Film4 Frightfest Finds New Home For 15th Year London Event
By James Whittington, Thursday 1st May 2014

FF 2014Film4 FrightFest 2014 has moved to the prestigious Vue West End for its annual five-day horror extravaganza, allowing it to showcase even more films and special events whilst still retaining its famed communal spirit in the heart of London

Alan Jones, FrightFest co-director, said today: “Re-locating to Vue Leicester Square for this year’s event will allow us to be even more creative and ambitious, whilst still retaining our unique blend of inclusiveness and great value for money. The beauty of the horror fantasy genre is it consistently reinvents itself to stay a fresh and vital part of the cinema-going experience. Event festivals like ours that are now an acknowledged part of the global genre fabric must lead by example to stay relevant and ahead of the game”.

Joanne Webb, Marketing & Sales Director at Vue Entertainment said: “We are delighted to be hosting this year’s popular FrightFest at Vue Leicester Square and are looking forward to offering the fans even more choice for FrightFest’s 15th year. Our state-of-the-art audio-visual technology, fully digital screens and comfortable seating, will no doubt provide FrightFest fans with the perfect atmosphere to enjoy the festival”.

The festival has enjoyed nine successful years in Leicester Square, four at the Odeon West End and the last five at the Empire Cinema.

Ian Rattray, FrightFest co-director, commented: “We’re looking forward to a new era in FrightFest’s colourful history, and working alongside Daniel Goodwin and his enthusiastic team at Vue. FrightFest is no stranger to Vue, having hosted its last three Halloween all-nighter events there, so we’re delighted to be working with Vue even more closely now”.

This year’s event will be spread over a larger number of screens, but the popular festival and day passes plus individual tickets will remain in place. In addition, there are planned special events in the West End in the days leading up to the start of the festival, which begins on Thursday August 21st.

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Dario Argento's Tenebrae gets definitive vinyl release
Posted on Thursday 15th March 2018

Waxwork Records is thrilled to present the complete soundtrack vinyl release of Dario Argento's Tenebrae. Scored by three former members of Goblin in 1982 (Claudio Simonetti, Fabio Pignatelli, and Massimo Morante), the synth driven score makes it's definitive and expanded vinyl debut. Waxwork is excited to offer the most comprehensive version of the soundtrack album on vinyl to one of the most important Giallo films ever made.

Unlike the soundtracks that Goblin had previously contributed to the films by Dario Argento, the music of Tenebrae incorporates heavy electronica and dance music blended with rock and disco elements for a unique hybrid of genre and composition style.

Extensive usage of early an...

Exclusive stills revealed as supernatural horror Quail Hollow enters post-production
Posted on Monday 12th March 2018

Quail Hollow, starring Marcia Do Vales (Ibiza Undead, Heretiks), Peyton Wich (Stranger Things, The Darkest Minds) and Thomas Francis Murphy (The Walking Dead, Mindhunter) recently wrapped a haunting shoot in Louisiana.

Directed by Spaniard Javier De Prado (making his feature film debut) and produced by UK's Templeheart Films in association with EnMar Productions, the pulse-racing paranormal thriller centres on twin sisters Sunny and Mila (played by Marcia Do Vales) ...

Hitchcock and Herrmann get special release for Record Store Day 2018
Posted on Sunday 11th March 2018

More Record Store Day 2018 news has reached us and fans of the work of Alfred Hitchcock and Bernard Herrmann are in for a treat. Silva Screen Records will release a Double A Side 7 Inch on transparent amber vinyl containing two pieces of Herrmann's most famous work.

Side A contains Prelude/The Nightmare from Vertigo and Side AA has North by Northwest Main Titles, this release is limited to just 1200.

Bernard Herrmann is the undoubted master of the film score and his music for Vertigo and North By Northwest remain as vital a component as the director, actors and script. Vertigo crackles with tension as James Stewart's character Scottie goes through an emotional wringer. Herrm...

Doctor Who adventures to hit vinyl for Record Store Day 2018
Posted on Saturday 10th March 2018

Demon Records is to release an eclectic collection of records as part of 2018's Record Store Day. The releases, which will be only be available at independent record shops on Record Store Day on Saturday 21st April, contain two that will interest Doctor Who fans; vinyl editions of Doctor Who - City Of Death and Doctor Who - Tomb Of The Cybermen.

Doctor Who: City Of Death
City Of Death is a classic from 1979, starring the fourth Doctor Tom Baker, Lalla Ward and Julian Glover. Featuring linking narration by Lalla Ward and previously unreleased on vinyl, the two hour story is presented on 2LP heavyweight translucent green vinyl, and features newly commissioned gatefold artwork, sleevenote...

A crime to be solved by those pesky Meddling Kids!
Posted on Friday 9th March 2018

A nostalgic and wickedly entertaining take on classic pop culture touchstones such as Scooby Doo and the Famous Five shot through with Lovecraftian horror, Meddling Kids subverts the genre to create a modern classic that will delight fans of Grady Hendrix's My Best Friend's Exorcism and cult television programme Stranger Things. A New York Times Bestseller and shortlisted for the Goodreads Choice Awards for Horror, Meddling Kids is a reminder of the fun and adventure we can all find at the heart of our favourite stories, no matter what our age.

Summer 1977. The Blyton Summer Detective Club solved their final mystery and unmasked the elusive Sleepy Lake monster - another low-life fortune hunter who would have ...

A brand new comic complete with its own soundtrack from Waxwork Records
Posted on Friday 9th March 2018

Waxwork Records and Comics has finally announced the debut issue of Poser.

Long thought to be an urban legend in the underground music scene of Redondo Beach, Poser is back to carve a gory slash through the heart of Los Angeles in this brand new multi-issue horror-comic book series!

Penned by Matt Miner and illustrated by Clay McCormack, Poser is a brand new punk rock horror-comic series that Steve Niles (30 Days Of Night) calls "relentless and brutal" and Sean Murphy (Punk Rock Jesus, Tokyo Ghost, Hellblazer) raves is a "master class in sequential storytelling". Poser features colors by Doug Garbark and Letters by Taylor Esposito.

In continuing with Waxwork's acclaimed combination of origin...

88 Films offers a trilogy of Far Eastern films
Posted on Thursday 8th March 2018

One of the UK's leading labels in cult Oriental awesomeness brings back a pair of classic Hong Kong swordplay shockers in The One Armed Swordsman and The Dragon Missile and introduces British viewers to a contemporary example of the Korean wave in Sea Fog. All three are available from March 26th in tempting special editions!

88 Films seem to have outdone themselves once more with the release of The One Armed Swordsman, the martial arts epic that is widely considered to be one of the most influential and important wuxia movies ever made! Directed by the legendary Chang Cheh (The Brave Archer) and featuring dynamite duels and limb-lopping set pieces galore, this bombastic widescreen mix of arthouse aestheti...

A horror/comedy with a serious message, Kate Herron's Smear.
Posted on Thursday 8th March 2018

Described as "One of the best horror shorts to come out of this year's Frightfest" (LoveHorror) and featured as 'One of the Best Shorts at the 61st London Film Festival' ("Gets more and more sensational with every watch... Pure Genius") by Flickering Myth. Smear is a lube-tastic horror-comedy inspired by Gremlins, Tremors and Little Shop of Horrors, about a woman going in for her first pap-smear test starring in the lead, Sophia Di Martino of the BAFTA-nominated Flowers and Nick Mohammed.

It also stars Isabella Laughland (Harry Potter), comedians Ben Target (Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year), Mariam Haque, Briony Redman and Katherine Bennett Fox of The Free Association.

Made by filmmaker Kate He...

Pyewacket will cast a spell on you this April
Posted on Thursday 8th March 2018

One of the big hits of Horror Channel FrightFest Glasgow was the occult chiller Pyewacket. This unnerving and effective movie is from the producers of modern horror classics The Witch and The Void, featuring The Walking Dead's Laurie Holden and Once Upon A Time's Nicole Munoz.

After her father dies, teenager Leah (Munoz) is forced, by her unstable mother (Holden), to leave her friends behind and move to a house in the woods. Feeling isolated and hopeless, Leah turns to Black Magic to release her anger. She naively performs an occult ritual found in a book on her bedroom shelf to invoke the spirit of a witch to kill her mother. Terrified by strange occurrences, and stricken by guilt, Leah desperately tries to ...

Catch Fever on March 12th
Posted on Tuesday 6th March 2018

Fever (once known as Mountain Fever) is the debut feature film from writer and director Hendrik Faller, and was shot in Monnetier-Mornex, a small town in the mountains of Haute-Savoie, France.

The movie screened at Horror Channel FrightFest in 2017 where it received a strong reception, described by the Hollywood News as "claustrophobic... a fantastic debut"; as "gripping and chilling" by LiveForFilms; and "an excellent, tension filled struggle" by Britflicks, who also named it their favourite British film of the festival on their podcast roundup. SciFi Now said of the film, "this Alpine apocalypse takes a sledgehammer to hope in humanity".

Ill-equipped to survive the harsh winter, things only get wo...

The Omega Man OST makes vinyl debut for Record Store Day 2018
Posted on Tuesday 6th March 2018

Record Store Day 2018 is April 21st and the full list of titles has just been announced. A stand out from the 400+ titles this year is from Silva Screen Records, Ron Grainer's music for the classic from 1971, The Omega Man.

Limited to 1000 units with each piece numbered this soundtrack is getting its first ever vinyl pressing and housed in heavy duty "paper over board" gatefold sleeve.

Charlton Heston starred in director Boris Sagal's 1971 adaptation of Richard Matheson's 1954 novel, I Am Legend as the survivor of a global pandemic. Seemingly the only human immune to the plague in a desolate Los Angeles, he becomes the target for "the Family", a terrifying cult of human victims...

Book of Monsters - Exclusive look at new poster
Posted on Monday 5th March 2018

Those of you lucky enough to make it through the snow to Horror Channel FrightFest Glasgow at the weekend were treated to a quick look at Book of Monsters.

From the team that brought us The Creature Below a couple of years back, this female lead, action-packed monster movie draws inspiration from the cult horror cinema of the 80s and 90s including such classics as Scream, Gremlins and Buffy The Vampire Slayer. With sick, gory practical creature effects and a dark comedic edge, the film promises to be a fun, bloody and sexy trip back to a time when making it through high school was truly life or death.

The film was successfully funded through Kickstarter in August 2017, raising 45,000 and became one...

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