ARTICLES

LATEST | FEATURES | INTERVIEWS | NEWS | FRIGHTFEST | REVIEWS

"I want you to watch the movie screen. There's something I want to show you" Donnie Darko to be released in 4K
By James Whittington, Sunday 31st January 2021
Donnie Darko Exploded pack shot

Fifteen years before Stranger Things combined science fiction, Spielbergian touches and 80s nostalgia to much acclaim, Richard Kelly set the template - and the high-water mark - with his debut feature, Donnie Darko. Initially beset with distribution problems, it would slowly find its audience and emerge as arguably the first cult classic of the new millennium.

Donnie is a troubled high school student: in therapy, prone to sleepwalking and in possession of an imaginary friend, a six-foot rabbit named Frank, who tells him the world is going to end in 28 days, 06 hours, 42 minutes and 12 seconds. During that time he will navigate teenage life, narrowly avoid death in the form of a falling jet engine, follow Frank's maladjusted instructions and try to maintain the space-time continuum.

Described by its director as "The Catcher in the Rye as told by Philip K. Dick", Donnie Darko combines an eye-catching, eclectic cast - pre-stardom Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal, heartthrob Patrick Swayze, former child star Drew Barrymore, Oscar nominees Mary McDonnell and Katharine Ross, and television favourite Noah Wyle - and an evocative soundtrack of 80s classics by Echo and the Bunnymen, Tears for Fears and Duran Duran. This brand-new 4K restoration, carried out exclusively for this release by Arrow Films, allows a modern classic to finally receive the home video treatment it deserves.

This edition contains new 4K restorations of both the Theatrical Cut and the Director's Cut from the original camera negatives by Arrow Films, supervised and approved by director Richard Kelly and cinematographer Steven Poster plus a 100-page hardcover book featuring writing by Nathan Rabin, Anton Bitel and Jamie Graham, an in-depth interview with Richard Kelly, an introduction by Jake Gyllenhaal and contemporary coverage, illustrated with original stills and promotional materials. A double-sided fold-out poster featuring newly commissioned artwork by Luke Preece, six double-sided collector's postcards and limited edition packaging with reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Luke Preece. It will be released on 26th April.

DISC 1 - THE THEATRICAL CUT [4K UHD BLU-RAY]
Audio commentary by writer-director Richard Kelly and actor Jake Gyllenhaal
Audio commentary by Kelly, producer Sean McKittrick and actors Drew Barrymore, Jena Malone, Beth Grant, Mary McDonnell, Holmes Osborne, Katharine Ross and James Duval
Deus ex Machina: The Philosophy of Donnie Darko, a documentary by Ballyhoo Motion Pictures on the making of Donnie Darko, containing interviews with writer-director Richard Kelly, producer Sean McKittrick, cinematographer Steven Poster, editor Sam Bauer, composer Michael Edwards, costume designer April Ferry, production designer Alec Hammond and actor James Duval
The Goodbye Place, Kelly's 1996 short film, which anticipates some of the themes and ideas of his feature films
20 deleted and alternate scenes with optional commentary by Kelly
Trailer

DISC 2 - THE DIRECTOR'S CUT [4K UHD BLU-RAY]
Audio commentary by Kelly and filmmaker Kevin Smith
The Donnie Darko Production Diary, an archival documentary charting the film's production, with optional commentary by cinematographer Steven Poster
Archive interviews with Kelly, actors Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Drew Barrymore, James Duval, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Holmes Osborne, Noah Wyle and Katharine Ross, producers Sean McKittrick, Nancy Juvonen, Hunt Lowry and Casey La Scala, and cinematographer Steven Poster
Three archive featurettes: They Made Me Do It, They Made Me Do It Too and #1 Fan: A Darkomentary
Storyboard comparisons
B-roll footage
Cunning Visions infomercials
Music video: Mad World by Gary Jules
Galleries
Director's Cut trailer
TV spots

Related show tags: DONNIE DARKO, RICHARD KELLY
MORE NEWS
Get ready for Spookies!
Posted on Thursday 4th March 2021
Spookies

On 26th April 101 Films Black Label will be releasing cult 80s horror Spookies (1986) on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK on 26th April. Produced by Michael Lee, founder of legendary video distributor VIPCO, the film's tumultuous production history saw original co-writers/directors Brendan Faulkner and Thomas Doran and co-writer/producer Frank M. Farel fired, and Eugenie Joseph brought on board to shoot new scenes and re-edit the existing footage. The chaotic and deranged result has gone on to amass an army of devotees in the intervening years, attaining genuine cult status among horror fans. Among the additional content is a new version of feature-length documentary VIPCO: The Untold Story.

After...

SHARE: READ MORE
The ultimate experience in celluloid terror now in 4K!
Posted on Thursday 4th March 2021
Demons 4K Cover

Brand new 4K restorations of Demons and Demons 2 are out now via Arrow Video! More vivid and terrifying than ever before, the new 4K UHD Blu-ray release comes with a wealth of bonus features old and new, making this the ultimate experience in celluloid terror.

In the early 1980s, Dario Argento, the famed horror maestro responsible for such classics as Suspiria and Deep Red, branched out from directing into producing, shepherding the work of his fellow filmmakers to the screen - among them Lamberto Bava (Delirium, A Blade in the Dark), son of the legendary Mario Bava. Together, they crafted two tales of terror that would become synonymous with Italian 80s horror, in which the veil between...

SHARE: READ MORE
Dare you listen to The Vigil?
Posted on Thursday 4th March 2021
The-Vigil_DIGITAL-COVER_v04

Lakeshore Records has digitally released The Vigil Original Motion Picture Soundtrack - Music by Michael Yezerski (The Tax Collector, Blindspotting).

Steeped in ancient Jewish lore and demonology, The Vigil is a supernatural horror film set over the course of a single evening in Brooklyn's Hasidic Borough Park neighbourhood. Low on funds and having recently left his insular religious community, Yakov reluctantly accepts an offer from his former rabbi and confidante to take on the responsibility of an overnight "shomer," fulfilling the Jewish practice of watching over the body of a deceased community member. Shortly after arriving at the recently departed's dilapid...

SHARE: READ MORE
Are you ready for The Final Countdown in 4K?
Posted on Saturday 27th February 2021
The Final Countdown Cover

Trapped outside the boundaries of time and space - 102 aircraft... 6,000 men... all missing.

Katharine Ross and Ron O'Neal co-star in this spellbinding sci-fi action hit filmed on location aboard the U.S.S. Nimitz with the full participation of the U.S. Navy and the ship's crew. Now Blue Underground are to release The Final Countdown in a stunning new restoration, scanned in 4K 16-bit from the original 35mm camera negative, with Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos audio, for the ultimate in explosive home theatre excitement!

The time is now. The place is aboard the U.S.S. Nimitz, America's mightiest nuclear-powered aircraft carrier on maneuvers in the Pacific...

SHARE: READ MORE
Enjoy retro-sci-fi-fun with They Came from Beyond Space
Posted on Tuesday 23rd February 2021
TheyCameFromBeyondSpace_BD_OR_3DPack

STUDIOCANAL presents a brand-new restoration of the Amicus Productions' cult 60s sci-fi horror They Came from Beyond Space from the legendary director of The Evil of Frankenstein and Dr Terror's House of Horrors, Freddie Francis. Available to buy on Blu-ray for the first time and on DVD and digital formats from 8th March.

Starring Robert Hutton, Jennifer Jayne, Zia Mohyeddin and Bernard Kay the movie was written by Milton Subotsky, the acclaimed screenwriter of Dr Who and the Daleks and Tales from the Crypt, adapted from the book 'The Gods Hate Kansas' by Joseph Millard. An enjoyably camp B-movie, the Amicus producers followed in the tradition o...

SHARE: READ MORE
Get ready to meet a Promising Young Woman in March
Posted on Tuesday 23rd February 2021
Promising Young Woman

Driven by a mysterious and tragic event in her past, a young woman seeks out vengeance in this thrilling and wildly entertaining story about a delicious new take on revenge in Promising Young Woman, available to own for the first time on Digital on March 2, 2021 and Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand on March 16 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

This edgy thriller is the directorial debut of groundbreaking filmmaker Emerald Fennell (Killing Eve, The Crown) who wrote the vibrant, twisted and suspenseful story. Showcasing an incredible ensemble cast lead by Academy Award nominee Carey Mulligan (An Education, Drive) and with an iconic soundtrack, fans can now go behind-the-sc...

SHARE: READ MORE
FrightFest favourite The Columnist is coming
Posted on Wednesday 17th February 2021
THECOLUMNIST_1-sheet

This year, keyboard warriors need to be careful who they offend online, as The Columnist is unleashed in cinemas and on digital platforms, courtesy of Vertigo Releasing, on 12th March in the UK and Ireland.

Starring Westworld's Katja Herbers, the movie was a stand-out at last year's FrightFest, is a savagely satirical, gory and wholly thrilling look at what happens when the victim of online abuse says "enough is enough". Smartly scripted and slicky directed, with some wonderfully pitch-black set pieces, it sits nicely alongside women-turn-the-tables hits Prevenge, Revenge, Promising Young Woman, and the recent Danish release The Exception.

Newspaper columnist and aut...

SHARE: READ MORE
Director of Reborn now delivers the intense thriller Skin Collector
Posted on Wednesday 17th February 2021
2D_SKIN_COLLECT 2

Danse Macabre has announced the UK and Irish release of Julian Richards' award winning crime thriller Skin Collector which will be available on DVD and VOD this week.

John Jarratt (Wolf Creek) stars as a serial killer who develops an unhealthy obsession with the only victim to survive his attack. Danielle Harris (Halloween) stars as the victim, a shy young secretary with an indomnitable will to survive. When the psychopath penetrates police lines to abduct his target, she must draw on all her resources to survive the ordeal. Casper Van Dien (Starship Troopers) and Rae Dawn Chong (Commando) are detectives charged with bringing the killer to justice.

Written and Produced by R...

SHARE: READ MORE
Grimmfest Easter Edition: Full Feature Film Line-Up
Posted on Wednesday 17th February 2021
Grimmfest Easter Horror Nights

Grimmfest has announced the launch of their Grimmfest Easter Edition, a new annual event, taking place over the Easter Weekend, and complimenting the long-established festival in October.

Easter is traditionally a time for rebirth, renewal, resurrection. But as the Pandemic continues to rage, and the world remains on lockdown for the foreseeable future, it is also a time for rethinking.

Thus, while the Grimmfest team had hoped to be hosting a 'live' Easter event, instead, the Grimmfest Easter Edition will be taking place online, and will build on the success of Grimmfest 2020 online experience.

The festival will open on Thursday April...

SHARE: READ MORE
Dawn of the Dead has returned (again)
Posted on Monday 8th February 2021
DAWN_OF_THE_DEAD_STANDARD_ED_3D_BD_PACK_

After the huge success of its lavish Limited Edition box sets released in Autumn 2020, the dead are preparing to walk the earth once more as Second Sight announces the release of the definitive restored versions of George A Romero's zombie classic Dawn Of The Dead in standard editions on 22 March.

The standard editions of this beautifully restored, comprehensive edition of the seminal horror, feature three different versions of the film, along with a fourth disc of special features across two separate formats Dawn Of The Dead 4K UHD and Dawn Of The Dead Blu-ray.

Acclaimed by fans and critics alike, these presentations offer ...

SHARE: READ MORE
Finally uncut, Tammy and the T-Rex!
Posted on Monday 8th February 2021
Tammy and the TRex Exploded pack shot

Starring Denise Richards and Paul Walker in early roles, Tammy and the T-Rex was originally released in the USA with a PG-13 rating. This release features the recently restored 'Gore Cut', presented as originally conceived in all its gore-filled glory.

Tammy is a popular high school cheerleader whose new boyfriend, Michael, might be the love of her life. But Tammy's jealous ex, Billy, won't stand for anyone coming between him and 'his' girl, so he and his friends kidnap Michael, leaving him to be mauled by a lion in a local wildlife reserve. Comatose and at death's door, Michael's body is stolen from the hospital by mad scientist Dr. Wachenstein, w...

SHARE: READ MORE
New trailer for Willy's Wonderland starring Nic Cage
Posted on Monday 8th February 2021

Ever wanted to see Nic Cage battle violent animatronic amusement park mascots? If so then Signature Entertainment have the movie for you, Willy's Wonderland will be unleashed on Digital 12th February.

Stranded in a remote town with a car that won't work and no way to pay the local repair shop, The Janitor (Nic Cage) agrees to spend the night in an abandoned theme park full of animatronic characters that were once a joy to the kids of the town, but now hold a dark secret. As night falls, these once happy mascots come to life and they're out for blood. Survive at any cost, it's only one night! Willy's Wonderland stars Nic Cage (Mandy) alongside Emily Tosta ...

SHARE: READ MORE
News Archive: 2021 | 2020 | 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007
PICK OF THE WEEK
Tales From The Darkside
TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE
Sunday 14th March
8.30 PM
Lifechanger
LIFECHANGER
Saturday 20th March
10.55 PM
Cell
CELL
Saturday 20th March
9.00 PM