A Quiet Place II was supposed to be one of the first of a number of big genre releases when it was released in March last year. However, it was one of the first industry victims of the pandemic and was pushed back to September. That date was not viable either and so it was pushed back even further, with some hopes that it would be releases this Spring. However, with cinemas still shut, these hopes have been dashed and the film's release has now been shifted until September this year. Let's keep our fingers crossed that things are 'normal' enough later this year for this to actually happen!
For those who have forgotten, the plot follows the Abbott family (Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe) who must now face the terrors of the outside world as they continue their fight for survival in silence. Forced to venture into the unknown, they quickly realize that the creatures that hunt by sound are not the only threats that lurk beyond the sand path.
HORROR CHANNEL FEBRUARY PREMIERES FEATURE ZOMBIE ACTION, BLOODSUCKING COMEDY AND JET LI HEROICS
Horror Channel has three thrilling primetime Saturday night channel premieres in February including the UK TV premiere of Chee Keong Cheung’s REDCON-1, a British zombie action epic, starring Mark Strange as a Special Forces operative battling a virus outbreak, Plus, there are Channel premieres for EAT LOCALS in which actor Jason Flemying makes his directorial debut with a bloodsucking comedy chiller featuring Mackenzie Crook, Dexter Fletcher and Annette Crosbie, and THE ONE, James Wong’s flashy superhero martial arts drama, starring Jet Li and Jason Statham.
Other highlights for February include the John Carpenter remake of VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED – which stars Christopher Reeves in his last publicly released film before his career-ending injury, I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE (2010) - Steven R. Monroe’s remake of arguably the most notorious title in horror history and the darkly gripping sci-fi thriller SPLICE. There’s also the critically-acclaimed MAGGIE, a take on the Zombie genre starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Julian Gilbey’s harrowing British survival shocker, A LONELY PLACE TO DIE, starring Melissa George and Ed Speelers.
In a quiet countryside farmhouse, Britain's vampires gather together for their once-every-fifty-years meeting. Others will be joining them too, including a detachment of Special Forces vampire killers, led by Larousse (Mackenzie Crook), who have bitten off more than they can chew. This is certainly going to be a night to remember...and for some of them it will be their last.
Saturday 13 February @ 21:00 – THE ONE (2001) *Channel Premiere
A rogue Multiverse agent (Jet Li) goes on a manhunt for alternate versions of himself, getting stronger with each kill. Only the last version of himself, an LASD cop, can stop his crusade before he becomes "The One".
Saturday 20 February @ 22:40 – REDCON-1 (2018) *UK TV Premiere
After a zombie apocalypse spreads from a London prison, the UK is brought to its knees. The spread of the virus is temporarily contained but, without a cure, it's only a matter of time before it breaks its boundaries, and the biggest problem of all... any zombies with combat skills are now enhanced. A squad of Special Forces soldiers is sent on a suicide mission to save humanity against ever-rising odds.
OTHER FILM HIGHLIGHTS
Wednesday 3 February @ 22:55 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE (2010)
When writer Jennifer Hills (Sarah Butler) retreats to a charming cabin in the woods to start her next book, her presence in the small town attracts unwanted redneck attention. Intending to teach the city girl a lesson, they break into her cabin to scare her. However, what starts out as terrifying acts of humiliation uncontrollably escalates into a night of abusive assault. But against all odds Jennifer survives her ordeal and intends to turn the tables on her tormentors…
Sunday 14 February @ 21:00 – VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED (1995)
A strange mist overcomes an idyllic coastal town, causing ten local women to become mysteriously pregnant. Soon, these women give birth to albino children who turn out to be mind-controlling demons. The town doctor (Christopher Reeve) is the only one capable of destroying this other worldly force…
Thursday 18 February @ 21:00 – SPLICE (2010)
Clive (Adrian Brody) and Elsa (Sarah Polley) are brilliant and ambitious scientists. The new animal species they have engineered have made them rebel superstars of the scientific world. In secret, they introduce human DNA into the experiment. The result is something that is greater than the sum of its parts: a female animal-human hybrid that may be a step up on the evolutionary ladder – and a step too far
Sunday 21 February @ 21:00 – MAGGIE (2015)
As the world narrowly recovers from a near apocalyptic virus, an infected teenage girl (Abigail Breslin) with only a precious few weeks to live must find the strength and bravery to face her fleeting mortality as her father (Arnold Schwarzenegger) struggles helplessly to protect her from the frightened town, and keep the family together.
Friday 26 February @ 21:00 – A LONELY PLACE TO DIE (2011)
Five mountaineers are climbing in the Scottish Highlands when they stumble across an air pipe sticking out of the forest ground emitting panicked cries from a small girl who speaks Serbian. Who buried her in the earth chamber? Why? The horrifying answers to all those questions will take the quintet to the death-defying Devil’s Drop. And in the deadliest game of cat-and-mouse, predator becomes prey and vice versa in this top-flight terroriser laced with pulse-pounding thrills.
ARROW VIDEO FRIGHTFEST ANNOUNCE GLASGOW DIGITAL LINE-UP
Despite continuing COVID-19 restrictions, Arrow Video FrightFest Glasgow is back to present a virtual six-pack of tasty titles; an extravaganza of the dark arts that will leave you stirred, shaken and shocked.
There will be six online presentations, including the UK premiere of Kyle Rankin’s controversial high school siege drama RUN HIDE FIGHT, starring Isabel May as a fiercely independent student taking on a quartet of invading shooters, and the UK premiere of OUT OF THIS WORLD (HORS DU MONDE), a disturbing, compelling study of obsession from brilliant new French director Marc Fouchard. It boasts a stunning performance by Kevin Mischel as a mentally-challenged musician turned Uber driver.
A few years back Here Comes Hell, a Black & White mystery thriller, was a FrightFest Glasgow sensation, and THE WOMAN WITH LEOPARD SHOES (LA FEMME AUX CHAUSSURES LEOPARD) is another satisfying retro fix from first timer Alexis Bruchon. Expect an impressively old school yet ultra-modern noir thriller that twists, turns and twists again.
There are also two outstanding Canadian entries in the line-up – the European premiere of AMERICAN BADGER, Kirk Caouette’s gritty and turbo-driven hard action thriller and the UK premiere of Cody Calahan’s nostalgia-fest VICIOUS FUN, a skewering of 1980s fashions which slashes its way through the current era of genre filmmaking.
Finally, from director Christopher Alender, producer of the Glasgow FrightFest past selections Southbound and The Mortuary Collection, is the UK premiere of THE OLD WAYS, a terror tale taken from sinister Latin American folklore
The six films, which will be geo-locked to the UK and limited to 500 tickets, will be available on-demand between the 5th & 7th of March, so can be viewed over those three days
Tickets will go on sale on Monday 18 January, priced £9.99. Please note that passes are not available. For more information: www.glasgowfilm.org/festival
Alan Jones, co-director of FrightFest commentated: “FrightFest might be presenting a more boutique line-up than usual, but our determined response has still been to showcase the bold and vital work artists have felt compelled to make under such unique conditions. We stay resolute in our continual mission to bring those must-see genre titles to their first UK audiences, especially our devoted Scottish community”.
RUN HIDE FIGHT (UK Premiere)
Director: Kyle Rankin
Synopsis: A normal school day is brought to a brutal halt when invaded by armed students on a murderous mission. As the shooting starts and the blood starts to flow, Zoe is lucky to get out alive. But then she heads back inside the building to rescue as many staff and pupils as she can. It’s High School DIE HARD as Zoe uses her survival skills to outsmart the killers.
OUT OF THE WORLD / HORS DU MONDE (UK Premiere)
Director: Marc Fouchard
Synopsis: The very private Leo has issues communicating with others due to past trauma and only lives for his music. For now, not able to have a career as a composer, he works as an Uber driver and lives in his car. When Leo picks up Amélie, a deaf dancer, he sees a like-minded spirit, connected to the same remote sound universe yet cut off from the world, just like him. But Leo is hiding a dark and dangerous secret.
VICIOUS FUN (UK Premiere)
Director: Cody Calahan
Synopsis: Joel, a caustic 1980s film critic for a national horror magazine, accidentally stumbles into a secret underground self-help group for serial killers. Can he match wits with five exterminators and make it through the night alive? Kill or be killed, Joel will have to find his inner assassin and muster hidden strengths to defeat the maniacs in his midst.
THE OLD WAYS (UK Premiere)
Director: Christopher Alender
Synopsis: Cristina, a journalist of Mexican origins, travels to the home of her ancestors in Veracruz to investigate a story involving sorcery, witchcraft and healers. Once there, she is kidnapped by a group of mysterious locals who claim that she's possessed by the devil and that she needs to undergo an exorcism. But as she tries to escape her nightmarish situation, Cristina starts to believe that her secretive captors may actually be right...
AMERICAN BADGER (European Premiere)
Director: Kirk Caouette
Synopsis: Meet Badger, because his real name is Dean, and that's the lamest ever for a hitman. Like all American Badgers, he prefers to be alone, and has hardly spoken a word to anyone except his Handler. But all that is about to change with his latest assignment - make friends with call girl Velvet, extract information about the criminal Albanian gang she works for, and then kill her. What he doesn’t know is that Velvet is like a daughter to the mob boss and all hell is about to break loose.
THE WOMAN WITH LEOPARD SHOES/LA FEMME AUX CHAUSSURES LEOPARD (Scottish Premiere)
Director: Alexis Bruchon
Synopsis: A thief is engaged by a mysterious woman to steal a box in a house. The job goes well but, as he’s escaping, dozens of people arrive for a party. The thief just has time to hide in a study. Confined in this little room, he tries to flee but things turn for the worse when he makes a shocking discovery…
One of the hidden gems of 2018 was Searching - a techno thriller/horror directed by Aneesh Chaganty that focused on a desperate father trying to find his missing daughter by looking for clues on her laptop.
Well Sony Stage 6 Films has just signed up Will Merrick and Nick Johnson to direct a sequel - in what will be the directorial debut for the pair, who were part of the creative team on the first film.
Although there are not plot details to share it is believed it will tell a new story that focuses on different characters to the original. Filming is set to begin in the spring.
HORROR CHANNEL USHERS IN NEW YEAR WITH MOSNTROUS SAT NIGHT PREMIERES
Horror Channel gets the New Year off to a horrifying start with three thrilling primetime Saturday night channel premieres, including John Schlesinger’s gripping psychological thriller PACIFIC HEIGHTS, starring Melanie Griffith, Matthew Modine and Michael Keaton. Plus, there’s Clive Barker’s dark monster fantasy NIGHTBREED, starring David Cronenberg, and Anthony DiBlasi’s claustrophobic, intensely creepy LAST SHIFT.
Other highlights for January include Bernard Rose’s FRANKENSTEIN, a stylishly smart update of the classic myth, starring Xavier Samuel, Danny Huston, Carrie-Anne Moss and Tony Todd, Scott Stewart’s compulsive alien home-invasion thriller DARK SKIES, SERENITY, the big screen continuation of Joss Whedon's 2002 television series Firefly, Christopher Smith’s BLACK DEATH, a brooding, bloody plague-ridden action horror, starring Eddie Redmayne, Leigh Janiak’s acclaimed HONEYMOON starring Harry Treadaway and Rose Leslie and Caroline Labrèche & Steeve Léonard’s unusual and compelling sci-fi thriller RADIUS.
Patty (Melanie Griffith) and Drake (Matthew Modine) want their downstairs tenant, Carter Hayes (Michael Keaton), to pay the rent. He won't. They want him to leave. He won't. And Hayes, a sociopathic scam artist, has made sure he has the law on his side. As he tries to drive them out of their own home, the couple must take drastic measures to fight back.
Saturday 16 January @ 21:00 – LAST SHIFT (2014) *Channel Premiere
Rookie police officer, Jessica Loren (Juliana Harkavy), has been assigned the last shift at a transitioning police station and must wait for a hazmat crew to pick up biomedical evidence. Ordered not to leave the station under any circumstance, Jessica comes to learn that it's more than just an outdated station, it is home to the ultimate embodiment of evil and his devoted blood thirsty followers. Jessica is left to fend for herself in the Devil's playground.
Saturday 23 January @ 21:00 – NIGHTBREED (1990) *Channel Premiere
Boone may be a troubled young man, but his troubles are just beginning. Set up as the fall guy in a string of slasher murders by a serial-killing psychiatrist (David Cronenberg), he decides he'll hide by crossing the threshold that separates "us" from "them" and sneak into the forbidden realm of Midian. Boone will live among the monsters. They are the Nightbreed, denizens of a world beyond death.
OTHER FILM HIGHLIGHTS
Tuesday 5 January @ 21:00 – RADIUS (2017)
Liam wakes from a car crash with no memory of who he is. As he makes his way into town to look for help, he finds only dead bodies, all with strange pale eyes. Liam's first assessment is that a virus is present in the air but he soon discovers the terrible truth: anyone who comes within a 50-foot radius of him dies instantly.
Sunday 10 January @ 21:00 – FRANKENSTEIN (2015)
Adam (Xavier Samuel) is artificially created with a revolutionary 3D printer by married research scientists. But when bodily malfunctions relegate him to the scrapheap, Adam faces nothing but aggression and violence from the world around him as he discovers the true nature of humanity. Told from the Monster’s perspective and showcasing a stunning performance by Twilight’s Xavier Samuel, this brilliant adaptation gives horror icon Tony Todd his best role in years as blind hobo Eddie.
Thursday 14 January @ 21:00 – HONEYMOON (2014)
Young newlyweds Paul (Harry Treadaway) and Bea (Rose Leslie) travel to a remote, romantic lake country for their honeymoon, Shortly after arriving though, Paul finds Bea wandering in the forest for no apparent reason. As her behaviour gets increasingly peculiar, He begins to suspect something more sinister than sleepwalking took place deep in the woods.
Thursday 21 January @ 21:00 – DARK SKIES (2013)
The Barrett family start to experience an escalating series of disturbing phenomena occurring around their suburban home, leading them to believe that they are being targeted by an unimaginable deadly force. They soon realise that they must uncover this deadly mystery, by any means necessary, before it’s too late.
Sunday 24 January @ 21:00 – SERENITY (2015)
From the mind of Joss Whedon (TV's Buffy the Vampire Slayer) comes this edge-of-your-seat adventure about a renegade crew who agree to hide a fugitive with a deadly secret aboard their ship.
Saturday 30 January @ 21:00 – BLACK DEATH (2007)
Plague-ridden medieval England: the country is in a death-ridden turmoil. One hope remains - rumours of a village that is unaffected by the deadly disease. As God's ambassador, young monk Osmund (Eddie Redmayne) is tasked in leading the fearsome knight Ulrich (Sean Bean) and his group of mercenaries to the remote village. Their quest is to hunt down a necromancer - someone able to bring the dead back to life. It’s a quest that will put their faith to the ultimate test…
HBO DEVELOPING TRUE BLOOD REBOOT
Most fans of True Blood are agreed that despite a few cracking seasons, the show lost its way towards the end and the final season was rather underwhelming.
Well thankfully we live in an age where reboots no longer just apply to films and shows from thirty or forty years ago. No, it's more than ok to 'reimagine' something three or four years later now and HBO are already developing a new show based on Charlaine Harris's popular novel series.
THR reports that Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Riverdale,Chilling Adventures of Sabrina) is behind the reboot, with Alan Ball reportedly on board as executive producer.
There are currently no details on casting but Aguirre-Sacasa is set to write the pilot with Jami O'Brien (AMC's NOS4A2).
The duo will executive produce with Ball.
20TH CENTURY STUDIOS ORDERS NEW 'PREDATOR' MOVIE
Despite high hopes for Shane Black's 'The Predator', the fact remains that we've only had one really decent Predator movie for the last thirty years or so - and that was Nimrod Antal's 'Predators'.
Any hope of any future movies in the franchise appeared to be in doubt when Disney snapped up 20th Century Studios. Disney financing a film about a killer alien seemed a tad unlikely. However it looks as if those fears were unfounded with the news that Dan Trachtenberg ('10 Cloverfield Lane') has been hired to direct a new Predator movie.
Although there are no plot details as yet, it is thought that the new feature will not be connected to Shane Black's 2018 movie.