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CUT! Competition - Top Ten Announced
By Dave Macleod
Posted in: News, Wednesday 23rd Dec 2009

The Top Ten entries for the Zone Horror CUT! Competition 2009 have been announced. Click here to witness ten tales of brutal terror and mind shredding horror. You can also catch a CUT! Double Bill at 21:00 each evening. Be warned, these video clips contain disturbing content and are not suitable for those with a sensitive disposition.

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The Crazies - Final Poster
By Dave Macleod
Posted in: News, Monday 21st Dec 2009

Overture Films has released the final poster for their forthcoming film, The Crazies. It’s a reinvention loosely based upon the George Romero classic about the inhabitants of a small Iowa town beset by insanity and then death after a mysterious toxin contaminates their water supply. Directed by Breck Eisner and produced by Rob Cowan, The Crazies stars Timothy Olyphant, Radha Mitchell, Danielle Panabaker and Joe Anderson and will hit theatres on February 26th, 2010.

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Exclusive Interview With The Horseman Director Steven Kastrissios
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Tuesday 24th Nov 2009

The Australian movie The Horseman was a huge hit with the audience at FrightFest 2009. This dramatic and powerful movie concerns a parent out for revenge. Containing many violent and graphic scenes it’s an excursion into the darkest side of human existence. We’ve been lucky enough to chat to the director of this gritty film, Steven Kastrissios.

ZH: How did you get into the movie making business?

SK: I've been making films since I was fourteen beginning with stop-motion animation with GI:Joes and later moving into to wedding and sports videos to finance my short films. I went to a small film school where I met Rebecca Dakin, who produced the film with me.

ZH: Where did the inspiration for The Horseman come from?

SK: After seeing Dead Man's S... »

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Exclusive Interview With Smash Cut Director Lee Demarbre
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Saturday 24th Oct 2009

Lee Demarbre has been producing unique movies for a few years now and last August he brought his latest piece, Smash Cut to FrightFest 2009. Lee's warm and friendly personality won him many fans so we decided to have a chat with this respected director about how he got started in the movie business and what the future holds for him and what its like to work alongside David Hess (pictured).

Horror Channel: How did you get started in the movie business?

LD: I worked at a Chinese Restaurant run by the Italian mob here in Ottawa for about two years. I saved enough to buy a video camera and quit, quick. I started fouling around in high school, graduated Carleton University with a degree in film and joined a film co-operative; where I fell in love with making movies on 16 mm. Shot my film feature film (entirely on a 16 mm Bolex) in 1999 entitled Jesus Christ Vampire Hunter. Since then I’ve completed seven feature films; Smash Cut being my fifth.  

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Exclusive Interview With Beware The Moon Director Paul Davis
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Sunday 18th Oct 2009

Paul Davis wowed the FrightFest 2009 crowd with his amazing documentary Beware The Moon: Remembering an American Werewolf In London. Everyone can now enjoy this sensational retrospective piece (which is actually longer than the movie itself!) if they invest in the Blu-ray edition of An American Werewolf In London where it takes pride of place as an unmissibale extra. The piece is so good that we decided to track Paul down on local moors and take him to a secluded pub and find out why he made a documentary on this John Landis classic.

Horror Channel: Was there one horror movie in particular that you saw as a youngster that got you “into” the horror genre?

Paul Davis: Funnily enough, the first horror movie I ever saw was An American Werewolf In London. I was a huge Michael Jackson fan growing up and when Thriller and the 'making-of' came out on video in 1984 my parents bought it for me on Beta Max. I used to watch it over and over and of course there's ... »

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The Saw Franchise Phenomenon
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Sunday 11th Oct 2009

When the first Saw movie sliced and diced its way into theatres back in 2004, no one was prepared for the blood drenched impact it would make. It also heralded a new style of movie making now classed as “torture porn”. Shot for a pocket friendly million dollars, it made low budget horror cool again and delivered a story that was so intense it sent people screaming from theatres. And boy, didn’t we love it? In fact there’s a saying in Hollywood now, “If it’s Halloween, it’s Saw”.

The idea is truly original; a dying man designs gruesome games to be solved by those who he feels are sinners and don’t respect life. The killer is given the tag name Jigsaw and is played to perfection by Tobin Bell. From the infamous self-mutilation piece to the heart stopping final scene, S... »

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Frightfest 2009: The Ultimate Round Up
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Tuesday 1st Sep 2009

Well, it's been a very busy 5 days but FrightFest 2009 was without a shadow of a doubt the best yet. To tell you the truth I feared that the new location, The Empire in Leicester Square, would be too large and that this celebration would lose its friendly atmosphere. But these fears were soon laid to rest when the first movie, the world premiere of Christopher Smith’s Triangle. This intelligent and pretty bizarre tale set the tone for the festival as it one of the most unpredictable.

The variation in movies was extensive; we had giant bug invasions in Infestation, hack ‘n slash action in The Hills Run Red,, brutal revenge in The Horseman and Dracula Girl Vs Frankenstein Girl which can only be described as a total gore-fest! There were some wonderful discoveries too, The Human Centipede»

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FRIGHTFEST VIDEO DIARIES: DAY 5
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Tuesday 1st Sep 2009

Emily Booth wraps up Frightfest on Day 5 in her final video entry.

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FrightFest Video Diaries: Day 4
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Monday 31st Aug 2009

Emily Booth takes us through FrightFest Day 4.

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A night of stars
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Monday 31st Aug 2009
The atmosphere was electric at the Empire tonight as two of the most anticipated movies of the festival were getting their world premiers, Philip Ridley’s Heartless and from Jon Harris The Descent: Part 2. Both brought most of their major cast with them so autograph hunters and the press alike were dashing around to be beside the likes of Jim Sturgess, Noel Clarke and Shauna MacDonald.

Before Heartless was shown the main star, Jim Sturgess performed two musical numbers culled from the movie's soundtrack. It was an astounding moment, this guy can't just act he has an amazing voice. Then came the movie which was as dark as it was deep. An urban psychologicl chiller with dollops of fantasy mixed in, the movie is destined to become one of the big hits of the very near future.

Same can be said for The Descent: Part 2 which looked lush on the Empire's huge main screen. Intelligently taking up the story from where the first installment finished it was probaly one of the lo... »

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A Polished piece of psychological cinema
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Monday 31st Aug 2009
There was an added bonus this afternoon with a quick look behind the scenes of up and coming horror movie Tormented. We were shown how certain gags and effects shots were created for if but if I told you what they were it would spoil the surprise!

One of the most refined pieces of the event so far was Christian Alvert’s chiller Case 39 which stars Renee Zellwegar and old Lovejoy himself Ian McShane. Loud, bleak and stylishly shot, it seemed to mix the atmosphere of The Twilight Zone with the possession themes seen in The Exorcist and The Omen. Not everyone’s cup of horror I agree but it was nice to see Zellwegar stretching her acting skills more than usual. Her character of Emily, a Social Worker who helps re-house a child whose parents were trying to kill her was believable. Star has to be Jodelle Ferland who played the young victim. This is a young lady to watch as she gave her character of Lillith mature depth and a real sense of honesty.

The Empire is buzzing with ex... »

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Back to the 80's
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Monday 31st Aug 2009
Leicester Square was under attack from a horde of zombies for most of this morning! Loads of people, many daubed in their own make-up designs groaned and limped around the Empire cinema as members of the undead to herald the world premiere of Zombie Women Of Satan. Its events like this that makes FrightFest stand out from other horror movie festivals. All these people, old and young, come together and really enjoyed themselves and shared their love of horror movies. A wonderful if gruesome moment.

Talking of love, I’ve just met one of Hammer Studio’s most glamorous actresses, Madeline Smith and she was amazing. This silver screen legend had popped in to help promote a new book dedicated to the women of Hammer movies and was a joy to chat to. The book, entitled Hammer Glamour is a luxurious look at the memorable beauties that starred in such much loved movies as Dracula, Frankenstein And The Monster From Hell and Twins Of Evil.

But back to the movies and the aftern... »

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A thriller, literally
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Monday 31st Aug 2009
John Landis arrived on stage last night with his usual burst of infectious energy to present his legendary piece, Michael Jackson’s Thriller. I'd forgetten just how groundbreaking it was for its time and to see it up there on the big screen made me appreciate just how cinematic it was, whilst at the same time making me feel incredibly old. Was it really that long ago? Landis then screened The Making Of Thriller which has only ever been screened once before in a theatre. Again this was a bitter-sweet experience and reminded us all of people at their creative peak.

Today is sadly the final day of FrightFest 2009 but the team have planned a day to remember. We have a Zombie Walk to celebrate the showing of Zombie Women Of Satan, the premiere of Philip Ridley first movie since 1995, Heartless and the closing movie is the anticipated shocker The Descent: Part 2. It's going to be another memorable finale!

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Exclusive Interview With Dead Snow Director Tommy Wirkola
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Sunday 30th Aug 2009
Tommy Wirkola hails from Norway and is a multi talented writer, producer and director. His second full feature, Dead Snow is playing at this years FrightFest celebration and is coming to DVD on August 31st so we decided to have a quick chat to him about blood, guts and Zombie Nazis.
 
ZH: How did you get started in the movie industry?
 
TW: I made a couple of Internet shorts while still studying film in Australia. They became really popular, so when I finished school I invited a lot of my fellow students up to the north of Norway to shoot the movie version of the shorts. The movie was called Kill Buljo: The Movie, and is a spoof on the Kill Bill - films, as well as tons of other American films I loved growing up.
 
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FrightFest Video Diaries: Day 3
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Sunday 30th Aug 2009

Emily Booth takes us on a thrilling journey through all the key moments of FrightFest Day 3.

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Devil of a night
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Sunday 30th Aug 2009
The Empire was crammed for the world premiere of Adam Gierasch’s new movie, a remake of the 1988 classic Night Of The Demons. Bloody and violent but in a retro kind of a way, the film packed plenty references to the original whilst also twisting some of the movies more infamous sequences. Yes, I am talking about the lipstick moment! The pounding soundtrack surely could have been heard across Leicester Square as it was heaving with so much bass it made my shorts shake.

Adam Green, he of Hatchet fame, gave the audience a sneaky peak at footage for his new chiller, Frozen. Now this looks really cool (sorry, couldn’t resist) as we saw three people stuck on a chair lift at its greatest height. With the resort closed for five days the stranded trio decide to try and make a jump for it. Big mistake. I won’t spoil it for you but this does look like the first must see movie of 2010. Right I’m off to see what Mr Landis has in store for the FrightFest crowd.

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There’s Snow Escape!
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Sunday 30th Aug 2009
Director Tommy Wikola was on hand to introduce his blood-splattered zombie movie Dead Snow earlier today. This charming and softly spoken Norwegian gave the FrightFest crowd exactly what they wanted; blood, guts and a good time! Set in a bleak snowy landscape the movie concerns a group attacked by angry and hungry Zombie Nazis. Combining humour and gross-out effects it contained the perfect comedy/horror balance so rarely seen in horror cinema these days. Click here for an interview with Tommy Wikola.

We travelled to the other end of the horror spectrum for the next movie, the world premiere of The Human Centipede (pictured). Off-the-wall doesn’t really begin to describe this original piece from director Tom Six. It’s the story of a mad scientist, Dr Josef Heiter (played with stunning menace by Dieter Laser) who decides to surgically graft three people together. Though we don’t really know why he does this the movie is not... »

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Blood and Chocolate
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Sunday 30th Aug 2009
One of the most talked about movies of FrightFest 2009 is Michael Dougherty’s Trick ‘r Treat, an old school anthology movie with a solid cast including the legendary Brian Cox. It didn’t disappoint as it was filled with all the gore and humour a horror fan could possibly want. The acting was never too hammy, the effects first rate and the script shone like a freshly polished pumpkin.

How could you follow such a piece of work? Well the boys presented the only short this year from a Britsh director, Sad Case. This is a bizarre and original tale of psychotic madness, heartfelt angst and surreal situations all from the point of view of a suitcase! Honest, I'm not making his up!

Yoshihiro Nishimura’s and Naoyuki Tomomatsu’s, Vampire Girl Vs Frankenstein Girl was the late night offering and contained everything you'd expect: loads of blood, sexy young ladies and questionable humour.

Sunday brings more blood and guts with its first movie, Dead Snow, w... »

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FrightFest Video Diaries: Day 2
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Saturday 29th Aug 2009

Zone Horror's very own Diva Of The Darkside Emily Booth reports on the main events of FrightFest 2009 day 2.

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Trailer Trash tradition
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Saturday 29th Aug 2009
FrightFest has bagged another contemporary classic this year by showing the remarkable thriller Millennium: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. This complex yet satisfying drama concerns a multi-pierced lady who has a dark past and a disgraced journalist who team up to solve a series of murders that occurred years before. Stylishly directed by Niels Arden Oplev, it dissected their fragile relationship without diluting the tension between them. At over two hours long the film never seemed padded, instead it captivated the audience and earned some of the most positive comments of the festival so far. More good news is that this is to be a movie trilogy with a further two movies due in the near future.

One of the traditions of FrightFest is Trailer Trash a compendium of teasers from movies that are so bad they are considered classics of their genre (whatever that may be!). Tonight’s selection contained a movie entitled Cannibal Women which has to be one of the most bizarre movi... »

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Romero Exclusive
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Saturday 29th Aug 2009
Smash Cut certainly split the audience but the director Lee Demabre and star David Hess really did work the FrightFest crowd with great confidence. Their Q+A session was hilarious ending with Hess doing a solo acoustic set!

One of the best things about FrightFest is the exclusive treats and previews that the team manage to get for the event. Today we’ve had a sneaky peek as George A Romero’s next zombie flick, Survival Of The Dead. This very short but amazing sequence really got the crowd whooping with delight. Let’s just say it involved a guy fishing for zombies! Look out for it in cinemas early next year.

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Lights...Camera...Body Parts!
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Saturday 29th Aug 2009
Saturday promises to deliver another collection of stunning premiers on the big Empire screen. But let’s not forget the Discovery Screen where people can catch films that either didn’t make to the final list, the team feel need to be seen on the big screen or are just great fun. One of the movies that caught my eye here is the re-imagining of Larry Cohen’s 1974 cult shocker It’s Alive. Fingers crossed director Joseph Rusnak has captured the eerie atmosphere of the original piece.

But back to the main festival and the day is kicking off with Lee Demabre’s much talked about shocker Smash Cut. Set as a satirical look at independent horror movie making the cast contains many cult actors including David Hess from the original The Last House On The Left and The Hills Have Eyes favourite Michael Berryman. Fingers crossed that this one hits the target it's aiming for.

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Variation is the key
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Saturday 29th Aug 2009
Directors Adam Green and Joe Lynch are firm favourites with the FrightFest crowd and this year the duo have returned with another series of comedy/horror shorts that are being shown each evening. Last night our very own Emily Booth got a mention in their second piece, much to the pleasure of the FrightFest crowd.

After this Italian rock Star Frederico Zampaglione unleashed his debut horror movie, Shadow which really did whip the crowd into a bit of a frenzy. This charming man has produced a terrifying and rather shocking piece of horror that is graphic and rather beautifully shot. His main character Mortis the butcher, who is played with absolute conviction by Nuot Arquint, will become one of horror cinemas scariest and most evil looking bad guys. For many, the toad licking sequence was the stand out moment. It was also the loudest movie of the festival so far.

The night ended with what surely has to be the bloodiest movie ever shown at FrightFest, the MO Brothers production Macabre... »

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Frightfest Video Diaries: Day 1
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Friday 28th Aug 2009

Emily Booth reports on the main events of FrightFest 2009 day 1.

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We love john landis!
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Friday 28th Aug 2009
It’s been an afternoon of sheer delight for all at FrightFest as John Landis was in the house to introduce his classic movie, An American Werewolf In London. More on that later. First up was Beware The Moon: Remembering An American Werewolf In London from director Paul Davis. This superb documentary looked at the legendary piece of horror cinema from every angle and captivated the audience. Paul must have interviewed most key players from this movie and got some incredible anecdotes from them. A fan boy dream for sure.

Then it was the turn of John Landis. This guy is a true legend and seemed to enjoy every moment in front of the FrightFest audience. He introduced a remastered edition of An American Werewolf In London which looked incredible on the Empire’s big screen. The depth and colour was startling and made Rick Baker’s Oscar-winning effects look even more amazing. After performing a lengthy Q+A as well as an enormous signing session Landis truly cemented his repu... »

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The Horseman rides off...sort of
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Friday 28th Aug 2009

I promised to let you know if The Horseman was as violent as its reputation had lead us to believe, and it’s a resounding YES! This incredibly bleak, raw and yet highly emotional movie is not for the squeamish or weak of stomach (some of the torture scenes had many men in the auditorium crossing their legs in pain). It was extreme, raising debate as to whether such acts of revenge can be justified in anyway. Hard going stuff indeed.

Luckily to overcome this emotional shock-fest we have John Landis, a documentary and a cinematic classic. Oh yes, this afternoon contains the world premiere of Beware The Moon, a documentary that dissects the making of the John Landis classic An American Werewolf In London which is followed by a showing of a remastered version of the movie itself. Oh I can’t contain my excitement!

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Take No Prisoners
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Friday 28th Aug 2009
Thursday night ended on a real horror high. Deadwalkers proved that even low budget shorts can look as good as any Hollywood project, whilst Kyle Rankin’s Infestation had us all itching in all the wrong places! A solid “giant bug invasion” movie, it provided as many jumps as it did laughs.

Today’s programme contains bloody revenge, hungry werewolves and Euro horror so let’s start with the first topic. There have been a few notable revenge movies over the last few decades with titles such as Death Wish and I Spit On Your Grave springing to mind. But the first movie of today, The Horseman promises to take the genre up a gear being billed as an unflinching tale of ultimate tragedy and definitive retribution. I’ll let you know in the next Blog if it does push the violence envelope.

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FrightFest Ahoy!
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Thursday 27th Aug 2009
Hurrah! FrightFest 2009 has finally launched boasting one of the strongest line-ups in its 10-year history. First up was the world premiere of Christopher Smith’s psychological shocker Triangle. This cleverly constructed piece of cinema had the audience entranced from the first frame and contained quite an effective and creepy pay off in the final reel.

Same can be said for the hack ‘n slash splatter-fest The Hills Run Red which followed. This polished piece of old school horror took the slasher genre to a new place and packed a bloody punch. Those who saw the barrel of guts scene will fully agree with me. Cinema has a new anti-hero and its name is Babyface!

Next up it’s the cracking zombie short Deadwalkers which is followed by the inventive and hilarious creature feature Infestation. More on these a bit later…

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Busy Already
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Thursday 27th Aug 2009
There are still a few hours to the launch of FrightFest 2009 but the Zone Horror crew has already been very busy. We’ve had a quick chat with Shadow director Federico Zampaglione and are now on our way to have a few words with Christopher Smith whose new movie, Triangle is getting its world premiere tonight at 6.30. The film, which is billed as his best work yet, is set at sea where a young woman encounters a living nightmare. With hits such as Creep and Severance under his belt this is one movie that has had us all talking.

Click here for an interview with Federico Zampaglione taken from the Zone Horror website.

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Almost Time
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Thursday 27th Aug 2009
Well we’re all packed and on our way to FrightFest 2009, filled with anticipation and excitement of what the next five days might reveal to us. But which movie will be the events most talked about feature? Which big stars will grace the Q+A sessions? And what juicy bits of gossip will Emily and the crew be able to uncover? Keep checking this Blog every few hours to make sure you don’t miss a thing!
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Exclusive Interview With Shadow Director Federico Zampaglione
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Wednesday 26th Aug 2009
Federico Zampaglione is one of Italy’s most famous sons. His band Tiromancino is constantly hitting the Italian charts, but it is his horror movie Shadow that will make his name in the UK. It is receiving its World Premiere at this years FrightFest celebration and we have been lucky enough to grab a few moments with this enigmatic artist.
 
ZH: How did you get into making movies? Was it just a natural progression from your musical career?
 
FZ: I started directing my own band Tiromancino's videoclips. I found it really exciting in terms of creativity and so I decided to shoot my first feature Nero Bifamiliare which is sort of black comedy about a bad relationship between neighbours. I found directing natural and not so far from making music. It's just another way to express myself.
 
ZH: Why did you choose a horror movie for your second feature?
 
FZ: Because I ... »
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Teaser Trailer
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Tuesday 25th Aug 2009

Check out this teaser trailer for our coverage of FrightFest 2009. It might get you a tad excited!

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WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING OUT FOR?
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Monday 24th Aug 2009
So which movies are you looking forward to the most at FrightFest 2009? There’s an amazing selection as usual but for me the movie that stands out is Vampire Girl Vs Frankenstein Girl. It’s been a long time since we had a movie title like that and if the images I’ve seen are anything to go by then this could be the hit of the festival. Taken from a Manga source the film looks rich in colour and high on gore as well as a way-out plot and a blood-splattered finale. Can’t wait!
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Exclusive Interview With Infestation Director Kyle Rankin
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Thursday 20th Aug 2009
One of the most anticipated movies of FrightFest 2009 is Kyle Rankin’s Infestation. The movie which is all about a giant insect invasion is an amazing piece (I know as I’ve had the privilege of seeing it already!) so we thought we’d hunt him down and and bug him (ha ha) for some answers.
 
ZH: How did you get into the movie business?
 
KR: Am I in it? Huh, guess so. Looks different than I thought it would. It’s still a lot of work... what’s up with THAT!? I’m self taught; started making films and videos around the age of 14. I come from the independent world, where you hit up everyone you meet to invest in your pictures. My big break came in 2003 when I submitted two clips from two short films I’d made with fellow-filmmaker Efram Potelle. We ended up besting 8,000 other hopefuls to win Ben Affleck and Matt Damon’s Project Greenlight... this meant we co-directed The Battle Of Shaker Heights with Shia La... »
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Beware the moon at FrightFest
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Saturday 15th Aug 2009
One of the most anticipated events at FrightFest 2009 occurs on Friday August 28th, the World Premiere of Beware The Moon! This documentary from Paul Davis (pictured) charts the making of the John Landis classic from 1981, An American Werewolf In London. A remastered version of the movie is being shown directly after this. Can't wait! All going to plan Paul Davis and John Landis will be present making the screenings even more special.
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Get Ready For FrightFest 2009
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Thursday 13th Aug 2009
Are you ready...? FrightFest is but a few weeks away and Zone Horror will be there! To get you in the mood check out our Blogs from 2007 and 2008.
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Exclusive Interview With Alan Jones
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Thursday 23rd Jul 2009
Alan Jones is one of the four people behind the country’s biggest horror movie festival, FrightFest. The event is now entering its tenth year so Zone Horror decided to catch up with Alan to learn about the festival’s origins as well as what the future holds.
 
ZH: So, here we are ten years of FrightFest. Does it feel that long?
 
AJ: Not at all. Ten years? Where did that go? It all feels like a blur of cinemas, guests, hassles and high points. But in a good way. Who'd have thought it would get to be this massive? OK, we've worked hard to make sure it's become the UK's biggest horror fantasy event, but it's also a validation of the genre in general. The change in perception from when we started out to what it is now is extraordinary. So I do feel FrightFest has ridden the wave as much as helped create it. 
 
ZH: How did you, Ian and Paul first get together and when did Greg join the crew?
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Exclusive Interview With Author Mark Browning
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Friday 17th Jul 2009
Stephen King On The Big Screen is a new book from respected writer Mark Browning and should be of great interest to both King fans and film fanatics alike. Through revealing fresh perspectives it’s a critically rigorous but also highly enjoyable read that looks at King’s work on the small and silver screens. We thought we should chase this academic down and see exactly one would approach such a project.
 
 
ZH: When did you first become interested in cinema?
 
MB: I guess I’ve always been a bit of a film freak, either watching an unhealthy amount of TV or skulking around cinemas. Like most people in western society, most of us are exposed to 100s of films before we even reach puberty, so our in-built media knowledge is pretty extensive, even if we aren’t aware of it. About 20 years ago, I took an A-Level evening class in Film Studies, which was my first inkling that you could legitimately watch films, talk and write about... »
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Exclusive Interview With Author Kaaron Warren
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Monday 29th Jun 2009
Kaaron Warren is one of horror’s hottest new talents. An Australian living in Fiji, her first published novel, Slights is a stark, scary and stunning piece of horror fiction that has helped launch one of the most exciting imprints in recent years, Angry Robot Books. So we decided that we should have a chat with this lady and discover just where her inspiration for such a dark debut came from.
 
ZH: Why did you choose the horror genre for your first novel?
 
KW: I’ve always been drawn to writing horror, simply because those are the ideas which present themselves to me. The creative part of my brain works that way. An example of this is the phrase “It's better to light a candle than curse the darkness”. My mother had this on her fridge to inspire her, but I see the words “Curse the Darkness” and think Good title for a horror story. I haven’t actually writ... »
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Exclusive Interview With Director Johnny Kevorkian
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Friday 19th Jun 2009
The Disappeared is the brand new chiller from gifted director Johnny Kevorkian. Packed with believable performances coupled with a paranormal script it’s one of the best British horror in years being intelligent, scary and very raw. Anyway, the movie is being shown at the ICA, London on varying days through June and July as part of their New British Cinema season (check link at the end of this piece for more information on dates) so we thought we’d chat with Johnny to see how this stunning movie came together.
 
ZH: How did you get into the film making business?
 
JK: Well first of all thank you for your kind words on the film, its great to see people a liking it.
 
My background comes from going to film school where I graduated in... »
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Exclusive Interview With Special Effects Man Karl Derrick
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Sunday 14th Jun 2009
Karl Derrick (here on the left!) is a multi-talented Make-Up, Special Effects and Visual Effects artist who has worked on some of the most successful genre movies of recent times. His latest creations can be seen in Jake West’s Doghouse which opened on June 12th so we decided to have a chat with this inventive guy to learn exactly how hard it is working in the movie industry.
 

ZH: When you were growing up did you know that you wanted to work in special effects?
 
KD: When I was growing up Special Effects such as Make up and Creature effects were still in their commercial infancy. Back then, the Giants of make up effects whose shoulders we stand on today, people like Dick Smith, were still working in film. So, as a film fan back then, you grew up with Special Effects industry. I always knew I wanted to create and I’ve always been a bit of a joker, so the idea of getting one over on people is appealing. Getting them... »
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Exclusive Interview With Doghouse Writer Dan Schaffer
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Sunday 7th Jun 2009
Dan Schaffer is one of the most talented comic artists and writers around. His creation, Dogwitch became a huge critical success when it was released in 2002 and he has progressed to unleash even more creative pieces on a public that has lapped up every piece. On June 12th Doghouse, which Dan wrote hits UK cinemas so we decided to have a chat with this creative to discover what exactly makes him tick.
 
ZH: Were you a big comic book fan when you were growing up?
 
DS: I used to like 2000AD.
 
ZH: Did you have a favourite artist at the time?
 
DS: I was fascinated with detailed black and white art, so artists like Brian Bolland, Bryan Talbot, and Glenn Fabry were a big influence on me.
 
ZH: Is it true you got your big break as a cartoonist for a teaching union?
 
DS: Yes. I worked as a political cart... »
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Are You Ready For Freddy? Freddy's Nightmares Comes To Horror
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Tuesday 2nd Jun 2009

freddys_nightmaresIf there is one horror movie character that stands above all others from the last thirty years or so it has to be Freddy Krueger. This monster from the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise became a global horror phenomenon during the ‘80’s and ‘90’s mainly thanks to an amazing central performance from character actor Robert Englund. Now the critically acclaimed spin-off series Freddy’s Nightmares is coming to Horror each day at 20:00 from May 18th so we thought we’d trace his history and how he became such a box-office hit.

The original run of Elm Street movies; A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy’s Revenge (1985), A Nightmar... »
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Sam Raimi - Hail to the King Part 2
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Sunday 31st May 2009
It’s been years since Evil Dead director Sam Raimi has helmed a real horror movie but on May 27th he returns to the genre with the critically acclaimed shocker, Drag Me To Hell. Here in the second of a two-part feature we take a look at his Hollywood career and how he helped form one of the most successful movie franchises ever
 
After Raimi impressed audiences with his super hero movie Darkman (1990) and The Evil Dead 3: Army of Darkness (1992) he was once again being chased by major Hollywood producers. But Raimi decided to move away from the genre that made him famous and delivered a contemporary slant on an age-old theme. The Quick and the Dead (1995) is a Western with a cast made up of legends such as Gene Hackman, Sharon Stone and Lance Henriksen as well as relative newcome... »
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Exclusive Interview - Doghouse Director Jake West
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Wednesday 27th May 2009
We love Jake West here at Zone Horror. His movies contain a visceral and unique style making him one of the most exciting directors around. Anyone who caught his movie Evil Aliens recently on Zone Horror will agree to this. His latest film, Doghouse is due in cinemas on June 12th so we thought we’d chase Jake down and lead (lead, get it?) him into answering some questions for us.
 
ZH: I recall talking to you a few years back and you mentioned Doghouse then, it’s been a long time to get this together but how did the project originally come about?
 
JW: I developed it over a long time with Dan Schaffer, the comic book creator of Dogwitch and he had this idea for a sort of battle of the sexes zombie film.
 
ZH: That’s pretty original!
 
JW: Yeah, well the “Zombirds” in the movie are visual metaphors for male anxietie... »
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Exclusive Interview With Composer Jeff Wayne
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Sunday 24th May 2009
It may come as a bit of a shock to some, but Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version Of The War The War Of The Worlds has been with us for over 30 years. To celebrate this fact and to coincide with a new tour of this musical masterpiece we spoke to Jeff himself about his love of this piece of music and his plans for the future. No one would have believed what he had to say!
 
ZH: So then, here we are celebrating over 30 years of your musical version of The War Of The Worlds, does it feel that it’s been that long?
 
JW: Yes it does!! But in a good way, actually. The world and life personally has changed so much, TWOTW remains a very close friend that has travelled with me during it all.
 
ZH: You’re taking it out on the road for a third tour later in the year, do you still get a buzz when performing it live?
 
JW: There are two stages to each new tour we do:
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Sam Raimi - Hail To The King Part 1
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Sunday 17th May 2009
It’s been years since Evil Dead director Sam Raimi has helmed a real horror movie but on May 27th he returns to the genre with the critically acclaimed shocker, Drag Me To Hell. Here in the first of a two-part feature we take a look at his early career and how he inadvertently influenced a generation of horror moviemakers.
 
Samuel Marshall Raimi is probably one of the most unassuming figures working in the industry today. Born in 1959 he grew up fascinated by cinema and even before he reached his teens was creating his own movies. Sam roped in childhood pal Bruce Campbell for his early pieces that were mainly homage to the classic comedy group The Three Stooges. Together with Robert Tapert they went on to create Within The Woods in 1978. This 32-minut... »
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Exclusive Interview With Screen Legend Sybil Danning
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Saturday 2nd May 2009
Sybil Danning is one of the most respected genre artists working today. Many of her movies have gained cult status and one of her best, Howling II is being shown at the moment here on Zone Horror. We caught up with this busy lady to bring you this exclusive interview.
 
ZH: Did you know from an early age that you wanted to be an actress?
 
SD: No. I had to drop out of school at the age of 14 to help make ends meet. My parents were separated and I had to help support the family. My teen years were very serious years and I had a younger sister and brother to help take care of. I never had the time or the money to go to the movies. The thought of being an actress never ever crossed my mind. In what little spare time I had I listened to music. Elvis was my absolute favourite.
 
ZH: How did you go about breaking into show business?
 
SD: I was living in Salzburg, Austria, home of Mozart.... »
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Witchblade - The Series
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Tuesday 14th Apr 2009
Very few comic book creations transfer to the big or small screen successfully. One only has to recall such duds as The Phantom, Daredevil and The Fat Slags (!) to hammer this point home. But every now and again someone absolutely nails the idea the printed page was trying to bring to life and Witchblade: The Series is such a title. Based on the hit comic book series of the same name, which was co-created by Marc Silvestri, David Wohl, Brian Haberlin, Christina Z and »
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Exclusive Interview With Emily Booth
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Tuesday 31st Mar 2009

Emily Booth, our very own Diva of the Darkside has been with the channel for nearly two years. Over that time she’s covered FrightFest on a number of occasions and interviewed some of horror’s biggest stars including Lloyd Kaufman, Doug Bradley and Josh Hartnett. We decided it was time to sit this lady down and have a chat. In this first part Emily talks about her first steps into the world of horror entertainment…

 

ZH: So, Emily. Two years at Zone Horror, what’s it been like?

 

EB: Brilliant. I finally feel like I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing! I really enjoy being part of a team where I’m taken seriously and have creative input. They’re letting me produce items for the channel too now which i... »

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Exclusive Interview With Hellboy Star Doug Jones
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Wednesday 18th Mar 2009

Doug Jones has appeared in some of the most fascinating and entertaining movies of the last ten years. His work with Guillermo del Torro has made him a true star, an actor who can be relied upon to bring to life some of the most fantastical creations ever seen and made them seem oh so real. We decided it was time we chatted with this talented man and discover what drives him as an actor.

 

ZH: How did you get started in show business?

 

DJ: I got into mime as a college student at Ball State University in Indiana.  The performing troupe was called Mime Over Matter ..... see the funny? This art form is what took an already expressive young fellow and made me fully aware of my gestures and movements as I learned to tell stories with n... »

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Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth - Pinhead Unleashed
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Monday 9th Mar 2009
Over the last few weeks I’ve be looking at the Hellraiser phenomenon as well as each of the three Hellraiser movies that Zone Horror will be broadcasting. We continue with how the third part of this franchise came to life and how it was the last time Pinhead was to venture into the cinema.

 

After the critical success of Hellbound: Hellraiser II one would have expected part 3 to have followed pretty quickly. In fact fans had to wait until 1992 for Pinhead and his paranormal crew of evil Cenobites to return to the big screen. This wasn’t due to lack of interest but because the film company that held the rights to the Hellraiser movies, New World International had ceased trading.

 

One idea was that the film was to be set in Ancient Egypt, anot... »

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Interview With Clive Barker
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Sunday 8th Mar 2009

Clive Barker is a legend in the world of horror entertainment. But did you know that one of his earliest works has been adapted and recently arrived on DVD? In The Midnight Meat Train, a photographer (Bradley Cooper), pursues the subject of a lifetime – the subway slasher and serial killer, Mahogany (Vinnie Jones) – straight to the end of the line. Based on Barker's acclaimed short story, The Midnight Meat Train, packed with unnerving, blood-soaked plot twists, could well prove the horror hit of the season… Or as Barker, who also serves as one of the film’s producers sees it, for generations to come.

 

ZH: The Midnight Meat Train »

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Hellbound: Hellraiser II - Inside the Lament Configuration
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Friday 27th Feb 2009

We continue our look at the series at how the second part of this franchise came to life and how it changed the idea of horror sequels forever…

 

After Clive Barker’s Hellraiser became a critical and commercial success the idea that a sequel would occur was really a no-brainer. In fact the studio executives were so convinced Hellraiser would be a success that they set in motion the sequel before Hellraiser hit theatres. From the start it was decided that Hellbound would grab the Hellraiser mythos and delve into its shadiest places. The focus of Hellbound was different to the first movie as it began to concentrate on the Lead Cenobite, Pinhead (as he had began to be called) played magnificently with power and deep darkness by Doug Bradley. By this time (1988) Pinhead had become slightly iconic, there was something about this c... »

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Hellraiser - Sadomasochists from Beyond the Grave!
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Monday 16th Feb 2009
Over the next few weeks I’ll be looking at the Hellraiser phenomenon as well as each of the three Hellraiser movies that Zone Horror will be broadcasting. We start by reminding you what horror cinema was like over twenty years ago…

 

In the late 1980’s UK cinemas were swamped with horror movies. Most were riding the coat tails of the slasher phenomenon that had started with such films as Halloween and Friday the 13th. Freddy Krueger was starting to haunt people’s nightmares and would be around for a long time and a famous psycho was also stalking the silver screen once more. But audiences wanted something more, something unpredictable and raw, something that could be set in suburbia. This meant the monster in the movie could actually be living right next door.

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Exclusive interview with Frank Henenlotter
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Monday 9th Feb 2009

Although Frank Henenlotter has only made a handful of movies, his name is legendary when discussing cult cinema of the 80’s and 90’s. We love him here at Zone Horror and recently broadcast two of his most famous works, Basket Case and Brain Damage. After a decade and half away Frank is back with a new movie, Bad Biology, an amazing and truly original film that contains all his controversial trademarks. We decided that it was time to catch up with this enigmatic character and try and find out where his highly unique ideas for movies come from.

 

ZH: You’re a big fan of the Grindhouse cinema movement of the 60’s and 70’s at 42nd Street, can you quickly explain to people in the UK what exactly that was?

 

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Friday the 13th - A Horror Channel Tribute
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Thursday 5th Feb 2009

We’ve decided to take a quick look at the Friday the 13th movie franchise and how Jason carved up the cinema in the 1980’s.

 

By 1979 the “slasher movie” phenomena had taken hold thanks to such movies as Black Christmas (1974) and John Carpenter’s Halloween (1978). Sean S. Cunningham, producer of the notorious Grindhouse movie Last House on the Left, decided on a new date for terror, Friday the 13th. He populated the movie with a fine looking cast (including Kevin Bacon in his first screen role), set it at a remote location and made sure that the effects would be realistic and bloody. The story is simple, back in 1957 a young boy drowned at a lake near Camp Crystal due to the ineptitude of those who were supposed to be watching him. The following year two counsellors were brutally slaughtered. The camp by the la... »

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Exclusive Interview With Scholar Leslie S. Klinger
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Sunday 11th Jan 2009

Leslie S. Klinger is a prize-winning Victorian scholar who wrote the critically acclaimed, best-selling book The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes. He has recently turned his attention to one of the most famous novels ever written, Bram Stoker's Dracula so we decided to track him down and ask him how he came about to creating what will probably become regarded as the final word on the Count.

ZH: When did you first encounter Bram Stoker’s Dracula?

LSK: I read it as a freshman in college (in 1965), although not as an assignment. I remember finishing it in a darkened hallway at night, because my roommate was sleeping.

ZH: What were your initial thoughts on the piece of work?

LSK: I was thoroughly scared and quite surprised at my own reaction. After all, I said, this is a dusty old Victorian book—how could it be so scary? Fortunately, the Leonard Wolf Annotated Dracula hadn’t been published ye... »

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My Bloody Valentine 3D - A New Dimension in Horror
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Wednesday 7th Jan 2009

The horror film has long played a leading role in the evolution of 3-D cinema and on January 16, My Bloody Valentine 3D becomes the latest horror movie to benefit from this process. The controversial low-budget original gained an enormous cult following when released in 1981, something which shocked even its creators. My Bloody Valentine 3D promises to bring the fear factor to a new level with an immersive and utterly terrifying remake of the ultimate campfire story.

The visceral nature of the horror genre and the format’s immersive effects go together like, well, slashers and scream queens. In fact, the first big hit of the “Golden Age” of 3-D was the classic chiller House of Wax (1953), starring Vincent Price. Audiences were captivated by the film’s stereoscopic visuals and Price’s performance in a role that would make him virtually synonymous with the genre. Perhaps the most signif... »

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