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The Void (2016) Review

rsz_void1THE VOID (Dirs- Jeremy Gillespie, Steven Kostanski, CANADA, 2016)

Starring- Aaron Poole, Kathleen Munroe, Kenneth Welsh, Daniel Fathers, Art Hindle

Out now on Demand + DVD & Blu-Ray from Signature Entertainment.

After making an impression at a series of festival screenings, THE VOID arrives on blu ray and digital download after a very (almost non-existent) cinema release, in what will be a format where it can find a more appreciative audience, as the film harks back to memories of VHS horror flicks and those sort of films you found in the local rental store that had garish hand drawn covers and as a kid you immediately wanted to rent out. The memory of the 80’s genre cinema and creature prosthetics and even the looming influence of John Carpenter, is further emphasised since some of the films influences can be found in his classics THE THING and ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13.

rsz_void2Starting off with a bang the film opens with two people running from a farmhouse in terror one of whom is shot down and killed by two strangers who state that the other person “won’t get very far.” Said fleeing injured person runs out onto a road and encounters Sheriff Carter (Poole) who drives the guy to the nearest available hospital, which in turn is closing down after a fire gutted much of its basement and is surviving on a small skeleton crew of doctors and nurses including Carter’s wife Alison (Munroe) who has separated from him since the death of their child during birth. It’s not long before the hospital is under siege from mysterious hooded figures who are intent on not letting anyone escape from the hospital which comes under attack from all manner of messed up creatures. With tempers fraying between Carter and the two men from the start of the film who know more than the staff and become valuable allies, they soon start to realise that the hospital might be the basis for someone or something with a more darker purpose than they imagined.

rsz_void3Gillespie and Kostanski know how to kick off the film in the right way and they keep this energy up throughout the running time almost not letting go of the full throttle pace of the film. Managing to cram small bits of back story of the hospital and the characters, the film maintains its focus on the situation and is blessed with the perfect setting. PRECINCT 13 springs to mind in this aspect of the closing down hospital, a skeleton crew of mismatched individuals some of whom might be a threat, surrounded by a mostly silent enemy. However the extra level of tension is added in that what ever the hooded figures threatening the characters outside is also manifesting itself inside in a much more horrific way and its this concept that allows the true stars of the film to shine or rather spill its guts onto the screen, which is the effects. Both horrifying in an almost surrealist creation of disgust and innovative, the creature effects are superbly done and its a credit to the directors and the effects team to go along with the use of prosthetics. Its no surprise to know that the two directors have backgrounds in art and practical effects on some big budgeted films and that experience has allowed them to bring it to the full in their own picture.

rsz_void4Whilst there are a few cracks in the story and at times background detail seems to be missed, the film runs at a decent pace to almost allow you to forgive some minor plot holes as it’s main focus is on the action and some impressive set pieces. The cast handle the proceedings well, managing to portray convincing normal small town people trapped in an unbelievable situation, particularly Kenneth Welsh as Dr Powell whose brief part leads to a more significant and deciding character that changes and significantly influences the second half of the story. Cult film fans will also recognise Art Hindle star of the 70’s version of INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS and THE BROOD in a small role.

rsz_void5THE VOID is going to go down well with hardcore horror fans and it’s damn enjoyable. Admittedly you can spot the genre references through and through from Carpenter’s aforementioned classics mentioned before to HELLRAISER, with a splattering of THE BEYOND especially in the films final sequence as well. But as genre films go you cannot fault its ambition and drive and the directors have a love and an appreciation of the horror film. It will have any self respecting genre fan loving it’s use of traditional prosthetic effects and watching it with a huge smile on their face, since it has the hallmarks of a cult classic in the making.

8.5/10

Ghosthunters (2016) Review

rsz_gh1Ghosthunters (2016) Review

Director: Pearry Reginald Teo

Starring: Francesca Santoro, Stephen Manley, David O’Donnell, Liz Fenning, Crystal Web.

Out now on UK DVD from High Fliers Films

“Ghost DNA.”

After Henry’s wife and daughter are murdered in an abandoned house used by a serial killer, he and his group of ghosthunters go back in to extract their souls. Henry (Stephen Manly) and his friends have been working on a machine to find and preserve ectoplasm. They were testing the machine at the site of the murders when everything went wrong. Now Henry and his cohorts face the angry victims of the serial killer. A serial killer who may not be done.

Well, it sounds okay in theory. And it’s certainly not the worst movie ever. It’s an Asylum film. So that right there should tell you a lot about Ghosthunters. Don’t expect too much and you won’t be disappointed. Ghosthunters manages to be a mediocre supernatural thriller. It has some fun special effects and creepy ghosts. The jump scares aren’t terribly effective, they pop up right about where expected, negating their effectiveness.

There is also a delightful amount of techno-babble the likes of which haven’t been heard since Star Trek went off the air. The techno-babble actually makes for a pretty hilarious scene of really terrible exposition about the ghost hunting machine. It’s basically a ghost trap from Ghostbusters. Don’t give it too much thought.

rsz_gh2Aside from the mediocre plot there is also plenty of mediocre characters performed by so-so actors. The good news is that no one is stand-out terrible. The problem is they are also stuck with a pretty ridiculous script. The most weighty role is given to Manly who does pretty good as the grief stricken Henry but could have brought a lot more personality to the role. Especially since one of the major twists hangs on his. David O’Donnell plays Henry’s friend and confidant Neal who built the ghost trapping machine. Neal also brings along his reporter girlfriend Amy played by Francesca Santoro, who is arguably the main character, but nothing in the movie indicates that fact. Then there is computer programmer Jessica played by Liz Fenning. Crystal Web plays the sadly under-utilized psychic Devon. No one has much character development and nothing more is known about the characters at the end of the film as was known in the beginning.

There are a lot of wasted opportunities in Ghosthunters too. Devon brings a knowledge of the occult to the “science” of paranormal investigating, and in a good scene that goes nowhere, she tries to trap the ghosts in the house using salt. The combination of the occult and science would have been a really interesting development. But the script slogs along with paint-by-number predictably.

The best thing about the film are possibly the props. The best prop in the entire movie is a pair of steampunk styled ghost spotting goggles. Second runner-up is a steampunk styled plague doctor mask worn by the killer. Sadly the ghost trapping machine itself is a bland jumble of spare parts that look like they could be anything. The rest of the special effects are okay, but not great. There is some CGI enhancement of the ghosts, but it looks like most of the effects were achieved practically. It’s not a special effect heavy film, probably due to budget constraints, and it manages with what it has. Over all Ghosthunters is pretty skippable.

gh3Kudos for: The organ music.

Lesson Learned: Say ghost DNA often enough and it just sounds silly.

5/10

Live Evil (2015) Review

liveevilLive Evil (2015)

Directed by Ari Kirschenbaum

Starring – Vladamir Kulich, Charlene Amoia, Tony Todd, Vincent Ward & J Richey Nash

UK Release TBC

I loved this film. It’s the only way I can think of to start this. It’s a film about Evil, as suggested in the title. It focuses around a prisoner locked in a cell at the Sheriff’s station. We follow an officer, Hancock and the Sheriff while they deal with the odd events that begin happening. The film grabbed me as soon as it started with a nicely styled wide shot. The film is split into chapters but it feels more like two parts, you will see why shortly.

Part I
Don’t adjust your set, like I tried, the film is in black and white. On the last call out of the shift for Hancock, played brilliantly by Charlene Amoia, she arrests a mysterious girl and locks her in a cell at the Police Station. Things start going weird from here. Everyone who is around the girl begins to act unnaturally, if affected the eyes will glow yellow. The tension builds so quickly and is maintained for such a while that by the time there’s silence on screen again, it is well needed. The tension kicks up and down a few times, however the film never feels choppy.

liveevil1The camerawork following the characters through the narrow corridors is smooth and could be from a far higher budget production. The editing is great and keeps the film moving at a steady pace, only allowing breathing space for the viewer during the brief periods of respite the characters have. There is a small sub-plot going on with two people from the Most Wanted List, which to me is leading more to a possible spin off movie, which I would definitely go and see. Granted it is slightly more than a sub-plot but in order to remain spoiler free I can write no more.

The cast is superb, from the Sheriff and staff, the University Dean, and the Most Wanted two. Vladamir Kulich from 13th Warrior and Ironclad, plays Pete the Sheriff, who although is hard as nails, knows his limitations. Charlene Amoia, brilliant, takes the role of the reluctant hero. Killing everything and being the only person who seems unsusceptible to the dangers of what is locked in the cells. The great Tony Todd turns up in the second half of the film as The Pastor who leads the grand finale scene. Vincent Ward from The Walking Dead also has a great turn as one of the officers struggling with the power of what is locked in the cell.

liveevil2Part II
A small glimpse of an explanation begins to come forward, during this scene something happens and jolts the film into colour. It is not only the colour that changes, everything changes. The fight scenes and violence increase and we are introduced to a nice twist. Some tongue in cheek comedy and light heartedness replaces the serious and sombre tone of the first part.

The undead begin arriving and they have a very 80’s feel to them. These aren’t your average, groaning, staggering undead, out hunting for brains, these guys ride Harley Davidsons, and it fits. There are some nice fight scenes with the undead, including one which explains a plot line through a fight without using any dialog. The tension builds steadily for the grand finale and I wasn’t disappointed.

Throughout the film we are treated to some surreal dream-like sequences, more-so in the black and white section, but the circumstances in which they are used occur mostly in the first part. The quick jump to the bright and vivid slo-mo blood clouds break some of the tension, but they soon become more sinister and provide an insight into how the evil affects people. The segments do look spectacular and they add a little extra depth to a character, the evil, who despite being the focal point, isn’t in the film that much.

liveevil3This was a fun ride, from the stylised black and white shots right through to the 80’s undead revival, it didn’t stop. It made me laugh and reminisce and I would watch it again without a second thought. If you get the opportunity, give this a go. You could do a whole lot worse!

8/10

Ghost Story (1981) Blu-Ray Review

ghoststory1Ghost Story (1981)

Running time: 88 minutes

Director: John Irvin

Cast: Fred Astaire, Douglas Fairbanks Jr, John Houseman, Melvyn Douglas, Craig Wasson, Alice Krige

UK Blu-Ray Release December 7th from Second Sight

Ghost Story is an enticing proposition from the off; who doesn’t want to see a horror film boasting the collective acting royalty of Fred Astaire, Douglas Fairbanks Jr, John Houseman and Melvyn Douglas? Originally released in 1981, the film is an old fashioned tale, sliced with 80’s horror and old school special effects. On December 7th it will be available on DVD and Blu-ray for the first time in the UK, with a plethora of special features including the director’s audio commentary, Alice Krige’s exploration of her character and the genesis of Ghost story with original author Peter Straub.

ghoststory2So, picture the scene; our four elderly characters (Ricky, Edward, Sears and John) reside in a small New England town where they regularly meet as members of The Chowder Society. On dark atmospheric evenings they regale each other with ghostly, frightening tales, subsequently scaring the hell out of one another. Juxtapose this opening scene with an upscale New York apartment, where we witness Edward’s son, David, fall to his death after he sees his fiancé transform in to a decaying corpse. After the low key and tense opening, this comes as something of a shock and definitely not what you might be expecting. The story then weaves its way back to New England as David’s twin brother, Don (both parts played by Craig Wasson) heads home for his brother’s funeral and to see his starchy and difficult father.

This is where things begin to really take shape. The Chowder Society are haunted by vivid, terrifying nightmares and Edward (Douglas Fairbanks Jnr) falls to his death from a nearby bridge. Suspicious of both his father and brother’s death, Don begins to scratch the surface of what is really going on, linking events to his recent relationship with mysterious English woman Alma Mobley (Star Trek’s Alice Krige). Don’s questioning slowly unearths secrets long buried and it becomes clear that there is more to the Chowder Society than meets the eye.

ghoststory3Loosely based upon a book of the same name by veteran horror writer Peter Straub, the screenplay for Ghost Story is written by Lawrence D. Cohen, who also penned the glorious Carrie. Although not in the Carrie stakes, the story here is accomplished and knows how to build upon itself, finding its way to a great climax. The one thing to be said is that there are a couple of characters (The Bates) who are never fully explained and appear to exist merely to progress the plot forward. It’s a shame as they create some great sinister moments and actually end up feeling woefully underused.

Having said that, John Irvin directs his stars expertly, there is a definite classic feel to the storytelling and the numerous flashbacks are a treat, filling in the blanks and unravelling the story before us, as if we were sitting at the fire with The Chowder Society themselves. The joy of a good flashback can be a hard thing to beat and here we get two crackers; one relaying Don’s brief relationship with the haunting Alma, and two; the Chowder Society as young men, a past that perhaps holds all the answers.

Fred Astaire and John Houseman in particular are fantastic throughout the film, Astaire providing a softer edge and a sense of conscience to the dominant Houseman, who manages to be imposing and unnerving even without speaking.

ghoststory4Ghost Story definitely feels like an 80’s film (possibly even late 70’s) so it is fairly dated, but in all honesty it’s all the more charming for it. The effects may not terrify modern audiences but there is a shock value and who doesn’t love some old fashioned horror? It feels like a hark back to the sort of film you might have seen as a kid, managing to sneak downstairs late at night and turn the TV back on. I found it all genuinely unsettling, from the nightmarish terrors of the Chowder Society’s dreams to the unearthly Alma; the whole tone left me a little nervous to turn the light off.

6 out of 10

Sky Atlantic Release First Look Photo For Penny Dreadful Season 3

Sky Atlantic is unveiling a chilling first look at the new series of the network’s hit drama series PENNY DREADFUL, currently shooting nine episodes in Dublin, Ireland, featuring Vanessa Ives (Eva Green) as she turns to her alienist Dr. Seward (Patti LuPone) for help in battling the evil forces she cannot seem to escape. “Dreadfuls” will have to wait until the hotly anticipated third series premières in 2016 to find out what led them here.

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Series three includes a wealth of new and returning stars. Tony® Award winner LuPone (American Horror Story), who guest starred last season as the Cut-Wife, returns as a series regular in the new role of Dr. Seward, an American therapist who treats Vanessa with an unconventional new approach. Wes Studi (Hell On Wheels, A Million Ways to Die in the West) is a new series regular starring as Kaetenay, an intense, enigmatic Native American with a deep connection to Ethan (Josh Hartnett) who also becomes an ally to Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton). Guest stars Sarah Greene (Hecate) and Simon Russell Beale (Ferdinand Lyle) return, along with new guest stars Shazad Latif (The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Spooks) as Dr. Henry Jekyll; Screen Actors Guild® Award nominee Christian Camargo (DEXTER®, The Hurt Locker) as zoologist Dr. Alexander Sweet; Sam Barnett (2012, Jupiter Ascending) as Dr. Seward’s mysterious young secretary; Jessica Barden (The Outcast, Far from the Madding Crowd) as Justine, a young acolyte to Lily (Billie Piper) and Dorian Gray (Reeve Carney); and Perdita Weeks (THE TUDORS), as Catriona Hartdegan, a scholar with expert knowledge of the supernatural. Rory Kinnear (as The Creature) and Harry Treadaway (as Dr. Frankenstein) also star.

PENNY DREADFUL is a frightening psychological thriller created, written and executive produced by three-time Oscar® nominee John Logan (Hugo, The Aviator, Gladiator) and executive produced by Logan’s Desert Wolf Productions, along with Oscar winner Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Skyfall) and Pippa Harris (Revolutionary Road, Call The Midwife), both of Neal Street Productions. PENNY DREADFUL is a co-production with SHOWTIME and Sky.

Dartmoor Killing (2015) DVD Review

dartmoor1Dartmoor Killing (UK, 2015)

Dir: Peter Nicholson

Starring: Gemma-Leah Devereux, Callum Blue, Rebecca Night, David Hayman

UK DVD release – out NOW from Soda Pictures

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Dartmoor-Killing-DVD-Callum-Blue/dp/B013JZW7RG/

Plot: When friends Becky (Devereux) and Susan (Night) take a trip to the picturesque Dartmoor countryside for a rambling weekend, their plans are sidetracked by the handsome Chris (Blue). An accident leads to the girls bunking up with Chris in his remote cottage. Chris isn’t everything he seems though and his intentions are a lot darker than they could have expected. He begins to play the girls against each other and soon the two have to fight for their survival.

It seems that one staple of British thrillers is taking advantage of the beautiful scenery and Dartmoor Killing is no exception, filled with countless shots of the wonderful English countryside. Nicholson shows his experience from many years in television, with a very well shot movie. The whole cast and crew has done a great job here, delivering a suspenseful thriller.

dartmoor2While unhinged country folk preying on the visiting city-dwellers is not an original story, Dartmoor Killing manages to keep the audience on edge. Callum Blue is great as the menacing Chris, managing to turn on the charm whenever he needs to manipulate the girls. Devereux handles the majority of the motivation and back story, with a number of flashbacks. It’s a small cast movie with Rebecca Night and David Hayman (The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, Sawney: Flesh of Man) rounding off the major roles. Hayman, who is a veteran actor, is pivotal in this film, delivering important exposition, but in my opinion he is under utilised here.

The flashbacks are used in an interesting way but I did find myself thinking that it was supposed to be some sort of supernatural element as Becky first sees them in an almost ghostly manner which is good in the sense that she is haunted by the memory and thankfully not disappointing when it becomes apparent there is no phantoms involved in this story.

The film has reasonable pacing, although the third act’s cat and mouse between Chris and the girls does out stay it’s welcome a little bit. It’s something that can be overlooked though, the film offers more than the average stalk-and-slasher. The film has it’s ways of unfolding, twisting the plot when you don’t expect it and offering some surprising developments.

dartmoor3As it is a thriller rather than a horror, Dartmoor Killing isn’t a bloodbath. While there is some of the titular killing involved, it’s still a small cast thriller so the violence is sparse, opting for more intimidation from the country psycho.

Dartmoor Killing is definitely one worth checking out although I doubt it’s one worth re-watching. As I said before, killers in the countryside are nothing new and it’s a good watch but there’s not much to get really passionate about. The DVD has a few features, some behind the scenes photos and the trailers. Nicholson shows us what he can do away from television and TV movies with Dartmoor Killing and I definitely look forward to seeing what he does next.

7/10

The Vatican Tapes (2015) Review

vattapesquadThe Vatican Tapes (2015)

Director: Mark Neveldine

Stars: Olivia Taylor Dudley, Michael Peña, Dougray Scott

Released by Signature Entertainment in UK cinemas and VoD on October 30.

WHENEVER you hear the name Mark Neveldine you think of the bonkers Jason Statham-starring Crank films.

However, this particular half of the Neveldine/Taylor duo has turned his attention to horror with his latest feature and (for the most part) it’s a solid effort.

Angela (Olivia Dudley) is a young woman with her life ahead of her. She’s in a loving relationship with Pete (John Patrick Amedori) and her military father Roger (Dougrey Scott) has just surprised her by turning up for her birthday.

Unfortunately for Angela this joyous time is shattered a seemingly innocuous cut leads to everything from a coma to her becoming possessed. It’s left to a priest (Michael Pena) and two Vatican exorcists to try and save Angela’s soul.

The first thing to note about The Vatican Tapes is the variety of shooting styles used throughout. Everything from mobile phone footage to CCTVs and traditional camerawork are in play here. It might be jarring for some, but if you’ve seen either of the Crank films then it really shouldn’t be a surprise.

tvt1While the opening half hour takes a little time to set the scene and get the “possession” ball rolling, once it finds its rhythm it becomes an interesting approach to psychological horror. Are the occurrences all in Angela’s head or is there something more sinister at work?

As Angela’s life begins to descend into near madness Neveldine manages to generate real unease in places without plumping for the typically-clichéd jump scares we’re so used to. In fact there is one particular scene within a mental hospital that is brilliantly unnerving as mayhem unfolds all around Angela.

It all builds to an unexpected climax – one that includes an OTT sequence when an attempt at the exorcism goes awry. It’s a scene that should feel out of place in such a film but then you remember who’s directing and it doesn’t feel like such a major issue.

As a story about good versus evil, this is a solid if unspectacular attempt that flirts with the evils of celebrity and it never outstays its welcome, wrapping everything up – neat final scene included – in just under 90 minutes. The inclusion of Cardinal Bruun (Peter Andersson) as a Vatican exorcist with his own demons adds another dimension.

Of the cast it’s definitely Dudley’s show. Her headlong tumble into the world of demons and exorcisms is handled superbly. Little nuances in how she holds her head or how her eyes narrow slightly let us in on whether she’s Angela or “possessed Angela”. It may not seem like much to some, but these little touches make a world of difference, and Dudley carries it off with aplomb. We can sympathise with her because, thankfully, her character isn’t annoying – an all-too-rare thing in horror.

tvt2Everyone else does what they can with the screen time they are given, although Pena and Djimon Hounsou, as Vicar Imani, feel woefully underused.

It may not be groundbreaking but The Vatican Tapes is an interesting and, at times, unsettling film that will ensure people want more horror from Neveldine.

7/10

 

The Binding (2015) Review

bindingTHE BINDING (2015)

Director: Gus Krieger

Stars: Josh Heisler, Amy Gumenick, Max Adler, Leon Russom, Catherine Parker, Larry Cedar, Max Adler

UK RELEASE TBC

Sarah (Amy Gumenick) and Bram (Heisler) are a devout religious couple overjoyed at the birth of their first child, Scaia. This event is celebrated by the church community where Bram is a pastor, and senior clergyman Father Uriel (Leon Russom) is among those to add his congratulations.

Life is good for the pair — right up until Bram reveals that he has been having a recurring dream in which God himself says that Bram must sacrifice Scaia to avert the End of Days. At first Sarah thinks this is something that the pair can cope with together, praying side by side. However, as she realises that Bram’s visions are intensifying and her husband is starting to become swayed by these powerful messages, she becomes increasingly desperate.

Can she protect her daughter from the man she loves? And at what cost?

binding1The Binding (written and directed by extremely impressive first-timer Gus Krieger) is a compelling story driven by a fascinating dilemma — can faith go too far?

It’s an intelligent plot, featuring likeable, believable characters that draw us into the complex web that Krieger weaves. The film takes its title from the biblical Binding of Isaac, in which God commanded Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac at the future site of Temple Mount where, at the point he was about to strike, an Angel intervened, preventing the sacrifice. There are obvious parallels with the plot of this film, but the title takes on a deeper meaning when looking at the themes of Krieger’s story. Bram is bound by his vows to the Lord and his own struggles with addiction, but it is the manner in which Sarah is bound to Bram as his wife and as the mother of his child that is key to the entire plot.

Sarah (brought to lbinding2ife with a brilliant performance from the talented Amy Gumenick) and her struggles with her faith, her role of mother and her perceived responsibilities as a wife, are at the heart of the story. It is impossible to not feel for her, watching as her preconceptions about her role not just in the church but in her family are torn down. It’s committed and flawless work from Gumenick, not shying away from her character’s flaws and showing us glimpses of the terror and fragility beneath the surface.

Josh Heisler’s Bram is also wonderful, playing him just right to avoid any melodrama. It would have been easy to veer into hammy, cartoonish lunacy, but Heisler instead provokes sympathy, showing us that this devout clergyman is no caricature. Instead he is a man that is struggling. With a history of mental illness and alcoholism in his family, it becomes easy to see how guidance from religion could have helped him to find the right path. That this very same faith should now be the source of his anguish is heartbreaking and Heisler nails this with his performance.

binding3Elsewhere Leon Russom and Catherine Parker provide excellent support, but make no bones about it, this is primarily the tale of our leads.

And what a tale it is, raising plenty of questions but never preaching to its audience — there are no heavy-handed criticisms of organised religion or bull-headed proclamations that only Christ can save us. Instead the issue is dealt with thoughtfully examining the themes on an individual basis rather than making sweeping generalisations. That Kriegler’s thought-provoking story is presented in an eye-catching and clean fashion by cinematographer Jeff Moriarty — especially during some genuinely frightening nightmare sequences — is just another boon.

binding4The Binding is not heavy on jump-scares, nor is there a huge body-count. Instead there are some superb twists and, despite the somewhat sedate pacing, the mounting sense of dread builds to a truly gripping climax.

The Binding is a mature film and, if you are prepared to work with it, a film as likely to keep you awake at night pondering its weighty themes as through its effective scares. Here’s hoping that it finds the audience it deserves on the festival circuit.

8/10

Eli Roth Presents ‘The Stranger’ on VOD and DVD

THE_STRANGER_DVD_SLV_V0dEli Roth Presents ‘The Stranger’

BLOOD WILL TEAR US APART ON VOD 5TH OCTOBER & DVD 16TH NOVEMBER

From established producer Eli Roth (Cabin Fever, The Green Inferno, Knock Knock) and acclaimed new director Guillermo Amoedo (Aftershock, The Green Inferno) comes a new strain of fear…

In ‘The Stranger’, a mysterious man named Martin arrives at a small town at the end of nowhere. He is there to eradicate a highly contagious and dangerous disease that makes sufferers addicted to human blood. His plan is to kill his wife Ana who suffers from the disease but he soon discovers Ana has been dead for a couple of years. He decides to commit suicide to eradicate the disease once and for all but is brutally attacked by three local thugs led by Caleb, the son of a corrupt police lieutenant – and the incident starts a series of events that will plunge the community into a bloodbath…

The Stranger is Directed by Guillermo Amoedo (Aftershock, The Green Inferno) and Produced by Eli Roth (Cabin Fever, Hostel, The Green Inferno, Knock Knock).

Koch Media Presents The Stranger on VOD 5th October and DVD 16th November

THE STRANGER Tech Information:
EST & VOD 5th October 2015
DVD Release 16th November 2015
Certificate 18 (UK and Ireland)
Run time 93mins
Cat number KME172.UK.DR

Metrodome Announces 2nd November Home Entertainment Release Date For THE MESSENGER

Metrodome Announces 2nd November Home Entertainment Release Date For THE MESSENGER

THE_MESSENGER_QUAD_2“An atmospheric supernatural chiller”
TOTAL FILM

“A properly British chiller, Outstanding”
FORTEAN TIMES

DIRECTED BY DAVID BLAIR (BEST LAID PLANS)

STARRING ROBERT SHEEHAN (MISFITS), JOLEY RICHARDSON (THE PATRIOT), LILY COLE (THE IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSUS), TAMZIN MERCHANT (GAME OF THRONES), DAVID O’HARA (BRAVEHEART) & JACK FOX (MR SELFRIDGE)

THE MESSENGER is set in the ghostly netherworld between life and death. We all want to believe in life after death and imagine loved ones looking over us, feel their presence in a draft of air – knowing they wait for us. But Jack (Robert Sheehan) isn’t waiting, in and out of secure units all of his young life, the dead won’t leave him alone. Some might call Jack a troubled soul, at odds with the world, unable to conform. But Jack has a sharp mind and a razor wit. It’s not that he doesn’t want to live a normal life, he can’t. They won’t let him.

When Jack unwillingly becomes embroiled in the unfinished business of a local murder, he discovers hidden secrets which threaten to push him over the edge. His estranged sister, Emma (Lily Cole) re-appears in his life and Jack starts to remember the past they shared together and to confront the truth about the death of his own father.

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Release date: 2ND November 2015
Certificate 15 & Running time: 105 Minutes
@TheMessengerUK
DVD RRP / £14.99