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CHANNEL HEX LAUNCHES RETRO HORROR CHAT SHOW HEX TALKS

June 27, 2020

Hex Studios, the horror house behind The Devil's Machine and The Black Gloves has recently been making waves with their new YouTube channel Channel Hex. In the few short months since its inception, the channel has showcased indie horror shorts and features, hosted an online horror film festival, and produced two brand new movie review series. The latest addition to their slate is perhaps their most ambitious yet. Retro interview show Hex Talks sees Hex Studios founder Lawrie Brewster take the role of chat show host in a series of interviews with icons of the horror genre.

First up is an in-depth discussion with genre renaissance man Graham Skipper. Perhaps best known for playing the role of Herbert West in Stuart Gordon's Re-Animator The Musical, Graham has also starred in indie horror favourites Almost Human and Beyond The Gates. In 2017, he got behind the camera for his award-winning directorial debut Sequence Break, and went on to co-produce festival favourite Bliss directed by Joe Begos.

So sit back, grab a beer, (or beverage of your choosing) and enjoy the first episode of Hex Talks!

ARROW VIDEO FRIGHTFEST TO PRESENT AUGUST DIGITAL EDITION

June 24, 2020

Arrow Video FrightFest will go virtual over the August Bank Holiday, presenting up to twenty-five films from Friday 28th August to Mon 31st August inclusive.

 

There will also be additional online content including special guest intros, Q & A’s, and a short film showcase. Plus, some free Live events are at the planning stage. Passes and individual tickets will be available and go on sale early August. The films will be geo-blocked for viewers in the UK.

 

More details will be announced in the coming weeks, alongside the line-up of films.

 

Ian Rattray, FrightFest co-director said today: “Although we can’t recreate the special atmosphere of our public gatherings, we hope our online event will go some way to bringing the fans and filmmakers back together, not just to watch some great new films but also to carry on the community spirit that FrightFest is famous for. And, of course, we welcome genre fans who have been unable to attend in person before and who will be joining us for the first time”.

 

Arrow Video will continue as headline sponsor and Mike Hewitt, Head of Sales & Marketing commented: “We’re incredibly proud to be acting as headline sponsor of the UK’s premiere genre event, FrightFest, for a third year running. In these changing and challenging times, we need to adapt to new ways, and although we are clearly sad that this year’s August event will not be in a physical form, we are really pleased and excited that the team have decided to retain the summer genre festival spirit in a new online format. We hugely look forward to working with the team in making Arrow Video FrightFest Digital Edition a hugely engaging and successful experience this August Bank Holiday.”

 

Other partners confirmed at this stage include global entertainment outlet Den of Geek and online pop culture retailer Zavvi.

 

As recently announced, FrightFest is also planning to return to London’s West End in October with an extended Halloween programme.

HORROR CHANNEL BRINGS SUSPENSE AND SPLATTER THIS JULY

June 16, 2020

Horror Channel brings plenty of suspense and splatter to July’s line-up with the UK TV premiere of THE REZORT, where ‘The Walking Dead’ meets ‘Jurassic World’. Starring Dougray Scott and Jessica De Gouw, this fast-paced, gory horror is directed by Outpost franchise helmer Steve Barker.

 

There are also channel premieres for Damien Macé & Alexis Wajsbrot’s cleverly sinister DON’T HANG UP, where an invisible predator turns the tables on two online prankers, and Paul W.S Anderson’s cult gaming adaptation RESIDENT EVIL, with Milla Jovovich and Michelle Rodriguez in blistering form.

 

Plus, there are welcome returns for NO ONE LIVES, director Ryuhei Kitamura’s taut, tension-laden cat-and-mouse thriller, starring Luke Evans, alongside Sam Raimi’s unforgettable genre classic THE EVIL DEAD and fans of Arnold Schwarzenegger will welcome the clone-seeker’s top-notch performance in THE 6TH DAY.

Full film details in transmission order:

 

Saturday 4 July @ 21:00 – THE REZORT (2015) *UK TV Premiere

 

 

In the aftermath of an apocalyptic zombie outbreak, rich holidaymakers can visit a luxury theme park where every paying guest has a license to kill the captive undead in organised Zombie Safaris. Such Zafaris are the ultimate blood sport experience and for many much-needed therapeutic revenge for suffering horrendous family losses. When the security system crashes at The ReZort, unleashing hordes of bloodthirsty Zee’s on the unprepared vacationers, it’s up to enigmatic, former zombie hunter Archer (Dougray Scott) to save the day.

 

Sunday 12 July @ 21:00 – DON’T HANG UP (2016) *Channel Premiere

 

 

Two teens devise ever more elaborate prank phone calls to share online for their eager followers into impersonal humiliation. But as their involved practical jokes become increasingly nastier, it never occurs to them they might be playing a very dangerous game. So when a mysterious threatening stranger calls the home landline, they suddenly realise they may be in very real peril, as the caller reveals the violent extremes he’s willing to employ to extract retribution before they’re able to reveal his identity.

 

Saturday 18 July @ 21:00 – RESIDENT EVIL (2002) *Channel Premiere

 

 

Based on the popular video game, Milla Jovovich and Michelle Rodriguez star as the leaders of a commando team who must break into "the hive," a vast underground genetics laboratory operated by the powerful Umbrella Corporation. There, a deadly virus has been unleashed, killing the lab's personnel and resurrecting them as the evil Un-dead. The team has just three hours to shut down the lab's supercomputer and close the facility before the virus threatens to overrun the Earth.

 

Saturday 11 July @ 23:00 – NO ONE LIVES (2012)

 

 

Fourteen students are murdered and the crime scene offers no clues to the whereabouts of the one person who could be the only survivor. Months later a gang of robbers screw up their latest heist and mug a couple in a car instead. What they realise too late is that the driver is the killer responsible for the student massacre. Then it’s Psycho vs. Psychos in a taut, tension-laden cat-and-mouse chiller that sees both sides trying to outdo the other.

 

Friday 17 July @ 22:50 – THE EVIL DEAD (1983)

 

 

Five college friends are holed up in a remote cabin where they discover a Book Of The Dead. An archaeologist's tape recording reveals that the ancient text was discovered among the Khandarian ruins of a Sumerian civilization. Playing the taped incantations, the friends unwittingly summon up dormant demons living in the nearby woods…

 

Saturday 25 July @ 21:00 – THE 6TH DAY (2000)

 

 

A ruthless power broker is using his advanced genetic-engineering technology to clone human beings for personal gain. Adam Gibson (Arnold Schwarzenegger), an old-fashioned family man and decorated fighter pilot comes home one night to discover that his life has been stolen by his clone, and his existence erased. Plunged into a sinister world of murder, corruption and high-tech deception, Adam must fight back in order to reclaim his family and his identity.

 

Horror Channel: Be Afraid

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

HEX STUDIOS LAUNCH RETRO HORROR PUBLISHING LABEL

June 11, 2020

Scottish horror outfit Hex Studios has announced a new publishing wing, and released its first volume The Book of Beastly Creatures.

The company, known for supernatural horror features Lord of Tears, The Black Gloves, and The Devil's Machine, is branching out into the world of books with the same passion for storytelling and collectable physical media that fans have come to expect from the indie studio.

The first book under the Hex Arcana label, The Book of Beastly Creatures, is a horror anthology featuring 18 original short stories, each based on original monsters from the Hex universe. Written by Sarah Daly, Thomas Staunton, and Lawrie Brewster, the hardback volume is filled with 80s-inspired artwork by James Olley, and includes a full set of RPG rules for each creature, using the Open Game License.

According to co-writer and editor Sarah Daly, “Horror literature has always been a huge inspiration for our films, so to make our own contribution to genre publishing is very exciting. With Hex Arcana, we want to capture something of the magic and vibrancy of books you might have seen in the 70s or 80s, but also to champion original storytelling, and new voices.”

Writer and Hex Studios founder Lawrie Brewster added, “All of us at Hex, and our backers, share a love for physical media, for films and books that you can own and treasure for years to come. All our films are released as Special Editions with beautiful artwork, and our books will be no different. We just want to tell great stories, and create beautiful objects to house them in!”

The Book of Beastly Creatures is available to buy now exclusively on Kickstarter. The funds raised through sales of the book will help to fund the fledgling publisher.

WHAT LIES WITHIN HITS GRIMMFEST TV

June 05, 2020

GRIMMFEST TV, offers movie entertainment for free while the world is in lockdown. A new online TV channel dedicated to horror films of all types, through which viewers can access exciting award-winning features and shorts from the Grimmfest archives.

 

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

New titles are being added every week and this week is no exception. Feature film WHAT LIES WITHIN (AKA THE PERFECT HUSBAND) goes live at Midday, Friday 5th June 2020.  

 

This festival favorite from director, Lucas Pavetto focuses on a married couple who decide to spend a weekend in a remote cabin, but when the romantic journey takes a turn for the worst; a sneaking suspicion builds into total and violent insanity.

 

Festival Director Simeon Halligan said “WHAT LIES WITHIN is a twisty turny thrill ride that will keep you guessing till the very end and it’s our feature length choice of the week on Grimmfest TV. If you are enjoying watching horror films on Grimmfest TV, please do us a favour and subscribe to the channel”.

 

GRIMMFEST TV launched in late April and currently hosts nine quality features and over thirty award winning shorts, all available to watch for free while we are all stuck at home. Films include 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.

 

CHANNEL HEX ONLINE HORROR FEST GOES LIVE!

June 05, 2020

Back in April, the folks from Hex Studios put a call out for filmmakers to produce one-minute horror shorts during the lockdown. The horror community answered the call and then some! They were inundated with entries, receiving over a hundred submissions from all over the world.  

The best entries will screen this Saturday as part of the first ever Channel Hex One-Minute Ghost Stories Festival live on the Channel Hex YouTube channel.

According to Hex founder Lawrie Brewster: “We were totally blown away by the number, and the calibre of the entries that came in. Obviously, times have been really tough for so many this year, and we wanted to try inspire something positive by encouraging folk with all levels of experience to just get out there and make films. The festival is a celebration of all that they've achieved, and honestly, just a great reason to (virtually) get together and watch some fantastic shorts!”

You can watch along with the Hex crew and the filmmakers at 7PM BST this Saturday 6th June (11AM PDT, 2PM EDT) and vote for your favourites all here.

The winners will be revealed at an online awards ceremony next weekend.

If you want to get involved with the Channel Hex community, and find out about their next project, join the Facebook group here

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.

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