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Interview with Ruth Platt, director of The Lesson
Posted on Wednesday 6th December 2017
On the eve of Horror Channel's network premiere screening of The Lesson, director Ruth Platt talks about the decision to quit RADA, why her film isn't 'torture porn' and what the future holds. The Lesson received its World Premiere at FrightFest. How did you react when it was chosen? And what was the experience like? RP: I was really excited when I found out we'd been picked - we got a call from the team, and they...

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Interview with John Shackleton director of Panic Button
Posted on Wednesday 15th November 2017
As social media horror feature Panic Button gets a remastered DVD and Download release, writer and producer John Shackleton reflects on the film's inspirational journey. To start at the beginning, what was the genesis or the seed of the idea for Panic Button? JS: The model of how to make a film actually came before the concept. I'd made a short film with a group of trainees using a bunch of self-imposed restri...

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Interview with Damien Leone director of Terrifier
Posted on Saturday 28th October 2017
Ahead of the UK premiere of his latest film Terrifier at the Horror Channel Frightfest Halloween event today, director Damien Leone talks about the 'Art' of extreme clowning, his debt to Tom Savini and a terrifying Halloween experience... Art, The Clown initially appeared in your 2008 short The 9th Circle, then the 2011 award-winning short Terrifier and in your first feature All Hallow's Eve. What made you decide to give him a fourth outing...

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Interview with Mathieu Turi director of Hostile
Posted on Wednesday 25th October 2017
Ahead of the UK premiere of his debut feature Hostile at the Horror Channel Frightfest Halloween event, director Mathieu Turi shares his admiration for Tarantino, describes the challenges of filming in three continents and reveals his 'magic hour'. You were born in Cannes so you grew up with film all around? When did you know for sure you wanted to direct? MT: I think it's always been there. As a child...

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Interview with Marko Makilaakso director of It Came From The Desert
Posted on Tuesday 17th October 2017
Ahead of the UK premiere of his latest film It Came From The Desert at the Horror Channel Frightfest Halloween event, director Marko Makilaakso shares his admiration for Roger Corman, love of B-Movies, spoofing and overcoming homeland obstacles. It Came From The Desert is inspired by Cinemaware's cult 1980s video game, which in turn was motivated by the giant creature feature craze infesting 1950s Hollywood. What was the main i...

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Interview with Can Evrenol director of Housewife
Posted on Thursday 12th October 2017
Ahead of the UK premiere of his latest film Housewife at the Horror Channel Frightfest Halloween event, director Can Evrenol tells us why film is a 'pervert's art' shares his feelings for Fulci and reveals his contribution to Horror anthology, The Field Guide To Evil. Was it important to make your follow-up film to Baskin in the English language? CE: I wanted to make the film available for a wider audience and to test mys...

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Interview with Dominic Bridges, director of Freehold
Posted on Wednesday 4th October 2017
One of the stand out movies from Horror Channel FrightFest 2017 was the psychological chiller, Freehold. Dark and at times truly unnerving, the film caused quite a stir and will be released onto DVD on October 9th. Here the film's director Dominic Bridges talking about this superb debut. HC: Where did the idea for Freehold come from? DB: Based on personal experience my wife and I suffered a miscarriage whilst tryin...

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Interview with Damien Power, director of Killing Ground
Posted on Monday 25th September 2017
One of the best from Horror Channel FrightFest 2017 was a superior thriller, Killing Ground. This tension packed movie looked incredible on the big screen so we decided to chat to its director, Damien Power. HC: Did Killing Ground take a long time to write and did it change as you progressed? DP: It took eleven years from the germ of the idea to stepping onto location to start shooting. Luckily I wasn't working...

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Interview with Michael Boucherie writer and director of Where the Skin Lies
Posted on Monday 28th August 2017
More new talent seemed to be around at Horror Channel FrightFest this year and one of the stand out movies for me was Where The Skin Lies from Michael Boucherie. Here he chats about this emotional movie. HC: Did you know from a young age you wanted to be in the film-making business? MB: Going to the movies with my family is a favourite childhood memory. There was no cinema in our home town, so it always ...

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Interview with legendary actress Barbara Crampton
Posted on Tuesday 15th August 2017
Ahead of her eagerly awaited presence at Horror Channel FrightFest 2017, genre icon, actress and producer Barbara Crampton talks exclusively about her latest film Replace, battling chronic fatigue syndrome and her passion for supporting new talent. Q: Replace raises questions about beauty, body image and growing older, issues that many feel plague the Hollywood movie industry. What is your view on this subject? ...

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Exclusive interview with Jen and Sylvia Soska, directors of See No Evil 2
Posted on Tuesday 4th April 2017
Jen and Sylvia Soska are two of the most exciting creatives around at the moment. Their work is visceral, dynamic, exciting and above all bloody entertaining. We've chatted to these multi-talented Canadians about their work to date in the build up to the UK TV premiere of See No Evil 2 this Friday on Horror. HC: It's been while since we last chatted and apart from See No Evil 2 what have you both been up to? SS: It has been...

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Interview with 'Life' star Rebecca Ferguson
Posted on Wednesday 22nd March 2017
Previously starring opposite Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation and Emily Blunt in Girl on the Train, Ferguson steps out as the lead, standing firmly in front of her co-stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds in the Horror/Sci-Fi spectacle Life, which opens in cinemas across the UK this Friday. Starring as Dr. Miranda North, Ferguson plays the last astronaut on-board an International Space Station which has recently caught a space probe containing the first sign of extra-terrestrial life. Studying the life form quickly turns from fascinating to a complete catastrophe, as the...

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Interview with A Cure For Wellness Director Gore Verbinski
Posted on Friday 24th February 2017
The visionary director behind the English-language remake of The Ring as well as the first three Pirates of the Caribbean films is back this week - with the sinister and compelling A Cure for Wellness. The film, which is a healthy mix of psychological thriller and body horror stars Dane DeHaan (Chronicle, The Place Beyond the Pines and Life After Beth) and Mia Goth (Nymphomaniac) and opens in cinemas across the UK today. We sat down with Verbinski to discuss the making of Cure, in addition to his thoughts on horror remakes, and the long-awaited BioShock film. A Cure for Wellness is in c...

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Interview with A Cure for Wellness star Dane DeHaan
Posted on Friday 24th February 2017
You've probably come across Dane DeHaan a lot more than you've realised. The star can be previously seen in the found-footage superhero flick Chronicle, the zombie love story Life After Beth and opposite Andrew Garfield in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. This month, he toplines the thriller-come-body-horror A Cure for Wellness, which opens in cinemas nationwide today. DeHaan plays Mr Lockhart - an American executive tasked with retrieving the CEO of his company from a seemingly idyllic wellness centre on the other side of the world. But upon visiting, it doesn't take long for Lockhart to ...

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Interview with Steven Kastrissios Director of Bloodlands
Posted on Wednesday 22nd February 2017
Ahead of the World Premiere of his latest film Bloodlands at Horror Channel FrightFest Glasgow, Steven Kastrissios discusses the challenges of making the world's first Albanian/Australian horror film. HC: So what have you been doing in the eight years since making your amazing debut with The Horseman, a FrightFest favourite? SK: Writing. I was just 24 when I shot The Horseman and it was only my second feature script,...

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Interview with Colin Minihan director of It Stains The Sands Red
Posted on Monday 13th February 2017
It Stains The Sand RedAhead of the UK premiere of his latest film It Stains The Sands Red at Horror Channel FrightFest Glasgow, Colin Minihan chats about the creation of his 'zombie love story', the challenges of shooting in Death Valley and his new movie Still/Born. HC: Are The Vicious Brothers still an entity? You've only co-directed Grave Encounters under that moniker - ...

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Interview with Simon Rumley Director of Fashionista
Posted on Monday 6th February 2017
Simon Rumley FashionistaAhead of the UK premiere of his latest film Fashionista at Horror Channel FrightFest Glasgow, Simon Rumley reveals why he's a fan of drugs in film and his planned foray into London gangster land... HC: Fashionista finds you back in Austin after Red White & Blue. What excites you about Austin so much? Could Fashionista have been set anywhere e...

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Interview with F. Javier Gutierrez director of Rings
Posted on Friday 3rd February 2017
Rings15 years after the first English language instalment, The Ring is ready to hit cinemas once again. The long-awaited sequel, titled Rings, sees a digital copy of the eerie tape circulate around a university campus, with Gabriel (Big Bang Theory's Johnny Galecki), Holt (Alex Roe) and Julia (Matilda Lutz) trying to find the answers to the videos - and Samara's origin. Stepping into the director's chair th...

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Interview with Chris Smith, director of Triangle, Black Death and Detour.
Posted on Monday 30th January 2017
Chris SmithAhead of the UK premiere of his latest film Detour at Horror Channel FrightFest Glasgow, Chris Smith tells us the importance of FrightFest, his love of 'film Noir' and his hatred of reality TV... HC: FrightFest has premiered all your genre movies Creep, Severance, Triangle, Black Death, except Get Santa obviously. Is this positioning an important part of the roll-out process for you? ...

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Actress, writer and producer Joanne Mitchell answers 10 scary questions!
Posted on Monday 16th January 2017
Joanne Mitchell Image 5 SmallAdult Babies gets an exclusive reveal at FrightFest Glasgow 2017. The film's creator, actress/producer Joanne Mitchell, star of Before Dawn and Bait answers 10 scary questions. HC: When did your fascination for horror films begin? JM: I've been interested in horror since being a young kid. I liked to be frightened, whether it be reading a s...

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Horror Icon Barbara Crampton chats about her role in We Are Still Here.
Posted on Monday 9th January 2017
Barbara CramptonAhead of Horror Channel's UK premiere broadcast of We Are Still Here on Saturday January 14th, legendry actress Barbara Crampton talks exclusively on the revival of her career, her approach to challenging roles and why she loves the genre, but not the over-used label 'Scream Queen'! HC: Suddenly you are back in the genre spotlight after many people thinking you had retired. What ...

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