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ARROW FRIGHTFEST POSTPONES AUGUST EVENT, HOPES TO RETURN IN OCTOBER

June 02, 2020

Due to the continuing COVID-19 restrictions on social distancing, Arrow FrightFest’s traditional five day event in August has been regretfully put on hold. Instead, the organisers are planning to expand their traditional all-day Halloween event at the end of October.

 

Alan Jones, co-director, said today: “Sadly, we won’t be able to come together and celebrate our 21st year in the summer but rest assured, we will make our London Halloween event one to remember. FrightFest has always been about the genre community joining together, not just to embrace films but to demonstrate our unique spirit of supportive closeness”.

 

 

 

The pandemic hasn’t stopped graphic artist Graham Humphreys from creating this year’s stunning Monster art. In fact, it inspirationally reflects the extraordinary and unexpected turn of events.

 

Humphreys comments: “The image presented a huge challenge. Not only had the pandemic erased any hope of a regular FrightFest schedule, but the possibility of a Halloween event needed to be addressed. This year's monster needed to consider his Covid-19 response with a mask and goggles. The poster for 'Halloween II' inspired a way to present the full face without risking infection! Is the bat his friendly familiar - or the bringer of pestilence? You decide!”

 

Details on dates, venues, films and ticketing for the Halloween event will be made available in due course.

HORROR CHANNEL BRINGING SHOCKS APLENTY THIS JUNE

May 20, 2020

There are star-studded shocks aplenty on Horror Channel in June, courtesy of the SPINE-CHILLER SEASON - a selection of supernatural mysteries to get your summer off to a very scary start. Scheduled for Saturday nights at 9pm, the season is headed by the Channel premiere of the moody and violent chiller GOTHIKA, starring Halle Berry, Robert Downey Jr. and Penelope Cruz. Other titles include Kevin Bacon’s career launcher STIR OF ECHOES, the gripping US-remake of THE GRUDGE, starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, and the terrifying supernatural thriller PAY THE GHOST, starring Nicholas Cage.

 

There are also UK TV premieres for the sharply eerie NAILS, starring Shauna Macdonald and Ross Noble and the deadly VIRAL, where a global parasitic virus is turning victims into blind, blood spewing zombie hosts. Plus, there are Channel premieres for Michael Peterson’s blood-pumping survival horror KNUCKLEBALL, Alistair Orr’s stylish supernatural suspense FROM A HOUSE ON WILLOW STREET, featuring a killer role by Australian scream queen Sharni Vinson and John McTiernan’s ROLLERBALL, a head-slamming remake of the 1975 Sci-Fi hit.

 

Full film details in transmission order:

 

SPINE-CHILLER SEASON

 

Saturday 6 June @ 21:00 – GOTHIKA (2003) *Channel Premiere

 

 

Miranda Grey (Halle Berry), a brilliant psychiatrist, is accused of a heinous murder she cannot remember. Unable to fathom having committed an act of such brutality against a husband she loved and admired, Miranda is shocked to find herself incarcerated at the Woodward Penitentiary for Women, alongside the criminally insane patients she once treated. As Miranda struggles to reclaim her sanity, she realises she’s become the pawn of a vengeful spirit. Now she must quickly determine if she is being led further from her sanity or closer to the truth.

 

Saturday 13 June @ 21:00 – STIR OF ECHOES (1999)

 

 

After he is hypnotized at a neighbourhood party, Tom Witzky (Kevin Bacon) changes. He sees things he can't explain and hears voices he can't ignore. As the horrific visions intensify, Tom realises they are pieces of a puzzle, echoes of a crime calling out to be solved. But when his other-worldly nightmares begin coming true, Tom desperately tries to rid himself of his eerie, unwanted powers.

 

Saturday 20 June @ 21:00 – THE GRUDGE (2004)

 

 

A remake of the original Japanese series , again directed by Takashi Shimizu, the action moves to Tokyo, where we are once again in a haunted house, where American nurse Karen (Sarah Michelle Gellar) is exposed to a mysterious supernatural curse, one that locks a person in a powerful rage before claiming their life and spreading to another victim. Also stars Bill Pullman.

 

Saturday 27 June @ 21:00 – PAY THE GHOST (2015)

 

 

Almost a year after his young son disappeared on Halloween night in New York City, Mike (Nicolas Cage) is alone and haunted by terrifying visions of his son. Determined not to let go, he researches all the cases of missing children in the city and comes to a horrifying conclusion. That every Halloween a vengeful ghost surfaces to abduct three children and if they don't recover their son within a short window of time on All Hallows Eve, he will be lost to the spirit world forever. Following a series of terrifying clues, Mike is led deeper into the ancient curse that could destroy him and all he loves.

 

OTHER PREMIERES

 

Friday 5 June @ 21:00 – NAILS (2017) *UK TV Premiere

 

 

Super-fit track coach Dana Milgrom (Shaun Macdonald) suffers a near fatal run-in with a car which leaves her almost completely paralysed. Trapped inside her own body, with her speech severely affected, Dana communicates through a voice synthesised computer keyboard. Staring at the prospect of a lengthy recovery process in a rundown rehabilitation hospital, Dana’s physical vulnerabilities are about to be heightened by a supernatural inhabitant of the hospital. A shadowy figure with long, sharp, finger nails...

 

Friday 12 June @ 17:20 – VIRAL (2016) *UK TV Premiere

 

 

Teenaged sisters Emma (Sofia Black-D' Elia) and Stacey (Analeigh Tipton) live a normal life, until their small suburban neighbourhood is stricken with a mysterious parasitic virus. As the disease rapidly spreads, the two barricade themselves from infection. But it may already be too late - when the virus enters their home, the sisters are faced with an impossible choice: protect each other, or survive the virus.

 

Sunday 14 June @ 21:00 – KNUCKLEBALL (2018) *Channel Premiere

 

Alone, and targeted on an isolated farm, 12 year old Henry finds himself at the centre of a maelstrom of terror, and a dark family legacy, when his secretive grandfather dies suddenly in the night

 

Friday 19 June @ 21:00 – FROM A HOUSE ON WILLOW STREET (2016) *Channel Premiere

 

 

Kidnappers abduct the daughter of a wealthy diamond distributor in Cape Town. But when they have her locked up in their hideout and prepare to issue their ransom demands, they realise too late that she’s been possessed by a sinister and very powerful demon.

 

Friday 26 June @ 21:00 – ROLLERBALL (2002) *Channel Premiere

 

Jonathan Cross (Chris Klein) is the most popular player in the fastest and most extreme sport of all time: Rollerball. Along with teammates Marcus Riley (LL Cool J) and Aurora (Rebecca Romijn-Stamos), Jonathan is giving viewers what they want: a dangerous game packed with visceral thrills, breakneck speed, and head-slamming action. But things go wrong when Rollerball’s creator, Petrovich (Jean Reno), realises that serious on-court accidents bring higher ratings.

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Horror Channel: Be Afraid

TV: Sky 317 / Virgin 149 / Freeview 70 / Freesat 138

DAVID ARQUETTE SIGNS UP FOR 'SCREAM 5'

May 18, 2020

With confirmation of Neve Campbell's involvement still to be confirmed, it looks like we're going to get at least one of the original stars of Wes Craven's Scream series back for the fifth instalment - with David Arquette signing up to reprise his role of Deputy Dewey Riley in Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett's upcoming movie.

Arquette said, “I am thrilled to be playing Dewey again and to reunite with my ‘Scream’ family, old and new. ‘Scream’ has been such a big part of my life, and for both the fans and myself, I look forward to honouring Wes Craven’s legacy.”

Principal photography will begin later this year in Wilmington, North Carolina when safety protocols are in place.

TWO NEW MOVIES ADDED TO GRIMMFEST TV

May 14, 2020

Grimmfest TV has added Grimmfest 2019 selected short film, THE LOST FILMS OF BLOODY NORA, from multi dexterous film maker Sophia Di Martino. This surreal comedy tinged tale also features the wonderful Mark Heap from FRIDAY NIGHT DINNER and SPACED.


And in addition, the channel will also add short film, FIRST DATE from the director of FOUND FOOTAGE 3D and Grimmfest 2019 selected short, STOP. This laugh out loud comedy of errors is just as nail biting as it is funny.


Festival Director Simeon Halligan said “It’s been a pleasure to offer top quality films for horror and film fans to watch while stuck at home, we are pleased to see so many people enjoying the content available on Grimmfest TV. The films will remain available to view for free, until lockdown is over.”


GRIMMFEST TV launched with a fine selection of over 25 short films and 7 features including Grimmfest 2018 best short award winner, WE SUMMONED A DEMON, Grimmfest 2014 hit, WHITE SETTLERS (Staring Pollyanna McIntosh from The Walking Dead), and the suitably virus themed LA CONTAGION. The most popular title on the channel so far is the half hour retro creature feature, LOOM. All are still available to watch for free right now.

GRIMMFEST TV is available at: Grimmfest.com/TV.

'THE PURGE' TV SERIES CANCELLED

May 14, 2020

Although James DeMonaco's horror 'The Purge' (2013) was a bit of a mixed bag, it has since gone on to be one of the genres most profitable franchises with three more films being produced over the course of the next five years. It also made the leap to television, with USA Network airing two series of a TV serialisation.

However, it looks as though its adventure on the small screen has come to an end with the news from Deadline that USA Network has pulled the plug and cancelled the show.

Apparently the high profile thriller was expensive and Season 1 performed well, its linear viewership was down 50% in Season 2. The cancellation is also said to be part of an overall programming shift at the NBCU network away from ongoing scripted series toward more live and unscripted programming. So reality TV, basically. (sighs*)

NEVE CAMPBELL COULD RETURN FOR SCREAM 5

May 06, 2020

It's been 9 years since we visited Woodsboro so it's no surprise that producers felt that audiences might be hungry for another Scream movie. Are we hungry for one? Hmmm. That remains to be seen. Regardless, Ready or Not duo Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett have been hired to direct a fifth instalment of the slasher franchise - and Neve Campbell has revealed that she may be involved too.

“They’ve come to me and we’re having conversations. It’s a little hard at the moment because of COVID to know when that’ll happen and hopefully we can see eye to eye on all the elements that have to come into place for it to happen. I originally had been really apprehensive about doing another Scream without Wes because he was such a genius and he is the reason they are what they are but the directors have come to me with such a great appreciation for Wes’s work and they really want to honour it and that meant a lot to me. Hopefully we’ll be able to do it.” 

NEW TITLES HIT GRIMMFEST TV

April 30, 2020

After the successful launch of Grimmfest TV on the 20/4/20, UK based GRIMMFEST, one of Europe’s most prestigious genre film festivals, is delighted to announce that new titles will be added to the channel every week.

 

A new TV channel dedicated to horror films of all types, through which viewers can access exciting features and shorts from the Grimmfest archives for free while the world is in lockdown, GRIMMFEST TV is available at: Grimmfest.com/TV.

 

Two award winning shorts will hit GRIMMFEST TV at Midday, Friday 1st May 2020.

 

Part body-horror, part ghost-story, Ben Steiner’s THE STOMACH has played at over 200 festivals, won awards all round the world and had its UK premiere at Grimmfest a few years back.

 

MYSTERY BOX, a slick, stylish, mind bending ‘cabin in the woods’ movie from Sonny Laguna and Tommy Wiklund, the amazing Swedish directing duo behind PUPPETMASTER: THE LITTLEST REICH and WITHER, had its UK premiere at Grimmfest 2018.

 

Festival Director Simeon Halligan said “Right now, it's impossible to access cinemas or screening events in most countries, so we wanted to give something back to all of the amazing genre film fans out there, stuck at home. Grimmfest has been busy curating content that includes award winning horror shorts and features that premiered at recent editions of the festival. The films will be available to view for free, while everyone is in lockdown.”

 

GRIMMFEST TV launched with a fine selection of over 25 short films and 7 features including Grimmfest 2018 best short award winner, WE SUMMONED A DEMON, Grimmfest 2017 opening night feature, HABIT, Rob Grant’s (HARPOON) horror comedy MON AMI and the suitably virus themed LA CONTAGION.

'GOOSEBUMPS' TV SERIES ON THE WAY

April 28, 2020

R.L Stine's Goosebumps books have had the big screen treatment with two relatively successful movie adaptations and it appears that people are hungry for more with news that a TV series is being developed by Scholastic Entertainment, Neal H. Moritz and Sony Pictures TV.

“Goosebumps has been keeping kids and families on the edge of their seats for nearly 30 years and we’re very excited to partner with Sony Pictures Television and Neal H. Moritz to bring the enduring brand to life in a fresh new way for today’s generation,” said Iole Lucchese., Scholastic Entertainment President and Chief Strategy Officer. “From the world-famous book series to a full-scale licensing program and even live-action movies starring Jack Black, Goosebumps remains wildly popular and we look forward to presenting new adventures to give fans even more Goosebumps.”

BRITISH FILMMAKER & AUTHOR SEAN HOGAN RELEASES TWO WORKS OF METAFICTIONAL FILM CRITICISM

April 24, 2020

Sean Hogan, best known for his films The Devil's Business and Little Deaths, has created two works of metafictional film criticism - England's Screaming and its follow-up, Three Mothers, One Father.

 

England's Screaming is both a fictional history of UK genre cinema and a state of the nation address, taking films from 1945's Dead of Night to 2018's Possum to create a blackly satirical portrait of the country we live in today. It has a foreword by Jonathan Rigby and the cover art is by renowned illustrator and designer Graham Humphreys.

 

Its semi-sequel, Three Mothers, One Father, widens the scope to look at several stand-out works of Eurohorror, and in the process weaves a narrative examining the parlous state of modern gender relations.

 

Both books are written in the vein of David Thomson's seminal Suspects; tapestries of characters from notable genre films that extend and intertwine their fictional biographies beyond the boundaries of the movies that spawned the

 

The author's first publication in this style was his 2017 monograph on Death Line, the cult British horror film from 1972. In his introduction to that book, author and critic Kim Newman wrote: 'Sometimes the best response to a painting or a poem or any work of art is another painting, poem or work of art.'

 

These two new books take this notion even further, employing genre films spanning the last century as a lens through which to look at where we are now.

 

Sean Hogan is a writer and filmmaker living in Margate. His film credits include The Devil's Business, The Borderlands, and Future Shock! The Story of 2000AD. England's Screaming is his first novel-length work of fiction, and he is currently at work on a non film-related novel, as well as a new film, Other Places.

 

England's Screaming is now available to order in hardback via PS Publishing:

https://www.pspublishing.co.uk/englands-screaming-hardcover-sean-hogan-5047-p.asp

Hardcover ISBN 978-1-786365-72-9 £25

 

Three Mothers, One Father is available in paperback and e-book on April 30 from Black Shuck Books: https://blackshuckbooks.co.uk/shadows-20/

Paperback: £4.99  ebook: 99p

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