Feminist Horror Film Collective The Final Girls present Anna Biller’s The Love Witch UK Preview Tour

Feminist Horror Film Collective The Final Girls present
Anna Biller’s The Love Witch
UK Preview Tour

rsz_lovewitchFeminist film collective The Final Girls partner with Icon Distribution and FrightFest Presents to present a UK-wide preview tour of Anna Biller’s highly anticipated new feature, The Love Witch.

Launching at The Prince Charles Cinema, London on Thursday 23rd February 2017, The Final Girls will host a series of events, Q&A’s and discussions across the UK at venues including Glasgow Film Theatre and Bristol Watershed.

The tour will conclude on Tuesday 14th March with a hosted screening at London’s Picturehouse Central, where the film will play Picturehouses’ Discover Tuesday strand at Picturehouse cinemas across the UK.

The partnership on The Love Witch aims to contextualise the film as intended and highlight the contribution of director Anna Biller to genre cinema. Each one of the events will be given unique feel through use of discussions, presentation and celebration of Biller’s filmography, Q&As with director and talent and even a Love Witch-themed tea party.

Confirmed screenings and events are detailed below. Tickets will be made available from each of the venue websites.
Preview: The Love Witch + Skype Q&A with director Anna Biller – 23rd February – The Prince Charles Cinema, London
Preview: The Love Witch + short film – 1st March – Glasgow Film Theatre
Preview: The Love Witch + extended introduction by The Final Girls – 2nd March – Bristol Watershed
14th March – Discover Tuesday strand (Picturehouse cinemas UK-wide) with a hosted screening at Picturehouse Central, London
More venues will be confirmed shortly.

The screenings are made possible with thanks to Icon Distribution Icon and FrightFest Presents. The Love Witch will be released UK-wide on March 10th in cinemas and on-demand under the ‘FrightFest presents’ label.

More information about The Final Girls on their website: www.thefinalgirls.co.uk

Director Chris Cronin Announces Crowdfunding Campaign for New Film Oscar’s Bell

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Director Chris Cronin Announces Crowdfunding Campaign for New Film Oscar’s Bell

Award winning director Chris Cronin has launched a crowdfunding campaign for his latest film Oscar’s Bell. Oscar’s Bell is an atmospheric horror short film that will be shot in Manchester over several nights. The film features rising star Paul Bullion as Duncan, a forest ranger. Paul is best known for his role as Billy Kitchen in Peaky Blinders where he appeared alongside Cillian Murphy and Tom Hardy, and as Nicolae in Dracula Untold. The film follows Duncan’s weekly camping trip with his dog Oscar. The evening begins like the countless others they have spent pitched up in their favourite spots looking out at the nearby forest, however when Duncan looks out into the woods, something else looks back. Fearing for their safety, he is forced into making a terrible decision.

The filmmakers are hoping to raise £5,500 towards making the film. Oscar’s Bell is inspired by classic horror films like The Conjuring and The Innkeepers that relied on creating a sense of dread and foreboding, rather than special effects to keep the audience on the edge of their seats. Director Chris Cronin said; “I’ve been excited to make Oscar’s Bell for a long time. I’ve always been a fan of old classics such as The Exorcist, Rosemary’s Baby and The Entity. It’s going to be a great atmospheric piece that will hopefully grip audiences and show off a different side to my directing.”

Chris is well known for his high concept films that have thrilled audiences around the world. He was one of twelve filmmakers selected for the inaugural Frontières Finance Forum, an initiative launched by Cannes and Fantasia Film Festivals. He will be presenting his vision for horror feature film Malevolent, alongside the producers of Love & Friendship, The Witch and director of Sherlock and Doctor Who who will be pitching their next projects. Chris’ previous films include Balcony which won at the prestigious Raindance Film Festival and was described as; “A well-made and unique, but more importantly, intriguing piece of work that leaves you thinking about it after the 14th and final second has passed.” David F. Sandberg, director of Lights Out and Annabelle 2 selected Balcony to receive the Technical Achievement Award at the 15 Second Horror Challenge. Chris’ previous films have won several awards including People’s Choice Award in the Reed Film competition at BAFTA for his short Peter and Best Director for the 48FilmProject Unkillable, presented at Directors Guild of America.

The campaign offers a range of perks for supporting the film. One special reward that is sure to delight any horror fans out there is the chance to vote on 2 alternate endings and help the filmmakers pick which one should be used in the official release. The filmmakers will also be hosting a private Skype session where aspiring filmmakers will be able to ask them questions about their own careers. More information about the project can be found at: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/oscar-s-bell-a-short-horror-film/x/12916452#/

This is the second time that director Chris Cronin and producer Andrew Oldbury will be collaborating. Their first film together was the crowd pleaser Moments about a hopeless romantic who always seems to miss out on those special moments in life. Moments was originally created for the Virgin Media Shorts competition in 2013, it has since gone on to be shown at over 60 film festivals across the world and won several awards. Producer Andrew Oldbury explained his reason for joining the film; “Working with Chris on Moments was a fantastic experience, when he told me his vision for Oscar’s Bell I was blown away and knew that I wanted to help him make it.”

For more information about Oscar’s Bell, please visit https://www.facebook.com/OscarsBell/ and for more information about Chris Cronin: http://www.chriscronin.co.uk/

Horror Channel FrightFest celebrates 12th year at Glasgow Film Festival with a record-breaking fourteen titles

rsz_frightfest_glasgow_logoHorror Channel FrightFest celebrates 12th year at Glasgow Film Festival with a record-breaking fourteen titles

Monstrous stories, unspeakable urban legends, brutal acts and fearsome folktales dominate as the UK’s favourite horror fantasy event returns to the Glasgow Film Festival with a record fourteen films, including ten UK premieres, screening from Thurs 23 Feb to Sat 25 Feb 2017 at the iconic Glasgow Film Theatre.

Kicking off with a special screening of A CURE FOR WELLNESS, an intense psychological ride from Gore Verbinski, the visionary director of THE RING. and ending in sex and blood-drenched frenzy with the UK premiere of Roberto San Sebastián’s THE NIGHT OF THE VIRGIN, the 2017 line-up Is a shivering selection of the finest and wildest new fear-stokers the genre has to offer.

This year there are two films screening on the Thursday night. Following the 9pm showing of A CURE FOR WELLNESS is an exclusive unveiling of PHANTASM: REMASTERED, a new 4K restoration of the never forgotten fantasy horror masterpiece.

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A Cure For Wellness

Friday’s line-up springs into high-octane action with the UK premiere of Matthias Hoene’s blockbusting $50 million fantasy epic THE WARRIOR’S GATE. This is followed by the UK Premiere of IT STAINS THE SANDS RED, a thrilling and unexpectedly heart-felt zombie road movie. Director Colin Minihan and lead actress Brittany Allen will be in attendance. Next up is THE TRANSFIGURATION, Michael O’Shea’s nihilistic meditation on millennial angst that took Cannes 2016 by storm. We’re pleased to say that Michael will be joining us to discuss the film.
Our 9pm presentation unleashes monster mash fury with the original Gangsta Lizard wreaking fabulous havoc in the UK Premiere of SHIN GODZILLA and rounding off the evening in visually stunning style is the first UK showing of Joe Dietsch & Louie Gibson’s award-winning HAPPY HUNTING, a dark and dangerous unfolding of desert death games.

Getting the Saturday programme started with considerable bite is the UK premiere of CAGE DIVE, Gerald Rascionato’s well-received take on survivor reality TV. This is followed by the hotly anticipated UK premiere of FASHIONISTA, Simon Rumley’s shockingly hypnotic exploration of addiction, body image and transformation. Considered by US critics to be his best film to date, Simon will be in attendance to discuss the film.

Also in attendance is Steven Kastrissios, director of BLOODLANDS. the first ever collaboration between Australia and Albania and the Balkan country’s first foray into horror cinema. Kastrissios’ passion project invites you to explore the mind-set of modern Albania while embarking on a spellbinding journey into terror. This is the World Premiere and Steven will be joined on stage by the main cast.

Make sure you’re strapped in for the UK premiere of our next presentation – Christopher Smith’s twisted revenge road move DETOUR. We’re thrilled that Chris will be joining us.

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Hounds of Love

Saturday evening unfolds in adrenaline-fueled style with the UK premiere of Stefan Ruzowitzky’s PATIENT ZERO, starring Matt Smith, Stanley Tucci and Natalie Dormer battling super-fit, highly intelligent undead killers! This is followed by the UK premiere of Ben Young’s powerfully disturbing debut HOUNDS OF LOVE, a unique three-way study of a serial-killing couple and their latest female victim.

To end this year’s global feast of fear is the UK premiere of an extreme horror comedy pushing ALL the boundaries. Roberto San Sebastián’s THE NIGHT OF THE VIRGIN is disgusting, offensive, hilarious and totally brilliant!

In addition, there is a sneak preview of Dominic Brunt’s ADULT BABIES, with the popular actor / director in attendance and let’s not forget those great give-aways!

Alan Jones, co-director, said today: “What a privilege for Horror Channel FrightFest to return to the open arms of the Glasgow Film Festival. Each of our forensically assembled line-up has been chosen on the basis it has something new and unique to offer, something we feel worth championing to our discerning Scottish audiences. So join us as we step beyond the pale together into the safe darkness of sinister cinema where genre transcends all and unites us as one chilled community.”

FrightFest Passes are £70 and available from noon on Mon Jan 16, 2016.  Passes cover all films on Fri 24 & Sat 25 Feb ONLY.

Tickets for ‘A Cure for Wellness’ and ‘Phantasm: Remastered’ ’ plus individual tickets for the Fri/Sat films are on sale Mon Jan 23 from 10am. Price: £10.00. £8 concession.

To book tickets:
+44 (0)141 332 6535 / [email protected] / www.glasgowfilm.org/festival

Programme details

THURS 23 FEB – GFT Screen 1

21:00 A CURE FOR WELLNESS (Special screening)

An ambitious young executive is sent to retrieve his company’s CEO from an idyllic but mysterious “wellness centre” at a remote location in the Swiss Alps. He soon suspects that the spa’s miraculous treatments are not what they seem. When he begins to unravel its terrifying secrets, his sanity is tested, as he finds himself diagnosed with the same curious illness that keeps all the guests here longing for the cure.

Director: Gore Verbinski. Cast: Dane DeHaan, Mia Goth, Jason Isaacs, Celia Imrie. USA 2017. 18.  126 mins, Thanks to 20th Century Fox.

PHANTASMRemastered-323:40 PHANTASM: REMASTERED (Scottish Premiere)

Set to introduce a new generation to the deranged charms of the cult classic, meet horror icon Angus Scrimm as a malevolent mortician sending bizarre murder victims into another dimension where they become slave dwarves. A macabre funhouse of shock that weaves a powerful primal spell, the unforgettable silver sphere that drills out brains is back in a phantasmagorical fusion of surreal imagery, outlandish thrills and super scares.

Director: Don Coscarelli. Cast: Michael Baldwin, Bill Thornbury, Angus Scrimm. USA 1979. 84 mins. 18. Thanks to Arrow Films.

FRI 24 FEB – GFT Screen 1

13:30 THE WARRIOR’S GATE (UK Premiere)

Produced and written by Luc Besson and long-time collaborator Robert Mark Kamen (THE FIFTH ELEMENT) and directed by COCKNEYS VS. ZOMBIES maestro Matthias Hoene, the rip-roaring spectacular adventure finds hapless teenager Jack magically transported to ancient China where he must learn to convert his awesome video gaming skills into those of a Kung Fu warrior to bring peace to the warring kingdom. THE LAST STARFIGHTER goes CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON in an enthralling fable opening up a whole innovative East meets West universe of wonder and imagination.

Director: Matthias Hoene. Cast: David Bautista, Sienna Guillory, Uriah Shelton. France/China 2016. 90 mins. 15. Thanks to Europacorp.

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First came the massive hit GRAVE ENCOUNTERS and the sci-fi shocker EXTRATERRESTRIAL and now director Colin Minihan and co-writer Stuart Ortiz, aka The Vicious Brothers have fashioned an unusual. ‘walking dead’ movie. After a horrendous flesh-eating apocalypse, Las Vegas wild child Molly finds herself stranded in the desert with a ravenously relentless zombie hot on her high heels. Forever trying to give it the ingenious slip, the lone stalker has no need of rest and soon it becomes her only physical contact in a world gone mad haunted by her dark past.

Director: Colin Minihan. Cast: Brittany Allen, Juan Riedinger, Merwin Mondesir. USA 2016. 92 mins. 18. Thanks to Digital Interference Productions and Grasswood Media.

18:30 THE TRANSFIGURATION (UK Premiere)

Orphaned African-American teen Milo thinks he’s undead in director Michael O’Shea’s fiercely independent first feature. To escape his depressing life, Milo has drenched himself in vampire lore gleaned from such horror classics as NOSFERATU, MARTIN, LET THE RIGHT ONE IN, THE LOST BOYS and NEAR DARK and has taken to sublimating his morbid fantasies bloodsucking on strangers. It’s when he befriends the equally troubled Sophie that a clear course of action presents itself providing liberation and tragic redemption.

Director: Michael O’Shea. Cast: Eric Ruffin, Chloe Levine, Aaron Moten. USA 2016. 97 mins. 18. Thanks to Soda Pictures.

shingodzilla_321:00 SHIN GODZILLA (European Premiere)

Godzilla, the King of the Monsters, is back for a record-breaking box-office reboot of Toho’s kaiju classic. Present-day Japan, and an unexplained seismic event has occurred off the coast of Shinagawa, causing ripple effects all the way to the capital. Ministers scramble to figure out what’s going on but only cabinet secretary Rando Yaguchi knows what the audience already does. That Godzilla has majestically returned and has his fire-breathing, stomping sights on Tokyo once more.

Directors: Hideaki Anno, Shinji Higuchi. Cast: Hiroki Hasegawa, Yutaka Takenouchi, Satomi Ishihara. Japan 2016. 120 mins. 18. Thanks to Altitude Films.

23:15 HAPPY HUNTING (UK Premiere)

Warren is a degenerate drifter. On his way down to Mexico he finds himself stranded in Bedford Flats a one-horse town deep in the American desert. Unfortunately for him the town’s pastime is rounding up drifters and hunting them as part of an elaborate sporting event. This most dangerous and deadly game and bloody fight for survival is about to begin!

Directors: Joe Dietsch and Louie Gibson. Cast: Martin Dingle Wall, Ken Lally, Kenny Wormald, Connor Willimas. USA 2016. 91 mins.18.Thanks to WTFilms

SAT 25 FEB – GFT Screen 1

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CAGE DIVE follows three friends from California who set out to film an audition tape for submission to an extreme reality game show. To ensure they stand out, they decide to travel to Australia where they will be documenting themselves taking part in a most extreme activity…Shark Cage Diving. While on the dive, a catastrophic turn of events leaves them in baited water full of hungry Great White Sharks and turns there audition tape into a survival diary.

Director: Gerald Rascionato. Cast: Joel Hogan, Josh Potthoff, Magan Peta Hill, Suzanne Dervish-Ali. Australia 2017. 80 mins. 18. Thanks to Lionsgate Films.

11:45 FASHIONISTA (UK Premiere)

After RED, WHITE AND BLUE and JOHNNY FRANK GARRET’S LAST WORD comes uber-eccentric director Simon Rumley’s third distinctive Austin, Texas, based shocker., this sleekly demented De Palma-esque nightmare is set in the vintage clothing world where hipster shop owners April and Eric find their marriage tested when she begins to suspect her husband of having an affair. Her suspicions confirmed, April seeks sexual validation with the very mysterious and kinky Randall setting off a chain reaction of stylish fever dream madness, vogue fantasy role-playing and chic ultra-shriek.

Director: Simon Rumley. Cast: Amanda Fuller, Ethan Embry, Eric Balfour. USA 2016. 110 mins. 18. Thanks to Simon Rumley.

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Fear the Shtriga! Written and directed by Steven Kastrissios who made his intense debut with THE HORSEMAN comes Albania’s first ever break-out genre film. Rooted in the very real phenomenon of blood feuds still plaguing the land, a struggling Albanian family, wrestling with traditions and superstition, must unite against another mysterious mountain clan’s aggressions. A surreal, remarkable and highly unusual voyage through the fantasy lens of whispered local mythologies,

Director: Steven Kastrissios. Cast: Gëzim Rudi, Emiljano Palali, Suela Bako. Australia/Albania 2016. 82 mins. 18. Thanks to Steven Kastrissios.

16:30 DETOUR (UK Premiere)

A tense, deftly constructed noir thriller from Christopher Smith, director of CREEP, SEVERANCE, BLACK DEATH and TRIANGLE. Law student Harper suspects his stepdad Vincent of causing the car crash that landed his mother in a coma. A chance meeting in a bar with a tough redneck and his girlfriend leads to a road trip of revenge and spiralling violence.

Director : Christopher Smith. Cast: Tye Sheridan, Emory Cohen, Bel Powley, Stephen Moyer. UK 2016. 97 mins. 18. Thanks to Dan Films.

rsz_patient_zero-118:55 PATIENT ZERO (UK Premiere)

Humanity is battling intelligent creatures born from a viral super-strain. After being bitten human survivor Morgan (Matt Smith) realises he is asymptomatic and can communicate with the infected, leading the last survivors on a hunt for Patient Zero and a cure. From Stefan Ruzowitzky director of ANATOMY, ALL THE QUEEN’S MEN and THE COUNTERFEITERS.

Director: Stefan Ruzowitzky. Cast: Matt Smith, Natalie Dormer, Stanley Tucci, Clive Standen, Agness Deyn. UK 2017. R/T TBA. 18. Thanks to Sony Pictures

21:10 HOUNDS OF LOVE  (UK Premiere)

In the mid 1980’s seventeen year old Vicki Maloney is randomly abducted from a suburban street by a disturbed serial-killing couple. As she observes the dynamic between her captors she quickly realises she must drive a wedge between them if she is to survive. Inspired by real life crimes, A superbly acted and powerful debut feature.

Director: Ben Young. Cast:  Emma Booth, Ashleigh Cummings, Stephen Curry, Susie Porter. Australia 2016. 108 mins. 18. Thanks to Arrow Films

TheNightoftheVirgin-423:20 THE NIGHT OF THE VIRGIN (UK Premiere)

At a New Year’s Eve party, nerdy and naïve Nico sets out to lose his virginity. After striking out with drunken babes, his gaze crosses to Medea, an attractive if mature woman. Before he knows what’s happening he’s whisked to Medea’s filthy apartment where sinister Asian artefacts adorn the shelves, cockroaches crawl the floors and an ancient prophecy rears its head along with the rowdy gay neighbours and a very jealous ex-boyfriend.

Director: Roberto San Sebastián. Cast: Javier Bódalo, Miriam Martín, Víctor Amilibia. Spain 2016. 117 mins. 18. Thanks to Kevin I. Rodríguez/Platanobolígrafo.

For further information: www.frightfest.co.uk

Beyond The Gates hits UK DVD On Feb 20th from Signature Entertainment UK

rsz_1rsz_btg1Beyond The Gates hits UK DVD On Feb 20th from Signature Entertainment UK.

Get ready to experience this season’s freshest horror. Highly praised during it’s recent premiere at FrightFest, _Beyond the Gates_ is a gore-filled tribute to 80’s horror and board games of the same era.

Seven months after their father’s disappearance, estranged brothers Gordon and John Hardesty reunite to liquidate their Dad’s anaemic video store. Soon after, they unearth an old VHS board game that acts as an inter-dimensional hub to a nightmare world where their Father’s soul is trapped and can only be saved by playing the game…

Tense, scary and full of nostalgic thrills, _Beyond the Gates_ is directed by Jackson Stewart and stars Graham Skipper, Chase Williamson, Matt Mercer, Brea Grant and Re-Animator’s Barbara Crampton.

PRECISION PICTURES PRESENTS BEYOND THE GATES ON DIGITAL FROM 13TH FEBRUARY & DVD 20TH FEBRUARY, 2017

Alien Covenant Trailer – An Examination

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Directed By: Ridley Scott
Written By: Michael Green, John Logan, Jack Paglen
Starring: Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, James Franco, Noomi Rapace, Guy Pearce

Introduction:
Alien: Covenant, will slot into the Alien franchise, as the sequel to ‘Prometheus’, released in 2012, and the 2nd prequel to ‘Alien’, which was released in 1979, with all three films being directed by Ridley Scott. The original film was a meteoric success. It’s one of those films, that is up there as one of the best films of its generation, and even today, the fear inducing, claustrophobic nature of the film, makes it timeless classic, and one to be treasured.

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The crew of the colony ship ‘Covenant’, are headed for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy. En route, they discover what they believe to be an uninhabited planet full of wonderment and possibilities. They soon find out, that they are not alone. And where they have landed, is in fact a hostile, dark, and volatile world, full of danger at every turn. The Covenant crew members, to their misfortune, soon discover something they could never have imagined… even in their worst nightmares. Somehow, someway, they must make their escape.

What Do We Know?
Before the trailer for Alien: Covenant was released, there was some delightfully dark artwork released. Below, you will see what has got us Alien fans salivating. Will we see the return of the Xenomorph? Or at least start to learn of their origins? Is this a new breed of Alien?

fotorcreatedFrom the start of production, Ridley Scott made it clear that this movie would be going in a direction similar to the first Alien film. He also said that there will creatures bursting out of bodies, and lots of blood and violence. For fans of this franchise (myself included), this all sounds like great news, but can it be delivered? Its no secret that due to studio involvement on Prometheus, the studio wanted to have a franchise, and milk the Alien cash cow for every penny they could get. So instead of getting the direct prequel to Alien, (like most fans thought) we got a film, that had absolutely nothing to do with Alien.

When a sequel was announced, the big question was always going to be about the direction of the sequel. Would it continue on the Prometheus route, and remain removed from the Alien story line? Or would we finally get a film that will link up to Alien? From the look of the trailer, we’re moving in the right direction for sure. One thing we know for sure, is that the Alien creatures that featured in Prometheus, will not be returning. Only the engineers, and the black goo will feature.

fotorcreated1The Trailer:
The start of the trailer, is very reminiscent of the intro to the first Alien film, showing us long, narrow corridors and walkways. It brings back that familiar claustrophobic feeling. In the below screen shots taken directly from the trailer, we can see one of the walkways, with bloodied footprints, and they’re not from a human.

Very early in the trailer, we’re hit with a bombshell. We see a male, in the midst of a seizure, and then his back starts to burst open. It would seem then, that this is first sign of a new breed of Alien.

Interestingly, Michael Fassbender, (who portrayed the android character, ‘David’ in ‘Prometheus’)  in an interview with BBC Radio 2, let slip that the new type of Aliens that we will see, are called ‘Neomorphs’ or more simply, ‘Back Busters’.

fotorcreated2The next question has to be, ‘How do this new breed of Alien, come to be’? With information sourced from AvP Galaxy, i’ll go ahead and tell you in my own words.

Remember the black goo we saw in Prometheus? The planet, that the crew of the Covenant have travelled to, is covered in this goo, and it has mutated the local ecosystems. Large patches of black pods have formed on the ground, and on trees. As pictured above, if these pods are disturbed, or stepped on, they release spores, which enter the human body through the ear or the nose.
screenshot-2016-12-30-at-16-25-12The alien then grows within the infected human host, and when its time, bursts out through either the back or throat. The Neomorph shares some similarities to the ‘Deacon’ alien we saw at the end of ‘Prometheus. When it breaks out of its human host, it used its pointed head and two dorsal spines, to break free of its embryonic sack. When born, the Neomorphs are white in colour, and at first, they will walk on four legs, and when fully grown, stand up and walk on their two back legs.

This all sounds very exciting then. But… there is more. The crew uncover a huge patch of eggs. And bursting out of them, are the face-hugger. That’s right, they’re back. And I can imagine that can mean only one thing? The return/rebirth of the Xenomorph. There are still a lot of unanswered questions then, which is exactly what a trailer should be leaving you with. I honestly cant wait to see what comes next with this film, and really hope it can live up to all the early hype its receiving.

Women in Horror Film Festival Call for Entries

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The Women in Horror Film Festival is now open for submissions through FilmFreeway at https://filmfreeway.com/festival/WIHFF.

WIHFF is excited to welcome their growing panel of judges who consist of Hannah Neurotica, founder of Women in Horror Month and the Ax Wound Film Fest, Melissa Hannon founder of Horror Geek Life, April Bedan, Manager of Fangoria Musick, Brandon Taylor of Hollow Tree Films, Tanya Chuturkova, NYC based creative producer/director and Terri Adams, Atlanta based independent producer.

They are also thrilled to have the support of The Writer’s Store, Minuteman Press, We Are Indie Horror, Horror Homeroom, Terror Films and Crimson Screen Horror Film Fest. Thank you for supporting Women in Horror!

The festival will be coming to the community of Little Five Points September 21-24, 2017. Tickets will be available through the WIHFF website along with a schedule of events. WIHFF is proud to invite female horror filmmakers and screenwriters from around the world to submit their work to the fest.

For more information on the fest and how to get involved, please visit us online at www.WIHFF.com or on Facebook & Twitter @WIHFF.

Watch The Trailer For New Horror Feature ‘A Dark Song’

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In cinemas Spring 2017.  Available on Digital HD and DVD Summer 2017

Steve Oram (Sightseers, The World’s End, The Canal) and Catherine Walker (Leap Year, Patrick’s Day, Dark Touch) star in this new British horror about a determined young woman and a damaged occultist who risk their lives and souls to perform a dangerous ritual that threatens to blur the boundaries between this world, and the next…

Having played at the 60th London Film Festival back in October, A DARK SONG arrives in cinemas Spring 2017 and will be available on Digital HD & DVD Summer 2017. Further info to follow soon!

Don’t Knock Twice – New Poster and Trailer now available!

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Starring Katee Sackhoff, Lucy Boynton & Nick Moran
Directed by Caradog James
Produced by John Giwa-Amu
In UK Cinemas 31st March 2017

From the Award-winning team behind The Machine

SYNOPSIS

For Jess, life has never been better. A successful American sculptor, she has recently returned to the UK, where she spent much of her troubled youth. Now happily married, wealthy and settled, all that remains to make her life complete is to rebuild her relationship with Chloe, the daughter she was forced to give up nine years ago. So when Chloe agrees to come and live with her, Jess is optimistic that she can make amends and be a good mother once more.

What Jess doesn’t know is that Chloe has not come to stay because she wants to get to know her mother again. She has come because she is scared that a supernatural curse has claimed the life of her boyfriend, Danny, and is now coming for her. Chloe and Danny made the mistake of revisiting an abandoned house, once home to ‘Ginger’, a mysterious old woman said by some to be a witch. Local legend says that if you knock on her door then the vengeful ghost of Ginger will snatch you away to her hellish limbo.

At first Jess puts Chloe’s erratic behaviour down to the trauma of her past and the resentment she still feels for being abandoned. But soon Jess comes to realise that she is all that stands between her daughter and a formidable and terrifying supernatural force. Thrown into a battle for survival, Jess must learn the truth behind the legend of the witch and ultimately make the bravest sacrifice of all and knock on Ginger’s door herself…

Birmingham Horror Con Feb 4th 2017 – A Preview

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Horror Con is coming to Birmingham in 2017, on February 4th, at Edgbaston stadium, with a truly fantastic line up.
All across the UK, those of you, who like us, are in love with everything horror, this convention is your chance to get up close, and meet the stars of your favourite horror films. There will also be a chance to meet many established, and award winning authors, graphic novelists, special effects, prosthetic wizards, and make up artists, who have worked on many feature films, and other exciting projects. You will have the chance to see some of their awesome talents on display, in any or all of the workshops, and live demonstrations happening throughout the day.

There will be a number of exciting exhibits to visit, as well as there being some amazing merchandise for sale, at the many traders tables at the convention, with some unusual, but completely amazing purchases available, made right in front of you, by people with an unholy amount of talent. Where else would you find, this level of awesomeness, all together, under one roof?
Birmingham Horror Con 2017, is surely not one to be missed.

Get Your Tickets Here 

Guests
One of the most anticipated parts of any horror convention, is the guests. It allows fans to get up close and be star struck by their favourite movie heroes, and authors. There are guests appearing, that are stars of  fan favourites. Films such as Nightmare On Elm Street, Halloween, Sinister, Wrong Turn, The Human Centipede 2, Dead End, and a Scream Queen of the classic, British, Hammer Horror films. The authors that are attending, have all worked on major horror projects, and the majority are award winning authors, who have seen their work be optioned by major Hollywood producers to make film adaptations of their writing. Below, are just a few of the exciting guests, you can meet at the convention. For a full preview of the guests attending Birmingham Horror Con, Click Here.

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February 2017, will see the 30th anniversary of ‘A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors‘. To celebrate this landmark, Ken Sagoes, who portrayed the no nonsense tough guy ‘Kincade’ will be making his very first appearance in the UK. He will be signing autographs and is very much looking forward to meeting all his fans. He’ll be discussing his time working on Dream Warriors, and interestingly, how he was the first ever African-American actor, to survive a horror film and return for a sequel, in ‘A Nightmare On Elm Street 4: The Dream Master’. He will also be talking about his upcoming movie ‘Gorenos’, portraying the character ‘Haywood’. The film will be released in April 2017.

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Jsu Garcia IMDb
Jsu portrayed the part of bad boy ‘Rod Lane’, in the nightmare inducing, cinematic masterpiece, that is the Wes Craven directed ‘A Nightmare On Elm Street’. The 1984 release, would be the first time, that the world would be introduced, to possibly the most iconic villain in horror film history, in Freddy Krueger. On the advice of his agent, Jsu gave himself a stage name. In the credits sequence at the start of Nightmare, he is listed under the name Nick Corrie. He is looking forward to coming back to the UK, and especially to Birmingham, being a huge fan of the British crime/drama ‘Peaky Blinders’.

tonymoranTony Moran

Tony Moran IMDb
In 1978, John Carpenter gave us ‘Halloween’. And with it, would give us one of horrors most terrifying, and most recognisable movie villains of all time, in Michael Myers. The character, in the credits roll, quite hauntingly, is known quite simply, as ‘The Shape’. It would Tony Moran who would have the honour of portraying the indestructible antagonist.

After doing Halloween, Tony took a long hiatus from acting, but has recently made a return to our screens, starring in the recently released ‘American Poltergeist’, and will also star in 2017’s horror blockbuster ‘Death House’, where he will portray the part of Miguel. 2017 will also see Tony being active in many more projects, as he continues his return. Check out his IMDb, for a look at what he’s up to in 2017.

nickkingNick King

Nick King IMDb
Nick starred as the villain Bughuul, in the chilling, nightmare inducing Sinister films. His portrayal of Mr Boogie, is one that easily makes this character, one of the most terrifying villains to come to our screens in some time. Nick has spent the majority of his career being a stuntman. He has featured in such horror films as Paranormal Activity and Paranormal Activity 3, as well as the massive Marvel comic film adaptations of Thor, and The Green Hornet. He also starred in ‘The Last Stand’, where he featured with screen legend, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Johnny Knoxville.

nickpNick Percival

www.nickpercival.com
Nick is an award-winning Graphic Novelist, who specialises in high-detail comic book artwork and concept designs for Film, videogames and Television. He has worked with all the heavy weights in the entertainment business, having had such clients as Sony, EA, Marvel Entertainment, Microsoft Game Studios, MTV, Warner Bros, Activision, director John Carpenter and Author Clive Barker, just to name a few. Nick created exclusive artwork for the ‘Hellraiser’ comic book series, and designed the new female ‘Pinhead’ character. He also created the original artwork for the ‘Asylum’ horror comic book series. His recent work, has included developing his own projects, including writing and directing short horror films.

davidmoodyDavid Moody

www.davidmoody.net
David has written a number of horror novels, including AUTUMN. The book was a major success, and has been downloaded more than half a million times since being published in 2001. The success of this novel, led to many, equally successful sequels, and a movie starring Dexter Fletcher and David Carradine. Also, renowned film director, Guillermo del Toro, bought the rights to his novel, HATER. He is currently writing new HATER novels and working on the long-gestating movie adaptation.

Spotlight

The spotlight and exhibits section of the convention, details the cosplayers, industry professionals and businesses, that are putting on workshops, and live demonstrations of their talents in special effects, make-Up, prosthetic’s, photography, mould making and much more. Below, we will take a look at some of the best bits you can see throughout the day. To see a full preview of all the cosplayers that will be attending, as well as all the workshops, live demonstrations, and exhibits that will be at the convention, Click Here.

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The Monster Charity Project Facebook Page

Birmingham Horror Con, has recently announced their new partnership, and show of support for the Monster Charity Project. At the convention, you’ll be able to meet the people behind this wonderful charity, and find out some more information about their activities and the work they do.
After a very successful Biker Scout Helmet Project, a new, very exciting venture is underway, that will see 25, of the top special effects artists from across the country, coming together to customise 25 monster Busts.
These items will then be auctioned off in October 2017, with all proceeds go to Make A Wish UK.
If you wish to find more information about this wonderful charity, click on the Facebook link above.

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Pascal Franck Facebook Page
1,2, Freddy’s Comin’ For You…
Meet Pascal Franck. The man who is also known, as ‘The Belgian Freddy Krueger’.
On February 4th, in celebration of the 30th anniversary of ‘A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors’, the man of your dreams will be jumping out of dream land, and straight into Birmingham Horror Con, in full Freddy make up, and will be equipped with all his Freddy props for you to pose with, for your photographic joy. Everybody in attendance, should ‘5,6 get Your Crucifix’ and ‘Get Ready for Freddy’.

horrme1Horrify Me

http://www.horrify.me.uk/
Horrify Me is a truly amazing, and unique experience, and at Birmingham Horror Con, you lucky people will have the amazing opportunity, to see them at work! This award winning studio, specialises in photography, special effects, make up, props, and are geared solely towards everything horror. Do not make the mistake, of thinking that this is just some kind of upmarket fancy dress. Through utter wizardry, and an outlandish amount of talent, they can literally transform you into any your favourite horror film characters. There is literally no limit to what they can do. The end results are mind blowing, movie-quality images,
It’s messy, gory fun having a full horror makeover, and then being instructed into several poses, and being covered in lots of blood. You’ll be snarling, biting, dribbling blood, and trying to look as horrible as possible.
Horrify Me offers an amazing, unforgettable experience that you will simply love! Check out the website for all the available options and associated prices.

wpLive Special Effects / Prosthetic’s Demonstration – Rogue Creations SFX

http://www.roguecreationssfx.com/
Rogue Creations SFX specialise in a huge range of special effects for film, television and theatre.
At the convention, they will be putting on live demonstrations featuring prosthetic’s, special effects, and make up.
Having worked on such films as The Descent, Harry Potter 5, The Zombie Diaries 1 & 2, Knight of the Dead, Predator:Dark Ages, Unhallowed Ground and Shed of the Dead, their services include sculptures, mould-making, special effects, make up, prosthetic’s, and much, much more. For information on Rogue Creations, visit their website.

Merchandise
We all love purchasing wonderful horror merchandise. Whether it be a t-shirt, poster, something that’s a limited edition item for your favourite film or character, or even a personalised item, everyone loves a memento from the occasion. The 2017 convention will see some truly inspired merch for sale. Here is a selection of the traders tables you should look out for. For a full preview of all the traders that will be at Birmingham Horror Con, Click Here.

rsz_bgscbk-1024x1024Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide

Website: http://www.rocknrollsuicide.com
Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/rocknrollsuicideuk
Rock n Roll Suicide sell a huge range of horror related products for sale. They sell a large selection of products by Kreepsville 666. These products include bags by Elvira, jewellery by Alchemy and Kreepsville 666, patches, clothing, pin badges and even coffin shaped beach towels. They also sell classic horror patches, from films such as Chucky, A Nightmare On Elm Street, Dracula, Evil Dead, Frankenstein, Friday The 13th, Hellraiser, It, Lost Boys, Nosferatu, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and much more

ccCharlotte Clark

http://www.charlotteclarkdesignermaker.co.uk
Charlotte Clark Designer Maker, creates delightfully dark designer ceramics to complement your home. Her range covers dinnerware, cushions, and ornaments. All the items she sells are all decorated by hand on bone china, and are kiln fired at her workshop, and are suitable for use in microwaves and are dishwasher safe. Have a look at her full range on her website.

rhThe Mini Replica Hut

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/TheMiniReplicaHut
Tony Owen a.k.a Stumpy is a specialist in custom made, stainless steel sculptures, that are based around movies, games, comic books and more. Tony will be bringing a wide range of his unique, hand made sculptures to Horror con, which will be available for purchase. He will also be taking orders, for sculptures to be made to your own specifications. Check out the website for a deeper look into the work carried out by The Mini Replica Hut. These sculptures are truly beautiful, and unique, and would make an amazing, one of a kind souvenir.

Birmingham Horror Con then, is one of the first conventions of the year, and an event on the horror calendar you are not going to want to miss. Be sure to Get Your Tickets Here, and we’ll look forward to you on February 4th, 2017.

Ash Mountain Films release the full length trailer for their debut feature film “Dogged”

rsz_doggedAsh Mountain Films release the full length trailer for their debut feature film “Dogged”.

Adapted from their award winning short film of the same name, the film is currently in post production.

Directed by Richard Rowntree and starring Sam Saunders & Toby Wynn-Davies (Escape from Cannibal Farm), principle photography wrapped on 6th November, and the film has an anticipated release date for late Spring 2017.

“Dogged” is a dark psychological thriller in the folk-horror sub-genre and was financed entirely through the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter.

“When Sam returns home to the small tidal island where he grew up, he soon discovers that the rural community there harbour more than just a few secrets. As he tries to uncover the truth behind a young girl’s mysterious death, he’s lured into a dangerous cat-and-mouse game with a sinister group of masked maniacs who will stop at nothing to protect their identities, and hide the horrifying truth about the island.”

The short film on which “Dogged” is based is still doing the festival circuit, and recently won the award for “best micro short” at Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival.
rsz_dogged1About Ash Mountain Films
Ash Mountain Films was formed in 2013 by a group of enthusiastic, committed and talented filmmakers in Slough, Berkshire. Headed up by Richard Rowntree, Christopher Foulser and Lee Wignall, the company has completed six short films to date, including “Dogged”, “Absent Friends” and “Fixation(s)”. Having had their films screen at festivals in the UK, US, Mexico and Italy among others, they operate with low budgets and high expectations. “Dogged” is their first foray into feature length films, and they have a slate of further pictures in the horror genre on the horizon.

Website: www.ashmountainfilms.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/doggedhorrormovie/

Twitter:

@DoggedTheMovie
@ashmountainfilm
@r_rowntree