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David Tennant is the Bad Samaritan
By James W, Friday 8th June 2018

One bad night - one bad decision- can haunt you forever.

Misfits and Mute star Robert Sheehan goes up against Jessica Jones and Doctor Who's David Tennant, here on sensationally nasty form, Bad Samaritan is a white-knuckle home invasion thriller from the producers of Independence Day.

Directed by Dean Devlin, the producer of the Independence Day films, and written by Brandon Boyce (who scripted the gripping Stephen King adaptation Apt Pupil), the movie promises to show Tennant in a totally different light.

Struggling photographer Sean Falco (Sheehan), who funds his lifestyle with a sideline in burglary, thinks he has hit the jackpot when he breaks into the luxurious house of the wealthy Cale Erendreich (Tennant). Things go wrong when Sean discovers a woman chained up in the house. Unable to free her before Cale returns, Sean reluctantly goes to the police to explain what he's seen. By the time they investigate, Cale has covered his tracks, and the police tell Sean to stop harassing him. Sean soon realises Cale will stop at nothing to shut him up - permanently.

Bad Samaritan will be released in cinemas on 24th August, courtesy of Signature Entertainment.
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Interview with Simeon Halligan, director of White Settlers
Posted in Frightfest, Interviews, Saturday 18th August 2018
Image of Simeon HalliganHorror Channel's FrightFest Season includes some truly memorable movies from past events and one of the strongest is Simeon Halligan's, White Settlers which is showing on the 19th August.

We had a quick chat with Simeon about this superior shocker as well as his own festival, Grimmfest.

HC: How did the script for White Settlers come to your notice?

SH: It was a strange situation, I had read the script a year or so before we set about making the film, I think it had been sent us by Ian Fenton's agent but then we found out that Ian was thinking of making the film under his own production company so we thought it had gone away. Then, once we had r...

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88 Films will deliver a Frightmare in September
Posted in News, Thursday 16th August 2018
Frightmare Blu-ray case

Also known as The Horror Star, the 1983 cult creeper Frightmare was a beloved video rental favourite and thanks to 88 Films its heading back to a store near you on Blu-ray!

Frightmare was the fear-film that gave audiences postmodern shocks long before Wes Craven gave us his game-changing Scream in 1996. An underrated and underseen gem, the film highlights a notable supporting performance from the great Jeffrey Combs (Re-Animator) and character great Chuck Mitchell (Porky's) as well as assured direction from Norman Thaddeus Vane (who also worked on the X-rated cult favourite Dracula Sucks). With a dash of pitch black humour, and a literate script, as well as chara...

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10 FrightFest flicks for 2018
Posted in Features, Frightfest, Thursday 16th August 2018
Puppet Master The Littlest Reich

Stewart Bridle, Channel Manager for Horror Channel, selects the FrightFest films to catch at this year's event.

It's that time again when the most torturous experience isn't being slowly sliced in half by a deranged chainsaw-wielding maniac but actually deciding what to watch from the massive line-up of over 70 films at this year's FrightFest London on the August Bank holiday weekend. Unless you've found some mad scientist to clone you several times you'll never catch everything so here are ten devious delights I recommend this year.

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Interview with Jason London, star of Nightworld
Posted in Frightfest, Interviews, Wednesday 15th August 2018
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On August 27th Horror Channel has the UK premiere of the paranormal shocker, Nightworld. The film concerns a man (Jason London) who bites off more than he can chew when, when a malevolent force is uncovered in the bowels of the apartment he's guarding.

So, we decided to chat to Jason about the movie, what it's like to work with Robert Englund and his future cinemtic plans.

HC: You've been acting for a number of years; can you remember how you felt when you first walked onto a movie set?

JL: My first day on a movie set was magic. I was, honestly, terrified, and thrilled. The crew was fantastic, and as soon as they started unloading all of the big lights...

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Interview with Tim Van Dammen director of Mega Time Squad
Posted in Frightfest, Interviews, Tuesday 14th August 2018
Tim Van Dammen director of Mega Time Squad

You played a Street Demon in director Jason Lei Howden's FrightFest favourite Deathgasm. Is the New Zealand film community that small?

I didn't play a street demon; I am a street demon. The film community in NZ is small enough for most active people to know most other active people - but the genre scene is small enough for us all to know each other by at least one degree of separation. Many of my friends worked on or acted in Deathgasm and they needed a night shoot of 'street demons' so I donned my tie-dye and offered to help out. It was a lot of fun and I think Jason and the team did an incredible job.

Have you me...

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Get ready for the Night of the Creeps for the first time on Blu-ray
Posted in News, Tuesday 14th August 2018
Night of the Creeps cover

Eureka Entertainment will unleash Fred Dekker's Night of the Creeps, a simultaneously frightening and hilarious 80s horror classic, in a Dual Format (Blu-ray and DVD) edition as part of the Eureka Classics range from 8th October.

When an alien experiment goes awry, it crashes to Earth in 1959 and infects a young college student. 27 years later, his cryogenically-frozen body is thawed out by fraternity pledges, and the campus is quickly overrun by alien creatures - whose victims come back as zombies!

A cult favourite among VHS owners of the 1980s, Dekker's supremely enjoyable throwback chiller deftly combines classic horror and sci-fi elements with delicious...

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70s shocker Assault to get worldwide Blu-ray debut
Posted in News, Monday 13th August 2018
Assault Blu-ray cover

A hard-hitting psychological thriller, Assault (aka In the Devil's Garden) stars Frank Finlay as a career policeman willing to employ unorthodox methods to catch a sleazy murderer and Suzy Kendall as a plucky teacher willing to put her life in jeopardy to help him do so.

Tautly directed by Sidney Hayers (Night of the Eagle), this controversial drama is being presented in a brand-new High Definition transfer remastered from the original 35mm camera negative and released on 27th August thanks to Network.

When a schoolgirl rapist escalates to murder, Det. Chief Supt. Velyan (Finlay) faces an agonising choice when the girl's teacher - who saw the maniac in pursuit of his second victim...

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Bad Dreams - Blu-ray review
Posted in Reviews, Monday 13th August 2018
Bad Dreams Blu-ray cover

Bad Dreams

Certificate 18

88 Films

When A Nightmare on Elm Street re-introduced the world to the power of supernatural shockers the whole movie industry seemed to want to be in on the act. Who could forget Shocker, Child's Play and let's face it the Friday the 13th series near its end. Within this slew of movies, one really did stand out, 20th Century Fox delivered Bad Dreams.

A young girl, Cynthia (Jennifer Rubin) the only survivor of a cult's mass suicide awakens in a psychiatric hospital after spending thirteen years in a coma. She's convinced the leader of the cult, Harris (Richard Lynch) still wants her dead and is appearing all a...

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Celebrate the Doctor's 20th anniversary!
Posted in News, Friday 10th August 2018
Doctor Who The Five Doctors CD

The bracing, spine-chilling and atmospheric music soundtrack for Doctor Who: The Five Doctors was composed by Peter Howell at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. The special effects were created by Dick Mills. The Five Doctors album features both the original score and the BBC Video special edition version which was, in 1995, produced, reworked and extended by Peter Howell. The BBC video featured updated visual effects and to match that the score was mixed in Dolby Surround.

Peter Howell comments: "Listening again to the score for The Five Doctors, it seems to represent a very particular period in time when the variety of sounds at our disposal was becom...

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