About Andy Deen

A horror fan for as far back as I can remember . The first things that scared me were Doctor Who and the BBC ghost stories . As an early teen the video revolution came along and with it the Video Nasty campaign , and through all that I immersed myself in all things nasty. I love Slashers, Haunted House Stories and Devil Worshipping/Panic Films . I watch too much horror , listen to loud Heavy Metal and enjoy the odd tattoo \m/\m/

We Have A Copy of Almost Human on BluRay to Give Away from Shameless Films.

rsz_1rsz_ah1Thanks to our good friends at Shameless we have 1 x BluRay of Umberto Lenzi’s stunning Almost Human to give away to a lucky UK reader.

Almost Human is available from Shameless Films here – http://www.shameless-films.com/shop/Almost-Human-Blu-ray.html

Maestro of mayhem Umberto Lenzi (CANNIBAL FEROX, OASIS OF FEAR) takes you on a tour of Italy’s mean streets in this hyper-violent, white-knuckle 1970s crime classic. For the first time ever on Blu-ray, Shameless proudly presents Almost Human…restored, uncut and unhinged! Tomas Milian stars as Giulio Sacchi, a sadistic petty crook who aspires to criminal greatness. With his gang of impressionable weirdos in tow, Sacchi kidnaps the pretty young daughter of a wealthy businessman but hardboiled cop Grandi (the one-and-only Henry Silva – ESCAPE FROM THE BRONX) is in hot pursuit. The dogged detective is all that stands between Sacchi’s gang and the ransom money, and he’s the only hope their teenage hostage has got… Almost Human is a notoriously nasty crime thriller, a cult serving for cognoscenti, with a stand-out score from Ennio Morricone, presented for the first time ever in glorious HD and restored from original vault materials. If you like your cops proper badass, and your villains ever badder psychos, this is the one high-octane, edge-of-the-seat experience you cannot miss!

To win the Blu-ray simply email your name to comp@ukhorrorscene.com and put Almost Human in the subject line . The winner will be randomly chosen and contacted for their address. UK readers only!!

The competition will run until 8th 2017.

The Triple Six Horror Film Festival announces full line-up and weekend tickets on sale now!!

rsz_triple_six_festival_sponsors_1The Triple Six Horror Film Festival 2017 announces it’s full line-up for May 27th and 28th at AMC Manchester PLUS weekend tickets on sale now!!

Triple Six is a new international film festival that aims to celebrate everything that is great in new independent horror filmmaking . Showing 9 features and 12 shorts over two days at the AMC cinema complex in Manchester, Triple Six has films from around the world while also having a British backbone throughout.

Full Weekend tickets are on sale from April 3rd and are strictly limited . On sale for just four weeks they allow the holder to see all 9 films, 12 shorts and the live Q&A and are priced at just £30 each and are available here – http://bit.ly/2o1mswb

On Saturday May 27th Triple Six kicks off with the European Premiere of Quarries – Nils Taylor’s backwoods horror where a group of women on a wilderness expedition are stalked . A taut and intense feature that will start Triple Six at one hell of a pace.

The Forest of Lost Souls is a Portuguese slow burn horror from Director Jose Pedro Lopez. Filmed in black and white and with a stunning score , this is a story of suicide, love ,loss and much more. Maybe not a traditional festival film The Forest of Lost Souls is something very special and Triple Six has the UK Premiere.

The Unkindness of Ravens is director Lawrie Brewster’s third feature and follows from his stunning Lord of Tears (2013). Ravens follows the story of a homeless veteran who battles his demons in the Scottish Highlands. Visually stunning Brewster shows his vision and direction grows with each film and this is a must on the BIG SCREEN.

hardwareAnd to finish Saturday we have Hardware (1990) on 35mm which will be followed by a full Q&A with director Richard Stanley who will talk about his seminal directorial debut and much more. This is a very rare chance to catch Hardware on 35mm and will be a very special event indeed.

So for Sunday Triple Six starts with the UK Premiere of The Chair from director Chad Ferrin. The Chair is based on the graphic novel from Peter Simeti and tells the story of a man on death row fighting to survive even before the event itself. As dark as the original story The Chair is a claustrophobic, sadistic and harrowing watch starring genre stalwart Bill Oberst Jr, Gremlins Zach Galligan and was the last feature of the legendary Roddy Piper. A tough start for a Sunday but hell this is a horror festival!

Offensive is the latest offering from director Jon Ford (The Dead) . Set in rural France Offensive follows a retired American couple who inherit a house on the proviso they live there for a year first. In what seems a perfect and idyllic setting they soon find out the local youths might not be all they seem! Showing in it’s full uncut version (maybe for the last time) this is a wild ride. Previously only screened at Frightfest 2016 this is a must see!

Cruel Summer is not a new release , in fact it is out on UK DVD. However the Triple Six directors felt that Phil Escott and Craig Newman’s feature was something that NEEDED to be seen on the big screen. Starring Emmerdale’s Danny Miller, Cruel Summer shows how one decision can change lives and is a truly haunting tale based in a single day and you will not be able to shift this from deep in your soul!

tonedeathposter_zpsjt6szourWorld Premiere time as Triple Six welcome Tone Death. A techno producer is followed by a filmmaker as he attempts to invent a device that will send the consciousness of the listener to another level. When the experiments go horrifically wrong he goes to extreme levels to keep going and finding new volunteers. Directed by Roger Armstrong and John Hickman this is a real gem that is British through and through.

And to close Triple Six is the English Premiere of Ben Young’s stunning debut Hounds of Love . One of the most important genre releases this decade Hounds of Love is a masterclass in suspense. A young woman is randomly abducted from a suburban street by a disturbed couple. As she observes the dynamic between her captors she quickly realises she must drive a wedge between them if she is to survive. You will feel almost every emotion in the 110 minute run time and with acting performances to drool over then what a way to finish.

Running times are to be confirmed .

The full line-up is as follows

Hardware (1990) in 35mm followed by live Q&A with Richard Stanley.

Quarries (2016) European Premiere

rsz_hounds_love_redUnkindness of Ravens (2016)

The Chair (2016) UK Premiere

Cruel Summer (2016)

Tone Death (2017) World Premiere

Forest of Lost Souls (2016) UK Premiere

Offensive (2016) Northern Premiere

Hounds of Love (2016) English Premiere

As well as showing some amazing features Triple Six will also be showcasing some stunning short films from around the world and again with many UK films. Each feature will have at least one short before it to highlight the amazing talent in anything from 2 minutes to 18 minutes.

The full line-up for the short films are

rsz_cleansing_hour_poster_zpsobiwiherThe Cleansing Hour – Director Damien LeVeck

Starf*cker – Director Emilie Flory

Gene – Director Nick Padley

The Honeymoon – Director Ruth Pickett

The Night Circus – Director Eskild Krogh

Dissociative – Director Damon Rickard

Shortcut – Director Prano Bailey-Bond

Rats – Director Mark Logan

Your Date is Here – Directors Todd Spence & Zak White

Hada – Director Tony Morales

Pigskin – Director Jake Hammond

rsz_t6_announcementTriple Six are also very happy to welcome Richard Stanley as our special guest for the entire weekend which will include an amazing live Q&A following the very rare 35mm screening of his seminal directorial debut Hardware (1990) . This will be something very special indeed and the Q&A will not only focus on Hardware but also Richard’s colourful and at times unbelievable career in cinema.

Triple Six Co-Director Andy Deen said “ We are so thrilled that we can finally announce the full line-up for Triple Six. As genre fans myself and Chris have spent the last 9 months organising Triple Six and now can’t wait to get until the weekend of May 27th & 28th to sit with real horror fans and watch a weekend of stunning and diverse independent horror cinema”. “The highlight will of course be the 35mm screening of the seminal horror sci-fi classic Hardware (1990) and the live Q&A with Richard Stanley , but in reality there will be many highlights throughout the weekend as we have such sights to show you

Triple Six Co-Director Chris Barnes also added “ The reasons behind starting Triple Six were our love for horror (both Andy and I run UK horror websites) but also we wanted to shine a blood red spotlight on the amazing talent in genre filmmaking. I mean when you look at the range of feature and short films we are showing you can see just what passion, vision and skill everyone involved in these films have”. “ Also we are grateful to AMC Manchester as they have fully supported a new horror festival and have made us feel part of the family. Their knowledge and professionalism ensures we will have a smooth and stunning weekend of big screen horror – and I mean BIG SCREEN!!

Andy finally added “When we set up Triple Six one of the main reasons was to showcase the British talent that we know is out there. Often British horror can be overlooked but at Triple Six we have three British features and six shorts and it is our honour to get these on the Big Screen where they should be seen

The Triple Six Horror Film Festival takes place at AMC Deansgate Manchester on May 27th & 28th and tickets are available on the AMC booking site here – http://bit.ly/2o1mswb

Win a Killer Bundle of Realm of The Damned Goodies to Celebrate The Animated Comic’s Release on DVD & Blu-Ray!


rsz_realmgoodiesThe 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.

Marking the first in an upcoming four-part series, Realm of the Dead – Tenebris Deos is an animated motion comic adventure starring David Vincent (Morbid Angel), Dani Filth (Cradle of Filth) and Jill Janus (Huntress)

We have a merch bundle including the film, t-shirt (any size), mug and original graphic novel up for grabs! See the Pic!!

To be in with a chance of winning you must be in the UK and then simply email comp@ukhorrorscene.com and put Realm in the subject line. If you are the winner then we will contact you for your address and shirt size.

The competition will run until Sunday April 2nd 2017 and the winner contacted shortly after!!


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An Interview with Director Steven Kastrissios ahead of World Prem of BLOODLANDS at FrightFest Glasgow!

rsz_bloodlands-steven_kastrissiosAn Interview with Director Steven Kastrissios ahead of World Prem of BLOODLANDS at FrightFest Glasgow!

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.

So what have you been doing in the eight years since making your amazing debut with THE HORSEMAN ?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

rsz_bloodlands-web1How 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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

Interview with Director Chris Smith ahead of the FrightFest Glasgow UK prem of DETOUR

Frsz_christopher_smith-1rightFest has premiered all your genre movies CREEP, SEVERANCE, TRIANGLE, BLACK DEATH, except GET SANTA obviously. Is this positioning an important part of the rollout process for you?

Firstly let me apologise for being away for so long and thank you for having me back. I wrote ‘Get Santa’ because I’d just had a son and was feeling like I wanted to do something that he could watch in the next 15 years. I expected the film to take a year to come together but it ended up taking four years. My son was by that time old enough to come to the premiere with a few of his class mates.

Back to the question, Frightfest is extremely important, not just to me personally, because it’s always an honour, but it’s important to the birth of the film. The Frightfest audiences are the first people to see it, the first to comment on it and it’s nice that they’re such committed fans. Putting a film out there, freeing it from the confines of the edit suite is exciting, but also scary. Frightfest, because of the audiences passion and knowledge of genre, make the process what it should be, fun.

What was the main inspiration for the DETOUR script? Many have commented on its multi-narrative SLIDING DOORS-style vibe. Complicated to write the two sides of one story?

‘Sliding Doors’ and ‘Run Lola Run’ both came out the same year.  I must admit I was never inclined to watch ‘Sliding Doors’, but I know that, like ‘Run Lola Run’, it deals with the concept of different destinies being forged by blind change. Though actually neither of these films were an inspiration for ‘Detour’, which came about by chance.

It was early 2007 and I had just finished writing ‘Triangle’ and was in LA trying to finance it. I’d liked the film ‘Disturbia’, which had been a big hit and so for about three months Hollywood was trying to make Hitchcockian thrillers. An exec came to me and said she’d like to cook up a modern version of ‘Stranger’s on a Train’. I think my brain was so wrapped up structurally from writing ‘Triangle’, that instead of two characters deciding to murder each other’s wives, I cooked up one character, seemingly facing two destinies, based on one moral choice: To kill or not to kill?

Was it complicated to write? Certainly not in comparison to ‘Triangle’ but it offered different challenges. I was really keen for the characters to shine through more than I’d achieved in Triangle, and this is tricky because you’re asking the audience to question the narrative, rather than simply immersing them in a classical structure, and then you’re also hoping they feel empathy for the characters. That is the main challenge for any film that makes you aware of the film making process.

DETOUR is full of film noir references, from the HARPER poster on the wall to the clip from the 1945 B movie classic DETOUR by Edgar G. Ulmer. What is it about the film noir idiom you like?

I’ve always loved Film Noir. I think it is, or rather was, the cornerstone of indie cinema. These are films often made often on the cheap and yet always brimming with colourful characters, taut story lines, and scenarios where a happy ending feels impossible, instead of inevitable. The film that has always had the biggest effect on me is Fritz Langs’ ‘The Woman In The Window’. My film ‘Detour’ is arguably more influenced by that, than the Ulmer movie that we reference in the film and borrow the title from. That said, both films contain a character who crosses a line and finds that the forces that drove him there, and the company he now keeps, will never let him free again.

rsz_detour-bel_powley-webA great cast of new and up-and-coming stars – Tye Sheridan, Bel Powley, Emory Cohen. You certainly know how to pick them, Eddie Redmayne in BLACK DEATH for example. Is it a knack?

Liam Hemsworth got his first role in ‘Triangle’ also. Is it a knack? I don’t know. To me if you can’t see that those actors are talented you’re in the wrong job. When I got the audition tape from Liam Hemsworth I literally walked it around the office with my jaw dropped showing people. It was so glaringly obvious this boy was a movie star. It was the same with Eddie and all three of the leads in ‘Detour’.

Tye Sheridan’s performances in ‘Joe and Mud’ were electric. Emory Cohen lit up every scene he did in ‘The Place Beyond The Pine’s’. With Bel Powley it was a little different because I met her having seen nothing. The rumour mill was reporting that she was fantastic in the film ‘The Diary of a Teenage Girl’ but none of us had seen it The casting director loved Bel and the financier was happy to cast her on what he had heard, so I met her blind. We got on immediately; I thought she was so cool, funny and smart that I basically cast her on the spot.

Great chemistry between the three leads – was it there from the beginning, or did it evolve gradually?

It was there from the beginning I think but the little choices we made in prep helped it along. We scheduled well so that we did all of the scenes in the house first; just me and Tye and Stephen Moyer. That gave us a real foundation so that when Emory and Bel joined the film, at the end of the first week, we were already working like a well-oiled machine. This gave me more time to concentrate on them, but their instincts were so good that there was very little in the way of notes.

Great solid anchors by Stephen Moyer and John Lynch too, whose maturity contrasts with the young cast on purpose?

Absolutely. They’re the grown-ups but they still have their own problems and in some way are more immature than the younger characters. I think they’re both great in the film.

DETOUR was shot in South Africa. How was filming there?

It was shot mainly in South Africa but we also spent a week shooting in LA and Las Vegas. I love South Africa, it’s a wonderful country, with great crews and so it was a no brainer to shoot it there to help with the budget. It also looks just like California.

rsz_ffgYou’ve said the lighting owes a lot to Edward Hopper’s paintings? Can you elaborate?

Me and my designer joke that all feature films are either Edward Hopper or Carravagio. Film-makers use either artist as their inspiration, either consciously or unconsciously. With Hopper the emphasis is on framing and production design. With Carravagio the emphasis is on using practical lighting and contrast. This film is a Hopper.

It’s a film you want to watch again the moment its finished to see if you can catch all the clues and mis-directs you didn’t see the first time? Do you consciously like to manipulate your audience?

I’m a huge fan of Kiarostami. I’m drawn to film-makers that make you question the film-making process. Lars Von Trier is another I greatly admire.  Everything about film-making is fake and the film-makers’ job is to make you forget this, but there’s pleasure in being reminded too because it makes you engage in an entirely different way.

I can’t watch reality TV. It’s ridiculous. The one thing it’s not is reality. You see survival programs where someone is walking across the Sahara desert. Is he going to make or die of thirst? Give me a break! Behind the camera there’s 20 camels packed full of water for him, the camera crew, the sound man, the medic, the fixer, the camel shepherd and the camels. There’s probably a helicopter standing by.

I like stories where we acknowledge this deceit and try to make a feature. If you still feel tension when you are simultaneously acknowledging the artifice of the process, then I think you’re doing something good.

And finally, what’s next for you?

I’m working on a horror movie about a serial killer called The Judas Goat and a thriller called ‘The Undertaker’. Hoping to shoot either of them by the end of the year.

DETOUR is showing at the Glasgow Film Theatre on Sat 25 Feb, 4.30pm as part of Horror Channel FrightFest Glasgow 2017.

Win a copy of Satanic on DVD courtesy of Soda Pictures!

rsz_1rsz_satanicUK readers we have 1 x DVD of Satanic to give away courtesy of Soda Pictures.

Four friends on their way to Coachella stop off in Los Angeles to tour true-crime Satanic Panic-era sites, only to find themselves interrupting an apparent human sacrifice. They save the young victim, but she turns out to be much more dangerous than the cult from which she escaped, unleashing an evil spirit who will hunt the friends down one by one… Starring Sarah Hyland (Modern Family), Justin Chon (Twilight Saga), Clara Mamet (Bad Neighbours 2), and Anthony Carrigan (Gotham).

Satanic is out now on DVD from Soda Pictures here – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Satanic-DVD-Sarah-Hyland/dp/B01M4J8XJP/

To win the DVD you must live in the UK , then simply email comp@ukhorrorscene.com with your name and full address and put Satanic in the subject line. And one lucky winner will be drawn at random when the competition closes on Sunday 22nd January.

Thanks for viewing and good luck!!

We Have A Copy of The Sect on BluRay to Give Away from Shameless Films.

rsz_sectThanks to our good friends at Shameless we have 1 x BluRay of Michele Soavi’s stunning The Sect to give away to a lucky UK reader.

The Sect is available from Shameless Films here – http://www.shameless-films.com/shop/The-Sect-aka-La-Setta-Blu-ray.html

Satanic sacrifice, face-ripping gore and a channel-hopping bunny! Director Michele Soavi (THE CHURCH, CEMETERY MAN) and writer/producer Dario Argento welcome to you the dark and demented world of THE SECT.

Watch with glee while schoolteacher (Kelly Curtis) becomes the target of a devil-worshipping sect. Soon her friends either disappear, become crazed zombie-like murderers or get their hearts ripped out…still beating. Some even jerk back to life in an undead bloodletting frenzy! Is Jamie-Lee Curtis’ sister loosing her mind or has the devil come into her? Adding 666 degrees of terror to a Rosemary’s Baby scenario, Soavi blowtorches a diabolic opus that will have you clawing your face off with fear!

Shameless is pleased to introduce the first ever 2K HD restored and longest ever version of THE SECT, entirely faithful to Soavi’s original vision of occult and zoogenic mayhem.

To be in with a chance of winning this amazing BluRay then you must be in the UK and then simply email comp@ukhorrorscene.com with your name and full address and put Sect in the subject line. A winner will be chosen at random when the competition ends on Sunday 22nd January.
Thanks and good luck!!

We Have A Copy of The Church on DVD to Give Away from Shameless Films.

churchThanks to our good friends at Shameless we have 1 x DVD of Michele Soavi’s stunning The Church (La Chiesa) to give away to a lucky UK reader.

The Church is available from Shameless Films here – http://www.shameless-films.com/shop/The-Church-aka-La-Chiesa.html

There’s an ancient evil lurking beneath…THE CHURCH!
Stunning visuals, creepy atmospheric horror and gasp-inducing shock! From director Michele Soavi (DELLAMORTE DELLAMORE, THE SECT) and writer Dario Argento, comes the first ever UK Blu-ray release of this Italian horror classic.

After Teutonic Knights massacre a village of ‘witches’ in medieval times, the sinister religious order builds a gothic Church on the site of the atrocity. Hundreds of years later, the church’s librarian (Tomas Arana) accidentally unleashes whatever darkness was laid in the church’s ground that terrible day. At the mercy of the waking demons and satanic spirits, the churchgoers who’ve been trapped inside by the building’s ancient mechanisms soon succumb to the evil in an orgy of diabolic-lust and merciless slaughter. With a brooding score from genre cohorts Keith Emerson and Goblin, Soavi ramps the dread up to 666 before building to a blood-curdling finale!

Shameless is honoured to present its Yell’o® release of the 1st ever 2K HD restored and longest ever version, made from crypt materials and now entirely faithful to Soavi’s original vision. How long has it been since your last confession?… Never repent! Just be suave!

This Shameless presentation of Michele Soavi’s THE CHURCH is complete and uncut. Made from a 2k transfer of the original negative, the film was restored respecting its original colour palette and the formidable craftsmanship of director Soavi and his team. Similarly, THE CHURCH is presented in its original Stereo sound as originally created by its makers.

To be in with a chance of winning this amazing DVD then you must be in the UK and then simply email comp@ukhorrorscene.com with your name and full address and put Church in the subject line. A winner will be chosen at random when the competition ends on Sunday 6th January.

Thanks and good luck!!

Manchester’s Triple Six Horror Film Festival Announce A Very Special Guest PLUS MORE!!

hardware-t6-picManchester’s Triple Six Horror Film Festival announce their first special guest Richard Stanley plus a 35mm screening of Hardware with a Q&A and more.

The Triple Six Horror Film Festival is proud to announce that their first special guest will be the groundbreaking director Richard Stanley who will be with them for the entire weekend. PLUS they will be showing his debut feature Hardware (1990) on 35mm followed by a full Q&A with Richard .

Hardware is a totally unique, visually stunning feature that needs to be seen on the big screen. Aesthetically compared to Gilliam & Jodorowsky and with a real 1990’s man vs machine mentality that summed up the age when technology was becoming an essential part of life not a luxury, along with a stunning industrial score, Hardware is a mix of horror, sci-fi and much more. Rarely seen on the big screen ,especially in 35mm, this will be an amazing one-off experience !!

richard-stanleyRichard has kindly agreed to be at Triple Six throughout the entire weekend , and will be on hand to sign items , have pictures and indeed just chat with horror fans that attend. He will also be part of a Q&A after the Hardware screening where he talk about Hardware and his career in general, this is something that will be a one-off and not to be missed as Richard rarely leaves his isolated location in France .

Triple Six is a new UK horror film festival based at the AMC cinema in Manchester and will be over May 27th & May 28th 2017. AMC is a state-of-art cinema complex in the centre of Manchester and Triple Six will be based in their Screen 3 which has a wonderful fully functioning 35mm projector. On top of Hardware Triple Six will be showing seven more ‘new’ horror features and 8 ‘new’ horror shorts , for a weekend of horror on the BIG SCREEN.

Submissions are open until March 1st for Triple Six at Film Freeway here – https://filmfreeway.com/festival/TripleSix

Plus you can keep updated at the following addresses –

Website – http://triplesixfest.com

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/TripleSixFestival/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/TripleSixHorror

Dark Web: Steven Hickey’s Essential Guide To Creepypasta Part 30: Psychosis


Whenever I interview Creepypasta authors for this series of features, one question that I ask of all of them is ‘what is YOUR favourite pasta?’ The answers are fairly wide-ranging (as matters of taste often are), but there are some familiar titles that crop up time and time again. One of the most popular of these is the excellent Psychosis.

First published a few years ago on the now-defunct, original Creepypasta.com forum by user M59Gar, it was then featured on the front page of the site in 2008-2009. Sadly the site is no longer active, but the next oldest version of Psychosis was that posted to the new creepypasta.com on 3 November 2010 here: http://www.creepypasta.com/psychosis/

M59Gar’s Psychosis is one of the longer Creepypastas, but it is well worth the time it takes to read it. I thoroughly recommend you do so immediately! The story is actually rather simple, detailing a young programmer who slowly but surely succumbs to his own paranoia as he starts to believe that an insidious evil may have infiltrated his life. To discuss it in any more detail runs the risk of spoiling what is quite rightly regarded as one of the greatest creepypastas of all time.

Currently the fifth highest rated pasta over at creepypasta.com (with a score of 9.2 from a staggering 18,101 votes), and also the third most discussed, it has garnered a huge following.

psychosis2The reasons for this are all too apparent — it’s exceptionally well-written, cultivating a subtle sense of dread that unnerves far more than the tacky gore of less accomplished pastas. M59Gar tells his story in a fantastically compelling manner, using the more measured, patient pace of the tale to his favour. This means the protagonist never suddenly leaps to any wild conclusions, instead edging ever closer to the abyss of a psychological breakdown.
The story also deals with some weighty and decidedly modern themes, especially of the roles of technology, information and perception in establishing what is truly ‘real’. In an era in which whole lives are lived online, this is a truly contemporary horror story, and one that is utterly thought provoking. I’ve said in the past that horror is as fantastic a mirror of modern society as any other genre. The monsters of each generation speak volumes about the world in which they lived.

From the gigantic, science-made monsters of the Fifties, spawned by a world in which the nuclear bomb had ended World War II, to the faceless slashers of the Seventies and Eighties, themselves a reflection of the monsters among us, serial killers such as Dahmer, Manson and Bundy, horror cinema and literature has always encapsulated the fears of society. That technology, that tool that supposedly unifies the world, is ultimately leaving each of us more isolated than ever before comes as a timely warning from M59Gar.. Or should I say, Matt Dymerski.

For since the publication of Psychosis, M59Gar has started to write under his real name of Matt Dymerski, becoming a successful author in his own right. He has even published Psychosis, along with some of his other short stories, which you can pick up at Amazon here: http://amzn.to/2dZ0DG6. It’s a great book and I can’t recommend it highly enough.

However, even though he is now a published author, Dymerski hasn’t abandoned the internet and still posts regular stories to the internet, via his very own web site, http://mattdymerski.com, and at the r/nosleep subreddit, arguably the greatest source of online horror fiction on the web.

It was over at NoSleep that Dymerski published Eating Disorder on 26 November 2012 (https://www.reddit.com/r/nosleep/comments/13ty8f/eating_disorder/?st=iu5raxdx&sh=1c38d97d). A chilling story of a woman with a mental illness that affects the way she perceives her food as told by her doctor, this was the first in a series of six stories that would later come to be known as the Asylum series.

It was followed on 27 November 2012 by The Bonewalker (https://www.reddit.com/r/nosleep/comments/13w6xo/the_bonewalker/?st=iu5re84o&sh=dbe1b970), then on the following day by The Scholarship (https://www.reddit.com/r/nosleep/comments/13ydz7/the_scholarship/), then each day thereafter by The Friend Zone (https://www.reddit.com/r/nosleep/comments/140rgb/the_friend_zone/), The Escape (https://www.reddit.com/r/nosleep/comments/142ivo/the_escape/) and The Truth (https://www.reddit.com/r/nosleep/comments/144eqc/the_truth/).

The first couple of stories seem like simple, standalone horror stories (albeit very, very good ones). However, as the series progresses, the doctor comes to realise that there may be a larger plot at work… perhaps even that same plot that devastated the life of Psychosis’ protagonist.

More than just a thematic successor to Dymerski’s best-known pasta, with the added length afforded by writing his story as a series, The Asylum really feels like an expansion of the tale.

Featuring all the social commentary, insight and (of course) excellent, descriptive and imaginative story-telling of Psychosis, it’s every bit as rewarding a read. The whole story has since been collected in a free-to-read eBook available via Amazon’s Kindle store: http://amzn.to/294FQjc. That’s right, FREE! Go get it!

Epsychosis3ven as both Psychosis and the Asylum series hint at a single antagonist, The Opponent, the story is not yet finished.
On 3 August this year, Dymerski published the first chapter of a new series, Our Blind Spot, to r/NoSleep (https://www.reddit.com/r/nosleep/comments/4w11bc/our_blind_spot/). It has since been followed by two more chapters (https://www.reddit.com/r/nosleep/comments/4w7fp9/our_blind_spot_part_two/ and https://www.reddit.com/r/nosleep/comments/4y8gu5/our_blind_spot_part_three/) and has yet to conclude. It features themes and even characters from Dymerski’s previous techno-paranoiac stories and is every bit as good as his other hit tales.

With a burgeoning career and having garnered critical AND commercial acclaim, many could forgive Dymerski for leaving the internet Creepypasta community behind, yet he hasn’t. He’s still contributing, still writing for his fans for free, which is an admirable display of commitment to the Creepypasta scene. I was fortunate enough to be able to interview the very busy, but still very personable Dymerski recently about his work.

The interview follows below.

UK HORROR SCENE: Thanks so much for agreeing to speak with me. For our first question, how would you describe Psychosis?

MATT DYMERSKI: Psychosis is a story about an intelligent young man who asks questions and follows available data to logical conclusions. It just so happens that fundamental flaws in our way of life have undermined many basic truths, rendering his conclusions terrifying…

UKHS: And, in your own words, tell us a little about the Asylum series?

MD: The Asylum series is a successor series to Psychosis; we follow the investigations of a doctor at an asylum who notices disturbing trends in his patients’ stories. The deeper he delves, the more horrifying questions he uncovers about the apparently malleable natures of reality and perception. Is it possible that an insane person is actually more aware of the Truth than we are?

UKHS: What served as your inspiration for the stories?

MD: Psychosis and Asylum were both inspired by the many-layered existence we’ve built for ourselves as a society. At the root of any discussion is a fact, but between that fact and our belief about it there are numerous layers of distortion, accidental misinformation, and even agenda-driven lies. We have a wealth of information available to us, more than any humans before us, but that just makes us further divorced from the base facts.

How can we determine what is real when our entire lives are based on assumed beliefs? What if we’ve never seen a real fact at all? What if we begin diverging away from the beliefs of those around us?

Psychosis and Asylum both revolve around people who question our constructed reality — and in both cases they find that this construction may not have been innocent. These stories are my odes to the paranoia and confusion I felt when I first grew into adulthood and realized the world of television and the world around me were very, very different.

mattdymerskiUKHS: Which writers, horror or otherwise, do you consider yourself a fan of?

MD: As many probably are, I am hugely influenced by H.P. Lovecraft. He blazed a trail and created an entire genre. I can only hope to approach any level of similar storytelling.

UKHS: Would you say you’re a fan of Creepypasta? If so, what is your favourite Creepypasta by a creator other than yourself?

MD: Hah, yes, I adore Creepypasta, mainly because I was actually on the original Creepypasta forums while it became a much bigger thing than anyone ever expected. Psychosis itself spread out with the herd when the Creepypasta community split into numerous websites and forums. My favorite Creepypasta of all time is THE DAY OF ALL THE BLOOD; its humor is just absolutely so very perfect and far more intricate than most realize (for example, I love that the protagonist continues about his day while blood is apparently erupting everywhere, mirroring many creepypastas where terrible things happen and the protagonist just continues his daily life or even falls asleep so that the story may continue). In terms of horror-focused creepypastas, though, it would have to be The Russian Sleep Experiment. It reminded me very strongly of Beyond The Wall of Sleep, and I love the places those kinds of stories take the reader.

UKHS: Why do you think Creepypasta resonates so well with the fandom?

MD: I believe Creepypasta resonates well with the fandom because the community actually designed it that way. Without realizing it, the format we rapidly evolved on the original site was created to be short, sweet, and viral. In many ways, Creepypastas are the Vines or Tweets of horror. They grab you with a character or situation and hit you with a cool ending in a span of time suited for the internet era; it’s like fast forwarding a Twilight Zone to get to the twist at the end. Even though the Twilight Zone is awesome, we’ve all skipped to the end once or twice, because the much faster pace of our lives today and the way we consume content has made us all far savvier. We don’t need slow builds to establish a believable concept anymore. We want to believe.

UKHS: What do you think the appeal of Psychosis is to fans?

MD: I think Psychosis takes an interesting niche among the range of Creepypastas. I haven’t kept up on the whole continuum of stories, but for a long time Psychosis was definitely the longest Creepypasta out there. I believe the idea at the core of it is too complex to explain in a shorter tale, while the setup is very similar to many of the reader’s demographic (college aged male) and common experiences we’re increasingly having with media / the internet. So Creepypasta readers got into it, signed up for the ride so to speak, and rode the inevitable tailspin into seeming madness like a rollercoaster. In that way — being a Creepypasta, but being so unlike most of them at the same time — I believe Psychosis slotted itself into a permanent role in the roster.

UKHS: And what do you think is the appeal of the Asylum series?

MD: The feedback I got from the Asylum series as I wrote it definitely helped direct it. Here the protagonist questions not only our social reality, but also the realities of individuals, including himself. When we undermine faith in the system as we are told it is, we undermine our own position and everything we know about ourselves.
Are we really who we think we are? Or are we just fulfilling the role others expect of us? It was questions like these that many commenters and messagers spoke of, and I was happy to dive into that with each new chapter. Body image issues, caffeine addiction, pressures to perform in school and work, relationship pressures, and more were all tackled through a lens of Reality vs Expectations.

UKHS: What work of your own are you most proud of?

MD: Certain chapters of the multiverse series I am currently writing rank among my favorites. I relive these intense chapters in my memories as if I watched them in a movie theater, and I’m just so glad I was able to get there and make those moments real in writing. I especially identify with the non-heroes in my stories; the men and women who aren’t important, aren’t heroic, and are just trying to understand their place in an uncaring universe.

UKHS: I read the full Asylum series by downloading the eBook from Amazon (http://amzn.to/294FQjc). What inspired you to collect the chapters and release them in this way? What challenges did it present?

MD: I’ve been working for quite some time on self-publishing and publishing other authors as a profession. I’ve been doing that and writing for about seven years now, and my own books (such as the Asylum) result from my learning process. At the time, Amazon’s system was pretty bad, and I actually had to edit HTML directly to make the formatting work. They’ve come a long way since then, but I’ll always remember coding my book like a program just to make it readable. It’s surreal, absurd, and a little hilarious.

UKHS: The fans are very passionate about these stories. Are there any examples of fan art for either story that really impresses you?

MD: I actually did have a couple links saved, but my computer died recently and I lost them. Mostly what I immediately thought of were the numerous videos and narrations that fans have done for Psychosis. I always recommend Chilling Tales for Dark Nights’ rendition of Psychosis, narrated by Jeff Clement (https://www.chillingtalesfordarknights.com/2014/01/17/psychosis-matt-dymerski-narrated-jeff-clement-feat-c-lake-otis-jiry/) . It’s awesome.

psychosis1UKHS: You’re a prolific writer, regularly releasing stories to your sub-reddit (r/M59Gar) and over at r/nosleep. How do you keep the creative juices flowing? Is writing a process that you enjoy or is it more about getting your stories out there to an audience?

MD: I’m glad you mentioned that, because I really hope to get this point out to prospective authors: if you write what you love writing, it’s easy and fulfilling. I have taken my work in numerous crazy directions because I was seeking a flow I completely enjoyed; feedback and engagement from readers helps, but the stories come to me because I’m actually interested in the characters, the adventure, and the format doesn’t hold me back. Nothing has ever been so difficult as trying to write for someone else’s format when I don’t really know what I’m doing — that’s when you’ll get the ‘writer’s block’ feeling of frustration and blankness.

So if you’re having trouble creating a story, I recommend you try to figure out what it is you really want to be writing. The answer might surprise you.

UKHS: Will you ever return to the story of Asylum or Psychosis in the future? And what else can your fans look forward to from you in the days ahead?

MD: Absolutely. We are always closer to the stories of Psychosis and the Asylum than we know, and Our Blind Spot is a current series touching upon that world. I will be spiraling toward the truth of that reality over several future series.

UKHS: Finally, are there any links to which you’d like me to send my readers to see more of your work?

MD: Just the standard links are fine:

My blog (http://mattdymerski.com)
Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/MattDymerskiAuthor/)
My subreddit (https://www.reddit.com/r/m59gar)
Matt Dymerski on Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/Matt-Dymerski/e/B00A82LSW4/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1473293594&sr=8-1)

UKHS: Thank you again!

It’s so refreshing to see such talented individuals still committed to their fans and the reddit community that made their name. In the hands of writers like Dymerski, authors prepared to challenge the perception of Creepypasta and continue to raise the bar with weightier, compelling themes, the genre is sure to grow and grow.

Come back next week for another fascinating example of web horror, one that revisits one of the most infamous and chilling stories I’ve covered here before.