Monday, 20 February 2017

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BARBARA CRAMPTON - EXCLUSIVE SHUDDER CURATION


 Horror icon Barbara Crampton shares her favourite SHUDDER titles

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

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

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


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

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

ALSO NEW TO SHUDDER THIS MONTH

COLD PREY RESURRECTION - Coming this month on SHUDDER


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

HIDDEN - Coming this month on SHUDDER

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


I AM ZOZO - Coming this month on SHUDDER

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


BEREAVEMENT - Coming this month on SHUDDER

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


DON'T LOOK UP - Coming this month on SHUDDER

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


CHOOSE - Coming this month on SHUDDER

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


DEATH BELL - Coming this month on SHUDDER

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


HAROLD'S GOING STIFF - Coming this month on SHUDDER

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


HELLBENDERS - Coming this month on SHUDDER

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

HUSK - Coming this month on SHUDDER

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

GOAL OF THE DEAD - Coming this month on SHUDDER

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


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Director Steven Kastrissios talks about BLOODLANDS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Q - And finally, what next?


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The battle for tomorrow has begun…

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

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

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

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

Teaser trailer for upcoming CIRCUS KANE released

Home Entertainment and Theatrical Film Distributor Uncork'd Entertainment has revealed a first look at the highly-anticipated CIRCUS KANE. Check it out below...


Starring Jonathan Lipnicki and directed by Christopher Douglas-Olen Ray, CIRCUS KANE sees a reclusive circus master invite a group of social media stars to his house of haunts. Anyone who can make it out before being scared into submission will earn $250,000 — but the social media stars soon learn they are not only competing for money, but also fighting for their lives.

Bill Voorhees and Mark Christopher Lawrence also star.

James Cullen Bressack and Zack Ward wrote CIRCUS KANE, based on a story by Sean Sellars. Producing are DeInstitutionalized's Gerald Webb and Christopher Douglas-Olen Ray along with Bressack.

Uncork'd President Keith Leopard made the deal with the filmmakers at AFM in November. He recently saw the first footage from the film.

“The footage I’ve seen is incredible – and I know horror fans will appreciate it too, so we’ve decided to give them a little taste”, says Leopard. “We look forward to inviting everyone to the circus later this year!”

CIRCUS KANE will be unleashed in all its bloody glory at the Cannes Film Festival in May.



Arrow Video - May Releases

Not only does May see two whole Bank Holidays to enjoy, it also sees the release of a fantastic slate of cult cinema from Arrow Video, with a healthy mix of giallo, cult crime and gore to keep fans happy.

Phenomena - on Limited Edition Blu-ray on 8 May

One of the later classics from Dario Argento’s golden age, Phenomena is a unique giallo that blends genre tropes with more than a hint of the supernatural. As well as a host of special features, this Limited Edition release includes a brand new 4K restoration from the original camera negative, produced exclusively for this edition.

LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS

Brand new 4K restoration of the film from the original camera negative produced by Arrow Video exclusively for this release
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentations of all three versions of the film: the 116-minute Italian, 110-minute international and 83-minute “Creepers” cuts
New 5.1 surround mixes of the Italian (116-minute) and English (110-minute) soundtracks in lossless DTS-HD Master Audio, derived from the original 4-channel Dolby Stereo elements
New hybrid English/Italian soundtrack for the 116-minute version in lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and PCM 2.0 stereo.
Italian soundtrack for the 116-minute version in lossless PCM 2.0 stereo
English soundtrack for the 110-minute version in lossless PCM 2.0 stereo
English soundtrack for the 83-minute version in lossless PCM 1.0 mono
English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
New audio commentary by Troy Howarth, author of So Deadly, So Perverse: 50 Years of Italian Giallo Films
The Three Sarcophagi, a new visual essay by Michael Mackenzie comparing the different cuts of Phenomena
New feature-length documentary including exclusive interviews with co-writer/producer/director Dario Argento, actors Fiorenza Tessari and Davide Marotta, co-writer Franco Ferrini, production manager Angelo Jacono, special optical effects artist Luigi Cozzi, makeup artist Pier Antonio Mecacci and composers Claudio Simonetti and Simon Boswell
Original Italian and English theatrical trailers
Limited edition 60-page booklet containing new writing by Mikel J. Koven, Rachael Nisbet and Leonard Jacobs
Limited edition packaging featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Candice Tripp

- The 116-minute Italian cut features approximately six minutes of footage for which English audio does not exist. In these instances, the hybrid track reverts to Italian audio with English subtitles.

Pre-order the Phenomena Box Set from Amazon.co.uk 


Brain Damage - on Limited Edition Dual Format Blu-ray & DVD on 8 May 2017


Frank Henenlotter’s ultimate head trip finally arrives on Blu-ray with this spectacular Dual Format release. Boasting some of the best bad taste gags ever committed to celluloid, Brain Damage is seen here in all it’s glory, complete with a host of limited edition extras.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS
Digital transfer from original film elements
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
Original Mono audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Brand new audio commentary by writer-director Frank Henenlotter
Brand new interviews with cast and crew
Q&A with Henenlotter recorded at the 2016 Offscreen Film Festival
Theatrical Trailer
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Sara Deck
PLUS MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED!!!


FIRST PRESSING ONLY!
Limited edition O-card with exclusive artwork
Collector’s Booklet with new writing on the film by Michael Gingold


Pre-order the Brain Dead Box Set from Amazon.co.uk  


Evil Ed - on Limited Edition Dual Format Blu-ray & DVD on 29 May 2017


If Evil Ed is a blood-soaked love letter to 1980s splatter cinema, then this Arrow Video release is a Shakespearean sonnet. Complete with two versions of the film and a host of special features, this Special EDition is a must for anyone who’s spent time in the “Splatter and Gore department”.

3-DISC LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS

Two versions of the film!
Original Stereo and 5.1 Audio Options
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys
Collector’s booklet with new writing on the film

DISCS 1 & 2 (BLU-RAY + DVD) – THE SPECIAL ED-ITION CUT

World premiere of the newly-extended version of the feature [95 min]
Keep ’Em Heads Rollin’ – making-of documentary
Reconstructing Edward – featurette on the creation of the Special EDition cut
Deleted scenes
Bloopers
Teasers and Trailers
Still Gallery


DISC 3 (BLU-RAY) – THE ORIGINAL CUT [LIMITED EDITION EXCLUSIVE]

Original Cut [93 mins]
Lost in Brainland – never-before-seen extended 3 hour version of the making-of documentary

 Pre-order the Evil Ed Spec Ed from Amazon.co.uk 

Thursday, 16 February 2017

“BETHANY” - in US cinemas and on VOD April

Tom Green (Road Trip, Freddy got Fingered) and Shannen Doherty (Charmed, Beverly Hills 90210) star in the spine-chilling Bethany, from acclaimed filmmaker James Cullen Bressack (Pernicious, To Jennifer), in US theaters and On Demand this April.

After Claire's mother dies, she and her husband move back to her childhood home only to have the abusive and traumatic memories of her mother come back and bring unrest into the house. Claire soon finds herself in a fog of past and present when her imaginary friend from childhood begins haunting her memories. What is this terrifying thing that is trying to reach out to her, and what does it want?

Stefanie Estes (If Looks Could Kill), Zack Ward (Restoration), Keith Jardine (John Wick), Leon Russom (TV’s Prison Break) and Felissa Rose (Sleepaway Camp) star in a film by James Cullen Bressack.

Written by James Cullen Bressack and Zack Ward, Bethany releases in US theaters and On Demand April 7 via Uncork’d Entertainment.

View the trailer on YouTube




 

Elvira comes to HorrorconUK 2017

 
Cassandra Peterson aka Elvira: Mistress of the Dark is coming to HorrorConUK 2017 in May!



When you hear the name Elvira only one person comes to mind...

Elvira is a Horror icon and quintessential symbol of all things spooky, the one and only Mistress of the Dark.

Back in 1981, who could have imagined the hostess of a local Horror movie show, would become a household name? Elvira was the first horror host ever to be syndicated nationally and has emerged as one of today's most original and outrageous pop culture icons.

Elvira’s reign as ‘Queen of Halloween’ has spanned more than three decades and includes an IMAX movie, music CD’s, books and more than a thousand licensed products. She co-wrote and starred in the feature films Elvira, Mistress of the Dark and Elvira’s Haunted Hills

She has made hundreds of film, television and live appearances - including; The Grammy Awards, Saturday Night Live, Wrestle Mania 2, NBC’s Today Show, The Tournament of Roses Parade and reality shows Search for the Next Elvira, RuPaul’s Drag Race, Celebrity Ghost Stories, Oddities, Counting Cars, Face Off, Epic Ink and Halloween Wars.

She most recently produced and starred in Thirteen Nights of Elvira for Hulu.

Played by actress/writer Cassandra Peterson, Elvira has carved out a niche in popular culture that is sure to endure for decades to come.

Cassandra Peterson will be at HorrorConuk on Sat 13th & Sunday 14th May 2017

Exclusive behind-the-scenes stills revealed as THE TOMBS completes production

Templeheart Films, the producing company behind Paul Hyett’s HERITIKS and Andy Edwards’ IBIZA UNDEAD, are set to unleash a new kind of monster in THE TOMBS, which has just finished filming at The London Tombs, The London Bridge Experience’s horror themed tourist attraction

A clutch of C-list celebrities and the tabloid press have gathered at ‘The London Tombs’ to participate in a publicity stunt for a new horror movie being launched  They and the cast are to take part in a filmed challenge in which their task is to find the skull of notorious necromancer Robert White. The tour guide actors are on hand to make their mission as scary as possible.

Little do they know that deep in the bowls of the building something has awoken and what starts as a night of frightful fun turns into one of intense terror when the evil entity starts stalking the claustrophobic halls of this maze of terror. 

Some games just shouldn’t be played…


 Dubbed ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ meets ‘Friday the 13th’, the gruesome slasher stars Jessica Ann Brownlie (Valley of the Witch), Jess Impiazzi (The Only Way Is Essex), Marcia do Vales (Ibiza Undead), Jessica Cameron (Truth or Dare), Akie Kotabe (Humans), Anthony Ilott (Wrong Turn 6), Ayvianna Snow (Heretiks) and Devora Wilde (Rush). It’s directed by Dan Brownlie (Self-induced Nightmares, Serial Kaller)

THE TOMBS, shot over a five week period at the end of 2016, was the first film allowed access to The London Tombs. 


Director Dan Brownlie commented: “We were incredibly privileged to be allowed to film there. considering this was the first time that the attraction has ever allowed third party photography of any kind to take place. It was an fantastic opportunity not to be missed”

Producer Rachel Gold added: “With the success of attractions like ‘Secret Cinema’ and, the growth of interactive genre experiences, it was a great opportunity to create a movie where the actual film location is open to the public to experience for themselves what our film’s characters are going through.”

The film is set to be released later this year, 

THE TOMBS is a Templeheart Films & The Attraction Movie Production, produced by Rachel Gold, exec produced by Elisar Cabrera, Lyndon Baldock & Kevin Kane. Directed by Dan Brownlie and written by Michael W Smith.

Fright-Rags summons the Necronomicon for Evil Dead merchandise

The Necronomicon was never meant for the world of the living, but Ash and his friends unwittingly used it to summon demons in Sam Raimi's The Evil Dead. Fright-Rags resurrects the ancient Book of the Dead with The Evil Dead & Necronomicon Collection.


Fright-Rags' series of The Evil Dead shirts expands with three new designs by Kyle Crawford and Abrar Ajmal, each available in both men's and women's sizes. Custom-made Necronomicon socks (limited to 200) and a Necronomicon pocket notebook are also available.

Conjure up The Evil Dead & Necronomicon Collection now at Fright-Rags.com. Products are freshly "bound in human flesh and inked in blood," and quantities are limited. 

Fright-Rags is releasing even more horror movie tees on February 21, followed by new additions to the Plastic Fang line of non-horror shirts on February 23.

To purchase these and other horror related apparel visit https://www.fright-rags.com

Uncork'd Entertainment acquires THE ICE CREAM TRUCK

Home Entertainment and Theatrical Film Distributor Uncork'd Entertainment has acquired worldwide rights to Megan Freels Johnston’s sophomore feature The Ice Cream Truck.

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.  Killing.

Check out a clip from the film below...


Says writer-director Megan Freels Johnston : "We are so excited to be working with Uncork'd Entertainment on this film whose niche is a mix of Art House and Horror Films, since The Ice Cream Truck strongly represents both of those genres."
 

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

The Ice Cream Truck will be released in 2017.



Director Colin Minihan talks IT STAINS THE SANDS RED

Ahead of the UK premiere of his latest film IT STAINS THE SANDS RED at Horror Channel FrightFest Glasgow, Colin Minihan chats about the creation of his ‘zombie love story’, the challenges of shooting in Death Valley and his new movie ‘Still/Born’


Q: Are The Vicious Brothers still an entity? You’ve only co-directed ‘Grave Encounters’ under that moniker – ‘Extraterrestrial’ and ‘It Stains The Sands Red’ carry your separate credits. That’s the way you want it from now on?

COLIN: Our roles were just less defined when we made ‘Grave Encounters’ because we were both very young.  If we make a film together and feel like it's a Vicious Brothers film, then I think we’d use it again...But then again there are far too many “brothers” right now – it starts to feel a bit gimmicky. 

Q: ‘It Stains The Sands Red’ is such a terrific and deceptively simple idea, where did the inspiration come for the story? 

COLIN: A combination of things. The main one was that I had just moved to LA and was eager to find an idea befitting of the desert – which I’ve always found to be extremely cinematic but never had a good idea for. I think after watching ‘World War Z’, I jokingly asked Stuart what hadn’t been done with zombies and could be done on a low budget… He responded something like,  “I don’t know… One Zombie?” -- It was a light bulb moment for me, like, “that’s it! ONE ZOMBIE!” 

Q: Did the overall arc of the story change in the writing process? Molly’s zombie pursuer would always become her best friend, then confessor, and finally saviour?

COLIN: The lead character changed throughout the writing process. The first drafts were actually written for a male protagonist who was a struggling alcoholic and had abandoned his son in the city.  After rejecting that idea, we wrote this other script called ‘The Last Stakeout’, which I’d like to make someday, but then finally I pitched the new take on the story for ISTSR to Stu – which would follow Molly, a troubled Las Vegas stripper on her journey through the desert with and against the Zombie – who she would name Smalls. This version really clicked fast while writing… it wasn’t like pounding away at the idea by force. It came out relatively quickly, which is always nice and usually means it’s flowing well. It also felt more do able on a low budget as the flashbacks were extremely minimal and most of the shoot would be just two actors on screen, albeit one is in full prosthetics. 

Q: You play with zombie clichés brilliantly, and upturn them like an expert. It makes the movie a constant surprise as a result?

COLIN: We tried to just let Molly’s character arc guild the end result of the script. We knew we needed to break her down throughout and get there in an organic way – it was very challenging to write this film because she is talking to someone who can’t talk back. So she is giving exposition but it can never feel forced – it has to be earned. Which is very challenging in this case. 


Q: Brittany Allen carries the movie superbly. She’s a Scream Queen favourite and you cast her in ‘Extraterrestrial’ too. Was it written for her? 

COLIN: When the script was re-written for a female lead… We knew right away that it had to be Brittany. There was never anyone else. She is a character actor who has been acting since she was a child and is completely transformative in many of the rolls that she’s played… I hope people see how insanely talented she is with this film. It’s definitely her film.  

I also want to mention my pal Juan Riedinger (who is in ‘Grave Encounters’ as well). He brought a ton of depth to the role of Smalls and without his absolute commitment to the role, and his patience, this movie would not exist. He is both horrifying and lovable. 

Q: The way Molly grows as a person from vacuous party girl to committed mother is superbly handled in the script by Brittany. That was always the core, the most engaging and surprising aspect of the movie?

COLIN: ISTSR was always a character journey through the desert. We were more inspired by Gus Van Sant's ‘Jerry’ more than anything while writing.  

Q: Talk about the filming rigours; where was the location (the Valley of Fire in Nevada?), how long was the schedule, and it looks a really difficult shoot?

COLIN: It was probably the most difficult shoot I’ve ever been a part of. We kind of knew that going into it as when scouting Death Valley as a possible location we had a close call, almost passing out from the intense sun on top of a dune. 

This film is as indie as it gets. I didn’t even have an AD or Script Supervisor on set – and those are two of the main people a director leans on while making a film. We had no money so we had to be as economic and guerrilla as possible in order to pull off this sweeping story.  It was a rag tag group of like 10 people on set on any given day and the make-up crew was in a blood covered RV trying to get Juan camera ready.  -- At one point, Juan even slept in his zombie make up for three days straight because the application was so time consuming, never mind the time it took taking it off.   

Because of what happened in Death Valley in the summer (heatstroke), we aimed for the Las Vegas’ desert in November and December in hopes it would be mild and maybe a bit colder at night. Unfortunately it ended up being freezing cold most of the time, even during the day. If you watch the film it is actually taking everything in Brittany to pretend to be hot when really she is freezing.  

Q: The movie ends on an optimistic note, you see hope in an impending zombie apocalypse?

COLIN: If there is an impending Zombie apocalypse, we are all fucked. Much worse so than we already are. 


Q: What can you reveal about your next project HAUNTED TEMPLE?

COLIN: ‘Haunted Temple’, aka ‘Temple’ is no more. Let’s skip this question. ha! 

 Q: So finally, If not ‘Temple’, what is next?

COLIN: I have a new film that I am very excited about called ‘Still/Born’. It is in the final stages of post-production. It’s about a young mother trying to protect her new-born baby from a supernatural entity. It’s probably the scariest film I’ve been a part of. I co-wrote it and produced it and it should premier very soon

IT STAINS THE SANDS RED is showing at the Glasgow Film Theatre on Fri 24 Feb, 4.00pm as part of Horror Channel FrightFest Glasgow 2017.

For more info and this and other films at this years Glasgow Frightfest, visit http://www.frightfest.co.uk

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Lloyd Kaufman presents ESSEX SPACEBIN - at Prince Charles cinema 18 Feb

New Sci-Fi/Comedy Essex Spacebin is playing in a special double bill with Tromeo & Juliet in a Q&A with legendary horror director and Troma Entertainment founder Lloyd Kaufman (The Toxic Avenger & Class of Nuke 'Em High) at The Prince Charles Cinema on 18th February, and it's available on AMAZON now.

Shot on 35mm and hailed as the most original British film of the modern age, new comedy Essex Spacebin is like nothing put to film before. The cult narrative of the movie pushes comedy into uncharted territory as we follow the adventures of the lovable Lorraine Willy, a middle-aged woman who has suffered a life of mental illness. 

Lorraine believes she has been infused by God with a divine purpose that only she (and an Intergalactic Rasta named Hogan) can fathom. She begins her journey looking for a "star key" - which she believes can help her access a parallel world known as the 7th Realm where she hopes to meet the maker. 

Seeking to conquer time and space with help from her friends & family, a Nissan Skyline and a PDF of Amen-Ra's original Essex Pyramid construction specs, will Lorraine herald the existence of a portal to another world? Essex Spacebin is a singular and very British comedy written and directed by David Hollinshead & Philip Thompson. Starring Lorraine Malby, Caryl Griffith and Joerg Stadler.

ESSEX SPACEBIN double bill with TROMEO & JULIET and Lloyd Kaufman Q&A at The Prince Charles Cinema on Saturday 18th February, 2017 Q&A INFO & TICKETS: 

AMAZON PRIME: http://amzn.eu/0BGME2D

Official pages...


Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Realm of the Damned (Animated Motion Comic) - on UK Disc 7th Apr

The awesome new UK animated motion comic Realm of the Damned - Tenebris Deos is released on UK BD andthis April

The monsters have won. Our world now belongs to them. Realm of the Damned: Tenebris Deos is a new UK animated motion comic of pure Black Metal horror that unleashes the classic gothic monsters on a modern rampage of redemption and damnation. Raw, fast-paced and bristling with atmosphere, this is a bloody and blasphemous epic that leaves no church unburned.

There’s no one left to protect us from what lurks in the dark. No one is coming to save us...

Marking the first in an upcoming four-part series, Realm of the Dead - Tenebris Deosis an animated motion comic adventure starring David Vincent (Morbid Angel), Dani Filth (Cradle of Filth) Jill Janus (Huntress) and Steve Beatty (October File).

Directed by Tom Paton based on the Graphic Novel with Original Story by Alec Worley. Animation by Craig Hinde & Reece Saunders. Produced by Tom Lind & Steve Beatty and Executive Produced by Jeremy Davis. Soundtrack by Sons of Balour & Max Weiry.

Realm of the Damned - Tenebris Deos is available on UK BD & DVD from 7th April, 2017

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

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


Monday, 13 February 2017

"Ouija: Origin of Evil" - comes to UK Disc and Digital

The chilling prequel to the horror hit "Ouija" invites audiences again into the lore of the spirit board when "Ouija: Origin of Evil" arrives on Digital Download on 13th Feb and on BD, DVD and VOD on 27th Feb from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

A two movie collection including both the original Ouija and Ouija: Origin of Evil will be released on BD and DVD on the same date. 

Set 50 years prior to the events that took place in Ouija, director and writer Mike Flanagan (Oculus, Before I Wake) tells a terrifying new tale as a grieving spiritualist mother and her young daughters discover the buried dangers of an ancient game. With exclusive bonus content including deleted scenes, a character spotlight, a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film, and more, "Ouija: Origin of Evil" delivers spine-tingling chills to viewers. 

In 1967 Los Angeles, Alice (Elizabeth Reaser, The Twilight Series, Young Adult), a widowed mother and her daughters Paulina (Annalise Basso, Captain Fantastic) and Doris (Lulu Wilson, “The Millers”), add a new stunt to bolster their séance scam business when Alice brings home a sinister Ouija board. Breaking a cardinal rule of the game while desiring to communicate with their deceased father, the family inadvertently conjures a malevolent force, unleashing a terror to be reckoned with. As the youngest daughter is overtaken by the merciless spirit, this small family confronts unthinkable fears with the help of a priest (Henry Thomas, Psycho 4 : The Beginning, E.T The Extraterrestrial) to save her and send her possessor back to the other side. 

Collaborating with Flanagan on Ouija: Origin of Evil are Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Purge series, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) and Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum (The Purge and Insidious series) alongside Hasbro’s Brian Goldner (Transformers and G.I. Joe series) and Stephen Davis (Ouija), with a screenplay by Flanagan and his writing partner Jeff Howard (Oculus, Before I Wake). 

BLU-RAY AND DVD BONUS FEATURES

·Deleted Scenes
·The Making of Ouija: Origin of Evil: Filmmakers and cast discuss their approach to making Ouija: Origin of Evil more than a horror movie
·Home is Where the Horror Is: An examination of how the Zander house added to the chilling tone of the film.
·The Girl Behind Doris: Director/Co-Writer/Editor Mike Flanagan and cast discuss finding and working with Lulu Wilson.
·Feature Commentary with Writer/Director/Editor Mike Flanagan

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

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

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

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


Circus of Horrors Valentines Day Massacre shows!

The Circus of Horrors celebrates its 21st anniversary as it takes to the road with its latest incarnation . The spectacular Valentines Day Massacre show features an amazing amalgamation of bizarre, brave & beautiful acts all woven into a Alice in Horrorland type story driven by a mainly original soundscape & performed with a forked tongue firmly in each cheek!


Dates and venues are as follows...

Sheffield City Hall - Tuesday 14th of Feb - 01142 789 789
Hull City Hall - Wednesday 15th of Feb - 01482 300 300
Leamington Spa - Thursday 16th Feb - 01926 334 418
Boston - Blackfriars Theatre - Friday 17th Feb - 01205 363 108
Oswaldtwistle - Civic Arts Centre - Saturday 18th  Feb 01254398319
Tewkesbury - Roses Theatre - Sun 19th Fen - 01684 295 074

All of the above theatres are running a 2-for-1 offer - to redeem simply call the box office (numbers above) and quote the promotional code GORY..

Annually the Circus of Horrors plays over 100 UK theatres and this tour has expanded to take in festivals throughout the world including The Fuji Rock Festival in Japan (twice), the Wacken Festival in Germany plus shows in Chile, Uruguay, Holland, Belgium, Argentina, France, Italy, Ireland, Finland, Hong Kong and Moscow where it became the 1st UK Circus ever to perform in Russia. The show also played an astounding 10 nights at London's O2.

The Circus of Horrors started it’s gruesome beginnings at the 1995 Glastonbury Festival and became an instant hit, touring all over the world from Chile to Chatham, Argentina to Aberdeen, Japan to Jersey including festival appearances with Alice Cooper, Eminem, Motley Crue, Oasis, Iron Maiden, The Manic St Preachers, Foo Fighters and many more.

For video footage check out http://www.circusofhorrors.co.uk

Horror and Dark Fantasy Author Aiming to Break America

Horror and dark fantasy author Marie Anne Cope, based in Wrexham UK, is aiming to break America as her debut novel is set to be published Stateside. Having secured a deal with Missouri publishing house Crimson Cloak Publishing, that will see her debut novel "Bonds" released in US bookshops in 2018. 


"Bonds" tells the story of Becca Martin’s struggle to accept her birthright as a witch and Antony Cardover’s battle to break his vampire curse.

Marie has also released a sequel to Bonds entitled 'Broken Bonds', as well as a collection of short stories entitled 'Tales from a Scarygirl'.

Looking ahead to the US publication of
"Bonds", Marie said: "I'm absolutely delighted that Bonds will soon be physically on sale in the United States. The team at Crimson Cloak Publishing have been incredibly helpful and supportive and i'm very much looking forward to working with them."

"I've had a fabulous response to the book from people across the Atlantic who've bought it online, so I hope this partnership will give more people an opportunity to experience the world of Becca and Antony."

"Bonds" in currently out in the UK and can be purchased from Amazon.co.uk
 
For more information about Marie and her books, visit www.marieannecope.co.uk


 

Friday, 10 February 2017

Optimus 'A Touch of Horror' Convention - Bristol - March




Optimus is a comic-con with “A Touch of Horror”. Fans will have the chance to meet guest signers Caroline Munro, Emma Dark, Barbara Nedeljakova and Madeline Smith. Attendees will have the opportunity to buy autographs and have photoshoots with the guests. 




The attendees will have the opportunity to see one of the most iconic movie cars, The Ghostbuster Ecto 1. 

As well as the Celebrities there will be selection of trade stalls, which have oodles of Memorabilia, Comics, clothing, posters, figures, jewelry, bags, cuddly toys and ... well, you get the idea -good stuff. 

For those hardened horror fans we invite you to the Optimus Asylum – a live horror walk through. As well the above we have plenty more to see and do from prop displays to workshops. An event not to be missed and suitable for all ages (age restriction on the walkthrough). 

Join us for Optimus “A Touch of Horror” on Saturday the 11th of March 2017 at the ECC building, UWE Frenchay Campus, North Entrance, Bristol, BS34 8QZ.

The event opens at 10am and closes at 6pm. Online ticket prices are as follows –

Adult - £7 (16 yrs+)
Child - £5 (5 yrs+)
Family - £18 (2 adults, 2 children)
Under 5’s - Free
Live Horror Walkthrough - £3

Please note on the day prices differ. We advise you book your tickets in advance to avoid disappointment.

All of us here at MCE all have an inner geek and we decided to share the insides of our minds with other likeminded people. We all have attended and enjoyed Comic Con’s around the UK and we thought we would bring the fun to Bristol. We here at MCE pride ourselves on making sure our events differ from the rest. We like to make sure we have something different to suit everybody of all ages. And why not? Simply because “Horror isn’t just for Halloween”. Join us if you dare, but do be aware, you may be in for a scare, or most definitely a laugh.

To find out more and book your tickets please visit www.optimusconvention.com.
 
Optimus Events are proudly brought to you by MCE Multi Convention Events.

New Euro Cult Labels 'Maison Rouge' and 'Black House Films' launch in March

Screenbound is delighted to announce the launch of two brand new Euro cult film labels, 'Maison Rouge' will specialise in Euro Sleaze and 'Black House Films' will focus on Euro Horror.


Maison Rouge kicks off with two classic titles, the first is from master of Euro Sleaze Jess Franco – Female Vampire (aka Bare Breasted Countess) – which arrives on UK DVD on 6 March, followed by two Patrice Rhomm classics Helga, She Wolf of Stilberg on DVD 13 March and Elsa Fraulein SS set for release on 17 April.


The first release from Black House Films will be zombie classic Zombie Lake from French horror maestro Jean Rollin, set for DVD on 20 March and Juan Fortuny’s Crimson on 17 April.

  
Screenbound’s managing director Alan Byron said: ‘When Screenbound started as Odeon Entertainment 13 years ago with several music productions, our first step into film sales was representing Nigel Wingrove’s Jean Rollin and Jess Franco Euro-shock and sleaze titles for Salvation Films. In a sense, we have now come full circle by launching our own new cult labels – Maison Rouge and Black House Films – which will showcase the best and basest of Euro Exploitation over the next three years. Maison Rouge will focus on sexploitation and once established will bring in new as well as retro cult features. Its sister label, Black House Films, takes its inspiration from the Church of Satan and will release dark, Gothic horrors from the 1960s to 1980s.’


Both imprints are being released on DVD with each having multiple poster art cards inside for collectors. Most releases will have special features included and a selection of titles will be released on limited edition Blu-ray with O Cards. 

Alan Byron continued: ‘Plans are already in place to pick up another 20 films for these labels which already have a distinctive design appeal that is being appreciated by the fan base’.

Pre-order links on Amazon.co.uk