First Trailer released for Gregory Lamberson’s Johnny Gruesome!! Watch it here.

rsz_jg1First Trailer released for Gregory Lamberson’s Johnny Gruesome!!

Red Hell Movies LLC, in association with Slaughtered Lamb Productions and JFR Productions, has released the first trailer for Johnny Gruesome, written and directed by Gregory Lamberson (Slime City, Killer Rack). The supernatural horror thriller is based on Lamberson’s award-winning 2007 novel, which in turn was based on a screenplay he wrote in 1984, at the age of 19.

Erin Elizabeth Heald is the executive producer of Johnny Gruesome, which Lamberson produced with John Renna and Tamar Lamberson. Anthony De La Torre (“Young Jack Sparrow” in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales) plays the title role, his first starring vehicle, and served as associate producer.

Michael DeLorenzo (New York Undercover, Resurrection Boulevard) co-stars with a diverse young cast that includes Byron Brown II (The Romans), newcomer Aprilann, Chris Modrzynski (Rainbow Bridge Motel) and Madison Amey. Kim Piazza (Dry Bones) and Richard Lounello (A Mother’s Revenge) are featured as well.

Robby Takac from the Goo Goo Dolls performs the theme song, “Dyin’ Tonight,” which he co-wrote with the film’s composers, Armand John … Continue reading

Horror Channel FrightFest 2017 announces monstrous 18th year line-up!!

FrightFest_HorrorChannel_logo1Horror Channel FrightFest 2017 announces monstrous 18th year line-up.

Back in the heart of London’s West End for its 18th ‘adults-only’ anniversary, the world renowned horror and fantasy film festival will take place at the Cineworld Leicester Square and The Prince Charles Cinema from Aug 24 – Aug 28 2017, taking over five screens to present 64 films including 20 World, 22 European and 18 UK Premieres. Fourteen countries are represented spanning five continents, reflecting the current global popularity of the genre.

The opening night attraction is the global premiere of Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s criminally entertaining CULT OF CHUCKY, with writer and director Don Mancini and stars Jennifer Tilly and Fiona Dourif in attendance, alongside the iconic deadly doll of destruction himself. This is the seventh instalment for one of cinema’s most terrifying and enduring franchises and will begin its worldwide rollout on Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital in October.

Mancini said today: “It’s a true pleasure to be hosting the world premiere of CULT OF CHUCKY at FrightFest. I have fond memories of unveiling CURSE OF CHUCKY … Continue reading

A Life in Blood – Horror Queen Genoveva Rossi Sits Down With Horror Icon Sid Haig

genrossibannerrsz_sh1Horror Queen Genoveva Rossi Sits Down With Horror Icon Sid Haig

I was truly honored to be a guest with Sid Haig at Monsters and Robots in New Jersey, Scare-a-con in New York State, Scare-a-con in New England, and at Mad Monster Party in South Carolina. In South Carolina it was an epic treat to see him a marry some horror fans dressed up as Captain Spaulding. Oh yeah, in addition to being an actor he is an ordained minister.

Genoveva: Amazing meeting with the great Sid Haig today. We are both in Death House, which is a film developed by Gunnar Hansen of Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Were you friends with Gunnar Hansen?

rsz_sh2Haig: Yes we were friends and had known each other at least ten years. He was a good guy. I am excited about it actually.

Genoveva: Everyone that is anyone in horror … Continue reading

Psychological Horror Short, Burn, Poised to Hit 2017 Festivals

rsz_burnPsychological Horror Short, Burn, Poised to Hit 2017 Festivals

The highly anticipated debut film collaboration between Slaughtered Bird Films and Dragon Egg Media, Burn, will be hitting festivals near you very soon!

Directed by Judson Vaughan (creator of Pedro and the multi award-winning Soul Breaker), and written by Chris Barnes (editor of popular UK horror review site The Slaughtered Bird), Burn is both patient and unrelenting in its tension building, stunningly captured by Joaquim Barreto’s cinematography, and brings classic psychological horror to the forefront of independent British cinema once again.

After several local disappearances prompt a nationwide manhunt, Burn focuses on Peter and Louise – two (of many) people gripped by media-induced fear. When their son Charlie is born, the pair must find a way of raising him amid continuing public hysteria and incomprehensible personal tragedy.

Burn was created on a tight budget, funded completely independently by Chris and Judson, and is currently being submitted to festivals worldwide.

Early praise for Burn:

“Haunting and ethereal, yet packs one hell of a punch.” – UK Horror Scene

“…a slick package, which has a few layers, and from being one … Continue reading

Dark Web: Steven Hickey’s Essential Guide To Creepypasta – Part 42: The Russian Sleep Experiment

creepypastaDARK WEB: STEVEN HICKEY’S ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO CREEPYPASTA – PART 42: THE RUSSIAN SLEEP EXPERIMENT

There are a small handful of Creepypasta stories that have taken on an almost mythic quality with fans. Stories that are so highly regarded, so captivating, that they become an integral building block of the community. I’m not just talking cool characters (which is arguably the appeal of the likes of Slenderman or Jeff the Killer), I’m referring to stories that capture the imaginations of the reader and become a form of internet mythology, actually disseminated as fact by some.

One of the most popular – and chilling – of these is The Russian Sleep Experiment.

The earliest incidence of it online that I can find is this post on 8 August 2009 at Rip&47’s WordPress blog here (https://rip747.wordpress.com/2009/08/08/russian-sleep-experiment-the-best-short-story-ive-read/) However, I have also seen claims that it was first posted on 4chan by a user named Orange Soda in May of that year (http://i.imgur.com/l9znS.png) The story itself details a scientific experiment conducted in Russia in the late 1940s. The subjects of the experiment … Continue reading

Don’t Hang Up (2016) Review

rsz_dhu1DON’T HANG UP (2016)

Starring Gregg Sulkin, Garrett Clayton, Bella Dayne and Sienna Guillory

Directed by Damien Mace and Alexis Wajsbrot

Written by Joe Johnson

Out on DVD on 12th June 2017 and Digital on 26th June 2017 courtesy of Solo Media and Matchbox Films

An evening of drunken prank calls becomes a nightmare for a pair of teenagers when a mysterious stranger turns their own game against them…with deadly consequences“.

Social media themed thrillers are everywhere now. Some are actually quite successful, with Unfriended somehow managing to make a film entirely shot through webcams gripping, and the glossy thriller Nerve was a fun time. But they all come with a built in flaw, one that is completely incurable. As soon as they’re released, possibly as soon as they’re scripts are finished, they become dated. Social media is constantly evolving, on a daily basis. Seriously, how many Facebook updates have you had in the past month? In the digital age, a techno thriller has a tough task staying up to date for its savvy target audience.

Enter Don’t Hang Up, which does itself … Continue reading

The Ferryman – Official Teaser Trailer & Stills

fmTHEY’RE HERE PRODUCTIONS Presents…

THE FERRYMAN

FIRST OFFICIAL TEASER TRAILER & STILLS

After a failed suicide attempt, troubled and lonely teen MARA finds herself stalked by a malevolent entity.

From Director Elliott Maguire:

“As much a psychological drama as a horror film, The Ferryman explores important themes such as depression and alienation in the modern world, while also delivering a truly terrifying cinematic experience. In the writing process I took inspiration from classics such as Let The Right One In and Candyman, to create that deep sense of evil, while creating characters that the audience actually care about”.

“The Ferryman” began production in March 2017, with a fantastic cast that includes NICOLA HOLT as MARA; GARTH MAUNDERS as ROLAND; SHOBI RAE MCLEAN as JULIA; AZZ MOHAMMED as THE DETECTIVE; PAM ASHTON as THE NURSE; FRANK MATHEWS as THE THERAPIST and PHILIP SCOTT-SHURETY as the mysterious THE FERRYMAN.

Shooting took place in and around Manchester throughout March and April, with the production taking inspiration from Sundance hit “Tangerine” and shooting on the iPhone 7, allowing a level of intimacy rarely seen … Continue reading

Worm (2013) DVD Review

rsz_worm1WORM (Dir- Doug Malette, USA, 2013)

Starring- John Ferguson, Jes Mercer, Shane O’Brien, Scott Ferguson, Josh Matthews

Out NOW (and cheap) from LEFT FILMS!

Having already been reviewed on this site before almost 3 years ago in fact, WORM has been on the shelf waiting for a UK DVD release and its thankfully arrived via the good folks of LEFT FILMS who have been making a habit of picking up quirky low budget genre fare and putting out on general release. WORM is another example of quirky and unusual and having little to no knowledge of the film I decided to give it a shot and see if it can bring something new to the table or end up falling off it in more ways than one.

Set in a near future where people cannot dream any more, a corporation has got around that little set back by allowing consumers to purchase nicely presented packaging which contains a genetically modified worm. The worm can be placed into the ear and dissolves on the brain allowing the user to dream brilliant fantasies. Our … Continue reading

The Amityville Horror (1979) Review

rsz_ah1The Amityville Horror (1979)

Running Time: 117 minutes

Director: Stuart Rosenberg

Cast: James Brolin, Margot Kidder, Rod Steiger.

Ltd Ed Steelbook Out June 26th 2017 from Second Sight Films

The Amityville Horror began life as a book by Jay Anson, based on apparently true events that took place on Long Island in 1975. Naturally, the book then became a film, directed by ‘Cool Hand Luke’ Director Stuart Rosenberg. Both the film and book tell the story of the Lutz family, who move in to their dream home to begin a new life together. They obtain the house at a knock down price due to its past. The previous family were killed in their beds, by their son who claimed voices told him to murder. Such a horrific incident of violence within the all American home seems to have stepped off the screen itself, life imitating art.

rsz_ah3In a style reminiscent of Halloween, the film opens with a brief depiction of the murders committed; a … Continue reading

We Have 1 x Blu-Ray of All The Colours of The Dark to give away from Shameless Films.

rsz_coloursThanks to our good friends at Shameless Films we have 1 x BluRay of Sergio Martino’s stunning All The Colours Of The Dark aka Tutti I Colori Del Buio to give away to a lucky UK reader.

All The Colours Of The Dark is available from Shameless Films here – http://www.shameless-films.com/films/colours-dark-blu-ray/

For the first time ever in the UK, Shameless is very proud to present ALL THE COLOURS OF THE DARK, Sergio Martino’s dark and dazzling 1972 giallo masterpiece.

Italian celluloid icon Edwige Fenech (THE STRANGE VICE OF MRS WARDH, TOP SENSATION) leads an all-star cast as Jane Harrison, a nervous housewife plagued by nightmarish visions of her own bloody murder. To cure her hellish fantasies her bewitching neighbour Mary (Marina Malfatti, THE RED QUEEN KILLS SEVEN TIMES) initiates Jane into a Satanic coven. But when she witnesses Mary’s ritual sacrifice at a candlelit black mass, Jane’s diabolical dreams start to come true. Who is the blue-eyed phantom stalking her and has she already witnessed her own death?

Genre acolytes George Hilton, Ivan Rassimov and Susan Scott join the unholy alliance in Martino’s tense … Continue reading