Horror-infused retrosynth artist Nightcrawler have released an official music video for their track “Haunted Keys”. Themed after 70’s horror films, the video tells the tale of a haunted synthesizer that won’t leave a musician alone. In fact, its powers are so great that it can withstand bullets and even an exorcism, going so far as to…well, you’ll just have to see.
You can buy the Haunted Keys single via Bandcamp.
We’ve teamed up with Swedish blackened death metal band This Gift is a Curse to bring you the Satanic and unsettling video premiere of “Swinelord”, which comes from their new album All Hail the Swine Lord!
If the prospect of Satanic rituals didn’t tickle your fancy, just read this description of their new album and tell me it doesn’t sound like some sort of Clive Barker-esque horror film:
“This Gift is a Curse unleash a black storm of chaos with ‘All Hail the Swinelord’. The Swedish blackened metal/crust quartet holding nothing back as they swarm the listener with tortured screams of agony, dissonant riffing, and furious drumming. ‘All Hail the Swinelord’ delivers relentless and oppressive fury from the start and leaves no room for mercy.”
You can order the album via Season of Mist.
Warning: People with epilepsy may want to avoid this video due to consistent flashing lights.
If you’re a fan of ambient and complex electronic music, the kind that continuously surprises and intrigues you, then Garden of Delete, the new album from Oneohtrix Point Never (aka Daniel Lopatin), should be one of your must-have albums of the year. Each track is a dizzying and spellbinding journey of analog and electronic wizardry, ultimately creating an album that feels like cyber journey that is a reflection of our own past, present, and future, all rolled into one package. However, it will take multiple listens to fully unwrap the stunning and breathtaking beauty that this album has to offer. If you can’t tell by now, I absolutely love this album.
To celebrate tomorrow’s release of Garden of Delete, we got Daniel and his friend The Sewer System to pick apart the album, taking each song and comparing them to horror movies. The end result is a fascinating look into the mind of Lopatin as his envisions each song being a part of or a representation of something very familiar to us.
Of course, this is meant to tease you as the majority of these tracks aren’t out yet for you to hear. However, if this intrigues you enough, and hopefully it will, then you should absolutely pre-order a copy.Intro – Creep Show (Intro)
In all fairness we chose another intro for this one – the pitch perfect opener to Creep Show. Low-rent suburban horror, evil influence invading the home from the outside, sadistic laughter…
Real old dad with Leslie Nielsen-esque hair… “That’s why God made fathers”… Tom Savini as garbage man… A demonically sadistic preteen willing to inflict mortal pain upon his father for being a dick and throwing out his trashy comic book. This one could probably cover most of the major concepts in G.O.D. honestly.Ezra – Nowhere
The films of Gregg Araki may not be classified as horror, but they have been known to horrify viewers. Nowhere fits this track and the personage of “Ezra” like a glove. An otherworldly embodied teen, bioconfused and navigating the space of drugs, sex, faith and alienation… ultimately an ode to doom and loneliness (with suicide, murder, valley-girl-incinerating reptiloids, exploding co-eds, and John Ritter as a demonic televangelist).ECCOJAMC1 – Dead Ringers
The first Cronenberg entry on our list. Dead Ringers is the story of symbiotically/parasitically linked twin gynecologists. “Eccojamc1” is mirrored in the psychological stalemate of the Brothers Beverly – the weak twin echoing the strong, one dissecting the other to know what is inside them… to know what is inside himself… following solipsistic reasoning to a sickly place… custom tools for operating on mutants… “I need something to slow everything down…”Sticky Drama – 3-way tie: The Fly, Tetsuo, Videodrome
More heavy Cronenberg correlations here, as “Sticky Drama” is essentially a meditation on body horror and unsafe libidinal obsession. Our choice ended up being a deadlock between The Fly, Tetsuo: The Iron Man, and Videodrome. A mash up of scenes from those films would be a perfect thematic and visual compliment to this track. Goldblum creeping on Gina Davis // James Woods losing his shit over Debby Harry… Tetsuo fucking shit up in a cyber rage and taking on tech components like a nightmarish game of Katamari Damacy… Brundlefly puking on donuts intermittently throughout… Finally Woods blasting himself in the head with his organic handgun full of New Flesh apotheosis.SDFK – Audition (Runner-up Silence of the Lambs)
The arc of Audition matches the sonics of “SDFK”. Counteracting the quiet routine melancholia and humiliation of quotidian life through ritualistic trap building. The slow, sedate, methodical repetition of a claustrophobic plan… ressentiment for all the imposing sad fucks in the world… a small design with nothing but horrible intent. Calm expectation from which violence explodes suddenly and ends just as suddenly. Runner-up goes to Silence of the Lambs because the endless industrial rhythm just sounds like something Jame Gumb would be into.Mutant Standard – Altered States
Dancing in the Dreamtime, Edwardian pleasure tasters, pythons & komodo dragons, a return to dust thru status and slow nuclear extinction, cosmic microrelevance. Pick a hallucination sequence from Altered States and it will pretty much work with this track. The first time I tried to watch this flick I fell asleep only to wake up during the insane final trip scene. It took me a couple of minutes before I was convinced I was in the right dimension.Child of Rage – Child of Rage (Runners-up Halloween 3: Season of the Witch, The Boogeyman (1980), The Reflecting Skin)
“Child of Rage” is eponymously titled for a made-for-TV movie and its source documentary; neither of which are particularly different from each other… both seem to exploit and vilify Beth Thomas, the subject of the documentary who having been abused as a child developed reactive attachment disorder… causing her to lash out and threaten her family with seething rage. I wanted to make a piece of music that characterized the tragedy that is having your disorder documented for other people’s pleasure/education or whatever. Beth Thomas is now an adult… a registered nurse and advocate for reactive attachment disorder who has most likely put these pointless films behind her… sadly, most of us who know her as a creepy imp will never think of her as anything but that. We chose a few runners-up that resonated thematically with “Child of Rage”; Halloween 3 gives us societal evil subjecting children to cosmic/televisual manipulation transforming and destroying them individually in the comfort of their own homes (no unstoppable slasher necessary here); The Boogeyman presents a very unhealthy brother sister relationship that stems from witnessing some really bad shit at a too-young age; The Reflecting Skin is a phantasmagoric oddity that portrays childhood escapism amidst the banality and isolation of Iowa… ah, the nightmare of childhood…Animals – Tie: Wolfen & The Thing
“Animals” was a tough track to match. It has such an overt sci-fi apocalyptic feel and it’s hard not to think about scenes of Judgement Day from T2 or the millennial hysteria of Strange Days. We ended in a tie, with each entry providing its own special ingredient to compliment the doomsday sound. Wolfen’s truly desolate locations filmed in South Bronx in 1980 are incredible, and the film deserves a pretty sweet genre footnote as it introduced an early predecessor to the well known “Predator-vision” of the Schwarzenegger, et. al films. The Thing is John Carpenter’s vision of desolation, paranoia, and lurking death without resolution. The Thing was the first film of Carpenter’s ‘Apocalypse Trilogy’, a set of films loosely connected by the idea that the evil and madness in the world can not be stemmed off or contained. A pyrrhic victory is the best Russel’s MacReady can score against the faceless recombinant specter of death, while we’re left as spectators to his doubt and fatalism at humanity’s twilight.I Bite Through It – Zombi 2 (Runner-up: Maniac)
Cannibalism is a tried and true topic for horror, so it was not hard to find candidates to represent “I Bite Through It”. Although there is an entire sub-genre of exploitation flicks that are dedicated to flesh eating atrocity, and some amazing dinner scenes in horror (Sally at the dinner table in Texas Chainsaw Massacre comes to mind), we looked for a film that lingered on the distress and terror of tearing through viscera. The realistic violence in Maniac is exceedingly visceral and upsetting, with a slow stabbing sequence that is difficult to watch first and foremost because it makes you feel the blade of the killer’s knife sliding through your own torso. Even so, our first choice is Lucio Fulci’s Zombi 2, simply because it has one of the most damaging flesh gouging scenes in film history. Specifically enucleation… in the most horrible fucking way imaginable…Freaky Eyes – Tie: Se7en & Donnie Darko
‘The freaky eyes had the whole plan / I have no head’… “Freaky Eyes” is a funeral toll… a meeting with doom. It’s the terrible epiphany of accepting that the end has already occurred and you are perceiving only the after effects and epiphenomena of loss. This ended up being a tie between Se7en and Donnie Darko because both films capture the tragedy of a protagonist manipulated by madness beyond their own scale and full comprehension (John Doe and “Frank”). The final turn for both Donnie and Det. Mills comes at a point of transformation, catching up with the horror of their own predicament and becoming it/nothing.
The meeting scenes between Donnie and “Frank” bring us a familiar take on haunting premonitions, bearing some resemblance to the nagging ghosts of dead victims in An American Werewolf in London, but they are couched in the insecurity and anxiety of teen crisis and over-medicated mental collapse. While the culminating scene of Se7en mirrors the dread of Freaky Eyes in its pacing, grim color, and quietude… One of the great touches of this scene is John Doe’s own epiphany. His machinations are so sinister, cabalistic, and timely that he ends up surprising himself… “Oh, he didn’t know?”
Special mention goes to every paperback horror novel with an otherwise normal human figure embossed on the cover with eyes that have been animalized/demonized… good way to convey a possession scenario for $3.99 US / $4.99 CAN.Lift – Natural Born Killers (Honorable mention: Kalifornia)
Folie à deux… intense fixation between lovers that allows for delusion and unimagined peril to blossom… The lyrics to “Lift” roughly characterize the following real life scenario: you go to a party and you’re supposed to meet your significant other there. You show up first and thus you feel alone even though you’re in a room full of people… strangers? Yes, because everyone is a stranger except for the person you love… and that’s the problem of co-dependency. Natural Born Killers is more than a meditation on fast-food cultural violence and shock value commoditized for sensational gossip news. At its heart it is a desperate love story. The mania and psychic need that is looped and amplified between Mickey and Mallory finds its echoes in minor characters… Tom Sizemore’s perversely obsessed Det. Scagnetti shows us just how much work it takes to strangle someone, while Robert Downey, Jr.’s Wayne Gale shows us that a monofixated sociopath isn’t necessarily cut out for the major leagues of our star-crossed stranger killers. An infernal road movie that focuses more on the spiritual terrain of multistate killing sprees and meanwhile uncovers deep emotional catharses for its characters while racking up a considerable death count… on second thought… co-dependency sounds fun. Another lurid road movie we had to mention, but which unfortunately ends up being the perennial ‘kid brother’ to NBK is Kalifornia. We love this movie. Fuck you.No Good – X-Files: Millenium (Season 7, Episode 4)
“No Good” is in our minds a stoner metal country ballad about accepting your own evil. The whole thing of leaving town… One of a handful of X-Files episodes to cover the living dead, and by far the most in line with Romero’s vision of zombies, was season seven’s Millennium. A cabal of CEO white guys decide they’re willing to zombify themselves in order to become the Horsemen of the Apocalypse, letting the rest of us to deal with the ensuing millennial rapture. Having never seen the television series Millenium, this was an interesting episode to watch on its own and felt like standard monster of the week format with a fast build up and a lot at stake. Lance Henriksen brings a considerable amount of gravitas to the episode and we are happy he make it on our list here as well… Mulder and Scully ring in 2000 the best way they know how…
Nov 20 Villain New York, NY
Nov 23 Venue Vancouver, Canada
Nov 24 Neumos Seattle, WA
Nov 25 Doug Fir Lounge Portland, OR
Nov 27 The Independent San Francisco, CA
Nov 28 Echoplex Los Angeles, CA
Dec 03 Liquidroom Ebisu, Japan
Dec 04 FUNJ-TWICE Osaka, Japan
Feb 18, 2016 Harpa Reykjavík, Iceland
Feb 24, 2016 Heaven London, United Kingdom
Prepare for the heist from hell in the teaser for Dead Draw, a crime-thriller starring Gil Bellows (Shawshank Redemption, Ally McBeal) Bitsie Tulloch (The Artist, Grimm), Michael Eklund (The Divide, See No Evil 2, The Call) and Brit Shaw (Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension).
“It’s the grab of a lifetime; get in, get out, get clean. Simple plan, perfectly executed. Harrison (Bellows), Mack (Eklund), Dallas, and Jones are career criminals with one particular area of expertise, grand larceny. They’re on their way to an early retirement, or so they thought. Truth is they’ve been burned, back-stabbed, betrayed. Paranoia runs rampant, fingers are pointed, guns are drawn, and best friends become enemies.“
Dead Draw is a character-driven crime story about desperation and dysfunction of a band of brothers gone awry.
Written and directed by Brian Klemesrud, the film is produced by Klemesrud’s Rocket3 Productions, and Faust Checho’s (Proxy, The Fields) FSC Productions. Klemesrud has served as Creative Director on over 200 commercials and Director on over a dozen shorts. This will be his feature directorial debut. Seasoned cinematographer Jim Timperman (Proxy, Scalene, Mr. Blue Sky) signed on to D.P the film.
Principal Photography took place in Chicago and Southern Illinois.
When Bill and Ted went to Hell, it was the natural progression of the time travel franchise. That’s sort of where Ghostbusters II went wrong. Instead of furthering the franchise, they pit the quartet against a super evil spook, which felt mundane next to what they accomplished in the first film.
Well, apparently Dan Aykroyd and Ivan Reitman wanted to have a bogus journey of their own, and had planned on sending the Ghostbusters to Hell.
The conversation started with acknowledging Bill Murray‘s constant refusal to return for a third Ghostbusters.
“I never begrudged him not being in the third movie, though I wrote a nice part for him in Hellbent, where the Ghostbusters go to hell,” Aykroyd told EW.
As previously reported, Aykroyd “still holds out hope of bringing that Ghostbusters story to life with a younger cast.”
Paul Feig is now in post on his Ghostbusters reboot, which Aykroyd says could be more comical: “In a way, his movie might be a little better than the first two because they can do more — CGI might be a little better. But also, you know, there might be more jokes in it.”
A source close to us tell us there’s a dance number. Did that just send chills down your spine or what?
Feig’s Ghostbusters, starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones, will eliminate spooks on July 15, 2016.
Arrow Films started releasing films stateside in March of this year. They’ve wasted no time in getting out a high number of quality releases in just a matter of months. They’re already pushing 30 titles and they have a number of releases scheduled before year’s end. A couple of titles, which we’ve actually known about for a while, received official press releases earlier this week.
Wake Up and Kill
During the 1960s Luciano Lutring committed more than one hundred armed robberies in Italy and on the French Riviera. To the media he was the ‘machine gun soloist’, a name he’d earned as he kept his weapon in a violin case. To the public he was a romantic figure, one who only targeted the wealthy, stealing more than 35 billion lire during his criminal career.
Wake Up and Kill was the logical extension of such fame. It became the first feature to commit Lutring’s story to celluloid, shooting having begun mere months after his eventual arrest. Capitalizing on the breakthrough success of his performance in French television’s The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, Robert Hoffmann is perfect as Lutring, bringing just the right amount of charisma and youthful exuberance to his first major big screen role.
Directed by Carlo Lizzani (Requiescant), scored by Ennio Morricone, penned by the future screenwriter of Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion, and featuring that film’s star, Gian Maria Volonté, in a key supporting role, Wake Up and Kill’s true-crime thrills serve as an enthralling dry run for the poliziotteschi movies that would follow a few years later.
SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:
* Brand new 2K restoration of the film from the original camera negative
* High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray and Standard Definition DVD presentations of two versions of the film: the original full-length Italian release, and the shortened English-language cut
* Italian and English soundtracks in uncompressed PCM mono sound on the respective versions of the film
* Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian version
* Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English cut
* Theatrical trailer
* Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Reinhard Kleist
* Illustrated collector’s booklet containing new writing on the film by Robert Curti, author of Italian Crime Filmography, 1968-1980
Format: BLU-RAY + DVD
Street Date: 11/24/15
Run Time: 124 mins
Number of Discs: 2
Year of Production: 1966
Director: Carlo Lizzani
Actors: Robert Hoffman, Lisa Gastoni, Gian Maria Volonté
What Have You Done to Solange?
From director Massimo Dallamano, cinematographer on both A Fistful of Dollars and For a Few Dollars More, comes giallo classic What Have You Done to Solange?, the debut feature of actress Camille Keaton (I Spit on Your Grave). A sexually sadistic killer is preying on the girls of St. Mary’s school. Student Elizabeth witnessed one of the murders, but her hazy recollections of a knife-wielding figure in black do nothing to further the police’s investigations. Why is the killer choosing these young women? And what does it have to do with a girl named Solange? Also starring Cristina Galbo (Living Dead at the Manchester Morgue) and Fabio Testi (I Spit On Your Grave), What Have You Done with Solange? features all the hallmarks of classic gialli – the amateur detective, the black-gloved killer – as well as a lush score from Ennio Morricone.
SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:
* Brand new 2K restoration of the film from the original camera negative
* High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
* Original Italian and English soundtracks in mono audio
* Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
* Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
* Brand new audio commentary with critics Alan Jones and Kim Newman
* What Have You Done to Decency? A conversation with Karin Baal – the actress shares her thoughts on Dallamano’s classic giallo in this brand new interview
* First Action Hero – a newly-edited 2006 interview with actor and former stuntman Fabio Testi, including a look at his role in Solange
* Old-School Producer – a newly-edited 2006 interview with producer Fulvio Lucisano
* Innocence Lost: Solange and the “Schoolgirls in Peril” Trilogy – a brand new visual essay by Michael Mackenzie, exploring the themes of Solange and its two semi-sequels
* Original theatrical trailer
* Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Malleus
* Collector’s booklet featuring a new article on the giallo scores of Ennio Morricone by Howard Hughes, alongside a Camille Keaton career retrospective from Art Ettinger, comprising interview excerpts with the Solange actress, all illustrated with original archive stills and posters
Format: BLU-RAY + DVD
Street Date: 12/15/15
Run Time: 107 mins
Number of Discs: 2
Year of Production: 1975
Director: Massimo Dallamano
Actors: Fabio Testi, Cristina Galbó, Camille Keaton
Peter Herro and Cthulhu Crush Productions have debuted the first trailer for independent slasher WTF! Lensed around Los Angeles this summer, WTF! follows a survivor of a mass killing on a trip with six close friends, when her nightmare threatens to begin again.
Herro directed from a script he co-wrote with Christopher Centanni and Adam Buchalter. Callie Ott (The Horror), Sarah Agor (Hatchet II, VH1’s “Scream Queens”), Andrea Hunt, Ben Norris, Johnny James Fiore, Nick Reilly and Adam Foster starred as the unfortunate group of friends.
Three years ago, twenty-two year old girl-next-door Rachel (Ott) barely survived a brutal massacre that left her friends in pieces. Time has passed, and Rachel has moved on, but unfortunately history has a way of repeating itself. Her close friends are spending spring break in a secluded house in the woods, and they have cordially invited her to join. Little does she realize that another bloodbath will be showing up as plus one. Once Rachel and her friends arrive at the cabin, the partying, sex, and terror begins.
As American Film Market rumbled on in Santa Monica this weekend film execs were locked away from riding the Ferris wheel, soaking up the sunshine & feeling the sand between their toes. Instead they were busy making deals on the next fearsome flicks making their way to territories access the world. Here are the best & best of the bad posters and sales art used to grab attention of buyers.
No, we’re not talking about SyFy’s small screen adaptation.
Writers Jon Spaihts (Prometheus) and Eric Heisserer (The Thing) have been signed to co-write an updated version of Van Helsing, continuing Universal’s interest in their classic monsters films, according to Variety. Alex Kurtzman and Chris Moran will be producing.
Spaihts is also writing Universal’s new adaptation of The Mummy and the apparent plan is that all of these new takes on the classic monster movies will be in an interconnected universe, with each film having something to do with the others.
No release date or even general window has been given for this film.
The original 2004 film saw Hugh Jackman in the title role and was an action adventure film with dashes of horror thrown in. Ultimately, and I may be the only one here, I found it incredibly boring and snooze-worthy. No, I literally mean I fell asleep seeing this in theaters. I don’t think I’ve watched it without getting 40 winks in at some point.
The Indonesia action/thriller Headshot, which stars Iko Uwais (The Raid: Redemption, The Raid 2), will be getting global distribution after Nikkatsu Corporation announced that they partnered with Vertacal Entertainment and XYZ Films. The three companies are coordinating to set digital and VOD release dates along with limited theatrical runs in select territories.
“‘Headshot’ follows an amnesiac (Iko Uwais) who washes ashore with a serious and mysterious head injury. His past comes back to haunt him shortly after being nursed back to health by a young doctor (Chelsea Islan).”
Is it just me or does that synopsis sound a bit like The Bourne Identity?
Headshot is currently in production in Indonesia. It is directed by the Mo Brothers (Timo Tjahjanto and Kimo Stamboel) and stars Iko Uwais, Chelsea Islan, Julie Estelle, and Sunny Pang. The film is based on a script by Tjahjanto, and is produced by Mike Wiluan, Wicky Olindo, Sukdev Singh and Shinjiro Nishimura.
If you’re a fan of the macabre, eerie, and delightful horror art, then might I recommend “The Art of Horror: An Illustrated History“, the brand new book edited by Stephen Jones.
“In this lushly illustrated book, Jones brings together thrilling visuals of the horror genre that have bewitched audiences since the 19th century. These images continue to inspire nightmarish creatures that wander the streets every Halloween; the tradition of bone-chilling campfire stories; and let’s not forget the psyche-scarring films audiences can’t get enough of.”
“The Art of Horror” will contain over 500 stunning images that celebrate the genre and also features a foreword by celebrated author Neil Gaiman.
Below we’ve got several examples of artwork that can be seen in the book. For more information and links to order, head here.
Bound in human flesh, Lionel, a bookstore owner, explains the origin of the infamous Necronomicon Ex-Mortis in this clip from the next episode of Starz’s “Ash vs Evil Dead.”
Next on “Ash vs Evil Dead,” in episode 1.03, ‘Books From Beyond,’ we are introduced to Lucy Lawless, a mysterious woman finds the destruction at Kelly’s parents’ farm. Meanwhile, Ash, Pablo and Kelly reach Books from Beyond with the Necronomicon and Fisher finds herself in another terrifying, inexplicable situation.
Can this year get any better? Not only do we have several more episodes this year, but we have a full second season coming next Halloween!
A sinister take on the classic Brothers Grimm fairytale, the deadly thriller Little Dead Rotting Hood arrives on DVD and Digital HD January 5, 2016 from Cinedigm, and The Asylum, producers of Syfy’s “Z Nation.”
Bloody Disgusting has the exclusive trailer and poster premiere that puts a bloody new spin on the fairytale turning Red Riding Hood into a werewolf hunter.
Starring Bianca A. Santos (Ouija), Eric Balfour (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre) and Romeo Miller aka Lil’ Romeo (Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection), the dark fairytale also features Patrick Muldoon (Starship Troopers), Heather Tom (“The Bold And The Beautiful”), and Marina Sirtis (“Star Trek: The Next Generation”).
“Something sinister is lurking in the woods, and the residents of the small town nearby are falling victim to its bloodlust. When the town sheriff (Balfour) discovers that the wolves inhabiting the nearby forest are getting more aggressive and even deadly, he soon uncovers a danger beyond his imagination.”
The latest collaboration between screenwriter and co-producer Gabriel Campisi and director Jared Cohn (Jailbait, the forthcoming The Horde), Little Dead Rotting Hood was produced by David Michael Latt.
What sets this one apart from the other table is that this one takes the concept of Jason Voorhees being chained at the bottom of a lake, just like at the ends of Part VI and VII. Additionally, it has LED lighting to create some great moods and a little button for a voice over of the classic “Ki-Ki-Ki- Ma-Ma-Ma“. The amount of detail and care put into the table is really astounding and it’s obvious that a lot of love for the franchise is present.
You can see videos of it in action below.
Something that I personally feel many of us fans don’t take into consideration when watching a horror movie is where it takes place and, as a result, how do the local customs, superstitions, beliefs, and history of that area play into the story that unfolds on the screen. For me, that’s the joy of watching movies from other countries. Seeing these mythologies unfold on the screen makes me feel like I’m entering some other kind of world, a place that’s unfamiliar and, as a result, far more unsettling and fascinating.
That’s why I’m excited to have London electronic artist Madlight pen a list of his 5 Favorite British horror films, which includes some stellar titles that should absolutely not be missed by any fan of the genre!
Make sure to pre-order X Colour via iTunes.1. Kill List
This is a classic British horror slasher with fucked up satan worship, cat killings, and head splittings with horror meets gangster meets P.T.S.S. Two guys end up on a collision with some twisted fuckers. You must see at all costs. I saw this at the cinema, and it was a 10/10. Check Ben Wheatley’s other films too, like ‘Sight Seer’s’ and ‘Down Terrace’, which are also great films.2. American Werewolf In London
C’mon, this is a fuckin’ absolute classic. An East Procter, two young Americans, a werewolf, a hot nurse and loads of fucking wettings!!! SOLD… Also the nightmare scenes with the nazi werewolf people firing off rounds on machine guns, makes this an absolute banger.3. Alien
Is this sci-fi or horror? Who knows but Ridley Scott is the OG don, so had to put it in here. To think this was made in 1979 is crazy! Still so fresh today. In my opinion this is the best one out of the quadrilogy. The set build is incredible and so is the acting… There’s also a great making of documentary about the whole filming process, which is worth a watch too.4. The Devil Rides Out
You can’t have a British top 5 horror without the late Christopher Lee and a Hammer Horror pic. Satanic cults, weird names with Van in the title like they’re Dutch house DJs and lots of sexy ladies from the 70’s in lacy nightwear. TIDY!!!5. Don’t Look Now
A British/Italian film, with Donald Sutherland in it and an absolute classic, with a voted number one sensual sex scene in a film. It also has some of the scariest moments in horror history. Let’s not forget the physic blind women, and a small person with a flipping big knife.
Lawrie Brewster already impressed us with his micro indie Lord of Tears (review), now he’s back with more insanity in The Unkindness of Ravens.
Described as Apocalypse Now meets The Evil Dead, the film tells the story of a homeless army veteran besieged by a horde of demonic ravens in the highlands of Scotland.
“It’s gritty, it’s weird and it’s deeply disturbing,” Brewster tells us.
We have an “extreme” version of the trailer to go along with some really badass first imagery. To say this looks impressive is a complete understatement.
If you’re digging the goods as much as I am, they’re pre-selling the film via Kickstarter, which is a great way to support indie horror.
Last week, we posted an amazing Friday the 13th carved coin to our Facebook page, which showed unbelievable detail over an incredibly small space. The artist who created that coin carving, Narimantas Palsis, saw the post and shared a few more pictures of his works that simply blows me away.
Once again, using the tiny canvas that is a coin, Palsis has carved horror icons such as Leatherface, Freddy, and Michael with incredible detail. There’s also a terrifying looking clown and the Joker, who is wearing his own skinned face. Look for yourself and marvel at the amount of work and talent that goes into making something like this.
The Orchard, who just nabbed Demon and Southbound out of the Toronto International Film Festival, has acquired acquired North American, UK, Australian and New Zealand distribution rights on Oliver Irving’s Ghost Team, starring Napoleon Dynamite‘s Jon Heder, Jeepers Creepers‘ Justin Long and the hilarious Amy Sedaris, says Deadline.
The film is about a team of ghost hunters who get more than they bargained for when they embark on their own paranormal investigation. The makers of Ghost Team believe theirs will be the first feature to use the new Steadicam Tango, an innovation by cinematographer Garrett Brown on his Steadicam invention.
David Krumholtz, Melonie Diaz and Paul W. Downs also star.
Peter Warren wrote the script and Tandem Pictures’ Julie Christeas and Schuyler Weiss are producing with Mott Street Pictures’ Alex Sagalchik and Irving. Preferred Content’s Kevin Iwashinia is exec producing.
It’s going to be an Alien heavy day here, I guess! We just posted that Ridley Scott might be thinking about revealing the origin of the Xenomorph in the course of the upcoming Prometheus sequels and now Variety is saying that Scott is in the final stages of revising the Alien: Paradise Lost script, which will begin shooting in February.
Scott also told the site, “[The Alien’s] role had been worn out in previous films, but one of the questions that had never been answered was why such a creature would be invented, and by whom. That opens much larger, more universal questions.”
Additionally, Damon Lindelof recently opened up to THR about the original script for Prometheus, which was apparently originally called Alien Zero. The story was far more in line with the Xenomorph universe that we have come to know and love over the course of several movies, including, “…facehuggers, and xenomorphs, and eggs, in the language of that movie, by page 30.”
Interestingly enough, the script also had a David-esque character, an android that joined the humans on their mission to find their creators (also a plot point kept in the original script). Lindelof explains that the android was, “…not impressed by his creators. The android, he’s the smartest guy in the room,” which sounds an awful lot like David and the actions that he took.
Break out the reel-to-reel player as we’ve got some great news about composer Joseph Loduca‘s original soundtrack for “Ash vs Evil Dead“! We can exclusively tell you that the album will be released digitally on December 11th and on CD December 18th by Varese Sarabande. It will contain 22 tracks, including pieces such as “Kill Me Now / Perp’s Getting Away”, “No Accident”, “Ain’t For Shabbas”, and more.
““Ash vs Evil Dead” follows Ash, the stock boy, aging lothario and chainsaw-handed monster hunter who has spent the last 30 years avoiding responsibility, maturity and the terrors of the Evil Dead. When a Deadite plague threatens to destroy all of mankind, Ash is finally forced to face his demons –personal and literal. Destiny, it turns out, has no plans to release the unlikely hero from its “Evil” grip.”
You can see the full track list below.
1. Sheet Show / Main Title
2. Ain’t For Shabbas
3. Linda / Where It Began
4. Ash’s Trip
5. It Did Happen / Outta Here
6. A Foul Wind Bloweth / Mom Returns
7. Deer Amanda / Shut Up Linda
8. The Handyman Can’t
9. Adios, Tio Brujo
10. Soave Pablo / She Got Him
11. Offer To Fisher / Handy Escape / She Was Ruby
12. Let’s Start Over / Pablo’s Process
13. Kill Me Now / Perp’s Getting Away
14. No Accident
15. Evil Catches Up
16. Missed Ya’
17. Amanda Returns
19. Not My Boyfriend / Burn The Cabin
20. Burn Baby / Mortal Toys
21. Without Evil There Is No Good
22. Ash’s Theme