Film4 FrightFest 2014, returning for its 15th year, unveils its biggest line-up ever. From Thurs 21 August to Monday 25 August, the UK’s leading event for genre fans will be at the Vue West End, Leicester Square, to present sixty-four films plus twenty shorts across five screens. There are sixteen countries representing five continents with a record-breaking thirty-eight UK or European premieres and eleven world premieres.
Are you ready for a monstrous and memorable mayhem of killer claws, cannibalism, cult classics, murderous musicals, chiller thrillers, graphic novel action and sick celluloid masterpieces? Then prepare yourself for the biggest, strongest and most eclectic must-see programme in Film4 FrightFest’s history.
From the opening night turbo-driven thrill-ride THE GUEST to the UK premiere of the closing night mesmeric sci-fi fantasy THE SIGNAL, FrightFest has netted the latest works from genre big-hitters such as Eli Roth (THE GREEN INFERNO), Alan Moore and Mitch Jenkins (SHOW PIECES), Tommy Wirkola (DEAD SNOW 2: RED VS. DEAD), Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller (SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR), Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo (AMONG THE LIVING), Fabrice Du Welz (ALLELUIA), Nacho Vigalondo (OPEN WINDOWS and EXTRATERRESTRIAL), John McNaughton (THE HARVEST), Adam Green (DIGGING UP THE MARROW), Nicolas McCarthy’ (HOME), Lucky McKee and Chris Sivertson (ALL CHEERLEADERS DIE), Adrian Garcia Bogliano (LATE PHASES), Greg Mclean (WOLF CREEK 2), Eduardo Sanchez (EXISTS) and Milan Todorovic (NYMPH).
Plenty of genre movies have been garnering massive critical attention from other signature festivals which FrightFest has embraced, including: the moving and charming LIFE AFTER BETH, the laugh-out-loud crowd-pleaser ZOMBEAVERS, Jennifer Kent’s utterly beguiling THE BABADOOK, the extraordinary German slasher THE SAMURAI, the ‘Glee’-ful STAGE FRIGHT, the Hollywood rags to witches STARRY EYES, the hugely entertaining HOUSEBOUND, the unique R100, the cult of the damned FAULTS, the Kiwi corker I SURVIVED A ZOMBIE HOLOCAUST and Jay Weisman’s sci-fi mindbender SHOCKWAVE DARKSIDE 3D.
Film4 FrightFest has always shone a spotlight on British talent and this year is no exception – sharply spearheaded by Luke Hyams’ unusual X MOOR, Phil Hawkins’ THE LAST SHOWING, featuring horror icon Robert Englund in his best starring role in years, Adam Spinks’ creature feature THE EXPEDITION, John Shackleton’s supernatural horror THE SLEEPING ROOM, Ivan Kavanagh’s sinister THE CANAL, Oliver Frampton’s urban nightmare THE FORGOTTEN, Jeremy Wooding’s wild western BLOOD MOON, Edward Boase’s spooky THE MIRROR and Simeon Halligan’s truly shocking WHITE SETTLERS.
Discovering and nurturing new talent from across the globe has always at the heart of FrightFest’s manifesto and this year’s ever-popular Discovery Strand is testament to this, boasting thirty-eight films which includes THE HOUSE AT THE END OF TIME, the first ever horror movie from Venezuela, Matthew, A. Brown’s startling neo-noir revenge thriller JULIA, Casey La Scala’s rapture survival THE REMAINING, Chad Archibald’s maniac-franchise-in-the-making THE DROWNSMAN, the mumblecore insidious CREEP, the intestinal gag-filled BAD MILO!, the shattering TRUTH OR DARE, the surprising ALTERGEIST, the king of the hill PRESERVATION, the bodysnatching HONEYMOON, Lowell Dean’s hilarious midnight movie WOLFCOP, the cyber chiller THE DEN, the Australian urban legend LEMON TREE PASSAGE, Ben Wagner’s intimate DEAD WITHIN, the giallo-infused ANOTHER, the inevitable WRONG TURN 6 and Ate de Jong’s psycho-sexual horror DEADLY VIRTUES.
Plus there some brilliant documentaries receiving their UK premieres: Alexandre O. Philippe’s Zombie culture reveal, DOC OF THE DEAD and Erik Sharkey’s touching portrait of Drew Struzan, DREW: THE MAN BEHIND THE POSTER. There is also the World Premiere of David Gregory’s LOST SOUL – THE DOOMED JOURNEY OF RICHARD STANLEY’S ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU.The retrospective selection this year includes restored versions of Stanley Kubrick’s THE SHINING, Wes Craven’s A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, Jorg Buttgereit’s NEKROMANTIK and Giulio Paradisi’s cult exploiter THE VISITOR, each with significant talent attachment and presented by writer, critic, broadcaster Kim Newman.
Plus there is a special presentation of James Ward’s mind-bending horror-sci-fi COHERENCE by THE DUKE MITCHELL FAN CLUB @ FILM4 FRIGHTFEST in addition to their infamous, insane in-house party.
With a record number of female directors showing their work this year in both the main sections and in the short film showcases, the return of the ‘Shortcuts To Hell’ competition in association with Horror Channel and Movie Mogul, the ‘Turn Off Your Bloody Phone!’ entries and the usual bloody red carpet gathering of stars, directors and surprise guests, Film4FrightFest continues to be the single most important event of 2014 in the UK genre calendar.
This year’s guest list and the Short Film Showcase entries will be announced soon.
Alan Jones, Festival co-director, said today: “Everything genre-wise you’ve been hearing about – and a whole lot you haven’t yet – has been included in the programme to ensure our move to the Vue will be the most exciting and game-changing genre event of the year. Humbly, we cannot overestimate how much work has been done by Team FrightFest in planning this move in every detail to ensure your complete satisfaction with the venue arrangements, the operating duties and the comprehensive multi-levelled programming. While everything looks to be changing, nothing is fundamentally changing in terms of retaining our unique, all-inclusive atmosphere and the wellbeing of everyone who attends.”
Julia Wrigley, Head of Film4 Channel, added: “It’s fantastic to be back for our eighth year of fear as headline sponsors of Film4 FrightFest. For us, it’s still a great place to get reacquainted with favourite filmmakers and make exciting discoveries, many of which end up on the channel. We can’t wait to settle into a new venue to see what the team has in store for us, while our FrightFest fortnight on Film4 allows viewers to invite the horror and excitement into their own home.”
Festival and day passes go on sale from June 28th. Tickets for individual films are on sale from 19th. Bookmark this spot to get tickets!
Anchor Bay Films released this hi-res image gallery for the supernatural horror film The Possession of Michael King.
From Gold Circle Films (White Noise, The Haunting In Connecticut), it opens in limited theaters August 22 with an iTunes, On Demand, DVD and Blu-ray release set for August 26.
David Jung directs the movie that “Tells of a documentary filmmaker who does not believe in God or the Devil. When his wife dies, he sets out to make his next movie on religion and spirituality, hoping to prove those things are just myth. But in allowing demonologists, necromancers, and various practitioners of the occult to try the deepest and darkest spells and rituals on him, he unleashes a horrifying force.”
Shane Johnson (Starz’ upcoming “Power”), Dale Dickey (Iron Man 3), Julie McNiven (TV’s “Supernatural”) and Tomas Arana (Guardians of the Galaxy) star.
The movie was by Paul Brooks and executive produced by Scott Niemeyer and Guy Danella. The screenplay was written by Jung with a story by Jung and Tedi Sarafian.
I was lucky in that I was able to snag a copy of Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon on Record Store Day this year. It’s quickly become one of my favorite records to pop on when I’m doing things around the house, like cooking or cleaning. The driving synth-heavy music is obscene amounts of fun and I can’t get sick of it!
But for those of you who weren’t able to pick up a copy, I can understand how you’d be upset and wanting to join in on the fun. Luckily, Invada Records has heard your pleas and has announced that they will be reissuing the vinyl!
Due to overwhelming public demand, we have repressed FC3 on double black 140 gram vinyl.
Please note the LP comes in the same sleeve with the VHS insert (see pic below) and download card but won’t come with the poster, which was exclusive with the pink vinyl version for RSD 2014
Pre-orders have begun here, so be sure to head over to get your copy!
It’s surprising to me that, even through the J-horror craze, Takashi Miike’s Japanese masterpiece, Audition, has yet to be remake. Yet, here we are, and I want to take some piano wire to my neck…
Deadline reports Friday night that Terminator, Rambo, and Basic Instinct exec producer Mario Kassar is assembling an English-language adaptation of Audition, the infamous 1997 novel by Japanese author Ryu Murakami about a lonely widower who gets more than he bargains for when he puts out a fake casting call to find a new girlfriend. Audition was adapted in 1999 into a cringe-inducing cult film in its own right by Japanese helmer Takashi Miike. The new Kassar-produced version is based on the original Murakami novel and will transplant the story to an American setting.
In this version, to be directed by Richard Gray (The Lookalike), Audition‘s unlucky protagonist is Sam Davis, who lives alone with his son following the death of his wife seven years prior and is convinced by a filmmaker friend to stage the fake auditions. The former ballerina with a mysterious past he falls for is now named Evie Lawrence, but otherwise details fall closely in line with Murakami’s best-seller.
Gray adapted the script and will tackle a fall shoot for Audition.
We’ve reached the end of yet another week and I’m feeling like I need to share a video that is bloody, fun, insane, and simply a damn good time. That’s why I’m turning to Swedish metal band Kvelertak for their track “Blodtørst”, which was directed by Torjus Førre Erfjord. The video shows vikings carousing, drinking, eating, and slaughtering pigs. Unfortunately for them, not everything goes as well as they would hope and things go VERY wrong, very quickly. Check out the video below!
I’m not the biggest fan of Halloween III: Season of the Witch, but this poster makes me want to endure it one more time. This beautiful thing is the latest creation from the fine folks at Cavity Colors, and boy, does it look good. It’s like it was designed with my wall in mind, almost as if it was meant to be.
Zombies suck. You let them into your home and they immediately ruin the futon you dragged from that dumpster around the corner last weekend, then they track mud all across the floor and try and eat your brains. Not the best house guests, but you know what they are good for? Target practice. In the survival horror game Contagion they make for excellent cannon fodder, but only if you shoot them in the head, because that’s the way Romero intended for us to vanquish them.
It just so happens that I have four Steam codes for Contagion that are just sitting in my inbox, waiting to be redeemed. If you’d like a chance to win one, all I’ll require from you is that you subscribe to our YouTube channel, then comment here with your YouTube name. If you’re feeling extra generous, you’ll also tell me what your zombie-slaying weapon of choice is.
I’ll be choosing the winners tomorrow night and notifying them via YouTube, so the winners can have some time this weekend to play this lovely horror game.
Back in May we reported that Lifetime was developing “Damien,” a television followup to the 1976 The Omen.
While that continues to be worked on with “The Walking Dead” showrunner Glen Mazzara, sources tell Bloody Disgusting exclusively that Twentieth Century Fox is hoping to bring Damien Thorn back to theaters. We’re told that FOX is working with Platinum Dunes to develop a second The Omen remake. I guess remakes are dead and studios are officially moving onto re-remakes?
John Moore directed the 2006 remake starring Liev Schreiber, Julia Stiles and Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick. Released on 06-06-06, the remake was moderately successful pulling in $120M worldwide on a $25M budget.
Richard Donner helmed the original that begins when mysterious deaths surround an American ambassador leaving him wondering if the child that he is raising is the Anti-Christ. The film starred Gregory Peck and Lee Remick, alongside Harvey Stephens as Damien.
Platinum Dunes will see the release of The Purge: Anarchy this summer, and has been behind a wide variety of remakes from Friday the 13th to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Amityville Horror and even A Nightmare On Elm Street.
“Did I scare you, Mommy? I didn’t mean to.”
Issue #1 established a temporal setting of 1962 and introduced to the Chicago Six, a band of former communist super-powered villains who C.O.W.L are in the process of eliminating from the city. The concern, as is more so explored in issue #2, is once the threat of evil is neutralized, will the league become obsolete?
ART BY: Alec Siegel
PUBLISHER: Image Comics
RELEASE: June 25, 2014
Reviewed by Nick Brehmer
The first thing I thought after reading the first two issues of “C.O.W.L” was ‘The Incredibles with curse words’. Don’t take that as a dismissal — it’s terrific. C.O.W.L (the Chicago Organized Workers League) is, as issue #2’s front matter describes, “the world’s first superhero union league.” There’s a bureau, filing cabinets, and even hints of in-office romantic drama. The identities of the organization’s members seem to be known to the public to the extent where they’ve become celebrities, having costumes made by designers. They even partake in photo-shoots and magazine profiles. C.O.W.L’s mission, however, is to “stop costumed and superhero crime.” For reasons yet to be fully understood, superpowers appear to be bestowed on multitudes of citizens in varying degrees and for different reasons. Obviously, those with more dangerous powers are those who C.O.W.L hunts down first.
Issue #2 picks up after the fast-pace opening of the series, which had the agents of C.O.W.L engaged in an epic battle above the skyline of Chicago with the last member of the Chicago Six, ex-KGB Skylancer. We get a glimpse at the history of C.O.W.L and its beginnings in WWII with the now-chief Geoffrey Warner (codename The Grey Raven), Reginald Davis (codename Blaze), and the mysterious “Sparrow”, who Warner seems keen to forget. Agent John Pierce, an unpowered C.O.W.L detective, is concerned over the discovery of sensitive C.O.W.L weaponry files found in Skylancer’s lair. Tensions are heightened when playboy Tom Hayden (codename Archlight) does not share in Pierce’s worries.
Perhaps the most gripping aspect of the C.O.W.L series is the personal trials of the agents themselves. Grant Marlowe, another unpowered patrol member of C.O.W.L, experiences growing insecurity made worse by his young son’s embitterment. Working with Karl Samoski (codename Eclipse), who is proving to be quite the anti-hero (to say the least), the two agents are called to a crime scene where the perp is suspected to have increased strength and connections to the Camden Stone crime ring. The ensuing brawl leaves one of the agents in serious condition as the fabric holding C.O.W.L together frays even more.
There’s still a lot to learn about the C.O.W.L universe and its cast of characters. The darkly beautiful artwork creates a very palpable atmosphere making the beginning of this series a joy to dive into.
Image describes “Sovereign” as an “epic fantasy in the tradition of Game of Thrones”. While this issue certainly demonstrates a comparable level of complexity, with massive swaths of exposition and a truly dizzying cast of characters, it fails to capture its audience’s attention in the same way. The accessibility that has made George R. R. Martin’s series a massive hit is nowhere to be seen here, and the final product suffers greatly as a result.
WRITTEN BY: Chris Roberson
ART BY: Paul Maybury
PUBLISHER: Image Comics
RELEASE: June 25, 2014
Review By: Ooknabah
Sovereign #4 is divided into three parts, chronicling the inhabitants of a city besieged by the undead. Names are scarce, as is context, even while additional intrigues play out over the course of the story. Not much actually happens over the course of the issue, although it all portends to greater action to come. Still, as a new, lost reader, it is difficult to care.
This may all be solved when the series is collected in trade format, as the dense plotting almost demands the ability to flip back to previous scenes to figure out how all the various storylines manage to fit together. Being unfamiliar with what has come before, there is no doubt that many details are passing me by unnoticed. However, there is little to encourage one to delve into those previous issues to retrieve that much needed set up based off what is presented here.
Chris Roberson’s writing captures the voice of your typical fantasy novel, however the individual voices of the characters are almost indistinguishable from each other and the long exposition that covers the first third of the issue fails to entice. Paul Maybury’s art manages to produce a unique look which captures a wide variety of designs, with mixed success. At the more emotionally charged moments of the story it captures the emotions of the characters or the horror of the undead that threaten to overrun our protagonists. At its worst, it comes across as rushed and amateurish.
Dense to the point of being almost impenetrable, Sovereign #4 presents a considerable challenge to the new reader. Perhaps readers of previous issues may be hooked at this point and will see fit to continue, but newcomers will have a hard time finding reasons to do so.
Ooknabah AKA Brent Hirose is a writer, actor and gigantic nerd from Vancouver B.C. You can listen to his podcast about that at HugeNerds.Podomatic.Com or check out his many other projects at BrentHirose.com
While the film is already out in France (check out the cover art below), we now have the official U.S. theatrical trailer for Paragon Pictures’ Mall: A Day to Kill.
The pic is Linkin Park bandmate Joseph Hahn’s feature helping debut that stars Vincent D’Onofrio, Gina Gershon, Cameron Monaghan, Peter Stormare, and James Frecheville.
It’s the story of five disaffected suburbanites whose lives come together at a shopping mall following a seemingly random shooting.
Paragon is planning to release Mall this fall.
Flashbacks from the 80s are always fun. There are Miami Vice-themed duds, movie references, and the perms. “Dream Thief: Escape” #1 branches out the mythos from the original series with a clever approach to family traditions. That plus you get to gators eat people who deserve it. This sequel is a fun second chapter of this new world.
WRITTEN BY: Jai Nitz
ART BY: Greg Smallwood
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics
RELEASE: 25 June 2014
Reviewed by: Your Friendly Neighborhood Brady
Things are never as random as they seem in comic books. Sometimes, they feel so spot-on in their delivery that it feels like you’re watching a cinematic gem. Readers are in for a treat like that in this series. Creators Jai Nitz and Greg Smallwood hit the ground running in this new story. Dream Thief John Lincoln isn’t the first to don the mask which takes him over to avenge wronged ghosts. That right there is a great theme for future storylines to hop onto. I always enjoy different variations of heroes and villains than we’re already used to. Readers are witness to two in this very issue. It’s a very cool way to see where the story has come from and where it can go to down the line.
The time jumps and scenery swaps are perfectly placed. There are scenes where Lincoln has to literally wake up and jump back into his life after being possessed for untold amounts of time. Artist Greg Smallwood does both the personal moments and the grimier and grittier events exceptionally. His facial expressions really capture the moments in the story successfully.
All that and a ghost who needs the Dream Thief to pull off a break-out means this story will continue to surprise me. As supernatural as this series is based in, it’s the crime and revenge side that I find most compelling. All these ghost pass on their knowledge to the Dream Thief, whether he wants it or not. This setup leaves unlimited possibilities for what’s going to happen next. That’s just the kind of story that deserves your attention, readers. Get in on this caper / paranormal series already.
BOOM! Studios has graciously provided us with an exclusive preview of James Tynion IV’s “The Woods” #3. While I found the first issue to be a little muddled in stereotypical characters, I loved the premise and tease of further cosmic horror to come. Luckily things were remedied quite quickly and the book has really taken off into it’s insane little trip. I can’t imagine where things are going but Michael Dialynas’ art has been incredibly haunting. His creature designs fill me with a certain sense of dread that isn’t about to go away any time soon.
THE WOODS #3
Author: James Tynion IV
Artist: Michael Dialynas
Cover Artists: A: Ramón K. Pérez B: Michael Dialynas (Incentive)
Synopsis: As the darkness of night falls, monsters begin to reveal themselves—from both outside and inside the school. Maria struggles to break free of her false imprisonment before Coach Clay succeeds in instilling martial law, and the exploratory crew finds themselves being hunted by unseen shadows.
Writer/director Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Sinister) sees his new, ambitious horror film Deliver Us From Evil hit theaters on July 2nd. When the film’s casting was announced, the presence of Joel McHale (The Informant, “Community”) wasn’t something I was expecting but he actually adds a lot to the film in a way that feels more organic than you might expect.
If you look back at my set visit, you’ll see that I was caught off guard by his take on Butler, a ripped knife wielding cop. There’s more to his character than that though. A lot of people will be surprised by just how much a lot of Deliver Us From Evil feels like a Jerry Bruckheimer film (in a good way), and McHale fits right in to the slightly malevolent buddy cop atmosphere.
Bloody-Disgusting has teamed up with London-based industrial alt-rock/metal band Ventenner to bring you the exclusive track premiere for “Wave”, which comes from the upcoming album Distorture (out September 1st). The track hearkens back to the early 90′s industrial feel, reminding me of Nine Inch Nails, Filter, and Marilyn Manson with some elements of Gary Numan thrown in as well.
A very apt horror description of the album was released, stating:
Sitting in a dark place between a David Lynch and John Carpenter nightmare; this is an album that needs to breathe, its needs time and one that requires your fullest attention to delve into the captivating moments of calm and beauty and surrender to its shadowy presence.
Head below to listen to the track.
6th September – London, Electrowekz
18th October – London, Electrowerkz w/ Hanzel Und Gretyl
30th November – London, O2 Academy w/ Orgy
Steam’s Summer Sale is still here, and it’s still offering cheap games. I’ve made it my mission to sift through the bevy of sales to find the best horror deals Steam has to offer. Today’s highlights include F.E.A.R. for $2.49 (75% off) and Alan Wake for $4.50 (85% off) — but that’s not all.
If you’d like to exercise your love for democracy, you can vote here to ensure the next batch of community picked discounts cover some pretty fantastic horror games. If the horror games win, we’ll extend Alan Wake’s $4.50 price tag for another eight hours, as well as see Outlast for $4.99 (75% off), Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs for $8.99 (55% off), and Dead Space for $9.99 (50% off). If it’s cheap scares you want, you can totes make it happen.
Remember that incredibly cool-looking Biohazard: The Real attraction that debuted in Universal Studios Japan last year and brought me this close to dropping everything so I could move to Japan and live in the amusement park for a month? It’s returning, and I’m sure it will tease me like a faraway Siren’s call (again) until I’m left curled in the fetal position on the floor of my bedroom, wondering which organs I can sell to afford a ticket to Japan.
Biohazard: The Real 2 will run from August 8 through to September 11, where it will transform the amusement park into the crumbling, zombie-infested town of Raccoon City. Who wants to make a trip with me to Japan?
When Resident Evil 4 released (again) on PC with the Ultimate HD Edition, some fans were unmoved by Capcom’s latest attempt to wring a bit more cash out of the popular game. Me? I loved it, because it did just enough for me to warrant another purchase of a game I now own for five different platforms.
If you were one of the disgruntled fans who didn’t see it as a big enough leap forward graphically, there is a group of modders who are currently working to remedy that with an HD remaster of an… HD remaster.
For those who are interested in making their copy of Resident Evil 4 HD look even better, you can download the first release on their website.
Evil leaves its mark in the UK when Scar Tissue arrives in cinemas July 25 and on DVD/On Demand August 4.
In the film, which now has posters and a second trailer, “Detective Sam Cross (Charity Wakefield) never got the chance for revenge. Twenty years ago, her sister became the last victim of serial child killer Edward Jansen, moments before he was shot dead by a police SWAT team.
But now, decades later, he’s back…
Luke Denham (Danny Horn) is a normal guy living a normal life until he wakes up one morning to find a mutilated corpse in his bathroom. When the police find Jansen’s DNA all over the crime scene, Luke and Sam are thrown together on a mission to uncover the truth and stop the long-dead psychopath who stalks and taunts them. Scar Tissue is a shocking, gripping and stylish thriller from the producer of The Seasoning House that reminds us how the past can be impossible to escape – evil leaves its mark.”
A Sterling Pictures production, the film also stars Shaun Dingwall (Dr Who, Rock & Chips), Helen George (Call The Midwife), Tom Rosenthal (Friday Night Dinner, Plebs) and screen legend Kenneth Colley (most famous for playing Admiral Piett in the original Star Wars trilogy and Jesus in Monty Python’s Life of Brian).
An official website has been launched for White Settlers, a new thriller starring The Woman‘s Pollyanna McIntosh, alongside Lee Williams (“The Tudors”) and Joanne Mitchell (Before Dawn).
Directed by “Splintered’s” Simeon Halligan, take a look at the first ever images and trailer from the indie pic that debuted at Cannes.
“It’s Ed and Sarah’s first night at their new home, an isolated farmhouse. This should be a new beginning away from their stressful London lives. And at first it is; come sunset they fall in love all over again as they wander in the beautiful Scottish landscape. But as darkness falls, Sarah suspects they’re not alone, Ed goes to investigate and quickly, the evening becomes a nightmare. It suddenly dawns on them; they do not belong here. And they’re certainly not welcome….“