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The Corpse Vanishes on DVD!
By Dave Macleod
Posted in: News, Tuesday 30th Dec 2008

Network will release the classic Bela Lugosi chiller The Corpse Vanishes onto DVD on January 26th with the pocket friendly price tag of £2:99! Deranged scientist Dr Lorenz, played by Bela Lugosi, is obsessed with keeping his aged wife eternally youthful. He embarks on a killing spree murdering virgin brides and storing their bodies to extract the precious glandular fluids he requires to make a rejuvenating serum for her. One for people who like their horror very straight.

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Exclusive Interview With Journalist Calum Waddell
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Saturday 22nd Nov 2008

Calum Waddell is one of the most popular genre journalists around today. He writes for most of the major horror and sci-fi magazines in newsagents at the moment and is also carving himself a name as an author. So we thought it was time to track down this talented guy and learn how he got he got started in the writing business.

ZH: When did your interest in horror movies begin?»

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Exclusive Interview With Tracy Coogan
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Saturday 22nd Nov 2008

Stunning actress Tracy Coogan has just wrapped up shooting her new movie, Dark Woods. This mystery thriller follows a couple who move to a secluded cabin in the woods to cope with a terminal illness of the wife. As the wife’s condition drags her deeper into dementia and darkness, the husband’s friendship with a local teenage girl takes a dangerous and obsessive turn. Tracy is an Associate Producer on this movie so we thought we’d have a chat with this very interesting lady.

ZH: You were born in County Meath, Ireland; did you always know that you wanted to be an actress?

TC: I think so, I wasn’t very confident about it when I was younger but I loved creating these stories for myself, creating my own world. I watched all the old movies with my mother. She loved Tyrone Power, Marlene Diet... »

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Exclusive Interview With Dead Set Star Andy Nyman
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Saturday 22nd Nov 2008

Andy Nyman is a man of many talents and a real star on the rise. At the moment he’s appearing in one of the most talked about shows in years, E4’s Dead Set so we thought it was time we caught up with this in demand performer and see what makes him tick.

ZH: Did you always want to be a performer?

AN: Yep! From the moment saw ‘Jaws’ at the pictures I knew I wanted to act.

ZH: Your big break came with a role in the controversial piece ‘Dead Babies’, how did this change your career direction?

AN: I always knew that movies were what I wanted to be doing. To be able to go to the pictures and see yourself was something I always dreamt of. When I made ‘Dead Babies’ it was a lifetimes ambition fulfilled, in that respect it freed me to do whatever I wanted in my career, it also took me to the Cannes Film Festival and LA which was a great launch.

ZH: You made a huge impact in the fabulo... »

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Exclusive Interview With Director Matthew Hope
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Saturday 22nd Nov 2008

Matthew Hope is one of the brightest stars in the industry at the moment. His latest movie, The Vanguard has just been released onto DVD to great critical acclaim so we decided that we should talk to this talented chap and see what makes him tick.

Zone Horror: Did you know from an early age that you wanted to be in the movie making business?

Matthew Hope: Yes, from about the age of 8, after seeing the first Rocky film. Originally I wanted to work in Special Make-up Effects, but when my parents bought a video camera and I started making films with it I decided to become a director instead.

ZH: Have you always been a big fan of horror movies?

MH: I’m probably a bigger fan of post-apocalyptic movies along the lines of Mad Max and The Omega Man because I always felt they presented a more frightening scenario. That said I love The Exorcist and The Shining, and have a soft spot for Friday 13th: The Final Chapter.

ZH: Can y... »

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Exclusive Interview With Millennium Co-Executive Producer Frank Spotnitz
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Saturday 22nd Nov 2008

On October 6th cult television series Millenniun comes to Zone Horror. This terrifying drama series horror in its purest form with a leading man that really knows how to make the skin on your neck crawl, Lance Henriksen. Here we speak exclusively to Executive Producer Frank Spotnitz about his involvement with a series that changed TV drama forever.

Zone Horror: Is it true you began your working life as a journalist?

Frank Spotnitz: Yes. I was editor of my college paper at UCLA, then went to work for United Press International, first in Indiana, then in New York City. I later wrote for the Associated Press in Paris and freelanced for a number of magazines, including Entertainment Weekly and Rolling Stone.

ZH: How did you get into television work?

FS: I decided I didn’t want to be a journalist anymore! I moved back to Los Angeles from Paris so I could study screenwriting at the American Film Institute. The X-Files was my first job in... »

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Exclusive Interview With CUT! Competition 2008 Winner Paul Shrimpton
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Saturday 22nd Nov 2008

Paul Shrimpton won The Zone Horror CUT! Short Film Competition 2008. Here he lets us in on how the story came about, what he’s going to do with the £5000 that he won an his plans for the future.

ZH: Have you always been a fan of the horror genre?

PS: Yeah. I remember being about seven and staying up late to watch the BBC horror double bills, things like ‘The Reincarnation of Peter Proud’, ‘Horror at 37,000 Feet’, all the Hammer stuff and some of the Roger Corman ‘Poe’ adaptations. The first video I ever rented was ‘The Deadly Spawn’ in the early eighties, then the next week it was ‘Night Beast’, ‘The Exterminator’ . . .all the classics, ahem.

ZH: What’s your daytime profession?

PS: I’m a Postman, and it’s pants. Really, really, really pants.

ZH: How did you learn about the Cut! Competition?

PS: I’d se... »

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Exclusive Interview With Joey Evans, Director Of Bubba’s Chili Parlor
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Saturday 22nd Nov 2008

At FrightFest 2008, Zone Horror sponsored the premiere of one of the most talked about movies of the whole event, Bubba’s Chili Parlor. We caught up with the writer and director Joey Evans and asked him what it was like to get to realise a lifelong dream.

ZH: Bubba’s Chili Parlor is your first movie, what inspired you to just go out and make your own film?

JoeyJE: Well I really, really wanted to make a movie and it became apparent unless you’re a Spielberg or Tarantino nobody is going to help you. That became obvious, you’ve just got to go out and do it yourself. So I said to myself that I’d figure out a way. I took out a loan on my retirement, not a lot of money but it was enough and for 3 or 4 months we prepared, meticulously everything was planned, a shooting sc... »

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Exclusive Interview With Horror Icon Kane Hodder
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Saturday 22nd Nov 2008

Kane Hodder is one of the most famous names in the horror industry today. His work on films such as Hatchet and the Friday the 13th franchise has earned him a legion of fans. Recently he could be seen on Zone Horror in the movie Room 6 and his latest movie, B.T.K. is due on DVD September 8th. So we decided to chat to Kane about his work and how he prepared for one of the strongest acting jobs of his career.

ZH: Did you know from an early age that you wanted to be in the cinema industry?

KH: I had always entertained my friends in high school by doing crazy stunts on my bicycle and dangerous acts on top of high buildings and ledges but it wasn’t until I was 19 that I really considered a career as a professional stuntman.

ZH: When did you get your big break and what production was it?

Kane 1KH: After 2 solid years... »

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Exclusive Interview With Awake Director Joby Harold
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Saturday 22nd Nov 2008

Joby Harold is an up and coming talent in Hollywood. His first movie, Awake was a tense shocker that dealt with a rather unusual situation so we though it was the right time to catch up with him and see what things scare him the most.

ZH: Did you know from an early age that you wanted to be a director?

JH: When I was a kid I was obsessed with the idea of working in special effects and I would devour books on ILM and Harryhausen and anything that was to do with creating the illusion. That turned into staring at posters of The Thing and An American Werewolf in London outside cinemas, imagining what watching those movies would be like if I were old enough to get in. Movies served as a good place to ground my rather overactive imagination as a kid.

ZH: Which writers or directors did you admire whilst growing up?

JH: It pretty much ran the gamut. William Goldman, Shane Black, Paddy Chayefsky - all sorts, all ... »

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Exclusive Interview With Axelle Carolyn
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Saturday 22nd Nov 2008

Multi-talented Axelle Carolyn is one of the most talked about people in the horror industry today. She’s a writer, columnist, actress and model to name only a few of her qualities so we thought it was time to track her down and have a chat about all things horror.

ZH: Have you always had an interest in horror movies?

AC: Movies, no. But horror, absolutely. I’ve always been interested in the dark side of everything. As a kid I was fascinated by ghosts and skeletons…

ZH: You hail from Belgium; does the horror genre have a big following there? 

AC: No. But Brussels, where I grew up, does have an amazing horror festival called the Brussels International Festival of Fantastic Film (BIFFF). I’ve been going for about twelve years to every single edition. It’s 12 to 15 days, dozens of premieres and all the coolest guests. Plus, that’s where I met my husband!

ZH: How did you get into horror journalism?»

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Exclusive Interview With Horror Hottie Emily Booth
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Saturday 22nd Nov 2008

It’s been nearly a year since Diva of the Darkside Emily Booth joined Zone Horror so we decided to track down this horror hottie to see what she’s thought of the last 12 months working for the world’s scariest channel.

Zone Horror: Emily, it’s been a year since you joined Zone Horror, what’s the past 12 months been like?

Emily Booth: The last 12 months have been brilliant – it feels like coming home! Zone Horror is my comfort zone. I’ve interviewed Josh Hartnett (yum) for 30 Days of Night, and Lloyd Kauffman as well as helped host the Troll 2 night at Memroblilia, and of course got to report from Frightfest which I’m hoping to do this year too, it’s such a great festival that really keeps you ahead of the game in the world of horror. I really enjoy filming for them; ... »

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Exclusive Interview With Wrestlemaniac Star Irwin Keyes
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Saturday 22nd Nov 2008

Irwin Keyes is one of America’s favourite character actors and has appeared in many of their favourite TV shows. His movie CV is just as impressive and this month on Zone Horror he stars in one of the best horror movies of recent years, Wrestlemaniac. We caught up with this in demand star for this exclusive interview. 

ZH: Did you always want to be an actor from an early age? 

IK: I didn’t find acting was the thing for me till I was in college Suny New Paltz, N.Y. That’s when I did the stage play The Lower Depths role Kletch and found out  I was actually good at something! Did Summerstock, then on to NYC to follow my dreams. 

ZH: Where did you get your big break? 

IK: I never had a big break. I just worked from day one. Extra work to bit parts in movies Friday the 13th and The Warriors to title roles in The Prize Fighter and The Private Eyes. Then I moved to LA and started o... »

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Exclusive Interview With Botched Director Kit Ryder
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Saturday 22nd Nov 2008

The highly anticipated horror comedy Botched is coming to UK cinemas on April 18th. The movie concerns Ritchie Donovan (Stephen Dorff) who is a professional thief but whose luck has just run out. The only survivor from a heist that goes terribly wrong, Ritchie is forced to take the rap and is sent to Russia to steal a priceless antique cross, locked in a safe on the penthouse floor of a Moscow skyscraper. Things start badly and go rapidly downhill when, during the robbery, Ritchie and his Russian accomplices are forced to take hostages because they are trapped by the police, on the unused 13th floor. We caught up with the director Kit Ryan to find out more about Botched. 

Zone Horror: Is it right in saying that Botched is your first major picture?

Kit Ryan: Yep.

ZH: So how exciting was it?

KR: I’m excited now. I wasn’t at the time as it was a bit nerve wracking to be hon... »

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Exclusive Interview with Rob Zombie
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Thursday 20th Nov 2008

Last year, Rob Zombie decided to tackle one of the most respected horror movies ever made, Halloween and remake it with his own vision. With its DVD release due on April 28th we thought it was time to track down this musician, writer, director and ask why he took the project on and what his plans are for the future. Horror journalist Robin Pierce reports.

Zone Horror: Can you recall watching your very first horror movie? If so what was it?

Rob Zombie: I’m pretty sure it was “King Kong”

ZH: Why did you go into directing when your music career was at such a height?

RZ: I started directing early, early on with White Zombie in, I think, 1990. That’s when I started directing videos. I’ve done all mine, and I’ve done them for other people too. I don’t do them for other people so much now, I don’t really have time but I’ve done then for Ozzy [Osborne] and some other people.

ZH... »

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Exclusive interview with George A. Romero
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Thursday 20th Nov 2008

Mention the name George A. Romero and one instantly thinks of the black and white horror classic Night of the Living Dead. Well Mr Romero is back with his fifth “dead” movie, Diary of the Dead and we were lucky enough to be able to grab him for a few moments for this exclusive interview. 

ZONE HORROR: Where did the idea for Night of the Living Dead come from and how has the huge success of the film changed your life?

George A RomeroGEORGE A ROMERO: (laughs) Well it changed my life meaning that is the only reason that I’m talking to you! (laughs) While the idea was not necessarily original, the idea came from the Richard Matheson novel I Am Legend which is back with us now with Will Smith and big Hollywood effects. But I had read that novel and thought that it was about revolution and ... »

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Exclusive interview with When Evil Calls star Victoria Aitken
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Thursday 20th Nov 2008

Victoria Aitken is a star on the rise and one of the many fresh faces you’ll see in the Zone Horror mobile movie, When Evil Calls. Here in this exclusive interview, Victoria reveals how she got involved with this exciting project, her many thoughts on the production itself and her busy plans for the future.

Zone Horror: Victoria, you studied acting at New York’s Lee Strasburg Institute, did you decide from an early age that acting was for you?

Victoria Aitken: Well while I was at University (Georgetown) I started to write a novel and through that process I realized that I was playing all the characters in the book, doing their voices while I was writing them out, that it was really the same as acting. So I took drama classes while at Georgetown and Bada (Rada’s Shakespeare Course) and then onto Lee Strasberg which I did not like, and p... »

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Exclusive interview with Cassandra Peterson aka Elvira
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Thursday 20th Nov 2008

She’s the Queen of the horror entertainment scene and has been for over 25 years! Yes folks I’m talking about Elvira, Mistress of the Dark. We caught up with her alter ego, the charming and utterly gorgeous Cassandra Peterson and asked her a few questions about her cult character.

Zone Horror: First of all, can you tell us why you went into show business in the first place?

Cassandra Peterson: I think I got my first taste of audience adulation in Grand Junction, Kansas when I was two years old and my Dad ran out and stuck me on top of a horse with Hop-a-Long Cassidy, the BIGGEST TV star at the time. I heard the crowd applaud as we made our way down a parade route and I was hooked. I took up dancing when I was five and then became obsessed with becoming Ann-Margret when I was hitting puberty. Specifically Ann-Margret’s character in Viva Las Vegas with Elvis. Being the center of attention was all I ever really wanted to do.

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Exclusive interview with director Joe Lynch
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Thursday 20th Nov 2008

One of the main highlights of this year’s FrightFest was the world premier of Joe Lynch’s much-anticipated movie Wrong Turn 2, which was sponsored by Zone Horror. This very likable guy granted us an interview that lasted over forty minutes! Here are the edited highlights.

ZH: How did you feel after Wrong Turn 2 premiered?

JL: I felt on top of the world, it was really one of the greatest experiences of my life. I mean, seriously this was a labour of love for me; there was passion project for me. I really wanted to make a great horror movie that made me feel the way I did way back when I was a little kid, and being able to do that and bring it to the home of the video nasty. It was a dream.

ZH: How did you pitch the movie?

JL: Well my original pitch to (20th Century Fox) was “What if the director of City of Lost Children made Cannibal Holocaust”. That really was my pitch and thankfu... »

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[REC] - DVD Review
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Thursday 20th Nov 2008
Spanish horror hit [REC] is, to put it simply one of the most inventive and effective fright flicks of recent times. Rightly applauded by critics the world over it captured the attention of audiences wherever it played and proved to the world that hits such as The Orphanage and Hipnos (which was shown recently on Zone Horror) that

[REC] tells the story of a young TV reporter, Angela who along with her loyal cameraman Pablo are recording a real-life late night news programme when things go horribly wrong. What appears to be a routine emergency call quickly turns to hell as the team are trapped inside a building with no means of escape as things go from bad to worse. The only thing that matters is trying escape while capturing everything on camera.

Paco Plaza and Jaume Balaguero, the film is a claustrophobic excursion into our deepest fears. It has a const... »

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I See What The Killer Sees - Millennium
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Thursday 20th Nov 2008

In 1996 some of the population was preparing for the world to end. Turn of the century tensions were slowly increasing and a panic about a world holocaust was creeping into people’s conscience. Chris Carter, creator of the global hit The X-Files, picked up on this and society’s ever-increasing fear of the evil that lurked in the shadows on every street. He created Millennium, a series that brought high gloss production values as well as true to life horror to TV screens across the world. It was controversial, hard-hitting and violent, but it was also intelligent, mature and compulsive viewing.

Millennium concerns Frank Black (Lance Henriksen), an ex-FBI Agent who has become part of a team named as The Millennium Group, a specialist section who create accurate profiles of serial killers. Frank has a gift, he is able to put himself into the mind of killers, to see what they are thinking, their motives etc thus making him an invaluable asset not only to the Millennium group but also to soc... »

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How To Make A Micro-Budget Horror Movie From Scratch!
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Thursday 20th Nov 2008

Pat Higgins directed and produced the film TrashHouse on a shoestring, shooting digitally in warehouses in Southend. It premièred at the TromaFling festival in Edinburgh 2005, where it was awarded Best Screenplay and runner-up for Best UK Feature. It was released on DVD by Screen Entertainment in February 2006 (and later re-released by budget label Shriek in summer 2007) and received positive reviews in many magazines, including Empire. He has gone on to produce a string of successful low budget fright flicks. Here, in the first part of a four part series he gives honest and invaluable advice for those who are contemplating on creating their own horror movies

STAGE ONE: Writing

Each and every day, write a thousand words. Even if those words are ‘I can’t think of anything’ 200 times, take the time to sit and write that. Go fully stream-of-consciousness. Do not expect what you’re writing to be a finished thing; just let it be what it is.

Your only, ONLY obligation is to make sur... »

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Swamp Thing - A Celebration
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Thursday 20th Nov 2008

Very few comic strip characters transfer successfully to the big screen. History is littered with failures such as The Phantom, Popeye and err The Fat Slags. Horror/Fantasy figures have also had a rough deal with movies such as Judge Dredd springing to mind. But there have been some really cool interpretations including Tim Burton’s Batman and Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy. So a few eyebrows were raised back in the early when controversial horror movie maker Wes Craven decided to take DC Comics ecological warrior Swamp Thing and turn him into a box office star.

Created by Len Wein and Berni Wrightson in 1971 Swamp Thing is a walking eco warning, a defender of all things environmental. He was originally a scientist named Alex Olsen but he got caught up in the deliberate sabotaging of his lab. The ensuing chemical blast turned him into a walking piece of vegetation. Bizarrely the characters captured comic reader’s attention almost immediately and lead to some incredi... »

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Night Of The Demons - Exclusive Snaps
By Dave Macleod
Posted in: News, Monday 3rd Nov 2008

Principle photography had begun on the new version of the cult ’80’s shocker, Night of the Demons. The film tells the story of a Halloween party gone terribly awry when six teens in an abandoned, gothic New Orleans mansion are stalked by demon spirits.  It promises to feature some of the most shocking and cutting edge makeup effects ever seen in a horror film. The cast includes Shannon Elizabeth, Monica Keena, Diora Baird and Edward Furlong with Adam Gierasch in the director’s chair. Keep checking this site for more exclusive news on this rather exciting venture and whilst you’re here check the new pictures from the shoot below.

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VIDEO DIARIES: EMILY BOOTH REPORTS ON DAY 5
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Wednesday 27th Aug 2008

Emily Booth rounds up the last day of FrightFest 2008 with her final video diary.


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FRIGHTFEST 2008: THE ULTIMATE ROUND UP
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Wednesday 27th Aug 2008
Well FrightFest 2008 has come and gone, but wasn’t it a killer? Seriously, wasn’t that the best fright-filled five days of your life, ever? It was for me and here are my personal highlights of the event.

For starters there was a huge range of horror movie styles and genres to enjoy, from the polished Hollywood scares of Mirrors and The Strangers to the gritty and bloody territory of low budget gems such as Bubba’s Chili Parlor and The Dead Outside. There were some emotional pieces too, you can’t tell me that you weren’t moved by the vampire movie, Let the Right One In.

Controversy was also in abundance as several movies pushed the envelope of taste to breaking point in totally different ways. Pascal Laughier’s Martyrs caused the most debate being brutal an nihilistic whilst Bad Biology proved that even though Frank Henenlotter hadn’t made a movie for 15 years, he hadn’t lost his perverse sense of humour.

The Zone Horror CUT! Short Film Compet... »

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IT ALL ENDED WITH A BANG...OR 2!
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Tuesday 26th Aug 2008
FrightFest 2008 came to a noisy and spectacular end last night, not because of all the revelry that went on (though we all did add to the noise pollution last night!) but what I mean is the last two movies, Mirrors and Death Race. Both did exactly what they said on the tin, as it were and delivered exactly what their trailers promised, lots of loud shocks, polished special effects and car chases!

Biggest cheer of the night went to the final Adam and Joe movie which was just amazing. You had to be there to get the jokes but one thing is for sure, these guys have been taken to the hearts of all the FrightFest attendees and hopefully will return next year with even more bizarre adventures. Also the news that the event is moving across the road to the Empire Cinema for the 10th anniversary next year impressed many as this has an even bigger screen! Imagine all that blood and gore in such large measures, marvelous!

Right, I’m off home but will report back later today with another Video Diary from o... »

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VIDEO DIARIES: EMILY BOOTH REPORTS ON DAY 4
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Monday 25th Aug 2008

Our Diva of the Darkside, Emily Booth stalks the stars through Day 4 of FrightFest 2008.

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SHORT IN DURATION NOT ON SHOCKS!
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Monday 25th Aug 2008
The FrightFest Short Film Showcase contained another fine selection of horror quickies, the best one surely had to be Total Fury. This over-the-top gorefest was incredible and told the story of a young girl who has to combat a large collection of bad guys to escape graphic torture. She takes inspiration from Arnold Schwarzenegger movies circa 1980 unleashing a parade of violence that turned the whole screen red. The audience lapped it all up (bad turn of phrase I know) and really got them in the mood for Norman J Warren Presents: Horrorshow.

Presented by the great man himself this anthology movie contained work from some of the most talented writers and directors around and really made an impact leaving one hoping that Warren will return next year with another collection of horrifying treats. If I had to choose one I'd say Neon Killer in particlar stood out. This violent but affectionate nod to the Giallo's of the late 70's early 80's was an amazing adrenaline rush.

With only three movies to go ... »

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THE MOST TALKED ABOUT MOVIE YET
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Monday 25th Aug 2008
Well we all came out of Martyrs a bit stunned last night as it lived up to the ever growing hype of being a really strong piece of work. The imagery and content was controversial to say the least and the powerful ending caused a lot of debate. Deliberately oblique in places it gave the viewer a story of hope against everything that is evil; well that’s how I saw it anyway! We chatted to director Pascal Laugier just before the screening and afterwards wondered how this quiet talking Frenchman could produce such a compelling yet brutal movie.

But back to today and unbelievably we’ve arrived at day five of this blood drenched festival. Apart from the much talked about premiere’s of Mirrors and Death Race another movie that stands out is Kerry Anne Mullaney’s The Dead Outside. This Scottish shocker about a mutated airborne virus is a new one to me so can’t wait to try something that I know little about. I like surprises, sometimes!

Talking of which Ian is promising to put his kilt on again... »

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VIDEO DIARIES: EMILY BOOTH REPORTS ON DAY 3
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Sunday 24th Aug 2008

Zone Horror's Emily Booth brings you the choicest cuts from day 3 of FrightFest 2008

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WHAT THE…?
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Sunday 24th Aug 2008
If there’s one thing that FrightFest does so well and that is choosing an eclectic mix of movies, a bit like Zone Horror really. This was illustrated perfectly with the UK premiere of the Sean Ellis movie The Broken. This smart and clever supernatural shocker concerns a woman who follows her doppelganger home, thus creating a chain of events that will change her life and her family forever. With a dynamic soundtrack that really did emphasis the scarier moments, it was an incredible experience and the oblique and twisting plot created much discussion from the crowd when the titles began to run.

One of the most talked about movies this year is on tonight at 9pm. Martyrs is billed as a ballsy piece of filmmaking and promises to test the staying power of even the most hardened horror fan. So we’re all off to see if it lives up to its controversial reputation. Will let you know if we can take right after the screening!

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SWEDISH SHOCKER STUNS CROWD
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Sunday 24th Aug 2008
Sorry about that tabloid style heading but wanted to grab your attention as I’ve just watched one of the most amazing vampire movies ever! Let the Right One In tells the story of young Oskar, a school boy who suffers at the hands of bullies on a daily basis. One day Eli moves next door and his whole existence takes on a new meaning. Eli is a vampire who needs fresh blood and her guardian is becoming too old to fetch her blood to drink.

And that’s all you need to know. Adapted by John Ajvide Linquist from his own book, this is a haunting movie, gritty but beautifully shot. Each frame of the film is packed with either beautiful snowy landscapes or the dark world Eli has to reside in. The young cast give very naturalist performances, and director Tomas Alfredson keeps the tone unsettling, even during some of the more uplifting moments the film has a dark edge that stabs your memory like a stake through the heart. Truly brilliant and probably one of the best movies of the festival so far.

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CHILLI WINNER
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Sunday 24th Aug 2008
It was a busy night last night at FrightFest for Zone Horror, not only was the winner of Cut! 2008 announced but we also sponsored the screening of one of the most amazing independent movies of recent times, Bubba’s Chili Parlor directed by Joey Evans. This movie delivered on shocks, scares and laughs and was a huge hit with the crowd. Look out for an interview with Joey on the Zone Horror site very soon.

Another anticipated shocker was The Midnight Meat Train, a movie based on one of Clive Barker’s Books of Blood pieces. It’s had a bit of a rough ride in the US but if the packed cinema reaction was anything to go by this could be a major hit. Vinnie Jones gives an enigmatic performance as Mahogany, a man who likes to hold a meat tenderiser in his hand! Dark and sinister with a continual metallic sheen overtone, it was in complete contrast to the colourful experience known as Tokyo Gore Police. More on this one later.

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WINNER OF CUT! 2008 ANNOUNCED
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Sunday 24th Aug 2008
Last night at FrightFest 2008, Emily Booth and Bubba's Chili Parlor director Joey Evans announced the winners of Zone Horror's CUT! 2008 Short Film Competition to a packed auditorium.

In 3rd place came Karl Holt’s grim and very scary piece, Half Way with 2nd place going to Brett Harvey’s gruesome and blood drenched shocker, Bandages.

The overall winner was Paul Shrimpton (pictured standing to the right of Emily) who bagged the £5000 prize with Hung Up, a very dark and sinister piece that really gave the crowd the shivers. You can vew these and other CUT! entries on this site and soon will be able to see the winning entries on Zone Horror very soon. If you did enter but didn’t get short listed why not get your thinking caps on as CUT! will return!

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VIDEO DIARIES: EMILY BOOTH REPORTS ON DAY 2
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Saturday 23rd Aug 2008

She’s the nocturnal MC from the twilight world of scary, Emily Booth reports from Day 2 of FrightFest 2008.

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HIGH SCHOOL GHOULICAL!
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Saturday 23rd Aug 2008
OK, that could win the award for worst Blog title yet but that’s what Dance of the Dead could have been if it wasn’t for all the fantastic gore, violence and bad language and had a few more songs! Seriously though this was a great zombie piece that really took the genre in another direction. You don’t hear the word “refreshing” very much when watching a zombie movie, do you?

This was followed by Patrik Syversen’s Manhunt the polar opposite of what had gone on before. Billed as the goriest movie to come out of Scandinavia, it did deliver. We met the director, after the screening and he was very happy with the audience’s response, and talked to us for ages. Look out for some of that footage on Emily’s third diary.

Also today we got the chance to meet a star on the rise, Audrey Elizabeth Evans, the lead actor in Bubba’s Chili Parlor. This clever and smart youngster gave an amazing interview with us, and did her dad proud. By the way her dad, Joey directed the movie and we can’t wait to... »

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VERY STRANGE BUT SEXY SHOCKS
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Saturday 23rd Aug 2008
Well, Frank Henenlotter’s Bad Biology didn’t disappoint last night. This was his first movie in over 15 years and it was packed with his trademark humour and gross-out latex effects. Needless to say the FrightFest crowd loved every blood soaked minute.

Looking ahead it’s a big night for Zone Horror. Our Siren of Sinema Emily Booth will be onstage to present the winner of our CUT! 2008 Competition a cheque for £5000! Joining her on stage will be Joey Evans, director of Bubba’s Chili Parlor. This is one of the most talked about, independently produced movies in years and Zone Horror is proud to be sponsoring its premiere. 7.20pm can’t come quick enough for us.

But the day starts off with yet another first for FrightFest, the spooky but totally weird and wonderful cartoon Fear(s) of The Dark.

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VIDEO DIARIES: EMILY BOOTH REPORTS ON DAY 1
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Friday 22nd Aug 2008

Our Diva of the Darkside, Emily Booth hammers a stake through Day 1 of FrightFest 2008.

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Bags of horror
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Friday 22nd Aug 2008
It’s been a bit of a mad rush today, apart from the FrightFest attendees being exposed to a fine selection of brand new horror movies (more on those later) the individuals who bought full Festival Passes received their goodie bags. Now these are stuff of legend, packed with loads of goodies that money can’t buy! These festival goers are really well looked after by the FrightFest boys.

This was followed by a totally different affair, Steven Goldman’s Trailer Park Of Terror a movie based on the Imperium Comic series. Those expecting an anthology movie were in for a surprise, this may take some of the characters from the range, notably Norma (played superbly by Nichole Hiltz) but it’s a dark hack n’ slash piece that delivers plenty chuckles and chills as well as buckets of blood. We had a quick chat with Goldman just before the movie so look out for that in the interviews section of this site very soon.

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Blood in the rain
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Friday 22nd Aug 2008
Well the clouds may have emptied this morning but it hasn’t deterred the FrightFest crowd who are waiting patiently for Friday’s line up to begin. But will it be as scary as seeing Ian Rattray in a kilt? Well, we can only hope!

The day is kicking off in fine style with a Spanish shocker, Time Crimes or Crono Crimenes to those of you who can speak Spanish! We love Spanish films at Zone Horror; did you manage to see Hipnos the other month? If not look out for it because we’ll be showing it again very soon.

Anyway, the crew will be around all day with Emily, we’ve shot some amazing footage some of which you’ll be able to see on this very log later today. So come back and see what you’re missing.

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At last
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Thursday 21st Aug 2008
Well we're making our way into the lower screen here at the Odeon, Leicester Square. The atmosphere is electric, so much so you could power a small village from the vibes we're giving off. So we're diving into a bucket of popcorn and getting ready for the horrorothon!

As we say on Zone Horror, "Let The Nightmare Begin"

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DO YOU WANT TO SEE SOMETHING REALLY SCARY?
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Thursday 21st Aug 2008
Well FrighFest 2008 has begun and it kicked off with an amazing surprise. Top directors Adam Green and Joe Lynch produced a 5-minute piece of film that can only be described as horribly wonderful. We are promised four more shorts from these guys so we can't wait.

The first full length movie was Eden Lake, a solid and uncrompromising movie that had the audience on the edge of their seats. This strong piece of survival style horror will do well when it's released later in the year.

Up next its I Know How Many Runs You Scored Last Summer and Scar 3D. It's going to be a late but fun night!

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We need you!
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Thursday 21st Aug 2008
With the first movie only hours away the Zone Horror crew are sorting their gear ready to bring you the very best FrightFest 2008 has to offer. This also means we want to hear from you. Yes folks, we want to know your opinions of the event as well as taking your picture to post on this Blog. If you see us running around, don’t shy away, come up to us and say, “Hi”.
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At last
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Thursday 21st Aug 2008
Finally, FrightFest 2008 is here! The gruesome fun kicks off at 6.30pm with the "hoodie" horror of Eden Lake which is followed by the the worlds first horror comedy based on the game of cricket! I Know How Many Runs You Scored Last Summer is at 9pm. The day ends with FrightFest's first 3D movie, Scar 3D is at 11.15pm.

Not a bad start, don't you agree?

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The Adam and Joe show
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Wednesday 20th Aug 2008
At Frightfest, attendees have the chance to meet many of the top directors that the horror genre has to offer. Two of the most popular have been Adam Green and Joe Lynch. Both will be coming along to this years event so if you want to meet two rising stars get yourself to FrightFest.
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Nearly There
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Wednesday 20th Aug 2008
Well, with only hours to go to the start of FrightFest 2008 I thought I'd tell you a few things Zone Horror will be doing at this hotly anticipated event.

First up our very own Mistress of the Dark Emily Booth will be recording special video reports everyday of the festival, giving you the very latest news from the world of horror. These will be available via this blog. Talking of which this very Blog will be updated throughout the festival several times a day so keep coming back to see what you're missing.

Emily will also be recording special continuity links which you'll be able to watch on Zone Horror each evening.

The winner of our CUT! Competition will be announced; with a top prize of £5000 I wager there are a few nervous people out there!

So then, even if you can’t make it by reading the Zone Horror FrightFest Blog you’ll feel like you’re there.

Let The Nightmare Begin…

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VARIETY IS THE SPICE OF FRIGHTFEST
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Tuesday 19th Aug 2008
This year, FrightFest is showing 28 movies over the five days. You'll find more variety than ever before, including Hollywood blockbusters such as Mirrors, low budget shockers like Trailer Park of Terror and cult favourites in the making and I think you know what I'm aiming at, yep Midnight Meat Train.

There's also a bit of a first this year, on Thursday night attendees are getting the chance to see a much anticipated shocker, Scar 3D. Now that's one movie I can't wait to see.

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FANCY SOMETHING SPICY?
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Tuesday 19th Aug 2008
Last year at FrightFest we premiered Joe Lynch’s stunning shocker Wrong Turn 2. For FrightFest 2008 Zone Horror is backing one of the most talked about independent productions in a long time, Bubba’s Chili Parlor.

Bubba runs a respectable chilli parlour in rural Texas. Everything is fine until he receives some free government meat. Little does he know this special delivery is tainted with a mutated strain of virulent Mad Cow disease. With infected zombies already on the loose, anyone who tastes his new batch of world famous chilli will soon join the army of the undead. Anarchy begins, and the Zombie Lord, a regal, bloody, detached head, begins his reign of terror from the parking lot!

How brilliant does that sound? Director Joey Evans created this as homage to the grindhouse movies of the 70’s and it doesn’t disappoint. If you’re at the event it starts at 7.20pm on Saturday, if not look out for the exclusive interview with Evans on this very site very soon.

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Get ready for Frightfest!
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Friday 15th Aug 2008

Frightfest is the UK's premiere fantasy and horror film festival. Now in it's ninth year, each August thousands of genre fans gather together in the heart of London's West End at the prodigious Odeon West End cinema for five packed days of premieres, previews, personal appearances, signings and surprises.

Frightfest is at the London Odeon West end from Thursday 21st August to Monday 25th August 2008

The official site is here.

A test clip is here

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A family affair
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Friday 8th Aug 2008
There was a hush in the auditorium this afternoon when Steven Sheil’s Mum & Dad played to an unsuspecting crowd. Dark, sinister and harrowing the film is about a dysfunctional family that have some really serious problems. The titular parents kidnap torture and kill innocent immigrants in the most brutal ways possible. Director Sheil constantly pushes the boundaries of taste and tests the audiences staying power for such strong material. It was hard going but the satisfying ending was welcomed by the crowd.

In total contrast Bryan Bertino’s The Strangers was a psychological shocker fresh from Hollywood with an all-star cast that included Scott Speedman and Liv Tyler. Highly polished but with a smart plotline running through it the film exceeded expectations.

But the movie most fans are waiting for get its UK premier at 23:45, Frank Henenlotter’s Bad Biology. This twisted piece dives into the subject of biological excess so expect plenty of blood, skin and body trauma throughout. What a way to... »

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