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Second Sight Films to bring new life to Romero classics
By Horror Channel, Monday 28th January 2019
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Second Sight Films has announced it has acquired the UK Home Video and VOD rights to two classic films written and directed by celebrated filmmaker George A Romero. Following a licensing deal with producer Richard P Rubinstein, CEO of New Amsterdam Entertainment, the UK distributor will be re-issuing the highly-acclaimed and much in-demand George A Romero's Dawn of the Dead and Martin.

Slated for release later this year, Second Sight plans to give the legendary films the full Special Edition treatment in the same way they did for Blu-ray Box sets of cult classics When A Stranger Calls/When A Stranger Calls Back, The Changeling and Xtro. All featured stacks of bonus content and stunning packaging and have become real collectors' items.

Dawn of the Dead and Martin are set to arrive on Blu-ray complete with a host of brand-new special features, making them 'must-buys' for all horror fans and collectors. Further details on the company's plans will be announced in the coming weeks via Second Sight Films' social media channels.

Dawn of the Dead, widely acknowledged to be one of the greatest horror films of all time, arrived ten years after the seminal Night of the Living Dead. It ushered in a new era of zombie films, showing the director once again ahead of the curve mixing biting political satire with state-of-the-art-gore for a genre defining masterpiece that packs as much of a punch today as it did 40 years ago.

With a zombie epidemic escalating, a small band of survivors seek refuge in that shrine to capitalism, the shopping mall. But the undead, still possessed by an instinctive desire to consume, have had the same idea... What follows is a nail-biting thrill-ride and fight to survive. Oh, and watch out for those helicopter blades!

Martin saw the director doing for vampires what he did for zombies - putting a decidedly modern twist on centuries old folklore. Both disturbing and darkly humorous, it was Romero's own personal favourite.

Believing himself to be an 84-year-old vampire, a young man stalks his victims, sedates them and uses a razor blade rather than fangs to draw blood. But is he really a modern day Nosferatu, or just a very disturbed individual?

More news on these as and when we get it.


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New Black Label titles from 101 Films
Posted on Wednesday 17th July 2019
Rabid 1977The next two titles on the 101 Films Black Label will be released in August and September. A pair of gruesome cult horrors; one a David Cronenberg classic, and the other a lost gem from the early '90s. Both titles are presented in Limited Edition versions with slipcase and booklet, limited to 3000 units.

On 26th August get set for Rabid (1977), David Cronenberg's early classic, stacked with extras, including a brand new feature-length documentary and an audio commentary with the Soska Sisters... and on 23rd September a UK debut on any format for Skinner (1993), starring Ted Raimi as the eponymous serial killer, in a film that was quite literally lost for several years.

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FrightFest fave Big Bad Wolves finally coming to HD
Posted on Wednesday 17th July 2019
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101 Films presents Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado's Big Bad Wolves (2013), a brutal and unpredictable thriller that addresses the perils of victimhood and the consequences of vengeance.

A series of brutal murders puts the lives of three men on a collision course: The father of the latest victim now out for revenge, a vigilante police detective operating outside the boundaries of law, and the main suspect in the killings - a religious studies teacher arrested and released due to a police blunder.

Released on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK, this release includes Last Night at the Empire: Big Bad Wolves at FrightFest, a brand new documentary on the background a...

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Important information for Freeview viewers in south and central Wales
Posted on Tuesday 16th July 2019
Horror Channel fans living in parts of south and central Wales using the Freeview platform please take note that TV signals in this area will be updated on Wednesday 17th July and you may need to retune on this date.

If you are still missing services after completing a full retune, or would like more information, visit the Freeview website or call the Freeview Advice Line free on 0808 100 0288 for assistance.

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Man of a Thousand Faces will appear in HD in October
Posted on Saturday 13th July 2019

One screen legend pays homage to another in Man of a Thousand Faces, an enthralling biopic which sees Oscar-winning tough guy James Cagney give a multifaceted portrayal of silent cinema legend Lon Chaney. This classic is being released onto Blu-ray on 28th October thanks to Arrow Academy.

In early horror classics such as The Hunchback of Notre Dame and The Phantom of The Opera, Lon Chaney captivated audiences with his vivid personifications of grotesque and afflicted characters. His extraordinary make-up skills, and miraculous ability to completely transform into grisly yet sympathetic and tragic monsters, garnered him international acclaim and the famous moniker of this fil...

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Sponsored by Horror, catch Marina Sirtis starring in the play Dark Sublime.
Posted on Friday 12th July 2019
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Making her West End debut, Marina Sirtis (Star Trek: The Next Generation) is starring in the acclaimed play Dark Sublime from Michael Dennis. Supported by Arts Council England and sponsored by Horror Channel, the production is running at Trafalgar Studios, London.

The piece concerns Oli who arrives at the door of Marianne (Sirtis), a fading jobbing actress. He's impatient to make an impression, to make a friend. Marianne knows about waiting - for her turn at something more substantial than a half-remembered role on a cult TV show, for her best friend to see her differently. As Oli forces her back into the past, and a strange, outrageous world she hasn't visited in almos...

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FrightFest reanimates its "New Blood" search for new writers
Posted on Wednesday 10th July 2019

With FrightFest entering its 20th year, the search is set to resume for new writers in the horror genre. For the third year running, New Blood reunites FrightFest with Giles Edwards of Queensbury Pictures with its mission to find emerging UK-based writers dedicated to the genre and nurture their projects from script to screen. Queensbury is ultimately interested in buying the finished script rather than the idea, and so, this year all successful final candidates if selected should be able to send even a rough draft of the first ten pages of their script through with their acceptance.

Already the scheme has delivered one new project Broadcast Signal Intrusion. Written by Phil Drinkwater and Tim Woodall...

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The Blair Witch Project on the big screen thanks to Grimmfest and Horror
Posted on Sunday 7th July 2019

Grimmfest will be having a special 20th Anniversary screening of The Blair Witch Project on 35mm on July 24th at Plaza Cinema, Stockport and is being supported by Horror.

Unless you've been living in abandoned cabin in the woods for twenty years you'd know that The Blair Witch Project concerns three film students vanish after traveling into a Maryland forest to film a documentary on the local Blair Witch legend, leaving only their footage behind.

The movie showed the power of the internet, telling the world about this 'real-life' documentary style film with an incredible campaign, it also re-awakened the 'found-footage' sub-genre into the horror-sphere. Whilst the film was made for only...

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Relive those dog flashbacks in HD as The Hills Have Eyes Part II comes to Blu-ray
Posted on Saturday 6th July 2019
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The hills are once again alive with the sound of screaming in Wes Craven's hugely entertaining follow-up to his own groundbreaking 1977 The Hills Have Eyes.

A motocross team on their way to trial a new super-fuel head out across the desert lead by Rachel, who, unbeknownst to the rest of the group, is a survivor of the cannibal clan which menaced the Carter family several years before. Opting to take an ill-advised shortcut across the desert, the busload of youngsters drive straight into the path of the remnants of Rachel's demented cannibal kin - the menacing Pluto, and a hulking, blood-hungry brute by the name of The Reaper.

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Hammer's Lust for a Vampire to rise on Blu-ray
Posted on Saturday 6th July 2019
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The second in Hammer's racy and rapturous Karnstein Trilogy, Lust for a Vampire - directed by Jimmy Sangster (writer of the legendary Dracula and The Curse of Frankenstein) - returns to wreck gloriously seductive horror once more. Bursting at the seams with lovingly put-together extras including a new featurette on Hammer in 1970, Lust for a Vampire will arrive on Blu-ray for the first time and DVD on 12th August.

In 1830, forty years to the day since the last manifestation of their dreaded vampirism, the Karnstein heirs use the blood of an innocent to bring forth the evil that is the beautiful Mircalla (Youtte Stensgaard). The nearby Finishing School offers rich pickings not...

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Arrow Video FrightFest 2019 announces 20th year record-breaking line-up
Posted on Thursday 4th July 2019
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The UK's biggest and boldest horror and fantasy film festival is celebrating its 20th bloody year. Since 2000 it has made its indelible mark, not only on the ever-burgeoning horror community but also on the UK genre landscape as a whole. The internationally renowned event leads the way in attesting to the versatility of the genre, its reinvention and its growing importance in the cultural landscape and this year is no exception.

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The Prey is finally coming to HD
Posted on Thursday 4th July 2019

It's not human, and it's got an axe!

One of the most underrated efforts to hail from the slice-and-dice boom, The Prey at last emerges from the VHS wilderness in a brand new 2K restoration from the recently unearthed original camera negative.

Three young couples set off into the mountains for a weekend of climbing, drinking and lovemaking. But little do they know that they are stumbling into the terrain of a fearsome predator - a wild man, horrifically burned as a child many years ago in a fire which engulfed his gypsy camp and left only him alive. Now he roams the woods in search of his next human prey.

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The end has come for The Walking Dead
Posted on Wednesday 3rd July 2019
Image/Skybound's long-running series The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard has come to its conclusion with today's #193 issue.

This final chapter in the pop culture phenomenon was hinted at by the events of issue The Walking Dead #192 and, according to Kirkman's farewell letter at the end of the issue, has been planned and a longtime coming.

"I'll say it again, I love (loved... oh, god, I'm not ready for past tense) writing this series. I really don't want it to end. In fact, I've been... kind of unsettled since I wrote the script for this issue. The whole thing just feels... weird," Kirkman wrote in the letter. "In a way, killing this series has been a lot like killing...

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