adored acting, but I was a very insecure person as an actor. I remember being called to an audition, by my agent, for a music video, and asked by 3 men to lap dance on a chair. I wished I had just told them to fuck off. But I didn't – I needed to pay the rent, and didn't want to annoy my agent. So I did it. That happened a lot. As an actress you have to have an innate confidence that I really didn't have. I absolutely adored RADA, and as soon as I left, I realised what an idiot I had been to leave in my second year.  I fell into a deep depression – I was utterly broke, I had given up a scholarship, my mother was very ill, it all went wrong. I rang them and begged them to take me back but they had given my scholarship to someone else, and I couldn't afford to go back. But it was during my experiences forming a theatre company that I started to realise that I loved writing and later, when I found my confidence, directing.

What I adore about directing is being able to guide an actor through each thought process, each moment of subtext, each emotional beat and each character trait, and I can do that because of my actor training. That is a really rewarding experience, and it is why I also enjoy working with new, untrained actors. Being an actor I think is terrifying – you are so vulnerable, and especially as an actress, I mean I know it is getting better but sexism and harrassment is rife, absolutely endemic, though it has now suddenly exploded into the public consciousness and will probably now improve. But you really need to have balls of steel.

Q) Who are your strongest influences in the horror genre and what’s been your favourite horror film this year?

‘Haneke's ‘Funny Games’ [the original German language one] is my favourite horror film of all time. I guess that is what inspired my anti-torture porn premise. The violence in that film could not be more uncomfortable and less gratuitous to watch – Haneke is a genius. A close second, though not usually classified as a genre film, is Yorgos Lanthimos' ‘Dogtooth’. One of the most brilliant, piercing satires I have ever seen. I adore ‘Nosferatu’, and Fritz Lang's ‘M’.

This year, I loved ‘Raw’, which I  I think it is one of the greatest female horror films of all time - the central metaphor of an impossibly high-achieving girl, with the absolute rigid self discipline, that starts to discover her emerging sexuality and rage – so bloody, sharply funny. And the cinematography – I’m in awe of it!

Q) Finally, what can you tell us about your next project?

I have been in development with the BFI for a year now, so hoping to shoot something next year! It is a horror, but one that has a very detailed, socio-realistic world. And the whole thing is through the eyes of a child. It is also a largely female cast. Looking forward to making it so much, so wish me luck! 


 The Lesson is broadcast on Sat 9 Dec, 10.45pm, Horror Channel.

Sky 319 / Virgin 149 / Freesat 138 / Freeview 70
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THE PLAYGROUND - on US VOD Dec 8th

A provincial town in Poland. The final day of school. A seemingly normal day in life of three ordinary elementary school students. This day however eventually culminates in shocking and terrifying events.

From writer-director Bartosz M. Kowalski comes a disturbing and captivating portrait of teen violence that’s taken the world by storm.

Final day of school in a small Polish town. It's the very last chance for 12-Year-Old Gabrysia to tell her classmate that she had fallen in love with him. She sets up a secret meeting and blackmails her love interest to show up. 

But what was supposed to be an intimate talk spins out of control and this seemingly normal day in life of three ordinary elementary school students culminates in shocking and terrifying events.

Uncork’d Entertainment releases terrifying true story The Playground onto US  VOD 8th Dec.

View the trailer on YouTube.

Monday, 4 December 2017

Netflix Series DARK - New Behind-the-Scenes Featurette

Watch this behind-the-scenes featurette for an in-depth look at DARK, now available on Netflix


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.
 
 

Saturday, 2 December 2017

"Leatherface" - UK Digital/DVD review

These Texas Chainsaw Massacre films get increasingly confusing, so far we've had 3 original sequels, a remake, a prequel to the remake, another sequel to the original and now we have a prequel to the original, "Leatherface", which shares the same title as one of the sequels. Which is released digitally this month and comes to UK DVD January.

Taking place some 20 years before the events of the original movie, the daughter of the local sheriff is "accidentally" killed after wandering onto the Sawyer family farmstead. Notwithstanding, the Sheriff returns the favour by having the young Sawyer children taken into protective care.  

Having spent years residing at a mental health facility, when a riot breaks out, the Sawyer kids seize their chance and escape with another group of inmates, taking a nurse with them as hostage. But the group are ruthlessly pursued by the veangeful Sheriff who's really not interested in recapturing them and simply wants to dish out his own brand of justice, southern style. 

So, the fate of the young nurse lies between sticking with the escapees, who will probably kill her eventually, or trying to get away and hoping the Sheriff doesn't mistake her for one of the inmates and killing her himself.

Extremely reminiscent of "The Devil's Rejects", which in turn was based on the original "Texas Chainsaw Massacre", I found "Leatherface" to be an entertaining enough slasher movie, which boasts a pleasing amount of gore and a good cast, which includes Stephen Dorff (Blade), Christopher Adamson (Judge Dredd, Pirates of the Carribean) and Lili Taylor (The Conjuring). But was left feeling a little confused about the plot and how exactly this ties in with the original film.

Extras on the DVD include...

Behind the Bloody Mask : Making of feature (12:50)
Six deleted scenes, which includes an alternate opening and ending.

The DVD is released January 8th. But if you can't wait that long, it's available on Digital Download from January 10th if you fancy watching some gore and nastiness over the festive period!

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

 
 

Friday, 1 December 2017

Dark comedy SPENT in US cinemas Dec 15

SPENT, the award-winning new dark comedy from writer-director Lisa Mikitarian, hits theaters and VOD December 15 from Indie Rights.

Winner Best Comedy at the American Filmatic Arts Awards, SPENT is a tale of greed, love, and most of all...rat poison.

Ruthless People meets Fargo in a delicious homage to ‘40s dark comedy about a wife and son that live it up while their miser-rat of a husband/father lies in a hospital bed--death by brain tumor imminent. It's all fun and games until he experiences a miraculous 4th of July recovery.

SPENT, featuring “a great story with good direction melded with the right cast and crew”*, opens December 15 in LA theaters and on VOD.

View the trailer on YouTube.