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The Gentlemen Of Horror - A New Play About Cushing And Lee
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 30th Dec 2013

Gentlemen of Horror_webStarring Simon Kane and Matthew Woodcock, directed by Kate Webster and written by James Goss, The Gentlemen of Horror, which is playing at the Etcetera Theatre, Camden on January 13th is a celebration of the relationship between Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing.

We all know that Cushing and Lee defined an era of British horror starring in Hammer films together for 26 years. When they first worked together in The Curse of Frankenstein and Dracula, Peter Cushing was one of the most famous actors in Britain, while Christopher Lee was unknown. For the next quarter of a century, these two killed each other again and again and became firm friends. As Christopher Lee became internationally famous, Peter Cushing gradually retired into a life of quiet obscu... »

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Horror Channel Goes Down Under For Season Of Outback Slashers This January
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Monday 30th Dec 2013

Wolf CreekHorror Channel goes down under for an Ozploitation season of outback slashers each Friday in January featuring a dark collection of the best of Australian contemporary horror, Grisly with a capital ‘G’.

Plus there are network premieres for Victor Salva’s box office smash Jeepers Creepers, the original Halloween II and Steven Spielberg’s TV cult classic Something Evil.

Here’s the skinny on what we have on offer:

Friday 3rd – Storm Warning
On a weekend boating trip a couple become lost in a heavy storm and end up in a desolate swamp. They come across a decrepit house and discover a large crop of marijuana, suggesting the owners might not welcome their accidental arrival.

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New Steve Niles Title This March - Monster & Madman
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Friday 20th Dec 2013

Monster And MadmanVisionary author and celebrated comic creator Steve Niles is returning to IDW in 2014 and bringing the most nefarious fiends along with him. Debuting in March, Niles weaves together a grave team-up between Frankenstein’s monster and Jack the Ripper in the terrifying new series, Monster & Madman.

A lost soul, Frankenstein’s monster seeks refuge from his waking life but finds no comfort in the bitter harshness of his surroundings. He sets out to free himself from his lonely isolation and during this journey he finds himself at the doorstop of a creature more sinister than he could have imagined, the madman, Jack The Ripper.

“Niles reminds me of Ozzy Osbourne,” said Chris Ryall, IDW’s Chief Creative Officer/Editor-in-Chief, “In the same way that O... »

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Interview With Navot Papushado Co-Director Of Rabies
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Wednesday 18th Dec 2013

Navot POn December 28th Horror Channel is proudly showing the very first slasher to come out of Israel, Rabies. One of its directors, Navot Papushado took time out to chat to us about this movie and the equally horrifying shocker Big Bad Wolves.

HC: Have you always been a big horror fan?

NP: Oh yes! We grew up in the 80s and watched everything that came out of the US. We grew up on Steven Spielberg and George Lucas and Wes Craven and John Carpenter, everything that came out of the US. Later on we discovered European and Korean cinema and obviously the Coen Brothers and Tarantino.

HC: Did your classification system ever censor these films?

NP: No, actually the opposite. The Israeli censorship board don’t take any notice ... »

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Rough Cut Comics To Release GoodCopBadCop In January
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 15th Dec 2013

Good Cop Bad Cop coverRough Cut Comics will release a British spin on the Maniac Cop horror genre with their new GoodCopBadCop trade paperback.

The Glasgow-based publisher have commissioned Marvel/DC writer Jim Alexander’s off-beat Jekyll and Hyde revision of the hard-boiled crime thriller which follows Detective Brian Fisher as he wrestles with his psychopathic alter-ego while investigating a vile array of murderers and gangsters on the mean streets of Glasgow.

The new 64-page book has an introduction by Judge Dredd creator John Wagner, who rates it as one of his favourite comic-book series, and has a cover designed by Alex Ronald (the storyboard artist on Outpost II: Black Sun). The trade paperback is an anthology of hard-boiled stories with art... »

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Big Finish To Release More Dark Shadows
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 9th Dec 2013

Dark Shadows ImageBig Finish has announced details of the 2014 series of Dark Shadows Dramatic Readings. As ever, the series will feature characters both old and new facing a terrifying array of spooky horrors.

The series kicks off in January with Curtain Call, by television and radio writer David Lemon. In 1857, Leticia Faye (Nancy Barrett), a music hall singer and psychic finds herself embroiled with the mysterious showman Joshua King (Peter Brooke) and his new religion.

February's release, The Harvest of Souls, is by returning writer James Goss. A dark character study featuring Maggie Evans (Kathryn Leigh Scott) it explores her state of mind following the devastating events of this Halloween's Beyond the Grave. The story also features Jonathon Marx as Sheriff Jim Hardy ... »

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The Walking Dead Issue 116 - Back In Print This January
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 8th Dec 2013

The Walking Dead issue 116The Walking Dead, the long-running, critically-acclaimed series that inspired the hit TV show just keeps drawing in readers with every new story arc.

All Out War explodes in The Walking Dead #116, by creator Robert Kirkman and artist Charlie Adlard, when the first shots are fired between Rick's army and Negan's Saviors.

Fans of the TV show who were left hanging on the mid-season finale can jump into the comic series' action as it picks up momentum.

The Walking Dead #116 will be going back to print to meet customer demand. The second printing will released in January.

By the way The Walking Dead #115 2nd printing, featuring a stunning gatefold cove... »

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Hit Horror You're Next Coming To DVD and Blu-ray
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 5th Dec 2013

Youre Next Bluray CoverYou’re Next was one of the most talked about horror films of 2013 from the new and critically acclaimed horror talent behind VHS, VHS2 and A Horrible Way to Die. Directed by Adam Wingard and written by Simon Barrett the film comes to DVD and Blu-ray 13th January with a whole host of fantastic extras including the making of documentary – No Ordinary Home Invasion.

Starring Sharni Vinson in her most kick-ass role to date, and one of the best horror performances in recent memory, the film is a must have for horror fans. Starring alongside Vinson are acclaimed filmmakers Joe Swanberg and Ti West and horror/cult favourite Barbara Crampton.

A lively reunion is abruptly brought to an end when a gang of mysterious killers, disg... »

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Rabies, A Horror Legend And An Evil Santa - December On Horror
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Monday 25th Nov 2013
Rabies PosterChristmas is a time for giving and we’re delivering a sack full of movies including the UK TV premiere of Rabies, the critically acclaimed movie from Big Bad Wolves directors Ahron Keshales and Navat Papushado.

Plus Horror Channel spreads a little wickedness on Christmas Day with the Network premiere of Christmas Evil and there are network premieres for Bruce Campbell’s My Name Is Bruce and Glenn McQuaid’s I Sell The Dead.

Friday 20th – My Name Is Bruce
A comedy horror, directed, co-produced by and starring B-Movie cult actor Bruce Campbell, My Name is Bruce is the heroic struggle of a small mining town in Oregon to rid it... »

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New From Devil's Advocates - The Thing
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 24th Nov 2013

The Thing Book coverDevil’s Advocates is an acclaimed series of books devoted to exploring the classics of horror Cinema and the news of a new title to this range is always worth investing in. The Thing is the latest film to come under their microscope and is written by Jez Conolly.

Consigned to the deep freeze of critical and commercial reception upon its original release, John Carpenter’s The Thing has bounced back spectacularly to become one of the most highly regarded productions from the 1980s ‘Body Horror’ cycle of films, experiencing a wholesale and detailed reappraisal that has secured its place in the pantheon of modern cinematic horror.

Thirty years on, and with a recent prequel reigniting interest, Jez Conolly looks back to the film’s antece... »

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Banshee Chapter Coming to DVD and VOD This January
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 21st Nov 2013

Banshee Chapter CoverFrom Executive Producer Zachary Quinto’s (Star Trek) Before the Door pictures comes Banshee Chapter, a jump-out-of-your-seat horror that will terrify with its unique blend of fact, conspiracy and the paranormal.

A young journalist (Katia Winter) with an appetite for controversy, follows the trail of a strange government research chemical that might have caused the disappearance of her close friend (Michael McMillian). After tracing the substance to the desert ranch of an infamous retired novelist (Ted Levine), she's drawn into an experience of terror and frightening entities that she cannot escape.

The labyrinthine trail of evidence leads her into the disturbing world of black ops chemical projects, unexplained radio transmissions, and shadowy disfigure... »

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Brand New Interview With Actress And Star Of Before Dawn, Joanne Mitchell
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Monday 18th Nov 2013

Jo MitchellOn November 23rd Horror Channel is giving Dominic Brunt’s superb zombie shocker Before Dawn its UK TV premiere. The film stars his wife Joanne Mitchell so we decided to chat to her about the making of this acclaimed movie and what projects these two talented people are working on at the moment.

HC: How did you get your big break into show business?

JM: Well, to be honest I don't feel I have had that big break that actors talk about. I'm really just a jobbing actor who was lucky enough to get into the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and have just worked ever since doing theatre, TV, radio, voiceovers, film and now having a go at writing and producing. I still feel a novice with every job I do, but I guess that adds to the excit... »

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Nothing Left To Fear To Be Released February 2014
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 12th Nov 2013

Nothing Left To FearNothing Left To Fear is the disturbing debut horror release from Slasher Film Productions (co-owned by none other than Rock God Slash). Directed by Gore Verbinksi’s protégé: the visionary Anthony Leonardi III and starring Clancy Brown and Anne Heche, Nothing Left To Fear has a chilling plot and haunting musical score which will delight horror hounds and rock fans alike.

When Dan Bramford (James Tupper) moves his family to the idyllic town of Stull to take up the mantle as the new pastor, he is greeted with open arms and welcomed with some all-American country charm by his new congregation. With its fair share of secrets, the seemingly sleepy Stull is actually built on a demonic gateway to hell. Every year a ritual human sacrifice must take place ... »

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The Wicker Man - Merchandise News
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 10th Nov 2013

The Wicker Man PostersThe Wicker Man has long been accepted as a cult classic and now, forty years after its release, the movie’s pull for audiences old and new is as irresistible as ever. In honour of its lasting appeal, Studio Canal released a new cut of the film last month.

In honour of this Silva Screen Records have produced a very limited, numbered screen-printed movie poster by renowned artist Richey Beckett specially commissioned for the 40th Anniversary of The Wicker Man. The poster is limited to 300 prints, 50 of which will have the extra credits which relate to the special aforementioned screening.

This same unique image graced the sleeve of a new LP vinyl release that is limited to 500 of the soundtrack which is now selling out fast in record s... »

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Insidious Chapter 2 DVD Release Date
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 7th Nov 2013

Insidious 2 DVD CoverInsidious Chapter 2 is supernatural horror at its best and is coming to DVD and Blu-ray on January 6th. This nerve-shredding sequel is a modern day reimagining of vintage horror mixed with incredible direction and makes for one of the most intense cinematic experiences in recent years.

With Josh (Patrick Wilson) and Renai (Rose Byrne) still coming to terms with the death of parapsychologist Elise, the Lambert family move into his grandmother Lorraine’s home. However all is not well as Josh and Renai continue to experience the demonic forces that are set on turning their lives to chaos.

With Josh’s increasingly bizarre behaviour, Renai is forced to seek help to protect her family and in uncovering the truth she soon learns the terrifying reality… Josh didn’t... »

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Forget The Grinch, Here Comes Krampus!
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 7th Nov 2013

Krampus CoverThe only thing chillier than a Christmas Day blizzard is a visit from Krampus, the child-punishing demon of holiday lore. But when The Secret Society of Santa Clauses discovers their powers have been stolen, there’s no one else to turn to for help but their worst enemy.

Brian Joines and Dean Kotz team up to add a frosty touch to the festive season with their spin on Old Saint Nick and his demon counterpart, Krampus. In Krampus!, a new monthly ongoing series, Father Christmas, Ded Moroz, Hoteiosho, and the rest of The Secret Society of Santa Clauses must rely on Krampus’ help or risk not being able to deliver gifts on time.

Writer Brian Joines was inspired by the one-on-one relationship that the Krampus figure has always had with Santa. “I liked the idea of the Krampus beholden to a... »

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UniversItalia lancia la più completa guida mondiale al cinema degli zombi
By Dave Macleod
Posted in: , Thursday 7th Nov 2013

UniversItalia lancia la più completa guida mondiale al cinema degli zombiUniversItalia lancia la più completa guida mondiale al cinema degli zombi

"Zombi – Oltre 900 titoli per non riposare in pace" è il nuovo titolo della collana Horror Project (UniversItalia), primo scritto dal critico cinematografico Francesco Lomuscio, tra i più noti esperti italiani di cinema dell’orrore.
Oltre 900 film schedati e recensiti, 213 titoli citati e più di 150 schede tecniche di cortometraggi per ripercorrere tutta la storia del cinema degli zombi decennio per decennio, dai tempi del muto a quelli odierni degli elaboratissimi effetti digitali e delle invasioni televisive di morti viventi.

Un viaggio alla scoperta delle origini e del lungo, lento e inesorabile cammino i... »

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Italian Promos
By Dave Macleod
Posted in: , Thursday 7th Nov 2013

900x600_nottedeimortiviventi_TSMLa notte dei morti viventi torna in sala il 31 Ottobre!

Halloween 2014 si prepara ad invadere le sale cinematografiche italiane con una raccapricciante sorpresa!
La notte dei morti viventi di George A. Romero, capolavoro assoluto del cinema degli zombi dal lontano 1968 in cui venne concepito e mai caduto nell’oblio, torna sul grande schermo, il solo 31 Ottobre, in versione HD e con il suo doppiaggio originale.

Una speciale iniziativa targata The Space Movies in collaborazione con Universal Pictures Italia, Minerva Pictures e Horror Channel e che, oltre a rappresentare un’occasione imperdibile per rivedere al cinema la pietra miliare dell’horror – realizzata a bassissimo budget e con mezzi di fortuna (tra i... »

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Interview With John Penney Writer Of Return Of The Living Dead 3
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Saturday 2nd Nov 2013

John PenneyTonight at 10.40pm catch the channel premiere of the cult classic Return Of The Living Dead 3, the superb shocker written by the multi-talented John Penney. Here John chats about this movie and the plans he has lined up including a new project with director Brian Yuzna.

HC: You started off as a film editor, what was the first film you worked on?

JP: The first feature film I worked on as an assistant editor was The Dorm That Dripped Blood. After that I did a number of editing jobs, including the original Return Of The Living Dead. Shortly after that I had my first screenplay produced, The Kindred, on which I also served as an editor. After Th... »

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The Conjuring - DVD And Blu-ray News
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Friday 1st Nov 2013

The Conjuring Blu-ray CoverFrom acclaimed director James Wan and written by Chad Hayes, comes The Conjuring which will arrive on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download on 9th December.

Before there was Amityville, there was Harrisville. The Conjuring tells the true story of world renowned paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, who were called upon to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in a secluded farmhouse. Forced to confront a powerful demonic entity, the Warrens find themselves caught in the most horrifying case of their lives.

Based on terrifying real case files, see if you can hold your nerve as The Conjuring comes to Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download on 9th December.

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Interview With Acclaimed Director Brian Yuzna
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Wednesday 30th Oct 2013

Brian YuznaBrian Yuzna is one of the most talented people working in the industry. His CV contains such celebrated classics as Bride Of Re-Animator and the exceptional Society and Horror Channel is proudly showing his acclaimed classic Return Of The Living Dead 3 on Saturday 2nd November.

Here Brian discusses this superb shocker as well as his plans for the future and look out for an interview with the John Penney, writer of Return Of The Living Dead 3 on this site very soon.

HC: Did you know from a young age that you wanted to work in the movie industry?

BY: No, I didn’t. Like most kids, I loved movies; and I saw some scary ones at a young age that really disturbed me. That gave me an interest in ho... »

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Women In Horror Calendar 2014 - Update
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 29th Oct 2013

Women In Horror Calendar 2014Horror is a genre that encompasses all the arts – film, music, literature, sculpture, painting, fashion – and this year a special calendar is celebrating the contribution of 12 women to the horror scene in the UK, with all profits going to charity.

The Women In Horror Calendar 2014 has been put together by London based filmmaker Melanie Light. Melanie has been production designing and art directing various horror films, music promos and short films since 2006. In 2010 she decided to take on the challenge of directing her own short horror film Switch, which screened at Film4 Frightfest, the BEV festival's special on 'Bloody Women' at the ICA, and won best short film at the Queen of Horror festival in 2012.

Melanie is the drive behind the ... »

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Halloween Party From The Island
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 28th Oct 2013

Meat PosterIt’s Halloween!

Party curators The Island present ‘Meat & Mistress’, delivering their usual theatrics with verve and gory zeal. Blending snarling live music with DJ sets aplenty, this year’s Halloween promises to serve up all the usual delights that only an Island party (The Island's Metal Night, Teenage Dreamhouse, Voodooteque) can offer. The event takes place on November 1 at The Macbeth, 70 Hoxton Street, London.

Live: Manflu (playing songs from ‘early’ The Cure) and Techno Deathmort

Visual/VFX/Decor: The Island Team

DJ’S: Adrian Storry, The Girls Are, Laura May Coope of @BBC R1, Charliegh Blue, NMBC + Jon Lemon

For more information »

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Scream - Issue 22 Info
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 27th Oct 2013

Scream Issue 22Scream Magazine has just revealed their upcoming December front cover art!

This issue sees the full colour UK horror glossy interview Stephan Smith Collins who gives a world exclusive on his role as Pinhead in Hellraiser Revelations, they also take a look at the Hammer classic The Curse Of Frankenstein, interview director James Wan about The Conjuring, Theo Crane about his role as Tiny in the ever so popular U.S. Zombie TV series, The Walking Dead.

There's also an exclusive look behind the scenes at next years U.S. zombie actioner Zombie Killers: Elephant's Graveyard, DVDs/Blu-rays, Comics, Books, Games, Festivals, Retrospectives and much more!

Scream Magazine is available to buy in all UK HMV stores or you can order copi... »

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It's The Nightmares You Wanted Before Christmas – Frightfest All-Nighter 2013 Update
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, News, Thursday 24th Oct 2013

Film4 FrightFest returns to the Vue Cinema, Leicester Square on Saturday 26th October 2013 for thier annual Halloween event full of festive fear, jack'o'lantern jolts and Samhain screams.

They’ve gotten together a must-see list of all the best horror fantasy around at the moment - Soul Mate, Patrick, Discopath, The Station and Nothing Left To Fear - plus ace retro title, the ever controversial and iconic Mark Of The Devil.

The team are delighted to welcome Patrick star Sharni Vinson (from You're Next), Soulmate director Axelle Carolyn and her executive producer Neil Marshall plus stars Anna Walton and Tanya Myers, Discopath director Renaud Gautier, and Mark Of The Devil legend Michael Armstrong.

And now there’s going to be a pre-event event. From 4.30pm to 5.30pm, join them for a 'happy hour' drinks gathering at their new favourite r... »

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Horror Channel Celebrates British Horror Classics With A Brit-Cult Season This November
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Thursday 17th Oct 2013

Peeping TomNovember on Horror Channel sees network premieres for a memorable collection of strange cult oddities and forgotten British horror classics, kicking off with the network premiere of Nicolas Roeg’s The Man Who Fell To Earth, starring David Bowie. Joining Bowie in the realm of the weird and wonderful is Roy Boulting’s psychological ground-breaker Twisted Nerve, Michael Powell’s controversial Peeping Tom (pictured), Robert Fuest’s Hitchcockian And Soon The Darkness and Jimmy Sangster’s Hammer classic Fear In The Night.

Also, there are UK TV premieres for Emmerdale actor Dominic Brunt’s directorial feature film debut Before Dawn, Lulu Jarme... »

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British Horror, Hammer And Sci-Fi Day News
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 16th Oct 2013

HAMMER & HORROR FILM DAY!On Saturday November 9th 2013, Space Monsters Magazine will be attending the most exciting one day genre movie event of the year at Central Hall, Westminster in the heart of London. The world famous London Film Memorabilia Convention is hosting a very special event – the British Horror, Hammer and Sci-Fi Day with a line-up of guests that looks like being the “who’s who” of classic British horror and Hammer Films!

Already confirmed are the Queen of British Horror herself, Barbara Shelley; Britain’s First Lady of Fantasy, Caroline Munro; Star Wars legend Dave (Darth Vader) Prowse and our very own Emily Booth.

Also confirmed as guests are Martine Beswick (Dr. Jekyll & Sister Hyde); Kate O’Mara (Corruption, V... »

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Sharni Vinson To Present Latest Movie At FrightFest All-Nighter
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, News, Monday 14th Oct 2013

Sharni VinsonSharni Vinson star of Bait 3D and You’re Next!, makes her first appearance at FrightFest, presenting the premiere of her latest film Patrick, which screens at 9.15pm on Saturday October 26th as part of The FrightFest All-Nighter at the Vue in London’s Leicester Square.

Alan Jones, co-director, said today: "Ever since she became Australia's Scream Queen, we've always wanted to have Sharni attend a FrightFest because our fans know and love her work. Having worked with her on You're Next! I knew from that experience our audience would fall in love with her as I did. She is fantastic in Mark Hartley's Patrick remake and we are thrilled she can join us for this Ozploitation celebration".

Other guests confirmed are Neil Marshall and Anna Walton (producer... »

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The Walking Dead - #115 News
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 13th Oct 2013

The Walking Dead 115 CoverFans across the world celebrated the release of The Walking Dead #115 this week, with thousands attending midnight release parties throughout the United States. The parties officially ignited the 10th anniversary of The Walking Dead and the introduction of the most intense storyline in the series to date: All Out War. Accordingly, the response has been overwhelming.

The Walking Dead #115, written by Robert Kirkman with art by Charlie Adlard, instantly sold out at the distributor, selling over 352,000 copies on the day of release. This makes The Walking Dead #115 the top selling single comic issue of the year to date.

“Ten years in and The Walking Dea... »

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Hammer Classics, Sexploitation And Heavy Metal Shocks - October On Horror
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Thursday 10th Oct 2013

Quatermass and the PitOctober is the highlight of any horror lover's year and Horror has made sure we have more channel premieres than ever before for you to enjoy! Here’s the juiciest ones picked for you to view.

Friday 11th - Horror Of Frankenstein
Hammer horror based on Mary Shelley's classic tale, Horror Of Frankenstein stars Ralph Bates, Kate O'Mara and Veronica Carlson. The brilliant yet misunderstood scientist Victor Frankenstein creates a monster from spare body parts - but can he control it?

Saturday 12th – Paperhouse
In Bernard Rose’s chilling British fantasy Paperhouse a young girl named Anna falls ill but discovers a dream world that somehow links to reality, but as she is drawn deeper into h... »

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The Wicker Man - Vinyl Release Limited Edition
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 8th Oct 2013

The Wicker Man CoverThe Wicker Man has long been accepted as a cult classic and now, forty years after its release, the movie’s pull for audiences old and new is as irresistible as ever. In honour of its lasting appeal, STUDIOCANAL is releasing a new cut of the film which hits cinemas this month.

Silva Screen has teamed up with Hackney Picturehouse for a Halloween screening of The Wicker Man: Final Cut, with a Harvest Fair before the film, a pop-up cider bar, apple bobbing, pumpkin carving and more!

In addition, artist Richey Beckett has created a movie poster to be revealed at the event (left is a small sect... »

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The Witches - Special Edition
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 8th Oct 2013

The WItches Special EditionSTUDIOCANAL have announced that the new restoration of The Witches will premiere at the 57th London Film Festival on October 11th and will be out on DVD/Blu-ray double play on October 21st.

Originally released in 1966, The Witches is an unforgettably chilling pastoral horror from legendary British production company Hammer. Adapted for the screen by Nigel Kneale (The Quatermass Experiment) it also stars Joan Fontaine (Rebecca, Suspicion) in her last major film role.

Gwen Mayfield (Joan Fontaine), an English schoolteacher working as a missionary in Africa, suddenly finds herself being victimised by a tribe of local witch doctors.

Exposed to the deadly powers of the occult she is left de... »

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Horror Classic Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror Soon On Blu-ray
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 3rd Oct 2013

Nosferatu CoverEureka! Entertainment have announced home video releases of an eagerly awaited new restoration of F. W. Murnau's legendary silent cinema horror classic Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror (1922), expertly restored in Germany by the world-renowned Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung (FWMS).

The earliest adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula has become one of the most iconic and of all horror films – and silent films – in the history of cinema, ranked #21 in Empire magazine's 2010 poll of the 100 greatest films in world cinema and included in the recent Critic's Poll by Sight & Sound magazine as one of the 250 greatest films ever made. With an incomparable lead performance as the vampire by Max Schreck — whom some believe to have been an actual vampire, it is the film behind E. Eli... »

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Soundtrack Legend Fabio Frizzi To Perform Live On Halloween In London
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 3rd Oct 2013

Fabio Frizzi PosterSMALLDeath Waltz Recording Company and Paint It Black are proud to present Fabio Frizzi live for his first ever UK show to be held at The Union Chapel on October 31st. The perfect setting will play host to Frizzi, accompanied by his 7-piece band and with an additional string section (the F2F Orchestra), for what promises to be a very special evening’s performance and master-class in soundtrack composition. Rather than performing individual tracks from his catalogue, Frizzi will be presenting his works in newly commissioned suites, which he is currently finishing back in Rome with the F2F Orchestra.

Through the superb reissue work of labels like Death Waltz, Italian soundtracks are becoming extremely sought after and essential recordings to own, recognized for their incredible... »

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ATM - Dare You Visit It?
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 2nd Oct 2013

ATMATM Cover is the new and terrifying claustrophobic horror from the writer of Buried and will be available to buy on DVD and Blu-ray from October 14th.

After leaving their company Christmas party together, David (Brian Geraghty) and Emily’s (Alice Eve) impromptu first date takes an unexpected turn when they make a late-night stop at an ATM.

What should be a routine stop turns into a desperate struggle for survival when a mysterious hooded figure traps them inside. With the wintry temperatures dipping below freezing, they have no choice but to play the silent onlooker’s deadly game of cat-and-mouse...

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Film4 FrightFest Announces Stellar Line-Up For Halloween All-Nighter
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, News, Monday 30th Sep 2013

Nothing Left To FearThe FrightFest All-Nighter 13 returns to the Vue in London’s Leicester Square on Saturday October 26 for the third year, with six killer titles including UK premieres of The Station, Patrick, Nothing Left To Fear and Soulmate. So climb aboard FrightFest’s Halloween Express, with guests including Neil Marshal, Anna Walton, Renaud Gautheir and Michael Armstrong, for the night-ride of your lives

Horror fans around the country can join in the fearsome fun on Saturday 2nd November, when the event travels to the GFT Glasgow and the Empires in Sunderland, Newcastle and Poole. On Saturday November 16th the event hits the Watershed, Bristol

London line-up:

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Interview With Paul China Director Of Crawl
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Saturday 28th Sep 2013

The China Brothers-MR1Australian brothers Paul China (left) and his Benjamin, received rave reviews for their debut feature film, Crawl for which they have been compared to the Cohen Brothers.

On the eve of the film receiving its much deserved UK TV premiere on the Horror Channel, Paul China gives us some insight into the making of the film.

Crawl is broadcast on Saturday October 5 at 11pm.

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

PC: I am equally frightened and fascinated with them – ever since I saw John Carpenter’s Halloween as a child. Despite the fact that the horror genre is so popular and lucrative with cinemagoers, it is still sadly overlooked by some, and considered a low form... »

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Grimmfest To Show The Wicker Man: The Final Cut
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 26th Sep 2013

WICKERMAN_QUADGrimmfest, based in Manchester, is the UK’s premiere festival of fantastic film. The team mark their fifth anniversary with an extra special preview night at the spectacular 1200 seat Art Deco Plaza Super Cinema in Stockport on October 2nd.

The centrepiece of the evening will be a screening of the “Best Horror Film Ever Made” (Empire)- the fully restored fortieth anniversary HD edition of The Wicker Man.

The film tells the story of dour Calvinist cop Seargent Neil Howie (Edward Woodward) who travels to the isolated island community of Summerisle in search of a missing girl. When he arrives he is horrified to find the mocking, uncooperative locals, under the influence of the urbane Lord Summerisle (Christopher Lee) have reverted to the pagan “Old Religion”…

With its... »

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Scream Magazine - Now In HMV
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 25th Sep 2013

HMV-banner-for-website1Great news for fans of Scream Magazine, this celebrated title is now on sale across ALL UK HMV stores.

So you can get your slice of bi-monthly full colour horror in print whilst picking up the latest chart hit!

For more information click here.

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Emily Booth And Billy Chainsaw Join Space Monsters Magazine
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 23rd Sep 2013

SpaceMonsters cover issue 2 draftPopular actress and Horror Channel presenter Emily Booth has joined new genre magazine Space Monsters as a regular columnist and reviewer.

Space Monsters magazine is aimed at fans of classic horror, sci-fi and fantasy movies and television with an emphasis on scary monsters, B-movies and sexy space babes. Issue one launched this summer and is already building a large and enthusiastic fan-base around the world.

Booth is joined by Brighton-based journalist, actor and artist Billy Chainsaw, another regular on the horror film scene who also writes for Bizarre and Shock Horror Magazine.

Editor Richard Gladman, founder of the Classic Horror Campaign and Frighten Brig... »

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Panic (Wildfire Chronicles Vol. 1) - Book Review
By James Whittington
Posted in: Reviews, Sunday 22nd Sep 2013

Panic (Wildfire Chronicles Vol. 1)Panic (Wildfire Chronicles Vol. 1)

K.R. Griffiths

Amazon.co.uk

£6.99 Paperback

£1.99 Kindle edition

There are a number of new authors on the market at the moment but few have made the same impact as K.R. Griffiths and his incredibly powerful debut, Panic. Confident with a savage streak, Panic is one of those books that really grabs your attention and grasps the reader like a limpet on a rock. A rather blood-drenched, gut-munching limpet that is!

Michael Evans, disgraced police officer, thought isolated St. David's made a good place to hide from the past that haunts him. For Rachel Roberts it had been home, the only place she could go when the life she dreamed of turned... »

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7th Annual Zombie Festival - Update
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 22nd Sep 2013

Event Director ZOMBIE ED2013 will be the 7th Annual Zombie Festival and is being held at the Phoenix Square Digital Media Centre in Leicester on 16th November. The team promise the same mix of classic, new, contemporary and foreign zombie feature films as they have become renowned for. For the first time they will be hosting the Ultimate Zombie Short Film Competition with an audience vote deciding the best Zombie Short Film made in 2013...

The Arcade of the Dead will feature some of the Ultimate Zombie games of All Time! 8 Consoles, tonnes of controllers, including the ever popular key board for ‘Typing of the Dead…' The Best Dressed Zombie Competition is again on the cards with a spectacular prize for the best zombie in attendance...

The team are also hoping for a UK First i... »

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Look Out For The Spiders!
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Friday 20th Sep 2013

SpidersWhat is worse than a spider in your house? A spider as big as your house! Get ready as Lionsgate UK releases Spiders 3D on DVD and 3D Blu-ray on 14th October.

When an abandoned Soviet space station crashes in New York it releases a new species of alien spiders in the sewers of the metropolis. Quickly these poisonous arachnids mutate and start growing to gigantic proportions and it’s down to a group of intrepid scientists and soldiers to stop their reign of destruction and annihilation.

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The Peter Cushing Scrapbook - Review
By James Whittington
Posted in: Reviews, Tuesday 17th Sep 2013

PC BookThe Peter Cushing Scrapbook

Peveril Publsihing

£35

Only available from www.peverilpublishing.co.uk

Over the years there have been many books that have looked at the life and career of everyone’s favourite actor, Peter Cushing. None however can even come close to The Peter Cushing Scrapbook, a unique and beautiful release from Peveril Publishing.

Running at 328 pages with a foreword by George Lucas and afterword by Janina Faye, it contains so much from Cushing’s life that you feel closer to him in some strange way. Written with affection and thought by Wayne Kinsey and Tom Johnson with Joyce Broughton (Cushing’s secretary and aide for over 35 years) it’s an original look at the actor’s life from an inc... »

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Bring Me The Head Of The Machine Gun Woman To Be Unleashed Soon
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 11th Sep 2013

BMTHOMGW PosterGet ready for a blast of violent latinxploitation in Bring Me The Head Of The Machine Gun Woman which explodes on to cinemas Friday 27th September and DVD, BR and VOD on 7th October, courtesy of Clear Vision.

After accidentally overhearing one of the city’s most dangerous criminals putting a hit on a hell-on-heels femme-fatale bounty hunter named ‘The Machine Gun Woman’ (Fernanda Urrejola), nightclub DJ and videogame addict, Santiago (Matias Oviedo), avoids execution only by offering to bring her in. When he is given 24 hours to make good on his claim, Santiago’s life turns into a violent video game of its own complete with missions, guns, sexy women and brutal violence.

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Interview With Weronika Tofilska Winner Of The 666 Short Cuts To Hell Competition
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Interviews, Tuesday 10th Sep 2013

Picture Of WTWeronika Tofilska, director of 6 Feet Under was the winner of the Horror Channel, Movie Mogul sponsored 666 Short Cuts To Hell Competition bagging £6,666 courtesy of Horror Channel and the opportunity to develop a feature film under mentorship from Movie Mogul. Apart from the honour of being showcased at the UK’s biggest genre festival, all six finalists will also have their films screened on Horror Channel.

Here she chats about the competition itself and her plans for the future.

HC: Where did the idea of 6 Feet Under come from?

WT: It came out of nowhere – which is what usually happens to me. I would say it came from a personal experience or a subconscious but, since it is a roman... »

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Squirm Blu-ray And DVD Debut This Month
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 8th Sep 2013

Squirm CoverArrow Video has announced the UK Blu-ray and DVD debut of Jeff Lieberman’s cult-horror classic Squirm on Monday 23rd September.

Lovingly restored for Blu-ray, a process approved by Lieberman himself, Arrow’s HD presentation of Squirm is uncut and comes loaded with special features and bonus material, including interchangeable artwork and exclusive writing on the film by UK horror aficionado Kim Newman.

In his debut feature film, writer-director Jeff Lieberman (Blue Sunshine, Just Before Dawn) achieves a near-perfect blend of knowing wit and good old-fashioned scares, with Oscar-winning make-up genius Rick Baker (An American Werewolf in London) on hand for some of the most memorably disgusting special effects ever committed to film. ... »

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All Covers For The Walking Dead Issue 115 Have Been Revealed
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 8th Sep 2013

The Walking Dead 115 CoverThe excitement leading up to the 10th anniversary of The Walking Dead this October has been building up recently each of the 10 connecting covers to The Walking Dead #115 have been revealed.

With artwork by series artist Charlie Adlard, coloured by Dave Stewart, each cover to The Walking Dead #115 depicts a key moment from each year of the long running series, and connects to form one massive retrospective of The Walking Dead.

The Walking Dead #115 goes on sale on October 9, 2013 and is available for pre-order with local comic book retailers now!

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From Peveril Publishing - The Peter Cushing Scrapbook
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 1st Sep 2013

PC BookNew and only available from Peveril Publishing comes The Peter Cushing Scrapbook. This softback runs at 328 pages with a foreword by George Lucas and afterword by Janina Faye.

Leading fantasy film historians Wayne Kinsey (Hammer Films – The Bray Studios Years, The Elstree Studios Years, A Life in Pictures, The Unsung Heroes and On Location) and Tom Johnson (Hammer Films – An Exhaustive Filmography, Peter Cushing – The Gentle Man of Horror And His 91 Films and The Films of Oliver Reed) have come together with Joyce Broughton (Cushing’s secretary and aide for over 35 years) to present this definitive pictorial history to Peter Cushing. A perfectionist in his work and a talented artist in every sense of the word with a gr... »

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Hammer's The Mummy Coming To Blu-ray
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 1st Sep 2013

The Mummy CoverOn 14th October Hammer’s classic film The Mummy will be released for the first time ever in HD on Blu-ray and on DVD double play and presented in its original UK theatrical aspect ratio of 1.66:1. Fans will also be treated to a host of brand new extras never seen before.

Starring Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee in their iconic roles in this the 3rd of Hammer’s original Gothic classics, The Mummy (1959) was directed by the legendary Terence Fisher who previously helmed Dracula and The Curse Of Frankenstein.

One by one the archaeologists who discover the 4,000-year-old tomb of Princess Ananka are brutally murdered. Kharis (Lee), high priest in Egypt 40 centuries ago, has been brought to life by the power of the ancient gods and his so... »

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FrightFest 2013 – The Ultimate Round Up
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Sunday 1st Sep 2013

FrightFest Poster 2013With 51 movies, countless shorts and a fine list of surprises both on and off screen, Film 4 FrightFest 2013 was the biggest and most varied one yet. Thousands of fans packed the Empire, Leicester Square for 5 days of the very best in horror entertainment from around the globe. Here’s some of the highlights from this awesome event.

The whole event kicked off with the sombre and dark sequel The Dead 2: India, a film which showed gut-munching movies still have life on them but was over shadowed by another sequel, Curse Of Chucky which played after it. This perfectly pitched piece gave the franchise a much needed boost with some smart camera angles and plenty of practical effects rather than CGI overload. There seemed to be more... »

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Grimmfest 2013 - Details Announced
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Saturday 31st Aug 2013

Grimmfest 2013The full line up for Grimmfest 2013 has been announced. Over 4 days from 3rd till 6th October a coffinload of the finest horror movies and shorts will be shown at the Dancehouse Theatre, Stockport Plaza and at the new Grimm Fringe hub, the Lass O' Gowrie.

Films to be shown include The Borderlands, Antisocial, On Air, Found, John Dies At The End and Big Bad Wolves as well as an SFX demonstration from Shaune Harrison whilst the shorts include the latest piece from James Moran, Crazy For You.

Guests attending have also been announced Alfie Allen (Game of Thrones), Dominic Brunt (Before Dawn, Emmerdale), Nicholas Vince (Hellraiser), Wayne Simmons (Author of Flu, Fever), Sam Stone (... »

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Great News For Virgin Media Customers About CBS UK Channels
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, News, Thursday 29th Aug 2013

HC Logo For Twitter SmallGreat news for Virgin Media Customers.

All Virgin Media TV customers can watch CBS Drama, CBS Reality, CBS Action and the Horror Channel at no extra cost from 3rd September for one month until October 3rd.

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Interview With Joanne Mitchell Writer Of Shell Shocked
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Interviews, Wednesday 28th Aug 2013

Joanne MitchellFrightFest 2013 gave us some incredible horror movie shorts. A real stand-out was Shell Shocked which was written by Joanne Mitchell. Here she chats about this and another piece she was involved with, the superb Before Dawn which is coming to the Horror Channel in November.

HC: How nervous were you when Before Dawn was shown at Frightfest 2012?

JM: I felt a mixture of overwhelming nerves and utter excitement. I had no idea what to expect either, but the fact that there would be a paying audience felt like a big responsibility. Something I had never experienced before...luckily it seemed to go down well.

HC: Did the very positive reaction spur you on to think of more horror plot lines?

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John Carpenter's Halloween - 35th Anniversary Limited Edition Steelbook
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 28th Aug 2013

Halloween HDIn 1978 John Carpenter’s Halloween was hailed as a "brutally efficient exercise in tension" (Entertainment Weekly), scaring audiences worldwide with a new breed of menace and a whole new set of rules.

35 Years after its original release, Anchor Bay return to the original source material alongside creator John Carpenter and Director of Photography Dean Cundey to supervise an all new High Definition transfer. Containing the original audio and an all new 7.1 audio mix alongside a feature length audio commentary from John Carpenter and international star Jamie Lee Curtis.

In the small town of Haddonfield, Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) finds her night of babysitting turns into a night of sheer terror as she comes face to face with the “Bogeyman”. As her friends are cut down one by one La... »

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And That, As They Say, Is That
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Tuesday 27th Aug 2013

Big Bad Wolves posterWell, that was Film 4 FrightFest for 2013 and what an incredibly varied programme attendees were treated to. It all ended with the much talked about new movie from the directors of Rabies, Big Bad Wolves.

A series of brutal murders puts the lives of three men on collision course in the black comedy thriller sensation of the year. They are the father of the latest victim on a cruel vendetta, the vigilante cop operating outside the law, and the main suspect in the killings – a religious studies teacher arrested for the crime but released due to a police blunder and lack of evidence.

Controversial in subject matter the film made a huge impression on those who saw it and had many of them chatting about it in to the early hours of this morning. This was the... »

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Interview With Jovanka Vuckovic Director Of The Guest
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Interviews, Monday 26th Aug 2013

JV 1Last year at FrightFest we were treated to an astonishing short from Jovanka Vuckovic called The Captured Bird. This year she has delivered the equally impressive but totally different piece The Guest. Here this talented artist chats about her work and future plans.

HC: We first chatted last year when your beautiful short The Captured Bird was shown at FrightFest 2012. You must be pleased how this piece has been received across the globe?

JV: Pleased is an understatement! It has played over 60 festivals around the globe, earned four Best Short Film awards and opened theatrically for the Soska Sister’s American Mary in 25 theatres in Canada. I never dreamed it would have so much life. And it continues to thrive on DVD and iTunes rentals. I’m so grateful for everyone in... »

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You Are What You Eat
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Monday 26th Aug 2013

We Are What We AreRemakes are always a contentious issue with horror movie fans. We have had our fingers burned in the past with shoddy and un-inspired re-imaginings of true classics. We Are What We Are is a remake of the stunning Jorge Michel Grau’s superb Mexican shocker Somos lo que hay from 2010.

Stake Land director Jim Mickle has taken the gritty storyline and planted it in an American setting with huge success.

Following the unexpected death of their mother, teenage daughters Iris and Rose Parker are ordered by their stern father to carry on a macabre ancestral ritual at all costs. But when a torrential storm hits their upstate New York region, the town’s river overflows and the local authorities start uncovering long-buried clues that lead them closer to... »

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Odd But Huge Fun
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Monday 26th Aug 2013

Odd ThomasBig movie adaptations of acclaimed books rarely transfer to the big screen and retain their original flavour. Odd Thomas seems to buck that trend and thanks to smart direction form Stephen Sommers (he of The Mummy fame) the basic premise has apparently (as I’ve never read the Dean R. Koontz book) remained intact.

Odd Thomas sees murdered dead people and feels it’s his duty to make the people responsible pay for their sins. Luckily the local police chief knows about his clairvoyant gifts and is happy to use him to keep the Californian town of Pico Mundo virtually crime free. But one day, in the diner where he works as a short order cook, Odd meets a suspicious-looking man followed by Bodachs, shadowy spirit creatures who appear only during times of death and disaster.... »

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Interview With Paul Davis Director Of The Body
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Interviews, Monday 26th Aug 2013

Paul Davis HeadshotThe world premiere of The Body has just finished at the Empire. We spoke to Paul Davis about this fabulous short and his plans for the future.

HC: Where did the idea for The Body come from?

PD: The Body was originally a screenplay written by my Producer Paul Fischer, based on an idea by film maker Mary Kerr (director of acclaimed documentary Radioman – also produced by Fischer). I was sent the script around September last year at the recommendation of Axelle Carolyn, who thought the story would be right up my alley after Him Indoors. The idea of a murderer using the cover of Halloween to transport his latest victim by dragging it through the street REALLY tickled me. I thought it was a wonderful concept and there was definite... »

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To Be In 3D Or Not To Be In 3D?
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Monday 26th Aug 2013

The Banshee ChapterOne of my favourite films of the festival has been Banshee Chapter 3Dwhich was shown earlier today. This eccentric movie is real gem of a chiller with some seriously creepy performances from a cast that includes the legendary Ted Levine.

In 1963 the U.S. government began experimenting on unsuspecting Americans with chemical agents intended to induce mind control. The programme was named ‘MK-ULTRA’ and the results were horrifying… When her best friend James Hirsch goes missing, Internet journalist Anne Roland decides to investigate and discovers he made a videotape of himself taking a mind-altering drug before vanishing into thin air. Further probing guides her to anarchist poet and novelist Thomas Blackburn who gets illegally high on LSD-type hallucinogens supplied by a fr... »

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Interview With Dominic Brunt Director Of Shell Shocked
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Interviews, Monday 26th Aug 2013

dominic_bruntAn integral part of FrightFest is the showing of horror movie shorts. These expose the audience quickly to the mega talents of those involved. One of the best this year is Shell Shocked, directed by Dominc Brunt and written by Joannne Mitchell.

Here Dominic chats about this and his other horror hit, Before Dawn.

HC: It’s been a year since Before Dawn, looking back did its success surprise you?

DB: God yes!! We were proud of what we had done and felt we had told the story we wanted to tell but starting with FrightFest, Before Dawn has gone around the world with both festivals and distribution. We’ve been hugely flattered.

HC: Are you tempted to revisit the zombie genre on the big screen and create »

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And The Premieres Just Keep On Coming
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Monday 26th Aug 2013

Dark TouchIt may be the last day of FrightFest 2013 but the celebrations show no sign of slowing down. There’s a world premiere and 4 European premieres on the big screen alone to look forward to and that’s not counting more short movies and special surprises for fans to look out for.

First up is the much talked about movie Dark Touch (pictured) from Marina De Van, director of In My Skin. At night, an isolated country house deep in the Irish countryside takes on a monstrous life of its own. Objects and furniture attack the inhabitants, leaving 11 year-old Niamh (Marie Missy Keating, daughter of Ronan) the only survivor of a bloody massacre that destroys her entire family. The police ignore her when she tells them about the murderous rage of the house. Taken in by family friends who attempt to give her ... »

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Shorts And The End Of The World...Possibly
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Monday 26th Aug 2013

TLD 1Weronika Tofilska, director of 6 Feet Under was the winner of the Horror Channel, Movie Mogul sponsored 666 Short Cuts To Hell Competition bagging £6,666 courtesy of Horror Channel and the opportunity to develop a feature film under mentorship from Movie Mogul. Apart from the honour of being showcased at the UK’s biggest genre festival, all six finalists will also have their films screened on Horror Channel.

To compliment this Movie Mogul, in association with FrightFest and Horror Channel has released, Shortcuts To Hell, an anthology of the 26 best short films from the 666 Short Cuts To Hell competition and is available to buy is available on iTunes and BlinkBox.

Talking of shorts did e... »

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Who Is Watching Who?
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Sunday 25th Aug 2013

The ConspiracyThe Dark Tourist powered its way on to the Empire screen today and left the audience with no doubt that director Suri Krishnamma is a major talent in the industry who can produce solid work in any genre.

The next movie up tonight is one for lovers of the X-Files, The Conspiracy. Two filmmakers are shooting a documentary about Terrance G, a conspiracy theorist convinced all major world events – the Kennedy assassination, Vietnam, 9/11, the banking crisis – are the responsibility of a secret society controlling the course of history for profit. Suddenly, after four weeks of constant surveillance, Terrance goes missing and they start being followed by black vans. Was he really on to something? Digging deeper using their subject’s notes and wall diagrams th... »

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Interview With David Tillman Writer Of Hansel And Gretel And The 420 Witch
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Interviews, Sunday 25th Aug 2013

David TillmanStoner comedy movies are usually designed for a specific audience but Hansel And Gretel And The 420 Witch takes the genre to the horror audience thanks to an inventive script from David Tillman. Here he chats about this movie, which is showing this week at FrightFest and what else he is working on at the moment.

HC: Are you a big horror movie fan?

DT: Yes and No. I love horror movies that deal with supernatural elements like Mama and traditional horror movies like Halloween. Those movies scare the shit out of me. I’m the perfect audience for them because I’ll jump and scream with the best of them! But I’m not a fan of torture porn. When it’s too real – something that could actually happen, then I can’t watch it.

HC: What made you want to be a w... »

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The Quiz From Hell Meets The Dark Tourist
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Sunday 25th Aug 2013

Andy Nyman 1In just a few hours the winner of this year’s 666 Short Cuts To Hell Competition, run by Horror Channel alongside Movie Mogul will be announced and you could cut the atmosphere with a knife at the Empire cinema. All will be revealed very soon.

Before all that the incredibly talented Andy Nyman will be on stage hosting the 4th Andy Nyman’s Quiz From Hell. Now a firm fan favourite fixture at FrightFest, Andy has no doubt got some incredibly difficult questions that even the hardiest horror fan will have difficulty answering!

After that we have the quite superb movie The Dark Tourist starring Michael Cudlitz in a career defining role. It’s bleak, incredibly dark with a sucker punch ending that will leave attendees gasping for breath.

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Interview With Suri Krishnamma Director Of The Dark Tourist
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Interviews, Sunday 25th Aug 2013

Dark Tourist ImageThe Dark Tourist (pictured) is a challenging, bleak and emotionally charged film that is getting a special preview today at FrightFest. It boasts an incredible script, bold performances and superb direction from Suri Krishnamma. Here Suri chats about this incredible movie.

HC: What attracted you to The Dark Tourist?

SK: What attracted me? When I read the script I ‘saw’ the film – it literally leapt of the page as if a hologram were attached. It’s hard to analyse why that happens sometimes - it just does. It also scared me a little as the layers of the obsessive central character peeled away revealing the horrifying truth of his character. Something in the writing was honest, too – the darkness clearly came from a real place. But ultimate... »

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Anything But Cheap
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Sunday 25th Aug 2013

Cheap ThrillsAfter the fun and rather expensive looking R.I.P.D FrightFest goers were treated to something a little more serious, Cheap Thrills (pictured). Directed by E.L. Katz, writer of the FrightFest favourite Autopsy, it’s a smart, inventive and damn good movie with a small cast that deliver some superb performances.

Craig is down on his luck, fired from his job, facing eviction and a wife and newborn to care for. Determined to drown his sorrows Craig heads to a bar where he runs into old friend Vince. Things then go from nostalgic to crazy when the duo hooks up with a wealthy couple out for a good time and Craig and Vince turn out to be their entertainment for the evening. For when the bored married couple start making bets on their behaviour, the two blue-collar nob... »

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Pleasent Surprises
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Sunday 25th Aug 2013

No One LivesNo One Lives started off as a pedestrian sort of slasher flick but soon transformed into psychos Vs psychos bloodbath. It’s smart script and swift direction raises it above other hack n’ slash movies. One key sequence, where the main character actually hides inside the body of one of the group he’s battling is so well realised it had the crowd cheering and clapping.

This sort of originality keeps the horror genre alive and as the director, Ryuhei Kitamura has already given us the crowd pleasing Midnight Meat Train, I feel he has yet more to give the genre.

Slightly more predictable but still incredibly fun was R.I.P.D in 3D. Based on the comic book ‘Rest In Peace Department’ by Peter M. Lenkov published by Dark Horse Entertainment, veteran sheriff... »

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Interview With Farren Blackburn Director Of Hammer Of The Gods
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Interviews, Saturday 24th Aug 2013

Hammer Of The GodsThe best thing about FrightFest is the varied programme of movies the four guys create. This year has an exceptionally wide-ranging selection and one that stands out is Hammer Of The Gods (pictured). Here its director, Farren Blackburn chats about this and other areas of his career.

HC: How different is directing a movie to TV?

FB: At the lower budget end its not much different at all, infact in many ways its harder because the chances are the tv budget will be higher. With Hammer Of The Gods for example I had less than half the budget I had when directing The Dr Who Xmas Special. But in terms of creative vision I don’t approach film and television any differently because I always set out to push the visual ambition of t... »

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All In The Mix
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Saturday 24th Aug 2013

RIPDFrightfest 2013 seems to have more of a variation in movies than other years, there doesn’t seem to be a sub-genre that’s taking over the programming. Yes, we have plenty of sequels but that doesn’t really count.

We have slashers, revenge, psychological, zombies, Ozploitation, silent classics to name a few giving ticket holders a vast array to choose from. Apart from a few Hollywood entries such as the much hyped R.I.P.D (in 3D no less) (pictured) the programme this year is all about uncovering new talent. Just check out some of the shorts for this as some are just sublime pieces of horror cinema that deserve to be seen on the big screen. The Guest, Shell Shocked and The Body show just how much creative talent there is at the moment. Speak... »

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Rain Won't Stop Play
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Saturday 24th Aug 2013

Frankenstiens ArmyLeicester Square is, like most of the UK today, suffering from downpours that don’t want to stop. This is having no effect whatsoever as the FrightFest fans are a hardy bunch and have made their way to the Empire.

Coming up is the much talked about Nazi zombie blood-fest, Frankenstein’s Army (pictured). In the waning days of World War II, a battalion of Russian soldiers find themselves lost in eastern German enemy territory. Stumbling upon a village decimated by an unseen terror, they discover a secret Nazi laboratory and a mad scientist conducting experiments using the journal of one Dr. Victor Frankenstein to fuse flesh and steel to create unstoppable undead soldiers. Leaderless and faced with dissension amongst their dwindling ranks, the platoon must find the courage to face... »

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Interview With Eitan Gafny Writer, Producer And Director Of Cannon Fodder
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Interviews, Saturday 24th Aug 2013

Eitan GafnyCannon Fodder is a powerful new zombie movie from Isreal. It deals not only with the horrors of a zombie outbreak but the emotional consequences of loyalty and politics. Here the multi-talented Eitan Gafney chats about this superb film which is showing at FrightFest today.

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

EG: Yes, although I'm a "spoilt" horror fan - I give a lot of attention to the cinematic work, and I really don't like "torture porn" horror, except a few gems. My favourite horror director is John Carpenter, and I watch his films over and over again, to learn whatever I can from them, and I enjoy them a lot. Having said that, I will never decide not to watch a movie based on a misguided premise - and that goes to all genres, not only horror. In fact, one o... »

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666 Short Cuts To Hell Trailer
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Frightfest, Saturday 24th Aug 2013

clip_image002FrightFest and Movie Mogul, in association with Horror Channel, challenged aspiring filmmakers all over the country to make a short horror film, but 666 Short Cuts To Hell was no ordinary film competition. Entrants had to follow a series of 'killer' restraints such as a maximum of 6 lines of dialogue, a maximum of 6 cast and crew members and a maximum budget of £666.

A staggering 157 entries made the grade and the overall winner will be announced at FrightFest 2013 on Sunday Aug 25 after the screening of all six films. On hand to congratulate all six finalists will be the distinguished judging panel; Horror Channel presenter Emily Booth, FrightFest director Paul McEvoy, Movie Mogul’s John Shackleton, Filmmaker Paul Hyett and journalist Rosie Fletcher. Tom Six is planning to a... »

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Strewth, Didn't Expect That!
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Saturday 24th Aug 2013

100 Bloody Acres100 Bloody Acres, the last film to be shown on Friday at FrightFest and like many low budget horror comedies will probably build up a cult following.

Reg Morgan runs a small organic bone fertiliser business in the outback with his bullying older brother Lindsay. They've recently taken the lead over their competitors thanks to a secret ingredient – liquidised human corpses! When Reg picks up three city-slickers who've broken down on their way to a music festival, he's torn between his business instincts to mulch the bickering trio, and pangs of conscience as he falls for one of his captives, the charming Sophie. But Sophie has her own problems, she’s screwing her boyfriend James’ best mate Wes and being lined up for an appointment with the Morgan’s mincing machine is the least of ... »

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Arggh My Ears!!
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Saturday 24th Aug 2013

vhs2-3Decent horror anthology movies are very few and far between and last V/H/S/ really did split the audience. I really don’t think there will be such a problem with V/H/S/ 2 which is far superior movies in many ways but is also one of the loudest so far.

V/H/S/ 2 concerns two private investigators who break into the abandoned house of a missing college student, uncovering a collection of mysterious videotapes. They reveal four horrifying films, trafficked by an underground tape sharing community, which lead the pair to a shocking resolution to their case and the terrifying motives behind the disappearance. Stories include robotic eyeball transplants, subjective zombie attacks, sinister Indonesian religious cults and slumber party alien abduction.

Inventive and quite smart, t... »

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Splatter-tastic
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Friday 23rd Aug 2013

HatchetIII-2Even though Adam Green isn't in the director's chair for Hatchet III his script brought the franchise to a fitting end with plenty of blood-splattered gross effects, in fact enough to satisfy any gore-hound.

Carrying on directly from where Hatchet II finished, Marybeth uncovers the true secret to stopping the voodoo curse that has left the ghost of deformed maniac Victor Crowley haunting and stalking the Honey Island swamplands in the New Orleans bayou for decades. An entire police department, paramedic response team and heavily armed SWAT unit face off with the infamous slaughter-machine.

With returning actors Danielle Harris and Kane Hodder are joined by Zach Galligan and Derek Mears and I have to admit this is a cracking slasher that sticks to the rules of the first few entries a... »

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Love And Sockets
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Friday 23rd Aug 2013

HatchetIII-1The best thing about FrightFest, apart from the atmosphere, is that they give time to horror shorts. James Moran’s wonderfully original Crazy For You is a fine example. A young man with a dark secret (Arthur Darvill) falls in love with a stunning blonde (Hannah Tointon). And that’s it, a very simple set up with a horror twist that works so beautifully. A real highlight so far and if you get the chance to see it.

Adam Green, director of Hatchet and Hatchet II has just been on stage introducing Hatchet III (pictured) which he wrote and produced. Before this he gave us a sample of his new sitcom, Holliston, a sort of Friends meets Big Bang Theory meets Horrordom! These prime pickings from the series had... »

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Chills And A Considerable Amount Of Thrills
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Friday 23rd Aug 2013

Sadik2-2Director Renny Harlin’s name is usually associated with big blockbuster movies such as Die Hard 2 and The Long Kiss Goodnight, but The Dyatlov Pass Incident is a smaller, more subtle affair making it also one of his most affective.

In February, 1959, nine Russians hikers ventured into the Ural Mountains on a trip that should have been manageable for a group with their vast experience. Two weeks later, all nine were discovered dead. A search party found the hikers’ tents ripped open from the inside and all seemed to have died from hypothermia. With no compelling evidence or witnesses to account for the puzzling night, the case quickly fell into legendary infamy. The riddle has baffled investigators, researchers and authorities ever since. Now five young filmmakers retrace the steps of the d... »

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Discovery Is The Name Of FrightFest
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Friday 23rd Aug 2013

DyatlovPass-1Another day of contrasts at FrightFest with a huge and varied selection of movies including a couple of much anticipated sequels.

The day stars with the welcome return of Renny Harlin and his movie The Dyatlov Pass Incident. In February, 1959, nine Russians hikers ventured into the Ural Mountains on a trip that should have been manageable for a group with their vast experience. Two weeks later, all nine were discovered dead. A search party found the hikers’ tents ripped open from the inside and all seemed to have died from hypothermia. Aside from a few fractures and broken bones, there appeared to be indication of foul play. With no compelling evidence or witnesses to account for the puzzling night, the case quickly fell into legendary infamy. Many have theorized that a small avalanche caught t... »

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Interview With Robin Entreinger Director Of Sadik 2
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Interviews, Friday 23rd Aug 2013

RobinEntreingerSadik 2 is a smart slasher that takes themes first seen in Scream and runs away with them. Smart and funny it’s showing today on the Discovery Screen at FrightFest. Here director Robin Entreinger chats about this inspired shocker.

HC: Who came up with the plot of Sadik 2?

RE: First, you have to know that the original idea was to do a fun slasher, old school style. I got the idea thinking about how to make a slasher movie that would be original, fun and never seen before. There are a lot of sequels in the genre. Screams, Saw, Paranormal Activity, and so on... And I thought what about doing the sequel first! We thought that was a fun idea, and we started writing with my co-author Jean-Nicolas.

HC: How long... »

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Zombies, Killer Doll, Animal Mask Wearing Killers - Day 1 Of FrightFest
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Friday 23rd Aug 2013

reNext-2The first day of FrightFest gave us three incredibly different horror movies.

The Dead 2: India continued the idea of gut-munching in a hot climate but with more added drama than the first with some incredibly daring and inventive camera work from directors Jon and Howard Ford. Serious with an impending tone of loss hanging over it the film proved that the Ford Brothers can direct human emotionally engaging movies as well as raw horror movies.

Curse Of Chucky, the sixth movie in the killer doll franchise takes the story back to the end of part 3 and is all the better for it. In the wake of her mother’s passing, Nica (Fiona Dourif) – in a wheelchair since birth – is forced to put up with her sister, Barb, brother-in-law Ian, 5 year-old niece Alice and her stern nanny as th... »

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Brace Yourself For A Chilling Winter - Horror Channel Sizzle Reel
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Frightfest, Friday 23rd Aug 2013

As promised, this is the Sizzle Reel we're showing at FrightFest showing you the tasty treats Horror Channel has lined up over the next few months.

Be warned there are scenes of nudity, violence and gore that some people may find disturbing.

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And We're Off
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Thursday 22nd Aug 2013

TheDead2-IndiaFrightFest 2013 has started with an awesome introduction from Bobcat Goldthwait. The FrightFest crew promise us lots of surprises, loads of guests and plenty for every horror hound to enjoy!

Showing first is The Dead 2: India from The Ford Brothers. The franchise moves to the hustle and bustle of India as the devastating zombie outbreak takes hold and British turbine engineer Nicholas Burton must trek from one side of the country to the other if he is ever to see his pregnant girlfriend Ishani again. But it’s a journey he must undertake if he is to save the love of his life and his unborn child from an impending flesh-eating zombie holocaust.

After that the doll with attitude is back in Curse Of Chucky

Remember to look out for the Horror Cha... »

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FrightFest 2013 - The Hot Ones!
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Thursday 22nd Aug 2013

FrightFest Poster 2013Well FrightFest 2013 is almost upon us and its time to look at what frightful delights to look forward to. As there’s over 50 movies to choose from as well as some stunning shorts it’s a tough choice but here’s a selection of some of the ones that jump out from the line up.

For starters Chucky is back on the big screen in the sixth film of the Child’s Play franchise. Simply called Curse Of Chucky this returns the series to its roots following on from Part 3. V/H/S 2 promises to be as brutal and inventive as the first anthology was and if you want something a little but different you need to check out Bobcat Goldthwait’s Willow Creek.

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Horror Channel To Premiere Two Frightfest Discoveries This September
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Monday 19th Aug 2013

The Inside Pic 2Horror Channel's UK TV premieres for September are two films that scored high on the terror-scale when they screened at FrightFest 2012. Dubbed "The Wicker Man for the Harry Brown generation", Community is a fine example of the growing trend in home-grown urban horror and The Inside (pictured) marks the impressive directorial debut of Irish actor Eoin Macken, who played Sir Gawaine in the hit BBC TV series Merlin.

Plus… Cabin Fever hits Horror Channel with the Network premieres of Eli Roth's directorial debut and Ti West's follow-up Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever.

Also, there is a double slice of Retro horror, courtesy of Hammer Horror: »

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Link To Get DVD Release On August 26th
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 15th Aug 2013

Link coverFrom the director of Cloak And Dagger, Terence Stamp (The Limey) is single-minded professor Dr Steven Phillip who sets in motion a terrifying chain of events for Elizabeth Shue (Hollow Man) in the UK DVD release of Link.

Available as a brand-new transfer from the original film elements, it is available to own on 26 August.

Jane (Shue), an American zoology student, takes a summer job at the lonely cliff-top home of a professor who is exploring the link between man and ape. Soon after her arrival he vanishes, leaving her to care for his three chimps: Voodoo, a savage female; the affectionate, child-like Imp; and Link – a circus ape trained as the perfect servant and companion. Soon a disturbing role reversal takes place in the relationship between master and servant and... »

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Exclusive Look At New Issue Of Scream Magazine
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 14th Aug 2013

Scream Sept 2013Here's an exclusive look at the September issue of Scream, the full colour Horror Entertainment magazine.

This edition sees Scream chats exclusively to The Walking Dead star Michael Rooker, Heather Langenkamp chats about life with Freddy Krueger, Dee Wallace remembers Cujo and The Howling, Ruggero Deodato talks Cannibal Holocaust, Director Greg Olliver gets hungry in The Devoured, Hong Kong Director Sam Leong gives the exclusive on the upcoming SARS Zombies, Writer Mark Miller talks Hellraiser comics, plus the usual games, DVDs/Blu-rays, books, comics, festivals, reviews, previews, features and much, much more!

For more info on Scream magazine »

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Shortcuts To Hell Anthology To Be Released
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, News, Monday 12th Aug 2013

666ShortCutsToHell-Anthology-artworkMovie Mogul, in association with FrightFest and Horror Channel, is to release an anthology of the 26 best short films from the 666 Short Cuts To Hell national talent search competition.

An essential collection of shorts for anyone serious about horror and the directors of tomorrow, Shortcuts To Hell: Volume 1 is available on iTunes and BlinkBox from August 23, – to coincide with the announcement of the winner of the competition at Film4 FrightFest.2013. The winner will receive a cheque for £6,666 from the judging panel, which includes Tom Six, Paul Hyett and Emily Booth.

All of the films were made under the same six, gruelling restrictions. Filmmakers had to choose from one o... »

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Brand New Magazine - Space Monsters
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Saturday 10th Aug 2013

space monsters cover issue 1 BIGSpace Monsters is a brand new magazine for fans of classic sci-fi, horror and fantasy movies and television – with an emphasis on scary monsters, B-movies and sexy space babes.

Each issue will be A5 format, 80 pages, black and white with full colour covers and promises to be the very beast in features, exclusive artwork, interviews and retro reviews.

Editor Richard Gladman said: "As an avid collector of monster magazines since I was a kid it was inevitable that one day I would produce one of my own. There are already so many magazines devoted to horror in all its forms and current sci-fi films and television but none that focus on classic sci-fi so I thought it was about time someone redressed the balance"

Issue 1 feature... »

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Emily Booth To Produce And Star In Selkie
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Saturday 10th Aug 2013

Emily Booth headshotHorror Channel presenter and actress Emily Booth steps behind the lens to make her first short film – Selkie, a dark revenge fairytale, in which she also stars in the title role - as a beautiful and vengeful sea creature.

The plot, based on an ancient Celtic myth, sees Selkie enslaved to a drunken fisherman when he finds her shedded skin on the beach. Refusing to return her skin to her, the Selkie law of nature means she is now bound to him as his 'land wife' unable to return to her true form, and to the sea. Until one day, many years later, when she exacts her revenge and finally is able to transform back into her true form.

Emily assembled her own team for the project including concept artist Danny McMahon (who came up with the or... »

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Film News (UK): FrightFest, Horror Channel & Movie Mogul reveal their top six finalists for 666 Short Cuts To Hell
By Dave Macleod
Posted in: Frightfest, News, Monday 5th Aug 2013

clip_image002FrightFest and Movie Mogul, in association with Horror Channel, challenged aspiring filmmakers all over the country to make a short horror film, but 666 Short Cuts To Hell was no ordinary film competition. Entrants had to follow a series of 'killer' restraints such as a maximum of 6 lines of dialogue, a maximum of 6 cast and crew members and a maximum budget of £666.

A staggering 157 entries made the grade and the overall winner will be announced at FrightFest 2013 on Sunday Aug 25 after the screening of all six films. On hand to congratulate all six finalists will be the distinguished judging panel; Horror Channel presenter Emily Booth, FrightFest director Paul McEvoy, Movie Mogul’s John Shackleton, Filmmaker Paul Hyett and journalist  Rosie Fletcher. Tom Six is planning to attend subject to his commitmen... »

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The Dead 2: India - Poster Revealed
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, News, Wednesday 31st Jul 2013

The Dead 2 - new posterThe Ford Brothers, the British director, writer and producer team behind the Indian-set zombie road movie The Dead 2: India, have released the official poster ahead of its sell-out opening night world premiere at Film4 FrightFest 2013. The poster was designed by Luke Insect for FrightFest Originals and copies will be available to buy at FrightFest.

Demand to see the first-ever screening, which is set for Thursday August 22, 6.30pm at the Empire, Leicester Square, has led the organisers to put on an additional screening for Saturday August 24th at 11.00am. Tickets are on sale now.

The Dead 2: India follows the story of American engineer Nicholas Burton (Joseph Millson) in a race against time to reach his pregnant girlfriend Ishani (Mee... »

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The Moth Diaries - Coming To DVD
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 30th Jul 2013

The Moth DiariesLed by British talent Lily Cole (Snow White and the Huntsman, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus), The Moth Diaries is a modern gothic coming of age story set in a world of obsessive teenage girl friendship. Rebecca (Sarah Bolger), a young girl haunted by her father’s suicide, begins a new year at an elite girls’ boarding school. Before long, Rebecca’s close friendship with the popular Lucy (Sarah Gadon) is tested by the arrival of the dark and mysterious Ernessa (Lily Cole). Lucy quickly falls under Ernessa’s spell and becomes emotionally and physically consumed by their intense friendship.

Hurt and confused, Rebecca develops a crush on her English teacher, Mr. Davies (Scott Speedman), who is teaching a class in Gothic fiction. As she immerses herself in their... »

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FrightFest And Horror Channel Announce World Premieres For Short Film Programme
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, News, Monday 22nd Jul 2013

Shell Shocked -Short Film-1FrightFest in association with Horror Channel, will be screening nine specially selected short films, at this year’s August event at the Empire Cinema, Leicester Sq.

From James Moran's sickly slick serial killer tale and Dominic Brunt's ghastly vision of war time Hell, to Will Gilbey's hard-boiled noir cop thriller and Mike Mort's even harder puppet cop hero Chuck Steel, the line-up represents a rich tapestry of talent, with casts that include Hannah Tointon, Neil Maskell, Ed Speleers, Alfie Allen and Jack Gordon.

Main Screen

August 23rd
Crazy For You
Director: James Moran. Cast: Arthur Darvill, Hannah Tointon
It's difficult to find love when you're a serial killer ... »

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Panic - New Novel From K.R. Griffiths
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 21st Jul 2013

Panic (Wildfire Chronicles Vol. 1)K.R. Griffiths is a former journalist and editor turned novelist. His first novel, Panic, blends together science fiction and horror in a new take on the zombie genre which is currently causing a bit of a stir in the horror charts.

Michael Evans, disgraced police officer, thought isolated St. David’s made a good place to hide from the past that haunts him. For Rachel Roberts it had been home, the only place she could go when the life she dreamed of turned sour. Victor lurked in St. David’s because he knew the horror that approached.

Because he helped to create it.

Because isolation might just be the only way to survive.

Sounds intriguing to us and a sequel, Psychosis, is scheduled for release in lat... »

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Lucio Fulci Season This August On The Horror Channel
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Tuesday 16th Jul 2013

Zombie Flesh EatersHorror Channel is giving Italian horror maestro Lucio Fulci a much deserved season – comprising of four of his most memorable films – genre classics that were either banned or heavily censored in the UK during the late seventies, early eighties.

Fulci, the forerunner of Italian splatter, once said that violence IS Italian art, and who would disagree with him when you look at the line-up, which comprises such ground-breaking master-pieces as the 1979 iconic Zombie Flesh Eaters (August 3rd) and the 1981 zombie shocker The House By The Cemetary (August 24th). Both are network premieres.

The other two titles are Channel favourites City Of The Living Dead (August 10th) and ... »

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Steve Niles To Write Ash And The Army Of Darkness For Dynamite!
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 15th Jul 2013

ASHandAOD01Dynamite has announced that their flagship comic book title, Army of Darkness, will receive a complete overhaul and a new ongoing series as imagined by Steve Niles, acclaimed author of 30 Days of Night and Batman: Gotham County Line. A horror/action series with dark comedic overtones, the newly-titled Ash And The Army Of Darkness continues the time-traveling, demon-fighting adventures of Ash Williams, the smart-mouthed hero of the 1992 cult-favorite film of the same name.

"What I'm doing with Ash And The Army Of Darkness is a complete reboot," says Niles. "We start and the last frame of the film and then go right to the next. It's a wild ride and I think fans of the film will be very happy because I am bringing back a lot of what mad... »

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Interview With Chillerama Co-Director Adam Green
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Monday 8th Jul 2013

Adam Green On Set Of Hatchet IIThe superb shocker Chillerama was given its UK Television premiere in March on the Horror Channel and can be seen tonight at 10.55pm. This comic horror anthology was directed by four of the most talented directors around at the moment; Adam Rifkin, Joe Lynch, Adam Green and Tim Sullivan.

Here Adam Green talks about this and what he thinks of the state of horror at the moment.

HC: Your story for Chillerama could be looked at as being controversial by some, how did you pitch it to the other directors?

AG: Actually, Adam Rifkin pitched me the title (The Diary Of Anne Frankenstein) when the four of us first met up to discuss potentially doing this project. He sai... »

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Citadel - Screenings In Scotland On July 9th
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Friday 5th Jul 2013

CitadelDirected by Ciaran Foy and starring Aneurin Barnard, James Cosmo, Wunmi Mosaku and Jake Willson, Citadel is becoming one of the most anticipated horror movies of the summer.

The dilapidated suburbia of Edenstown casts a shadow over Tommy Cowley’s life. Trapped there by his agoraphobia since his wife was fatally attacked by twisted feral children, he now finds himself terrorized by the same mysterious hooded gang, who seem intent on taking his baby daughter.

Torn between the help of an understanding nurse and a vigilante priest, he discovers that to be free of his fears, he must finally face the demons of his past and enter the one place that he fears the most...the abandoned tower block known as the Citadel.

You can catch screenings of the movie in Scotland next week all happening on Tuesday July... »

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Horror Bites - July Edition
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Thursday 4th Jul 2013
Horror BitesEmily Booth is back with the latest and let’s face it, unmissable edition of Horror Bites.

This month she has the skinny on the Network premiere of the cult classic Donnie Darko which is also going to be part of a live Twitter event hosted by Emily. Follow the movie on July 19th and Tweet us @horror_channel and discuss what you think this movie is all about.

Emily also previews our UK TV premiere of the Japanese shocker Dream Home, the fearfilled frozen fear-fest Hypothermia and a blood-splattered celebration of the werewolf genre in Horror Channel's Howling Mad! Season.

She even finds time to tell you about a classic we’re showing from Brian De P... »

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Coming Soon To DVD - Frankensteins's Army
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, News, Tuesday 2nd Jul 2013

Frankensteins Army CoverPrepare to unearth the deepest and darkest secrets of World War II as Entertainment Oneannounce the arrival of the insanely suspenseful Nazi-horror Frankenstein's Army - unleashing it's terror at this year's Film4 FrightFest on 22nd August and then on DVD 30th September 2013.

Whilst pushing into eastern Germany toward the end of World War II, Russian soldiers come across a secret Nazi lab that has begun experimenting with the journal of one Dr. Victor Frankenstein.

The scientists have used the legendary Frankenstein's work to assemble an army of super soldiers stitched together from the body parts of their fallen comrades and a disturbing fuse of apparatus and machinery - a desperate Hitler's last ghastly ploy to escape defeat.

The PR boasts a wea... »

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World War Z: The Art Of The Film - Book Review
By James Whittington
Posted in: Reviews, Monday 1st Jul 2013

WWZ CoverWorld War Z – The Art Of The Film

Titan Books

ISBN 9781781168851

RRP £16.99

The journey from page to screen for World War Z hasn't exactly been an easy one. News of expensive reshoots became common place and many predicted a rather swift transfer from screen to bargain bin. But the film has won over critics and fans and is doing great box office. It’s a smart take on the zombie genre that well worth seeing, especially on the biggest screen you can and this book helps you to appreciate the hard work that goes into making such an effective movie.

World War Z: The Art Of The Film from Titan Books is the official illustrated companion to the movie, and features a wealth of s... »

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Film4 FrightFest 2013 Announces Full Line Up
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, News, Saturday 29th Jun 2013

The DesertAre you ready for a spine-chilling global avalanche of Indian zombies, Israeli oldboys, vengeance-crazed Vikings, Swedish mesmerists, Irish telekinesis, Argentine undead, Aussie bone-crushers, murderous Mormons and Chilean assassins? A record 51 films, new FrightFest Xtra strand and films from five continents marks biggest genre global invasion ever make up Film4 FrightFest 2013.

Film4 FrightFest 2013, returning for its fourteenth year, has unveiled its biggest line-up in history. From Thursday 22nd August to Monday 26th August, the UK's leading event for genre fans will be at the Empire Cinema in London's Leicester Square to present 51 films on three screens. Empire 1 will house the main event while the Discovery strands will play in Empires 2 and 4. The new »

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The Car - Driving Its Way Onto Blu-ray In July
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 27th Jun 2013

The CarArrow Video is pleased to announce the worldwide Blu-ray debut of Elliot Silverstein's 1977 cult horror classic The Car on Monday 15th July.

Often referred to as “Jaws on Wheels”, The Car has been lovingly re-mastered by Universal Pictures and, for the first time in its history, will finally be available on the Blu-ray format. This landmark release also marks the first time the film has been available with extras.

Starring James Brolin alongside Kathleen Lloyd, John Marley, and Ronny Cox, The Car tells the story of a mysterious automobile which goes on a murderous rampage, terrorizing the residents of a small town.

In addition to the HD restoration, Arrow has sourced a host of bonus material and special features, something which has n... »

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Spider Gremlin - Coming Soon From NECA
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 26th Jun 2013

Spider Gremlin 2Probably the largest and most incredible Gremlin figure ever produced is heading our way this Autumn thanks to NECA.

When fully assembled the Spider Gremlin stands over 10 inches tall and is nearly 15 inches across and over 12 inches deep! It is enormous and full of detail!

An incredible re-creation of the puppet seen in Gremlins 2: The New Batch the Spider Gremlin features a hinged jaw, ball jointed shoulders, elbows, and wrists and 8 massive spider legs that are also articulated in 3 places each! In total over 30 points of articulation!

Also includes a support stand to help balance and display him in your desired poses.

This figure will be the centrepiece for every Gremlins collection.

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The Curse Of Frankenstein - Coming To Blu-ray
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 25th Jun 2013

CURSEOFFRANK_DVDSINGLE_2DThe Curse Of Frankenstein is a classic 1957 horror film by Hammer Film Productions, based on the novel Frankenstein (1816) by Mary Shelley.

It was Hammer's first colour horror film, and the first of their Frankenstein series. Its worldwide success led to several sequels as well as the studio's versions of Dracula (1958) and The Mummy (1959) and established "Hammer Horror" as a distinctive and uniquely British brand of Gothic cinema. The film was directed by Terence Fisher and starred Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee in two of their most iconic roles for Hammer.

This special release includes the infamous "eyeball" scene, which was originally censored but has now been fully restored. As well as an alternate version o... »

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Scream Issue 19 Details
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 25th Jun 2013

scream 19Here's an exclusive look at the July issue of Scream, one of the UK's most popular full colour Horror Entertainment magazines!

This edition sees Scream chats exclusively to director Adam Green about those entertaining Hatchet films, Christa Campbell about her past and present horrors, the legend that is Tom Savini, Simon Bamford about his role as Butterball in the Hellraiser franchise.

Paul Hyett tells all about The Seasoning House, there's an on set report for the upcoming UK indie horror White Settlers, plus the usual games, DVDs/Blu-rays, books, comics, festivals and much, much more!

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Werewolves, A Bunny Suit And Frozen Frights - July On The Horror Channel
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Monday 24th Jun 2013

Attack Of The WerewolvesSink your teeth into the Horror Channel’s Howling Mad! Season this July with UK TV premieres of Simeon Halligan's beastly chiller Splintered and Juan Martínez Moreno’s Spanish award-winning horror comedy Attack Of The Werewolves. Plus, there are second bites of channel werewolf favourites Ginger Snaps and 13HRS. That’s not to mention some very special Network premieres…

July 5th – Splintered
Whilst on a camping trip in Wales with a group of friends, Sophie (played by Holly Weston), a teenager with a troubled past, enters an abandoned building. But she is not alone. For prowling in the darkest corners is a dangerous being...a half-man, half-beas... »

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The ABC's Of Death - UK Release Date Confirmed
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 19th Jun 2013

The ABCs Of DeathMonster Pictures will release the acclaimed anthology movie The ABC's Of Death onto DVD and Blu-ray on July 22nd.

The ABC's Of Death is perhaps the most ambitious anthology film ever conceived with productions spanning fifteen countries and featuring segments directed by over two dozen of the world's leading talents in contemporary genre film, including the directors of House of the Devil, Hobo with a Shotgun, A Serbian Film, Tokyo Gore Police, You’re Next and four British Directors – Ben Wheatley (Sightseers), Simon Rumley (Red, White & Blue), Jake West (Doghouse) and Leeds based Lee Hardcastle, who with his claymation short, won a competition to be the final Director.

Insp... »

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SDCC Exclusive From Gentle Giant Ltd - The Faun From Pan's Labyrinth
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 19th Jun 2013

Faun_closeup_01Gentle Giant Ltd. have let us know about an amazing exclusive they've released at the world famous San Diago Comic Con which is happening now.

The Faun from Pan's Labyrinth is exclusive to SDCC 2013 and looks to be one of the finest pieces of merchandise to come from Guillermo del Toro's stunning film. The Faun in the movie was ordered to open the portals throughout the mortal world, including a forest in Spain, one that has stood for thousands of years. It was there that the Faun took root, patiently awaiting the Princess's return.

This amazing statue is digitally sculpted and cold cast using the finest quality synthetic polystone. A limited edition collectable, each hand-painted statue comes individually numbered and includes a matching certificate of authenticity.

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FrightFest 2013 Poster Revealed
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, News, Tuesday 18th Jun 2013

FrightFest Poster 2013Illustrator Graham Humphreys has created another classic image with this superb poster for this year's FrightFest.

The piece pays homage to the death of celluloid and pays respects to the passing of cinema's Peter Cushing and Ray Harryhausen.

Think you'll agree that this is another stunning poster and one that will be seen on countless t-shirts this August.

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Interviste Esclusiva a Jonathan Zarantonello
By Dave Macleod
Posted in: Interviews, Tuesday 18th Jun 2013

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Horror: Sin dagli esordi ti sei cimentato col cinema horror. Quando è nata questa passione?

E' nata da piccolo, quando i film horror passavano in tv in prima serata, ricordo ancora la trepidazione per le Notti Horror di Italia 1 e gli appuntamenti estivi con Zio Tibia! Purtroppo adesso in prima serata gli horror sono vietati e passa solo la pornografia del dolore e del successo per tutti.

Horror: C’è un episodio, una storia, un film particolare che ti ha avvicinato all’horror?

Il VHS di Non Aprite Quella Porta, VM18, che il padre di un amico ha noleggiato per noi. Freddy che mostra il guanto e dice: 'Tina, questo e' Dio!'. Tutti i film di Dario Argento, fino al primo tempo della Sindrome di Stendhal...

Horror: Il tuo primo lungometraggio, Medl... »

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Warm Bodies - Available Now
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 17th Jun 2013

Warm BodiesWho says romance is dead? An unlikely relationship between a beautiful human teen girl and a sensitive undead slacker sets off a chain of events with the power to transform the world... Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer and John Malkovich star in the zombie rom-com Warm Bodies, out to rent and own on DVD and Blu-ray from today.

A funny new twist on a classic love story, Warm Bodies is a poignant tale about the power of human connection. After a zombie epidemic, R (an unusual zombie who still has some feelings) encounters Julie (a human survivor), and rescues her from a zombie attack.

Julie sees that R is different from the other zombies, and as the two form a relationship in their struggle for survival, R becomes increasingly more human – setting off an exciting, romantic, and often comical chain... »

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World War Z: The Art Of The Film
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 17th Jun 2013

WWZ CoverWorld War Z is the eagerly awaited new film starring Brad Pitt and is based on the acclaimed book by Max Brooks. Pitt plays Gerald Lane, a United Nations employee, who traverses the world in a race against time to stop a pandemic that is toppling armies and governments and threatening to annihilate humanity itself. It hits cinemas on July 21st.

World War Z: The Art Of The Film from Titan Books is the official illustrated companion to the movie, and features a wealth of stunning production art, design sketches and storyboards, alongside the full shooting script. It hits bookstores tomorrow.

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The Mocking Dead, A Zombie Parody From Dynamite!
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 16th Jun 2013

The Mocking Dead Issu 1 coverFrom acclaimed Marvel Zombies writer Fred Van Lente comes The Mocking Dead! The Mocking Dead is a tongue-in-cheek look at the wildly popular zombie genre, with amazing interior art from Max Dunbar, coloured in a unique black, white, and red pattern. Featuring an incredible and unique design Zombie Caution cover by Bill Tortolini as well as a Subscription only cover from Max Dunbar himself, The Mocking Dead is available in comic book stores and digitally this coming September!

In The Mocking Dead #1 from Dynamite!, a small outbreak can turn into a worldwide apocalypse… but only through a long string of screw-ups. Once actual zombies begin popping up in our world, a lone i... »

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Film4 FrightFest 2013 Announces Opening And Closing Night Films
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, News, Saturday 15th Jun 2013

The Dead 2 - IndiaThis year's FrightFest opens with the world premiere of The Ford Brothers The Dead 2: India - the first-ever International production of a zombie film shot in India.

Howard and Jon Ford, the British director, writer and producer team behind the acclaimed African-set zombie road movie The Dead said today: "It's truly an honour to be the opening film – mind-blowing! Being at FrightFest for The Dead was such an incredible experience for us and one of the highlights of our whole journey with the film. It's an awesome event with a brilliant crowd and we both sincerely cannot wait to see you all there!".

The film follows the story of India-based American engineer Nicholas Burton (Joseph Millson) in a race against time to reach his pregnant girlfriend Ishani Shar... »

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Interview With Ryan Andrews Director Of Elfie Hopkins
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Monday 10th Jun 2013

Ryan AndrewsRyan Andrews is an up and coming director of note who gave the world the superb shocker Elfie Hopkins. The film stars father and daughter Ray and Jaime Winstone in their first movie together and its getting its UK TV premiere on June 22nd on the Horror Channel. We spoke to Ryan about this movie and his plans for the future.

HC: Did you know from a young age that you wanted to be a director?

RA: From a young age I actually wanted to be a vampire hunter, I was obsessed. I carried a briefcase with wooden stakes and crosses, I was a bad-ass 7 year-old obsessed with horror. My VHS collection was insane from the age of about five. My grandfather thought horror was a good way for me to see the difference between good and evil. As for directing, I d... »

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Hellraiser And Hellraiser II: Hellbound On The Big Screen
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 9th Jun 2013
BTTT HellraiserBack To The Theatre Film Screenings will be presenting an unmissable double bill on July 20th.

They will be showing both Hellraiser and Hellraiser II: Hellbound, with special guests Kenneth Cranham, Nicholas Vince, Simon Bamford and Geoff Portass.

The screening will take place at The Custard Factory, Birmingham and tickets are £20 per ticket.

For more information click here.

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Spider Baby - Finally On DVD And Blu-ray
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Friday 7th Jun 2013

Spider Baby CoverArrow Video is pleased to confirm the UK DVD and Worldwide Blu-ray premiere of Jack Hill's landmark debut feature film, Spider Baby, on Monday June 17th.

Finally available on Blu-ray for the very first time anywhere in the world, this stunning version of "the maddest story ever told" features a beautifully restored high-definition transfer, a process supervised and approved by Jack Hill himself.

Starring cult superstar Sid Haig (House Of 1000 Corpses) alongside Lon Chaney Jr. (The Wolf Man, Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein) in one of his last ever on-screen roles, Spider Baby tells the unfathomable story of three orphaned siblings who suffer from "Merrye Syndrome" – a condition which causes them to mentally, socially, ... »

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From The Director of The Ring Comes Death Game
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 4th Jun 2013

Death Game CoverBig Brother meets Battle Royale in the gripping game of survival Death Game, from the acclaimed director Hideo Nakata (The Ring).

Based on the best selling novel The Incite House – 7 Day Death Game this psychological thriller meets horror shows the terrible lengths that humans will go to to survive.

When ten strangers agree to an interview for the same lucrative job offer, they find themselves locked in an underground complex to take part in a psychological experiment for seven days. The group soon discovers that the pay is too good to be true when the horrifying specifics of the game are unveiled. Trust each other, kill, or be killed. The world watches while the contestants fight for their life in a sick and twisted survival of the fittest.... »

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Horror Channel Presents The Last Exorcism: Part 2 Facebook App
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Monday 3rd Jun 2013

The Last Exorcism 2 Facebook Small"He's still out there"

To celebrate the release of the superb sequel The Last Exorcism: Part 2 into cinemas on June 11th Horror Channel presents The Last Exorcism: Part 2 App for Facebook.

By clicking on the link at the top of Horror Channel's Facebook page you can try and win the scariest night of your life.

One lucky person, along with a friend will go along to an overnight Ghost Hunting Experience thanks to Haunted Happenings.

Other ghoulish goodies up for grabs are 10 copies of The Last Exorcism on DVD, a year’s subscription to Scream Magazine and 3 pairs of Black Death Headphones.

You can read full terms and conditions then fol... »

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James Hong's Cult Masterpiece The Vineyard Coming To DVD
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Saturday 1st Jun 2013

The VineyardArrow Video has confirmed that James Hong's intoxicating cult-horror classic The Vineyard will be released on DVD on Monday 10th June via their ArrowDrome imprint.

Crackpot scientist and celebrated winemaker Dr. Elson Po has made the ultimate discovery: the secret to everlasting life. As with all good things, however, there’s an inevitable downside; and a bunch of good-looking and horny youngsters, invited to Dr Po’s island under the premise of an "audition", are about to find out the hard way. As the vineyard starts to give up its dark secrets, these doomed teens will have to contend not only with Dr. Po and his kung-fu fighting henchmen but also with a rotting gang of marauding zombies!

A startlingly tongue-in-cheek mix of action, body-horror and undead terror, The Vineyard... »

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Interview With Rosie Fletcher Associate Editor Of Total Film And Judge On 666 Short Cuts To Hell Competition
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Thursday 30th May 2013

Rosie FletcherFrightFest and Movie Mogul, in association with Horror Channel, are challenging aspiring filmmakers to make a short horror film - the best six of which will be shown on Horror Channel and at the 2013 Film4 FrightFest event. Its called 666 Short Cuts To Hell Competition and the overall winner will receive a prize fund of £6,666 and the opportunity to develop a horror short or feature idea under mentorship from Movie Mogul, for a possible 2014 production.

Here one of the Judges and Associate Editor of Total Film Rosie Fletcher chats about what she likes to see in a horror film and what she thinks will be the next... »

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New From Devil's Advocates - The Descent
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 29th May 2013

The Descent Book CoverDevil's Advocates is a superb and acclaimed series of books that are devoted to exploring the classics of horror cinema. So far they have released titles about Let the Right One In (Anne Billson), Witchfinder General (Ian Cooper), Saw (Benjamin Poole) and The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (James Rose). Their latest title looks at the Brit flick The Descent and written by James Marriott.

The story of an all-female caving expedition that goes seriously wrong, The Descent returned to the horror genre a verve and intensity it hadn't seen since its 1970s heyday. Unlike its contemporaries (Hostel, Saw, etc.), The Descent was popular both commercially and critically, providing a genuine version of what its peer... »

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Horror Bites - June Edition
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Wednesday 29th May 2013

Horror BitesThe summer is finally here (!) and what better way to celebrate than to watch the latest edition of Horror Bites with our very own Emily Booth.

This month the Horror Channel has a smattering of UK TV premieres (Elfie Hopkins, Dear God No! and Bare Behind Bars), Network Premieres (George A Romero's Day Of The Dead, the remake of Night Of The Demons and Kill Zomie!) plus a season of movies that are the height of exploitation cinema that contains some old favourites.

Emily also let's us know which Director has been given their very own Director's Night this month.

So check out this e... »

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Vampirella - New Comic Book Series
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Saturday 25th May 2013

Vampirella Southern Gothic coverVampirella Southern Gothic VarientBy popular demand, Dynamite Entertainment is proud to expand their beloved Vampirella line with a new five-part miniseries, entitled Vampirella: Southern Gothic.

A tale of dark magic and mystery set against a Mississippi backdrop, the series features the writing talent of Nate Cosby and illustrations by Jose Luis.

The first issue will hit store shelves in August 2013, available in two cover editions: an art edition by Johnny Desjardins, and Subscription-Only photo var... »

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New Book From Telos - Still The Beast Is Feeding: Forty Years of Rocky Horror
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Friday 24th May 2013

Still The Beast Is Feeding The history of one of the most successful musicals ever is celebrated in Still The Beast Is Feeding: Forty Years of Rocky Horror, a superb new book from Telos Publishing.

Born in a tiny attic theatre on a dark and stormy night in the Summer of 1973, The Rocky Horror Show was an immediate hit with audiences and critics alike, and a much-needed shot in the arm for London's jaded theatre-scene.

Four decades on, Richard O'Brien's hilarious cross-dressing tribute to trashy B-movies, '50s sci-fi, sexual liberation, gothic horror and rock ’n’ roll has been seen in over 30 countries and translated into more than 20 languages, and it continues to pull in the crowds and attract legions of new fans, while the 1975 film version - now the longest co... »

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The Conjuring - New One Sheet And Trailer
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 23rd May 2013

The Conjuring One SheetStarring Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Ron Livingston, Lili Taylor, Joey King, Shanley Caswell, Haley McFarland, MacKenzie Foy, Kyla Deaver and Sterling Jerins, The Conjuring is the latest chiller from James Wan.

To the left is the brand new and rather wonderful one sheet poster.

Before there was Amityville, there was Harrisville.

Based on a true story, The Conjuring tells the horrifying tale of how renowned paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren were called upon to help a family terrorised by a dark presence in a secluded farmhouse.

Forced to confront a powerful demonic entity, the Warrens find themselves caught in the most terrifying case of their lives.

The Conjuring will be released on August 2nd... »

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Interview With John Shackleton, Managing Director Of Movie Mogul And Judge On 666 Short Cuts To Hell Competition
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Thursday 23rd May 2013

John ShackletonFrightFest and Movie Mogul, in association with Horror Channel, are challenging aspiring filmmakers to make a short horror film - the best six of which will be shown on Horror Channel and at the 2013 Film4 FrightFest event. Its called 666 Short Cuts To Hell Competition and the overall winner will receive a prize fund of £6,666 and the opportunity to develop a horror short or feature idea under mentorship from Movie Mogul, for a possible 2014 production.

Here one of the Judges and Managing Director of Movie Mogul John Shackleton talks about his career, what he looks for in a short movie and what features he h... »

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Winstones, Romero and Grindhouse - June On The Horror Channel
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Tuesday 21st May 2013

Elfie HopkinsRyan Andrews' tasty horror thriller, starring Jaime and Ray Winstone (on screen for the first time together), makes its TV debut on Saturday June 22, courtesy of Horror Channel.

A twisted tale of cannibalism set in a British rural hunting village, Elfie Hopkins stars Jaime Winstone as wannabe detective Elfie Hopkins, whose life changes when a mysterious family moves into her sleepy neighbourhood. Elfie’s appetite for gumshoe excitement is soon matched by the strange and exotic appetites of the sinister Gammons. But will anyone other than best friend Dylan Parker (Aneurin Barnard) and local butcher (Ray Winstone) believe her before their homeland turns into a cannibal holocaust!

Plus, there are UK TV premieres of three films that are part of the Friday night double-bil... »

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New Interview With Paul Andrew Williams Director Of Cherry Tree Lane
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Sunday 19th May 2013

Cherry Tree Lane CoupleThe gripping and truly brutal Brit-shocker Cherry Tree Lane (pictured) is getting its UK television premiere on May 25th on the Horror Channel. We decided to catch up its Director, Paul Andrew Williams about this film and his future projects.

HC: Where did the idea for Cherry Tree Lane come from?

PAW: You would read things in the news about tragic events such as this. I always wondered what it would actually be like if it happened in reality. It wouldn't be like a film, there would t be any accompanying music, and tough cop looking out for you or a panic room. It would be horrible, quick and at times terrifying as times mundane. That's the story I wanted to tell.

HC: It can be viewed as social comm... »

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Motel Hell - Now Open On DVD And Blu-ray
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 19th May 2013

Motel Hell CoverArrow Video recently released onto Blu-ray and DVD the cult horror-comedy masterpiece Motel Hell. Fully restored and finally available on Blu-ray for the very first time (anywhere in the world), the film is a prime cut of 1980's cult cinema. Directed by Englishman Kevin Connor and starring a host of drive-in movie legends, it’s a bloody, gruesome and horrific barrel of laughs.

As with previous critically acclaimed releases, including George A. Romero’s Knightriders, Mario Bava’s Baron Blood and Lucio Fulci’s Zombie Flesh Eaters, Motel Hell has been given the "Arrow treatment". In addition to the beautiful high-def restoration, this deluxe Blu-ray and DVD dual format edition will come complete with a wealth of special features ... »

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The Dead 2: India - New Trailer
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 15th May 2013

The Dead 2 IndiaThe Ford Brothers, the British director, writer and producer team behind the acclaimed African-set zombie road movie The Dead, are in post-production with The Dead 2: India – the first-ever International production of a zombie film shot in India.

"We have upped our game immensely in scale and adrenaline fuelled action sequences with some terrifying situations in locations never seen before in the genre. Strap in, and get ready for the epic journey." (Howard J Ford)

The Dead 2: India follows the story of American engineer Nicholas Burton (Joseph Millson) in a race against time to reach his pregnant girlfriend Ishani Sharma (Meenu). Burton enlists the help of an orphan street kid Javed (Anand Goyal) and together they make a perilous 300 mile... »

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Jonathan Glendening To Host A Special Screening Of The Elephant Man In Brighton
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 14th May 2013

Elephant Man Poster13HRS director Jonathan Glendening will be the host of a special screening of The Elephant Man at the Duke's Komedia cinema in Brighton on June 9th. He will also hold an onstage interview with its renowned make-up artist Christopher Tucker and Simon Treves, the great-great nephew of Sir Frederick Treves, the surgeon who looked after Joseph Merrick, The Elephant Man.

The Elephant Man, directed by David Lynch, was released in 1980 and starred John Hurt and Anthony Hopkins. It tells the true tale of a badly deformed young man in Victorian London, known in the film as John Merrick, and how he is taken under the wing of kind surgeon Frederick Treves. The Elephant Man is a magnificent film and a moving experience.

Ch... »

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Scream Issue 19 Details And Cover
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 14th May 2013

Scream Issue 19Here's an exclusive look at the July issue of Scream Magazine!

This edition has the magazine crew chatting exclusively to director Adam Green about those entertaining Hatchet films, Christa Campbell chats about her past and present horrors, the legend that is Tom Savini speaks, Simon Bamford talks about his role as Butterball in the Hellraiser franchise. Paul Hyett and Sean Pertwee tell us about The Seasoning House, we go on set for the upcoming UK indie horror White Settlers, it also takes a look at Adam Winguard's gory horror comedy You're Next plus the usual games, DVDs/Blu-rays, books, comics, festivals and much, much more!

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Brand New Interview With Paul Hyett Director Of The Seasoning House And Judge on 666 Short Cuts To Hell Competition
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Sunday 12th May 2013

PAUL HYETT PICTUREFrightFest and Movie Mogul, in association with Horror Channel, are challenging aspiring filmmakers to make a short horror film - the best six of which will be shown on Horror Channel and at the 2013 Film4 FrightFest event. Its called 666 Short Cuts To Hell Competition and the overall winner will receive a prize fund of £6,666 and the opportunity to develop a horror short or feature idea under mentorship from Movie Mogul, for a possible 2014 production.

Here one of the Judges, director Paul Hyett talks about his career, what he looks for in a short movie and his plans for the future.

HC: Did you know from a young age that you wanted to work in th... »

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Wonder Woman - May 20th On The Horror Channel
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Sunday 12th May 2013
Wonder Woman Image 1Wonder Woman, one of the most popular cult TV shows from the 70s makes its debut on the Horror Channel May 20th.

Fans will relish another chance to watch the unforgettable Linda Carter kick ass and ‘bust’ the bad guys.

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Horror Bites - May Edition
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Thursday 9th May 2013

Horror BitesThe latest edition of Horror Bites with Emily Booth is now ready to watch.

This month Emily takes a look at this month’s must see movie premieres including the occult chiller The Devil's Business, the apocalyptic gut-muncher Remains and the brutal urban shocker Cherry Tree Lane.

Also look out for Emily chatting about Harold's Going Stiff and our celebration of one of cinema's most enduring actors, Peter Cushing.

Emily also chats about Eli Roth's Director's Night which includes the cult classics City Of The Living Dead and Demons as well as our found footage season entitled Reel F... »

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Brand New Interview With Sean Hogan Director Of The Devil's Business
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Sunday 5th May 2013

Sean Hogan 2Sean Hogan is a multi-talented guy who is proving to be one of the true creatives working in the UK today. Horror Channel is proudly giving his acclaimed shocker The Devil's Business its UK TV premiere on May 11th. Here he chats about his career so far and what plans he has for the future.

HC: We last spoke in Feb 2011 when you were working on The Devil's Business, how did the project come together?

SH: It started almost as a challenge, in a way. I'd been waiting a long time for another project to come together, and out of sheer frustration, I had a meeting with my producer Jen Handorf one night and proposed that we made something for very little money, just to get back in the saddle. I'd recently seen Down Terrace and really liked ... »

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Horror Channel Celebrates Centenary Of Peter Cushing On May 26th
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Thursday 2nd May 2013

Peter CushingOn Sunday May 26th Horror Channel celebrates 100 years of the birth of one of the country's most beloved actors - Peter Cushing (OBE).

Peter Cushing Centenary Day will be devoted to some of the legendary actor's finest work, picked from a film and TV career which spanned 50 years and over 80 films.

Born on 26 May 1913, Cushing's career took off in the 50s and he is probably best known for his roles for Hammer Films – in particular the sinister scientist Baron Frankenstein and the vampire hunter Dr. Van Helsing.

But to younger generations he is also fondly remembered for his portrayal of Grand Moff Tarkin in Star Wars and for his many appearances as Sherlock Holmes.

The line-up:

10:00am - Fra... »

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World War Z Day At Forbidden Planet - With Max Brooks And Nimba Creations
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 1st May 2013

World War Z Book CoverJoin the good folk at Forbidden Planet's London Megastore on Thursday 23rd May for an afternoon of Zombie terror as Nimba Creations make up artist Tom Lauten demonstrates the art of Zombie make-up with two displays of undeath and wizardry.

The first Zombie make up demo starts at 13:30 and, while he's working, Tom will be talking about his work.

Then, at 15:30, Tom will make up a second Zombie!

But don't go away...

Because at 18:00 best-selling author Max Brooks will be signing the movie-tie in edition of World War Z!

If you go dressed as a zombie – make sure you’re in the queue by 6pm and you could be in with a chance to win a fantastic prosthetic face-mask worth over £500!

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Exclusive Interview With Keith Wright Director Of Harold's Going Stiff
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Tuesday 30th Apr 2013

Keith WrightDuring May the Horror Channel is proudly giving four fright flicks their UK TV premiere. The first is on this Saturday at 10.55pm, Keith Wright's superb shocker Harold's Going Stiff. We spoke to Keith about this acclaimed movie as well as his plans for the future.

HC: Did you know from a young age that you wanted to be a director?

KW: I was in my early teens when my parents hired a VHS machine and I started renting loads of films, mostly horror stuff that I was way too young to watch, like The Evil Dead, Basket Case and Deadly Spawn. I became a obsessed with monster movies, special effects and Fangoria and before long I started mucking around with an old Super8 camera.

HC: Where did the idea for the Harold's Gon... »

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Zombie War From IDW This October
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 28th Apr 2013

Zombie War CoverIDW Publishing has announced the publication of Zombie War! When the denizens of Earth's military cemeteries begin to rise from the dead, who will stop them? Over Zombie War's two giant-sized issues, Jina, a tough-as-nails fighter pilot sets about uncovering what reanimated these heavily armed monsters and more importantly, what will stop them!

"When longtime friend Tom Skulan (Fantaco Press) and I created the concept of Zombie War it was purely and completely out of LOVE of the genre, and when it came to bringing the vision to life, Eric Talbot was the only artist we wanted to work with!" said co-creator Kevin Eastman. "Man—what a great time we had with this story!"

The classic Zombie War series feat... »

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Texas Chainsaw 3D - Blu-ray Release Date
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 24th Apr 2013

Texas Chainsaw coverFear has many faces…

Lionsgate's Texas Chainsaw 3D continues the legendary story of the homicidal Sawyer family, picking up where Tobe Hooper's 1974 horror classic left off in Newt, Texas, where for decades people went missing without a trace. The townspeople long suspected the Sawyer family, owners of a local barbeque pit, were somehow responsible. Their suspicions were finally confirmed one hot summer day when a young woman escaped the Sawyer house following the brutal murders of her four friends. Word around the small town quickly spread, and a vigilante mob of enraged locals surrounded the Sawyer stronghold, burning it to the ground and killing every last member of the family - or so they thought.

Years later and hundreds of miles away from the original massacre... »

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Exclusive Interview With Journalist, Producer And Director Calum Waddell
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Sunday 21st Apr 2013

Calum WaddellWay back in 2008 we spoke to journalist Calum Waddell about his work reporting on the horror entertainment world. Since then Calum has begun to work on creating acclaimed extras for DVD and Blu-ray releases of cult movies. More recently Calum has produced and directed the cracking documentary Slice And Dice: The Slasher Film Forever so we decided it was time to catch up with this talented fellow.

HC: Have you always been a fan of the hack n' slash genre?

CW: You bet I am mate! In fact, I grew up with these films. I still remember renting all the Friday The 13th movies when I was just ten years old and lapping them up because they are really just live action cartoons. They always reminded me of Road Runner - if Road Runner has a hockey mask and we... »

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Stunning UK TV Premieres On The Horror Channel In May
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Sunday 21st Apr 2013

s Going StiffHorror fans can sink their teeth into all things dark and dangerous as the menacing month of May ushers in three exciting UK TV premieres - Sean Hogan's haunting The Devil's Business, Colin Theys' apocalyptic zombie thriller Remains, Keith Wright's touching horror comedy Harold's Going Stiff (pictured) plus the urban shocker Cherry Tree Lane from Paul Andrew Williams.

May 4th – Harold's Going Stiff
Keith Wright's very funny and surprisingly touching tale investigates a mystery illness turning men in the north of England into something resembling bloodthirsty ghouls. One such victim is Harold (Stan Rowe), an old man whose transformation into something sub-human might just be arrested b... »

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The Last Exorcism: Part 2 - New Trailer
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 21st Apr 2013

TLEP2 QuadProduced By Eli Roth and starring Ashley Bell, Julia Garner, Andrew Sensenig and Judd Lormand, The Last Exorcism: Part 2 will hit UK cinemas on July 7th.

Deep in rural Louisiana, Nell Sweetzer awakens from a horrific chain of events with no recollection of what went before.

Unable to remember her terrifying exorcism, and with the footage from her ordeal making its way out into the world, she is forced to confront the return of the demonic evil that seeks to consume her; this time it doesn’t intend to fail.

This chilling sequel to the Box Office Number 1 The Last Exorcism is directed by award winning Ed Gass-Donnelly, and sees Independent Spirit Award Nominee Ashley Bell reprise her acclaimed role as the troubled and tortured Nell.

Below is the brand new trailer.

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Peter Cushing - A Life In Film
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 18th Apr 2013

Peter Cushing Book CoverDavid Miller's Peter Cushing: A Life in Film is the definitive account of Cushing's remarkable career published to coincide with the centenary of his birth.

Packed with scores of rare photographs, drawing upon conversations with his friends and colleagues, and from previously unpublished correspondence with Cushing himself, this is a unique insight in to the career of the acclaimed British actor.

From Dracula to Star Wars and beyond, Peter Cushing was an unforgettable presence in cult cinema of the fifties, sixties and seventies. He remains, 100 years after his birth, one of Britain’s best-loved film stars; "all my friends wanted to be Christopher Lee and I wanted to be Peter Cushing" – Daniel Radcliffe.

David Miller has co... »

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Dario Argento: The Man, The Myths & The Magic - Book Review
By James Whittington
Posted in: Reviews, Thursday 18th Apr 2013

Dario Argento Book CoverDario Argento: The Man, The Myths & The Magic

Alan Jones

FAB Press

ISBN 97819032534707

One of the first books I reviewed was Profondo Argento some 9 years ago. This large softback from Alan Jones was a stunning and candid look at the work of Dario Argento and in my humble opinion raised the benchmark for such titles. Now Jones has returned to his celebrated book, added brand new chapters and re-issued it under a new title and has done the impossible; improved what was already a stunning a book.

Now split into two parts, Primo Tempo (the original text) and Secondo Tempo (the new bits) Dario Argento: The Man, The Myths & The Magic grabs the reader by the hand and takes them on an unprecedented over-v... »

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From Rob Zombie Comes The Lords Of Salem
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 17th Apr 2013

Lords of SalemFrom the producers of Paranormal Activity and Insidious comes writer-director Rob Zombie's most highly anticipated shocker to date - a brilliantly envisioned and haunting tale of witchcraft and Satanism, The Lords Of Salem.

A former drug user, Heidi is now clean and works as a rock DJ at the local radio station along with fellow DJs, Herman Whitey Salvador and Herman Jackson. Following one of their regular evening shows, Heidi receives a square wooden box containing a vinyl record, the only indication as to its origin is a note proclaiming "A gift from the Lords". Assuming it is merely a PR stunt by an ambitious band, Heidi gives the record a spin and immediately begins to experience bizarre flashbacks to a past, long-forgotten trauma triggered by the haunting sounds containe... »

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The Collection - Coming To DVD
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 15th Apr 2013

The CollectionFrom the writers of Saw IV, V, VI and 3D comes the thrilling sequel to The Collector that works just as well as a standalone film. Tense, terrifying and packed full of action The Collection will have you on the edge of your seat - or hiding behind it!

When Elena is talked into attending an underground warehouse party with her friends, she finds herself caught in a nightmarish trap where the revelers are mowed, sliced and crushed to death by a macabre series of contraptions operated by a masked psychopath. When the grisly massacre is over, Elena is the only survivor. But before she can escape, she is locked in a trunk and transported to an unknown location.

Fortunately for Elena, one man - Arkin - knows exactly where she’s headed, having ju... »

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The House Of Psychotic Women - Book Review
By James Whittington
Posted in: Reviews, Friday 12th Apr 2013

House Of Psychotic WomenThe House Of Psychotic Women: An Autobiographical Topography of Female Neurosis in Horror and Exploitation Films

Kier-La Janisse

FAB Press

ISBN 9781903254691

£19.99

FAB Press once more show great originality with this astonishing release. Written by Kier-La Janisse it covers the topic of female neurosis in horror and exploitation film genres whilst also reflecting on her own personal experiences.

Yes, this isn't just about films that explore neurotic women on celluloid; it's also a personal account of growing up in a family unit that's consistently evolving, exploding and is heartbreakingly unpredictable and raw. Emotional, disturbing, intelligent, and engaging, Janisse's existence unfolds before us as she... »

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Army of Darkness Vs. Hack/Slash - New From Dynamite Entertainment
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Friday 12th Apr 2013

AoD Vs HaS CoverDynamite Entertainment is proud to announce that Cassie, the star of Tim Seeley's most famous creation, Hack/Slash, will be crossing-over with Ash from the Army of Darkness, in a new series written by Hack/Slash creator Tim Seeley! Featuring covers by Tim Seeley himself, his Hack/Slash co-creator Stefano Casello, the acclaimed Ben Templesmith, and a special cover by Chris Eliopolis, Army of Darkness Vs. Hack/Slash #1 is not to be missed when it arrives in-stores and digitally this July 2013!

In Army of Darkness Vs. Hack/Slash #1, after the events of the Hack/Slash series, Cassie Hack is doing her best to live a normal life when a Deadite attack forces Cassie back into action. But she's not alone! Meet Cassie's new par... »

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Brand New Interview With Adam Rifkin Co-Director Of Chillerama
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Thursday 11th Apr 2013
Adam Rifkin

The superb shocker Chillerama was given its UK Television premiere last month on the Horror Channel and can be seen on April 11th. This comic horror anthology was directed by four of the most talented directors around at the moment; Adam Rifkin, Joe Lynch, Adam Green and Tim Sullivan.

Over four nights we're posting interviews with these fine fellows about this movie and what other projects they're working on. Tonight it's the turn of Adam Rifkin.

HC: Did you know from an early age that you wanted to be working in the film industry?

AR: I grew up loving movies from as early an age as I can remember. My first love was monster movies. The classics; Frankenstein, Dracula, etc. I figured out pretty early on that someone had to behind making... »

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Brand New Interview With Joe Lynch Co-Director Of Chillerama
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Wednesday 10th Apr 2013

Joe Lynch CHillerama PicThe superb shocker Chillerama was given its UK Television premiere last month on the Horror Channel and can be seen on April 11th. This comic horror anthology was directed by four of the most talented directors around at the moment; Adam Rifkin, Joe Lynch, Adam Green and Tim Sullivan.

Over four nights we're posting interviews with these fine fellows about this movie and what other projects they're working on. Tonight it's the turn of Joe Lynch.

HC: Are you a big fan of the old horror anthology movies of the 60s and 70s?

JL: Honestly, I was aware of those older anthologies like the original Tales From The Crypt movie and the Amicus stuff, but I grew up with Creepshow, Nightma... »

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The Sixth Leeds Zombie Film Festival - Update
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 9th Apr 2013

The Sixth Leeds Zombie Film FestivalDominic Brunt and Mark Charnock, Emmerdale's Paddy and Marlon and complete Zombie obsessives, bring you the sixth Leeds Zombie Film Festival at the Cottage Road Cinema, Headingley on April 21st.

Running from noon till midnight the duo promise a great night out (but not for the whole family!) Dominic and Mark will give a short intro to each film and explain why it was chosen.

The movies will be both old and new, giving fans of zombie culture a chance to see classics from the past on the big screen for the first time and some more recent contributions to the genre that may have passed many fans by.

The film line up will be announced soon. For more details and prices ... »

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Brand New Interview With Tim Sullivan Co-Director Of Chillerama
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Tuesday 9th Apr 2013

Tim SullivanThe superb shocker Chillerama was given its UK Television premiere last month on the Horror Channel and can be seen on April 11th. This comic horror anthology was directed by four of the most talented directors around at the moment; Adam Rifkin, Joe Lynch, Adam Green and Tim Sullivan.

Over the next four nights we're posting brand new interviews with these fine fellows about this movie and what other projects they'’re working on. Tonight it's the turn of Tim Sullivan.

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

TS: Pretty much yeah. Once I saw Bela Lugosi as Dracula on television when I was five years old, I just KNEW I had to mak... »

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Ash - Book Review
By James Whittington
Posted in: Reviews, Tuesday 9th Apr 2013

Ash Book CoverAsh

James Herbert

Pan

ISBN - 100230706967

RRP - £7.99

Any release from James Herbert was worth taking notice of and Ash, which was released a few days before his untimely death, is one of his finest titles. It contains all of the skilful plotting and crowd pleasing chills that he was rightly renowned for, but it also dips its toe very much into the happenings in the world today.

David Ash - detective of the paranormal - is sent to the mysterious Comraich Castle, secluded deep in the Scottish countryside, to investigate a strange, high-profile case: a man has been found crucified in a room that was locked. The reports suggest that the cliff-top castle is being haunted. Who or what is the reclusi... »

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Deadbeat: Makes You Stronger - New From Guy Adams
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 8th Apr 2013

Deadbeat coverDeadbeat: Makes You Stronger is the first in a new series of horror detective novels from celebrated writer Guy Adams, the man behind the acclaimed tie-in books for the Life On Mars television series and Sherlock Holmes, The Breath Of God and The Army of Doctor Moreau.

Max and Tom are old, old friends, who used to be actors… in a dark suburban churchyard one night they see a group of men are loading a coffin into the back of a van. But, why would you be taking a full coffin away from a graveyard and, more importantly, why is the occupant still breathing? Tom and Max are on the case. God help us...

Deadbeat: Makes You Stronger will be released in May thanks to Titan Books.

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Horror Channel - New On Air Look
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Monday 8th Apr 2013

HORROR_160x160CBS Chello Zone Channels UK are launching a new on air look for all channels in its entertainment portfolio – CBS Reality, CBS Drama, CBS Action and the Horror Channel - featuring sleek cutting edge idents that reinforce the distinctive identity of each channel.

Chris Sharp, Chief Programming Officer for CBS Chello Zone Channels Partnership said: "We are enhancing the on air look with a series of new channel identities. By introducing more 3D elements, colour gradients and combining them with CGI and live action, we have created a series of channel identities with high production values that stand ou... »

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Slice and Dice: The Slasher Film Forever - New DVD Doc
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Friday 5th Apr 2013

Slice And Dice CoverEver since Alfred Hitchcock created Psycho in 1960 the story of a weapon-wielding madman - stalking and slaughtering helpless victims - has become a fixture of fear flicks and bludgeoned bombastic box office takings worldwide.

Slice and Dice: The Slasher Film Forever takes an often irreverent look at this much-maligned, and frequently misunderstood, genre with commentary from some of the form's most celebrated filmmakers. Cutting an immediate presence on the screen, this delirious documentary delves into the history of hack 'em up cinema, investigates the rules of this teen-trepanning terror trend and even gives some pointers into how to survive a stint in the genre.

Frequently funny, delightfully disgusting and always engaging, Slice and Dice: ... »

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More UK TV Premieres This April On The Horror Channel
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Wednesday 3rd Apr 2013

BereavementApril sees Horror Channel broadcast a trio of UK TV premieres; Steven Mena's critically-acclaimed psychological slasher Bereavement (pictured), Kelly Smith's serial killer shocker Don't Let Him In and Stig Svendsen's white-knuckle suspense thriller Elevator.

Here’s the what you need to know and each one starts at 10.55pm.

April 6th - Bereavement
This gripping story of a child who is abducted and forced to bear witness to a madman's crimes is American director Steven Mena's prequel to his previous film Malevolence. Starring Michael Biehn, Alexandra Daddario, John Savage and Nolan Gerard Funk, Mena successfully creates an epic horror tale about one person's nightmarish descent into a... »

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The Conjuring - New One Sheet
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 3rd Apr 2013

The Conjuring One SheetStarring Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Ron Livingston, Lili Taylor, Joey King, Shanley Caswell, Haley McFarland, MacKenzie Foy, Kyla Deaver and Sterling Jerins, The Conjuring is the latest chiller from James Wan.

Before there was Amityville, there was Harrisville.

Based on a true story, The Conjuring tells the horrifying tale of how renowned paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren were called upon to help a family terrorised by a dark presence in a secluded farmhouse.

Forced to confront a powerful demonic entity, the Warrens find themselves caught in the most terrifying case of their lives.

The Conjuring will be released on July 19th.

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Tom Six To Judge 666 Short Cuts to Hell‏
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Saturday 23rd Mar 2013
666Tom Six, currently in the States shooting Human Centipede 3, will help select the winner of the 666 Short Cuts to Hell short film competition, fronted by FrightFest and Movie Mogul, in association with Horror Channel. Six said today that he was 'delighted' and 'flattered' to be invited to join the panel and was looking forward to hopefully meeting the six finalists winner at this year's FrightFest event in August. Rosie Fletcher, Total Film Magazine’s genre expert, will make up the ‘6 of the best’ panel, which also includes filmmaker/Special Make-up Effects expert Paul Hyett. Horror Channel presenter Emily Booth, FrightFest director Paul McEvoy and Movie Mogul’s John Shackleton. The hottest short film competition around challenges aspiring filmmakers to make a short horror fi... »
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Monster Massacre - Coming Soon To Comic Stores
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 21st Mar 2013

monster_massacreJoe Simon! Jack Kirby! Andy Kuhn! Dave Dorman! Alex Horley! Mark A Nelson! Sami Basri! Ron Marz! Tom Raney! Vito Delsante! Javier Aranda! Dave Wilkins! Ian Edginton! D'Israeli!, and many more star in new graphic novel anthology series!

Titan Comics and ATOMEKA are pleased to announce the release of the first volume of a brand-new graphic novel series, Monster Massacre - a SF and fantasy anthology headed up by A1 creator Dave Elliott and starring the greatest comics talent: past, present and future!

Monster Massacre is an epic, heart attack inducing, spanky new graphic anthology series for fans of science fiction, fantasy, big monsters and all-out mayhem!

Hitting book stores on September 11th, Monster Massacre Vol.1... »

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Author James Herbert Dies Aged 69
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 20th Mar 2013

It is with great sadness that we report that respected author James Herbert has died at the age of 69. Herbert gave the world many classic titles such as The Rats, The Fog, Fluke and more recently The Secret Of Crickley Hall and Ash, all delivered with his deliciously distinctive style and keen eye for chilling detail.

Creative and inventive his work thrilled millions, influenced countless writers and his books regularly hit the best-seller list. His dedication to the written word was recognised on 2010 when he received an OBE from the Queen.

Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

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Scream Presents iSCREAM
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 19th Mar 2013

screamScream Magazine recently launched iSCREAM digital magazine.

The first ever Scream 'Best Of' Annual was printed 2 years ago is NOW finally available for digital download! Over 8,000 copies of the book have been sold all over the world since it was released in December 2011 and now it can be yours at a click of a button.

It contains 108 pages of full colour interviews, film retrospectives, gore and more can now be yours for £5.54, is ready to read on your iPhone, iPad, Mac or PC and not for sale to minors.

For more information click here.

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The Bay - DVD Review
By James Whittington
Posted in: Reviews, Sunday 17th Mar 2013

thebayThe Bay - DVD Review

Momentum

Certificate 15

Extras: Inside The Bay - Featurette, Trailers

The found footage genre has been around for sometime and was starting to look a little stale. Luckily The Bay has arrived injecting some originality into it. It’s even more surprising to learn that it comes from the director of Rain Man.

The quaint coastal town of Claridge, Maryland thrives on the safe, tranquil and abundant waters of Chesapeake Bay. During their annual Independence Day celebrations, a gruesome plague is unleashed, quickly infecting the residents and turning them against each other.

Bloody and graphic, The Bay comes from the producers of Sinister and award winner Director Barry L... »

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Exclusive Interview With Artist Matt Dixon
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Tuesday 12th Mar 2013

Matt DixonMatt Dixon is one of the most in demand concept artists and illustrators around. His work has graced some of the most popular gaming titles around as well as specially commissioned poster art and comic strip covers.

His latest book, Girls On Top 2: More Pin Up Art has just been released with a foreword by legendary scream queen Caroline Munro and is a collection of pieces inspired by different sci-fi and horror genres. Here he chats about his career and plans for the future.

HC: Did you know from an early age that you wanted to be an artist?

MD: Well I always knew that I wanted to draw. For as long as I can remember it's been my favourite way to spend time but my motivation was always just the pleasure of exercising my imagination. It never occurred ... »

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The Tall Man Strides Onto DVD And Blu-ray
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 7th Mar 2013

TheTallManFeaturing an outstanding performance from Hollywood starlet Jessica Biel, chilling thriller The Tall Man strides onto Blu-ray and DVD from 11th March courtesy of Koch Media.

The Tall Man is set in Cold Rock, U.S.A. - on the surface just a small town like any other. However, the residents of Cold Rock are quietly living with a horrible truth: their children keep disappearing, leaving neither a clue nor a witness. Whilst the police are no closer to finding out why, some of the more superstitious locals whisper tales of The Tall Man, a legendary, mysterious dark figure who takes children away never to be seen again.

So when local nurse Julia (Jessica Biel), wakes one night to find her son David's bed empty, all her worst fears are realised. Is the dark figure she sees es... »

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Evil Dead II - Blu-ray Edition News
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 5th Mar 2013
Evil Dead 2 Blu-ray ImageAhead of the theatrical release of the much anticipated remake of the 1981 cult-hit horror film, Studiocanal will be releasing a special edition of Evil Dead II on Blu-ray on April 15th. From horror master Sam Raimi (Drag Me To Hell) and starring the effervescent Bruce Campbell (Army of Darkness), this Blu-ray edition contains great special features new to the UK!

Ash, (Campbell), the sole survivor of The Evil Dead, takes his girlfriend Linda (Denise Bixler) to a secluded cabin in the woods where he plays back a professor’s tape recorded recitation of passages from the Book of the Dead. The spell calls up an evil force from the woods that turns Linda into a monstrous Deadite, and threatens to do the same to Ash. He is forced to single-... »

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Horror Channel Brings Chillerama and Penumbra To UK TV Screens
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Monday 4th Mar 2013

chilleramaAdrian Garcia Bogliano's creepy thriller Penumbra and the US horror fantasy anthology Chillerama (pictured) will receive their UK TV premieres on Horror Channel - which is a treat for genre fans as the films are not currently available on DVD in the UK. That's not all for March also features the spectacular Monster Mash season.

Fridays from March 8th - Monster Mash Season
This creature filled season of double-billers celebrating the very best in Monster Mayhem kicks off with a desert dwelling shapeshifter The Bone Snatcher versus a three headed ravenous alien in the 80's classic The Deadly Spawn.

Then on March 15th get ready to quake in your boots as a prehi... »

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Deadly Blessing - Special Edition Blu-ray And DVD
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Saturday 2nd Mar 2013

deadly_blessingArrow Video are pleased to announce that the Blu-ray and DVD deluxe edition of Wes Craven's American horror classic, Deadly Blessing, will be released in the UK on Monday March 25th.

When Martha marries Tom, she leaves her LA lifestyle behind and the pair settle-down on an isolated farm, appropriately named "Our Blessing". Before entering into wed-lock, Tom was part of a close-knit sect known as Hittite, a hard-core working community (even more aggressive than the Amish) who think that all modern machinery is the work of the devil. Martha feels shunned by the Hittite members and is treated as an outsider by its fanatical members... When Tom is mysteriously and tragically killed by a tractor, one such machine forbidden by Hittite, things take a much darker turn... After Tom's funeral, and... »

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The Bay Is Coming
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 28th Feb 2013

thebay

The Bay is coming to UK DVD and Blu-ray on Monday 18 March 2013 after making a splash at Glasgow FrightFest and hitting cinemas on 1 March.

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water, you find out you can' even drink it! The producers of horror hits Sinister and Insidious and the award-winning director of Rain Man, Barry Levinson, team up to deliver a stark, disturbing and truly nerve-shredding tale of an ecological nightmare.

The quaint coastal town of Claridge, Maryland thrives on the safe, tranquil and abundant waters of Chesapeake Bay. During their annual Independence Day celebrations, a gruesome plague is unleashed, quickly infecting the residents and turning them against each other.

A brutal and harrowing creature feature for the 21st ce... »

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Lake Placid: The Final Chapter - Snapping onto DVD March 25‏
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 27th Feb 2013

lake_placidHorror icon Robert Englund, Yancy Butler and Elisabeth Röhm battle the most blood-thirsty, monster crocodiles on earth in the final installment of the Lake Placid franchise. Lake Placid: The Final Chapter debuts on DVD March 25 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

The crocs are back... and they're bigger, badder and more brutal than ever. After the deadly predators' last vicious attack, the government prevented their extermination. Sealed away in a nature preserve, they've been growing to record size, awaiting their next chance to feast on human flesh. Now, when a high school swim team takes a wrong turn directly into the crocs hunting grounds... dinner is served.

As the teens race to avoid the hungry reptiles, they become caught in a showdown between a rogue game warden (Butler... »

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Before Dawn - DVD Review
By James Whittington
Posted in: Reviews, Sunday 24th Feb 2013

before_dawnBefore Dawn - DVD Review

Metrodome

Certificate 18

Extras: Making Of Feature, Outtakes, Raw Footage, Trailer, Director's Commentary

There are many husband and wife teams out there in the entertainment industry, but few have delivered such a stunning feature movie debut as Dominic Brunt and Joanne Mitchell. Before Dawn is an emotional and brutal horror movie that crosses genres, taking the shambling zombie into more dramatic territory.

Alex (Brunt) and Meg's (Mitchell) 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... »

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I Didn't Come Here To Die - Release Date Announced
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 24th Feb 2013

I-Didnt-Come-Here-To-DieOne of the most original and acclaimed horror films of recent years, I Didn't Come Here To Die makes its debut on DVD courtesy of Second Sight Films.

Written and directed by Bradley Scott Sullivan in his directorial debut and starring a cast of hot, fresh young talent including Indiana Adams (Friday Night Lights), Kurt Cole (Up & Down) Madi Goff (A Thousand Cuts) and Travis Scott Newman (Live Fast Die Young), this sharp horror will be released on DVD on 15 April 2013.

Six young volunteers set up camp in the middle of nowhere to work on a project for kids. A little too much booze and one horrific, stomach-churning accident spark a series of outrageous events. Alone in the woods guilt and paranoia begin to take hol... »

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Dracula - Watch A Clip From The New Blu-ray Release
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 24th Feb 2013

draculaHammer, Icon Film Distribution and Lionsgate are proud to present a major event in British film history. Terence Fisher's 1958 classic Dracula, fully restored in High Definition and available on Blu-ray and DVD for the first time. The release will contain two versions of the feature (seamlessly branched on the Blu-ray): The 2007 BFI restoration plus the 2012 Hammer restoration, which adds additional footage that has been unavailable for decades.

The additional footage comprises two of the scenes that were originally censored by the BBFC in 1958 that have now been restored to the film from the "Japanese reels":
•Dracula's seduction of Mina
•Dracula's sunlight disintegration

These will be the most complete versions ever released and taken together fully deserving of the description DE... »

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Interview With Actress And Producer Joanne Mitchell
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Sunday 24th Feb 2013

jo_mitchellJoanne Mitchell is an accomplished actress who has appeared in countless TV shows. She's also an established writer and Producer but at the moment she's battling zombies in the stunning gut-munching shocker Before Dawn which has been directed by her husband Dominic Brunt. Here, Joanne chats about the movie, how she came up with the initial idea for it and her plans for the future.

HC: Before Dawn was born out of a conversation you and your husband Dominic were having about zombie films, are you a fan of the genre?

JM: I don't think I was ever really a 'fan' of the zombie genre, however I do feel I have been slowly converted since making Before Dawn! If only because I'm intrigued now and want to see how others made them. I do actually find ... »

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Scanners - Coming To Blu-ray
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Saturday 23rd Feb 2013

scannersScanners, one of the most iconic horror films of the eighties from legendary director David Cronenberg comes to Blu-ray for the first time in a highly collectable limited edition steelbook thanks to Second Sight Films.

Drifter Cameron Vale (Stephen Lack) is plagued by incessant voices in his head unaware that he is a Scanner –a person with extraordinary powers who can not only read minds but literally tear them apart. He soon encounters Dr Paul Ruth (Patrick McGoohan), a scientist trying to help his kind adapt to society but another underground movement of Scanners led by the psychotic Derryl Revok (Michael Ironside), have other intentions and the ultimate confrontation of minds awaits.

This cult classic horror comes to Blu-ray as a limited edition steelbook along with a DVD release on 8 April com... »

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Dominic Brunt's Before Dawn To Be Released On Monday
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Saturday 23rd Feb 2013

Before DawnDominic Brunt (Emmerdale) teams up with wife Joanne Mitchell for his directorial debut, 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, non stop gruesome nightmare. As panic... »

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Scream Magazine Issue 17 Details
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Friday 22nd Feb 2013

Scream March IssueScream Magazine has just announced their front cover art for next month's new issue. This one is an Evil Dead Special Edition to celebrate the April cinema release. Inside there is an exclusive interview with horror legend Bruce Campbell who talks about the Evil Dead franchise and the new remake and also Fede Alvarez, the remakes director gives us the lowdown on what genre fans can expect.

Staying on the interview front, Eli Roth discusses The Last Exorcism Part 2 and his upcoming cannibal movie The Green Inferno and 2014's vampire horror Harker plus Michael J Bassett talks Silent Hill: Revelations 3D and French director Franck Khalfoun talks about next months stalk n' slash horror Maniac. Plus there's all the usual DVD/Blu-ray... »

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Horror Channel, Frightfest & Movie Mogul Team Up To Launch Nationwide Search For New Filmmakers
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, News, Thursday 21st Feb 2013

666Can you make a short film that can cut it in hell? Have you got some killer ideas?

FrightFest and Movie Mogul, in association with Horror Channel, are challenging aspiring filmmakers to make a short horror film - the best six of which will be shown on Horror Channel and at the 2013 Film4 FrightFest event. The overall winner will receive a prize fund of £6,666 and the opportunity to develop a horror short or feature idea under mentorship from Movie Mogul, for a possible 2014 production.

666 Short Cuts To Hell is no ordinary film competition though. Entrants will have to follow a series of 'killer' restraints such as a maximum of 6 lines of dialogue, a maximum of 6 cast of and crew members and a maximum budget of £666.

Chris Sharp, Chief Operating Officer for CBS... »

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Ross Noble Is Stitches
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 19th Feb 2013

Stitches Blu-ray CoverStitches, starring funny man Ross Noble, and directed by Conor Mcmahon (Dead Meat) is the black-comedy horror that became one of the most talked about films of 2012.

The film received its World Premiere at 2012's FrightFest, winning Total Film's "Best Death" award. See why when the DVD and Blu-ray hit shelves on 4th March.

Jaded Richard Grindle is the sleaziest clown working the children's party circuit in Ireland. Arriving late to one birthday, his timing is off, the bratty kids a nightmare and a prank goes horribly wrong - he falls on a kitchen knife and goes to that Big Top in the sky.

Years later the same nasty kids attend another more grown up bash. Little do they know, thanks to a black magic clown cult, Stitches will be the uni... »

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The Bay - Will You Dare Visit?
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 17th Feb 2013

The BayJust when you thought it was safe to go back in the water, you find out you can't even drink it! The producers of horror hits Sinister and Insidious and the award-winning director of Rain Man team up to deliver a stark, disturbing and truly nerve-shredding tale of an ecological nightmare, The Bay.

The quaint coastal town of Claridge, Maryland thrives on the safe, tranquil and abundant waters of Chesapeake Bay. During their annual Independence Day celebrations, a gruesome plague is unleashed, quickly infecting the residents and turning them against each other.

Veteran Hollywood blockbuster director Barry Levinson brings real pedigree to the horror genre utilising a variety of footage formats - from mobile phones, TV reports and CCTV to 911 recordings and web cam transmissions - ... »

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Interview With Dominic Brunt Director And Star Of Before Dawn
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Sunday 17th Feb 2013

dominic_bruntDominic Brunt is known to millions as Paddy from the hit ITV soap Emmerdale. Last year he brought his stunning directorial debut Before Dawn to FrightFest and gained a new legion of fans. This superb zombie shocker was a real highlight and is due for release onto DVD on February 25th.

We caught up with Dom to talk about making his first feature, of showing the movie at festivals and what plans he has for the future.

HC: You're a massive fan of the zombie genre, what are your top three gut-munching movies?

DB: I watch an awful lot of awful zombie films in preparation for the Leeds Zombie Film Festival (now in its sixth year). There are so many brilliant and original ones that stick out from the pile though. Obviously Dawn Of The ... »

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New From Devil's Advocates - The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Friday 15th Feb 2013

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre BookDevil's Advocates has released information of the next book in their superb range of titles that look at horror movie classics, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. Written by respected author James Rose this is an astonishing dissection of one of the most acclaimed horror movies ever made.

No-one who has ever seen the original The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) is ever likely to forget the experience. An intense fever dream (or nightmare), it is remarkable for its sense of sustained threat and depiction of an insane but nonetheless (dys)functional family on the furthest reaches of society who have regressed to cannibalism in the face of economic hardship.

As well as providing a summary of the making of the f... »

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Sinister - DVD Review
By James Whittington
Posted in: Reviews, Wednesday 13th Feb 2013

sinisterSinister - DVD

DVD, Blu-ray, Download

Momentum Pictures

Certificate 15

Extras: Two Commentaries, Crime Authors Feature, House Of Death Feature, Fear Experiment, Trailers

Dark with just the right amount of plot twists, Sinister was one of the real highlights of FrightFest 2012. Directed with thought by Scott Derrickson, the film is a smart idea taken to a nerve-shredding conclusion.

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 batch of home movies in the ... »

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Return Of The Living Dead - Re-Animator Screening‏: New Poster
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 13th Feb 2013

ROFTD and R-A PosterOn the 23rd of February 2013, BBFA Screenings presents 'Fright Nights' and are holding a double feature feast that even the dead would have trouble devouring. The 80s cult classics Return Of The Living Dead (1985) and Re-Animator (1985) will be shown at The Custard Factory, Theatre, Birmingham, on the big screen.

Before the screenings of the films, the event will kick off with a Meet and Greet session with Don Calfa, best known for playing Ernie in Return Of The Living Dead and Paulie in Weekend At Bernie's; and Graphic designer, Graham Humphreys, who has brought to you some of the most iconic posters of all time, A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984 UK Quad), The Evil Dead (1 and 2's UK quads) and supplied the cracking poster that you can see atthe top... »

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The Last Exorcism Part II - New Quad Poster
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 6th Feb 2013

The Last Exorcism 2 QuadCast your eyes to the left and you'll see the lovely new quad poster for The Last Exorcism Part II.

In cinemas from the 15th March, the film picks up where its predecessor left off, with Nell (Ashley Bell) trying to recollect what occurred as she awakens from the terrifying events of the original movie.

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Alfred Hitchcock - In His Own Words
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 5th Feb 2013

Alfred Hitchcock In His own Words"I once made a movie, rather tongue-in-cheek, called 'Psycho'…..It was a big joke. I was horrified to find that some people would take it seriously…"

Hitchcock: In His Own Words is a fascinating, inspiring and often amusing collection of archive interviews spanning more than 30 years, Alfred Hitchcock reveals secrets of the making of Psycho and what he really thinks of stars and method actors.

In interviews ranging from 1955 to 1980, the master of suspense talks about his life from ad man to film director, his love of suspense and filming techniques and recalls practical jokes played on his wife.

"I wanted Cary Grant sliding down Lincoln's nose and then hiding in the nostril... but I was never allowe... »

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Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan - Trailer
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 3rd Feb 2013

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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Mama - Brand New Trailer
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 3rd Feb 2013

Mama PosterGuillermo del Toro presents Mama, a supernatural thriller that tells the haunting tale of two little girls who disappeared into the woods the day that their parents were killed. When they are rescued years later and begin a new life, they find that someone or something still wants to come tuck them in at night.

Five years ago, sisters Victoria and Lilly vanished from their suburban neighbourhood without a trace. Since then, their Uncle Lucas (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and his girlfriend, Annabel (Jessica Chastain), have been madly searching for them. But when, incredibly, the kids are found alive in a decrepit cabin, the couple wonders if the girls are the only guests they have welcomed into their home.

As Annabel tries to introduce the children to a normal life, she grows convinced of an evil pre... »

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American Mary - DVD Review
By James Whittington
Posted in: Reviews, Saturday 2nd Feb 2013

american_mary_dvdAmerican Mary - DVD Review

DVD, Blu-ray

Universal

Certificate 18

Extras: Making Of Featurette, American Mary In London Featurette

Of all the films shown on the main screen at FrightFest 2012, one movie stood above them all; American Mary. Written and directed by Jen and Sylvia Soska, the movie lived up to all its hype and delivered on every level.

Struggling to make financial ends meet while studying to be a surgeon, talented medical student Mary Mason finds herself reduced to applying for work at a local strip joint in order to pay off her mounting debts, where she is unexpectedly called upon to perform some illegal emergency surgery on one of the club's clients and is instantly rewarded wi... »

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Horror Channel Presents Sinister Facebook App
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Thursday 31st Jan 2013

To celebrate the release of the superb shocker Sinister onto DVD, Blu-ray and Download on February 11th Horror Channel presents the Sinister App for Facebook.

Here you have the chance of winning the scariest night of your life. Don't worry too much as four of your friends can come along as well. Other prizes are also up for grabs. Click here for the Facebook link.

Sinister is about true crime writer Ellison Oswald (Ethan Hawke) who 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.

Truly scary and easily one of the best horror movies of 2012,... »

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Silent Hill: Revelation - Dare You Experience It?
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 30th Jan 2013

Silent Hill Revelation BR CoverBased on the groundbreaking survival horror video game franchise, Silent Hill: Revelation is the sequel to the hit film Silent Hill, which took nearly $100 million at the worldwide box office.

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 Malcolm McDowell.

For years, Heather Mason and her father have been on the run, always one step ahead of dangerous forces that she doesn't fully understand. Now on the eve of her 18th birthday, plagued by terrifying nightmares and the disappearance of her father, Heather discovers she's not who she thinks she is. The revelation l... »

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IDW Publishing And Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products Open The X-Files
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 29th Jan 2013

The X-Files IDWIDW Publishing and Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products are thrilled to announce a partnership to publish an exciting series of works based on the legendary series, The X-Files. IDW's publishing plan includes reprinting collections of the classic issues published intermittently from 1995 through 2009, as well as creating brand-new X-File comics to launch in June 2013.

Over two movies and two hundred television episodes, The X-Files, is a juggernaut of science fiction-tinged intrigue, unique characters and carefully constructed stories. The show's popularity raged into the comic world, seeing successful series mounted by publishers Topps and Wildstorm. Despite this, new publishing has not been available since 2009's joint Wildstorm/IDW c... »

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London Horror Comic - Issue 5 Now On Sale
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 28th Jan 2013

LHC Issue 5The latest edition of the acclaimed anthology London Horror Comic has just been released.

The book, which began life as a web comic in 2006, made its print debut in the pages of the FrightFest 2006 collector's programme.

A year later and amid rave reviews online, the title released its first print collection of short stories with London Horror Comic #1 and has been praised by writers such as Garth Ennis and Stewart Lee.

"It's been a long journey here and the fact that we are proves that there is an audience for diverse and colourful horror fiction in the UK" said writer John-Paul Kamath.

"The means to produce good horror fiction is widespread across all mediums and just as the UK horror-film scene is growing from strength to strength each year, so to... »

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Werewolves, Organs And Old-School Shocks - February On The Horror Channel
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Sunday 27th Jan 2013

repo_the_genetic_opeFebruary is almost here and the Horror Channel has some superb premieres for you to enjoy. We’ve got classic chills, operatic shrills, lycanthrope kills and distressing thrills.

Here's the skinny on what we have to offer.

February 8th - The Gate
The Gate is a classic old school fantasy horror that has Stephen Dorff in his first big screen role. Three children unwittingly release a horde of nasty pint-sized demons and face a life or death struggle to overcome them.

February 15th - Repo! The Genetic Opera
The all-star blood-thirsty musical, Repo! The Genetic Opera comes to Horror this month. It stars Anthony Head, Alexa Vega, Sa... »

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Mario Bava Titles Coming To Blu-ray
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 24th Jan 2013

Arrow Blu-raysArrow Video are pleased to announce two exciting new deluxe edition Blu-ray & DVD releases from the one and only godfather of Italian horror, Mario Bava.

Set for release on Monday February 4th, the Bava classics Black Sunday and Lisa And The Devil will both get the 'Arrow' treatment, including never-before-seen versions of each film, a wealth of special features and bonus material (including interviews, introductions, deleted scenes, trailers, audio commentaries and collectors booklets) and exclusive interchangeable artwork.

This is the very first time that these two staples of Italian cult cinema will be available on Blu-ray in the UK. Strictly limited Slipbox editions of each title (only 1000 will be made) are available to pre-order exclusively from the Arr... »

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Exclusive - The Possession "The Real Dibbuk Box" Featurette
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 24th Jan 2013

The Possession Blu-ray coverYesterday we brought you news of The Possession and how it was available to buy on DVD, Blu-ray and download to own and rent thanks to Lionsgate in its original uncut version.

The film concerns Clyde (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and Stephanie Brenek (Kyra Sedgwick) who 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.

The film is based on a true story and to learn more about a dibbu... »

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Horror Channel Celebrates The Horror Novels Of Barker, King, Ketchum And Burgess
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Wednesday 23rd Jan 2013

page_to_screamHorror Channel celebrates the pen behind the poison with From Page To Scream - a season of films with literary origins from some of the most talented authors in the genre: Clive Barker, Stephen King, Jack Ketchum and Tony Burgess.

February 2nd - The Lost
First in the series is The Lost - a dark horror thriller directed by Chris Sivertson. Originally a novel written by Jack Ketchum, it follows the 19 year-old womanising sociopath Ray Pye (played by Marc Senter). Pye is a charismatic murderer on the edge of sanity who meets his match when Katherine Wallace (played by Robin Sydney) strolls into town.

February 9th - Riding The Bullett<... »

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The Possession - Uncut Edition
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 23rd Jan 2013

The Possession CoverNow available on DVD, Blu-ray and download to own and rent, Lionsgate has unleashed the original uncut version of The Possession featuring footage never before seen in cinemas!

Based on a true story, The Possession is the terrifying story of how one family must unite in order to survive the wrath of an unspeakable 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 ultima... »

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New Trailer For New Evil Dead
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 23rd Jan 2013

Evil Dead LogoStudiocanal will unleash the new vision of Evil Dead into cinemas on April 19th.

Directed and written by Fede Alvarez, written by Sam Raimi and produced by Bruce Campbell and Sam Raimi, this is sure to be one of the most talked about horror movies of the year.

In this much anticipated remake of the 1981 cult-hit horror film, five twenty-something friends become holed up in a remote cabin.

When they discover a Book of the Dead, they unwittingly summon dormant demons living in the nearby woods, which possess the youngsters in succession until only one is left intact to fight for survival.

Click below for the brand new trailer.

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Doug Jones To Star In We Are Monsters
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 21st Jan 2013

We Are Monsters ArtworkProduction Company Movie Mogul Ltd (Panic Button), have signed up US actor Doug Jones in their up-coming production of sci-fi action horror We Are Monsters.

Jones, a former contortionist, who is perhaps best known in the UK for his roles in the Hellboy films and Pan's Labyrinth, will play the part of the monstrously evil Sir Daniel Southall. Also attached to the film, which goes into pre-production shortly is monster effects specialist Neill Gorton (From Hell); Stunt Co-ordinator Andy Bennett (The Woman In Black) and Storyboard artist Ben Oliver (Judge Dredd, X-Men).

Keen to involve the public, We Are Monsters producer, director and co-writer John Shackleton, has turned to crowd-... »

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Shock Horror Magazine Wins Award
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 20th Jan 2013

Shock Horror Issue 13UK Horror Magazine, Shock Horror, has taken home the number one slot of the P&E Awards for Non-fiction Magazine as voted for by readers.

Established in 2010 Shock Horror has shown the way in bringing Horror to the UK in printed format, covering all forms of Horror Entertainment from film and gaming to comics, books and bands.

"We're just having fun doing what we're doing, as fans of Horror" says Shock Horror Editor Dean Boor. "The fact that other people appreciate what we do and enjoy reading our magazine enough to vote for us is really humbling. Thanks to all who voted, and what a great start to 2013!"

For more information on Shock Horror Magazine click here.

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Ten UK Premieres Usher In A Knock-Out FrightFest Glasgow Programme
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, News, Thursday 17th Jan 2013

lords-of-salemFrom Friday February 24th to Saturday February 25th, the UK's favourite horror fantasy festival returns to its second home at the Glasgow Film Festival for the 8th year with an impressive slate of the hottest new horror films, plus a hit Norwegian TV series.

Some of the genre's biggest hitters take centre-stage this year, with UK premieres for Eli Roth's re-calibrated disaster movie, Aftershock, Neil Jordon's surreal vampire myth, Byzantium and Rob Zombie's darkest horror yet, The Lords Of Salem (pictured). Plus the mother of all anthology movies The ABC's Of Death, receives its first showing in the UK and there's the chance to sample red-hot Chilean grindhouse in Bring Me The Head Of The Machine Gun Woman. Then there is the creepiest found-footage feature of them all - »

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Return Of The Living Dead and Re-Animator - Big Screen Showing
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 17th Jan 2013

ROTLD And RA PosterOn the 23rd of February 2013, BBFA Screenings presents 'Fright Nights' and are holding a double feature feast that even the dead would have trouble devouring. The 80s cult classics Return Of The Living Dead (1985) and Re-Animator (1985) will be shown at The Custard Factory, Theatre, Birmingham, on the big screen.

Before the screenings of the films, the event will kick off with a Meet and Greet session with Don Calfa, best known for playing Ernie in Return Of The Living Dead and Paulie in Weekend At Bernie's; and Graphic designer, Graham Humphreys, who has brought to you some of the most iconic posters of all time, A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984 UK Quad), The Evil Dead (1 and 2's UK quads). Also, towards the end of the day they will both take to the s... »

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Slasher House To Play At Horror-On-Sea Festival
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 17th Jan 2013

Slasher House PosterFrom Mycho Pictures comes Slasher House, a new hack n' slash movie that will, according to the Press Release, change the game forever.

When Red, a young girl, awakens in a house, she has no idea how she has come to be there. Exploring her surroundings she soon realizes that she is not alone, in fact she is trapped inside with some of the most notorious serial killers in the world. Now it is a race against time as one by one the cells open and each killer is unleashed to stalk her through the inescapable corridors of the Slasher House.

Slasher House is the second feature film production by Prize Winning Independent Studio Mycho Pictures and is their biggest and best to date. The film stars rising horror talent Eleanor James (Forest Of The ... »

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Scream Issue 17 Details
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 16th Jan 2013

Scream Issue 17 CoverHere's an exclusive front cover reveal of issue #17 of Scream, the full colour horror entertainment magazine which will be on sale in March.

In this issue they chat exclusively to Christa Campbell about her latest role in Spiders 3D (as well as her previous roles in Hyenas, 2001 Maniacs and her role as producer on the new Texas Chainsaw 3D movie), they also talk to director Franck Khalfoun about the upcoming stalk 'n slash horror Maniac, Bobby Rhodes remembers his roles in Demons 1 and 2, The Shining revisited and much, much more…

For more information click here.

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From The Director Of The Ring Comes Death Game
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 15th Jan 2013

Death Game coverBig Brother meets Battle Royale in Death Game, the gripping movie of survival, from the acclaimed director Hideo Nakata (The Ring). Based on the best selling novel The Incite House - 7 Day Death Game this psychological thriller meets horror shows the terrible lengths that humans will go to to survive.

When ten strangers agree to an interview for the same lucrative job offer, they find themselves locked in an underground complex to take part in a psychological experiment for seven days.

The group soon discovers that the pay is too good to be true when the horrifying specifics of the game are unveiled. Trust each other, kill, or be killed.

The world watches while the contestants fight for their life in a sick and twisted survival of the ... »

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Horror Double Bills On The Big Screen In Manchester
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 14th Jan 2013

TCM PosterLooks like its going to be an awesome 2013 in Manchester as big screen double bills of not only some of the latest releases but also a number of horror classics are being shown at venues in the city thanks to Grimm Up North.

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and The Last House On The Left is the first double-bill on the 23rd January. Whilst the new movie in Texas Chainsaw franchise is released to UK audiences, this is the original classic from 1974. And what would a Grimm screening be without a double bill?! They've got a second classic, The Last House On The Left. With two movies that were banned upon their original release, true horror fans won't want to miss out to see these masterpieces on the big screen!

Tower Block and Hollow follow on the 26th January... »

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Shock Horror Magazine Limited Edition Baseball Shirts
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 13th Jan 2013

SH Baseball ShirtShock Horror Magazine has created this rather wonderful limited edition Baseball shirt which is now available to pre-order at their official site for a special price which will be held only until January 31st.

Click here for more information.

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Hammer's Dracula - Most Complete Version Ever!
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 13th Jan 2013

Dracula 2D BD packshotTerence Fisher's 1958 classic Dracula, fully restored in High Definition and available on Blu-ray and DVD for the first time from March 18th. The release will contain two versions of the feature (seamlessly branched on the Blu-ray): The 2007 BFI restoration plus the 2012 Hammer restoration, which adds additional footage that has been unavailable for decades.

The additional footage comprises two of the scenes that were originally censored by the BBFC in 1958 that have now been restored to the film from the "Japanese reels":

• Dracula's seduction of Mina
• Dracula's sunlight disintegration

These will be the most complete versions ever released and taken together fully deserving of the description DEFINITIVE.

Dracula »

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Texas Chainsaw 3D - New Clip
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 9th Jan 2013

TC 3D QuadLionsgate's Texas Chainsaw 3D continues the legendary story of the homicidal Sawyer family, picking up where Tobe Hooper's 1974 horror classic left off in Newt, Texas, where for decades people went missing without a trace. The townspeople long suspected the Sawyer family, owners of a local barbeque pit, were somehow responsible. Their suspicions were finally confirmed one hot summer day when a young woman escaped the Sawyer house following the brutal murders of her four friends. Word around the small town quickly spread, and a vigilante mob of enraged locals surrounded the Sawyer stronghold, burning it to the ground and killing every last member of the family - or so they thought.

Decades later and hundreds of miles away from the original massacre, a young woman named Heather learns that she has inherite... »

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Actor Dieter Laser Back In The Lead In The Human Centipede 3
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 8th Jan 2013

Tom Six Dieter LaserSix Entertainment Company announced yesterday that actor Dieter Laser will be back in the lead role in The Human Centipede 3. In March last year the production of The Human Centipede 3 had to be put hold due a legal battle between director Tom Six's production company, Six Entertainment Company, and actor Dieter Laser (who played the villain Dr.Heiter in the The Human Centipede (First Sequence), but recently the law suit has been dropped by Six Entertainment Company.

Director Tom Six said, "I know my Human Centipede 3 will be very politically incorrect, but I didn't want to change anything in the script. I am very happy Dieter will follow my vision for a full 100% now and know he is absolutely the most brilliant act... »

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From Beyond - On Blu-ray At Last
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 7th Jan 2013

From Beyond Blu-rayFrom the team that brought you the gloriously perverse Re-Animator comes the equally surreal horror classic From Beyond, which makes its long-awaited debut on Blu-ray thanks to Second Sight Films.

Based on another H.P. Lovecraft adaptation this deranged gorefest is directed by Stuart Gordon (Stuck) and produced by horror supremo Brian Yuzna (Society). It comes to Blu-ray in stunning limited edition packaging, along with a DVD release on 25 February 2013.

An obsessive scientist Dr. Pretorius (Ted Sorel) and his assistant (Jeffrey Combs) have invented 'The Resonator' a device designed to stimulate the brain's pineal gland and expand the powers of the mind. The machine gives them more than they bargained for however when a parallel universe inhabi... »

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Stitches Is Coming To DVD and Blu-ray
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Saturday 5th Jan 2013

Stitches BD CoverStarring funny man Ross Noble, and directed by Conor Mcmahon (Dead Meat), Stitches is a black-comedy horror that became one of the most talked about films of 2012.

The film received its World Premiere at 2012's FrightFest, winning Total Film's "Best Death" award. You get the chance to see why when the DVD and Blu-ray hit shelves on 4th March 2013.

Jaded Richard Grindle is the sleaziest clown working the children's party circuit in Ireland. Arriving late to one birthday, his timing is off, the bratty kids a nightmare and a prank goes horribly wrong - he falls on a kitchen knife and goes to that Big Top in the sky.

Years later the same nasty kids attend another more grown up bash. Little do they know, thanks to a black magic clown cult, Stitches will be the uni... »

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London Horror Comic Wins Award
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Saturday 5th Jan 2013

LHC Issue 4 CoverThe acclaimed Indie Brit title London Horror Comic has been voted Best Horror Anthology in ComicMonsters.com Horror Comic 2012 Awards.

London Horror Comic saw off strong competition from major publishers while flying the flag for the UK among a list of chiefly American nominations.

The book's writer, John-Paul Kamath, put success down to the book's quirky nature and its readers, which includes the comedian Stewart Lee and comic writer Garth Ennis.

"We've just passed out fifth anniversary in print" said John"Paul, "so an award like this serves as a real touchstone of how far we've come. As we gear up to put out our fifth issue, we hope it will be just as well-received".

Other award winners included; The Walking Dead, which took... »

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Gangsters, Guns And Zombies!
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Friday 4th Jan 2013

Gangsters, Guns And Zombies CoverNew Brit-horror shocker Gangsters, Guns And Zombies will be released onto DVD and be available for Download and Rental from January 7th thanks to Lionsgate Home Entertainment.

A getaway driver for a group of hard core gangsters finds himself up against a slightly more unexpected enemy than the boys in blue when his latest job coincides with the start of a zombie apocalypse.

After completing an armed robbery, getaway driver, Q, thinks that the most difficult job is behind him, at least until he notices that people have started to look and behave very strangely. What started as a simple job now becomes a fight for survival against the ever increasing Zombie horde. His situation is worsened by the fact that his team are a bunch of nu... »

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Scream Issue 16 Details
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Friday 4th Jan 2013

Scream Issue 16 CoverScream issue 16 will be on sale in the UK from end of January 2013. This issue of the full colour bi-monthly premiere horror glossy features interviews with Hellraiser 2's female Cenobite Barbie Wilde who discusses her move from horror movies to horror books, Jason Ford gives Scream the exclusive on his upcoming British hoodie horror Community, Declan O'Brien gives the skinny on Wrong Turn 5 and Ross Noble talks killer clowns in Stitches.

Plus there's the usual DVD/Blu-ray reviews and previews and plenty of gruesome comics, books and games features.

For more info on Scream Magazine click here.

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Resident Evil: Retribution HD Release Info
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Friday 4th Jan 2013

Resident Evil Retribution CoverAlice is back! Milla Jovovich (Resident Evil Series) returns in the action-packed and adrenaline charged Resident Evil: Retribution, smashing onto Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD with UltraViolet January 28th from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Jovovich reprises her role as Alice, Earth's last hope, as the Umbrella Corporation continues to control the population by transforming humans into flesh-eating undead. In this fifth instalment of the multi-million dollar franchise, Alice is captured by the Umbrella Corporation and, with the help of her friends, must escape to save the human race. The film also stars Michelle Rodriguez, Sienna Guillory, Kevin Durand, and Boris Kodjoe, and features the popular game characters Leon S. Kennedy, Ada Wong, ... »

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