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By James Whittington, Tuesday 1st January 2019
It's been a real bumper year for horror movie fans. 2018 delivered up more cinematic scares than most years, it also saw he return of some of one of the most iconic monsters of all time.
Ghost Stories The movie that breathed new life into the portmanteau genre, Ghost Stories is a sublime excursion into the smart minds of two incredibly talented people; Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman. Phillip Goodman (Nyman), professor of psychology, arch-skeptic, one-man 'belief buster' - has his rationality tested to the hilt when he receives a letter apparently from beyond the grave. Played totally straight and written and directed by Dyson and Nyman from their own celebrated stage play, Ghost Stories delivers an unforgettable experience and proves once again that Andy Nyman is one of our finest actors and each scene he appears should be cherished.
The Ranger Jenn Wexler gave us one of the biggest hits of FrightFest 2018, The Ranger. This full-bloodied, retro shocker delivered big style as well as having one of the coolest soundtracks of the year. The idea is straightforward; a park ranger sorts out some unruly teens in his forest but one of them who stands in his way. By using smart camera work and an even smarter attention to pacing, Wexler is certainly going to go on to even bigger things. Can't wait to see what she does next.
Pyewacket Teen horror is a difficult horror genre to get right, mainly because most of the time the teens in the movie are just brats and you don't connect with them. Adam MacDonald's Pyewacket jumps this fence perfectly and delivers a film that refreshes the concept of black magic whilst building up the tension to an off the scale level. Leah (Nicole Munoz) is forced by her unstable mother (Laurie Holden), to leave her friends behind and move to a house in the woods. Isolated, Leah turns to Black Magic to release her anger. Naively she performs an occult to invoke the spirit of a witch to kill her mother. Jumping from nightmarish visions to pure horror moments, this is the slow-burner of the year with standout performances from Munoz and Holden. Their ability to give a natural depth to their characters makes it and even more chilling experience.
Errementari: The Blacksmith and the Devil Ever wished that Terry Gilliam made more movies? Paul Urkijo's demonic movie Errementari: The Blacksmith and the Devil fills that void amicably being a joyous celebration of inventiveness and satisfying storytelling. Ten years after Civil War in Spain 1833, Usue (Uma Bracaglia) seeks escape from her abusive guardians and constant harassment from villagers. But her doll ends up at the property of Patxi (Kandido Uranga) a lonely and feared blacksmith who is the keeper of a terrifying secret. Urkijo gaves the audience exactly what it wants, a joyous piece of cinema that mixes folklore, superb characterisation and real heart. Eneko Sagardoy who plays the demon Sartael steals the movie.
Anna and the Apocalypse Hands up who likes musicals? Now hands up who likes horror movies. Now hands up who likes both at the same time? Anna and the Apocalypse is such a beast which has given us all a new Christmas movie to watch annually. Anna is a straight-A student, struggling with her mom's death, total friend drama, and the fallout from wasting her time on a very attractive boy. But a zombie apocalypse majorly disrupts the holiday season. This crazy premise really works thanks to a truly talented cast and crew and some great tracks. The young players perfectly and director combine the two genres in a movie that wouldn't be out of place in the West End.
Lifechanger If you like your horror that's surreal but has one foot firmly in reality, then Lifechanger is for you. A shape-shifter sets out on a blood-soaked mission to make things right with the woman he loves but had to leave behind for her own safety's sake. But moving between body snatches is becoming confusing, mind-bending and more debilitating by the minute. This heart-breaking movie has real soul to it, a perfect blend of pathos and smart fiction, you really don't know where the film will go and ultimately leaves you an emotional wreck.
Halloween Probably the most anticipated horror movie of the year, Halloween became the biggie with fans and at the box-office. With Jamie Lee Curtis back as Laurie Strode and original director John Carpenter doing the score, the movie became an event. And boy did it deliver! It's been 40 years since Laurie survived a vicious attack from crazed killer Michael Myers, now faces a terrifying showdown when Michael returns to Haddonfield. By picking up directly from the 1978 original, director David Gordon Green took the themes and some of the camera work from the original and polished them into one of the finest slashers. Curtis owns this movie, her empowered take on Strode is mesmerising to watch and Carpenter's score cranks up the tension perfectly.
Leigh Whannell added another string to his creative bow in 2018 with a stylish piece of Sci-Fi that delivered so much action you needed a lie down after watching it. Set in the near future, tech controls nearly all aspects of life. When Grey is made quadriplegic in an accident his only is an experimental computer chip implant called STEM that allows him to achieve miraculous feats of mind and strength. But then STEM starts to take full control of his body and the true nano nightmares begin. This is only Whannell's second feature as a director and proves he has a vision for style as well as writing scripts full of substance.
One Cut of the Dead The breakout movie of the whole of the FrightFest event, One Cut of the Dead is a superb, low-budget piece from Shin'ichiro Ueda. A film crew is shooting a zombie horror flick in an abandoned water filtration plant, allegedly used for human experiments by the military. Just as the director browbeats his actors and demands more special effects blood, a real zombie apocalypse erupts, much to his auteur delight. A meta movie that builds on an incredible 37-minute opening shot, it turns itself on its head leaving you in a spin of originality and precise storytelling. This movie will be huge when it gets its big release this year.
A Quiet Place
Another movie that generated so shedload of buzz was a new piece from actor/director John Krasinski, and it made all the right sounds and got a lot of people sitting up and taking notice. In A Quite Place, a family of four must navigate their lives in silence after mysterious creatures that hunt by sound threaten their survival. To put it simply, if they hear you, they hunt you. A real hit at the start of the year, the movie became known as something you had to experience rather than just watch and if anyone was sitting next to you eating popcorn, well, you weren't responsible for your actions!
Posted in News, Monday 24th June 2019
Something nasty is lurking in the forest in what might be the most frightening film of the year, a nerve-jangling mix of The Witch and Hereditary.
A bold cross between Pet Sematary and Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Hole In The Ground is the debut feature from writer-director Lee Cronin is a genre game changer that masterfully builds the tension, delivers the frights and leaves the audience reeling.
Cronin elicits terrific performances from a brilliant cast, particularly Seana Kerslake as a single mother driven to her wits end, and a wonderfully unnerving James Quinn Markey as her son, who might not be what he seems after his disappearance in the forest. Also ...SHARE: READ MORE Glasgow Film Night Celebrates Disability in Horror
Posted in News, Thursday 20th June 2019
Popcorn Horror launches the first film event celebrating the work of disabled horror creators, actors, and exploring the relationship between horror and disability.
In honour of the third annual Disability in Horror Month, Glasgow based horror collective Popcorn Horror have announced a unique night of scary films by disabled filmmakers, featuring disabled actors, or contributing to the conversation on representation in film media. The event is set to take place in Renfield St. Stephens Centre on Friday 28 June.
From Tod Browning's controversial 1932 film, Freaks, to more recent examples such as Hush, horror and disability have shar...SHARE: READ MORE The Villainess soundtrack coming to vinyl
Posted in News, Thursday 20th June 2019
The Villainess received a four-minute standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival, cementing the worldwide growth and interest in South Korean action cinema. The explosive soundtrack from Ja Wan Koo perfectly complements the exquisitely choreographed fight sequences and the darkness of The Villainess' ultra-violent world.
Since she was a little girl, Sook-hee was brought up to become a deadly assassin.She gets a second chance in life when South Korea's Intelligence Agency's Chief Kwon recruits her to become a sleeper cell. Her new identity is Chae Yeon-soo, 27 years old, theatre actress. With a promise of complete freedom after serving the country for 10 years, Sook-hee begins a new life. ...SHARE: READ MORE Arrow Video FrightFest 2019 announces opening and closing night films
Posted in Frightfest, News, Thursday 20th June 2019
This year's festival opens with the UK premiere of Ant Timpson's deviously edgy stunner Come To Daddy, starring Elijah Wood, Stephen McHattie, Martin Donovan and Michael Smiley.
Written by The Greasy Strangler co-writer Toby Harvard (based on an idea by Timpson), Elijah Wood puts in a career best performance as thirty-something Norval, who receives an out-of-the-blue invitation to visit his perpetually uncaring dad, As his father's growing animosity towards him reaches a dark fever pitch. this hilarious, inventively gross, core-shocking adventure moves smartly towards its uncompromising and unexpected finale.
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Posted in Features, Wednesday 19th June 2019 Saturday nights on Horror Channel in July sees the UK TV premieres of Casey La Scala's disaster shocker The Remaining, based on the Book of Revelations; Mark Young's contagious chiller Feral; Robbie Pickering's comedy horror Freaks of Nature and Nils Taylor's fearsome female thriller Quarries.
In the UK TV premiere of The Remaining on the 6th, a group of close friends gathers for a wedding, but the celebration is shattered by a series of cataclysmic events and enemies foretold by apocalyptic biblical prophecies. The survivors face a horrifying, uncertain future as they scramble for safety, but as their world collapses around them in chaos and terror, will they choose real life through faith, or just t...SHARE: READ MORE Graham Humphreys' stunning artwork for Arrow Video FrightFest 2019 celebrates the festival's 20th year milestone
Posted in Frightfest, News, Saturday 15th June 2019
Arrow Video FrightFest 2019 is delighted to present Graham Humphreys' Aurora Monster-inspired artwork for this year's annual Bank Holiday event, the UK's largest celebration of genre cinema, taking place at Cineworld Leicester Square and The Prince Charles Cinema between Thursday August 22 and Monday August 26 2019.
Graham revealed: "Emerging each year from the charnal grounds, the monster tears open his own flesh to reveal the FrightFest numerical milestone, the 20th year! Inspired by the glow kits of the early 1970s, four ghastly apparitions flank the anti-hero, the Four Horror-men of the Annual-Gorefest! Each a-glow with sinister lig...SHARE: READ MORE FrightFest and Fab Press launch The Frightfest Guide to Werewolf Movies
Posted in Frightfest, News, Tuesday 11th June 2019
FrightFest and FAB Press once again join forces to launch The Frightfest Guide to Werewolf Movies, which goes exclusively on sale during Arrow Video FrightFest 2019, August 22 till August 27. Both the author Gavin Baddeley and filmmaker Neil Marshall, who wrote the foreword, will be present to sign copies.
Following the success of the three previous editions: The FrightFest Guide to Exploitation Movies, Monster Movies and last year's Ghost Movies, this is the latest in a series of wide appeal books for both the curious spectator and the cult connoisseur.
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Posted in News, Tuesday 11th June 2019
As voted for by Grimmfest fans on social media, it has been decided that The Devil Rides Out and The Plague of the Zombies will be the next Grimmfest big screen double-bill to be supported by Horror Channel.
The event is taking place at the Plaza in Stockport (less than 10 mins by train from Manchester city centre) - an amazing art deco super-cinema that has been lovingly restored to its former glory. Films will start promptly at the advertised times and no under 15s will be admitted.
Doors open at 6.30pm £6 per individual film or £10 for the double bill + booking fee, book online or pay on the door.
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Posted in News, Sunday 9th June 2019
At the recent annual PROMAX Global Excellence Awards, Horror Channel won Gold in the Brand Image Design Promo Campaign category and Bronze in Motion Graphics category.
Both of these awards were for our We Are Horro campaign which was designed to reinforce the variety of sub-genres available on Horror Channel.
To be recognised at such a prestigious industry event makes us incredibly proud of our talented team of creatives and proves that when it comes to making a choice as to what to watch, We Are Horror!SHARE: READ MORE The House that Dripped Blood coming to Blu-ray
Posted in News, Wednesday 5th June 2019
Seminal Amicus horror The House that Dripped Blood, from Peter Duffell in his directorial debut and written by renowned screenwriter Robert Bloch (Psycho), is set for one of Second Sight's renowned must-have Limited Edition Blu-ray releases this Summer.
This star-studded anthology is presented in a stunning box set featuring original artwork from Graham Humphreys alongside a whole host of fantastic new special features including new essays from horror aficionados and a 40-page booklet and is available from 29 July.
Scotland Yard's Inspector Holloway (John Bennett) investigates a mysterious mansion with a ghoulish history and a chilling fate for its occupants in these four tales ...SHARE: READ MORE Two sci-fi classics from 101 Films coming soon
Posted in News, Wednesday 5th June 2019
101 Films will be releasing two classic movies on 5th August, suspenseful 1950s sci-fi The Colossus of New York, and apocalyptic disaster movie Crack in the World, both released on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK.
The Colossus of New York from 1958 was directed by sci-fi specialist Eugene Lourie (Gorgo) and benefits from a haunting, minimalistic piano score from composer Van Cleave. Included on this release is a brand new commentary with film writers Allan Bryce and David Flint.
After the accidental death of a brilliant scientist, his lunatic father and brother transplant the dead man's brain into the body of a giant robot. The operation is successful, but the Colossus Robot mou...SHARE: READ MORE Get ready to visit The Asylum in HD
Posted in News, Wednesday 5th June 2019
From Psycho writer Robert Bloch and directed by Roy Ward Baker (A Night to Remember), iconic 1972 Amicus horror anthology Asylum is set for the Limited Edition Blu-ray treatment from Second Sight.
This hugely anticipated release starring a stellar cast will be presented in stunning rigid slipcase packaging featuring new artwork by Graham Humphreys, and a 40-page booklet with new essays by Allan Bryce, Jon Towlson and Kat Ellinger, not to mention a whole host of special features including director commentaries and featurettes, it will available from 29 July.
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