HORROR CHANNEL UNLEASES PRIMETIME PREMIERES FOR OCTOBER
Horror Channel has seven weekend primetime premieres line up for October, including, at 9pm on Sunday nights. the UK TV premiere of Brad Paxton’s supernatural thriller INCARNATE, starring Aaron Eckhart, and the channel premieres of David Cronenberg’s erotic psychological chiller DEAD RINGERS and Juan Carlo Fresnadillo’s atmospheric fantasy INTRUDERS (2011), starring Clive Owen.
Plus, there are four premieres at 9pm on Saturday nights: Darren Lynn Bousman’s nightmarish mystery ABATTOIR, Iain Softley’s Southern Gothic-style frightener THE SKELETON KEY, starring Kate Hudson, dark horror comedy MOM AND DAD, starring Nicholas Cage and Selma Blair and MAMA, the Guillermo Del Toro exec-produced haunting drama.
Full film details in transmission order:
Sat 2 Oct @ 22:45 – ABATTOIR (2016) *Channel premiere
After the death of her sister and nephew, real-estate investigative reporter Julia uncovers the sinister truth behind a series of gruesome murders where the entire killing rooms have been dismantled. It transpires that strange man has been buying up locations where such tragedies have occurred - but why? The answer leads Julia and tough cop Grady on a search into unimaginable horror.
Sat 8 Oct @ 21:00 – THE SKELETON KEY (2005)
Set in the dark, atmospheric backwoods of New Orleans, a live-in nurse hired to care for an elderly woman's ailing husband in their foreboding and decrepit plantation mansion. Exploring the old house armed with a skeleton key that unlocks every door, she discovers a hidden attic room that holds a deadly and terrifying secret. Iain Softley’s contemporary supernatural thriller stars Kate Hudson.
Sat 15 Oct @ 21:00 – MOM AND DAD (2017) *Channel Premiere
In a small, suburban town, an odd occurrence causes the horrific and unimaginable – the need for parents to turn on their children! Writer/director Brian Taylor highlights the dark and twisted thoughts that occur in every parent…Nicolas Cage and Selma Blair star in this pitch-black horror-comedy about a worldwide mass hysteria where, for 24 brutal hours, parents turn violently against their own children.
Sun 16 Oct @ 21:00 – INTRUDERS (2011)
Clive Owen stars in this thriller that tells the tale of a legendary and horrific child-snatching demon that terrorizes families in both Madrid and London. Directed by accomplished Spanish filmmaker Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, Intruders also stars Ella Purnell as a young girl who is visited every night by this faceless creature who wants to take possession of her.
Sat 23 Nov @ 21:00 – MAMA (2013) *Channel Premiere
Two small girls disappear into the woods the day that their mother was murdered. When they are rescued years later and begin a new life, they find that someone, or something, still wants to come tuck them in at night. Jessica Chastain stars as the girlfriend of the little girls' uncle who welcomes them into her home, but slowly discovers they have been joined by a deadly presence.
Sun 24 Oct @ 21:00 – DEAD RINGERS (1988) *Channel Premier
Jeremy Irons stars in David Cronenberg’s ground-breaking psychological chiller as twin gynaecologists with opposite personalities who share everything -- the same practice, the same apartment and the same women.
Sun 31 Oct @ 21:00 – INCARNATE (2016) *UK TV premiere
Aaron Eckhart stars as an unconventional exorcist who can tap into the subconscious of the possessed. He nearly meets his match when he discovers that the young boy he's trying to help is possessed by a demon from his past. Directed by Brad Peyton, the film co-stars David Mazouz, and Catalina Sandino Moreno.
TV: Sky 317 / Virgin 149 / Freeview 70 / Freesat 138
ARROW GETS DEMENTED
Key highlights this OCTOBER on the essential, alternative streaming service ARROW include the exclusive premiere of Chad Crawford Kinkle’s groundbreaking horror DEMENTER, and Halloween treats in the form of 80s slasher rediscovery DEATH SCREAMS, a documentary on the classic THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, a pair of chilling CHILDREN OF THE CORN sequels, as well as ghosts, ghouls, vampires, Charles Manson and so much more...
Acclaimed director of indie horror hit Jug Face (aka The Pit), Chad Crawford Kinkle, returns with DEMENTER, a psychological horror thriller branded as “an unexpected gem” (Pophorror.com) and "an impressionistic, poetic occult-horror film" (Nashville Scene). Raw and unsettling, DEMENTER is a brave and unflinching story of lives lived on the fringes of society, and a battle with demons inside and out. Shot on real locations with many non-actors playing versions of themselves – including Kinkle’s real life sister Stephanie – this is a deeply personal genre film with an emotional punch that lingers long after the credits have rolled. The film will be streaming with a host of brand new extras that illuminate the making of this uniquely innovative horror.
ARROW is delivering the goods for the month of Halloween, and then some, with the return of “He Who Walks Behind The Rows” in the chilling sequels CHILDREN OF THE CORN Parts II and III; the definitive documentary on one of the greatest horror films ever made, TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE: THE SHOCKING TRUTH; and a rediscovered and restored 80s slasher gem, DEATH SCREAMS arriving with extras. ARROW is also proud to present the definitive restored edition of one of the most famous of all silent movies, F. W. Murnau’s NOSFERATU, a film that continues to haunt — and, indeed, terrify — modern audiences with a waking nightmare that changed cinema history forever.
For those in need of a gritty crime fix, ARROW is showing Seasons 3 and 4 of the acclaimed no-holds-barred French cop series BRAQUO, with Caplan (the terrific Jean-Hughes Anglade) and his team of rogue cops out for some serious vengeance.
New Seasons this October include The Shocktober 31, with 31 of our favourite horror titles streaming on ARROW each day including Deadly Manor, The Crazies, Kolobos, Beyond the Door, and Demons; Shocktober Essentials, a devilishly curated selection of twelve must-watch collections featuring Zombies, Vampires, Monsters, Spirits, Giallo, Slashers, Comedies, Gore, Psychological, Documentaries, 70s Horrors and 80s horrors; and Monster Mash, a selection of Japanese monster movies, all suitably spooky for Halloween month, including 100 Monsters, Along with Ghosts and The Snake girl and the Silver Haired-Witch.
ALSO SHOWING: An eye-opening documentary on the infamous video nasties era; creepy Deep South thriller THE NEIGHBOUR; Jim Van Bebber’s shocking true crime epic THE MANSON FAMILY; Takashi Miike’s THE GREAT YOKAI WAR; the satanic mayhem of Lucio Fulci’s DEMONIA, and more...
OCTOBER RELEASE CALENDAR
New Titles – From October 1
Ban the Sadist Videos
Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Shocking Truth
Braquo Season 3 (TV)
Braquo Season 4 (TV)
New title - From October 2
New Title – From October 4
New Titles – From October 8
The Manson Family
Along with Ghosts
The Great Yokai War
New Titles – From October 11
New Titles – From October 18
Children of the Corn II: The Final Sacrifice
Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest
New Title – From October 22
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W4FREE UNLEASHES RAFT OF CREATURE FEATURE MOVIES
Werewolves, giant insects, monster crocs and spiky evil aliens...titanic terror is set to rampage across UK screens from July 28, courtesy of new UK AVOD service w4free.com
The claws are out and six huge slices of monster madness will be available to download for free, including Paul Hyett’s hairy horror and bloody action adventure HOWL, and WILLOW CREEK, in which celebrated stand-up comedian Bobcat Goldthwait turns his hand to the Bigfoot myth and creates a sly commentary on the business of urban legends and the nature of belief.
Also on the meaty menu are giant eating bugs causing mayhem in Kyle Rankin’s horror-comedy INFESTATION, a deadly croc hell-bend on supper in Greg (Wolf Creek) McClean’s ROGUE, a horde of voracious parasites intent on creating human hosts in SPLINTER and in THE RIG an oil-drilling crew discover that a deadly creature is stalking them, eliminating them one by one.
W4Free, the nation’s fastest-growing film streaming service, which also provides TV series and documentaries, can be accessed on laptops, PCs and via Netgem TV. Later in the year it will be available on all mobile devices and connected TV’s.
The group behind the service, Philipp Rotermund’s Video Solutions AG, provides a range of AVOD and SVOD brands in Europe, including Watch4, available in Germany, Switzerland and Austria with a reach of 10 million people per month.
HORROR CHANNEL RAISES HELL IN AUGUST
August is a wicked month on Horror Channel, as the UK’s number 1 destination for genre films revives some horror, sci-fi and fantasy classics – including Clive Barker’s HELLRAISER trilogy, which has one of the most stylish and ferociously original horror fantasy franchises ever and NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1990), Tom Savini’s colour remake of George Romero's original Night Of The Living Dead, which transcended the world of horror movies to become a film classic
Other highlights include RE-ANIMATOR, the late Stuart Gordon’s darkly comic classic, that has been acknowledged as one of the most celebrated, outrageous and original horror films of all time, TREMORS, Ron Underwood’s affectionate throwback to 1950s creature features, which is still seen as the king slacker of monster movies and ROLLERBALL (2002), the head-slamming remake of the 1975 Sci-Fi hit, directed by John McTiernan,
Also making a return is Sci-fi TV series THE 4400. The highly rated cable drama, originally slated to run only as a five-part miniseries, eventually ran for four seasons Producers included Francis Ford Coppola.
Full film details in transmission order:
Sunday 1 August @ 21:00 - ROLLERBALL (2002)
Jonathan Crossis the most popular player in the fastest and most extreme sport of all time: Rollerball. But things go wrong when Rollerball’s creator, Petrovich (Jean Reno), realises that serious on-court accidents bring higher ratings. Soon, the players are trapped in Petrovich’s manipulations, playing for their lives in a new game without any rules.
Tuesday 3 August @ 22:50 – HELLRAISER (1987)
Frank Cotton (Sean Chapman) has solved the mystery of the Lament Configuration puzzle box, a sort of evil Rubik’s cube. Unfortunately he inadvertently opens a doorway to Hell and, in death, enters the world of the Cenobites, a race of sadistic supernatural beings led by a bald Cenobite (Doug Bradley).
Friday 6 August @ 21:00 –NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1990)
A brother and sister visit their family cemetery. The first attack comes without warning, forcing Barbara (Patricia Tallman) to leave her brother lying bloodied and unconscious while she runs for refuge in a nearby farmhouse. Soon, she is joined by others - seven people with nothing in common but their terror of the hideous cannibals who claw at their windows and doors with an insatiable appetite for living human flesh.
Tuesday 10 August @ 22:50 - HELLRAISER II: HELLBOUND (1989)
Kirsty Cotton (Ashley Laurence) has witnessed too many horrific images for her young mind to take and is placed in the care of Doctor Channard (Kenneth Cranham). No one believes Kirsty’s wild and weird tales, except the Doctor who has secretly been searching for the pleasures the dark side can bring. Soon the walls at the institute begin to crack and bleed and once dead faces from Kirsty’s recent past return to haunt her. And a Cenobite known as Pinhead (Doug Bradley) vows to tear her soul apart.
Tuesday 17 August @ 22:50 - HELLRAISER III: HELL ON EARTH (1993)
Pinhead (Doug Bradley) has been caged in the Torture Pillar, his evil secured for all eternity. But a club owner J.P. Monroe (Kevin Bernhardt) buys this bizarre sculpture and accidentally cuts himself during its installation, dripping blood onto the ancient monument. This resurrects Pinhead, but this time he’s up against a reporter Joey Summerskill (Terri Farrell) who battles Pinhead into facing his own, tortured past.
From Wednesday 18 August @ 18:00, weekdays – THE 4400 (2004)
This classy sci-fi TV series revolves around the sudden reappearance of 4400 missing people. All were presumed dead or reported missing over several decades, and many return to their former lives on Earth - but with startling powers. Among those assigned to unravel their mystery is an earnest crime investigator whose nephew is one of the returned.
Tuesday 24 August @ 22:50 – RE-ANIMATOR (1985)
A medical student returns from Austria after working in regenerative experiments with a well-known scientist who died under mysterious circumstances. He enrols at Miskatonic University where he differs with his professor on issues of the time of death, and eventually enlists his roommate to help him continue experiments on re-animating the dead
Thursday 27 August @ 21:00 – TREMORS (1990)
Kevin Bacon stars in this revved up monster movie made with an enthusiastic nod to classic 1950s monster flicks. Two handymen must battle must battle giant carnivorous sandworms that threaten their small Nevada town. The eccentric and resilient townspeople must do everything in their powers to survive this new man-axing species.
ARROW VIDEO FRIGHTFEST ANNOUNCES SECOND WAVE OF AUGUST FILMS
It’s Full Scream ahead as Arrow Video FrightFest 2021 announces its second wave of hugely anticipated Discovery Screen and First Blood titles - a summer collection of provocative, edgy and transgressive entertainment to die for. There are fourteen World and ten European / International premieres amongst the thirty-four films on offer.
Eleven countries are represented, with titles ranging from Canadian entries BLOODTHIRSTY, Amelia Moses’ simmering LGBQT+ werewolf movie and sinister isolation thriller MOTHERLY to Francesco Erba’s AS IN HEAVEN, SO ON EARTH, a stunning Italian blend of live action and Gothic puppet animation. Then there’s Péter Bergendy’s sumptuous POST MORTEM, an epic Hungarian ghost story, Frida Kempff’s Swedish entry KNOCKING, a breakout Sundance sensation, and Belgium’s latest wildly inventive genre hit is the hallucinogenic HOTEL POSEIDON, a directorial feature debut from Stef Lernus. And from the UK, the cut-throat world of social media influencers is given the terror treatment in the World premiere of Marcus Harben’s FOLLOWERS.
Familiar FrightFest luminaries grace this year’s event. Graham Skipper teams up with NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET franchise icon Lisa Wilcox to star in the world premiere of Mel House’s metaphysical horror MYSTERY SPOT, and after beguiling FrightFest with DRIVEN, director/writers/stars Glenn Payne and Casey Dillard present the World premiere of their new slasher, KILLER CONCEPT. Also welcomed back is Marcel Walz, who continues the terror travails of serial killer thriller BLIND with the UK premiere of PRETTY BOY.
Michael Mongillo, who wowed FrightFest in 2017 with DIANE brings us the World Premiere of intense body snatcher THE CHANGED. This will be an additional main screen presentation, with the leading cast in attendance. The one-take time travel suspense comedy, BEYOND THE INFINITE TWO MINUTES, will now be shown as part of the Discovery stand.
The festival continues to unearth genre gems from South America and this year there are three shining examples from Argentina: Gonzalo Calzada, writer/director of the FrightFest 2018 selection LUCEFERINA, returns with the UK premiere of his astonishing tour de force NOCTURNA: SIDE A – THE GREAT OLD MAN’S NIGHT, and there are European premieres for José María Cicala’s SHADOW OF THE CAT, starring Danny Trejo as you’ve never seen him before and Alejandro Cohen Arazi’s cult hit THE UNBURIED. Plus, from Mexico, comes FORGIVENESS, a surreal, violent and revenge-laden horror thriller by new Mexploitation maestro Alex Kahuam.
The US continues to lead the way with innovating indie genre filmmaking and this year’s Stateside shockers are testament to that. ISOLATION is an incredibly rich anthology of nine chilling tales shot in lockdown, whilst BAD CANDY has been hailed as the best Halloween portmanteau since TRICK ‘R’ TREAT. Then there’s ANTIDOTE, which goes deep inside a horror hospital, Stephen King Simmons’ stunning black-and-white feature debut THE PARKER SESSIONS, which goes beyond our wildest existential nightmares, GREYWOOD’S PLOT, a creature feature send-up for our times and the intense drama TOUCH - the winner of the NYC Independent Film Best Movie and Director awards.
The fearsome fun continues with RED SNOW, a bloodsucking spook-a-blast that puts a stake through the heart of comedy horror, the unique LAGUNA AVE. where metal fetishism goes the full John Waters route, Beau Ballinger’s SHE WATCHES FROM THE WOODS, a chilling walk between supernatural curses and mental health, the disturbing familial psychodrama CAPTIVE and the out of this world NIGHT DRIVE
FrightFest has always championed genre documentaries and this year’s picks are at their engaging best. WOODLANDS DARK AND DAYS BEWITCHED: A HISTORY OF FOLK HORROR has been attracting much fantasy festival attention and it’s a 3-HOUR PLUS enchantment. Absolutely astonishing also is THE FOUND FOOTAGE PHENOMENON, which tells you everything you need to know about the roots and growth of the shaky-cam genre and POV Cinema. Finally, Paul Hunt and Julie Kauffman’s obsessive THE BRILLIANT TERROR, is a totally absorbing delve into the Grassroots Horror movement.
The Arrow Video FrightFest First Blood strand has become a film industry watchword for those in the know wanting to discover the next great genre talent pool from the UK and Ireland. The five titles chosen for 2021, all World premieres, once more show the range of innovation and exciting breadth of the professionalism waiting to burst through into the mainstream. Seb Cox’s ARE WE MONSTERS is a unique werewolf coming-of-age saga, Ian Steele’s BOY #5 is an innovative take on the vampire myth, Leroy Kincaide’s THE LAST RITE is an authentic paranormal rollercoaster ride and Conor Buro’s WHEN THE SCREAMING STARTS is a spirited horror mockumentary. Finally, from Ireland, is Richard Waters’ BRING OUT THE FEAR, which explores a doomed relationship on its final day. Richard is a longtime FrightFest community member and a graduate of the festival’s innovative ‘New Blood’ strand.
Arrow Video FrightFest, the UK’s biggest horror and fantasy film festival, takes place at the Cineworld Leicester Square from Thurs August 26 – Monday 30 August, 2021.
Festival co-director Paul McEvoy said today: “At Arrow FrightFest this year we are thrilled to be presenting so many incredible new works from the International genre landscape. We’re showcasing a myriad of World Premiere screenings from many new and exciting talents, along with familiar names. The thrills are diverse and sensational, proving that the genre is truly alive, kicking and flourishing in these troubled times. We cannot wait to share the excitement with everyone”.
Passes go on sale on Saturday 24th July. Single tickets go on sale Thursday 29th July
Festival pass: £165. Day passes: £35 (Thurs), £60 (Fri & Sat), £50 (Sun & Mon)
Festival and Day Pass holders will be able to buy a discounted Digital pass for £40
Single Tickets: £14.50.
The digital add-on will allow full access to the digital component of the festival that runs from Wednesday 1st to Sunday 5th September.
Stand-alone tickets for the digital component of the 2021 Arrow video FrightFest will be available in August. Prices: £85 for full access and £7.50 for individual films.
Programme details: https://www.frightfest.co.uk
Ticketing details: https://www.frightfest.co.uk/tickets.html
ARROW VIDEO FRIGHTFEST UNVEILS FIRST WAVE OF 25 FILMS FOR AUGUST FESTIVAL
Arrow Video FrightFest, the UK’s biggest horror and fantasy film festival, is back at the Cineworld Leicester Square from Thurs August 26 – Monday 30 August, 2021 for five days of the very best of global genre cinema.
The internationally renowned event leads the way in attesting to the versatility of the genre and, despite the interruptions caused by the pandemic, this year is no exception as the twenty-five films to be presented in the main screens are revealed. They include four world premieres and eight International / European premieres.
Global events over the past eighteen months have not only altered most people’s lives but have had a profoundly influential effect on a lot of genre filmmakers and both the opening and closing films this year reflect that.
The festival opens with the European premiere of DEMONIC, the latest, highly anticipated and petrifying new vision from artist Neill Blomkamp, director of DISTRICT 9. Shot in secret last summer in British Columbia, Blomkamp takes us on a unique voyage into a world terrifyingly similar to our own as he expertly juggles a thought-provoking crossover between forward thinking science fiction and hi-tech horror.
The Closing night film is the UK premiere of Rob Jabbaz’s feature debut, THE SADNESS, an instant cult classic that’s relentless, merciless and already being hailed as a bloody masterpiece. After a year of combating a pandemic with relatively benign symptoms, a frustrated nation finally lets its guard down. This is when the virus spontaneously mutates, giving rise to a mind-altering plague. The age of civility and order is no more. There is only ‘The Sadness’.
Gunslingers, ghosts and cults…welcome to the insane visual madness of a Sion Sono movie and the latest memorable slice of Nicolas Cage rage in the UK premiere of post-apocalyptic Grindhouse classic PRISONERS OF THE GHOSTLAND. Another independent-spirited actor firmly established within the genre is Elijah Wood and he is on top form as an FBI profiler assigned to interview Ted Bundy in NO MAN OF GOD, which will receive its European Premiere.
Comic book icon Alan Moore was last at FrightFest in 2014 with SHOW PIECES and he and director Mitch Jenkins team up once more to present the UK Premiere of mystery fantasy THE SHOW. Then there’s the world premiere of British chiller THE KINDRED, with many of the stars attending, including James Cosmo, Steve Oram, April Pearson and Samantha Bond.
Other World premieres include the shellshock creature feature CRABS!, the hilariously gory crowd pleaser THE RETALIATORS (featuring cameos and music by Mötley Crüe’s Tommy Lee, Five Finger Death Punch and Papa Roach) and FrightFest favourite Dominic Brunt is back with EVIE, his thrilling and frighteningly sinister take on the shape-shifting Selkie myth, co-directed with Jamie Lundy and starring Michael Smiley.
BROADCAST SIGNAL INTRUSION, the first feature to proudly spring from FrightFest’s innovative ‘New Blood’ initiative with Queensbury Pictures / MP Media, will receive its UK Premiere, as will the unbearably tense, electrifying thriller COMING HOME IN THE DARK, the one-take time travel suspense comedy BEYOND THE INFINITE TWO MINUTES and from Kazakhstan, the cruelly comic misadventure SWEETIE, YOU WON’T BELIEVE IT.
Other UK premieres include ‘sonic slasher’, SOUND OF VIOLENCE, Alex Noyer’s extraordinarily eye and ear-opener, supernatural Thai slasher THE MAID, the South African fantasy GAIA, the award-winning boy meets monster indie sensation SLAPFACE, THE ADVENT CALENDAR, which heralds the return of outré French horror and the oddest US genre entry for years, the extreme comedy KING KNIGHT.
A prime example of the Mexploitation New Wave is THE EXORCISM OF CARMEN FARIAS and FrightFest will be presenting the International premiere of Rodrigo Fiallega’s blood-drenched shocker. There are also International premieres for Julien Knafo’s mutant-tastic BRAIN FREEZE and OFFSEASON, director / writer Mickey Keating’s quantum leap into the big time with an astonishing slice of Southern Gothic,
There are also European premieres for Edoardo Vitaletti’s THE LAST THING MARY SAW, a Canadian dark tale of witchcraft, black magic and possession starring Rory Culkin, the German 70s nostalgia-fest DAWN BREAKS BEHIND THE EYES and Rob Schroeder’s startling puzzle box Sci-Fi mystery, ULTRASOUND
Finally, as part of our main Arrow FrightFest line-up, three sensational shorts will be screening: the World Premiere of MASK OF THE EVIL APPARITION from Alex Proyas (I, ROBOT, THE CROW) part of his DARK CITY cinematic universe, STUFFED from Theo Rhys, a fantastic full blown musical extravaganza, and the World Premiere of Scott (SINISTER / DOCTOR STRANGE) Derrickson’s SHADOWPROWLER, a distinctive take on the home invasion thriller.
Festival co-director Alan Jones, said today: “Like every other film festival this past year, the Arrow Video FrightFest has had to adapt to the difficult circumstances caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Our last three events may have taken place entirely online but you can’t keep a commended vanguard of international genre cinema down for too long and Team FrightFest has been working tirelessly to make sure our banner 22nd event will tick every box you’ve been desperately missing.
Let’s face it, for the past year it has felt like we’ve been extras in the longest, flattest and most boring sci-fi movie ever, but now we are free at last to meet up with our Arrow Video FrightFest friends and acquaintances again for a much needed and well deserved in person horror fantasy binge”.
PLEASE NOTE: Over the next weeks Arrow Video FrightFest will be revealing the line-up for their pioneering Discovery and ‘First Blood’ strands, when passes and tickets go on sale, plus the much much-loved Short Film Showcases, special events, this year’s guest list, and the make-up of our Digital event, which takes place from Wed 1 – Sun 5 September.
Main screen programme details: https://www.frightfest.co.uk
SUMMER SHOCKS IN JULY ON HORROR CHANNEL
Carpenter, Cronenberg and Eli Roth lead a summer charge of seasonal shockers on Horror Channel this July.
Considered one of David Cronenberg’s early genre classics, SCANNERS was based on Cronenberg’s scripts The Sensitives and Telepathy 2000, which he planned to pitch to Roger Corman. Starring Michael Ironside and Patrick McGoohan, the film went on to became one of the first produced in Canada to successfully compete with American films at the international box office. Also airing is David Cronenberg’s other cult classic body horror THE BROOD, which stars Oliver Reed and Samantha Eggar. To many this remains one of the director’s most frightening and resonant movie.
Although not an outright hit when it was released in 2001, JOHN CARPENTER’S GHOSTS OF MARS, which stars Natasha Henstridge, Ice Cube, Jason Statham and Pam Grier, has since gone on to cultivate a cult following, largely due to for the hard-core space action sequences and the soundtrack. Equally, Eli Roth’s notorious post-modern celebration of the Italian cannibal genre, THE GREEN INFERNO, has divided mainstream opinion but continues to delight genre fans for its homage to Italian cannibal films of the late 1970s.
Other Highlights include Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer’s stunning contemporary occult tale of Hollywood ambition, STARRY EYES, Timo Vuorensola’s barnstorming surreal sci-fier IRON SKY. Julian Gilbey’s harrowing British survival shocker, A LONELY PLACE TO DIE, starring Melissa George and Ed Speelers and fans of Arnold Schwarzenegger will welcome the clone-seeker’s top-notch performance in THE 6TH DAY
Full film details in transmission order:
Friday 2 July @ 23:10 – SCANNERS (1981) – Cult Horror
Drifter Cameron Vale is plagued by incessant voices in his head unaware that he is a Scanner - a group of people with extraordinary powers who can not only read minds but literally tear them apart. He is discovered by a scientist aiming to help his kind adapt to society. However an underground movement of Scanners led by the psychotic Derryl Revok have other intentions and the ultimate confrontation of minds awaits.
Sunday 4 July @ 21:00 – THE 6th DAY (2000) - Thriller
A ruthless power broker is using his advanced genetic-engineering technology to clone human beings for personal gain. When 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, 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.
Sunday 11 July – STARRY EYES (2014) - Horror
Determined to make it in Hollywood, reluctant waitress Sarah Walker (Alex Essoe) goes on countless casting calls in hope of getting her big break. After a series of weird auditions at the mysterious Astraeus Pictures, she lands her dream part. But with this opportunity comes bizarre ramifications that will transform her both mentally and physically into something beautiful and altogether more terrifying. This award-winning US indie was directed by Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer, and stars Alex Essoe, Noah Segan, Pat Healy, Amanda Fuller and Shane Coffey.
Wednesday 14 July @ 21:00 – THE RESIDENT (2011) - Thriller
After separating from her adulterous husband, Dr. Juliet Devereau (Hilary Swank) moves to Brooklyn, NY and settles into a new life in her spacious apartment, Mysterious occurrences lead her to suspect she is not alone and quickly her fears become all too real as she discovers her seemingly charming landlord, Max, has developed a dangerous obsession with her. Unknown to both of them, Max suffers from Borderline Personality Disorder. A terrifying game of cat and mouse ensues as Juliet is forced to fight and free herself from Max’s increasingly sinister intentions. The film also features a cameo from Christopher Lee, in his first collaboration with the studio since 1976's To The Devil A Daughter and his last before his death in 2015.
Thursday 15 July @ 21:55 – THE GREEN INFERNO (2013) - Horror
Eli Roth’s long-awaited return to the director’s chair after this six-year absence finds politically attuned NYC university student Justine (Lorenza Izzo) roped into a campus activist group’s idealistic plan to travel to Peru to halt the annihilation of an endangered tribe by a corrupt construction company. But after a horrific plane crash that leaves half the radicals dead, the survivors are caged by the very tribe they were trying to help. Worse, the mountain clan are cannibals and they are ravenous.
Friday 23 July @ 21:00 – IRON SKY (2012) - Sci-Fi comedy
Achieving cult status for its brazen political incorrectness, this history-bending sci-fi thriller starts in 1945, with the Nazis flying to the Dark Side of the Moon, and establishing a secret hideout, where they've been preparing for their grand return. In 2018 the Americans return to the Moon in search for powerful energy source, Helium-3, discovering the Nazi fortress. Although the big Nazi weapon "Götterdämmerung" is not yet ready to be deployed, soon the skies are full of iron, as the Nazi war machines decide on a pre-emptive strike on Earth.
Friday 23 July @ 23:10 – THE BROOD (1979) Cult classic horror
Frank Carveth is becoming increasingly concerned about his ex-wife Nola’s secretive treatment at the sinister ‘Somafree Institute of Psychoplasmics. Headed by cult figure Dr Raglan, his controversial and extreme methods seek to unleash his patients' rage, often taking on physical manifestations. As Frank delves deeper he is finally led to an horrific and repellent final confrontation.
Sunday 25 July @ 21:00 – JOHN CARPENTER’S GHOSTS OF MARS (2001) Action horror
Mars, 2176 AD. On a Red Planet that has become the dangerous manifest destiny of an overpopulated Earth, police Lt. Melanie Ballard (Natasha Henstridge) is on assignment to bring James “Desolation” Williams (Ice Cube), the planet’s most notorious criminal, to justice. What began as a battle between cop and criminal soon turns into a battle for human survival and escape from the doomed planet, as Ballard and Williams join forces in mortal combat with the “Ghosts of Mars”. Although critically maligned at the time, (Carpenter confessed to suffering ‘burn-out’ making the film), it has gone on to become a cult classic
TRAILER DROPS FOR DARK FANTASY EPIC 'DRAGON KNIGHT'
Best known for horror offerings such as Lord of Tears and The Devil's Machine, Scottish genre house Hex Studios today announced a move into fantasy with their latest project Dragon Knight.
They've just shared a first look at the project, with an action-packed trailer, and retro illustrated poster from artist Neil Fraser.
Based on an original concept by Hex Studios' Lawrie Brewster and Sarah Daly, Dragon Knight is a gritty fantasy epic, set in the dystopian lands of Agonos, where a lone knight must embark on a perilous quest to save the world from a great and growing evil.
According to director/producer Lawrie Brewster: “Dragon Knight takes inspiration from the fantasy films of the 70s and 80s, and classic fantasy literature, like the Conan the Barbarian series of books, and John Boorman's Excalibur. We want to capture the sense of wonder and awe that fantasy can bring, with a story that is totally original, but feels timeless. And, like all our projects, the film will have a dark edge, so we're not straying too far from our horror roots!”
Writer Sarah Daly says of the project: “Fantasy, like horror, offers a great opportunity to mirror the world we live in. Through the prism of genre, you can explore real-world issues with a degree of separation that can let us see them more objectively. Dragon Knight will have everything you expect from a fantasy film: dragons, heroes, epic battles, but it also has something to say, and should feel relevant to the strange times we live in.”
The Hex Studios team has just launched a crowdfunder to help finance the film's post-production by making a host of exclusive rewards available to backers, including Special Editions of the movie, Kickstarter-exclusive T-Shirts, and 28mm miniatures of the film's cast and creatures.
Dragon Knight is scheduled for release later this year.
GRIMMFEST UNVEILS LINE-UP FOR 2021
After a year of “home invasions” in the form of virtual screenings and online events, this October sees Grimmfest returning to the cinema at last. The festival team is delighted to announce that from 7th to 10th October, they will be back at their regular venue, Odeon Great Northern, Manchester, with four whole days of movie premieres, Q&As, talks, parties and exclusive events.
They'll be be welcoming back some established Grimmfest favourites with their much-anticipated new films, alongside dazzling debut features from the next generation of groundbreaking genre talent.
The festival will open in fast and furious fashion, with the English Premiere of Jim Cummings (Thunder Road, The Wolf of Snow Hollow) and PJ McCabe's (The Block Island Sound) outrageous black comedy THE BETA TEST, which takes the popular 80s thriller trope of the successful man who torpedoes his comfortable life with an ill-advised sexual liaison, and spins it into a savage satire of preening toxic masculinity and the hollowness of Hollywood success. Stylish and surreal, it plays like a farcical fusion of AMERICAN PSYCHO and ENTOURAGE, and features an astonishing lead turn from Cummings.
But while it might feel good to be out at the cinema again, don't go to Grimmfest expecting simple escapism. Prepare yourselves for films which tap directly into recent events; which reflect and respond to the horrors we've all been experiencing of late. Are you sitting comfortably? Well, not for long...
French New Extremist masters Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury (INSIDE, LEATHERFACE) are back, cranking up the claustrophobia with the UK Premiere of underwater haunted house horror, THE DEEP HOUSE.
Erik and Carson Bloomquist, the creative team behind last year's elegantly retro styled TEN MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT, return with the UK premiere of NIGHT AT THE EAGLE INN, a mischievous mash-up of hotel-based horror and existential nightmare. Brad Baruh and Megan Leon, reteam with AJ Bowen and Sophie Barah, two of the stars of their previous Grimmfest hit, DEAD NIGHT, for the slippery sci-fi tinged neo-noir, NIGHT DRIVE, a Regional Premiere.
And Maverick Grimmfest Favourite Ricky Bates, Jr. (EXCISION, TRASH FIRE) returns with a typically idiosyncratic mix of mayhem and manic black comedy in the Regional Premiere of KING KNIGHT, starring Bates regular Matthew Gray Gubler, alongside cult talent, including Ray Wise and Grimmfest Lifetime Achievement winner and genre icon Barbara Crampton.
Barbara Crampton also provides a chilling online cameo in Emily Bennett and Justin Brooks' emotionally intimate and deeply uncomfortable examination of alienation and personality breakdown, ALONE WITH YOU, a Grimmfest UK Premiere, featuring a tour-de-force lead turn from Bennett herself. Other familiar faces in front of the camera this year include Alex Essoe (DR SLEEP, STARRY EYES, HOMEWRECKER), starring alongside Brendan Sexton III in Marcel Sarmiento's ferocious FACELESS, a baroque and bloody blend of Bukowskiesque bar room romance, and Cronenbergian body horror, receiving its European Premiere.
Grimmfest favourite Lora Burke (POOR AGNES, LIFECHANGER, FOR THE SAKE OF VICIOUS) reteams with her FOR THE SAKE OF VICIOUS co-stars Nick Smyth and Colin Paradine in Craig David Wallace's gruelling study of maternal instincts gone bad, MOTHERLY, which is receiving its Regional Premiere. Elsewhere, comedy icon Jessica Hynes is in rather more serious mode, in Peter Blach's sulphurous social (sur)realist study of family dysfunction, teenage alienation and supernatural revenge, SEAGULL, a Greater Manchester Premiere.
But while it's always nice to welcome back old friends, and see some familiar faces, they're just as excited to be presenting some genre-shaking new talent at this year's festival. Keene McRae, Kristoffer Thomas and Lane Thomas reinvent the serial killer drama as an elliptical exploration of memory, loss, and small-town inertia, in the lyrical yet bone-chilling SHOT IN THE DARK, a Grimmfest World Premiere.
A real-life conspiracy theory is the inspiration for John Valley's blackly comic and surprisingly bleak THE PIZZAGATE MASSACRE, a Grimmfest European Premiere, which combines sour sociopolitical satire with a detailed and disturbing study of disenfranchised and disfunctional masculinity. There's also Southern Gothic in the manner of Ingmar Bergman, in the UK Premiere of Mark O'Brien's stark meditation on faith, guilt, and retribution, THE RIGHTEOUS.
There's witchcraft, paranoia, and possession, in the UK Premiere of Pierre Tsigaridis's dazzling, disorientating, hallucinogenic homage to classic Seventies European horror, TWO WITCHES. Korean director Kwon Oh-seung debuts with a dazzling reworking of a classic suspense film trope, as a young deaf woman and her mother find themselves targeted by a devious and implacable serial killer, in the fast, furious and utterly fiendish MIDNIGHT.
Elsewhere, there's the UK Premiere of two smartly subversive reimaginings of classic Hollywood scenarios: Adam Stilwell's THE FREE FALL offers a surreal and slippery riff on such 1940s noir-Gothic romances as GASLIGHT and REBECCA, while Aaron Fradkin presents a satanic spin on SUNSET BOULEVARD in high camp Hollywood horror, VAL.
Back in the modern world, a teenager grows ever more dissociated from reality after she invokes an online urban legend in the UK Premiere of Jane Schoenbrun's subtly disquieting low-fi gem, WE'RE ALL GOING TO THE WORLD'S FAIR. Reality proves equally unreliable in Stefano Ludovico's mindblowing THE GUEST ROOM, another UK premiere, which starts as a queasily uncomfortable home invasion thriller, only to spin off into a time-twisting metaphysical parable of guilt and redemption. Unwanted guests also prove a problem for reluctant hotelier Dave, in Stefan Lernous's sour and sweaty fever dream of alienation and repression, HOTEL POSEIDON, which receives its regional premiere.
And a young boy's sense of rage and alienation summons a destructive monster in Jeremiah Kipp's dark fairy tale, SLAPFACE, another Regional Premiere.
Seventies European horror also provides a visual touchstone for ON THE THIRD DAY, which receives its European Premiere at Grimmfest. Daniel de la Vega's mischievous mash-up of full-blooded Latin American Gothic and classic giallo, which toys beautifully with audience expectations. The film is part of a special focus this year on Latin American Horror, which also includes the UK premiere of Andres Beltran's chilling and claustrophobic TARUMAMA, which combines Colombian supernatural mythology with an emotionally brutal exploration of bereavement and family breakdown. A mysterious wild dog provides an alienated young woman with unexpected moral support in a hostile new town, in the World premiere of Sebastian Perillo's subtly haunting dark fable, THE NIGHTS BELONG TO MONSTERS. Plus, Sartre meets De Sade in the Regional Premiere of Alex Kahuam's nightmarish, existential vision of hell, FORGIVENESS.
Finally, as we begin the gradual return to some kind of normality, a reminder that things could have been a whole lot worse, with two very different, but equally chilling examinations of infection run rampant. A mysterious mutant fungus wreaks havoc among a small MidWestern community in the World Premiere of D.M. Cunningham's THE SPORE, and a virus sends the world violently, sexually insane in Rob Jabbaz's unflinchingly brutal and breakneck shocker, THE SADNESS, which receives its Regional Premiere.
And that's just the feature film premieres. There are still a few additional surprises to come, including this year's closing feature, which they'll be announcing once they have all the details fully finalised.
In addition, they will have a selection of boundary pushing shorts from around the world, details of which will also be released soon. But just as a taster, they can reveal that we've the Regional Premiere of the visually astonishing cyber-fable, MASK OF THE EVIL APPARITION, which marks Alex Proyas' much anticipated return to the world of the classic DARK CITY.
They will also, of course, be celebrating the career of our guest of honour, the incomparable Dee Wallace, recipient of this year's Grimmfest Lifetime Achievement Award, with a selection of soon-to-be announced classic screenings.
Yes, Grimmfest is back, folks. Up on the silver screen, bigger, and more bloodyminded and bad-ass than ever before.
But this does not mean that they will be abandoning their arcane online incarnation. Those of you who have enjoyed having Grimmfest emerging from your computer and TV screens on a regular basis will still be able to do so. The festival will be a hybrid, with the live event closely followed by a virtual version, thus enabling those who are unable to join in physically to be there in spirit and enjoy the show from their own homes.
Simeon Halligan, festival director said: ‘We are so excited to be back with a live festival that is bigger than ever before. We will present movie premieres across two screens in 2021, allowing us to screen even more amazing new genre cinema. And if fans still can’t make it to the live event, we've an online version that will run across the following weekend. Don’t miss it!’
Grimmfest 2021 full festival passes are available now, from www.grimmfest.com