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Exclusive Interview With Jen And Sylvia Soska
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Saturday 15th Dec 2012

soska_sistersJen and Sylvia Soska are two of the most creative and talented people working in the industry today. They made an impact a couple of years ago with Dead Hooker In A Trunk and have managed to wow critics worldwide with their latest movie, American Mary. On December 27th from 9pm the girls will be presenting their very own Director's Night on the Horror Channel so we decided to chat to these wonderful people about their career to date and how they choose their movies for this event.

HC: We first spoke sometime ago when you were promoting Dead Hooker In A Trunk, how did that film change your lives?

SS: That film and more specifically the support we received from the hor... »

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Jack The Giant Slayer - New Poster
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 12th Dec 2012

Jack The Giant SlayerDirected by Bryan Singer, Jack The Giant Slayer promises to be one of the first big blockbuster movies of 2013.

An ancient war is reignited when a young farmhand unwittingly opens a gateway between our world and a fearsome race of giants. Unleashed on the Earth for the first time in centuries, the giants strive to reclaim the land they once lost, forcing the young man, Jack, into the battle of his life to stop them.

Fighting for a kingdom and its people, and the love of a brave princess, he comes face to face with the unstoppable warriors he thought only existed in legend… and gets the chance to become a legend himself.

Starring Nicholas Hoult, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Bill Nighy, Ian McShane, Warwick Davis, Eleanor Tomlinson, Ewen Bremner »

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Horror Channel To Screen Classic Cronenberg Season In January
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Tuesday 11th Dec 2012

cronenbergHorror Channel showcases three of David Cronenberg's most defining films with a season that can't fail to shock and awaken the senses.

Shivers, Rabid and The Dead Zone all receive their Horror Channel premieres, exclusively introduced by top horror directors Simon Rumley (Red White & Blue), Sean Hogan (The Devil's Playground) and Pascal Laugier (Martyrs).

January 12th - Shivers
The season kicks off with the premiere of Shivers , Cronenberg's debut full-length feature that helped coined the phrase 'Body Horror'. The infectious plot sees a parasite enter the bodies of people living in a Montreal apartment block and consequently ... »

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Zombie Flesh Eaters Blu-ray Review
By James Whittington
Posted in: Reviews, Monday 10th Dec 2012

zombie_fleshZombie Flesh Eaters Blu-ray

DVD, Blu-ray, Limited Edition Steelbook, Limited Edition Slipbox

Arrow Video

Certificate 18

Extras: 2 Audio Commentaries, UK exclusive introduction from Ian McCulloch, Documentaries, Trailers, TV Spots, Radio Spots, Collector’s Booklet.

"Have you ever heard of voodoo?"

Probably one of the most notorious titles to have made the DPP list, Lucio Fulci's Zombie Flesh Eaters can now be enjoyed as it was meant to seen, uncut and looking better than ever thanks to Arrow Video. Originally banned in its uncut state and then released with several minutes removed, this is the zombie movie that defined an era and is finally here in its full state with a stunning transfer culled from the origina... »

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Sinister - Do You Dare To View?
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 9th Dec 2012
Sinister Blu-ray coverSinister, one of the best horror movies of 2012 will hit DVD, Blu-ray and Download on February 11th 2013.

From the producer of Insidious and Paranormal Activity, this box office sensation is a supremely creepy horror, full of dread, shocking images and almost unbearable tension, and it's pretty much guaranteed to give audiences nightmares! Quite simply, it's 8MM meets The Shining meets Insidious!

Desperately in need of a best seller to revive his struggling career, true crime writer Ellison (Ethan Hawke), moves his family to the scene of his most recent story; the unsolved, gruesome murder of a loving, happy suburban family. Shunned by the local community and strained by his obligations to his family, the discovery of a ... »

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Before Dawn - Release Date Announced
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 3rd Dec 2012

Before Dawn Image 1Dominic Brunt teams up with wife Joanne Mitchell for his directorial debut, the stunning and heart-breaking zombie horror, Before Dawn.

Alex and Meg's marriage is hanging by a thread. The solution seems simple - a romantic holiday to an idyllic cottage in the Yorkshire Dales. This is the chance both of them need to find themselves, and rediscover their love for one another. But the Yorkshire Dales aren't romantic, and the idyllic cottage isn't too peaceful! The weekend that starts out as an opportunity for love and affection, takes an unexpected turn - into a fierce fight for survival as it becomes clear that they’re not alone in this rural haven.

What starts off as a gripping psychological drama between a struggling married couple, suddenly descends into a shocking, n... »

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ZombiU Screenshots
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 3rd Dec 2012

ZombiU CoverLondon is falling! Are YOU prepared? It is 2012 and the Last Blight is upon us… It was foretold.

Now available for the Nintendo Wii U system ZombiU is a stunning and bloody survival horror, first-person shooter that seems to hit all the right buttons.

For the second time in history, a great plague has enveloped London in a fog of death. Big Ben tolls as hundreds upon thousands of the unprepared die or are infected by a sickness worse than death...

You are still breathing, for now. But how long will you survive in the labyrinth of London streets and underground – abandoned by the outside world, surrounded by the Infected. The horrifying remains of humanity ravaged by the foul disease shuffle through the streets, waiting to prey on your living flesh at every turn!

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Shock Horror Magazine Issue 13 Details
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 3rd Dec 2012

Shock Horror Issue 13Shock Horror Magazine recently released the front cover for the 13th edition in print, featuring an exclusive piece of cover artwork by artist Daniel Mercer!

Daniel Mercer has created the Rob Zombie cover to celebrate an exclusive interview inside the issue, discussing Rob Zombie's upcoming film Lords Of Salem as well as his live tour, accompanied by a review of the bands current tour.

This issue also includes an interview with Manborg Director Steven Kostanski discussing the Sci-Fi/Horror mashup, as well as an interview with acclaimed author Edward Lee and Cradle Of Filth front man and star of Cradle Of Fear Dani Filth as he discusses the bands new album.

For fans of classic Horror this issue also includes a feature on Classic Horror ki... »

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Billy Chainsaw - New Art Exhibition Announced
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 2nd Dec 2012

Billy ChainsawFor many years, more years than he cares to remember, artist Billy Chainsaw has been fascinated by the unknown - in its myriad forms, the magical weirdness of the number 23 and masks. Now he presents his work at a special exhibition running until Wednesday 5th December and then from Monday 10th December till Saturday 22nd December 2012, Monday to Saturday, 12 to 6pm at The Horse Hospital, London.

X - More Than A Journey Into The Unknown
is the first in a series of shows inspired by this fascination. Where do the unexpected portals lead? Who are the real people behind the masks? This inaugural solo exhibition explores such questions via a collection of mixed media works… yet leaves the viewer to form their own conclusions.

"A true legend in horror circles and w... »

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The Hideous Hillbillies Are Back In Wrong Turn 5
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Saturday 1st Dec 2012

Wrong Turn 5 CoverHorror's most famous hillbillies are back and more bloodthirsty than ever as Wrong Turn 5arrives on DVD on January 28th, from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

This time around a small West Virginia town is hosting the legendary Mountain Men Festival on Halloween, with throngs of costumed partygoers gathering for a wild night of music and mischief. But the trick or treating takes a sinister turn when a vicious family of inbred cannibals - including series stalwarts Three Finger, Saw-Tooth and One-Eye - decide to dine on a group of visiting college students.

Starring horror legend Doug Bradley (Hellraiser) and directed by Wrong Turn 3 and 4's Declan O'Brien, Wrong Turn 5 ups the ante on the series’ already gory h... »

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American Mary UK Cinema Tour News
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, News, Thursday 29th Nov 2012

american_maryOne of the finest horror movies of 2012 is set to open in select UK cinemas courtesy of FrightFest Presents from 11th January 2013 - the viscerally thrilling and darkly seductive American Mary. Additionally, Canadian-born writer/directors Jen and Sylvia Soska, and Mary Mason herself - lead actress Katharine Isabelle (Gingers Snaps) will all be returning to the UK to introduce the screenings.

Ian Rattray of FrightFest Presents commented: "After the fantastic reception both American Mary and the Soska Sisters got at FrightFest, we're immensely proud to be able to partner Universal Pictures UK for the theatrical opening of the film. This is FrightFest Presents' first step into theatrical distribution and American Mary is the perfect fit ... »

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Sherlock Holmes Is Back And This Time After A Famous Vampire
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 28th Nov 2012

SH_vsDracula_cvrFancy reading about a classic hero meeting a classic monster? If yes then new book The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sherlock Holmes vs. Dracula might just be for you.

A mysterious schooner runs aground in an English harbor. Its cargo is fifty boxes of earth; its only living passenger, a black dog. The captain's body is lashed to the wheel-lifeless, drained of blood. Soon, a rash of bizarre nocturnal crimes terrifies London. It can only be the work of Count Dracula, and only one man can save the city: the world's greatest detective, Sherlock Holmes.

Sounds like a bit of a romp and is available to buy now in paperback and Kindle formats thanks to Titan Books.

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Midnight Son - Release Dates Announced
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Friday 23rd Nov 2012

Midnight Son PosterWith a heart-breaking script and superb central performances, Midnight Son is simply one of the best vampire movies in ages and it's finally coming to the UK.

Jacob (Zak Kilberg), is a young man confined to a life of isolation, due to a rare skin disorder that prevents him from being exposed to sunlight. His world opens up when he meets Mary (Maya Parish), a local bartender, and falls in love. Tragically, Jacob’s actions become increasingly bizarre as he struggles to cope with the effects of his worsening condition. Forced by the disease to drink human blood for sustenance, he must control his increasingly violent tendencies as local law enforcement narrow their focus on him as a suspect in a series of grisly murders.

Having wowed audiences when it received its UK prem... »

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From Hammer Books Comes Vampire Circus
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 21st Nov 2012

Vampire CircusHammer Books have released another title in their incredibly popular movie tie-in range, this time it's the classic shocker, Vampire Circus.

The small rural community of Shettle has fallen into a decline. It is rife with crime and its inhabitants plagued by ill-fortune. When the Circus of Nights arrives the people are drawn to it like moths to a flame: it’s as though they are bewitched.

Only four men realise that there is something terribly wrong. And as the town is enclosed in a barrier of 'sickness' through which no one can enter or leave, they must do their utmost to protect their loved ones, before it's too late...

Written by acclaimed author Mark Morris this seems to be another must-have release from the popular series.

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American Mary - Release Date Announced
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 21st Nov 2012

American Mary CoverCo-written and co-directed by Jen and Sylvia Soska (Dead Hooker In A Trunk) and featuring an outstanding, career-best lead performance by Katharine Isabelle in the title role, American Mary has been wowing audiences at international film festivals (including London's Film4 Frightfest) throughout 2012 and has already garnered rave reviews from critics all over the world.

A provocative and thought-provoking combination of the horrors of a feminist "Frankenstein" with a fetishist twist and the visceral thrills of the "female revenge" genre, the film boasts a strikingly original script, laced throughout with a wicked sense of humour and a darkly erotic charge, that admirably takes the horror genre in a fresh and new direction. Simultaneously beautiful, repulsive, shocking a... »

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Stay Human, We Are A Dying Breed! ZombiU Is Coming
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 19th Nov 2012

ZombiU CoverLondon is falling! Are YOU prepared? It is 2012 and the Last Blight is upon us… It was foretold.

Coming soon for the Nintendo Wii U system comes ZombiU, a stunning looking survival horror, first-person shooter that seems to hit all the right buttons.

For the second time in history, a great plague has enveloped London in a fog of death. Big Ben tolls as hundreds upon thousands of the unprepared die or are infected by a sickness worse than death...

You are still breathing, for now. But how long will you survive in the labyrinth of London streets and underground – abandoned by the outside world, surrounded by the Infected. The horrifying remains of humanity ravaged by the foul disease shuffle through the streets, waiting to prey on your living flesh at every turn!

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Sound Of My Voice - Coming To DVD and Blu-ray
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 18th Nov 2012

Sound Of My VoiceTake a leap into the unknown when Sound Of My Voice is released on Blu-ray and DVD from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment on 26th November.

From Brit Marling, the acclaimed writer and star of Another Earth, this indie psycho-drama has something radical to reveal.

When documentary filmmakers Peter (Christopher Denham) and Lorna (Nicole Vicius) infiltrate a mysterious cult led by an enigmatic young woman, Maggie (Brit Marling), they get more than they bargained for. The serene but suspicious leader claims to be a traveller from the year 2054 whose vocation is to save a chosen few and prepare them for what lies ahead...

Mesmerising and manipulative, Maggie drives the young couple to question - does she truly hold the key to enlightenment or is she simply... »

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Joe Dante's Classic Piranha Is Coming To Blu-ray
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Friday 16th Nov 2012

Piranha Bluray CoverFrom the director of The Howling and Gremlins and starring Bradford Dillman (Sudden Impact), Heather Menzies (Logan's Run), Kevin McCarthy (Invasion of the Body Snatchers), Keenan Wynn (Once Upon a Time in the West), Barbara Steele (The Pit and The Pendulum) and Dick Miller (The Terminator), Piranha makes its Blu-ray debut complete with some outstanding bonus features on 28th January.

When two teen hikers disappear around Lost River Lake, private detective Maggie McKeown teams up with the local drunk to search for clues.

Their investigation takes them to a secret military base where they inadvertently let loose an experimental strain of mutant piranha. Now the guests at every resort downriver are... »

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FrightFest Originals - New Limited Edition Posters
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, News, Friday 16th Nov 2012

zombie_flesh_eatersFrightFest Originals, created by Alex Chambers and Ian Rattray, launches this week with a limited edition four colour screen print by Nat Marsh of Zombie Flesh Eaters.

The fledgling company aims to produce a number of limited edition 30 X 40 UK Quad prints featuring designs by the hottest talents around the world, including Graham Humphreys, Aiheads, Brandon Schaefer, The Silent Giants, Derek Gabrysek, Connor Martyn, Ghoulish Gary and Luke Insect. In the pipeline are Razorback, Martyrs, The Wickerman and Candyman.

Nat Marsh commented, "Zombie Flesh Eaters is for me THE defining zombie movie. They're coming out of the ground, they're all messed up and they're shambling, very slowly, towards the living. Brilliant! That's the... »

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Half Fish, Half Snake...All Death! Piranhaconda Is Coming To DVD
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 15th Nov 2012
PiranhacondaFrom executive producer legend Roger Corman, veteran Hollywood exploitation director Jim Wynorski and writer Mike MacLean, Piranhaconda stars Michael Madsen, Rachel Hunter, Shandi Finnessey and Rib Hillis.

Whilst filming the latest installment to their horror trilogy on the scenic island of Hawaii, low-budget filmmakers Milo and his crew desperately try to combat the endless barrage of problems that threaten the filming process and ultimately their movie's success. With investors dropping out like flies, a lead actress who is more concerned with drinking a cold Frappuccino than her performance and a gang of kidnappers who are intent on capturing cast members and holding them for ransom, it's safe to say that "Head Chopper 3" just isn't running as smoothly as desired. Yet, an even bigger problem lurks preca... »

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IDW Presents The New Ghostbusters
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 15th Nov 2012

The New GhostbustersThe Ghostbusters are gone, spirited away by some dastardly demons from another dimension! But spectral shenanigans haven't ceased in the city that never sleeps, meaning a new group will need to step up and don the proton packs. IDW Publishing and Sony Pictures Consumer Products are pleased to announce the launch of an all-new Ghostbusters ongoing comic series, picking up where the first mega-hit ongoing volume left off. The Ghostbusters creative super-team of Erik Burnham and Dan Schoening (along with series colourist-extraordinaire Luis Antonio Delgado) return to bust out more ectoplasmic excitement in this second ongoing volume.

"We've seen the Ghostbusters deal with a newly minted servant of Gozer, a child-possessing demon, the Spirit of Death, a cross-country road trip and sloppy business rivals,"... »

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Artists Announced For Jeff Wayne's Musical Version Of The War Of The Worlds - The New Generation
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Saturday 10th Nov 2012

TWOTW - TNG CoverIn 2012, an all New Generation of artistes will guest on a fresh recording of one of the most iconic albums of all time.

Originally released in 1978, Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of The Worlds remains an award-winning landmark masterpiece that has continually won new fans, spending over 330 weeks on the UK chart to date, reaching No. 1 in 11 countries and selling over 15 million copies.

Now, Jeff has embarked on a new interpretation with guest stars every bit as talented as their illustrious predecessors. He has once again brought HG Wells' classic novel to life as a new deluxe hardback 2CD album, digital download and special double vinyl (its original format) with lavish 52 page booklet and poster which will be released on November 26th.

Two of the modern er... »

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Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 8th Nov 2012

Ray Harryhausen quad posterThe remarkable career of the movie industry's most admired and influential special-effects auteur, the legendary Ray Harryhausen, is the subject of Gilles Penso's definitive documentary Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan.

Leaving no doubt as to Harryhausen's seminal influence on modern-day special effects, the documentary features enlightening and entertaining interviews with the man himself, Randy Cook, Peter Jackson, Nick Park, Phil Tippet, Terry Gilliam, Dennis Muren, John Landis, Guillermo Del Toro, James Cameron, Steven Spielberg and many more.

These filmmakers, who today push the boundaries of special effects movie-making, pay tribute to the father of Stop Motion animation and films such as The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms, It... »

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Zombie Flesh Eaters - Coming To HD Soon
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 7th Nov 2012

Zombie Flesh Eaters CoverArrow Video have confirmed that Monday December 3rd will mark the release of Lucio Fulci's horror masterpiece Zombie Flesh Eaters on Blu-ray, DVD and Limited Edition Steelbook.

Painstakingly restored from the original camera negative, Zombie Flesh Eaters stands-out as one of the famed distributor’s biggest ever (and best looking) restoration projects. These landmark releases will contain a wealth of special features, additional collector's material and never-before-seen extras, including optional English/Italian opening titles, a UK exclusive introduction to the film from lead actor Ian McCulloch, and a number of brand new featurettes.

Available as a Limited Edition Steelbook (complete with limited edition artwork), Limited E... »

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This Collection Is A Killer - V/H/S Is Coming Soon
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Saturday 3rd Nov 2012

VHS QuadDirectors Adam Wingard (You're Next, A Horrible Way To Die), David Bruckner (The Signal), Glenn McQuaid (I Sell The Dead), Joe Swanberg (Hannah Takes The Stairs) and Ti West (The Innkeepers, Cabin Fever 2: Spring Break, The House Of The Devil) present the most talked about anthology movie in years, V/H/S.

A small group of misfit friends and petty crooks are hired by a mysterious man to break into a derelict suburban house with the sole purpose of finding and stealing a rare videotape. Their only clue to identifying the tape in question is, "You'll know it when you see it."

However, on arrival at the house they soon realize the job isn't as straightforward as they imagined. In one room they discover the lifeless body of a middle-aged... »

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Christmas Evil Hits DVD This November
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Friday 2nd Nov 2012

Christmas Evil CoverFancy a seasonal shocker? If so Arrow Video have the title for you, Christmas Evil.

When little Harry sees his Dad in a Santa Claus outfit, groping his mother one Christmas Eve, life changes for the quiet little boy. Thirty odd years later, you'd better watch out in this 80s horror classic from the small but perfectly formed micro-genre of Yuletide Slashers.

Because now - all grown up and disgruntled by his dead end job in a depressing toy factory - he's making a list, checking it twice and descending into a self-created Christmas nightmare where he is Father Christmas and his judgement is final! Dressed as St. Nick, Harry is going to show his bullying co-workers and all the other naughty people what the true spirit of the season is... Run for your miserable lives, th... »

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Berberian Sound Studio - Coming To DVD And Blu-ray
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 1st Nov 2012

Berberian Sound Studio ImageDripping in Argento style and haunting Lynchian atmosphere, Peter Stickland's brilliantly original and hugely acclaimed homage to 1970s Italian horror, Berberian Sound Studio will come to DVD and Blu-ray on December 31st.

It's 1976 and timid, Dorking-based sound engineer, Gilderoy, has been transplanted to Italy's run-down Berberian Sound Studio to work on "The Equestrian Vortex", the latest low-budget horror movie by notorious exploitation maestro Giancarlo Santini. Gilderoy's task is a seemingly simple one: to create, record and mix the sounds of bloodcurdling screams, limbs being severed and the insertion of red hot pokers into human orifices, mostly using a variety of everyday household items such as old vegetables and a h... »

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Horror Channel's Horror Club To Present Julian Richard's New Movie Shiver
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Thursday 1st Nov 2012

horror_clubFollowing the inaugural sell-out showing of Inbred, Horror Club, created by Horror Channel, will host its second event at The Horse Hospital on Tuesday December 4th from 7pm with an exclusive preview screening of Julian Richard's spine-chilling Shiver.

This special event, open to all horror fans, will be introduced by Horror Channel's Emily Booth and genre expert/writer Billy Chainsaw. Chainsaw will interview Richards after the screening. Richards, an award-winning writer and director, is best known for his ground-breaking serial killer shockumentary The Last Horror Movie and the haunting Summer Scars, which won two British Academy Awards.

Julian said, "It's terrific news that Horror Club will be... »

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Alan Robert's Crawl To Me Deluxe Limited Edition
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 31st Oct 2012

Crawl To MeIDW Limited has announced a special new limited edition hardcover of Alan Robert's Crawl To Me. From rock star to all-star comic creator, Life of Agony's Alan Robert brings intensity and electricity to everything he does. This critically acclaimed, award-winning mini-series will be presented in a custom case and cover, with hand-drawn artwork by the book’s creator and artist. Presented in the multi-tiered IDW Limited fashion, fans will be able to select the level of original artwork and casing they’d like to purchase according to their budget and desire.

"To witness this little story develop into what it's become is quite mind-blowing to me," Says Robert. "It's true horror in the sense that it's meant to scare the reader to the core. Not just visually, but emotionally, too. Edgar is as ter... »

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Universal Monsters: The Essential Collection
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 30th Oct 2012

Frankensteins MonsterUniversal Monsters: The Essential Collection brings together the very best of Universal's legendary monsters-imaginative and technically groundbreaking tales of terror that launched a uniquely Hollywood movie genre.

From the era of silent movies through the present day, Universal Pictures has been regarded as the home of the monsters. Universal Monsters: The Essential Collection honours the studio's accomplishments with the most iconic monsters in motion-picture history including Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Invisible Man, Bride of Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, Phantom of the Opera and Creature from the Black Lagoon.

Featuring performances by legends of the horror genre, including Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney, Jr., Claude... »

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Gremlins - Back In Cinemas
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 30th Oct 2012

Gremlins ReissueJoe Dante's 80s Warner Bros. classic Gremlins is coming back to the big screen on brand new digital prints. New and nostalgic fans will be able to see the Gremlins back where they belong for the ultimate Christmas cult comedy-horror.

Intended as a Christmas present for his son Billy, Randall Peltzer picks up a Mogwai armed with those famous mysterious instructions: "Don't ever get him wet. Keep him away from bright light. And the most important thing, the one thing you must never forget: no matter how much he cries, no matter how much he begs... never, ever feed him after midnight."

Hilarious accidents and frightful chaos ensues as Gremlins spawn all over the small American suburb of Kingston Falls, making this Christmas an unforgettable one for the Pelt... »

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The Dead 2 - Teaser Trailer
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 29th Oct 2012
The Dead 2 ImageThe Ford Brothers, the team behind the acclaimed 'modern Classic' zombie thriller The Dead, have revealed that the much awaited sequel The Dead 2 will be shot in India.

Opening the FrightFest Halloween All-nighter, at London's Leicester Square, Howard J Ford unveiled a teaser trailer shot on a recent location recce and announced that the film, for which the screenplay is now completed, is anticipated to start production in February/March 2013.

Howard went on to say, "We have been receiving so much enthusiasm and demand for a sequel we owe it to the fans of The Dead 1 to deliver something that goes way beyond what we could achieve first time around and the starting point was to find the most stunning and varied landscapes where we have not seen the dead walk before! T... »

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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter - Blu-ray
By James Whittington
Posted in: Reviews, Sunday 28th Oct 2012

abraham_lincolnAbraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

DVD, Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

Certificate 15

Extras: (Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D only) Animated Story, Audio Commentary, Making Of, Promo Video, Trailer

Based on the best-selling novel by Seth Grahame-Smith and combining director Timur Bekmambetov and producer Tim Burton, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is a bloody blockbuster of a movie that may at first seem to be style over substance, but underneath has a smart and compelling narrative flowing through it.

Spurred on by his desire to avenge the gruesome death of his mother Lincoln (Benjamin Walker) is thrust into an epic fight against vicious creatures threatening the future of the United States. Ai... »

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Soundstage Events Presents The Evil Dead And The Rise Of The Video Nasties
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Saturday 27th Oct 2012

Evil Dead EventHeld on Sunday October 28th at Brighton's Duke of York’s cinema at 1pm, this special event marks thirty years since the rise of the video nasties. Following a rare cinema screening of The Evil Dead, a panel of guests will discuss the horror classic's impact and the video nasty phenomenon. The special guests are the British Board of Film Classification's Senior Examiner Craig Lapper, Kill List and Sightseers director Ben Wheatley and Empire Magazine's Chris Hewitt. The event will be hosted by director Jonathan Glendening.

Tickets at £9 are available by clicking here www.soundstageevents.co.uk

Released in 1982, The Evil Dea... »

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2012 Film4 FrightFest All-Nighter Guests And Final Film‏
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Wednesday 24th Oct 2012

ff_allnighterOnly a few days now until the FrightFest All-Nighter Spooktacular at the Vue West End kicks-off the Halloween season with a six pack of shock sensation. But Team FrightFest wanted to give you the heads up on what you can expect on October 27th from the witching hour of 6pm onwards.

The already announced line-up of the most must-see movies of the moment includes Excision, The Tall Man, Bait 3D, The Helpers, plus their showcase retrospective Zombie Flesheaters. Now they can reveal that the title of their Surprise Film is the World Premiere of director Andrew Goth's controversial Gallowwalkers. Sergio Leone meets Alejandro Jodorowsky in the cowboy zombie mash-up about a mysterious gunslinger and his curse from God - everyone he shoots returns to life. S... »

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Exclusive Interview With Director Alex Chandon
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Tuesday 23rd Oct 2012

alex_chandonAlex Chandon is one of the UKs most inventive creatives. His latest movie, Inbred has been hailed by many as one of the best Brit horror movies in ages.

Alex will be introducing three of his favourite horror movies this Thursday from 9pm during his very own Director's Night on the Horror Channel.

Here he chats about his career, the movie Inbred and the plans he has for the future.

HC: You've been around in the movie industry for a while now, how has it changed since you began your career?

AC: Hi. I think its remained very similar for mainstream films, the same people control the monies and funding. The same prejudices against low budget and genre films exist and the same struggles face any film maker/actor tr... »

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Winter Chills Weekend Comes To Horror In November
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Monday 22nd Oct 2012

winter_chillsFancy tuning in for three movies with a real frosty bite?

Then be sure to be watching the Horror Channel on the 9th, 10th and 11th of November at 10.55pm for three movies that will take you to the frozen edge of fear in our Winter Chills Weekend event.

Full details are below and if you fancy a taster check out the trailer too.

Friday 9th - Dead Snow
The gloriously gruesome gorefest Dead Snow comes to the Horror Channel this month. A ski vacation turns into a frozen nightmare when the ultimate evil returns from the dead... Nazi zombies. The young ski party must take up arms to take off heads!

Saturday 10th - Blood Runs Cold
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The Walking Dead - The Official Magazine Hits Newsstands And Digital Platforms Tomorrow
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 22nd Oct 2012

The Walking Dead Newstand CoverTitan Magazines and Skybound's premier issue of The Walking Dead The Official Magazine, based on Robert Kirkman's Eisner Award-winning comic book series, best-selling graphic novels and Emmy-winning AMC television series, hits newsstands and digital platforms on October 23.

This 100-page issue features an inside look at the TV show, comics and everything in-between: The Walking Dead creator/writer Robert Kirkman reveals what's coming up next on the TV show, which broke basic cable records again with the season three premiere, and how the shocking events of issue #100 of The Walking Dead Comic will affect Rick and our favorite survivors; an exclusive interview with Danai Gurira, who plays the iconic character ... »

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Halloween V: The Revenge Of Michael Myers - Blu-ray
By James Whittington
Posted in: Reviews, Sunday 21st Oct 2012

halloween_vHalloween V: The Revenge Of Michael Myers

Blu-ray

Anchor Bay

Certificate 18

Extras: Two Audio Commentaries, Behind The Scenes Feature, Promotional Featurette, Trailer.

Ignored by many at the time of its original release, the stylish but hollow Halloween V: The Revenge Of Michael Myers finally gets the High-Definition treatment fans of the franchise have been waiting for. But is the film worthy of a shiny new print?

It's one year after the events of Halloween 4, and both Michael and Jamie have survived the horrors of the previous year’s "festivities". Jamie is still having nightmares about her pathological uncle and, to further complicate matters, has realised she shares a telepathic bond with him, a revelation whic... »

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Scream Issue 15 Details
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Saturday 20th Oct 2012

Scream Issue 15Now full colour and bigger than ever Scream magazine has just announced it's front cover artwork for their early December issue.

Inside Jen and Sylvia Soska talk American Mary, Rob Zombie gives Scream the exclusive on The Lords Of Salem, Director Don Coscarelli remembers those Phantasm movies, Bill Moseley gives Scream the low down on January 2013's The Texas Chainsaw 3D, The Crow creator James O'Barr is also interviewed. Beside these you'll find DVD/Blu-ray reviews, previews and much more!

Subscribe and pick up copies of the magazine online here.

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Sightseers - New Poster
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 17th Oct 2012

Sightseers Jumper PosterWritten by and starring Alice Lowe and Steve Oram with additional material by Amy Jump, Sightseers is the latest film to have critics clambering to dish out praise about it.

Directed by Ben Wheatley with Edgar Wright as Executive Producer the film has been described as a killer of a comedy.

Chris (Steve Oram) wants to show Tina (Alice Lowe) his world and he wants to do it his way - on a journey through the British Isles in his beloved Abbey Oxford Caravan. Tina's led a sheltered life and there are things that Chris needs her to see - the Crich Tramway Museum, the Ribblehead Viaduct, the Keswick Pencil Museum and the rolling countryside that accompanies these wonders in his life. But it doesn't take long for the dream to fade. Litterbugs, noisy teenagers an... »

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Zombie Make-Up Demonstrations At Forbidden Planet
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 16th Oct 2012

Zombie Make UpOn Thursday 25th October from13:00 till 18:00 at the Forbidden Panet London Megastore on Shaftesbury pop along to witness some magnificent transformations.

Just in time for Halloween, Nimba Creations make up artist Tom Lauten will be demonstrating the art of Zombie make-up with two displays of Halloween wizardry. The first Zombie make up demo starts at 13:00 and, while he is working, Tom will answer your questions and advise you on creating your own prosthetic effects. Then, at 17:00, Tom will make up a second Zombie!

Tom Lauten runs Nimba Creations, a busy make up and special effects company whose credits include the movies The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe and Peter Jackson's King Kong as well as a host of television and advertising work.

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Queen Of Horror Festival News
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 15th Oct 2012

Queen of Horror Festival 2012The first ever Ingrid Pitt Queen of Horror Festival 2012 will take place from 26th till 28th October in Hastings. This 3 days Horror spectacular is billed as not being for the faint-hearted and has a programmed packed with horror goddess goodness.

Events include: The Queen of Horror Pageant, SFX make-up demonstration and memorabilia dealers, Celebrity signings and Q&A Session plus a Hastings Trip with celebraties!

There will also be a book launch of Dracula Who? which was written by Ingrid Pitt, an Ingrid Pitt Film Extravaganza, Live Theatre with Carol Cleveland and Damien Thomas.

But that's not all as there’s a Psychic Stroll Tarot with Simone, The Ingrid Pitt Awards 2012 and a Red Carpet and Black Champagne Masqued Ball.

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Exclusive Interview With Martin Kemp Director Of Stalker
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Monday 15th Oct 2012

stalkerMartin Kemp is a very busy man. A respected musician, writer, actor, he has now added the role of director to his CV. His debut horror movie Stalker is getting its UK TV premiere on the Horror Channel October 19th so we decided to chat to this incredibly talented fellow about his love of horror and what it was like working behind the camera.

HC: You wrote the screenplay for Stalker, where did the inspiration for the story come from?

MK: The screenplay was written by myself. Jonathan Sothcott came to me asking me to rewrite the seventies movie The House On Straw Hill, but after looking at it I decided to just take a seed from it and send it onto a different journey, but the basic principle is still there.

HC: Are you ... »

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Shocker Horror Issue 12 Details
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 14th Oct 2012

Shock Horror Issue 12The contents of Issue 12 of Shock Horror Magazine have been released alongside its rather eye-catching cover.

Inside you'll find an exclusive interview with Silent Hill: Revelation Writer and Director Michael J. Bassett, and to celebrate the release of the new Silent Hill movie this issue also includes a special wraparound cover.

Also in this Halloween special issue check out interviews with the multi-talented Soska Sisters, Ezra Buzzington and Shaky Kane as well as a review on the new and much anticipated Resident Evil 6 game and much, much more!

Shock Horror continues to grow with more pages in full colour glossy format, so keep it creepy this Halloween and read Shock Horror Magazine!

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Exclusive Interview With Writer C. Robert Cargill
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Sunday 14th Oct 2012

r_CargillOne of the stand-out movies from FrightFest 2012 was the paranormal, found footage shocker Sinister. This twisted and unforgettable piece of horror cinema is a superb piece of horror cinema and comes from the pens of C. Robert Cargill and Scott Derrickson. We recently chatted to Cargill about Sinister and what plans he has for the future.

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

CC: Ever since I was young, yeah. My wife and I often spend our weekends nestled in bed, sifting through Netflix looking for horror films one or both of us have never seen.

HC: Are there any writers that you admire?

CC: Many. In horror alone I could name King, Keene, Lovecraft, Lansdale, Carpenter, del Toro. I'm especially loving a lot of the new guys like Simon Rumley and Lucky ... »

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Halloween V - Blu-ray Update
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 14th Oct 2012

Halloween V CoverUnderrated by many at the time of its original release, the highly entertaining and impressively stylish Halloween 5: The Revenge Of Michael Myers finally gets the High-Definition treatment the fans have been waiting for.

It's one year after the events of Halloween 4, and both Michael and Jamie have survived the horrors of the previous year’s "festivities". Jamie is still having nightmares about her pathological uncle and, to further complicate matters, has realised she shares a telepathic bond with him, a revelation which Dr. Loomis decides to use to his advantage in tracking the seemingly unstoppable killer.

Returning cast members Danielle Harris and Donald Pleasence are back in their respected roles of Jamie and Doctor Loomis and director Dominique Othenin-Girard... »

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Halloween IV: The Return Of Michael Myers - Blu-ray
By James Whittington
Posted in: Reviews, Saturday 13th Oct 2012

halloween_ivHalloween 4: The Return Of Michael Myers

Blu-ray

Anchor Bay

Certificate 18

Extras: Two Audio Commentaries, Convention Featurette, Trailer

"Jamie's uncle is the bogeyman!"

After the lacklustre performance at the box-office of Halloween III: The Season Of The Witch in 1982, the Halloween franchise seemed dead and buried. But in 1988 The Shape returned to the big screen in an instalment that brought the series bang up to date and which contained one of the finest movie debuts any actor has ever delivered, Danielle Harris.

Ten years to the day of that fateful Halloween when the adult Michael Myers first terrorized the sleepy town of Haddonfield, Illinois, the malevolent monster awakes from a decade-long coma, escapes incarceration an... »

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Halloween - Back On The Big Screen
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Friday 12th Oct 2012

Halloween CinemaThe ultimate Halloween film is coming back to the big screen where, and when, it belongs. The original version of John Carpenter's hugely successful 70s slasher-film went on to be the benchmark for future films of its type while it took influence from masters of suspense and horror: Hitchcock and De Palma. See once more through the eyes of Michael Myers and feel the tension build with Carpenter’s celebrated soundtrack. One of the most famous horror films of them all, Halloween is back in cinemas.

It's Halloween 1963, a 6-year-old masked Michael Myers has just stabbed to death his older sister and condemned himself to life imprisonment. But, 15 years later, he escapes and it's only his psychiatrist Dr Loomis who foresees the horror that will ensue on that fateful Halloween night in 1978... »

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Inbred - Old School Poster
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 11th Oct 2012

Inbred Old School posterInbred, directed by Alex Chandon (Cradle of Fear), is one of the most hotly anticipated genre films of 2012. This witty, yet hilariously twisted tale will be unleashed onto DVD and Blu-ray October 15th and to celebrate here's a rather smart, old school poster for the movie.

Starring Jo Hartley and Seamus O'Neill as well as upcoming stars; James Burrows and Nadine Rose Mulkerrin, Inbred boasts some stunningly realistic visual effects as well as an appearance from the Horror Channel's Emily Booth and an unexpected but inspired cameo from Emmerdale's Dominic Brunt as a chainsaw wielding henchman called Podge.

Four young urban offenders and their care workers embark on a community service weekend in ... »

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Vampirella Strikes!
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 11th Oct 2012

Vampirella Strikes01-Cov-TurnerFan-favourite Vampirella writer Tom Sniegoski returns with all new series - Vampirella Strikes! Tom is one of the most successful fan favorite writers coming back to Vampirella, having previously written multiple Vampirella series including the long running Vengeance Of Vampirella #1- #25. Vampirella Strikes #1 features covers by the late, great Michael Turner (pictured), all-star artist David Finch, as well as Milo Manara, and a cover by series artist Johnny D! And, for the first time, Dynamite is offering each cover as each own item to allow fans and retailers to order their favourite cover!

Also available is the Vampirella Strikes #1 Subscription Special Limited E... »

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Halloween IV - Blu-ray News
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 10th Oct 2012
Halloween IV CoverLong considered by many horror fans to be the best of all the Halloween sequels, Halloween 4: The Return Of Michael Myers comes to Blu-ray for the first time in the UK and it's never looked better.

Ten years to the day of that fateful Halloween when the adult Michael Myers first terrorized the sleepy town of Haddonfield, Illinois, the malevolent monster awakes from a decade-long coma, escapes incarceration and returns home. His latest prey is his niece, Jamie Lloyd, a young girl whose short life has been plagued by recurring nightmares involving her evil uncle. The only man aware of the true horror of the situation is Dr. Sam Loomis, Michael's childhood psychiatrist and now the killer's nemesis.

The one Halloween sequel that has actually improved with age, i... »

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Exclusive Interview With Actress Danielle Harris
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Wednesday 10th Oct 2012

the_victim_dvdDanielle Harris is one of the most famous Scream Queens of the 21st century. Her roles in horror favourites such as Halloween 4 and Halloween 5, Hatchet and more recently in the acclaimed directorial debut from Michael Biehn, The Victim.

Danielle took time out of her busy schedule to answer a few questions about her acting career and what projects she has lined up.

HC: What was it like growing up being a movie star?

DH: Ha ha. I hardly think of myself as a movie star!! I have always just been a working actress who has worked with quite a few movie stars along the way.

HC: How did you balance your education and acting work?

DH: I found that had a better education on set because I was being t... »

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Zombies Vs Robots Hardcover - New From IDW
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 10th Oct 2012

Zombies Vs Robots HardcoverBrraaaiiiinnnnssss! IDW Limited has partnered with twelve of the juiciest brains in sci-fi, horror, and fantasy to deliver two limited edition prose novels set in the popular Zombies Vs. Robots universe. Signed, limited editions of Zombies Vs. Robots: Z-Boys In The Robot Graveyard and Zombies Vs. Robots: This Means War! are now available for rabid consumption at www.IDWLimited.com.

"Zombies Vs Robots is a nightmarish dystopian world and one where I'm strangely comfortable," said contributor and acclaimed horror author John Shirley. "I can hardly wait for it to come true. Meanwhile I have to help create it."

Shirley's Zombies Vs. Robots: Z-Boys In The Robot Gr... »

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Exclusive Interview With Simon Rumley Director Of Red White And Blue
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Monday 8th Oct 2012

simon_rumleyLast year we premiered a stunning piece of cinema, Simon Rumley's The Living And The Dead.

This month we're giving his equally astonishing movie Red White And Blue its UK TV premiere.

We chatted to Simon about this superb and raw piece of film and what it was like shooting the movie in America.

HC: Hi Simon, Red White and Blue is very different to your film The Living And The Dead, where did the idea come from?

SR: It came from a mixture of personal fears, reading about crazy events on the internet, wanting to do another horror film that wasn’t obviously classifiable as a horror film and also wanting to make a film that was, like The Living And The Dead, equally tragic and disturbing…

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Exclusive Interview With Dominic Brunt Star Of Inbred And Before Dawn
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Friday 5th Oct 2012

dominic_bruntMany will know Dominic Brunt for his popular role of Paddy in the soap opera Emmerdale. Dominic though is making his mark in the horror industry too, not only did he direct and star in the forthcoming zombie flick Before Dawn and also starred in Alex Chandon's superb shocker Inbred. Here Dominic chats about these films and his love of horror movies.

HC: How did you come to be part of the Inbred cast?

DB: I am a massive fan of Cradle Of Fear and also Pervirella. They are just classic VHS British horror fodder so I was thrilled to be asked to meet Alex to read for a part. I took my copy of Cradle Of Fear along to be signed. I'm THAT sad I'm afraid.

HC: How did you a... »

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Dark Shadows: The Visual Companion Details
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Friday 5th Oct 2012

Dark Shadows Book CoverBased upon the cult television series, Dark Shadows has been revamped under the direction of Tim Burton with stunning performances from an all-star ensemble cast including Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter and Eva Green. Rolling Stone magazine has already acknowledged Tim Burton's visuals as "a sumptuous treat".

Created in close co-operation with Tim Burton and the production team, this lavish hardcover official companion volume to the film includes a foreword by Tim Burton, scores of photos, concept drawings and interviews with the cast and crew.

Persoannly speaking, this has been one of the true highlights of the horror film year and showed that Burton still is one of the finest directors around

Dark Shadows: The Visu... »

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Silent Hill: Revelation - Release Date
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 4th Oct 2012

Silent Hill 3DBased on the groundbreaking survival horror video game franchise, Silent Hill: Revelation is the sequel to the hit film Silent Hill, which opened to number one at the U.S. box office and took in nearly $100 million at the worldwide box office. Featuring an unparalleled horror experience, Konami's Silent Hill franchise has captivated fans for more than a decade and has spawned a hit comic book series, graphic novels, collectible action figures and numerous soundtracks from rock bands.

Directed by Michael J. Bassett, original cast members Sean Bean, Deborah Kara Unger and Radha Mitchell return starring along with rising stars Adelaide Clemens and Kit Harington as well as Carrie-Anne Moss and screen legend Malcolm McDowell.

For years, Heather Mason (Clemens) and her f... »

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Dark Tide - New Trailer
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 3rd Oct 2012

Dark Tide CoverStarring Halle Berry, Dark Tide is (according to the PR) packed full of terrifying shark attacks and has been dubbed "an absolute must-see" by some that have had the pleasure of viewing it already.

For experienced open water diver Kate (Berry), the memory of a brutal shark attack has left its scars. But with the bank about to take her boat she accepts a lucrative deal from an extreme thrill-seeking businessman who wants her to lead a dive with Great Whites... outside of the cage.

Heading out to sea with her crew she sets course for the world's deadliest feeding ground: Shark Alley. But with a massive storm rolling in and a school of Great Whites circling for food, the dive is about to become a brutal, bloody descent into hell.

See what you think of the trailer below and if... »

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The Pact - Motion Poster
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 30th Sep 2012

The Pact CoverFirst-time feature director Nicholas McCarthy, sexy up-and-coming female lead Caity Lotz, Casper Van Dien, Agnes Bruckner, Haley Hudson and Kathleen Rose Perkins combined their talents for The Pact which is coming to DVD and Blu-ray on October 1st.

Following the death of her mother, Annie receives a phone call from her former drug addict sister, Nicole, imploring her to come back to visit their family home and to attend their mother's funeral. Still tortured by memories of a troubled childhood, Annie is reluctant to revisit the past, but eventually agrees to Nicole's request. However, on arrival at the house she finds no trace of her sister and, when Nicole fails to turn up at the funeral, Annie simply assumes she has relapsed into drug use as a way of dealing with her loss. Not wishing to spe... »

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Questions Will Be Answered - Prometheus Is Coming To Blu-Ray And DVD
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Saturday 29th Sep 2012

Prometheus 3DBD 3D PackshotWritten by Damon Lindelof and Jon Spaihts, Prometheus features outstanding performances by Academy Award winner Charlize Theron, Golden Globe nominee Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce, Noomi Rapace, and Logan Marshall-Green.

Archeologist couple Elizabeth Shaw (Rapace) and Charlie Holloway (Marshall-Green) discover a star map that they interpret as an invitation from humanity's forerunners, the "Engineers." Determined to find out more about them, the couple boards the scientific vessel Prometheus, created and funded by Peter Weyland (Pearce), CEO of Weyland Corporation. Lead by mission director Meredith Vickers (Theron) and monitored by Weyland's android David (Fassbender), the team of explorers find a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth and embark on a t... »

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5 UK Premieres On Show As Film4 FrightFest Announces Line-Up For Halloween All-Nighter
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, News, Friday 28th Sep 2012

ff_allnighterThe FrightFest Halloween All-Nighter returns to the Vue in London's Leicester Square on Saturday October 27th for another helping of choice shock around the clock horror. And this year horror fans around the country can join in the fearful fun as, on Saturday November 3rd, the event travels to the Picturehouse Cambridge, the Empires in Sunderland and Newcastle and The Watershed Bristol.

Note that the regional venues will not be playing all of the titles screening at the London event so please check local listings

London line-up:

6.30pm - Excision (UK Premiere)
Alienated and mentally unhinged teen Pauline struggles with the pressures of high school, pleasing her demanding mother and loosing her virginity. With a grotesque curiosity fo... »

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Sink Your Teeth Into Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Friday 28th Sep 2012

Abraham Lincoln BD 3D_2DFrom visionary filmmakers Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov comes Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter the terrifying tale of the 16th President's hidden past.

Based on the best-selling novel by Seth Grahame-Smith and combining director Timur Bekmambetov and producer Tim Burton, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter spectacularly reinvents the time-honoured vampire genre for REAL vampire fans in this fiercely visceral account of Lincoln's secret lifelong battle with the undead.

Spurred on by his desire to avenge the gruesome death of his mother, this white-knuckle adventure follows Lincoln as he is thrust into an epic fight against vicious creatures threatening the future of the United States. Aided by the mysterious Henry Sturges in his quest ... »

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Alfred Hitchcock - The Masterpiece Collection
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 27th Sep 2012

AH SetFrom Universal Pictures (UK) comes 14 iconic thrillers from The Master of Suspense together for the first time ever as Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection - Super Premium Edition comes to Blu-ray on November the 5th, for a limited time only.

Digitally restored from high-quality film elements and presented in perfect high-definition picture and sound, Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection brings the Master of Suspense's best work to home audiences as it’s never been seen before. This Super Premium Edition features 13 films previously unavailable on Blu-ray, a collectible 16 page exclusive hardback book and additional collectibles including storyboards, costume sketches, correspondence, photographs, beautiful art cards and much more. Plus a treasure trove of over 15 hours of... »

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Stalk 'N Slash Season Coming To The Horror Channel In October
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Tuesday 25th Sep 2012

stalkerHorror Channel will be slicing its way through our TV schedules every Friday night throughout October as it celebrates slasher films, both classic and contemporary. From October 5th there will be four double-bills, headed up by four UK TV premieres.

Seen as the most controversial of horror film sub-genres, the slasher film has delighted fans for over 30 years with its iconic psychopaths, trend-setting special effects, horny teenagers and outrageous plotlines.

Friday 5th - Going To Pieces: The Rise And Fall Of The Slasher Film/Black Christmas
The season kicks off with the premiere of Going To Pieces: The Rise And Fall Of The Slasher Film a documentary which features a host of genre legends including Wes Craven, Rob Zombie and John Carpenter, who take us on a jo... »

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Ee By Gum - Inbred Is On Its Way
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 24th Sep 2012

Inbred BD 2D PackshotInbred, directed by Alex Chandon (Cradle of Fear), is one of the most hotly anticipated genre films of 2012. Officially selected for 2011's FrightFest, the film has grown and grown in notoriety and now the wait is finally over as this dark, witty, yet hilariously twisted tale will be unleashed onto DVD and Blu-ray October 15th.

Starring Jo Hartley and Seamus O'Neill as well as upcoming stars; James Burrows and Nadine Rose Mulkerrin, Inbred boasts some stunningly realistic visual effects as well as an appearance from the Horror Channel's Emily Booth and an unexpected but inspired cameo from Emmerdale's Dominic Brunt as a chainsaw wielding henchman called Podge.

Four young urban offenders and their care wor... »

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The UK Festival Of Zombie Culture 2012 - Full Details
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Saturday 22nd Sep 2012

ZombieFest ImageDetails for the UK Festival Of Zombie Culture 2012 have been announced. The event will be held on November 17th at Phoenix Square, Leicester and is already looking to be the ultimate celebration of all things undead.

Now in its 6th year this annual day of the dead is making sure that even the most hungry gut-munching zombie lover will be catered for with 13 hours of Zombie Films including a World Premiere HD Screening of the Fulci Classic Zombie Flesh Eaters.

Highlights include guest stars include Charlie Higson and Dominic Brunt, The Arcade of the Dead with retro Zombie Games to die for, Best dressed Zombie Award, Zombie Killing Challenge where you can kill the Undead on a Cinema Screen, be made up like your favourite cadaver thanks to talented make-up artists, Zombie authors s... »

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Soundtrack To John Carpenter's The Fog Gets Special Release
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 20th Sep 2012

The Fog Soundtrack CoverThe updated version of Silva Screen's long deleted and sought after 2000 reissue of John Carpenter's sparse, piano-driven ambient/electronic score for The Fog will hit stores on October 8th.

This release brings together not just the original album, which featured 20 minutes of newly released music, but a second 20 track disc of the entire score, drawn from the original tapes, re-mastered by long-time Carpenter collaborator Alan Howarth.

The multi-talented filmmaker not only directed and wrote his films but also created his own unique brand of atmospheric synthesizer scores.

Carpenter said, "I went back to Sound Arts Studio in central Los Angeles and quickly began composing and recording new tracks. Dan Wyman, my creative consultant on Assault O... »

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Michael Biehn's The Victim To Be Released September 24th
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 19th Sep 2012

The Victim New CoverDirected by screen veteran Michael Biehn (The Terminator, Aliens, The Abyss) and starring Jennifer Blanc (The Divide, Dark Angel), Danielle Harris (Stake Land, Hatchet II, Urban Legend), Ryan Honey (Star Trek: Enterprise, ER, NCIS) and Tanya Newbould (Rush Hour 2, Red Dragon, X-Men: The Last Stand) The Victim is one of the most talked about horror movies in ages.

During a social outing deep in the quiet woodland with close friend Mary, Annie's life is put in jeopardy when she is witness to a violent act at the hands of two Sheriff's Deputies. Fleeing from the attackers she stumbles across Kyle, a shady recluse living in a cabin the middle of the woods.... »

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Coming Soon - Excision
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 19th Sep 2012

Excision PosterMonster Pictures has announced that they will be releasing Excision, in select cinemas nationwide from November 2nd.

Excision is the story of Pauline (AnnaLynne McCord), a delusional teenage outcast. Pauline picks scabs. Pauline dissects road kill. Pauline fantasizes about performing surgery on strangers. Her fascinations disturb her schoolmates and her parents, Phyllis (Traci Lords) and Bob (Roger Bart). No one understands Pauline except for Grace (Ariel Winter), her younger sister who suffers from cystic fibrosis. An outcast at school and at home, Pauline is convinced that the best way to repair her estranged relationship with her family is to perform a risky operation to save her sister’s life...

The movie is Richard Bates Jr.'s directorial debut and ... »

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When The Lights Went Out - New Brit Shocker
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 17th Sep 2012

When The Lights Went OutDirected and Written by Pat Holden, When The Lights Went Out is billed as one of the most terrifying paranormal movies ever made.

Based on true events, When The Lights Went Out is the 1970's set story of a down-to-earth Yorkshire family and the malevolent spirit who turns their existence upside down.

The film starts with The Maynard family moving into their new home in a small town in the North-West of England. Len, Jenny and their teenage daughter Sally soon realise however, that their dream home isn't so perfect after all. There is a presence living amongst them who is set to disturbingly disrupt their lives.

Len and Jenny struggle to keep the already-fragile family together under the ghost's onslaught, as sinister echoe... »

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Attack Of The Werewolves - Coming Soon
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 17th Sep 2012

Attack Of The WerewolvesExperience 100 years of evil whn Attack Of The Werewolves descends onto DVd and Blu-ray.

1910. In a remote village, a terrible curse has fallen on the evil Marchioness of Marino and her son - transforming him into a blood-thirsty werewolf who preys on the residents of the village.

One hundred years on, Thomas, the only male descendent of the Marino family, returns home to a warm welcome from the villagers but things aren't quite what they seem. After a century of being terrorized by the vicious werewolf, they plan to break the curse by sacrificing him 100 years to the day when the original curse fell. Thomas must defeat the villagers and pit his wits against a violent beast in order to save himself and overcome a curse that threatens to last for a further ... »

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Locke & Key - Coming To An End
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Friday 14th Sep 2012

Locke & KeyAs Thornton Wilder once said, "All good things must come to an end, but all bad things can continue forever," a quote that seems eerily appropriate for Locke & Key. While at times frighteningly dark and brutally violent, Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez's Eisner-winning series has also sailed on winds of high fantasy and elaborate mystery, striking a mesmerizing balance and attracting a fervent and dedicated audience. While new issues may cease to appear before too long, the unique and vivid memories will live on in fans' minds and shelves forever.

"Locke & Key is the most fun I've ever had writing anything. It's been a Catherine's Wheel that throws off story possibilities instead of sparks and a part of me thinks I could live in Keyhouse forever. But I made a promise to t... »

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Some Guy Who Kills People Finally Coming To DVD and Blu-ray
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 13th Sep 2012

Some Guy Who Kills PeopleThe first release from GRIMM Entertainment (the folks behind Manchester Horror Festival, GRIMMFEST), Some Guy Who Kills People will have a limited theatrical run from the 5th October and is out on DVD and Blu-ray from the 8th. For those of you that can't wait that long you can catch it at this year's GRIMMFEST (3rd-7th October).

Helmed by Jack Perez, Some Guy Who Kills People tells the story of put-down, until recently institutionalised, Ken Boyd (Kevin Corrigan) and his attempts to bond with his daughter Amy (Ariel Gade) and potential love interest Stephanie (Lucy Davis), then people start showing up dead...

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Dare You View Closed Circuit?
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 12th Sep 2012

Closed CircuitClosed Circuit will be release onto DVD, Download and On-Demand on September 24th thanks to Revolver Entertainment.

In a quiet neighbourhood, one man hides a dark, terrifying secret. For two friends the desire to uncover the depths of his depravity will take them to a hideous place inhabited by pain, torture and death.

Planting hidden cameras around his house, two friends hope to reveal his crimes. But when they come to retrieve the evidence they find themselves trapped in the killer's lair, and left with the ultimate choice: fight their way out or face becoming the focus of his butchery.

Talking about the film, Director Giorgio Armato, notes that his first feature film "is not just a thriller, but also a tale of the banal life of serial killer, recorded by six cameras hidden ... »

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Resident Evil: Retribution - Book News
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 12th Sep 2012

Resident Evil RetributionResident Evil: Retribution - The Official Movie Novelization from Titan Books, has been written by award-winning sci-fi and horror writer John Shirley and is being released to coincide with the release of the film, which opens in theatres in 3D on Friday, September 14th.

This is the fifth instalment in the massively successful Resident Evil film franchise, based on the hugely popular Capcom survival horror video game series Resident Evil. In this official novelization, Alice fights alongside a resistance movement in the continuing battle against the Umbrella Corporation and the Undead.

John Shirley is a critically acclaimed cyberpunk, sci-fi and horror writer. His novels include Everything Is Broken, the A Song Called You... »

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Detention
By James Whittington
Posted in: Reviews, Tuesday 11th Sep 2012

detentionDetention

DVD

Certificate 15

Extras: Cheat Mode: The Unbelievably Mind Melting Making Of Detention

"I make 40 G's a year, plus Dental. You may not have a Skittle."

Packed with post-modern, ironic tinged references, time-travel and a splash of hack n' slash, Detention is the injection of originality the horror genre has been waiting for. I first saw it last year at FrightFest and was just blown away by its strength and sheer guts to do something so different in the horror genre.

In this hipster, teen horror-comedy the students of Grizzly Lake must survive their final year of high school. Standing in their way is Cinderhella, a slasher-movie killer who has seemingly come to life and is preying on the school's student body. As the clo... »

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Grimmfest 2012 Update
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 10th Sep 2012

Grimmfest 2012 LogoManchester's annual horror and cult film festival Grimmfest is back for its fourth fantastic year showcasing the very latest, very best dark and scary movies from around the world.

Over 18 movie premieres and a loathsome line-up of gruesome guests including comedian Ross Noble and League Of Gentlemen star Reece Shearsmith. A jam-packed four days of special screenings and events with celebrity guest talks and signings, fearsome foreign movie premieres, bloody new British horror, cult classics, competitions, giveaways, parties and merchandise stalls.

Movies include the North West Premiere of Sinister starring Ethan Hawke, Nightbreed: The Cabal Cut (Clive Barker's masterpiece, extended and remastered), Hammer classic The Devil Rides Out, Manches... »

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Exclusive Interview With Actor Dana Ashbrook
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Sunday 9th Sep 2012

dana-ashbrookDana Ashbrook will be forever associated with the cult hit Twin Peaks. This acclaimed series, which is showing on the Horror Channel helped to give the UK viewing public a chance to see his acting skills.

Now he's back in the acclaimed thriller The Aggression Scale.

We had a quick chat with Dana about Twin Peaks and his thoughts on his new movie.

HC: How did you get your first big break into acting?

DA: My sister's agent in Los Angeles came to see a high school play I as in, in San Diego and became my agent. My first pro gig was a scene on the TV show Cagney And Lac... »

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IDW Publishing To Release Chasing The Dead
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 4th Sep 2012

Chasing The DeadIDW Publishing has announced an all-new horror mini-series, Chasing The Dead, written by Matthew Scott and Tim Westland, based on a novel by author Joe Schreiber (Red Harvest, Death Troopers). Coming in November, Chasing The Dead is a fast-paced, ferociously tense supernatural thriller. Artist Dietrich Smith will provide captivating interiors and cover art for the series.

"I was immediately struck by Schreiber's ability to create amazing suspenseful situations that contained subtle elements of horror lurking in the corners. This is a zombie road trip done in a whole new way with a unique supernatural mythology and a fun twist at the end," says Scott. "As soon as I finished the book, I knew we had to bring this to graphic novel."

The deb... »

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Dare You Enter Apartment 143?
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 3rd Sep 2012

Apartment 143From the producers of Red Lights and Buried comes a movie billed as Poltergeist meets Paranormal Activity, Apartment 143.

Following the tragic death of his wife, Alan White and his two children find themselves plagued by a series of inexplicable events that eventually force them to leave their home and move into an apartment building in the city. Worryingly, within a week of moving, they once again begin to experience the strange phenomena that threaten to tear apart what is left of their family.

Desperate for answers and, hopefully, a release from what he is beginning to believe is a haunting, Alan requests the help of a small team of parapsychologists experienced in investigating and explaining such incidents. Armed with an arsenal of state-of-the-art... »

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Exclusive Interview With Kevin Lehane Writer Of Grabbers
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Interviews, Monday 3rd Sep 2012

kevin_lehaneOne of the stand-out pieces at FrightFest 2012, personally speaking was Grabbers.

This superb creature feature was written by the very talented Kevin Lehane (picture left). We had a quick chat to him about this inventive crowd pleaser and what future plans he has.

HC: Are you a fan of the creature feature genre?

KL: Yeah, absolutely. What I love about Creature Features is the creativity involved in making them. At their best they're intelligent, character driven stories about survival and societal ills. Alien, Tremors, Jaws, Predator, An American Werewolf In London, Attack The Block, they're all fantastic films and great examples of 'elevated genre', and I'd argue they are a... »

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Scream Issue 14 News
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Saturday 1st Sep 2012

SCREAM Issue 14Here's the front cover art of Scream #14 (Nov/Dec 2012 issue) on sale in time for Halloween! Ooh the horror!

This gory issue features interviews with [REC]3 Genesis director Paco Plaza and star Leticia Dolera, the gorgeous Katharine Isabelle chats about her roles in the Ginger Snaps films, Freddy Vs Jason and the upcoming American Mary, Paranormal Activity creator Oren Peli is interviewed, Nicholas "Chatterer"Vince talks 25 years of Hellraiser and plenty more!

Plus there's the usual bucket loads of DVD/Blu-ray reviews, comics, games, books, festival reports, photography, fashion and previews…

For more information click here.

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Killer Vixens Vs The Creature From The Deep In Retro-Style Gore-Fest
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Saturday 1st Sep 2012

Monstro Group ShotMonstro! follows in the tradition of innovative and exciting independent cinema of the 60s and 70s golden era of exploitation and horror. Shot with practical effects and good old blood, sweat and tears, director Stuart Simpson has created an aesthetically polished and highly entertaining film to please all fans of cult cinema.

Three gorgeously deranged killers, Beretta, Blondie and Snowball, hole up in a small beachside community after their murderous actions attract the wrong kind of attention. But not all is as it seems in this small town. A few of the locals try desperately to warn them of the dangers of going into the water but these crazy vixens listen to no one and they brazenly take to the sea. Unbeknownst to them however, their seaside frolic has awakened a Horrifying Beast... »

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From The Director Of Martyrs Comes The Tall Man
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Friday 31st Aug 2012

The Tall ManFrom Pascal Laugier, the director of Martyrs comes The Tall Man. Starring Jessica Biel Jodelle Ferland, Stephen McHattie, William B. Davis, and Samantha Ferris the movie has just been released in the USA.

In an isolated, slowly dying mining town, children are vanishing without a trace - abducted, the townsfolk whisper, by a mysterious entity known locally as "The Tall Man". Town nurse Julia Denning seems sceptical... until her young David disappears in the middle of night.

Frantic to rescue the boy, Julia lives every parent's darkest nightmare in this twisting, shock-around-each-corner thriller from the acclaimed director.

We'll bring you news of a UK release date as soon as we have one.

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New Realease Date For Curse
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Friday 31st Aug 2012

CurseGrayson Pictures is to give a UK DVD release to the rarely seen Singaporean military chiller Curse on September 17th.

Set in on the Island of Pulau Hantu in the south of Singapore, Curse tells the terrifying tale of a military squad sent to an island to investigate the mysterious disappearance of a group of soldiers. Accidentally disturbing a burial site, they unleash a terrifying supernatural curse…

Curse is directed by Esan Sivalinhgam who said of the shoot: "We expected it to be one hell of an adventure but it turned out to be the adventure from hell". Facing torrential downpours, extreme temperatures, venomous reptiles plus censorship issues and stumbling across a real burial site, it was a miracle the film was completed in its fifteen-day schedule.

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Exclusive Interview With Eron Sheean Director Of Errors Of The Human Body
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Interviews, Friday 31st Aug 2012

eron_sheeanThe FrightFest Discovery Screen contained some real gems this year.

One of the stand- out pieces was Errors Of The Human Body written and directed by Eron Sheean.

Eron had co-wrote another FrightFest favourite The Divide so we decided to have a quick chat to him about his latest work.

HC: Have you always been a fan of horror cinema?

ES: Yes, as far back as I can remember I was drawn to it. I used to ride my BMX into town where there was a great deal, ten weekly VHS tapes for five dollars, so I used to load up on them. Mum was very worried about me… I was fascinated how Horror Films could confront taboos in our society.

HC: I first became aware of your work a couple of years back when I saw »

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Horror Channel Presents World SINema Season In September
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Thursday 30th Aug 2012

the_devils_backboneGore goes global during September as Horror Channel serves up three slices of sinful celluloid shocks in its World SINema Season.

Here you'll discover three premieres that highlight taboo, terror and blasphemy at their core and deliver unforgettable film experiences.

For three Fridays at 10.55pm experience what the world has to offer in the world of horror.

Friday 7th - The Devil's Backbone
The Devil's Backbone (pictured), released in 2001 from Spain's Guillermo Del Torro, is a beautifully shot and immensely creepy film from the Pan's Labyrinth director that explores two different types of horror - the very real... »

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Cockneys Vs Zombies - Exclusive Clip
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Wednesday 29th Aug 2012

cockneys_vs_zombiesCockneys Vs Zombies, the bloody and brilliant new Brit horror is opening at cinemas this Friday. The movie plays like a cross between Eastenders, Dawn Of The Dead and The Long Good Friday and has a cast of London born legends.

Just as brothers Terry and Andy Macguire decide to rob a bank, workers on a Docklands building site uncover a burial ground sealed up in 1666. However some of the corpses aren't brown bread at all and before you know it London's East End is infested with hungry zombies.

Can the two dodgy Hamptons get to the Bow Bells Care Home run by their granddad in time to rescue all the Raspberry Ripples under siege with only their Zimmer frames and wheelchairs to kick some zombie Khyber Pass?

Would you Adam and Eve it w... »

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FrightFest 2012 - The Ultimate Round Up
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Wednesday 29th Aug 2012

frightfest-the-13th-posterFrightFest The 13th was without doubt one of the finest yet with a programme bursting with originality from all over the globe.

It's always difficult to pick highlights and with 48 movies to choose from and countless shorts the decision this year is that much harder. The programme was so strong with a huge mix of movies that touched upon nearly every horror genre there is.

The event kicked off with the very sombre shocker The Seasoning House but was in the realm of gruesome laughs with the cracking double header of Cockneys Vs Zombies and Grabbers, two films that mixed big laughs with big set-pieces of gore and humour.

Stand-out movies included the stunning »

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Part 2 Of An Exclusive Interview With The Soska Sisters Directors Of American Mary
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Interviews, Wednesday 29th Aug 2012

soska_sistersRegular viewers to the Horror Channel will know about Jen and Sylv Soska. These talented Canadians gave the world Dead Hooker In A Trunk which received its world premiere on the Horror Channel last year.

They came to FrightFest The 13th and blew everyone away with their latest movie, American Mary which has become, for many, the best of the fest. Here, in the second part of an exclusive interview conducted before American Mary was screened,Jen and Sylv chat about FrightFest and their plans for the future.

HC: You're in the UK for American Mary's UK premiere, are you ... »

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Where Did The Time Go?
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Monday 27th Aug 2012

frightfest-the-13th-posterAnd that, as they say was that. FrightFest The 13th has come to its conclusion. 5 days, 48 movies, a short film showcase and countless pieces of exclusive footage has entertained thousands of horror fans.

Horror Channel has been there every step of the way and has plenty more to bring you from this incredible celebration of all things horror.

We still have interviews to publish, photos to post and gossip to talk about. Plus the Horror Channel itself will be broadcasting all the interviews and footage that we managed to grab over the long weekend in the very near future. If you were asked to talk to us on camera then look out you may be on sometime soon!

Tomorrow I'll compose the annual FrightFes... »

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Exclusive Interview With James Moran Writer Of Tower Block
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Interviews, Monday 27th Aug 2012

james_moranA couple of days ago we chatted to James Moran about his work and how he felt by having two movies at FrightFest. Here he's back to chat about the closing movie to this year's event, Tower Block.

HC: Hello again, let’s chat about Tower Bock. This is in total contrast to Cockney’s Vs Zombies; how do you approach a more serious piece?

JM: Same way I approach any piece - what's the core idea, who are the characters, how do I throw obstacles in their path and have them react believably? Every story has to stand on its own two feet, whether it's deadly serious, or very silly! I just have to resist the urge to puncture the tension with a well timed joke - I love it when characters comment on the extremes of the situation, b... »

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A Genre Gets The Boot Up The Backside It Needed
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Monday 27th Aug 2012

Tower Block CoupleDid anyone else see the awesome short from Paul Davis at FrightFest called Him Indoors? What a talent he has and great piece that showed he has a natural knack for directing dark comedy. Can't wait for his first feature, Silent Night Of The Dead.

Though the storyline seemed sort of familiar and the family situation seen in many demonic movies, The Possession was a wonderfully structured take on the possession genre. Noisy, with some great CGI effects the film kept the audience watching by having a solid cast both old and young. A nice addition to a section of the horror genre that was starting to look a little jaded.

Next up the World Premiere of Tower Block (pictured).»

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A Deadly Duo To Take Us To The End
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Monday 27th Aug 2012

The Possession BodyChained was a film that captured the audience's attention not by the graphic violence that it contained but by the stunning central performances especially from Vincent D'Onofrio. The piece dripped with class and was that something a little bit different to the norm.

We're down to the last two movies but these look like quality pieces of fear-filled film fun.

First up it's the European Premiere of the much talked about Ole Bornedal chiller The Possession (pictured). Produced by Sam Raimi's Ghost House Pictures its about a family uniting to survive the wrath of an unspeakable and incredibly malicious evil.

This is followed by the World Premiere of Tower Block. This second movie from writer James Moran is in star... »

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Monsters In Both Senses Of The World
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Monday 27th Aug 2012

AfterFantasy and blood-splattered tension are the topics of two of today's movies at FrightFest The 13th.

The first up is After, a road trip with a difference as the two only survivors of a bus crash try to uncover exactly what happened, why it was they survived and why are there monsters in the world now!

Following this it's the welcome return to the big screen of Jennifer Lynch and her disturbing piece, Chained. Psychologically powerful this sees a young boy witness the death of his mother, forced to bury the body and live an existence where he is only released when he kills.

A rather unpredictable pair of movies I'm sure you'll agree as FrightFest starts to build to its final climax.

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Exclusive Interview With Paul Davis Director Of Him Indoors
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Interviews, Monday 27th Aug 2012

Him Indoors QuadLater this afternoon Paul Davis will be giving the World Premiere of his new horror short, Him Indoors. Paul as you might recall was the guy behind one of the finest ever horror documentaries, Beware The Moon which took a look at the creation of the incredible An American Werewolf In London movie.

Away, we decided to chat with Paul about this latest piece and his plans for the next part of his career.

HC: Hi Paul, we first met a couple of years back when your acclaimed documentary Beware The Moon was shown at FrightFest. What have you been up to since then?

PD: I was attached to two projects pretty much immediately following Beware The Moon, but after a family loss I ... »

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A Very Bloody Mary
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Monday 27th Aug 2012

American MaryWell American Mary proved to be a huge hit with the FrightFest crowd. This well structured and powerful horror had a dark tone throughout, lifted every now and again by some knock out humour.

Jen and Sylvia Soska have proven that Dead Hooker In A Trunk wasn't a one off and that they are a talented team ready to take their career to the next level.

The film's main plot concerns the uncomfortable subject of body modification and thanks to some grisly and very real looking prosthetic work the directors get their message across. This is helped no end by a stunning central performance from Katherine Isabelle who just owns the screen whenever she's one.

So let's hear for the Twisted Sisters, I can't wait to see what they do next.

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Don't Miss This Dawn Of The Dead
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Monday 27th Aug 2012

Before DawnIf you fancy a zombie movie that has heart as well as plenty of guts then check out the Discovery Screen today as there’s another chance to see Dominc Brunt's directorial debut, Before Dawn.

This raw and intelligent piece of cinema concerns a married couple (played by Brunt and wife Joanne Mitchell) who go away to try and patch their marriage. But this breakaway in a stunning location soon turns into a hellish nightmare as the undead are scouring the landscape.

Written from a story developed by Joanne this shows that the UK has the talent to produce sincere and heartbreaking horror. Brunt has an eye for detail contrasting the green and lush countryside with pale and intense colours and is not one to shy away from the brutality of it all. One ... »

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Exclusive Interview With Joanne Mitchell Writer, Producer And Star of Before Dawn
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Interviews, Monday 27th Aug 2012

Joanne MitchellJoanne Mitchell is a writer, Producer and actress whose talent has graced some of the UK's most popular TV shows. At FrightFest The 13th she came along with her husband, Dominic Brunt with their first film project together, the unforgettable Before Dawn.

We chatted with Joanne about this and the possibility of more projects from this talented duo.

HC: Are you a fan of horror movies?

JM: I do enjoy a good horror movie but I wouldn't necessarily say I was a big fan. I love to be scared and I'm brilliant company to watch one with (or so I'm told!) as I do literally go through all the emotions from screaming, shouting to jumping out of my seat. But I need a good story and characters to get me drawn in.

... »

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Here Come The Girls
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Monday 27th Aug 2012

American Mary Bloody ShotIt may be the final day of FrightFest The 13th but there's nothing to be down about as there's two UK premieres, a European Premiere, a Preview and a World Premiere still to look forward too plus plenty more surprises from the FrightFest boys.

The main attraction on screen one this morning is the showing of American Mary, the brand new movie from Jen and Sylvia Soska, the ladies that gave the world Dead Hooker In Trunk. This much talked about piece of horror has been the talk of the festival and I know for one can’t wait to see what they’ve created.

Starring Katharine Isabelle from the acclaimed Ginger Snaps series, this metaphor for the Soskas own... »

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Part 1 Of An Exclusive Interview With The Soska Sisters Directors Of American Mary
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Interviews, Monday 27th Aug 2012

The Soska SistersRegular viewers to the Horror Channel will know about Jen and Sylv Soska. These talented Canadians gave the world Dead Hooker In A Trunk which received its world premiere on the Horror Channel last year.

Now the girls are in the UK promoting their new movie, American Mary to the attendees at FrightFest. We decided to chat to the girls about this movie and their career to date. In fact they chatted so much we had to split the interview into two! Here's Part 1

HC: So then, it’s been a year since DHIAT was given its world premiere on the Horror Channel, what's life been like for you over the last 12 months?

SS: Very busy. We started »

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A Walk On The Sinister Side
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Monday 27th Aug 2012

SinisterSinister totally delivered on everything it promised. This superb excursion into a nightmarish existence was a textbook example of how Hollywood should deliver their horror movies.

True crime writer Ellison Oswald has made a career out of exposing police mistakes and now he’s investigating a shocking small-town death first hand by moving into the house where it actually took place. But strange occurrences start happening and Ellison becomes convinced the figure he sees lurking in some old home movies he discovers is the ancient occult 'eater of children' demon.

Brimming with effective "jump out of your seat" moments thanks to careful direction from Scott Derrickson Sinister is crammed full of invention and scares. Ethan Hawke as Ellison gives the character real depth and adds... »

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A Trio Of Terrifying Treats
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Sunday 26th Aug 2012

Berberian Sound StudioTonight is dedicated to three movies that are universes apart in content but bound by the genre of horror.

Berberian Sound Studio (pictured) is the one making the most noise (ha ha) as it seems to be a Giallo fantasy set in the 70s with traces of surreal terror added to it. Seeing as though this is from Peter Strickland it's a must see as his films always ooze of invention.

Then it'll be the turn for Hollywood to get a look as the very polished Sinister gets its UK Premiere. From the director of the accomplished The Exorcism Of Emily Rose this looks to be a one where the big studios get it right. Fingers crossed.

As usual FrightFest has an eccentric Japanese flick for a late night slot ... »

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Always Check Under The Bed
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Sunday 26th Aug 2012

Sleep TightSpain has once again triumphed at FrightFest. After the class act that was [REC]3 Genesis comes another beauty this time from the other original [REC] director, Jaume Balaguero.

Sleep Tight is a beautiful piece which is psychological horror at its finest. Balaguero, when he introduced the movie, insisted it wasn't exactly a horror flick. Sorry mate but it is and one of the most pure horror films I've seen in a long time and also one of the most accomplished.

Unassuming Cesar is janitor at an upscale apartment block in Barcelona. However, his quiet politeness hides a much more sinister personality. His current obsession is Clara, the new cheerful tenant on the fifth floor. At night when Clara is fast asleep, Cesar sneaks into h... »

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Classics Return To The Silver Screen
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Sunday 26th Aug 2012

The Bride Of Frankenstein PosterIf you fancy a break from the usual FrightFest fare then check out the Re-Discovery Screen which today contains a barrel of classics on new digital prints.

These restored masterpieces are going to look stunning on the big screen and have been restored to their most beautiful and full versions.

Movies showing are Hammer's The Mummy's Shroud, Rasputin The Mad Monk and The Devil Rides Out plus the Universal classic The Bride Of Frankenstein.

The show starts at 12.50 and all are being introduced by Kim Newman so that's recommendation enough!

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Don't Miss The FrightFest International Short Film Showcase
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Frightfest, Sunday 26th Aug 2012

isfsIt's a big, big day at Frightfest The 13th as the Horror Channel is sponsoring the International Short Film Showcase. This annual event is designed to highlight the emerging talent in the horror industry and this year is one has one of the strongest line-ups ever.

It's a really inventive mix, from giant snails to fairytale nightmares this collection of shorts truly does reflect how exciting, inventive and talented the people breaking into the industry are at the moment. Remember their names as they'll no doubt have features in the pipeline soon.

If you go backwards through this blog you’ll see interviews with most of these directors who each give tips to those who also wish to start film making.

Also today is the legendary Andy Nyman and his »

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Exclusive Interview With Steven Pravong Director Of Un Jong Sang
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Interviews, Sunday 26th Aug 2012

Steven PravongManiacs, monsters, demons, creepy kids, apocalyptic visions, phobias, heavy metal meltdown and snails - yes, it's the FrightFest International Short Film Showcase, an eclectic mix of worldwide cutting edge short films, which is once again being presented by Horror Channel. It will kick-off today at 1pm at the Empire Cinema in London's Leicester Square.

Un Jour Sang from Steven Pravong is an intense piece that is a very artistic and unique way of bringing horror to the big screen I'll let him tell you about the twisted tale he has to tell.

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

SP: I'd say yes, as far as I can remember, I've always been a big fan of that genre. For many long years, being too you... »

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A New Maniac In Town
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Sunday 26th Aug 2012

Maniac PosterRemakes of classic or cult horror titles are always a bit of a sticky topic when discussing them with horror fans. So when we heard that there was to be a remake of the Bill Lustig shocker Maniac a lot of eyebrows were raised. Eyebrows raised even higher when it was announced that Elijah Wood would be taking on the role of scalp-hunting Frank.

Manic 2012 edition is shot entirely from the perspective of the killer and we only see his face when shown in a reflection or in photographs, CCTV etc. Quite a neat idea and for those of you who feared that it would lack the intensity and violence the original became known for will be pleased to hear that this actually raises the bar in the violence stakes!

The soundtrack nods to the works of Argento and seeing as this is f... »

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An SFX Legend And Italian Flavours Of Fear
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Saturday 25th Aug 2012

Greg NicoteroThe FrightFest Variety Award was a wonderful celebration of the work of Greg Nicotero. This legendary figure in the world of effects make-up is truly deserved. We met up with Greg and gotta say he's one of the nicest people in the industry.

For an interview with Greg Nicotero click here.

FrightFest The 13th has a very strong Italian flavour to it this year. Today we had the stunning but disturbing Paura 3D and just now the rather beautiful nod to classic 70s Giallo, Tulpa. Both films showed that Italy is on the verge of a great renaissance of horror film making. They tackled strange and sinister subjects in different wa... »

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Exclusive Interview With The Manetti Bros Directors Of Paura 3D
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Interviews, Saturday 25th Aug 2012

Paura 3D second imagePaura 3D is an intense, psychological piece of work that has just received its European Premiere at FrightFest The 13th. It's a simple enough tale but done with a raw energy that it's hard to keep you eyes off the screen even when things get incredibly brutal.

We chatted to the directors, The Manetti Bros known to their family as Antonio and Marco about this and their other works.

HC: Have you always been horror movie fans and if so do you have a favourite director?

MB:Yes, horror movies have always been among our favourites. Probably our favourite movie genre since, in almost every film we've made, even in the most unexpected ones, we always put at least an horror style scene, or some kind of homage to hor... »

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Don't Look In The Basement
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Saturday 25th Aug 2012

Paura 3DAfter the intense drama of Outpost 2 we are waiting for the Italian treat known as Paura 3D. This inventive and rather savage film from the acclaimed Manetti Bros will no doubt have the audience squirming around as some piece are incredibly brutal physical and psychologically.

When mechanic Ale overhears a conversation between a wealthy customer and the garage owner, he knows what he and his two best mates Simone and Marco are going to do for the next few days. For Marquis Lanzi wants his best car serviced while he goes on a short holiday and before long the trio are driving to his Rome villa intent on having a wild weekend in total luxury. But as they start raiding the fridge, swimming in the pool and playing video games without a care in the world something is about to happen that wi... »

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Exclusive Interview With Steve Barker and Rae Brunton Writers Of Outpost 2: Black Sun
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Interviews, Saturday 25th Aug 2012

Outpost II CoverA few years ago the film Outpost was released to great critical acclaim. This atmospheric and dark piece gave the Nazi Zombie genre the serious kick that it needed.

Now the characters are back in Outpost 2: Black Sun so we decided to talk to the writers Steve Barker and Rae Brunton about this and future Outpost movies.

HC: How did you two first meet?

RB: Well, I had written a half-hour script called Karma Cowboys, which was commissioned as part of a series showcasing new talent on Channel 4 and I first met Steve when he was brought aboard to direct that. Out of all the writer and director teams put together on that series, I think we were the only two who genuinely got along. When Steve moved to Scotland, I rode shotgun in a car... »

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Poliziotteschi And Nazi Zombies - Day 3 Of FrightFest
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Saturday 25th Aug 2012

Outpost II Nazi ZombieToday starts with a real mixed bag of movies.

First up is the engaging Eurocrime! documentary which charts the rise and demise of the 'poliziotteschi' movies the Italian Film Industry churned out during the 1970s. These used to be 'homages' to the Dirty Harry movies but soon evolved into something else and this looks at the crazy methods these movies were shot and interviews many of the brave cast and crew who made them.

Then things take a more serious turn as we witness the European Premiere of Outpost II: Black Sun. During the 1945 endgame of World War II, German scientist Klausener worked on frightening new technology with the power to create an immortal Nazi army. Now a NATO task force is hurriedly deployed to Eastern Europ... »

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What Will You Discover?
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Saturday 25th Aug 2012

Inbred DVD CoverToday is a big day for FrightFest, not only will the legendary make-up and effects artist Greg Nicotero be honoured but the Re-Discovery Screen opens its doors for the first time. Over the next three days you can catch fully restored versions of three classics from the House of Hammer, The Devil Rides Out, Rasputin The Mad Monk and The Mummy's Shroud. They also have a special presentation of the legendary masterpiece, The Bride Of Frankenstein. Plus there's a chance to see two hits from our Glasgow Film Festival event: The Manetti Bros. The Arrival Of Wang and Paul China's Crawl.

Following on the from The Dead success of last year, today have a re-showing of Inbred and recording director Ale... »

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Movies Leave Us Laughing [REC]s
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Saturday 25th Aug 2012
REC3Last night was a time for mixing humour and horror as two very different but equally entertaining movies hit the big screen.

Paco Plaza's [REC]3 Genesis proved that by using comedy and moving away from the POV style of horror the series is known for you can revitalise a franchise. Because unfolds in parallel to events of the previous two episodes, it gives itself room to mature and grow in its own environment. The upshot being it's a fun, well constructed zombie flick with a belter of an ending.

And then Ross Noble, along with director Conor McMahan came on stage to tell us about their movie Stitches. To say Noble had the crowd eating out of his was an understatement. He was hilarious and his obvious enthusiasm for his movie seeped through.

Stitches is a good old... »

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Exclusive Interview With Paco Plaza Director Of [Rec]3 Genesis
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Interviews, Saturday 25th Aug 2012

Paco Rec 3You may have come across Paco Plaza's work before, not only was he behind the first two [REC] movies but he was also responsible for Romasanta: The Werewolf Hunt which was shown on the Horror Channel last week.

Paco is at FrightFest the 13th to introduce the UK premiere of [REC]3 Genesis so we had a quick chat with this talented fellow.

HC: Have you always been a fan of horror movies?

PP: Yes, since I was a child I have loved them.

HC: Where did the idea for the original [REC] come from?

PP: We wanted to tell a classic horror story using the tools and the narrative of a reality show.

HC: Were you surprised when it became such an international hit?<... »

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Be Kind, Rewind...Or Die!
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Friday 24th Aug 2012

VHSBefore we saw the much anticipated anthology movie V/H/S we were treated to some stunning trailers and special features thanks to Momentum Pictures.

First up was the in your face world exclusive of another anthology movie The ABC's Of Death which looks as if it will push many boundaries. Lee Hardcastle's Claymation Of The Raid was quite simply hilarious. Next was Brandon Cronenberg's Antiviral, a grim and sinister looking piece that looks incredibly tense. This was followed by another grim looking piece, The House At The End Of The Street which was followed by a movie that's showing on Sunday, Sinister.

But back to V/H/S and this multi-story movie from celebrated directors such as Adam Wingard, Glenn McQuaid, Radio Silence, David Bruckner, Joe Swanberg and Ti West takes the found f... »

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Global Horror Fun
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Friday 24th Aug 2012

Hidden In The WoodsDario Argento did himself proud today at FrightFest as did the guy who was interviewing him, Total Film’s Jamie Graham. Jamie helped Dario recall some fabulous anecdotes and his superbly researched questions made sure all of use learned something new about the great man.

Each year at FrightFest there seems to be more and more films from across the globe. This afternoon is no exception where you can see an exploitation movie from Chile (Hidden In The Woods, pictured), an anthology shocker from the USA (V/H/S), a stunning Spain sequel ([REC3] Genesis) and a dark comedy from Ireland (Stitches)

This eclectic mix of styles and content help the audience to fully appreciate the global horror industry and se... »

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Return Of The Master
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Friday 24th Aug 2012

Dario Argento Book CoverMaster of the Macabre Dario Argento is soon due to be at the Empire very soon and you can feel the excitement brewing around Screen 1. Dario has been directing horror movies since 1970 and has a back catalogue any director would kill for.

Dario is going to be chatting on stage to Total Film's Jamie Graham about his stunning cinematic career as well as witnessing the launch of the book Dario Argento: The Man, The Myths, The Magic written by Alan Jones.

Anyone fresh to Dario's work should keep checking our online guide as we have recently shown his classic pieces Cat O’ Nine Tails, The Stendhal Syndrome, Sleepless, The Card Player and Tenebrae.

Meanwhile over in the Discover Screen»

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A Director, A Director's Cut And A Discovery Screen
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Friday 24th Aug 2012

Nightbreed The Cabal CutIt's a very big day at FrightFest, not only is there four European premieres, a world premiere and the opening of the Discovery Screen, but also Master of the Macabre Dario Argento is going to be here. Argento will be chatting on stage to Total Film's Jamie Graham about his stunning cinematic career as well as witnessing the launch of the book Dario Argento: The Man, The Myths, The Magic written by Alan Jones.

But before that we have something very special. The original cut of Clive Barker's Nightbreed has been subject to much debate with stories of missing scenes, lost footage and special edition releases. Then two European work prints were discovered containing additional sequences thought irretrievably lost. Now by combining ... »

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Grabbers - Pure Genius
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Friday 24th Aug 2012

GrabbersGrabbers is one of those movies that seizes your attention and doesn't leave go for its duration. A simple idea is transformed into a satisfying and clever movie that has already become a highlight of FrightFest 2012 for me.

Here's what the FrightFest brochure says about it: The day after a meteor lands in the ocean and a group of fisherman going missing, Garda Lisa Nolan arrives for a temporary assignment in the Irish village of Erin Island. With Garda Ciarán O'Shea she starts investigating strange occurrences happening around the remote fishing community, especially the odd looking creatures turning up in lobster traps and washing ashore. Pretty soon it becomes clear their quiet enclave is under attack by an alien invasion and all the space monsters need to survive are blood and water. Then ... »

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Exclusive Interview With James Moran Writer Of Cockneys Vs Zombies
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Interviews, Thursday 23rd Aug 2012

Cockneys Vs ZombiesJames Moran is a FrightFest regular who has supported the event for years. He is also one of the most exciting writing talents the UK has produced with his body of work covering not only film but popular television as well.

James has two movies showing at FrightFest The 13th, Cockneys Vs Zombies and Tower Block both very different in style and content. We decided to chat with James about both so here in the first of a two part interview he talks about his work for various media and his film Cockneys Vs Zombies which is premiering tonight.

HC: We first met way back in 2006 when your film Severance was playing, what have you been up to since then?

JM: Lots of other stuff - I developed some other film projects, spent a f... »

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The Undead Are Brown Bread
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Thursday 23rd Aug 2012

Cockneys Vs Zombies groupCockneys Vs Zombies is giving the audience a real lift after the sombre and rather dark movie, The Seasoning House. Horror has many sides and FrightFest always likes to cover a many as it can. CvZ is a cracking take on the zombie genre bringing the terror of the walking dead to Old London Town.

And what's not to like when a gang of oldies are battling the undead? Anyone who hasn't seen the trailer with Richard Briers in it are missing a treat. It also stars East End favourite Alan Ford who will no doubt pick up a new loyal fan base from this

James Moran's script is tight with just the right balance of humour and horror and the direction from Matthias Hoene is precise hitting every gag with a huge splash of gore.

Take a butcher... »

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And We're Off
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Thursday 23rd Aug 2012

Cockneys Vs ZombiesFrightFest The 13th has just launched and after a cracking trailer featuring Mr Ian Rattray reminding people not to use their mobiles Ross Noble popped up on stage to introduce Team FrightFest

After the guys thanked everyone they introduced us to the cast and crew behind The Seasoning House.

This dark and atmospheric piece is in stark contrast to what the rest of the evening has in store, the zomcom Cockneys Vs Zombies and the creature feature Grabbers.

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Nearly There...
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Thursday 23rd Aug 2012

American MaryWell the clock is ticking down to FrightFest The 13th and already you can sense the anticipation building.

This year there's an exciting and eclectic mix of movies but be assured we'll keep you up to date as to which movies you need to catch when they go on general release.

But which ones will stand out? Will it be Cockneys Vs Zombies? Will it be American Mary (pictured)? But what about lesser known pieces such as Before Dawn and Errors Of The Human Body? Not forgetting the classic Hammer retrospective.

One thing is for sure the Horror Channel will be there reporting on events every step of the way.

Don't forget to keep checking the Horror Channel website, F... »

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Exclusive Interview With Director Jen Moss
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Interviews, Thursday 23rd Aug 2012

Jen Moss Director Of My Brothers KeeperManiacs, monsters, demons, creepy kids, apocalyptic visions, phobias, heavy metal meltdown and snails - yes, it's the FrightFest International Short Film Showcase, an eclectic mix of worldwide cutting edge short films, which is once again being presented by Horror Channel. It will kick-off at 1pm on Sunday 26th August at the Empire Cinema in London's Leicester Square.

Here we chat to the very talented Jen Moss who has produced the cracking short My Brother's Keeper (Or How Not To Survive The Apocalypse) which balances comedy and horror perfectly.

HC: Have you always been a fan of horror movies?

JM: From as long as I can remember yes. I think I saw T... »

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Dare You Witness The Possession?
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Wednesday 22nd Aug 2012

The PossessionThe Possession is one of the most anticipated horror films of the year and it's been made the Horror Channel Movie of the Month. Presented by Sam Raimi's Ghost House Pictures, The Possession from director Ole Bornedal is a cracking shocker that concerns a family and an ancient evil.

Clyde (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and Stephanie Brenek (Kyra Sedgwick) see little cause for alarm when their youngest daughter Em becomes oddly obsessed with an antique wooden box she purchased at a yard sale. But as Em's behavior becomes increasingly erratic, the couple fears the presence of a malevolent force in their midst, only to discover that the box was built to contain a dibbuk, a dislocated spirit that inhabits and ultimately devours its human host.

Those of yo... »

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FrightFest 2012 Is Almost Here!
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Wednesday 22nd Aug 2012

Film4 FrightFest The 13th PosterFrightFest 2012 is only a matter of hours away and once again the much admired festival is boasting an stunning and eclectic mix of fear-filled movies from all over the world, many of them either UK or World premieres.

There'll also be plenty of special guests and surprises in store with the Horror Channel on hand recording all the best bits from this five day festival of fear.

The Horror Channel is once again sponsoring The International Short Film Showcase and to find out what terrifying treats are in store check out the interviews with the directors in this FrightFest thread.

Don't forget to keep checking the Horror Channel website, »

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Ee By Gum - Inbred To Hit Selected Cinemas In September
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, News, Wednesday 22nd Aug 2012

Inbred DVD CoverInbred, directed by Alex Chandon (Cradle of Fear), is one of the most hotly anticipated genre films of 2012. Officially selected for 2011's FrightFest, the film has grown and grown in notoriety and now the wait is finally over as this dark, witty, yet hilariously twisted tale is unleashed in cinemas September 21st with a DVD/Blu-ray release October 8th.

Starring Jo Hartley and Seamus O'Neill as well as upcoming stars; James Burrows and Nadine Rose Mulkerrin, Inbred boasts some stunningly realistic visual effects as well as an appearance from the Horror Channel's Emily Booth and an unexpected but inspired cameo from Emmerdale's Dominic Brunt as a chainsaw wielding henchman called Podge.

Four young urban offenders and the... »

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Exclusive Interview With Special Effects Legend Greg Nicotero
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Interviews, Wednesday 22nd Aug 2012

Greg NicoteroGreg Nicotero is a legend in the film industry. His special effects and make-up work has graced some of the most popular movies and TV shows of the last 30 years. This creative genius shows no sign of slowing down as he continues to create innovative and jaw-dropping work time after time. He is part of KNB FX and has also made the move into directing too.

Nicotero will be presented with the Variety Award on Saturday August 25th, following an on-stage interview at this year's FrightFest The 13th so we decided to have a quick chat with him about his work and what future releases he’s been working on.

HC: You had, what many would consider, a dream start to your career working alongside George A Romero and Tom Savini, how did this happen?

GN: Ironically I had met George whil... »

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Lady Snowblood - Coming To DVD And Blu-ray
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 22nd Aug 2012

Lady SnowbloodArrow Films has announced announce that Monday September 24th will see the hugely influential Lady Snowblood films lovingly restored and released on Blu-ray for the very first time, anywhere in the world.

From legendary Japanese director Toshiya Fujita, the two blood-splattered Samurai masterpieces are credited as the main inspiration for Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill series.

Beautifully restored on Blu-ray for the very first time anywhere in the world, these special Arrow reissues are a real visual treat - a must-have for any self-respecting high definition film fan. Available as both a Limited Edition Blu-ray SteelBook and a 3-disc Blu-ray & DVD Dual Format Set, these long-awaited releases will contain a shed load of features.

Originally adapted from Kazuo Kioke and ... »

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Exclusive Interview With Tokophobia Directors Evrim Ersoy, James Pearcey and Russell Would
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Tuesday 21st Aug 2012

Directors of TokophobiaManiacs, monsters, demons, creepy kids, apocalyptic visions, phobias, heavy metal meltdown and snails - yes, it's the FrightFest International Short Film Showcase, an eclectic mix of worldwide cutting edge short films, which is once again being presented by Horror Channel. It will kick-off at 1pm on Sunday 26th August at the Empire Cinema in London's Leicester Square.

FrightFest is all about covering every aspect of the horror genre no matter how dark and challenging. Tokophobia from Evrim Ersoy, James Pearcey and Russell Would is a prime example of how horror can confront the viewer by covering a controversial topic rarely discussed in the most unforgettable way. We chatted to all three directors about this raw and uncompromising sho... »

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Petra Loreggian Profile
By Dave Macleod
Posted in: , Tuesday 21st Aug 2012

petra_2Petra Loreggian, pubblicitaria ed esperta di marketing, lavora fin dal 1995 nel turismo, viaggiando e occupandosi di eventi ed uffici stampa. Un bel giorno del 1998 viene scoperta da Claudio Cecchetto ed approda a Radio2 RAI conducendo prima “99 alle 9” e successivamente “Hit Parade”.

Terminata l’estate collabora con RTL 102.5 conducendo la “superclassifica” di Sorrisi&Canzoni, e dal 1999 conduce “Rapido”, un magazine di informazione musicale girato su un treno in movimento. Tempo di finire il secondo anno di Rapido, arriva lo sbarco in televisione come protagonista delle campagne pubblicitarie della TIM, TIM 2000 e TIM 2001, insieme a Cristiana Monina e Gaia Bermani Amaral.

Attiva in oltre 50 eventi nelle varie città italiane, presenta le serate TIM-tour, dal 2003 al 2004 conduce un programma quotidiano... »

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Horror Channel Now Also On Sky 198 from 9am till 9pm!
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Monday 20th Aug 2012

logo_channel_3Horror Channel viewers can now get their fix from 9am to 9pm on Sky Channel 198, in the Entertainment section of Sky's EPG starting August 21st.

The channel is listed as The Horror Channel and is a simulcast of the original channel which will continue to be broadcast on Sky Channel 319, Virgin Channel 149 and Freesat Channel 138 from 9am until 4:30am every day.

The programming will be the same on both Sky channels, however Sky Channel 198 will only broadcast the pre watershed programming 9am to 9pm.

Viewers will need to switch over to Sky Channel 319 for the daily night time movies.

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Coming Soon - Zombie Contagion
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 19th Aug 2012

Zombie ContagionFrom Revolver Entertainment comes Zombie Contagion which promises to be a blood-soaked horror that takes you straight into Hell.

The contagion is spreading. Nothing can stop it. With every bite, with every gouge, with every slice of human flesh ripped from the living, the undead are slowly taking control

For one small group, their town has become a brutal, bloody battleground. They are the last line of defence against an army of zombies who want to consume the town until every last person, every last organ, has been devoured.

Dripping with blood and with lashings of gore, a new army of the undead will rip the guts out of humanity. With the infection growing by the day, even death won't stop the outbreak…

Described as "blood soaked" this is an horrific journey in... »

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Exclusive Interview With Dominic Brunt Actor And Director Of Before Dawn
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Interviews, Sunday 19th Aug 2012

Dominic BruntDominic Brunt, better known as Paddy Kirk in Emmerdale, has directed the much talked about zombie movie Before Dawn which is showing on the Discovery Screen at FrightFest the 13th. This stunning debut contains everything you want from a horror movie and stars himself alongside his wife Joanne Mitchell and was written by Mark Illis from a story from Dominic and Joanne. We chatted to Dominic about his love of horror cinema and what other projects he has lined up.

HC: Are you a big fan of the horror genre?

DB: I'm a massive geeky nerd of a horror fan! My mate's dad owned Accrington Video in the 80s and we trawled through everything. This was before the video nasties purge so we had free reign. It never did us any harm what so ever and we laughed our arses off. It's ... »

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Exclusive Interview With Jovanka Vuckovic Director of The Captured Bird
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Interviews, Saturday 18th Aug 2012

Jovanka VuckovicManiacs, monsters, demons, creepy kids, apocalyptic visions, phobias, heavy metal meltdown and snails - yes, it's the FrightFest International Short Film Showcase, an eclectic mix of worldwide cutting edge short films, which is once again being presented by Horror Channel. It will kick-off at 1pm on Sunday 26th August at the Empire Cinema in London's Leicester Square.

One of the shorts is The Captured Bird from multi-talented Canadian Jovanka Vuckovic. This dark but beautiful fairytale reminded me of the classic horror comics of the 60s and 70s so we chatted to Jovanka about her inspiration for this stunning short and her plans for future projects.

HC: Can you recall the very first horror movie you saw?

JV: It's tough t... »

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We Are The Night - Teaser Image
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Friday 17th Aug 2012

We Are The NightNew vampire flick We Are The Night promises four of the hottest female vampires you are ever likely to see, a breathtaking opening sequence onboard a jet, a ballsy heroine straight out of a Stieg Larsson novel, plenty of unexpectedly violent bloodletting, several nail-biting action set-pieces that would sit comfortably in a Bond or Bourne movie, and a truly original scene involving bikini-clad vamps 'sunbathing' poolside while drinking cocktails! Quite a boast I'm sure you'll agree.

Director by Dennis Gansel the film stars Karoline Herfurth, Nina Hoss, Jennifer Ulrich, Anna Fischer and Max Riemelt

When she unknowingly picks the pocket of a man one night on the streets of Berlin, small-time crook Lena attracts the unwanted attention of Inspector Tom Serner, a young police detectiv... »

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Detention - Cover Image Released
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 16th Aug 2012

DetentionJosh Hutcherson (The Hunger Games) and Dane Cook (Good Luck Chuck) star in the instant cult-classic Detention, which is coming to DVD and Digital on August 27th from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. This bizarre and original comedy-horror hybrid went down a storm at FrightFest last year and takes the slasher genre to a new high.

In this hipster, teen horror-comedy the students of Grizzly Lake must survive their final year of high school. Standing in their way is Cinderhella, a slasher-movie killer who has seemingly come to life and is preying on the school's student body. As the clock ticks and the bodies pile up, the likely suspects are embroiled in a race against time to stop Cinderhella and ultimately save the world... if only they can get out of detention.

The DVD is packed wi... »

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Exclusive Interview With Toby Meakins Director Of LOT254
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Interviews, Wednesday 15th Aug 2012

Toby MeakinsManiacs, monsters, demons, creepy kids, apocalyptic visions, phobias, heavy metal meltdown and snails - yes, it's the FrightFest International Short Film Showcase, an eclectic mix of worldwide cutting edge short films, which is once again being presented by Horror Channel. It will kick-off at 1pm on Sunday 26th August at the Empire Cinema in London's Leicester Square.

Lot 254
from award winning director Toby Meakins is a paranormal piece that harks back to the classic short stories of M.R. James. Its simple set-up contains a wonderfully chilling atmosphere. We chatted to Toby about this short and what his future film-making plans are.

HC: Where did the idea for LOT254 come from?

TM: I really wanted to make something t... »

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Reece Shearsmith Horror Short, Him Indoors To Receive World Premiere At FrightFest The 13th
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, News, Monday 13th Aug 2012

Him Indoors QuadJames Pears and Kesslerboy Productions Ltd. have announced that Him Indoors, a short black comedy/horror film starring Reece Shearsmith and Pollyanna McIntosh will get it's World Premiere screening at FrightFest The 13th on Monday August 27th, before the European premier of The Possession at 6.15pm.

The film, the first narrative piece from writer/director Paul Davis, tells of an agoraphobic serial killer (Shearsmith), who's, rather grisly, activities are interrupted when his boisterous new neighbour (McIntosh) decides to pop round for a quick cup of tea.

"The whole film is like a dark little joke", explains Psychoville star Shearsmith; "a serial murderer who can't go outside is an interesting premise. We meet him just as his plight is getting out of control, as he doesn'... »

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Dare You View The Lost Coast Tapes?
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 12th Aug 2012

The Lost Coast TapesStarring Drew Rausch and Frank Ashmore, The Lost Coast Tapes is the latest horror from G2 Pictures and is sure to cause a panic when it hits stores 3rd September.

A highly acclaimed investigative journalist sees a news report on a 'Bigfoot Hunter' who claims to possess the body of a dead Sasquatch.

He believes the man is a phony and decides to create a new show that reveals people's paranormal claims as hoaxes. He assembles a crew and heads to Northern California's 'Lost Coast' to meet and interview the man.

But as night falls around his remote cabin deep in the woods, they find that the story is not just real, but more strange and terrifying than they could have ever possibly imagined...

Also starring Ashley Wood, who recently starred in Prime Sus... »

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Exclusive Interview With Neil Jones Director Of The Reverend
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Sunday 12th Aug 2012

The Reverend DirectorNeil Jones is the director behind the new Brit fright-flick The Reverend which boasts a cast that includes Doug Bradley, Emily Booth and the legendary actor Rutger Hauer. Here he chats about the movie and what his future plans are.

HC: Have you always been a big fan of horror movies and if so what's your favourite horror movie?

NJ: I hated them when I was a kid, I watched A Nightmare On Elm Street far too young and it scared the hell out of me! Now though yes, I like the older films, like Psycho, The Birds and The Shining. Recently for pure entertainment From Dusk Till Dawn and The Devil's Rejects I thought were great.

HC: How did the project for The Reverend come about?... »

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Exclusive Interview With Geoffrey Cowper Director Of Cargols!
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Interviews, Saturday 11th Aug 2012

Geoff CowperManiacs, monsters, demons, creepy kids, apocalyptic visions, phobias, heavy metal meltdown and snails - yes, it's the FrightFest International Short Film Showcase, an eclectic mix of worldwide cutting edge short films, which is once again being presented by Horror Channel. It will kick-off at 1pm on Sunday 26th August at the Empire Cinema in London's Leicester Square.

One of the pieces showing is Cargols! (Snails!) from Geoffrey Cowper. This hilarious and affectionate kiss to the classic B-movies of old will satisfy the FrightFest audience's quench for a creature feature. We chatted to Geoffrey about this piece and where the idea came from.

HC: Cargols! is an inventive mix of schoolboy humour and classic B-movie mon... »

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FrightFest To Honour SFX Legend Greg Nicotero
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, News, Saturday 11th Aug 2012

Greg NicoteroFrightFest, in partnership with Variety Magazine, are set to present the inaugural Variety Award at FrightFest to renowned special effects and make-up artist Greg Nicotero.

Nicotero will be presented with the award on Saturday August 25th, following an on-stage interview at this year's FrightFest The 13th.

"FrightFest is very proud to be associated with Variety Magazine," said FrightFest co-director Ian Rattray. "We feel Greg Nicotero is a perfect choice to receive this historic award - the first to be given out at a FrightFest event."

An acknowledged master of his field Nicotero is an idol of horror fans with a 30-year career that has seen him work on virtually every major horror franchise.

"Film4 FrightFest is delighted to welcome back Greg Nicotero," added co-director Alan Jones... »

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The Hamiltons AKA The Thompsons
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Friday 10th Aug 2012

The ThompsonsThe Hamiltons are back for another bite! The dysfunctional vampire family returns but this time they're heading to the UK under a new name: The Thompsons. Available on DVD and download to own and rent from 15th October The Thompsons is a bloodthirsty, action-packed sequel from The Butcher Brothers.

The Hamiliton siblings were a dysfunctional, orphaned family living in sunny suburbia. On the outside, they appear normal enough but they harbour a very dark secret...the need to drink blood in order to survive. A bloodbath at a local gas station means the family has to go on the run, eventually seeing them resurface in the U.K. with a new identity as The Thompsons. Desperate for protection in this unfamiliar country, the deadly family seeks out the help of a ... »

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2012 Free Online Festival Guide Now Available
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Thursday 9th Aug 2012

FrightFest 13th Festival GuideThe online version of the FrightFest The 13th free festival guide is now available which includes a full timetable covering all three screens.

Inside you'll also find features and info on every movie showing as well as hints and tips on how to get the most from this awesome festival.

Horror Channel will be there blogging live from the event bringing you all that's happening so make sure you keep checking all our feeds!

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Exclusive Interview With Legendary Director Kevin Connor
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Tuesday 7th Aug 2012

Kevin ConnorLegendary film maker Kevin Connor left school at sixteen, and entered a documentary film company, British Films Ltd., in London's Soho, as an Assistant film editor. From here on in he progressed to being one of the most celebrated directors around. With the release of some of his classic films onto DVD for the first time we decided to chat to this in demand director about his ongoing career and his time at Amicus.

HC: How did you get started in the movie business?

KC: I left school at 16 in 1953 and managed to get a job by writing to every Film Company in the London Telephone Directory. After many negative letters I finally landed a position as a Trainee Editor with a company called British Films in Soho. I wanted to go into the camera department but as it turned out the editing expe... »

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Frighten Brighton - Event Update
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 7th Aug 2012

Frighton BrightonFrighten Brighton are excited to announce that they have joined forces with Shock Horror Magazine alongside Hemlock Books to scare the hell out of Brighton on Saturday 11th August 2012!

Shock Horror Magazine has been bringing fright film news, interviews and features to horror fans since 2010 and is supplying us with some ghoulish goodies to give out to Frighten Brighton attendees throughout the day.

Hemlock Books are publishers who specialise in horror, sci-fi and fantasy film books as well as being the UK's leading retailer in horror movie magazines and fanzines. Look out for their macabre merchandise stall at the Frighten Brighton festival featuring some exclusive one-day-only special offers!

Special guest for the event is Horror Ch... »

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New From The Death Waltz Recording Company - Halloween II and Halloween III
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 7th Aug 2012

Death Waltz Recording Company has announced the vinyl release of two classic and groundbreaking electronic John Carpenter scores, Halloween II and Halloween III on October 14th.

Hallowen 2 CoverHalloween II was originally released in 1981, 3 years on from the celebrated first instalment of the Michael Myers slasher franchise. For the soundtrack, Carpenter once again enlisted his trusted collaborator - Alan Howarth (both had worked together on another Carpenter electronic masterpiece 1978's Escape From New York) - to construct a score which utilised the original theme music in Halloween, but was now required to sound more sinister, dramatic and downright evil than its prequel. With analogue synthesisers really coming into their own in... »

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From The Pen Of James Moran - Cockneys Vs Zombies and Tower Block
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Tuesday 7th Aug 2012

Two films getting their world premieres at FrightFest this year have been written by one of the UKs finest talents, James Moran. We'll be chatting to James a bit later in the month so here's what his movies at this year's event are about:

Cockneys Vs ZombiesCockneys Vs Zombies - Geezer Gore comes to FrightFest in an ultra-splatter comedy horror director Matthias Hoene calls Evil Dead 2 meets Withnail & I. Just as brothers Terry and Andy Macguire decide to rob a bank, workers on a Docklands building site uncover a burial ground sealed up in 1666. However some of the corpses aren't brown bread at all and before you know it London's East End is infested with hungry zombies.

Can the two dodgy Hamptons get to the Bow Bells Care Home run by their granddad in time to rescue all ... »

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They Will Rise To Suck The Blood Of The Living - Zombie Flesh Eaters On DVD And Blu-ray
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Friday 3rd Aug 2012

Zombie Flesh Eaters Steelbook CoverFrom the sleazy video nasty vaults comes a movie so stained with controversy and moral indignation that the very mention of its name sends shudders down the spines of the weak stomached and censorious - Zombie Flesh Eaters. A gut-munching, shark wrestling, eye-gouging orgy of topless skin divers, mud-caked undead terror and Italian splatter from the dark imagination of horror genius Lucio Fulci (The Beyond, City Of The Living Dead).

An abandoned boat in New York Harbour unleashes a deadly flesh crazed Zombie cargo... A Young American woman and a journalist investigate a tropical island where a deadly disease is making the dead walk... Soon, thoughts of getting to the bottom of the murderous curse will be forgotten... »

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Sinister - Brand New UK Poster
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Thursday 2nd Aug 2012

Sinister New QuadSinister is the terrifying new horror from the producer of Insidious and Paranormal Activity and the writer-director of The Exorcism Of Emily Rose. It will get its UK premiere at FrightFest the 13th.

In the movie a struggling true crime novelist, Ellison (Ethan Hawke), becomes too close to his latest gruesome story when he discovers a box of mysterious and brutal home movies in his attic.

To the left is the brand new UK poster for this much talked about shocker and we'll bring you more news as we get it.

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New Book On Saw To Be Released
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 2nd Aug 2012

Devils Advocate Saw BookContinuing the superb Devil's Advocates series of books, which started with stunning releases covering the classic films Let The Right One In and Witchfinder General comes Benjamin Poole's dissection of Saw.

Here's the full blurb:

Widely regarded as inaugurating the torture porn movement the original Saw is in fact a more nuanced and subtle hybrid genre film than is generally acknowledged. Like all game changers within the horror genre, it was an independent success, a low-budget champion that flourished without the patronage of a big studio. Not bad for the most successful horror franchise ever (over $850 million and counting) which has spawned media and masses of merchandise, including a theme park roller coaster ride... »

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Jaws - New Blu-ray Trailer
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 2nd Aug 2012

Jaws CoverJaws - the landmark motion picture that still makes audiences afraid to go in the water - comes to Blu-ray for the first time ever on 3rd September. Featuring an all-new, digitally remastered and fully restored picture, as well as 7.1 surround sound, the Jaws Blu-ray with Digital Copy and UltraViolet gives fans the ultimate way to watch the breathtaking and terrifying action-thriller.

One of the most influential motion pictures of all time and nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award, the movie stars Oscar winner Richard Dreyfuss and Oscar nominees Roy Scheider and Robert Shaw. Produced by legendary filmmakers Richard D. Zanuck and David Brown, the film earned an Oscar for composer John Williams' instantly recognisable minimalist score, as well as Oscars for Best Editing and Be... »

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Exclusive Interview With Axelle Carolyn Director Of The Halloween Kid
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Interviews, Thursday 2nd Aug 2012

The Halloween Kid Group ShotManiacs, monsters, demons, creepy kids, apocalyptic visions, phobias, heavy metal meltdown and snails - yes, it's the FrightFest International Short Film Showcase, an eclectic mix of worldwide cutting edge short films, which is once again being presented by Horror Channel. It will kick-off at 1pm on Sunday 26th August at the Empire Cinema in London's Leicester Square.

One of the pieces showing is The Halloween Kid, a touching and beautifully shot story from Axelle Carolyn. We chatted to Axelle about this and what advice she would give to others making horror movie shorts.

HC: Your piece, The Last Post was shown at FrightFest last year, how nervous were you before it was shown?<... »

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FrightFest Directors, Cannabalism, A Mad Monk And Afternoon Shocks - August On The Horror Channel
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Wednesday 1st Aug 2012

FF DIRECTORS NIGHT IMAGEAugust on the Horror Channel is an incredibly busy month as not only are we bringing you a shedload of movie premieres we’re also celebrating FrightFest the 13th in style by having special editions of our acclaimed Director's Night series. In this series the men behind FrightFest present their favourite films from past events.

Here's the skinny on what not to miss on the Horror Channel this month.

Saturday 4th - Boy Eats Girl
Onetime Pop Princess Samantha Mumba stars in the premiere of Boy Eats Girl. In this schoolyard splatter-fest a boy's crush on a female classmate transforms into a voracious appetite for her flesh when he dies and is reanimated.

Wednesday 8th - The Brotherhood»

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Bloodstorm
By James Whittington
Posted in: Reviews, Wednesday 1st Aug 2012

bloodstormBloodstorm

DVD

Certificate 15

Extras: 5 short featurettes.

"We're all going to die, aren't we?"

The Nazi zombie movie genre has had a bit of a resurrection recently with such titles as Dead Snow and Outpost leading the way. This title from The Asylum starts off in the B-movie mode we've come to expect from the studio (which is not a criticism), then someone gets their face ripped off and my attention was pricked.

Deep in Antarctica a group of scientific researchers are abducted by a platoon of storm troopers. Led by Dr Josef Mengele, this bloodthirsty troupe has lain in wait in a secret base underneath the icy wastes since the fall of Nazi Germany. Led by Adrian Reistad (Jake Busey), the survivors have to find any means of escape from t... »

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Dare You Witness The Pact?
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 1st Aug 2012

The Pact CoverFirst-time feature director Nicholas McCarthy directs up-and-coming female lead Caity Lotz, Casper Van Dien, Agnes Bruckner, Haley Hudson and Kathleen Rose Perkins star in The Pact which is coming to DVD and Blu-ray on October the 1st.

Following the death of her mother, Annie receives a phone call from her former drug addict sister, Nicole, imploring her to come back to visit their family home and to attend their mother’s funeral. Still tortured by memories of a troubled childhood, Annie is reluctant to revisit the past, but eventually agrees to Nicole's request. However, on arrival at the house she finds no trace of her sister and, when Nicole fails to turn up at the funeral, Annie simply assumes she has relapsed into drug use as a way of dealing with her loss. Not wishing to spend the nigh... »

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Exclusive Interview With Journalist Alan Jones
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Monday 30th Jul 2012

Alan Jones 2012Alan Jones is one of the most respected journalists working in the business today. He has contributed to many of the most popular magazines around including Empire, Total Magazine and Premiere as well as writing for countless others. He is one of the co-founders of FrightFest and is the man behind the acclaimed book Profondo Argento, which after 8 years has been fully updated, retitled as Dario Argento: The Man, The Myth And The Magic. The book will launch at FrightFest The 13th so we thought we'd chat to Alan about his work covering Argento's career and the anticipated revised edition of his book.

HC: When did you first meet Dario?

AJ: 1982. I was working for Videomedia, one of the very first video retail compani... »

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FrightFest The 13th Announces Record Number Of Guests
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, News, Friday 27th Jul 2012

Claudia GeriniJennifer Lynch, Sheridan Smith, Dario Argento, Dominic Brunt, Ross Noble, Peter Strickland, Claudia Gerini, Michele Placido, Harry Treadaway, Michelle Ryan, Russell Tovey and The Soska Sisters head up a vibrant and eclectic mix of talent at this year's Film4 FrightFest event at the Empire Leicester Square.

As individual tickets go on sale tomorrow (Saturday 28 July), Film4 FrightFest announces its guest list, which boasts a whole host of directors from around the world including: The Manetti Brothers (Paura 3D), Federico Zampaglione (Tulpa), Paul Hyett (The Seasoning House), Co-Directors James Nunn and Ronnie Thompson (Tower Block), Jennifer Lynch (Chained), Paco Plaza ([Rec]3 Genesis), Matthias Hoene (Cockneys Vs. Zombies), Jon Wright (Grabbers), ... »

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Must Have Dario Argento Book From Alan Jones Coming Soon
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Friday 27th Jul 2012

Dario Argento Book CoverProfondo Argento, the critically acclaimed book from Alan Jones has been fully updated, re-named and re-issued with brand new chapters! This original release was quite superb and this new edition promises to be all that and much more.

From his first work scripting Sergio Leone's Once Upon A Time in the West, Dario Argento's directorial breakthrough with the chic giallo The Bird With The Crystal Plumage and his ground-breaking collaboration with progressive rock group Goblin for the Deep Red soundtrack, to producing the gut-wrenching Dawn Of The Dead and his Terror Trilogy with his Hollywood superstar daughter Asia Argento, everything you ever wanted to know about Dario Argento is all in this book.

Internationally renowned journalist Alan... »

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Predator Meets Eight Legged Freaks In Dragon Wasps!
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 25th Jul 2012

Dragon WaspsWritten by fast-becoming genre connoisseur Mark Atkins (Sand Sharks), Dragon Wasps stars Corin Nemec, Dominika Juillet, Benjamin Easterday and Nikolette Noel

When a clue arises as to the whereabouts of her scientist father, three months after he inexplicably disappeared on an expedition deep in the heart of the Belize rainforest, entomologist Gina Humphries and her impassioned assistant Rhonda set out on a makeshift rescue mission.

Unfortunately, unbeknownst to them the land they're desperate to cross is Government protected and without the correct documentation they subsequently find themselves stopped dead in their tracks and whisked away to the hands of officer John Hammond. Due to the ongoing feud between the US Army and the rainforest's guerrilla military, lead by the notoriou... »

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Coming To DVD - Zombie 108
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 25th Jul 2012

Zombie 108 CoverBilled as the very first Taiwanese zombie movie, Zombie 108 is a brutal and challenging horror movie that's coming to DVD on July 30th.

After a catastrophic accident at a top secret research lab, a deadly virus is released into the city and all hell breaks loose. Controlled by a local crime lord, District 108 is the one place in the city the police don't want to go on a normal day.

But today is not a normal day, and the crack SWAT team ordered to help evacuate the uninfected must do just that. Met with fierce resistance by the local gangs, both sides suffer heavy casualties before realising that the guys with the guns aren't the real enemy: the zombies are!

With ammunition running low, the two sides join forces to fight for the only thing worth fighting for: a chance to... »

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Exclusive Interview With Director Johannes Roberts
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Tuesday 24th Jul 2012

Johannes RobertsDirector Johannes Roberts is one of the most exciting talents working in the industry today. His latest films F and Storage 24 prove that he can work between genres with ease and create visually stunning movies.

On Thursday he is introducing a trio of movies in his very own Director's Night event from 9pm. Here he discusses his career to date and why the the films he chose mean something to him.

HC: We first met some time ago, in fact when you were working on the Mobile phone series When Evil Calls. That must have been a difficult format to shot for?

JR: Ha! Yeah that was bonkers. No one had ever done it before and phones were not like they are now. The screens were tiny and refresh rates were terrible. We had to devise a whole ... »

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Terrifying Psychological Thriller Niceville Coming Soon
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 23rd Jul 2012

NicevilleAcclaimed book Niceville by Carsten Stroud is due to be released in trade paperback by Century on August 9th.

Fans of Stephen King, Dean Koontz and Christopher Ransom are advised to try this gripping thriller that Karin Slaughter has described as "A compelling work that grabs your attention from page one" and Peter Straub has called it "An unfolding tale about every kind of wickedness... Somehow it manages to get tighter, nastier, and more delightful as it rolls toward its lovely and completely black-hearted final pages".

When ten-year-old Rainey Teague disappears on his way home from school in idyllic Niceville, Detective Nick Kavanaugh traces the boy to his last sighting - staring into the window of old pawn shop in town. CCTV shows Rainey there one minute and then gone the next. In the days that f... »

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Horror Channel Announces Line-Up For The FrightFest 2012 International Short Film Showcase
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Friday 20th Jul 2012

Horror Channel ISFS LogoManiacs, monsters, demons, creepy kids, apocalyptic visions, phobias, heavy metal meltdown and snails... Welcome to this year's wild and eclectic mix of cutting edge short films from the global arena of the fantasy and horror genre. The ninety-minute film extravaganza is a tasty selection box of Sunday afternoon treats, sponsored once again by Horror Channel. It will kick-off at 1pm on Sunday 26th August at the Empire Cinema in London's Leicester Square.

Chello Zone's Chief Programming Officer Chris Sharp said today, "It's another fantastic line-up we're proud to be sponsoring at FrightFest. Supporting new talent is key to Horror Channel's success. With most directors starting their careers with a short film, we'll be keeping a beady-eye on this year's sh... »

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Combat Shock Special DVD Release
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 19th Jul 2012

Combat ShockBuddy Giovinazzo's brutal, bloody but acclaimed movie Combat Shock is getting a superb DVD release here in the UK. The 2-disc set will contain two cuts of the movie plus a shed-load of extras.

'Nam, a green jungle hell. A terrifying place of death, violence and bloody war where seeing your buddies die in front of you is a daily event and getting your seed corrupted by Agent Orange is an occupational hazard. Poor Ricky came home with a messed up head and scrambled DNA, now he has a mutated baby, a nagging wife and a grim collection of junkie friends to deal with. In the dilapidated tenements of Staten Island, life is harsh and sanity is transitory at best.

Combat Shock is Troma's meanest, grittiest movie. A headfirst trip into the seedy urban trough where hookers, de... »

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Exclusive Interview With Shaun Hutson Author Of X The Unknown
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Tuesday 17th Jul 2012

X The UnknownShaun Hutson is one of the very finest and most creative authors around. He has written over 50 best selling books (some under pseudonyms) touching on many genres but he'l always be associated with horror thanks to books such as Slugs, Relics and Deathday.

Here he chats about his second Hammer tie-in book, X The Unknown.

To try and win a copy of X The Unknown along with Hands Of The Ripper by Guy Adams click here.

HC: Can you recall the first Hammer movie you saw?

SH: I can certainly recall the first Hammer film I ever saw it was a double bill (anyone else remember those?)... »

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Surf Nazis Arrive On DVD
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 15th Jul 2012

Surf Nazis Must DieFrom Troma, the studio that brought you The Toxic Avenger comes one of their most talked about and over-the-top movies, Surf Nazis Must Die.

When the California coast is ravaged by a massive earthquake the beaches are left in a state of anarchy. In this lawless void a new power is rising. Adolf and his evil gang of fascist water rats are coming. They are the Surf Nazis and they must DIE!

Fighting with rival beach gangs and harassing the locals, the Surf Nazis soon take over the area but when they ice a local jogger it opens up a can of revenge as the murdered man's Mama breaks out her retirement home, tooled up and ready for harsh vigilante justice.

Blood, guts, gore, nudity and murder come thick and fast in this gnarly beach bum extravaganza from Troma,... »

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Coming Soon - Bloodstorm
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Saturday 14th Jul 2012

Blood StormRevolver Entertainment has announced the latest movie to venture into the ever expanding Nazi Zombie genre of films, Bloodstorm.

You thought they were dead. You were wrong.

Deep in Antarctica a group of scientific researchers are abducted by a platoon of storm troopers. Led by Dr Josef Mengele, this bloodthirsty troupe has lain in wait in a secret base underneath the icy wastes since the fall of Nazi Germany.

Led by Adrian Reistad (Jake Busey), the survivors have to find any means of escape from the hell that faces them. Trapped by a colony of Nazi survivors, whose bodies are a horrifying patchwork of decaying and regenerated flesh.

Meanwhile Dr Mengele, who has continued his horrific human experimentation, is masterminding an invasion of Earth from the frozen depths.

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Curse Will Finally Be Released In September
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 12th Jul 2012

CurseGrayson Pictures is to give a UK DVD release to the rarely seen Singaporean military chiller Curse on September 10th.

Set in on the Island of Pulau Hantu in the south of Singapore, Curse tells the terrifying tale of a military squad sent to an island to investigate the mysterious disappearance of a group of soldiers. Accidentally disturbing a burial site, they unleash a terrifying supernatural curse…

Curse is directed by Esan Sivalinhgam who said of the shoot: "We expected it to be one hell of an adventure but it turned out to be the adventure from hell". Facing torrential downpours, extreme temperatures, venomous reptiles plus censorship issues and stumbling across a real burial site, it was a miracle the film was completed in its fifteen-day schedule.

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Scream - Issue 13 Details
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 11th Jul 2012

SCREAM Isssue 13Due in early September Issue 13 of Scream Magazine is filled with plenty of the usual scary bloody stuff.

You’ll find an exclusive interviews with Michael Berryman and Puppetmaster writer Kenneth Hall, Emily Booth talks Vampires in The Reverend, legendary horror author James Herbert gives the magazine a world exclusive on his career and his upcoming book release Ash, British TV star Dominic Burns talks zombies in his directorial debut Before Dawn.

Plus find horror games, comics, DVD and Blu-rays, photography, behind the scenes at FrightFest 2012, previews, retrospectives, competitions, reviews and much, much more.

Check the official website for more information.

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Exclusive Interview With Hands Of The Ripper Author Guy Adams
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Tuesday 10th Jul 2012

Guy Adams Photo Credit Peter ColebornWe interviewed the very talented author Guy Adams last year when his novel Kronos was released. This cracking book, which was based on the classic Hammer movie Captain Kronos - Vampire Hunter, has lead to Adams penning another based on a Hammer favourite. This time around he tackled Hands Of The Ripper.

Guy took time out of his busy schedule to chat with us about this book and if you fancy trying to win a copy of Hands Of The Ripper as well as X The Unknown by Shaun Hutson click here.

(Guy Adams photo by Peter Coleborn)

HC: Can you recall the first Hammer movie... »

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The Dark Side Magazine - Issue 148 Details
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 9th Jul 2012

Dark Side Magazine Cover 148Issue 148 of The Dark Side Magazine has been unleashed and it's a Hammer special. Inside the team celebrate the glory days of Hammer and cast an eye as to what the future may hold for the much loved studio.

It also takes a look at Hammer Harpies, checks out what the censor didn't want you to see from Hammer movies plus interviews with Caroline Munro and the legendary Sir Christopher Lee.

Add to this a coffin load of reviews and you have the perfect Hammer horror celebration.

Cover price is £3.99 and digital issue £3.

Go to The Dark Side Magazine site for more details.

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Vampirella Vs Fluffy!
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 9th Jul 2012

Vampirella Vs FluffyDynamite Entertainment is having some fun with Vampirella, as she takes on the teenage vampire killer, Fluffy! Vampirella Vs. Fluffy is bizarre yarn is written by Mark Rahner and drawn by Cezar Razek, with an eye-popping cover from Nick Bradshaw!

In Vampirella Vs Fluffy, young, horny high school couples are being horribly mutilated by demonic Puritans. Time for Fluffy to take a study break and kick some supernatural ass! Meanwhile, Fluffy's pals are wagging their tongues at the hot new substitute teacher - Vampirella. When the iconic vampire and the teenage warrior face off, the clash is more epic than stripes and polka dots! Vampi continues to tear her way through pop-culture vampirism in dark, brutal - and cathartic - satire

"Here'... »

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Elfie Hopkins - Release Date Announced
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Friday 6th Jul 2012
Elfie HopkinsJaime Winstone is Elfie Hopkins - an animal-loving slacker, stoner, and wannabe detective, living in a sleepy hunting village. Haunted by the death of her mother, Elfie seeks solace from the old school detectives in The Maltese Falcon and Chinatown. She entertains herself by investigating the villagers and upsetting everyone with her imaginative allegations.

Things get serious however with the arrival of trendy city dwellers, the Gammons, who weave seductive tales of adventure and entice the villagers with offers of exotic hunting holidays around the world. Elfie smells a rat - her mundane existence is about to be blown apart.

Blood quickly starts to spill, and it’s no longer just the blood of animals. Elfie discovers the villagers are disappearing and when she finally u... »

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Shock Horror Issue 10 Cover And Details
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Friday 6th Jul 2012

Shock Horror Issue 10The cover for Shock Horror Issue 10 has been unveiled and it's boasting that it now has 15 more pages. Yep, issue 10 is their biggest ever issue.

This issue includes a feature on the Halloween franchise along with an interview with one of its main stars, Danielle Harris. Danielle is also on hand to discuss her new movie Among Friends. Small screen legend Elvira is also interviewed as well as scream queen Heather Langenkamp.

Also look out for interviews with Zombina & The Skeletones and Joe Simko.

Add to this all the latest news and reviews plus competitions it seem Issue 10 might just be the best yet.

For more information visit the Shock Horror site.

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Wrong Turn 4 - Release Details
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, News, Thursday 5th Jul 2012

Wrong Turn 4 CoverWrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings premiers in the UK at this years FrightFest Festival. The movie will then be available to own on Blu-ray and DVD from 27th August 2012! If that's not enough to satisfy your blood thirsty appetite then you can gorge on and devour the Wrong Turn 1-4 DVD box-set which comes out the same day.

It's 1974 and deep in the West Virginia wilderness, a family of inbred hillbilly cannibals are being held in an isolated asylum for the violent and mentally ill. The asylum soon becomes deserted when the inbred family escape and take sadistic and gratuitous revenge on their captors...

Decades later, a group of college students take a wrong turn and seek refuge in the now-abandoned asylum after a blizzard derails their plans for a weekend winter brea... »

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New From FAB Press - House Of Psychotic Women
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 5th Jul 2012

House Of Psychotic WomenWe can finally bring you news of House Of Psychotic Women, the much anticipated release from FAB Press which is now on sale as a pre-order item. The hardback edition is strictly limited to only 250 copies worldwide and comes with alternative cover artwork, plus an exclusive free gift of a flexi-disc postcard featuring the song Somebody's Waitin' For You by Charles Bernstein, from the 1972 film Pigs! The paperback edition (pictured) will be released on September 29th

To give it its full title, House of Psychotic Women - An Autobiographical Topography Of Female Neurosis In Horror And Exploitation Films has been written by respected writer and film programmer Kier-La Janisse.

The full blurb goes like this: Cinema is... »

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The Walking Dead - New Magazine
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 4th Jul 2012

The Walking Dead Magazine Issue 1 CoverTitan Magazines and Skybound have announced the launch of The Walking Dead, The Official Magazine, based on Robert Kirkman's Eisner Award-winning comic book series, best-selling graphic novels and Emmy-winning AMC television series based upon them.

Following its transition from groundbreaking comic book to the highest-rated basic cable drama of all time, The Walking Dead has cemented its status, not only as a phenomenon with the wildly diverging fans of horror and of character-driven drama, but as a milestone in quality, mainstream television.

The Walking Dead, The Official Magazine will feature an inside look at the comic and show as only a fully sanctioned quarterly can. No ... »

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Rec 3 Release Date Announced
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, News, Wednesday 4th Jul 2012

REC3REC Genesis, the long-awaited and highly anticipated third instalment of the planned four-part REC saga has finally arrived, coming to DVD and Blu-ray on 3rd September (after premiering at Film4 FrightFest on 24 August) - and by all accounts its more than worth the wait!

Paco Plaza, co-writer and co-director of the first two films (along with Jaume Belaguero) goes it alone for this outing, breathing new life into proceedings by taking things in a whole new and rather smart direction.

The tone is more akin to Shaun Of The Dead and Army Of Darkness with its zom-rom-com elements.

The end result is billed as a surprisingly scary, funny and touching horror film with some seriously iconic imagery - if only all brides carried chainsaws!

More news as we get it.»

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New From Hammer Books - X The Unknown
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 2nd Jul 2012

X The UnknownLegendary genre writer Shaun Hutson has once again tackled a Hammer classic (his last one was Twins Of Evil) and has turned his hand to another respected Hammer shocker, X The Unknown from 1956.

In a quiet field in Buckinghamshire, a huge crack has appeared in the earth's surface. And people are dying. Incinerated beyond recognition. At the same time, hospitals have noticed an increase in catastrophic deformities in foetuses, and cancer levels soaring.

Dr Adam Royston, a scientist working at the nearby military base, thinks he knows what it is; a creature as old as the earth that slumbers for centuries, then wakes to feed on the energy and radiation produced by humans. But if he's right, and they can't find a way to destroy the creature roaming the countryside, then it's not jus... »

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Shock Horror Presents Its First Creep Club
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 2nd Jul 2012

Shock Horror Creep ClubShock Horror Magazine is kicking off their first ever Creep Club event with a Zombie Double Feature on 2nd September.

Here they'll be screening George A Romero's stunning gut-muncher Dawn Of The Dead (1978) plus 1 more film TBC at the Northampton Picturedrome.

They'll be tackling a different monster each month at Creep Club, and at this debut event it will be zombie carnage with competition giveaways, free goodie bags and lots more entertainment to be announced.

The Northampton Picturedrome is a unique building, combining a state of the art cinema screen and stage within a sealed off bar environment that has played host to many well known bands as well as screening events.

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FrightFest 2012 - Full Discovery Screen Listing
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Frightfest, Sunday 1st Jul 2012

Before DawnThe FrightFest Discovery Screen is back for a third year and has once again surpassed itself in bringing you a varied selection of cracking movies that are just waiting to be, well, discovered!

This year attendees will have the chance to watch Michael Biehn's directorial debut The Victim, Stig Svendson's Elevator as well as Kill Zombie!! which is described as Shaun Of The Dead in Amsterdam.

A stand out has to be Nightmare Factory which is a gore-soaked illuminating documentary where we see the universe through the eyes of SFX legend Greg Nicotero.

Full listings are below.

Friday August 24th
Guinea Pigs (English Premiere)
The Victim (UK Premiere)
Elevator (UK Premiere)
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Horror Bites - July Edition
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Sunday 1st Jul 2012

Emily Booth Horror BitesEmily Booth is back with all the latest information from the Horror Channel in a brand new episode of Horror Bites.

Here she guides us through the juciest cuts that July has to offer including our »

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FrightFest 2012 - Full Main Screen Listing
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, News, Saturday 30th Jun 2012

American MaryYesterday we brought you news of the films that are showing at this year's much anticipated FrightFest The 13th event which is being held between August 23rd and 27th at the Empire Cinema, Leicester Square, London.

Below you'll find the screening dates for all the movies showing on Screen 1. Tomorrow we'll be posting all the movies that are showing on the Discovery Screen.

Horror Channel is very proud to be once again sponsoring The International Short Film Showcase on Sunday 26th August, we'll bring you more details of which movies that are being shown during this anticipated section very soon. We're also sponsoring the now legendary Andy Nyman's Quiz From Hell.

As usual we'd just like to say "Hello", to... »

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FrightFest The 13th Unveils Record Number Of Films‏
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, News, Friday 29th Jun 2012

Film4 FrightFest The 13th PosterFilm4 FrightFest The 13th has unveiled its most ambitious line-up in history. From the sensational Sinister starring Ethan Hawke, the Sam Raimi produced The Possession and Jennifer Chambers Lynch's jaw-dropping Chained, to the Maniac remake, the surgical underground of American Mary and the V/H/S anthology everyone is talking about, this year's event is definitely something to scream about.

From 23rd August to 27th August the UK’s leading event for horror fantasy fans will be back at the Empire Cinema in London's Leicester Square to present 48 films in three screens. Empire 1 will house the main event while the Discovery and the newly-created Re-Discovery strand will play in Empires 4 and 5. Th... »

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New From Hammer Books - Hands Of The Ripper
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 28th Jun 2012

Hands Of The Ripper coverFrom Guy Adams, the incredibly talented author who gave us the stunning Kronos novel a few months back comes another re-telling of a Hammer movie classic, Hands Of The Ripper.

On a cold, wet night recently widowed psychology lecturer John Pritchard visits spiritualist Aida Golding with his son. Although wary something has driven him here. And he is drawn to a troubled young woman who is trying to contact her child. Something about her intrigues him and despite his doubts he continues to attend meetings.

One night at an intimate séance in Aida's house the lights go out and one of the group is brutally murdered. John has his suspicions but he can't prove anything. He senses that Aida has some hold over the girl and he offers her a place of refug... »

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Monster Brawl - Hits DVD and Download
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 28th Jun 2012

Monster Brawl CoverWitness the ultimate "smackdown" event of all time as eight of the world's most feared and famous monsters enter the ring to go head-to-head in a grotesque and hilarious fight to the death (or, in several cases, the "un-death") in Monster Brawl.

Directed by Jesse T. Cook and starring Dave Foley, Lance Henriksen, cult genre movie icon Art Hindle, actor and wrestler Kevin Nash, legendary WWF and WCW manager Jimmy Hart, former WWF star Robert Maillet and MMA fighter and referee Herb Dean.

Celebrity Wrestlemania doesn't get any scarier - or funnier - than the Monster Brawl, in which four contestants from the Creature Conference and four from the Undead Conference battle it out in the ring to take the title of the most powerful monster of all time. Representing the CC are Mas... »

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The Woman In Black
By James Whittington
Posted in: Reviews, Thursday 28th Jun 2012

woman_in_blackThe Woman In Black

DVD/Blu-ray

Certificate 12

Momentum Pictures Home Entertainment

Extras: Making Of, Interviews with Daniel Radcliff, James Watkins and Jane Goldman, Red Carpet Special, Ghost Story Competition, Trailers and Galleries.

"Don't go chasing shadows, Arthur"

The Woman In Black is without a doubt the British cinematic success story of the year and one which shouts proudly the long awaited resurrection of gothic style Hammer horror. With box office takings topping an incredible £21 million it has rightly become the most successful British horror film of all time.

The movie tells the tale of Arthur Kipps (Daniel Radcliffe), a lawyer who is forced to leave his young son and travel to a rem... »

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More Mars Attacks From IDW
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 27th Jun 2012

Mars Attacks Comic ImageIDW Publishing has anounced that the premiere issue of thier Mars Attacks series by comics superstars John Layman and John McCrea has officially sold out of its substantial first printing!

The release for the inaugural issue of Mars Attacks was an admittedly ambitious one. Utilizing the original card art from Topps' classic trading cards, along with McCrea's kinetic new cover, this first issue shipped 56 covers in total. To top it off, a deluxe box set collecting all 56 covers, plus an exclusive 57th cover, was also offered to fans and retailers seeking maximum Martian saturation. Nearly 55,000 issues of Mars Attacks #1 have invaded comic shops across the globe! Also worth noting for collectors, this means that... »

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Detention - Finally Coming To DVD In August
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 26th Jun 2012

DetentionJosh Hutcherson (The Hunger Games) and Dane Cook (Good Luck Chuck) star in the instant cult-classic Detention, which is coming to DVD and Digital on August 27th from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. This bizarre and original comedy-horror hybrid went down a storm at FrightFest last year and takes the slasher genre to a new high.

In this hipster, teen horror-comedy the students of Grizzly Lake must survive their final year of high school. Standing in their way is Cinderhella, a slasher-movie killer who has seemingly come to life and is preying on the school's student body. As the clock ticks and the bodies pile up, the likely suspects are embroiled in a race against time to stop Cinderhella and ultimately save the world... if only they can get out of detention.

The DVD is packed wi... »

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Zimmer-Frame Wielding Flesh-Eating Pensioners - Attack Of The Herbals Is Coming To DVD
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 24th Jun 2012

Attack Of The HerbalsNazis in gasmasks, a foul-mouthed kilt-wearing land-baron and zimmer-frame wielding flesh eating pensioners all go into the mix for Scottish comedy/horror Attack Of The Herbals.

Jackson McGregor has returned after years of exile to his grandparent's home in a small sleepy Scottish village, a village where the daily routine consists of eating, sleeping, fishing and drinking tea. However the local's way of life is under threat from a large corporate retail machine headed up by a monster named Bennett who wants to buy land for a new development.

After discovering a crate of herbal tea washed up on shore, Jackson hatches a plan to sell the tea and save the village. However the new lease of life the tea seems to give people soon turns into a nightmare, and Jackson find... »

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Cyborgs, Gut-Munching, J-Horror And A Coffin - July On The Horror Channel
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Sunday 24th Jun 2012

Cyborg 2Summer is turning into a bit of a washout but that's OK as why would you want to go out when the Horror Channel has lined up a month packed with the best that horror cinema has to offer?

Apart from our Evilution Of Horror season we have some stunning movie premieres just waiting to send you to be with the lights on!

Saturday 7th - Cyborg 2
Michael Schroeder directs Hollywood legend Jack Palance and the then newcomer Angelina Jolie in the Sci-Fi shocker Cyborg 2. Cyborg Casella rebels against her creators when she discovers her corporate espionage mission includes her own destruction.

Wednesday 11th - Bone Eate... »

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Horror Channel Is Given A Highly Commended At Broadcast Digital Awards
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Thursday 21st Jun 2012

Broadcast Digital Award 2012At last night's Broadcast Digital Awards the Horror Channel lost out to the title of Best Specialist Channel to At The Races but we did pick up a very honourable Highly Commended nod, something of which we're incredibly proud.

Although we were beaten by yet another horse channel - last year we lost out to Horse And Country TV - we didn't have long faces and were over the moon to have been nominated.

We would like to congratulate all the winners at this prestigious event.

Here's to the Broadcast Digital Awards 2013!

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Outpost II: Black Sun Coming To DVD and Blu-ray
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 19th Jun 2012
Outpost II CoverDirected by Steve Barker (Outpost) and starring Richard Coyle, the highly anticipated sequel to one of the most original Nazi zombie horror movies of recent times, Outpost II: Black Sun, will be goose-stepping its way onto DVD and Blu-ray in August.

Following on from the original movie Outpost, Director and Writer Steve Barker and Rae Brunton return to resurrect the un-dead Nazi army from their bunkers once more as they attempt to dominate and paint/splatter the world red.

Outpost II: Black Sun follows investigative Lena on a trail to find notorious war-criminal Klausener, a German scientist who in the closing stages of WW2 was working on a frightening new technology with the power to create an immortal Nazi Army. Her trail leads her to a... »

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Film4 Frightfest The 13th Announces Opening And Closing Night Films
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, News, Saturday 16th Jun 2012

REC3Paul Hyett's claustrophobic, psychological horror, The Seasoning House is set to open this year's Film4 FrightFest. Starring Sean Pertwee, Kevin Howarth and Rosie Day, this hard-hitting exploration of war-time sexploitation, set in a Balkan brothel, marks special-effects guru Hyett's directorial debut. Hyett and the cast will be attending the premiere on Thursday August 23rd.

Film4 FrightFest will close with the world premiere of Lionsgate's Tower Block. Directed by James Nunn and Ronnie Thompson, this is a stunning suspense shocker. Trapped on the top floor of their run down East End home, a disparate group of neighbours are being targeted by a mystery sniper. This taut gripper stars Sheridan Smith, Jack O'Connell and Russell Tovey. The directors and the cast wil... »

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Emily Booth Profile
By Dave Macleod
Posted in: , Friday 15th Jun 2012

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Amicus Classics Coming To DVD
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 14th Jun 2012

The Land That Time ForgotStudiocanal will release a classic collection of titles from celebrated horror house Amicus Productions on July 30th. The revived and digitally restored titles receiving their DVD debut are: Warlords Of Atlantis, They Came From Beyond Space, At The Earth's Core and The Land That Time Forgot.

Warlords Of Atlantis: Aboard the Texas Rose, a professor of archaeology, his scientist son, and an engineer are on a quest to find the lost city of Atlantis. When a giant octopus attacks their ship, they awaken within a mysterious under water realm. A deep-sea kingdom has been colonised by an advanced alien race with immense psychic powers and a dark secret... A perilous,... »

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Prophecy #1 Sells Out
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 13th Jun 2012

Prophecy 2ndPrintDynamite's biggest ever cross-over Prophecy #1 - hit this June, and they wanted to let everyone know in advance that the second printing that they made available may sell out early next week, and are already evaluating going back for a third. Written by Ron Marz and drawn by Walter Geovani, with covers by Paul Renaud, Prophecy is a self contained event series.

Prophecy takes place during 2012, and the Mayan doomsday prophecy is coming to pass, and the end of the world makes for strange allies. Vampirella, Red Sonja, Kulan Gath, Dracula, Eva, Herbert West The Reanimator, Alan Quatermain, Athena, Dorian Gray, Purgatory, Pantha and many more choose sides and clash in battles that will decide the fate of the Earth and all of mankind. Wi... »

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Exclusive Interview With Drew Cullingham Director Of Umbrage: The First Vampire
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Monday 11th Jun 2012

Drew CullinghamThe Horror Channel Movie Of The Month is Drew Cullingham's bloody brilliant Umbrage: The First Vampire. The film stars legendary British actor Doug Bradley and concerns an unscrupulous antique dealer's ancient mirror that serves as a portal for shadowy beings to be unleashed into the night with a thirst for blood.

We decided to chat to Drew about this outstanding directorial debut and his plans for the future.

HC: How did you start in the movie business?

DC: Slowly! There was a time when all the things I take for granted now, all the people (actors and crew) and all the facilities and so on, were a faraway dream. I worked a little in TV, mostly filming food related VTs for live shows, and I cut my teeth bit by bit on a few short films. Of... »

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Hammer Classics Back On The Big Screen
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 11th Jun 2012

The Plague of Zombies posterOver the last few weeks several iconic movies have been shown on the big screen to celebrate the best of British to coincide with the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and the forthcoming Olympics thanks to Studio Canal and ICO.

Rather than choosing the usual big films you would expect movies that haven't been seen on the big screen for a while and have recently been restored have been chosen.

Tomorrow, across selected cinemas you can see Hammer's acclaimed The Plague Of The Zombies whilst on Tuesday 3rd July you can catch another Hammer classic, Quatermass And The Pit.

For the full programme and which cinemas are participating in this celebration »

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Celebrate The Evilution Of Horror This July On The Horror Channel
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Monday 11th Jun 2012

Evilution Vampires FridayIn a munching, slashing, biting and clawing month-long Friday night movie-marathon, Horror Channel traverses the four cornerstones of terror - Vampires, Werewolves, the Slasher film and Zombies - to deliver 16 films that celebrate the progression of the most popular horror genres.

Friday 6th July - Vampires
First up is a foray into Vampire lore, kicking off with Hammer's 70s classic Scars Of Dracula (21:00). The quadruple bill then jumps forward to 1987 for Return To Salems Lot (22:55) before bringing us up to date with the Life Blood (00:50) a Sapphic gem that sees two seductive predators given the gif... »

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Puppet Master - Coming To Blu-ray
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 10th Jun 2012
Puppetmaster Blu-ray 3DStarring Paul Le Mat (American Graffiti), William Hickey (The Nightmare Before Christmas) and Irene Miracle (Midnight Express) and directed By David Schmoeller, Puppet Master is finally making its way onto Blu-ray thanks to 88 Films.

Alex Whittaker and three other gifted psychics are investigating rumours that the secret of life has been discovered by master puppeteer Andre Toulon. But the psychics quickly discover Toulon's secret of death in the form of five killer puppets - each one uniquely qualified for murder and mayhem.

Tunneler has a nasty habit of boring holes in people with his drill bit head, Ms. Leech regurgitates killer leaches that suck her victims dry, Pinhead strangles his enemies with his powerful vice-like hands, Blade... »

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Call Of Cthulhu: The Wasted Land - Launched on Android
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 10th Jun 2012

Call of Android LogoThe final rites of gibbous summoning have been completed and the world counts down to oblivion as the critically acclaimed Call Of Cthulhu: The Wasted Land has launched for Android phones and tablets. The game is now available from Google Play (with Amazon's Android Store to follow) at a price point £2.99. The Android version is also translated to French, Spanish, German and Italian. The game's designer Tomas Rawlings remarked, "We've had a huge demand from fellow gamers for Cthulhu to spawn onto Android, so we're really excited to be able to deliver on our promise today."

The game requires Android OS version 2.3 (aka Gingerbread), OpenGL ES 2.0 plus a touch screen to run. The developers say they have tested the game on a range of devices including HTC, Samsung, Acer and are... »

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Scream - Issue 12 Details
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Saturday 9th Jun 2012

Scream Issue 12The details for issue 12 of Scream Magazine have just been released.

In this edition there's an exclusive interview with Tony Todd on the set of Dead Of The Nite, Mexican Director Alejandro Brugues talks Juan Of The Dead, an exclusive on-location report from up-coming nazi-zombie-horror Outpost 3, Elvira: Mistress of the Dark: Career Interview, Director Eduardo Sanchez talks The Blair Witch Project and his latest Lovely Molly plus 30 Days of Night: Steve Niles talks Vampire Comics!

Plus the very latest books, games, Festival Reports, photography, DVD/Blu-rays, news, reviews, previews, competitions and much more!

Click here for the official site.

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The Amityville Haunting - Coming To DVD
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Friday 8th Jun 2012
Amityville New CoverReleased by Revolver Entertainment to DVD on 18th June, The Amityville Haunting takes the franchise into the found footage genre to recount events that marked the final days of a family named Benson.

In April 2010, the Benson family moved into their new home in upstate New York, blissfully unaware of the terrifying presence that occupied it. Little did they know, that their new Amityville home was written into one of the most infamous and bloody chapters in modern American history, when Ronal DeFeo ruthlessly, and brutally, murdered his entire family within its walls on 13th November, 1974.

Briefly after settling into their new abode, the Bensons began to witness strings of subtle, yet inexplicable paranormal events. As they attempted to record them, the incidents became... »

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Re-Animator The Musical Is Coming To The Edinburgh Fringe
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 6th Jun 2012

Re-Animator The MusicalIn 1985, Stuart Gordon directed his first feature film and created a sensation. It was H.P. Lovecraft's Re-Animator, a huge popular success produced by Brian Yuzna that delivered as many laughs as it did screams, making it a cult classic among horror fans and winning a Critic's Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. Last year Gordon and his co-writers Dennis Paoli and William J. Norris and composer/lyricist Mark Nutter turned Re-Animator into a musical for the stage playing to rave reviews and standing ovations for a sold-out six month run. It tells the story of Herbert West, a brilliant young medical student who has created a glowing green serum that can bring the dead back to life. What should be a medical breakthrough results in hideous monstrosities... »

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Umbrage: The First Vampire To Get UK TV Premiere On Horror Channel This Month
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Wednesday 6th Jun 2012
Natalia Celino As LilithUmbrage: The First Vampire will receive its UK TV premiere on Horror Channel this June.

Marking his feature film debut with this twisted cocktail of mythology, horror and vampiristic mayhem, Drew Cullingham's dark fairytale stars Doug Bradley (Pinhead from Hellraiser fame) as Jacob, an unscrupulous antiques dealer who unwittingly unleashes supernatural forces beyond his comprehension.

A night of unmitigated terror lays ahead as Lilith, the mother all of vampires, (Natalia Celino) does battle with Phelan (Jonnie Hurn), an Irish gun-toting cowboy turned vampire. Trapped in the middle of this escalating gore war are Jacob, his wife and their wayward daughter, who has fallen under Phelan's spell…

Cullingham says his about his ... »

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The Squad - Coming To DVD
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 4th Jun 2012

The Squad CoverBloody horror and nailbiting tension combine in The Squad a chillingly atmospheric story from first time director Jaime Osorio Marquez.

When all communication with a remote military base situated in an area of intense guerrilla activity is lost, a unit of Colombian soldiers is sent on a mission to regain contact with their brothers-in-arms. Fearing the base has been taken over by enemy forces, they arrive to find the place seemingly devoid of life. Once power is restored to the outpost, the full horror of the situation is revealed - the place is littered with corpses, the walls daubed with blood and what appear to be magical symbols intended to ward off evil. Amidst the carnage the soldiers discover a woman buried alive behind one of the walls. The dead captain's log reveals she had been ca... »

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Horror Bites - June Edition
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Saturday 2nd Jun 2012

Emily Booth Horror BitesYes, it's that time again when everyone's favourite Scream Queen Emily Booth gives you the low down on what to watch on the Horror Channel this month with the latest edition of Horror Bites.

In this edition she takes look at the UK TV premiere of Umbrage: The First Vampire which stars Doug Bradley and chats to director Drew Cullingham and actor Jonnie Hurn who plays Phelan.

Emily also dissects the cult favourite The Deadly Spawn, the gut-munching The Army Of The Dead, indie hit Skew, the killer pooch Zoltan - Hound Of Dracula and the deadly game that's played at The Blackwaters Of Echo's Pond.»

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Jaws - Blu-ray Details And More
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 31st May 2012

Jaws CoverJaws - the landmark motion picture that still makes audiences afraid to go in the water - comes to Blu-ray for the first time ever on 3rd September. Featuring an all-new, digitally remastered and fully restored picture, as well as 7.1 surround sound, the Jaws Blu-ray with Digital Copy and UltraViolet gives fans the ultimate way to watch the breathtaking and terrifying action-thriller.

One of the most influential motion pictures of all time and nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award, the movie stars Oscar winner Richard Dreyfuss and Oscar nominees Roy Scheider and Robert Shaw. Produced by legendary filmmakers Richard D. Zanuck and David Brown, the film earned an Oscar for composer John Williams' instantly recognisable minimalist score, as well as Oscars for Best Editing and Be... »

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Dare You Explore The Tunnel?
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 30th May 2012
The TunnelThe Tunnel is the brand new Australian found-footage thriller where a terrifying fear is about to be unleashed and is being unleashed onto DVD on 2nd July.

In 2007 the New South Wales government suddenly and inexplicably abandoned a project to recycle water found in the disused train tunnels beneath Sydney, despite being in the midst of serious drought. In 2008 investigative journalist Natasha (Bel Deliá) is convinced of a government cover-up and is determined to prove her theory right by any means possible. Natasha and her team Peter Ferguson (Andy Rodoreda), Steve Miller (Steve Davies) and Jim Williams (Luke Arnaldo) descend into the subterranean labyrinth of the city - but as they hunt for their story, a much bigger story is hunting them.

Watch their harrowing ordeal, with unprecedented access to... »

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Prometheus: The Art Of The Film Already In High Demand
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 29th May 2012

Prometheus Book CoverShowcasing the most eagerly awaited film of 2012, the latest book from Titan Books and Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products, Prometheus: The Art Of The Film, has created such a demand from fans that the book is already being re-printed for a third run prior to its publication date on June 8th. As the only book to directly tie in to the film, this lavish title serves as an exclusive guide to never-before-seen content, including newly revealed production art, exclusive interviews, extraordinary behind-the-scenes material and an introduction by legendary director Ridley Scott.

Written by Mark Salisbury, Prometheus: The Art Of The Film, offers fans the opportunity to delve deeper into this epic science-fiction production. Ridley Scott, director of ... »

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A Sci-Fi Splatter-Fest, A Vampiric Dog And Skeletal Conquistadors - June On The Horror Channel
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Sunday 27th May 2012

Horror Channel Logo WhiteSummer seems to be finally here but who needs the sun when the Horror Channel can get you hot under the collar with fright as it presents a month packed with top drawer shocks.

During June we have cult classics, a loyal canine, zombie conquistadors and a game of death. Here are the juiciest pieces of what we have to offer.

June 8th - The Deadly Spawn
Douglas McKeown’s celebrated sci-fi splatter-fest The Deadly Spawn gets its first play on Horror this month. A meteorite crashes to Earth, bringing with it ravenous alien parasites that soon find their way to a small town where they begin to devour the population.

Jun... »

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From The Creator Of Paranormal Activity Comes Chernobyl Diaries
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 27th May 2012

Chernobyl DiariesFrom Oren Peli, the creator of Paranormal Activity comes Chernobyl Diaries which is due in UK cinemas 22nd June.

The film follows a group of six young vacationers who, looking to go off the beaten path, hire an "extreme" tour guide. Ignoring warnings, he takes them into the city of Pripyat, the former home to the workers of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor, but a deserted town since the disaster more than 25 years ago.

After a brief exploration of the abandoned city, however, the group soon finds themselves stranded, only to discover that they are not alone...

Here's the official poster from the movie which is causing a bit of a stir with its controversial title.

More news as we get it.

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The House Will Open Its Doors On June 4th
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Saturday 26th May 2012

The HouseSaid to be inspired by true stories, The House is a gory, stylish and shock-laden Thai horror movie that ranks alongside The Eye and Shutter as one of the strongest examples of the genre.

It stars Thai actress and pop superstar Inthira Chaloenpura (The Unborn; Brokedown Palace) and is directed by Monthon Arayangkoon, whose previous excursion into horror, The Victim, established him as a filmmaker worth watching.

Commissioned to work on a documentary concerning a notorious murder case from six years ago, investigative TV journalist Shalinee (Chaloenpura) uncovers some bizarre connections and similarities between that murder and two others, the first of which occurred over 40 years ago. In all three instances, the murderers were proven to be doctors who had ... »

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Undermind Is Coming to DVD
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Saturday 26th May 2012

UndermindCrime drama meets science fiction in Undermind, a chilling and intriguing classic ABC series.

First broadcast in 1965 and starring Rosemary Nicols (Department S), Jeremy Kemp (Z Cars) and Jeremy Wilkin (UFO), it is available for the first time in any format in a 3-disc set on July 23rd. The series is co-scripted by Sci-Fi writer Robert Holmes, who would go on to script 18 episodes of Doctor Who.

Detective Sergeant Frank Heriot is healthy, happily married, and has a good job. So what has made him cold and distant towards his family? And why is he suddenly plagued by terrible headaches? Is he mentally ill or is something far more sinister affecting his mind?

Gradually, the answer becomes clear: Frank is the victim of an unknown force seeking to undermine pub... »

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Film4 Frightfest The 13th First Artwork Revealed
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Saturday 26th May 2012

Film4 FrightFest The 13th PosterTop illustrator Graham Humphreys and designer Paul Johnstone have come up with this stunning poster to help us launch the Film4 FrightFest The 13th event in August.

Graham said today, "This year's 13th FrightFest illustration took it's obvious reference point and gave it a Royal Jubilee, Tower Of London beheading. It is an affirmation of who is top dog in fearstakes - and a medal winning gesture."

Paul added, "We've taken Graham's fantastic illustration and framed it within the FrightFest template so that it's instantly recognisable to fans of the festival. Also we've started to number the posters this year to create a 'collectable' of the posters for FrightFest fans".

This year's opening and closing night films will be announced o... »

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Now At ComiXology The Dynamite Art Of Alex Ross
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 24th May 2012

The Dynamite Art Of Alex RossThe Dynamite Art of Alex Ross is now available digitally on ComiXology! Already printed as a hit hardcover collection, this marks the first time that this book is available digitally, featuring art by master painter Alex Ross. Collecting all of Alex's Dynamite Entertainment covers and interior art in one complete volume, along with commentary throughout the book by Alex Ross himself, AND special bonus material, this impressive art book is 328 pages! Containing sketches, designs, layouts and pencils, interior work, covers, and a wealth of unpublished art, The Dynamite Art of Alex Ross is a must-buy for Alex Ross' legion of fans!

"The Dynamite Art of Alex Ross is a tour de force of comics as high ar... »

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A New Classical Score For Hitchcock Masterpiece The Lodger
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 23rd May 2012
The LodgerNetwork Releasing will issue a new soundtrack of the silent Alfred Hitchcock classic The Lodger, composed and performed by acclaimed, multi-award winning musician and composer Nitin Sawhney with the London Symphony Orchestra.

The release coincides with a world premiere of a digital restoration of The Lodger. This has been lovingly restored and will screened in conjunction with the new score at the Barbican on 21 July 2012 courtesy of Network Releasing and the BFI.

Talking about the new score Sawhney says, "I always hoped to follow in the footsteps of the great Hitchcock composer, Bernard Hermann. He has been one of my major heroes and influences since I was a kid. What I find amusing is that, since I am scoring a silent Hitchcock film from 1927, Bernard Hermann will now pos... »

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FrightFest To Be Celebrated At Leicester Square Re-Opening
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, News, Wednesday 23rd May 2012

Lawn Of The DeadAfter 18 months of redevelopment work, the new-look Leicester Square opens this week with Lawn Of The Dead, a series of relaunch events that includes a celebration of Film4 FrightFest, which has haunted the Square for the last 12 years - and returns for its fourth year at the Empire Cinema on August 23rd with Film4 FrightFest The 13th.

On the afternoon of Sunday 27th May, Alan Jones, co-director of FrightFest, will appear live on stage in conversation with film journalist Chris Tilly and take part in a Q&A to discuss his 'life in horror' and also to talk about what really goes on behind-the-scenes at the UK's most popular genre festival.

Horror fans will also enjoy the FDA'S Summer Horror Film Quiz hosted by Alex Zane which will feature... »

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Acclaimed Karloff Biography Wins Award
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 22nd May 2012
Boris Karloff More Than A Monster Book Cover SmallBoris Karloff - More than a Monster has won the coveted Rondo Award 2012 For Best Book.

It is author Stephen Jacobs' first book, and took him over a decade of research to complete. "I am delighted to have received this award, and didn't expect it", Jacobs commented.

The 2012 Rondo Awards, named after Rondo Hatton, an obscure B-movie villain of the 1940s, celebrate the best in classic horror research, creativity and film preservation. This year's e-mail vote, conducted by the Classic Horror Film Board, a 17-year old online community, drew more than 3,100 ballots from across the USA and around the world. The Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards were created by David Colton and Kerry Gam... »

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Alice Cooper Rocks The Cover Of Shock Horror Magazine Issue 9
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 20th May 2012
Shock Horror Issue 9Alice Cooper rocks out on the cover of Shock Horror Magazine issue 9 and here's the proof!

The King of Shock n' Roll talks to Shock Horror Magazine about his appearance in the recent Tim Burton movie Dark Shadows, banned videos an his favourite horror flicks.

This issue also features an interview with Tony Todd, Horror Punk band Calabrese, The Orphan KillersDiane Foster along with scream queen Linnea Quigley.

Also check out the latest reviews, news and tattoos!

For more info check out the Shock Horror Magazine site.

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A Nightmare On Elm Street - The Toaster
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Saturday 19th May 2012

A Nightmare on Elm Street ToasterDynamic Forces has announced their newest license with Warner Bros. Consumer Products - a line of collector toasters to be released in the US.

The new toaster collection will showcase iconic imagery featuring Warner Bros. properties ranging from classic movies to hit television series.

The license includes such properties as The Wizard of Oz, A Christmas Story, Where The Wild Things Are, The Goonies, Gremlins, Little Shop of Horrors, Watchmen, Friday The 13th, A Nightmare On Elm Street (mock-up image above), Mad Magazine, Friends with more to be announced. The first toaster... »

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Vampirella and Barnabas Collins Together!
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Friday 18th May 2012

Dark Shadows VampirellaThis coming August, Vampirella and Barnabas Collins meet for the first time EVER in Dark Shadows/Vampirella #1! Written by Marc (Manhunter) Andreyko and drawn by Patrick Berkenkotter, with a cover by Fabiano Neves, this is sure to be a cross-over to remember!

In Dark Shadows/Vampirella #1; when the disappearance of a family friend brings Barnabas Collins to New York, he is ill-prepared for the seedy underworld of clubs that awaits him! And Vampirella's quest to find the "Big Apple Butcher" sends her on a collision course with the vampire of Collinsport! Will Vampirella and Barnabas uncover the shocking identity of this madman before they kill each another?

"Barnabas Collins and Vampirella are two classic characters in vampir... »

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Exclusive Interview With Contortionist Bonnie Morgan
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Thursday 17th May 2012
Bonnie MorganBonnie Morgan is an actress, stunt woman and contortionist who recently starred as demonically possessed Rosa in The Devil Inside. Well known in the horror genre, Bonnie is also responsible for the spider walk that Samara performs in The Ring Two, and appeared in the sci-fi action feature Minority Report.

She also takes on stunts and wire work, with credits in features including Peter Pan and Hellboy II: The Golden Army, as well as television series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Chuck and Castle to name a few.

We recently caught up with Bonnie to chat about her career, her on set experiences on The Devil Inside and her plans for the future.

HC: When did you discover that you could contort you... »

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Prometheus - New Featurette
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 16th May 2012

PrometheusThe publicity machine for Prometheus, the new feature from Ridley Scott, director of Alien and Blade Runner, is starting to go into overdrive.

Below you'll find a brand new featurette that takes a quick look at the story and some of its production.

With Prometheus, Scott has created a groundbreaking mythology, in which a team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a thrilling journey to the darkest corners of the universe.

There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.

Written by Jon Spaihts and Damon Lindelof and starring Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce, Idris Elba, Logan Marshall-Green and Charlize Theron the movie is already one of the most talked... »

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Coming Soon From Hammer Books - The Circle
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 14th May 2012
The Circle CoverThe Swedish bestseller The Circle by Sara B. Elfgren and Mats Strandberg will be published June 7th in paperback by Hammer with a cover price of £6.99.

One night, when a strange red moon fills the sky, six school girls find themselves in an abandoned theme park, drawn there by a mysterious force. A student has just been found dead. Everyone suspects suicide. Everyone - except them.

In that derelict fairground an ancient prophecy is revealed. They are The Chosen Ones, a group of witches, bound together by a power, one which could destroy them all. But they soon learn that despite their differences they need each other in order to master the forces that have been awakened within them. High school is now a matter of life and death. Because the killing has only just begun.

Sara... »

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Dare You See This Little Piggy?
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 14th May 2012

Piggy 2D PackshotStarring Martin Compston, Paul Anderson and Neil Maskell, the brutal and uncompromising movie Piggy has been described as the new A Clockwork Orange.

Joe (Martin Compston) is a mild mannered young man bored by his humdrum London life. When his beloved brother (Neil Maskell) is murdered, Joe finds solace in Piggy, one of his brother's old friends. Piggy helps Joe to cope with grief, intent on saving him and helping him get justice for his brother's killing.

As their friendship grows Joe finds himself in an increasing dangerous and murky world of violence and revenge. As Joe's life collapses around him he starts to question who Piggy really is, and how honest he's really been with him. When Joe confronts Piggy a series of events are put in place that lead to a disastro... »

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Latest News On Restored Hammer Titles
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Saturday 12th May 2012

The Reptile CoverFollowing on from last weeks release of Dracula, Prince of Darkness on double play, the next two Hammer titles in the restoration series will be The Reptile and The Plague Of Zombies. Both will be released on Double Play on June 18th.

Companion films, shot back-to-back under the direction of John Gilling, both have undergone extensive restorations in conjunction with Hammer and Pinewood studios and had new extras especially created working alongside Hammer expert Marcus Hearn. Every effort and care has been made with the legion of Hammer fans in mind when creating these releases, to give them the special packages they've been waiting for.

The Reptile - A deadly epidemic is spreading through the remot... »

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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter - New Release Date
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 10th May 2012

Abraham Lincoln Vampire HunterTimur Bekmambetov, the director of Wanted and Night Watch presents an original take on the United States' 16th president, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.

When Abraham Lincoln's mother is killed by a supernatural creature, it fuels his passion to avenge her death.

Statesmen by day, hunter by night, President Lincoln sets out to crush vampires and their slave-owning helpers.

Produced by Tim Burton the movie stars Benjamin Walker, Dominic Cooper, Anthony Mackie and Mary Elizabeth Winstead and adapted by Seth Grahame-Smith based on his novel of the same name.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter hits cinemas on June 20th in Digital 3D.

We'll keep you posted on this very origina... »

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Brandon Jerwa - New Vampirella Writer
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 8th May 2012

Vampirella CoverVampirella gains a new writer this July with Brandon Jerwa. After the startling events of last issue, Vampirella's ready to put everything on the line in an attempt to save one soul and destroy another. Heroes and villains alike are playing toward their own endgame, and the cards are turning with a deadly quickness.

"I've been a fan of Eric Trautmann's Vampirella since the first issue, and given our ongoing collaboration, this might be one of the easiest handoffs in the history of comics," says writer Brandon Jerwa. "Will my Vampirella book be different? Absolutely. Will I be undoing what has come before? No way. Dynamite has a great franchise here, and I'm going to do my best to turn the amps up to eleven!"

"Eric's told all the stories that he wanted ... »

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Nuns With Guns, Horrorific Heists, Family Fears And A Japanese Ghost - May On The Horror Channel: Part 2
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Tuesday 8th May 2012

Ju-On The GrudgeMay is here and though the weather isn't exactly what it should be it's perfect for settling down in front of the TV and enjoy some of the best scares around.

Here's the second part of our look at what the month has to offer on the Horror Channel.

May 18th - Nude Nuns With Big Guns
Fans of exploitation and grindhouse genres need to tune in for the UK Television Premiere of Nude Nuns With Big Guns. After taking her vows as a nun, Sister Sarah is drugged and abused to the brink of death. But now she's broken the habit, got herself a gun, and the clergy will pay.

May 19th - Battleground
High octane visceral action is ... »

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Horror Bites - May Edition
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Monday 7th May 2012
Emily Booth Horror Bites

The latest edition of Horror Bites with Emily Booth, your one stop for all the latest that we have to offer has now been uploaded to our You Tube Feed.

It includes info on the premieres of An American Werewolf In Paris, The Thaw, Nude Nuns With Big Guns, The Stepfather, Ju-On:The Grudge and much, much more.

It also has information on our next edition of Director's Night which is happening on May 31st.

Please be aware, Horror Bites contains bloody violence and nudity and shouldn't be viewed by those who are easily offended or of a nervous dispositio... »

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Ee By Gum! First Ever Horror Club Event Is A Huge Success
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Friday 4th May 2012

Horror Club LogoThe first ever Horror Channel Horror Club event has been hailed as a huge success. People who had won the chance of seeing an advance screening Alex Chandon's new movie Inbred arrived from miles around and weren't disappointed.

Journalist Billy Chainsaw introduced the event whilst Alex and Emily Booth welcomed all the attendees. After a Horror Channel promo reel of some of the juicy stuff we've shown in the last year and what's coming up in May, Billy introduced the movie, which went down a storm.

This was followed by a Q&A with Alex where people who asked a question had to also eat a pork scratching (you've got to see Inbred to get that joke!). By the way one gem the crowd found out was that if you want a ferret to lick... »

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Interview With Simon Evans And Simon Johnson Creators Of 2.8 Hours Later
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Thursday 3rd May 2012

Simon And Simon2.8 Hours Later is a city wide zombie-chase game devised by Simon Evans (wearing the cowboy hat in the picture) and Simon Johnson.

These ambitious, exciting and unforgettable events take the players into a world where the undead walk and terror hides in every alleyway.

We spoke to Simon and Simon about where the original idea came from, about their company Slingshot and what plans they have for future events.

HC: So is 2.8 Days Later your only jobs or do you have usual day positions?

SS: This is our only job. We started Slingshot over four years ago and in that time have produced over thirty games, of varying style and size, from iPhone apps to venue based spectaculars.

HC: Where did the idea for 2.8 Days Later come from?

SS... »

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Poster For New Simon Pegg Movie Revealed
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 3rd May 2012

A Fantastic Fear Of Everything PosterThe official poster has now been released by Universal for Simon Pegg's new film A Fantastic Fear Of Everything, which will be released in cinema's on 8th June.

The film sees Crispian Mills from Kula Shaker making his directorial debut alongside Chris Hopewell. Hopewell is the award winning animation director behind a host of top music promos including Radiohead's There There and The Killers Smile Like You Mean It, and is also the renowned designer/artist of rock poster outfit Jacknife.

The film is a dark comedy and sees Simon returning to his British indie roots as Jack a children's author turned crime novelist. His research into Victorian serial killers has... »

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The Darkest Hour - Coming Soon
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 2nd May 2012

The Darkest Hour Blu-ray CoverFeaturing mind-blowing special effects brought to you by legendary filmmaker Timur Bekmanbetov (Wanted, Night Watch, Day Watch), The Darkest Hour promises to take the viewer on an electrifying roller-coaster ride this spring.

The movie follows software designers Sean (Emile Hirsch) and Ben (Max Minghella) on a journey to Moscow where they hope to sell a new social networking concept to the Russian market. When their business plans turn sour they commiserate in the company of the beautiful Anne (Rachel Taylor) and Natalie (Olivia Thirlby), before noticing strange apparitions in the sky. Wonder turns to horror, however, when the city is suddenly overrun by invisible forces that disintegrate any life form on approach!»

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Tape 407 - New Release Date
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 2nd May 2012

Tape 407 CoverAfter its celebrated showing at FrightFest Glasgow earlier in the year, Tape 407 is crashing onto DVD on July 2nd thanks to After Dark and G2 Pictures.

A plane hits extreme turbulence mid-flight. The relentless weather attack causes panic and terror amongst the passengers until the plane ultimately crashes in a remote government-testing area.

The handful of survivors from the crash, bloody and disorientated, are then insistently pursued in the darkness by unknown predators that, unbeknownst to them, are part of the government's top-secret Mesa Experiment.

Directed by Dale Fabrigar and Everette Wallin and starring Abigail Schrader, Samantha Lester and James Lyon this is a tense and bloody chiller where the crash was just the beginning.

Another addition to the ever popul... »

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The Cabin In The Woods: The Official Visual Companion
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 1st May 2012

The Cabin In The WoodsFrom Joss Whedon, the creator of Buffy The Vampire Slayer, and Drew Goddard, writer of the monster movie phenomenon Cloverfield, comes the exclusive behind-the-scenes guide to the long-awaited horror movie masterpiece The Cabin In The Woods: The Official Visual Companion.

All will be revealed featuring in-depth interviews, the full screenplay, stunning production art, hundreds of colour photos plus a foreword by Drew Goddard and an afterword by Joss Whedon.

Described by Whedon as, "A straight-up, balls-out, really terrifying horror movie," adding, "it is not just a slasher in the woods. It's a little more complicated than that..."

The Cabin In The Woods is a truly brilliant horror with a cast that includes Ch... »

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At Silver Falls - First Image
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 30th Apr 2012

At Silver FallsAt Silver Falls, directed by up-and-coming US filmmaker Brett Donowho, will have its international market screening at Cannes.

Inspired by the true-story of the unsolved murders of two twin girls, At Silver Falls draws us into the shadowy, malevolent world of 'Silver Falls', a small town plagued by a series of unexplained deaths.

When newly arrival Jordan, an orphaned teenager (played by movie debutant Alix Elizabeth Gitter), becomes haunted by the ghost of a murdered young girl, she is compelled to uncover the shocking truth...

Director Brett Donowho says about the film: "At Silver Falls is as much a mystery thriller as it is a horror film. The emphasis is on story and character development, rather than the sudden scary ... »

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Prometheus - International Launch Trailer
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 30th Apr 2012

PrometheusRidley Scott, director of Alien and Blade Runner, returns to the genre he helped define.

With Prometheus, he creates a groundbreaking mythology, in which a team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a thrilling journey to the darkest corners of the universe.

There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.

Written by Jon Spaihts and Damon Lindelof and starring Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce, Idris Elba, Logan Marshall-Green and Charlize Theron the movie is already one of the most talked about of the year.

The countdown to Prometheus has begun!

Check out the new international launch trailer that below and the movie itself will be released Ju... »

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The Devil, Robert Englund, A Werewolf And A Prehistoric Parasite - May On The Horror Channel: Part 1
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Sunday 29th Apr 2012

The ThawMay is here and though the weather isn't exactly what it should be it's perfect for settling down in front of the TV and enjoy some of the best scares around.

Here's a choice selection from the first couple of weeks of May, Part 2 will follow next week.

May 4th - The Calling
If you fancy a devilish horror then The Calling is for you. On her wedding night, Kristie St. Clair conceives a child in a hallucinatory tryst. Years later it becomes apparent her son is at the centre of a Satanic cult's nefarious plot.

May 5th – The Mangler
A Tobe Hooper classic comes to the Horror Channel in May. Based on a Stephen King story, »

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Exclusive Interview With Director Alex Chandon
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Sunday 29th Apr 2012

Alex Chandon and Emily BoothAlex Chandon is a writer and director of numerous award winning short movies, and SFX wizard and director of cult titles Pervirella and Cradle Of Fear.

His latest movie, Inbred is the centerpiece to the very first Horror Channel Horror Club event which is happening on May 3rd.

Here Alex chats about his career, Inbred, and being chosen for the first Horror Club.

HC: We recently showed your movie Cradle Of Fear on the channel, what do you recall of the production of that movie?

AC: Quite a lot considering we filmed it in the year 2000. How time flies. It was a mental shoot fo... »

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Horror Channel Broadcast 2012 Nomination
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, News, Sunday 29th Apr 2012

Horror Channel Logo WhiteHorror Channel, the UK's first TV channel dedicated to the dark side of cinema and television has been shortlisted for Best Specialist Channel at the prestigious Broadcast Digital Awards 2012 for the second year running.

When the shortlist was announced Broadcast said, "We are pleased to say we had a record breaking year and the entries really reflect the wealth of creative multiplatform initiatives from broadcasters, indies and digital specialists that have been produced over the last year - well done to everyone who is on the list!"

We are very proud to have been shortlisted and the past 12 months has been an amazing time for the Horror Channel, with coffin-loads of premieres and special event seasons such as... »

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Issue 147 Of The Dark Side Magazine Details
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Saturday 28th Apr 2012

DarkSide Issue 147 CoverThe new issue of The Dark Side Magazine (number 147 for those who like to know) has just hit the shops (and available for digital download) and is packed with the usual high quality and entertaining articles the magazine is renowned for.

Inside you'll find features on the new creature feature Strippers Vs Werewolves, the slick UK horror flick The Seasoning House and the new monster movie Grabbers.

Theres also interviews with actors Simon Lamb and Rutger Hauer plus the legendary director Norman J. Warren and a piece of zombie games.

Look out for regular contributors Rick Melton and Jonathan Sothcott as well as the very latest DVD/Blu-ray releases and book reviews.

For more information visit »

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The House By The Cemetery - Doors To Open May 7th
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 26th Apr 2012

The House By The CemeteryArrow Video has announced a deluxe edition of The House By The Cemetery, featuring a brand new HD restoration along with HOURS of extras.

Packaged with four artwork covers including original posters and a cover illustration by artist Rick Melton, a double sided artwork poster and a collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic and author Calum Waddell.

Following City Of The Living Dead and The Beyond, (made at breakneck pace in 1980 and 1981 respectively) The House By The Cemetery was unleashed in 1981 and was the final part in Fulci's informal 'Gates Of Hell' Trilogy. Each film explores the possibility of gateways to another world, a hell where the undead can pass through to our world and su... »

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New Teaser Poster For Monster Project
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 24th Apr 2012

Monster Project teaser artworkMove Mogul Ltd, the film company behind horror thriller Panic Button, have announced that their new feature film Monster Proect has gone into development.

Described as a "cross-genre" film, Monster Project follows six teenagers who undergo a harrowing transformation into monsters, imbued with various abilities and ailments, and are forced to go on the run, fighting for their survival.

Movie Mogul MD John Shackleton will write, direct and co-produce with Movie Mogul director of operations, Gareth I. Davies, and David Shillitoe; Mark Sandell executive produces.

Commenting on the film, Shackleton said: "Lurking beneath a hugely fantastical movie premise, anchored in reality, is a universal story sur... »

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The Pact - New Trailer
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 23rd Apr 2012

The PactFrom writer/director Nicholas McCarthy comes his first feature, The Pact, an unsettling and rather creepy horror that promises to make going home tonight just that little bit harder. Here's what the movie is all about:

At 4.47pm Nicole Barlow arrived at 550 Claremont Avenue

At 8.23pm she phoned her daugher

It was the last call she ever made

Following her mother's funeral, Annie reluctantly returns to her childhood home - a place that she'd rather forget. Now her sister Nicole and cousin have inexplicably disappeared, she is forced to unlock the doors to the past to discover the hidden secrets of the house and in doing so finds a room that she has no memory of.

Things take a sinister turn and Annie soon realises that she isn't alone in the house...

Check out the cracking t... »

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Fear Her Curse - The Woman In Black Is Coming To DVD, Blu-ray And Digital Download
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 19th Apr 2012
Woman In BlackThe Woman In Black is undoubtedly the British cinematic success story of 2012, with a box office topping a staggering £21 million it has become the most successful British horror film of all time.

Set for release on Blu-ray, DVD and digital download on June 18th it stars Daniel Radcliffe in his first feature film since the Harry Potter franchise of movies came to an end. It is based on the book by Susan Hill and with a screenplay by Jane Goldman.

The Woman In Black tells the tale of Arthur Kipps (Radcliffe), a lawyer who is forced to leave his young son and travel to a remote village to attend to the affairs of the recently deceased owner of Eel Marsh House. Working alone in the old mansion, Kipps begins to uncover the town's tragic and tortured secrets... »

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The Raid - New Trailer
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 18th Apr 2012

The RaidWinner of the 2011 Midnight Madness People's Choice Audience Award at the Toronto Film Festival, the Audience and Critics' Choice Awards at the 2012 Jameson Dublin International Film Festival, The Raid stars the newest martial arts sensation, Iko Uwais, was directed by Gareth Evans and features a kick ass score by Mike Shinoda and Joe Trapanese.

Deep in the heart of Jakarta's slums stands an impenetrable apartment block; a safe house for the city's most dangerous killers and gangsters and considered untouchable to even the bravest of police.

Cloaked under the cover of pre-dawn darkness and silence, an elite SWAT team is tasked with raiding the safe house in order to take down the notorious drug lord that runs it. When rookie cop Rama is the last man standing, he must fight his way to the top of the bui... »

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Last Half Of Darkness: Society Of The Serpent Moon Coming Soon
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 18th Apr 2012

Society Of The Serpent MoonIndependent videogames publisher Iceberg Interactive and software entertainment development studio WRF Studios have announced their cooperation on publishing Last Half Of Darkness: Society of the Serpent Moon, the newest instalment in the ominous point-and-click adventure series for PC, in European retail and via worldwide digital download portals on May 18th.

The companies, both known for their focus on adventure gaming, teamed up in 2010 as well, releasing Last Half Of Darkness: Tomb of Zojir in European retail. "We are very happy to announce our further co-operation with WRF Studios to bring the newest installment of the Last Half Of Darkness series to retail and now also to worldwide digital download portals," says Erik Schreuder, CE... »

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Tape 407 - Surviving The Plane Crash Was Just The Start
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 18th Apr 2012

Tape 407 CoverAfter its celebrated showing at FrightFest Glasgow earlier in the year, Tape 407 is crashing onto DVD on May 21st thanks to After Dark and G2 Pictures.

A plane hits extreme turbulence mid-flight. The relentless weather attack causes panic and terror amongst the passengers until the plane ultimately crashes in a remote government-testing area.

The handful of survivors from the crash, bloody and disorientated, are then insistently pursued in the darkness by unknown predators that, unbeknownst to them, are part of the government's top-secret Mesa Experiment.

Directed by Dale Fabrigar and Everette Wallin and starring Abigail Schrader, Samantha Lester and James Lyon this is a tense and bloody chiller where the crash was just the beginning.

Another addiction to the ever popu... »

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Adam Green And Joe Lynch Present Holliston - Updated
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 17th Apr 2012

HollistonRegular readers will know we're big fans of the work of Adam Green and Joe Lynch, so you'll be pleased to learn that they are behind Holliston, FEARnet's first original scripted television show.

This is a riotous and offbeat multicamera, buddy comedy starring Green and Lynch and set in the town of Holliston.

Holliston shines a light on post college life where everything is a struggle, and nothing works out like it’s supposed to, with terrifyingly funny results as Adam and Joe struggle to become big time horror filmmakers, and Adam embarrasses himself as he tries to win back his high school girlfriend.

Billed as Big Bang Theory meets Evil Dead 2 the ensemble cast also includes Laura Ortiz, Corri English, Dee Snider and O...